ABC’s Lost Ending Simply Sucked

Look, I know this is a blog about gaming.  I know that this article has nothing to do with gaming, Apple or even technology.  That being said, I’m literally writing about this because it’s my site and I can do what I want.

I’m not sure how many readers we have that actually watched Lost.  I was someone who watched every episode of each season.  Last night’s 1:45 minute episode (the show literally had an extra 45 minutes of commercials) really disappointed and I had to write about it somewhere.  That place, for good or bad, is here.

In the end, the writers of the show went the way of a soap opera.  Oh they said, it was the characters that matter.  Really?  Well then why was the show set on a magic island where crazy things happened all of the time and there were continuous mysteries added throughout the show’s entire six year airing?  Why not just set the story in a bar or a hospital or anywhere else besides a magical island?  After all, it’s about the characters.  I thought the story was about the island since literally 90% of the show was set on the island and over 50% of the show’s entire content was about the strange happenings on the island.  Nope, I was wrong.  It’s about the characters.

Truly, it was an epic fail of an ending.  The end result was that we literally found out nothing about the mysteries left on the island at all.  We don’t know the why or the what.  We don’t even know the how.  Most surprisingly, there are a ton of people watching that final episode that seemingly really liked it.  What!?  How?  Oh that’s right; those are the same people that think Grey’s Anatomy is modern day Shakespeare (no offense to Shakespeare).

Look, I liked the characters on the Lost and I wouldn’t have minded the ending if they would have actually answered even one or two of the big questions about the island that they posed over and over again.  That simply was not the case.  We have no idea why the island was magical.  What made it magical.  How does Dharma fit into the equation?  How long have people protected the island?  And on and on.  The questions are endless.  Now we’re told that the story was never about the island but instead it’s always been about the characters.  What a sham.

Just as I was dissapointed with the ending of the X Files over 10 years ago, I was similarly disappointed by my favorite Sci Fi show of the last 6 years.  I’m tired of these shows not ending with answers.  I know it would have taken a tremendous effort to tie some of these things together on the island but what have they been doing for six years?  They were simply treading water.  Asking questions that would never be answered and writing about things that never really mattered.  Bogus.

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31 Comments

  1. Vinny

    March 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Way back, they made a crap movie called Highlander II, which attempted to explain Highlander I. It ruined the whole thing. Some things just shouldn’t be answered.

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  2. Ben Linus

    April 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Alternate ending,
    Scene opens with Jack lying in a bamboo field with his eyes closed. He’s dirty and sweaty, breathing hard as if he has a fever,
    He suddenly opens his eyes looking like he just saw his life pass before his eyes,
    He takes a deep breathe, and with a huge sigh of relief, says ‘What a bad dream.’
    The camera shows he fell asleep in his back yard, and we are left wondering, was it really a dream…

    That’s about all the effort the writers but into the last season…The ending sucked.

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  3. Geode944

    April 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    How did Juliet die in the plane crash?
    Now that we can watch each episode on demand, only makes the ending that much more disapointing. If only the show could have been moved to FX or Sci-fi channel, and had the courage to stick with the island and not sell out on the plane crash characters B/S. There was a strong foundation to tell a story about man vs the supernatural (control fate or defeat death). The efforts of Whitmore, Darma, and even Jacob, to control the island, and past story lines, like who built the statue, who plugged the hole at the heart of the island, what is Jacob’s mother story, etc… You could go on for years, even kill everyone off, and start all over. The revelation that they died, even if they lived, I still don’t get it, it just sucked.

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  4. FuckLOST

    March 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I love you all, the Lost ending was a fucking trainwreck sapfest. Probably one of theist disappointing moments of my life, I can’t believe I trusted those writer fucks to do anything other than a “fade into the white light” ending. Season 6 was total garbage, wtf with the pirates in the temple? Great way to waste 5 episode than could’ve been used to explain the Egyptian connect, Dharma, Whitmore/Ben… Anything really. And what’s up with Jesus Seiyd? Or crazy Claire? Thanks you dumbfuck Lost writing staff for wasting years of my life, I hope you all died in a fiery plane crash on an island full of polar bears.

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  5. April

    February 22, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Maybe too long after the fact but I too was disappointed in the ending and the last few seasons. What started as a GREAT show  had writers who, unfortunately, got lost themselves along the way.

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  6. Rikki

    July 7, 2010 at 7:24 am

    @Jeremy no Jeremy no. Although I am infinitely saddened by this horrific ending to a beautiful storyline it is neither ABC’s nor (especially) Disneys? fault. It’s the writers and their horrific ending. All of it was so amazing. But then the last two episodes made no logical sense to the actual story. I mean I get it. They were stuck their til they righted their wrongs. But seriously??? What the hell???

    I was watching with the idea that Jacob created the flash sideways which was a parallel timeline to the events taking place. I figured to protect his candidates he had made an alternate life so when they had died on the island they would actually take their lives in the alternate timeline and I assumed that they were remembering what was taken out of their memories which would have brought them together.

    But then bam. They’re all going to heaven. Look I’m a Christian (don’t go to church though) but I know a bullshit story when I see one and I call bullshit. Give me the script the setup the camera the cast and crew and I will give you a much better ending with much more answers.

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  7. Div

    June 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Wholeheartedly agree. The “Lost” ending is by far one of the worst, and most sucky “oops-we-ran-outta-funding-have-to-wrap-it-up-in-2-episodes” kinda deals I’ve ever seen. If it was a 1 or 2 season show with mediocre quality. Fair enough, but not “Lost”. Over the past 6 years I’ve watched this show every week while it was running, and overall I loved the twists, turns and totally obscure things along with some awesome characters (Ben especially)… And they wrap it up with some crappy afterlife, existentialist, christian bull any 14 year old could have come up with. The Dharma Initiative, which was huge part of the show and story, same as the Widmore sidestory. It’s like they completely abandoned the show’s sci-fi / mystery awesomeness, wanted everyone to forget it, and they shoved this epic fail of an ending down our throats and told us to like it. Well IMHO the ending was an absolutely horrendous way of ending such a long running show.

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  8. drop the ads

    June 12, 2010 at 5:53 am

    i tried to read what you said but there is a stupid dex knows ad in the way

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  9. The Man in White

    June 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I know what you mean – the Island ultimately didn’t turn out to be as central to the finale as we hoped. But after watching the finale, I’m okay with that. While there are people saying this show is just about the characters, that’s not true; it’s about the plot and the characters. But i guess where you and I don’t see eye to eye is that I think the characters are slightly more important than the plot. Not the only thing that matters – just more important. And if all the Island’s mysteries were revealed (and many of them were if you put the pieces together, like the polar bears) it wouldn’t be the cool setting that made the show so great in the first place. This is the way Lost was supposed to end: in a way that keeps us guessing and thinking, just like it did throughout its run.

    I also think its funny when people say the flash sideways storyline didn’t matter… what does that even mean? In the big picture, Lost is a t.v. show, none of it truly matters. What matters is the effect it has on you as a viewer and seeing glimpses of the afterlife is probably the coolest way the writers could have wrapped that storyline up. It was so great how it paralleled their former life on the Island, especially in Jack and Locke’s conversations.

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  10. The Man in White

    June 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I thought the finale was amazing and I definitely don’t believe Grey’s Anatomy is a modern day Shakespeare… the reason I watch Lost and not shows like that is because I like shows that make me think and appreciate life and that’s just what this finale did. I’m sorry you guys didn’t find what you wanted to see (a long list of questions being answered? not really sure how they could have pulled that off without it being boring and unemotional…) but don’t let your dissatisfaction ruin the series for you. Either way, Lost is over.

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  11. Jeremy

    May 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I think everyone that hated lost finale should boycot abc. And Disney too. They need to end the show or we end our consumerism of their inferior products. They should scrap that ending and write/air a new one that answers things appropriately or we wall. WHO IS WITH ME!!

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  12. Nigel

    May 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I’m so glad to see like minded people – the moment it finished I (1) kicked the TV (2) kicked the sofa (3) setup a facebook group called POST LOST FINALE STRESS DISORDER (4) called my friend in OZ who is still on Season 2 and told him to stop watching immediately. I’ll never trust an American mystery show again: X files, Twin Peaks, Lost, BSG, etc etc

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  13. Rodo

    May 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    No fx, the actors don’t feel sold out. They made more money out of this scam than most professionals scammers ever do in a lifetime. Most of them are such shitty actors they would never had had a chance if it wasn’t for this series, so no I bet they feel great.

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  14. fx

    May 26, 2010 at 1:11 am

    hold on… wait wait… Im experienceing a flash sideways. I just saw another universe. I can see all of you there too. We all watched lost togethre. the ending. and it sucked there too!!!

    Wait there is JJ abrams. He got stepped on by his monster in creature in new york city.

    We are all getting together. we are walking to the set of Lost. I see us all throwing our lost gear on a pile. there is an open coffin there. we are all wishing the lost writers would get in.

    smoke comes out of the ground. john lockes brother is there and he is telling jokes to the huge drug runner guy that got killed in one of the episodes.

    I’m hit by a boulder and a shower of light.

    I’m smiling.

    My eye closes.

    goodbye friends

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  15. fx

    May 26, 2010 at 1:05 am

    oh btw. I agree with oregon11. It’s not like this thing could not have been wrapped up. I just think they didnt have the talent to pull it off. I think this was a cop out.

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  16. fx

    May 26, 2010 at 1:02 am

    yep. you hit the nail on the head. I went into this knowing that they would not tie up the loose ends. A friend told me four years into the show that they would never be able to tie up all the loose ends. It never even occured to me that could happen. I kept thinking about it more and more. over the last two years, I realized he was probably right. And tonight, they brought back Locke, which I knew they would do. But the ending was … to be expected. weaker than weak. It’s unfortunate that they did that. I guess this just proves, hey when you start writing something, you should have some type of idea where it ends up.

    i liked the ending at first in the sense that it provided closure even though it was cheesy. but really, after all, you think you can bullshit us around for 6 years about mysteries and all these cross threads and then just redirect us to the concept of – hey it doesnt matter. Well damn you then basterds.

    You ever wonder if the actors involved in a situation like this end up feeling sold out too?

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  17. Rodo

    May 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    lol, I never liked LOST because I have my personal experience with these types of series. I know the ending will be disappointing because nowadays it’s all about the “hook” part of the story, and reaping the sweet proceeds of Marketing. The writers weren’t really interested in making art, or telling a good story for all that matters. They really just wanted to make up more ridiculous crap to get more people hooked into the show and thus sell more DVDs, actions figures, etc.

    My advice? Watch mini series, at least those that have a beggining and an end and don’t keep going and going for 6 years. More than 1 year is a ripoff, because there’s just not possible story that can be told in more than 1 year, it just can’t be done, anything more is just embelishment for the fool. It’s brain cheddar, tastes oh so yummy but clogs your arteries with crap.

    I liked your article, I am sorry you had to go through 6 years to realize that series of this magnitude are not run by artists, but by men in suits weighing next season’s plot through polls and market research.

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  18. SJM

    May 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Thank God I have finally found a group of sane people! If I read one more review or comment about how wonderful or moving or great the Lost finale was I wil throw up!
    It sucked! I enjoyed the interaction and the relationships of the characters and how they developed, but I also got a little bored with them. To me, the island was the main character and was totally abandoned.
    I thought the whole they all died and went to heaven endind was a cop-out, but it would have been Ok if they had just given the island its due.

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  19. :(

    May 25, 2010 at 12:22 am

    oooh, and LOST writers, please do the last two seasons the right way, and answer the questions…

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  20. :(

    May 25, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I think this has something to do with the modern day way of thinking. Questioning everything is the only way to go, and there could no definite answer because there are many answers and WHO’s to say one or another is right. Obviously they tried to tie in all religions together (UNBELIEVABLE!) They could have made this THE BEST SHOW EVERY!!! but they blew it with their refusal to answer questions that are so numerous and enormous!!! There are truths out there, there are people who know them but we pay attention more now to those who believe in weird though up strange believes like new age spiritualism and all that bogus none sense. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!!! STOP DENYING!

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  21. Josh

    May 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    How could they have possibly answered even half of the proposed questions that have been brought on with 6 seasons of “lets see how ridiculous we can get this.”

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  22. oregon111

    May 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Also, would anyone else liked to have seen Michelle Rodriguez in some kind of hell?

    Chained to pillar and surrounded by burning flames with no Vin Deisel to save her?

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  23. Cody

    May 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I would have definitely liked to have seen more of the scientific/sci fi aspect of the show. Instead we were left with a standard drama. I wanted to go through the actual storyline of yesterday step by step because some people missed parts of what happened. The way it ended worked like so.

    * All of the stuff that happened on the island really did happen.
    * None of the sideways world stuff happened in real life.
    * All of the people that met in the church in the end died at different times in their life. In other words, some didn’t die until they were very old and some died when we saw it happen (back on the island like Jack) or on the submarine (Sun and Jin).
    * The fake sideways world was a realm that allowed all of them to be brought back into each others’ lives…so…they could all go to heaven together.
    * The destroyed plane in the end wasn’t the one that just took off. It was a video of the wreckage from the original flight.

    Did you guys notice I only said the word island, twice? Argh. There again, the ending made the entire run of the show all about the characters instead of the island. Annoying, especially since they made the island a very cool place to play.

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  24. oregon111

    May 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Horrible ending. The part where the actors move on is fine, but the Island is the only reason why I watched.
    I watched early in the 1st season and then stopped watching because I was bored with the characters. When the Island went sci-fi, that is when I went back to watching.

    The writers are simply not talented enough to wrap up the show. Steven King should have wrote the last few eposodes.

    Here is how I would have wrote it: When the stone was out of the hole, the Island actually started sinkiing and the waterline came up. Jack would have been electricuted when he put the stone back in.

    And… why the **** was Hurly moved on if he was supposed to be the new guardien of the Island???

    I would have showed the plane crashing into a mountain. And after the people moved into the light (rip off of Ghost Whisperer – but it works), I would have shown the Island with only Hugo and that other guy with the bug eyes being the only residents and then they would part ways and take these roles: – one who protected and the other wanted his job. But Hugo is weak, so the other guy would have tried to kill him, but Hugo would have the unkillable power — and that is how I would end the show.

    Anyone else have a better ending?

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  25. Hank

    May 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Agreed – the show itself sucked and the writers knew it so they created these “easter eggs” to get people to watch.
    lol what idiots. why did they waste all those great ideas just to get us to watch a show about nothing but the development of people

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  26. oregon111

    May 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    test

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  27. mike

    May 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    wow, im glad i finally find a site that everyone agree’s, what a waste of 6 seasons… i absolutely agree that the show started out about the characters, then half way into season 1 and going into seasons 2,3,4,5 and the first half of 6 its about the island, the others, the dharma initiantive, jacob and some guy the couldnt even give a name to. now, the last few episodes, we find out its all about the characters?!?! WTF?!?! no way, unaccaptable. the writes clearly got lost in their own BS and didnt know how to get out… and why stop the show? bc if the show was stopped than target couldnt pay big $$$ to put in an hour and half worth of commercials in between and hours worth of show… sorry, a lot of people thought it was touching, but im not stupid enough for that… the only poetic justice ill give credit to was that the show ended with jacks eye closing which is exactly how it started. that should have been the ending no matter what… but what actually did occue the whole 2 hours and 29 minutes before that was a load of bologna.. im not gonna sit here and believe that i should b touched and that nothing mattered, the whole reason i was attracted to the show was because of all the stuff that should have been, but was never explained…. and in the last 5 mins of the series im told that it all didnt matter???!!! damon lindelof is a cocky P.O.S. lazy writer and should not be hired for anything again… the moment J.J. Abrams stepped back and has less creative input in the show, they should stopped it.

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  28. Najla

    May 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    i dont like that they watsed time talking about darma ? if this island was the aftrelife they had fix them selves with it. Why would they talk about darma? whats the reason of having Jacob and the story of his mom ? where is Richard in all this ? did they jst create him in thier world of after life or did he die also ?
    Ben >>did he go to hell ? Anna Lucia why did desmond say she is not ready yet.
    oh man ..
    i loved the story of the island and they end the show by simply say the land was just thier imagination

    it sucked

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  29. Andrew

    May 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    @Andrea:

    Actually what the ending may be implying is even worse;

    they all died in the plane crash and Jack was the sole survivor. The smoke monster and the reason it made those weird mechanical sounds was because it was the sound of the crashed plane falling apart and smoke and flame surrounding them, the others were the people on the plane that Jack only had a passing glance of, and the other characters were ones he met on the plane. In the end, everything from season 1 episode 1 to season 6 episode 15 is rendered meaningless by this stupid ending. If I’m right then the last 6 years was like 6 min of thoughts of a dying man (the sole survivor of the crash) trying to accept his fate and move on.

    I hope I’m wrong, but either way this ending was a cop-out, now they never have to explain anything.

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  30. Cody

    May 24, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Andrea,

    Agreed. The final 6th season was basically meaningless. None of it really happened at all. I also think it is kind of strange that Jack isn’t the least bit upset having had a son of his own (who really looked up to him) that was entirely imagined. And Jack and his dad never got along in real life, why was his father magically so nice after all of these years? I guess because they don’t allow alcohol in the afterlife.

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  31. Andrea

    May 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I agree.. The main frustration i have is that when Juliette was able to explode that bomb, we believed that it worked, and that the passengers landed in LA safely. Now we find out that it didn’t work at all, and that it was all only an afterlife??

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