Although I thought some individual scenes had emotional heft, mostly due to the actors' talent (Jin and Sun's remembrance, Hurley taking on Jack's burden), what I saw last night was 2 1/2 hours of creative cowardice. I even predicted the very last scene about 30 minutes before it happened. This review http://weeklystandard.com/articles/we-wuz-robbed
pretty much sums up how I feel.
This week, after six years, the nerviest and most expensive Long Con in history finally reached its end, only its target wasn’t a murderous gangster but the American television audience. Early indications are that millions of people, just like the gangster in The Sting, are going to stay conned. Millions of others are going to figure it out and they are going to be furious—but unlike a psychopathic gangster, they will have no recourse except impotent complaint. And then there are those of us who figured out that it was all a bluff years ago and yet have stayed around to the bitter end.
Put me in that latter group. I already said I knew there was no grand plan, and that any wrap-up was bound to leave threads dangling. One of the most frustrating memes about LOST is when people say it is character
-driven. LOST is plot
-driven through-and-through. And yet, in the end, that was its greatest weakness. The one big, really important question, 'What is the Island?' was never answered, at all. Instead, we got an emotional farewell, which is the series' hallmark: Its ability to connect to your emotions i.e. Jin & Sun, to the point where the larger questions didn't matter. '"Oh, look. Sayid and Shannon together again." "Hey, Libby came back." The show even dodged answering the biggest questions by abandoning the 'real' timeline and taking refuge in the 'alternate' timeline.
William Goldman once wrote, "Magic is misdirection." The idea that you can distract people from seeing how you pull off the 'trick' by focusing their attention on something else. LOST did this pretty well for 6 years. I'm not angry about the end, just disappointed. I wasn't expecting all the answers, but a few would have been nice.