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Red Right Hand: LOST IN LOST
*He is not a secret agent. Not at all.



Lost's title is not about being Lost on an island, it's about being Lost in a story. To get anything out of Lost, you had to give in to Lost. And, yeah...fuckin' spoiler alert. This was written in the few minutes right after the finale ended.

This series had an amazing depth in every sense of the word. And if you so desire, you never have to reach the bottom. Lost is not about answers. It was nice to have some, but it's brilliant to have the open questions too. In that way Lost is never quite over.

Lost is, first and foremost, about people. And in that sense, I found the finale to be very satisfying, though bittersweet. Yeah, it was sad watching Jack find his way back to that spot where it all began, knowing full well he was going there to die alone...yeah, live together, die alone. What fucking broke me, was when Vincent showed up, just as he did in 2004, so that Jack would not die alone.

Already (being seven minutes after the end of the show) there is debate about what the end meant or what it was(which is awesome), but I know what it meant to me and that's all that matters to me. Though I thought it was fairly clear within the show itself.

Whatever problems one might have had with Lost, it was an immersive experience unlike any other show. It had layers of mythology, some of it important to the over all story arc of the series, some it - not at all. Who built Tawaret doesn't matter. How the Black Rock ledger got off the island doesn't matter. Lots of things don't matter and are lots of fun to theorize about. You can devise your own answers, and in that way - Lost is truly interactive. Other answers are there, you just haven't found them yet. Again - truly interactive.

So now you have the finale, and many questions were left unanswered. If that pisses you off, then I just don't think you were ever truly lost. In fact, in a flash of utter awesomeness, I think they left me with one more question that will never be answered. When Desmond got down there, there was a skeleton already there? Who the fuck was that?

Answers are cheap.

I want to thank Lindelof, Cuse, and the entire cast and crew of Lost for firing up my brain over and over again. It didn't just tell a story, it challenged me to create part of the story as well.

A Very Important Person is, right now, going through the entire series of Lost from the beginning for the first time - having just completed the first season - and that VIP is, I think, going to miss maybe the best part of of what Lost has give for the last six years. That wait between episodes. Usually just a week, sometimes many months. In that time, the characters dwell in the mind and so do the questions.

Nothing was better among Lost fans that debating, comparing, and beating the hell out of theory after theory after theory. I'm going to miss that the most.

But after six seasons, say what you will about the pacing of the last two-and-a-half hours, or the cheesiness of some scenes or the fates of some characters. Say what you will about what the Sideways Lostverse was, I found the finale to be satisfying for everything it was. It wasn't my story to tell, after all. But right to the last minute, I felt a part of it.

And I'm so happy with how Ben turned out. He's been my favorite for some time and, honestly, it was pitch perfect.

I'm going to enjoy the hell out rewatching this series start-to-finish several times.

"If you were expecting it all to get wrapped tonight,
you probably missed the point of the show."
-Jimmy Kimmel.

OMG, I just quoted Jimmy-fucking-Kimmel.
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