Saturday, May 29, 2010

LOST: Season 6

The Final Season. That's what all of the ads made sure you knew. After LOST: Season 6, there would be no more, and you would have to find something else to do with all your spare time. So the writers put it all together for an unimaginable climax, a high note that every show would love to go out on, which ties in with the characters and temes set up from the beginning.

If Season 6 had a title, it would be "Showdown."

Here's the thing: I can't explain any of it to you, because of how interconnected it all is. I can't give any details about the flash sideways, or the Man in Black's plans, or what lies at the heart of the island. Because to tell any details whatsoever will ruin the show. So this one's gonna be short and sweet on the plot synopsis. Let's just say this: Woah.

That pretty much sums it up.

LOST has always been a show that captured your attention with the characters. Back from the start of the Pilot in Season 1, before we heard frightening noises in the jungle or saw a polar bear, or had any inkling of even the existence of the DHARMA Initiative. The first shot of the series is not the plane crashing, or the wreckage afterwards. It's Jack's eye opening. The characters are our windows into the bizarre world of the island, and it's been a joy to watch them transform over six seasons. Season 6 remembers that characters are important, more than the previous season or two did, in fact. In The End, it's all about how the characters turn out.

Are all of your questions going to be answered? Well, no. Are the questions going to be answered that have a direct impact on the characters and story of the final moments? Yes. And it's all done so artistically and beautifully, with an unbelievable score from Oscar winner Michael Giacchino. Watching it through to the end has made me extremely glad I started off on this journey, and I would recommend everyone do the same.

Aloha, LOST. You will be well missed.

Some favorite episodes of mine:

LA X: Out of all the shockers you could see on this show, the one to start off this season is perhaps the most shocking of all-- Oceanic Flight 815 lands in Los Angeles.

The Substitute: Here's a moment we've all been waiting for since Season 1. It's time to figure out the real significance of the Numbers, and it's not purely mathematical.

Ab Aeterno: You know Richard? The guy who doesn't seem to make any sense? This episode explains his past and in doing so sheds a great deal of light on the purpose of the island. Once scene in particular sets up the events in the finale perfectly.

The Candidate: Jack and Co. try to escape the island via submarine, but things don't go as planned. The ending is one of the hardest-hitting moments in LOST's history.

What They Died For: It's the penultimate episode, and everything clicks into place. A Candidate must be selected. An explanation must be given. And a purpose must be found.

The End: This is it, folks. The last LOST. It's one of those moments you approach viewing with dread, and afterward don't know why. The events on the island culminate in a showdown. The flash sideways world is explained. And the series is given a sendoff that is worthy of the rest of the series. It's beautiful, literary, and makes you think. And no, I wasn't crying, I was just chopping onions. Vigorously.

So that's it. A viewing journey that took up two and a half months of all my free time. Was it worth it? If you've gotten this far in the review, I'll bet you know the answer. Once again, a round of applause for Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, the minds behind LOST, and for everyone else who was part of this great show: the Emmy-worthy cast (all of 'em), the brilliant episode directors, the genius sound and music guys, the special effects team, and for everyone else who sat down in a little office in LA and figured out what was going to happen in Oahu.

Thank you.

My rating: 10/10

Coming Soon: The Warded Man, Classic of the Month, and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

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