“What if this... all this... what if this wasn't supposed to be our life?
What if we had some other life and for some reason, we changed things?”
The sixth and final season of LOST was one of the most anticipated events in television history, making for some of the most polarizing opinions television had seen since The Sopranos closed up shop. Showrunners Cartlon Cuse & Damon Lindelof faced the excrutiating task of tying up all lose ends and sending off the characters, that we grew to love, on their merry way, while trying to unravel the insanely complicated storyline into something that should make sense when all is said and done.
Reinventing the storytelling linear once again, LOST introduces us to an alternate timeline what has come to be known as the “flash sideways”. This makes up for the lack of character development in the fifth season, as it gives us a chance to re-evaluate the characters in a different light, while remaining hauntingly familiar. That's about all I can really tell you about the story aspects of season six without spoiling anything at all.
As a whole, the season is packed with superb action pieces & plot twists galore to compliment some of most powerful and emotional character arcs the series has seen so far. However it has it still has it's fair share of set-ups that last just a little too long and leaves you questioning their purpose.
All in all, LOST delivers the goods in it's final season. Every element that made LOST what it was are all present, with the stakes being risen to the top as it gets closer and closer to the end. About 50% of the fans of the show will strongly disagree with me, but I feel the series finale couldn't have been any better. It's perfect in every way and wraps things up both story wise and emotionally with great satisfaction.
LOST was a cult show and will no doubt fall into the cult classic category as time moves on. It was never the most popular show after the first season as ratings dropped significantly and was no longer the water cooler series it was so dangerously close to becoming. It sits neatly beside Twin Peaks and The Prisoner as bizarre character based sci-fi/dramas that may or may not be genius, depending on the viewer and their patience for such complicated and character-based storytelling.
It was too science fiction for drama fans. And too dramatic for sci-fi fans…
…but somehow it managed to find a comfortable spot in millions of people over the world.
Must See Episodes:
6x01 & 6x02: LA X: a haunting and puzzling beginning to the season. It stirs emotions in a most confusing manner. Brilliant. Plus smoke monster kicks some insane ass here.
6x12: Ab Aeterno: Richard-centric. Probably my 2nd favorite episode of the series after S4's The Constant. This story goes back......waaaayyyyy back.
6x20 & 6x21: The End: I couldn't have asked for anything more. I manage to hold the tears back right up until Vincent shows up and then I just bawling like a little baby.
Episodes To Avoid:
6x18: Across The Sea: Jacob & The Man In Black-centric: What the hell was this festering piece of Vincent crap? So close to the end of the series and they almost completely shit the bed with this shit.
LOST is widely available on DVD/Blu-ray in single season sets or a complete series collection. If you get the complete series collection you get a board game with it....get the board game.
4 "Live Together, Die Alone" 's out of 5