End of LOST benefits show’s viewers, legacy
Son of a bitch — the six-season television phenomena LOST is quickly coming to a close.
The series was able to keep us entertained for six seasons, building off a simple plot that seemingly wouldn’t last beyond the very first season — a plane crashed on a deserted island, and the survivors needed to find a way to save themselves and get home. Except then we found out that the Island (and yes, as all LOST fans will understand, it really does deserve the capital “I”) wasn’t deserted, that “the Others” lived there and had been spying on them from the very beginning. And then we met Desmond, the dedicated button-pusher, via Locke’s crazy mission to open the Hatch, and with him the Dharma Initiative was introduced as well.
Just when we thought that we had things figured out, and the survivors were clearly going to be stuck on the Island forever, six of them were able to make it off — only to return not even a full season later. And while the Oceanic Six were enjoying (or lamenting, if you’re Jack) being off the Island, the remaining survivors stuck there were time traveling. Yes, that is correct, they time traveled back to the 1970s, to live in Dharmaville. And now, as the final season draws to an end, we’re watching two alternate universes unraveling at the same time, trying to figure out which one the characters will end up in.
It’s not only the crazy plot twists that have kept viewers’ attention, either. The characters’ personalities and the relationships between them are so compelling that it’s hard not to find yourself drawn in and taking sides. (Jack and Kate are so clearly meant to be together.) I’m sure that Sun and Jin’s long-awaited reunion brought tears to almost everyone’s eyes, and I know that I’m not the only one who is upset over Sayid’s current zombie-like state.
So, as much as I’m going to miss LOST once this season ends, I want to commend the creators, directors, and producers of the show for ending now, before it has a chance to go bad. With the number of questions that have been introduced throughout the show’s run (and are still unanswered), it would certainly be possible for the show to run indefinitely. But instead, the LOST team is choosing to end it when people are still interested, when the plot is still fresh and viewers still want to know what will happen next and how it will end. Even for those who have fallen out of watching the show over the years, many plan to tune back in for the last episode, just to see how things end.
Movies and television today are so centered on drawing things out long after they should have ended — I’m pretty sure we’re on season 20 of The Hills, and I’m almost positive every other movie trailer I see is either a sequel or a remake of an old movie. The LOST creators could certainly choose to continue capitalizing off their success, if they so desired, and keep filming more seasons. But they’re not; they’re choosing the viewers, and their opinion of the show, over the chance to make more profit. They want to end the show on a high note, instead of ending after a few more seasons of earnings accompanied by tired plotlines and relationships.
So, while I will be sad once I am no longer able to see Sayid for an hour each Tuesday night, or watch Jack and Kate give each other slightly awkward, pointed, love-filled stares, I do believe the choice to end the show now is the right one.