LOST 6.17 The End

Yes. It’s sadly here.  The last episode of LOST.

Please post your comments of the episode in the comments section below.  I would like to find out if you liked it overall and which parts you liked in particular.

Well LOST brought back so many wonderful memories tonight.  I know it did for me and I hope it did for you also.  LOST has always been a show about hope and love and faith.  Faith in one another and faith in fulfilling the role we are given.  Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sawyer, Ben, Claire, and Locke…  they all played their part, not in service to themselves but in service to one another.  When one was lonely, depressed, hurt and in need, one of their friends would come to lift them up and give them hope and not just for this life but also in their future lives.  LOST shows that our life goes on even after we have left this world.

Recap:

The final recap of the final show.  It’s difficult to type this.  I still have tears in my eyes from watching the beautiful memories of my friends the castaways brought to the island and into all of our shared experiences for this past six years.  I watched the show from the very beginning with a little bit of fear and a great deal of expectation.  And now it’s over but I know I will remember what LOST has taught me about life.

The episode begins with a montage of our characters in the flash sideways.  John comes to the hospital for his back surgery and Jack will do the operation.  Kate is being abducted by Desmond to attend the charity concert where Charlie and Daniel will perform.  Hurley is instructed to find Charlie and Sayid is with them.  In the background the lost casket of Christian Shephard makes its way to an unknown destination.

Jack and John:

John asks for reassurance before the operation, that everything will be alright.  Jack assures him that he is very confident about the surgery and John gives his okay.  Jack gives his son David over to his mother (Juliet! as we all expected) to take him to the concert.  She walks by Sawyer but they don’t recognize one another.  After the surgery Jack notices he is bleeding from the neck.  He wants to leave for the concert while John sleeps off the anesthetic, but John awakens.  Jack is amazed because the surgery has already brought about feeling in Johns legs and he can move his toes.  He tells Jack, “I hope someone fixes you like you fixed me”.

Hurley and Charlie:

Hurley goes to the FlightLine motel (where John tried to propose to Helen in S2).  There he finds Charlie in a very drunken state.  Hurley is overjoyed to find his friend who died on the island.  Now they are reunited, but Charlie doesn’t remember him.  Which is a bit odd because Charlie was the one who got Desmond to see his memories. Although Charlie seemed to be controlled by his near death experience on the plane more than anything.  So Hurley has to tranquilize him to bring him to the concert.  I was so happy to see the overjoyed look in Hurley’s face when he got to see Charlie again.  They then go to a bar where Boone is getting beat up and Shannon cries out for help.  Sayid is told by Hurley that he is good man, but Sayid doesn’t believe him.  But still he leaps out of the van and saves Boone.  When Sayid touches Shannon’s arm they remember their love on the island.  Sayid lost Nadia but is reunited with Shannon.  Does this mean that Nadia might be still alive?  This last question will make sense to you when we get to the end.

The Concert:

Kate arrives with Desmond who brings them to a table shared by Juliet, David and Claire.  Claire was staying with Jack so it makes sense he would invite her to the concert.  Right before the concert is about to start Charlotte has to awaken a drunk Charlie to go on with the show.  At first Charlie thinks she recognizes him as a famous rock star.  But in a funny twist, she only just read a note pinned to him that said wake him up.  As they are walking out she bumps into Daniel who has already noticed her at the museum, but this time he breaks his fear and introduces himself.  They seem to make a quick connection.

As Daniel and Charlie are about to start the show, Charlie sees Claire in the audience and immediately recognizes her from his near death vision on the plane.  He is so dumbstruck he just stares at her.  She starts to have contractions, but doesn’t say anything and leaves to go to the bathroom.  Luckily Kate knows something is wrong and follows her.  She is going into labor, and as Kate delivers the baby, all of her island memories of Aaron’s birth flood back to her and she starts to cry tears of joy.  Claire gets a quick flash too, but it’ when holds Charlie’s hand that all of their memories come back.  They recognize one another and are overjoyed to be reunited again.

Jack arrives late.  He missed everything but Kate is waiting for him.  She tells him he recognizes her from the plane (she stole a pen from him, which is very cute because when Oceanic first crashes on the island, Jack needs a pen and Boone gets him one).  Kate tells Jack she has missed him so much and touches his face (as she did when they kissed for the first time in S1).  But when Jack sees the island and his memory of Kate he pulls away.  Afraid because he does not understand what it means.  She promises him he will understand if he will just go with her.

On the island:

Jack has volunteered to be protector of the island.  He knows that he will have to stop Locke from leaving and destroying it.  Locke needs Desmond to carry out his plan.  They meet Miles, Ben and Sawyer at the well.  It turns out that Bernard is the one who pulled Des out and has taken him to his abode that he shares with his wife Rose.  They usually don’t get involved so they want Des to leave.  But too late, Locke has found them by tracing Vincent’s trail (Vincent is the dog brought to island by Oceanic 815).  He takes Desmond and heads for a meeting with Jack at the light cave.  Before they arrive Jack meets them and tells Locke exactly what he is going to do.  He will let Des enter the cave, but then he is going to kill Locke.  Locke thinks he will destroy the island and escape.  So again there is a battle of wills between the two.

When they get there Jack and Locke lower Des down by rope into the waterfall, which reflects the season 1 finale of the two men looking down into the hatch.  Desmond “turns the failsafe key” by removing an ancient stone from the “pool of life”.  I am not sure what he expected but the pool goes dark.  Locke thinks he has won, when the island starts to self destruct.  But Jack has a surprise for him. The island was the source of Life for Smokey.  And when it went out Smokey became mortal.  Jack got to him and punched him, but Locke hits Jack with a rock knocking him unconscious.  So maybe what Mother told young MIB was true.  You can never leave the island.

Jack follows Locke to his cliffside home, where the sailboat is anchored close by.  They fight and Jack is stabbed.  Luckily he is stabbed where his appendix was removed in Season 4.  Locke is about to do away with Jack, but he is saved by his girl, Kate.  When she shoots Locke with the one bullet she saved for him.  Locke falls off the cliff.  Jack tells them he has to stop the island from destroying itself.  Kate wonders if she will ever see Jack again and then she tells him she loves him.  She decides to go with Sawyer to get Claire to leave the island.  They do the same jump off the cliff they did off the waterfall together in S1.  When they get to Hydra Kate has to convince Claire to go, and tells Claire not to worry, she will help raise Aaron with her.

The plane is readied by Lapidus, who survived the sub explosion.  Miles, Richard, Kate, Claire, and Sawyer are on board when Lapidus gets the plane airborne.  They clear the trees and depart the island.  Meanwhile Jack, Ben and Hurley return to the light cave.  Jack knows he might not come out alive and gives the job to Hurley, who reluctantly agrees when Jack says he believe in him.  {There was a scene a few years back when Jack told Hurley he was crazy}.  Jack goes in the cave and resets the fail safe rock.  The island river of life is restored, Desmond is pulled out alive.  But Jack seems to be stuck there.  Until the stream washes him back outside the cave.  He stumbles on and makes it as far as the bamboo jungle where he lays down near death.  Hurley and Ben realize that Jack is gone.  Hurley asks Ben’s help to run the island (Ben becomes the new Richard).  Ben is honored.  He gets the island like he always wanted but not as a dictator, more like a mentor/counselor to Hurley.

The Church:

At the church Ben and Locke meet each other outside.  Ben apologizes to Locke and tells him he was being greedy and selfish and that Locke was truly the special one.  Locke forgives Ben, but Ben won’t go into the church.  Hurley comes by later to thank Ben for being his number 2 guy on the island.  Apparently all worked out well while they ruled there.  Ben still won’t come into the church.  Hurley goes in.  Inside Jack touches his father’s casket and it awakens his memories of the island.  He opens it to find it is empty.  His father Christian appears and tells Jack that he is dead.  When Jack asks how his dad could be there, Christian asks the same to Jack and he then realizes he is dead too.  Jack reunites with all his friends from the island, they are there to meet him in his church.  His family that he made for himself from the survivors of this life will be his companions in the next life.

The Ending:

Jack lays down in the same spot where we started the show.  His wound is lethal.  He sees Vincent who comes to be next to him.  Jack looks up and sees the plane flying over head.  Apparently his mission has succeeded.  He saved his friends.  His eye closes.  Jack dies.  But he does not die alone.

Epilogue/Denouement:

We see airplane wreckage on the beach. LOST.

Analysis:

I will have an in depth analysis here sometime later on Monday or Tuesday.  For now, let me give you some possibilites for the ending:

  1. The Ajira flight crashed on the beach.  No one was supposed to leave the island and so Kate, Claire, Sawyer, Miles and Lapidus all died shortly after Jack did.
  2. Oceanic 815 is on the beach.  This could be a flashback to the pilot episode.
  3. Another plane has landed on the beach.  The cycle repeats itself for the island’s new caretakers, Hurley and Ben.

Personally I like the first choice because I believe this group of people (Jack’s group) were meant to live and to die together.

13 Responses

  1. It was wonderful! I laughed and cried and was thoroughly surprised. It was very moving and a great end to the best story ever.
    Steve aka mr badd

  2. I don’t think that Kate, Sawyer and Claire died shortly after Jack. I think it was years later. First, Christian said there was no “now.” Time was irrelevant. Second, Kate told Jack she had been waiting for him a long time. Third, Hurley told Ben he had made a great #2 and vice versa. That suggests they were on the island some time after Jack died.

    I think the ending was brilliant.

  3. To be honest I am not sure of what to make of the ending, I guess in some ways it gave answers but in other ways it still left some questions.

  4. My initial reaction (logically and spiritually) was that they all perished at the time of the crash of 815.

    I hate using the word purgatory, but that was my take on the show back in season #1.

    My question for the night is why did Ben Linus refuse to go into the church? Was he the only one that wasn’t on the plane?

    • First re-watch of the ending. I initially thought the “meeting” at the multi-denominational church was only the original Losties plus Christian. However, upon further review Juliet, Desmond and Penny were also present. Therefore, my first theory doesn’t stand up and my purgatory theory seems to have been debunked.

      I’m now wondering how long each of Jack’s “friends” were awaiting his arrival since their departure from the alternate (sideways) time line.

      Was Ben excluded by his own choice, or was he just too evil to have made it to the “reunion.”

  5. I enjoyed the episode overall but it confirmed what I had been thinking all season, all the flash sideways portions were a waste of time. Shows that go with the ‘it was all a dream’ type of plotlines really annoy me.

    That said, when did Jack die. The flash sideways started after the atomic bomb exploded. At that point all the survivors could already be considered “the most important people in Jack’s life”. If it was when 815 crashed, they wouldn’t have had that importance. But most likely, it was at the end of the final episode that he actually died. Regardless of when he died, the flash sideways portions of the show were nothing more than a wish of “what could have been” for Jack and the other Losties. I’m going to stop my rant about the flash sideways/limbo-purgatory portion of the show because I think I’ve said enough.

    I enjoyed it when Flocke commented to Jack “wasn’t it a little obvious” about Jack becoming the new Jacob.

    I thought it was a little corny to have a literal “cork in a bottle” that Desmond had to pull out and Jack had to replace.

    It was good seeing Rose and Bernard again. They always had the best love story.

    It is interesting that the Lost happy ending has everyone dead. There were also people not on 815 in the church and having memories so they definitely didn’t all die when 815 crashed.

    Now for some questions:
    When people were having flashbacks/flash forwards before, were we being shown their true past/future or were we being shown visions of their alternate reality in purgatory? Especially when Desmond would have flashbacks and Eloise was correcting him about what he should/shouldn’t do.

    When the purgatory Losties had their flashes and memories restored, was it then a complete “life ‘flashing’ before their eyes” kind of thing all the way to their death? They only showed us enough so we would know they got all their memories but I’m guessing they saw their lives past what they were showing us all the way to their deaths.

    Is it that when each person dies they enter the limbo world and regardless of what time in the ‘real world’ they enter they arrive at the same point? When Juliet died and told Sawyer “it worked” did she enter limbo and live out everything in the flash sideways up until she remembered and could “let go”? We got to see Jack’s “letting go” point and death but I’m guessing it was the same for everyone just at their own times.

  6. It was a fitting ending to a great show. Credit goes to the writers, I even lost faith in them towards the end, but they came up trumps.

    Let me start by replying to some of the statements above.

    1. I thought the plane crash ending was a tribute to the work in the pilot episode.
    2.Denise, Christian said “where we are, time is irrelevant” (Heaven). So where they were was not real, maybe an extension of their lives after thet died.
    3. Jamie, I think the ending was so great that I forgave all the mistake and all the unanswered questions they had. It’s all about the characters in the end.
    4. buzmeg, I believe Ben stayed because this is where he found true love, and he wants to cherish it longer. He can now stay with Danielle & Alex.

    My reactions is as I started, a well directed ending, I absolutely loved it.

    LOST shows us no matter how life treats us, it’s the people around us that make it worthwhile. We were never meant to be alone. All the trials and heartaches we experience, get us to where we are now. It comes down to perspective, no matter how down we get we know there are people who love us. We can take a trial as an opporutnity or we can be angry with ourselves. Our lives will be hell is we choose the latter.

    I want to thank TLE & Jeremy for their friendship, along with all the fans of this site, and fans of the show. I hope we can continue to be friends. And whoever our faith is with, I pray we can one day meet…. and possibly re-live the great LOST adventures. Just like the church was a place for the losties to reunite, we have the internet as a place for us to join together.

    I love the stained glass window in the church where Christian’s coffin was laid. It was symbolic of a unity of faiths, and unity of ethnicity which we saw thoughout lost.

    Back to the show, from what I remembered. I loved seeing the fight scene of Locke & Jack on the cliffs, what would have made it better is, if the star wars soundtrack “duel of the fates” came on and light sabres were drawn. That would have been awesome.

    After Jack had defeated Locke, and pushed him over the cliff, we flashed to the alternative time line, where Locke was waking up from surgery. As Jack looked down at him. I was sure MIB was going to come out and strangle Jack.

    Everytime I saw Jack’s neck bleeding I though he was having a case of stigmata.

    When Charlie wrapped Aaron up in Claire’s arms, I was waiting for Charlie to call Aaron, “turnip head”.

    If the island is hell, then the alternative time line must be heaven.

  7. I finally got it! Everyone should watch the final ten minutes with sub-titles turned on or having the script to read along.
    Here is the dialog between Jack & Christian

    CHRISTIAN 6:18
    THE MEANING OF “LOST”

    CHRISTIAN: Hello, Jack.

    JACK: I don’t understand.

    JACK: You died.

    CHRISTIAN: Yeah. Yes, I did.

    JACK: Then how are you here right now?

    CHRISTIAN: How are you here?

    JACK: I died, too.

    CHRISTIAN: It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay, son.

    JACK: I love you, dad.
    CHRISTIAN: – I love you, too, son.

    JACK: Are you… are you real?

    CHRISTIAN: I sure hope so.

    CHRISTIAN: Yeah, I’m real.

    JACK: You’re real.

    CHRISTIAN: Everything that’s ever happened to you is real.

    CHRISTIAN: All those people in the church…they’re all real, too.

    JACK: They’re all… they’re all dead?

    CHRISTIAN: Everyone dies sometime, kiddo.

    CHRISTIAN: Some of them before you, some long after you.

    JACK: But why are they all here now?

    CHRISTIAN: Well, there is no,”now” . . . Here.

    JACK: Where are we, dad?

    CHRISTIAN:
    This is a place that you… that you all made together so that you could find one another.
    The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people.
    That’s why all of you are here.
    Nobody does it alone, Jack.
    You needed all of them and they needed you.

    JACK: For what?

    CHRISTIAN: To remember… and to… let go.

    JACK: Kate… she said we were leaving.

    CHRISTIAN: Not leaving. No.

    CHRISTIAN: Moving on.

    JACK: Where are we going?

    CHRISTIAN: Let’s go find out.

  8. Now that I’ve had some time to digest the events, i hve more to say.

    I’m of the assumption that Hurely created the ALT world. When Ben and Hurley have the talk about leadership, Ben just outlined the rules for Hurley. Which is he can make the rules to be whatever he wants them to be (magic box). He created a place where they could all meet again before they could move on.

    I think Kate redeemed herself in this episode. It was an awesome line from her as she killed Locke.

  9. Just like most of the series, the final episode left me wondering what just happened. While this was not the epic finale I had dreamed, the narrative was compelling and brought closure to many of the issues we’ve watched unfold over the past six years.

    I am still left with a few unresolved questions. On the island, what becomes of the whispers? Off island, I am surprised that Sayid’s character is not that different from the island timeline. What happened to the people that died in the sideways timeline?

    The final scene in the church will probably be debated for years as it was full of rich dialogue and symbolism. I think the writers missed a great opportunity to bring back Walt (no matter his size). Imagine how that could further the debate.

    I’m looking forward to watching this episode again as well as the entire series. I’ll view things in a much different light now. Let the rewatch begin.

    • Why was there such an outcry to have Walt re-introduced? He wasn’t a factor in the story since Season Two. As a matter of comparison Miles Straume appeared in more episodes than Walt.

      Walt left the Island with Michael and effectively ended his worth to the overall story.

      IMHO they did just fine without bringing him back. He just wasn’t a factor.

  10. I truly love the way the writers ended Lost. Whether you thought they were in purgatory the whole time, or just in the sideways timeline. It let your own personal ideals make that choice. I think the reason so many people are bummed out is that they do not want to think anymore. People just want to be spoon fed answers. I am in the middle I think the island was a real place of mysticism. Since Harley was the last island protector, he built the sideways reality for the lost souls and came to meet them when all had met there end. I think Ben is now the island protector and he stayed outside the church because he is still there. I watched the show with a huge group of people and the band Previously on Lost. http://www.itsasickness.com/lounge/adam-and-jeff-are-obsessed-lost These guys are an episode recap band and they’re wonderful. It was such an amazing way to close out Lost. Their music is a great way to reminisce about your favorite episodes.

  11. As an episode i enjoyed it, but as a finale I found it to be a bit of a disappointing end to the show.

    Overall I enjoyed the Island scenes and the choice the writers made to make Hurley the protector, although I thought that the ‘cork’ used to delf destruct the Island raised too many unanswered questions.

    The grouping together of the couples in the alternate timeline was nice as it gave the all the characters a nice conclusion however it became tiring towards the end.

    The final scenes at the church were annoying to think that after watching Lost for 6 years the whole show was leading towardsall of the characters being dead in purgatory.

    The one thing that I loved was the scene of Jack’s eye slowly closing as it felt as if the show had come full circle.

    While this was not exactly the finale I had hoped for it still provided somewhat of a resolution.

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