Understanding the end

Warning: if you haven’t watched the Lost series finale, or the final season, or the whole series, you might want to wait until you’ve done so before reading my ramblings. However, if you haven’t watched Lost at all I don’t see how you should be interested in this article in the first place. Nonetheless, and despite whatever my judgment may appear to be in this article, if you haven’t watched Lost—or are one those who watched nothing but a season-two episode featuring a strange Nigerian man carrying a stick and claim that nothing makes sense in Lost—I really advise you to point your time machine to September 22, 2004. Or just get the DVDs—whichever is easier.

It’s been one full month since the Lost finale. Now the whole world has already written about it, one way or another. Fans have tweeted their satisfaction or disappointment, while non-fans have reiterated their lack of interest (and also directed their ha-has at the disappointed fans). Academics have dissected, analyzed, interpreted the episode, the season, the series and, possibly, the fans’ reactions to all of them.

Update: since the structure of this website has changed, and considering that the original post deserved more than just a quick appearance on a weblog, I transferred it to the main section of the website, among the long-form contents.