LOST is that itch that I'm having trouble scratching, as no doubt some of you will realize by now. But I found out some interesting stuff today; I am going to share it here plus some thoughts, and I think I can finally come to a peaceful resolution of my nagging questions about the show.
1.) The images of the plane wreckage at the end didn't air in Canada; apparently they were only stock images added by ABC to the credits to allow people to "decompress" after watching the episode. They weren't intended to form part of the show; the last thing you were meant to see was Jack's closing eye.
2.) A quick comment re Guffy's post above: if as a writer, you have to explain that much at the end, how effective were the in-story explanations? I don't think we needed so many red herrings but, that being said ...
3.) I have had a revelation this morning, both through reading comments on other boards and reflection: LOST is a prime-time soap opera! That helps me understand the writing style, the characters coming back to life, the twists and turns, the incongruous character behaviour I have commented on before, almost everything. If I had known I was watching a soap, I wouldn't have expected answers. You know, that helps me almost forgive the writers completely.
Some of you may feel a need to argue against LOST being a soap - please don't do so on my account. Check out the definitions below, and reflect on it a bit. It does resonate.
soap opera: Definition from Answers.com
I feel happy now. I finally understand. LOST is even listed on soapcentral.com.
4.) Some folks believe LOST is an adaptation (loosely) of "Lost Horizons" written by James Hilton in 1933. An interesting premise.
A quick summary of "Lost Horizons": "While attempting to escape a civil war, four people are kidnapped and transported to the Tibetan mountains. After their plane crashes, they are found by a mysterious Chinese man. He leads them to a monastery hidden in "the valley of the blue moon" -- a land of mystery and matchless beauty where life is lived in tranquil wonder, beyond the grasp of a doomed world. It is here, in Shangri-La, where destinies will be discovered and the meaning of paradise will be unveiled."
It's a wonderful book; if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.
Well, that's it, time to shut off the LOST obsession, for me anyway. HA, maybe I will watch the DVD's sometime after all ...