Friday, May 28, 2010

My Final LOST Post

After re-watching the entire finale yesterday, it's time for a final post on the matter. This basically is just one gigantic spoiler though, so I'm putting it after the jump to save those of you who are still holding out. You're welcome.

First of all, for those of you who still think the entire thing was a vision that flashed before Jack's eyes right after the Oceanic crash, because that's when he and everyone else died -- you're wrong. Just consider this:
  • According to Jack's Dad, of those people in the church at the end, "some died before you; others long after you." If Christian is to be believed (and I don't know why he'd lie about this), then they didn't all die in the crash.
  • In the final scene, after Jack closes his eyes, they show the wreckage of the airplane. Other than the wreckage, there are two things you'll notice: footprints on the beach, and the blue tarp that was set up at the beach camp, flapping in the wind. If they all died in the original crash, neither of those are there.
Sure, you may say that that's all part of his dream too, but then you're opening up a whole new can of worms. At the very heart of it -- no, it didn't actually happen. None of it is real. It's a TV show. But if you wanted to, you could go through every scripted drama and make the case that it's a dream of some sort. Maybe Jack Bauer works in a convenience store and the entirety of 24 is just a hero scenario that plays out in his head because his real life sucks. Maybe Dexter isn't an actual murderer, but he's fucked up in the head and dreams about killing people all day long. In essence, all these shows are all dreams -- ones that the writers have, and ones that we suspend belief to accept as real.

So as it was a main theme of LOST, it all comes down to faith. Faith that what the writers gave us every reason to accept is real actually happened. For this reason, I'm a believer, because the idea that the whole thing was a dream makes for a much worse ending than the one that I'm choosing to believe. 

And as much as I hate the Red Sox, the scene that helps my position the most here is the one in Season 3 where Jack gets shown the video of them winning the World Series to prove that the outside world is still happening. If Jack dies in the Oceanic crash, he never sees that video -- it would happen after his supposed death.

On the other hand, maybe it is a dream after all, and the Red Sox never won the World Series. In fact, if we can agree that the 2004 baseball season was all just a dream, I think I'd be okay with changing my stance here.

And that's all I have to say about that. We'll set up the weekend sometime this afternoon. Keep hitting refresh.

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