“Lost” – A Retrospective

There may be another television series like “Lost.” But not for a very long time.

I couldn’t breathe for the last 15 minutes……

To all of those who didn’t get it, who said we were wasting our time, who’d rather watch, well, whatever else was on while we fans participated in a global phenomenon – thanks for your patience, and I’m sorry for your loss.

You see, there will be cultural and political references to the island and the six-year-journey that we’ve been on that will go over your heads. There will be discussions containing metaphors from episodes of television’s most original drama that will make you go “Huh?”

We’ll explain as best we can.

But after a awhile, you will have to experience it for yourselves. It’s not too late for you to see it on your own. (You don’t have to tell anyone.) You will be glad you took the time to delve into the world of questions and answers that made us think, wonder, hope, pray and really focus on how great it is to be alive.

“Lost” wasn’t “Star Trek,” a cult hit, a multi-series of shows and movies of which I’ve been a fan since the first re-run I saw where William Shatner first haltingly played a scene.

No, Lost was an experience that was different for every person who came to the island – not the characters on the show, but each of us who watched. We brought our different kinds of spirituality, our different kinds of humor, our different kinds of crushes (Sawyer), and we took away different things.

The show was about finding out who you are no matter where you are and learning what changes you. It was a show that celebrated the births of children as the beginning of life for every child’s parents. It was a show about sacrifice and who is willing and how far they’ll go and how the answers will surprise you.

In the end, I didn’t have all the answers. But I’d dare anyone, besides the amazing creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, to say I’m wrong.

So Hurley died on the island, where he hung out with Rose and her husband until they died, and only their dog was left to wait for Jack. (Yes, dogs can live a long, long time on the island.)

Benjamin couldn’t go into the church at the end because he was still on the island, probably 100 years old.

And Walt wasn’t there because he wasn’t dead. (He’s still young, and he’s eight feet tall, right?)

In the end, Jack winds up with Kate, Juliet winds up with Sawyer, Hurley winds up with Libby, Sun and Jin made the right choice to leave this life together.

And Jack’s father, Christian, shepherded them into the light. Imagine how long he’d been waiting for Jack – and how long Jack had been waiting for the father Christian finally was.


There may be another television series like “Lost.” But not for a very long time. I hope I get to see it. Heck, I hope I write it.

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