No matter how anyone felt about the controversial season finale of Lost, everyone agreed that the sixth season was spectacular. It made us laugh and cry — and wonder at all the crazy mystery of it all.
Lost was a six year journey for the fans that ended all too soon. With the August 24th release of the final season on DVD, perhaps this is the time to re-discover the last leg of a remarkable journey. At its best or worse, Lost was a riveting saga. It captured the hearts and minds of fans and non-fans alike and created a phenomenon that is virtually unparalleled by any other television show.
While other shows may have gone on longer, or garnered more viewers or generated more profits, none could reach the pinnacle that Lost achieved. In the mere 6 years it was televised, it received 72 Emmy nominations and countless other awards. Lost was simply amazing television. It drew us in and held us gripped in awestruck admiration.
Genre television, let alone one that started with blowing up a plane and introducing a smoke monster, does not usually draw the mass audience. But unable to look away, fans stuck with the labyrinthine series just to find out how it all ended. There may not have been a rhyme or reason for it — the wheel of names of possible candidates to protect a glowing source was just too esoteric for most — but watching the indelible characters who had fascinated us from the start made compelling — or more accurately, addictive — television.
The names Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Ben, Locke, Charlie, Claire, Boone, Shannon, Sayid, Jin, Sun, Michael, Walt, Rose, Bernard, Juliet, Desmond, Penny, and many more are so well known in popular culture that today all one has to do is say one of the names and everyone will nod their heads with recognition. Lost created a world so real and so astoundingly vivid, that even with its horrors, we so desperately wanted to be a part of it. If there was such an island today, thousands of fans would be flocking to it. The mysteries of the polar bears, the Hatch, the Dharma Initiative, the Others, Jacob and the Man In Black, the donkey wheel and the doomed Looking Glass outpost were wildly entertaining.
As the series came to a close and tried to explain the reason behind the wormholes, time-shifting and fractured timelines, it sometimes felt cumbersome and unwieldy. Despite the difficulties of grasping all the multi-layered stories and character shifts, fans tenaciously stuck by the show and waited with bated breath for those final few minutes. Then the final scene faded to black and everyone wondered what they had just witnessed. Was that the end? What did it mean? Were they all dead? If so, how? The last minute foray into the theological realm left fans befuddled and confused. The heart-warming, gripping journey was over — but was it truly?
In the sixth season DVD, an attempt to answer some of the last lingering questions was made. But having now viewed that last little bit of information, it only brings up more questions.
However, perhaps that was the point of Lost all along. It was intended to be a series to question the reality we live in. To challenge us to look beyond what we see and know and wonder if there is yet another dimension or alternate timeline in which we are living other lives. Lost was never an easy show to watch or comprehend. It was one of the most complex stories ever presented on television, and it gave us the opportunity to venture into the land of the Lost.
Bonus features on Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season DVD include: “The New Man In Charge” which examines the life that Hurley and Ben lived on the Island after Jack sacrificed himself; “The End: Crafting a Final Season” in which the Lost producers share how they worked to end the journey; “A Hero’s Journey” which explores how to define a hero; “See You in Another Life, Brotha” in which the sideways universe is explained; “Lost on Location” which shows all the fun the cast and crew had making the end; “Lost in 8:15 – A Crash Course” to help explain what the show was about; along with Lost bloopers, deleted scenes and audio commentaries. The DVD set has a running time of 802 minutes for all 16 episodes of the sixth season.
ABC Studios has offered the fans exactly what they need to relive a season that enthralled and shocked us all.