Wow...that was AWESOME.
I am really struggling to put all of my thoughts and emotions into words, so let's take a moment and just talk about the basics:
- Everything that happened on the Island for the past six years was real...I thought that was extremely important.
- As for all of the unsolved mysteries/questions...I am OK with every single one of them, and I actually sort of feel sorry for the people who couldn't enjoy this season because they still don't know who came up with the Numbers or why there was still a Dharma food drop in 2004.
It's a Mysterious Island...it's going to have mysteries. For every one we didn't get an answer to, I think we have enough information to make intelligent guesses, and (more important and exciting) to have intelligent debate and discussion for as long as it takes until we are all ready to "move on".
- Other on-Island stuff I loved:
Jack and Locke's fight on the cliff. Jack and Locke have always been at the heart of the conflict on the Island, and now you add the extra context of Jack the Protector vs. (Un)Locke the Malevolent Evil. It had a real "Clash of the Titans" feel to it, them fighting on the cliff while the storm howls around them and the Island is falling apart. Just epic television.
Miles's dedication to duct tape.
Everything Hurley said and did.
The closing scene, especially the fact that Vincent was there to comfort Jack and make sure he didn't die alone.
Honestly, there was nothing about the Island stuff that I didn't think was done perfectly...I can't think of anything that I would change about it.
- As for the Sideways Timeline...well, I loved that too, even if it did take a little more brain power than I had available as I was watching it in the early hours of this morning (long story).
First of all, every single scene that involved our characters gaining "awareness" was just wonderfully done...it got REALLY dusty in my living room a few times. Especially the Charlie/Claire/Kate/Aaron scene....hold on, I got something in my eye....
I've already had a couple of conversations with people who were confused about the "Sideways Endgame". I think the big mistake that people are making is trying to view the story through the prism of their own theology. I am a Christian...if I try to look at what we saw in this episode and make it fit into what the Bible says about the afterlife, Heaven and Hell, etc, then this will make no sense at all.
I'm still formulating my thoughts, but here is a rough sketch...
First thing: There is NO "time" related to the Sideways. All of the things we thought were "Timeline errors" weren't errors at all, because there IS no timeline in the Sideways.
I'm not looking at the Sideways as an "afterlife". It is Another life... as in "See ya in another life, brotha". The Sideways is a place that exists outside of our own time and space. The characters that we have seen in that Sideways timeline are not the physical beings...it is their innermost conscious, whether you call that their soul or whatever. This reality exists ALL the time...there is no beginning, there is no end...it is ALWAYS happening.
The connections that these people have made in "our" timeline were so strong that it caused their innermost selves to create this place for them all to get together, reconnect, and REMEMBER.
It's not "purgatory" or "Heaven", per se...trying to put those labels on it is what is going to confuse people, I think.
Here are the two aspects regarding the sideways that I am still mulling over:
1) How was it "decided" who gets to be in the church with them and who doesn't?
2) What was the deal with Jack and Juliet having a son? Who was that guy?
I think I know the answers to these questions...but I'm still thinking about it.
I will be back sometime with a full recap...hopefully it won't take me as long to do this one as it did last season's finale. My biggest issue right now is to train my brain to stop asking questions like "What's next?"; "Where are they going with this?", etc.
This was a brilliant finale to a brilliant series. We will never see anything like it again.