May 24, 2010

INARGUABLY THE GREATEST MISSED OPPORTUNITY IN FINAL EPISODE HISTORY...:

No Longer ‘Lost,’ but Still Searching (MIKE HALE, 5/25/10, NY Times)

As the final two and a half hours of “Lost” unspooled on Sunday night, Desmond and Jack walked into a cave for the final showdown with evil, and Desmond said, “This doesn’t matter, him destroying the island, you destroying him.” Jack, serious to the end, replied, “All of this matters.”

It was the sort of thesis-antithesis, drama-of-ideas moment that the show had always specialized in. The problem was that several hours later, after the show’s mystical, walk-into-the-white-light ending, it was Desmond who would be proved more right. The battle Jack was about to engage in with the monster inhabiting the body of John Locke mattered in the way that the proper placement of X’s and Y’s matters in an equation — meaning on “Lost” always having been largely abstract, as if it were a product of flow charts rather than imagination.

But when the entire island story line we had been following for six seasons turned out not to matter very much within the internal organization of the show’s narrative — to be largely disconnected from that final quasi-religious resolution of the plot — it was deflating, despite the warm feelings the finale otherwise inspired.


...was when the folks at Cheers failed to introduce Vera in the final episode and have her be played by someone of Salma Hayek level hotness.

[Though we'll concede that having the MASH unit overrun by Chicoms with ensuing mass execution is a close second.]

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2010 2:04 PM
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