September 5, 2010

IT TOOK THAT MANY YEARS TO ACKNOWLEDGE LOCKE WAS RIGHT?

The final Lost review (Ken Tucker, 5/24/10, Entertainment Weekly)

If there was any big surprise last night, it was how overtly Christian in its imagery and message the series proved to be. Its heavily underscored lesson was that everyone was forgiven — that word was used over and over. And the water at the Magic Glowing Source was used for the purposes of transubstantiation: “Drink this,” Jack was told upon being handed water, a phrase later repeated when Jack gave water to Hugo. Given the liquid’s effect particularly on Jack, the dialogue might just as well have quoted directly from a Communion service: “Drink this, for this is my body which is given unto you. Do this, in remembrance of me.”

For if there was one thing we can probably all agree upon, in the end, Jack Shephard was a Christ figure whose sacrifice saved many other people. The imagery could not have been more specific: Jack’s questioning and obeying of his father; his leadership of a small group of disciples; his final ascension (in TV terms, in a glowing white light). Even the piercing of his side by Locke/Man In Black was in the part of his body where Christ was speared while in agony on the crucifying cross.

But for most of its long but rarely boring length, the final Lost did not huff and puff and labor toward a heavy metaphorical conclusion. Instead, it was, well, pretty delightful, full of reunions that were both emotional and funny...


The final few minutes made up for some of the digression, but the series basically made no progress after the first episode of Season Two: Man of Science, Man of Faith. Jack switched from the former to the latter, but you'd be hard-pressed to say what it was in the ensuing five years that made him do so. It seemed to be just a matter of exhaustion.


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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2010 5:29 PM
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