Originally Posted by Desi420
I think that the problem people find in the 6th season is that it didn't answer the questions WE had. And what was addressed was not a big enough bang to feed our egos for having figured it out.
I for one would like to thank the people who were involved with Lost for opening up my eyes to how every story ends. Whether it be, the bad guy sitting in your office telling a messed up story, or the evil force of the galaxy being the heros father. Or the evil is contained in a well behind a waterfall. The good guy must come to terms with what he must do. An illustration of his "Growth". In the end it was a well told tale, by thoughs who took it upon themselves to get the Mass Audience to draw up their own conclusion.
I liked the way you explained this and pretty sure you have to see it more in the perspective, in the end it's about character's growth (mainly Jack in the final season to be honest) more than anything else. However people seem to be disappointed about pretty much the same things regarding Season 6.
Don't count those talking about Polar bears that authors felt the right to mock with Ben's explanation. Not a single thing of that scene impressed me, but I was just amused and happy to see something more about Lost, about some of their characters, even thou was just, as I said, authors laughing at us, or if not us, at the kind of fan asking for MORE explanations. Most of us liked the show anyway, no matter what. In the end we pretty much agree Lost is one of the best shows ever, if not (considering it in its entirety) the best one. My feeling is it's author's fault, not ours. We somehow had the feeling six season could be better, I don't think we would share the same thoughts the same way about any of other season or single character.
My point is we lowered our expectations, not raised.
We accepted everything, even time travel as it was showed with no problem, we were ready for Jacob and so on... It wasn't important our theory was wrong, show was still fantastic.
Let me go a bit off-topic.
We followed authors where they were leading us to, but at one point we had the feeling they didn't know they were going.
I have one example: the sunken island right after the plane scene.
Watching it for the first time could easily feed your curiosity for months. We didn't put it there, authors did, but when we look back at it after the ending, that was just a way to "mislead" us for no reason. And it worked only once, because when you rewatch, that's a point where, somehow, you feel disappointment or something like that.
Disappointment was new to me: never felt, not even once watching Flashes Before your Eyes for the tenth time or when Jin met young Rosseau.
It didn't lead anywhere as it was shown, so why showing sunken island that way? However at that moment it seemed really relevant. I think at one point, for the first time, authors were running on empty. Season six, except of course ep.1 and final episode, was just a filler (well, compared to other series still above par, but for the Lost I knew so far...) for a final parade for tears (that worked!) . Don't get me wrong, Jack was still Jack and I felt his final moments were touching, I am not even trying to argue about that, loved when he told those words about not naming Locke, but almost every other characted in the island seemed out of focus and in the "alt-life" they were person we didn't even know until their..."reconnection".
Even what happened on Island was empty and pointless for the most parts (what's the point to see Claire that way? or Sayid?).
Realizing every character didn't know while we believed (were sure) he (or she) knew is not cool, it was frustrating. At that point I am forced to think: am I supposed to dislike previous seasons to like this one? What's the point of throwing at us the temple and its occupants when at that point didn't make any difference? That part felt a bit rushed too.
Also... Ilana didn't know a thing, Richard didn't know...even Widmore was clueless. I am pretty sure none of us would have bet on Widmore demise like that and not because it was too "original" , but because it was too cheap to even imagine.
I stop here for the moment. I am not even sure someone is going to read this. Sorry for my english too...also, I didn't re-read...sorry.
Give me a reason to delete my post, explaining how it was instead well planned or anything it may help believing things in that direction, I would do it gladly.
Sorry for the off-topic.
Back to topic, I repeat myself. We had no expectations, I mean, we had a lot of theories and ideas of course. My expectation for season 2 or 5 after season 1 and 4 where different from what it was actually shown, but I never felt what I am feeling for season 6: we followed their rules and their parameters, accepted everything as part of the narration. Till that point. Then our only doubt became if it was the Lost as they told us, not as it was as we imagined it. I hope it's clear.
Sorry for the long post.