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Lost: Season 6 (The Final Season) - Review

Lost: Season 6

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Original scripted content that goes deeper into some of the stories, Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD produced by Damon Lindeloff and Carlton Cuse; Lost bloopers and deleted scenes; Lost on Location; Crafting a final season; Audio commentaries.

AFTER six seasons Lost finally came to an end earlier this year with a finale that just about proved worth the wait. And yet now the dust has settled, and the final series makes its debut on DVD, questions continue to linger… and not just about that damn island itself!

No, the questions are manifold and also relate to the show’s overall quality, its sense of closure and whether or not the issues that dogged viewers for much of the show’s run really were resolved.

Season six was as infuriating as many of its previous seasons. It didn’t erase the suspicion that, for long periods of time, viewers had been strung along. And it didn’t completely or satisfyingly answer all the questions.

Not that series co-creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse ever said they were going to. Weeks before the show was due to end, they admitted that questions would remain unanswered, albeit with a sense of closure that would reward fans’ long-term loyalty.

And let’s face it, if you’d made it this far you had to be a fan. The sceptics and the impatient had long since tuned out, convinced that life was too short for this type of never-ending nonsense.

But were we really rewarded? Again, that’s open to debate.

Season 6 was, in a lot of respects, a vast improvement on the dire, time-travelling Season 5 when it could truly be argued that the show lost the plot. But it wasn’t without its teases, or its frustrations.

Picking up in the immediate aftermath of the bomb that attempted to re-align everyone’s fate, the show immediately dropped another love it or hate it plot device: namely, an alternative reality or sideways world that showed what happened to the passengers of Oceanic Flight 815 if it had never crashed on the island.

So, another question… was it the ‘real’ reality, or another ruse? Were the characters’ fates always going to be linked from the moment they got on board that plane?

Meanwhile, back on the island, Jack (Matthew Fox), Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Locke (Terry O’Quinn) and the Kwons (Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim) attempted to find a way off the island for one final time and beat their various rivals and enemies.

But even knowing that there had to be a resolution brought its own set of problems: namely, the creators’ insistence upon tossing in new conspiracies, new characters and new delaying tactics.

The false start offered by an extended detour into a temple and a new community was deeply irritating and wholly unnecessary – possibly as a way of making the events that took place in the sideways world more interesting.

The mythology surrounding Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) and The Man in Black (Titus Welliver) also tended to grate, especially in light of the way one of them had taken over the spirit of Locke.

Indeed, one of the worst episodes in the entire history of the series arrived just before the finale (Across The Sea), in which the back stories of Jacob and his brother/nemesis were ‘explained’. By then, of course, viewers were far more interested in the fates of the people we’d been rooting for since the beginning, particularly as Across The Sea refused to part with tradition by leaving more questions than answers.

As for the final hours themselves, there were still nagging doubts that we’d been led a merry dance for the better part of six years.

Sideways world turned out to be purgatory, contrary to the original belief about the island… while all of the characters died. The revelations provided an emotional rollercoaster of a finale… one that excited, exhilarated and even reduced the majority of viewers to tears.

Yet, for the sense of closure it brought to the main characters, there still remained questions about the island and its powers – issues that had deliberately been left unanswered or ‘open to eternal debate’.

Hence, as good – at times – as the final season remains (and it did deliver a fitting finale of sorts), those seeking completism and absolute closure didn’t even come close to getting it.

Lost therefore remains a deeply polarising series. On the one hand, it was inventive, engrossing and a wild, unique ride. On the other, it was a pointlessly over-plotted ‘great idea’ stretched beyond breaking point.

Season 6 offers a must own box set for those who believe in the former. Its second half, in particular, offered highly engrossing, emotionally draining viewing that wisely opted to place its characters to the fore.

As for the burning question of whether the whole ride was worth it, and whether patience was rewarded, the answer is probably not.

The final two hours – read more or read interviews with cast members Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn and Daniel Dae Kim

Certificate: 15
Number of discs: 5
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: September 13, 2010