Yesterday, I claimed that I don’t have much to complain about when it comes to “Lost.” But after last night’s two-hour season finale, I’ve got more than a few quibbles. For the first hour and 55 minutes, I was hooked. We learned who Jacob is and the various, nefarious ways in which he’s been manipulating the Losties for decades. We got a satisfying glimpse into the chillaxing oceanside retirement of long-MIA lovebirds Rose and Bernard. And there were countless obscure tidbits — the reappearance of Charlie’s Drive Shaft ring, the reenactment of Jack’s terrifying first solo surgery that he told Kate about in the pilot episode — to reward hardcore viewers.
And then those final five minutes. Newly whiney Ben gets to go off on a monologue about being underappreciated? We’re wasting valuable time here, Linus! Juliet detonates the nuke and the last thing we see is a white screen? Game-changer, sure. Cheap cliffhanger, you bet! The ending was reminiscent of the final moments of season one, when we got a long, tantalizing, ultimately frustrating peak into the Hatch without actually seeing or learning anything. Last season’s finale, in which we saw that it was indeed John Locke in the coffin, or season three’s finale, in which we learned that some Losties actually got off the Island (albeit temporarily) — now those were some kickass closers. That post-bomb, bright white screen will be seared into my memory until 2010, when the sixth and final season will commence. I’ll have quit complaining by then and started desperately counting the days until the episodes start streaming across the airwaves. Because, really, “Lost” is still, and by far, the best show on TV.
Here’s what other folks at MTV News had to say after last night’s finale:
Rock Editor James Montgomery:
Senior Copy Editor Sabrina Rojas Weiss: So, of course, the real story last night was about Jacob and the other guy, who appear to be some kind of demigods, and how this whole show might really be some sick game they’re playing with each other; a game they’ve apparently played before. (And now I’m seeing that people who know about such things are calling the other guy Esau, after Jacob’s brother in the Bible.) But while all those deep thoughts are percolating in my brain, I’ll just react to the surface-y stuff: Juliet freaking kicks ass! Jack must have some spectacular healing powers to be able to get up right after that beatdown from Sawyer. And Miles, Rose and Bernard proved to be the smartest (and funniest!) characters on the whole damn island.
Splash Page Editor Rick Marshall: There weren’t any further clues as to the source of Richard Alpert’s never-ending eyeliner supply, and there wasn’t a peep from the Smoke Monster — but last night’s “Lost” did manage to blow my mind in at least one way. Apparently, I might need to rethink my support for Team Locke … and move over to Team Jack? I can hardly believe I’m writing this, given my support for Locke throughout the series thus far, but it’s starting to seem like Jack is the new John, and John is the new, well, bad guy? Yeah, my head’s starting to hurt just thinking about it. Well played, “Lost” team. Well played.
Movies Blog Editor Adam Rosenberg: I was pretty pleased with how the penultimate season of “Lost” wrapped up. Revealing Jacob and his mysterious nemesis right off the bat proved to be necessary, given how things unfolded, though it took some bite out of the episode’s conclusion in that there was no final reveal to satisfy fans before we all settle in for the long break. I think it’s pretty clear that Jacob’s nemesis has been the Smoke Monster this whole time, and that Locke — or his image at least — has provided the necessary “loophole” for him to … who knows? Kill Jacob, at the very least, but to what end? Clearly there’s something deeper going on. Heaven vs. hell? Alien observers? Will Richard and Locke butt heads next season as Earthly manifestations of Jacob’s and his nemesis’ extraordinary powers? And what’s with Jacob and all the touching? True to form, the “Lost” season-five finale raises a great many more questions than it answers.
News Producer Daniel Montalto: I’m not going to attempt to guess what setting off the bomb is going to result in. I’m just glad they did — it needed to happen, if only to see what it would accomplish. And I must admit there was something very gratifying about seeing Jack and Sawyer finally get to beat the hell out of each other. It didn’t resolve anything at all — and that’s kind of the point — but you definitely got the feeling that it just needed to happen at some point. As for this business with Jacob and his rival, it appears that Jacob was finally outsmarted and killed, but it’s pretty clear that he’d been up to something by visiting everyone who eventually ended up on the island. You don’t live in the foot of a statue on a magical island for a couple of hundred years and not learn a thing or two about survival, that’s for damn sure. And there’s no way John Locke is just gone for good — that may be the body of John Locke, but I can’t imagine the real John Locke won’t be heard from before next season is out. That is unless, of course, they didn’t restart the clock by setting off the bomb and Locke never died in the first place. God, this show is confusing.
News Production Assistant Rya Backer: What an episode! What will I do with my Wednesdays until 2010!? Regarding last night’s finale, I’d still like to know what happened to Claire, what’s the deal with Christian, and Jin and Sun reuniting — though I trust that all of our questions will eventually be answered. Until then, I’ll always have this clip from last night’s episode.