Finally! The immensely-satisfying payoff to years and years of waiting!
For “Lost” fans, it comes after sitting down and watching tonight’s series finale, in which All (or at least “Enough”) is revealed about just about everything.
For me, it comes after hitting LostPedia the day after the finale airs, and getting the whole thing in like an hour or something.
I missed the first few episodes. Even by then, the eager and enthusiastic reports coming in from many of my friends made it clear that I’d never get caught up until the first season was released on DVD. And I couldn’t watch the second season until I had watched the first. All told, I could jump in during…I dunno…the start of Season Three? At which point I’d sort of need to commit to watching every new episode every single week of every season, wouldn’t I?
“…Or I could just hold off until the whole series is done and dusted, and then read the episode summaries,” I thought.
I instantly knew that I had hit upon a winning solution. It was just like Thomas Edison’s “Eureka” moment in the development of the electric light bulb, when he leaped from his chair and shouted “Of course! I’ll just have my huge team of researchers laboriously try every possible concept, and then take all the credit once they happen across the right one!”
Yes, you’re right. “Lost” is a marvelous television event, the likes of which we’re not likely to see again. Yes, I know, it’s all about the journey you take with these characters. Joseph Campbell, blah blah blah. Look, I made my peace with this decision way back in 2004. That’s when I realized that in all honestly, the only thing I actually cared about was the simple answer to the question “So what the hell was the deal with the island?”