Since ABC's "Lost" is one of the most heavily time-shifted series on television, I waited a day to fully address Wednesday night's intriguing and slow-building two-hour season finale.
The episode had a good mix of sweet, romantic, absurdly violent and perplexing moments but the ending was predictable. In short, the 2009 finale wasn't as mind-blowing as the 2008 finale.
It only had about a 6.2 rating on Channel 7 and finished third in its time slot. But the rating is deceptive since so many fans watch it a day or two later on DVRs or in some other time-shifting way.
I'm glad I watched and DVRed it so I could play back the dialogue in one of the early scenes between two new characters on the beach waiting for a ship to come in. They looked like friends, but the dialogue between them suggested otherwise.
"You have any idea how much I want to kill you," asked one character. "One of these days I'm going to find a loophole."
Then the character addressed the guy he wants to kill as the mysterious Jacob, who had been talked about but not seen for years.
Near the end of the finale, a character who looks like Locke but who we learned isn't Locke appeared again.
"You found your loophole," Jacob told him. Clearly, that suggests it was the other guy on the beach.
"And you have no idea what I've gone through to be here," replied the Locke lookalike before he persuaded Ben (Michael Emerson) to kill Jacob.
Jacob, who throughout the episode was shown meeting all the unsuspecting key characters who came to the island after an airplane crash, said "they're coming" before dying.
Wow, a payoff in the same episode. It usually takes several episodes or years for anything to pay off in this exasperating and entertaining series.
Of course, the big event in the finale concerned Jack's (Matthew Fox) attempt in 1977 to set off a hydrogen bomb to change the course of history for all the characters. I think you have to be an expert in electromagnetic field to understand the plot line.
In any event, with the help of self-sacrificing and presumably now dead Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell), Jack was seemingly able to accomplish the mission in the explosive ending. We just won't know until next season -- the final one -- if Jack is going to achieve what he thinks he'll achieve with the bomb explosion.
In order to get in position to accomplish his mission, Jack and his friends had to engage in a couple of shootouts with rivals who had incredibly bad aim. That was one of the episode's low points. One of the minor high points was a warm scene between senior citizen dropouts Bernard and Rose, whose whereabouts had been unknown.
This being "Lost," there were more questions that answers. We first met Jacob sitting near what appeared to be a large Egyptian Sphinx. It was a good visual. I don't know if this means anything but Ben was upset at Jacob for allowing the Locke lookalike special handling as if he was Moses.
That made me wonder if the writers were dropping in a Biblical clue about the connection between Jacob and Moses. After doing a little research, I still don't have a clue how much a role religion plays in this series' game plan.
But that's usually true about "Lost," the most exasperating, interesting show on television.
What did you think of the finale? And do you have any clue about where it will go in 2010 when we're told the season will have the title "Destiny Found"?
- Alan Pergament