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Amanda         May 24th, 2010 10:47 am ET


Personally I was irked that they kept interrupting the commercials for more LOST. (kidding hope you know)

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anonymous         May 24th, 2010 10:47 am ET


For anyone to assume he or she knows what occurs beyond physical death is pretty lame.

Regarding the concept of discarnate spirits that remain at the physical level without a body beyond physical death, which of the LOST characters became one?

I mean to say, every one of them actually raised his or her consciousness to the level of full understanding of their reality as a spirit being?

COME ONE!!!!!!!!!!

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junk         May 24th, 2010 10:47 am ET


i cannot believe those who cried over this show....makes me wonder what your life is like, seriously...

finale sucked...too many unknowns...for the first 4 seasons Dharma and the number sequence played a pivotal part, only to be dropped from the show completely...very poor job in my opinion...

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Confused         May 24th, 2010 10:48 am ET


Does anyone know why Kate had changed out of her "little black dress" when she showed up in church ? Must have been the nuns !

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jeanne         May 24th, 2010 10:48 am ET


WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DOG?Huh?Huh???

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Alan         May 24th, 2010 10:48 am ET


Question for you Lost fanatics – what ever happened to Walt and Michael and why were they not in the final episode?(but the dog was).

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Kurt         May 24th, 2010 10:48 am ET


In regards to people wanting to know what the numbers were, when they showed the names on this list they each had a number next to them, with the numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42 each corresponding with the characters not crossed out.

With that said I loved it, it couldn't have ended any better. Sure there are things left unanswered but it wouldn't be LOST without those lingering questions.

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Karen         May 24th, 2010 10:48 am ET


The article did not say the island was purgatory, only that Desmond was aware of the purgatory (or what we thought were the flash sideways) while he was on the island. Also, they were not dead on the island.

Everything that happened on the island was real, what was made up was the alternate universe. They all lived lives on the island, and formed these relationships. So when they all died, they made up a place to sort of wait for one another. So when they had all passed away, they were able to reunite before letting go and moving on.

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Skier         May 24th, 2010 10:49 am ET


I thought the ending pretty well hit the mark, but I too believe there were questions unanswered. I would love to know if the 6 ever really left the island and came back. What was actually real? They had to have survived the crash or there would not have been a connection between them. I would really like to have known when and how they died. I was really pleased with the way they were "paired" in the end. I will forever be "lost" in "LOST"

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Voice of Reason         May 24th, 2010 10:49 am ET


For the people who "didn't get it." Don't worry, there is a show that you can understand coming up soon on ABC. It's named "Wipeout." It still may be a little tough for you to figure out, but you'll still enjoy it.

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TJ         May 24th, 2010 10:49 am ET


And I thought the ending of the Sopranos was bad!! Way to go writers of Lost, you eclipsed THAT benchmark.

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tesleen         May 24th, 2010 10:49 am ET


I choose not to give I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It any of the attention he/she so desperately craves.

I don't think anyone else should either.

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Mike         May 24th, 2010 10:50 am ET


Kelly: Are you referring to the final scenes of wreckage? I think that was Oceanic 815's wreckage. At first, I took that to mean that they didn't really survive the crash, but I don't necessarily think that's the case.

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Joe         May 24th, 2010 10:50 am ET


Kelly, wasn't that just a recap of the original crash that started it all???

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junk         May 24th, 2010 10:51 am ET


@Karen – if everything that happened on the island was "real", how do you explain time travel on the island? there are so many questions about the island left unexplained, that it shows they just threw this together with no idea where they were headed...

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Aaron         May 24th, 2010 10:51 am ET


I have to disagree. I was happy with the ending right up until the very end. They are dead!? Man, I felt slapped. I guess I just wish for the obvious happy ending. I wish that it just would have stayed the way it was going, or at least where I perceived it to. They are all ALIVE and remembered what had happened on the island, that is what I will tell myself.

I for one thought two hours of a six year re-cap was wasted air time. I am sorry but explaining to folks what was going on, on the last show was pointless. The interviews, MEH, that could have been saved for the DVD or heck even a Tuesday nights "Farwell to Lost" episode.

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Wutta         May 24th, 2010 10:51 am ET


To: I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It.

I fear you might have missed a couple of episodes. The origin of the smoke monster was explained, as were the numbers and the presence of polar bears on the island and even Dharma. I suggest a reviewing on DVD so you don't miss a thing.

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Rob         May 24th, 2010 10:52 am ET


The show never really promised answers to questions, just a conclusion to the story.

Leaving questions unexplained is always better than unsatisfying explanations.

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tesleen         May 24th, 2010 10:52 am ET


Karen you "got it"

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Jay         May 24th, 2010 10:52 am ET


To all who didn't agree with the ending, please reconsider. I've been thinking about it all day since I awoke this morning. It ended like I thought it would. Not answering all of our questions, but making us think about the life were in now. Jack and his dad made me think that when we die, we will be with the people that matter the most, and to me that was the point of the last show. Seeing the smiles and relief from the characters, is I think the emotion we feel when death comes to a person, and come on the scene with Saywer and Juliet is one that won't be forgotten. I'm ordering all six seasons on DVD, and can't wait to start this over again.

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Ellis Island         May 24th, 2010 10:52 am ET


I looked back at the end footage with the plane wreckage, and it looked like the original wreckage...not wreckage at the foot of the statute. Nonetheless, great series, great acting, great finale.

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Oceanchic         May 24th, 2010 10:53 am ET


Hated the ending. Was sad to see Jack die a slow death & give island control to Hurley. Seeing them all at the end dead (even if they were happy) was too sad!

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JR         May 24th, 2010 10:53 am ET


Losties,

Maybe now you´ll have time to get a life.

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anonymous         May 24th, 2010 10:53 am ET


"Jacob's Ladder' tells the truely terrifying story of a traumatised Vietnam war veteran, who, as he returns to civilian life,"

Correction for Bill K –

He never returned to civilian life except in his mind. His 'return' to civilian life was a dream... His whole experience in civilian life was on that table in the tent, where he was dying, in Vietnam.

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Deeba         May 24th, 2010 10:53 am ET


It's not that the people who did not enjoy the finale want questions answered, we simply want an ending that challenges us and is intelligent. That ending was neither, just complete trite that pandered to everyone who wanted an ending about as thoughtful provoking an after school special. I mean at least the original "Prisoner" had the guts to make a completely nonsensical ending with originality and panache. I'd take that any day over "and they were all dead but alive and they hugged. Each person was on a special journey and had closure."

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Eric         May 24th, 2010 10:54 am ET


Great finale! It was better than I expected and I liked the twist at the end. Now the Lost withdrawls begin  Sad

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JotSingh         May 24th, 2010 10:55 am ET


I'm 70, I'm male, and I'm macho and rarely get emotional. The only time I cried as much as I cried over this ending of LOST was when Radar was going home of Korea on M*A*S*H.

I had guessed a couple weeks ago what the ending shot of LOST would be (Jack's eyes... as in the opening episode, season one) but didn't anticipate Vincent.

Shouldn't Vincent have been at the church?

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The L         May 24th, 2010 10:56 am ET


For those of you commenting that answers were given you should list what those are as well. You can tell who the fair weather viewers were. They are the people asking about polar bears. However, there are important questions that SHOULD have been answered for the faithful viewers and it's a kick to the crotch of fans everywhere to have to "imagine" the answers. Here's a partial list of questions that should have been answered:
- What was that box that made anything you'd like appear (ex: Locke's father)?, Why didn't the light/tunnel turn Desmond and Jack into smoke monsters?, What were Dharma's findings?, Where did all of the others go?, Where did the rest of the passengers go?, Why was Walt special?, How did Eloise's pendulum thingy find the island?
That's just to name a handful...there are SOOOO many more that SHOULD have been addressed by the series end. And having Vincent show up and be with Jack was kind of trite....anyone want to take a guess at what dog spelled backwards is?

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Mike B         May 24th, 2010 10:57 am ET


What a ridiculous conclusion. And they had me to the end – I was frustrated along the way, but compelled enough by the mystery to want to stay with it. And, by the way, this was not a "character show." These characters never controlled the story, they were chess pieces moved not by Jacob, but by the writers who didn't have a clear endgame that satisfied. For a character show, see Six Feet Under, see The Sopranos, see NYPD Blue – what makes them "character shows" is that the characters and their personalities direct the events of the show based on who they are as people. In LOST, the characters did stuff because...well, they figured it was what they needed to do, I guess, but no other reason. Please – this is not a character show, this is a writers' exercise show and nothing more.
So the island story did happen, and the parallel universe is purgatory – not buying that, 1, and 2 – the only reason it's purgatory and a runway (cuz it started on a plane, right?) to the afterlife? Because that's the choice the WRITERS made, NOT THE CHARACTERS. Did Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Locke, Ben, blablabla – they were all so hung up that their souls couldn't move on? I didn't see that show. Toward the end of the series, they seemed much more at piece, but it seems the creators decided to pull the rug from under us in the last moment for their own catharsis. Their souls or their ability to move on from the spirit world... I never cared about that. This was a show about the mysteries, because those were the elements the creators wrapped the story around, not the characters. Ultimately, this show is inconsistent in the worst ways – the sci-fi/magical elements of the Island are made irrelevant (and poorly dramatized – a season long battle ends with the guy getting shot? Fail.) with the afterlife conclusion, and the characters themselves are undermined in that the parallel universe/purgatory alludes to a much more troubled inner world of the characters that the creators kept us, the audience, outside of right to the end. I cannot say how disappointed I am.

Namaste? Eff off.

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Jessica         May 24th, 2010 10:57 am ET


I love this show, and anxiously watched the finale. I had trouble with the last five minutes, and coming to the realization that the flash-sideways were not real. I get that Jack died on the island, and others in the church either died before him or perhaps long after him. After reading other posts on this, I understand. The reunions between couples and friends were so emotional, and I guess the line that helped me understand the passage of time between the Island and their deaths, was when Kate said to Jack "I've missed you so much." She's missed him so much because he died on the island and she survived, got off and lived her life for however many years and then died and is now seeing him at the portal to the afterlife.

But, what I didn't understand:

I don't understand why Ben didn't go into the church, what held him back?

I don't understand why Ana Lucia, Michael & Walt, and other characters weren't in the church? Someone else also mentioned Echo; why wasn't he there? He died on the island. Just my opinion, I think they didn't answer the Walt questions merely bc it's been six years the show's been on tv and the actor has grown up; he was a kid when it started! If he was supposed to have died on the island as a child, then his real-life growth wouldn't have worked.

If there was supposed to be a passage of time between the island and when they meet up in the church, I don't understand why Claire's baby, Aaron, was still a baby? And why was Sun still pregnant? Does that mean that they too actually died when Aaron was a baby and when Sun was still pregnant, which is how they enter the afterlife?

I was surprised they brought Boone and Shannon back. And I also don't understand how Bernard and Rose made it into the church when they didn't show them "remembering". Unless that was in a past episode, like Hurley and Libby.

I get that the alternate realities were just from their own imaginations...but I don't think that explanation fits for all of them, aside from Jack, who imagined himself having a son, because he wanted one; that's a pleasant reality, but, I don't think Kate would imagine she was still running from the law, I don't think Sayid would imagine he killed four people, I don't think Charlie would imagine himself a drug addict. And if the alternate timeline isn't real, how are they able to choose to continue to exist in it- Daniel and Charlotte, Ben, and the other survivors who "aren't ready"?

I really like this show because it made me think each week, but there are a lot of things unanswered, and I guess as the CNN blogger said, that is aggravating, but most of the important stuff was answered.

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BigAl         May 24th, 2010 10:57 am ET


deeba, you got that right about the prisoner, was THAT a weird ending!

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Bill         May 24th, 2010 10:57 am ET


When talking about why Michael wasn't there at the end, or Linus, or Ana Lucia, etc., I just made the assumption that it was either because it was either that gathering was only for the people closest to Jack, or that the people not there didn't make it to heaven. Certainly I could see why Linus didn't (couldn't?) go in with everything he did, and ditto for Michael and Ana Lucia.

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lkbarr         May 24th, 2010 10:57 am ET


the more I think about it, the more I like it. I didn't think I would cry, but I did get sentimental in parts, especially when Jack died. I still don't know that I understand it entirely, but that doesn't matter. The ending was well acted and touching, and it felt right to me.

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junk         May 24th, 2010 10:58 am ET


see, i'm with "The L"...to many important questions left unanswered...

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Frankie         May 24th, 2010 10:58 am ET


Kelly,,

Great eyes, i saw that too

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george         May 24th, 2010 10:58 am ET


Thoughts on Lost finale. . . . it's possible to love something and be disappointed by it at the same time (I love the Cubs, but they always disappoint me). I would have liked a better wrap-up of some of the mysteries that held us all spellbound for six seasons. Remember, it was the producers and writers who put in all the scientific stuff (elecromagnetic pulses, groups of scientists building bunkers to study the science, Faraday's equations, etc.) and to switch it all over to metaphysical stuff at the end was. . .I don't know. . the easy way out.
I want a movie that combines the two – maybe that explains the unified theory of elecctromagnetism, gravity and the strong and weak nuclear
attrection as being generated or concentrated by the island, and which, because of the strength of the unity, acts as a way station for the soul. Don't break your leases in Hawaii, guys, get writing.

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Benjamin         May 24th, 2010 10:58 am ET


I think I'm going to enjoy the 24 finale more.

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mmhnc         May 24th, 2010 10:58 am ET


dumbest. show. ever. writers are morons. so glad its over. what a terrible ending. lost haters were right all along – no one – even the writers – knew what the heck was going on

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Russell         May 24th, 2010 10:59 am ET


This was a great ending.. I am still alittle confused, but I do get it. I do not think they were dead. His Pops said that his life on the island was real!! But I want to know when did they all die? Some before others, and they all waited to go to heaven together? Why? I love the lost show, glad its over...Wish I had more answers.

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Mike         May 24th, 2010 11:00 am ET


"one for the ages"? I have a bridge I want to sell you....

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BigAl         May 24th, 2010 11:01 am ET


some xlnt points jessica!

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Terry         May 24th, 2010 11:01 am ET


I gave up on the show after two seasons. I told my wife at the end of the second season, (who watched the entire series) that they were either all dead or all in the same dream asleep on the plane (or perhaps mass psychosis).

What this or that meant throughout the series was irrelevant. They wrote 120 episodes, put a bow (or an old rope) on it at the end, and called it done.

The acting was superb, the location magnificent, but the "story" could have easily been done as a four part mini-series.

People WILL talk for years about the series, draw their own conclusions, and the writers/producers will pick the best scenarios and say "yes, that's what we were trying to do". It'll be like Melville's "Moby Dick" -lots of meaning to be found. But then again, Melville was paid by the word.

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Lost Fan         May 24th, 2010 11:02 am ET


If you're a person who like definitive answers you wouldn't like the ending. It was ambiguous on purpose.

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So they all died?         May 24th, 2010 11:02 am ET


Either in the crash or afterwards?

Does this sound to anyone like a rip off of Dallas when an entire season was a dream?

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John Aaronson         May 24th, 2010 11:02 am ET


Dear me, what will people do now that this show has ended. I guess for some it will be the end of their life.

Hey folks it was a TV show and nothing more

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Amy         May 24th, 2010 11:03 am ET


Loved it!
I have never been so emotionally involved in a show. It has been the longest relationship of my life so far  :)Now that there is no Lost or BSG I have no clue what I'll watch.

I hate that all the time me and my co-workers spent finding all the easter eggs in the show were invalid..but it was fun nonetheless.

Good job and I hope these writers brings us something new and equally as wonderful in the future.

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Josiah         May 24th, 2010 11:03 am ET


I was looking for Mr. Eko, Charles Whitmore, Alexandra Rousseau and her mother, etc., at the end but didn't see them. Did I miss them or does it mean that they were not ready to move on?

I would also like to know what plane that was at the very last seconds. Was it the original crash or did the one leaving with the survivors crash?

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Melissa         May 24th, 2010 11:04 am ET


To those wondering about the "is the island purgatory?" issue, here's my take. Everything that happened on the island was absolutely real. Whatever happened, happened.

The Flash-Sideways was purgatory, where the characters went once they passed, but before they could "move on." For me, the key to this is what Locke says to Jack after surgery: "You don't have a son." Jack's son was created in his purgatory, in order to deal with his relationship with his own father. He needed to get past that before he could move on. All the other characters (in the church) weren't ready to move on until they remembered/realized the connections from their past life (the island). Additionally, Hurley says to Ben outside the church "You WERE a great Number 2." The island happened. Hurley was ready to move on. Ben wasn't (I'm just going to assume he's waiting for Alex to be ready, and will move on with her).

The plane wreckage at the end was the Oceanic wreckage. It was to remind us how far we've come. I like to think the Ajira crew escaped.

Again, this is just my interpretation. I've certainly been wrong before. It wouldn't be LOST if there weren't something left to discuss/debate!

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TheWatchr         May 24th, 2010 11:04 am ET


my only question is if they all died during the initial crash, then how did Penny Widmore end up there if she wasn't on the flight?

all in all, it was a decent episode, but not the finale i expected. it was nice 2 c all the reunions @ the end although Locke ended up being alone

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Kurt         May 24th, 2010 11:05 am ET


I think they all died in the initial crash...seriously, I think that is what the final scene was showing when it showed the original crash scene, but with no one running around. Then everyone in the church died in the church or on the island...with the exception of Penny (she kind of blows my theory a bit, but maybe they squeezed her in for the money shot). That's why Ben didn't enter the church, he hasn't died yet.

Whether I'm right or wrong, I'm stoked, it was a great six years.

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Tony         May 24th, 2010 11:05 am ET


I believe the island was real but was the "experience" on the island real??

At the end credits It seemed like the last 3 shots of the beach and wreckage were showing us that it crashed and nothing came of it. Of course it was only like 8 seconds of shots but it seemed like there were no visible marks of their camp or any years of their little society. .

Is it possible they were dead the whole time and its just a good story?

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Erin         May 24th, 2010 11:05 am ET


May 24th, 2010 10:00 am ET

I think people are confused by the scene during the credits. I don't feel it was intended to show the wreckage to make a point. Lost has a very intense, loyal fan base and as a homage to the fans and to show respect they were showing the viewers the empty Lost set. It was a final goodbye to the show. It wasn’t to provoke thought that they all died on the plane. Furthermore, I feel that Matthew Fox explained it best when he stated that in some cultures it is a belief that to move on you have to face your actual death and all of those who were instrumental in it. That is why some of the people were not in the church that were important parts of the story line. The survivors had to face one another because they made the biggest impact on each other’s lives. Although I am not a science fiction watcher and it’s hard for me to understand I do feel that the ending was implying that the island and all that happened on it was real. They did leave it up to interpretation as they said they would. The biggest indication that the island was real was the conversation with Christian at the end. He told Jack that some died before him some after. You could interpret that meaning that the plane crashed and all of those on it died some before, some after him, but it’s not that logical to me. Hurley and Ben discussing being number 1 and number 2 then would make no sense. Since the scenes were close together I think it was the intention that the writers knew Lost fans would pick Christian’s speech apart so they made the interaction between Ben and Hurley to prove that the speech should be taken to the literal sense that the island was real. The only question I have is why was Juliette Jack’s child’s mother? Why wasn’t his wife there waiting for him? To me she was a key point to the whole story. Had she not died he wouldn’t have been chosen as a candidate on the island at all because he would not have been alone. To me she should have been there. Also if they would have put her there it would explain why he had a child, sadly they could have implied that she was pregnant and it would have made for a more fulfilling end to his life. He would have had the family he longed for and would be ready to move on.

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jdm72         May 24th, 2010 11:06 am ET


to the hater of the series finale; i am an english teacher & if one of my students brought me a paper with such excellent character developments & outstanding plot twists, not only would they get an A+ but i would send them & their brilliant ideas straight to usc film school!!! you were obviously caught up in the details, and couldn't see the big picture- it's the journey, not the destination!!

it's like the ending to the sopranos series; everyone got upset because of the final scene. it doesn't matter what happened to them, what matters is how they got there.

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Jeremy         May 24th, 2010 11:06 am ET


Ih8lost- you clearly do not watch Lost, as all of the questions you wanted answers to (polar bears, Dharma, numbers, smoke monster, etc) have been answered. Unfortunately for you, the producers did not dumb down the show by giving an explicit explanation. However, everything has been explained. The polar bears were brought there as part of a Dharma project to acclimate polar bears to a tropical environment (remember the bear cages and one of the Dharma videos which explained their purpose??), the numbers were tied to Jacob and to the island, they connected Hurley and brought him to the place – no further explanation needed. The smoke monster was created when Jacob threw his brother into the light – Jacobs adoptive mother explained that what happens when you get down there is worse than death. What more do you want to know? Be a smart viewer by figuring things out and making connections. If a show like this is too complicated for you, go watch American Idol.

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