I’m writing in response to Dave’s article on Wednesday about what he would do with 180 million dollars. I must defend myself on a couple points.
Point of defense, number 1: Dave implied that I would buy an island and dedicate it to performing crazy science experiments. This is false. I can hold all the science experiments I need to right in my own home. My roommates provide the appropriate fodder. And science experiments on an island can only lead to scenarios like Lost. Before you know it, I’m jumping through time with polar bears and smoke monsters, destination: purgatory.
Point of defense, number 2: Dave implied that…you know what? Creating a Lost scenario wouldn’t be that bad. Lost is, hands down, the greatest show ever created. Sure, there are shows that are better written, like Breaking Bad. Or shows that feature consistently fascinating characters, like Dexter. But no show explores the themes or tells a story like Lost did.
Lost was a groundbreaking television show, featuring one of the medium’s greatest ensemble’s ever, and weaving through a story that was complex, sure, but beautifully told and indisputably poignant. The characters were as diverse as they were flawed, and to watch them each evolve throughout the course of the show was an incredible experience. Lost changed the game on its audience more than once, and featured some of the best season finales and cliffhangers ever before witnessed. Lost was a commentary on the human condition, and offered viewers one hell of a ride as it explored this theme. And sure, you can complain about the ending. Maybe it didn’t wrap everything up for you (although getting the answer to Smoke Monster meant a little more to me than who was doing the food drops on the island). But for those angry with the conclusion being spiritual, and even a little Christian-y…what did you expect? Religious symbolism, from Egyptian God worshipping to Islam to Catholicism is found all over the island. The main character’s last name is Shepherd, and his dad’s first name is Christian. So what’s the problem here?
One thing I need to point out is that everything on the island did, in fact, happen. The biggest misconception people have about the show (which isn’t an issue if you were paying attention even a little bit) is that, because the show ends with the cast in purgatory, the events on the island never occurred. False. As is clearly explained the show, this realm in purgatory was created (possibly caused by the space and time tearing force of a nuclear bomb detonating in the past) and exists after all the characters have already died. For some, like Jack, this means immediately following the events on the island. On the other hand, many who made it off the island went on to live full lives. When the characters died, whenever that was, they ended up in this purgatory, unable to move on to whatever is next without each other. That means the island, and everything that happened on it, did transpire. It also means those events were important to everyone involved.
Was it without flaws? No. Not at all. The purgatory idea was neat, but until Desmond started putting it together and set out to bring everyone together to unlock their memories, it was an exercise in pointless storytelling. And no one bought the Sayid/Shannon (Shan-id?) love story.
But what we did get? Emotional release and resolution with each of the characters we loved. A happy ending, stating that not only did they save the world (which they did), they grew to love one another in the process, in what was “the most important part of their lives.” So one of the themes of the show is spirituality and the importance of friendship. Could have been worse. Could have been the Mass Effect 3 ending.
In short, I would use 180 million dollars to buy myself a pet penguin, a romantic trip to space for my special someone and I, fund Gary and I’s films, and invest in the best studio ever so our radio show sounds great and we never lose another recording ever again.