“It all comes down to this. Television’s most innovative and compelling series comes to a stunning conclusion in ABC’s ‘Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season.’ The critically acclaimed epic drama will finally reveal the fate of the Oceanic 815 survivors and all who have joined their journey, and will uncover even more secrets with never-before-seen content available only on Blu-ray!
In the aftermath of a monumental explosion, reality shifts for everyone associated with the mystical island. Discover their ultimate destiny on Blu-ray, complete with exciting bonus features and a fascinating recap to catch up up on everything you need to know about the celebrated series. Complete your ‘Lost’ collection with this spectacular 5-disc set, and experience the final 16 episodes of a landmark in television history.”
“Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season” is rated TV-14.
I’m going to discuss the ending so if you haven’t seen it, bail out now. Otherwise keep reading.
I had mixed feelings about the ending. In some respects I think they tried to wrap things up too quickly. In one single episode they had multiple characters killed all at once. Rather than it being an emotional, impactful moment, it just kind of came and went. Those characters deserved to have a bit more of the spotlight as they were killed off. The characters also seemed to run around from point A to point B to point C too much. Too much of the script was them simply tromping around the island. The series also left a lot of remaining questions. We never find out the origins of the island, why it is doing what it is doing, etc etc etc. It was not entirely satisfying and I have to say by the end I’m not sure I cared anymore. I’m sure anyone wanting to see the series wrapped up in a nice neat bow was pretty unhappy.
We also learned by the end that the ‘flash-sideways’ world was, in effect, the afterlife and some sort of limbo where everyone had to work out their final issues before moving on. In some respects it was satisfying because it was a happy ending for most of the characters. In other respects it felt like some of the theories about the island thrown around over the years were more interesting than the official one. In fact, many people theorized early on that the characters were in the afterlife on the island, so the real ending wasn’t a big surprise.
Whatever you thought of the conclusion, there’s no denying it generated a lot of discussion and had you thinking about it long after the show ended. It was a compelling series and it’s going to be a long time before there’s another series that recreates the magic and intrigue of “Lost.”
As usual, the bonus features on the Blu-ray are excellent. The highlight is “The New Man in Charge.” It’s a 12 minute epilogue to the series that wraps up a few remaining loose ends. You see Ben operating under Hurley’s guidance. You see where all that Dharma food came from. You learn what the deal with the polar bears were. You also find out Walt’s final fate. This short video was almost more satisfying than the final episode. Also included among the bonus features is “The End: Crafting A Final Season.” The creators talk about writing the final script. The cast discuss reading the script and shooting their final scenes.Creators from several other series such as “Cheers,” “The X-Files,” “The Rockford Files” and more appear and discuss the challenges of wrapping up a TV series. “A Hero’s Journey” talks about Joseph Campbell’s theories about heroes in myth and religion and shows how “Lost” followed that path. “See You in Another Life, Brotha” discusses the ‘flash-sideways’ world and shooting in it. They also show how they specifically mirrored scenes from the first season. Then there are a series of short ‘behind the scenes’ featurettes in “Lost on Location.” Also included are bloopers, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, and a “Lost University” (only accessible online). I do wish the bonus features had a few more explanations about the ending. I learned more from interviews online than I did from this Blu-ray set. I also wish they had included some of the ABC specials like the Jimmy Kimmel show that came on after the finale aired. Maybe they’re saving that for a massive boxed set at a later date.