January 29, 2010

The Final Season of Lost

By: Sonny Bunch

Slate‘s doing what they do best: A roundtable!* This time on Lost! It’s all very exciting. I have to say that I’m looking forward to the series finale, but think that Freddie will probably be right: We’ll all end up disappointed. Of the great shows from the last decade, one has had a truly brilliant finale (The Shield), one has had a very good finale that some people found disappointing (The Sopranos), and the rest have kind of petered off uneventfully for one reason or another (Deadwood was canceled before its time, The Wire got too lost in David Simon’s desire to settle personal scores, I’m not even sure where to begin with the absurdity of the BSG finale, etc.).

That being said, if the writers of Lost really have had a plan from the beginning — as they have claimed from the beginning — I think we might be in for a treat. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but you never know: Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded…

(At the very least, you should check out the third entry in the Slate roundtable to lay eyes on the insane chart of connections that has built up over the last season or two. It’s really kind of nuts just how the show has spiraled outward. That spiraling sensation leaves me a little doubtful that things will wrap up nicely, but you never know…)

*For the record, that is not a sarcastic exclamation point. I legitimately love the Slate roundtables, even when I vehemently disagree with them.