Lost (season 6)

{4.5/5} “You know, you and me, trekking through the jungle, on our way to do something that we don’t quite understand. Good times.”

We find out what the whispers in the jungle are, the identity of the black smoke monster, why Jacob brought people to the island, and the origins of Jacob and the Man in Black. We learn how Richard came to the island. We also find out what happened to a couple of castaways we haven’t seen in a while.

Lost season 6 originally aired in 2010. There’s no more of the time travel from season 5 — instead, there’s a new type of storyline.*

What is Lost about? I think it’s about trying to become a better person. It’s about savoring the journey you’re on with the people you care about.

Season 6 isn’t significantly worse than other seasons — my reduction of the rating reflects a general increase in frustration over the last couple of seasons. A frustration over certain aspects of the story — like how people made decisions and how they decided who to follow.

There were too many times where decisions were made for nebulous reasons. For example, there were too many times where someone tried to convince others of something but didn’t give them enough information to make a reasonable decision. Everyone says they’re the good guys, but they can’t all be right.

There are also too many things that went unexplained. The writers weren’t able to keep everything logical and consistent, but despite that it’s still amazing.

I care about the characters so much — when a beloved character you’ve been following for 6 years dies it’s devastating.

What about the finale? I loved it. Although certainly there are things that still remain unexplained, they did explain some important things. I feel that what ended up happening with the characters was perfect.

Ultimately it’s a brilliant series, one that deserves a spot on the list of top 10 science fiction and fantasy TV shows.

I want to mention the music one more time. All the music from this entire show was composed by Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles). It’s an amazing feat — there are very few TV shows, if any, where the music is as memorable as this (the only other TV shows where I remember music other than the main theme are the Star Trek shows and Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Zuleikha Robinson (the TV show The Lone Gunmen) plays Ilana, the leader of a group on the plane that just landed. Jeff Fahey (Wyatt Earp) plays Frank, the pilot of that plane — and also the pilot of the helicopter from last season.

Mark Pellegrino (the TV show Being Human) plays Jacob and Titus Welliver (The Town) plays the Man in Black, Jacob’s brother and nemesis.

Allison Janney (Juno) guest stars as the woman who raised Jacob and his brother.

Spoiler alert

*Did they get off the island or did they stay on it? Yes. In this season the characters lived out two parallel lives, one where they were still on the island and one where the plane didn’t crash but landed safely in Los Angeles. The explanation for this is at the very end of the finale.

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