What I Liked:
- Character-wise and action-wise, I loved the finale. While there were things about the finale (and season six as a whole) I had issues with, when Jack’s eye closed at the end, I wasn’t disappointed and I didn’t say, “What the fuck? What about (insert unanswered question)?” I was just happy. Although I may have been happy that I don’t have to do this (as if I ever did).
- The season went a long way in redeeming Jack as a character and giving Matthew Fox a lot of great moments. You could almost say the same for Kate and Evangeline Lilly except…well…I still wouldn’t have been mad if she died. I can’t deny that her scenes were among the best this episode (Delivering Aaron while remembering the island, saving Jack for once, her LA X reunion with Jack). But the MVP for this episode…
- …was Jorge Garcia. From the look on his face when he saw Charlie in LA X to his reaction to Jack making him the protector of the island, no one on this show has grown more as an actor than Garcia. He’s a long way from just saying “Dude“
- The reunion/realizations in LA X were handled well especially Jin/Sun/ and Sawyer/Juliet. Considering Sawyer/Juliet reunion, once we got a general idea what was going on in LA X, was the one everyone was waiting for, I was surprised it didn’t let me down.
- I enjoyed all of the island action (except for some of the Glowing Well stuff) especially the final confrontation between Jack and notLocke
- Lapidus and Alpert live! No matter how improbable Lapidus’ survival was (he took a bigger blow -TWSS – than Sawyer), it was great to see “Chesty” floating in the water and ultimately getting people off the island
- The return of Rose, Bernard and Vincent. I figured it was them who freed Desmond from the well and I’m glad they lived out their lives the way they wanted, not getting involved.
- The last image of the series was fitting and I’m glad Vincent showed up so Jack didn’t die alone.
What I Didn’t Like:
- I’m not in love with the LA X = purgatory concept. While it was great to have goodbyes to some of the characters and, more importantly, some of the relationships we grew to love over the years, I was still a little disappointed. I tried to avoid *wanting* something to be the way I had imagined but I wanted the sideways world to tie in directly into the Island world. Now knowing “what happened, happened,” I wish we had spent more of season six on the island.
- While I was still more entertained than not, now that it’s over, it’s safe to say that season six was kind of a mess. So many abandoned threads/plot holes, I could strain pasta with them. Cuse and Lindelof may have known what the ending was going to be but they definitely didn’t know how to get there.
- When Jacob described the island as a cork to Richard in “Ab Aeterno,” I thought that was a metaphor. I didn’t know there was an actual cork. Seriously?
- Really? No Michael and Walt in LA X? Christian’s “there is no ‘when’” explanation gave the producers a total out to deal with older, taller Walt. I better find an interview saying that Harold Perrineau and Malcolm David Kelley didn’t want to or were unavailable to appear in the finale.
- Jack’s plan to help notLocke use Desmond to destroy the island: The dumbest Jack idea EVER
- Ben’s lack of a plan. So was he really siding with notLocke for control of the island or was he just playing along. Considering his penultimate turn, it was kind of annoying he was just following whomever wherever.
- Really? Hurley chose sinking with the island over climbing down a ladder? They could have found a better motivation to keep Hurley around.
- Shannon was Sayid’s true love? Really?