Plot and LOST and Unanswered questions.

A plane crash. Fate vs. Choice. Survival. Secret societies. Kidnappings. Time travel. Immortals. Ghosts. Captivating setting. Love triangles. Pushing a button or the world explodes. Miraculous healings. Deserted ships and planes. Betrayal and revenge. A strange statue. World mythologies. Flashbacks. Three dimensional characters. A moving island. A smoke monster. Romance. Tragedy. Humor. Heartbreak.

Sounds like a good book, doesn’t it? One that each time you read it, you’d catch more and understand more. Layers and layers of storytelling.

LOST did so many things right to hold viewers captivated week by week. They’d answer one question and introduce another.  

But, all that said, there were dropped story threads and unanswered questions. So many, I can’t even remember them all.

Here are my questions:

  • What did the numbers have to do with everything?
  • Why wasn’t Anna Lucia included in the church at the end?
  • Charles Widmore didn’t seem to play as big as part in the show as I thought. What’s up with that?
  • What happened to Walt? Poor kid.
  • Why didn’t Hurley have a reunion with Libby?

Time to vent. What were your unanswered questions. Or, what aspect of the plotting did you like and can apply to your own writing?

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12 Responses to Plot and LOST and Unanswered questions.

  1. Heather Kelly May 26, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Okay–I’m sorry, (SPOILER ALERT–and who hasn’t seen the end yet? SERIOUSLY?!) but, ‘oh, jk, you’re all dead’ is just as bad as ‘it was all a dream’, in my opinion. I wanted them to work for that ending. Bummer. Oh, well…

  2. Laura May 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Heather – It was either in the sideways world they are all dead or it would have to be on the island they are all dead. So, I don’t know, I think I’d rather have them be alive for the island years. Or it could have just been a what would have happened situation. They we still would have gotten our happy ending.

  3. Ansha Kotyk May 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    I’ve never watched the show… is it worth the time investment? Should I hunt it down on hulu? 🙂

  4. The Alliterative Allomorph May 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    I’ve never seen LOST. But definitely looking forward to buying the DVD and getting stuck in!

  5. Karen Strong May 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    Yes, there are SO many loose threads from LOST. The writers claim that some of the “answers” will be revealed on the DVD — which is probably just a ploy to get more sales.

    Okay I’m a LOST fanatic so I’ll just give my opinions/theories on your questions.

    I think the numbers started off as something mystical but then we find out they matched the “assignments” Jacob gave to the final candidates. However, what’s the connection with Hurley’s lotto ticket and those numbers being everywhere? IDK.

    I think when Hurley asked Desmond if Ana Lucia was coming at the dock when he broke Sayid and Kate out of jail, Desmond answered that “she wasn’t ready.” So maybe she hadn’t come to terms with her life in the sideways world OR she hadn’t died in real life yet.

    I really thought Charles Widmore would have been more important but it seems that he wasn’t. Which was weird. It just seemed to be some kind of antagonist thing with Ben.

    A friend told me that Walt was just a kid when he was on the island so maybe that connection wasn’t as strong as the others. So that’s why he was missing — I’m not totally buying into it. I think it’s just because Walt is like 18 years old and over 6 feet tall. LOL.

    I think Hurley and Libby did have a “reunion” in the sideways world. Their souls connected when they met in the sideways world and finally had their picnic. Hurley was finally “awakened” when they kissed and then he remembered his life on the island.

    For me, I’m still not sure if I like the ending. I loved the finale up to that point but not still sure about the ending. The only part about the ending I liked was Jack dying in the same spot where everything started with Vincent.

    I DO believe that everything on the island happened. But still confused about the sideways world.

    But I really enjoyed the show and LOST was the only TV series I regularly watched. I will definitely miss it.

  6. Jennifer Shirk May 27, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    I have never seen one episode. I kept meaning to.
    Wish I had…

  7. Nelsa May 27, 2010 at 1:03 am #

    I’ve been disappointed in Lost for the last few episodes and while the finale was good in some respects (Boone came back! Vincent! Sayid and Shannon! and I sobbed like a baby when Vincent lay down beside Jack so he wouldn’t die alone) in others, it just seemed too untied for me.

    I liked the sideways reality plotline and it’s kind of neat to think of the characters living in that reality (I LOVED that Sawyer and Juliet got together). But I think the sideways reality was always a temporary place – like Purgatory? – until they were ready to move on to the final ‘light’. Ben was asked by Hurley if he was coming into the church and Ben said “I’m not quite ready yet”. So Ben still has a lot of things to work out before he’s ready to see the light.

    I really didn’t like the whole ‘stopper’ in the ground thing – it looked cheesy. And if there’s no more black smoke guy what’s the manifestation of ‘evil’ or disbelief that Hurley will have to keep the world safe from now?
    Ah, I could speculate for ages. And I’ll probably get the DVD just because I do want these things answered…

  8. Catherine A. Winn May 27, 2010 at 2:16 am #

    I’m sorry to say that after sticking with a couple of episodes I gave up on it.Just not for me, but I have family members who dedicated their time to being in front of the set enjoying every minute of it.

  9. Laura May 27, 2010 at 2:36 am #

    Great questions! I agree, now that I think about it, the stopper in the ground thing was a bit cheesy.

    And there are plenty of great shows that I don’t watch. Can anyone say, Glee? I know that I’d like it, but after my kids go to bed is such a great time to read and write. In the long run, by not watching tv, we’re really better off for it. 🙂

  10. Stina Lindenblatt May 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Unfortunately I can’t answer your questions because, gasp, I never watched the show. After hearing all the complaints about the ending, I’m not sorry that I didn’t watch it. I hate frustrating endings. 🙂

  11. Kristen Torres-Toro May 27, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    Ooh–I’m considering dedicating next week to LOST on my blog… I have a lot to process! AHHH!

  12. Susan Pauling May 29, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    I finally watched the last episode and I must say that I am just happy that the writers brought back the ones that died on the island. Sideways world, heaven, or hell???…Oh well, they all kissed when they remembered and I cried.
    I am forever a true romantic.

    I don’t think I would ever make it as a critic 🙂

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