"I'll see you in another life, brotha." - Desmond
This past Sunday, May 23rd, 2010, Ali and I threw a LOST: Series Finale party at our home in New York City.
In attendance were some of the greatest LOST junkies I know: Gary, Heka, JM Draven, David M., and LaMorta. Also, two recent inductees into the circle: Dave and Tempest. The nine of us were prepared to indulge in an evening of decadence and bad ass TV drama.
"Baby, I am tied to a tree in a jungle of mystery, and I just got tortured by a damn spinal surgeon and a genuine Iraqi. Of course I'm serious." - Sawyer
Our celebration included (but was not limited to): "special" brownies, ice cream, KFC, Vodka, Rum, Blue Hawaiians, Strawberry Daiquiris, frozen grapes, many yummy varieties of beer, and a late addition of Chinese food. Think it sounds unhealthy?
"Don't tell me what I can't do!" - Locke
Draven made a point to bring his gorgeous, pro-cam to capture many of our pained and joyous expressions throughout the captivating two and a half hour LOST finale (all photos in this Blog are credited to Draven). Heka captured much of it on camcorder, and when those video clips become available, I'll be posting them here as well.
"You Are Everybody" Drive Shaft
RANDOM "LOST" SITUATION THAT WILL NEVER BE EXPLAINED #1: The Dharma Shark. Okay, so you give it to us once when the raft blows up, and then only once more at the opening of the first episode of the last season. COME ON!!! Were the Dharma Initiative testing on sharks? Why did it have a Dharma stamp on it's ass? I genuinely wanted to know. But now, never. Argh.
Having a house full of fanatics of any kind is usually eventful (if not dangerous), but I think we were all too wrapped up in the drama, the romance, the time-traveling and the random supernatural occurrences on the show that the only trouble we could cause were our own individual headaches.
RANDOM "LOST" SITUATION THAT WILL NEVER BE EXPLAINED #2: The Egyptian Temple. The hieroglyphics that appeared when Locke stopped typing in the numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) and pushing the damn button in the hatch. The glyph of Anubis summoning The Black Smoke. How did any of this really fit in?
Trying to process all the twists and turns throughout the six seasons of LOST wasn't easy (ever), but it was incredibly interesting, fascinating, thought provoking and heartbreaking.
When Charlie drowned, we were devastated. When the freighter exploded, and Sun screamed Jin's name in horror, we cringed from her agony. When we learned about Jacob and the MiB, we howled in confusion. When Hurley finally remembered Libby, we cheered for him. They were apart of us, somehow.
Then, of course, there were The Others... and how can we forget... The Other Others...
Most of us were sad that Mr. Eko didn't make an appearance in the finale. However, Vincent the Golden Retriever, played a pivotal role in the closing scene. So, they went for the dog and not the man. Okay. Fine. I'll except that.
We did discuss that we all assumed, in the beginning, that Walt had some sort of telekinetic ability, or astral projection of some kind. I mean, didn't YOU think that he summoned the original Polar Bears out of that Spanish comic book? I did. We don't hear about the Polar Bear cages until MUCH later. I understand why he was written out of the story. I mean, a ten year old should not grow to be 6 feet tall in the 90 days they were "on the island."
RANDOM "LOST" SITUATION THAT WILL NEVER BE EXPLAINED #3: Ben obviously had the ability to summon The Black Smoke earlier in the series. Why did he lose this ability, and when? How did he have it in the first place? And, again... that room in his closet was covered in hieroglyphics. Que sera, sera.
All in all, I think it was awesome that Desmond decided to use his "powers" to show his island friends that they were now existing in a purgatory of sorts, dealing with some of the issues they had faced in life, and ultimately reuniting with those they loved best and experienced the most with.
In closing, I will leave you with a RANDOM "LOST" FACT: If you weren't aware, the sound that The Black Smoke makes is the same sound as a NYC Taxi Cab printing a receipt (this was even admitted by the producers on a Special Features disc from one of the LOST box sets). Heka proved this by recording the sound in a Taxi the day after the LOST finale.
Here it is: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE NYC TAXI / SMOKE MONSTER!!!
Thank you for everything, LOST. We will miss you.