it’s the final week before my manuscript is due! it feels like a real book now — has a bit of heft, some things that I was pleased to discover that I hope you will be too — but it sure ain’t done yet. i should probably go outside when I need a break from writing (and re-writing) but usually I flip the TV on to turn my mind off Mystic Falls and onto some other great fictional universe.
Lost. I have a lot of feelings. About the finale (and in general). I don’t think I’ll write them up and post them simply because I can’t re-watch the two-and-a-half hour finale to give it a fair post. But I will say this: I really enjoyed watching the first two hours of the finale. Thought it was really well-made television and it reminded me why I loved those characters and what was great about the early seasons of the show. I think the highlight of season 6 for me was the sideways world scenes between Locke and Jack. And also the moment in the finale in regular-real world where Jack did a flying leap face punch to Not-Locke on the side of the soon-to-crumble cliff. Hells yes. (Also, hilarious.) I was pleased that Kate got to DO something (shoot Not-Locke) after six seasons of never living up to her bad ass potential. But the last half hour of the show — the reveal of what the sideways world was — didn’t work for me. I’m more interested in the island than in the limbo world that appeared in season 6. From a sentimental perspective, it’s so lovely to see every one you loved and lost again, to hug and kiss and spend eternity together in heaven (and I did enjoy watching those reunions, especially Sawyer and Juliet’s). But that kind of happy ending left me with a lot of questions that can be easily (and for me unsatisfying-ly) explained away by spiritual non-answers (e.g., how did the survivors create the limbo world? why did Jack have a son? why did Rose work at a temp agency?? …because it had to be. they needed it to get to the Great Beyond). But — and I think this is the critical ‘but’ that’s dividing fans, rather fittingly, on the ‘love or dislike the finale’ issue — I’m a man of reason and in “the end,” Lost was for men of faith.
For the other side of the equation (the love side) and to read a much more informed and in-depth discussion of the finale (and the series as a whole), head on over to Nikki Stafford’s blog for loads of coverage.
So… I was going to post on the other great TV i’ve been watching this season — Community! Parenthood! Friday Night Lights! — but i am already 4 minutes behind schedule on my writing day. Another time!