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Sorry folks, but religious fantasy does not equal science fiction. Ever.

If you haven't seen the end of LOST yet, you don't care enough about the show to care about spoilers, so, here goes:

The Hydrogen Bomb goes off. Daniel Faraday's plan succeeds, even though he dies, and he knows this because he's a mega-genius, right? He clearly had a plan and knew what he was doing. But how does he succeed?

Because another universe is created by the convergence of energies at the explosion - a "big bang" so to speak. In this new universe, the island has sunk because the arcane energies keeping it afloat and outside of space and time have been spent. Faraday knows this is what's going to happen - but he also knows that consciousness can transcend space and time, as that was the heart of his research. So his plan is that his consciousness, and everyone else's who was ever trapped on the island, will be transferred into the new universe.

Once the bomb has gone off, the Monster has already lost the game and he/it doesn't even know it - because the universe only has room for one timeline, and the previous universe is now a temporal anomaly and will slowly decay into non-existence. As people die in the Lost universe, they "wake up" with all their memories in the new universe. Except, of course, for Jacob and the Monster, because THEY NEVER EXISTED OUTSIDE OF THE ISLAND. Hence, the monster loses, and Jacob's endgame is to make neither of them ever exist. This is why babies generally cannot be born on the island, because the universe doesn't like paradoxes.

The whole last episode could have been this fantastic climax of destruction and apocalypse, with EVERYONE dying, except Desmond (who survives right up until the finish and who has the ability to cross between universes because of his exposure to the EM pulse) and he gets to explain exactly what happened to the Monster and why he's doomed to non-existence (Desmond secretly gets the explanation from Faraday in the new universe). The Monster, after having killed everybody and thinking he has succeeded, screams "Noooooo!!!!" as the old universe crumbles into oblivion. Faraday gets to explain everything to all the Losties who gather together at the concert, and now get to live the rest of their lives thanks to the proper application of science!

See how frigging easy that was? No god, no purgatory, no baloney, no cop out. You could even say that the "ghosts" on the island were just alternate universe echoes of people's stray consciousness skipping through time and space because the island was a nexus of time and space.

The writers were LAZY, and religious fantasy is NOT a substitute for actual science fiction. The end.

on 2010-05-25 06:50 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rovanda.livejournal.com
Forgive me (I've never watched the show), but from what I've heard/read, the writers of Lost have always been lazy...

on 2010-05-25 07:00 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mikecap.livejournal.com
Well I suspect there were a lot of problems with the writing staff overall - but that's no excuse to end a show in such a stinking, BSG-like fashion.

on 2010-05-25 08:35 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] quish.livejournal.com
I think that from now on, I'm going to pretend that this was actually the finale.

on 2010-05-25 09:02 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mikecap.livejournal.com
Thanks for the compliment!

In my BSG finale fantasy, Starbuck gets pulled through a wormhole instead of just vanishing. I should write that one too...

on 2010-05-25 09:15 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] buddhagrrl.livejournal.com
Out the other side can she encounter a strange group of aliens who are escaped prisoners that have taken over a living ship? Because I'd like that as her ending a whole lot.

And then she can hook up with Chrichton. No, Aeryn. NO! Both!! Poly love triad. With Chiana melodrama. BEST! WRITE IT!

She can be all serious like "Let me share with you ... the wonders I've seen", and John can interrupt her and be like "No wait, you gotta see this, this is even better. It's like Star Trek on acid..."

And she'll be like "But I died and came back!" and most of the crew will be like "Yes, and?" and then she could finally relax and stop feel like such a (relative) weirdo.

on 2010-05-26 04:32 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mikecap.livejournal.com
I can't do fanfiction, I could never resist the OVERWHELMING URGE to Mary Sue myself.

on 2010-05-25 09:04 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mikecap.livejournal.com
It's like they had all the pieces in front of them, and they just had to put them together, but then they just cast everything off the table and stuck a giant chocolate moose head on it instead. "Look!! It's sweet and DELICIOUS, CHOCOLATE THAT LOOKS LIKE A MOOSE!!"

on 2010-05-25 09:21 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] buddhagrrl.livejournal.com
So, yes, it's true, some of us who haven't watched it yet also don't care enough to really care about spoilers, but if I'm getting spoiled I want to be properly spoiled, not set up for disappointment. Was there actually an alt universe created, or is it just purgatory and you made the other stuff up?

Because I can't tell from your phrasing if your version starts with "The whole last episode could have been..." or if it starts several paragraphs earlier.

I was into it when I thought the first few paragraphs were actually part of the show. Kind of Evangelion-meets-Back To the Future, but in a cool way.

I think now I'm just confused, which I guess isn't a new thing WRT Lost...

on 2010-05-26 04:34 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mikecap.livejournal.com
In the final episode, the "flashes" into what seem like an alternate universe are really just all the characters gathering in Purgatory until "Christian Shepard" shows up to let them float into the light. UGH.

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