Lost: Season 6, Episode 17

The End (23 May 2010)

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Locke searches for Desmond to achieve his goal of destroying the island. Jack, the newly-appointed "protector" of the island, sets out to stop him. In Los Angeles, the survivors slowly reunite and recall their island experiences.



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Dr. Pierre Chang (as Francois Chau)


Locke searches for Desmond to achieve his goal of destroying the island. Jack, the newly-appointed "protector" of the island, sets out to stop him. In Los Angeles, the survivors slowly reunite and recall their island experiences.

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Lowest rated season finale according to IMDb. This is the only season finale in the series to have a rating under 9. See more »


Jack Shephard: Are you real?
Christian Shephard: I sure hope so. Yeah, I'm real. You're real. Everything that's happened to you is real. All those people in the church, they're all real too.
Jack Shephard: No. They're all... They're all dead. I'm dead. You're dead.
Christian Shephard: Everyone dies sometime, kiddo. Some of them before you, some... long after you.
Jack Shephard: But why are they all here now?
Christian Shephard: Well, there is no "now", here.
Jack Shephard: Where are we, Dad?
Christian Shephard: This is a place that you... that you all made together so that you could find one another. The most important part of your...
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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Years later this ending still annoys me
30 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I doubt this review will say anything that hasn't already been said. I just want to note for the record that this is the most far off the mark ending of any TV series I've ever watched.

Maybe some people did watch it for the soap opera and they liked the ending. That's not why I watched any of it and not why I enjoyed it (up to a point). I enjoyed it because it was different and because it seemed to have interesting ideas. I enjoyed it because it made no sense and because I was looking forward to them explaining why everything happened, so I could go "Oh, OK, that was clever of you." I wondered how they would tie things up in an intelligent and comprehensible way, because that was going to be some feat of creative writing.

In the end they just said "oh, you weren't watching it for that, were you? Oh well. No, this is a story about people." A bog standard nothing ending about how people are all complex and in love / struggling with something / nasty / confused / bla bla bla bla bla. If I wanted that sort of mamby pamby nothing reason for everything, I would watch a soap opera or any other bog standard nothing drama.

For me at least, they couldn't have misunderstood why I was watching this any more than they did. IF they had already done a load of explaining in the previous 3 or 4 episodes, to acknowledge that's why most people watched, fine. THEN give the people who were watching for the soap opera their stereotypical barf ending, fine.

For the record, I was very invested in the characters themselves and thought that the characters were excellent in and of themselves BUT they were not the reason for watching. They were the glue holding the concept together but you still have to acknowledge the concept is what differentiates the show from other nondescript character drama.

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