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The 'Lost' Diary --

The End

5/24/2010 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Welcome to the final edition of The "Lost" Diary.

Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called The Pledge. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called The Turn. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret ... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call The Prestige." -- Cutter, "The Prestige"

Fair or not, I believe "Lost" will be judged forever based on tonight's finale. "Lost" has been a great show, sure -- it's told some stories, had some great characters, and produced some of the greatest WTF moments in TV history. But, at least for me, it is at its core … a mystery. Mysteries present question and, hopefully, answers.

I don't expect, think or even want "Lost" to answer all my questions in the finale. But sometimes a magic trick is only as good as its reveal. It's time for "Lost" to deliver its prestige.

Let's roll ...

9:00 -- "How long am I going to have to do this job?" -- Jack. Only for about 2.5 more hours. And we're off!

9:01 -- The Oceanic plane with Christian Shepard's body has finally arrived at LAX. Only took six years. I am going to say this now and completely mean it (until I change my mind): I can't give this episode an A without a healthy dose of some Christian Shepard. There I said it.

9:02 -- Slow motion montage at the beginning instead of the traditional slow motion montage at the end. Definitely starting to set the tone.

9:03 -- "Or something." -- Desmond

9:04 -- "No one can tell you why you're here, Kate. Certainly not me." -- Desmond. What percentage of Desmond's lines tonight will sound like they came from Yoda? 50%? 75%?

9:05 -- "MY name is Desmond Hume. And even though you don't realize it, I'm your friend. And as for what I want … I want to leave." -- Desmond. We're at 100% so far.

9:06 -- Jack is passing along Jacob's instructions, which read a little like ransom demands. Head out past by the old shed. There you will you will see a trash can. Put the money there …

9:07 -- "Kinda true, dude. He's worse than Yoda." -- Hurley. That was kinda creepy.

9:08 -- "I gotta bad feeling about this." -- Han Solo, uh, I mean Hurley.

9:10 -- Hurley is trying to jog Sayid's memory (is that the write word?) with a trip to a motel and visit with Charlie.

9:11 -- Hurley shot Charlie with a tranquilizer gun (I am jealous) and while I tried to avoid it … I watched the names in the credits I go by. I can never resist. Let's just say I saw one name that made me very happy …

9:12 -- "Nothing is irreversible." -- Kate

9:13 -- Ben captures Sawyer as he tried to spy on Ben and Not Locke. Did he really think he was going to sneak up on a Smoke Monster?

9:14 -- "I'm sorry I left out the part about the island being at the bottom of the ocean." -- Not Locke. Wasn't the island at the bottom of the ocean in the season premiere?

9:15 -- Vincent? Rose? Bernard? Guess which I am most excited to see …

9:16 -- Bernard was gone for all of about 20 seconds … just enough time to lead Not Locke and Ben directly to Desmond. Sigh.

9:17 -- Desmond agrees to go with Not Locke in return for him promising not hurt Rose and Bernard … ever. Interesting touch there with the "ever."

9:20 -- Desmond knows that Not Locke is taking him somewhere "with a very bright light" … and Ben appears to be carrying some kind walkie-talkie with him. Is he working with someone? Richard, maybe?

9:21 -- Nope, it's Miles … and Richard, who appears to have survived his run-in with Not Locke.

9:22 -- Miles spots Sayid at the concert and immediately calls Sawyer. That's either going to throw a wrench in Desmond's plan … or play right into it. I choose B.

9:23 -- Jin tells Sun there is a doctor coming to see the baby and make sure everything is ok. Hmmm, do we know any doctors that specialize in babies?

9:24 -- Yes we do! Dr. Juliet Carlson. Wait, Carlson?

9:25 -- Juliet is checking Sun's baby … not the first time she's done that.

9:26 -- "Did you see?" -- Sun. I thought the cleaning lady came the other day -- why is it so dusty in here?

9:26 -- "And for the record, you two speak English just fine." -- Juliet

(Side note: the only thing I avoid more than "Lost" promos is commercials/trailers for "Inception." I think it's my favorite movie ever … and I haven't even seen it yet!)

9:30 -- Sawyer catches up with Big Foot, Jacob and Kate to let them know Not Locke is out to destroy the island.

9:31 -- "I'll see you on the other side." -- Jack

9:32 -- "I think I just realized I want to live." -- Richard. Miles found a grey hair on his said … is he free from Jacob's spell now? Can he age? Can he die?

9:33 -- Lapidus!

9:34 -- "In case you haven't noticed, I'm a pilot." -- Lapidus.

9:35 -- Kate tries to shoot Not Locke a few times, cause, you know, she's an idiot. I like when Kate is stupid, it's so old school.

9:36 -- GREAT scene between Jack and Not Locke. I know I jumped on the Jack bandwagon about halfway through the season, but everyone has to be on board by now, right? He is just killing it these days.

9:39 -- No shocker … Juliet is the mother of Jack's son. I think we all saw that coming.

9:40 -- Sawyer walked by Juliet on his way to look for Sun … but didn't "remember" her. Too soon.

9:41 -- Not Locke wants only himself, Jack and Desmond to continue on at this point. Jack agrees, despite not really knowing what to do yet. He sure has a lot of … faith.

9:42 -- "This doesn't matter, you know." -- Desmond. Des is trying to explain to Jack that somehow none of what is going on matters because of, essentially, the flash-sideways.

9:43 -- "Whatever happened, happened." -- Jack

9:47 -- "There are rules, dude." -- Hurley

9:48 -- "I'm sorry, you clearly don't know anything about me." -- Sayid. I need to talk to the maid about this dust problem.

9:49 -- "Sayid." -- Shannon

9:49 -- "Shannon." -- Sayid

9:50 -- "It was worth it." -- Hurley. If I open a window, does that solve my dust problem or make it worse?

9:51 -- Miles, Richard and Lapidus have arrived at the Hydra island and found a gun-toting, conditioner-needing Claire.

9:52 -- Meanwhile, back at the golden waterfall, Jack and Not Locke are lowering Desmond down into the light. My first truly ridiculous sentence that somehow makes sense in the "Lost" universe of the night.

9:53 -- "This remind you of anything Jack? Desmond, going into a hole in the ground. If there was a button down there we could fight about whether or not to push it. Be just like old times ..." -- Not Locke

9:54 -- Great camera shot going down the waterfall, a la the hatch in the finale of season one.

9:58 -- Meanwhile at the concert, everyone is slowly getting into place. To quote one of my favorite movies … it's all happening.

9:59 -- "It's a great pleasure to meet you, Charlotte." -- Farraday

10:00 -- Oh no, something just occurred to me -- I am about to get "You all everybody!" stuck in my head again. Damn you, "Lost"!!!!

10:01 -- The orchestra kicked in and Claire might be about to go into labor. Perhaps I will be spared.

10:02 -- Desmond is walking into the light and it, well, it doesn't seem to be agreeing with him so far.

10:03 -- Desmond moved a rock, the light went out, and now seems to becoming back … red.

10:04 -- "It looks like you were wrong. Goodbye Jack." -- Not Locke

10:05 -- "Looks like you were wrong too." -- Jack, after seeing Not Locke bleed. So … it's a draw then?

10:09 -- Claire is definitely about to go into labor and it looks like Kate might be the one to deliver the child. Sounds familiar.

10:10 -- New rule (copyright Bill Maher) -- Eloise Hawking needs to be in every TV show that airs from now on. Would anyone have a problem with that? And I don't mean the actress, I mean the character. Every show. I'd even watch "Two and a Half Men" if she were on. Ok, I went too far there.

10:11 -- "Water and blankets?" -- Charlie

10:12 -- "it's Aaron." -- Claire. I've run out of dust jokes.

10:14 -- "Do you understand?" -- Desmond

10:15 -- Jack woke up, looking … um, awkward, and went back into the cave looking Desmond. Everything collapsing around me, I probably don't run into an an enclosed space. That's just me.

10:16 -- Sawyer, Kate and Hurley are trying to save Ben. Would you if you were them?

10:17 -- "Son of a bitch." -- Sawyer. Oh my God … is that the last Sawyer "Son of a bitch!" ever? Tear …

10:18 -- I'm going to hold off on adjectives and critique of the episode on the whole so far … but we can all agree that Jack and Not Locke running at each other was like the dumbest thing ever, right? I mean, wow. That was awful. John Woo is watching somewhere and saying to himself, "Really?" The only thing missing was a little slow-mo and a gun in each hand. Let's pretend that never happened.

10:21 -- The Jack/Not Locke fight scene is … ok at best -- but I definitely didn't see the Not Locke stabbing Jack in the stomach part coming.

10:22 -- "I saved you a bullet." -- Kate. Arnold and Sly would be proud with that line.

10:23 -- "You're too late." -- Not Locke. RIP brutha.

10:24 -- And finally the mysterious neck wound is revealed. Brilliant.

10:25 -- "It worked." -- Locke

10:26 -- "You don't remember?" -- Locke. I know he's kinda been there all season, but tonight it's been great to have Locke back.

10:27 -- "I hope that somebody does for you, what you just did for me." -- Locke.

10:31 -- The breaking of the island seems to have stopped, as has the storm. But Jack isn't looking good.

10:32 -- "Just find me some thread and I can count to five." -- Jack. Minor prediction: they all get on the plane, fly away, whatever … and bring Locke's body with them.

10:33 -- "We'll see you there." -- Jin. Brilliant line. Maybe my favorite so far.

10:34 -- Lapidus is doing plane things to get ready to take off.

10:35 -- "Sounds like they're making progress." -- Ben. Quick question: not that it matters, but is there a "bad guy" anymore? Something to defeat?

10:36 -- "No way, you think I'm going down that? I'm with you, dude." -- Hurley

10:42 -- "I don't believe in a lot of things, but I believe in duct tape." -- Miles

10:43 -- "It worked." -- Juliet

10:44 -- "We can go dutch." -- Juliet

10:50 -- "It's over." -- Kate

10:51 -- I can't decide if I think Island Kate is hotter than Not Island Kate tonight. Tough call.

10:52 -- "No, that's now how you know me." -- Kate

10:53 -- Jack had his flash when Kate touched his face -- but to be fair, I'd see all sorts of crazy shit too if she touched me.

10:54 -- Jack, Hurley and Ben are back at the light, which is no longer lit. Seeing as we saw the island at the bottom of the ocean back in the premiere, we know they fail … right?

10:55 -- Jack tells Hurley that he is supposed to protect the island now -- which actually makes a little sense, seeing as how Hurley has been sort of Jacob-esque in the flashsideways tonight.

10:56 -- Jack made Hurley drink dirty creek water and didn't say the magical incantation. I am little suspicious at this point …

10:57 -- "Now you're like me." -- Jack. Still not buying it.

10:58 -- Jack is down in the light cave and Desmond is there, not looking so hot.

10:59 -- "i'll see you in another life, brother." -- Jack. Sounds better when Desmond says it, but still cool.

11:00 -- Sawyer, Kate and Claire are making a run for the plane -- but Lapidus might take off without them.

11:01 -- Jack put the peg back in the hole (?) but it doesn't seem to have done anything.

11:02 -- "Here we go, Frank." -- Lapdius. You can do it, Lawnmower Man!

11:03 -- "Amen." -- Lapidus

11:04 -- It just hit me -- Jack is about to have a visitor …

11:05 -- The light appears to be starting back up. Better late than never.

11:06 -- "JACK!!!" -- Hurley. Dude, Hurley was kinda rude to Desmond.

11:10 -- Locke is out of the hospital and still using his wheelchair. Baby steps.

11:11 -- "I'm very sorry for what I did to you, John." -- Ben.

11:12 -- Apparently Ben wants to stay -- whatever that means at this point -- I am guessing to be with Alex and Rousseau.

11:13 -- Said it before, I'll say it again -- good to have the old Locke back.

11:14 -- "That's how Jacob ran things. Maybe there's another way. A better way." -- Ben. How will Hurley get Desmond back to Penny?

11:15 -- "You were a great number two." -- Ben to Hurley. I have to ask … who does Number Two work for?

11:16 -- Kate and Jack have finally arrived at the church for Christian's funeral.

11:17 -- Jack's alive. End of scene. That was simple.

11:18 -- Minor prediction: Jack is in the coffin. i don't know, just work with me.

11:19 -- Or it's empty. But it has to be him that goes back in the coffin, right?

11:20 -- CHRISTIAN!!!!!!

11:21 -- "How are you here?" -- Christian. Touche.

11:22 -- "I died too." -- Jack. Um, ok.

11:23 -- "There is no now, here." -- Christian. Um, ok.

11:24 -- "This is the place you all made together so you can find one another. The most important part of your life, was the time you spent with these people. That's why all of you are here. Nobody does it alone, Jack. You needed all of them and they needed all of you." -- Christian

11:25 -- Slow motion montage time.

11:26 -- Sucks that Michael wasn't invited. Or Walt. "Lost" is racist! Kidding.

11:27 -- Weird we didn't get a Desmond/Penny moment.

11:30 -- Jack lying on his back, plane flies overhead, and like that … it's over.



(About 10 minutes after I finished watching "Lost," one of my bosses called -- Brittany Murphy's husband was found dead and there was a surreal five minute interview with Lindsay Lohan online. So it's 12:40 AM PT and I have to be at work in less than five hours -- if this part feels rushed incomplete or incoherent, that's why. Sucks. I have been waiting six years to write this part. Oh well.)

A few hypothetical questions to start:

-- You've just watched the "Lost" finale. Suppose a dying friend comes to you. He's only got like a day left to live and he's never seen "Lost." He's giving you … let's say 5-10 minutes of his time. "Hey pal," he says. "I never saw 'Lost' but I don't want to die without knowing what it was about. Don't worry about spoilers, cause I'll be dead tomorrow, just explain it to me. There was a plane crash, right? The island was magic or something? In five minutes, explain 'Lost' to me … go."

What would you say? Where would you start? Do you even know the answer to that question right now?

-- Better question. I had this conversation with my friend Josh today when discussing just how important the finale was to how "Lost" will will be remembered.

If a friend came to you and said, "Hey pal, I am going to star Netflixing 'Lost.' Figured I would just plow through all six seasons. I should do it, right?"

Now that you've seen the finale, what would you tell him? Was it worth it? If the finale was truly awful (which it wasn't) -- would you have told him not to watch any of it? Would you have told him/her to avoid the whole thing since it doesn't pay off in the end?

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Man of Science, Man of Faith

In TV terms, I am a Man of Science (or at least I am to make this analogy work, so bear with me). I like plot. I like story. I only watch shows that have a long-reaching story arcs, no mystery of the week shows for me. So I watched "Lost" for its mythology -- I loved the questions, searched for the answers.

My friend Aaron probably falls in the Man of Faith camp. Sure, he loves that other stuff too -- but he's more into characters. He's argued with me for years that "Lost" is a character study (sort of disguised as a sci-fi show).

For 119 hours, I was a Man of Science -- in hours 120-121.5 I think I became a Man of Faith.

The finale didn't satisfy my Man of Science side, I don't think it ever could have. To be honest, right now, at 12:53 AM, I don't understand the last five minutes. Ok, the flash sideways were never real -- they were Jack's imagination. Maybe? I don't know.

But for every single second leading up to those last five minutes, I was certain I was watching the greatest episode of television I had ever seen.

The whole time, I was thinking of my second question -- what would I do tomorrow or the next day if someone asked me if they should watch "Lost"? -- and all I kept thinking was it was my goal in life to make everyone I know watch "Lost." Every single person should experience that finale. Up until the last five minutes, I was thinking of each person I knew that had never seen "Lost" and how I was going to pitch it to them.

"Lost" is 119 hours of build up … to the greatest 2.5 hour payoff of all-time.

I was converted -- Man of Science, meet Man of Faith.

Then the last five minutes happened … and my Man of Science was a little pissed. Still is.

But I am going to have a little faith.

Sometime between now and the time I die, I am hoping I will read or see something that will help explain it to me. Probably won't satisfy me completely, but I am hoping I find something that will do the trick.

The finale was so amazing though … I wonder if it even matters.

I give tonight's episode an A+. It wasn't what I was expecting -- I don't think it was even what I wanted -- but, like so much of "Lost" before it, it was unlike anything I have ever seen. Truly without peer.

So I don't think this is goodbye just yet. I am sure I will have some ideas and thoughts that trickle in.

But this is the last "Diary," so I feel I should say a few things to those of you who have been reading me for years.

Thank you. I used to write the Diary as a way of sharing my experience of watching "Lost" with my friends. Over the years, as schedules became more hectic, I watched with fewer and fewer people -- until eventually I was watching the bulk of the episodes by myself.

But I wasn't really -- in a way, I was watching with all of you.

So for that, I am thankful.

See ya in another life, brutha ...
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31.

Millner    

Great final Diary. You did a fantastic job and I'm truly sad to see you go. I agree that the flash side-ways was purgatory. Then they went into the light and passed on.



I am so Lost hungover at work right now.

1512 days ago
32.

Tracy    

I completely agree with "I Got This"'s post above. They all died at different times (as confirmed by Christian tell Jack that)....I think that Hurley and Ben most likely lived for a long time as overseers of the Island, and Ben might have even still been alive as he did not go into the church (ala he became ageless like Richard when he became Hurley's #2)



I must say that even now at 10:am the next morning I still have a knot in my stomach over the intensity that I watch the show with and with the constant thinking over it in my head. It is all a little new to me as I usually don't "drink the Kool-aid" when it comes to following a show so closely that it makes ya obsessed and almost feel as it were "real" to you.

1512 days ago
33.

Mary P    

When they played internet games and had a book by Gary Troup - I guessed purgatory. (I'm a jumble fanatic.) However, I see Hurley and Ben's #1 and #2 differently.



Hurley was always #1 - he was the rock and the sensibility (in a way) that always led Jack up to this place. Ben had more meaningful conversations with Jack than anyone else. They were ALWAYS 1 and 2 - over 6 seasons, helping Jack to find his way, while all of the cast were players in THEIR game to help them all move on. Of course, they all moved on at different times, but Hurley was the true man of faith. Ben was the man of science and it took BOTH of them, over the course of the series to appeal to both sides of man.



Ben is dead as well - but if you remember Michael on the island, he couldn't leave because he had things left to do. Ben (as a ghost of sorts) has things to do, and I'm guessing he wants to peripherally watch Alex grow up. The theory on ghosts is they are stuck here until X scenario happens.

1512 days ago
34.

jello    

I liked the fact that the Christian "shephard" shepharded them all home. He clearly stated that some died before you, Jack, and some after (like Ben and the ones on the plane) but eventually they all met up and were shepharded on into the light. They all lacked something in life, thus putting them on the island, and they were to spend eternity together.



I depended on your blog the day after. I've enjoyed your wit. You been my co-viewer as well. Thank you.

1512 days ago
35.

Courtney    

Daniel,



Although I didn't always agree with your episode ratings, I agree with this one. I always looked for your diary right around 10am CST every Wednesday and it made me smile. This one brought me right back to last nights show and the room got a little dusty yet again. I was so bummed that I couldn't watch the finale with my friends (I have a 1 year old) but then I was RELIEVED to be alone so I could cry freely.
I'm satisfied with the finale, yet I will never tire of reading everyone's ideas on what exactly went down. That's the great part...it will never really end for me.



Did you or anyone else here watch the Jimmy Kimmel special last night? Matthew Fox walked out with tears in his eyes. That was an amazing moment to watch. After that, I laughed for an hour straight. If you haven't watched it, Hulu it.



I can only hope that another show like this one comes along. And that you will follow it and share your thoughts and ideas with all of us!

1512 days ago
36.

Stace    

You summed it up perfect! I wish I had a Desmond/Penny scene and real Jack/Kate scene - they deserved better that what they got last night! I also wished I turned the channel after the Ben/Locke scene outside the church. Up until the last five minutes I thought they had pulled it off I thought it would go down as the greatest show ever but there has been an undelying tension in me the last two seasons watching this show -it was like they were making up the story as they went along and it didn't really make any sense and then in the end it didn't have to because I'm not even sure what happened. I love the characters on Lost and in then end that was enough but I think the show writers needed a storyteller to put the whole thing together. I know there are those who will say you just don't understand it or get it and maybe I don't but I would love to know what the heck just happened??

1512 days ago
37.

Kate    

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, some times I couldn't watch and your diary kept me caught up with what I missed...I will miss them!

1512 days ago
38.

Don    

If you want to read what will no doubt be cogent and meaningful comments on the show that will also (partially) satisfy the science side of you, check out what Jeff (Doc) Jensen has to say at EW.com.
His blogs are spot on.
I agree with most of what you say, btw, and also give last night's episode an A+.

1512 days ago
39.

Brandon    

At first I was kind of angry that all of them were dead. It made it seem that they all died in the crash and that everything that happened for 6 seasons was not real. But after thinking about it, it seems much better. Everything that happened aside from the sideways world was real. The plane did crash, they all did live on the island. Everyone who died on the island really died there. Christian says "some died before you, some others long after." The ending scene was bittersweet although it was kind of like Titanic!



And if you don't like LOST then stop reading stories about it and please stop commenting!!

1512 days ago
40.

Roseann    

Thanks Daniel for all your blogs over the years, always looked forward to them.



I for one liked the end, to me, it brought peace to an end of an era. I waited 6yrs and maybe not all my questions were answered, maybe they were not ment to be but I was happy to see them all find each other and go off on their next journey. I always beleived either they were dead or that they would somehow get off the island and walk off the plane like in that one episode but since they showed us that episode, I thought they might all have perished in the initial plane crash and that their souls needed to move on so they had to live this life, make peace with themselves before they can move on. That's just my opinion.

1512 days ago
41.

lincoln    

Beautiful final episode.. i'll miss the diary.. thanks for all the good times! see ya in another life brother



-waaaaaaaaaalllllttttt

1512 days ago
42.

Lori    

Daniel, the best part was reading your diary. I looked foward to your insight and wit. Thanks so much. Now what?

1512 days ago
43.

Violette-Blue    

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS FINALE!!! Sure, we didn't get answers to all our burning questions. That wasn't the point. They wouldn't have been able to do all that in 2.5 hours. I'm sad to see this wonderful, creative, imaginative, smart show go. I am hoping for a movie or other tv show with some of the actors. The actors are top notch and should get recognition for this.
#2 if only retards watch LOST why are you on the message boards commenting? You must be the retard! In fact. I can tell you are.

1512 days ago
44.

EmilyW    

Reading your synopsis was as much as my routine as kicking my roommate off the DVR so I could watch LOST. Thank you for the witty anecdotes and revealing story lines. LOST wouldn't have been the same without this column. I started to watch the Wire because you liked it so much and now am engrossed in that so I won't miss LOST too much, did you ever analyze Wire episodes???

1512 days ago
45.

redrose    

Not too sure myself what those last few minutes mean but still loved it. There was no way to end this and answer all the questions. I'm going to miss LOST!

1512 days ago
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