Posted Monday, January 28, 2013, at 4:55 PM
This weekend I finished with the final season of ABC's "Lost" on Netflix. It took me two months to get through the entire six seasons, and I loved every minute of it. Well ok, maybe not every minute. Some episodes were confusing, others less exciting than most and there were moments (essentially in season 5) when I was ready to give up on the show. But I'm glad I didn't, because it ended really well and was very enjoyable.
Here are my top five favorite Lost characters, moments or episodes (warning, major spoilers below):
|1.||John Locke: from the beginning of "Lost," Locke was always one of my favorite characters. Most of my friends who'd seen he entire series found my fondness for Locke interesting, and rightfully so, because, while he wasn't incredibly prominent in the beginning, he becomes very important in the final seasons. He is seen as a man of faith, because he believes the plane crash bringing him to the island was for a reason, and that he had a greater purpose there. His faith often conflicts with Jack's reasoned, logical mind and I really enjoyed that dynamic between the two characters. Locke's back-story was also my favorite, and his miraculous recovery from paralysis to being able to walk once he arrived on the island was very interesting to me. I loved his character from beginning to end.|
|2.||Mr. Eko: Mr. Eko was introduced in the second season, as a survivor of the tail section of the plane. His back-story revealed that as a young boy he shot a man in order to save his brother from having to do so. He was then forced to be a child soldier and eventually grew to become a kind of drug lord. Eventually, due to some tragic circumstances, his ways change and he becomes a priest. On the island, he discovers the plane his younger brother crashed in, and he knows that fate has sent him to the island. Eko was a very religious character, and a lot of what he did was based on what he believed, and I really liked that. One of my favorite Eko lines was, "I did not ask for the life I was given, but it was given nonetheless. And with it, I did my best." I was very sad to see his character killed off after only one season.|
|3.||Finding out who the Oceanic Six are: When it's first revealed (sometime in season 4) that the 'Oceanic Six' were all that were rescued from the island, my mind immediately went into overdrive and I began to wonder who they might be. We already knew Jack, Hurley and Kate were three of the six, and I was really hoping Jin, Sawyer and Sun would be the others. I also hoped Aaron would come back. But as the season went on and the Oceanic Six were revealed, my mind was spinning. In my mind, that meant that everyone else must have died on the island or on the way home. I didn't think there'd be a possibility that most of them would stay on the island. To me, these were some of the best and most suspenseful episodes.|
|4.||Sawyer: Initially, I couldn't stand Sawyer as a character. I thought he was rude, arrogant and selfish. And to be honest, he really was all of those things. But as the series went on, and more was revealed about his past, I grew to love him more. Then as his relationship with Kate and eventually Juliet was revealed, I grew to love him more. He went from being an antagonist to a protagonist that I was rooting for. I really wish he and Kate would have ended up together in the end, though.|
|5.||The Final Episode: Throughout the entirety of the sixth season, most episode shows a kind of 'alternate reality' for each main character, or what their lives could have been like had the plane never crashed. I enjoyed seeing Sawyer (a real-life con man) as an LAPD cop, Jack (really divorced and childless) with a son he has a good relationship with, and Hurley (who attracts bad luck) with good luck and sharing in his fortune. We then realize that all of those alternate realities are just made up, and that each character is simply in a dream-like heaven, creating a place for themselves that is comfortable and nice. In the end, every character comes to realize that these realities are false, that the circumstances of the island really happened and that they are dead. I thought this was very interesting and I actually like the way the series ended. I was glad that they could all remember each other and be happy in the end.|
Have you seen Lost? What are your favorite episodes? Who are your favorite characters?