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  • warmbeachbrat
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    I've given this subject a bit of thought. In retrospect, I really can't see them wrapping up the series in a scientific way. All the way through the six seasons, they dealt with hope, love and friendship, community, emotional baggage, forgiveness, redemption, etc. It was the striving and the relationships that were continually addressed throughout the show. Sure, they brought in lots of weird, science-y concepts (and answered a great many), but it seemed they used those to tell the story of, well...life.

    In life today, we don't know everything about our world. We are constantly learning new scientific things, and those things oftentimes bring up new questions and new discoveries we know very little about. Life on the island seems like a microcosm of life in the rest of the world. Looked at it that way, how else could they have ended it?

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  • tainor
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    Originally posted by KEK View Post
    I think much like BSG, they took a sci-fi series and in order to tie up all the loose ends they turned it into fantasy, quick fixes are much easier to come by that way, and much to the detriment of the show in my opinion.
    Much like you I think the same, the writers just painted themselves in a box without a pretty way out, so they used the only way out of it they can think of and that was the spiritual stuff. I have not been as much disappointed by a finale of a show like this, since BSG ended and the whole angels/head people and destiny stuff.
    It made no sense for this show to have a conclusion that took on a spiritual approach, it would have been something like if Supernaturals final battle between Lucifer and Michael in the end involved spaceships and Zats it just makes no sense, but it is an easy way out.

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  • kmiller1610
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    I think the intention from the first was to explore concepts, science vs faith, purpose, being lost, being redeemed and trying to find your way home. They took a topic that has not been explored, the idea of the transition to the afterlife and explored it on an emotional level. We did not see heaven. We saw the concrete manifestation of an idea and a set of values: finding redemption is a group effort, we must help each other and when it is all over, it is the lives we have touched that really matter. These are fairly specific things. They just aren't science fiction things.

    I loved it. We didn't need another "spirituality is just science unexplained" story. Spiritual truths are worth exploring.

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  • KEK
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    I think much like BSG, they took a sci-fi series and in order to tie up all the loose ends they turned it into fantasy, quick fixes are much easier to come by that way, and much to the detriment of the show in my opinion.

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  • smart
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    I would have preffered the science fiction route as I really wanted answers to the big questions [ such as the exact purpose of the island, how the idea of protecting it came about, what the light was, the smoke monster,Walt, e.t.c]Although I enjoyed seeing the afterlife and was pleased that the characters ultimately got what they greatly desired, I feel that service needed to be given to the mysteries surrounding the island which were continuous and in many respects central aspects to the storylines throughout the series.I would, have, however been okay with sprirtuality being used to a certain degree to explain a few of the mysteries surrounding the island.
    Last edited by smart; May 25, 2010, 04:44 PM.

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  • majorsal
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    from all the feedback i've been reading on the finale, i'd have preferred the afterlife scenario being left out, and that side-universe being the 'what life we would have had if the island had never existed' scenario instead.

    AND, maybe if the spiritual side of it all had been left out (or reduced greatly), the writers wouldn't have decided to use that as a way out and actually answered the island's questions instead.

    i think i'm more of a science fiction gal , though i love shows/movies that deal with the spiritual side (ghost whisperer, medium, touched by an angel, etc).

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  • Coronach
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    I agree. I was left just simply wanting answers to some of the things we were wondering about, and actual scientific answers to some of those questions would have been nice given the scientific nature in which the questions were posed.

    I actually didn't mind the spiritual nature of the ending though, as (evidenced by the church they were in) it was very all-inclusive, and didn't seem to be advocating any particular religion. In my opinion, it was an interesting take on the afterlife.

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  • Jumper_One
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    agreed. I enjoyed the finale and the spiritual stuff but would've preferred more scientific answers to some of the islands mysteries

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  • majorsal
    started a topic science or spiritual? (spoilers for series finale)

    science or spiritual? (spoilers for series finale)

    so we've the series finale, and it went on the spiritual side...

    i'd have preferred the island's mysteries being handled through science (fact or fiction), instead of it being allegorical to religious tones.

    what about you guys?
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