SPOILER ALERT: This article contains references to major moments in Lost including the series finale.
It’s a jarring image to watch Jack’s eye close for the last time. After hours of uncontrollable sobbing, shock will begin to set in. “Did that just happen?” “Is it truly over?” “Did Sayid seriously pick Shannon over Nadia? I mean, come on, they had one date.” These questions are normal and you should allow yourself to ask them. After all, you looked into the eye of the island, and what you saw was beautiful.
You’ll convince yourself that Lost can continue with Lost 2.0: The Adventures of Ben and Hurley. Why else would they appoint a new leader and sidekick? It’d be cruel to leave such an exciting prospect unfinished. Damon Lindleof and Carlton Cuse would never do that to you. They’re the good guys.
After watching yet another Family Guy re-run, you’ll YouTube “Jin and Sun Death Scene”. Your deep sadness with cause you to click on related links, just to get the image of their hands drifting apart out of your head. Unfortunately, the links you click will be Charlie’s death scene and the heart-wrenching moment between Sawyer and Juliet. Rage will consume you until you yell, “I wanted them to be together forever! Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”
You’ll find yourself trying to hold on to anything that reminds you of Lost. For many, this will manifest itself with indulging on Mars Bars, Mr. Cluck’s Chicken, tubs of ranch dressing, fish biscuits, and imaginary jars of peanut butter. Don’t fight this step. The scene between Charlie and Claire deserves to live on.
“Bad” Lost episodes are better than 99% of what you’d typically find on TV. Yet, why were you so harsh toward them? Why did you curse the screen every time Nikki and Paulo came on? They just wanted to tag along! Why did you criticize Across the Sea? It needed to happen! It’s normal to feel like a jerk for not appreciating every moment. You should.
You re-watch all 6 seasons. You have to go back!
You realize that watching Lost videos on loop isn’t the healthiest thing to do. So you make the agonizing decision to find a new show. You cling to anything that resembles a mystery with science fiction elements. Anything that features a cast member. Sadly, as good as they are, nothing lives up to the best show of all time. Daniel Dae Kim, Jin, is fantastic on Hawaii Five-O, but where are the subtitles? Elizabeth Mitchell, Juliet, shines on V, but what happened to going Dutch on that coffee? Flash forward had two cast members: Sonya Walger, Penny, and Dominic Monaghan, Charlie. But do you know what it didn’t have? Desmond and Claire. Next!
Nearly a year after the series finale you know it’s time to accept the inevitable: Lost is over. You let go of the bitterness you felt toward Stranger in a Strange Land. You forgive the producers for making you think Jin died on a freighter. You accept that Lost was never exactly what you wanted, but you loved it anyway. It was an experience you were lucky to be a part of and you shouldn’t ask for anything more. And someday, you will find another show that fills that void.
That show being Battlestar Galactica.