“It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.” – Jacob
But what happens after it ends, Jacob?
While Lost peacefully addressed life’s ironically ultimate mystery, its public perception has been nothing if not turbulent (see what I did there?!). Last year at this time there were tons of in memoriam reflections, but I suspect that won’t be the case this year. However, I don’t think the lack of Lost noise will be caused by viewer apathy (or by the fact that it’s kind of ridiculous to expect people to share their feelings every year on the day of the show’s death); instead, I think this reluctance will come from a legitimate fear of “going back” and being disappointed.
Now, admittedly, I’m a Lost apologist through and through. I will argue its merits with anyone even when I know I’m wrong. It’s my favorite show of all time; I have fan art hanging in my room; I’ve heard every episode of the Official Lost Podcast at least two times. None of that is going to change. But, possibly for the first time ever, I feel the beating that the show has taken since its finale is partially merited and I wanted to step out of my usually defensive stance and actually write about my suspicions for the show’s legacy