It’s hard to find a piece of television as divisive as the LOST series finale. When the show bowed in May, it left viewers with an ending that was immediately torn apart by critics and endlessly praised by fans. There was a clear line between those who loved the finale and those who hated it, and, in many cases I witnessed on Lostpedia, the negativity was far louder than the positivity.
Now, however, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are saying that the haters are changing their tune.
“Strangely, what happened over the last couple months is that every single person loves it,” Cuse told Entertainment Weekly. “It seems like that’s actually been a change.”
Lindelof added to this, reaching into his ever appropriate bag of metaphors. “The finale is like a relationship. When it ends, at first you only remember why it ended. But as time goes on, you focus on why you were in it in the first place. I think that is what is starting to happen now.”
I personally loved the finale when it aired back in May, and I still love it now. Do I wish it could have been more mind-blowing? Absolutely. My opinion of the sixth season has begun to drastically evolve in the time spent apart; I have deliberately not watched an episode of season six since the finale in order to let my mind stew on it for as long as possible.
Other fans seem to be having the opposite reaction. While I’m growing slightly more cynical, Cuse and Lindelof believe that fans are growing more receptive. That’s probably due to the recent DVD release of the series as a whole on DVD and Blu-Ray. Fans getting a chance to watch the entire series are now remembering, as Lindelof said, “why they were in it in the first place.”
Will there eventually be an entirely positive or negative consensus about the finale? Of course not. But we’re beginning to see the beginning of a great exodus toward the big grey area in the middle, it seems. The history books haven’t closed on LOST.