Welcome one and all to tonight's live blog of the "Lost" series finale. As you can tell from the episode's title, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof aren't messing around when they say that this is the last we'll see of our beloved Losties. No silly spin-offs, or God help us, feature films, but I guess you can never say never when money is involved. With that said, however, I'm not going to pretend like I'm a seasoned pro at this whole live blogging thing (in fact, it's the first time I've ever tried it), so bear with me as my updates will likely be subject to a slight delay as I gather my thoughts and update the post, all while keeping track of the action onscreen. Continue to refresh this page for all updates and feel free to comment below. Enjoy the show, and don't forget to check back after it's over for my final thoughts.
9:00 - Previously on "Lost"... Jack becomes the island's new protector, Smokey reveals his plan to destroy the island, and Desmond rescues Kate and Sayid.
9:04 - The coffin containing Jack's father finally arrives at LAX, and while out for delivery, Desmond is allowed to sign for it? Gee, it's good to know anyone can just claim a human being these days.
9:06 - Back on Earth-1... Sawyer to Jack: "So you're the new Jacob, huh?" Yep, but Jack doesn't feel any differently. At least he gets to bring Sawyer, Kate and Hurley with him to the waterfall.
9:07 - Sawyer leaves to rescue Desmond from the well, but hasn't he already escaped? He wasn't there the last time Smokey checked, so who is still on the island? Could it be Richard? Who knows, but I have to agree with Hurley - I've got a bad feeling about this.
9:10 - Earth-2 Hurley goes to pick up Charlie at a hotel only to find him piss drunk. Charlie doesn't want to go to the sodding concert, so Hurley shoots him with a tranquiler gun instead. Whoa, dude.
9:13 - Sawyer kidnapped by Smokey and Ben, and he actually referred to him as "Smokey." God I love Sawyer.
9:15 - Ahhhh... Rose and Bernard saved Desmond! And they're living in a nice little house in the jungle with Vincent the Dog. Rose explains to him that they broke their rule by saving him, and just as she's telling Desmond to leave, Smokey arrives. D'oh. At least he brokered Rose and Bernard's safety by agreeing to go with him, but just because Smokey promised not to kill them doesn't mean Ben won't. Loophole FTW!
9:21 - Richard alive, and Miles is with him... and sarcastic as ever.
9:23 - Earth-2 Miles spots Sayid with Hurley. Calls Sawyer to make sure Sun is safe. And indeed she is, because she has Jin with her. Damn, I'm still mad about those two dying.
9:24 - Yay! Juliet is their baby doctor! And what would you know, her arrival prompts Sun's flashback to her life on Earth-1. Boy, that was a long flashback. Did all of the other Losties see that much?
9:26 - Wait, so the Earth-1 flash allowed them to gain their ability to speak English? That's kind of trippy.
9:30 - Meanwhile, Jack preps Locke for surgery. Is he really going to do this only a few hours before the concert? Doesn't that kind of stuff usually take a while?
9:32 - Miles discovers a gray hair on Richard's head. Has he lost his immortality, and is it connected to his run-in with Smokey or Jacob's death?
9:33 - Well, well, well... Lapidus is alive after all. How in the hell did he manage to escape the sunken sub when he was knocked unconcious?
9:35 - Jack tells Smokey that he's going to kill him, but it's a surprise. What a great scene between those two. I loved Smokey's suggestion that Jack was the obvious choice. And another commercial break. You've got to be kidding me.
9:39 - Juliet is Jack's ex-wife. I guess it makes sense when you consider they work at the same hospital. But wait, did Sawyer and Juliet just brush shoulders? Oh, I can't wait to see those two hook up. And believe me, they will.
9:42 - Desmond tells Jack all about Earth-2. He doesn't seem to buy it.
9:45 - Are they following Desmond into the waterfall? Doesn't it, you know, rip your soul from your body? That doesn't sound very safe to me.
9:48 - Earth-2 Hurley takes Sayid to a bar where he sees... Boone and Shannon getting the crap beaten out of them. Sayid saves Shannon and, well, you know the rest. Wait, so Boone was in on it all along? That seems pretty random. When did they even have time to find him?
9:51 - Oh, Crazy Claire, I can't decide if you're more entertaining than old Claire, or just more annoying.
9:52 - Is Smokey really joking around right now? I have to admit, the whole "push a button" thing kind of funny.
9:58 - Charlotte and Faraday finally have their meet-cute. Another relationship that was never given a chance to bloom.
10:00 - Faraday and Drive Shaft take the stage, and it looks like nearly all the Losties are there.
10:02 - Desmond reaches the island's light source and pulls a rock out of the water. That wouldn't be a "cork," now, would it?
10:04 - Jack attacks Smokey, and he bleeds! Did Desmond removing the cork return him to human form? It appears to have taken Smokey by surprise, so at least Jack's plan had the intended effect.
10:10 - Is anyone else still waiting for Frogurt to show up?
10:11 - Kate helps Claire deliver her baby... again. This whole enlightment thing it starting to get a little weird. Do they just move on with their lives from here?
10:15 - Whoa, Ben was just crushed by a tree in order to save Hurley! Who said he was a bad guy?
10:17 - Here we go. Jack vs. Smokey: Round Two. I can't say I'm too crazy about Jack's slo-mo action movie punch, though. It looks like he just leaped out of a Tony Jaa film.
10:21 - Oh, good, it was clumsier than it looked. Still a pretty sweet fight for an episode of "Lost" - one of their best yet.
10:24 - Kate comes just in the nick of time. And that's the end of Smokey.
10:26 - Earth-2 Locke wakes up from surgery and he instantly knows that it worked. Wiggles his toes and it causes him to flash.
10:27 - Why did Locke just tell Jack that he doesn't have a son? Please don't tell me that Earth-2 isn't real. That would be extremely disappointing.
10:32 - Smokey may be dead, but that's not going to stop the island from sinking.
10:35 - Is Jack serious? Who cares about the stupid island? Wait, Ben and Hurley are staying too? They're all mad, I tell you.
10:37 - Wow, who knew a smoke alarm commercial could be so cool? I wish more companies did this for tonight. (On a semi-related note, these new ABC "Summer Sunday" shows look !)
10:42 - Everyone knows duct tape fixes anything. Nice work, Miles.
10:44 - Sawyer and Juliet's little vending machine meet-cute was probably the most emotional one yet. Easily the best couple in the history of the series, and the high point of both character's respective arcs.
10:53 - I guess it seems fitting that Kate would be the one to enlighten Jack. They were always meant to be together, even when Sawyer was tossed in as a romantic foil.
10:55 - Jack passes the torch onto Hurley as the new protector. Maybe Ben will become the new Smoke Monster.
10:58 - Yay, Desmond's alive! If we would have died, I would have been severely pissed off - and I'm sure I'm not alone, either. I couldn't care less what happens to Jack. Sorry, he just never grew on me like some people.
11:00 - Was Lapidus really considering leaving the others behind? What a jerk!
11:02 - Jack puts the "cork" back into the hole, but it doesn't seem to have done anything.
11:04 - And they're off! Could they really be leaving the island for a second time?
11:06 - It looks like it worked after all, but now that Jack is no longer the island's protector, does that mean that the light will take his soul like the MIB? Man, that would be one helluva twist ending.
11:10 - Alright, "Lost." I'm ready to have my mind blown. Let's have it.
11:12 - All of the Losties are meeting at a church. It looks like Cuse and Lindelof picked faith over science.
11:15 - Ben tells Hurley that maybe there's a better way to run the island. Hurley asks him to stick around as his right-hand man. Makes sense for him since he loves the island so much.
11:17 - This is starting to have a very afterlife-y vibe to it. Say it ain't so.
11:19 - Jack finally flashes after touching the coffin. Took him long enough.
11:21 - Did they really lie to us about the whole purgatory thing? I guess they had to if they wanted to keep stringing us along for six seasons.
11:25 - Okay, so the island wasn't actually purgatory, but they are dead. Still, it seems kind of strange that these people would create this place to connect after they died. Some of them didn't even know one another, while others (like Boone) were dead before they could even form that kind of lasting relationship.
11:30 - They would end with a shot of Jack's eye closing, wouldn't they?
And that's it. The end of "Lost." So, what did everyone think? Personally, I'm a little torn. While I wasn't exactly disappointed with the way that it ended (in fact, it was deeply poignant and wrapped things up nicely), I was a bit letdown with the way that it was executed. I don't want to say that Cuse and Lindelof lied to us - because they didn't - but I can't help but feel a little cheated by the introduction of the Earth-2 storyline. I find it hard to believe that everyone was just mulling around in the afterlife until Desmond arrived to enlighten them, especially when some died long before others. So that means that everything that happened in this alternate universe couldn't have occurred until they were all dead, right?
But then, Jack seemed to be aware that this reunion was happening even as he was dying on Earth-1, so unless I'm missing a piece of the puzzle (perhaps something related to Christian faith that, as a nonreligious person, might seriously hamper my understanding), there are some pretty big questions left unanswered. I don't want to take anything away from the series as a whole, but I'd be lying if I said the finale was perfect. I'm not sure how they could have done things any differently - it just felt like something was missing. In fact, I actually think Christian's explanation about why they created the sideways world was pretty touching, but what about all the mythology from the previous five seasons? It's almost as if none of that mattered in the long run, which would have been fine if they hadn't made such a big deal about it for all those years. I guess it's time to start from the beginning and experience it all over again - this time from a completely different perspective.