I was reading some articles on the Net this evening about the forthcoming Finale, and this one raised an interesting point:
In all these years before the Lost finale, the fandom has been divided between mythology-centered fans, and character-centered fans. The show used to have a perfect balance between mythology and characters, but one side has often overshadowed the other over the years. In recent years, mythology has trumped character, particularly in the time travel season, yet that might not be the case in the final season.
If the show was not about characters, fewer people would care about the Lost finale, and it wouldn't be the event it is tonight. Failed Lost imitators have learned the hard way that even if they have a clearer mythology, it means nothing without the people. As such, the majority of fans could forgive a lack of answers, if the characters meet gripping, happy and sad ends instead.
I found this interesting. There does seem to be a focus more on checking as many answers as possible, sometimes at the expense of providing closure to some of the characters, especially this season, while previous seasons which have lacked the pressure to answer all the mysteries and questions have (quite rightly) therefore focused on telling great stories and depicting rich and varied characters (and Nikki and Paulo).
Which is more important to you in terms of telling the story of LOST: the rich and diverse characters, or the rich and diverse mythology?
I would have hoped that these two approaches to storytelling in LOST weren't mutually exclusive, but sometimes I can't help but agree with the article that this has been, and still is, the case. Or should they be? Can one tell a good story without compromising either mythology or character? Or are things inevitably going to be left out on both sides, with some characters having no resolution or a disappointing end, and many mysteries left unanswered, at the expense of the other thing?
Is it necessarily a bad thing that some things have no resolution, though? If the mystery was taken out of life, it would be very boring indeed. Some things still need their secrets, otherwise they would lose their power to inspire awe and fear very quickly. If every little detail in both areas of mythology and character was addressed, then we'd have no mystery, no reason to stick with it.
Just something to think about this evening. Enjoy the finale.