Seriously. What is going on? I LOVED the episode. Touching, well-acted, poignant story, lots of reveals, yes some cheesiness with the light but hey - we'd seen that before when Ben turned the donkey wheel... So why the rage? Not enough answers? Not enough f/x? Not enough naming of characters? Not enough Latin? Not enough about Smokey? Not enough midichlorians? What?
I'm starting to think that the reason people are so mad is because we ARE getting answers but they're not the answers people had worked out in their own minds. I've seen the disappointment before. Locke seemed like he was an all-knowing superhero in S1, yet turned out to be a paraplegic box-company minion. Alpert seemed like he was an Egyptian exile (don't hate on Nestor because of his ravishing eyelashes!), and then turns out to have been some poor farmer sold into slavery. Jacob seemed like he was an omnipotent god or alien, and then turns out to have been a momma's boy with anger issues.
This is Lost. This is the show we've been watching from Day 1. This is a show that usually does NOT give you the answer you expected, and if it does, it just leads to another question you did NOT expect.
I like this take from Dan Fierman at GQ. He has issues with the latest episode, but he isn't writing the show off yet and he analyzes the outrage like this:
But more than that, Lost itself has been treated by the internet, by fans, by... US like a car that can be stripped for parts and put together however we liked. The groundbreaking criticism that came out of Lost wasn't from theorizers or recappers or TV critics, but from guys like DocArzt and Doc Jensen, who took the show apart every single week and reassembled it into something different, something to fit their peculiar intellectual whim. When all is said and done, it's this—not the return of Sci Fi or serialized storytelling—that is the great legacy of the show. One week we see an allegory for faith, the next a meditation on science gone haywire, the next on broken men and how they come back from the brink. But NONE of those interpretations were strictly textual, they were a secondary Lost game, the ultimate Easter Egg of the show. But at some point, that secondary "Lost game" became the primary "Lost game". And when that happened, the narrative slipped out of the control of the creators. We have all built the ending of this show in our minds to be what we want it to be, and therefore there is no way it could have been satisfying.To those who want more answers I say: The show isn't even over! Keep watching.
To those who don't like the answers the creators of the show are providing, then maybe you should stop watching and write your own fan-fic ending. For 6 seasons the writers of Lost have kept me hooked. After reading and writing so many theories about what it all means and what it all is, I want to see THEIR ending and THEIR answers.