DrDankenstein, on May 24 2010, 11:51 AM, said:
these souls had such a major life-changing event together that they were bound together. while im sure some people could have their own purgatory, these souls shared one. they shared one because they wanted to be together when it was time to move on. when they were all brought to the island, they were lost and alone. this struggle gave them each other. it gave them family.
the sideways world we saw was everyone's both together and individually. remember, there is still Alex and Roussau which Ben is going to help. they will most likely move on together when they are ready. etc.
the big motto of the series for the real world events was "Live Together, Die Alone". what we saw is that they actually live together, and are together again in death. because they have each other.
You've sort of hit on my own view of the end. It's weird, cause I read the comments from John Adams and I remember how I felt just two weeks ago where I had issues with all the same points he brings up.
From time to time when I log onto Facebook, I get a friend request from someone I went to high school with. Now the funny thing is that it almost doesn't really matter if we were good friends or just acquaintances, if we traveled in the same circle or different, liked each other or didnt like each other, etc. No matter the circumstances of the past, I almost inevitably feel really happy to see them and hear from them. The circumstances of our relationship (or lack thereof) in high school were completely irrelevant. What mattered most is that we were both THERE, that we both shared a common experience, and that now we were reuniting after twenty years. The significance was our common experience...that's what mattered most and that's what led to my feeling of happiness to see them today.
I think this is exactly why even though I very recently had many of the same issues that John Adams has today, this last episode was so beautifully done and it took me to a place where, just like seeing a classmate after 20 years, the circumstances just didn't matter. The shared bond was a beautiful thing, and when you reunite with someone after so long, it's a very emotional thing.
It was pretty clear that this finale wasn't some immediate segue from their lives on the island to the afterlife. For at least most of them, A LONG DAMN TIME had passed from the initial crash of the oceanic flight until the church reunion. When that happened, it's almost like it made the circumstances of the island irrelevant, or at least secondary, to their "awakenings" and the realization that it was the bond they established through the shared experience of the last six years (our time) that mattered most.