The popular TV show LOST - about a group of castaways on a supernatural island - has recently ended with a series finale that has satisfied few. One blogger wrote:
"The ending was emotionally satisfying, but not intellectually satisfying. To me the mythology of Lost was a critical element to the appeal of the show, and in the end anyone needing a sense of intellectual closure was left high and dry. Turns out the series was an elaborate soap opera in which the compelling mysteries were just a prop." On the other hand, what is here dismissed as "soap opera" was not half bad - the acting and the scripting of these characters was superb, and made the whole thing eminently watchable.
It is interesting that so many people were looking for an intellectual experience and for a coherent mythology (as was the case earlier with Battlestar Galactica), and this is something that Hollywood maybe should take into account, rather than patronizing its audiences with the emotional titillation it thinks is the only thing we want. But Lost was interesting for another reason - it turns out to have been all about redemption through suffering.
" 'We live in an unbelieving age but one which is markedly and lopsidedly spiritual,' observed the Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor. 'There is something in us. . . that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored.' The modern man 'looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. His sense of evil is diluted or lacking altogether, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration.' " I am quoting here from an excellent blog posting on First Things by David Mills called "Spirituality without Spirits". O'Connor's comment puts a finger on what Lost tried to offer: a sense that restoration is possible - at a price.