I can't believe I'm this happy with the finale. And absolutely SO FUCKING SAD. The Jack scene... with VINCENT... killed me! Crap. I really lost it over that. I REALLY needed all those feel-good reunions to counteract losing Jack like that. (And who knew that Sawyer would survive?) So many fic possibilities ... hey, even the didn't-work-out-for-all-eternity ship of Sawyer/Kate has infinite possibilities now that they're both part of the Ajira Six. (Mind is already whirling.) Jack and Sawyer totally have exam room reunion sex after running into each other in the hospital hallway...
In the end, I was very pleasantly surprised that their idea of Jack fits so closely with mine. (I forgot, until nearly the end, that I once ficced him going down with the island!) And so frickin' happy to see so many characters that were dead or that I thought were dead. (Although, "dead" on Lost has always been a pretty relative term.) It was like a Greatest Hits for the viewers. Awww!
I could have done without all the golden light, etc. (Ha, Jimmy Kimmel's moral for Lost: "Don't go chasing waterfalls.") But it didn't ruin the finale for me. I've gotten used to ignoring the things I'm not keen on.
Re: The churchy ending... I think they tried to be fairly pan-religious by having several different religious artifacts in the church's office there. FWIW. It could have been more overtly Christian, probably. (And ha, Kate laughing at the name Christian Shephard! I like that Darlton were able to make fun of themselves and it worked. And not in an annoying elbow-you-in-the-ribs way like Exposé or Arzt talking about the "cool kids.")
Anyway, it was an amazing ride. THANK YOU for everyone who's taken this ride with me. It wouldn't have been the same without you. I might not have kept watching this long. And I definitely wouldn't have this intense love of the characters. And so many great friends.
Also: I TOTALLY meant to put in my prediction poll that Claire would give birth. AGAIN. Because you just knew they had to go there, *sigh*. At least we didn't see anyone ELSE getting born! But there was so much I couldn't even begin to predict.
HEE at the alternate endings on JKL!