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It’s bliss. When you’re watching a movie, and all the pieces fit together perfectly, it’s bliss. Nothing is wasted. The scene at the beginning that you thought was irrelevant was key. At the end of the story, you see the author’s handiwork. I expect that we like this because it’s how history will ultimately work. What doesn’t make sense now will seem like an essential part of the divine tapestry at the end of all things.
When a story builds you up with all sorts of teasing moments, you expect a payoff. You expect that all the details will be woven together right. Take Harry Potter, where the details were painstakingly put together so that the ending would work. And it did.
When a story teases you with these sorts of moments and then the end of the story doesn’t pay off, there’s a huge letdown. You feel betrayed. What about … what about … ? You thought that it would all tie together, and be part of some larger purpose in the story. Did it all mean nothing?
And that’s pretty much why I hated how Lost: Season 4 ended.
I just finished the flashback episode of Heroes. It seemed to have that same self-conscious feeling as the flashbacks in Lost. In Lost, everything was connected before the action started, and they took great delight in showing us how the travelers interacted before the flight. In Heroes, it seems that they are taking a similar path, not in time allotted, but in style. Dots are connected, and characters fleshed out.
This similarity, the need to show that everything was connected before the first episode began is curious. Why do the authors/creators not just start and tell the story from the beginning?
Are they just lazy and need to add shows?
Are they all mystics who need to show that everything is more closely connected than we might think? Is that supposed to be inspiring to me in my everyday humdrum existence?
Are we humans gripped with a morbid fascination regarding our past? Do we believe that it holds lessons for the future, or is it the very essence of our being? But the characters in the these series would be what they are regardless.
Are they uncomfortable with telling a story from the beginning? Is this a hallmark of creatures recreating on their own? We lack the boldness to truly say that we have created something new, and need to go back and show the back-story that fleshes out our current tale? The last point made me reflect on the beginning of God’s story. I am sure that someone has already realized this, but God did not just create the world from nothing, he created his story from nothing. No context, prequels, of flashbacks needed. The word created and gave birth to a story that has been unequaled.
Think of your favorite movie. Does it tell a strong story of redemption? Roger Ebert recently posted on his blog about his fascination with redemption in film. It’s well worth reading. Read More….