Thursday, December 14, 2006

SPOILERS: The Lost Room Finale?

When is a finale to a mini-series not really a finale?

When some stuff is left unanswered as if there might be a series in the works.

So, while the most important plotline for the hero is resolved, other stuff is left hanging. And, since I was rivetted by the show, I think I'd really love to see what they can do with the concept as a series.

It could end up a stinky pile of repetitive poo.

It could be innovative and fun and suspenseful and brilliant.

SPOILERS AHEAD: Don't blame me if you recorded the show and haven't seen it and I mess up your finale joy. You've been warned.

So, we still don't know why the room exists or why the objects have power or why that poor guy got stuck in there. "The Occupant" said he wasn't the prime object. But do we know? No. And when he said Joe would become "The Occupant," can we be sure of that? When we see if Joe is indestructible and the objects "call to him," then we'll know. Until then, Martin is a contender, because Joe hasn't been forgotten by at least two people, right? He's not "erased." Although, the loophole might be that Annie was in there and so was Jennifer, and they are immune to the alterations.

Still, easily possible that "The Occupant" just didn't really know what would happen.

On the "Yes, Joe is the New Occupant" side: The room heard his request and granted it. Hmmmm.

And why hasn't anyone taken the bedsheets and pillows and tv and everything outside to see what it does? :) I would.

Could the room itself, the actual walls and floors and ceilings and windows, together comprise the prime object? And how does it activate? Must everything be back in it's original place, as shown in the Polaroid?

Clearly, the room seems to very much want to be entered, and the key wants to be possessed. which makes sense. Things want to serve their purpose. So, what is the purpose?

And lookee there. We got to see in the vault. (Figuring out how to get in the vault? Not such a big surprise.) What was fun was seeing the steps unfold and then looking in at all those things arrayed on pedestals while wondering, "Oooh, what does the shirt do?" and "Hey, that shoe, does it kill?" What was a surprise was...well...the kid's real status. I got duped. Yeah, I didn't know about "the quarter." Anyone else guess about the kid?

Rich dude with resurrection fixation: Why didn't he get a surgeon to do his eye BEFOREHAND, with anesthesia and comfort and all that? I mean, he knew he wanted that glass eye and he'd do whatever to get it. Seems to me that was a bit of oversight. Hah. I made a punny.

The pace was brisk, there were a few surprises, and some moving moments. And while I'm glad Annie was not lost forver, now we are left to wonder: Is Joe now really, really "The Occupant", or was the guy wrong about that. After all, we saw Rube the Loon have some sort of vision where he was "The Occupant". Of course, he was dehydrated and more than half-mad, and that could have been a misdirection.

The scene in the hospital with Margaret and Martin was terrific. His wild-eyed clutching of the photo and dreams of apotheosis. Her calculating, obsessed face--a zealot to a new NEW religion. The encounter with the cop lady. Very nicely done.

Oy. What will SciFi Channel do? If anyone knows, do tell me.

So, what are your theories after seeing the finale? Why is that room there? Is it realy calling for Martin to be the Occupant or is he just nuts? Will Joe be indestructible? Who's gonna find the key? Margaret and Martin? The Weasel? Legion (though they got Bendict Arnold but good!)? The Order?

Hanging threads may seem sloppy now, but we may be thankful for them later.

:::she says, hopeful, ever hopeful::::

The echoes of LOTR are obvious (the objects make people obsessive, like Gollum, and bring misfortune, and call to other objects). However, I like the idea of the warning against becoming OWNED by your possessions. Notice how Stritzky always had the comb in his hand, and the Weasel always had that pen in or at hand, and Wally kept a tight duct-tape safe grip on the bus ticket, and the scissors chick never let them out of her grip until defeated by the flask. And they'll beg to keep them. "It's all I have left." They don't own the objects. The objects own them. The possessions possess them. There's a lesson there for a consumerist culture. Oh, yeah.

(No, no, I will not give up my book collection!)

If you want to peruse a list of the objects with their corresponding powers and owners (may not be updated for finale), go here.

Oh, and I didn't win the 5 million. I only had 3 of the objects out of 7, and in the wrong order. Lame.

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