I'm sorry but your entire logic and "opinion" are all over the place at this point.
You yourself have stated that you only jumped in during season 2 and haven't watched the entire thing so it's hard to take your opinion seriously but instead of simply acknowledging that maybe you don't have the full information/have seen the show enough to try and comment on specific fan reception, you are now trying to argue a point that you don't particularly seem to understand.
This is what you said if you wanted a bit more clarification:
I only watched Lost season 2 (yes, weird viewing habit I know) but wasn't the problem with the afterlife ending that people were lied to?
From what I recall, there were people guessing the island was some sort of limbo or purgatory right from the first or second season and the writters straight up said No, that's not it, we have deeper mysteries!
People expected scientific explanations because the authors told them it wasn't a religious/spiritual thing.
First of all; where is this "the authors lied" or "People expected scientific explanations because the authors told them it wasn't a religious/spiritual thing" coming from? Can I get a source/citation on that? Because you keep bringing this sort of stuff where you are saying that the authors lied to the audience when they really didn't do such a thing? Like how the audience started digging deeper into the whole "4, 8,15,16,23,42" number thing when the writers meant that to be a thing that Hurley was blaming for all his issues and THEN it was addressed in the show after the audience kept on asking for it which ended up being the candidate thing in the cave.
Second, the island wasn't a purgatory. The writers did not lie about that at all. Which makes me thing that you are confusing the flashsideways/the ending part as them being in purgatory but they aren't the same thing.
The flashsideways, at least the way the audience watch it the first time, is supposed to be an alternative timeline where the plane 815 doesn't crash and lands in LA like it was supposed to. That timeline is supposed to be caused by Juliet detonating a nuke on the island in the past.
It's then revealed in the ending that the characters created "that" place in order for them to reconnect, remember their life and move on with each other.
because something that was presented ended up not being as cool as I was hoping for. It's like if after a while Luffy decided/realized that building his family and crew was more important than reaching Raftel
…...Again, due to your lack of actual experience with the series or being downright confused. you are thinking that the show "switched" from plot to character, when it was always character-driven while still having a plot. In fact, the second half of the series has more narratively going on then the first half.
I too read the "DON'T TELL ME WHAT I CAN'T DO!" in Locke's voice, because that's what left an impression on me.
I don't think you understand which scene we are referring to.
While John Locke says this line all the time, it is the moment during the fourth episode of the first season where we get this line and the context behind it. It's not something I can describe as that episode is just special and cannot be understood without watching all the prior episodes and understanding what it subtly hints at and then reveals.
I was always trying to engage with some other aspects of the show and felt let down by those.
How can you be engaged and then let down when you didn't even watch the first season? Like yea, if you jump in the middle, see the cool stuff and then get disappointed that the show isn't really about the cool stuff, then that is your fault. Not really the fault of the writers or the show.
Season 1 of the series is the slowest because that's where it does lot of the heavy lifting for the character-drama. There are some plot-related stuff and thrills and what not but the characters are explored in each and every episode as every single episode is based on a specific character whose thoughts, feelings etc… are explored greatly through flashbacks and present day events that slowly, in some way or shape/form, connect to it.
"well, it may be a different experience on a weekly basis"
It is a different experience.
But it's not a different series.
In fact, watching the show on a weekly basis and then seeing individual episodes being about the character drama while having A and B plot would reinforce the character-driven nature of the series more than anything.
And again, Lost answered most, if not all, questions and mysteries. Whether the audience liked them is another thing but the answers were given. Same with the character-drama and the ending, that thematically fit the series as a whole. Whether the audience like it is another thing but the writers kept the show as thematically consistent as possible.
This discussion would be much more interesting and relevant if you actually watched the show. Right now, you are operating on nothing more than your own incomplete viewing experience as well as what the reception of Lost has become since its finale aired.
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For anyone who enjoyed LOST: The Leftovers is an even better version of it.
The Leftovers is a better series, for sure.
But it doesn't have the same charm as Lost. It's also far more serious, depressing and more consistent in its tone which is why you can't really watch the show unless you are in a specific mood.