"Lost" finished up its fifth season with a two-hour finale that, as usual, posed even more questions than it answered. Many TV critics were rapturous in their reviews of this wrap-up written by showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. In 2005, the pair shared in the first-season Emmy win by "Lost" as best drama series. And they were part of the team recognized in last season's nomination in that category.
Ironically, their two Emmy nods as writers on "Lost" came in the second and third seasons when the show itself was not nominated. In 2006, they were up for "The 23rd Psalm" and in 2007 for "Through the Looking Glass." In each of those races, they lost to an episode of "The Sopranos."
Though "Lost" was not an Emmy contender for best drama series in its second and third seasons, it was a top 10 finalist. However, it did not make the cut with the judging panels. This year, the Emmy Awards are doing away with those judging panels and the nominees will be determined strictly by popular vote.
This season, "Lost" has faced off against ratings powerhouse "American Idol" but earned good results in the key 18-49 demographic and respectable numbers overall. And buoyed by the great reviews for the finale, it enters this year's Emmy race in a strong position.
As Frazier Moore of the AP said, "Jack wanted an explosion and he got his explosion, on the explosive season-ender of 'Lost.' It was a mind-bending finale that, in the best tradition of the series, cleared things up, then confused them again, with exhilarating richness."
Matthew Gilbert of the Boston Globe thought, "the episode was 'Lost' at its most vigorously entertaining, as the action leaped from Jack, Sawyer, Kate, and the gang in 1970s Dharmaville, Ben and (what appeared to be) Locke in contemporary times, and a variety of character backstories, all of which included the presence and the touch of the mysterious and unaging Jacob. 'Lost' has the uncanny ability to be riveting even while it is being mind-bendingly complex, and so there wasn't a dull moment right up until the explosive end, when the doomed Juliet detonated the bomb that may undo the crash of Oceanic 815."
For Robert Bianco of USA Today, "Even if last night's 'Lost' finale didn't provide many final answers, that was a fabulous, fun two hours of TV that masterfully propelled the story forward. It was, in turns, exciting, shocking, maddening, gorgeous, humorous — and ultimately heartbreaking, as Sawyer lost Juliet and yet another chance at love. Well-earned surprises are few and far between in series TV, and yet after all these years, 'Lost' can still keep us puzzled over what's coming next and where our allegiances are supposed to lie."
And while Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune took issues with some of the plot points, she remained intrigued: "There were parts of the finale that bugged me, and all in all, I can't say it was the best season finale the show's ever done. But there were moments that I liked quite a bit, and everything to do with Jacob and his nameless adversary left me very intrigued."