What Was Lost About...Really?
This is a very controversial topic. Hopefully, the passage of time, and the reflections will dissipate some of the attitudes imbued by the creators that it was not about purgatory.
If you had never seen LOST and someone gave you the first few seasons, what would you think it was about?
Coming In Cold
As in my 'if' above, I came in 'cold'.
By the time I saw the first episodes the last season was already in production, and by the time I saw the third season, it was over. I did not belong to any Lost site, had never discussed it outside of my narrow bands, and I was certain that it was a story of purgatory.
The reason I felt this was based on the survivors.
It seemed to me, those who had died in the crash went where they were going. Those who survived had issues to be resolved. Hence, here they were, on this weird island where 'normal' no longer existed.
Each Character seemed to act out their 'real' selves or the selves they wished to have been.
In Sarte's "No Exit" three people find themselves locked in a hotel room they can't leave. It is not until the end we find out they were in purgatory, each living the aspects of their lives and unable to leave because of something they had done.
John Locke was a nobody. An unwanted nobody. A nobody who had given his kidney to his suddenly appearing father who had later thrown him from a window.
Although in his mind and in Cyberspace he could be a great military hero, in real life he was no body. He had no body. He was a cripple who said; "Don't tell me what I can or can't do!" which of course doesn't go over big when one is in a wheelchair and others can walk away.
On the island he is not simply able to walk, he is a powerful man. A power leader, a man who can hunt, who can live off the land, who can survive better than anyone.
Where this 'takes' him is where he would have gone if he weren't a cripple. This man, on this island is his essence.
Boone + Eko+Shannon
His problem was that he was so in love with his sister that his life was completely sewn into her pattern.
As he breaks free, as he becomes himself, he dies. To me, this was the actual proof that each of these characters would survive long enough to complete their 'cycle'. Solve their problems.
Eko was a Nigerian mercenary. He wanted to be a priest, instead was a child soldier and a blood thirsty murderer. He could play the Priest on the island or the murderer. And when he could be the Priest, he let go of life, and became who he had wanted to be.
She was always without much purpose, she lived her life off her money, off her appearance, off men. On the island she was no body, and then asked to help decipher some maps. At first it was the typical disclaimers, then, she realised that she had a purpose. And this changed her. There was nothing more for her to accomplish. Hence, she died.
A Lot of Issues
Those who had complex issues, such as Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Sayid could not solve them with one incident, or complete their existence without having to work through a number of these issues.
Through their flashbacks one saw how complex their lives had been how many wrong turns they had made, and how difficult it would be to repair when they did not appreciate was broken. .
Yes, I Know
I know that the creators of the series have frequently denied that the island was purgatory, yet, the movement in time, the strange occurrences, the physical changes in Jin and Locke can not be easily explained, nor the last episodes can be understood without some reference to something like purgatory.