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Lost: The Final Season by Michael Giacchino (Review)

posted Sep 13, 2010, 2:25 PM by Kaya Savas

Well, here it is. The last piece of the puzzle. Season 6 just came out on Blu-ray. The entire series has been released in a gorgeous box set also available on Blu-ray and now here is Michael Giacchino's final Lost album. I applaud Varèse Sarabande for handling Giacchino's score with the dedication it deserved over the years with the constant 2-disc releases. This selection from the final season spans 2 discs packed with 2.5 hours of Giacchino's emotional and masterful music.

Never in the history of television has a TV show's score done what Lost's has. Forget the fact that it has become iconic and a staple of the show, but look at how it functions as a score. The pure emotion that bleeds from every note gives us new dimensions to the story as we watch it unfold. The characters become hallow if it weren't for the score. The show would become empty. I can admit that Lost has consistently brought me to tears throughout its 6 seasons, and while being emotionally invested in the characters played a part of it I can't look past that it was because of Michael Giacchino's music. Honestly, how bold is a show to end its ENTIRE series solely on score? That's what Lost did. In the final 5 minutes or so of the final episode there were maybe 2 or 3 seconds of diegetic sound.

It is not an understatement when I say that this season's score represents the biggest accomplishment in television history and in Giacchino's career. The beauty, the tragedy, the love, the terror that echoes through these melodies is something that can barely be described through words. In fact I feel like I'm doing the score injustice by writing about it when one should be experiencing it for themselves as a standalone experience.

The last track of this album is titled "Moving On" and is pretty much the final moments of the final episode. That track embodies everything that Giacchino set out to do with these characters, this journey and bringing the story full circle. The raw emotion in those 7 minutes and 55 seconds is such that it will leave you trembling with tears streaming down your cheeks especially because it will instantly replay those last 2 minutes in your head. It's beautiful. Lost's musical journey is one that reminds us all of the power of score and how if used to its full potential turns the medium of film and television into something extraordinary. Never have I seen characters, story, editing and score work so amazingly together to create such a momentous effect. Michael has crafted something to stand the test of time and I promise that people will look back upon his work here till the end of days. It's that special. If you're reading this then the likelihood is that you have listened to and have watched Lost and know what I'm talking about. If you haven't then I really feel sorry because you don't know what you are missing. Bravo, Mr. Giacchino.