Lost was the best Network television drama.
You just have to keep in mind the limitations with being a prime-time show on ABC or any network run by old men and idiots who don't even like television. Lost did the best they could with that in mind.
The series was so compelling that pretty-much any end is going to be hugely disappointing to a lot of people. If you end the series how people want it to end, you get called out for being predictable and pandering, but if you don't pander at least a little, you're going to get it from the other side.
I agree with a lot of what this review says
except that the reviewer was over-reacting and not dealing with the fact that things didn't go "how he wanted". It was a snap reaction to not getting his way.
I had some issues with this finale... I wanted a bigger final fight. I wanted it to be more difficult to kill Smokey. I wanted Jack to reveal some kind of power that we never knew Jacob had, giving more weight to "Now you're like me", but mostly I wanted more reason to care who gets off the island (other than Claire, who we've been forced to lose interest in getting back to Aaron).
I'm not going to be angry about it, though. I'm still sitting on how I feel about the last 15 minutes and how I interpret it, but I'm accepting it. That's what happened.
Now I can go back and watch, knowing what I know and put things together. That should be fun.
Cuse and Lindelof were initially each given a different half of the information about how the series ends and had to keep each other in check without revealing to the other what they knew.
I don't know which is which, but clearly they're Jacob and MIB and we're the Losties. They were thrown into this position without really knowing why or where exactly it would end. They make up the rules even though some of the rules don't make much sense. They've been sending us through different tests and mazes, some worth it, some not. Some of us lost faith and quit early, some of us stuck around until the end only to feel betrayed, and some of us were saved. What's undeniable though is that it was something special and different... it was a unique experience and I'm glad to have had it.