I only started watching Lost last season when my brother made me watch 4 seasons back to back in the space of a few months. (In return, I made him watch SPN. Now we have both converted to our respective shows.) I managed to watch the S4 finale live since I was caught up and I watched S5 as it aired.
I really enjoyed the season. I like the shortened seasons of Lost more than the normal length since I found that I was bored in S2 and S3. I was also bored in S1, but I probably would think differently if I watched again thanks to hindsight.
I was a little iffy on the time travel aspect since most shows I have ever watched do it all wrong and bad. I was pleasantly surprised, however, at what a wonderful job they did. Anything they may of retconned didn't really feel all that retconned and it was awesome to really see what was going on with the Dharma Initiative.
This season was weird because it seemed to spotlight many of the main-but-not-so-main characters, as well as supporting cast. Many of the regular main character you would expect to get a lot of attention - Jack, Locke, even Kate, had a few episodes here and there, mainly at the beginning before it turned over to other characters.
To be honest, half the time I didn't realize they were gone. Oh, there's Jack! Oh, geez forgot all about Sayid...
I've never liked Juliet but this season I loved her. I don't really ship on this show either, aside from Desmond/Penny, but Juliet/Sawyer won my heart. Kate didn't bother me so much this year because it seemed like she finally had a purpose. I went from loving Sayid to hating him to wishing he would please not die. I even felt some sympathy for Ben.
I felt bad for Daniel and I love Miles.
And I guess maybe I am in the minority, but I love the whole Jacob/other guy thing going. It has this God-like vs the Devil type of feel to it nicely set up in the flavor of Egyptian mythology, too. So I am curious where they go with it.
Like most people, I was all WTF! at the end of the season finale. I was heartbroken for Juliet and for Juliet and Sawyer. No matter what lingerign feelings he had for Kate (grr) he was so devoted to her. I will miss them. Their relationship felt very real too me.
Here's hoping that next season they'll all be back and alive. And that inclues Locke because ouch. That sucks.
There has to be awesome Lost icons out there, right? I like funny ones but all I can ever find are stupid ones.