The same kind of light has been used throughout the show to represent the Island's electromagnetic energy, like when Desmond blows up the Hatch. Hell, the "heart" of the Island is seemingly half urine, half white light. So what if this dimension the characters find themselves in isn't separate from the Island's powers? Throughout the show, a lot of stuff people wanted magically appeared on the Island, be it a horse, or food, or even a ton of smuggled heroin. Wish fulfillment seemed to be the Island's ultimate power.
Now, the sideways universe only appeared in the last season, after Juliet detonated a nuke from inside a pocket of that energy. She was trying desperately to create an alternate timeline where the plane never crashed.
ABC Studios"But maybe Nikki and Paolo fell out a window or something."
Her last words? "It worked." So the result of that action was a false reality created by the Island wherein Juliet and everyone else is granted their innermost desires. The finale may be sappy, but when you boil it down, it's a pretty dark sci-fi story. Our beloved characters have to reject their personal fantasies and abandon a false reality to embrace their own deaths. Of course, this all played out in a church, which kind of felt like the TV equivalent of answering your doorbell and having a Jesus pamphlet shoved in your face.
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