A hell of an Epilogue.
All good stories end where they begin - it's the same with any body of writing, really - Moses abandoned by his people, David in the wilderness, the Fellowship returning to the Shire, a new king arising in Lear's stead. Sometimes, the story is summarized, in greater or lesser degree - Neil Gaiman's Sandman, for example, ends with the Wake, but the Wake ends with an explanation of the Tempest, and draws parallels between the two stories.
This epilogue is on par with that. It ends with the resonant chords struck by the beginning; talk of dreams, twin sciences, and all the stuff that makes life worth living. Some people don't get that yet, and it's fine. We all evolve at our own pace - but this is a piece of magic.
The voices on the DVD add so much... the impact, especially from Tui and Oran, make the chapter all on their own. The possibilities awoken by what Raimi has to say is another matter entirely. The dead - thankfully, if some of the reviews are to be taken into account - remain dead, with hints of death not being absolute.
There is an eloquence here, a sense of grace that is rivalled by nothing on this site, and in few other places, regardless of media. The epic as a whole is haunting, a journey that makes the most of it's time, and leaves those that take the time to understand it much enriched for the experience.
I cannot begin to express my gratitude for this series, or count the ways that it has impacted my life. It truly is a blessing, 'a message from god,' as some other reviewer put it. Perhaps if people were a little more knowledgable with their theology, they'd understand that, but few followers of any dogma ever adhere to the faith they claim as their own.
Don't take the nay-sayers seriously - they can't, or won't understand. People are people, and most are unable to do anything more than pantomime a life. This series does more than that, touches on more aspects of human nature than some of the classics; even the Lord of the Flies does not cover as many facets of the human psyche as this series does, and that's saying something. The symbolism and depth that come so naturally to this series will grant it immortality, and make it a re-occuring visitor in the long hours of morning for those who care to entertain it.
Many are too stunted to see what this is, too limited to look above their bloody genitalia. Go enjoy the meaningless blood and death that prevails everywhere else on this site, and leave the difficult emotional stuff to those of us better equipped to deal with it... but feel free to join us, when you're ready.
Thank you, for giving us this gift. It is, in many ways, a god-send. I only hope it gets the attention it deserves.