Desmond was in the church with Penny. I'm with you on Vincent the dog. The whole scene, I was just waiting for him to come strolling out of a sidedoor in the church holding a tennis ball in his mouth.
And what happened to Michael and Walt? No Anna Lucia or Mr. Ecko either.
You're right, the parallel/alternate thingy was purgatory. And in finding out about it, I did not find it any more satisfactory (as you may recall in this thread, I said I found it dull).
Overall, I'm OK with the ending. I guess just the sheer fact that a "beloved" show is ending means that there is always some disappointment, but I don't feel gipped by any means over the ending.
Anna Lucia still had to pay her 'penance' and so did mr Ecko ( which is hilariously ironic if you think about it for a minute), as did Ben. I guess the ending has everyone talking, and that was the idea.
I do feel a little 'gipped' because it was essentially a 'spiritual mystery' ( Christian Shephard?) and those of us that 'thought we had it figured out' were told by the creators that there wasn't a 'purgatory aspect' to it, when clearly, in the end there was. But, it was done soo well, that I would still reccommend it to guys like BnB...I guess that makes LOST the ultimate Ponzi Scheme of Network Dramas