Lost In Thought

The Series Finale

I find myself surprised and somewhat sad after watching last night’s series finale of Lost.  Years of twists and turns, sorrow and joy, and head-scratching plot twists, led me to believe that the finale would be more of the same: more questions than answers.  Yet I’m happy to say that the writers explained enough, and I sort of get it.

In a nutshell, the island has special powers.   Because of these powers, the island always had someone to serve as a custodian of its interests.  Jacob was chosen by his “mother” to be her successor as protector of the island.  He was to protect the island from those that would choose to do the island harm (including his brother, the Man in Black).  Jacob brings a group of people to the island as candidates to take over for him, in the event that he dies.  He chooses Jack & Co. because each of them has very little to go back to in their lives.  All of the subplots (The Others, The Other Others, Widmore and his cronies, Sayid as a hit man) are mostly tangential to the main plot of the show, which is ultimately just a battle between good and evil.  With the added sideways storyline, the plot gets a little more complicated, but the finale cleans it up and we realize that they were all in purgatory* and the coincidences that lead all of them to each other are simply a matter of destiny, creating the possibility for each of them to reunite in the afterlife.  As a complete non-sequitur, I had a flash back to the Seinfeld finale, when every minor character in the show ended up in the courtroom as the four main characters were being sentenced…..but yet I digest.

I really enjoyed the finale, I thought it was well done.  Instead of focusing on answering the many questions that were created throughout the series, the writers chose to focus on the characters and how they find redemption.   With this approach, the writers strike just the right note.  Of course, the finale was also sad in some ways.  Partly because we find out that not every character in the show has a happy ending (well they sort of do, but you get my point).  But partly because, as fans of the show, we’ve all come to enjoy and resent the mystery of the show.  And even when we became frustrated with all of the plot twists, we still came back for more because the show was a mindf*@#, akin to a bad habit or an ex-lover.  Now that the show is over, there’s clearly a void for all of us, for better or worse.

[Editor’s Note: Not a huge deal but my friend Aaron rightly pointed out that the sideways world was more so purgatory than heaven as I previously indicated.  It’s not obvious from watching the episode, but I do think that this is the right interpretation.]

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Lost in Thought: Sundown

This week it’s Sayid’s turn.  Indeed, each episode of this season has included a running storyline in the form of a flash forward, backward, sideways, or otherwise venture into an alternate dimension.  Within this storyline, a different character’s “parallel” has been explored as if Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 never crashed on the island.  Its a pretty good episode on balance.  Some great fighting scenes and some interesting parallels between the alternate storyline and what is taking place on the island.  Here are a few of my observations and questions.

QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Who are the “Other others” and when did they get here? Dogen (the leader of the Other Others) tells Sayid the story of why he came to the island.  This conversation, coupled with the scene at the lighthouse last week makes it clear that all of the inhabitants were drawn to the island at different times, yet all for one common purpose.

NEW QUESTIONS

What is so sacred about the temple? Claire tells Dogen that “Alternative Locke” wants to see him.  He responds that as soon as he leaves the grounds of the temple he will be killed.  What is it about the temple that makes it a safe haven for them?  At the end of the episode Sayid murders Dogen by drowning him.  Almost immediately, Alternative Locke morphs into his alter ego, the “Black Smoke Monster” and wipes out all of the non-believers still occupying the temple.  Who was that guy?

How come Alternative Locke is invincible but Jacob isn’t? Sayid plunges a knife into his gut and he pulls it right out Wolverine-style.  Benjamin Linus did the same thing to Jacob and he croaked.  What gives?  And I take it this guy doesn’t bleed either?

Where did Llana take the Ben and the rest of the gang? She pushed a brick in which opened a secret door, saving several lives.  Where does this door lead?

This is all shaping up as the ultimate battle between good and evil.  But who are the bad guys and who are the good guys? Sayid casts his lot with Alternative Locke.  Is he the bad guy, he’s painted out to be or is Jacob.  Or, perhaps, there both bad and all of the inhabitants of the island are just pawns.  I’m going with that last option for now.

Per the norm, each episode brings forth more questions than answers.  Still, there are ten episodes left.  So hopefully we’ll figure out some of this stuff at some point.

Lost in Thought: “Lighthouse”

In a previous post I listed some questions that needed to be answered.  I’ve decided to add a few more to the mix.  But first, let’s see if we got any answers to our previous
questions:

1.  The alternate storyline: We still have no idea which reality truly exists or what year we’re in on the island.

2.  Who the hell is Jacob? What about the other guy? Still no clue on who these guys are and why they hate each other so much.

3.  Who are the “Other others?”  We know they were drawn to the island like everyone else, but where were they during the previous three years?  Did they come over all at once or in spurts?

4.  Where was Claire the whole time? From the looks of it, she’s been in hiding for the last three years, guided only by the “bad guy” now inhabiting Locke’s body.  It appears that she’s been waged in a war with the Other Others over the disappearance of her son Aaron. 

5.  Whats the deal with Sayid? At this point, all we know is that his body has been taken over by some “sickness.”  Apparently, this is the same thing that has afflicted Claire.  Which begs the question…….

6.  How was Claire Infected with this “Sickness”?

7.  Is the Same Bad Guy in Locke’s Body, Also the Same One in Jack’s Father’s body? I say this because I wonder how Claire and this bad guy are such good friends?  In last night’s episode she tells Jin that she has not been by herself throughout the last three years, she’s been with her “friend” who she identifies as the Bad Guy.

8.  Why is Hugo the Only Guy that can See Jacob?

9.  What’s the deal with the Lighthouse.  We See Now that All of the Inhabitants of the Island were Drawn Here by Jacob, but Why?

10.  In this alternate Universe, to Whom was Jack Married? We see that Jack has a son in this alternate universe.  Who is the mother?

11.  One last question.  Who is Jacob trying to summon to the island?

In the final season we see the story line moving ever so slowly to an explanation (at least in part) of what it all means.  Specifically, how and why everyone was brought to the island.  Hopefully, this get’s answered at some point or I’m gonna be pissed.  My friend Smitty suggested a “Who shot J.R.” situation (yes I’m dating myself with the Dallas reference) in which this was all some elaborate dream, but I doubt that highly.  If it comes to that, I’d be very worried for my safety if I were a “Lost” writer.  There will be a lot of angry people if it comes to that! (I kid I kid)

Lost in Thought

Okay, I get it.  Right around the time we found out that all of the characters on “Lost”  had met each other previously, the writers of the show decided that they would make things up as they went along (okay I don’t really believe that but the show is certainly written that way sometimes).  I’ve finally come to peace with that fact.  All I ask is that the writers reveal just a few more answers, as opposed to posing more questions.  Much to my chagrin, that has not happened thus far.  So far, the show has revealed one secret: where the black smoke monster comes from.  On the other hand, the story line has created a series of questions.  Here are a few of the most pressing questions:

1.  The alternate storyline: The final season begins  with the cast existing in two alternate dimensions (I think).  In one, we see the cast as they try to pick up  the pieces after Juliette detonates the atomic bomb.  In the other, its as if Oceanic Flight 815 never crashed.  Except this time, the now (well sort of) deceased Charlie gets busted for nearly over-dosing on the plane.  Is this some sort of dream sequence or is this an alternate plane?  Who the hell knows!

2.  Who the hell is Jacob? What about the other guy? There’s a great article on Paste’s website about how the current season is some sort of religious allegory.  Here’s an excerpt:

“If Jacob is the Jesus figure, betrayed by Judas and coming back soon, Sayid is Lazurus, brought back to life by the healing waters of the temple. In one of the opener’s best scenes, he confesses his sins—torture, murder—with his dying words. He expects no redemption, but he’s integral, we learn, in containing the wickedness of Fake John Locke to his Island prison.”

I’m not well versed on religion but I do think its an interesting theory nonetheless.

3.  Who are the “Other others?” I’ll spare you the mispronunciation of the name of the new random Asian dude, but who the hell is he and how long has he been on the island.  And whats the deal with his interpreter? What about the flight attendant?  How did she hook up with these guys and when did she get to the island.  She made it seem as if she arrived at a different time than Jack and crew.

4.  Where was Claire the whole time? At the very end of last night’s episode, Claire re-appears.  Where the hell has she been?

5.  Whats the deal with Sayid? Has Sayid fallen into the same category as Claire (although she may have been alive the whole time), Jack’s father and now Jacob?  Or has his body been inhabited by Jacob? I don’t think the latter holds true because the “Other others” seem to suggest that Jacob was an ally so I doubt Jacob is now inhabiting Sayid’s body.  And what was in the pill?

Feel free to leave your thoughts.  I’ve enjoyed it somewhat thus far, but I’m really wondering where this is all going!