Weekly LOST Chronicles
February 2nd marks the beginning of the end for the single most groundbreaking, riveting, innovative, polarizing, and yes, staggeringly confusing program in broadcast history. Has there ever been a show where nearly every episode has left you with more questions than answers? A show where the tiniest of clues can be pieced together by going three seasons back? This is a program where the most innocuous stuff imaginable might actually have a relevant meaning. There have to be a hundred loose ends that need to be tied (that number is being VERY generous), about 80 percent of them are major, and there’s almost no way to figure out how the writers will accomplish this.
Josh Holloway (Sawyer) said with six episodes left to film, he’s still waiting to find out how it all ends. Emile de Ravin (Claire) had to read the first episode’s script three times before it started to make any sense. This season is on track to go right down to the wire, no doubt leaving myself, and millions, still somewhat confused.
We’re kicking off a weekly series to countdown, to follow the final season of Lost to its conclusion. We’ll be recapping and dissecting each episode shortly after it airs. A word of warning: these articles will contain major spoilers. If you don’t want to know, don’t read any further.
One of the wonders of Lost has been watching this show tangle itself as badly as it has. Take your worst knot, multiply it by a thousand, and you have an idea as to what’s been going on these last five seasons. What should have been a leisurely flight from Sydney, Australia, to Los Angeles has resulted in smoke monsters, a mysterious initiative, a batch of “freighter people” out to stop the leader of said initiative, and a battle for a time traveling island with the ability to heal. This show has been anything but easy to follow. Some of the more confusing questions or theories needing an explanation:
The Desmond/Penny/Charles Widmore/Eloise situation: Who is who to whom? When we met Desmond Hume, he had been dating Penny Widmore, seeking her hand in marriage. When he approached Charles Widmore, Penny’s father, he was rejected and told he would never amount to anything. Through time traveling circumstances too confusing to recap, it appears, at least to me, that everything inverted: Desmond has become Charles Widmore’s father, making Penny, intially Charles Widmore’s daughter, his mother. This leaves Eloise, who may or may not have been Penny’s mother, as a sister or some other relation.
Is Juliette dead/the “incident”: During the last minutes of Season Five, Juliette had (intentionally) given up her grip on Sawyer’s hand, allowing herself to fall into the pocket of energy that was being drilled. Presumably she would have rathered gone forward in time to go partially back, allowing herself to never know Sawyer as opposed to losing him. In those final, intense moments, she was pounding a rock onto jughead, the hydrogen bomb, when the screen flashed to white leaving the question of whether or not she set off the hydrogen bomb.
This goes one of two ways, the first being that she and Jack stopped “the incident” from ever happening. By having Jack drop “jughead” into the hole and Juliette setting it off, the island is destroyed, none of this ever happens, and Oceanic 815 flies without incident. The second theory is that Jack and Juliette never actually set off the chain of events that pulled the plane out of flight and onto the island. The pocket of energy was released before the bomb went off, meaning everyone is stuck in a never ending loop through time. Is Juliette dead? If the bomb never went off, Juliette could never truly be dead as everyone involved with the flight, the Dharma Initiative, and the island would be stuck whipping back and forth from the 2000’s to the 1950’s to 1977 for eternity. I don’t believe she’s dead, but trapped in the loop with everyone else.
Are the Oceanic Six stuck in a never ending loop: Given last week’s statement that the best place to get caught up on Lost for season six is by rewatching season one, I believe we’re starting back at the beginning. The Oceanic Six will fall from the sky due to the blast at the Swan site and that part of the loop begins again. Whether or not they come back with the knowledge that they’re the variables as opposed to the constants is the big mystery here. Depending on the loop, they may need to find themselves further back in time than the 1950s if they want to stop “the incident”.
Is Jacob truly dead: I’m going to liken Jacob to Ben Kenobi from Star Wars. Kenobi promised Darth Vader that should he be stricken down, he would return more powerful than before. Jacob put up no fight when Ben Linus stabbed him and burned the area beneath the Taweret statue’s foot. Jacob appeared to have been preparing himself for something of a holy war with Widmore for control of the island. Widmore had promised a war himself. Jacob went through great lengths to do what John Locke couldn’t: get everyone else who gotten off the island to come back. How he got himself to various parts of the globe is a mystery, one that probably won’t be answered unless he’s proven to be an island god of some sort. He may be dead, but I believe he sacrificed himself (or the island demanded it) in order to become more powerful than he would have been in a living state.
Who, or what, is John Locke: If we’re to take Terry O’Quinn’s (Locke) media statement that he wasn’t aware that he wasn’t playing John Locke in season five as a near misstep, then we saw two or three different John Lockes in the last two episodes. The Locke in 1977 was able to time his trip to the Nigerian plane crash site in order to send Richard Alpert out to assist the wounded 2004 John Locke, presumably to keep that chain of events in motion. We also saw the dead body of (2008? 2009?) John Locke, a body that was brought back to the island as well. At least one, if not two–since Ben was responsible for the body that was brought back–of the John Lockes is allowing himself to remain stuck in that loop. “Is Locke Dead” is a more significant question than whether or not Juliette is. If Locke is alive or alive in spirit, who is he? He had gone from a man with nothing but questions to one with all of the answers. It may very well come down to a battle between he and Jack for control of the island.
(A side note is that Locke has been responsible for two deaths, yet always sent someone else to do his dirty work. I’m betting we’ll find out why before this is all said and done.)
Is Benjamin Linus truly in a weakened state leadership wise: Not a chance. Ben Linus has been 10 steps ahead of nearly everyone since season two, able to convince the people around him, and at times the audience, that he’s “one of the good guys.” He’s left me wondering whose side he’s really on. Is he on the side of the Oceanic Six, Charles Widmore, or solely on the side of the island? If Jacob is truly dead, the only thing left for Ben to battle is the image of his dead daughter coming back for revenge should he not listen to John Locke. His main issue at the moment is a changed and confident John Locke. If Ben can sway that allegiance his way, the two of them can maintain control over that island. Never count Ben Linus out.
The Religious Overtones of Lost: Jack had switched from a man of science to a man of faith. John Locke was miraculously healed of his paralysis and walks the island as though he were Jesus Christ himself. Rose was healed of her breast cancer, she and Bernard living in their own Garden of Eden before “the incident” took place. Benjamin Linus’ cunning lies (and ability to take beating after beating if it means advancing his own agenda) almost makes him out to be the devil himself. The statue of Taweret, the goddess of fertility–A set up for what could be a holy war over the island? Then we have the two promotional pictures looking like The Last Supper. Are these people set up to be gods? If so, were they always gods depending on the time loop? One of the earlier promotional shots had everyone facing forward except for John Locke, his back turned in what could be indicative of a betrayal (a sort of Judas kiss). If everyone associated with the island is a religious figure, we’re about to go back thousands of years in time.
Which should make for a hell of a finale.