Weekly Lost Chronicles: LA X
That’s how you start your final season. You tangle up more than you untangle. And you already have a hell of a lot of untangling to do in the first place.
A genius first episode with a brand new narrative. The first three seasons relied heavily on flashbacks, the last two relied on flash forwards. Season six appears to be using an alternate reality as it’s way of finishing this story, with Oceanic 815 safely flying over the island and landing in Los Angeles. This also means Lost now has a ton of explaining to do.
So let’s get this straight: In the “present” (which has become extremely relative anymore), Juliette was able to set off the hydrogen bomb, stopping the pocket of energy from yanking Oceanic 815 from the sky. We saw the debris from the hatch that was found in season one, leaving one to conclude that they’re now flying alongside of their alternate reality. Unfortunately for Juliette fans, she wound up succumbing to her injuries before Sawyer was able to pull her out of the wreckage (but not before whispering to Saywer that there had been something important she needed to say). At the same time, Hurley was getting instructions from a deceased Jacob to bring an unconscious Sayid to the temple as a means of saving him. Just as Sawyer was finished with Juliette’s grave, he had Miles communicate with Juliette, in which she had told him, “It worked.” Upon getting to the temple, we see a batch of hippie “others” who wind up drowning Sayid as opposed to saving him. Unlike the Others from earlier seasons, this batch of Others is more intent on protecting the crew as opposed to holding them captive or worse. It wouldn’t be Lost without the final shock: a dead Sayid rising again, asking what had happened to him.
Still following me? It gets worse.
In the alternate reality, the plane merely flies through turbulence as opposed to splitting apart and crashing on the island. Hurley listens to his headphones during the flight. Charlie was barely alive, somewhat well, yet passed out in the bathroom with a tiny bag of dope lodged in his thoat. Kate was still in custody, Boone struck up his conversation with John Locke, Sayid was on his way to find Nadia, her picture mixed inside of his paperwork. It also turns out that Oceanic lost the coffin that Jack was bringing back to the states. Charlie was taken into custody for his stunt. Kate managed to break free of her cuffs in the ladies room and made her escape, getting into the same cab that Claire was in.
There’s a lot at work in a two hour episode. We learned that John Locke is the man in black, and also the smoke monster. The man in black from the final episode of season five found his loophole, managed to morph into John Locke, and had Ben Linus do the killing. Judging by that caravel in the distance, this could have been a murder hundreds of years in the making. I honestly believed there was going to be a Star Wars-y angle, which we did see when Ben wondered aloud why Jacob didn’t put up a fight. Jacob most likely believed himself to be more powerful dead than alive. Does Sayid coming back from death mean that Jacob has inhabited his body?
The same Others (or are they?) who were more than eager to hold a few of the Oceanic survivors captive, or at least fire off round after round of flaming arrows, are now willing to protect them. It’s almost as if the inhabitants are factioning themselves off in preparation for a holy war over control of the island. Everyone is matched up with everyone else in terms of time and reality on that island. There doesn’t appear to be any part of that island out of sync time-wise.
John Locke/Man in Black was extremely displeased with his people. Why? When Locke told Richard that it was good to see him out of those chains, was he referring metaphorically to Jacob, or was Richard a Prisoner on Black Rock? Who knows? I doubt we’ll find out right away, either.
Notice how certain characters were either not on the plane, or on the plane under different circumstances than season one? Initially, Boone was able to get Shannon out of her bad relationship and onto the plane. In season six, he wasn’t able to do so and was flying back home alone. When Faraday said that the rules didn’t apply to Desmond Hume, I didn’t think it would give Desmond the ability to appear and disappear from the plane. Hurley, at one point the unluckiest man alive, proclaimed himself the opposite to Sawyer. Not all of Lost’s characters seemed to have underwent a personality or circumstance switch. Bernard, Rose, and Jack seemed perfectly fine, the way you saw them from the beginning.
Using the alternate reality aspect, has it become the job of those on the island to keep those at LAX alive by staying alive themselves? Think Back to the Future and Michael J Fox’s character slowly disappearing. Look back to Hurley’s conversation with Miles Straumme during season five, even mentioning Back to the Future as an example. I have no idea how you make two realities collide other than to have one reality affecting the other. If you die in one, you can’t survive in the other, even if your realities are side by side.
We got very few answers, yet a whole batch of new questions. For those of us who have seen every episode, “that figures.”