Thursday, November 09, 2006
Losing Lost: The Two Month Wait Begins
So the preseason of Lost, as I am calling it, has come and gone. If you did not watch one of the episodes and are planning too, I would not read any further. I am going to try and highlight some of the issues that were surfaced and answered.
First, let’s have a look at what we learned:
-Before the Oceanic plane crashed on the island, it looked like the others lived as normal lives as they possibly could. When they felt the rumbling they got into, what looked like, earthquake positions. (This leads me to believe they are certainly off the coast of Australia, which is on the Pacific plate) Once they realized it was not a quake, they ran outside and saw the plane. Henry Gale, as we knew him then, started to bark orders. This led me to believe that he either A) has done this before, B) was planning for it, or C) is very good at thinking on his toes.
-Henry Gale is actually Ben. Ben is the leader of this particular group on the island. I say that because we now know there is a man named Jacob, who most likely is more important. This became clear last episode when Daniel said “Shepard was not even on Jacob’s list”. Then there is also the black lady from the last episode of season two. We have yet to see her.
-It seems that the deadly supernatural force on the island appears different depending on who sees it. Eko saw it on multiple occasions, as a black smog that eventually killed him. Locke saw it as a beautiful white light.
-We learned that the others definitely do have access to the outside world. They have conjured up impressive amounts of very personal information on everyone. Not only do they have access, but most likely are connected to some governmental or very deep pocketed enterprise.
- Juliet and Ben have some sort of past history. Jack did ask Juliet about Dharma and while I can’t quote her response, she mentioned that if they once were here, they no longer are.
- The island that Jack, Sawyer, and Kate are on is not the main island. It is a couple miles offshore and the others get back and forth through a submarine. This is the island that Dharma was doing the animal research on. They also now have Desmond’s boat. Desmond can see the future too, thought I would through that in.
-The Polar bear that Sawyer shot was part of a Dharma experiment. They kept two of them in the cages that Sawyer and Kate are now in. We met the second Polar a couple episodes ago while it was taking its time eating Eko. We saw a toy truck and a Dharma logo in the cave as well.
-There is another man in, presumably, one of the the main island hatches. It looks like he knew that the group led by Locke saw him because he shut off the camera. He wears a patch. Could this be Jacob? We have seen three of the hatches, maybe four if the fake one Sayid saw was actually a real one. So he may be residing in one of the remaining ones.
-Sun is not as innocent as we may have once believed. Even as a little girl she sold out her maid instead of taking the blame. She’s a cheat, a liar, and shot that woman. Jin is smarter than we thought and Sayid has been making a number of mistakes.
-They are keeping Jack alone and Kate and Sawyer together. It was mentioned by Sayid, albeit another topic, that Kate and Sawyer are probably together so they can make sure the other one complies. I am guessing that the others think that Jack is more vulnerable alone.
What has surfaced?
-Well first of all, who is telling the truth on Alcatraz? Ben and Juliet have some problems but there is a lot going on that we don’t know about. Was Daniel ever really going to kill Sawyer or was that all a play to get Sawyer and Kate to perform the act they ended up doing? Was the whole Juliet and the note card scene a ploy Jack saw through? Did Juliet leave out that X-Ray on purpose, so Jack would see it? We know about Jack, but is Ben a Sox fan as well? All very important, unanswered information.
-How did Alex make such a nice sling shot, and when did she find the time to get such accuracy? We see her twice (she is Rousseau’s daughter) and both times she is frantic and trying to help Kate. The boy in the cage who tried to free Sawyer was her husband, he is now dead. She asked about Ben and Ben asked about her before the operation. What is the connection? Is he her true father? Fake father?
-What happened in the hatch to make Desmond see the future? Something is going on with him and we will soon find out. And by soon I mean 2 months or so.
-Eko told Locke “you are next”. We don’t know if that “you” was plural or Eko meant Locke. There has been a lot of speculation about the possibility of the island being a sort of purgatory, but this has been denied on the J.J Abrams front time and time again.
-Was that really the last we will see of Walt and Michael? There was an awful lot of time invested in both characters. I thought they would show up again. It just felt like they were being hosed. Why would a compass even work on this island with the crazy magnetic forces it possesses? Desmond tried to sail away and just ended up back at the island. Why would they be able to get out? Is that direction the only way out? Did Jack and crew remember it when Ben said it out loud? While were on this topic, I am confused why they even incorporated the tail enders last season. They had many back stories on Anna Lucia, Libby, Bernard, and Eko. Those characters played a huge role and took up a ton of time, now all are dead except Bernard and the chick the others kidnapped and we haven’t seen either of them. Actually, so far it has been all about the others, Jack/Sawyer/Kate, Locke, and Eko. We had the one episode with the Jin/Sun backstory and Sayid has seen about 8 minutes this season, but besides that its been the big 6.
-Ben and Juliet have said that they are not “the bad ones” multiple times. We still do not know what this means or why they say it.
There was plenty more, but that is all I can remember. Feel free to add on below. I liked the start to the season a lot, I was a bit bummed out about Eko… but like Locke says there must have been a reason. For what it’s worth, I heard the reason may have had something to do with his attitude during shoots.
I expect great things after the holidays.