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With the hiatus this week, I've opted to check in with something we all enjoy - lists! And in honor of the six seasons of my favorite all-time show, there are six lists below, each six items long (though I may have fudged a little bit so as to squeeze in more flavor).

 

My 6 Favorite Reveals So Far

 

As I thought back over the series, most of these have involved anagrams, which is interesting, since I've always clung to the puzzles/games themes in LOST.

 

  1. Ethan Rom, the "Other Man."  Okay, I grant you that there have been more mind-blowing ones since, but this was the first one that really made me pop a vessel. There were other people on the island! Our crash survivors were not alone! And they had been infiltrated! And this guy was not on the manifest! And his name was an anagram! Holy schnikes! This is where the show moved for me from "batch of lovable losers end up born again through plane crash on Mystery Island" to a whole ‘nother level.
  2. The Hatch. One mistimed flashlight toss between Locke and Boone is all it took to ratchet things up even further. Clang! What was under there? Did they find this place through fate, coincidence, or divine intervention? How would they get in? Who or what was in there? Oh, not much, only a doomsday button and the coolest Scotsman since William Wallace, Brotha!
  3. "Not Penny's Boat."  As Season Three came to a close, the question was whether or not our Losties were about to be rescued, or slaughtered. Was Jack right, with his full-steam-ahead blind mission to get them all off the island, or was it Locke with his zealous Naomi-knifing efforts to convince everyone it was their calling to stay (spurred upward out of the pit and onward by Taller Ghost Walt)? The emotion of Charlie's sacrifice and final message to Desmond gave us a chilling answer.
  4. Frozen Donkey Wheel.  The Island can be 'moved'? Through time, through space, or both? And there's this cold chamber way beneath the surface that houses something clearly man- or alien-made? And turning the wheel spits one out into the Sahara Desert 10 months into the future? And this is why there are polar bears on the island, basically having been bred as giant, strong-enough, cold-hardy lab rats? And Mittelos Bioscience is an anagram for "LOST Time"? Cool.
  5. DeadLocked.  Twice we were treated to the camera panning over a coffin revealing Terry O'Quinn's lifeless form. He was dead Jeremy Bentham in the Hoffs-Drawlar (anagram "Flash forward") funeral parlor whose death had pill-popping, pirate-bearded Jack so distraught. And then for good measure, just as we might have been believing the anagram from Ben's carpet van ("Canton-Rainier" = Reincarnation), thinking this resurrected fellow on the beach might just be Messiah-Locke, we're shown what Lapidus was shown that made him grimace and say, "Terrific."
  6. "We have to go back!"  Holy cow, Jack and Kate got off the island? We've been watching a flash-forward when all we'd seen to-date were flashbacks? How did they leave? Who else left with them? What happened to Jack that turned him from Mr. Must-Get-Off to Mr. Must-Go-Back?

Not quite making the cut: The Tail Section Survivors... The Black Rock turns out to be a ship stranded in the middle of the jungle… The Numbers turn out to be the key to sooooo many things, including candidate ID badges… The monster is a man with a fondness for black shirts who has lived on the island a hella long time but doesn't want to anymore, and who found a majorly-convoluted loophole which led him to manipulate dozens of people and events… How Ricardo came to be Ageless Richard, prophet of Jacob and advisor to the Others… The Island is the cork that keeps Hell bottled up.

 

The 6 Unsolved Mysteries I'm Most Looking Forward to Learning

 

There's still a ton out there, but these are the ones that most intrigue me, for various reasons. I've left out things that the story is obviously about, such as who wins the Jacob/MiB/Widmore war, and whether the new-815 2004 Bizarro Sideverse is real, or the 2007/8 Island Timeline is real, or whether they will be merging somehow. It's a bit of a semantic thing, but for me, those are more about where the narrative is headed than a big ol' puzzle to be worked out.

 

The Major Ones

 

  1. The Jacob/MIB backstory.  So… are they brothers? Half-brothers? Old friends? God and the Devil? Is one of them The Bad Twin (the novel title from Gary Troup, the passenger who got sucked into the turbine the first day, whose manuscript was read by both Sawyer and Hurley, and whose name anagrams to spell "Purgatory")? Who is the MiB's crazy mother? Do these characters and their mom have any reference to biblical characters (Sarah-Hagar-Ishmael-Isaac? Rebekah-Esau-Jacob?) or Egyptian gods? Why are they here on this island? Is their argument about the nature and potential of humanity just an ongoing game to pass the time, or something more significant? How is it that Jacob can heal people and grant immortality but not forgive sins or resurrect anyone? Did he really "steal" Smokey's body? What is Smokey's real function (judgment? Angel of Death?)? Related question: What of the Sacred Knife? What's its story?
  2. Mirrors & Reflections.  I get it; Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass is mega-important. Why? Is everything happening in the world on the other side of the mirror? What about Jack's shaving cut? Sun's reaction when she sees herself in the mirror before letting Keamy into her hotel room? Will it be as the Apostle Paul said - now we see through a glass darkly, then face-to-face?
  3. Babies & Kids.  When did it happen - and why - that women could no longer have children on the island (if they wished to live, that is)? Is there any significance to Aaron being conceived off-island but born on it, and Ji Yeon being conceived on-island but born off it? Do these factors make them special in any way? What of Clementine, Little Charlie, David, and other kids? Do they have some future involved with the island? And that kid in the jungle seen by Flocke and Friends - who is he? Is he growing up? Is he Jacob? How? Why?
  4. 4-8-15-16-23-42.  Part of the reason I didn't include this as one of my Top 6 Reveals is that I don't feel like we have the full story yet on the Numbers. We already know they are important, and that they correspond to Locke, Sawyer, Hurley, Sayid, Jack, and Jin/Sun as candidates. What happened to Kate's candidacy? Why and when did her name get crossed off? Are Frank (guessed by Ilana) and Desmond (can see Kid Jacob) somehow candidates, too? Is this group of candidates Jacob's last chance to prove his theories (it looked like most of the 360 degrees of his circle in the Lighthouse were crossed off)? Why did Danielle's crew hear this batch of numbers on the transmission instead of a group that would have corresponded to themselves? Since we already know about the Numbers, why continue posting them so conspicuously in almost every episode? Feels like there's something more to them.
  5. Bamboo Jack.  It's itched since the Pilot episode, as has the fact that the producers have always said we "missed a major clue" in the first few minutes of the Pilot, and the fact that ABC is going to re-run The Pilot on the Saturday night before the Sunday finale. Why did Jack wake up in the bamboo forest so far from the 815 crash? None of the bamboo is broken or disturbed, as it would be if he had been thrown there. His injuries are minor. He blacked out during the crash and woke up there. The exact same scenario happened during his Ajira 316 arrival as well. There's something significant here.
  6. Special Desmond, a.k.a. The Package.  Does Des save the day? Does he perform the sacrifice Widmore asks of him? What spawned his mission-with-the-manifest that has him driving around LA introducing all his old friends to glimpses of their alternate reality? Does he have that cup of coffee with Penny? If and when he does, will our other star-crossed LOST lovers be present?

The Minor Ones

 

  1. Who is David Shephard's mother? In my last write-up I wrote: "The less time we have left, the more this feels like a big reveal. As in, not Sarah, Jack's wife from the original timeline… My hope? It's Juliet. She and Jack could have met in medical school, but their careers drove them apart. And, being divorced now frees her up to still have that cup of coffee with Sawyer. Cut, print, make it happen."
  2. How did Yemi's Beechcraft get from Nigeria to the South Pacific?  I don't buy "the island moves" as a reasonable answer for this one. I don't think it's ever moved that far. That prop plane functioned to move several sections of LOST's plot forward, so it would be a shame to leave this unexplained or up to conjecture.
  3. Speaking of Yemi, when will we see everyone's favorite character Mr. Eko again? We're supposed to, right? Will it be in a cameo, little more than how we got to see Frogurt telling Kate to get out of his taxi, or are they saving his appearance for something special, some game changer, some revelation?
  4. The Hurley Bird.  Why does this giant bird call Hurley's name during the Michael-led trek to sell his friends out to the Others? Why have the producers been so hush-hush whenever asked about it? Where did Hugo even get the nickname Hurley? Why does nobody "back home" ever seem to call him Hurley? Will the answers given by the producers in this podcast of March 21, 2008 become more clear:
    A questioner asks them to comment on "monster forms"; whether certain things are human, apparition, animal, dead, etc.
    Ben's mother Emily = "Apparition."
    Sawyer's wild boar = "Animal."
    Medusa Spider = "Monster."
    Hurley bird = "Oh, I'm not gonna comment on that."
    Dave = "Figment of imagination slash apparition."
    Yemi = "Monster."
    Walt = "Walt the person is a person. But there are apparitions of Walt that may not be Walt, and also monster-related."
    Kate's horse… = "… Kate's horse is undead."
  5. Adam & Eve.  For some people, this remains in the "major" category. But I'm not even sure we'll be making any return journeys to the cave. In fact, after "The Lighthouse" I was sure we had left this one behind for good. I still think this is Rose & Bernard Nadler, who lived out their lives after the last time we saw them in 1977, and laid down to die, leaving behind an identifying greeting to later generations of one white stone and one black stone. I also love the speculated anagram that one of the Room 23 phrases, "Only fools are enslaved by time and space," can be rearranged to spell, "Bones of Nadlers may lay deep in lost cave." As a side note, did you ever notice that during Jack's strung-out O6 days, he was once told that a "Dr. Nadler" would be doing surgery in his place? A long-lost Bernard relative, perhaps? Anyway, my curiosity about this mystery has been revived with all the references to "dinosaur times" and paleontology and ancient history. There may yet be more time traveling to do.
  6. Good/Bad and Good/Evil.  This one really bothers some of my more religious friends who watch the show. Some of them even threaten to throw away their LOST fan cards at the end if LOST doesn't come up with clearly demarked answers about who is good and who is bad and what is good and what is bad by the time it wraps. I fear I'll be picking up lots of cards. Like it or not, the show is in many ways about relativism and difficulty in defining or maintaining a true moralistic code and I just can't bring myself to see this as a "bad" thing. In fact, it's helped me see myself as in the same boat (or airplane, or submarine) as all of my fellow humans. Which of us truly condemns Richard for killing the doctor? Or can't extend gracious understanding to Sayid's warped and manipulated soul? Even Ben is being saved in his own Darth Vader way. We all fail, we're none of us altruistic, and we all can play the justification game, sometimes justifiably. But in the end, we're not excused. We still need redemption, fresh starts, newness, freedom. Now, I do remain interested in seeing if Widmore is "good" or "bad," I anticipate knowing whether Jacob is good and the MiB is evil or whether they are as benign as the two sides that square off in backgammon or chess. But I believe those who are looking for a secular network to preach absolute truths of good and evil according to the Christian Bible are going to be disappointed in the end.

Not quite making the cut: Who lives?... Who dies?... How did the donkey wheel get there?... What are all the specific instances of ghosts, whisperers, apparitions, hallucinations, Jacob, MiB, Christian, etc. Which ones are which, and how are we to know for sure?... How and when did the Island end up underwater?

 

My 6 Fears of Things Which Will be Left Unexplained

 

Don't get me wrong, I trust the LOST writing and production team explicitly. I think. I just don't see how we're going to cover all these things, and I don't want to leave them to conjecture. But as I've already given up on item Number One, I find it plenty reasonable to assume there are others we are going to have to surrender as well.

 

  1. Walt.  I've covered Walt several times in earlier posts. To quote Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men, "Markinson's gone. There is no Markinson." Ditto Walt. Dead end. "He's been through enough," as Locke told Abaddon in NYC in Season Five. This doesn't mean that I don't cling to an inkling of hope that Michael and Walt were on the rebooted 815 and we might see them (with a new actor cast in the role of Walt), or that some reference won't be made by some character to where Walt got his special skills, and what the Others hoped to learn about him/those powers.
  2. The Cabin.  Why does it seem to move around? Was it ever Jacob's base? When? He seems so content to just live in his statue. Did Ben make up the story of the cabin being Jacob's base, and the MiB took advantage of that? Then why did Ilana and Bram head there first? Why did they bother to burn it down? If Horace built it as a getaway for his family in the 70s, when did Jacob and/or Smokey take up residence? Why does "Cabin Jacob" look so different from the Jacob we now know? Because it was really the MiB? If the MiB was using the cabin as Christian, then whose was the creepy eyeball that peeked out at Hurley? Why is ash so discombobulating for the MiB? Who surrounded the cabin with a ring of ash? What that to keep MiB in, or out?
  3. The Time-Skipping Outrigger Shooting.  Who chased Sawyer, Juliet, Locke and Co. on the outrigger while they were time skipping? Why did they shoot at them? When Juliet shot back, it looked like she might have wounded or killed one of them? Did she? Who? I always assumed this was Ilana's group (there was an Ajira water bottle in the canoe), but now that there's no more Ilana… ?
  4. The Story of Danielle Rousseau's Team.  We know she killed Robert and several other crewmates. We know ‘the sickness' was probably involved. We know they went after Montand when his arm was ripped off and he was dragged into the tunnels below the Temple wall. What we don't know is why Montand was left there and not carried out when they climbed out. Or why the Others never removed his body from their sacred area which they obviously patrol. Or what happened down there. Did Smokey kill the whole crew, and then "claim" them back to life? Or was Danielle the one who got "sick," which is a fair question given how similar she and Claire ended up?
  5. The Journal of the Black Rock.  The ship crashed on the Island in 1867. Apparently no crew survived. Richard never went back to the boat until 2007. How did the first mate's ledger ever make it into the hands of pirates in Madagascar? What secrets did Widmore glean from it after buying it at auction?
  6. How did the Beechcraft get to the island? See "The Minors Ones" section above.

Not quite making the cut: Ilana's backstory… where the Whispers got their personal knowledge for some of the things they whispered to characters like Sawyer and Jack… Libby's last name and reason for being on the original 815… the history of the Swan hatch between ‘The Incident' and Radznisky killing himself (if that is what really happened, Kelvin)... What did Richard mean when he told Sun he watched all her friends die in 1977?

 

The 6 Lines That Made Me Laugh the Hardest

 

There have been a few smilers in Season Six, but it's generally been more serious than previous seasons, so most of these are taken from this previous post.

 

  1. Hurley: Dude, that beer's been sitting there since before Rocky III, maybe even II. It's probably poison by now.
    Sawyer [indicating Dead Roger]: Skeletor seems to like it! Bottoms up!
    Hurley: That's not funny, dude, that guy had a mom, a family, and friends, oh and a name. It's not Skeletor, it's Roger Workman.
    Sawyer: It's Work Man, ya blockhead! That's his job, he was a Dharma janitor!
  2. Kate explains she stripped off her shirt because, "It was full of bees."
    "I'd have thought Cs, actually," retorts Charlie, smiling.
  3. "We both know all I'm gonna get for my trouble is a snappy one-liner, and if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname." -- Jack, to Kate, who has asked him to medically examine Sawyer.
  4. "You're not taking drugs, are you John? I only ask because of the strict zero-tolerance policy you've enacted, and I wouldn't want you to have to start punching yourself in the face." -- Charlie.
  5. "So these Others, you think they're left over from the Dharma folk? My theory? They're aliens. That's why they wear the fake beards. Their heads are plastetic." --Sawyer.
  6. …And six for Hurley alone…

a.       "How do you break the ice with a smoke monster?"

b.      "Dude, you got some Arzt on you."

c.       "I'm gonna live alone and be one of those guys. You know, the crazy guys, with a big beard, no clothes, who's naked and throws doody at people."

d.      [To Sun:] "So... Seoul. Is that in the good Korea or the bad Korea?"

e.       "Life's not so bad, right? I mean, sure, the Others are coming to, like, eat us all, and every once in a while someone blows up all over you, but we do get to sleep in every morning."

f.        Sawyer: What's your problem, JumboTron?
Hurley: Shut up, red... neck... man!
Sawyer: Touché.

 

6 Things that Stick in My Craw

 

These are my own personal bugaboos. It's not that LOST is going to answer them, or not answer them, or even needs to answer them. It's more that they've never set right with me.

 

  1. Kate's toy airplane.  I don't care who you are or how guilty you feel for getting your childhood friend killed. I can't imagine you risk capture, being killed, having to use violence, going in with thugs on the job, etc. just to retrieve a stupid toy airplane from a bank safe deposit box. I so wanted there to be more to this story. Without more to it, all it did in the long run was make me like Kate less.
  2. Dharmaville.  Why were they allowed to ever build there in the first place? Why were they tolerated? Did Hanso (speaking of which, more backstory on the Hanso family and their connection to the island would go nicely hand-in-hand with information about the Black Rock journal) have a deal with the Others? Why did the Others purge them, and if they were going to do that, why wait 20-some years to do it? Why were they allowed to build the barracks atop a sacred tunnel system, and above the Smokey-summoning cave? Did they ever really succeed with any of their experiments? Why do they continue to send food drops, and why do the Others continue to enjoy Dharma-brand products in their refrigerators and pantries? Why did Pierre Chang ever bother with candle-based aliases when there was no mystery around Dharmaville about who he was (he even worked admission on occasion)?
  3. The Faked Oceanic 815 Crash Site.  Why did anyone accept a site in the Indian Ocean northwest of Australia? That's nowhere near the route from Sydney to Los Angeles.
  4. Desmond's Vision of Claire & Aaron Getting on a Helicopter and Being Rescued.  This is what ultimately convinced Charlie to make his sacrifice. I don't think Desmond lied to him about having seen this glimpse of the future just to get him to go die already. So why didn't it happen? Might it still?
  5. Sayid's Failed Test.  I'm still at a loss to know what Dogen saw in Sayid's reactions that told him Sayid was "sick" and "claimed." All his reactions looked to me like ones any normal, sane, living person would have to electrocution and hot pokers. Maybe I'm "sick," too, then…
  6. Jill the Butcher.  We met Jill, who appears to be an off-island Other, at the beginning of Season Five. It's her butcher shop where Locke's corpse is kept nice and cool until Ben and Jack are ready to take it to the airport. In their brief meeting, Jill mocks Jack to Ben (who defends Jack as having been through a lot), tells Ben that everything's on schedule, says the dead body will be "safe" with her. Ben leaves her with this quote: "So keep him safe, Jill. Because if you don't… everything we're about to do won't matter at all." This quote and scene stick out to me like a sore thumb now. What did Ben think he was about to do? Shoot, I'm not even clear yet on his motives for returning to the island. All we do know is once he got there he did nothing but unwittingly become the MiB's Jacob-killing patsy. What did these Others think they were doing, and what was so important about it, and why did it involve Dead Locke and the rest of the O6? Were they just important to Ben getting back in the same way they are important to MiB being able to leave? Related question: What did Ben surreptitiously pull out of the air vent in the LA hotel room where he and Jack stayed? Has that or will that ever come into play?

Not quite making the cut: All the questions I still have about the appearances of Christian Shephard that go against the rules of what Smokey can do…

 

My 6 Favorite Theorized Endings

 

It will probably end up being either none of the below, or some conglomeration of all of the below.

 

  1. It Was All a Game.  In which the MiB and Jacob turn out to just be playing a game, or higher powers even above them are playing a game with humanity. We've certainly seen enough of this theme, the black-and-white motif, and actual game play throughout the series to make it plausible.
  2. This Place is Death.  After "Everybody Loves Hugo," I wrote the following: "Now that we know what the Whispers are, I'm working off a theory that jives literally with Charlotte's line and episode from Season Five - ‘This place is death!' Consider: it holds in hell. It houses purgatory. Ghosts, zombies. The blast door map referred to the Smoke Monster as ‘Cerberus.' The island is talked about as a being, just as Death is often personified. It's also spoken of by Flocke and Desmond as ‘having it in for us all,' just as Death waits for us all. It is referred to as the cork in the bottle of hell, and a ‘God-forsaken rock.'" There is much speculation that there are several deaths yet to occur. Perhaps the entire story is a metaphor for the afterlife.
  3. (God is) Love.  I also refer to this one as the Kum-ba-yah Coffee Shop Ending. After "The Substitute" when Flocke presented three choices to James at the cave, I wrote, "The metaphor being used is that The Island is as The Earth - is it special? Or just a blue island in the ocean of space? Are there forces vying for spiritual control of it, or nothing at all out there? In the end, you can only believe and choose, and you must believe and choose. From there, your path is laid before you, as it would appear it now is for Sawyer. What ultimately will save him? I believe the same thing that saves us all, and would seem to suggest there IS meaning - love. His capacity to love, and that he is loved by others." This idea gained some validity with the preaching of Charlie the Baptist, who has his own visions of the lovely Claire, and put Desmond on track to finding his muse Penny. We already expect Sawyer and Juliet to find each other again. Will love ultimately save them all, as they all meet up with their soulmates over java on the corner of Sweetzer and Melrose?
  4. Jack's Eye.  This is the "reboot" theory, the one that believes everything has happened before, and everything will happen again. The show began with a close-up of Jack's eye in the jungle, and that's how it will end as everything starts over again. There are time loops involved. Constants and variables continue to make everything look the same but different from the iterations we've already seen. Several odd quotes from earlier seasons come into play here, such as Sawyer telling Kate that he made his birthday wish for her to jump him "four years ago," and Jack telling Kate he wasn't "going to let Ethan do this [to Charlie and Claire]. Not again."
  5. Hurley's Head.  This is the theory that believes the producers flat-out told us what was going on in the episode "Dave." There is a psychological experiment being conducted in Santa Rosa in which either all the characters are in Hurley's mind (kinda like the movie Identity ("identity" in intself being an interesting theme on the show, with so many characters having nicknames, aliases, or biologically disassociative names)), or all the characters are also inmates at Santa Rosa or some other scientific facility, and are part of some collective consciousness experiment. The replayed motifs of eyes opening and closing, various levels of consciousness, mind-altering substances, and arriving to the island via heavy turbulence and wanting to be knocked out during the journey all lend credence.
  6. The New Jacob.  This theory has some similarities to the Jack's Eye theory, in that it involves a reboot, but this one involves something more like a final scene in which Jack and Locke have a conversation on the beach identical to the one Jacob and the MiB have in the Season Five finale. Jack is the new Jacob. The MiB remains in Locke's form. Someone (Kate maybe?) is the new Richard. There is a new Temple master (Hurley?) too. Everyone else? They're either in the new Others or dead or went back home never to speak of this place again. Regarding this possible ending, my boss started this brief conversation earlier this week:
    Steve: I don't see how the "next Jacob" could be anyone but Jack. Nobody else really works. This series is going to end with Jack and Locke sitting on the beach just like Jacob and MiB.
    Shawn: I haven't allowed myself yet to totally accept there is going to be a next Jacob. Because that would assume the circle starting again, which is precisely what MiB whines always happens, but which Jacob once told him would cease happening once enough progress occurred. So I'm holding out hope it ends romantically in a coffee shop. :-)
    Chad: I'd suggest that being a candidate to replace Jacob does not necessarily mean that someone directly takes Jacob's role opposite MIB and the exact cycle starts over. It could well mean they do / accomplish something that makes Jacob's role no longer necessary (i.e. the final defeat of MIB). Think "Substitute" rather than "replacement." In the same way that Jesus took the place of all the sacrifices and ceremonial laws the Jews labored under and created a new covenant, this will not be a mere replacement of the old but something new altogether. This idea brings into harmony that there will be a replacement for Jacob and Jacob's statement that it only takes one time for it to be different [and it will end]...