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Entertainment :: LOST 5.16 & 5.17 Thoughts
  submitted on May 14, 2009, 7:24 AM

Five down, one to go. I've got to admit, I'm still impressed by the writers' ability to constantly be able to throw a huge wrench into the LOST storyline and leave you wondering what the hell is going on. This week's finale was no exception.

I want to take a little bit of time to talk about the overlying story that was introduced to us, and then cover everything else with some quick hits.

First off, we have what appears to be our endgame that the show is building up to. It's been hidden from us until now, so we were all under the assumption that the "war" that has been referenced by Charles Widmore and others was something between Ben and Widmore. However, now it seems as though this battle is bigger (and older) than the both of them. The finale opens up with a flashback, probably the earliest we've seen the island, with Jacob, living his life on the island, and we are introduced to his conflict with an as of yet unnamed person.

J: I take it you're here because of the ship?

?: I am. How did they find the island?

J: You'll have to ask them when they get here.

?: I don't have to ask. You brought them here. You're trying to prove me wrong, aren't you?

J: You are wrong.

?: Am I? They come, fight, they destroy, they corrupt, it always ends the same.

J: It only ends once. Anything that happens before that, it's just progress.

?: Do you have any idea how badly I want to kill you?

J: Yes.

?: One of these days, I'm going to find a loophole, my friend.

J: Well, when you do, I'll be right here.

That's what the episode opened up with, that gave us the backstory to what the episode ended with, and I believe that will be the foundation for what happens in the final season. It's all largely mysterious right now, since we don't know who this man is (Although I like the idea of thinking of him as Esau, brother to Jacob), what his purpose is (Aside from his desire to kill Jacob), who Jacob really is, what his purpose is, and what any of this has to do with the island. But, it does appear that all of that is a part of the ultimate story arc, intertwined with everyone on the island.

We also don't know how the remaining characters on the show play into all of this. We've seen their involvement in things thus far, but now what is their purpose? Widmore wanted Locke back on the island. Jacob wanted Hurley back on the island. Eloise wanted them all back on the island. But we don't know why. We don't know what their role will be, whose side they will be on.

Ultimately, I think we are set up nicely for the final season. The show seems ready to head into the final stretch. What that final stretch is, well, we don't know the whole picture yet. But at least we can finally see the road that will lead us there.

Now for some quick hits:

-So, do we want to assume that the ship Jacob was watching was the Black Rock? Because that's what I would like to do. And it certainly looked like the ship Richard was working on in the bottle last week.

-I really thought Michael Emerson did a fantastic job as Ben this week. He was completely resigned to doing whatever Locke wanted. It's a very different look for Ben, having to submit to someone else, and Emerson is pulling it off great. And even when Locke was talking him into wanting to kill Jacob, you could just see Ben's mood transform as it all processed in his head. It's one of the few times we've seen Ben's emotions get the best of him.

-So Richard doesn't age because of Jacob. Jacob apparently doesn't age because of Jacob. Locke is alive because of Jacob (At least once, we don't know about the second time). What are these abilities that Jacob has?

-I wrote down several times during the episode "WHAT IS IN THE BOX?" in big capital letters. I've got to admit, I had no idea it was Locke. None. I guess from now on any time I see a box and I know there's a mystery object inside of it, I'll just assume it's a dead John Locke.

-Anyone else think Terry O'Quinn put on some weight? I don't know what it is, but his man boobs were quite distracting all episode. Someone get that man a bro.

-"I lied. That's what I do." Kind of makes you feel sorry for Ben a little bit, doesn't it?

-Ilana is working for Jacob. Should have seen that coming. Never even occurred to me. So that revelation makes you wonder about a lot of things:

*If Ilana is working for Jacob, then she and her crew were on the flight on purpose, knowing it would get them to the island.

*You have to wonder who Eloise is working for as well, since she too knew the flight would get them to the island.

*We don't know, at the end of the day, why the LOST survivors are involved in all of this.

*Ilana is against Widmore, but legitimately doesn't seem to know who Ben is. So where does Widmore come into all of this? Is he aligned with our unnamed friend?

*Ben said in an earlier episode that he couldn't kill Widmore. Interesting parallel to the opening scene to the show where the man with no name couldn't kill Jacob.

*What was the loophole that he found? Was it the reenactment of the Oceanic flight aboard Ajira? Or was it something else? Maybe just something involving Locke? Did Widmore know about this loophole, which is why he wanted to help Locke get back to the island?

*What exactly happened to Locke? If he's still dead, then how is this other person also walking around as Locke?

*Is Jacob actually dead? It seems like kind of a buzzkill for Ilana to go through all of this to come to the island only to just miss and have Jacob get killed.

What a deep and tangled web they weave.

-Hey look, it really is Rose & Bernard! I'm actually totally okay with the show's explanation for where they've been. They've been at peace with their situation and themselves for a while now, and ultimately, they just want to be together, so I can totally buy the idea of them just living off by themselves somewhere, away from everyone. I think this was the writers' way of basically closing the book on Rose and Bernard. I think outside of some confirmation that they are Adam & Eve (Likely, but still not for sure), I don't know that we'll be seeing them again. Which is fine, I'm just glad they addressed their situation.

-What lies in the shadow of the statue? Ille qui nos omnes servabit. That's Latin for "He who will protect/save us all." No, I don't know Latin, I just looked it up on Lostpedia.

-The lunchbox that Kate tried to steal was the same lunchbox she used as the time capsule that they dug up under the tree in one of her flashbacks.

-Good choice of death for Phil. Metal rod to the chest. I approve.

-Sad to see Juliet go (Assuming she's dead, of course). I really liked her relationship with Sawyer, but at the same time, she was never part of the Oceanic crew, so ultimately their destinies probably didn't follow the same path.

-Not looking good for Sayid, is it? Him dying wouldn't be too much of a surprise either. He's been a shell of himself ever since Nadia died, which is too bad, because he was a great character before he got off the island. We'll see what happens, but it certainly doesn't look like there's much Jack can do about it.

-Miles line about considering the idea that maybe their plan with the bomb actually causes the incident, and the subsequent blank looks by everyone was priceless.

-Quite a fight between Jack and Sawyer. Although I've got to admit, kicking a guy in the balls is very uncool.

-For the record, I don't think anyone died from the bomb, except for Juliet. I also believe that the survivors are going to get knocked back into their own time. I think it's time to close the book on 1977; there's really nothing left for them to do there. Their job was to set off the bomb, cause the incident, and it's done. Now, their story must continue elsewhere, and I think the incident will lead them back to the present.

-My wife actually came up with a really great idea for how next season should start. They could have everyone back on the Oceanic flight, the flight landing, everyone getting off in Los Angeles, and then you cut to Jack's eye opening in the jungle, and it turns out it was all in his head. I hope this happens, actually.

-In keeping with the idea that everyone will wind up back in the present, I believe this is why Richard believes they all died. He knew they were going to set off the bomb, he knew it went off, and they were never seen again, so I think he inferred that to mean that they all died.

-We could have seen this whole Locke situation coming. The writers were giving us hints. Naming an episode "Dead is Dead", having Ben say that he had no idea what was going on. Even this week, Richard telling Locke he had never seen someone resurrected from the dead like that, Locke telling Richard that he wanted to kill the passengers from the Ajira flight. The signs were there that Locke was not Locke.

-Was Locke ever supposed to actually lead the Others, or was it all just a big paradoxical mistake? Richard tried to figure out if John was supposed to lead them by visiting him when he was a child, but couldn't find anything special about him. He did this because Locke told him he was supposed to lead the Others in 1954. Then, when Locke arrived on the island in 2004, Richard knew him, and subsequently knew he was supposed to be their leader, because that's what Locke told him. However, Locke had no idea he was supposed to be their leader until Richard told him that in 2004. And that was how Locke got it into his head that that was true, so when he time flashed back into 1954, he told that to Richard. It's basically a similar circumstance to the compass that the two of them passed back and forth to each other.

But perhaps Jacob was the one who ultimately told Richard that Locke was to lead, and Richard wasn't just going off of what Locke said. Still, makes you wonder if that was all a big mistake, especially considering the consequences.

-I thought the flashbacks were very mysterious. We had Jacob show up and prevent Kate from her first run in with the law, then he showed up after Sawyer's parents' funeral, when he was writing his letter to the real Sawyer, then we had him appear at Jin & Sun's wedding, he also appeared after Jack's surgery where he cut his patient's bursa sac (Kind of cool to see that story play out since we heard about it on the very first episode of the show), he was there when Locke was pushed out the window, and actually appeared to revive him, then he distracted Sayid while he was crossing the street, setting up Nadia being hit and killed by a car, and finally he met Hurley when he was released from prison, convincing him to go back to the island, and leaving him with a guitar case.

So we see Jacob interact with all of our survivors at potentially significant points in their lives, some of his interactions are meaningless, some are not. But we don't know the intention behind any of these, save for Hurley, where he actually made it clear that he wanted Hurley on the Ajira flight to go back to the island. Another mystery that we'll have to wait until next year for the answer.

Well, I'm sure I didn't cover everything, I know for sure I didn't discuss everything from 1977, but that was mostly because at the end of the day, everything there played out the way it was supposed to, with the incident going off as planned, and the writers leaving us with a huge cliff hanger, which had to be expected. I thought we might get a few seconds of post-bomb detonation to tease us with what the consequences were, but either way I knew that the incident would be the very end of the show. Either way, I put my emphasis on the present, and Jacob, and our new storyline, since that's going to be the primary focus of the show going forward.

Now we get to enjoy the 8-month break (ugh), and then come back next year for the sixth and final season. I plan on spending some time finishing re-watching season 3, which I will continue writing about on here, and perhaps try and get into re-watching season 4, since I haven't even looked at any of the DVDs yet and I've had them for a month or two now. Thanks to everyone who's been reading this year, I really do this because I love LOST and this is a nice outlet for me to discuss and theorize about the show, but I am glad to have my readers, since it helps stimulate further conversation about the show.

I suppose other than my LOST DVD posts, I'll get back to some semi-regular blogging about other subjects, so all of you can look forward to not reading that for the next eight months.

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