Thursday, May 25, 2006

The other inevitable Lost post

With the understanding that trying to "understand" Lost is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when you only have half the pieces, here are my observations on the Season Finale of Lost (with a few of my own theories thrown in, again with the understanding that I have only some of the pieces of the puzzle):

  • Desmond refers to the Others as "the Hostiles" and tells Sayid, in reference to Sayid's implied interest in sailing over to "the Hostiles"' camp, "Ignorance is bliss."
  • I am guessing that "The Incident" referred to in the Orientation Tape for The Swan hatch is what brought the Others to the island. Dr. Candle/Wickman says that shortly after the Dharma Initiative's experiments began, there was an "Incident", after which the protocol (of entering "The Numbers" that add up to 108, every 108 minutes) has been (and must continue to be) observed. Since Desmond's failure to enter the numbers in a timely fashion caused Flight 815 to crash as a result of intense electro-magnetic activity, it seems possible to me that at some earlier time, some sort of electro-magnetic activity caused a plane or ship (or other mode of transportation...a spaceship, perhaps?!) to crash on the island...thus bringing the "Others" to the Island. It seems highly unlikely that the Others are members or even former members of the Dharma Initiative. It also seems likely that the Dharma Initiative has failed to send "replacements" for Kelvin, perhaps as a result of the hostility of the "Others". Why the Others are hostile, what the Others are trying to do...well, that remains a complete mystery. A possible theory: I know that this sounds really flaky, but perhaps they are not from this planet?
  • Libby, whose last name must be significant because we have not learned it as of yet, seems awfully and inappropriately anxious to give Desmond her giant yacht. Seems suspicious. I am guessing that she was sent by someone (perhaps Charles Widmore, father of Desmond's love, Penelope Widmore) to make sure that Desmond goes sailing in the vicinity of Craphold Island and gets pulled into the island by the electro-magnetic force (which would have to be unleashed by someone failing to enter the numbers in a timely fashion, i.e., Kelvin) for a dual purpose: (1) to be gone forever from Penelope's life and (2) to take over for Kelvin in perpetual button-pushing slavery.
  • As for Libby's dead husband, it must be significant that she refers to him as "David". "Dave" was the name of Hurley's imaginary friend in the looney bin. Guess who else was an inmate in said bin at the same time as Hurley? One Libby Last-Name-As-Yet-Unknown. We know that Libby is a talented hypnotist, from her having helped Claire to get in touch with her memories of her abduction by the Others/Hostiles. Thus, it seems possible that Libby was the one who planted the name "David" or "Dave" in Hurley's head. Why she would do that? I don't have a clue.
  • But does that mean that Libby knew about the work of the Dharma Initiative? I don't have a clue to that either.
  • By far the funniest and funnest thing about the episode was learning that Faux-Henry is the LEADER of the Others! Hooray for Henry! He is da balls! I love the little pissing contest that transpires between Henry and Mr. Friendly over Mr. Friendly abandoning hiscamo-beard. It does beg the question though: who would recognize Mr. Friendly? And from where?
  • Thank goodness Sawyer wasn't killed off! PHEW! It will be interesting to see what goes on in the Others' camp, which is what next season will inevitably be "about".
  • Nice of Walt to not give a rat's ass about what happens to Vincent the dog, Where did that dog go, anyway? this a clue to the fact that something is "off" about "Walt", or rather, the "Walt" that leaves the island with Michael via the now famous, "Pala Ferry".
  • I think the bird really did screach "Hurley!" Could it have been sent by Walt?
  • BIG disappointment that Sawyer told Kate that he "thought" that Jack meant "something else" when he told them that he and Kate had been "caught in a net". A little mystery please???
  • OK, now this is a complaint I have with the writing: HOW could Desmond have forgotten what happened the day that he didn't push the button??!!! HOW could he have not remembered an event as cataclysmic as that?? Good lord, I mean, things in that hatch were flying around in the air. There was a crushingly loud noise. He forgot that? I don't care how drunk he was. You don't forget something like that. If he had bothered to remember it, or if the writers had bothered to make up something plausible, like, i.e., him remembering it, he would never have helped Locke to lock down the hatch, causing Eko and "Cholly" to blow themselves up (or almost blow themselves up)
  • Second funniest and funnest moment: Sawyer: "Dharma Nutribar?" Hurley: "No thanks, not hungry." Sawyer: "REALLY?"
  • Didn't these people take Psychology 101 in school? Everyone who's ever taken a Psych class knows that psychological experiments are NEVER about what they claim to be about. Thus, if Candle/Wick told his subjects that they were going to observe the activities of the number-entering Swan Hatchers, then there is no WAY that the experiment had anything to do with what was going on in the Swan Hatch. Turns out, in fact, that the copious notes taken by the Pearl Hatchers regarding the goings on in the Swan Hatch were completely ignored, left to pile up in a clearing on the island. Likely, the Pearl Hatchers were being observed, themselves (and there were monitors in the Pearl Hatch). So, for Locke to have taken the Orientation films literally, well, that was a potentially fatal mistake.
  • But I do doubt that Locke is dead. Eko as well. I doubt they are off the show - they are popular characters.
  • No idea what the four-toed, ginormous statue was. It reminded me of Planet of the Apes, where they see the Statue of Liberty, lying fallen on the NYC shoreline. Oh wait....I have to amend what I said before about the Twilight Zone: Planet of the Apes AND Terminator (Part 1 ONLY) are excellent examples of the Twilight Zone genre.
  • Mr. Friendly has a name! TOM. And Ms. Klugh is Bea. Another little pissing contest going on there. The petty disagreements amongst any group will always be the same, apparently. Someone becomes the de facto leader (Jack-Henry), someone else the de facto thug (Friendly-Sawyer), someone else the yin voice of reason (Kate-Klugh), and so forth....
  • Why does Alex Rousseau look upset/scared when she sees the ferry carrying Henry and "Walt"?
  • Why are the Others always barefoot?
  • Why is Locke so hell-bent on stopping everyone else from pushing the buttons? Since when does Locke really care about anyone else's welfare?
  • Desmond acheives what he needed to: by using the key to stop the electro-magnetic thing once and for all, he earns back his honor. You can see it in his eyes.
  • If the Others are "The Good Guys", then who are the "bad guys"?
  • Kate and Jack seem to have some sort of plan - the whole eye-blinking thing.
  • The final takes place off the island in the present. I believe this is the first time this happens on the show.
  • Charlie's behavior when he returns to the othre Lostaways is just plain weird. He's not hysterical. He's not anything. And he asks if Eko and Locke were back yet and seems surprised that that are not? Heh?
  • Speaking of strange behavior, the Lostaways don't seem to be acting strange, scared, hysterical or anything about the explosion that just happened with no explanation and for no apparent reason. The violet light. The hatch cover that falls from the sky into their camp. No one got hurt! It all seems so odd. I hope that this gets explained next season.
And that's all she wrote.


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