Lost: The End

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you didn’t watch the series finale of Lost, which aired Sunday, May 23.
The End.
I loved the artistry, the closure and the storytelling of ending it that way. Jack back in the spot in the jungle where he had landed in the premiere. Vincent at his side. His eye closes for the last time while the plane, now intact and full of friends, flies overhead.
I’m not so sure about gathering everyone in the church for a reunion. But what else could the writers have done? It felt like they just wanted to find a neat way to tie up loose ends and make the viewers happy. To me, it seemed silly to see them sitting so perfectly, without giving us an explanation of what happens next.
Are they dead? Are they in heaven? Will they go on living? Are they still alive in their other reality? Are they only alive in their memories? Can they ever leave the church and continue living together?
We are all left to interpret Christian Shephard’s explanation of it all:
“Everything that ever happened to you is real. All those people in the church, they’re real, too,” he said. “Everyone dies sometime kiddo. Some of them before you. Some of them long after you… This is a place that you all made together so that you could find one another.

“The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people,” Christian says. He explains they are all there for one reason: “To remember…. and to let go.”

We knew our questions wouldn’t be answered. And I’m satisfied they did answer the big questions of the night and left us to ponder the overall meaning. If they had wrapped it up any more nicely, it would have felt like a let-down to walk away without our imaginations still stirring about what it all meant.

And that’s the question. What did it all mean?
To me, it was a story about second chances.
Just as ancient civilizations wrote myths and legends using people to explain basic tenets of human nature, that is what the Lost writers did through the passengers of Oceanic 815.
I loved that the final message was about the power of forgiveness. It brings reconciliation, restoration, hope and a second chance at life.
Throughout the six seasons, viewers asked themselves: “Who are the bad guys?”
Everyone in the show was highly flawed. They were all full of good and evil. They had let the circumstances of life affect not only their actions, but their attitudes and outlook on life.
But just because life deals some people a bad hand, so to speak, they still have a choice of which way to go. It’s never too late to start over. Yes, what happened, happened. But that doesn’t mean that someone can’t change the future. There’s always a second chance.
“Nothing is irreversible,” Kate tells Jack, and at the same time explains to the viewers this is what the show is about. We have been told for so long by Eloise Hawking/Widmore that we can’t change the past. But we finally learn from the Queen of Bad Choices and Running from the Past that we can, indeed, change the future.
And no matter how badly someone has inflicted pain, they can be forgiven. I loved how the two lives of the characters were merging in both realities to show us that despite how evil they might have been on the island, the off-island characters could now see the good in each other. They could see they were just people. Not perfect. But still worthy of kindness and love.
Jack could see John Locke, a total stranger, as a flawed, helpless human being. He didn’t know him. He didn’t know his past. And yet, he was someone he wanted to help. On the other side, Locke had been literally consumed by all that is evil.
The Smoke Monster was the living example of what happens when bitterness and hatred take over someone’s being. The Man in Black is stripped of all that is good and is left with only black smoke to inhabit other people’s bodies.
While Jack was using his scalpel to save Locke and give him a better life, FLocke was using his knife to try to destroy Jack.
I loved watching the characters coming together off island and experiencing their awakenings. My favorite was Sawyer and Juliet in such a touching moment when he hands her the candy bar and remembers their entire life together, including the moment when he let go of her hand and she fell in the pit.
“Juliet, it’s me,” Sawyer said. “I gotcha. I gotcha, baby.”
My second and third favorite moments were when Charlie’s drug-induced eyes clear as he remembers Claire, and when Sun and Jin remember their lives and start speaking perfect English.
I also loved that the writers gave us the obvious by letting Jack volunteer to be the protector of the island, but then turn it on its side and give the job to Hurley. And how sweet when he made Ben his second in command.
Finally, the finale emphasized the point that had been a recurring theme throughout the past six years: free will vs. destiny. Jacob’s mother didn’t give him a choice about his life, and Jacob seemed to be following his mother’s example by pushing the Losties toward the island. But in the end, he did offer a choice. He let them decide who should take over his job.
And then Hurley realizes he doesn’t have to rule the same way Jacob did. He could find a better way. I loved that.
Best quotes to explain the message of the show:
Desmond: “No one can tell you why you’re here, Kate. Certainly not me.”
Jack to John before the surgery: “There’s always the chance I could kill you, but I’m trying to make you feel better. I’ll see you on the other side.”
Desmond to Jack: “You’re going to lower me into that light, and I’m going to go someplace else… a place where we can be with the ones we love and we don’t have to be on this island ever again. You are in that place, Jack… We sat next to each other on Oceanic 815. It never crashed.”
Hurley to Sayid: “I think you’re a good guy, Sayid… I know a lot of people have told you that you’re not. You’ve heard it so many times that you’ve started believing it.”
Locke to Jack after the surgery: “Jack, I hope that somebody does for you what you just did for me.”
Jack when he ties Desmond to the rope: “I’ll see you in another life, brutha.”
Ben to Locke: “I’m very sorry for what I did to you John. I was selfish. Jealous. I wanted everything you had… You were special, John. and I wasn’t.”

Locke: “Well, if it helps, Ben. I forgive you.”

Ben: “Thank you, John. That does help. It matters more than I can say.”

Best funny quotes:
Sawyer to Jack: “So you’re the new Jacob, huh? How about you come down off the mountaintop and tell us what the burning bush had to say for itself.”
Hurley talking about Jacob and how he never explained anything: “Kind of true dudes. He’s worse then Yoda.”
FLocke to Jack: “Jacob being who he is, I expected to be more surprised. You’re sort of the obvious choice, don’t you think?”
When FLocke asks Jack how he thinks he’s going to kill him: “It’s a surprise.”
Kate to FLocke after she shoots him: “I saved the bullet.”
Miles while repairing the plane: “I don’t believe in a lot of things, but I do believe in duct tape.”
Other favorite moments:
  • Seeing Rose and Bernard again and finding out they have chosen to live their lives in quiet peace together “without getting involved”. Don’t we all have people in our lives like that? And yet, it doesn’t seem that happy to me to miss all of the adventure in life in exchange for a life of safety to avoid getting hurt.
  • Richard finding a grey hair, signaling that he is finally starting to age. And now faced with his own mortality, Richard realizing that he wants to live.
  • When FLocke tells Jack that lowering Desmond into the well reminds him of the time the real Locke and Jack were looking into the hatch together at Desmond. Jack defends the real Locke: “You wear his face, but you disrepsect his memory.”
In the end, I’m satisfied. I’m a little relieved that the story has come to an end. I’m glad the writers honored the viewers, the characters and the show itself by answering most of the questions while still leaving us with lots to ponder.
What did you think?

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Lost: Across the Sea

In the beginning… there was a crazy woman.
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t watched the May 11, 2010, episode of Lost.
Finally, it seems that the Lost writers have switched gears. They have stopped jumping through time and creating questions. They started at the beginning and they are telling us the whole story. Yes, we still have many unanswered questions, but we also got lots of answers last night.
But my biggest revelation from the episode is simply that I need to accept the fact that I am watching a myth, an allegory or a fairy tale. I thought I was watching a show about a plane crash and trying to survive on a deserted island. Then, I thought perhaps it was science fiction. Maybe the story was a modern-day mystery, drama, whatever.
Now, I have to accept that the show itself has no rules. It isn’t about what might happen in real life. And all of my questions won’t be answered.
And that is probably a good thing because sometimes their answers come in the form of: “In the beginning there was a crazy woman living on an island, guarding a river of light, which represents the good that is in all of us, but don’t be tempted to touch it because your body will be spit out and you will become a big shaft of black smoke.”
So what did we learn last night?
Jacob and Man in Black are twin brothers. I think most of us called this one. I still go back to my earlier post that Man in Black’s name is probably Esau. Don’t you love how they were even dressed in light and dark blankets when they were born? Did Esau ever ask his mother if maybe HE could wear the light outfit for a change?
Remember when FLocke told Kate he had a crazy mother? Boy, he was not kidding.
Man in Black was the special one. He was the one his killer adoptive mother loved most. He was the one she wanted to guard the island.
Jacob, on the other hand, has always been a follower. He never did really know WHY he is guarding the island. He is just blindly following the instructions of a woman who killed his real mother in cold blood and refused to answer any of his questions.
I have to say that I have a lot more respect for Man in Black after this episode. At least he had the moral conscience to leave Crazy Woman when he learned she had murdered his real mother. He is the thinker. He is the one who asked questions and refused to just go along with her games when she wouldn’t even explain why.
Both boys learned Mother was a liar when she told the boys they were the only ones who exist, and yet Jacob was too weak to leave her. Reminding me of Ben Linus, Jacob was so desperate for his mother’s love and approval that he would rather stay with her and be manipulated by her than seek the truth.
We found out how the smoke monster came into existence. But I still don’t understand what happened to his body. We know it decayed and became the skeleton of the island’s “Adam”. But then at the same time, he (or someone else) was able to continue living in that body.
We also found out that once Jacob drank the wine, he and his mother were “the same” or did she say they were “one”. I can’t remember. Whatever the case, it seemed that Jacob took on her belief system after he drank it. Now that Man in Black shattered that bottle of wine, does that mean Jacob’s replacement won’t be able to drink from it?
We learned, as suspected, that the boy who appeared to FLocke in the jungle was the young Jacob. And we found out that only “special” people can see the dead on the island. If that is the case, we know that Locke was special, and so was Hurley, Sawyer and Walt. Who else?
We still have so many other huge questions to answer.
Who is Mother? Has she always been on the island? Is she the beginning of all people? Or, as she said, did she have a mother?
When was the big Egyptian statue built? I’m assuming Jacob’s temple will be built on the river of light? And did someone else come along and complete the donkey wheel, which by the way, made PERFECT sense, huh? I mean just channel light and water with a donkey wheel and you should be able to leave the island, right?
How did Jacob get off the island to go on his recruiting missions (maybe the donkey wheel)? And why couldn’t his brother leave? Esau tells Jacob that eventually he would be able to create his own game and make up his own rules. Was Jacob’s “game” to bring real people to the island and play with their lives, rather than pieces on a game board?
Finally, I have given up on trying to determine good and evil in this show. I don’t think it’s about good and evil. I think it’s making a bigger point about the nature of people. Inside all of us is both good and evil. We decide which to follow.
Likewise, some of us will be followers and others will be leaders. Sometimes we will follow people who are actually followers themselves and don’t really know where they are going. Those people might lead us by not giving us a choice (like Mother did with Jacob and Jacob did with Ben).
Other people lead by giving us information. They think about things and try to figure things out. Does that make them bad? Does it make them good?
And, finally, when we follow, sometimes it’s after carefully thinking things through… And other times it’s by blind faith. Is one way better than the other?
What did you think about last night’s episode? I would love to hear your thoughts. And for more Lost recaps, check out Rocks in My Dryer.

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Lost: The Last Recruit

Spoiler alert: You know the drill. If you didn’t watch Lost on April 20, 2010, then don’t read this post.

So, it really is a small world after all, huh?

Wasn’t it great to see all of our favorite Losties bumping into each other in the off-island reality last night? And finally, it seems that the two realities are starting to merge.

Other bloggers have been saying that what is happening on the island is affecting what is happening off the island. That could be the case. Or maybe it’s not a cause-and-effect relationship.

But perhaps — as I seem to blog every week — it’s just destiny. Their lives are destined to go in a certain direction and it will happen whether or not their plane crashes on the island. Whatever the case, the off-island existence is starting to mirror the on-island outcomes in many ways.

Let’s just break down a few examples.

SUN AND LOCKE

Off the island, Sun and Locke are simultaneously being pulled out of ambulances and pushed into the ER. They are side by side on their stretchers when Sun looks over at Locke and seems to have one of those deja vu moments where she suddenly remembers her island existence. “It’s him! It’s him,” she shouts.

On the island, Locke approaches Sun as they are marching through the jungle. Just as she can’t speak English off the island, she has lost her ability to speak English on the island, too. Instead, she writes Fake Locke a note” “You did this to me.”

JOHN AND LOCKE

On the island, FLocke asks to speak to Jack in private. FLocke tells Jack that he had been posing as Jack’s father when he led him to the water. Now, he took over Locke’s dead body because Jack was so nice to bring it to the island. He also informs Jack that Locke “wasn’t a believer. He was a sucker.”

Claire informs Jack that he has unknowingly aligned himself with the Great Body Snatcher just by allowing FLocke to talk to him. So, I guess all of those warnings about killing FLocke or Jacob before they were allowed to speak were for real. If they do start talking to you, you will be sucked over to their side.

Off the island, Jack is reunited with Locke in the emergency room after he was mowed down in the parking lot by Desmond. I have a feeling Jack is going to restore Locke’s ability to walk, don’t you?

And while Jack is about to save Locke off the island, it’s FLocke who picks up Jack and carries him through the jungle to keep him from getting killed on the island.

KATE AND SAWYER

Kate and Sawyer are getting a little reunion in the police station off the island. And on the island, they are running away together, trying to escape by stealing FLocke’s boat and hoping to get a ride on Widmore’s submarine.

CLAIRE AND JACK

Jack meets The Claire Littleton when he goes to hear his father’s will being read. I loved this part. Not only did Desmond intercept her on the way to the 15th Floor, (I wonder if the number 15 specifically applied to Claire in any other instances?) but he takes her right to Ilana, an attorney who has been searching for the mystery woman mentioned in Christian Shephard’s will.

Surprise! You have a sister!

Meanwhile, on the island, Claire tells Jack she chose to go with FLocke because he was the only one who “didn’t abandon me”. She seems lonely enough as a pregnant woman going to an adoption agency by herself, but not half as sad and hopeless as the on-island Claire.

I was just happy that she was brave enough to leave Locke, even though she knew he “would be mad”.

SAYID

And finally, Sayid’s two realities seem to be exploding.

He gets arrested by Sawyer for killing Keamy and the gang, and as a result he has to leave Nadia, the woman he loves. On the island, Desmond asks him what Nadia will think when Sayid tells him that he was reunited with her only because he killed Desmond in cold blood.

Will Sayid see he light and realize that by killing Desmond he won’t be able to have the reunion with Nadia he dreams of? I have a hard time believing that he really did kill Desmond, but I wonder if he left him in the well. I’m hoping Sayid finally came out of his Zombie state and rescued him.

SUN AND JIN

And finally, finally, FINALLY ,Sun and Jin are reunited. In the hospital room off-island, Jin promises Sun they will always be together.

He makes the same promise on the island when they finally get together. (Was anyone else afraid they were both going to run into the electric fence and get zapped?) As soon as Sun runs into Jin’s arms, her ability to speak English is restored. Yay!

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So, now Jack is convinced the he can’t leave the island because it isn’t done with him yet. But he’s trapped by FLocke, who is determined to get off the island.

And Sawyer tells Kate they are “done going back”. He is just as set on stealing the submarine and going home. Unfortunately, they are caught by Widmore, who seems like he might have them all shot execution style.

This is getting good.

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Lost: Everybody Loves Hugo

If you don’t mind, I’m just going to see if I have everything straight.
So… a bunch of people were born. Their lives were touched by a god-like figure named Jacob. His touch pushed them to get on a plane. The plane crashed on an island.
The survivors eventually started traveling through time. They flashed 30 years back in time and blew up the very thing that caused their plane to crash.
So, now, their minus 30-year selves went through their lives without being touched by Jacob and without being pushed toward the island. When they got to the point in life where they would have crashed on the island, they started having deja vu.
They are starting to sense that they had another life. They have met certain people before. They have lived these same experiences, but in another place and another time.
All of the people on the plane were actually destined to meet. I think of this sort of how I met my husband. We grew up together in a small town. We were in the same class in school. However, we never dated or even spoke to each other!
We could have dated in high school and got married when we were 21. But we didn’t. Eight years after high school, we reconnected and began dating. We were destined to get married. It could have happened sooner or it could have happened later. Either way, it was meant to happen.
Back to Lost. So, all of these people were meant to interact in some way, whether it was on the island or not. They are all starting to make these connections.
Libby finds Hurley and is now in a mental hospital because she thinks she is crazy. It seems that the re-living of life is much more difficult for Libby and Charlie because they died on the island. Now that they are alive and have passed over the point where they would have died, they seem to be much more confused and tormented than the other people.
So, back to the point where they set off the hydrogen bomb. I get a little fuzzy here. I’m not sure why they are still alive on the island. Did they travel through time right as the bomb went off? Or did the bomb not kill them?
Whatever the case, they were still alive, so they continued to live a parallel life on the island. Now, they exist at two different places at the same time. But it can’t be exactly the same time because we know that at the point they get on the plane the second time around the island is under water.
Desmond enters the picture. He is very important because he can withstand a powerful force of electromagnetism. He also seems to be very important because he is trying to reconnect the people who would have crashed and help them remember what happened in their other life.
Why? Maybe he wants to go back and change that outcome somehow. Oh, and when he orders something at a restaurant, he is given the number 42.
And we already kow that when you add together all of the important numbers, they equal 108. And somehow 108 is an important number. OK.
Back on the island, we don’t know who is good and who is bad, but FLocke seems very bad. It wasn’t nice at all for him to push Desmond down into a well and leave him for dead. But we know it can’t be that easy to kill Desmond. And the previews give us a hint that he is still alive next week. Whew!
On the island, FLocke also needs to reunite the six candidates in order to complete his mission. I’m sure the number 108 will have something to do with what he is trying to do, whatever that is. Do you really think he will unleash evil on planet Earth if he escapes the island?
We also know that some people get stuck in their dead island existence and can’t move on. These would include people who kill themselves, such as Michael. These stuck people can communicate with Hurley, but those who were killed another way, like Libby, don’t communicate with Hurley.
And, supposedly, Jacob told Richard what the island really is. But, of course, Richard didn’t tell us.
And one more thing. Some people have been speculating that as people get injured on the island, they see the scars of those injuries in their parallel lives. I noticed a prominent scar on Desmond’s forehead matched up with the big injury on his forehead on the island. I’m not sure if he got that scar another way off the island.
So, there you have it. Simple, right?

Oh, and PS. Apparently Ilana wasn’t that important after all. Kaboom.

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Lost: Happily Ever After

I’m feeling a little bit like Desmond right now. I have a glimpse of what the writers of Lost are telling us. I can touch it with my fingertips, but then it slips out of reach. I have a vague idea of what I want to say, but I can’t quite articulate it.
This episode felt like a whirlwind of new information, and all of it is swirling around in my brain. We got so many new clues, the characters started having lightbulb moments, and it finally felt like the writers might really be trying to wrap this thing up.
Let’s start with Desmond and the experiment Widmore was performing on him. We know that Desmond has a special purpose on the island and now we know that is because he is the one person who can withstand the energy of the island without being fried like a death row inmate in an electric chair.
The experiment seems to put Desmond back in the same state where we found him several seasons ago after the first time he came in contact with the energy of the island. He is flashing back and forth from one reality to the other without the ability to comprehend what is happening to him.
This time, Charlie, in all of his crazed determination to kill himself, seems to be the one person who gets it. He gives us a tiny explanation of the bigger message of the show. If the passengers on Oceanic 815 were being pushed to the island against their will, what is free will anyway? As Charlie explained to Desmond, sometimes a choice isn’t really a choice.
If the benefits of going one direction are clearly better than the alternative, then is it really a choice? But Charlie is finally ready to make the unreasonable choice.
He would rather die to experience what he had on the island then make the reasonable choice to go on living in this new reality that they created. He even seems determined to kill himself in the same way that he died before by forcing Desmond to drive his car into the Ocean.
Daniel shows up and explains that he has a perception that they got to a point where they all had to make the ultimate choice. Would they sacrifice themselves and do something completely unthinkable for the greater good?
When the Losties set off the nuclear bomb, they also seemed to have pushed a reset button on their lives. Now, they have attained the one thing they thought they always wanted. For Desmond, that would be the approval of Charles Widmore. When Eloise told Desmond that he finally had what he always wanted, I felt like she had somehow given him a “perfect” life so that he wouldn’t be unsatisfied and start looking for what was missing.
Both Eloise and Widmore keep reminding Desmond that his life is “perfect” — perfect job, no commitments, gets to travel the world — but he is lacking the excitement, joy and even the pain of his previous life with Penny.
It was great to see the lives of so many of the characters starting to intertwine off island: Desmond, Charlie, Jack, Charles Widmore, Eloise, Daniel, George Minkowski and Claire. Didn’t you love Jack’s look of disbelief when Desmond told him he was looking for a patient who was on the flight with the two of them?
Minkowski, by the way, shares with Desmond the past experience of having his mind travel through time, eventually resulting in his death on the freighter in the arms of Desmond. I wonder if George also was starting to get a glimpse of that other life when he told Desmond he would do whatever he needed him to do.
The characters are starting to remember what was and what would have been if they hadn’t set off that nuclear bomb. Charlie saw Claire. Desmond saw the message on Charlie’s hand and then Penny. Daniel saw Charlotte.
Only Eloise and Charles Widmore seem to be aware of what is happening in both of their parallel existences. So, does that make them more powerful than Jacob and the Man in Black. Are they controlled by the forces on the island? Or is the island controlled by them? Or maybe they ARE Jacob and the Man in Black. Who knows.
I think they wanted to make sure that Desmond did not reconnect with Penny because she was his constant and will be again. And the same is probably true of Daniel and Charlotte. As soon as Desmond and Penny made physical contact by touching hands, his mind flashed back to his island existence.
On the island, he seems to no longer care about making choices or trying to decide what to do. His eyes have glazed and he is content to go where he is told to go and do what he is told to do, without questioning or fighting.
First, he agrees to help Widmore, but as soon as Sayid comes along, he follows him. I’m not sure if he has accepted his mission, if he has a new sense of faith and is following along, or if he has completely lost his mind.
Off-island, Desmond wants to locate everyone else on that flight. I’m guessing that each of them also has a constant and once they find it, they will be able to remember their other life. Charlie will find Claire. Jack will find Kate. Sawyer will find Juliet. And then what?
Before it seemed that their other life, the one “controlled” by the island, was full of pain and misery and needed to be changed. But at the same time, they found something on the island —whether it was love, a purpose, a leadership role, a mission, or health.
Without the island, they supposedly have free will. For many of them, their other lives seem more pleasant, but at the same time mundane. It’s as if they have gained security, but given up a life of adventure. Which is better?
The nuclear bomb apparently is some type of loophole to Eloise’s statement that “what happened, happened.” But now that they changed what happened, will they leave it that way? Or will they be able to change it back? Or will they be able to re-create the relationships they left on the island in their alternate reality?
I can’t believe we only have five more episodes to figure it all out.

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