BEWARE! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!
Don't say you weren't warned. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk LOST!
So, are you going into withdrawals yet? It's going to be a long wait till 2010 for the next season of LOST, and then they will only have 16 shows left to answer soooo many questions. In typical LOST fashion, last night, for as many questions as they answered, it spurned at least a dozen more. My head is still reeling with the possibilities, and with the image of that bright white inverted LOST title screen at the end. How ominious! I'm going to be so sad when this show finally comes to an end. Until then, let us savor our final LOST discussion for this season. Since this was a two-hour show, I've super-sized my favorite moments; I couldn't pick just one!
I thought this was the most shocking moment of the night:
Jacob: "You found your loophole."
None of us saw this one coming, but in retrospect, we should have! There have been lots of foreshadowing over several seasons, in the sense that we have consistently seen someone/something appear to people by taking on the form of the dead (Ana-Lucia, Mr. Eko's brother, Christian Shepard, Alex, Libby etc.). It's a commonplace trick on the island. So it should come as no surprise that Jacob's enemy can also perform that trick. I had always assumed it was Smokey and/or Jacob that was making those appearances, but now I wonder if it was Esau all the long? Why does Esau want Jacob dead? Why couldn't he do it himself? What was the point of Esau having Locke killed, then bringing him and the whole Oceanic 6 back to the island; how did that create a loophole for him? Why didn't Jacob answer Ben, when Ben was making his accusations and wanting answers about the way Jacob had ignored him? Is it because he already knew what was going to happen? What did Jacob mean with his last words when he said, "They're coming." Who are "they"? Argh!
I thought this was the most heartbreaking moment of the night:
Sawyer and Juliet confess their love and say goodbye before she gets sucked into the electromagnetic shaft. Sun seeing Aaron's dilapidated crib and finding Charlie's Drive Shaft ring.
Jack: "I had her and I lost her."
Okay, would someone please tell me, when did this show become so incredibly depressing? Last night's season finale was filled to the brim with destroyed relationships, depression, hopelessness and suicidal talk. Detonating a bomb will kill everyone and wipe the slate clean...? The LOST writers need to dial a suicide hotline and get some help. Seriously. I'm worried for them.
I must give kudos though to Josh Holloway (Sawyer) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet) for their superb acting. I truly felt how awful that final moment was for their characters. Gut-wrenching! I also teared up when Sun saw Aaron's crib and then found Charlie's ring; it was a reminder of LOST episodes past, of happier days on the show, when we had moments of hope and victory. Those have been few and far between lately.
And finally, here's the funny moment of the night:
Locke (offering Sun a canteen of water): "Drink?"
After watching this show, with its confusing revelations and depressing death-wish characters, I felt like I needed a drink too, so perhaps it made Sun's line funnier than it actually was. I loved Rose's observation, which was similar to the wink-and-a-nod comments usually given to Hurley, where they make a commentary on the writing or the show, or state what the audience is thinking. In all seriousness though, Rose makes a good point. It's always something with those people. Do they even know how to just be happy? Are they so damaged that they no longer have that ability?
It may sound like I'm really bagging on the show, but all in all, I thought it was another great finale. Entertaining. Engaging. I've said it before, and I'll keep harping on it until the writers listen, but I really need some hope, some victory, some promise of redemption for these characters. Otherwise, its going to become a tedious exercise to watch these people every week. I'm trying to trust the writers, and trust that they know what they are doing, but I'm still worried. I guess I'll have to wait until 2010 to find out.
- Juliet hit the bomb 8 times before it exploded. (8 is one of the Numbers.)
- The fish Jacob catches and eats at the beginning of the show is a "red herring". Get it? A "red herring."
- When Ilana asks "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" Richard's Latin reply translates “He who will protect/save us all.”
- When we see Sayid and Nadia in the flashback, was the assassin really targeting Sayid, and did Jacob save him by delaying him from walking into traffic?
- What's in the guitar case Jacob left with Hurley? Why did Hurley take it on the plane with him?
- What is up with the ash ring around the cabin? Is it some sort of portal that Jacob and/or Esau were using?
- Is Esau and the Smoke Monster one in the same thing?
- Are Rose and Bernard the "Adam and Eve" from Season 1? (Credit to Laura for this idea.)
- Are we going to see Juliet, Locke and Faraday in the next season? Are they all really dead?
- In the episode from a couple weeks ago, why did Richard say he "saw them all die". Is that refering to something that's yet to happen?
- The phrase "What's done is done" was repeated several times in the finale. The idea is similar to the other repeated phrase "Whatever happened, happened". Is this the rule the LOST writers are going to stick to? How will they rectify this idea with the mess they have made of the time line?
- In the flashbacks with Jacob, all the Losties were all physically touched by Jacob. What was he doing to them? Cursing them? Why did he seem to "choose" them? Why did he bring them all to the island?
What questions are going to haunt you until next season? What were your favorite moments? Is this show bumming you out as much as it is me? Leave me a comment and let me know. We have until 2010 to discuss it. ;)