Don't say you weren't warned. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk LOST!
Ever since I watched the premiere, I've been trying to formulate my thoughts for this post and found it was nearly impossible. There were so many revelations and new developments shoved into those first two hours. Almost a week later, and my mind is still reeling. Could I just go ahead and give the LOST writers a standing ovation right now? (Stands up and claps.) I never saw any of this coming! The following are my three selected moments from the show, with more discussion after that.
I thought this was the most shocking moment of the night:
How many of you thought the initial scene of Jack on the plane was a dream, especially when things weren't going the way we've always seen them? Yep, me too. (Raises hand.) Especially after they cut to Kate waking Jack up, then I really thought it was a dream. But oh no, it can't be that easy! We are sooooo at the mercy of those writers! They know our expectations and play with them, tease us, wink at us, and drive us nuts! Did you notice all the subtle differences from the first version of the 2004 flight and this current version? Lostpedia has a nice breakdown here. You thought flasforwards were hard to wrap your brain around, with this latest development of flashsideways, I'm pretty sure my brain is going to explode while watching this show. ABC should provide complimentary Excedrin to all Losties.
I wanted to cry when Charlie appeared on the screen, and when he angrily told Jack he was supposed to die. The 2004 timeline negates all the character development he went through and his heroic death - that's a sad thought. Seeing all the characters interacting with each other as complete strangers was weird and sad. Seeing Sayid die was REALLY sad. I'm so glad he's not dead, although I hope he's not possessed now by Jacob like Locke is possessed by Esau/Nemesis. But most of all, I really felt for Jack in this episode. I guess part of me really identifies with his need to fix things and make them right, to live up to the expectations of others, to please others, and of having all the burden put on you to be a leader, to be the responsible one, the one to make decisions, etc. It's a heavy burden to bear, especially when things don't work out. I think Fox portrayed this with some amazing acting, without many spoken lines. This reviewer describes my sentiments about this exactly. It's worth a read. Take some time when you're done here and go over there to read the review.
Other bloggers can diss Jack as being a sad-sack wussy but I can't wait for the writers to give him his final "moment" (just like Charlie) where he transcends all this. I think it will be a powerful moment, and I really hope the writers don't miss out on that opportunity, to give Jack the redemption he so deserves.
Sayid: "What happened?"
A few more parting thoughts... I loved Jack's line to Locke about his back injury, "Nothing is irreversible." What a very telling and hopeful line! What do you think about the Nemesis telling Richard he was glad to see him out of his chains? Was he a prisoner on the Black Rock? Personally, I think he's referring not to literal chains, but to his bondage/servitude to Jacob, which is severed now that Jacob is dead. What do you think about the 2004 island being underwater and uninhabited? (Kathleen - that question is for you. I know you have the answer!) Why do you think Desmond is on the plane? What do you think about Sayid? I think Sayid is still Sayid, and that it just took longer for the magic spring water to heal him because it's lost some of it's power, since Jacob is dead. What do you think about Dogen (the leader in the Temple) and seeing the Temple for the first time? What do you think about seeing Cindy the stewardess again? So many things to discuss!
Here's one more theory of my own that I'd like to put out there, to see if I'm right when the end of the show comes. I think the protective ash is Jacob. After Ben stabbed Jacob, he was burned up in the fire pit. I think the ash they pour in a protective circle around them (i.e. at the cabin, Braum, at the temple) is the cremated remains of Jacob. Since he seems to be the good guy, the protector, and the one that kept the Nemesis and his evil ways in check, maybe his ashes would hold some of that power. But, how do they have the ash BEFORE he is dead? Well, maybe he's like a phoenix, and has died over and over again as part of a sacrificial/protective cycle? Just a thought.
What were your favorite moments? What do you think about the direction this final season is headed? Are you worried about them not answering all your questions, or leaving any loose ends? Leave me a comment and let me know.