There seem to be two predominant questions the Lost Community is focused on leading up to its final season:
- What will the storyline for Season Six center around?
- What will be the “flashes” of Season Six?
In this post, I’ll give you my opinion on both.
In thinking about how Lost is going to wrap up, I found myself thinking about the first season. Damon and
As complex as the Lost storyline is, your initial response is “no f-ing way” – but I can’t help but think that the writers had a Plan B to tell their story in much fewer episodes, just in case. In a Cliff’s Notes version of Lost, it seems possible to cut out all the stuff about the Dharma Initiative, the Tailers, the Freighters, the Oceanic Six leaving (and returning to) the Island, the time travel, and even whole characters like Desmond and the Widmores. Strip away all those details and you would be left with the “basic” story of Lost – a story about a plane crash on a mysterious Island, and the discovery of that
What the heck does this tangent have to do with the two questions from the start?
If you think about it, a good chunk of that “basic” story of Lost has yet to be answered – how much do we really know about the
That means finally getting some legit information out of Alpert (and probably Ilana’s Crew as well) about who the Others are and what they are tasked with – protecting the
That’s what I think Season Six is going to center around – at least as of right now.
Notice what’s missing? Anything related to “alternate realities”.
It seems like everyone is assuming that Season Six is going to be some sort of alternate version of Season One, with some suggesting that Oceanic 815 never crashes – and others that it still crashes, but now Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sawyer, and Jin have pre-existing memories of the events from the first time through (thanks to Jacob touching them). I just can’t see either of those storylines being very satisfying (or possible).
Some of the speculation stems from the following videos shown at Comic-Con:
Some of the speculation stems from the rumors about formerly dead cast members Charlie, Boone and Juliet coming back in Season Six for a few episodes.
But there are a ton of problems with this alternate reality / changed future storyline.
For one, if Oceanic 815 never crashes on the
If Oceanic 815 still crashes, but our Jacob-touched Survivors are cognizant of the events from the first time around, they could do things differently – better perhaps, to prevent some character deaths – but it would still be cheating the audience out of the first five seasons. Also, even if they’ve got characters like Charlie and Boone signed on to guest star – they’re still missing a lot of other Season One characters, including some that are impossible to bring back like a young Walt.
If Season Six features “flashes” that show “what could have been” if things had worked out differently, that wouldn’t ruin the main
So how do we explain the return of the dead characters? And what are the Season Six “flashes” going to be all about? It brings us to question number two…
Given the direction I’m guessing the storyline will go (learning about the Others / the
How fantastic would it be to finally learn what the Others have been doing for the past five seasons while our Survivors have been on the
It also allows us to have a “curtain call” for some characters that we’ve lost over the years, as they appear in the Others flashbacks. Not only does this not negate the previous five seasons, it strengthens them, makes them richer, and gives us the chance to view them in a different light. We pick up right where things left off, the past has not been changed, we jump right into the action, learning more about the past along the way, find out the mysteries of the
So that’s what I think. What about you?