Saturday, December 20, 2008

Merry Christmas to All

...and to all a "holy crap this new Lost preview makes the next four weeks the longest four weeks of my life".

There will be analysis of this preview coming very soon. But for now, freak out.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Watch. Please.


I don't know how to put this delicately, so I'll just come out and say it:

If you love me, you'll watch "Pushing Daisies" this Wednesday night at 8:00 pm on ABC.

Why all the urgency? Well apparently, "Pushing Daisies", the happiest, fantastical-tastic, heart-warming, word-bendiest show on TV is in serious danger of being cancelled. Rumor on the street is that ABC is waiting to see the ratings for this week's show (and possibly next week's) before deciding if they will give the show a full season or cancel it after 13 episodes.

This is serious people. In a world of drab, depressing, inane crime dramas, "Pushing Daisies" shines like a beacon of color-saturated hope in an otherwise black and white TV world. I don't want to over-exaggerate, but I'm pretty sure "Pushing Daisies" can single handedly solve the world's current financial and economic crises... but only if you watch.

Do it for me. Do it for you. Do it for the future of humanity, mankind, and the world.

Pushing Daisies. 
8:00 pm.

Tell everyone you know.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

First Lost Season Five News!

Well, it’s time to start getting excited. Not only do we now have our first official preview for Season Five of Lost, we also know when it returns!


 According to the Hollywood Reporter:

 "Lost" is coming back, and sooner than you might think.

 Sources say ABC is scheduling a two-hour premiere for the fifth season debut of the Emmy-winning thriller on Wednesday, Jan. 21. The premiere will be preceded by a one-hour clip show (so three hours of "Lost" total).

 That means "Lost" is returning to its Wednesday-at-9 p.m. time period. The most recent fourth season aired on Thursdays -- first at 9 p.m., then shifting to 10 p.m. after "Grey's Anatomy" returned to air following the writers strike. The new premiere date is also slightly earlier than last season.

 ABC has lined up 17 episodes for 2009, which is one hour more than the show's now-standard 16-episode tally. The network added an extra hour to compensate for last year, which was cut short due to the strike. Also, yesterday THR reported that Reiko Aylesworth is in negotiations for a major recurring role on the show.

The recently picked up "Private Practice" is currently in the same slot and there's no word yet where it will go once "Lost" returns.


This is fantastic news for me.


Lost moving back to the TV night wasteland of Wednesday, instead of being yet-another good show on Thursday night!

Lost airing at 9:00 pm instead of 10:00 pm, so I’m not falling asleep by the last act! 

Plenty of time to analyze and discuss before the weekend!


Also, did you catch the line in there about Reiko Aylesworth (aka - Michelle Dessler) pulling a Jin and jumping from 24 to Lost? Awesome!


I’m a little skeptical about two new hours of Lost actually airing on the 21st. With only 17 to air for the season, I would think they’d try to stretch them out as much as possible – and maybe there is some confusion that the “two hour event” actually just means the recap episode, and one new episode. If they were to air one episode each week starting on January 21st, it would put the Season Finale on May 13th – a little early. If they were to air two new episodes on January 21st, it would put the Season Finale on May 6th – which seems really early. And that doesn’t even consider the potential for the Season Finale to be a two-hour event, as it has been in years’ past.

Lastly, there is also word that the following are the episode titles for the first six episodes of Season Five. I’m pretty sure we decided that episode titles aren’t spoilers since they appear in TV Guide and stuff well in advance of the show airing, plus they’re fun to try and decipher ahead of time. But if you don’t want to know, stop reading here!






5.1 - Because You Left

5.2 - The Lie

5.3 - Jughead

5.4 -The Little Prince

5.5 - This Place is Death

5.6 - The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham


Based on this, I’m going with the following guesses for the centricity of the season premiere:

 Juliet or Jack.

 Smart money would be on the season premiere picking up right where last season finale’s left off – with Ben explaining to Jack what happened “because he left”. However, this would go against the Lost tradition of starting each season with the viewer completely confused as to when and where they are, or what is going on. 

If they want to keep that trend alive, a Juliet-centric outing would be a nice start to the season, as we could see what the heck was happening on the Island “because they left”. This also calls into question exactly when and where the storylines for next season will take place. Obviously the Oceanic Six are currently in “present day”, and will continue forward from there. But for those on the Island, we have no idea what has happened to them from the moment the Island vanished to the time when Locke tried to recruit the Oceanic Six to come back to the Island. In my mind, there are two options for how the Island portions of the season could be shown:

1. They take place in the same timeline as the Oceanic Six. This would allow for that “what the heck is going on?” moment for the premiere, where we see a very different life on the Island than when we last left – because a lot of bad stuff has gone down since the Oceanic Six left. This would mean that the story of the previous two years on the Island would have to be told in Flashback form – or referenced but never shown.

2. The take place starting from the moment the Oceanic Six left the Island. This scenario would setup a much better payoff later in the season, when the Oceanic Six (presumably) return to the Island and see the “very bad things” for the first time at the same time the viewers do. This would mean the Island scenes for the season would show the start of things going very badly, but I’m still guessing there would be a “gap” in time that the viewers don’t see before all the characters reunite in what we term “present time”.

I think either scenario could work quite well.

A few other random thoughts on the episode titles:

- I’ve already looked, and “Jughead” doesn’t seem to be a clear reference to any book / movie / song. All you find is hits on Archie comics and some weird search engine.

 - Could “The Little Price” be referring to Aaron? Or is that waaaaaaaay too obvious?

 - “This Place is Death” is a strong candidate for an Island-centric episode, but I’m hoping we get some on-Island action before the 5th episode of the season.

 - “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” is almost certainly Locke-centric, and will probably be one of the greatest episodes of the season (since Locke episodes usually are), and will probably show us exactly what happened from the point Locke left the Island to the point he died… which will probably answer a LOT of questions.

Okay, that’s all for now. I'm not sure why this post looks so crappy - stupid Blogger formatting - but I apologize. Less than 75 days to go!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

So I Decided To Get The Blog Back Together

True story – I’ve started to write this a blog post not once, not twice, not thrice – but whatever the “four” version of that phrase is (fource?)

So what’s the excuse? It just never felt right. I started to write about the Lost ARG from over the summer… but it was so boring I wasn’t really into it. I started to write about the ridiculous highs and crushing lows of the Dave Matthews Band Summer 2008 Tour… but knew that if I posted it without including something about Lost or TV, everyone would be disappointed. I started to write about the Fall TV Season… but so few shows generated any sort of passion for me that I found myself forcing words – which just isn’t my style. I sit and write without thinking.

At this point, I think the best options is to piece together those partial posts from the past four months to “cover” everything I missed so that we can all put the blogless past few months behind us and move on with our lives... and the discussion about the upcoming season of Lost, whose details are slowly beginning to trickle in.

So without further ado, I present to you the half-written crap of the past four months.


July brought us the promise of hope and summery Lost goodness in the form of the new ARG, – but those hopes quickly waned as the website turned out to be frustratingly inconsistent. More often than not, it would freeze up and refuse to load or advance to the “tests” no matter what time of day the user logged on. During the 10% of the time the website actually functioned, it offered some pretty interesting tests – a mix of problem solving, analytical ability, and personality tests.

The problem is, it’s been going on for four months without tying anything back to the greater Lost mythology. Basically, it’s been gathering information on each user of the website, hinting that at some point it will “reveal” some worthwhile information to those who “pass” or are deemed “worthy” of joining Dharma – but here we are in October, and they are currently promising test results to be released on December 15.

While it might be cool to have this thing really take off a month and a half before Lost returns, to get us at a fever-pitch level of excitement right before the season premiere, it sure would have been nice if they would have spread a touch of that excitement out over the eight months between episodes of Lost to help keep us all feed the habit.

But I digress. Maybe it will turn out cool. Maybe it will turn out lame. But up until this point, there’s nothing that has happened worth writing about.

(One last thing – this whole “Dharma Wants You” thing got me thinking – what if they are introducing this storyline of Dharma re-forming as a way to make Lost live on past its well established finale in two short years? Think about it – does anyone really think the grand mysteries and uber-complicated pseudo-science that Dharma is working on in an attempt to save the world is going to be answered by the conclusion of the series? With only 34 episodes remaining, I’m thinking we’ll mainly focus on the storylines of characters, getting some answers to the Island mysteries – but probably not all – and probably not expanding to the much larger storylines about the past, present, and future of Dharma.

But by introducing this new “Dharma Wants You” storyline, it could be a way to let Lost live on. I can envision new storylines – Lost “spinoffs” in a way – that would introduce a whole new set of characters – anyone from past Dharmites to current Dharmites and focus on their mission of saving the world through their funky pseudo-science. Maybe the Island and the events of the Island could play a role, but they could easily proceed featuring the Island as a minor storyline in the vast history of Dharma.

…or maybe that’s what JJ Abrams’ new series, “Fringe” is actually all about – taking the pseudo science to another level and exploring it further.

I’m just saying, if the Lost Powers That Be want to see Lost live on in the form of novels, made for TV movies, spinoffs, comic books, or live-action musicals, Dharma is the key. It’s the storyline that could outlive the show, branch off in countless directions, and give us resolution to the main Lost storyline without closing the door on the Lost universe forever.)


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

First, a brief background – over the past 10 years, I’ve been to 45 Dave Matthews Band shows. At those shows, I’ve heard 143 different songs – basically hearing every major song the band has played in those 10 years, except for one. The white whale, the forbidden fruit, the elusive tune that fans were chanting for during encore breaks since the band first formed in 1992, the song that had only been played six times during the 10 years I’ve been spending thousands of dollars following the Dave Matthews Band…

A little song, festively titled as “HALLOWEEN”.

On August 5, 2008 – in the most unlikely of scenarios, a band playing without a saxophone player for the first time in fourteen years, they responded to the loud crowd chants for the song and after a short tease of “Everyday”, launched into “Halloween”… and I was there.

Back in the day, as a Senior in college, with my whole life in front of me, I decided it was time to set a few goals for life. They were as follows:

- Make it to level 30 in Dr. Mario (accomplished in 2003)
- Return to Augsburg, Germany (accomplished in 2007)
- Get married (accomplished in 2008)
- Hear “Halloween” live (accomplished in 2008)
- Get a dog (TBD)

At this point, you’re thinking I’m absolutely insane – but hopefully I’ve conveyed what a big deal this was for me. Honestly, I can’t remember a single point in my life where I’ve been so full of joy, pure happiness, relief, and accomplishment (man, I hope the wife isn’t reading this!) – I set my mind on something, worked at it for 10 years, and finally achieved my goal. It was glorious.

I was on cloud nine for weeks. I still think back to that concert and smile, and probably listen to it once a week. This was the best of times.

Then came the worst of times.

As I posted on the Blog a few months back without any accompanying words, LeRoi Moore, the saxophone player for the aforementioned Dave Matthews Band, suddenly passed away a month after suffering an ATV accident. I don’t like writing about sad things, so I won’t relive all the details of me getting drunk in the dark alone listening to DMB music that night – but the Dave Matthews Band is one of the single most positive influences there has ever been on my life. They preach happy music, love, peace, and seizing the day – lessons that I have taken to heart, lessons that we should all take to heart and it would make the world a better place. So even though the death of LeRoi probably doesn’t mean the death of the band (we all hope), it was the death of a large part of something very important to me for as long as I can remember.

Sad stuff. But all good things come to an end sometime – don’t burn the day away.


With September came the official return of the Fall Television Season. One of the unforeseen results of getting married and living with a girl is that you have to share the DVR with someone who may have different interests in television than you do. Sadly, there are a few shows that I would like to be watching – but simply can’t due to scheduling conflicts or time constraints. Also, for some reason I have way less free time now that I own a home and a wife, so even shows that I DVRed for a while never ended up being watched, and I unfairly gave up on without giving them a fair chance. But something else I’ve noticed is that TV isn’t really that great this fall. There are a few good shows on each night, but very few that actually make me giddy with excitement to watch each week.


8:00 pm – Chuck (NBC) – My favorite television show on TV right now.

It’s hard to pinpoint what makes Chuck so great. It’s got action, it’s got humor, it’s got arguably the most attractive female on TV (Yvonne Strahovski), it’s got extremely likeable characters across the board, it’s got an overarching storyline while maintaining entertaining individual episodes – but overall, it’s just pure polished fun entertainment.


What’s even harder to pinpoint is why Chuck isn’t a huge ratings hit. I can understand why some shows I’ve liked over the years haven’t been popular with the average viewer – for either being too complicated, too “weird”, or too intelligent… and not to say that Chuck isn’t smart TV – but it’s absolutely accessible to anyone. If you just want to watch for the Alias-light spy storylines, you can. If you want to watch for the potential forbidden romance between Chuck and Sarah, you can. If you want to watch for the nerdy hijinx of the Buy More staff, you can. Or you can be like me and watch for all these reasons and more.

I love Chuck. Just watch it, okay?

9:00 pm – Prison Break (Fox) – I have no idea how they did it, but they have totally revamped this show into something nearly as entertaining as its first season. Although it’s maybe the biggest case of false advertising since the movie “The Never-ending Story”, “Prison Break” is suddenly more like an Ocean’s 11-esque show featuring our characters pulling elaborate heists to bring down “The Company” and win their freedom (although I’m not really sure why they have to since they were exonerated for their crimes in Season Three, when Lincoln was moving around America free at the start of the season).

Just when I think it can’t go on for another season, those clever Prison Break writers find a way. But I still hope that the end is near. Mindless fun.

10:00 pm – The Hills (MTV) – Yep, I still watch the Hills, but even I am starting to feel embarrassed about it. How many times can I watch Heidi and Spencer make up and break up? How many times can Audrina foolishly go back to Justin Bobby? How is Whitney, the most normal of all of them, the only one without a significant other? How do those crafty editors stretch seven sentences of dialogue into a half hour show? I don’t know – but it’s a show that is quickly losing my interest, even with attractive females, flashy editing, and a hipster soundtrack.


8:00 pm – 90210 (CW) – Wow, I really wish that The Hills and 90210 weren’t back to back on this list. I swear I’m 100% straight and not a 16 year old girl. You can chalk this one up to living with a girl. There is no way I ever would have watched this were it not for my wife’s fond memories of the original 9-0. But after seeing about two episodes, I was totally hooked.

It’s kinda like the OC (Season One, when it was good), but with way more innocence in the storylines. Sure, there’s a “bad girl” doing drugs, high schoolers cheating on each other, and the random fisticuffs, but all the main characters are the most All-American family you could ever find. Also, it features three really hot females, including the never-aging Aunt Becky from Full House, Lori Loughlin. I don’t know what anti-aging drugs she and AC Slater (Mario Lopez) are using, but neither one of them has aged for the entire course of my life thus far.


This past week’s episode was pretty cheesy, and almost made me embarrassed to be watching – but as a whole the show has been pretty damn entertaining. Plus, I can watch it and call it “quality time” with the wife – so it’s win / win.


8:00 pm – Pushing Daisies (ABC) – forget about worrying about the upcoming Presidential Election, there are far more scarier things than 4 years of Obama or McCain – the cancellation of Pushing Daisies.

I don’t want to alarm you, but the ratings for Pushing Daisies have been scary low this season, even though the show has retained the clever high quality from its first season. Unlike “Chuck”, I understand why this show could suffer in the ratings. The voiceover dialogue is tough to keep up with – quick witted, intelligent, and rapid-fire. The storylines are complex, usually involving at least one or two red herrings and a twist that ties everything together over the course of one hour. The premise is a little “weird” for some people.

Even so, I challenge anyone to watch an hour of this program and not have their heart warmed, their mind entertained, and their soul refreshed. If this country wants to watch grisly murders on any of the numerous procedural dramas that score huge ratings instead of watching comical murders in a oversaturated cartoon world, then it’s no wonder there is so much wrong with the world today.

Save Pushing Daisies. Watch it. Force your family and friends to watch it. Mock those who don’t watch it. Here’s hoping.



9:00 pm – The Office (NBC) – It’s still funny, but this season hasn’t blown me away. Once again we have Pam and Jim separated, Michael dating a co-worker, and Dwight and Andy at odds – we’ve been there before. There haven’t been any bad episodes, but there also haven’t been any where I couldn’t wait to get to work to discuss and quote incessantly.

9:00 pm – Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – Showing huge improvements over the past two seasons, and getting back to pretty enjoyable. Still, if I didn’t live with a girl, I probably would have given up on this show long ago.

9:30 pm – 30 Rock (NBC) – Although it hasn’t aired yet this season thanks to the SNL Election Specials, let’s be honest – it’s going to be great. Great cast, great storylines, great guests, and more laughs per minute than the Office last season. Here’s hoping it doesn’t suffer an Arrested Development-esque fate.

10:00 pm – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) – Over the top, ridiculous storylines, but has made me laugh more than any other TV show thus far this year. I complain about Americans being too dumb for good TV, and yet the poop-centric episode of “It’s Always Sunny” was the funniest half hour of TV I’ve seen all year. I’m a hypocrite.


8:00 pm – Amazing Race (CBS) – the one show I watch on CBS gets special mention here because FOB Nick Spangler is a contestant this season. He Emailed me before the season started to see if there was any type of weekly post I could do about the show, but unfortunately since there isn’t too much to analyze about the show or discuss, and he really isn’t legally allowed to talk about it until it’s all over, I couldn’t come up with much to do with it. But it’s kinda cool to see a fellow Lost…and Gone Forever fan on TV racing around the world.


You should root for him by default.

9:00 pm – Dexter (SHOWTIME) – After burning through the first two seasons of “Dexter” in the weeks leading up to my wedding in the spring, I was beyond pumped to be able to watch new episodes this fall on Showtime – which somehow is still free in my house, even though it was only supposed to last for six months.

The third season has been a departure from the first two so far. It’s been far more focused on the drama and personal lives of the characters rather than on gruesome killings. But it appears as though the writers were simply setting the stage for the rest of the season, and they’ve done a damn good job of doing it. Two of the first five episodes of the season ended with my jaw on the floor – with endings usually reserved for season finales. After being totally confused as to where this season was going to go, I think I finally get it – and it’s a genius idea that I never saw coming. For those waiting for the DVDs after the season ends, I won’t get into too much detail here – but will highly recommend it for anyone and everyone, as long as you’re cool with rooting for a serial killer and wishing he was your friend.

Phew. So there you have it. Four months condensed into one medium length post. I apologize for being such a terrible Blogger over the past few months. Hopefully you’ll forgive me.

First Lost Season Five Post coming soon!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"Fringe" Fest!

Four summers ago, there was a highly buzzed about show from JJ Abrams entitled "Lost" that I stumbled across on the Internet months before its official premiere. I watched it, I loved it, and I showed it to everyone I could convince to watch it on my computer. Little did I know that show would go on to basically consume most of my thoughts and writings for the next four years as my passion for it spawned the Blog you are reading today.

This summer, there is a highly buzzed about show from JJ Abrams entitled "Fringe" that I stumbled across on the Internet a few weeks ago. There's a reason I'm drawing these parallels from the start, which I'll get to shortly - but the big question is - will this become another show that will be obsession and Blog-worthy?

The short answer: maybe.


Without spoiling anything for the two hour pilot (yet), I'll say that it's a very solid two hours of television. I was highly entertained. After a predictable first hour or so, the second half of the episode had some twists I didn't see coming, and laid the ground work for what will surely be the season / series long mysteries and mythology of the show… which definitely intrigued me. On the other hand, there were definitely some issues that kept it from going from good to great. For starters, the writing just wasn't that great. There is plenty of cringe-worthy dialogue and scenes that felt like exposition to the audience more than believable dialogue between characters on the show. There are also some characters that suffer from Nikki and Paulo syndrome - suddenly appearing and being accepted as part of the "group" without ever being introduced or explained who they are. At the end of the two hour episode, I still didn't know the name of one character in particular who was seen being buddy-buddy with two other main characters in most of their scenes. Maybe it's intentional or maybe it's an early cut of the pilot that still needs some editing, but it bothered me.

Then there are the parallels between this show and JJ Abrams' other series that jumped right out at me. I'm beginning to wonder if over the course of one series, JJ comes up with a fun idea… and then uses his next series to explore it further. Alias introduced the character of Milo Rambaldi, an eccentric 15th century scientist who was a cross between Leonardo Da Vinci and Nostradamus - seemingly able to predict the future and maybe even finding the secret to eternal life. On Fringe, we have Dr. Walter Bishop, a 1970's scientist who was doing wacky experiments far ahead of his time. Lost introduced all of us to the concept of "pseudo science", which was promised to explain everything "mysterious" and "supernatural" on the show using science - or things just outside the realm of today's science. Well, guess what the title "Fringe" refers to? In a scene in the series pilot episode, a character explains about "pseudo science… or fringe science". There are a few other major parallels that would delve into spoilerish territory, so I'll wait until after the episode airs to get into more detail.

Is there anything wrong with this? Of course not - if anything, I'm excited for Lost to take the concept of "eternal life" teased in Alias a step further (remember I'm still a big fan of that being the ultimate "power" and "magic" of the Island) because I wasn't fully satisfied with what we got from Alias before it ended. Hopefully, this won't mean I'll be saying the same thing about Lost's "pseudo science" when the series ends - that I'm relying on "Fringe" to explain it better and further. Just in the pilot episode of Fringe, they referenced two of the big Lost mysteries we've all been wondering how pseudo science would explain, and hinted that there were dozens of other that would at least be investigated in the future. Maybe it's that the subject matter doesn’t feel as "fresh" or "exciting" as it could have been, or maybe it's that if this show came from anyone else, I would be screaming "it's a rip off of Lost and Alias!"… but I must admit that in watching it, I found myself noting the similarities and parallels pretty often.

As for the cast, it's pretty solid. The main players are the aforementioned Walter Bishop (John Noble), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick), and Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv). The female lead (and overall "main character") is Dunham, who has a Kate-esque quality to her. Tough exterior, willing to do anything to get the job done even if it means bending the rules, but at heart just wants to be loved. I think she'll grow on me. I also love Joshua "Pacey Whitter" Jackson as much as the next teenage girl, but he wasn't given a lot to do in the first two hours of the show, even though at the end they referenced him as though he did much more. His character seemed relegated to spouting out one-liners and providing the voice of cynicism. But he seems to have an interesting backstory, and has a lot of potential, so he could grow into a great character. Lance "Freakmaster Matthew Abaddon" Reddick plays a character similar to Terry O' Quinn's character on Alias, for those familiar with the show - which should be all you need to know. John Noble plays Bishop a little too "crazy" at some points given his obvious intelligence, but he's at least a unique character to the JJ Abrams universe.


Having said all this, do I recommend the show? Absolutely. It's probably going to be the best new show of the fall. Is the pilot episode as good as Lost's? No. But is any other show's pilot episode as good as Lost's? Not many come to mind. So maybe that's an unrealistic standard to hold it to. I have a feeling this show is going to be more episodic than Alias or Lost, which runs the risk of falling into a rut - but knowing the people involved, I have faith. Will it be something worth analyzing and obsessing about on the Internet? We'll see. As I've said before, the Blog-worthiness of a show isn't so much dependent on the quality of the show as much as the open questions, mysteries, and need for discussion - which is why many shows that I love don't get Blogged about. How much could I really say about the typical episode of Chuck or Pushing Daisies aside from reviewing how much I liked it or disliked it? Not much. The potential is definitely here with Fringe to have some underlying mysteries and mythology that could lend itself to a weekly Blog or two. We'll see.

So there you have it, a whole lot of words about Fringe without spoiling you for the first episode. With Emmy nominations coming out this week, and Comic-Con right around the corner, the doldrums of summer non-Blogging are almost over!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Lost: Season Four Wrap Up

Let's put the final stamp on Season Four.

As promised, here are some responses to the comments posted on my "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 and 3" Analysis from a few weeks back.

jon said...
You think that the Island hasn't been moved during the last 15 years. I see the reasoning: the wall in the Orchid was intact. But maybe there are non-FDW ways to move the island. Maybe the hatch explosion caused such a move too.

Good point – and one that I considered it during my analysis. I was thinking that perhaps there is another FDW at “The Temple” that the Others used after Dharma cutoff their access to the one beneath the Orchid… but if that was the case, why wouldn’t Ben have just used that one instead of going through the trouble of getting past Keamy and Co at the Orchid? I decided that the only logical reason was that there was but one FDW – at the Orchid.

Stef said...
Remember, Frank was supposed to be the original pilot of Flight 815, right? So it *is* his destiny to be on the Island, I think.

Great thought – this could be a good way to ensure that the character of Frank continues to be on the show. It’s his destiny to be on the Island. It would also explain why Smokey killed the actual Oceanic 815 pilot in the Pilot episode of Lost – because he was never supposed to be on the Island in the first place!

More Frank, please!

gisele said...
I have a few thoughts I would like to share;

1. Locke's death. Could it be he appears dead? Remember the spider thing? Was it Vicky and her boyfriend who seemed dead but weren't when they were being burried alive? At the time this episode aired we were told that this story was important, yet it felt like a filler. Maybe Locke used the spiders to look dead? Would his death give his plea, for a return to the island by the Oceanic 6, more strenght? In the sense that he was willing to give his life for it.

I assume you are talking about Nikki (unless there is some secret Lost character you know about that I do not), but using the spiders to appear dead seems a little too gimmicky to me. I think the spiders were a one-time deal, used to get rid of Nikki and Paulo in the most cruel way possible. I can’t see them returning to the show.

2. About the others travelling to and from the island. There must be a way for them (or at least for Alpert) to do that. Dharma came to the island, what, in the 70s? But Alpert came to the States way before that to visit a 5 or 6 years old John Locke. If John is in his 50s that puts that trip in the 50s or 60s.

I agree – the Others were clearly able to travel to and from the Island… but I don’t think they were necessarily doing so via “funky space and time”. Instead, they could have simply been using traditional methods (boats, submarines, whales). Or – another cool thought – what if the FDW controls moving the Island in time, but there is some other FDW-equivalent somewhere else on the Island (like the Other’s Temple) that allows the person to move in time. After all, only fools are controlled by time AND SPACE. Surely that means more than the side effect of turning the FDW and ending up in Tunisia, doesn’t it?

3. If Windmore is, in one way or another, trying to be good, then why did he send the likes of Keamy and his army, and enough explosives to blow up a carriership? I have a bit of a problem with these explosives. Were their only purpose to give Keamy a "life insurance"? And why would Keamy think that blowing up the freighter would make his life safer? Why would Ben care if it blew up or not? Keamy was not supposed to know that Sayid went back to the island and brought people back to the boat. It all happened hush, hush with the Captain. So who was on the ship that would make it important to Ben? Michael? But if I were Keamy I would bring Mickey with me to the island and use him the same way he used Alex, only now Ben knows he is not bluffing. So what were the explosives for? Surely Widmore never wanted to blow up his own ship or the island or part of it. I am intrigued.

You know what, you’re absolutely right – the explosives on the ship make no sense as part of Widmore’s master plan… which seemed to be the capture of Benjamin Linus – unless they were originally intended to be used for some other purposes – like blowing up every living person on the Island once Ben was removed from it, to “clear the way” for Widmore to return without having to worry about an Others sneak-attack. Or maybe even as some “weapon” to be used against Smokey? I guess there are many options – including “it made for an exciting storyline and got rid of all the Frieghtors from a storytelling perspective.” Unfortunately, I’m guessing we never return to this storyline to receive any further explanation.

susa said...
Maybe the new show of J.J.Abrams is worth watching? Anybody heard of "Fringe", coming in August? Could be worth some post(s), what do you think, Brian ;-) ?
I think I would love to read and write about it if it´s worth!

Funny you should mention that, I just grabbed the pilot episode of “Fringe” this week, and fully intend to watch and post a review in the next week or two – including determining if it will be a “Blog-worthy” show for the fall!

Anonymous said...
Also, I'm having time line issues with the food drops? Was there a period where Widmore and Ben were still working together to allow his planes to know where to drop the food? Did he just have to wait for someone on the island to turn equipment off to allow Widmore to get back to the island?

In my head, yes – there was a time when both Widmore and Ben were working together on the Island. I think the Periodic Ration Drops started back when Dharma first started messing around with the FDW – as a way to ensure that no matter when the Island ended up, there would be food available to them (assuming the Island moved into the future, and didn’t change locations, I suppose).

Think about it – if the Island suddenly moved 100 years into the future and Dharma was no more, the people would have no contacts on the outside world to bring new supplies. By setting up the PRD to run forever, it ensured the Island would always have supplies, no matter what… unless it moved to a totally different location – which seems unlikely at this point, doesn’t it?

VictorC said...
Why do you think there was fire in the other side of the FDW?

I don’t know that it was fire as much as light or steam coming through – almost like “energy” coming through – which would be consistent with the bright light in the sky.

Anonymous said...
Other questions include: why exactly did Ben put metal objects in the unit? It seemed to be that he was attempting to blow open the wall to the other side. Thoughts?

Bingo – it provided a simple way to blow a hole in the wall and get to the FDW.

What, if anything can we learn from the hieroglyphics shown when Ben walked down the stairs towards the FDW?

They are probably ancient “instructions” or “warnings” about the FDW from the ancient civilization that lived on the Island. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any good translations for the symbols on the Internet… or maybe scholars have not yet deciphered the hieroglyphic equivalent to “Frozen Donkey Wheel”.

What thoughts does anyone have related to what the origin of the FDW is? Who put it there? How old is it? What exactly is happening as the FDW is turned? Why does the person turning it get thrown off the Island?

Again, I’ll go with the hieroglyphic-writing Island Originals creating and placing the FDW as a way to attempt and control the power of the exotic matter on the Island. Maybe the area used to be some type of “black hole” that fellow Islanders could fall into. It’s probably as old as the four-toed statue.

In my head, when the FDW is turned, it’s temporarily allowing a large amount of the energy stored behind the wall (in the “exotic matter”) to escape. A byproduct of being so close to that much energy is having the FDW-turner being thrown through space and time, a la some type of wormhole.

No idea if any of that is possible per science, but that’s how it works in my head and I’m happy with it.

Why does Sayid want to make Hurley safe? Safe from who? If Sayid doesn't plan to take Hurley back to the Island, where is he taking him to?

Safe from Widmore assassins who are monitoring him. I think this is actually Ben putting thoughts in Sayid’s head. I don’t necessarily think that they are monitoring Hurley because they want to kill him – but rather to see if they can get any information about the Island from him if he ever leaves.

Why did Jack wig out? Will we see flashbacks with him and his dad or whatever may have caused him to tank?

Jack wigged out because he was on drugs, realizing he made a terrible mistake, and having visions of his dead father telling him he made a terrible mistake and needed to go back to the Island – which is something he can’t figure out how to do. He’s going crazy.

Steve said...
Brian, didn't you catch that bit? Weren't they on Penny's boat? Unless I misread what i was seeing, and we were watching the rescue group, I saw Hurley and Sayid on Penny's boat.. and with Sayid working with Ben... that could be part of the group getting together. ALL of them.. including Desmond.. but only Ben, Jack and maybe Sayid know this plan right now?

I don’t follow. Sayid and Hurley got onto Penny’s rescue boat along with the rest of the Oceanic Six. Ben was not there.

Anonymous said...
Do we know for sure Locke is the "chosen one" -- maybe he is just a temp chosen one until Aaron is old enough to take over (like you suggest Ben was just a temp chosen one). Maybe that is why he did not pass Albert's test -- he is close, but not the one.

Another good point – that would be pretty fitting given how Locke has been screwed by everyone in his life up until this point. He’s being led to believe he’s the chosen one, only to find that he’s just holding a place for Aaron / Walt. But then why not just keep Ben around for a few more years rather than going through a temporary leader change to Locke?

Helena said...
Hi guys,
Has any of you read the time loop theory? . It really blew me away and now I can’t stop thinking about it. It just seems to piece everything together and explain A LOT of the weird things going on, especially since the finale. I would love to hear people’s opinion of it since I tend to swallow most things without much analysis…

The Lost Time Loop Theory does a really good job at tying together a lot of different elements from the Lost story into a semi-plausible story that addresses certain plot points very well... but in the process, also ignores some pretty big ones. I admit, it's a very creative theory - but unfortunately, I don't think it's one that holds up given everything we know about Lost thus far.

From the start, there is some questionable logic. The author suggests that the Black Rock was carrying large amounts of metallic minerals while passing the Island, which caused some super magnetic effect and pulled it into the middle of the Island, creating the "hole" in the bubble at bearing 305. Definitely interesting, and a cool visual if you think about it (the ship being pulled ashore and through the jungle by this huge magnetic force) - but we've seen no such evidence of any metallic materials on the Black Rock... only slaves and explosives. I'd be willing to let this slide were it not for the next leap of faith... that the Black Rock leaders, including Alvar Hanso begin studying the magnetic aspects of the Island and later form Dharma. Perhaps these slave runners were true renaissance men, and were also aspiring scientists in their former lives - but it's not likely. I have a hard time believing that upon crashing, these men from the 1800's would decide to start studying and understanding the magnetic properties of the Island... especially without any sort of equipment / resources with which to conduct the tests.

For the next few paragraphs, the author brings up some very logical points regarding building the time machine, the theory that you can only go back to the point when the time machine was created (sure, why not?), and testing using Polar Bears - but then gets a little wacky when suggesting that the time machine also grants a pseudo-invincibility, proposing that the Dharma Polar Bear was in the desert because they were testing its ability to survive there. Rather, we've seen that the polar bear skeleton was in the Tunisian desert because that's a side effect of turning the wheel. The same thing happened to Ben when he turned the wheel.

Knowing this, a lot of where the author goes with his theory loses its footing. The time travelers aren't invincible or unable to be killed until a certain year arrives. Instead, the far more logical (albeit harder to explain) argument is that the Island is controlling who is allowed to die and who isn't. Take Michael for example. He clearly never visited the Orchid Station or time travel, yet was unable to kill himself until the Island was ready.

But my favorite theory proposed - and by favorite, I mean the one that made me laugh the most - was that Dharma intentionally created a virus for the purpose of curing it in the future and proving the time machine had a benefit to society. Really? What benefit would that be? Getting back to the same starting place that you would have been at if the disease had never been created in the first place? How would that provide any societal benefit? Not likely.

Unfortunately, it's all downhill from here. Soon, the author has proposed that CFL and her crew were actually opposing forces to Dharma sent on a mission, that Ben's mother was on the Island before giving birth to him, and creates a dual-timeline scenario to find a way to explain everything that we have seen on the Island thus far... which feels like a cheap way to work around the open questions. Instead of finding one storyline that would answer them, he creates two - resulting in a confusing mess that could never be explained easily over the course of the final two seasons.

Man, I sound like a total jerk. I don't mean to come off that way, so I'll stop ripping the theory apart here and just leave it with "there are some considerable holes and illogical jumps that seem unlikely to be true." It was a good effort, and I always enjoy reading other theories since there are often nuggets of intriguing ideas within (in this case, the thought that arriving to the Island returns the body to the state it was in in the past - which could explain Locke being able to walk, Rose being cured of cancer, and maybe even the Doctor's healed cut on his face re-opening when his body washed ashore) - but it's clearly not the "end all, be all" theory for explaining Lost.

Ryan said...
I don't know if anyone will read this post since season 4 ended a few weeks ago. There is something I want to share that I noticed in one of the Season 1 episondes. I started watching Lost during Season 2 so I'm watching the first season online. There is an episode where Claire has dreams about her baby being taken away. In the first one she walks up to Locke who is at a desk and asks him what is going on. He tells her she knows what is going on and says, "He was your responsibility but you gave him away, Claire. Everyone pays the price now." Could this dream have been a foreshadow of the future. Maybe the trouble on the island is a result of Claire letting Aaron leave the island with Kate.

Wouldn’t that be ironic? The reason for the “bad things” happening on the Island is that the Others are furious that Aaron is no longer there, and Locke has already failed them as a leader before he even began? It’s a pretty good thought, and another way to tie-in the whole Aaron storyline that was so important in Season One. I like it.

Anonymous said...
Watch Star Trek!

I can’t – that would make me a nerd. Instead, I'm a cool guy who obsesses about TV and runs a Blog. Wait...

Okay, consider this the last post about Lost Season Four. If you’ve got anything else on your chest you need to get off, this is the Comments Section to do it. Otherwise, we’ll start moving the Blog on to other things – namely a sneak review of “Fringe”, the annual Emmy Rant, the Fall TV Preview, etc. (all the “…and Gone Forever” sides of the Blog while we patiently wait for Lost to return).

The good news is that fresh Lost information is less than a month away! Much like last year, we’ll almost certainly get something to talk about from the nerd oasis of Comic-Con on July 24-27.

But rather than sit around and wait, it’s the summertime – go outside and play!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

"There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 and 3" Analysis!

Normally, I take a few weeks after the season finale of Lost to digest the season, figure out the “twists”, and hypothesize where the next season will take us. Historically, this usually results in me getting around to writing my full “analysis” of the finale somewhere between three weeks and three months after the episode aired, at which point everyone on the Internet has already discussed it to death, and no longer cares about my wacky theories and comparatively simple analysis. But this year, I decided to throw caution to the wind and sit down and start typing about the episode the next week without really knowing where they will take me. What resulted is a post so long that it actually took me over a week to complete anyways, so I’m not sure if it defeated the purpose or made any difference. For those who want to save themselves a few hours, I can post a Cliff Notes version of the post next week. For all others, here goes nothing…

Death and All His Friends. When all is said and done, this episode will likely go down as the most death-tastic episode of Lost ever. From Keamy and his Commandos, to an unknown (but seemingly large) number of Freightors, to the potential deaths of three regulars since Season One, anywhere from ten to thirty people might have fallen in these two hours. But as we’ve seen with Lost, death isn’t always as “final” as it is on most TV shows. For the large, undetermined number of “red shirts” (some geeky Star Trek term for random background characters on TV shows – as I’ve never seen a single episode of Star Trek, I prefer to call them “extras”), they are likely dead and gone forever. But for the more “main” characters on the show, each death is worth analyzing.

Keamy. For some deaths on Lost, one could argue that the character somehow, miraculously survived. But it’s hard to argue with bleeding to death while two people try to save your life… and then having a bomb triggered by your heart stopping. Keamy, while a total badass and great villain, is absolutely dead. His character served his purpose from a storyline perspective – providing a clear antagonist and “danger” element to the Freightors to offset the “are they good or are they bad?” mysterious motives of some of the others (Faraday, Miles, Charlotte, and Frank), killed CFL and Alex, pushing Ben to the edge, and leading him to determine that he must “move the Island” in order to save it. With these missions complete, Keamy has no reason to be on the show.

Michael. The second “easiest” of all the deaths, it’s also pretty air-tight. We had a scene of Michael standing next to a large pile of C4 a split-second before it exploded, receiving a fitting farewell message from Ghost Christian Shephard of “you can go now”, and the actor complained to the media after the show aired that the Lost writers are racist for killing him off so quickly after bringing him back – rather than giving him a “happy ending” (totally ridiculous). After making statements like that, it seems unlikely he could even pop-up as a ghost or flashback in the final two seasons.

But although Michael’s death seems to be confirmed, there’s still one very big question about it – why? What overall purpose did his character’s return have on the show?

In the end, it seems that Michael’s mission, the reason why the Island wouldn’t allow him to kill himself, was to delay blowing up the Freighter to allow the Oceanic Six to escape – and in doing so, eliminating the threat of the Freighter to give Ben time to “move the Island” before Widmore could send more reinforcements. But if this was the only purpose, why didn’t Ben allow Michael to blow-up the ship earlier, during the “Meet Kevin Johnson” episode? Remember, Michael actually tried to detonate the bomb, but was met with a “Not Yet” note and told him that Ben was “one of the good guys” who wouldn’t kill the innocent people on the Freighter? Quite a difference from the Ben of “There’s No Place Like Home” who murdered Keamy knowing full well it would mean the end for all the people on the Freighter.

So what changed?

Ironically, if you look at the people who came aboard the Freighter between “Meet Kevin Johnson” and “There’s No Place Like Home”, it might hint at who Ben considers to be an “innocent” and who is Britney Spears-style “not that innocent”.

- The Freighter lost Miles, Faraday, and Charlotte – who are now on the Island.

- The Freighter (temporarily) gained Jack, Kate, Hurley, Jin, Sun, Aaron, Sayid – via the helicopter.

If you follow this logic, it would mean that Ben basically gave up Alex (who died as a result of Michael waiting to blow up the Freighter, which allowed Keamy to come to the Island) in return for saving Faraday, Charlotte, and Miles (who lived as a result). All those who want to theorize that Charlotte is really Ben’s biological daughter (and I’ll get to this point later), this might be some serious ammo – Ben giving up his adoptive daughter for the sake of saving his biological one? Heavy stuff.

On the other hand, it seems like in the grand scheme of things, Michael’s “purpose” should have been simply to save our Survivors – as a way to atone for his past sins of killing two of our Survivors… and he somewhat accomplished that goal. By staying behind and freezing the C4, he definitely gave Desmond, Frank, and the Oceanic Six the time they needed to get off the Freighter just in time… but again, had he blown it up before any of them even got there, he would have achieved the same goal – in addition to possibly saving Jin (coming up next) – thus maximizing his atonement, right? Wouldn’t this have been the optimal solution and penance?

The only thing I can think of is Ben originally intended to take the high road – to keep the “Others Code” and spare the Freightors and simply “outsmart” them without the unnecessary taking of life. I think back to “The Shape of Things to Come”, where Widmore and Ben meet and reference the fact that neither can kill the other, as if there is some pre-existing arrangement between them. It’s reasonable to think that such an arrangement would have extended to include family, at the very least – if not anyone deemed “innocent” by the Island.

But once Keamy killed Alex, the rules changed.

Once he was captured, one of the first things Ben asked Keamy was if Widmore told him to kill Alex. I’m guessing this would indicate some type of “breach” of their “contract”, which Ben took as justification for not only killing the Freightors – but also for going after Penny.

Once the code was broken, Ben no longer cared about saving any so-called “innocents” but instead was solely focused on killing them and protecting the Island… and getting his revenge on Keamy – which would explain why he mercilessly killed Keamy and replied with a cold “so?” when questioned about what he just did. In the end, Keamy may have inadvertently caused a lot more trouble than he ever intended, escalating some longstanding feud between Ben and Widmore into an all-out war.

I suppose you could use this theory to explain why Michael’s return was necessary and why his death needed to be delayed until the finale – because without him, there would be eight more characters’ deaths to analyze this episode, but it still seems a little hollow to me. Michael got his redemption, but the fact that it had to come with last minute heroics where there were numerous Survivor lives at risk seemed a little unnecessary (albeit making for an exciting storyline).

Jin. Last but not least, we have Jin. Immediately after the episode, I was pretty certain that Jin also died this episode – all the foreshadowing was there for a tragic death (forgiving Sun for cheating on him, being a “hero” by staying with Michael until the last minute, promising Sun he would get her off the Island, narrowly missing rescue)… but without getting firm visual evidence, the writers seemed to leave the door cracked slightly open – leaving the slim possibility for Jin to have survived, no matter how improbable.


First, the obvious reasons why Jin died - he was last seen on the deck of the Freighter right before it exploded and the shots of the explosion and aftermath didn’t feature a visible Jin. Given the rushed filming and finishing of the season finale, we could chalk this up to quick and dirty CGI – but the writers were also careful to include the scene of Jack and Sayid scouring the water from the helicopter looking for Jin (and other survivors) of the explosion only to conclude that there were none. If Jin isn’t really dead, the writers definitely wanted us to think he was.

The second logical explanation? When the Island “moved”, the nearest vessel to it was Faraday’s Zodiac Raft. (Keep in mind that there were at least a few minutes between the Freighter exploding and the Island disappearing. Since the explosion of the Freighter was visible on the Island, Faraday surely would have seen it on the Zodiac Raft, and likely would have turned around and headed back towards the Island. Given the quick trip back and forth, it’s logical to think he was pretty close to the Island when it “moved”.) The helicopter was somewhere between the Freighter wreckage and the Island, and assuming that Jin was somehow alive, he would have been floating closer to the Freighter wreckage than the Island.

So a best-case scenario for proximity to the Island would be Wreckage --> Jin --> Helicopter --> Zodiac Raft --> Island. Since the raft seemed to be “sucked in” with the move (since Frank’s Helicopter didn’t see it after the Island disappeared, and the Oceanic Six didn’t stumble upon it while floating in the ocean before being picked up by Penny), but the helicopter didn’t, logic would tell you that the chopper was outside the “suck radius”. Since Jin was even farther away from the Island than the helicopter, he would be way outside this radius, ensuring he wouldn’t be sucked in with it. Even if he survived the blast, but didn’t get sucked in, he would be left floating in the water for days without food / water / toilet. Given that Penny’s Searcher came upon the Oceanic Six, but not Jin – even if he had survived the blast, he sure didn’t get rescued.


On the other hand, there is only one argument you can make for Jin being alive. Since we don’t know much about the science behind the suck, you could argue that the suck encompassed a much larger area of the water around the Island, but none of the sky around it. This would allow it to suck in everything from nearby the Freighter wreckage (including Jin’s mangled body), but not the helicopter. Given the “healing power” of the Island, Jin could have somehow awoken in the water and swam to the shore perfectly fine, unsure how he survived the blast in the first place. It’s a stretch – but so is the fact that our Survivors all lived through a plane crash on the Island in the first place without so much as a scratch. If the Island doesn’t want you to die, you just don’t die – and maybe with all Jin’s heroics, it deemed he was worth saving.


In the end, Jin’s fate all comes down to what you think is the better storyline going forward – because based on his fate, Sun’s storyline (and the storyline of Widmore and Ben racing to find the Island) goes in two very different directions.

First, let’s assume Jin is dead (the logical choice!). This would give deeper meaning to Sun’s mourning at the tombstone and angry confrontation with her father – she blames him (along with Jack or Ben, most likely) for Jin’s death, and she is more than pissed about it. This would mean her encounter with Widmore where she talks about “mutual interests” indicates that she’s decided to side with him in the “race for the Island”, since she now hates Team BenJack.

Sun joining forces with Widmore and becoming a possible “bad guy” (depending on your point of view) would be a great twist for her – and would further the character development we’ve seen from Sun over the years. She’s gone from a meek submissive woman (a “glass ballerina”) to a bitch-slapping, hostile takeover-ing, strong-minded woman who gets what she wants no matter what the cost. If she wanted Team BenJack to pay for what happened to her Jin, the best way to punish them would be to deny them the one thing that they want the most… returning to the Island.

On the other side, if Jin is somehow magically alive and on the Island, the story takes a totally different twist. It would instead feature John Locke (aka Jeremy Bentham) visiting Sun post-Island, informing her that Jin actually survived the explosion and ended up “moving” with the Island, where he is alive and well… but dealing with the “very bad things” happening there. Once she finds out, she becomes determined to find the Island – and since she is unaware that Ben is alive and off the Island, goes after the only person that she thinks could help her – Charles Widmore. After all, he’s the one that found it once, why wouldn’t he be able to work the same magic and find it again? From here, the story could get very interesting as Team BenJack confront Sun to try and convince her to work with them to find the Island, even though she hates them with every fiber of her being. Sun could then totally go Alias on us and secretly double-cross Widmore to get information out of him while secretly relaying it to Team BenJack. In this scenario, Sun becomes the “hero” and could end up being the key to finding the Island… and gets a sappy reunion with Jin.


So with two pretty solid storylines available, which way will the writers go?

For me, the first scenario is far more intriguing, and actually sets up some “sides” and conflicting interests / moral ambiguities in the search for the Island, rather than it being “Team Widmore vs. Team BenJack” in a more traditional battle of “Good vs. Evil”. Although the second scenario would allow for the tearful reunion of Sun and Jin (who admittedly didn’t get a very fitting death given his character’s importance to the show), and provide the motivation for Sun to join Team BenJack’s mission to return to the Island, I still prefer Scenario One (sorry Jin lovers). Then again, I’m also the guy who thought Ben was going to be the one in the coffin since the end of last season, and we all saw how right I ended up being about that one…

Locke. Or should I say, Jeremy Bentham! I have to admit, no fiber of my being was thinking that John Locke was going to be in the coffin until the very last seconds of Season Four. Even after we saw Ben hiding in the darkness, my initial thought were closer to “it’s going to be a Ben Twin!” and “the Ben in the corner is simply Ghost Ben!”


There was some logic behind my thinking, of course. Put simply, Locke is arguably the most important character on the show – destined to become the leader of the Others from birth, chosen by the Island, un-killable, and still on his “spiritual journey” that started in the first season. The most likely way that we, as the viewers, are ever going to see the inner-workings of the Others and learn the history of the Island is through the eyes of John Locke… so his death poses quite the problem. Or does it?

We’ve seen that the Island doesn’t allow people to die until it’s damn well ready for them to die (Michael, Jack) and that there are rules allowing who can and can’t be killed (Ben, Widmore) – I have to think that John Locke would fall into at least one of those two categories - if not both. His death must be part of some greater plan – either to serve as the event that leads to the formation of Team BenJack, sparking the motivation to round up the troops and return to the Island… or to have Locke take the last step in fulfilling his destiny.

It’s more than a little out there, and is super heavy on the Jesus symbolism – but I have to think that Ben and Jack aren’t dragging Locke back to the Island to recreate “Weekend at Bernie’s II” and bury him in his most favorite spot. Instead, I think Locke’s return to the Island will result in his return to some sort of “life”. That’s right, the savior of the Island that the Others have been waiting for leaves them, dies, and then returns from death to save them all – man, God should be suing the Lost writers for copyright infringement of the Bible!

But since Lost is a show based on “science”, I don’t actually see Locke truly coming back from the dead. Instead, I see him becoming more Christian-Shephard-like in appearance – someone who died off the Island, yet whose likeness is somehow moving about the Island (and elsewhere), interacting with characters – even on a physical level. I feel a tangent coming on…

Ghosts. I think it’s time to re-evaluate the various unexplained “ghosts” we’ve seen on the Island. While it’s easy to chalk up some to being manifestations of Smokey (Yemi), others like Jacob and Christian don’t seem to fit the mold. The other strange thing is that after Jacob’s first appearance last season, Damon and Carlton told us that “Jacob is more of a question for Season Four than Season Three”, as if we actually would learn more about him this past season rather than just seeing his eye appear in front of a window for a second time.

But maybe we did.

Christian says that he “isn’t Jacob, but can speak on his behalf” when Locke entered Jacob’s Cabin earlier this season. In fact, the only words that we have ever heard from Jacob himself are “help me” – said to Locke much to the surprise of Ben last season. At that time, Ben was allegedly the only Other who could communicate with and get orders from Jacob, which made him the de facto leader of the Others (recall Alpert’s excitement and shock when Ben started talking about seeing his dead mother in the Jungle?). Now, Locke is suddenly getting orders from Christian, just as he is stepping into his rightful place as the new leader of the Others. Remember the weird scene in the first episode of Season Four where Hurley stumbled upon Jacob’s Cabin, where Christian and Jacob were seemingly hanging out and gossiping about cute girls? I think that scene actually represented a transfer of the “Island Spirit” from one (Jacob) to the other (Christian).

Did Jacob’s “help me” plea to Locke mean that he was somehow “dying”? Or that Ben was keeping him captive (by that circle of volcanic ash around the Cabin?) Perhaps each leader of the Others has its own embodiment of the same Island Spirit. Ben had Jacob. Locke has Christian. And maybe the next leader of the Others (cough cough Aaron cough cough) will have John Locke.

I still don’t know who Jacob was originally – or if Ben was attempting to control him, or if he and Ben were actually on the same page and Jacob died simply as a result of Ben’s time as ruler coming to an end, or if he was a grizzled old pirate from the Black Rock - but I think this “transfer” theory could go a long way in explaining why Christian suddenly has become so prevalent on the show – and why Jacob was curiously absent from this season, even though there were ample opportunities for another appearance.

(Note that I am still curious how the writers are going to explain all of this using “pseudo-science”.)

End tangent. Back to Locke.

There’s still one last twist to the death (and future resurrection) of John Locke. Did you ever stop to think about how he actually died in the first place? Locke’s death was officially ruled a “suicide”, although Sayid seemed skeptical of this fact, hinting that he was murdered. But who would murder Locke? His only potential “enemy” on the outside world would be Widmore or Ben – but there’s no motive there. If anything, the two of them should have captured Locke and used him to lead them back to the Island. Furthermore, if we assume that whatever “power” protects Ben and Widmore from being killed also would protect Locke from being killed, neither would attempt to do so, knowing it would be futile… and unless Locke seriously fell out of favor with the Island over the past three years, even if they did try to whack him – it wouldn’t have worked (a la Michael).

This leaves us with only one possibility:

Locke killed himself.


It’s ironically the only explanation that makes any sense. Perhaps the Island Spirit told Locke that in order to fulfill his destiny, he had to die and bring back the Oceanic Six. So Locke returns to the real world on a mission – paying visits to each member of the Oceanic Six, delivering his final pleas – and then kills himself, taking the ultimate leap of faith that his plan will work and they will return his body to the Island.

Why take such a crazy risk? Maybe it’s the only way to save the Island… or maybe once his body returns to the Island, he’ll not only come back to life – but live forever.

Viva La Vida. This could be the one link that brings a lot of the mysteries surrounding Ben, Widmore, Alpert, the Others, the Island, and Locke together – the concept of eternal life. Man, I just keep getting further and further away from realistic, scientific explanations, don’t I?

Exhibit A, Richard Alpert.

Up until this episode, there were a number of possible explanations for the Others travel to and from the Island – everything from the mundane (submarine) to extraordinary (worm holes through space and time). But with “There’s No Place Like Home”, we confirmed a few things:

1. The only confirmed method of traveling through time and space is the “negatively charged exotic matter” underneath the Orchid Station.

2. Dharma built a station around this “exotic matter” in the early 1980s and began conducting experiments.

3. The biggest mysterious unexplained appearance on the show (Ben landing in Tunisia) was a direct result of Ben “moving the Island”.

This seems to confirm that (as far as we know right now) there aren’t “warp zones” across the globe that the Others are using, but it’s much more of a one-way, one-time, random move as an unintended byproduct of moving the Island. It also means that even if the Others figured out some way to harness this power, they would have been cut off from access to this “exotic matter” during the Dharma Era, from 1980 to 1992ish… and haven’t used it since, given that Ben had to blow up the vault in the Orchid to reach it in this episode… which means events like bringing Juliet or Locke’s Dad to the Island must have occurred through quite normal means.

Maybe the Others aren’t the “masters of time and space” that we had previously thought, but have a quite limited power resulting from the “exotic matter” – and a power that is unpredictable and dangerous.

With this new understanding, it also means that Richard Alpert’s lack of aging can’t be explained by simple time travel. Instead, we’re looking at the much more complicated concept of eternal life.

But instead of just magically being able to live forever thanks to the Island, I think Alpert falls into a similar category of Christian Shepard and John Locke – someone who died, and was brought back to life… and in being brought back to life, would no longer age. This would explain not only his appearance, but comments in the past like “you do remember birthdays, don’t you Richard?” – and may explain some of the animosity between Ben and Jacob / the Others.

Tangent Number Two!

Unlike Alpert, we’ve seen that Ben does age – which to me, means he is less important / special to the Island. What if Ben was simply a “placeholder” leader in between whoever came before him and John Locke – keeping the seat warm while Alpert and the Others anxiously awaited Locke to be ready. Alpert was so disappointed when Locke failed his “test” as a child, and continued to pursue him throughout his youth – why? Because he was the chosen one, and without Locke – the Others were leaderless. They reluctantly accepted Ben as a temporary substitute (since he sorta saw dead people – close enough?), but since he wasn’t a true “chosen one”, he wasn’t granted the same opportunity to live forever that a true leader of the Others would have – and as a result would be pretty upset about it.

This could easily explain a strained relationship between Ben and Jacob – where both need each other, but hate each other beneath the surface. Jacob views Ben as unworthy but necessary in the short-term to do his bidding. Ben views Jacob as the key to all his “power” over the Others and knowledge of the Island, but knows that his destiny is to be replaced by someone else as soon as possible. It also explains why Ben’s aims for the Others (the heavy focus on baby-making and secrets) weren’t so well-received, and Alpert was so willing to help Locke along his journey (like finding loopholes to kill his father).

I like it a lot.

I always wondered what could be so important and special about the Island that so many are willing to die for it, willing to protect it at any cost, and view it with such reverence. The answer is eternal life – something granted to the cream of the Others crop.

Widmore. Where does Widmore fit in to all this madness? I don’t see him living forever like Alpert… mostly because the existence of Penny - who would probably notice that her father didn’t age over the course of her life, and his involvement in business - where colleagues would likely notice the same thing. Instead, I put him in the same category as Benjamin Linus: someone who knows about the Island, but was never actually a “chosen one” to reap the benefits.

In fact, I think back to Widmore’s comment about Ben “taking everything he ever had from him”, and am more sure than ever that we’re going to see that Widmore was on the Island back in the Dharma days. As I’ve mentioned before, I see Ben representing the “faith” side of the Island, and Widmore representing the “business” side. Both were probably working angles to take full control of the Island’s power – and Ben won out (at least temporarily). Through the Purge, Ben killed all Widmore’s Dharma workers before he was able to exploit the true power and wealth of the Island through the ongoing experiments. Still, as it’s likely Widmore was providing the financing needed for the establishment of Dharma (with a partnership with Hanso), he views the Island and its power as his own in a legal sense, and Ben took it from him.

This still doesn’t explain the “rules” that are preventing them from killing each other (maybe the Island is like Santa Claus, watching the two to see who is naughty and nice, and will only let nice people return to the Island? Or maybe both are working on doing enough good for the Island that they will be granted eternal life in the end?), but it’s as good of a theory as any I’ve got for now.

Phew. I feel like I’ve written a ton, yet haven’t even started to talk about the vast majority of action from these episodes. Let’s try to wrap this section of ridiculous rambling theories up with the last piece of the Island mythology puzzle – Aaron.

Aaron. When Jeremy Bentham visited Jack, he told her that the only way to keep Kate and Aaron safe was to return to the Island. When Christian visited Jack in the hospital, he told him that Jack wasn’t supposed to be raising Aaron. If you play Kate’s phone call from the finale backwards, it says, “The Island needs you. You have to go back before it's too late”.

It all seems to point to Kate and Aaron returning to the Island, where Aaron will be raised by Claire (as the psychic demanded way back in Season One) or the Others on his way to eventual “chosen one” status. Did you catch the parallels between Locke being a “miracle baby” in his flashbacks and Kate calling Aaron being fine after the helicopter crash “a miracle”?

However, in a dream Creepy Claire tells her “Don’t bring him back, Kate. Don’t you dare bring him back.” Yet this is the same Creepy Claire that calmly chilled with Christian in Jacob’s Cabin and said Aaron was where he was supposed to be – and that wasn’t with her, but on his way to being rescued along with the rest of the Oceanic Six.


So who are we to believe?

Actually, I think all of them. I think everyone is looking out for the well-being of Aaron, but in different ways. Locke’s message to Jack was warning of the danger of Widmore’s assassins (who Sayid is currently picking off one at a time). Christian’s message to Jack was alluding to Aaron’s rightful place on the Island as future leader. Ghost Claire’s message to Kate warned of the current “danger” on the Island. If there really is some sort of battle / civil war taking place there, it certainly isn’t a place for a child… or it could mean that Ghost Claire is well aware of Aaron’s fate on the Island – being killed so that he can come back from the dead a la Locke.

At any rate, the storyline is going to struggle on Kate’s internal struggle to determine what she should be doing with her adoptive child. Is he safer in the “real world” in the middle of the Widmore / BenJack battle for finding the Island or safer on the Island where “bad things” are going down?

Very Bad Things. Sometimes I love how the segues from one topic to another just naturally come up. I suppose now is as good a time as any to analyze what “very bad things” are happening on the Island that would drive John Locke to leave it and implore the Oceanic Six (and others?) to come back. Here were the full details of the conversation between Team BenJack at the conclusion of Season Four that gives us our only hints:

Ben: “Did he tell you that I was off the Island?”
Jack: “Yes he did.”
Ben: “When did you speak to him?”
Jack: “About a month ago.”
Ben: “And Kate?”
Jack: “Yeah, he came to see her too.”
Ben: “What did he say?”
Jack: “He told me that after I left the Island, some very bad things happened. And he told me that it was my fault for leaving. And he said that I have to come back. Why are you here?”
Ben: “The Island won’t let you come alone. All of you have to go back.”
Jack: “I don’t know where Sayid is. Hurley is insane. Sun blames me for… and Kate she won’t even talk to me anymore.”
Ben: “Perhaps I can help you with that. This is the way it has to be. This is the only way. You have to do it together, all of you.”
Jack: “How?”
Ben: “I have a few ideas. Jack – I said all of you. We’re going to have to bring him too.”

(Aside: do you love how clever the writers were to have Jack say “Sun blames me for…” and then trail off? He could have just as easily said “Jin dying” as “Jin being stuck on the Island”. Way to keep it vague and the viewers guessing / assuming!)

Let’s review what happened to the Island this episode. The Freightor Commandos were all killed (assumedly). Most of the Survivors left the Island. Locke claimed his rightful place as Pope of the Others. The Island “moved”, once again hiding itself from Widmore and the outside world.

Based on these events, everything seems to be coming up Team Island. Where are the “bad things” again?

I think the key is Jack’s comment that the bad things happened after he left… and that they were his fault – which sound contradictory… unless you think deeper about it. Let me remind you of Locke’s final plea to Jack this episode to stay on the Island:

“You’re not supposed to go home. Crashing here was our destiny. You’re here for a reason. If you leave this place, that knowledge is going to eat you alive from the inside out until you decide to come back.”

Again, I think it was an extremely key scene – one that represented more than Locke looking out for Jack’s best interests. He was also looking out for the best interests of the Island.

From the start of the show, Locke has represented the “faith” side of the Island. Jack has represented the “logic” side. It’s a delicate balance – but a required one. Living on 100% faith would result in a hippie utopia with no food or societal infrastructure. Living on 100% logic would result in a cold, rigid, efficient Island with no smiles. You need the balance. Yin and yang, light and dark, black and white. This sounds strangely similar to Ben and Widmore, doesn’t it? Ben representing “faith” and Widmore representing “logic”. Could this be the reason why they can’t kill each other? Because they somehow know that they NEED each other to balance out Island life? Ben to rally and lead the people, Widmore to provide the ration drops, funding, and fake passports? Weren’t there some theories about the Others running out of food last season when we saw Ben saving the chicken carcass? Maybe he had already moved too far away from Widmore’s “logic” and the Others were already suffering!

Wait, where was I going with this?

Oh yeah – so the “very bad thing” happening on the Island is anarchy. No food being rationed, no Doctor Jack to keep people healthy, no Kate to provide eye candy (although Juliet is a nice substitute), no contacts on the outside world to keep a steady supply of supplies, books, and the latest Hollywood blockbusters on VHS – it’s only a matter of time before people would go crazy and resort to Lord of the Flies-style society.


The only loose end with this theory is why the Island requires EVERYONE to go back to the Island along with Jack – and who EVERYONE actually means.

We Have to Go Back. It seems clear that at the very least, Jack must return to the Island with the other members of the Oceanic Six – but what about Desmond, Frank, and Walt? They were all on the Island at one point or another – all spending varying amounts of time there – but all back in the real world now. So who will Jack need to round up?


I’m thinking everyone.

You could argue why only a few characters would be needed to restore order to the Island – but if you take into account the concept of “fate” that has surrounded the show from the start, you can also assume that each character was supposed to end up on that Island for one reason or another. None of them were ever supposed to leave, but it wasn’t until the mass exodus of the Oceanic Six that things really fell apart.

This would add characters like Walt (who Locke visited, which seemingly confirms his inclusion), Desmond, and Frank back into the equation in addition to the Oceanic Six, which brings up the other reason why I think they’ll be included: because it’s going to make for some great storylines.

The way the stage is set, the storylines almost write themselves!

We’ve got Team BenJack needing to find Desmond… who swore he would never return to the Island… and swore he would never leave Penny’s side… which is precisely what he is going to need to do. Conveniently, he’s currently hiding out with Penny… who Ben has vowed to kill as revenge for Alex’s death… so Jack’s search for Desmond could unknowingly bring about the death of Desmond’s true love. What’s more important, going back to the Island or saving Penny? Or is there some way to achieve both? Intrigue!

We’ve got a full-grown Walt who is now able to be a character on the show again since his age matches up with the storyline… who thinks that he’s going back to the Island to reunite with his dad (per Hurley’s lie)… but is really heading right back to the Island where he was kidnapped and experimented on. Will we finally find out the true strength of Walt’s weird “powers”? Is he actually the next “chosen one” on the Island? Or are the Lost writers racist like Harold Perrineau thinks, and Walt will be the “dark side” to Aaron’s “light side” in the next generation of Lost? Tons of potential!


Finally, we’ve got Frank… who has the ability to provide helicopter / flight services to everyone else and provide some comedic relief. Serviceable!

I’m sure Ben will have some better reasoning for Jack to explain precisely why everyone is required to go back to the Island – something about the Island not allowing itself to be found unless everyone is there, or maybe he’ll tie it back to the fate explanation I referenced above… but the truth behind it might be something much more sinister – what if Ben is actually lying about all of this?

Ben. Although he’s been effectively excommunicated from the Island for going on three years, it seems clear that Ben is still fighting for the Island and is acting perfectly aware of what is required to return to the Island, why Locke left in the first place, and the “very bad things” happening there. But how?

Keep in mind that when Ben turned the wheel and moved the Island, he instantly jumped ten months into the future in Tunisia. We have to assume he hasn’t been back to the Island since. So he’s been living for the past three years on his own in the “real world”. Where is he getting all his resources to fund Sayid’s International Spy Escapades? If the Island really did “move on” to Locke, wouldn’t his connection also become weaker, leaving him less omnipotent about everything that is going on?

I suppose it’s possible that the Others had bank accounts and contacts setup all over the world to access during their periodic travels away from the Island, and Ben would probably be aware of all of them – so maybe he’s been getting along just fine in the real world in his fight against Widmore. And maybe he’s still getting visits from Island Ghosts, just like Jack, Kate, and Hurley – clueing him in on what’s happening on the Island.

Or maybe he has no idea.

Maybe he’s convincing Jack that he needs to bring everyone back to the Island as a way to “contain” any potential information that could be revealed about the Island. By bringing everyone back to the Island, he could then destroy whatever means they used to travel there and “trap” them on the Island, ensuring that they would never spill any Island secrets to the rest of the world, ensuring the Island’s isolated safety in the future. What is this is all part of Ben’s master plan to get back in good graces with the Island and prove that he is a better leader than Locke? He’s already partially proved himself up by actually moving the Island to protect it, what if he took it a step further by ensuring the protection by eliminating anyone with knowledge of the Island from the outside world (aside from Widmore, I suppose).


It’s an interesting thought, and one I wouldn’t put too far past Benjamin Linus – who always seems to be one step ahead of everyone. Helping Jack return to the Island seems almost too altruistic for him, doesn’t it? Helping Locke return to the Island and come back to life seems like the last thing he would want to do, given that Locke effectively “replaced him”. But if it’s all part of a master plan to get exactly what he wants (back on the Island, back in favor with the Island Spirit, ensuring that Widmore will never find him / the Island), then it seems like it would all make sense and be totally Ben-like, wouldn’t it? Of course, before Ben can get everyone back on the Island, he’s going to need to find it…

The Island. (Note: apparently Damon and Carlton referred to the wheel that “moved” the Island as the “Frozen Donkey Wheel”. It’s a fun name, and easily abbreviated as FDW, so we’ll use that from this point forward.) So what exactly happened when Ben turned the FDW? When or where did the Island go? What are the repercussions? How many times has the Island “moved” in the past? We’ve got a lot to discuss…


It seems crazy, but with this new concept of the Island moving, we may have some new, very logical explanations to things like the Black Rock, the Dharma Polar Bears, and even Eko’s Drug Plane being on the Island! It’s really quite simple. At some point in the past, the Island moved – and wherever / whenever it moved to, it came up right underneath the unknowing Black Rock, which ended up right in the middle of the jungle. Likewise, as Dharma came to the Island and discovered the “exotic matter”, they conducted experiments on what would happen when turning the FDW using the Polar Bears (which would explain the polar bear skeleton that Charlotte found in Tunisia featuring a Dharma tag) after the first Dharma scientist to turn the FDW (Widmore?!) mysteriously disappeared. Let’s assume they moved the Island a number of times before fully understanding the repercussions of their actions – at one point ending up much closer to Africa, allowing Eko’s Drug Plane to crash on it, before “moving back” to the current Pacific location (I think this timeline would roughly match up). Dharma then decided that it would be better to try and harness the power of the “exotic matter” by building the Orchid Station near the FDW where they would get the residual power, but eliminate the pesky side effect of the whole Island moving in space and time – which is super annoying for those Periodic Ration Drops and giving directions to the Island for friends visiting from out of town.

So although it seems as though the Island has moved multiple times in the past (the hieroglyphics and rickety ladder indicate the FDW has been there way before Dharma, probably in the same era as the four-toed statue), the Orchid station on top of it confirms that it hasn’t been moved for the past fifteen years or so.

But what happens when it moves? We really only have two facts:

1. The Island disappears from where it once existed.
2. The person who turns the FDW moves in space and time.

When Ben turned the wheel, he ended up halfway around the world, ten months in the future. Based on his comment about moving the Island being unpredictable and dangerous, I’m guessing this isn’t always the case – even though the fact that both he and a Polar Bear ended up there indicates that there is some level of consistency in the FDW side effect warp.
But since Ben moved in both space and time, I have to think that whatever turning the FDW actually does (there are some far nerdier websites than this one attempting to explain it scientifically - and are good places to start - so I won’t dare touch it here), it did the same thing to the Island – moving it in both space and time. If the Island moved only in time (but stayed in the same location), it wouldn’t be hard for Widmore to find it. He’d just need to stake out the same location that he sent the Freighter for the next few years and wait for the Island to magically reappear. However, if the Island moves in both space and time, it makes it significantly more difficult… but still not impossible. Keep in mind that by the end of the season, the Island was in plain view to the Freightors – there were just a number of other obstacles keeping them from docking their ship there (like Keamy’s Dead Man Switch jamming their signals). Even if the Island moved in both space and time, in today’s high-tech age, it would only be a matter of time before it was spotted by a satellite, a passing cruise ship, or a curious turtle, right?


I’m thinking that when the Island moved, it “recharged” or “re-established” its unique magnetic properties to full strength in addition to moving in space and time. So not only does Team BenJack not know when or where the Island is (although ten months in the future is a good guess), even if they stumbled upon it, it would be masked by the same storm clouds and magnetic bubble that seemed to make it so hard to find before Desmond turned the Swan Station Failsafe.

Clearly, Team BenJack have their work cut out for them to find the Island, even if they can round up all the necessary troops. At the end of the episode, Ben told Jack “I have a few ideas”, making it sound like he wasn’t entirely sure about how to accomplish this goal… but if you remember back to the end of the previous episode, Ben clearly told Locke “how many times do I have to tell you? I always have a plan!” which makes me think Ben knows precisely what needs to be done to return to the Island. Once again, he’s one step ahead of everyone.

Charlotte’s Web. When everyone was planning on leaving the Island via Faraday’s Raft, Miles quipped “after all that time you spent trying to get back here” – with back here being the key phrase. I’m not sure when Miles’ powers went from communion with ghosts to mind-reading, but she was visibly taken aback by it, which seemed to indicate that she indeed had been on the Island before. During her heartfelt goodbye with Faraday, she mused “would it make any sense if I told you I was still looking for where I was born” – leading the Internets to run rampant with speculation that Charlotte is a former Dharmite, a former Other, or even Ben’s love child with former childhood flame Annie.


Yet when Ben “called her out” earlier this season, he rattled off a life bio that included being born in Essex, England, growing up in Bromgsgrove with her parents, and studying at Kent and Oxford. If she actually fit into one of the other categories, shouldn’t Ben (former Dharmite, former Other, former lover of Annie) know who she is?

Maybe not.

Keep in mind that everything Ben knows about the Freightors came from Michael providing the information to him – and as Miles told Michael when he first boarded the Freighter, everyone on-board had secrets. If Charlotte provided a fake life story to the crew of the Freighter, Michael would have reported this fake life story right back to Ben, who wouldn’t have known any better.

Much like Claire’s mother talking to Jack about her pregnant daughter being on Oceanic Flight 815 without realizing her grandchild was being held right next to her, could it be that Ben attempted to kill a former Dharmite, Other, or even his own daughter without even realizing it? This could mean that it won’t require a Richard Alpert or Island flashback to get more of the “history” of the Island. We could simply see things through the eyes of Charlotte in a flashback!

So now we see the writers’ purpose behind each of the four major new characters introduced at the start of this season. Miles will explain the “ghostly” aspects of the Island. Faraday will explain the “science” behind the Island. Charlotte will help reveal the “history” of the Island. Frank will help expose the “conspiracy” aspect of the fake plane crash and possibly Widmore’s intentions with the Island. One could argue that these four characters are more important than any others on the show!

Desmond. Well, almost as important – I still have a special place in my heart for the Desmond and Penny storyline… which I didn’t think we would have a chance in hell of seeing coming to a conclusion anytime before the final episodes of the series. Yet inexplicably, the Lost writers decided to give the audience the one thing it wanted more than any other – Desmond and Penny finally finding each other! However, once my schoolgirl giddiness subsided after seeing the two warmly embrace, I started to think about the repercussions of the reunion.


For one, Jack made it very clear that the Oceanic Six would have to lie to protect the Survivors still left on the Island from Widmore. This meant fabricating the elaborate Oceanic Six storyline about the crash and separating themselves from Penny, Desmond, and Frank – who would also have to keep up the same lie for the same reason. Ironically, even though they weren’t on Oceanic Flight 815, keeping up the lie is far more difficult for these three thanks to one man – Charles Widmore.

Widmore knows that he sent a Freighter out to find the Island, and may know that Frank was a member of that crew. He may know that Desmond ended up shipwrecked on the Island during his “race around the world”. He may also know that Penny was monitoring the seas looking for Desmond all these years, or that she set off on a rescue mission to the Pacific shortly before the events of the season finale. In summary, he may know enough to piece together the true events surrounding the return of the Oceanic Six to start a new mission to find the Island.

What does this mean for Desmond, Penny, and Frank? It means that they need to disappear… at least from the far-stretching eyes of Widmore. I have visions of the three of them hanging out in Frank’s dilapidated shack in the Florida keys, spending their days drinking Coronas and eating fish – no contact with the outside world, no worries in the world, and no pants on most of the time. But that peaceful existence comes crashing down when Team BenJack show up with a crazy notion about returning to the Island.


Storyline. This seems like the logical point where Season Five of Lost will kickoff – with Team BenJack getting the old band back together for one last gig… a trip back to Lost Island. But precisely how this storyline is going to work has me a bit puzzled. After this past season introduced the “flashforward” story telling technique, I’m looking for the last two seasons of Lost to return to the traditional “flashback” style. Why? Because timeline-wise, we have finally caught up to the current storyline. The events from this point forward until the end of the series are the “current” events for the Oceanic Six. To flashforward from this point forward would get dangerously close to revealing the ending of Lost, taking away some of the excitement and surprise factor.

The whole reason that flashforwards worked this season was because we were in the middle of the storyline, and they still left us thoroughly confused as to not only what happened before the flashforward – but also wondering what would happen after the flashforward, knowing that there were two seasons of the show remaining. So it stands to reason that from here on out, we’ll see the “current” action taking place from Jack meeting Ben in the funeral home forward, with flashbacks filling in the gaps of what happened to each member of the Oceanic Six in the prior three years as they work to return to the Island.

But what about the characters still left on the Island?

As I’ve said before, Lost will always heavily feature the Island as a backdrop for its action. It’s the iconic imagery of the show that has existed from the start, and it’s the scenery we expect to see week in and week out. So although it seems possible that the storyline for Season Five will focus entirely on the Oceanic Six’s return to the Island, and Season Six will focus on what happens when the Oceanic Six finally get there – it can’t be that simple. Not only would this deprive the audience of the sand and sea visuals that gets the Midwest through the cold winter months, but it would also mean we wouldn’t be seeing characters like Juliet, Sawyer, Faraday, Miles, Charlotte, or Alpert until Season Six – which is totally absurd.

However, the writers seemed to set the table for the big “mystery” of the next year to be not only how the Oceanic Six will make it back to the Island, but also what the “very bad things” happening there are. It would only seem logical that the Season Five finale would feature the Oceanic Six finally returning to the Island where not only they – but the audience as well – learn just what Locke meant by “very bad things”, and what has happened to the Island they once knew and loved. It would also seem logical that Season Six would feature flashbacks to reveal exactly how the Island got to this point, told through the eyes of those who were left behind.

So here’s my best guess:

Season Five will feature the events of the Oceanic Six attempting to return to the Island, with flashbacks to fill in such storyline gaps as Locke’s visits to each character, what Walt has been up to since he left the Island, etc. It will also feature what happened to those left on the Island three years ago, moving forward in time from the point of the Island disappearing – but stopping right before of the start of the “very bad things”, leaving the audience to wonder how things got so bad. Storylines could include how the group coped with the loss of so many people, the potential merge of the remaining Survivors with the Others, Locke’s hilarious first few days as leader of the Others, etc. Flashbacks could center around the new characters of Charlotte, Miles, Faraday, or even Alpert (if we’re lucky). The finale of the season will feature the collision of these two storylines, jumping forward in “Island time” by a few years, after the “very bad things” – leaving the last season to explain exactly what happened and exactly what needs to be done to restore the Island… which, if you think about it, is a perfect opportunity to reveal a bevy of Island secrets in the process!

Well, I’m absolutely drained. That’s the total amount of Losty goodness remaining in my brain and fingers. I’m going to need these next six months to recharge and prepare for the next season! Hopefully I’ve given you enough material here to discuss, debate, and analyze for the next week or two, at which point we can move forward with the various “…and Gone Forever” Blog posts of the summer and fall… and maybe even have some Lost-related discussions thanks to the Lost Book Club that is starting up on the Message Board here:

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