I really enjoyed it but I must admit my only expectation going into this season is to sit back and enjoy the ride. I have no burning questions I want answered. I have no couples I particularly care about ending up together. I have no characters that I want to “make it” no matter what. I just want to let them do their thing and hopefully that results in a season full of episodes that keep me on the edge of my seat. So far so good.
Of course it probably helped that my Lost watching party played SCI FI Wire’s Lost Bingo. Occasionally we shushed each other but it kept us laughing and entertained as we watched. And I think it actually kept us more engaged in the show because we were paying close attention to every single thing that was happening. Granted, it was because we were hoping we could convince the others it fit a category listed on our bingo cards. But that meant we were constantly stopping and re-watching scenes.
That said, no way I’m gonna bother trying to puzzle out what’s happening. I mean, it clearly smacks of alternate realities but how long can that continue? Or will we just follow our current cast in the alternate 2004? Because it seems unlikely they brought back the old cast members for too many episodes. It was nice to see them all again. Good thing the alternate reality thing lets us hand wave how different some of them look, eh? (Yeah, Boone, I’m looking at you.)
For those of you who also read John Cabrera’s blog, a show of hands for how many of you saw that under water version of Otherton and instantly thought of his “Lost is Atlantis” theory? Greg said it as soon as we went to commercial. If nothing else, that last shot of the temple and the foot under the water certainly invoked that image. Since our brief re-watch of Season 5 brought me back to the idea of the Island being some kind of Mount Olympus location. Although with Smokey’s last words to Ben here, I’m wondering if it’s less of a home of Gods than a home for banished Gods. All the rules about getting on and off the Island and then the idea that these two “friends” are stuck there despite not liking each other. Sure seems like they don’t have much of a choice about being there, no? I’m sure I’m way off but it’s an explanation that would satisfy me.
Which is funny since the one aspect of the show I’ve hated all along is Smokey. Well, I hated their initial claims that there were no supernatural elements at work. I wouldn’t have resisted the idea of a Smoke Monster for so long if I knew it was OK not to have a logical explanation for him. Finding out the Man in Black is Smokey? Works for me. Now my question is… how long was he using Jacob’s cabin? Richard definitely knew who was not!Locke was… but not until he had seen Locke’s body in that box. Is it possible he’s dealt with the Man in Black for much longer than he thinks? Also, who the heck is Richard? I think that’s another reason I like the idea of the Island being tied to Gods. Who else is immortal? Not that I believe Richard is a God. The Man in Black’s reference to him previously being in chains makes me wonder if he was a slave on the Black Rock not the Captain like I postulated last season.
Two hours equals way too much to even touch on in one post. I don’t have a problem buying Juliet’s survival at the bottom of that hole. Mostly because she was alive enough to smash the bomb so naturally she’s still hanging on once they flash. (Hey, what do you want to bet we eventually get an alternate reality version of Sawyer and Juliet meeting in which she repeats those words to him about getting a coffee and going dutch?) If anything, I have a harder time buying Sayid’s ability to hang on until they managed to get him to the temple. (Speaking of that, how rude and stupid is Kate? You have the one source of light in a passage with a huge hole and walk away from the guys who are trying to maneuver themselves AND a stretcher over the hole? STUPID. Greg was happy though since “Kate does something stupid” was one of his bingo items.) I fully expected him to come back to life since we’ve seen multiple people return from dead on the Island but how the hell didn’t he bleed out right there at the van?
Wait, can I go back to the alternate 2004 reality again? Jack thinks he recognizes Desmond which we could take to mean he sorta remembers that something is different. Or is he just remembering when he met Desmond in the stadium? But didn’t he remember Desmond clearly when he met him again on the Island? I wasn’t sure how to read that whole scene. Especially since Desmond appears to disappear into thin air while Jack is saving Charlie’s life. Could those two things be connected?
Ok, remember when I said I was just going to sit back and enjoy the ride? HA. Like I said, there’s so much more that needs to be said but I’m gonna stop for now. Did you enjoy it?