Welcome, dear readers, to LOST...in 815 (or fewer) words. This is a variation on last season's series of Lost posts on Red Pen, Inc.--the main difference being that these posts are less rambly. However, I'm still counting on the rest of you to talk to me in the comments about your thoughts/theories about last night's season premiere--so ramble on, you guys, OK? ;)
Lost is a thinking person's show. It's not for those who are content to revisit the same crime dramas, hospital dramas, or laugh track shows that have been done ad nauseum. It's for people who like to be bombarded by questions and need substantial stuff to think about. Simply put, Lost is for those of us who crave braingasms on a regular basis.
Last night's season premiere was, in terms of braingasms, the cerebral orgy of the century. Unsurprisingly, Team Darlton gave us more questions than answers. (OK, maybe you were surprised, but I wasn't--I couldn't keep my paws off the spoiler sites, and I'd learned a couple weeks ago that the premiere was question-heavy, answers-light.) To their credit, they tossed quite a few gems our way (hey, look, there's Arzt! And later--hey, isn't that Cindy and those two scruffy kids who got snatched off the beach in season 1? Now we know where they went...). But the questions...oh, the questions!
The big picture: Last season they tackled the issue of time--in particular, time travel. This time around, I'm wondering if they're tackling the issue of space--particularly in terms of parallel, or at least multiple, universes. (Update: And this article confirms the basic premise, at least, of my theory...) We've sort of seen them flirt with parallel/multiple universes a wee bit before, but now it's gone past mere flirtation and now they're making out with it, complete with groping and lots of tongue. In the premiere, we saw a different on-the-plane scenario where the plane did not crash, collected $200 and passed Go on its way to LAX, and on its way, we saw what looked to be the lost city of Dharmalantis hanging out on the bottom of the ocean. Kate, Jack, Hurley, Locke (real Locke), Sawyer, Sayid, Sun, Jin, Rose, Bernard, Charlie, Boone, Desmond, the marshal, the pilot (or some version of them)--we saw or heard all of them in this off-island space. We also know that Kate, Jack, Hurley, Sawyer, Miles, and Jin (or some version of them) exist in an on-island scenario (what time period that is, I'm not entirely sure--but it seems to be post-Hatch-getting-blown-up, so maybe they got sent to 2007 as well?). And we know that fake Locke (Flocke), Ben, Richard "Maybe He's Born With It" Alpert, Ilana, and Sun (or a version of them) exist in an on-island scenario that seems to have picked up right where the season 5 finale left off, so that would mean that version of those characters exists in "present time," which for them would be 2007.
Is it possible that what we're seeing now is a series of parallel universes, where characters can exist in multiple universes at the same time? Did Juliet setting the bomb off do something to make these universes exist? (Is this what Juliet wanted to tell Sawyer right before she died? How could she have known that, though?)
In sticking with the "a version of that character" theme, here's my theory on Sayid: the on-island version of Sayid is now Jacob. Much like Flocke is actually Smokey in disguise, I'm betting Jacob, from what happened at that bizarre ritual at the temple (were they reversing the sands of time?) is now disguised as Sayid. We already know the real Locke is dead. Is the real Sayid also dead?
We know that going into the final season of Lost, there's a focus on redemption. At the beginning of the episode, Sayid asked, "What do you think will happen to me when I die?" and then followed it up with "Wherever I go, I doubt it'll be very pleasant" due to all the people he tortured in his career as a member of the Republican Guard. Is this a chance for Sayid--or, at least, his body--to be redeemed? To allow himself to be a vessel for Jacob, who wants to protect the island?
Speaking of Jacob, Ben articulated a Jacob-related question that's been preying on my mind for, oh, the last 8 months or so: "Why didn't he fight back?" When Jacob saw Flocke, the look in Jacob's eyes indicated he seemed to know exactly what was going to happen--he had almost a defeated look going on. But why'd he just stand there and let it happen? Aren't god-types supposed to be powerful? What's Jacob up to that he just let himself get killed without putting up a fight?
Also on the redemption theme--I've always felt that Hurley is one of the most good characters on the show, and he's less in need of redemption than some of the others. In this premiere, while he may not necessarily have been going for redemption, he's certainly on a bit of a path to hero status. He was the only one Jacob could communicate with, and therefore he put forth the idea of taking Sayid to the temple to save him. When it was clearly a futile effort for Jack to keep trying to save Sayid, Jack--always the leader, always the hero-type--had to defer to the often-bumbling Hurley.
One more point before I let you crazy kids take over in the comments. One of my favorite moments in tonight's premiere was this line from (real) Locke, which he said to Jack at LAX after the plane had landed: "They didn't lose your father. They just lost his body." And if that doesn't speak to the theory of people existing in multiple realms--ie the parallel universes point I made a few paragraphs earlier--then I don't know what does.
OK, now it's your turn! Talk to me in the comments section. What did you love/hate about this premiere? What are your burning questions? What are your crazy theories? And are you gonna be able to make it another week without your head exploding in some supermassive Lost-induced braingasm?
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