The Last Season

The Last Season
One Dark and One Light...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

We're not going to Guam, are we?

Man, What a rush that episode was. I mean that in 2 ways. One: it seemed like it was over in a half an hour. two: what a massive download of information.
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Two pieces of information were delivered very clearly. The first was given almost as a throwaway remark. Jack telling Kate that the reason his dad was wearing white tennis shoes was because he didn't think it was worth the cost or time to buy him a nice pair of shoes, because who would see them anyway? I know this little nugget has been a nagging question since the pilot episode and we saw the white tennis shoe hanging from the tree branch. I'm actually glad that there is a simple explanation for a few things and not everything has to be wrapped up in the mythology of the island.

The second piece of info, courtesy of chatty Cathy.. er, I mean Ms. Hawking, was an explanation of how Dharma found the island, along with acting as their travel agent and selecting their flight. Pretty soon you will be able to select your window of departure through Expedia, although the selection of hotels and rental cars on the island is a little sparse.

One thing didn't make any sense to me. Why introduce Jack's grandfather? What was the point? He could easily have gotten some shoes or other article of his father's from his mom. Wouldn't Christian's wife have a few mementos of her late husband? It did serve to deflate some rumors I've read concerning Jack's heritage, as if he's descended from a long line of Island inhabitants or some such thing.

Were not going to Guam, are we?

Man the trip back moved along quick. I was a little confused by the role reversal going on though. Sayid was in handcuffs like Kate, Ben went to the bathroom just before the turbulance like Charlie, not to mention showing up at the last second and Hurley crying out, he's not suppossed to be here. some weird stuff.

OK, is there anyone who doesn't think Ben killed Penny. Looks like Penny put up a pretty good fight too. I mean they pretty much have to give Desmond a good reason to go back to the island, so I think revenge will be it. He will arrive back on the island looking to tear Ben's lungs out.

Anyway its' on to theory time...

I think we can scratch one more mystery off our list. Richard Alpert. Yes I know he wasn't in last night's episode, but as soon as I saw the previews for next week, a light bulb literally went off in my head.

Who do we see walking around and talking, none other than John Locke. ( Ben Linus is there in the room when John Locke hangs himself. ) He joins at least two other folks who have arrived on this island as a corpse and were resurrected. One is Christian Sheppard, the other I believe is Richard Alpert. Here goes...

Put on your time travel Dharma jacket and journey with me back to the past, way back, further back, the dim mists of time around 3500 years ago. Picture a funeral procession going down the Nile. Several reed boats, one holding the body of the recently deceased Pharaoh. Suddenly without realizing it, they encounter a window to the island. Transported instantly to a lush green paradise. As they look on in amazement, their Pharaoh rises from the dead. They build a temple, a statue and worship their leader.

Of course in time all of the original people who came with him die. New people arrive through out the ages as they accidentally encounter windows to the island. Richard is there already, Richard is always there.

Hieroglyph for Richard Alpert.

After a few thousand years of people trying to leave the island and getting time warped, a few finally manage to get lucky and figure out the right direction, is it 305˚, 315˚, 325˚ who knows, but the secret is born. "That's privileged information", as Richard told Locke.

Big fat bonus theory...

Since you've read this far and you know my track record for theories is pretty crappy, so don't put too much stock in this one. It came to me watching Jughead. Since they found those skeletons way back in season 1. Jack guessed they must have been around 40-50 years old. Certainly predating Dharma by at least two decades. I was wondering whatever became of Bernard and Rose during the island time skipping. It seems like the I6 were in 1954 for quite a bit of time. Maybe enough time for Rose and Bernard to wanna find a safe place to hide out after their beach camp disappeared. Maybe they went to the caves because they needed fresh water? I'm sure they had no way of knowing what year they were in. One Black and One White, hmmmm...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Death Warmed Over

Now I must say right up front that of all the freighter characters introduced last season, Charlotte was easily my least favorite. Her attitude right from the beginning was just grating. She exuded arrogance in every curled lip, snarky remark, facial expression and overall body language.

So I wasn't really sad to see her go. I really thought there was going to be more to her character. An anthropologist, history buff, reader of lost languages, I mean come on, I was expecting her to decipher the writing on Ben's secret door, or maybe the column in the Frozen Donkey Wheel cavern. I had hopes of her finding the Temple and translating the hieroglyphs to unlock some island mysteries. But no, she utters a few words of Korean and dies.

There better be a real good flashback for her, something linking her to the islands secrets or it will have been another Nikki/Paulo waste of time!

Now on the other hand, I have to say that Rebecca Mader is a wonderful actress. I think she is very talented and wished she could have had a different role to play.

It is curious how this island is Death by any other name. Even if you get off the island, it wants you to come back to die there. What was it Michael said when Sayid asked him what he was doing back on the freighter? "I'm here to die". Why is it so important to die on the island?

Is that what the O6 are doing coming back to the island? Are they coming back to die? Ben told Jack to gather up everything he wanted to take along from this life, because he was never coming back.

When the Swan Hatch imploded the countdown timer was spinning it's tiles and they finally stopped on Egyptian looking glyphs that we were told spelled out "Underworld". This season we get a glimpse of Smokey, AKA Cerberus coming out of a hole under a temple. A hole big enough for three men to crawl down into. Must be quite a bit of room down there, wish we could have gotten a glimpse down that rabbit hole. Of course Cerberus is an icon of Greek mythology, yet the temple seems to be covered in Egyptian glyphs. Confusing? Yea.

We have been presented with so many different mythologies, religions and references to popular literature, I would need a speadsheet to sort it all out. Is this place over the rainbow or in wonderland? maybe its Atlantis or Mu? Shambala or as we are now given hints of the River Styx. Is Jacob the god Hades? Are the others the Erinyes? Maybe Richard Alpert is Charon, here to ferry all the lost souls to the underworld.

I personally haven't ruled out Purgatory. I don't really care that Damon and Carlton said it wasn't that, they have lied before. It's judgment time on the island and as we near the end of this tale, people will be divided up. Are you on the side of white or black? good or bad? No one gets out alive.

Hey it's either that or we get an alien reveal...


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lost Island Time

Round and Round and Round we go and where we stop no one shall know.

I have been enjoying the trip through time this season. I really enjoyed the little stop in 1954. Seeing Richard the ageless just is one of the biggest mysteries of this island. I guess with the reveals coming little by little we will eventually get an answer to why he doesn't age.

I'm only going to focus on one of the flashes experienced in "The Little Prince". When the I6 suddenly found themselves on the beach with their campsite ransacked and looking like a hurricane came through. As soon as they showed the Ajira Airways logo I knew this was a flash forward. Their motorboat was missing and instead were a pair of outriggers.

As they paddled away to go to the other side of the island, someone began shooting at them. Many have speculated that these were the O6 who had returned to the island. Yea, probably is them, but why would they have torn apart their camp and built outriggers? They know their way around the island as well as anyone by now, so why would they need boats? Maybe it's to go fishing? I guess the Dharma food drops must have stopped by now.

I noticed that Juliet shot one of the Pursuers, I wonder who's death we might have seen there?

Just how far in the future was this? a few weeks? a few months? Was it really the O6?

I speculate we saw either the next generation of losties (Aaron, JiYeon, Charlie, etc.) or another group of people entirely (a new set of losties) from the next time loop.

It seem like from the previews I've seen, what with the O6 and Juliette wearing Dharma jumpsuits, that they somehow arrive back to the island in the late '80s. Unless they can find a way to return to the present (a relative term I guess) they would have to live out their days until the purge. because otherwise they would be old by the time of the flash forward.

They O6 would have to somehow live on the island at the same time their other selves came down in the crash. I realize that they can exist on the island in more than one incarnation ( we saw Sawyer during Claire's childbirth, and we already know he was at the beach during this time). I guess we should have known this was possible because we saw the second numbered bunny appear behind Dr. Halliwax at the same time he was holding the same numbered bunny in his hands. He know at least that they should not go near each other.

As Dr. Halliwax told the work foreman, "There are rules to time travel". I am kinda confused as to these rules myself, however.