Thu
May 6 2010 1:11pm

Lost Round Table “The Candidate”

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Join bloggers Bridget McGovern, Rajan Khanna, and Theresa DeLucci for this week’s Lost Round Table. Spoilers ahead, seeing as the ensemble cast shrank by a whopping four people this week. (We think.)

Rajan: Wow. This is going to be a hard one to write about. But here goes:

Wow, Lost. I’m still really not sure what you’re going for here. Except maybe a significant death toll. But before I get to that, what I liked about this episode was again the Earth-2 storyline. Once again, this is a Jack I actually like, even if he is still driven to “fix” people. Even if he is poking his nose in where it doesn’t belong. But I forgive that because I like to think that he’s picking up on some of the significance of people and events. He certainly is picking up on the repetition of Oceanic 815.

I also like the echoing of many lines we’ve heard before when Jack was talking to Locke. All of that worked for me.

And regarding the deaths, I have been wanting more of them prior to now. I felt that with so much apparently at stake, and with so many characters, it was necessary. But this...I don’t know. It felt off to me. Part of that has to do with the fact that the characters seem at this point to be pieces being moved around on the board. Whether that’s by Widmore or Smocke or the writers, that seems to be the case. What was the point of them splitting off before into these little groups if they were only going to come together with so little fanfare? Or consequences to their actions? But suddenly, after a series of feints and people meeting up and running off and separate camps, everyone is together making a break to get off the island. With little protest to joining up with Smocke. Sawyer, I understand, was waiting for an opportunity. But Hurley’s protest came too late. It all seemed very rushed.

Then there are the actual deaths. I’m assuming Lapidus is dead. What was the point in bringing him this far only to kill him off for no apparent reason? Or was his submarine direction his shining moment? Or was he merely a red herring for the use of the plane? I suppose there’s a chance he might wash up on shore and he may still fly the plane away, but I’m doubtful.

Then there are the main character deaths. Sayid was in need of redemption. And this is the one that seemed to play out as expected. But I think Sayid’s journey was shortchanged at the end. I think we can see how meeting Desmond may have given him an inkling of a different path. And I can see how he might want to sacrifice himself to save the others. But I felt like there needed to be a moment or two more there.

Then Sun and Jin. Yes, they died together. And I liked that. I would have been more upset had Jin left. But it all seemed so very pointless and just a way to clear aside some characters.

And, I’ll just go ahead and say it, I’m annoyed that they killed off most of the minorities. I got people annoyed with me for saying so last time, but Lost has a bad habit of eliminating people of color. Eko and Michael, for example. The two black members of the main cast. I know we’re near the end, but it didn’t sit well with me that the brown man and the Asian couple were cleared away leaving all the white character and couples (and Jorge Garcia, to be fair) as the remaining heroes. Frankly, for me, it smacked of the dreaded movie curse. And really, they couldn’t have just killed Kate instead? She’s not even a candidate.

But that brings up some questions—why did the Island let the Kwons and Sayid die if they were candidates? Why let Kate live if she isn’t? Was it really because Sawyer pulled the wires? And if so, I blame Jack more for that because he wasn’t convincing enough. If I was Sawyer, I would have done the same thing.

I’m still in it until the end, and I have faith things can and will turn around. But I will say I’m disappointed by some of the decisions that they’ve made so far this season.

Theresa: First things first—Lapidus is still alive because we never saw a corpse and no one made reference to him being dead, right? Right? Frank is going to walk up on that beach any minute now... right?

And yes, I’ll say it, Kate still lives. If you really want to make me believe that this show is ending, have the guts to kill your favorite character, Lost creators. Killing Jin and Sun so soon after they reunited was just depressing as hell. I thought for sure Sun was going to tell Jin to leave and try to take care of their beautiful daughter. It would have made sense. It would’ve seemed a little less selfish. But I have to admire Jin’s ability to stick to his vow. The truly selfless act was Sayid’s. And we got no teary goodbye for the fallen soldier. How sad. I can’t believe he’s just gone. And Raj, I noticed it, too; Miles had better keep hiding in the jungle if he knows what’s good for him. At least everyone’s still alive in the sideways universe. Now I want that to be the real universe somehow.

So, yes, lots of slaughter this episode, especially at the end. And a lot of action on the Island before it. But what I really loved was Earth-2 Locke. And Jack. Just a really nice juxtaposition of Jack offering Locke help in Earth-2 the way the MIB offers Jack help. (Or does he?) Mostly I liked the mirror conversations where Jack said lines that were originally spoken by Locke, once upon a time. But now I wonder: did Locke get a glimpse of Earth-1 in his near death experience? It certainly seemed like it, last episode, but his refusal of Jack’s experimental surgery seemed more about the guilt he felt for causing the accident that injured himself and his father. Not about having a moment of clarity. In fact, I was wondering if the people on the Island in Earth-1 can see Earth-2 if they have near death experiences. I mean, Juliet proved that they can. But what about Sayid? I was kind of expecting a revelation for his apathy to be because he glimpsed Earth-2 in the Temple’s pool.

But then he exploded. These things happen on Lost.

I disagree, Raj. I don’t think Jack could have been more convincing with letting the bomb run out. I blame Sawyer’s impulsiveness for making the bomb go faster. Do you think the bomb wouldn’t have exploded if everyone let the timer run out on its own? In fact, after the last scene with the MIB, I’m not as sure as I was when Jack was trying to make a case for it earlier! But why, oh, why couldn’t Sayid throw the bomb into that room instead of blowing up with it?

As far as the MIB goes, he can’t kill the Candidates himself because it’s against the rules? And he can’t leave the Island until they’re all dead? It just seemed like he had much better opportunity to kill everyone many episodes ago. I bet Ben would’ve helmed a second Purge. I really, really need to know what Widmore really wants. I need to anchor my loyalty to a cause to get more invested in the Island action. Right now, I just want characters I like to survive. But I think there should be more meaning behind their ultimate fates.

Bridget: I have to admit, I was riveted throughout this episode—maybe it felt rushed, and maybe there are some weird holes in the action (and if Ben, Miles, and Richard don’t show up soon, I may develop the shakes), but suddenly we’re zooming on down the Highway to the Danger Zone, all hell is breaking loose, bodies are piling up, and I’m all for it. Watching “The Last Recruit” two weeks ago was like witnessing the painstaking construction of a complex Rube Goldberg machine; in “The Candidate,” the plot suddenly lurched forward, picked up speed, and now it feels like we’re hurtling toward closure at long last (although there are plenty of loose ends to be tied up…or not).

I agree with both of you that the sideways plot was particularly strong this week, with its mirroring and refraction of Jack and Locke, but I was also intrigued by similar parallels at play on the Island between Jack and Sawyer—the scene with the bomb on the submarine was arguably a reversal of last season’s finale, with Jack and Sawyer switching active and passive roles. It felt like “Jughead” in reverse in a lot of ways, although I get the impression that those parallels are less important than the funky cosmic tango Jack and Locke are currently engaged in…

As for the deaths (or at least the major deaths—I can’t say I’m sorry to see Widmore’s flunkies getting sent straight to flaming redshirt hell): first, I refuse to accept a dead Lapidus. Sure, he’s been wasted all season, but if the writers really couldn’t come up with anything better than “hit with a door, presumed dead,” then I choose to ignore them completely from now on. Plus, he’s scrappy—I’m not counting him out. Jin and Sun are basically martyrs to the show’s need to viciously kick its viewers in the heart every once in awhile; their shared function all season was to be separated; as soon as they got back together, their narrative was essentially over. It was sad, but it also felt preordained.

Sayid’s death was more interesting to me, if only because it was so sudden, and such a significant reversal, in a way—so much of his character development has involved other people’s control over him, for better or worse, and his choices were almost always influenced by external forces. He served his function and conformed in one way or another to others’ expectations or desires, a theme that culminated in the fact that he’s spent most of this season seemingly possessed. For once, instead of the tortured rationalizing and manipulation that normally attends Sayid’s decision-making, the bomb forced him to a moment of truth: he made a split-second decision, and died on his own terms, as a hero.

A few quick questions: Did everyone else feel like Bernard is hip to whatever wacky hoodoo is afoot in the sideways reality? My gut reaction to his scene with Jack is that he knows that the fact that they were all on Flight 815 is no coincidence. I’m still wondering if all the slippage in Jack’s Earth-2 experiences is leading up to some kind of major epiphany—perhaps he needs to reach some kind of enlightenment in that reality before he can fulfill his role on the Island? And finally, any thoughts on Claire’s music box? I know the significance of “Catch a Falling Star” and that Danielle Rousseau also had a music box (though not the same one, obviously)—maybe this just ironically underscores her isolation and role as resident Brooding Crazy Lady on the Island? Any other theories? In any case, I’m extremely excited for “Jacob versus MiB: The True Hollywood Story” next week (and for Island Desmond to get the Baby Jessica treatment as soon as possible)…

In the meantime, here are a few Lost-related links you might enjoy:

• The Lost finale, which just completed post-production, has been extended by an extra thirty minutes

• Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof discuss “The Candidate” with EW’s Doc Jensen

Wired has it all: in-depth interviews, clues, fan art, the origins of Geronimo Jackson—a veritable smorgasbord of information (Warning: the whiteboard featured in the top photo apparently contains spoilers, so you may want to avert thine eyes).

• And lastly, in case you missed it, our very own Jason Henninger has concocted a brilliant, Edward Gorey-style tribute to some of our favorite (and least favorite) dearly departed characters: “The Gashlycrumb Losties


Theresa DeLucci is a graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Chizine

Rajan Khanna is a graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers Workshop and his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Shimmer, GUD, and Steampunk Tales. He lives in Brooklyn with his two cats, Chloe and Muppet.

Bridget McGovern is a lit nerd, a film geek, and a complete pop culture junkie. She enjoys David Bowie, roller coasters, and Frank Lapidus’s impressive (if totally unnecessary) cage-kicking skills more than anyone probably should.

21 comments
Welby
1. Welby
For some time, the story line in Earth 2 has reminded me of the film "Identity," where all the characters discover themselves to have the same birthday, and eventually it's revealed their all aspects of the same mind, an internal struggle of multiple personality disorder.

That doesn't seem to be the case here, but I find myself *still* reaching mentally to find some underlying mythology that the series structure has been based on - like Shakespeare's "The Tempest" meets "Babylon 5."

Incidentally, have we ever seen Juliet in Earth 2?
Mari Ness
2. MariCats
Just to repeat a point I've made on other forums:

I have decided that all of this is an intelligence test failed by every single one of the candidates: If the Smoke Monster informs you, clearly and precisely, that all of you gathering in one small enclosed space that can be easily destroyed by a bomb is a bad idea, and, in just a couple more scenes, you all jump into one small enclosed space that can be easily destroyed by a bomb, you don't deserve to HAVE an island. Even an Evil One.
Welby
3. ChuckEye
Come on, Raj... Do you really want to make this a race issue? Shall I list the white people killed in the show? Artz, Boone, Charlie, Shannon, Libby, Juliet, Ethan, Jacob, Karl, Tom, Lennon, Inman, Faraday, Charlotte, Anthony Cooper, etc...
Thomas Jeffries
4. thomstel
The con here was pretty badly done, yet the Losties fell for it hook, line and sinker.

0) No one really trusts Locke. Even Sayid and Claire are not 100% at this point.
1) Locke get to the plane before the Losties.
2) Losties arrive and are told "Widmore wired the plane with this C4. We would have been toast."
3) Locke says "The plane still isn't safe ... mumble mumble other booby traps mumble mumble ... Let's go get the sub!"
4) Everyone turns around and walks away from the plane.

And don't forget...

5) Sawyer says straight up AFTER this "I don't trust him" to Jack.

At what point do people connect the dots here, and everyone just scatters? Locke's spent his time in Season 6 doing pretty much nothing but killing non-essential personnel and gathering up the candidates. If you want to thwart...whatever it is he's doing...DON'T all get together in one place!
Theresa DeLucci
5. theresa_delucci
@1 We haven't seen Juliet in Earth-2 yet. I won't be satisfied until she gets to have that cup of coffee with Sawyer. Sawyer, who is in the police station with Miles and Sayid. And Jin? Or did they let him leave? That week hiatus makes every episode that came before it seem far away.

@4 Good point.

So did Widmore wire the plane or did his people just show up to guard it after Richard/Ben/Miles put the bomb in? I mean, that's what they left to do. I hope we see those guys soon.

Also, I didn't want to be too nitpicky, but how annoying was it that Kate seemed absolutely fine on the beach in that last scene? Shouldn't she have been in worse condition? Jack never got to operate on her, she was losing blood fast, and then a last-minute swim miraculously saved her? Further proof the creators love Kate too much.
Dave Thompson
6. DKT
Raj, I agree with you that I was kind of shocked that Sayid, Jin, and Sun were all killed off this episode. And I agree it would've been more gusty to have let Kate get killed on the dock. I don't hate Kate like some people seem to, but that would've been shocking.

I like Lapidus, but I'm (probably) going to be really annoyed if he ends up being the one person who we thought was dead that survived the sinking sub. And yet, wow. If that's it, why has he even been there? At least Ilana convinced Ben from going to the dark side. Lapidus really did very little, except wear a pilot's suit.

Finally, I have to say I kind of thought UnLocke Unleashed was pretty awesome.
To be fair, yeah, Hurley is still around and I think he'll make it. Miles is still alive and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets killed off, too. I'm still holding out for a return of Walt.

Sun and Jin's deaths were hard for me - not only because of their love, but also because of their daughter. You could understand why Sayid did what he did, and how that impulsive act to save his friends, along with sparing Desmond, redeems him. If nothing else, it redeems him from being what everyone else told him to be.
Welby
7. ERic Elliott
I think the deaths are just beginning and here's why.

When Jacob was alive he could travel to Earth 1 and talk to people and touch them or recruit their help. How was he able to leave the island? Didn't he have to guard the MIB? Maybe there were two Jacobs, one on island and one off island, who were both manifestations of the same person.

Might this not happen again? I think when Juliet set off the bomb Earth 1 ceased to exist. There is only Earth 2 now and the island is part of that reality. The people on earth 2 are slowly coming to realize the connection between them and Oceanic 815 and what has happened on the island.

I think the people currently left on the island will be killed off one by one until there is only one left. The guardian. I don't know if that will be Jack or Hurly but I'm betting on Jack. His Earth 2 counterpart will come to full realization of what has happened. He will in effect be 2 manifestations of one person. He will take over Jacobs role and the cycle will repeat.

Everyone who was on the island will still exist but it will be in their realities on earth 2. Will they also gain knowledge of what happened on the island? I don't know. It may only be the guardian who is given full insight.

Comments?
Eugene Myers
8. ecmyers
Raj, I considered the race thing too. It was unfortunate, but I think it's really all about the individual characters' importance in the resolution of the storyline. I'm still hoping for Hurley to take Jacob's place. He's been underestimated and mocked for the whole series, he deserves to have everyone recognize his awesomeness. As much as it hurt me to lose Jin and Sun, Hurley's agony was even more heartbreaking. I have to imagine that the whole LA-X plotline is going to figure into it somehow; at least they showed alternate Jin to remind us that a version of him is still out there...

I understand why he sacrificed himself, but it seemed needless, and I too think he should have been thinking of their daughter. And why were they speaking English to each other?

Lapidus is too cool to die. He'll be back.

Overall, deaths and all, I enjoyed the show. There were some plot problems of course, but it was an emotional one. I'd expect more like this in the final episodes...
Kate Nepveu
9. katenepveu
Raj, I considered the race thing too. It was unfortunate, but I think it's really all about the individual characters' importance in the resolution of the storyline.

I gave up on _Lost_ a long time ago, but if all of the original non-white characters are not important to the resolution of the storyline, doesn't that speak poorly of the show?
Dave Thompson
10. DKT
@kateneveu: It would, but I think that's yet to be determined. As it stands now, I think it can be argued that the three characters who died in this episode have had a significant amount of importance to the show's resolution. They're also still certainly in play in the other half of these events (the sideways world) while Hurley is still around in both worlds.
Welby
11. sofrina
this was exciting but ultimately unsatisfying. frank was a red herring, meant to keep us believing in the escape by plane plan so we wouldn't suspect the kill-all-the-candidates twist. in which case, well played. sayid's sacrifice was too sudden to be satisfying. perhaps if it had been reordered so that he found the bomb, screamed "it's a trap!" and blew up, and then the others had teased out the set up afterward. as it was, it smacked of having run ashore with sayid's storyline.

and the death of the kwons was annoying because we've been stuck knee-deep in "must reunite" for so long. it just feels like it was all for nothing. (i agree about them speaking english in their last moments together. who speaks a foreign language in a crisis?)

it isn't jacob's physical presence that keeps the other man trapped, it's the fact that he is the jailer. his existence keeps the other man trapped. first he engineered the return of the candidates, then the mib set someone up to kill jacob, then he maneuvered the candidates into efficiently killing themselves. he didn't need them to die on the island, he just needed them all to die so the door of his cell will open, so to speak. like dogen had to die before mib could invade the temple compound. all of this has been for efficiency's sake.

what you have to wonder is: what will it take for the chosen candidate to become jacob's replacement? what is the transformation process? this is beginning to remind me of the prince/avatar line in "carnivale."
Theresa DeLucci
12. theresa_delucci
Richard and Miles are still around, too. But I think they're expendable. (Well, not to me because I love them.)

But I agree, for a show that was lauded as being so diverse and international, in the end it will probably end up being a bunch of white people. And Hurley. Hurley, like Lapidus, is just too cool to die and he stands for the fans and if Team Darlton kills Hurley, it's basically a big f-you to the fans.

It's disappointing. But I don't know that there's anything nefarious behind it. I just think it was a big culling of characters they couldn't use for the endgame. Motivation for Jack's righteous anger. And it was unfortunate that they all happened to be non-white characters. But thinking about what these characters have been through for the last two seasons, you can kind of see how they were written, as people into a corner.

I wish Sayid had gotten a less abrupt death. I'm hoping we get a great last scene with him on Earth-2. Naveen Andrews was the top reason I decided to check out Lost in the first place, from the second I read that he was cast. For as many jokes as I've made about Naveen's uneven acting, I thought Sayid was a soulful, interesting character with a great capacity for bad-assery and wry humor. Lost isn't about needing muscle, military strategy, and fantastic hair right now. It's about faith. And that wasn't exactly Sayid's strong point.
Jennifer B
13. JennB
I was very unhappy with Sayid's death. He spends all season as a zombie and then we finally get him back and boom. I am bitter.

Sun and Jin's deaths seemed pointless, or perhaps anticlimatic is a better word. At least Sayid was sacrificing himself to save everyone.

Sun did tell Jin to save himself, but she never mentions their daughter as motivation for him to live.

At this point, the only character left that I really, really like is Hurley. Too bad.

Eric Elliot@7
Your idea makes sense.
R O T
14. rogerothornhill
I'm still betting nobody gets off the Island: Locke becomes Welliver, Jack becomes Jacob, Hurley becomes Richard. Endless climb to perfection across repetitions.

As to the non-Anglo characters' fates, I do think Hurley will stay alive if anyone does. If the writers had had their way Eko would have stayed until the very end too. Apparently, though, the actor *hated* being in Hawaii and was written out of the show because of that. An even better question is: why is it all about the men, especially since in the original treatment Kate was the protagonist and Jack got killed off in the Pilot?

Nice catch on Bernard. Yeah, I think some of these Sideways characters are Jacob and MiB standins. If it's all about Jack's revelation, I keep think it's moving toward a definitive conversation with his dad, which is where both the music box and the missing coffin may come into play.

But nobody gets off the island.
Andrew Foss
16. alfoss1540
In all this have we figured out whose side Widmore is on and what the F he is doing on the island?

Whoever said that the Losties are the only one's from earth-1, remember Widmore and his silly crew.

And just what earth is Desmond in the Well from? It was Earth-1, after his encounter with Ben on the docks while saving Penny and his son.

In thinking on Earth-1 vs earth-2, let's consider Daniel's Journal. He received the completed Journal on Earth-1 from his Mom, just after Graduation. He then gives Back it too his Mom in 1970ish when he returns to the island before giving Jack the idea to explode the Bomb - and right after she shoots him.

We find out that Stoned Faraday began creating it while tripping after a concert (maybe he just passed out - he seemed pretty stoned). But Earth-2 Daniel admitted he knew nothing of Quantum Physics until he showed it to his friends at CalTech - Even though Earth 1 Daniel was a Quantum-nut-extrordinaire.

Hmmmmm - The Journal is one of Many wrinkles in time. Did his Mom's Pendulum Map predict that?
Welby
17. Alfvaen
The whole thing where Locke can't harm the candidates makes me think about the agreement between Ben and Widmore, that Widmore broke when Alex got killed. Not that I'm implying that one side can break the bargain here, just thought it was an interesting echo. (Which I'm sure more astute people than me have already discovered.)

I thought that blowing up the submarine was gutsy on the part of the writers, though the sudden switch from the plane threw me at first. And who's to say that Smocke didn't have the C4 all along? We only have his word that it was on the plane in the first place. (And even if it was--I don't remember if we actually saw it there--who's to say that he didn't plant it earlier, before Widmore's arrival?)

Re: character deaths, I think it's still too early to get rid of Kate, who's still a fulcrum of the series, or more bluntly, one of the higher-profile actrons. Sun & Jin--well, I'd rather they both got killed than just one, leaving the other one mopey and tortured, AGAIN, but Sun getting trapped seemed a little too sudden and plot-contrived. Sayid--he was, at least, turned away from the dark side, and sacrificed himself doing good, so he'll go to heaven, at least. (Heaven = Earth-2?)

I keep expecting somebody on Earth-2 to try to organize a "Flight 815 reunion". But that'll only work if one of them has figured out what's going on. And also if Kate gets broken out of prison and they hold it at the hospital for Sun's benefit. (And do Ben, Miles, Charlotte, and Daniel get to come?)
Theresa DeLucci
18. theresa_delucci
Here's some more details on the special guests lined up for Jimmy Kimmel's post-finale special.
Milton Pope
19. MiltonPope
I think Eric Elliott @7 has it right. You could argue that a heroic death is a fitting end for Sayid the tortured torturer, but Sun and Jin have been part of the core group from the beginning. I can't quite believe they won't be around at the end. And Locke, whose death was tragic and despairing. These deaths aren't the kind of deaths the series has shown us for five seasons.

But none of these people is dead on Earth-2. I can only guess that somehow -- somehow! -- the Earth-2 counterparts will become our heroes.

If more of our main characters die in the next two weeks, I'll be very sure that I'm right.
Welby
20. asotir
This episode could've been so much better. The main problem, I think, is there was too much plot mechanics and action to get through, and that crowded out the stuff Lost fans really want.

We like Lost for 2 reasons. Some of us like the characters and their relationships (genre soap-opera); some of us like the spooky mystery of the Island (genre SF/F). But I don't think any of us tune in week after week to watch explosions, gun battles, and scenes of 'pull the red wire or the blue wire?'

The Candidate had lots of these action scenes. We trekked through the jungle, we had gun battles at the plane and the sub, we had bombs and explosions. All these things take time: it takes time to have Locke see the wires in the plane and follow them to the storage bin where the bomb is. It takes time to move people around on the dock and into the sub, it takes time to take over the sub even when the crew consists of 2 or 3 people only, and it seems as though the captain can operate this sub without any crew at all.

Trying to pare down these action sequences in the script stage left them rudimentary and unthrilling; squeezing out the moments of character stuff in the editing to make the 45 minutes of airtime left us feeling cheated. How about a beat with Sayid holding the bomb in his hands, taking a deep breath as the watch counts down, and saying 'Nadia' one last time? And the mechanics of how Sun got pinned by the iron pipes seemed neither necessary nor inevitable, just an arbitrary decision. (In that conversation with the show-runners linked above, they admitted that Sun and Jin were killed 'just to make sure the audience knows the MiB is evil.' Yeah, that's the way to honor your characters, guys.)

The Sideways scenes between Jack and Locke struck me as treading water, too. I somehow wanted more. The Last Recruit had more frisson in the interplay between Jack-Lock in Sideways and Jack-Locke on the Island; since there was very little Jack-Locke on the Island here - and both those scenes just duplicated each other - I didn't feel that same spooky parallel.
Welby
21. dmg
I transcribe the snippet below from Entertainment Weekly's 5.14.2010 issue, because... well, because it is germane and pertinent to comments here.
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The last act of LOST began with May 4's quite literal bloodbath -- the exploding-submarine deaths of Sayid, Sun, and Jin. Next week (tomorrow), the show will bench nearly all of its stars in order to field an episode focused on the backstory of the Island's warring supernatural beings: Jacob, a seemingly ancient and angelic idealist fixated on mankind's redemption, and the shape-shifting Man in Black, a seemingly sinister cynic who somehow lost his humanity and became a sentient torrent of black smoke.

The final hours of LOST will pit the Man in Black against Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley. The series capper, appropriately titled "The End," will finally reveal the relationship between the Island world and the parallel Sideways world...
Welby
22. dmg
Oops, sorry. To continue...
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Faith or Reason. The epic adventure of LOST has pivoted on the conflict between these two worldviews ever since scientifically oriented Jack Shephard and mystically inclined John Locke first debated the validity of "destiny" in the finale of Season 1. To the surprise of many, LOST has resolved this profoundly tricky and politically thorny argument by ruling decidedly in favor of faith. Season 6 has presented a metaphor for a culture of lost souls desperate for salvation, renewal, and, yes, answers. It began with the Smoke Monster laying waste to the Island's sacred temple and is now ending with Jack's conversion from arrogant man of science to humbled man of faith. But nobody embodies LOST's evangelical philosophy more than Desmond, who has been born again as a superhero Zen master determined to enlighten the Sideways-world characters about their Island-world pasts and bring them together as a community. The final fate of the castaways hinges significantly on the success -- or failure -- of his mission.

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