Halfway There and Still LostPosted by BRADY in Lost
March 29th, 2010, 05:24 PM
The final season of Lost, considered to be one of the most compelling (not to mention confusing) dramas to air on TV in recent history, is already halfway over, and true to it’s title till the end, the audience is still thoroughly Lost. For all the “answers” promised in the advertising blitz for this sixth and final season, few have trickled out in any clear fashion, meaning the real big answer is: “Yes, you are going to have to buy this whole show on DVD and get fired from your job so you have proper time to obsessively watch it over and over and piece the puzzle together.” Though, honestly, that would be more work than going to actual work.
Not that I’m complaining. A season of Lost where they actually spell out all the answers instead of wrapping them in more mystery and vaguely trustworthy explanations would be like an episode of MacGyver where he simply uses a set of keys to break into a crime-den: it’s just wrong. Instead of an avalanche of answers, this season has actually given us a whole new set of questions. The most important being: why, on an island inhabited by Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway and Matthew Fox, would the Smoke Monster (Smokester, as his fellow monsters call him) choose to take the form of the bald dude with man-boobs? (the answer, I realized, is because Locke is rad).The second most important: why, after 6 seasons, do the special effects on Lost still look like an early 90’s PC game?
What really seems to divide fans this season is the “flash-sideways” world (no, not FlashForward, that’s another show that just wants to be Lost), where we get glimpses at the characters in a world where their plane never crashed at all. A what if? A parallel dimension? An epilogue? A lot of fans seem to be answering: who cares? People are writing it off as “filler” and a “waste of time,” because obviously the creators of a carefully planned, epic TV show got lazy during the last season they have been building towards and got some interns to write up some fan-fiction alternate world stuff. That seems likely.
And just because we haven’t gotten specific answers doesn’t mean that the picture isn’t coming together. We’ve gotten a whole lot more of eternal, magical island frenemies Jacob and The Man in Black (aka Smokester), who seem to enjoy long walks on the beach, sipping wine together, and trying to kill/imprison one another. Not to mention that Jacob has a magical mirror that he has used for a very long time to look into the lives of anyone he’s interested in (yes, I realize that sounds like the plot of a Lifetime original movie produced by SyFy. Maybe something called Peeping Demigod?). Who/what are they exactly, and why have they done all these messed-up things to our castaways? Maybe we’ll never know in specifics, but I’ve got a feeling we’ll have a good idea by the end. If not, the creators can anticipate ending up on a deserted island somewhere themselves. Lost fans are an intense and unforgiving lot.
The most recent episode, “Ab Aeterno” (which I believe translates to Emmy Submission, based on Nestor Carbonell’s performance), gave us the most answers yet, finally explaining how Richard Alpert became immortal (and no, his fashionable perma-eyeliner sadly has nothing to do with it) and his relationship with Jacob. Will more answer-filled episodes arrive in the coming weeks? Or will it be back to mysterious business as usual? We will have to wait and see, but either way I’m still hooked.