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Lost?

The Lost Supper

***SPOILER WARNING***

At the end of the last season of LOST we were left with the question of whether the survivors of Oceanic 815 were able to reset the past or they weren’t.  In the words of Rob Bell, pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church, when faced with such a moral dilemma,

“Yep.”

The first episode of season six introduced the idea of alternate, parallel universes, or so it seems at this point.  Apparently there are real physicists who research this sort of thing.  It will be interesting to see where this new storytelling device goes, and if the two universes will ultimately reconcile or remain separate.  In addition to the multiverse concept there are several thing I look forward to some resolution on this season.

1.  Jacob and his Nemesis:

The mythology of the island has been one of the most fascinating elements of this show, although I may be biased toward anything related to ancient Central American temples in the jungle with Egyptian hieroglyphs all over them.  The history of Jacob and his nemesis, however, adds a compelling character focus to the mythology.  Now that we have seen revealing facts about the smoke monster I get the sense that the island’s secrets are going to be slowly revealed early this season.  The questions that still remain:  What are these characters?  Divine spirits?  Demi-gods?  How did they come to the island and how long have they been there?

Good vs. Evil?

2.  Desmond’s Role:

Last season Eloise Hawking told Desmond that he had a key role in the story of the island, and we saw in the premiere that he makes an unexpected appearance on the plane.  Jack’s recognition of him perhaps hints at a connection between the two universes.  It is likely that Jack would never have met Desmond in the alternate universe because he probably would not have been training for the race around the world.  This makes Jack’s recognition of him all the more revealing.  Maybe Desmond becomes something of a constant between the two universes.  It would fit the episode “The Constant” from season four.  Desmond quickly became one of my favorite characters on the show, and I hope to see much more of him this season.

3.  Alternate Relationships:

From the beginning LOST has been about the characters.  Their pasts have direct influence on how they interact with others on the island, and we have watched as complete strangers grew to become friends in the midst of a crisis.  The interesting question now is if the lives of these characters will intersect in a non-crisis reality.  There was some hint at this already in the scene between Jack and Locke in the airport, and I think that this might be the direction the show is heading in order to bring the story of the characters full circle.  Can these various people from various backgrounds recognize their faults and work to overcome them without the catalyst of a disaster?

I became a passionate fan the moment I started watching LOST, and I have never lost interest.  I hope these issues, and many more, are at least addressed in the final season, but I know there will be many things passed over that do not pertain to the broader story arcs.  And actually, I hope the show does not resolve everything because it would not be LOST if we did not have something to think about.  That’s why I love the show so much.

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February 6, 2010 Posted by | TV shows | 2 Comments