Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Lost: LA X, Part 1.
Well, folks, it's great to be back! And in classic Lost fashion, last night's season premiere answered some questions (one of them major!), asked a dozen more, and included excellent acting, gripping drama, and lots of surprises! What a ride!
The episode opened up to reveal the aftermath of Jughead's detonation. We were thrown back to the scene before the crash in the Pilot, and what happened? They didn't crash. The flight went on normally, although with a few differences. Boone couldn't bring his sister back. Jack's neck is bleeding. Hurley claims to be "lucky". Desomnd is on the flight. And probably most important: the Island is underwater. Why? How? WHAT???
It appears this new format of storytelling, called "flashsideways" are going to reveal what would have happened if the plane didn't crash. But is this an alternate timeline? Did Jughead cause this?
In this episode full of flashsideways, the characters meet each other, whether they converse on the plane or when it lands. Charlie tries to commit suicide on the plane, and Jack saves him. Kate and Sawyer bump into each other at the airport when Kate escapes the Marshall. Kate also rides with CLAIRE in a cab as she escapes. After finding out that his father's body is missing, Jack bumps into Locke. The two strike a conversation, leading the aknowledgement of Locke's condidtion. Jack promises to give Locke a free consultation, saying that "Nothing is irreversible".
However, those things are revealed throughout the show. But it is also revealed that Jack and the other '77 Losties are back in 2007 following The Incident and believe the plan didn't work. Sawyer is angry at Jack, but they here her calling out. Sawyer rescues her, but it is too late. By the time she is brought out of the hole, she is dead. But Miles is able to hear her say something- "It worked". What?
Jacob appears to Hurley, and tells him to take Sayid to The Temple. A bunch of Other Others reside there, and Hurley uses the guitar case that was given to him as proof. Inside, there is an ankh that contains a message. Among these Others, we have what appears to be the leader at The Temple, Dogan, and his translator, Lennon, as well as Cindy and the kids from the tail section.
Sayid is attempted to be healed in a spring, they way Ben was healed years before, but dies. Hurley also reveals that Jacobis dead, and to the fear of the Temple Dwellers, they start pouring ash around The Temple.
You see, it was revealed that Flocke/Man in Black is the Smoke Monster. As some of the Ajira people came to kill MiB, Bram included, Flocke disappeared and the smoke monster came and attacked and killed everyone. Flocke reappeared to a terrified Ben, and told him "He was sorry he saw him like that".
And that's something interesting. For so long, we have never seen Ben afraid of anything. Or for that matter, Richard. Yet they were obviously terrified of MiB. Then again, wouldn't you? I must admit, when I heard the footsteps, I was a little scared!
We get a little background on the Man in Black. He claims is is not a "what" but a "who" when Ben asks what he is. He also reveals to Ben and the audience what Locke's final thoughts were: "I don't understand". He goes on talking about how pathetic Locke was, but was the only person to realize how pathetic his life before coming to the Island. Which was ironic, because though Locke wanted to stay on the Island, the MiB wants to go "home". But to where? Heaven? Are he and Jacob really fallen angels? I guess we'll have to wait to find out.
What was even more shocking was the way MiB dealt with Richard. When he saw him, he told Richard "nice to see you without your chains". While some are speculating this means he Richard was a slave on the Black Rock, I think it is more methaphoric, and refers to the "chains" Richard wears because he can't age. Richard seems to be familiar with the MiB, but before any confrentation occurs, Richard beats the crap out of Richard and drags him off, past Locke's dead body.
And what could possibly be one of the most shocking endings in Lost... Sayid comes back to life. He asks everyone: "What Happened?". Could this be how Ben was healed? Pretty ironic that Sayid and Ben were healed in the same place for the reason.
All I know is, this is going to be one epic, kick-ass season!
So, here are my top 3 questions! There are around a million of them, but here are some pretty basic ones.
Top 3 Questions I Want Answered:
1). Where does the "flashsideways" fit into the Lost puzzle?
2). Is Sayid really back from the dead?
3). What did Juliet mean when she said "It worked"?