Nearly 24 hours later, I'm still trying to wrap my head around what happened on last night's finale of LOST. The opening sequence was enough to send my tiny brain into a tailspin that it was forever trying to free itself from over the following two hours. Such good TV!!
Given the fact that I'm generally obsessed with this show and that I read about it incessantly, I went into last night's episode with a little bit of previous knowledge: it had been reported that a main character that had been around since season 1 would die. I was literally crawling out of my skin the entire time trying to figure out who they were talking about. I'd jump at every shot taken or punch thrown. Last week I think my heart skipped a beat when LOST lead me to believe (even for just a moment) that Kate had been shot. (Remember when she was walking away from Jack and the Other and the Other threatened to shoot her - then a shot rang out and Kate stopped short. I seriously thought she was a goner for a split-second.) Naturally, through this entire episode I was just waiting for the ax to fall (figuratively speaking) and for one of those characters that I have been so invested in for 5 long years to suddenly be dead.
First, Sayid was shot in the gut. Then the fight between Sawyer and Jack. Let's not forget Jack getting the toolbox to the back of the head.... I just kept waiting for it and waiting for it. Oh, and poor Juliet. (Although, it should be argued that her death couldn't be what they had been talking about - she did not become a fixture on LOST until season 3) Ok, I'm getting way ahead of myself. Let's start again, this time from the beginning:
How about that opening sequence? We've finally met Jacob, the mystical being of the island that seems to be just a man. Did you notice that Jacob wore white? And his nemesis wore black? I will present to you a theory: I'm wondering if the man in black, the one who hates Jacob and wants him dead, is actually Smokey (aka the Smoke Monster). Smokey has proven to be able to take on the personification of various people (Eko's brother, Alex, Christian Shepherd (?), etc.), so maybe this is his actual being. Until he decides to take on Locke's body. Think about it - Smokey is the one that tells Ben he has to do everything that Locke tells him, and Locke (who is actually the man in black, or Smokey) is telling Ben to kill Jacob. Something that the Man in Black (Smokey?) can't actually do himself. What a manipulation!
Speaking of manipulation, Jacob has touched all of our castaways' lives. He personally has been involved in turning points in all of their lives. He kept Kate from getting in trouble when she was a kid, he stopped Sayid from walking out in the path of that car, he was the reason Hurley got on the Ajira flight, etc. Jacob was influencing their lives before they were on the island! But the question is, why?
How excited were you to see Rose, Bernard, and Vincent again? I love the little bit of closure and comic relief this part of the storyline allowed us (Rose: Oh h*ll no! Bernard, they found us! - hilarious). I feel for these three. Don't they deserve a happy ending?
I literally watched the last 30 minutes of last night's finale two times and then slept on it before I was able to come up with some conclusions for myself:
1. What ever you do, don't take on the Losties. You will surely die. Did you hear that Phil? Radzinsky? Yeah, that's right!
2. Love is doomed on this show: Kate and Jack obviously still love one another, but they just can't be together. Sawyer and Juliet were in this perfect relationship, and it got blown to pieces (literally). Claire and Charlie realize their love, then Charlie sacrifices it all to save Claire. Sun and Jin are stuck in different time periods. Just as heartbreaking as it was when Charlie died at the end of season 3, Sawyer and Juliet were literally pulled apart which left Sawyer a pool of blubbering mess. Tears were shed. Not just by Sawyer.
3. Those people on the Ajira flight aren't as bad as I thought! They took the time to trek all over the island to show Richard Locke's dead body...
4. Which means: Locke is really dead! But who is that walking around in Locke's skin - back to my previous theory: Smokey has now taken over Locke's body so that he can "lead" the Others. What better way to do that than to take out the one who gives the orders: Jacob. I think that Jacob is the death they were talking about in the press. Someone who's been there since season 1 and a main character. He does fit the criteria. But, so does Locke's death. Even though he was already dead. But we confirmed it.
5. Juliet is a survivor. After falling down a drilling shaft (who knows how far!), she manages to wake up and beat the living tar out of a nuclear bomb, thus setting it off and leaving us.... where? Waiting for January 2010. Eight long months of waiting. Waiting to find out where the show can go from here. What is the fate of our Losties? Does the bomb really "reset" the past? If so, how does that work? Is Juliet dead? Shouldn't she be reset too? What about Miles? If the plane lands in LA (although, I don't think it's going to - did you see the "promo" for next year? Jack's eye opening in the jungle, just like the very first episode...), does that mean that Boone, Shannon, Charlie, etc will be back next year? What does the title at the end tell us - white background with black lettering. The exact opposite of usual. You know that had meaning... but what?
As always, check out these recaps for a different view of the finale:
Watch with Kristin
EW - Lost Recap
Please, please, please - leave a comment and let me know what you thought of last night's finale!