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Nothing on LOST is ever black or white

Nothing on LOST is ever black or white

Another amazing season finale, and my head hurts from trying to put the pieces together. Lost has been very, very consistent in tying up old threads and closing loops despite an incredibly complex storyline that transcends multiple timeframes and has an interrelated web of characters who cross paths in the flesh as well as in spirit. And creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have juggled the balls honestly – it’s apparent now that those who feared being burned by the implosion of plot details (X-Files alien mythology, anyone?)  will not be disappointed with Lost.

Tonight we finally got to see the mysterious Jacob and how he has already encountered so many of the characters at critical points in their lives. We saw the dynamic of Ben Linus manipulating John Locke reversed…or did we? Ben admits that he rarely tells the truth (“I lied. That’s what I do…”). Josh Holloway as Sawyer has been given a great arc this season, but Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn have been phenomenal; on occasion they put the show on their shoulders and took it to another level.  This is one of those occasions.

People who appear to die…don’t. People who appear to not be dead…are. Not everything is black and white, despite the overt images (remember that famous shot of Locke’s eyes?) There are choices and the inability to choose and the consequences of both. Alignments change. Old friends reappear. And we learn that if we ever need a getaway driver, we’re going with Hurley– he’s much better with the Dharma van than his own car…

Buggin' with Hurley

Buggin' with Hurley

An evening of huge reveals: two locations exposed, a killer twist, revenge and heartbreak, gunplay and deception, and a mindblower of a last scene. We learn how one accident occured but might not understand whether the “incident” would have had the same consequences unless it got a little push.

The Incident was everything you hope for to wrap up one year and set you up for the next. If you haven’t gotten into the show yet, or if you fell off the wagon, use the next several months to catch up on the episodes. Season six – the final season – is primed to be massive.

I don’t want to spoil the episode, and I know I’m going to watch it a couple of more times to pick up things I missed (what happens in the background is often subtle but as important as some things that happen in the foreground). But I will point you towards a few sites where the discussion will he hot and heavy for a while. I’ll be back with my theory another time. Until then, enjoy and namaste


Not everything is neatly buttoned up yet

Not everything is neatly buttoned up yet

 The Tail Section

Doc Jensen from Entertainment Weekly

The LOST Experience

 Doc Arzt’s Lost Blog

Lost Episode Guide (with fan comments)


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