If there's one thing that's consistent about "Lost", it's the ability to deliver spectacular season finales. Last night's episode was no exception to this trend, delivering 2 hours of intense action that will for sure have fans scratching their heads and scrambling to decipher until the fourth season kicks off in January.
- Let's start at the end - I don't even know how to pick apart the whole "flashback to the future" thing. I'm assuming that this is what Ben predicted would happen: Jack wants so badly to get off the island, but has nothing but the hospital to keep him going. It's pretty heartbreaking to watch the downfall of our beloved hero and leader, although Jack has been slowly falling apart since the first season. Also, that scraggly beard is not working for him at all.
- Jack mentions his father more than once in his flash forwards, and while we don't see him, he definitely makes it seem like his father is still alive.
- Here's another thought I had about the flash forwards: Since Locke seems to be having visions of some sort (i.e. Walt), perhaps he is seeing what would happen to Jack if he got off the island (not unlike the "Heroes" episode "String Theory"), and that's why he said to Jack, "You're not supposed to do this," meaning, he shouldn't get rescued. Just a thought.
- I also wonder if, according to this flash forward, Jack never finds out that Claire is his sister. You'd think that if they knew, she could give him a little moral support.
- I'm betting that nobody showed up for Ben's funeral and that Kate is with Sawyer now. Then again, there really could be a number of different inputs to this mysterious combination.
- So Naomi turned out to be working for the wrong team - I totally called this! Just saying.
- I know Charlie had to die, and I saw it coming, but I still found it to be pretty heart wrenching. I'm just glad he got to be a hero and went down in a blaze of glory.
- I'm still not sure what to make of the visions of Walt. Especially now that Walt has gone through puberty in the off season.
- Jack and Juliet share one of the worst kisses in TV history, not to mention it made almost no sense. And then he nonchalantly tells Kate he loves her? Since when is Jack so carefree with his emotions?
- So is Mikhail undead or what? This is the second time he's been killed, only to come back virtually unscathed.
- Gotta love the little snippet of pregnancy scare they throw in there for Kate and Sawyer, just to keep it soap opera-y.
- As much as Juliet makes my skin crawl, I have to admit that her banter with Sawyer is pretty entertaining.
- Now that so many of the Others are dead, what are the Losties going to do with the rest of them?
- It's interesting that there were 2 scenes of almost attempted suicide in this episode, and they mirror each other. Jack finally gets off the island, doesn't know what to do with himself, considers suicide. Locke loves living on the island, but in desperate moment, doesn't know what to do with himself and considers suicide.
- Jack's "man of science" versus Locke's "man of faith" is showcased throughout this entire episode. The interesting thing is that Ben seems to be somewhere in the middle of these two.
- I feel the need to give Hurley a huge shout out for proving himself and saving the day, even if it was quickly overshadowed by Sayid channeling the spirit of Jack Bauer and breaking some guy's neck using only his legs.
- At the end of the day, Ben just wants to protect the island. He and Locke have a lot more in common than they think; I'm wondering if they are going to team up against the Losties in coming seasons.
A couple of interesting tidbits from Lostpedia:
- The first sentence of the article Jack carries around in the flash-forward seems to read, "The body of Jo.. [unreadable] ..antham of New York was.. [unreadable] ..[shor]tly after 4 a.m. in the.. [unreadable] of Grand Avenue. Ted.. [unreadable] ..man at The Tower.. [unreadable] ..loud.. [unreadable].. loft. Co.. [unreadable] ..entered the.. [unreadable] ..a beam in the.. [unreadable].."
- The name of the funeral parlor Jack goes to, "Hoffs/Drawlar," is an anagram for "flash forward."
Even though the episode ended with a moment of tainted happiness and false hope for the Losties, I feel incredibly satisfied with this finale. The hardest part will be waiting 8 months to finally get some answers!
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