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Lost Season Premiere "LA X" Recap and Review 2010-02-03 05:30:06

Let's Get Lost: Season Premiere "LA X" Recap

After a long, looong wait, Lost is finally back! This week's two-hour premiere was intense and gratifying — but there are still plenty of questions left open. Among them is last season's big finale question of whether Juliet's attempt to detonate the hydrogen bomb worked.

Everything I want to chat about is a spoiler, so let's get to it when you


  • So did she detonate the bomb? The truth is, I don't know. The episode opens with it seeming like it did work to prevent the crash of Flight 815, because we see Jack and the original passengers in flight. After a teeny bit of turbulence, the worst is over and everyone is safe. Jack chats up Rose, Hurley tells Sawyer he's the luckiest guy alive, Jin and Sun are even pretty happy — it seems too good to be true, especially when Locke regales Boone with stories of his Walkabout in the Outback. For a moment I thought maybe Locke had never been injured in this magic world. The only indications that anything weird might be going on are a spot of blood on Jack's neck and the inexplicable presence of a passenger not originally on the flight: Desmond.
  • Alas, the seemingly "safe" passengers of Flight 815 are either an illusion or happening in a parallel universe, because Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Sayid, and Hurley find themselves back at the demolished Swan. I was pleased to see Juliet spared when Kate hears her cries from the bottom of the pit, but as soon as Sawyer rescues her, she's a goner. Since I already assumed she was dead in the finale, it didn't hit me especially hard, but it did Sawyer, who makes Miles "listen" to her. What does she say? "It worked." What? The hydrogen bomb? I'm so confused!
  • Moving on to fake Locke and Ben, who is reeling from just having killed Jacob. He asks what I was wondering during the last finale: why didn't Jacob fight back? Is it because his nemesis was playing within the rules of "the game" when he found a loophole via Locke to come back and kill him?
  • You guys, we got an answer to one of the major mysteries: the smoke monster is the nemesis! He changes forms in front of Ben's eyes and even apologizes for Ben having to see him "like that." So I still don't know what exactly the monster is made of, but it's satisfying to know it's Jacob's enemy. The ash that circled Jacob's cabin keeps it out, a preventive measure we saw a lot of characters employing.
  • I was totally startled to see Jacob sneaking up on Hurley and didn't put it together right away that it was because Hurley sees dead people (remember when he told Hurley in the cab that his ability may be a blessing? There it is). Jacob tells Hurley to get Jin to take him and Sayid to the temple, to the hole where Jin went with the Rousseau and her crew. Kate and Jack accompany them, and inside Kate finds a skeleton and a book by Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (who's regarded as the father of Existentialism).
  • Of course Lost introduces new characters for this last season: the new Others, who reside in the temple and make their acquaintance by kidnapping our survivors and bringing them to said temple. With them is Cindy, the stewardess from the plane, who'd been in the tail section when the plane crashed.
  • The new Others submerge Sayid in the spring — could this be the source of the healing properties of the island? Is it a fountain of youth and maybe how Richard stays so young? All I know is that it doesn't exactly revive Sayid, as his friends have to watch him traumatically drowned.
  • Meanwhile, back on alternate reality Flight 815 . . . turns out things aren't so rosy. My heart leaped to see Charlie back and alive — even if he was choking on a heroin ball. Jack saves his life, but he's definitely not grateful. "I was supposed to die." Eerie thing to say, considering his later fate of dodging death so many times. And I was surprised by how devastated I was to see Locke in a wheelchair — his other end at the hands of Ben is so sad that I hoped he'd at least have it better on this side. Not so. Things gets worse for the other "lucky ones" who have just avoided a plane crash. Charlie's arrested and Jin gets carted off for not declaring a suspicious amount of cash. The airline loses Christian Shepard's coffin, a weird parallel of what happened in the island crash, but the situation allows for the series's original nemeses, Jack and Locke, to meet. It was a touching scene, too, with Locke finding words of comfort for Jack and Jack offering Locke a free consult on Locke's spinal injury. If we end up staying in this other reality a while, I hope something comes of that situation.
  • Kate succeeds in escaping the marshal on the ground (was the pen she used to get out of her cuffs the one that Jack couldn't find earlier when trying to save Charlie?) and gets into a cab with — wait for it — Claire! I gasped to see the young mom, since they did such a good job of hiding her on the plane.
  • Back in the temple: um . . . Sayid's alive! I was hoping there would be some way that he'd make it (that ritual drowning was not a fitting end for such an integral character), but what does this mean the spring can do? Was he resurrected, or has his body been inhabited by someone else (like Jacob), like what happened to Locke's body?
  • So now Richard and Ben know that the real Locke is dead, and Richard realizes that the new Locke is Jacob's nemesis. "You!" he says, before getting decked. The fake Locke says "It's good to see you out of those chains" — huh?! Was Richard once his prisoner, or does it allude to the circumstances of his arrival on the island?
  • Finally, it was interesting to see what would have happened if Flight 815 had landed safely. Did you recognize some of the other passengers who were original survivors in the first season (what's up, Doc Arzt!)? Why was Desmond on the plane, only to disappear before landing?

I can't wait to hear what you thought! Is the "safe" Flight 815 an alternate reality? Let's start talking theories below!

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Countess827 Countess827 7 years
So basically we've messed up the time-space continuum and the confusion continues. Thanks LOST. Also, thanks for the heads-up about the literature references-Soren Kierkegaard and the book Desmond is reading-I totally missed those the first time!
Jelly888 Jelly888 7 years
mstrauss: Good theory about Desmond and Penny, but didn't they say that Widmore often went offshore and that's when he met Penny's mother? So it could still have happened, Penny looks like she was born before 1977. bastylefilegirl: The 815 was the flight on Aljira airlines. And interesting about the LA 10 thing...
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
Oh and one more thing so there remember the "Oceanic 6" well now we have the LA 10 or "LA X" still don't know what the hell that means though!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
Maybe someone turned the wheel and that is why the island is "hiding" and now we know it's underwater? And I don't think Sayid is Jacob but he is someone else and that why we don't see in alternate universe because he's dead there. And just another question for you all to ponder, when in the epiosde did it ever say the flight was Oceanic 815? I never saw the flight number and I'm thinking it's an entirely diffrent flight with similar passengers. Oh and I don't even think Claire was on the plane either, we just are assume that?
suziryder suziryder 7 years
oh YEAH! I forgot that in the alternate universe - or whatever it is - when they fly over the island, the island is deep underwater and has obviously been like that for a long time. What's up with that?!
syako syako 7 years
omg, how do you think of all these things? I'm impressed!
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
Princess- one thought about Desmond and Jack: if the bomb did explode and the Island sank, Whidmore sank with it. That means Penny would not exist, which means Desmond would have never fallen in love with her and need to run up and down those stadium stares, and he wouldn't have met Jack. Just makes you wonder...
syako syako 7 years
Yeah I was thinking that too Princess. (about Jack and Desmond). I think I need to rewatch the episode tonight! :P
PrincessStarfish PrincessStarfish 7 years
And apparently (as I saw the exec producers on Jimmy Kimmel last night) there is something to the title "LA X" and a space between A and X
PrincessStarfish PrincessStarfish 7 years
Didn't Jack run into Desmond before anyway when they ran up those stadium stairs? Maybe that's what Jack was wondering if he had met Desmond before. Also, maybe there is connection between Desmond's disappearance on the plane after Jack saw Charlie.
McRiguez McRiguez 7 years
My friend and I watched this last night and he said ultimately it was a battle versus good and evil, (jacob & smoke monster) but my opinion is that it's not about good or evil, its about power. But power over what? Control of the island? Why? Its properties? Also, when Flocke (love that name btw) said he wanted to go home...where exactly is that? Is it also back to the mainland some where?
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
tarabara — yes, there was an ash boundary around Jacob's cabin; interesting that the monster is made of smoke and the thing that keeps him out is ash, and Jacob burned up in a fire. mstrauss — nice catches! It makes sense that that was when Kate got Jack's pen.
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
Maybe Jacob and MIB inhabit bodies in different ways. Jacob can become the person and MIB copies the body. Cool fact that I read somewhere: The book Desmond is reading on the plane is called "Haroun and the Sea of Stories." It's about a city so old that it's name has been forgotten (sounds like the island, huh?). There's also an electromagnetic device intended to destroy the ocean, which sounds an awful lot like the island's final resting place in this timeline. Turns out Kate stole Jack's pen when they ran into each other by the airplane bathroom. Jack later asks where his pen in when trying to save Charlie, and then Kate pulls out the pen when she is trying to take off the handcuffs. Smooth move Kate! Cool pen reference to the first episode of Lost, where Boone is trying to do CPR on Rose, Jack comes over to help her and sends Boone off to get a pen. He comes back after the madness is over with a bunch of different ones. It's cool how even this scene - Jack asking for a pen to save Charlie - mirrors what would have happened had the plane gone down, when Jack asked for a pen to save Rose. Even at death's door, Juliet delivers some very important info. "We should get coffee," she says. This immediately reminded me of Charlotte's final words to Daniel, "I'm not allowed to have chocolate before supper." I'm betting that was deliberate, and that it was done in order to suggest that maybe Juliet's consciousness was, on some level, in another place. Could that place have been the ATL (alternate ending)? Probably. Maybe Sawyer and Juliet will get coffee in the ATL
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
flowergirl, I also have my doubts of Jacob inhabiting Sayid because of that same reason. I can't wait to see how that pans out.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
Also, I'll have to rewatch the scene with Ben being judged, because if I remember correctly, Smokey (in the form of Alex) tells Ben he must obey Locke. What a different perspective, now that we know that Smokey and Flocke are the same.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
I was also pondering about whether or not Jacob is now inhabiting Sayid's body..however, it's weird that with Jacob's nemesis taking the form of Locke, there are still 2 Lockes whereas we're only seeing 1 Sayid so maybe Jacob ISN'T inhabit Sayid.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I also caught that pen link between Jack and Kate. I'm assuming it was intentional, so very clever! mstrauss- About Christian being manipulated by the MIB, I like your theory, but I'm not sure if it pans out. For instance, remember when Christian took Claire to Jacob's cabin? I wonder if at that time there was ash around the cabin, because if so, then the MIB couldn't have passed the boundary...right?? I'll have to rewatch that scene...I'm so lost haha.
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
Totally loving that the Man in Black is the smoke monster. I don't think anyone expected that. So excited that the losties are back in the present so Jin and Sun can find each other. I'm thinking that Richard's original home is the temple, going along with the whole "fountain of youth" idea. Does everyone remember that when Ben went to get judged by the smoke monster, it was below the temple?!? Was he living there because he wanted to go back home but couldn't get in, so he lived as close as he could? Thinking back to last season when Sun saw Jack's father, Christian, when she was in the Others cabins, he told her to find Locke, who would help her find Jin. Turns out that the Locke she found was actually the MIB. So was the MIB also taking the form of Jack's father, in order to convince Sun to trust Locke? Now I want to watch every scene with Christian to see if he is really the MIB trying to manipulate people for his purpose!
syako syako 7 years
oh my bad
katedavis katedavis 7 years
I agree with CovJack- I assumed that Flocke wants to go home to the temple, not off the island.
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