SPOILERS FOR EPISODES LEADING TO TONIGHT'S EPISODE AHOY. DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST 5 HOURS OF SEASON 6It’s kind of amazing that tonight will put six hours of Lost’s final season into the books. That vaguely puts us at about one-third of the way through the ending. While I can’t speak for anyone but me, I’ve been pretty satisfied with the types of answers that we’ve been getting and the story moments that we’ve had.
So, a bit of a recap.
We know what the hell the numbers are. We know, presumably, the method by which Jacob kept an eye on the castaways pre-island (that is, the Lighthouse). We can assume that the Christian Shepherd that we saw with Claire back when was Smokey, and that he continued to keep her company up through his possession of Locke.
What are the big answers that you’ve been happy to receive thus far?
So, do Dogen and Lennon come back infected, or do their deaths somehow “fix” the “Lazarus Pit”, allowing our gang to bring back Real John Locke later? (Tip o’ the hat to The Man Himself, Jeff “Doc” Jensen of Entertainment Weekly, the Yoda of Lost Prognostication). As always, what’s up with the psychic children? Who is the mother of Jack’s son? (I’m guessing Juliet, to be honest).
How about you guys? Honestly, nothing has stuck with me as much as the psychic kids. However, I do still wonder about why Ben still knew that the Looking Glass was online. I wonder how some of the particular Others (Friendly, Comrade Fury, etc.) got there in the first place. And I wonder about Ben’s announcement, “We’re the good guys, Michael”, way back when. What exactly made Ben think that, and was it ever true?
I’m going on record with Sayid’s turn to the Dark Side (or, as my buddy Shawn puts it, “turn to the Dark-Sayid, heh heh”) as one of the biggest moments in the history of the show. More alarming was the look that Sayid gave Ben in the “pool room”. That was some fine, insane acting by Naveen Andrews, and for a second there I thought that Ben was going to be toast, as well. I also found the moment in the Jacob-cave to be stunningly iconic, as well. Here, after over five years of following along, was the quite literal explanation of the numbers, their meaning, and purpose.
Frankly, at this point, I couldn’t fathom why some viewers still complain that they aren’t answering anything. Really, they’re answering everything. Scratch that. Everything that’s actually important. Sure, we love some nuance and minutiae, but the central mysteries are being resolved. And if a few things linger afterward . . . well . . . I’m fine with that. I can think of more than a few books that end without total resolution. I think that Lost has earned the right to end how it wants to end.
All right, gang. Tonight’s episode is all Ben and Counter-Ben. Thoughts, theories and bets? Pony up.