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‘Lost’ blogging: “LA X” Parts 1 and 2

There’s no way to “review” or “analyze” or even “discuss” this show on an episode-by-episode basis — it’s more like you just have to react and try to guess what the hell is going on. So I’m not even gonna try to impose any sense or reason upon it: I’m just going to react. Maybe when it’s all said and done there will be something cohesive to say. Till then…

Perhaps needless to say, Lost doesn’t make much sense while you’re watching it. My ramblings will surely make even less sense if you haven’t seen the episode… and something may get spoiled for you that you don’t want spoiled. You have been warned.

So, here are the thoughts I jotted down, pretty much in order as they occurred to me as I watched:
So, big nuclear bomb goes off. Did we get the big reset button we seem to have been promised? Looks like it. But this is only the beginning of the final season, so… wha’?

Does Jack-on-the-plane remember his alternate postcrash life? What’s with the bleeding on his neck?

And now Desmond’s on the plane! And Jack seems to remember him! (And then Desmond’s gone?)

Ah, but the island is still there… underwater? WTF?

Back to the island: Our people survived the nuke? Kate’s up a tree? Ringing in her ears? Jack’s unconscious on the ground? I’m thinking a parallel universe got spawned by that H-bomb, and we’re gonna get two separate story threads happening side by side. No? (Turns out, Yes.)

Hurley’s “the luckiest guy alive”? This truly is a parallel dimension!

Man, everyone has just rewinded! Fezzini said to go back to the beginning!

Boone!

Juliet survived being nuked? Well, if the rest of them did, it’s really no stranger than her surviving, either. (Oops, Juliet didn’t survive for long…)

Charlie OD’s! Well, of course. That’s what he was in the middle of doing when the plane crashed, wasn’t he? “I was supposed to die.” Dude…

Smoke monster! Nasty smoke monster… “I’m sorry you had to see me like that”? Locke is the smoke monster? Okay, someone’s pulling shit out of their ass at this point.

I predict Juliet comes back from the future or sideways from the past or through a wormhole from somewhere to tell Sawyer the really, really important thing she has to tell him.

The damn plane lands at LAX. Okay then. I gotta admit that it’s pretty poignant seeing everyone walk off that plane — or, in Locke’s case, get wheeled off — and all those missed connections between everyone.

END OF PART 1

Sawyer blames Jack for Juliet’s death, so that’s Reason No. 1,298 for Sawyer to hate Jack.

Jack’s dad’s coffin is gone? Whoa. So does that mean it was never on the plane at all? So that’s Thing No. 1,298 about Lost that confuses me.

So now there’s a big freakin’ pyramid on the island? Was that there before?

Okay, so Kate-on-the-plane escapes from the marshal and runs into Sawyer — he is her density!

What’s with this guitar case with a giant ankh? (And it comes with its own Indiana Jones music!) “I carried that case across the ocean, and, like, through time!” says Hugo. Best line of the episode.

Uh-oh. Jin-on-the-plane was up to no good. And Sun gets another chance to get away from him! Good for her. Except we know he can turn into a nice guy. Doh!

More density: Kate-on-the-plane jumps into a cab… and there’s Claire.

Jacob/Locke wants to go home? Where the heck is home for Jacob? Hades, perhaps?

Sayid resurrected? WTF?

(Watch full episodes at ABC’s official site for the show.)

(next: “What Kate Does”)


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  • mortadella

    There was A LOT of crap going down during the ultra-long episode….and yet, what disturbed me was the corniness of the Temple scenes. Maybe it was the Mandarin-esque clothing….or the big giant Ankh….or the fountain of life. I expected Indy to turn up with Short Round at his side.

    Yes, it would appear that Desmond is Jack’s Eloise Hawking in the sideways universe. Eloise appeared to Desmond when he attempted to cheat destiny.

    I’m a fan of the show, it’s just that it’s going take a long time to digest everything the writers jammed into that episode. There were moments when I had pure emotional responses without any of the “Whaaaaa?” factor, however, and most of those scenes involved John Locke.
    If you watched the summary episode that preceded LAX, then you saw poor Juliet get sucked into that hole THREE times…which I thought was a bit much.

    I’m also confused about the nature of Jacob. He was killed, but I could have sworn he was kinda immortal…yes? WTF?

  • RyanT

    Jacob and the New!Locke are not the same person. Remember New!Locke’s sole mission is to find a way to KILL Jacob which is what happened last season when Ben killed Jacob. New!Locke is the “Man in Black” back in the opening scene from last season’s finale who was hanging out on the beach with Jacob. For simplicity sake, I will call him MiB for the rest of my comment.

    I don’t think it’s such a “pull out of their ass” moment when it was revealed that MiB is the Smoke Monster. It seems this whole season (other than the whole parallel universe thing) will focus on the ongoing war between Jacob and MiB. Jacob seems to be the more benevolent “spirit” and has in fact got some worshipers (people in the temple/Ajira flight). All those dead people we’ve been seeing on the island? That’s MiB! Seems he can take on the shape of the dead. Which is why I’m nervous about Sayid. Is that really Sayid or could MiB take over Sayid’s dead body? Or better yet, maybe it’s a resurrected Jacob. My brain….

    As for the parallel universe, it’s important to note that it’s not EXACTLY what happened. Shannon was supposed to be on the flight. Desmond was supposed to be on the island. Jack’s father was supposed to be on board. These little changes is surely due to the island getting blown up. I doubt we’ll get explanations down the line, but it makes sense in the big picture sense. Like if someone goes to the past and step on a butterfly, etc…

    No matter what I highly enjoyed the premiere and I can’t wait for more!

  • Josh C.

    Judging by this interview, it sounds like Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse actually have some interesting ideas for how the season will play out.

  • JoshDM

    Of course Jack would remember Desmond.

    He met Desmond long before EITHER of them went to the island.

  • I agree with Ryan. There’s nothing “pulled out of their ass” about NegaLocke being ol’ Smokes. Every time you’ve seen a dead or missing person appear to someone on or off the island (except in most of Hurley’s cases) that’s likely to have been the smoke monster — or, more to the point, the Man In Black. Our real Locke is dead (for now, at least). It seems that it was just easier for Smokes to sell the impersonation if Locke died off-island.

    In fact, the more I watch this show, the more impressed I am with how they DON’T pull things out of their asses. While they haven’t had every single thing planned since the beginning, they’ve done a brilliant job of making most new pieces fit in with, and compliment, the old. And I think they’ve planned a lot more than what many think they have. Give them a little more credit.

    (Also, minor nitpick: Her name is spelled “Juliet”.)

  • @JoshDM
    Not necessarily. This is a new timeline. Wasn’t Desmond training for the boat race, when he first met Jack? A boat race that he was competing in to win the heart of Charles Widmore’s daughter? A Charles Widmore who was on the island when the bomb was detonated?

    I, of course, don’t know anything at this point, but I think it’s foolish for anyone to assume that anything in this parallel reality happened exactly the way we remember it happening.

  • doa766

    like RyanT said, Jacob is NOT the new Locke

    the new Locke is usually referred as “The Man in Black”, he’s the guy talking to Jacob on the beach, he’s Jacob´s enemy, most likely some old demon that was somehow trapped on the island by Jacob a long time ago, and this season’s biggest theme is his escape and the damage he can do to the world and the cast aways efforts to keep him prisoner

    Jack meet Desmond at the stadium on season two, long before the crash so he doesn’t need any awareness of his alternate life to remember him

    Shanoon wasn’t on the plane because the actress didn’t want to return, now that she played Liam Nesson’s daughter on Taken

    on the alternate universe Desmond wouldn’t be on the island because it’s underwater so he never crashed his boat on it, but the fact that he’s on the place means that he just like others cast aways are somehow being drawn to it, eve if they can get to it

  • JoshDM

    @Sharpless

    Good call on the Desmond background. I think he’s still unstuck in time though, and Oceanic was one of his stops. My guess is that he’s not actually on the plane, even if that’s just what they want us to think.

  • Dart

    ****SPOILERS OF BOOK/TV SHOW MAYBE?****

    The main influence of the entire series has been “The Stand” by Stephen King (according to the writers), and if that’s the case, then Jacob is supposed to be the “Mother Abigail” character, the one who gathers the “good” characters in this “stand” between good and evil. And the MiB is supposed to be Randall Flagg, the one who gathers the “bad” characters as his followers. Considering the writers have had “The Stand” in the back of their minds during this entire series, it’s pretty fair to assume that MiB’s plan will go right until the end, and that one tiny insignificant detail will make it fall spectacularly to pieces.

    ******END OF SPOILERS************

    I’m sure I’m just being hasty, but I don’t quite get (yet!) the point of the “alternate reality” thing. With flashbacks, you saw what these characters you identified with were like before the crash. And with flashforwards, you saw what kind of people they would become, and this made you curious because you would ponder about what events made them this way (Jack’s alcoholism? Kate raising Aaron?), which was if anything else a fantastic way to keep us watching every week (now if only soap operas would employ the flashforward method).

    I will predict this though: Desmond is the key between the two realities. He’s “special.” He can communicate between both realities, because of the “incident” at the end of Season 2.

  • JoshDM

    The current prevailing theory is that the “reboot timeline” where we see Jack on the plane and Lost Island underwater takes place immediately after the last scene of the “current timeline” (LOSTies back in the 2000’s, at the Temple, with Jacob “dead”), which will be shown in the last episode of season six.

    If you go back to the prior seasons and observe their structures, this pattern has proven true.

  • wooster182

    Miles already told Sawyer the important thing Juliet had to tell him: It worked.

    Presumably, she meant sending everyone to Sideways worked.

    My hope, as well as several others’ theory, is that Juliet was talking to Sawyer about getting coffee in Sideways and they will end up together.

    We are supposed to know next week where the triangle of doom (Jack/Kate/Sawyer) is headed.

  • MaryAnn

    (Also, minor nitpick: Her name is spelled “Juliet”.)

    Fixed.

    Also: Maybe, for me, the thing about this show that keeps me from getting deeply wrapped up in it is that I don’t mind puzzles, but I don’t want a story to be *only* about the puzzles. And the characters here have kinda stopped working for me as people — they’re just puzzle pieces, or chess pawns, now.

    I’d like to be proven wrong about that, and have them be people again before the end.

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