Monday, May 24, 2010
Its better to have loved LOST than to never have loved at all.
Let me give you a small recap of each season in a nutshell so we can get up to speed. If you aren't caught up, you may not want to read this. In fact, if you are caught up, ignore this. SPOILERS.
Season 1: Our survivors crash, try to figure out how to get off the island, worry about a smoke monster chopping down trees and how to tap into a french distress signal to call for help. Others try to capture Claire because she is pregnant and eventually steal Walt. Our survivors try to leave the island via raft, Gin learns English and well Danielle Rousseau is a crazy b-otch. We end here with Locke & Jack blowing the lid off a hatch into the ground.
Season 2: We find out that Desmond has been living in the hatch pushing a button and Locke continues pushing it. Ben Linus shows up. We learn more about the Others and the Dharma Initiative. We find out about the tail end of the plane and its survivors. We also learn that because Des didn't push the button once, it caused the Oceanic 815 crash. Des lets the hatch implode by turning the magical key. Michael flees the island with his son and coordinates given to him by Linus in exchange for killing Ana Lucia and Libby and freeing Linus.
Season 3: The others capture Sawyer, Kate and Jack. Juliet is introduced. Jack fixes Ben Linus' back. Desmond sees the future and tries to prevent Charlie from dying various deaths. Jack is heart broken when he sees Kate and Sawyer sleep together in a gorilla cage. A boat claims to be Penny's give them all a hope for rescue. However, Charlie dies telling Desmond that its not Penny's boat after all.
Season 4: Crazy scientists arrive claiming to help rescue the survivors. Sun is prego and Juliet confirms its Jin's kid. Desmond starts traveling through time. The freighter peeps turn out to be super evil, especially Keamy who kills Ben's daughter Alex. The freighter blows up before the survivors can reach it, supposedly killing Jin. Sawyer jumps out of the helicopter to prevent the deaths of others. Locke spins a donkey wheel and moves the island, which completely disappears. The remaining survivors are convinced by Jack that they must lie about their friends on the island and go back to normal lives in the real world.
Season 5: The survivors hate their new lives back in reality. Kate is a mother to Aaron. Sun has her baby and aligns her powers with Widmore in order to find the island. Jack is a drug addict with a bad beard trying to convince everyone to go back to the island. Locke ends up in the middle of no where after spinning the wheel. The shift in the island sends it spinning through time. It eventually lands in 1977. Sawyer and Juliet hook up and fall in love for four years until the other survivors who made it off the island come back in the Airjira plane sent through a special time space continuum. We find out that Locke died and they need his body to return. Daniel Faraday talks Quantum Physics and jibber jabber. Miles' Dad is Chang, that creepy dude from the Dharma films. Fake Locke gets Ben to kill Jacob. Jack thinks that detonating a hydrogen bomb will solve all their problems. It explodes and the season ends.
Season 6: We find out that the bomb created an alternate reality called Flash Sideways. Juliet lives even after detonating the bomb, but dies in Sawyer's arms. Sawyers hates Jack for being an idiot. The bomb flung them back to 2004. Rose and Bernard are living the peaceful life with Vincent. There is a creepy temple with a Japanese dude. Claire is the new Rousseau thinking a dingo ate her baby ;). Sun is still looking for Jin who was stuck in the 70's. We find out some insane stuff about Jacob and guy liner himself, Richard Alpert. We feel bad for the creepy Man in Black when we learn his history. Hurley can see dead people. Jack is the new Jacob. Blah blah blah
Okay, I think that preeeeetty much brings us up to speed. What we learned is that the island is a special place that holds the good light of mankind as well as the evil. Its a cork in a wine bottle. If the cork lets loose the evil, bad news kids. So Jacob protects the cork light thingy. MIB is his brother and didn't want to be smokey. He wants off the island.
Jacob's time is up and Jack takes over. Desmond is the key to uncorking the island because he can resist electromagnetic energy due to his hatch implosion experience. He uncorks and the island goes nuts. The lack of cork allows both 'Jack'ob and Smokey to be killed now whereas before they were immortal. Smokey and Jack have an epic ultimate punch moment and then Kate actually does something worthwhile and kills off Smokey. Jack sacrifices himself to cork back the island and save his friends who fly away in the Airjira plane.
In the alternate reality Desmond wakes everyone who is ready up from some sort of individual self created limbo and has them go to their special meeting place. Essentially Jack finds out that the island was the most important time in his life and so all of those people who helped him become better had to meet up before they could, 'pass on' to the other side. Before that they were fooling themselves in a happy limbo middle land, where they could have some of their desires come true. Faraday was a musician rather than a physicist. Charlie's band was successful and he had loads of herion. Desmond was Charles Widmore's favorite guy. Jack kicks ass as a surgeon. Blah blah blah.
They all had to be woken up from this limbo land, where they variously landed and came to when they died. Which time is neither here nor there. And then they all hug and move into the light. Christian Shephard explains this all to his son, both tearful, happy and embracing, ready to move on. These were the best lines in the series in my opinion. "You needed them and they needed you."
The significance is that they are in a Unitarian type church where all religions are important and none are important. Essentially, the island attracted to itself all people who needed something resolved in life. The island was the learning place.
Was it cheesy? Yes. But was it inspiring and cool? Yes. LOST taught us that science and faith can coexist and that we have much to learn from both areas. It had time travel, quantum physics, explosions, hot bodies and a metaphysical spiritual feel good ending. What LOST tried to tell us, in a very confusing and round about way, is that everyone we meet in our life we are connected to and they play a role in our life to teach us, either good or bad. LOST told us our lives are important and have meaning, purpose and direction.
We never got the complete answers to everything, like why Richard Alpert loves eyeliner so much. Yet LOST was a con we were willing to buy into because it just felt too good. :0)
Oh how I will miss it.