Spoilers from the two-hour season finale (code name: “rattlesnake in the mailbox”) and more after the break. And I mean it this time. If you have not seen the last episode of season three, do NOT click on the link below.
Links and miscellanea:
- Not a lot of new information came out of this week’s official podcast (the final podcast of the season) because producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof were playing the season finale close to the vest. The did mention that one of the Monster’s sounds was taken from the receipt machines in New York City cabs (this isn’t new information) and that the Looking Glass is the “underwater station” referred to on the hatch’s blast door map.
- I didn’t watch the podcast-like LOST special with Cuse and Lindelof last week, “The Answers,” but others did. This recap from the Lost Blog is helpful. It doesn’t sound like there was that much that someone who has been paying attention wouldn’t have already known.
- Ian Somerhalder (Boone) will next be seen as Marco Polo on a Hallmark Channel made-for-TV movie. Maybe Marco traveled the world to avoid having to look after his annoyingly snotty and spoiled half-sister.
- There’s a new LOST game available for iPods at the iTunes Music Store. Unfortunately, you have to play as Jack.
- Apparently, Clitheroe residents were none too happy about being designated the British Tallahassee by Charlie last week.
- Buddy TV has a short feature on new cast member Marsha Thomason (Naomi Dorrit a/k/a parachute girl) and the strangeness of acting while completely in the dark about the story and a longer feature on LOST’s top unanswered questions.
- Here’s a finale eve feature on Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet).
- Season 3 just wrapped, but the season 3 DVD box art has already been uncovered. No word on the release date yet, but I’m sure it will be out well in time for lagging fans to get caught up well before the January/February start date for season 4.
- Harold Perrineau (Michael) is leaving open the possibility that he might return to LOST as early as last season. “It is a possibility. I just donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t know when and if itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s going to happen. I did another pilot for CBS called Demons. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m waiting to hear about that. With Lost, they just announced that theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re going to end in three seasons, so now theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re just really starting to board out this final run of things. For my part, I hope Michael and Walt are part of that. So, there has been talk but no official talk yet.” The latest rumors were that contract negotiations had broken down and ended badly, leaving Michael’s return doubtful.
Observations and speculations:
- So we start this episode back on Oceanic Airlines. The woman sitting immediately behind Jack looks like she could be Sun’s doppelganger. I know this might sound hard to believe, but I had a hunch from almost the beginning that this was a post-island flashforward and not a flashback. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it was that tipped me off. There were little clues along the way as well: the fact that Jack didn’t know the chief of surgeon at his hospital, Jack’s Motorola Razr phone (Razr’s didn’t enter the market until 2005—which makes them post-crash), and a few other details. The only thing that had me doubting was Jack’s constant reference to his father. Then again, every time he mentioned Christian Shepard, everyone looked at him like he was nuts. Which he was.
- Jack dials 310-555-0148, a fictional phone number in the West LA area. According to Wikipedia, “310 is one of the best-known area codes due to its frequent citation in popular culture.”
- Why we have to love Sayid: “I’m willing to give my life if it means securing rescue, but I’m not giving it up for nothing. Understand?”
- Why we have to love Rose: “Say it again.” Bernard: “I am a dentist, I am not Rambo.”
- I didn’t notice at first that “Malcolm David Kelley” was listed as a “special guest star” in the credits. It was a bit awkward that he was a few inches taller and his voice a couple registers deeper than when we last saw him. My theory: he didn’t play Walt. He played a manifestation of the Smoke Monster and/or Jacob.
- What a thorough redemption for Charlie. Not only did he die in a sublime act of self-sacrifice, but he also demonstrated some mad manipulation skills during his time as a captive of the Looking Glass.
- Funny parallel to second season: when Charlie is tied up in the Looking Glass and Bonnie (or Greta, whichever) is beating on him, the other one says, “Hey! Take it easy!” And the one doing the beating says, “Take it easy? He’s one of them!” This is very much like the situation in season 2 when Sayid, Locke and Jack have Ben locked inside the armory of the hatch.
- I don’t blame Jin for missing. A pistol is a lot harder to aim with than a rifle.
- The woman who was part of the mission to abduct the pregnant woman had a pneumatic syringe gun with her. Why did she plan on drugging the women immediately? To silence them?
- Once again, we see that the 815 survivors are far more lethal than the Others, whatever the difference in their motivations. This week’s score: survivor kills – 11; Other kills – 1 (not including Greta and Bonnie, two of their own).
- Sarah, Jack’s ex, is pregnant. This is perhaps another clue that it was a flashforward.
- Sawyer is a changed man after killing Cooper. He calls Kate Kate, Hurley Hugo and doesn’t hesitate to murder Tom. The fun-loving Sawyer may be a thing of the past.
- Mikhail believed that Bonnie and Greta were “on assignment in Canada.” In other words, the Others, whoever they are, have international operations. Which we already kind of knew, but this is further confirmation. Could it be that Ben told people that because he didn’t want them to know that leaving the island was now beyond his power? He also tells Alex that he doesn’t let the survivors leave because he “can’t.”
- Juliet reveals that the Kate and Sawyer chain gang was building a runway, though she doesn’t know for what. This could be more deception by Ben to make the Others believe that leaving the island is possible.
- If I was Locke, and I woke up in a mass DHARMA grave with a gut wound, I’d probably look for a way to kill myself too. Just before Locke sees “Walt,” he hears the whispers. The whispers seem to be associated with Jacob, and possibly also with the Smoke Monster.
- Rumors are that HD screen captures of the obituary carried around by Jack include a name that just might be Jeremy Bentham. [EDIT: Screen capture can be found here.] Bentham was a utilitarian philosopher who was influenced by, among others, John Locke and David Hume. He’s also known for the wacky escapades involving his corpse, which is owned an on display at the University of London and where his head has gone missing and been stolen by pranking students. I haven’t seen the screen caps yet myself and I couldn’t make out anything sporting the cathode-ray technology.
- The funeral that Jack tried to attend was of someone he considers neither friend nor family. He also thinks that Kate might have wanted to attend. We don’t get many clues for who it was, though. I told my wife that I knew exactly what was inside the coffin. After looking at me sideways for a second, she replied, right on cue: “A MacGuffin!” Incidentally, the funeral parlor he visits is called the “Hoffs/Drawlar Funeral Parlor.” The name is an anagram for “flash forward.”
- Why do the Others trust Jacob, someone who apparently none of them have ever spoken to, except through Ben? That question needs and explanation.
- Ben talks about a decision he made that “took the lives of over 40 people in a single day.” Is he referring to the purge? I sort of got the idea that that was a plan hatched by the Hostiles. Is he suggesting that he masterminded the purge? Or is he referring to something else?
- Ben was apparently being truthful when he said that Naomi is not who she says she is. But was this a half-truth. It was used for his own self-serving purposes. Ben calls her “one of the bad guys.” Who could this be referring to? Some group associated with DHARMA, who lost the ability to contact the island and are looking to dish out some payback for the purge? Or someone else entirely? We know that Ben was at least partially lying because at least two living people on the island (Jack and Kate) were not killed by Naomi’s group.
- Could a person, even a person who’s well-versed in pop songs, really tap out the melody to “Good Vibrations” on a keypad? In the LOST world, the answer is yes.
- Why we have to love Rousseau: “Will you help me tie him up.” Quite a way to introduce yourself to your long-lost offspring.
- Hurley and the killer VW bus was awesome. That bus has quite the history, since it’s also the scene of Ben’s patricide.
- Sayid’s scissor-hold-neck-breaking-leg move was positively Jack Bauer-esque.
- Oxycodone, Jack’s addiction, is an opiate similar to codeine.
- Penny Widmore communicated with the Looking Glass by transmission. How is this possible? It may have something to do with her father’s connections with DHARMA paying off. It could be random transmissions, but that seems highly unlikely. She doesn’t seem to know anything about a boat (at least she’s not on one). She’s in a room that has a globe and a large wall map.
- Rousseau set up her transmission three days before Alex was born. Which means that she gave birth to Alex when she was all alone. Woah.
- Now we know why Ben didn’t like Karl. Karl was a threat. He didn’t want his daughter to be promiscuous, become pregnant, and die. I’m sure all fathers of daughters can relate.
- The man on the other end of the “phone thingy” is Minkowski. That name will probably come up again, I’m guessing.
- The map room scene at the end was brilliant. For anyone who hadn’t picked up on the “flashforward,” this was the most obvious clue prior to Kate’s appearance. Jack is obviously tormented by the idea of finding the island.
This episode left so many important questions unanswered. Here’s an abbreviated list:
- Who is Naomi, really, if Penelope Widmore doesn’t know her? Why did she lie about being part of the Widmore rescue team?
- What was “the temple” that Ben spoke of when he was directing the Others where to go?
- What is the connection between Locke and Jacob, and what does Locke see his role as now?
- Why was Ben lying to his people about the Looking Glass being out of commission?
- Why did Ben feel that it was important to keep jamming the communications on the island without telling the Others that he was doing it?
- Whose funeral did Jack attend?
- Why does Jack tell Kate, “We have to go back” to the island?
- And, perhaps most importantly, why does Kate look so much better on the island than off?
It’s going to be a long break. No new LOST until January or February of 2008. This was an amazing season finale, but I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending. What will this mean for the show? Where does it go from here? Was the scene with Jack and Kate the final scene chronologically, or will the story end at some point beyond? Will we have flashforwards now instead of flashbacks? Will that be as interesting for the audience?
It’s a lot to think about, and we have a lot to discuss.