New episode of LOST tonight. To tide you over check out this video starring everyone’s favorite castaway nodding his head like “Yeah!” and moving his hips like “Yeah!”
Lost is not just a television show; it has become an epic story filled with mystery that has garnered twenty-three million participants. Some might call them viewers, but a participant of Lost doesn’t sit in front of flickering electronic pixels, seeking to escape life through subpar television programming. Lost requires us to be involved. The story, which has blossomed into a marathon of cultural, literary, scientific, and religious allusions, offers to its faithful adherents ideas worth pondering, books worth reading, scientific theories worth exploring, and ideas that very nearly burn a hole in our pockets. Lost, in all its illustrative, complex glory, demands that we dialogue, research, meet ourselves in the characters, and share our latest discoveries with one another.
What makes this series unique is not merely the distinctive flashbacks and flash-forwards through time, the infinite twists and turns of the narratives, the endless symbolism, clever and often subtle references to philosophy and theology, spellbinding storylines, and captivating mysteries. It is the sum of these parts that has created an entirely new genre of television and attracted what may be the most committed and diverse fan base in television history. College students are discussing the show with their grandmothers, professors are citing the show in their teaching, and adolescent boys are buying posters of Evangeline Lily in the same way my generation bought posters of Farrah Fawcett. Theologians engage the historical and biblical references, blue-collar workers discuss the show on their breaks, white-collar workers debate their theories around water coolers, and on an island off the coast of Honduras, kids in an orphanage raptly and faithfully follow the antics of the castaways via bootleg copies of the series. (from The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay)
Tonight the final season begins. Lost has been an incredible treat for me these past five seasons and I am incredibly excited to countdown as final secrets and mysterious are revealed (hopefully).
To say I’m sad that a tv show is wrapping up sounds pretty lame. I mean it is just a collection of stories and scenes and to some these stories and scenes are incredibly weird and disjoined. However, to me, Lost is just plain stinkin’ awesome!
I will miss the hours of entertainment. I will miss the theorizing and guessing with my friends. I’ll miss the “I’ll-have-to-Google-that” moments that drove me to learning about all kinds of things from ancient Egyptian customs to philosophy to Flannery O’Conner to quantum physics and time travel. Lost is a nerd’s dream come to true.
Tonight marks the beginning of the end. I guess everything that rises must converge. I’ll meet you on the island… for one last season. Namaste.
“He who shall protect/save us all.”
The fifth season of “LOST” is in the history books… or the future books… or something. What a great season! We got some answers to old questions and, of course, we got a whole big bunch of brand spankin’ new questions to contend with. After the final scene in last night’s season finale I just sat there dumbfounded. I on one hand didn’t like the ending at all but on the other found myself loving every single white pixel on the screen. Such is the case with every episode of “LOST”. It is love/hate, enlightened/confused, Dharma/Others back and forth that few shows match.
Now we find ourselves with one final season. Is the future rewritten or has what’s been done, been done? The only hint about where we are going that we got last night was a teaser for the sixth season with the tagline Destiny Found. Last week Doc Jensen, Entertainment Weekly’s LOST Guru, asked the all important question for every LOST fan.
Which mysteries do you feel must be resolved during the sixth and final season?
That is the 4 8 15 16 23 42 million dollar question isn’t it?
For me, here is what I absolutely want resolved once and for all:
1) What (and now I wonder Who) exactly is Smokezilla?
2) Was that Jacob visiting our Castaways last night or was that Mr. Nameless from the beach?
3) What ever happened to Claire?
4) Who is Richard and Where/When did he come from?
5) What ever happened to the Oceanic 815 castaways kidnapped by the Others?
6) Why the fertility experiments?
7) For a show about Good and Evil, Black and White we haven’t been given a clear picture of who is who. I need to know who is on which side.
Right now, these are the 7 burning questions I need to find the answers to. Did I miss anything?
I want to hear from you. What questions do you need answered? What mysteries do you need resolved?
In the words of Jacob, “What about you?
Ben Linus. I hate that guy.
Truth be told I’m sorry to see the beard go. So long Grizzly Jack. LOST Season 5 is now only a month away.
Destiny Calls you on Ajira Airways.
I am still reeling from last night’s season finale of LOST. I won’t ruin the
BIG HUGE REVEAL of who was in the coffin here but needless to say, I was shocked. All season long I had predicted that it was Michael’s body but, man-o-man, was I wrong!!! (Credit where credit is due, my wife guess correctly)
Now here is something I found absolutely fascinating about tonight’s episode. The name given to the body in the coffin was Jeremy Bentham. The real Bentham was a English philosopher from the late 1700s and early 1800s. He is most known for his advocacy of Utilitarianism, the idea that goodness is derived from an action’s outcome. True goodness is measured by the impact it has on a situation as a whole. What is done for the greater good and the greatest number of people is deemed truly great. Looks like we have a season of story in there somewhere.
The thing that most struck me about the real Bentham and how he might relate to LOST as we go forward was his corpse. To the best of my understanding, Bentham had his body preserved and stored in a cabinet. One article said that this was due to financial reasons. More likely is that he allowed his student, Dr. Southwood Smith, to preform an autopsy on his body. Autopsies were highly controversial but Bentham and Smith believed that by dissecting a dead body many great things might be learned for the betterment of society. Again, the greater good would be served.
In 1850 University College London acquired the body and presented it on display in their main building. Apparently, the head fell off one day and so the powers that be sculpted a replacement head out of wax but kept the real head in the cabinet. The head, after years of being stolen and being just plain creepy, was removed and is in “safe keeping.” The college allegedly brings Bentham’s cabinet to important Council meetings where he is marked “present but not voting.” According to the Wikipedia article, if there is ever a need for a tie breaking vote Bentham votes in favor of the motion.
So what does this mean for our friend in the coffin? Well, Ben said everyone has to go back so… looks like “Bentham” will be tagging along. Add a little creep factor to this if he sits in on the return trip planning meetings too.
It is hard to believe that I have to wait until 2009 to find out that I’m probably wrong about this. Leave your thoughts and theories in the comments section friends. Have a good weekend everyone.
*LOST SEASON FOUR DISCUSSION HAPPENING BELOW* PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!
For those of you who are Lost fans you know that this season has been dealing with a lot of nerd-friendly issues such as theoretical physics, the space time continuum, and the nature of reality. All good stuff to be sure but often times I feel like my puny little BA can’t match up with the likes of Dr. Faradey and his time traveling rat.
So to make up for Lost time (ha) I have been expanding my reading list to now include a handful of scientific books. I began last Christmas with The Fabric of the Cosmos. I liked that book so much that I have since picked up Greene’s first foray into explaining deep, difficult, theortical concepts to everyday joes, The Elegant Universe.
In The Elegant Universe Greene introduces the reader to superstring theory. While general relativity deals with the big things in the universe, quantum mechanics deals with the smallest particles. Einstein believed that there must be a unifying theory that explains the entire workings of the universe both large and small. Many believe that superstring theory could be that unifying theory. Greene argues that throughout the history of physics, conflicts have emerged that, once settled, rewrote our complete understanding of what we know about how the universe works. Yes, like Desmond, I sometimes get a nosebleed just reading this stuff.
As I began reading last night I immediately ran across something that jumped out at me as extremely important as we head into the (second) season finale for season 4.
We all know that there is something off about the island and that this season we have come to understand that time plays a big role in that. First a rocket payload landed later than expected. Then a dead doctor washed ashore hours before he died. What is going on here? Now as we move toward the big finale John Locke is on a mission to “move the island.” What does this mean for those left on the island? What about those now on the freighter? What about the rest of us living our lives unaware of the islands existence? For those of you who have been following closely this season get a load of this:
The first conflict concerns puzzling properties of the motion of light. Briefly put, according to Isaac Newton’s laws of motion, if you run fast enough you can catch up with a departing beam of light, whereas according to James Clerk Maxwell’s laws of electromagnetism, you can’t. Einstein resolved this conflict through his theory of special relativity, and in so doing completely overturned our understanding of space and time. Accoring to special reletivity, no longer can space and time be thought of as universal concepts set in stone, experienced identically by everyone. Rather space and time emerged from Einstein’s reworking as malleable constructs whose form and appearance depend on one’s state of motion.
I think that this is a pretty significant bit of information as it concerns our castaways. If the island can move (or is in a constant state of motion relative to…) then no wonder there is a hiccup in time as it concerns rockets and dead doctors and satellite phones.
Maybe I should send Grizzly Jack a copy of this book to help aid him in his quest to return. I’ll just have to tell the postman to stay on the bearing 305 lest he too get a nasty nosebleed.
I can’t believe we have to wait another two weeks to (not) get answers to the mysteries surrounding the island, the survivors of 815, the freighter people, Ben, and Charles Widmore.
If anything should happen to me during these next two weeks, Desmond Hume is my constant.
It begins… D’oh! It’s a recap show!
To quote the wife, “Well, we’ve got an hour.” I’m going to take out the trash.
See you in 58.
Ok. Quick thought about the recap. I am a little unnerved that it is being narrated by Ben. Just sayin’.
Here we go. It begins… for reals this time.
8:00- Bumbelbee’s cousin, Red Hornet? (The wife recognized the car as Hurley’s)
8:03- Nope, it’s Hurley. “I’m one of the Oceanic 6!” That’s one for me.
8:04- Best. Theme
Note Tone. Ever.
8:06- The story is taking place in the present. That’s 2.
8:07- “I never met her.” Lies, lies, lies.
8:08- Back to the nut house for Hurley. And flashback to the island for us.
8:10- I still don’t trust Ben.
8:13- Charlie’s dead.
8:14- The guy on the other end of the phone is named George. Naomi went missing. My money is on Ben having that knife. I still don’t trust Ben.
8:20- A kiss goodbye is all Ben needs to see. He’s found a new foothold in the love triangle.
8:21- Back to the present.
8:22- An Oceanic Representative offering an upgrade? Didn’t think so.
8:24- D’oh! Hugo’s alone.
8:25- Jacob’s left the light on for him.
8:29- Ben saw more then a kiss. Or so he says. I still don’t trust Ben.
8:30- I stand corrected. He was telling the truth.
8:31- Ambush by Naomi. That was quite a jump for someone with a giant knife wound in the spine.
8:33- Meanwhile, at Jacob’s… which is down the trail from Jacob’s… Locke seems to have been paying Jacob a late night visit.
8:40- Reunion time. Sun & Jin, Bernard & Rose, Claire &… oh yeah. Sorry.
8:43- What the WHOO-HAH!!!!! Charlie’s in the present telling Hurley that “they need you.”
8:46- Locke just got sucker punched! Jack pulled the trigger. I think he has had enough of Locke. On a theological note, that wouldn’t have been the first time science tried to kill faith. (I had to throw that in there)
8:51- Jack’s been handing out the beatings as of late.
8:54- Locke, Claire, Danielle, Ben, Hurley, Survivor #23, the teens, & Sawyer are off to the barracks.
8:57- Hurley has another visitor- Jack. Go with that beard idea, dude.
8:58- Keep your mouth shut Hurley!
8:59- Sorry? We have to go back. And here we are.
9:01- “Are you Jack?”
Ok. So what do we know?
1) We know 6 people made it off the island. We know who 3 of them are: Jack, Kate, & Hurley
2) The 6 people that came back are hiding information about what happened to the other people left on the island. At least Jack and Hurley are having second thoughts about coming home.
3) There are people trying to get to the bottom of that mystery.
4) Hurley was sorry that he followed Locke. I’m very interested to follow that series of events.
5) We know Jack wanted to grow a beard and that he made that dream come true. In spades.
Great season premiere! Welcome back survivors of Oceanic 815.
Tonight’s episode, The Beginning of the End, is only a few hours away.
I have no idea what’s in store for us tonight but here are some of my thoughts, ideas, and theories…
1) After last season’s “game changing” finale, where we were treated to a flash-forward rather than the typical flashback, I have thought that this season might follow the same pattern. I have wondered whether season 4 will take place in the present (off the island) and that the flashbacks will take us back to the events that lead to some of the islanders (we only know of Jack and Kate) escaping from the island.
2) This last theory has gained more legitimacy with me due to the title slide featured on the commercials. The advertisements show the island reflecting off the ocean but the reflection is that of a city skyline.
3) 6 people will leave the island. The commercials have featured the number 6 flashing subliminally between images of the new season. We know that Jack and Kate leave the island. Your guess is as good as mine as to who the other 4 are. However, one of them might be Michael because…
4) I think Michael (Walt’s Dad) was the person in the coffin Jack visited in last season’s finale. If it is Michael, then he and Walt might have been the ones who led the “rescuers” back to the island. We saw Walt telling Locke to crawl out of Dharma pit last year. Before that, the last time we saw Walt, he and Michael were leaving the island in a small boat.
5) In the finale, Jack throws a raging, drunk tirade when he is challenged by the chief of surgery. “Bring my father down here ands see if he’s drunker than I am,” he railed. Ummm… as far as we know Jack’s father is dead. He died in Australia and Jack went to bring him back to LA. It was the whole reason Jack was on Oceanic Flight 815. Now Jack could have said this because he was drunk out of his mind. He was out of touch with reality and dealing with a lot. However, the island is special. Locke was in a wheel chair prior to arriving on the island. Jin was infertile. The island has significant healing powers. If the body of Jack’s dad was on that plane… Nah! That’s crazy talk. Or is it? I think I might have seen Jack’s dad in the season 4 trailer. He’s alive. I’m calling it.
Only 2 hours to go… Check back during the show.