Posted By Kent Merritt


"Mind If I Smoke?!"

Leave it to Lost to up the ante on this sixth and final season.  Instead of giving us a nice, linear storyline leading up to having all of our questions answered (yeah, right), this season has added another twist to the already tangled web of storylines to sort through. We've had flashbacks, flashforwards, time travel, and now an alternate reality of what would've happened if nuking the island back in 1977 worked.   Alternate, because in addition to a timeline where the castaways end up right back where they started on board Flight 815, another timeline seems to have split this group in two, leaving many of the same castaways back on the island in present time (whatever THAT is) just after the hatch blew.

Fortunately, the writing/producing team of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse keeps everything pretty understandable and increasingly interesting.  Seeing Jack back on board the plane that never crashed along with alternate versions of the rest of the cast will be an intriguing story to follow throughout this final season.  It looks like Sawyer has a new mark with the luckiest man on earth Hugo, Kate gets her chance to escape from the law, and poor Jack gets a chance to look dumbfounded all over again.

"Wha' happened?!"

Meanhile, back on the island, we get to see Juliet die all over again, this time in the arms of Sawyer, who vows revenge on poor, stunned Jack.  He tells Kate if Juliet dies, he will kill Jack.  Juliet does die.  We learn later on the the episode that Sawyer decides to let Jack live in in his own personal agony.  Poor Jack.  What a chump.

But, the juiciest part of the new storyline will be watching John Locke - or make that The Man in Black, or The Smoke Monster, or The Locke-ness Monster- terrorizing the islanders.  "I'm sorry you had to see me like that'", he tells a majorly stunned Ben, who managed to survive Smoky's housecleaning.  Classic stuff. And so much for Jacob and his band of followers.  Or, is it?  Now that Sayid has been resurrected, will we be seeing a kinder, gentler Sayid who likes to weave hieroglyphic wall tapestries?!  After all, Jacob is too strong of a character to just go poof.  And, like Jack so prophetically stated in this episode, "Nothing is irreversible".

I'm loving every minute of this time-traveling, mind-bending show, and I'm actually going to be sorry to see it come to an end.  Still, it's going to be a blast to watch unfold. 

My few nitpicks:
Bringing Juliet back just long enough to watch her die sort of sucked.   Besides, she was one of my favorite characters.  But then, since no one who dies on this show really ends up dead anyway....

On board Flight 815-B, why did Jin have his pre-crash haircut, while Sawyer still had his long hair?  And for that matter, Jack's hair was longer than it was on that first flight in the pilot episode. At least John Locke's haircut was consistent.

Why did the VW bus travel forward in time from 1977 to 2007?  And for that matter, why didn't Farraday make the jump as well?  He was part of that original time-jumping group.  If the nuclear bomb un-did the past, shouldn't he still be alive?

But then, it wouldn't be Lost if it didn't keep me confused.



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