Lost Season 6 Premiere Review & Discussion [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 3rd, 2010 at 7:04 pm,

lost season 6 premiere review Lost Season 6 Premiere Review & Discussion [Updated]

Tonight saw the beginning of the end for Lost, one of my favorite shows on television. Or is that the end of the beginning? You never know with ABC’s hit series and the creative minds of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, their writing staff, and everyone involved in the creative process.

After a long wait, Lost has entered its 6th and final season, something that was pre-determined several years back when ABC agreed to let the show set its concrete end-date so the writers could fully plot out the structure of the show – and set up its story appropriately without forcing extra “filler” episodes to milk the franchise.

Just as I did with our Lost Season 5 Finale Review & Discussion, I’ve made many pages of notes while watching the finale, having gone into it with no spoilers beforehand. Join us as I review and discuss 2-hour season 6 premiere of Lost, titled “LAX.”

While watching the episode, I typed up a summary of everything that happened as it happened to help me remember. I’ll post that later as a play-by-play recap of the entire 2-hour premiere.

For now, let’s hit on the big topics.

Introduction

The show opens with the white flash resulting from Juliet setting off the bomb from the Lost Season 5 Finale. This transitions into the intro of the premiere which sees Jack back on Oceanic Airlines, flight 815.

So, did the bomb work? Did the Losties successfully put things in order and end up back on the plane? No, fool. This is Lost!

What we see is a re-imagining of the intro to the series, an alternate reality. The scenes start out the same as we remember and just like before, the airplane hits that foreboding turbulence but what we expect to happen does not, and the Flight isn’t interrupted by the airplane breaking apart into pieces.

Instead we see what would’ve happened with our favorite characters had their flight continued normally. We get several great cameos including Charlie and his drug habit, Boone who lost his life in season 1, exploding Dr. Artz and even a voiceover cameo from Greg Grunberg as captain of the flight.

Multiple Story Arcs

What happens in the alternate reality is only one of three stories being told at the same time and throughout the special we’re continuously jumping from one to another.

While seeing what the flight should have been and what happens to the characters at the airport once they land at LAX, we’re seeing the repercussions of what happened at the four-toed statue after what we thought was Locke manipulated Ben into killing Jacob.

Richard is there outside the structure, waiting with a large group of survivors and a bunch of armed folks led by Ilana (played by Zuleikha Robinson). Recall that at the end of Season 5, Ilana and co. brought the casket with the real John Locke to show Richard Alpert which had them all wondering who the heck they’d been following to meet Jacob.

So, following this story for a moment, some interesting revelations are made. We learn that the bad John Locke, who’s really Jacob’s nemesis (I refer to him as Esau) is in fact the smoke monster.

We also learn that he and Richard have history and are enemies of sorts. From the way everything has played out in the series so far, we are lead to believe that he is the villainous character of the show and that Jacob is the good guy. How Richard doesn’t age and what his history with these two are, or what his mission is, are still a mystery.

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  1. Yes, my wife and daughter were cracking up. :)

  2. Out of the 15 I really would like to know more about Richard Alpert. He has become my favorite character on the show and the ancient Egyptian stuff on the island. Is the island part of the Old Testament?
    I think they kinda explained question 3 with Eloise Hawkings explaining to Jack what it is last season.

  3. You should be able to figure out some of those questions by now. And it's kinda dumb to want every technical detail of the Island explained to YOU the viewer.

    The story will hold if the CHARACTERS understand their journey and feel complete with their archs. Our attachment to the characters will therefore bring us to a resolution as well.

    It's the whole District 9 debate of story vs. premise again. In Lost, the Island is the premise but the characters are the story. Only the story needs resolution, the premise can have some open ends.

    Why even bother to watch a show if you want to check off numbers on some list you made? Just wait for somebody on the internet to post a list of answers – you'll be just as happy.

  4. Dumb?

    These are CORE mysteries that they've been teasing the audience with for 6 f***ing YEARS. Of course we need answers, yeesh.

  5. I WILL answer some of these. Real busy and when some of those questions are answered you will it answers and or invalidates others. A lot of the middle stuff to my understanding was “fluff” and had no real core meaning to the story as a whole.

    BB tomorrow to busy today.. :(

  6. To everyone above I call B.S.

    Sure, you enjoy the journey, but even a road trip needs a destination. You want questions that need answering? How about these FIFTEEN (thanks to http://blogs.chron.com/tubular/archives/2010/02

    1. Why have these castaways crashed on this island? Were they chosen or connected in some way? And if so, how?

    2. What is the Smoke Monster and what is its connection to the island?

    3. What is the island? Is it alive, somehow? What is the source of its apparent power?

    4. Who is Jacob and his rival, the mysterious Man in Black, and what is the source of their powers?

    5. Who are the Others and what is their connection to the island?

    6. Why are the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 so significant throughout the story? Do they connect somehow to the island or its powers?

    7. Who is Richard Alpert and why doesn't he seem to age? Is he immortal or bound to the island in some timeless way?

    8. Is John Locke really dead, and if so, what, or who, is animating his body? (OK, they answered this one)

    9. Why and how do the dead keep showing up on the island, from Jack's father to Mr. Eko's brother?

    10. Where did the ancient stuff on the island, including the statue and the temple, come from?

    11. Why is Charles Widmore so focused on getting back to the island?

    12. What built the “frozen donkey wheel” that sends people off the island through time and moved the island? How does it work?

    13. How does the island heal people, curing Locke's paralysis and Rose's cancer?

    14. Did the hydrogen bomb reset time? Can you escape or change destiny?

    15. What happened to Claire Littleton inside Jacob's cabin? Is she alive or dead?

  7. I genuinely think it is stupid to expect that even half of those questions will be directly answered at any point. Many of them are meant to be left open for interpretation based on how each individual viewer connects the dots that have been put out in the last five years. After the end of this season, I think you'll be able to put together plausible theories, based on information contained in the show itself, to answer each of those questions. But I don't think you'll ever be able to prove those theories, nor do I think you should want to.

    Lost is a work of art, as much as it is a puzzle, and to truly respect its audience, the show needs to leave a lot of those questions open to interpretation, while bringing the major plot lines to a satisfying conclusion.

  8. If you don't think the flashbacks/forwards/sideways have been integral to the plot and character development (those two things being two of the main elements of “story time”) of this show, then I think you and I might be watching two different shows.

  9. “13. How does the island heal people, curing Locke's paralysis and Rose's cancer?”

    What kind of question is that? I mean how is one supposed to answer such a question? Do you want them to explain the biological process through which the island heals people? Asking how the island heals people is like asking what the force is. The island heals people just because it does, it's one of its properties.

  10. Stupid. Really.

    So I guess then most of you are the kind of guys who dated a girl in high school that was a tease, never delivered even 2nd base, but hey, that was just part of her charm/the experience. For an entire year.

    The show isn't Alice in Wonderland, where the bizarre crap doesn't need an explanation. It's rooted in the real world, and things have to make some kind of sense within the context of the universe that was established in the show.

    Seems to me people are putting on the “I'm sophisticated” Zen outfit when it comes to the whole “no need to know” thing.

    Give it a pass, whatever. Maybe Linus can suddenly get the power of flight, but that won't matter or need explaining as long as they develop him as a character that we can all get to know and love.

  11. Okay, in response to screenrant's 15 questions: most of these have been partially or entirely explained already

    1. Why have these castaways crashed on this island? Were they chosen or connected in some way? And if so, how? *Ok, unanswered*

    2. What is the Smoke Monster and what is its connection to the island? The smoke monster is 'Esau', which is “not an 'it', I'm a [person]“

    3. What is the island? Is it alive, somehow? What is the source of its apparent power? Unanswered

    4. Who is Jacob and his rival, the mysterious Man in Black, and what is the source of their powers? Jacob is seemingly the 'good' essence present on the island, and 'Esau' is bad.

    5. Who are the Others and what is their connection to the island? Unanswered

    6. Why are the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 so significant throughout the story? Do they connect somehow to the island or its powers? I believe that's already been explained; those numbers add up to 108, which has to do with the dispersion of energy from the pocket in the hatch. A guy had to memorize those numbers, probably went crazy, and radio transmissions of him repeating the numbers broadcast to two stationed army (or navy or whatever) people. One guy goes insane, repeats the numbers, Hugo hears him repeating the numbers at the mental hospital, and the rest is evident.

    7. Who is Richard Alpert and why doesn't he seem to age? Is he immortal or bound to the island in some timeless way? Unanswered

    8. Is John Locke really dead, and if so, what, or who, is animating his body? (OK, they answered this one) Yea, they answered it. John is dead, and Esau is impersonating his body/mind/essence

    9. Why and how do the dead keep showing up on the island, from Jack's father to Mr. Eko's brother? This is easily explained: the smoke monster seems to be able to absorb the essence of dead people whose bodies end up on the island (Eko's brother, Jack's father, Ben Linus's dead daughter, Locke after he dies). He knows their thoughts and memories and can impersonate their bodies. It just makes sense.

    10. Where did the ancient stuff on the island, including the statue and the temple, come from? Not entirely explained, but it seems to be from an egyptian/mayan/other ancient culture, possibly inhabited by these new others

    11. Why is Charles Widmore so focused on getting back to the island? He was the leader of the others. He only left because Ben tricked him into having to leave, but he always desired to be on the island.

    12. What built the “frozen donkey wheel” that sends people off the island through time and moved the island? How does it work? Possibly explained: built by ancient people or Esau (since “Jack's dad” appeared to Locke there, but was actually Esau/smoke monster)

    13. How does the island heal people, curing Locke's paralysis and Rose's cancer? Unknown

    14. Did the hydrogen bomb reset time? Can you escape or change destiny? The time line was split based on the two possible outcomes of bomb explosion:

    A. The bomb destroyed the energy pocket, and probably caused the island to sink underwater, therefore no hatch, no plane crash. It also probably killed Widmore, so no Penny and no reason for Desmond to sail around the world at all, no Desmond meeting Jack while training for the sailing and everyone's lives continue like they should have

    B. The bomb caused the energy pocket rupture, requiring the hatch to be built and therefore continuing the timeline we have been following from the beggining, and therefore causing 'our' group to end up where the island was in 2007

    15. What happened to Claire Littleton inside Jacob's cabin? Is she alive or dead? No idea. Claire's disappearance really has bothered me? WTF HAPPENED TO HER?

    Also, I noticed that in the 'new' timeline that many things seem to be opposite (Jack is the one who is nervous and Rose is the one who calms him. The plane doesn't crash. Boone isn't able to get Shannon away from that guy).

    The most significant 'opposite' to me is that it seems that John has become the man of science, and Jack the man of faith (“I have an untreatable condition” – John, “Nothing is untreatable” – Jack).

  12. Good stuff there, bud. :)

  13. Yes, good stuff, as Vic said.

    Just wanted to address one of the points you brought up about the alternate timeline: How could the bomb have worked exactly that way? If they successfuly detonated the bomb causing the Hatch to never be built and flight 815 to not have crashed on the Island then that would mean the Losties never went to the Island and weren't there to detonate the bomb that reset the timeline. See what I mean? I know it may just be something we have to accept but it's something that keeps sticking in my mind nonetheless. Although I suppose it makes as much sense as Miles talking to dead people or the Island moving through time, which I seem to be on board with :)

    Thoughts?

  14. well, it would seem that dilema exists with any plot that includes time travel. I think that is part of the reason it will never become a reality, because it just would never fit right. Questions about whether going in time and changing things that affect your life changes you as a person etc. etc.. You know what I mean?

  15. Yeah I know what you mean. But here's a theory that I read that sounds good to me:

    The Losties detonating the Hydrogen bomb WAS The Incident all along that the Dharma folk referenced in the videos, it just never caused what Daniel thought it would i.e. it didn't make it that the Hatch was never built. It caused them to need to build the Hatch and push the button because the Hydrogen bomb caused it to and to let out the energy unless it was supressed (by entering the numbers).

    So the alternative reality where 815 crashed wasn't caused by them detonating the Hydrogen bomb but rather it's just what WOULD have happened had they not crashed on the Island. The reason The Island was under water was because of the Losties not being there to detonate the bomb, meaning whatever the Dharma folk did at the Swan work site (hitting the energy pocket) that was the thing that caused the Island to sink (remember, it had to be AFTER the '70s when Dharma was there because you saw the Barracks, Shark, with Dharma logo etc), some sort of magnetism pulled/pushed it under the water. It makes more sense than the Losties causing the alternative reality because, as I said, they wouldn't have been to the Island in the first place to cause the detonation of the hydrogen bomb.

    Thoughts?

  16. Ok well this is good stuff here guys but my concern lies in the character involvement. For example, where does widmore lie in all this Good vs evil crap with jacob and his nemesis. I feel like charlie was linked to jacob at first but then because in real time, jack saved charlie, that he then had to use Sayid?? Im a bit confused on that but i believe that only time will tell and its great to see the foreshadowing from season 5 with the ash around the cabin come back to be a “rule” or exception to the game or competition that the two are playing.

  17. Just to add further to the question about the numbers: The numbers 4,8,15,16,23,42 are constants of the valenzetti equation which predicts the end of the world. There is Dharma Orientation video which goes into more detail about them and explains why they are relevant to what DHARMA was trying to do on the island http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PPCCcXarkc

  18. i always thought you were the civil one on this site, never resorting to name-calling or cruel presumptions meant as an insult, a la your first paragraph..

    but maybe that's just my naive assumption that age and maturity are directly proportional

    i don't know if i'm just imagining things, but just like the guys over at the district 9 discussion, it's the ones who want answers to every plot point that get the most hostile.

  19. Yeah, well, condescension really annoys the hell out of me. And people saying it's stupid to want answers to mysteries that have been missing puzzle pieces for 6 years kind of pisses me off.

    In D9, some of the answers people wanted were sidelines that weren't a big deal, but in Lost the mysteries are a HUGE part of the story.

  20. We hashed this out on twitter Vic, but for the sake of our readers here: Our claim is that only the mysteries that are directly related to the characters need answering, really, to bring closure to the story. The PREMISE is the Island where weird things happen; the STORY is what happens to the people who crashed there and why.

    A lot of those questions you should already be able to infer or speculate about – my worry is people wanting to be hammered of the head with explanation – they probably wouldn't even be satisfied with the explanations given. If we get a “20 Questions” episode where Jacob just answers every mystery on your list, it'd be as absurd, IMHO, as the “Linus learns to fly” scenario you pitched.

    As a basic overview, we now know that this Island is kind of like God-prison for Easu, though we know Jacob isn't limited to the island (he appeared to Hurley). People throughout history get drawn to the Island and camps of them have appeared to either support Jacob (The Others, This new group of Bodyguards, and seemingly the Temple people), or serve/be manipulated by Smoke guy Easu. The Dharma Initiative showed up thinking they'd “science up” the mystical Island and harness its power to be (corrupted?) by mankind – and they paid the price.

    Humans have free will, so they choose to be either righteous or evil while Jacob and Easu provide incentive for either choice (hence Ekko was a bad man who Easu thought he could use until Ekko turned righteous and Easu killed him). They appear as the dead to help manipulate/motivate humans.

    When you begin to piece together all that (and this is just the puzzle I'm putting together, BTW) other things start to make sense: the healing powers of the Island, the “donkey wheel” the ability for it to not be limited by time/space – if it is a mystical land of mystical beings, the possibilities are vast and don't need to be fully explained – because we as humans wouldn't know everything. What we need to know is how our Losties fit in to all this, and how their choices as flawed beings either save or doom them. THAT IS THE STORY.

    I would hope LOST ends in a way that you can go back and watch the series and then connected the dots and spawn your own interpretation of the mythological inferences FOR YOURSELF. Not some generic mythology that nobody can debate. I find it's more fun that way – but that's just me :-) .

  21. I've seen several people say that Jacob has taken over Sayid's body, but I don't think this is the case. For one, Sayid is disoriented and asks, “What happened” when he returns. Also, the Temple people are stunned by his revival. They've dealt with Esau and Jacob and presumably know something of their possession powers. AND though Esau is possessing Locke, Locke's body is not what is being possessed. So why would Jacob needs Sayid's real body for the possession?

    I think something else fantastic is going on with Sayid and his revival. Through everything we've seen, we have never seen anyone dead return to life yet. We've only seen them in transitory visions or seen Esau take the form of Locke while the Locke's body lies there in great condition, I might add . . .

  22. Daniel, I think you've been watching too much American TV in which the story gets strung out — until the audience numbers fall and the show is canceled. The writers llooonnnggg ago said that LOST would not follow this pattern. It is much more like the story in a book (you do read novels, don't you?) with a beginning, a middle, and an end. We can expect the issues raised to be resolved, otherwise they would have been injected into the story.

  23. Zack, go back to the never-ending X-Files or Dark Angel if that is all you expect. It seems to be what TV has dumbed you down to expect. LOST does not follow the pattern of run-till-it-dies. We can have a more in-depth discussion of what is going on.

    And calling someone “stupid” for seeing this difference? You expect everyone to follow your “premonitions” on the show? You already seem to know the final interpretation. You're apparently just into it for the spectacle and short-term drama. I hope when it does end, you'll be surprised and want to re-watch the whole series and not treat the story so superficially.

  24. you really think they'll be together again!?

  25. you really think they'll be together again!?

  26. I JUST CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SEASON 6 COMES OUT….DOES ANYONE KNOW? IT'S LIKE A ITCH I CAN'T SCRATCH..I REALLY LIKE THIS SERIES.I GUESS YOU EITHER LOVE IT OR HATE IT.SINCE I'M A FAN I GUESS IT'S LUV 4 ME!!!!!!!!!

  27. I JUST CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SEASON 6 COMES OUT….DOES ANYONE KNOW? IT'S LIKE A ITCH I CAN'T SCRATCH..I REALLY LIKE THIS SERIES.I GUESS YOU EITHER LOVE IT OR HATE IT.SINCE I'M A FAN I GUESS IT'S LUV 4 ME!!!!!!!!!

  28. so were they all dead on the island and the island was like a middle between heaven and hell?

  29. Check out the very first minute of the pilot. Look at the reflection in Jack’s eyes. You see the black smoke leaving him. Jack traveled through time. There’s a black rod next to him that used to control the black smoke. You’ll see Ben with it in later seasons.

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