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.
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.