Lost: Reality Realigned

Pardon me while I scrape what's left of my head off my living room walls. Last night's episode of Lost was exactly the kind of episode I love—with so much to process and think about, and just enough "What the?" moments to keep us perplexed for another week. "Happily Ever After" was a Desmond episode, which means we have a lot to discuss.

The greatest gift "Happily Ever After" gave to Lost viewers was the long-awaited tie-in of the side-flashes that have been puzzling us for so long. It may have come about seven episodes too late, but it's finally here—so thank Jacob or Man in Black or whoever else is playing God, because my patience was wearing thin with this "What If?" universe.

Of course it was going to be Desmond to make the breakthrough between the realities; we've seen him blow our minds in "Flashes Before Your Eyes" and "The Constant" with his consciousness-traveling, which he did again last night. Man, I love Desmond episodes... when ABC decides to sell out Lost for a remake in 2027, I hope Damon Lindelof Jr. or whoever creates it makes Desmond the focal point.

But back to the "alterna-reality." Charlie, during a near-death experience he suffered after swallowing heroin (you're doing it wrong), had a vision of a hottie blonde that we all assume is Claire, Charlie's unofficial Constant. Through that vision, Charlie became Desmond's super-cosmic, self-help guru and ended up convincing Desmond that there's more to everything than we're led to believe. I'm still trying to figure out exactly why Charlie steered Desmond's ride into the ocean, but whatever, it worked and Desmond had his own vision.

After that it was classic Lost mind-F'-ery as these two universes—once painfully separated and the force that drove away Lost fans this season—began bleeding together. I can't tell you how relieved I was when Desmond flashed to see Charlie's "not Penny's boat hand." Am I a little peeved it happened this late in the season? Yes, but "what happened, happened" and it's time to move on and look forward to the rest of the season. All is mostly forgiven.

While we still don't know exactly what the side-flashes are, the leading consensus in discussions taking place on the Interwebs is that they're there the characters' fantasy existences, in which their hopes and dreams are fulfilled—best-case/"What If?" scenarios where Jack has his son, Locke has his love, and so on. Earlier in the season, I suggested that all these side-flashes could very well not be as intertwined as we are lead to believe, and that we've been looking at several alternate timelines that overlap as much as fate and/or destiny would allow. And that my actually be the case (see next page).

But the best part of this whole thing is that the side-flashes now have meaning in the eyes of the viewers. We always knew they would end up to mean something, but after 10 episodes we didn't have much to go on. No longer are we being strung along with these tangential stories—the show is whole again, and doubters can let out a huge sigh of relief. Do it with me now... Phewwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Next: Is the show all about a four-letter word? >>

One of the big clues in "Happily Ever After" was the lack of a wedding ring on Desmond's finger. If you recall, he wore one in the Season 6 premiere when he was on Oceanic 815 with Jack. So either Desmond was keeping the cougars at bay on the long flight, or we're looking at two different Desmonds, and hence two different alternate realities.

But whatever these different Desmonds and realities are up to, there appears to be one unifying theme: to lead Desmond to Penny. The Desmond-Penny tale is one of Lost's strongest, and a perfect conduit to massage along the idea that Lost and all its mysteries may be about *gulp* true love, whether that's what we want the show to be about or not.

Charlie just wants to find his blonde goddess, Daniel Faraday (welcome back!) wants his ginger-haired crush, and Desmond is after a mystery woman named Penny. And these are the three people in the alternate reality who have an inkling that there's something more to their life as they know it. So is true love what Lost is all about?

I'm guessing not, mostly because I'm a manly man and I don't want to think I was tricked into watching six seasons of a show that was all about lovey-dovey honky-dory. Love is definitely a big part of it, but it's simply a subset of the greater picture, which I'll sum up as fulfillment.

As for how the Man in Black and Jacob figure into all of this, I have ZERO idea. But that part of the show will work itself out in time.

Other notes from the episode:

-- Goddamn, Desmond and Penny are cute together.

-- Was Widmore purposefully awful to Desmond this whole time just so he would end up on the island? Did Widmore suspect that's what would happen if he entered the boat race?

-- Daniel Faraday seemed awfully informed about what's going on with a possible side reality. Ditto his mother Eloise. I wouldn't even be surprised if limo driver (and Charles Widmore employee) George knows a bit about what's going on. Remember, he did the whole consciousness jumping thing on the freighter.

Looking ahead: It looks like Hurley's the focal point of next week, and we'll probably learn a lot about his ability to talk to the dead. Remember, in this Lost universe, when people die it doesn't mean they're gone forever. In fact, there could be several "copies" of the deceased living in these other "What if?" universes. Some people believe that we are an amalgamation of several simultaneous existences; that when we die, only part of us actually dies while the rest of our being lives on... somewhere. And Hurley can talk to what's left.

User Contribution News

Well, it looks like we are once again a fanbase divided on "The Package." Several early commenters said they loved the episode (and that I was a big stupid jerk for not liking it), while other commenters came back saying they agreed with me, therefore making them stupid jerks too. But in the long run, I'm sticking with my stance. At the conclusion of "The Package" I went straight back to normal life. There wasn't a whole lot to think about or "take home with me" as they say. Compare that with "Ab Aeterno" or "Happily Ever After," which left my head spinning in a good way. I don't know how anyone can say "The Package" was better than "Ab Aeterno" (I'm looking at you, JakeCorriveau). But whatever.

There seems to be a split on Sun's aphasia as well. I said it was ridonkulous and belongs in a soap opera, not on a show like Lost. Others said "Duh, TIM! It's obviously because she doesn't know English in the alternate reality and her loss of speaking English is because the two realities are coming together." While that idea does hold some water, I just think it's silly.

Listen guys, it's okay for you to question some of the things that the show does. Lost isn't going to be perfect. It's a hell of a great show, but even the best shows have their problems. We're here to discuss both the highs and less-frequent lows while enjoying the ride to the end.

With inevitable huge deaths coming up, I asked for characters that you would like to see die. Most of you really want Kate to eat it, which is okay with me. It would be a pretty shocking death as she's the female lead, and her character has kind of run her course.

Also, a shout out to Hungry_Homer111 for the excellent (and lengthy) commentary. Keep it up!

The Lost Season 6 Episode Power Rankings

(I'll be keeping tabs on each episode, ranking them in terms of quality each week, right here. Your opinions will differ from mine.)

"Happily Ever After": This is where things get tough. "Happily Ever After" was my favorite kind of Lost episode. A real thinker. There are now three episodes that can be arguably called the most important of this season (or even the series)&3151;this one, "Ab Aeterno," and "The Substitute." I'm going to place "Happily Ever After" as the third-best episode, but I really feel like the top three are interchangeable. So if you say "Ab Aeterno" is the best episode of the season, I won't argue with you. Ditto for "Happily Ever After." But I'm going to give the slight, slight edge to "The Substitute" simply because of the scene in Jacob's cave. I loved that.

1. "The Substitute" Ep. 4
2. "Ab Aeterno" Ep. 9
3. "Happily Ever After" Ep. 11
4. "Recon" Ep. 8
5. "LA X (2)" Ep. 2
6. "The Lighthouse" Ep. 5
7. "Sundown" Ep. 6
8. "LA X (1)" Ep. 1
9. "Dr. Linus Ep. 7
10. "The Package" Ep. 10
11. "What Kate Does" Ep. 3

Your Homework:

Some people (like this wacko) are saying Lost is now all about true love. Do you agree? Would you be upset if it was?


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Yeah, this was one of the best episodes of the season, by far, and as you said, long overdue. I find it interesting that Eloise seemed inexplicably aware of Desmond's destiny (again) and was once again trying to steer him down a specific course. Other than that, I agree with all your points regarding this episode's strengths, but have to note a few flaws that made it one of the weakest Desmond episodes so far; probably ever, unless there's one more left. There were a few instances between Desmond and Charles Widmore that seemed a little overdone. Like when Charles offers Des a glass of MacCutcheon and Desmond goes something like "Not your 60 yr old scotch?" That scene really felt like the show's producers were trying to beat the audience over the head. I think if they let Desmond's good standing with the now-intact Widmore family play out more naturally, particularly in terms of dialogue, like all the other good Lat-Flashes ("The Substitute" and "The Lighthouse" to name a few), "Happily Ever After" would have been better. But these are fairly minor quibbles to an otherwise excellent installment.
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i think,these flash-back,forwards and flash-sides or lets say alternate realities are visions experienced by the charecters while they are hypnotized or brainwashed while being in room 23 of darmah initiative and i think at the end of the show it'll turn out that the darma group were not killed by ben and hostiles and they actually succeeded in developing their experiments in a way that allows the subjects to travel through different realities "in their mind"...just an idea but it can be true,right?
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I'm not sure if the question should be "how is the off-Island paralle-universe stuff related to the current, On-Island stuff?" so much as "When are [DL and CC] going to resolve the original problem instead of creating new plot threads that retroactively canonize the show's important moments?"
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@SteveShelley but in the alt world desmond never reached the island with his boat therefor could somehow be on 815
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I have thought from the first season that Kate knows more than she is letting on. I think she had been on the island before and was on Oceanic 815 to get back. It was never really explained why she chose to go to Australia of all places to get away from the Marshal. There is also a connection between her father and Kelvin.
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Althought I always check Tim's weekly comment (Nice work, btw! ;) ), this will be my very first comment, straight to the point (the homework): Saying that LOST is all about love sounds to me like saying that LIFE is all about love... Which we all know it isn't (well, in line with previous comments, yeah, it's an important part, but isn't life much much more than that?). For me, LOST has been, since the beginning, a huge metaphorical/entertaining tale on how life and its events develop. Kind of like Walter Fischer's (1987) narrative theory (and therefore, the whole mysterious stuff [science and religion alike] that don't even need explanation - We all live our lifes, narrativelly, without knowing "the answer to life, the universe, and everything else"; just like the losties). Indeed during the show we were shown past events, future events, alternative events, etc, that, together, gives us a coeherent narrative for each character. In the end, I wouldn't be surprised if that 4 letter word that LOST is all about (btw, where did u read/hear that?) was LIFE.
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I'm confused. I thought the side flash was the Oceanic 815 flight that landed safely at LAX. Most who were on that flight had their own experiences with the "Island". But as I remember, Desmond did not crash with the "815" group; he was taken to the island via a sailboat in a race sponsored by Charles Whitmore to prove to Charles he was worthy of Penny's love, and was later recruited by the "Others" to man the hatch. So how could Desmond be on that plane when he supposedly didn't reset the electormagnetic energy in the hatch with the numbers and caused the "815" crash to begin with?????? Someone please straighten me out.
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while love was a central theme in this episode, I think its just a contribution to the much larger theme of belief. I think the whole show is about belief in something (weather it's love, fate, will, faith or whatever) that drives us to do the things we do. Examples: last season Jack set off the bomb because he believed it would fix everything, Locke perused the hatch because he believed it was in his destiny, Desmond is currently seeking out everyone in the flash sideways because he believes they can find happiness if they connect with their island selves, and so on. So basically I feel that the show is about motives resulting from belief.
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Why do people think Sun does not know English in this alternate reality. Just look at her face when talking to the guy trying to get their money back. I don't know, but I think she still does unless I am missing something.
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First i love Kate and i think Eloise knows something she haven`t yet said remember at the wedding when desmond was lookinig for penny and Eloise said its not time yet. I think the book of Faraday her son is still with her because that still is the same timeline before the bomb of the hatch so she knows what coming next even if its in another reality
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What is with the Kate hate!!?!??!
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I heard a lot of thoies during the past days. "Lost" could be about love but that would be disappointing for mein the end. I loved Daesmond's episode but I got lost between I can think what is happening but now neither smokey nor Jacob fit in the story for me.
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Did you miss or just ignore, that the Limo Driver was the radio operator on 'not Penny's boat'?
I don't know if it has signifigance, but did not Eloise, The Radio Operator AND Charlie die in the original timeline?
Eloise was presumably on the island when it blew up.
Radioguy was insane and died with Said and Desmond (presumably for not having a constant).
Charlie dies in the Lookingglass.
The 3 people in the side universe who show knowledge of the original universe (the one we've been following since s1.ep.1), are all dead in the original.

Just another mindbender :-)
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I think Lost is indeed about love... and it makes me happy.
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Yeah great episode.Desmond was always my favourite character in lost .. amazing storyline for tonights epsiode
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well didn't they say that Lost is all about a four letter word? it could be possible though I think I'll be kay with it as long as they don't actually say the word love a hundred times in an episode like they did with this one, it was kind of geting anoying, when Daniel wanted to talk to Desmond I was like Let me guess, is it... love?" It was kind of weird though to suddenly see people that actually know what's going on in the side flash but my favorite scene was the one in which Charlie drives the car in the water to explain. That was awesome
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" I'm still trying to figure out exactly why Charlie steered Desmond's ride into the ocean, but whatever, it worked and Desmond had his own vision."



Juliet, per Miles' statement that she wanted to tell Sawyer "It worked", must have glimpsed the alternate universe as she was dying. Charlie saw it when he was choking. He drove the car into the water to put Desmond into a near-death situation so he, too, could glimpse the alternate reality.
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I am sure that this alternate reality is the reality that has become because of what happened in the incident (being the bomb blew up). The alternate reality is basically what happens when there are no more influences from the island after the 70's.
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I think it's just you who was getting impatient for the timelines to start merging. the alternate universe has provided perfectly good stories in its own right that (mostly) tie in well with the island stories, the creators have said that each timeline is as real as eachother, they didn't need to justify the alternate one with a greater purpose too early on. i was satisfied enough with the subtle strange looks in the mirror by other alterna-characters.
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Meh. This ep was just okay to me, not all that mind-blowing. The sideways get some context, but still, this was not as epic as past Desmond episodes, and in this season, not as good as The Substitute or Ab Aeterno
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Desmond episodes are good, Hurley's episode next week should be awesome too
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Thank god it's starting to come together because in this final season I haven't cared at all. I used to watch this show religiously but this season I've been absentmindedly watching it on hulu days later. It was a little late I agree but who knows? Though at the begining of the episode when desmond lashed out at widmore after discovering he was on the island again I could honestly relate to the frustration. lol
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Tim, I love your reviews and I want my shout out for last weeks post. I said that we are all losing sight of the big picture and I think that is what upsets everyone. Every year lost has it's episodes that don't seem to do much. They are only truly understood at the conclusion of that season. That's always been lost's issue and we lose sight of it. If we buy the season and go through it all at once it's not so abstract. So I think that is the issue. We know lost is an incredible show. We sit here and think about it daily because of this but the simple fact is that we know we can argue and moan now but in a little over a month it will be over and we will see something incredible. We all know that. Tim, read my comment last week and shout out cause I said it would all start to piece last week! Now this week. Firsr, I don't think Sun's aphasia has anything to do with the side flash. I think it was a mild story device to keep Team Jacob scared about why Sun had seen MIB and now mysteriously couldn't speak English. It was just a tool to keep the beach afraid and questioning the unknown. Nothing more. This episode was excellent because it confirmed how Desmond survived the hatch and it's piecing together what nuclear energy can do when combined with the islands electromagneticness. Create a whole new world basically. I think a valid question worth asking is how can a nuc being set off in the alternate timeline reset the events there? If the alternate flashes are the actual world off the island it stands to believe that setting off a nuc there wouldn't do a thing since it's not the island. If it could everyone on earth would be in the 6th dimension cause we as a work have dropped alot of damn nukes. Lol. I think that what's going to happen is Daniel, Des, & Eloise's Dharma Station (?) will get them back to the islands grave site to denote a nuc reset the world? Maybe a world with a bit more MIB? I also, in regards to tims comments, do not think that the alternate world is a bunch of personal my own happy places. They have gone through many lengths since 6x01 to show that it's linear. They were all on the Oceanic Flight together then right. And it's not a happy place for everyone. Unless Kate loves being on the run then she's a testament to that. It's also not about love because Damon L. Said last week that the story has no more time for it. The will Kate choose Jack or Sawyer bit has reached a critical mass that won't need explaining. Love is not the moral. The story is past that were moving on to close Lost's true story what is the island and why are these people chosen? From Damon's mouth guys. I look forward to this review every week because I get to think about some things I never thought about and I get to put my own ideas up to bat. That's the magic of this show. What we do here every week is the sign of a good story. Keep it up Tim and just shout me out if you agree with any of this. Lol. If u don't, then cool cause it's all the fun of LOST!
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Absolutely amazing episode that continues the line of incredible Desmond-centric episodes. At first when I saw that even Desmond's episode was getting a side-flash (I was hoping to see a special Desmond-like episode that may not involve one) I cringed, but fortunately it merely improved from there. I really enjoyed the parallel between what the characters wanted more than anything (in Desmond's case it was Widmore's approval) and what they lost by having their "wish" come true. A "Be careful what you wish for" kind of deal. The episode lead us on a rather remarkable journey of impossible discovery and the three characters that fit best in these sort of episodes were chosen to be the "messengers" of the alternate reality with Desmond in the center. This is definitely a turning point for the season and a lot of things that we saw before are starting to make sense and become more acceptable. The first example that springs to mind would be Jack asking his mom when he had an appendectomy (he actually had it in season four, on the island, Juliet performed the surgery). Even then we were noticing that some elements of this reality didn't really make sense. I also really like the idea of the new Constant, although it may not necessarily be love. It is only natural that the most compelling memory one could have would be involved with an emotion so powerful as love. If you take Charlie's example and think back on the episode "Greatest Hits" you'll recall that he cited that meeting Claire was indeed his number one hit, the most impacting thing in his "miserable" life. It is very likely that the constants for everyone else will be people they cared so much about, those who were important to them, or it could go even further than that. Perhaps it would be the very thing they've lost by never experiencing what they should have experienced. Charlie didn't crash with Claire so they didn't meet, Desmond is a successful businessman who focuses on his career and has never met Penny and Dan never tried to find the island (which doesn't exist) and as a result didn't meet Charlotte. If you remember Sayid's side-flash he was still around Nadia and she was alive yet that didn't spark any memories. Perhaps in his case there is something else he's lost, something more important, although he and Nadia never touched. But that proves that it may not be solely about love. The whole alternate reality might indeed be a test to see whether everyone would realize their true "destiny". To say that Lost is all about love is absolutely ridiculous. Of course love is a major theme, it is something that happens to us all, it's all around us. People fall in love, have their hearts broken, etc. It is only natural that it would be one of the major themes of Lost, but it isn't the sole or pivotal theme. Lost is about anything the viewer imagines it to be and quite frankly I wouldn't let something like the writers suddenly deciding Lost is all about love blemish the wonderful journey I've embarked upon with Lost and all its mysteries, characters, stories and everything else that encompasses it. Often times art, be it literature, paintings, sculpting and so on, is very much open to interpretation and I believe it to be the case here. At the end a shout out to guniu - I thought the very same thing you did during that scene and I was expecting to see "Desmond Hume is my constant" in his notebook.
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My two favourite characters in lost are Desmond and Daniel Faraday so I absolutely loved this episode. Definitely this and Ab Aeterno are my favourites from this season.
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Why does everybody want Kate to die though? I don't. Most of all I want Desmond to get his happy ending. Like a lot of previous comments, I agree the show has a lot to do with destiny/purpose and good/evil.
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I loved this Desmond episode of Lost. What about this meeting at the coffee shop with Penny? I imagine Libby will be there and Hurley is a possibility. Desmond met Libby in a coffee shop when she gave him her late husband's boat which landed him on the island. Libby/Hurley were close (on the island and they were at the same psyche ward) and Michael (to come back a "ghost" in the next episode) shot and killed Libby. So much to think about from Desmond's episode.
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I agree, best episode of the season BY FAR. Desmond episodes always deliver. Finally these sideways-flashes are starting to not feel like a waste of time.
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I don't think it's all about love, but I think love is a big part of what the show's about. I think the alternate realities are the realization of each character's greatest desires--but these realizations come at a cost. With this in mind, maybe LOST is trying to say that our greatest wishes/desires/wants are not always the best thing for us; maybe each of the characters needs to realize that what they truly want is what they already have in the 'real' universe.
Just a thought--it'll probably be blown out of the water next week. (:
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Did anyone else realize that most of the people that are questioning this alternate reality thing are the ones that are dead in the Lost world?
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I think Sun's aphasia has been discussed enough.

I wouldn't be that upset if the whole thing was all about love. Whatever happens from this point forward, nothing can neuter the fact that I've had an awesome time watching the show and thinking it over between episodes. so if it's all about love, that's OK with me, but I'll have you know that if you read The Odyssey, everything Ulysses does is only to get back to his own Penny, so at the end of the day, this book is all about love. But it's still one of the most epic stories ever told.
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@Tyrone The realities are totally separate. Ie. Dan spent his life becomming a musician with zero schooling in quantum physics, in the "true" reality he is a leading quantum physicist. The "Incident", from what I can tell from Dan's notes the other night, basically fractured reality. I could see 3 listed on the screen. alt. timeline, true timeline, fake timeline. There was also an object listed as "object moving @ light speed", which I am guessing could be the Island, as it looked like he had incident labelled somewhere above this object. But I am getting LOST myself...
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Quick point Re: Sun's aphasia. That alternate reality stuff doesn't hold water. Sun learned English secretly before ever boarding Oceanic 815, so in any divergent realities you would think she still has the knowledge.
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Nice article. I would just like to add, that I would like to listen to the Pixies song "Wave of Mutilation" theres this verse that says : Drive my car into the ocean, you think I'm dead, but I sail away, on the wave of mutilation. Jack listens to Gouge Away before he sees Locke on his deathbed and the song suits him well, I cant think of a better song that suits the situation of Desmond and Charlie better!
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Glad you liked my comment. :D Anyway, throughout this season, I have been very patient with the parallel timeline element. And not in the "Teeth clenched, semi-impatient, but still willing to wait it out as long as I am forced to" sort of way, but in the "Meh, they'll answer it when they answer it, and until then, I'm really enjoying their contribution to the character stories" kind of way. That being said, I'm glad we've got more information on the parallel timeline idea, and look forward to both seeing the conclusion of that story within the next few episodes, and looking back on past episodes to see hints at what was (and will be) revealed. So far I'm liking what I'm seeing. To address your homework a bit early, I don't think that Lost is just about love. I think it's obviously part of it, but I think there are so many more elements that make up the show. Science vs. fate. Free will vs. destiny. What it is to be human: The good and evil inside each person, how the events in peoples' lives determing which one ends up taking over, and the huge question of whether or not people can overcome their flaws. There are other elements as well, but those are the ones that come to mind, and they will serve my argument well enough. While love is the element that drove Desmond, Charlie, and Daniel to seek out answers about the other side, I don't think that's the only connection either. Death, and near-death seems to be one connection. Go through that, and you can go to, or at least see the other side. Also, I'm not really sure if Desmond's near-death experience is what caused him to remember, nor was it his love for Penny. He got free from the car, got free from the danger, and it was only seeing Charlie that sparked the memory, whether it was the fear for Charlie's life, or the parallels between the car scene and the Looking Glass scene (I'm leaning more towards the latter at the moment). Penny was only an incidental reveal to Desmond, due to the nature of Charlie's death scene. Anyway, to answer the other part of your question, I'd at least be partially disappointed with the answer of "Love is the key," because as I said before, there are so many other themes which I would like to have fit into the final answer(s), and just focusing on that one would be a bit disappointing. But on the other hand, if it was presented well enough, with a nice enough conclusion for the different couples, then I think that I could still get some satisfaction out of it, no matter how much disappointment went with it. Anyway... Now that all that's out of the way, on to my actual opinions of the episode. I think that it was a great one, and up there with "Ab Aeterno" as the best of the season (as you said, both are so close that it's hard to say which is better, but I am leaning towards this one as of this moment). Like you, I've always loved Desmond episodes, especially the ones that show off how "special" desmond is. I think there's just something about them, where they contain a brilliant ballance between the scientific aspects of the mythology (timetravel and leaps between parallel universes) and character drama (I love the Penny/Desmond relationship, and love how each episode uses the crazy structure of the episode to explore that relationship in their own unique way). One thing that I noticed in this episode is that it seems to have brought back the idea of the constant, but in a different context. Desmond spent the whole episode trying to find Penny, and when he finally did, he shook her hand, and then... Desmond on the island wakes up, with a clear understanding of what's going on (including memories of what happened in the other timeline, as shown by the way Desmond looked at his hand), and an acceptance of his role on the island. I think that this could play a big role in the upcoming episodes. Overall, I think this episode pretty much had everything a Desmond episode should have, and whether you liked it or not, I don't think anybody can argue that it wasn't a turning point for the season.
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I have some strong points about true love being the answer so I thought I should voice it. I would be really peeved if true love plays any bigger a role in deciphering the lost mystery. Honestly, I consider "The Incident" to be among the worst episodes of Lost I have ever seen (ya worse than Nikki and Paulo) because it became a love story in the last few minutes of the season finale. I am not particularly happy that love is connecting the two timelines either (which is why Substitute and Ab Aeterno were better episodes imo), but at least there is now some connection. I actually enjoy the love story between Desmond and Penny solely because since they are always thrown apart, their quest to come back together produces answers. If anyone dies I really hope its Kate seeing as Smocke's comment about using Kate as a recruiter hints towards Jaters/Skaters again. The more I think about it, the more I see lost mysteries can possibly be associated with the psychology somehow. Everything from the fight of good vs. evil, ability to infect and convert as well as love being the remedy (if love truly blinds a person, then psychological tricks wont be as effective) all can potentially point to some psychological disturbance that is affecting the losties. Taking mind over matter into consideration - if people can walk on hot coals, why can't people survive electromagnetic radiation? Its a bizarre theory and I am sure some space in the middle have to be filled but its possible. Oh and that brainwashing station and its significance seems to hint towards some kind of psychological control possibly created by Jacob/MIB.
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Early on, the suggestion was that Lost was all about Reason (Jack) vs. Faith (Locke). For a long time it was "us" vs. "them". We've had some suggestion that it is "good" vs. "evil" Now it seems to be about "What You Want" (sideflash timeline(s)) vs. "What You Can Have" (regular timeline). I still say the ultimate answer is that all of these dichotomies will turn out to be aspects of a single thing rather than two competing things.
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Best episode of this season so far. I love this show. Can't wait for the rest of the season and series to unfold.
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I got to say that this episode is by far the best of the season... just mind blowing!
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To me, Desmond's character just gives new meaning to love conquers all. I have a pretty good suspicion he will get his Happily Ever After moment.
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I think the wedding ring thing was just a blooper. I don't think it has any cosmic significance. I wouldn't have even noticed if not for everyone pointing it out as "vitally important". I think Lost viewers could only hand a maximum of two realities, as evidenced by everyone's complaints about the significance of the flash-sideways.
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I must agree with you there, when you said that those three episodes are interchangeable. I think the same, but in my case I will give "Ab Aeterno" 'the slight, slight edge' , cuz it was just the episode I was waiting for so long. Richard always was in my mind with the question "So what's your story, dude? No, really?", and I enjoyed the (short, but still) on-island part.
As for "Happily Ever After", yeah it was great ride, no doubt. But (...a little one) I missed one thing there. Maybe for some reason it couldn't be there... When Desmond and Daniel were sitting in a bench and chatting about that quantum physics I was waiting for Desmond to ask "Ok, but what that has to do with me?", and then Daniel will turn the page, where we will see the sign in circle "Desmond Hume is my Constant"... but it never happened ;/ But sill, very good episode.
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Lost is just too mind blowing for me.
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I dont mind it been about true love but i think its more focused on destiny. But i hope they blow our minds away with a great ending that will satisfy most fans cause just remember what happened in Battlestar Galactica, making it about God just pissed a lot of diehard fans there hehe, I liked it and they always hinted it but its not the same to walk the path than seening the endgame.
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Charlie drove the car into the water to force Des to see what he was talking about. It was a really great episode and I really hope at least Des and Penny get their happy ending because they deserve it
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Sorry, but Lost isn't all about true love. It's definitely a major theme but it's not the focus.
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I just think that when Juliet hit the bomb that it did work & reset everything. But the weird part is that the characters are still on the island. And I'm starting to think that the flash sideways are what's really going on & that the island stuff is what would happen in the bomb didn't work. But none of us will know until the season is over.
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I am beginning to feel these side flashes are nothing more then something to confuse us more. What they really are are these things to make us wonder what really happened when the H-bomb went off. We are meant to question and believe what our heart tells us what happened in the conclusion of that intense episode when Juliet gives her life. So are we going to believe Jack's plan worked and now the side flashes are the reality or is it the life on the island that is real and Jack failed? That is the real question I believe the Lost creators are trying to put in your mind.
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I will say Lost is not about love, ...... Charlie finding Claire, Des finding Penny, Daniel finding Charlotte is part of destiny..... but most importantly, the alternate world(s) finding the real one... that is the true destiny. Love is an integral part of the show, but its not everything. Its about the characters finding who they are..... similar to the Fringe alternate universe but more complicated (its is created by JJ isn't it!)....... The show is about deja vu, where the thing you've seen has been experienced but in another life/world. ........ All these alternate realities exit, but they can only end once.... anything in between is just progress. All these alternate realities are directing towards the Jacob/MIB war...... hence, final episode of lost, hence the one and only END.
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I gotta say, I contrast with most everybody, in that, except for the tidbits of insight I gained from it, I really didn't care for Ab Aeterno all that much. It seemed too melodramatic to me, in the same way that Sun's sudden aphasia did. Ah well, a tv critic I'm not. I did however looove this episode. I'm pretty sure it has to be my favorite of the season. Especially that closing scene. Go Desmond.
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