so like i was so confused during part 1 and then part 2i s the same nonsense. i dont like it. seriously what is this?? they show the temple and everything, but it dont matter cuz its making on sense anymore! seriously/! they continue being on the plane and island at the same time and its not possible! seriously! i cant stand this. been trying to figure it out for hours and I can't! Im not even trying anymore because its pointless. just nonsense. dumb producers & everyone else involved in this thing. no clue whats going on!! seriously come on!
Lost was never about the mysteries. Ok, well, yeah, it is about the mysteries, but lots of shows are about things we don't know, that's nothing new. Lost is the only show out there who can keep piling up answers for six years without running out of questions. That, my friends, is hard. I mean, people credit JJ Abrams for knowing how to do it but, let's face it, he doesn't really. Fandom has accurately shifted praise to where it's due lately, in part tacitly acknowledging that Alias got too cheesy too fast and Fringe is a poor man's X-Files. But not Lost.
We know pretty much everything at this point. We know about these two demigod figures battling it out by using proxy humans. We know about the island's powers of regeneration and time travel. We know there are timelines splintered from the main one and we have a pretty good idea of how time works in this universe. We know where every character came from and where most of them went. But we don't feel like that.
What has been crafted here is a story that inhabits the soft, shifting space between a story and a puzzle. Where information that is guessed by audiences is considered information already delivered. That goes against every rule of screenwriting ever postulated. I'm serious. Every single one. Writers all over the world obsess about whether reiterating a plot element five or six times will be enough to keep it fresh in people's minds. Lost winks at you and shrugs and trusts that you'll keep up. For six years.
Other people have attempted the same strategy, but they have typically been unable to move past a very basic hurdle: dropping a question out there and using it as a plot point leaves a lot of empty time. Since you haven't spent six scenes setting up that the red briefcase is really, really important, you are now six scenes short. And this is were you have a problem, if you're trying to pull off the Lost formula, because there is only one thing you can use to fill that time up: Stories.
And to tell stories you need to be brilliant and engaging. You need to tell interesting stories about interesting characters in an interesting way. You need characters. To Lost's credit, this episode we see a guy in a wheelchair introduce himself to a doctor who has lost his father (literally and figuratively) for the second time, and it's still interesting.
Oh, and there are temples, and resurrections and allusions to mythology and Benjamin Linus looking deliciously baffled and out of his depth.
This review is tailored for the entirety of the convergent specificity that was the premiere.
It isn't so often that I would find myself enamored, to such a great length, by an entity whose prevalence, in accordance with my own initiative, amounts to not much more than escapist kitsch. Such is the case with Lost. The show, in all its transcendental negligibilities, when extracted to its most sincere form, and further ramified as to distend its poles, seems not to fashion pertinence in any manifestation whatsoever. Now, with this imparted, take it not to mean that the show is incapable of purveying one who, albeit of a simpler extraction, seeks not formulaic aberrance, but instead, the strictest opportunity for a mitigative immersion. To such an individual, Lost's penchant for respite is insuperable. However, this very penchant leaves vulnerable the show to an equitable scrutiny, and furthermore rebuke, if the premises conduce a dilatory quarrel amongst the aforementioned reprovers. Besmirched by its own structural indifference, Lost suffers, in the critical sense, as corollary to an assumed recalcitrance in regards to conventional deviations. I would hesitate in propounding that the information furnished by the premiere was ever unbeknownst to the viewer, and as such it engenders a tedium of, not only familiarity, but also repetition. Espousing, as foundation to one's swan song, of sorts, that what was once known has now been broadcast serves as an inherent flaw in the construction of what begs more exigent proceedings. Furthermore, augmenting the cast in hopes to sate a most gluttonous audience, relative to programs whose very existence demand inversities tantamount to the antiquated "wait and see" tactic employed by Lost, serves as an admission, in the most brusque sense, of the imprudence issued by the writers, and the impudence that they exhibited in forswearing their duties and obligations to the audience. Though, I am not taken aback. The procession was as expected.
Hi all - I am here in Brasil and just saw the first two episodes. I am VERY disappointed at the producers and writers of the show. The show is introducing more secrets than solving the existing ones.. Japanese guy, alternative plots, ????
I thought the 6th season would start by solving the enigmas of all the previous seasons. The first two episodes added more weird stuff that is making the show look like some sort of bad sci-fi movie. For some reason, I thought we would have some sort of rationale explanation. For example, the smoke monster would be some sort of chemical invented by the darma folks to create allucinations on people. Also, the alternative plots are not fair - it is just like having a movie with two endings and the audience decides... This is not fair to us - we were expecting the writers and producers to make it sound plausible within the reality they created. Now, it is pretty much a mess, a disappointment to fans. Ok, I could buy the time travel plot, provided that substantiated with some scientific facts - quantum science or something like that. The way it is now, I bet we are going to have an ending for the series such as: it was all a dream by one of the characters, or it is all some sort of effect of a medicine Hurley took at the hospital for crazy people, or it is all part of scientific experiment by the dharma project folks - it is a controlled experiment where psychologists through crazy simulations at those folks to see their reactions. Those who die are out of the experiment... I was expecting something else - something in real time and real for the characters. Oh well... I guess I will have to live with my disappointment...
Every season of "Lost" has been dominated by a theme or unifying motif. In the case of recent seasons, it has been the treatment of various points in time as they relate to the big picture that is the "Lost" narrative. The fourth season introduced flash-forwards and the fifth season introduced parallel time periods. This season, it all seems to come down to alternate timelines.
The interpretation is this: that the explosion of Jughead, in conjunction with the Incident, forced time itself to split into two competing timelines. The first is the familiar timeline that has been the setting of the series since the very beginning ("Lost Prime"). The new timeline represents a scenario in which the island essentially sunk into the ocean in 1977. Thus, everything that happened in the Lost Prime timeline between 1977 and 2004, when Oceanic 815 flew over the island, never took place in this new timeline ("Lost X"). Also, one would imagine that the events connected to Jack and his people during the Dharma years would never have happened.
The idea being this: the two timelines pertain to the nature of the Incident in each timeline. In the Lost Prime timeline, the interaction of the nuclear warhead, the explosive electromagnetic anomaly, and the time/space anomaly at the Orchid tosses most of the people caught out of time back into 2007 (those within the vicinity of the effect, apparently), exactly as predicted in the review for "The Incident". So Lost Prime appears to still follow the same pre-determined rules: "whatever happened, happened".
But in the timeline of Lost X, there would have never been a nuclear explosion to interact with the explosive electromagnetic anomaly. It appears that in the Lost X timeline, the Incident was simply the uncontrolled release of the energy from the electromagnetic anomaly. That, and perhaps some interaction with the time/space anomaly, could have displaced the entire island underwater in an instant, as seen.
What would be the implications for Lost X? Any interactions between the familiar survivors of Oceanic 815 and those associated with the island would never have happened. The interconnections between them would still exist, if the island's inhabitants weren't involved. Perhaps most pertinent to the revelations in this episode, Sayid never would have shot Ben, Ben never would have grown powerful enough to force Charles Widmore into exile, and therefore Penny Widmore never would have existed. Desmond Hume would therefore never have been driven towards the race around the world that brought him to cross paths with Jack in Los Angeles before the flight.
This would potentially explain why Desmond could be on the plane, even though he wasn't in the Lost Prime timeline. But it doesn't necessarily mean that Desmond's presence is just a coincidence. The fact that Jack thought Desmond looked familiar is not an accident, and Jack's curious neck wound seemed to come out of nowhere, even from the perspective of the character!
And that might explain the importance of the Lost X timeline. Daniel Faraday may have been right to a certain extent: setting off the nuclear explosion at the time of the Incident may have opened a door that usually would have been shut. Instead of the pre-determined Lost Prime timeline, there is now an alternative: Lost X. But Faraday never expected that the two timelines would actually co-exist.
This brings to mind one of the principles of quantum mechanics, as illustrated by the example of Schrodinger's cat. In short, if a cat is placed in an airtight box with a vial of poison that will trigger randomly, then at any given time, one cannot know if the cat is alive or dead. From a certain point of view, both possibilities actually exist in that moment: in one version of time, the cat is alive, and in another, the cat is dead. Those two possibilities co-exist until someone (the "observer") opens the box. Once the box is open, the observer then knows which possibility is "real".
There are two prevailing interpretations of this principle. The first is the Copenhagen interpretation. In simple terms, this interpretation says that if there is more than one possibility, then all those possibilities co-exist until the moment of observation. At that point, something called "superposition" occurs: all the possibilities "collapse", leaving just the "real" result. The other potential realities effectively never existed.
The second interpretation is the Many-Worlds Theory. In this case, for a given event, all possible outcomes are "real", but they all take place in their own separate timeline. These alternate realities typically don't intersect, although some versions of the theory disagree on the possibility and extent of any such intersection. In this case, just because one possibility is more likely, all other possibilities still continue to exist.
The question is: if Faraday's plan brought about a quantum event, which interpretation is the one in play? The answer to that question will likely drive the purpose of Lost X. If it's the Many-Worlds Theory, then it may be as simple as showing that the desired outcome was not nearly what Jack and the others thought it would be. But frankly, that wouldn't justify the time spent on Lost X, unless there was some unforeseen level of interaction that would have an impact on Lost Prime.
On the other hand, the Copenhagen interpretation could work, but there is the unfortunate side effect that either Lost Prime or Lost X would cease to exist. Potentially, if the "observer" were aware of both worlds, he or she could eventually have the ability to choose which timeline was "real". Consider the possibility: Jacob could know that his rival is manipulating events to ensure that someone arrives on the island that can help him gain freedom and achieve his goal, and there is no way to stop it. The alternative is that Jacob could ensure that events unfold as they have, creating an alternate timeline in which his rival is unsuccessful. All Jacob would need is an "observer", someone outside of the typical deterministic rules, to choose that alternative when the moment presents itself.
The downside in such a scenario is obvious: it would feel as though the entire story amounted to a reset button, with the plane crash never happening. On the other hand, since the events of the series would have had to have happened exactly as they did, in order for Lost X to exist at all, it actually gives the entire series a purpose. For all that happened on the island previously, this period of time would be the most significant, because it could very well save the world.
Of course, there's also the matter of the "observer" within all this speculation. The obvious choice is the one character that didn't fit in the Lost X sequence of events: Desmond. Desmond is already known to be outside of the established rules, ever since the implosion of the Swan Station, and it would explain why he was familiar to Jack X on the plane. Besides, if the Desmond/Penny relationship is central to the story, as the producers have often claimed, his decision to choose Lost X over Lost Prime, thus wiping out Penny and little Charlie, would be enormously tragic.
On the other hand, Desmond's presence in Lost X felt like it was meant to expose Jack X's perspective more than anything else. It remains to be seen if any of the others caught up in the Incident will also begin to notice odd things about Lost X in future episodes. If so, any of them could be the one forced to make the critical decision, if that is in fact the direction that the story takes.
But if all this is possible and viable, there is reason to think that Jack is the one who will end up making the call. It's simply this: the series begins with Jack waking up on the island after the crash of Oceanic 815. What if the seemingly better alternative, Lost X, turns out to be much, much worse in the end? What if Jack is left to make the same kind of choice that he made at the end of the fifth season, only in the hopes of ensuring the completely opposite result? Jack could end up choosing Lost Prime. (In which case, I would expect the final scene to be the exact same moment as the beginning of the series, bringing it all full circle.)
At this point, there's simply not enough information to account for all the possible directions. What is apparent is this: there are now two distinct timelines being explored: Lost Prime and Lost X. How they relate to one another, if at all, is clearly going to be vital to this last chapter of the "Lost" saga.
Beyond the structure of the story going forward, there were plenty of interesting tidbits. It has now been confirmed that Jacob's rival and Cerberus, the "smoke monster", are one and the same. This was essentially predicted in the review for "The Incident". This is consistent with the notion that Cerberus only took the corporeal form of those who had died. It is also consistent with the interpretation that the mural from "Dead is Dead" pertains to Anubis (Jacob) and Cerberus (Jacob's rival), in apparent opposition.
But it does raise a different question. If Jacob's rival was taking the form of Jack's father, and Jack's father was apparently trapped in the cabin, that suggests that the ring of ash around the cabin was intended to keep Jacob's rival trapped there. If that was the case, how would Jacob's rival have roamed the island as Cerberus, the "security system"? Why wouldn't he have been confined, especially since he was clearly unable to cross the ashes in this episode?
Jacob's rival states that his goal is to get home. The key questions are where, how, and why. It's possible that "home" is the Temple, since the Others (the ones Ben sent there before the third season finale, at the very least) were preparing to keep Jacob's rival out by various means. But Jacob's rival seemed to come out of its underground vent in the outskirts of the Temple. It explains why Danielle and others thought of Cerberus as a "security system" for the Temple, but it doesn't explain why Jacob's rival would be so closely linked to the Temple if that was his final goal. Instead, it seems likely that the constant connections to Egyptian myth and culture are a clue. The time/space anomaly in the Orchid connected to Tunisia.
Using the form of Locke certainly pertains to the "how", as well as killing Jacob. Since taking on Locke's form is not appreciably different than taking on any other dead person's form as Cerberus, Jacob's death must change something that will allow Jacob's rival to do something he couldn't do before Jacob's death.
That may have something to do with the color of the water from the spring in the Temple. Dogan was surprised by the color of the water; it was not clear as it had been in the past. This could mean that Jacob's death allowed his rival to enter the source of the spring, under the Temple, contaminating it. It seems pretty clear that Jacob intended to use Sayid as a new body, but that it was important that Sayid not die. It seems significant that the water was dark, and also that Sayid died and then seemed to come back to life. That hasn't happened before, and in conjunction with the apparent victory of Jacob's rival at this time, it points to Sayid being connected to Jacob's rival in some fundamental way.
It all comes down to "why". Other than getting off the island, what purpose would it serve for Jacob's rival to go home? What does he stand to gain if he does escape the island to whatever he considers "home"? And for that matter, what would be the consequence, such that Jacob has been there for some indeterminate time to stop him?
Obviously this only scratches the surface; the momentum gained by the decision to give "Lost" a definitive end date continues to drive the series to new creative heights. The writers are already beginning to answer crucial questions and provide perspective, even as those answers give way to new questions themselves. At this point, it comes down to whether or not the critical questions will be addressed. This episode has begun to provide the roadmap.
Overall, this was another strong start to another highly-anticipated season of "Lost". Once again the format has changed, and once again it stands to open up storytelling possibilities that were previously unavailable. The thrust of the final season appears to be established, and now it's just a matter of letting it all unfold.
The aftermath from Juliet's detonation of the hydrogen bomb is revealed. A solid first episode of season 6, the alternate thing is intresting I liked seeing scenes from the pilot revisited and it was cool to see a lot of old characters again. scenes between Jack and Locke, Boone and Locke were the highlights of this storline. There was a horrible bit of CGI when we saw the island underwater but this was still cool. I think the evil Locke scenes were the best it is revealed that he is The Monster which was really shocking. I thought the reveal of the Temple was cool but Im unsure of the two new characters Lennon and Dogen. The scene were Sayind drowns in the well had some horrible acting as well from Kate, Hurley and Jack.
As what's left of the survivors of a plane that never crashed hit their way to the Temple their alternate selves reach their intended destination, the corpse of Jack's father is missing so man of fate and man of science make their acquaintance at Jack's weakest, which inspires him to help Locke to walk again, Sun & Jin get caught up in translation as Sawyer and Kate make their first encounter for a second time as she escapes the Marshall taking pregnant mother-to-be Claire Littleton as unwilling hostage.
The Temple, filled with former Black Rock slaves, is no longer a sanctuary for those like Sayid. In fact the content of Hurley's guitar case is the only thing that prevents the slaves from killing anomalies that shouldn't exist to begin with, but right before their leader could explain that to them, Hurley tells them the truth: Jacob is dead. Ashes are spread to prevent Smokey/Locke from getting in, children Zack and Emma help these people for the upcoming encounter that might end on their deaths.
For Locke/Smokey is coming ...and he brings Richard Alpert with it.
Just a short note as i recently reviewed part 1. This episode is seriously exciting and emotional as the death occurs of my favourite character... or does it. Sayid has apparently rose from the dead but i am not convinced, Locke is happy to see Richard out of chains... WTF. Can't wait to see were this season is going, a war is shaping up between the Jacob army and the smokey version of locke. Juliet knows the plan worked for some reason, and Miles looks confused at Sayids lifeless body for some reason very starnge. I really enjoyed this episode as it shapes the remainder of the season well and is still very entertaining.
I was really excited because Lost for last time on air ... this is sad, after few years with this serial now we are close to end. What can I say ? Lost is probably the best serial ever in this type , probably the best serial I ever seen and for sure after finish a lot of time I really miss Jack, Kate , Sawyer, Hugo, Ben, and others.... nevermind lets start talking about start of the new season...
In these two episodes I see what I suppose to see. Great story line and a lot of suprising things with our favourite heroes :). Already we know Juliet is dead , but producers give her and Sawyer some chance for happy future ? maybe. Jacob is ghost now or he is Sayid now ? :P Locke is still dead :) WHat about Flocke, black man or smoke monster ? hmm now we know who is who for sure. In episode we can see great action when smoke monster kill Illiana`s people in Jacob home :) Finally we know last gropu on the island with TEMPLE .. new characters ? yep, new masters ? yeee the temple "Bruce Lee" is curious and great ^^ Hugo as always is very funny some things don`t change :) Island is still interesting but now we have some other action in alternative time without plane crash... Is that real or something ?? I don`t know maybe are heroes on end can choice beetwen live on island or live in normal world ? maybe , probably we will see it :)
f ever there were any doubt as to the insurmountable talents of Lost's executive producers and showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, one need only look to this double-header opener for the show's sixth and final season for proof that yup, these guys truly are the very definition of genii. When the fifth season ended quite literally with an almighty bang as Juliet detonated the bomb at the base of the Swan station, it appeared to everyone and their grandmother that the narrative could go one of two ways: the logical route, as dictated by the laws of time travel that have been outlined within the show, by which the attempt would fail due to the fact that The Incident always occurred, or the more fanciful route, in which the writers would press the reset button on the narrative; the plan would succeed and the Losties would never crash on the Island, making it all the way to LA X. No one considered the possibility that both could happen... but here we are, nine months later, our expectations confounded once again.
This really is a fantastic conceit, superbly crafted. Its strength lies in its inherent obliqueness; we don't know the meaning of what it is that we are watching. The narratives run side by side, juxtaposing one another, but we are never treated to an explanation as their purpose, or how they sit within the framework of the show. There are a number of interpretations: firstly, that the two are mutually exclusive and rather than being a definitive depiction of some sort of chronology, they function as a sort of 'what if'. Are Cuse and Lindelof showing us both sets of consequences? Will the episodes take us on a dualistic narratalogical journey until the finale, wherein we will see two conclusions? Should we treat this as a metatextual decision rather than a canonical one? (Or, if we wish to fit it into the teleology of the over-arching story, as some sort of parallel universe narrative?) Then, of course, we have the possibility that both strands are actuality, that one is simply a consequence of the other. So, the reversion to LA X happens but at a future point to where we are in terms of the show's unique chronology. Somehow, through the duration of the sixth season, through the continued trials and tribulations on the Island, the Losties will get another opportunity to change history. This certainly seems likelier - the narrative for the sixth year, much like the fourth, would essentially be cyclical, exploring the aftermath of the 'flash point' as well as how that point is reached.
However we wish to look at this device, there is no denying that it makes for utterly compelling viewing. The decision to explore the consequences of Flight 815 landing in L.A. not only allows for some old faces to get a little more screen time - it's great to see Ian Somerhalder back as the much-missed Boone (although Shannon's absence is a little conspicuous), Dominic Monaghan as pre-Island, messed up Charlie and, indeed, to hear Greg Grunberg's dulcet tones as the unfortunate pilot - but it also gives the narrative a deal of breathing space, taking characters in previously unexplored directions and making new connections. Jack befriending a wheelchair-bound Locke is perhaps the best example of this; it's a wonderfully organic sequence, playing exactly like any surface-level encounter would. Kate's efforts to escape the clutches of the Yellow Eyed Demon from Supernatural are also somewhat intriguing. As we end the episode on her commandeering a taxi with Claire inside, it looks like their lives are destined, once more, to become intertwined. One imagines this is how most of these strands will play out over the course of the season, since this is sure to continue through to the finale. We will see how the Losties become connected regardless of the Island, and also explore how they deal with the respective issues and neuroses that they resolved, to a greater or lesser extent, while cast away (Jin and Sun being a prime example). And it's a testament to the strength of every single member of the cast that they slip effortlessly back into their former roles as if it's been five minutes, not five years, in the interim.
On the Island, meanwhile, Lindelof and Cuse treat us to one gargantuan juggernaut of a plot, revealing facts, people and places previously only hinted at within the arc story. The notion that Jacob's 'old friend' is Smokey is something that many have hypothesised in the gap between seasons but its revelation comes as no less dramatic an event. The sequence in which the creature lays Jacob's bodyguards to waste is stupendous, brilliantly macabre and eerie, largely because we still don't know, after six whole years, exactly what the damn thing is or what those ruddy noises are. Tasked with portraying the 'human' aspect of the entity, Terry O'Quinn does an absolutely stellar job, making every line of dialogue seem like the creepiest thing you've ever heard. When he informs us that he wants to go home at hour's end, it's unrelentingly disturbing, the maddening look in Locke's eyes magnifying the unnerving nature of the scene. His interactions with both Ben and Richard are also rather beguiling, particularly the latter given that there seems to be some distinctly loaded history between the two.
Over the other side of the rock, Josh Holloway proves his worth a million times over with a colossally impressive goodbye sequence to Juliet. Credit to Elizabeth Mitchell, she's fantastic too and I defy anyone not to get at least a little teary-eyed at Sawyer holding her in his arms, trying to cling to the hope that she'll survive. Subsequently, of course, he's brilliant at conveying the character's anger, bitterness, resentment and sorrow, with sequences with Jack, Kate and Miles all stealing the show at various points. This being Lost, one death in two episodes simply isn't enough, so Lindelof and Cuse tease us with Sayed's unfortunate passing too in a series of scenes that finally allow us to get some semblance of a glimpse into the bats**t lives of the Natives. The fabled Temple is revealed and it's rather nifty, the weird whispers return, Cyndi makes an appearance (let's hope she sheds some light on what it is that these guys actually do!) and we find out exactly how Ben, and probably many others, were healed. Dunk them in some water, turn the hourglass and watch wonders work. Naturally, there are still many questions unanswered here, not the least of which is how Sayed manages to survive after having been pronounced dead, but even if there are few explanations, the story itself has sufficient dramatic momentum and enough intriguing intricacies to make for something truly fascinating.
In amongst all of this, we haven't even mentioned the ankh in Hurley's guitar case (a fantastic and unexpected twist), Miles's intriguing channelling of Juliet (what does she mean by 'it worked'?), the unusual blood mark on Jack's neck in the teaser sequence and Desmond's presence on the plane which prompts a slue of questions in itself. There's just so much on offer here that it's easy to lose track of all the talking points and that can only be described as a very, very good thing. 'LA X parts one and two' are episodes packed to the brim with drama, development, intrigue and mystery, designed both to confound your expectations and satisfy your need for clarity. With a wonderfully original plot structure and many, many outstanding scenes, this is yet another instant classic and a season opener to treasure. If this is the shape of Lost to come, we're in for the ride of our lives. 9.5 (both episodes)
The Final Chapter recap was so well done that I naively jumped right into LA X crosshair with the mind full of the past events. Of course I remembered that Juliet successfully detonated the bomb in The Incident but my memory of what happened to some other characters wasn't as fresh. The story took off right after the big white flash. Considering how the past episodes were twisted and the writers's imagination amazingly vivid I really didn't know what to expect. Of course the adventure involved our favorite characters from "gorgeous don't mess with me" Kate, "romantic con" Sawyer to "not so man of science" Jack without forgetting the mysterious Johns Locke.
But what really happened to them ? And what about the island ? Did they land in Los Angeles as first planned ? And who's really the man behind Jacob's death ? All I can tell is that if you enjoyed the past seasons for their unpredictable and surreal arcs you'll definitely not be disappointed by this two hours premiere. As previously you'll get answers but the new developments also arose many deep questions.
All the elements that make Lost so fascinating are back, from the mystical vibe to the character connections jungle. Last but not least even if it wasn't perfect I don't see how someone could be disappointed by it. We could ask for much more but I know the best is yet to come and it's going to be one hell of a season. In fact the most surprising thing about LA X was the character development. We just never saw the characters like that. Remember how Jack and John's profiles were switched in Follow the Leader ? Well you better lose the compass because it's apparently pointing two directions at the same time. But Daniel Faraday and Desmond Hume taught us that time is relative and not a constant so you'll have to watch it to understand what I'm talking about.
Plot Details/Objective -» Some news characters, one surprise in the ending, development of news situations of the alternative reality and the present.
What I Like/Disliked -» All scenarios are becoming interesting for now.
Presentation -» (8/10), ok, this goes until they found the temple, everything was done nicely, however nothing superb.
Complication Phase -» (9/10), More interesting than the first episode. The alternative reality seems to be playing a major role here, for now, Kate scenes is interesting to see, even if it is the same things, just in a different way. The best development is thanks to this temple and the people inside it, this provided moments with tension and the usual lost mysteries.
Cliffhanger/Ending -» (9/10), ok, the ending was strange, and raise a very important question, however some people say that it was predictable, I do not think so, but the ending compared to the last episode is much better.
Alternative Reality -» (9/10), I don´t expect that this reality can bring too much for the table in terms of mystery and shocking surprises, however, by simple following what should happened if…..is starting to become interesting, however I gave a 8, because I think that much more interesting things will happen.
Time and Scenes Management -» (9/10), didn´t noticed fillers this time, almost all scenes was important this time.
Plot Holes -» (9/10), the only thing that continues to be stupid is when there are one person that knows something and instead of telling what is happening and what this is all about, they answer our losties questions with vague phrases or words, the typical lost way of doing mystery, however that is nothing that can spoil this episode.
Drama/Emotions -» (9/10), like the last episode, this episode is full of drama, Sawyer sad because of Juliet and of course, Sayid life-dead situation, Jack in pain, Locke and Jack conversation in the alternative reality and
Suspense/Tension -» (8/10), the tension played in this episode was nice, Kate situation in the alternative reality and the temple did that.
Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (10/10) This episode put you with some questions, just because there are new characters, this temple and the magic water, and Jacob real plan for our losties, so the writers couldn´t done better than this.
Surprise/Twists -» (9/10), The ending did the job
This episode shows that lost can keep with the expectations.
Sayid and the man in black are the center of attention for everyone, while a few new faces also appear. Although it can't be easily understood what Jacob meant when he said "they are coming" right before he died, there is an atmosphere of some kind of battle that is going to take place between the others and the man in black a.k.a the smoke monster.
There is also a possibility of Jacob reincarnating in Sayid's body. Maybe thats what the letter asked the others to do i.e. to kill Sayid so Jacob could find another container for his existence as his body was burnt right after he was killed (we're travelling through time here remember so he could have known what was coming and made plans accordingly), even if thats not the case Jacob definitely had something to do with the dying and resurrection of Sayid.
Since Juliet apparently claimed that "it worked" we could very well see all the characters from the plane crash dying on the island, unless they find another way to make them co-exist both on the island and back in LA, either way we've got some very interesting episodes up next.
It's been a long wait since Juliet detonated the Hydrogen bomb and now we've finally seen what happened because of it. And it was awesome! First off this idea really shouldn't have worked. It feels like a bit of a cop out as instead of deciding whether everything would be changed or nothing they went for both. However when it's told as well as this I couldn't care less! Plus I'm assuming the two timelines will be explained down the line at some point.
So for once the previously sequence plays directly into the opening scene, which was yet another superb first scene of the season. Not unlike the episode in general it shouldn't have worked. I was dead against the everything changing theory and so to see it had all changed should've angered me. Similarly the first minute or so of the episode could've been stock footage. So why did it work then, well firstly it wasn't stock footage. I couldn't remember the Pilot well enough to know that Jack's hair was longer or Cindy gave him one vodka bottle instead of two, but the way Matthew Fox was acting was just a little bit different. He clearly knew something, but maybe, like Desmond in Flashes Before Your Eyes, he wasn't sure what.
Speaking of the superb Scotsman, he turned up almost right away. After being criminally underused last season it was great to see him right away. His scene with Jack was great and superbly vague. Did Jack remember Desmond from when he met him in the stadium (if that even happened in this reality) or was it a memory from the other timeline coming through? At this point it's anyone's guess, but it was great. It then led into an amazing shot of the camera going out of the window and down into the ocean revealing the sunken island. Firstly this was great as it isn't the kind of shot Lost usually does, more of a Smallville or Prison Break-esque thing. But it was a brilliant way to end the teaser. The CGI was a bit hit or miss, the fan boy shark for example looked pretty awful. Which does take you out of the moment a little bit, but it is understandable on a TV show and the brilliance of it far outweighed any complaints about it.
Then after the opening titles we had the end of season 5 shown again. At this point I was a bit confused but went with it and we ended up getting Kate in a tree! Also as a side note did it bother anyone else that now the episode has "An ABC Production" at the start? Anyway it was quickly clear that we now had two realities and that the bomb blast threw our heroes into 2007/8 along with the rest of the main cast who didn't go back in time last season. Again this seemed a bit of a cop out. How could an H-bomb go off and have no affect on the area!? True it was mentioned that it could well have been the cause of the incident, but some kind of explanation of the bomb causing the electromagnetism to fire everyone back to the future soon would be nice. But either way it worked here for one main reason: it was brilliantly executed. In fact that can be said about the whole episode. The writing and pacing was superb, there was a great combination of drama, action and even some humour. And of course the acting was top notch.
The whole thing could've completely fallen apart quite easily but everything came together almost perfectly. One of the things missing from a lot of season 5 was the smaller character moments. In the rush to get through all the mythology it's understandable how that could take a back seat, but at the end of the day we watch the show for the characters. So that we had not one, but tons of fantastic scenes between our characters here was superb. A lot of this was in the non plane crash universe which I will refer to as the alternate one from now on to avoid confusion. Getting to see old faces even just briefly was great. I don't know how much of the likes of Boone or Charlie we'll see this year but both were superb. I always quite liked Boone, and his conversation with Locke on the plane was a very nice one. It was sweet and nicely referenced the friendship they'd had on the island which was a great team up back in season 1.
And then there was Charlie. It seemed almost pointless to have his face hidden for so long, but holding off on the close up worked and it was a great little moment. I always loved Charlie (even when he went a bit weird in season 2) and so any scenes with him are gonna be superb! And of course despite the differing timeline some characters still managed to team up with Sayid being his awesome self and kicking down the toilet door. Then there was the sequence as the plane landed which (purposely I'm guessing) mirrored the ending of season 1 when we saw them all getting on the plane. The small character moments, like Sawyer eying up Hurley and Jack seeing Locke loaded into the wheelchair combined with the fantastic music score was brilliant.
And it didn't end there. We had a large focus on Kate and her escape was great. I loved her just rushing the Marshal when she couldn't undo the cuffs. The escape was fairly simple, but believable and very nicely done. That it culminated with her getting in the taxi with the gorgeous Claire (in her first scene for far too long) was a great. The biggest moment however in the alternate reality was the scene between Jack and Locke at the Lost luggage area. It was yet another science vs fate scene, but without any of the aggression most of the on island ones had. It was superbly played and amazing to watch. To see that these two could've been friends was great and I can't wait to see how it plays out as the season continues.
On the island even more happened. The first shock was that Juliet was still alive. I was very surprised to see her (although on reflection it made perfect sense that she'd be transported through time too) and it worked to milk her goodbye a bit more. As such a great character on the show she deserved this send off. Then there was the Others by the statue including Jacob's bodyguards. It was nice to get them explained right away here, and the scene that followed it was immense. Sure we've seen the Monster attack before, but never in the level of detail we got here, at least not against multiple opponents. It was a fantastic action sequence that even managed to show us something new, with Bram hiding in a ring of ash addressing another question from season 3. Of course it didn't phase the Monster as it still got him brilliantly. Many had realised that fake Locke was the Monster, but to have it confirmed was superb! It's something Lost does a lot; will reveal a mystery after it was been realised (Jack and Claire being related for example). But it never feels disappointing, but rather great to have the validation that we were right. As the kind of show that's meant to be discussed online and with friends it's great to get these moments.
On the island at least we are very much in answer mode and we finally got to see the temple. We saw where Ben was healed as a child as well as what is most likely the source of the island's healing ability. And it was here that Hurley got to be the hero a bit by proving they'd been sent by Jacob. I also loved how Hurley tried to handle a gun when he first heard Jacob. It's great that there's still one innocent character on the show who can ground it a bit by not being experienced with firearms. Trying to heal Sayid by drowning him, combined with the egg timer was one of those weird, yet kinda makes sense, moments. Taken out of context it would've seemed ridiculous, but through the eyes of our main characters it worked. At the temple we met some interesting new characters as well as a couple of old ones. I hope we get an explanation as to why Cindy, the kids and the other taken tail section survivors didn't flash through time like everyone else on the plane but that's not relevant to this episode.
My only real gripe is a bit of a petty one as I would've liked to see Sawyer take on the Others who attacked him and Miles. It doesn't really matter, I still loved the acknowledgement of how awesome the former Mr. LaFleur was by being told he took out four before being knocked out. You could fully understand why Jack wasn't in the mood to speak to any of these new Others as his friend had just died. And while I had hoped the episode would've ended with some insight as to why we have two realities now, Jack's mini fight played against Sayid's resurrection was a great cliffhanger to end on.
So what was the best thing about this episode? The two realities, the amount of information given to us? No, it was that so much happened! My main complaint about last season's finale was that not enough happened, well at least in the present time. Here however it was fully justified as a two hour event! It also meant that while I'm still excitedly anticipating next weeks episode, the doubler here has given me enough to keep me more than happy until then. The show may have gone more mental than ever before, but the characters are still all here, as is the acting writing and production values we've come to love. Plus the play on the flashback sound effect to go between realities was great!
So.. I loved where they are going. The "alternative reality" or how to call those flashthings.. And the thing that Julia said. It really made me think that maybe they did got out of the island and they exists in both worlds or.. Anyway, it is very intriguing. The whole thing with the guitar case and Sayid. I was already thinking.. no, another char dead but that ending was promising. The whole people and the temple. A new punch of people like always happens in Lost but.. there seems to be quite promising stories going.
So.. I am eager to see what comes.. totally stunning.
I slagged Episode 1 because it was missing a lot of what the best Lost episodes and story arcs have. This Episode 2 is only a little better. That temple baptism of life with the hourglass thing was a little cheesy. With the two storylines going on - I kind of prefer the back to 2004-make-it-to-LAX line; the island blown up hatches, magic, Others and jungles are getting a bit old. My guess would be the jungle storyline is what happened after the bomb, the gang were zapped back to 2007 and will somehow, probably about halfway through the season, get to the flashforward (which actually goes back to 2004) events we see on the plane. The connections they all make in LA c.2004 will the somehow lead to the end of the story bug finale.
Move aside, Damages. Get out of the way, 24. The men and women who have helped model one of the greatest serial television shows of all time are back with a vengeance, bringing the same level of intrigue and mystery as always. Lost has made a habit out of reinventing themselves each season, changing the game in ways that most writers and directors wouldn't dare of doing. Where some shows play it safe from season to season, rarely departing from the same tired format, Lost has been able to change the game every season and keep people interested. The story may be confusing as hell and leave millions of people each week screaming at their televisions, but it's important to realize that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have an endgame in mind. If you remember that, as I have been, the show is that much more enjoyable.
These two hours were chockful of little scenes that confused me, kept me interested, made me ask myself question after question.. and as for answers? Well, you'll have to watch it for yourself. I'll start with what I was disappointed with: there was nothing wrong with any of the scenes in terms of story. However, there was a little bit too much going on. That's nothing against the show; Lost has sort of set itself up for this, with Locke and Ben in 2007, the rest of the survivors back in 2007 and now a parallel universe with everybody back on Oceanic 815, the stories aren't given as much time as usual. It's a little disappointing that we don't get to see a little more of the island people, but I have a feeling that this parallel universe is going to really come to play a big role.
Other then that, it was the same high quality Lost we're used to. There were some incredible moments that I'm sure some Lost fans have been waiting for for ages. I'm specifically thinking about the scene where Locke quickly changes into the smoke monster, annihilating a good portion of Jacob's army, leaving Ben to sit in horror as Locke turns back into human form, claiming "Sorry you had to see me like that." Now if that's not enough confirmation that the Man in Black is the Smoke Monster, I don't know if there's anything that will convince people otherwise. The conversation between Ben and Locke near the end of the episode was especially revealing, as was Locke's cryptic comment to Richard. The identity of the Man in Black is beginning to come more into focus, and it's only a matter of time before we learn the whole story. It's unfortunate that more time couldn't be focused on Locke and the rest of the people on this side of the island, but I'm assuming we'll have plenty of time to focus on them. If there's anything in this episode that made it completely worth the long eight or nine month long wait, it was the entire Temple plot. The Temple has been referenced over and over again since Season 3, and upon seeing it, it only raises even MORE questions, something that may seem a bit disheartening going into a show that should be answering questions in its final season. However, it gives the show a new slant, something different to work with. This Japanese guy (appearently his name is Dogan?) who seems to run the Temple is my favorite new character right now, if only because there's so much mystery surrounding him. In fact, there seems to be hundreds of layers of mystery surrounding the entire Temple. What about the Hourglass that the Japanese guy flips over? The pool of water Sayid is dipped in? What in the hell is going on?! It seems Lindelof and Cuse are still capable of doing their job: confusing everyone out of their mind. Sayid coming back to life completely blew my mind, and hopefully, this will be addressed next episode.
As for the parallel universe plot, it's interesting, if not a little dull. With everything happening on the island, cutting back and forth to a parallel universe where the survivors never crashed seems a little weird. But then again, at the same time, it's really weird how there are a lot of parallels between what happened after they crashed and what happened after they landed. In the Pilot episode, Jack needs a pen from Boone, and as it turns out, he ends up needing a pen on the plane as well. In a way, this is almost supporting John Locke's original theory of destiny; these characters land on the other side, but still seem incapable of avoiding each other. Also, why is Desmond on the plane? He should be on the island hitting the button.. oh wait, the island is underwater and appears to be a ghost town.. if you're head isn't spinning by now just reading the recap, than I'm sure it'll be exploding by the time you watch it. It's nice to see Claire back, even if it's only in the parallel universe so far, and it's very nice to see Charlie back. The parallel universe was a nice way to re-introduce us to some characters that we haven't seen in a very long time. However, the slight changes make it a bit eerie.. for instance, Hurley being the luckiest person in the world as opposed to the most cursed? Desmond being on the plane instead of the Island? Charlie saying he was supposed to die after Jack saves him? Just some weird stuff.
What an episode. Lost certainly has left the audience with more questions than they probably anticipated coming into this episode, but it appears that we have nowhere to go but the end now. Answers will surely come, but until then, I'm fine with just watching and seeing how each individual plot plays out. We've invested so much time into these characters that it feels like even episodes that aren't as intense will be important and interesting. Hopefully, we learn a little bit more about The Temple and Jacob's people, about the history behind Jacob and the still mysterious Man in Black and about what in the world is going on in the alternative universe (It's also nice to see that next week's promo barely revealed anything. It's a shame when the promo's ruin all the good parts.)
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