I’m going to hit this one off immediately: if you have not seen the Lost season 5 finale yet, stop reading right here! If you’ve not see Lost at all, stop reading NOW! This is, in many people’s (including myself), one of the greatest shows ever made; it is also one that requires that you watch it from season 1, episode 1 straight through. The front end will be without worry, but once you click to the second half of this piece, nothing is sacred.
Before getting into it, let me just say that this was one of the best season finales I’ve ever seen. It had its areas of question that I wasn’t a big fan of, as I’m sure was the same for many people, but overall, it was intense and emotional and just blow-your-mind good. Lost‘s typical recipe is to have a smaller twist before the title sequence, and then a big twist ending point. In this finale, it seemed like every freakin’ commercial break had a twist to preface it. The entire two hours, my brain was moving and I was re-visiting old episodes and situations and trying to put the pieces together. I plan on watching this thing at least two more times — maybe even more if I start to miss it in the painful wait to 2010 and the beginning of the final season. I’m still not even recovered from the Battlestar Galactica series finale and another is already on its way.
Click over for a brief recap and my own wacky thoughts on what might be happening on the island. And again, spoilers are waiting on the other side, so consider yourselves warned. From here on out it is all fair game.
SO, last night was the big finale, and a doozy it was. Entering the episode, the two biggest mysteries that had yet to be uncovered on the show were of course the infamous and unseen Jacob; as well as that damn four-toed statue. Within moments of the show’s start, we knew that both of these mysteries were coming to the party, and that we were in for something special.
To go along with the flashbacks of Jacob and giving us a small amount of insight into him, we also had the show’s two main storylines running parallel. In 1977, Jack was on a mission of destiny to detonate the hydrogen bomb and reset time — with hopes of deleting any of them ever even crashing on the island — while Sawyer, Juliette, and Kate on their own mission to stop him; their thoughts being more of the realistic type, figuring that an exploding hydrogen bomb just kills every single person there. In what we assume is the present day, Locke, Ben, and Richard lead a mob to find Jacob to kill him.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get to the good stuff. If you’re still reading here, I’m assuming you watched and have your own thoughts to share, so I’ll just share what I think might be going on before unleashing all of you to voice your crazy thoughts.
The colossal occurrences in the episode’s grand finale were as follows: While a 1977 OK Corral-esque gun fight unfolds, Jack finally gets to the shaft and drops the bomb (after pause for dramatic effect, of course), which is rigged to detonate on impact. For some reason, the bomb doesn’t go off and the powerful magnetic field begins pulling everything toward it. In the commotion, Juliette finds herself dangling over the shaft, hanging on to Sawyer for dear life. Unfortunately, she has a chain wrapped tightly around her, and is pulled away into a long fall. On the other side, Locke and Ben reach Jacob, and after a short chat, Ben — feeling under-appreciated by Jacob after all his years of service to the island — stabs Jacob multiple times and kicks him into the fire. This is immediately followed by some of Jacob’s acolytes showing Richard that the contents of a large box they’ve been carrying is actually the body of John Locke that was loaded onto the plane, and which we thought had been resurrected by the island. They close off the show with Juliette, badly injured from her fall, but not dead. She sees the bomb laying near her, grabs a piece of debris, and begins screaming and hammering the bomb until we see a bright flash of light and the show ends with the title as usual, but this time the background is white, not black as it has always been.
This is where you could hear brains popping across the country. Hell, I even heard some pop at 2AM when the west coast airing concluded.
Here’s what I think of the whole dance. First of all, the hydrogen bomb: we were told that there was a chance that detonating this bomb would reset everything and Oceanic flight 815 would land safely in L.A. with all of our characters getting off and going about their lives without ever meeting each other. While that sounds like a happy-yet-bittersweet sacrificial ending, we have to keep in mind that there is still one more season, so that happening is not a likely scenario. My guess is that the explosion reset things, but not completely. As they said many times in the episode, “what’s done is done,” so stopping the hatch from being built wasn’t likely. Because of this, I believe that everyone who was stuck in 1977 will have been catapulted back to present day, where they will be able to reunite with Sun, Richard, Ben, and whatever the hell is happening with Locke. In regards to Locke, the only thing that I can think of is that maybe Jacob has the ability to replicate or some kind of Heroes-like power. I’m not sure that I like that idea, but it would mean that he made himself look like Locke, lead Ben and the others to kill “Jacob,” which will end up being a replication of himself.
It seems hard to believe that Jacob would appear and be killed so quickly, but he did say “They are coming” before being kicked into the fire, so who knows. “They” likely refers to Charles Widmore, OR there’s a whole new dangerous faction that will be introduced. There’s an off chance that the man Jacob was with at the very beginning of the episode may come into play, or maybe the pirate ship that was on its way, but I doubt that. I believe that Richard came in on that pirate ship, but that’s about it.
That’s where we are in this crazy and brilliant island adventure.
Now for the good stuff. I want what all of you think is going on. The best thing about shows like this is: When you watch them, you develop your own thoughts on where things are heading. So while I have my own, that means millions of others have them as well — some may be odd, some may be brilliant, but which ones are correct.
Hit us with your best theories below, and discuss away.