‘Lost’ Pre-Game: 7 Episodes Left
By now, everyone should be more or less caught up with the last episode of Lost. You know, the one that promised an extended flashback utilizing a guy we know to be centuries old and privy to a whole mess of the Island mythology only hinted at – an episode that presumably would follow Alpert’s arrival on the island, his initial meetings with Jacob and Smokey, and his subsequent dealings as advisor to the island residents?
Well…you got those first two. If 2/3 of the episode wasn’t “Richard in Chains in the Black Rock” – just so the slow readers in the audience were able to pick up on the Richard-Slave theme – it might have gotten to the other stuff. But no time!
But hey, longtime viewers did get one burning question answered: What happened to the statue? Turns out, it got bashed to nothingness by a wooden boat (which was not similarly smashed to bits, which…look, I’m no physicist, but wood vs. granite…I don’t know if that can really happen). It was such a monumental event that it got all of 20 seconds of screentime.
As the ABC promos declare Only 7. Episodes. Left!, even the most patient viewers have to be wondering if that’s enough time to satisfactorily answer everything (key word: satisfactorily – by which I ask, was anyone particularly sated by how off-handedly the numbers were explained away? Or, the statue’s destruction – something that we assumed was a big deal?).
With help from Friend of Threat Quality Matt Burns, here’s a starter-list of things that would seem to be kind of essential for the story to reach a full conclusion, that still need to be addressed:
How did the Dharma Initiative find the island?
Who built the temples and statue and whatever else is on the island?
Others history – what’s the deal there? (If only to explain Hawking and Widmore’s motivations better.)
How are Desmond’s time-travel/constant issues part of all this?
What’s the deal with Aaron and that whole childbirth dilemma?
Who the hell ARE these two guys that are apparently so integral to the overarching story?
These aren’t niggling little things – these are Big Questions the show introduced that directly inform the backstory (Island/Others/Dharma) or have been implied to be important to the island’s/castaways’ future wellbeing (the fertility issues, the time-travel, Aaron’s importance).
OH! – “What is the significance of the sideways flashes?” – that’s another good one.
Keep in mind, I’m not someone who’s waiting for the show to fail. And I do have a certain amount of faith in the show, that the writers know the questions they want to answer. The finale will deliver A Conclusion. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being just a little worried that they’ve introduced too many new elements to the last season, to really stick the landing in six hours of television (once you subtract commercials).
So, how about you, Lost viewer? Are there more essential dangling threads that must be added to the list? Are there a few you could care less about? Have some of these been answered while I wasn’t looking? Can I possibly ask more questions?
Sound off below.