May 12 2010
If I had to sum my my feelings about last night’s Lost in four letters, it would be those, although I guess **** is four letters too.
I was just expecting an entire episode dedicated to the backstory of Jacob and Not-Locke (though today I’m calling him Esau) to contain some real answers, with only a few hours of Lost to go. Unfortunately, this wasn’t really the case, and thought we learned some interesting facts, like Jacob and Esau being brothers, where they came from and how they split, facts are not necessarily answers, and all our big questions are still looming.
I’m not even sure what century this episode what supposed to be in, nor where exactly Jacob and Esau’s shipwrecked mother came from, but she stumbles on shore, ready to pop, and quickly runs into Island Mom, who helps her give birth to unexpected twins, the first named Jacob and the second named nothing because she only had one name in mind.
“GIMMIE MAH BABIES!”
I had a vibe the moment I laid eyes on Island Mom that someone was getting murdered, and my suspicions were confirmed almost immediately when the new mom’s head is bashed in with a rock.
The boys are raised by Island Mom to believe that they are the only people to ever exist and there is nothing more to the earth than the Island. It would be nice to pause for a second and think about how absolutely insane that kind of upbringing would be, but the show plows forward, and I had a constant feeling that I wasn’t even watching an episode of Lost at this point, as everyone onscreen was people I had literally never seen before.
Island Mom leads the boys to an underground waterfall of light, and tells them it’s the reason she’s there, in order to protect it from the other bad people on the island who the boys have recently discovered. What is the light exactly? Uhhh, moving on…
Behold, the Maguffin!
Esau has the Hurley-like power to see the dead, and his real mom appears to him and tells him his entire life is a lie. He flips out, and grabs Jacob to run away to the original “Others” settlement, but Jacob is a big momma’s boy and won’t agree to come and wants to stay in a cave and weave rugs for all eternity.
Flash forward thirty years later, and Esau is living with the tribe, discovering pockets of electromagnetic energy which he believes he can use to get off the island, and begins crafting the “wheel” we’ve all come to know and love. His scientific explanation is a bit lacking as to how exactly the wheel is going to do anything with the energy, but I think we’ve pretty much thrown science out the window at this point in the series.
The last ten minutes or so of the episode are why we all really tuned in, although by the end we can see everything that happens coming a mile away. Island Mom confronts Esau about his excavation of the islands’ energy. When she kills all his friends and destroys his dig site with magic unseen god powers, he becomes enraged and stabs her with his iconic dagger. Jacob sees this, and beats the hell out of Esau, then drags him to the glowing light cavern and tosses him down there, a place that his mother said “would be worse than death.”
The smoke monster immediately bursts forth from the cave in all its mystical glory, and short distance later Jacob finds Esau’s real body, and presumably all later appearances of Esau are just post-death smoke body stealing. Jacob puts his mother and Esau in the cave where hundreds (thousands?) of years later, Jack, Kate and Locke discover them, christening them the “Adam and Eve” of the island in a plot development that COULD NOT have been planned six seasons in advance. It’s nice it lined up like that, but sorry, not buying that was organized from the get-go.
So for an origin story about the two most powerful people on the island, we sure didn’t get a whole lot of answers, and because of that, I’m worried that Lost is just going to end up going with a “you figure it out” explanation for the whole thing, and I was pretty disappointed with the evening overall.
The great “who built the wheel” mystery is solved!
The half-answers we got really weren’t answers at all. How did Jacob get his powers? Well, his mom gave them to him. Great, but how did she get them? How did Esau become the smoke monster? He was thrown into a cavern of mystical light. Great, but how did it happen and why an electronic smoke column? What is the island? The home of a mystical energy source that’s inside all of us containing “life, death and rebirth.” Great, BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Honestly, at this point, if these questions aren’t answered by now, I’m not sure they’re going to be. I can’t envision any sort of reveal at this point that’s would make absolutely everything fall into place, and that’s a disappointment considering Lost seemed like it had the potential to really make all its ends meet eventually. I have a feeling we’re just going to be left with a “the island is whatever you want it to be” type ending where questions about demi-gods and energy forces are just going to remain abstract concepts, having been written without the possibility of a concrete explanation for them.
You are not an answer, only another question.
I guess the few fundamental questions that we REALLY should see answered in the final few hours are:
- Where does this energy come from, and what is it actually capable of?
- Why does Not-Locke leaving the island doom everyone?
- Who is ultimately behind it all, the island, the energy, the god-like powers bestowed upon mortals? A deity? Aliens? An alien diety?
- What the f*ck is the alterverse?
Well, at least we found out who those kids running around in the jungle were.
Come on Lost, bring us home. I know you’ve got it in you.
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