Lost Review: “LA X”

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It’s been a long, long journey, but here we are, it’s the final season of Lost, and we’re right on the verge of having all our questions answered.

Hah, yeah right.

If you’re going into this season expecting them to clear up every little mystery of the island, I have to say at the outset of the season, I believe you’re going to be disappointed. I might be jaded by the Battlestar Galactica finale, but I think the best we can hope for is “satisfying” rather than “conclusive.” And that might not be such a bad thing.

Well, if you’re like me, you watched the hour long series recap to remember just where the hell we were as it’s been about eight damn months since the show was on the air. In 1970, Jack, Sawyer, Sayid, Juliet, Hurley and Miles are at the Swan dig site, attempting to detonate a hydrogen bomb core which would prevent their plane from ever crashing. In the present, we’re learning that John Locke is no longer John Locke, and is instead someone with a long seeded hatred for light-side-of-the-force island spirit Jacob, to the point where he manipulates Ben to stab him in the chest.

Juliet, lying broken at the bottom of the pit, detonated the H-bomb, seemingly resulting in the episode’s opening scene of Oceanic 815 safely passing through a bit of turbulence on the way to LAX, and the camera pans down to show the island completely underwater. Whoa.

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How the hell do you SINK AN ISLAND?

This “alternate reality” was the most perplexing part of the episode, because you initially dismissed it as a dream sequence once the 1970s crew woke up in present day, still on the island, but no as the two hours went on, the dream persisted. It was a nice way for them to bring back some deceased characters including Boone, Charlie and even Artz, but what did it all mean?

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BOOOOONE!

After the end of the first hour, I was convinced it was simply meant to show that had 815 NOT crashed, all those involved would have gone on to live rather shitty lives in comparison to the ones the island gave them. That can still be the case I suppose, but with no clear ending to that timeline, I have to wonder if this alternate reality is going to continue on throughout this season, and if so, how it ties into what Juliet’s pre-death thoughts of “It worked.”

Yes, Juliet is dead, and it was a bit more of a noble end than being evaporated by an H-bomb. It was lucky she didn’t flash forward to being encased in cement underground, and it was equally lucky that the Dharma van flashed forward as well so it could pull the heavy debris off of her so that Sawyer could get to her (seriously though, why the f*ck did that van time travel?). And I have little doubt that her parting words will be gnawing at our heads until we figure out what the hell is going on.

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Bummer, you really grew on me blondie. 

After Juliet passes on to the great white smoke monster in the sky, the now-dead Jacob comes to Hurley via his death-vision and tells him to save the gut-shot Sayid by taking him to the temple that Jin was in during one of his flashbacks. Jack can’t save Sayid himself with his doctor powers, so he goes along with it, and they trek through the decaying temple we’ve already seen and arrive at a decidedly non-decaying temple filled with a whole new set of Others we’ve never seen before. Well, some we have seen before, 815’s flight attendant and the kidnapped kids from season three are there making cookies for everyone.

They dunk Sayid in a spring that is supposed to have magic healing powers, but it’s currently broken due to the fact that Jacob has been stabbed and rolled into a fire. Once the new Others learn this fact, they start manning battle stations in preparation for an incoming attack. And then Sayid dies and wakes up again. Good lord, I can only handle so much ridiculousness at a time.

Across the island, the man(?) they’re preparing to do battle with is the guy currently taking the form of Not-Locke. Ben tries to comprehend what’s happening, and before he can do so, Not-Locke transforms into the Smoke Monster and kills a platoon of Jacob’s bodyguards.

This proved my theory last season that the Smoke Monster was taking the form of all the people who had died on the island, whether that’s Christian, Ben’s daughter or most recently, Locke, and that man is also one and the same as the man in black we saw on the beach with Jacob. Was that his true form, or just some other poor dead guy he was possessing?

Richard realizes who Not-Locke really is and is told “it’s nice to see you out of your chains.” I assume that’s some sort of reference to him coming over as a slave on the Black Rock, but who knows, maybe he was the Smoke Monster’s bitch servant at one point. Not-Locke knocks him out, drags him into the jungle, after telling Ben what he’s after, he just wants to go home.

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Also it’s kind of sad that Locke himself is just dead and gone. The Smoke Monster might use his body for the rest of the season, but the real Locke is no more.

I’m starting to wrap my head around the whole “dueling gods” concept of last season, though there are still many mysteries to be cleared up on that front like, “how can you stab a god to death?” and “how can a body-morphing smoke demon go ‘home’?” Are these actually real people to some degree?

But really what I’m most curious about now is this whole alternate reality timeline and Juliet’s cryptic message (and how would she even know “it worked” anyway as she lies dying in the rubble?). I thought the show would cop out and just have the H-bomb be “The Incident” and stick with the whole “whatever happened, happened” theory of time travel. It appears I’ve underestimated Lost once again.

I’m buckling up one last time for one absurd season, and I’m liking the way things are starting off. Hopefully the crazy train can stay on the rails long enough for us to end up getting some real closure.

Bonus question: In the episode title, why is there a space between “LA” and “X”?


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