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Questions I want answered on Lost

With Lost now underway, I’ve been thinking about some of the past seasons.

While people have been hoping for answers to their questions, I’ve been thinking of questions that’s been around for a while that seemingly has been forgotten.

I’m not talking about more recent questions, such as who is the Black Smoke (answered), who exactly is Jacob (not answered) or how old is Richard (not answered, but safe to say, he’s very old). I’m thinking of questions that have been hanging around mostly since the first season.

They’ve answered some of the biggest ones (such as how what caused the plane crash).

And there are some I couldn’t really care about (such as what was up with the black horse Kate used to see all the time).

I understand some of the answers will take some time. But despite all the time travel that has been prevalent in the show, there’s not actually much time left as there’s not many episodes to go.

So here are the top 20 questions I want answered on Lost.

Why did Dharma still do food drops after everyone was dead?

Remember this? For some reason, a plane would fly overhead and drop food for people in the hatch. There were all sorts of different types. But why would Dharma do this when everyone from there was dead? Unless this was a plot hole to explain why Hurley wasn’t losing any weight, it doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t the people off the island know that everyone on the island was dead? Especially since there was a submarine, and new recruits always going to the island. Obviously, this stopped at some point.

Why did Charlie want to baptize Aaron?

Poor Charlie. He could never seem to do any right. But he was set on having Aaron baptized, although Claire didn’t want it, just because he saw it in a dream. Charlie even went so far as to kidnap Aaron to get him baptized. Claire got angry, and left Charlie. Although she did get Aaron baptized by Mr. Eko at the end of the episode, they never did explain why it was so important to Charlie.

What happened to Walt?

One of the problems with having kids on a show that doesn’t follow current real time is the kids grow too fast. Remember, on the island, it’s still 2004. Walt is supposed to be the same age (about 13), but in reality, he’s around 20 years old. Thankfully, time travel can help with that now. Anyways, Walt is off the island, older, and we have no idea if he knows if his dad is dead. What is he doing? Did he tell anyone about the island? What’s his role in everything?

What did all the secret messages in the hatch mean?

When Desmond was in the hatch with Kelvin, it was shown that Kelvin would allow the blast doors to be activated so they could work on a map that could only be seen under a black light. Why? It was obviously all in vain, since the hatch was blown up anyways. It was a map to all the different Dharma stations, but why the need to put in on a wall under a black light. It makes no sense.

What ever happened to Annie?

Annie was Ben’s childhood friend when he was youngster on the island. She was the only one to remember Ben’s birthday, and gave him wooden dolls that Ben kept for his entire life. Ben seemed to care a lot about Annie. Did she die in the gas attack? Did she act differently after Ben was shot? Did she leave the island? Did Widmore have her killed?

Why does Desmond time travel?

Ah yes. Desmond. The love-sick guy who was determined to re-unite with Penny, his long-lost girlfriend. He spent years on his own pushing a button. He tried to sail around the world. He was in the military. Oh yeah, and he travels through time for reasons no one knows. Everyone else needs to be on a time travelling island to do it, but Desmond seems to go through it routinely off the island. Why him and no one else?

Why did birds die when Walt was around?

This is my generic way of asking what made Walt so special. Walt was special, without a doubt. We’ve been told this numerous times. In fact, the flashback episode in the first season was titled “Special.” He was so special the Others wanted him, because Jacob said Walt was special. Getting the idea? In that flashback episode, we saw strange happenings when Walt was around, such as a bird flying into the window. Walt’s stepdad almost seemed scared of Walt, saying strange things happen when he’s around. So I go back to the beginning. What’s so special about Walt?

Does Hurley ever find out the Libby was in the psych hospital with him?

This seemed like an intriguing storyline until the writers killed Libby off. Libby told Hurley that she was a psychologist, but turned out to be a patient in the same psych ward. Apparently, Hurley never noticed. Maybe Hurley can find out now, since dead people appear on the island all the time.

Why does Widmore and Ben want to kill each other?

Something happened so that the two of them hate each other. Ben has been one of the leaders on the island, and Widmore has left (or been kicked off) the island for some reason. They don’t like each other, and seemingly never have. Does it have to do with Ben being cured of a gunshot wound as a boy, even though he was an outsider? Does it have to do with Ben bringing Alex (Danielle’s baby) to camp with him? Who knows. But they have a long-standing feud, and Widmore seems to be a lost plotline so far this year. But this leads to the next question…

What were the rules they were talking about breaking?

After Widmore had Alex killed, Ben said that Widmore changed the rules of the games. What rules? Did they have a deal they wouldn’t harm one another’s daughters? That they wouldn’t change the timeline? Was it just a set of gentlemanly rules?

Why did the Black Smoke let Mr. Eko and Locke go the first time?

We now know that the Black Smoke is Jacob’s friend, the Man in Black. We know he can uproot trees and kill people pretty easily (he was responsible for killing the pilot in the very first episode). The first time Mr. Eko saw the Black Smoke, he faced it down. The Black Smoke showed some images of Mr. Eko’s life, and then let him go. The next time, the two met, the Black Smoke killed him. The first time the Black Smoke met Locke, he let Locke go. The second time, he tried to grab Locke and drag him into the jungle. Why kill people sometimes, and let people go at other points. There must be a reason. I want to know what that reason is.

Why did Sun and some others not go back to the past?

When going back to the island, the Oceanic 6 all went back in time. Except for Sun. Yes, not everyone went back in time. But all of Oceanic 6 did except for Sun. It doesn’t make sense why she stayed in the present and the rest went to the past. If there was one question that never gets answered, I would guess this one would be it. It may fall to the wayside as something needed to move the plot forward. I wonder if they’ll even try to explain it.

Why could no one have babies on the island?

This used to be such a big deal. Women who got pregnant on the island died during childbirth. It’s the reason the Others brought Juliet to the island. It was a cause of concern for Claire for a while. Sun was worried about her baby, about whether she was impregnated on the island by Jin, or off the island by her ex-lover. But none of it mattered. Claire’s baby was all right, Sun had her child off the island and Juliet found love on the island in the form of Sawyer. Was this something that always affected women on the island? Was it a result of the bomb? Or a result of the poisonous gas used by the Others?

What about the healing powers on the island?

Most people think of Locke and the fact he could walk once he got to the island when they think of the healing abilities (or him being shot by Ben and immediately being able to walk). A few may think of Rose and her cancer being cured. Even Jin’s sperm turned into healthy swimmers once he made it to the island. But others were not so lucky. Boone’s injuries didn’t heal when he was crushed. Shannon never recovered from her gunshot. Ben’s back never healed on its own. Why did some people get healthy and others not? Did you need to be injured off the island in order to recover on the island?

Why did the Others need to kidnap certain people?

The Others had a list. They kidnapped people from the plane crash of Oceanic 815 for some reason. Mr. Eko was on the list, but fought them off. They took some other people, such as Cindy, the flight attendant (who joined the Others, which leads to another question: Why?). Was it to keep the Others strong? To be able to fight what they thought were evil? Did those people have special skills they needed? So many questions, so few answers.

Why did the Others kill the Dharma workers?

At some point, the Others and the Dharma workers got involved in a bitter feud that led to the Others gassing the workers and killing them all (except for Ben). Although things were always testy, what happened between the two groups that led to such a destructive end (called The Purge)?

Who were Adam and Eve, the two dead corpses?

Probably the second biggest question from the first season, after how the plane crash. Adam and Eve were found at the caves, and they looked to be pretty old (just skeletal remains). But nothing has been mentioned of the corpses since. Now, with time travel playing havoc with everything, it is quite possible they could be the remains of two of the Oceanic 815 survivors. If that is the case, my money would be it being Rose and Bernard. Who knows if they flashed back to the present with the rest of the cast after the bomb went off. If it’s not them, it’s time for the writers to figure something out.

What is the sickness? Did Danielle’s team have it?

Ah yes, the sickness. It comes up every once in a while. Not as much as in the first two seasons, but enough to keep us coming up with theories. The latest part was whether Danielle’s team had it when she killed them all (and whether the sickness was caused by the Black Smoke). But in the early seasons of the series, it consumed people on the island, to the point they gave vaccine to Claire and her baby so Aaron wouldn’t get it. It was enough to keep Desmond wearing a hazmat suit every time he ventured out of the hatch. Was there a sickness? And if so, what was it?

Why was Claire’s baby so important to everyone?

An unborn baby had more storylines in the first season than Boone and Shannon combined. The Others wanted the baby. Danielle stole the baby. A physic told Claire to go to the States because Aaron couldn’t be raised by anyone else (he knew the plane was going to crash). What did he see? Why did everyone was Aaron so bad?

What do the numbers mean?

The obvious number one question. Those numbers, 4 8 15 16 23 and 42, have shown up everywhere. Lottery tickets. Soccer jerseys. The hatch. The transmitted message. Etc. What do they mean? I saw a spoiler that could explain it (I won’t say it here), and it wasn’t very detailed, so it’s going to be interesting to see how it’s explained on the show. If they can explain it at all.

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Season 5 of Lost begins tonight

So Season 5 of Lost begins tonight on ABC.

I’m sure many of you, like me, are very excited for the new season. This year, the season will be more like 24: no breaks, no reruns, just new episodes every week.

It will be interesting to see how the season unfolds. They’ve gone from more of a mystery show (how did they crash? who are the others? etc), to science fiction (travelling through time, for example).

I think from some of the previews released, it’s pretty obvious the island travelled through time. From the videos below, you can see that John Locke sees a plane crash (I’m guessing the brother of Mr. Eko). As well, everything disappears except for the crash survivors. My guess is that when the island went through time, it went back to the original state it was in at that point in time, not when the survivors were on it.

So Jack Shephard and Ben Linus need to convince the rest of the Oceanic 6 that they need to travel back in time to the island, even though it’s been a few years and they’re living in the future. So they’re in the future, travelling to the past, to save the future. I told you it was becoming more sci fi.

Anyways, we shall see tonight. But to wet your appetite until then, enjoy these two sneak peaks.

 

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Black hole sun

Will the world be sucked into a black hole today?

That’s what some people are worried about as scientists in Switzerland turn on the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It’s quite possible it will create a black hole, although most scientists don’t believe it will happen.

The first test has already happened, and it has been successful. But they still have more tests to do.

According to wikipedia, the collider will produce Higgs boson.  It’s supposed to help unify three of the four known fundamental forces: electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force. Only gravity wouldn’t be included, but this might also help explain why gravity is so weak compared to the other three.

I know I stay awake at night wondering about these things, and I know you do too.

But why create a machine that has a chance to destroy the world? Doesn’t that seem to be a little foolish?

But on the flip side, it may be able to tell us if time travel is possible, which would be cool, but would open up a lot of time travel problems that I’ve documented before (such as, if you go back in time to change something, and it works, then you have no need to go back in time to do because it’s been changed, so how did it change in the first place: confusing I know).

So if you feel a little extra pull to go to Switzerland today, ignore it.

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Time travel troubles

Okay, so Lost is now experimenting with time travel. It’s been rumoured for months now, and hinted at, but this is the first time the show actually mentions it.

While some people may love the idea, I think this will be the start of the downfall of the show. Once you have time travel, nothing matters anymore.

For example, Jin was left on the exploding boat in the season finale. So he should be dead. But with time travel, someone can now go back in time and pluck him off the boat before it explodes. So all of a sudden, anything that happens can be changed. Heck, maybe they can go back and find a way to keep the airplane from taking off in Australia in the first place. Isn’t that pretty much what is going to happen now on the show? Jack and the others go back on time to the island to save the people that are there? Next season will be them getting back to the island (with flashbacks about what happened on the island after the left), and the final season will be everyone back on the island dealing with everything and trying to be rescued again.

The other problem with time travel happens when you start thinking about it logically. Say you know someone who gets hit by a car while crossing the road and is killed. You’re upset about it, and spend the next 10 years building a time machine. You go back in time to a couple of seconds before the car hits your friend and save his life. So he never gets in that accident. If he’s not in the accident, you don’t spend the next 10 years of your life building a time machine. So if you don’t build the time machine, who goes back to save your friend?

I still love Lost. I think it’s a great show. But I think it’s gone 180 degrees around from the first season, and I haven’t decided yet if that is a good thing.

A few last thoughts on the show last night:

  • Sawyer jumping out of the helicopter was pretty obvious. He’s the only one who was on the chopper that wouldn’t be one of the Oceanic 6, and Jack had said earlier this season that Sawyer made his choice to stay on the island.
  • Michael is pretty much dead, and won’t be coming back. That became common sense when Jack’s dad appeared, and told him the island was done with him, and he could stop now (direct quote: You can go now). Remember, he couldn’t be killed until the island was done with him, and that’s what happened here.
  • Now that the show is set in 2008, it’s good that Walt can participate again. They never explained his special powers and why so many birds seemed to crash into windows when he was around.
  • It’ll be interesting to see if past characters make an appearance as one of Hurley’s visions.
  • Does Desmond still see if the future, and if so, will he keep saving Penny’s life from Ben like he did with Charlie? And does Desmond also have to go back to the island?

Things I’m still waiting to have answered:

  • What is so special about Claire’s baby, Aaron? The ESP guy in Australia said he had to be on the plane, and that only Claire could raise him. If he has superpowers of some type, that would explain how he survived the helicopter crash in the season finale.
  • What is up with the black smoke?
  • What type of officer was Sayid? He always seems to lose his fights and/or gets caught in traps.
  • What happened to the second boatload of people that never made it to the freighter?
  • And why was Libby in the same hospital as Hurley before they got on the island?

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Are you Lost?

I’m not going to say I understand Lost, because I’m not sure if I do. I have also learned that everytime I think I know what is going on, I realize I don’t.

If you haven’t seen this week’s episode, don’t bother to continue reading.

Last night, we find out John has to move the island. But we don’t find out how. I think he’s not going to move the island physically, but is going to move it in time.

If you watch the show, you know time travel exists here. It explains how some people move back and forth. And we know people can’t find the island in the future. Maybe it’s because the island doesn’t exist in the future. It’s either in the past, or in the far future.

Does it make sense? No. But a lot of things on Lost doesn’t make sense. I still don’t understand the smoke monster, or why Claire is so happy to not be with her baby. Or the point of the people in the tail end of the plane because they’re all dead now but one person. Or what happened to the rest of the others. Or what the disease is that was prominent in the first season but hasn’t been mentioned since (remember it was the reason Danielle killed her shipmates).

But I’m sure it will all be explained slowly. Very slowly.

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