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Lost: Big Questions

February 24th, 2010

Charlie from LostSo watching Lost is like putting together a puzzle.  But rather than having all the pieces, you only get 10 at a time.  And the 10 you get don’t necessarily relate to the ones you already have or even each other.  If you don’t like putting together a puzzle and need all the pieces before you start, I’m sure you are not reading this post.

So that said, the last 6 years have brought up some big questions.  The first was “What is in the jungle monster thing that ate the pilot?”.  Second was probably “Why is their a polar bear in the jungle?”  Now those questions feel quite insubstantial.  Here are the following questions I’m most concerned about, right now:

1. Why is the island worth protecting? MIB claims that Jacob is looking for a replacement.  The Losties are candidates.  Clearly Jacob has been on the island for 100’s if not thousands of years.  What has he been protecting?  DHARMA thought the island was scientifically relevant.  It seemed to have an energy that allowed for time travel.  That seems like one aspect.  It is not merely time travel.  It’s a nexus point.  A location that will sway the balance of power between good and evil to whomever controls it.

2. Does magic exist in the Lost universe? The Lost episodes seem to fluctuate between very high level science/science fiction stuff and some straight up wacky mystic stuff.  In season 1 the monster seemed quite mystical, in fact Locke was in “Awe” of it.  Later we see it as a smoke monster that can take forms of people (although it may be limited to dead people).    And yet there seems to be a concerted effort to make it sound like mechanical/technological.  After a season of “Faraday” and advanced physics and science, we are introduced to ancient temples with healing pools, wheels of time, and Alexandrian lighthouses with magical mirrors that see to distant locations or other universes.  Will these be “scientifically” explained?   The fact that many of the characters try to “make sense” of what is going on, is very scientific in nature.  A large portion of the conflict has been Locke’s “faith” versus Jack’s “science”.  Should ever an explanation be “it’s magical” I think I would be disappointed.

3. What are the “rules” and what prevents people from breaking them?  Who defines them? Several characters have been restricted by “the rules”, Ben and Whitmore, Jacob and MIB.  Mostly it has to do with killing each other.  But MIB found a loophole.  Which doesn’t seem like much of a loophole since all he did was ultimately get Ben to kill Jacob.  It doesn’t seem like, with all of the Smoke Monsters abilities, he couldn’t have seduced someone else to kill Jacob in hundreds of years.  There must be more to “the rules”.  MIB seems to simply want to leave the island and live his life.  Why can’t he?

These are the questions that consume me as I try to put the Lost puzzle together.  I certainly hope that the final season continues to provide satisfying answers.

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Lost Post: Season 6 Overview

February 13th, 2010

Okay, so Lost is awesome.  If you don’t like it, I understand.  Its a complicated show and its fun to watch mostly for the enjoyment of being confused and trying to make sense of that confusion.  After 5 seasons, I’m finally trying to straighten it out, publicly.  I’ve recently started a “Lost Lunch” group where after every episode we summarize our theories and try to come to some consensus.  I hope others jump on this blog and read more as well.

Structure of these posts

In order to allow posts to be easy but also searchable I will kep all Lost posts as “TV>Lost” category.  But I will put tags in for significant characters/theories, so that we can easily see related information.  We will have to see how it works out.

The Undeniables

It’s Lost so its tough to label something “undeniable” but you have some foundation to build a theory and it should satisfy all the “undeniable” events.

  • There are flash-backs, flash-forwards and flash-sideways. Flash-backs were used in early episodes to give back story on the characters.  Flash-forwards were used as a shocking twist initially, and seemed to be important only as a dramatic effect, showing the arc of the characters who escaped from the island.  Flash-sideways indicate at least one alternate reality, two separate worlds with all the same familiar characters partaking in completely different events.  While they are completely different, some characters clearly sense a connection to other characters, as if deja vu.
  • Dead is dead. This was an early statement by the producers, in the first season.  Some would say that back then they didn’t know what they were doing and to disregard the statement.  I disagree, I think death plays an important role in the show.  Locke is dead.  The person taking the form of Locke is the smoke monster.  Most likely the smoke monster is the “Man in Black” that talked with Jacob on the beach.  This is primarily because Dead Locke convinced Ben to kill Jacob.  I don’t believe there is a specific reference to Dead Locke being the Man in Black, but it would make the most sense.
  • Jacob guides people to the island. Several characters have been guided to the island through Jacob’s direct interaction as well as the “Man in Black” directly saying that an approaching ship was brought by Jacob.  It can easily be presumed that he also subtly nudges events that get people to the island.
  • Dead Locke is the smoke monster and he can take the form of at least dead people. He has clearly taken the form of Dead Locke.  He has also taken the form of Mr. Eko’s brother (implied, but now I feel its pretty indesputable with the Dead Locke reveal).  There are other dead people that he could have introduced himself as, such as Jack’s Dead father.
  • Women can not become pregnant on the island. No idea how this is relevant, but just one of those things.
  • Fast healing is not a trait of the island. Implied in the first season, with Locke’s ability to walk and Rose’s cured cancer, that the island has magical properties.  Unfortunately there is no consistency.
  • Rules strictly govern the Man in Black and Jacob.  The Man in Black cannot kill Jacob although he desperately wants to.  Witmore  and Ben can’t kill each other either.  Although it is unclear that is a “respected” rule or actually a “law” which physically can’t be done.

That’s it for now.

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Apple, I want a happy meal!

February 5th, 2010

Okay people. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not an Apple fan. Some claim that I’m a Microsoft fan boy, but that isn’t true. I just hate Apple. Why do I hate Apple? Because I hate their elitist attitude. Elitists always piss me off. You walk into a restaurant, you get a ton of choices. I get to chose soup or salad, my dressing, the temperature of my meat, my side, hell, I might make a substitution. Apple is that fancy shmancy place where the chef picks your food. Sure that’s good some times, but hell if I’m going to pay for something I don’t like. An hell if I’m going to not eat. So 99.99999999% of the time, I’m going to a place where I can pick my meal.

Now linux is like having a Costco card. I can buy pretty much anything, get it real cheap, but if I want it to be good I have to learn. And while I don’t mind to much, dammit I want to eat now.

Then there is Microsoft, they are McDonald’s. They have food that everyone complains about, yet everyone eats. I know a lot of people that don’t like the McRib, complain about how supersizing ruined their life. Hell, I just watched a commercial where they wrapped a big mac in a tortilla. I have no idea why, but I ate it and it was good. Despite all the reasons not to, I still love the comforting mouth feel of their fries. I don’t need a fru-fru sea bass wrapped in a banana leaf. I just need a happy meal.

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February 4th, 2010
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