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May 10, 2009

Lost S05E15

So let me just try and recap this episode to get it straight in my head:

  • Jack, Sayid, Eloise and Richard are going to detonate a nuclear bomb under The Island to try an prevent The Hatch ever being built.
  • Sawyer, Juliette and Kate are on the submarine and heading off The Island.
  • Locke is leading all of The Others to Jacob so that he can kill him.

Oh, is that all?!

It’s cool that The Hatch, which has seemed like plot cul-de-sac since the end of season two, is now central to the plot again. Except I don’t quite understand it. The Dharma Initiative drill into the anomaly, cause a big problem, and then build The Hatch and the computer in which you have to type The Numbers. But at the end of season two Desmond blows The Hatch up and everything is fine. So was that the Atom bomb he detonated? And if so, why didn’t they do it earlier? And was everything really fine? Faraday seemed to believe that negating the creation of The Hatch and therefore the crash Oceanic flight 815 would sort everything out. But what does that actually mean?

Once again I felt sorry for Sawyer: beaten up, his girlfriend beaten up and then just when he thinks he’s escaped to a happy life, Kate turns. Who, by the way, was intensely annoying this episode, mainly I think because she knows that if everything reverts to how it was her life will be rubbish again, and she’ll be heading to prison.

Also enjoyable were the Locke, Ben, Richard moments. Both Ben and Richard seem taken aback by Locke’s confident decisive behaviour. Maybe Locke doesn’t know what he’s doing, but he’s having fun. And whilst we’re at it, who are all The Others? And where did all the people go off the crash flight that The Others took?

Too many questions. But it’s fun.

I’m bracing myself for the end of season WOAH! moment and then the realisation that we’ll have to wait seven months to see the end.


I don't think Kate's motivation was entirely selfish. Yeah, she'll end up going to jail if they Cosmic Reboot, but her and Jack won't have whatever weird relationship it is that they have, and that means something to her, and she won't get to be kind of a mom, and Aaron won't end up with his grandmother, and so on.

I think she sees Jacks' actions as a kind of retroactive suicide. It's worth discussing, actually, since Cosmic Reboots are an unfortunate tradition in SF, showing up in everything from Space: 1999 to Kim Possible, but they never really examine the cost to the people who may not actually *want* a do-over, you know?

One thing I liked about Stargate: Continuum, for instance, was the subtle implication that most everyone's life is *better* in the timeline they're trying to erase - Jack's son didn't die, Ba'al is nicer, the Ori apparently never turned up, which cost the lives of billions...but they erase that. It's interesting.

Desmond turned a failsafe key, which, somehow, stopped the world from ending.

I say stopped the world from ending because one of the head honchos, Lindeloff or Abrams, said that Desmond was actually saving the world by pressing the button every 108 minutes. So, by turning the failsafe key he saved the world and avoided a cataclysm.

I think, and I may be wrong, that this is the reason why Desmond time travels.

On the Cosmic Reboot scenario: I heard one of the guys on the University Channel talking about the multiple universe theory, it may have been Michio Kaku but I can't remember (I also can't remember if I got his name right and it is really,really late). He said that as things happens, events occur, these universes drop off and somehow through a lot of technical jargon speech end up paying for themselves and the energy requisite for a new universe to be created and to exist as a copy of the universe up until the moment of the split. So, if I understood that guy correctly, there can never be a Cosmic Reboot. Instead Jack and Sayid would only continue to exist (or die as it is if they blow themselves up) in their current reality. Somewhere else the rest of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 would wake up continue as they had been going. If the guy on the TV was correct there is already a universe where that did happen. I don't think they'd have the series end like that anyway.

Or they could take the "time is malleable but not able to be changed in large ways" theory and have Jack and Sayid do something that would fundamentally alter events but have all the major events still occur as they would have always occurred.

But, to be honest, I don't think they are going to take either tack. The first is a straight cop-out. Oh, they can do whatever they want, leave whatever they want unexplained, because it never happened. If they end the series with everyone waking up on the plane I'll turn into the Incredible Nerd Hulk and wreak havoc upon the world. This planet has never witnessed the Nerd Rage I will unleash upon it if they cheat me in that way.

They are heading towards a very, very anticipated season finale and then into the last season so I think we'll start finding out some times and they'll start with this week's season finale. Lindeloff said that the series finale is going to be an "intensely satisfying" conclusion. I doubt he meant them undoing everything that happened and thus making us ask, "Well what the f*** did I watch 120(ish) epiodes for?" Most likely they'll find an intricate way to reveal the meaning of 4,8,15,16,23,42 to us and to also reveal the smoke monster and mystery of Jacob all in good, refreshing ways.

So, that is a long email to basically say, "We've trusted them this far not to screw us. Let's trust them not to screw us some more."

Because the Cosmic Reboot, as the commenter on your blog suggested, is screwing us.

It is screwing us big.

I think that Desmond and the other Dharma before him avoided it because they simply didn't know if whatever mechanism the failsafe triggered would actually work. It seems the hatch was a hasty work around to a problem caused by their over zealous drilling. They put the mechanism in place that holds the energy in check and pray that it continues to work. Meanwhile Ben gassed them all.

Also, did we ever find out why Kelvin was down there?

@ KE Spires:

Love makes you vulnerable, you know? I loved and adored the original Battlestar Galactica, then Galactica 1980 came along and screwed it up so bad I couldn't remember what I liked of the original. I loved (But didn't adore) TNG, but then Generations and DS9 and Voyager came along and screwed it up to the point where none of it has any appeal for me anymore. I love (And adored!) Babylon 5, but that final season was pretty awful. I loved (But did not adore) the new Galactica, but that final year just completely and utterly screwed the pooch.

My problem is that I get really involved in these shows, and then they not only drop the ball in the final year, but generally they drop it, deflate it, and then projectile-vomit all over the audience.

So I really want to believe (Oh, Lord, don't even get me started on The X-Files), I really really do, but I've been burned so many times before, and it's generally right around this time in the relationship when it happens...

Well, if you are in the UK I won't say much about the finale airing over here.

Our trust is founded.

That's all I'll say. I'm waiting for our host to get done watching so the discussion can begin.

It'll be a good one.

@KE Spires

Oh, no, I'm in the states. I just didn't want to spoil anything for our host. I've since watched the finale twice and I take back *some* of my misgivings (My spoiler-filled review is online here if you're interested http://www.republibot.com/content/episode-review-lost-incident-season-5-episodes-16-and-17 )but I remain a bit gunshy based on my entirely unfair comparison of Lost to other shows that have burned me in the past.