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Episode 6x16 / Prediction: The Final Scene of Lost
« on: May 01, 2010, 12:32:01 AM »
In the few remaining episodes of Lost Iím sure there will be revelations about the nature and history of the island, the origin of the Men In Black and White and many other mysteries.  But for me, I am content to just strap myself in tight and enjoy the ride provided by the showís creators.

However, I do have a strong feeling about what should be, and may very well actually be, the final scene of our beloved series.

Location: a beach on the Island.

Jack Shepard, now the one chosen to replace Jacob, sits and watches the arrival of a new group of castaways.  Perhaps an ocean liner is about to run aground or another plane is about to crash.  He is approached by The Artist Formerly Known As John Locke, the physical form of the smoke monster.

Shepard and Locke discuss their perpetual disagreements about destiny and free will and the usefulness of continuing experiments with imported test subjects.  Perhaps they will use some of the exact lines from the Season 5 finale.  Locke ends the conversation by asking Jack if he has any idea how much he wants to kill him.

Cut to a close-up of an eye that suddenly pops open.  In a widening shot we see a new person, unknown to us, on the ground and desperately trying to pull him or her-self into consciousness.  If the budget for the finale allows, we will then see this person run to the scene of a fresh disaster where chaos reigns and extras run amok screaming.

Cut to black.  Credits.

I thought that in honor of all the thousands of guesses made by fans over the last six years I would take the risk of being totally wrong in order to put this thought out there well before we reach that sad day of the seriesí conclusion.

If I prove to be right, or close, I will be busily and shamelessly directing people to this post.  If Iím wrong, which is the most likely outcome, I will go into hiding and drink myself into a stupor to forget my foolishness and mourn the end of Lost.
Does anyone else have an alternate ending to propose?

I noticed that in the scene in Widmore's office, Charles offers Des a small shot glass of his precious McCutcheon scotch.  He does not give him a more generous pour using the large tumblers that were there and which are the normal glass used for scotch these days.

I think this was a significant choice by tptb to signal that Charles now values Des worthy of his scotch, but only slightly.  Des is of use to him, but he has not allowed him into his inner circle of the truly valuable.  Des has yet to prove himself worthy.  Perhaps after passing the electromagnetic test he will now be offered a full dram.

We can debate whether Widmore is now a good guy or not, but he clearly remains a person who values others only as measured by their usefulness to him.

Season 6 / Sledgeweb MIA?
« on: April 01, 2010, 12:32:33 PM »
Does anyone know why there has been no update to Sledge's home page since epi 6x07 "Dr. Linus"?

Episode 6x08 / What did Hurley say?
« on: March 24, 2010, 01:35:42 AM »
When Hurley is on the beach with Ilana, Jack, Sun, etc. he goes off by himself and is seen speaking Spanish to no visible person.  The assumption in this forum seems to be that he is speaking to the spirit of Isabella. There was no subtitle in that scene.

Does anyone know what exactly he said in Spanish and it's English translation?   Does the meaning support the assumption that it's Isabella, beyond just the fact that it is in Spanish? 

Episode 6x03 / Is Paradise Lost the Key Text?
« on: February 17, 2010, 01:02:50 AM »
Watching tonight's episode I was struck by the themes in Lost that are echoes of Milton's "Paradise Lost, emphasis on the "Lost".

I am far from an expert on this epic poem, but I do know that it begins with the ultimate battle between good and evil, with God expelling Satan from Heaven.

The main theme, I believe, relates to the relationship of free will and destiny, especially as it applies to Satan's efforts to manipulate Adam and Eve into losing Paradise (read our Losties island).

Are there any Milton experts out there who can comment? Is "Paradise Lost" the key to unlocking Lost?

Episode 6x01 / Weird Looking Dude on 815
« on: February 05, 2010, 03:57:12 PM »
I noticed on my first viewing of this epi that when the passengers on the "new" flight 815 were exiting the plane there was this particularly hairy guy behind Sayid.

Most of the extras used on Lost are "average" looking.  Not this guy, with his long beard, bushy long hair and cap covering his eyes and nose.  I wonder if we're going to see this guy again or if he is just and extra or a crew member recruited to fill the seats.

By now many will have seen the ABC Promo for Season 6 which shows the scenes from the pilot of the Losties boarding Flight 815.  Here is a link for it:

The ending shot of a Plymouth Air plane crashing is from Nick Cages's film, "Knowing".  Here it is at a Japanese site:

Click on Enter this Site and the trailer for "Knowing" will play.

The other interesting thing is that although there is no airline named Plymouth, there is a website for one at which states the domain name is for sale.  Enter your email address and you are dumped to the site of a hotel booking site.  Whether this is an actual site I do not know.

More summer fun from our friends/torturers at Lost?

Just after Locke convinces the Others to follow him to see Jacob, the following dialog between Richard and Ben occurs:

"RICHARD: [To Ben, confidentially] I'm starting to think John Locke is gonna be trouble.

BEN: Why do you think I tried to kill him?"

(Thanks to Lostpedia for the transcript.)

I take this exchange to mean that Richard and Ben are together manipulating John into this leadership role for some unknown reason, and are now wondering if he will be more trouble than he is worth.  Perhaps this is a conclusion that Ben had already reached.

Ben, then, despite outward appearances, remains in the driver's seat, at least as master manipulator in chief.

Any thoughts on what is really going on from Richard and Ben's perspective?

Episode 5x12 / Where Did John Go While Ben Was "Calling" Smokey?
« on: April 09, 2009, 12:49:44 AM »
When Ben came out of his house after summoning Smokey, Sun said John had gone somewhere.  John then emerged from the woods nearby.  Where did he go?  What was he doing?

Any guesses?

Episode 5x10 / What's Up With Sawyer Voting To Off Sayid?
« on: March 27, 2009, 11:43:23 PM »
Was anyone surprised when the new, team-playing, happy go lucky loverboy James Sawyer was able to so easily find it in himself to give up his old pal Sayid for the sake of DI conformity and the avoidance of any involvement from Dharma HQ in Ann Arbor?

I was not entirely surprised.  After all, James had a pretty damaging childhood and has had to fend for himself for a long time.  He has never been someone who trusted or depended on people.  He may have let himself go down that road over the last three years on the Island, but when push came to shove, James had to be James.

Yes, he probably thought that he could still convince Sayid to flee and help him do that, but he was definitely not going to be the kind of stand up guy who would tell the others where they could stick their vote purely as a matter of principle.

Onboard flight 316 as the turbulence begins, we can clearly see it is dark outside, especially in the cockpit shots.  Then there is the "flash", when presumably Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid disappear, and it is suddenly daylight outside the cockpit.  Now Frank can see the Island and, eventually, the runway.

Does crossing the barrier onto the Island always involve some change in time?  After Faraday first landed on the Island and did his experiments, he documented a shift in time of several hours.  Is this what we've seen in the sudden change to daylight?

Episode 5x08 / Where Was Christian When Locke Turned the Wheel?
« on: March 09, 2009, 12:52:11 AM »
In "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham", when Locke turns the wheel, Christian is standing in the "room" and calls to John to say hello to his son.

In "La Fleur", when John is shown turning the wheel after Sawyer is left holding the rope that goes into the ground and after they all notice the statue, there is no sign of Christian in the Donkey Wheel Room.  What are we to make of this?

 Just a continuity error?  Is it a different and much earlier turning of the wheel by John, back in the time when the full statue stood?  Is Christian's absence meant to highlight that this is a different incident than the one which let to John's appearance at the Tunisian exit under the observation of Widmore's camera?  Theories anyone?

Episode 5x06 / Ben Got Them All On 316, Just Like He Got Them on 815
« on: February 19, 2009, 12:34:47 AM »
I think we are seeing a five person example of how Ben (and whoever he works with) got all the original survivors on flight 815.  For example, maybe someone arranged for Kate to be caught just when she was.  Maybe someone killed Christian at that time so Jack would be on that plane, etc, etc.

Everyone else who they needed to be on the Island is either dead on the Island (John will soon join this group), still there and, when last seen, bouncing around in time, or on their way back on board 316.

There has still not been any indication of how Sun learned that Ben's killing of Keamy caused the ship to explode.  Only Ben, Locke and Keamy were at the Orchid when that happened.  Do we assume that Locke, as Bentham, told her?

Ben having Jin's ring leads me to believe that he took it from Locke when he learned that John intended to try to keep Sun from returning.  It is Ben who, more than anyone, needed all to return.  He knew that the ring could be used to convince her to join the trip.

Episode 5x04 / Who Do The Dart Shooters Work For? Kate?
« on: February 05, 2009, 04:47:11 PM »
Someone wants Sayid captured, not killed.  They keep trying to subdue him with tranquilizer darts.  Last night when he had the "nurse" in a hold with the tubing, Sayid asked him who sent him and eased up on the pressure.  The guy said something like, "address...pocket".  Sayid then shot him with darts and took the wallet and a slip of paper, with Kate's address, out of the guy's pocket.

Was the answer to Sayid's question, "Who sent you?" the person at the address in my pocket, i.e. Kate?

I usually think that the source of all evil is Ben.  He knows that Sayid is influencing Hugo against him.  Yet he still needs Sayid back on the Island with the other five, plus Locke.  Tranq'ing him would solve both problems.  But why then did the guy in the scrubs tell Sayid that the answer to his question was the Kate's address?

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