The 'Lost' 5: Our top unanswered questions
Despite the gaping hole left in our lives by the lack of a new episode last night, our minds remain as over-occupied as ever with "Lost" as we head into the final three episodes ahead of the series finale.
As promised in last week's "Lost" Hour chat, we spent the extra time afforded by the show's one-week hiatus considering some of "Lost's" lingering unanswered questions. No, we won't get answers to every single poser, but there are some pretty crucial mysteries yet to be solved. Below, we detail the top five questions we demand (that's right, demand!) be answered by the time the closing credits roll on May 23. We'll talk about these -- and your top questions -- today at 2 p.m. ET.
1. Why the (now somewhat lost) focus on kids, babies, pregnancies?
Sure, this season has concentrated on candidates, MIB vs. Jacob, Charles Widmore's arrival and Desmond's new-found mission, but once upon a time -- oh, say, the first few seasons -- kids had an important role in the show's plot. Oceanic 815's junior passengers were kidnapped, the Others (in the form of spooky Ethan Rom) tried to take baby Aaron from Claire before he was out of the womb, Walt was also nabbed by the Others and taken for some kind of testing. Oh, and let's not forget the fertility research conducted by one Dr. Juliet Burke -- whose sole purpose in joining our little show was to figure out why women couldn't carry babies to term on island. But, since the days of Taller Ghost Walt and last year's focus on ping-ponging through time, we've kind of lost the thread of why kids were important to the Others. The emergence of the tow-headed pre-teen who appears to MIB may mark a return to the significance of the young ones.
2. Who are the island "natives," really?
We know the Dharma Initiative was run by a group of hippies in jumpsuits, but what was the group -- funded by industrialist Alvar Hanso -- really doing on the island? Most hippies we know aren't overly interested in electromagnetism (unless it leads to some kind of more intense high). Plus, wouldn't Dharma's stateside handlers have realized they could stop the food drops once Ben gassed the entire Dharma camp? And who were the Others -- meaning the group once led by Charles Widmore and/or Eloise Hawking -- exactly, and when did they arrive on island? And what of the shadowy other Others -- the ones who chased Sawyer after the time flashes, but were never quite visible?
3. How do the healing properties of the island work? Is it related to the electromagnetic anomaly?
We've seen some pretty miraculous recoveries -- the previously wheelchair-bound John Locke can walk, Rose's cancer disappears, wounds mend at an accelerated rate. But why? And why didn't the island heal Boone, Shannon, Libby, Ana Lucia or longtime resident Ben Linus who needed Jack to intervene to cure him of his spinal tumor? Can all these incidents be explained in those simple, oft-repeated terms: the island was done with some of them, but not with all of them?
4. How will the island story and sideways world converge?
Sideways world -- the flashes to a Los Angeles in which our characters, who never crashed on the island, are similar but not quite the same -- is a season six construct, but one that has quickly become central to the plot as we speed towards the May 23 finale. Clearly, what is happening in sideways world will have a big impact on our characters. But, umm, how?
Over the past few episodes characters in sideways world have started to become aware of their island life. Desmond, Charlie, Daniel Faraday and Hurley have all had awakenings that allowed them to re-access their memories of what happened on the island and, specifically, their lost loves. But where is it all going? Desmond is clearly on a mission to push the Oceanic survivors into remembering (hence his running down John Locke to put him in contact with spinal surgeon Jack Shepard), but what happens next? Will sideways world disappear? Will off-island self-awareness free our characters to act on the island? Is it all just a nice time-filling distraction?
5. Who are Jacob and MIB, really?
As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, the struggle between Jacob and the Man in Black is relatively new, though we've long heard about the shadowy Jacob. But what's the deal? Are they nemeses on a par with God/Satan? Two sides of the same schizophrenic coin? Will the "candidate" replace one or the other? And while we're asking way too many questions, here's another: How did those two guys -- the ones we saw chatting before Alpert and his Black Rock showed up -- wind up on the island in the first place?
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