Remember how this final season would reveal all the questions we had built up over 5 seasons, 103 episodes? Yeah, not so much; unless you consider parallel universes, a whole new tribe of "others" on the island and a body count like a bad revenge movie answers. LOST is back, and its still confusing as hell.
LA X Parts 1 & 2
I honestly don't even know where, or how, to start a recap. Obviously I saw what happened, I witnessed it. But comprehend I did not. I'll do my best to suss out the major happenings from last night's episode; I'll also request everyone to give me their input (because Lord knows I need it)
What We Learned
- After the white-out we're made to believe that we're back on the flight to LA (ignoring the fact that Jack doesn't have that first season short-crop hair, Rose and Bernard look bloated, and Boone isn't as gaunt — but we'll attribute that to the it-isn't-real-but-maybe-it-is-real alternate timeline theory). We follow Jack and what once preceded the crash now is just some turbulence. A quick scan to the ocean and we see the island (Othersville and all) submerged, or at least hastily recreated in 3D.
- Kate however wakes up, near deaf, in a tree. On the island. With Miles and James and Hurley and ... well, everyone else.
- Guess what — parellel universe (as was eluded to with the manuscript "Bad Twin" in Season 2 et al)
- Juliet is dead, which is Jack's fault, naturally.
- Sayid is dead, which is Jack's fault, naturally.
- Jacob appears to Hurley and tells him how to save Sayid (by going to the Temple, with the guitar case).
- The reset didn't work, which is Jack's fault, naturally. But it actually did. Or did it? Yeah, it did. Or at least that's what Miles says that dead Juliet told him.
- In parallel-world Kate escapes (big shock), Charlie gets arrested for drug possession (though, almost dies from suffocation, but doesn't — which is Jack's fault, naturally), Jin gets held for not claiming copious wads of cash. John Locke is paralyzed and sad. Jack (still with the wrong hair) has lost his father.
- Noticebaly absent: Shannon, Clare, Anna Lucia, Mr. Eko and Libby.
- Not-John-Locke is the Black Smoke.
- Ben feels manipulated by Not-John-Locke; only when he finds out that he was tricked into killing Jacob for him, and after Richard shows him Real-John-Locke dead on the beach. Oops, sorry Ben.
- The people who asked "What lies in the Shadow of the Statue?" ... sent to protect Jacob, but they sucked at it and they all died.
- Lawnmower Man anyone?
- Not-John-Locke is pissed and really wants off that island.
- Richard most likely came on the Black Rock (which doesn't explain why he doesn't seem to age)
- So, there's this temple. And in this temple is a maze. And you hear the whispers. And suddenly you're surrounded by new people and Genghis Khan and Sol Star and a fountain, or spa, or youth. And the guitar case has a fake ancient cross with an old parchment of names.
- Ah, there's Cindy and the kids. They got taken by the Other Others. Or is that the Holy Others?
- Sayid is still dead. And that means they're "in trouble". But wait, no ... he's awake and asking what happened.
What Does It Mean?
We're going with a new section in that this is the final season and it's high time to make insane and wildly inaccurate assumptions. You know, like usual.
- I want NOT to believe that Sayid is Jacob, because it seems somewhat corny. But if Silas (which is what I call him, because of this) can become John Locke Not-John-Locke, than I guess this seems logical. Thought I'm not sure why he'd ask "What happened?" if he were Jacob, you'd think Jacob would know.
- But who and why are Jacob and Silas on the island (the big question)? Perhaps it's hell, and Silas is Satan and he wants to go back to Heaven, but Jacob is there to prevent that from happening. The issue with that is why all the people crashing there? If it's hell, wouldn't there be a lot more people there? At the very least Hitler. It also doesn't seem to mesh with what the creators have emphatically said — that the island is not hell or purgatory (though, they're entitled to change their mind). Which leaves only Greek mythology.
- Read up on this, the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics (which was incidentally created by Eels singers, Mark Oliver Everett's father) and really get confused.
- I think the template maze is a path to another time and or dimension — much in the same way to find the island the helicopter had to follow precise coordinates. Who these people are, how they got here, or how long they have been there remains to be seen. I don't even have a guess.
- What do we make of Christian Shepherd. His role is much more integrated than we know (I think), especially after the whole "we lost his coffin" thing.
- Why is Desmond on the plane — and then gone?
- What did Cindy mean by the "first" plane crash? Leads me to think that they're in the future.
- Parallel World can't be real, or at least, it can't stay as it is. Much like Back to the Future II's string theory; the white-out in effect created a split in time. What Jacob, Not-John-Locke, Richard, the temple and the Spa of Youth have to do with it; who knows.
To sum up: It's all Jacks fault, naturally. What are your thoughts?