Statue is DEFINITELY Tawaret

May 28, 2009

Official ABC recap confirms that it is indeed Tawaret… http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/index?pn=recap#t=162212&d=201648.

This should finally end the debate once and for all.

You can also Click Here to read my thoughts about Tawaret.


Destiny Found

May 20, 2009

I often hear people talk about how they’d do something differently if given the opportunity to change their past. Most times they say this out of a desire to avoid some negative experience that they’ve had to endure that they wish they could have avoided.

The problem is that without having that “negative” experience, people would never have the chance to realize what they want and don’t want in their lives.

Perhaps John Locke said it best in the Season Five episode ‘The Little Prince’, when he simply told Sawyer, “I needed that pain to get to where I am now.” He said this when Sawyer asked him why he didn’t try to go see himself in the past to “save himself a world of pain”.

For this reason, more than any other, I really don’t believe the LOST gang will end up in LAX without any memory of the things that have happened to them. They needed to experience everything we’ve seen in the first five seasons to become who they are today and to have that wiped clean would be somewhat of a cop-out in my opinion. Of course, this is LOST so perhaps they’d find some way to make it work for me.

It is more likely that they all jumped to 2007 and that either the bomb detonated or the white light we saw was just a flash. If the bomb exploded, fans will undoubtedly question how it’s possible that anyone on the island in 1977 could have survived.

Since I’m not a nuclear physicist nor an expert on super charged electro-magnetic pockets of energy buried beneath moveable islands, I’m not even going to try to come up with an answer. I trust in the fact that while this show is based on real human emotions, it is also a science fiction series and we have to watch with some degree of suspended disbelief…or is that suspended belief?

We won’t know what happened for sure until season six begins in January of 2010, but we do know that the tagline for the final season of LOST is ‘Destiny Found’.

I’m sure we’ll get lots of answers and that a few answers will still be left out there for us to conclude on our own, but I trust we’ll get to find out pretty quickly in season six if the following statements are true or false:

“Whatever happened…happened.” – Faraday
“What’s done is done.” – Sawyer
“Maybe we were never meant to be.” – Juliet
“If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.” – Jack

Personally, I think Miles had it right when he said that maybe the best thing they could do was absolutely nothing and that their attempts to change the past are actually what caused “The Incident” all along. I do not believe that Richard Alpert actually watched them all die in 1977. I believe that he assumed they all died because of their proximity to The Swan at the time of “The Incident”.

So much has been written about the finale already, so instead of recapping and repeating things you may have already read about, I’m going to do what I did at the end of Season Three and try to provide a character-by-character status update.

Jack: His beliefs are still a little misguided, but at least he finally believes in more than just science. The fact that he wants to wipe out everything that has happened to them (FIX THINGS) shows that he doesn’t understand what the experience has given him. Despite that, he still utters the phrase, “If it’s meant to be, it’ll be” in reference to the possibility of being together with Kate if he erases the fact that they met as a result of the crash. In terms of his personal development, he is almost there.

Locke: I don’t know how I feel yet about the fact that he is really dead. It makes much more sense than resurrecting, but it’s still kind of sad. It would seem that he really was a pawn in some kind of game between Jacob and his nemesis.

Sawyer: I personally love where they’ve taken his character. He has truly found happiness with Juliet and now that may have been stripped away from him. The approach he took to sit down with Jack and try to talk things through showed tremendous growth for both of them and it’s something I waited for a long time. The fact that he shared the story of how his parent’s died with Jack to try and put things in perspective for him, showed he really did care. The fact that they got into a fight afterwards doesn’t bother me at all because it was LONG overdue and I’d argue that it has made them even closer. However, now that Juliet is probably dead, he may have those same vengeful feelings he had when his parent’s dies.

Sayid: Shot by Roger Linus, he may likely die. I’m not sure where else they can take his character, but I’m also not loving where he has ended up. Was his destiny to prep the bomb for detonation on impact? He has lost Nadia, Shannon, and then Nadia again (in a scene that rivaled the death of Juliet’s ex-husband). He cannot catch a break and seemingly has nothing left to live for.

Kate: As much as I dislike her character overall, she has definitely made great leaps in terms of changing the way she thinks and acts. I just want to smack her every time she is around Sawyer though, especially when he is with Juliet. Make up your freaking mind already Freckles! Frankly, they could both do better and have with Juliet.

Juliet: Okay, if she detonated the bomb, which I believe didn’t initially explode because it fell into a mud puddle caused by the water used to cool the drill head, then I believe that one of two things have occurred. If it exploded, she’s dead and if she flashed to 2007, she’s dead because she’ll likely be buried beneath concrete used to seal up the opening in the pocket of electro-magnetic energy Radzinsky and crew tapped into. Great scene with Sawyer when she fell and my explanation for her surviving the fall is akin to the bomb itself…she landed in a bunch of mud. Also, let’s not forget that Locke survived and eight story “fall” from an office building.

Hurley: We now know why he came back to the island. He feels like he’s been cursed even before he came to the island because of the numbers. It took a complete stranger (Jacob) to convince him that he’s looking at it the wrong way and that he is actually very special. He has a gift and he is now determined to find a way to use his gift to help others. What in the guitar case? Everyone keeps asking that question, but maybe the answer is simple and it’s actually a freaking guitar!

Miles: It was nice that he was able to learn why his father (Pierre Chang) sent baby Miles and his mother away from the island. I also thought it was great that he helped save his father when his arm was pinned during “The Incident”. Is it possible that his arm was spared as a result of Miles helping him and that he won’t need a prosthetic? I’m not sure where else his story will go now, but I’d like to see him work with Hurley some more.

Jin/Sun (Ji Yeon): They’ve been apart for three years now. If you need a reminder of just how far this couple has changed, go back and re-watch season one. I still don’t completely understand why Sun would leave Ji Yeon knowing that she may never return, but I know I’m looking forward to their reunion. Yes, I believe there WILL be one. Sun played a pretty minor part in the finale, but I am so glad that someone found the ring that Charlie left for turnip head (Aaron). It really bothered me that they never showed Claire finding it.

Rose/Bernard: I’m still LMAO at their welcome back scene. Rose delivered some of the best lines of the finale and Bernard’s savage look was classic. I’d still bet that they will somehow end up as the Adam/Eve skeletons in the caves, but I also think their basic storyline may be over. How much do you think Juliet wanted to just stay with them? It looked like it almost hurt her to walk away from them.

Ben: Oh how the mighty hath fallen! The “what about me” speech he delivered to Jacob was so childlike and primal, that it may have been the most truthful revelation of emotion we’ve seen from his character. Like Locke, it’d be a shame if he is nothing more than a pawn in a game between Jacob and his nemesis.

Jacob: “Anything that happens before that is just progress.” What is he trying to prove to his nemesis? Is it that he believes humanity is basically good? He seems to have somehow drawn everyone to the island, including the crew of the Black Rock, by visiting them off island and touching them both literally and figuratively. See more on my analysis of Jacob and his nemesis in the last blog post (http://tinyurl.com/r53fl9).

Jacob’s Nemesis (also possibly The Smoke Monster and others): “They come, fight, destroy, it always ends the same.” He seems to have no faith in humanity and may very well be the puppet master behind the fate of some of our favorite characters. Is it just because he wants to keep proving Jacob wrong or simply because he wanted to find the loophole necessary to kill Jacob? He appears to have succeeded by visually appearing as Locke (as well as others) and by playing with Ben’s emotions. Could he have also been Christian Shepherd, Yemi, Alex, etc.?

Richard Alpert: We discovered that he never seems to age as a result of something Jacob has done to him. I would still love to see an origins story for Richard and think it’d be a great way to start the final season.

Ilana (and Bram): So are they good or bad? They don’t work for Widmore and it seems that Jacob and Ilana have a “past” of some sort. What was up with her face in the flash back where he elicited her assistance? From the way it looks right now, it seems that Ben was definitely not responsible for hiring her to get Sayid to go back to the island. We know very little about Bram and he doesn’t seem all that interesting to me anyway.

Claire (Aaron): When the heck are we going to see her again and more importantly, when is she going to get on the helicopter as Desmond foresaw in season three? C’mon already! Charlie died because he believed that Claire and Aaron would be rescued if he sacrificed himself.

Dr. Pierre Chang: He seems like a pretty decent guy…very uptight, but mostly just misunderstood. Assuming, everything happened as it was always supposed to happen, I don’t think we’ll see much more of his story. The blanks have pretty much been filled in for us with the DHARMA Initiative and as soon as we find out what exactly happened when we saw the flash, I think we’ll have a clue as to how everything else will play out. Of course, if the future has changed, we may have a lot more to see of Dr. Chang.

Stuart Radzinsky: Again, assuming that everything happened as it was always supposed to happen, Stuart is destined to complete The Swan Station and eventually blow his brains out on its ceiling. Farewell, you psychopath!

Desmond/Penny (Charlie Hume): I missed them in the finale and I’m wondering what’s next for my favorite LOST couple and their son? I am certain that their story is not over.

Walt: Is his story really over? The executive producers seem to have brushed him off with the meeting he had with Locke, but they still had him mention the dreams he had of the Ajira folks trying to kill Locke, so who knows!

Charles Widmore: Is he good or bad? I know I haven’t liked him since the MacCutcheon incident with Desmond, but who knows what his real intentions are?

Eloise Hawking: She easily wins the most screwed up mom of all time award! I’m concluding this blog with her to repeat the line she said to Penny, “For the first time in a long time, I don’t know what’s going to happen next.”


Jacob versus Esau

May 14, 2009

There is obviously so much to talk about with regards to this incredible season finale, but I’m only going to address the story of Jacob in this blog post. Stay tuned for other posts in the days to come. Thanks to my friends Pedro and Bridget, as well as Lostpedia and Wikipedia, for a lot of the information contained below.

When we first see Jacob, he appears in the base of the statue and is combing strands of silk (perhaps the strands of fate) and writing on a piece of tapestry. It turns out that the ancient Greek writing on the tapestry translates to, “May the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires” and “May the gods give you happiness”.

Shortly after, we see Jacob cooking a red herring on a black rock as another unknown man, we’ll call him Esau, approaches him on the beach. We can presume that the year is around 1845, since that is the year when the Black Rock set out on what was to be its final voyage. I’m assuming, of course, that the ship we see Jacob and Esau looking at from the beach is in fact the Black Rock. Before this scene, I had always imagined the island suddenly appearing beneath the Black Rock during one of its “moves”, which would explain how the ship came to be wrecked in the middle of the island’s dark territory.

The discussion between Jacob and the man I’m calling Esau is very interesting and the most significant part would seem to be when Esau asks Jacob if he realizes how much he wants to kill him. Jacob replies that he knows and Esau vows to find a loophole…a way to make it happen.

So, why am I calling the unknown man Esau?

According to the bible, Jacob, son of Isaac, was the twin brother of Esau, who was born only minutes before him. As the oldest son, Esau was given a certain birthright that Jacob tricked him out of when the two boys were about 15 years old. Esau vowed to kill Jacob as a result. However, their father Isaac made Esau promise to never kill Jacob from his death bed. As time went on, Esau found a loophole to the promise he made to their father. He tried to trick Jacob’s own children into wanting to kill their father. It should be noted that Jacob had a total of 12 children, the youngest of which was named Benjamin. Another interesting note is that Benjamin’s mother died at childbirth.

By the way, I first theorized about Jacob, Esau, and Benjamin back in December of 2006 (BLOG LINK).

So, in case you haven’t put the pieces together yourself, I’m now theorizing that the unknown man is Jacob’s older brother (perhaps named Esau) who found a way to kill Jacob via a loophole in a promise he made to his father (maybe the island). By mysteriously disguising himself in the form of the late John Locke (and probably others), Esau was able to play on the emotions of Benjamin Linus, a loyal follower of Jacob akin to one of his children, and trick him into killing Jacob. Keep in mind that Benjamin’s mother also died at childbirth and he has had experience with killing people, even his real father, Roger.

Back to the bible, Jacob’s children eventually avenged their father’s death and it would seem that by using Ilana, Bram, and the other Ajira folks to carry Locke’s body in the Ajira storage container to show Richard Alpert and the other followers of Jacob (his children), Jacob has set things up to cause some real problems for Esau next season.

It was also pointed out to me that there may be some significance to burning Jacob’s body at the end. It turns out that the only true way to kill an Egyptian is by fire. Just killing them isn’t enough because they’ll have an afterlife, but if you destroy the body by fire, you also destroy the soul.

So…what lies in the shadow of the statue? The response Richard gave Ilana was in Latin (“Ile qui nos omnes servabit”) and translates to, “He who will save us all”.

Last thought…I have already detailed my thoughts about which Egyptian goddess the statue represents (BLOG LINK). I personally now think that it is clearly Tawaret, but there still seems to be some debate amongst various LOST fans out there. I have no doubt that other Egyptian gods and goddesses may also be referenced in the show, but stand by the opinion that the statue is Tawaret.

As I mentioned, stay tuned for more blog posts regarding the finale. After all, the H-bomb detonation may have really changed everything we think we now know.


I Watched Them All Die

May 7, 2009

First things first…according to the latest LOST Podcast, there was a scene cut out from last week’s episode which better explains why Faraday was so convinced that he could change the future. In the scene, he dropped a pebble into a stream and explained how small changes don’t really affect things too much. Then, he dropped a huge stone into the stream. The water splashed onto the side banks and there was even enough displaced water to start a new stream off the first one. Faraday’s theory is that the small choices that people make in the past can easily be course corrected and follow the rules of relativistic physics, but if drastic choices are made that have an extreme change on the past, then they could affect the future.

It would seem that since he is now dead, the future is still set in stone and perhaps the things that we see Jack, Sayid, Eloise, and Richard working on (trying to detonate Jughead) all actually happened already and we still won’t see a changed future.

Richard Alpert made it clear to Sun and Locke in 2007 that he watched “them” all die. He was speaking about Jack, Kate, Hurley, and the rest of the gang stuck back in 1977. It would seem that Sawyer, Juliet, and surprise, Kate, are heading to safety on the sub, but the preview for the finale clearly shows them back on the island trying to stop Jack.

My feeling is that everything is still happening exactly as it always has, BUT something will change during the 2-hour finale that will set the stage for the ultimate cliffhanger and then eight dreadful months of waiting for the final season.

Here are some of the things we learned:

– Eloise and Charles have a complicated love relationship.

– Eloise believes Jack completely, BUT she may be using the information for her own interests. Widmore does not seem happy about the decision.

– Stuart Radzinsky is an asshole and Phil is no better. I predict that Sawyer will eventually kill Phil for hitting Juliet.

– Sayid and Jack are in this together because Sayid feels that the worst thing that can happen is that they will be out of their misery. Kate does not think it’s a great idea and went back to the others.

– Sawyer and Juliet seem to really be in love and I kind of like their relationship. Sawyer even told Juliet that he should have listened to her three years earlier and gotten on that sub, but if he had they may never have fallen in love.

– Damn Kate for getting on the sub! She did have a good line tonight though, “Since when did killing kids and blowing up hydrogen bombs become okay.”

– Miles, Hurley and Jin are trying to get to the beach and Chang now knows the truth about them and his relationship to Miles. I love the way Change questioned Hurley into submission, especially the “who is the President” part because Hurley was actually worried someone would ask him that question when they first joined the DHARMA Initiative.

– It was nice that Miles got to see the real reason his dad “abandoned” him and his mother. He was only trying to protect them and had to yell at his wife in order to get her on the sub and save her.

– How crazy is it that Jughead is actually buried below Dharmaville in “the tunnels”?

– Absolutely LOVE the scene where Locke tells Alpert to help the other Locke, ummm, you know, the same Locke, but different time, ummm, well actually same time, but different linear time Locke. You know what I mean…the Locke when his leg had been shot and he told him to tell Locke that in order to bring everybody back, he’d have to die. Closing the gaps and filling in the pieces. Now we know how Alpert knew where and when to find him.

– It was great that Alpert seemed so relieved that Locke didn’t have to die until he told him that he actually did wind up dying.

– The island and Locke seem completely in tune with each other now and I guess Jacob is in trouble once The Others “see” him. Locke is definitely a changed man because he died and is alive again, I guess you can make a case that his transformation may be the biggest one of all the characters, but I’d argue that with one other character.

– When Jack said, “this is our destiny”, it was like the circle completing itself. What a transformation! I’d argue there is no other character on the show that has changed more than he has. IF he wipes out everything that happens in the future though, he will never go through the misery he needs in order to experience that life altering change. Remember that Locke said earlier this season that he needed to experience the pain he went through in order to become who he is today? It’s the same with all of the characters.

That thought that everyone needed to experience everything they’ve gone through ultimately leads me to believe that they will not be able to change whatever happens with regards to “The Incident”. Bear in mind that the “incident” could have always been the H-bomb or it could have been the electromagnetic energy escaping from The Swan site.

This show is so heavily steeped in philosophical mind fucks that it makes me think about the crap I have gone through in my life and actually appreciate it more. Books have done that for me before and I have walked out of movies feeling like what I just witnessed somehow changed my way of thinking. Now I can say the same thing about a bloody TV show!