Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Lost" season finale recap: Why I hate the emergency broadcast system

Before I get into my recap of the "Lost" two-hour season finale, let me tell you a quick story. Last night, I came home from my monthly book club meeting (yes, I read. Don't act so surprised) and settled in with my hubby to watch the "Lost" finale on our DVR. Everything was going along swimmingly, until about 20 minutes from the end. It was the scene where Locke and his crew were at the Four-toed Foot and Richard comes over to talk to Locke. Only, I never heard what he said, because, at that moment, our cable system had apparently chosen to run a test of the emergency broadcast system. That's right -- the entire audio of that scene was replaced with the boops and squawks of an emergency test. ARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Luckily, the sound came back in time for the episode's final scenes. But I missed that whole moment. I hope it wasn't too important.
Anyone want to fill me in?
Anyway, let's down to the nitty gritty of recapping last night's finale. It sure was a doozy. We met Jacob; got a look of some of our Losties as kids; learned a little more about the Shadow-of-the-Statue crew and, of course, might have suffered the loss of two beloved Lost characters (oh Juliet and Sayid -- I'm hoping against hope that you'll both survive) and definitely saw the gruesome demise of a less-than-lovable character (Good-bye Phil! Hope all those metal spikes plunging into your body didn't hurt too badly!).
Below are some of my thoughts on the finale. This will be a bit quick, as my computer has crashed twice already, and I'm pretty sure I'm typing on borrowed time. But feel free to post your own questions, ideas, musings below.
* So, after I boldly predicted to everyone I knew that Jacob would turn out to be Jack Shepherd, it turned out I was wrong. Like, really wrong. Like, "Jacob is not only not Jack, he's some random dude we've never seen before" wrong. Growl. Jacob was played by Mark Pellegrino, probably best known for playing Rita's horrible ex-husband Paul on "Dexter." In the opening scene, some skeevy looking dude (whom I finally recognize as Silas from "Deadwood" after reading it in Nikki Stafford's blog), approaches Jacob. They talk about new people coming to the island. Silas (the show hasn't given him a name yet, so I might as well stick to that one) tells Jacob that all the island visitors ever do is "come, fight, destroy, corrupt." Jacob seems unmoved, stating that "it only happens once. And everything that happens before is just progress." OooooKaaay. Have no idea what this means. And, honestly, if I were trapped on an island with a dude who talked in riddles, I'd want to kill him, just as Silas wants to kill Jacob. But he can't, for some reason. Why? We know there are certain people who can't be killed. Ben, for instance, can't kill Charles. So, are Jacob and Silas the original Ben and Charles? Who knows? But look -- they're sitting under the statue through this whole conversation. And it's the whole statue. Not just the foot! Cool.
* During that conversation, Silas swears he'll find some "loophole" allowing him to kill Jacob. Which he does. It turns out, Locke isn't really Locke after all. We learn, after a painfully long time, that the box the Shadow-of-the-Statue crew is carting around contains Locke's corpse. So who is the beatific guy wandering around leading the mission to kill Jacob? Why it's Silas! This is the loophole. He takes Ben to Jacob, after talking Ben into killing Jacob. Doesn't take much, as Ben has a festering bitterness about never having seen Jacob. Still, I wonder why Ben didn't pick up on something off about the exchange between Jacob and Silas/Locke inside the foot statue. Ben is usually so perceptive, and there was definitely an odd dynamic going on here. Well, maybe Ben was just really stoked to kill Jacob at this point and didn't care what other issues were at play.
* Just want to take a brief moment to talk about the scene where Silas/Locke talks Ben into killing Jacob. He makes mention of all of Ben's sacrifices and all of the service he's given to Jacob, a man he's never seen. During this speech, Silas/Locke really makes Jacob sound like God. But what is Jacob? Is he a God? He, apparently, had the power to make Richard ageless. We saw in the flashbacks that he was all-knowing. He knows about Hugo's visions (more on that later). He knew, obviously, that Nadia was going to die. It seems he knows everything. How? Who or what is he? And what will happen now that he's gone?
* Quick question here -- we know that Bram and most of the Shadow of the Statue crew were together off the island. But how did Ilana join their ranks? Was she always with them, or was she working separately for Jacob until she got to the island? And what happened to her? Why is her face all covered in bandages when Jacob comes to see her?
* Also, let's reflect quickly on Jacob's other visits. He pays for Kate's shoplifting; gives Sawyer a pen to write his death threat to Anthony Cooper; apparently revives John from the dead (or near dead) following his push from the window; distracts Sayid while Nadia is killed; witnesses Sun and Jin's wedding; talks Hurley into getting on the plane and hands Jack a snack. Why? What was the point of all this? And, did I miss something, or was Jacob not in Juliet's flashback at all? If he wasn't there, why did we get a flashback of her? Was it to show us how disillusioned she is about love? To demonstrate that she wasn't always so tough, and was, in fact, much more sensitive than her sister Rachel? It didn't fit. What was up with it?
* During their visit, Jacob tells Hurley that he isn't crazy. So, are Hurley's visions of the dead really messages from the island? What did Jacob mean? And why did he give Hurley the guitar case? What it Charlie's? Why did Hurley have to carry it? Was it the whole "proxy" thing? That meeting was by far the most intriguing of the bunch.
* OK, let's take a time out from all the Jacob talk to point out something very, very important that we learned in this episode: Rose, Bernard and Vincent are all still alive. YAAAAAAY!!!!!!! I'm so happy. It's been so long since we've seen them, I'd thought the worst. But there they were. Happily living in the jungle, and wisely disconnecting themselves from all this hydrogen-bomb-detonating-Ben-Linus-shooting-incident-preventing nonsense. Good for them.
*Another moment a long time in coming: the knock-down, drag-out brawl between Jack and Sawyer. Grueling. Horrifying. Awesome. Enough said.
*If no one else has said it before, let me be the first. Dharma minibus = Hurley's Batmobile. That is all.
* Running out of time, so let me get through the rest of this quickly. Miles is the first to point out that, maybe, Jack trying to prevent The Incident actually causes The Incident -- something many fans have guessed about. However, the episode took an unusual turn when Jack dropped the bomb down the hatch...and it didn't explode! And then, The Incident went full boar. Metal was everywhere -- including in Phil's belly. R.I.P., you sniveling son of a bitch! But, tragically, Juliet gets tangled in some chains and the magnetic forces pulls her down the hatch. Sawyer tries to save her, but can't and she falls to the bottom. Where, of course, she detonates the bomb. And the episode ends. No! Unfair! Unfair! What happened with the bomb? What happened after Ben stabbed Jacob? What happened to Sayid, last seen bleeding to death alongside the minibus? Must I wait until next year to learn the answers?

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