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Totally "Lost": Gearing up for "The End"...

May 22, 2010 - Ray Eckenrode

   Gearing up Sunday’s episode of “Lost”:

   The countdown: After this episode, there are zero hours of “Lost” left. (Or are there 121 hours left? ;-)

   Title: “The End”

   Significance: It’s the end. But is that a reference to The Doors song? Or the Book of Revelation? Or a snake eating its tail?

   Centricity: Multiple.

   Buzz: Multiple endings, fake endings, secret endings, leaked script pages, typical season finale stuff ratcheted up about ten notches.

   Plotline: ABC has not released an episode synopsis this week so we’ll write our own out of thin air: As Locke tries to destroy the island and Jack tries to protect it, Desmond emerges as the key to both outcomes.

   Sneak peeks (a tad spoilery):

   Answers we expect: We fully understand we’re not getting a neat and tidy Scooby Doo conclusion, nor do we want one, but we fully expect to get these answers:
   1. What is the sideways reality?
   Our best guess: We’re sticking with a “false” reality created by Flocke/Smokey from memory scans of the Losties.
   2. Why is the island underwater in the sideways reality?
   Our best guess: Smokey sank it.
   3. Is Jacob good, bad or crazy?
   Our best guess: We’re leaning toward crazy.
   4. Does anyone get off the island?
   Our best guess: Yes, but whether they get off alive is another question.
   5. How does Ms. Hawking know what Ms. Hawking knows?
   Our best guess: No idea.

   Answer we don’t expect:
   > Who built the statue of Tawaret?
   > Who originally recorded The Numbers transmission?
   > How was there a video connection between Penny’s location and the Looking Glass computer monitor?
   > Who was Naomi’s sister?
   > Why was Faraday crying while watching TV?
   > Who said “Help me…” in the cabin?
   > What happened to young Ben in the Temple?

   Theoretically: Just a reminder of some our long-standing theories that are still in play:
   > The island is an interdimensional wormhole that is the cradle of our world’s mythology and perhaps the source of our universe.
   > Locke is the key.
   > The island timeline is a loop. Hurley recorded The Numbers. Charlie programmed “Good Vibrations” into The Looking Glass computer. Faraday built the Frozen Donkey Wheel. The conman who bilked Sawyer’s parents was Sawyer.
   > Some characters – most notably Locke, Ben and Desmond – have been through the loop before of have “future memory” of what’s going to happen.
   > Desmond and Jack are brothers.
   > Anthony Cooper is not Locke’s real father.
   > Mother is still alive.
   > It’s not early 2008 on the island.
   > Sideways Christian Shephard’s body won’t be the one we recognize as island Christian Shephard.
   > Sideways David Shephard is ultra important.

   One last theory, for old time’s sake: The creators of “Lost” have said that we should be able to infer answers to many of the loose ends on the show based on other answers we get. We’ll take a crack at that now in terms of one of the show’s biggest question marks: What made Walt special? Why did he and Locke bond? Why did The Others kidnap him? How’s this: We know Smokey was able to manifest images on the island, likely tapping the electromagnetic “light” as an energy source (remember, you can’t create or destroy energy, only change its form). What if Walt showed the same ability? First, he reads a comic book about polar bears and – presto! – polar bears appear. That would make him pretty special. That also might create a subconscious bond with John Locke, the man bound to “become” the Smoke Monster and pull of the same feat. That might explain a lot of things, but that’s just an inference.

   Classic “Lost”: The first meeting between Jack and Desmond on the stadium steps from 2x01 “Man of Science, Man of Faith”” remains one of the most enigmatic clips in the show’s history. This is the scene where Desmond first asks Jack why he looks like he’s been running from the devil, then while discussing Jack’s guilt about failing to fix Sarah, Desmond mysteriously encourages him to “lift it up” before leaving him with the iconic “see you in another life…” The stadium steps scene begins about 4:30 into this clip.

   NO Tweets for the Tweeps:
   > No Tweeting during tonight’s episode. No deconstruction afterward.
   > We’ll post a one word reaction shortly after the episode concludes. We encourage you to do the same in the comments section of our blog at, via Twitter with the hash tag #MirrorLost or you can email it to us at and we’ll post it.
   > We’ll probably post some kind of retrospective piece on Tuesday.

   The end: "Lost" has always been a "love it or hate it" proposition. It's definitely not for everyone. About one out of every two viewers who started watching "Lost" in 2004 did not make it to the end. One of our colleagues here at the Mirror recently called the remaining “Lost” fans“saps.” A national reviewer recently said the last five seasons of “Lost” have been “gibberish.” We're a big fan of everyone being entitled to their own opinion (although we're not crazy when your opinion belittles someone else's opinion) but in this case, we'll make this comeback: You know what else is gibberish to a lot of people?


   But just because many people don’t understand it, doesn’t mean that it’s not right or true or beautiful.
   What we’re trying to say is this: It makes no difference to us what anyone else thinks about “Lost” just as what we think about “Lost” should make no difference to any of you. You don’t need a Web site, a blogger, a critic or a friend to tell you whether the ending of “Lost” is satisfying. If YOU are satisfied, then it is. Any kind or art, by its nature, belongs to the creator only until it’s finished, then it belongs to the consumer, then if belongs to YOU. And YOUR interpretation is absolutely as correct and valid as anyone else’s.
   We’ve had fun sharing with you our interpretation of this piece of art we call “Lost.” This blog (and American television) will never see anything like it again. Enjoy the last leg of the journey and keep the faith.

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