Unlike you, Hydra, I have not actually seen the final episode of Season Five since it aired in 2009, so while my memory is a little fuzzy, your entry definitely was good refresher.
One thing it definitely sent rushing back was your comment that "Every man's motivation in this show is to get the girl." I remember making a very similar statement while watching this episode last year. That episode is a total clusterfuck of two many "leaders" making decisions based on their emotions and personal gain. "Oh no, guys, it's cool. I might blow us up or completely screw up our time line or erase our place in history, but at least I might get to kiss Kate again. Priorities, man."
And yes, Jack is an asshole. The thing about Jack being an asshole that gets me is that I really, really wanted him not to be an asshole. I held out for him so long, telling myself he was just going through a hard time, a momentary lack of judgement, dealing with rough emotions - but five seasons later and we find out he's actually just an asshole. An asshole who wants to blow up an island.
Man, that is the worst type of asshole.
This summer I watched some footage of the Lost event at ComicCon, and aside from being incredibly hilarious, it was also pretty informative. Cuse and Lindelof answered a lot of questions, including the one that's at the forefront of every Lostie's mind: "Are you going to answer everything?"
They replied with a very infuriatingly vague answer (could we expect any different?) saying they will "answer all the questions that matter", but many intricacies may be left hanging, such as plot lines from characters who met their unfortunate end before the summation of the show. So, we're probably not going to find out if Boone and Shannon were ever going to get it on, step-sibling style. Dang it.
That being said, I'm going to go all smoke monster on someone if some things don't get answered, so here is my list:
Current unanswered questions I need answers to like Saywer needs the sequel to "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret".
1. Why doesn't Richard Alpert get any older?
2. Where the HECK has Claire been? (Hydra that picture is awesome)
3. What was Dharma doing with polar bears in the first place? Better yet, where did they get their funding if everything was in secret?
4. Four-toed statue. What. Same goes with the smoke monster.
5. What was the point of Libby's intricate stalking of Hurley just to turn around and DIE suddenly?
6. Why do some people people have "special powers"? (i.e. Desmond seeing Charlie's death(s), Miles talking to the dead, etc.)
7. If Jacob selected people previously (by going and touching them), why did the plane crash from Desmond not hitting the button in the hatch? Just how interconnected are we talking here?
8. Who the crap is watching Sun's daughter?
9. Why do female characters tend to die on the show shortly after receiving any action? It's like the island rejects any sort of physical involvement and/or sexy times. Anna Lucia, Libby, Shannon… you can't ignore the facts. You may or may not be able to lump Juliet in that group soon as well.
10. THE NUMBERS, AHH THE NUMBERS.
Also at ComicCon, Lindelof promised we'd see some characters we hadn't seen in awhile. I don't know about you, but I have my fingers crossed for Arnst.
Okay, bottom line here. Lost starts next week, and this is where we stand.
Juliet detonated a bomb, and we have no idea what that means for the characters on the show, where in time they will be, what has been erased and rewritten, the fate of the universe and everything surrounding it, and whether or not Jack is going to have another hideous beard in the first episode of next season.
In a Jesus-like moment, a returned-from-the-dead Locke orders the death of Jacob at Ben's hand. What. Also, we were introduced to a "Man in Black". Is anyone else disappointed this character wasn't played by Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones?
I am counting the days until February 2nd.
Until next week,