It times like these that I wish I had saved all of those post-Season 5 finale discussions on AIM, forums and blogs. Truth be told, I halfway mentally checked out last season for one reason and one reason only: time travel. They introduced time travel. They had alluded to it in previous seasons, but it was explored full force in Season Five and I have never been able to wrap my mind around anything involving the tampering with space and time. It’s not that I don’t try, it’s just that I start asking too many questions and it gets so jumbled and warped and mind-numbing towards the end that I have to force myself to stop. Hurley and Miles explaining it didn’t do a lick of good either. It wasn’t until the finale that I managed to start really thinking about the show again. Granted, the lack of Desmond and the death of Daniel made it a little harder to love the season, the writers delivered in the end (as they always do). Mostly.
Since there are 8 million questions that could be mulled over concerning the finale, and the series as a whole, I am just going to ramble about a few of my own ruminations and see where that gets us.
Alright. So The Incident is clearly what sprang everything into motion. It’s why the button came into play, which is why the plane crashed. It’s why the Statue is gone (more on that later). It’s why a lot happened. I think I can speak for a lot (if not most) of us in saying that there was panic in all of our hearts when that bomb went off--even in knowing that there was one more season--that everything that had ever happened on the show had now never happened. The voice of Reason broke through the panic, however, and told me that that would be ridiculous. Still possible, as anything is on Lost, but ridiculous nonetheless. Now I have decided that obviously the ones who didn’t plummet to their doom and become suicide bombers (Oh, Juliet...) are back in the future (er, 2007) and are about to witness some shit go down with the Smoke Monster/Black Shirt Guy. To put it simply. I mean, I don’t know where/when they will end up or anything, but I know it makes more sense than everything in the last five seasons being erased. That’s my bet, anyway. This isn’t the Dallas finale, folks. You can’t dream it all away.
So, we finally got to see The Statue in its prime. Pretty badass, I must say. Keeping with the theme of the hieroglyphics that have been scattered about the island, I am sure it was not lost on a lot of viewers that the statue bore a striking resemblance to the Egyptian goddess Taweret. Half of it at least. It would be fitting, since Taweret was the goddess of childbirth and fertility. And since The Incident is likely the culprit in its destruction, it would explain why successful baby-making/childbirth was once doable on the island and now is not really working out. However, the Statue also looks eerily similar to the god Sobek, perhaps moreso than Taweret. Sobek was a water god, particularly when it came to the warding off of crocodiles (hence the crocodile head he has). He was also a god of fertility, but more in the area of botanic life than human life. If you take aspects of both gods, the two combined make up the enigmatic Statue, down to the four toes. Sobek was sometimes considered, and even pictured or sculpted, as a companion to the goddess Taweret, so this could be the reason behind why the two have been merged. Side Note: I once theorized briefly--and I doubt it was an original thought—that the island was Atlantis. But Atlantis wasn’t even remotely Egyptian, so that went out the window.
The Love Triangle Turned Quadrangle Turned Triangle, Again:
I am so sick of Jack, Kate and Sawyer being in love and then not being in love. I never anticipated, nor even fantasized, about a relationship between Sawyer and Juliet blooming, but when it did I was surprisingly ecstatic. Sawyer grew into this decent, heroic human being (hooray for character growth!) and Juliet is now a character I will deeply miss (if she died...). My only closure is watching Elizabeth Mitchell on “V” and pretending that Juliet was simply catapulted to the future, became an FBI agent and is now fighting aliens. I was at work when I watched the finale, so my outrage at her death had to be bottled up inside. I was talking with Arrow online, along with our friend Eric, so my anger and sadness was basically expressed in exclamation points, all caps and curse words. Anyway, so now it’s back to that damn love triangle they have been milking for way too long. At first I liked the idea of Jack and Kate. Then when Sawyer and Kate hooked up I thought, “That makes sense.” But then Jack flashed those puppy dog eyes and I wanted Kate to ditch Sawyer. Then Kate started annoying the crap out of me and I just started waiting for them to kill her off. I mean, Evangeline Lilly is on my “Top Ten Girl Crushes of Hollywood” list and all, but I want to slap Kate in every other scene. Sawyer has grown. Kate has remained the same, pretty much. Jack has deteriorated into mania, unfortunately. I miss Season One Jack. I know he’ll rise like a phoenix in the end, but right now he and Kate deserve each other. I hope they don’t even attempt to pursue anything between Sawyer and Kate in this final season. I don’t think Sawyer can bring himself to love someone else again for quite some time. Him and Freckles were “together”, like, two months; him and Perma-Smirk were together three years, built a life together. He was genuinely happy. He has a lot of mourning ahead of him, not to mention I am hoping for some kind of closure concerning him and Clementine. That reunion will be by way of Kate, however, so . . . ugh. I suppose secretly I have always been rooting for Kate and Jack, but I am kind of just rooting for Sawyer now, and for Jack to stop being a crazy person. I can confidently say that, as things are, I would not shed one iota of a tear if Kate just so happens to not live through the season. Is that harsh?
Pfft. So many. To add a few obvious questions onto the lists of Hydra, Swan and Arrow:
1. Is Locke really dead? I can't believe we are back to wondering this again.
2. Who/what is Jacob exactly, and is he really dead?
3. Who/what is the Smoke Monster/Black Shirt Guy? They are the same to me. Just a theory.
4. What’s with all the Egyptian stuff? But then Richard is all speaking Latin?
5. What, for the love of God, is the significance and origin of The Numbers? That question always bares repeating.
6. Why is Hurley a Mystic?
7. Will I get to see Desmond more this season?
8. Why were the passengers of Oceanic flight 815 chosen to crash? I know The Incident factors into this, but so does time travel and I can’t think about that right now. Which leads me to...
9. Why did Jacob touch our key players prior ?
10. WHAT IS THE ISLAND AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM AND WHO MADE IT AND WHY IS IT WHAT IT IS????
I’ve gotta get out of here. See you next week, if I survive the premiere.