We’re continuing this week’s “Six in Six” series by looking at questions that “Lost” fans need definitively answered in the show’s final season. I’m going to try and ignore the obvious ones, such as “Who are The Others?” and “Why is the Island special?” and “Frogurt: The hell????” After all, I think we can all assume that the show to some degree or another will answer the big ones.
These questions are seminal to understanding the “Lost” universe, but risk staying in the murky, mysterious muck of the show’s mythology without proper prompting from fans such as myself. So let’s poke the writers of “Lost” with Eko’s Jesus stick and make sure we get answers about the following in the final season. This is far from an exhaustive list, but it’s a good place to start.
Yes, it’s all well and good that the Season 5 DVD definitively answered the pressing question of Nestor Carbonell’s eye makeup. But we need to know why this dude doesn’t age. We need to know when he stopped aging. We need to know who or what made him stop aging. I think I have an idea or two, but I need the complete picture. Sooner rather than later would be nice.
I’ll lose my mind like a Justin Bieber fan unable to get to the mall the day he’s performing if we don’t learn anything more about Walt in Season 6. I don’t necessarily even need Walt on my screen, although that would be preferable. It’s bad enough that Michael got the narrative shaft on the show; don’t let it happen to Walt as well, “Lost.” There’s too much mystery, too much narrative gold, too much importance surrounding Walt NOT to bring things back full circle this season in some fashion.
Desmond’s “special” nature
Season 5 started off by telling us that Desmond Hume was “uniquely and miraculously special.” Hmm. Sounds like Walt. And yet, like Walt, the show proceeded to treat the character like he had H1N1, not only doing damage to his epic romance with Penny but all but forgetting his character as the show turned Island-centric in the second-half of the season. We’re told the Island isn’t done with him; let’s hope the show isn’t, either. He can function either as the exception to the rule that allows major players off-Island to return (Walt, Widmore, Eloise) or as the sole person that remembers the world the way it was before Juliet detonated Jughead. Of all of Faraday’s variables, he’s perhaps the most important. Don’t forget that, “Lost.”
In “The Shape of Things to Come,” “Lost” introduced the notion of “rules” that govern certain aspects of the lives of those that live on the Island. These “rules” go beyond mere morality and touch upon what a person can or cannot physically do. Ben and Widmore cannot kill each other. Neither, apparently, could The Man in Black and Jacob. It took a few centuries and one mother of a loophole for The Man in Black to circumvent the rules. But what are they? Who created them? Who enforces them? Does the answer lie in a certain book in Richard Alpert’s possession? Help a brother out, “Lost”!
The fall of the statue
Ever since brain matter oozed out of my ear during the Season 2 finale “Live Together, Die Alone,” I’ve wanted to know more about the statue. My desire to know actually prompted me to write my first lengthy article about the show. (Ah, so many things incorrectly diagnosed and/or predicted. Good to know things haven’t changed since.) Did the statue naturally erode in the time since the arrival of The Black Rock? Seems unlikely. Also, “erosion” isn’t terribly dramatic. I’m hoping for a combination of something that combines the Island’s odd fertility issues, nominally dormant volcanoes, seemingly God-like entities, and one hard-to-find loophole. But hey, that’s just me. Any ol’ answer will do. So long as I get one. Hint, hint.
“Raised by Another” is in my All Time Top Ten episode list, although if the show doesn’t ultimately answer why Claire raising Aaron is so important, it might drop out of my Top 50. So much of my love of this episode is ensconced in the long-term promise it held: that Aaron is central to the heart of the mystery of the show. Something about the Claire/Aaron combo is vital to The Island’s ultimate state, a connection so primal that severing that bond was integral to The Man in Black’s long con. While Kate’s desire to reunite Claire and Aaron is noble, I am hoping for more than a mere mother/son bond to be at stake here. Understanding why Aaron is so vital is something I’ve waiting five seasons to learn. Hit me with the reason, “Lost.”
Those are the questions I want answered. What are some of yours?
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