Now that it’s been 12 hours later since I finished watching the season premiere of Lost, I can organize my thoughts more & digest what I saw to write a proper blog before reading all the other theories out there about the premiere. (Rather than my initial reaction post)
First off, watching the first 15 minutes or so, with Jack’s sense of déjà vu, it reminded me of the movie Groundhog Day – which then made me realize that the date of the premiere IS on Groundhog Day! Interesting! And, because it’s been so long, but I could have SWORN that Lost was always on Wednesdays! Since when did it switch over to Tuesdays? Just to coincide with a Groundhog Day premiere??
Anyway. I digress. Onto my thoughts:
“Sorry you had to see me that way.”
One of the biggest questions surrounding the show is still John Locke. Who is he really now? Why does he WANT to leave the island now? How is he the smoke monster? What’s his beef with Richard and all the others? How did he know what the real Locke’s last thought was? I know this paragraph seems short and succinct for such an enigma of a storyline but, c’mon. How am I to put into words all the questions and curiosities about Locke right now??
”Sawyer!! Is she okay??”
For all the Kate/Sawyer shippers and Juliet/Sawyer shippers out there, this was a nice moment to show just how much Juliet & Sawyer meant to each other. Kate left and Sawyer moved on. Juliet & he had a life together and their relationship is so clearly based on love rather than lust. Kate just really irritates me in the last while. So useless, and doesn’t know what she wants so she keeps stringing along Jack & Sawyer. You can’t have it all Freckles.
”We must save your friend. Or else we all die.”
For people familiar with Catholicism, they may notice the similarities between Jesus’ crucifixion and Sayid’s death in the temple. The manner in which he was dragged into the pool, and carried out once he had drowned with his arms outstretched. He even comes back to life, or resurrected, within a cave-like “tomb”. I almost posit that he is also like Jesus in that he must die to save everyone. The theme of Jesus is not an unlikely one when this season’s promotional photos were of the cast in the positions of the Last Supper painting. Which, if I’m on the right track with Sayid, is a bit of a red herring when looking at his position within the photo – in Judas’ place, the traitor.
Edit: Another friend just mentioned that Sayid is now the new Jacob. Good call! Because I guess Jacob has now inhabited Sayid’s body… which got me thinking who could have been the one to inhabit Locke’s, when I thought of the most obvious and awesome possibility – Christian Sheppard. (!!) Okay I take that back. I thought about it more and with the “Man in Black” probably being the one that’s in Locke, it ties in the good vs evil even more! If Jacob is in fact in Sayid now (with the whole “Jesus” factor going), the Man In Black might be the Devil!
On a separate note, the kids that brought food in for the losties, are those 2 not the kids from the original plane crash that were taken by the others? And why does the leader in the temple look like Marvin Candle? Is there any significance that Jacob appeared to Hurley and not Miles? (Though Miles only hears the dead people, not sees them) What did Temple-Candle want with Hurley & Jack separately?
”It didn’t work.”
There definitely seems to be 2 realities occurring at the same time. One where the losties are still on the island and think that Jack’s plan didn’t work. The other where it seemingly did, and it’s a completely alternate universe – only it seems that Jack feels something is amiss. Nobody else seems to notice any sense of déjà vu like Jack seems to in the beginning of the episode.
Speaking to a friend of mine, she brings up an interesting point. The theme of “fate” and “destiny” is a huge part of the show. There’s always the underlying thought that you can’t change fate. And Jack illustrates this in so many ways within the alternate universe.
- Charlie dies on the island. He’s meant to die. He “dies” on the airplane because he’s meant to, yet Jack goes and saves him, which leads him to be arrested once the plane lands
- Jack brings his father’s body back from Australia, the plane safely lands yet the coffin & body still go missing. Possibly to the island. He tries to bury his father, but fate doesn’t allow Christian to arrive in L.A. and be buried.
- John Locke is, unfortunately, still in a wheelchair in this alternate universe. Jack tries to step in and see if he can fix him, being that he’s a spinal surgeon and all. He gives Locke his card and offers a free consult.
And try as they might to have a “different” life since they didn’t crash on the island, fate would cause their paths to cross, or things to happen in the same way, anyway. A few examples:
- Kate’s captor that was bringing her in, didn’t get hit on the head with the falling briefcase during the crash, but he still gets the same gash on the same part of his head from her trying to escape.
- Charlie had been in the bathroom trying to do drugs when turbulence hit and prevented him from ODing, but since the plane didn’t crash, he ends up choking on his drugs.
- Locke & Boone’s conversation – very poignant. The irony that Boone says he would stick with Locke if they did crash.
- I have a feeling that while Jack looks for his “missing” father; it might bring him back to the island in some way anyway.
Not totally sure why Desmond was on the plane, or even if he was to begin with since nobody else saw him except Jack.
Overall, great season premiere! Lots of questions still (this IS Lost) but it’s only the beginning (of the end…) Hurley had some great lines as always. Cannot wait until next week! Might definitely have to rewatch this episode again when it’s not 2am on a weeknight.