So here it is–the start of the final season of “Lost” and the end line in sight for the show.
As I’ve said before and elsewhere, I think one of the best things this show ever did was declare an end point for itself.
That’s evident here with the season six premiere and as we slowly start to get some answers.
The big one is that the Smoke Monster has been operating on the island all this time in opposition to Jacob. Or at least that’s the impression I get here since we’ve got anti-Locke now being able to morph into said Smoke Monster. It’s a nice moment, but it raises some other questions including why would it help Ben and the Others if they were followers of Jacob. Was the Smoke Monster biding its time and maneuvering Ben to the point last year where he’d kill Jacob? And if this is some eternal struggle between good and evil, does the fact that the good has apparently died mean the balance has been thrown off? Or could it be that Sayid is actually Jacob resurrected? Certainly, the symbolism of a lot his immersion in the pool and then his rising would seem to point to that. (Just look at how Sayid had his arms out like he’d been crucified when he was taken out of the pool, for instance).
Meanwhile, the new Others are declaring a red alert as they prepare for something. I’m assuming they’re expecting an attack from anti-Locke and his forces. But I still don’t understand why they’d follow Locke or if they will.
The other big question that was answered was would blowing up the island work and put things right. And the answer is–yes and no. It did work in the creation of a new parallel universe in which the plane never crashes and the island is underwater. In this universe, certain people are still drawn together (the scenes of Jack and Locke being put together and Jack believing he can help Locke while Locke thinks the situation is hopeless was a nice juxtaposition) and certain objects are still drawn to the island. I’m betting that we’ll find that the lost suitcase of knives and the coffin somehow vanished during the turbulence because they need to be on the island.
Then there’s the timeline where the explosion threw our heroes back to the present day (island time). And we have the death of Juliet and Sawyer’s swearing out vengeance on Jack. I have a feeling that Sawyer’s deciding to let Jack suffer will only work for so long before he’s pushed over the edge. And we also learn that while Jack can be a leader in times of success, he’s not so great when things don’t go his way.
So, a few answers and a lot more questions to come. It should be an interesting ride to the series finale…and one that I expect no matter how well done it is, will never please everyone.