Hey Everyone,

This is just a general question about whether or not I should create a site for another show now that Lost is over. Would anyone be interested if I did? What show would you like it to be about?

I know a few people mentioned that if I did a site for Fringe they’d be interested, and I love Fringe so I’d have no problem doing that, but I just wanted to get an idea of who might be interested etc.

Suggest any show… I may create a site that is a combination of shows. I just want to get an idea before I go ahead and do something 🙂

Also, Alternate Lost Endings has a few posts up now so be sure to check them out if you like Lost Fan Fiction.

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Hello to you all.

I stumbled across the following article on readmorebooks.com and it put, in my view, nice and simply where Lost went wrong compared with its influence : The Dark Tower.

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From the very first season we are introduced to “special” people. The other’s kidnap Walt because they believe that he is special. John Locke believes that he himself is special. Jacob’s “mother” tells him that he is special. So what exactly does it mean to be “special”.

I believe that being “special” means that you are a likely candidate to be Jacob’s successor. People that are on Jacob’s list are considered special for this reason. Perhaps, special people also have some sort of supernatural powers. We are told (in S2 or 3) that “Jack wasn’t even on Jacob’s list”. I believe that Jacob never wanted Jack to be his successor. He just wanted Jack to believe that he was special so that he would replace the cork in the Source (therefore saving the world) and then pass on protectorship to Hurley (who truly is special).

But I would love to hear your ideas!… What exactly made Walt so “special”? Was Locke actually special, or was he just conned into thinking he was special by the Man in Black? Who else was special? Were all the candidate’s special?

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Quick one….just came to me……
Like Faradays experiment with the delay in the missile thing landing and the dead body from the freighter washing up before he died…. Were these clues to the food drop mystery????
Maybe this time delay/time travel type issue with things coming to the island is causing delays in food drops…maybe the drops were made in the 70’s landing now. But that would mean the Dharma’s wouldve been real hungry and died before the purge! Lol
So my theory is this…………..
The food drop is the same drop each time, it’s stuck in the same tine delay loop!
So the jar of peanut butter they eat is the exact bar they have already eaten!!!
This I think is the coolest LOST type of explanation of the food drops!
What do u think???

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MIB was not the first Smokey;
‘mother’ knew that on entering the light it would be worst than death I.e the punishment of your soul being trapped as smoke, bodyless, and eternal hell.
‘mother’ clearly was the protector for many hundreds if not thousands of years. And would have witnessed lots on the island.
The Egyptians demonstrated in their hieroglyphs in the temple of a smokey with the Egyptian god. This clearly pre dates MIB and Jacob.
I believe the story has looped over and over again throughout history, each time the protector looking to hand over the island when they couldn’t do it any longer.
I believe the purpose of the show, showing us the Egyptian references was to highlight the age, or like some kind of prop to demonstrate that the story has been going since ancient times. So there was no need to explain or show us the Egyptian story.
I also believe (which I think back up my multiple smokey theory) that once the egyptians defeated the smokey they built the statue to worn others from landing on the island and then left themselves never to return! If you look up the statue of taweret one of it’s meaning is the warning of evil or the devil or something like that. In Richards flash back episode one of the slaves saw the statue and said something like, an island protected by the devil!
So many ‘mysteries’ are for us to asssume and work out ourselves.

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FDW

When Ben moved the island, it got him to Tunesia. He didn’t put it on it’s catch, so the losties bounced through time.

When Locke turned the wheel, he put it on it’s catch and time remained stable.

Did he move the island again, too?

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Hey Everyone,

I have been working on a website lately for people to read and write their own “Alternate Lost Endings”. Basically it’s a Fan Fiction site with a difference, in that it’s mainly for writing your own end to Lost. This could be either the whole of season 6, or just the last ten minutes of The End. You could also write something Post Season 6, like Ben and Hurley’s adventures on the island, or what happened to Kate and Claire when they landed etc.

I know this may not be for everyone, but I thought if the site gets some Fan Fiction on there then you may be interested in reading it.

The site is at www.alternatelostendings.com

PS. Thanks to all who are still participating here, you’re all fab x

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MacGuffin..

A MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) is “a plot element that catches the viewers’ attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction”.[1] The defining aspect of a MacGuffin is that the major players in the story are (at least initially) willing to do and sacrifice almost anything to obtain it, regardless of what the MacGuffin actually is. In fact, the specific nature of the MacGuffin may be ambiguous, undefined, generic, left open to interpretation or otherwise completely unimportant to the plot. (Examples might include money, victory/glory, survival, a source of power, a potential threat, etc….or something entirely unexplained.)

The MacGuffin is common in films, especially thrillers. Commonly, though not always, the MacGuffin is the central focus of the film in the first act, and later declines in importance as the struggles and motivations of characters play out. It usually comes back into play at the climax of the story, but sometimes the MacGuffin is actually forgotten by the end of the film.(Wikipedia)

Anyone with me – can’t we all agree that Lost is a huge cluster-F* of MacGuffins
(Not that is wasn’t a cool ride – but MacGuffin’ated nonetheless)

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Like many of you I’m really pissed off by the lack of answers that our “beloved” Lost writers gave to us (they were really lost all along the seasons). So I’ve been checking very often this site hoping that some enlightened mind presents a theory explaining some mysteries and I have to admit that some of you must seriously think about the possibility of making career in the writing area. This site works like a therapy for me it shows me that I’m not alone in the frustration of being despised by the writers and I think that the way to overcome it is to continue to visit this site and share all the information/ideas/theories/etc that comes to our minds. Thank you so much emzi for making this site. It was a great idea. For the “wanting for answers” haters please do us a favor and let us discuss our frustrations in peace and let us theorize because if you are satisfied the way Lost ended you certainly don’t have any questions or theories to share. So if it is to annoy us please stop visiting this site.

Now that I have my bag empty (I feel much better now) I will share with you what I have found in the Internet (I apologize if anyone has referred to this before).

I found this:

On October 6, 2005, David Furey (Fury was a co-executive producer and writer for the first season of Lost), gave an interview to “Rolling Stone” (issue #984), here’s an excerpt:

“there was absolutely no master plan on Lost” insists David Fury, a co-executive producer last season who wrote the series’s two best episodes and is now a writer-producer on 24. “anybody who said that was lying. On a show like Lost, it becomes a great big shaggy-dog story,” he continues cheerily. They keep saying there’s meaning in everything, and I’m here to tell you no – a lot of things are just arbitrary. What I always tried to do was connect these random elements, to create the illusion that it was all adding up to something.” Many plot elements were concocted on the fly, Fury says; for example, they didn’t know Hurley won the lottery until it came time to write his episode. “I don’t like to talk about when we come up with ideas,” Lindelof demurs. “It’s a magic trick. But we planned that plot: We seeded references to it in earlier episodes.” Fury disagrees. He says scenes with those references were filmed much later and inserted into earlier yet-to-air episodes: “it’s a brilliant trick to make us look smart. But doing that created a huge budget problem.”

If this is actually true, it means that they have mocked us along the past six years.
I wish I had read this in 2005…

What are your thoughts about this?

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I’ve been trying to piece together some stuff from the show, and figure out just exactly why the light in the cave was of such importance. I don’t know if this has been brought up already or not, so if it has i apologise. I’m not even sure if this is obvious or a really stupid idea, but after that finale, we don’t have too much to go on.

I think the reason that light in the cave was so important was because it was what kept the afterlife in existence. Maybe when it was stated several times that if MIB got his way ‘everyone you love would be gone’, it didn’t mean they would physically die. As we heard Christian say, some people died before Jack, some long after, but they were all there. In this afterlife there is no now, so it could mean you’re able to spend eternity with everyone you ever loved, even people that aren’t dead yet, everyone you want to be with is there, thats a beautiful concept.

this makes me think of some of the promises that Jacob made to people, such as telling Dogen he could be with his son again, i guess he wasn’t lying. Now think if that light is what i think it is, and by it being put out this afterlife ceases to exist, everyone you love will be gone. Those are pretty high stakes, and to me adds deeper meaning to the light, why it needs to be protected and why they showed us the afterlife scenario. Thinking this way, i actually feel a bit happier about the way it ended, and the final ten minutes don’t seem so random. I know this is a little outlandish, but there really isn’t any logical way to explain the importance of a light in a cave.

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I’m still not understanding the episode when Richard visited young Locke & presented things to him.  Why did that happen?  What was Richard trying to learn?  Why?  Why/how did Locke have a drawing of the Smoke Monster on the wall?

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bear with me

For decades now there has been a film composer named James Horner who has been dividing opinion in soundtrack fandom.

James Horner wrote the scores for “Titanic” , “Aliens” and a couple of Star Trek films as well as “Glory” and many more.

From the very start many film music fans and soundtrack collectors have had a special axe to gring against Mr. Horner. He has been called a plagiarist, or at best derivative. He steals whole passages from classical music and sticks them into his scores. He also just lifts whole passages from his own scores, whole sections of music, fully orchestrated, and dumps them into whatever score he is working on at that moment.

When you pay attention to film music it is incredibly annoying to suddenly be pulled out of the movie you are watching and hear a piece of score from “Gorki Park” or “Star Trek II-The Wrath of Khan”.

But the thing is, Horner used to be a fast writer (no wonder) and cheap (at least until he won an Oscar). He also has an incredible ear for effective orchestration and an uncanny sense of how to use music to heighten emotion. He also has a great sense of melody. Individual musical themes of his are great (as long as you cannot track down his source). His themes are hummable and lyrical. In other words he has great qualities as a film composer.

How this relates to Lost. The producers got together a great group of writers. They wrote wonderful bits that dovetailed and played into each other. They has a great sense of drama and humour. They set up wonderful premises and knew how to communicate a lot of content in very little screen time. Those flashbacks are models of economy.

But there has to be more to it than that. These guys teased us for several years with intricate interlinking stories and way out ideas and then couldn’t figure out their own stuff.

Think about this. They needed a guy, Greg Nations, just to keep track of their own story continuity. This was because they got so confused by their own plotting they couldn’t keep track. They promoted Nations to the status of producer… And Greg Nations (Jacob bless him) sometimes had to look stuff up on Lostpedia.

Does that suggest people who had a handle on what they were doing storywise?

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Sorry…I couldnt come up with a catchy name for this one…

Lost…Ok…I get that some people didnt like it…I did. I wish more did…

Everyone wants more answers…I would have taken three more seasons…what are you going to do?

I feel the FSW is fairly self explanatory…it was the afterlife. Why were there kids, one who didnt exist?
Because it was a reflection of what these people saw themselves as…and what they wanted to be…or could have been in a perfect world.
They took everything that they were, and bunched it all together while waiting for everyone to get there that was most important to them. Why wasnt Helen there…I dont know…

This place showed that although some people gave their best efforts in life, things went awry, and they made mistakes. And going to the island allowed the possibility that they could change their ways…a place where the flawed, can heal and grow. A place where miracles happen.

There are tons of questions floating around, and although it seems that many will not/cannot be swayed…Im still going to try…

So to put it simply…what changed that we view the show differently?
Its always been up to interpretation…always.
Nobody but ABC PROMISED ALL the answers…if they even did.

We as theorists created a plethora of questions…and demand answers…what? Who does that?

Either way…the truth is, they gave a lot of answers. I wouldnt even say indirectly…I would say discretely.

Ive said before that people watching this show who dont go to theory sites dont even know half of the questions we are talking about, let alone answers to them…yet we expect Daniel Faraday to write them on a chalkboard and show them to us.
Some things are applied….some are flat out told, yet refuse to be accepted.

DaddyX posted something he read somewhere else with a pretty good summary…I liked the concept, and many of the things listed…but disagree with some of them too, mainly MIB and Jacob stuff…which goes to show that people can like the show and disagree…

The most aggravating thing about it is that the whole show…at least since I have been watching and theorizing…we have relied on sites like this for answers to questions that we ourselves asked.
And throughout the years, we have come to accept when we miss something, and someone else points out the overlooked…that if 2+2=4…then 4+4=8…I dont know why that changed now that the show is over.

I think its a matter of trusting our intelligence (please dont take that the wrong way), and believing our fellow theorists that we have for so long.
Im not saying that because someone writes a quality theory than they should be listened to…just that if someone explains something, and it makes sense…and there doesnt seem to be a better idea…than it is probably correct…even if its not the answer we want.

That has been a VITAL part of watching this show, believing things we didnt want to hear…or even harder to believe someone on the site that says they figured it out.

I dont want this to come off as a rant about “Lost haters”…I want people to understand some of the things we saw. And although some will probably come and say “I understood it, I just didnt like it”…thats fine…sucks for you…many people dont understand, and many people WANT to understand and like it…so shut up for one stupid post and let the people who want to learn…learn.

So Im asking two things…

1)Any questions you have, ask them here. Do I know all the answers…probably not.
Will I be able to tell you why the rock on the hole keeps the light in…no.

But simple things asking how someone related to the story…or what the FSW really is…even why some people are in the church and some are not…
Im all baout answering Jacob and MIB questions…I think many people are most lost on that subject.
But dont ask things relating to mythology such as how the light works, things like that…they are and will be island mythology…

2)Anyone who can chime in and answer questions, I ask for your help.
If you enjoyed the show…or even didnt, but feel there is an answer that I dont have, or am incorrect…jump in and tell us…Im not going to argue, maybe debate a little, but not argue.

Again, this is not to throw anything in anyones face about not liking the show…its just to help people better understand what they saw over the last four years.

After a 45 minute long conversation with someone at work over this exact thing…it ended with me getting to do something I rarely do…use a line from Lost…specifically a John Locke line…

After a debate that actually reached near shouting at times…My boss (terrible person to debate Lost with btw…your boss) asked me why I found it so easy to like the show after years of theorizing and expecting…
I told him that I never expected anything other than great storytelling, which is what I got…and that it took and understanding and acceptance that answers were not going to be as plentiful and precise as what I could ever wish…and got to say before I left that “Its never been easy…”
To which he called me an asshole and walked away…hopefully people here will be slightly more reasonable…(although later he did come and tell me what I though about MIB and jacob made sense…)
;]

Best thing to do, if anyone even cares, is ask questions in sets of 5, numbering each one for an easy response…again…anyone that would like to help out would be greatly appreciated…

I would really like to discuss some of the things along the way, and I am not on as much as I would like to be right now…so bear with me in response time…and slight indirectness at first…
Thank you for your time…

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Why did they executed the purge? Why did they chased and captured losties? Why did Locke had to kill his father to become ruler of the others? It seems like the kind of stuff smokey would do… Just like some kind of tradition that as he killed his mother every leader would have to kill his parents.

Dogen said that Jacob promised him that he would save him son if he never left the island. Is it an action Jacob would do or seems more like MIB’s instructions?

Didn’t Richard got to talk to Jacob? How often? Why the others acted like that? I understand they spoke latin and wore old fashioned clothes to honour Jacob, but there’s still so many mysteries about the others.

I want to think that the writers knew what they were doing, but the more I think of it the less I know if that’s true or they simply were creating mysteries with no sense at all, just for the sake of it. That’s bad writing, even if this is one of the best series ever.

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At the end of Season 5, Damon Lindelof and Carlton were on Jimmy Kimmel, and they put a script to season six inside a box. They told the audience it would be opened at the end of the final season. Did anyone else see them open it? Because I never did, and can’t find reference to it online.

Or am I just plain crazy. I swear I saw this. Please help!

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As you all know, Lost was all about the characters. I say that as I roll my eyes, because I think we all know deep down inside that this is just what the writers want you to think. HOWEVER, I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt for a few minutes and try to see their point of view.

Let’s pretend that the characters are really all that mattered on this show. Let’s pretend it was like Grey’s Anatomy without the layers of cheese and melodramatic dialog.

Allow me to remind you who was actually IN Lost. Raise your hand if you come across a character that you actually cared about in one way or another……

Jack – A very safety oriented guy. Arrogant at times. Liked to boss people around on occasion (without realizing it). Aside from a couple other people, he’s the only one worth trusting in this entire show.

Hurley – I’ll admit, if you don’t like Hurley, you are probably schizophrenic.

Kate – Can’t trust a word she says. No sense of humor. She’s more fickle than anyone you know. Don’t even pretend you care about her.

Sawyer – Can’t trust a word he says. If karma’s so important on the island, he would’ve died regardless of the rules back in season one. He’ll make you chuckle on occasion, but only after offending someone.

Jin – He meant well. Bland personality though. Reminds me of almost everyone else on the show

Locke – The only person I ever looked forward to hearing what was on his mind. He had a sixth sense that was in tuned with the island.

Rose – She had quite the attitude if I do say so myself. She didn’t really care about others, Just herself and her husband.

Charlie – Annoying as hell. Was a druggie. Sure, he wanted to help care for Aaron, but it was only cause he liked Claire. He lied a lot too.

Sun – Also untrustworthy

Ben – Extremely untrustworthy

Juliette – Extremely untrustworthy

Widmore – Extremely untrustworthy

Miles – asshole

Lapidus – smartass

Aside from Locke and Hurley, my hand would still be down. I would basically never trust anyone in this list, let alone CARE for them. How the hell was this show only about the characters? Who the hell LIKED it for the characters? Take away the mystery, and this show would’ve gotten cancelled immediately.

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After a moment of denial and acceptance of “The End”, I’m so ready to move forward and start theorizing again. I’ll at least say it was a superbly created episode, although I am dissapointed the ATL was purgatory. “The End” offered some superior moments of action and emotions, as well as detailed scenes of the Light Tunnel’s interior, giving us more pieces to work with at putting together the puzzle of the Sci-Fi and Mythological elements of Lost….

Natural and Man made Origins of the Light Tunnel
The scene of MIB floating into the tunnel, the light dimming, and the Smoke Monster emerging is in complete contrast to Desmond and Jack going in. They were able to harmlessly rope down the water fall and have direct contact with both the Light energy and the water collecting in the pool. Even if they slipped off the rope, I’m certain their fall would have only injured them (3 skeletons down there, perhaps their fate?) without interupting the creation of the Light energy.

MIB’s fall certainly did interrupt the Light Energy. MIB’s fall down the water fall must have resulted in instant contact and contamination to the energy source in order for the Light to immediately go out. So what was different during MIB’s fall that allowed this to happen?

Well, given that the “corked” collection pool was obviously man-made, I suppose the tunnel interior was at one time a completely natural setting. And because Mother’s intent was to guard the location of the tunnel, it’s highly probable no person had ever seen or entered the tunnel before MIB did. Perhaps the Light Energy was at one one time being naturally produced from a completely natural version of the “corked” collection pool.

Channeling the Water and the Light: The Mechanics
The speed of the water is first baffled by the rocks and stalagmites just below the water fall. This part of the process might also purify the water even more by filtering between the rocks. Next, the water enters the pool by passing through a flume-like structure. There are 4 tunnels located in the pool, and I can only guess the water exits the pool through these tunnels since it already flows into the pool via the flume.

Now here’s an observation I found most intriguing; the hole that the cork “corks” is NOT a tight seal. There are actually several channels down the sides of the hole, allowing a constant stream of water into the energy source at the depths of the island. I believe this is the purpose of the pool and cork; to allow a measured constant flow of water into the energy source.

A Natural Version of the Process
In order to replicate the process naturally, I seriously doubt it was originally a corked pool setup! All you need is the right amount of water streaming into the energy source. Water still enters in through the waterfall, and exits by a stream (same stream MIB and Jack were in). Only a small amount of water is used in the process. My guess is, it must have been a massive pool of water the water fall poured into. A small natural opening (or series of openings) at the bottom of the pool allowed water to steadily stream into the energy source. This process, because it was natural, could have been highly unstable, and all it took was some foreign object falling into the pool to disrupt it.

Key Differences Between the 2 Processes
The corked pool process keeps the energy source below almost completely isolated from the pooled water. For the natural process, perhaps the pool opening allowed more direct access to the energy source. This is kind of stretching things I realize; but I’m thinking the primary reason for MIB transforming into Smokey was his direct contact with the process of the Light energy creation, and not just the water used for the process. In other words, if Des could have somehow slipped down a cork channel, into the reaction itself, his “otha life brutha” might have been way different. Des exposed the reaction when he pulled cork out, but afterwards with excess water flowing into the source, it was no longer the correct balance of water and light, and the reaction soon subsided.

It’s also interesting to note that although this huge reaction is taking place just below the pool’s rock bottom, the light is shielded from escaping via the rock and the cork. But it’s obvious; the light is still allowed to partially escape and scatter throughout the tunnel. I’m thinking that the light energy is using the channeled water as the medium for escape; as if the channeled water was a huge fiber optic cable plugged into the reaction itself. Maybe this is what gives the water it’s healing properties(?)..although didn’t seem to heal dying Jack 🙁

The Creation of the Corked Pool
So I’m coming across an interesting dilemna in writing this theory. MIB lost his invincibility powers and became fully human when Desmond uncorked the pool and turned out the light. If the light source also went out during the creation of the Smoke Monster, then how can the Smoke Monster have it’s power?!! This seems totally contradictory; light turns off to create Smokey, but the light must be on to give Smokey his powers. Well, I can only surmise there was one difference between the two light-turning-off events; Smokey had a human form in 2007, and he did not during his creation. In Smoke Monster form, maybe he lacked some powers with the light being off. And it makes sense that if he was stuck as John Flocke when the light was off, he was probably stuck as Smoke when it was off before. This gives Smokey ample motivation to get that light turned back on; so he can turn human again, and eventually leave the island!

So this sets up the perfect opportunity for Jacob’s game. Jacob wants to bring men to the island to prove MIB wrong, and MIB needs men to come to the island so he can show them how to construct a system to properly channel the water and the light. I’m sure Jacob also needed that light turned back on; otherwise what was he protecting? This is man’s first test on the island; being able to harness the Island’s energy, will they use it to their own destruction? I’m thinking they failed that test because that group of people (probably Egyptians) were no longer living on the island. Lost could have had some great episodes showing these events, but after “The End”, it’s all left up to our imagination..

Other Observations concerning the Light Tunnel
I loved the part when Desmond uncorked the pool and the Light Energy slowly subsided, like it was a huge Star Trek warp core engine switched off. As the power was decreasing and the darkness was taking over the cave, anybody notice the distinct sounds? It was a deep hum, then slowing to a rhythmic pulse, then off. Just like a jet engine turning off; when it slows down enough you can hear the rhythm of the rotations. Rotations, rhythm, pulses; how much do you want to bet, the pulse of that Light Energy core when properly corked was humming at a constant 11 cycles per second? At some magnitude of 2.342? hmmmmm…

Another brief observation; the water used in the flow is from a natural stream. It was stopped when the light was out, started again when the light was back on. Maybe the rain storms we are used to seeing happen suddenly on the island are directly related to the Island’s need to have fresh water flowing into the Tunnel Light?

Lastly, the whirpool of water flowing into the uncorked hole, reminded me of another whirpool; Ben’s waterhole used to summon the Smoke Monster. Perhaps Ben’s waterhole used to be a miniature version of the corked pool. Why can’t there be more than one version of the Light Energy systems constructed throughout the island? Why not have little replications of these systems so people can harness the energy more readily? If this is true, Ben’s water hole was just a remnant of what used to be a beautiful pool with the light energy, and is now just a stagnant water collection somehow used to signal the monster….

Please, I welcome comments, more observations, criticisms, cut it up!!

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Okay, there’s been lots of banter back and forth between those who think the show was great and those who think, in the end, it sucked. As I have posted many times since this whole thing ended, I’m on the side who thinks it sucked! I’ve read the arguments for saying it was a great show and certainly everyone is entitled to their opinion.

HOWEVER, in those opinions some have said that the answers we were given were either sufficient or just part of helping to build the mystery which helped to develop the characters. I’m sure you can imagine how I COMPETELY disagree with that as I too am entitled to my opinion. The problem I’m having with the other side of the group is the attitude that it was “okay” to not answer many of the questions we were teased with, questions that the writers, not us the audience, raised by the content and way they were written. Whatever your opinion may be of the show, you CANNOT deny that the writers made it SEEM as if those questions were important AND that there would be some forthcoming answers, which there weren’t. As a matter of fact there are several interviews done with the writers in which they said this was true!

So to the point and then I’m done, for good! To those who think the questions were answered sufficiently enough OR that the show wasn’t really about getting answers to those questions, that it was simply about the characters, I challenge you to watch the following video. It’s pretty short and is poking fun a bit at LOST, but makes a very valid piont: The show WAS about the mystery along with the characters and that answers needed/would be given by the writers.

Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBMYk-6cTpI

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This is doing the rounds, i think it helps.

Good stuff on here! I can finally throw in my two cents! I’ve had to bite my tongue for far too long. Also, hopefully I can answer some of John’s questions about Dharma and the “pointless breadcrumbs” that really, weren’t so pointless …

First …
The Island:

It was real. Everything that happened on the island that we saw throughout the 6 seasons was real. Forget the final image of the plane crash, it was put in purposely to f*&k with people’s heads and show how far the show had come. They really crashed. They really survived. They really discovered Dharma and the Others. The Island keeps the balance of good and evil in the world. It always has and always will perform that role. And the Island will always need a “Protector”. Jacob wasn’t the first, Hurley won’t be the last. However, Jacob had to deal with a malevolent force (MIB) that his mother, nor Hurley had to deal with. He created the devil and had to find a way to kill him — even though the rules prevented him from actually doing so.

Thus began Jacob’s plan to bring candidates to the Island to do the one thing he couldn’t do. Kill the MIB. He had a huge list of candidates that spanned generations. Yet everytime he brought people there, the MIB corrupted them and caused them to kill one another. That was until Richard came along and helped Jacob understand that if he didn’t take a more active role, then his plan would never work.

Enter Dharma — which I’m not sure why John is having such a hard time grasping. Dharma, like the countless scores of people that were brought to the island before, were brought there by Jacob as part of his plan to kill the MIB. However, the MIB was aware of this plan and interferred by “corrupting” Ben. Making Ben believe he was doing the work of Jacob when in reality he was doing the work of the MIB. This carried over into all of Ben’s “off-island” activities. He was the leader. He spoke for Jacob as far as they were concerned. So the “Others” killed Dharma and later were actively trying to kill Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley and all the candidates because that’s what the MIB wanted. And what he couldn’t do for himself.

Dharma was originally brought in to be good. But was turned bad by MIB’s corruption and eventually destroyed by his pawn Ben. Now, was Dharma only brought there to help Jack and the other Canditates on their overall quest to kill Smokey? Or did Jacob have another list of Canidates from the Dharma group that we were never aware of? That’s a question that is purposley not answered because whatever answer the writers came up with would be worse than the one you come up with for yourself. Still … Dharma’s purpose is not “pointless” or even vague. Hell, it’s pretty blantent.

Still, despite his grand plan, Jacob wanted to give his “candidates” (our Lostaways) the one thing he, nor his brother, were ever afforded: free will. Hence him bringing a host of “candidates” through the decades and letting them “choose” which one would actually do the job in the end. Maybe he knew Jack would be the one to kill Flocke and that Hurley would be the protector in the end. Maybe he didn’t. But that was always the key question of the show: Fate vs Free-will. Science vs Faith. Personally I think Jacob knew from the beginning what was going to happen and that everyone played a part over 6 seasons in helping Jack get to the point where he needed to be to kill Smokey and make Hurley the protector — I know that’s how a lot of the writers viewed it. But again, they won’t answer that (nor should they) because that ruins the fun.

In the end, Jack got to do what he always wanted to do from the very first episode of the show: Save his fellow Lostaways. He got Kate and Sawyer off the island and he gave Hurley the purpose in life he’d always been missing. And, in Sideways world (which we’ll get to next) he in fact saved everyone by helping them all move on …

Now…

Sideways World:

Sideways world is where it gets really cool in terms of theology and metaphysical discussion (for me at least — because I love history/religion theories and loved all the talks in the writer’s room about it). Basically what the show is proposing is that we’re all linked to certain people during our lives. Call them soulmates (though it’s not exactly the best word). But these people we’re linked to are with us duing “the most important moments of our lives” as Christian said. These are the people we move through the universe with from lifetime to lifetime. It’s loosely based in Hinduisim with large doses of western religion thrown into the mix.

The conceit that the writers created, basing it off these religious philosophies, was that as a group, the Lostaways subconsciously created this “sideways” world where they exist in purgatory until they are “awakened” and find one another. Once they all find one another, they can then move on and move forward. In essence, this is the show’s concept of the afterlife. According to the show, everyone creates their own “Sideways” purgatory with their “soulmates” throughout their lives and exist there until they all move on together. That’s a beautiful notion. Even if you aren’t religious or even spirtual, the idea that we live AND die together is deeply profound and moving.

It’s a really cool and spirtual concept that fits the whole tone and subtext the show has had from the beginning. These people were SUPPOSED to be together on that plane. They were supposed to live through these events — not JUST because of Jacob. But because that’s what the universe or God (depending on how religious you wish to get) wanted to happen. The show was always about science vs faith — and it ultimately came down on the side of faith. It answered THE core question of the series. The one question that has been at the root of every island mystery, every character backstory, every plot twist. That, by itself, is quite an accomplishment.

How much you want to extrapolate from that is up to you as the viewer. Think about season 1 when we first found the Hatch. Everyone thought that’s THE answer! Whatever is down there is the answer! Then, as we discovered it was just one station of many. One link in a very long chain that kept revealing more, and more of a larger mosiac.

But the writer’s took it even further this season by contrasting this Sideways “purgatory” with the Island itself. Remember when Michael appeared to Hurley, he said he was not allowed to leave the Island. Just like the MIB. He wasn’t allowed into this sideways world and thus, was not afforded the opportunity to move on. Why? Because he had proven himself to be unworthy with his actions on the Island. He failed the test. The others, passed. They made it into Sideways world when they died — some before Jack, some years later. In Hurley’s case, maybe centuries later. They exist in this sideways world until they are “awakened” and they can only move on TOGETHER because they are linked. They are destined to be together for eternity. That was their destiny.

They were NOT linked to Anna Lucia, Daniel, Roussou, Alex, Miles, Lupidis, (and all the rest who weren’t in the chuch — basically everyone who wasn’t in season 1). Yet those people exist in Sideways world. Why? Well again, here’s where they leave it up to you to decide. The way I like to think about it, is that those people who were left behind in Sideways world have to find their own soulmates before they can wake up. It’s possible that those links aren’t people from the island but from their other life (Anna’s parnter, the guy she shot — Roussou’s husband, etc etc).

A lot of people have been talking about Ben and why he didn’t go into the Church. And if you think of Sideways world in this way, then it gives you the answer to that very question. Ben can’t move on yet because he hasn’t connected with the people he needs to. It’s going to be his job to awaken Roussou, Alex, Anna Lucia (maybe), Ethan, Goodspeed, his father and the rest. He has to attone for his sins more than he did by being Hurley’s number two. He has to do what Hurley and Desmond did for our Lostaways with his own people. He has to help them connect. And he can only move on when all the links in his chain are ready to. Same can be said for Faraday, Charlotte, Whidmore, Hawkins etc. It’s really a neat, and cool concept. At least to me.

But, from a more “behind the scenes” note: the reason Ben’s not in the church, and the reason no one is in the church but for Season 1 people is because they wrote the ending to the show after writing the pilot. And never changed it. The writers always said (and many didn’t believe them) that they knew their ending from the very first episode. I applaud them for that. It’s pretty fantastic. Originally Ben was supposed to have a 3 episode arc and be done. But he became a big part of the show. They could have easily changed their ending and put him in the church — but instead they problem solved it. Gave him a BRILLIANT moment with Locke outside the church … and then that was it. I loved that. For those that wonder — the original ending started the moment Jack walked into the church and touches the casket to Jack closing his eyes as the other plane flies away. That was always JJ’s ending. And they kept it.

For me the ending of this show means a lot. Not only because I worked on it, but because as a writer it inspired me in a way the medium had never done before. I’ve been inspired to write by great films. Maybe too many to count. And there have been amazing TV shows that I’ve loved (X-Files, 24, Sopranos, countless 1/2 hour shows). But none did what LOST did for me. None showed me that you could take huge risks (writing a show about faith for network TV) and stick to your creative guns and STILL please the audience. I learned a lot from the show as a writer. I learned even more from being around the incredible writers, producers, PAs, interns and everyone else who slaved on the show for 6 years.

In the end, for me, LOST was a touchstone show that dealt with faith, the afterlife, and all these big, spirtual questions that most shows don’t touch. And to me, they never once waivered from their core story — even with all the sci-fi elements they mixed in. To walk that long and daunting of a creative tightrope and survive is simply astounding.

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So wait. Desmond pulled out the cork, and suddenly Jack and Flock can get hurt. That means they’re mortal. Which means smokie can no longer turn into the smoke monster, and so then is no longer “pure evil” and just another dude trying to get off the island.

So why couldn’t everyone just let him leave? He couldn’t do any more damage than anyone else, as his supernatural powers were no more.  Because obviously, Jack had to pass on his “Jacob” role to Hurley, because he knew he’d die down there. The island protector can’t die from himself, which is basically what happened down there (Jack put the cork back in, lied in the pool being electrocuted, or whatever, and dying).

SO. this whole thing was for nothing, right? Cause all that was required was for smokie to become mortal again, and then everything be’d great.

Sigh. Lost, you are troubling to me.

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