Lost and Found…
On Sunday, March fourth, smack in between episode 7, “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”, and episode 8, “LaFleur”, the Lost audience on this site was asked one of the most important questions ever posted on this or any other site. A gentleman ‘named’ Cappayne posted a question/theory, that gave every single member on this site, and anyone who browsed, and opportunity to answer, after 5 1/3 seasons of 6, what mysteries of Lost kept them up at night the most, requesting an answer in the form of a five parts.
Although a much smaller community just a few short months ago, the question was followed by 13 responses, and 12 lists, including the theorist himself. Of those 12 lists, 60 mysteries were acknowleged, but when cut down from repetition, it left a grand total of 36 mysteries that us Lost fans wanted to know.
In no particular order, here are the BIG mysteries, that bothered us the most at the time, and more importantly, some, even if vague, answers to those mysteries…
1) Who, what, why, is Jacob?
—Jacob is a man. Who exactly, we dont know. And the why seems to possibly be to show that mankind has a good side, but for sure on that, we dont know yet, although I’m sure we will learn.
2) What is the island?
—With the exception of a place where miracles happen, and timetravel exists, this is still a debatable subject.
3) What is the smoke monster?
—If nothing else, a judge, jury and executioner of humans, but the whole story is still unanswered.
4) The four toed statue?
—Although we still havent seen the front, we have finally been introduced to the entire object, spawning a plethera of theories as to what it actually is or represents.
—Not much has been given about the subject of many mysteries, which began as a little boys dog from the first episode. (honestly, very surprised to see him make the lists of top 5)
6) Richard/The Hostiles origin?
—Although not directly answered, it seems pretty foreshadowed, that at the very least, Richards origin is going to be BlackRock.
7) How to travel to and from the island?
—Pre incident, it seems that the sub was the main means of transportation, although from past seasons, it seems as long as you had the correct bearings (or a forgetful button pusher) any way was almost acceptable.
8) The Valenzetti Equation?
—Although never directly referenced on the show, it made the lists, and may or may not ever be answered.
9) The numbers?
—Producers have alluded that this may never be fully answered, being that Hurley is in 1977, its very possible that he may be the paradox that creates the loop, but still not directly answered.
10) Is Locke the savior?
—It seemed very much so, until the end of season 5, when we realized that it was not “Our” Locke walking about, playing the role of know it all…but there is still another season, and I would assume that the one man who has shown nothing but good intentions for the island, will make another ‘true’ appearance before all is said and done.
11) Lockes secret to Walt?
—Many believe that the secret was the fact that he couldnt walk pre island, but I feel that there may be more. If it was paralysis, then we know, and if something else, Im sure it will come back into play.
12) Ben’s motive?
—It really does seem as if Ben had the islands best interest in hand, now that the finale is over.
13) Geronimo Jackson?
—Several developments regarding the bands lead singer, and a new song or two, but no answers as of yet.
14) Why doesnt Richard age?
—This was something given to him by Jacob. But the ‘how’ would tie into Jacobs ‘what’, if ever actually explained fully.
15) Christians motives?
16) Jacks Role/Connection/Family ties?
—Even he, love him or hate him, is still struggling with that very same mystery.
17) Alperts role/purpose?
—Advisor, we know from Ben, most likely to jacob now, but nothing precise.
18) Faradays role?
—faraday served many purposes, from developing timetravel, to helping desmond, to being a love child of Charles and Eloise. He made the decision to set off the bomb, possibly brought it to the island, and died serving some unknown purpose to and by his mother Eloise. Most likely her ensuring that whatever happened…happened as she told Desmond earlier. But indans finale, he felt she was wrong. And he lost his life trying to prove it.
19) Where is Claire?
—Last seen in the cabin with Christian by Locke, whereabouts currently unknown.
20) Why doesnt Widmore use Hawking to find the island?
—He was banished by jacob, through Ben for his off island family and shenanigens.
21) Why no camera in Tunisia when Ben left, but when Locke is arrives there are?
—Trivial, but possibly because Charles didnt know that Locke would pop up there until Ben did, in which he didnt pay much attention to the polar bear skeleton, or just plain didnt care.
22) Is Rose as special as Locke”
—I assume this was in terms of the healing factor, in which it is a difficult, yet simple answer.
…Yes, they are all special in these terms, Faraday was healed, talk of how Bens arm will heal fast upon arriving via 316, and the idea that the island in general promotes fast healing…No if you look in terms of leadership, which in the same aspect, we see Locke may have possibly not been all that special in the long run…which is still a season from ending.
23) How did Locke, Jack, and Eko confront smokie and live?
—Eko did not in the long run, and we never saw an actual Jack and smokie confrontation. Locke on the other hand was possibly judged, or used by the monster/Anti-Locke/Jacob.
24) Abbadon’s origin?
—Honestly…unless he turns out to actually be Walt, who knows, and after this season, it hardly matters.
25) What killed the Dharma Initiative?
—posted by highbrow, based on his theory, and words from the producers that it was a different mechinism that killed tha D.I. than Ben’s father…since we havent made it that far in the 70s, we dont, and possibly wont know. Although if we see the purge again, or at least another version of that day, it will most likely be answered then. But it most likely stemmed from the Tempest station.
26) Who are Adam and Eve?
—So many different theories on this, including mime and others belief that the anagram “Only fools are enslaved by time and space” (sort of confirmed by producers regarding an easter egg from the episode with Carl watching the movie in room 23)has to do with the Nadlers bones in a cave…havent made it that far in the past yet technically.
27) How does the island heal?
—From timetravel, to holy land, a question unanswered, although now that we have seen Jacob, he may be involved.
28) The Jack and Locke connection/duel/thing?
—I assume that it is meant what is the relationship between the two in a more important overall sense. Still unanswered and very controversial.
29) Black Rock’s story?
—Finally a glimpes of the ship asail, how does it come in the middle of the island is unknown, but as said earlier in the Richards origin, it is possibly how he arrived. We know it was a slave ship, but what it was doing there is still unknow, except that Jacob seemingly brought it there.
30) Walt, Aaron, Horace’s stories?
—The two latter are still up in the air, but we have seen much of Horace this season, and Im sure he isnt quite done on Lost yet.
31) Ben and Widmores scoop?
—Between Alex, and banishment…off island families, and leadership, we now know how they became each others nemesis.
—Im man enough, and it is obvious enough that I was wrong about her and Kate’s connection…still a huge mystery.
33) Who is running things?
—It seems that it is a teeter totter between Jacob and his nemesis (Anti-Locke), and right now the mystery man is in control.
—Although the poster of this admitted to non dire signifigance, it seems that its a game of “_(?) degrees of seperation” from each character to Jacob.
35) Where are the tail sectionsurvivors from season two?
—I think in earlier seasons they were taken to the temple for protection, most killed in past seasons, it still leaves mostly the children (Zack and Emma, etc…) up in the air.
36) Does Jugghead explode…LOL, simply enough, from the final scene of the finale…yes it most certainly does.
With these 36 mysteries asked by us, 10 seem almost fully answered (at least at the moment), 16 are left up for grabs (several unimportant at this point and possibly never going to be), and 10 recieved a partial answer.
I would say that over 9 episodes since the question was presented, thats not too shabby, especially considering that there is a full final season to come (just 8 short months away, Im trying to see a half full glass here).
I understand there were several questions presented in this final season as well, The man who inhabits the look alike Locke, why Jacob touched the Losties, and a few more that will be questioned in the off season.
But in a technological world, where thousands browse the internet, google, and lost theories gods, on a more than daily basis, Lost does more for television and its viewers than simply ask or answer questions on a FICTIONAL show.
It confronts religion, science, world history, mathematics, philosophy, mythology, and literature with a head on approach that to some, create a bargain that they cannot refuse, despite their misunderstanding or appreciation for what they are truly experiencing/buying.
I admit to attacking the writers/producers, 100% out of fun, based on their theorist attacking scenes, of Hurley and Miles, or one liners from Sawyer about how he doesn’t have time for theories. I have debated their age/date discrepencies, multiple continuity errors, and sidestepping and backtracking of various podcast and DVD commentaries, most famously, “There will be no time travel on Lost…”.
They face a multiple array of obsticles, from loss of actors due to other shows/opportunities, contract endings, or even issues from their parent company that is the Great and Powerful Disney (DUIs specifically).
That’s not mentioning again, us the theorists, making their lives difficult on a daily basis, and even worse, the ‘spoilers’ which make their lives damn near miserable I imagine (right along with my Lost life).
And yet they still, on a week to week basis, a few months out of the year (at least), manage to find that fine line in between all these subjects, and walk the tightrope doing everything possible to not lose viewers to too much sci-fi or too much religios garb, etc…
They long to tell their story, without hurting the feelings of closeminded individuals who feel that they are too off base from things that they have said in the past, such as having an end game in mind, or a final direction of the show….to adding new cast or storylines in the NEXT to last season, due to soooo many adversities along the way.
Millions of viewers look out the window of their own perception and feel cheated or that they find an easy out to so many questions that still haunt their minds over 5 years later, instead of sitting back and taking the time to enjoy the masterpiece that is Lost.
And these millions watching around the globe, thousands posting on hundreds of theory/spoiler/discussion sites that have spawned and fallen over the years, continue to watch, through love or hate in the long run, seem to sometimes forget what Lost has given us over the past 5 seasons. The gift to study and learn. To ask questions, and an amazing ability to do something that some were never good at, or felt afraid to chance out of fear, angst, rebuttal, confrontation, or simple embarassment….the gift of creativity and expression of ourselves.
Lost showed us how to dispute and debate, in several, for better or worse, ways.
And it showed us how to do something with many different people from around the world, that not unlike the Losties themselves, wouldnt think of doing with one another if we/they sat next to each other daily for 50 years…how to unite.
Most importantly it did and does something that is undeniable no matter how much you love or loathe it. No matter if you are scientific or religious, fate or free will directed, loop or anti loop, believe in change or not…and this one thing is what kept us all here, whether you started from the beginning, or watched four seasons leading into the most recent…with a fictional story…it entertains.
If you dont like the show…why watch?
And if you are really disapointed in the story and feel cheated, why waste hours out of your day here on the site, complining time and time again out of fear of disapointment?
I dont mean to attack anyones theories, thoughts, ideas, or beliefs, (I NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL) but just for a second, if you feel cheated or wronged, step back and recognize the beauty of the show that has hooked us and entangled us in its web for 5 seasons now….forget about what is going to happen, what has happened (Because ‘Hey, whatever happened happened right?)…forget about all the baggage that comes with attempting to theorize it…and just let it entertain you…and even if just for a second….
….ENJOY THE SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!