Sure, fans of Lost love the show because of the mystery, the science, the literary references and the twists … but when it comes down to it, we love the show because of the characters.
We’ve enjoyed watching the ups and downs of Jack … the man who began this series as a hero … became a total wreck on the verge of suicide … and now is someone who’s not sure of what his role is anymore.
Sawyer began the show as a con man looking for his next sucker and became the character with the biggest heart. Sun and Jin entered that Oceanic flight on the verge of a break-up and on the island, slowly found again what drew them to each other in the first place. Kate went from criminal to hero.
Locke. Nobody to a man of faith.
Yet, in Jack’s eyes, crashing on the island has been a curse. Lost in his own “reason for being,” Jack saw the deaths of Boone, Michael, Libby, Anna Lucia, Eko (and so on, and so on) as the reason he needed to detonate that bomb in 1977 and “change history” (plus, his chance with Kate was gone, in his mind). And when Juliet pounded the nuke to end Season 5, we were left wondering if history was altered.
In the opening moments of Season 6, we see Jack back on the 2004 Oceanic flight and we see his reaction to the turbulence. Then … the plane does not break apart. It seems his plan to blow up the Swan Station (which caused the crash) has worked.
Or has it?
One of the fascinating things the producers have done is alter not only some of the passengers of the flight, but also their actions. For a very interesting analysis of the differences between the flight as depicted in the pilot episode and the flight this week, CLICK HERE.
Some differences of note:
• Original timeline: Jack obtains two bottles of vodka from Cindy and remarks that her gift must break some crucial FAA regulation. When Jack looks out the airplane window, the wing of the plane is obscured by clouds. Jack reassures Rose, as Rose is a nervous flier. Jack is sitting in row 23. Hair is cut short in a buzz-cut. He uses the pen in his jacket pocket to make an incision on the injured Edward Mars.
• Flash-sideways timeline: Jack obtains only one bottle of vodka from Cindy and remarks that he will keep her gift a secret. When Jack looks out the airplane window, the wing of the plane is visible. Jack has a bleeding cut on his neck. Rose reassures Jack, as Jack is a nervous flier. Jack is sitting in row 24. Hair is longer. When trying to resuscitate Charlie, he notices the pen in his jacket pocket is missing.
• Original timeline: At the moment of the plane crash, Desmond is in the Swan on the Island. He failed to push the button in a timely manner, causing a system failure which triggered a magnetic surge that caused Flight 815 to break up over the Island and crash.
• Flash-sideways timeline: Desmond is on the plane, and moves from his original seat to sit next to Jack while Jack is using the bathroom. Also of note, Desmond appears to be wearing a wedding band. Jack returns to find him sitting next to his seat, and the two struggle to remember whether or not they know each other (they never come to a conclusion that they do). When Jack returned to his seat a second time, following his treatment of Charlie outside the bathroom, Desmond had disappeared and apparently had not returned to the seat beside Jack before the plane landed. Rose (who was sitting near Jack on the plane) apparently did not see Desmond, stating she and Bernard were sleeping.
SUN AND JIN
• Original timeline: Sun and Jin are unhappily married. After an aborted escape attempt, Sun joins Jin in boarding Oceanic Flight 815 for their planned vacation/business trip to Los Angeles, wherein Jin was to deliver a watch for Sun’s father, Mr. Paik. Both Sun and Jin are wearing their wedding rings. Sun understands and speaks English.
• Flash-sideways timeline: Sun and Jin are not married. Sun is called Ms. Paik, not Mrs. Kwon, by the customs officer at LAX. Neither Jin nor Sun are wearing wedding rings. Jin has thousands of dollars of undeclared cash. It is unclear if Sun understands or speaks English.
Sawyer is still a conman. Kate is still seeking escape. Jack is still distraught (irritated) over the death of his father. And Locke is still paralyzed. In other words, their lives aren’t necessarily going to be better for having landed in Los Angeles.
The question is: Why the differences? And why is the island under water in this reality?
Speaking of reality. During the premiere, we learn of an alternate reality where everybody is still on the island. On the island, Jack, Sawyer, Kate, Sayid, Jin, Miles and Hurley have been flashed back to current day … and in their minds, the detonation didn’t work (though a dying Juliet reveals to Sayer that it did work, much to his confusion).
Their journey leads them to the Temple, where they find other Others who seem to also be followers of Jacob and enemies of the Man in Black (the man who took over the body of Locke and is, apparently, the Smoke Monster … there’s a mystery answered by the way). At The Temple, the new Others attempt to revive Sayid (who’d been shot in the Season 5 finale), and after it appears it didn’t work, Sayid ends the episode by waking up.
Is it really Sayid? Is it Jacob? Would that be too easy? (My far-fetched guess is it’s Locke, who’s figured out how to do what the Man in Black did and take over a dead man’s body … the “loophole”).
The island episode ends with MIB Locke on his way to the Temple to, it seems, destroy Jacob’s followers. Why, we don’t know yet … but I’m sure we’ll learn soon enough.
The Oceanic flight episode ends with the plane landing and all hell ensuing. Jack learns his father’s body is lost and was never on the flight. Kate does escape and hijacks a taxi (with a pregnant Claire inside). Jin is detained for carrying more than $10,000 in cash in his carry-on luggage. Charlie’s arrested for heroin possession on the plane.
Good thing they landed, right?
The one positive, however, was the “meeting” of Locke and Jack. A spinal surgeon, Jack hands Locke his card and tells him his spinal injury is reversable … sparking a hope in Locke that we only saw on the island. Interested in seeing where that’s going.
So here we are. Seasons 1-3 introduced us to the character-developing flashbacks, Season 4 wowed us with flash forwards, and Season 5 blew our minds with time travel.
Season 6 is about parallel realities or alternate realities … or whatever you want to call them. Where do you think this is heading? How do you explain the differences in the plane scenes? Is it really Sayid?
Feel free to comment on here, and I’ll see everybody next week.