Well, that was confusing

04Feb08

A lot was left open in the season premiere of Lost Thursday night. Some interesting things did arise, however. If anyone missed it, the episode began with a car chase, and it was none other than the much-loved Hurley driving like, well, a maniac. Hurley screams, “Don’t you know who I am? I’m one of the Oceanic Six!” indicating that at least four other people (we already know Jack’s one) are known to have made it back home. The police officer questioning him (Ana Lucia’s partner, which isn’t surprising, considering this is Lost we’re talking about) asked him who he ran from in the convenience store. Alone in the interrogation room, Hurley hallucinates, the two-way mirror turning into a porthole behind which someone hooded (cough) swims up and breaks the glass, flooding the room. Three guesses who.

Charlie’s message is different this time: “They need you.”

Hurley, freaked out, commits himself to a mental institution, where he plays Connect Four with Lewis, the numbers guy. Some guy claiming to be an Oceanic Airlines attorney Matthew Abbadon comes to see Hurley, asking him if he’d like an “upgrade.” Suspicious, Hurley begins to leave when Matthew asks, “Are they still alive?”

The Island says “hi.”

Lots of other stuff happens. Charlie comes to see Hurley, urging him that “they need you.” Later, Jack visits Hurley, where they have an obscure conversation: Hurley says Jack is probably wondering if he went crazy and “was going to tell,” and Hurley urges Jack that they need to go back, and it’s (the Island, probably) going to do whatever it takes to make sure they do. Annoyed, Jack says the same thing Kate did to him in season three’s finale: “We’re never going back.”

Considering Jack’s clean-shavenness (though he said he was thinking about growing a beard) and his response to Hurley, this flashforward occurs sometime before the last episode’s flashforward. So what happens to Jack to make him change his mind and become drunken and depressed like in the finale? And will Kate change her mind about going back, as well?

Charlie, hallucination-style.

In the episode, when the Losties still on the beach (Sawyer, Sayid, Hurley, Jin, and then Desmond, pretty much) find out about Charlie’s death, they set off to warn Jack. On the way, Hurley becomes lost and stumbles upon Jacob’s cabin, where he is greeted by a concealed guy in a rocking chair and an, erm, eye. The fans at Lostpedia, the amazing wiki that it is, discovered that the shadowed man is Christian Shephard (!!), Jack’s father.

Eyeee seeee youuu …

Christian Shephard

Near the end, Locke finds Hurley, and they rejoin the others and Jack’s group. Seeing Locke, Jack steals his gun and tries to shoot him, only to find out that it was never actually loaded when Locke threatened to kill Jack if he made the call to Naomi’s people during the season finale. Hurley and Locke inform the others about Charlie’s message, dividing the Losties into two groups: one that would follow Locke barracks, and the other led by Jack. Most people follow Locke out of respect for Charlie, including Hurley, Claire, and Sawyer. Others, like Kate, remain with Jack. In the flashforward, Hurley expresses regret over that decision, saying he should have went with Jack. What happened that was so bad that it could be worth more than Charlie’s sacrifice? Finally, the helicopter arrives and two people parachute down. But can they be trusted?

Jack was almost added to the list of the survivors who’ve killed.

Hurley’s drawing: Knowing the Lost track record, could this be a clue?

Those who didn’t stick around for the special Oceanic commercial during Eli Stone, here it is:

And check out the Lost-centric Oceanic webpage.

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2 Responses to “Well, that was confusing”

  1. 1 A Guy behind a computer

    This is one of many reasons why I don’t watch Lost. Too many clues, too many questions, and way too many damn headaches.

  2. Heh, that’s exactly why countless numbers of people have stopped watching Lost. Unfortunately, some of us are still loyal to the show, especially people who’ve been watching since the very beginning, like me. I think those of us who fit that category still watch the show out of some very complex love-hate relationship. We’re stuck on the island, so to speak. We’ve gotten used to life there, but we’re still aching to get rescued. We love it because it’s ingeniously creative, complex, humane, even if a lot of it doesn’t make any logical sense … but then we hate it because it’s constantly testing our faith in it, to see whether we’ll stop watching. Hmm, kind of sounds like God/religion, now that I think of it. Huh.

    – Steph


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