Last Night on LOST: LA X

Okay, so… I’m a little late with this here column. But I’ve got an excuse. Really, I do. You see, this upstart television program called Battlestar Galactica has been consuming my brain, one cell at a time, for the past several weeks. And all of the geek time that I would normally allocate toward the dissection of the latest episode of Lost has been getting used up by that part of me that needs to know who the last cylon is, and who needs to know what the heck they’re going to do when they reach Earth. So, I hope you’ll understand. I am 10 episodes from the end of Battlestar, and I anticipate that this revolting development will be over soon. Soon, I shall be back to obsessing about the one show to rule them all, the one show to find them, the one show to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Bwah-ha-ha!!!

But—ahem—until then, here are my thoughts on last night’s week’s episode of Lost, the premiere episode of season six, “LA X”.

It worked!
So, the show starts off in some sort of alternate reality where the bomb did go off, the island sank, and Flight 815 doesn’t crash. Biggest question here: Is anyone aware that things have reset? It seems that Jack is, beginning with the way he looks in the bathroom mirror and the double-take he gives Desmond. But I’m not sure that anyone else, except maybe Charlie, is aware. Charlie, I think, knows that he is supposed to be dead. Maybe most people in this reality write this off as something drug-induced, but I think that Charlie is aware, on a very basic level, that he should have died in that bathroom. And he’s upset about it.

Boone, on the other hand, seems perfectly okay with having been resurrected (or else perfectly unaware). If he’s unaware, then the question is why.

Other questions: Is Kate a meaner, sneakier Kate? It certainly seems that way. This is where my belief that the absence of Jacob’s guiding hand is the cause for the changes in this alternate reality comes into play. Jacob drowned on the island when it blew up and sank, so he was never able to save Kate from her first shoplifting experience. So, she probably got in trouble with her parents, maybe got abused a bit harder, and so on. People on the Internet suspect that this is also why Sawyer appears to be a little bit different. They’re saying that maybe he doesn’t have vengeance on his mind because Jacob was never there to give him a pen to finish his letter.

Does Sun speak English? I don’t know. She seems a bit more rebellious—she had her top shirt button opened on the plane—but I can’t tell if she’s lying or not in that scene where Jin gets carted off for having cash in his suitcase.

Did Locke actually go on the walkabout? He doesn’t seem as upset or bitter, so I’m thinking he might’ve been able to do some of it.

Where is Christian Shepherd’s body? Why is the puppetmaster from Heroes driving a cab, and was he going to make Kate and Claire make out? And is Hurley really as good and as serious a businessman as he sounded on the phone?

Finally: I loved the conversation between Jack and Locke, and I particularly loved the line, “Nothing is irreversible.” There’s something more to that line, I think.

Uh, No It Didn’t…
So, meanwhile, in the harsh reality we know and love, the living Losties are all back in the same time period again. How? It doesn’t seem like the writers care to enlighten us on that, and I’m not sure their silence is a bad thing. We don’t need anymore Faraday explanations or whatnot. We need to get to the good stuff.

And, boy, there was a lot of good stuff here. Yes, the alternate reality plot took center stage in the premiere, but there was certainly a lot going on with those previously stuck in 1977 as well.

The broken Sawyer is a wonder to behold. This guy is even more dangerous now than when he first arrived on the island. I ache every moment he’s off screen now, because, really, his is the story I’m most concerned with at this point. Is he going to kill Jack? He says no in the second part of the episode, but I’m not sure. And where is he going to get himself off to? I’m certain he ain’t sticking with the crew he’s with now—witness the previews for this week’s episode, if you don’t believe me—but what is he going to go do? Is he going to try and find a way off the island? Is he out for blood? And, if so, whose blood?

I’m really psyched that we haven’t seen the last of Jacob, but I’m beginning to get the feeling that he ain’t as important as the man in black. After all, the man in black, as we found out this week, has been a part of the show since day one. Jacob, on the other hand, was a much later arrival. I’ve heard whispers that the real enemy of the man in black is someone or something much more powerful than Jacob.

But, anyway, back to Jacob: why is he so concerned when he sees Sayid’s condition? Is it important that Sayid and the other survivors survive? Is there anyone left who’s expendable?

Juliet, apparently, was. But witness her last moments. Her mention of going for coffee, and of going dutch—that smacked to me of the same sort of time sickness we saw from Desmond, Charlotte, and Minkowski. But maybe she’s able to travel between different realities and not just different times. After all, how else do we explain her comment that “it worked”?

Did anyone else hear the monster when Miles bent down to listen to the dead Juliet’s thoughts?

Is everyone else convinced that the reason the spring wasn’t clear, and the reason it didn’t heal the Chinese dude’s hand (or Sayid, at least initially), is that Jacob is dead?

Statues and Monsters
This first episode (or episodes, if you want to get technical) wasn’t about what was going down over at the statue, but we did get some neat glimpses of what’s to come.

Jacob’s body’s gone. What’s up with that? Was he human, or was he something more (or less)?

Why does Ben continue to lie when he goes outside? I’m not sure. But I am glad that we got to see Richard throw him down into the dirt beside Locke’s body.

Goodbye, Bram! And hello, Smoke Monster! What a fucking reveal that was, right?

But yeah, Mr. Smokey, let’s not result to name-calling. I mean, it’d be much easier if you gave your name, but whatever…

Oh, and did you see how frightened Richard was when the fireworks went off? What’s up with that? Is Smokey that much of a threat? I’d always thought he was just a tool of the bigger threat, but I guess not.

Lastly and finally, finally and lastly: Where is home for the Monster? Is it off the island? And why hasn’t he been able to go there before now?