Hey, that almost rhymes!
I’ve been a fan of Lost since the beginning, but seasons 2 through 4 paled for me a bit. Season 5, with its audacious and explicit use of time travel really harkened backs to the show’s earliest roots, leaping past the hemming and hawing of the middle section. (“Look — Tailies! Look, we killed them all off, so that whole sojourn was a waste of screen time!”)
I still liked and like Lost, but I think the show would have done better on the whole over three seasons, maybe four. Even die-hards must be able to find some of the filler when you look back over the episode history.
All that out of the way, some predictions for the final season. Fair and final warning: I have read a few spoilers for the season; once Lost started taking more time than I felt appropriate to reveal its secrets, I welcomed the Internet’s spoilers as a way to shorten the painfully long wait between plot developments.
The season opens with Juliet detonating the Jughead, and then we flash to Jack on Flight 815, seemingly with some memory of what he’s just lived through, but not necessarily. And then, after some turbulence — nothing happens. The flight continues on, and Rose tells him, “We’re past it,” in a phrase loaded with meaning.
But there’s absolutely no way that the show can or would actually do a full-on do-over like this. Based on other previews I’ve read, I think we’ll live not just in multiple timelines this season, but parallel ones. I think we’ll see survivors on the island battling the same battles they always, have, and I think we’ll seeing living lives, weirdly, uncomfortably, in the parallel world where nothing ever happened.
Separately, we should remember that now that time travel is in the mix, we have no idea whether we’re seeing the survivors’ lives through the first five seasons for the first time. That is, it could be that the parallel, no-crash lives they lead pre-date what we’ve seen, and instead follow an early crash-island-nightmare timeline that went worse, when they first tried to get a universal redo.
Final predictions: We’ll get no great resolution about why they’re all connected pre-flight, other than a spiritual one. We’ll get no great explanation for the numbers, for the on-island visions (Kate’s horse), or why exactly the sky went purple. We’ll get some answers, of course, and some will satisfy, and many won’t, and I’ll leave moderately satisfied and moderately disappointed.
I can handle that.