This is my last season 4 finale post that I plan to write. It is focusing on season 5 a lot. Again I used to have a huge long post but I’ve split it up for ease of reading. I’ve tried to make these some of the most significant posts that I can, they almost touches every character on the show, the ones that I don’t talk about here I mention in my last few posts about Locke’s on-island problems. After this I am going to get started on reviewing old Lost episodes. So stay tuned. I’ll also give you a few days to digest this post, so read on.
As far as setups go on Lost, that was a pretty satisfying one. At the end of the finale the writers put in a scene in which Ben, the Mastermind, and Jack, the “Leader” (I still think he’s an awful leader, but that’s his favorite role), come together and join forces to accomplish one thing: Getting back to the island. They have two obvious hurdles in doing this. First they have to convince “all of them” to go back. And then they have to find the island. So we have to questions: Who? Where? & How? (Where and How are very similar so I’m grouping them together)
I guess what they were doing here is leaving season 5 very open ended. By saying all of you have to go back, Ben left the possibility that he was only talking about the Oceanic 6 (and Locke) or maybe everyone who left in the finale (The Oceanic 6 + Desmond, Lapidus, maybe even Jin, Daniel, & Walt).
I think having it open ended allows the show-runners to have more freedom with the casting. For example Jeff Fahey the actor who played Frank Lapidus was a guest star all season (this actually led many people to believe that he would die). But since he doesn’t actually have any serious commitments to the show it is unlikely that he’ll come back full time, there are a lot of actors like that. I mentioned in an earlier post that Henry Ian Cusick might not want to come back full time either (Updated, see comments below, I was way wrong on this, luckily). So who really knows what’s going to happen. But who cares about the Hollywood side of Lost let’s get back into the mythology.
Why does everyone need to go back to the island? does the island not accept single people back onto the island? Do they really need to go back as a group? And who are those that have to go back? I tend to believe that when Ben says you all need to go back, he means only the Oceanic survivors. That means Jack, Kate, Sun, Hurley, Sayid, Locke. There are three other people who are in a sort of gray area for me: Ji Yeon, Walt and Aaron. I’ll go through all of the characters separately (and backwards!).
The stuff about Aaron is terribly confusing. All paranormal signs advise guardians of that child to keep him in LA, and away from his blood relatives, I really don’t know what to make of this. I think we should obey them simply beaus whenever signs appear it usually means that death is around the corner. So I doubt he’ll be going back to the island, probably he’ll stay with Kate’s mom.
As for Walt, I believe it’s his destiny to live on the island. And I bet Jacob really wants him to come back too, or else he really doesn’t want him to come back, in which case I think he definitely will go back (I like the way I think). I’m not entirely sure what was happening with Walt in season 1 & 2. I know there was some kind of brainwashing, that was shown in the Missing Pieces, but I don’t know if The Others kidnapped Walt because they just liked having slightly psychic children around or if it was because Jacob asked for The Others to take Walt, (maybe he was on Jacob’s List). Who knows, I just want Walt to come back, as I mentioned in my earlier post.
I don’t think Ji Yeon will be coming back. I think since she wasn’t conceived until they got onto the island and she wasn’t born until they left, she isn’t terribly important. If you noticed, in the scene with Sun and Mr. Whidmore, Ji Yeon was said to be with Sun’s mother. I think that was a setup to imply that Sun could easily spend time away from Ji Yeon. Not that I think that’s a good thing, but it’s an important story element.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about more important people (namely adults), stay tuned.