The three sweetest words in the English language are…

lostposterseason4.jpg“Previously, on Lost.”

It’s finally here, kids! Tonight we will see the premiere of Lost’s fourth season. Over the past six weeks, I’ve rewatched seasons two and three in preparation, and because I am a nerd with a blog to write for, as I was doing it I kept a list of all the little mysteries and unanswered questions that I was reminded of along the way. I know there are a lot of articles and posts out there discussing the exact same thing, but I’m gonna go ahead and add to the din.

First, a quick note: I love unanswered questions in general, and on Lost in particular. I am not one of these people who is frustrated because they think the writers haven’t explained enough. Remember how we saw a glimpse of Penny on the season two finale, and then not a word was heard from her again until the end of season three? I thought that was genius. Torture me with anticipation, and I will be that much happier when the payoff comes. (Hmm, did that sound sort of dirty? Anyway…) The writers have given us some truly great revelations, and for every one they’ve started another mystery or six for us to contemplate. When we found out what was in the hatch, the Dharma storyline exploded. For every detail uncovered about the Others and the community Ben controls for them, another explanation is needed but not given. And so on. Plus, all those flashbacks are really just answers to the ultimate question in fiction: why do these characters act the way they act? The way it all works together is utterly fantastic.

So, I love not knowing what’s going on. That said, here is my list of the ten most tantalizing questions still to be addressed. If for some reason you haven’t seen all of season three, spoilers ahead, obviously.

1. Compass bearing 325.

Ben gave this number to Michael and Walt and told them that following it would let them leave the island, but that once they were gone they could never get back. True? Not true? We know that some of the Others have left the island and come back, such as when they were fetching Juliet. Mikhail also told the women in The Looking Glass station that he thought they were “on assignment in Canada.” So what the heck?

2. Penny’s search for Desmond.

What was up with that Arctic station shown in the season two finale, that detected the implosion of The Swan? How did she know what she was supposed to be looking for?

3. The old lady in Desmond’s past.

When Desmond is forced to relive the decisions that led him to the island in the first place, she makes sure that he doesn’t change his path. How does she know him and what will happen to him? And why was she in the photograph on the monk’s desk as Desmond was leaving the monastery? Just how much is Desmond being manipulated into “saving the world”?

4. Locke’s dad showing up on the island.

Locke’s father seems to think that he has died and gone to hellhe wasn’t marooned on the island like everyone else, but just woke up there. And Ben talks about a metaphorical “magic box” that brings things to the island, and about Locke’s special communion with the island. Will we find out something more about that?

5. The Hostiles.

Who were “The Hostiles” before they became “The Others”? When Ben was part of the Dharma Initiative, he banded together with these “original inhabitants” of the island to murder everyone he worked with and start their own community. But where did these originals come from? And what is the deal with that one guy who seems not to have aged in 30 years?

6. Jacob.

So now we know Ben takes his orders from some sort of incredibly creepy invisible ghost thing that lives in a ramshackle cabin. When Locke angers it, we catch a fleeting glimpse of it, and then hear the words “help me.” Seriously…what’s going on here?

7. The smoke monster.

It appeared to Eko as his dead brother, to Locke, Kate, and Juliet as a bright light, and appears to really not like that sonar fence thing the Others have. From what Juliet said, it sounds like they don’t know much more about it than the flight 815 gang does. Is this related to Jacob? When we’ve seen other dead people, like Christian Shephard, was that the monster too?

8. The sickness.

This one has been an issue for so long! Is there a disease on the island or isn’t there? Is Rousseau just crazy, or did her crew really get sick and need to be killed? She doesn’t seem crazy to me…yet that mess with the vaccines appears to be just Dharma/Others manipulation.

9. The newspaper clipping.

Jack is devastated by a death he sees in the paper in his flash-forward, but when he goes to the funeral he says that the man was neither friend nor family. Who was it?

10. Naomi.

“Not Penny’s boat” was Charlie’s final message to Desmond. Will Desmond believe that? And who did send Naomi if it wasn’t Penny? Ben talks about people who have been trying to find the island…who are they?

Some of these questions are the sort that we will definitely get answers to eventually, but others I’m not so sure about. I wouldn’t be surprised if we never get to see Rousseau’s flashback and find out if her crew was sick or not, though I reeeaaallly want that episode! On the other hand, I’d probably be content if we never really knew all the secrets of the smoke monster and it was just one of those crazy paranormal things going on in this strange place. Same thing with Locke’s dad appearing out of nowhere. Bottom line: I trust the Lost writers to tell us what we need to know, when we need to know it, and nothing more.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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8 Responses to “The three sweetest words in the English language are…”


  1. 1 Chelsea January 31, 2008 at 11:30 am

    How awesome is the new Lost logo with the reflection of the city in the water??

  2. 2 patty January 31, 2008 at 11:47 am

    do you think christian shepard is dead? i thought jack was trying to pass off his own prescription as one written by his father, but then he challenges the chief of surgery to call for his dad and see if he’s more drunk than jack.

    this show drives me crazy.

  3. 3 celeberrimous January 31, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    The reflection of the city is very, very cool. Whoever is in charge of this sort of artwork for them is genius at capturing the tone of the show–I wonder if it is the same person who picks the creepy images that show up on the DVD menus?

    As far as Christian goes…I suppose there is a chance he is alive. We never saw the body and don’t know if Jack did either. But my opinion is that he’s dead and Jack is just a little off his rocker in the future. That look of pity that the new chief of surgery gives him when he starts talking about his father is suspicious and could support either theory, though.

  4. 4 Carly January 31, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    the dvd menus are SO creepy! especially that very first one of Jack lying in the woods – goosebumps! I want Jack and Claire to figure out they’re related. I will, of course, be working during the premiere. tomorrow, online…canNOT freaking WAIT.

  5. 5 Ash January 31, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Jack saw his dad in the morgue…. and then again on the island when he returned from the dead!

  6. 6 celeberrimous January 31, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    That’s right, we do see Christian’s body in the morgue. I should have rewatched season one too, it seems.

    Apparently there is some reference to Christian in the season four trailer, which I refuse to watch, and the “mobisodes” (whatever that means) that they’ve been doing on Verizon phones and showing later on the abc website, which I should actually get around to watching. I will report back if those seem to show anything worthwhile.

    That said…he could indeed be a ZOMBIE!!!

  7. 7 patty February 1, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    i fucking hate zombies!!!


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