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Another tragic death in a Lost finale.

Another tragic death in a Lost finale.

Lost continues it’s streak of awesome, jaw dropping finales, even though this episode felt a little bit slower to me than previous ones.  I think this was due to the Jacob set up plus the inclusion of Ilana, who much to my consternation is still alive.  She may not be the evil bitch that I previously thought but I still don’t like her.  At least I got to see Phil get offed.  Small comfort, that!

There’s really so much to talk about that I don’t know where to start.  I guess perhaps with Jacob, since that’s who we started with on the show.  He starts off with some random dude, kicking back on the island.  Random Dude tells him that he’s going to kill him some day and I’m thinking he did.  Someday came some many years later in the form of Fake John Locke, but I’ve decided that Random Guy must have found a way to take Locke’s form and kill Jacob.  At least this explains how damn confounding John Locke’s been acting.  He isn’t him!  Figures, I was actually liking the guy (mainly cause he acted more like my Ben, hehe) and he’s not even him.

Interestingly, Jacob showed up at major moments of our favorite Losties lives.  He was there for Kate’s first foray into crime, Sawyer’s parents funeral, Jack’s first solo surgery, Sun & Jin’s wedding, Locke’s header from the window (in fact it looked like he brought him back to life), Sayid’s wife’s death (he may have saved his life by chatting him up while she got run over), and Hurley’s release from jail.  He was the one who convinced Hurley to get on the plane, not Charlie like previously thought.  Though that could still be Charlie’s guitar, right? So clearly they were all destined to be on the island, come hell or high water.

Will the real John Locke please stand up?  Or at least, slump out of a box?

Will the real John Locke please stand up? Or at least, slump out of a box?

We also got to see him meet Ilana where she was lying all mummified in a bed.  He asked her to work for him and she agreed and I guess got the team together we see her with today.  They show Frank what’s inside their big silver box they’re lugging around and it’s enough to freak Frank right out.  Tripp thought it might be a body and she was right, but neither of us were expecting it to be Locke’s body!  At the end, while Fake Locke and Ben were in with Jacob, Ilana and her group showed Richard that they had dead John the whole time.  Would have been good to know about 30 minutes earlier peeps.

My Ben is a shell of the magnificent, manipulative bastard he used to be.

My Ben is a shell of the magnificent, manipulative bastard he used to be.

What can I say about my Ben?  He’s broken!  I’m so wounded!  If Fake Locke is now Benlike, then Ben is now faithless Lockelike while Jack is faithful Locke.  I swear, all this role changing could give a girl whiplash.  Fake Locke convinced Ben that he was going to kill Jacob and wisely asked Ben why he wouldn’t want to.  It was the perfect manipulation of Ben, playing into Ben’s insecurities over never having met Jacob and the island letting him get cancer and losing Alex.  He made Ben want to kill him and when Jacob was trying to convince him to go and leave him and Fake Locke alone, Ben got mad at that and stabbed away.  Then fake Locke, finally doing his own dirty work, kicked Jacob into the fire.  Tripp astutely pointed out that maybe you can’t be leader of the island if you commit murder.  She came up with this earlier in the show when we were chatting about Locke being a wuss and not doing his killing himself.  I pointed out that Locke had killed Naomi, but that was in defense of the island so maybe it didn’t count.  Of course now we know that he’s not Locke, so maybe Random Dude never killed anyone before.  Although he did kick Jacob into the fire, so maybe he did.  Interesting to ruminate on, anyway.  Farewell Jacob, we hardly knew ye.  And I do mean hardly.  Would dying in a giant statue of a foot be a good way to go?  I got quite the giggle over Jacob living in the foot, I must say.  Good one.

And the triangle will now live on....or will they all never meet?

And the triangle will now live on....or will they all never meet?

Elsewhere, Kate interrupted Sawyer and Juliet’s happily ever after…permanently.  Sigh.  The ironic thing, of course, is that Juliet convinces Sawyer to go back to the island (and I do mean convinces by knocking out one of the sub guys) to stop the bomb so they can be together forever.  But then they meet up with Rose and Bernard (AND VINCENT!!!) who have been living in peace alone for 3 years.  They are none too pleased to be found, which was hilarious, as they are in retirement and done with all the drama.  Seemed a commentary on some fans, didn’t it?  Rose had the line of the night when she reacted to the bomb news by saying, “It’s always something with you people, isn’t it?”  HA!  Anyway, she and Bernard talked about how happy they were to be together and if they died together, so be it.  Sawyer happened to glance at Kate during that little speech and Juliet saw it and decided bomb’s away!   They head off to find Jack…

Who only gets to the Dharma initiative with Richard before Richard knocks out Eloise and takes her to safety, telling Jack and Sayid they’re on their own.  Fortunately Sayid is the bomb dude, so who needs em?  They come out in Dharma and there’s a big gun fight thanks to the assmunch Roger Linus seeing them and shooting Sayid in the gut.  He’s lucky that Sayid is probably still alive, though I don’t know that for sure.  Bastard.  He can’t die soon enough for me.  Jin and Hurley and Miles rescue Jack and Sayid and they head off to the Swan station to bomb it.

They run into Sawyer and Juliet and Kate and Sawyer gets Jack alone for a season 1-like pounding between our two would-be heroes.  What’s Lost without them beating each other down?  Juliet interrupts and tells Sawyer to let Jack do what he came to do.  Sawyer is rather floored by this, seeing as it’s an about face from her previous position.  She tells him that he looked at Kate and he tells her he’s with her and she says she’d rather they never meet than to live through the heartbreak of losing him.  Yikes.  And Jack pretty much wants to bomb the island because of losing Kate.  What is it with that woman?

Anyway, Sawyer and everyone else head to the Swan and start shooting so Jack can come running in and hurl the bomb down the hole.  Of course he hesitates but finally throws it down and nothing happens.  Well, something does happen, the drill hits the electromagnetic field and everything magnetized starts flying into the hole.  People are down everywhere and Phil hilariously dies when a steel rod flies into his chest.  Take that Phil.  Unfortunately Radzinsky gets away, which I guess makes sense since he’s the guy who was trapped in the hatch with Desmond all those years.  Kinda nice karma for the bastard, since he was so determined to drill that hole.  Dick.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lost finale without a major death and sadly we got it.  Juliet got wrapped up in some chains and dragged into the hole.  Sawyer caught her before she fell all the way but was unable to hold on to her for long enough.  She told him to let her go and the love between them was clear as day.  She fell and Kate and Jack got Sawyer out of there.  We ended with Juliet waking up in the bottom of the hole, clearly in pain.  She sees the unexploded bomb and drags herself over to hit it with a rock.  She finally sets it off, flash of white light and then the end.  Dear lord.  I have to wait 9 months to find out just what came of the bomb being set off?  Not even a clue??? Fabulous ending.  Gut wrenching, but fabulous.

My thought is that Juliet couldn’t have set off the bomb if Jacob were still alive.  It seems to me that with him dead, everything changes and maybe they will change the future.  Maybe not, but we’ll see.

I wanted to highlight some other good stuff in the episode that didn’t fit in with the flow of my commentary.

  • Kate stole a New Kids On The Block lunch box?  How old is she supposed to be?  And how uncool?  Steal some Scooby Doo or something.
  • “He never seemed particularly special to me.”  Richard to Jack regarding John Locke. HA!  As a notorious Locke disliker, this cracked me up.  Of course, Jack of old would have agreed but Jack, the new Locke, said there was more to him than met the eye and not to doubt him.  Maybe that’s why Richard is so accepting in the future.
  • “I lied, that’s what I do.”  The other line of the night, uttered by Ben.  It is what you do, darlin, and I love you for it.  Bring back my Ben!
  • “What’s done is done.”  Sawyer’s line to Jack when he told him about his father shooting his mother and how he could have gone back a year ago and stopped it, but didn’t because he figured what happened, happened.  A Danielism until he decided it need not apply.
  • “If I never meet you, I never have to lose you.”  Juliet to Sawyer.  So sad that that’s what changed her mind but at least she managed to set that bomb off.  I can only hope she doesn’t die in vain.

So those were the big things from last night’s show.  I didn’t nearly begin to touch on everything but I think I hit the major stuff.  I honestly resented the time taken up by Ilana and even Jacob up until the end when I understood why better.  Of course we still don’t know why Jacob wanted these people on the island in the first place and who Fake Locke is and why he wanted to kill Jacob for all those years.  And of course we don’t know if we’ll see the Losties land safely in LA in the next episode.  They just might now, and I think it’ll end up being pretty cool if they do.  As long as we still get some island answers!  I guess we have plenty of time to come up with scenarios, maybe that’s how I’ll entertain myself til February.  See you then for the end to an epic ride!

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Kate was the star of the show last night.

Kate's lost her kid and lost both her men?

GAH!  I thought I was doing so well with Lost, I thought I actually had a win and spent the first half of the episode being triumphant, but then Lost bitchslapped me and took my win away!  Actually, technically I was still right, because I did say Kate left Aaron either with his grandmother or with Clementine and her mother, I just wanted it to be the latter.  Of course not though.  Why should I get one moment of triumph?

Perhaps because of that, I wasn’t really feeling the show last night.  Oh it was good and stuff happened but I wasn’t blown away like I have been so many times this year.  That’s okay though, they don’t all have to be mind-blowingly good.  Because of my lack of major investment, I think I’ll just do a list of things that struck me.

  • Hurley and Miles?  No…no more of that.  I thought I had a pretty good idea on the paradoxes and the past not changing the future and Miles was reinforcing that but then Hurley f’ed it all up by mentioning Sayid torturing Ben in the future.  Sigh.  I choose to believe though that Ben did/would recognize him and just keep his own counsel because he is Ben.  I feel better now.
  • What a burn for Kate!  She thinks Sawyer came after to help her and he tells her he was doing it for Juliet.  Maybe, just maybe, they’re going to give Sawyer/Juliet a chance.  I hope so.
  • Damned if you do, damned if you don’t right?  Jack looks like an ass for not helping young Ben but if he saves him, he probably looks like an ass for unleashing future Ben upon them all.  Not that I agreed with his douchery.  Save my Ben!
  • I scoffed at Cassidy’s analysis of Sawyer’s actions on the island up until Kate told Sawyer her theory of why he jumped out of the helicopter and he agreed that he and Kate would ultimately have never worked out in the real world.  Maybe Cassidy was not such an idiot after all.
  • Okay, how hilarious would it have been if Kate returned to the island because she lost Aaron in the grocery store and couldn’t find him again?  I knew that wasn’t going to be the case but it sure would have been funny if it had.
  • It occurs to me that Sayid does have a 3rd option; he can’t be an Other because Ben’s now going to be one of them, he can’t be with his pals cause he shot Ben; so where does he go?  I say he goes and finds his old pal Rousseau!  Give me my win Lost!
  • So, it would seem that Sayid’s shooting of Ben is what leads Ben to become eventual King of the Others.  Irony.  Love it.
  • Was anybody else worried a little about Kate’s bonding with Roger Linus?  We know the woman has man issues…it made me nervous. n Oh and Roger, I’m quite sure your wife would not approve of how you’ve chosen to raise Ben.  Being an abusive ass was probably not high on her list of child rearing techniques.
  • Juliet’s confrontation with Jack wasn’t nearly as awesome as it should have been.  She quietly confronted but she didn’t crush him like she was supposed to.
  • Jack’s definitely become Locke.  He doesn’t know why he’s there just that he’s supposed to be for some unknown purpose.  Sigh.  One Locke is more than enough for me.
  • Speaking of Locke, impressive little scene at the end with Ben when he woke up.  I wanted Ben to open his eyes and say, “Dude, did you know Sayid shot me when I was a kid?” but alas, didn’t happen.  Still, Locke was all, “Welcome back to the land of the living, like me bitch!” I may be paraphrasing there.  It would have been more impressive if I believed Locke could maintain the air of superiority he has, but history makes me suspicious.  Still, Ben did kill him so that should be a life altering experience.  We’ll see if Locke can bring it!
  • Finally, what in the hell happened to Daniel?  (and Rose and Bernard)

I think that is about it for last night.  I liked Kate’s scenes with Cassidy and with Claire’s mom, she did a nice job last night.  I’m very much looking forward to next weeks Bencentric episode, always among my favorites!  He better live!

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