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I’m LOST . . . Live blogging the final season (with spoilers)

Spoiler Alert.  Do not click through to comments if you plan to watch LOST in a later time zone!

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Somehow through all the emotional ups and downs of the last 2 years of political, economic and social news some of us found refuge (another refuge than The Confluence) in watching LOST.  The mysteries surrounding the survivors of Flight 815, the island, the Others and the Dharma Initiative gave (some of) us a welcome respite from the realities of the Democratic Primaries and the post-election depression of watching the Democratic Congress squander one of the strongest mandates ever granted them.

Tonight LOST enters it’s final season.  Fans everywhere have been sharing their expectations for these final chapters in the saga. . . . From the Entertainment Weekly Blog:

DOC: First, I need to be emotionally engaged, especially by and in the final sweep of episodes. I share Dan’s view that the theme of redemption be of central importance; I would argue that it needs to be THE center of the season. To be clear, I don’t need everyone to be redeemed. In fact, I hope we get an array of riffs on the theme. Some should find redemption — but some shouldn’t. Some should fall short and break our hearts by earning damnation. And there should be points in between. Additionally, I hope there’s more tending to Big Ideas like determinism vs. free will, personal responsibility vs. communal responsibility, faith vs. reason — but just enough that I’m stimulated to think, and not so much that it comes off pretentious, pedantic, or even conclusive, because I think that’s impossible. I think exploring redemption + agitating those philosophical conundrums = the season of ”meaning” Adam was talking about. I want answers, yes. Smokey, Richard Alpert, Claire, the Egyptian motifs and Jacob in particular. But there are mysteries I DON’T need answers to, and in fact, I hope the show RESISTS giving us answers to certain questions. Like: ”What is the Island?” The problem that some are going to have, though, is that by not answering ”What is the Island?”, you’re PROBABLY not going to get answers to the questions that are actually subsets of that Island question, like Dan’s hope that they illuminate the ”why” behind ”Island weirdness.” It’s ironic for Doc Jensen to be saying this, but…I’m really good with mucho lingering ambiguity. But most of all, I want to cry. I’ve always thought: If the finale can genuinely move me to tears with the characters, it will have succeeded.

7 burning questions for Lost’s final season

  1. Just because Juliet threw herself on top of a nuclear device doesn’t mean her life is over: This is Lost after all. Is Juliet dead or alive?
  2. Will the explosion hurl survivors into a new dimension where their Oceanic Flight 815 lands safely in Los Angeles so they can go about their business as strangers with no memory of the island? Alternately, will the explosion catapult our heroes into the present day and make all that Season 5 time travel a water-treading storyline detour?
  3. Did a greater power or mere coincidence bring the survivors to the island in the first place? Do the Oceanic 815 survivors share special traits that link their destinies, or did they simply get lucky by living through the plane crash?
  4. What’s the deal with that creepy plume of smoke introduced in the pilot episode? “Smokey” recurs throughout the series, but this mostly malevolent force remains a mystery as to origins and motivation.
  5. The ever-twisted manipulator Ben (played by Michael Emerson) has an agenda, but it keeps changing. Is he a pawn or the prime mover who only pretends to be following orders?
  6. Will Kate (Evangeline Lilly) end up with Sawyer (Josh Holloway) or Jack? Or neither?
  7. Will the mysterious and intimidating Jacob finally become more than a cipher and explain what the hell he’s trying to accomplish? Or will he stay on the sidelines as Jack, Ben and the Others fight their way through to some kind of closure?

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