The season premier of LOST started us off with a bang and this season is unlikely to slow down. Over the course of two hours LOST fans were treated to tons of answers but in the end were still left wondering “What the heck is going on”?
As season 6 fades in from white we see a familiar scene. Jack, plagued by deja-vu, has been transported to moments before the Oceanic crash… There are many subtle differences here from the first time we saw this, a side by side comparison is here: Side-By-Side Comparison
Ive been a long time speculator that the opening of Jacks eye in the season 1 pilot gave the same sense of deja-vu and always thought this wasnt the first time weve done this… In fact if you play the pilot opening scene the way they showed the ALT timeline scene on the plane it has much of the same effect…
So whats different? well for starters Jack didn’t seem as keenly aware the first time around. We see a major role reversal here as Jack is the one panicked to Rose’s comforting. Cindy, our stewardess, hands Jack a single bottle of Vodka rather than two, and this time it will be their little secret rather than breaking some FAA regulations… When Rose said “you can let go now” I got a strong sense of how this will be an essential theme to the rest of this season…
When Jack returns from the bathroom Desmond has sat in the seat next to Jack and in the brief few lines Henry Ian Cusick delivers he steals the screen. Not only has Desmond never made it to the Island to forget to push the button which will crash Oceanic 815, but the Island itself, it reveals, has been submerged under the water under some yet unknown circumstance.
So the internet chatter was right on, an alternate time-line has been created, the only logical new narrative device, however our Losties who detonated the bomb have been catapulted back to their respective time and must now suffer the consequences of the detonation.
Sawyer steals the show in these early scenes. His character development has been extraordinary throughout five season’s which really makes us feel for Sawyer in a genuine way. Another thing I would like to note is that Josh Holloway has had his own evolution in his acting, In season one Holloway seemed like a soap opera actor to me however he has truly come into his own and delivers some of the most powerful scenes in this episode. It was difficult though to watch Juliet die again and again, between re-watching season 5’s finale and the recap ep and then the previously on Lost i feel like I watched Juliet die a hundred times. Josh Holloway is awesome when he gets the chance to really act like this…
The scenes on the plane are great for nostalgia, getting to see many of our favorite losties who have fallen on the way is great. We find that this ALT reality is alot like a mirrored image of what took place the first time around. Shannon has not come with Boone, Locke got to go on his walkabout, Hurley is lucky… etc….
After Richard and Ben scuffle over Lockes dead body we find FLOCKE sitting inside the statue in Jacobs place… This is the first time I have really seen FLOCKE as perhaps the good guy in the story. We are told this episode that FLOCKE is really the smoke monster, which many had guessed. Some have refused to accept that he is in fact smokie however Darleton did confirm this last night on Kimmel to a crowd of people who gasped when they said it as the show was pre-recorded and none of the audience had seen it yet….
Anyway, what do we know about smokie? Smokie seems to be protecting the island, ridding it from the unworthy inhabitants while allowing those who have achieved redemption to thrive… It obviously serves its own agenda as Locke was able to walk, we can assume this was a move that was thought of several moves ahead and was essential if MIB was to succeed in convincing Locke to take his own life in order for smokie to take his shape, and all this was done so that Ben could fall from grace and suffer the humility that would ultimately lead to him CHOOSING to kill Jacob. In that respect EVERYTHING down to Bens Cancer was all moves in the game…
And what do we know about Jacob? Well he seems like the good guy, wearing white and all, however what are his motives? He keeps bringing people to the island, while MIB thinks this is futile. It seems however that even dying was a move made by Jacob played off of the moves played by MIB/SMOKIE/FLOCKE…. Jacob’s death was part of a series of moves that he had accepted and countered. (more on this later)
When FLOCKE tells Bram that Jacob is dead he tells him, you can go now, your free…. (sounds like “you can let go now” doesn’t it) He says, I have GOOD news, there is nothing for you to protect….
It was at this point I again started giggling with excitement over how awesome this show is… haha – Then Flocke goes off camera, a bullet hits him and falls to the ground and smokie kicks some bodyguard butt…
Emerson who’s character has fallen a few tiers plays the confused, bewildered Ben to perfection, quite the opposite of the Ben we grew to love to hate.
And with Locke being escorted off the plane in a wheelchair part 1 comes to a close… Check back soon for Part 2!