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Mysteries Of ‘Lost’, Continuity Errors & Gasp…I Made A Mistake!

As we head into the home stretch of “Lost”, I thought it would be interesting to see what mysteries have been answered, are still unanswered and may never get a resolution. Plus, there was not a new episode this week. So, I’m having withdrawals.


And speaking of no new episode, let me get this out of the way. I was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. They did not show Season 3’s “The Man Behind the Curtain” episode this week. Instead, it was “Ab Aeterno.” How could I make this egregious error and predict that the producers were trying to secretly tell us something? I’m not sure. But frankly, I know what I saw and blame Yahoo TV Listings. But bottom line, I was wrong. Wasn’t the first time, won’t be the last.  And for that, I am sorry. So again, they did NOT show “The Man Behind the Curtain” last night, but to paraphrase Matthew McConaughey in ‘Dazed and Confused’, “It would have been a lot cooler if they did.”

Now that I’ve explained that I’m a clown, let’s get back to listening to me blather on.

Speaking of errors, one particular miscue from last week’s episode “The Last Recruit” is getting a lot of attention online. Fans are complaining that the Sideways time line doesn’t make sense. Their specific gripe: there is no way Sun and Jin could arrive at the hospital at the same time as Locke. It’s something I overlooked after initially watching the episode, but once you think about it, it is a big mistake. After the Oceanic flight, Jin and Sun are held over at the airport for maybe a day and then go back to the hotel. They hook up and wake up the next morning to Keamy pounding on the door. Keamny takes Jin and Sun has to go to the bank with Mikhail. Maybe, one more day goes by and Jin and Sun are reunited at the restaurant kitchen where Sun is shot.

In Locke’s time line, he gets fired from the box factory.  Then gets hired by the school as a substitute. He’s also in Ben’s flash sideways at some point, interjecting about Ben taking over as principal. Then he gets hit by Desmond and is rushed to the hospital. So, for the audience to believe that all of Locke’s story has taken place in the same time frame as Jin and Sun’s is pretty far fetched. The one explanation for all of this is: the producers could be playing with time on purpose and every time we see our characters in sideways world it’s like watching the same film with different takes. (Ex: Locke specifically tells Ben his name is John in “The Substitute”, yet in the ambulance Ben has no idea what his first name was.) And I really hope that’s the case, because there have been several small continuity errors this season already which I chose to ignore and just go along for the ride. However, this one seems too BIG to ignore.

You can watch the apparent boo-boo below.



And from that mystery to the mysteries that have plagued fans for the past six years. Let’s take a look at what has been resolved.


The Island: This one is obviously the biggest and most pressing for “Lost” fans. Where and what the heck is this place? Heaven? Hell? Purgatory? Most likely none of those things. We do know this about the island, it’s at the very least a prison for the Smoke Monster at least according to Jacob. We also know, it appears to be a tangible piece of property. It’s hard to reach (although, Widmore didn’t really have a problem finding it this season with the sub.) It can also be moved through time via a donkey wheel attached to a pocket of energy, so its exact whereabouts are really unknown. Verdict: Unsolved


The Smoke Monster: We know this MIB, Locke-body-filling entity used to be a man. His mother was a wacko, he desperately wants off the island and is not so fond of Jacob or any of his candidates. But is he good or bad? Still unclear. We also, really don’t know his origins or his endgame. Since, Smocke admitted last week to Jack that he posed as Christian Shephard, we can surmise he has been every other island manifestation meant to bend the Losties to his will…ie…Eko’s brother Yemi, Kate’s horse and Christian of course. I can only assume we are going to get a MIB flashback before season’s end. At least I hope. Verdict: Solved MIB=Smoke Monster, Origin=Unsolved


Jacob: Another island entity with unknown goals. On the exterior he come across as the “good guy” by guiding our Losties and letting his candidates figure things out for themselves. But if you look deeper, he seems to have muddled motives at best. He’s interfered with the lives of the candidates (Jack, Sun/Jin, Sawyer, Sayid, Hurley, Locke and possibly a former candidate Kate.) He also doesn’t seem to care if any of them die, as MIB informs him that eventually they all die (insert shrug of shoulders here.) Ben, Richard and others seem to trust him, but would you? I think ultimately both MIB and Jacob are evil in some form or another. Verdict: Unsolved


Dharma Initiative: The Department of Heuristics and Research on Material Applications Initiative was funded by Alvar Hanso (show in silhouette once in the Orientation film back in Season 2) and although they were on the island from the seventies until the nineties what did the group really accomplish? Aside from somehow containing a pocket of electromagnetic energy at the Swan station and someone transporting Polar Bears there. Did Jacob have a role in bringing them there? Perhaps. I don’t recall seeing any of their names on the Lighthouse dial, but they could have been. The thing that gets me, much of the show is based around visiting these “hatches” created by the DI and our Losties even living with this group of people. But in reality, the show never really explains what the heck they are doing there. In fact, most of the information comes from an old online reality game called “The Lost Experience” that came out following Season 1. And frankly, I’m not sure if that’s actually “Lost” canon. Verdict: Unsolved, but chances of further explanation are slim


The Statue/Black Rock: We have never seen the four-toed statue being built, but during last season’s time travel we did see it all in one piece. It was destroyed, by another mystery, the Black Rock. During “Ab Aeterno” we saw the British slave ship in rough seas near the island. In the midst of the storm, the ship gets kicked up by waves. The sea is so high, the boat smacks into the statue and is flung into the middle of the jungle magically, with barely a scratch. Ultimately, the ship’s function on the island was to be an unlimited supply of volatile dynamite (Dr. Arzt and Llana) and a revenge murder locker for Sawyer. Verdict: Solved


Time Travel: Yes, we know the donkey wheel dislodges the island and sends it spinning around in time. But why does turning it, send you to the desert of Tunisia in a different time? Ben moves from 2004 to 2005 and Locke goes from 1867 to 2007. Plus, Widmore seemed to know that Locke would appear there. Has he also used the wheel? And what about the mother of his child, Eloise Hawking. How does she know so much and where everybody should be? Also in the time travel arena, Desmond’s ability to mind-time travel. He does so in Season 3 and again this season when he travels from the island in 2007 to off-island sideways land in 2004. Verdict: Unsolved, but will probably never be fully answered

Other smaller mysteries have been answered to a degree this season. We were told two weeks ago the Whispers were the voices of dead people whose souls have been unable to move on from the island. Although, they have popped up many times foretelling the arrival of The Others and Smokey, so it kind of seems like a blanket answer.

The Numbers are apparently the numerals given to Jacob’s candidates. Specifically, 4,8,15,16,23,42 are given to our main characters. Makes sense to a point. But why are those numbers put on the Swan Hatch? And why are they on the vials Desmond shoots into his arm at the beginning of Season 2? I guess ultimately the takeaway is that these numbers follow our candidates around thanks to Jacob.

Finally, I don’t consider it a mystery, but more how I hope this series ends up. I really want to see how the rest of the series connects with the finale and the Sideways world. I just don’t want everything that has happened thus far in the “real” world end up being meaningless when it and the Sideways world inevitably collide. I want everything to connect and at the very least make sense. An open-ended finale wouldn’t bug me too much, just no cop outs. This show has captivated so many people that ending it the wrong way would do a disservice to the quality of storytelling and its legacy as arguably one of the best TV shows of all-time.

What about you? Any big mysteries I didn’t cover? Let me know…There will be a new episode next week and it’s called “The Candidate.”

Until next time “Lost” fans…

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