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Still Lost: Observations and Questions to Keep Us Busy

Guest contributor Travis Pullen reveals the "Lost" questions swirling through his brain.

I don't know about you, but I don't have that much left on my DVR, thanks to the writer's strike. And now, just when Lost was kicking into high gear, we have to wait again. But that doesn't mean we have to sit here silently. So until we can have another one of Mac's mad recaps, here are some questions, observations, and wild guesses to keep the speculation flowing.


Question 1: What is up with Ben and his lists?

He sees an airplane break into two, and the first thing he does is ask for lists. He hears there's a boat offshore, so he sends Michael to get him a list. Is Jacob just the real Santa Claus, who can tell Ben who is naughty and nice? If Ben heard Juliet was involved in a ten-person (censored), the first thing he would do is ask for a list!

Observation 1

Jack and Locke have been going up against each other in a fact vs. faith kind of way, but notice how Sayid marches to the beat of his own drummer? It's not like he's going to lead another faction off into a different section of the jungle or anything, because his methods tend to be focused in an individual fashion, but he always seems to choose a third way. Notice that Jack's way and Sayid's way got them off the island, at least.

Wild Guess 1

Sayid becomes Ben's assassin as penance for Michael.

We know that Ben always seems to have a personal assassin whenever he needs one, whether it's Mikhail, Juliet or Michael. We know from the flash-forward that Sayid becomes the assassin. Why? Because he blew Michael's cover on the boat. Soon, he will learn this was a mistake, and in order to protect the others that remain on the island, he will have to take Michael's place. What does that mean happened to Michael?


Question 2: Was Libby "real?"

She appeared to Michael twice, once as a nurse, and once to warn him. The island has shown us a dead but real Doctor Christian Shephard (in a webisode), and a dead but real Charlie visiting Hugo at the funny farm. Was this the island at work here? Or just Michael's guilty conscience?

Observation 2

Charles Widmore is a hypochondriac, or already has some kind of condition. Notice how he used a towel to turn on the sink in the public restroom, then didn't bother to even turn it off? Maybe he's looking for the island because he needs a cure for something.

Wild Guess 2

Either Ana Lucia or Libby is haunting Michael. As soon as he stepped on board, Miles mentions that Kevin is not Michael's real name. We know that Miles seems to be able to communicate with restless spirits who have not moved on. At least one of the girls was probably stalking right behind Michael, still spouting off about how mad they were that he killed her. Meh, Miles is used to that kind of thing by now anyway.


Question 3: What in the world was the purpose of Libby's warning not to activate the bomb?

The bomb was a fake! It can't be the island trying to protect something, because there was nothing to protect in that case. Shouldn't a representative sent by the island know the bomb is a dud? What good was this warning? Okay, that was technically more than one question.

Observation 3

Ghost Teen Walt and Jacob may not necessarily be on the same page. Jacob didn't help Locke avoid getting shot, that we know of, but Walt appeared to get his paralytic butt moving. So did Locke mistakenly assume that Walt and Jacob had some sort of connection? For all we know, Naomi was on the "good person" side of the list that Michael got for Ben. What happens to you when you kill a good person?

Wild Guess 3

Notice how Jacob's cabin "moved" on Locke after he killed Naomi? At first, Jacob tried to get help from Locke because Ben, let's face it, is still five years old, although admittedly a genius five-year old master manipulator. Then, when Locke throws a knife in Naomi's back, he can't find the cabin anymore. Has Jacob "moved on" to Hurley, in a desperate attempt to find one freaking person who will do the right thing?


Question 4: When are we going to get a Lost comic book?

I mean, come ON!

Observation 4

Everyone and their dog is smarter than the Losties. It doesn't matter if it's Hurley getting Scooby-Dooed by Kate, Jack falling for Naomi's false blood trail, or Ben and miles manipulating everyone until they are both exactly where they want to be, these castaways couldn't buy a vowel if Vanna White took them to it by the hand. No matter what choice each one makes, each seems to end up more Lost than ever before. Maybe Vincent can help them out.

Wild Guess 4

Good people die. Bernard only one of the tail section not to die. yet. Bernard made a comment to Jin while fishing, "guess that means we're the good guys." Yeah, but Mr. Eko turned over a new leaf too, and maybe the smoke monster spared him the first time, but just when we were sure the guy had definitely become a good guy, poof! Which means Jin and Claire will die, too, because they are the two people who have most made the effort to change who they are. Well, those two and Charlie. I rest my case.


Question 5: Is Danielle Rousseau really dead?

I mean, Karl wasn't the biggest draw, so him I can stand, but Rousseau was just awesome. I want to see her appear later and yell, "It's just a flesh wound!"

Observation 5

Ben should know from reading all of the files that Jack and Claire are related. When is he going to drop the bomb? It better be soon. Frank Lapidus just took a bunch of armed men to the island! (Why do you think the helicopter was missing?)

Wild Guess 5

Vincent is throwing his voice to pretend to be Jacob, playing a little funny on Locke. Ghost Teen Walt is just like Charlie, dead but brought back by the island, and when the smoke monster isn't killing people, he and Miles are watching dead Shannon and Boone commit ghost incest in the Black Rock. All pregnant women lose their babies so that Richard Alpert and the others can continue to be immortal. Daniel Faraday develops a man-crush on Desmond and promises to call him eight years from now. Penny moves in to take over the Dharma project.

The series finale will have Christian Shepard riding the stallion that Kate saw in the forest, with guest appearances by Kelvin (who trained Sayid to be an investigator, and later worked with Desmond in the Swan station) and Mrs. Hawking (Desmond's guide during his first time travels, whose picture was on the desk of the head monk), who can finally come out and play now that the electromagnetic force has been dissipated. We never find out why Libby was in the funny farm near Hurley, nor why Mikhail, who just kidnapped Alex, is better than Jason and Freddy combined at coming back from death. Oh, and Sarah Shepard's new husband? It's Ben.

Any questions? Oh, sorry, we're out of time!

@Travis - Great job on spreading your questions and observations around so many different topics. Should lead to some interesting dialog on this page. I'll eventually chime in on several of these, but the one that caught my attention first is : Question 5: Is Danielle Rousseau really dead?

I hope not. As I mentioned in the writeup for the latest Photo Caption, I always believed that eventually, someone in the outside world will roll a 5 or 8, and she'll return from Jumanji.

On one web site's recent survey, tinyurl.com/579gtu , more people (30%) want to see a Rousseau flashback than any other character, including Ben (22%)

As for Observation #5 - Jack learning that Claire is his half sister : I'm guessing that Ben tells Jack about his relationship to Claire in order to solicit his help. Kate will likely need to establish maternity of Aaron in order for the cover story to hold up, so Jack will be asked to give Kate a blood transfusion. The scene where Jack did a blood transfusion for Boone already established that he was a universal donor. That will be a "previously on LOST" clip in the episode where this happens.

#1. Posted by: vacc at April 5, 2008 12:32 PM

Moving on to Question 3: What in the world was the purpose of Libby's warning not to activate the bomb when the bomb was fake?
I'd first answer that with another question... Was the bomb ALWAYS fake? Think about it. This show has already established that our accepted rules of reality cannot always be taken at face value. It doesn't make sense for Ben and Tom to go to such lengths for what would amount to a practical joke - simply to teach Michael a valuable lesson.

I think it's more likely that the bomb was real, and was provided with the intention of being deployed. For whatever reason, the Island called an audible - let's assume it was because Ben was being truthful that he couldn't kill innocent persons. That statement alone could explain why they recruited Michael for the task.. Because he killed Ana Lucia and Libby, Michael was not an innocent person, which made him expendable.
Anyway, the Island called an audible and decided that the boat could not be blown up - possibly due to the extent of Locke's jealousy. Libby appeared on behalf of the island to keep Michael from detonating the device, which at the time was probably very much intact. When that failed to stop him, the Island took more drastic measures and turned the bomb into an everyday Microsoft product. Again, I believe that up to that point, the bomb was NOT a dud. I think that's why they made a point earlier in this episode to show that Michael's gun was in working order before it failed to fire later on.

Another thing I'm wondering - who on the boat is being considered "innocent" or at least undeserving of death? I thought at the time that it could actually be Michael - perhaps as a result of his attempt at self-sacrifice, he actually redeemed himself. Ben did tell him that he's now one of the "good guys".

#2. Posted by: vacc at April 5, 2008 1:19 PM

"It can't be the island trying to protect something"

Does "the island" actively project (especially off-island), or is it just an artifact of Novikov Principle that selected people can't kill themselves yet? Based on producers' comments, I tend toward the latter.

"When are we going to get a Lost comic book?"

I vote for a Vincent-centric comic. Fighting to get the stupid humans to see WTF is going on around them.

"Bernard [the] only one of the tail section not to die"

Oh, how can you forget Cindy of scarf fame ... for shame!

"Christian Shepard riding the stallion that Kate saw in the forest"

How about we just settle on "horse" (not stallion).

#3. Posted by: ealgumby at April 5, 2008 5:16 PM

"If Ben heard Juliet was involved in a ten-person (censored), the first thing he would do is ask for a list!"

If (censored) were "train," would position on the list factor into "goodness?"

"Notice that Jack's way and Sayid's way got them off the island, at least."

Has that been proven to be for the best? After all, Ben clearly got off the island as well ...

"Because he blew Michael's cover on the boat. Soon, he will learn this was a mistake, and in order to protect the others that remain on the island, he will have to take Michael's place."

I question this as Sayid's motivation ... he couldn't give a flyin' F about Michael ... nor the rest as far as that's concerned (the only exception being Shannon, now passe) ... as you mentioned, he's a man of his own purpose ... there must be more to explain his "turn," other than simply protecting Rose/Bernard et al.

"Maybe he's looking for the island because he needs a cure for something."

Interesting idea ... but then why not be there himself? If you knew you were gonna die, and going to this island could cure you, wouldn't you be on the damned boat too?

"For all we know, Naomi was on the 'good person' side of the list that Michael got for Ben. What happens to you when you kill a good person?"

Sometimes the "good" person should die ... without trying to be blasphemous, a quite reknowned religious movement is based upon this premise. To the best of my knowledge, intent, regret, and repentance might be part of the equation ... then again. maybe not.

"Has Jacob 'moved on' to Hurley, in a desperate attempt to find one freaking person who will do the right thing?"

Or one who will do his bidding ... or all part of a carefully calculated plan? Note the "kitty litter" in Jacob scenes ... hate to ref other shows in this context, but find the "Twin Peaks/Black Lodge" entrance comparison too obvious to ignore.

"Everyone and their dog is smarter than the Losties."

So true! Could any random group be more ignorant in their actions than this one! They are all virtually out of a Scooby-Do ep in terms of their inexplicably stupid behavior (okay, maybe "Murder She Wrote"). Now, I attribute this to the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" effect (w/ re to the early simple Q's everyone knows) ... let the audience (no matter how dull) think they are on to something that the protagonists either do not, or cannot seem, to see. It's a production hook, nothing more. Unfortunately, it interferes with the flow of the show. They use the occasionally brilliant inference to keep things moving ... frankly, I'm tired of it, and wish they would treat the audience with some minimal level of respect. Then again, when they have tried, so many people are apparently "left behind" ... popularity/integrity, such a difficult choice. Of course, money always wins. Stay tuned for more apparently brainless behavior.

#4. Posted by: ealgumby at April 5, 2008 7:52 PM

Excellent.

Unfortuntely I have no time to put in my "$1.00" into this conversation.

But I have to say...
In the comic book... Vincent will be Smokey. =]

That was a good point about Sayid possibly working for Ben because he spilled the "lima beans" about Michael being Ben's MOTB. I still feel like Captain Gault already knew.

Ben obviously has a whole mind of information. I think though it may seem as though we accurately estimate his capabilities (by leaving some "overestimation" open), we still do in fact underestimate him.

We have no idea what he is capable of. We have a slight idea, but I don't think the writers have even scratched the surface of it.

I never liked Rosseau.
And Jack breathes weird.

#5. Posted by: ilovebenjaminlinusxx at April 6, 2008 12:04 PM

Interesting set of questions.

To me (still desparately hoping the writers' promise that everything on the island has a rational explanation will turn out to be true) the central unanswered question is who/what is Smokey?

Since the writers haved already nixed the only explanation that made even half-rational sense to me (nano-bots) I'm really waiting to hear this one.

#6. Posted by: Cecil Rose at April 7, 2008 9:46 AM

RE: "The bomb was a fake"

I like vacc's (2/vacc) bomb disarming island theory. My theory is that the bomb is real and Ben was able to accomplish two things through this gambit:

1) He learned that he can rely on Michael and that Michael is serious about following through.

2) He now has a live bomb on the boat. He can either detonate it remotely or give Michael the real code when he feels it is time.

#7. Posted by: bcre8ve at April 7, 2008 11:29 AM

the central unanswered question is who/what is Smokey?
→ 6. Posted by: Cecil Rose

Remember when Jack (I think it was Jack) asks Ben "What is the smoke monster?" and Ben says, almost convincingly, "I don't know."?

Is is possible that Ben really doesn't know? And that he's never seen it because Smokey only appears to the Losties? Or has that already been established?

So we're really back to Cecil's original question: what is it?

#8. Posted by: lovelost at April 7, 2008 1:22 PM

@8 lovelost said:

>Remember when Jack (I think it was Jack) asks Ben "What is the smoke monster?" and Ben says, almost convincingly, "I don't know."?

Locke. When Ben was scrambling for his life after having shot Charlotte and Locke was about to execute him.

#9. Posted by: Cecil Rose at April 7, 2008 4:13 PM

@8 lovelost re: And that he's never seen it because Smokey only appears to the Losties? Or has that already been established?
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Only Losties? The smoke-meister chased Juliet (an Other) & Kate. The gals were cornered and then dashed to the sonic fence, barely getting thru.

#10. Posted by: AN2 at April 7, 2008 5:21 PM

Observation 4 8 15 16 23 42:
I was once involved in a ten-person (censored). Wait, why would “basketball team” be censored?

Good post, Travis. Unfortunately, my brain is on a break along with the show, so I have nothing intelligent to contribute. But I did enjoy reading your thoughts.

Wild Guess 108:
Rousseau was wearing Charlotte’s body armor.

#11. Posted by: Clementine at April 7, 2008 8:22 PM

I was just ckecking to see if you added my questions to your blog.

#12. Posted by: Moe Brown at April 7, 2008 10:32 PM

I know they've promised us the answer to this at some point this season, but who is in that frigging coffin?

Actually this seems to be a relatively rhetorical question at this point, because I think it's pretty clear, based on who got off the island, Jack's comment about "neither" friend nor relative, etc. etc., that it's Michael. Or possibly Ben. At this point I basically have no doubt it's one of these two fellows, but we shall see. I really hope it's Mike, Ben seems way to important to where they are going with the rest of the season and the next two as well.

#13. Posted by: LostonPhonics at April 8, 2008 7:07 PM

WHAT ABOUT THE FREAKIN NUMBERS !!!

#14. Posted by: rick at April 10, 2008 5:52 PM

Remeber the ashy stuff on the ground outside jacobs house?

Random theory - possibly magnetic particles, iron dust? activatedd by the islands odd magnetic properties?

Rousseau did say it was a security system.

Another random theory. now with all this time shifting space time nonsense, is it possible that Jacob (who briefly phases in and out of view (in that episode where ben takes locke to seem him) is stuck between two times or worlds?

#15. Posted by: Rick at April 10, 2008 5:54 PM

Not sure if this was mentioned anywhere, but Desmond's troublesome journey to get to Penny as his ‘Connection’ could have easily been avoided if called the island and talked to Jack. Remember, he saw Jack in the stadium when they were both running up the bleachers.

#16. Posted by: opserc at April 15, 2008 11:53 AM

Question 3: What in the world was the purpose of Libby's warning not to activate the bomb?

Ben is surprised to hear that Michael actually activated the bomb. That must be because he knows about the ghost Libby appearance. So either he planned it himself, or was informed about it by another, probably Jacob. Either way, how sly is that? Use the suicide bomber story to lure Michael in. Use the Libby apparition(?) to prevent him from detonating too soon. With the fixed bomb (or the Island's influence) as backup.

#17. Posted by: robislost at April 16, 2008 2:32 PM

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#18. Posted by: llamafruit at May 19, 2008 8:55 PM