With the Lost season premiere looming for January 21, 2009, it is time to put your thinking caps back on and get ready for one heck of a ride. Season Four left us scratching our heads and asking more questions than ever. Here are the top five questions in no particular order for the new season. (Spoilers: you must have watched the season four finale before reading this article.)
1. What was Locke doing in that coffin?
Really, why was he there? Most would think that Locke would never leave the island, but he may go if the return of the six would somehow save the island. It was a shock to see him laying there with Jack, Sayid, and Ben standing over him. The fact that he visited so many people, too, begs the question what he’s doing there. He could very well be on a mission to save the island, but he could also have been banned in the same way Ben supposedly could not go back. There is also the question of his manner of death. The scrap of newpaper said that Jeremy Bentham commited suicide. Certainly, if anyone had a reason, it would be Locke. Trivia: Jeremy Bentham was another famous philosopher. He is the father of utilitarianism — that which is for the greater good is best. Hmm, look that one up!
2. What is Jack’s father?
Well, he’s a ghost, but it seems he’s more than that. Is he Jacob? What is the plan for him and the island? We are certainly seeing that many of these folks who died on the island have the ability to speak to their worldly friends. Hurley comes to mind first and Miles, naturally. Jack’s father seems to be their leader. Where is he leading them and for what reason? He’s a spooky aparition of the shack, but there has been absolutely no explaination of his role in any of the matters of the island. At least we can be fairly certain he’s dead . . . well, as certain as Lost lets us.
3. What do Claire and Aaron have to do with this?
So, Claire was kidnapped by her own father who is very likely a ghost. Why? Also, did she die in the explosion or didn’t she? Considering that she’s with her dead father, it looks like she may not have survived that explosion. Stranger things have certainly occured on Lost, but the question remains as to her role in the puzzle of the show. Aaron has been thought of as the chosen one, and the writers have gotten away from this point since season one. Are we returning to the idea that Aaron can’t be raised by another — even though he is now? What ramifications does this have on the rest of the world?
4. How does the properties of the island figure come into play?
Time distorion, magnetism, and a creepy ability to move are just a few of the many powers attributed to the island. It can apparently effect people on the outside, too, such as preventing Michael from killing himself. The why of these will probably not be delievered until next season, but how does the island manage to have these properties? Is it responsible for the long life of the Others and the ghost manifestations on the island? The time distortion will likely play a huge factor because of the show’s propensity for flashing back and forth in time. It is possible to imagine a scene, just after the six leave, where Sawyer just makes it back to the beach and the future six return. It sounds like something they are setting up but for reasons known only to them.
5. How will the puzzle draw to a close?
Yes, there are many other questions, but this one encompasses them all. So much groundwork has been laid for this show that it is easy to wonder how they will pull it all together. They have likely hit the point of setup now and are ready to begins revealing the mysteries we have wondered about for five years. Part of the fun of the show will be watching them weave the answers. The question really is what does it all mean and why does this world exist the way it does? We are starving for the answer, but there are two truths to be confronted: our imaginings will not meet the reality of the show and we will miss the mystery when it is gone. Here’s to a new Lost season and a begining to the end.