LOST: Season 6 Premiere – L.A.X. (2/2/10)

LOST is finally making it’s return to television tonight for it’s 6th and final season. If you need a refresher on what has happened so far “LOST: The Final Chapter” will run before the 2 hour season premiere tonight and should be a nice recap for those of you that may have forgotten what all went down last season.

In the past I’ve only written about certain episodes and theories I had, but since this is the last season and there are only 16 episodes, I think I’m going to try to write about each one after they air. Hopefully we can get some discussion going here and point out any easter eggs, hidden meanings, theories, etc. So check back tomorrow for a more in depth analysis of tonight’s episode and check below for the synopsis (there were some spoilers in the synopsis, but I left them out for now)

The sixth and final season begins in the aftermath of the H-bomb detonation, as the survivors learn “when” they are.

There are nothing but spoilers after the jump so if you haven’t watched the episode yet don’t read ahead.

What a season premiere, while I was a little confused at first, mainly because I couldn’t completely remember all of the little things that occurred at the end of the last season, I was able to catch up pretty quickly and figure out what was going on… and there’s a lot. This episode was shown differently than past episodes, instead of doing flashbacks or time travel or any of that, we seemed to be shown an “alternate dimension” of sorts. Now before I get into this, most of these are going to be my theories of what’s going on, so if you disagree feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think.

The episode opens with Juliet getting dragged into the hole with the bomb and then smashing it with a rock which causes a bright flash of white light. We are now on Oceanic Flight 815 with Jack, there’s some turbulence, but the plane doesn’t go down it just continues on it’s path. I think this was where there was some dialogue between Rose and Jack and then they pan out the window and the camera flies through the clouds and down into the ocean. Once we’re underwater we see a Dharma shark swim past the camera (yes it has the Dharma tattoo) and then we see the remains of the Dharma camp on the island. So what this is basically saying that in this reality or dimension, the H-Bomb exploding worked, the island sunk and the plane never crashes, so everything you see on the plane and in Los Angeles is actually happening, it’s just an alternate dimension. And there are some subtle clues in the dialogue and incidents that occur on that plane, like Boone telling Locke that if the plane goes down he’s going to stick with him, back on the island Boone did stick with Locke. Also the whole Charlie dying thing, etc.

There were a few things with the alternate dimension theory that I didn’t get though. So if the H-bomb worked and the plane never crashes, how is Desmond on the plane? He wasn’t on the original flight… he was sailing when he ended up on the island way before the Oceanic people ever did.  And the last thing I found weird was the guy sitting between Locke and Boone, asleep (he also appears in line for the cabs) was one of the guys from the Dharma Initiative, if I remember correctly… if not the Dharma, it was something, but he was definitely already on the island and we’ve seen him before. (Wilson, in the comments, informed me that this guy is Neil “Frogurt” and he was an original survivor of flight 815, not Dharma, just not a main character. He gets shot with a flaming arrow in the 1950’s storyline). So unless the H-bomb caused a complete change in reality, which it very well may have considering Hurley was the “luckiest guy in the world” in this new dimension with the plane, then there are some inconsistencies with the first plane ride, but I don’t think the writers/producers would flub something like this accidentally.

So my theory is that the H-Bomb worked, as Juliet tried to tell Sawyer before she died back on the island in the other dimension (Miles helped him get the information from her spirit after she died) and there are now 2 alternate dimensions, the dimension where we see the plane never crashing is a dimension where the course of every event has been changed since 1977 when the H-Bomb actually exploded, thus changing everything we originally saw with people’s pasts up to this point. So with that idea it makes sense that Desmond ended up on the plane because everything since 1977 would have played out just a little bit differently in all their lives.

So that stuff above kind of encompasses all of what happened with the “flash sideways” as some people are calling them, but if we go back to the opening scene, we see the Dharma shark, the underwater island and then Jack on the plane and we fade to the LOST title screen, but when we came back from commercial we were back in 1977 and watching Juliet fall down the hole and smashing the bomb with a rock again, only this time after the flash we’re back in present day on the island, present day being the time when Locke has died and those people had gathered on the beach by the foot statue, etc. So this whole thing backs up the idea that it’s 2 different dimensions playing out simultaneously… why else would they show us 1977 again.

So that’s what I think is going on with the 2 different storylines playing out. I’m not sure if they’ll come together at some point or what will happen, but I think that’s what we’re going to be seeing this season, instead of flashbacks or time travel we’re going to see glimpses into each dimension playing out after the H-bomb explosion. Maybe the island will sink at the end of the season and all the people on it will die, but their alternate dimension selves will still live on as if nothing ever happened, but they’ll still have glimpses and deja vu type moments relating back to the island even though they were never there.

So let’s get to the “Island reality” as I’ll be referring to it from now on. The main storyline here is basically the battle between Good and Evil or Jacob and The Man in Black. So Sayid is still dying after the explosion and Jacob comes to Hurley and tells him that he needs to bring Sayid to the temple in order to save him. Meanwhile Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Miles are trying to rescue Juliet from under the rubble of where “The hatch” was because that’s where the H-bomb went off and she was stuck down there when it happened. She ends up dying, but Miles is able to communicate with her spirit, as he’s done in the past, and she tells them “It worked” meaning that the H-bomb did work (hence 2 realities/dimensions).

Back on the beach at the foot statue, Ben has already killed Jacob, which is how he appears in spirit to Hurley, and now he’s asking to see Richard in the temple, but instead Jacob’s bodyguards, as Locke refers to them, enter the temple instead and take a shot at Locke who ducks behind a pillar. All of a sudden the smoke monster appears and kills all of them except for Ben. As Ben is walking out, Locke appears again and says “I’m sorry you had to see me like that”. So basically Locke is the smoke monster, but Locke isn’t Locke anymore. The real John Locke is dead and his body is laying on the beach, The Man in Black has taken the form of Locke and is also the smoke monster and now he wants to get off the island.

Meanwhile, Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sawyer, Miles and Jin work on getting Sayid to the temple by going through the hole in the wall that Jin saw the smoke monster kill someone from in the past, the body is laying just inside the hole, missing an arm. Once they are down there, one by one they get kidnapped by the inhabitants of the temple who actually just take them to the outside of the temple, which resembles a Mayan type building. The leader comes out and asks them what they want and Hurley tells them that they need to save his friend, leader doesn’t believe him and tells his translator to shoot them. Hurley then blurts out that Jacob sent them and the leader asks him to prove it. Hurley mentions that Jacob gave him the guitar case and the leader opens it to find a wooden Ahnka symbol, which he proceeds to smash in half to reveal a note. He then asks all of the Losties their names and once they mention Sayid’s name he immediately has them bring his body inside the temple.

Once inside the temple the inhabitants are confused by the fact that the pool inside the temple no longer has clear water, it’s now redish. It appeared to possess some sort of healing power that no longer works, as demonstrated by the leader when he cut his hand and put it in the water only to find that the wound didn’t heal. So obviously this spring isn’t going to save Sayid, but it does end up doing what I think the original intention of Jacob was.

The inhabitants take Sayid’s body into the pool and hold him face down in the water while the leader turns an hour glass. Sayid starts to flail around as he’s drowning and eventually dies. They pull him out of the water with his arms outstretched in a cross position and lay him down next to the pool. Jack gets angry that they just killed him and starts to perform CPR to try to revive him until Kate tells him to stop, he’s dead. The translator then asks Hurley when Jacob is coming and Hurley informs him that Jacob is dead. It’s at this point that the temple inhabitants start to panic and pour black dust or gunpowder type material around the temple and barricade the windows and launch fireworks into the air. It’s pretty obvious that Jacob is the balance to The Man in Black and with Jacob dead The Man in Black has free reign to do whatever he wants and for some reason the temple people think that he or the smoke monster will come after them. The black powder they pour is actually the same stuff that was poured around Jacob’s cabin in the past.

Back on the beach the people can see the fireworks that the temple is firing off so we now know that everyone is back at the same present time. Locke comes out of the foot statue and confronts Richard, punches him and walks off with him, while back at the temple Sayid sits up…

So here’s my theory about the ending of the episode. Obviously The Man in Black has somehow taken Locke’s form without needing his actual body. I don’t know if it has something to do with the fact that he’s also the smoke monster, which really has no form, or what, but that would be my guess. So Locke as we knew him is really 100% dead and The Man in Black has now taken his form, which would also lead me to believe that the only form The Man in Black can take are of bodies of already dead people that were brought to the island, which would have made his previous form possibly Jack’s father who appeared to Locke when he was turning the big wheel under the island. It was all a play to be able to take Locke’s form for some reason.

Now in the case of Jacob, he can only take the form of people that have actually died on the island. So maybe in the past he was the Boone that I think I remember people seeing after he died, and possibly others. But now since Sayid was dying and for some reason Juliet wasn’t suitable, Jacob needed the temple inhabitants to kill Sayid so that he could come back in Sayid’s body. So that’s my theory and I think it’s a pretty sound one, now comes my ridiculous theory.

When the H-bomb went off it actually worked, the plane never crashed and everyone lives out their lives as they would have, but the people on the island are actually dead already and have been since the plane crashed back at the beginning of season 1. I know the creators and the producers were adamant in telling us that they weren’t dead, but I don’t know that I believe them now. And now, back on the island (of the dead) they are caught in a battle between heaven and hell or good and evil, Jacob being good (or even God) and The Man in Black being evil (Satan). So I don’t know, that’s just my far fetched theory as of right now, but last night’s episode impressed me and got me excited for the remainder of the final season.

So now that I’m done talking my ass off, what did you guys think of the premiere? Do you have any theories? Did I miss anything? Let us know…