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The Meaning of 'Lost'

By May 24, 2010

After 20 hours and a nap, I've discovered the meaning of life -- I mean, the meaning of Lost!

ABC/Mario Perez

At first I did not like the idea that they were all dead, but now that I've had a little bit of time to think and write about it, I've got it worked out to what I think Lost means, and I like it! I'm totally on board with the whole "they're all dead" thing, and might I add, Hurley is a great hero!

Read my take on the meaning of Lost and add your take.


May 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(1) mountain.mom says:

I always thought Hurley would play a significant role, but it surprised me that Ben was so willing to play number 2, when he had always wanted to be No. 1

May 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm
(2) MTO says:

he couldnt be #1, so might as well be #2, rather than be nothing!

May 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm
(3) John Fischer says:

Perfect, Bonnie, perfect.

May 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm
(4) mountain.mom says:

But that was so not Ben. I guess we are to assume that he was reformed. How did that happen so fast?

May 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm
(5) Regula Oblique says:


It happened just as fast as Ben somehow lifted a massively heavy tree off of him with no effects of being injured. I think he’s really the new incredible hulk lol.

May 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(6) Twizzy says:

I love your write up on the series, Bonnie. Great job.

I too felt that Hurley would play a significant role. He was the glue that kept all the survivors together. He also spoke with the dead, connecting them with the survivors.

Ben was the leader of the others and played number 2 only to Jacob. All Ben really wanted was recognition from Jacob, and when Ben didn’t get that he killed him. Hurley was what Jacob was not. Ben took to that just fine.

I love the Love Story. I cried when Sawyer and Juliet remembered.

May 24, 2010 at 10:21 pm
(7) twizzy says:

Regula – LOL

May 25, 2010 at 3:13 am
(8) JLocke says:

You know Bonnie, I really love your take on it. You’re right about almost everything I think. But, I have my own theory on how the flash sideways world was created for the Losties. I don’t think Hurley made. I actually think Jack did when he put the stone back in place. Did you guys notice how it never showed Jack getting up and somehow ending up on the river like that? When MIB was thrown down there he had evil intentions and that’s why the smoke was released when he went in the light. But when Jack did, not only did he survive somehow, but I think somehow knowing to him or not, created this place where they could meet up.

What do you think?

May 25, 2010 at 7:28 am
(9) Lost-n-Found says:

great summary of it all… just a couple of observations that lead to questions… 1. when jack is dying in the end and is walking through the bamboo, what’s with the white sneaker hanging in the trees and 2. in the end the scene is a picture of jet engines… any thoughts?

May 25, 2010 at 7:39 am
(10) J. Foster says:

I’m on board with a lot of it- too much of it to remember all the individual theories so I’ll focus on the few things I’m not buying yet. I don’t know that MIB needed a special dagger or Mother not speaking to be able to kill her as she’d already passed on her reign and quite possibly her powers to Jacob at that point. Unless there can be more than one guardian at a time then I’d think that touching the water and giving it to your successor means you’re just a normal human again from that point on, much like Richard apparently is now that Jacob is dead or his final remains are gone or there’s a new protector or whatever it was that made him start aging again. I think he could have killed Mother anyway he wanted, I certainly agree that Mother knew it was coming and wanted it to happen though.

As for who created the sideways, I don’t have the quote in front of me but Christian said something that I took as all of them creating it unknowingly because, as I do clearly remember him saying, no one moves on alone. I got the impression that everyone- island or not- goes into a world like that with at least one other real person that could help them move to the light. The castaways all ended up there together because of the bond they’d formed, Christian said something about that too. I don’t think any one person created it and I don’t believe it was created intentionally while any of them were still alive.

I don’t have a clue what to think about the pregnancy issue on the island, nothing I can think of myself or that I’ve read connects enough dots for me so I don’t even know what else to say on that one. I think the whispers were made up of those who committed big crimes on the island (Jacob told Richard that whatever they’d done before arriving was meaningless) and, as the sideways world led to a seemingly pleasant afterlife, because of that they couldn’t enter the sideways after their death either ever or until after they’d somehow redeemed themselves enough to enter their sideways. Now that I think about it I guess our theories don’t have to be mutually exclusive and could both be right, I’m just not sure Jacob or MIB have that kind of authority over the souls of the dead. We know MIB can take on the appearance of them but that’s all we know. The producers did recently say something about the whispers not working working for Locke and I don’t think Jacob would have told Michael to send the candidates to Locke’s camp either as that ultimately got three of them knocked off. It gave me the impression that they were more concerned with helping the normal humans on the island than either of the supernatural sides so I don’t believe that either Jacob or MIB had any leverage over them.

May 25, 2010 at 8:27 am
(11) mountain.mom says:

At this point, because the writers didn’t give definitive answers, anyone’s conclusion is as valid as anyone elses. What works for you, what gives you satisfactory closure is fine by me. Disagreeing on someone else’s ideas seems silly at this point, because unless the writers say differently, any of them could be true. Well, not true, because this is a fictional series of course, but could have been the explanation if the writers had chosen to give one.

Thanks everyone for their insightful input and thanks especially to Bonnie for giving us this wonderful website.

May 25, 2010 at 9:12 am
(12) Lost Man says:

Bonnie your interpretation of the finale is similar to mine – nearly identical. Your suggestion that Hurley orchestrated the sideways is interesting tho I suppose it could have been any one of the characters – including “Christian Shephard” (he who leads them into the light). In fact, for me persobnally, I am inclined to think that Christian Shephard is the one who orchestrated the sideways – the move to the afterlife. Although the ending “makes sense” when outlined in the manner you have provided, what still bothers me is that the conclusion seems to be a cop-out insofar as all of the tenets of the previous 5+ seasons were thrown out and suddenly deemed irrelevant … that I am to now believe that the story was “never about” all of that other stuff; instead it was always about the characters and their lives together. If that is truly the case (and the intent of the writers) why then was so much time, effort, and energy spent on all of these other subject areas, questions, pecularities of the island, etc. To me, the end is misleading – while it does conclude the story adequately, it concludes it in a manner that is irrelevant to what we had been led to believe was the most important apsects of the show. I am signing off now. Thanks for all the good work Bonnie. Sincerely, LOST MAN!

May 25, 2010 at 9:17 am
(13) Cyn says:

I’m still processing all of it, and probably won’t feel “done” until I get the 6th season DVDs and can see the whole thing in one long-weekend gulp.

The final series credits rolled over a scene of deserted wreckage on the beach…suitcases strewn about, etc. Wondering if that was meant to make us wonder if any of them REALLY survived the initial crash. Were they ever really on the island, or did the “purgatory” theory win out in the end?

I still have a question from the original Pilot, which I don’t think was ever addressed within the show. When the crash happened, Charlie was in the far forward lav. He crawled out and belted in on the first or second row of the first class section…where everybody died in the crash. It was never explained how he ended up alive and with the center section people; and I think his dazed expression is not just from being stoned, it’s from wondering how the heck he got where he was. Maybe Jacob saved Charlie because he was a candidate?

Also, kind of a cool name thing: Seth Norris was a substitute pilot who took Frank’s place. The name “SETH” mean “replacement”. In the Bible, it was the name that Adam and Eve gave to their third son, born after Abel’s murder. (Which is a real downer for the original Seth…to always be just a replacement. Ugh!)

May 25, 2010 at 9:18 am
(14) MTO says:

what if the electro magnetic field had something to do with pregnant women dying?

the white sneaker was christian shephards, it was seen hanging in that same spot in the pilot

May 25, 2010 at 9:27 am
(15) Anon says:

I saw in another post that the H-bomb explosion in 77 made it where the pregnant women couldn’t give birth. That was “the incident”. I think Miles even mentioned that this might be the incident everyone is trying to avoid before they blew up the h-bomb.

May 25, 2010 at 9:28 am
(16) J. Foster says:

If the site were being taken offline in a few hours and this was the last post we’d ever see then I’d completely agree with you mountain mom. I’m hopeful there will be several people here to compare ideas with for a while to come still though. I guess I dedicated too much time to thinking about certain aspects of the show to give up on them and move on this quickly.

May 25, 2010 at 11:26 am
(17) nosoupforuoneyr says:

I think Vincent provides reasonable evidence they survived the initial crash. The sneaker is now worn as it was newer looking in the pilot episode. Also Jack not in the suit rather the T-shirt so the wreckage is of Oceanic 815.

I honestly thought after Jack replaced the stone “cork in the bottle” we may have seen a white less ominous smoke or cloud emerge as the black smoke did. But not to be…

May 25, 2010 at 11:43 am
(18) Cyn says:

Thanks, the thoughts on Vincent and the sneaker make sense. I have been thinking about “Good” and “Evil” and about how neither can exist without the other. So it isn’t so much about who “wins”, but about keeping both in balance. And also wondering if, before the Twins and the death of MIB, perhaps there was not such a separation between Dark and Light. Maybe the death of MIB at his twin’s hands fractured some aspect of the Light and allowed the Dark to have a more distinct, independent being; put things out of balance. And perhaps Desmond’s and Jack’s efforts at the end (draining and refilling the pool, killing MIB while he was in a mortal form) helped to rebalance the scale. So that after that, the duties of the Guardians would have been to maintain the balance that had been restored.

Sorry, I keep finding myself getting LOST in the philosophical tangles…..

May 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm
(19) Ryan says:

I think what’s most frustrating about not finding out a good number of answers from seasons 1-4 is the fact that the writers put such signifiance on the questions in the first place that everyone was certain they were necessary to the storytelling, when in fact, they were nothing more gap-fillers to stretch it all out for 6 years.

1. What was the deal with the island time being different than rest of the world time (Daniel’s rocket was 45 minutes late, the doctor washed up on the beach before he was killed)?

2. If MIB was appearing as Christian, but couldn’t leave the island, how did he appear to Michael on the frieghter?

3. Why does the exit portal come out in Tunasia?

4. What was the deal with the ‘gas’ that Daniel and Charlotte had to destroy to keep Ben from using it?

5. Who was broadcasting the numbers when Danielle got to the island?

6. What was the purpose of Miles taking the diamonds from Pablo and Nikki?

7. Who shot the flaming arrow into Frogurt and who was shooting at Sawyer and company when they were in the outrigger during the time-skipping?

8. Why did Horace seem to repeat himself when he appeared to Locke?

9. Why did Claire look all drugged-up when Locke saw her in the cabin?

10. What was the purpose of the statue when no one seemed especially religious?

I could go on and on, but do you see my point? I realize that there should remain some ‘mystery’ about the island, but these were the things that drew us in the first place and not getting any answers just makes me feel cheated.

May 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(20) mountain.mom says:

I’m not saying I’m signing off forever, and that I’m not interested in further discussion. I’m just saying that I don’t think it does any good to tell someone else they are wrong about their conclusions or criticize their theories. Unless the writers give us final answers, then everyone has a equal chance of being right.

May 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(21) LostFan2 says:

I’m with you mountain.mom. I think this is up to the individual’s interpretation. Otherwise, they would have given the answer. People should have an open mine. This is what heck of a TV series…not just being entertain but make us think.

May 25, 2010 at 1:59 pm
(22) Iamjacob says:

First of all – it was 6 seasons of great fun and excitement and I enjoyed every second of it till the end … but … when I watched the JJ Abrams speech on TED.com few weeks ago I realized we are not going to get any answers. The whole point of the series was to give us the incredibly pleasant feeling of hope of getting all the answers one day and that was it. It is the unopened box with the toy that JJ Abrams talked about. So keep on trying to understand what was going on but I’m afraid there is nothing more to it. Just a pile of questions that don’t have any answers. … which makes the ending incredibly clever … what can be a bigger question without an answer than death, what a perfect balance.

May 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm
(23) KaterHater says:

Ryan, those are GREAT questions, and I totally agree with you. Here are a few more:

* how did Eloise and Charles originally get to the island in the 1950′s? It was hinted that it was via the army during the war, but I don’t think it was ever confirmed.
* what were “The rules” between Widmore and Ben?
* If MIB was impersonatingg Christian – but could not leave the freighter – then how did he appear to Michael on the frieghter AS WELL AS to Jack in the hospital (when the smoke alarm went off that time in the lobby)?
* who made the Dharma food shipments?

I could go on and on myself, but even more infuriating than the “past” mysteries that weren’t explained were the more RECENT ones that fell flat. Like Desmond in the Sideways world. One of the few things I actually enjoyed about the Sideways world was Desmond acting as “Cosmic Cruise Director” and waking people up to enlightenment. From the start of season 6, they established Desmond as being the key to it all, and the bridge between the Sideways world and the island. And then what do we get in the end? Desmond fails in his attempt to save things; he “pulls the plug” in the glowing tunnel. And then who puts the plug back? Jack, as the new Jacob. Which doesn’t make any sense to me, because it begs the question “why didn’t Jacob himself just do the job years ago”??

May 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm
(24) LostFan says:

I think most of this is correct, except Richard buried Alex but MIB was still able to take her form in Season 5.

I think the fertility issues are because of fallout from “The Incident.” Think about it, we now know that detonating the nuke DID NOT create a sideways universe/alternate timeline. At most, it flashed them back to 2007, but I’m now rather convinced that the drill hitting the pocket and the nuke WAS “the incident.” When Juliet’s last memory was, “it worked,” that’s because she said that in the “Purgatory World” after Sawyer cut the power to give them the candy bar.

May 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm
(25) J. Foster says:

I love Anon’s theory about Jughead being responsible for the pregnancy issues, it certainly blows my no comment on the matter out of the water. Posts like that, as well as Bonnie’s original thoughts that made all of this debate possible, are why I like it here and I hope we’re still debating stuff like this and throwing out new ideas for some time to come. The high likelihood that we’ll never find out if any of it is officially right or wrong has nothing to do with anything for me, I just enjoy debating the theories and the evidence supporting them and Anon’s post fits the story and has a lot working for it in my view.

May 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm
(26) Twizzy says:

J Foster – Maybe Ben needed to stay on the island with Hurley until he completely redeemed himself and his soul could leave the island. I don’t think that Jacob or his twin control the dead. I think the island does. The island has a heart , (kind of lol) that won’t let you go until it is done with you.

mountainmom.com – Ben is a first rate con, but maybe he redeemed himself that fast. He certainly took a lot of beatings.

Bonnie – It’s been a pleasure. Hope to see you on another site sometime.

May 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm
(27) Lostaway Bonnie says:

Yes, I completely agree that detonating the bomb is what made it impossible for woman to bring babies to term. I’ve changed that in my article. I, too, think that Jughead was the incident.

May 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm
(28) renlac says:

Bonnie, thank you so much for your meaning of LOST. It was hugely useful for me to understand the story. Others posts are being also very good. I’ll be using them to build my meaning, which will be more on the symbolic sense, as I was never very akin to solve mystery stories, but to interpret them.

May be that’s why I take more the production thing to address the “unanswered questions” issue. I find very hard to think Lindelof/Cuse were not meaningful about the statue, the inscriptions, the numbers, the whisperers, and so on. Just random adds to confuse the fans? No way.

Now: why didn’t we get the answers can be for several reasons.

One of them may be that the answers (for at least some of the questions) are already there, searchable by means of clear hints and logic. All the seasons were like puzzles, and well, the authors may have honorably left the mystery addicts with more, but now to really solve, or understand it all. As I said, I’m not good with puzzles, but as Bonnie and the people here show to be great on it, I think much is still to come about.

Other, Lindelof/Cuse told somewhere they would not speak about the last episode (or the whole of the show) FOR NOW. So, they will speak! Well, for me it is evident they are not dumb and could invent (as they did with the show) several different solutions for any of the questions most of us are wondering about. So they may be just lurking US to see what WE think, in order to choose which to tell, showing the hints (some from all they put) already there, this way satisfying most of the fans, and possibly using them as tips for eventual sequels. Imagine a series telling the story of the Island? Wow!

Other, they could have planned to explicitly and amazingly answer it all along the last season, but may have run on previuos problems that took the show out of their strict control, letting it unsoluble, with inconsistent story facts, and so having to end with a season with just a humanistic solution – in the afterlife – a kind of deus ex machina, all due to some unfortunate production accident.

I think the last reason is very improbable, but maybe some mix of them (and possibly others) is what goes. Anyway I’m confident the authors will address the answers, some way, even if just to apologize. Not addressing would be an artistic suicide.

May 26, 2010 at 7:50 am
(29) Dharma Dude says:

It’s been confirmed. The MIB’s name was supposed to be Samuel, but they kept it secret for some reason. Check it out, here’s proof from eonline:


May 26, 2010 at 9:17 am
(30) LostLover says:

I have a little bit different take. I think they died when the plane crashed. I agree with Cyn that the island is a type of Purgatory where they can continue until they work out their issues and can be happy. The flashbacks provided insite into who the characters were before the island. But I think everything else happened in the afterlife and they had to “die” again to actually realize that they were really “dead” Once that happened, they went to the flash sideways to wait until they could all meet together. Just my theory. I love that all the answers weren’t just handed to us, so we can all have this meaningful discussion. That’s what the time on the island was for.

May 26, 2010 at 10:05 am
(31) J. Foster says:

The Samuel of the Bible was considered to be a prophet and a judge so I’m assuming that’s what the producers were going for with that name. We know Ben considered him to be the island’s judge and we know he had some future foresight or at least some unnatural knowledge of time itself based on the end of season four and all of five. As for why I’m not crazy about the name: Samuel was also a dedicated, loyal figure that was highly devoted to God and Israel where as Smokey couldn’t have cared less about anyone else and wanted to leave and destroy his home land.

May 26, 2010 at 10:16 am
(32) R. L. says:

@ katerhater

The stuff that was left unanswered we have to extrapolate with educated guesses…so here are mine:

Eloise and Charles were brought by Jacob, like he’s done for 2000 years. As candidate choices. To do battle with MIB – what have you. They wouldn’t have come with the American military (especially since she was barely 19 or so) But in one of Jacob’s other special moves. Somehow.

I think the rules were set by Jacob (through Richard) about how to switch leaders. And how you can’t kill former or current leaders. But once Jacob was dead (killed by Ben himself) devotion to the rules ended.

I think Jacob could also disguise himself. There were more than a few apparitions pushing the Oceanic 6 to come back (Christian, you mentioned, Claire’s ONLY appearance in Season 5). Jacob wanted them back, not MIB. As for Libby, maybe off shore is still within the MIB sphere of influence. He can go to Hydra, and you could see the freighter from shore…

Dharma shipments are the sticky wicket people have been complaining about for years. It is difficult since they gave us so few clues. My theory is that after the purge, Hanso corp couldn’t fine their way back to the island exactly. They had an idea (like Widmore), but lacked the technology to pin point exactly. But they could guestimate an area (like Widmore did when he dropped naomi on the island). So until they had a chance to figure out where exactly the island was, they kept the shipments going for whoever was obviously pushing the button (judging from the island not imploding). But I further theorize that Jacob (who obviously gave Richard the go-ahead for the purge – that’s not a Rich move) manipulated someone at Hanso to keep them from ever putting together a new team to retake the island. But couldn’t convince Widmore to leave the island alone, so he had Ben move it.


May 26, 2010 at 10:22 am
(33) MTO says:

i just realized, we kept asking for answers as to why walt and aaron were special, but we swallowed the fact that hurley and miles were special (communicating with the dead). everyone could hear the whispers on the island, so would it be that far fetched for others to be able to see dead people too?

i think the libby that michael saw was his guilt/hallucination. i was just thinking and realized its funny that we accepted so many larger things (time travel, a smoke monster, etc) but we are caught up demanding answers on a lot of other smaller things.

i know the show was all about characters, but they focused too much on the island and it deviated the audience’s attention

even in the end, christian said “the most important part of your life was the time you spent with these people”, he didn’t say “time you spent on the island”

May 26, 2010 at 11:12 am
(34) Carlos says:

The meaning of Lost is different to every person. Here is my meaning, and it doesn’t mean anyone took it like that. But this is what I see lost being:

LOST is all about 3 things:
1. Pure evil does not exist;
2. Redemption;
3. Whatever happened happened.

MIB knew from the start that he was different from Jacob. Jacob couldn’t cheat, was inherently good and couldn’t harm a fly. MIB was different, he asked, he cheated, he lied, he was corrupt – and he knew it. MIB knew he was exactly like the other humans, and didn’t have faith on the human ability to change. He said, “they come, they fight they destroy, they corrupt…” and that’s exactly what he had been doing since becoming the smoke monster. Jacob believed otherwise. He believed that pure inherent evil does not exist, and that everybody deserves a second chance.

MIB: “You’re trying to prove me wrong aren’t you?”
Jacob: “You are wrong.”

He brought people to the island so that he proves MIB wrong. He brought the Black Rock, the Dharma Initiative, the Others, and yet, MIB seemed to be right – humans are all evil. Jacob then brought the most unlikely of humans; a murderer, a drunk doctor, a con-man, an adulterer, a bad parent, a hitman, etc, a drug-addict, a mad person, a mother giving her baby to adoption, and yet proved to MIB that all could be good people. MIB tried to corrupt them by killing their friends and tell them to join forces, frightening them, posing as Christian and Locke, and yet, their hear remained pure. He posed as Jacob and told Locke to kill his father – so he could prove that Locke was evil. And he almost succeeded in proving that. However, Jacob, even after he died, proved to the MIB that they were good, whatever their background. He proved that people, however bad they are, had a choice. Humans could choose to change – and even MIB could do that.

Jacob was right that redemption is stronger than past. “Whatever happened, happened” is a recurrent phrase in the series. Sawyer changed, Jack transformed into a very responsible leader, Sayid tried to fight off his murderer status – until they all met together at one place. Jacob proved to MIB that no, humans can be good and can not corrupt, fight, and destroy. They could sacrifice themselves for their friends, etc – and when redemption is done they could all meet in one place (the church). Ben, in the last episode wasn’t yet redeemed, so he decided not to move on. Michael came back to the island to redeem himself from his egoist killings, and ended up sacrificing himself, after which he could ‘move on’ quietly. The flashforwards were all about the losties living in the future, forgetting the past but feeling they need to redeem themselves.

In the first seasons, the losties were clinged to the past (even with flashbacks). Jacob showed them that it’s useless clining to the past (like John Locke did with his father’s problem, for example). Once they let go of the past (after the 3rd season) the losties begin preparing their path to the church, where a group of redeemed and good people were to mee to move on together. A torturer and Hugo were together, even though Hugo is good and Sayid ‘was evil’. You can’t change the past, but it is not enough that one forget his past and lives in the future (like Losties did in flashforwards). You have to redeem yourselve first, because ‘what happened happened’. That is why when they detonated the bomb, the losties didn’t change anything, because you cannot change the past, but merely redeem yourself and look at the future. And to move on (you can call it heaven, or whatever), you do not need to be good, but you need to redeem yourself of your sins.

That is what Jacob tried to prove, and that is where he succeeded.

That is LOST to me.

May 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm
(35) renlac says:


[even in the end, christian said “the most important part of your life was the time you spent with these people”, he didn’t say “time you spent on the island”]

Authors may had him said it exactly to adapt the story to a just humanistic meaning.

May 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm
(36) Grant says:

To me, LOST was the story of Jack Shepard with side stories that told us who, why and what was/became important to him. Jack was obsessed with fixing things and was never satisfied. An evil was created on the island determined to destroy man and Jacob gave him the chance to perform the ultimate fix and save man. His ultimate sacrifice finally satisfied him evidenced by his dying smile. His reward from the island/other side/Jacob was the flash sideways where he could reunite with everyone who helped him fulfill his need. Desmond was probably the last to die and with his “6th Sense” moment let everyone know they were dead and could move on with the last person to realize he was dead, Jack.

May 26, 2010 at 7:15 pm
(37) Jimm says:

The meaning of Lost –> Redemption, hope, “whatever happened, happened”, despite the past, everyone has many choices to change, and be better !

May 27, 2010 at 1:41 am
(38) JLocke says:

Hey LOST fans, you know what’s crazy?!

Remember the Series Finale Call Sheet that was leaked back in April? Look at it again. It totally tells us the same ending of the finale with Locke, Jack, and Desmond. Explains a lot about the actual scene we saw in The End.

May 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(39) Elle says:

Lost is the only show I know that can keep you in a constant state of thinking…it allows you to develop so many theories. It focuses on reality mixed with supernatural, presented and explained in ways the make the unbelievable seem plausible.

Lost is an in depth analysis of characters and psycology (with flashbacks/flashforwards giving context to actions). It comments on good versus evil, faith, daddy issues, manipulation, decision-making, redemption, and love (notice how like EVERYONE except for Hurley and Boone were paired up in the church).

May 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(40) Twizzy says:

Hurley was with Libby in the Church.

May 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(41) Lostaway Bonnie says:

They all seemed to be romantic pairings except for Boone and Locke. Locke was a mentor to Boone.

May 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(42) twizzy says:

Bonnie, I forgot Helen was not in the Church with Locke. Great thought about Locke being Boone’s mentor.

May 27, 2010 at 7:12 pm
(43) sammysmom says:

Im confused. why did Jack say to Hurley “I’m already dead” before he went down the hole?

May 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(44) Lostaway Bonnie says:

I was thinking it was because he had nothing to live for anymore. He told Kate that he’d messed up everything in his life, so the island was all he had left.

May 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm
(45) WB says:

The Hatch, Jughead, and Fate: Jack tried to change history by setting off the Jughead nuke to destroy the Hatch (Swan station) as it was being built. However, it didn’t work quite that way. Jughead exploded when Juliet pounded on it, but the explosion was not island-destroying. Whether it wasn’t a full nuclear explosion or it was modified by the electromagnetic pocket, all it did was:
1. Blast our time-traveling Losties into 2007. 2. Create The Incident and the need to have a way to discharge the built-up energy every 108 minutes via the Swan station they built over it. 3. Probably created the condition that caused maternal death during island pregnancy. The Dharma Initiative built the Swan Station and staffed it. Ben, his dad and others remained on the island and ultimately we had Danielle arrive and The Purge. Likely The Purge was because Dharma was getting too close to the Island Heart and Jacob had to have them removed to protect it. Ben then brought Juliet to the island to try to solve the pregnancy problem.

Meanwhile, the Sideways WAS a world where “it worked,” and the nuke sank the island (but assumed that Ben had escaped on the sub). It was an imaginary world where Fate brought together the Losties again (after their individual deaths) at the age they were in 2004, when the plane would have landed because the whole button-pushing thing wasn’t needed.

May 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm
(46) wb says:

Jack said “I’m already dead” before he went down into the glowy hole because, as a doctor, he know the knife gut stab would kill him. He knew with that wound that he was a “dead man walking.” Without modern antibiotics and surgery, a gut wound will result in peritonitis and a painful slow death — as soldiers discovered for millenia. He knew when Locke stabbed him that he would die from the wound (barring immediate evacuation to a modern medical/surgical facility). Even with such treatment, he would still stand a significant chance of death if the intestines were punctured.

May 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm
(47) Elle says:

Oopsies! I did mean Locke and Boone lol. Thanks, Twizzy.

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