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Post by AngeloComet on Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:19 pm

It’s easier to comprehend and compartmentalise a whole series with time and reflection. Season 1, for example, was all about the Oceanic survivors and how they came to be on the Island. Each new episode presented us with a new flashback focus, and we’d learn about who they were before the crash, and what events brought them to be onboard Oceanic 815. That was Season 1.



Season 2 was, I would say, mostly about Dharma. It was the Season we were introduced to the majority of Dharma Stations, pushing the button was the anchor point and climax to the show and we began to understand that the Island was perhaps not as far ‘lost’ from the real world as previously imagined. (Indeed, the ending to the Season showed us the very first off-Island, post-crash event with the Listening Post.)




Season 3 was about The Others. It started off with the reveal of The Barracks, home of The Others nestled in the mountains, and through Jack, Kate and Sawyer we spent time in the company of The Others. Also, for the first time, we got scenes concerning The Others that didn’t feature any of our Oceanic survivors – like them talking amongst themselves in the Hydra Monitor Room, for example. Flashbacks for the likes of Juliet and Ben became a new aspect to the show, allowing us to understand more about them.




Of course, the reveal of The Others simply peeled back another layer of people known as ‘the hostiles’ – these pre-Dharma Island inhabitants that we don’t know much about. I’d say they will almost certainly be part of the next level of revelation. . .




Season 4 then, I would determine, was all about life after the Island. Following from the “We have to go back!” Jack flashforward reveal of Through The Looking Glass we were mainly given flashforward stories that completely changed the stakes of the show. No longer was the fixation about if our Oceanic survivors would ever get off the Island, it was concerned with the consequences of what happened when they did, and what sacrifices were made in the process.




There was quite the shift in perspectives regarding what was once considered the main focus. Take Ben and Widmore, for example. These characters didn’t exist in Season 1, and we didn’t even know Ben’s name by the end of Season 2 (and had just one Widmore scene, him in the car with Desmond, to know him by). By Season 4 they have stepped up to become potential chess grandmasters, vying for ownership of the Island. What has shifted here is the Island has not become a place to be stranded, rather it has become a desirable place to reside. Not a place to get away from, more a place to get back to.

Less like purgatory, more like paradise.

But yes, pegging Season 4 to one defining concept, the ‘Oceanic 6’ would capture it. We spent half the Season determining who these 6 were, and the rest of the Season watching what events had shaped their characters and motivations in flashforward land. Some of these were more successful than others. Jack’s descent from hero poster boy. . .




. . . to washed-up, drug-addled mess. . .




. . . was nicely conveyed. The stress of fulfilling his promise to get ‘his people’ off the Island lead him to dogmatically strive towards decisions that, in hindsight, would prove disastrous. But then off-Island the decision to lie, and to bear the burden of telling the lie, would erode his soul. Learning Claire was his half-sister, unable to trust Kate and thus becoming a failed father-figure turning to substance abuse (just like his dad, who continues to appear to him!) and then having Locke come back, tell him he made a mistake before winding up in a coffin. . . Well, yeah, it’s enough to send anyone to the brink.

Sayid and Sun each turning mercenary due to the deaths of their loved ones is, again, particularly for Sun, a nice plot turn that will serve to drive their characters into new territory for the next Season. Hurley, however, whilst intriguing in his visitations from Charlie and Mr. Eko, hasn’t really been as coherent as he could have been.




“I should never have gone with Locke,” he told Jack. I expected to see some dramatic validation for that statement. I never got it. And Kate, too, never really explained why she chose to be a mother to Aaron (and lie about it). As a fugitive, why did she not go with Desmond and Frank? Was it so she no longer had to run? Probably. But where did the maternal custody of Aaron come from? Was she mercenary enough to think he would offer a viable means of keeping her out of prison? Maybe. But it wasn’t clear. Or it could have been made clearer, perhaps, is a better accusation. Season 4 episodes were much more condensed and fast-paced than any other episodes of Lost have been.




Of course, in the real world Season 4 of Lost will be remembered as being hit by the writer’s strike. The net result was a long break between episodes 8 and 9, and a reduction in the number of proposed episodes from 16 to 14. At just 14 episodes long, Season 4 was over a third shorter than the other Seasons have been – so if it felt like it was rattling by uncontrollably I suspect that was the reason why.

To put it in perspective, episode 14 of Season 2 was One Of Us. That was the episode Ben (as Henry Gale) first appeared, caught in Rousseau’s net. As much as Season 2 may have felt like one where Ben really featured, he was absent from proceedings for as long as the entirety of Season 4!




With only two more Seasons left of the show, the focus now turns very much to the endgame. All plot threads and, for the online Lost community in particular, new concepts are jumped on and examined as potential machinations that will bring about the conclusion to the whole thing. This Season time travel, via Ben in the Orchid, has been established and, naturally, the online community has become transfixed by the idea that time travel will prove to be the driver behind the show.

There’s also the idea, as produced from the Orchid Orientation film that featured duplicate time travelling bunny rabbits, that the Locke here. . .




. . .is a time-travelling duplication of Locke that remains here. . .




I should think that the big focus of Season 5 will be dominated by two plot threads. In ‘flashforward’ the story will be driven by the Oceanic 6’s return to the Island, no doubt furthering the battle between Ben and Widmore. On the Island, through Locke and his induction as the new Island Chief, we should come to know more about ‘the hostiles’, the original inhabitants of the Island and how that ties in with the pre-Dharma Island world of hieroglyphs and four-toed statues and Black Rock galleons in the jungle. . .



Personally, I have my own hunch about how it’s all going to end, especially after seeing the Island do its disappearing act in the Season 4 finale. We know that those who have left the Island (the Oceanic 6, Walt, Ben, etc) are either tormented to come back or have a will to return to the Island. And when we consider Michael, who was not allowed to die until he had completed a purpose for the Island, it becomes more apparent to me that the Island exerts a force outside of itself to retain and preserve itself.




What I believe is the Island will recall all those that have left (as Charlotte appears to have returned having been born there); everyone who knows about the Island and could hope to look for and find it again will be delivered back and remain there. Maybe they will live in a state of permanence, like Alpert, or never getting sick like Rose and Locke, or getting what they truly desire from the ‘magic box’. . . Whatever the way of it, once the Island has all that are connected to it back within its embrace it will disappear. Gone forever from the world to a place where not even God can see it. Truly and definitively. . . Lost.

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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by Irocz28 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:56 pm

Good recap and well-written as always.

I can't say I support your Series Finale prediction, however. I think that would leave a lot of us with an empty feeling, and a little "Lost" ourselves.

I have been waiting to use this upcoming comparison, and here it goes....

It kind of reminds me of the Seinfeld series finale. The show ended with them all sitting in a jail cell looking at each other. It didn't go over well with the fans. We didn't really have 'closure'. We were asking ourselves, "Ok, what now? What happens to them next? Do they get out? What do they do when they get out?"

I think that would kind of be what it would be like if the Island just disapeered with everyone on it. Instead of a jail cell, they would all be confined on an Island, still alive, still out there, somewhere. And us fans would be stuck with all those unanswered questions. Where are they? Did they die? Who did Kate end up with? Are they ever found?

I think it would be in the shows best interest to end with a nice, neat, definite conclusion, with all mysteries answered, and all loose ends tied up. And I just don't think that is possible if the island is just going to disapeer forever with everyone on it.
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by Caged_Faraday on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:16 pm

Very succinct. Well written. I'd love to add something, but I have nothing.

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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by Shion on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:41 pm

OMG... I cant see how a Lost Overview could be better. Very well written, very good post with nice and well placed images. Gratz!

I agree with all, and in my perspective, the following 2 seasons should answer these questions :
- Why they must go back ?
- Whats the four-toed statue ?
- Is Claire dead ? If so, how people who died in the island can interact with the living ?
- What about the bad numbers ? How those numbers can hunt Hurley off the island, and why they have been propagated in that radio tower ?
- Walt has some kind of power ? Remember his flashback bout killin that bird and his stepfather sayin hes afraid of him...
Omg... so many questions... Im gonna stop here... or Im goin crazy, cause I dont think the producers can answer it all in 2 seasons.
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by TheHolyStickman on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:54 pm

Shion, I think the whole four toed statue thing was blown way out of proportion. If the writers havent given any new info then it means its not that important. It might just be to symbolise ancient civilisations on the island and that the island has been inhabited for thousands of years.

And also, Good work Angelo, but I saw the season as more of a protecting and getting off the island season.
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by vincentthedog on Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:07 pm

Awsome! Brillant as always! I personal love that ending seeing everyone we ever met happy and healthy living in harmony as a family while dressed as hostile bums. Perfect ending for me,
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by eda on Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:09 am

Very nice post !

I want a really messed up ending, where almost everyone dies towards the end and we all go like wtf and it all gets very dark and serious. But after we get all the answers of course.

I guess it might have a happier ending though, since it's a Disney production. But it would be so dramatic if major characters like Kate or Jack would die. Or to see Ben die.. that would be priceless haha tongue
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by nino_1 on Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:06 am

BRAVO AC
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by SunburnedPenguin on Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:28 pm

Brilliant over-view Smile

My prediction for the next 2 seasons are a little different though. I think we have seen a subtle game-changer in the season 4 finale and season 5 will not be flash forwards, but instead we will revisit old scenes and see what we missed the first time. What makes me think this is the scene where we see Jacks "We have to go back" plea to Kate and we see previously unshown footage of her reversing the car and continuing the conversation. This was originally a game-changing scene itself at the end of season 3, setting the scene for flashforwards in the next season.

I think these revisits will be set to a backdrop of the 06 coming together and working with Ben to get back to the island, possibly with a little help from Walt too, with the people left on the island fighting to survive on an island that has probably undergone a massive climate change!

Season 6, I think, will then be the final struggle for the island, a final battle with Widmore on one side, and everyone - hostiles, others and losties, working together on the other side. I see a last scene of them triumphant and deciding to stay on thier beloved island....and then suddenly they look up and see a plane crashing down onto the island....Locke giving orders to scouts to go and check for survivors and pretend to be one of them.........

I think a lot of questions will remain unanswered, and we will all be re-watching the whole thing again and again trying to sedate our obsessions and find more clues we just might have missed the first time....I dont expect that last final "vooooom" of the last ever episode to leave me feeling completely satisfied that I know all the answers and would be disapointed if it did Smile

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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by wtfsignmeup on Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:25 pm

Whatever the way of it, once
the Island has all that are connected to it back within its embrace it
will disappear. Gone forever from the world to a place where not even
God can see it. Truly and definitively. . . Lost.
I love this AC!

Irocz28 wrote:
I think it would be in the shows best interest to end with a nice, neat, definite conclusion, with all mysteries answered, and all loose ends tied up. And I just don't think that is possible if the island is just going to disapeer forever with everyone on it.
I think most people would agree with you Irocz, but the way the writers operate makes me doubt that there will be definitive answers to a lot of the mysteries. I think we'll be given the same thought provoking possibilities that will keep us all debating for ages after the last episode airs.
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by solarchap on Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:54 am

Tidy Ac, very tidy, and well written.

It is mad how Ben has become such a central character, yet as you say, he appeared way late in season 2, I have gotten so used to him, I forgot he had not always been in it.

Can't say I want that specific ending, I do agree that the Island being forever Lost would be very apt, but from a personal point of view, I want bloodshed and betrayals and outright jaw-dropping shock.

I hope it does not end like it does in the video game!

Good summary Ac.
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by StitchExp626 on Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:21 am

I think your prediction for the ending AC is just perfect. If it happens like that then we know where Carlton and Damon got the idea from!!!!

Well done AC, a really interesting and well thought out overview!

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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by MollyCocktail on Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:16 pm

I like it, then again I don't.
I still need to know definatively why these specific people were chosen.
If the island calls them all back and simply vanishes again, we'll never know their full purpose. An ending like that would leave me very dissatisfied indeed. I'd actually feel better if they all died instead!
If we all agree that time travel is central to understanding LOST, then perhaps the reason they are being called back is to mend the timeline...err...course correction.

And if I'm right about that, then Desmond and Penny will not be together very long. "The only great thing you'll ever do Desmond, is to go to that island and push that button."
If Mrs. Hawking speaks the truth here, does it not follow that Desmond will find himself back in the Swan pushing the button, preventing 815 from EVER crashing?

::shrugs::
I don't know.
But this scenario seems more plausible to me.
If the goal is to protect the island, then course correction must ensue. If it is done correctly, then Lapidus will be flying 815.
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by Occam on Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:31 pm

So, AC, your take is that the Island is kind of Brigadoon, right? Wink

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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by AngeloComet on Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:15 pm

Occam, actually, yeah, I guess it is! (Though I only have vague recollections of that movie, but I think I got the gist.)
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Re: Season 4 Overview

Post by Occam on Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:37 pm

Or maybe... Shangri-lah / Shamballa? (From another movie, "Lost Horizons"; I think this is more appropriate)


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