When Lost exploded onto our screens in a plane crash thanks to HBO and Bad Robot back in 2004, its many mysteries, twists and turns had us hooked. But 16 years later there are still many questions that weren’t answered on Lost.
The show posed a new question in every episode. It made household names out of stars such as Josh Holloway Evangeline Lilly and Matthew Fox
HBO viewing figures declined in later seasons. But many loyal fans kept watching avidly in the faith that all would be revealed. JJ Abrams’ closing episode was a disappointing anti-climax for some. But what is harder to digest is the plethora of questions unanswered and loose ends that were never tied up.
Are the answers in there somewhere, waiting for more powerful brains to figure them out? Or are these questions that writers Lieber, Abram and Lindeloff simply forgot or ran out of space to include in their series arcs? If their goal was to keep the Lost legacy alive as long as some mysteries remained then they certainly succeeded. Here we are, a decade later, still trying to figure it all out.
Here are 9 questions from Lost that remain unanswered!
1. Who Was Mother?
Family and parenthood was a central theme throughout the series. With the focus mainly on dysfunctional families and selfish parents. The first question originates in chronological time rather than the order of episodes. Who was the mysterious woman who killed Jacob’s biological mother and stole him along with his twin brother? We never find out how she made it to the island. Except that she told the twins’ mother it was “by accident”. She seems to have been one of the first nominated protectors of the island, but we never learn how this came to be. We are also left wondering whether she had superhuman powers. As she was able to destroy the well and kill The Man In Black’s people all on her own. Could she have been created by the island itself?
When Jacob lays her corpse alongside his evil brother’s in the cave, he places the black and white pieces from his game next to them, symbolising good and evil. If Jacob’s brother is evil, does that mean Mother was good? Or do her murders and violence suggest she is also part monster? Perhaps the Smoke Monster that we attribute to Jacob’s brother?
2. Why Are the Dads So Terrible?
The show focuses heavily on poor relationships between fathers and their children. But also gives us one of the unanswered questions from Lost. Ben’s father perpetually ignored him and even missed his birthday. Then Locke’s father stole his kidney and pushed him out of a window. And Ben allowed Alex to be killed by Widmore’s men.
Fathers fail repeatedly on and off the island. Jack’s brutal relationship with his dad left him disconnected and battered his confidence. While Kate was forced to kill her own abusive dad. Even Boone, who saw a pseudo-father figure in John Locke, was let down by the older man when his unwavering trust led to his untimely death.
Good fathers on Lost are either absent or tainted. The only dad worth his salt was Michael. Michael’s unwillingness to give up on Walt finally led to him being allowed to leave the island. Even so, Michael’s happy ending was short-lived as his devotion to his son forced him to commit the murders that eventually led to his suicide and left him trapped on the island as a whisper. Which brings us neatly on to our next question:
3. What Happened To Walt?
Walt seemed central to the meaning behind the island. Hailed as the “special” child with amazing gifts including the first to time travel. But, once Michael rescued his son, he left the island and was barely heard of again.
Even when Michael returned, all we understand is that his relationship with Walt broke down. To be fair, the actor was growing up quickly and it makes sense that the character had to be written out before he grew too old to look the part. But some kind of answer about how his gifts worked and why he seemed the “chosen one” would surely not have gone amiss. Ending his days in a mental institution seems no way to treat a character with such promise. We would also have loved to see him reunited with his beloved dog.
4. What Was With The Animals?
From Kate and Sawyer petting a strangely calm black horse to the polar bear that appeared and disappeared with no explanation. We never found out where these animals came from or why they appeared so infrequently on the island.
One of our questions is could it have been that some kind of weird ‘Lost’ wormhole allowed them to travel fleetingly from their home environment and then back again without so much as a time-hop or even the appearance of the Smoke Monster? And what did that polar bear find to eat? If these animals could survive on the island, how come we never seemed to come across any more of them or found where they lived?
5. What Is The Light?
The heart of the island centres around a magic circle of water emitting a bright, luminous light. Mother alludes to this light as life itself when she says it is the same light that is in every living thing. If that is true, why did being thrown into the light turn the Man In Black into the Smoke Monster? It clearly didn’t kill him, rather it made him immortal, but why does he seem unable to assume his original human form anymore? Does living as a pillar of black smoke give him more powers than a mortal body? Although he might have been made of “the light”, we are left wondering why he so often assumes the opposite colour: black.
From his black clothing in one shape to his black plumes in another. Unless he is adopting the form of one of the dead characters, there is rarely anything “light” about the Man In Black. Most critics believe this is because he is evil incarnate, but if this is true then how could he have been “made” from the light that is meant to be pure and good?
6. Why Didn’t The Man In Black Kill Locke?
John Locke encountered The Man In Black in the first season but wasn’t afraid or hurt by him: if anything, he was fascinated. He said he had “looked into the eye of the island” and that it was “beautiful“.
It could be that The Man In Black saw a similarity between himself and Locke. Or he believed that Locke could be instrumental in helping him to get off the island.
Locke was inherently good for most of the time he was alive on the island, just like he had been in his life before boarding flight Oceanic 816.
We know that Jacob visited Locke several times from when he was a child, suggesting he had been chosen as a potential protector of the island. If Jacob had selected Locke as a protector, this would make him The Man In Black’s nemesis. Which begs the question why the black smoke didn’t kill Locke when he had the chance?
Was Locke himself already protected by the same force that prevented The Man In Black from killing Jacob?
It’s possible that all of the candidates were protected by the same power. But, if that is the case, why did Locke say he saw a bright light emit from the Smoke Monster? Was the light a different force, originating from the heart of the island rather than from the monster itself?
7. What Were The Numbers?
Hurley’s magic lottery numbers that brought him nothing but bad luck, Rousseau’s map, the serial number of the hatch, all questions. The numbers made such an impact on Lost they were almost a character in their own right. Towards the end of the season, a deeper meaning was attributed to the numbers. But it’s one of the questions from Lost that remains.
Each of the island’s potential protectors was given a number and the final six candidates were, given one of the season’s magic numbers. This still doesn’t explain why the numbers seemed to haunt Hurley, even appearing on the speedometer of his newly fixed Camaro. It also doesn’t explain why Leonard from Hurley’s mental institute was so obsessed by them.
Leonard’s connection with the island and its numbers were never explored. So it is safe to assume Leonard’s role is only to assist in the plot development of Hurley’s character. It would have been pretty cool, though, if Leonard turned out to be a former inhabitant of the island or even Jacob in disguise.
8. Why Was Childbirth Such An Issue?
The earliest history we are given of the island seemed to begin with the birth of the twins, Jacob and The Man In Black.
Other characters also successfully gave birth on the island including Claire and Rousseau. Yet, for most of the inhabitants, childbirth seems impossible. Most pregnancies on the island failed to make it past 100 days for reasons that baffled the show’s scientists and philosophers alike.
Juliet was brought to the island to try to solve the issue. The Others became obsessed with the pregnant Claire in the hope she might offer a potential cure to their curse. We never find an answer to why island inhabitants are unable to procreate. Another of the questions that remain from Lost is what was symbolic about day 100? With the show’s preoccupation with numbers, it would have made more sense if Hurley’s magic numbers had been involved in some way.
9. Why Didn’t Michael Make It To The Church?
The final episode of Lost seemed to answer a raft of questions. Almost all of our favourite characters made it to the church where they reunited briefly before stepping together into a dreamy afterlife.
While this left many of the shows fans divided, at least most of the show’s much loved heroes were rewarded with a happy ending. Apart from poor old Michael, who is destined to spend eternity trapped on the island as a disembodied whisper.
It makes sense in some way that the whispers are the disconnected voices of those who have died on the island. It begs the question of why so many other characters who also died on the island made it to the Church for their happy ending. Michael was a murderer, so it could be that becoming a whisper is his punishment. Yet so many of the other characters killed people, both on and off the island, and they didn’t suffer the same fate. Alternatively, becoming a whisper might have been Michael’s fate as a result of committing suicide.
The suicide question
Is this an echo of the Christian church’s view that suicides couldn’t make it to heaven? The reason why they were buried outside of churchyards on unhallowed ground? Could this religious link be why Jack’s father, also called Christian, is given the task of leading the flock from the church into heaven?
A decade later and Lost is still discussed almost as vividly as when the show was on air. Mini-series such as The Missing Pieces haven’t answered any questions so it might be time for J.J. Abrams and his friends to take us back to the island. Failing that, we all need to keep going back to season one to look for more clues and mysteries.
And that’s our list of 9 questions from Lost that we still don’t know the answers to? Did we miss any more? Do you know the answers to any of these questions? If so, leave us a comment below.
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Squid Game – Review
The Players and Games
On 17 September 2021, South Korean, Netflix series Squid Game was released. Unbeknown to many including writer and creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, this nine-part drama quickly became the most talked about and watched show around the world.
The extremely well written, staged and thought-out show is a mix of ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Battel Royal’ all rolled into one. To make an intense and binge-able series from start to finish.
The series can be watched with subtitles or dubbed. We would suggest watching it subtitled as some of the dubbed voiceovers don’t quite match up to the characters and you can lose some of the intensity in the scenes. With both options, however, you will still be able to get a good handle of the story, as you follow hundreds of money-poor contestants take on the deadly childhood games.
SPOILERS: If you haven’t watched the whole of Squid Game yet. Stop reading here as we are about to review the players and the games, with some hefty spoilers added in.
All dressed in green tracksuits the players are the focus of the story, and the costuming made sure they did just that. In Screen Rants video Squid Game: 15 Things You Missed, we find out that Dong-hyuk wanted the players in school uniforms. But after realising they would have to wear shorts and skirts, he went with the PE style tracksuits in green, the opposite colour to red on the colour wheel… to make sure the blood stood out.
The game starts with 456 players, but there are eight main characters, who we are invited to find out more about within the story.
Seong Gi-hun (player 456)
The very first player we are introduced to is gambling addict Seong Gi-hun, Played by actor and successful model Lee Jung-jae. Gi-hun lives with his mother, bets all her money on horses, has a lot of debts, and gets his own daughter’s birthday gift from an arcade game. Which cleverly links to the boxes they use for coffins, within the game.
Gi-hun, is a great main character because through his lies and bad habits, his narrative is written to show that he has a compassionate side too, which you can relate to.
Kang Sae-byeok (player 067)
The next character we meet is Kang Sae-byeok, portrayed perfectly by model Jung Ho-yeon, in her first ever acting role. The character arc of the strong, independent, pickpocket, is so interesting and endearing to watch. She goes from depending on herself to becoming part of a team and putting her trust in others.
Her back story is of wanting money to help her brother leave an orphanage and to move her mother from North to South Korea. This puts her in a very sympathetic light which urges us the viewer to root for her.
Cho Sang-woo (Player 218)
The next player we are introduced to is Cho Sang-woo, this complex character played by popular TV actor Park Hae Soo. His own story and mannerisms are what make him such an interesting and confusing character who one minute you like, for example when he helps the team out in tug-of-war game or the other minute you despise especially after the stunt he pulled with Ali, in the marble arena. This makes him one of the best characters to have in a show like this as he is unpredictable, like we saw at the end of game six.
Oh il-Nam (player 001)
The heart and soul of the team… or so we thought! Was Oh il-Nam player 001- we should have known!
One of the smartest players in the game was expertly played by actor and writer, Oh Young-soothe. The likable old man had us going all the way to the end and even made some of us cry in the marble game making the twist at the end of the series even better.
Jang Deok-Su (Player 101)
All good games need a villain, luckily there were a lot within the 456 players, but none were as bad as actor Heo Sung-tae’s portrayal of tatted Jang Deok-su.
Player 101, comes in hitting one of the female players and leaves being dragged down by another one! His well-written character had us shouting at the screen and hoping for a worthy death, and after his betrayal to Han Mi-nyeo before tug of war, she served him the cruel departure from the game we had all hoped for.
Abdul Ali (Player 199)
After saving Gi-Hun in the red light, green light game. Abdul Ali showed not only his strength but his love and trust in others which unfortunately would also become his demise…Thanks to snaky Sang-woo.
Actor Anupam Tripathi took his first big TV role and ran with it becoming one of the most loved characters in the series. Even getting a barrage of meme’s made for the character following his wrongful and underhanded death.
Han Mi-nyeo (Player 212)
Due to the copious amounts of death and blood, it’s always wise to have a little comic relief. Han Mi-nyeo’s character was certainly that, with her frequently used catchphrase of ‘I’m good at everything, except for the things I’m not’. Portrayed by Californian born actress Kim Joo-ryeong, the loud and obnoxious character really gave the competitive edge to the game, especially in the honeycomb games when she cheated, using a lighter to melt the candy! Her character, however, did get a little grating at times.
Ji-yeong (Player 240)
Our biggest issue with this character was that there was simply not enough screen time! Played by Lee Yoo-mi in her first major role, the character of Ji-yeong captured our hearts in just three episodes. Particularly as we got to know more about her harrowing backstory if only there was a way that both Ji-yeong and Sae-byeok could have left the marble arena together!
The main part of the story of Squid Game, is the six schoolyard games, which the players must play and win to get their hands on the life-changing sum of money.
Game 1: Red Light, Green Light.
The aim of the game is not to move when the ‘creepiest doll in history’ is looking, otherwise you are eliminated, and in this game, this doesn’t just mean out! When the ‘creepy doll’ isn’t looking you need to run as quick as you can and try and cross the line within the time frame. Sounds easy right? Not when you realise if you move… you die!
Red Light, Green Light is where the players realise what kind of game they are involved in and where we lost over half to the players too!
The schoolyard set and creepy doll voice just add to the tension of this game, which is also amplified by the visuals of the game in play accompanied by the switch over to the Front Man as he watched the game through monitors whilst listening to the song ‘Fly me to the moon’.
Game 2: Honeycomb/Dalgano Candy
To be safe in this game you need to successfully cut out a shape from Honeycomb, without damaging or breaking the shape. The only tool you are given to help you is a needle.
At the beginning of this game, we truly see the back-stabbing side of Sang-woo, as he realises what game it is, as the players start to pick their shape, before knowing what they need to do.
In the know, Sang-woo goes for the easiest shape, a triangle, and neglects to warn the others as Gi-Hun walks over to pick the hardest shape, the umbrella. This game separates the cheaters from the thinkers as Mi-nyeo and Deok-su use a lighter and Gi-Hun uses his brain and licks the shape free.
The climbing frames, bright colours, childish music and gunshots provide the perfect setting to make this whole scene completely unnerving for the players and the viewers.
Game 3: Tug of War
In teams of ten, it’s time for the players to play Tug of War. The main basis of this game needs no introduction, but instead of being pulled into a pile of mud like the classic game… you get pulled to your death.
Due to the Dr, Player 111, and his extra gameplay with some of the guards. (That involved selling body parts) Deok-su and his team know what game was coming up and managed to put together a team of strongmen to win their heat. Unfortunately, Gi-hun and his team didn’t have the same knowledge and in turn looked to have a weaker team than others. Luckily Il-Nam and Sang-Woo had solid gameplay ideas which saved the team.
The setting for Tug of War, took a bit of a dark turn and away from the schoolyard setting. With yellow and grey platforms set in a pitch-black room. Within this game, we lost half the players.
Game 4: Marbles
With this series, we all had the fear that at one point out favourites would be pitted against each other but not this early! Asked to pair up the players thought they would be playing together in teams like the last game, but that was not the case.
In the game of Marbles, the pairs were left to decide for themselves what game they wanted to play, with the loser being eliminated!
Probably one of the hardest games to watch as most pairs were playing a game of chance. If you were anything like us, we were hoping there was going to be another twist where some of the characters would survive in pairs but instead, we lost some big players and learned who were not to be trusted.
Having two games back-to-back where we lost half the players each time really helped keep the momentum of the story.
Game 5: Glass Bridge
To start this horrifying game of chance, the players had to pick their order, before knowing what the game was which led to a very tense moment where Gi Hun, almost went first. His indecisiveness helping him hugely here.
The aim of this game is for the remaining players to make their way across the glass bridge hopping from glass square to glass square, hoping to land on the tempered glass, rather than the normal glass which would break instantly sending them plummeting to their death.
Again, set in a pitch-black room with a few lights this game was intense! But it did however whittled the players down to three and showed Sang-woo’s ‘do anything for the money’ character again.
The added glass blasts at the end of the game also added an extra twist of tension as front runner Sae-byeok got severely injured.
Game 6: The Squid Game
With only two players left after Sang-woo eliminated Sae-byeok with a dinner knife, it was on to the final game and namesake of the series, Squid Game.
This game is divided into attacker (Gi-hun) and defender (Sang-woo). The attackers’ objective is to reach the “home” square marked on the opposite side of the field, while the defender’s purpose is to block them and push them out to win.
However, let’s be honest we saw very little gameplay as it ended up in a fight between the two finalists. The end of the game was gripping to watch, particularly with the knives in play and Gi-huns indecisive personality. Just as we think it’s all over, rather than putting his foot in the home square Gi-hun tries to get an injured Sang-woo to walk away from the game so they can both survive, giving up on the money.
But it a massive twist Sang-woo picks up the knife from the floor and instead of killing Gi-hun, like we anticipated, he kills himself. This was a great call from writer Hwang Dong-hyuk as it was unexpected and gave us a little extra from Sang-woos character. However, we can’t help but think that maybe it would have been a bigger twist if Sang-woo did kill Gi-Hun and won the games as no one was routing for him.
What do you think about our thoughts on the players and games within Squid Game? Let us know in the comments below.
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