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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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
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