"It's hiatus week on 'LOST' and I'm so 'LOST' without you."

It's so nice of the LOST people to give us a break like this isn't it? All that information they keep giving us in every episode is exhausting! It's like my brain is being pounded by revelations and answers galore. I know, I know, I'm being bitter and sarcastic. It is nice to have a week off. Even if I'm frustrated I am enjoying the sixth and final season of LOST very much! The actors have been amazing this season, the story line continues to twist and turn, and I'm getting more and more pumped to see the two hour series finale on May 23rd! Because there will be ANSWERS!!! God help us, there will be answers.

This season I really have had to sit back and appreciate the actors who have played the LOST characters I've come to know and love over the years. One major example of that is Emilie de Ravin and her portrayal of Claire. Claire started out on LOST as a quiet, almost simple person. Sure she was pregnant, had to give birth on a strange island, found and lost love with Charlie, was kidnapped, brain washed, and has a penchant for psychics but still, she was no weirdo. Fast forward to Claire now and that girl is WIGGITY-WIGGITY-WHACK! It takes more than crazy hair to pull off that kind of nuttery. Claire is not only harboring dead squirrels in homemade cribs but she's got that look in her eyes that says 'I could eat you, you know.' So I have been impressed by the turnaround of that character. I speculate that now Claire's story will end tragically. I fear that she will ultimately kill Kate and considering Kate just invited her aboard the good ship lolly pop, I think it's inevitable.

Another character that I've been impressed with this season is Hurley. Jorge Garcia is brilliant as Hugo "Hurley" Reyes. Hurley began and ended most of his time on LOST as the comic relief. He does well as the big guy who gets the laughs but guess what, he also does well at SERIOUS. His delivery of the line "Because if you don't we're all going to die" in the episode 'Ab Aeterno' was spot on. Now he can't do John Locke serious because Hurley would never be like that. I felt like Hurley really has delivered the more serious plot pieces exactly like his character should. And even though I cherish the times Hurley throws hot pockets and statues of Jesus I can appreciate the tone of seriousness when he brings it.

Terry O'Quinn has blown my mind this season as both John Locke and Fake Locke. I'm one of those people who has never liked the John Locke character. I can remember watching the first episode when Locke smiles at Kate with the orange peel in his mouth and thinking to myself "what a freaking weirdo." John Locke has always been a character that I have felt a sort of sympathetic/hate feeling for. For all the months he spent whining about his destiny and spouting off about 'what the Island wanted' I have exhausted my eyes rolling them so much. With Fake Locke I enjoy his screen time more. I'm intrigued by the character though I still don't like him. When Fake Locke told Jack that John Locke was "a sucker" I totally got it. I think Terry O'Quinn has mastered playing both John Locke and Fake Locke. I can totally tell the difference between the two. I imagine that's not easy to do as an actor playing two characters on one show.

I wouldn't feel right about my article if I didn't draw attention to the Ben Linus character as well. Michael Emerson has played that guy with genius talent! When Ben Linus first came onto the show as Henry Gail in season two and I was annoyed by the character. My annoyance changed pretty quickly though because Ben has emerged as one of the best and most well developed characters in TV history. There are so many layers to Ben and every one of them fascinates me. I look forward to episodes centered on his character. I look forward to the revelations he makes and the times when he is humbled and tells the truth. This season Ben's best moment was in the jungle with Ilana when he explained his loss of faith in Jacob. The line Ben says after Ilana asks him why he wants to join Locke has brought tears to my eyes multiple times this year: "Because he's the only one who will have me." When a man is on his knees (figuratively) and knows he needs redemption, that redemption is the only thing that will save him, that's moving. You won't see that kind of stuff on NCIS!!

We have had several answers given to us this season so I can't totally call LOST out for failing to deliver. We learned so much about Richard Alpert in his episode 'Ab Aeterno,' easily the best episode of the season. We know Alpert doesn't age and cannot die because of a gift Jacob gave him by touching him. We know Alpert came to the island on the Black Rock and that very ship was the reason the four toed statue came crumbling down. We also know the whispers are made by the people who have died on the island and cannot move on because of things they have done. The smoke monster has claimed that he was, in fact, walking around the island as Christian Shepherd (something I personally believe to be a total lie). We know Jacob has been guarding the island and keeping the Man in Black there for a long, long time. And we know that the Man in Black (who is now Fake Locke) will kill whoever he has to to get off the island.

Things we can speculate or hope to find out about during the final episodes and the finale are: will the islanders become aware of their sideways lives? Will Fake Locke escape the island or will someone step into Jacobs shoes to keep him trapped? Will many of our favorite lead castaways bite the big one or find redemption? What exactly is the Island? Are Widmore and Fake Locke in cahoots? How will the children of the castaways come into play: Walt, Aaron, Ji Yeon? Where will Juliet pop up in the sideways world? I know there are probably a billion other questions we want answers to and feel free to call me out on missing them but these are the major one's sticking out at me.

Starting next Tuesday we have three episodes left before the two hour season finale. Next week will be "The Candidate" (5/4), followed by "Across the Sea" the next week (5/11), and then "What they died for" will be the last regular episode before the finale (5/18). The two hour season finale is titled "The End" (5/23). A pretty fitting title! You don't get much clearer than that do you? I wonder about next week's episode titled "The Candidate" because it must be about one of them specifically, Jack perhaps? I've heard on the LOST message boards that "Across the Sea" is supposed to be about Jacob and the Man in Black again. I love those episodes! And I have to guess that "What they died for" will be about why the people who have died on the island had to die. So many times on the show it's been said that "the island was done with them" after people die so maybe we get a solid answer to that one! For now all we can do is sit and wait. It's bitter sweet coming so close to the end. I know I want the answers but when the show is over and I wake up on May 24th I might just feel... LOST.

Lastly I'd like to leave you with the lyrics to a song that best expresses my emotions on LOST right now. The song is by one of the greatest 80's bands ever, Air Supply and is titled "All Out of Love." Please enjoy!

Air Supply - All Out of Love:

I'm lying alone with my head on the phone

Thinking of you till it hurts

I know you hurt too but what else can we do

Tormented and torn apart

I wish I could carry your smile and my heart

For times when my life feels so low

It would make me believe what tomorrow could bring

When today doesn't really know, doesn't really know


I 'm all out of love, I'm so lost without you

I know you were right believing for so long

I 'm all out of love, what am I without you

I can't be too late to say that I was so wrong

I want you to come back and carry me home

Away from this long lonely nights

I'm reaching for you, are you feeling it too

Does the feeling seem oh so right

And what would you say if I called on you now

And said that I can't hold on

There's no easy way, it gets harder each day

Please love me or I'll be gone, I'll be gone

Chorus :

Oh, what are you thinking of?

What are you thinking of?

Oh, what are you thinking of?

What are you thinking of?



Bry Schulz is a writer, photographer, and mother who really hates squash. Not necessarily the game but definitely the vegetable. Email Bry at bry@zoiksonline.com.

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Anonymous said...

this was a LAME blog.


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