Monday, May 24, 2010

LOST 6x17/18: "Perfectly perfect in every way"

The finale of LOST was one of the most highly anticipated television events ever -or at least hyped as such. The ratings seemed to support this, as they remained fairly steady for the duration of the episode – an unprecedented occurrence for a single event that lasted two and a half hours. If you’re reading this blog, you undoubtedly watched the episode, and you’ve probably been debating it for the last couple of days anyway. So rather than recap the full episode, I’d rather share with you my reaction to it and a couple of parallels I drew.

I loved it. I haven’t been uniformly positive about every episode of the series, but this was an amazing finale. Yes, it was sentimental. No, we didn’t see Walt or get the answer to what the numbers really meant or get the Man In Black’s name. (It was Samuel, by the way, according to a video clip on E!'s site.) And yes, it got pretty dusty in the room numerous times on Sunday night. But I feel great about “The End”.

Lost 6x17/18: The End

Top moments from the finale:

  • The Jack vs. UnLocke Crouching Tiger-like fight scene on the cliff. Epic in the storytelling, this was an epic moment in cinematography, as well.

  • Jack hands the keys to the island to Hurley. Hurley was always a fan favorite, and probably the most innocent among them. He was also a very simple, but that also made him pure and a very similar choice to Jacob.

  • Locke and Ben's conversation outside the church. It was good to see Ben's redemption continue and that he wanted to continue his life with Alex and perhaps Rousseau to repent for his on-island denial of her. To see John Locke kick away that wheelchair and embrace the island was a great moment.

  • Juliet and Sawyer finally go Dutch. The moment in LA X when Juliet is dying in Sawyer's arms is paid off finally as they meet at the candy machine over, of course, an Apollo Bar. To see their recognition was perhaps better than any other "awawkening" on the finale. (Though I'm sure some Sawyer/Kate "Skaters" felt otherwise.)

  • The callbacks to earlier episodes. From Jack and Locke looking down the golden cave waterfall toward Desmond reminding us of looking down the Swan hatch at him, to Juliet giving Sun a sonogram again, to Vincent and Jack in the bamboo forest, to the literal cork in the island that was keeping good in and evil out...

  • The score. Michael Giacchino's score was at least as important as any other element of LOST, and perhaps even more important than most. Thankfully, they made the decision for the series to use Giacchino and a live orchestra to score the series. In case the ending of LOST didn't get you somewhere between teary and sobbing, Giacchino's score undoubtedly did. Or else you have no heart.

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Some of my thoughts on the episode generally...

One theory of the Big Bang is that the Universe will eventually attain a critical density after many billions more years of expansion. It will reach its maximum size and then begin to contract, pulling in on itself and eventually ending with a dense mass of hot matter – known as the Big Crunch – resuming to a state similar to that in which the Universe started. As this happens, at least as I imagine it, the closer the matter returns to the Big Crunch state, the faster it moves.

This is how I interpreted the last season of LOST. We saw the Universe of the Losties begin to contract into the Big Crunch (or the big church?). And as we neared the end of the season, the action began occurring faster – Jin and Sun got a quick goodbye, Widmore no more, Sayid see you later…

The series ended much the way it began, with Vincent finding Jack on the beach and a close up on his eye. Except now, as the Big Crunch completes its contraction, we see Jack die, content as he sees a plane fly overhead that the next Big Bang will take a different path.

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One other thought I’ve been stuck with since yesterday… The final scene in the apparently non-denomonational church (on the stained glass window were a Christian Cross, a Jewish Star of David, a Hindu Om, a Muslim Star and Crescent Moon, a Buddhist Dharma Wheel, and a Tao Yin & Yang) felt to me a lot like the final scene in the 1984 film, Places in the Heart, a movie I saw as a kid. The film, set in the 1930s South, ends in an idealistic scene of redemption where all the characters are celebrating communion together at a church – black and white, killer and victim, alive and dead, etc. Regardless of their places or their actions in life or even when they died, they were all together spiritually. In the final battle of science vs. faith on LOST, the writers make the statement that the winner is faith.

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I can understand the confusion or even frustration of many fans. The ambiguity of elements of the final episode – and especially the final shots of the wreckage of an Oceanic flight – might appear to negate all of what we’d watched for the last 6 years…perhaps even negating anything we’d learned about the mythology of the island – from Jacob and MIB to the Dharma Initiative to the Others and the 815ers. I don’t believe that’s the case at all. Everything that happened on the island happened. After all, we know that on LOST, Whatever Happened, Happened.

In the Jimmy Kimmel reunion/recap special, Jimmy points out that in the season premiere, “LA X”, as the turbulence starts to subside, Rose tells Jack, “You can let go now. It’s ok, you can let go.” This was the first clue – in retrospect, a massive one – that the sideways was all leading to Jack letting go and crossing over. However, that off-island sideways flashes were happening in the limbo of Jack’s mind as he was stumbling through the bamboo forest. (Coincidentally, bamboo is tied to the creation myth in some Asian cultures.) He lays down there, just as we’d first found him, with Vincent escorting him again to his next phase…letting go.

As Juliet is giving Sun a sonogram, she tells Sun that her baby is "perfectly perfect in every way." LOST had its missteps, but as far as an overall television experience, it was a near-perfect experience to me.

Thank you, LOST, for six amazing years of unprecedented television.

Drop your comments, interpretations or recipes below.

- Sean Salo

Saturday, May 22, 2010

LOST 6x16: “Get your friends. We’re very close to the end.”

Richard Alpert gets a sore throat from UnLocke. Widmore whispers sweet nothings to UnLocke. Young Jacob asks to see Hurley’s ass…I mean ash. And Jack drinks the Kool-Aid.

LOST 6x16: What They Died For

I think I intentionally delayed the writing of this recap in the hopes that the season would somehow be extended if I did so. Alas, LOST is coming to an end tomorrow evening. I’m not even sure what to say about it. They media and fan community anticipation is almost overwhelming. I’ve never watched the show with anyone really but my wife, so in a way I’m glad we’re having people over to watch tomorrow as a distraction from the impossible hype.

They’re literally rushing through to the end. (More than I’m comfortable with, actually…) So as we come to the end of this incredible series, what did you think about this episode, and how do you think it’s going to end? I just want to thank my regular readers – even the ones who pester me about where the recaps are within hours of the episode airing. And commenters to the blog, I think I’ll miss you most of all. Comment below with your thoughts.

Los Angeles, 2004:

We see another close-up on Jack’s eye open the episode and are called back to the pilot episode post-crash. Sideways Jack wakes up and walks into his bathroom to see blood on his neck, just as he had on the sideways flight 815. This time, it appears that the wound is fresh. At breakfast, David reminds Jack about the concert, and Jack asks him if his mom will be there.

Out walks Claire, and they eat breakfast together as a family. The phone rings, and it’s Oceanic Airlines saying they’ve found the coffin. However, we see that on the other end of the line is Desmond, grinning.

Nerd alert: More mirror staring time…

Question: The mom has got to be Juliet, right?

Desmond starts his car, and we realize he’s back in the same parking lot where he hit Locke and sent him and his wheelchair flying. Dr. Ben Linus happens to be walking by and jumps in front of the car and calls for help, screaming for someone to call 911. Desmond hops out of the car and starts wailing on Ben. But Desmond says, “I’m not here to hurt him, I’m here to help him let go.” Ben asks who he is, and Desmond starts wailing on his face.

Ben gets flashes of Desmond wailing on him at the pier, when Ben was there to shoot Penny, and it’s clear that Ben has some recognition of what Desmond was trying to awaken him to see.

Ben goes to the school nurse’s office and is staring into the mirror as Locke wheels up. He tells Locke of the attack, and Locke tries to call the police. But Ben tells him that Desmond said he was trying to get Locke to let go, and he says that he believed him. Ben asks if that means anything to him, and it’s clear Locke’s gears start turning.

Walking into the police precinct, Desmond asks to see a detective. Miles reminds Det. James (“Sawyer”) Ford about the benefit concert for his father’s museum and invites James again. Desmond comes into the room and confesses that he hit Ben with his car. They walk Desmond back to lockup and he’s placed in a cell with Sayid and one next to Kate.

Question: Do they actually keep men and women in adjacent cells? I’m thinking not.

Bending down, Alex runs over to Dr. Linus and is upset to see him hurt. She’s dumbfounded that anyone could do this to “the nicest man on earth”. She insists on giving him a ride home, and his mother, Danielle Rousseau (she cleans up pretty nice) invites him for dinner as well. At the house, Danielle tells him that Alex is the closest thing to a father she’s ever had, and Ben looks out to see her and realizes his impact, but also, I’m guessing, is remembering the sideways pain of losing her on the island.

Locke arrives at Jack’s office and starts talking to him about the coincidences between them. He tells Jack that Desmond wanted Locke to “let go”, which is the same thing that Jack told him earlier in the hospital. He realizes it’s time to let go and try the surgery to re-gain use of his legs again.

Kate, Desmond and Sayid are in a van, and Sayid agrees to work with them to get free. The door in the van opens and it’s Ana Lucia. Hurley arrives with a bag of cash to bribe Ana Lucia to let them go. (So Ana Lucia is the only one of the sideways folks that havent been redeemed?) Desmond tells Kate they’re going to a concert.

On the island, 2007:
On the beach, Jack’s making some thread out of an old shirt and sewing up Katie’s bullet wound. Kate’s taking it like a trooper, but acknowledges what we all knew and hoped wouldn’t go unnoticed – that Sun and Jin left behind a little girl, and that Jin never even met her. Kate tells Jack that they have to kill Locke, and he answers, “I know.”

Nerd alert: Call back to the pilot episode when Kate sewed up the wound on Jack’s shoulder.

Staring out at the ocean, Sawyer sees a pair of life vests washing ashore and we’re reminded again of Sun and Jin. Kate cuddles up to Sawyer. Jack says that they have to set out to find Desmond to protect him from Locke.

We re-visit Ben, Miles and Richard (finally!) as they’re looking for Ben’s old house. Miles asks if Ben knows where he’s going, and Ben reminds them he lived there for years, but Miles retorts that he was there 30 years before him, “otherwise known as last week”. Ben wants to find the C-4 explosives in his house so they can blow up the plane.

Nerd alert: Didn’t Ben’s face looked bruised in almost the same exact way as in the flash sideways post-Des beating?

Miles is stopped in his tracks, and Richard tells Ben that Miles is sensing Alex, because Richard buried her there. Ben looks more determined than ever to complete his task. They head into Ben’s secret room and as they’re packing it up, they hear someone out in the house. They find Zoe in the kitchen, and Ben asks, as if for the rest of us, “who the hell are you?” Charles Widmore answers, “She’s with me,” as he walks into the house.

Ben asks what he’s doing there, and Widmore sends off Zoe to sink the outrigger so UnLocke can’t use it. He tells Ben that the plane is already rigged with explosives. Asking how Widmore got back to the island, Ben is in disbelief to hear that Jacob asked him to come. Just as he’s about to reveal his plan, Zoe interrupts the answer by radioing in that UnLocke has arrived at the dock.

In the jungle, Sawyer asks Jack if he’s responsible for the deaths on the sub, and Jack assures him it was Locke who killed them. Trailing behind, Hurley sees young Jacob, who demands the bag of ashes from Hurley. He snatches them from his hand, and Jacob runs off. Hurley chases after him and finds adult Jacob sitting by a campfire.

Jacob tells him that his ashes are in the fire, and when they’re gone, Hurley will never see him again. “You should get your friends, we’re very close to the end, Hugo.”

Charles and Zoe go to hide, and Ben asks for their walkies. Miles runs off, and Alpert goes out to confront UnLocke and talk to him. Ben goes out to witness the exchange. What he sees instead, was the black smoke monster come barreling into the village and throws Richard – BY…HIS…THROAT – across New Otherton. (I guess UnLocke wasn’t all that interested in talking after all.) Ben slowly walks to the porch and he appears to be waiting to die. UnLocke walks up and uses his hunting knife to clean his finger nails. He tells Ben that he needs him to kill a few more people (UnLocke still can’t directly kill the Candidates), and asks whose outrigger was at the dock. Ben not only tells him it was Widmore’s, but that he’s hiding in the closet in Ben’s house.

Gripe: So Richard Alpert is tossed away like trash? Like an unimportant bit player? I'm hoping he's still alive and will factor into the finale episode...

Question: Ben is totally playing UnLocke, yes?

Ben tells UnLocke where to find them and even that Zoe is armed. He opens the safe room, and UnLocke is almost pleasant again, “how nice it is to talk without those fences between us.” He asks who Zoe is, and Widmore tells her not to say anything. Locke pulls out his knife and slits her throat. “You told her not to talk to me and that made her pointless.” He tells Charles that if he doesn’t help him get off the island, he will get off eventually, and he will kill Penny.

Widmore starts to answer questions saying that he brought Desmond there as “a measure of last resort.” He says he won’t say any more in front of Ben, and just as he starts, Ben shoots him three times, and declares: “He doesn’t get to save his daughter.” UnLocke says that Widmore had already told him what he needed.

At the campfire, Hurley introduces – or re-introduces – Jack, Kate and Sawyer to Jacob. Hurley is dumbfounded that the others can see him. Kate asks about the names on the wall and wants to know that Sun, Jin and Sayid didn’t die for nothing. They sit down as Jacob tells them why they’re there.

Nerd alert: The four Candidates are the same four as those kidnapped by the Others in season two's "Live Together, Die Alone".

Jacob says that he doesn’t know where to start. Hurley wisely points him to “why you brought us to the island.” Jacob admits that he made a mistake creating the black smoke monster and because of that every one of them and everyone they know is going to die. Sawyer complains that he was doing fine until he was dragged there, but he calls bullshit – they were all like him, all alone and looking for something they couldn’t find. Kate asks why her name was crossed off in the cave, and he dismisses it, saying he crossed her out because she became a mother, “it was just a line of chalk in a cave, the job is yours if you want it.” Jacob asks them to kill UnLocke. He gives them a choice on whether they want to take over for him, and Jack steps up, saying this is his purpose.

Question: So all the over analyzing of the names on the cave and on the wheel were for nothing? And the cave was actually Jacob’s and not MIB’s? Man, that was a lot of thinking that went into that storyline down the drain, when essentially anyone on the island could have been a candidate.

Sawyer jokes, “I thought that guy had a God-complex before…” Hurley’s relieved, saying he’s just glad it’s not him. Jacob tells Jack to find the heart of the island out past the bamboo he was laying in when 815 crashed. Jack says there’s nothing out there, but Jacob smiles coyly. He tells Jack that he can now get there. Jacob asks for a cup and starts to say some Latin prayers as he cleanses his hands. Jack asks how long he’ll need to do the job, and Jacob says, “as long as you can.” Jack finishes the cup of water and Jacob says, “now you’re like me.” Long pause from Jack on this news…

Nerd alert: Again, this scene was reminiscent of Jesus turning the water into wine.

Ben asks why UnLocke would even bother walking when he can just float above it. UnLocke answers that he likes to have his feet on the ground – it reminds him that he used to be human. They arrive at the well and see that Desmond is no longer down there. He tells Ben that he’s happy that Desmond is still alive because he’s going to use Desmond to destroy the island.

So in the home stretch, how do you think it’s going to end? Drop a comment below with your thoughts or theories (no spoilers if you know of them).

-Sean Salo

Friday, May 14, 2010

LOST 6x15: Take the cup and drink

Jacob’s momma was so pregnant… (How pregnant was she?!) She was so pregnant that she gave birth to Jacob AND Baby In Black. Claudia opted for the hot stone massage at the tropical spa, but got stoned to death instead. Zac Effron joined the cast as Boy in Black and taunted his slightly dimwitted brother, Jacob. CJ Cregg from The West Wing tells Boy Jacob and his brother they have to protect the island’s tanning salon from the riff raff. And we visit Adam and Eve again - and they’re not even close to the people anyone even remotely guessed.

Hoping for Man in Black’s name as a consolation for not seeing the rest of the cast? You’re sh!t outta luck, my friend.

Lost 6x15: Across the Sea

I’ll admit I was worried when I heard this would be an episode with none of the main cast. I didn’t know what to expect, and was frustrated they were talking a pause from the main storyline with so few episodes to go. But this was a story that needed to be told, and this was one of the more beautiful episodes of the entire series. It was filled with mythology and religion and history – and answers. And the cinematography in this one - bananas! Few episodes have divided the fandom as much as this one. But I loved it!

So what about you – did you hit the “Like button” on this one, or did you feel like Damon and Carlton smashed in your brain with a rock? Comment below.

Before I head into the recap, I just want to call out a couple of people… My wife Katie and my brother Phil are either the sounding boards for the theories I write about or they formulate them and then bounce them off me. I couldn’t have blogged this series without them, and to them I say: Namaste.

On the island, date unclear:
A mysterious woman wakes up on the beach and stumbles into the jungle. She’s very pregnant and appears dressed in ancient clothing. She stops at a creek to drink and wigs out at a woman in strange garb who walks up to her. Speaking Latin, she asks if she’s hurt and offers to help. The island woman prepares medicine with a mortar and pestle (like Dogen?). The first woman says her name is Claudia, and then for the sake of the audience, they switch over to English.

Nerd alert: Claudia was a Roman Vestal Virgin. While not Claudia, one of the Vestal Virgins was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome.

Claudia asks how she got there, and the woman answers that she too got there by accident. In true LOST form, the woman thwarts any other questions, saying they’ll only lead to further questions, and she tells Claudia to rest. Claudia wants to find her other shipmates, but the woman says she’ll find them if there’s anyone else. Suddenly Claudia goes into labor and announces, “it’s coming.”

Nerd alert: Small call back to Jacob telling UnLocke, “they’re coming!” after Ben stabbed him.

Claudia delivers the baby, and it’s a boy she names Jacob. GASP! (The kid looked 3 months old, by the way, but I’m guessing there are child labor laws preventing newborns from working in a tropical jungle.) Surprise! She’s still in labor and delivers another boy. Claudia says, “I only picked one name.” (Baby in Black is crying and more fussy.) She asks to see the baby, and the woman says “I’m sorry” as she bashes her head in with a rock.

Nerd alert: Danielle Rousseau’s storyline, anyone?

Flash ahead about 13 years and there’s a dark-haired teenager on the beach who finds a game (Senet) in a box. A blonde-haired boy (the kid we’ve been seeing run around the jungle! I knew he was Jacob), sits down with the other boy. Boy in Black (BIB) swears Jacob to secrecy about the game, and they play.

Nerd alert: Jacob and BIB were “raised by another.”

Question: What was up with the huge turtle on the beach? Was it dead?

Nerd alert: The game was the ancient Egyptian game of Senet, but clearly is a call back to the backgammon game. From Wikipedia: “By the time of the New Kingdom in Egypt (1567–1085 BC), it had become a kind of talisman for the journey of the dead. Because of the element of luck in the game and the Egyptian belief in determinism, it was believed that a successful player was under the protection of the major gods of the national pantheon: Ra, Thoth, and sometimes Osiris. Consequently, Senet boards were often placed in the grave alongside other useful objects for the dangerous journey through the afterlife and the game is referred to in Chapter XVII of the Book of the Dead.”

Returning to the cave where they live, their “Mother” asks Jacob where his brother is and what they were doing. He tells her they were just walking on the beach. She asks Jacob if he loves her and to tell her what they were doing.

Question: Was it guilt about lying, or was there a slight distrust when Jacob paused before answering if he loved her?

“Mother” goes to the beach and confronts BIB about the Senet game, and he knows Jacob told her. She says that Jacob can’t lie because he’s not like BIB. She tells him he’s special, and she actually left him the game. (She's a liar. She wants him to believe there's no one else in the world.) He admits he’d hoped it’d come from somewhere else across the sea, but she tells BIB that there is nowhere else. Telling him how they got there and that her mother died, she says he’ll never have to worry about being dead.

Nerd alert: Nice call back to John Locke believing he was special and wanting to be told so.

In the jungle, Jacob and BIB are chasing a boar, when three men pounce on it. They run back to “Mother” and tell her about the three men that looked like them. She tells them they’re “not like us”…they don’t belong there. She and the boys, however, are there for a reason. They force her to explain, and she takes them – blindfolded – to see the answer. As they walk, she tells them that the hunters are like all men... “The come, they flight, they destroy, they corrupt - and it always ends the same.” She tells them they came from another part of the island and they’d hurt them if they went looking for them. Jacob and BIB can never hurt one another, she says. She takes off their blindfolds to reveal a beautiful, golden, glowing cave. In the cave is the warmest, brightest light, and they need to protect it from the hunters and anyone else, because the light – the goodness – will go out everywhere if it goes out on the island. One of them will need to become the protector.

Nerd alert: “They come, they flight, they destroy, they corrupt - and it always ends the same” was the same speech MIB gave to Jacob on the beach before the Black Rock arrived.

Nerd alert: So this cave is much like the Garden of Eden and the apple. The only thing they weren't allowed to touch is what Even and Adam were drawn to - as is the nature of man.

Question: Random aside... Just me, or did the light in the cave remind you of the briefcase in Pulp Fiction that was believed to contain Marsellus Wallace's soul?

Back on the beach, they’re playing BIB’s game. Jacob’s frustrated that BIB made up the rules, but he tells Jacob that one day he’ll make up his own game and people will have to play by his rules. BIB looks into the jungle and sees Claudia, who takes him to see the village that her shipmates have built in what looks like the spot of the New Otherton village. Claudia tells them she’s his mother, that they’ve been there since the day she was born and that like the others, they also came from across the sea.

In the cave, BIB wakes up Jacob to go with him to go live with the people in the village, but Jacob refuses and gives BIB a walloping. “Mother” breaks up the fight, and BIB unsuccessfully tries to recruit him to go along with them. She tells BIB that he’ll never be able to leave the island, but he storms off.

Jacob joins “Mother” down on the beach, who admits that she did kill Claudia. She tells them that she did it to keep him from becoming one of ‘them’. Jacob asks if he is good, and she says he is. He follows up asking why she loves BIB more than him. Her reply is a confused and cold, “I love you in different ways.” He agrees to stay with her.

Flash ahead 30 years, and Jacob is weaving the tapestry. He goes to spy on MIB, and the two of them meet to play the Senet game they played together as boys. MIB asks if she knows he’s there and why he watches them. Jacob asks if they are evil and corrupt. MIB answers that they are greedy, manipulative and selfish, but they’re a means to an end. MIB tells Jacob he’s found a way off the island, and throws a dagger at a well wall, and it magnetically sticks to it. MIB tells him they’ve found places all over the island where there are magnetic properties and they’ve dug at all the sites – and at this one, they’ve found something. He asks Jacob to come with him, but he refuses again.

Question: Was this Dogen’s dagger?

Back in the cave, Jacob tells “Mother” that MIB has found a way to leave the island. She goes to see for herself. In the well, MIB is stoking a fire in a pit like the one in Jacob’s statue. He tells her that he’s found a way to the light, despite not being able to find the golden cave all these years. He pulls out a brick and shows her the light behind the wall. It illuminates a large wheel – the frozen donkey wheel Ben turned – which they’re going to use to channel the water and the light to leave the island. She asks how he knows it’ll work, and he answers, “I’m special, ‘Mother’”. She begs him not to do it, but he says he doesn’t belong there. She hugs him goodbye, but knowing she has to keep him there and the island safe, she smashes his head against the wall.

“Mother” wakes Jacob and takes him to the golden cave again, saying she can’t stop him MIB. He asks what’s down in the cave. “Life. Death. Rebirth. It’s the source. The heart of the island. Just promise me, no matter what you do, you won’t ever go down there.” Going into the cave would be much worse than dying. She opens a bottle of wine, says some words in Latin, pours him a cup and tells him to drink it. By doing so, he will protect the place for as long as he can and then find his replacement. Jacob whines that she always wanted it to be MIB, but he’s all she has now. She somewhat convincingly tells him that it’s not true – it was always supposed to be him, and he’ll see so one day. She begs him to take the cup and drink. He does so, and she proclaims, “Now you and I are the same.”

Nerd alert: Didn’t the beam of light from the cave look like the beam of light shining up from the Swan hatch?

Nerd alert: The process of pouring the wine, speaking in Latin over it, the declarations, “Take the cup and drink” and “Now you and I are the same” is virtually identical to the Transubstantiation ritual in the Catholic church where wine is turned into the blood of Christ and shared with the congregation.

MIB wakes up with a headache and sees the well has somehow been filled in. He rushes to the camp to find all of his people dead and someone has laid waste to the village. (“Mother” is the smoke monster!) He finds the Senet game she left for him in the ashes, and looks like he’s about to explode.

Thunder claps, and “Mother” tells Jacob to get some firewood before it storms – she knows what’s about to come. MIB has wrecked the cave, and destroyed the tapestry. She finds the Senet game and pulls out the black rock. Suddenly, she is stabbed from behind. He asks why she wouldn’t let him leave, and she answers that she loves him. She says “thank you” and she dies.

Nerd alert: He stabbed her before she could speak, just like the orders Dogen and Widmore gave.

Jacob walks in and pummels him, just like that day in the jungle when they were thirteen. Jacob drags him to the golden cave, and throws him into the stream, and he floats away into the cave. No sooner does he do so then a column of smoke barrels out of it and over him. He goes down the hill to the back side of the cave and finds MIB’s body there, dead. He carries MIB’s body back to the cave and lays him next to “Mother”, putting the two game pieces – a black and a white – into a satchel and into her hand.

We see flashes of Jack and Kate in the same cave, and Locke coming in to declare they are the island’s Adam and Eve.

Gripe: Anyone who’s watched the show knew they were Adam and Eve. We didn’t need the over exposition, did we?

Among the many stories of fueding brothers - Romulus & Remus, Cane & Abel, etc., the ones that still stand out to me on this are the Egyptian Horus and Set. Horus and Set feuded over control of Egypt, and Lower and Upper Egypt were separated and given to them to oversee.

So as we wrap up the series, was this a story you needed to know, or could have lived without. Drop a comment below.

-Sean Salo