Armchair Response to College Humor’s ‘LOST’s Unanswered Questions’ (that were actually answered)
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For those of you who know me, you know I’m a pretty huge LOST fan.
Recently this College Humor video hit the interwebs…
I actually feel as though I am falling directly into a “nerd trap” by taking the time to answer this stuff, but this video has kind of reached outside the College Humor site and onto the Facebook and Myspace pages of many people I know who are using it as a “Yeah, see? They suck. They didn’t answer anything!” type thing.
Well, that’s just not true folks, and if you didn’t stop watching it after Season 2, you would know this. Before you start writing “It was a joke video.” Just know that this video has kind of reached outside the bounds of just regular humor as well; this guy is making TV show appearances to back up his argument.
I know, I know, ….arguing on the internet…Special Olympics….I got it. I understand it. But, in the same way that I can’t sit around and hear people I care about get dogged for something they aren’t guilty of, I stupidly feel compelled to compile the answers to these questions.
There is NO QUESTION that there are unanswered questions left from this show, but come on man, be fair. I’ll be updating this list; I just wanted to answer the ones I know I can answer off the top of my head.
First of all, we have to establish what “an answer,” is. I’m not excusing anything with semantics, I just want to establish that with ANY story or movie, you don’t have to actually say the words “Hey, our plane crashed on a beach” in order to understand that the opening shots of the show took place in a plane crash. Lost has always made you use your brain, and some answers are spread over 3 or 4 episodes with different pieces.
If you haven’t caught up, SPOILERS BELOW…
On the Ajira Airlines flight, why did Jack, Kate, and Hurley go back to the 70’s, but Sun didn’t? Because they were all candidates and Sun was not. There are a couple of reasons this could be; 1. They never answered which Kwon was the candidate, so she may never have been one, or 2. She WAS a candidate, but stopped being one the second she became a mother.
Why can’t women on the island have babies? Why is that important? Whether or not you believe they were successful in detonating the nuke…we know that Babies COULD be carried to term on the island (Miles and Ethan were born there) but that stopped after “The Incident.” Is that because the nuke went off ..or was it because a HUGE amount of electromagnetic energy ripped through the island? Not sure. What we DO know is they could have kids before the incident, and right after the incident, they couldn’t, so we know that was the cause. Why is that important? Because that’s how Juliet came to the island, to try to figure out why that is. It was only really discussed during Juliet’s story arch.
What triggered the lockdown, and why backlights? The lockdown happened as the food palette was dropped. Since the person in the Swan thought that the outside world was “infected”, this kept the button pusher contained and helped hide where the drops were coming from. Why backlights? Who knows, dramatic effect? Because they were out of red bulbs? Does that really matter?
What’s the magic lighthouse about? This question makes me think he didn’t watch the show. It’s where Jacob watched the candidate’s lives from the island. Pretty well explained. What else is it about? It’s about 4 stories high, what else do you want?
Photo from getlostpodcast.com
Why did Tom feel the need to wear a fake beard? The Others had no idea who these “plane folk” were …and they certainly didn’t want them knowing what they were actually doing on the island, so they dressed up to give them warnings to stay away.
How did the monster get into Jacob’s cabin and why keep a secret that Claire was there? We never see Jacob in “Jacob’s cabin” in the show. He has always lived at the foot of the statue. The MIB was trapped in that cabin because the cabin was surrounded by the ring of ash, but someone had broken the ring. The MIB used that cabin as a headquarters to manipulate people, sometimes implying that he himself was Jacob. That is why Ileana and crew were freaked out when they saw the ash ring was broken and ended up burning the cabin down. Somehow when Claire was thought to be dead, the MIB had somehow convinced Claire to join him. She said that he had been his only friend after everyone “left her” on the Island.
Why did Desmond see Claire and Aaron getting off the island in a helicopter? That entire episode Desmond kept seeing possible futures, that was one possible future.
Why is there a 31 minute 21 second difference between times? The island exists outside of time, it basically doesn’t exist. It was explained that the further away you get from the island, the more there is a time differential.
How does Walt know about the hatch and why does he warn John not to go in it? It’s established the Walt had some sort of psychic powers. He could even manifest stuff from his mind. (The bird from the book; stopping the rain so his Dad would find Vincent etc.) That’s one of the reasons why The Others wanted to study him. He warned John because going into the hatch started the entire series of events that eventually lead to his death. Maybe he should have listened.
Where did Miles get that picture of Ben? From Widmore who hired him and Keamy’s folk to go get him off the island. We see that Ben has left the island numerous times, Widmore probably had a spy take his pic.
Why did Horace tell Locke to meet Jacob in the cabin when it was the smoke monster? The smoke monster manifested himself as Horace to manipulate Locke to going to the cabin. He knew that the only way he could get him to the cabin is to think that Jacob was calling him there.
What happened to the original Henry Gale? He landed on the island by parachute and died, Ben buried him. Sayid dug him up and that’s how they found out Ben was lying.
Why did Faraday leave the island? Faraday had extensive research on time travel, but he went to the Dharma mainland headquarters to gather up all their information on the topic he could to try to figure out a plan of action.
What happened to Christian’s body? The MIB took it out and put it somewhere so he could impersonate Jack’s Dad and try to pull Jack toward his side, he admitted to Jack that he impersonated his father… so he either took it out and hid it or it fell out of the coffin, it was a plane crash, come on.
Why is Yemi’s body missing? Most likely the same reason Christian Shephard’s body is missing, because the MIB used it to manifest to Mr. Ecko.
Why does Walt to Locke that he ‘still has work to do? ‘Um, because he did have more work to do, he was a candidate. If he laid there and bled to death, the show would have been completely different.
Why does Richard think that he saw everyone in the 1977 picture die? I would think if you knew that people were standing around a nuclear bomb when it went off, you could make the logical assumption that they all died. He probably went to the site soon after the bomb went off and everyone was gone.
How does Desmond know a monk and how does the monk know Eloise? Really? Do you watch the show? Desmond joined the monastery for a while, so he WAS a monk. Eloise WORKS at The Lamp, the Dharma station set in the basement of the huge church. The bigger and better question is “How is Eloise the ‘time cop’ of the universe? They didn’t answer that.
What’s the deal with Jack’s tattoos? There’s almost an ENTIRE EPISODE revolving around this.
Jack got the tattoos from some “mystic” chick in Thailand that could supposedly look into your soul and read you as a person. They are translated as “He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us.”
How did Richard bypass the sonar fence? The dude was tapped by Jacob to never die, is it okay for him to be immortal, but not logical he can pass a sonar fence?
Why does Jacob say “They’re coming” when he died? Because the candidates from the 70’s were on their way back, they were going to kick MIB’s booty.
Why did the other want Walt so bad? The Others wanted ALL the kids, because they couldn’t conceive. That’s why they kidnapped all the kids from the ‘tailies.’ Walt just happened to have the ability to impact his environment with his mind. Why would you NOT want to cut him open and see how he works?
How did Walt use the computer to talk to Michael? He snuck onto one of the hundreds of computers on the island used by The Others. That’s why he said “I have to go, they are coming” or something like that at the end of the conversation.
Who were the skeletons in the bear caves? Is this a real question? Do we need to know the identity of every person who has ever set foot on the island? We’ve established that people have been on the island …and so have bears.
A polar bear tries to kill people in the first episode. We can assume that on an island where people exist alongside polar bears that try to kill people, that there would be skeletons. Who were they? Bob and Steve. There.
Where did the toy truck come from? The Dharma Initiative had been on that island for years with lots of kids.
Why does Mikhail keep coming back to life? This is never fully talked about, but he worked with Richard Alpert, who could never die either. Jacob made him that way. They never show his back-story, but it’s pretty safe assumption. After the only things he really “survived” was being shot with a speargun and walking through the sonic fence. After he blew himself into bits when killing Charlie, he went bye bye.
Why can Jacob leave the island but the smoke monster can’t? Because the smoke monster is not JUST Jacob’s brother anymore, he died and was reborn from the underworld. He turned into something “worse than dead.” Jacob is the protector of the island. Smokey is a result of Jacob’s mistake.
When they were caught skipping through time, paddling the boat who was shooting at them in the boat behind them? We see the boat that was behind them in a later (earlier) episode, pulled up on a beach and it had a bunch of Ajira Airlines water bottles in it. It was Ileana’s people.
Why weren’t Michael Walt Lapidus or other in the church at the end? Well, we know Michael is stuck on the island for eternity along with all the other whispering disembodied spirits that have done major no nos on the island, but for Walt and Lapidus…
It was explained that the “church” was where they met up in the afterlife before they “moved on.” Jack’s Dad explained that they all met up because they were all part of the most important part of their life, and they are moving on together. Walt wasn’t on the island for that long and went home and lived out his entire life with his Grandmother. He was never attached to Michael, he loved his Mom and she died. She was probably the one that helped him cross over. Lapidus? Who knows! It seems like his entire stint on the show was him always being in the wrong place and the wrong time, he probably has better people to help him over than these freakos.
Where did Jacob and the smoke monster’s real mother come from? Well considering that she was dressed like she was around the time of Rome and she was speaking Latin, I would assume she was from the Roman Empire. Do you need her back-story?
Who are Ben’s friends off island, like that butcher chick? Ben had allies off island, they got the job done, they weren’t important to the story. Would you rather they spent time on their back story, or answering more important questions?
When did the temple become the anti-smokey place? The temple was always special because it held the “magical water” But it became protected from smokey when it was completely surrounded by the ash.
What happened to Exposè when their lead actors died? I assume this is a joke question because nobody gave a CRAP about that show or Nikki and Paulo.
How did Ethan go from the DHARMA Initiative to being a member of the Others? The exact same way that Ben did, is this really a question?
Why does that Tina Fey lady want an electromagnetic map of the island? So they can find the source of “The Light” that is why they brought Desmond, Widmore knew that they had to somehow eventually pull “the plug” to kill smokey.
Why did Widmore tell Ben to kill the Russo and her baby? Because they crashed on the island, he didn’t want them interfering in their business. He was protecting the island.
Why did he let Ben keep the Baby? Because he’s a bastard, but even he couldn’t kill a baby. The scene was pretty explanatory. This is one of those questions that I don’t understand how this is a problem or a question.
Why did Sayid end up with Shannon, not Nadia?
Now this is a theory, but I think it’s pretty sound. The entire “Flash Sideways” storyline was the group preparing themselves to cross over. They made their own little world that corrected everything that they needed correcting. Sawyer made the right decision after his parents were killed and he became a cop not a con man, Jack had a son to work out his Daddy issues, Hurley was the luckiest man in the world, Desmond had Widmore’s approval, etc. Now SOME of them didn’t fully forgive themselves. For example Ben stayed outside the church because he wasnt ready. It’s interesting that in Sayid’s ideal world, he had Nadia married to his brother. I think that is because he always wanted to be with her, but never truly felt like he deserved to be with her after all the bad things he had done. Shannon on the other hand was just as flawed and they fell head over heels with each other. Again, that is a theory.
What’s the deal with ‘the wheel’ mixing light and water?
What’s the nature of the magic light and “magic wine? seriously, magic wine?” For these answers specifically, I’m going to bring up the fact that this guy PROBABLY complained when The Force was explained as Midichlorians. Let’s at least be consistent.
They have said the island had ‘magical properties;’ do you need to know how ALL magic works? I’m going to say that I am glad they didn’t go into more detail for this one. Do you want to know where magic comes from in Harry Potter? You maybe curious, but the answer is NEVER going to be as good as not knowing.
How disgusting was it when Hurley was eating from ranch dressing? Pretty disgusting, who wants to see fat people eat ranch dressing? Not me.
Although upsets some people who watch the show, some answers were hinted at, but never FULLY answered on the screen. That is why people bombard the writers with questions whenever they make public appearances. I wanted to include some of those answers here too, in case any diehards were wondering…
What is the deal with Kate and that horse? Although it wasn’t specifically answered in the show, the writers have comfirmed that it was the smoke monster manifesting itself to Kate.
What are the hieroglyphics on the countdown all about? At ComicCon 2006, Damon Lindelof told the audience that the symbols stood for “Underworld.” which I guess we know now refers to what was about to be unleashed unless someone got their butt back in the seat and fixed it.
More to follow…