By Chris Kirkman
“There’s No Place Like Home: Part Two” Recap and Analysis …
In the end, it really does turn out to be a love story. Conventionally, we have the never-ceasing search for that long lost, true love in the story of Desmond and Penny. Ben has his love for the island, his adopted/abducted daughter and his longing for love and acceptance from the father he always wanted, Jacob. Sawyer’s love for peace within himself and for the one good thing he left behind, his daughter. Once upon a time it was Sayid’s love for his long-lost love Nadia – now, it’s his love for vengeance. Jack has his love for being right. And, of course, John wants desperately to find the love and acceptance of family. Instead, he may have found only death.
Of course, as we all know now, death is really only the beginning on the Island. I think it’s only fitting that the final couple of chapters in our story will open with love and death. It’s one of those circle of life things, really. Somebody call Elton John.
There’s a lot of ground to cover in the finale, and I’ll be honest with you, I don’t have a lot of time. Thusly, I’m going to break from the norm and suppress my usual loquaciousness in favor of brevity. Don’t act all shocked. It’s thirty minutes of your life you can use to email the latest video of some fat kid shoveling cake into his sister’s mouth you found on YouTube or somesuch.
And so it goes.
In honor of the season finale of Lost, I present a unique drink recipe that I’ve only come across a couple of times in my forays into the best bars of America. It’s a recipe that really captures the essence of this finale’s cliffhanger – where the hell did the island go? My guess is somewhere a bit colder. I’ll be cool as long it’s not a different planet. Anywho, I present to you …
The Lost Isle Mai Tai
- 2-3 oz. 151 proof rum (the good stuff, don’t skimp)
- 4-5 oz. orange juice
- Splash of pineapple juice
- Splash of grenadine
- Couple of cherries
(if you have that sort of thing junking up the fridge)
Get yourself a tall glass, maybe a Hurricane glass if you’ve been to Pat O’Brien’s in the past 20 years, and fill it halfway with ice. Pour in the rum, then add the orange and pineapple juice and stir. Add the splash of grenadine on top, but don’t stir. This signifies the blood that’s been spilled to protect the island, lo these many years. Drop a couple of cherries in there and drink it all down. Repeat until you can’t find the island OR your car. It won’t take long. Cheers!
Previously on Lost: Ben has a plan. It involves giving himself up to Keamy and his retard psychos. Sayid and Kate are captives of the Others, AGAIN. And we get a reminder of last season’s cliffhanger finale where a blitzed Jack tells Kate that they just have to get back to the island. Why, we have no idea. Until now, that is.
Y’see, Jack thinks they need to get back to island because Jeremy Bentham is dead. Who the hell is Jeremy Bentham, you ask? Wait a couple of hours and you actually get to find out. Yeah, seriously. We actually find out something in this finale. If you ask me, the Lost producers are either getting lazy or they’re tired of everyone on the Internet bitching about being left in the dark about everything.
Speaking of mysteries that get wrapped up in this finale, try these out for size:
Walt visits Hurley in the nut hatch and we know why he had to stay out of the picture for two seasons: he’s obviously been taking some growth hormones, because the actor has grown from 10 years old to 20 in the matter of a couple of years. They should use him in milk commercials. Good lord.
Sawyer doesn’t make it off the island because he sacrifices himself by jumping out of the helicopter on its way to the freighter. Y’see, the chopper has taken some bullet hits in the shootout between the Others and Keamy’s psychos (it was like Vietnam, I swear – pretend the Others are Charlie and Keamy and his gang are the entire United States Armed Forces and you get the idea), and they need to ditch extra weight in order to make it. Turns out they DO make it, but when they land, that boatload of C4 is about to explode so they have to patch the holes with duct tape (thank God for that miracle material) and get back in the chopper before the freighter goes BOOM.
And speaking of BOOM, we know why Jin was assumed dead, because Jack wouldn’t let Kate open the damn hatch door (no, not THAT hatch door, sadly) to see Jin running for the helicopter, and so he got left on the deck when the whole thing went down faster than the Titanic – except without all that whining and bitching from Leonardo DiCaprio, thank God. Oh, and Michael is officially kaput, as well, since he tried to stop the bomb by using liquid nitrogen to freeze the battery, which didn’t work so well. I want to see that little TV myth on the next Mythbusters, by the way. In the end, the new messenger of the island, Christian Shephard, shows up in time to tell Michael that he “can go now.” Cold, man, real cold. Save a bunch of people, redeem yourself, your story’s done, see ya.
Since we’re talking about the freighter being blown all to Hades, we have to mention Keamy getting his come-uppance at the hands of Ben, and the heart-rate monitor tied to a dead-man’s switch that I mentioned a couple of recaps back finally getting tripped, which triggered the C4. Long sentence, yes, but I was right, which I like. At any rate, this all happened down in the bottom of the Orchid station, and Locke was known too happy with Ben during that particular outcome. Locke was also not happy about Ben shoving a bunch of metal into the time portal where Edgar Halliwax (remember him? I talked about him being in an orientation video where he mentions the temporal-shifting bunnies) was telling Locke about, well, temporal-shifting bunnies. Turns out that Ben was throwing all that metal into the portal so that he could blow a hole in the back wall, wherein which he descends, parka-clad, into the frozen center of the island – but not before telling Locke it’s a one-way trip of which he’ll never return. On his way down, he slips and cuts his arm on a rusty nail (hope there’re tetanus shots on the island) which explains how he ends up in the Sahara in a parka with his arm hurt four or five episodes back (another mystery solved!). In the frozen depths, Ben finds an ancient, frozen, wooden turnstile that, when grunted against, activates a golden light and a low hum like a 1975 GE microwave with a bolt loose that makes the island go POOF. Hey, I don’t write this shit, I just recap it.
National Treasure 3: Hamster Wheel of Doom
MEANWHILE, Locke has followed Ben’s advice to get the heck out of the Orchid and on up the trail to his new followers – Richard Alpert and the Others, whom he’ll no doubt lead with the help of the invisible Jacob, who now talks through Christian Shephard and his daughter, Claire. That’s a simple little plot point, eh? This should prove to be an interesting little puzzle piece for the writers next season.
Back out at sea, we learn how the Oceanic Six come to be, as the island goes POOF and the chopper, running on fumes, has to ditch hard into the ocean. No one is really hurt, except Desmond, who is quickly revived by some really bad CPR from Jack in the survival raft. The new rafters drift at sea a bit until the Portuguese sailing vessel, Searcher, comes across them. The vessel, of course, belongs to Penelope Widmore and much snogging between her and Desmond commences. Shortly after that Jack, brooding as always, tells Penny that they need to talk because, apparently, Jack now knows that he should have listened to Locke, as usual, and wants to lie about everything in order to protect the island and the people on it.
And, speaking of people on it, Juliet (who wears the most revealing tank top in the history of revealing tank tops throughout much of the finale, thankyouverymuch) remains behind because she promised she’d get everyone off the island before she left. For her bravery, she gets one Sawyer washed up on the beach, shirtless, and a bottle of Mount Gay Rum. Apparently there’s three years between the Oceanic Six getting rescued and Jack wanting to get back to the island, so three guesses as to who’s gonna be all hooked up by the time we come round the bend again. Fine, fine, better him than Jack is all I have to say. Shame she couldn’t wait for me, but oh well.
See? I don’t lie.
ANYWHO, Miles has opted to stay on the island for reasons he won’t share and we could really give a shit about, and Charlotte has remained behind because Miles mentioned some cryptic shit about her “finally getting back to the island,” which we’ll talk about later. Dan, on the other hand, was last seen floating about in the Kehana’s tender with a bunch of redshirts we’ve never seen before. Right now, we don’t know if he was offshore enough to remain floating about at sea (whereupon he might be able to pick up Jin who may have been blown clear of the boat) or whether he was close enough to the island to go POOF along with the other castaways. In my opinion, this was one mystery we really didn’t need to have hanging out there, but whatever.
Whither Dan? Hope he had some Dharma Jiffy Pop on that raft.
Finally, we learn through our handy flash forward/flash present thingy that Jack is really, really fucked up about this Jeremy Bentham dude, so he gets a cinder block and busts into the Hoffs/Drawlar Funeral Home where we last saw the mysterious casket. As he opens it, Ben busts in on the party and tells Jack that, if he finds the need to get back to the island, he’ll have to round up everyone. And, by everyone, he means the stiff in the casket has to come, as well, and then the camera pans up and over the lid to reveal … JOHN LOCKE. Hrm. After Michael got all blowed up, I kinda expected this, but just the idea of Locke headed back to the island all dead-like has me getting all tingly, nonetheless.
Cue the thonk!
Whew. All in all, I was very pleased with the finale, even though the writers and producers decided to break from the norm and break a whole buttload of the remaining mysteries down for us. What that means, however, is that we’re left with a mercifully short list of mysteries still out there, which creates an even bigger mystery of how they’re going to keep our curiosity piqued for two more seasons. Let’s take a look at the new head-scratchers, shall we?
In the finale, Charlotte, who up this point really didn’t have much to do on the island besides look real pretty and help disable chemical vats that could kill everyone, receives a cryptic message from Miles. Basically, he tells her that she’s in quite a rush to get off the island for someone that worked so hard to get BACK. Later, she tells Dan that she’s been searching for where she was born for all her life. Thus, it’s safe to assume that Charlotte is an island baby that somehow made it off at one time or another. The real question now becomes whose child is she and who took her off the island?
In order to figure these things out, we first have to look back at what mysteries still remain on the island. First, we have the Others, who we have learned are pretty much unable to reproduce without the mother and/or the child dying during childbirth. Since we really don’t know if many Other babies have survived, we can’t say definitively that Charlotte may be an Otherkin. The second possibility lies with “Adam and Eve” from the first season. Do you remember them at all? When Jack takes some of the survivors further inland to the caves, they find the skeletons of a couple that took shelter in the caves long ago. They also find a bag filled with black and white stones that look like the set decorators took them from a boxed game of Othello. Could Charlotte be the baby of Adam and Eve? We know that time is awfully whacked on the island, so there’s a possibility that she may be their child. There’s also a possibility that she was born to Adam and Even and raised by the Others until she was sent away from the island or taken by someone else that happened upon the island in the meantime. The only person we really know for sure has any knowledge of the island up to this point is Charles Widmore. Has ol’ Chuck really been to the island, somehow got off, and has been searching for a way back ever since?
For that matter, could Penny have also come from the island? Dunh dunh Duhhhhhh!
SUN ALSO RISES
In one of the flash forwards/presents, we see Sun approaching Widmore and mentioning that they have a common interest. We know that Sun has become a ruthless little tycoon in her own right in the three years since the rescue, so it’s safe to assume that Sun may want A) Jack’s head on a platter, B) a passage back to the island so she can see if Jin is really dead or C) to get close to Widmore so she can make him pay for the whole fiasco since she’s finally realized that she doesn’t need to blame Jack anymore. Only time will tell, but this is going to get really good, really fast next season.
Since there is no longer a continuous story connection to the island, i.e., the Oceanic Six has been rescued, how will the next season’s storyline play out? Will most of it be through the eyes of the Oceanic Six in the present? Will there be flashbacks? I find that difficult to believe since there’s not really anything to flash back to. Will we see the story unfold from two different perspectives – the Oceanic Six’s voyage back to the island and the remaining survivors trying to, well, survive? Should be interesting, as long as the writers didn’t paint themselves into a corner.
WHAT ABOUT CLAIRE’S FORTUNE, DAMMIT
I mentioned this last time, but it bears repeating – The clairvoyant told Claire that no one should raise Aaron except for her, and now we see Claire showing up all over the place, urging that Aaron not be brought back to the island. What’s so important about Aaron? Why do Claire and Christian not want Aaron on the island? Does the island somehow not want any new blood being brought there except when the time is right? Perhaps this has something to do with Locke and/or Charlotte’s past. There’s a chance that both Locke and Charlotte were somehow born on the island and then sent away to become seasoned before they were brought back. For what reason, I can barely fathom, but it’s no bigger mystery than a giant wooden turnstile that makes the island teleport across the globe.
SPEAKING OF TELEPORTING …
Where the hell is the island now? WHEN the hell is the island now? I suppose that’s really the biggest mystery of them all now, and it’s going to eat me up until the beginning of next season. Damn you, Lost creators! It’s a love/hate thing, really.
I think that about wraps it up for now. We all have a long haul before next season, and a few tidbits here and there to keep us occupied, in the meantime. If any of you have an epiphany along the way, feel free to share it. I’ll be back after season four is out on DVD to share any extra thoughts that pop into my head after watching the whole thing again. Meanwhile, keep thinking those good thoughts and tell me something good.
Chris Kirkman is a graphic designer/photographer/journalist/geek extraordinaire with way too many Bruce Campbell movies in his library. He is still hoping that Lost will end when Bob Newhart wakes up next to Suzanne Pleshette, complaining of a strange, strange dream. You can contact him at email@example.com.