Wednesday, September 14

Lost: Season Two Preview.

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On Wednesday, September 21 at 8pm central time, the season 2 premiere of Lost will finally air. For fans of the show, this will hopefully put to rest a year of questions, theories and speculation as to what in the hell is going on. With 12 Emmy nominations, an abundance of online secrets and clues, spectacular script writing and a cult-like obsession brewing amongst the fanbase, Lost is without question one of the most engaging and addictive TV dramas in the last ten years.

For those who are not familiar with the show, this will probably not be too interesting. In fact, I’m surprised that you managed to read this far down already. If you’re curious, however, I’ll break the plot down as simple as I can.

SUMMARY.

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48 passengers survive a plane crash en route from Sydney to Los Angeles. They wind up stranded on a mysterious island that seems to have a life (or philosophy) of its own. According to the pilot (before he was sucked out of the plane by a “monster” and left mutilated in a treetop), they were 1,000 miles off course before they crashed, and any search parties are looking in the wrong place.

From the initial 48 survivors, we closely follow the unravelings of about 14 of the main characters. We find out what they were doing before the crash, as well as how they handle the struggles placed upon them, along with those they brought with them. As the story unfolds, we begin to see that all of these people were “lost” before the plane itself actually left them stranded.

Then things get a little weird. The island itself is full of bizarre findings, leading people to realize that perhaps this all happened for a specific reason. As we begin to figure out how the lives of the survivors were intertwined before the crash, we’re led to speculate the reasons why these people were brought to such a place, and if they can ever leave. The discovery of a "hatch", a ship planted smack in the middle of the island, a crashed cargo plane carrying smuggled drugs, the appearance of the "others" and the killing of a polar bear are just a few of the events that seemingly add up to nothing thus far.

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If you’re interested in figuring it out on your own, don’t read the rest of this post. Get the Season One DVD and watch it for yourself. You seriously will not be disappointed.

Still with me? Okay, then.

The CDP has spent the last couple months meticulously analyzing the episodes and clues, and here then submits the following information for your enjoyment. There are plot points, theories and spoilers abound, so tread carefully if you’re still considering watching the episodes yourself.

WHERE WE LEFT OFF.

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The season finale’ (Exodus) left us with a bevy of cliffhangers. Most importantly, perhaps, was the opening of the hatch. Having seen the “numbers” on the side of the hatch, Hurley (as well as Walt) begged Locke not to open it, but he did so anyways, unleashing who knows what evil onto the island. The presence of the numbers on the hatch, along with the presence of the numbers in the lives of all of the main characters, lead us to the realization that they were all led to this place for a specific reason.

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The second big moment of the finale’ was the destruction of the raft, and the subsequent kidnapping of Walt. Where we left off in the water, Walt was taken by a group of strange men (the “others”, possibly), and Sawyer was shot and went overboard (with Jin diving in to save him). Michael was also overboard yelling for his son, and the raft exploded after being fed a Molotov cocktail by the “others”. Rousseau was convinced that she could offer the “others” Claire’s baby in exchange for the baby they took from her long ago, but it turned out that they were looking for Walt instead.

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As far as flashbacks go, we are left to wonder several things about the characters. To best organize the chaos, I’ve broken down the cliffhangers on a person-by-person basis:

Jack – Partly responsible for opening the hatch. Flashback-wise, we’re still left to wonder what happened to his marriage and the significance of his tattoos, among other things. If you notice in this picture, he got the tattoos sometime after his wedding.

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Kate – Also responsible for opening the hatch. We still don’t know what she initially did to end up on the run from the law, or why her Mother was terrified to see her.

Sawyer – Shot by the “others” and thrown overboard. We’re clearly under the impression that he wants to die, disgusted by himself for the life he chose to lead, and what brought him to Sydney.

Claire – After giving birth to Aaron, she gets it temporarity taken away by Rousseau. We haven’t yet learned who the couple was in L.A. that wanted the baby, and what exactly happened to her when she was kidnapped by Ethan Rom. The importance of the baby is yet to be discussed.

Michael – Thrown overboard from the raft after having his son kidnapped, Michael is not having a good day.

Walt – Walt has just been kidnapped by the “others”, and we’re left to wonder why. No doubt, Walt is “special”, and we still have a lot to learn about what his gifts are. He was aware of Locke’s plans to open the hatch, without even knowing that there was a hatch to be opened. Walt’s powers are a big part to the whats and whys of the island.

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Locke – Responsible for opening the hatch. Since being healed of his paralasys, he’s clearly taking orders from the island now. He was the only one who saw the “monster”, and seems to understand that this is all destiny. We have yet to find out how he originally lost the use of his legs, and if anything else happened between him and his parents.

Hurley – Feels responsible for the crash, as he believes that he spreads bad luck to everyone around him. After going to Sydney to find the source of the numbers, he finds them on the hatch just before it’s blown open. We have yet to find out why he was institutionalized when he was younger. He is the best chance in finding the truth behind the numbers.

Sayid – After being tossed aside by Shannon after refusing to kill Locke, Sayid is keeping a close eye on Rousseau. His motives appear genuine, although he has the abilities to outfox almost everyone on the island. He continues to act as the "professor", and was responsible for the radar on the ill-fated raft.

Boone – Dead. It’s obvious that Locke offered Boone up as a sacrifice to the island after he started to lose the feeling in his legs. Locke understands the give and take of the island, and may keep doing this in order to achieve what he was put there for.

Shannon – After almost killing Locke, Shannon is keeping distant from everyone now. She’s taking care of Vincent for Walt.

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Charlie – After kicking his addictions, he (appears) to be back off the wagon after the discovery of the cargo plane. What choices he makes are going to be very important in regards to his survival on the island.

Jin – Went overboard in an attempt to save Sawyer. Reconciled with Sun just before leaving. Found out that there was no way to escape the web spun by Sun’s father.

Sun – Reconciled with Jin just before he left. Has no idea what her father has Jin doing, and assumes that Jin isn’t looking out for her well-being. This, of course, isn’t true.

This should give us about another season worth of tying loose ends. I have a headache.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR.

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There are a lot of theories going around concerning the island, some of the characters and the “master plan” fated to each of the survivors. By taking those theories into play, along with some rumors and downright spoilers, here are the top 10 things to look for early on in the season.

1. At least one of the main characters will die, and at least one will be a woman. Personally, I feel that Shannon offers no importance to the show whatsoever, so I’m rooting for her corpse to be scattered all over the damn place by the end of the first episode. That being said, Charlie may lose his life should he give in to his demons.

2. The tail section of the plane is on another part of the island, along with additonal survivors. When Jack met Ana Lucia in the airport bar, she was seated in the tail section. Bernard, Rose’s husband, was also in the tail section. The significance to Rose telling Jack, “My husband is alive” is quite prevalent. Any significance to Titanic, however, is purely coincidental. When Boone said “We’re survivors of flight 815”, the voice on the other end said, “We’re survivors of flight 815.” It’s a fact, kids. Expect new characters, including Ana Lucia, to start coming out of the woodwork.

3. Locke is either working for good or evil, depending on how you view the island. This guy was paralyzed from the waist down, missing a kidney, and still is the coolest guy on the show. He understands the balance of good and evil, much like Walt, and is giving the island what it asks of him in exchange for the continued search for his destiny. Locke “looked into the eye of the island” and “what he saw was beautiful”. He also sabotaged the triangulation of the radar as well, and clearly knew that Boone was going to die. He is different from the rest of the survivors, and his intentions will become clear very quickly.

4. We will find out that the reason for Kate initially being on the run was her involvement in a sort of “mercy killing” involving spiked orange juice.

What?

Think about it. The Marshall asked her “are you sure you don’t want more juice?” with such contempt and meaning, that can’t be a fluke. Also, the first person she saw after the crash was Locke, who flashed her an “orange” smile. We also had her involved with Sun in poisoning Jin’s water, which was mistakenly ingested by Michael. When the Marshall was dying, he asked Kate “are you going to do it?” in response to putting him out of his misery. Equate that to the horror her mother was in when she returned to the hospital, and the orange shirt she always wears, and you’ve got yourself a decent theory, right there.

5. Speaking of oranges, Hurley owns a lot of things. He owns a box company, presumably the one that Locke happens to work at. He also owns an orange company, presumably the oranges that Locke was eating on the plane. In fact, if you look into Oceanic Airlines, you’ll see that it’s a “Reyes Company”. Is it possible that Hurley also owned Oceanic?

6. Walt’s coming back. Expect to see him show up on the island during the premiere. The four other people on the raft are coming back, too. We’ll follow them for a few episodes as they try to get back to the island after the disaster they just went through. Sawyer was indeed shot, but he will survive for now.

7. Vincent will be a bigger part of season two, perhaps even getting a flashback of his own. He will be party responsible for locating Walt once he returns, and an important tool in getting inside Walt's mind.

8. Kate will go into the hatch in episode 1. In fact, she’s going to fall right into the damn thing. She will live, but it’s not going to be pretty. We won’t find out exactly what’s in the hatch until episode 3 or 4. They are going to find something that will solidify the fact that they will not be leaving the island anytime soon. This will lead to deeper relationships between characters, specifically between Shannon & Sayid, Claire & Charlie, and Jack & Ana.

9. What's up with the "monster"? Well, according to Rousseau, it's a "security system". Does this system have to do with the cable running into the ocean? Did Locke actually see it? Does it exist to keep people on the island forever? These answers will not show up soon, but they will be tackled once the hatch situation gets somewhat settled.

10. So, what’s in the hatch? I think I may have a crazy idea. If you consider how every episode starts (an opening eye), and how the season finale’ ended (descending into the hatch), and you start to consider what Locke said about “seeing the eye of the island”, you start to wonder if that hatch IS the “eye of the island”. Not so much a supernatural explanation, but maybe some sort of command center. Just a thought.

So, there you have it. I obviously left out a ton of information, but there’s a ton of places to go online if you’re still antsy. I hope that this sparks conversation amongst the Lost nerds here at the CDP, and perhaps gets a few new people into the show.

Let the debate begin, and remember, the premiere is Wednesday, September 21 at 8pm central time. Everything happens for a reason.

Comments:
I was considering jumping on the Lost bandwagon this season, but after reading your summary I was so confused I decided to stick with So you think you can dance. It is so much easier to follow.
 
I don't know. I heard that they'll be throwing in a real twist at the end, when they bring in a monster that kills all the dancers one by one.

Forget it. Can't we just get a monster to kill Cletus Federline?
 
Cletus Federline? Is that what that what Brittney named her baby?
 
This will lead to deeper relationships between characters, specifically between Shannon & Sayid, Claire & Charlie, and Jack & Ana.

What is all this amp;amp; business?
 
Yes, Britney Spears named her baby Cletus Federline.

Sorry about the amp; business. I normally do the longer posts in word, then past into the template. Sometimes, things get screwy in the translation. I'll edit it.

Fortunately for me, Blogger has a new download that will allow you to not only post via word, but publish as well. I love those guys!
 
I need to finish my rewatch of the whole season before I can comment much. There's so much stuff I've forgotten about or didn't really pick up the first time through. I think a DVD viewing is much better than broadcast since you don't have to wait a week (or a month or two of reruns) between episodes.

I bet life at the Federline household is a lot more chaotic now with a baby.
 
Kay-odd-ick!

I agree about the DVD viewing. When you wait a week, it's really hard to remember everything. When you do a marathon over the course of a few days or a week, you can immerse yourself in it and really get an understanding as to how completely clueless you are.

My second time through the first season should wrap up right before the premiere. Happy days ahead.
 
I've never even heard of this show. Then again, I only get one channel on my TV. I pretty much only watch DVDs on that thing though. I think I've seriously watched less than 10 television programs this year. In fact the only shows I've watched have been The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.

So you guys are all here being ultra TV nerds, and I have no idea what you're even talking about. Aside from this website, I've never heard of Lost.

I guess I'm out of the loop.
 
Lost is out on DVD, so you can pick it up or just have Benbeard burn you a copy (they're pretty into it, too). Seriously, it rules. It's not animated though, so don't freak out when you see live-action people on the screen. You want to get into this show, you just don't know it yet.

Speaking of Benbeard, where is he?
 
I think he's living in the mountains now. Or on a pirate ship or something. Who knows...I haven't heard from him in a week or so.

I'll just have him bring the DVDs over some time. If you kids are this obsessed with it, maybe I'll have to check it out.
 
In fact the only shows I've watched have been The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.

Fox programming on Sundays totally sucks now the King of the Hill, Arrested Development, and Malcolm in the Middle are gone....now we're stuck with the stinky underbelly of comedy on Sunday nights. WATCH FOX MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, AND FRIDAYS!!!!
 
Yeah, they're canceling King of the Hill (holy crap!), they moved Malcolm to Fridays, and the Simpsons...well, you know.

Maybe Sherry killed Ben because of his pirate past. She probably drowned him in the HARRRRR-bor!

Aaron, if you choose to get into Lost, don't watch the season premiere until after you've helped yourself to season 1. It'll be worth it. I guess you know most of what's going to happen if you read my post, but doing the marathon thing is really the way to go.
 
I didn't really read much of the post, since I have no idea what you're even talking about. So if I do happen to watch it, it will be totally new and unexpected. All I got was that there was a plane crash.

And I don't think I'll be watching TV anytime soon. Too busy living life and such.

If Ben didn't shave that beard, Sherry may have killed him. With that whole speeding ticket thing, plus her current insanity over the flute solo thing...I wouldn't be surprised. The beard would just be the kicker that pushes her over the edge. And then it's back to the women's prison again.
 
Just me, saying "hi" from out west. As the cooling fall air creeps ever so slowly into our lives I find myself sequestered in a military "jail" of sorts. It's more or less like house arrest but on the ship. I'm not in any real trouble so worry not. I'm doing 20 days of "hard time" for a crazy "hazing" scandal that I will explain on my xanga thingy. Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet up with you guys while I was home. But there's always the holiday season.
 
Aaron - You saw that there was a plane crash? Well, I've ruined it for you. Sorry about that.

Seriously, check it 'oot.

Teaonnie - Wow, it's nice to hear from you again! I'm glad that you're safe and sound, although it sounds like you've got quite a story to tell. I never took you for a "hazer", but I'd bet you could be real sinister if you had to. Keep in touch, and I'm looking forward to reading your post.
 
Maybe Teaonnie was one of the "others" on the ship who stole Walt!!!! hehe.

Nice to hear that you're doing okay, Tawny. Can't wait to hear your story! :)
 
Woah...you just blew my mind.
 
It was I. ;) And yes, I'm a pretty sinister sister, look at me the wrong way and I'll duct tape you to an angle iron! (a large ledge-like rafter on the ceiling of a ship)
 
I always knew that you had it in you.

I was once duct-taped to a hot water pipe in someone's basement. This is why I no longer have friends.
 
I said I was sorry about that. I thought that we had things worked out. Apparently you duct tape a guy to a hot water pipe and he holds a grudge against you forever. What is the world coming to?
 
Worse still is that you left me alone in your serial-killer basement.

I saw things that I can never un-see.
 
I didn't kill Ben. He's just a poop and won't comment on here. He thinks that his life is busy or something, although he's on the computer pretty much all the time that he's home, so he doesn't have an excuse to not go to your site Ryan.

Teonnie- I wanna hear your story too!
 
Make him go to my site too. I'm a blog whore now. Remember to come to Appleton tonight.
 
What's with these Thursday-night drunk fests? I mean, who drinks on a THURSDAY? Oh, wait...alcoholics. Now I get it.

haha.
 
If Ben's on the computer and he's not at the CDP, he's wasting his time AND yours. What a shame.

Teaonnie's story has been up for a day now, Check it 'oot.

Hathery, your jabs are much funnier when they aren't pointed directly at me. Bravo!

Speaking of which, what's going on in Appleton tonight? We may be in the area.
 
Ben and Sherry are getting drunk. Now if that's not entertainment, I don't know what is.
 
As long as they don't fall asleep at quarter after 9 like they usually do, it's pretty entertaining for a little while.
 
Last time they came out and lasted the whole night with us. Ben fell down some stairs.
 
Was he drunk?
 
Yeah, but he probably would have fallen anyway. You know Ben.
 
That's why I axed. I think he fell down the steps of the practice room once.
 
He sho' did! It was hilarious.
 
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