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Lost: S2 Finale and Recap
Posted May 31, 2006 at 11:57:25 AM by Bean in the Lost category
Lost is a great show. It has a lot of good things going for it. Unfortunately, to ensure that it lasts 5 seasons, we' have to deal with quite a bit of frustration and unanswered questions. I as pretty let down by the S2 finale at first, but it has grown on me over the past week. So, here comes the finale recap, along with some general season 2 notes.

The Short n Sweet Recap
A few losties swim out to investigate the boat. In it, they find Desmond, drunk. He bolted to his boat 2 weeks ago and sailed due West, but ended up back at the island. Desmond is suprised to find that the button is still being pushed. We get a series of flashbacks for Desmond showing him being seperated from his true love (Penelope Widmore) by her overbearing father, Charles, and we find out how he got in the hatch and who the eff Kelvin is. More on this later. Sayid decides to use the sailboat to help suprise the others during the Michael-led "attack". Locke and Desmond decide to try and stop Eko from pushing the button after Locke shows Des the Pearl logs, and in short, they succede. More on that later, too. Sayid tries to sneak into the others camp for some recon, but finds that it is all fake. The attack party gets captured (sans Sayid), Michael gets Walt back (and a boat), and Hurley is set free. About this time, the drama in the hatch comes to a head, Desmond uses the "failsafe" and a big BANG happens. Everyone see's it, but we don't really know what it is. At the very end, we see an off-island scene of some Portuguese guys in a monitoring station. The detect the BANG and call Penelope, who is still looking for Des, it seems. There is a very good recap here if you want more deets.

Aparently, Desmond was in teh military and then in jail. While in jail, he tried to keep in contact with Penelope, but her father (Charles Widmore) intercepts all of his letters. When he gets out, Charles picks him up and instructs him to stay away from Pen. Desmond decides that in order to get his honor back, he has to win this big boat race around the world that is sponsored by Charles Widmore - so he begins training. At some point, he runs into pre-island Libby, who conveniently has a spare sailboatd to give him. Libby's story is that her husband died before he could use it. Her hubby was named Dave. Theories on Dave's connection to Hurley's Dave can be found at the fuselage. Some time later, Pen manages to locate Desmond. He explains the situation and how he needs to reclaim his honor - then storms off. Eventually, Des ends up crashed on the island - but the details are blurry. He gets picked up by Kelvin at the beach. Kelvin turns out to be the same CIA spook (Kelvin Inman) that trained Sayid to be a torturer back in the Gulf War. Kelvin and Desmond push the button for about three years. Then one day, after seeing a rip in Kelvins suit, Des figures out that there is no "quarentine" outside and follow Kelvin outside. Kelvin has been repairing the boat and is about to take off. In a struggle, Desmond kills kills Kelvin and runs back to the hatch. When he gets there, the electromagnet is kicking in and shit's flying everywhere. He keys in the numbers and it all stops - but we later find out that this is the day flight 815 crashed.

More on Kelvin
Kelvin is a shady character. He talks about his first hatch-mate (Radzinsky) and how he couldnt handle the stress and ended up taking a shotgun blast to the head. The way he led Des outside seemed staged, and we never see his "dead" body after Des runs back to the hatch. Kelvin drew the hatch door map, and taught Des how to hotwire the blast doors. This hotwiring is how Locke and Des keep Eko out of the computer room long enough to let the timer expire. I have a feeling we'll be seeing Kelvin Inman again.

Hurley Bird
At one point when Kate, Jack, Hurley, and Sawyer are hiking through the jungle, a ginat-ass bird swoops down at them and screeches "Hurley". It was a little strange, and I have no ideas on what it was all about. Perhaps it ties in with Kate's Horse, Sawyer's boar, and/or the polar bear. There some theories and screen-caps at Lostpedia.

The Lost Experience
This Summer, the creators of Lost are sponsoring an alternate reality game called The Lost Experience. I am following it, but not super-closely. It's interesting, and it does tie into the show, but it is not a necessary companion. It deals more with Hanso than the island, and it spans many media outlets: TV, Internet, Published Books, Newspapers, Telephone/Voice Mail, etc. I'll probably blog about this later this summer.

Widmore, Widmore, Everywhere Widmore
The name Widmore comes up a lot in Lost. Charles and Pen Widmore are featured in Desmonds flashback. The Widmore family and corporation play large roles in the book Bad Twin and seem to be big players in the Lost Experience. Henry Gale's baloon has Widmore written on it. Sun's pregnancy test is from Widmore Labs. And in one of Charlies flashbacks, Widmore Construction has a banner up in the background. In Bad Twin (and in other ares of the Lost Experience), we find out that Widmore, Hanso, and Paik-Heavy (Sun's dad's company) are all in cahoots.

The Foot
At one point during th episode, Sayid see's a big statue of a four-toes foot on the shoreline. It seems pretty arbitrary. I was pissed at first because they show it, but give no explination at all, and leave it hanging for the summer. It'll probably play into the islands history in future seasons. See a picture and read some theories at Lostpedia. One theory I like is that the statues used to be Anubis, the Egyptian dog-headed God of Death (4-toed). This would tie into the Heiroglyphics on the counter.

Michael, Walt, and The Boat
During the hike to attack the others, everyone in the attack party finds out that Michael betrayed them. In his defence, Michael keeps claiming "I had no choice" - much like Danielle when she talked about having to kill her crew. Perhaps the same scenario played out with Danielle 16 years ago. Anyway - After the others capture everyone, they actually live up to their end of the deal. Micheal and Walt are reunited and sent on a bearing of 325 where they will be "picked up". Will they be back? Interesting thing about the compasses and whatnot: when there are two competing magnetic sources (two points of attraction), the only way to NOT end up goign in a circle is to head directly into one of them. Assuming that the island and magnetic north are competing, 325 is undoubtedly the compass direction in relation to the island's pull that leads to magnetic north. Or a trap... who knows. Also, whatever happened to "They'll never give you Walt" ?

Here's a theory I found on thefuselage regarding Penelope and Desmond: Pen found out that Desmond was going on the boat race, so she setup the encounter with Libby and the "free" boat. It was Pen's way of helping Desmond. The boat has a tracking device so she can keep track of Desmond. Pen can use some sort of GPS tracking system to follow the boat. She lost track of Desmond somehow (an incident? EMP fried the tracking device?), but the GPS system detected the electromagnetic anamoly in the area Desmond was last. So, she knows that if she can locate that anamoly again, she can locate Desmond. She has people monitoring the area he disapeared in, and when the BANG at the end of the episode happens, they detect something. The final scene of the show is of the guys calling Penelope and alerting her. Now we have someone actually looking for the island. Could the fallen Widmore ballon that the real Henry Gale was in be one of her scouts? Read more about Pen here.

The Button
In the end, it seems that Fake Henry wanted the button to NOT be pushed. When he was in there with John, he pushed it to avoid killign himself, but planted the seed in John's head that the button did nothing - knowign that down the road, John would let the timer expire. But did Desmond foil the plan by using the failsafe that Kelvin showed him? Fake Henry doesn't really show much emotion during the BANG, so it's hard to tell what his plans are/were. I personally think he is tryign to shut down the hatches, one at a time, which might explain how some of the hatches have power and some don't - he has already gotten to some of them.

Okay, so near the end of the finale, John and Desmond lock themselves in the computer room and plan to let the timer expire. Once Desmond see's th elogs from the Pearl, he realized that his screwup 60 days ago may have caused the plan to crash, and decides that he doies indeed want to push the button (because it actually does do somehting). John, still convinced it's all a setup, destroys the computer. All the while, Charlie and Eko are trying to get in. They even use dynamite, which pretty much knocks them out. As the timer expires, everythign metal starts flying around and getting crunched. Desmond, in a last ditch effort, crawls to the failsafe and turns they key. The screen goes white, and we are shows scenes of various people covering their ears and watching the sky turn bright white for about 5-10 seconds. Afterwards, the hatch door lands on the beach. We don't really know what happened, but here's my theory: The BANG was triggered by the failsafe, not the magnetic buildup. There is a strong magnet or electromagnet below the Swan, and the 108 minute cycle is in place to allow it to discharge or flip polarity. If it is allowed to grow unchecked, it'll get really strong and perhaps do bad things. Desmonds failsafe triggered a large EMP that somehow disabled the whole thing.

Desmond and Locke
Desmond feels like Locke saved his life, and Locke feels like Desmond saved his. This is revealed in a flashback where Desmond is contemplating killing himself in the hatch and John just got done watching Boone die. Des hears John banging on the hatch door and is relieved to find out that someone is on the island with him, and John is revitalized when Des shines the big spotlight up the hatch.

Lostie Loose Ends
As was the case in the Season 1 finale, the fate of a lot of Losties is left open. Are Michael and Walt gone or will they come back. Did Desmond, Lock, and Eko die in the hatch crunch/EMP? Why is Charlie acting weird (he comes back to cap at the end and acts like nothing happened). What will Hurley do? What will the others do with Kate, Sawyer, and Jack? Are Sayid, Sun, and Jin still on the sailboat?

Season 2
Most of this season has been spent learning about Dharma, the hatches, and the others. We learned that the others are very manipulative, good method actors, and very organized. But at the same time, they don't seem to have the whole story. There is more to the island. I have a feelign that S3 will delve into the islands past, and reveal another mysterious layer on which to focus. Atlantis?
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bigD (May 31, 2006 at 01:19:02 PM):
Sweeet, I love LOST!!!!!!111!!11

stef (May 31, 2006 at 03:31:46 PM):
I was left confused by the glances exchanged by Kate & Jack at the end. As they were tied up they gave each other a sort of "knowing" nod before the bags were placed over their heads. They zoomed in on Sawyer's face, but he didn't have the same reaction. Makes me think something's up between Kate & Jack. Just one more question to add to the list....
corbin (June 01, 2006 at 11:39:21 AM):
i was pleased with the season finale, but of course it left more new questions than old ones unanswered. i figure we'll learn a LOT more about the others and dharma (and maybe greg too) next season
Brad (June 01, 2006 at 12:47:53 PM):

The reason a lot of very intelligent people love this show is because it has been hard to figure out. If the creators answer too many questions with absolutes we are going to be able to guess the outcome. Everytime I get pissed about the writers not revealing more I think about this and it makes me happy.
corbin (June 01, 2006 at 01:11:03 PM):
that's an excellent point. i stop watching shows when they become predictable. for instance, i enjoyed Smallville, because i've always liked superman, and i liked how the show brought in other characters from the comics and whatnot, but after the first couple of seasons it was getting waaaay too predictable and dramatic. every episode i'd be pissed about it, so i thought, why am i wasting my time with this? delete from tivo
bean (June 01, 2006 at 03:11:16 PM):
celeb (June 01, 2006 at 04:49:09 PM):
Corbin likes superman.

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