On the 10th day of Festivus, TV gave to me
Lost is one Pandora's Box that doesn't look like it's ever gonna shut. The mysteries unleashed by the series are hardly in short supply, and they are well cataloged online.
In an attempt to not appear entirely redundant, I've decided to focus on the 10 mysteries that I think even the writers can't solve. These are the mysteries that I doubt we'll ever get a truly satisfying conclusion to because, frankly, I'm not sure the writers always know what they're doing. Even if they do, the chances that Lost's eventual payoff could ever equal the energies fans have poured into decoding the show are slim. A false lead here. An obscure reference there. Lost's loose ends are going nowhere.
10. The numbers - 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. The show's creators have outright admitted that they don't really know what the significance of Hurley's numbers are. The Lost Experience reveals that they're the core numerical values of the Valenzetti Equation - a formula created to predict the world's end. Does this explain why they make an excellent Lotto choice, or why they mystically appear everywhere in the show? Nope.
9. The outside world. If the Others are so well-informed of what is going on in the outside world and know how to reach it, than why is Ben at the mercy of Jack to remove his spinal tumor?
8. The Island's healing powers. They work for Locke and Rose, but not Ben? Is it because he's lived on the Island all his life? Do the "healing powers" discriminate? Were they effected by the Hatch blast?
7. The black smoke. I've heard the theory that the cloud is a collection of thousands of nanomachines, but I'm not buying it. I know that the actor wanted off the show to make movies, but seriously, smoke, why kill the second season's most compelling and seemingly most repentant character?
6. Jacob's list. Who's been naughty and who's been nice? Who's on the list, and why are the Others so freaking judgmental anyway?
5. Charlie's religious visions. Readers, you'll have to remind me. Did we ever get a satisfying reason for why Charlie had a fit of religious dreams and tried to baptize Aaron?
4. Artificial limbs and glass eye. This one was a toss up between Bad Twin and the limbs, but I decided to go with the limbs. When the orientation film was first shown, the show's creators told fans to take note of the doctor's fake arm. We also know that there's a one-eyed man running around the Island. We saw him on the Pearl Station monitor. Why all the fake parts? Is the eye thing even connected to the arm thing? Did the writer's forget about the fake limb clue?
3. Walt's powers. What happened to Walt? Where is he now? How could the Others let go of someone who seemed so precious in exchange for Jack, Sawyer and Kate. We were asked to invest so much emotionally in Walt - particularly at the end of the first season. Seeing someone's son ripped away from him was cruel. Not telling us the full story about his experience and the nature of his powers was even crueler.
2.Goodness. The Others' concept of being the "good" guys is pretty f-ed up. What's frustrating to me every week is that Jack, Sawyer or Kate just don't ask - "Why are you doing this to us?" As far as they know, they are innocents who didn't ask to crash and burn onto the Others' precious Island. Why make with the killing, forced labor, kidnapping? Are the Others victimized lab rats or trying to save the world? Help us out here because Ben and company aren't engendering any sympathy from this viewer.
1. How long can this keep going on? Lost's ratings are starting to slip. While I would certainly hate for the show to be forced into an Alias or Veronica Mars strategy, simplifying the episodes for newcomers, it seems like giving Lost an end date would make sense - don't let it end prematurely, but don't let it play past its prime for the sake of advertising dollars. There's obviously a whole lot of story to be told, but what a little television miracle it would be to let that story unfold organically for as long a time or as short a time as it needed to.
Twelve killed-off characters
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