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Lost: There's No Place Like Home, Part One

by Erin Martell, posted May 16th 2008 1:37AM
Matthew Fox
(S04E12) I completely understand why Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse needed an extra hour for the finale. The first of three hours had so much information and moved to so many different locations, and I still feel like we've barely scratched the surface. It's going to be a long two weeks. That's all I have to say.

The Beach Survivors (The Beach, The Jungle)

The 815ers were still trying to figure out who dropped the satellite phone from the chopper, and what they were supposed to do. When Daniel called the phone on the helicopter, all they heard was Keamy's voice telling his mercenaries to go to The Orchid (watch the Orchid orientation video if you haven't already, people). Juliet claimed that she didn't know about The Orchid, but Daniel knew all about it. He was aware of the secondary protocol, and told Charlotte in a panicked voice that they had to get off the island as soon as possible.

Jack ignored Juliet's concern for his recovery and took off with Kate after the helicopter's signal. He was bleeding when they ran into Sawyer, Aaron, and Miles in the jungle. Sawyer told them about Claire's disappearance and the destruction of the Barracks, and decided to join Jack on his trip to the chopper. Kate took Aaron and Miles back to the beach.

When Kate returned, Sayid had already reached the island and warned the 815ers about Keamy's agenda. This news worried Kate even more, and she and Sayid went after Jack and Sawyer. Daniel volunteered to ferry people, six at a time, back to the freighter. Sun, Jin, Aaron, and a few anonymous survivors joined him.

Sawyer and Jack found Frank Lapidus alone, handcuffed inside the helicopter. He dropped the phone on the beach, hoping that they would find him. He planned to take the 815ers back to the freighter before Keamy returned. When Frank mentioned that the mercenaries were looking for Ben, Sawyer worried about Hurley's safety. Meanwhile, Kate and Sayid found a separate set of tracks in the jungle. Soon they were surrounded by Alpert and the Others, who held them at gunpoint.

The Freighter

When the first group of 815ers reached the freighter, Sun and Jin were shocked (and not terribly happy) to see Michael. Michael did his best to explain his presence on the freighter, but Sun and Jin didn't trust him. Daniel immediately went back for another set of people, which is a sign that he's a relatively good guy. He knew that the island was a dangerous place to be, and was willing to go back and rescue more people.

Now that Michael had fixed the engines, Desmond was eager to rescue the rest of the survivors. There was just one problem: something on the freighter was causing RF interference, and it wasn't safe to move just yet. Desmond found the source of the interference: a giant pile of explosives. My best guess is that the mysterious device on Keamy's arm controls the explosives, and Keamy can blow up the freighter whenever he wants. The people on the freighter are in as much danger as the people on the island.

Locke, Ben, and Hurley (The Jungle, The Orchid)

After sending a signal to his people in the jungle, Ben led Locke and Hurley to the Orchid station, which looked like a simple greenhouse. It was clear that Keamy and the mercenaries were already waiting for Ben, so Ben had to change his plan. He told Locke how to access the real Orchid station from a hidden elevator, and walked up to the Orchid unarmed. Keamy emerged, held a gun to Ben's head, and knocked him out.

Flash-Forward: The Oceanic Six

The now-rescued Oceanic Six landed at a military base in Honolulu, along with a representative of Oceanic Airlines. Everyone looked pretty shaken up, but Jack (who is still a bossy boots off the island) insisted that the survivors could speak to the press. As they left the plane, everyone had loved ones waiting for them, except for Kate. The Paiks, Mrs. Shephard, and Hurley's parents were all there; even Nadia reunited with Sayid after the press conference.

We finally got the "official" Oceanic 815 story. An undetermined number of survivors escaped from the plane before it sank. They floated on cushions and wore life jackets as the current carried them for a day. By the time they washed up on uninhabited Membata island, there were only eight passengers left alive. Luckily, wreckage from a fishing boat washed up on shore, as well as a raft. Kate was six months pregnant when the plane crashed, and gave birth to Aaron on Membata. Jin died in the crash, along with Claire (who was not mentioned at the conference). The survivors took the raft to a village called Manukangga on the island of Sumba, and Oceanic Airlines learned about their rescue.

Sun came back to civilization with a backbone and a grudge against the two people responsible for Jin's death. She didn't say who the second person was, but she got her revenge on the first--her father. Putting her Oceanic Airlines settlement to good use, Sun bought a controlling interest in Paik Heavy Industries. After a heated confrontation with her father, Sun told Mr. Paik that she was going to have her child and start making some changes with their company.

Hurley might have given his lottery winnings to his folks, but he couldn't shake the curse of the numbers. At a poorly conceived island-themed surprise party, David Reyes gave his son a thoughtful (and unsettling) birthday gift. After the crash, Papa Reyes fixed up the Camaro in Hurley's honor, and the car was up and running. When Hurley got in the driver's seat, he was terrified when he discovered that the odometer had the winning lottery numbers on it.

Jack finally got to say goodbye to Christian. There wasn't a body, but the Shephards had a belated funeral anyway. When the service was over, an Australian woman approached Jack. It was Carole Littleton, Claire's mother and Aaron's grandmother. Apparently she came out of her coma sometime after the crash. Carole told Jack all about her connection with Christian, and mentioned that his half-sister was also on Oceanic 815. Jack learned that Claire was Christian's daughter after it was too late to save her. Kate was standing nearby holding Aaron, but it's unclear if she heard the conversation or not. From the look on her face when Carole noticed Aaron, I'd say she got the gist of it.

Final remarks/questions:

  • I hope we get more of an explanation about Carole Littleton's miraculous recovery. When we last saw her, she had been on life support for several years.
  • Why would Keamy put a bomb on the freighter? Is it a last resort, like Locke's desire to move the island, in case the mission fails? How was he planning to get Ben back to Widmore? Did someone else put the bomb there? So many questions...
  • Sun mentioned that she blames two people for Jin's death. Who is the other person? Is there any chance that Jin isn't dead, and that Sun is just playing along with the official story? Things aren't looking good for him.
  • The word "membata" is Indonesian for doubt or uncertainty.
  • Hurley and Ben had another funny moment together. I can't believe Hurley ate fifteen-year-old crackers.
  • I'm dying to see the inside of the infamous Orchid station.

In two weeks--things come to a head in the two-hour finale. Until then, check out additional Lost coverage at AOL.

Biggest question after part one of the season finale?
Why is there a bomb on the freighter?205 (15.3%)
Is Jin really dead?396 (29.6%)
Where are the Others taking Kate and Sayid?383 (28.6%)
What's going to happen to Ben?253 (18.9%)
How did Claire's mother recover so quickly?45 (3.4%)
Other (elaborate in comments)57 (4.3%)

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Re: Sun's pregnancy not allowing her to attend Christian's funeral.
I don't know if this is why she didn't attend the funeral or not it sounds possible to me. Jack said at the funeral that it had been 10 months since the crash. They supposedly spent more than 100 days on the island (as was noted in the press conference), which is more than 3 months. This means the "funeral" took place close to 7 months after their "rescue." I think Sun was in her second month at the time of rescue, so 7 months
later she may have been giving birth. Even if I've totally miscounted the months, she would have given birth not that long ago and I doubt she would have flown
across the world with her newborn.

May 22 2008 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lu Ann Troyer

I was in Virginia Beach the week of May 11,2008 and I met Matthew Fox and didn't know him as i had never watched LOST. I started up a conversation with him by commenting on his Tap Out shirt. Well he was such a sweet guy and walked some blocks with me and my clueless friend. He told us he had a bit part on LOST and we should watch it ....well my friend and i did and just about fainted!! He was a very kind stranger I'm now his #1 FAN!!!!! Not all stars are that humble and respectful!!!

May 22 2008 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sun walks into a meeting that has just finished... the men mention that the "money has come from 5 different accounts... I take this to mean that all of the survivors are helping Sun finance this takeover... Perhaps Paik industries will be how they get back to the Island to save their friends... My second thought about "Moving the island", is moving the coordinates to getting there... they keep talking about having to stay on the bearing of 305 degrees... perhaps they are going to change the bearings so you can't get to the island through the old door

May 17 2008 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Michael will redeem himself by making a heroic sacrifice in getting people off the freighter before it blows.

And just how big was that Oceanic settlement for Sun that she could afford to buy a controlling interest in her father's company? That is the biggest question from last night's episode!

May 16 2008 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to 1iPete's comment

Wanna bet Hurley had something to do with that?

May 17 2008 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i'm very confused here by how people think the flash forwards are related to the main storyline. i don't think the people on the boat leave the island until two seasons from now. that is, something will happen so that all of the 815ers will be back on the island for the next two seasons, but only the 6 (two seasons from now, when the series ends) make it off. am i alone in thinking that?

i also don't like how the season finales are always tied to a new dharma station. it seems like every season ends with finding a new station and trying to figure it out.

May 16 2008 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Ganesh's comment

oh! and any discrepancies in time can be explained by the temporal effect around the island or by the secret of "moving the island" in time. i think that by pairing the flashforwards of the return of the islanders to the rest of teh world and the escape onto the boat, the creators are trying to fool the audience into seeing a cause-effect relationship where there is none.

May 16 2008 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wouldn't Aaron be much older then?

May 17 2008 at 1:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben Belden

Does it worry anyone else what the last two seasons of Lost are going to be like assuming the Oceanic Six leave at the end of the season finale? Are half the episodes going to take place off the island? Is the island even going to factor into things any more? The only characters we know will be left (assuming they don't die) are Locke, Sawyer, Rose, Bernard, Claire, Jin, Ben, Juliet, and a bunch of Others. And maybe the new characters from the frieghter, but it still doesn't sound that compelling to me. Not that I won't still watch the show, but I'm trying to figure out if there is any way they can get the Oceanic Six back to the island in a believeable way. They could have a time loop, where they are still on the island in the past, they could have another flash-forward to after they somehow go back, they could have flashbacks to when they were all still there.

May 16 2008 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ben Belden's comment

I thought that too, but I remember at the end of last season being worried about the flashbacks turning into flash forwards; I shouldn't have worried, this was the best season yet of Lost. I think no matter what happens, the creators and writers have proven they know what they're doing!

May 16 2008 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One of the most touching moments ever was when Jack found out Claire was his Sister. He felt guilty because he left Claire (and Jin and everyone else) on the island alive. Did anyone else catch Sawyer kissing the baby and using Hugo's real name when he has to save him. Sawyer is the real hero.

May 16 2008 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is anyone else kind of sad that Desmond isn't one of the 6? I don't think he is dead, and he wouldn't have been on the manifest, so he technically couldn't have been one of the survivors, and I also don't think Jin is dead. I think it's just whatever the arrangement was, he had to stay so that Sun could leave and that meant having to 'pretend' he was dead.

May 16 2008 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to summer's comment

I think that somehow Desmond is going to be forever linked to the island and he won't be able to get very far away before he has to return. Remember when he took the sailboat and tried to get off the island? All that happened is he went out for a while and then looped back and ended up back on the island. Plus, he was at the very epicenter of the hatch explosion and you can bet that did something to him besides just make him prescient about the future. If anything, I think the boat will explode when Keamy is killed and Des will just end up back on the island where he started.

It would really be nice if for the final episode, Penny goes back to the island and reunites with Des and they live happily ever after...

I agree though, this was an absolute KILLER season of LOST...

May 17 2008 at 8:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry it wasnt a us flag in his arm is a blue patch

May 16 2008 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It exactly like a crewmember, the bold guy is wearing a uniform with a us flag in his arm.

May 16 2008 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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