The return of ‘LOST’: 4 8 15 16 23 42 and other questions I need answered

By Megan Kutulis
January 28, 2010

Okay so seriously “LOST” sounds like the most ridiculous show on television. I only know this because a) it has taken me forever to write this article because I realize how stupid it must sound and b) because I used to be its biggest critic.

Fortunately for me, two admittedly addicted “LOST” fans coaxed me into watching the season five finale. Let me tell you, if you think watching “LOST” from the beginning is hard, watching it backwards is even harder. From the pilot episode on, I knew Ben would stab Jacob, I knew Locke was in that box (new meaning to lockbox, anyone?), and I knew Juliette was going to be crying at the bottom of that well. It kind of messes with your mind.

But now that I’m caught up, I’m just as excited for the two-hour premiere of the final season of the best show on television. And apparently so is the White House. Thanks again, Obama, for moving that State of the Union speech.

So what am I hoping to get answers to this season? I think the questions would be better phrased as what am I not hoping to get answers to this season? I have seriously considered making a spreadsheet of what I know and what I don’t know. I’ve studied ABC’s “LOST” Theories page more than my marketing book as of late, and I’m still trying to figure out some technicalities that I know are getting lost amongst the time travel.

I think I speak for every “LOST” fan when I say that my biggest question is, where the hell are they going to be when season six kicks off? Sure I’ve read tons of theories and I’ve seen the videos of Hurley as a proud Mr. Cluck’s owner and the Oceanic commercials that are priding themselves on an impeccable flying record, but, as “LOST” has taught me, anything can happen. Nothing is off-limits.

Besides that burning question, I’m dying to know what’s up with Desmond? Why can’t Aaron be with anyone but Claire? Is the Man in Black really everyone I think he is? What’s up with Smoky? Who was shooting at Locke, Sawyer and their crewmembers in that boat? I know they can’t be done with Walt quite yet. What’s going on with the Black Rock ship where our poor Dr. Arnzt faced his doom? And, most importantly, maybe someone can further explain to me the characters of Richard and Christian, because they continue to fascinate me and creep me out.

For anyone who isn’t a “LOST” fanatic and has made it this far, I probably sound crazy. Understandable, because for anyone who doesn’t quite understand the time -traveling insanity of that show, it sounds like the most impossible, ridiculous show ever created. And, truthfully, it is. But I think that’s what makes me love it so much. Something about the impossibility of the “LOST” situations makes me keep watching. Because despite the fact that this show, with all its complications and intricacies, is so impossible, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse still find a way to make it completely scientifically explainable and logical. Well, I think I have to credit Dan Faraday with that, but you get the idea.

Megan Kutulis

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