C.T. Finally Gets LOST: It’s All A Game!


Hurley probably summed up my thoughts on LOST best when he said, “You and me, trekking through the jungle on the way to do something that we don’t quite understand… good times!”

Except, I’d leave off those last two words.

Because at this point, I find that LOST has become less a “good time” and more a chore I need to complete if for no other reason that I have major completion issues.

Last night’s episode was yet another example of a repetitive “plot” we’ve seen time and again on the show: several characters spend most of the episode traipsing around the island on a V.I.M. (Very Important Mission) that neither understands and which, without fail, proves almost as frustrating for them as it does for us. When Hurley and Jack arrived at the Lighthouse (and this wasn’t a major surprise, given that the episode was titled… “Lighthouse”), all I could think was, “I knew it! The final scene is going to reveal that some computer geek is playing an ultra-realistic version of the classic game Myst!”

Anyone who ever spent hours and hours trying to decipher the mysteries of Myst will remember that it was basically an island on which one solved puzzles and jumped to different worlds known as “ages.” (Hmm… ages… time travel…) Clues found while exploring helped reveal the backstory of the game’s characters.

Sound familiar?

Apparently, those who study each episode of LOST under a microscope made this connection a long time ago. As a much more casual viewer, it took me a while to catch up.

Years ago, I bought into the Myst craze and spent months wandering around that damned island, exploring a village built in trees and star fields projected upon the roof of a planetarium. Never exactly a master of computer games, I eventually grew frustrated, went to the local store and bought a cheater’s guide which allowed me to solve the puzzles and get to the end, which was ultimately both unsatisfying and predictable.  (There were, as it turned out, several ways in which the story could end, depending upon the choices a player made.)

These days, I find myself wishing I could go to a bookstore, find a novelization of LOST and flip to the final page. This journey is no longer fun. I’ve stuck with the show through smoke monsters and time warps, characters coming back from the dead and others being introduced (and killed) for no discernible reason. Questions are multiplying faster than tribbles, and it’s abundantly clear that there is absolutely no way on earth that the show will be able to satisfactorily answer the hundreds which have arisen over the years.

That said, I am, of course, in it for the long haul. I haven’t come this far only to turn back now. My only hope is that when the last episode airs, I don’t wind up looking like Jack did after his visit to the lighthouse, staring off into the distance blankly, thinking, “That’s it?”

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  • Jenn

    Can’t agree more…I have an ‘obsession’ to watch the last episode of any show I have regularly watched. The further ‘Lost’ goes the further lost I am…I have a feeling there will be millions of very disappointed viewers

  • Ace

    I have to completely disagree. The thing I absolutely love about Lost is that you have to be paying attention most of the time; almost everything is significant in some way. This was a setup/catchup episode (setting up curiousity over who is coming [my bet is Widmore] and what Jack’s role will be, catching up w/ Claire), but still a good one. Little things that made this episode great: (1) Jack’s son reading Alice in Wonderland when the first “Jack centric” episode was called “White Rabbit” and dealt w/ his issues w/ his own father; (2) who is Jack’s son’s mother? It is probably not his first wife b/c they only met a few years b/f the crash and my bet is that it is significant. Probably not someone who was on the plane this go round (i.e., not Kate). So Libby? Juliet?; (3) obviously the Samari guy hasn’t been around as long as Richard or he wouldn’t be alive in the sideways world; (4) Jacob doesn’t seem that concerned with the people at the temple; (5) Jack’s apendectomy occuring in the 70s means that the changes in the sideways world can go waaay back/ Jacob was messing w/ things long before the candybar incident and it is pretty obvious that Jack is getting confused b/c of the switches; (6) we got more numbers incite–it is the person’s position on the Lighthouse compas (whatever that means)…

    I guess my point is that there are still 11 hours left to this season. If we get all of our answers immediately, then what do they have left for the rest of the season? And Darlton did say that the 6th season would echo the 1st a lot of the time, and they weren’t kidding. Each of those episodes (other than the pilot) introduced us to the characters that we now care about and their history. Each episode this season has given us the sideways look (which you have to have a certain amount of trust that those are going to end up being important) at those same characters, while still pushing along the mythology. Can’t please everyone, but I’m enjoying it so far.

  • Amy D

    I completely agree.
    I can’t even count how many times I looked at the clock during last night’s episode.
    I love the show but I just want answers already.
    I was damned near ready to hit something when Jack broke the mirrors.
    I realize they need to delay answers but considering there are thousands of them you’d think they could stop replaying the same plot and answer a few per episode.

  • Hil

    This episode was probably my favorite so far this season. I am really glad I am enjoying it unlike the rest of you. And I feel like I am getting a lot of answers along the way too. Not sure why all the complaining. If you don’t get something there are tons of podcasts, message boards, and websites that have worked things out. Often times it is more fun if you get involved like that. Lost has always be a collaborative group effort for me.

  • Ace

    Hil — Couldn’t have said it better myself. The hour (well…40 minutes) that Lost is actually on TV is only a small fraction of the enjoyment I get out of each episode. It is usually more fun to read other’s thoughts and discuss everything the next day.

  • CT

    Ironically, some of you proved exactly my point in your disagreement with me.

    Look, if you get a kick out of spending hours listening to podcasts and searching websites for clues, more power to you. Me? I’ve got a life to lead. All I expect of a television show is to be entertained. At this point, LOST is majorly failing in that department. From the beginning, this was supposed to be a show that worked on both levels… if you wanted to do the whole scouring for info thing, there would be that. But if you just wanted to sit back and watch the show, it would work on that level, too. That’s what we’ve been told time and again by just about everyone involved with the show.

    But it’s not proving to be true.

    I watch the show. I want to love the show. But I can’t, because it’s a wildly frustrating experience. I don’t want to have to remember that the first episode was called White Rabbit. I don’t have the time to research the meaning of this reference or that dropped clue.

    I’ll bet any amount of money that within hours of the final episode airing, a million posts will be out there listing the dozens (at least!) of questions which were raised by the show and never answered.

    Those who are enjoying it? More power to you.

    Me? I’m enduring it. Because that’s how I roll.

  • Rvn

    All I got from your post is that you are forcing yourself to sit and watch something you don’t enjoy. Glad not wasting your clearly valuable time like the rest us.

  • Lindlee

    I was in your place about 2 seasons ago. LOST was more of a chore than a show I actually wanted to watch. Knowing it had an end date, I felt I had to tough it out until it finally wrapped up. Oddly enough, at that point, not caring freed me up to just enjoy the show.

    Most of the time I have no idea what’s going on. And even though I recall some things from the first few seasons, I know there’s a lot that gets by me. But I still enjoy the characters and I like watching their stories unfold. I don’t care if any of my questions get answered. That’s not why I watch anymore. I’m just along for the ride.

  • Eric

    Lost was always a show that you HAVE to be invested in to enjoy. I’m not saying you have to go to the extremes of reading everything and anything the day after, but you at least have to try to connect from episode to episode what is going on.
    I’m thoroughly enjoying the episodes and it seems to me as it’s setting up for an epic final two hours.
    I liked yesterday’s episode and was smiling damn near the whole time.
    Lost isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely worth it if you care enough to make it worth it.

  • Hil

    When I watch it by myself I tend to enjoy the characters and the episode’s adventure and perhaps pick up on a few answers and additional questions. I still like it at that level. But it is when I talk to my friends and coworkers about it and listen to a podcast at work the next day that I really love it. Lost has always been like for me though. After the very first episode I got online and was all, “WTF? Monsters? Huh?” and met a great group of people who I talk to after every episode for years now. Maybe you could get away with being clueless during season one, but after that you just have to either work a little at it (shocking concept, huh?) or just accept it is crazy and go with it. We are well into the last season and I for one am happy they didn’t change their style and haven’t watered it down for those who suddenly have amnesia about how the show has always been. The faults people list are usually what I liked about the show in the first place. I am glad they are not straying from it down the stretch.

  • Manju

    I agree with Ace. This has been a wondeful ride in season 6 so far. I’m very much enjoying the flashsideways as they build on characters in a major way. And the answers come rolling in with trunkloads. The numbers, the significance of the island, Jacob’s plan, Rousseau, everything you questions from the beginning finds it’s answer in every scene of this season. The real question is only; are you willing to be satisfied with the hints that you get? If not, then yes, you will be disappointed. If you accept them as the answers you’ve been looking for, you’re in for one crazy ride.

  • Subversive

    With time travel, multiverse theory and bringing back folks back from the dead via drowning them, Lost has an endless possibility to twist and turn the story every ep how they like it. It seems like the writers grew bored and just decided wth lets do it all. Its not really fun anymore to watch cause nothing has REAL consequences. If someone dies, just revieve him, or warp the whole cast a few times around time for no reason at all …. Sorry Lost but you lost all that was good in the beginning.