Wrapping Up “Lost” Season 5

Well the official count down to the end of the best TV show is on. The fifth season of “Lost” ended this past Wednesday with an explosive finale that unveiled a host of new information and created more questions – as per the usual Lost way. The sixth season was decided a few years ago to be the last, so the producers and writers have 17 episodes to fill in A LOT of missing pieces. The producers promised more answers instead of questions this season – and they held up their end of the bargain. So let’s flashback on Season 5 to some of the top time spinning “Lost” questions that we now have answers to (sigh of relief) as well as some of the best moments!

Questions that Now Have Answers

Question 1 - Season 5 was all about getting the Losties back to the island and uncovering why they needed to go back. One of the biggest mysteries presented at the beginning of season 5 was HOW were the survivors going to get back to their island. In episode 6 “316” we learn that the Oceanic 6 must board Ajira Airways Flight 316 and recreate as much of the original flight as possible including dead Locke representing both himself and Jack’s father, Hurley carrying a guitar, which, I think, represents Charlie, and the pilot who was SUPPOSED to be flying Oceanic Flight 815. And it works!

Question 2 – The island moved?! That’s right, and in the very first episode of Season 5 “Because You Left” we learn what the consequences of Ben pushing the donkey wheel really are. Juliet, Sawyer, Locke, Daniel, Miles, Charlotte and additional Losties and Freighter folk see a bright light then start skipping through history at random.

Question 3 – How did Locke die? In the episode "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" the Season 4 cliff hanger – Locke in a coffin – is resolved. After what can definitely be considered a bad day, Locke tries to kill himself, but is interrupted by Ben, who gets important information out of Locke and subsequently kills him.

Question 4 – Who is Jacob? For a while now we’ve been hearing of this Jacob. I don’t know about you, but I thought that Jacob was using Christian Shephard’s body as a way to move, speak, etc. But we found out that, like Ben, we’ve never actually seen him before – until the season finale.

Question 5 – How does Eloise Hawking, Daniel Faraday’s mother, know so much about traveling to and from the island? – in “Jughead” we are introduced to Ellie (a.k.a. Eloise Hawking) as being an Other in 1956 when Daniel, Charlotte and Miles are captured by them and brought to the site of a hydrogen bomb.

Key Moments
– “This Place is Death” – Convinced he needs to leave the island, die and bring the Oceanic 6 back, Locke turns the same time warping donkey wheel that Ben turned (the only difference – Locke does it with a compound fracture to the leg and sees Jack’s dead father who asks Locke to tell his son “hello” for him).
– “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” – After multiple failed attempts at trying to get the Oceanic 6 back to the island, learning his former love is dead, getting contradictory information from both Ben and Widmore, Locke attempts to hang himself. He’s interrupted by Ben, who talks him down only to murder him a few minutes later.
– “He’s Our You” – One of the most surprising moments in the season occurs after an innocent meeting between Young Ben and Sayid. Forming a quick bond, so Young Ben thinks, Young Ben unlocks Sayid from a cage so that they can escape the Dharma camp together. But while running away, Sayid acts on what he thinks is his reason for coming back to the Island – he shoots Young Ben in the chest.
– “The Lie” – Although this moment didn’t really have a large effect on the show’s story, it was a great way to express the loveable character that is Hurley. In “The Lie” the Oceanic 6 have been off the island for only a little while and pure hearted Hurley is distraught about having to lie about his life there. In one breath, Hurley unveils everything to his mother - who believes him.
- “The Incident” – While discussing whether or not to detonate a hydrogen bomb and reset history Jack and Sawyer get into a brutal fight including a well timed, comical yet bad ass leg kick to the groin.
What were some of your favorite moments from this season? What questions are you looking forward to being answered in the show’s final season?

"Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.” – Frank Sinatra
So may the prayers, tranquilizers and JD be with you and see you next time.

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