DJGel: Well, sir, I have to be the first to say welcome back. I think it’s kind of funny how you still have the second-most posts in BlogMogger history despite your extended hiatus. Well done sir.
However, I think that in light of the preview and having let the season finale soak in for a while, we might be able to piece together what is going to happen this (probably half) season.
My new theories basically revolve around Jack somehow getting back to the island before the end of the season. How or why he does it is anyone’s guess. I also think that Sawyer either turns and works for “the new Others” (TNOs), or becomes the leader of the newly-combined survivor/other alliance. This is based almost entirely on his limited quote in the preview, when Kate asks him something like, “What are you doing?”, and he replies, “What I always try to do: survive.”
Maybe I’m crazy, but it seems like it’s as good of a place as any to start. Any thoughts?
½ Man ½ Am-Asian: I certainly think Sawyer flipping is always a possibility. It really depends on what the New Others have planned. Based on the promos I've seen so far, it seems safe to assume that they're at the island to exploit or gather its powers. I've given it some serious thought and I still can't come up with a unifying theory for all the wild stuff that happens on the island so the New Others could be there for a variety of reasons. Off the top of my head, I'd rule out the Smoke Monster since it has been said to only have protective/security powers for the island. The island's healing powers are somewhat questionable as well as all the pregnant women die; besides, when has a nefarious
ne'er-do-well ever been interested in something altruistic like healing power? Unfortunately, Jacob as a concept is too new to predict if he would somehow have value to the New Others.
I suppose the most logical choice would be the energy source that the island seems to have, whatever it is that got activated or unleashed when Locke let the counter run down and Desmond turned the key. Of course, this is most ambiguous and least pointed mystery on the island. It's like there's this ... energy! And the energy is, like, totally powerful!
You know what? Here my prediction for this season and the rest of the series: one big allegory for religion. It seems like everyone loves doing this -- The Matrix, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings -- so why not those bastards at ABC? I mean, you've got the omnipotent energy. The Smoke Monster is Satan, conjuring up your most intimate insecurities. Jacob's the voice of God who only some people can hear. And Ben's the
pedophile priest. If there ever was a show ripe for cop-out religious metaphors, this is probably it, right? (Clearly, I just have no idea how to put all the pieces together.)
DJGel: Not bad at all, Dave. I think that it is really important to look at their motivation for coming there. My thoughts are that it is a re-vamped, more bad-ass version of the DHARMA Initiative, since they were had by the “Hostiles” (the Others), they realize that they need heavy firepower. Remember that Old Man Widmore was in with the DHARMA people, and he would have access to the picture of Desmond. Shit, for all we know, he put Des on the island somehow in the first place.
Basically, they would be going back there to “get” what DHARMA was there for the first time. Is that the Smoke Monster? Jacob? The, like, energy, man? Who knows?
Any quick final thoughts before the new season starts tonight?
½ Man ½ Am-Asian: I like where you're going. I think it should be interesting to see just how much the New Others know about the island. It didn't seem like DHARMA had actually figured out what was going on and they all got killed anyway. If this means a bunch of the New Others get their comeuppance from the Smoke Monster, I'm on board.
DJGel: Good stuff as always. Thanks Dave.Questions? Comments? Hate Lost Bloggin' again already? E-mail the BlogMogger team at email@example.com.