buildings were actually GOOD, and that he might be a fallible being,
then it becomes the tale of a deranged rapist who blames the world
around him for his failures, then blows up a building.
Okay, so the series finally ended and many people are left with questions.
This includes me.
The difference between myself and a lot of these other people, though, seems to be that they are getting themselves all worked up in a tizzy because not every single question they can think of about the show can be answered to their satisfaction.
From Facebook to YouTube, there are people coming out of the woodwork to complain about how bad the writing is, how bad the ending of the show is, and whatever else they can come up with.
Here is a list of some of the questions posed by one of the disappointed, maybe original or maybe compiled from elsewhere, and my responses.
The "You" in the responses is not specifically aimed at the one person who listed these questions, but at the general body of people who have worried about them, and disliked the show because their questions weren't satisfactorily answered.
1) Why did the monster kill the pilot?
Because he's evil, and he could. The pilot wasn't on the list of candidates, and he apparently wasn't important to the smoke-monster's plans.
2) What did Locke see when he first saw the smoke monster?
"I looked into the eye of this Island, and what I saw... was beautiful."
In another episode, he describes it as a beautiful bright light.
If you want more of a description than that, you're out of luck.
But, man.... if that's the kind of question that bugs you, you must really dislike a lot of movies.
I mean, 2001: A Space Odyssey must REALLY freak you out.
Not to mention Agnes of God, Through A Glass Darkly, IT, Pi, Cube, Pulp Fiction, The Maltese Falcon, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, Sphere..... Hell, let's just sum up by saying, "all horror, fantasy, and science fiction films, as well as any film with any of these elements, and any film where you don't get to see everything that each and every of the characters in the film sees."
Which is to say, "all films."
Also, I'm not really sure what kind of answer would satisfy you here. If we found out officially that he saw a pretty, pretty butterfly, would that make you happy?
If not, what answer would?
If you can't think of anything that would satisfy you on this question of yours, perhaps you should be less pissy at the writers of the show for not being able to satisfy you on a point where you seem essentially incapable of finding satisfaction.
3) Why was there a polar bear in Walt’s (Hurley’s) comic book?
Okay... so did you REALLY want the last season of Lost to detail the plot of a comic book seen only briefly in the first season or so?
Is that really a gripe?
Why not just go out and buy a copy of the issue yourself, if you're dying to know?
It was a Spanish edition of Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends Part One, printed in 1997 by DC comics.
The short answer is:
"Because that part of the comic book's plot took place in the arctic."
Beyond that, you'd have to ask the writers at DC who wrote that particular issue.
Overall, this seems a lot like complaining about the original Nightmare on Elm Street because by the end of the film they never explained what Ash was running from in the film Evil Dead, which was on TV in Johnny Depp's room.
It doesn't really matter, because it's part of the background, not an important part of the plot of the movie.
Now, perhaps you really mean to ask, "Was it just coincidence that there was a polar bear in the comic, and also polar bears running around the island?
THAT question is never specifically answered in the show, but a big part of the theme of the show seems to be that there are no coincidences.
4) Why wasn’t Christian Shepherd’s body in the coffin on the island?
Really think about that one for a minute.
You're asking why a coffin that fell out of a ripped-in-half airplane, then probably fell out of the sky and/or floated around on the ocean for a while before ending up on the island didn't have a dead body in it.
How about: "Because the body fell out somewhere along the way"....?
Is it really that important?
Are there people out there who are outraged that some of the suitcases that washed up on the beach were empty, or partially empty, and that the final season didn't explore the specifics of WHY some of the contents were missing?
5) Why did the psychic swear Claire had to fly on Oceanic 815, and why did he swear she had to be the one to raise the baby?
The most likely answer is that he told her to take that flight because he was paid to convince her to fly to LA. (as seen in the deleted scenes on the DVDs), and that just happened to be the flight he picked. He made a big deal about "it has to be THIS flight!" because that's what bogus psychics do- they pretend that things have to be specific, because it makes people think that they really are getting some special information from somewhere.
No matter how you slice it, it's a safe bet that he acted the way he did because Jacob set things up that way, in order to get Claire to the island. We know for a fact that he manipulated everybody into being on that flight, so that's your ultimate answer.
The exact methods and mechanisms of every step in how he accomplished that goal don't seem all that important to me.
However, I do agree that the question of why Claire "had to be the one to raise the baby" is something that I would have preferred to have answered somewhere in the series.
6) Why did the Others want Walt so badly?
Because Walt has special powers.
7) Why did Walt know about the hatch, and why would he warn Locke not to open it?
a) Because Walt has special powers.
b) Because he knew it would cause trouble? I mean, it does lead to quite a bit of infighting, and a powerful and weird magnetic explosion.
8) Why was Locke able to walk on the island?
Holy shit. I can't believe that this is one of the questions.
The island has special healing powers that affect everybody there to varying degrees.
That's also why Rose's cancer went away, and this detail comes up quite a few times in the course of the series.
9) Why does the smoke monster make mechanical / industrial sounds?
Why does Spock have pointy ears?
Because somebody thought it would look cool.
10) How could Walt communicate with Michael on the Swan station computer?
Any combination of the following:
a) Because the computers on the island were interconnected, and Walt had access to one somehow.
b) Because Walt has special powers.
11) What is the deal with Kate’s horse?
Sometimes a horse is just a horse. Maybe it was a Dharma pet that escaped.
Or maybe it was the Man In Black screwing with her, or trying to manipulate her somehow.
Why's it so important to know?
It's not like the horse was a major character or anything.
12) What is the deal with the ‘Hurley’ bird?
Could just be bird that makes a noise that sounds like "Hurley."
Any weirder than peacocks screaming "help"...?
Islands have weird birds, and sometimes weird birds make weird sounds.
Like Kate's horse, while I'm mildly curious, I don't think it's a big deal that this one wasn't answered.
13) Why are supplies being dropped on the island after the purge, by who, and how?
Because the outside world doesn't know that the Dharma Initiative died, and the order for supplies was never canceled.
Never specified, but I don't get why it's a deal.
14) What triggered the lockdown in the hatch?
Sometimes, 1970s technology left unmaintained in the jungle for 30+ years just kind of breaks down and malfunctions.
Why is this a surprise?
15) What happened to Libby in the original timeline between the mental hospital and being in the tail section of the plane?
We never get to find out, because the actress was booted from the show.
Which is a shame, because it looked to be interesting.
16) Who built the four-toed statue?
THIS is one of the few questions on this list that I was actually left wondering about.
Most likely, early inhabitants of the island, from long before the Dharma Initiative, and possibly even long before Jacob and his brother were born.
17) Why does only one bearing get you off of the island via boat?
Because of the time-distortion pockets that surround the island.
18) What was the significance of the hieroglyphics on the hatch’s countdown timer?
They mean "underworld."
Which, I'm guessing, is Dharma Initiative code for "You're fucked."
19) Why did the Others wear beards and makeup? (Did they think the Losties would recognize them somehow?)
Seriously, did you even watch the show?
The Others were trying to get the survivors to underestimate them, to think that the Others were a bunch of barely-surviving island-dwelling hillbillies that couldn't even get a decent razor.
20) Who was Libby’s husband, who gave her the boat she gave to Desmond to get him to the island?
Her husband was named David.
He died, which is what put her in the asylum for a while.
It was his boat, named after Libby, and he never got to use it because he died a month before he was supposed to set sail.
21) How did Dharma get the polar bear(s?) to the island?
Okay, now you're just making up bullshit questions.
Why the hell would this even matter?
They had ships, planes, and at least one submarine... why the hell do you care which mode of transportation was used?
22) How did Locke and Eko escape the hatch implosion?
They didn't escape it- they just survived it.
Why do you ask? Have there been serious casualties in all the other bizarre, hatch-imploding energy pulses that you've seen in your lifetime?
23) Why couldn’t Locke talk after the hatch implosion?
An effect of the weird energy that was released.
Again, what kind of answer are you looking for here?
Did you think that this was a crucial clue to unraveling the island's secrets?
24) Why didn’t the smoke monster kill Mr. Eko the first time they met?
Because it thought that it could manipulate him.
25) Why did the smoke monster kill Mr. Eko the second time they met?
Because it decided that Eko could not be manipulated.
(And because the actor left the show)
26) Why did Danny claim Jack wasn’t on Jacob’s list when he was clearly number 23?
It's mentioned that Jacob had more than one list.
Apparently Jack wasn't on all of them.
27) Why can’t women become pregnant on the island?
They can, so that's not a good question.
28) Why was it necessary to hide the supply drop menu behind a game of computer chess?
The Dharma Initiative was paranoid, and they liked to hide things.
29) What was the significance of the ‘punishment mark’ Ben gave Juliet?
It means that she is under punishment.
30) What happened to Ben’s childhood friend Anna?
Most likely died with the rest of the Dharma Initiative. Since we never hear from her again, other than one flashback, I'm pretty sure it isn't really important.
31) Why did the monk Desmond worked for have a picture of himself with Eloise?
She gets around.
Also, could be a kind of in-joke/reference to the medieval story of Eloise, in which her lover ends up getting castrated and becoming a monk.
Kind of like how the name "Henry Gale" is Dorothy's uncle in The Wizard of Oz, and "Nozz-a-La Cola" is a reference to Stephen King's works.
The writers like to toss in a lot of references and in-jokes.
32) Why did Ben see his dead mother? The smoke monster only seemed to be able to assume the form of those killed on the island, so it couldn’t have been it…
Yeah, it can't possibly be that your assumption about the nature of the smoke monster's powers is incorrect.
So I guess that only leaves the possibilities that a) Ben was insane, or b) it was her actual ghost.
33) Why did Desmond have a false vision of Claire and Aaron leaving in a helicopter, or did he just lie to Charlie, and if so, why would he do that?
Desmond's visions weren't 100%; he also saw Penny showing up on the Island.
And we know he could alter the future from what his visions saw in any case.
34) Who was the R.G. on Naomi’s bracelet?
Who the hell cares?
Somebody she knew, apparently.
If it makes you feel better, you can assume that it was either Rachael Green or Ross Gellar from Friends.
35) Why was there a 31:20 difference in time between the island and the ship?
Because of the time distortions around the island.
36) If the smoke monster is bound to the island, how was Christian Shepherd spotted on the freighter AND in a hospital in LA?
Because those actually were Christian Shepherd.
37) Why did the ghost of Horace direct Locke to Jacob’s cabin, claiming Jacob was waiting for him there, when it was really the smoke monster? Did ghost Horace lie? Why didn’t any other ghost lie?
You do understand that the Smoke Monster can appear as dead people, right...?
38) What is the deal with the frozen wheel that moves the island? How is it possible to move an island? Why does it teleport the one who moves the island?
a) It's a version of the one that the MIB's friends had built, back before his insane foster mother killed them all.
c) Seriously, what the hell kind of question is that? The person who uses it teleports because that's how whatever energies the wheel is channeling works. It's not real- there's no real answer there other than that the writers wanted it to behave that way.
Asking why it happens is like asking how Flubber can bounce higher on ever bounce.
39) Who sent Sun a gun and pictures of Jack and Ben?
Widmore. Remember how she went to him, and said she wanted to kill Ben?
40) Who attacked Sayid at the hospital, and how did they have Kate’s address?
41) When did the temple become an anti-smoke monster fortress?
Again, what kind of answer are you looking for?
If you found out that it was Aug. 12, 1849, would that appease your curiosity?
Is it really the kind of thing that's important to settle before the end of the show?
42) How does a pendulum track the movement of the island?
It uses Flubber.
43) Why do those who had to return to the island have to recreate the same circumstances that took them there in the first place?
Because that's how it works.
Again, you're dealing with made-up physics of made-up phenomenon, and you feel the need to know exactly how they work?
They don't work- it's made up.
44) Why didn’t Sun wind up in the 70’s with Jack, Hurley and Kate?
See previous answer.
45) If they had to recreate the circumstances, and Christian wasn't really in the coffin, why did Ben kill Locke and put him aboard the plane?
Who says that Christian wasn't really in it?
46) How did Ethan survive the purge?
By joining the Others/Hostiles.
47) Why were there hieroglyphics under the temple?
Because ancient cultures used them for written communication, and the temple was very old.
48) Why did Charles Whitmore tell Ben to kill Rousso and the baby, and then let Ben keep the baby?
Because he changed his mind.
49) Why did Daniel leave the island in the 70’s, and why did he tell Jack that he doesn’t belong there?
a) To work on his research.
b) Because that's what he believed at the time.
50) Why does Richard claim he saw everyone in the 70’s Dharma picture die? (including Jack & Hurley)
Can't really say, because I don't even remember that part, and I have no idea why you think it's significant.
Are you deliberately focusing on trivial details, or do you really think it's important.
51) Why can Jacob leave the island, but the smoke monster can’t?
Because Jacob kept the smoke monster there, to confine him and keep him from getting out into the rest of the world.
52) Jacob’s last words are: “They’re coming.” But… who are ‘they’?
Widmore and his people.
53) How was the lighthouse built, and by whom?
You really, really, REALLY need to know the lighthouse construction techniques used by whoever built the thing/
What, are you planning to make your own...?
Again, who cares?
As for who built it, probably the same people who built the statue, the temple, and the other older structures on the island.
54) Why is there a pool that brings people back to life? Why did it seem to make Sayid turn evil? If he was evil, why did he sacrifice himself to try and stop the bomb in the submarine?
a) Why is there an island in the first place? Because. is because that's what Dogen says.
And Dogen was a complete dick, so I wouldn't take his word as gospel.
c) Because he wasn't actually evil.
Remember Hurley's conversation with him in the last episode?
Hurley tells Sayid that people have always told him that he's evil, but that Hurley thinks he's truly a good person.
55) Why did the people at the temple insist that Sayid had to willingly take a poison pill to be killed?
-Because they were dicks.
-Why does saying "Open Sesame" open the doors in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves?
Why is Superman vulnerable to Kryptonite?
Why do vampires drink blood?
Because that's just how things work.
56) How could Sawyer see the ‘young Jacob ghost’?
Desmond could see him too, and he wasn't exactly a ghost.
57) How was Dogan (at the temple) keeping the smoke monster at bay? (until his death)
58) Why didn’t Sun tell Jin to go, so that their daughter wouldn’t be an orphan?
Because she knew that he wouldn't listen to her if she did.
59) Where did Jacob & his brother’s mom come from? Where did the prior guardian (their OTHER mother) come from? Why did she hate the other island inhabitants?
a) Does it matter?
b) I'll explain about the birds and the bees later; then you'll understand where ALL humans come from.
c) Because they were trying to tap the Heart of the Island, and doing so could destroy the planet.
60) Why would Jacob bring the Black Rock to the island, only to allow the smoke monster to kill everyone but Richard? Isn’t Jacob supposed to be a good guy?
61) How does the magic wine / water from near the sacred light grant immortality?
The answer is in the question: it's MAGIC.
(or technology so advanced that we can't tell the difference)
62) Why does Desmond’s electromagnetic bombardment allow him to stand in the ‘cork’ pool without dying?
Again, why does anything in fiction do anything?
Why does Superman's alien nature mean that he can fly?
Why does Gamma radiation turn Banner into the Hulk?
Why does Buffy the Vampire Slayer have superhuman strength?
63) Who were the other skeletons in the tunnel leading to the cork / cork pool?
Dead people who also tried to get to the pool
64) How did Jack get out of the cork pool / tunnel, when Desmond used the rope already?
He was expelled from the cave through other means. Kind of like how the smoke monster was kicked out after he floated down into the cave and died, only Jack didn't turn into a smoke monster.
Why didn't he?
That's a better question than the one you just asked, but I'm betting it's because he wasn't born on the island, but Jacob's brother was.
65) Why wasn’t Sayid’s soulmate Nadia?
Because that's the way the cookie crumbled.
You don't always get to choose your soulmate, and your best match is not necessarily the person that you have loved and obsessed over for a good chunk of your life.
66) Why weren’t Eko, Walt, Michael, Frank, Richard, Vincent, many others at the church at the end?
Michael wasn't there because he's permanently stuck on the island, because he was an asshole.
The rest weren't there because that time of their life was not necessarily the most important time for them, and the people on the island weren't necessarily the most important people for them.
Walt was a kid, for example. If he lives a long life, or even a medium-long life, then the island is going to slowly fade from his memory, and his life will move on.
Eko is probably meeting up with his brother.
And so on.
Oh, and one reason why Ben stayed behind was to gather up HIS people, the same way Desmond gathered up this group. Ben was included in this group because he had strong connections to the people in it (especially Hurley and Locke), but he's still got his own people: Richard, Alex, Rousseau, and others.