More mysteries with a signal twist
Lost 8.30pm, Seven
DESPITE accusations that Lost is aptly named because it stretches credibility and has incidentally lost 500,000 or more viewers from its early heyday ( it is still watched by a respectable one million or so Australians each week), for the faithful this saga about a bunch of plane crash survivors marooned on a mysterious island still packs a punch.
Lost is unique in that it layers its mysteries. Have we seen that flashback before? Is this what happened last time we passed this way or have things been subtly altered? Is the island sentient? Can it heal spinal injuries and kill pregnant women?
And in the inexplicably hostile conflict between the survivors of flight 815 from Sydney and the mysterious others, a bunch of longterm island residents with apartments and bottled orange juice, who is really on which side? Is Juliet a double agent or does her romantic relationship with Jack, leader of the crash survivors, mean she has juiced her alliance with the fantastically evil Ben, leader of the others?
Offsetting the diet of unanswered questions are endless, often beautifully realised flashbacks that tell us more about the characters than we could glean from their behaviour on the island. We know, for example, about the formative experiences of Korean couple Sun and Jin- soo Kwon. We know Sun was blackmailed into her father’s debt by Jin’s mother. We know Jin’s father is a poor but honourable man who wants with all his heart to spare his son the indignity of having a poor, lowly parent such as him.
Tonight’s powerful double- episode season finale adds a new ( or is it?) string to the Lost bow: the flashback that is a flash- forward. No names, though, for fear of spoiling the surprise. Indeed, the twin episodes can be seen as the resolution of a trilogy that began last week.
Charlie was told then, beyond any doubt, how and when he would die, and he began a note about the best things in his short, troubled life to be sent to Claire.
This involved him in a quest to enter ‘‘ the looking glass’’, an underwater station that is blocking all signals from the island, preventing rescue. Though there are twists and turns on the way, Charlie eventually makes it, and fans may find his final moments dignified and almost unbearably moving.
As usual, more mysteries presented than resolved.
But one mystery is out of the bag for good: the series has been renewed for another three seasons. This means more mysteries, more clarifying flashbacks and more tests of faith until at least 2010.
Castaways: Desmond ( Henry Ian Cusick) and Claire ( Emilie de Ravin) in Lost