50 questions Lost needed to answer: a report card!

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For six years, Lost engaged our passions, stirred our intellects, and generated insane numbers of questions. Last week, we posted a list of 50 questions that Lost's finale ought to answer. Now reader James Hooper has created a report card!


To be honest, a few of these questions might have been a bit tongue in cheek, and I really do mean it when I say that the finale didn't leave me needing any more answers. But it's interesting to see how many of our lingering Lost questions really did get answered, one way or another. Thanks so much to James for putting this together!

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Attempting to answer some of the list with random speculation and personal theorizing.

3. Really pretty irrelevant. We don't need to know anything about the woman to understand her affect on the events of the series.

4 & 6. Jacob never said anything about Egyptian gods. It's entirely possible that a group of Egyptians were on the island and built the statue of Sobek (clearly Sobek, not Taweret) before Claudia shipwrecked there. Or perhaps the island jumped back in time at some point. Again, not especially relevant to the story of the series.

7b. The island? Other island guardians? Happenstance? Again, irrelevant.

9. OK, this one was a boner on the writers' part. Desmond was just flat out wrong for no particular reason.

21. Actually, if the sideways world was created by the communal longing of this group of people to find each other after death, then the island may have "sunk" as a result of their communal need to eliminate it from this "reality," but not completely.

28a. He couldn't find it. Whether he found it and sent the freighter because the guys Penny had looking for it ratted her out, or because he had is own people looking for an electromagnetic spike is unanswered.

28b. Widmore told Ben that Jacob came to him and invited him to come to the island to help stop Smokey from leaving. Of course, he could have been lying.

28c. It was implied that a lot, if not all, of the rules were basically just made up by Jacob and were actually pretty arbitrary.

30. My thought on this was that Radzinsky was in the hatch when the Purge happened. The Dharma Initiative headquarters knew it was supposed to drop supplies at certain coordinates at certain times to resupply the hatch to keep the world from 'splodin', even of the Hostiles had taken over. (The DI did know how to find the island, after all.) Part of the reason for the quarantine idea was either to keep new people from being found and killed by the Hostiles, or because Radzinsky was afraid of the poison gas still being an issue. Of course, the Others knew about the hatch — they had access to the monitoring station, after all — so they may have just let Radzinsky, Kelvin and Desmond do their thing because they were no threat to them. Purely speculative.

36. A runway. Seriously. Juliet wasn't joking. That was the runway the jet takes off of at the end. Why were they building a runway? Now, that's a question. Perhaps Jacob told them to; he clearly had some ability to see the future, and perhaps knew it would be needed.

47b. As they were getting coffee from a hospital vending machine, I'm going with no biscotti or madeleines.

49. When Hurley says to Ben that people can't leave the island, Ben answers that that's the way Jacob ran things. That seems to indicate that people not being able to leave the island, at least not without special information, was one of Jacob's arbitrary rules, but one that he had the power to both enforce and also one that didn't apply to him. Another theory I have is that all the times we saw Jacob off the island actually occurred after he died; we saw dead people visit the world all the time, so why not Jacob? If he could travel in space, he could also likely travel in time, going back to touch everyone he wanted to protect from Smokey.

I'm just guessing, of course. And, honestly, I'm one of those people who really have no need for there to be definitive, handed down from on-high answers, because I'm a writer myself, and it was pretty clear to me a long time ago that the writers of Lost were just making it up as it went along and doing things because they made cool scene outs and cliffhangers, and then felt no real need to go back and deal with them, or just let them fizzle. On most shows, that would drive me batty, but Lost was generally so good otherwise that I was willing to just go with it, partly because it is so rare these days that a show comes on that I can't figure out what's going to happen next. Lost kept me interested because it kept surprising me, and you have no idea what a great thing that is to me.

Conversely, I can see where that sort of thing would drive a lot of people bat-shit crazy. Can't say I blame them.