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The Girl You Left Behind

'Lost' (S4): 4 open questions

How did Locke wind up in the coffin? Where did the Island go? And will the show get any Emmy love? Doc Jensen offers some final thoughts

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Terry O'Quinn

THE EPILOGUE!

MOVING THE ISLAND; MOVING ON
In which Doc Jensen offers some final thoughts on Lost 4.0; makes a bold, reckless promise; and then packs up his theory-making things and migrates south for the long Lost winter to come.

The aftermath
The fourth season is over, but the buzz from last week’s finale rages. Indeed, I’ve noticed that many Lost bloggers took almost a full week to digest the two-hour opus that was ”No Place Like Home,” and their thinking is better for it. I like J. Wood‘s heady analysis of the John Locke/Jeremy Bentham connection over at Powells.com. DarkUFO — whose scoopy spoilage of the finale set hardcore webbed-up Losties aflame with debate over the ethics of fandom — has in the past few days posted a smattering of deep, wide-ranging meditations. Meanwhile, I know a number of fans have been buzzing during the past week about a new theory, posted over at Lost Review. The author of this theory hasn’t yet updated it in light of what we learned last week about the Orchid, but my hunch is that the finale will only better inform this intriguing bit of thinking. If you find yourself desperate for a Lost fix — and you haven’t yet discovered these brilliant(ly mad) Lost scholars — I encourage you to check them out.

The Island moves…to San Diego?
Meanwhile, it appears a new Lost alternate reality game designed to keep us occupied during the off season looms on the horizon. In the final commercial break of the finale, ABC ran a (faux) spot from ”Octagon Global Recruiting,” promoting a new volunteer drive for — gulp — the Dharma Initiative. (Admit it: You all want to be locked up in your own Dharma hatch, don’t you? Just don’t ask for Frozen Donkey Wheel duty.) If you missed the commercial, go to the first website ABC has established for this endeavor. You’ll find the ad playing on a loop. Pay close attention and you might catch the Easter egg embedded in the spot: Dharma I Ching symbols, inscribed in the revolving golden octagonal ring. What do you think they mean?

Those of you interested in one of Dharma’s ”unpaid” research positions are advised to go to San Diego July 24-27 — which, of course, happens to be the location and duration of this year’s Comic-Con, the annual popculturepalooza, where Lost exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have traditionally broken their post-finale radio silence and given us the first hint of what lies ahead for the show. Last year, the always entertaining pair (and their spoiler alert bell) offered attendees an early look at a botched, rough draft version of the orientation video for the Orchid. It was here that whispers began that Lost 4.0 would be the time-travel season of Lost. It was also here that the producers formally announced the return of Michael to the show by bringing actor Harold Perrineau with them. (In light of recent events both on and off the show, it’s probably very safe to predict that Perrineau won’t be popping up at this year’s Lindelof-Cuse powwow.) As usual, yours truly will be covering Comic-Con; I’ll bring you details and analysis of what goes down there shortly thereafter.

Doc Jensen’s Emmy pledge
Then comes Emmy. In light of the strong season Lost turned in, I would be shocked if the show doesn’t garner nominations in at least three categories: Best Drama; Best Writing (for ”The Constant”); and Best Supporting Actor (for Michael Emerson, whose Ben was this year’s MVP character). So strong is my conviction that Lost should be nominated for Best Drama that I’m willing to do something really drastic if it doesn’t get nominated. My original plan was to swear here and now to pull a John Locke/Jeremy Bentham and…shave my head. But, surprisingly enough, this plan was not enthusiastically embraced by Mrs. Doc Jensen when I ran it past her just five minutes ago. So I’ll have to come up with something else. Here’s hoping I’ll never have to follow through — but if I do, we’ll make a video of it and post on EW.com.

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