With the season finale a week away, Doc Jensen theorizes on repetition, ''The Wizard of Oz,'' subversive symbolism, and Jesus
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No Lost. No tease.

But I got theories. Man, do I got theories. And only one of them is certifiably crazy…. But we’ll get to the drugs-and-Jesus stuff later.

First: news!


The Mystery of the Missing ”Off Course” Debate
The producers of Lost react to a burning question about the season finale.

Trolling through the message board responses to my recap of last week’s episode, ”No Place Like Home,” part one of Lost‘s season finale, I noticed an ongoing debate: Why didn’t the Oceanic Airlines publicist and/or the Oceanic 6 address the whole baffling business about Oceanic 815 crashing in the Indian Ocean? This was a Sydney-to-Los Angeles flight; the route goes over the Pacific; Indonesia is too far away, even for a plane that went off course. How come the journalists at the press conference didn’t ask the question many of you have been asking for four years: ”What happened?”

Personally, I was less perplexed. In the season’s second episode, ”Confirmed Dead,” we learned that a salvage vessel searching for The Black Rock in the Indian Ocean had found the remains of Oceanic 815 in the inaccessible depths of the Sunda Trench near Indonesia. Since the discovery of the wreckage predated the return of the castaways by at least a month, the culture had probably already vetted the riddle of why Oceanic 815 veered so far off course. All to say, I doubt the matter would have been an urgent talking point. Perhaps the reporters could have asked the Oceanic 6: ”Were you aware that your plane was…lost?” And maybe they did: My interpretation of that sequence was that we were shown selected moments from the briefing, not the whole thing.

But because it’s very possible that my reasonable analysis isn’t satisfying enough, I asked executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof for an explanation. Their responses fell just short of a deep sigh. ”As for the issue of the wreck’s location in the Sunda Trench, we’ll let the show speak for itself,” said Lindelof. He then added the following emoticon: ;)

Cuse was a tad more expansive: ”Obviously, the location of the supposed wreckage of 815 has been known by everybody for a while — that’s not news. Beyond that, Damon and I don’t want to say much more. More info on all this will be forthcoming, but not until next season.”

My inquiry reached the producers the morning after a late-night editing session to complete next week’s two-hour opus. ”We had a toast of Dom Perignon in cheap plastic glasses with the four editors and about a dozen post support staff to celebrate,” Cuse said. ”Today, I’m experiencing elated exhaustion, the elation from both completion of the work but also the hopeful feeling that people are going to like this finale. It’s nerve-wracking because the bar is set so high, and if we don’t finish strong it’s sort of like the Patriots losing the Super Bowl: It sort of negates all that came before it, especially with an eight-month hiatus looming.”

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