I’m a few days late getting this post up, but there was so much to process in the 2-hour finale, that I couldn’t summon the energy to think through it all. I think I’ve finally got my mind around the episode, so I’ll just comment on some of the most interesting and important parts of the episode.
Flash forwards – Well, the producers of the show promised a big change in the season finale, and I guess this was it. Instead of the flashbacks giving us a glimpse of a characters past, in this case they were showing us the future. I never caught on, but I kept asking myself “when was Jack this messed up?” Even when Kate showed up at the end, I didn’t immediately realize that we were looking at the future. Now, the question is, will the flash forwards be the norm next season? Or maybe next season, they will focus on the present, and flash back to the island? Or maybe the flash forwards are just one potential version of the future depending on what choices are made on the island. I’ve got to think that the happenings on the island will still be the main focus, since their are still tons of questions to be answered.
Jack goes to funeral of an unknown person – This happened during his flash forward. He went to the funeral of an unidentified person at the Hoffs/Drawlar funeral parlor (Hoffs/Drawlar is an anagram for “flash forward” by the way). Jack is the only person that shows up and the guy working at the parlor asks if Jack was a friend or family? Jack said neither. So the question is, who is in the casket? Could it be Ben, Locke, Walt or Michael? Or maybe its someone we haven’t met yet.
Jack references his dad being alive still – Towards the end of the episode, in the flash forward, Jack is confronted about being drunk or on drugs, and he tells them to go get his dad and see if he is any worse than him. Of course, we know that Jack’s dad is dead, that is why he was on the plane that crashed. Either something has changed the past/future and his dad is still alive, or Jack is just really wasted. I’d lean towards thinking that Jack is just losing it.
Jack meets Kate at the end – Obviously, they both get off island. The first question I’ve got is, why is Kate not in jail? Kate also said something about needing to get back so “he” doesn’t worry. I wonder who she was referring to. Maybe she’s with Sawyer in the future?
Jack is searching for the island so he can return – Would he not know where the island was if they were rescued? Maybe they get taken off the island by the people on the boat offshore, and they aren’t ever allowed to know exactly where they were. Perhaps these new people, or Dharma, reinstate the measures that were used to hide the island from the outside world.
Charlie dies – Charlie was never my favorite, but it was kinda sad to see him go. It seems like he could have just locked the door from the outside, or at least tried to squeeze through the window after the room flooded. I guess he thought that he had to die for Claire and her kiddo to get off the island. Also, how is it that Penny was able to communicate through The Looking Glass computers? Could be that her family is part of the original Dharma initiative. At least Charlie was able to let Desmond know that the boat was not Penny’s.
Locke kills Naomi – He hasn’t been willing to kill up to this point. Why the change? It seems that he is much more in tune with the island or with Jacob or with whatever the power of the island is. Either he is doing the bidding of Jacob or the island, or he is just desperate to stay on the island due to its healing properties. I think there’s definitely more to it than him just wanting to be able to walk.
No sign of Jacob yet, unless Walt was Jacob…. – Walt made an appearance, although he looks more like an NBA power forward now. I don’t know if it was the real Walt. Maybe it was Jacob or the smoke monster in disguise.
Who is on the boat that Jack called? – Are they really the bad guys like Ben said? Or did Ben just say that to try and keep the island secret? Could be that season 4 is very much about this new group of people who are about to come to the island.
There was other good stuff this episode like Hurley saving the day with the van, Sawyer shooting Tom in semi-cold blood, and Mikhail once again recovering from a crazy injury. I wonder if the grenade finally did the trick?