It’s been a while since I last posted on Lost, so let’s review what we’ve learned since then. Most importantly, we’ve learned that something is horribly wrong with the parallel world. After the side-flashes for Jack and Locke it seemed like the parallel world was one where everyone had worked out their problems. But it now seems clear that it was all too good to be true. Starting with the Desmond side-flash episode and continuing this most recent week with Hurley’s side-flash, we are learning that the parallel world is almost certainly bad. It’s somehow false and people are detecting that, notably Desmond, Charlie, Daniel, and now Hurley.
One big problem with the parallel world is that it is missing love. Desmond was missing Penny. Charlie was missing Claire. Daniel was missing Charlotte. Hurley was missing Libby. Is the show telling us, as I earlier guessed, that suffering and loss are virtuous? Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
But this doesn’t quite fit everyone’s experience in the parallel world. Jack and John seem to have great lives in the parallel world, including love. Nevertheless, I’m willing to bet that the parallel world is somehow false and bad and they need to get back to the Island world.
Desmond already seems to be working on getting the band back together. He’s manipulating everyone so that they awaken to what they are missing in the parallel world and could get in the Island world. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him getting everyone back on a plane with a dead Locke so that they can get back to the Island. Maybe that’s why he ran Locke over.
We learned a few other things that mostly confirmed things that we suspected. The whispers are dead people who are stuck on the Island because they had done bad things. And we have confirmation that Smokey really is bad. Despite my efforts to build a theory where he might be good, it seems obvious that he is not. We also know that people are supposed to work out their problems on the Island. Jack and Hurley both made direct statements about how they used to be controlling (or passive for Hurley) but have now changed. That was bad script-writing to be so direct about it. Couldn’t they have just shown us without telling us?
There’s still a lot we don’t know. In fact, we don’t know much about any of the important things. What bad thing happens if Smokey gets off the Island? Whose side is Widmore on? What is the purpose of these people finding love or working out their issues other than the benefit to them? Why should we care?