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"Lost" Diary -- There's No Place Like Home (Part 2&3)

5/30/2008 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LockeHey, Daniel from TMZ here -- welcome to another edition of the "Lost" Diary.

Is it really all about to end? A strike-shortened season that gave us the Freighter Tots, flashforwards and "If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume is my constant" is about to end. It's been an interesting season, to say the least, and it's safe to say I am at a Defcon 1 level of excitement right now.

For all you "Lost" Diary newbies, here's how it goes: I gather with a group of friends watching "Lost," writing what happens on the show as it happens, and throwing in my two cents along the way. Ari and Lauren are in back in the mix tonight, but Lauren has to leave as soon as the show ends to catch a midnight showing of "SATC." If I was smart, I'd show up at the theater at 2:00 AM to pick up girls. Let's roll ...

9:00 -- I've always thought last year's finale was good, but not great. But during tonight's "Previously on 'Lost'" montage, the clips of Jack at the coffin and him screaming "We have to go back!" gave me chills. I am soooooo ready for this.

9:02 -- Oh snap, they are picking up where they left off! And Kate just said Jeremy Bentham is in the coffin -- as if it was no big deal. Who the hell is Jeremy Bentham? I'd be amazed if that's his real name.

9:03 -- Ok, so it's been three years now since they left the island. Again, WHO IS JEREMY BENTHAM?!?!? This show has been on for a minute and already blown my mind.

9:04 -- Jack and Sawyer find Hurley in the woods, going #1. Rather not have seen that.

9:05 -- "Hello, Jack." -- Locke. Sometimes I miss the days of Locke vs. Jack -- man of science vs. man of faith, remember?

9:06 -- I liked Jin better when he didn't speak English.

9:11 -- Hey, it's just like old times -- Kate is being held at gunpoint. Though this feels like an Others trap to me.

9:12 -- Whisper, whisper ... and the Others are back to being super-assasins again. Got to say, sometimes I don't like how they make these people out to be super-beings one minute and regular people the next.

9:13 -- Sayid vs. Keamy and the winner is ...

9:14 -- RIP Keamy.

9:15 -- "Fair enough. The helicopter is yours. You and Sayid have a safe journey back." -- Ben, as if it was no big deal.

9:18 -- My friend Aaron and I were talking about this today -- the only way they could show Walt tonight was in a flashforward ... and here he is. I hope he has a voice like Barry White now.

9:20 -- So this Jeremy Bentham paid a visit to Walt, too. Interesting. And apparently Michael is still on the island.

9:21 -- "I'd like you to reconsider leaving the island, Jack. I'd like you to stay ... You're not supposed to go home." -- Locke.

9:22 -- What an awesome scene between Locke and Jack. I miss the moments they used to have together. It's so harrowing to watch, considering we know Locke is right about everything. It's also funny how Jack is always wrong about everything the first time around.

9:23 -- "Lie to them, Jack. If you do it half as well as you lie to yourself, they'll believe you." -- Locke

9:28 -- I am sure I am missing something here, but this whole "Oh my God there's a bomb!" thing feels a little lame, considering the guy with the detonator is dead. I am sure something will probably happen, but for now these scenes do nothing for me.

9:30 -- Farraday is back with the lifeboat and Juliet is there to meet him. I used to love Juliet as a character, now I couldn't care less what happens to her.

9:31 -- Ok, see -- that's why I love Miles. A sly little line to Charlotte about how she wanted "to get back here" suddenly makes her infinitely more interesting.

9:32 -- "Is this the magic box?" -- Locke

9:33 -- Ooooooh, a Dharma instructional video. I love those!

9:34 -- Ok, the sheer comedy of watching Locke watch this video -- which explains what you shouldn't do within the vault -- while Ben is doing exactly what you shouldn't do, is just classic.

9:35 -- "If you mean time-traveling bunnies, then yes." -- Ben

9:41 -- Four of the Oceanic 6 are together now. Just sayin' ...

9:42 -- Now that Lawnmower Man is free, they are heading to the freighter ... to meet up with Sun and Aaron, I presume.

9:44 -- Keamy is alive, no shock there. Ever since "Sleeping WIth the Enemy," I learned unless the bad guy is shot in the head, he might come back later. It's a tired, old plot technique.

9:45 -- Apparently Keamy wired the bomb's trigger to his heart rate -- so if he dies, the freighter blows up. And if the freighter goes below 55 MPH, he blows up.

9:46 -- RIP Keamy ... this time?

9:47 -- "So?" -- Ben. I like when he talks evil, but talking like a cold-blooded killer really doesn't suit Ben.

9:51 -- Ah, so now Charlotte wants to stay. Interesting. Again, now all of a sudden I care about her. Wait a second ... still looking for where she was born? She can't be Annie, can she? Nah.

9:54 -- Back on the helicopter, they're losing fuel (cliche, much?) and Lawnmower Man says they need to toss out all the extra weight. Um, I can't be the only one thinking about throwing Hurley over the side, can I?

9:55 -- Shit, Sawyer is gonna jump. That's how he gets eliminated here.

9:56 -- Confession to Kate, a kiss ... yup, here he goes ...

9:57 -- Whatever Kate was doing for Sawyer last week, it probably stems from that conversation right there.

10:01 -- Hmmm, Sayid just killed a guy outside of Santa Rosa Mental Institution. Was the guy there to kill Hurley?

10:02 -- Ah, I knew it! No way Jeremy Bentham is Jeremy Bentham -- he has to be someone else. Widmore, maybe?

10:03 -- "Checkmate, Mr. Eko." -- Hurley. (Note: proofreading that line even gave me chills)

10:05 -- Red light = boom. Ok, so now Desmond is separated from Michael and Jin. This could be a way to explain Desmond also getting off the island -- but without everyone knowing -- and Michael and Jin ending up back on it.

10:06 -- "Oh, bloody hell." -- Desmond. Perfect timing by the helicopter. So Sun and Aaron are getting on the helicopter -- which completes the Oceanic 6. Except, Lawnmower Man has to fly the thing, so he must be one of the two unaccounted for people in the plane story. I think. Aspirin, anyone?

10:08 -- Ok, Desmond is on the helicopter now, which makes eight people. They wouldn't kill of Desmond, would they?

10:09 -- "JIN!!!!!" -- Sun

10:10 -- RIP Jin and Michael? I need a moment.

10:14 -- Wow, watching Sun ... I mean. Damn, I don't know. I just have to keep telling myself these are fictional characters. (BTW -- I watched this episode a second time and STILL got choked up watching this)

10:15 -- Interesting -- Sun is following Widmore. I like where this is going.

10:16 -- "Are you really going to pretend that you don't know who I am?" -- Sun to Widmore. Widmore and Sun's father know each other -- I love that! Nice line about not being "the only ones that left the island." I assume she means Ben -- but could she mean other people too?

10:17 -- So did Ben just move the island?

10:18 -- Sawyer had a shirt when he jumped off the helicopter, right?

10:19 -- "It was." -- Juliet. Interesting -- I wonder if the people left on the island think the Oceanic 6 are dead.

10:24 -- Whoever moves the island can never come back? That's kinda stupid.

10:25 -- So Locke is officially the new leader of the Others. Kinda cool.

10:26 -- "Welcome home." -- Richard to Locke

10:27 -- Now Ben is crawling through a hole in the back of the vault. Was the hole point of putting the metal stuff in the vault just a way to blow out the back to get to this cave?

10:28 -- Ok, there is the cut on his arm he has when Ben shows up in the desert.

10:29 -- "I hope you're happy now, Jacob." -- Ben

10:30 -- Island, what island? I don't see no island.

10:32 -- Alright, I hate to nitpick -- but that helicopter crash was kinda lame. I would think it would safer to jump out -- like Sawyer did -- than to crash while still inside it.

10:36 -- They can't kill off Desmond like this. He deserves better. He'll be fine.

10:37 -- There we go. Good to see ya, brutha.

10:39 -- Um, hi Claire. Did she teleport -- for lack of a better word -- straight from the island to Kate's house? Maybe she wants Aaron back.

10:40 -- Ok, it was just a dream -- and in that dream, Claire was kinda heavy-looking, wasn't she?

10:42 -- "We're gonna have to lie." -- Jack

10:43 -- Ok, I am still wondering -- somehow these eight get whittled down to six ... I am worried about Desmond. But wait, did the Portuguese guys say "Ms. Widmore"?

10:44 -- Uh oh, it's about to get dusty in here. Get some, brutha!

10:46 -- I am definitely beyond curious right now about about this whole 8/6 thing. Am I thinking too much about this?

10:50 -- Why are they taking Aaron? Wouldn't it be better to leave him on the boat? Why risk it?

10:51 -- "Then I'll see you in another life, brother." -- Jack to Desmond. Doesn't sound the same coming from him.

10:54 -- Jack is back at the funeral parlor. Maybe we'll see who Jeremy Bentham really is. Care to make a guess?

10:55 -- My prediction all along has been Michael in the coffin -- so I have to stick with it. Though he did blow up.

10:56 -- Ben appears from out of the shadows ... again.

10:57 -- Oh shit, I am worried now -- I think it's Locke.

10:59 -- RIP Locke.

So here are some thoughts I have, just spewing them out because trying to come up with a coherent stream of ideas is seemingly impossible after a "Lost" season finale:

-- Right after the ep, I went back and watched the re-airing of last week's in which the press conference scene had different questions. In it, they explain that Boone, Libby and Charlie all died after the plane crash -- thus the unexplained people thing is explained (I didn't factor in that Aaron wasn't born yet, so that there had to be 3 people to fill in the gap, not 2). But really -- why mention them at all? It still feels incomplete to me.

-- I think Michael is dead, but if Jin is still alive I'll feel ripped off. The boat blew up, let's be real here. One of the things I love about "Lost" is that it isn't afraid to kill off characters.

-- How does Charlotte tie-in to things? Is she Annie? Is she a Dharma descendant? Black Rock, maybe?

-- If Juliet and Sawyer are a couple on the island next season, Lauren will lose it. I am not even kidding.

-- What will season 5 be like? Will the off-island stuff be the present and we'll flashback with what goes on on the island? When/where did the island go?

-- Desmond's vision of Claire getting on a helicopter still hasn't happened ... yet.

-- I feel like we see a lot of characters inhabiting the roles of other characters. Locke is the new Ben (and now that he's dead, he's the new Christian, too). Ben is the new Widmore (trying to find the island -- is it possible Widmore once moved the island?).

-- Sun is going to use Widmore to help her find the island, then kill him.

-- Locke being in the coffin wasn't shocking. The fact that he was going off the island to visit people is interesting and I am sure we will see those visits as flashsomethings next season.

-- Final thoughts on season 4 as a whole: I still can't put my finger on it, but there is something about it that just doesn't work for me. I feel the flashforwards took a lot of suspense out of things and instead we were just filling in gaps rather than advancing the plot. Season 4 was phenomenal in a lot of ways, but it didn't work for me on the same level that the back half of season 3 did. I think they're going to have to re-work the flashforward/back structure next season.

So in summary, I give tonight's episode a B+. An extrememly solid season got a very capable finale that hit on all cylinders, but never really reached that OMFG moment that completely floored me.

A couple of final notes:

-- More than likely this is the last time I will post the Diary on TMZ. Most of you read this on my own site, thelostdiary.com, but for those of you TMZers, this is your notice. It's not that I am leaving TMZ, it's just that when I started writing this, TMZ was just a little site that didn't know its way -- now it's huge and the Diary stands out like a sore thumb. Thelostdiary.com is where I'll be from now on.

Have a good summer

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1.

NYone    

My mind is still blown from last night ...When that island disappeared I freaking lost it

2150 days ago
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sciencelover    

First, any episode that has Sawyer with out a shirt is a great episode. Second, thank God Desmond didn't die. I wouldn't watch lost anymore if he had.

Locke dead? How? Where's Faraday and his mini crew of red shirts? Will he use Desmond as his constant now? Rose stayed, didn't she?

2150 days ago
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PJS    

You didn't mention anything about right before the explosion and what was said to Michael about "time to go back" or something similar. I thought this might be meaningful in some way?

2150 days ago
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c    

awesome episode. I was on the edge of my seat for 2 hours. one question, if Walt is alive, how could he present himself to people on the island last year? he told locke to get out of the pit and appeared to shannon as well.

2150 days ago
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PJS    

What about the people on the little boat headed to the freightor? I only got to watch it once and there was a 4 year old sitting next to me....did it show what happened to them? Did they get back before the island moved or did they make it to the freightor in time to blow up?

2150 days ago
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NYone    

Did anyone see the alternate endings on Good Morning America this morning? in one of them Sawyer is in the casket, in the other Desmond is in the casket !!! THANK GOD IT WASNT SAWYER !!!!!!

2150 days ago
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No symphaty from me    

I loved this episode! I thought it was very informative and at the same time I have more questions. I give this episode an A. I was not prepared to see Locke in the coffin! And, I"m a wee bit pissed about that! Thanks and have a great weekend fellow Losties......Butterflydeli

2150 days ago
8.

Pookie    

Brilliant, Haunting, I even dreamed of it last night.
I loved it. So I guess Juliet gets Sawyer. Not bad!
And I want a love like Desmond and Penny.

2150 days ago
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Alano    

I loved the finale. All episodes should be 2 hours. And thank you writers for reuniting Desmond and Penny. That was so unexpected. I laughed, I cried and I clapped my hands when I saw Penny. Can't wait till next season.

2150 days ago
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JJ    

I think when the island got moved, Locke and all the "Others" somehow moved through space and time to be in present time with the Oceanic Six. That is why Sun says to Widmore "you know we aren't the only ones who came back" Sun screws it all up by doing this b/c she is pissed about Jin but I think that's why Locke dies b/c she broke the pact to lie.
Charlotte was born on the island. And Sawyer bettter not end up w/Juliette! Why did Farraday seem so eager to take everyone out on the boat? AAA so many unanswered questions!!

2150 days ago
11.

NYone    

Was Kate really dreaming when Claire appeared to her? Could Locke have been dreaming as well when Walt appeared to him when he was in the pit? If Sawyer hooks up with Juliet I will die. I will.

2150 days ago
12.

Lo    

Is anyone else confused about the time/space issue with the helicopter and the island? When Sayid and Desmond first got on the helicopter and went to the freighter, the scientist guy told Jack that their perception of time/day/etc isn't reality. That to me meant that Desmond and Sayid left on a Monday and didn't make it to the boat until say Wednesday. But, when the Oceanic 6 were flying from the island to the freighter, they say Desmond warning them in real time. What's up with that?

Also, did anyone think that Ben moving the island was a little much?

I liked Jack's comment to Ben regarding Locke - He said Locke told him some terrible things happened on the island (since the 6 were off for those 3 years). I hope next seaon will reflect on some of those events.

2150 days ago
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Mememe    

Did anyone not notice the "Octagon Global Recruiting" commercial near the end??? I thought something was fishy when they said they were seeking all these people for unpaid assignments, and then as the positions scrolled by, I saw "IVF Technician"

Very fishy. So I went to the website listed, and it mentions the Dharma Initiative and some big event to be held in San Diego this July. You can also put in your contact information, and then it says a Dharma recruiter will be contacting you shortly!

Interesting...

2150 days ago
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Mememe    

Also...had to figure something would happen to blow up the freighter when everyone that Farraday ferries over (other than Jin and Sun) is a background person...not Rose, nor her husband, nor Juliet, or anyone else that has spoken on camera.

Completely expendable.

Must admit I hope we haven't lost Farraday...he's interesting.

2150 days ago
15.

BoBo    

Solid Finale.
Locke = dead... somehow I don't think so!
On a side note, I’m glad that you will be only posting to your other blog. It will keep me away from the unnecessary LiLo/ ScrJo/ Brangelina/ Mimi/ Blahblahblah yada yada yada distractions.

2150 days ago
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