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The 'Lost' Diary -- What They Died For

5/19/2010 4:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0519_lost_1Welcome back to another edition of The "Lost" Diary.

As we get close to the end, I've been thinking a lot about what I've always said is the difference between "The Wire" and "The Sopranos" -- confidence vs. arrogance. For "Lost" to -- in its second to last episode -- do an entire hour without any of its many characters appearing in the episode … well, to quote Alec Baldwin, takes brass balls. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are either the most masterful storytellers of our time … or giant a-holes. I'm not sure if there is an in-between.

Either way, this is the last episode before the finale. Time flies. Let's roll …

9:00 -- During the "Previously on Lost" segment -- where they show Jin and Sun dying -- I was hoping ABC would edit in a line from either one of them about their soon-to-be orphaned child. Nope, didn't happen.

9:01 -- The gash on Jack's neck makes him look like Tom Hanks in "Philadelphia."

9:02 -- According the musical score, we are watching an emotional scene between Jack, his son, and Claire.

9:03 -- Kate brings up the fact that Jin and Sun had a kid (bout time someone did) while Jack sews up her bullet wound. I wonder if Sawyer feels guilty about what happened or if he thinks it wasn't his fault?

9:06 -- Judging by the blank stare he's got going on now, I'd say Sawyer does actually feel guilty.

9:07 -- One minute there's a parking lot full of people, as Mr. Locke returns to school, and the next Desmond can beat Ben senseless and no one sees a thing. But he flashed, so mission accomplished.

9:08 -- "I lived in these houses 30 years before you did, otherwise known as last week." -- Miles. Good to see the Ben/Miles/Richard contingent back. Off the top of my head, I'd say Miles has to make the list of Top 10 Most Underutilized Characters in TV History list.

9:09 -- "Thank you, Richard." -- Ben

9:10 -- It's been so long, I kinda forgot -- Ben used to have some sort of control over the Black Smoke Monster.

9:11 -- "May I come in?" -- Widmore

9:16 -- Seems Jacob summoned Widmore to the island, which makes Ben a tad jealous.

9:17 -- "While he was beating me, I think I … saw something." -- Ben

9:18 -- "The man told me he wasn't trying to hurt you, he was trying to get you to let go. And for some reason … I believed him." -- Ben

9:19 -- Desmond turned himself in to the police for running over Locke and beating up Ben. Not quite how I would have played it, but then again …

9:20 -- … how else was he supposed to get to Kate and Sayid?

9:21 -- "I killed them, didn't I?" -- Sawyer. Yes, yes you did.

9:22 -- Little Jacob is back and he wants the ashes Hurley took from Ilana.

9:23 -- "You should get your friends. We're very close to the end, Hugo." -- Jacob

9:27 -- Ben is staging a last stand, Richard is kind of on board, and MIles is getting ready to run away through the jungle. Minor prediction: Miles doesn't live to see the finale.

9:28 -- Um, what I meant to say is that Richard doesn't make it to the finale. Hang on a second while I edit that last entry.

9:29 -- "Just the man I was looking for." -- Not Locke

9:30 -- Old school Ben Linus -- selling out Charles Widmore to Not Locke. Good to see he got his balls back from Jacob's purse. It's a satchel!

9:31 -- I knew Rousseau was gonna be there and yet … damn it, when it did get so dusty in here?

9:32 -- Rousseau might be the only woman on the show who looks better off the island than on it.

9:33 -- "Sorry Charles." -- Ben. RIP Zoe.

9:34 -- "Soon this will all be over. I'll get what I want and I'll finally leave this island. And when I do, the first thing I am going to do … is kill your daughter, Penny." -- Not Locke.

9:35 -- "He doesn't get to save his daughter." -- Ben. RIP Widmore.

9:36 -- "I want to know that Sun and Jin and Sayid didn't die for nothing." -- Kate. Apparently Kate didn't read the guide info -- the episode is called "What They Died For." Just be patient Kate, we're gonna find out in the next 24 minutes.

9:37 -- "Come and sit down and I'll tell you what they died for." -- Jacob. See???

9:43 -- "What if all this … maybe this happening for a reason. Maybe you're supposed to fix me." -- Locke

9:44 -- "I want to fix you, Mr. Locke. But I think you're mistaking coincidence for fate." -- Jack

9:45 -- Jacob is trying to explain to everyone what he did and why he brought them to the island. Not sure there's enough time to explain all that.

9:46 -- "I chose you because you were like me. You were all alone. You were all looking for something you couldn't find out there. I chose you because you needed this place as much as it needed you." -- Jacob

9:47 -- "What is the job?" -- Jack

9:48 -- "I want you to have the one thing I was never given … a choice." -- Jacob

9:49 -- "I'll do it. This is why I'm here. This is what I am supposed to do." -- Jack

9:54 -- "I thought that guy had a God complex before." -- Sawyer

9:55 -- Jacob is performing the wine ceremony, for lack of a better term, but this time with some water in the stream. Kinda liked it better when I thought there was magic wine.

9:56 -- "Now you're like me." -- Jacob

9:57 -- "After I set you free, I'm going to ask each of you to do something and you're going to have to promise me you'll do it." -- Desmond.

9:58 -- "Dude, you didn't tell me Ana Lucia was gonna be here." -- Hurley. Unfortunately, I spotted Michelle Rodriguez's name in the credits, so I knew she was going to be here.

9:59 -- "If you can turn yourself into smoke whenever you want, why do you bother walking?" -- Ben. Best. Question. Ever.

10:01 -- "Because I'm gonna find Desmond and he's gonna help me do the one thing I could never do myself. I'm gonna destroy the island." -- Not Locke

There was no way in the world the series finale of "Lost" wasn't going to be the most anticipated episode of television of my life. I'd been saying all season long that I don't feel like I can even begin to rank "Lost" among my favorite shows of all-time until the series ends -- how it ends will determine how I remember all six seasons … right or wrong.

But now I feel that way more than ever. The last two weeks -- and the more I think about it this entire season (especially the flash-sideways universe) -- has been leading up to this finale. I can't imagine that any show in history has had more riding on an episode.

Would you have it any other way?

"Lost" has been indefinable from the beginning. It has broken every mold and transformed what is capable on television. Before "Lost," did you ever believe a television show could send you to the Internet scouring for clues? Did you ever think you'd spend an entire next day talking about a television show with friends?

Did you ever imagine that a television show would actually make you afraid of missing it? I can't miss "Lost" tonight or else I can't talk to anyone tomorrow and I pretty much have to avoid the Internet in its entirety!

Other television is like high school -- you can show up to class, half-ass the homework, not study for a second and still probably get a B on the final.

"Lost" is college -- you have to take copious notes in class, do all the reading, and join a study group (*ahem Lost Diary) or risk failing.

I give tonight's episode a B-. The episode before a season finale is supposed to get me excited for the finale. That is tripled when it's a series finale and trillioned (made up word) when it's the series finale of "Lost." I only give this a B- because while I am still super excited for Sunday, this episode didn't ratchet that up a notch, but it didn't take it down a level either. This episode simply held down the fort.
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76.

Kirk    

Maaan... remember when "the others" were important that whole masqurade and the guy giving the dress to kate and she's all scared he wants to watch her undress and he's like - im queer so "you aren't my type"... yeah - that seemed so important back then, like walt - Paulo and all the other stories seemed so damn important at the time they were told - yet now its all this light crap and alternate universes - wow, what a sham - we just got taken for a ride... I couldn't possibly be happier than an ending just as full of holes and half stories as LOST was.. please all be in hurleys head - or please all be dead in purgatory. please - anything more interesting or thought provoking will go against the whole 'we are making this up as we go along'... and please writers we are not idiots don't force feed us links to past episodes trying to prove to us you had this idea all along - what a joke.

1596 days ago
77.

chysie01    

- Jack & Claire will be at David's "concert"...David's mom will be there too (prob Juliet)
- Miles invited James to his dad's benefit "concert"...along with Charlotte
- and since we know Daniel is also a musician...perhaps he'll be performing at this "concert" too!
- Desmond is taking Kate to a "concert"
- Hurley is taking Sayid somewhere...by the looks of what's going on with everyone else...he's prob taking Sayid to see Shannon. We all know shannon wanted to be a dancer in her island life...perhaps she'll be attending this arts benefit "concert" as well? haha



What an awesome set-up for the finale!!! >.

1595 days ago
78.

lolanyc    

I just dont get this show. Why are they on the island. Why did Jacob pick them? Cuz they were all alone? No they werent. Jin had Sun, and didnt bernard have his wife? I guess she was dying of cancer or something but still. Its a dumb reason to pick them since ALOT of people in this world are alone.
Also whats with not locke saying heres the island ben, then later saying he wants to blow it up? HUH???? This show has so many loose ends. How can the time travel? Why can hurley see dead people. What is that light? And if the island sinks does earth blow up? I mean cmon. I have a bad feeling im gonna hate the ending of this show. Just like the sopranos.

1595 days ago
79.

mrsj    

Well, one thing I am almost positive will happen, and if it doesn't I will be very disappointed-
Sawyer will meet Juliet, probably at the concert. They will make make plans to go out for coffee...dutch.
Remember, those were Juliet's dying words to Sawyer? Something like "we should have coffee... we can go dutch". I believe when she was dying, she was able to see both worlds. That's why she told him " it worked".



1595 days ago
80.

LeeLee    

66. BLOOPER! When Desmond was beating up Ben on the car he called him Michael!!
Posted at 4:35 PM on May 19, 2010 by nanarudee



nanarudee- I just watched that part again 3 times...He never called him Michael

1595 days ago
81.

Randy    

I'm putting this down so its official. How its going to end is this, Kate and Sawyer and Hurley get off the island and Jack and Locke are seen at the end sitting on the beach, and Jack says your never getting off this island. That's the way it will end.

1595 days ago
82.

stone    

i know this was a few episodes ago but the wheel M.I.B. made in the cave under the light source, said it could get him off the island. but when ben, and locke? spun the wheel it was all frozen and stuff, no light source. same wheel?

1595 days ago
83.

RedSox22    

Just random thoughts here about Jacob....



Since Jacob's touch/selection of candidates occurred throughout a 30+ year time span, what powers did he have to get them all on the same Oceanic flight years later that crashed them on the Island?



Why didn't he just pick random flawed candidates in the same year to get it over with??...There's plenty of flawed humans all over the place!!......well then, thinking of large time frames, the MIB did spend 30 years with the shipwrecked group waiting to get off the island....



If Jacob is not God (all-knowing), did he have someone's assistance using the Dmarma's time travel machine and happened on or saw in the newspaper/TV tragic events, then went back again via time travel and touch/select his candidates at the appropriate time?



Did Jacob actually "cause" the some of the candidates to be flawed ahead of time? How were all these stories some type of predestination?



What is the root of the special powers he has in his "touch". Not just selecting the candidates, but even "touching" the stream that Jack drank from, that seemed open Jack's eyes up to what he was becoming



Is going to the "light", similar to Adam/Eve in the garden of Eden - everything is fine until they ate the forbidden fruit - where their eyes were then opened to evil/sins/damnation



Religion, science-fiction, fantasy.....what are the answers to these special powers on the Island??!! This must have a fantasy or science fiction ending/answer since no one can explain everything about God Himself and the origin of life

1595 days ago
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