At the end of the third season of Lost, we find that getting off the Island does not mean one is not still lost. While the last episode of the third season of Lost wrapped up a few story lines, while keeping others hanging, and creating a few new ones, the show depicted Jack in a bad way back in civilization. At first the viewer was led to believe that it was a flash back. Only at the end did one realize for sure that it was a flash forward, after the rescue of the survivors of Flight 815.
Jack has not found rescue to be the path to happiness. He is suicidal. He is drinking to excess. He is popping enough pills to shock Dr. Gregory House. Why this is so is unclear, as is much else on this incredible and original show.
The flash forward makes one very interested indeed in the fates of the other survivors. We know that Kate, apparently no longer a fugitive from justice, is living with/married to someone and, if not entirely happy, at least content. We also know that somebody, probably a survivor, has died apparently unmourned.
This reviewer’s guess is that the recently dead individual is John Locke. It could have been Ben Linus, except he is likely in prison for all of the things he did. Locke should be in jail too, come to think of it, for perforating Naomi in order to keep her from contacting her ship.
And one wonders about that. True, being stranded on the Island was the best thing that ever happened to John Locke. He got back the ability to walk and he got to be the Great White Hunter that he always wanted to be. One could see him waving a fond farewell to his fellow castaways as they boarded the rescue chopper, then vanishing into the bush. So why did he insist that everyone else stay as well?
Those are not the only questions left unanswered.
Who were “the Others” and why were they on the Island? What happened to Michael and Walt, who apparently escaped a month or two before? If they didn’t let on that there were others that survived Flight 815, they have some explaining to do.
Who is Jacob? Why could John Locke hear him and Ben Linus could not? How is it that some of the castaways can see and communicate with people who are either dead or clearly not there? Is it the Island manifesting itself as a sentient being?
Finally, how is it that Jack has concluded that the answer to his discontent is back on the Island? Is it because his life back in civilization is a let down from being the Moses of the small group of castaways? Or is there something more?
There are other questions, too many to list here. It is a great pity that there will not be any answers to them until the next season starts in 2008. There is something about Lost that makes one yearn for immediate gratification.