It was a beautiful afternoon. I was pushing Cindy Lou’s little brother in the swing. We were singing little songs, the kind kids like to sing over and over again. But 8-year-old Cindy Lou had an empty birth control pill dispenser in her hand and I wanted to know why she had it. Repeatedly opening and snapping it shut, she tapped it like it was a mini-computer. Finally she asked me, “Do you know what this is for?”
“Yes,” I replied. But she didn’t stop there, and I wasn’t prepared for the next volley. “Why do girls take the medicine that comes in this thing?” Gulp.
After a few seconds of trying to catch my breath, I started crafting an answer that I thought would meet her mother’s approval. Her mom talks about loving God all the time, so maybe I should say something about how girls who take birth control pills don’t love God. Or maybe I should just answer her straight and say it’s because they don’t want to have a baby. “Well, most of the time, when someone takes that medicine it means they don’t want to have a baby.”
“Why wouldn’t they want to have a baby?” she asked.
Oh boy, “Well,” what do I say now? “Because some girls don’t love God and they are doing things they should not be doing.” Well, that stopped Cindy Lou’s questions. But I was too dumb to realize that my answer would cause all kinds of problems for Cindy Lou regarding her mother. It wasn’t too long before her mom invited me sit on the couch with her for a little lesson in answering the questions of a child.
“Sometimes,” she said, “the best answer is the simplest answer.”
Having never experienced an interrogation by an 8-year-old, I asked, “What should I have said?”
“Because the doctor said so.”
All week long, LOST fans have been writing about Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and drawing every single parallel to LOST they can find. That’s all fine and good. The first one I read was pretty interesting. But I just can’t take it anymore: reading about all of the watching and rewatching and analyzing and combing each episode in search of clues.
LOST fans want to know so many details: Who are these people? How are they connected? Why are they connected? How come we’ve never seen that before? What’s Libby’s backstory? What’s the significance of Jacob’s touch? Why are those ashes important?
Well, here’s the simplest answer: Because the writers said so.
Here we are, week in and week out for six years, trying to figure out this t.v. show when there’s nothing to figure out, nothing to untangle. It is what it is because the creators of the show made it that way.
Yes, it’s really neat how LOST so closely parallels Alice’s story, but is it the key to unlock every mystery? Well, I guess you can decide that for yourself. I say, WHY NOT? It really can be that simple.
So, without further ado, here are 15 things we have to accept because the writers said so:
1. Sideways Sayid is just as much a murderer as Flashback and Flashforward Sayids.
2. Both Jacob and Smokey offer gifts in exchange for service.
3. Jin is connected to Keamey is connected to Omar is connected to Sayid.
4. Dogen can beat Sayid in hand-to-hand combat.
5. After years of faithful service, upon hearing of Jacob’s death, almost all The Others decide it’s just fine to leave the temple.
6. Dogen was REALLY the one protecting the temple.
7. Killing Dogen is what opened a way for Smokey to get into the temple.
8. Smokey can be invisible now.
9. Jacob’s death set the “evil” man (Smokey) free.
10. No man can kill Smokey.
11. Hide from Smokey in a pit because he’ll never look there.
12. Kate is following Smokey and his gang (Where did they come from? Where is James?).
13. There’s nothing special about the temple.
14. Everyone is expendable.
15. Keamey makes good eggs, but couldn’t remember the word “poached.”
Did anyone else think this episode copied Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith?
A couple of questions answered:
1) Sayid was dead for 2 hours, but something other than The Others brought him back.
2) The test Dogen performed on Sayid revealed which way his heart tipped the scale.
Kate’s curiosity about Locke/Smokey/MIB/Jeremy is going to get her killed. Actually, no…Claire is going to kill Kate.
What did you think of this episode? Are you pleased with the way the final season is progressing? Are you frustrated? Ready to quit watching? Kind of enjoy being toyed with by the show’s creators?