Last night's premiere of the final season of LOST was, in my not-so-humble opinion, brilliant. There were plenty of moments where I didn't know what was happening, and more questions were introduced than answers, but what's new? That's one of the reasons I love the show so much. Did I really expect to be fully satisfied in just two hours?
Some questions were answered: John Locke is dead. So is Jacob. "Esau" (or whoever the Man in Black is) is the Smoke Monster.
But now everyone exists in two different realities? Alternate universes? Wow. That's a mind-bender. I suspect that Juliet grasped what was happening, perhaps better than anyone else, when she lay dying... She said something about getting coffee, going dutch, before "snapping out of it" and realizing that she was with Sawyer in the pit. I wonder if somehow her consciousness was in another dimension, perhaps talking with her sister... living another life in another time and place altogether. It was only then that she was able to say (through Miles, after she had died), "It worked."
It's been a fun weekend of anticipation, and the premiere certainly lived up to the hype. Luanne, Josh and I had it on DV-R and were up till nearly midnight watching. I even got a voice mail from my buddy Gary Gaddini in Redwood City as he was about to watch it with the Hoefers!
I was on strict Twitter silence too... No spoilers for this die-hard fan. I read an article somewhere today about a strange/cool phenomenon: Even though the full episode was available on Youtube as a shaky, hand-held recording... not many people viewed it. We LOST fans are a serious and dedicated bunch. We want to experience the show as its creators have planned us to experience it. It shows that over five years, we have come to trust the producers... and we are being richly rewarded for that trust. It's really a cool relationship.
Here are some reviews of last night's episode that you may want to check out: