I'm so excited right now, I can barely type. Seriously, if you could read what I was actually writing without going back and fixing it, you would think that perhaps I had invented some strange language that no one but myself can read.
Tonight is the two hour conclusion of the Season 4 Finale for my favorite network television show, LOST!!!!!
So, what will we learn in this upcoming episode?
1. How the Oceanic 6 get off of the Island
2. Who is in the coffin from last season's finale.
Those for sure. What we might also learn...
3. Why there is a cover story for the O6.
4. How does the Island move.
First off, the O6 and their imminent escape. Two of the O6 (I decided to shorten it for the rest of the post, less chance of me screwing it up and having to backtrack to fix it that way, still too excited to type) are currently on the freighter, the rest are headed towards (or are already at, Hugo) the Orchid Station.
Somehow we have to get the two groups together. This bodes well for the lives of Jin and Desmond in my opinion, since we know that Sun and Aaron, will live, I don't see the freighter exploding.
The man in the coffin... For some time now, I have been convinced that it is Michael. I see no reason to go away from that now. The funeral home where the viewing is to take place is in an African American neighborhood. The newspaper clipping that Dr. Jack reads in last year's season finale gives a partially readable name that we have never heard before, and of all of our characters, only Michael/Kevin and Henry/Ben have had multiple names, Benry seems to be more important to the overall mythology of the story line (with his promise to kill Penny and all) therefore pointing this clue straight at Michael as well. According to the Fuselage this is what the newspaper clipping says...
"The body of John Lantham of New York was found shortly after 4 am in the 4300 block of Grand Avenue. Ted Worden, a doorman at the Tower Lofts complex, heard loud noises coming from the victim's loft. Concerned for tenants' safety, he entered the loft and found the body hanging from a beam in the living room. According to Jaime Ortiz, a police spokesman, the incident was deemed a suicide after medical tests. Latham (sic) is survived by one teenage son. Memorial services will be held at the Hoffs-Drawlar Funeral Home tomorrow evening."
One, Michael is from New York, two, he has a teenage son, three, he's been trying to kill himself for some time now, maybe the Island is finally done with him at this point, allowing him to succeed.
I can't guarantee that the quote is what the newspaper clipping said had we been able to read it in full, but it matches up with the parts that we could read from Through the Looking Glass.
So, why is there a cover story? My theory is that ultimately the freighter folk will be the rescuers, meaning that Widmore will be "responsible" for rescuing the O6. I think that he owns (or has some control over) Oceanic and therefore in order to keep anyone else from looking for the Island sets up the story that Dr. Jack and his companions pretend is the truth. Due to the "moving" of the Island, everyone else appears to be unfindable anyway, so the O6 go ahead with this plan, figuring the truth is too hard to have to try and explain anyway.
But how does the Island move? The popular theory is "in time", but I'm not buying it. The properties of the Island would still be there for Widmore (or any other shady figures for that matter) to find and exploit, just without the Hostiles/Others and remaining castaways there to kill. Moving the Island in time doesn't satisfy what the Island would want, and that's protecting the Island. I don't think it cares as much about anyone who happens to be there.
I believe that the Island is in another dimension and is accessible through various wormhole type openings, one of which is in the ocean where the freighter is positioned. Moving the Island means closing off the wormhole or moving the Island's access point to that wormhole. Of course that will still leave the wormholes that connect to the Arctic (explaining the Dharma parka or Dharka that Benry wears in his latest episode as well as his rush of cold breath, ohh, and Polar Bears too) and to the Tunisian desert.
I guess we'll find out tonight.
Until Next Time, I'll see you after the episode with my first thoughts.