A few more things to talk about since Lost ended earlier this week. Since, after this week, this blog will take a decidedly Lost-less appearance, I thought I would try to group all of these items together in one post.
First, I'd like to discuss a theory coming out of the Finale. A lot of people were wondering why Ben didn't go into the church when Hurley asked him. His exact words were "I still have some things to work on. I'll be here a while." Now, a lot of people, including me, took this to mean that he wasn't ready to leave a place where he had just found Danielle and Alex, and now had what appeared to be a family...similar to the reasoning that Eloise didn't want Desmond to take Daniel with him.
But after thinking about it, and talking about it, and listening to some ideas, I think that the real reason he didn't go, was because he wasn't part of that group. Think about it, Christian said that the people in that church spent the most important time of their lives with each other. There were a lot of people NOT in that group, like Michael (explained to be left on the Island), Walt, Ana Lucia, Eko, Daniel, Charlotte, Miles, Danielle, Alex, and many more.
I submit that Ben's "group" is entirely different. Perhaps it's some of those people listed above, and perhaps it's others we haven't mentioned...maybe Richard, or Tom, or so many more. When Ben said, "I still have some things to work on", I think what he meant that it was now HIS job to serve the same role Desmond did, and to show these people how they needed to gather. And I love that whether I'm right or wrong, I can go on believing that for myself.
Speaking of Ben, if you haven't heard the news, Michael Emerson revealed that the Season 6 DVD set of Lost will contain an epilogue from the time on the Island when Hurley was #1, and Ben was #2. And it's not just a quick toss-away scene, either, it's 12 to 14 minutes long. How exciting is that!? For those of you looking for answers still, maybe you'll get even more on the DVD...who knows?
And if you're one of those viewers that are still furious that you didn't get your answers in the Finale (and boy are there a LOT of you), you'll definitely enjoy this video.
As I've mentioned before, the response to my recaps this season has been amazing, and a tad overwhelming at times (in a good way!), but I wanted to take a moment as this all winds down to list and thank some people who helped make this all so amazing. My apologies if this comes across as an Oscar acceptance speech, but I need to give credit where it is due.
To all of those people in Season 1, who told me that I needed to start watching the show, and when I didn't, kept badgering me to do so...thank you. I can't even imagine if I had missed the last 6 years of this show.
To Vozzek69, you were the first recapper I ever read, and I first discovered you years ago on the abc.com Lost message boards. You showed me that intelligent thought sometimes needed to be applied to what became commonly referred to as 'the idiot box', and I looked forward to your recaps for 4 solid years.
To DarkUFO, who gathered all of the important items in the Lost Universe together under one roof, and made a home for all of us who wanted one. Imagine what life would have been like these past years without DarkUFO. I can't imagine it. And you gave me a shot without really knowing much about me, and I thank you for that.
To Erika Olsen, who showed me that recaps didn't always have to be JUST informative and intelligent (which hers are), but they could also be fun, and injected with humour, and personal flair. I looked forward to yours more than anything, because I loved your writing style, your sense of humour, your love of music (which came through), and your fantastic captions. Plus, your ideas were great. That's one hell of a complete package. Erika was the first one I was in contact with directly, and her accessibilty was something I'll never forget. Her style of writing inspired me to actually start writing again, and if you notice similarities between my blog and hers (Long Live Locke - link on the sidebar as well), I hope that you will take it as an homage, and not a 'copy'. One of the things I loved about her blog, was the hidden captions under the photos, and when I couldn't figure out how to do it, she's the one who actually taught me how, and guided me through the steps. If you've never read her stuff, do yourself a favour and check it out.
To Josh Wolk, who I also discovered around the same time as Erika. Not even with regards to Lost, but just in terms of his writing. Josh may be the funniest man on the planet, and he (along with Erika) are the two reasons that I chose to start writing again. He did nothing directly, but in terms of providing an inspiration, he was immeasurable. There is a link to his blog on the sidebar as well. You'll see what I mean.
To Nikki Stafford, who is without a doubt the most accessible Lost expert (recapper, blogger, author, and so much more) I have ever come across. Her work with this show inspired me to become better...and that made this season such a pleasure. I can only hope that one day my blog here has the same amazing sort of community feel that hers does.
To all of the new readers who have found me through DarkUFO and other Lost-related avenues. Thank you for the feedback, this road has been so much fun, and I'm glad I got to take it with all of you.
To my girlfriend, Devena, who put up with me being completely inaccessible from 8:59 on every Tuesday for the past few months. And who tolerated all the rewinding, pausing, note taking, and jumping up screaming "What the Hell?" Her support has been immeasurable, and I thank her so much.
So, that leaves one final piece of business.
I mentioned at the end of my recap for The End, as well as in my Ode To Lost, that I was considering recapping Lost from the beginning of Season 1. Many of you contacted me, and commented here and on Facebook and I'm pleased to report that I have indeed decided to Recap from the beginning.
I'm not sure when I'm going to start. I am definitely taking at least a month off. I know that DarkUFO is planning a re-watch at some point, and he has mentioned that he would like to publish my recaps there as well, so I will likely try to sync up with his plans. I'm not sure how it will work just yet, but once I figure it out, I will let you know. Feel free to add me on Facebook, as I will be posting updates there as well.
Looking forward to it...