LOST: Slowly, Answers Are Coming

Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.


Last night’s LOST episode, the second of the season, “Jughead,” was full of answers. Or not even answers, but new information that gives reasons for answers. Now that the writers have an end date in sight, they seem to be picking up the pace and wrapping things up more tidily than last season. So what did we learn last night? Here are the highlights.

*Penny and Desmond have a baby boy with ridiculously adorable curls. Awww.

*Charles Widmore was on the island in the 1950s. The past-Widmore, like the present-Widmore, was kind of a jerk. He was supposedly an Other, who at that point were apparently ruled by the ageless and eyeliner-happy Richard Alpert. Widmore willingly killed a member of his own group to avoid giving information to Faraday & Co.

*Widmore and Faraday are connected. Widmore has paid for Faraday’s research, and for the care of some poor blonde girl whom we’re told Faraday has irrevocably maimed via said research.

*Faraday’s mother is the tart shop lady who refused to sell Desmond an engagement ring last season. Faraday’s mom is also a physicist and can predict when time irregularities will occur. Desmond, following a mission from Daniel Faraday, talks to Widmore and learns Faraday mater is in… Los Angeles. Can you guess where next week’s episode will take place?

Naturally, with new information comes a few new questions, but nothing on the scale of perplexing phenomenon like the smoke monster. In learning the island’s history, we’re also learning the characters’ futures. This week’s episode was all about time. Jumping forwards, backwards, sideways, it’s enough to make your head spin. I’ve given up trying to figure out who knew what when, and am just sticking to the facts.

We know now that Faraday, so far my favorite character because of his professorial scruff and soft-spoken smarts, might be working for bad-guy Widmore. We know Richard Alpert, eyeliner and all, is super-old. Like, centuries. We also know there was/is a hydrogen bomb on the island. Suddenly those bright, white flashes seem a bit more menacing. My predictions for next week: we’ll learn more about people born on the island and how it affects them. Also, more about Jin and why he is, or isn’t, really dead.

Photo courtesy ABC.

THE TRUTH...

is the first thing despots go after. An unwavering commitment to it is probably what draws you to Mother Jones' journalism. And as we're seeing in the US and the world around, authoritarians seek to poison the discourse and the way we relate to each other because they can't stand people coming together around a shared sense of the truth—it's a huge threat to them.

Which is also a pretty great way to describe Mother Jones' mission: People coming together around the truth to hold power accountable.

And right now, we need to raise about $400,000 from our online readers over the next two months to hit our annual goal and make good on that mission. Read more about the information war we find ourselves in and how people-powered, independent reporting can and must rise to the challenge—and please support our team's truth-telling journalism with a donation if you can right now.

payment methods

THE TRUTH...

is the first thing despots go after. An unwavering commitment to it is probably what draws you to Mother Jones' journalism. And as we're seeing in the US and the world around, authoritarians seek to poison the discourse and the way we relate to each other because they can't stand people coming together around a shared sense of the truth—it's a huge threat to them.

Which is also a pretty great way to describe Mother Jones' mission: People coming together around the truth to hold power accountable.

And right now, we need to raise about $400,000 from our online readers over the next two months to hit our annual goal and make good on that mission. Read more about the information war we find ourselves in and how people-powered, independent reporting can and must rise to the challenge—and please support our team's truth-telling journalism with a donation if you can right now.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate