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The ABC show Lost has never failed to surprise me. The twists and cliffs just keep coming. This past week season three has started. Just as in past seasons another twist to the show has emerged with another journey to explore and possible answers to be revealed for the mysteries of island. One thing is certain, after two seasons I’m still lost as ever.
The show starts out in house with a woman is putting on a CD, and she seems sad. She is getting things ready for a book club meeting when she burns herself while preparing some muffins. So is this a flashback; who is this woman? There is some drama during her book club meeting with her and a guest when an earthquake hits. After the earthquake is over everyone runs outside. It’s a small community of houses. They resembles the fifty’s era with pastel colors. We are in suburbia, right? Another possible cause for the earthquake is the plane exploding and crashing over their heads. As it crashes we see it split in two pieces. Then we see a familiar face from last season, the Henry Gale imposter. We learn that his name is Ben and he orders two more familiar faces, Goodwin and Ethan, to go and investigate the plane crash. Ben asks both of them for lists of names in three days. Then the picture fades back to reveal the island with this community tucked in the middle of it. This is a flashback for the island and the “others.”
It is finally revealed where the “others” live. For two seasons we have guessed about these people. Last season hinted the others to be scientists but primitive in living conditions. We know have a little more insight but the question of why they kidnapped Jack, Sawyer, and Kate still is unanswered.
This episode is filled with background flashbacks for Jack. We learn that he was obsessed with finding out who stole his wife away from him before the plane crash. He even goes so far as calling all the numbers from her cell phone bill. He even accuses his father as being the one who stole her from him.
Going back to the island, Jack awakes in this dark room on a table. The table is made of metal and chains are hanging above it. There are two doors.
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The show closes with more questions then answers. Most shows build, reveal, and tell a story. Lost is very unique because you get more and more lost as the story is told. Yet at the same time you are dragged into it hoping for the mysteries to be revealed.