A friend of mine emailed me this last week, not sure if it’s a common deal so I’ll post it here.
Feel free to add your own:
Here are 50 questions that Lost really does have to answer, or we’ll attack the ABC studios with pitchforks.
So the island is the place with the glowy light that’s inside all of us. Does this mean the Island’s alive? People talk about what the island “wants.” What do they mean? Is the island Eywa?
How come the island heals people? Why does it heal them selectively?
Who was the woman who raised Jacob and the Man In Black, and how did she get there?
If Jacob was a Roman, why is he so into Egyptian gods?
What was with those Egyptian symbols that appeared in the Hatch when the countdown went past 108 minutes? That didn’t seem like the Dharma Initiative’s style.
Jacob told Alpert some previous visitors to the island had built that Taweret statue. Did he tell them to build it? Why Taweret?
Is Jacob bringing people to the island, as the Man In Black suggests? If so, then who was bringing all those people to the island before Jacob did it? Why does Jacob want to bring so many people to the island? What was he trying to prove to the Man In Black?
Why did Widmore bring Desmond to the island? What’s the sacrifice Desmond has to make?
Why was Charlie fated to die, exactly? What did Charlie’s death accomplish, in the end?
Was that the Smoke Monster telling Ben and Locke to move the island, back in season four? If so, why did Smokey want the island moved? What did moving the island accomplish exactly?
Why was Libby in the same mental hospital as Hurley? What’s her deal exactly? Why was she in Australia?
Why did the Smoke Monster kill Mr. Eko? Why did the Smoke Monster leave Rousseau alive after killing or “claiming” the rest of her expedition?
Who made the Rules? Like, what’s preventing Smokey from killing the Candidates directly?
What was so special about Walt? No, really. They made a big deal out of it and everything.
Jacob was immortal, right? So what made him decide he needed to start doing such a huge head-hunting search for his replacement?
Why is Aaron so important? Why wasn’t Kate supposed to raise him?
Why isn’t Kate a candidate?
What was the Dharma Initiative really up to on the Island? What was their ultimate goal? Why did the Hanso Foundation regard the Dharma Initiative as a failure?
It seems like everyone who was a passenger on Oceanic 815 has numerous connections that they don’t even know about. Like Jack and Claire being half-siblings, and Sawyer’s ex-girlfriend helping Kate confront her mom. What caused this excessive degree of synchronicity?
What really happens if the Smoke Monster leaves the island?
In the “flash-sideways” universe, the island is under water. When exactly did this happen?
How/when did Roger Linus and Pierre Chang get off the island before it sank?
Why did Ben and Widmore hate each other quite so much? Why couldn’t Ben just shoot Widmore in the face that one time when Ben came into Widmore’s bedroom?
Why did Widmore order Keamy’s gang to kill everyone on the island except for Ben? Especially since Widmore is so keen for Locke to lead the Oceanic Six back to the island a few years later. And why exactly is Widmore so keen for the Oceanic Six to come back to the island? Because they’re Candidates? Or some other reason? If he is keen for there to be Candidates on the island, why did he order Keamy to kill them all?
After Richard Alpert met Jacob and Jacob explained the island to him, why didn’t Richard repeat that explanation to everyone he met?
How did Richard and the Others decide whom to recruit from among the various people who came to the island after that? What was the deal with all those lists? The lists weren’t lists of Candidates, since the Others didn’t try to recruit Sawyer or Jack. So what were they?
Why did the Incident in 1977 leave the island’s women unable to give birth? What’s with the huge importance placed on fertility on the island, what with the Tawaret statue? Why are so many women separated from their babies?
So why was Widmore unable to return to the island? And then why was he able to return to the island after all? Also, why did turning the donkey wheel mean that Ben was unable to return to the island, except with the Oceanic Six?
What was the deal with that brand on Juliet’s lower back? The cross/asterisk thing?
Where did that supply drop come from? You know, the huge pallet of food and stuff?
Who built that weird Dharma Initiative door that leads to a stone wall? Did the Others put it there as part of their fake village?
Was Rousseau “claimed” by the Smoke Monster the same way Claire and Sayid were?
What was the Sickness that the Dharma Initiative was vaccinating people against? Is it similar to the Smoke Monster “claiming” people, or something else?
When the Smoke Monster told Sayid that he could have Nadia back from the dead, was he referring to the “flash sideways” universe, or something else? Or just lying?
What was the deal with Pierre Chang having so many wacky pseudonyms?
What were the Others having Kate and Sawyer build? Was it really going to be a runway? For what?
So if the hydrogen bomb going off caused the “flash sideways” universe and prevented Oceanic 815 from crashing, how did it change Hurley’s lottery numbers, or make Sawyer a cop instead of a con-man?
Is Ji Yeon the “Kwon” who’s a candidate?
Who’s the mother of Jack’s son David in the “flash-sideways” universe? On a related note, where’s alt-Juliet?
What happened to the body of Christian Shephard on the “flash-sideways” Flight 815?
Come to think of it, what happened to Christian’s body on the island?
Sayid was “claimed” by the Smoke Monster, but he still had free will afterward. What did that being “claimed” thing mean anyway?
What does god need with a starship? I mean, why does Locke need an airplane to leave the island?
Why are the Numbers so important? I get that each of the Numbers corresponds to one of the remaining Candidates as of a while ago. But that’s just another instance of the Numbers popping up in relation to something. Why these numbers? Why were they powerful long before Jack, Hurley, et al. came to the island?
And come to think of it, what was the point of having someone broadcasting the numbers over the radio over and over again for years?
If Jacob is dead, and his ghost is wandering around talking to Hurley, what’s with the little kid version of Jacob? Why can only certain people, like Sawyer, see the little-kid Jacob?
Who was Juliet inviting to coffee? What sort of coffee? Can I come? Will there be biscotti, or madeleines?
Why can’t the Smoke Monster cross a line of ash? What about the sonic fence?
So the Man In Black can’t leave the island. But Jacob was wandering off the island all the time, buying Louis Vuitton luggage, touching the Oceanic Six and various other people, and stocking up on Flannery O’Connor books. At one point, Jacob opened a dance studio in Newark. What gives?
When Ben took Locke to Jacob’s Cabin, there was a weird telekinetic storm and Locke heard a voice saying “Help me.” Was that Jacob? Or the M.I.B.? What sort of help did the voice have in mind? More importantly, what’s with the dog painting in Jacob’s Cabin???
UPDATE! I was curious about some of these and did a few google searches, looks like the site Jezebel answered a few.
1.) Richard Alpert
We learned—in this season’s episode “Ab Aeterno”—why Richard doesn’t age. He said it was because Jacob “touched” him, after his slave ship crashed on the Island sometime in the 19th century. In exchange for joining Team Jacob, he asked for “time,” so Jacob gave him eternal life. But we saw him drinking Jacob’s Jesus juice. In last week’s episode, “Across the Sea,” we saw that this was the same wine bottle from which Jacob drank to become the Island’s protector. So, something is up with that. As we’ve been told, our “questions will only lead to more questions.” Sigh.
2.) The Whispers
This is one of those instances where we got a completely straight-forward, no bullshit answer. As (dead) Michael explained to Hurley in “Everybody Loves Hugo,” the whispers in the jungle are the ghosts of people who died on the Island who are “trapped” there for their misdeeds.
3.) The Donkey Wheel
As polarizing as the Jacob/MIB-centric episode “Across the Sea” was to fans, it did answer many of our questions, one of which being the origin of that “frozen donkey wheel” that transports people to Tunisia when they turn it. MIB built it as part of a “system that channels the water and the light,” in hopes that it would get him off the Island and back to the real world.
4.) The Smoke Monster
Throughout this season, we’ve received confirmation that the Smoke Monster is the Man in Black. And know we know that MIB turned into the Smoke Monster after Jacob threw him into the log flume ride that is the Tunnel of Light.
5.) Jacob’s Touch
Last season we saw that Jacob went around touching a bunch of the survivors of Oceanic 815. We knew it was important, but we didn’t know why. Now we have somewhat of a better idea. He was anointing the “candidates” he was choosing to replace him as the Island’s protector. It’s been a long process of making lists of names and crossing them out.
6.) The Temple
We finally got to see what was inside the walls surrounding the Temple—it was a Temple! And inside the Temple was a bunch of barefoot hippies, an Asian herbalist, and a pool of water that apparently creates pseudo-zombies. And I think that’s all we’re ever gonna get on that.
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7.) The “Heart” of the Island
So this is what it’s all about, what all those people died for, what Jacob is protecting, why they were all brought there: A Thomas Kinkade landscape.
8.) Hurley’s Guitar Case
He’d been carrying it around for three seasons, and we finally learned that inside the guitar case that Jacob gave Hurley was an ankh, and inside that ankh was a list of names.
9.) The Loophole
Last season we found out that MIB wanted to kill Jacob, but he was unable to do so, because of some rule. We found out that the “rule” was that their adoptive wizard mother put some kind of spell on MIB and Jacob that prevented them from ever killing each other (completely, that is). The loophole was to convince someone else to kill Jacob.
10.) Jacob/MIB’s Origin
They’re twins! They were born to some woman who spoke Latin and raised by Allison Janney, who had an American accent.
10 Questions That Must Be Answered
1.) Charles Widmore
There are so many mysteries surrounding Charles Widmore, and I’m certain that not all of them will be cleared up, but we need something more. Like, how did he and Eloise come to live on the Island? Who is Penny’s mother? Why didn’t he have anything to do with raising his son, Daniel Faraday?
Lost fans—or at least I—will be livid if the issue of the Island’s fertility problem is not addressed by the end of the finale. At some point, either right before or right after the purge of the DHARMA folk, women were able to conceive, but not give birth, on the Island. Or they were able to give birth, but not conceive on the Island. We need to know why!
3.) The Statue
Connected to the fertility issue is the statue of Taweret, who is the Egyptian goddess of childbirth and fertility. Who built it?
According to the dirty Temple hippies, Sayid and Claire are “infected.” Rousseau talked about how science team also got infected. What the hell does that mean, how does it happen, and is this just a red herring?
5.) Sideways Universe
How did it come to be? Will it ever converge with the original timeline? What does it all mean!!?!?!?
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6.) Island Under Water
In the first few minutes of this season, we saw that, in the sideways universe, the Island is submerged underwater. How did that happen? What happened to the DHARMA people who had been there? What is the significance of its destruction?
A relationship with electromagnetic energy probably has something to do with his importance to what is currently happening on the Island, but why does Mocke want him dead? What is Widmore’s planning to do with him? Will he ever see Penny again?
8.) Eloise Hawking
Much like the mysteries surrounding Widmore, we need to know a little bit more about Eloise Hawking. How did she come to live on the Island? When and why did she leave? Why doesn’t she have the same last name as her son? Why did she spend so much time in her science sorcery dungeon under the church devising a way for the Losties to return to the Island, but didn’t want to go back herself?
9.) Jacob’s Army
Jacob had apparently set up an army—Bram, Ilana, etc.—of bodyguards who spent their lives training for whatever war that was going to happen. How did he do this? Why? How did he chose Ilana? What’s her deal anyway? Why were none of these army people “candidates”?
10.) MIB’s Name
That’s the face I’m going to make if we never find out what it is.
10 Questions to Let Go
I think we should just give up any hope of knowing why Walt is “special,” why he has creepy powers, and how and why he appeared to Shannon and Locke on the Island after he’d already left. That kid pubed too hard and fast for them to ever really include him in any more central story lines.
Did he time travel to 2007 after Juliet activated the atomic bomb? I don’t know if we’ll ever see him again, but I’m thinking that we might just have to think of him as being safe and sound somewhere, at some time.
3.) Rose and Bernard
They were with Vincent, so whatever happened to him, probably happened to them. But honestly, I don’t care for them, because they annoy me and I find Rose to be an asshole.
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4.) Desmond & Penny Photo
Why did Naomi have it in her backpack when she parachuted on to the Island? How the hell did she get a copy of it? I think we have to just forget that ever happened.
How did he join up with the Others? Was he partially responsible for the Purge of the DHARMA people? How did he become a doctor? We’ll probably never know.
Remember him? He was Alex’s 16-year-old boyfriend. If there were fertility issues on the Island, where did he come from? He’s certainly not one of the DHARMA people, given his age. Oh well.
7.) Food Drops
Who orchestrated the food drops to the Hatch? Did the Others have a helicopter? That one, I’m sure, will remain a mystery forever.
8.) Black Rock Journal
How did the journal of the first mate of the Black Rock get off the Island for Widmore to purchase it at an auction many years later.
9.) Christian Shepherd
Beyond being a vessel for MIB, what was Christian Shepherd’s deal? Why was his body never discovered, when MIB didn’t need Locke’s original body to take his form?
10.) Why Them?
Why, specifically, were these people chosen over all others to be candidates? I think we’re just going to have to accept that—beyond being “lost” people—they were just chosen by a casting director