Locke — dead, alive, in a sideways reality or inhabited by a nasty evil smoke monster, you will always be my favorite character.

By Gina Carbone
gina_carbone@comcast.net

For years I’ve felt like “Lost” is a class I’m failing — or barely scraping by with a D.

I feel like my questions aren’t just the big picture things no one gets yet (and may never get) but the basic stuff Advanced Losties already know and can reference at a moment’s notice.

But I’m still trying. And I hope to get some kind of degree at the end of all of this. Seriously, we deserve something.

The two-part “Lost” season six premiere, “LA X,” aired last night.

Loved the flash sideways on the plane. I found it moving when Locke was talking (lying) to Boone about his walkabout. (I had to laugh when poor Boone said if the plane went down he’d stick with Locke. Bad idea!)

And Locke’s sadness when getting into his chair, and his connection with Jack. “Nothing is irreversible.” They were the last two off the plane. Man of faith. Man of science.

Glad to see Desmond on the plane. Not surprised Jack remembered that deep Scottish voice saying “Brother” from their time on the track. Jack, bless him, is more forgettable so I don’t blame Desmond.

But I can’t pretend to really understand what’s going on, since — even though I am “caught up” on past episodes — I can’t recall the details of every time we’ve seen the smoke monster before, or who was doing exactly what the “first” time Oceanic 815 took off.

Jack’s dad had been on the island and, I thought, inhabited by either Jacob or the Man in Black’s spirit. Is Jacob now living in Sayid, like the Man in Black got into Locke, and then became the smoke monster? Or whatever happened?

(“Let’s not resort to name calling” had me laughing out loud.)

The producers have said when someone dies on the show they are really dead, so all the people we’ve seen come back to life on the island — like Locke and Claire and Christian Shepard, etc., must’ve been inhabited by other spirits, I would think.

And whatever happened to Michael and Walt?

Plus, remember when the temple healed Ben — when Sayid shot him back in the 1970s? Richard said Ben would lose his innocence and always be one of them. Now Sayid was shot and was healed by the temple, so is he one of “them” now? What does that mean?

I have tried to read some of the explanations and spoilers from show creators Damon and Carlton, plus the Entertainment Weekly recap from “Doc” Jensen, but it’s too much and yet too little information.

Anyway, ABC released info on next week’s episode and I’m happy to see we’ll be following Kate after her taxi cab runaway (with Claire).

*****

KATE’S ON THE RUN, ON ABC’S “LOST”

“What Kate Does” – Kate finds herself on the run, while Jack is tasked with something that could endanger a friend’s life, on “Lost,” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Terry O’Quinn as Locke and Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana.

“What Kate Does” was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Paul Edwards.

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