LOST 6.16: What took you so long?

“We’re very close to the end, Hugo.”
–Jacob

As LOST winds down to its final precious hours, the bodies are piling up almost as fast as the reveals. The question is: Are the corpses and the answers worth it?

This week we saw Jack (Matthew Fox) step up and accept guardianship of the Island, prompting my new $64,000 Question: What took so damn long? I can understand if Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) wanted Jack to accept the job of his own free will, but…why did he wait so damn long to ask? Jack surely would have taken stewardship of the Island in exchange for letting everyone else get off. And the way Jacob casually dismissed Kate’s (Evangeline Lilly) question about why she had been crossed off the list – it was just a line of chalk on a wall and so the job is hers if she wants it – had me ready to scream. He was willing to give it to any of the candidates? Why let everyone go through so much pain and torture? Why all the mystical mumbo-jumbo? Why?

Jacob knew that he made a mistake by creating the monster that would eventually kill him, and that he would have to be replaced, so he brought the candidates to the Island. “You were all flawed,” Jacob declared, by way of explanation for his selection process. “You were all alone. I chose you because you needed this place as much as it needed you.” Okay, but again – why wait so long? I don’t think it was really necessary for Jacob to bide his time waiting for Jack’s eventual personality change. Any of the candidates should have been capable of taking the job before Jack the Great. But change Jack did. “I’ll do it. This is why I’m here,” Jack declared. “This is what I’m supposed to do.” “I thought that guy had a god complex before,” Sawyer (Josh Holloway) noted.

This week saw the onscreen death toll rise by at least two: Zoe (Sheila Kelley) and Charles Widmore (Alan Dale). It is unclear whether Richard was killed by the Man in Black. Richard seemed to think he can die now that Jacob is dead, but that has not been proven. So let’s add 2.5 to the body count. I have a suspicion that Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) will not be joining the roll call of the dead. Charles said Desmond was brought back to the Island as a “failsafe” in case the Man in Black killed all the candidates. Charles noted that Des has an unusual resistance to electromagnetism, which makes me think that Desmond will be able to enter the Golden Grotto – if somebody is eventually needed to do so. And, let’s face it, the-powers-that-be can hardly be expected to introduce a weapon like Desmond without pulling the trigger. (What am I saying? There have been plenty of narrative blind alleys along the way.) I think we loyal viewers are owed a trip into the Heart of the Island.

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