Lost: Five Questions about "Meet Kevin Johnson"
Lost: Five Questions about "Meet Kevin Johnson"
Lost fans couldn't seem to agree on the merits of the show's final pre-strike installment, "Meet Kevin Johnson."  Some people thought it didn't show us enough of Michael's journey off the island, others thought it gave us too much of the character, and some thought it balanced things out perfectly.  I happen to be in the latter camp.  While I was never a big fan of Michael (Harold Perrineau) when he was originally on the show, I thought his return was fascinating and well-handled.

While "Meet Kevin Johnson" may have given us a few answers, it certainly left us asking a lot of questions.  Read on for five mysteries that I simply can't get out of my head.

1)  What happened to Michael when he first left the island?

I believe the producers will eventually tell us what happened to Michael after he left on the boat, but we're going to have to wait and see.  Maybe he went through a vortex, maybe he got trapped in a time loop, or maybe he simply got picked up by a ship and whisked away to the mainland.  It's impossible to say.

One other thing that needs to be explained is how Michael fit so much into such a short period of time.  The brilliant fans who keep a timeline of all things Lost have deduced that there's only about two weeks between Michael leaving the island and ending up on the freighter.  Is this a case of the writers fudging the timeline to craft a more interesting story, or is there an intentional discrepancy going on here?

2)  Why was Michael seeing Libby?

If Lost were a normal show, I would assume that Michael's visions of Libby were simply a byproduct of his haunted mind.  However, in this case we have to wonder if Libby was some sort of projection from the island.  Maybe the same thing that allowed Hurley (Jorge Garcia) to see Charlie on the mainland was also screwing with Michael's mind.  If the island wanted him to come back, haunting him with the spectre of Libby would be a good way to nudge him in the right direction.

After waiting all this time, the return of Libby as some sort of ghostly projection was incredibly anticlimactic. Let's hope that we get more of her story soon.

3)  Why did Tom say that only some Others can leave the island?

When Tom dropped in on Michael, he mentioned many things that may or may not be true.  For instance, we have no idea if Charles Widmore is actually the man behind the fake 815 crash, or if that was a lie constructed to get Michael on the freighter.  You can never trust those Others.

Another thing that Tom mentioned is that some of the Others can come and go from the island.  Why only some of them?  And how are they getting back and forth in the first place?  I'm guessing that the Orchid station is the home of some sort of teleportation device, and if so, maybe it's something only certain Others are allowed to know about.  Ben (Michael Emerson) is the man with all of the information, and if he doesn't want to play Scotty and beam everyone around the globe, he certainly doesn't have to.

4)  How can the island stop Michael from killing himself?

Tom's reveal that the island wouldn't allow Michael to kill himself was one of my favorite moments in "Meet Kevin Johnson."  It's such a juicy and interesting possibility, isn't it?  This would also explain why Jack (Matthew Fox) was unable to throw himself off the bridge in the season 3 finale.

While I love the idea of the island controlling the actions of the castaways, how is such a thing possible?  I believe that most things on Lost are rooted in scientific possibility, so I went looking for a plausible way to explain this.  The best thing I came up with is the idea of quantum entanglement.  According to Wikipedia, quantum entanglement is a phenomenon "in which the quantum states of two or more objects are somehow linked together so intimately that one object cannot be adequately described without full mention of its counterpart — even though the individual objects may be spatially separated.  This interconnection leads to correlations between observable physical properties of remote systems."

I'm not a science guy, but it does seem that it's possible for two spatially separated objects to have an influence over each other.

5)  Who shot Karl and Rousseau?

There's a scene early in the episode where Ben takes a quick glance at Karl, whose arm is wrapped around Alex's waist.  It's a small moment, but it gives the impression that Ben wasn't fond of Karl showing his daughter affection.  Shortly thereafter, Ben comes up with the idea to send Karl, Alex, and Rousseau to the Temple.  Is this a coincidence, or did Ben know exactly what would happen on their journey?

If the freighter people were the ones in the jungle, then it's likely an unfortunate coincidence that the trio were attacked.  However, Ben's quick glance, coupled with our knowledge from "The Other Woman" that he can be obsessively jealous, leads me to believe that he planned the entire thing.  In that case, it's probably the Others in the jungle.

Next Thursday, Lost will return with an all new episode.  Maybe then some of these questions will finally be answered.

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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