Getting Lost: “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1” Preview

This week’s episode of Lost, “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1,” is the first installment of the season’s three-part finale, which — in one of the most complicated finale schedules we can remember — airs two weeks before the two-hour presentation of Parts 2 and 3 on May 29. That’s right. Lost is going on yet another mini-hiatus, thanks to a two-hour Grey’s Anatomy season finale on May 22.

That aside, we wanted to discuss something from last week’s episode. During “Cabin Fever,” Ben suggested that he wasn’t always the “leader” of the island. So who was? How nice of you to ask. We have our own crazy little theory: It seems Richard Alpert might have been Ben’s predecessor before he took on a new role, in which he was subservient to Ben — much like Ben has now done with Locke. Looking to the future, it seems like Walt and Aaron might become the future Ben and Locke. It seems that Ben, in his own way (cough*kidnapping*cough), wanted to recruit the two of them, much like Alpert did with Ben and Locke. Maybe hearing this from Christian Shephard was why Claire was willing to leave Aaron behind — “where he needs to be” — while she hangs out with her dead dad in Jacob’s cabin. Just putting it out there.

Here are the unanswered questions heading into this week’s episode, “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”:

Why was Locke chosen by the island?

Who is Locke’s father?

How is Locke supposed to move the island?

What is the significance of the objects that Richard Alpert showed young John Locke?

What exactly is Richard Alpert’s role in the Ben vs. Widmore battle?

What is Kate doing for Sawyer?

Why did Sawyer decide to stay on the island?

What does Christian Shephard want from Jack and Claire?

What exactly are “the rules”?

Why can’t Ben kill Widmore?

Why is Widmore confident that Ben can’t find Penny?

When and how did the island belong to Widmore, and how did Ben take it from him?

Will Sayid ultimately betray Desmond and kill Penny?

How does Ben control the smoke monster?

What is going on in Ben’s special room?

Who really put the fake Oceanic 815 at the bottom of the ocean, Widmore or Ben?

Does Jin really die?

What happened to Annie?

What’s in that Black Rock journal, and why does Charles Widmore want it so badly?

Why will Daniel need Desmond to be his “constant”?

Why is Kate raising Aaron off the island?

According to the Oceanic 6’s story, who is Aaron’s “father”?

Why doesn’t Jack want to see Aaron off the island?

Why does Miles ask Ben for $3.2 million in exchange for telling everyone that Ben is dead?

What time is it?

Who is RG and why are his/her initials engraved on Naomi’s bracelet?

Who was Mr. Avellino?

Who are the people on Ben’s list, and why?

In her flashback, Charlotte finds the Hydra symbol and the remains of a polar bear wearing a collar in Tunisia. Um, what’s up with that?

Why did Seth Norris pilot Oceanic 815 instead of Frank?

What else has the Oceanic 6 been lying about?

Once off the island, why does Jack need to go back?

Who was in the coffin during Jack’s flash-forward?

Who is Jacob?

Check back Friday morning for a review of this week’s episode.

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