This post is simply a list of clues given in the LOST season finale version that aired tonight, which had added “subtitles” that give additional information, attract attention to details, make connection and remind:
There is a focus on mirror opposites in the series as a whole, and no less in this episode named after Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass.
Jack was calling someone in Los Angeles’ 310 area code.
The subtitles said that “a popular theory” about the person in the coffin is that it was a man from LA who was found dead in New York. This is so non-committal that it could be interpreted as a denial…but maybe that what they want us to think.
An Easter Egg: Gary Nadler has the same last name as Bernard.
In the Looking Glass station, Charlie has a song idea. The words are from a poem by Dominic Monaghan.
When Locke heard Jacob’s voice, Ben realized Locke is special and his primacy is threatened thereby.
Jack is following in his father’s footsteps.
Jack and Locke both consider committing suicide. Mirror opposites.
Ben and Jack, we are told, have more in common than we might think: both are leaders who make the hard decisions.
There were no subtitles when Jack proposed getting his father down to see which of them was more drunk.
On Ben’s map there is a place called Pascal Flats, which might be named after Blaise Pascal, who we are told abandoned science for theology after a mystical experience.
On his way to the funeral (actually a “viewing”, as it turns out), Jack is listening to Nirvana’s “Scentless Apprentice”.
Jack tells Tom that he’s going to get everyone else rescued, and then he’s going to find Tom and kill him. Is this a mere threat, or is escaping the island in fact not the priority for Jack that we might assume?
When Hurley says he’s saved Bernard, Sayid and Jin, the subtitles say it is a happy moment, but on this island things aren’t always what they seem.
The survivors (based on Danielle’s signal) have been on the island for 91 days. Before it was used to broadcast her message, the radio tower broadcast the famous series of numbers.
The showdown between Jack and Locke is described as a man of science vs. a man of faith.
Minkowski (on the satellite phone) doesn’t confirm that he’s on a boat in the vicinity.
We’re told when we move to Jack drinking in his home that this is taking us from the island to the “other side of the Looking Glass” where Jack is very clearly “a changed man”.
From the commercial for tomorrow’s season premiere: Someone from Naomi’s people arrives and says that rescuring the Oceanic survivors isn’t their primary objective. John Locke, in another clip, says that whatever they are here for, “it’s not us”.
A question: Are the flash forwards Desmond’s visions? Are they inevitable? We’re asked at one point to consider the ongoing question: are we dealing with fate or coincidence?