"Henry Gale" and Lost's other Others: friends or foes?
wouldn't be our favorite twisty-mystery series if the season-ender didn't bring up more questions than it answered. Here's our take on the most mind-bending moments from this year's finale.
They say they're "the good guys" — and we agree. We think "Henry Gale" and Co. are one-time Dharma Initiative members gone rogue. Now they are committed to stopping the Initiative's crazy testing and they need strong-willed Jack, Kate and Sawyer to help them.
The Dharma Initiative
So the Initiative — with all its testing in meteorology, psychology, parapsychology, zoology and electromagnetism — is evil? Hell, yeah. Polar bears in the tropics, a phoenix rising and human guinea pigs — this can't be good.
Remember that shadowy figure up in the window of the Swan station's Orientation Video? We think that's Charles Widmore — aka Alvar Hanso, the money (the maniac?) behind the Hanso Foundation and owner of Widmore Laboratories. The Widmore logo was seen on all the Dharma food, the real Henry Gale's balloon and even Sun's pregnancy test. Coincidence? We think not.
Mr. Widmore got Desmond away from his daughter in a big way. But Desmond's former love, Penny, apparently hasn't given up on finding her MIA globetrotter. Could she know what her evil dad is up to? Does she assume that by finding that electromagnetic anomaly, she will also find her Dickens-reading lost love? Bingo. (Side note: The novel Our Mutual Friend is about a man presumed dead at sea.)
We don't know what exactly to make of the four-toed statue remnant Sayid spied, although speculation has surfaced that there could be a connection to T.J. Bass' Half Past Human, a sci-fi novel about a civilization of superpeople with — you guessed it —four toes. Or maybe the oddity was just a nod to 1968's Planet of the Apes. Did anyone else hear Charlton Heston screaming, "Damn you all to hell!"?