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Lost: What Secrets “The New Man in Charge” Epilogue Reveals

New Man in ChargeThe sixth season of Lost has been released on DVD and Blu-ray. As promised, the sets include a 12-minute epilogue that takes place after Hurley (Jorge Garcia) has taken over as the new caretaker of the island. As promised, “The New Man in Charge” gives us a few more answers to various island questions.

The two-chapter Lost epilogue opens up on a warehouse in Guam that’s producing Dharma-branded food and supplies. Employees Glenn (Ray Porter) and Hector (Ted Rooney) are in a hurry because they need to get stuff ready for another airplane drop.

Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) enters and tells them that he’s from the “home office” and that their services are no longer needed. The place is being closed down and he gives them envelopes with lots of cash as severance packages (probably from Hurley’s lottery winnings).

Confused, they start asking him questions and Ben agrees to answer one question apiece. He also shows them the first Dharma initiative DVD (transferred from a Betamax tape), starring Pierre Chang (Francois Chau), that gives some further insight. He asks them to turn out the lights and quickly leaves, on his way to shut down other such stations.

In the second scene, we see the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute, where Hurley once stayed. Ben comes to visit patient, Walt (Malcolm David Kelley). He’s now a despondent young adult. Walt is concerned that Ben’s going to kidnap him again (ala season two).

Ben apologizes and says that he’s there to help him. He tells Walt that he has work to do, including helping his father. Walt reminds him that his father is dead. Ben replies, “That doesn’t mean you can’t help him.” Walt agrees to go with him and they walk outside and get into a familiar blue and white van. Ben gets into the driver’s seat and Walt’s happy to see Hurley waiting in the backseat.

Walt says, “I kept hoping that someday someone would come back for me. I thought I was crazy.” Hurley assures him that he’s not and says he just needs to get back to the island, where he’s always belonged. Why? Hurley says, “I need to talk to you about a job.” He asks Ben to start driving, saying “It’s time for all of us to go home.”

And that’s it. It’s short, likely shorter than most would have liked, but it does give us some small answers to outstanding questions. So what did we learn?

New Man in ChargeThough the Dharma initiative’s been inactive for 20 years, the supplies kept coming to the island because there was an automatic system set up to give coordinates on where to drop the shipments. How this was continually funded is left to our imagination. (If Charles Whidmore had known about these coordinates and drops, he could have found the island much quicker!)

In the video, Dr. Chang asks viewers not disclose his real name for security purposes, otherwise he might have to start using an alias. This explains why he introduced himself in later recordings as Dr. Marvin Candle.

The purpose of the Hydra station was to conduct behavioral and physical tests on animals and marine subjects. This explains the bunnies, polar bears, and glimpses of sharks with Dharma Initiative tattoos.

As part of their studies, they genetically altered birds (“hybirds”) and then released them into the wild to be studied. One is heard in the recording and it sounds a lot like the bird that Hurley heard say his name in season two. (Who would have thought we’d ever get an answer to this one!)

Polar bears are on the island to be tested because of their keen sense of memory and adaptability. They’re ideal for helping to test the island’s magnetic properties in some way but it’s cautioned that they’re very dangerous and cunning. We see the island cages and a helper who’s missing an arm. A leather collar is used to track and transport the bears. It’s the same sort of collar that was found on the polar bear skeleton in the Tunisian desert.

The island’s magnetism has an extremely harmful effect on females in the first trimester of pregnancy so the polar bears (and others) must not become pregnant.

The island’s other residents (“hostiles”) are used for experimentation as well. They are captured, sedated, and brought to the station. They are supposedly interrogated to better understand their way of life, how they came to be on the island, and the island deity named Jacob that they worship.

New Man in ChargeBecause the hostiles are unwilling participants, they are placed in room 23, the brainwashing room where we once saw Alex’s boyfriend, Karl. The combination of drugs, loud noises, and rapid pictures are intended to essentially erase their memory of the interrogations.

Walt is registered at the mental health facility as Keith Johnson, a similar name to the one that his father, Michael, used to get on the freighter — Kevin Johnson.

Based on what Hurley and Ben say, and perhaps even the title of the epilogue, it would seem that Walt will become Hurley’s successor. He has special abilities though we still aren’t sure exactly what they are.

Walt will be able to help his father. We last saw Michael as a spirit who was “unable to move on” because of the bad things he had done on the island. It would seem that, like the rest of the original “Losties,” Michael will get some sort of happy ending.

What do you think? Are you happy to have a few more island answers or does it just make you all the more frustrated?

 

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PS September 1, 2011 at 3:38 am

For me the show peaked at the end of season 2.
They definately jumped the shark with all the time
travel, purgatory BS they spun out in the later
shows.

But mostly I’m disappointed with what
they did with the ‘real’ John Locke character.
They built him up as this tragically sympathetic
, enigmatic figure. Only to write him out as a
pathetic failure who gets murdered in a hotel
room. That was a cheap ending for possibly THE
linchpin character of the show.

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Mike September 10, 2010 at 4:34 am

Kennan, clearly you barely even watched this show if you still don’t have answers to those hatch-related questions. And it’s Juliet, not Julianne.

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Kennan September 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Thank Mike for your name correction! Sorry-haha I keep forgetting some of the names when i write fast! Yes Juliet of course.
I watched every episode and some twice. But over the course of six years, if you do not watch them over and over you are bound to forget some. I guess i will have to go back and watch the whole thing over again, but i don’t really want to experience the emotional letdown again and wonder if i will be wasting my time. I am sure i will pick up a few things more, but i think no matter how many times i watch, some major pieces will be missing.
I realize that heiroglyphics were in Jacob’s residence in the statute and final season and all, but what i am saying is that more was made of them in the early seasons than was revealed about them in the end and we never got to see how far back the island went and if anyone had been there from ancient Egypt. I had thought what was in the hatch was a map or encoded message but we never got to really see what it said. It was made more of a mystery than it really was. That’s my view anyway, but I was not a fan who watched the show from day one more than once, except for some episodes.

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Kennan August 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Does anyone have any idea how Claire could birth Aaron in purgatory/alternate universe after she had already died and had already birthed him on the island? How could she bear him twice? Or Jack’s & Julianne’s son-where did he come from-how could he be born after they died? So was he married to Julianne right after he got to purgatory, only to find out Kate was there later on and then switched to her?
All the hyroglyphics in the hatch and on the door that Locke saw that looked like a map-did we ever really get any solid answer for them? Why was it so important to have them there? That was an answer i was really looking forward to. I haven’t seen it yet, but it is nice to hear there are several answers given in this epilogue- at least, it clears some things up, but still no solid answers for many questions and it even makes more-obviously 12 minutes can only answer so much. Why could planes fly from Guam with food and not crash like the jetliners did and how could that all be kept secret for years from Widmore and the outside world? Why was the program named Dharma Initiative and who all was involved in starting it? (Maybe that is answered in the epilogue). To me the epilogue should have been on the regular show and not later tacked on the dvd.

While i know the Lost producers said that 6 seasons were what they had originally planned, as the show went on, and so many things ended unresolved, it is clear that another several episodes were needed to make it a truly great series-it could have been the best ever if it had answered questions and made more sense-i remember the producers saying everything would have a logical explanation at the end!!

I wondered, after reading this article, if the epilogue is a hint from the writers that the show was not extended another, at least part of, if not a whole, season, when it really needed more time, because things were getting too expensive to film and viewership was not as strong as at the start and that’s why they put in there that the “home office” (studio execs) said that “their services were no longer needed”. The Dharma employees were in a hurry getting food off in time (meaning that the writers were cramming to get as many answers as they could in the season they had) and then they suddenly were told to stop (though they did know when they would stop, i wonder if they realized they needed more time and asked for it but were rejected) and ask only one question each (meaning we would get a few answers, but not all that were needed because the home office was ending things). The show had to go so a new man (new series replacing it)could be in charge! Just a thought and probably not what they were saying, but it fits the situation for those of us who felt a bit cheated out of being fed with satisfying answers!

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Ray August 26, 2010 at 11:39 am

Lost was the weakest show ever. The writers “lost their way” after the 2nd yr and didn’t know where they wanted the show to go obviously. It’s weird when you only have to watch the final episode of a long standing series and you could just hop right in along with other viewers on the last day and know what is going on. Although no one really still knows or know when watching. They had too many episodes where they were basically repeats giving us irrelevant info we either already had or didnt need to know. What a weak show.

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MK August 26, 2010 at 9:05 am

I’m with you Rashid. Mine won’t arrive till next week!

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Chris August 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

I did read it and i am glad that i did not watch it.
I still don’t get it: Why whould anyone be interested in the thoughts of a dying man? Basically that’s what the show was all about. About Jack dying.. what the heck do i need to know about figments of his imagination? At least that’s what i call them.
Strange, strange. Either i completely missed a point there or this is really dumb.

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Paul August 29, 2010 at 3:03 am

The whole show wasn’t the thoughts of Jack. A lot of people think that but it isn’t true. Everything that happened up until the Jack dies was all true. It all happened. What you see at the end of Season 6 (and right the way through) was purgatory. Completely separate to the real world and it’s where all people go when they die. It seems like they all arrived at the same time, but time has no bounds there. It’s shown by Hurley saying “You were a great number 2″ to Ben that they lived on for a long time after in the real world.

This “The New Man in Charge” is part of that real world. Stuff that goes on after the death of Jack.

Also, if this was part of Jack’s thoughts, this part happened after he died, so he couldn’t have thought it.

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Rashid August 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I totally didn’t want to read this but I HAD to!!! I am so glad I did. My Lost DVD is on the way and I can tell I won’t be disappointed by this epilogue. My only complaint with the season finale was that it didn’t involve Walt.

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