Listening to the splendiferous LOST Unlocked podcast with Chris and Brian and/or Brian and Chris and looking at a few message boards on the web, the question of ” What will be the title of the final LOST episode?” is being pondered and discussed.
I’m probably way off, but it is fun to think about what it might be. And I came up with this…
Why that? At first, I thought what is considered one of the signature episodes of LOST from Season One, if not the entire series? According to a large segment of the fan base, this episode is attributed to what turned them into a card carrying LOST geek. I too considered what is going on with this character who was centric to the episode, especially in light of the cast poster for Season Six.
The episode is , of course, ” Walkabout”.
Just jokingly, I thought, what is the opposite, the “mirror image”, of that title? ” Standstill” . 🙂
But then I started thinking about what is a standstill. Here are a few things I found connected to this term.
According to Merriam- Webster dictionary , a standstill (noun) is : a state characterized by absence of motion or of progress ( emphasis mine) .
“It only ends once. Anything before that… is just progress.” – Jacob ” The Incident” , Season 5 Finale
But the resolution to that progress… creates a standstill.
Then I discovered that there is a business related term called a standstill agreement. This involves the staving off of one company from another , for an agreed period of time, during a hostile takeover. Hmmm…interesting.
Next, I found out about a medical procedure that is called a standstill operation. This is the slowing down of the vitals of a patient during very delicate operations, often involving the brain. The body is brought to a hibernetic state otherwise known as ” clinically dead” . Issues of life/death on LOST? Oh, that never comes up! 😉
Investigating further, I stumbled upon an astronomical connection about a standstill involving the moon. This is a quote from Dr. Judith S.Brown, Department of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts , Amherst, about standstill (From the above link).
“WHY THE TERM ‘STANDSTILL’ ?
“The monthly range of lunar Declination changes very little from 2005-2007 and also from 2023-2026. Also during this time, the monthly range of moonrise and moonset directions changes little. The fact of little change in the outer extremes of monthly range of rising and setting directions for ~3 years is what leads to the use of the term STANDSTILL.”
Well, to my surprise, when did this most recently occur? 2005 to 2007. The same three years our Losties were gone from the Island. There are also some things about Stonehenge and other solar/lunar “calendars” in the article ( Eight sides to the solar, four to the lunar) Are they connected? Anything have to do with Daniel’s experiment? Eh, could be. Again, very interesting.
Another word synonymous with “standstill”, in the thesaurus, is the word “stalemate’. It is a chess term that signifies an impasse in the game where neither player can “win” ( checkmate). I believe there’s been a nod or two to this classic board game on LOST. 😉
And of course, it also means to halt, stop cessation. In other words : The End. 🙂
Well, that’s my crack at it. What about you? Have any ideas about what the final title of LOST might be? You can share them in comments and/or email me at email@example.com. Thanks! 8)