“Lost” monster revealed

So we finally know for sure what the “monster” looks like: a big, angry black cloud.

What’s up with that?

We first spied the beast in Season 1, but it looked more like a shadow of something than a real something. Then, last season, there was the chilling encounter between Mr. Eko and the cloud when they came nose-to-nose.

But the cloud decided to attack tonight, just like it did when it killed the pilot in Season 1, snuffing out Mr. Eko. Eko whispered to Locke in his dying breath that Locke and the others were next.

(By the way, remember all the references to “black smoke” and its danger from Rousseau.)

Oh, and there was spooky eye-patch guy on the monitor in the Pearl hatch, who seemed to be peering back at the castaways.

But is all this enough to keep up the waning interest in “Lost”? Certainly, ABC must be regretting the decision to put in this “miniseries” instead of going full-bore through the month of November. “Lost” has been steadily bleeding viewers — viewers who apparently have moved over to CBS’ sophomore series “Criminal Minds.”
Next week is the final episode before “Lost” returns in February. In its place is the mind-numbing “Day Break.”

12 Comments

  1. Kim said,

    November 2, 2006 at 11:52 am

    Even I, a diehard Lost fan, am getting frustrated with being strung along. Can’t we just get the answer to something…anything? The black smoke…I entertained the thought that it might represent the bad side of someone, getting the better of himself. But you just reminded me of the pilot, who wasn’t a major character and who we know relatively nothing about. Oh well. I will say I’m hooked on Heroes, 30 Rock and Ugly Betty this season, so that will get me through until Lost starts up again full-bore.

    P.S. I read Watchmen and it does lend a lot of insight to Lost. Thanks for the find!

  2. Susan said,

    November 2, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    Glad you liked “Watchmen.”
    I’m getting more and more concerned about the direction of “Lost.” Last night, “Criminal Minds” beat the show in both overall viewers and the ad-friendly 18-49.
    That’s not good.
    And this whole subplot involving The Others is getting tiresome to me. Ben and girl-who-looks-like-Jack’s-former-wife are boring to me.

  3. Will said,

    November 2, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    I have to agree that it seems like the catch every week is, just wait until next week! Seriously how many more weeks should we wait? Ben and Blonde lady are tiresome and not engaging in any way I can think of. I thought the direction was moving more towards reality and less towards the supernatural/non believable until we saw the smoke pick Eko up and impersonate all the people Eko killed…come on now..are we all this desperate for supernatural involvement in our favorite shows. Hey big surprise the xrays are Bens…worst kept secret in the entire series. Don’t talk about Desmond seeing the future but reveal the xrays are Bens…great idea. How about a little less lines in the water?

  4. vALORIE said,

    November 8, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO GET THE APRON THAT KATE WORE IN THE FLASHBACK WITH NATHAN FILLION IN THE LAST EPISODE. I REALLY WANT IT OR ONE LIKE IT THANKS

  5. Big Potato said,

    December 1, 2006 at 10:43 am

    Lost is getting so much more exciting! My theory of the Black Smoke is that it is a creature that can show your past inside it’s smoke form or take the physical form of your past like Eko’s brother, Jacks’s dad, Kate’s black horse and everyone else. Notice how they all do the same thing by walking away and trying to lead them somewhere and it done that to Eko and turned into it’s primary form and killed him. We will find out a lot more about it later in the season. Thats my theory. The eye patched dude however confuses me though I think it’s cool that Desmond can see into the future.

  6. Irene said,

    January 20, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Ok Iam in to the 3rd season now in Australia .Hi from down under!
    But OK the monsster is the black smoke I get that but whaon earth is the black smoke
    Soe times I get so !!! trying to figure the whole think out. It was a Major topic with family and friends.Can somre one help please , Ok for any smarties out there in the big apple or where ever WE Aussies can be cleaver, But Iam as LOST as the people on the Island. Can not wait for a reply an some answers thank you .

    Irene From down Under

  7. fraser said,

    March 3, 2007 at 8:21 am

    hey Losties well any way i think there are two “monsters” i think there is the black smoke and i thing and i also think there is a mechanical one aka the security system that Rousseau spooke about throughout series one as if you listen when it tries to take locke down the hole it sounds like something retracting perhaps it chose to grab locke as he was the one to find the hatch and the others didnt want him to show the other survivors also if you notice that when the plane first crashes and you see the trees moving theyre being pushed over whereas with the smoke it kind of fires them into the air.

  8. Jimbo said,

    April 3, 2007 at 9:15 am

    I agree with Kim. I am now hooked on “Heroes” but still am hanging in there with Lost. Remember ABC’s “Twin Peaks” and how it kept stringing people along. Why does ABC have a habit of doing this? This series has become so open-ended that one single episode to wrap it up “if” it was cancelled would be nothing less than contrived.

    It’s pretty obvious to me that the “monster” is similar to the sphere (it was called Rover) in the old “Prisoner” series in that it can travel to different places to “enforce” whatever agenda “it” has. How to explain the monster (if it ever is) seems to be proving a problem to the Lost writers as it was to the writers of The Prisoner. It is so mysterious that any definition of what it is would make it what people call in the business a “tomato surprise.”

    And it is true that shows which “string you along” will eventually die because of lack of movement in the plotline. I know that a lot of us are feeling cheated. All I gotta say is that I am wondering how much longer Lost will be with us.

  9. Kim said,

    April 4, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    To go back to the Watchmen parallel, in the comic book a monster is developed that releases a psychic shockwave. I wonder if this monster is somehow psychically endowed. It would explain a lot. I suppose, then, the monster could represent the darkest inner recesses of your own mind.

  10. Jimbo said,

    April 6, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Good Point. Forbidden Planet (the movie) was based on a premise like that. A monster created from energy which was conjured by the Id.

  11. els said,

    April 19, 2007 at 4:27 am

    I think the black ‘monster’ may be the shadow people who do actually exist,they can be seen as black smoke,shadows and be in forms of animals or people.

  12. daniel keating said,

    October 8, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    WHAT IS THE MONSTER IN LOST MAN I REALLY WANT TO KNOW. WHY DUNT LOCK TELL ANYTHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE HE SAW WHAT ITWAS REALY LIKE WHEN HE TRIPPED OVE AND LOOKED UP AND SAW IT PLEASE TELL THANKS P.S. IF U NO LOL=LOTS OF LAUGHS