Following up on yesterday's post, here's a YouTube video of the top five most annoying unanswered questions from Lost:
I don't know if these are the top questions, or even if they haven't been answered. I would think the top unanswered question, in any case, would be just what was the Island? They explained somewhat (a place that holds a magical light that needs to be protected), but refused to give any clue as to its origin in the one episode that could best have dealt with it, "Across The Sea."
So here are the five questions with my comments.
1. Why was Walt so important?
This wasn't so important to me. Even if I ignore what I know from non-canonical sources, it's pretty obvious that the Others, for quite a while, had been flailing about, attempting various things under the leadership of Ben and before him Widmore, while Jacob did little or nothing to guide them. They knew all about Walt and figured he could be of help, but presumably realized it wasn't working out. Not the first time. (And we do know a bit about what happened to Walt after he got off the Island. Using the extra bit that was added after the series to explain things, which I do consider canonical, we also know he'd eventually return to the Island, where he always belonged, to help out his dad.)
2. Who was shooting at Sawyer's outrigger?
While this isn't an important question, it is very annoying. I have no doubt Cuse and Lindeloff knew where it fit (probably somewhere with Widmore's people), but chose not to show it because they didn't feel they could easily put into an episode. Inexcusable. You don't set up something like that and not pay it off. Bad plotting. Very unsatisfying.
Of course, it wasn't the only loose thread. For instance, what about Annie?
3. Who was behind the Purge?
It seemed reasonably clear that the Others were getting sick of the Dharma Initiative. Relations had always been tense, so I suppose at one point they decided they'd had enough and it was time to deal with them. The Others had cultivated Ben and he, at the very least, helped pull it off. What specific individual first came up with it I don't know, and don't particularly care about, though it sure sounds like something Widmore would plan.
4. Who was making the Dharma supply drops?
The PS film explained this, and it was exactly as I expected. The Dharma people had outsourced the drops (and presumably paid well in advance) so they kept coming.
5. How do you become a smoke monster?
This was explained in "Across The Sea," and in a very vague manner, so I can understand some confusion. It does seem, however, that you can't have a bunch of smoke monsters--once it was released (when combining with the Man In Black, who'd just killed his mom), no one going in (even a nasty person) will repeat the experience. (Imagine if it could happen. When Smokey walked in, would he be Smokey Squared?)
5a. What was the Man In Black's name?
Another annoying gambit from Cuse and Lindeloff.
PS I chanced upon this page where an evangelical scholar gives his interpretation of the final season. He believes the sideways world was a pleasant dream of the dead--a world where the plane didn't crash. In the real world, the plane crashed, they all died, and the Island was hell. I don't think this theory can hold up to scrutiny.