Lately I’ve become addicted to the polls section on DarkUFO’s website. If there’s a poll up, you can pretty much assume that I’ve voted in it.
While I originally thought the polls were inane—and, yes, some of them are—they’ve also given me great insight into the minds of Lost viewers at large. It’s telling me a lot about what people think about the mysteries, the couples, the producers and their silly hype, and the general nature of being a viewer.
I’ve always wondered how I fit in as a Lost viewer. Skimming posts at sites like DarkUFO and Television Without Pity, a Jater would definitely get the idea that she’s in the minority. I’ve always had the idea that the huge Lost population in general is comprised primarily of Jaters—people like my sister, my grandparents, and some of my colleagues—but that there is a large and vocal minority of Skaters/Jacketeers who defy the mainstream opinion. If I had to put an actual number on it, I’d say it’s, like, 65% Jate and 35% Skate/Jacket. Of the intense Lost internetty crowd, I’d say it’s almost flip-flopped. Just personal observation.
Now that the finale seems to have set up a new and—if you ask me—awesome potential coupling, a lot of feelings seem to have changed about the triangle. Let’s talk about shipper polling data first.
Several weeks ago, Skate was pwning Jate at any ship-related poll. When asked who Jack would get with, 60% said Juliet; Skate was polling even higher. But after the finale, things seem to have shifted a bit. When asked flat-out, “Will Juliet and Sawyer get together?” 42% said yes, with 74% of those respondents clarifying that it was “just because Jack and Kate aren’t there.”
Here’s what I have to say about that. First of all, I don’t particularly care how the obstacles to my ship get out of the way. Juliet/Sawyer (is there a ship name for them yet?) is awfully convenient, so I’m not at all hesitant to get on board. You can explain away this hookup all you want, but as long as Jack and Kate end up together at the end of the show, I’ll be just fine. Secondly, Juliet and Sawyer have at least three years on the island with Jack and Kate presumed dead. Even if they do originally hook up out of “grief,” that still gives them three years together (or roughly 12 times the days Sawyer and Kate have known each other) to build a relationship on more than that.
Later, the question was posed “What will happen to Sawyer?” 40% of respondents say, “He will start a romance with Juliet,” making this the most popular response. When asked “Who will be Sawyer’s new love interest?” 64% said Juliet, with only 24% claiming that he would “stay true to Kate.” There are still hard-core Skaters out there, but it seems like you’ve also got some wafflers and some fair-weather fans over there.
We were delightfully underwhelmed by the Sawyer/Kate “spectacular” kiss. I feel like there are three choices: (A) Darlton thought the kiss was spectacular and therefore need kissing lessons, (B) Darlton thought the situation of the kiss was spectacular, not necessarily the actual liplock itself, or (C) The spectacular kiss was Desmond/Penny all along and Darlton just put all that information out there to throw us off the Penny’s-boat-of-rescue trail.
Whichever choice it is, we felt so wonderful being wrong about that kiss. It didn’t break out hearts—you can listen to the podcast, which should be up within the next 24 hours, and hear our knee-jerk reactions, which are roughly summed up as “Meh.”
What we didn’t know was how the rest of the fandom saw the kiss.
When Dark asked what was the “most overrated finale scene,” Sawyer kissing Kate had an overwhelming majority with 59%. Nothing else even had over 10%. I would assume there are some Skaters out there who are disappointed, too. Don’t worry. Your ship ends up living together with a presh baby and a big diamond. Oh, wait! Nope, that’s mine. Sorry.
When asked specifically, “How did you feel about the spectacular kiss?” 60% say, “It was okay, just another kiss on the show.” 27% say, “It was just as amazing as Darlton promised.” What’s interesting is that if you look at the comments, several people who said it was amazing did not know that spoiler whores were practically told that the kiss was Skate. Some excerpts:
“If they were talking about the Sawyer/Kate kiss there was nothing spectacular about it. Desmond and Penny, now that was spectacular!!”
“It was awesome. Henry Ian Cusick and Sonya Walger lived up to all the hype and then some :)”
When asked explicitly, “Which kiss did you prefer?” the responses are less misleading. 16% say Skate, 56% say Desmond/Penny.
A post-finale poll begs the ultimate question: “Which is the best Lost couple?” Desmond and Penny received a majority of the votes with 52%, while (surprisingly to me) Jate edged out Skate for second with 17% over 16%. Now, for all we know, all 52% of those respondents who said they preferred Desmond/Penny could be Skaters. But what this poll does tell us is that there are more Jaters willing to sacrifice the wonder that is Desmond/Penny for our OTP. Basically, there are just more Jaters who find our ship to be the flat-out OTP of the show.
One of the most interesting mysteries to Mae, Jen, and I right now is who Adam and Eve are. We’re collaborating both on elaborating the theory that the cavepeople are Jack and Kate and proving it correct. I feel like this theory has gotten a lot of buzz about it lately in the fandom—although I can’t imagine why—and Dark did a poll about it. When asked, “Who are Adam and Eve?” 29% say Jack and Kate, while 27% say Desmond and Penny. Here’s a question I have for the fandom: Is it possible for Jack and Kate to indeed be Adam and Eve, to be inextricably tied to such an epic and longstanding part of the show’s mythology, and not be the OTP of the show?
Moving away from the ship, I thought it was interesting that a full 75% of the polling audience think Jin will get rescued by Dan and the redshirts. It sure seems logical to me, right.
Another kind of ominous poll question asked which of seven people (the Oceanic 6 plus Ben) would die first. I didn’t know who to choose—although I eliminated the three members of the Lie!Fam instantly, because, well, that would destroy Lost for me—but after thinking about it, I figured the logical answer would be Sayid. He’s in the middle of some seriously dangerous shit, for one, and also, really, who cares if Sayid dies? How many people are, like, watching Lost because Sayid’s freakin’ awesome? Anyway, that was my logic, and I was surprised to see that 59% of respondents said Sayid, too. That’s a big number! I’d be interested to know what other pollees’ logic was.
I was not surprised to hear that 84% of the poll people think that Locke left the island “to convince the O6 to return.” Again, logic. Locke loves the island; if we are to believe, as crazy Jack said, that bad stuff has been happening since the Six left, then I would expect Locke to leave the island by whatever means necessary to convince them that they need to get back to the island.
Here’s a poll that made me sad—not because of the responses, which seem pretty inconclusive, but because of the answer choices. Dark asked readers, “During this season, what really did surprise you?”
Knowing Kate’s son is Aaron
The flashback/forward of Sun and Jin
Locke was in the coffin
Sayid working for Ben
Jack and Kate living like a couple
Michael was a spy in the boat
Ben controlling the smoke monster
The only two of those big surprises that I didn’t actually know were going to happen are “The flashback/forward of Sun and Jin” and “Jack and Kate living like a couple.” I think I need to stop reading spoilers, y’all. Because even if they make you all giddy with anticipation when you read them, at the end of the day, you’re spoiled. Huh. Something to think about.
Anyway, I promise to post the podcast before I go to sleep tonight. I’m off to New York City for a little weekend vacay, but I’ll be back on Sunday with the Chaos in General take on Sex and the City: The Movie.