Friday, 28 May 2010

Weekly Image - Two Halves, One Whole

Friday, 21 May 2010

Lost - UK Finale Air Date & Time

Just a short update for all my fellow UK fans.

The finale will be shown simultaneously to the American time.

Sky 1, Monday 24th May 2010, 5am to 7:30am.  Set your alarm clocks early, or host an all-night Lost party - take the day off work, do WHATEVER it takes, but watch Lost with the rest of the world!!

A whopping 8 countries will be simultaneously watching Lost on the "23rd" (see what they did with the numbers there?) - the U.S., the U.K., Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Turkey and Canada.  You'd think they planned it this way!

Oh wait, they did. For months now ABC and Darlton have been saying they wished the entire world to view Lost simultaneously, hence the move to such a weird date. However, for some unknown reason, Sky in the U.K. were late to the party. Their loss in viewing figures and advertising revenues for this blatant tardiness are not my concern - I'm just glad the news finally broke that we will be getting the finale at the same time as everyone else!

For those that can't handle the early morning / late night, the show will be repeated twice - Tuesday 25th May 2010 at 9pm and again on Friday 28th May 2010 at 9pm.

And finally, for the sceptics that think I am making this up - here is some source for you all. Enjoy.

(This news brings forward the final Lost Blogging Collective Q&A by a few days, but hopefully we will still get a good turnout for the final few.)

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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Lost Blogging Collective Q&A - Week 13

This third-to-last Lost Blogging Collective QnA deals with death - the death of Lost, the death of Lost Blogs and the potential death of the Lost Characters. However, some hope does remain, as we look forward to maybe seeing a few of our old friends in the finale. Without further ado, here are the questions:

1) What are your post-Lost plans? Will you continue writing about Lost, or is that it, over, done, finito?

2a) How do you rate the following character's chances of surviving the finale : Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Claire, Frank, Ben, Richard, Miles, Desmond, Cindy, Zack, Emma, Charles Widmore, "Smokey".

2b) How do you rate the following character's chances of appearing in the finale : Walt, Penny, young Charlie, Rose, Bernard, Vincent.

1) My post Lost plans are that I plan to keep Room 23 going and expanding to other shows. Room 23 will be used to report on things like what projects the different actors and Darlton are working on and Lost related projects like the DVD set, The DK Encyclopedia, and any other Lost stuff that ABC makes without Darlton (You know that they will). Also I plan on merging all of the stuff on my Media & Spoiler pages with the main page after the finale. I started a FlashForward blog before that premiered, but now that, that is canceled I plan on turning it into another show blog. Maybe a few like Fringe, V and GLEE? Still figuring that out. But mostly I plan on focusing on producing designs/new products for my store ( More Lost and branching out to other things like Fringe, V, GLEE and other shows along with creating my own stories and characters.

2a) & b) You know I could pretend that I don't know what I know and answer those questions, but I know too much. So out of respect for all of you I respectfully decline to answer these two questions.

1) Well up til recently, I was getting into writing about FlashForward, but since they just cancelled it, I'm going to look into V.

2a) Jack, Desmond, Hurley, Ben, Sawyer, Emma, Widmore, Smokey, Richard, Miles, Zack, Frank, Cindy, Claire, Kate.

2b) Vincent, Penny, Walt, Bernard, young Charlie, Rose.

1) I will continue to write about LOST for as long as there is something to write about.  I plan my own re-watch and I go back to my original notes and add to them (maybe in different color font or print to discern the new additional notes).

2a) For most of them I don’t think it looks good. I think Jack will have a role until one of the last possible moments but may find his destiny leads to something he didn’t expect.

2b) Chances look good for Walt, Penny, Rose, Bernard and Vincent. I don’t know about young Charlie.

Sagacious Penguin @ Stuff And Nonsense

1) I'd love to keep writing on LOST once the show is over -- particularly a conclusive analysis of the show's more open-ended mysteries and what they added to the overall narrative.

2a) Chances of surviving the finale:

-- Jack 50% -- Either he's destined to sit on the Island for eternity as the new Jacob, or he's destined to somehow give his life to put an end to this destructive cycle!

-- Kate 30% -- She'll sacrifice herself to reunite Claire and Aaron.

-- Sawyer 30% -- He'll sacrifice himself for the good of the rest.

-- Hurley 80% -- He'll lead those who actually escape the Island.

-- Claire 90% -- She's gotta get back to Aaron, right?

-- Frank 0% or 100% -- IF he somehow survived the Submarine sinking, then he's untouchable and he's flying that Ajira plane off the Island.

-- Ben 40% -- Not sure why he'll die, but as someone guilty of SO much, it sure seems he's gotta!

-- Richard 10% -- If anyone deserves release from loooooong life, it's Richard!

-- Miles 60% -- Poor Miles. He hasn't had anything to do for a long time. And I can't see him having much of anything to don in the finale. If he dies, it'll be for the shock value.

-- Desmond 50% -- Like Jack he'll either sacrifice himself through a lifetime of keeping the Island going, or he'll die for the sake of existence as we know it.

-- Cindy, Zack, Emma 90% -- I can't see them killing those kids, and SOMEONE needs to take care of them.

-- Charles Widmrore 20% -- The guy's the closest thing to an all-rotten character this show has! Even if he's on the side of preventing the end of all existence, we've never been given any reason to be sympathetic for him. He'll be killed by either Smokey or Ben to put an end to his power-hungry quest and it'll feel great!

-- The MIB as Smokey 0% -- He's not escaping, and he's not going to sit quiet for another Millennia, so he's gotta go to end this show. What WOULDN'T surprise me is if someone else's consciousness had to willingly take over for the MIB's dead self... like maybe JOHN FREAKING LOCKE'S!

2b) Chances of appearing in the finale:

-- Walt, Penny, Young Charlie, Rose, Bernard, Vincent 95% -- Sure there's a chance one or more of these will slip through the cracks, but knowing LOST and how much it loves all its characters, I can't imagine all of these guys not making some kind of appearance!

1) I have to write my season 6 book (link) for the Finding Lost series, so yes, I will definitely continue writing on it! I'm actually looking forward to the long and extensive post-finale discussions on my blog. And I'm also hoping, maybe in two years' time, to write a book that covers the entirety of Lost, not episodically, which is the way I've covered it off in the Finding Lost series, but thematically, looking at the show as one complete text. I think that would be a lot of fun.

2a) Ack!! Oh my... I'm assuming this is island world only, because I believe the people in the sideways world will be fine... and if the island world has to be sacrificed in order to move things to the sideways world, then maybe they'll ALL be obliterated!! But if that DOESN'T happen, then here are my picks in order of most likely to least likely to die on the island:

Frank, Charles Widmore, Cindy, Zack, Emma (oh no! Children!), Smokey, Miles, Sawyer, Claire, Richard, Ben, Kate, Hurley, Desmond, Jack.

2b) Again, from most likely to appear to least likely:

Penny, Vincent, Rose, Bernard, young Charlie, Walt.

What, no Eko? Am I the only person left holding out hope we'll see him again? Wah. I would love to see him again. ;) with the sideways world, I just keep holding out hope that we'll see him over there. Fingers crossed!!

1) I still don't know what I will do with my Lost blog after the show ends.  It really all depends on the finale.  If it's as stimulating as the season 4 finale then I could be blogging about Lost for months afterwards.  But there's a chance that I might just sit back and enjoy the finale and feel no need to re-analyze everything.

2a) Jack - 100% dead.
Kate - complete mystery to me. I have no idea what the writers have planned for her, but I'm pretty sure it will be big and in the face of all those Kate haters.
Sawyer - 75% chance of death, (but I'm sure we'll get an off-Island happy ending.)
Hurley - 10% chance of death. Chewie never died... in the movies.
Claire - Hopefully dead, I'd say 60%.
Frank - Haha, I think this guys already dead.
Ben - 80%, I love the guy, but whatmore can he do.  I just hope he gets to trick one more person before he dies.
Richard - 95%, this guy might be cursed with living, but he really just wants to die.
Miles - Hey I forgot about him. 75% chance, but I'll bet if he does die it will be one of those episode opening things before the LOST title card.
Desmond - 1% chance of death.  I can't even pretend that I'm being objective here.
Cindy, Zach, Emma - I don't think it matters anymore, we probably won't see them again.
Widmore - 100% chance of death, he'll probably take someone down with him, someone like Ben, Miles or Sawyer.
Smokey - 100% dead.  It would be too open-ended if Smokey lived.

2b) Walt - Don't get me started.  I don't even want to guess.
Penny & Charlie 2.0 - 99%.  It's that 1% that's killing me.
Rose & Bernard - Well my Adam & Eve theory didn't pan out, so I'm guessing they'll show up.
Vincent - 100%.  I don't think I'm alone in thinking that the show will end with Vincent in the final scene.  He's pretty much our Constant.

1) Assuming the finale is in the same mind-blowing stratosphere that "The Incident" was, I plan on re-watching the entire series to see what I missed the first time around. After that, rumor has it that Dr. Drew is going to setup a LOST rehab facility for those of us who need our weekly fix, so I plan on signing up along with celebrity fans Jimmy Kimmel and Mary Carey.

2a) In the original timeline, I believe only Jack will survive. It seems to me that whoever controls the island tends to purge the people living on the island whenever they discover too many answers. I just hope the LOST writers don't take a page from their own book and try to purge us LOST fans "The Ring Style" once we watch the finale and learn all the answers.

2b) I believe all of the above will appear in the finale except Walt. Walt is probably 6 foot at this point and that growth is probably too difficult to explain even on this show. The show began with Vincent waking up Jack so I think it would be poetic if Jack became Jacob's successor and slipped Vincent a drink of the ageless wine so they can protect the island together. Then we can have a LOST followup series depicting Vincent's attempt to find a loop hole so he can die because he can't stand an eternity of Jack's crying.

Ernie @ Gulf Coast Offense

1) I'm not sure how much I'll continue to write about Lost, but I'll certainly still read what others have to say about it. I'm sure, every now and then I'll see something that will spark an idea or that I'll feel I need to pass along to others, but with no new content, I'm sure after a little while we'll all have exhausted analyzing this show ... then again, probably not.

2a) I think 100% Jack will survive. All indications are that he is the candidate. Others, I'm not so sure about. I'd put Hurley's chances as next best for survival. Going through the list, I think Kate and/or Claire will survive and leave the island. Somebody's gotta take care of baby Aaron. I'll put Claire's chances of leaving the island better, as I feel Kate might stay to be with Jack if given the choice. There are two on the list that are most likely to have a heroic death: Sawyer and Desmond. Widmore said that Des would have to make a sacrifice. Will that be himself or his life with Penny and Charlie? Sawyer has been in the Han Solo role for years and Harrison Ford always felt that it would have fit that character better if he died saving his friends. I think this is the end for Sawyer.

Looking at the rest of the list, I think Frank is already a goner and Richard would welcome death. I don't see a nice ending for any of Richard's group actually (Ben and Miles). I doubt we'll see a resolution with Zach, Emma and Cindy, so can we assume they are dead or just living out their days on the island, ala Bernard and Rose? For Widmore, many fans would like to see him die, so I think we will. For Smokey, I don't think he'll die, but we'll get another version of him. Perhaps another character from the list above?

Man, I'm predicting a lot of death in the finale.

2b) I rate Penny the highest (99%), so young Charlie will probably make an appearance too. The rest are slimmer. Rose and Bernard, unless they appear in the sideways world again, I don't see reappearing on the island. The same for Vincent. I think his story is done. I'd love some resolution with Walt, but it would be tough to fit in the story now with the actor being older now, so I'm going to put him at the slim chance of 15%.

1) My post LOST plans: As of now, I will be still blogging, on occasion, for my LOST blog (It's About Bunnies). I will also be part of a rewatch "collective" being hosted by Bonnie Covel of the LOST blog on Heath Solo and I will still be podcasting together on The Film List, where I'm sure we will "talk LOST" frequently (it's in our DNA now, I think) and possibly continuing The LOST Revisited Now podcast. We shall see...

2a) and b) Wasn't sure about what "system" to rank them with. So, I'll just go in order of "Least Likely to Most Likely to Survive the Finale/Show Up in Finale":

Who Will Survive ( Least to Most Likely)

1. Frank ( I think that door "did him in" :( )
2. Ben
3. Richard
4. Sawyer
5. Miles
6. Cindy
7. "Smokey"
8. Charles Widmore
9.  Desmond
10. Kate
11. Hurley
12. Claire
13. Jack
14. Emma
15. Zach

Appearing in Finale ( Least to Most Likely)

1. Young Charlie
2. Penny
3. Walt
4. Rose and Bernard
5. Vincent

1) Oh! I don't have any post-Lost plans. :-(

I'm in severe denial. I am about 8 episodes behind in blogging....but it will be hard to keep their reviews "clean". I guess I'll get on with those and then maybe have a wrap up overview?

2a) Jack, Hurley, Miles and Desmond will make it -- I hope!
Kate should make it - someone needs to raise Aaron and Claire, well...unless it's off-Island Claire, it would be better for her not to have access to Aaron.
Frank, Ben, Richard, Cindy, Zack, Emma, Charles and Smokey are all goners. Although I am less sure about Frank since he's sort of by the wayside.
I have a hard time guesstimating because there are more than one version of some of these characters so...I can't decide which side will live and which not. But there you have it.
Island Claire will die.

2b) Walt = no
Penny = yes
Young Charlie = yes
Rose & Bernard = no
Vincent = no -- though I really want to see him!

1) After Lost I plan on turning my attention fully onto the unanswered mysteries and trying to make an educated guess at the answers.  This will be taken care of at the website , which was my original blog. It will be revamped of course.  As for Super Duper Stream, it will continue with some Lost updates, but will return to the original agenda of being a stream of my conciousness - boxing updates, comic book updates, movie news and gossip, music discussion, etc etc. Rest assured, I won't be going away, and hopefully most of the Lost Blogging Collective will stick around and guest-spot on each others blogs, maybe do a monthly Q&A or something like that.

2a) In order of most likely to survive to least likely to survive - Sawyer (100%) - He has already done the heroic sacrifice thing a few times now, he deserves some kind of break. I can see Jack dying in the end and Sawyer having to step up as the new 'Jacob', or else having to lead everyone off Island. Desmond (100%) - As much as I am neutral to him, he is a definite fan-favourite and is clearly the central character of this season. Jack (90%) - Most likely will survive as the next 'Jacob', but there is a slight chance he will need to make a final sacrifice to save everyone and Sawyer will be forced to step up. Claire (80%) - Has been through too much to die at this point, but isn't the most loved character around. Seems to be friends with everyone, including "Smokey", so that stands her in good stead. Ben (80%) - Far too good a character to just be neglected all season and die at the end. Has something big in store, which might result in the ultimate sacrifice to turn him full-fledged hero, but I imagine he will just con his way off-Island as is his usual M.O. Cindy, Zack and Emma (75%) - Nothing much has been seen, heard or done with these characters, so it would be nice to see them get a happy ending. No need to kill them, but also no urgent need to specifically save them. Richard (60%) - Again would serve no reason to kill him, and he is a fan-favourite, but also has nothing left to live for. Would be nice to see him accept his role as adviser/partner with the new 'Jacob', but in a more powerful and rewarding capacity. I want him to have a happy ending, but they need to kill somebody. Kate (60%) - Suffers from the fact that Claire is back on the scene. Her bullet-wound says that she is safe, plus the fact she is one of THE main characters, but again there would be no huge loss if she died. Miles (50%) - Can't get a read on him. His potential was wasted, so whether that earns him a happy ending, or leads to him being thrown to the wayside, who can tell. "Smokey" (50%) - Again, simply can't choose with this guy. He's either the hero or the villian, and will thusly either survive or die. Who knows? I can't decide whatsoever. Frank (20%) - I simply refuse to believe that was his death, it was so understated. I expect him to wash up on shore any second now, but I guess we have to take a lot of things at face value this season. This isn't a Jin situation, there won't be a next season to find out whether he truly died or not. Charles Widmore (20%) - Has no reason to survive. Doesn't know half as much as he thinks he does, isn't loved by anybody, neither fan nor character. Has lived a selfish life no matter what he postulates. And finally, Hurley (10%) - A necessary sacrifice. He is the ultimate fan favourite, someone gut-wrenchingly loved simply HAS to die, and who better fits that bill than Hurley? Plus, he has made peace with his Mum, with his Dad, met Libby again, he has had his fill of happy endings. As much as I don't want to see it, it makes perfect sense that Hurley would die.

2b) In terms of most likely to be seen running down to least likely, we have Vincent (70%) - Hey, it may be wishful thinking, but I know I am not alone in thinking there MUST be something more to Vincent! Rose & Bernard (60%) - It's tradition, but what would be the point? They had their ending. At least Vincent has some sort of mystery surrounding him. Walt (50%) - I actually think he is more along the 75% lines, but simply because I think it would be very anti-climatic, and the writers probably know this, his score is lowered. Finally, Penny & young Charlie (40%) - Again, there is a good chance of them arriving and giving Desmond his happy ending, but then again, the only way I can see them arriving is in some kind of danger - our pulses are already running so high I doubt the writers would do that to us!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Lost - The Tarantino Of TV

Hello all,

I have a series of Lost analysis posts planned, but as I am running out of free time to write them up properly, I thought I would give you dedicated readers a sneak preview of what is in store.

I have maintained that the secret to Lost's success isn't any one individual storyline or character - instead, it is the fact that Lost has managed to harness so much into so small a medium. While Quentin Tarantino movies work because the writer/director/actor is such a dedicated fan of film that he can pick and choose various aspects of the thousands of movies he has viewed and pull them together into one work of art, so too are the Lost creators a fan of stories, myths and ideas.

Take, for instance, the recent reveal that the essence of Lost, of The Island, of the Smoke Monster, of everything is nothing more than a bright, golden light. This vague thing is the centre of so many interconnecting storylines and characters, and sounds awfully familiar to me:

Or how about those Season 3 stars, Nikki and Paulo. Characters introduced years into a show's life that we are expected to believe have been there all along and to now accept as an integral part of the storyline. The water was tested in Season 3 and was met with rabid, mixed response - most of it may have been venomous, but the writer's persevered, giving Nikki and Paulo a decent send off and referencing them in future seasons. The trick was tried again and succeeded more successfully in Seasons 5 and 6 with Jacob and "the man in black". But, perhaps Nikki and Paulo weren't the original litmus test for this storytelling device. Perhaps we have seen something like this before:

I will return to both the worlds of Quentin Tarantino and Joss Whedon in the future, but for now I would like to concentrate on three other works of fiction from which Lost has drawn influence, and try to use these as a framework for possible directions in which the Series finale will go in. These three are Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus", Brian Michael Bendis' "The House Of M" and Paul Jenkins' "Sentry".

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Darlton

To boil it down to it's essence, the movie "The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus" is a story of two competing sides, one dressed primarily in black and attempting to trick people into choosing the dark side of their soul, and one dressed primarily in white who has been tricked himself into convincing people to choose the light side of their soul.

A lot of the movie is left to personal interpretation, but what is clear is that there are two worlds accessible by a mirror portal. In one world, life goes on - people drink, argue and attempt to survive. A small group attempt to open up the rest of the world's eyes to another world, a world of storytelling and imagination. In the other world, people are given the choice to start afresh, to choose their own personal chance at redemption or to give in to human greed and sin.


There is a lot here to entertain the Lost fan, and there are plenty of parallels to be made with each world. If Lost ends in a similar fashion to "Imaginarium", then we will see some of our survivors killed off by their own greed and weakness, while some will be given a fresh life as reward for their goodness. In the end, Jacob and Smokey will chalk the game up as a loose draw and moot on whether to play another game with people's lives and their mortality.

The House Of Darlton

Marvel comics have a tradition of one large, over-arching storyline every year or so. In 2005 this took the form of "The House Of M". One hugely powerful character, The Scarlet Witch, suffers terrible losses in her life and breaks down mentally, creating an alternative world in which everyone's deepest desire comes true. The dead come back to life, old friends become enemies and old enemies become friends. Two people, for unknown reasons, are aware of the fakeness of this world. Together they help 'awaken' the others.

Many moral debates are thrown up due to this situation - how can we believe which world is real? How can we choose between our wife in the original world and our wife in the new world? If given a choice, which world would you prefer to live in, and is this different from where you should be living? What if someone exists in one world and not the other?

If Lost follows the "House Of M" storyline, then it will most likely end with most people agreeing that, although it was more painful, the 'real' world is the correct one and that they must restore order by defeating the huge unstoppable power, or at least trying to make it see sense. Assuming this power is Smokey, then it will most likely declare in a fit of childish rage that humanity should be wiped out and attempt to do so.

(Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Fake Locke)

Finally, we reach perhaps the toughest concept to wrap our heads around. While "Imaginarium" dealt with otherworlds, and "House Of M" dealt with otherworlds in which we are unsure of what is real, "Sentry" is another comic creation that bends, warps, destroys, rebuilds and decimates all concepts of reality and sense in every possible way.

The Sentry is a creation whose origins not even he fully knows or understands. He is a man, Robert Reynolds. He is a hero, The Sentry. And he is a villain, The Void. His memories have been altered and tampered with by, presumably, drugs, his enemies, his friends and himself. His advisers include a psychotically evil schizophrenic, a God of war, a comic book writer who claims to have created him, the split-personality Hulk, his sometimes-dead wife and his own fragile, shattered personality.

Following this haphazard storyline, a basic theme emerges - either the man (Reynolds, Locke) got too powerful too quick and created personas (Sentry, Void, Jacob, MIB) to fight against each other and cancel each other out so that his power could never fully be used for good or evil. While Void and Sentry fight and confuse each other to in turns attempt to destroy the world and to stop the world from being destroyed, so too do Jacob and MIB fight to prove each other wrong and in turns prevent the world's destruction or try to cause the world's destruction.

The other theory is that the three beings are completely one - that everything is a construct of an incredibly destroyed mind. This could lead to an ending similar to a fan-favourite - that of the Lost world being the construct of a game-loving mentally diseased patient somewhere in Santa Rosa.

My own thoughts on the extremely confusing matter is that Jacob, fearful of his powers, has created MIB, the whole 'game' of The Island and a certain wildcard character, John Locke, to both contain himself and act as a backdoor to escape from insanity. Whether one side of his moral coin will win, or whether he will continue to eternally outwit hisself and cancel his several personalities out forevermore, remains to be seen.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Lost Blogging Collective Q&A - Week 12

Aloha all, very sorry for the tardiness - real life, yadda yadda. Let's put it behind us and move on with the Q&A which should hopefully make it to the end of the series without any more hiccups (cross your fingers and toes everyone!).

Here are the questions and the answers =) enjoy!

1) Sayid has made some difficult choices in the past. Is there hope for him yet? Did he kill Desmond? Does he deserve a happy ending? Do you even WANT to see him redeemed?

2) Jack has to make some difficult choices ahead. He seems pretty certain that thwarting Smokey is the right thing to do, and that this will be accomplished by him staying on the Island. Will he remain on the Island if it means that no-one else can leave? Will he remain on the Island if it means that David ceases to exist on any dimension, assuming he learns of his existence?

1) There is hope for Sayid. He will probably never be the same man he was, but what's left of him will be able to acknowledge this and (I'm guessing) sacrifice himself for what the man he used to be thought was right. Anyone willing to redeem themselves, deserves a happy ending, but at this point, going out on the side of "good" is all I think Sayid will be able to attain.

2) I think Jack now intends to stay on-Island until he knows exactly why he was brought there - no matter what the consequences are for himself or the others. Regarding David -- I was recently going back and forth in my head over whether the show's endgame will be the end of the Altered Universe to save the Original Timeline or whether it will be the death of the Original Timeline with the characters having their memories OT memories in the Altered Universe. In interviews, Darlton have described what they want the tend to feel like: and I believe the tones bittersweet, beautiful, and/or moving were indicated in those interviews. This tone seems entirely appropriate to me, so the thought that everyone might go on happily ever after in the AU at the end no matter how much tragedy takes place in the OT doesn't really sit well with me. It would be far more bittersweet, profound, and moving if the characters willingly sacrifice their (happier) AU existences to accept the reality of what goes down in the OT - rain or shine - things as they were meant to be. If this is the case, everyone's going to have a tough choice on their hands, but Jack more than anyone. But at this point, I think he's ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. Bye-bye, David...

Paul @ Room 23

1) I believe that there is hope still for Sayid, I really doubt that Sayid shot Desmond, but if he by chance did, it could be that that well holds the energy that has caused all of the healings on the island and that Desmond would be healed right after being shot, which would also help to shock Sayid out of his MIB control. But ether way this show is about redemption and one way or another Sayid will receive some sort of redemption. I could see/speculate him making some grand sacrifice to save the remaining candidates thus buying his redemption and helping him to be with Nadia in the afterlife.

2) I would assume that since Lost is about a battle of good vs evil Jack will need to do a number of things in order to stop MIB. I would assume that he will become aware of the Alt world and will have to some how ether choose between the two or to combine them. While a difficult decision I have faith that he will ultimately make the correct decision. I would guess that whatever the outcome there will be a chance in the end for some to leave and some to stay though.

1) In regards to Sayid, I think there is still hope for him.  I do not think he killed Desmond and because he somehow managed to fight the "evil within" to do that, I think he might be okay.  Or he might be killed off sometime before the end.  I think that I would like to either see Sayid redeemed and happy or see him killed in a heroic way.

2) When Jack makes up his mind about a decision, he has always been hell-bent on seeing that decision through.  (i.e., "We have to go back Kate!!!")  Jack thinks he is not supposed to leave the island, but if it means everyone else cannot leave either (if that is, in fact, what THEY want to do) I think he would struggle with that.  If on-island Jack discovers David, however, I think that would be enough to change his mind especially after the last episode, where it seemed like he and David were finally connecting.  That is something he seriously lacked with his own father, so I think he would do anything to have that with his own son.