OK. I think I’m starting to understand. Seriously. It’s all starting to make sense.
That conversation between Miles and Hurley about time travel had to have been one of the funniest moments in the history of LOST. It was classic to see them debate the issue just as we addicts — I mean, viewers — do every Thursday morning after the show.
It was so funny that it felt like they were actually making fun of us out here in TV land for all of our theories about how people would cease to exist if someone changed the past. If only Hurley had suggested going on a message board to look for clues and then had to remind himself that he was in 1977 before the Internet existed.
Daniel Faraday had tried to explain things before using the whole record-skipping analogy, but I guess I needed Miles to help me wrap my brain around what he was talking about. So, if you are like me, and just a few episodes behind on time travel theory, this is how I picture it in my mind.
You know how the needle on a record moves around in a circle in a continuous path until it reaches the end of the album? At that point the record (just like a person’s life) stops.
But the needle for the O6ers is skipping from one groove in the record to another. Instead of going around the record following the path, it is taking a line from the outside of the record toward the middle, and then sometimes hopping backward.
As Miles explained, what is happening to them now is THEIR future, even if it happened in the past. The past events affected their future, but what happened in the future on a timeline is now the past to them because it already happened. And as we all know, whatever happened, happened.
Does that make perfect sense? Or can someone offer a better explanation?
With that theory in mind, we now assume that not only did Sayid shoot the bullet into Ben that almost killed him, but Kate and Sawyer also were responsible for helping turn him into crazy, evil, cruel, heartless Ben we know today.
Even knowing what he would become, they could not live with their conscience if they let a little boy die. And so they are responsible for handing him over to Richard Alpert, who apparently has some sort of super powers that not only can heal Ben, but also rob him of his innocence.
The really amazing twist is that the only reason Kate and Sawyer had such good hearts and nagging consciences is because of their own experiences with deserting children, which took place during the three years of their lives before they went back in time. However, the current time with young Ben is their present, so the outcome is affected by all they had learned in the future (which is now their past).
We also can place some of the blame on Jack. If he would have helped save Ben, Kate and Sawyer wouldn’t have had to take him to Richard in the first place. But, yes they would have, because whatever happened, happened. (I just wanted to blame Jack for something because he was really bugging me.)
Could all of this be the reason that Ben needed to bring everyone back to the island? Or is Jack correct when he speculated that the island wanted to make things happen the way they were supposed to happen?
This episode also revealed just a tiny bit more about Alpert’s role. He knows Ben Linus and seems to know when he takes him from Kate and Sawyer that he will have a very special role to fill and must be saved.
Alpert carries the dying Ben to a being who is more powerful than himself, most likely Jacob (or maybe the Smoke Monster?). And he also mentions that he is not accountable to Charles (Widmore) or Ellie (who I believe grows up to be Eloise Hawking). Those two apparently are the leaders of the Others at the time Ben is brought into their camp.
I still find the whole “love story” between Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Juliet to be rather annoying. But can I just say that I’m starting to really like Juliet? And Kate is really getting on my nerves. Good for her for ‘fessing up to Cassidy, as well as Carole Littleton, but enough already with all of the sighing about how “I needed Aaron.”
This week’s episode is leaving such mystery and suspense for next week.
- Will we get to find out who Jacob is?
- Will Jacob remove Ben’s heart and turn him into some sort of droid?
- Will we find out why Richard never gets any older?
- Will Juliet ever forgive Jack for his cruelty in not saving Ben?
- Will Sawyer fall back in love with Kate?
- Will Roger Linus try to become a better father?
- Will Daniel come back, and if he does, will he still be wearing that skinny tie?
- And can we see more of Miles in the future? He is starting to become one of my favorite characters.
I can’t wait to hear YOUR thoughts about this week’s LOST!
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