Lost: The End

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you didn’t watch the series finale of Lost, which aired Sunday, May 23.
The End.
I loved the artistry, the closure and the storytelling of ending it that way. Jack back in the spot in the jungle where he had landed in the premiere. Vincent at his side. His eye closes for the last time while the plane, now intact and full of friends, flies overhead.
I’m not so sure about gathering everyone in the church for a reunion. But what else could the writers have done? It felt like they just wanted to find a neat way to tie up loose ends and make the viewers happy. To me, it seemed silly to see them sitting so perfectly, without giving us an explanation of what happens next.
Are they dead? Are they in heaven? Will they go on living? Are they still alive in their other reality? Are they only alive in their memories? Can they ever leave the church and continue living together?
We are all left to interpret Christian Shephard’s explanation of it all:
“Everything that ever happened to you is real. All those people in the church, they’re real, too,” he said. “Everyone dies sometime kiddo. Some of them before you. Some of them long after you… This is a place that you all made together so that you could find one another.

“The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people,” Christian says. He explains they are all there for one reason: “To remember…. and to let go.”

We knew our questions wouldn’t be answered. And I’m satisfied they did answer the big questions of the night and left us to ponder the overall meaning. If they had wrapped it up any more nicely, it would have felt like a let-down to walk away without our imaginations still stirring about what it all meant.

And that’s the question. What did it all mean?
To me, it was a story about second chances.
Just as ancient civilizations wrote myths and legends using people to explain basic tenets of human nature, that is what the Lost writers did through the passengers of Oceanic 815.
I loved that the final message was about the power of forgiveness. It brings reconciliation, restoration, hope and a second chance at life.
Throughout the six seasons, viewers asked themselves: “Who are the bad guys?”
Everyone in the show was highly flawed. They were all full of good and evil. They had let the circumstances of life affect not only their actions, but their attitudes and outlook on life.
But just because life deals some people a bad hand, so to speak, they still have a choice of which way to go. It’s never too late to start over. Yes, what happened, happened. But that doesn’t mean that someone can’t change the future. There’s always a second chance.
“Nothing is irreversible,” Kate tells Jack, and at the same time explains to the viewers this is what the show is about. We have been told for so long by Eloise Hawking/Widmore that we can’t change the past. But we finally learn from the Queen of Bad Choices and Running from the Past that we can, indeed, change the future.
And no matter how badly someone has inflicted pain, they can be forgiven. I loved how the two lives of the characters were merging in both realities to show us that despite how evil they might have been on the island, the off-island characters could now see the good in each other. They could see they were just people. Not perfect. But still worthy of kindness and love.
Jack could see John Locke, a total stranger, as a flawed, helpless human being. He didn’t know him. He didn’t know his past. And yet, he was someone he wanted to help. On the other side, Locke had been literally consumed by all that is evil.
The Smoke Monster was the living example of what happens when bitterness and hatred take over someone’s being. The Man in Black is stripped of all that is good and is left with only black smoke to inhabit other people’s bodies.
While Jack was using his scalpel to save Locke and give him a better life, FLocke was using his knife to try to destroy Jack.
I loved watching the characters coming together off island and experiencing their awakenings. My favorite was Sawyer and Juliet in such a touching moment when he hands her the candy bar and remembers their entire life together, including the moment when he let go of her hand and she fell in the pit.
“Juliet, it’s me,” Sawyer said. “I gotcha. I gotcha, baby.”
My second and third favorite moments were when Charlie’s drug-induced eyes clear as he remembers Claire, and when Sun and Jin remember their lives and start speaking perfect English.
I also loved that the writers gave us the obvious by letting Jack volunteer to be the protector of the island, but then turn it on its side and give the job to Hurley. And how sweet when he made Ben his second in command.
Finally, the finale emphasized the point that had been a recurring theme throughout the past six years: free will vs. destiny. Jacob’s mother didn’t give him a choice about his life, and Jacob seemed to be following his mother’s example by pushing the Losties toward the island. But in the end, he did offer a choice. He let them decide who should take over his job.
And then Hurley realizes he doesn’t have to rule the same way Jacob did. He could find a better way. I loved that.
Best quotes to explain the message of the show:
Desmond: “No one can tell you why you’re here, Kate. Certainly not me.”
Jack to John before the surgery: “There’s always the chance I could kill you, but I’m trying to make you feel better. I’ll see you on the other side.”
Desmond to Jack: “You’re going to lower me into that light, and I’m going to go someplace else… a place where we can be with the ones we love and we don’t have to be on this island ever again. You are in that place, Jack… We sat next to each other on Oceanic 815. It never crashed.”
Hurley to Sayid: “I think you’re a good guy, Sayid… I know a lot of people have told you that you’re not. You’ve heard it so many times that you’ve started believing it.”
Locke to Jack after the surgery: “Jack, I hope that somebody does for you what you just did for me.”
Jack when he ties Desmond to the rope: “I’ll see you in another life, brutha.”
Ben to Locke: “I’m very sorry for what I did to you John. I was selfish. Jealous. I wanted everything you had… You were special, John. and I wasn’t.”

Locke: “Well, if it helps, Ben. I forgive you.”

Ben: “Thank you, John. That does help. It matters more than I can say.”

Best funny quotes:
Sawyer to Jack: “So you’re the new Jacob, huh? How about you come down off the mountaintop and tell us what the burning bush had to say for itself.”
Hurley talking about Jacob and how he never explained anything: “Kind of true dudes. He’s worse then Yoda.”
FLocke to Jack: “Jacob being who he is, I expected to be more surprised. You’re sort of the obvious choice, don’t you think?”
When FLocke asks Jack how he thinks he’s going to kill him: “It’s a surprise.”
Kate to FLocke after she shoots him: “I saved the bullet.”
Miles while repairing the plane: “I don’t believe in a lot of things, but I do believe in duct tape.”
Other favorite moments:
  • Seeing Rose and Bernard again and finding out they have chosen to live their lives in quiet peace together “without getting involved”. Don’t we all have people in our lives like that? And yet, it doesn’t seem that happy to me to miss all of the adventure in life in exchange for a life of safety to avoid getting hurt.
  • Richard finding a grey hair, signaling that he is finally starting to age. And now faced with his own mortality, Richard realizing that he wants to live.
  • When FLocke tells Jack that lowering Desmond into the well reminds him of the time the real Locke and Jack were looking into the hatch together at Desmond. Jack defends the real Locke: “You wear his face, but you disrepsect his memory.”
In the end, I’m satisfied. I’m a little relieved that the story has come to an end. I’m glad the writers honored the viewers, the characters and the show itself by answering most of the questions while still leaving us with lots to ponder.
What did you think?

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Lost: Across the Sea

In the beginning… there was a crazy woman.
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t watched the May 11, 2010, episode of Lost.
Finally, it seems that the Lost writers have switched gears. They have stopped jumping through time and creating questions. They started at the beginning and they are telling us the whole story. Yes, we still have many unanswered questions, but we also got lots of answers last night.
But my biggest revelation from the episode is simply that I need to accept the fact that I am watching a myth, an allegory or a fairy tale. I thought I was watching a show about a plane crash and trying to survive on a deserted island. Then, I thought perhaps it was science fiction. Maybe the story was a modern-day mystery, drama, whatever.
Now, I have to accept that the show itself has no rules. It isn’t about what might happen in real life. And all of my questions won’t be answered.
And that is probably a good thing because sometimes their answers come in the form of: “In the beginning there was a crazy woman living on an island, guarding a river of light, which represents the good that is in all of us, but don’t be tempted to touch it because your body will be spit out and you will become a big shaft of black smoke.”
So what did we learn last night?
Jacob and Man in Black are twin brothers. I think most of us called this one. I still go back to my earlier post that Man in Black’s name is probably Esau. Don’t you love how they were even dressed in light and dark blankets when they were born? Did Esau ever ask his mother if maybe HE could wear the light outfit for a change?
Remember when FLocke told Kate he had a crazy mother? Boy, he was not kidding.
Man in Black was the special one. He was the one his killer adoptive mother loved most. He was the one she wanted to guard the island.
Jacob, on the other hand, has always been a follower. He never did really know WHY he is guarding the island. He is just blindly following the instructions of a woman who killed his real mother in cold blood and refused to answer any of his questions.
I have to say that I have a lot more respect for Man in Black after this episode. At least he had the moral conscience to leave Crazy Woman when he learned she had murdered his real mother. He is the thinker. He is the one who asked questions and refused to just go along with her games when she wouldn’t even explain why.
Both boys learned Mother was a liar when she told the boys they were the only ones who exist, and yet Jacob was too weak to leave her. Reminding me of Ben Linus, Jacob was so desperate for his mother’s love and approval that he would rather stay with her and be manipulated by her than seek the truth.
We found out how the smoke monster came into existence. But I still don’t understand what happened to his body. We know it decayed and became the skeleton of the island’s “Adam”. But then at the same time, he (or someone else) was able to continue living in that body.
We also found out that once Jacob drank the wine, he and his mother were “the same” or did she say they were “one”. I can’t remember. Whatever the case, it seemed that Jacob took on her belief system after he drank it. Now that Man in Black shattered that bottle of wine, does that mean Jacob’s replacement won’t be able to drink from it?
We learned, as suspected, that the boy who appeared to FLocke in the jungle was the young Jacob. And we found out that only “special” people can see the dead on the island. If that is the case, we know that Locke was special, and so was Hurley, Sawyer and Walt. Who else?
We still have so many other huge questions to answer.
Who is Mother? Has she always been on the island? Is she the beginning of all people? Or, as she said, did she have a mother?
When was the big Egyptian statue built? I’m assuming Jacob’s temple will be built on the river of light? And did someone else come along and complete the donkey wheel, which by the way, made PERFECT sense, huh? I mean just channel light and water with a donkey wheel and you should be able to leave the island, right?
How did Jacob get off the island to go on his recruiting missions (maybe the donkey wheel)? And why couldn’t his brother leave? Esau tells Jacob that eventually he would be able to create his own game and make up his own rules. Was Jacob’s “game” to bring real people to the island and play with their lives, rather than pieces on a game board?
Finally, I have given up on trying to determine good and evil in this show. I don’t think it’s about good and evil. I think it’s making a bigger point about the nature of people. Inside all of us is both good and evil. We decide which to follow.
Likewise, some of us will be followers and others will be leaders. Sometimes we will follow people who are actually followers themselves and don’t really know where they are going. Those people might lead us by not giving us a choice (like Mother did with Jacob and Jacob did with Ben).
Other people lead by giving us information. They think about things and try to figure things out. Does that make them bad? Does it make them good?
And, finally, when we follow, sometimes it’s after carefully thinking things through… And other times it’s by blind faith. Is one way better than the other?
What did you think about last night’s episode? I would love to hear your thoughts. And for more Lost recaps, check out Rocks in My Dryer.

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Lost: Everybody Loves Hugo

If you don’t mind, I’m just going to see if I have everything straight.
So… a bunch of people were born. Their lives were touched by a god-like figure named Jacob. His touch pushed them to get on a plane. The plane crashed on an island.
The survivors eventually started traveling through time. They flashed 30 years back in time and blew up the very thing that caused their plane to crash.
So, now, their minus 30-year selves went through their lives without being touched by Jacob and without being pushed toward the island. When they got to the point in life where they would have crashed on the island, they started having deja vu.
They are starting to sense that they had another life. They have met certain people before. They have lived these same experiences, but in another place and another time.
All of the people on the plane were actually destined to meet. I think of this sort of how I met my husband. We grew up together in a small town. We were in the same class in school. However, we never dated or even spoke to each other!
We could have dated in high school and got married when we were 21. But we didn’t. Eight years after high school, we reconnected and began dating. We were destined to get married. It could have happened sooner or it could have happened later. Either way, it was meant to happen.
Back to Lost. So, all of these people were meant to interact in some way, whether it was on the island or not. They are all starting to make these connections.
Libby finds Hurley and is now in a mental hospital because she thinks she is crazy. It seems that the re-living of life is much more difficult for Libby and Charlie because they died on the island. Now that they are alive and have passed over the point where they would have died, they seem to be much more confused and tormented than the other people.
So, back to the point where they set off the hydrogen bomb. I get a little fuzzy here. I’m not sure why they are still alive on the island. Did they travel through time right as the bomb went off? Or did the bomb not kill them?
Whatever the case, they were still alive, so they continued to live a parallel life on the island. Now, they exist at two different places at the same time. But it can’t be exactly the same time because we know that at the point they get on the plane the second time around the island is under water.
Desmond enters the picture. He is very important because he can withstand a powerful force of electromagnetism. He also seems to be very important because he is trying to reconnect the people who would have crashed and help them remember what happened in their other life.
Why? Maybe he wants to go back and change that outcome somehow. Oh, and when he orders something at a restaurant, he is given the number 42.
And we already kow that when you add together all of the important numbers, they equal 108. And somehow 108 is an important number. OK.
Back on the island, we don’t know who is good and who is bad, but FLocke seems very bad. It wasn’t nice at all for him to push Desmond down into a well and leave him for dead. But we know it can’t be that easy to kill Desmond. And the previews give us a hint that he is still alive next week. Whew!
On the island, FLocke also needs to reunite the six candidates in order to complete his mission. I’m sure the number 108 will have something to do with what he is trying to do, whatever that is. Do you really think he will unleash evil on planet Earth if he escapes the island?
We also know that some people get stuck in their dead island existence and can’t move on. These would include people who kill themselves, such as Michael. These stuck people can communicate with Hurley, but those who were killed another way, like Libby, don’t communicate with Hurley.
And, supposedly, Jacob told Richard what the island really is. But, of course, Richard didn’t tell us.
And one more thing. Some people have been speculating that as people get injured on the island, they see the scars of those injuries in their parallel lives. I noticed a prominent scar on Desmond’s forehead matched up with the big injury on his forehead on the island. I’m not sure if he got that scar another way off the island.
So, there you have it. Simple, right?

Oh, and PS. Apparently Ilana wasn’t that important after all. Kaboom.

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Lost: Happily Ever After

I’m feeling a little bit like Desmond right now. I have a glimpse of what the writers of Lost are telling us. I can touch it with my fingertips, but then it slips out of reach. I have a vague idea of what I want to say, but I can’t quite articulate it.
This episode felt like a whirlwind of new information, and all of it is swirling around in my brain. We got so many new clues, the characters started having lightbulb moments, and it finally felt like the writers might really be trying to wrap this thing up.
Let’s start with Desmond and the experiment Widmore was performing on him. We know that Desmond has a special purpose on the island and now we know that is because he is the one person who can withstand the energy of the island without being fried like a death row inmate in an electric chair.
The experiment seems to put Desmond back in the same state where we found him several seasons ago after the first time he came in contact with the energy of the island. He is flashing back and forth from one reality to the other without the ability to comprehend what is happening to him.
This time, Charlie, in all of his crazed determination to kill himself, seems to be the one person who gets it. He gives us a tiny explanation of the bigger message of the show. If the passengers on Oceanic 815 were being pushed to the island against their will, what is free will anyway? As Charlie explained to Desmond, sometimes a choice isn’t really a choice.
If the benefits of going one direction are clearly better than the alternative, then is it really a choice? But Charlie is finally ready to make the unreasonable choice.
He would rather die to experience what he had on the island then make the reasonable choice to go on living in this new reality that they created. He even seems determined to kill himself in the same way that he died before by forcing Desmond to drive his car into the Ocean.
Daniel shows up and explains that he has a perception that they got to a point where they all had to make the ultimate choice. Would they sacrifice themselves and do something completely unthinkable for the greater good?
When the Losties set off the nuclear bomb, they also seemed to have pushed a reset button on their lives. Now, they have attained the one thing they thought they always wanted. For Desmond, that would be the approval of Charles Widmore. When Eloise told Desmond that he finally had what he always wanted, I felt like she had somehow given him a “perfect” life so that he wouldn’t be unsatisfied and start looking for what was missing.
Both Eloise and Widmore keep reminding Desmond that his life is “perfect” — perfect job, no commitments, gets to travel the world — but he is lacking the excitement, joy and even the pain of his previous life with Penny.
It was great to see the lives of so many of the characters starting to intertwine off island: Desmond, Charlie, Jack, Charles Widmore, Eloise, Daniel, George Minkowski and Claire. Didn’t you love Jack’s look of disbelief when Desmond told him he was looking for a patient who was on the flight with the two of them?
Minkowski, by the way, shares with Desmond the past experience of having his mind travel through time, eventually resulting in his death on the freighter in the arms of Desmond. I wonder if George also was starting to get a glimpse of that other life when he told Desmond he would do whatever he needed him to do.
The characters are starting to remember what was and what would have been if they hadn’t set off that nuclear bomb. Charlie saw Claire. Desmond saw the message on Charlie’s hand and then Penny. Daniel saw Charlotte.
Only Eloise and Charles Widmore seem to be aware of what is happening in both of their parallel existences. So, does that make them more powerful than Jacob and the Man in Black. Are they controlled by the forces on the island? Or is the island controlled by them? Or maybe they ARE Jacob and the Man in Black. Who knows.
I think they wanted to make sure that Desmond did not reconnect with Penny because she was his constant and will be again. And the same is probably true of Daniel and Charlotte. As soon as Desmond and Penny made physical contact by touching hands, his mind flashed back to his island existence.
On the island, he seems to no longer care about making choices or trying to decide what to do. His eyes have glazed and he is content to go where he is told to go and do what he is told to do, without questioning or fighting.
First, he agrees to help Widmore, but as soon as Sayid comes along, he follows him. I’m not sure if he has accepted his mission, if he has a new sense of faith and is following along, or if he has completely lost his mind.
Off-island, Desmond wants to locate everyone else on that flight. I’m guessing that each of them also has a constant and once they find it, they will be able to remember their other life. Charlie will find Claire. Jack will find Kate. Sawyer will find Juliet. And then what?
Before it seemed that their other life, the one “controlled” by the island, was full of pain and misery and needed to be changed. But at the same time, they found something on the island —whether it was love, a purpose, a leadership role, a mission, or health.
Without the island, they supposedly have free will. For many of them, their other lives seem more pleasant, but at the same time mundane. It’s as if they have gained security, but given up a life of adventure. Which is better?
The nuclear bomb apparently is some type of loophole to Eloise’s statement that “what happened, happened.” But now that they changed what happened, will they leave it that way? Or will they be able to change it back? Or will they be able to re-create the relationships they left on the island in their alternate reality?
I can’t believe we only have five more episodes to figure it all out.

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Lost: Ab Aeterno

We all know up to this point that Lost is a story of Faith vs. Science. Free will vs. Destiny. Good vs. Evil. Black vs. White.

But the big question that we STILL haven’t answered after last night’s episode, Ab Aeterno, (which means from eternity in Latin) is: Which side is good and which side is evil?

Or perhaps it’s not so cut and dry. Maybe the whole show is making the statement that as with world religion, politics or any other belief, it’s up to each person to decide. Would it be better to live in a perfect place, such as the Garden of Eden, where there is no sin, no work, no hardship, no death, but at the same time, no choice about how to live?

Or is it better to have free will, even if our ability to make choices means living in a sinful world, full of happy and sad, good and evil, work and play, aging, disease and eventually death? Would it really be worth it to live forever if it meant living forever without the ones you love?

Last night, we got some major clues about the characteristics of our two dominating forces: Jacob and the Man in Black. It also was awesome to finally find out the story of never-aging Richard; his ship, The Black Rock, and why it is stranded in the middle of an island; and what happened to the rest of the statue standing guard at the edge of the island.

It was weird to find out that Richard, who always seemed to be such a dominating force on the island, has actually been walking around for 140 years without any clue about why he is really there, what his mission is and even WHAT the island is all about. He has been blindly following Jacob, but seems too weak to ever question the reason for his existence.

Richard seems to be part of a bigger allegory about the choices people make in life. While some ask questions, do research and demand proof, others follow, motivated by a faith in something they don’t completely understand.

JACOB

Here are some of the interesting things we learned about Jacob:

He has chosen not only candidates to replace him, but other people to play out key roles in his mission. He finds Ilana, wrapped in bandages in what looks like a military hospital, and gives her the job of protecting the six candidates. He gives Richard the job of being his intermediary and influencing people for him. I guess that makes Richard his “preacher”.

Jacob admits that he “brings” people to the island, but it seems his only purpose in doing so is to prove a point. The Man in Black believe that everyone is corruptible and it’s in their very nature to sin. But Jacob wants to “prove him wrong.”

He describes part of his mission on the island as keeping evil harnessed there. According to Jacob, the island is like a bottle with evil swirling around inside. But HE is the cork that keeps that evil from spreading to the rest of the world. So, is he really protecting the world from evil? Or is he trying to protect the island from the rest of the world?

Both he and the Man in Black throw out phrases that make them sound very Biblical and Christ-like. ” No one comes in unless I invite them in,” Jacob says as he pours Richard a glass of wine.

While the Man in Black takes a very active role in approaching people and trying to lure them to his side, Jacob says he doesn’t believe he should step in.

“I wanted them to help themselves,” he said. “…to know the meaning of right and wrong without me telling them.”

But just when I was starting to really think Jacob might be the all-mighty force that is running the show, we learn there is a limit to his power. He can give eternal life, but he can’t forgive sin? Well, sorry. But that doesn’t sound very God-like to me.

MAN IN BLACK

Here are the great insights we got into the character of the Man in Black:

He admits to Richard that he is the black smoke and that Jacob has taken over his body. If that is the case, then whose body does the Man in Black have? And in what form would Jacob be if he didn’t have MIB’s “humanity”.

While MIB seems to be the most likely candidate to be “Satan” as he roams around wiping out everyone in sight in the form of The Smoke Monster, he also sounded a lot like Christ with some of his phrases last night.

“I need to know you love me… you’ll do anything I ask,” he bargained with Richard before releasing him from his shackles, much as Jesus asked Peter if he really loved him.

“It’s good to see you out of those chains,” he said later.

When he’s in the form of Smokey, the Man in Black seems to kill most people indiscriminately. But with others, he takes the time to stop and look in their eyes, as if judging whether their lives are worth living. When he paused in front of Richard in the bottom of the ship, it sounded like he was taking snapshots of his face.

Much like Locke was able to stare into the eyes of The Smoke Monster, Isabelle said she was able to look back into the eyes of “the devil” and “all I saw was evil.” But, did she mean she looked into the black smoke? Or was she looking into the eyes of Jacob or the MIB?

The Man in Black tells Richard that Jacob is actually the devil. Jacob is the one who took Isabelle, and Jacob is the one who needs to be destroyed.

MIB gives Richard the dagger that Sayid had used to try to kill Smokey in the form of Locke. Apparently, the sword also works to kill Jacob. However, just like Sayid’s failed attempt, he couldn’t kill Jacob because he let him speak to him first.

MIB says he can’t blame Richard by being taken in by Jacob because he can be “very convincing”.

Finally, we find out that at least according to Isabelle, MIB is the bad guy. She uses Hurley to tell Richard, just as he was about to change sides and joins MIB’s team, that he has to stop him or everyone will go to hell.

IS THE ISLAND HELL?

Of course, the other big question from last night is whether the island is literally hell, as Richard believes, or if it’s only a figurative hell because it’s a place where people lose their choices in life and aren’t allowed to leave.

I would be greatly disappointed to find out I had invested so many years in watching this show only to find out all the characters are actually dead and in hell. Instead, I think the characters are saying that “hell” is a place where you can’t be with the ones you love.

But again, maybe those on the island COULD be with the ones they love, if only they had enough faith to believe. Isabelle told Richard that even though she is dead, “we are already together.”

What did I miss? What did you think??

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Lost: Recon and lots of questions

Once again, last night’s episode of Lost has me so puzzled that I don’t even want to try to write a coherent recap. Instead, I have lots of questions on my mind from this episode and others and I want to find out if anyone has any ideas.

WHY DOES FLOCKE SOUND LIKE LOCKE?

My first question actually comes from earlier in Season 6. This was right after it was starting to become clear that the New Locke was not really John Locke. The being inhabiting Locke’s body uses the phrase, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” Now, why would he use those words if he is no longer John Locke?

The more self-confident FLocke doesn’t act like Locke in other ways, so why would he use that phrase, which was so familiar to the angry Locke?

WHO IS FLOCKE’S MOTHER?

The big question from the episode “Recon” is WHO is Fake Locke’s mother? FLocke tells Kate that he had a crazy mother, which caused him to have many problems he is still trying to work his way through. My only guess is that his crazy mother will be named Rebekah, after the mother of Jacob and Esau in the Bible.

Jacob and the Man in Black have often been compared to the Biblical story of the twin brothers, Jacob and Esau. Esau was born first, but Jacob was holding onto his heel as they were born. The two were in constant conflict. Esau was the hairy, rugged hunter type, loved by his father, while Jacob was the preppy, country club boy, loved by his mother.

As the older brother, Esau was entitled to his father’s birthright, but he sold it to his younger brother in exchange for a bowl of stew. Just before his father’s death, Esau was entitled to a blessing from his father, but Jacob disguised himself as Esau and tricked his father into blessing him instead.

After mistakenly giving Jacob power over his older brother, Isaac (their father) could only say, “By your sword you shall live, but your brother you shall serve; yet it shall be that when you are aggrieved, you may cast off his yoke from upon your neck.” Hmmm. Very interesting.

Jacob goes on to become the father of the nation of Israel while Esau is the father of the nation of Edom. Their people would be in conflict for generations. Sooooo, with all of these similarities between Jacob and Esau in the Bible, I would say Man in Black’s mom has to be someone along the lines of Rebekah, who he might have described as crazy for helping Jacob steal his father’s blessing.

THE TOUCH OF FLOCKE

My next question has to do with last night’s episode when FLocke offered his hand to Kate after they had their little nicey-nice conversation. Kate didn’t take his hand. If she had, do you think she would have become possessed like Sayid and Claire?

I also was nervous when Widmore extended his hand to Sawyer. However, Sawyer shook his hand and seemed to turn out OK. Then, Kate seemed very hesistant to touch Claire when she hugged her. Obviously, she would be hesitant to hug Crazy Claire right after she had tried to kill her. But I also wondered if anyone in Zombie land has the power to gain control over someone else by touching them.

FLOCKE’S KNOWLEDGE OF SAWYER

When FLocke sends Sawyer on the mission to investigate what is happening on the other island, he tells Sawyer it is because he is “the best liar he has ever known.”

This leads me to believe that, like Jacob, FLocke has known the Losties prior to their time on the island. We are led to believe that only Jacob has been influencing them — pushing them — toward the island. But if FLocke also knows them so well, has he also been trying to control them?

SAWYER’S MISSION TO FIND SAWYER

We also saw Sawyer still hungry to hunt down Anthony Cooper, the man responsible for the death of his mother and father. But here’s my question. The con man, known as Sawyer, was also John Locke’s father.

In the Locke-centric episode earlier this season, we heard that Locke was on good terms with his father because Helen mentioned inviting him to their wedding. So, what does that mean? Was he still a con man, but he just had not conned Locke?

HELLO, KATE??

My last question has to do with Kate. Could she not see she had entered the CrazyTown Land of the Zombies when she saw Claire with that boar’s head in the baby basket? And hello? Wasn’t Sayid’s dazed expression a dead giveaway that no one was home?? Run, girl! Run!!!

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE

So, not only is James Ford well read, but he also loves Little House on the Prairie. He watched the show as a child and is watching it again as an adult.

In last night’s episode, he is watching an episode in which Laura tells her father that she would be devastated if anything ever happened to him and her mother. Pa tells her that if you live your life worrying about the future, life will be over before you know it. He tells her that people aren’t really gone once thay die, and that you hold on to their good memories until you see them again.

This obviously reminds Sawyer of his own life and he decides to apologize to Charlotte for kicking her out of his apartment earlier.

Isn’t Sawyer a little like all of us? We love to watch the perfect world of Little House on the Prairie. The Ingalls family faces unbelievable osbacles, but love always brings them together in the end. We all wish life could really be like that, but for most people, it isn’t. Instead, it makes us feel good to imagine.

I’m just hoping the writers weren’t trying to use Little House on the Prairie to send a bigger message about the meaning of the entire show… Basically, that life isn’t TV and we should all just get on with reality. =]

Let me know if you have answers to any of my questions or if you have any other ideas.

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