On last night’s episode of Lost, Dr. Linus, I finally felt like we were starting to get some answers. I don’t exactly know what the answers meant, but this was, in my opinion, the best episode so far in Season 6.
The episode starts with Dr. Ben Linus, the history teacher, explaining to his class what had happened on the island. The island of Elba, that is.
Napoleon Bonaparte had been exiled to Elba. He was given a small army of followers and everything he needed to live a comfortable life there. But he was frustrated because he had lost his power.
“He might as well have been dead,” Linus explains before the bell rings and class is dismissed.
Hmmm… Sound like anyone we know?
We finally get to see into the inner character of Ben Linus. It felt strange to actually feel sorry for him, as he cared for his elderly father and then later when he said he would follow Locke because “he’s the only one who will have me.”
And then I actually got to cheer him on as once again, he gets to choose whether to save his beloved Alex or let her go down in flames. This time, in his parallel life, he makes the right choice and sacrifices his desire for power to help her get ahead.
Once again, we see a character in the alternate reality — if they had never been pulled to the island — living a life that isn’t perfect, but in which he or she is free from the demons that haunt them in their other life.
How ironic that he donned a gas mask to kill his father on the island, but he is changing his father’s oxygen tank to help him live in his other world.
Adding even more irony in the parallel universe, instead of trying to steal Ben’s power and become the leader instead of him, John Locke is now raising his hand to become the first person to be his follower.
A CLUE TO THE MEANING OF THE SHOW
Twice during this episode, the characters seemed to drop a hint about the overall meaning of the show.
First, the aging Roger tells Ben that perhaps if they hadn’t left the Dharma initiative, he might have had a better chance to become something special in life.
“Who knows what you would have become?” Roger says. A-hahahaha! Who knows? Yes! We DO know what he would become, and trust me, Roger, he’s better off as a bored history teacher stuck in detention.
This was the first time the island had been mentioned in the alternate reality, and it was an amazing moment to hear that it really did exist for these characters even in their parallel world. They had visited, but had the power to leave and continue their lives as normal.
Later in the episode, Lapidus is explaining that he had been scheduled to be the pilot of flight 815. He missed the flight because his alarm clock didn’t go off that morning.
“Imagine how different my life would be if that alarm would have gone off,” Lapidus said.
Ben responds: “The island still got you in the end, didn’t it?”
What does that mean? Does it mean that with or without the island the characters would still face the same struggles? Whether Ben allows Alex to be killed or chooses to give her a chance at college in the alternate reality, he still struggles with his own love for this girl who seems like a daughter to him, but really isn’t. And he fights his own frustration that he wants to be a leader, but is powerless to take control.
THE GIFT OF JACOB
We also learn more about Richard. He says he was given a “gift” by Jacob. Just as Jack, Kate, Sawyer, the Kwons and Sayid were touched by Jacob, so was he.
“Jacob touched me and when Jacob touches you, it’s considered a gift,” Richard said. “It’s not a gift at all… it’s a curse.”
Richard’s gift, apparently, is not only eternal youth, but eternal life. He says he can’t kill himself and tries to get Jack to do the job for him. But even as the two wait for the fuse to blow on a stick of dynamite, he isn’t allowed to die.
We get more clues that Richard did come to the island on the strange ship, known as the black rock. I can’t wait to find out what his role was on that ship. I wonder if he was touched before he came to the island or after his ship landed there. I’m guessing it was in his previous life.
Richard is angry because he had placed his trust in Jacob and, like Ben, he had devoted his life to serving him, but he was really never told why.
Richard reveals that he has spent his entire life — “longer than you can possibly imagine” — following Jacob because Jacob promised that he had a plan. Then, Jacob died.
“I just found out my entire life had no purpose,” he said.
I’m guessing, however, that Jacob is going to make a comeback. And why do I have a feeling it will be three days after his death?!? The child that was taunting Fake Locke, said he “broke the rules” by killing “him” (which I assume means Jacob), so I think Jacob is going to break the rules by coming back to life. If he can grant eternal life to Richard, then I think he can give the same power to himself.
Or perhaps it’s his spirit that goes on living and will take residence in the “winning” candidate who is chosen to take his place as protector/ruler of the island?
Ilana also gives a hint at her connection to Jacob. She says Jacob was “the closest thing to a father that she ever had.”
Does that mean that Ilana was on the island earlier? Does it mean that she also doesn’t age? Or does it mean that Jacob was part of her life off-island? Whatever the case, perhaps she has some resentment toward Jacob for dying since she was willing to forgive Ben and take him in at the end of the show.
JACK A BELIEVER?
And finally we get to the part where Jack is suddenly buying into his own destiny. He is willing to play with dynamite to prove that he really is one of the chosen “candidates”. If Jacob won’t let Richard die, then surely he can’t die either.
We learn there are “six” candidates left, and one will be chose to replace Jacob.
I’m betting the six candidates are the Oceanic Six. I think it’s interesting there also are six significant numbers and the six names on the roof of the cave were given those numbers.
If you add the six numbers together, you get 108, which is significant in some way. So, somehow just as the numbers add up to 108, I’m guessing the six candidates are parts of the whole. But what does that mean?
WIDMORE IS BACK
And finally! We haven’t heard anything from Charles Widmore, Penny or Desmond in so long, I was starting to fear the writers had forgotten them!
When the periscope on the submarine popped up, I thought for sure they were going to zero in on Ben and kill him right there. However, it sounds like they might be planning to do something even worse.
When the guy asks Widmore if they should continue with the plan despite the fact there were people on the beach, didn’t it sound like they were going to blow up the island? Did Jacob’s death somehow allow Charles Widmore to finally find the island on his radar?
What a great tease for next week!
OK… so what did I miss? Thoughts??
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OK. So, it’s taken me four days to write my post about this week’s episode of Lost: Sundown.
This episode really gave me the creeps. I wanted to watch it a second time before writing my post, and I needed some extra time to process its spookiness.
If the previous episode was analogous to Alice in Wonderland, then Sundown could be compared to Poltergeist, mixed with Alien, with a splash of The Exorcist and a hint of Star Wars with all of its references to The Dark Side.
Fake Locke is described as Evil Incarnate in this episode and starts to build his army of Losties who are willing to join forces with him. I know I’ve been questioning whether Locke is really the bad guy, but if he’s not??? Well, why does he keep KILLING EVERYONE?!?
My quick recap: Locke is SATAN and Claire, Sayid and Sawyer are POSSESSED!
Without rehashing the whole episode, here are a few things that stuck out to me.
THE SCALE OF GOOD AND EVIL
The on-island part of the episode begins with Sayid confronting Dogen about all of the ways Dogen tortured and even murdered Sayid. Dogen says that for every man there is a scale. On one side is good and the other side is evil.
The machine Dogen used to torture Sayid told him how his scale was tipped. He says that Sayid’s scaled was tipped “the wrong way”.
We are led to assume the “wrong way” would be toward evil, but I thought it was interesting that Dogen didn’t expressly say that. Maybe his choice of words was just another red herring to confuse us about who is good and who is bad. Or maybe it really meant something.
LOCKE IS SATAN
The next point that really struck me was after Sayid attempted to murder Fake Locke, who I think should be called the Locke-ness Monster.
Locke tells Sayid that if he comes over to his side and delivers a message for him he can have “anything in the whole world”. This reminded me of the Biblical passage in which Satan tempted Jesus, who had fasted for 40 days, by offering to give him rule over the whole world.
Sayid apparently believes Locke can reunite him with his beloved Nadia. But what exactly does that mean since she is dead?
JACOB’S DEATH CHANGED EVERYTHING
Sayid returns to the temple. I noticed the peace and tranquility as Dogen stared out at the lake, but in the background it was starting to rain, as if the tropical garden was no longer protected. Paradise was being spoiled by the rain and would soon be ruined by something much worse.
Sayid tells the Others that they are now free to leave the Temple because Jacob is dead. So, they were allowed to live in the temple, surrounded by its lush forest, protected from harm. But in return, they had lost their freedom. Was this supposed to be an analogy to the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve lived in peace, but chose to exercise their free will by doing the one thing they were instructed not to do and therefore being banished from the garden?
THE MONSTER UNLEASHED
Sayid’s mission inside the temple is to kill Dogen. Once he does this, Lennon asks him, “Don’t you know what you’ve done?” Lennon says that Dogen was the only thing keeping “him” out.
So, although I don’t understand it, we seem to be seeing some sort of chain of command. The Monster could not cross the ring of ash as long as Jacob was alive. Dogen also had enough power to keep him from entering. Once both were out of the way, the Monster had free rein of the island.
And on a side note, why is it that the character named Lennon looks so much like the real John Lennon?!? Is that just to mess with our minds so we’ll sit around and speculate about whether the Beatles never would have existed if one of them had been pushed to live on the island?
A HARD BARGAIN
We also learn that both Jacob and the Monster drive a hard bargain to get people on their side. Jacob promised Dogen that he would heal his son, but in return Dogen would have to live on the island and never see him again. Ben, who worked for Jacob, had made a similar promise to Juliet to get her to stay on the island by offering her sister healing from cancer.
Now, the Monster is offering Claire, Sayid and Sawyer the deepest longing of their heart to come to his side.
WHAT’S WITH JIN?
We got two puzzling references to Jin in this episode. When Locke asks Claire to deliver a message to the Others for him, Claire asks him why he doesn’t have either Sawyer or Jin do it? Does that mean Jin has gone to his side?
We also see Jin in the parallel reality when he is locked in the freezer by Keamy. I can’t wait to find out what that was all about.
I realize I didn’t even touch on the other events that happened off of the island and the inference that Sayid can’t escape his inherently evil tendency to kill people, regardless of his circumstances. It was weird to see Keamy as a mobster businessman instead of the leader of a mercenary team. Either way, I’m glad Sayid killed Keamy before Keamy killed him.
So, what did you think about this episode? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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So often, when I am watching Lost, I am looking for the Biblical and religious references in the show. I have always known the show includes tons of literary references, but it wasn’t until last night’s episode, Lighthouse, that I stopped to notice all of the analogies to other famous books, like Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass.
I guess it’s sort of like the Lighthouse itself. It was there all of the time, but the Losties didn’t notice it, because “they weren’t looking for it”, as Hurley explains.
I’m starting to wonder if each character’s life is a reference to a different literary work. While the characters on Lost remain the same, they also mirror the supporting characters in various books, giving clues to the overall meaning of Lost.
For example, John Locke has always struck me as Jesus in the Bible. Three episodes featuring Jack as a main character have played on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. His first episode was named “The White Rabbit”, then “Through the Looking Glass (part 1 and 2)” and now “Lighthouse”, which has a steady stream of Carrollisms.
And if this thought process is correct, then crazy Claire with her wild hair and freaky eyes, is definitely going to be acting out Stephen King’s Carrie. And how fitting, since Emilie de Ravin, the character who plays Claire, was in a TV movie of the book, Carrie.
OK, so let’s look at some of the clues from the books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Jack notices his son is reading, The Annotated Alice, and tells him he used to read the book to him when he was young. He says David loved Alice’s two kittens, Kitty and Snowdrop, one black and the other white. In the book, Alice blames the black cat for all of the mischief caused in the book, but in the end, he is deemed completely innocent.
I’m starting to convince myself that is exactly what I have been doing with Jacob and Fake Locke. I have presumed the man in white would naturally be good, while the man represented by black — black clothing, black smoke and a black stone — is evil. But it’s starting to seem more likely that Jacob is the one who has ruined everyone’s life by pushing them toward the island, while the man in black wants to give them free will and the good life they would have had if Jacob had not interfered.
In Through the Looking Glass, Alice wonders what life would be like on the other side of a mirror. She steps up to the looking glass and steps through. Similarly, the mirrors in the Lighthouse show the key points in the character’s lives where Jacob had entered the picture and made a significant contact. They flashed through images of the church where Sawyer’s parent’s funeral took place, the pagoda where Sun and Jin were married and finally Jack’s own childhood home.
Alice discovers a book which she can only read by holding it up to a mirror. Above the mirrors in the Lighthouse in Lost are the words: “seus siyd dadru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi”. Read backwards, it says “I show not your face but your daddy issues.” All of the characters in Lost seem to have “daddy issues” but what does that mean to the overall story?
In the book, Alice meets the Red Queen who reveals to her that the entire countryside is laid out like a giant chessboard, and Alice is one of the pieces. Likewise, in a promo for Season 6, the island is shown as a chessboard with the Losties as the pieces.
Alice meets Tweetledee and Tweetledum, the overweight twins, who seem like dimwits, but actually offer her good advice, much like Hurley’s relationship with Jack throughout the show. They introduce Alice to the snoozing Red King and tell her that she exists only has a figure in his dream and will therfore cease to exist when he wakes up, much like the parallel existences in this season.
Wasn’t it interesting that Jack wasn’t sure if he could remember having his appendix removed? He often acts as though he has some vague recollection of life on the island, much like we feel when waking from a dream.
The absent-minded White Queen best remembers future events that haven’t happened yet, and time moves in reverse.
The Red Queen also talks about living more than one day at a time. Alice comments that “‘In our country…there is only one day at a time.’ The Red Queen said ‘That’s a poor thin way of doing things. Now here we mostly have days and nights two or three at a time, and sometimes in the winter we take as many as five nights together – for warmth you know.'”
This also reminds me of The Chronicles of Narnia, another classic tale referenced in Lost. Just as one of the Dharma stations is named “The Looking Glass”, with a picture of a rabbit, another is called “The Lamp Post”. The characters step into Narnia and live out their entire lives in that alternate existence. But when they move back into the “real” world, they are at exactly the same point in time at which they left. They are able to live two parallel lives simultaneously.
One other reference to Lewis Carroll is the number “42” which is the final number in the series on the hatch, as well as the number given to “Kwon” on the roof of Jacob’s cave and on the wheel in the Lighthouse. The number 42 was Carroll’s favorite number and used often in his books.
So, I am guessing that the ending of Season 6 might be something like the ending of Carroll’s books. He doesn’t really answer the question of whether Alice’s experience was real or a dream, but leaves it up to the reader to decide whether she wants to believe the fantasy.
Other points that struck me last night:
- Jack and Hurley came to the cave Jack had found when chasing his father in the episode called “The White Rabbit”. Hurley points out that perhaps the skeletons in the cave — Adam and Eve — are actually their own skeletons after they had traveled there in a different time and died. Why do I have the feeling that Hurley has a better handle on time travel than anyone else and he is correct?
- Wasn’t it freaky when Jack runs into Dogen at his son’s piano audition? Dogen tells Jack that it’s sad that the kids have to face so much pressure.
- And what about the interaction between Hurley and Dogen when Hurley is following the symbols on his arm in the hallway? Jacob tells Hurley just to tell Dogen he can do what he wants, apparently because he is a “candidate”. This response causes Dogen to leave him alone. Does this mean that the candidates really do have free will and their lives aren’t being controlled by Jacob?
- Jacob told Hurley to turn the dial in the Lighthouse to the number 108. Was this just to get Hurley to turn past the other numbers so Jack would see the flashes? Or was there something significant at the number 108?
- I loved how Jacob told Hurley that he could appear to some people in a cab and tell them exactly what to do. Others needed to stare out at the ocean for a while. That sounded like a huge statement about how some people easily believe in God or another belief system, while others need to ponder and have all the answers before they can believe.
- I’m anxious to find out the difference between a “candidate” — one of the people chosen by Jacob, and a “recruit” — one of the people chosen by Fake Locke. How do the “rules” apply differently to the two groups?
- Finally, Claire. Oh, Claire. How about those shifty eyes that seemed to be Claire’s at times and then possessed at others? I got chills when they showed her dead animal baby. And then we meet her “friend”. WHAT did that mean? Does the Man in Black appear to her in the form of Fake Locke or does she see him another way?
My mind is spinning from all of the information in the Lighthouse. I’m not sure what it all means, but it was interesting to analyze. What did you think?
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The part of last night’s Lost I have been pondering the most is the name of the episode: The Substitute.
With all of the Biblical references, John Locke has always seemed like the character most representative of Jesus Christ. In the Bible, Jesus was the substitute for all the people of the world. He was perfect and blameless, yet he took on the sins of the world and was crucified as a substitute so others could live. Three days later, Jesus was resurrected from the dead and appeared to his followers before ascending into Heaven.
So in the show, Locke was the “believer”. He was the only one who wanted to stay on the island, and yet he left believing he could save the island by bringing the Oceanic 6 back. He became a martyr, murdered by Ben Linus. And then he was seemingly resurrected.
The only problem is, he seems to be overtaken by evil, a force more representative of Satan. Why can’t the Lost writers make this simpler for me and stick to the script? Sigh.
Of course, the title also corresponds to his WHAT IF life, in which Locke is a substitute teacher. Oh how I love the Lost writers’ play on words.
The writers were leading viewers to assume that if the Oceanic flight had never crashed, the passengers would have gone on to lead their depressing, meaningless lives. And yet, the opposite seems to be true.
In their alternate existence, they all seem much happier than they would have been. Perhaps it’s because Jacob didn’t enter the picture and “pull” them toward the island, as the New Locke explained.
Locke is now in a seemingly healthy relationship with Helen. Before, he was sad and depressed, screaming into the phone, begging her to come with him to Australia.
He meets Hurley, who is the confident and secure owner of his company. On the plane, he actually told someone he always had “good luck”.
And he meets Rose, who still has terminal cancer, but has reconciled with her condition and also seems happy with her life.
Perhaps those that had been “touched” by Jacob in the parallel world weren’t affected by him in this existence. Except there’s one problem with that theory: Locke wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for Jacob bringing him back from the dead after his fall from the office building.
I loved the part of the episode where the New Locke was zooming around the island in the shape of the Smoke Monster. And I’m wondering if he is the first of the characters to meet his alternate self on the island. He is the only character who is there in two forms, one dead and one alive, although inhabited by something else.
Of course, the big question from last night is about the names written on the roof of Jacob’s cave. How had he selected each of the “candidates” and why? Am I remembering correctly or did the numbers assigned to each of the remaining candidates correspond to Hurley’s lotto numbers and the numbers on the hatch?
And was Kate’s name missing from the cave? I know they showed flashbacks of Jacob’s encounter with Jack, John, Sayid, the Kwon’s, Sawyer and Hurley. But I don’t remember anything about Kate.
The New Locke specifically asks the question of which Kwon was being referred to on the cave wall, as if to draw attention to that question. But when Aldo was about to kill Jin, the other Other begs him not to because he apparently is a candidate.
It does seem like the show is starting to answer some questions, even if I don’t understand the answers yet.
Regardless, there were a few moments to love last night:
- Seeing Ben’s alternate life if even HE had not been brought to the island. Now he is waging war against the other teachers in the teacher’s lounge over how to properly take care of the coffee pot.
- His eulogy at Locke’s funeral. “He was a believer. He was a much better man than I will ever be, and I’m sorry I murdered him.”
- The New Locke/Esau guy reveals that he also is just a man brought to the island by Jacob. It seems that he was the most unhappy with this position as a candidate and the first to stand up to him, rather than going along with his manipulation of his life. But how did he become the Smoke Monster?
And finally, who was the little boy who was giving New Locke chills when he saw him? I was betting that he was a boy version of Jacob. When he told New Locke it was against the rules to kill him, was he referring to Sawyer? Or was he making a statement about how he killed Jacob?
What did you think? I would love to hear your theories. And for more Lost posts, check out Rocks in My Dryer.
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Last night’s episode of Lost has my mind spinning with theories about the meaning of the show. Instead of rehashing the details of the episode (if you are reading this you probably already saw it), I am going to write about what I think things mean.
GIANT CHESS GAME
The most disturbing element of the episode for me came at the end when we see Claire taking on the role of Danielle Rouseau. Claire apparently has been prowling the island with her shotgun, setting traps for people and living in the jungle by herslef.
My theory on this is that if the Losties are pawns in a big universal game of Chess, then just as players need pawns, rooks, a king and queen to play the game, the gods need certain characters, too.
Both Danielle and Claire have similar characteristics: Each is a single, pregnant woman who gives birth to her baby on the island. Is Claire a replacement for Danielle? Or could it be that Danielle was being used by one of the gods while Claire is being used by the other?
Likewise, Christian Shephard was brought to the island in a coffin the first time around, and seemed to be aligned with Jacob since he was found hanging out in Jacob’s cabin. This time around, John Locke came to the island in a coffin and is now being used by the evil force, “Esau”.
It seems there must be something significant about how Claire spontaneously decided the name for her baby would be Aaron. With all of the Biblical references in the show, could this have a connection to the fact that Aaron was the son of the Biblical Jacob?
The Others told Jack that his sister (Claire) became infected with the evil force on the island. But could it be that just like Rousseau, whose friends were overtaken by evil, Claire also is trying to protect herself from the “infection”.
Another reason for this “Chess” theory, which of course, started with that creepy trailer involving the chess board, was when Jack asked the leader of the Others how he came to the island. Dogen says something along the lines of: “I was brought here, just like everyone else.”
My second theory from last night’s show has to do with the idea of free will vs. destiny.
At this point, we seem to be watching the characters in two parallels existences, one showing life on the island and the other showing what would happen if they had never crashed.
However, I’m wondering if the show will reveal that despite their circumstances, the characters’ lives are destined for certain outcomes. Even without the crash, the characters are starting to make connections with each other.
For example, Claire wasn’t meant to give up her baby for adoption, regardless of whether she crashed. Next enters sneaky, scary Ethan, who is still alive in the parallel universe. Does this mean he will steal Claire’s baby again?
And what about Kate? It looks like regardless of her situation, she is a good person at heart who want to love others, but she is destined to run from situations and avoid commitment. In both story lines, she has become Claire’s “protector”.
We also learned a lot more in this episode about the “infection”, which we first heard about from Rousseau in Season 1.
It seems that the forces of the island are able to take over the bodies of people who die or are killed. We saw this happen with Rousseau’s friends, who were lured into the hole of the smoke monster and then emerged “changed” as if something had inhabited their bodies. Rousseau ended up killing them to protect herself.
Now, we see that the Others are convinced Sayid is being overtaken by the evil force. They are somehow convinced of this by how Sayid reacted to his torture. (Should it have killed a mere mortal?)
The Others seem to be giving Sayid a “witch test”. First, they try to drown him. If he lives, it proves he is a witch, but if he’s not a witch, well then, he’s dead. Same with the torture. If he’s a mere mortal, it will kill him. (Darn.) If he survives, it proves he’s infected.
The Others also seem to be very concerned about keeping the other Losties alive. Perhaps they are afaid that if they are killed, their bodies will be used for evil.
WHAT KATE DOES
Finally, I love the fact that this episode “What Kate Does” is a reference to the name of the earlier episode, “What Kate Did” in Season 2. Does this mean we will now get an episode focusing on the life of each of the Losties and what would have happened if they plane had not crashed? It looks very likely.
What did you think? Do you think I’m way off base with my theories? Do you have any ideas about what all of this means? Let me know in the comments!
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After such a long break of thinking about Lost, my brain seems to have grown mushy in its attempts to process space jumping, alternate realities, and hydrogen bombs that detonate but don’t actually hurt anyone. I think my brain was still spinning even while I was asleep as I attempted to make sense of last night’s Season 6 Premiere.
So, let’s just break it down.
It was Groundhog Day, which gave us a hint we might have to live the same day over and over in two different scenarios.
The Lost writers gave us flashbacks in the first few seasons. Then they switched to flashforwards, and then the characters flashed back and forth through time. This season, it seems we are following them in two separate realities.
First, we have the big WHAT IF the bomb did go off and reset the timeline that would have caused Oceanic 815 to crash.
The characters are back on the plane. The plane shakes, but they don’t crash. We are reminded just how sad many of them were back then. Back in time before life on the island.
Except. This isn’t the past. This is actually the future. They didn’t get on that plane until 30 years after they would have thrown that hydrogen bomb into the huge hole in the ground.
And although they are all complete strangers on the flight, they start making connections. Jack saves the life of Charlie. He gives his card to John Locke. He chats with Rose and Desmond.
Sawyer meets Kate. He talks to Hurley. John makes a connection with Boone. And Kate shares a cab with Claire.
Are they all destined to get to know each other whether or not they crash on the island?
We also learn that in this WHAT IF world, the Lost island has sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Was that a result of the bomb or something else?
Then we go back to the present, which is actually the past since the Losties were working in the Dharma camp in the 1970s. At first, I thought they were waking up after a flash through time. But it seems they were waking up just moments after the bomb exploded.
However, that wasn’t your average H-bomb. Even Juliet, who was lying right beside it is still alive.
We are starting to learn more about Jacob and his nemesis, who I will call Esau. Jacob appears to Hurley and informs him that he died an hour ago. He gives him instructions to take Sayid to “The Temple” where he will be healed.
There, we are introduced to a whole new cast of characters, which in and of itself was mind-boggling. Who are these people? They seem to be aligned with Jacob, living in his temple with the healing water. And strangely, some of the passengers of the original flight 815 are living with them.
Over on another part of the island, we learn that Esau is Evil Incarnate. He has taken over Locke’s body, uses his superhuman strength to kill people, makes really scary faces, and most importantly, we learn that he IS the smoke monster!
While Jacob seems to be represented by light and water, as in the temple, Esau manifests himself through smoke and fire. White and black. Healing and Death. Water and Fire. Good vs. Evil.
I really have no idea what all of this means or where this season is going. However, the writers did give us quite a few clues.
- Juliet’s final words, as spoken through Miles, were that “it worked”. Somehow, Juliet is aware of how her life would have progressed in a WHAT IF scenario and is able to identify that the bomb did go off.
- Cindy, the flight attendant from the first flight, who is now living at The Temple, explains that Jack and Co. are from the “first flight”. She could be referencing the fact that they came back to the island on a second flight. Or perhaps she means that after they reset the chain of events, another group of people were brought to the island on another flight.
- Jacob gives Hurley a guitar case, which contains a list of the names of those on flight 815. Could this be THE list, that has been referenced so many times throughout the show? Was it actually created by Jacob to let his companions know not to harm the Losties. And then the list is used in the future to find them all and bring them to the island?
- After Jack saves Charlie’s life, he reprimands him for helping him. “I was supposed to die,” he tells Jack. Ironic, since we know that Charlie does have to die to save everyone later.
- Desmond appears on the plane and then mysteriously disappears. Desmond would have been working in the hatch at that time, so he couldn’t have been on Oceanic 815. Oh, except that there was no hatch because it was never built.
- Christian Shephard’s coffin is lost. What does that mean? Did he somehow get transported to the island without the rest of the plane?
- What did the new fake John Locke mean when he talked about Richard being “in chains”?
- And strangely, in this future scenario, it seems that Jack and John have reversed roles a bit. Now John explains to Jack that he has an incurable spinal condition. And Jack retorts that nothing is irreversible. So, now Jack is the one with the extra measure of faith?
- Finally, we have Sayid’s sudden resurrection. Could this actually be Jacob coming back to life through Sayid?
The Losties thought that if they detonated the bomb, it would reset the timeline of history and they would never land on the island. However, it seems that they must continue to live their lives in the 1970s. We also flash forward to the future when they were on the original Oceanic 815.
Should we just view these two timelines as the past and the present? Or is one reality and one a dream? Or are they somehow living in a Groundhog Day state where they will relive the same time over and over with different scenarios?
What did you think of last night’s premiere? Do you have any ideas or theories about how the season will progress?
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