LOST Recap: Season 6, Episode 15: “What They Died For”

20 05 2010

Hey everyone, was that one of the best “setup” episodes ever or what?  You had to be thinking coming in that this was going to be one of those episodes where the pieces on the chess board were being moved around to their rightful starting places for the finale.  But wow, was it me, or was it so much more than that?  After the polarizing “Across The Sea”, I have to think that everyone is back on board and ready to ride the wave of fun into the finale.  Although my level of excitement is somewhat tempered by knowing that Sunday will bring the last LOST ever, I know that the writers have been leading up to this moment for quite some time now, and I know that they’re ready to deliver.  I simply can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

That being said, we’ve still got this episode to analyze.  Although we’re at the point now where there’s not much mystery being revealed, there was still a ton to discuss.

Jack’s got a real pain in the neck

Jack's got a bloody neck again, just like in the season premiere

We were shown this way back in the premiere, but the writers wanted to make sure you didn’t forget: Jack’s got a bit of a problem with a bloody neck.  I’m sure we’ll see how this ties in when the finale airs, but I can’t help but to think back to an old favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation when I see this.  The episode was called “Frame of Mind”, and it had one of the main characters, Commander Riker, continually experiencing a cut on his right forehead.  Different things would trigger it, and sometimes nothing would.  Eventually, we came to learn that Riker was in fact being held in stasis in an alien mind experiment.  The spot on his forehead that continued to bleed in his dreams was where the aliens had hooked up some sort of monitoring system to him.  So what does all that mean?  Well, I think the first guess is that perhaps Jack experiences some sort of throat slash in the main timeline, perhaps similar to what happened to Zoe.  And perhaps he’s either carrying this memory with him, he’s stuck in some sort of stasis himself.  Perhaps the whole flash-sideways as an elaborate Matrix-type experience for everyone in it.  And perhaps, just perhaps, everyone in it has died in the main timeline.

It’s funny; the more I try to theorize about what’s going to happen in the finale, the more I realize how crazy I sound.  But really, the writers have given us so little to go on, that we’re reduced to this kind of wackiness if we want to make any guess at all.  Part of me just wants to sit back, stop theorizing, and let the finale come to me.  I’m sure that’ll happen on Sunday, but after years of theorizing on this blog, I can’t stop now, no matter how off-the-wall some of the logical conclusions might seem.  I hope you guys continue to bear with me.

“Is your mom coming too?”

So…any guesses as to who David’s mom is?  Even money in the office is that it’s Juliet, but who knows for certain.  At this point though, I think it would be more of a trick that it *is* Sarah, as opposed to it not being her.  Clearly, we’ll find out soon enough.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but the sideways universe (with the Shephard family enjoying breakfast together) is almost a little too good to be true right now.  I’m nearly 100% convinced that the sideways is going to be the epilogue of the series, as some have surmised.  But if it’s that simple…if the events on the island lead to the sideways and there is no further conflict to resolve, I will be highly disappointed.  I almost feel as though this timeline is the result of some great compromise, and that the LOSTies have to “wake up” in order to deal with it.  If somehow the island thread ends with the LOSTies defeating Smokey and getting this timeline as a result, it would seem like a bit of a cop-out.  I hate to jump to conclusions (especially unfounded ones), but I wanted to be on record for that before the finale airs.

Desmond the mastermind

I’m not sure how Desmond knows as much as he does, or how he’s got all of the contacts he has (Widmore, perhaps?), but he’s got a grand plan that he’s desperate to enact.  Clearly, just “knowing” about the island timeline is not enough.  He’s trying to get the right people to remember, perhaps because there’s some final action that they have to take?  Or, because they have to “wake up” from the dream?  Not sure, but the Desmond thread in the sideways timeline makes for an intriguing diversion from the island thread.

“We have to kill him”

Jack and Kate agree that they must kill Locke

The mood on the beach is as somber as it gets, knowing that of all of the survivors of Flight 815, there’s only the 4 of them left.  But amidst all of the sorrow, there is resolve.  The resolve that they must some way, any way, kill the man masquerading as John Locke.  Don’t ask me how they’re going to do it, because honestly, I have no idea.  It’s interesting to think about, because we know so little about any limitations that the monster has.  In fact, we’re not even sure why he can’t break through the sonic fence or the circle of ash.  But we know that when he’s in physical form, he can be physically moved, as Jack demonstrated by pushing him in the water in “The Candidate”.  So perhaps Desmond can get close enough to carry him into one of the island’s electromagnetic anomolies?  Perhaps the original tunnel of light itself?  I’m just typing out loud here…if any of you have something more well thought-out, please share in the comments!

“Welcome back Mr. Locke, it’s good to see you!”

You want to know who I am?

OK, admit it, how many of you thought, “Not again!” when Desmond fired up the car as Locke crossed the street?  The writers definitely got me on that one.  But what might have been even more shocking was that sideways Ben managed to get his “vision” of island time via a complete beatdown at the hands of Desmond.  I definitely didn’t see that one coming.  And the best part was that it seemed as though Desmond knew that would be the result…

“What’s that?  A secreter room?”

It’s those types of lines that make me happy that the writers haven’t found a way to kill off Miles just yet.  I love his one-liners even more than Sawyer’s nicknames, and this one was perfect.  It was certainly a great way to break the tension before the action about to unfold.

Desmond turns himself in…to get Kate and Sayid out

As I said earlier, it’s hard to do much analysis on large parts of this episode: what you see is what you get.  But here’s just another example that it’s simply not enough for Desmond to get certain folks to remember.  He’s looking to accomplish something that requires all of our LOSTies, and he’s willing to go to great lengths to make it happen.

Little boy Jacob appears for the last time

Boy Jacob claims his ashes

Add another tick mark to the growing list of theories I’ve mentioned that have not come to fruition.  As we learned last episode, the little boy we’ve been seeing antagonizing Locke is none other than Jacob himself.  Some of you correctly guessed that, so kudos to you!  My thought that it was a reincarnated Locke clearly is not the case.  Swing and a miss on that one!  But it was good to see Jacob again, even if this is the last time.  He’s got some critical info to share with the LOSTies (and us), and it was nice to have that before the finale.

“These are both great plans, but I’m gonna go with surviving.”

One thing you may have missed in the chaos that ensued later in this scene, is that Miles ends up taking the backpack with the explosives.  And, in addition, he gets one of the walkie talkies from Ben.  Considering that Miles escapes the wrath of Smokey (at least for now), it’s important to note that the C-4 is still in play, and in Miles’ hands.

“I know this man, all he wants is for me to join him.”

Smokey takes Richard for a ride

Uh, not exactly.  Did any of you expect Richard to be taken out so quickly?  I don’t know if Jacob gave Richard eternal life or eternal youth when he recruited him to be his liaison, but I’d be seriously worried either way after an attack like that.  Of course, Ben’s reaction is classic…what else to do after the Smoke Monster violently assaults someone right next to you than to go sit on a deck chair?  Makes sense to me!

“We insist, even if we have to kidnap you.”

It was nice to see Danielle again, especially since I thought I had read that the actress didn’t have time to come back and be part of the show’s final season.  Of course, the line she says to Ben regarding him driving home with them was a great throwback to the his introduction back in Season 2, when Danielle caught him in a trap and turned him over to the LOSTies.

Ben and Danielle share a moment

By the way, I know I’ve said it before, but I’m consistently amazed by Michael Emerson’s subtle acting abilities.  He does a fantastic job here of showing us how his character doesn’t realize until a few moments later that Danielle said “next time” when referring to their dinner together.  It seems as though Ben will get a second chance with his “daughter” in the sideways universe…

“How nice to be able to talk without those fences between us.”

Zoe is murdered by the Smoke Monster

Too bad for Widmore and Zoe that talking is not what Locke actually had in mind.  Clearly, Smokey is through scheming and plotting, and is ready to use physical force directly and purposefully in order to get what he needs.  Zoe is murdered within seconds, and Ben takes out Widmore when he tries to make a play to save his daughter.  The deaths didn’t end with “The Candidate”, and somehow, I don’t see a fatality-free finale, either.

Ben takes out Widmore

What really makes this scene interesting, however, is the return of the old Ben.  Some of you had been lamenting about Ben and the role he had been relegated to in Season 6.  Clearly, as Smokey’s right-hand man, he can get back to his devious ways.  He may attempt to double-cross Smokey if the time and opportunity is right, but even so, he’s far from the man sitting in the background, waiting for the action to be brought to his doorstep.

“I think I’m ready to get out of this chair.”

OK, so I’m an admitted Locke fan, which makes this assessment biased.  But hearing those words from sideways Locke made me hope for the first time that the sideways timeline was the epilogue.  In the big picture, I’m still hesitant about how convenient it is for all of the characters to have these “fairy-tale” endings.  But I suppose that if it this is somehow shown to be the “real” Locke, and he finds his way out of the wheelchair and begins to take on the demeanor of the Locke we saw on the island, then I guess I’ll take the trade-off.  Still, I’m hoping that the writers have some special trick up their sleeves…

“I chose you because you needed this place as much as it needed you.”

Jacob explains the candidates' purpose

The Jacob fireside chat was great in terms of putting all of the pieces together about the overarching reason why all of the LOSTies were on the island: Jacob knew he would eventually be killed by Smokey, and he needed a replacement lined up.  In fact, Jacob does such a good job of explaining the situation, that it’s hard to do any additional breakdown or analysis here.

One thing I feel compelled to point out is when Jacob says, “it’s just a line of chalk in a cave.”  Why would I want to mention that?  Well, if we know anything about LOST, it’s that things are never quite what they seem.  And honestly, it seems just too soon, too convenient, and too obvious that Jack would become the new protector of the island.  In fact, Jacob himself questions whether or not Jack’s response is a statement or a question.  Think about it this way: everything we’ve seen regarding protectors of the island leads us to believe that it’s a job that encompasses hundreds, if not thousands, of years.  And since Jack is told that he has to protect the island “for as long as he can”, you’d think that he’d have the job as long as crazy mother or Jacob had it.  But what if that’s just conditioning on our part?  What if Smokey manages to kill Jack a single day after he takes the job?  If he’s been playing this game for thousands of years, and Jack has been at it for hours, is there any reason to think that Jack can outwit him?  If Smokey plays him, and manages to off him by slicing his neck (or having someone else…like Ben…do so), then wouldn’t they need another replacement quickly?  I could certainly be way off base here, but I’m not convinced that Jack has this job for the long haul.

Desmond breaks the Oceanic jailbirds out

Desmond, Kate, and Sayid break out with the help of Ana Lucia

Awesome cameo by Ana Lucia here as the driver of the truck, and a great scene of the front end of a master plan yet to be executed in the finale.  It’s too bad that the writers couldn’t have made the flash-sideways this compelling from the start, as it may not have had such mixed responses if they had.  Regardless, it’s interesting to note that Hurley already has full understanding of the island timeline.  He recognizes Ana Lucia, even if she doesn’t “remember” him.  I’m actually excited for the answers to some flash-sideways questions: what Desmond is ultimately up to here, and of course,  more importantly, how the whole sideways timeline ties in to the main timeline.  Only a few days until we find out!

“I’m gonna destroy the island.”

A fantastic way to end the episode, with everyone having clear motivation and purpose for the finale.  It’s now just a matter of who will be able to execute their plans, and who will fail.  If we know LOST like we think we do, the outcome may not be abundantly clear, even after it’s all over.

Post-episode questions

1. How does Jack’s bloody neck relate to the connection between the two timelines?

2. Now that Jack is the protector of the island, what does he “know”, or what can he “see”?

3. What exactly is Desmond up to, both on-island and in the flash-sideways?

4. Is Ben really playing for Smokey, or is he just waiting for the right moment to stab him in the back?

5. Can you believe that we only have one episode left before the end of LOST?

I hope you found this episode as entertaining as I did…I think the writers gave us a setup episode that transcended their typical offerings of that nature, and really whet my appetite for the finale.  Just an FYI: I’ll be back here on Friday to give you any nuggets of info that I can glean from the Times Talks Live event on Thursday night.  I doubt we’ll get much with respect to the finale, but we’ll likely get some good insights on how Damon & Carlton constructed the show’s path, and the obstacles they ran into.  As we wrap up LOST forever, I think that’s as interesting a topic as any.

Thanks again for stopping by!





LOST Recap: Season 6, Episode 9: “The Package”

31 03 2010

Well, we’ve officially passed the halfway point, for better or for worse.  It hasn’t really sunk in for me yet that we only have 8 hours of LOST left.  But I’ve been reading a lot of negative posts around the web lately, and it troubles me.  Seriously, if any of you are feeling that way, there are only 8 hours left…you’ve got to enjoy the moment.  If you’ve enjoyed the journey thus far, if you’ve invested this much time in the show, then take what’s coming and enjoy it for what it is: the grand climax of an intricate 6-year story.  To show disdain now because all of the answers you’ve been waiting for aren’t what you’ve hoped for in your mind…well, that’s just silly.  It’s really not about the story you want to hear; it’s about the story Damon and Carlton want to tell.  I do alot of analysis on this blog, and at times I’m very critical of the way things play out on the screen.  But getting so jaded that you don’t enjoy the show?

None of that may apply to any of you who come here, but I wanted bring it up.  I prefer to enjoy the good things while I have them.  I guarantee you that if you look for the negative, you’ll inevitably find it.

OK, enough of that, let’s get to the review!  The episode wasn’t as spectacular or as grand in scale as “Ab Aeterno”, but what could be?  It was solid in and of itself, and gave us a few things to ponder…

“The Package”

Did any of you guess the dual meaning before the show aired?  I thought the package that Jin had for Keamy was fairly obvious, but I also figured that Widmore’s surprise was also part of the title.  I just wasn’t sure that it would be what it turned out to be.  But we’ll get to that a bit more at the end of the post…

“The only way we can leave the island is if all of the names that haven’t been crossed off go together.”

Finally an explanation!  I was wondering (I believe I mentioned it in last week’s post) why Smokey didn’t just up and leave as soon as Jacob was killed by Ben.  Now we have our explanation.  Interestingly, as much as Smokey seems all-powerful on-island, there are certainly physical limitations as to what he can and can’t do.  We get to see a bunch of these weaknesses in this episode, the first coming here.  Smokey wants desperately to leave the island, but he’s not going anywhere unless he can convince Jack, Sawyer, Hurley, Sayid, Jin and Sun to go with him…or, as the case may be, to remove them from the list.  And I bet you can guess how he intends to do that.  A bit more on this a little later.

“Two rooms.  Two.”

Two rooms?

Nothing overly surprising in the early flash-sideways sequences.  Jin and Sun aren’t married, it appears as though Sun truly doesn’t know English, and she’s got a bank account that she hopes to use for running away with Jin.  But what’s most intriguing is that she has something that she wants to share with Jin, just before Keamy knocks on the door…

“Anger, happiness, pain…I don’t feel it anymore.”

Interesting happenings with Sayid at the start of this episode.  While it’s been clear since “Sundown” that the Sayid we knew has become twisted in some way and crossed over to the dark side, we don’t know just how this has happened, or what other side effects might be in store.  Clearly, he’s been numbed as a result of the process.  What could be next?  And perhaps more importantly, does he have any hope for redemption?  Is his condition in any way reversible?  It’s very interesting to follow Sayid through his transformation.

Jin tries to make a break for it…

 …but instead is kidnapped by Widmore’s crew (I guess “The Subbies” is the official term for these guys.)  The intersting thing to take from this isn’t so much that The Subbies want Jin, but that Smokey was completely oblivious to this attack.  Again, we’re seeing some of his weaknesses in this episode, and Widmore is the one exposing them.  Apparently, he knows that UnLocke is limited to his physical field of vision, and so once he leaves camp, the team can sneak in and get their prize.

Flocke is stunned to find his camp infiltrated

Another fact to take from this ambush is that Widmore is *only* interested in Jin.  If he wanted to thwart Smokey’s plans directly, he could have done much more here to split The Smoking Club into factions, but he doesn’t try that at all.  He’s after something specific, and he really doesn’t much care what MIB is up to.  I’ll leave you with that to ponder for now, and dive a little deeper later on.

“I don’t want to hear about how this is our purpose or destiny!”

I suppose you could say that there are candidates, and then there are CANDIDATES.  Sun certainly appears to fall in the former as opposed to the latter.  She’s about as unwilling as you could be for a potential candidate, which makes you wonder whether or not it’s her or Jin that “Kwon” is referring to.  In reality, it would be a pretty major twist if either of them turned out to be the one.  And in this same scene, it sure seems like Jack has become as big a believer as Locke once was.  Let’s hope he doesn’t meet with the same fate…

“What are you doing here?”

After Sun convinces Jack to leave, she gets a new visitor, one that she really doesn’t want around.  But Smokey’s got to do the rounds.  He’s clearly trying to recruit each of the candidates…giving all of them a chance to join the Smoking Club.  I would imagine that before we get to the finale, Smokey will also try to recruit Hurley and Jack, to complete the list.  The question will be, what will happen to those that choose not to join?  I suspect that he can’t kill them directly, as much as he’d like to, so he’ll likely try to get his team to carry out the dirty work.  It’ll be interesting to see how that plays itself out.

Widmore wants Jin for his topography skills

I don't think she's looking for the local Starbucks

Now there’s a quality I never knew Jin had!  In all seriousness, Widmore is clearly interested in harnessing some electro-magnetic energy.  He’s hopeful that Jin will help out.  But the question is, why?  Why does he need that energy, and what is he going to use it for?  Widmore’s always wanted to control the island, and this latest ploy seems to be yet another attempt at the same.  To what end remains to be seen…

“Once she does, whatever happens, happens”

It’s interesting: at times, it appears as though the writers are trying to make us think that perhaps Jacob isn’t telling the whole truth.  That perhaps, Smokey may just be the guy we should be feeling sorry for.  After all, he’s been trapped on this island against his will for hundreds of years.  Even Jacob himself has admitted as much.  But then we get a line like this from Flocke, and we have no choice but to think that he’s an inherently evil creature.  Despite any potential head-fakes to the contrary, Locke is simply not to be trusted.

“Can’t you just turn into smoke and fly your ass over the water?”

Kind of obvious, but I wanted to quickly point out yet anothet limitation of Smokey brought to the forefront in this episode.  While it appears as though he can float over land however he’d like, he can’t traverse the water in the same fashion.  Of course, that’s likely part of the design that keeps him on the island like a cork keeps the wine in the bottle.  It’ll be interesting to see if any of these limitations are used against him in the final battle.

“What’s that guy’s name, the Russian guy that speaks like nine different languages…Danny’s friend.”

Mikhail escorts Sun to the bank

Always cool to see Mikhail, even if his screen time was extremely limited in the flash-sideways.  He was one of my favorite Others, right up there with Mr. Friendly.  Also, it looks like the writers threw a bone to some of the more hard-core LOST watchers, seemingly referencing Danny Pickett, the guy that picked on Sawyer in the cages, and was eventually killed by Juliet on-island.

“Why won’t you believe me?”

“Because you’re speaking.”  Not much insight or analysis here, I just wanted to note how much I loved that line!

“A wise man once said that war was coming to this island.  I think it just got here.”

War isn't coming; it's here

Seriously, if you had been waiting hundreds of years to be free, and just as you were about to escape, someone stole one of 6 pieces you needed to get out, wouldn’t you be a bit peeved too?  It seems that Widmore knows most of Smokey’s weaknesses, but he’s playing a very dangerous game here.  He ought to be careful about what he’s doing, since one wrong move could mean Smokey attacking.  Since Widmore’s not a candidate, I doubt that there would be any reservation about killing him if he could…

“We’re going to destroy it.”

Sun gives Richard a piece of her mind...even if he can't understand her

As Sun went ballastic about Richard’s plans, I couldn’t help but to think that everyone seems to have a different goal and perspective about what they’re hoping for as we hurtle towards the finale.  Even though there are multiple people in Team Jacob and the Smoking Club, I would argue that each of the principles have a different agenda.  Jack may well be aligned with Jacob since he’s trying to fulfill his destiny, but somehow I think he’s going to make a sacrifice to enable someone else’s rise, as opposed to being the man himself.  Hurley is a loyal follower, but has a mindset more akin to a child than anything else.  Sun wants to find Jin and get off the island, Miles wants to get his diamonds and get home, Lapidus is simply along for the ride, and Ben is there because he has nowhere else to go.  On the other side, Flocke is obviously trying to leave, but Sayid is doing what he’s doing to leverage personal gain, Sawyer is shooting for the big con to get off the island, Kate’s there because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and Claire can’t wait for the opportunity to try to kill Kate again.  And all of that doesn’t even speak to the motivation of Widmore’s team, who appears to be on neither’s side, and just wants to exploit the unique properties of the island.

It makes for a potential free-for-all in the finale, where everyone is trying to exert their will, where “alignment” will be used very loosely.  I certainly hope it plays out that way, as it would make for a fascinating last episode.

“If that thing masquerading as John Locke ever got off this island, your wife, your daugher, my daughter, everyone we know and love…would simply cease to be.”

It’s really hard to tell just how much you can believe from Widmore.  He certainly seems more believeable than Ben, but he’s also done some truly sneaky things.  I think that there’s a measure of truth to what he says, but I don’t think you can take it at face value.  The reason why I’m so critically analyzing his character is because I’m unsure of what to make of his words in this scene.  “Cease to be”?  Is this a reference to creating the alternate timeline if he leaves the island?  So, with respect to some of the theories we’ve toyed with here…are the flash-sideways not only what happens if Smokey wins, but *also* the epilogue?  You could certainly make the argument if you take Widmore’s words at face value.  Certainly yet another intriguing twist to the plot…

The flash-sideways take a turn for the worse…

This is NOT how you want to find out that your lover is pregnant

And I don’t mean that as a qualitative assessment of the writing.  Finally, after multiple episodes where the flash-sideways have had little to no real consequence for our LOSTies, Sun takes a stray bullet, and her ability to survive is in question.  And even more disconcerting is that we find out what Sun has been hiding from Jin.  She’s pregnant!  And now our concern for the unborn baby is even higher than our concern for Sun.  Could this be the beginning of the downward spiral that would be associated with the “if the LOSTies lose” theory of the flash-sideways?  Even if it isn’t, it adds a bit of drama to them that we may not have seen previously.

Jack’s tomato: a metaphor for Sun and Jin’s love?

It seems somewhat randomly placed in the episode, which means that there is likely some hidden meaning.  You could say the same for Sun’s sudden inability to speak English, but I think that’s more of a plot device, and probably something that will become more evident in a future episode.  For now, Jack convinces Sun to join Team Ilana in their trek to Hydra Island, and their desire to stop Smokey from leaving.

And the package is…

Desmond is the package

…Desmond!  Probably not the biggest of surprises.  But what might be more of a mystery is what exactly Widmore intends to do with him.  Clearly, Des has a connection with the island that is unlike just about anyone else.  And he’s clearly been brought back against his will.  Based upon Widmore’s interests in the electro-magnetic pockets, and Desmond’s special relationship with time on the island, you’d have to think that Widmore is planning on some time travel activities.  But to what end?  I can’t imagine that he believes anything other than “Whatever Happened, Happened”, so he can’t expect to change the past in any way.  How can he use time travel to impact the present?  I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to find out the answer…

Post-episode questions

1. Now that we know that Smokey needs the candidates to leave the island with him in order to escape, how the heck does he try to convince Jack and Hurley to go?

2. Can Sayid ever find redemption and come back from the state he’s in?

3. What is Widmore’s ulterior motive?  Does he align with either of the other two camps, or is he playing his own game?

4. Will Sun and her baby survive in the flash-sideways?  Is this only the beginning of the terrible things to happen to our LOSTies in that timeline?

5. How does Desmond’s special relationship with the island fit into all of this?

That’s all for this week!  I hope all of you enjoyed the episode!  Next week looks like it could be very interesting…





LOST Recap: Season 6, Episode 7: “Recon”

18 03 2010

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by!  I’m back with a recap of the Sawyer-centric episode “Recon”.  So, here’s my question of the day: are you happy with the overall trend of the season so far?  I gotta tell you, I thought that “Recon” was fairly pedestrian, especially for a show like LOST.  I know that a bunch of you really liked it, and are wondering what the heck I’m talking about.  But for me, the episode did very little to advance the on-island plot, and the alternate timeline is still a major mystery.  We’ve had a couple of great episodes this season, with “The Substitute” and “Sundown” being fantastic examples of why this show is so good.  But after last night and the earlier “What Kate Does”, I’m really feeling like the season has been hit-or-miss so far.  I’m hopeful for another incredible installment next week, but who knows?  Anyway, I’ll get started with the recap now, but if any of you have commentary on the season’s episode quality so far, I’d love to hear it.

“Recon”

OK, so I have to admit that I stole this from the podcast this week, but isn’t it great when the show’s title has double-meaning?  For those of you who didn’t hear the podcast or gave it much thought, the episode title probably jumped out at you as short-hand for “reconnaissance”, which is what Locke had Sawyer do when he sent him to Hydra Island.  But the double-meaning could be “to con again”, which could be a valid description for what Sawyer ends up doing at the end of the episode.  Regardless, it’s cool to know Team Darlton is still trying to be creative with the titles, even as we approach the end of the series.

“If she’s here, you got my word, we ain’t leavin’ without her.”

Sawyer gives Jin his word

An interesting way to start the episode, with Sawyer helping Jin get over his injury.  OK, so that in itself isn’t strange, but I think Sawyer’s promise to Jin is.  For a guy who’s so desperate to get off the island, why would he commit to something that could potentially hinder his escape plan?  You’d have to think that he wouldn’t lie to Jin, or say what he did just to get him to come along.  It’ll be interesting to see this play out if at some point Sawyer has to choose between a quick escape or going back to make sure Sun can come along.

“Here’s the thing dimples, I can spot a con man”

I'm a cop, not a con man...

Loved this line!  Sawyer finally gets the nickname game turned on him, as the woman in his bed is all over the con game, and doesn’t bite.  But lo and behold, it’s not a true con, it’s a setup.  In the alternate timeline, Sawyer’s a cop!  But what is even more intriguing to me is the fact that Mr. Ford doesn’t give himself the “Sawyer” nickname in this timeline.  He clearly doesn’t write the letter, doesn’t turn into a confidence man, and never takes on the nickname of the man who tricked his parents.  It’s actually one of the more fascinating twists in the alternate timeline, and I’ll get into it a bit more later on.

“The Black Smoke killed them.”

Smokey tries to calm Zach and Emma

For those of you that don’t go back and re-watch the episodes at least 3 times like I do, you might be surprised by one of the events in this scene, and I don’t mean the re-appearance of Cindy, Zach, and Emma.  No, I’m referring to the fact that Claire makes it a point to hold Kate’s hand as Locke talks to the little ones and tries to make them feel safe after leaving the Temple.  She clearly is a very confused human being, as she shifts from one emotion to the next and then all the way back again from the beginning to the end of the episode.  Claire’s clearly not herself, but we knew that already, right?  The question is, is that a permanent condition?  If she died and came back like Sayid, is there any coming back from the state of mind she’s in?  It’ll be interesting to see if Claire and Sayid are forever turned, or if they have any shot whatsoever at redemption before the series ends.

“It’s either kill or be killed…and I don’t wanna be killed.”

Sawyer and Smokey have a little chat

In the first part of the season, there was a little bit of misdirection going on, where it was somewhat unclear as to who might be the “good guys”, and who might be the “bad guys”.  I don’t think there’s much of that going on any more, but there are still some subtle questions that could still put some doubt in your head as to whether or not you want to root for Jacob or for Smokey.  If you take Smokey at face value (and so far we have no reason to think otherwise), then he’s been trapped for a long, long time, and you could almost justify his reactions as it relates to all of the destruction he’s left in his wake.  And now, if he truly believes that he can be killed, especially if he doesn’t get enough people on his side, then perhaps he does have to launch a pre-emptive strike in order to avoid dying.  I guess the questions are whether or not you believe him, and whether or not you’re sympathetic to his plight.  I’d venture to guess that most everyone is in Jacob’s camp right now, but things may not be so clear-cut once we get the full backstory.

Sawyer and Charlotte get it on

I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of Charlotte’s character in the series, and the scenes with her in the flash-sideways only seem to further marginalize her appearance.  In the first scene with she and Sawyer, there seem to be 3 things that the writers want to confirm and reinforce: first, that Sawyer is indeed making a concerted effort to find the original Sawyer con man, and second, that James Ford is indeed not calling himself Sawyer at any point.  Apparently, the decision to become the con man had everything to do with him using that nickname.  Since he never made that choice in this timeline, he never takes the moniker.  Finally, James is taking this whole task on by himself.  He wants absolutely no one to know about his situation, much less help him.  He seems destined to fight this battle alone…

Claire jumps Kate while Sayid watches on

Not sure which was more disturbing in this scene, Claire trying to kill Kate, or Sayid watching on as if it were a friend teeing off at the local golf course.  Amazingly, the one to stop it turns out to be Locke.  It’s a bit of a challenge to try to determine what his motivation is for doing so, but it would seem that it’s due to the fact that he really needs Kate to be playing for the Smoking Club.  It’s probably evident to him that Kate is a candidate, and having a candidate on his side might be crucial as to whether or not he wins the upcoming war.  Of course, this may end up backfiring on him in the long run, as Kate only appears to be there as a result of circumstance.  She may bolt when he least expects it, and she may take some other folks (namely, Jin, Cindy, Zach, and Emma), when she does.  But for now, it appears as though he believes his strength lies in his numbers, especially if one of those numbers is a candidate.

The bodies begin to pile up

Alright, so here’s a scene that’s not overly clear to me.  Are we supposed to assume that all of those bodies are from the Ajira flight?  If so, why were they not buried?  Is Widmore trying to attract Smokey in some way by using this tactic?  Or did Smokey himself do this before he left?  For some reason, I get the feeling that we’re supposed to know what happened here, but nothing that happened previously makes it any easier to understand exactly what went on.

Charlie’s brother comes looking for him

Not a ton to add here, it’s just a nice touch to see that the writers haven’t completely forgotten about Charlie in the alternate timeline.  It’d be nice to learn his ultimate fate in the flash-sideways before it’s all over, and perhaps this brief moment foretells of that possibility.

The con man gets conned…or does he?

To me, there was much ado about nothing in this segment of the show.  Sawyer talks to Zoe, and Locke talks to Kate, but in the former’s case, any or all of it could be a lie, and in the latter’s case, we don’t learn much of anything we didn’t already know.  It was very strange and disappointing to me to watch these scenes hoping to get just a tiny morsel of new info regarding the goings-on of the grand conflict, but nothing.  And as far as the twist, where Zoe’s gang comes out from behind the trees, it wasn’t much of a surprise.  Of course, if it’s not a great surprise to us, then it’s also not a great surprise to Sawyer.  He’s just playing along to see who’s behind all of this…

“I had a mother, just like everyone.  She was a very disturbed woman.”

Intriguing dialog here between Locke and Kate.  We seem to be getting the tiniest of pieces regarding Smokey’s background, and perhaps how he got stuck in this situation to begin with.  I’m interpreting his line of “problems that I’m still trying to work my way through” as an indicator that he holds her at least partially responsible for his predicament.  Clearly there’s not a ton to go on, and the conversation was more about how he was drawing a parallel between himself and Aaron’s possible fate, but I’m sure this conversation will become more relevant at some point in the future.  For now, it’s almost as if Locke is trying to drive a wedge further between Kate and Claire…suggesting that Claire is unfit to be Aaron’s mother.

Life lessons from Little House on the Prairie

Charlotte in an unforgiving mood

Interesting second-to-last flash-sideways scene, perhaps the most interesting of the season so far.  We get some major insight as to just how lost Mr. Ford is in this timeline.  He’s at home, by himself, eating microwavable dinners, and watching what could very well be a taped copy of Little House for inspiration.  And if that’s not enough, he’s fully rebuffed by Charlotte, who pretty much breaks down his situation by accident.  “I don’t know if you’re just lonely, guilty, or completely mad.”  James Ford in this timeline could probably ask himself that same question and not know the answer.  Although he has many years yet to find the Anthony Cooper that has caused him so much pain in his life, you almost get the feeling that he’s destined to never find him.  That this Sawyer…this James Ford…will spend the rest of his life hunting down a man he will never find.  And as a result, he will never find true peace.  He’ll always be alone.

In a strange way, it seems as though the Sawyer we know has also reached this stage, albeit by different means.  He found his Sawyer, and managed to kill him.  He also found love (in Juliet), but lost her.  This Sawyer also seems destined to be alone.  As he said to Kate at the top of the episode, “I ain’t with anybody, Kate”.  Sad but true.  Hopefully for Sawyer, there’s still time for that to change, in either or both timelines.

What’s in the compartment?

Alright, so I don’t have any really good guesses on this, but it’s obvious we were supposed to file this away.  Widmore’s got something pretty special locked up on his sub, and I’m sure we’ll get to see it at just the right moment.  But what could it be?  A special way to kill Smokey?  A way for him to take over the island once and for all?  Perhaps a special gift for Ben?  I’m not sure, but I’d love to read your theories in the comments!

Sawyer makes a deal with the devil

Sawyer makes a deal with Widmore

Or is it Widmore who does that?  I mean really, who do you trust less, Smokey or Widmore?  And on the flip side, if you’re either Widmore or Smokey, do you trust Sawyer to deliver what he says he’s going to?  It’s almost as if both sides will expect that Sawyer’s lying, and true chaos will ensue.  Of course, that’s just what Sawyer’s looking for, as he hopes to use that to his advantage and get off the island for good.

Claire comes full circle…

Claire breaks down and gives Kate a hug

…and I’m not sure that it’s not just an act.  But what’s even creepier is the thought that even if it’s not an act, I’m not sure that it makes it any different.  Claire has completely lost touch with the ability to control her emotions.  It’s almost as if she’s a child in an adult’s body.  One thing seems certain: when you go from holding someone’s hand to trying to murder them to hugging them and apologizing, you have achieved the definition of unpredictable.  Who the heck knows what we’ll see next from Claire…

Well lookie what we have here…

It's Kate! What a surprise!

In the final flash-sideways scene of the episode, Sawyer spills the beans to Miles about his past, and during the discussion has a fugitive fall right into his lap.  Of course, most of you probably guessed it was Kate before she was revealed.  The question is, what should he do now?  Is he going to turn her in?  Will she meet Charlie in prison?  Perhaps most importantly, when will we know anything at all about the relevance of this timeline with respect to the one we’re familiar with?  Not sure about the rest of you, but the alternate timeline has moved from an amusing diversion to a distraction from the main timeline to an annoyance in a very brief period of time.  I have the utmost faith in the writers to make it all meaningful at some point.  But it’s become a frustration to me on multiple levels at this point.  I really hope we get even the smallest of nuggets about it before the finale.  It’d be nice to play a little connect-the-dots with it prior to it being all spelled out for us.

“We’re takin’ the sub”

Nice final scene of the episode, where Sawyer shares his true plan with Kate.  It wasn’t a complete surprise that Sawyer is trying to play both sides against each other, or that he intends to steal the sub to go home.  It is interesting, however, that he’s come back from his all-about-me attitude from earlier in the season, and is now including Kate in his plans.  For those of you highly interested in how the Jack-Kate-Sawyer love triangle might end, you just got another gem to keep you guessing.

Post-episode questions:

1. What is Widmore’s ultimate plan?  Is he really there to try to kill Smokey?

2. Is there any hope for Claire?  She seems like she’s taken a permanent jump off the deep end.

3. What is Smokey waiting for?  Why not just go to the other island and kill everyone right now before the makeshift pylons can be constructed?

4. Is Sawyer destined to be unhappy in both timelines?  What can he do to change his fate?

5. If Widmore and Smokey end up duking it out, how does Team Ilana fit into the battle?  Whose side do you pick in that type of fight?

That’s all I’ve got for now!  I’m hoping to break down the alternate timeline a bit this weekend and write an entry on it, and I have high hopes for a stellar episode next week.  Richard has always been a favorite of mine since we first saw him, and I can’t wait to get more of his backstory.  But I wonder…will we see flashbacks that tell his story, or will they show us some more flash-sideways, and how he fits into that world?  As always, thanks for stopping by!





LOST Recap: Season 6, Episode 6: “Dr. Linus”

11 03 2010

Hey everyone, pretty interesting transition episode, don’t you think?  After the doom and gloom of “Sundown”, we got a very interesting story of redemption with Ben.  It’s interesting to see that some folks are not ending up on the sides you may have initially thought they might.  But I’ll touch on that in a little bit.  As always, I’m going to start from the top…

Ben and the rest head for the beach

Well, color me somewhat disappointed that they ditched the Temple so quickly.  I had hoped that maybe we’d see Ben desperately trying to escape the Temple after Smokey’s attack, and that perhaps he’d bump into Kate and try to figure out what the heck went on.  But clearly, Kate has left and joined Smokey (something I wasn’t 100% convinced of after last week, but am now), and Ben clearly knows the Temple well enough to find the secret passage and get out.  Maybe some of you were a bit tired of the Temple, but I certainly wouldn’t have minded getting a bit more info on it, and understanding exactly what mystical abilities the place had or once had.  Oh well.  In any event, we’re headed back to the beach, at least for the short term.

“Without any power, it was meaningless.  He might just as well have been dead.”

Dr. Linus

Any of you still struggling with the flash-sideways?  Despite some of the interesting goings-on there this week, I still feel like it’s a distraction.  I hope we start to get something truly meaningful out of it sooner rather than later.  The continued lack of “rules” around the alternate timeline and exactly how it ties back to the main timeline is becoming more and more difficult for me to reconcile.  On the positive side, I think we’re getting stronger instances of parallelism in them now.  I’ll touch on that more at the end of this entry. Also, I’ll key in on the quick discussion of Napoleon’s loss of power.  It was an interesting bit of foreshadowing, even if it wasn’t exactly the way I initially thought.  Because of that, it’ll be a good idea to keep the quote above in mind for when I get to the second half of the show.  Aside from that, I don’t have a ton more commentary about the first flash-sideways sequence.

“He was standing over Jacob’s dead body with a bloody dagger, so yeah, I’m pretty sure.”

Miles "talks" to Jacob

Funny how Miles uses Ben’s own words against him here.  But even more interesting is that we now know why Ilana scooped up Jacob’s ashes a few episodes back.  You might be wondering how Ilana knew that Miles would be on the island to “examine” the remains, but I’ll help you remember that you actually knew that.  Remember Miles’ flashback last season when he conned the quarterback’s father out of cash?  Well in that episode, Ilana’s counterpart, Bram, tried to recruit him away from Widmore.  Clearly Bram, and as a result Ilana, knew that Widmore was bringing Miles to the island.  And she knew that he’d be somewhere on the island, if she looked hard enough.  So that’s one mystery explained.

As far as Ben, Ilana, and the rest of the crew, it’s somewhat interesting that Ilana even lets Ben stay after getting confirmation that he killed Jacob.  But the funny thing is that I think she knew all along.  I think this was more of her way to get Ben to know that she knew…in order to set up what happens at the end of the episode.  If Smokey can recruit Sayid by preying on his interactions with Dogen, then Ilana can do a similar setup with Ben.  I think the whole thing was all part of the plan…

“This isn’t the life I wanted for you Ben.”

Contemplating what could have been...

Interesting dialog here between Ben and his father in the alternate timeline.  Here, Ben seems to have a decent relationship with his dad (at least he didn’t kill him), and we find out that the two indeed still went to the island as part of the Dharma Initiative.  However, in this timeline, they didn’t stay.  To me, it was already a given that the Dharma Initiative was on the island in this timeline as well.  We saw the Dharma Barracks on the island underwater in the first 10 minutes of the season.  But what we don’t know is when or why Roger Linus took his son and left the island.  I think if we had some more insight into that, we’d probably better understand the fork in the storyline, and perhaps, how we can relate the two timelines.  My guess is that the fork occurred at or near the time Jughead was supposed to go off.  I’m thinking that in the alternate timeline, that event never happened.  But how did that even lead to Ben and Roger leaving?  In that timeline, Sayid never shoots Ben because Sayid never comes to the island.  So any of the reasons that seem somewhat compelling (like, “Crazy Dharma people are shooting my son; I need to get off this island”) don’t exist.  I like the fact that they’re throwing us little bones like this, but I hope we get something a bit meatier to chew on in subsequent episodes…perhaps one piece of information about the island and its apparent submerging that we previously didn’t have.

“You’re candidates…to replace Jacob.”

Ilana states that there are only 6 candidates left

Nothing overly new in the beach sequence and dialog between Ilana and Sun, with the exception of the fact that Ilana states that there are six candidates left.  Exactly who does she think are the candidates?  Let’s get the easy ones out of the way: Jack, Hurley, Sun, and Jin.  Those 4 are definitely on her list.  But who else?  She has to believe that Locke is off the list since Smokey usurped his body, and you’d also think that she’s ruled out Sayid based upon Ben’s report of him killing Lennon and Dogen.  So who else is she considering?  Perhaps Sawyer?  He was on the list, and just because he’s with Smokey doesn’t mean that he can’t still be considered.  Could the other be Kate?  Even though she wasn’t one of the initial numbers that Smokey showed Sawyer, she’s still a possibility.  If I had to venture a guess, those 2 (Kate and Sawyer) would round out the final six.  If any of you have other theories, feel free to post in the comments!

And from out of the jungle comes Richard!  Again!

Gotta love Richard, he’s always popping out of the jungle at the right moment.  In fact, Jack asks where he came from, and he says that they wouldn’t believe him.  I wouldn’t read too much into that, based upon what we get later in the episode.  Basically, he came from the Temple, and saw everyone there dead.  And in an odd turn of events, he lies to get Jack and Hurley to follow him away from the Temple, and towards the Black Rock.

“How different would it have been?  The island still got you in the end.”

This is the most fascinating line of the episode for me.  Think about this for a minute: in the alternate timeline, Ben has been to the island.  Are we to assume that the island will still get him in the end?  Or, is the alternate timeline the consequence of what happens if Smokey wins and the island is left without a protector?  And in that timeline, the island doesn’t “get” anyone in the end?  Ever since the alternate timeline was introduced (and even before that, actually), I had thought that it was going to be about what happened if the LOSTies didn’t follow Jacob’s plan, and Smokey won.  I could be reading too much into this, but does the fact that alternate-timeline Ben does not get called back to the island mean that Smokey has won in that timeline?  I hope so.  I think the only way to show the consequence of losing the battle is to have this flash-sideways.  I think that makes for a much more compelling story than an eventual convergence of the two…but what do I know?

Ilana ties Ben to a tree

As stated earlier, I think all of this is just a way to get Ben to come to grips with what he’s done.  He has to feel a sense of coming face-to-face with his death to have the sort of turn-around he experiences later in the episode.  Ilana never has any intention of hurting or killing Ben; this is her way of setting him up to face his own transgressions.

“Right up until the second the knife went through his heart, he was hoping he was wrong about you.”

I think this is closest we’ve gotten now to confirmation that Jacob knew exactly what he was doing when he let Ben & Smokey into his chamber, and allowed Ben to kill him.  It’s almost like he’s pulling an Obi-Wan Kenobi…letting Ben kill him because he can do more good for our characters dead as a martyr than he could have done if he were alive.  In fact, you might go so far as to say that the *only* way Ben could be redeemed was through Jacob’s death.  Would he have had as much of a change of heart had he not killed Jacob and Ilana not forced him to think about it as much as she did by forcing him to dig the grave?  I wouldn’t think so.  I’m becoming more and more convinced that Jacob has a grand scheme in mind for everything that is happening, and he’s only giving Smokey the appearance of the idea that he’s in control.  Perhaps he wanted to force his hand in order to reach the endgame.  I’m not entirely sure why Jacob’s taken this route, but I’m pretty convinced that everything is going the way he planned it to…

“You spoke to Jacob?  Well, whatever he said, don’t believe him.”

Not sure about all of you readers out there, but I’m looking at every scene for some type of hidden meaning, or some piece of dialog that will unlock one of the mysteries that we’ve been trying to figure out for the past 6 years or so with this show.  And sometimes, when you do that, you read something into a scene that really isn’t there.  Case in point: I initially thought that this line was perhaps some insight on all of the dead people that had been re-appearing, and how perhaps the apparition of Jacob couldn’t be trusted, because it wasn’t him.  Well, after the episode, and after hearing Richard’s story, I think it’s more about how Richard doesn’t trust that Jacob’s plans will work as he says they will.  Not sure if any of you were looking for a deeper meaning with Richard’s comments, but I don’t think there is any.  Sorry if none of you were thinking along those lines, but I know that I got head-faked, so I wanted to help any of you out that may have been thinking the same way.

“In all of the time that I’ve spent on this island, today is the first time that I’ve ever come back.”

Richard and Hurley approach the Black Rock

And so we get confirmation that Richard was indeed a slave on the Black Rock.  We already had a good idea about this based upon Smokey’s comments to Richard earlier in the season, however, this confirms it for us.  But what’s even more interesting about this scene is how neither Richard nor Jack can kill themselves.  We’ve seen this earlier with Michael and his attempts to kill himself, but we never knew why or how.  It appears as though we now have our answer.

An interesting side note, if not overly relevatory, is to apply this to Locke.  Richard seems to make the association between Jacob’s touch and the inability to kill yourself.  Of course, he says that others can do it for you, so it’s not surprising that Ben was able to kill Locke as he did.  But wouldn’t it have been interesting if Locke had tried to go through with killing himself?  He would have failed, and then perhaps reached some type of epiphany about things.  But instead, Ben talked him down, and did the deed himself before he had a chance to move in a different direction.  Just something interesting to think about.

Smokey gives Ben an escape route

Smokey tries to recruit Ben

Alright, so it’s not at all surprising that Smokey would come to recruit Ben.  He certainly seems like a good candidate for a member of Smokey’s crew.  But what you might be asking yourself is why Ilana didn’t simply shoot Ben as soon as he attempted to leave, or why she dropped her weapon when they both had one at the same time?  Why not get into a firefight and take your chances?  Well, you probably already know my answer.  Ilana was never going to shoot Ben, under any circumstances.  This was all a master setup to get Ben to legitimately ask for forgiveness.  This is what Jacob asked Ilana to do, even though it was a possibility that he could have shot her, and gone on to join Smokey.  Somehow it worked, and Ilana’s got one additional recruit on her side.  And I’ll admit: Ben seems about as bad a match for Team Jacob as Kate seems to be for the Smoking Club (what seems to be the accepted phrase now for Locke’s team of recruits).  But that’s what makes it fun, isn’t it?  In fact, we could probably have some fun looking at some head-to-head match-ups of the teams right now.  Let’s see…you could have Jack versus Kate…Sun versus Jin…Sawyer versus Hurley…Ben against Sayid…wow, wouldn’t those be pretty amazing showdowns if they actually break it down that specifically?  While it would be incredibly tragic in a way, it would make for a seriously compelling finale if those one-on-one battles took place.

Ben asks for forgiveness

Anyway, back to the episode at hand.  It’s very interesting to see how Ben went for the path of “good” and redemption in both timelines.  Part of me thinks that he had Napoleon’s situation in his head: Smokey offered him rule of the island, but what good would it be if everyone had left?  It would almost be like a powerless title.  Regardless, I think the important thing to take away from this episode, especially with respect to the alternate timeline, is that the main timeline is operating in parallel to the alternate timeline, or vice versa.  It seems as though whatever these characters were meant to do, they’re going to do it regardless of whether they’re on the island or not.  How is that relevant?  Well, it tells us about what we might see in the main timeline based upon what we see in the alternate timeline (and again, vice versa).  This isn’t overly applicable right now, but it may serve as an interesting foreshadowing device in future episodes.  It’s probably one of those things that makes sense to have in your mind as you watch the show, and attempt to apply it when it becomes applicable.

Hurley, Jack, and Richard reunite with the rest

A happy montage

After last week’s closing montage of death, it was nice to see one of the old-fashioned ones where our LOSTies are similing and hugging each other as they’re reunited.  They’re not in great shape as compared to Team Smokey, but they’re rallying the troops, and aren’t ready to mail it in just yet.  Of course, poor Ben is left to be an outsider as always, but at least he seems to be playing for the right team.

Widmore returns

Widmore is back...

Great final scene of the episode, as we finally get to see Widmore again.  Bringing this story to a conclusion without resolving the Ben versus Widmore situation that we were given for a couple of years would be tragic.  Oh, and on Widmore’s ability to find the island itself, after not being able to all this time?  Well, I’ll chalk that up to Jacob’s death, and his inability to protect the island anymore.  I’ll be highly interested in seeing who Widmore ultimately aligns himself with, and just how much he’s been part of the plan from the start.

Post-episode questions:

1. Is been really on Ilana’s side?  If so, what can we expect from Smokey in retaliation?

2. What’s Jack’s next steps?  He’s starting to understand the magnitude of what’s happening, but what does that mean for him?

3. Who else is out there to be recruited?  Are the sides almost set, or is there more posturing to come?

4. How does Richard play into all of this?  And will he get his wish for an explanation, or death, or both?

5. What is Widmore’s plan when he gets to the island?  Whose side will he be on?

That’s all I’ve got for this week!  As always, thanks for stopping by!





LOST Discussion: Top 10 Dangling Threads

25 05 2009

Hey there everyone!  Not sure about the rest of you, but I’m still riding the buzz of the season finale from over a week ago.  It still feels like there is much to be interpreted, and of course, we have no idea where the show is going to go after the shocking turn of events in the finale.

But as you all know, next season is the last season of LOST, and I’m going to do everything I can to keep things fresh for all of you during the hiatus.  My goal is to come up with at least one intriguing post every month during the show’s break, and hopefully more.  We’ll talk about interesting events, where some of the characters have come from and where they may go, and I’m even hoping to try to go to Comic Con this year, and give you a first-hand report of the LOST event.  And if you’ve got anything you want me to break down in detail before the last 16 or 17 hours of LOST airs, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!  I’d be happy to give you my unique take on things.

In any event, I’ve got something a little different for you in this post.  About a month ago, I gave you my top 10 list of unanswered questions.  Some of those have actually been answered in some way since the finale aired.  But in this post, I want to do something just a slight bit different.  I don’t want to ask questions about some of the larger plot threads, like what happened when the bomb went off, or what’s going to happen now that Jacob got stabbed.  No, this post is going to be about some of the smaller dangling threads that the writers haven’t yet answered.  You know, some of the things that you may have forgotten about with all of the chaos of the finale.  And maybe, just maybe, if we pull on them and unearth the answers, they may just tell us something about the larger plot overall.  So let’s get to it!

10. Why can’t Ben and Widmore kill each other?

widmoredrinking

As I asked in my finale recap, did you actually miss Widmore in the finale?  Would you have even imagined that the finale wouldn’t include him, and that you wouldn’t have even noticed?  But really, he’s been much too prevelant to the storyline both as an Other in the past, and as Ben’s adversary in the present, to be completely absent from the sixth and final season.

But what is he up to?  Is he destined not to ever return to the island?  And more importantly, what’s the deal with he and Ben not being able to kill each other directly?  Is it the island protecting them both?  Or is there more to it than that?  By any chance is their relationship tied into the relationship of Jacob and Man #2?  I’m not going to venture any guesses like I did in the top 10 questions column, but I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing some of your theories in the comments section below.  Regardless, I don’t think this thread will be dropped, so keep it in mind as Season 6 unfolds.

9. How did the statue turn into a lone 4-toed remnant?

4-toedfoot

The statue became a great focus of Season 5, and amazingly, in the finale we discovered that the base of it is actually Jacob’s home.  Most of the questions surrounding it now are about what it may or may not be, and what that means with respect to the overall mythology of the show.  But what is just as intriguing to me is how it was reduced to a single 4-toed foot.  Did it happen when the h-bomb went off?  Did the Black Rock fire upon it?  (They had lots of TNT, right?)  Or is there some other explanation?  Regardless of what the answer is, I’m suggesting that you don’t lose track of that point while discussing how much sense it makes for it to be Tawaret.

8. Walt’s dream/vision of Locke

grownupWalt

So, how many of you remember this?  In the episode, “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”, Locke visits each of his island friends back on the mainland.  One of his earlier visits takes him to Walt, who warns him of some impending danger: “I’ve been having dreams about you.  You were on the island, wearing a suit, and there are people all around you.  They wanted to hurt you, John.”

While I won’t go as far as to say that Walt’s dream will inevitably come to fruition, I will say that you John Locke fans have a little bit more evidence to point to that the Locke we’ve always known will be back somehow in Season 6.  Beyond that, maybe we’ll get to see Walt return to the island in Season 6?  Just thought I’d remind you of that so you can have it in the back of your mind as things unfold next year.

7. Richard Alpert’s 3rd pre-1977 trip off-island

RichardandyoungLocke 

In the finale, Richard says, “I’ve gone off the island three times, two to visit him.”  The interesting thing to note about that statement is that it comes in 1977.  Since we can rule out his trip to Mittelos Bioscience to recruit Juliet, we know that we’ve seen both of those trips: once when Locke was still a baby in the hospital, and the other when Alpert gave Locke the Dalai Lama test.  While I can’t think of anything that would be of any significance to the overall LOST mythology, it’ll still be interesting to see if we’re shown that third off-island trip, and anything else about Richard’s background.

6. Hurley’s / Jacob’s guitar case

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Alright, here’s one I have no clue about whatsoever.  Actually, scratch that.  I have *almost* no clue about it.  What I do know is this: we’ve seen it enough, and Hurley has gone out of his way to keep it with him, that it will absolutely come into play in some fashion in Season 6.  Maybe he’ll see Charlie and get to give it to him.  Maybe there’s something in it that will help Jacob out.  But whatever it is, look out for it next year…I’m sure it’ll play an integral part in a scene somewhere.

5. Why didn’t Sun go back to 1977?

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I raised this question as soon as it happened, and have to admit that I almost forgot about it myself.  Just in case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, let me give you a quick reminder: when Ajira Flight 316 came into the vicinity of the island, Jack, Kate, Hurley, and Sayid were all flashed off the plane and sent back to 1977.  The question is, why not Sun?  She was part of the Oceanic 6, she was part of the group that were touched by Jacob…why did she stay in the present?  I’m not sure if this will ever get answered, or even if it does, if it will mean anything in the overall mythology.  But I’m definitely curious, and it’s something that I’ll be looking out for in Season 6.

4. Jacob’s touches and visits to the LOSTies pasts

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OK, here’s where things start to bridge the gap between simple dangling threads and items that more deeply impact the overall mythology of LOST.  On top of that, I’m sure this isn’t something that has left your mind since the finale aired.  But at the same time, it’s a great specific question to ask, even if we don’t have the answer.

And while we don’t have the answer, I will tell you two things that I definitely think it’s *not*.  First, I don’t think it has anything to do with the LOSTies getting on Flight 815.  While Jacob did touch many of the LOSTies prior to the flight, he also touched both Sayid and Hurley *afterwards*.  So it’s not about targeting them for the flight.  Additionally, it’s not about them being targeted for return to 2007 from 1977.  Remember, Sun was also touched, and she’s already there.  I’m sure there’s something more to it, but I have no clue what it is.  If you have any guesses, please leave a comment below!

3. Gunfight on the canoes

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Not sure if you all remember this, but earlier in Season 5, when Sawyer & gang were flashing through time, they found a campsite with an Ajira water bottle.  They needed transportation to the Orchid, so they took one of the canoes instead of trekking across the island directly.  They were then immediately followed by an unknown group, apparently in an attempt to get their canoe back.  However, knowing what we now know from the finale, there certainly may be more to it than that.  And remember, Sawyer was able to shoot one of them…

There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll see this scene again, this time from the opposite perspective.  I can’t wait to see how it plays out with some more information about what went on…

2. Ben’s trip to the Temple / the Temple in general

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Despite all of the answers we got throughout Season 5, the most we got about Ben as a youngster was that he was taken to the Temple by Richard.  And in fact, we still haven’t seen the actual Temple itself yet.  So, the question is, what *did* happen to Ben during that trip?  And what the heck goes on at that place anyway?  We’re pretty sure it’s tied to “The Sickness” somehow, but rest assured, when we do get to see the Temple, and what goes on in there, it will be a big reveal indeed.

1. What’s up with Claire?

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So…have any of you actually forgotten about Aaron’s mom with all of the excitement from this season?  While I don’t think any of you would, I certainly couldn’t blame you if you did.  She’s flat out disappeared this past season, with only a couple of references regarding her whereabouts.

Remember, back in Season 4, Keamy from the freighter appeared to blow up the house she was living in at The Barracks…while she was in it.  Next thing we know, she’s abandoning little baby Aaron, on going off with apparition Christian to Jacob’s cabin (which may or may not actually have been inhabited by Jacob), and pretty much acting about as strange as could be.  Since then, she’s been gone, with no physical appearance at all in Season 5.

But two things that happened this season lead me to believe that we’re going to see her in some form in Season 6.  First, she’s the whole reason why Kate returned.  Kate’s story doesn’t reach its conclusion unless she finds Claire, and I expect that she will.  Also, Sun managed to discover Charlie’s DriveShaft ring in the finale, and that story also doesn’t come to its conclusion unless she’s able to pass it along to someone that matters…namely, Claire.

Finally, don’t forget that Desmond had a vision of the future that included Claire getting on a helicopter and leaving the island.  While the thought was that the helicopter he was referring to was the one Lapidus came to the island on, that certainly doesn’t have to have been the case.  There’s still a chance for his vision to come true, and I expect it will prior to the end of the series.

So that’s my list!  I’d love for you guys to comment on any part of it, or to come up with some other topic for me to write about next.  Either way, thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you all again soon!





LOST Recap: Season 5, Episode 14: “The Variable”

1 05 2009

First off, let me just say…Congratulations LOST!  Reaching 100 episodes is a fantastic milestone, and I couldn’t be happier that this show has made it that far.  It seems almost funny now to hear Team Darlton talk about how they weren’t sure that the show would even last a full season.  Now, it almost feels as though they don’t have enough episodes left to tell the full story!  In any event, I’m thrilled to have been aboard this ride for so long, and I wish I could personally thank everyone who’s had a part in making this show as great as it is for this long.  Take a moment and give yourselves a pat on the back guys and gals!

As far as the 100th episode itself, we definitely had the action cranked up a bit.  Leave it to Faraday to create all kinds of havoc everywhere.  His appearance seems to do that in a general sense, but he may have bitten off more than he could chew this time.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, and start at the beginning…

“I’ve got some bad news for you Jack, you don’t belong here at all.  She was wrong.”

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How’s that for a way to start off the episode?  But I’ve got a question for you: how does Faraday know that?  Why is he so sure that Jack shouldn’t be there?  Unfortunately, I didn’t see or hear anything throughout the rest of the episode that substantiates his claim.  We know that he’s trying to change the past, but I’m not sure how that is related to Jack’s presence on the island.  And with the way the episode ended, I doubt that we’re going to get much else on that topic.  Strange.

BTW, a little off-topic here, but for those of you that watched the episode live on ABC, how did you like that little snippet of Star Trek?  I was already pretty geeked to go see it, but now, with little tastes of goodness like that scene, as well as all of the positive reviews, I can’t wait for May 8!  It’s going to be a good one!

“What’s wrong, Mom?  Didn’t you like it?”

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Certainly, with Eloise getting emotional in this scene, we were given some serious foreshadowing of the ending early on.  But what strikes me even more about this scene is that we’re given a glimpse into the difficulty that Ms. Hawking is having over her decision to send Daniel to his death.  And make no mistake…even at this age, Eloise knows that she’s going to send her son to her death in the future, but she’s resigned to do it.  Right at this very moment, she could foster Daniel’s desire to play the piano.  She could steer him away from any science-related studies in this very instant.  But she doesn’t.  She even gives him a lecture on “destiny”.  She’s making a very clear choice to put Daniel right back in the position where she’ll end up shooting him.  There’s no doubt she has a very specific reason.  We’re not privy to it just yet, but I wouldn’t doubt that it has everything to do with making sure that Daniel completes all of the things he did before, and on the island…for the greater good.  I have no doubt that this will become much clearer in subsequent episodes.

“Right on time…be back in ten minutes.”

OK, so Faraday’s from the future.  He knows about the pockets of electromagnetic energy, and the fact that the Dharma folk are drilling too close to them and releasing the energy.  But how the heck does he know minutia like the exact time when Dr. Chang shows up at the Orchid?  That seems like a bit of overkill for me.  I’ll go with it for now, but I have to admit that even being from the future shouldn’t give you insight to that level of detail…should it?

“I need you to order the evacuation of every man, woman, and child on this island.”

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Perhaps this is the moment that Faraday’s mom sends him back for.  Getting certain folks off the island before “The Incident” occurs may be especially important for some future events to occur.  In any event, although it appears as though Dr. Chang drives off in disbelief, I’d have to imagine that he’s going to find a way to believe what Faraday is telling him, and begin the evacuation…starting with a young Miles…

3 years, or 3 months?

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As I stated in a previous entry, I thought it might be interesting if the folks from Dharmaville ever had to make a choice about their loyalties.  After all, they’ve been living in the Barracks for 3 years, while they knew their fellow LOSTies for only 3 months.  While it played out much longer for us the opposite way on the screen, it would be crazy to think that Sawyer would decide to do anything different than stick with Juliet and see if they could find a way to continue their relationship, even if it wasn’t in Dharmaville.  And that’s exactly what happens.  Jack and Kate go with Faraday, whereas Sawyer, Juliet, Jin, Miles, and Hurley stay behind.  I think the split factions makes perfect sense within the context of the show, and the character’s actions.

“One of them is my mother, and she is the only one who can get us back where we belong.”

This statement actually seemed very odd to me at the time Faraday said it…after all, isn’t it Dharma that is close to the frozen donkey wheel, and that can provide access to it?  Why the heck does he need Eloise?  Of course, by the end of the episode, it makes much more sense.  Daniel thinks that the best way to get everyone “back where they belong” is to detonate the H-bomb near the Swan station, and obliterate it’s energy.  And who knows where the bomb eventually ended up?  Why, Eloise, of course.  Daniel’s going for the bomb, not the frozen donkey wheel, or any other form of time travel.

Widmore goes to recruit Faraday…

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…and the truth regarding the staged Flight 815 wreckage is revealed.  And while the discussion regarding Faraday’s recruitment is interesting, it’s very much secondary to contemplating just what it means for Widmore to reveal this.  For awhile now, we’ve been left to guess who’s been telling the truth about the faked wreckage: Widmore, or Ben.  And now, it seems as though Widmore has been the one lying all this time, not Mr. Linus.  To me, that means that Widmore is indeed trying to hoard the island all for himself (if he can ever find it again), and that Ben, amazingly, may actually be telling the truth when he said that he was one of the good guys.  While it certainly could be possible now that there are more than 2 factions to this upcoming war (the “Shadow” people come to mind), it’s less clear than ever who the good guys are, and who the bad guys are.  But you can put a tick in the bad column for Widmore.  It’s quite clear that he’s been greatly misrepresenting himself, and that he’s been doing at least as much lying as Ben has.

“The code for the fence is 141-717.”

If not for the dire circumstances of the situation, Juliet’s line might actually be funny.  She’s obviously tremendously taken aback by Sawyer’s willingness to bring Kate along, and she’s going to give her just enough of a push to take Jack and Faraday and head out to the Others’ camp.  Juliet is truly getting the sense that it’s all over for her and Sawyer, but she’s not giving up without a fight.

“I’ll meet you at the motorpool, I need just a minute.”

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As expected, Faraday breaks down and gives the “stay away from the island” speech to Charlotte, just as before.  Even as he tells her, he wishes that he could bring himself not to, but alas, whatever happened, happened.  He must give her the speech, even though he knows that she’ll one day disregard him and return to the island…to meet with her demise.  When coupled with Faraday’s fate, the two of them almost seemed destined to become a couple, don’t they?

Shootout at the Dharmaville Corral

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Kinda fun to get a little on-screen firefight, even if it was short-lived.  It’s never a bad thing to get a little action mixed in, even if it’s at the expense of plot advancement.  It’s just too bad that Faraday didn’t just learn from the experience and ditch the gun altogether after that exchange…

“You really want me to go?  Will that make you proud of me?”

Wow, when you watch the episode over, you really get a feel for just how little effort Eloise goes through to save her son.  I’m hoping it’s because his role back on the island in 1977 is so much more important than we’ve come to know right now, and not because she’s an uncaring woman.

“Get down on the ground now!”

Well, for the moment anyway, things don’t look too good for the folks that stayed behind imn Dharmaville.  They found Phil, which means soon they’ll find the tape, and Sawyer will be completely exposed. It looks like he may have needed Jack’s help after all…

One other thing to mention here…Hurley’s running off with something…a guitar case!  Unles he’s using that to carry his clothing, he seems to have something going on up his sleeve…

“Do you know what the variables in these equations are, Jack?”

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Once out of Dharmav ille, Faraday finally comes clean and reveals what his plans are.  And it’s a shocker: despite everything we’ve seen so far to the contrary, Faraday has jumped off the “whatever happened, happened” bandwagon, and now subscribes to the idea that he *can* change the past, because humans are variables in the equations of time travel.  It makes you wonder what kind of experiments he’s been doing back in Ann Arbor, doesn’t it?  And the bottom line for me is this: I don’t believe him.  There’s been just too much evidence to the contrary (see: Sayid and young Ben Linus for proof) to make me suddenly think that “whatever happened, happened” is not valid.  But it sure as heck wouldn’t surprise me if Jack and/or Kate decided to really do everything they could do to test that theory…

“For the first time in a long time, I don’t know what’s going to happen next.”

While this may seem innocuous enough at first, the comment by Eloise here may actually be very important.  There seems to be a definite limit to what she knows and what she doesn’t, and perhaps it’s related to time.  Maybe everything up to this point was on some kind of record that was brought back in time to the island’s past, so she knew what the outcome was supposed to be.  But maybe now that we’ve hit a certain point in the future, there is no record.  And thus there is no way to know what the universe will course correct to.  This will be important because a) no one will be able to give advice for the “correct” actions to take, and b) there will be no “whatever happened, happened”.  There will be no ability to dictate events into what they “should” be, because no one knows what they should be.

“I had to send my son back to the island, knowing full well…”

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So, if you didn’t pick up on it before, it should have become at least a little more ominous at this point.  But the big reveal here is that Daniel is actually Widmore’s son as well as Eloise’s.  I’m sure some of you were guessing that, but it was still somewhat surprising to see it confirmed on-screen.  But here’s the real question to take away from this encounter: are Eloise and Widmore on the same side?  Are they working together?  It’s hard to tell for sure in this scene, but it certainly didn’t look as though they were in cahoots…

Is it me, or does entering the Others’ camp with a loaded gun seem like a really bad idea?

And Daniel pays the price for it.  Of course, the big reveal is that not only does his mother send him back to the island to his death, but that it’s his mother herself that ends up pulling the trigger.  In a way, it’s really sad to see Faraday go.  I really lioked his character, and was really looking forward to more more adventures with him over the next few episodes and into next season.  But he looks very dead, and I guess that gives us the answer for the “major-ish” character that was going to die prior to the end of the season…

Post-episode questions:

  1. Will Jack and Kate try to carry out Daniel’s plan of detonating Jughead on the pocket of electromagnetic energy over the Swan station?  Will the Others really tell them where the bomb is?
  2. What’s going to happen to Sawyer and Juliet now that the ruse is officially up?
  3. Will Dr. Chang order the evacuation of the island as Faraday hoped?
  4. How will the journey of Locke, Ben, and Sun intersect with everything that’s going on in Dharmaville?
  5. What’s in Hurley’s guitar?  🙂

That’s all for this week…thanks for checking in!





LOST Discussion: 10 Things I Can’t Wait To See

23 04 2009

Hey everyone, while we’re stuck with a LOST clip show this week, I thought I’d do something a little different than usual on the blog.  As you’re probably aware, we’ve only got 4 hours of LOST left this season, and then probably another 17 next.  And then that’s it!  LOST will be gone forever (except on Blu-Ray and DVD, of course.)

So, with more LOST yesterdays than tomorrows, I thought I’d take a look at some of the things I’m really looking forward to over the next 20+ hours of my favorite show.  And really, the writers have done a great job of answering a ton of questions for us.  I’d have to say that more questions have been answered to this point than are remaining to be answered.  But there are still some really good mysteries, events, people, and storylines that I’m looking forward to knowing the final bit on.

And, I thought I’d share all of them, including what I’m hoping for, with all of you.  If any of them jive with what you’re thinking about when you think LOST, I hope that you’ll comment below and start a discussion.  It’d be nice to chat about a few of these things while we still have time!  So, without further ado, here’s my list:

10.  Jack Shephard’s ultimate fate

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When Jack was first introduced back in the pilot, it was hard to dispute the fact that he was the most central character in LOST.  Over the course of the series, Jack has slowly lost the leadership role, become extremely flawed, and for a time (at least for me), became pretty much uninteresting.  But really, LOST is as much Jack’s story as it is anyone else’s.  And his recent change…finally giving up his need to fix things, and actually thinking about himself and his destiny…is incredibly compelling.  There was a time that I really didn’t care about Jack’s character anymore, but that time has come and gone.  I can’t wait to see how Jack fulfills his island destiny…and if he lives through what the island has in store for him.

My fearless prediction: Jack will make a decision that will save the island, the world, and Kate, but will spell his own demise.

9. “The War”

If I was a betting man, I would wager that LOST’s sixth and final season is going to be all about this “war” that keeps getting hinted to us viewers.  And if it is, and it’s LOST’s final endgame, then you’d have to imagine that it’s going to be absolutely spectacular.  You know that everyone left alive (and perhaps even those that aren’t) will play a part, and that the show will pull out all the stops to go out with a bang.  Of course, we know so little about it, so I really couldn’t justify placing it any higher on my list.  Is it about the future of humanity as a whole?  Is it about the ability to continue to keep the space-time continuum together?  Or is it something just a bit more mundane?  I’d have to imagine that we’ll get just a bit more of a taste of what it’ll be prior to the end of the season,  And, if I were to do another list when the final frame of the finale airs, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it jumped 7 spots to the top.

My fearless prediction: The war is all about who gets control of the island once and for all.  It will bring some sides together that appear to be enemies right now, and cause much death and devastation.  Those that live through it will be able to access all of the powers of the island for all of eternity.

8. Who are “Adam & Eve”

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So…just in case you forgot, we were introduced to a couple of skeletons way back in Season 1.  And the writers have come forward to say that they wanted to do that as early as possible, to prove that they had a plan for the ending all along.  While this may seem somewhat trivial, the revelation of what the writers had planned from the beginning, and how it plays out, will be fascinating for me.  I think a good part of how LOST is remembered will come down to how they answer or reveal some of the mysteries that have spanned the majority of the show.  To me, this is one of those long-spanning mysteries.  Here’s hoping that the explanation is worth the wait.

My fearless prediction: It’s gotta be a couple, right?  The easy guess is Jack and Kate, but I’m going to go with Rose and Bernard.

7. How Christian/the apparitions/the whispers are tied together

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Alright, some of you might be a bit critical of me for lumping 3 different things into this one category, but really, I can’t help but feel as though they’re related.  After all, Christian technically is an apparition himself.  Of course, at the same time, you have to wonder whether or not his presence is a little more special than the others, or if the apparitions are actually all one entity.  And at the same time, it clearly seems as though the whispers seem to happen at the same time the apparitions appear (see Ben’s mother for a recent example).  Again, this is one of those mysteries that has spanned all 5 seasons to date, so the anticipation is high for a spectacular explanation.  This could be one that will make us watch all of those old episodes again just to se how it all fits together.

My fearless prediction: The apparitions are actually resurrected island dwellers, but can only appear when the island allows them to.  The whispers are the island going through its catalog of deceased folks and deciding which one to manifest.

6. What happens in the Temple

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If I remember correctly, we didn’t even hear about The Temple until we got near the end of Season 3.  But it’s been a huge part of the mythology this season, and seems to be inextricably tied to “The Sickness” that we were introduced to way back in Season 1.  It seems to be central to how the Others maintain control of the island, and also tied to Ben becoming the man he is today.  If that weren’t enough, The Temple may also be tied to many of the other mysteries of the island.  At the end of it all, The Temple may be the central focus of the island, and tied to how everything operates.  But in the very least, it’s a piece of the island that, when explained, will answer a couple of questions that we’ve been wondering about for quite some time.

My fearless prediction: The Temple is where all of the resurrections take place (the bodies must be taken there), and is the central location for all of the island’s powers.

5. What is the Smoke Monster?

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Interestingly, I think that the Smoke Monster was my #1 mystery for the longest time.  In fact, it might still be at the top of the list if not for this season’s “Dead Is Dead”, where we were given just a few more details about how Smokey operates.  So while I now have other things that I’m slightly more interested in, I still am very excited about the final explanation of Smokey.  What is it made of?  Is it mechanical or organic?  Whose bidding does it carry out?  And what is the true reason why it kills some but spares others?  The episode where we get the final word on the Smoke Monster will be an excellent episode indeed.

My fearless prediction: The smoke monster is a supremely advanced machine, brought to the island from the future when the island skipped through time.  It does the bidding of whoever controls the temple.

4. The backstory of Richard Alpert

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With Ben’s past almost fully explained with this season’s episodes, I’d nominate Richard as the most enigmatic character on LOST.  Heck, he may have been even before we got so much of Ben’s story.  There’s just so much we don’t know about him.  Just how old is he?  Has he been leading the Others before we even knew them as Others?  What’s his arrangement with the Others?  What’s his relationship with Jacob?  He’s clearly a huge part of the Others’ hierarchy, and can do some things that defy explanation (like walk through the sonic fence unscathed), so getting his backstory will be an exciting thing.  I imagine that getting to know what he’s all about will tell us a ton more about the island as well.

My fearless prediction: Richard is from the distant past of the island, but was resurrected, so is able to retain his age from the time he was brought back to life.

3. “What Lies in the Shadow of the Statue?”

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Alright, so the statue would have had a hard time making the cut prior to this season.  But now that we’ve seen more than just the foot, and in fact, have a group using the statue as a code word/riddle, it’s suddenly become one of the most forward-facing mysteries on the show.  And there are many layers to it as well.  What is the statue a replica of?  If by some chance it’s Anubis, as many have speculated, then what does that mean?  Is the island the gateway to the afterlife?  Is the island’s truly amazing power not just healing people, but actually resurrecting them?  The other angle is all about Ilana’s group, and what they have in store.  After “Some Like It Hoth”, you’d have to think that they’re not part of Team Widmore.  But could they be doing Ben’s dirty work?  Are they a faction of Richard’s team?  Do they have a different leader altogether?  And what the heck is in their crate?

But what I find to be the most fascinating about this group is that they seem to, despite the subterfuge, have their collective heads in the right place.  They had a true understanding of Miles’ plight, and the fact that he’s been injured by his relationship (or lack thereof) with his dad.  They seem to know that he’s using money to replace the hole in his heart, and that he’d love to understand why he can “talk” to dead people.  And they offered him answers to those questions.  Of course, the final mystery is all about what the answer is to their question.  And perhaps, it’ll have some true meaning, whether the answer itself is literal or figurative.

My fearless prediction: The statue is indeed Anubis, the temple is in the shadow of the statue, and Team Ilana is going to give the island inhabitants all they can handle in the coming war.

2. How did Locke get resurrected, and what happened to him in the process?

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I don’t care what the new Locke actually says, the man is, quite frankly, someone completely different than the man we’ve come to know over the first 4 1/2 seasons of LOST.  The new Locke is so in tune with the island that he has the ability to know whether Sun will ever see Jin again.  He conveniently disappears when Ben summons the Smoke Monster, and then again when he comes face-to-face with it.  The old Locke had the ability to get in tune with the island when he focused, but never even close to the level that the new Locke has mastered, and achieves effortlessly.  He has come back to a completely different level.

Of course, this may have everything to do with the actual resurrection process that Locke went through in the first place.  We have absolutely no idea how, when, or where this took place, but Locke was clearly dead, and now is apparently alive.  Was his resurrection at all similar to Christian Shepard?  Or, has he been resurrected in a more “real” sense?  In other words, is he an apparition of some sort, or is he the same flesh and blood as say, Frank Lapidus?  Many layers of intrigue here, and every scene with Locke right now has me on the edge of my seat. 

My fearless prediction: Locke was taken to the temple to be resurrected and is now inextricably tied to the island.

1. Who is Jacob?

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I have to admit, Jacob’s been at or near the top of my list ever since Ben and Locke visited his cabin back near the end of Season 3.  We know almost nothing about him, other than he seems to be invisible, asked Locke to “Help Me”, and seems to be the man that the Others, Richard Alpert, Charles Widmore, and perhaps many others, report to or answer to.  It’s inferred that he has the answers to all of the island’s mysteries, powers, and weirdness.  He’s made a list (to what end we don’t know), which only contained certain LOSTies names on them, but not all.  And for some strange reason, he seems to hate technology, even something as simple as a flashlight.  The potential of what he could be, what he stands for, and what he could do to anyone and everyone on the island seems limitless.

Jacob and his true nature would seem to be the key to the entire endgame of LOST.  Maybe the “war” is about who will control Jacob.  Maybe the war is about who Jacob will give his loyalty to.  Perhaps Jacob is the original founder of the island and can explain everything that’s happened to everyone on it since its inception.  With only a season and a couple of episodes remaining, I don’t think that it’s too far-fetched to think that the revelation of Jacob will also coincide with the revelation of LOST’s ultimate storyline, and how the whole thing comes to an end.  I’ll certainly be excited to see anything that gives us even the slightest info on the character and its meaning.

My fearless prediction: I think I’ve made enough dumb predictions prior to now…I’m going to refrain on one of these so I’m not a straight 10 for 10 wrong on all of them!  🙂

A few runners-up

Not everything could make my list, but here are a few more things that I’m keeping my eye on:

The infertility issue

We haven’t seen alot of this lately, but it was a huge item in earlier seasons.  It caused us to worry about the safety of Jin & Sun’s baby, and it’s the reason why Juliet is on the island.  And, it wasn’t an issue in Dharmaville in 1977, but clearly was in 2004.  Here’s hoping that we’ll see what caused it, as well as the resolution, before the series comes to a close.

The Faraday/Hawking/Widmore connection

Faraday has been a fun character to watch right from his first appearance on the show.  We’ve only seen a brief glimpse into his backstory, but even his introduction was full of mystery.  Why did he have such a strange reaction to seeing the footage of the Flight 815 wreckage?  Has he been to the island before?  What did he learn from his time travel experiements?  What was he doing at the start of Season 5 near the donkey wheel with what looked like an oxygen tank?  There’s alot to learn about Faraday, and his return in “Some Like It Hoth” was a nice sight.

The resolution to the Jack/Kate/Sawyer/Juliet quadrangle

While I haven’t been overly fond of this storyline through the seasons, it would be a bit of a travesty if we didn’t get some kind of real resolution to this prior to the end of the series.  Hopefully one of the couples will find some measure of happiness amongst the madness of the island.

That’s my list!  Did I miss one of your favorites?  Do you have something to share in addition to my comments?  Do you want to add any predictions to mine?  I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on these items, and anything else related to what you can’t wait to see in the final few hours of LOST!