After rewatching this episode I noticed that it is the basis of many of my theories and many of other peoples theories too. This episode is wonderfully vital and full of info. I think everyone should rewatch it because it is insanely important.
We see Ben’s childhood with the Dharma Initiative. We see the Dharma Initiative!! We also see The Purge.
In the main timeline we see Ben starting to lose authority with The Others. Locke takes full advantage of his new upper hand against Ben. Locke get';s to meet Jacob. And we get to see him for half a second.
And at the very end Locke gets shot.
Oh and Juliet comes clean to the beach camp.
Insane episode 10.0/10.0
-Why does Ben hate being called a liar? Most of the time it’s true.
-Ben says at the beginning of this episode that he was born on the island. In his first flashback sequence we see that it is untrue because he is born just outside Portland (Oregon I presume). But what if one of my crazier theories is true. A while ago I came up with a theory saying that at one time the island was in Portland. And that at some point someone found the Frozen Donkey Wheel and moved the land mass that we now know as the island. What if they were at some point in Portland. Richard makes a point of saying “We’re not in Portland anymore.” What if they were once. What if Ben is telling the truth and he was technically born on the same landmass that we now call the island. (note, if you’re a betting individual then I wouldn’t put much money on this theory, it’s major weakness is that it’s almost impossible to show on screen.) See my Island Movement Theory for more info.
-I found it hilarious when we found out that Roger Workman was the skeleton in the VW van. It was less hilarious once we found out how he died.
-Ben learns about volcanic eruptions, Annie says, “Like the volcano on this island.” “But that was a long time ago,” says the teacher. Guess what, I have a theory about that too, my Locke vs the Volcano theory.
-Ben’s childhood is very Harry Potter-ish. I guess that could just be the glasses though.
-Ben hears the whispers when he’s in the jungle as a child.
-Ben is pretty rude to Jacob. He treats him like a child, it’s very odd. Even after the display of power Ben says to him, “that’s enough, you’ve had your fun.”
-I guess this episode is also the reason why I came up with my Diane=Annie theory too.
-When Annie gives Ben the doll for his birthday, it seems like they are never going to see each other again. Could she have left the island soon after that? We don’t see her again after that point. Hopefully another flashback will settle that.
-Wouldn’t it be so disappointing if we found out that Annie was killed in The Purge.
-It’s surprising that Juliet was able to avoid getting killed by the survivors. They caught her red-handed.
-I like Naomi’s clear-headedness. Since she wasn’t as jaded as the survivors. Obviously it’s all just an act, but it’s interesting to watch what’s happening at the camp from a new perspective.
-I really anjoy it when Locke accidentally undermines all of Ben’s authority by saying that Ben’s going to take him to go se Jacob. All the secondary Others, like Mikhail, Tom and Richard are all really pissed off when they see that Locke gets to talk to Jacob, I imagine that they want to see him too.
-Ben seemed very surprised when Ben couldn’t see Jacob. Could it be that Locke has something lacking, some important quality missing so that he can’t see Jacob. He does eventually hear him but it takes a while.
-It is so shocking when Ben shoots Locke. It just came out of no where.
-I’m going to do a lot of presuming and just combine Jacob and Horace. If you want to read about my reasons for that check out my Jacob is Horace Goodspeed theory.
-Horace seems to be very interested in Ben. He was there they day he was born, and apparently he is the reason why Ben and his father were brought to the island and were able to join the Dharma initiative. He seems like more of a father figure than Ben’s real father.
-Horace says that the Dharma people don’t even know who The Hostiles are. They are just the natives.
-“Jacob feels the same way about technology as you do”, referring to Locke. If Jacob did hate technology then why didn’t Ben feel the same way. It seems like Ben is disobeying Jacob about this.
-My Jacob is a Magnet theory is also based on this episode. Although it seems horribly misnamed after this episode. But I still do believe the basis of the theory, that Jacob draws energy from things like batteries and other artificial energy sources and has some sort of telikinetic ability.
-I don’t know if it’s just me, but the scene where Ben walks into the Barracks and looks at all the dead people and then goes to Horace seems very important. He walks by everyone else and goes to him and closes his eyes. Even if he’s not Jacob I still think that he’s very important (I do still think he’s Jacob).
-“You do remember birthdays, don’t you Richard?” If that’s not a hint, then I don’t know what is.
-Ben says that Richard doesn’t know where Jacob is, he can’t talk to him.
-Richard is looking very piratey in this episode.
-Richard finds it amazing that Ben can see his mom on the island.
-Another return of Mikhail.
-I don’t understand why Locke thought he had to beat Mikhail up. Apparently he was proving a point, but I don’t know what the point was.
Flashbacks (what we knew then):
-After this episode aired, I told all my friends that they gave Richard long hair to make him look younger. I’m glad to say that I don’t believe that anymore.
-My original Jacob theory was pretty simple. I thought that Jacob was nothing but smoke and mirrors and that it was all trickery. This made sense to me because it implied that Ben was “The man behind the curtain”, just like in the Wizard of Oz.
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-The jump forward in time between Ben’s childhood and The Purge is quite major. I expect that we will see a flashback or ten about what happened in that time.
-I really feel sorry for the Dharma people, all we’ve ever seen of them is that they are just hippies. I hope at one point we get to see them as evil people so that I don’t have to feel sorry for them.
-Ben says that he’s one of the people who were smart enough to leave the Dharma Initiative and not die with them. I wonder who else left. Annie I presume, I can’t imagine who else though.