I feel like I’m classifying this episode wrong, but this episode really felt like the set-up episode for the finale. But there’s still three episodes left and then the finale. Am I wrong or is this going to get crazy fast?
These episodes aren’t my favorites. In Season 4 it was the first part of There’s No Place Like Home, in Season 5 it was Follow the Leader. I get the necessity of the episode, but I find this kind of episode to be unmemorable. No one will ever say this was their favorite episode. It’s as if the writers had a chalkboard with all the characters and where they are in the beginning of this episode and where they need them to be at the end, and then they write an episode where they get everyone where they need to go. This happened in both timelines. I actually find the flashsideways more interesting right now because I have no idea how they’re going to get everyone together. The Island story is fun, but I’m out for blood at the moment, people need to start dropping soon. Without deaths it feels like whatever happens on the Island is just procrastination.
I did enjoy most of this episode, it’s not that I didn’t like it. Ilana’s return was nice. The business with Claire was interesting. On the Island I enjoyed Jack and Locke’s conversation. I like Kate’s talk with Claire. It was all good. But after three awesome episodes almost in a row it’s hard to sit back and watch this kind of episode. 5.0/10.0
By the way, who’s “The Last Recruit”? Jack? Really? The title was a little confusing.
-I’m wondering about Locke’s “Hello Jack” line. I wonder if it’s as significant as Claire thinks. Was that Jack’s final mistake? Will we look back and wish that he had stayed away from “Locke”?
-”Locke” tells Jack that all he’s ever been interested in was helping him. Like that time when he chased Jack, Kate and Charlie through the jungle in the Pilot, or when he chased Jack, Kate and Locke through the jungle in Exodus. Good times, he was probably just trying to get them to do more cardio.
-I really enjoyed Jack’s line, “John Locke was the only one of us who ever believed in this place.” That made me really happy, and very proud of Jack. I do miss Locke, but it’s nice to see that his legacy is still there.
-For a second there it looked like Jack was going to put his son up for adoption. Hahaha.
-Some slight hints as to who Jack’s ex-wife is. Here’s his conversation with her: “Hey… Yeah, we just got here… Thank you… Uh, I don’t know. I’ll have him home as soon as I can. Maybe, like, 5:00?.. Actually we might grab a bite to eat afterwards. So maybe more like 7:00?… Alright… Yeah… I’ll drop him off.”
Well that narrows it down.
My money’s still on Juliet. Now we just have to wait until evening in the next episode… well, hopefully the next episode.
-As crazy as Jack was for turning back and going to the Island, I think he was right. It’s not that I have any reason for thinking he’s right, I just can’t imagine how Sawyer’s plan could be right. So anything against his plan must be in the general direction of rightness.
I wish Jack had had a talk with Hurley before he went back. Hurley and Jack should probably stay together, I like that dynamic they were developing.
-I see Jack’s plan as just do everything contrary to what “Locke” wants. All he wants to do is the opposite of what “Locke” says. That sounds like a good idea. Of course it will be pretty hard to go against the tide like that, but at least he’s trying.
-Jack apologized again for getting Juliet killed. I still don’t blame him, but at least he feels some responsibility for that.
-This kid is suddenly ridiculously easy-going.
-David’s got quite the strut. What does a kid aged 5-15 have to strut about. That’s a bit of an inside joke. A friend of mine asked how old I thought David was, and I guessed about 7. Apparently I’m not great at gauging ages.
-”Locke” and Jack’s conversation in the jungle is very similar to the one back in White Rabbit. Except last time Locke was trying to inspire Jack’s faith in the Island, this time “Locke”‘s trying to destroy Jack’s faith.
Back in that original scene Jack asks Locke what would happen when he caught up with Christian. Now we know.
That was the same scene that had Locke’s “everything happens for a reason” line and his thing about seeing the eye of the Island and it “was beautiful”. I still don’t think he was talking about Smokey.
-It’s really not fair for “Locke” to make fun of the Locke. He said “He was stupid enough to believe he’d been brought here for a reason, because he pursued that belief until it got him killed.” He might have been brought to the Island for a reason, but “Locke” misled him, he got him killed, he told him that he had to die. It’s not like Jacob got him killed.
-Our theory about “Locke”‘s cadaver rule was right. “Locke” needs an actual body in order to possess them. It was really obvious, but at least it was said out loud.
-Wait a second. “Locke” tells Jack that he was trapped on this Island because Jacob chose him. Then he continues on, “But now Jacob’s dead. We don’t have to be trapped anymore.” It was pretty subtle but he implies, slightly, that he was trapped on the Island just like Jack, so that might mean that he was chosen by Jacob too. Maybe “Locke”, or rather Esau, was the first Candidate.
…Or perhaps “Locke” is Cain! oh yeah, I just brought Adam and Eve back into the discussion. (See below for a fun Adam & Eve discussion.)
-Ooooh, so that’s what that stick was for, crushing the walkie-talkie. How could he have known to carve that thing!? Amazing! (Sarcasm. I can see why people choose to have podcasts. Don’t get excited, I’m never making a podcast, I hate the sound of my voice.)
-Locke’s only line in this episode was “Helen…Norwood. I was gonna marry her. John… my name is John.” They’re playing with us. That was an extremely ambiguous line. Sure he could be talking about his current life in this timeline, but he could also be talking about his life in the other timeline. We can’t know for sure whether or not he’s flashed between the timelines.
-Uh, “Late forties?” I might guess David’s age wrong, but I think I’d be a bit better at guessing Locke’s age. That guy’s a sixty (I looked it up, he’s 57. I was close). Oh I just remembered, they cast Anthony Cooper wrong, that actor is pretty close to the same age as Terry O’Quinn.
-I was a little disappointed that Christian was Smokey all along. I was hoping it would be a fun thing, like Christian was a third spirit on the Island. I know it was stupid of me to believe that for so long, but I was hoping that he would be able to talk to Jack one last time.
-So there’s no explanation for the time that Jack saw his dad in the hospital during the Oceanic 6 time-period. I guess that was just a hallucination or his conscience.
-Kate’s not as dumb as everyone hopes that she is. She could figure out Sawyer’s game pretty easily.
-I really liked Kate’s conversation with Claire. I thought her little session with Claire in the other episode was pretty good too. But this time I think Kate actually kinda got through to her. And Kate said she shouldn’t have raised Aaron. (I still think it was good that she raised him, but I might be alone there.) Kate’s speech was very moving, and some of the best acting Evangeline Lilly has ever done.
-I think “Locke” knew Sawyer was going to turn on him. I don’t think he’s stupid enough to trust Sawyer with something like that. Maybe he knew how Widmore would react to everyone just showing up. Then again, it would be nice to think that “Locke” can get conned by Sawyer.
-Sawyer seems to choose the worst swimming routes to and from the boat. there’s always some land closer to the boat but they choose to go the long way.
-Sawyer was on fire in this episode. Frank looking like he came off a Burt Reynolds movie, Claire drinking “Locke”‘s Kool-Aid. (What the what? Why isn’t Kool-aid spelled like Kool-ade? I have no problem with the K, but that aid is just annoying.)
-Couldn’t Sawyer have had his talk with Jack a little earlier in the trip across the ocean?
-Aww, Sawyer had a really hard time watching Sun and Jin’s reunion.
-This refers more to the last episode, but whatever. Desmond was more than willing to talk to Ben and then hit Locke. I think he has nothing to lose. He must have a deadline or something that really matters.
-Desmond’s little Claire steering wasn’t very smooth. Pretty creepy. I see what he was doing, and in the end it was all for the best, but his plan was pretty flawed. If Claire wasn’t such a pushover he would have had a hard time.
-Ugh, Desmond’s just sitting down that well with one foot completely in the water. That’s just awful.
-I don’t think Desmond had a very strong argument for Sayid. “What will you tell her?” I think it’s pretty obvious that it worked but I think Sayid could have easily overcame that reasoning. After all, he had no problem getting all the Others killed.
-I always forget that when you die in Lost you usually show up in the next episode. It’s a tradition (almost).
-Verdansky? That’s the best they could come up with. He was some kind of scientist or something. I’m always quite disappointed with the surname references. Except for Charlotte’s, that was fun.
-I love Hurley’s Anakin line. The best line of the episode, in my opinion. And of course Sawyer’s not even slightly a Star Wars geek. I mean he was 9 when A New Hope came out and 15 when Return of the Jedi came out, there’s no way that he’s watched it. (You can tell what generation I’m from, I call Star Wars, A New Hope.)
-Hurley and Claire had more of history that Jack and Claire. He tried his best to replace Charlie after he died. But those two didn’t get a special scene or anything.
-Claire and Jack’s reunion on the Island was pretty awkward. Those two were never really close before he left. It was more of a doctor/patient relationship.
-Most hilarious part of the episode, seeing Claire stuff mangoes into a tube sock.
-I like that little lawyer trick they pulled on us, “we’ve been looking for her”. At first I panicked, but once Jack showed up at the building it was pretty exciting.
-Poor Sayid is so lost. I can’t believe that he doesn’t understand that what he’s feeling are feelings. “I just shot an unarmed man, I needed a moment.” uh… A lack of facial expressions isn’t a lack of emotions, it’s just simple dullness.
-When Sayid was walking up to the lip of the well with his gun ready I scoffed and said, “yeah, like he’s going to be right there- oh.”
It was perfect timing. But that well was surprisingly shallow.
-Sayid thinks that “Locke” brought him back to life. I don’t think so, but I don’t have any other explanation. The Infection is a mystery to me.
-Sayid tripping over the hose was quite a hilarious sight.
-Sun is pretty afraid when she sees Locke. I think we all thought the same thing at that point. She’s crossed over and she remembers “Locke”. There’s no other reason why she would be afraid of Locke.
-Isn’t it a little crazy that Sun’s unborn baby survived?
-I figured that Sun’s English would have transferred over to the other timeline. So far we haven’t seen any proof of that.
-Frank’s Disney character, “it looks like someone got their voice back.” That’s right Sebastian! And now it’s time for a song!
-Holy Hannah! Zoe’s extremely brave. Can you imagine walking into the enemy’s camp and showing off their weapons and then threatening them.
-Widmore must know whether or not that missile thing could kill “Locke”. I wouldn’t suspect that it wouldn’t kill him, but whatever. Widmore’s welcome to try. “Locke” didn’t even seem slightly fazed by the missile shooting over his head at the end of the episode. He was still standing there calmly after it blew up.
-I think this is an exception to the rule, ‘your enemies enemy is your friend’. If there’s anyone on the Island who would double cross you it would be Charles Widmore. I guess first Ben, then Widmore. I guess I can understand why he did it. If he’s a Candidate, or if he even thinks he is, then he’ll want to get rid of the competition. I can imagine he’s pretty paranoid of people usurping his leadership. It’s happened before.
-Remember the Other that Sun shot way back in season 3? I was wondering if her body was still on that ship. That would have been a fun surprise. “Hey Sun, remember that day?” Yeah, good times.” Oh yeah, and that episode, the Glass Ballerina, it’s on my list as one of the worst episodes ever.
Flashes (what we know now):
Adam & Eve and their son Cain
Surely someone else has come up with this same theory. But I’ve removed myself from the general Lost community in order to completely avoid spoilers so I don’t know any better. Here goes nothing.
What if my nickname for Jacob’s nemesis, Esau, is themed correctly, but wrong by a few generations? So we have two very dead bodies on the Island. They were jokingly referred to as Adam & Eve. Of course my primary theory about these two is that they are Rose and Bernard (not respectively). But here’s another theory. What if they are Adam & Eve, like… you know, the real Adam & Eve. Jacob of course is God. And here’s the fun part, “Locke” is Cain. Except instead of being banished like the biblical Cain, he was imprisoned in Eden. That would be pretty epic.
I don’t really believe this theory, but I really enjoyed writing it.
Has anyone not talked to “Locke” yet? Maybe Miles. I don’t know if “Locke” has ever directly talked to Frank, but he’s been around when he’s talked. The overwhelming theory is that if you talk to “Locke” then you’re powerless against him. If that’s right then we need to find a loophole. That loophole could be someone he’s never talked to, or maybe there’s some other way. So far all we have to go on is the no talking rule. But everyone’s talked to him except Miles. Maybe that’s why he’s survived for so long, to take “Locke” down… that would be weird.
The ending with all our favorite survivors on their knees with a bunch of guns pointed at them seems pretty hopeless, but I don’t think it’s too terrible. For a brief second I was hoping that “Locke” could come over and save them. But then I suddenly remembered, there aren’t just two groups anymore. There’s still a third, pretty effective group out there. Richard, Miles and Ben are wandering around the jungle, hopefully making their way towards the Ajira plane. Who knows where they are, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they show up pretty soon.