The third portion of the finale starts off with Smokey causing havoc and revealing himself to the survivors and, more importantly, to us. Also it turns out that the Rousseau/baby storyline was a complete red-herring, it went no where. But in an incredibly surprising and still dramatc scene Mr. Friendly shows up and takes Walt. (I will always call him Mr. Friendly I know he has a name, that’s just what I remember him as.)
This episode was very well balanced, same as the previous ones. They clearly spent a lot of time making sure that each character was given pretty much equal screen time. The last scene was especially good, when you see the whole cast on the plane, each with their own problems. Almost all of those problems are gone at this point.
I’ll give it a 9.5/10, you can’t beat Smokey/Others/Hatch and flashbacks for everyone. I have to say that I enjoyed this episode much more than the premiere.
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-Who were the people that took Walt?
-What do they want with Walt?
-How did Rousseau know they were taking “the boy”?
-Why does Smokey live underground?
-Why did Locke ask Jack to let go of him?
-Jack says that Kate needs to stop second guessing him. Jack thinks they are going to have a Locke problem. I think Jack thinks that Locke is crazy and untrustworthy, I doubt he has any specific concerns. (see Locke section for an extremely important conversation between those two.
-Charlie gets that awful scar on his forehead. That thing stays raw for pretty much the rest of Charlies life on the island, so nasty.
-I really wanted Charlie to die once I saw that he had one of those heroin mary statues. I get that internal struggle is part of the show, but come on, Charlie was simply a character for whcich they had no plan. He becomes a sidekick for the rest of the show, they give him drugs simply to add some drama in his life. He is a much bigger waste of space than Nikki and Paulo, at least they were new and exciting.
-Claire named her baby Aaron, but she doesn’t know why, she says she doesn’t know what it means. Maybe she was inspired to name it Aaron by the island.
-Why would Michael not want to shoot the flare when there is something on the radar, I know you’d want to preserve it, but come on, have a little enthusiasm.
-“WAAAAAAAAALT!” I wonder if the writers knew how annoying that would be after a while.
-Jin is the only level headed person on the raft. He is the first person to sense danger when the boat is approaching.
-Locke gets so excited when he hears Smokey. I think he’s just misguided. He’s looking for some power on the island, but it’s not Smokey it’s Jacob. He realizes that he doesn’t want to deal with Smokey once he comes face to face with it. He gets a very scared look on his face.
-Or maybe Smokey was just very agressive this time. We know he saw something earlier this season, it may have been a friendly Smokey, now that it has been disturbed it might not be so friendly.
-When Locke is faced with the prospect of being brought down in to Smokey’s lair, he’s happy to go. He tells Jack to let him go and he’ll be alright. Is that true? It’s quite possible I guess. Ben seems pretty safe when he’s around it. He went underground to fetch Smokey and he came back a little dusty but that’s all. Jack asked Locke why he asked him to let him go, Locke said he was being tested.
-This is some of the most important dialogue in the whole show:
LOCKE: “We shouldn’t be this close to each other, Jack.”
JACK: “If we blow up, we blow up. What the hell was all that about back there, John?”
LOCKE: “What was what about?”
JACK: “You asked me to let you go.”
LOCKE: “That’s right.”
JACK: “That thing was taking you down the hole and you asked me to let you go.”
LOCKE: “It wasn’t going to hurt me.”
JACK: “No, John, it was going to kill you.”
LOCKE: “I seriously doubt that.”
JACK: “Look, I need for you — I need for you to explain to me what the hell’s going on inside your head, John. I need to know why you believe that that thing wasn’t going to…”
LOCKE: “I believe that I was being tested.”
LOCKE: “Yeah, tested.”
JACK: “I think…”
LOCKE: “That’s why you and I don’t see eye-to-eye sometimes, Jack — because you’re a man of science.”
JACK: “Yeah, and what does that make you?”
LOCKE: “Me, well, I’m a man of faith. Do you really think all this is an accident — that we, a group of strangers survived, many of us with just superficial injuries? Do you think we crashed on this place by coincidence — especially, this place? We were brought here for a purpose, for a reason, all of us. Each one of us was brought here for a reason.”
JACK: “Brought here? And who brought us here, John?”
LOCKE: “The Island. The Island brought us here. This is no ordinary place, you’ve seen that, I know you have. But the Island chose you, too, Jack. It’s destiny.”
JACK: “Did you talk with Boone about destiny, John?”
LOCKE: “Boone was a sacrifice that the Island demanded. What happened to him at that plane was a part of a chain of events that led us here — that led us down a path — that led you and me to this day, to right now.”
JACK: “And where does that path end, John?”
LOCKE: “The path ends at the Hatch. The Hatch, Jack — all of it — all of it happened so that we could open the Hatch.”
JACK: “No, no, we’re opening the Hatch so that we can survive.”
LOCKE: “Survival is all relative, Jack.”
JACK: “I don’t believe in destiny.”
LOCKE: “Yes, you do. You just don’t know it yet.”
(See below for analysis)
-Poor Locke was so emberassed that they had to carry him onto the plane. His life was so depressing, it’s surprising that he didn’t try to kill himself.
-Hurley starts yelling to not blow up the hatch, Locke immediately lights the fuse. If that’s not Locke working against fate, then I don’t know what is.
-Michael asks Sawyer: “Why do you want to die?” “You’re either a hero or you want to die.”
-This episode has one of the funniest Hurley episodes. Everything goes wrong on his way to the airport. Ironically that isn’t necessarily bad luck since the plane crashed. Also the numbers are all over his flashback. It’s nice to have those kind of breaks in the show, it keeps things relaxed.
-Good for Hurley for trying to be proactive with the Numbers, he sees them on The Hatch and he immediately tries to stop them from opening The Hatch.
-It’s so sad when Sayid and Charlie find Rousseau. But it’s also pretty anti-climactic, at that point I had no idea what was going to happen.
-Rousseau heard The Whispers say they were coming for the child, they were coming for the boy.
-“Only the thing is, we’re gunna have to take the boy.”
Flashbacks (what we knew then):
-The broken ladder in The Hatch really wasn’t very encouraging.
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-We actually saw alot of Smokey in this episode, back in the day we thought that we were just getting a glimpse of the monster but we haven’t really seen much more. The only thing that changes is the budget of the show, Smokey just looks thicker.
-It’s pretty easy to see how the Walt thing was orchestrated. They absolutely had to get him off the main cast by the end of season one. He couldn’t have possibly stayed on without causing a huge amount of disbelief for the viewers as he grew at an exponential rate compared with time on the show. But at the same time they obviously had a plan for him, he was special. They wrote him with powers, they wouldn’t do that if they didn’t intend to bring him back at some point. And they do intednt o bring him back. And season five is the ideal time.
-That conversation between Jack and Locke was pretty epic. There is so much foreshadowing and hidden meanings inthat it’s hard to cover them all.
FIrst of all, they gave each other their titles, Man of Science and Man of Faith. I often ask myself which I am. I tend to lean towards science, simply because rational ideas make more sense to me than feelings, but I don’t really know if that’s what it means. Jack isn’t exactly rational he simply disregards supernatural or metaphysical ideas. If he was rational it would be easy to agree with him. Locke puts full faith behind instincts and destiny. I definitely disagree with destiny or at least predestination (that’s not to say I don’t believe it, I just feel that it’s irrelevent, whether it exists or not doesn’t matter until we can time travel, and that’s not too likely.) I may have gone off on a tangent, all I mean to say is that I think Locke is on a better course, not that he’s correct, he’s incredibly misguided, but he’s at least aiming in the right direction, or floating the right way. Jack insists on going against the flow, obviously it is very hard for him.
As for the testing, we have seen this season and in the next two seasons that Smokey tests people. It tested Boone in this season, through a vision, but I believe that still counts. He tests Eko in season three. Locke wanted to be tested, I think that was the correct thing to do, fighting against Smokey’s will probably isn’t the best thing to do.
“The island brought us here.” Each person on the island was chosen to crash there. I don’t want to go through every character but it’s not like people ever died from choking on a banana, it’s possible that everyone was brought there for a reason. we still don’t know why Jack was brought there, possibly it was to lead the survivors, but in the end that didn’t work out so well. And very recently Locke seems to have blaimed Jack for what happened on the island after he left. Jack shouldn’t have left. I am really looking forward to season five when I’ll, maybe, be able to like Jack.