You would think that it would be pretty hard to top the last episodes insane conclusion, and you’re mostly right. This episode is questionable. I think it was glorious on one hand, because it finally ends the season long ridiculousness of Locke, but the part with Libby dying is depressing and never ending.
This episode is very, very similar to Dues Ex Machinain season 1. There are some obvious parallel scenes, but I tend to think of Locke’s story taking a detour between these two episodes. In my opinion Locke should have gone down into the Pearl in that episode, unfortunately he doesn’t and instead he presses a button for a season. The point is that this episode is very crucial in the development of Locke. Eko is the main character, but since he dies in season three his path is essentially meaningless.
As for the rest of Libby’s story, well it’s painful. I shake my head in wonder and sadness at that portion of the episode. I won’t say anymore about it.
In all a pivotal episode. 9.0/10.0
-I was utterly heartbroken when Hurley starts talking about Libby, “We were going to have our first date.” Then to Michael, “I’m glad you’re OK, man.” I can’t imagine how anyone could like the character after that point, unless you don’t like Hurley, in which case you’re heartless.
-Libby’s last moments are so awful, she manages to say “Michael”, but no one understands, and she dies in total fear and panic. I’m glad that she haunted Michael after he left the island.
-The next few episodes have a total lack of Ben, it’s very weird, I got so used to having him around that I almost felt like something is missing.
-Locke and Eko “go after Ben.” I really wish they had actually found him, that would have made for a very intense confrontation.
-Locke has a dream about Yemi, that’s a little weird. The island/Jacob/Smokey works in mysterious ways.
-There’s a big deja vu moment when Locke is stuck at the bottom of the cliff with injured legs while some one else, in this episode Eko, in the last season Boone, climbs the cliff.
-Locke gets very excited when they open the Pearl hatch, it’s the same kind of excitement that he had in season one. It’s really sad watching him get all hopeful before going into the Pearl since we know he’ll come out all depressed.
-Ana Lucia shows up in a scary dream of Eko’s, likely it was Smokey or Jacob. It reminds me of the Horace vision that Locke has in season 4.
-Eko also sees Yemi and he says that he is sorry and asks Yemi to forgive him. Quite different from what he does in season 3.
-Jacob could have used Eko, by the time he got to the island he appears to have absolute, blind faith.
-Charlotte Malkin told Eko that she saw Yemi when she was dead(ish) and that he said Yemi would be seeing him soon.
-I really don’t like Jack’s attitude during this episode. He decides that he wants to give Libby heroine, Sawyer has the heroine where he keeps the guns and everything else. Jack decides to kill two bird with one stone and insists that Kate goes with Sawyer so that they’ll know where they are hiding the guns. I’m all for utilitarianism, but come on, it’s Libby.
-I also don’t like Michael’s attitude, but that’s just because he’s a heartless bastard.
-The Pearl station mostly just confused me the first time I watched it, I was overwhelmed with info.
-I love pneumatic tubes.
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-I see this episode as a course correction for Locke. For all of season 2, Locke has been mislead into thinking that his purpose on the island is to press the button but in this episode the island tries again to show him that it’s not his path. I figure that the island wanted Eko to take over at the Hatch so that Locke could meet Jacob and fulfill his destiny.
-This episode leads to the same spot on the island where Boone died. I came up with a theory about that, I figured that the Jacob or the island, saw that Locke was wasting his time at the Hatch so they led him to The Pearl. If Locke had gone into the Pearlhe would have seen that the Hatch is a waste of time and he might have found Jacob sooner. Unfortunately he didn’t go into the Pearl until this episode, and now everyones opinion of Locke has been tarnished.
-I still don’t understand the flashback with Eko, RIchard, and Charlotte Malkin. Does it mean anything for the overall Lost story? I don’t know. Maybe it was just about Eko. If anyone knows of any theories about them feel free to recommend them in the comments section.
-Eko says the question mark was made so that people could see it from the sky, and that is why the plane fell on it. It could be where they are supposed to drop the Dharma drops?
-The Pearl orientation film, another important clue about Dharma stuff.
It was much more high tech, it appears to be VHS or Beta, apparently 9mm, or whatever that other stuff was, wasn’t practical in 1980.
Pierre identifies himself as Mark Wickmund, I think this is proof that he wasn’t being honest. Which essentially tells us nothing. (That’s like the expression: “Everything I say is a lie.” I could spend days thinking about that phrase.)
The purpose was apparently as a monitoring station to help in the “ongoing refinement of the Dharma Initiative”, sounds like something Hans Van Eeghen from “Dharma Wants You” would say. Apparently there were a few real Black Swans back in the day.