It doesn’t even seem like there is a flashback in this episode. Technically it’s an on-island flashback with Locke. So we see what Locke did with The Others over the past few episodes, including some very enlightening conversations with Ben and Richard.
Locke also comes to the beach and gets poor Sawyer to kill Anthony. It was nice to have some closure on Sawyer previous life, but it was tragic to see him kill Anthony.
Also Naomi was hidden from the beach camp and was interrogated by Sayid (nicely, for a change). We also got some insight into Jack’s big finale plan.
This episode addressed a lot of questions about the Others. It didn’t provide answers but it showed them in their natural environment and it hinted at Locke’s place with them. It also gave us some more info about the “plane at the bottom of the ocean story”.
Great episode, tragic, but great. 9.5/10.0
-Desmond is the primary person who doesn’t trust Jack. Charlie and Hurley really want to tell him about Naomi, but Desmond is very adamant about not telling Jack.
-Hurley and Jin start hiding Naomi from the camp.
-Ben says that this isn’t the first time they’ve done something like this, infiltrating the survivors camp and kidnapping the pregnant women. Was that referring to the plans with Ethan and Goodwin, or were there others times when they’ve done that? It could refer to Rousseau, and her team. Perhaps that’s the same plan that they used to get Alex from Rousseau. That would mean that the pregnancy woes of The Others spanned back at least 16 years.
-Ben implies that proximity to Locke is the reason why he’s healing so fast. As if Locke’s presence is accelerating the healing process. I think he’s just playing with Locke, making him feel special.
-Ben also tells Locke that when people come to the island and join The Others they make a gesture of free will and commitment. It sounds like they just break their free-will by making them do something awful.
-I wonder what Naomi thought was happening in the camp. It would have been very strange. People put her in a tent and then continuously come in and ask a lot of questions. But they never tell her anything. She was supposed to look for Ben. This must have been a big inconvenience for her.
-Naomi tells Sayid her fake story, saying that Penny sent her and they were searching for Desmond. I wonder how much she knew about the plane wreckage they found in the ocean. Did she think it was part of Mr. Whidmore’s plan? (I really need to watch season 4 again.)
-I really enjoyed Sawyer’s conversation with Anthony. It was slightly mind blowing and pretty satisfying to see Sawyer find his lifelong purpose on this island. I found it terribly depressing when Anthony wouldn’t read Sawyer’s letter. But that scene was so tense and scary. I knew what was going to happen but it was just insane to watch. I can’t say that it was fun but it was definitely emotionally exhausting.
-I’m surprised that Sawyer would ever trust Locke after this episode.
(-Sawyer threw up after he killed Anthony Cooper. Isn’t that true remorse? I’m talking to you June Daley.)
-Ben told Locke his plan about how Juliet is spying and gathering info. And that they are going to go in and kidnap the pregnant women. That was a mistake to tell Locke that.
-Ben Says that Locke brought Anthony to the island.
-That was very cruel of Locke and Richard to get Sawyer to kill Anthony.
-Ben tried to get Locke to kill Anthony in public because he knew he wouldn’t and so he would lose cred in The Other’s camp. That was a good plan. Locke had a leg up to becoming The Other’s leader. Why did The Others want Locke to kill Anthony? (See below)
-Richard says that The Others want someone to remind them that they are on the island for more important reasons. Could it be that Ben is a Man of Science and Locke is, again, the Man of Faith? That would make sense. It’s possible for Ben to lead the people, he’s quite special but he doesn’t quite think on the same lines as Locke.
-Eeew, look at this picture, there’s another disgusting example of Sayid’s long nails.
-Jack acts surprised when he finds out that Charlie, Hurley, Jin, Desmond and Sayid don’t trust him and then when Juliet suggests telling Kate the truth about her under-cover activities and Jack’s plan, Jack says no, they shouldn’t tell her. Hmm, I wonder why no one trusts him.
-What is with that pillar that they tie Anthony to. It’s probably the same age as the four toed statue and the door under Ben’s house.
-“I guess I didn’t raise no dummies.” Does Anthony have other kids?
-Anthony says that he got in a car accident was put in an ambulance, one of the paramedics put an IV in his arm and smiled at him and the next thing he knew he was on the island. Sound like he was simply kidnapped. So did he come on the submarine? Hopefully, I don’t want them to find another way on an off the island, it will complicate things… further.
-Anthony corroborates Naomi’s story about the plane crashing in the ocean. The writers are so clever They knew that we wouldn’t believe one person telling us a story, so they had two people tell the same story and suddenly it’s a fact.
-“A little hot for heaven, isn’t it?” I love that line. I hate it when fans have this same theory, but when someone on the island says the same thing, I find it glorious good fun.
-I wonder what Richard was thinking when Locke couldn’t or wouldn’t kill Anthony. Surely he was happy about that. In the season 4 he was so disappointed when Locke chose the knife in his little test. Was his choosing not to use a knife in this episode proof enough that Locke was a good leader?
-Richard says that Ben has been wasting The Other’s time with novelties like fertility problems. That’s just a novelty? It seems like that’s a real problem. I guess if you can live forever then having babies isn’t too important.
-I like it when Rousseau meets Locke in the Black Rock. I wonder if we were meant to like them together. I always thought there was potential for a romance between them (ugh, shivers).
-Richard also says that Locke has to be a very special person to be healed by the island. Locke had a pretty major health problem (partial paralysis) but Rose’s cancer wasn’t a minor problem. I wonder how special she is.
Flashbacks (what we knew then):
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-I don’t like that The Others wanted Locke to kill Anthony. Why would they be so bloodthirsty? I know that they are willing and able to kill other people, but I can’t see why they would require Locke to kill Anthony. Richard, “Your father has to go John”. Why? I think I prefer the hippie attitude of Dharma rather than the cool efficiency of The Others.