This episode is insano. This only the second Ben episode and already his episodes are the best. No one else has such informative flashbacks/forwards, and no one is in the middle of things like Ben. It’s hard to believe that he is just a supporting character.
On to the episode. This episode has completely different interpretations now that season 4 is done. Ben’s flashback is suddenly logical and understandable. Now that we know exactly what preceded this flashforward we can understand his actions.
As for the actions on the island…well there is too much to say. Ben controlling Smokey, Alex dying, Claire “dying”, Sayid coming under Ben’s control, Daniel lying, Jack nearly “dying”, Ben conversing with Mr. Whidmore; it was so much insanity that it’s hard to keep track of it all. I don’t want to go too deeply into it here (keep reading if you want to see me go too deeply into it) but I just want to say that this episode will likely be the basis for many more storylines in the future.
-I feel so bad for Daniel when he gets caught in that lie.
-Daniel officially says that the Freighter Folk were never going to take people off the island. That took so long.
-Did the Risk game have any great meaning? Is Australia the key to the whole game?
-Poor Hurley get’s stuck in the middle of Sawyer and Locke.
-I laughed so hard when Ben pulled that shotgun out of the piano bench.
-I remember being very intrigued when Ben showed up in the desert. He had that Orchid station parka with Hallowax on it, he had an arm injury and you could see his breath. I was dying to find out how he got there. Weren’t the writers awesome, they showed us what happened five episodes later.
-Ben reveals that he went to Tunisia a long time ago. Could he have moved the island in the past? It would explain how he knew how it worked. I doubt it though.
-Ben also guessed what year it was. He knew he was going to travel forward in time, and it appears as though he knew how far in the future he would go.
-Ben tells Sayid that he took Desmond’s boat and left the island. Sayid knew that the island moved, at this point he doesn’t even seem to care where it moved. Perhaps he was just blinded by grief because Nadia died.
-We get to see the hieroglyphic door in this episode. Exciting and confusing. (See below)
-Ben says, “he changed the rules”. I’m quite sure he was referring to Whidmore and the rules were a kind of cease-fire between the two. Perhaps they weren’t allowed to kill each other or people that they loved.
-Charles uses Ben’s argument against him. Remember when Ben says to Michael that he, Ben wasn’t responsible for Libby and Ana Lucia’s death? Charles says almost the same thing about Alex’s death.
-Ben only called Smokey (or at least prompted his arrival) after Whidmore “changed the rules”.
-Smokey has all the same sounds that it had back in the pilot.
-It’s shocking that Smokey doesn’t decimate Keamy’s whole team.
-Ben’s hands are black and sooty when he comes back out of Smokey’s door.
-One of the best moments of this episode, when all the redshirts died. Sawyer went to save Claire, only Claire. , he then saw three people (three!) get shot in quick succession. Apparently those was all the redshirts that went with Locke in the premiere. Good for the writers for using those characters to their full potential (I’m kidding of course).
-Sawyer’s protectiveness for everyone is commendable. He takes care of Claire and the baby, he let’s Miles travel with them and he also tries his best to help Hurley going so far as to pull a gun on Locke.
-Ben says that it’s important that Locke survives the attack. He thinks that he needs Locke and Hurley to get to Jacob. Supposedly Jacob is the only person who can help Ben.
-Keamy and his gang send Miles back to Ben and Locke to deliver the walkie-talkie. I’ll bet they thought he was a traitor and were happy to be rid of him. He doesn’t seem to keen on returning to them.
-Why doesn’t Miles want to go back with Keamy? Was it just because of Smokey? Was it because his old friends were crazy, gun-toting lunatics? Did he want to follow Claire?
-Ben barely recovered from moving an entire island and he immediately moved on to manipulating Sayid. That’s some serious determination.
-MissScarlett believe that Ben killed Nadia, I completely agree. She’ll elaborate in the comments (right?).
-They were kind of tricksy with Jack’s drug problem. In this episode he starts self-prescribing. Hopefully that wasn’t the start of of his addiction, but it really made me worried.
-The consensus is that Claire died right? I completely believe it. For the next few episodes I’ll be looking for clues to prove that she’s dead.
-Here’s the first one, when Claire comes out of her room she says, “I’ll live”, Miles says, “I wouldn’t be too sure about that”. That’s exactly the kind of double-meaning quasi-joke that they always have in Lost.
-It was nice of the writers to show us who had killed Karl and Rousseau and had Alex early on in this episode. I was always a little worried that it was The Others turning on Ben and Alex (I never like the obvious answers).
-Alex is way too nice. She had a gun pointed at her head and was being forced to enter the code at the sonic fence, at that moment she decided to tell her captors that “they have a baby”. Not “don’t shoot me”, or “please don’t kill Ben”, or anything else self-serving. Alex was the most decent character in this show. (Hurley comes in a close second.)
-It is the most distressing moment in the show when Keamy shoots Alex. It was way worse than when Libby died. Libby died slowly in shock and in helplessness… there was time to come to terms with her death. But poor Alex died thinking that two people who loved her were dead, and the last person who loved her, the last person who she relied on, didn’t even care about her. Ben broke her heart right before she died.
-When exactly does Ben go to see Whidmore? That could have been at any time.
-Whidmore confessed to Ben that he started sleeping with a bottle of Scotch beside his bed “when the nightmares started”. Why would he have nightmares? From moving the island? From being an antagonist? (I’m reading too far into this.)
-Whidmore is very convincing in his scene. We all felt sorry for Ben in this episode because Alex was just killed, but once you remove those emotions from this scene, it really appears as though Whidmore is in the right.
-“That island’s mine Benjamin, it always was, it will be again.” Always is a big word.
-Keamy and his men likely went back in time, slightly, when the helicoptered onto the island. Not significantly, but likely a few days or something. That would explain how they were so organized when they attacked the barracks.
Flashbacks (what we knew then):
-I find it strange how few theories I came up with about Ben showing up in the desert. That scene was very mysterious and I didn’t even guess at it’s meaning. Did anyone have theories about that?
Flashforwards (what we know now):
-So Ben moved the island right before this flashforward started. In the beginning of this episode we find out that Ben moved forward in time 1o months after he turned the Frozen Donkey Wheel. I dislike time travel. Going to the future is fine with me (it almost makes sense), but going back in time hurts my life (it’s an expression…really it is). The question on everyone’s mind after the finale is “where or when did the island move?” I’d love for the question to just be where, but it seems unlikely. The easiest answer would be 10 months into the future. The island just jumped a period of time.
-In this episode Alex’s life was used to manipulate Ben. I wonder if something like that could have happened in the past with Annie. Perhaps Ben has been in this situation before.
-When Ben is visiting Mr. Whidmore asks if Ben came to kill him. Ben says, “we both know I can’t do that”. That has to mean that Whidmore can’t be killed, right? And why would Ben go there if he could be killed? I am 100% sure that both of these characters are invulnerable in the same way that Michael was.
-So at the end of the episode Ben and Charles start a race. Ben is racing to kill Penny, and Charles is racing to find the island. I don’t understand why these two events are connected. Does Whidmore plan to send Penny to the island to keep her safe from Ben? That might work.
-To contact Smokey, or to trigger it, Ben goes through an aged door. This door has hieroglyphics on it. I don’t know what to think about this. I presume that it is related to the Four Toed Foot. All that it tells me is that at one time there were natives on the island who knew more about it than anyone else. They join the longs list of people who know more about the island than our heroes.