Why are my expectations so low these days? The most I hoped to get from this episode was a cryptic speech from Ms. Hawking. Then that “46 hours earlier” thing blew my mind. Suddenly things really sped up.
OK, I need to calm down a little. First I should say, I haven’t been enjoying the Oceanic 6 this year. It looked like they were going to drag out their deliberations for ever. Will they go to the island? Will they change their mind? It was maddening. I was slightly wary of Ms. Hawking getting involved, I figures she wouldn’t actually be able to do anything to fix things. And after last weeks fast-pace rollercoaster I couldn’t imagine that they’d be able to match that kind of craziness. But I was wrong.
They went back. Just like that, they’re (almost) all back. And they brought some new friends! I love new characters, and one these characters is especially welcome. The only people missing were the children. Aaron and Ji Yeon were left behind. I’m unhappy that Walt was left behind too, but I still hold out hope that that may be amended.
This episode was jam packed full of info from Ms. Hawking, she explained some basic island functions and we got to see a new Dharma station, possibly the original Dharma station.
Aaand we saw Jack fully change from a “man of science” into a “man of faith”. I actually found that very interesting, here’s hoping that Jack manages to hold my attention.
The only real problem that I had with the episode was Jack’s grandpa, I don’t know why we cared about that. It really stalled the episode. But I can overlook that.
9.0/10.0 for blowing me away again, I’ll try to raise my expectations for upcoming episodes.
(This episode’s name could easily confuse me.)
-Hey Jack managed to control his twitchy hand, not like last time.
-Desmond tells jack that Ms. Hawking and Ben are just using him. We know that’s true for Ben, and if we look at Ms. Hawking’s past dealings it might be true for her too. I’m not worried though, I’d rather see their end-game rather than watch Jack have a happy life.
-Was that a flashback with Jack and his grandfather? I did not enjoy that part. It made me angry how casually and slowly he did all of that. He was under a pretty tight schedule and he decided to visit his grandpa. They could have (and they did) explained the shoes with a simple conversation.
-It makes me sad that Jack is still drinking.
-I expected Jack to meet Ilana at the bar in this episode. The actress does look slightly like Michelle Rodriguez, except waaay better.
-When Jack read Locke’s note and immediately started crying I thought it was very bad acting. But then we saw what it said, I then then laughed pretty loud.
-So Kate killed Aaron. Hmm, didn’t see that coming. In all seriousness, what did she do with him? The simple explanation would be that she took him to Claire’s mom. But if she brought him to her, why wouldn’t she want to tell Jack? Maybe she gave him to her own mom. Maybe she brought him to Cassidy, that’s my favorite option.
-Did she not want to take Aaron back because of Claire’s warning? It’s nice to think that she did it for a reason like that, but you never know with Kate.
-“Why hold on to something that makes you feel sad?” Uh Kate, that’s a dangerous question to ask. If Jack thought about it too much he might realize that Kate makes him “feel sad”.
-They made Kate look as terrible as they could.
-I look forward to seeing how Hurley get’s out of jail.
-Heeey! Hurley’s reading Y: The Last Man. Great shout out to Brian K. Vaughan, my favorite Lost writer. If you haven’t yer, I encourage you to read that series, it’s grrreat. And I believe it would make a great TV series (but it won’t happen). Not a very encouraging issue though. SPOILER , it’s the one where the space station crash lands and two of the astronauts die, it kinda made me worried about this crash. Bu the more I think about it, there weren’t any encouraging issues of Y: The Last Man.
-Hurley only bought the front section of the plane. That’s friendly. That’s so decent of him to prevent the death or suffering of all those people. But it was awfully sad to see Hurley’s reaction to Ben.
-“Is he telling the truth?”, “Probably not”. Classic. That should be our motto for all of Ben’s lines.
-Seeing Ben “praying” was hilarious. Asking god to help him avenge Alex’s death by killing another innocent person.
-Ben talks about the painting of Thomas. It’s like the writers are suddenly talking about all of the things we obsessive fans always talk about.
-Scariest line of the night, “Oh I made a promise to an old friend of mine. Just a loose end that needs tying up.” I nearly jumped out of my skin.
-“How can you read?” “My mother taught me.” That’s funny lie.
-Sayid really wanted to talk to Jack. What did he want to say? If he didn’t want to be on the plane I would suppose that he would try harder to get off.
-Sayid also had quite the reaction to Ben. Here’s a hypothetical situation. Ben goes to kill Penny, but guess who’s there to protect him, Sayid. Sayid beats him up. Ben finds some way to punish Sayid by blackmailing him to come on the plane. Ben realizes that he’s running out of time so he has to get to the plane before he can kill Penny.
-“Why are you here Desmond?” Whoa, cold Sun.
-Uh, Sun forgot her daughter. I can’t imagine her thought process. She had to choose between her daughter and her husband and she chose her husband? That seems like a pretty permanent decision. It seems like Sun and Kate treat this trip back to the island like a vacation.
-So Jin joined Dharma, $10 says he can speak fluent English. It seems like a pretty obvious, if surprising, series of events that led to the Dharma-ized Jin. Locke fixed the Wheel during the Dharma era. Everyone was stuck in that time period. The Hostiles wouldn’t accept them so they were forced to go undercover in the Dharma Initiative. Tadah!
-I still don’t understand how Desmond didn’t have way more questions for Ms. Hawking.
-Who walks past a huge swinging pendulum so casually. I would have been a lot more cautious.
-I wish Ms. Hawking was more forthcoming with info this time she saw Desmond. Last time she seemed more open with him. Now she seemed downright distant (I’m not actually the kind of person who says the word “downright”… don’t worry).
-Why is everyone so cruel to Desmond. They all just ignored him down in the Lamp Post, and no one even cared that he left.
-Ben phoned Jack and he was covered in blood. I really hope that was his blood. Seeing his face after it was cleaned off it looks like he got pretty beat up. I certainly hope so. I’m desperately hoping that Penny is still alive and I hope that that’s the end of the issue for Ben. (See Sayid for a possible hypothetical (too much redundancy? haha).)
-Elloise doesn’t express any desire to go back to The Island. I wonder how she left.
-She refers to the Dharma Initiative as “they”. It’s nice to know that she didn’t cross over onto their side.
-“Let’s pay attention, yes?” Sometimes it seemed like Ms. Hawking was talking to the sceptical viewer, most of those times she was talking to Jack, the original sceptic.
-She has extremely white teeth.
-I laughed when Jack said, “What do you mean..where it was going to be.” It sounded so staged, and the question was so redundant. As if she wasn’t going to elaborate on that point.
-I was hoping that Jack would pass by another shoe in a tree. But looking back I can see how that would be very confusing.
-Locke committed suicide. There could be many reasons why. He could have given up hope of ever getting people to the island. That would have been sad. I’ll bet that he was hoping to hurry things up, he knew he had to die, maybe he thought that his being alive was delaying stuff.
-They actually talked about Christian’s tennis shoes. I never expected that subject to be broached.
-Ms. Hawking insinuates that Christian is extremely important. Could it be that Christian was the reason the plane went down. Could the island have been trying to get him there.
-I almost jumped out of my skin when I saw her. I am so excited.
-Remember you heard it here first. Well, maybe not, but I was probably the most excited person to tell you about this new character.
-Ilana must have been in on the crash. We’ll find out at some point, but I can’t imagine that she was escorting Sayid to Guam.
-Mr Caesar seems like a nice fella. I certainly wouldn’t offer condolences to a complete stranger.
-It doesn’t seem like Caesar expected to go to the island.
-I really didn’t expect to see Frank ever again. That was surprising. (He trimmed his eyebrows a little too.)
-Jack was lucky that Frank didn’t turn the plane around. I doubt he really wanted to go back to the island.
-Damnit! I really wanted Walt to get back to the island with the Oceanic 6. And I really hoped that they would need him in order to make the crash more similar to the last time.
Flashes (what we know now):
The Lamp Post
Anyways. This seems to be an obvious Narnia reference. Ironically our other Narnia reference just died.
This station was “built over a unique pocket of electro-magnetic energy”. That’s similar to what we’ve heard about The Swan, now it seems as though that was just a hydrogen bomb (just). The Orchid was built over a pocket of unique organic energy, but that sounds either slightly different or the opposite. The pocket of energy wasn’t that unique, there were many other pockets all over the world. This really reminds me of the ol’ Vile Vertices thing from this theory. That theory is definitely due for another update, but it’s still pretty pertinent.
The Lamp Post was built by “a very clever fellow”. How vague. We know a few clever fellows, Daniel, Richard, Widmore. I have a feeling that we don’t know this clever fellow though.
The Island Moving
The island was always moving!! That surprises me. Was it just a slow movement? That makes sense (almost).
The map on the floor of the Lamp Post seems to be only the Pacific Ocean. Can the island only move around that ocean?
The Ajira water bottle mystery is solved. It was the obvious that it would be another plane crash, but I didn’t think it would happen so soon. We still don’t know who the people from the canoe are. Maybe it’s the new Tailies. It would be funny if they had the same reaction to the island as the original Tailies.
They had to get as many people as they could to come back with them. The results would be unpredictable if it was too different.
Let’s see all the similarities:
Locke as Christian
Kate might have been pregnant (like Claire)
Lapidus was originally the pilot of Oceanic 815
There were still a lot of empty seats, I wonder if that’s the reason why they ended up in the past. They could have made it more similar. They could have had Aaron and Walt there, and it wouldn’t hurt to have an Oceanic plane.
(It would have been really cool if they could have recreated Locke’s spirit dream in the airport.)
Thomas the Apostle
The meaning of the painting seems pretty obvious. Thomas wouldn’t believe that Jesus was resurrected until he touched him. Jack similarly doesn’t believe that his father was resurrected. He also doesn’t seem to have any faith in Locke being resurrected either. So we’ll just wait until they touch before he’ll actually become a believer.
The Plane Crash
The original plane crash was caused by Desmond not pushing the button and the Swan station nearly overloading… right. I’ve been accepting that as fact. And yet it appears as though planes can just randomly crash on the island. Do you think I have this wrong? There was a flash of light, could that have been another malfunction at The Swan? It’s the same kind of flash as a time skip, perhaps it was just the select few passengers travelling back in time.
The Set-up for the Flashbacks
This episode was about Jack. I expect that we’ll get some flashbacks for the rest of the characters, seeing what convinced them to get on flight 316. I really look forward to seeing all of them, there’s not one that seems less exciting. This new format is working well for me, having the episode starting out with a related flashforward or flashback.