That’s more like it. It’s much better to raise my expectations before I watch Lost, then my mind isn’t blown on a weekly basis.
Locke took the tour of the off-island world in this episode. It turns out that from his perspective… things suck. No one listened to what he said, and most of them seemed to have quite awful things to say back. Locke did talk to two possibly empathetic people Charles Widmore and Ben Linus. Of course they could both be evil and in the end Ben did kill Locke, but that’s beside the point. The point is that Widmore and Ben had more important things to say than any of the Oceanic 6.
On the island, in ‘modern time’ Locke, Ilana, Caesar and Ben landed the plane on Alcatraz (it turns out that airstrip did have a use). Caesar is collecting guns and info from Dharma and Ilana is being suspicious. Ben is injured and healing, and most importantly Locke is “alive”. Ms. Widmore’s plan worked and Locke was successfully resurrected.
This episode was satisfying. At the last finale we were told all about Jeremy Bentham, almost all the Oceanic 6 characters had something to say about him, mostly bad things. The mystery surrounding Locke off the island was intense. We finally found out what happened. I can’t say that it was thrilling, not a 10. It was definitely satisfying and very necessary but it wasn’t exciting. It might just be that I like new mysteries more than old ones.
-Great Christian reference with Locke showing up in the water wearing a suit. Too bad we didn’t get to see that scene, it would have been a great picture.
-Best Locke joke: My friend expected him to be a Sith Lord when he first appeared.
-Widmore, “Your parents had a sense of humor when they named you, why can’t I?” That’s awesome. But is it true? Did Locke’s mom even know about the philosopher when she named him? I doubt it. It’s possible that Locke’s dad named him, that would make more sense. Great line from Widmore though, it’s nice that the names were addressed onscreen.
-When Widmore was about to tell Locke why he was “so special” I leaned in expectantly. “Because you are,” FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!! Why can’t there be a reason? Use your words Widmore. (See below)
-Locke was pretty bad at convincing people, but they were unnecessarily mean to him. Yeah he’s desperate and sad, but you could at least pity him enough to let him down softly.
-According to Walt’s visions, people surrounding Locke on the island want to hurt him, but only when he’s wearing a suit. Apparently Ilana and Caesar aren’t as friendly as they seem, I’ll still give them the benefit of the doubt.
-I really wish that Locke had tried to kill himself for my reason. I thought that Locke might have killed himself as motivation for Jack and the others to go back. But it turns out he tried to kill himself because Jack convinced him that he wasn’t special.
-The shadow of Locke hanging in the hotel room was quite disturbing.
-I hope that after this episode Locke has definitively made up his mind to stop trusting Ben. Ben proved to Locke that he did what he accused Widmore of doing. Ben used Locke to get back to The Island.
-Caesar looked like he was expecting to find something. Was it just the gun?
-He did find an old issue of LIFE magazine, on the cover there is a large explosion and the words “The Awesome Fireball”, and at the top, “Color Pictures of Hydrogen Test”. It looks like Dharma was doing research on Hydrogen bombs. If Jughead was buried by The Swan then that means that Dharma knew that and was actually using them to save the island (not the world). What surprises me about this is that Dharma knew. I could see them setting up the station to diffuse a naturally occurring island phenomenon, but I find it weird to think that they knew it was a bomb and decided to incorporate it into a psychological experiment.
-Apparently Caesar is the new Jack, he’s the guy with the passenger list and Locke has to talk to him to get the passenger list.
-Ilana catches flashlights like a cool person.
-Does Ilana know Caesar? If she does then she doesn’t trust him much. It kinda seems like they just met hence the mystery between them.
-The boats were already on the island. From The Others, I presume.
-It’s funny seeing Ilana’s reaction to Locke, she thinks that he was already on the island, an Other. But she doesn’t freak out or even act aggressive. I guess that goes with the fact that they know it’s not a deserted island.
-Frank went away with a girl in a boat, interesting.
-Couldn’t Widmore afford someone more gentle than the local militia to go get Locke?
-(Even Widmore says his name with an ‘H’. It really should be Whidmore.)
-Widmore was only seventeen, in “Jughead”. That was the most surprising thing Widmore said.
-I was right! I knew that Ben tricked Charles into leaving the island (that’s 1 for 4,509,827,894).
-Widmore protected the island, peacefully, for 30 years. That must have been before Ben joined and before The Purge. Ben did cause a lot of trouble.
-Damnit, Widmore is so good at making me think twice about whether he’s evil or not.
-Widmore chose the number 23 as his contact number. This is really going out on a limb, but could that choice be a direct reference to The Numbers. And therefore, could Widmore be the source of The Numbers, or maybe just another victim?
-Widmore didn’t seem to respectful towards Richard. when he heard that Widmore told Locke that he had to die, he brushed it off and told Locke that he would prevent that. Not too clever.
-I’m convinced that Christian is bad, and twice in this episode other people hint at it. Widmore seems exasperated and asks Locke, “Why would you do that John?” (leave the island). Charles assumed that Ben tricked Locke into leaving. He assumes that someone must have tricked him into leaving. And Sayid, “So who is manipulating you, Locke?” It wasn’t Ben this time. Christian was the one who wanted him to leave.
-The writers were just teasing us with Matthew Abaddon. They knew that we were desperate to see him again, and we wanted to see what he wanted with Locke, and yet Locke inexplicable refused to talk to him. That was mean, but it really kept the pace going.
-Abaddon’s job description makes perfect sense. He really does get people to where they need to be, Locke, Hurley, Naomi. Sure it’s a pretty vague job description, but he’s a pretty vague guy.
-What I don’t understand is how and why Widmore found Locke and sent Abaddon there. Was it because Locke is “special”? (See below)
-Abaddon died for a few reasons. His mystery was unnecessary. The writers didn’t need that kind of intriguing character running around off the island. By killing him they solved his mystery (kinda). Also the actor has a full time job on Fringe so they couldn’t keep bringing him back to do guest spots.
-“Build Our World”, tsk. Get off your high horse Sayid. Stop literally saving the world.
-Abaddon mentions that Walt had “gotten big”. Uh.. when did they meet? That was surprising. Perhaps he just spied on Walt when Widmore found out about Michael.
-Walt’s been having dreams eh? So it wasn’t just the island that made him special. He can actually see the future. This could potentially go along with my Walt’s Powers theory. I believe that Walt can manipulate the past to shape the present and the future, not unlike Desmond’s specialness.
-Do Walt’s visions explain how Locke saw him in season 3? They could. I wished they had talked about that.
-How merciful of Locke to not tell Walt the truth about his father. I would have told him, especially after the “I haven’t talked to him in three years” bit.
-Walt should have gone back. That boy hasn’t been through enough. That was my least favorite part of this episode.
-Hey I called it, Hurley thought that Locke was dead.
-I still don’t understand why Hurley wouldn’t want to go back to the island, just because of Abaddon?
-The scene with Hurley was by far my favorite, so funny.
-Kate was the meanest of the Oceanic 6. She just grinds him into the mud, saying that Locke never loved anyone. Then Locke bares his soul for her. She appears to pay attention to Locke’s story about Helen, then right at the end she turns it all around on him. He admits that he was angry and obsessed, “look how far you’ve come”. There’s no need to kick the poor guy when he’s down. And shouldn’t these people be nicer to a guy in a wheelchair?
-It shocks me how uncaring Kate is towards Sawyer. He all but sacrificed himself so that she could leave and she still doesn’t care about him.
-And here’s the usual question: why doesn’t she want to go back? What’s so great about her life in LA? She belongs on the Island, they all do (except for Juliet).
-I wonder if Locke was a little bit proud of Jack when he found out that they lied.
-Jack comes in at a close second in the unnecessarily mean department. But it was less harsh because it was their usual conversation, faith vs science, fate vs probability. And then Jack goes off saying: “Have you ever stopped to think that these delusions that you’re special aren’t real? That maybe there’s nothing important about you at all. Maybe you are just a lonely old man that crashed on an island. That’s it.” But Jack got payback, once he found out that Locke killed himself he knew that it was his fault.
-“We were never important.” That seems very significant. Jack saying that in a science vs faith tirade makes me think that they were all important. This seems like a foregone conclusion but it’s nice to know that they were all important, as a group. It’s not just Locke, or Walt or Desmond who are important it’s all of them.
-So Ben just hangs around outside private schools, hmmm.
-It makes me so sad to watch Locke get screwed over by Ben and Charles in the same episode (maybe not Charles).
-Ben doesn’t seem to think that Locke will be resurrected. I guess it was Ms. Hawking who gave Jack all of the instructions to get Locke to become Christian’s Proxy.
-Ben’s motivation was the big deal. Why did he not let Locke kill himself, and why did he eventually kill him? It was all to find out Locke’s way back to the island. So he didn’t know Ms Hawking. This really makes me reconsider Ms. Hawking alignment on the good and evil chart. (See below)
-I was thinking during the episode that perhaps they did film Locke meeting with Sun but it was so boring that they cut it. Hahaha.
-When Caesar is exploring the Dharma room we see a glimpse of a bear skull. This could be a reference to Charlotte. Perhaps Charlotte recognized the skull in the desert because her family had one on the island. Perhaps this is one of her parents offices. That would mean that her parents did research at the Hydra station and either they did zoological research or they took part in brainwashing. But I believe that the brainwashing room, Room 23, was added later for the use of The others.
-I didn’t see that coming.
-I hoped to see Helen, or at least get a mention of her, but it was pretty weak hope. I fully expected Locke to just forget about her.
-Is there a chance that it was faked? That was a very generic gravestone, could it be that Widmore or Abaddon faked that? They have a good motive, by proving to Locke that he has nothing to love off the island they gave him more of a reason to go back. Maybe even Ben orchestrated all of that, you never know.
Flashes (what we know now):
The War That’s Coming
All that we know about this war is that Locke needs to be there in order for the right side to win, according to Charles Widmore. War sounds like a very final thing. Could it be that The War is the theme of the final season? It would certainly be epic if the season built up to a huge battle where all of the characters picked sides and fought. For more on picking sides see Good & Evil, below.
It drove me crazy that Locke didn’t mention Jacob or Christian to anyone but Jack. He’s talking to people like Widmore, Ben, and Abaddon and he doesn’t even think to say anything, But he goes ahead and talks to Jack about his dad. I’m pretty sure that both Ben and Widmore would have a lot to say about Jacob and even more to say about Christian taking over his role.
Locke Being Special
Why does Widmore think that Locke is “Special”? He doesn’t say why in this episode. I thought that Richard saw something in him as a baby, that’s why. But it turns out that that was nothing more that circular logic. Locke told Richard to go there because he was special so Richard did, the Special part of the equation cancels out. Now I’m afraid that Widmore thinks he’s special because Locke met him when he was 17. And we know that that indicated nothing. As usual Locke “special”-ness is unprovable.
-Caesar tells Locke that Hurley and others disappeared in the plane during the turbulence. That very interesting. I would be fine with that being all the explanation we get about how they got to the island. But while I’m writing I might as well speculate. It could be that the Oceanic 6 (5) were caught in a time skip and were sent back in time in the same way as Jin, Sawyer, and all the others were.
Good & Evil
Here’s the thing. Widmore says there’s a war, and obviously our characters are in the middle. People are going to have to choose sides. The sides could be split along good and evil, maybe not, we’ll see. It would be very nice to know who’s on what side. I could go on forever dividing them but I shouldn’t do it here. So I’ll do it later, stay tuned, I might even be able to turn it into a weekly thing.
Next Week on Lost
If you don’t watch the Next Time on Lost teaser then you don’t want to read this.
As usual I’m way out on a limb here, but that’s where I like to be. In the teaser we see Sawyer pulling a sack off of a woman’s head. Then he asks, “Is three years enough to forget somebody?” The obvious subject of that question is Kate, and it likely is directed towards her. But who’s that woman with the sack on her head. Could it be the surprisingly absent Cassidy! I’m hoping for this incredible longshot.