Lost is making me feel uncomfortable. That’s not normal, mostly I just get a thrill out of the twists, now it’s just hurting me.
Here’s the thing, I’ve had strong, permanent views about many characters in this show:
- Daniel was my favorite and I trust and believe him
- I like Locke even when he’s misguided
- Sawyer is usually a level head
- Jack is a fool
- Richard is all knowing and steady
- Kate isn’t to be trusted
- and Jacob is good
This episode made me rethink all of those things, and it wasn’t fun. I get that the shows winding down, but shouldn’t that mean that our group should be regrouping, banding together. Suddenly I have to choose a side, Jack or Kate, Locke or Jacob, Sawyer or The Island. These conflicts are hurting me.
And Daniel is still dead.
The conclusion I’ve reached is this, I didn’t like this episode, but this was a setup episode for the finale. I usually dislike these episodes until after I see the finale, at which point the setup seemed genius. But right now I’m left thinking back on an episode that had Sayid return, Daniel dead and Richard acting confused. These aren’t good things.
6.0/10.0 (It’s only above five in anticipation of the next episode.
By the way: If that was a Richard-centric episode then I am left wanting more.
-They redid that whole scene with him dying, that was just cruel. We got it the first time.
-Pierre, “Let’s hope he knows what he’s doing,” referring to Daniel. Cut to a scene of Daniel’s dead body. Nice.
-Richard building the little sailboat in the bottle was odd. Was that a hint that he was from the Black Rock? Many people have been theorizing that for a long time. (Richard in a pirate costume, not hard to imagine at all, is it.)
-Richard’s friend didn’t seem thrilled to see Locke, neither did Richard himself. Maybe Richard was happy being the singular leader on the Island. It’s funny how I always asked why Richard wasn’t the leader of the Others, but now that he is it kinda feels like ‘who gave him the right’.
-Locke told Richard that he would explain where he was for the last three year “on the way”. But he didn’t explain it, otherwise Richard would be more understanding. Locke’s new enlightenment has given him too much superiority, he should know by know that underlings rebel without freedom.
-Whoa, confused Richard is strange to see. He’s been so knowledgeable for so long.
-“An Adviser”. Interesting, I guess that’s a good explanation for his role. But it’s just about as vague as “Security System” for Smokey.
-“I watched them all die.” Yeah that line didn’t do much for me. I don’t believe that for a second. The list Sun said was Jack, Kate, Hurley and Jin. There was no mention of Sayid, Sawyer, Juliet or Miles. I don’t know what that means. We should keep an eye out for that first group.
-Yet again Locke set up his own destiny using Richard. It’s so screwed up. (See below: Locke’s Destiny)
-Richard didn’t like it when Locke said that he’d died. I think it’s now safe to say that Richard has not known anyone else who has been resurrected on the Island.
-My heart hurt when Richard said that Locke was going to be trouble. I don’t like my two mystics aligning against each other. My money is on Locke killing Richard very soon, and that’s not a good thing.
-I thought they would have drawn out Widmore’s reaction to Daniel. He barely cared, and they only referred to Charles’ meeting with Daniel in the 50s.
-Richard said the Eloise “reacted”. How Jack-like. That’s why they got along.
-Whoa Jack went for jugular with poor Eloise. He told her that she can take it all back. He hit a nerve there.
-I like how she got all determined once Jack told her the plan. She’s be a great leader, provided she wasn’t near any hydrogen bombs
-Charles was touching Eloise’s stomach as if she was pregnant. Curious. This goes against my theory of Daniel being born already. The funny thing is, I was arguing about that seconds before I started watching this episode. Oh you clever commenters, always catching me when I make those crazy assumptions
-Ms. Hawking never mentioned to Jack or Kate that she just killed her son. He talked about it desperately but she never talked to him about it. Also Jack never told Eloise about her own future, and how she would help them get back. (See below: Eloise’s Meddling)
-Hurley was right! He should have got some of the 70s trivia down. That scene was hilarious.
“You fought in the Korean war?” “There’s no such thing.”
-Locke says that Ben helped him get back. That’s a lot of forgiveness for the man who killed him without knowing he’d be resurrected. Actually I shouldn’t say that, you never know, maybe Ben did know Locke would come back to life. If he’s telling the truth to Sun and Richard then he didn’t know, but can we ever be sure that he’s telling the truth?
-Does Ben want Richard’s job? It kinda seems like it. He says that Richard has been around for a very long time in an envious way. And now that he has a new job, following Locke, he might as well try to make it permanent. And really, Ben should be happy with any role he can get on the Island.
-Ben doesn’t know much about the time skipping, he was just as surprised as Richard when Locke showed up with the gunshot wound.
-Why does it matter to Locke whether or not Ben had seen Jacob. Jacob still chose Ben, didn’t he? I guess Locke might have just been trying to erode Ben’s trust of Jacob, but then again Locke doesn’t really care what people think these days.
-Was Juliet saying anything wrong to Radzinski? Sawyer told her not to say anything.
-Juliet could take way more of a beating than that. She actually seemed relieved once she got hit. It’s slightly understandable, it could be heartbreaking for her to watch her (common-law) husband to get beaten, and it would be a relief to get hit instead of him.
-I was thrilled to see Juliet leaving the Island. It what she always wanted and what she deserved. Kate less so. Poor Juliet, what a life she’s led.
-Charlotte left the Island, on time, more proof that everything is going according the history.
-Come on, Sawyer has had enough beatings over the last five seasons, did he really need another one?
-I was quite shocked when Sawyer said “good riddance” to the Island. I’ve always assumed that he was meant to stay on the Island. It seemed like the best place to escape his troubles.
-“I’m not afraid of anything you can do, anymore, Ben.” How nice. I wonder if we’ve all been too easily convinced of Ben’s goodwill. Ben makes a sarcastic joke about a coup, but how motivated is he when it comes to obeying Locke? He might not personally kill him, but what if he undermines him enough that Locke loses his authority? Would that go against his promise to Alex?
-Locke had a very hard time believing that Richard didn’t know what happened to him. Locke had the same opinion of Richard that we sometimes have, that he’s all knowing.
-“The Island told me.” That was significant. Locke isn’t doing all of this on his own, he has guidance. But for some reason that guidance has motivated him to go kill Jacob. Curious.
-I wish we got to see Locke disappear during the time skip.
-Here’s some more of Locke’s communism, “let’s all go to Jacob”. No dictatorships for him. That’s one of Locke’s most constant quality, and some how comforting. Even when he’s going to kill a powerful spirit leader he still has time to think about the common man.
-Lose doesn’t care about bringing back his old group. Uh, why not? Has he completely forgotten about the people in the past? That’s the problem with Island enlightenment, it leads to heartlessness.
-Locke really should tell The Others that he intends to kill Jacob, I think he might find a few of these fanatics against the idea of their spiritual leader dead.
-Richard seemed very standoffish talking about Jacob.
-What does Locke even know about Jacob? He’s only “seen” him once. Does he have a problem with Christian? (see below)
-I have to say that my favorite parts of this episode were the parts involving Miles.
-Aww, Miles has such a life-changing moment when he sees his dad sending his mom away.
-Ugh, Sayid ruined everything. Why did he have to show up?
-Sayid sucks so much, he was walking around being all self-satisfied about killing Ben. What a despicable fool.
-Regarding Daniel’s theory about erasing time, Sayid should be thinking about Nadia, right? Should he be thinking about how he could have a second chance with her. But I think he might just be suicidal.
-Honestly having Sayid alive and Daniel dead is disgusting.
-I thought that Kate would say that she couldn’t swim. I thought that would be her reason for leaving Jack and Eloise. Good for her for being decisive.
-Kate makes me feel crazy. It’s so strange being on her side. Usually she’s just following others, now she’s the one with the plan.
-I wonder if Kate tried to get on the sub in order to escape death on the Island if Jack is successful. That would go along with her running ways, but I would expect new Kate to fight back more.
-Jack at the beginning of the episode about Daniel’s plan. “What if this is out one chance?” BANG! There goes Jack’s hope. (Maybe not).
-Jack still wants to save all the people who’ve died. There’s that famous stubbornness.
-Doesn’t Jack worry about going back to the way he was.
-Jack’s faith is just as embarrassing as Locke’s was. Remember Locke’s blind faith in ideas (pushing the button, killing Naomi, going to the Orchid, leaving the Island)? Well now Jack shows that same naivete with Daniel’s idea. “I’m not wrong.” Uh-oh.
-Sun didn’t know Richard, that’s how far out of the loop she’s been.
-I think Sun might have been the first person to talk to Richard about his age.
-Aww Pierre was so happy to see Miles.
-Finally we get to see Pierre clash with the other leaders of Dharma. He wasn’t too forceful but it still happened. I don’t understand the power structure in Dharma. Radzinksy got to the top very easily.
-His name is Stuart? When did we find that out?
-Why doesn’t Radzinksy go get what’s-his-name, “our you”? Isn’t he the local torturer? Oh yeah, he sucked. I almost forgot.
-I think Phil might have lost all of his fans this week in one scene. First he hit Juliet, then he called Hurley “the fat guy”.
Flashes (what we know now):
Kate Getting Shot
If Kate had been shot by the Hostile that would have been awesome. I don’t want her to die, but having her die would have made me believe in Daniel’s theory… And it would have allowed me to think that Daniel might not be permanently dead. [sign]
I was very conflicted about Sawyer and Juliet heading off the Island. Obviously I don’t want those two to leave the show, but they honestly deserve to get out of there.
I still don’t fully understand why people want to move Jughead around. Surely when it blows up it won’t matter where on the Island it is.
Uh if Jughead was leaking before, what’s it doing now? Surely it’s only got worse. I’m concerned about how much radiation everyone is being exposed to.
Also should that many torches be kept around a Hydrogen bomb. I don’t fully understand how that kind of thing works, but surely it’s a safety hazard.
Locke vs. Jacob
I cannot imagine what made Locke want to kill Jacob. He met him once and they had a disagreement. Since that one time he’s been following Christian’s orders. Does he know the difference? And if he does, why did he choose Christian’s side over Jacob’s? I’m concerned. In my opinion Christian is the slimy one and Jacob has lost control.
While we’re talking about Jacob let’s get Smokey in here too. Ben was told by Alex, while Smokey was there, to follow Locke and assist him. Doesn’t that imply that Smokey has it in for Jacob too? Whoa.
Yet again Locke has set up circumstances to make himself seem important. First he told Richard to find him when he was a baby, now he sent Richard to talk to himself when he was skipping through time. He set up his own destiny, doesn’t that cancel itself out? This just proves that Locke isn’t special.
Ms. Hawking has been the most visible power player this season. But I wonder if Daniel was right when he was talking about how she shouldn’t have sent the Oceanic “6” back. I wonder if she knew she was sending them back in time. I also wonder if she recognized Jack.
Was that her attempt to change the past? If she did remember what happened then surely she would know whether or not Jack succeeded. My head hurts, I think I’m in a logic loop.
The Third Party
I’ve updated my Third Party theory. I think I now know why Eloise sent her group to the Island. I think she wants blow up Jughead, and by doing this she can complete her sons work. Kinda screwed up, but hey, it’s Lost.