I started watching this episode thinking that I was not going to enjoy it. I thought that either we’d have a timeline reset or not, it was one way or another. I would have been unhappy either way. With the Reset I would have been bored with that time period and I would have hated to see all that “progress” disappear. Without the Reset, Juliet and Daniel died for nothing, and frankly with a title like LA X and news that every former cast member was coming back, it wasn’t possible for there not to be a Reset. So I pretty much ignored Lost during the hiatus. If I spent too much time thinking about it I would make myself angry.
At Comic-Con Darlton asked us to trust them. And I’m very glad that I did. They are geniuses. I would never have guessed that they were doing to diverging timelines. I’ve heard a few bloggers suggest it as a possibility, but frankly I rarely believe anything my fellow bloggers say, I wouldn’t say that to their face, but it’s true. Seeing it in action is just glorious. It’s literally the best of both worlds.
As for this episode specifically, it was awesome. The inevitable scene that showed that the plane didn’t crash and then underwater Island reveal was perfectly devastating (not unlike the underwater Oceanic 815 wreckage). At that point I was ready to resign myself to the fact that the writers had chosen the more boring route of starting over.
But that was just the first intro. The second was another slow reveal of another timeline. Too good. Suddenly we were presented with a new format and an amazing new story.
Cut to the beach and we have more insanity. It’s casually revealed that “Locke” is Smokey. Smokey tears up some people with guns and blows our mind (what’s new).
Then Jacob shows up to visit Hurley and it turns out he’s very dead but he isn’t helpless, he seems to have a plan, or at least hope. It’s very comforting to hear Jacob giving orders even from beyond the grave.
All of this is peppered with visits from characters we thought dead. Charlie and Boone were exciting to someone out there, not me. But the return of Juliet was quite wonderful. I still wish that Juliet and Sawyer could have had a happily ever after, but I realize I’m being naive. That’s not the kind of show I signed on for. What we did get was a small amount of closure and at least a new final image of Juliet (If I have to see that scene with Juliet’s slow death again… well I’ll outline my plans below).
My expectations for this episode were at about a 7 maybe an 8, but this is honestly a 10.0, mostly for the introduction of this glorious new format (Smokey=”Locke” didn’t hurt).
Formatting: OK, since we have a new kind of narrative and two diverging storylines I have to find a way to keep them separated. I’ve decided to italicize the text for the Off-Island comments. I hope that’s noticeable enough, without being annoying. If you have any other suggestions please tell me.
-Richard had nothing to do in this episode except look confused. This guy is suddenly in waaaay over his head.
-Well that’s nice of the writers. Who knew we could get to see Jacob so quick. Probably I would know if I had paid attention to the opening credits. But still, I didn’t expect it.
-Did Jacob want Ben to kill him? I keep being reminded of Ob-Wan, “If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine”. Of course we all know how that ended, Obi-Wan turned into a useless ghost. But there do seem to be parallels. Obi-wan/Jacob is killed way too easily by a lackey, Darth Vader/Ben, while the real Master, The Emporer/”Locke” sits on the sidelines. Will Jacob be more useful? I hope so.
-Jacob says, “I was killed by an old friend who grew tired of my company”. I’l get back to the Old Friend bit later, but I just want to dwell on the fact that Jacob says that he was killed by “Locke” and not Ben. I think that’s pretty significant. I don’t know if he forgives Ben, but at least he knows that Ben wasn’t responsible.
-Ilana, Bram and Richard didn’t get along with Richard like I expected them to.
-And little Bram is no substitute. He’s a pretty awful actor. I get that he was hired for his size but still. I was glad to see him die.
-Without the Swan Hurley’s lucky. I guess that means that at some point after 1977 the Numbers were cursed. Or perhaps if you’re an optimist, or just a boring individual, then the numbers were never cursed and it’s all a matter of positive thinking (If someone brings up The Secret I will punch them in the ovaries, or in the testicles, but frankly it’s a less likely situation).
-Hurley looking at Sayid spitting up some blood, “Oh god, oh god, this is gross.” He makes the simplest lines so cute.
-Hurley’s a frickin hero! “Can you fix Sayid, Jack?” “No” “Then you’re going to have to let me do it”. What a champ.
-Hurley showed some great taste in this episode when he chose Juliet’s life over Sayid’s. He would rather wait and check to see what happens to Juliet rather than rush off to the Temple to save Sayid. High five Hurley. I hope he keeps up this streak of awesomeness throughout this whole season.
-Was that remorse Ben felt? he was holding the knife and wondering why Jacob didn’t try to stop him.
-Is it possible that Ben is feeling suicidal? He’s back on the Island like he wanted, but Locke is there too, ready to snatch The Others away from him. His own daughter accused him of her murder and now he’s killed his former boss. I imagine that might be a little discouraging.
– I really felt bad for Ben when he was about to leave The Foot and he turns around to see “Locke” staring at him. This guy’s in for a rough season. I hope he gets some revenge. Then again, Ben’s revenge isn’t always the prettiest thing.
-Ugh, how many times did they make us watch that awful scene of Juliet blowing up that bomb. Answer: three times.
-Hearing Juliet making noises under the Swan crater (the new Swan crater, different from all the rest) I was not filled with hope. That was just heart-breaking all over again. She sounded like a sad little kitten, it was just painful.
-I think the fact that the writers let us have more Juliet scenes implies that they were listening to us over the hiatus. I think they may have underestimate out love for Sawliet. As a non-Shipper I was certainly surprised at my own love for the couple.
-Juliet’s last conversation with Sawyer reminded me of Shmi Skywalker’s last words (this is my life: Lost and Star Wars), “Anakin I love-” and then she dies. Badly timed final words are enough to make you want to turn into a Sith, or kill Sand-People. But I forgive them for doing it because it gave them a chance to use Miles’s psychic abilities in the next episode.
-Juliet does nothing but suffer in this show, it’s just too awful.
-I never really say this kind of stuff, but I am very grateful to Elizabeth Mitchell for coming back to film this. She was undoubtably busy filming V, but she came back for us. And I hope that wasn’t the last time we get to see her.
-It looks like Sawyer’s going to keep up his intense acting this season too. That’s good news, I like this new Sawyer. It’s almost like he’s a lead actor now.
-Everyone was so bloody in this episode. It was pretty gross. Sawyer was definitely the worst.
-Sawyer’s “You hit the bomb? Why?” line was odd. What did he expect to happen? Did he think she would just give up and ide? I get it that it would be a huge leap for him to assume that she lived and then caused the explosion, but it was still an odd line.
-“See you in another life” has new meaning now doesn’t it?
-I can’t imagine why they threw him in this episode. What possibly reason could there be for him to be in Sidney? And why would he go to LA? Very odd. He looked very content though. I guess they just wanted to make sure that we know that he wasn’t on the Island.
-At this point in the show (from the end of Season 4 on) I would rather not see Desmond anymore. He’s still one of my favorite characters but I’d rather have him off-screen having a lovely time with Penny rather than putting himself in peril by sticking around this characters.
-I might have an idea why he doesn’t remember Jack, perhaps he’s led such a fulfilling life that he doesn’t have time to reflect on workout sessions in the 90s. Whereas in his other life he had hours to think about that stuff. It’s a pretty weak reason.
-Was that “Our Mutual Friend” that Desmond was reading there?
-Was Locke lying to Boone? I don’t think so. “Why would I pull your leg?” I think the answer to that question is covetousness… of legs… Get it?
Honestly though, I don’t think this Locke, with his happy disposition and strange optimism would lie about something like that. And I don’t think old Locke would have been able to lie about something like that, at least not so specifically. He would have said something about going for a walkabout then he would have started yelling and then crying. Poor Locke.
-And yeah, I thought he was cured too. It’s amazing what a different attitude can do for a guy.
-Confirmation of who, if not what, Smokey is. I didn’t think we’d be getting that.
-Jacob says, “I was killed by an old friend who grew tired of my company”. I’m definitely thinking a lot about the cave drawing of Smokey and Anubis.
Beside that there is some slight significance to that line. Apparently the Man in Black was annoyed with Jacob because they had to spend so much time together, presumably stuck on the Island.
-“Locke” can take a bullet like no other. Not good news.
-I didn’t believe for a second that Sayid was dead. There was no way they would let me get off that easy.
-Sayid was very concerned about what would happen to him after he died. I think that raises the possibility of something interesting happening to everyone off the Island after these characters die. Dying on the Island, in that timeline, might allow a character to pass into the other timeline. I doubt the writers wanted to bring up heaven and hell at this point.
-When Jack saw his little neck scratch I was expecting Sayid to have an inexplicable gunshot wound. I figured that’s what the call for the doctor was. Unfortunately it was Charlie, trying to get more attention, as always.
-Kate was thrown clear of the Swan site and into a tree. For a while I thought that it was the tree that she hid her time capsule under. That raised a lot of possibilities. I think that may have been the aim of the writers when they filmed that.
-When Kate goes up to the crater she sees Jack and Sawyer laying unconscious. She looks at both of them and then decides to go to Jack. Of course this could just be so that we could have Sawyer waking up out of the frame and lining up a nice field goal kick to Jack’s head, but I like to overanalyze so I think it means something.
-When they were hitting the turbulence over the Island I was praying that they would crash. Funny how my mind couldn’t accept this new story.
-That scratch on Jack’s neck was extremely mysterious.
-How many people thought that the first flash to the other timeline was a time skip. It made the same noise as the old Season Five time skips.
-I think we might finally get to see who those watches Jin has were for. I’ll bet it’s a fun little Easter Egg thing. They’ll be for some people we’ve seen before.
-I wanted to punch Jin when he pulled the ol’ “do up your button”.
-I was not thrilled to see this guy back. His face really gets on my nerves.
-After all this time I still get kind of excited when I see Cindy the stewardess. She’s a totally useless character, but I think absence makes the heart grow fonder, and you always no it’s a special occasion if she shows up.
Seth (the pilot)
-So they could get Greg Grunberg’s voice but not his body. Not a bad deal.
-Boone likes mainland-Locke for the same reasons he liked Island-Locke. “This thing goes down, I’m sticking with you.”
-Mr. Arzt is still an ass even in the wonderful Island-less world. Shocking.
Flashes (what we know now):
So blowing up a Hydrogen bomb in the Swan caused the entire Island to sink. Hmm, curious. That kind of implies that they killed everyone on the Island. I guess they considered that before they did it, but still, to see it makes a big difference. All those people died to give Jack a second chance with Kate? Of course this is all mostly just hypothetical, in reality those people only died in 50% of the show. They lived in half of these episodes (well until the Purge).
A Different Episode
During the first commercial break after the reveal of the underwater Island a friend who I was watching this with, let’s call him Lavender, said “I wish I was watching a different episode”. He really wasn’t enjoying the direction this episode was taking. I agreed completely, and we got our wish after those commercials were over.
Well I guess we can count this one as a technical goof, or at least a technical necessity. Each season when they show The Swan crater it’s totally different. I thought it might have been significant. But this definitively settles that. I don’t really want to make a big deal about it. It doesn’t make a difference.
The Third Party
It’s being heavily hinted that these people are evil. I don’t know what to think anymore. One hint would have been misdirection to keep us on our toes. Two hints over two seasons makes it an actual possibility. Now it’s just Ilana left so it’s hard to believe she has crazy, evil intentions.
“Locke” says these people are just bodyguards. That doesn’t seem right. They have to have a bigger plan than that. There’s no way they don’t have a backup plan for if Jacob is dead.
New Theory: Who Kate Ends Up With
Before this whole diverging timelines things I was pretty sure that Jack was going to end up dying in the end of the show and Kate would end up with Sawyer. Now I’m starting to think that Kate could end up with both. I think Kate will end up with Jack in one timeline and Sawyer in the other. I don’t know which pairing in which timeline but I’ll work on that. I’ll also try to flesh out this theory before I add it to my Current Theories page.
Sorry I didn’t put a “Kate dead” option, but I think it might have got a vast majority of the votes. Let’s just save those votes for the comments.