This might have been one of the only Jack flashbacks/forwards/sideways that I really enjoyed. And I have to hand it to the writers. I’m thoroughly impressed that they managed to make me care about Jack and his relationship with his newly introduced preteen son. If I had heard that Jack was going to have a son and he would have parenthood issues I would have rolled my eyes and wrote this episode off as a loss. But I was surprised at how much I cared.
On the Island Hurley was leading Jack to Jacob’s spy-tower. There we saw a very familiar list of names. Jacob told Hurley that someone, number 108 on the list, was coming to the Island and Hurley had to help him get there. No luck in this episode, but I’ll bet we’ll hear more about that later.
Meanwhile Claire finally did some talking. Yeah, she’s crazy. She’s also BFFs with “Locke” although she somehow doesn’t seem to know his name. Poor Jin is now stuck with Claire and Locke and he knows way too much. He’s in survival mode and he’s surrounded by murderers. Also his leg is mangled. This guy has been through the wringer over the last two seasons.
This was a good episode. It set up a BSG reminiscent relationship between Hurley and Jacob, it had a surprising and effective reveal of Jack’s new son, it ramped up the anticipation about Claire and what the deuce she’s going to do, and it started two fun guessing games: who’s David’s mother and who’s coming to the Island (skip down the bottom of the post for my guesses and a couple of polls). Overall a solid episode. 7.5/10.0
-Jacob was looking a little sad crouching beside his pool.
-“Someone’s coming to the Island. I need you to help them find it.” See below
-So what’s the consensus on Hurley’s Jacob? I still think that the guy Hurley is seeing is actually Jacob, but I imagine the pessimists or realists (depending how honest you are) might believe that this vision is misleading Hurley. What do you think?
-I got a Battlestar Galactica vibe from Hurley’s conversations with Jacob. One big difference, there was a lot less sexual energy between Hurley and Jacob compared to Gaius and Head Six.
But the similarities do kinda make me wonder about this Jacob. I doubt it’s exactly the same thing as with Baltar, but I wonder how real Jacob now is. Until it’s shown one way or another whether he’s really Jacob or not I’m just going to assume that he is. But I wonder if this is just an imagined Jacob. If we compare this Jacob to Dave (Hurley’s imaginary friend) then it’s obvious Jacob is real. Dave was obviously imagined because he was exactly the same as Hurley.
-See! Of course Hurley’s the best candidate, Jacob appears to him and no one else. The reason why Luke Skywalker was more special than Leia was because Ob-Wan appeared to him and not her. Sure “there is another”, but it doesn’t really matter when only one is getting tutoring from a ghost. I guess Yoda helped too. Hey! Maybe Dogen is Yoda! He’s short and mysterious, he’s probably going to die before the finale. Yeah… Star Wars metaphors are fun.
-Hurley’s too funny. He’s always speaking for the audience, but when it happens it’s always surprising and funny. “This is cool dude. Very old-school… you and me trekking through the jungle, on our way to do something that we don’t quite understand. Good times.” I’m glad Hurley’s enjoying himself.
-“I guess they used a mirror because electricity hadn’t been invented yet.” …uh… what? I can tell already that I’m probably reading too far into this line but I can’t help it. What does Hurley know about when this thing was used? Has Jacob told him something about ancient Egyptian times or something?
I’m just going to try to ignore that odd line.
-I’m a little worried about Sawyer. Sure he agreed to help “Locke” in the last episode, but I hoped that he would have a little more time to think about it. It seems like he’s now just a follower. If he had showed up in this episode and shown a little reservation towards things that would have been comforting. Having him completely gone is worrisome.
-“Locke” is frickin scary. And Claire’s excitement at his arrival certainly didn’t help.
-Signs that Claire is totally insane:
- She didn’t know she was alone for threee years.
- She has a skull and fir made up as a doll.
- She has no memory of leaving Aaron in the jungle.
- She’s friends with a shape-shifting creepy guy.
- She killed what-his-name with an axe.
-Jack just found out about Claire in the other timeline. After that reveal there was absolutely not fallout. I foresee an off-Island reunion pretty soon.
-Is Claire insane!!! Doesn’t she know those plastic bottles can kill you?!! Where has she been for the last three years! Everyone knows those things cause cancer.
-Claire just calls “Locke” her friend? She’s never asked for a name? It’s been three years! How do they have conversations?
-Jack tells Sayid that The Others want him dead and then he leaves. That’s going to end well. There’s no way these Others are going to survive. “Locke”‘s on his way and he now has an assumed friend in their camp, an Infected friend who now thinks that everyone around him wants him dead.
-Miles is now alone with The Others and Sayid. Poor guy. I hope Sawyer swoops in and rescues him soon.
-I think Kate has at least one scene in every episode where she’s filling her water bottle.
-I want everyone who hated on Kate two weeks ago to pause and analyze what she did in this episode. She passed by Hurley and Jack to find Claire. She didn’t ask anyone to come with her, she didn’t try to change their plans, she didn’t change her plans. She’s not as selfish and needy as you’d like to believe.
-Hurley knew that Kate wasn’t “invited” to go with them on Jacob’s quest. Kate’s not Candidate material, as we’ve been told a few times now. I hope Jacob explains that someday. And I really hope she doesn’t join up with “Locke”, although that seems unlikely.
-I’m not looking forward to Kate meeting Claire. I was waiting for this for a while now. But now it’s not looking like a fun reunion.
-“Everything is an option.” Ah, what a ridiculous line.
-Dogen knows about the Candidate Program. But he seems to only respect the candidates when they assert themselves.
-I need to stop making assumptions about who can or can’t be off the Island. It’s obvious that pretty much anyone will show up. The writers are just playing with us. It’s not a bad thing. It will make for some fun cameos and good parallels between the stories on and off the Island.
-Jack spent every free second in this episode looking at his own reflection. Talk about conceited. He even listened to a recording of his own voice. Tsk.
-Jack’s mom pretty much dashed all of our dreams when she explained what happened with Jack’s appendix.
There’s still some hope that the whole appendix thing means something. They wouldn’t have mentioned it for no reason. I’m still thinking Ms. Hawking’s course-correction theory is in effect.
-Jack’s mom is a very weird character. They rarely ever have such blank characters on this show. I’m not even worried about looking up her name, she has almost no importance.
-Jack’s jealous of Hurley’s Special-ness. He wishes Jacob had appeared to him. Poor Jack, always wanting to be more Special.
-This was a very talkative episode. Everyone was sharing, Jack especially. Jack and Hurley told each other why they came back and Jack even told Hurley about Christian running around the Island. Kate told Jack and Hurley what they were doing. Jin told Claire all about Kate and Aaron (then quickly retracted that info). They’ve never been this forthcoming.
-Jacob was watching Jack’s old house. It was a white house so it was a light house. Get it? HA HA HA… anyways. Jack was enraged when he found out Jacob was watching him. But the truth is that he might not have been watching Jack. Doesn’t it seem more likely that he was watching Christian? Jack only lived there as a kid. For Jack’s sake I hope I’m wrong about that.
-I wasn’t very angry when Jack broke the mirrors. Of course I’m never very impressed by Jack’s destructive ways but this time it was pretty clear that Jacob knew what he was getting into when he insisted on Jack coming to the Lighthouse.
-Ugh, teenagers or preteens whatever this kid is. I hate those ages.
-Hey I own that same Annotated Alice book that David has. It’s a really great version.
-Dogen says that David has a gift. It sounds like what Ms Hawking told Daniel when he was playing the piano. I’ve always assumed Daniel was Special because he was born or at least conceived on the Island. Maybe it was just random chance.
-I’m surprised that they managed to make me care about Jack and David and their relationship in a single episode.
-I really thought we were going to see Christian in this episode.
-The first time I watched this episode I was pretty sure that Claire revealed that Christian and “Locke” are the same people. But when I watched it again she clearly says that first Christian told her that The Others took Aaron and then her friend told her. Her friend was revealed to be “Locke” so if we’re going to believe Claire then they are still separate people. I don’t know what to think. If there was ever a time to reveal that Christian was “Locke” then that was it.
-Still no sign of Christian off the Island. I think they want us to believe that Christian wasn’t in the coffin in both timelines. I don’t believe that. What do you think?
-I don’t really think that Christian’s body wasn’t in the original coffin. But I don’t really get why when Esau took Locke’s body there was still a body in the coffin. It was kinda like a cicada thing. But if that’s the same thing that happened to Christian then why wasn’t there a body in his coffin? That question has been bugging me for a while now. And I get that Ilana and Bram needed the body to prove to the Others and Richard that “Locke” wasn’t Locke. It makes sense from a practical point of view, but not from a mythological point of view (I sound like Ob-Wan “from a certain point of view”).
-I’ll bet everyone smiled when Jin had the ol’ Sayid waking up in Rousseau’s camp deja vu.
-I feel bad for Jin in this episode. That’s a very unenviable situation he was in. At first I was a little angry that he told Claire that he was lying about Kate taking Aaron. But now I’m thinking that he may have had no choice. She was pretty blood-thirsty at that point.
-Out of nowhere we’re reminded of Shannon. That was odd. I guess we’ll be seeing her shortly.
Flashes (what we know now):
I am very excited about this little guessing game. Who do you think David’s mother is? The field is pretty wide open, the kid looks exactly like Jack so we’re not getting any big hints. Here are the possibilities that I thought of.
First of all Ana Lucia. She came to mind first but mostly as a joke. I know it’s ridiculous, but I would enjoy it. Remember when those two were the next big couple on Lost. Hahaha, we were so stupid in Season 1.
Kate is the second choice. I know, I know. It’s pretty much been proven wrong, but you never know. It wouldn’t be totally crazy if what happened on the plane was nothing but a game. No you’re right, this is a stupid choice. (I’ll have her in the poll, but I’ll be disappointed if people vote for her.)
Sarah is probably the most likely, but right now that seems like the most boring choice. I actually love Julie Bowen and for most of the show I wanted to see more of her character, but right now I’m over her. Also not having her in this episode seems like unnecessary suspense for an boring reveal.
Libby. This would be weird. I don’t know why this couple bothers me so much but it really does.
Nikki. I’m starting to annoy myself at this point.
Charlotte. Again, this kinda creeps me out. I don’t know why this would bother me, but I don’t want to see Jack pining of Charlotte.
A new character we haven’t met yet. Boooooriiiing.
Here’s a poll (BTW, if you know about some spoiler out there about who it is, then please don’t vote).
After writing all of that and considering all of them I think I’m going to go with Juliet. It would be fun for me if it was Ana Lucia, but I think most people would hate that. I think Juliet would be the best choice.
In case any of us forgot about Adam and Eve and the fact that they are likely one of the main characters then that was hinted at tonight. As id we haven’t been guessing at that for the last five seasons. I still think it’s Rose and Bernard. As Hurley said, what if we went back in time… I don’t think there’s going to be much time travel anytime soon. And those two were the only obvious people left behind in the past. I don’t think they were thrown into the present with everyone else.
The Substitute pun was better that the Lighthouse/light house pun. Moving on-
Remember the ol’ days when Dharma Stations were all the rage? Now we’ve got Temples and underground tunnels and huge statues, caves and Lighthouses. I like these locations better.
The Lighthouse was an odd addition to the mystery. It seems more Jacoblike than the Cave from the last episode. But I don’t really see why Jacob needs a couple of mirrors to spy on people. Also it’s very redundant that Jacob has two master lists. As a frequent list writer I know that having more than one list is just asking for trouble (unless you use Excel).
Who’s Coming to the Island?
Jacob told Hurley that he has to help someone get to the Island. Of course this turned out to be a means to an end, the result was Jack finding out he was Special. But still, it seems like number 108 is coming to the Island. Who could it be?
The first person I thought of was Widmore. Charles talked about a war coming and picking sides, I think he might be Jacob’s other backup. It’s so strange that I’m hoping for Widmore to come and save the day.
The most obvious person it could be is Desmond. The Island isn’t done with Desmond yet. I can’t imagine what he could possibly do on the Island, but it seems likely that he’ll come back. And the Lighthouse would have been a good way to guide him in.
I’m sure there are many people I’ve missed, please tell me in the comments or in this poll.
Lostpedia and their contributes with HD TVs have discovered that 108 had the name Wallace beside it. We don’t know anyone with the name Wallace, but I don’t think that means much. It could be hint about Desmond, Wallace is a very Scottish name. Or it could be the name that Walt now has (Walt Wallace… that sound ridiculous). I don’t think we should get too caught up on that name. But I do think we should stop and think about the fact that it was crossed out. All four of the people I mentioned have been on the Island before and have left. I can imagine that would be enough to get their names crossed out.