I’m still reeling from everything that happened in this episode. I had to wait a day to write this post in the hopes that I would calm down a little (it didn’t work).
So Ilana’s dead. I didn’t see that coming. In fact seconds before she died I assured my friends that she wouldn’t die. It felt odd having the rug pulled out from under me like that. For the rest of the episode I was paranoid. I think the floodgates are opening, people are going to start dying, and quickly. It’s a scary thought. As I said a few times during the episode, every thing’s changed.
Back to the story. On the Island Hurley was struggling through leadership problems. He has no actual authority or even much of a plan, but he has unwarranted conviction. So far that’s worked for him. Who knows where it’s going to get him.
Desmond had a little fun with Locke on the Island. He was thrown down a well at the end of the episode, but I don’t think many of us believe that he’s actually dead. Vincent will find him and go get help.
Then there’s that final scene. I don’t even know what to say about that. It’ll be up there as one of the most shocking moments in Lost history. It’s one of those endings that causes a room to stay silent for minutes after the shows has ended.
I can see no reason why this episode shouldn’t get a ten. We got a heartfelt apology from Michael, an answer to the Whispers mystery, Hurley and Libby got together, Hurley crossed over between timelines, Ilana died, “Locke” tried to kill Desmond and Desmond tried to kill Locke. I have a feeling that these episodes are just going to get more and more intense. If you were worried that the episodes weren’t feeling “final” enough, well I think that’s changed now. 10.0/10.0
-It’s nice watching Hurley getting the attention he deserves with that montage. God knows we all love him, but it’s not like most people in Lost usually say how much they love him.
-Hurley took Jacob’s ashes. That’ll be important later.
-It was too awesome when we saw Hurley running away from the Black Rock. Finally that thing is destroyed, it’s been a fun set piece, but it’s caused a lot of trouble of the years.
-I hope Hurley can use his network of Whispering spies. I imagine they’d be useful.
-That kiss with the silent flashbacks was one of the most exciting Lost moments ever. It was one thing for Desmond to go through that, but it was totally different with Hurley. Desmond is a great character, but he’s not us. When Hurley goes through things, we feel it too.
-Hurley’s little negotiation with “Locke” was comforting, I think he’ll be a good leader someday. Perhaps he’s naive, but at least he’s trying to keep his people safe.
-When Libby first shows up, not unexpectedly, you cold tell she had something very important to say. This wasn’t the same reaction that Penny gave Desmond or Kate gave Jack. She knew something and she really wanted to tell him. It was like when Daniel showed up. The writers know how much we want to see her and they made the scenes special.
-Libby checked herself into Santa Rosa by herself a few days before this events of this episode. So unfortunately this doesn’t explain the age old mystery of why she was in Santa Rosa in the main timeline. But I think this is one of those times when the answer to the mystery no longer matters because the answer is pretty much unnecessary. She was crazy before, that’s all.
-When Michael appeared accompanied by a bunch of Whispers I wasn’t thrilled. I didn’t exactly trust him. (more on the Whisper below)
-I accept Michael’s apology this time. I definitely felt sorry for him when he died back in season 4, but this time I genuinely felt that he was sorry. So I think I’m over the whole double murder thing now. I’m never going to be a Michael fan, and I’m glad he’s not on the show full-time anymore, but I don’t utterly hate him anymore.
-I think the writers did a far better job with Michael’s return than they did with Charlie’s.
-Well color me surprised, Richard knows “what the Island is”. Jacob apparently told him. I never really thought that question would ever be addressed or even brought up. It’s just such a vague question and I know I won’t like the answer. In the back of my mind I’m hoping that Richard will die before he gets to reveal the answer… sorry everyone
-Richard made the same sweeping statement about “Locke” getting off the Island. Apparently everything’s over if he gets off. Such a crazy, unquantifiable concept.
-Damnit, and she just got that good outfit.
-To say that I was shocked by this death is an enormous understatement. Second before she died my friends were cringing because of her carelessness with the dynamite. I assured them that she’s not going to die. After all she’s a full-time cast member and we haven’t had her flashback yet (well, not a full one) and she’s standing next to a bunch of Candidates. I was so sure that nothing would happen. Then kaboom. I was literally speechless. (see below, the bubble headline.)
-Ilana’s plan was to blow up the cockpit and the instruments. That’s all. That doesn’t sound like it would cause a huge amount of damage or death. Maybe “Locke”‘s subsequent rampage would be when everyone dies.
-Ilana’s death didn’t really affect anyone. That’s cool. Apparently I’m the only one who cared. Hurley and Richard raided her stuff, that’s cool too.
-I still think Desmond knows what he’s doing on the Island. He has somewhere he needs to go and he knew he wouldn’t get there with Widmore so he lets himself get captured.
-I really, really don’t think Desmond’s dead. People don’t die from falling into wells full of water, especially not Desmond.
-So Desmond just stalks other Oceanic passengers and tries to guide them down the path of enlightenment. Well at least that describes what he did with Hurley.
-Desmond seems to be able to sense when people flash between the timelines. Or at least he could tell that Hurley figured it out.
-I was wondering where Desmond got the name Charlie for his son. But he must remember Charlie 2 from the other timeline.
-That last scene was pure insanity. (see below, I can’t possibly discuss it all up here)
-The intro to this episode is just so understated. It’s all about Hurley being nice and having a blind date. I never expected the episode to be as crazy as it was. I’ll bet a lot of people forgot that Pierre was even in this episode.
-Ben makes sure Jack’s feeling confident by telling him that no ones safe anymore. Good job Ben.
-I guess if I was Ben I would go with Richard too. I would stay a long ways away from “Locke”
-I love that Ben is the guy who’s out in the school looking for predators.
-When I watched this episode over again I became unnaturally curious about that wooden pole that “Locke” was carving. Sawyer asks if it was going to be a spear and “Locke” said, “I’m not sure what it’s going to be yet, James. When the time is right, it’ll tell me.” That’s interesting. I have no idea what it’s going to be, but it was just one of those things that I barely noticed the first time then it stood out a lot the next time.
-“Locke” reiterated his plan to get all the Candidates together and then get off the Island. I still think his plan is to get them together and then kill them all in one fell swoop. If he kills one or two of them now it will only make the others extremely suspicious. But you’ll notice that at the end of the episode “Locke” has almost all of them in his camp, all except Jin. Danger! Danger!
-“Locke”‘s treatment of Desmond versus his treatment of the Candidates is drastically different. Sure it started out the same, but Desmond didn’t have anything “Locke” wanted. He wanted info, but Desmond didn’t have any to give him, so he just discarded him.
-“Locke” sees that mysterious young boy again. My friend thinks this kid looks like Jacob, I personally think it looks like a young Locke, and I hope that it looks like an older Aaron. But honestly I don’t know. No matter who it is, it’s clear that this kid is haunting “Locke”. It’s his conscience or something from his past, a mistake or something that he’s desperately trying to ignore.
-I think “Locke” throwing Desmond down the well was an impetuous thing, it wasn’t planned or anything. He was angry that Desmond was neither afraid or switching side so he reacted. I don’t think “Locke” initially brought Desmond out into the jungle to kill him.
-Miles’ is in a very rough position. Neither choices of groups is good for him. But he explained why he wants to go with Richard, he saw Smokey killing people. But there’s not really anything for him with Richard, it’s just the lesser of two evils. (I can’t believe there’s never been a Lost episode called the Lesser of Two Evils, any number of episodes could have that had that title.)
-Jack’s worried about his promise to Sun that he’d get her off the Island. Probably a few other people would like him to make that same promise to them.
-It’s nice hearing Jack’s new state of mind. He’s trying not to fix things for no reason. He’s let go of the power that he’s always been grasping for.
-Claire and Jack should be having a reunion in the next episode. That will be interesting.
-Haha, she still can’t talk. I forgot about that.
-I can’t believe Frank doesn’t want to go with Richard and Miles. I guess he still hopes to fly the plane off the Island. Then again, who knows what Frank is thinking.
-I don’t not believe what “Locke” told us about Widmore. That may have been hard to understand. I don’t totally believe “Locke”. I think Widmore might be doing the good work even if he is just grasping for power. He’s fighting against “Locke”, that’s enough to make him a good guy in my books, or at least an ally.
-It was more surprising seeing Dr. Brooks than it was seeing Libby.
-I’m not sure if Leonard, the guy who knew the Numbers, was in Santa Rose this time. There were a few guys that might have been him, but I’m not one hundred percent sure if they were. I’d like to think that the Numbers don’t exist in this timeline.
Flashes (what we know now):
Dead and All Knowing
I wonder if the dead people that Hurley talks to; Michael, Charlie, Eko etc.; know about the other timeline. Juliet knew right before she died, but Hurley hasn’t talked to her yet (I assume). From what Michael said to Hurley, “If you ever do see Libby again, tell her I’m very sorry” he seems to think it’s possible for Hurley to see Libby again. Of course he could be talking about Libby’s ghost, but I like to think he’s talking about the other timeline.
Ilana’s death feels very significant to me. It’s kinda like when the first main Star Wars character died in the books. Like Han Solo says afterwards, it’s like we built a bubble around all the main characters, and now the bubble’s gone and everyone is vulnerable. That’s what just happened. And, sure, you could say that the same thing happened when Charlie died or when Charlotte died, but this time it feels a lot scarier. No one is safe.
Think about Richard, he’s a cool guy, definitely a fan favorite. But we’ve seen his flashback and he no longer has anything left to show us. There’s no reason for him to live anymore. Richard isn’t going to get off the Island anytime soon, he’s going to die.
At this point, I’m not even sure if I would grieve anyone. Sure I’m sad Ilana’s dead, but there’s only five episodes left, it’s not really a big deal. If Richard or Ben or Miles die, it won’t really even matter.
Whoa, I just realized that I care more about deaths in the secondary timeline. I never thought that would happen. These writers are amazing.
Is it OK if I call these couples Constants? For example, would it be OK to call Libby Hurley’s Constant or Hurley Libby’s Constant? Technically it’s wrong, but it makes sense. After all Daniel’s Constant is Desmond, but his memories were triggered by Charlotte. It’s kinda like a secondary, or alternative Constant.
The Whispers Explained
I didn’t see this explanation coming at all. (I never think any explanation is forthcoming.) But I like this one. Sure it’s pretty obvious, but it’s good to have it spelled out. The Whispers are dead people who can’t move on. They’re spirits stuck on the Island.
I figure Esau was around back in the day when those wells were dug. Interesting.
The Final Scene
I think this scene could go on a list as one of the most shocking scenes ever. Desmond is one of the nicest Lost characters ever. Has he ever done anything to purposely hurt anyone? But then he hits Locke with his car! It’s insanity. I have a few theories about what happened.
First I think it may be important that one of the first things that Ben says when running over to Locke is, “We’re going to get you to the hospital”. We know someone at the hospital. No, not Ethan. Jack! Locke was supposed to meet with Jack about his spine, but he didn’t want to. This is another way for them to meet. My friend believes that Locke and Jack will trigger each other’s memories from the other timeline. It makes sense, I guess. Locke doesn’t have a loved one like the other people do, so maybe that’ll work.
Or maybe Desmond was out for revenge. Maybe he just remembered when happened on the Island. Maybe he wasn’t too happy about getting thrown down a well so he got his revenge. I don’t really want to believe this, especially after Desmond’s guidance of Hurley down the right path.
My last theory is the weakest, but it’s worth a mention. When Juliet was dying she crossed over and was aware of the other timeline. Maybe that same thing will happen to Locke if he has a near death experience. It sees pretty unlikely, but it’s possible.
Another interesting thing, Locke’s face after he was truck by the vehicle is exactly the same as when he fell out of the building, same blood spatters and the such. FYI.