Tonight’s episode was as good as last week’s was disappointing.
What we learned about ALT Locke?
He and Helen are planning their wedding. Based on her comments, John has a pretty good relationship with his father. [Helen’s comments to Locke about the conversation he had with Jack closely parallels Jack and Ben’s conversation about a spinal surgeon crashing on the island a few days after he found out he had a tumor on his spine: “What are the odds?”] John lied about attending the conference for the box company, which is owned by Hugo Reyes [just like in the other timeline], and gets fired for stealing from the company. But he meets Hugo, who also owns a temp agency, in the parking lot. Hugo gives him the phone number of his agency and guarantees him a job. At the agency, he meets Rose, who is living with terminal cancer [same as in the other timeline], and she finds him a job as a substitute teacher. His first day as a substitute he is teaching science [no more a man of faith] [I also think it’s interesting that he’s teaching about human reproduction since women on the island can’t have babies.] He meets Ben Linus, European History teacher, in the lounge. [WHOA]
I think it’s important to note that, despite what they led us to believe in LA X, Part 2, John doesn’t really accept the fact that he’s bound by a wheelchair. He refuses to park in the handicapped space and he throws a fit [“Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”] when he is not allowed to go on the walkabout. However, by the end of this episode, we see Locke and Helen embracing his life just the way it is, wheelchair and all, when the scene culminates in shredding Jack’s business card.
John Locke on the island is definitely dead. Sun, Ilana, Ben, and Lapides bury him on the beach. Ben says that John was a believer, a man of faith, and that he’s sorry he murdered the poor guy. Aw, how sweet. Here, Lapides utters the best line of the episode (in my opinion), “…weirdest damn funeral I’ve ever been to.”
All of that stuff about ALT Locke was really nice, but I don’t think it has any bearing on what was going on on the island. I think the writers are just showing us how all of the Losties’ lives are connected one way or another, with or without the island. Ultimately, this may play into the question of human volition. Whether the people are pawns or not, would events in their lives be any different?
Events on the island
I cannot say that any questions have been completely answered. However, I CAN say that I think I am asking the right questions.
Seeing the island from Smokey’s point of view was very cool. Several characters teach us different things about our favorite smokey mystery and his nemesis, Jacob.
From Ilana, we learn:
- Smokey cannot change his appearance anymore; he’s stuck with John Locke’s face whether he likes it or not
- Smokey is recruiting — a war is coming!
- she knows about Jin. She tells Sun that if Jin is alive, then he’ll be at the temple. I’m guessing Sun follows Ilana to the temple.
- the ashes are VERY IMPORTANT.
- the only safe place on the island is the temple
About the ashes:
- Ilana gathers some from the fire pit after she learns that Jacob disappeared in said pit
- the Others use ashes to protect themselves from Smokey, whether they are standing alone or gathered in the temple
- ashes provided protection for Jacob’s cabin
- Dogen blew ashes across Sayid’s abdomen during “the test”
From Richard we learn:
- He is important to Smokey. Smokey really wants Richard to be on his side. He uses the same rhetoric with Richard that he used with Ben, but
- Richard does not take the bait.
- Richard says three important things to James when he sees him in the jungle: 1) Richard begs James to come with him to the only safe place on the island — the temple; 2) Richard implores him to not believe/trust anything Smokey says, and 3) Richard tells James that Smokey is going to kill him. The only problem is that James does not care about anyone or anything anymore.
- Smokey sees the boy
- seems to be surrounded by light
- the sight of this boy really unsettles Smokey
- the boy, who I think is Jacob, knows “the rules”
- Sawyer can see the boy
- Richard did not see the boy
From Smokey we learn:
- he was once a man. I’m guessing he is/was the Man In Black we met in the final episode of Season 5. Something happened that forced him out of his body so that
- he has to assume the appearances of other people
- he says that he is trapped
- he wants to get off the island (but in episode 2 he told us he wanted to go home)
- he really hates Jacob
- he and Jacob have an “inside joke” related to the black and white stones, which symbolize good and evil
- if your name is on the cave’s ceiling, then that means you were touched by Jacob at some point in your life.
- Mostly likely at a young and vulnerable point in life, Jacob came and “pushed” you to the island. [We saw how that happened at the end of Season 5]
- Smokey said there are 3 options for James:
1) he can do nothing and eventually his name will be crossed out;
2) he can stay, become the next Jacob, and protect the island; or
3) “we” can leave the island together. [He did not mention James’ fourth option: run as fast as you can to the temple!]
The cave: I want to spend more time in that cave. I hope the next episode shows us more. I immediately noticed the white and black stones on the scales. The cup. The musical instrument. The crucible. Y’all. The biblical imagery is becoming more and more overt.
The interior of the cave revealed a list of names, most of which had been crossed out. Smokey showed James six names that had not been crossed out and THE NUMBERS beside each name.
Locke – 4
Reyes – 8
Ford – 15
Jarrah – 16
Shepherd – 23
Kwon – 42
FINALLY, a bit of an answer about the numbers. I’ve thought all along that the numbers corresponded to certain people; I just didn’t know which people. I think they are actually the variables in Faraday’s equation. I wonder if their fates match up with certain passages or verses from the Bible? Shepherd and 23 is SO obvious.
I’m sure you noticed that there are several names we did not see: Kate, Claire, Aaron, Desmond, Rose, Bernard, Juliet, to name a few. Smokey didn’t seem to understand the significance of the numbers. But he did cross out Locke before they left the cave. If a name is crossed out, then I guess that means that person is dead.
Several Many A few of my questions were partially answered in this episode. A few new questions I have are:
- How will Smokey and James get off the island?
- Will they use the frozen donkey wheel?
- Is the boy Jacob?
- Can all the people whose names are written on the cave’s ceiling see Jacob?
- What will James decide?
- If James does nothing, will he become like Claire and Rousseau?
Sadly, I do not recall hearing Hugo say, “Dude,” at all. Lucky Hugo is not as fun as Cursed Hurley.
What stood out to you in this episode? Were any of your questions answered? What do you think is going to happen next?