Penultimate LOST


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Season 6

Jack wakes in his apartment, walks to the bathroom, and notices a nasty cut on his neck. David announces he made breakfast. He has a concert tonight and his mom will be there. Claire walks in and eats a bowl of cereal with her brother and nephew. Phone rings: it’s Oceanic airlines to let him know that they’ve found his missing cargo. Only it wasn’t really Oceanic on the phone, it was Desmond.

Jack is on the beach sewing Kate shoulder. No alcohol to numb the pain for these stitches. Kate is sad over the deaths of Sun and Jin. She gives Jack her angry eyes, “Locke did this. We have to kill him, Jack.” To which he replies, “I know.”

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(That’s one movie I won’t be seeing. Puh-leeze.) I bet Desmond is going to work somehow to get all of our Oceanic folks together in 2004 so they can do whatever it is they need to do. I think that cut on Jack’s neck is bigger now than it was when he first noticed it on the airplane. What could that mean?

Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hugo are standing on the beach, watching the life preservers wash onto shore.

Desmond is keeping an eye on Locke at the school. Desmond cranks his car like he’s going to run over Locke again. Ben hits the hood of his car and demands to know who Desmond is. So, D gives Ben a little case of deja vu. Desmond says that he’s only trying to help Locke “let go.”

Ben, Miles and Richard are walking to Dharmaville. They are going to get the C4 Ben had hidden behind the bookcase. Miles hears Ben’s daughter because Richard buried her there by the fence. Ben finds the C4 and they take all of it. While they’re packing it up, they hear someone in the house: it’s Zoe and Widmore. FINALLY — we get Ben and Widmore together!

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What was Zoe looking for under the kitchen sink? Supposedly, there are rules dictating Ben and Widmore’s relationship that are similar to Jacob and Brother’s relationship. I had predicted that they would start trying to kill one another and that only one of them would walk out of their first scene together. I was wrong about that. I wonder what’s about to go down…

Ben and Widmore have a little discussion about why Widmore is there, how he got there, and blah, blah, blah….not important. Widmore tells Zoe to get their equipment out of the outrigger. She sees Locke in their boat, so Widmore tells Zoe to run as fast as she can back to the house.

Ben is getting checked out by a nurse. Locke wheels in and they talk about what happened. (I think “get Locke to let go” may have to do with letting go of killing Desmond or of his desire to leave the island.)

Desmond turns himself in for the hit-and-run. Sawyer takes him into custody and puts him into a cell with Sayid, a cell right next door to Kate’s.

Sawyer and Jack talk about what happened and Jack explains to Sawyer that Locke is the guilty one, that Sawyer shouldn’t blame himself. Behind those two, Kate and Hugo are walking together. Hugo sees a young Jacob. Kate walks on. Hugo turns around to see the young Jacob who asks for his ashes back. Hugo gives chase and walks up on a grown Jacob sitting next to a fire. Jacob has thrown his ashes into the fire. “When the fire burns out…it’s over.” GET YOUR FRIENDS TOGETHER! That’s a message to the fans….must. have. finale. party.

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Panic in Dharmaville. Miles wants to survive. Ben wants to face his death sooner rather than later. Richard says that Smokey only wants him. He walks outside to give himself over. tick-a-tick-a-tick-a OK, Richard is gone. (I wonder if he’s dead. That was rather anti-climactic for such a seemingly important character.)

Smokey walks up and sits next to Ben. (It’s going to be nice when Ben has a deja vu regarding Locke.) Smokey explains that he needs Ben’s help. Ben seems too eager to please.

Alex offers Ben a ride home. Danielle offers Ben dinner. They talk about how Ben has been like a father to Alex. Ben is obviously emotional over it and he appears to have a little deja vu.

Ben totally gives Widmore to Smokey. Whoa — Zoe is very much un-Zoe (“zoe” means life). Widmore sings like a canary after Smokey threatens to kill Penny. But Ben puts an end to that with a few bullets — “He doesn’t get to save his daughter….Did you say there were other people to kill?” (And now Ben is taking orders from Smokey again. I’m convinced that he was talking to Smokey all of those other times he thought he was talking to Jacob.)

Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hugo have a little fireside chat with Jacob, whom they can all see. Jacob is promising the answers to all the questions we’ve been wondering!!!! YES YES YES!!!

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Jack is working in his office when Locke wheels in. (This better be quick because I want to get back to that campfire!) Locke is putting the recent events together — “Maybe this happened for a reason.” Locke is ready to get out of the chair. (I predict that we reach a climax when Locke is on the operating table and his life is in Jack’s hands. Somehow events on the island and events in LA will parallel one another.)

CAMPFIRE: Hurley asks, “Why did you bring us here?” Jacob starts explaining everything. (I’m going to have to stop typing so I can listen with both ears.)

(OK, so Jacob brought all of those people to the island because of the mistake he made when he threw Brother into the light. And because of that mistake, our Losties and everyone they love is going to die. Jacob chose them because they were all like him…alone…searching for fulfillment. And one of them has to take over protection of the island; one of them has to make sure that Smokey never leaves the island. Jacob doesn’t say it, but he gives Jack the impression that he wants one of them to kill Smokey, to do what he did not do. Jacob refuses to choose a replacement. Instead, he wants one to have the choice. Jack stands up and chooses to take over protection of the island.)

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That was totally awesome! Does Jacob not know how to kill Smokey? Well, how is Jack going to know what to do? Desmond is going to know what to do!

Jacob tells Jack where the light is…past the bamboo field where Jack landed when Oceanic 815 crashed. Jacob is doing the same thing for Jack that Mother did for him when he took over protection of the island. Jack drinks, promising to do this job for as long as he can. AND JACK KNOWS NOW. He has understanding.

Kate, Sayid, and Desmond are being transported to county. Desmond is talking to Kate and Sayid about breaking free. He implies he knows the driver. Desmond tells them that they have to do exactly what he tells them to do. He’ll get them free and they’ll owe him a favor. Ana Lucia opens the back of the van. Hurley drives up, pays Ana Lucia, whom he knows but he’s not supposed to know, and leaves with Sayid. Kate leaves with Desmond in Hugo’s Camaro. They are going to a concert. (Could it be Driveshaft? or Daniel Faraday, the pianist? All I know for sure is that THAT SEQUENCE OF EVENTS WAS TOTALLY AWESOME!)

Smokey and Ben are walking to the well where Desmond is supposed to be. But Desmond is gone. Smokey isn’t at all upset by this. (I guess one learns patience when one lives for as long as Smokey has lived.) Smokey explains to Ben that when he finds Desmond, he’s going to use him to destroy this island.

BAD WOBOT!

OK, folks, this episode was fantastic. Questions were answered, the story moved forward, the characters lined up right — Ben is bad, while Sawyer, Kate, Jack, and Hurley are together — and there is a definite merging of the island and LA going on. From the way Smokey spoke at the end, it seems like he no longer cares about leaving the island. He wants to destroy the island now. So, now I have new questions:
1. Is the sinking of the island the same as destroying the island? I’m going to say, “No,” to that one. The island isn’t destroyed; it’s just underwater.
2. Does Smokey cut Jack’s throat? Is that why the wound on Jack’s neck is getting larger?
3. Will Jack kill Smokey by killing Locke on the operating table while Desmond is doing his thing with the light? We know that Smokey doesn’t like water…maybe something that Desmond does with the light sinks the island and “kills” Smokey. On the other hand, if Jack kills Locke, then that leaves Jack…well, his character arc goes unredeemed. Perhaps Locke’s healing in LA cripples Smokey on the island. That doesn’t really make sense. Maybe Smokey’s demise leads to Locke’s languishing on the operating table…ooooh, I can’t wait to find out what happens!
4. Why did Desmond tell Jack that the airline had found his coffin? Won’t that make Jack go to the airport? Or will the airline deliver the coffin to his house? What’s the significance of that? Perhaps that’s how Jack’s character comes full-circle since in the first episode he ran in search of his father, totally lost it when his father’s body wasn’t in the coffin when he found it in the caves.
5. This episode is called, “What They Died For.” Maybe they ALL die — that will be sad.

I would love to hear your questions and reactions to this episode!! Please share in the comments.

18 Comments on “Penultimate LOST

  1. I was thinking the concert was the one that Jack’s son is attending? As is Miles? And Charlotte, did you catch that? And David’s mysterious mother…wonder who she is?

    And Richard can’t die, right? Because he was “touched” by Jacob?

    Great episode! High hopes for Sunday!

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  2. Now that I’m thinking about it again, why would they do the operating table AGAIN? Maybe Locke’s going to Jack about the surgery is only to show that his character is changing, moving forward, going to have a good life with Helen, no longer punishing himself for his father’s condition. ?

    Here’s a thought — where is David’s concert going to be? What if it’s at the church where the Lamppost is? Nah. It’ll probably be at the conservatory.

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  3. I Still Think That The Possibility Of Juliet Being Jack’s Ex-Wife Is Very High. I Mean We Already Know She Has To Be In The Series Finale. And Since They Have Been Hiding David’s Mom, She Has To Be A Significant Character Right???

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    • I agree — his ex could be Juliet. And when they all get together at the concert — she can ask James out for coffee. πŸ™‚

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  4. It was a good episode tonight, Leslie. I couldn’t believe that Ben was all ready to kill people again. I guess he fooled me because I thought his redemption was real this time. KJ said, “That’s the Ben we know and love.” It will be really fun to see how they work all these details together. Desmond is really good at what he’s doing. His plans are going really well in getting everyone together. I have a lot of thoughts running through my brain, but it is getting too late to concentrate. VERY excited about Sunday, though!

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    • Yes, I love evil Ben, too. BUT couldn’t he be pulling a con on Smokey? I really thought after Ilana offered grace to him that he had finally changed. We’ll see. Hey, do you think there’s any LOST significance to this Sunday being Pentecost? They said there was significance to starting the season on Groundhog Day. I’d bet there is significance to it ending 50 days after Easter Sunday. What do you think?

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      • I don’t think that Ben is evil… I think he was truly redeemed, but he’s playing Smokey. I believe he wants nothing more than to kill Flocke. After all, Smokey manipulated Ben his entire life — so much so that his daughter died, and that he eventually killed Jacob.

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      • I hope Ben is pulling a con on Locke because I want Ben to be redeemed. On the other hand, I was glad to see that he wasn’t a wimpy pushover any longer.

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        • I did see an interview yesterday with Michael Emerson that leaves credence to the theory that he was playing Smokey. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that earlier. I felt like he had really been changed after his encounter with Ilana, too. Maybe his shooting Widmore had more to do with keeping Locke from hearing what Widmore was saying than revenge for alex. That would be good.

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  5. I loved it!!! I still don’t think its going to end the way I was hoping/wanting but that’s okay. I”m just glad to be getting some answers!!!! πŸ™‚

    Bring on Sunday. If I lived a little closer to ‘bama I could come to your party!

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  6. “(And now Ben is taking orders from Smokey again. I’m convinced that he was talking to Smokey all of those other times he thought he was talking to Jacob.)”

    This.

    And, this is just a thought I had reading your post, but what if Jack’s impending healing of Locke in the Sideways world will parallel his “healing” of Smokey. Maybe what Jack is there to do is not to kill Smokey at all, but to somehow turn him/release him from his “unlife” on the island. There are so many Star Wars references on this show, maybe the last one is to Luke Skywalker turning Darth Vader away from evil and back toward the light. In a way, this would show that both Jacob (Smokey has to die) and Smokey (people will only destroy) were wrong all along and their flaws kept them from resolving their conflict. And Jack gets to be the real hero.

    Just a thought.

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    • Karl Wiggins, that it awesome. Dare I say, BEawesome! THAT is the ending I want to see.

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  7. That is a very good thought. I like it, too. You did feel empathize with the Brother because all he wanted was to know the truth and go beyond the sea. I don’t think he started out any more of a “bad person” than all the other people on the island. He’s been pretty evil since then, but no one is beyond redemption. I think I was expecting Jacob to be more “godlike,” but I guess they aren’t really going the allegory route, but with all the “choosing” and “purposes” I thought that was where it was headed.

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    • Yeah, last week’s episode and the scenes at the campsite put an end to my relating him to as the God character in this story.

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  8. The redemption of Smokey would make a good ending, but I do not know of anything that Jack could appeal to in order to convert Smokey. Luke Skywalker had paternity and “still some good in you” on Darth Vader. I think we need some additional information on Smokey’s internal workings or else a sudden Smokey conversion may feel kind of cheesy.

    One thought that I will throw into the mix is the possibility of contrast instead of parallel between the two realities. We can better stomach very sorrowful realities on the Island world, if we see them contrasted with happy endings in the sideways world. I already see this happening with Locke. He is such a tragic character in the Island world because he was used so badly and died to bring about Smokey’s evil ends. But, we are not consumed with the tragedy of it, because Locke is alive and making progress in the sideways world. The writers may use the Island world to provide us with tragic and moving moments, while using the sideways world to give us the emotional satisfaction of a happy ending. Just a thought.

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    • ” The writers may use the Island world to provide us with tragic and moving moments, while using the sideways world to give us the emotional satisfaction of a happy ending.”

      I can definitely see that happening — it worked with Jin and Sun. About the Smokey ending: yeah, that could be really cheesy. But I have hope that it could work. Vader’s ending was still tragic. He still died, and the havoc he wreaked in the empire during his reign didn’t go away just because he restored balance to the force. (I can’t believe I just typed that.)

      What about Richard? Do you think he’s dead? I think he’s still alive because he said a long “time” ago that he “watched all of them die.” I wonder what happens to Richard when the island sinks. Is there a Richard in the sideways 2004?

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