Sorry for the delayed post, but life – or in this case death – has a habit of cutting into my fun. Stupid death.
I’m mixing it up today only because the episode is no longer fresh in my head and I want to get everyone thinking about next week’s two hour finale. I would run a section about what we learned, but we really didn’t learn much except Jughead being in the underwater bat cave.
Also, with the extra day to think things over I have come up with a SPECTACULAR new theory. Thanks in part to this EW.COM article recapping episode 14. I’ll get to that at the end.
Before we too involved, I want to remind everyone of the very first scene of this entire series. Everyone remember the introduction? Jack suddenly jerks awake in a strange jungle, staring up at lush, beautiful trees? Keep that in mind for a bit. We’ll get back to it soon.
Let’s check out our favorite dysfunctional character’s status heading into the last show of the season. This might be a bit stream of consciousness, but so seems this entire show. Apologies in advance.
Jack: Take charge Jack has come back to us. Finally! The feeble, ‘just let things happen’ Jack was even more annoying than the stumbling, drug addicted, ‘we need to go BACK!’, horribly bearded Jack.
After taking a rifle to the head from horse’s ass Charles Widmore (who, symbolically was on a horse), he easily convinces Mother Faraday that ‘none of this needs to happen. You don’t have to kill your own son!’. Jack has drunk for the well of Faraday and is now driven to try and change everything that has happened. He tells Kate ‘This is why we’re here!’
He, Sayid (making his murderously triumphant return), Richard The Ageless Wonder, and young Mother Faraday swim to some hideout where the bomb sits in wait. Jack’s plan is basically to make island go boom – a plan that may need some tweaking.
Jack As A Cruel Reminder: In one of the more emotional scenes of the season, Jack and Kate debate whether having the ability to change everything that’s happened means they should go through with trying to do so.
Kate is obviously hurt that Jack would rather have the plane never crash, never have met Kate, had glorious sex (my assumption) with her on many occasions, never been in love with her and helped her raise Aaron for three years.
Jack states ‘We have a chance to change everything! We can avoid all that misery.’
Kate: ‘It wasn’t all misery’
Jack: ‘A lot of it was’
And, there, my Lost friends may be the key to how this show wraps up. With a simple statement, Jack reminds all of us that while time on the island has changed many of them for the better, there HAS been a lot of misery. Think of all the characters we’ve seen die: Charlie, Arnst (my favorite death of the entire show), Ana Lucia, Micheal, Rousseau and her daughter, a lot of the Others (or Hostiles), the entire friggin’ Dharma initiative. The Oceanic pilot and Ekko are killed by the monster. Boone and his sister. Claire (we think). This doesn’t even include all the people that were killed when the both planes crashed. I could go on, but you get the idea.
A lot of death and destruction has occurred since The Incident. Jack not only reminds Kate of this, but all of us watching. This has been a torturous – if highly entertaining – ride.
Jack’s naturally heroic thinking leans towards being able to save all those lives even if it means sacrificing his time with Kate. That his love for her should not over shadow all the hell they’ve all been through.
Kate: And since we’re here, Kate abandons Jack and his attempt to change the past. Or future. Something. He’s trying to change something. She heads back to camp and manages to get on the same sub leaving the island as Sawyer and Juliette which made me realize something very important: The only thing more awkward than running into an ex is being stuck with an ex that looks like Kate in a small sub with your current love while escaping a magic island. Poor Sawyer can’t catch a break.
Quick note to Kate: You can’t call Locke ‘crazy’ any longer. You use that on Jack when you tell him he’s sounding like Locke. Take a look at what’s going on. You are back on the island 30 years if the effing past after being white flashied off another crashing airplane! Do you really still not buy into this entire ‘Hey, maybe there really is something weird going on here’ idea, yet? What exactly is it going to take? Unicorns flying out Richard Alpert’s butt?
Sayid: He returns in his usual manner – killing a Hostile before he can kill Kate. He also joins forces with Jack with a casual ‘Well, if you don’t fix things at least you’ll put us out of our misery’ which I loved! Note: Again that word ‘misery’ shows up.
Still, where has he been this whole time? Stalking Jack and Kate? Hanging out with Smokey? Wandering around aimlessly?
He also didn’t take well to Kate informing him that Little Ben was still alive.
Hurley, Jin, PAD: While attempting to escape to the beach, they’re confronted by Chang and they confirm in the most hilarious way possible (‘You’re telling me your 46?’) that they are indeed from the future and that PAD is the same Miles he was feeding earlier. Only in adult form. PAD gets to witness first hand his father forcing his mother off the island in order to save them. Father issue #458 of Lost resolved. 457 to go.
Sawyer and Juliette: After getting the royal piss beat out of him by King Dink Radzinsky, they manage to get themselves on the escaping sub by agreeing to map where the Others camp is located. Something tells me that decision is going to end badly. King Dink is gung ho on starting a war and now he knows where the Others are located.
Question: If you remember it’s mentioned that King Dink (which is what I’ll call Radzinsky going forward) blew his brains out after mapping out all the Dharma stations in that station where the button pushing took place. Do you think he does something that haunts him and finally drives him to suicide? Are his actions what causes The Incident and all that follows?
Sawyer and Juliette are all lovey dovey and ready to marry and become millionaires by buying Microsoft stock before Kate literally drops in on their romantic submarine picnic. Quite possibly the worst timed entrance in television history.
Faraday: Yup, still dead. The question now is did he get himself killed on purpose? Is his death by his own mother the change needed to kick Jack in the ass and do something?
Locke: And here is where things get very interesting. At least for me. Because it was Locke’s all knowing smile and not so subtle jabs at both Richard and Ben that got my mind cranking away. He is pushing the limits of everything this little society of The Others is based on. And it’s about time.
While I can’t totally explain how my demented brain works (and I think we can all agree that’s for the best), I do know that there are certain aspects of the show that I always wonder about. Things that are coming into form and slowly linking together as we get closer to the end.
First, Locke crashes in on a totally shocked and confused Richard with barely a nod. ‘We have some things to do first.’ While Richard openly wonders where Locke has been for the past three years, both he and Ben exchange some very ominous and scared looks.
New Question: Did Richard and Ben have it planned out that Ben would get rid of Locke by murdering him? That both Richard and Ben were totally and thoroughly shocked to see Locke still alive means their plans have not gone accordingly. Both are reeling and on their heels, scrambling to figure out what the hell is going on. So basically, Richard and Ben are like everyone watching.
Sun, who hasn’t had nearly enough screen time this season, grills Richard on whether he remembers Jin back in 1977. He does because he ‘watched them all die’.
New Question: Is Alpert telling Sun the truth? I think we’ll find out soon enough.
Locke takes Ben and Richard into the jungle to that heroin filled airplane and tells Richard to take the medical pack to a man that is about to come out of the jungle. Tell him that he needs to bring everyone back to the island and the only way to do it is to die.
That man turns out to be Locke himself as he was skipping through time, just after Ethan shot him in the leg. So basically, Locke is engineering everything that’s already happened to him. On a related note, I have a headache.
New Question: Why is Locke doing this? He says ‘the island told me to’, before goading Ben with ‘hasn’t the island ever talked to you?’ Ben tells him it hasn’t and Locke smiles at him with a ‘yeah, I know’ gleam in his eye.
But is that true? I have my suspicions which I’ll get to in a sec.
After this little trip is over, all three head back to Other Camp where Locke says ‘Saddle up, everyone, we’re going to see Jacob’. When Richard questions this, Locke simply says ‘Well, if I’m taking orders from somebody, I feel we should all meet him’.
Ben, after the group hike is underway, asks Locke what he hopes to accomplish by pushing this. Locke calmly tells Ben he’s planning on killing Jacob. Duh, Ben.
Now that we’re caught up, here is what happened to stimulate my over caffeinated mind.
In that link above, the writer mentions how he’s caught some of the new inconsistencies of this season. Including different phrasing of some of the flashbacks and something I mentioned earlier: Little Ben’s mysterious moving gun shot wound. We saw Sayid shoot Ben in the chest, but when he’s found it’s closer to his stomach and on the opposite side.
The author suggests that we could be seeing alternate takes on the same events. In other words, our favorite airline crash survivors have been attempting to correct or prevent things on more than one occasion. Each time they fail, Oceanic 815 crashes and everything starts all over again. So we go through Ben moving the island, the time skips, Charlotte’s brain melting, Sayin killing Widmore’s people, Charlie drowning, Desmond pushing the button. Only with slight variations.
Bear with me for a few minutes. I’m winging this.
In one instance, Sayid shoots Ben in the chest, but he’s still saved by Kate and Sawyer and history starts all over again. The Incident happens, the button pushing happens, Desmond doesn’t push the button and Oceanic 815 crashes, Jack and Kate escape the island only to come back in 1977 when Locke dies.
And they try again.
Jack tries to blow up the island, Sayid shoots Ben (only in the chest this time), Ben recruits all the off island Oceanic people to come back, Kate ‘adopts’ Aaron only to give him up.
It can also explain how in one instance Desmond is hurt enough to beat Ben up and toss him in the water after being shot and in another be shot so seriously he nearly dies. We are witnessing the same events but with minor tweaks and changes because these events have happened many times over.
The show is caught in a time loop. An endless cycle of Jack and company trying to change the original plan. If it can even be changed.
This, of course, brings up several questions. Real quick.
- What behavior needs to change so that Oceanic 815 doesn’t crash?
- Is the crash of Oceanic 815 even the event they’re trying to stop?
- Is it even possible to change anything? Are free will and people really the variables Faraday was referring to or is it something else?
- Is everyone doomed to repeat things over and over until some event is either changed or skipped altogether?
Or more importantly, has that already happened?
Some evidence to support that it has:
1: Mother Faraday admitting that ‘for the first time in a long time I have no idea what will happen next.’
2: Ben and Richard confused and scared at the return of Locke when they have been in total control for nearly the entire run of this show.
3: Locke seemingly knowing what is going on and what will happen for the first time ever.
And here is where my big, shiny, new theory take on a new twist.
The John Locke we know really is dead. As Ben said ‘Dead is dead, even on this island’. Which means Ben is dead wrong (get it?) or Locke is dead and the Locke messing with Ben and Richard’s head is one of the following:
- Locke from the past who has been skipping through time and has landed after Ben murdered him on the mainland. Or perhaps Locke has figured out the time traveling mystery and knows how to use it to go where he wants.
- Locke as an manifestation of the island itself. Sort of like Christian has been to this point.
Think about this: We never actually see Locke raised from the dead. He’s reintroduced to us simply standing on the beach. We never see the empty coffin. It also explains how he knows what is going to happen and where. The island isn’t talking to him, he’s been observing this time loop for a while and has finally figured out how to use it to his benefit.
Which brings me back to Jack and the very opening of this show. If you recall, our introduction to this show begins with Jack jumping awake; nearly gasping as though he were taking a breath for the first time in a while. He stares up at the canopy of the jungle and slowly takes inventory of himself. A few scratches on his face, more serious wound on his side. He stumbles around and finally begins to run and run and run. Jack finally emerges on the beach to find the wreckage of 815.
But, let’s consider this: What if Jack were never on that flight? What if his jerking away in the jungle isn’t because he just fell from the sky but because his last attempt at changing the course of history has failed yet again and he skips back to the time of the crash? The island transports him back to the crash so he can try again. And again. And as many times as needed until he gets it right.
I know, during flashbacks we see Jack on the flight but maybe that Jack on the actual flight dies and the Jack waking in the jungle is from 1977, doomed to restart another confusing and futile attempt at rectifying whatever he needs to rectify.
Recall, also, that Richard says to Kate and Sawyer upon taking Little Ben for healing ‘He won’t remember any of this’. Perhaps Jack is seriously wounded during his attempt to stop The Incident, is saved by the same means Little Ben was saved and is sent back to the crash site to try again.
Is that what Jack subconsciously refers to as his misery? Does he somehow sense he’s been through all of this before? That his personal misery is repeating the same actions over and over and over until he figures out what to do differently?
Enough of that. Here are some key things to keep in mind for next week and the rest of the series. I don’t know if they are all important, but I sense they are. Feel free to let me know if something else sticks out that I missed.
- Ben telling Locke ‘Sorry I made your life so miserable’. Get the feeling that Ben and Richard have schemed to keep Locke from becoming leader of the Others for reasons not yet clear. Remember that Richard shows up at his birth, tests him as a child and all the strange ‘accidents’ that seem to happen to Locke throughout his life.
- The children. More than once they were referred to as ‘being safe’ but there was no further details. Where are they?
- The select few. Remember that girl with Ana Lucia’s group? I don’t remember her name, but she was in the tail section and suddenly disappeared. You know…just like Locke disappeared in front of Richard and like Faraday disappeared in front of his mother. Could she have been white flashied somewhere safe?
Also, she reappears again while Jack is locked in the polar bear cage. When Jack asks what everyone is doing there, she replies ‘We’re here to observe’. Are they observing who does what so they can report back to Jacob (or whoever) the timeline of events?
- Jacob. Who is he? I have many thoughts, but my favorite is Jacob is Locke himself. Only way in the future. The only glimpse of him we get is an older, almost ancient looking guy with very long hair who asks Locke ‘Help me!’.
Help you? Help me! My mind is mush trying to make sense of everything.
One final question: What the holy hell lies in the shadow of the statue? It doesn’t appear to be the bomb.
Sorry to be so long winded, but needed to get that out of my system.
Today's distraction: Enjoy the crisis that is Manny Ramirez. Which do you think is worse? Getting upset that one of the members involved in the Red Sox current resurgence was busted for PEDs or that fact that when I learned about this I had no reaction at all? I didn't feel sad or disappointed or angry. I simply laughed and groaned that I wouldn't be able to watch SportsCenter for the next three days due to the relentless coverage this will receive. Baseball has reached the point where I now think EVERYONE is either on something or has been before. From a fan's perspective, that is much worse.