Lost: The Substitute

At first it seems like Locke’s life in the flash sideways is miserable when he ends up face first in his yard and the sprinklers turn on. But, then someone emerges from the front door. It’s Helen! Helen and Locke are getting married. Helen says that her parents and Locke’s dad should just have a “shotgun style” wedding in Vegas, so I guess Locke’s dad isn’t out of the picture in this reality.  Helen says Locke should go and meet Jack.

Locke goes to work for a little. I say for a little because his jerk-boss fires him for taking a company paid trip and not doing company stuff. I wonder what he was doing there. When it seems like things are getting bad, Locke bumps into Hurley who owns the box company and says he’ll get him a job at a temp business he owns.

It turns out Rose owns this other business. Locke tells her he wants a job at a construction site and then Rose tells Locke that he needs to be realistic. And then Locke says she doesn’t know anything about being realistic. Then Rose tells him that she has cancer and that she is going to die. And then Locke feels bad and agrees to do something else.

Locke gets his lost luggage delivered from him. He tells Helen the truth and tells her that he has given up on his unrealistic fantasy out of his wheelchair and that there is no such thing as miracles. Helen tells Locke that there are miracles. There is great acting in this scene, Lost almost made me cry again.

He becomes a substitute (oh, the title) and Ben is a History teacher. I feel that reveal to be pretty silly, why is Ben a teacher? I don’t care that much because it seems that the writers are just trying to show us that the two realities are radically different and that the characters are still connected. So, I guess that’s not so bad, but it still seemed silly to me. That’s the only thing I can complain about this episode, and it was barely a complaint.

On the island, the Man In Locke in smoke monster form flies through New Otherton where a depressed sawyer is breaking things. (This scene was from the smoke monster’s point of view and it was pretty awesome.) Then, back in Locke form, he cuts down a wild Alpert he caught in a trap. He then tries to recruit Alpert, but he refuses. Locke sees a creepy bloody kid in the jungle.

The new Locke finds depressed Sawyer and gets him to follow him by telling him that he knows why he is on the island. In the jungle Locke sees that creepy kid in old clothes again and chases him. The kid says that the Man In Locke broke the rules and that Locke can’t isn’t allowed to kill Jacob. Locke says “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”

Ben, Lapidus, Sun and Lapidus finally bury Locke’s body. Ilana asks if anyone wants to say anything about Locke and Ben says “He was a much better man than I’ve ever been, and I’m sorry I murdered him.” And then Lapidus says, “This is the weirdest damn funeral I have ever been to.” Maybe the best line of the episode.

Alpert finds Sawyer while Locke is out in the jungle and he seems freaked. He tells Sawyer that they need to go to the temple, and that Man-In-Locke is just going to end up killing him. Alpert flees when Locke returns. Lock and Sawyer lie about what happened when they were separated and then they continue on their trek. Sawyer asks if Locke has read Of Mice and Men and Locke says it was a little before his time. Silly. Then Sawyer tries to shot him, but he talks Sawyer out of it. He tells James that he used to be a human. By, the way I hope no fifth graders saw this episode, because Sawyer ruins the ending of Of Mice and Men. Spoiler Alert!

Sawyer and Locke continue on their journey down the side of the cliff that Hurley almost jumped off of in “Dave”. They enter a cave where Locke removers a white stone from a scale and throws it in the water. The black rock on the other side weighs down the scale. This is obviously symbolizing how the Man-In-Black “offset the scale” when he killed Jacob.

Locke then shows Sawyer a deeper part of the cave where Jacob wrote names all along the walls. Most of the names are marked out, except for Hurley’s, Sawyer’s, Jack’s, Sayid’s and either Jin’s or Sun’s. The names are paired with numbers because “Jacob had a thing for numbers”. 4 8 15 16 23 42. We now know “the meaning of the numbers” that everyone has been waiting for. I’m satisfied with that answer.

Locke says that these names are/were candidates to take Jacob’s job as protector of the island. Jacob touched these people and this caused them to make decisions that led then to the island. Another answer we have been waiting for! Locke tells 3 choices, he can do nothing and possibly his name will get crossed out, or he could become the new Jacob and become the island. His third choice is the one Sawyer chooses and that is to get off the island with him.

This seemed to be a very fast-paced episode after What Kate Does. I am looking forward to the rest of this season.

Questions/Theories/Observations:

Ash: Ilana fills a pouch with the ashes of Jacob. Is there someway that Ilana could use that ash to bring Jacob back? How does ash repel the smoke monster and does Jacob’s ashes have anything to do with that? Does the ash have to be from dead people in order to repel the smoke monster?

The Kid:

Who is this kid Locke sees in the jungle? I have no clue. Maybe he is a younger Jacob, maybe he is the son of Man-In-Locke or Jacob, maybe he is an older time-traveling Aaron. My initial thought was when the Man-In-Locke and Jacob were the same age as this kid they wound up together on this island in a boat. They got separated from their families, perhaps the smoke monster killed them. Then the kids came across the three island gods. The protector of the island, the security system of the island, and the referee. The gods tricked the kids into taking over their jobs by telling them it was a game. Jacob became the protector of the island, the Man-In-Black became the security system, and the little kid became the referee. They were transformed into these roles. Jacob eventually becomes tired with his role and decides to find a replacement. The Man-In-Black became tired of his role and sometimes uses his new power for his own will instead of that of the island’s.

Jacob’s chosen people:

The name and number combinations in the cave were,

4-Locke (crossed out)

8-Hurley

15-Ford

16-Jarrah

23-Jack

42- Kwon

Were the names that Locke pointed out the only ones that were not slashed out. All of these people were touched by Jacob? Why didn’t we see Kate’s name shouldn’t it be there? She was touched too. And I don’t think Ilana was touched by Jacob, so I don’t expect she is a candidate. Ilana and Brahm were discussing Lapidus being a candidate for something back in the season five finale. Is this the kind of candidate they were talking about? And does Kwon refer to Sun, Jin, or both of them?

Some of the crossed out names I thought I could make out are: Littleton, Troupe, Costa, Mattingly (this was one of the names on the US Army uniforms that others stole), Goodspeed, Roup, Goldstein, Lewis,  Pace, O’Toole, Jones, Domingo, Cunnigham, Grant, Reynolds, Faraday, Pickett, and Sulivan.

Psychic Lady:

The lady that began interviewing Locke in the flashsideways was the same woman that was the psychic in a Hurley episode.

The Title:

I feel the title could refer to the things that I hypothesized.  the 1996 film of the same which involves people going undercover to attack someone,  the idea that Locke’s dead body was used as a “proxy” or substitute for Christian Shepherd’s dead body on Ajira 316, or that Locke’s body is now a substitute body for the Man-In-Black. But after watching the episode I know that it most likely refers to the fact that Locke became a substitute teacher in the flash sideways and also to the substitute that Jacob had been looking for for year, to replace him as protector of the island.

Happy Locke:

Whenever something bad happens to Locke in this episode, something good happens. When he falls in the yard, his future wife comes to the rescue and gives him a bath. When he get fired, the owner gets him a new job away from his jerk-boss. When Locke is depressed, his woman lifts his hopes.

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