Lost – The Lighthouse: Guiding The Way

One of the first images we see in this episode is a picture of Christian, Jack I’m thinking: maybe we’ll see Ghost-Christian in this episode! But no.

Jack has a new(/old?) bruise where he had his appendix removed on the island, but his mom says that he got his appendix removed around seven. Then he goes and picks up his SON! from SCHOOL! His name is David. (More on this below)

In David’s room Jack references the White Sox. (Which is like a big deal or whatever because Jack’s dad always said the White Sox would never win. And then on the island, Ben shows him that they did win and that miracles can happen. Maybe in this reality the White Sox didn’t win because they didn’t got to the island. Jk. But, kind of serious.) Well, right after Jack mentions the White Sox, he’s like Oh! look! Alice and Wonderland! I Used to read this to you when you were little. (Just like I read to another woman’s child from an island I was on in another dimension!) But Jack can’t connect with is son, 😦 not even through the White Sox or Alice and Wonderland.  Every Cowboy Has Daddy Issues. Just like Jack and his father.

Jack doesn’t drink in this reality, but his mom does and she must be well off, because she has some MacCuthceon ‘s like Widmore. Jack’s mom tells Jack that David was sad at his dad’s funeral. Jack says he didn’t know this because his angsty teenage son is bad at showing his emotions. And his mom says it runs in the family and that his son is probably afraid of him just as he was afraid of his father. Everybody Cowboy Has Daddy Issues.

David isn’t home so he tries to find him at his mom’s house. Jack’s number is 23. The first 2 numbers of the house address is 23. “Do not mistake coincidence for fate.”-Mr. Eko.

David has picture of him and his dad just like his dad has pictures of him an his dad in his room. I get it, Jack’s relationship with his dad is like David and Jack’s relationship. Jack hears a message about David’s show and then he hears the message he sent David when he found out his dad died. Drama.

“Welcome All Candidates!”

So he goes and gets there just in time to see his son to play the piano like no one else has ever played a piano, because the island, or destiny. No, it was just because it was convenient to the plot. And then Doogan and his son compliment Jack’s son. Wait! Doogan?!?!  COME ON WRITERS! I mean, enough with this kind of thing. I know you are trying to make this season seem like season one with the whole six degrees of separation thing, but I’m tired of the writers trying to surprise us with off island cameos.

The next scene was pretty generic. The disconnected relationship between a father and a son. And then he finally find out that pizza will help him connect with his son.

Hurley abandons Miles on their journey for food when he sees Ghost-Jacob. Hurley find him when his playing in the dirty water with a stick, I don’t know what that is supposed to mean. Maybe he is trying to determine the new properties of the water. Jacob tell Hurley he need help bringing someone to the island.

Demon Sayid asks Jack why everyone is looking at him, but I think we know it is because he is a demon.

Hurley’s on a mission now. Doogan finds him in a tunnel and he’s like, “What are you doing here?” And Hurley’s like”I’m just looking becaue I’m a fan of like …temples and… history.” And then Jacob tells Hurley that he is powerful now because he is a candidate. And now Hurley’s got the powa! And Doogan says something mean. Jacob says that he has to bring Jack and he says”Have you ever tried to make Jack to do anything? Its like impossible” And then Hurley says, “It’s bad enough you already made me write down way too much stuff, and I just lied to a Samurai.” Silly Hurley.

So Hurley tells Jack “You have what it takes” and its sooo cute, just kidding, that was lame. But, that get’s Jack to go because his Daddy used to say that to him or something.

Jack tells Kate that her mission on the island to find Kate might not be possible. Jack wants Kate to go on a holy mission with her and hurley’s like “NO GIRL’S ALLOWED! SHE’S NOT SPECIAL LIKE US!”

Jack and Hurley talk relationships. Jack has given up on Kate. They find Shannon’s inhaler, the caves and Adam and Eve. And Hurley says what so many theorizing lost fans have been thinking. “Wait a second. What if we time traveled again? To like dinosaur time? And then we died and then we go buried there? What if these skeletons were us? And then Jack derail Hurley’s train of thought by reliving how he found the caves in season one. So much reminiscing.

Jack tells Hurley that he was broken and he thought the island could fix him. He’s given up hope. Then they make it to the lighthouse.

They are supposed to move the light reflector thingy to 108 degrees. (You should know why that number is important in Lost. I’m not gonna be like those annoying recaps in the enhanced episodes.) Jack finds out that Jacob used the light house to find people and guide them to the island (lighthouse analogy).This is the 108th episode of Lost. When Hurley is moving the light thingy we see Jin and Jin’s house,

the church where Jacob met Sawyer

and Jack’s house. Jack gets a little mad that Jacob was watching him so he throws a hissy fit and destroys the light house light reflector thingy! And for some reason that made me very upset. That thing was magic! Now those people won’t get to the island like Jacob wanted! I might have a nightmare tonight. And people will here me cry, “Why did you do that Jack? Now those people won’t come to the island! You ruined Jacob’s plan!”

Jacob tells Hurley that he has ink on his forehead and that the people will get to the island some other way. He wants Jack to realize that he is important because he was watching him. And he says that Locke is going to the temple, which I thought he couldn’t because of the ash and everything, but maybe he isn’t effected by that when he is in Locke-form? I dunno.

Demon Claire takes Jin back to her jungle hut so he can chill with Justin , a box of Rousseau TNT and her horse-headed Aaron doll. I like how she uses gun-shells for her new Aaron’s eyes. How cute! Claire is as crafty as Martha Stewart. And Justin says that she almost as crazy as Martha Stewart as well, but Jin’s like no, Claire and I go waaay back, I used to prepare sea urchin meat for her. Claire is such a sweetie pie, she’s just a little crazy now because she lost her son. Who wouldn’t be crazy if they lost their baby?

Claire stitches up Jin and his leg wound is almost as gruesome looking as Locke’s when he fell down by the frozen donkey wheel. Claire wants to know where Aaron is. Christian and Claire’s friend told Claire that the others took Aaron.

Jin tells Claire the truth, so she hacks Justin with an axe. Ouch! Right in the gut! Everyone seemed to like Justin. I think he’s dead now.

Claire claims she killed Justin in self-defense. And lies by saying he lied to Claire earlier because he is being smart and realizes that this is crazy wack Claire not the old cute Claire. I mean she still looks cute, not as cute but she’s not as nice. She says she would kill Kate if she raised her baby. And then, in Lost’s signature cliffhanger-y reveal moment that happens at the end of every episode, we find out who Claire’s friend is. Demon Locke comes to the hut and Jin is like “John?” And then Demon Claire, with her creepy demon smile says, “That’s not John, that’s my friend.”

Claire’s Friend:

Claire says that both her father and her friend, who is the new John Locke, tells Claire that the others have Aaron. This suggests that Christian works for the Man-in-Locke and lied back in Cabin Fever when he told old Locke that he spoke for Jacob. Christian tells Locke to move the island in order to save the island from the freighter people which does seem like something Jacob would want. Maybe The Man-In Black and Christian are fallen angels of Jacob. Maybe The Man-in-Black inhabited Christian’s body before inhabiting Locke’s.

Also, what if Aaron is on the island with the others. Maybe Aaron form the other reality, somehow? Just a crazy theory.

Candidate Names:

The names of the candidates on the light house thingy were a lot more clear than those on the cave. But, I don’t feel like listing all of them so I’ll just reference the important ones.

Linus-117 Crossed out -This must refer to Ben’s father, not Ben himself.

Austen-51 Not Crossed Out-There’s Kate’s number! I wonder why it wasn’t shown in the cave. It isn’t one of the Lost numbers. Hmm….

Rousseau-20 Crossed Out

Jacob’s Guests:

Who is Jacob trying to get to come to the island? I thought that maybe it was the losties from the other dimension, but it sounds like Jacob is only referring to one person. My hope is that it is Desmond. I think he will be an integral part in the story because he is special and he can travel from dimension to dimension.

David Sheppard:

David Sheppard was a real dude that was a n arc-bishop and cricket player. He was on of the authors of “Faith in the City”, which was a controversial report because it opposed the Thatcherite policies. According to Wikipedia, “Thatcherism thus claimed that a smaller state, freer markets and weaker trade unions could be considered the cure for Britain’s economic decline.”

Jack’s Ex-Wife:

We don’t find out who Jack’s wife was in this reality. Wouldn’t it be great if it was Juliet? They are both doctors and stuff.

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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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