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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Lost – LA X Part Two

LA X Reality: Jack finds out that his dad’s coffin is missing. Well, we know it has to be on the island. Jin gets in trouble for having too much money on him, and a woman asks Sun if it is a misunderstanding and if she speaks English. She says that she can’t speak English. It looks like she was telling the truth, maybe in this reality she didn’t learn English, or maybe she is lying.

Kate bumps into Sawyer, Hurley, Frogurt, and Claire (SURPRISE! I knew she was coming back, but I was still surprised.)

Jack meets Locke and he tells him that “Nothing’s irreversible”. Is creating an alternate reality irreversible? I feel this statement something the man of faith would say and Sawyer sounds a bit nicer then season one Sawyer.

Island Reality: Sawyer has Miles tell him what Juliet was going to tell him when she died. Miles tells him she was going to say that “It worked”. So, I guess that means that Jack detonating the bomb did create an alternate reality in which they make it off the island, but these versions of Jack, Sawyer, Hurley, Jin, and Sayid, (the ones on the island) did not get off. I wonder where Miles is in the alternate reality.

On their way to the temple Hurley finds a book called “Fear and Trembling” by Søren Kierkegaard, who according to Wikipedia, is a Danish philosopher. Kierkegaard is known for his criticism of the Danish church. In this book, Kierkegaard tells a different variation of the blinding of Issac in the Bible and he discusses how hard it is to be authentically religious. In another book of Kierkegaard’s called “Practice in Christianity”, he discusses in great detail the idea of the “leap of faith”, something very important to the show Lost.

In the temple, the losties are captured by a group of Japanese others (that’s what I’ll call them for now) and Cindy the flight stewardess is there. One more lose end tied, we know why Cindy was with the others in season 3… kind of. Anyway, the Japanese others are gonna shoot the island losties, until Hurley shows them what’s in the guitar case Jacob told him to bring. Its an Egyptian Ankh, like the one that the four-toed Taweret statue holds. It’s supposed to be a symbol for everlasting life (this symbol causes Sayid’s rebirth) and is usually held by gods (is Hurley destined to become an island god? He does seem special. He can talk to dead people and he found Jacob’s cabin). Dogan, the leader of the Japanese others, says that the paper within the Ankh says that everyone will be in big trouble if Sayid dies.

The Japanese others immediately take Sayid into some dirty water and baptize him, except they don’t bring his face back out of the water until some timer runs out and it seems like he is dead. Maybe he is dead. Then Kate watches as Jack tries to save Sayid in a scene that is just like the scene from season one, after Charlie was hung in a tree by Ethan. Charlie eventually comes back to life in that episode when it seems too late, just like Sayid comes back to life at the very end of this episode. Maybe he did die, but the island brought him back. Maybe he will be an island-ghost like Christian, and like how Claire might be in this reality. The water he was in used to be used to heal. We see, that the water is darker and that it does not heal Dogan’s cut. Maybe the water is dark because the man-in-black is now in power and now he can use Sayid.

When Hurley tells the Japanese others that Jacob is dead, they freak out and pour ash everywhere and fire red fireworks to alert the inhabitants of the island that the man-in-black is loose.

Back in the foot of Taweret, there is an awesome scene between the man-in-black and Ben. The man-in-black tells Ben that the last thought that ran through Locke’s head was “I don’t understand.” And that Locke was the only one to, “realize how pitiful the life he left behind actually was.” When Ben asks him what he wants he says, “Well that’s the great irony here, Ben, because I want the one thing that John Locke didn’t. I want to go home.” Does that mean that the man-in-black, the island god, the smoke monster, used to be a human that lived off-island?

The man-in-black (I really wish I knew his name, so I didn’t have to keep writing that) tells Richard that its nice to see Richard out of his chains. I first thought that meant Richard came on the slave ship, but I’m not so sure about that. I think the chains of which he spoke were the metaphorical chains that Jacob used to keep Richard from being free. Flocke beats up Richard and tells everyone he is “very disappointed” with them.

Thoughts on the new storytelling techinique:

I’m not sure I like the way this season is going so far, but after five amazing seasons, I have faith in the writers that it will get better. I was almost certain that the writers would go the path of parallel time travel and I am alright with this, I just hate how disconnected the two realities are. I think what needs to happen is that some or all of the people in the reality in which Oceanic 815 lands in LA need to start “remembering” what happened on the island, or the two realities need to collide soon. That could be interesting and I’m sure it has to happen eventually. I think something else they could do would be similar to the game changing introduction of flashforwards in the season three finale. I think it would be interesting if what we think is an alternate reality in which the plane lands, is actually a flashforward of what we think is the reality in which Kate, Jack, Sawyer, and them are on the island and that they can’t remember what happened on the island. I feel that is a very crazy and unlikely idea, but you know, this is Lost we are talking about. I feel that in whatever circumstance, the people that landed in LA need to find out or remember what happened on the island somehow and I hope that happens soon.

What does it mean that the island sunk? If the island sunk in 1977, that would mean a lot of things are different in this reality. This means that Widmore, Ben, Eloise, Daniel, Miles, and all of the Dharma people are probably dead in that reality.

Lost – LA X Part One

The first scene of season five was kind of surprising. It was cool to see parts of season one reenacted and the whole turbulence thing was cool.

It’s weird that Desmond is on the plane. Now we see a more literal meaning to Desmond’s catchphrase, “See ya in another life brother.” Jack thinks he has met Desmond before, maybe he can remember things, or maybe he will start to remember more. I hope so, that would be such a waste if they couldn’t remember anything. I think the reason that Desmond is in the plane, is because of his special ability to be in two times at once, maybe he and the man-in-black are the only two characters that can go between these two realities, maybe Jacob could, but now he’s dead in the on island reality.

After the plane, came that CGI underwater scene. That looked horrible, I mean it’s silly to say that because it’s obvious, but it should have been obvious to the people working on it. This is the final season, come on step-up! They should have focused on a small, important part of the island underwater, like the statue. Then they would have been able to make it look somewhat realistic. Anyway, that made me really made, as I’m sure it did many others.

Arzt is a fan of Hurley in the reality in which the plane doesn’t crash. He’s a fan of his Mr. Cluck’s commercials that were shown last summer at comic con. Hurley says he is the luckiest man alive, this is definitely an alternate reality. The writers are calling it a flash-sideways, and there is a new sound between them that sounds like a high-pitch version of the flashforward wooshing sound.

When we see Kate in a tree on the island (how silly), we know that it is an alternate reality. The audio that is used when she comes down from the tree, the ringing thing, that was a pretty cool touch. Well anyway Kate is now on the island with Jack, Miles, Jin, Hurley, and dying Sayid. The hatch is imploded for some reason, where they are. And we later learn that Jack, Kate, Sayid, Sawyer, and Miles are in the same time as Flocke, Richard, Sun and Lapidus, for some reason. What a coincidence. Hurley sees Jacob because he’s dead and he tells Hurley to take Sayid to the temple to save him, probably the same way 70’s Ben was saved in the temple last season.

Sawyer, Jack, and the rest of them hear Juliet in the bottom of the hatch. They use chains to try to get her out, chains dragged her in. Sawyer and Juliet kiss and have a pretty sweet moment when she explains why she hit the bomb. Then Juliet says, “I have to tell you something. It’s really, important,” and then she dies. That’s a little silly. Anyway, Sawyer wants to kill Jack, now.

Back in the shadow of the statue, Ben deals with the effects of what he did in last year’s finale. I actually feel pretty bad for him when he wonders why Jacob didn’t fight back and when Bram and Richard seem like they are going to punish him. The best scene of the first hour is definitely when the Man-In-Black, reveals himself to be the smoke monster. The cgi is alright in this scene and Bram joins the list of people to get impaled on the island, along with Goodwin and the co-pilot of Ajira flight 316.

Back on the plane, we learn that Shannon was not on this plane, and Locke had his walkabout. I’m pretty sure Frogurt is sitting between Locke and Boone. Locke seems very happy, I wonder if he is posessed by the man-in-black in this reality.

Sun looks at Rose and Bernard a lot, maybe she remembers them. Jack helps save Charlie from suffocating and he says he needs a pen, like in the pilot. Jack saves him from suffocating which is what drowning is, just with water instead of a bag of heroin. Charlie says he was supposed to die, when he gets taken away. Maybe the characters in both realities share the same destiny and Charlie knows that his destiny is to die.

They brought back the episode ending montage thing from season one. Some people are happier, but some are in the same circumstances. Hurley is super lucky now instead of super unlucky, Rose and Bernard are still together, but Locke is still crippled, Sun and Jin still have problems (Jin told Sun to button up again), and Kate is still on the run.

Lost Season Five Review: Important Episodes

Episode: (501) Because You Left

Why it’s important: We find out that the islander losties are traveling through time while off island, Ben is trying to get the Oceanic six to return.  The first scene with Daniel in Dharma times, is a flash forward of when the castaways travel back in time in the future, how confusing is that?

Unanswered questions: Why don’t the rules of time travel apply to Desmond? Is it because of the massive amounts of radiation he was exposed to after the hatch imploded?

Episode: (502) The Lie

Why it’s important: The island losties meet the young Charles Widmore, Ben continues to gather the Oceanic six, and Frogurt dies an ironic and firy death.

Unanswered questions: Who are Gabriel, Jeffrey, and Jill the butcher? Who do they work for and what is their relation to Ben? What is in the bag that Ben takes from the vent in the hotel?

Episode: (504) The Little Prince

Why it’s important: Jack and Kate find out who was trying to take Aaron away, while the islanders revisit Aaron’s birth and Jin finds a younger Danielle Rousseau.

Unanswered questions: Who were the people in the outrigger that attacked the islanders?

Episode: (507) The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

Why it’s important: Locke tries to convince the Oceanic Six to return and what I am now pretty sure was his death scene.

Unanswered questions: What is the coming war that Widmore refers to? What are Widmore and Ben’s differences in their wants in regards to the island?

Episode: (512) Dead is Dead

Why it’s important: Ben is judged by the monster and we see the beginning of Ben and Widmore’s relationship in flashbacks.

Unanswered questions: Why did the monster tell Ben to follow Locke and how did Locke know where the monster was? I thought Ben used to be able to “summon” the monster in his secret room. It looks like the man-in-black now controls smokey.

Episode: (516) The Incident

Why it’s important: Jack puts in to action his plan to detonate the hydrogen bomb while someone we think is Locke recruits Ben to kill Jacob.

Unanswered questions: What will the bomb detonation mean for the show? Will the passengers of flight 815 land safely in LA? Will it cause an alternate reality like I have speculated? What does Jacob mean when he says: “They’re coming”? How is Locke appear to be alive and dead and in two places at once?

Lost Season Four Review: Important Episodes

Episode: (401) The Beginning of the End

Why it’s important: The fourth season is set up, and we are introduced to the idea of the Oceanic Six.

Unanswered questions: How can Hurley and Lenny see Charlie at Santa Rosa? Who’s eye does Hurley see in Jacob’s Cabin with Christian?

Episode: (402) Confirmed Dead

Why it’s important: We meet Charlotte, Miles, and Frank for the first time and get a glimpse of their past through flashbacks.

Unanswered questions: How can Miles talk to dead people? Why were the Dharma polar bear remains in Tunisia? Why was Frank replaced as the pilot of Oceanic 815?

Episode: (403) The Economist

Why it’s important: We learn that Sayid works for Ben off the island, and Daniel finds out that the island does something weird to time.

Unanswered questions: Why do Naomi and Elsa have similar bracelets? Who is the Economist?

Episode: (409) The Shape of  Things to Come

Why it’s important: Ben timetravels and when the Barracks are attacked by the freighters, Alex is one of the casualties.

Unanswered questions: Did Claire become an island ghost like Christian after the house she was in blew up? What are the rules that Ben and Widmore discuss at the end of this episode and who put them in place?

Episode: (411) Cabin Fever

Why it’s important: We learn about important times in Locke’s past, and we find out that Locke has to move the island.

Unanswered questions: To whom did the objects that Ricard Alpert showed the young John Locke belong?

Episode: (412/413) There’s No Place Like Home

Why it’s important: We see the arrival of the Oceanic Six, and the freighter blow up, the island move, and we find out who was in the coffin.

Unanswered questions: Who built the frozen donkey wheel? Why did Ben say that whoever turned it could not return to the island?

Lost Season Two Review: Important Episodes

Episode: (201) Man of Science, Man of Faith

Why it’s important: The losties meet Desmond and see what is in the hatch

Unanswered questions: How does Walt appear to Shannon?

Episode: (209) What Kate Did

Why it’s important: We learn what Kate did and Eko and Locke watch the second part of the orientation video.

Unanswered questions: How did Kate see the horse on the island? Was it the same as the one off the island? Why was the orientation film separated?

Episode: (210) The 23rd Psalm

Why it’s important: Michael talks to Walt on the Swan computer. Charlie takes Mr. Eko to the Beechcraft wreckage and we get our first Mr. Eko flashback.

Unanswered questions: Does the monster “scan” people when it flashes? Why can images from Eko’s past be seen in the smoke monster? Where is the other computer that Walt is using to communicate? Is Walt really the one whom Michael is chatting with?

Episode: (217) Lockdown

Why it’s important: Locke gets trapped during a Swan resupply lockdown and must rely on “Henry”‘s help, while Sayid, Ana Lucia and Charlie search for “Henry”‘s ballon.

Unanswered questions: Did “Henry” not press the button like he told Locke? Who is performing the supply drops and why? Who is the real Henry Gale? Who buried him?

Episode: (218) Dave

Why it’s important: Hurley starts seeing Dave on the island and we are given reason to believe that the whole show is inside of Hurley’s head.

Unanswered questions: Why was Libby in the mental institute with Hurley? Last yeah Damon and Carlton told Sky 1 in an interview that “Libby is also one of those things where we feel like, that story’s told–it’s done. We’ve told as much about Libby as we wanna tell….For us, Libby’s story is done.”  SPOILER ALERT! At the TCA press tour earlier this month Damon and Carlton announced the return of Libby and Michael. So they may have changed their mind and give us the Libby backstory.

Episode: (222) Three Minutes

Why it’s important: The losties cope with the death of Ana Lucia and Libby as we see what happened to Michael as he looked for Walt in flashbacks.

Unanswered questions: How were the others testing Walt? Why did Bea ask Walt if he had ever appeared somewhere that he was not supposed to?

Episode: (223) Live Together, Die Alone

Why it’s important: Jack, Kate, and Sawyer are captured by the others and Michael and Walt leave the island. Locke doesn’t press the button.

Unanswered questions: Who built the statue? Did the hostiles build it to keep the Dharma Initiative away? What happened to the rest of the statue?

Lost Season One Review: Important Episodes

There are only ten more days until season six!!! So I though to prepare for the final season, I’d do a brief post to mention important episodes and any questions that I still have about them. So here is the first season:

Episode: (101/102)  The Pilot

Why it’s important: Obvious reasons, the monster and everyone else is introduced.

Unanswered questions: We still are not sure what the monster is. We know that the plane crashed because Desmond did not press the button, but did Jacob or the man in black bring the losties to the island? If so, why?

Episode: (104) Walkabout

Why it’s important: We learn that Locke was handicapped before the crash and he has his first encounter with the monster.

Unanswered questions: How does the island heal?

Episode: (105) White Rabbit

Why it’s important: Jack sees his father on the island and we learn about his relationship with him before the crash.

Unanswered questions: How is Jack’s father on the island if he is dead? Is it Christian Shepard or is someone else possessing his body like the man in black/Locke?

Episode: (110) Raised by Another

Why it’s important: Its Claire’s first flashback episode, and we learn that Ethan Rom = Other Man.

Unanswered questions: Why did the psychic say that Claire had to raise the baby and then change his mind and tell her that it would be alright if a couple in LA raised him? Did he know that the plane would crash? Will we ever see the couple from LA?

Episode: (114) Special

Why it’s important: First Michael/Walt flashbacks and Claire returns.

Unanswered questions: How is Walt “special”, what are his powers and their source?

Episode: (118) Numbers

Why it’s important: First Hurley-centric episode, he meets Rousseau and it’s Claire’s birthday.

Unanswered Questions: What do the numbers mean? How are they cursed?

Episode: (123/124)

Why its important: Again, obvious reasons. Its the finale, Rousseau warns that he others are coming so the losties decide to blow up the hatch for shelter. Some of the losties go off on the raft and Walt gets stolen.

Unanswered questions: How did the black rock get to the middle of the island?

Lost in 8:15- Oops, I mean 8:40

ABC has released a new recap video for the final season. They made a video like this one after the third season.

The woman in the video says that it lasts eight minutes and fifteen seconds, but she lies, its eight minutes and forty seconds.

TWENTY SEVEN DAYS LEFT! WOOT! WOOT!

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