The End is Nigh: “What They Died For” – Lost Review

Recap time!

Deja View

This episode began with the classic close-up of Jack’s eye. This time he’s in a bed in what we have been calling the flashsideways world. He looks in the mirror, and he has a weird cut again that must be from the other reality. His son comes in and says that he made breakfast.

David asks Jack if he is coming to his concert later. Jack says yes and he asks if David’s mother will be there. David tells him to not get weird. It looks like we will have to wait until next week to see the mysterious woman. I think that it has to be Juliet.

Some Quality Family Time

Claire joins them and they have a nice little family moment. Then Desmond gives Jack a call and pretends to be a worker from Oceanic Airlines. He says that Christian’s coffin will be delivered to him shortly.

Back on the island there is an other new but familiar scene. This time it is Jack stitching up Kate. Kate tells Jack that Jin never met Ji-Yeon. She says that they have to kill Man-In-Black.

Jack says that they need to go get Desmond, so they do.

In sidewaysworld, it appears as if Desmond is planning another Locke-attack until Ben stops him. Desmond beats Ben, causing him to remember the time in the other storyline when he beats him. He tells Ben that he is trying to bring Locke to his senses.

Ben, Miles, and Alpert, finally reach the Barracks. Miles senses Alex. Alpert says that he buried her and Ben thanks him.

Ben enters his secret room. Miles ask Ben what his “secret-er room” was for and Ben says, “It’s where I was told I could summon the monster. That’s before I realized it was the one that was summoning me.” For those of you who are keeping a question checklist, there you go, an answer. Ben puts all of the C4 in Alpert’s bag. They find Zoey in the kitchen and Widmore comes inside.

Widmore tells Zoey to go sink the outrigger. Ben holds him at gun point and Widmore says that he is his last chance. Alpert tells Widmore their plan and Widmore says that he already rigged the plane to blow. Widmore says that Jacob visited him after soon after the freighter explosion.

Zoey walkies Widmore and say that Locke has arrived. He tells Zoey to return as fast as possible and he tells Ben that they need to hide if they want to live.

Ben tells Locke that the man that ran him over beat him up and made him see something. Locke calls the police. Ben tells him that Desmond told him that he was trying to get Locke to let go. Locke hangs up.

Desmond shows up at the police station where Miles and Sawyer are discussing the benefit concert at his dad’s museum. Okay so Miles, and Jack are going to a concert. Claire will probably stop by too and maybe Juliet? Charlotte’s gonna be there so Sawyer says he isn’t going to go.

Desmond confesses that he hit Locke with his car, and beat a teacher. Sawyer takes Desmond to a cell between Kate and Sayid.

Jack and Sawyer have a discussion about the Man-In-Black’s rules. Sawyer feels guilty for the death of Lapidus, Sayid, Jin, and Sun and Jack tells him that it’s the Man-In-Black’s fault.

Hurley sees boy Jacob and orders that Hurley gives him his ashes. Hurley chases him and finds adult Jacob who tells Hurley that his ashes are in a fire and that when they burn out, he will be gone forever.

Ben takes Widmore’s walkies and gives one to Miles. Widmore and Zoey decide to hide, Miles runs to the jungle. Alpert decides to try to talk to MIB, which is obviously a bad decision because he comes out of no where in smokemonster form and abruptly tosses him away.

Locke and Ben have a chat on the front porch. Locke says that he has some people for him to kill in exchange for the island. Ben tells Locke that Widmore is in his closet.

Sideways Alex convinces sideways Ben that her mom, sideways Danielle, should give him a ride home seeing as he is crippled. Danielle says that he will come to dinner even if they have to kidnap him. Silly. I actually liked this character return through sideways world thing this time.

At the Rousseau residence, Danielle tells Ben that Alex’s dad died when she was two and that Ben was her next closest thing to a father. Ben gets teary-eyed. I wonder if he knows that she dies in the other reality. It looks like sideways Ben and sideways Danielle may become an item.

Island Ben and Locke go to Ben’s secret room. Locke tells Ben that he should stay outside because he doesn’t want to see what he is going to do. Ben says he wants to. Locke asks Zoey who she is and Widmore tells her to not talk to Locke. Locke slashes her neck with his knife. Locke says that she was now “pointless” because Widmore told her not to talk to him. Locke threatens to kill Penny unless Charles tells him why he came to the island. Widmore says that he brought Desmond to the island as a last resort due to his unique resistance to electromagnetism. He then whispers to Locke and Ben shots him. “He doesn’t get to save his daughter,” he says. Locke says that luckily, Widmore already told him everything he needed to know before Ben shot him. Ben asks Locke who else he wants him to kill. That crazy Ben that everyone loves is back.

Hurley brings the rest of the candidates and Kate to the Jacob fire. They can all see him now. Kate asks if Jacob is the man that wrote their names on the wall and asks if that is why they are dead. She wants to know that they died for a reason. Jacob says he will tell them. He tells them that when the fire goes out, one of them will have to take over his job.

Locke meets Jack in his office and tells him that he believes that everything that has happened to him in this sideways world, happened for a reason. Jack says that he believes that Locke is mistaking coincidence for fate. Locke says that he can believe what he wants, but he wants him to fix him now.

Jacob tells the candidates that he made a mistake by creating the smoke monster and that now everyone is in danger. He says that Man-In-Black found the loophole to kill him and now, he has to be replaced. Sawyer asks why he has to be punished for his mistake and that he was doing fine before he brought him to the island. Jacob says that he wasn’t and that he picked all of the losties because they were flawed and alone like him. He says that they were all looking for something that they couldn’t find off the island. Jacob tells Kate that he crossed her name off the wall because she became a mother and that it didn’t matter, she could still do his job. Jacob says that the job is to make out the light never goes out. Jacob says that they need to kill MIB. He tells them that he is going to give them something that he never got, a choice. He wants them to decide who becomes the new island protector. Jack says that he will do it and that it is his destiny. Jacob says it is time. I was surprised at how many huge questions were answered in this scene, I thought most of these would be tackled in the finale.

Sawyer, Kate, and Hurley watch Jacob and Jack from the other side of the creek. Jacob tells Jack that the magic light is beyond the bamboo where he first arrived on the island and that he can go there now. Jacob performs the same water drinking ritual for Jack the same way his “mother” did for him. Jack asks how long he will have to do this job and Jacob says “As long as you can.” Jack drinks the water. Jacob says, “Now you are like me,” just like his mother did in the last episode.

Sideways Sawyer ships sideways Kate, Desmond, and Sayid to county. On the way, Kate and Sayid think that Desmond is crazy for running over a guy in a wheelchair and turning himself in. Desmond promises that he will let them go if they promise to each do one thing for him. They agree and the van stops. Ana Lucia opens up the back and asks who Desmond is. She tells Desmond that his friend with the money better be coming. Hurley arrives in his big yellow Hummer with the money. “Hey, you didn’t tell me that Ana Lucia was going to be here,” he says. Ana Lucia asks if she knows him,  says that hey never met and then gives her the 125 grand and she leaves. Hurley asks if she is coming with them and Desmond says that she isn’t ready yet. Hurley tells Desmond that he brought him his Camero and that what he needs is in the trunk. Sayid goes with Hurley and Kate goes with Desmond. Desmond pulls a dress out of the trunk and tells Kate that they are going to a concert. This scene was pretty funny.

Locke and Ben are trekking through the forest and Ben asks Locke why he doesn’t fly around all of the time. Locke says that feeling his feet on the ground reminds him that he used to be human.

The reach the well where Locke threw Desmond. They see the rope that someone used to help Desmond out. Locke tells Ben that Widmore said Desmond was a fail-safe and Jacob’s last resort if his candidates die. Locke says that Desmond can help him destroy the island.

Other Thoughts:

Why does Locke promise Ben the island and then say that he is going to blow it up? Which is it Locke?

Where is Claire?

Will Locke destroy the island and create the flash sideways?

Who is Sideways Jack’s ex-wife? Juliet is my best guess.

Why did Desmond say that Jack would get the coffin? Does he have it?

Where is Desmond?

What happened to Miles?

Who does Locke want Ben to kill? The candidates? There aren’t too many people on this island now, so that seems likely.

Did Jacob actually give Widmore a visit? Widmore/Desmond was probably the person that Jacob was trying to get to come to the island.

What are sideways Desmond and Hurley planning?

I think it is pretty obvious that Alpert died, even though we didn’t actually witness it happen.

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All Questions Lead to More: Lost Review – “Across The Sea”

Again this week begins with no previously on Lost segment.

We see a woman drift ashore from the ocean full of wreckage. She is really pregnant. She ventures into the forest where she meets a woman who brings her into a cave. The pregnant woman tells the island woman that her name is Claudia. The island woman tells Claudia that every question she asks will lead to another.

Claudia gives birth to a baby boy who she names Jacob. She then delivers another baby boy who she names Man-In-Black. Just kidding. The island woman wraps the baby island gods in the same color that they seem to always wear.

Claudia says that she doesn’t know what to name him. She asks to see her baby and the crazy island woman says “I’m sorry,” and beats her in the head with a rock to her death.

The boy in black finds a “game” on the beach with black and white stones. Jacob comes and asks about the game. We now know that boy Jacob is who Man-in-Black has been seeing following him around the jungle. The boy in black says that Jacob can play if he promises not to tell mom.

Jacob returns and tells mom, after a lame attempt at lying. It appears as if the fake mother doesn’t age.

Crazy island woman goes to the beach to have a chat with boy in black. She tells him that Jacob can’t lie like he can, because he is special. She says that she left the game for him and that he can keep it. He asks if she is telling the truth and she asks where else it could have come from. He responds by saying the episode title, “across the sea.” She says that there is only the island. And that Jacob and boy in black came from her and that she came from her mother. Boy in black asks where her mother is and she says that her mother is dead. He asks what dead is and she says that dead is something he will never have to worry about.

Jacob and boy in black go boar hunting, but other then other men get the kill as they hide behind trees.

Jacob and boy in black return to their fake mom and tells her that they saw people. She asks if the saw them and they say no. She says that the other people are not like them and that they are there for a reason. Jacob asks what that reason is and she begins taking them somewhere to explain. Jacob asks why they are dangerous. She says, “They come, fight, destroy, they corrupt and it always ends the same.” Basically what Man-in-Black said word for word in the beginning of the season five finale.

They ask her where they came form and she says, “From another part of the island.”She tells them that she has made it so that they can never hurt each other.

They reach their destination. It is a cave that the creek runs into with a bright light. She says that a little bit of that light is in every man and that they always want more.

She says that they will try to take the light, but they can’t, they will only out it out. The light goes out every where if it goes out here. She says that one of the boys will have to be the new caretakers of the light. Wonder who that is.

Jacob and boy in black are playing their game again. The boy in black tells Jacob that he can’t make a move because it’s against the rules. He says one day Jacob can make up his own game and everyone will have to follow his rules. The boys’ real mother appears to him, glowing, and tells him that he is dead. She tells him to follow her and she will show him where he came from, across the island.

She shows him a small village of people. He asks where they came from and she says that they came from a ship which is something that gets people from one place to another. How they came across the sea. She tells him that she is his real mother.

Jacob returns to his cave home and wakes Jacob.

He tells Jacob that they are leaving to live with their people. He tries to tell him that it is all a lie. He refuses to believe and beats him to the ground.

Their fake mother comes and tells boy in black that he can never leave the island. He says he will prove her wrong.

On the beach the crazy island woman tells Jacob that she killed his mom to keep her from taking him back to her evil people. Jacob asks why she loved boy in black more then him and she says that she loves them in different ways. Jacob says he will stay with her.

30 years later

I was happy that the man Jacob was in the next scene. I don’t mean to be snobby, but they could have found better actors to portray young Jacob and boy in black. Anyway, Jacob is making one of his big cloth on him loom.

Jacob goes to play their game with Man-in-Black and he tells him that he watches them to see if his people are bad. Man-in-black says that they are evil, but he is convinced that they will help him find a way off the island. He throws his dagger (the one he later gives to Alpert to kill Jacob, and the one that Dogan later gives to Sayid to kill Man-in-Black) at the side of a well and it sticks.

He says that his people have found many places where metal acts strangely and their they dig. He says that this time they found something. He wants to show Jacob, but he says that the island is his home and that he doesn’t want to leave it.

When Jacob return to the cave he tells his fake mom that Man-in-Black thinks he knows how to leave the island.

She finds Man-in-Black in the well where he has a fire going. He asks how she is and she says worried. He says that he has been trying to find the place with the light again. She says that he has no clue what to do with the light and he says that that is because she would not tell him. He removes a small rock from the wall of the well to let the light shine through. Man-in-Black tells her that he is gong to make a large opening, and then attack the frozen donkey wheel to a system that channels the water and the light.

He says that when he turns it he will finally get to leave the island. She asks how he knows all of this and he says, “I’m special, mother.” She pleads for him not to do what he says. He says he must because he is not from the island. She says, “Then I guess this is goodbye.” They hug and she says, “I am sooo sorry,” before she rams the back of Man-in-Black’s head into the wall of the well. He falls to the ground.

Crazy island woman wakes Jacob and says that it is time. She takes him to the light and he asks what is in the light. “Life. Death. Rebirth. It’s the source. The heart of the island,” she says. She asks that he never goes down there, because it would be much worse then dying. She pulls out the wine bottle that Jacob gives Man-in-Black in “Ab Aeterno” and pours it while she speaks over it in a foreign language. She says that drinking it means that he vows to protect the light for as long as he can and that when he find a replacement when he no longer can.

He refuses to drink it because his fake mother saw him as plan b. She says, “It was always supposed to be you, Jacob. I see that now and one day you’ll see it too, but until then you don’t really have a choice.” He drinks from the cup. She says, “Now, you and I are the same.” This was obviously alluding to the Christian Last Supper.

Man-in-Black wakes up in his camp which has been burnt and obliterated. Everyone is dead. He grabs his game from the ruins

Before Jacob and his crazy fake mother depart he says, “I’ll see you back home.” And she smiles as if she knows what happens next.

She returns to home sweet cave to find a broken loom and Man-in-Black’s game. She takes out a black and white stone from the box and Man-in-Black stabs her through the back.

She says, “Thank you,” and dies. Jacob returns to the cave and beats Man-in-Black, just like old times.

He drags Man-in-Black back to the light source and he pushes him inside. He disappears and is reborn as smokey.

Jacob finds his old body on a pile of rocks and he lies his body in the cave along side their fake mother. He puts the black and white rocks in a small bag which he lays with them.

The scene from season one, where Jack and Kate find Adam and Eve is played while he does this. I thought this was kind of a silly thing to do because I figured everyone remember Adam and Eve, but the scene had an eerie quality, watching it this time, especially when Locke speaks at the end.

This is the episode where the writers come out and say this is a fantasy-based, faith allegory, so naturally there are a lot of mixed reviews for this episode.

This episode answered a lot of questions. We know about Locke’s crazy mother. We know who the mysterious boy in the jungle is (kind of). We know why Jacob wants to protect the island and why Man-in-Black wants to leave. We know how the frozen donkey wheel came about. We know who Adam and Eve are. And we know the origin story of the smoke monster.

At first, I thought these answers suck because they just bring up more confusing questions. I wondered where Jacob and Man-In-Black’s caretaker’s mother came from.
And after I thought about it more, this episode made it a lot more obvious to me that Lost is basically an allegory for life. It tries to tackle one of the biggest questions of all time: Where are we, human beings, from? Does life have meaning or is it just a bunch of ridiculous things happening? The show has always been about science vs. faith, destiny vs. fate.
The writers aren’t going to try to give a definitive answer to this question, I don’t think. I think that’s why the finale is not going to answer all of our questions. They don’t want to create a religious cult. I believe it is impossible to answer the large questions that Lost wants us to ask, I don’t think we as humans are capable of understanding everything.

I feel that this episode is all about questions. I feel that when the woman tells Claudia that every question, just leads to another question, I feel that she is speaking directly to the audience. I also feel that the reason that they kept the line about the polar bear when the showed the season one clip where Jack and Kate find Adam and Eve is to drive the point that there are many questions on lost. Lost only has one more episode before the finale everyone is all like, “GIVE ME ANSWERS! NOW!” And that was the way I went into watching this episode, but if you focus less on the questions and more on the story it is much more enjoyable and entertaining. We just need to chill and enjoy the trippy ride that is Lost

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