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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Lost Preview: Across The Sea

I believe this is the last Lost promo to contain unreleased material, which I hope is true.

This episode is supposed to be about Jacob and the Man in Black. It also looks like we will be finding out more about that blond kid that’s been following Locke around the jungle, fans who believe he is a younger Jacob, could be right.

This promo talks about the whole good vs. evil theme and I hope that in the finale, there will be a twist, and that the man in black will not be entirely evil, and that Jacob is not purely good.

This Place Is Hell! Lost Recap: Ab Aeterno

This episode was epic!  y con mucho Espanol! It begins with an extended scene of the one we saw with Ilana and Jacob in the last season finale. This time, Jacob asks Ilana to protect the candidates.

Then everybody on the island gets caught up on what the candidates are and Ilana says that Jacob told her that Richard would know what to do. Richard gives out a funny laugh and says that he has no clue what to do. He says that everyone on the island is dead and that they are in Hell. He suggests that they start listening to someone other than Jacob, meaning the man in black.

Ilana still believes that Richard knows what to do and decides to follow him. Hurley speaks Spanish with a dead person, and it’s not Jacob. Ben and Jack think Richard knows nothing as he says. Ben says he has known Alpert since he was twelve and that he is still the same age. And with that the episode is set-up.

Now a flashback in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, 1867. Alpert has long hair and is riding his horse home to see his wife, Isabella. She’s not feeling so hot, well actually I guess she is because she has a fever. But, she’s ill, ok? She is coughing up blood. Richard gathers the little money that he does have and says he will go to the doctor. She gives him her golden cross necklace and says to give it to the doctor.

When he gets to the doctor he’s eating an fancy dinner and he says that he is not going to go all the way to see her because it is too far. He says he has medicine that will help. It’s expensive and Ricard doesn’t have enough money. He won’t take the necklace. Ricard accidentally kills him and rides off with the medicine.

The medicine is a white powder that makes me think of Jacob’s ashes, the ash surrounding Jacob’s cabin, and the bottle full of white stuff that were among the items Richard took to young Locke to test him and see if he was a candidate for Jacob. That scene in the season 4 episode, Cabin Fever makes a lot more sense after this episode.

When Alpert returns Isabella is already dead.

In the next scene, Alpert is in prison for killing the doctor and he is visited by Father Suarez. He finds out that Alpert is trying to learn English by reading the Bible. That must be difficult. He was reading Luke Chapter 4, verse 37, which takes place after Jesus returned from being tempted in the dessert. He goes to the Temple in Nazareth. Verse 31-37 talks about Jesus driving an evil spirit out of a man. Perhaps this is alluding to the man in black in Locke’s body? Maybe Locke can be saved. Alpert says that he and his wife wanted to travel to the New World to start a family and then he gives his confession, but he says he can’t be forgiven and that the only way he could would be repentance. But, it was too late for that because he was going to be hung and then go to see the devil in Hell. He’s not a very nice guy and he spits a lot.

When Alpert is taken out of his cell the next morning he meets Jonas Whitfield. He asks if he can speak English, he says nothing so he sends him to be hanged and then he says he speaks English. Whitfield says that Alpert is now the property of Mangus Hanso and we see the Black Rock in action!

It’s rather rough on the boat. One of the slaves has a peek hole and can see the island and the Tawaret statue. he says it is the devil and that it guards the island. A huge wave causes The Black Rock to crash right into the head of Tawaret and now we know how it was demolished and we know why The Black Rock is in the center of the island.

The captain goes below deck and goes on a killing rampage because he doesn’t have enough food or water for them and they would probably end up trying to kill him if he didn’t kill them. Alpert gets saved by Smokey though. Smokey does that thing he does where it looks like he is scanning someone.

Alpert is tuck in his chains for a while, he tries to pick his way with a nail, but a wild boar hits it out of reach. Hmmm, ok. Alpert sees his wife. She tells him that they are both dead and in Hell and that she is trying to save him from the devil. She has a line that is quite similar to one Locke said in season one. He said “I have looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw was beautiful. But she says, “I looked in his eyes and all I saw was evil.” Maybe Locke was evil all along, from the very beginning. Smokey comes and Alpert tells her to run so she runs right into the smoke monster and screams. The man in black comes to Alpert in his old from. he says he is dead and that he wasn’t on the ship. He says that he didn’t see Isabella and that someone must have taken her. He sets Alpert free after he promises to follow him. And then the man in balck says, “It’s good to see you out of those chains.” Just as he did in the season premiere when he met Alpert in Locke form in the season premiere:

I think he is speaking of the metaphorical chains of Jacob’ power over Alpert in that case.

The man in black tells Alpert that he has to kill the devil. And, I think, wow Smokey is a tricky jerk! He’s getting Alpert to believe this whole Hell thing so that he will kill Jacob.

Alpert and Smokey some yummy wild hog and discuss murder. Hell tells Alpert that the devil lives in the statue and he give him what looks to be the same dagger that Doogan gave to Sayid in “Sundown” when he asks him to kill the man in black.

He tells Alpert the same thing that Doogan told Sayid in that episode when he gave him the dagger: “If he speaks it will already be too late.” He says he is very persuasive. The man in black tells him that he is the black smoke, but the devil stole his wife.

Alpert approaches the ruins of the Egyptian goddess yielding a magical dagger with much determination to kill the devil. (I enjoyed writing that last sentence.) Jacob sneaks up on him and gets his magic dagger.

Alpert tells Jacob that the man-in-black told him that they are in Hell. Jacob then tries to prove to Alpert that he is dead by almost drowning him four times. This is obviously Jacob baptizing Alpert. This makes Alpert change his mind.

Jacob says that no-one goes into his foot-statue unless he invites them. He says he is not the devil, but isn’t that just what the devil would say? He says that he brought the ship to the island. He uses a bottle of wine to describe the island. The wine represents evil and the cork on the bottle is the island.

It keeps evil from spreading and keeping it where it belongs. He says that the man-in-black (Who we still don’t have a real name for after being in the last ten episodes, unfortunately.) believes that evil in human nature and Jacob brings people to the island to prove him wrong. He then starts to sound a lot like God, he says that people’s pasts don’t matter when they come to the island. Which is similar to how God forgives people of their pasts. He says that it is meaningless if he tells the people to do anything and that it defeats the purpose. Alpert says that the man in black (satan)  has no problem with stepping in. Jacob (God) says that Alpert can be his go-between (Jesus). Alpert certainly has the Jesus look in this episode. Alpert asks Jacob to bring his wife back and he says he can’t. So, he asks Jacob to forgive his sins and I thought for sure since Jacob seems like God in this scenario, he would, but he didn’t. Then he says he wants to live forever. And that is the story of how Richard Alpert became ageless, boys and girls. He is still alive to this very day.

Alpert returns to the man in black and he gives him a white rock from Jacob. This must be the same one from the caves in “The Substitute”. The man in black says, “You let him talk to you, didn’t you?” He says that if Alpert goes with Jacob, he will never be with his wife again. He says he understands that Jacob can be convincing and he tells that his offer stands no matter what. He gives Alpert his wife’s necklace which he buries under a bench.

Then we see the older Alpert, or I guess I should say the more experienced Alpert. The one that is in the storyline that we perceive to be the “main” storyline, you know what I mean. He digs up the necklace that he just buried hundreds of years ago. He says that he changed his mind and asks if the offer still stands.

Hurley comes out of the jungle and says that Isabella sent him. He says that she is standing right next to him and they have a strange moment together that is quite touching, but he can’t see her. It’s sad. She keeps coming back, and she finally leaves. She says they are always together. 😥

Hurley says that Isabella said that Alpert has to stop the man in black from leaving the island, because if he doesn’t they will “all go to Hell.” So, let me sum up what has happened in this episode: Alpert believes the man in black when he says that the island is Hell, then he changes his mind and believes Jacob who says that the man in black is evil and trying to prove that everyone is evil, the Alpert believes that Jacob was wrong so he decides to go back to the man in black’s side and now his wife’s ghost is telling him that everyone will go to Hell if they follow the man in black. What a roller coaster!

But, there is one scene left after we see FLocke standing a distance away from Hurley and Alpert.

It’s another man in black / Jacob discussion like the opening of the season 5 finale. The man in black says that he wants to kill him to get off the island. Jacob says that he will be replaced by someone. And the man in black says he will kill them too. Jacob hands the man in black the bottle of wine “to pass the time.” Jacob leaves the man in black alone so he can smash the bottle, letting the evil spread freely.

Amazing episode!!!

Lost Preview: Recon

This promo isn’t the best, but at least it doesn’t ruin anything.

On the official Lost Audio podcast, Damon and Carlton guaranteed that Charles Widmore is going to be in this episode, so maybe we will see where he is going. My guess is that he is going to the Hydra station to meet up with Locke and his recruits.

Darlton also say that this will be a Sawyer-centric episode.

So, on-island we should find out where Sawyer has been the last two episodes, hopefully. In the flash-sideways will probably deal with his con man career. Maybe he will try to con Hurley out of his money, like people have speculated after the scene when he talks to Hurley in the season premiere. But, my theory is that he will actually help save Hurley’s money somehow, because the losties in the off-island reality seem to make decisions similar to the way the on-island losties would now that they have experienced certain things on the island. Sorry, that was hard to say in a way that didn’t sound complicated.

Damon and Carlton hinted that this week’s title has a double meaning.  One is a play on the word “con”, as in re-con or to con again. So, perhaps Sawyer will con Hurley in  the alternate reality. If you read my recap of last week’s episode you know that I have a theory that the sideways-flashes are the result of a pact made between the losties and either Jacob or Smokey, so that the plane crash would not occur. In this new reality, the losties are faced with similar grand decisions that they did in the other reality. The losties in the sideways-reality make decisions differently this time around because of the experience that they had on the island, but they cannot remember these experiences, and that was part of the pact. However, the people that made a pact with Smokey cannot escape their fate no matter how many times the try to stop it, just as Sayid was repeatedly provoked to kill until he finally caved-in. Sawyer is also on Smokey’s side, so perhaps we will see him driven to con again in the sideways world.

The meaning of recon is to go behind enemy lines to spy. If I could only guess one person that would be this spy, I would guess Widmore. Perhaps he is going to Hydra island to pretend to join Smokey just so he can gather information for Jacob’s crew. Maybe he was the person that Jacob wanted to help get to the island with the help of the lighthouse.

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.

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.

Lost: The Substitute- Preview

I have a feeling that tonight’s episode will be the best episode of season six so far. It is Locke-centric – I feel that should be enough proof. I was over at a friend’s house and when he was setting his recording for this episode, I saw the list of actors in the synopsis and I was surprised to see one name. I won’t ruin who it was, but they have had much aur time on Lost and didn’t expect to see them again.

The title (The Substitute) may refer to the 1996 film of the same. I read a summary of the film on wiki and the only connection between the two I could see was that the both involve people going undercover to attack someone. The title likely also refer to 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. Maybe we will find out that Christian Shepherd was also a substitute body for the Man-In-Black, just a crazy theory.

Well, we will find out in a matter of hours just what this episode is about.

Check back late tonight or early tomorrow to read my recap of “The Substitute” (The Lost episode, not the film from 1996).

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?

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