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NotLocke is actually cool enough to hang out with Real Ben.

I know, I’ve slacked on getting my first Lost post up but you know, I had to think about something like that for awhile.  Not that I’ve come to any new conclusions, but still, I’ve pondered things quite a bit.  I’m just thrilled the show is back and still epically absorbing.

So it appears we have two separate realities going, the one back on the island and the one where the plane lands.  You may remember that I predicted the plane would indeed land and everyone would be alive and such.  I was feeling rather triumphant for about a minute until we saw our Losties also still on the island.  Shouldn’t be surprised though, I rarely get anything right when it comes to this show.

Kate got moments with both her men in 2004.

How great was it to see Boone again?  He was totally channeling Damon from Vampire Diaries too.  You can’t tell me otherwise.  hehe I liked seeing him interact with Locke, I’d forgotten they were friends.  Charlie’s OD and saving by Jack was also a nice callback to earlier island happenings.  I adored the Kate/Jack glance and the Sawyer/Kate interaction as well.  I thought they might make him an even more active participant in her escape but his help in the elevator was fun and very Sawyeresque.

Hurley the good luck guy was definitely jarring but it totally made sense.  The numbers were no longer cursed so Hurley was just living the high life and buying chicken franchises.  Fitting.

The big, weird thing was Desmond being on the plane.  Of course, it makes sense that he wasn’t on the island anymore as his ship would not have crashed but why was he on Flight 815?  Tripp said something about him maybe being the exception to the rule, being able to float between the two realities and that makes sense to me.  I suspect someone like Daniel might also have that ability, if and when he appears.  Why?  Don’t ask me.  Just a gut feeling.

They're at it, again. With good reason this time at least.

On island, our Losties were all blown back to the future, so everyone is operating in the same time period apparently.  I like to think that this means time travel is done.  2007 in one storyline, 2004 in the other.  That’s enough to keep track of, but this is Lost and they’ll probably continue to mess with the mind.  It’s how they roll.  Anyway, Sawyer was immediately pissed at Jack that it didn’t work but in the midst of trying to kill him they heard Juliet calling from below.  They managed to dig her out and Sawyer got to hold and kiss her one more time before she died as she was trying to tell him something.

A final goodbye, not gonna lie, I cried.

Everybody was so busy with that that they forgot that Sayid was pretty much dying in the van but finally they all remembered and took off to the temple at the recommendation of Jacob, who appeared to Hurley and informed him that he’d died about an hour before and gave him a note to take to the temple dwellers.  They locate the temple and are taken hostage by some random people and taken to the Chinese Emperor, whose name I do not know so that’s what I’ve named him.

Emperor and his minions read the note and agree to help Sayid.  They do so by putting blood in some water and holding Sayid below until he drowns and announce that he’s dead.  Yeah, thanks for the help bastards.  Jack’s pissed and tries to revive him but no dice.  Fortunately, like half an hour later Sayid sits up.  Or is it really Sayid?  Coming back to that momentarily.

Manhandle Ben and die. DIE DIE DIE

On the other end of the island, Ben is all stunned over the fact that he killed Jacob and NotLocke is smug as hell but funny.  Some of Ilana’s idiots come in demanding to see Jacob and NotLocke points them to the fire.  This pisses off the big dude and he attempts to kill my Ben, which makes me shout in outrage and demand his immediate death.  Lost, as it sometimes does for me when I root for a murdering, comes through.  Or NotLocke does in the form of Smokey.  He comes in and kills the hell out of everyone but Ben.  Sadly Ilana was not in the room at that time.  Ben just sits in a stupor for awhile which upset me but later there was some life in him.

Ben sees that Locke is really and truly dead. Yay!

Ben and NotLocke come out of the tunnel and Richard demands to know where Jacob is.  Ben’s all like, “he’s hanging in the cave, totally cool, John’s back there too” and Richard shoves him toward Locke’s dead body, further stunning him.  NotLocke comes out and says they’re going to the temple I think and Richard tries to confront him but NotLocke knocks him out and throws him over his shoulder and off they go.

Back at the temple, they start freaking over Dead Jacob and laying out smoke rings to keep the monster out (big guy attempted to do that before Smokey killed him but it found a way to kill him anyway).  Then Sayid sat up, alive.

So, I assume that the note that Emperor had told him to shove Sayid in that water and let him die so Jacob could inhabit his body.  Smokey apparently takes shapes but Jacob has to take over bodies, which might explain why Dead Christian Shepherd strolls around the island all the time.  I always thought the island was going to come down to a showdown between Jack and Locke but right now it looks like Sayid vs. Locke.  Interesting.  Unless Jack dies and Jacob takes him over down the line.  Could happen.

It seems the temple dwellers are disciples of Jacob (I use that word because many people think Jacob is God and Smokey is the devil, which makes as much sense as any other theory I’ve heard) and that is the place where the kids from the flight ended up being taken along with the stewardess from the tail section.  Who else is there?  Time will tell I guess.

I didn’t like how defeated Ben appeared for much of the episode but after he got over the DeadLocke shock he kinda had that plotting Ben look that delights me to no end, so we’ll see what kind of trouble Mr. Linus can cook up for NotLocke.

I’m not really looking forward to Sawyer vs. Jack round 293218253 or whatever it is but at least Sawyer has decided that making Jack live and suffer is more fun that deadening him.  I don’t give a damn about the triangle but it would piss me off if Sawyer/Kate hooked up quickly because I truly believe in the love that he and Juliet shared.

Other observations and questions:

I’m not thrilled with the return of 2004 asshole Jin.  I did enjoy Sun refusing to speak English and clarify things for him in customs.

Where was Eko?  You know I love him and need to see him once since he should be alive and well in 2004.

Is Desmond still with Penny in alt universe?  Can he hop around until he is again cause they need to be together.

Is all that Miles heard from Juliet that it did work?  And how does she even know that?

Will Miles be able to talk to DeadSayid if Jacob is inhabiting him?

I’m not overly happy about all these new cast members and I totally don’t care about the temple dwellers and Ilana’s crew.  Give me my Losties and Frank because he is awesome.

I’m sure I have other thoughts and questions but I didn’t do a rewatch and it’s been 3 days and I’m not that bright anymore so I forget things. hehe  I’ll be more prompt next week, I promise!

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Ben lives to manipulate another day!

Ben lives to manipulate another day!

I had to tinker with the name of this weeks Lost episode because dead is really not dead when it comes to Lost, at least in the case of Locke.  And possibly Christian Shepherd.  And maybe Claire.  And who knows who else?  But most importantly, Ben is not dead.  I was rather nervous the whole episode, though I didn’t expect Old Smokey to kill my favorite little psychopath you can never be 100% sure when it comes to Lost.  Thankfully, Ben lives to manipulate another day!  Yay for me!  And for the viewer, because as usual Michael Emerson rocked the entire episode.  Probably not yay for some other people on the island.

My Ben did many things that were awesome in this episode, my favorite of which was him killing Caesar.  At least I’m guessing he’s dead.  And what was beautiful was the way he set him up, and also set up the viewers.  First he made nice with him and painted Locke as some kind of raving psycho who was probably already on the island and infiltrated their gang (bringing old Ethan to mind!).  So I thought, okay, Ben’s going to pretend to take Locke with him and then let Caesar detain or kill him.  Excellent.  Only, no, because when Caesar was getting ready to stop Locke, Ben used his own gun to shoot him.  I loved how he expected Locke to thank him too, or at least accept that as his apology.  See, I killed you once and saved you once!  Even stevens!  He cracks me up.

Also, he had a couple of fantastic lines this episode in his interaction with Locke.  “I assume you’re referring to the fact that I killed you?”  “You had critical information that would have died with you and once you’d given it to me…well, I just didn’t have time to talk you back into hanging yourself.  I took a shortcut.”  HA!  I was dying over that little paragraph.  Only Ben could make taking a man’s life sound like the logical, rational thing to do.

Of interest to note, this scene also laid the groundwork for the shift in power that was revealed at the end of the episode, Ben to Locke.  Locke comes in to find Ben rifling through his desk looking for a picture of him and Alex and he walks over and takes Ben’s seat behind the desk and kicks back, the picture of the authoritative bossman.  I don’t know how to feel about this new John Locke.  My residual dislike hangs over him but if he continues to be confident and not naive I may remember why I liked him the first season.  Though I admit I will miss him being Ben’s bitch boy, though I suspect Ben may still one up him someday!

Locke also knew the real reason that Ben wanted to be judged was for killing Alex, not for leaving the island.  Turned out that was quite true and I loved the flashbacks they used to set this up.  First he was supposed to kill Rousseau but refused to do because she had a baby.  He took the baby and let her live as long as she continued to be insane.  Then, he fought with Widmore over letting the baby live and he got to raise Alex.  When she was about 8 years old he left her playing on the swings while he went to see Widmore off the island.  He got banished, ostensibly for leaving the island a ton of times and fathering Penny with an “outsider”.  So that diminishes the Penny is Ellie’s daughter argument.  I still think Widmore will be Daniel’s father, if we ever see him again.

Anyway, flash to the future and we find out how Ben got so beat up before getting on the plane.  Like many of us suspected, Ben went after Penny, first shooting Desmond and then getting ready to shoot her.  But little Charlie saved the day much as his namesake did, appearing and causing Ben to decide not to kill Penny because she is a mother.  He has a softspot for kids and their mothers, seeing as he never got to know his.  Nice consistent character trait and the one softer side of Ben that seems to exist. Of course Widmore does probably think she’s dead, since Ben taunted him and hung up before seeing the kid and sparing Penny.  Make no mistake, he wasn’t going to kill her, even without Desmond coming in and pummeling him and leaving him dead in the water.

Ben and Locke happened upon his cabin and ran into Frank and Sun, who were waiting for Locke to lead them to the past.  Or to Jin really.  Of course they were stunned when Ben told them Locke was alive and to look out the window.  Ben seemed to be surprised that the rest of the Losties were 30 years in the past with the Dharma crew, so either thanks to the bullet wound he really doesn’t remember or that past doesn’t exist for him.  Or he’s lying because he’s Ben.  Alright by me.

Another sign of the passing of the torch, when Ben thought the monster was appearing he told Sun that she might want to go inside because he had no control over what was coming.  And what came out of the jungle?  John Locke.  This just after his telling Sun that dead is dead and the fact that John Locke is walking around the island scares the hell out of him.  Then he quizzes John on how he knows where they’re going to find the monster and John says, “You don’t like it, do you?  Blindly following someone in the hopes that they’ll lead you to whatever it is you’re looking for.”  Ben tells him he doesn’t and John says, “Well now you know what it was like to be me.”  Tables officially turned.  Locke is Ben and Ben is Locke.  Ben will be a better Locke than Locke was but will Locke be a better Ben than Ben?  I find that hard to believe. hehe  Depends on your viewpoint I guess, I’m sure he’ll be a more honest and less deadly Ben.  I just happen to prefer the original!

We did get to see old John for a second this episode, running off to get a rope to save Ben after he fell down into the monster’s lair.  Said lair had a bunch of hieroglyphics on the wall including a picture of the smoke monster approaching some kind of wolf/human creature.  Hmmm.  No clue.  Anyway, Smokey seeped out of the holes in some altar and completely surrounded Ben, extinguishing his fire and enveloping him in smoke.  Then it gave him flashes of his raising Alex and letting her die.  The smoke vanished and Ben’s torch re-ignited and Ben was stunned to be still standing, but all of a sudden there was Alex.  I admit it, I got scared as hell she was going to kill him then and there.  Ben was so happy to see her and he told her how sorry he was and admitted it was all his fault.  She slammed him against the wall and told him she knew he was planning to kill John and that if he touched him she would hunt him down and destroy him.  He has to listen and follow every word John says.  Changing of the guard now 100% official.  If Ben kills Locke, the island will kill him.  Time will tell if I’m willing to have this happen.  You all know my fondness for Ben is pretty much unequalled with anyone else on the island.

In the only non-Ben related news, Ilana and a couple of other men have seized control with some guns over on the other island.  When Frank went to confront her she asked him, “What lies in the shadow of that statue?”  When he didn’t know the answer she knocked him out and told the men to bring him along.  Clearly Ilana is not just a bounty hunter.  I truly hope someone gives her the Caesar treatment because I don’t like her.  Best guess is she’s one of Widmore’s people.  I don’t know if we’ll get the answer next week cause we’re back in the 70’s and it’s a Miles episode.

So that was it, the second huge power shift on the island.  Sawyer over Jack and Locke over Ben.  It’ll be really interesting to see how both situations play out, because I do believe Jack might be just as important to the island as Locke is.  Having Christian running around seems to indicate something, though I know not what.  I also don’t think Alex’s warning necessarily predicates Ben not pulling a final act of treachery against Locke, although I imagine he’ll play nice for awhile.  I really can’t wait to see how it all turns out.  I’m sad that the end is near but I’m thrilled that the writing and acting continues to be top notch.  This show is truly a treat and episodes like this really drive that home.  I’m thrilled that Penny and Desmond are still alive and together and I’m thrilled that Ben lives to mess with people another day.  Til next week, Namaste Lost!

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Kate was the star of the show last night.

Kate's lost her kid and lost both her men?

GAH!  I thought I was doing so well with Lost, I thought I actually had a win and spent the first half of the episode being triumphant, but then Lost bitchslapped me and took my win away!  Actually, technically I was still right, because I did say Kate left Aaron either with his grandmother or with Clementine and her mother, I just wanted it to be the latter.  Of course not though.  Why should I get one moment of triumph?

Perhaps because of that, I wasn’t really feeling the show last night.  Oh it was good and stuff happened but I wasn’t blown away like I have been so many times this year.  That’s okay though, they don’t all have to be mind-blowingly good.  Because of my lack of major investment, I think I’ll just do a list of things that struck me.

  • Hurley and Miles?  No…no more of that.  I thought I had a pretty good idea on the paradoxes and the past not changing the future and Miles was reinforcing that but then Hurley f’ed it all up by mentioning Sayid torturing Ben in the future.  Sigh.  I choose to believe though that Ben did/would recognize him and just keep his own counsel because he is Ben.  I feel better now.
  • What a burn for Kate!  She thinks Sawyer came after to help her and he tells her he was doing it for Juliet.  Maybe, just maybe, they’re going to give Sawyer/Juliet a chance.  I hope so.
  • Damned if you do, damned if you don’t right?  Jack looks like an ass for not helping young Ben but if he saves him, he probably looks like an ass for unleashing future Ben upon them all.  Not that I agreed with his douchery.  Save my Ben!
  • I scoffed at Cassidy’s analysis of Sawyer’s actions on the island up until Kate told Sawyer her theory of why he jumped out of the helicopter and he agreed that he and Kate would ultimately have never worked out in the real world.  Maybe Cassidy was not such an idiot after all.
  • Okay, how hilarious would it have been if Kate returned to the island because she lost Aaron in the grocery store and couldn’t find him again?  I knew that wasn’t going to be the case but it sure would have been funny if it had.
  • It occurs to me that Sayid does have a 3rd option; he can’t be an Other because Ben’s now going to be one of them, he can’t be with his pals cause he shot Ben; so where does he go?  I say he goes and finds his old pal Rousseau!  Give me my win Lost!
  • So, it would seem that Sayid’s shooting of Ben is what leads Ben to become eventual King of the Others.  Irony.  Love it.
  • Was anybody else worried a little about Kate’s bonding with Roger Linus?  We know the woman has man issues…it made me nervous. n Oh and Roger, I’m quite sure your wife would not approve of how you’ve chosen to raise Ben.  Being an abusive ass was probably not high on her list of child rearing techniques.
  • Juliet’s confrontation with Jack wasn’t nearly as awesome as it should have been.  She quietly confronted but she didn’t crush him like she was supposed to.
  • Jack’s definitely become Locke.  He doesn’t know why he’s there just that he’s supposed to be for some unknown purpose.  Sigh.  One Locke is more than enough for me.
  • Speaking of Locke, impressive little scene at the end with Ben when he woke up.  I wanted Ben to open his eyes and say, “Dude, did you know Sayid shot me when I was a kid?” but alas, didn’t happen.  Still, Locke was all, “Welcome back to the land of the living, like me bitch!” I may be paraphrasing there.  It would have been more impressive if I believed Locke could maintain the air of superiority he has, but history makes me suspicious.  Still, Ben did kill him so that should be a life altering experience.  We’ll see if Locke can bring it!
  • Finally, what in the hell happened to Daniel?  (and Rose and Bernard)

I think that is about it for last night.  I liked Kate’s scenes with Cassidy and with Claire’s mom, she did a nice job last night.  I’m very much looking forward to next weeks Bencentric episode, always among my favorites!  He better live!

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My brain looks like Ben's face today; thanks Lost!

My brain looks like Ben's face today; thanks Lost!

Bloody hell.  Lost is like an abusive boyfriend.  We’re cruising along, things seem to be going one way and then out of the blue it up and punches me in the face, leaving me as battered as Ben was by the middle of the episode.  I don’t know how much sleep I got and I lay the blame squarely on the shoulders of Cuse & Lindelof.  I went to bed with a zillion questions running through my mind and it just wouldn’t shut off.  So here I am, out of bed and writing because there’s no rest for my wakeful mind.

Instead of recapping and commenting, I’m just going to list my questions and attempt to answer them.  Some I think I actually have a handle on (thanks to being awake most of the night) and others I haven’t a clue (as usual).  I thought the time travel explanation from Mrs. Hawking, now known as Scary Poppins thanks to a discussion Tripp & I had about her, was going to be the thing that had me confused all episode but I actually followed that fairly well.  Some Dharma dude was a math whiz (Daniel?) and came up with calculations of when the island would be at any particular time and they had a window to get there and they did.  Great, got it.  Moving on to my questions!

1. What happened to my Ben’s face?

Ben went from being his normal self to having his face nearly beat in down at the marina.  He had to alter his plan of picking up dead Locke and ask Jack to do it.  My theory is that Sayid beat the hell out of him and left him for dead.  I base this on Sayid’s surprised reaction to seeing Ben get on the plane.  He didn’t look Hurley surprised, he looked “what the hell are you doing alive?” surprised.

Sayid in custody?  And going to Guam?

Sayid in custody? And going to Guam?

2. Speaking of Sayid, why is he in the custody of a federal marshal and what is he doing on the plane?

When last we saw Sayid, he swore that he would kill Jack or Ben if he came upon them again (hence the face beating theory with Ben) and he wasn’t returning to the island.  Alright, I get that.  So why was he on the Guam flight with everyone else?  My best guess is that Ben turned him in as a hired killer or something and he was being deported.  Why at that time and why to Guam?  You got me!  We’ll chalk that up to fate and move the hell on.

What happened to make Kate get on the plane?

What happened to make Kate get on the plane?

3. Where is Aaron?

Kate went from absolutely not going back to the island to crying in Jack’s room and telling him that she would go.  When Jack asked about Aaron, she told him never to ask about him again.  Alrighty, so where is the little blond boy?  I have two theories on that one.  My favorite theory comes from Sawyer’s secret whispered to Kate before he jumped out of the helicopter.  My thought has long been that he told her about his daughter, Clementine, and asked her to check on her and make sure that she was happy and healthy.  Kate has met Sawyer’s baby momma in the past so perhaps when she went to check on the kid they remembered one another and rebonded and became friends.  I think Kate went to her and asked her to take care of Aaron while she’s away.

My other, less satisfying theory is that Claire’s mom was still in town and Kate told her the truth and handed over the kid.  Plausible but I prefer the Sawyer tie in, especially after Kate had comfort sex with Jack this episode.

Hurley's clearly not happy to see Ben, this cracked me up.

Hurley's clearly not happy to see Ben, this cracked me up.

4. How in the hell did Hurley get out of jail and why did he get on the plane?

Hurley seemed pretty gung ho about not listening to Jack and Ben, to the point that he admitted to Sayid’s murders and got slapped in prison.  Somehow, within 72 hours or so of that occurrence, he’s gotten out of jail and he’s even allowed to fly on an airplane with no repercussions.   Okay!  I’m sure Ben’s lawyer was instrumental in his release but how he got him approval to fly is beyond me.  Unless all charges were dropped on Hurley and are now on Sayid?

As to why he got on the plane?  It’s pretty clear that Hugo was well aware that they’re headed back to the island and I think the only thing that would make him fall in would be a visit from one of his ghost friends.  And the ghost friend most likely to convince him would be Charlie in my opinion.  His best pal.  I am definitely looking for Dom to appear in another flashback episode.

I forgot to mention that, clearly we’re going get flashbacks again for the rest of the season on what transpired in those 46 hours between Scary Poppins’ lecture and the Losties being back on the island.  Let the mindfuck begin again!

5.  Who is Jack’s grandfather?

Everything means something on Lost, so Jack getting a call about his grandfather and heading off to the nursing home is important.  And I think it means more than just grabbing a pair of Christian’s shoes for Dead Locke to wear.  Since Christian appears to be a favorite of the island somehow, it stands to reason that Christian’s father must be important in some way.  His name is Ray, which disappointed me as I bought into Tripp’s theory that perhaps Jacob is Christian’s father and Jack’s grandfather.  Could still be of course, but he’s alive and well so who knows?  I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Ray, that’s all I’m saying.

Frank looks way better now, maybe shaving is his way of accepting fate?

Frank looks way better now, maybe shaving is his way of accepting fate?

6. Did the plane crash?  Are they all on the island now?  Is Frank alive?

These are all related so we’ll slap them together.  Thus far we know that Hurley, Jack and Kate are all back on the island.  I assume the others are there somewhere as well, though I do wonder if Ben is actually allowed back or not?  And we don’t really know if the plane crashed or not as we haven’t seen any evidence that it did.  Perhaps the island just yanked the Losties out and left the rest be?

I thought it was was wicked cool to have Frank be the pilot and I recognized his voice even before he said his name.  He was supposed to have been the pilot the first time around but Greg Grunberg took his place, so it was clearly his fate to crash on the island at some point or other.  LOVED his reaction when he saw Jack and the others and said, “we’re not going to Guam are we?”  I’m worried that Frank will get the Grunberg death treatment now, but hopefully he’s alive and well and going to rejoin his fellow freighter folks soon.

7.  Has the island stopped moving in time now?

This may hearken back to Scary Poppins lecture but I’ll have to rewatch and see about that.  We know that they’re in the 70’s now I think.  Jin pulled up in the working Dharma van (Hurley’s face was priceless when he saw that thing again) and he was wearing the Dharma gear.  So are Jin and co now working with Dharma?  And are our Losties all going to be stuck in the 70’s?  I had assumed that once the Oceanic 6 returned to the island that the time jumping was going to stop.  That is why they were supposed to return, right?  So the nose bleeds and death would stop because the island would settle the hell down?  I don’t know that I want our peeps to be stuck 30 years in the past for the rest of time though, so we’ll see.

The thing that came to mind when I saw Jin in the Dharma jumpsuit and started pondering the whole stuck in the 70’s thing was to wonder if now all our Losties are doomed to end up as bones in that pile of Dharma people that Ben gassed!  Wouldn’t that be a depressing as hell way to end the show?  To find out that they’re all dead at the hands of Ben?  I know that won’t be the case but it did enter my mind.

8. What happened to Desmond?

When last we saw our friend, he was being being stupefied that Jack and Sun were going to go back to the island.  Scary Poppins informed him that the island wasn’t done with him either, but he wasn’t on that plane, nor did I expect him to be.  My guess is he’ll show up there again, but when that will be I don’t know.  I wonder if he and Penny will sail there on accident?

He also could have been the Ben beater now that I think about it.  Ben still wants to get back at Widmore for Alex’s death and he plans to kill Penny, so maybe he went down to the marina to do that and Desmond stopped him.  I think Sayid is the most likely candidate but we may as well cover all our bases.

This face was very similar to mine upon reading Locke's suicide note.

This face was very similar to mine upon reading Locke's suicide note.

9. What kind of suicide note was that?

I have to give it to Locke, he even manages to be annoying when he’s offing himself.  His note itself was annoying but so was Jack’s refusal to read it til the very end of the show.  Wouldn’t you be dying to know what it said?  I sure was, I was screaming READ THE NOTE at Jack every time I saw him.  Then he finally does and all it say is, “I wish you had believed me.”  The hell?

It is funny that Jack read that right after Ben told him that it wasn’t his fault, what happened to all of them on and off island after he left.  Jack seemed to listen and then he reads that and I’m sure he’s back to blaming himself after all.  Good old Locke, it’s never his fault is it?   Never mind that Christian told him that HE was the one who was supposed to have moved the island.  Nope, everything is on Jack for not staying.  Whatever Locke.  Not everyone wants to hand themselves over to a mystical island til the end of time.

Of course this does reinforce the idea that Jack might be the most important of them all to the island.  Christian’s constant presence led credence to that theory as well, but I always assumed that Locke was the one the island loved above all others.  Maybe not.  Maybe Jack has to come back and battle it out for island supremacy.  Maybe that’s the trick, this has really been one long ass episode of Survivor and we didn’t know it!

10.  Locke becomes Christian.  Jack becomes Locke.  Sayid becomes Kate?

Bear with me on this one, it’s the last group of thoughts I have on the show and not really a question, I know that.  But it seems to me that everybody is adopting new roles.  Locke is the dead guy on the plane this time, brought aboard by Jack, just like Christian was.  Wearing Christian’s shoes, because it was important that he have something of Christian’s with him for some unknown reason.  Probably to zap him back to life.  Who knows?

Jack had to become Locke.  He had that conversation with Ben in the church, when Ben told him about Doubting Thomas having to touch Jesus and whatnot instead of just believing what he’d been told.  Jack has always been the doubter while Locke has been the man of faith, but since he’s been off the island Jack’s felt that pull to go back in a way that none of the rest of them did.  He’s had to give up that rational side and believe more in the mystical fate side in order to return to the place where apparently he belongs, just like Locke told him.  I wish you’d believed me indeed, Locke.

Sayid is in Kate’s place right now, shackled and being guarded by a federal marshal.  I don’t know the whys of this but the parallels are there.  Nor do I know who Hurley and Sun and Kate and Ben are now, I just thought it was interesting the way some of the characters were playing new roles.  If I thought hard enough I could probably decide who they were but I’d just be playing a game and this is long enough as it is!

So those are my questions and possible answers from one long night of pondering a TV show.  I think it’s a good thing this show ends in a year, clearly I need to get back to mindless TV that lets me sleep like a baby at night.  Next week is Lockecentric, so I’m sure to be annoyed and confused again.  Talk to you then!

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Ben continues to bend the Losties to his will.

Ben continues to bend the Losties to his will.

Last night’s Lost was as equally awesome as all the rest of them; though for me it was even more awesome because my Ben was back to wreaking his special brand of havoc in the lives of our favorite Losties!  You all may have picked up on my fondness for Mr. Benjamin Linus and it continues unabated as he gleefully pulls on Kate’s puppet strings this episode.  I think Ben could talk the Pope into killing someone if he was of a mind to do so.

Kate is really very lovely, isn't she?

Kate is really very lovely, isn't she?

So last night Kate went to see the lawyer who wants her to submit to a blood test and tried to demand to know who his client was.   He said he’d ask but he was pretty sure that the client wasn’t going to allow him to release that info; so ever the enterprising Kate followed him to a hotel room.  While she was waiting to follow him, Jack came to warn her that some guy who tried to attack Sayid was carrying her address.  He went to the hotel with her and they saw Claire’s mother at the door.  Kate started freaking out because the woman does have claim to Aaron, so Jack offered to go talk to her.  He started to tell her why they lied about Aaron but she didn’t know that name; she’d just come there to collect on her Oceanic settlement for Claire’s death.  Jack lets that be that and goes to tell Kate that she’s not the client.  So who was???

Aaron is the pawn in Ben's game.

Aaron is the pawn in Ben's game.

Well we find that out rather quickly because the lawyer’s next stop is at the police station where he meets Ben and Sayid.  Ben tells him to get Hurley out of jail and the lawyer heads off to do that I guess.  Sayid and Ben head to the marina to meet up with Jack and Kate; who’ve also called Sun to bring Aaron.  Annnnnd everybody but Hurley is back together again!  But they’re not so very happy.  One look at Ben and Kate knows it was him that set her up.  Jack tries to tell her no, Ben’s on their side, but Ben being Ben just tells her that he did indeed set her up.  When she asks why, Ben tells her that Aaron is not her child.  Like he cares about that, who raised Alex all those years?  But we all know, he threatened her with losing the kid so he could get her to go back to the island with the rest of them.  Sun, seeing her nemesis, glances at Aaron for a moment but decides that a 3 year old won’t be bothered by violence so she gets out her gun and goes to confront Ben.  I so cannot wait for next week to see Ben talk his way out of that one.  Of course he is going to use Jin for that one isn’t he?

Sun's hubby is alive!!!

Sun's hubby is alive!!!

Because lo and behold, Jin is alive!  The French science team that Rousseau was with came upon him floating upon a piece of wood in the ocean.  They hauled him into their raft and took him to land.  The woman in the group tries talking to him and Jin lets them know that he can speak some English.  She leans closer to him and we see her baby belly and she introduces herself as Danielle.  Rousseau!!!  Poor Jin, he’s going to be rather confused about this whole time travel thing and language barrier should be fun to overcome.  Still, I’m thrilled that he’s back on the show and still alive.  Jin’s cool.

Hopefully Jin will stumble across the rest of the islanders in the near future.  We opened with them with Charlotte and her bloody nose; after a few minutes she recovered and they decided to head to the Orchid Station to try to deal with this whole time travel situation.  They tried to figure out “when” they were but nobody knew.  They stumbled upon the sounds of a woman screaming and Sawyer went to check it out.  He ran across Kate helping Claire deliver her baby.  This was the most poignant part of the night and when I find a picture of Sawyer’s face while watching Kate deliver that baby I will surely post it.  If ever there was an expression of complete and utter love, he was wearing it.  It was jarring to see Sawyer look so unguarded with his feelings.  Kudos to Josh Holloway for that scene.  He said a million words with just one look.

Sawyer went back to his cronies but wouldn’t tell them what he saw.  They run across some kayak’s on the beach containing bottles of French water and decide to kayak to the other side of the island.  They hit the water and all of a sudden bullets are flying in their direction.  Their pursuers are gaining upon them and then the island gives them a timely gift; flashing them to the time when Rousseau’s team was new to the island.  Of course they land in a huge rain storm but at least they’re not being shot at anymore.

Other things worth mentioning were the fact that Miles and Juliet both got nose bleeds as well.  Theirs were slight but they are starting to feel the effects of the time travel as well.  So much for my theory that if you were born on the island you couldn’t handle the time travel.  I believe Miles and Charlotte were but Juliet wasn’t.  So I have no clue why some people are affected and some are not.

Also, I always have to throw some joy in for any scene where Sayid is kicking major butt.  He was in the hospital and some orderly comes in to give him an injection.  He turns around to shoot some darts at Sayid but Sayid is not in the bed and he sneaks up on the guy and starts knocking him around.  Sayid ends up darting him and finding the piece of paper that sets Jack off to find Kate.

Jack's buying into Ben's plan 100%

Jack's buying into Ben's plan 100%

As usual, I can’t wait til next week to see what is happening both on and off island.  How is Ben going to prove to Sun that Jin is still alive?  Will any more of the Losties get nose bleeds?  How do we keep all of them from ending up like blondie in England?  How will Ben get Hurley out of jail?  When will Jin meet up with Sawyer and Co?  When will Desmond get to LA and run into everyone else?  Does he have to go back as well? What else does Ben have up his sleeve? (I could ask this every week, hehe)

So many questions, but this year we seem to be getting answers at least and some of them will resolve quickly no doubt!  I’ll be back with you next week to discuss whatever else our island reveals.

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