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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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