LOST: “Lighthouse”

Another week, another new episode of Lost. Jack is back.

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Observations and speculations

  • At the opening of the episode, we see two framed photos in (LA-X) Jack’s apartment. In one photo is Jack and his parents, with Jack in a tux (taken at the time of his wedding?). The other is a photo of the Drs. Shepard. In both photos, Christian Shepard is wearing white, which may be an allusion to the first episode he appeared in, “White Rabbit,” referenced again by the appearance of Alice in Wonderland later in the episode.
  • Jack moves into the bathroom where he notices his appendectomy scar in the vanity mirror. (Recall that Juliet gave Jack an emergency appendectomy on the island in episode 4.10 “Something Nice Back Home.”) This is the second time we’ve had Jack react strangely to some scar he sees in a bathroom mirror. Jack then asks his mother on the phone when he had his appendix out, and she tells him that it happened when he was seven or eight years old and that Christian wanted to do the procedure himself, but “they wouldn’t let him.” So LA-X Jack has a different medical history than Island Jack, going back many years.
  • LA-X Jack has a son who attends a private prep school called “St. Mary’s Academy.” Saints are a recurring theme. In addition to the heroin smuggling Virgin Mary statuettes, we’ve seen Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute (where Hurley, Libby and Locke’s mother all spent time), St. Sebastian Hospital (where Jack works) and St. Francis hospital (where Kate’s mother was a patient).
  • In Jack’s SUV, he is listening to some blues song that I wasn’t able to identify. Jack’s LA-X son, David, has inherited all of that fantastic Shepard charm.
  • Dogen tells Jack that “everything is an option,” but that he would have to stop Jack if he tried to leave. Apparently, candidates can do what they want, although Dogen doesn’t necessarily want them to know that.
  • Hurley and Miles are playing tick-tac-toe in the Temple courtyard (shades of beach golf and ping-pong). Hurley is inexplicably surprised that the games end in a tie. Hurley goes off looking for the food court. Jacob, kneeling by the spring and still dead, tells him where it is. Then he tells Hurley, “Someone is coming to the island. I need you to help them find it.” We don’t ever find out who it is, but apparently, they are No. 108 on Jacob’s list. (That can only be Desmond, the one who had to push the button for so long every 108 minutes, right?)
  • Back in LA-X, Jack tells David that he used to read “Alice in Wonderland” to him when he was little. Remember that Jack also read Aaron from the same book during their time as part of the Oceanic Six. (The Lewis Carrol references in Lost are probably too many to list here, so I’ll just link to Lostpedia in the interest of time.) Kitty and Snowdrop, incidentally, where Alice’s cats. They only actually appear in Through the Looking Glass, as the black and white (another recurring theme alert) kittens to Alice’s cat, Dinah.
  • Jack’s advice to Sayid (“just ignore them”) is exceedingly lame and patronizing. Although Jack’s character has grown a lot, somethings never change, it seems.
  • Knowing what he does, I’m betting that Sayid isn’t going to stay at the Temple long. I know I wouldn’t, if it was me.
  • We finally get to see Claire in her full-on Rousseau-mode. In fact, she’s completely out-crazied the Crazy French Lady and for the first time in a long time, we see what island living will make a person look like for real—no carefully styled hair and good makeup here. Claire uses a piece of rebar to pry open the bear trap where an injured Jin lies bloodied. I wonder where she got it? From the imploded hatch site?
  • The ink on Hurley’s hand is hard to read, not because we didn’t get a good close-up of it, but because Hurley’s handwriting is almost indecipherable. The instructions begin with push and then the what appears to be the hieroglyph “shen ring,” which refers to a protective circle, perhaps like the ash circle that the Others use to protect themselves from the Smoke Monster.
  • I liked it when Hurley told Dogen, “Why don’t you go back to the courtyard.” Yeah, that’s telling him. Because candidates, they can do what they want.
  • My best translation of what Dogen tells Hurley in response (in rude Japanese): “I have to protect you? That’s just great. If I don’t leave now, I’d probably separate your neck from your body.” Or words to that effect.
  • Great Hurley line: “It’s bad enough you ordered me to write down way too much stuff, and I just lied to a samurai.”
  • Jacob told Hurley to tell Jack, “You have what it takes.” Jacob knows that this will get under Jack’s skin because Christian used to tell Jack, “you don’t have what it takes.” Here’s a snippet from Christian’s monologue to a young Jack in season one:

    I had a boy on my table today. I don’t know, maybe a year younger than you. He had a bad heart. It got real hairy, real fast. And everybody’s looking at your old man to make decisions. And I was able to make those decisions because at the end of the day, after the boy died, I was able to wash my hands and come home to dinner. You know, watch a little Carol Burnett, laugh till my sides hurt. And how can I do that, hmm? And even when I fail, how do I do that, Jack? Because I have what it takes. Don’t choose, Jack, don’t decide. You don’t want to be a hero, you don’t try and save everyone because when you fail … you just don’t have what it takes.

  • Hurley says that Jacob “turns up whenever he wants, like Obi-Wan Kenobi.” I love it. I made the observation a couple of weeks ago that Jacob’s death, then the fact that his body burned up in the fire, almost seemed like a Obi-Wan move. It’s nice to have Hurley backing me up on that.
  • Island Claire’s lair looks very similar to Danielle’s lair, and Jin’s situation is similar to the situation Sayid found himself in when he was taken by Rousseau during season one. Claire has a box of dynamite from the Black Rock, something Danielle was also fond of using. The second most disturbing thing about that scene, however, is that Jin appears to be wearing black boxers with red hearts on them. The most disturbing, of course, is the bizarre animal skull (probably boar) baby doll that Claire keeps in a bassinet—if that won’t bring the nightmares, I’m not sure what would. Also seen: some surgical clamps, a can of DHARMA ginger ale, a small selection of childrens’ books (Quack, Quack; an anthology called Best Loved Stories and another called Bedtime Hugs, and Wish Upon a Star), a boat’s oar, a computer motherboard, an old lantern,
  • During Hurley and Jack’s Big Adventure, they run across Kate filling her canteen by the river. Kate is on a quest to find Claire, but Jack gives her useful information like “something happened to her” and that the Others “didn’t say” where she is. Thanks, Jack. Kate doesn’t seem all that anxious to be reunited. She tells Jack, “I hope you find what you’re looking for,” which is the same thing that Locke told Jack in the LAX lost baggage office.
  • Back in LA-X, meanwhile, Jack arrives at his parents’ house to help his mother look for his father’s will. The house is the same one that Jack later sees in the Lighthouse mirror, the one he says he hasn’t lived in since he was “a kid.”
  • In Jack’s father’s home office is a variety of liquor, including a bottle of MacCutcheon 60-year scotch, the kind that Widmore says Desmond is unworthy to drink, and that Charlie and Desmond get drunk with on the beach. LA-X Jack seems to be able to resist alcohol.
  • Books spotted on Christian Shepard’s bookshelf: Robin Cook’s Terminal (a medical thriller), The Codebreakers (a non-fiction book about cryptography), Good Carbohydrate Revolution (a diet book), Diagnosis of Diseases of the Chest, and some other generic-looking medical books. There is also a framed copy of the photo with Christian and Jack, apparently taken at Jack’s wedding.
  • Christian Shepard’s will is in an envelope addressed to him at 233 Bastian Drive in Beverly Hills. (Remember that Jack is No. 23.) It’s also from the law firm of Borowitz and Woodruff, LLP. Christian mentions Claire, his daughter and Jack’s half-sister, in his will. This comes as a surprise to Jack’s mother. Jack seems to get that deja vu look at the mention of Claire’s name.
  • Meanwhile, back at Island Claire’s compound, she’s sterilizing her medical tools over a campfire and sharpening her axe. It may be the same axe that the Oceanic survivors had during season one.
  • Claire says she’s sure that the Others took her kid because “first my father told me, then my friend told me.” This seems to suggest that the Man-in-Black is manipulating Claire to take revenge on the Others. It also suggests that the Christian we saw with Claire last season was a manifestation of the Man-in-Black.
  • Claire doesn’t seem surprised that Jin can now speak pretty good English.
  • Jack steps on Shannon’s asthma inhaler, signaling Jack and Hurley that they are near the Caves. Once again we see Adam and Eve, though they seem more fleshy than I remember them. Hurley, as he is wont to do, gives voice to fan speculation when he hypothesizes that maybe they time travel again and Adam and Eve are their dead bodies. We also see Christian Shepard’s empty coffin and Jack confesses to Hurley about smashing it up.
  • Back in LA-X, Jack has lost his son. He drives over to David’s mother’s house (which also has the street address of 233) and lets himself in using the key hidden under the decorative rabbit (recurring motif alert).
  • In David’s room are: a poster for a rock show featuring the band Meat Coat. Meat Coat was previously mentioned in the show when a reunited Drive Shaft was scheduled to open for them. There is also a poster for “M. Gold,” “Stillborn Skies,” “Justice Calling,” a Beethoven poster, and a Who poster. On David’s desk is some sheet music for Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu. On the mirror are some photo-booth snapshots of Jack and David (wearing a Dodgers cap rather than a Red Sox hat).
  • Back on the Island, Hurley and Jack are hiking old school through the jungle, “on the way to do something that they don’t quite understand.” Hurley says he came back because Jacob hoppen in the back of his cab and told him he was supposed to come back. Jack came back because he was “broken” and thought the Island could fix him.
  • Island Claire apparently was tortured and branded much the same way that Sayid was. Obviously, she failed the test as well.
  • Jin tells Claire that Kate took Aaron off the island, but later says it was a lie and that the Others had Aaron all along. I’m not quite sure what Jin’s rationale for the truth-followed-by-a-lie strategy. Maybe he panicked. But we do find out that Claire’s not that happy with it. For the record, I think Claire probably made the right call in killing the Other.
  • Jack and Hurley finally arrive at the Lighthouse, a conspicuous Island landmark that somehow we’ve never seen before. Jack even comments about that odd fact. Lucky for Hurley that he brought Jack along because Jack’s pretty good at kicking down doors.
  • Meanwhile in LA-X Jack arrives to see his son, David, audition for the Williams Conservatory. There he meets the LA-X version of Dogen, who tells him his son has a gift. Jack and David make up and seem on their way toward an actual, functional father-son relationship.
  • At the top of the Lighthouse is a giant wheel on gears, with the names of “candidates” arranged in numerical order with corresponding degrees of the circle. When the mirrors in the lighthouse align with the candidate’s number, the mirror apparently shows the home of candidate. Hurley’s arm instructions read: “giant mirror pull chain @ 108 degrees.”
  • Lots of crossed out candidate names here: Owens, Dawson, Freed, Rodriguez, Almeida, Chavez, Linus (Ben!?), Bargas, Horten, Srogzynski, Cohen … the list goes on and on. I’m sure Lostpedia will have a complete list up soon. [UPDATE: Yes, indeed. Lostpedia has updated its candidates list to reflect names found on the Lighthouse wheel.] Significantly, Austen (Kate) is on the wheel, and her name is not crossed out. Kate’s number is 51. Jack’s name looks like a late entry to me. The handwritting in “Shepard” is different from the rest. Also, Rousseau is clearly listed as No. 20. Apparently, candidate no. 108 is named Wallace, but we don’t have any idea who that refers to yet.
  • Jack sees a temple from the Far East in the mirrors, then what looks like a European-style building or possibly a church. Finally, Jack figures out that Jacob has been watching each of them. Hurley seems remarkably undisturbed by this. Jack, on the other hand, goes nuts and destroys the mirrors with a brass spyglass.
  • The scene with Hurley and Jacob at the end was pretty funny. “I have ink on my forehead! That’s all you have to say! Jack broke your lighthouse, dude!” I have to agree with Hurley that Jacob’s plan doesn’t seem all that good. If he’s trying to convince Jack that he’s special, it might not be great to see his name along side hundreds of other names, many of which are crossed off. But then Jacob drops a fairly interesting bomb—the Temple is no longer safe. Someone bad is going to visit and cause havoc. And it’s too late to warn them. Jacob seems sort of indifferent to the fate of his followers.
  • Claire tells Jin she’d kill Kate if what he said was actually true, then Not-Locke shows up. Claire introduces him as “not John. This is my friend.” And that’s it. Closing title.

This was a pretty solid Jack episode. I found the LA-X scenes surprisingly moving, even if they didn’t move the ball much. The Island stuff was all interesting and the episode kept everything going, despite little or no screen time for Sawyer, Locke or Ben. It also seemed to set things up nicely for next week’s episode.

No complaints here. What did y’all think?

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43 thoughts on “LOST: “Lighthouse”

  1. I liked this episode quite a bit. I also found the LA-X storyline moving, and I thought it was more realistic than the typical Jack (as seen e.g. on the island in this very episode).

    How many 815 survivors remain at the temple? Just Sayid and Miles? Everyone else has left, I believe. I keep hoping there is an alternative to killing Sayid that will reclaim him from the “infection,” but perhaps not.

    It’s striking to me how Hurley has emerged as the single most with-it character. In both realities!

  2. Just watched it, loved it! Great seeing more Hurley.

    I think Jin’s reversal was because he could see how crazy Claire was, and that she would trust him more if he went along with her plans.

    I just have to say, something about the way Jacob talks about someone coming to the island, it sounds sinister. Could it be Widmore?

  3. excellent episode. And next week’s looks to be a thriller.

    Great catch about Desmond and 108. That just may be. I’ve been wondering how he gets back into the picture.

    As for Jacob’s plan with Jack, I think Jacob intended for Jack to destroy his mirror.

  4. Good point Dan – maybe Jacob wanted Jack to destroy the mirror, and thus actually wants to *prevent* someone from coming to the island.

    Interesting how Jacob, MIB and the Others have to get non-Others to do things for them, and thus are a race of master manipulators. We saw it first with Ben (maybe a little with Friendly before him), and Jacob’s curling smirk when he said he could get Jack to come along was as FHL says, sinister.

    I also loved Hurley in this ep, and like last week’s Locke/Sawyer episode it was a great complement to Jack’s story. When he said “no *you* go back out to the courtyard” my first thought was Jedi mind trick.

    Hurley as the voice of the fans is also a brilliant device, and I wish they’d use Miles to that effect more too.

  5. Love your recaps and analysis. I thought Jin switched stories to save Kate from being murdered by an enraged Claire. If I remember correctly, when Jin told Clair about Kate having Aaron, she had not yet murdered the Other. After seeing what she was capable of, I figured he thought it was better to keep Kate out of it to protect her.

  6. DeeAnn, you’re probably right. But as gambits go, this one doesn’t seem to have much of a chance for long-term success.

  7. An other solid episode and like others I’m not at all convinced Jacob is to be trusted.

    The biggest question with Jin is why he didn’t tell Claire right up front about Kate and Aaron. Why wait?

    Anyone notice that in the transitions between parallel time lines that they use the sound of the island “transitions” plus the sound of an airplane? No idea if it is significant.

  8. No one has mentioned it, but when Hugo told Jack to “be cool, act natural” that is exactly what Jorge Garcia’s pot dealing character said to Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm. That role, apparently, is what got Jorge the part on LOST.

  9. I thought the “European-style” building looked like the Oxford building where Desmond meets Faraday in “The Constant” or the monastery in Scotland where Desmond lived when he decided to be a monk. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, since I love Desmond and I really want to see some resolution with his story line (“The rules don’t apply to you, you’re special” and then…disappearing completely from Season 6, except for random plane interactions…yeah.).

  10. The Creepy Baby is also possibly a Lewis Carrol reference. It appears to be made of a pig skull and some furs. In Alice and Wonderland, Chapter Six, “Pig and Pepper,” there is a pig baby:

    `Please would you tell me,’ said Alice, a little timidly, for she was not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, `why your cat grins like that?’

    `It’s a Cheshire cat,’ said the Duchess, `and that’s why. Pig!’

    She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby, and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:–

    `Here! you may nurse it a bit, if you like!’ the Duchess said to Alice, flinging the baby at her as she spoke. `I must go and get ready to play croquet with the Queen,’ and she hurried out of the room. The cook threw a frying-pan after her as she went out, but it just missed her.

    Alice caught the baby with some difficulty, as it was a queer-shaped little creature, and held out its arms and legs in all directions, `just like a star-fish,’ thought Alice. The poor little thing was snorting like a steam-engine when she caught it, and kept doubling itself up and straightening itself out again, so that altogether, for the first minute or two, it was as much as she could do to hold it.

    As soon as she had made out the proper way of nursing it, (which was to twist it up into a sort of knot, and then keep tight hold of its right ear and left foot, so as to prevent its undoing itself,) she carried it out into the open air. `If I don’t take this child away with me,’ thought Alice, `they’re sure to kill it in a day or two: wouldn’t it be murder to leave it behind?’ She said the last words out loud, and the little thing grunted in reply (it had left off sneezing by this time). `Don’t grunt,’ said Alice; `that’s not at all a proper way of expressing yourself.’

    The baby grunted again, and Alice looked very anxiously into its face to see what was the matter with it. There could be no doubt that it had a very turn-up nose, much more like a snout than a real nose; also its eyes were getting extremely small for a baby: altogether Alice did not like the look of the thing at all. `But perhaps it was only sobbing,’ she thought, and looked into its eyes again, to see if there were any tears.

    No, there were no tears. `If you’re going to turn into a pig, my dear,’ said Alice, seriously, `I’ll have nothing more to do with you. Mind now!’ The poor little thing sobbed again (or grunted, it was impossible to say which), and they went on for some while in silence.

    I’ve always thought that part is fairly creepy.

  11. I got the impression that Jin changed his story to Claire because he felt like he wanted to get back to the temple for his own protection and was trying to con her into letting him get back to the temple where he would have reinforcements and back-up protection from this nut!

    Who do you think David’s mom is? Sarah? He seems older than what the Jack-Sarah timeline originally indicated.

  12. Thanks Greg – I missed all of the Alice references, not even blinking when the book was shown!

    meems, there is much discussion of David’s mother around the internet today, but I think it doesn’t really matter. Mothers in this story are few and far between (with notable exceptions of course), while fathers have been a huge theme from the beginning, especially with Jack.

    My bet is we don’t find out who the mother is, and if we do, it will be irrelevant to the story (ie an earlier version of Sarah or someone else we haven’t met).

  13. When Jack destroyed the lighthouse mirror, did anyone else beside me think of this as a reference to The Who’s “Tommy?” In the song “Smash the Mirror,” Tommy’s mother smashes the mirror that Tommy stands in front, and the act finally allows him to see and hear — breaking through his psychological blindness/deafness.

    This seems to me to be what Jacob was trying to do with Jack, as he implied in his discussion with Hurley. The Tommy reference was reinforced in my mind when they showed the Who poster on David’s wall.

    Oh, and by the way, with the introduction of Jack’s son, we have another Biblical name to ponder: David, the first King of Isreal.

  14. Anyone else notice the sign outside the audition that jacks son was playing at. It read ” All CanDidates welcome”. Lavelyjubbly

  15. I don’t think David’s mom can be Kate. Kate is still a fugitive in LA X land. And they didn’t exactly know each other when they saw each other at the airport.

    I think it’s an interesting mystery (who is David’s mom) and I’m expecting a bit of a surprise.

  16. Yeah, I’d put my money on Juliet. They had kind of a thing going before Jack left the island, didn’t they? Them being together and having broken up in the LA X world would sort of mirror the original reality.

  17. It seems to me that it has happened on this show before that at the end of one scene, a character poses a question, and at the beginning of the next scene, the camera starts focused in on the answer, particularly when we didn’t know yet that that was the answer. (Of course I can’t recall any exact instances right now.) But in this episode it was the most explicit example I can remember. Sayid to Jack (at the temple, after Jack says the Others think someone else is also “infected”): Who? (next scene) Jin (leg caught in a trap): Claire!

  18. Also, clearly it’s significant that “Borowitz and Woodruff LLP” is an anagram of “Odd Wolf-Boar Runt, zip! Flow!” 🙂

  19. Nice pickuo Mudhead! I think that just might be a Tommy reference. I certainly think Jacob meant for Jack to smash the mirror. I don’t think anyone is headed back to the Island. Jacob just needed a reliable story to get Hurley to take Jack out there. The pictures in the mirror appeared to be where Sun and Jin got married and possibly Oxford. Did anyone notice if the names Hume or Faraday were on the wheel? What about Widmore?

  20. Faraday was number 101 in both the cave and the lighthouse. Neither Hume nor Widmore were there.

    No. 108 was “Wallace,” but we don’t know of a Wallace yet on the show. Consider that Wallace is a Scottish name (think Braveheart), and that Desmond is also. I’m still thinking there could be at least a connection. Keep in mind, though, that Wallace is crossed out.

  21. Desmond was sent to the island by Widmore, as was Henry Gale and the freighter crew. None of them appear because Jacob didn’t bring them, right?

    Only Faraday, Straume and Lewis were listed, and as we know they were all born on the island and could have been tagged by Jacob before Widmore gathered them up.

    I know a lot of people really want Desmond to be front and centre, but I really think he’s just an interesting supporting character.

  22. I know a lot of people really want Desmond to be front and centre, but I really think he’s just an interesting supporting character.

    Jenny, I don’t agree with this. I think Desmond started out as an interesting supporting character, but has developed into much more. He’s had four centric episodes. And each of those were key episodes from an Island mythology perspective. In addition, with the last two Desmond episodes, “The Constant,” and “Jughead,” we were told that Desmond is special and that the normal rules don’t apply to him. If he doesn’t play a pivotal role in the way this wraps up, that would be a fairly large and untidy loose-end.

  23. I agree with you that he will play a major role in the conclusion of this, if only because fans love him so much (which is why I think he was on the plane – a little something for fans until his part in the storyline comes forward later on).

    I’m just saying that this is about the people from original plane crash, and all the other characters stories only really matter in the context of the core characters.

    After all, “the rules don’t apply” and “he’s special” can just as easily be a writers’ solution for explaining some things that don’t fit in the overall framework of the story, and might have been a way of trying to tell fans that what happens with Desmond actually doesn’t have much effect on what happens to everyone else. At one point, I thought Faraday actually said that he had it wrong about Desmond/constants etc anyway.

  24. Just thinking… What if the flash sideways aren’t from the nuclear blast but due to whatever choice Jack, Desmond, Kate or whomever make at the finale. i.e. the flash sideways are supposed to be each of them becoming happy after the resolution.

    I hope that’s not the case, btw.

  25. I’m wondering if crossed out names aren’t just because they are dead. Linus was on the wheel and it was crossed off. Maybe crossed off means their either a. Dead or b. No longer a canadiate. Of course Jacob could just be peeved that Ben killed him. Can ghosts cross off names? 😉 Was Micheal on the list or Walt for that matter?

  26. Oooo. I missed that Rose. Good observation.

    Although it does seem a lot of people die in this show – and most are directly attributable to Jacob even considering his Nemesis.

  27. Oh yes, Mudhead and Rose. As a huge Tommy fan, I kept thinking of “Go to the Mirror, Boy” and that imagery when Jack was smashing the mirror. The thing I didn’t catch the first time I watched it was the Gigantic WHO poster in David’s bedroom! So obvious.
    So now that Jack has smashed the mirror, should he be singing “I’m Free”?

  28. meems, Rose:

    I really think there may be something to the Tommy connection with Jack. When Jack sat in deep thought after smashing the mirror, Jacob hinted to Hurley that Jack needed to come to his own conclusions as to what he needed to do from that point forward. In other words, Jacob was saying that smashing the mirror may be the breakthrough needed for Jack to “see.”

    In the opera Tommy, once the mirror was smashed, Tommy could suddenly “see” and “hear.” It was obvious all along that there was nothing wrong with Tommy’s physical abilities: what Tommy needed was a psychological breakthrough/revelation, brought about by the trauma of the smashed mirror. Once Tommy was able see and hear, he became the leader of a spiritual movement.

    Could this be Jack’s destiny? To become the new spiritual leader, i.e., Jacob’s replacement? We’ve already seen hints that Sideways Locke is no longer the Man of Faith — at the end of the Locke-centric episode, he became a Man of Science, teaching a science class. Perhaps the role reversal will extend now to Jack, who had been the Man of Science. Now that the mirror has been smashed, maybe Jack will now become the Man of Faith.

    Also: in the follow-up song to “Smash the Mirror,” Tommy sings “I’m Free,” which includes this line:

    If I told you what it takes to reach the highest high/ You’d laugh and say nothing’s that simple / But you’ve been told many times before / Messiahs pointed to the door / No one had the guts to leave the Temple

    Coincidence? Me thinks not.

  29. Jack’s biggest problem has always been Jack. He gets in his own way. In a sense all his emotional baggage has made him blind and deaf to what’s really going on around him. In order for him to be whatever Jacob wants him to be he has to break through that. I love that line “the messiah pointed to the door, no one wanted to leave the temple”. It should be very interesting what goes down at The Temple next week.

  30. I think that facet of Jack’s personality was the point of the flash sideways with his son. His son has this breakthrough with Jack (a break with how his relationship with his father went) In a sense we get the differentiation in Jack from his Father which may parallel some things on the island if smokey is also Jack’s dad doppleganger.

    So the Tommy parallel is interesting in the structure of the episode too. Although I’m still not sure I trust Jacob.

  31. Well, you guys, I just made this comment over at another Lost Blog, but I have to repeat it here because it totally just occurred to me that the follow up to the Who’s rock opera Tommy was a project that Pete Townshend called… are you ready? The Lighthouse. No, I’m not kidding. I forgot all about that until just now. The songs that were written for this project, which eventually became Who’s Next and Quadrophenia (if memory serves correctly) includes Behind Blue Eyes, and Won’t Get Fooled Again, which so aptly has the line, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” which sounded kind of like, uh, well, getting a new boss. 🙂 And don’t forget, last week’s episode was called The Substitute — another Who song!

  32. That’s interesting. I was actually just watching a documentary about The Lighthouse on VH1 a few weeks back. It’s too bad his original vision couldn’t really come to life even if it did create those other two albums. They were doing this quasi-reality show documentary originally to be part of The Lighthouse too that was pretty interesting.

  33. Very interesting, meems. It solidifies in my mind that the Lost writers are trying to tell us something with The Who references, particularly in regards to Jack’s destiny. Of course, using these clues to suggest that Jack will ultimately become the new Jacob could be a big red herring. But I no longer think that I was reading too much into the Tommy reference when Jack smashed the mirror. I’m now convinced the writers are doing this deliberately.

    The Who song “The Substitute” has an interesting relevant lyric: “I look all white, but my dad was black.”

    The question is whether Jack will ultimately be a Happy Jack, who lives “on the sand at the Isle of Man.”

  34. A few complaints. You find a magic mirror that can see around he world and you destroy it? It seems like Jacob was assuming a lot if he was hoping Jack would do that. If he wanted the mirror destroyed, why not just get the guy that does whatever he asks (Hurley) to just walk up the stairs and destroy it? Why manipulate Jack and hope he does it?

    And Hurley’s explanation of why nobody has seen the lighthouse in all these seasons? “I guess we weren’t looking”. Uh, yeah. Ok.

    Jack’s scar seems to suggest the LAX timeline didn’t split from the original timeline during the flight. It would have to be a totally different timeline from the beginning if Jacks’ mom is telling the truth about his scar.

  35. Actually that made sense to me. The Losties didn’t go around most of the island. I wouldn’t be shocked if there was something they didn’t see. Plus, wasn’t the lighthouse on the old hatch map?

  36. jjohnson: If Jacob’s explanation to Hurley is to be believed, I suspect that it was less important that Jack smashed the mirror than it was that Jack saw what was in the mirror. Jacob was hoping Jack would have a reaction of some type that would get him to rethink his role on the Island and come to different conclusions about his destiny.

  37. According to Lostpedia, we’ve never seen the Lighthouse before, and I couldn’t find it on any of the maps.

    Being so close to the caves, it just seems strange they wouldn’t have stumbled on it earlier.

  38. I think they realized it was a bit out of nowhere, and that’s why they wrote the exchange between Hurley and Jack about it, acknowledging that not only haven’t the characters seen it before, viewers haven’t either.

    Which begs the question, why was it so important to introduce it now? The same scene could have essentially been played out at the cave with the names on the wall. No smashed mirror, but Jack would have still seen all the names and realized they were being tracked like others before them.

  39. I’ve been thinking about the Lighthouse, and I think this exchange between Ben and Locke from the season 3 episode, “The Man From Tallahassee” may turn out to be significant:

    BEN: And now you have a choice. Because if you stop and if you think, I can show you things. Things I know you want to see very badly. Let me put it so you’ll understand. Picture a box. You know something about boxes, don’t you, John? What if I told you that somewhere on this island, there’s a very large box… and whatever you imagined, whatever you wanted to be in it, when you opened that box, there it would be. What would you say about that, John?

    LOCKE: I’d say I hope that box is big enough to imagine yourself up a new submarine. [drinks the water]

    BEN: [looking away and smiling slightly] Why are you so angry, John?

    LOCKE: Because you’re cheating! You and your people. [puts down his glass and walks around the room] Communicate with the outside world whenever you want to, you… you come and go as you please… you use electricity and running water and guns… You’re a hypocrite! A pharisee. You don’t deserve to be on this island. If you had any idea what this place really was… you wouldn’t be putting chicken in your refrigerator!

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