LOST: “The Last Recruit”

For Lost, the end is nigh. And this episode was the first that I felt that. Rather than worrying about character development (nothing character-centric here), the show is putting the pieces in place for the finale, with now just five hours left.

Discussion of tonight’s episode, which of course means spoilers, below.

Links and miscellanea

  • In this month’s issue of Wired magazine, there’s a big feature on Lost. At the first page of the story, there is a photo of the writer’s room that blows my mind. It shows the white board and some time line information that either includes major, major spoilers, or is full of false information. If it’s the former, then there is an awful lot of plot that we still haven’t seen yet. If you are hoping to avoid spoilers do not stare at that photo. (The articles themselves seem tame and spoiler-free.)
  • Cuse and Lindelof clarified that they will not be doing a live Q and A session with Jimmy Kimmel following the season finale. They will tape an interview a few days earlier, to air after the finale. Following the finale, the producer/writers will go into radio silence, letting the show speak for itself.
  • Jorge Garcia gave the LA Times a tour of Lost filming locations in Hawaii.
  • I’m not that interested in when Matthew Fox came of age or whether he’s having an affair, but maybe you are, so I’ll link anyway.
  • Proving that we may already be living in a bizarre alternate universe, Glee got better ratings than Lost last week.
  • I can see how talking about Lost might be just the thing to make your weekly Bible study group a bit more interesting.
  • Lost Slapdown Part 12:
  • You can view the entries in the Lost fan promo contest here. (My vote goes to “The LOST Life.”)

Observations and speculations

  • The episode opens with a Not-Locke and Jack confab in the jungle, and an immediate answer to one of my top questions. Not-Locke confirms that he was, in fact, the version of Christian Shepard that Jack saw soon after Oceanic 815 crashed. But he claims he did it to help Jack and the survivors find water. Not-Locke also says that the survivors were trapped before they even got to the island, caught by Jacob. Although Not-Locke is clearly operating on his own agenda, and not above lying, there’s a lot of truth to what he says here.
  • Claire knows that she’s Jack’s half-sister. His half-crazy half-sister.
  • Claire tells Jack “you decided the moment you let him talk to you, just like the rest of us. Whether you like it or not, your with him now.” This has been stated repeatedly this season–don’t let Smokie speak or else it’s too late. I’m not sure that applies to Jack, though. He seems to have his own motivations.
  • Hurley’s never been a good person to tell a secret to, but he doesn’t blow it here. It’s interesting to see Sawyer forming alliances and coalitions. He’s come a long way since “every man for himself.”
  • Great Sawyer line: “Who the hell’s Anakin?”
  • Funny Hurley line: “Hey, Claire. You look … great.”
  • I really enjoyed Kate and Sawyer’s back and forth at the PD. Kate helped explain for us why it is Sawyer let her escape at LAX–because Sawyer really didn’t want anyone to know he was in Australia. “Of all the gin joints–” scratch that. “Of all the cars in Los Angeles, you smash into mine. Almost like someone’s trying to put us together.” Sawyer’s sort of figuring it out.
  • Miles tells Sawyer that Keamy is a homocide victim. I suppose that closes the door on the theory that Keamy might have survived the restaurant massacre.
  • I really would tune in for a show called Sawyer and Miles, LAPD. I’m just saying.
  • At Camp Not-Locke, Kate says to Jack of Sayid, “He’s different now.” She’s observant. Jack replies, “Guess we’re all different now.” One interpretation could be that letting Not-Locke speak to them changed all of them, not just Sayid.
  • Zoe wanders into Camp Not-Locke and tries to bargain for Smokie to return Desmond. She uses her powers of persuasion and surface-to-surface missiles. But Smokie doesn’t bargain. “Well. Here we go.” Yes.
  • Desmond dials his charm up as much as possible (to a creepy degree, actually) to try to get Claire to follow him to his attorney’s office.
  • The law firm name (Sweetzer & Verdansky) rang a bell, and luckily I didn’t have to think that long. It was the name on the correspondence Jack saw concerning his father’s will. Of course, we didn’t know at the time that Ilana was the attorney in charge of the matter.
  • Another funny Hurley line (in response to Claire asking, “What’s going on?”): “People trying to kill us again.”
  • Call me crazy (not quite Claire crazy), but I think Not-Locke knew when he sent Sawyer to get the boat that Sawyer might not return. This flies in the face of the efforts Not-Locke has made to gather the candidates together, but it just feels that way to me.
  • I wonder if Not-Locke knows why he wants Desmond dead, or if he’s just improvising based on the fact that Widmore wants Desmond so badly.
  • Det. Straume and Det. Ford sure do move fast. On just some grainy ATM video, they are able to identify Sayid and find the home of his brother. Also, Det. Ford doesn’t miss a trick, tripping Sayid up with the old garden hose pulled tight in front of the back door.
  • I liked when Sawyer describes Lapidus as a guy who “looks like he just stepped of the set of a Burt Reynolds movie. Also, Sawyer’s position on Crazy Claire seems perfectly reasonable to me.
  • I don’t believe for a second that Sayid actually killed Desmond. He really looked like he was bluffing. Perhaps Sayid isn’t as far gone as we were assuming.
  • In LA-X, Jack and his son, David, are now on great terms. We still don’t know who the mother is.
  • Jack is feeling wishy-washy about leaving the island. Once again, his Jacob-replacement stock appears to be rising.
  • Jack says, “The island’s not done with us yet.” Another oft-repeated line. Widmore and Hawkings both, at different times, said this to Desmond. Jack takes a “leap of faith” off of Sawyer’s damn boat. Point of fact, it’s really Desmond’s boat. And before that, it was Libby’s.
  • In LA-X, Jack looks down at a mirror and sees Locke. It was this episode’s mirror-gazing scene, and Jack has a flash of recognition, mentioning that he knows Locke. Of course, they met at the lost luggage desk in LAX, but Jack’s recognition seems deeper. The other timeline is bleeding through.
  • Zoe’s Team Widmore squad seems very reluctant. These are scientists, not mercenaries, and it shows. Even with the weapons, I think the Losties will end up having the advantage here.
  • Sun and Jin’s reunion was predictably touching. (I think Sawyer was getting a bit of sea spray in his eyes.) I’m sort of glad to have that done with. Seeing Jin brought Sun’s ability to speak in English back. I’m not sure why she wouldn’t be speaking Korean. The last time she saw him, Jin didn’t know much English.
  • After Team Locke gets shelled by Widmore, the scene is eerily reminiscent of what happened after Oceanic 815 crashed, except this time it’s Jack who is face down on the beach and (Not-)Locke who carries Jack to safety. Not-Locke tells Jack, “don’t worry. It’s going to be okay.” Then, “You’re with me now.” Jack appears to be the last recruit of the episode’s title.

This episode was mostly action and not a lot for easter eggs or hidden messages. Unless I missed them, which is entirely possible.

I liked it, how about you?

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35 thoughts on “LOST: “The Last Recruit”

  1. Desmond is definitely not dead. But we’re not done seeing the conversation between Desmond and Sayid.

    So let’s see, Not-Locke now has everyone (the candidates) over on Hydra Island and has Jack with him. I think he is well set to get off the island, I think. I also think the plane is a Macguffin and that Not-Locke’s effort to get off the island is some other way. He just needs to get the Losties on board with his effort.

    It will be interesting to see what happens when the Richard group comes back into the scene.

  2. One thing bothered me – Smokey saying he was Christian on Day 3. Was he Christian every time? Because Jack saw and spoke with Christian at least once in the 3 years he was off island, and I thought that Smokey couldn’t leave the island.

    I’ve always subscribed to the suited vs casual Christian, which would have explained it, and now this. Mistake by the writers perhaps?

  3. Sorry Jack and Kate I totally agree with Sawyer about Claire. She’s cray nuts. Claire also said to Jack something about NotLocke appearing as their father so maybe everytime we saw Christian it was indeed Smokey. I guess he knew Claire and Jack were siblings because he had Christian memories as well as his body? Des is not dead. Is it just me or did Sayid look a little less Zombie after his talk with the Scot? Speaking of Des, he was totally creepy following Claire around. I still think we’re headed for a hospital reunion.
    Here’s my biggest question from the night when Sun’s stretcher pulled up next to LockeLs she screamed “that’s him!”. Was she having an Island flash or was it something else?

  4. I also think the plane is a Macguffin and that Not-Locke’s effort to get off the island is some other way.

    The plane is still important though for two reason:

    1. It still exists.
    2. There is a pilot who otherwise has no real purpose or attachment to the story at hand.

  5. I noticed that at the end of the episode, Jack had a cut on his neck eerily similar to the one that showed up on the plane in alt-timeline. I *hope* we’re not headed for another round of “We’re all off the Island. Wait! Wait!! We have to go baaack!”, but the odds aren’t looking too good.

  6. I *hope* we’re not headed for another round of “We’re all off the Island. Wait! Wait!! We have to go baaack!”, but the odds aren’t looking too good.

    I’m not sure we have enough time for that before the show ends.

  7. it’s really Desmond’s boat. And before that, it was Libby’s.

    I wonder if Hurley realizes that he’s on Libby’s boat. Sort of sentimental.

  8. Yeah, that moment where Sun recognized Locke was clearly intended to let us in on something big, but I couldn’t figure out what. Theories?

    Great episode, and great recap.

  9. Didn’t notice that Amy – I’m going to hunt for a screen cap because that would seem to be a major clue about where this is going.

  10. I don’t think Widmore can kill the losties. (I think the Jack – Richard exchange showed that and there are other hints) I think Widmore wants to keep the losties from Not-Locke to prevent him from leaving the island.

  11. Great Sawyer line: “Who the hell’s Anakin?”

    That did not make any sense to me. Sawyer knew who Chewbacca was, but not Anakin Skywalker? Whose name has been prominent in the STAR WARS saga since the first movie in 1977?

    Perhaps Sawyer is losing it.

  12. One thing bothered me – Smokey saying he was Christian on Day 3. Was he Christian every time? Because Jack saw and spoke with Christian at least once in the 3 years he was off island, and I thought that Smokey couldn’t leave the island.

    Has anyone considered the possibility that the Christian Jack saw off-island may have been . . . Jacob?

  13. Sorry Jack and Kate I totally agree with Sawyer about Claire. She’s cray nuts.

    That’s true, Rose. But we were treated to two similar scenes, one with Claire and one with Sayid, where it appears that Smokie’s hold on them are wavering. Claire’s reaction to Kate’s plea appeared to me to be the same as Sayid’s reaction to Desmond’s appeal to Sayid’s better nature. I came away from the episode with the belief that Claire is slowly rejoining Team Jacob (although she needs to be watched carefully by Sawyer et. al. for awhile). And it’s quite possible that Sayid is evolving into a traitor in the midst of Team MIB.

    If redemption is an overarching theme to this series, Claire and Sayid are obvious choices for performing some anti-MIB action soon to atone for their involvement with the dark side. I think the writers gave us a clue with Hurley’s comment about Anakin Skywalker.

  14. Yeah, that moment where Sun recognized Locke was clearly intended to let us in on something big, but I couldn’t figure out what. Theories?

    I just took it as evidence that yet another LA X Lostie woke up to memories of the Island timeline.

    The moment I was looking for didn’t happen. At the end of last week’s episode, we had Locke crumpled on the ground, looking spaced-out. I figured that he was having his Island awakening at that moment, which meant that when he looked up again, the first person he would see is Ben – the man who killed him. And when Ben rode with Locke in the ambulance, I expected that moment to happen then; instead Locke simply stated his first name and Helen as the family contact. Ah, well. One can hope that Ben will visit Locke after his surgery, so we can see Locke point at him and say “YOUUUU!!”

  15. Mudhead, good point about Anakin. We’ve all been laughing at the Star Wars references over the years, but that one might actually mean something.

    As for Ben – it seems his importance is being phased out of the story – just another casualty in the long saga of Jacob vs MIB. He’s still there, will still play a role, but has been back burnered in favour of the original Losties and their story. At least that’s how it’s looking to me as they’ve done so little with his character this season.

  16. Another thought on Anakin – maybe Sawyer’s line “who’s Anakin?” is meant to get us thinking about who really is the good guy who turns bad and then is redeemed.

    Sayid and Claire seem obvious for this, maybe even Jack although if he’s gone to the dark side there’s not much time to tell that story.

    Or is it about Jacob and MIB? Which of them is Anakin?

  17. BTD Greg wrote in the intro:

    This episode was mostly action and not a lot for easter eggs or hidden messages.

    How about that apple LA Sawyer (Adam) bit and offered to LA Kate (Eve)? Is there a cave in their future?

  18. How about that apple LA Sawyer (Adam) bit and offered to LA Kate (Eve)? Is there a cave in their future?

    Hmm. I’d be more convinced if Kate was offering the apple to Sawyer. I thought about the apple, but didn’t come up with anything. I really did like that scene, though.

  19. re the apple – just read that on a message board as well.

    I don’t think Sawyer and Kate will be Adam & Eve, but I do wonder if it was another little reminder about that point of the story, since it does appear we will be an answer on it.

    The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” also comes to mind, and Sawyer and Kate’s brief affair. She didn’t take the apple, leaving her clear to hook up with Dr Jack.

  20. Another vote for the Sawyer and Miles show!!

    It could be especially fun if Miles still has his ability to hear the final thoughts of the dead. Very Mentalist meets Starsky and Hutch, no?

  21. Has anyone considered the possibility that the Christian Jack saw off-island may have been . . . Jacob?

    Of course, the really big question remains: who was the Christian that spoke to Vincent immediately after the plane crash?

  22. The lost blog over at Vanity Fair made a few observations;

    Jeff Fahey – Burt Reynolds Connection
    Then there was Sawyer’s quip about poor Frank, saying he had “stepped off the set of a Burt Reynolds Movie.” No, not quite, but almost! Jeff Fahey, who plays Frank, starred in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1986 called “Enough Rope for Two.” That same season, Burt Reynolds directed an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents titled “Method Actor.” And that’s as close as they got, so take that Sawyer. As it happens, the director of the episode Fahey starred in was David Chase, who went on to create something called The Sopranos.

    Easter Egg
    Claire visits an adoption agency on the 15th floor. Yeah, that’s Sawyer’s number.

    And for fun
    Postulates that the Iceland volcano is a publicity stunt. I.E. All airflight shuts down due to a smoke monster on an island

    He also votes for a Miles/Sawyer cop show.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2010/04/lost-in-lost-did-smoke-monsterlocke-cause-eyjafjallajokull.html

  23. “I really would tune in for a show called Sawyer and Miles, LAPD. I’m just saying”

    (again) I would love to see a spin off show with Miles & Ford.

  24. I didn’t see this mentioned, but there isn’t a new Lost next week. So brace yourself for a repeat next week (Ab Aeterno, I think). Then the rollercoaster ride cranks up up for the last time in two weeks.

    Hard to believe only four episodes (five hours) left. Then TV will be dead to me.

  25. I didn’t see this mentioned, but there isn’t a new Lost next week. So brace yourself for a repeat next week (Ab Aeterno, I think). Then the rollercoaster ride cranks up up for the last time in two weeks.

    Huh. I didn’t realize. Somehow that slipped past me.

  26. Brian,
    Not you. My wife and I can’t stand her. Easily the most annoying, 1-dimensional character in the history of the show.

  27. Easily the most annoying, 1-dimensional character in the history of the show.

    Oh, but you’re forgetting Nikki and Paulo.

  28. Nikki and Paolo were fun – they served a purpose to provide us with a different perspective, a pause in a fast moving complicated story, and most of all, a payoff for Miles 🙂

    I’m annoyed that Zoe, the geophysicist, is the one charged with marching into the enemy camp and making demands. Widmore knows Smokey’s power, and he sends a geophysicist?

    I realize he might have second thoughts about sending mercenaries after Keamy killed everything in sight, but surely he would have chosen a better point person that her.

    Plus Keamy was rather hot all armed and dangerous.

  29. Has anyone considered the possibility that the Christian Jack saw off-island may have been . . . Jacob?

    There was long a theory that Christian dressed differently because there were two ghostly Christians.

    Of course if I was Jack I would have asked not-Locke why the hell he was killing off so many of the passengers. (Remember they first met smokey when he took out the pilot)

  30. Finally watched the episode. Not-Locke’s admission that he appeared as Christian Sheppard reminded me of the God/Satan theory where God is a Satanist and the Devil is a humanist. God won’t let you have your cake and eat it to, while the Devil will give humans everything they need to survive and have fun. The theory was the focus of The Devil’s Advocate.

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