In case you haven’t heard, we’re near the end. Just a few more hours of Lost next. My observations from tonight’s episode, and some other things, after the jump.
Links and miscellanea
- Pages from the series finale script have leaked on the internet. Google it if you’re interested because I’m not going to link it here. And please do not refer to any leaked information or spoilers beyond the most recent episode in the comments to this post.
- Here’s a Lost/BSG parody, if you’re into that sort of thing:
- The Hollywood Reporter has a video interview with Damon Lindelof about the Lost finale.
- Here’s a link to Wired’s excellent feature on Lost, but be warned that the photo at the top of the story may contain potential spoilers.
- ABC plans to re-air the pilot episode before the finale.
- Lost Slapdown episode 13:
- News reports say that Lost brought almost a quarter of a billion dollars to Hawaii during its run.
- Here’s a feature article about Terry O’Quinn from Baltimore Magazine.
Observations and speculations
- The episode opens with a convalescing Locke being attended to by Dr. Jack. Jack explains that Locke’s “dural sac” ruptured, but he got everything back where it belonged. This is a reference back to a speech that Jack gave to Kate in the very first episode:
Well, fear’s sort of an odd thing. When I was in residency, my first solo procedure was a spinal surgery on a 16 year old kid, a girl. And at the end, after 13 hours, I was closing her up and I, I accidentally ripped her dural sac. Shredded the base of the spine where all the nerves come together, membrane as thin as tissue. And so it ripped open. And the nerves just spilled out of her like angel hair pasta, spinal fluid flowing out of her and I â€¦ And the terror was just so â€¦ crazy. So real. And I knew I had to deal with it. So I just made a choice. I’d let the fear in, let it take over, let it do its thing, but only for five seconds, that’s all I was going to give it. So I started to count: One, two, three, four, five. Then it was gone. I went back to work, sewed her up and she was fine.
- When Jack tells Locke he thinks he’s “a candidate,” that was a nice touch.
- Next we see Jack waking up on an outrigger on the beach on Hydra island. Thanks to DWTS, we didn’t get a “previously on Lost” intro this week, so it took me a while to remember where we left off with Jack. Luckily, Sayid’s exposition is there to save the day. Jack was knocked unconscious by Widmore’s mortar, and Sayid rowed the boat to Hydra with Jack on board.
- Back at the actual Hydra station, Sawyer overpowers “Doughboy” (Seamus), the schlubbiest member of Team Widmore. Widmore has to point a Lugar at Kate to get Sawyer to comply and go back in the bear cage. Widmore claims he has a list, and Sawyer, Hurley and “the Kwons” are on it, but Kate is not. We can assume, then, that someone leaked the candidate list to him. We don’t know who exactly and Widmore’s allegiance–other than to himself–is indeterminate. He does seem to care about the candidates, though.
- Back in LA-X, we get a nice scene with Jack and Bernard. (An aside: Is it just me, or is it pretty strange that all the passengers remember their flight number? I don’t think I have ever remembered a flight number from a plane I’ve flown in longer than it took to collect my baggage.) Bernard is more than just a dentist, he’s also an oral surgeon. He’s also pretty perceptive when it comes to strange confluences of coincidence.
- Bernard tells Jack “I hope you find what you’re looking for.” This is yet another one of the oft-repeated phrases from Lost (although it doesn’t appear on Lostpedia’s list). Kate said it to Jack earlier this season on the island. Rose said it to John in LA-X when she was trying to set him up with employment.
- Jack tells Not-Locke, “They’re not my people.” It’s a tough phrase to parse. I think he means that he belongs to the island, and they don’t.
- Not-Locke tells Jack, “I could kill you, Jack. Right here, right now. And I could kill every single one of your friends.” He sells it, but we know he’s lying. Unfortunately, Jack does not.
- I was very grateful that Kate and Sawyer made not mention of bear cage sex. Some things are better left unsaid.
- Seamus appears to be taken out by Smokie, who slams him against the bear cage. After freeing his friends, Jack nods toward the Smoke Monster and says, “I’m with him.” Nice line.
- In LA-X, Jack Shepard visits Sun Palms Nursing Home, where Anthony Cooper lives as a resident, unable to walk or talk. Even though Det. James Ford is still on a personal vendetta to find and kill Cooper, it looks like that quest is pretty pointless now.
- Not-Locke makes quick work of a couple of Widmore’s men who are “making a show” of guarding the Ajira plane. Planning ahead, he takes the digital watch off of one of the men he killed. Not-Locke has MacGuyver-like skills with bomb-making.
- Unconscious, Locke mumbles island-specific phrases like “push the button,” and “I wish you had believed me.” Then Claire shows up. It’s almost a class reunion at St. Sebastian’s at this point. Jack gets an Apollo bar out of the hospital vending machine before talking to Claire. You might recall that Jack did the same thing right before encountering Jacob.
- Is it significant that in LA-X, Oceanic Airlines has still not turned up the body of Christian Shepard?
- Claire has a music box that Christian wanted her to have. It plays “Catch a Falling Star,” which is pretty much Claire’s theme song, but she doesn’t seem to recognize it or realize the significance of it. (Christian sang this song to her when she was a baby.) Jack and Claire have a mirror-looking moment when they are looking into the music box.
- Jack offers to let Claire stay with him. Which Jack thinks isn’t that creepy because they are family. Half brother and half sister. But then, so were Boone and Shannon. So, yeah.
- As soon as Not-Locke handed Jack the backpack, I suspected that he switched them, and that Jack was carrying the C4.
- Survivalist Claire is pretty good with a rifle.
- Sawyer, the former conman, is never trustful, always looking for a new angle, yet he gets played by Not-Locke. And Not-Locke is truly the anti-Locke. Locke himself was always getting victimized by people who were able to trick him.
- It’s interesting to not that both Not-Locke and Locke used C4 to blow up submarines. (Locke got his from the Flame Station.)
- I’m not sure why pulling both red wires would cause the digital watch to suddenly count down more quickly, but it did make for a nice dramatic moment. I was kind of hoping they’d figure out a way to shoot the bomb out of the torpedo shaft.
- Just before Sayid’s act of redeeming self-sacrifice, Sayid reveals that Desmond is not dead, but is still at the bottom of that well.
- The Kwon’s death scene was well done. In a way, it was comforting and touching to see them go out together. It would have been sad to see one have to go on without the other. It’s a shame that Ji Yeon had to be orphaned like that, though.
- This episode had a higher death count than any in recent memory.
- Back at LA-X St. Sebastian, as Locke is leaving the hospital, Jin walks buy with a bunch of white roses for Sun. Dr. Jack stops him and they talk. We then learn that Locke was not paralyzed by being pushed out of a building by Anthony Cooper, but was in a small plane crash, where he was the pilot. He didn’t want the surgery because of the survivor’s guilt he has from turning his father into a vegetable. But Jack counters, “whatever happened, happened,” a phrase that has popped up in nearly every episode this season, in addition to being an episode title last season.
- At the end of Jack’s conversation to Locke, he says, “I wishe you believed me” echoing the phrase that Locke muttered while unconscious. Locke seems to almost, but doesn’t quite, flash on his memory of the island.
- Kate, Hurley and Jack (plus a barely alive Sawyer) wash up on the beach and mourn their fallen friends. Exactly which beach they are on is not clear. It’s night now. It seems like mid-afternoon when the sub left the dock. Time sure seems to pass quickly on the island at times.
- Cut to the same night scene, with Claire and Not-Locke on the dock. Not-Locke’s Smokie sense is tingling. He knows somehow that the sub sunk and that not everyone died. Claire is actually kind of freaked out in a lucid way about this. The episode ends with Not-Locke going off “to finish what [he] started”–i.e., kill off the candidates for good.
This was a good episode. It moved quickly and the LA-X story line seems to be really coming together and about to pay off. We’ve got a more defined sense of what Smokie’s up to.
What did everyone think? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Did the deaths bother you? Anyone notice details I missed, or confirm any theories? Please post your thoughts in the comments below, but please avoid spoilers related to episodes that have not yet aired.