So, here we are at the penultimate episode of Lost, and the last one-hour episode before the series finale extravaganza this weekend. Hard to believe that next week at this time Lost will be over forever. Let’s discuss this next-to-last bit of the Island below.
“We’re very close to the end, Hugo.” – Jacob.
Just a friendly reminder: if you have spoilers about the Lost finale DO NOT post anything in the comments below.
Links and miscellanea
- Here’s a somewhat sentimental look from USA Today at what Lost has meant over the last six years.
- For the second time in as many week’s, I’m recommending Bill Simmons’ Sports Guy podcast. Thsi week he has an hour-long interview with Carlton Cuse, and Cuse is very candid about how Lost works and how it all came about.
- Here’s a piece comparing Lost to The Empire Strikes Back, which turns 30 (30!) this week.
- Here’s part one and part two of an interview with Cuse and Lindelof in Time Magazine. Surely these guys must be the most interviewed TV writers of all time at this point.
- You might want to work a Lost tour into your next trip to Hawaii.
- Malcolm David Kelley (Walt) apparently stayed calm during a scary break-in at his house.
- A letter from George Lucas: “Don’t tell anyone … but when ‘Star Wars’ first came out, I didn’t know where it was going either. The trick is to pretend you’ve planned the whole thing out in advance. Throw in some father issues and references to other stories — let’s call them homages — and you’ve got a series.”
- Last week’s episode was a polarizing one for fans, and Damon Lindelof says he doesn’t mind that. I have to admit that although I’m generally a Lost apologist, I found myself on the negative side on that one. But this week’s mostly made up for it.
- Hundreds of iconic props from Lost are going to be going up for auction soon.
- The Frisky wrote a list of her top 8 things she won’t miss about Lost (it’s more fair than it sounds).
- Lost Slap Down ep. 15 (featuring the Swedish Chef!):
Observations and speculations
- One disclaimer before I begin: I awoke this morning at around 4:30 am. By the time I finish this post, I will probably have been up close to 22 hours straight. Yesterday, I was up at 3:30. I refuse to be responsible for any of the typos and incoherence that follows. Thank you.
- Once again, the episode begins with an extreme close-up of Jack’s eye. Only this time it’s LA-X Jack. Once again, a bleeding scar has opened on Jack’s neck, and Jack looks in the mirror unable to figure it out.
- I probably in the minority in that I don’t really care who David’s mother is, but it looks like we’ll get to see during the ill-fated concert. By the way, it looks like the concert at the museum will be quite a reunion: Jack, Mrs. Jack, Miles Straum, Charlotte Lewis, Pierre Change, Kate and Desmond will all be there. Sawyer may show up as well.
- Jack and David are eating a breakfast cereal called “Super Bran.” That’s an anagram for “beans purr.” I’m just sayin’.
- I’m not sure how Desmond knew about Jack’s missing dad-corpse. But apparently, his agenda involves bringing strong emotions to the surface of the Oceanic 815 passengers, and by doing that, making them realize that LA-X is a false reality. Also, Desmond’s American accent is kind of funny.
- The scene on the beach with Jack sewing up Kate’s wound mirrors the scene in the pilot in which Kate sewed up Jack’s wound.
- It’s nice to see the murderous side of Kate again.
- Is it bad that I kind of wanted Desmond to run over Locke all over again? Yes. Yes, it is.
- I love that LA-X Ben threatened Desmond with a “citizen’s arrest,” the threat of officious do-gooders everywhere. The key piece of dialogue from this scene, of course, was “I’m not here to hurt him. I’m here to help him let go.”
- Finally, we get back to the Richard-Miles-Ben faction, on their way to Dharmaville to pick up some C4 to blow up the plane.
- Nice Miles line: “Well, I lived in these houses 30 years before you did. Otherwise known as last week.”
- The first of many creepy-good moments in this episode was when Miles comes upon the site of Alex’s unmarked grave. Very well done. Also important for psychologically priming Ben for the death of Charles Widmore.
- Another great Miles line: “What’s that? A secreter room?” Ben replies, “It’s where I was told I could summon the monster. That’s before I realized that it was the one summoning me.” Who told Ben that? These lines seem to support the theory that the “Jacob” that Ben thought he was serving was the Man-in-Black all along.
- Richard wants to blow the plane to hell. Remember that just a few days ago, Richard thought the plane, and everything or one else on the island was already in hell.
- Widmore says to Ben, “You shoot me, and your last chance for survival will be gone.” I think from that we can infer that by the end of the episode, Ben’s last chance for survival is gone.
- We learn that Widmore was the one who rigged the plane with C4. At that moment, Widmore and Ben were working toward the same goal.
- Jacob visited Widmore and “convinced [him] the error of [his] ways.” So Widmore was not an ally of Jacob when he sent the freighter to the island, but has since changed.
- In LA-X, Ben finally has his very own staring-in-to-the-mirror-with-existential-doubt moment.
- The odd thing about LA-X is that there seems to be one hospital, one police precinct, and one museum. Of course, that could be 50% island mojo and 50% Desmond’s meddling.
- When Desmond turns himself in to Dets. Sawyer and Miles, he sounds exactly like a sociopath. But we know he’s not really.
- On island, we have a remorseful Sawyer, which isn’t that much fun, except to note how much Josh Holloway has grown as an actor.
- Another good creepy scene involved Young Jacob appearing to Hurley and begging for the satchel of his ash back. Apparently, as long as the ash remains, some form of Jacob will also remain.
- I guess I never realized before how close Dharmaville must be to Pala Ferry dock. Zoe is able to go back and forth from the dock to the village in just a few minutes.
- Miles takes off into the jungle, but not before Ben manages to get Widmore and Zoe’s walkie talkies from them and give one to Miles. No doubt this will become strategically important at some point soon.
- Richard gets taken out in a very sudden blast of Smoke Monster. Is he dead, or just roughed up? Presumably, Richard is still immortal. I have a feeling this is not the last we see of him.
- Classic Ben line: “Can I get you a glass of lemonade.” Not quite up there with “You guys got any milk?” but in a similar vein.
- There’s not a lot more menacing that watching Not-Locke clean his fingernails with Locke’s big old knife. Not-Locke promises to let Ben have the island when he leaves, provided Ben kills some people for him. (Apparently, Smokie’s prohibition on killing candidates is still in place.) Ben seems up for it. He’s always wanted the island above all else, so this makes sense.
- Alex calls Ben “like, the nicest guy ever”—proof, if proof was needed, that the LA-X universe is completely out of whack.
- Ben ends up going to Chez Rousseau for Coq-au-vin night. Danielle insists on Ben coming over to their house “even if we have to kidnap you.” (Remember that Ben was the one who actually kidnapped Baby Alex from Rousseau on the island.) The budding relationship between Dr. Linus and Not-Crazy Rousseau was creepy and not in a good way.
- Dr. Linus is the closest thing to a father Alex has ever had. Which is true both on the island, and in LA-X.
- Not-Locke to Ben: “Wait out here. You don’t need to see this.” Ben: “I want to see this.” On the island, Ben, in case you forgot, is mostly pure evil.
- Is it bad of me that I actually cheered out loud when Not-Locke slashed Zoe’s throat? Yes. Yes, it is.
- Not-Locke threatens to kill Penny unless Widmore tells him why he came to the island. But he gives him his “word” that he won’t if Widmore just talks. I don’t think the word of a Smoke Monster is actually worth much.
- Ben: “Did you say there were some other people to kill?”
- Another weird time-shift scene. In broad daylight, Hurley chases Young Jacob and finds Jacob sitting by a fire. Jacob tells Hurley to go get his friends and bring them back. They can’t be too far because it’s only been a few minutes. But when Hurley returns, it’s looks like the middle of the night.
- The scene with Jacob, Hurley, Jack, Sawyer and Kate was about as much exposition as we’ve ever gotten from Lost. Although I didn’t dig “Across the Sea,” knowing that story did help inform this scene a lot.
- Kate demands to know that Sayid and Sun and Jin “didn’t die for nothing.” And yet, they really were basically just pawns in Jacob’s own game of senet.
- In LA-X, Locke goes to meet Jack and tell him that he’s changed his mind about the surgery that can make him walk again. Jack tells Locke, “I think you’re mistaking coincidence for fate.” This is a callback to a line that Mr. Eko had in season 2: “Don’t mistake coincidence for fate.”
- Jacob says that because of the “mistake” he made a very long time ago, “There’s a very good chance that you, and everyone you’ve ever cared about is going to die.” We’ve heard variations of this line multiple times in relation to what happens if the Smoke Moster wins.
- Jacob reveals that he’s the one who made the Smoke Monster “that way.” This seems to foreclose the “Man-in-Black didn’t become the Smoke Monster, the Smoke Monster became the Man-in-Black” theory. Too bad, because I liked that theory.
- Sawyer, “I was doing just fine before you dragged my ass to this damn rock.” Jacob: “No you weren’t.” Exactly. Now we know why we have such a deeply flawed group of protagonists. It wasn’t an accident. These people were “alone … looking for something that you couldn’t find out there.” In a word, they were lost.
- We know that Jacob crossed Kate’s name off the wall because she became a mother (to Aaron). Jacob claims that the fact that he crossed her name out is really not that significant.
- Jacob wants the candidates to choose to replace him of their own free will. Jack steps up, as we knew he would. I wonder, though, what that means for the safety of Jack’s friends. As soon as he takes on the position of island protector, they are no longer candidates, which may make them vulnerable.
- Good Sawyer line (despite Kate’s disapproval): “And I thought that guy had a god complex before.”
- Jacob tells Jack that the “heart of the island,” the light, is past the bamboo field, over a ridge. But it’s hidden from view for everyone but the island’s protector.
- Jacob performs a couple of rituals. First, he mutters Latin words over a cup of water, then uses it to wash his hands. He’s relinquishing his role as the island’s protector. Next he whispers some Latin over the cup, and gives it to Jack to drink. Jack hesitates, but then drinks it down. You can tell by the expression on his face that something is suddenly very different for him. He’s a Jacob-like demi-god.
- Coincidence upon coincidence in LA-X (or is it fate?), Sayid, Desmond and Kate are all shipped off to County at the same time. With the help of Ana Lucia, a dirty cop, they all escape.
- Hurley shows up and pays off Ana Lucia with $125,000 in cash. He also gives Desmond his Camero, the one that his father fixed up with him shortly before he took off. Desmond makes Kate his date, hands her a strapless dress and tells her he’s going to a concert (at the museum, no doubt). Why is it men are always trying to dress Kate up against her will?
- Not-Locke may like the feeling of his feet hitting the ground, but I bet if he had flown off in a cloud of smoke to the well, no one would have beat him there.
- The well that was dry when Desmond was thrown into it now has water in it. (And, of course, no Desmond.)
- In the last reveal of the episode, Not-Locke tells Ben that he’s going to get Desmond and do what he can’t do by himself: destroy the island. (I wonder if it occurred to him that this would be clearly going back on his promise to Ben.)
I liked this episode. Lots of answers, lots of action, and a whole lot of movement. It’s still strange to think that everything that remains to be told of the story of Lost will be shown in a super-sized two-and-a-half-hour episode. But here we are.
This episode should be a good talker, so get to it. What do you think now about everything?