Lost: Down the Hatch – The Long Goodbye
“What They Died For” Recap and Analysis …
Previously, on Lost: Sawyer screwed the pooch on the sub, sabotaging Shephard’s straight-shooting speech and subsequently sending Sayid towards suicide. The sub shook and shimmied and Shephard saved Sawyer, while Sun and her suitor sucked seawater and said sayonara. Shephard and the sole survivors soon sobbed.
This week, on Lost: As many a time before over the past six seasons, we open on an eye. Jack’s, to be exact. We soon see that he’s not waking up in a jungle, or trapped inside a Dharma aquarium, or bearded and hopped up on goofballs. No, this is AlternaJack, and he’s got quite the life, now. It’s morning in LA X, and Dr. Shephard makes his way to the bathroom. Once there, he notices something very peculiar, indeed.
Dude, you really need to stop eating PB&J in bed.
Little Jack Jr. interrupts his pop and says he’s made breakfast. They sit down to a big ol’ hearty bowl of Super Bran and it becomes quite obvious how Jack got his neck wound – he probably blew out a vein in the bathroom after all that fiber. David asks his dad if he’s coming to the concert tonight, and Jack says absozooberutely.
Soon, not-so-crazy AlternaClaire waddles out and they all have a shiny, happy family moment before the phone rings. Jack picks it up and a voice informs him that Oceanic has found his lost luggage – in other words, Papa Shephard has finally reached port. Jack says thanks and we are soon treated to the identity of the voice on the other end of the line – Desmond, who speaks American pretty darn well.
Meanwhile, over on Island Prime, it’s morning on the beach and Jack is pulling some stitching out of his underwear in order to sew up Kate’s wounded shoulder. Sawyer is up and about, and sits a bit dazed on the beach with Hurley. Kate grimaces and mourns for the Kwons while getting her stitches, saying that Jin hadn’t even met his little girl yet. “Locke did this to them,” says Kate, gritting her teeth in a slight snarl. “We have to kill him, Jack.”
To be such a pretty girl, Kate sure can make some messed up faces.
Jack calmly looks down at his patient, nods his head slowly and simply says, “I know.” Awwww yeah!
Cue the swirling Lost!
With Kate all stitched up, the four survivors stand solemnly on the beach and watch the debris from the sub wash ashore. Kate leans her head on Sawyer’s shoulder. Jack breaks the silence and says that they should head to the well that Sayid told them about before he pulled an Arzt. Inside that well is Desmond, and if Locke needs him, says Jack, then they’re gonna need him. They all mount up and move out.
Back in LA X, Desmond is in his POS rental again, checking out the school parking lot. AlternaLocke is back in action, and some students welcome him back as he rolls across the lot. Desmond starts up the car, but Dr. Linus flings himself across the hood, yelling bloody murder. Desmond gets out of the car and proceeds to beat the ever-loving snot out of Benjamin – as usual – saying that he’s not there to hurt Locke, he’s there to help him let go. During the beatdown, Ben gets a flash or two of times in another life, brutha where he is getting a similar ass kicking at the hands of the Scot.
I half-expected Desmond to start belting out “Singing in the Rain.” Too obscure, my droogs?
Desmond hightails it out of there, leaving Dr. Linus beaten, bloodied and bewildered.
Let’s stick around LA X for awhile and see what shenanigans ensue, shall we?
Smoking Stinks. Hah, get it? God, I love the set designers on this show.
AlternaBen gets all patched up in the nurse’s office. She makes the mistake of calling him Mr. Linus, and he quickly corrects her that it’s Doctor Linus, showing a tiny bit of the Island Prime prick we’ve all come to know and love. She runs and grabs an ice pack, and Locke wheels in, wanting to know what happened. Ben fills him in about the beatdown, about Desmond, and most importantly about the feeling. Locke tries to call the police, but Ben stops him, telling John what Desmond said – that he was trying to get Locke to let go. John is stunned. “Does that mean something to you?” asks Ben. Locke puts his phone away.
Over at LAXPD headquarters, Desmond walks in and asks to see a detective. They take him over to Detective Ford and Des turns himself in for the hit and run and, more recently, the assault and battery that occurred earlier that morning. Sawyer books him and throws him in the hoosegow with Sayid and Kate. What a coincidence! Desmond is very pleased, indeed, wishing both Freckles and the Iraqi a good day with a wry smile.
Later that day, Ben’s leaving school for the day and bumps into Alex. She says that he shouldn’t drive because he only has one arm and looks a bit like Napoleon. Yeah, Dynamite. Zing! He says she has a point and they mosey over to the car where Alex asks her mom if it’s okay if teach tags along for awhile. But of course, says Danielle Rousseau, looking decidedly non-crazy and very happy to see Benjamin. The two even invite Ben over for dinner since it’s coq au vin night – you know, since coq au vin is the only thing that French people know how to cook.
“We insist, even if we have to kidnap you.” AlternaDanielle is funny, pretty and charming. It’s amazing what happens when you actually run a brush through your hair every other year.
Over at chateau Rousseau, things are going swimmingly. While Alex does her homework, Danielle and Ben get better acquainted over dishes. Ben asks about Alex’s father, and Danielle tells him that he died when she was two. It’s also probably the reason why she’s so attached to Ben, since he’s taken a real interest in her. He’s the closest thing to a father she’s ever had. Ben looks in on Alex as she studies and gets a bit choked up. Danielle asks if he’s okay, but Ben plays it off, saying it’s probably just the onions. Danielle says that she’ll put in less next time. Ben laughs as if to say “Oh, that’s funny,” and then the light dawns and he looks up as if to say “OHHHHH hell yeah.” Get you some, Ben.
Over at the hospital, Jack is doing some paperwork in his office. John Locke comes wheeling in, and Jack is glad to see him, but wants to know what he can do for John. Locke pauses for a moment and then lays it all out – they were both on Oceanic 815, Jack gave him his card, John threw it away, John gets hit by a car, he happens to get Jack as a surgeon, Jack wants to fix Locke, Locke doesn’t want to get fixed, yadda yadda yadda. All that’s great, says John, but check this crap out: the moron who ran him down earlier showed up at the school today and beat the snot out of Benjamin Linus and told Ben that he wasn’t there to hurt Locke, he was there to help him let go – the exact same thing that Jack said to John the last time they saw each other.
Jack is a bit confused, and thinks that John is suggesting that Jack sent Desmond to run Locke down in the first place. Locke quickly denies that and stumbles a bit before suggesting that all of this is truly happening for a reason … maybe all this is just a sign, pointing out that Jack is supposed to fix him. Jack, still maintaining some of his obstinance even in LA X, says that perhaps John is mistaking coincidence for fate.
The only thing missing from this smile is an orange peel.
Call it whatever the hell you want, says John – but he’s pretty sure he’s ready to get out of that chair. Jack smiles.
Over at LAXPD, it’s time for the prisoners to be transferred to county lockup. Sawyer bids them farewell, but lingers by Freckles’ cage. She makes one more play, acting all cute and charming and asking Sawyer to let her go, but he can’t do that – he’s a cop. “Nice knowing you,” says James, walking away, but still looking back over his shoulder at the brunette he just can’t seem to get off his mind.
Desmond, Sayid and Kate are bouncing around in the back of the paddy wagon, when Desmond speaks up: “I think it’s time to leave.” Kate wants to know who Desmond is, and Sayid says that Des is a crazy person. Crazy or not, says Des, it doesn’t matter – they all still want to get out of there. Kate asks if Des is just going to ask the driver to stop, but Des says that the driver already knows where to stop – and when that happens, Kate and Sayid have to promise that they’ll do what Desmond asks of them. Sayid says “Oh, absolutely” and they all laugh a little, and Des asks Kate, and she says sure, and they all grin. That’s about the time the van slows to a stop and all of a sudden Kate and Sayid aren’t smiling any more. The back of the van pops open and a familiar face peers in.
I’m fairly certain that Michelle Rodriguez has been on the flip side of this scenario more than a couple of times.
Ana Lucia wants her money or else she’s gonna have to shoot them all as if they were trying to escape – or as if they were all Maggie Grace. Desmond tells her to keep her pantyhose on, that his guy will be there soon. She lets them out and uncuffs them, and soon Desmond’s guy is there. It’s Hurley. He’s sorry he’s late, dude … and he’s also shocked that Ana Lucia is there. “Do I know you, tubby?” she asks. Hurley says no, that they’ve never met, then hands her an envelope full of cash and she splits. Hurley asks if she’s going with them, but Des says that she’s “not ready yet.” Awesome.
Hurley brought along his Camaro for Desmond – the same one he smashed through the fruit stand back in season five, only this is the AlternaCamaro. Desmond says excellent, and asks if Hurley knows where he’s taking Sayid. Absolutely says Hugo. Des says they should get going and that Kate is coming with him. Kate gets her best scrunchy face on …
… and wants to know what Desmond means. Des nonchalantly pulls a little black dress out of the trunk of the Camaro and tells Kate that they are going to a concert. Kate takes the dress, perplexed, and Desmond opens the passenger door. “Let’s go!” grins the Scot.
Thus concludes this portion of the adventures in LA X. To be continued Sunday!
Meanwhile, on Island Prime, we finally learn what Richard, Miles and Ben have been up to – apparently trekking through the jungle toward New Otherton. That is one long hike, let me tell you. And to top it all off, Ben says that they’re taking a shortcut! That has to be an in-joke. Speaking of jokes, Miles questions Ben’s directions and he says to trust him, that he lived in these houses for a very long time. Oh yeah? quips Miles. “Well, I lived in these houses 30 years before you did – otherwise known as ‘last week’.” Greatest line of the episode, by far.
The trio soon exit the Jungle of Mystery and head onto main street of New Otherton, making their way toward Ben’s bungalow. Miles’s dead Spidey sense starts tingling, and he pauses and kneels by a patch of ground. Ben wants to know what’s up, but Miles doesn’t think he should say anything. Richard says it for him – it’s Alex. He buried her there after Keamy blew her away and Ben left the Island after turning the great wheel. “Thank you, Richard,” says Ben solemnly.
The trio enter Ben’s bungalow and Ben opens up his secret room behind the bookcase, entering, and shoving some clothes out of the way. Miles notices the stone door covered in heiroglyphs and asks “What’s that? A secreter room?” Okay, I lied, that is the best line of the episode. Anyways, Ben explains that it’s where he was told he could summon the monster, but little did he know it was the monster that was summoning him. Lesson learned, Ben – smoking stinks.
Ben opens up his secret safe and peers inside. The C4 he stashed there a while back is still intact. He asks Richard if they intend to cripple the plane or blow it all to hell. Blow it to hell, says Richard. Better take it all, then, says Ben.
Mmmmm, brownies. That’s Good Eats. (That’s a little Alton Brown humor there for the four of you who might actually get that joke.)
They shove the C4 into Richard’s knapsack – no need to treat it gingerly like old Black Rock dynamite – when they hear a noise in the kitchen. They investigate. It’s Zoe. Ben wants to know who the hell she is, but Widmore soon pops out and says she’s with him. “Hello, Benjamin,” says the old bastard with a grin. “May I come in?”
Chuck pours himself a glass of water and tells Ben to put the gun down. He then gives Zoe orders to head to the dock, get the equipment, and sink the outrigger. Ben says that she’s going nowhere, but Charles warns him that if he shoots him, Ben’s chances of surviving on the Island are very slim. He then sends his lackey off to do her chores.
Ben wants to know how Chuck got back to the Island, and Widmore tells him that Jacob invited him. Ben says that Chuck’s pants are certainly on fire because there’s no way that Charles has seen Jacob. Uh huh, have to, says Chuck – Jacob appeared to him soon after they blew the freighter all to hell, and he told Chuck everything he needed to know to fulfill his purpose.
They’re interrupted by Zoe on the walkie, informing them all that Locke has landed at the dock and he’s hightailing it up to New Otherton. Run back, says Chuck. She does. Chuck suggests that they all, you know, hide.
Out in the Jungle of Mystery, Jack and company are trekking toward the well. Sawyer takes a metaphorical seat on the analysts couch and asks Jack if he really killed everyone on the sub. No, says Jack – he killed them. He being Locke, of course.
Hurley and Kate take up the rear, and Hurley soon stops, seeing young Island Matt Damon off in the brush. Kate asks if he’s okay, and Hurley says he’s fine. She walks off. Hurley turns around and jumps at the sight of the young boy. The boy demands the ashes in Hurley’s pocket, and he pulls them out, asking what the boy wants them for. The boy wastes no time, grabbing the pouch and running off into the jungle. Hurley gives chase.
Not to be cruel, but if Hurley’s been carrying that bag around in his pocket for several days, is little Jacob even sure he wants his ashes anymore?
Hugo comes upon a clearing. Jacob’s there. Hurley asks if Jacob saw a little boy run by with his ashes. Jacob explains that his ashes are there in the fire, and that when it all burns out then he’ll never see Jacob again. Hurley is perplexed, as are most of us – but these are the rules of the Island. Jacob says that he should run off and gather his friends, because they are very near the end. Yes, we are, Jacob.
Back in New Otherton, Zoe shows up and she and Chuck make a break for the secret room. Ben, however, wants to stay and confront the monster because he’s gonna find him sooner or later. Miles thinks these are both wonderful plans, but he plans to exit stage left – right quick and in a hurry. Before he goes, he grabs Chuck’s walkies and hands Miles one – just in case he needs the Asian for any reason. Chuck tells them all that they’re gonna die and Ben says that he guesses this is goodbye. Chuck and Zoe hide in the closet.
Ben asks Richard if he’d like to wait outside for the inevitable, and Richard says that he’ll just talk to Locke – that he knows this man and all he wants is for Richard to join him, and by talking, it might buy the rest of them time. Good luck with that, says Miles, as he hauls ass out the door and into the Jungle of Mystery.
Outside, Richard walks slowly through the Dharma compound. Ben watches from a distance. It’s not long before we hear the clickety cricket sound, and the battle horn of Ol’ Smokey sounds off and soon Richard has a face full of smoke monster. Ol’ Smokey sends Richard rocketing to the moon, and leaves Ben standing there, staring, his face full of shock and awe.
Dude, weren’t you paying attention when we were saying that “smoking stinks?”
Hrm … guess not. See you around, Ricardus.
Ben slowly walks over to his porch and takes a seat and waits. He doesn’t have to wait long, as MiB comes around the corner and takes a seat next to Ben, telling him that Ben is just the man he’s looking for. “Well, you found me,” says Ben quietly. “Can I get you a glass of lemonade?”
MiB sits and picks at his fingernails with his favorite, large hunting knife. “I need you to kill a whole bunch of people,” explains Locke. And if Ben does kill a whole bunch of people, he can have the Island all to himself when MiB leaves the Island. Sounds good to Ben. MiB inquires about the outrigger, and Ben fills him in on Widmore – even going so far as to tell him that ol’ Chuck is inside, hiding in Ben’s secret closet.
The duo head inside, and Ben opens up the closet for MiB. He warns Locke that Chuck’s ladyfriend is armed, but he guesses that’s not a problem for Ol’ Smokey. As Ben opens the door, MiB tells him to wait outside, that Ben doesn’t need to see this. Oh, but Ben really wants to see this. MiB seems a tad impressed.
The door opens and the light goes up, and Zoe and Charles are standing there like two little kids, suddenly caught before olly olly oxen free has been called. MiB says howdy and declares that it’s nice that he and Chuck can talk face to face without those pesky sonic fences in the way. MiB turns to Zoe and asks who she is. She starts to answer, but Chuck stops her, telling her not to talk to MiB. Ol’ Smokey doesn’t really take kindly to that, so he whips out his pigsticker and slits her throat. She collapses in Widmore’s arms.
When thinking of a caption for this, my fevered brain could only repeat over and over – “Big Mac, Filet o’ Fish, Quarter Pounder, french fries, icy Coke, thick shake, sundaes and apple pies!” I wish I could explain, but it is a dark and wondrous place up there.
“Why’d you do that?” pleads Chuck.
“You told her not to talk to me, that made her pointless,” says MiB, flatly.
It’s clear to MiB that Charles is not afraid to die, so there’s really only one way to motivate someone like that – once he gets off the Island, states MiB, the first thing he’s going to do is find Chuck’s daughter, Penny, and kill her. Chuck doesn’t much like that, but he also believes that MiB will kill her whether he talks to Smokey or not. MiB gives Chuck his word that he won’t, as long as Widmore tells MiB why he came back to the Island.
Chuck ponders for a moment, and then spills the beans. He explains that he brought Des back to the Island because he’s got this funky resistance to electromagnetism, and the Scot is a measure of last resort. MiB doesn’t quite understand, but Chuck says he’s not going to tell the old smoke monster anything in front of Ben. Ben hovers at the door, but then slowly turns around and shuffles slowly away. MiB suggests that Chuck whisper the secret to him, and so he does, leaning in and saying something under his breath that sounds an awful lot like “watermelon watermelon watermelon.”
And then Ben blows ol’ Chuck Widmore away.
RIP Charles Widmore. Cause of death: Lead poisoning.
Ben leans up against the door jamb. “He doesn’t get to save his daughter,” says Benjamin. How delightfully vengeful. MiB remarks that Ben never ceases to amaze him, and that, fortunately, Chuck had already told MiB everything he needed to know, so no harm done. “Good,” says Ben, glancing at the floor. “Did you say that there were some other people to kill?” Dude, even in the face of damnation you are still the man.
Out in the Jungle of Mystery, it’s nightfall, and Hurley has gathered Jack, Kate and Sawyer and taken them back to see Jacob. And see him they do – all of them. Somehow burning his magic ashes enabled all of them to see the dead protector. Soon, secrets of the Island start coming out, as most secrets this season have tended to – while seated around a campfire, making s’mores. To make a long story short, Jacob screwed up when he tossed his little brother down a hole and created a monster, and ever since then that monster has been trying to kill him. He knew that someday the monster would figure out how to make Jacob pine for the fjords and so Jacob needed to secure a replacement. Hence, the Candidates.
“… and then the police called and said to grab the kids and run because THE CALL IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!”
All of this doesn’t sit too well with Sawyer, and he says that Jacob had no right – that James was doing just fine before Jacob came along and starting mucking about. Jacob calls Sawyer on his B.S., telling them all that they were flawed and lonely before coming to the Island, and their time there has made them realize how much they need the place, as much as it needs them. All part of the process, I suppose. Kate asks why her name was crossed off. Because she became a mother, says Jacob, but it’s just a name in chalk – the job can still be hers if she wants it. Nice bit of creative cover-up there, if you ask me.
Jack asks for details about the job, and Jacob explains about protecting the light at the heart of the Island. He says that they have to protect it from the monster, and do what it is that he failed to do. So, basically you want us to kill him, says Jack. Yup, because if you don’t, he’s certainly going to kill all of you, says Jacob.
Hurley wants to know how Jacob is going to pick, but Jacob says he’s not going to – it’s up to those four to decide, and if they don’t, things are going to end very badly.
Before anyone else has a chance to respond, Jack raises his hand and goes “Ooh ooh! Pick me, pick me!” as if he was getting to be captain of the football team, not guarding the grail for then next millennia. It’s what he’s meant to do, states Jack. Well, duh, says we.
Jacob takes Jack out to a creek and tells Jack that the heart of the Island is out past the bamboo field that Jack woke up in when he first came to the Island. Jack says there’s nothing out there, but Jacob knows there is – and now Jack will be able to find it. Jacob asks for a cup from Jack and while he’s fishing around in his pack, Jacob pulls some water out of the creek and says some latin mumbo jumbo over it. He then takes the cup, dips it in the water and hands it to Jack. Drink up, he says. Jack wants to know how long he’s going to have to do the job. “As long as you can,” says Jacob.
Two guys, one cup.
Jack raises the cup and downs the whole thing. As he lowers the cup, his countenance changes, ever so slightly. He raises his eyes to Jacob, as if a sudden realization has come over him. Jacob smiles. “Now you’re like me.”
Further out in the Jungle of Mystery, Locke and Ben walk toward the well. Ben asks an excellent question – if Locke can just turn to smoke and fly around, why does he bother walking? Locke tells Ben that he likes the feel of his feet on the ground – it reminds him that he was human.
For this week’s episode-inspired drink recipe (the next to last one ever), I thought it would be appropriate to give us a little something special we could all sip for, well, an eternity. Trust me on this one – this is a delicious golden concoction that you’ll want to protect with your life for a very, very long time.
THE GRAIL CUP
Grab a simple cup from your pack – perhaps even something suitable for a carpenter – and fill it with ice. Combine the honey liqueur, sweet tea vodka, fresh tea and lemon juice, grab your special cup and swirl the elixir about, inhaling its intoxicating, life-infused aroma. Drink deeply. Repeat until you feel like you could live a thousand years.
The two soon clear the jungle and approach the well. Locke peers over the edge, telling Ben that this was the well he flung Desmond Hume into a few episodes back. Locke sent Sayid to kill Desmond, but obviously the Iraqi failed to do his job. Ben notices a rope leading down. “Looks like someone helped him out,” he says.
“No, Ben, someone helped me out, ” says Locke, taking a seat on the edge of the stone well.
This intrigues Ben and he asks what Chuck said to Locke before he died. Locke tells Ben that Widmore said Desmond was a failsafe – a backup plan set in motion by Jacob in case Locke was able to kill all the candidates. Ben is stumped, and asks Locke why he’s so happy that Desmond is still alive. The monster explains: because he’s going to find Desmond, and when he does, he’s going to get Desmond to do the one thing that the could never do himself. He’s going to destroy the Island.
Guess that means Ben doesn’t get to keep the Island all to himself.
Typically, the transition episodes just before the finales of Lost tend to be a bit disjointed, and often filled with a lot of “let’s go here, while they go there,” that plays out rather slowly. It’s an inevitable, but necessary, part of the production process, setting things up for the big climax. This episode was, indeed, a transition episode – but unlike many of its predecessors, I thought it kicked some major butt. We saw the return of badass Ben, Ol’ Smokey snuffed out another major recurring character that we all thought might play a more important role in the scheme of things, and the happenings over in LA X ratcheted up to an awesome high. I have to admit that I’m far more excited and intrigued by what’s going on over in the alternaverse than I am on Island Prime right now, and that’s okay. As long as I’m on the edge of my seat about something then Lost is still doing its job.
There’s not a whole lot of analysis this week since everything that’s happened is pretty much prologue, but I have a few thoughts rattling around. Let’s get to it!
THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY
It appears as though AlternaHurley has quite the grasp on the happenings of Island Prime because he remembers Ana Lucia quite well. He’s gone far beyond just the few flashes he had when he and Libby had their picnic on the beach. Does he remember everything from his alternate life? Has Hurley’s two conscious minds merged somehow? Perhaps both Hurley and Desmond know what’s at stake – that there is a chance that the reality of LA X could be wiped out forever if actions aren’t taken.
If what we’ve seen recently about the light going out is true, and Ol’ Smokey is ultimately trying to destroy the Island, he is threatening everyone’s very existence. Jacob even said so himself this episode, pointing out to them all when they were telling campfire stories that they and everyone they know and love could be wiped out if Smokey succeeds in his plans. Since Desmond, and possibly Hurley, have the added advantage of knowing what’s happening/has happened/will happen in the alternate timeline, they are free to try and intervene by getting everyone together in LA X and making something happen.
“Let’s see, it’s just about butt-kick o’clock, so we’d better get moving.”
I’m not yet sure what that something is just yet, but I’d bet good money it has to do with the Island. Perhaps Jack fails to protect Island Prime, or he sacrifices himself in order to put an end to Smokey but it also sacrifices the Island. If this is true, then the only way to truly save “reality” is for AlternaDesmond and crew to somehow relight the fire at the heart of the Island. Right now the Island is at the bottom of the Pacific, so that might be a tad difficult. It could involve another submarine and some sort of kick-ass, James Bond-like underwater endeavor. Or perhaps there’s a portal to the Island somewhere in the world; if there’s an “exit” in the Tunisian desert, there may possibly be an “entrance” somewhere else.
These scenarios are very far-fetched speculation at this point, but it’s fun to think about how many ways the finale may play out. Have you all got some crazy ideas of your own? Let’s hear them!
OH, THE HUMANITY
So, Ol’ Smokey can be reminded of his humanity, can he/she/it? I’m speaking, of course, of Locke’s comment to Ben that he prefers to walk than fly about as a wisp of smoke. That can mean one of two things – one, that smokey was human at some point, or two, that he has assumed human form for so long that he feels and believes that he was once human. Either way, this bit of information could be used against him. In his human form, we haven’t witnessed any extraordinary strength – we only know that he appears to be impervious to bullets. If Jack and Co. can manage to keep Smokey in his Locke form – convince him that he should face them all like a man – then they could have a shot at taking down the smoke monster once and for all.
How can they take down an ancient smoke monster that has super strength and is seemingly impervious to harm? I’m glad you asked.
We all know that Ol’ Smokey is susceptible to sound, hence the sonic fences. I would imagine anything that is able to disperse and disrupt the particles that make up his semi-corporeal form would also do the trick. Hence, the shit-ton of C4 that Ben took out of his safe. Remember way back in the finale for season one when Smokey tried to drag Locke down into a Cerberus vent? Sure you do.
Ah, memories. So why was Ol’ Smokey trying to drag Locke away so soon, if he was just going to use him later? That’s a discussion that could drive us all mad.
Anyways, in order to “save” Locke when that happened, Kate threw a piece of the Black Rock dynamite back behind Smokey. When it went off, that seemed to upset the smoke monster, he released his grip on Locke and then took off into the Jungle of Mystery. Whether it was the actual explosion or simply the massive sonic shockwave that seemed to disrupt Smokey doesn’t really matter – the explosion made him let go and run away like a scared rabbit.
Now, let’s imagine that Smokey can be convinced to stay in Locke’s form for a final stand, and make sure that stand is right on top of a whole heap of C4. I imagine that if it that much C4 was detonated point blank on Smokey, the resulting blast would shred anything even remotely corporeal, and the sonic shockwave would scatter his semi-corporeal form halfway across the Pacific. But that’s just a theory.
One final downfall Ol’ Smokey that may be a final piece in the puzzle: despite all the death and destruction that he can wreak, Smokey seems to always have the need for a doomed lackey to do all his dirty work. At the end, it’s Ben again. Ben who has nothing to lose anymore. Ben who has taken care of his need for vengeance and now needs a shot at redemption. Ben who is probably tired of getting dicked around by everybody.
Ben who has a whole mess of C4 squirreled away for a rainy day. I’m just sayin’.
THE RANDOM BITS
The top is from last night’s episode, and the bottom is from “Man of Science, Man of Faith” right after they had blown open the Hatch. I thought this was great symmetry. Both times that Locke is peering down the hole, it’s about looking for Desmond.
I find it incredibly ironic that Desmond is the “failsafe” for the Island, since Desmond turned the failsafe key in the Swan and took the first step towards who and what he was supposed to become.
Why, if Ben was just going to shoot Widmore, did the whole conversation between the two of them occur back in season four in “The Shape of Things to Come,” as if they were the ones that would play out a lifelong game of Senet? That’s somewhat of a disappointing turn of events – that episode completely set things up for Ben and Widmore to be the millennia-long adversaries. Oh well.
So now we know that the golden hole is somewhere near where Jack woke up in the bamboo field. I imagine that will play out in the finale – or at least partly explain why we’re all being treated to the series pilot again on Saturday.
I found it interesting that the episode opened with the mention of Jack’s missing father, but we never see the resolution of that. I’m sure it’ll come into play in the finale, but Desmond sets it all up and then the next thing you know, Jack is talking to Locke in his office and Des is picking up Kate, telling her they have a concert to attend. Isn’t Jack going to wonder why Oceanic hasn’t called him back about the coffin before the concert?
THE LONG GOODBYE
That about wraps it up for this week. I wish I had more thoughts to throw out there, but I need to save some mental and emotional fortitude for the insanity on Sunday, and the week-long recap and analysis festival that’s sure to ensue afterwards. Speaking of emotional, since this is the next to last Down the Hatch ever, I wanted to start the farewells now. There are many, many readers and fans of this column out there, and I appreciate all of you. Over the years, there have been some amazing discussions, comments and wild theories thrown out there, and I want you all to know that, even though I may not always have time to respond, I read and enjoy every single one of them.
On HoboTrashcan, thanks to many of the usual suspects for sticking around through the years: Daniel, Bud, James, zetts, SFoskett, Randy, tld, jonathan, Derek, A in TX and The Baxter for always bringing out the good talking points, lostfan for usually making even my troubled mind hurt (I don’t always understand what you’re saying but I’m glad you’re saying it), Mimi for constantly pointing out something incredibly cool that I missed, everyone who has spread the love on other sites and forums like Slate, and, of course, Joel Murphy for convincing me that 16 weeks out of every year I really don’t need all that much sleep. Oh, and let me not forget Lars – without readers like him, I wouldn’t seem half as smart as I do. My sincerest apologies if I’ve missed someone – if I have, shoot me a comment and I’ll give you some props in the final column. You deserve it!
Over on lostdiscussion.livejournal.com, where Down the Hatch was born, I’d like to thank mancer, beekerzwhirled, asavitzk, kyaraelf, varenn, cgallivan, filigod, rexroof, ashmh, prattlingpeony, flummoxicated, tone_milazzo, feldegast, anonymooz, liz007 and the incomparable makitt for sticking around for a really, really long time, not only encouraging my mad ramblings, but helping the community to survive and flourish throughout the years. I can’t thank you all enough.
Much thanks to sl-Lost.com for spreading the love and word of the column, and reposting it every week. The readers over there have managed to provide some very interesting and unique perspectives over the years. I haven’t understood a lot of it, but I love it, nonetheless!
To all the twitterers who spread the tweet love (especially msrib, sparklej, amandamcpherson and rballen81), my undying gratitude.
To Michael Emerson, thank you for the greatest compliment I could have received as a columnist.
And to my partner in crime, Little C, thanks for pointing out all the little details I might miss and for keeping my crazy brain grounded. You will always give me butterflies.
I’d better go before I get all choked up. Until next week (or Sunday, at the latest), keep thinking those thoughts and if you have an epiphany, tell me something good.
Chris Kirkman is a graphic designer/photographer/journalist/geek extraordinaire with way too many Bruce Campbell movies in his library. Michael Emerson, Lost’s Benjamin Linus, called Kirkman’s recaps “one of the smartest articles I’ve ever read about what goes on on our show.” Kirkman is still hoping that Lost will end when Bob Newhart wakes up next to Suzanne Pleshette, complaining of a strange, strange dream. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Too obscure? What, do you think I’m a gloopy nazz? You’ve got some yarbles, droog. 😛
Joelle – I had a feeling you might get the reference. I should have made the drink a Firegold.
The drink recipe looks excellent. Glad you didn’t stick with the Clockwork Orange theme and make it out of milk.
JeT: Yeah, I’m not a big fan of alcoholic milk recipes… unless it’s a White Russian and I’m going bowling later. 🙂
This drink looks fabulous! You know my penchant for honey liquor.
I know you saw the link to the Dharma labels over on Twitter, but for the rest of the Down the Hatch folks, I plan on using these to turn our house into a Dharma Station:
I also plan on making fish biscuit sugar cookies. Trying to think of other Lost character-themed dishes. Jack Shepherd’s pie comes to mind.
Actual thoughts about the ending: The light and the water are closely linked, so I wonder if the Island being at the bottom of the sea is the way the light is preserved and protected. Somehow the island is sunk keeping the light safe, Smokey is destroyed in the process, and everyone gets to live happily ever after in LA X.
That Alton Brown reference was classic. It was definitely a Good Eats camera shot.
Two more things:
I forgot to say THANKS for the shoutout! It’s been fun! Wish I’d joined in earlier than this past summer. Oh well. Good times.
My friend Kurt has a theory about the Widmore/Ben thing. He thinks that Widmore isn’t actually dead, that he was wearing a bullet proof vest or something and that he and Ben planned that bit of repartee for some reason. I don’t think I agree, because Ben’s hatred when he shot Widmore, saying “he doesn’t get to save his daughter” was far too great for that to be a fake shooting. Plus, Smokey knows when people are dead. Still, if Ben and Widmore had teamed up for that scene, it wouldn’t contradict the whole you-can’t-kill-me-it’s-against-the-rules thing.
Anyway, just putting it out there.
I think that Ben and Miles have the walkie/talkie thing covered. Miles can find Widmore and give Ben the scoop post mortem, since he can talk to the dead or at least get their final thoughts. Then the combo of the sonic rattling that Ben’s C4 will cause Smokey, along with the water (which he cannot cross in smoke form) in the sinking of the island, will cause his end.
I’m curious to see what Desmond is doing in “the gathering” in Alt LAX. Maybe he’s just bringing people who should be together – together so that when the crap hits the fan on the island, and everyone goes boom… that they’re all still alive and together in Alt LAX giving us our happy ending. 🙂
A Clockwork Orange!
Hail to the King (Chris Kirkman!) baby!….thanks for sticking with this column and sacrificing sleep for our entertainment…I look forward to this each week more than you know! I will definitely miss it…here’s to the next show that’s this interesting so we can have you write about that one each week 🙂
My main thought on the episode you mentioned (obviously)…if Flocke told Ben he plans to destroy the island then Ben really has no reason to help ol’ smokey anymore now does he…kind of silly of Flocke to promise the island to Ben then tell him he’s going to destroy it….Ben as one of the savior’s in the finale? I can see that!
Randy: I’m pretty sure Ben did not believe Flocke when he was told that he could have the island. His acceptance was sort of a “yeah, sure, whatever, we’re all going to die anyway.” Or more likely: “yeah, sure, whatever, I’m going to have the upper hand anyway, so it’s cute that you think you can bargain with me.”
My blog-shy friend also thinks that Widmore was wearing kevlar under his suit and that he and Ben are now in cahoots. I, like you, disagree but I think you’re wrong about Smokie knowing when people are dead. He didn’t know Desmond was still alive and even had to ask Sayid if he did the job. Unless you think it’s some sort of proximity knowledge. I like your theory on the light being safe at the bottom of the ocean. Obviously it is not a light that can be put out by water. I saw an interview with Darlton and they dropped hints that we should be wondering what the source is or where it came from. My thought was, “It would be really cool if it was or came from a falling star.” You know… then the island put it in its pocket. (By the way, anyone familiar with the Japanese cartoon character Doraemon? He has a fifth dimensional pocket that he can put anything in, (any size like a house, bus, meteor maybe…) as long as he can get a tiny bit of it in, then all the rest of it magically slips in and into the fifth dimension. I have lots more to say, but I have to go take care of some of that pesky nine to five stuff. I’ll be back tonight, I promise.
I totally think that Ben is pulling the long con on Flocke, so getting the island wasn’t really his motivation to tag along. I have more thoughts on this that I’ll put out tonight.
Chris – before we get all mushy and break down crying, “I LOVE you man!” thanks for the shout out and it’s only because of reading all the cool things you would find (ie:smokin stinks) that my mind got sort of trained to look for them. I’ve really enjoyed sharing them here too, cuz let’s face it… Who cares who finds it as long as there is full disclosure. So glad I found this blog back in season four! See you all tonight.
@Joelle etc. Island Ben has been pretty broken most of this season, but seems to have some of his mojo back and is definitely a major player again. Like he says, he always has a plan. I agree that he’s going to use Miles to find out what Widmore knew.
I’m very interested to see how the gathering in LA X effects things on the Island in the finale, as there have been some good parallel character developments so far.
Thanks for the shout-out, Chris!
I agree with you in not liking the “jumping around” between so many places in “WTDF”.
One thing I was wondering about was that Jacob’s “mother” gave him wine (or whatever else was in the bottle) to drink before he became the protector of the island. Ever since then, he didn’t age. Just like she must have drunk wine at some point, because she didn’t age either. Richard was given some wine as well if I remember correctly and he didn’t age either.
Anyway, what I’m getting at is that the ritual of making Jack the protector of the island was “un”-similar to Jacob’s. When Jacob made Jack the protector he mumbled some verses and gave him water from that pond or stream. Maybe he is trying to con Jack into believing that he is now the protector of the island in order to con MiB into thinking that Jack is the new Jacob, when he actually isn’t which would make him vulnerable.
Chris, some thoughts:
This is and old and repeated theorie, but its never enough since we are coming to an end.
Please watch carefully the link below with this in mind.
After Jack runs like a maniac straight to the beach (strange behaviour for someone who would have crashed in an unknown place), once he gets to the beach its all quiet and he first looks to the right side, where there is nothing , then he hears screaming, and for the briefest of time we can see a glimpse of the left side of the beach over Jack’s shoulder, behind the bushes, AND NOTHING IS THERE ( its around minute 2:20). THE BEACH IS EMPTY.
In a split second Jack goes to that left side, and just there, a few steps from him, its the whole wreckage of the plane,and all those people shouting, really close to where he was before when we saw over his shoulder, so it appeared out of nothing. It seemed like he walked through a time portal or something. There’s no way it was all there when he first arrived at the beach.
So it may indicate that possibly when we first see Jack on the show, he is waking up quite in the same way he did after the Ajira flight, when he time flashed.
And that black cylinder next to his left shoulder on the ground looks just like the baton Ben had when he turned the wheel.
I am not saying he was not on that Oceanic 815 flight, but all these things i pointed out allow us to think that there’s something else to it, something we are still to find out.
– In the hatch, Desmond ( 108) had to input the numbers ( candidates) on the computer to keep the eletromagnetism at bay.
When he failed to do that, the measure of last resort was the failsafe key wich he turned, becoming then special.
In real life, while the candidates ( numbers ) are alive, they keep Smokie on the island.
If the numbers/candidates fail, then whats left is the human failsafe key ( Desmond – 108 – ) to contain the monster (eletromagnetism).
So theres no doubt that Smokie is indeed a manifestation of the island eletromagnetism, and Desmond is the measure of last resort to keep it at bay.
– I think MIB will die on the island and be born as Aaron in the sideways world.
Thats why we never knew his name till now.
Great work Chris, i let you know that many people read you here in Brazil.
2 guys, 1 cup: Unbelievable.
Thanks for the great writing over the seasons, you have brought a deepened understanding to a show that I almost didn’t watch because my mom liked it. I can’t wait for the season finale edition(s).
After the Alton Brown reference, I was hoping for a “how to slow smoke a boar using airplane scrap” section, but maybe next week?
On a separate note, might I suggest publishing a compilation of your weekly drink recipes, or at least a printable pdf? I would be proud to print out a Dharma label for that and place it on my bar…
Chris, thanks for the great recaps over the year. Emerson is right about your articles.
One thing I thought of after Jack drank the drink, no more protection for the rest of the gang. Smokie should be able to take out Hurley, Kate and Sawyer now that they are no longer candidates.
James – I threw up a litte in my mouth after reading the 2 guys, 1 cup line.
Chris – Again, great column, thanks for the love. Man, I am not sure what I am going to do when the show is over. I will check back often for your incoherent ramblings, err… I mean… meaningful insight. I look forward to seeing whatever you have lined up.
Like I said last week: I don’t have any crazy theories, I thought the episode was good. Jack stepping up to be Jacob’s replacement. (didn’t see that coming. /sarcasm)
If you rewatch the episode, after Jack says they need to go, check out the look on Sawyer’s mug. Very intent, and angry. IMHO
I do have one bizarre theory I will throw out there: Jacob told Jack that the light is just beyond the bamboo where he woke up. The first thing Jack sees when he wakes up? My main man VINCENT. Now marinate on this. Vincent is a light colored dog, who got Jack up to go help people. He was always just kind of watching people. He lifted spirits, he always showed up at peculiar times. He even looks like Jacob if you squint your eyes and tilt your head to the right.
Then we have the dark animals. Kate’s horse. Helped her evade Mars the first time. Makes a few creepy appearances on island. Hurley bird. Remember the oogie bird that screeched Hurley’s name? The boars. They feasted on the dead corpses. Possibly MiB looking for a replacement body? Also, a black boar charged Ricardus in the Black Rock and knocked away his nail. That made him give up on trying to escape, until someone showed up. Who showed up again, my memory evades me… Oh that’s right, it was the Man in Black. (Sorry, I drink, often) And last but not least, the Medusa Spiders. Oh Arzt, how you are missed… Remember these little black buggers? They paralyzed Nikki and Paulo, eventually lead to their timely death. It was revealed in a podcast by Damon that they were in fact a form of “the monster.” Now, again, I’m not sure how that all ties together, I just wanted people to have that little bit of knowledge. Again, I have been drinking, and like all men from Texas, when I drink, I miss my woman, and my dog. My dog reminded me of Vincent, and my woman reminded me of my dog… BUZINGAH!! I’ll be here all week people. (well at least until late Sunday)
One last thing. Miles and Ben totally have a plan. Let’s not forget that there were only two people left who had not spoken to MiB. Zoe and Miles. We saw what happened to Zoe. And then there was one…
Ben always has a plan.
“Did you say that there were some other people to kill?” Dude, even in the face of damnation you are still the man.
Truer words have never been spoken.
You can tell a good man by his friends – and that puts Chris at some kind of wonderful – brilliant posts, brilliant followers – the whole “miles talks to dead people therefore widmore is dead but ben is still going to be in the loop” line of thinking is genius – and so obvious now that i think about it!
I’m with Randy Allen – what should we be watching next so that it can be almost usurped by hilarious and interesting recaps?!
Chris – LOVED your comment on the “Super Bran” because when I saw that I was thinking, “If Claire eats a bowl of Super Bran she’s gonna be going into labor in about an hour or so.” I also agree with your choice for best line in the episode, although Sawyer‘s about Jack having a God complex before was pretty damn close.
You know the scene where they are watching the life vests wash ashore? I was totally convinced we were gonna hear Vincent barking and they were all gonna run to see Lapidus wash up, but still alive. I’m sorry… the fact that none of the characters even mentioned him ONCE at the end of The Candidate or in this episode makes me think that the writers are setting it up for Lapidus to show up alive. And if he doesn’t… shame on the writers for not acknowledging his death. He’s one of my favorites.
But that brings me to my theory about Ben’s long con of Flocke. Ben is totally playing Flocke like a fine violin. He’s stroking his ego making Flocke think that he’s more than happy to follow him around the island doing his bidding. (I do think he relished to moment of shooting Charles tho) I think that Richard is alive because Richard can’t die. So sometime during his wanderings in the jungle, Miles will come across Richard (who I think still had the C4 right?) and Lapidus and possibly Rose and Bernard. They will decide to unite in a common cause. Just about then Vincent will come running up barking wildly. Bernard will say, “Wait a minute… I think Vincent is trying to tell us something. What’s that boy? You say that Desmond is stuck down a well? We better go help him.” Once they rescue Desmond they plant the C4 somewhere where Ben can lead an unsuspecting Flocke to. Flocke is comfortable with Ben by then, cuz he’s killed a couple guys for Flocke and all. He doesn’t suspect that Ben would turn against him. At the right moment however, when Flocke is in the right place and his guard is down, Ben whips out the handy walkie-talkie and says, “La Fleur.” Miles, hearing the code word will detonate the explosives killing the smoke man.
I’m not sure how they return to LA X; I think there has got to be a portal or wormhole somewhere there on the island that can be used to go back and forth quickly. Remember the scene from season 4 when Miles asks Ben for 3 million dollars? Ben tells him he needs a couple of days to get it together. It takes more than a couple days to get to and from the island I’m sure; even if his bank account is in the closest major South Pacific city. I’m pretty sure that Desmond is the one who sinks the island and that somehow merges the time lines. Like it has been said above, I think the source is safe there in the bottom of the ocean. I feel sorry for the little blind bottom dwelling critters living there however, because now they will need to adapt and evolve all over again.
Is the LAXPD the new “Keystone Cops” or what? They can’t track down Kate in the stolen taxi. They can’t find a Rental Car that must have sustained major front end damage after hitting a man in a wheel chair. They STILL can’t find the perp in that hit & run when the perp shows back up to where the deed was done. (Doesn’t EVERYBODY know that they always return to the scene of the crime?) And then finally, they have ONE cop (and a female at that) transport THREE criminals. Oh sure… that’s a good idea.
Coq au vin night has GOT to trump taco night, right? And Danielle sure cleans up well, doesn’t she? You go for it Dr. Linus. The kid already loves you!
I loved when Ben offered Flocke lemonade. By the way, did you notice that Ben’s battle scars on his face are the same in both time lines? Loved the kidnapping line and Alex’s telling Ben he’s like the nicest guy ever. Really great mirror moments. Some others worth mentioning would be Jack asking Locke if he is mistaking coincidence for fate, like Mr. Eko did. And the fact that on the island Jack is going to try to kill Locke but in LA X he will be trying to fix Locke.
I just heard tonight that Darlton announced that there would be a twenty minute feature on the season 6 DVD set that will answer all the mysteries and questions that don’t get answered by the finale. Isn’t that a little bit like getting all your Christmas presents in August? I appreciate the idea, but if they can’t answer all the mysteries in the run of the series, please don’t answer them in the DVD set because it makes me think you’re only doing it for the sales. What do you guys think?
About the DVD release, if they are going to answer the questions as simplistic as they did on the show as of late, I think you would be best served believing the answers you yourself have theorized over the duration of the show – that way there remains a bit of mystery when it’s all said and done and you can write your own little bit of LOST.
Mimi – If that is true about the answers, I for one will be upset. I will buy the DVD, for the show, and to complete my collection, but I will not watch that part. I hated the scene between Hurley and Michael, when they tell us the whispers. It was almost like the writers were like “There you go crazed fans, now shut up!”
I can see Vince the slap chop guy now: “Listen here people, LOST is over, you didn’t get all the answers you need, I understand. Well today is your lucky day. I got all the answers you need right here, for one easy payment of $59.99. I’ll tell you what, if you call now, because you know I can’t do this all day, I’ll throw in this lovely bag of ashes… We’ll even throw in the script the way it would have been written if Walt hadn’t gone and pubertized on us, if Eko stuck around and played the role of Desmond like we originally planned, and if we didn’t kill of Libby and Ana Lucia, because they can’t handle their liquor. We even have an entire season about the DeGroots, and Hanso that we couldn’t air, because we mistakenly ended the series too abruptly.”
I actually read that Gregg Nations is writing a sort of “LOST Bible” that has all the characters, how they are connected, and it will answer some of the questions that were not answered.
Mimi – One last thing. I know that they are not canon, but the LOST Untangled episodes that air after the show, in the one were Sun, Jin, Lapidus, and Sayid died, at the end he states to Rest In Peace Sun, Jin, and Sayid. He does not mention Lapidus either. I don’t know if that was because he isn’t dead, or if it was because nobody else on the show mentioned him either.
Regardless, I am in the boat that he is still alive. There was no body, and the plane still isn’t blown up. Someone has to fly that bird right?
Mimi – I’m not convinced that Flocke believed that Desmond was dead. At least I assumed at the time that he assumed Sayid wouldn’t go through with killing him. I don’t remember my reasoning at the moment, but it made sense then. I think he may have been surprised that Desmond was no longer at the bottom of the well, but I think Flocke thought he’d find him there alive, not dead. Or it could be some proximity thing. I dunno.
And you said exactly what I was thinking regarding Ben’s long con.
I, too, don’t think we’ve seen the last of Richard. I hope, hope, hope, we see Lapidus again, though I’m not sure he will. They’ve got to bring back Rose and Bernard, and I hope they do with one of Rose’s “Aw, hell no” lines.
Jonathan – I think I assumed the empty beach then suddenly screams and rubble, etc, was all due to the disorientation of having just crashed. But you may be on to something. Like Chris said, there’s probably a good reason why we’re being treated to the pilot again.
Joelle, Jack seemed to know exactly where he was going.
He ran straight to the beach without hearing any screams.
No disorientation at all.
The beach was empty. We could see that.
My bet is he either turned the wheel or time flashed from a plane.
As crazy as it sounds.
Mimi and Joelle – I think you’re right about Ben 🙂
Jonathan- I meant the disorientation of that scene in general. We were disoriented, the audience. The other passengers were, etc. We were so shocked and didn’t think to question that he knew exactly where to run, etc. It’s a crazy idea, for sure, but it’s exactly the kind of crazy I like. I can’t wait to see if you’re right about that one.
IT IS a shame I’ve just come across your blog, hours from ‘The End’. I’d say I’ll follow your recaps for any other show, but I don’t believe there will be any show like this one.
I just wanted to drop a ‘hi’, cause I like coincidental cosmic paths, one lead me here for instance.
But will be following.
Sorry I haven’t had a chance to get back to all of you, but I wanted take a quick minute before the finale to thank everyone for their kind words and the good thoughts that have been put out there since Thursday. You all have some great theories and ideas for tonight – It’s a shame we don’t have a few months to toss everything around before we wrap everything up!
Some real quick thoughts:
Jonathan – it will be interesting to see how the “Jack waking up on the beach” scenario will play out. I’ve imagined that’s how it will all end since last season, and we’ll find out soon!
Mimi – Awesome thoughts, as always, and your Vincent comments cracked me up. 🙂 Coq au vin is totally taco night to Frenchies, by the way. And about the DVDs – if they’re gonna try and sit there and tell me all the secrets AFTER the fact, I’m not buying them. Bah.
To all the Lapidus hopefuls – I hope you’re all right.
There are lots more theories and thoughts I’d love to comment on, but it’s almost time to make some coq au vin and settle in for the finale. I hope everyone enjoys themselves and I’ll see you all back here on Hobotrashcan on Tuesday for the big sayonara!
I don’t think Richard is dead, but I do think he can die. He cannot kill himself, but likely someone else can just as Jacob who could live forever was felled by Ben.
NOTE: I haven’t saw the finale yet. I wrote this on Friday but never got around to posting it. Felt that it would have been a waste to not post. I will comment on the finale in your final post!
I too was confused with the Des/Coffin thing. At first it seemed like he was arranging a meet-up but it seems like the concert (which sounds like it will rock everybody’s (red) socks) is already set to be the place where the bulk of the Alterna-folk will converge, including Jack. Maybe the coffin call was cheap attempt by Des to stir some visions? I’d like to think Des already pushed the right buttons in order to make Jack want go there.
I was also a little puzzled about the nature of the concert. We know it’s for the benefit of Pierre’s museum but the way David talked about it was interesting. It seems like *maybe* he’ll be putting those mad piano skills to use (he really wants mom+Jack there so I don’t think he just wants to see some dude perform). Desmond doesn’t mind letting Ana Lucia skip the concert but notes “she isn’t ready YET”. Maybe the concert won’t be the ‘be all and end all’ that we might have hoped? Sawyer doesn’t want to go but he’ll most likely get a whiff of the fugitive trail (via Miles who will be there). Ana Lucia may play some part in the process.
I suppose there isn’t much point pondering over the specifics. I’m just interested in how this will play out.
Anthuriums! They were shoved in my face but you didn’t mention them! When Hurley meets up with adult Jacob next to the camp fire there’s a whole bunch of them (well, a lot of singular flowers…). Also, maybe I’m going crazy but I’m sure I have seen that tree bark (the one Jacob is facing across the fire) before. I think Eko saw MIB as Yemi there.
I can’t remember why exactly you started picking up on anthuriums (maybe because they kept showing up) but their name comes from the Greek (picked up by Latin later on) anthos ‘flower’ + oura ‘tail’. Our favourite ancient symbol, the Ouroboros takes part of its name from the same word.
Something that tickles me is the fact that some people in the Alternaverse are chasing this other life which is pretty much inferior to the one they currently have. However, Desmond is playing Neo a little and knows that that the life he lives isn’t ‘real’ and possibly constructed. Eloise’s ‘you have the approval of Big Chuck, be grateful you little sod’ rant pointed the finger towards a ‘constructed’ universe where most of the Losties & co are strung along a happy existence but I’d think it would be simpler if this was your usual AV with ‘knowing’ people thrown into the mix to spice it up. It makes sense that Des and his recruits want to find out about their Prime lives but is there a plan in place to actually get there? DING DING DING. MY BRAIN FARTED WHILE WRITING THIS
I just entertained the possibility that some of the Losties and their AV equivalents will switch their conscious plurals (consciousnesses? dear god…). Take Ben for example, he could have his fantasy ‘real’ life being the ruler of an island and Prime Ben could be a good guy looking after his father and Alex, teaching European history and chilling with Arzt. The trouble with this is that the grass is usually greener (regret doesn’t make for nice resolution) and the episode could get very messy if a load of people switched. Perhaps just one? I think Ben would work but he just doesn’t seem important enough.
Some people have brought up the possibility that Widmores death was faked. On the face of it this seems far fetched but if you re-watch the part where Widmore is shot the first he’s kinda like “Huh” then he looks down and is all “oh, he shot me”. Personally I felt like it would have been really forced to have his death faked, especially considering Bens actions and speech through it all. Plus, I freeze-framed during Widmores slide towards the floor (would make an awesome GIF because MIB and Ben pretty much stay still) and there is blood in a similar position to where Kate was hit. Although the top half of his upper body was clean which is inconsistent with how the shots were portrayed. Oh well, we saw one wound at least.
Where was Claire?! She was with MIB after the sub blew up. He was walking away from her at the very end (“Unfinished business babes, brb”) but you think she’d follow him (either on her own accord or from him telling her to). Maybe she decided to go against MIB and free Desmond? Miles sneaked off too (through the secreter room, I would imagine) but I don’t see him freeing Des, especially since he’s on Hydra Island. In the comments above Mimi mused that Vincent alerted Rose and Bernard to Desmonds situation, which is a very real possibility that brings me to my next point….
VINCENT WILL APPEAR! THEY PROMISED! On a podcast aired February 4th 2009 Damon Lindelof ‘confirmed’ that Vincent will appear in the last episode (and the next day Carlton said he might know who Jacob is). This was pretty significant and stuck with me. I worried that they weren’t being serious or just plain forgot. However, he has not been seen this season so he HAS to appear, he just HAS to. Lack of Vincent will mean an abundance of tears. Maybe the finale will be Vincent-centric? We haven’t even had a glimpse of his AV life yet. It annoyed me how nobody seemed to question his little escapades into the jungle. We know he’s been pulling the strings right from the start, BUT TO WHAT END? He is the light that will take down MIB, I hope.
Final thoughts. Claire will probably give birth in the finale, but will it matter? Walt better show up and do some amazing things. Why has David changed his name to ’Last Thanksgiving‘? Remember when somebody shined a mirror signal at Ben near the end of season 5? A lot have people have forgot whilst the outrigger shooting gets all the love. I’m not too keen on the 20 min ‘mysteries explained’ feature for the box set but SOME things like the mirror signal don’t seem to have any explanation whatsoever. Some things should be open to interpretation (so two opposing theories can be right at the same time, wink wink :P)
Could the Island be a metaphor for the Losties? They have to protect their light from being corrupted by the MIB. Jacob wanted to prove that not all people are corruptible. Ricardus nudged Jacob towards more of a guardian role by saying “If you don’t step in, he will”.
I’ve neglected a lot but I do have a nasty habit of abusing parenthesis and going off track (this isn’t even my blog…)
Anyways, since I was pointed towards your blog reading it has become a weekly deed for me during the times Lost was on air (“I can‘t wait for Lost! That was awesome, I can’t wait for LDH! That was awesome, I can’t wait for next week!”) . Blogging isn’t something I really cared for before. Seeing the reaction and having stuff pointed out in forums was enough for me. I’ve really enjoyed this though and it has definitely enhanced my Lost experience. I know I’m not a regular commenter but a teeny-tiny shout out in the final post would make me squeal like a little girl.
Here’s hoping Sawyer and Miles get that spin-off. A LDH style blog on that would fill a lot of voids post-Lost.
Meaty- Great comments, and you definitely deserve a shoutout. I’ve got lots of writing to do, so I’ll keep it really short – I mentioned the anthuriums in my recap two weeks ago. It was in a picture caption for the golden hole. Check it out: http://www.hobotrashcan.com/2010/05/13/lost-down-the-hatch-hes-not-heavy-hes-my-smoke-monster/
Hey Chris, I just wanted to say that this is a great blog. I’m only upset that I didn’t find it until half way through the last season. Not only is the blog great, but reading through the conversation and debate in the comments is also excellent. I’ve always enjoyed Lost but I’ve found that since I’ve found this blog I enjoy it even more as it fuels the imagination.
To you and the posters here, kudos.
Hey Chris! Thanks for your kind shout-out. I’m happy I could contribute in a very small way to all of your mindblowing analyses. I’ve really enjoyed visiting your site after each episode and having you as a ballast through all of this time travel craziness.
Now that I’ve seen the finale….well….it’s not going to end for me until I’ve read your final analysis on the subject.
I only hope you’ll make some mention once more on what the hydrogen bomb, time travel, daniel faraday’s raising only to be slaughtered, eloise widmore element of the show was ultimately about, and if it contributed to the actual conclusion, or if it just fell by the wayside….My feeling is the latter, which makes me very disappointed, but I’m still ruminating on the idea that the sideways timeline may’ve been a timeline where noone had souls….and Jack in the prime timeline reinstated everyone’s souls, so they could move on. Super emotional ending, but maybe that’s okay.
@John – I feel the same way and thanks. I’ve read other Lost blogs that will have 500 comments after. But the total intelligence of those 500 comments still doesn’t add up to the interesting, tantalizing and lets not forget humorous 25 comments you read after a Down the Hatch post.
I wore my “Down the Hatch” t-shirt yesterday during the finale, because I’m a total fan-girl. 🙂