Let me start off by saying I think this was one of the better episodes this season. It’s no secret that this season (especially last episode) has been maybe a little more of a let down for me. I don’t enjoy a parallel universe that really has no relevance to the audience as you’re watching it. However, this episode had a flash sideways that pertained to the overall plot of the episode, which I really enjoyed.
So anyway…what DID they die for? Wasn’t Jacob going to tell us that, and then…he didn’t. Or did he and I’m missing something? I really liked the scene with the remaining Candidates. It was a very old-school Lost scene, as I call it. Them sitting around a campfire, talking and figuring things out. There were a couple things that came to mind in this scene though:
First, of all 4 of them could you see anyone other than Jack really stepping in to that position? Sawyer is the only other person who showed any kind of real leadership (Dharma Initiative) through 6 years and 6 seasons. I think it’s funny Kate even made it to that talk with Jacob. And really…Hurley, the comic relief of the show? Jacob (and the writers) thought HE should be a good person to make it to protect the island? Claire would have made more sense than any of those four.
Secondly, I don’t think Jack is the new protector. With Lost, when there are big moving scenes or something huge happens, the editing of the show tends to be a little more dramatic, or emphatic. I just think that scene would have been a little less rushed and a little more poignant if it were the real case. My friend Matt put it best: “I was waiting for Jack’s eyes to light up or something.” Instead, he took a drink, they looked at each other, and that was it. Something smells fishy to me. Maybe Jacob just needs Jack to think he is the protector because it will give him new confidence or something? Either way I’m not buying in to that scene at all.
Moving on, there are other great things about this episode. I was very excited that Ben got revenge and shot Widmore (3 times at that). When Widmore’s peeps killed Alex in front of Ben a few seasons ago, I knew in the back of my head that Ben was going to get his revenge. I didn’t really think about that happening in that moment, but I sure am glad it did…and because he didn’t want Widmore to have a chance to save his daughter. AWESOME!
Also, how about Dr. Linus getting his ass handed to him by Desmond in the flash sideways? I have to say I felt really bad for Ben there. He seems like such an upstanding, decent guy in the flash sideways and it seemed really malicious of Des.
Oh, one really great thing: YAY ZOE’S DEAD! What a stupid, pointless character to introduce this late in the series. Think about it: of all of her scenes, was there anything that REALLY served a purpose? The answer is no.
Finally, the end when John Locke decides to get surgery. The first thing that came to my mind is that maybe he gets surgery, walks again, and we find out in the finale that standing-Locke is the same Locke as the MiB. But then I thought of the timelines, and I’m not sure that can happen. Then again, it’s LOST so…maybe I’m on to something. Either way there are a lot of different versions of Locke throughout the last 2 seasons, and it wouldn’t surprise me if we get some huge revelation about the true identity of any one of them. Locke has always been the smartest person on the show, and something tells me he knows what’s going on.
Either way, Desmond is on a mission to get everyone back at the concert. I wonder how he will get Jin and Sun there, or if he knows they’re dead in island time, and it doesn’t matter that they are there? I think it’s interesting that he is getting everyone together at this concert. There are so many different symbolic things going on with black and white. The piano keys. The black music notes on the white paper. Musicians always wear only black and white. The fact that David will be bringing all of his knowledge of the music together in one place for a recital could even be symbolic to everyone coming to the concert. I can’t wait to find out what song he is playing. Probably something else related to black and white. Will black Rose and white Bernard be there? Probably!
One last thought: I think that David’s mother is Juliet! It’s clearly someone we know or they wouldn’t have made it such a secret, and it’s not Kate since she’s a fugitive. Is it? Anyway, I am 0.000000000001% sure that Juliet plays the piano too, just like David. I vaguely remember her playing in her flash back episode a few seasons back. Can’t wait to find that one out.
Tonight, I am going to the LOST LIVE event which is Damon and Carlton, the executive writers of the show, doing an interview and behind the scenes thing with the New York Times live in NYC. It’s being broadcasted to theaters all over the country, and luckily it’s being shown here in Morgantown. It starts at 8pm tonight, and I’ll be back with a full review of what I know and learned!
I’ll also be posting my final thoughts going in to the finale sometime on Saturday, so come back for that!
I can’t believe my favorite show ends on Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!