Episode 5.06: 316
The opening was classic. Literally. I thought LOST was showing us the first few minutes of Season one, episode one again. And they might have been … Except Jack and his eye are waking up in the jungle with Hurley shouting for help. That can’t be season one, episode one! But it sure felt like the pilot episode, and I loved that. It reinforced the idea that our land-loving losties had to re-create as much as they could to gain access to the Island. More on that after the recap …
2008 in L.A.:
Eloise Hawking takes Jack, Desmond, Ben, and Sun down to her pendulum room under the church, which turns out to be one of the Dharma Initiative stations: the lamppost. She explains the pendulum thing is how the D.I. found the Island in the first place. Desmond is incredulous, nearly hit by the pendulum, when he tells the group that Hawking was responsible for his being on the Island in the first place. Hawking doesn’t flinch when he mentions her son, Faraday, and Jack, Sun, and Ben don’t seem to mind that Desmond is questioning Hawking’s knowledge.
Jack “stays after school” with Ms. Hawking, where she tells him he has one responsibility left before boarding flight 316: he must give Locke something of his father’s. Locke, in the coffin, will act as Christian Shephard’s proxy. Oh, and she gives him Locke’s suicide note. I’m tried of that face Jack makes when he is uncomfortable. “That’s why they call it a leap of faith, Jack.”
Jack visits his granddad, Ray – who is probably the paternal grandfather, as he has a pair of Christian’s shoes. How convenient! Did anyone else think Ray was incredibly creepy?! Did you wonder if the rabbit in the magic show at Ray’s nursing home had a number on it?!
Jack comes home to a nearly comatose Kate on his bed. I am so hating her right now. She demands that Jack never ask her about Aaron again if he wants her to go with him to the Island. She is icky. The next morning feels extremely awkward, it doesn’t appear that Kate wants to be there, but Jack is so happy that she is, making her coffee, offering her orange juice. Kate asks about the shoes, and we find out why Christian Shephard has always appeared in a suit and white tennis shoes. Kate asks, “Why hold onto something that makes you feel so sad?” Great question. Get rid of Kate, stat.
Jack goes to Jill the Butcher for Locke’s body. Ben has called Jack bloody from a pay phone to give him instructions. As Jack waits for Jill to get the reincarnation van, he switches Locke’s shoes. Apparently Locke can affect him from the beyond – “Wherever you are, John, I bet you are laughing your ass off… I am crazier than you are.” After switching the shoes, he leaves the unopened suicide note in the coffin: “I’ve already listened to everything you’ve had to say.”
So, we come to the airport, as Jack checks Locke’s coffin through, he is offered condolences from a mystery man, and is relieved to see Kate and Sun. He also runs into a guitar-laden Hurley, who has bought the other 78 seats onboard, as he knows this flight is likely to crash; he doesn’t want to cause anyone’s death or suffering. Sayid is also aboard, escorted by some sort of law enforcement person. He seems extremely surprised (?) to see Jack boarding.
The pilot gives his announcements, and it is oops-a-daisy, Frank Lapidus, who was originally supposed to be Flight 815’s pilot. It seems to be a complete coincidence that Lapidus is the pilot, but something tells me … no. He says he picked up the gig eight months ago. Lapidus realizes they probably aren’t going to Guam, once he spots Sun, Hurley, Ben, Kate, and Sayid. Jack, encouraged by Ben, finally opens Locke’s suicide note, which has found it’s way back to him. It reads, “Jack, I wish you had believed in me.” Cut to the annoying Jack uncomfortable face.
We get a bit of turbulence, then the same noises and light that comes right before a time hop, and we are back to where we started: Jack waking up in the jungle. He saves Hurley in the lagoon, revives Kate, and they’ve barely formed a plan when a shiny new Dharma van rolls up with Jin inside. He looks dandy – longish hair, no beard or sunburn, sporting a D.I. uniform (security logo), boots, and rifle. He actually chuckles (well, a single chuckle) when he sees the three.
As Ms. Hawking revealed to Jack, he had to give Locke something of his father’s because Locke in the coffin will act as a proxy for Christian Shephard. Who / what is acting for Locke? Ben? – he’s got his arm in a sling, which makes him handicapped like Locke. Hurley’s got a guitar – perhaps a proxy for Charlie. Kate is maybe pregnant, proxy for Claire? Sayid is in the custody of an air marshall, proxy for Kate? Okay, okay, it’s getting way too confusing. Those other people on the plane – will some of them be proxies? Maybe they’ll end up on the Island if they are proxies. HOW will this all be revealed?!
The episode was named 316 because our Oceanic 5 flew back to the Island via Ajira 316. But you can’t help but think of Bible passage John 3:16. Is Locke our Jesus? Ben recalls the story of Doubting Thomas to Jack, how Thomas the disciple claims he’ll have to stick his hand in Jesus’ wounds before he believed. Here’s hoping Jack doesn’t go poking around John’s wounds.
Who gives Jack condolences in the airport?
Is Hurley carrying Charlie’s guitar? Could Charlie have visited Hurley and encouraged him to get on the flight?
Why doesn’t anyone ask what happened to Ben? Maybe it’s because Ben is always bruised, no one noticed…
Has Ben killed or tried to kill Penny?
Why does Jin go right to the spot that Jack, Kate and Hurley are in? Did the DI see them coming?
How is Jin with the DI? Are they stuck in the past? Is that why we saw Dan working with them at the start of this season?
Did the Ajira plane crash? Or did just the people get sucked down to the Island?
Episode 5.05: This Place is Death
Now, come on, LOST writers. When your fans screamed give us answers, we meant answers to questions such as, “Who is Jacob?”, and “What is the smoke monster?” Instead you give us how Montand lost his arm. Annoying. Kind of cool, though. Especially if you answer ALL our questions with such alacrity.
Jump to minute 6.12 for the short scene:
Such an enigmatic statement, it has been one that crazy fans have been obsessing over. Could this Montand be important? How did he lose his arm? Well, at least they’re answering questions. Now, about that four-toed statue…
The episode opens with Sun looking murderous at Ben, only to pick up the phone and be sweet old Sun with her mom and Ji Yeon, her daughter. She tells Ji Yeon she met a new friend for her in America – Aaron. Did she intend to take Aaron with her back to Korea?
Ben knows Jin is alive because Locke brought him Jin’s wedding ring and told him so. He promises to take Sun to the proof that Jin is alive. Poor Ben – he had Sayid, Jack, Sun, Aaron and Kate, 5 of the 6 ready to go; but Sayid, Kate and Aaron leave, and Ben is stuck with only 2. I loved when Ben finally throws up his hands, stomps on the brakes of the reincarnation van, and lets loose on an ungrateful Sun and Jack: “If you had any idea what I’ve had to do to keep you safe, to keep your friends safe, you’d never stop thanking me.”
Ben takes Sun and Jack to a church, and Ben gives Sun Jin’s ring. Sun agrees to go with Ben back to the Island. Ironically, Sun originally seemed like the hardest sell to get back to the Island, while Hurley seemed like the easiest. Desmond shows up, asking if they are looking for Faraday’s mother, too. Ben looks as if this is news to him (that Ms. Hawking is Dan’s mom), though it’s hard for me to believe there’s something that we knew that Ben didn’t. Either way, Ben takes it in stride, barely breaking his poker face. Eloise Hawking, meet Sun and Jack. Looks like Desmond recognizes and remembers here. Eloise joyfully pronounces: “Let’s get started!”
Meanwhile, in 1988 on-Island
Jin is still with Rousseau’s team. Montand is checking a radio, and hears The Numbers broadcast. The team figures there must be a radio tower, and head that way, with Jin leading. They are waylaid by Smokey, and Nadine bites the dust. It was chilling to hear Jin yell, “RUN!”
Smokey attacks the team, looking very reptilian as it drags Montand into the ground under the Temple. It wraps around Montand’s arm, and … Montand loses his arm. But it’s not over, Montand’s voice floats up, claiming the monster is gone and to please help him. Is it really Montand? Is this when Rousseau’s team gets ‘infected’? The team goes after Montand, but Jin stops Danielle from going. Is Jin being there the only reason Danielle survives? Would she still be alive if the Island hadn’t started time-hopping?
Speaking of time-hopping, we have another flash, and poor Jin ends up with only the company of a petrified arm. We get a look at the Temple, which is covered with hieroglyphs, reminiscent of the ones on the count-down clock in the Swan Station, and the ones on Ben’s Mystery Door in his house. Jin spots the smoke rising in the distance, and heads that way. He finds Danielle’s music box, two of her team members dead, and witnesses the confrontation between her and her husband, Robert. I never bought the story Danielle told us in season one, but now I see there was DEFINITELY something wrong with Robert. He tells us Smokey is not a monster, merely a security system guarding the Temple. Robert tries to shoot her, but Danielle has removed the firing pin, as she told Sayid in season one.
Poor Jin. I was so relieved when he reunited with Sawyer and Co. Sawyer bravely tries to explain to Jin what’s been happening to them. Charlotte translates for Jin, who tells him that Locke knows Sun is alive and off the Island, and that Locke is going to bring them all back, for it is the only way to stop the time-hopping.
We have two violent hops in a row, Sawyer becomes our newest nosebleeder, and Charlotte goes down. She tells Jin not to bring Sun back, this place is death. She starts getting confused, becoming a young girl in time again. Dan and Charlotte stay behind while the rest go on to the Orchid Station. Charlotte gives them very good advice to look for the well (just in case the ‘when’ they are in the Orchid isn’t there).
They find the well, Locke descends, after taking Jin’s wedding ring and promising not to bring Sun back. Locke is a man of his word. And he promised. Is that why he tells Ben the truth and gives Ben Jin’s ring? Sort of a ‘keeping my word’ loophole?
A time hop occurs, and it looks as if the bright light they see right before a hop is originating from inside the well. The rope stays since Sawyer and Locke are holding it, but the well is gone. Locke falls and breaks his leg.
Charlotte reveals to Dan that she had been to the Island before, that she grew up there with the D.I., but moved away with her mom (her dad stayed behind). Her mom (knowing she couldn’t go back?) told her she’d made the Island up. A memory comes back to her, that Dan come to her when she was a little girl on the Island, telling her she could never come back or she would die. And then she does die, making this the hardest LOST death to watch since Charlie’s.
Locke, inside the well, is visited by Christian Shepherd, outfitted with a lantern that looks like it was from Jacob’s cabin. Did Locke royally mess up by letting Ben move the Island instead of himself as ordered by Christian? Christian tells Locke to go to Eloise Hawking in L.A. with all of his friends, and she’d tell him how to get off the Island. Locke says, “Richard told me I was going to die.” Christian calmly replies, “I suppose that’s why they call it sacrifice.” Locke asks for help up, Christian says he can’t. Locke spins the Donkey Wheel of mayhem.
How does Charlotte know about the well?
Why is the well there and not the Orchid? Who built the well?
Why does Dan try to go back and warn Charlotte as a young girl, when he keeps telling everyone you can’t change anything?
Could Charlotte be the daughter of Horace Goodspeed? What about Annie, Ben’s childhood friend? The age isn’t right, but as we’ve seen, time means diddly.
Is Locke’s broken leg supposed to remind us that Locke used to be paralyzed? Will he be able to walk when he goes back?
Why doesn’t Christian help Locke up? Can he not touch him because he’s a ghost/apparition? Or because Locke has to do this himself?
Why was Ms. Hawking so adamant that Ben has only 70 hours to get them ALL back or “God help us all”, and now she’s all, “Oh well, this will have to do. Jolly good, come to my pendulum room.”
Juliet, after arriving at the Orchid: “What are the odds we’d be here the same time as this thing?” Time jump, Orchid is gone.
Sawyer: “You just had to say something.”
On Locke descending down the well, sure he’ll find a way off the Island:
“You expecting the subway?”
Episode 5.04 – The Little Prince
This episode seemed a bit more heart-felt, especially Sawyer watching Aaron’s birth, and talking about that experience with Juliet. It was a classic LOST transition episode, with some answers, and of course some new mysteries (Ajira Airlines!) Short recap below — skip to the end for the good stuff.
Kate claims she has always been with Jack when he asks her to help convince the six to lie. I’m already annoyed.
Sun gets surveillance photos and documents on Ben, plus a gun. Super.
In 2008, we get a bunch of drama-filled Kate moments, trying to figure out who is threatening her with taking Aaron away. Since I’m so creeped out by it, it’s not so scary. And it’s all a red herring, provided by Ben to get Kate and Aaron off the Island. Ditto for Sayid and Jack – but who attacks Sayid in the hospital room? Those guys are serious about those tranq darts. Kate’s address is in his pocket. His next victim? Jack goes to get Kate, Ben and Sayid go to get Hurley. “Hurry, Jack; we’re running out of time.” Kate is relieved Jack shaved his beard … so is this all that was bothering Kate about him? A short time ago she wouldn’t even answer his phone calls. But once the beard is gone, she’s inviting him to hop in the car with her.
The lawyer leads them to Claire’s mother, but she doesn’t know anything about Aaron. Jack, trying to Fix Things as usual, almost spills the beans and ruins everything. Not for the first time I kept thinking, “Shut up, Jack!!”
Ben’s “Canton-Rainier” van (rearrange and you get reincarnation) pulls up in a parking garage, meets with the guy that threatened to take Aaron away, and visited Claire’s mom. Here comes a classic Benjamin Linus line: Sayid asks, “Who was that?” Ben: “My lawyer.” Kate, Jack, Ben, and Sun are all at the docks, and Sun looks like she’s about to succeed in her revenge. Kate figures out that Ben is behind trying to take Aaron away, and Ben makes a very good point: “But he’s not your son, Kate.”
On the Island:
Locke wants to go back to the Orchid station, via the Zodiac boat. Our time-hoppers see a bright light shooting into the sky, which is from the Swan station, when Locke bangs on the lid in 2004, and Desmond turns the light on inside. Dan figures Locke knows when they are, and lo and behold, Sawyer is lucky enough to witness the birth of Aaron, with Kate’s help. They flash, this time into the future (I think). Which is the first time our time-hoppers have gone to the future (I think). The camp is abandoned, and the Zodiac is gone. But we’ve got visitors! Two boats with and Ajira Airlines water bottle. The time-hoppers hop in the Ajira boats and start heading towards the Orchid station. Mystery people in the other Ajira boat start attacking.
I was so excited to realize that the wreckage our time-hoppers found must be Rousseau’s team, that I totally did not see it coming: The guy on the floating plank is …. Jin! JIN IS ALIVE! (I was too busy making Leonardo DiCaprio jokes.) The french team is revealed to be Rousseau’s team, right before .. LOST. But I’m sure EVERYONE figured that out way before the reaveal. I did enjoy the look on Jin’s face, though.
Who were the Ajira people? Could they be the Oceanic 6 come back to the Island? But why would they have been shooting at their friends? Could it be Widmore’s people again? For more on Ajira, read my past post about it here.
Dan reveals that he believes the nosebleeds are the cause of “Duration of Exposure to the Island”. Dan asks Miles if he’s sure about only being on the Island for two weeks. So – order of our bleeders:
—First – Charlotte, who claims to have been born on the Island, and trying to get back ever since.
—Second – Miles, who thinks he’s only been on the Island for 2 weeks. Maybe he’s Chang/Candle’s (the Orientation video guy) son? We saw Chang taking care of an infant in the very first scene of this season.
—Third – Juliet, who we know had been on the Island for about 3 years.
“Time travel is a bitch.”
When the time jump saves them: “Thank you, Lord!”
When it spits them into a great storm: “I take that back!!”
–How will Ben convince Sun that Jin is alive to get her to come back to the Island? How does Ben know in the first place?
–Rousseau’s team – will we see them get sick and Rousseau kill her whole team?
–Even though Hurley will be able to get out of jail, how will Ben get him to trust him enough to go with him back to the Island?
Desmond hunts for Faraday’s mum, Locke meets Alpert in 1954, Juliet reveals she took Others 101, Des and Penny have a baby (and name him Charlie!), and Locke may be the next Dalai Lama, and we’ve only gotten to Episode 3: Jughead. (scroll down to the bottom if you want to skip the recap and get to the good stuff.)
Penny, Desmond, and the most beautiful child I’ve ever seen travel to Great Britain to hunt for Faraday’s mother. Des promises Penny that he’ll be in and out, and her father will never even know they are there. Penny asks Des to promise never to go back to the Island; Des responds, “why would I ever want to go back there?” Foreshadowing, anyone? Des goes to Oxford to try to track her down, only to find that no Faraday was ever listed as working there. Why can’t Des remember what year he visited Faraday before? We know that it was 1996. Is his spotty memory a side effect of his conciousness travelling through time? I also noticed that when Faraday was talking to a past Desmond at the Swan station, when the white light came signaling a time jump, Des also noticed. The Others don’t notice the white light and noise.
Des discovers Faraday’s old lab, a picture of Dan and some blond chick, and a very helpful custodian who gives him the name of the “poor girl” that was the cause of Dan’s lab being shut down. The custodian mentions that other people have been poking around too … who could they be?
Des goes to Theresa Spencer’s home, the ‘poor girl’, and the blond chick that was in the photo in his lab. He discovers that she is incapacitated, most likely conciousness-time-hopping; Desmond recognized the signs as he went through it himself. Why doesn’t Des spill the secret of the Constant? Maybe it could help Theresa. Des also discovers that Widmore had been funding Dan’s research for 10 years, and had been taking care of Theresa, ever since Dan abandoned them.
Desmond brazenly barges in to Widmore’s office, demanding to know where Faraday’s mother is – revealing to him that he knows he funded Dan’s research. Widmore willingly hands over the info – he’s got her address handy in his desk drawer, she’s in L.A. It seems Widmore took Ben’s earlier threat that he would kill Penny to heart, because he seems scared that Desmond will get her involved in this rivalry that “goes back many, many years”. He advises Des to deliver his message and get Penny back in hiding. Des and Penny decide to go to LA together to find Faraday’s mother.
Meanwhile, 50 years earlier….
Miles, Dan, Charlotte and a bunch of red shirts head to the creek looking for Sawyer and Juliet. More extraneous characters bite the dust courtesy of US military issue land mines. Others intercept, and capture Miles, Dan, and Charlotte. The Others take the trio back to their camp, where an I’m-always-the-same-age Alpert makes an appearance. Alpert defends his camp, claiming that the soldiers attacked them, and forced them to kill all the soldiers- Alpert also answers to a command, just like they do. Dan figures they need to keep posing as US military, and claim they are scientists that can render the Hydrogen bomb inert. Dan and one of the Others, the young girl with a braid – Ellie – head to the H bomb.
Sawyer, Juliet, and Locke have more luck with the Others, and capture 2 that apparently speak Latin. (The uniforms are probably taken from the US military soldiers.) Juliet convinces one of them to take them to their camp, throwing the name Richard Alpert out there. How did she know he’d be there? The Other starts to reveal where the camp is, but Jones breaks his neck before he can get much out, and high tails it. Locke can’t pull the trigger, and Sawyer demands why; Locke says, “Because he’s one of my people.”
“Jones” returns to the Others’ camp, and is very cocky when talking to Richard, saying the other group is being led by an old man who can’t possibly know the Island better than he does.
Locke decides to go talk to Alpert, while Sawyer spots Faraday being led by braids at gunpoint. Sawyer and Juliet decide to leave crazy town to rescue the Geek, who, according to Sawyer, is the guy who will actually save them. Locke agrees to give them a head start, “Good luck with that.”
As Dan and braids head toward the bomb, he keeps looking at her, saying she looks really familiar. He tells her he’s their best choice at disarming the bomb, but after examining it, urges her to fill the crack with lead and bury it in concrete. Could this be what is buried under the Swan Station? Although it wouldn’t create electromagnetic energy… Dan spills the beans to Ellie that he and his group are time travelling, and he knows the bomb won’t go off because everything is still there in 50 years. Sawyer and Juliet intercept, and Sawyer says ‘son of a bitch’ for a record time when he spots the bomb.
Locke and Alpert pow-wow, Locke tells him his name, which Richard doesn’t recognize, “that supposed to mean something to me?”, then tells him that Jacob sent him, which DOES mean something to Richard. “Jones” keeps annoyingly interrupting, and finally Richard tells Widmore to shut up. Uh, wow. Locke gives Alpert the compass, claims that he is the Others leader now. Alpert is skeptical, telling Locke they have a very specific method of choosing their leader, and it starts at a very early age. Locke asks what year it is (1954), and encourages Richard to come visit him when he is born in two years. Now we know how Richard came to be there when Locke is born!! The white light threatens, and Locke desperately tries to get Richard to tell him how to get off the Island, but … time jump. Bomb, camp, and others are all gone. But Charlotte has a problem …
Is Locke the chosen one? The method that Alpert used on Locke when he visited him as a young boy echoes the method used to find the reincarnated Dalai Lama. High Lamas go to a young boy’s home, suspected to be the reincarnated Lama, and gives him several artifacts that belonged to the previous Lama, and if the boy chooses the right ones, he is believed to be the next Dalai Lama. Sound familiar? But is Locke the Others’ leader? He did pick the compass and Island sand, but also picked the knife, which was obviously wrong per Richard’s reaction. So are they still looking for the reincarnated Lama, or are stuck with Locke, who is close enough?
Faraday’s mother theory:
Ellie (braids) = Eloise? = Faraday’s mom? = why she seems so familiar to him? So does Ellie = Ms. Hawking?
What about Widmore? Could he be Faraday’s father? He and braids were on the Island as young people at the same time … and he funded Dan’s research for 10 years. And took care of Theresa after Dan went back to the states. Maybe Penny and Dan are half-brother and sister?
What do you think? Is Locke the Chosen One? Could Ellie be Faraday’s mother? Is Ellie Ms. Hawking? Could Widmore be Dan’s father?