Welcome, dear readers, to LOST...in 815 (or fewer) words. This is a variation on last season's series of Lost posts on Red Pen, Inc.--the main difference being that these posts are less rambly. However, I'm still counting on the rest of you to talk to me in the comments about your thoughts/theories about last night's season premiere--so ramble on, you guys, OK? ;)
I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about last night's episode, "Lighthouse." I kinda rolled my eyes when I heard it was gonna be a Jack episode. Aside from maybe 10 minutes during Season 1 during which I thought Jack was hot (which ceased the moment I saw Sawyer, who is the epitome of hotness and complexity), I haven't been terribly interested in him. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I don't find Jack to be particularly likable. After this episode, I'm still not sure I like him at all. Also, I was hoping for a Christian cameo last night and some sort of resolution to the Christian/Jack storyline, but that didn't happen, either. But instead--hey now, Jack's got a son? (Which, in typical Lost fashion, raises more questions, most notably "So who's the mom?")
I started to actually like Jack a little more when I saw that he was really trying to connect with his kid, David. (Also: Did anybody else get a bit of a Faraday vibe off that kid? A gifted, piano-playing child who wants to please a parent by succeeding/not failing? I'm flashing back to the beginning of that Faraday flashback episode from Season 5...this kid reminds me a bit of young Faraday.) I liked Jack there because I felt like he'd taken what he'd learned from how his father treated him and tried to make sure his son didn't suffer the same sorts of pressure.
And then Jack busted Jacob's mirror.
Cue me going back to not liking Jack so much.
Now, I'm thinking it's likely that Jacob wanted Hurley to bring Jack to the lighthouse for exactly that reason--Jacob didn't exactly look pissed when Hurley told him what happened--but still, it was a selfish, impulsive action on Jack's part. He could have learned more, a lot more, from that mirror, and now he can't. (Also: did the mechanism that turned the mirror remind anyone else of a Big Frozen Donkey Wheel? When I saw that thing being turned, that's the first thing I thought of...)
So did Jacob want that mirror destroyed? If so, was it because he needed it to be destroyed in order to attract someone--lord only knows who--to the Island? What's going through Jack's mind as he stared out at the ocean at the end of the episode? And has he done these actions by free will, or because of Jacob's influence?
On a different part of the Island, Crazy Claire was being, well...crazy. She killed a dude from the temple and has kinda threatened to kill Kate, if in fact Kate did raise her child--and we, dear readers, know that that's exactly what happened. Smart Jin for trying to lie about this to Claire--but I'm not entirely certain she believed him. And now we know for certain that Claire's "friend" is FLocke, which certainly seems to back up the notion that Claire has been "claimed."
Also: what's the significance of Dogen showing up in Jack's sideways timeline? (And, upon first seeing that Asian kid, did anyone else go "OMG, it's Ji Yeon!" before realizing that, well, it wasn't? I was all aboard the Ji Yeon train...'til i saw Dogen.) Anyone else think there was more to Dogen's "Your son has a gift" than he was letting on?
We got to see another glimpse of the skeletons (the ones in the cave) in this latest episode. One of them appeared to be wearing a dark blue button-down shirt. Did anyone else catch any more details about the skeletons? One character immediately comes to mind as someone we've seen recently on the Island, wearing a dark blue button-down shirt...
I'm gonna end this one with a couple of quotes I really enjoyed during this episode. What were some of your favorite moments? Any theories or thoughts on the mirror imagery scattered throughout the episode--Claire mirroring Rousseau, Jack bringing up his appendix operation (which we know that in the on-Island timeline, was done using a mirror), the Annotated Alice book (conjuring up thoughts of mirrors as well--and by the way, I had a total nerdy moment of excitement when I saw the book, because I have and have been re-reading that very same book), and, most obviously, the big mirror that Jack smashed? What are your thoughts on the skeletons? Shout 'em out in the Comments section!
[Regarding the lighthouse]
Jack: How is it that we'd never seen it before?
Hurley: "I guess we just weren't looking for it..."
(I'm really, really, really loving Hurley this season.)
Hurley: "Why'd you come back?"
Jack: "Because I was broken and was stupid enough to think this place could fix me."
I still may not like Jack a whole lot, but I can't help but hope that by the end of the season, he's no longer broken.
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