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? ;)
Last week's episode, "What Kate Does," was not a holy shit type of episode.
This week's episode, "The Substitute," more than made up for that.
This episode wasn't huge on answers, but it was big on making us feel like the answers are on their way. For instance, we don't know quite why the numbers--you know, those numbers--are written on the ceiling of a cave alongside names of some of the 815 passengers. Flocke says it's because said people are potential "candidates" (to lead the Island), but let's face it--who's gonna trust Flocke a whole lot these days? Lost is a show brimming with unreliable narrators, and we have nu guarantee that characters on this show actually speak the truth--in fact, they generally do quite the opposite (a-hem, Ben, you lying rat, telling Ilana that Flocke killed Jacob when we all know you helped!). But the numbers being on the ceiling does seem to hint that we'll understand why the numbers were so important in the first place, and also insinuates that the people whose names are not crossed off the list are all special for some reason. I'm not taking Flocke at face value, though--there's no way in hell that in the fourth episode of the final season, with more than 10 episodes left to go, that they're spilling the answer to why these people are on the Island so soon.
We got handed another mystery tonight: Who's that blond kid in the woods? My theories:
a. It's (young) Jacob.
b. It's (a slightly older) Aaron.
c. Jacob = Aaron somehow (sideways universes colliding?), and this child is that entity.
Flocke seemed spooked by that kid, didn't he? Which leads me to believe that kid is absolutely connected to Jacob in some way or another.
We got to see a different side of Richard Alpert during this episode. We saw this man, a man who has not seemed to ever age and who generally seems to be confident and knowledgeable, look absolutely petrified. We saw him get dumped out of some sort of trap/bag-like contraption, and then later we saw him desperately trying to avoid Flocke in the woods. The normally unflappable Richard Alpert is acting all kinds of scared now.
We got to see the return of badass Sawyer. Tortured as though he may be, I've gotta admit that drunken Sawyer was delightful to watch. I'm getting the impression that he knows Flocke's bad news, but he wants to escape the Island so badly that he's willing to go along with Flocke. Loved the scene at the entrance to the cave, where Flocke seemed to tip the scale--a scale on which there were rocks, one side light and one side dark. (And where have we heard of such a thing before? That scene in season 1 where Locke--the real Locke--was telling Waaaaaaaalt! about backgammon--that scene that so many Losties think foreshadowed the point of the entire freakin' series...)
We saw some surprising familiar faces pop up in Locke's sideways timeline. Hurley! Rose! And...Ben? Teaching European history? That was just fantastic. I was convinced we were going to see Jack, too, but Helen tore up Jack's business card (and then made out with Locke--OK, is it just me, or did we see a little more Locke-related intimacy than we'd ever wanted to? Locke making out, Locke in the bathtub, Locke about to explain sex ed to a classroom full of kids... But Locke in Love? Truly and deeply in love, and having that love reciprocated? Now THAT was fantastic.).
I have no idea how or when the Lost timelines are going to collide or otherwise impact one another in a major way, but it can't be far from now. It looks like everyone on the Island is getting ready to head to the temple (some of them are already there, the Sun/Ben/Ilana/Lapidus group is headed there, and I'm willing to bet, now that Sawyer told Flocke that people were at the temple, that Flocke will want to head there as well...plus, we already know that those two other Others are probably going to be bringing Jin back there...), which would get everybody in the current Island timeline all in the same place at the same time. And what will happen then...?
What do you think, fellow Losties? Shout it out in the Comments section below!
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