Tonight’s episode of Lost, Something Nice Back Home, was very satisfying if you like things “working out” but Lost is binary and every positive has a corresponding negative. Read on for the recap:
- Something Nice Back Home
- Hurley, Charlie, Christian, Jack & Claire
- Old Habits
- Show Tropes
- Collusions, Delusions, Confusion
Bernard speaks the titular line to Jack before his Apendectomy and it certainly is a reference to Jack playing house with Kate and Aaron post-trial in the future off-island.
It’s important to note that Jack does have an Apendectomy scar in those flash-forward scenes. He’s also living in the house where we saw Kate & Aaron in the trial episode.
I’ll throw out there the possibility that the storyline in the future is just some kind of “appendix” to the rest of the story. A nice little detour farther into the future, or along some parallel and/or opposing path, than what we would have gotten otherwise. Just a thought.
Question: what do we think of Rose’s “diagnosis”? What to make of Jack’s illness? The island trying to keep him there? A punishment for some transgression/failure to commune?
This is a bit convoluted to me (what in Lost isn’t) but my wife made the observation that Charlie and Christian both appear to Hurley and Jack just on the outskirts of their homes/buildings/offices. I don’t know that there’s anything revelatory here, but maybe it’s something to do with them not being able to “enter” a place, just appear around. I don’t know. I’m just spit-balling.
I also loved that Christian made an appearance on and off island in both present and future. Important, I think, but just how is questionable.
I’m also curious whether we think Charlie and Christian are ghosts or not? And do we buy into Hurley’s admission that “We’re all dead; we never got off that island.”?
Are we meant to think Hurley is more than just crazy?
Are we meant to believe that this future is yet another afterlife/heaven/purgatory macguffin?
Does the state of the characters (alive, dead, between) ultimately affect the storyline, or is their continued interconnectedness the real story (see above macguffin point)?
While I enjoy the mystery of not knowing who/what Charlie and Christian represent, I think they’re actually just cyphers for the journey of Jack and Hurley, ultimately pulling both characters more towards their natural predilections: for Jack the drunken failure with Daddy issues and for Hurley the unlucky sad sack.
I think those “ghosts” are the albatrosses that Jack and Hurley are yoked to and unless/until they confront those fears/beings, they won’t grow. As to whether or not those “ghosts” want both back on the island or to accomplish some other task(s) I don’t know.
Hurley’s still crazy.
Kate still lies and sneaks around.
Jack still boozes it up and mixes it with pills (via prescription).
What has really changed in the future?
That people are proposing to Kate? Already been done.
That Jack is still trying to save the world through medicine and working too hard? Check.
These people want change and growth, they just can’t gain perspective because they still have one another.
Maybe Jack wasn’t “supposed to raise him [Aaron]” as Charlie tells him via Hurley.
Maybe Jack’s right that Kate isn’t even related to Aaron even though she’s the only mother the boy has.
Maybe Kate was/wasn’t doing something for Sawyer? And what was it?
Maybe Hurley is dead, at least in some way, because he isn’t on the island.
Ok, so I’m taking some liberties, but I think the point I’m trying to make is this: the future is the past. And I’m not talking time travel, but I am talking island. But not the actual island, but the lesson of the island.
The reward they received was freedom from the island but the price they paid was servitude to their old masters: themselves. And we all know just how (not) rosy that was previously.
I don’t know if I’ve got a greater point except to say that I was previously certain that their journey would involve a round trip to the island but now I’m not so sure. Give me an episode or two, I’ll flip-flop again.
What is clear is that leaving the island and having one another didn’t make everything “heaven” so Hurley is wrong in that regard. Just how “hellish” things get, that’s another story (I hope).
Alice in Wonderland (wasn’t that the book Jack read Aaron?)
Close-ups of eyes (Jack’s in the show open)
I’m sure I’m missing a few more, but you know where Lostpedia is.
Oh, and did anyone else think that Jack heard Kate’s voice before opening his eyes to reveal Juliet or was that just me? Foreshadowing of the flash-forward and/or Juliet’s admissions about Jack or what?
Why is Sawyer so protective of Claire?
What are her visions? Are they more than just Christian?
Why didn’t Miles follow Claire?
Why did Claire leave Aaron?
How/when/why did Charlotte learn Korean?
I’m sure I’m missing a ton more, but it’s late.
Overall a really dense episode that simultaneously gave us some well-earned glimpses to the future but also left a lot of room to expand upon in upcoming seasons.
I’m really dying to know whether or not those Oceanic Six (or some subset) ever go back to the island.
Plus, I dig that we’re getting less island-centric and more about the relationships and the stories post island.
UPDATE: I screwed up the post timing in WordPress, so I apologize if my recap has been hiding for most/all of you.
A few additional thoughts:
How/why did some/all of Keamy’s men survive the smoke monster?
When exactly does the Jack/Kate proposal fit into the future timeline? It’s post-trial but is it pre-bearded freakout?