I think tonight’s episode of Lost, Cabin Fever, was fairly busy, even by Lost’s standards. The effects of having a strike-shortened 13 episodes instead of 16 maybe?
Either way a pivotal episode because of all the new questions because of the expansion of the narrative.
Here are the talking points:
- Dharma Recruiters
- John Locke’s Journey
- The Island
- Death, Time and Alliances
I think we should really think about calling them Island recruiters because I believe they work for neither the Dharma/Hanso/Other/Ben faction or the Widmore faction.
Richard Alpert is both an “other” who opposed Dharma and helped Ben, but he also had a stake in Locke’s early life on at least two occassions.
Matthew Abbadon also met up with Locke later in life, encouraged his walkabout and works, I assume, for Widmore. He helped bring together the non-Keamy boat crew. See Hunter’s excellent comment on that issue.
Christian Shepherd is directly related to three family members on the island (Jack, Claire, Aaron), came to the island himself in a casket, and also tooled around Sydney with Ana Lucia. How many others has he touched and who, outside of the island, is he aligned with?
I think Ben has likely acted as a “recruiter” of sorts as well. His knowledge of the 815 survivors and some of his flashes hint at as much. His ultimate “master”, if that metaphor applies, seems to be the island, but I’m unsure about just how these folks are getting it’s messages?
Is the island sending mixed messages?
Is it as some people describe talking to (G)god?
Is the message open to interpretation is this indicative of the struggle between Ben Linus and Charles Widmore?
Well, now we know that Locke had parent issues, not solely father issues and it looks like he became orphaned.
I’m not sure whether I think his father will turn out to be the man who seduced his young mother or his adoptive father. This late at night I’m not really sure which would be better/worse or more interesting. Maybe someone out there has a stronger feeling one way or the other.
I don’t think it’s Richard Alpert, that’s for sure.
I also dig that tonight was a pretty clear flashback. It really hearkened back to those first 2 seasons and Locke is always a favorite.
I may need to rent the DVDs (I know I’m letting folks down by admitting that I don’t own them) to see if any of these recruiters I mention above appear anywhere in the cult that Locke ends up with. Maybe Alpert? Surely he would have remembered Abbadon and we would have noted Christian.
Out of time with the boat? Check.
Capable of getting stuck, “Help me Obi-wan”-style in a loop of a dead guy (Horace the Mathematician) chopping down trees to build the cabin? Check.
“Chosing” Locke over Ben? Check.
Now I don’t know who Jacob is or why Horace built his cabin or how Ben was told to kill those “D.I.” folks, but that Island is awesome.
Oh, one more!
Moving island? Check. [Old entry to that point: Lost Numbers as GPS coordinates].
And what will it take to move the island?
Where does Keamy *know* Ben is going?
What do those Dharma-imprinted secondary plans say?
How stupid is Jack for thinking the package Lapidus dropped indicates that they should follow him? (Or how dumb am I for thinking otherwise?)
Will Sayid make it back to the Island on bearing 305 before it is moved?
I don’t know anything. I’m only and expert on this blog and even then it’s shaky. But I *LOVE* the Island.
So much so, in fact, that I hope the next 2 seasons deal with it only in flashbacks. I want to learn about the island by not being there in the regular narrative. I want it’s story to unfold as if it were a person.
Maybe it *is* a person. Maybe it’s Krakoa (for all you X-Men fans)?
Cool how the Doctor met his demise so soon after being told of the time differential. Maybe Lapidus (and Keamy’s crew) and/or Sayid experience an equal and/or opposite(?) effect?
What to make of Hurley staying with Locke when he was offered the chance to leave?
The differences and similarities between Locke and Ben.
What price will Locke pay for being chosen?
How else will Ben pay?
Why is Lapidus so committed to helping the 815 crew?
What was motivating the captain?
How much did he really know about his employer (Widmore) and the Island?
Why are the Oceanic Six the Oceanic Six?
Will we see Jacob this season?
What is the nature of Christian’s “speaking on his (Jacob’s) behalf”?
Why is Claire with Christian?
What is the ultimate plan for Aaron? Seems to me he’s being groomed to be the “next” chosen one. Orphaned, et cetera.
Locke’s eyes opening. Twice.
Geronimo Jackson album cover (inside Locke’s locker. And who was the photo of the old man? Hanso?)
Games being played, in this case Backgammon.
Birth (and specifically an emergency birth).
A car accident.
Music (Buddy Holly’s “Everyday”).
I’m sure I missed a few.
Here’s the list of items Alpert showed Locke. Any guesses as to their significance?
Book of Laws
Grain in a jar (what kind of kernels/grain?)
Comic Book (A Mystery title with something to do about an island)
Sure, even at that young age Locke was trying to redefine himself by going for the knife just as he did later repeating his “Don’t tell me what I can’t do” line.
What other parts of Locke’s past echoed his future and vice versa? What did I miss? And what does the intervention of Alpert and Abbadon tell us? Did Ben also visit Locke at some point in the past? How about Widmore? Jacob, Christian or “The Island” even?
It’s way too late and I lost steam about 30 minutes ago.
Suffice it to say I loved this episode and I haven’t been disappointed in this shortened season.
Next week: Oceanic Six!
As always, I know I’ve left huge gaps. Fill some in with comments.
UPDATE: Disregard all my silliness about Anthony Cooper and his relation to Locke. I had forgotten that this was settled previously. Late night posting sucks.
Also, please read Doc Jensen’s EW recap. He’s much smarter and more eloquent than I am.