Other than the obvious reason for the episode title – it was the name of the bomb – are there any other touchpoints for “Jughead” in the episode. A 50’s commentary on Archie & Jughead comics? A reference to that character as a kind of Maynard G. Krebs-a-like (and isn’t there some amount of internet research that relates Archie/Jughead to Dobie Gillis/Maynard G. Krebs.) and that the bomb couldn’t even do its job/”work”?
Anyhow, I digress. On with the recapping and pontificating.
- Charles Widmore
- Charles (Charlie) Widmore Hume
- Time like a piece of string
- Theresa Spencer
His jumpsuit was labeled “Jones” for the record.
Here’s my big jumping-off point: I think (and I have no empirical evidence of this) that what we saw in the travel-back to 1954 actually pre-dates the Dharma Initiative.
Now we know for certain that the “Others”/”Hostiles” get more feral around the time that Ben Linus is a young man because of the tactics and appearance of Richard Alpert, but I’m having a hard time figuring out how the Other/Dharma Initiative connection gets sorted out.
I will say this, I think that the Swan station contains the buried hydrogen bomb “Jughead”.
If Chang/Haliwax was directing the construction of the other hatches around sources of energy, they might have known about the presence of the bomb and planned around it. Or they could have been forced to do so because Alpert’s “Others” hadn’t buried it correctly (hence the numbers/button-pushing OR the “Others” did a shoddy job on purpose, but I can’t figure why.
I’m off on a big tangent here, but the key is this: I think from a very early point (at least 1954) the “Others” were co-opting things from interlopers to the island an making them their own, a strategy Ben employed when Flight 815 crashed and an explanation for Widmore being “Jones”: they’d put on the fatigues of the fallen soldiers.
I’d also like to point out that in Widmore’s present timeline office he had two pieces of art. The one closest to the door I couldn’t make out, even in HD, but the other had the word “NAMASTE” at the top and contained a polar bar, a mountain range and what appeared to be numbers along the bottom.
I love the people behind this show for giving us a son for Desmond and Penelope whose name means he is simultaneously named after his Grandfather and the man (Charlie Pace) who gave his life to save his father (Desmond).
Charlotte marked for death (not a surprise given last week’s episodes) by her clothes. Well met.
I’m gonna take another detour off into speculative land, but it seems to me that while time is described as being linear – in as much as past actions can’t be undone and the future cannot be changed – the past, present and future can all interact with one another.
If time is a piece of string – linear by it’s very design – it can also be folded or tied or laid on top of itself to create intersections and the show is showing us the beautiful and intricate patterns and paths that will lead all these people back to the island.
They are there “now” – if that even has meaning – because they were there before.
Certainly we now know why Alpert met with John Locke when Locke was a child and we’re getting the barest of glimpses as to why the people on Flight 815 were somehow thrust together on that island. It wasn’t chance. It was a coordinated effort by Widmore, Alpert, Linus or Jacob. Or potentially someone we haven’t met yet. But they were/are/will be there because of the fact that they were/are/will be there.
It’s circular logic to be sure but it’s also a transitive property and, apparently, time obeys it.
So I think we’re to assume Faraday experimented on her just as he experimented on the rats. Did he also experiment on himself.
And, given all the time-shifting you’ll forgive me if I ask: did the Faraday of the “past” know about the crash of Flight 815 before it happened? Even I’m a bit confused at this point.
I do know that I’m pretty well convinced that Faraday’s mom is, in fact, Ms. Hawking. You guys?
I’m sure I’m missing a boatload of stuff, but I’m just happy to have caught the Widmore/Jones thing and the Namaste artwork, I leave it up to you, gentle blog reader to comment on the rest.
Oh, and John Locke’s birthday is May 30, 1956 in Tustin, California. Anyone want to crunch the “numbers” on that one and/or find the historical relevance?
Lastly, the Physics lab bore the title “Claredon 142-08” if things like that interest you.
Until next week.