I thought I was going to have to do math this week – functions and binomial equations were mentioned during pre-screening – but luckily what we saw was the equal and opposite of “the constant”.
I may go a bit unorganized here and just do a running list of questions. Let’s go.
- Who is Penelope’s mother?
- Who else in the narrative – outside of those on either flight (Oceanic 815/Ajira 316) and the boat folks – is experiencing their linear lives out of calendar order?
- What do any of these numbers mean?
- Who are the other women in Faraday’s life?
- Can the past or future be changed?
Maybe it’s Eloise, which means Daniel & Penelope are the Luke & Leia of Lost. Or maybe I’m projecting based on the “Hoth” reference from two weeks ago.
I really don’t have an answer here, but my gut tells me that there are others who are unstuck in time based on the events of the island. Plus, how hardcore is Eloise’s belief in destiny that she would send her own son to his death at her own hands.
BONUS: who else guessed that Widmore was Faraday’s dad? Show of hands (be honest).
Also: loved LaFleur/Sawyer calling Faraday “H.G. Wells”. Gotta love The Time Machine.
“They’re all going to get hurt.” Or kill you 30 years in the past. Nice touches though to tie in all the previous Faraday flashbacks.
Theresa, Carolyn and Charlotte, for sure, plus Eloise. Who else?
I’m still listing this item as “TBD” but it’s interesting that Faraday changed his mind on the subject.
In all fairness, he seemed sick and suffering some memory loss when he was dependent on “the constant”. On the other hand, he walked right into his own death, probably a little bit aware of what his mother might do.
Which begs the question: did Faraday have some kind of death wish to escape any “destiny” his mother had “planned”?
Would fulfilling your purpose in the face of supposedly being smart enough to avoid it count as a revolutionary act?
Did Eloise expect him to change anything or is she firmly in “the constant” camp (especially since she told Penelope she didn’t know what would happen next).
Working against Faraday: his own words: “I tried to avoid saying this (to Charlotte). I didn’t think I could change things; maybe I can.”
Gut check time: if you had to write the final scene in the entire series (just over a season away) do the events on the island ever “happen” or is there some kind of global reset that isn’t quite Newhart or a Snow Globe or Purgatory but is somehow satisfying? I’m leaning that way myself but I’m willing to entertain alternate theories.
Related to the “big question” above, where do our characters belong?
Together? (Live together, die alone)
Apart? (Whatever happened, happened)
What will happen?
Very existential, I know, but nice to see the greatest themes of Lost front and center.
Good episode. Only two left this season.
See you next week and in the comments!