Thursday, March 11, 2010
Lost 6x07: Dr. Linus
If the flash sideways can be viewed as a potential reward for services rendered in the upcoming war, it seems that Ben, unlike Sayid, manages to make good on his past mistakes on the island in the sideways reality. Unwilling to sacrifice his power for his daughter on the island, in the sideways reality Ben is unable to trade Alex for power (though it seems, in classic Ben fashion, he's managed to at least establish himself as something of a power behind the throne, forcing a better-than-average recommendation for Alex out of the principal and getting himself off detention duty and back into the history club). Just as Sayid's turn to the dark side on the island was reflected in his inability to escape his past in the flash sideways, perhaps Ben's happier ending off the island is a result of his turning his back on FLocke and staying with Team Jacob on the beach.
Stuff Worth Mentioning
Principal Reynolds was played by William Atherton, who's made a name for himself playing dicks, such as EPA agent Walter Peck in "Ghostbusters" and that smarmy reporter in the first two "Die Hard" movies.
Six candidates left made me think of the Oceanic Six.
I'm positive Richard's assertion that Hurley not listen to Jacob was born of his anger at Jacob for seemingly jacking him around, and not because Richard believes Jacob to be evil or anything.
Jack's a man of faith now. That stunt with the dynamite was on par with some of Locke's crazy actions, and the first time in a long time that I really liked Jack.
In Sawyer's secret stash, Ben found a nudie magazine and a copy of "The Chosen" by Chaim Potok.
I loved that in an episode which featured Dr. Artz in the flash sideways, the location that led to his ultimate demise was revisited for the first time in a long time on the island.
Ben "gassed" his dad in both realities.
Locke tried to convince Ben to usurp his superior in both realities.
Alex's last name is Rousseau in the flash sideways.
By rejoining the others at the beach, Ben became the first person to seemingly turn down an offer from Smokey.
Miles got his hands on Nikki and Paulo's diamonds.
The episode closed with another callback to early seasons: the happy slow-mo reunion on the beach set to Giacchino strings. The ending was in stark contrast to the ending of the last episode: sunny, bright, happy as opposed to menacing, dark and shadowed.
The sides appear to have been drawn, with Team Jacob consisting of Jack, Hurley, Sun, Ilana, Richard, Ben, Miles and Lapidus and Team Smokey being Sawyer, Sayid, Claire, and the remaining Others, with Kate and Jin as wild cards, more aligned with Smokey due to proximity and circumstance than anything.
Ilana took the Jacob ash because it was the closest thing she had to his body, and wanted Miles to read it. Jacob was the closest thing she had to a father.
Appearances to the contrary, Jacob didn't want Ben to kill him.
Richard's lack of aging is a gift from Jacob, as is any touch from Jacob. Richard is connected in some way to the Black Rock.
The scene with Sideways Ben and his father confirms definitively that the Sideways reality deviated from the island reality before Jughead detonated.
Jack seems to have realized what Jacob was trying to tell him by showing him the lighthouse: that he is meant for a higher purpose on the island.
Frank missed piloting Oceanic Flight 815 because he overslept.
Ben again mentioned his off-island network of connections. Where did that come from? Is it an Others thing, or a Ben thing?
What is Richard's connection to the Black Rock?
If Jacob's touch is a gift, does it mean all the Losties he touched will be long lived like Richard, or is the gift specific to each recipient?
Since Sideways Alex is a Rousseau, how/why did her French parents end up in LA?
Did Jacob allow Ben to kill him because he saw that ultimately, it would lead to this moment, when Ben seemingly starts on the path towards redemption?
How did Widmore find the island again?
Next Week: Recon
Sawyer and Kate reunite as we catch up with FLocke and company. And with a title like that, I'm betting it's a Sawyer episode.