Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jin and Sun get something to do

Yea, Jin and Sun DID get something to do but I still was not crazy about tonight's ep, Of course the writers' rarely give Jin and Sun anything meaningful to do. At least they got a lot of lines tonight! And I kind of liked their chemistry in the sideways. I wonder: If Sun dies, does something happen to "real" Sun in "our" timeline? Or nothing... I don't think we've seen a sideways lostie die, and I seem to remember hearing Darlton comment somewhere that we should wonder about what happens if someone dies in the alt.

Big reveal tonight: Locke needs to bring all the candidates off the island. Guess he can't kill them and can't let them stay to replace Jacob, so taking them with him is the alternative.

I'm kind of liking Widmore, freaky as that is. Maybe it's the voice. Great voice. And the other big reveal of the night, that everything they know and love with "cease to be" if Smokey leaves the island - what's that mean? That the world ceases to be? Or that another timeline takes over? At least Widmore seems to pretty much know what he's up against and what he's supposed to do which makes a nice change.

Also: Jin is buff. Those arms... wow. Guy has been working out while he was in Dharma! And very cool to see old Radzinski (killer of Charlie) back, even though he had two eyes now (until the very end at least).

Very glad to see Desmond back. Now why the hell is he back though? Is he a candidate? Or just sufficiently time-jumping to be of use somehow?

Widmore's presence makes me really wonder. I initially thought he might be allied with Smokey, but now it seems that's not true. He used to be leader of the Others, then got booted... but obviously never gave up on finding the island again. So was he some kind of alternate plan Jacob had? Or did he end up making up his own plan when he was kicked off? And what role did Faraday and his mom play in all of this?

Finally: someone for the love of all that is holy get that DAMN HAIR off Claire's head. That thing bugs me more than Kate right now. Just get it off her. Pretend she has a hair cut, finds some conditioner, braids her hair... whatever. Just let that thing go. Release it into the wild.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ab Aeterno quotes

''Think of this wine for what you keep calling hell. There are many other names for it, too. Malevolence. Evil. Darkness. And here it is, swirling around in the bottle, unable to get out because if it did, it would spread. The cork is this island. And it's the only thing keeping the darkness where it belongs. That man who sent you to kill me thinks that everyone is corruptible because it's in their very nature to sin. I bring people here to prove him wrong. And when they get here, their past doesn't matter.''
And from EW:
Ricardo asked if others had been brought to The Island before him. ''Yes. Many,'' Jacob said. Ricardo asked what happened to them. ''They're all dead,'' he replied matter-of-factly. (Both Pellegrino and Titus Welliver as Man In Black injected their line readings with some knowing humor that lightened the mood while making their characters even more inscrutable and unsettling.) Ricardo asked a crucial question: How come Jacob doesn't take a more active role in shepherding his spiritual reclamation projects? ''Because I want them to help themselves. To be able to tell the difference between right and wrong without me having to tell them, it's all meaningless if I have to force them to do anything! Why should I have to step in?'' Richard's reply: ''If you don't, he will.''
Also, there's an excellent interview with Nestor Carbonell here. Definitely a good read.

And I'm in love with this recap/review from LA Times. I'll have to read there more often!

But none of this would work without the emotional core at the center of the episode, which is the story of Richard Alpert and the woman he loved and lost, and the way the Island could bring them together, but not really. We've talked about how the Man in Black gives you what you want, but there's always some sort of twist that keeps you from really having it, and how Jacob gives you what you want but in such a way that you can never really have it. And so, Jacob and the Island returns Isabella to Richard for a few moments more, but only a few moments. You can never really get what you want in this world or in the world of "Lost." Richard Alpert has spent a lifetime trying to get back a handful of moments, a silvery cross that proves ultimately worthless to everyone but him. Things slip through your fingers, and the Island, then, acts as a kind of repository, a place where you can live out those last moments one more time before getting on to the work you have to do. It's a hard life, but someone has to live it, over and over and over again.
Screencaps thanks to LA Times and Lostpedia.

A cork

What a great episode. Nestor Carbonell got to show some serious acting chops, and we found out a truckload of stuff about the island and Jacob and Smokey and the statue (how it broke!) and The Black Rock. In the Lost-verse, this one was truly epic. Carbonell had me totally sold on Alpert, as usual.

Mirroring his despair when he lost his wife and almost his life with his despair after losing Jacob, and his faith in the island was very effective I thought. And Carbonell's eyelashes were truly ON last night! He is the god of eyelashes for sure.

All in all it was a beautiful episode. And it showed us a lot.

  • Jacob fighting like a champ when Alpert came to kill him, showing us that he could have stopped Ben if he'd wanted to.
  • Smokey using the exact words and the exact same knife Dogen did with Sayid when he sent Alpert out to kill Jacob. What's that mean? I'm not sure, but it's surely significant somehow.
  • Jacob's exasperation at people not doing their bit being good!
  • Alpert asking to live forever, just like I had suspected: "May the gods grant you your heart's desire" indeed!
  • Hurley talking to dead people again: his role is becoming more and more significant this year.
  • And the opening scene, with the losties actually sharing information at the campfire was as groundbreaking as anything: we've never seen that before.

  • And that whole analogy about hell (or whatever people call it, paraphrasing Jacob) and the island being the cork holding evil in and protecting the rest of the world: WOW. Smokey leaving is apparently Very Bad News.

This episode deserves lots of straight up quotes, and I'm hoping a transcript of the show will be up somewhere shortly!

Screencaps thanks to Lostpedia.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What is that Smokey up to?

Even though I wasn't crazy about last night's ep, I am now mulling over it just as much as I usually do with Lost.

Why would Smokey send Sawyer to the other island? Maybe to show him the dead people there. If Smokey killed them, he might have figured that's what Sawyer would figure out too, and that's the threat: if you don't do what I say, all the people you care about will die too.

Why does Smokey need followers anyway? That's what I'm starting to wonder today. He needs them for something. Hostages maybe?

Also, Doc Jensen at EW has a good theory about Flocke's and Kate's conversation:
''My mother was crazy. Long time ago before I looked like this, I had a mother just like everyone. She was a very disturbed woman. And as a result of that, I had some growing pains. Problems that I'm still trying to work my way through. Problems that could have been avoided if things had been different.''

Kate wanted to know: Why was FLocke telling her this?

''Because Aaron has a crazy mother, too.''

We were left to wonder what exactly Kate was supposed to make of that story, and what she actually took away from it. To me, it sounded like FLocke was trying to convince Kate that Claire was an unfit mother. To me, it sounded like he wanted Kate to move off the dream of reuniting Clair and Aaron. To me, it sounded like he wanted Kate to think about saving Aaron from Claire lest he become a scary super-monster like FLocke. To me, it sounded like FLocke was… setting Kate up to murder Claire.
I think for some reason, one of the most important things in the big scheme of things will be that Claire did not raise Aaron in this timeline. And now maybe Smokey's trying to make Kate think it's better if Aaron is not raised by Claire. But that is a lie imo. It was pounded into us from S1 that it IS important and I think it will be this season too. Kate will have to make a choice, and the only right choice will be to reunite Claire and Aaron, even if it means terminating this timeline where that did not happen.

Also, it's interesting now to think that in the ep The Brig, Sawyer killed Locke's dad aka "Original Sawyer". Locke was supposed to do it but couldn't, so he got Sawyer to do it for him. Wonder when that confrontation will happen in the alt too? I'm betting it will.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Recon: so over this Sawyer

This was my least favourite ep of the season, even though I do like Sawyer and even better: Miles with Sawyer (Sawyer just seems to couple up nicely with a lot of people, like Hurley, Juliet and Miles).

Fake Locke talking about his crazy mom was interesting. I think he was telling the truth, but that his purpose was partly to try to manipulate Kate in some way. I'm surprised Claire didn't flip her lid on Smokey for lying to her about who had taken Aaron. Either she will later, or she's so nuts she has totally gone soft in the head. I do have a feeling that Smokey rarely lies. He just chooses to tell a part of the truth and spin it in a way that serves his purpose.

So now it seems we have Sawyer back to where he was when he was going to leave the island with Juliet: willing to leave without rescuing anyone else (Jin, Claire, Sun, Miles, Jack, Hurley...). I'm kind of over that Sawyer. I've seen him before and I hope that its all part of a cover or his grief and that it will wear off soon. He did after all tell Jin that he'd like to save him and Sun too... though who knows when that'll happen the way they're keeping the Kwon's apart.

Will this all end with time-skipping Juliet from last season shooting at someone in another canoe when people are headed over to Hydra island? That scene from last season always seemed like a set up for a future re-visit to me. Juliet shooting at someone in another canoe and hitting them, and then another time-flash took everyone to some other time all together... Who did she hit? Wait and see, like everything else!

Interesting that it seems Widmore is not working for Smokey. Is he working for Jacob? Or is he, maybe, in it for himself? To exploit the island or whatever? Is Eloise Hawking with him? Is Desmond? Penny?

More and more I'm getting the feeling that The Others and Jacob weren't so much protecting the island from Smokey (because let's face it, he seemed to roam there as he pleased pretty much), but that their purpose (maybe Jacob's purpose?) at least partly was to prevent Smokey from getting OFF the island. I really do think that if that's what Smokey wants, it's probably NOT a good idea for most everyone else. Not sure why, but there you go. It's Lost after all...

Sawyer and Charlotte hooking up felt really odd and random btw. Just... weird.

Did Smokey kill the passengers from the Ajira plane?

Finally: did Evangeline do something to her lips? I just thought her upper lip seemed bigger than usual, but maybe it's just my usual Kate-venom that clouded my vision... ;)

Screencaps thanks to Lost-Media.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Doc Arzt may be on to something...

I like the way he thinks here. Not sure it's 100% correct, but there is something to it. The alt is the timeline without the donkey wheel and the time traveling Locke. That has to mean something.

Redemption and other things to mull over

Last night's episode, "Dr Linus", was a magnificent episode. Not because of any "answers" it provided or any myth development (though there was some of that too). No, it was magnificent because of the acting and the characters in it. It showcased Ben and Michael Emerson at their absolute finest. Also, it showed us that Ilana, who has basically been a mysterious dark-haired maybe-know-it-all, has the capacity for something we don't see a lot of in the Lost-verse: forgiveness.

There has always been a strong undertow of redemption in Lost. People have speculated since season 1 whether the island is some kind of purgatory or a place where the lost, troubled souls of the 815 passengers have a chance to, yes, redeem themselves. The makers of the show have said again and again that it's NOT purgatory of course, but that doesn't mean the island doesn't have elements of purgatory and redemption.

Sawyer's changed from a selfish con-man bastard to a good man and lately, maybe, back to a bastard again (though I doubt it). Jin and Sun are on better terms than they ever were before the island. Rose was cured of her cancer. Desmond's life was saved by Locke finding the hatch (and maybe finding Desmond also saved, and cursed, Locke as well). But no single moment in the entire show has been so cathartic and redemptive and brimful of grace as the scene in the jungle between Ben and Ilana.

When Ben was tempted by Smokey to run, grab the gun and kill Ilana, I was sure Ben would at least try it. And he did. Kind of. Except that he didn't pull the trigger and neither did she. And then Ben did what he never does: he spilled his guts for real: in desperation yes, but also I think because he was exhausted. He's seen Alex killed, he's killed Locke and he has killed Jacob. In hindsight he regrets every one of those deaths. And Miles revelation that Jacob was hoping Ben would NOT kill him seemed to wound him as well. Like it had been a test and he'd failed.

So he spills his guts to Ilana and ends it with the pathetic confession that he's only joining Smokey because no one else will have him. No one else will have this twisted, self-serving, manipulative, lying, murderous bastard. Ben, the man who killed his own father, killed his friends and colleagues in Dharma and threw them in a pit to rot, killed Locke in cold blood, killed Jacob, stalked Juliet's every waking moment... that Ben. The Ben who watched Keamy kill Alex instead of offering himself in her stead. But Ilana says the magic words. She says "I'll have you." It was maybe the most religious moment ever in Lost, and I mean that in a good way. It was absolution for Ben, forgiveness, grace... And the way the two actors played the moment it was brilliant and heartbreaking and just right.

Ben grew up as the child who was not wanted, as the child who was blamed for his mother's death, who must always on some level have felt guilty to be alive. It is to Michael Emerson and the writers' credit that I can see that pitiful child in Ben, even when he's at his very worst and that I feel sorry for him even when I want people to whack him over the head.

Some other thoughts:

  • When Ben said "He changed the rules" in the episode The Shape of Things to Come, I used to assume he meant that Widmore changed the rules and allowed Keamy to kill Alex. Now I wonder if he meant Jacob. Did he think Alex was protected somehow by Jacob and then felt betrayed when she died? That would make the act of summoning Smokey as revenge even more interesting.
  • What does Jacob's touch do? According to Alpert, he has not aged because he received a gift/curse from Jacob. Also, he can't kill himself. He can die and he can be killed, but he can't kill himself. Just like Michael couldn't kill himself because the island wouldn't let him. Just like Widmore and Ben couldn't kill each other. Just like Ben couldn't kill Locke (at least not on the island). Just like all the losties survived a plane crash that should have killed them. Just like the dynamite did not kill Jack. Does Jacob's touch mean that you are somehow drawn to the island and also protected on it?

  • Is Jack now a man of faith? He seems to be. All that time the original Locke was telling him they were there for a reason and he didn't believe it. Remember Locke's note to Jack "I wish you had believed me." It's taken Jack this long to actually believe it and he needed to see the magic mirrors for it to really sink in. I am going to very interested in seeing this new Jack handle things on the island now.
  •  And finally: when will we find out wtf is up with Claire? She's gone from cupcake sweet to feral squirrel and in between we got her abandoning Aaron in the jungle and oddly content in the cabin with Christian. Smiling when the fact that her baby was NOT on the island was mentioned
CLAIRE: Hi, John.
LOCKE: What're you doing here?
CLAIRE: Don't worry. I'm fine. I'm with him.
LOCKE: Wh--where's the baby?
CHRISTIAN: The baby's where he's supposed to be, and that's not here. It's probably best that you don't tell anyone that you saw her.
LOCKE: Why? Why is she--
CHRISTIAN: We don't have time for this. The people from the boat are already on their way back, and once they get here, all of these questions won't matter one bit. So why don't you ask the one question that does matter?
LOCKE: How do I save the island?
 It does not compute for me yet. Did she forget all that? What? I wish they'd address it because it is seriously annoying the crap out of me that she is now so mad at people for taking care of the child SHE left in the jungle.

Screencaps thanks to Lostpedia and Lost-Media.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Dr Linus

Michael Emerson rocked the house tonight in one of the most touching episodes of Lost in a looooong time. I was actually tearing up when Ben told Ilana his story.

No matter what terrible evil things he's done, there's always that little, broken boy inside of him that always feels as though he's on the outside looking in. What a fantastic character and what a fantastic actor. All these years after he got caught in Rousseau's trap and called himself Henry Gale, and now we have this Ben, this horrible, broken, pitiful, scheming little man who will make you want to slap him and hug him all at the same time.

As for Alpert, I think he might have asked for immortality or asked not to age, and Jacob granted it in exchange for his service. Just like he saved Dogen's son in exchange for his service. But I am interested to find out how Jacob's touch changed the other people he touched: I don't think it means immortality. Even for Alpert, he didn't say he couldn't die, just that he couldn't kill himself.

And Widmore's on the way. To the Hydra station presumably. I wonder if his deal with Smokey is to take over the island: kind of the position Smokey just offered to Ben. Maybe there will be a new Smokey and a new Jacob in the end? Locke and Jack butting heads for all eternity?

I was giggling when Miles actually got out the diamonds! That stupid ep with Nikki and Paolo... I was wondering if that would ever come back to haunt us.

In the enhanced version of Sundown, it said at the end that Kate knows Locke is "on the wrong side". So I guess Smokey really, really is evil then. I know some people have speculated that the roles would be reversed with Jacob turning out to be the bad guy.

Now I can't wait for the Alpert-centric ep! 

Screencaps thanks to Lost-Media.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

I've got a new theory

I've got this new theory rolling around in my head right now, one that's based on my growing belief that the alternate timeline we're seeing this season might actually have been created by Jacob pushing events.

We all know Smokey manipulated people and events so that it would seem that Locke was meant to be leader of The Others. All so that he could take Locke's place and get Jacob killed: his "loophole" since he couldn't kill Jacob himself.

But I've come to believe that maybe the creation of the alternate timeline when the bomb went off was Jacob's "doublecross" or his own version of the loophole to save the losties (and maybe the whole world?) from Smokey. If he did this, then he did it totally on the sly and would have to be very careful not to let Smokey know that he was aware of his loophole-plans.

What I'm wondering tonight is if Alpert has somehow been helping Jacob along. Is that why he seemed to support Locke's candidacy as leader of The Others? I know he was intrigued by time-traveling Locke and his assertion that he'd be the leader one day, but he didn't seem at all convinced by Locke's performance as a child when he did that test. Yet he helped him along: gave him Sawyer's file when Locke couldn't kill his father (which lead to Locke getting Sawyer perform the murder), welcomed him as leader etc. Was this his way of playing along with Smokey's plan while he (and Jacob) were also making other arrangements?

After all, he did help Jack get the bomb they needed to try to "reset" the universe so they'd never crash on the island.

In essence: Has Alpert been pretending not to know about Smokey's plans for a loooong time, just so that Jacob's alternate timeline could happen?

Maybe. We'll see. As long as I get to find out more about Alpert, I'll be happy (or happier anyway... since this is Lost and every answer is usually followed by more questions...). For example: will we ever find out where that compass came from? The one Locke gave to Alpert in the weird little time-loop that happened there with Smokey and the time-skipping after the donkey wheel was turned.

Screencaps thanks to Lostpedia and Lost-Media.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Smokey: what do we know so far?

Ever since we first heard Smokey tear through the jungle near the beach in season 1's Pilot episode, the monster has been one of the most fascinating mysteries and characters on Lost.

Lately we've learned a lot more about him. I won't say "it" anymore, since he's told us that he is not a what, but a who.
  • It's a person. At least it once was a man. Someone who experienced love and betrayal. Or so he claims...
  • Can't be killed by bullets or even a magical looking knife. Yet The Others keep trying. Are they slow learners?
  • Can take the shape of dead people. I wonder if his human form with Jacob on the beach is his "original" shape or just one he used for a while after someone died on the island?

  • He's wanted to kill Jacob for a looooong time.
  • Jacob described Smokey to Hurley as "an old friend who became tired of my company".
  • It can (or at least could) assume various forms, appearing as Alex, Yemi, Christian Shepherd (I presume) and Locke.
  • After Jacob's death though, Smokey is (according to Ilana) stuck as John Locke but it can still appear as the smoke monster.
  • Smokey is (was?) a security system of some form. According to an "infected" Robert, it is specifically a security system for the temple. Rousseau later repeated told the Losties that it was the island's security system. Robert's assertion seems odd after we've now seen Smokey stomp on people inside the temple.

  • It's old. Ben saw a carving depicting the monster below the temple and they seemed to be ancient Egyptian in origin.
  • Even though it seems to be totally opposed to The Others more recently, it doesn't seem to have always been the case. Ben was able to summon Smokey from his house in Dharmaville. And when Ben returned on the Ajira flight, he told Smocke (aka fake Locke in Smokey's guise) that he needed to go to the temple to be judged by Smokey. The way he talked about that made it seem that this was the "usual procedure" in an Other had broken "the rules". Why would The Others submit to judgment by their "enemy"? Why would they be able to summon it like Ben did? This is really puzzling now that we've seen Smokey lay waste to the temple. But maybe those were his jobs while Jacob lived? And now he's free to do what he wants? Or almost...

  • Ben summons Smokey after Keamy kills Alex. Ben's line here is: "He changed the rules." In the context of what happens later it would seem that it's Widmore how changed the rules, since Ben doesn't know at this point that Smokey is actually a man... The only other "he" I can think this might refer to would be Jacob himself. And what rule? That an Other may not kill another Other? Or not kill children? Children are seldom or never killed as far as I can tell. Maybe the fact that Aaron ended up off the island was actually for his protection somehow? The Others have not killed any children. Is that a rule? (And is this connected to the pregnancy difficulties on the island somehow?)
  • Dharmaville had a sonic fence that kept Smokey out. He seems unable to "jump" the fence.
  • Ash seems to either repel or contain Smokey: it would appear he's unable to cross a line of ash (regular ash? or some special stuff?), though in "Sundown" we found out that it was the death of Dogen, the temple leader, which actually seems to have allowed Smokey to enter the temple.
Yikes. I really wonder how Smokey's powers and appearance will be explained.  It's still my favourite island mystery and now there are only a few more episodes to tell us all we want to know.

Screencaps thanks to Lostpedia and Lost-Media.

Thursday, March 04, 2010


We are finally going to find out everything there's is to know about Alpert, or at least as much of it as Lost's creators deem necessary!, in an upcoming episode called "Ab Aeterno" ("From the beginning of time": such an awesome title!).

Of course, one of the main mysteries with Alpert is: why doesn't he age?

After seeing the last few episodes, I have a theory: Alpert is ageless because he once made a request of Jacob that he would not age. And Jacob granted his wish. Like it said on Jacob's tapestry: "May the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires". Both Jacob and Smokey seem to make these kinds of deals with people: do what I ask and I will grant you something you desire.

Maybe some sort of deal was made even with Ben once upon a time: he was healed in the temple but maybe when that happened, something happened to him or he had to give something up for that to happen. Or did the process of being healed there automatically make him Jacob's man?

And as "good" as The Others sometimes seem. we've seen them kill all the Dharmites with gas and ask Locke to kill his father in order to become their leader. Of course, Locke got Sawyer to do it instead. Kind of like Smokey got Ben to kill Jacob...

We'll see if I'm right March 23!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

When Smokey saw Kate

At the end of the episode when Smokey saw Kate at the Temple he gave her the evil eye for sure. Why? Because he didn't know she was on the island maybe?

She came on the Ajira plane with Ben and Sun, Ilana and the rest but was flashed off the plane with Sayid, Hurley and Jack to the 1970s. That was NOT part of Smokey's plan. In the 70s, they set off the bomb that created the new timeline which, imo, was Jacob's "double-cross" in response to Smokey's machinations. Smokey doesn't know this has happened!

So maybe seeing Kate unsettles him because he doesn't know what her role is now. More proof, imo, that he doesn't know about the bomb being set off in the 70s and the new timeline coming into being. Jacob tricked him. That's why Jacob seemed resigned to his fate: he had found another "out". Also explains why Jacob wanted to get Hurley and Jack out of the temple.

Or not. LOL.

One problem with my theory: Sawyer and Miles were also stuck in the 70s and flashed out of there when the bomb went off. Does Smokey know how they got out of the 70s? He certainly hasn't seemed surprised at the presence of either Sawyer or Miles. Did he know Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid were on Ajira? Did he think they died? Did Jacob flash them to the 70s? So many questions...

As I mentioned in my previous entry, I'm starting to think that the whole point of the stupid love-triangle with Kate/Jack/Sawyer is going to come down to some sort of choice Kate will have to make in the struggle with Smokey/Locke. If he wants to offer her her heart's desire, then is that Jack or Sawyer or neither? Is it Aaron? Is her heart's desire to see Aaron with Claire? I don't think it will be easy for Smokey to offer her something she will accept. But maybe the triangle will come into play here... somehow. I've always wondered if it had a purpose beyond fanning the fandom flames!

What does it do to Smokey's plans for Sawyer that Kate now seems to be tagging along with his "followers"? I don't think she's a recruit yet.

Screencaps thanks to Lost-Media.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sundown - in which Sayid turns out to kill people everywhere

Wow. What an episode. Poor Sayid, he seems to end up committing crimes no matter what the timeline. Maybe that's the point? He can't be saved regardless of what anyone does or what happens?

 Dogen's story about how Jacob came and offered to save his son if he came to work for Jacob on the island... I wonder, does that mean that Jacob saved the son in that timeline, or that Jacob needed Dogen ON the island in order for the alternate timeline to be created by the losties? It reminds me of how Ben told Juliet in S3 that Jacob had cured her sister's cancer. Another bargain.

It certainly seems that both Jacob and Smokey are offering people "their heart's desire" in return for service. At the end of last season, that is what it said on the tapestry in Jacob's house inside the statue, a quote from The Odyssey: "may the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires". There's more on tapestry:

Across the top of the tapestry is emblazoned a quote from Homer's Odyssey in upper case ancient Greek: ΘΕΟΙ ΤΟΣΑ ΔΟΙΕΝ ΟΣΑ ΦΡΕΣΙ ΣΗΣΙ ΜΕΝΟΙΝΑΣ. The original sentence, modified to lower case, is σοὶ δὲ θεοὶ τόσα δοῖεν ὅσα φρεσὶ σῇσι μενοινᾷς (transcribed as theoi tosa doien hosa phresi sēisi menoinais), belongs to Book 6, line 180 and means, "may the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires". [1]
Another passage is woven into the middle of the tapestry. In full, it reads, ΘΕΟΙ ΔΕ ΤΟΙ ΟΛΒΙΑ ΔΟΙΕΝ. The original sentence, modified to lowercase, is θεοὶ δέ τοι ὄλβια δοῖεν (transcribed as theoi de toi olbia doien), which means, "may the gods grant thee happiness". It occurs twice in the Odyssey: Book 8, line 413 and Book 24, line 402. [2] [3]
A third passage is at the bottom of the tapestry. The part that can be seen reads, ...Σ ΜΟΝΟΙ ΤΟ ΤΟΥ ΠΟΛΕΜΟΥ ΤΕΛΟΣ ΕΟΡΑΚΑΣΙ (sic). In lower case, it should read ...ς μόνοι τὸ τοῦ πολέμου τέλος ἑωράκασι (transcribed as "...s monoi to tou polemou telos eōrakasi") which seems to be the following quote misattributed to Plato: "Only the dead have seen the end of war." If so, the word missing could be ΘΑΝΟΝΤΕΣ or ΤΕΘΝΗΚΟΤΕΣ, in lower case, θανόντες (transcribed as thanontes) or τεθνηκότες (transcribed as tethnekotes), meaning "those who have died".

So can Smokey actually bring about the things he promises his recruits, or is he just evil and a deceiver? I think it is fairly safe to assume that Jacob's role wasn't just to protect the island (like Smokey told Sawyer), but to contain Smokey.

 And Dogen's explanation to Sayid about the scale, and good and evil inside every person... sounds a lot like the Egyptian version of judgment after death, which was discussed a lot over at the Fuselage last season: weighing the dead person's heart to decide if they should live on in the afterlife or "really" die.

In the Hall of Two Truths, Anubis weighed the heart of a person against Ma'at, the goddess of truth, who was sometimes depicted symbolically as an ostrich feather. If the heart was judged to be not pure, Ammit would devour it, and the person undergoing judgement was not allowed to continue their voyage towards Osiris and immortality. Once Ammut swallowed the heart, the soul was believed to become restless forever; this was called "to die a second time".

I wonder what will happen to Kate. I doubt she'll end up siding with crazy-killer Claire and Locke and Sawyer. What would Smokey offer her? Jack? Sawyer? Sayid??? ;) What is her heart's desire? I hate that triangle crap with a vengeance, but maybe that's how this will somehow play out for her: she has to "choose" not just sides but men. Finally! Just stay celibate!

A showdown between her and Claire should be interesting. And btw, what will Claire think now about Smokey? If she believes Kate took Aaron, then that means that Smokey lied to her about The Others taking him.

I also wonder where Sawyer is. Still in that cave?

What was up with the knife Dogen gave to Sayid? Did he really think it might kill Smokey or was it a ruse? But then why have the knife hidden away?

How will Smokey bring Nadia back? Or was he talking about Shannon for Sayid? Shannon died on the island after all...

Another thing: is Smokey in a hurry maybe? Maybe he can leave the island now, since there is no Jacob. But what if someone steps up as the new Jacob? Is he trapped again then?

Poor Sun. She's reduced to a prop these days. Jin gets a bit more to do, but Sun is just scenery. Too bad. Last season when she was badass for like 10 minutes I had high hopes for her character.

Thought of the day: does the island exist outside time and space as we know it somehow? Is that why it still exists even though the bomb blast created the alternate reality? We know there's something funky with light, time and space on the island and how you can get to it. We know there's a pocket of weird energy. And we know there's a donkey wheel on it that makes it move and skips some people through time. Is the possible redemption of ALL the losties and ALL the people on the island ONLY available in that new timeline? I am starting to think so.

Can Smokey also create another timeline? Is he even aware of the alternate timeline the bomb created? Maybe not. Maybe his machinations with tricking Locke (and through him Alpert) means that that version of the timeline is doomed to be "bad". But maybe he hasn't understood that Jack and Juliet and the losties actually made a new reality where the island is drowned and none of his machinations ever took place?

In essence:
  • The timeline we've followed since the beginning of the show is Smokey's doing. He created it by manipulating Locke and Alpert and others. 
  • The new timeline created after the bomb is somehow Jacob's "doublecross". He knew Smokey was looking for a loophole and would do anything to find it or create it, and instead he manipulated other events to cause the Losties to set off the bomb and create a timeline where the island is drowned and most likely neither Jacob or Smokey has manipulated them.
One final thought: What if the whole creation of the alternate timeline means that there is no way off the island for Smokey or anyone else? They exist there like in a bubble, but there's nowhere to go unless you are in that alternate universe? And that will be "closed" to Smokey?

Whoa. What a damn show. Can't wait for next week.

Screencaps thanks to Wikipedia, Lostpedia and Lost-Media.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Claiming Aaron?

What's up with Aaron? For a loooong time he seemed so important to the storyline of Lost, what with all the pregnancy problems on the island, The Others being after Claire, the "vaccine", Kate taking him off-island, and not to mention Kate having a vision of Claire at Aaron's crib, telling her not to bring him back to the island.

And this season? Nothing. Except that Crazy Claire definitely wants Aaron back.

So what is up with Aaron? He's another Shephard clan-member who has spent time on the island (living and/or dead) of course: Jack, Christian, Claire, Aaron. He was born on the island. The psychic Claire met said he should not be "raised by another/an other". Smokey in the guise of Christian (we presume) or some other "apparition" of Christian, in Jacob's cabin and accompanied by Claire, said that Aaron was where he was supposed to be: off-island. So did Jacob and Smokey want Aaron off the island? Or just one of them? And why in that case?

Waaaay back in the Pilot part 2, there's the scene when Jin offers Claire some shellfish he's just caught. Claire hasn't felt the baby move since the crash, but as soon as she eats the shellfish, Aaron kicks. She also calls the baby "he", as though she's suddenly decided it's a boy. Reminiscent of the scene in this season's "What Kate Does" when Claire calls the baby Aaron when he moves during the ultrasound.

After watching Sayid "die" and then get "healed" and also "claimed" by something I have to wonder if Aaron was "claimed" too at that very moment when Claire felt him kick. Did Jacob claim him or Smokey? Or was it just the fresh food that made him move? And if a claimed Aaron is now off the island, what does that mean?

In the very dream-creepy episode "Fire + Water" , Charlie was freaking out because he thought Aaron was in danger. It ended with Aaron being baptized. Interesting to think that it seems that Jacob is associated with water (the healing spring), while Smokey seems associated with fire (the temple others put out their fire when they found out Jacob was dead and hey, no smoke without fire!).

That episode seemed full of clues and hints, and I've always wondered if we'd find out more of what it did mean. Maybe this season?

I've read speculation that Aaron is Jacob (who then ends up time traveling to the past), or is Jacob's son and that Jack's son David in the new timeline could be the Man in Black... But I'm not sure. I just hope that Aaron will end up being significant and important somehow. Because the show sure built him up as such!

I just read Eric's column on "Lighthouse" at Get Lost Podcast and he mentions Malkin the psychic's predictions/warnings about Aaron:
  • It is crucial that you yourself raise this child.
  • This child parented by anyone else, anyone other than you — danger surrounds this baby…
  • Your nature, your spirit, your goodness, must be an influence in the development of this child.
  • There is no happy life — not for this child, not without you.
  • It can’t be another. You mustn’t allow another to raise your baby.
 Maybe, maybe, maybe the island-timeline we've seen develop since S1 will actually result in Aaron being in danger or sick or dying somehow because the warnings were not followed. Will this be the catalyst for a decision by the losties (one or many of them) to "finish" that timeline? Maybe Aaron's life will play out as it is "supposed to do" in the new ALT timeline instead?

Screencaps thanks to Lost-Media and Lostpedia.