Yey Desmond! Oh, how many of us hoped the hope that it would be him hidden in Widmore’s sub? Even all beaten and drugged, it was great to see Mr. Hume again but what, I wonder, will his role be? And how will it be connected to Widmore? Outside of this great reveal, this episode felt like one of the slower ones, making me realize that the show has us in a funny pattern. At this point, we know if we’ve just had a great episode, the following week will dip a little. It seems that they’re trying to avoid having an unrelenting build in excitement to the final episodes, and I actually think this pattern works. But let’s look at what we did learn.
To be honest, I had a tough time following what happened on the island. I feel like there should be some symbolism to Sun losing her English, but I can’t quite figure out what it is. It looks like she and Jin might reunite next week, so I wonder if they’re trying to reverse their original situation on the island – Jin’s English has gotten amazing; it’s almost unaccented at this point. Perhaps we’ll see some significance in him now holding the power to speak. We’ve commented a lot on this blog about the significance of language in Lost…or at least, we’ve puzzled a lot about the significance of language on Lost (most recently, with the instructions not to let Flocke speak), and I wonder now how the Kwon’s alternating English skills will play into this big picture.
We also had Flocke proclaim that the war we’ve been long awaiting has finally come to the island. We always thought that war was going to be between Widmore and Ben, but Ben really has stepped down this season and it’s actually starting to look like he and Charles might end up joining forces against an evil greater than both of them put together. The calmly revealed but incredibly poignant other moments with Flocke, then, included his statement that he needs all the candidates to leave with him if he’s going to get off the island and Widmore’s proclamation that if Flocke gets of the island, everything good will be destroyed. The former intrigues because it affirms this idea that Jacob’s death isn’t definitive; that if someone takes his place or, rather, if he is able to assume another person into his place, this battle between good and evil will continue indefinitely. On that note, I think I’m starting to get some clarity on the MiB’s statement from last week that Jacob stole his body. I don’t think Jacob stole “his” body, but rather, Jacob stole the body that the MiB wanted to use to get off the island. In other words, I don’t think we’re waiting to see if Jack or the Kwons or whoever is going to take over Jacob’s job. I think we’re waiting to see which one of them Jacob’s spirit (like, his version of the smoke monster) will take on, much in the same way Smokie has taken on Locke. It won’t just be a passing of the baton, but rather I think it will be an actual fusing of the two into one. And when it comes to Widmore’s concern, I find myself still struggling to figure out who to trust. So now Widmore is good again? That’s a tough pill to swallow. Perhaps in the end what we’ll find is that it requires a mix of good and bad to keep true evil at bay…that could perhaps be an interesting spin on an old morality tale.
So back in the real world we got the Kwon’s new story – in which Jin and Sun aren’t married, but are lovers and she is pregnant, presumably with his child (erasing their prior fertility problems). So it seems that Jin isn’t working for Sun’s dad to get her hand in marriage, but rather he is just a regular employee with whom she has fallen in love. And for that, Sun’s dad tries to have him killed by Keamy. Here we had our first real Alterna-world colliding of narratives, as Jin’s flowed into what we already knew about Sayid. My hunch is that we’ll get Kate’s story next week and will experience a similar flow into Sawyer’s narrative where we see him catch her at the end.
So we get to see that Keamy didn’t really die, but Jin works an intense and sort of prophetic injury on Mikhail – who we remember as the island’s eye-patched hermit. With Jin’s gunshot, we got to see how Mikhail would lose that eye in an alterna-plot…whatever happened, happened, I guess.
It seems relevant, though, that the guy who worked for Widmore on the island (Keamy) is causing so many problems in alterna-world. And I’m still not sure if we’re supposed to see Alterna-world as some sort of redeemed place. After last night (especially after seeing a pregnant Sun get shot), I wonder if Alterna-world is what the world looks like if the evil of the island is unleashed. It’s a world without Jacob’s interference. Maybe it’s a world of the MiB’s creation? And if so, it doesn’t seem as bad as everyone fears. Which again throws into doubt whether or not the battle on the island is so dire as it seems.
I’ve long wondered if Desmond is the key holding it all together. His return certainly begins to point us in that direction. Like I already said, what what what is he going to do? I can’t wait to find out!!
Posted by Natalie.