The Candidate Lost the Sub
This week we got more of the Jack/Locke dynamic. For some reason, Jack is now drawn to Locke and feels the need to fix him over all other patients under his care. Helen stops by and Jack is adamant about finding out how Locke injured his back so he could “fix him” (Jack hasn’t been trying to fix things much this season though)
Jack ends up going to Locke’s dentist who turns out to be Bernard. They make the connection they were on the same flight. Did Jack mention he knew their mutual friend was also on the same flight? Bernard wouldn’t tell Jack anything besides giving him the name of the person in the accident with him. Now, how could Jack find Anthony Cooper so quickly yet Sawyer has been hunting this guy down most of his life and even with LAPD resources can’t find him? Or did Sawyer sabotage the plane which is why….well, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Anthony Cooper was a dead-end for Jack so he heads back to Locke’s room in time to hear him mumble something about pushing the button and wishing someone (Jack?) would believe him. Just then, Claire shows up to see Jack. Hey, she was on the flight too.
Claire was left a music box by her (their) father that played “Catch a Falling Star.” Off the top of my head, Claire had said her father sang it to her when she was a baby and wanted Aaron’s adoptive parents to sing it to him, the mobile with planes above the crib in the Dharma medical station played the song, Kate sang that song to Aaron and Claire was singing it while Smokey tore up the temple. I guess Aaron is going to become familiar with the tune one way or another.
After an Apollo bar, Jack offers his pad to Claire during her final days of pregnancy. After all, they are family. Oh yeah, and we were on the same flight from Sydney to LA as well. No question of why he was in Sydney or anything like that.
Back to Locke, he’s checking out now. Jack is still striking out on his mission to fix Locke. I thought Locke might blow a gasket yelling “I’ll tell you what you can do” or something like that after finding out Jack had gone to see his dad. Locke explains how he crashed with his father piloting his first solo flight but couldn’t figure out what happened.
Meanwhile, back on the (Hydra) island…
Jack and Sayid are hanging out on the beach waiting for Smokey to show up. Sayid tells Jack how Smokey’s army has either been killed or ran off (probably back to Dharmaville to find Richard, Ben & Miles—ya think they are there yet?) after the mortar attack.
The rest of the gang is put in the polar bear cages for their protection. This time it’s Sawyer w/ the gun and Kate telling Saywer to not listen to the threat to kill them. Once inside, the power goes off and Widmore’s Army starts to panic as Smokey arrives and does his thing. Kate seems to have forgotten how she was able to sneak out after curfew to “do it like they do on the Discovery Channel” wish Sawyer a couple seasons ago. As she’s trying to reach for the keys, Jack shows up to get her out of the cages again.
Now, why would the sonic fence have been in the middle of where the cages are? Why was it possible to find the generator outside the sonic fence? Something isn’t adding up. Especially when there was no guard anywhere near the sub but an army shows up as soon as the Losties attempt to board the sub.
But before that, they all meet Smokey already writing off the plane as a potential escape plan. It should be noted that no bullets were able to do anything to Smokey as smoke or as Locke. The plane wasn’t well guarded though, if it was within the sonic wall, why would it need guards…especially if it’s been booby trapped? Oh yeah, for show. But for who’s show? The C4 was pretty easy to find. Perhaps it was a ‘gift’ of some sort from Widmore? “Hey, make sure you plant some C4 in the plane but make it obvious so it’ll be found.” Widmore doesn’t have a great track record when you consider the common sense level of those in his employ.
For a sub with such a large cargo hold (notice all the supplies still sitting on the dock?) they crew sure was small. Does someone need to be stationed on the sub at all times? If I were a sub captain docked on some remote island in the middle of the Pacific, I’m not sure I’d be spending all my time below deck, but that’s just me.
So, Smokey got what he wanted. The remaining candidates are on the sub and due to be blown up thanks to Jack not paying attention to which backpack was his. “No, mine is the one still soaking from the swim I took earlier.” We did learn that it was indeed possible to reverse the effects of ‘the sickness” just like Hurley predicted with is Jedi “force” comparison last week. Sayid made sure he died trying to do the right thing.
Jack trying to get Sawyer to ‘trust’ him was funny. It was only a few days ago (island time) that Sawyer was trusting Jack’s Nuke the Swan plan which killed Juliet. Yeah, I can see there being some lingering trust issues there.
Aren’t we glad Sun and Jin found each other just in time to spend the rest of their lives together? Guess Kwon can now be crossed off the list of candidates. I guess Lapidus is no longer needed either. No sub left. No pilot (unless Jack and/or Locke are able to get the plan off the ground) to fly the plane, if it is flyable. It seems leaving the island in conventional transportation isn’t in Smokey’s plan. Or, does he leave when there are no more candidates and no Jacob to keep the cork in?
At least got one last “Oh hell” out before the water came rushing in.
Which island did the four survivors wash up on? Is getting Desmond out of the well a priority? What is Desmond doing to pass the time there? Can’t be that comfortable with only a rock to sit on to keep you outta the water down there.
There is some kind of knowledge about what’s going to happen here. At least there’s a loose believe in the knowledge. Somehow, the end result is known but how that happens depends on other factors. Of course, there’s also the universal course correction.
Thinking back to the Oceanic 6, what would have happened if Sawyer and Jin had been able to get off the island with the rest of them? Locke had to use the frozen wheel to get off the island. Would that have changed things? Could Smokey get off the island by turning the wheel once the remaining candidates are no longer in his way?
Will Aaron and Ji Yoon have any chance to be raised by their parents?
Kate’s not a candidate but she gets shot ends up at the bottom of the ocean and is carried to shore by the most “buoyant” person on the island, but three others die. Why?
I still believe the two timelines will converge somehow. My only question now, is how do those dead in one timeline, converge in the other?
All (well, most) will be answered over the next few weeks. As they keep reminding us, there are only two more Tuesdays before the finale. What are we gonna do then?
It seems to me that we are about due for a new twist in the story to get us to the end. The fact that the previews for next week were pretty much exclusively scenes we’d already seen makes me think that’s what we are getting next week. I can’t wait.
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