The Last Recruit is Lost
In typical Lost fashion, just when you think you know the typical structure of the show, they throw you a curve ball. This week, instead of the usual ‘centric’ episode where the storyline focuses on one or two of the characters, we get a story where they are all coming together or splitting up or….well, as usual, a lot happened.
I’m gonna start this week with what happened in LA. Desmond, it seems, is channeling some sort of island power which places him in the location of the right Oceanic 815 passengers at the right time. Notice how he hasn’t looked for Arzt yet even though he was at the school where he worked already. Guess only the right ones show up. I wonder if we’ll see Paulo & Nikki at some point in LA? Perhaps some TV in the background will have a news story about their arrest for attempted murder.
After being gently nudged by Desmond, Locke ends up heading to a hospital with Ben. It’s a bit different from when they first hanging out and getting to know each other while Ben was locked up in the Swan’s Gun Locker.
Sun (after being shot by Keamy) shows up at the hospital at the same time as Locke’s ambulance. As she is, apparently, close to death, she must be recognizing Locke as the bad guy on the island or something. I’m not sure they met each other on the flight. Charlie & Des had to be near death to see their island life. I wonder if Locke had a cross over moment too?
Kate has Sawyer figured out. She suspects he didn’t try to stop her in the airport elevator because he didn’t want anyone to know he made a quick trip to Sydney….of course, it wouldn’t be tough for a LAPD detective to pull someone’s passport records but I’m probably thinking too much here. Anyway, Sawyer and Kate do the flirt thing before Miles puts a stop to their coffee date by reminding him he’s got more bad guys (Sayid) to catch. However, while talking with Kate, he did question how likely it is that this murderer he saw in handcuffs at the airport ended up rear ending his car a week later.
Desmond continues his stalker-thing and shows up in the building where Claire, still wanting to off-load her unborn child, is going to meet with an adoption agency to find a new family for Aaron. Des, talks her into meeting with an attorney who just happens to be in the same building, on the same floor as the adoption agency. Just to make things more interesting, the attorney just happens to be Ilana who be looking for Claire. However, I hope Ilana did a little more due diligence and checked to ensure she was the right Claire Littleton from Australia. It’s possible there are more than one. Australia, after all, is a big place.
After killing all the bad guys, Sayid head’s to Nadia’s (his brother’s) house to pack and get out-of-town. He’s choosing to run and give up ever seeing the love of his life again. However, Sawyer puts a stop to his flight to freedom with a department issue garden hose. After all LAPD are experts at stopping high-speed care chases with tack-strips, why not use garden hoses from much the same task? I’m just curious how LAPD would have been able to identify someone who isn’t a resident of LA County, or California or even the US as far as we know, and know where he’s staying that quickly based on a few frames on a security camera?
Ah, father & son in matching suits matching strides as they walk into a building. Phone rings and it’s Dave’s mommy. Dave doesn’t wants to go home to mommy but wants to hang out longer with daddy. Was it Jack showing up at Dave’s recital which started this daddy-son bonding?
As I’m sure everyone also suspected, Lawyer Ilana was looking for Claire because of her half-sisterness to Jack. Total coincidence that Claire shows up just before Jack shows up for the reading of the will. However, we were then left to assume that Ilana is the one who informed Claire that her father had passed away. Oh, and that he had passed away in Australia, in Sydney. The same Sydney where Claire lives. However, because she was determined to get on a flight to LA so she could give up her unborn child, she didn’t know her father had somehow (we don’t know what happened in this timeline) passed away just a few miles from her and that he (oh yeah, the body ended up in Europe) and her half-brother were on the same flight as her for 12+ hours across the Pacific.
Perhaps Ilana started the conversation with a, “I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that your father is dead, the good news is, you’re gonna meet your half-brother.” Hey, they wouldn’t be the first siblings to find out about each other after their father died.
Of course, as soon as Jack & Claire are able to meet and allow the “I have a sibling” idea sink in, (What? No, “you have dad’s eye’s,” comments?) then Jack’s phone rings and he has to run to the hospital to perform surgery on…….wait for it……Locke. You know, the guy who has been Jack’s antithesis on the island for so long.
I guess it (Jack working on Locke’s back) was meant to be. After all, they met when their luggage (if a body can be considered luggage) was misplaced. However, Locke (well, Helen) tore up Jack’s business card. Now, Desmond gave Locke another nudge back towards Jack. What are the odds that Locke will be standing when he get’s married. Remember a few weeks ago when Locke apologized to Helen that he wouldn’t be able to walk down the aisle at their wedding. My guess is that (confident, good-daddy) Jack will use his miracle card to heal lock in this timeline rather than his future/ex-wife.
After the Swan imploded and Des spent some time in 1996 with Penny, Widmore, Mrs. Hawking and the Royal skirt-wearing regiment, he also was able to start seeing flashes of the future. Flashes which were some sort of premonition of Charlie dying. I wonder if it’s that sort of thing which is allowing him to know where to be to provide the right nudges? Did he see a flash of him leading Claire into Ilana’s office? Did he see a flash of him talking to Hurley? How about a flash of him plowing into Locke? Funny how the LAPD are able to track down Sayid so quickly but they aren’t too interested in a hit-and-run driver….it’s that how Nadia died?
The good news is that Sun & Baby will be okay.
Even after Jack’s Lighthouse revelation, he still has a tough time believing that someone (or thing) in Locke’s form is in front of him and talking to him. I just wonder if that was the final step he needed to take for the full transformation to the new Jack.
According to Smokey, “Locke was stupid enough to think he was brought to the island for a reason, he pursued that believe until it got him killed.” But isn’t that the direction Jack is now heading? “Locke was not a believer, he was a sucker.” Hm….
We did learn a couple of things as well. As we all expected, Christian Shepard was actually Smokey leading Jack to water or to something else. But I just wonder if Smokey’s was helping himself more than he was helping Jack or everyone else?
Also, “Because Jacob chose you, you were trapped on this island before you even got here. Now Jacob’s dead, we can get on an airplane and fly away.” So, does this mean that those who were chosen had additional challenges in their lives before they reached the island and that they can now take a different path? I’m betting things aren’t as simplistic as ol’ Smokey explained. After all, it has to be all of them leaving. This leads me to wonder what would have happened if Sawyer, Jin, Claire and maybe Juliet had also made it on to the helicopter went down and Penny rescued those on the raft.
According to Claire, as soon as Smokey speaks with you, you have decided to go with him whether you want to or now. However, Jedi Hurley wondered if someone would be brought back from the dark side like Anakin Skywalker.
Later, Jack wonders if they are all different. We know he’s a changed man. But before that theory could be explored further, Zoe just walks into the middle of camp. Geez, what kind of guard does Smokey post on sentry duty in his army? You’d have thought they’d figure out the problem after Jin was kidnaped. Zoe want’s the package (that’s Desmond for those of you in the back of the class not paying attention) and decides some long-range bombing should do the trick. However, Smokey doesn’t seem at all phased by this…nor worried. His first reaction was to send Sayid to kill Desmond. I also got the impression that Zoe wasn’t too concerned about Smokey, just getting Desmond back.
Remember back in Season 1 when Locke would play some military role-playing game on his lunch break? Well, he now has his army but, I’m not sure how good he is at leading it. His troops seem expendable and those he sends on important missions, don’t follow his orders to the letter. Remember Sawyer doing a little Recon? Well, he’s following that plan up with a new trick play to get all his team away from Smokey.
Sayid heads off to the well which Desmond is now calling home. Last week, we were left with the impression that Des thought Locke was, well, Locke. However, when Sayid is sent to kill Des, Des seems to know enough to ask Sayid what Smokey promised him. Now, when Jacob told Richard that Isabella couldn’t come back, Richard all he wanted to avoid going to hell. Smokey, on the other hand, promised Sayid he could be with Nadia again.
She trusts Smokey because he didn’t abandon her. However, did Smokey set things up to appear that way? Seems to me Kate spent time looking for her. Kate sure sold Claire her promise…but did she buy it?
On the boat (is it normal for a boat moored of short for a few years to remain in pretty good sailing condition without regular maintenance?) Jack starts to question leaving the island. He said it didn’t feel right. That the island isn’t done with them yet. Sawyer responds like the old Jack by vowing that he’s leaving no matter what and he’s taking everyone he can with him. Yeah, I’d say Sawyer is the new Jack and Jack is the new Locke.
But then, Jack does a Sawyer and decides to take a leap (though from not as high) and swim to shore. The big difference is that when he arrives, instead of Juliet and a bottle of Dharma Hooch, he get’s Smokey, his henchmen and some artillery. Of course, Smokey goes to save Jack while allowing the rest of his army to get picked off. (I wonder if Cindy & the kids who we saw briefly before Jack & the gang took a detour, are avoiding the explosions) Smokey then informs Jack that it’s ok cuz he’s with him. Is he? Smokey got Locke turned around, will he do the same to Jack?
So the sailboat lands over on the other island. Just a thought but it’s a pretty big island. Why does everyone land on the beach with all the pylons which is being guarded (much more responsive guard than Smoke’s troops) rather than sail around the island until the find the dock with the sub? It’s not like they don’t know it exists and with everyone guarding the beach, it should be fairly easy to dock there. Heck, Sayid made it on to the island, grabbed Des “the package” Hume and returned to the main island without too much trouble.
Seems Widmore isn’t as interested in Sawyer’s deal now that Des isn’t with him. Sawyer actually fulfilled (sorta) his part of the deal, or so he though. But we did finally get the Sun & Jin reunion. Anyone else think they were gonna both get zapped by the pylons as they ran to each other? It’s good to see Sun get her English back as soon as she reunited with Jin again. But why would they instantly speak English? With Claire in tow and a bunch of others who have spoken with Smokey, does that mean they are now infiltrating Widmore’s team?
Desmond seems to have a gift both off and on the island right now. Off the island, he is guiding people to connect with the right people and causing some kind of connection with the other timline. However, it’s only the personality or perspective which changes for them on the island. On the island, Desmond seems to still know which buttons to push. He pushed Smokey’s last week when he did not fear him. Does Smokey need to be feared? Seems to me he couldn’t kill Desmond for some reason. However, he could send Sayid, but Des seems to know how to get to Sayid and, I assume, convinced him to not follow through with orders.
Do we assume that Jack is the Last Recruit?
Next week it’s a repeat which is good for me as the following week is finals and I really should do a bit of studying.
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