There's a running joke on the Lost message boards (and I would know, because I hang out there like a dope) that you cannot mention the word Purgatory. If you do, you will be "shouted" right off the boards--the idea of the island being Purgatory is one of the oldest theories about the Meaning Of The Show, and no one wants to hear it anymore.
Yet, based on tonight's episode, there actually might be some meat to the whole Purgatory idea based on the fact that Oceanic Flight 815 was found with no survivors. OR the writers are messing around with the Lost faithful who roll their eyes at that theory. I vote for the latter. Lost writers have a history of sending little hat-tips to the Faithful.
What do you think? Is the island, in fact some sort of cosmic hang-between in the afterlife? OR is the parachute girl just another person working for the Others, messing with the minds of our Losties? I vote for curtain two.
And for the love of Pete, I wish I could stop feeling conflicted about Juliet. There seems to be a real kindness in her. I want to trust her. And it did appear tonight that any mischief she's up to is being forced upon her by Ben.
Looks like Locke is back next week. Buckle up, folks; this is about to get VERY interesting.
Oh, and look what I just found: This makes me very happy.