One word: Finally.
Finally, some back story on Faraday and Eloise. Finally, an update on how Desmond is doing (he's fine, thanks).
We learned that Eloise and Widmore are Daniel's parents, which is not a huge surprise. Once again, we see the recurring Lost theme of complicated parent issues. Eloise may win the prize for Most Dysfunctional Lost Parent So Far, though, sending her son back to the Island, knowing she herself would kill him. (And what is her motivation to do this? What did she have to gain by sending Daniel back? Why wouldn't she want to protect him?)
Faraday offers an interesting solution for the problem of our Losties, suggesting that destroying the giant energy pocket underground would prevent the pre-Oceanic-815 events from ever kicking into gear. My grasp on this whole time-travel plot is so tenuous that I'm not sure I can debate this properly. But something about Daniel's theory seems convoluted. If they did prevent the plane crash, they wouldn't have been on the Island, which would mean that they wouldn't be involved in the mission to destroy the energy pocket. Maybe I'm too simple, but the "whatever happened, happened" theory ("WHH", as it's called on the message boards) is the only one that makes sense to me.
Furthermore, would any of our Oceanic 815 friends really want for that plane to have gone safely on to Los Angeles? Think about it. If the crash never happened, Jack and Kate would never have met, and Kate would be on her way to prison. Jin and Sun would be back in their dysfunctional marriage. Rose would have cancer. John would be in a wheelchair. I hope, at some point in next week's episode, Jack realizes this. I hope he looks at Kate and says, "Wait a minute, I don't want to prevent the plane crash. Because if the only way I can know you is to have gone through grungy Hostiles and flaming arrows and creepy cabins and undead fathers and talking birds, then sweetheart, I'd do it all over again in continuous time-loop fashion for all eternity." THAT is how you woo a woman, Jack.
But if Daniel is right and they do change the past, wouldn't that be a curious final episode? Can you imagine watching Oceanic 815 touching down in LA, and watching Jack, Kate, John, Sawyer and all the rest simply disembarking quietly, as total strangers? Somehow that seems like a terribly unsatisfying ending, and I hope the writers don't do that to us.
There were lots of good quotes in the running for Quote of the Night, but the winner goes to Daniel Faraday for "I'm from the future." Mostly because I'm impressed he could deliver that line with a straight face.
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