SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen the episode airing February 16, 2010, don't read this!
To which I can only respond "I KIND OF DOUBT IT."
We don't have that much time left, and tonight's episode felt a little like treading water. I don't expect every single question to be wrapped up in a tidy bow (I fully expect the writers to force us to think a little more than that)--but it would be quite lovely if would could have the general sense of moving toward a conclusion. Tonight, I can't say I'm feelin' it.
The only thing we really learned in this episode is that the Man In Black is now, it appears, permanently trapped inside John Locke's body. We learned he has a gigantic chip on his undead shoulder regarding Jacob's propensity for choosing and touching people. I'm enjoying the theological wondering (this Presbyterian girl is heartily pulling for predestination), but I'm hoping there's some solid plot development on the other side of this highly philosophical episode.
There's some deep significance to the "candidates" Fake Locke mentioned. It seems that not all the Losties are "candidates", only a handful (Jack, Sawyer, Hurley, one of the Kwons, Sayid, and Locke). This is notable, because it sets aparts a few of our survivors, and it leaves others (i.e. Kate, Aaron, Desmond, etc) out. When the strange boy in the wilderness told Fake Locke it was "against the rules" to kill Sawyer, is this because Sawyer is a candidate? Remember, Locke and Sawyer (both candidates) could see the boy--Richard Alpert (not a candidate, as far as we know) could not. What does this mean?A few more random points:
1. I love the balanced and fulfilled Real John in the flash sideways, don't you? The tearing up of Jack's business card was a powerful moment.
2. I'm also loving the confident and self-assured Hurley, even though he blows my mind a little.
3. I can just about promise you I'm going to have nightmares tonight about going back to high school and having Ben Linus as my European Lit teacher.
4. This has nothing to do with Lost, but those Old Spice commercials with the guy on the horse are cracking me up.
There were several excellent quotes for the night, including these:
Ben Linus: "He was a much better man than I will ever be, and I'm sorry I murdered him."
Sawyer: "No offense, but you already died, so it's great that this isn't a big deal for you."
Fake Locke: "Jacob had a thing for numbers."
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