SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen the episode airing February 9, 2010, don't read this!
Tonight's episode was not as answer-filled as last week's, but there were at least a couple of things that seem to be getting clearer.
First, "fate" has a way of correcting itself. If something is meant to happen, it appears that it's going to happen, with or without the help of the plane crash. Think about it: in our "first" reality (the one in which the crash happened), Claire is circumstantially forced to parent her baby, Ethan Rohm is given medical access to Aaron in utero, and Kate ultimately swoops in as Claire's rescuer. In our "second" reality (the one without the crash), Claire is circumstantially forced to parent her baby, Ethan Rom is given medical access to Aaron in utero, and (you guessed it) Kate ultimately swoops in as Claire's rescuer.
If we follow this train of thought to its logical conclusion (a risky proposition with this show, but go with it), all these characters would've still interacted, even if the Island hadn't thrown them together. Will this continue to hold true?
The second thing we saw tonight was a return of the Sickness as a seemingly significant plot point. (And, I have to say, I'm a little disappointed--it was never one of my favorite plot elements. It seemed a little overly dramatic.)
(Then again, I'm the girl reading message boards and writing blog posts about a show with a smoke monster and tropical polar bears, so I can't exactly cast the first stone.)
Back to the Sickness. Dagon attempts to "treat" Sayid for the "darkness" that has infected him. He also says the same thing has happened to Claire, and we have plenty of other instances of people being "infected" from some source outside themselves. It happened to Rousseau's partner Robert, the recently undead John Locke, and the not-so-recently undead Christian Shepherd.
A few other questions/comments that have occurred to me as I've spent a ridiculous amount of time thinking over all this during the last week:
1. Sayid does seem different to me. Even his voice--perhaps it's his accent--seems different. Did anyone else notice this?
2. Why is it so important to the Temple People that Sawyer be brought back? For a bunch of people who see "fate" making things work out just as they should, they surely spend a lot of time fretting about the particulars.
3. How did the torture session on Sayid diagnose his "darkness"?
4. Kate became unusually emotional when Sawyer tossed Juliet's ring into the ocean. I interpreted that as her sudden realization that Sawyer did not (and will not) love her, and she should've chosen Jack all along. If she'd just listened to me shouting that at her through the TV screen for the last five seasons, I could've spared her that little emotional breakdown.
5. It's fantastic to see Claire back (looking, I might add, very reminiscent of Danielle--those two have always drawn a striking parallel, haven't they?) Is she sick? Is she even alive? Is it possible that she had a touch of the sickness (causing her to leave Aaron and look all creepy in the cabin) but her earlier inoculation kicked in, causing her to heal and turn back into Nice Claire?
6. Quote of the night: "We'll be in the food court if you need us." --Miles
Since we're getting closer to the end of the series, I want to take a minute to make a few predictions (and I'd love to see yours too). I've thought about the series end a lot this week (which isn't quite as pathetic as it sounds--I've spent untold hours stripping three layers of wallpaper from my master bathroom walls, and that's MUCH time for listening to Lost podcasts). Though there's still much that mystifies me, I do have a few things I think will happen. Keep in mind I'm not basing this on any insider knowledge, just a hunch, a bunch of podcasts, a painfully limited understanding of time travel, and 25-year-old wallpaper glue fumes:
MY MOSTLY BASELESS PREDICTIONS
1. The double timeline will continue, with the characters simultaneously moving forward in parallel lives at the same time (and hopefully giving us lots of good explanations in the process). After a while, in the non-crash timeline, all the characters will fully "integrate" with one another as "fate" dictated. At that moment, they'll suddenly "recognize" each other, and the two parallel realities will somehow, miraculously squish into one, back on the Island.
2. The show will end with Jack and Kate (finally) together.
3. I predict the very last scene of the show is the revelation of the identities of the Adam and Eve skeletons. I think they will be Jack and Kate.
4. We will never get any more information about Walt. (I hope I'm wrong on this one.)
5. I think that John Locke may have been "possessed" for much longer than we originally thought--perhaps he's even been Possessed John for most of the series.
6. I think (or maybe I just really hope) the real John Locke will somehow get undead, and I think he's going to get a happy ending.
7. It irks me to say it, but so help me, I think Ben Linus is going to turn out to be...well, if not a good guy, at least a mostly misguided harmless one.
I could do this all night, but I'll stop now, before I embarrass myself any more. If you're writing about Lost at your place, leave a link below--share your predictions, if you're so inclined! (Links will close in a few days, to keep away the spammers.)