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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Initial Reactions to "The Man Behind the Curtain"

Right after seeing the episode, some of my initial thoughts were:
  1. John Locke's not going to die. The island will heal him as we've seen it do to him several times already. Ben should have known this; why didn't Ben shoot Locke in the head if he really wanted him dead?
  2. Ben's insane; there really isn't a Jacob (boy was I wrong about that one—more on this later).
  3. How is it that Richard Alpert didn't seem to age one bit while Ben has obviously aged significantly? And why is Richard following Ben instead of the other way around?
In last night's live podcast, we discussed these and many, many other topics surrounding the mind-blowing Ben-centric episode, "The Man Behind the Curtain." I'll try to edit the podcast and divide it into more manageable chunks as soon as I get a chance, and I'll post show notes along with each segment. Subscribe to the podcast or blog using the links in the sidebar and stay tuned!

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Blogger Rui Martins said...

"Ben's insane; there really isn't a Jacob (boy was I wrong about that one—more on this later)."
-> I´m not sure... My theory is that there is really a Jacob, but that he lives outside the Island, and that he is the leader of a faction of Hanso Foundation, and that ben is it´s local "commander".

Friday, May 11, 2007 5:47:00 AM  
Blogger Rui Martins said...

It seems to me, that the "old" Others belong to a previous race of inhabitants of the Island... And that this is the last remants of the old continent of Mud, as the Azores are the last remnants of Atlantis (to some people)... This why there is so much old building on the Island (4 fingers), the old house of the fake others city and the minoic column of the temple where Ben placed Anthony...

And that somewhere in the last there is still an old "power station" working that produces all the Island anomalies...

And that the Others are going now to... Some ruins...

What do you think?

(I listen your podcast everyday, and I ´m still catching up to s03017 on it...)

Friday, May 11, 2007 3:47:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Long said...

(Warning: If you haven't finished watching Season 3, much of the following may be spoilerish.)

Rui, thanks for your comments. I'm glad you like the podcast! =)

Based on what has been revealed so far from official sources, Ben is not the leader of a faction of the Hanso Foundation. When he came to the island as a boy, he was originally connected with the Dharma Initiative (which was a Hanso Foundation project), but in that organization he only became a "workman" like his father.

I think you may be onto something regarding ancient civilizations. Curt from the Black Rock Podcast has often speculated that there may be a connection between the LOST island and the lost city of Atlantis. All that seems clear at this point is that there was likely a group of inhabitants on the island long before the Black Rock ship arrived. Although I don't recall the four-toed statue being mentioned in Season 3, the pillar to which Anthony Cooper was tied may have been another hint at an ancient civilization, and Ben's reference to a "temple" in the Season 3 finale is even more intriguing and left me very excited for Season 4!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 11:19:00 PM  

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