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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Lighthouse" Discussion

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the JoshMeister and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 5, "Lighthouse".

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Notes from The Official LOST Podcast:

The date on the Ultrasound in the episode "What Kate Does" was a prop error (or else the date on the Ultrasound machine was wrong... whichever you prefer to believe).  Oceanic Flight 815 departed on the same date, September 22, 2004, in both the original timeline and the flash-sideways.

Season 6 Episode 5 "Lighthouse":

2004 "flash-sideways":
  • Jack doesn't really remember having his appendix removed as a child
    • In the original timeline, Juliet removed it on the Island (Season 4 Episode 10, "Something Nice Back Home").
      • Theory: "this is not a parallel timeline so much as it is a time displaced continuation of their subjective timelines" -from "Republibot 2.0"
  • Jack has a son?!  David
    • Ha! David Shephard. David from the Bible was a shepherd
    • Who is David's mother?  Sarah?  Or perhaps it's someone else; I didn't see any hints about the identity of Jack's (presumaby ex) wife in the episode, which might mean they're intentionally keeping it a surprise for a future episode
2007 on the Island:
  • Jacob to Hurley: "I'm here because I need you. ... Someone is coming to the Island.  I need you to help them find it."
    • Is that really true?  If so, who is coming?  Desmond?  Charles Widmore?
  • Jack's son apparently doesn't get along very well with him, says he only sees Jack once a month
    • Jin: "How long have you been out here?"
    • Claire: "Since you all left."
      • Why does Claire think that they left her?  She's the one who left them in the middle of the night to follow "her father"
        • "smokey probably told her that" -baileybear
        • "'brainwashed' by Christian" -james721
        • "brainwashed by locke. locke meaning man in black" -Guest 16
        • "or they are friends" -bwoood
    • Jacob tells Hurley to tell Dogen that he's a candidate
    • Dogen says something in Japanese that Jacob refuses to translate, saying instead "You don't want to know."
      • Anyone have a translation?
    • Jacob tells Hurley that he needs to take Jack with him, but Hurley says that Jack will refuse
    • Jacob tells Hurley to tell Jack, "You have what it takes."  This seems to work
    • Claire: "If there's one thing that will kill you around here, it's infection."
      • How ironic; Claire's apparently the infected one
    • Jin: "Claire, have you been out here all this time by yourself?"
    • Claire: "Oh, no, I'm not by myself."
    • Justin tells Jin that Claire will kill both of them
      • "does claire know she was infected?" -Guest 16
        • Probably not; look at Rousseau thinking her teammates were infected when apparently Rousseau was the one who was infected
      • "i knew as soon as Jin said Kate has your baby ..Kate was a goner.  But Jin saved Kate" -baileybear
      • "rousseau tortured sayid the same way dogen did" -bwoood
        • I don't recall that, but Claire did say in this episode that The Others "branded" her and she showed a burn scar on her arm or shoulder to prove it
      • "the man in black wants to recruit her, so he lies to her to turn her against the temple" -Guest 16
    • Jack sees Kate at a river and invites her to come along, but Kate says she's going to find Claire
    • Jack's mom finds Christian's will and asks Jack if he recognizes the name Claire Littleton, which Jack doesn't seem to (little does Jack know that she was on the plane with him)
      • Christian apparently never told his wife about his daughter in Australia
    • Jack finds Shannon's asthma inhaler at the caves
    • Hurley finds the skeletons and asks, "What if these skeletons are us?"
      • Obviously, the two skeletons are not Jack and Hurley because one of them is female, as Jack pointed out in Season 1
      • I think the fact that they brought up the "Adam and Eve" skeletons in this episode indicates that we're going to get a definitive answer as to who they really are by the series finale
    • Jack tells Hurley the story of how he really found the caves and finding the empty coffin
    • Jack can't find his son David, goes over to David's mother's house to look for him
    • There's a message on the answering machine indicating that David is probably at a conservatory
    • Hurley asks Jack why he came back to the Island
    • Jack: "I came back here because I was broken and I was stupid enough to think that this place could fix me."
    • Lighthouse on the beach
      • Jack wonders why they've never seen it before
    • Jin tells Claire that Kate took Aaron and has been raising her for 3 years
    • Claire kills Justin the Other anyway
    • Jack kicks down the door to the lighthouse
    • "there is a light house in jacobs tapestry at the bottom" -bwoood
    • Jack sees David playing piano at the conservatory
    • Dogen's son tells Jack that David is really good, then Dogen talks to Jack!
    • Hurley says the fire pit mirrors need to be turned to 108 degrees in order to light the fire
    • Their names are degrees!
    • Jack turns it to 23 for his name and sees the house he grew up in in the mirror
    • Jack realizes Jacob's been watching them this whole time
    • Jack: "I want to know why he was watching me.  I want to know right now."
    • In a fit of rage, Jack smashes all the mirrors with a pipe
      • Was this Jacob's plan?
    • David tells Jack he didn't want Jack to see him fail
    • Jack tells David about his own father
    • Jack: "In my eyes, you can never fail."
    • Jacob's plan was for Jack to see what was in the mirror so he could see how important he is
    • Jacob: "I had to get you and Jack as far away from that temple as I could because someone's coming there.  Someone bad.  You can't warn them, Hugo.  I'm sorry, it's too late."
    • Jin lies to Claire, tells her what she wants to hear, that Aaron is at the temple and he'll help her get in
    • Claire says that if what Jin said was true she'd kill Kate
    • Fake Locke shows up
    • Jin: "John?"
    • Claire: "That's not John.  This is my friend."
      • This is further evidence that the infection is closely associated with the smoke monster/"Man in Black"
    bwoood shared a theory that the cave writings may have actually been made by the Man in Black rather than Jacob, either as a con or as his own version of the information at the lighthouse.

    RatFace wondered, "All I want to know is, where on the island is that dog VINCENT?"  Presumably he would be back in 2007 along with Rose and Bernard; where have they been since the detonation of the hydrogen bomb?
    "I wonder if Jacob and MIB are the same person... why else are they not naming him? Maybe he's just the 'dark side' of Jacob. it's just weird that they would go through so much trouble to keep his name hidden... they've given us names of so many unimportant people. unless he's someone we know or something... there doesn't seem to be a reason to do that" -icebird
      Screenshots and Easter Eggs:

      As with the cave in the previous episode, there are tons of names in the lighthouse.  See screenshots on DarkUFO and Sledgeweb.  Lostpedia has a list of names seen in the cave and lighthouse.  Some observations from the lighthouse screenshots:
      • "oh wow  the numbers for Burke dont match. 58 in the Lighthouse  55 in the Cave" and "Faraday doesnt match either 101 in the lighthouse 761 in the cave" -Josh "Spivvy" from The Lost Flashbacks Podcast 
        • "i bet the hand drawn number from the cave was misinterpreted" -Amanda from Lost Flashbacks
        • "yeah.  maybe in the Cave was harder to see" -Josh "Spivvy"
        • An alternate theory, at least in the case of Burke, is that one number could refer to Juliet and the other could refer to her deceased husband Edmund.  However, this doesn't explain the apparently two Faradays
      • 51 is Austen (Kate?)
      • "109 is Mr Friendly!!" -james721
      • "apparently no one from the tail section is a candidate" -Josh "Spivvy"
      • Some names in the lighthouse are darker than others
        • theory: "it looks like Shephard was written in later" -icebird

      Preview for upcoming episodes:
      • Claire: "You're going to hurt them"
      • Man in Black: "Only the ones who won't listen"

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          Monday, February 22, 2010

          "The Substitute" Discussion

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          the JoshMeister, Congested from Audibly Lost, and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 4, "The Subsitute".


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          Jorge Garcia (the actor who plays Hugo "Hurley" Reyes) has his own LOST podcast called Geronimo Jack's Beard where he and his friend recorded their initial reactions to the script for each episode, offering a different perspective on each LOST episode.

          Season 6 Episode 4 "The Substitute":

          • Locke gets out of car in wheelchair
            • Who was driving the car and why didn't they help John get out?
          • He lives with Helen!?!  They're planning to get married.
          • John apparently told Helen he was going to a conference, not a walkabout
          • Fake Locke: "John's a candidate, or at least he was a candidate"
            • Richard: "What do you mean a candidate?"
            • I would never have treated you like that, kept you in the dark.  I would have treated you with respect.
            • Fake Locke wants Richard to go with him, and Richard refuses
          • Fake Locke sees a boy in the jungle and seems surprised
          • Ilana cries in Jacob's home
          • Ben enters and tells Ilana that Locke kicked Jacob's body into the fire, and she picks up some of the ashes and puts them in a bag
            • Are these the same ashes they're using to defend against the Man in Black?  Did they take Jacob's ashes back in time somehow?
          • Ilana tells Ben the reason why Fake Locke carried Richard out into the jungle: "He's recruiting"
          • Fake Locke shows up at the barracks and greets Sawyer
          • Sawyer: "I thought you were dead."
          • Fake Locke: "I am."
          • Sawyer: "You sure as hell ain't John Locke.  Cause Locke was scared. ... But you, you ain't scared."
          • Fake Locke: "What if I told you that I was the person who could answer the most important question in the world? Why are you on this Island?"
          • Fake Locke: "That's not why you're here and if you come with me I can prove it."
          • Locke tries to scratch a yellow Hummer who parked next to him -- it's Hurley's
            • Hurley, of course, has good luck in this timeline, so the Hummer doesn't get scratched
          • Hugo Reyes introduces himself to John Locke
          • Locke says he was just fired by Randy Nations, and Hugo says Randy is a douche
          • Hurley says "I own a temp agency too. ... Tell them Hugo sent you and to hook you up with a new job pronto.  And chin up.  It'll work out."
          • "But the flashsideways is derived from the fact that the Island is not there anymore, it's at the bottom of the ocean. Hurley is understandable. No crazy numbers, no crazy numbers to play, no terrible luck. The numbers as in the numbers on Jacob's list?" -flyboypatrick
            • Perhaps Hurley played the same numbers but it actually gave him good luck with the Island being sunk.  Or maybe not... where would he have gotten the numbers?  According to Lostpedia, Sam Toomey and Leonard Simms heard the Numbers transmission in 1988, just before Danielle changed the transmission.  Thus, if the Island was sunk in 1977, Hurley never could have gotten the Numbers from Lenny in the hospital.
          • "maybe the Island is Atlantis, and the whole show has been in an alternate timeline" -Josh "Spivvy" from The Lost Flashbacks
            • Ilana tells Sun that if Jin's alive, he'll be at the temple
            • Sun: "What about John?  We need to bury him."
            • Fake Locke sees the young boy again.  He looks like a young Jacob.  Sawyer sees him too.  Fake Locke chases the boy and falls down.
            • Boy: "You know the rules.  You can't kill him."
              • Jacob?
              • Sawyer? -Kylene
                • "He wants them all gone so there's no replacement for Jacob" -Congested
                • "Maybe Not-Locke isn't allowed to kill the candidates? Therefore, Eko wouldn't be on the list." -flyboypatrick
              • Smokey has to follow the rules?
                • Same rules as Ben and Widmore follow? SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME.
            • Fake Locke uses one of the real John Locke's oft-repeated lines: "Don't tell me what I can't do. Don't tell me what I can't do!"
            • Richard quietly approaches Sawyer and asks where the man went
            • "Don't be naive.  He's going to kill you.  He wants everyone dead.  Everyone you care about.  All of them.  And he won't stop--" He runs off as Fake Locke approaches.
            • Rose Nadler is the office supervisor
            • She says she has terminal cancer
            • Sawyer asks Fake Locke if he's read Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck, and Fake Locke says it's after his time
              • "John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men)was Published in 1937, so that would make Fake Lock near 70+ years old." -RatFace
              • Actually, he was also there much earlier during the Black Rock time
              • In the temple there are images of the Smoke Monster -Congested
            • Sawyer: "What are you?"
            • Fake Locke: "What I am is trapped.  And I've been trapped for so long that I don't remember what it feels like to be free... but before I was trapped I was a man just like you.  I know what it's like to feel joy, pain, anger, fear, to experience betrayal.  I know what it's like to lose someone you love.  If you want to shoot me, shoot me.  But you're so close, James, it would be such a shame to turn back now."
              • Maybe even the MIB was brought to the Island by Jacob -courthaven
            • Ilana says that the Man in Black can't change his face, "not anymore. He's stuck this way."
              • How does she know so much about these things?  How is it that Richard knows so little compared to her even though he worked with Jacob on the Island?
            • Ben eulogizes John Locke: "John Locke was a believer, a man of faith, a much better man than I will ever be, and I'm very sorry I murdered him."
            • John calls Jack's office but hangs up
            • John tells Helen that he got fired, and John's lost luggage is delivered right then, so John has her open it
            • John says there are no miracles
            • Helen: "There are miracles, John.  And the only thing I was ever waiting for was you."
            • Helen's shirt says "Peace & Karma"
            • Fake Locke invites Sawyer to go with him down the side of a cliff on the water's edge
            • Sawyer falls but Fake Locke saves him
            • They go into a cave on the side of the cliff
            • "What is this place?"
            • black and white rocks on a scale
              • Fake Locke throws the white rock into the ocean
              • Sawyer: "What was that all about?"
              • Fake Locke: "Inside joke."
            • "That's why you're here.  That, James, is why you're all here."  The 815 survivors' names are written on the ceiling in this room and some of the names are scratched out.
            • Locke teaches high school gym and anatomy - he's a substitute (like the episode title)
            • Ben teaches there too!  European History
            • "Who wrote all this?"
            • "His name was Jacob.  He died yesterday."
            • "Why are all the names crossed out?"
            • "They're not all crossed out."
            • 23 - Jack Shephard.  "That'd be Jack Shephard?"
            • 8 - Hugo Reyes
            • 16 - Jarrah
            • 42 - Kwon "I don't know if it's Sun or Jin"
              • "maybe it is ji yeon kwon" -Paul R "diesel929"
            • 4 - Locke
            • 15 - Ford
            • "He was pushing you, James.  Pushing you to the Island.  Because you're a candidate.  He thought he was the protector of this place.  And you, James, have been nominated to take over his job.  You have three choices: do nothing and see how all this plays out.  And possibly your name will get crossed out. [He crosses out Locke's name.]  Second option: you can accept the job, become the new Jacob, and protect the Island.
              • (This is apparently the other reason for the name of the episode; Jacob was apparently looking for a "candidate," or substitute, to replace him)
            • "From what?
            • "From nothing, James. That's the joke. ..."
            • "You said there were three choices."
            • "The third choice, James, is that we just go.  We just get the hell off this Island and we never look back."
            • "And how do we do that?"
            • "Together.  So what do you say, James?  Are you ready to go home?"
            • "Hell yes."
            Screenshots and Easter Eggs:

            There are tons of names on the cave other than those specifically pointed out by the Man in Black.  See screenshots on DarkUFO and Sledgeweb.  Lostpedia has a list of names seen in the cave, which interestingly includes names such as:
            • Littleton (Claire or Aaron? although the name is crossed out, which may be a reference to Claire's infection or Aaron having left the Island and not coming back on Ajira 316)
            • Faraday (Daniel?)
            • Burke (Juliet?)
            • Carlyle (Boone?)
            • Rutherford (Shannon?)
            • Linus (Ben or Roger?)
            • Straume (Miles? although the name is crossed out and Miles is still alive, so it may refer to someone else)
            • Fernandez (Nikki?)
            • Brennan (from Rousseau's team?)
            • Lacombe (from Rousseau's team?)
            • Pickett (Danny?)
            • Chang (Pierre?)
            • Goodspeed (Horace or Ethan?)
            • Mars (Edward, the marshal?)
            • Henderson (Rose? her maiden name)
            • Troup (Gary, author of Bad Twin and the guy who was sucked into the jet engine in the pilot episode?)
            • ...and a number of others.

            Jimmy Kimmel Live - Damon and Carlton interview:
            • When asked whether it was a coincidence that Michael and Walt were not on the plane in the new timeline, Carlton replied simply that it was "Fate."
            • Carlton: "We hope to see Shannon this year."
            • Sunday, May 23rd - final episode of LOST
            • Watch clips of the interview on Hulu: Part 1, Part 2
            Preview for upcoming episodes:
            • "Someone is coming to the Island"
            • clips of Clairousseau
            • Kate is sitting down by a stream and she points gun at someone behind her
            Regarding the boy with the bloody arms in The Substitute:
            • "His casting was very interesting... He's dealt with a horrible family accident. Even at a young age, he has been put in charge of something very important... and it weighs heavily on his shoulders." -flyboypatrick

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              Monday, February 15, 2010

              "What Kate Does" Discussion

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              the JoshMeister, Congested from Audibly Lost, Dan Ramos from Black Rock LOST Podcast, and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 3, "What Kate Does".

              Thoughts inspired by LOSTCasts' podcast about the Season 6 Premiere:

              • Questions regarding the "flash sideways" timeline (some from the LOSTcasts podcast, some inspired by their questions):
                • Did Sawyer kill Frank Duckett just prior to boarding Flight 815?  He didn't seem to be the least bit distraught or depressed if he just murdered the wrong man in Australia
                  • "Yeah, I couldn't help but wonder if Sawyer was a cop, or something in that field. He seemed to know what a 341 was." -StefanyMac
                    • "if he was in australia to bust the guy who set him up" -Congested
                  • Desmond has a wedding ring on his finger!  Who did he marry?  Was Penny Widmore ever born in this timeline?  We don't know whether Charles got off the Island.
                  • Speaking of which, we find out in Season 4 that Eloise Hawking and Charles Widmore are Penelope Widmore's parents.  We find out in Season 5 that Eloise Hawking was pregnant with Daniel Faraday in 1977 and that she was in a relationship with Charles Widmore at the time, implying that Charles is the father.  That would make Dan and Penny brother and sister.
                • Did Eloise Hawking get off the Island?  If not, then Daniel Faraday doesn't exist in the flashsideways timeline.
                • Miles Straume (Pierre Chang's son) presumably got off the Island safely, along with his mother.  Prior to the Incident, Dr. Chang ordered the evacuation of the DHARMA women and children from the Island.
                • Will the Red Sox lose the series in this timeline, either for comic effect or to show how different things turned out?
                • The LOST writers' answer to the "grandfather paradox" is answered by the Season 6 premiere.  The paradox is that one can't go back in time and kill his own grandfather before his father was born, because then he never would have existed to be able to travel back in time and kill the grandfather!  The LOST writers have chosen to answer this by making it so they created an alternate timeline
                • Will old DHARMA people recognize them?
              • Christian told John he had to die; does that mean Christian is (or works for) the Man in Black?
              • Jacob touched Locke, presumably saving his life after his father pushed him from the 8th story of a building (apparently in both timelines).  Jacob can apparently see into the future, because he gave Hurley the ankh in the guitar case which contained the names of the people who he would later send to the temple after his death, and Jacob even gave the detail that Sayid needed to live.  Why would Jacob save Locke's life when Locke would eventually kill him?  Is it the same reason why Jacob let Ben kill him, even though he clearly knew Ben's intentions (and even provoked him)?  It seems that perhaps Jacob was deliberately trying to die, perhaps for a purpose à la Obi-Wan Kenobi.
              • Before Juliet died, she remarked to Sawyer that they should get coffee and "go dutch."  This comment seemed to indicate (to me, anyway) that she was losing her mind as she was dying, perhaps as a side effect of all the jumps through time like Charlotte, Minkowsky, etc. (see the Lostpedia article "temporal displacement").  On LOSTcasts, they talked about a very interesting theory that Juliet's comment was some sort of collision between the two timelines.  This could fit with what Juliet was about to say next (according to Miles), that "it worked" (presumably meaning their plan to derail the original course of history by detonating the hydrogen bomb).
              Season 6 Episode 3 "What Kate Does":

              2007, Island:
              • Translator to Japanese man: "He's alive" (about Sayid)
              • Sayid says he feels light-headed
              • Sawyer's ticked off because Sayid, a former Iraqi torturer, was brought back to life and not Juliet
                • He should have brought Juliet with him!  If they were going to save Sayid's life, maybe they could have saved (but of course, how was he to know?)
              2004 alternate timeline:
              • Kate hijacks cab, won't let Claire out
              • Arzt gets in the way of the cab
              • Kate sees Jack in the mirror and seems to recognize him
              • Cab driver runs off, Kate takes Claire's purse and lets her out of the car
              • Claire is pregnant
              2007, Island:
              • Hurley to Sayid: "The Others captured us... again."
              • Jack observes that Sayid's wound is almost completely closed, even though it's only minutes later
                • Water is closely tied to healing properties of the Island, perhaps? -Congested
              • Japanese" and translator want Sayid to go with them alone, Jack puts up a fuss
              • Sawyer tells Kate don't come after me
              • Translator says they need Sawyer back
              • Kate volunteers to track him, Jin volunteers to go with her
              2004 alternate timeline:
              • Kate offers $200 to a mechanic to get her out of the cuffs
              • Kate opens Claire's bag and sees photo of her pregnant and Shamu whale doll
              2007, Island:
              • Kate to Jack: I'll take care of James.  You take care of Sayid
              • Japanese man has Sayid strapped down, blows dust on him, hooks wires into his skin and electrocutes him
                • "the ash should have protected sayid from pain, if he was not infected." -Guest 21
              • Translator says it was a "test to be sure" -- "don't worry, you passed"
                • Translator to Japanese man: "I just lied to him, didn't I?"
                      Japanese man: "Yes"
              2004 alternate timeline:
              • Kate drives back to Claire to give her her bags back
              • Claire says that the family who was supposed to pick her up from the airport never showed up, so she's going to their house
              2007, Island:
              • Aldo, an Other we haven't seen in a while, is giving Kate a hard time
              • There's a trap, another Other, Justin, says Rousseau died years ago
              • Japanese man says Sayid is "infected" and give him medicine to give to Sayid
              • Jack asks what will happen if he doesn't give Sayid the medicine, and the Japanese man says "the infection will spread"
              • Miles questions Sayid about death - no white light or anything, he just remembers being shot
                • "I read it as a no read as well, I thought the look was because he had no reading, like he should've if he were dead. I think it was the same reason he was so drawn to Claire in season 4. Claire also had no read, and then turned bad." -StefanyMac
              • Hurley: "You're not a zombie right?"
              • Sayid: "No.  I am not a zombie."
              • Sayid tells Jack he'll take the pill if Jack asks him to
              • Jin wants to find Ajira plane so he can find Sun
              2004 alternate timeline:
              • Claire asks Kate to come in with her to the adoptive parents' house because she doesn't want to go in alone
              • The woman who answers the door says "My husband... he left me.  And believe me, I wanted the baby so much but I can't do it alone.  I'm sorry.  Look, I know I should have called you."
              • Claire suddenly screams that she thinks the baby is coming as they're standing at the doorstep
              2007, Island:
              • Kate goes to DHARMA barracks to look for James
              • He plies up the floorboards in the room where he used to live with Juliet, pulls out a shoe box with something of Juliet's in it and smells it - ring bag?
              • Sawyer sees Kate, and Kate tells him that she was worried about him, and he just walks past her
              2004 alternate timeline:
              • Kate takes Claire to hospital
              • A police car pulls
              • Ethan introdces himself as Dr. Goodspeed - Horace's last name
                • Apparently Ethan got off the Island safely and never joined The Others, and never renamed himself Rom
              • He says to stop the baby from coming she would need to take drugs via needle injection
              • Claire: "Is my baby okay?  Is Aaron okay?"
                • She already picked the name?
                • Ultrasound date - close to when Claire gave birth on island Lostpedia says born Nov 1 2004
              2007, Island:
              • Sawyer blames himself for Juliet's death because he convinced her to stay
              • Sawyer says he guesses some people are meant to be alone, and says, "I was going to ask her to marry me."  He throws a wedding ring into the water and says Kate can make it back by nightfall.  Kate cries.
              • Jack asks the Japanese man why he has a translator, and he has one to differentiate himself from those he leads, and that it makes it easier to keep people from being mad directly at him
              • Says his name is Dogen
              • Jack starts to take the pill, Dogen makes him spit it out and Jack demands to know what's in it
              • Dogen admits it's poison
                • Jacob said Sayid needed to live. Did he mean uninfected Sayid needs to live, or zombie Sayid?
                  • "I think it meant it would be bad if he died and then was taken over, not bad because he died. Because they didn't care when he originally died." -StefanyMac
              2004 alternate timeline:
              • Detective Rasmussen asks for Joan Hart - one of Kate's aliases
              • Claire tells them she left already
              • Claire asks what Kate did, and Kate says "Would you believe me if I told you I didn't do it?"
                • Did she kill Wayne Janssen in this timeline?
                • "In the alt timeline did her mom set the bomb?" [and frame Kate] -Guest 21
              • Kate suggests that Claire should keep the baby
              • Kate: "Aaron's a great name."
              • Claire: "I don't know why I said it.  It's like I just knew it, or something."
              • They wish each other luck
              2007, Island:
              • Jack asks, "Why would you people want to kill Sayid?"
              • Dogen says Sayid is sick, which Jack disputes based on his medical knowledge
              • Dogen: "We believe he has been claimed. ... There is a darkness growing in him, and once it reaches his heart, everything your friend once was will be gone."
              • Jack: "How can you be sure of that?"
              • Dogen: "Because it happened to your sister."  Jack looks confused.  He must mean Claire!
              • Jin steps on bear trap
              • Aldo tries to shoot him
              • Claire walks out of jungle looking like Rousseau!  she shoots Aldo and Justin
                • So Rousseau had the sickness?  NOT her shipmates?
                • "Clair was hanging with Christian, so ther is the opportunity for her to get infected" -RatFace
                  • I think she was already infected before we saw her in the cabin
                •     Christian is on the smoke monster's side? (or is him?)
                  • "In the season 5 episode 'Dead Is Dead' Christian Shepard told Sun, & Frank Lapidus to follow the Fake John Lock if she wants to Jin again." -RatFace
                •     When did Claire get infected?  Possible at barracks?
                  • "yes... some people said after the explosion she should have been dead" -Jason Heilman
                  • "Claire - "I'll be fine." / Miles "I'm not too sure abt that." From Shape of things" -LiamKapranos
                  • "Maybe Miles sensed something and wanted to protect Aaron... she said I'll live" -StefanyMac
                  • "but... claire never got in that water soo...." -Jason Heilman
                  • "sayid and ben water... claire no" -Jason Heilman
                    • So could Ben also have the sickness?
                    • "I don't think being infected has to do with the water directly. though the two are sort of bundled together with sayid, i think two seperate things are." -Congested
              Screenshots and Easter Eggs:

              Claire's Ultrasound says "10-22-2004" even though in the original timeline Flight 815 departed on 9-22-2004.  Why is there a discrepancy of an entire month?  Just to bring Claire closer to her due date?  Thanks to Jack Glatfelter from The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack for passing this along:


              Notes from The Official LOST Podcast, February 4th, 2010

              Preview for upcoming episodes:
              • Fake Locke: "Hello, James."
              • Sawyer: "I thought you were dead."
              • Fake Locke: "I am."
              • Richard: "He wants everyone -- everyone you care about, all of them"
              • "What is this place?"
              • Fake Locke: "I promise I'll tell you everything"

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              Monday, February 08, 2010

              Season 6 Premiere "LA X" Discussion

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              the JoshMeister, Master Nak, Congested, and fellow LOST fans discuss the premiere episode of the final season of LOST, "LA X" Parts 1 and 2.

              Season 6 Episodes 1 and 2 "LA X" Parts 1 and 2 notes:

              2004 alternate timeline ("flash sideways" in the executive producers' terminology), Oceanic Flight 815:
              • Jack on airplane?
              • it worked??!  Rose and Bernard
              • Desmond on plane!  He never got stuck on Island because Jack and Juliet sunk it?
              • island under water
                • jennielynn has a different theory: Desmond was in Jack's head
              2007, Island:
              • Kate in tree
              • can't hear
              • Island didn't sink yet??  what caused it to sink?
              • runs into Miles
              • Swan hatch is imploded - they're in 2007
              • Jack is in dirt
              • Sawyer is mad at Jack because Juliet is dead
              [On the live podcast, the JoshMeister, Congested from Audibly Lost, and Master Nak discuss their understanding of what's going on with relation to the timelines, time travel theory, etc.  Master Nak compares the way time travel works in the Back to the Future movies compared to how it seems to work on LOST.]

              2004 alternate timeline, Oceanic Flight 815:
              • Sawyer sees Kate in handcuffs
              • Artz gets Hurley to do his Mr. Cluck's commercial Australian accent
              • Arzt asks Hurley
              • Hurley: lottery
              • Hurley: nothing bad ever happens to me
              2007, Island:
              • Juliet is alive under rubble!!
              • Sayid is dying, is afraid of where he'll end up because of torturing people etc.
              • Jacob: "Hello, Hugo. Got a minute?"
              2004 alternate timeline, Oceanic Flight 815:
              • Boone talking to Locke, Neil Frogurt sleeping in the seat between them
              2007, Island:
              • Fake Locke: "You can stop staring at the fire.  Jacob's gone.  He's gone."
                • Where was Jacob's body?  Shouldn't there have been some charred remains in the fire pit?
              • Ben: "Why didnt he fight back?  Why did he let me just kill him?"
              • Fake Locke: "I guess he knew he was beaten."
                • Or maybe Jacob did it on purpose, à la Obi-Wan Kenobi: "You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."  After Obi-Wan's death he communicates to Luke through the Force, somewhat similar to how Jacob can now communicate his will through Hurley's gift of being able to see and speak with dead people
                  • "There will be white smoke.  I believe that is what John saw in Season 1" -jennielynn
              • Richard shows Ben the dead body of the real John Locke
              • Jacob tells Hurley that Jin won't be able to see him because he died an hour ago by an "old friend"
                • Who was the old friend to whom he was referring, Ben or the nemesis/Man in Black?
                • Jacob tells Hurley to get Jin to take Sayid and the rest to the temple, where they'll be safe, and bring the guitar case
                  • Jin had been there with the French team
              2004 alternate timeline, Oceanic Flight 815:
              • Cindy asks for a doctor
              • Charlie is near dead in the airplane lavatory - a negative side effect of this alternate version of 2004
              • Jack saves him, Charlie says "terrific" -- tried to kill himself by blocking his airway with a bag of heroin
              2007, Island:
              • Bram and his friends battle with Jacob and get killed
              • Shoot at Fake Locke, disappears and leaves bullet behind
              • Bram tried putting an ash ring around himself and the monster doesn't cross it, but shakes the room and knocks Bram out of the circle so he can kill him
                • There was an ash circle around "Jacob's cabin" -- it turns out that it wasn't Jacob's after all -- it was meant to keep Jacob's nemesis (AKA the smoke monster) trapped
                  • Does Christian work for Jacob, and if so, did he reclaim the cabin?  Or did Christian work for the Man in Black?
                  • In the Season 5 finale, Bram and Ilana's team discovered that the ash circle around the cabin had been disturbed and nobody had been there for a long time
                    • Were they talking about Jacob or the Man in Black not having been there?
                  • Was it Jacob or the Man in Black's voice that John Locke heard say "Help me" in the episode Cabin Fever?
              • Fake Locke appears again and says to Ben, "I'm sorry you had to see my like that."
              • Sawyer rescues Juliet but she's dying
              • Julet: "I have to tell you something that's really really important." (then she dies)
              • Sawyer and Kate glare at Jack as Sawyer holds her lifeless body. Sawyer: "You did this."
              2004 alternate timeline, Oceanic Flight 815:
              • Charlie is mad at Jack for saving his life
              • plane lands safely
              • men come on board to arrest Charlie
              • Locke wheeled off plane
              The plane timeline can't fit with Island timeline because Richard Alpert told Sun in Season 5 that he watched Jin etc. die, but then Richard is alive on the Island in 2007, and yet in 2004 the island is sunk and Desmond was never in the hatch.  Even in 2007 that statement from Richard doesn't seem to make much sense, so I wonder if it was a mistake by the writers.

              2007, Island:
              • Sawyer is going to bury Juliet with Miles
                • "Dead is dead" according to Richard and Ben
              • Under temple dead people, packs, one has book, Montand has arm missing (Jin knows arm was ripped off when attacked by black smoke)
              • Hole in floor, where Ben fell in?
              • Kate hears noises, wanders off, disappears suddenly and Jack tries to find her, then Hurley and Jin are suddenly missing
              • Someone knocks out Jack
              • Men take them all at gunpoint - Jacob's people?
              • Hurley: "I guess this is the temple."
              2004 alternate timeline, after landing:
              • Kate undoes handcuffs, escapes from Edward Mars
              • Sawyer knows she was in cuffs on plane
              • there's a "341" - they're looking for her
              2007, Island:
              • Sawyer asks Miles to tell him what Juliet was about to say (Miles talks to dead people)
              • "It worked.  That's what she wanted to tell you.  It worked."
                • So where are they trapped?
              • Man speaks Japanese, Cindy answers in English that they were on the first plane, Oceanic 815, with me
              • They were going to shoot them, but Hurley says Jacob sent us, and shows guitar case as proof - giant ankh inside, Japanese man breaks open and reads note inside.  He asks their names.  He starts to walk away, and Hurley asks what the note says.  Japanese man's translator tells Hurley that the paper said that if Sayid dies, "we're all in a lot of trouble"
              2004 alternate timeline, after landing:
              • Jin apprehended for taking too much undeclared money, Sun claims she can't speak English
              2007, Island:
              • Translator: "The water isn't clear -- it happened"
                • What happened?  They were surprised later to find out about Jacob's death, so that's not what they thought happened
              • Japanese man cuts hand, puts in water
              • "If we do this there are risks" (referring to attempting to heal Sayid)
                • like "consequences" of healing Ben as a boy?
              • they hold Sayid under water until hourglass runs out, he dies
              • Jack gives chest compressions like he did to Charlie, Kate tells him to stop like she did after Charlie had been hung by Ethan
                • Why would Kate say this when Jack saved Charlie's life in spite of her protests?  Shouldn't she have learned her lesson and let the doctor do his thing?
                • But stupidly, Jack listens to her this time and stops giving chest compressions
              2004 alternate timeline, after landing:
              • Sayid looks at Nadia's photograph
              • Kate tries to escape the airport without being identified, but guards are looking at a paper, presumably her photo
              • Kate gets in cab with Claire Littleton(!) and her driver is the actor who plays the puppetmaster guy from Heroes (who's also connected with a blonde main character named Claire) -- David H. Lawrence XVII is the actor's name
                • Is Claire pregnant, and in Los Angeles to give up her baby as in the original timeline?
                • "i'll wager $5 that kate holds Claire hostage and then she gives birth, and Kate helps" - Josh "Spivvy" from Lost Flashbacks
                • "kate adopts him! in the cab" - Congested
              2007, Island:
              • Hurley tells them Jacob is dead, they put ash around the complex and fire a warning rocket
              • Translator explains to Hurley they're not trying to keep them in, they're trying to keep "him" out.
              • Hurley asks who, and they cut to a scene with Fake Locke (we don't get the guy's name!)
              • Fake: "John Locke was very confused when you killed him"
              • Fake Locke says last thought in John's head when Ben killed him: "I don't understand"
              • Fake Locke: "John was the only one who didn't want to leave, only one who realized how pitiful the life he left behind actually was"
              • Ben: "What do you want?"
              • Fake Locke: "Well that's the great irony ben because I want the thing John Locke didn't.  I want to go home."
                • Is his home off the Island?  If so, is there ash surrounding the Island, preventing him from leaving?  (For that matter, why is he so afraid of ash?)
                • Is his home the temple?  They're keeping him out?
              • Hurley to Sayid: "Goodbye, Dude.  If you ever want to talk, I'm around."  Miles shakes head, Hurley says "What?" Miles says "Nothing."
                • Can Miles hear Sayid's thoughts or not?  Was Sayid really dead?
              2004 alternate timeline, after landing:
              • Jack's father's casket was never on the plane!
                • Was his coffin on the plane on the Island then?  Or did something different happen?
                • "Christian" (who is most likely the smoke monster/nemesis) encouraged Locke to leave the Island - because he knew that Locke would die and would provide a loophole so he could kill Jacob?
                  • "Jacks dad is a bad guy because he told Sun to wait & go with the Fake Lock aKa MIB" -RatFace
              • Locke: how could they know where your father is? they didn't lose your father. they just lost his body.
              • Locke says the bag they lost was his knives
              • Locke says his condition is irreversible, Jack says nothing is irreversible - if you ever want a consult, just give me a call.  It's on the house.
              2007, Island:
              • Richard sees rocket, Nemesis comes out, they point guns at him, Richard tells them not to shoot
              • Fake Locke: "Hello, Richard. It's good to see you out of those chains"
                • Pirate slave from The Black Rock ship?
              • Richard says in recognition, "You?"
                • Fake Locke: "Me." [knocks Richard out]
              • Fake Locke to The Others: "I am very disappointed in all of you."
                • What does this mean???
                  • That they didn't figure out who he was?
                  • That they took the wrong side?  They should have been on the Man in Black's side, not Jacob's?
              • Fake Locke picks up Richard and walks off
              • Translator: "You're Shephard?  We need to speak to you privately."
              • Sayid wakes up and says "What happened?"
                • "Is he Jacob in Sayid's body?" -Congested
              In Season 5 Episode 15, "Follow the Leader", Richard tells Sun that he watched Jack, Kate, Hurley, and Jin die 30 years ago.  How could this be?  We didn't see him anywhere near The Swan's construction site.  Was Richard hiding in the bushes somewhere?  Was he watching on a hidden security camera?  Probably not the latter; as far as we know, only The DHARMA Initiative has hidden cameras, and it was only after the Purge that The Others took over the use of their cameras.  Richard from 2007 said he watched them die in 1977, yet the only time we've seen them die (or what might have been assumed to have killed them from the perspective of someone living in 1977) was the detonation of the hydrogen bomb.  However, after seeing the Season 6 premiere, if we're to believe that the detonation of the bomb is what sunk the Island, then there's no way that that Richard from 2007 could have witnessed the explosion in 1977!  If Richard from the new timeline in 2004 had somehow survived, he could have claimed to witness their deaths because every mortal person on the Island would probably have been killed by the blast or by the Island sinking.  But Richard from the 2007 timeline could not have witnessed their deaths in 1977 because their detonation of the bomb (the only thing that could be described as causing their deaths) created a new parallel timeline, separate from the one that 2007 Richard is living in!

              Could the explosion of a hydrogen bomb that size really cause an entire island to sink?  Are we making a false assumption by presuming that the explosion sunk the Island somehow?  It may be possible that some later event sunk the Island.

              "Notice they did not show Michael or Walt, or Vincent the dog during the whole flight. Not even when the plane landed there was no sign of that family" -RatFace

              Screenshots and Easter Eggs:

              Desmond's book:
              Book found underground:
              Rose's magazine:

              • YouTube: http://lost.cubit.net/archives/2010/02/preview-trailer-for-6x02-what-.php
              • Shots are fired
              • Sawyer points a gun, appears to be leaving the temple, and says "Don't come after me" (to Kate, presumably)
              • Sun and Frank walk past a series of graves (at the Oceanic 815 camp site?)
              • Fake Locke picks up a knife
              • Kate: "I can bring him back" (referring to Sawyer?)
              • Jack grabs Kate's arm and says: "Be careful"
              • Kate sits next to Sawyer on a beach
              • Sawyer cries
              • Jack: (to the people at the temple) "Who are you?"
              • Kate: "He doesn't care about any of us" (who?)
              • Jin: (to Kate?) "Who do you care about?"
              • Kate punches a man in the face
              Episode title: "What Kate Does" (a reference to Season 2 Episode 9, "What Kate Did")

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              Notes from The Official LOST Podcast, February 4th, 2010

              Following are my notes from the February 4th episode of The Official LOST Audio Podcast.

              (Note that the executive producers' comments contain spoilers.)

              Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse won't reveal their intentions for the space between LA and X in the Season 6 premiere episode title.  "It could mean LA X as though the X means it's been negated," said Carlton.

              In explanation of the "flash sideways," Carlton said, "We have two distinct timelines that we are showing you on the show.  One timeline seems to be derived from a theory that when the bomb went off, exactly what Faraday was postulating occurred.  There was a reset, and basically 815 flew over what was once the Island, landed in LA, and these people never experienced the crash, never met each other by crashing on the plane, and there's a timeline going forward.  The other timeline is obviously on the Island Juliet hit the bomb, it basically jumped them, you know, forward in time but they're still stuck on the Island and they're dealing with the consequences of the fact that they're still marooned there."

              Damon said regarding the flashsideways, "Just one clarification: I think a lot of people are referring to these things as an alternate timeline, and we want to go out of our way to basically not use that word.  We're not interested in alternate anything, alternate realities, alternate timelines. ... To basically imply that one of these timelines, either the Island or off the Island, is less than real is just borderline offensive to me, Carlton.  They are both equally real, and hopefully will reconcile in some way."  Carlton Cuse responded, "I hope they reconcile!  I mean, I would be very disappointed to go through the end of this season and not understand what the interrelation between these two timelines is."  Damon: "I wouldn't blame you."

              Damon: "Would Desmond have been at the stadium if he wasn't training for a race around the world? ... Would he have been training for a race around the world if the Island had never existed?  What happened to Charles Widmore in 197- so, all these great issues are being raised, but more importantly, how does it affect our characters? ... You think that not that many things have changed, but a lot more things have changed than you probably think, and that's going to be the exploration of the season."

              "What Kate Does" (the title of the upcoming episode) ties in with the episode title "What Kate Did".

              Regarding Sayid, Carlton said, "The question is, was he dead, and I think the second question is what does it mean that he's up and walking around?  What are the consequences of the fact that they threw him in the murky water.  Clearly it would have been better if that water was clear."

              Carlton Cuse said that Neil Frogurt will get justice for having been killed by a flaming arrow in the original timeline:  "You'll see more of Frogurt.  If you like Frogurt, Frogurt's run is not done."

              Damon indicated that the identities of Adam and Eve might possibly be addressed in the last couple episodes of the series.

              Carlton said that Hurley never paid Walt for his $83,000 in Backgammon winnings because "I think the debt was forgiven in the spirit of having left the Island."

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              Saturday, February 06, 2010

              LOST Rewatch Podcast

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              Friday, February 05, 2010

              LOST Rewatch: Season 5 Locke Episodes and More

              In between the Season 5 finale and Season 6 premiere, I participated in The LOST Rewatch.  During the hiatus, I wrote detailed commentaries with fresh insights into the first 21 episodes of Season 1 (see all of my previous posts; start reading from the bottom of the page).  Following are my notes from the rest of the LOST episodes I had time to rewatch, including all of the Season 5 episodes involving John Locke (or rather, in most cases the fake John Locke, aka Jacob's nemesis).  Enjoy!

              Season 1 Episode 22 - "Born To Run"

              Kate, as a blonde, has at least 9 different license plates from various states in the trunk of her car, and she swaps her Nebraska plate for an Ohio plate.  She dyes her hair brown and picks up a letter from a motel lobby for a guest named "Joan Hart."  (Incidentally, the most prominent person named "Joan Hart" is Melissa Joan Hart, the actress who played the starring roles on the TV shows "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch".)  The envelope contains some 20-dollar bills and a letter which Kate reads tearfully.  The letter is difficult to read from the viewer's perspective, but here's what I was able to make out:

              "...have to tell you... have gotten... and the doctors... and there's nothing else they can do.  She's still as stubborn as ever and refuses to stay at the hospital,... but I can see she's growing weaker and fear that before long there may be no other choice.  I can only imagine how hard all of this may be for you.  I wish more than anything that things were different.  I don't know when this letter will reach you, but I am hoping it's soon because she may not have much time left.  I am so sorry Katherine.  You will be... and prayers.  Love, ..."

              Based on the context of the episode, it seems that someone sent a letter to Kate to let her know that her mother was sick and may soon be in the hospital.  Who sent this letter?  Was it perhaps her (non-biological) father, Sam Austen?  This could explain the cash; sending money seems like a parental thing to do.  There probably wouldn't be too many people in Kate's life who would both know her mother well and would also sign a letter to Kate with "Love" at the end.  The letter writer clearly wasn't Tom Brennan because we find out later in the episode that he obviously hadn't been expecting her.

              On the Island, Charlie approaches Kate while she plays with the toy airplane on the beach.  Charlie thinks Michael's raft will be a success, and he tells Kate that when the Oceanic survivors are rescued they'll be "ridiculously and eternally famous.  What's the matter?  Don't you want to be famous?"  Kate, of course, doesn't want to be rescued; she knows that if that happens, she will be taken back into custody and probably spend the rest of her life in jail for murdering her biological father and her later crimes including orchestrating an armed robbery of a bank.  We now know that Charlie didn't get his wish of coming back alive to enjoy eternal stardom, but the Oceanic Six did indeed become celebrities as he suspected.

              Dr. Arzt says that they need to leave "yesterday" to avoid monsoon season, during which the winds would take the raft south to Antarctica.  Michael prepares to leave the following day.  Kate tries to convince Michael to let her on the raft, but he says "the raft's full."

              In a flashback, Kate pretends to be a flower delivery person taking flowers to her mother, Diane Janssen.  Kate sees a police officer in the hallway and walks past, deciding that it's too risky to approach her mother.  Instead, she hides in Tom Brennan's car, miraculously without triggering his alarm (or, at least, if she did trigger it, she reset it before Tom came to his car).  Kate enlists Tom's help to get to her mother.

              Kate and Tom's time capsule is a New Kids on the Block lunch box, presumably the same one that young Katie tried to steal in her Season 5 finale flashback, which Jacob ended up buying for her.

              Season 3 Episode 1 - "A Tale of Two Cities"

              Perhaps Ben knew or suspected that Ethan might have had feelings for Juliet, which could explain why he selected Goodwin and then Ethan to go to the crash sites as spies.

              Season 4 Episode 2 - "Confirmed Dead"

              After Ben attempted to assassinate Charlotte, Locke took Sawyer's gun and had the chance to kill Ben, but ultimately Locke decided to let Ben live.  If Locke had killed Ben at that time, then Ben would never have had the chance to kill Locke after they left the Island.  For that matter, if John had killed Ben, then Ben never would have killed Jacob either.

              Season 5 Episode 7 - "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham"

              Charles Widmore tells John Locke that a war is coming and says that if Locke's not back on the Island the wrong side is going to win.  We now know that John never really came back, unless you count his corpse; does that mean Jacob has lost?  Personally, I suspect Jacob still has a trick or two up his sleeve.

              John can dial 2-3 to reach Charles (23 is one of the Numbers).

              Season 5 Episode 12 - "Dead Is Dead"

              Ben says to Cesar, trying to turn Cesar against "John": "What if he [the person claiming to be John Locke] was already here before the crash?"  As it turns out, he actually was!

              In a flashback, Ben said to Danielle as he stole Alex from her: "If you want your child to live, every time you hear whispers, you run the other way."  What exactly do the whispers mean?  The Others are nearby?  The monster is near?

              Fake Locke remarks to Ben that his decision to move The Others into the DHARMA barracks "just doesn't seem like something the Island would want."
              Ben: "You don't have the first idea about what this island wants."
              Fake Locke: "Are you sure about that?"

              Christian told Sun that if she ever wanted to see her husband again, she'd wait in Ben's old house for John Locke.  Sun and Frank Lapidus knew that Locke was dead, and yet there he apparently was, standing outside.  Given that Christian told Sun to wait for Locke, does this mean that Christian is actually in league with Jacob's nemesis rather than Jacob?

              Fake John left when Ben went into the hidden cave to summon the monster, and the monster didn't come when summoned... or did he? Fake John came back shortly after Ben walked outside.  Is Fake John (aka Jacob's enemy) the same as the monster?  Ben says he doesn't know where the monster is, but Fake John says he knows.

              As soon as Ben fell down the hole underground and Fake John supposedly went to find something to help Ben get out, Ben saw the smoke monster, and then Alex (or rather, Fake Alex) appeared and told him not to kill John again and said she'd hunt him down and kill him if he didn't follow everything "John" told him to do.  After "Alex" was gone, "John" came back.  "John" and "Alex" weren't there at the same time because they're the same person: Jacob's nemesis.  The nemesis was playing with Ben's emotions and deceiving him in every conceivable way in order to trick him into killing Jacob.

              Season 5 Episode 15 - "Follow the Leader"

              Richard sensed "there's something different about you" which Fake John dismisses, saying "I have purpose now."

              Richard tells Sun that he watched Jack, Kate, Hurley, and Jin die 30 years ago.

              During one of the brief time travel flashes when Real John flashes to their place and time, Fake John instructs Richard to tell Real John to tell him that he needs to die.  (All of that was part of Jacob's enemy's plot to create a loophole so he could kill Jacob.)

              Fake Locke points out to The Others that they all take orders from Jacob, whom none of them have ever seen.  He says he wants to take all of them with him on his trek to go see Jacob.

              Fake Locke privately tells Ben that the real reason he's going to see Jacob is not to be reunited with his people, but that he's going to kill Jacob.

              Season 5 Episodes 16 and 17 - "The Incident," Parts 1 & 2

              The real John Locke's Season 1 monologue to Walt about light and dark was a direct foreshadowing of Jacob and his enemy; Jacob wears a light-colored shirt while his enemy weaks a dark shirt.  This whole time there have been two sides determining to some degree the outcome of events on the Island.

              Richard is still puzzled how John could have come back to life; he's never seen that happen in all his years on the Island.  Fake Locke quips that he's never met someone who can't age, and Richard reveals that Jacob made him that way, and says he'd guess that Jacob is why John came back to life.  Fake Locke says that after he visit Jacob "to thank him," they'll "take care of" the rest of the people from the Ajira flight, implying that he wants them dead.  This should have sent up red flags for Richard since presumably he knows that every group that comes to the Island is brougt there by Jacob as an attempt to prove himself right to his enemy; by killing the Ajira survivors, Fake Locke would be going against Jacob's plan.

              Fake Locke points out to Ben "the door to the hatch where you and I first met."  Jacob's nemesis seems to have Locke's memories, perhaps similar to the smoke monster's ability to read and analyze the memories of a person.

              Just before Jack drops the hydrogen bomb, Sawyer orders Dr. Chang to turn off the drill, but the drill fails to turn off because, as Radzinsky explains, they've "hit the pocket," which apparently means they've punched through to the point of no return and the electromagnetism is about to become too strong to control.  Jack then drops the bomb and it doesn't detonate.  A few moments later, after it's clear that the bomb hasn't exploded, everything metallic that's nearby begins to be pulled toward the hole.  I'm convinced that the electromagnetic event is what Dr. Chang (as Dr. Marvin Candle) described as "an Incident" in The Swan's orientation film, and that this event would have taken place regardless of whether or not Jack had dropped the bomb down the hole.  The exact consequences of the Incident seem to vary at least somewhat from what originally happened in 1977, as is seemingly evidenced by the fact that Dr. Chang's hand was impaled, whereas in some of the orientation films he has an entire prosthetic arm, not just a prosthetic hand.

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              Tuesday, February 02, 2010

              Season 6 Live Post-Episode Podcasts

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              Translation of Greek on Jacob's Tapestry, Revisited

              Back in May 2009, I posted translations of some of the Ancient Greek text on Jacob's tapestry (see the original blog post).  At the time, the only portions that were clearly visible and had been translated were the text across the top and middle of the tapestry, which read:
              "May heaven grant you in all things your heart's desire" (or "May the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires"; this is a line from The Odyssey)
               "May the gods grant thee happiness" (a line repeated twice in The Odyssey)
              Since the last time I updated that post, there has been an additional translation of the non-torn portion of the bottom of the tapestry.  It appears to say:
              "Only the dead have seen the end of war"
              This phrase makes me think of what Jacob said to his nemesis at the beginning of the Season 5 Finale about how he would eventually be proven correct, and that "Anything that happens before [he's proven correct] is just progress." Is the war over between Jacob and his nemesis, now that the nemesis seems to have found a loophole and killed Jacob by using Ben as an assassin? Has Jacob's nemesis won the war, and if so, is this the same war about which Charles Widmore warned John Locke?

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              Monday, February 01, 2010

              Season 5 Finale Audio Podcast Now Available

              I finally got around to publishing the audio podcast that I recorded right after the first airing of the Season 5 Finale episode, "The Incident".  The full show notes and links to download, listen, or subscribe can be found here.

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