And back across the island we go. I’m torn between what’s the more interesting group on Lost these days, the Jacob-influenced temple crew or the Not-Locke dominated Linus/Sawyer brigade. But both teams seem to be having new secrets revealed to them by their respective leaders, and this week was all about Hurley, Jack, Jin and Claire learning new and terrifying things.
Boredom has set in at the temple, as everyone sits and waits for Not-Locke to come charging in. Hurley and Miles are playing tic tac toe, Jack and Sayid are discussing his “darkness” infection. But things pick up when the ghost of Jacob appears to Hurley, and tells him he has a very special secret mission for him, which involves getting Jack to trudge across the island to activate something which will lead someone, somewhere to the island.
A ways off, Jin finds himself caught in a beartrap and being “rescued” by Claire from the clutches of the Others. She hauls him and an alive Other back to her makeshift hut, and Jin discovers she’s been living on the island in a practically feral state for the past three years, and has lost the vast majority of her mind in the process. The baby crib full of animal bones would attest to that. She claims the Others have her baby, a fact she knows because her father and her “friend” have told her. Hmm.
“Uhhhhh I’m just going to be going now.”
Meanwhile, over in the Day of Present Past, Jack’s post non-crash life involves him having a son, which is a pretty damn big change, and begs the question as to what the hell the island’s destruction has to do with whether or not he impregnates someone. Maybe I’m missing something in my memory banks of all Jack’s flashbacks, but if you have a theory, please shout it out.
In any case, Jack and his son have issues, as if that’s any surprise, and the entire flash-sideways revolves around Jack discovering that his son is a master pianist, and he tells him he never thinks he can fail at anything. Oh also, he meets Samurai Other whose son is also a master pianist. Because we can’t have one of these things without seeing at least one other familiar face.
He’s got Kate’s eyes if you ask me.
By the end of the episode, Jack is led to a mysterious lighthouse by Hurley, which contains another set of crossed out names around the flame housing area. When set to a certain coordinate and name, the mirrors behind the flame show where that person is from, and when Jack sets it to his own name and sees his old house, he freaks out and smashes all the mirrors. Hurley thinks the mission is a bust, but Jacob tells him he did this on purpose so Jack can see how “special” he is.
Claire ends up killing the Other in front of Jin, who tells her that Kate actually has been raising Aaron, a statement he quickly retracts when he realizes just how psycho she really is, and promises to sneak her back into the temple, where presumably he hopes the Others will subdue her. But a wrench is thrown in the works when Claire’s “friend” shows up in the unsurprising form of Not-Locke, but strangely, Claire seems to recognize him at Not-Locke rather than believing he’s actual Locke. How does she know this, yet not understand that when she saw her father, that was also the same guy (err, “being”)? How exactly is Not-Locke recruiting people with this “darkness” sickness? What does he need them for anyway?
I’ve given up trying to comprehend just what this alternate reality-verse is trying to accomplish, and am just taking it at face value for the time being. I still don’t really see it serving an immediate purpose, and it’s a bit maddening to try and comprehend how the island’s destruction has influenced all these events like Locke’s reconciliation with his dad (and how he ended up paralyzed anyway) and now Jack’s prodigious son. But I’m done complaining, I’m just going to go with the flow and hope it leads somewhere relevant.
What did that thing Hurley said to Jack mean? Was it something his father used to say to him or something? Maybe that’s a reference I’m missing. As for the lighthouse, has that ever been alluded to before? I don’t believe so, making its appearance seem rather convenient. I imagine that was used to bring ships to the island before planes were invented (like the Black Rock perhaps?), but I doubt Jacob set the dial to “Shepard” and brought Oceanic 815 there. After all, all the Oceanic candidates are different degrees aren’t they? And 815 crashed because of Desmond and the button, so outside of Jacob “predestining” everyone to get on that plane, I don’t think the lighthouse had anything to do with it.
Angry Jack smash!
Lastly, who do you think Jacob’s trying to bring to the island, #108? You probably caught that 4 + 8 + 15 + 16 +23 + 42 = 108, so this person’s got to be pretty important. The only people relevant to the show who aren’t on the island I can think of are Eloise Hawking, Charles Widmore and Desmond. I bet it’s Desmond. Where the hell is he these days anyway? I forget the last time we saw him.
A good episode I suppose, as I always love Hurley-centric outings, but we have even more questions as always. At the rate we’re going we’ll need like six solid episodes that are just Jacob and Not-Locke talking at the screen, explaining the answers to every question we’ve ever had.
Good work, dude.