Lost: The Substitute

The Sideways Story is going to break my heart. I like everyone so much better in it! See the alive but still crippled John Locke start to find peace and acceptance in his body and in his life. I’m so happy to see Helen (which doesn’t mean she’s not going to die of a brain aneurysm down the line). See Hurley act like a benevolent Buddha. See Ben Linus as a history teacher bitching about the coffee in the teacher’s lounge!

Helen mentions John’s father as if he is still in his son’s life, as if he’s invited to the wedding. So why is John in a wheelchair? I wouldn’t think you’d invite the guy who shoved you out of a window and crippled you to your wedding, even if he is your dad.

It’s another glimpse (like Hurley’s comment in “LA X”: “I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”) that not only are these characters’ futures changed, but their pasts have changed. John’s in a wheelchair, yes; Kate’s on the run, yes; Hurley’s won the lottery, yes; but the reasons for these things have shifted.

Because in the sideways timeline, the Island is under water. Jacob hasn’t touched them. Their lives have taken the track that they were supposed to have taken.

Maybe it did work.

Back on-Island, in the meantime, Smokey drifts around and decides to recruit Sawyer to his cause. Richard is terrified of him (the usually unflappable Richard has been seriously rocked by Not Locke’s appearance). A boy (the boy from Flight 815?) tells Not Locke that he can’t kill “him” — Sawyer or Richard? (I think Richard; Richard is somehow special.) Ben only lies once! Sawyer sees right through Not Locke, even with two-thirds of a bottle of whiskey in him (my favorite moment of last night’s episode).

And Not Locke takes him to that spooky cave.

I think the writers/producers of Lost are exploiting our assumptions about black and white, namely, that white is for the good guys and black is for the bad guys. I don’t think it’s as simple as that.

To me, the names all over the cave wall and ceiling are proof that Jacob is crazy. Insane crazy. Hell-bent on proving the Man in Black/Not Locke wrong — that there will be an ending; that the Island does need protecting; that some day someone else will take his (Jacob’s) place. At the same time, though, I think Jacob is setting up “the candidates” for failure. He manipulates people so they come to the Island, and then leaves them to their own devices. A terrible twist on the idea of free will.

And by doing so, by attempting to keep things in balance, Jacob keeps the Man in Black trapped.

That’s all over now, though.

Did you notice whose names were not on the cave wall? Kate, Claire, Rose and Bernard, Mr. Eko, Frank Lapidus (whom my husband insists on calling Frank the Penis), Ben, Juliet, Miles. Are they wild cards? Dispensable? Not candidates to do one of two things: protect the Island or help Not Locke escape his trap?

I know: it seems like a lot more questions. But I think the story is getting told, the mysteries are being revealed. They’ve got fourteen more hours.

I am loving it.

11 thoughts on “Lost: The Substitute

  1. I may have to start avoiding Lost updates. We’re talking about cancelling cable or just going to basic. (We’re concerned about Sports.) We want to rely more on things like our Roku. I noticed that all the previous seasons of Lost are available, which means that I may start in on them. That should keep me busy for a while!

    • I’m sorry; I should post a spoiler alert for non-Losties. It is a GREAT show and I’m really enjoying the ride. I can’t imagine watching it straight through. Let me know how your head feels if you attempt it!

  2. The latest episode raised a lot of really interesting new questions. Could the fact that Jacob did NOT touch their lives in the NoIsland Universe be the deciding factor? If he wasn’t mulling these “candidates,” then the plane didn’t have to crash on the Island.
    I assumed Rose, Bernard, Claire and Eko were among those crossed-out names we could not read.
    Plenty to think (and write) about…

    • I’m going to have to do some searching for screen shots of the cave to see what (if any) names we can make out. I’m curious, too.

      I do think the MIB is going to answer questions about the Island and Jacob and how our survivors ended up on the Island. We may not like all of the answers.

      And yes, I think in the Sideways timeline, the fact is that they were not touched by Jacob, and it’s very significant.

      Thanks for the comment!

    • Yeah, if you’re 12 years old.

      Just kidding, babe. xoxo. You know it makes me giggle, too, although that might be just because of the obvious pleasure you take in saying it.

  3. Did you realize that the numbers next to the name are THE NUMBERS from the hatch/the lottery, etc. I only realized it after the Plurk.

  4. I’m loving this season of Lost so far; it’ll be sad to see it go.

    Do you think that there’s going to be a pivotal moment before the end of the season where the two universes meet and the Oceanic survivors have to choose between one or the other? I think so. And what will they choose?

    • I can’t remember the last time I was this into a TV show. I will be quite sad to see it go, too.

      Oooh, I hadn’t thought about that, about the realities converging. That’s a cool theory.

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