Sawyer totally went Jack-Bauer-on-Fayed style on Anthony Cooper, aka "Tom Sawyer", and we found yet another uncanny connection between two of our Survivors. This episode was well written and dealt with some pretty heavy subject matter, including the morals of murder and redemption. Surprisingly, it managed to give the flashbacks of Locke's time with the Others without giving away too much - only hints at some much deeper things. Points to ponder...
- Purgatory. While Anthony Cooper's comments, along with those from Naomi (the parachutist) both last week and this week would seem to indicate that the Island is Purgatory, you are going to have to trust me when I say it's not. If not me, how about the producers of Lost, who have flat out promised us that the Island is not purgatory? Rather, this would seem to indicate that the Others / Dharma / Hanso have the power to stage a fake plane crash at the bottom of the ocean (complete with fake bodies) and cause a car accident (hey, they did it to Juliet's husband too) and then kidnap someone in an ambulance all for the purpose of keeping their Island secret, and continuing whatever game they are playing.
- Magic Box. So if Cooper was brought to the Island by "normal" means, that would seem to mean that the big secret of the Island isn't that it grants wishes (which, I admit, was pretty far out there, even for pseudo-science). But that doesn't change the fact that there is something "magic" about the Island, something more important than baby making, as Alpert hinted at. After Patchy's amazing reappearance last week, the smart money is back on "Fountain of Youth" or "Eternal Life".
- Ben. It seems that Ben has begun to heal once he (and the Others) moved out of their Dharma Barracks and get back to the nature of the Island, living in tents. It's clear that the Others view Locke as some sort of "savior", someone who has stronger communion with the Island than any of the rest of them... and that is precisely why Ben wanted to humiliate Locke, to show that he was weak, and wasn't able to overcome his past and fully embrace Island life.
- Letting Go. The Others seem concerned with getting Locke to "let go" of his past demons / baggage, ironically similar to what Locke was so concerned with helping people out with during the first season. Although this episode confirmed that Locke hasn't really been in cahoots with the Others all along, it does seem more and more that their goals have been the same from the start. You know how I referred to Locke as being a member of "Team Island"? Well, it looks like the Others used to be members of this team as well, and are now working on returning to their roots after a brief flirtation with the modern luxuries of Dharma.
- Cooper. So it turns out the suspicions that people have had for almost two years turned out to be true. Locke's Dad turned out to be the Con who ruined Sawyer's life. Between this and Claire and Jack being brother and sister, a good rule of thumb for the future is "whenever two characters have anything slightly in common, assume there is a deeper connection between the two of them". It's a little out there, sure - but it made for great television, and it worked from a storytelling perspective.
- Temple. Lastly, at the Others' first camp, Cooper was tied to what looked like the remains of some sort of ancient stone temple / building, which goes right along with the four-toed statue from last season's finale. The Others definitely seem to be decendents of these ancient Island people, moving from old campground to old campground now that they have abandoned the Dharma Barracks.
- Jack and Juliet. I get the feeling that Jack and Juliet are pulling some sort of "double con" on the Others, but can't reveal their true intentions to the Survivors without ruining the chances of tricking the Others. No idea what their goal is (other than ultimately getting off the Island), but they're up to something... It seems that each week makes me question if they're truly good or evil. This week, I come down on the side of "good, but we don't understand their plan yet." Who knows what next week will bring.
Well, that's way too much writing for this late, especially since my body is still pretty exhausted from my travels. Full analysis coming soon.
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