Sunday, May 11, 2008

"Cabin Fever" Analysis!

The good news is – this episode got a lot “easier” upon second viewing. After watching the episode live, I knew that it felt pretty big, but I wasn’t quite able to wrap my head around it and understand the implications. But given a few days to digest, one repeat viewing, and an hour of cutting grass to work through some storylines in my head, I’m feeling pretty good about the analysis. Let’s get down to business.

Emily. A lot in the Comments section have been wondering if perhaps Ben’s mother Emily is the same person as Locke’s mother Emily – which would make Ben and Locke brothers / half-brothers. Granted, it is quite the coincidence to have both mothers share the same first name, but there’s one very big reason why this couldn’t work (aside from the fact that the two look totally different) - Emily Linus died shortly after giving birth to Ben in the 1960’s, and Emily Locke was still around to help con John Locke into giving up a kidney somewhere in the 1980’s / 1990’s.

If you want to go conspiracy theory with the mothers, have it be that the future “leaders” of the Others have all been born by women named Emily (hey, Claire’s real life name is Emily de Ravin!). Moving on…



Hurley. Although he probably didn’t realize it, Hurley did eventually lead Locke and Ben to the Cabin. It’s funny, but it wasn’t until Hurley stopped focusing on finding it / feeling the pressure of needing to find it that he was actually able to. Perhaps the whole point of Locke’s vision of Goodspeed and retrieval of the map was only to provide a prop for Hurley to think that he really was no longer needed – and maybe you can only find the Cabin when you aren’t really looking for it, or something along those lines. Or maybe the Cabin actually finds you.

The bigger question remains “why Hurley?” In the episode, they discussed that he saw the Cabin, and that makes him special. Hurley’s theory was that he and Locke were the craziest on the Island… which might not be too far from the truth. Out of all the characters on the Island, the two most wanting to believe in some greater power have definitely been Locke and Hurley. Remember back during Season One when Hurley went crazy to find CFL to prove that the curse of the Numbers was real? Along with Locke, Hurley wanted to believe that there was something bigger at play – that the Numbers were real, and that the Island was special. This makes Hurley a good candidate to be “accepted” by the Island, and perhaps become an Other someday. Maybe Hurley’s destiny is to help the Oceanic Six return to the Island where he can finally find his peace (since he clearly isn’t finding it in the flashforward future).

Through the Island showing Hurley the Cabin, it helps prove to him that there is something special about it – and that might be enough for him to inspire the other members of the Oceanic Six to return once they realize how much life sucks back in the real world.

Or maybe he was just brought along to provide hilarious comic relief in an otherwise super-tense Cabin scene. Either way.



Unkillable. Back during “Meet Kevin Johnson”, it was easy to dismiss Tom’s claim that Michael was unable to kill himself until the Island let him. After all, we had countless characters die on the Island (including Others) that one would think the Island would protect to help form the army required to defend against the Freightors. Plus, it was only one gun jamming – which may have been tinkered with by Tom in the first place (I think there’s a gay joke in there somewhere, but I’ll keep it PC).

However, this week really seemed to prove that Michael cannot be killed. Keamy attempted to fire three shots into his head, and not a single one worked… even though the gun was working properly before (for killing Alex) and after (when Captain Gault) fired it. But this protective Island shield isn’t limited to just Michael.

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Ben commented to Hurley that he “should have realized at the time it (shooting Locke) was pointless, but I wasn’t thinking clearly.” Not only does this suggest that Locke shares the same invincibility – but that others in the past have as well (thus, Ben’s knowledge about it). It’s clear to see why Locke would have this shield – but why Michael? It seems as though he has accomplished his mission – effectively sabotaging the Freighter and providing information to Ben about all the Freightors. Is the Island keeping him alive until he can get his redemption by saving our Survivors? Are his engineering / mechanical skills still required? And how are the writers going to explain this using science? More importantly, is anyone else on the Island protected the same way?



Keamy. Speaking of giving Ben information about the Freightors, did you notice how upset Keamy got when he found out Benjamin Linus knew who he was? This struck me as odd. Why would his anonymity be so important? Is he afraid Ben (or the Island) will “come after him”? Or that he will use the information to find a weakness?

The other question is – why is Keamy so hell-bent on getting Linus? Sure, he was sent on a mission, and I’m sure there is money involved – but it’s almost as though there is some sort of personal vendetta involved. I’m thinking that Keamy has some connection to Linus in the past (like Ben killed his father or something), which would explain the blind rage with which he’s attacking. Gault said that they were simply on an extraction mission – but Keamy is out for blood.

The electronics he was strapping to his beefcake body this episode look like they are tied to his heartbeat (note the chest strap) with a control on the arm. When Captain Gault threatened to shoot him, Keamy showed the device and said “I don’t think you want to do that Captain”. I’m guessing that if Keamy were to be shot and his heartbeat would stop – the device would send a signal to blow up the nearby explosives that were being loaded into the helicopter. In true action movie style, Keamy has created a situation where he has the power to set off the explosives – but if he is killed, they’ll go off anyways… making it very tricky to attack him. One way or another, he’s going to get his revenge on Ben, even if it means he dies in the process.

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Secondary Protocol. So where is Keamy headed? As we saw this episode, the Freightors had both a Primary and Secondary Protocol. The Primary Protocol was the mission we saw Keamy and Co. attempt over the past few weeks – attacking the Island commando style, taking prisoners, and kicking ass. But as we saw, that didn’t quite achieve the intended result thanks to Ben and his friend Smokey the Friendly Smoke. According to Keamy, “if Ben knows that we are going to torch the Island, there’s only one place he could go.” And based on the file that Keamy retrieved, it looks like we’re heading to yet another Dharma Station.

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Conveniently, the logo of this Dharma Station matches the one Ben was sporting on his jacket when he suddenly appeared in the Tunisian Desert, sporting a wicked gash in

So here’s what I’m thinking.

This Dharma Station is the one that controls the Funky Space / Time element on the Island (an invention by Dharma? Or something that existed on the Island pre-Dharma that they just came up with a sweet logo for? I’ll get to this later!). Knowing that death and destruction on the Island are eminent, Ben wisely heads there to avoid it. Before this season is up, there will be a battle between Ben and Keamy at this station, where Ben gets wounded – but then ends up “jumping” to Tunisia before Keamy can finish the job.

How do the Freightors know so much about all the Dharma Stations and the powers of the Island?



Widmore. So here’s the theory I never got to post while I was away honeymooning. Widmore didn’t even appear in this episode, but it’s necessary to see where my head’s at to understand some of the analysis to come. During “The Shape of Things to Come” there was a super-important meeting between Benjamin Linus and Charles Widmore that hinted at their relationship. Here’s a brief reminder of that conversation courtesy of Lostpedia:

Ben inquires as to when Widmore started sleeping with a bottle of scotch by the bed. Widmore replies, "When the nightmares started." Charles asks Ben if he has come to kill him. Ben says "we both know I can't do that." He instead accuses Widmore of changing the rules and killing his daughter. The two argue about who bears responsibility for Alex's death. The debate concludes with Ben vowing to kill Widmore's daughter, Penelope, so that he will know the same pain Ben knows. Widmore claims to know "what" Ben is, saying everything Ben has he took from Widmore. Ben says Charles will wish he hadn't "changed the rules." Widmore counters that Ben will never find Penny, and that he wants "his" Island back. Ben tells Charles he will never find the Island, and that the hunt is on.

There have been a number of questions about the relationship between Ben and the Dharma Initiative ever since the Purge – such as, why did the Dharma Periodic Ration Drops continue after Ben murdered most of the Dharma people? Where does Ben receive his funding / information / connections on the outside world? I think the answer is Charles Widmore.

More story time!

We have seen that there was some type of relationship between Widmore Industries and the Hanso Foundation – but I’m thinking it was a tenuous relationship at best. Hanso represented the “altruistic” side of the partnership, whereas Widmore represented the “business” side. Both combined to help fund and found the Dharma Initiative on the Island way back when – with Hanso looking to use the Island to make the world a better place (and prevent the end of the world), and Widmore looking to use the Island’s powers for financial gain / power / worldwide domination.

Before the Purge (which may have been orchestrated by Widmore – this week, Ben confirmed that the Purge wasn’t his idea), Ben and the Others entered into a partnership of sorts with Widmore – who promised to continue providing the funding necessary for Ben’s experiments, kidnapping of people, and the Periodic Ration Drops. In return, Ben promised to give Widmore the some of the Island Benefits – living forever, space / time travel, etc. which could be used for significant financial gain. They may have even entered into some contract with Jacob / the Island Spirit, who set the rule that they would not be able to kill each other – thus taking total control of the Island. It’s like a system of checks and balances!

But crafty Ben quickly began working on ways to get Widmore out of the picture as well, to return the Island to how it used to be pre-Dharma, a place where he would have total control. He did things like using the Looking Glass as a jamming station, preventing any vessels from finding the Island unless he wanted them to find it. Widmore realizes what is happening, gets pissed, and sends the Freighter to get Ben and take back control of the Island. This puts the two in a chess match of sorts – where both sides need each other (Ben’s knowledge of the Island for Widmore’s funding) are fighting for the Island for different reasons.

But it gets even better.

If my theory about Ben “jumping” from the Dharma Station at the end of this season is correct, I think that it will coincide with Locke “moving the Island” – meaning that neither Ben nor Widmore know where the Island is anymore. When Ben says “the hunt is on”, he means it literally – as both men are now searching for the Island, and the first one to find it will determine which direction the future of the Island goes (peaceful magic paradise vs. beachside condos).

Let’s ratchet it up one more notch.

Benjamin Linus dies (he’s the one in the coffin from last season’s finale!), leaving no one “fighting” for Team Island – only Team Widmore, who will find the Island in a matter of time. The Island, not wanting to see its splendor ruined, needs help… and begins calling out to the only other people on Earth who know about it… the Oceanic Six. It sends images and visions, calling for them to return to the Island to help fight Widmore and his evil corporate plans.

That would be pretty cool, right?

Usually when I work through a long, thought-out theory like that it takes approximately one episode for the writers to totally disprove it. But for now, I’m rolling with it.



Abaddon. The whole reason I brought it up in the first place is all because of our friend Scary McFreakyson, Matthew Abaddon. Up until now, it was assumed that he was working for Widmore, seen assembling the team of Frank, Miles, Charlotte, and Faraday that were sent to the Island and asking Hurley if “they were alive” post-Oceanic Six rescue. But this week, we saw him working with Locke, helping inspire him to go on the walkabout which would eventually lead him to the Island. Since this seemed to fall in line with Alpert’s attempts earlier in the episode, suddenly people began wondering if he was actually a member of Team Island, rather than Team Widmore.

I don’t think so. Rather, I think there are two possible explanations for his actions:

1. His interaction with Locke occurred during the brief period of time when Widmore and Ben were working together, and both were working for the same common goal.

2. It demonstrated Widmore attempting to get in good with “future management” on the Island, to help the aims of Team Widmore once Locke ascends to the role of “Leader of the Others”.

Based on Abaddon’s message, I’m leaning towards the second option…

“When you’re ready, you’ll listen to what I’m saying. And then when you and me run into each other again, you’ll owe me one.”



Alpert. Man was it good to see Richard Alpert again. This episode got me thinking, “if Cane hadn’t been cancelled, what in the world were the writers going to do with this episode? Would it have been pushed to next season? Would they have introduced another Other to attempt to recruit the young John Locke? I can’t imagine any other character having the same impact as Alpert this episode.

This episode confirmed one of two things.

1. Richard Alpert is non-aging.
2. Richard Alpert is aging, but has the ability to time travel.

Personally, I’d prefer the former, since I like to think that those in true communion with the Island live forever – and the ability to freely time travel is often used as a cheap plot device giving characters ways out of tough situations far too easily.



Tests. As the much smarter Stef pointed out in the Instant Reactions, the test that Alpert administered to Locke was quite similar to the Tibetan test to find the next Dali Lama after the current one dies. The gist of the test is that a number of objects are presented to a youth, including some that belonged to the former Lama. If the boy picks out the right objects, it shows that he is the reincarnation of the Lama. Man, with all these connections to Tibetan Buddhism, I bet the Others are totally boycotting this summer’s Olympic Games!

The objects presented to Locke were as follows:

Baseball mitt.

Book of Laws:

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Vial of rough sand:

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Comic Book entitled “Mystery Tales”:

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Compass:

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Knife:

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As for which objects belonged to the former Other Leader (Jacob?), Alpert appears pleased when Locke chooses the sand and compass, but becomes angry when he selects the knife (I’m guessing the “book of laws” was the correct third object – with the comic book and baseball mitt being youth-friendly objects to try and entice Locke). Although Alpert states that Locke isn’t “quite ready”, it doesn’t mean that he isn’t the “chosen one” – just that he isn’t mature enough to start leading the Others. The selection of the knife seems to signify that Locke is still angry, violent – not the hippie benevolent leader the Others are looking for… yet.

(This also ties in nicely with the next attempt to recruit Locke, where he shows he still isn’t ready by wanting to be an athlete and superhero, rather than the calm, scientific mathlete the Others are looking for.)

But in the end, it’s pretty clear that Locke was always going to be the chosen one – it was only a matter of time (per Goodspeed, “Jacob has been waiting for you a real long time”). Locke is finally ready to fulfill his destiny, and his conversations with Ben hint that Benjamin Linus is ready to accept this fate as well.

I was told a lot of things too. That I was chosen, that I was special. I ended up with a tumor on my spine and my daughter’s blood all over on my hands… those things had to happen to me. That was my destiny. But you’ll understand soon enough that there are consequences to being chosen. Because destiny is a fickle bitch. The Island wanted me to get sick. It wanted you to get well. My time is over. It’s yours now.

I’m guessing that being Leader of the Others isn’t all tea parties with Jacob and unlimited money and passports – but that there are tough decisions that need to be made not limited to, but including killing people, giving up your former identity, being a puppet for the Island Spirit, and sacrificing anything for the sake of the Island.



Cabin. But what of the Cabin this episode? Why were Christian and Claire inside, rather than Jacob? My initial thought is that perhaps the manifestation of the Island Spirit is different for each generation of Chief Other. For Ben, it was Jacob. For Locke, it’s Christian. Or perhaps Locke is not yet ready for a true face-to-face meeting with Jacob, and Christian is acting as an intermediary. Or perhaps they still haven't cast the actor to play Jacob, since he won't appear more frequently until next season.

And what about Claire? Did this episode confirm that she is truly dead? It seems pretty obvious now, which makes me almost want to run in the other direction and think that she’s actually alive but in a trippy state similar to when Ethan abducted her a few seasons back. The key lies with Aaron. Christian claims that he is “where he is supposed to be… and that’s not here.”

For me, this indicates that although Aaron is destined to be important to the Island (maybe even the Future Leader of the Others), with the battle coming and the possibility of “torching”, he needs to be taken off the Island – at least for now – to ensure his safety. Being protected by Sawyer, on his way to the beach, it’s clear that he’s well on his way to being one of the Oceanic Six – but this would also explain why Jack was told he isn’t supposed to raise Aaron. The Island might have sent him away temporarily, but it wants Aaron back after the danger subsides.

Okay – this has been ridiculously long, so let me wrap it up as quickly as possible…



Ray. I still have no idea about the Freighter Doctor Ray. In this episode, Omar received the morse code message that was sent on December 27th. Based on the Lostpedia Timeline, this episode took place on December 29th. So Ray was killed on December 29th, but washed up on the Island two days in the past – even if his body went through a weird bearing to the Island (that sent him back in time), it still wouldn't explain the wound since it was actually healed on December 27th in the first place. You win on this one, Lost Writers.

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Desmond. Desmond claims he is never setting foot on the Island again. Can this be true? Does this confirm that he “escapes” the Island and returns to Penny? Or that his death is imminent? I worry about the fate of Desmond and Penny more than any other characters on the show.



Moving. How is Locke going to "move the Island"? Smart money is on changing the weird electromagnetic properties somehow to change the bearing required to find it. How do you do that? I’m not sure – but I will bet it involves the same Funky Space / Time Dharma Station that sends Ben to Tunisia.


Phew. I’m beat. Let me know what I missed!

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39 comments:

VictorC said...

Great analysis Brian.
That new Dharma station will most likely be The Orchid, so we can probably start calling it that.

Your theory on Ben and Widmore sounds pretty good, but I keep thinking of what Widmore said to Ben: "everything you have you stole from me."
Something like that, and how that fits into your theory.

Anonymous said...

So, theorically speaking, could changing the weird electromagnetic properties --for example-- cause increase time delay between real world and the Island?

I mean, with correct numbers, (remember Faraday's experiments) Locke could set the delay to --let's say-- infinite hours and no one can get their feet on the Island never again and get lost forever on the way. (Probably die of Constantlessness)

We'll see, we'll see.

Anonymous said...

Great Brian - you are the master!
Yes I've been thinking too Widmore and Ben/Others must have a significant and perhaps substantial past history.
What you've missed?
- What about Abaddon actually being an Other agent recruited in a funky time zone in OZ (wasn't it Ayers Rock/Uluru where Rose went for a cure).
- "Cabin fever"- the captain hints to Keamy that he might be going gah-gah.
- Seems like a really key theme to the show is single parent children.

joe said...

FYI, the strap that you described that Kemmy is wearing is called a "dead man's switch". There are lots of types of them, and supposedly terrorists and suicide bombers wear them. Basic ones can be just a push-button switch, that when the button is released, the bomb goes off. This is good for a suicide bomber because when they walk into a crowd or something they hold their thumb on the button, then release it when they want to blow up. If someone suspects he is a suicide bomber and shoots him instead, when he is shot he will let go of the switch (hence the "dead man's switch") and it will explode the bomb. pretty crafty....

Anonymous said...

I think the new dharma station is a teleportation/warp station which is how Ben ends up in the desert and how Locke will move the island. Locke will "teleport" the island to a new location.

dru said...

Great read as usual.

Surprise you didn't talked about Sir Richard Burton's picture on Locke's high school locker. :P

Salvar said...

It's all starting to come together now--and it looks like the next two seasons are going to be insane compared to the start of the series... comparing "plane crash survivors lost on an island" to "plane crash survivors returning to the island to retake it from forces that want its magical powers!". What I'm most afraid of at this point is that we'll get a really nice wrap-up, and everything will seem settled... but they we'll remember that there are still a ton of cliffhangers they used seasons ago that were never dealt with. For instance: who are Adam and Eve, what was the "sickness" and what was Claire being injected with, what was the crazy room, whatever happened to Walt and his powers... etc. And at this point I've all but given up on the writers explaining it all with science. That saddens me a little bit.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible that time inside the island is continuously getting faster than the outside world?

I ask this because, at first when Faraday uses the payload test, the time difference was about 30m. Then, when Sayd and Desmond get to the freighter, they spent half a day to get there, when it "seemed" only minutes had passed by. Finally, the dead doctor arrives at the beach 2 days in advance...

Is it possible that, with the Swan imploding, time inside the "bubble" is passing faster and faster, comparing with the outside world?

Anonymous said...

Actually, forget about my last comment about funky time. It goes deeper than that. In the payload test, it gets latter to inside the island than it was suposed to. In the chopper scene, time seems consistent inside and outside, because for all parties, it has passed almost half a day. And in the doctor case, he gets sooner to the island than he was suposed to.


I'm puzzled. :(

Anonymous said...

Thank you Brian, I come here every week to read your analysis and its definately word the time.

Much love from Holland!

Anonymous said...

Brian, good analysis. The logo is definitely from the Orchid station. If you haven't seen the clip from last years comic-con, you should check it out. It was presented by Damon and Carlton as a teaser for season 4, and they say it can be taken as canon.

Tim said...

You asked if anyone else on the island shares the same "unkillable" factor as Michael. My answer to that is definitely yes. I think everyone from 815 was unkillable to start off with. That's how they survived a freaking plane crash.

Rebecca said...

Any chance our island is like the 'mystery land' on the comic book, floating above the 'real world' and invisible? I know it doesn't make sense with all the water and whatnot but right now not a whole lot is making sense. Did you catch the drawing of Smokey 5 year old Locke had on his wall?? I wonder if as an adult he remembers drawing Smokey, meeting Alpert & getting the science camp brochure...? The thing with Doc Ray has me more confused than anything. I think you're right about Ben going to Tunsia after/during battle with Keamy. I am really hoping they give us more information or even explain some of these things before next season. It's starting to be a lot of crazy stuff to keep track of & try to figure out.

Anonymous said...

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse

CC: I think that we want the fans to ask, "What's happened to Claire?" I don't think it's "Is she dead?" I think it's like "Where is she?" and "What's going on with her?"

DL: What's fascinating with Lost is there's a scene where Claire is in the cabin, and she is sitting next to a guy who is dead, and nobody is saying "What's up with that?" They're all saying "Is she dead?" I think the more operative question is, "What is dead?" That's a good question to ask, and one you will certainly be asking over the long hiatus.

Can you say if time travel is definitely a part of the series?

CC: Yes.

This is a question I don't know if you can or will want to answer...Does Richard Alpert age?

CC: Does Richard Alpert age? I think it's a good observation to say that Richard Albert has been observed in various time periods looking the same, but I think that's all we want to say at this point in time. However, you will learn a lot more about Richard Alpert as the show goes on. He is going to become more prominent in the future of the show.

Do you see Penny and Desmond as a central plot for the show? And if Penny were to die would Desmond die because she's his Constant? Is that a fair assumption?

DL: Desmond and Penny are an incredibly important part of the show, and one of our favorite romances and relationship to write on the show. Obviously, Sonya Walger is an incredibly busy actor, and as a result of that, it limits our ability to go to the Penny and Desmond well, but every time we do it's very special as something that we do not get to explore every other week. All we can say is that there's a lot more to tell about that story, but hopefully you will have a better sense of that over the summer.

Christine said...

"Destiny is a fickle bitch" = BEST.LINE.EVER

So, DESTINY is ... Kate? ;-)

Free Markets said...

"corporate" does not equal "evil" - maybe Widmore is just plain vanilla "evil" and being a capitalist has nothing to do with it... maybe.

Agrippa said...

Walt is Abbaddon.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Ben-Locke are half brothers theory: Anthony Cooper was the ultimate con man. Isn't it possible that the woman who claimed to be John's mom prior to him meeting Cooper was someone just hired by Cooper so he could get at John's kidney? Did we see conclusive proof that she was in fact his mother? I always come back to: 'nothing is what it seems to be'on Lost...that's why we love it so much!

Stef said...

Brian! You should get married and honeymoon more often, cuz I think this is your best analysis yet!

I *love* your big picture idea of Ben becoming trapped off-Island, and eventually becoming the man in the coffin. We're so used to seeing him be omnipotent, but if somehow Locke does move the Island and Ben can't get back, will he suddenly become weak as Locke takes power? I think I heard in the podcast that we're going to find out who's in the coffin THIS season, so that will be a huge mystery revealed - and probably opening up more questions - very soon.

Anonymous said...

I got the feeling that Claire's creepy demeanor was a result of her knowing things we don't know. Like she understands some grand scheme and is eerily at peace concerning it. I also get the feeling she is dead.

Jennifer said...

I love lost and I love this blog! Thanks Brian and everyone that takes so much time to disect the episodes. This show has so many layers, I also fear that we wont get all the answers by the end of the show.

OT: Has anyone else seen the info about JJ Abrams called Fringe? Looks pretty cool!

Grace said...

My only disappointment in this episode is one that you didn't address. I wish with all of my heart that the last scene had been Ben and Hurley sharing the candy bar. I mean "He wants us to move the island," was a great cut line, but can you imagine:
chewing
chewing
chewing
LOST
I think that would have been a spectacular final image of the night.

Caesar&Bonaparte said...

So I think your theory with Ben and Keamy are a little bit off. You think that they will get to this new station and have a head off and that Ben will end up "jumping" to the desert. Well the timing seems off to me. Because after he is in the desert he goes and immediately finds sayid who had gotten off the island found nadia and married her and she has been killed? I don't know, great theory and it may be afterall the island does do some weird things with time but until I know what those weird things are I am still a little skeptical.

VictorC said...
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VictorC said...

Grace I don't agree. Because it would have required Locke to tell them they have to move the island, but then Hurley and Ben decide to share a chocolate bar? The scene just doesn't fit there.

Caesar&Bonaparte, Ben time travels into the future, that explains your concerns with it.

The only reason I'm a bit skeptical about it is because Ben was wearing a parka. So either this Orchid station is somewhere really cold or Ben wasn't sure where he'd end up and dressed prepared for whatever climate.

Anonymous said...

the scene with Ben and Hurley eating the chocolate bar was out of any context.

Renee said...

Brian, you are my hero!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice if the chocolate bar Ben and Hurley were eating was an Apollo Bar?

I remember reading somewhere that Apollo was a Greek God who could move Islands, or something like that anyway.

And did anyone spot the Geronimo Jackson poster in Lockes locker?

Love the blog Brian.
Adam.

Anonymous said...

AS THE FACE-OFF BETWEEN THE SURVIVORS AND FREIGHTER PEOPLE CONTINUES, THE OCEANIC SIX FIND THEMSELVES CLOSER TO RESCUE, ON THE TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE OF “LOST,” MAY 29 ON ABC

“There’s No Place Like Home,” Parts 2 & 3 – The face-off between the survivors and the freighter people continues, and the Oceanic Six find themselves closer to rescue, on the two-hour Season Finale of “Lost,” THURSDAY, MAY 29 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Terry O’Quinn as Locke and Harold Perrineau as Michael.

Guest starring are Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, Ken Leung as Miles Straume, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Malcolm David Kelley as Walt, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, John Terry as Christian Shephard, Sonya Walger as Penelope “Penny” Widmore, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Kevin Durand as Keamy, Francois Chau as Dr. Marvin Candle, Anthony Azizi as Omar, Alex Petrovitch as Henrik and Starletta DuPois as
Michael’s mom.

“There’s No Place Like Home,” Parts 2 & 3 were written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof and directed by Jack Bender.

”Lost” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

This episode of “Lost” will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.

Jana said...

We're all assuming Ben can only be in one place at a time. Watch "The Orchid" orientation film (if you have the Season 3 DVDs) - there are two identical bunnies. Either it's a cloning station, or one of the bunnies was a future or past version of itself.

What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Initially the video made me think cloning, but now with all the funky time and even the flashbacks and forwards as a tool of the show it seems more like a time related thing with the bunnies.

Megan said...

So I was discussing the episode with friends last night and one of them mentioned that we shouldn't be surprised that Christian is "alive" because there was a webisode on abc.com at the beginning of the first season that apparently shows Christian talking to Vincent the dog right after the plane crashes and tells him to "go wake up my son," right before Jack wakes up to the sound of Vincent barking in the first episode. Did anyone see this, or remember it??

Anonymous said...

I don't remember it, but from Lostpedia:
Just after the crash, Vincent found a "living" Christian Shepard (wearing white tennis shoes) in the jungle. Christian told the dog that his son, Jack, was in a nearby clearing. He asked Vincent to go wake Jack up. As Vincent obeyed, Christian said that Jack had "work to do." ("So It Begins")

Anonymous said...

Also from Lostpedia:
Damon Lindelof: Why Mittelos Bioscience?

Carlton Cuse: Well Mittelos is a uh acronym for “lost time”

Damon Lindelof: Wow

Carlton Cuse: Which um is not a randomly chosen acronym would you say?

Damon Lindelof: I. I would say nothing on the show is randomly chosen but I’d be lying.

Carlton Cuse: So uh I think the notion of how time relates to the uh Others and their travels back and forth to the Island is something the show will be exploring very soon.

Sawyer's Optician said...

megan said...
". . . we shouldn't be surprised that Christian is "alive" because there was a webisode on abc.com at the beginning of the first season that apparently shows Christian talking to Vincent the dog right after the plane crashes and tells him to "go wake up my son. . . "

Yes, but in season 1 we learned that Jack's dad was a drunk, had been on a bender in Austrailia, died, and Jack identified his body at the morgue.

I'm still surprized to see Christian Shepherd walking around, and I don't know why he is. What the heck is going on with this show???!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Destiny is a fickle bitch" say's Ben Linus. What is that about? Also, what role is Mr Abadon playing in all this? He seemed to by "steering" Locke in the opposite direction than Richrad Alpert was hoping Locke would take. Any thoughts on this?

annie said...

bravo, brian! once again a great analysis. i too, worry about desmond & penny's fate the most of all the characters on the show.

i don't know if anyone's commented on this, but it occurred to me that the oceanic 6 may or may not have all chosen to leave the island... we really only know for sure that sawyer chooses to stay. what if someone else determines who goes home from the island... for instance, hurley is forced to go home even though he's perfectly okay with staying on the island. i don't know... random thought, but i just have this feeling that there is more to the determination of who goes home than just who wants to & who doesn't. i guess we'll find out, huh?

Anonymous said...

past indications that Locke and Rose also wanted to stay.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful analysis, Brian - and the best thing is it doesn't involve massive time travel. I do agree Ben is in the coffin - and the reason Jack is so distraught is because his best chance of getting back to the Island was Ben. Of course he finds a way back, but that is yet to come. One thing however, regarding Alpert's test and The Book of Law. What is the significance of the book? Could it be related to Mr. Eko's curious speech back in Season 2 (2.9) where he tells Locke the story of King Josiah, the ruined temple, and The Book of Law (known to us as the Old Testament)? What if there is on the other side of the Island an analogous book, related to the "mysteries" of the Island that has, among other things, instructions on how to "move" it? Could this be The Book of Law? And is that why Alpert was so upset at young Locke when he chose a crude knife over the Book? Oh well, just some wild thoughts...we will know for sure soon enough. Vodalus