Wow. In what may be my favorite episode of this season (so far), we got a LOT of information - but better than that, it seems like someone put their foot on the throttle in terms of the storytelling. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would get a Cliff's Notes version of CFL's story, Locke finding and turning the FDW, Charlotte dying, and Desmond and members of the Oceanic Six reuniting at Ms. Hawking's church... ALL IN THE SAME EPISODE. I loved it. No parts of the story dragged (like last week), and there were a number of scenes that had me grinning ear to ear (although some of this is due to the University of Dayton's HUGE win over the hated Xavier Musketeers tonight - Go Flyers!). Here is what we need to discuss:
- Charlotte is dead. This just goes to show, you don't need a flashback or character-centric episode to get the full story of a character on Lost. All it takes is a two-minute dialogue from the character that explains everything they know. No secrets held back, no double meanings, no mysterious phrases. Just the facts. If every character on the show would do this, you could wrap up Lost in about three episodes. So what did we learn?
- Charlotte did "grow up" on the Island. At some point, Faraday is going to skip back to her childhood and warn her to leave the Island and never come back... but we all know she doesn't listen to him. Heck, maybe Faraday also told her mother about this, which is why she lied and told Charlotte she just imagined that the Island existed. I'm guessing this is the going to take place during the skip that we saw to start the season - with Faraday undercover inside the Orchid... but is the skipping going to continue?
- With Locke turning the FDW - or, more accurately, putting it back on its axis - will that stop the skipping? Will there be one final skip? It's a tricky situation, because when we last saw our Skipping Suvivors, they were somewhere pre-1980, since the Orchid station didn't exist. If this is the last skip, they would be able to wait for Dharma to come to the Island, and we could see Faraday meet young Charlotte and complete the "prophecy" of Charlotte.
- But the problem is, this would mean they are about 25 years too early to meet back up with the Oceanic Six. Will they spend 25 years on the Island, waiting to catch up to their proper timeline? If so, I'm guessing they won't age during this time. Or, will there still be skipping? If so, our Skipping Survivors aren't really safe yet - which would actually make some sense since Faraday said his mother would be able to save them... not Locke putting the FDW back on its axis.
- The TEMPLE! Wow - I did not see that coming. Apparently, it's the "lair" for Smokey, which makes it interesting that this is the place Ben told his people to go as "the last safe place on the Island". Although, if Smokey is standing guard there, maybe it makes sense, as long as you agree with his way of thinking...
- SMOKEY! Wow - so I guess CFL wasn't lying at all. Although her lack of recognition of Jin in Seaosns 1-4 seems even crazier now, it looks like her people did get a "Sickness", which is a brainwash to seemingly become a card-carrying Other. After their encounter with Smokey, The Frenchies knew precisely what he was, were totally calm about it... and totally trying to kill CFL since she didn't have the same beliefs. Remember Krazy Karl's Rave Room and how seemingly brainwashed Cindy seemed to be? Maybe this is how it all ties together. Maybe Smokey possesses them, maybe he just drags them into a room where they get brainwashed, but he gets them to become card carrying members of his cult. Very interesting stuff.
- Christian Shephard. I love, love, LOVED that he says "say hello to my son" and Locke replies "who's your son?" We forget, but a lot of the characters on Lost don't understand the connections that we as an audience know. Ladies and gentlemen, start the debate about if Christian Shephard is the new Jacob (a ghost-like being) or the reincarnated body of Christian Shephard himself. I'm leaning towards the former (since he couldn't help Locke get up), but I think both are on the table right now.
Okay, I think those are the major points. Let's discuss!