Brian's Four Word Review That Is Also a Dave Matthews Band Song: So Much to Say
Good God. There was a TON of information to download from that episode, which was easily one of the best so far this season. You have to admit, in those last few moments of the episode, when Alex appeared, you were thinking "holy God this is going to be just like when Yemi appeared to Eko right before he was killed!", weren't you? I know I was. This episode probably had me on the edge of my seat more than any episode thus far this season - it seemed like huge revelations were always just ahead... and in the end, we did get quite a bit of tantalizing new details to analyze...
- Young Adult Widmore on a horse! Initially, his arrival made it seem like he was from another group of Others on the Island (which would indicate there was some type of formal "split" among the Others), but when we saw him a few years later (boy did he not age well!) they were all buddies around the same campfire - so it seems like there was never an official split. But there was clearly a disconnect between Widmore's views and Alpert's views...
- Maybe Alpert is just a softy and couldn't bear to see innocent Young Ben die, but it seems as though he was also doing it as a way to spite Widmore and artificially create a new "chosen one" from Jacob... when it reality, Jacob couldn't care less about Benjamin Linus. Suddenly, it all makes sense. For the rest of Ben's life, he's able to play this "Jacob told me to do this" card and no one can question it. This is a very clever move on Ben's part, as it allows him to move into a position of power - but explains why he can't actually see / hear Jacob, why the Others seemed to fall out of favor with the Island, and why Ben was so freaked out when Locke actually seemed to have this connection with Jacob that he'd been faking all along. I guess Alpert got what he wanted, since it resulted with Widmore getting kicked off the Island - but it's also clear that Ben was being "used" in this role, and Locke is the true "future leader" of the Others.
- Apparently, Charles Widmore really did lead a dual-life, spending time both on-Island (leading the Others) and off-Island (founding Widmore Industries, having an off-Island wife and Penny), which allowed Ben and Alpert to reason that he wasn't dedicated enough to the Island to deserve being leader. He was banished, and once gone, spent 20 years trying to find the Island unsuccessfully...
- This seems to eliminate the possibility that Widmore and Ellie are married / the parents of Penny. Perhaps Ellie was leading a similar dual-life as Widmore. She married someone and birthed Faraday, while Widmore married someone else who birthed Penny. This means that Penny was probably not born on the Island, knows nothing about it, and just thinks her dad was a terrible parent for always being off on "business trips" when she was a kid.
- Penny lives! Thank God for Lil' Charlie, making Ben take pause and have mercy... just like he did to CFL back in the day. It turns out that Desmond was the one who got shot (in one of the biggest "Oh no!" moments yet on Lost) but thankfully it didn't kill him, allowing him to beat the crap out of Ben. Although Ben told Sun to apologize to Desmond - it's not for killing him or any of his family... but simply for shooting him. That's easily forgiveable, right?
- But it didn't seem like Caesar was so lucky. I totally forgot to include him on Deathwatch 2009... mostly because I didn't care about his character one way or the other. Rest in peace, "friend". I guess you were just another throwaway character after all...
- On the other hand, Ilana is dirty after all, along with a number of other members of Ajira 316. They are part of some super secret group who uses the code phrase of "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" to identify fellow members. This means that although they were all on the flight together, they didn't actually know each other, which speaks to just how secret this super secret society is! I'm also now guessing the forthcoming "battle for the Island" is going to be the Shadow Statue Group vs. the Others and our Survivors! My first thought when I heard "statue" was the giant one that stood on the Island in ancient times... which again makes me think that the Shadow Statue Group are decendents / time travelers from the Island long long ago - maybe even pre-Others?
- Ben told CFL, "If you want to live, anytime you hear whispers run in the other direction." Is this the writers way of explaining how CFL allegedly avoided the Others for 15 years on the Island, claiming she had never seen the Others, only heard their whispers? By running away and hiding from them whenever she heard the whispers? Seems like a pretty lame explanation, and doesn't explain not ever coming across the Barracks or any Dharma Stations, but I guess it'll suffice.
- Apparently the reason Ben stopped Locke from killing himself was because he had critical information (about Ms. Hawking). But he then killed Locke because he didn't have time to talk Locke into killing himself again. Again, pretty flimsy excuse, but I guess that's all we're going to get.
- It turns out that Widmore is the cold-hearted one who blindly did what was best for the Island, while Benjamin is the one who has a heart in the matter. Widmore wanted Alex dead, Ben saved her! I was trying to think if Ben saving Alex resulted in anything negative happening on the Island, but couldn't come up with anything - since in the end, Smokey just cleaned up the potential mess that started when the Freighters took Alex as a hostage.
- Sun and Frank were indeed at the Barracks a few weeks back, not the Processing Center. This means it's the Barracks that are all boarded up and derelict looking... which kinda makes sense since the last time we saw them the Freighters were attacking and our Survivors were boarding up windows and things in self-defense... again, seems like it has holes, but I think that's the explanation we're getting
I told you there was so much to say. Open up my head and let me out. Little baby!