Episode Title: “Dr. Linus”
Brian’s Deeper Meaning Guess: At first, I thought this might be the first Lost episode title since “Pilot” that doesn’t have a deeper meaning. “Dr. Linus” doesn’t refer to any sort of famous book or movie – and since we know that Ben isn’t a doctor on the
That seems pretty simple, straight-forward, and terribly disappointing, doesn’t it? Where’s the deeper meaning?
It might be a tad of a stretch, but think about it like this – to some degree, the primary function of a doctor is to “fix things”. They cure disease, they perform surgeries, and generally help the sick. Looking at the
It’s bad news.
Perhaps this week will feature Ben attempting to “fix things” On-Island, acting as a symbolic doctor for the
Ben is the “loophole”. Ben killed Jacob. Ben started all of this mess. The blood of everyone who died in the
Like I said, it’s a stretch – but it’s the best I’ve got this week.
Guest Stars: Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Daniel Roebuck as Dr. Leslie Arzt, Jon Gries as Roger Linus, William Atherton as Principal Don Reynolds and Steve Boatright as officer.
Guest Star Breakdown: Oh hell yeah.
Short of seeing “Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond David Hume” or “Brian as Kate’s Gentleman Lover”, “Alan Dale as Charles Widmore” is the best guest star I could have hoped for! It’s a little bit funny how we’ve put the discussions of the battle between Ben and Widmore on the back burner (in favor of debating the Jacob and Anti-Jacob stuff this season) – yet the Ben / Widmore storyline really drove the prior two seasons of the show. Remember when we thought that Lost was just going to be all about Widmore vs. Ben for control of the
But this is a great time to remind ourselves of the Charles Widmore Story So Far – especially since there is still so much we don’t know, and since it’s still pretty likely that he’s going to play a major role in deciding the fate of the
We don’t know when Widmore arrived on the
This would seem to indicate that the leader of the Others wasn’t always “chosen by Jacob” – and why Jacob used Richard Alpert as a buffer between him and the Others, rather than speaking to the leader of the Others directly. It also kinda explains how Ben was able to usurp Widmore as leader of the Others post-Purge by claiming he was the rightful leader thanks to his connection with Jacob. It would be quite interesting to see how all of this actually went down. Did Ben just “fake it” (in which case, why didn’t anyone else ever think of this)? Did Ben stumble upon Jacob’s Cabin in the jungle and think he was communicating with Jacob all along, even though he didn’t ever actually hear anything? Or was Ben a pawn in Anti-Jacob’s “loophole” plan from the start? Did Anti-Jacob appear to Ben as his dead mother to help “draw him” to the Others, also knowing that when the Others found out about Ben’s apparent ability to see dead people, it would make him appear as a “chosen one”?
(Footnote: if this is the case, then you can mark Hurley down as the next leader of the Others, right? Because he legitimately does see and communicate with dead people!)
Personally, I’m a big fan of that last theory – with Anti-Jacob orchestrating Ben’s induction to the Others all along, slowly and subtly building him up and guiding him to the position of becoming the Leader of the Others, and Widmore becomes the lame duck leader of the Others that eventually gets booted off the
Up until this point, we don’t know if Widmore had good intentions for the Island or not – although based on Richard’s distaste for him, I’m guessing that he wasn’t a big fan of how Widmore did things on the
Come to think of it, that’s a pretty big mystery in and of itself. Widmore was kicked off the Island in the early 1990s (although apparently he was periodically coming and going from the
It makes one wonder if Charles Widmore was setting up this corporation during his visits Off-Island, or if part of the reason that the Others gladly kicked him off was that he was dividing his time between his business empire and his duties to serve the
But we digress – even if we never get an explanation for Widmore’s rapid rise to power, we still need to figure out what his intentions are for the Island, and whose side he is actually on.
Let’s look at the hard facts:
- He sent the Freighter to the Island with the instructions to kidnap Benjamin Linus and kill every other living thing on the
Island… which includes the Others.
- The Others worship Jacob.
- While putting together the Freighter Team, Bram attempted to talk Miles out of joining this Team – telling him that “he’s playing for the wrong team”.
- Bram says that he is playing for “the team that’s going to win”.
- Bram is a follower of Jacob, who unsuccessfully attempted to kill Anti-Jacob.
When you add it all up, it certainly seems as though Widmore is on Team Anti-Jacob. Plus, one could argue that his assistance of John Locke in recruiting the Oceanic Six to try and convince them to return to the Island was his way of assisting Anti-Jacob with finding his “loophole”, since without Dead Locke back on the
If you operate under the assumption that Widmore is playing for Anti-Jacob, I wonder if it’s possible that Widmore made his own “deal with the devil” to assist Anti-Jacob with finding his loophole in return for becoming a wealthy and powerful businessman Off-Island.
But there’s one more thing – remember the scene from “The Shape of Things to Come” where Widmore asks Ben if he’s going to kill him, to which Ben replies “We both know I can’t do that.” It definitely has similarities to the talk between Jacob and Anti-Jacob on the beach at the beginning of “The Incident”, and even some hints at Dogen’s attempts to have someone else kill Sayid, as if he was unable to do so himself. But could the
So how will Widmore fit into this week’s episode?
I’m crossing all of my fingers (which makes typing pretty hard) that it’s not going to simply be in a throwaway role as a “Theater Teacher” in Ben’s school, or something equally unimportant in the Off-Island Action. Unfortunately, I think that’s probably the most likely scenario. The problem is that the last time we saw Widmore, he was standing outside the hospital where Desmond was recovering from his gunshot wound, getting into a fight with Eloise Hawking about the definition of “sacrifice” for the Island (PS – we also need to address Hawking’s motivation in all of this, but that will have to wait for another week). What we all want to see from Charles Widmore is what happens after that – how his actions Off-Island will affect the current On-Island action and the Anti-Jacob storyline in general… and that would need to take place in “Reality #1”. Since we know that this is a Ben-centric episode featuring his “I’m a teacher” storyline, we know that the Off-Island action is going to take place in “Reality #2”. So unless we get a super-confusing triple-flash situation going, where we see things happening On-Island (Present Day Reality #1), Off-Island (Present Day Reality #1), and Off-Island (2004 Reality #2), I don’t see it happening.
Sad – but at least our brains are all prepared now for Widmore’s eventual return to the series, right?
(Note: yes, I know it’s possible that Widmore could be appearing On-Island in this episode, but I think that’s a pipe dream. It took him nearly 20 years to find the
Keeping this in mind, the rest of the guest stars make disappointing sense. Alex will probably be a student at Ben’s school, but will she be his daughter or not? Remember, she’s actually the daughter of CFL and Robert. Ben is nowhere in the equation. If Alex somehow becomes his daughter in the Off-Island Action, it will almost guarantee that the Flash Sideways represent a “dream world” / “deal with the devil” world, and are not simply a representation of what would have happened if the Jughead went off in 1977.
Arzt, a science teacher in Reality #1, will probably still be a science teacher in Reality #2, hopefully teaching about coma-inducing spiders. Roger Linus is alive and well in Reality #2, but it will be interesting to see if he continues to be a jerk to Ben, or if he’s suddenly more of a loving, caring father, as was hinted about Locke’s father as well. Finally, we have “Principal Don Reynolds”, who will hopefully be a crusty old dean that everyone hates – after all, he is being played by the jerk EPA agent from “Ghostbusters!”
In the end, it may be that each of these guest stars is simply a minor character in Reality #2… but man oh man it would be cool if any of them showed up in Reality #1 – either as flashbacks / hallucinations to Ben, or in the case of Widmore, alive and well in the present.
Episode Title: Ben deals with the consequences of an uncovered lie.
Episode Breakdown: Last week ended with Ben’s location unknown. We saw Kate, Sayid, and Claire march off with SmokeLocke. We saw Ilana, Miles, Frank, and Sun duck into the same secret passage out of the
So what lie is Ben going to uncover?
The first thing that comes to mind is the big “lie” surrounding the true identities of Jacob, Anti-Jacob, and SmokeLocke. As I mentioned earlier, Ben is the one who was tricked into becoming a pawn in the loophole plan of Anti-Jacob, a plan that may have started as early as his childhood… and he fell for it every step of the way. Despite his best efforts to always be two steps ahead of everyone else, he was used the same way the he used so many others for his own interests.
The consequences of this lie is the current state of the
The way the episode description is worded it sounds like this week will be more about Ben coming to grips with what he has done instead of Ben actually doing something to fix things – but I actually think we’re due for a little bit of both as we continue down the unbelievable path of Ben’s redemption on the show. It probably won’t happen, but this would be the perfect time to see some Ben flashbacks On-Island to the various decisions he’s made over the years, with present day Ben coming to the realization of how each one brought them one step closer to the current situation.
So to recap, I’m predicting that this episode is going to unfold in the exact opposite way of what I’m wanting. Instead of getting Reality #1 Off-Island Action with Widmore, and On-Island Reality #1 Flashbacks with Ben, we’re probably going to get Reality #2 Off-Island Action with Widmore and On-Island Reality #1 Present Day Action with Ben.
...and yet, it's a Ben-centric episode. How can it be anything except great? I'm pretty pumped.