So... you’re about to get on a plane that you KNOW is going to crash. Would anyone else run screaming from it at the last minute because they couldn't go through that trauma again? Or have a full-scale anxiety attack in the air, forcing the flight attendants to sedate you heavily? Anyone? Just me?
Here’s my one-word review of this week’s episode:
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE. Love love love love love.
Hm. I guess this is why newspapers haven’t hired me to review yet.
Everything has happened before, and will happen again
How much did I love that opening, with Jack waking up in the bamboo, the same eerie music, the same wind, the same calls for help. I had no idea it was going to turn out to be anything other than a re-creation of the pilot episode, until he got to the cliff. I thought, “Huh. The pilot episode always made it look like he came out of the trees and right onto the beach. And hey... wasn’t Hurley on the beach?” AWESOME. I know some people don’t like to be manipulated by their TV, but I LOVE it.
So is Eloise part of the DI? It stands to reason the DI would have a station off the island. She gives her little lecture (even chastising Jack for not listening, ha!) and it was fantastic, and explained so much. So THAT is why the plane happened to go down. THAT is how these people were chosen and they knew it would crash on that island. How the DI got all of them on the plane in the first place is still up in the air, but we’ll probably find out.
UPDATE: Just realized I missed talking about one thing: Sun. Last week my brother (who I think watches the show just so he can email me the next day to pick it apart and talk about how stupid it is) emailed me to say, "Oh come ON! Why is Sun going to the island because Ben the Liar told her Jin was there? She's seriously going to abandon her kid to do this?!" and I said, oh ye of little faith... she hasn't said she's going anywhere, she's simply accompanying Ben to the church to see the person with the proof. But she hasn't agreed to go anywhere. A mother isn't going to abandon her kid that quickly, not even for her husband-who-was-dead-and-is-maybe-now-alive-according-to-a-lying-liar.
Well... I was wrong. She just dropped everything and is on that plane. I found that very odd. I know she's madly in love with Jin, but dumping Ji Yeon and possibly never seeing her again, allowing that child to be raised by the PAIKS?! Uh...
• Jack asking Eloise if Ben is telling the truth, and her response: “Probably not.”
• Jack changing Locke’s shoes and talking to him. Even in death, John is still getting to him.
• Hurley reading the comic, Y: The Last Man... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! (The comic is written by Brian K. Vaughan, one of the writers on Lost.)
• Hurley buying 78 seats. I love him.
• FRANK LAPIDUS!!!! I SO did not see that coming. I was screaming and laughing all at once.
• Jack: “How can you read?” Ben: “Because my mother taught me.” LOL!!! (Also, I love that even his jokes are complete lies, since his mother didn’t teach him.)
• Jack’s reaction to Locke’s note. The words are so simple, yet so true, and Jack reacts to them like he’s been punched in the gut.
• Jin Workman!
After the opening, it goes back to 46 hours earlier. That’s 23 times 2. When we see the latitude/longitude numbers on the wall of the Lamppost Station, every number is there but 8.
Did You Notice?:
• The episode was called 316 because of the flight number, but interestingly, episode 3.16 is “One of Us,” which might be important for the title.
• Eloise holds out a picture of the island, dated September 23, 1954, which is one day less than 50 years exactly before Oceanic 815 crashed on September 22, 2004. Could the date on the photo be an indication of WHEN they landed on the island?
• Was anyone else waiting for that pendulum to clock Desmond in the stomach and send him sailing across the station? Man, that guy could move around that area with deftness. With grace like that, I’d like to see him on the dance floor.
• Jack wouldn’t believe in the existence of a rock if Locke was the one who had pointed it out to him, and now the guy is hanging on every one of Eloise’s words.
• Eloise barely registers anything on her face when Desmond tells her he was sent by Daniel. Either she already knew or she didn’t care. I can’t wait to find out which it is.
• Desmond announces to the room that he’d already met Eloise and she’d sent him to the island, and yet no one says, “What? Tell me more.” They just assume he’s a lunatic.
• When Desmond is all wide-eyed and crazy and telling everyone he’s done with the island, one of his eyes looked bigger than the other.
• In Eloise’s office, one of Charlie’s Virgin Mary heroin statues was standing on her desk (the arms seemed spread open a little wider, so maybe it’s not an exact copy).
• And... now we know why Christian Shephard was wearing those stupid tennis shoes all this time.
• Eloise tells Jack he needs to give Locke something of Christian’s whether he believes in it or not, and says, “That’s why it’s called a leap of faith, Jack.” In the season 2 episode, “Orientation,” Locke keeps sitting outside his father’s house in a car. Helen comes to the car when she follows him and says he must stop following his father and he has to choose between Cooper and her. Locke says he doesn’t know how to do it. Helen says we never know what’s going to happen, but we do things anyway, and says, “That’s why it’s called a leap of faith.” At the end of that episode, Locke convinces Jack they need to keep pushing the button, and says it’s a leap of faith.
• Ben makes a connection between Doubting Thomas and Jack, that Jack needs to be convinced of things and can’t go on faith. Interesting that “Thomas” and its diminutives is probably the most common name used on the show:
-Thomas was the name of Claire’s deadbeat boyfriend, and he’s the father of Aaron
-Tom was one of the Others
-Tommy was Charlie’s drug dealer
-Tom was Kate’s childhood sweetheart who owned the toy plane
-Tom Sawyer was one of Anthony Cooper’s aliases
-When Ana Lucia and Christian are in Australia, he calls her Sarah and she calls him Tom
• When the magician in the nursing home pulled the towel off the rabbit, was anyone else checking to see if it had a number on it?
• Jack’s grandfather is very much like Kate: always on the run and never wanting to stay in one place.
• On the one hand, the Jaters will be going nuts after this episode, but I think the Skaters will have a good case in this one, too. Notice how distant Kate is the day after she sleeps with Jack. She acts like she’d rather be anywhere but there. The gal is nothing if not consistent in her inconstancy. (I subscribe to neither ship, by the way.)
• When Ben is on the payphone you can see stickers for “Long Beach” and “Big Oyster.” CLUES?! Bah. Probably not. (Though the anagram of Big Oyster is Gibe Story... but with that face could Ben have been lying?)
• Even in death... Locke has five o’clock shadow.
• Clearly the man who offers his condolences to Jack and the woman escorting Sayid will be on the island, or the camera wouldn’t have spent so much time focusing on the two of them.
• By the look on Hurley’s face when he first sees Jack at the airport, he can’t trust Jack further than he can throw him.
• Hurley won’t say how he knew about the flight, and he’s carrying a guitar. I think it’s safe to say Charlie was the one who told him, and he’s bringing a guitar to the island in the faint hope that Charlie might be there, still alive.
• Jack and Kate have a conversation on the plane where Jack talks about how he thinks they’re fated to all be on the plane together, and she tells him that this happened because it happened. He’s officially become Locke, and she’s Jack.
• I love that Jeff Fahey looked more like his usual clean-shaven self. Every time I showed people a picture of what he really looks like, they couldn’t believe it was him. I wanted a pic of him looking like that in my season 4 book, but my editor thought it was too creepy. LOL!
• I was praying that Darlton were kidding about Ulysses, so I’ve only read a few pages of it. DAMMIT.
• When Ben says he didn’t know that Locke had committed suicide, you can tell he’s totally lying.
So Many Questions...
• After the opening, we zip back 46 hours. Then Eloise says the window closes in 36 hours. Since we know they didn’t stand at the opening of the church for 10 hours, why the discrepancy? (And if you’re going to say that maybe Jack was unconscious for 10 hours on the island, I doubt Hurley could have been unconscious in the lagoon that long.)
• The island isn’t done with Desmond yet. (The island and I officially have something in common!) So what is his purpose in all of this?
• Is Ben a religious person at all, or is he just playing the part while he’s in the church?
• Ben says he’s meeting with an old friend and he just has some loose ends that need tying up. Who the hell was the old friend, and what happened to him? Could this have anything to do with Widmore? Was it Sayid?
• Why does Jack have an old tape-to-tape deck in his bedroom? (Did anyone else think it looked like a face when he walked in?)
• It’s strange that we see Ray all of a sudden when we’d never seen him before. He seems a little creepy himself. If Christian is some sort of mystical prophet, could Ray be someone special, too? Is he a catalyst to help get Jack to the island this time?
• If Kate is with Jack, where is Aaron? What happened to her after she left the marina? You’d think after the night she’d had, she would have held onto Aaron and never let him go again. The fact she avoids the question completely and tells Jack never to ask her that again suggests something really weird happened. Did Claire visit her again? With Christian? Who has him?
• Why is Sayid handcuffed to an agent?
• Frank is flying the plane, and he said in “Confirmed Dead” that he was supposed to have been flying Flight 815. Is his presence some sort of karma, and by going back to the island the “right” way, they can right all the wrongs that happened the first time?
• What exactly happens to the plane? Could they have been sucked off the plane somehow and it didn’t really crash, or did all of them go down in that? They’ve clearly gone back in time (see: Jin).
• Does Jin know who they are, or did they land somewhere in the 50s and Jin’s always been on the island? Was that a time-travelling Jin, or has he always been on the island, but doesn’t remember it?
Next week: Locke is alive (duh) and we see Bentham and what happened to Locke between leaving the island with one broken leg and returning in a pine box. I guess Ben’s little analogy about Doubting Thomas could become literal if Jack sticks his fingers in Locke’s stigmata. (Whoa. That sounded dirtier than I meant it to.)
UPDATE: If you don't yet read Jorge Garcia's blog, you should. It's SO funny, and occasionally he actually talks about Lost. A couple of months ago he posted something saying he'd gotten a memo from production saying he'd be "starting wet" and knew he'd be in the water most of the day. Turns out, "316" was the episode he was referring to. So in today's post, he's put up photos of him in the water filming the scene.
UPDATE #2: My DocArzt column just went live here.