ost, it seems, has a lot of coupling going on. There has always been an emphasis on duality: science vs. faith, good vs. evil, us vs. them "The Others," free will vs. destiny, illusion vs. reality, the common good vs. the individual. These themes have been staked out in our characters, with the arguments and issues they each bring to the island tiki table. Not to mention the coupling that comes from the whole "you are my constant, therefore I may not kill you" thing. How very Jerry Maguire. Not quite, "you complete me," but pretty close. With this rule in place, the emphasis becomes "we’re two opposing sides of the same coin, so I can’t get rid of you myself." (It’s why Ben can’t kill Widmore, as well).
When alternate reality Locke, still in his wheelchair, speaks with Jack at baggage claim, he says, "They didn’t lose your father. They lost his body," we get it. It’s "on the nose." Ding ding ding. It would be interesting to watch earlier seasons where people who were already dead appear on the island to our characters and figure out who (Jacob or Dr. Lord Smoke It) was inhabiting that body, that illusion, and for what purpose, to analyze what the motivation would be for either of them, and what seeing that illusion/person/horse then drove our character to do. What was their action after the interaction with that illusion/person/being?
One last esoteric mention. Pretty sure this was an Olivia Newton John movie with John Travolta titled TWO OF A KIND: It’s up to both criminally-minded individuals to save the Earth from God’s destruction. And the plot summary, you ask?
"Four angels — Charlie, Earl, Gonzales, and Ruth — have been in charge of Heaven for the last 25 years. They are playing a golf match in Heaven when their game is interrupted by God, who has now returned to the office and doesn’t like what he sees down on Earth. God wants to order up another flood and start all over again, but the angels persuade God to reconsider, reasoning that if a typical Earth man can reform, it would prove that all mankind is capable of it."
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Below are my live-blogging notes, as I watched the premiere:
Tonight I’ll be liveblogging during the premiere episode of the final season of LOST. There will be drinking involved. And avgolemono meatball soup (this is not a secret clue, but I will share the recipe this week). To catch up on my earlier nerdly LOST posts, head to the LOST ARCHIVE.
As I’ve said before, I believe "Adam & Eve" are Bernard & Rose, who were living in retirement. Locke’s new "body" is The Man In Black, who was sitting on the beach with Jacob (who was in white). Jacob, in white, who visited each of our cast members in their pasts, was the evil spirit, the "bad" spirit, "helping" each of our "survivors" by facilitating each of them to do "bad."
However many times the notion of fate is discussed, the theory of free-will, we all know how this will end. It will, undoubtedly be about free will. As William Jennings Bryan said, "Destiny isn’t a matter of chance. It’s a matter of choice. It’s not a thing to be waited for, it’s a thing to be achieved."
Now then. We last left off here, at Trading Places. Now we begin with Sliding Doors, a la deja vu. Following the path of what if. What if they never.
We see Jack on the airplane, beside Rose. Bernard is in the bathroom. He returns. Everything that was isn’t anymore. No crash. Jack heads to the loo, realizes he’s bleeding. And when he returns to his seat? Desmond is there. (Note: Des was never on the original flight).
Focused on Kate’s eye. All in the eyes. Kate’s hearing sucks, from the explosion of The Swann? We learn that they built the hatch anyway.
We’re back to the airplane, and all I can think is that it’s possible that this plane stuff we’re seeing is what happened before the crash? That or we’re dealing with an episode of Danny Devito & Schwarzenegger: twins.
Watching lost is like playing a game of chess. I just really hope Jacob & the man of black aren’t the ones playing, with our "players" its pawns. Again, it’s far too Trading Places.
So we learn that the gang’s all here, alive, Juliet too. Sayid is gasping through throat blood wondering what will be done with him, after the life he’s lived and those he’s tortured.
Boon. Boon and "Locke" are on the plane, then we have Locke with Ben, after Ben "killed" Jacob back in last year’s finale. Locke knows Richard will be outside and asks Ben to send Richard in.
Lapidis is speaking with Sun about Ilana and the big brute dude. They say they’re the good guys, said Jacob asked for them. Ben asks for Richard, lies, saying Locke & Jacob are inside, both are fine. Then Richard throws Ben down on the sand, so he can be face to face with the body in the box: the corpse of John Locke. Ben’s eyes widen. Dude’s not in Kansas anymore.
They’re digging for Juliet, but I wonder if it will be someone else they find. Someone unexpected. That would make things real interesting.
Hugo is speaking with Jacob. "Your friend Jin won’t be able to see me. I died an hour ago. I was killed by an old friend who grew tired of my company." Ah, the loophole. Can’t kill your constant, now can you. Jacob tells Hugo to get Sayid’s bod to the temple. Jin will know where it is.
Sawyer tells Kate he’s going to kill Jack if Juliet dies.
Jack is on the airplane, summoned to the loo. We KNOW who’s in there. Sir Charlie. Yup. Not breathing. Jack tries to save Charlie. His airpassage is blocked. Gee, wonder what he’s trying to smuggle down. Yup. Big sack of heroin. Key phrase here from Jack, "There was a pen in my pocket but it’s not there anymore."
Ben’s still the quirky dirky we love to love, all creepy.
THAT WAS AWESOME. Black smoke monster is Jacob’s nemesis, the dude who was in black eating fish with Jacob last season. Here’s my question. The big tall brute of a dude with Ilana shoots a bullet into the body of Locke, whom I’ll refer to as the Lockeness Monster, and Locke is fine, disappears; the bullet is found on the floor, then the black monster appears. BUT why then was Ben able to "kill" Jacob? Granted Jacob still came back and spoke to Hurley.
I realize anyone reading this will NEVER want to watch this show now.
If Juliet is dead, just bring her by the temple with Sayid. And seriously, James, wanting vengeance on Jack… yawn. Whatever happened to "dead is dead?"
Shannan was another who was not on this flight. No Walt, no Michael.
Sawyer asks Miles to stick around while he puts his woman into the ground, seeing that Miles can hear the dead, and might be able to hear that important thing Juliet wanted to tell our boy James.
Back at the temple, we see the corpse of the dude with one arm, who was reading some book I’ll research later. The voices and whispers are here. It feels a bit like The Goonies. Then Kate disappears. Jack chases after her, then hears more voices, people are running, punch Jack out, escort him out. Where is Sayid’s bod during all this exactly? They spill out, guided by dudes with guns, to see "The Temple." I’m exhausted. James wants to know what Juliet wanted, but Miles could make up any old thing. "It worked." She wanted to tell him that it did, in fact, work. Setting off that hydrogen bomb worked.
Now it feels like a whole new show at the Temple, with the flight attendant part of the pious rag club. Hugo offers the guitar case as proof that Jacob sent them. And inside is a note saying so. "We’re in a lot of trouble if anything happens to your friend." (Speaking about Sayid).
They drown Sayid, so Jacob can come back in Sayid’s form?
Once the peeps at the temple learn from Hugo that Jacob is dead, they prepare, make a protective circle around the temple to keep Lockness Monster out (I still maintain this Lockness Monster isn’t the bad dude, that it’s Jacob who’s bad, too). I need to go breathe. I’ll write more tomorrow.
I KNEW IT. I knew Sayid would die so Jacob could come back in his body. Knew it.