February 12, 2008


Let's talk about LOST! Missing Pieces 3: King of the Castle

Jack and Ben during daylight hours are playing a game of Chess.
They are in what appears to be a library or study with lots of books on shelves.  Ben is in a wheelchair.
There are tribal masks and a black Vase/Vessel/Bottle/Jar behind Ben in the windowCoffee cups are on the table (Until I see a clear version of this mobisode, that what I think I see).
Jack sits very intently, concentrating on the game. While Ben seems very relaxed and plays the game effortlessly.

Ben- "So this must be strange to you."
Jack- "No. Been a while but my dad taught me to play when I was a kid."
Ben- "Actually I was talking about you being here. With us."
Jack- "I got what I wanted."
Ben- "It's been a long time since I had anybody with a little skill to play against. I don't suppose there is anything I could do to convince you to stick around."
Ben- (laughs) "Relax, Jack. Just an idle question. We have a deal. I fully intend to honor it."
Jack- "Intend to or you will?"
Ben 'Well it's not entirely up to me. If the Island doesn't want you to leave... it won't let you."
Jack- "What, the... the Island's going to sink the sub?"
Ben- "No. No. I promise you I won't do anything to prevent you from getting home. But if you do leave this place, the day may come when you want to return."
Jack- "Never."
Ben- "I've learned never to say never and if that day comes, I hope you remember this conversation."
Ben makes his move on the chess board and says, "It was a nice try though."

WOW! Great Mobisode!

Things to note...Questions to ask....

* Clues to remembering- Not Remembering
* 2 Sides. One dark, One light.  Game
* Who IS the king of the castle?
* Are these two men really playing against each other?
* Are they on the same side?
* Who is the Rook?
* Is there a Pawn?
* Father.
* Strange for Jack to be there with them? Hmm?
* Jack says he got what he wanted. If he's referencing getting off the "Island" then he sure does get what he wants. Only there are devastating consequences to that decision. Is Ben trying to save Jack from that bad decision?
* It's NOT Ben preventing Jack or them from leaving the "Island".
* The "Island" is capable of NOT letting Jack leave, yet ultimately lets him go!
* Many of you are asking when is this dialog to have taken place? Before or after the sub gets blown up?   "The Island is going to sink the sub?" comment from Jack just a coincidence? Or did this "event" happen already.  If so, did Jack have an inadvertent Flash Memory of sorts?

You all know that I keep coming back to them doing ALL this before, possibly many times over. They just don't remember.
Maybe they have a sense of things being familiar, like with their "Island" surroundings, or understanding languages.
Are a few of them multi lingual or are the scenarios just familiar to them because they've happened before? Maybe both reasons.
Yeah, living things over and over like in the movie 50 First Dates.

Let's explore the following...

Explanation of castling:

Castling is a special move in the game of chess involving the King and either of the original rooks of the same color. Castling consists of moving the King two squares towards a rook, then moving the rook onto the square over which the King crossed.
The notation for castling, in both the descriptive and the algebraic systems, is 0-0 with the Kingside rook and 0-0-0 with the Queenside rook. Castling on the Kingside is sometimes called castling short and castling on the Queenside is called castling long; the difference being based on whether the rook moves a short distance (two squares) or a long distance (three squares).
Castling is in most non-English speaking nations known as 'Rochieren/Rochada/Roque', while 'long/short castling' are used in those countries to refer to 'Queenside/Kingside castling'.   Castling is a relatively recent European innovation in chess, dating from the 14th or 15th century. Thus, the Asian versions of chess do not have such a move.

Castling is permissible only if all of the following conditions hold:
The King must never have moved;
The chosen rook must never have moved;
There must be no pieces between the King and the chosen rook;
The King must not currently be in check.
The King must not pass through squares that are under attack by enemy pieces.
The King must not end up in check (true of any legal move).
The king and the chosen rook must be on the same rank.
It is a common mistake to think that the requirements for castling are even more stringent than the above.
To clarify:
The King may have been in check previously, as long as it isn't in check at the time of castling.
The rook involved in castling may be under attack.
The rook involved in castling may move over an attacked square (a situation possible only with queenside castling).

Vocabulary and Research...
You all know I can't let things go at face value.  I find that clue words have multiple meanings and there are "play on words".   With that, I had to dig deeper.   Of course I had too…I'm friggin insane!
We all know what the word DEAL means. I found these two definitions to be helpful too. Let's  have some fun!!   Weeeeeeeeeeee!

* Deal- a colloquial term for the loss of separation between aircraft while in the air, used by air traffic controllers.

* I must preface that the following information I found on Deal, a town in England BLEW MY MIND! This may be overkill in the clue department, but I had to follow through. I'm noting it here because it may have connections or it may just contain coincidences to our story, or I could be completely off the mark. Either way I found it fascinating. If it's not a clue we'll chalk it up to 'something new learned today'! Plus I'd feel bad that I wasted your time with this part. There was much more to note, but I feel I have to contain my insanity!

* Deal is a town in Kent, England. It lies on the English Channel eight miles north-east of Dover. It is a small fishing community situated between Dover and Ramsgate. Closely associated with Deal are the villages of Kingsdown and Walmer. Deal was named as a 'limb port' of the Cinque Port in 1278. The coast of France is approximately twenty-five miles from the town. {In Italian cinque means 5}.

Its finest building is the Tudor Deal Castle, commissioned by King Henry VIII and designed with an attractive ROSE floor plan.

During the 19th century, Charles Dickens was to comment on the character of the East Kent boatmen, and on one of his visits to Deal he wrote "These are among the bravest and most skillful mariners that exist". Earlier descriptions of Deal were much less favorable, with the town notorious in the 17th century as a location for smugglers.

Twin Cities/Town of Deal are Saint-Omer France and Vlissingen, Netherlands.
A renamed Deal served as the setting for the William Horwood book, The Boy With No Shoes.

The first home of the Royal Marines in Kent was established at Chatham in 1755.
Deal Barracks has become known over its long history as the Royal Marine School of Music, the barracks at Walmer consisting of the North, East and South (or Cavalry) barracks, and all were constructed shortly after the outbreak of the French revolution.

For me King of the Castle is a Missing Piece indeed!    Again, if clues that I've pulled from episodes are the correct clues then this Missing Piece fits.

Love to all who are "LOST" ™  
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Disclaimer: I never claim to know everything about the show and my thoughts by no means make me right! The things I share here are my views and/or opinions. I don't claim to catch every single detail either! You all know I hate spoilers and I stand clear of reading certain sites as to not take me off my own course of research. The one thing I don't need to do here is rehash all of the obvious clues from an episode, we all know what they are. Understood? Good! Let the fun begin! I'll only note things that I know come up as clues later, but need to be noted when they first show up and things I find that will be of importance! It will get very exciting as we progress into the story.

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