April 22, 2010

The Last Recruit

Let's talk about LOST!      The Last Recruit.
Feels like old times.
Locke is pleased to see Jack and suggests they "catch up".    Jack asks Hurley's permission to talk to Locke alone, after all this was Hurley's idea.
Hurley only replies with three simple, important and telling words..."It's all you."
Jack and John have a little pow wow that is quite casual.  Of course this is the first time Jack is seeing Locke since he put the black shoes on him at the butcher shop, he states, "You look just like him."  This doesn't bother Jack, but what does bother him is that he "doesn't have any idea what the hell you are."
Locke simply answers matter of fact, "Sure you do."
Curious armed Jack inquires, "Why John Locke?"
Locke-"Because he was stupid enough to believe that he'd been brought here for a reason. Because he pursued that belief until it got him killed. And because you were kind enough to bring his body back here in a nice wooden box."    {So Eloise Hawking knew John Locke's "dead" body had to be brought back to the Island so it could be "used".   Maybe Eloise is the constant.}
Jack-"He had to be dead before you could look like him."
Locke-"That's right."
Jack kind of just nods his head in an "Okay, I'll take that answer for now" sort of gesture.  Jack also asks "Who else have you looked like?"
Locke knows there is an underlying question Jack needs to confront. Jack shares on the third day they were there he saw..."I chased my father through the jungle, dead father. {Watch how Locke looks at Jack} Was that you?"
Locke-"Yes. That was me."
This bothers Jack and he asks why.
Locke shares Jack needed to find water. {Jack nods} This may be hard for you to believe, Jack, but all I've ever been interested helping you."
Jack-"Helping me to do what?"
Locke-"Leave. But because Jacob chose you, you were trapped on this Island, before you even got here. Now Jacob's dead.... we don't have to be trapped anymore we can get on an airplane and fly away anytime we want to."
Jack wonders why if they can just fly away whenever they want "Why are you still here?"
Locke-"Because it has to be all of us."      Locke can see Jack "thinking".
Jack-"John Locke was the only one of us that ever believed in this place. He did everything he could to keep us from leaving this place."
Locke-"John Locke was not a believer, Jack. He was a sucker."   {Kelvin used this type of phrase in Live Together, Die Alone part 2.}

{I call fucking shenanigans on Locke being a sucker!   The John Locke we saw arrive on the "Island" and could "walk" was indeed the only man who believed they were brought there for a reason, a purpose.  He was the one who felt his destiny was connected to the "Island".    I feel Locke "is" Locke.  We're seeing bits about Locke in the "sideways" and the reason we must be IS because we're seeing Locke.   You have to go back to season 1 and just look at this side of Locke that is present there and throughout...It's the same man we see now.   Now, is it always "this Locke"?   I have noted throughout my notes over the years that I have felt at times we've seen  two Locke's: One that is sure footed and "in the know", even nurturing, and another who bumbles to find his way.
In White Rabbit John Locke told the beach camp he knew where to find water.   He also saves Jack from his tumble over the cliff and chats with him about being an ordinary man and about Jack chasing his "White Rabbit".    Also important to note is Jack mentions after Joanna's death "We’ve been here 6 days..." {Christian was first seen in Walkabout but I think even that was supposed to be day 4 or 5}
I'll never ignore the fact that Locke looked into the eye of the Island and what he saw was beautiful.  That episode showed us Jack having to go to Australia and bring back his father. Another important point in White Rabbit is that episode does not always have a "Flash Whoosh".  The "on Island" and "off Island" events literally BLUR TOGETHER!
Again I'll mention that Jack, John and the gang are and were "trapped" there...even before they got there.  Events must be occurring in a bloody snow globe; a confined environment."}
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Locke is riding in the ambulance with Ben along for the ride. The EMT's are evaluating: his dropping BP, possible internal bleeding, any signs of neurological damage, no response in lower reflexes.
Ben answers that's because he's paraplegic and a substitute teacher at his school. He knows this man but doesn't know his first name; reveals he uses a wheelchair, "Where is it?"
The EMT claims the smashed wheelchair, "That thing, probably saved his life."
Ben saw the man that did this; the hit and run driver, "He was at our school".
EMT Simon Holt tells Ben he can talk to the cops when they get to the hospital and asks if he knows anyone they can they contact for him. {Simon checks Locke's pupils by using his pen light.}
Like Ben said, he barely knows him. {Uh, but you just said you know him.} 
Locke manages to tell them to contact Helen Norwood. "I was gonna marry her."
Ben claims, "Well, you're still gonna marry her cause he's gonna be okay, Mr. Locke."
Locke-"My name is John."
Blunt force trauma victim late 40's, needs a CT Scan.
One gunshot wound, wound, female, entry wound upper right quadrant, 500cc, external blood loss. They understand she's pregnant.
Side by side in this perfectly orchestrated dance,  Locke and Sun are being wheeled into the ER.
Sun is amazed and seems to recognize the man riding next to her. "It's him!"
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}

Locke walks with Jack through the dark jungle until he dramatically stops and waits.
Jack asks, "What is it?"
Locke tells whoever can't be seen to come out. It's armed Claire.
Locke asks her, "Are you following us Claire."   Just watch how these two work it.
Indeed she is following him because Jack's her brother.   Locke excuses himself as it looks like "you two have a lot of catching up to do", and leaves them to it.
Jack-"Claire, I'm so sorry I...."
But Claire cuts him off asking Jack, "Did he tell you? That he was the one pretending to be or father."  She seems amused and goes on to say how she gave up hope on Jack ever coming back but now that he's here, it's good to see him. Jack feels it's good to see her too.
Claire never had much in the way of family so it really means a lot that he's going with them.  Actually Jack hasn't decided he going with her/them.
Claire smiles and states, "Yeah ya have. You decided the moment you let him talk to you. Just like the rest of us. So you know, whether you like it or not...You're with him now."    {Claire seems to physically touch Jack.}
{What is with Claire?   Is she in on Locke's game plan?}

Now it's daylight!
Sawyer is whispering to Hugo about the sub that Widmore has; they'll use it to get off this rock.   Kate is filling Sun in on the plan because Sawyer thought it was good to avoid huddles.  Hurley asks about Sayid.
Sawyer informs him Sayid ain't invited because he went over to the dark side.
Confident Hugo feels, "Yeah, but you can always bring people back from the dark side."   He means Anakin.  {Sawyer doesn't know who Anakin is and this just blows my mind.  Sawyer never knows who anyone is!}
Anyway, he wants Hurley to keep his mouth shut.  Happy Claire walks over to the guys.  Hurley tells her she looks great.  They hug.  Sawyer sees that Locke has returned with Jack.
Locke looks at his group and smiles, "It's so nice to have everyone back together again."
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}

Jim offers Kate an apple while she is cuffed at his desk. {My first Adam and Eve hint laced within this episode.  Maybe Kate and Sawyer are just bad apples.}
They are both wearing Black jackets and the office is filled with file boxes and a hanging trench coat.

Jim asks LaShade to give them a minute.  {As in Expose}  He reads over her file of charges which cocky Kate denies.  
Kate-"Is there something you wanted?"
Yeah, Jim wants to know if she remembers him from the airport; same flight from Sydney.  Kate remembers.
Jim-"Well, don't you think it's weird? You and me being on the same flight having that little meet up in the elevator? And a week later...boom, of all the cars in Los Angeles you smash into mine. Almost like someone's trying to put us together."
Kate wonders if he's hitting on her. That would never work because he's a cop and she's a murderer.  Kate insists she's  not a murderer.
Jim-"Well, I'm still a cop."
Kate asks why didn't he arrest her in LA  X, the elevator, he saw she was handcuffed.  Jim  playfully tells her he didn't see any cuffs, he only saw a pretty lady who needed the door held open.   Kate thinks he let her go because he went to Australia and he didn't want anyone else to know, "Should I tell that to the Fed's when they get here?" {Now, why the fuck would she say something like that?!}  Jim likes her.
Miles tells Jim he's got a live one.
Jim tells Kate-"Sorry, Duty calls."    Kate puts on her gray baseball cap.
Miles informs Jim they caught a multiple homicide at a restaurant. Victims were a lowlife named Keamy and three goons on his payroll. A Korean female GSW at the scene  and her boyfriend witnessed it; he doesn't speak English. An ATM video surveillance camera caught a Jabonie fleeing the scene. It's Sayid.
Jim tells him to put a name to that face...That's our bad guy.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}

Sayid sits contemplating a Mango.  Jack sits alone in thought looking at Sayid.  Kate walks over to Jack and mentions "He's different now."   Jack guesses they're all different now.  Jack shares that Locke wants to leave and they all have to go together.  {Locke walks with his big stick.}  Jack's not sure if he believes him yet.
All of a sudden guns are cocked because  Zoe, Widmore's number 2 strolls into camp asking for the man in charge.   Locke happily steps forward asks what he can do for her.
Zoe-"You took something from us and we want it back."   {I felt like she was a little kid on a damn playground wanting her ball back!}
Locke is sorry but he doesn't know what she's talking about. 
Locke allows Zoe to radio her peeps. She's inquiring if they've got a fix on her position {Roger that}; show them what we're capable of.
They send a missile over and Locke doesn't even flinch!  Zoe warns Locke he has until nightfall to return what he took or next time "We won't miss".    She tosses the walki talki to Locke and instructs him to call her when he's ready for them to "pick him up".
Locke drops the walki talki on the ground an smashes it with his big stick.
Locke-"Well...Here we go."
{I'm totally sick of seeing Zoe, a geophysicist  in charge of military messaging and maneuvers. She must have the bigger set of balls than the rest of the men in Widmore's employ.}

Pregnant Claire walks up to the counter; to go to the Western Pacific Adoption Agency and signs in  to head up to the 15th floor.   Desmond Hume appears! He reminds her they met at the airport baggage claim.   Nosey Des signs in, looks at the list to verify Claire's name and destination. Claire shares she had a bit of a scare and ended up in the hospital, but all's good now. She also tells Desmond he was right, "It's a boy".
He has a nose for those thing. {Like a dog! Hey! WTF is Vincent?!
They ride the escalator together to the second floor where they get on an elevator.
Desmond "notices" she's going to the adoption agency alone and feels she should have some legal representation. He's not a lawyer but it just so happens he's on his way to see one.
Des-"You know adoption contracts are complicated. And you should be careful because you could find yourself in a situation that's irreversible"
Claire doesn't have money for a lawyer. 
In the elevator-
Coincidentally Sexy Desmond is going to see this excellent attorney who happens to owe him a favor.  He promises it won't cost Claire a cent.
Claire abandons her appointment with the adoption agency to go with pushy Desmond and to meet his attorney friend who coincidently is also on the 15th floor.  Miss Ilana Verdansky is "coincidentally" Desmond's friend who owes him a favor, as well as coincidentally the lawyer who represents Christian Shephard with the reading and execution of his will.  Mind you, Desmond and Ilana hug and kiss hello. {Note white orchid}
Ilana appears stunned as she, without an accent, confirms this is Claire Littleton from Australia.  Claire doesn't know her but it's quite a coincidence.  "We've been looking for you."
Desmond's mission seems to be accomplished.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}

Locke has his flock gather around. Hurley tells Claire that "People are trying to kill us again".
Locke reveals that all of this is happening a bit sooner than he expected "But these people have forced our hand. Claiming we stole something from them. Trying to provoke us into a confrontation...Well, that's what they want, that's what they'll get.  Gather your things, we're going to the other Island and we're getting on that plane."
He needs James' help. He gives him a primitive map instructing him to go and get the boat that's a few hours away, and meet back at the other side of  these bluffs. They'll all sail over to the other Island, together.  James wonders why they're not all going together now.  Locke feels the bigger the group, the slower it moves.

James takes Freckles along for the boat mission as she's knows enough about sailing.  Locke is pleased.
Jack has been observing.   Locke has a private chat with Sayid and James asks Jack for a hand.
James tells Jack to listen up 'cause he's only gonna say this once..."We're not going to that rendezvous point to pick up Locke.  I got a deal with Widmore."    He instructs Jack to double back, hoof it to the old doc and grab Hugo, Sun and Lapidus.
He's not to bring Sayid because he's a zombie and Claire's nuts; she gave up her ticket when she tried to kill Kate and James' not gonna let that happen again.
James-"That's Hugo, Sun and the pilot, only them, understand?"
He also tells Jack he'll have to figure out a way to get away from Locke.   Jack watches Kate leave with James.
Locke needs Sayid to go out to where he's got Desmond. {The place where he didn't see Locke bring him.}   Locke isn't going to give him back, he's having Sayid kill him.   Locke holds "Sayid's desire"  deal over his head.  "What you asked me for....Then go do what I said."
Armed with a handgun, Sayid looks down into well at Desmond.
Desmond speaks first, "What did he offer ya?"    Des feels he has a right to know.
Sayid-"He told me I could get something back that I lost."  Explaining he lost the woman he loved; she's dead.
Des-"And what makes you think Locke can bring her back?"
Sayid-"I died and he brought me back."  {WTF?? Locke brought him back!? How? When??}
Desmond  seems sincere and asks Sayid what will he tell this woman; what he did to be with her.
{ can be with "dead people".}

{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Sayid enters, packs and informs Nadia that everything will be okay for her now.  He took care of it. He's leaving and he won't be able to come back.
Sayid tells Nadia to stall the LAPD at the door.   Before opening the door Nadia asks to see some identification. While Detective Miles enters the front door Sawyer snags Sayid at the back door by using a garden hose to trip him.   Jim arrests bad guy Sayid Jarrah.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}

Ready to get wet pirate Sawyer and Kate will swim over to the boat Desmond used to get to the "Island" that  he was gifted from Libby, which belonged to her dead husband "David". 
Sawyer reveals they're not seeing through the terrible idea of going back for Locke.  They're going to ditch Locke and Claire.  He tells Kate the Claire she came back for is gone.   Kate is upset because she promised she would bring her back.   Sawyer feels that was before Claire started drinking Locke's Kool aide; she's dangerous and she shouldn't want her around Aaron.  They walk into the water.

Locke leads his group.
Claire reveals to Jack she's been with Locke ever since he left.  Jack asks if she trusts him and yes she does. It's because he's the only one who didn't abandon her.
Locke falls back to ask Sun if she's seen Sayid. He was supposed to catch up with them about a half a mile back.    Locke thinks Sun is giving him the silent treatment when she doesn't reply.   Sun writes on her notepad "You did this to me!"
Locke-"I'm sorry Sun, but I didn't do anything to you."
Locke will catch up with the group at the beach. He's going to make sure nobody got left behind.
Claire observes Sawyer's off shoot group separate from Locke's group and she looks pissed. {Apparently they abandoned her again.}

Armed Sayid walks through the jungle alone and constantly looking up.
Locke asks Sayid {Black shirt} where he's been and what took him so long.
Sayid-"I just shot an unarmed man, I needed a moment." {OK, is he talking about shooting unarmed Keamy?}
Locke-"Did you kill him, Sayid?"
Sayid smirks-"Of course I did. Go and check if you'd like."
Locke looks in his eyes and decides to move on, they've got a boat to catch.  {Does Locke really buy that a trained solider and torturer did not fulfill his mission to eliminate the man in the well or doesn't it not even matter? Did Desmond talk Sayid into making a choice?}

Jack looks at the simple map. Frank the pilot hopes Jack knows where he's going because that smoke thing runs a lot faster than they do.  {Runs?! Like people run.}
Jack-"Sawyer said there'd be a doc around here somewhere."   {You're a Doc.}
Hugo sees them.
Sawyer hurries everyone on board.   Frank wonders if they're sailing home on this.
Sawyer informs them it won't work, not without a bearing. "For three years the only way Dharma folk ever got on or off this Island was by sub, and that's what we're doing."     He tells the Doc he did a nice job.
Uh oh, armed Claire shows up, "Where are you going?"
Kate tries to reason with Claire about leaving the Island, going with them and that thing not being Locke. "Whoever he is...He's not one of us."    {Is "he" Jack?!}
Kate-"Claire. Come with us. I can get you back to Aaron." This goes against Sawyer's plan but Kate tells him to shut up. "She's coming or I'm not! Come with us Claire."
Claire feels John promised her...
Kate cuts her off, "I'm promising you. I was there when he was born. And I never should have raised him. It should have been you. I came back to get you so you can be with him again. It's the only reason I came back to the Island, Claire. So please come with us. Let's go home."
Both girls are teary eyed and Sawyer wants them on the boat before Locke gets there.
Kate takes the rifle from Claire. Claire shares that when he finds out that we're gone, he's gonna be mad.

Jack and "David" arrive at the same building that Desmond, Claire and Ilana are in.   {Come on! How much is David an extension of Jack!?!}
David's mom calls and Jack will have him home as soon as he can, maybe 5:00.  David gives the ol "No" signal.    Jack tells the mother that they'll grab a bite to eat so it'll be more like 7.  That's cool with all; Jack will drop him off.  {Jack signs in but David doesn't; unless Jack signed in for him.}
Jack tells David that hearing grandfather's will being read isn't the most fun and it'll be over soon. "I promise. And it's... It's okay to be sad."
David is sad for Jack. Jack seems to like David's compassion.
The two Shephard's arrive at Ilana office, where she informs them they're set up in the conference room, and guess what...She's got a surprise for them, "Do you believe in fate?"   Both men give each other the "What's up"/who knows look.  Ilana presents Claire Littleton to them. Watch Claire when they enter.   Ilana reveals they didn't find her,  "She found us."
Jack-"You were in my father's will. Do you mind if I ask you how you knew him?"
Claire-"He was my father too."
Jack lets that register in his brain for a few seconds. The service calls the Doc about an emergency at the hospital.  Although Jack mentions this isn't a good time, he tells the service to "prep him", he's 20 minutes away. They'll have to reschedule the will reading.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Jack sits alone on the boat looking out at the ocean.
Frank, who is a little late to the party, asks Sawyer what his game plan is.
Captain Sawyer reveals the plan to "Chesty", is to land on Hydra Island, get them nice and cuddly with Widmore, get a chance to jump on that sub. Then he's gonna put a gun in someone's face and make em take them home.
Frank saw some canned food down in the galley, anyone else starving.
Sawyer has Freckles take the wheel a minute while he goes over to chat with the Doc. Kate warns him to be nice.
Sawyer didn't think Jack would show up, "Taking orders ain't your strong suit. Nice to see you finally came around."
Leaving the Island doesn't feel right to Jack. It's because he remembers how he felt the last time he left, "Like a part of me was missing."
Sawyer informs the Doc they have pills for that.
Jack feels they were brought there because they're supposed to do something. "And if Locke, if that...that thing wants us to leave...maybe it's afraid of what happens if we stay."
Angry Sawyer demands Jack get off his damn boat, "You got a decision to make and you make it now. Either you're with us, you keep that damn crazy talk to yourself or you're going in the water."
Jack-"James, this is a mistake. And I know there's a part of you that feels that. The Island is not done with us yet."
Sawyer is done with this Island and gives Jack permission to take a "Leap of Faith".  Jack apologizes for getting Juliet killed and he jumps overboard; backpack and all.
Sawyer tells upset Kate that Jack changed his mind and of course Kate wants to go back for him. Unfortunately Sawyer is done going back.
Shot of monitors for Station 1Sleeping Sun wakes up and looks over at sleeping Jin. She wakes him.
Jin informs her she was shot but that she and the baby is fine. "It's over, and we're all going to be okay." Sun cries.
The camera literally pans from the Kwon love birds, backs out the door into the hallway to oncoming Jack and David as Jack makes his way into surgery.
David inquires about Jack not knowing that all these years his dad had another kid. David can't believe grandfather never mentioned it.
Jack reveals "He kept a lot of things to himself."
David-"Is that where you get it from?"
Jack laughs in amusement, "Yeah. Probably."
He asks David, "You gonna be OK hanging while I do this."
David will be and he also wishes his dad "Good luck."
Jack checks out the MRI/Scan/X-rays and sees the obliterated Dural Sac. The kicker is the patient has a pre-existing spinal condition. This is why the medical team called Jack in...because they're in over their heads.
Confident Jack "got this".
Inside the OR Jack looks down at the sleeping patient, sees his own reflection, then sees the patient's reflection....
The Other Doctor asks "What is it?"
Jack realizes, "I think I know this guy".    He looks confused but recognizes the man in the mirror. {It's important to note we get Jack's reflection first and then Locke's reflection. I'll say the words again...Jack recognizes the man in the mirror. Perhaps Jack finally sees himself.}
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Exhausted Jack arrives back on the beach and is met by Locke. "Nice day for a swim."
Jack confirms that Sawyer took Locke's boat.

Sawyer's wet group arrives at Hydra Island and is greeted by geophysicist Zoe and Widmore's men. It's alright she knows him. When Zoe asks who else is with him {like she doesn't know}, he says "Nobody. If you're wondering where Locke is, he's still back on the main Island."
She has the fence turned off and radios that Ford showed up on a boat with five of his friends.

Jin and Sun are reunited!! Yay!!
They speak English! Sun never stopped looking for him. The Castaways seem happy with their reunion, all except for Sawyer, who uneasy.
Frank- "Looks like someone got their voice back."

Jin promises they'll never be apart again.
Zoe orders the group to their knees. Orders come in from Widmore that the deal is off.  The Widmore army has a site-line on Locke and they fire when ready.
Hearing in the incoming missiles, Jack orders everyone to get down.  Everyone runs except for Locke who stands his ground.
Jack's hearing is muffled and ringing.
Super Locke carries Jack. {Like when he carried Boone in Deus Ex Machina}
While missiles fly overhead Locke tells disoriented Jack it's going to be OK, "You're with me now."
The Last Recruit is a GREAT episode!
Nothing is irreversible and “Nothing is permanent.”
"You can always bring people back from the dark side."    But whom are we bringing back from the dark side?
Is this all about Jack and his journey alone?  There are a few times we get a hint to Jack and "It's all you".
Is it about Locke's journey?  Jack and John again seem as if they are two halves of a whole in some aspects.
Is it about Christian, Hurley or Walt for that matter?

Apparently..."The revolution has begun, man. Lay low, when the time is right, we fly". - Dave
The battle to put this game to a possible end is here!

I get a lot of shit about my thoughts on the game element, the living breathing chess game, using video game analogy to descriptively explain some similarities, and things happening in the head/mind/consciousness.   I've been very clear about not being sure which events are happening in the head/mind/consciousness but nonetheless something is happening in the head, but whose head? Is it one person or all of them?
Mental Health is another area I've kept close at hand.  Is it one person with potential schizophrenia or a couple of the castaways?   If we are dealing with schizophrenia, split/multiple personality/dissociative identity disorder, is part of the therapy to eliminate the negative parts of your past and yourself? Again, enlightenment is paramount.
Many of the issues we see can be linked back to Locke's story and his issues; Mental health, depression, schizophrenia, adoption, abandonment, disability, etc. 

At this point Locke is responsible for bringing parts of the family back together.  Who is the "family"?  He just reunited Jack and Claire and allowed Sun and Jin to be reunited.

Who is in whose body and/or masquerading as another?    The damn switching of dark and light sides and the constant breakdown of teams can be so confusing at times. 

On to the body of Christian: Where is Christian's body?  Christian's body is missing from the casket on the "Island" that was already inside the caves.   Yet Locke's "dead" body was returned to the "Island" as a proxy for Christian {Eloise was involved in this mission} and it is assumed MIB supposedly "mimicked" Locke's physical, mental and emotional being; while Locke's actual body was in the Ajira crate. 
Why would MIB need Locke's body, that was supposedly "off Island"?   Why didn't MIB use "Dead" Danielle, Karl, or anyone else' "on Island" body?  The excuse of  Locke being a "sucker" doesn't cut it.

We're kept in the loop about Christian over the years with the infamous "Flashes".
An important episode is Collision.
I must say I'm having some concern regarding MIB/Locke as Christian,  or at least being Christian every time.  On the other hand we have gotten connections to Locke, Smokey and Christian before, like in Dead is Dead.  Is Locke, Locke, and the MIB two different things?  Are MIB and "Jacob" independent of each other, two brothers or one in the same?   Is there more than one "smoke thing"?  Is it something they all have access to?

If MIB was Christian on the freighter then why not let Michael pull off his redemption mission and hitch a ride back to the "outside world"?    Plus why tell Michael he can go now and they both just end up back on the Island anyway.   Was that really Christian, "Jacob" or the "Island"?
If MIB was Christian, let's be reminded we see "Dead Christian" off "Island".   Now, if on "Island" and off "Island" events are not separate places that will work, but then we also have to bring "Jacob" into the smoky mix.

Who assumed the physical identity of Yemi while Locke was down in the pearl hatch. Who assumed the physical identity of  Ben's mother Emily, Harper, Isabella and Dave?   How do we know Michael's current image wasn't mimicked by Smokey.  We don't.
 Who is the image of the young boy/boys who is seen around present day Locke?   The blond and brunette young boy/boys were seen by Sawyer and Richard, the horse was actually seen by Kate and Sawyer and the spiders were seen by Nikki and Paulo.
If Walt isn't dead then where was his "on Island" images and backwards talking images coming from?   Not from a "smoke thing".
Can "Smokey" assume the image of the living as well?   All through my notes it is documented that there were times I felt our "living" castaways weren't always "them".   Can they take turns as the "smoke thing"?

Things to note...Questions to ask...
* Part {Parts} of a person.
* When are the sideways from? How is the sideways experience really happening?
* Hospital
* Head//Brain/mind/consciousness. Eyes/Pupils. Ears. Listen. Hear.
* Chest. Spine. Back.
* Remember.
* Kool Aid is a kids drink.
* Mental health. Crazy.
* School. Learn. Teach. Pupil.
* Games. Game plan. Deal.
* Dark. Light. Gray.  Red. 
* Monitor. Scan.
* Family.
* Desmond may know about both "On Island" and "Off Island" events.
* What is real and what is not? 
* Predominant color- Gray and Purple
* David's mother? Juliet, Sarah, Gabriella, Karen?
* In the beginning we were told the "Smoke Monster/Black Smoke" is a security system. Is it not?
* Frank, Desmond, Hurley/Hugo, Ben, Ana Lucia, Cindy all wear/worn airline uniforms of some sort.
* Choice.   Free will.
* Locke talks to Jack first.  Desmond talks to Sayid first. 
* The days Jack mentions when seeing his father are wrong.  Is Jack baiting him on it to see if the facts differ or is it outright a detail that is wrong?
* We spent last week's episode with Hurley lying and deciding to go talk to Locke and Jack being on board with that.
* Is Sayid really the bad guy?  What about Claire or Desmond?
* Vincent. Vincent. Vincent.
* Locke is helping Jack leave.
* If whatever happened, happened and you can't re-write history then why would Ilana not have an accent?  I'll have to ask Ilana how to get rid of an accent.  Apparently in this whole "sideways drunkenness"  I need to question the existence of "Jacob" and/or Jacob's presence in these people's lives.   Are we seeing a life without "Jacob" or the "Island" influence?
* WHO is the Last Recruit???????

Vocabulary and Research...
* Humanity-the quality of being benevolent
- The human condition, the totality of experience of existing as a human
-The humanities, academic disciplines which study the human condition using analytic, critical, or speculative methods
* Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a condition in which a person displays multiple distinct identities or personalities (known as alter egos or alters), each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the environment.

Locke looking "just like him" doesn't bother Jack, but what does bother him is that he doesn't have any idea what the hell "you" are.   Locke simply answers matter of fact, "Sure you do."
What does this mean? Is John and Jack looking at reflections of themselves?  Are they two halves of a whole? Is Jack really looking at his father/Christian?   Deep down inside Jack may know what this "Island" experience is all about.
Is Jack aware that Locke is an alien?
Fuck it...since there's no such things as monsters bring on the hybrid alien already!

And finally I must revisit the most important piece of this MIB/Christian puzzle piece... Missing Pieces episode, So it Begins.  Here we see Christian call over Vincent in an effort to have the dog go into the bamboo forest and wake up his son.   But as I noted when we first got this clip, if you look closely you can see a very brief moment of black smoke flutter by.

I believe it's still safe to say...People and things are not what you think.

Love to all who are "LOST"™

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? 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.


  1. Karen: Thanks for another interesting Notebook. I've been thinking a lot about playgrounds also.

    Sawyer doesn't know Anakin, yet he is FULL of other pop culture references -- especially from the 1970s. Has he always been lost in that decade? I know he's mentioned "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon..." for one, but so much of what he says is from 1970s TV. This time it was a reference to Burt Reynolds.

    In regard to the Smoke Monster and Locke's body: there was a long con going on, and it required Locke's body because Locke had been set up as the new leader of the Others. No one else would have been able to get so close to Jacob. That all makes sense to me, as to why MIB didn't take another body.

    Great question: WHEN are they?

    And thanks for reminding me that we don't know who is who, really. And you're blowing my mind with the idea that several characters could have been the smoke monster.

  2. More: I'm glad you mentioned "Expose." I've said several times that "Expose" is a key to understanding the flashsideways -- it all seems to be cliched 1970-80s TV. That's why I'm not concerned with continuity errors there, with time and such. It's all fake, doesn't matter as Charlie said.

  3. Amazing Review as always, Karen! I would wish to add a couple of observations about the problem with LOSTIE´S MEMORIES:

    In 6x04 Locke presents himself as "John Locke, substitute", now Ben Linus says "I don´t know his first name"

    And BTW is very funny to see Miles looking older than his own father!
    In LAX Flocke said He choses Locke´s body because He was yhe only one who believes in the "island", now says he was "sucker"

  4. Thanks for stopping by JimC and lostieforever!

    @lostieforever- it's exactly those types of things that support the "It's all in the details and they're wrong" stuff I bring up over and over.

    @ JimC- same type of issue with Sawyer not knowing a Star Wars reference when he is indeed a well read man and an Einstein with remembering Pop Culture. As far as Expose...I know that episode was a total write off for most fans but not for me. It was FILLED with important info and hints/clues :)

  5. Hi Karen. I am a fan of all you do concerning Lost. I am addicted to the ODI podcast and check like a maniac everyday until it appears.

    My two cents: The Connect Four game that is shown in Everybody Loves Hugo, y'all said Red won. Actually, Red & Black are tied. The bottom left hand corner going up diagonally, Black has 4-in-a-row.

    With this wonderful show coming to and end, I just wanted to say thanks. You make me a little crazy sometimes, but mostly I am in awe of your ability to explain what the hell you think is going on. I might not always agree, but I am always entertained.

    You and your friends are awesome!

    Denise from Texas

  6. Thanks for the kind words :)
    I remember Danny/Vozzek pointing out about the Connect Four and red winning. I'll be sure to pass your observations on to him.

    And of course we all won't agree on everything and I think that's one of the great things about this story. We all see and take different things from it.

    Thank you again!!
    Until the next one...

  7. Hi, Karen. I've been an avid LOST fan from the beginning, but I've not been much of a reader of LOST blogs until this final season -- and I found you and the ODI just very recently.

    In fact, I actually found you by searching for information about some sort of dreamworld the Losties could all be in, or some other sort of simulated reality (or series of layered realities).

    I think you're brilliant. And I wish I'd found all of you several years ago. It would have enriched my LOST experience very much.

    Best Wishes.

  8. Thank you!
    I'm SO happy you found me!

    The things you've been looking into are indeed within the story. There are great examples of them being in "sleep state/altered state" in many, many episodes, but you should check out my notes for ?-Question mark, The Cost of Living.
    The clues to a simulation/altered/manipulated experience are all over the story too.
    You can check some info on that in...And Yet We Keep Playing it.
    Just us my drop down menu above to find those titles and repeated clue words.

    For me there does seem to be a goal in this adventure/experience/game..."To find what you have "lost". "This Place"-The "Island" seems to be where they are to accomplish such a goal.

    I have seen the show illustrate things in a subliminal and metaphoric manor.
    The question that I have is "How is their adventure really happening?"
    That would mean we would need an answer to what the "Island" really is.

    But in the end if we're still given info in a subliminal and/or metaphoric way, we all may end up with our own individual ideas as to what the "Island" is.

    I hope my notes, the podcasts, and Vozzek and Anil's sites give you some insight to the "potential" clues woven within the story.

    Keep in touch while you're on your journey.


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