submitted on March 21, 2008, 1:30 PM
As I've mentioned before, one of the things I enjoy about LOST is that it often takes significant events and spends several episodes taking a look at them from multiple points of view (Although I appreciate this more when re-watching on DVD since I get impatient for new storylines
when watching current episodes).
This week wasn't exactly like that, but it was along the lines of "The Other 48 Days" where we have a character who has existed for the past season whose whereabouts have been previously unknown, and now we get to spend some time getting caught up to speed.
-Obviously hindsight is 20/20, but you have to love Sayid busting Michael to the captain because he's working for Ben. Oh Sayid, if only you knew...
-This island is quite the interesting entity. Last season we saw Jack contemplating suicide now that he's off the island, and he wants to go back. Now we have Michael, off the island, with his son, everything he wanted, and we see him also at the point of committing suicide. Hurley thinks they should go back to the island, Sayid is working for Ben to (seemingly) protect the secret of the island. It sure seems to me like maybe the island's not such a bad place to be at after all.
-Along those lines, I find myself starting to really become sympathetic towards Ben's cause. Sure, the guy's a bit of a mass murderer, and he isn't the most lenient person I've ever see when it comes to dealing with punishing those who have wronged him, but still, I can't help but feel that he's right about everything that's going on with this ship and Charles Widmore. Ben is a master of survival, and while I think his actions help himself survive most of the time, I also think he cares about the island and his actions are also with the intention of saving it as well. I guess the real question would be where do the survivors fit into his plans? How willing is he to kill the survivors in order to save the island if it came down to that? Hopefully we don't have to find out.
-Last piece about the island: Tom's statement to Michael about the island not letting him kill himself...interesting. We have some other evidence that what Tom says is true; obviously there is Michael trying unsuccessfully to kill himself twice, once by crashing his car, once by putting a loaded gun to his head and pulling the trigger. The first, okay, I could see how that might not work, but the second? The gun just happened to jam when he pulled the trigger, and when he went back to do it a second time, news about Oceanic 815 just happened to show up on the TV in order to distract Michael? Plus, what about Jack? He was getting ready to go all George Bailey on us, did the island pull a Clarence and cause the car crash to save Jack's life because it wasn't his time? We know Locke and Eko have expressed the desires of the island before, and you can't help but wonder if that's how Jacob directs Ben, as well, based on what 'the island' wants.
-I was hoping to find out how Michael was rescued. That boat doesn't have much of a range on it, so that means he was picked up by someone. I suppose it's safe to assume that the bearing Ben led him to resulted in him getting picked up by some of the Others, I doubt he could have been picked up by anyone else and been able to stay hidden. I wonder if we'll ever see Walt again, or be able to learn more of his story. I hope so, he always was an interesting character.
-Ben says the people on the boat are more dangerous than he is. I don't believe that for a second. The people on the boat might be the bad guys, but I don't know if it's possible for anyone to be more dangerous than Benjamin Linus.
-When Karl, Alex, and Rousseau were heading towards the Temple and stopped for water, I made a comment about how funny it would be if the big death this week was Karl...then he died about 20 seconds later. Then I started laughing before I said Rousseau was probably going to die too...then she did. I rule. Honestly, though, it would have been much funnier if it was only Karl that died, just so everyone watching the show could feel completely ripped off. Rousseau isn't the most significant of deaths, but she has been on the show since the beginning, so you still have to consider it pretty major. I didn't see it coming, but it does make sense, since her major obstacle as a character was seeing her daughter again, which she was able to do.
-An item that's currently up for debate, obviously, is who killed them? My initial thought was that this was all a setup by Ben. As I said before, he certainly won't hesitate to have someone killed if it furthers his agenda. It makes perfect sense for him to off Karl, who's a traitor in his eyes (not to mention he's dating his daughter), and Rousseau probably isn't someone who trusts Ben all that much, plus she means to take Alex with her, which Ben probably doesn't want.
That being said, after an alternative theory was mentioned, and I gave it some thought, I actually like the idea that it's people from the freighter instead. While I have no idea how they would just happen to be in the right place at the right time to catch the three of them, we know they seem to have plenty of guns, and Ben hinted at Alex's importance earlier when he mentioned that if they captured her they could use her to get to Ben. Certainly sounds like proper motivation to me.
So, as we head in to a 5-week break (boo), some of our big questions are
-What's going to happen to Alex?
-What's going to happen to Michael now that Sayid has outted him to the captain?
-Is the captain's crew going to survive much longer?
-Is Ben going to pony up the $3.2 million for Miles?
-How exactly does the Oceanic Six get off the island (To be determined after the break)
Some things I'm curious to know is what does the survivors getting off the island mean to the credibility of the staged wreckage of Oceanic 815, as well as if it is in fact Widmore who staged the crash (The file Tom had on him was pretty comprehensive, so that has to be the most credible option at the moment). Guess we'll find out later. Stupid break.
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