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5.02 “The Lie”

Hurley struggles with keeping the Oceanic 6’s secret, while Ben’s attempts to get the Oceanic 6 back to the island hit a snag. On the island, the time-jumping survivors come under attack.

Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Directed by Jack Bender

Flashback

The Oceanic 6, onboard Penny’s boat shortly after their rescue, debate whether or not to lie to the rest of the world about their experiences on the island. Hurley doesn’t want to do it, and after he looks to Sayid for support and Sayid refuses, Hurley promises that one day when Sayid needed his help, Hurley won’t help him.

On the Island

Rose and Bernard bicker about the best way to light a fire, while a survivor named Neil (aka “Frogurt”) laments the pointlessness of it all because they have no supplies and nothing to cook anyway. Juliet observes that whatever they had with them when the first flash occurred — like Daniel’s raft — appears to be along for the ride. She and Sawyer want to take the raft out to sea and try to escape. But Daniel stops them, explaining that they will need a specific heading to escape from the island — which is not the same bearing others like Michael have used to escape, thanks to the time jumping — and that he’ll need to find that bearing by calculating where they currently are in time.

Later, Charlotte tells Daniel about having headaches and a strange memory loss she’s experiencing, and Dan insinuates that he knows what’s causing it, but he doesn’t want to tell her. Miles enters the camp carrying a dead animal for food, which he claims he found in the jungle, having already been dead for three hours. Neil Frogurt freaks out about the group’s inability to light a fire, and is skewered by a flaming arrow. When a dozen or so similar fire arrows light up the night sky, Sawyer tells everyone to head for the creak in the jungle for shelter.

He and Juliet get sidetracked when Sawyer impales his foot on something and then a group of soldiers walk by. They try to hide, but are soon caught, and the no-holds-barred soldiers, led by a man whose jumpsuit reads “Jones,” demands they tell him what the two of them are doing on “our island.” The two of them are saved, however, by Locke, who emerges from the jungle for the first time since his conversation with Richard Alpert at the beechcraft.

Off the Island

Hurley frantically drives Sayid’s car, with Sayid still unconscious in the passenger seat. Hurley is panicking, unsure of what to do when a policeman pulls him over. The policeman turns out to be a very dead Ana-Lucia, who gives Hurley advice on pulling himself together and what to do next. “Do not get arrested,” she warns him, before adding, “Libby says hi.”

Later, Hurley visits a convenience store to buy a change of clothes. As he drives away, Kate pulls in and stops. Her phone rings, and it’s Sun, saying she’s in town and would like to meet with her.

Ben retrieves a hidden box and keeps it out of Jack’s view at the hotel, while Jack goes on a search for his pills. Ben explains that he flushed the pills down the toilet. He tells Jack to head home and pack anything that he wants to take with him back to the island, because he won’t ever be leaving it again. When Ben tells Jack of his intentions to take Locke’s body someplace for safekeeping, Jack questions this move, wondering why a dead body needs to be kept safe.

Hurley’s dad is interrupted from watching an episode of Expose (the cheesy TV show Nikki once guest starred on) by his on-the-lam son, who’s carrying Sayid. The LAPD soon arrive at the house, but Hurley convinces his father to tell them he’s not there.

Ben visits a female butcher named Jill who knows all about who he is, his plans of returning the Oceanic 6 to the island, and whatever is going on with Locke. He passes off Locke’s body to her, and she promises that he’ll be safe under her watch. The two of them mention a few others (or is that Others?) who are involved in their efforts, Gabriel and Jeffery, which tells us that whatever Ben is really up to, he’s not working alone.

Hurley realizes the cops haven’t left the house; they’re staking out the place out front. His dad wants to know what’s really going on with these people that Sayid has killed, and he knows that Hurley is lying about something big. Hurley explains that he’s not paranoid or insane, and that he has a really good reason for lying. They’re interrupted by the arrival of Hurley’s mom, and Hurley convinces his father to take Sayid to help.

I need to interject here how much I love Hurley’s mom, Carmen Reyes. She’s strong, she’s a kindhearted mother, and almost every time she speaks, I laugh out loud at her priceless delivery.

Kate meets with Sun, and Kate reveals to Sun about the two lawyers who came to see her. Sun says that there was no reason for them to threaten her privately if all they wanted was to expose the lie. These lawyers already know the truth, so what they really want… is Aaron. She advises Kate to “take care of them,” if she wants to keep Aaron safe. Kate is appalled at the notion, but Sun says she knows Kate is someone willing to “make hard decisions when she has to,” just like the decision she made to leave the freighter before she could find Jin. She reveals that she doesn’t blame Kate for losing Jin on the freighter.

Hurley’s dad meets with Jack, and delivers Sayid to him. He warns Jack to stay away from Hurley, that Jack is responsible for talking Hurley into something that’s creating all this trouble. Jack takes Sayid to the hospital, and on the way there, calls Ben to tell him Sayid just showed up at his door. That’s one less person the two of them have to track down.

Back at home, Hurley finally can take no more, and breaks down, telling his mom everything that happened on the island. It sounds ridiculous, of course, as he blurts it all out at once, but she surprises him by believing every word. He tells her he thinks all the bad stuff happening to the Oceanic 6 is happening because they lied.

At the hospital, Jack fixes Sayid up, and after he regains consciousness, Sayid explains that Hurley is in grave danger. He asks Jack who else knows Hurley’s there…

Ben shows up inside Hurley’s house, and tries to convince him to come with him. Ben reveals that he too wants to go back to the island, and does his best to smooth-talk Hurley into joining him. But Hurley doesn’t believe him, and runs out of the house, into the waiting arms of the police, who promptly arrest him. Hurley believes he’s won, by outsmarting Ben and putting himself somewhere where Ben can’t reach him.

But Hurley could be wrong. The episode ends with a hooded mystery figure in a room filled with strange technology, who’s taking some kind of scientific readings that appear to reveal the current location of the island. She types calculations into a very old computer, and a message is displayed: “Event Window Determined.” Satisfied with what she’s found, our mystery woman ascends a flight of stairs into a church. There, Ben waits to see her. She pulls back her cloak and it’s Ms. Hawking, the time-travel-savvy woman Desmond met back in Season Three’s “Flashes Before Your Eyes.” She tells Ben that he has only seventy hours to reunite the Oceanic 6 and get them back to the island. And if he can’t do it in that short amount of time?

“Then God help us all,” she replies, matching word-for-word Pierre Chang’s reply in “Because You Left,” when he was questioned about what would happen if the limitless energy beneath the Orchid station were ever unleashed.

  • What’s in the box Ben hid from Jack?
  • Why is the safety of Locke’s body so important to Ben’s plan to get everyone back to the island?
  • Who is Jill the butcher, and the other people on Ben’s “team”? Are they Others, living off the island?
  • Who are the people in the Army uniforms that are trying to kill the survivors on the island?
  • Who is the young man labeled “Jones”?
  • How does Ben know Ms. Hawking?
  • What is Ms. Hawking doing in a church in Los Angeles?
  • What kind of facility was in the church’s basement?
  • How does Ms. Hawking know that Ben has only seventy hours to get the Oceanic 6 back to the island?
  • Why is there only a seventy hour window for getting the Oceanic 6 back to the island? What happens if they wait too long and don’t get back?

How long will it be before the island survivors get wise to the fact that Miles can communicate with the dead? And now, apparently, he can communicate with not only dead people but dead animals as well? (I’d wager he merely got a “sense” of how long the animal had been dead, instead of conversing with it directly.)

Who are these out-of-nowhere soldiers that are attacking the survivors on the island? One answer could be the Dharma Initiative, but the uniforms these guys wear do not match Dharma’s uniform design. Another option could be the hostiles, but they’re supposedly indigenous to the island, so why would they be wearing military clothing? The most likely explanation is some kind of third party, but depending on where the survivors are in time, it could be just about anyone.

Hurley followed Sayid’s advice from “Because You Left” by doing the exact opposite of what Ben wanted him to do. But Hurley did not heed Ana-Lucia’s advice about not getting arrested. Will there be consequences to his not listening to her?

What’s in Ben’s mystery box that he hid from Jack? We were given no clues on this one, so… any wild theories?

Jack’s willingness to so blindly trust Ben out of his desperation to get back to the island will probably come back to haunt him, don’t you think?

Ben’s maneuverings with looking after the well being of Locke’s supposedly-dead body only further solidify my beliefs that Locke’s death is a big fake-out.

But Ben’s friend Jill the Butcher and the others working with the two of them…? Ben’s clearly not working alone, but he’s no longer the leader of the Others, so who are these people? Are they Others who have also left the island and want to get back, just like him? Are they random people who share a common enemy in Charles Widmore? Or what?

Before he moved the island, Ben told Locke that he would never be able to return there. Such is the price of being the one to turn the wheel. But three years later, we find Ben trying to do exactly that: return to the island. So was he lying to Locke? Or is he trying to cheat fate, by hitching a ride with the destined-to-return Oceanic 6? My money’s on the latter. Doesn’t mean he won’t succeed, though personally I hope he doesn’t, at least for a while. Ben’s always been a compelling character, but he’s become even more interesting while off the island.

Ms. Hawking’s long-awaited return is undoubtedly the most pivotal moment of this episode, and just the fact that she knows Ben and he knows her is very telling. It can only mean she is associated with, or at the very least has dealings with, the Others. Nothing more is revealed about who she is or her connection to the island, but as before, she proves to know a lot more about what’s going on that anyone else — even Ben — and just like when Desmond met her in the past, she knows what steps must be taken next to fix the situation. I still think she could be Daniel’s mother, but her role in all this is even juicier now, because Ben defers to her. It even seems he’s doing what he’s doing under her very specific instructions. If she’s above Ben in the food chain, then there can be no doubt that whoever she is, she’s a major player, possibly even second only to Jacob in importance.

It seems a reasonable assumption that the seventy hour window she gives Ben is a reference to how long the island will remain where it currently is, in the present. What isn’t known is what she meant by “then God help us all,” if Ben fails to get them back in time. What’s at stake here, exactly? The island, for sure. Richard Alpert already told Locke that the only way to “save the island,” which we can assume means “stop the island from time jumping,” is to get the Oceanic 6 back. (Why that will stop the time jumping remains to be seen.) But why would losing the island be so catastrophic? What makes it so crucial to the outside world? Would the whole world be harmed somehow if the island is not saved?

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Lost: Season 5 Blu-ray

Season 5, on the off chance you haven’t seen it (and don’t worry, there are no major spoilers in this review), is a season full of unexpected turns, character payoffs, and major island mythology. There are so many major developments per episode, with endless shocks and astounding jaw-droppers, that it can’t help but be the best series of the show (so far). It’s a testament to the confidence of Lost’s cast and crew in the story they’re telling that the whole thing didn’t devolve into confusing madness.

The Season 5 DVD and Blu-ray collection brings together all 17 hours in glorious digital transfers that look great in either format. The best is of course the Blu-ray version, which has vibrant colors and incredible sharpness that add up to brilliant, drop-dead gorgeous on-screen imagery that’s among the finest that Blu-ray owners will ever see. Likewise, the audio is as good as it gets, promising surround sound owners the best sound quality possible.

Past Lost season sets have included multiple episodes that feature audio commentaries from the cast and crew, but Season 5 has only two. Maybe the producers didn’t want to risk anyone letting any secrets out prematurely, so they put a gag order on the usual tell-all commentaries? Or maybe they just couldn’t corral the cast and crew to record many commentaries. I don’t know. But in any case, this is the one and only area where diehard Losties will feel gypped. In every other way, the Season 5 collection is outstanding.

There are tons of great extras that eager fans will joyfully lap up. The best of them is “Lost On Location,” which provides behind-the-scenes peeks at the filming of several episodes. The on-set antics of the cast and crew, and how hard they work to produce Lost, may sound like dry stuff, but it’s surprisingly entertaining. You’ll find out how complicated it is to stage a car crash (like the one in “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”), you’ll learn about how important wires are whenever fire is involved in a scene, and you’ll witness how much fun the actors have on the set in between takes.

“Building 23 & Beyond” follows Michael Emerson as he visits the Lost Writers Offices in Los Angeles for the first time. He takes us on a tour of the building and meets nearly every major creative person behind the show, including the entire writing staff, the show’s editors, continuity experts, assistants, and more. While it’s fun to see where the show is conceived, the thing that jumped out at me most about this feature was the amusing way that each of the staff members becomes a deer-in-headlights when Emerson sudden walks into their office. As they welcome him and show him around, their thought bubbles are plainly written on their faces, with half of them are thinking, “Holy cow, how cool is it that Michael Emerson is here!” and the other half, “Benjamin Linus is in my office and he could totally kill me.”

“An Epic Day with Richard Alpert” follows Nestor Carbonell through his paces on the final day of shooting for Season 5. It’s a fun little diversion — which includes a surprising revelation about Carbonell’s infamous eyelashes — but not a feature anyone but Carbonell groupies will return to again and again. “Making Up for Lost Time” finds the cast and crew talking about all the time travel in Season 5, attempting to sort it out and keep it straight. And Blu-ray viewers get a feature called “Lost 100,” which celebrates the 100th episode of the show with a look back at the first 99, along with an on-set celebration that took place during the 100th episode’s filming, with a special cake delivery from Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes (of Ace of Cakes fame).

“Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative” is a fake documentary based on a television show from the 80s that digs into the darker side of the “secret society” we know as the Dharma Initiative. It’s a very well done feature, though frustratingly short on new information. Only a few nuggets of intel are revealed — including the fate of Horace Goodspeed’s original companion on the island, Olivia, and the exact relationship between Alvar Hanso and Gerald DeGroot — but all of our unanswered questions about the Initiative and its role in island history remain exactly that: unanswered.

The bloopers are, as always, hysterically entertaining, while the deleted scenes aren’t bad, but give us nothing terribly interesting to ruminate on. The menus are a little more interactive than usual, and just wait until you see what happens on the menu for the Extras disc.

One of the most hyped features of the Blu-ray set is “Lost University,” a very cool feature which a ton of thought and planning has gone into, and I highly recommend taking part in it if you can. For the first time ever, homework might just be enjoyable.

The Season 5 set is worth the price for quality of the episodes alone, but the fact that it comes with so much added content, and the care with which the package has been crafted, sends it way over the top. A must-have.

Image: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

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5.01 “Because You Left”

The survivors left behind on the island start jumping through time at random, which endangers their lives. Meanwhile, Locke gets some dire instructions from a higher power, and each member of the Oceanic 6 encounters complications that jolt them out of their everyday lives.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse
Directed by Stephen Williams

Flashback/Forward

A very familiar scenario unfolds — someone wakes up out of bed and puts music on to play — revealing for the first time ever, a real scene featuring Pierre Chang, aka Dr. Marvin Candle. It’s a flashback to the early days of the Dharma Initiative. Chang goes to “work” on the island, recording another Dharma station initiation video, this one for the Arrow (the bunker-like station the Talies used as a refuge in Season 2). He reveals that the Arrow’s purpose is to gather intelligence on the Hostiles, aka the Others. But before he can finish his video, he’s called to the construction site of the Orchid, where a worker shows him a sonar image of the frozen donkey wheel, which lies behind a wall of rock. Chang orders the men to stop digging into the rock, because the Orchid is being built atop a source of “limitless energy,” and they could unleash it accidentally.

As he exits the Orchid station, Daniel Farraday passes by, looking not a day older or younger than we know him now.

Off the Island

Jack and Ben steal Locke’s body from the morgue, and soon, they’re in a hotel room where Jack cleans himself up and shaves off that horrendous beard. Later, Ben catches a news report on TV claiming that Hurley broke out of the mental hospital, and now he’s a murder suspect (referring to the man Sayid killed who was watching Hurley from outside the hospital). The newscaster says that the murdered man was identified as a doctor who worked at the mental hospital.

Kate is visited by the law firm of Agostini & Norton, who are there with a court order to get blood samples from her and Aaron, to determine their relationship. They refuse to tell her who their client is, so she won’t cooperate. Before they can return with the sheriff, she snatches Aaron and hits the road.

Sun is traveling (on Oceanic Airlines, naturally) when she’s pulled into an airport side room by security, and… lo and behold, it’s Charles Widmore, come to scold her for their very recent public meeting, and ask what their “common interests” are. She tells him in no uncertain terms: they both want to kill Benjamin Linus.

After a quick stop at a drive-in diner, Sayid and Hurley arrive at Sayid’s safehouse, located in an apartment building. Two men are waiting for them there, and Sayid kills them both, but not before he’s hit with a pair of darts, which knock him out. Hurley picks up one of the men’s guns from the ground and is photographed by a bystander, who believes he killed one of the attackers. Hurley grabs Sayid and runs.

On the Island

When the island moves, Locke finds himself alone instead of in the company of the Others. Daniel, still on his raft, was moved with the island, being “inside the radius.” Rose and Bernard panic, revealing that the survivor’s camp is gone. Daniel turns up and explains that it isn’t gone, it simply hasn’t been built yet. He wants to visit a manmade landmark, so he asks Juliet and Sawyer to take him to the Swan station — the same one that Locke and Desmond blew up at the end of Season Two by not pushing the infamous button.

Sawyer demands an explanation from Daniel, who likens the island to a spinning record on a turntable that’s started skipping. He says that either the island is dislodged in time, or they are. Meanwhile, Locke watches Yemi’s yellow beechcraft crash on the island, near the Question Mark station. Yes, it’s the same tiny yellow airplane carrying Virgin Mary statues filled with heroin  that he and Boone discovered in Season One. When he tries climbing the cliff face to investigate (a questionable decision on his part, considering what happened to the last person who climbed that cliff), he’s shot in the leg by… Ethan Rom — the very first Other we ever met, who infiltrated the survivor’s crash site before abducting pregnant Claire. He tries to explain to Ethan who he is, but Ethan doesn’t believe him, and makes to fire a kill shot this time, just before the sky flashes and the island jumps through time once again.

Daniel, Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, and Charlotte feel the time jump right before they arrive at the Swan hatch, which has been destroyed. Miles mentions that it took Widmore “twenty years to find the island the first time,” so there’s not much worry that he’s coming for them at the moment. Daniel explains the nature of time travel: time is like a street. You can move forward or backward on it, but you can’t create a new street. (Whenever Daniel talks about the nature of time travel or the scientific aspects of the island, you can assume that this is the writers’ way of establishing rules.) He tells Sawyer that his journal contains everything he’s ever learned about time, and about the Dharma Initiative. They can’t stop the time jumping, but it’s hinted that there is at least one someone who can.

Locke, still suffering from a bleeding leg, finds the beechcraft is on the ground now (which jibes with the same timeframe as the Swan hatch being destroyed). Richard Alpert finds him and helps mend his bleeding leg by removing the bullet. Unlike Ethan earlier, Richard knows everything that’s going on, that the island is jumping through time and that Locke is too. He gives Locke a compass that Locke is to give back to Richard later (at a point in time long before they ever met), to prove he is who he says he is. Before the next flash comes, he tells Locke that the only way to save the island is to convince the Oceanic 6 to return. And to do that, Locke will have to die.

The island flashes again, and now the plane is back up atop the cliff. Sawyer and the others find that the Swan hatch is now intact. They’ve moved backward in time again, and Sawyer sets off for the back entrance to the Swan station, to reach the man they know inhabited the station at this point in time: Desmond Hume. But Daniel warns him repeatedly not to bother, that he and Desmond never met in the past, and that can’t be changed. After watching Charlotte’s nose bleed — in a manner similar to the Freighter Folk who went mad and died — Dan breaks off from the others, who head back to the beach, to retrieve his pack.

With a quick read of something inside his journal that we can’t see (“if anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my constant,” perhaps?), Dan knocks on the Swan station’s door, where Desmond appears in full gas mask regalia. Desmond of course doesn’t know Daniel yet, but Dan tells him he is uniquely and miraculously special, that the rules don’t apply to him. He asks Desmond, after the helicopter takes him from the island, to go to Oxford and find his mother. Desmond is the only one who can do this, but before Daniel’s able to reveal his mother’s name, a time flash occurs and he disappears from Desmond’s sight.

Desmond wakes up in the present, on a yacht with Penny, which looks to be anchored somewhere off the coast of Greece. The two are married now, based on the wedding bands they both wear. Desmond immediately realizes his dream was in fact a memory, and he pulls up stakes to take the boat to Oxford.

  • The Arrow station’s purpose was to develop defensive strategies and gather intelligence on the Others, which the Dharma Initiative referred to as “the Hostiles.”
    Question: What is the purpose of the Arrow station? [2.04]
  • Daniel’s raft was “inside the radius” of the island-moving phenomenon, so they moved along with it.
    Question: What’s become of Daniel and the people he was ferrying on the zodiac raft? [4.14]
  • Daniel has come to the island to study space/time, and the Dharma Initiative’s experiments regarding it.
    Question: What is Daniel’s mission on the island? [4.02]
  • The question refers to a Dharma recruit come to replace whoever was manning the Swan station.
    Question: What’s the meaning of the question, “Are you him?” [2.02]
  • Benjamin Linus.
    Question: Who is the second person that Sun blames for Jin’s death? [4.12]
  • Yes, Sun wants to see Ben dead, and believed she could reach out to Ben’s archenemy for help in making it happen. Her appeal seems to have worked, as she and Widmore have apparently forged a tentative alliance.
    Question: What are the “common interests” Sun has with Charles Widmore? Did her comment about others who’d left the island besides the Oceanic 6 implicate a common enemy between them in Ben? [4.14]
  • The island appears to have move not only through space but through time as well. Although it’s possible the island moved through space while the people living on it are moving through time. (We never really get a definitive answer on that.) In any event, it’s probably safe to say that the island has relocated to a different, yet every bit as remote, position in the South Pacific.
    Question: The island has successfully been moved. Where did it go? [4.14]
  • His body has been embalmed and dressed in preparation for burial, so it seems safe to conclude that he is indeed dead.
    Question: Is Locke really dead? [4.14]

  • How did Daniel wind up in the 1970s as part of the Dharma Initiative?
  • Chang selected the site of the Orchid station, based on his knowledge of the pocket of “unlimited power” beneath the site. How did he know ahead of time where to build the Orchid?
  • Did Chang recognize the wooden wheel buried beneath the Orchid station? Does he know what it is, and who put it there?
  • Who is Agostini & Norton’s client that’s trying to separate Kate from Aaron?
  • When did Sayid stop working for Ben, and why?
  • Who were the men waiting at Sayid’s hotel room, intent on killing him and Hurley? Who did they work for?
  • Why are the Oceanic survivors, the Freighter Folk, and Juliet affected by the time jumps, yet the Others are not?
  • How did Richard know where to find Locke, near the Pearl station?
  • How did Richard know so much about Locke jumping through time, including how to help him?
  • Why must the Oceanic 6 return for the island to be saved?
  • Why must Locke die to convince the Oceanic 6 to return?
  • Does Charles Widmore own Oceanic Airlines?
  • Why is Charlotte’s nose bleeding in response to the time jumps?
  • Who is Daniel Faraday’s mother?
  • Why does Daniel believe his mother can help him and his friends stop jumping through time?

If there’s one thing that was hammered home repeatedly in this episode, it’s that the past cannot be changed. There is no way to alter the course of history, even though Chang said that he was having the Orchid station built where it was so they could possibly manipulate time. If time can’t be altered, then what’s the point of manipulating it?

Speaking of Chang, did you notice how dark a character he was? He had a real “dictator” vibe going on, and made everyone around him uncomfortable. He clearly had some measure of authority over the Dharma Initiative, and the fact that he selected the site of the Orchid because of its unique properties means that he knows a great deal more about the island’s true nature than possibly anyone we’ve met so far, except Jacob and maybe Richard Alpert. The fact that he didn’t need a script to describe the Arrow station, and the revelation that he specified where the Orchid was to be built, tells me that his knowledge of both the island and Dharma are extensive. Was he the architect of the Dharma Initiative’s work on the island?

I also can’t help wondering if Chang’s baby is significant. Is the child someone we’ve met before, all grown up now in the present?

Chang recognized the Frozen Donkey Wheel immediately when he saw it in the sonar image. He also alluded to the resulting effect of unleashing the energy housed within what we’ll call the “wheel well,” for lack of a better phrase. Is this what Ben did? Unleash this location’s “limitless energy”? Is that why the island is moving in space and time?

Daniel’s appearance at the Orchid back in Pierre Chang’s day is, I imagine, something we’re going to see play out in future episodes. The survivors are jumping through time, and it’s reasonable to assume that they could at some point end up back in the 70s, when the Dharma Initiative was still around (mostly because this would facilitate the writers’ desire to unveil the secrets of Dharma). I would propose that before the season is out, we’re going to come full circle on this Pierre Chang scene and find Daniel infiltrating the Dharma Initiative after he and the others have time-jumped there.

A major question on my mind is why the survivors are affected by the time jumps, yet the Others are not? Desmond, according to Daniel, is special when it comes to time travel, and the rules do not apply to him. (Does this mean Desmond could break the unbreakable rule of time travel, and somehow change history?) If these rules are immutable, then the fact that Daniel was able to reach out to Desmond in the past means that, unlike a past meeting between Des and Sawyer that never happened and can’t happen now, Des and Miles really did meet in the past and were always meant to.

Why is it that the rules of time and space don’t apply to Desmond? Is it because he’s already traveled through time twice before that we know of (in “Flashes Before Your Eyes” and “The Constant”)? Is it because Desmond was at ground zero when the Swan station’s uber-magnet went kaplooie, giving him some kind of special place in the space/time continuum? Or is there another reason?

Who is Agostini & Norton’s mysterious client, who wants blood samples from Kate and Aaron? Widmore comes immediately to mind, but I think it’s more likely to be Ben, in a bid to motivate Kate to return to the island.

Did you notice that it was raining in the jungle when Locke emerged from the first time flash, all alone at the Others’ refuge… yet offshore on the raft and on the coast with Sawyer and Juliet, it was sunny with blue skies? Rain is always a portent of doom, and almost always accompanies an appearance of the smoke monster. So what was its meaning in this scene, where Locke alone got wet?

Locke’s fall from the face of the cliff was eerily similar to the much bigger fall he took years earlier at the hands of his father, that paralyzed him. He landed on his back both times.

Richard Alpert remains a major mystery, and he seemed to operate independently of all the time jumping. If he’s some kind of time traveler, it would explain why he’s always the same age, even as far back as the time of Locke’s birth. He knew that another flash was coming while he’s talking to Locke, yet he also knows Locke will travel to a time when Richard didn’t know him yet. Strange.

Also of great interest is the fact that Richard told Locke he would have to die in order to convince the O6 to come back. If Locke’s death was intentionally planned out from the two of them, from this far back, then that can only mean one thing: Locke’s not really dead in the future. My guess is he’s taken some kind of sedative that renders him so comatose or catatonic that it simulates death. (Though that theory runs into problems when one considers that Locke’s “body” was dressed and prepared by the folks at the funeral home, and that typically that includes doing things to dead bodies that would be difficult, if not impossible — not to mention messy — to undo).

Did you catch that the Oceanic Airlines people worked for Charles Widmore, and did whatever he told them to? Does that mean Widmore owns Oceanic? Wow, if so. Even if not, there can be no doubt that he is an incredibly powerful man.

I’m curious to find out when and why Sayid came to his senses and stopped working for Ben. Hopefully that will be revealed at some point this season.

Who is trying to kill Sayid and Hurley? The best and most obvious answer for the men waiting at Sayid’s safehouse is Widmore. After three years of offing Widmore’s operatives, Widmore was bound to have figured out Sayid was responsible, and goes for retribution. The fly in this logic ointment is Hurley, who Widmore has no known beef with. Hmm. Compounding the mystery is the fact that Sayid clearly knows who these men are that are after him and Hurley, and probably why. Double hmm.

At one point in the episode, Daniel Faraday says, “Whatever happened, happened.” This just happens to be the title of Season 5’s eleventh episode.

My first thought when Dan told Desmond he needed to find his mother: Holy crap, Ms. Hawking is Desmond’s mother! Do you think it could be? It’s certainly plausible. Whoever she is, she knows a heck of a lot about both time travel and the island — both things that Dan knows a lot about, too.

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