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May 21, 2010

LOST Recap Season 6 Episode 16 'What They Died For'

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The 'penultimate' episode (as Mr. Mike D. might hate to hear me refer to it as. Sorry, boss it's the next to last!) Was a real fun romp coming off the heels of the storybook fairytale that was last week's controversial 'Across the Sea'. I'll save you guys the annoyance of hearing how i think this was a fantabulous set up to what's sure to be an emotional series ending. Oops, too late. I give you....LOST recap:

In Universe-X, the 'Flash Sideways' timeline, Jack-X awakens from sleeping at home in his bed. He heads to the bathroom and checks himself out in the MIRROR to reveal a bloody wound on his neck...again. He begins to wipe it and is interrupted by his son David, whom only exists in this timeline. David tells him he's made breakfast, to which Jack-X lovingly informs him that pouring some 'Super Bran' cereal into a bowl is technically NOT making breakfast. They laugh and David asks if his dad is still coming to his music CONCERT that night. Jack-X is excited about it but asks if his mother will be there as well. David confirms that she will be and makes him promise that he won't get all 'weird' with her there. (I'm sure I'm going to get a little 'weird' when I finally have it confirmed who David's mom, Jack-X's EX-wife is in the this timeline... Will you? Will you get 'weird'?) Just than, a VERY pregnant Claire-X stumbles out from the bedroom. (I gotta admit, there was a moment that I said to myself "Ewww this scene is gross...why is Claire in the bedroom with Jack? Not only is she his half sister, but she's pregnant!" Hey I was already two drinks in, sue me) I soon realized that Jack-X had told his half sister that she could stay at his place while she was in town because, after all, they're family. Claire-X greets the two other Shepherds and mentions how crazy the bay-bee kicks at night. The phone rings and it's an employee of Oceanic airlines who informs Jack-X that his missing 'cargo' has been found (Christian-X's body) and that it will be arriving in L.A. later on that day. The camera changes to show that the person on the other end of the phone call is not, in fact an Oceanic employee but is the one and only Desmond Hume!

In the next scene Desmond who appears to have full conscious control over his personas in either universes for a second, time is shown waiting outside of the school where John Locke-X, Benjamin Linus-X and an assorted cast of familiar faces teach and learn. John Locke-X wheels himself out into the street again as student's welcome him back after a previous episode in which Desmond ran him over causing some major spinal injuries which were repaired successfully by Jack-X. It's surely a suspenseful moment for all of us as Desmond starts up his car and we think maybe he's going for hit and run round 2. "Don't you dare," Benjamin Linus-X yells throwing himself in front of Desmond's car. He alerts onlookers that Desmond is back, the man who ran over Mr. Locke-X. Desmond steps out of the car and approaches Ben-X. "I won't let you hurt Mr. Locke again," Ben-X whimpers. Desmond assures him that he's not there to hurt John-X, he's there to help him LET GO. Ben-X pleads for him to identify himself. Desmond decides that rather than tell Ben-X who he is, he will show him and begins to pound on him, punching him and banging his rag doll-like physique into the hood of his car. The barrage seems to have an enlightening affect akin to Hurley-X kissing Libby-X and flashing through the thoughts of his Universe 1.0 self. This time, Ben-X's immediate beating is flashing him to the abuse Desmond dished out on him last season on the pier after Ben tried to kill Penny off island in retaliation for Widmore having Ben's daughter, Alex, killed. Desmond, satisfied that he had made some progress, gets back inside his car and speeds off. 
Ben-X now finds himself in the school nurses office where he is getting treated for his wounds. He stares at himself in the MIRROR and for a moment he looks a lot like the vengeful Ben Linus we've grown to love and hate. Locke-X checks in on his savior's recovery and is shaken to find out from him that the man that beat Ben-X was the same man who ran John-X down in a previous episode. John-X immediately dials the L.A.P.D to which Ben-X suggests he stop. "While he was beating me, I think i saw something," Ben-X divulges. He tells John-X about what the man had told him about not being there to hurt John-X but wanting to help him 'let go'. "Does that mean anything to you," Ben-X inquires, as John Locke-X lowers the cell phone and stares blindly, searching for the enlightenment in all this.

The officer on the other end of the phone call with Locke-X is annoyed to find out there is no response from the other end of the line, as the camera has now switched over to the police precinct where Desmond is now pacing the room looking for a detective. The camera pans to Detective Miles Straume-X who his getting dressed up. He reminds his partner, James Ford-X, that it is for a BENEFIT CONCERT where he is meeting with his father Pierre Chang-X who works in a nearby museum in this universe. "You could still be my date if you change your mind," Miles-X informs him. "That red-headed chick gonna be there," Ford-X quizzes him knowingly. Miles-X confirms that, yes, Charlotte (Lewis-X) will be there. She works at the museum a long side Miles-X's dad and you'll remember was on the receiving end of James Ford-X's blind date temper....a blind date set by Miles and his father. "Pass," Ford-X declines. Desmond interrupts the two detectives and turns himself over to them for both the hit and run and the beating at 'Washington Tustin' high school earlier that day. Ford-X escorts Desmond to the holding cell and thanks him, sarcastically, for making it easy on the taxpayers by turning himself in. The holding  cell, of course, also houses both Sayid Jarrah-X and Kate Austin-X, arrested for numerous crimes. "Good morning," Desmond greets Sayid-X nonreciprocatingly. "...and how are you today," Desmond inquires of Kate-X. "TERRIFIC," Kate-X mutters in a nice wink to our fallen pilot Frank Lapidus who used that lined ad nauseum.

Ben-X leaves the school at the end of the school day. Battered and bruised with his arm in a sling (in an identical fashion to the way he boarded the Ajira flight after his beating at the hands of Desmond in Universe 1.0) He fumbles for his keys and is greeted by his star pupil, Alex Rousseau-X who's is aghast at the sight of her poor beaten teacher and mentor. "Why would someone try and hurt you," she begs him, "You're the nicest guy ever." (Ha ha ha great! Between her 'valley girl' aesthetic and his 'nicest guy ever' routine, I am LOVING this Flash Sideways, I'll tellya) She jokingly asserts that he looks like Napoleon with his hand in the sling and insists that her mom drive him home...she's right here. Danielle Rousseau-X (YAY!) steps out of the nearby car and seconds the notion that he allow them to give him a lift. "After everything you've done for my daughter a ride is the least we can do," She insists. (Had this still been Universe 1.0, 'everything you've done for my daughter' would have meant terrorizing her mother soon after birth, abducting her as a new born baby, raising her on lies and deceit and than being partially responsible for her death. My how the times have changed) Alex-X suggests that he, not only accept the ride but, also a dinner invitation. "It's 'Coq Au Vin night'," Alex-X announces (...and my close captioning confirms. a quick Google informs me that it's a French chicken dish...move along...nothing to see here) At the home of the gals, we find that Ben-X must have accepted both invitations because he's there as well helping to clean up dishes with his one good hand as Alex-X works on her homework. "It's nice to cook for someone other than Alex for a change," Danielle-X tells him. She informs him that her daughter's father died when she was only two and that it is probably why Alex-X has grown so attached to Ben-X. "You're the closest to a father she's ever had," Danielle-X asserts as Ben-X visibly chokes up. He blames the onions for his eyes tearing up as he looks on at Alex-X his adoptive daughter in another life. "I'll put less onions in next time," Danielle kids him hinting at what might be the beginning of a pretty OK relationship. (I for one like this scenario and am growing very fond of these new wacky sideways story lines)

John Locke-X wheels himself into Dr. Shepherd-X's office where the good doctor sits at his desk. "You got a minute," Locke-X inquires, pushing himself further into the room. Jack-X greets his patient and ushers him in. We get a glimpse of a happy photo of three generations of Shepherd men: Christian, his son Jack, and Jack's son David. John Locke-X takes notice as well. "It's last Thanksgiving," Jack-X informs him. "He looks just like you," Locke-X offers. "Don't tell him that," Jack-X jokes in typical proud papa banter. John-X gets right to the point. He points out that they were both on the same flight from Sydney where he gave him his business card. "I threw it offense," Locke-X apologizes. "None taken," Jack-X assures him waiting for the point. John-X proceeds to remind him about being hit by a car and getting Jack-X as a doctor with all the other surgeons in L.A. He saves his life in surgery and offers to fix his paralysis when he doesn't want to be fixed. Than the man that ran him over appears at the school again and beats up a colleague of his. "He says that he wasn't there to hurt me, he was there to help me LET GO," John-X informs him, "...which is the exact same thing that you said to me the last time I saw you," he continues. Jack-X cuts him off, asserting that if he's suggesting he had something to do with the suspect than he's wrong. "No, maybe this is happening for a reason. Maybe you're SUPPOSED TO fix me," Locke-X explains. Jack-X assures him that he does want to help fix him but that he may be confusing coincidence and fate. (I think Jack-X may need a little bit more of a nudge than just some strange unprovocated neck bleeding.) "You can call it what you want," John-X insists, "but I'm here and I think I'm ready to get outta this chair!" (YEAH, SON!)

Detective Ford-X heads into the holding area and informs our three familiar detainees that they are all being shipped to county. He unlocks their cells as an officer rounds them up. He gets to Miss Austin-X's cell and she takes the opportunity to plead her innocence and suggests that he find a way to let her go. "I'm a cop," Ford-X insists....not so insistingly as if he can probably be persuaded given the right situation. "You don't LOOK like a cop to me," Kate-X offers as she's hauled away. 
In the back of the police transport Desmond announces that he thinks it's time they leave. "I'm sorry... who are you," Kate-X wonders. "He's a crazy person who turned himself in," Sayid-X answers for him. Desmond informs them that he ran over a man in a wheelchair, His statement convincing the other two that he may, indeed, be crazy. Desmond disregards the accusation and wonders if they don't want to get out of there. Kate suggests he come up with a better plan because the police driver probably just won't pull over and let them out. "The driver already knows where to stop," Desmond informs them. (Oh....this is getting goOOOod!) Desmond agrees to help them get out of this situation but first they'll have to give him their trust and the assurance that they will do him one more favor when this begins to go down. Sayid-X and Kate-X agree providing each other with looks as if they can't possibly have anything to lose promising a crazy man who'll have no way of following through on his part of the bargain. Just than the truck stops and that back door opens to reveal our favorite dirty,rogue cop...Officer Ana Lucia-X! (F*ckin' great!) "Where's your friend with the money," she asks Desmond, "Otherwise I'm gonna have to say I shot all of you trying to escape," she threatens in a way only Ana Lucia could threaten. Desmond assures her the money man will be there as they each hop out of the truck and are uncuffed by our officer. The Money man barrels through in a grand yellow Hum-V...Hurley 'Hugo' Reyes The First, who has since 'become one' with his other-universe self with Libby-X acting as his 'constant'. "You didn't tell me Ana Lucia was gonna be here," Hurley asks of Desmond. "Do I know you....tubby," Ana Lucia-X demands suspiciously. Hurley stutters at the thought that he may have of revealed too much as he hands her the $125k. "Nice NOT knowing you, than," Ana Lucia-X finishes. Hurley wonders why she won't be joining them. "No, she's not READY yet," Desmond says slyly. (This whole moment is reminding me of any great episode of 'The A-Team) Hurley informs the crew that he brought them his Camaro which comes into view right next to the police transport. "The keys are under the floor mat and everything else you need is in the trunk," Hurley fills Desmond in. Kate-X and Sayid-X stand in disbelief. Sayid-X is to go with Hurley in the Hummer and Kate-X with Desmond in the Camaro. "What do you mean I'm with you," Kate-X shakes off. "We..." Desmond starts, opening the trunk to reveal a gown neatly draped on a clothes hanger, "...are going to a CONCERT!" (I love it when a plan comes together!)

Where/When are we? We're now on the island, in the original timeline. In a moment that is very reminiscent of a moment in season one, where Kate and Jack first got to know a little bit about each other while she sewed up his wound for him, Jack now sews up Kate's shoulder wound. A wound she received after being shot at by Widmore's foot soldiers at the attack on the submarine. Jack informs her that the bullet went through so it just needs to be sewn up to avoid 'infection'. Kate takes the pain like a brave little soldier, mostly because she is preoccupied by the events of the previous evening. She reflects upon the deaths of Sun and Jin and how they had a young daughter, Ji Yeon, that Jin never had the chance to even meet. "Locke did this to them," she insists angrily, "we have to kill him," she adds. Jack nods knowingly in agreement.
At the shoreline, a few paces away, Sawyer reflects on the events as well. He's mesmerized by all the debris that washes up on shore from the submarine explosion. Crates and unused life vests. Kate, all sewn up, comes to his side and throws her arm around his waist in attempt to console him. They are soon flanked by a pensive Hurley and Jack. I give you...our remaining 'candidates'. Jack interrupts the pity party to get them moving. "Before Sayid died, he said that Desmond was in a well," he begins, "If Locke wants Desmond alive than we're gonna need him." (There's a slight 'Empire Strikes Back' final scene feeling here in which all the good guys have been devastated by the forces of evil as they look off into space. It reminds me of the last time I felt this way about LOST, at the end of the season two finale when the good guys all lost. Michael had handed some of his fellow passengers over to the 'Others' in return for safe passage off the island. I was shocked when looking back over that episode that the four passengers handed over to the 'Others' whose names all appeared on the first 'list' we were privy to were....Wait for it Mutha Fucka......the exact same four that stand before you today. Surely a pleasant reminder that things have been a lot more planned that you gave the creators credit for. Yes YOU!)

Ben, Miles and Richard take Ben's shortcut to the barracks on a quest to secure some explosives to make good on Richard's threat to blow the Ajira plane sky high so that MIB can't use it to leave the island. Miles questions Ben's navigational skills. Ben assures him he's quite familiar with the proper directions having lived there so long. "I lived here 30 years before you did....otherwise known as last week," Miles retorts referring to his three year stay in 1977. They exchange quips about Ben's C4 stash which, he reveals, is in his old house in a secret room behind his bookcase (not in Brian's shorts as John Bender from 'The Breakfast Club' might insist) They walk further until they arrive at the barracks (DHARMAville....'New Otherton' if you're nasty...I think I may have used that joke in every recap blog since season 3, why stop now?) Miles stops in his tracks and begins to freak out a little as we realize he is hearing the voices of the dead. Richard insists it is Ben's daughter, Alex, that is causing the stir. Richard informs Ben that he buried her body where they are standing after Ben left her there last season. Ben sincerely thanks Richard for his kindness and they move onward. At Ben's old abode, Ben reveals to them the secret room that we have seen once or twice before in previous seasons. Inside the secret room is another secret door which we know conceals an entry way, a sewer drain of sorts, for the smoke monster to reveal itself. Miles jokes that it is a 'Secreter room'. "I was told I could summon the monster from here," Ben reveals, "...that was before I realized IT was the one summoning ME," he adds. Opening the 'secreter' door, we see large amounts of C4 explosives. Ben takes enough out to blow the plane 'to hell' as per Richard's suggestion...which, amounts to ALL of it. They grab what they need and head out but, are stopped dead in their tracks by a commotion in the kitchen. It's Zoe the Useless flanked by her leader, Charles Widmore. This is Ben's first face to face meeting with Charles since he snuck into Widmore's off-island bedroom and accused him of changing the rules. (Right?) Widmore helps himself to a glass of water from the sink as he orders Zoe to go sink the outrigger they arrived on after unloading the equipment from it. (that's ironic...water from the 'sink' while he talks about having the boat 'sink'...I'm just sayin')  Ben has them at rifle point and won't allow her to leave. Widmore assures Zoe that he won't harm them, because if he does his last chance for survival will be gone. (C'mon, Zoe's not Ben's last chance for survival...shoot that bitch! Ugh...) Widmore asks Richard why the three are at Ben's house in the first place and Richard doesn't hesitate to reveal their full plan. Charles implies their mission is a useless one since he and his men rigged the Ajira plane with explosives as soon as they arrived back on the island. (See, I'm wrong again! I'm wrong all the time, really. Drats.) "I'm always three steps ahead of you," Charles boasts. He reveals he's back on the island because Jacob invited him there. He insists Jacob visited him off the island after they dispatched his freighter crew. "He convinced me of the error of my ways and told me everything I needed to know for this exact purpose," Charles claimed. As he is about to reveal that 'exact purpose' Zoe calls in via walkie-talkie as she spots MIB/Locke through binoculars arriving by an outrigger of his own. Widmore demands that she just return back to where they are so they can hide from the terrible monster.

Jack, Kate, James and Hurley walk through the jungle. James wonders aloud why 'Locke' wouldn't just kill Desmond if he wanted him dead. "Who knows," Jack admits, "maybe it's just one of his RULES." He jokes. James takes the moment to wonder if Jack is sure that they wouldn't have died if they had just let the bomb in the submarine detonate. "I've been wrong before," Jack assures him. James chokes back sudden emotion. "I killed them didn't I," he asks. "No," Jack insists, "HE killed them!"
Hurley and Kate follow slightly behind. Just then, Hurley spots Boy-Jacob off in the distance of the jungle clearing. As Kate catches up with her two mens, Hurley scopes around to see if his eyes had deceived him whilst Boy-Jacob sneaks right up behind him. "Gimme the ashes," he demands, "I saw you take the ashes from Ilana's things after she died," he continues, "I know they're in you pocket." Hurley wonders why he should, to which Boy-Jacob insists that they belong to him. He snatches them from Hurley's sirloin sized hand and jets out into the jungle. Hurley follows closely after him and passes a clearing to find Adult-Jacob sitting by a fire. (Funny, Jacob, aged 30 years, and started a fire in the time it took for Hurley to run through 5 minutes of Jungle. There's vindication for you, Francie and Mike!) "Did you see the kid with your ashes," Hurley inquires. "I'M here now," Jacob answers. He points out that his ashes are burning away within the flames of the fire before him and that once they burn out, Hurley will never see him again. "You should get your friends," Jacob insists, "we're very close to the END, Hugo." (Tell me about it!)

Smoke/Locke exits his outrigger and notices Widmore's outrigger docked nearby loaded with crates. Back at Ben's house, Ben suggests Widmore and Zoe hide in his secret room. He is going to confront MIB, accepting the 'inevitable'. Miles decides to flee into the jungle alone and take his chances but not before Ben hands him one of Charles' walkie-talkies so that they can stay in touch. Richard decides he may stand a chance trying to speak with Locke Monster one on one. "He wants me to join him," he tells them, "maybe that will give the rest of you a chance." Outside Ben's place Richard walks off to the open grass while Ben takes a reluctant seat on the front porch bench. The silence is broken by the clatter of the smoke monster barreling through to the camp. It hits Richard like a freight train sending him flying into the jungle. The Smoke monster disappears behind a wall of the house and reemerges as John Locke. Locke/MIB grabs a seat next to Ben, laying his rifle down and brandishing his 'Rambo' knife. "Just the man I was looking for." Smoke/Locke muses. "Well you found me," Ben sighs offering him a glass of lemonade. "I need you to kill some people for me," MIB requests. He informs Ben that the island will be all his once he leaves it. Ben agrees to the deal and MIB asks a few burning questions. He asks about the other outrigger and Ben informs him that it is Widmore's who is hiding in Ben's closet. (..and not in Brian's shorts either. C'mon I liked that joke!) Ben accompanies Locke/MIB to the secret room, revealing Zoe and Charles waiting inside. MIB shares that it is nice to speak with Charles without being separated by the sonic barrier fences. Zoe introduces herself and Charles Widmore forbids her to speak to him any further. Locke/MIB lashes out and slits Zoe's throat spewing her blood as she drops to the floor. "You told her not to talk to me," MIB offers to Charles, "that made her pointless," he finishes. (THAT made her pointless. Jeez, if only Widmore would have forbid her to speak her much sooner) MIB infers that Charles isn't afraid to die and that the only way to motivate him to divulge his plans is to threaten the life of Widmore's only daughter, Penny, whom he will kill as soon as he gets off the island. MIB gives Charles his word that no harm will come to her if he spills the beans to him. Charles informs us all that he brought Desmond Hume back to the island because of his unique resistance to electromagnetism. "He was a measure of last resort," Charles informs him but, that's all he'll divulge while Ben is in earshot. MIB suggests he reveal what's left of his plan to him by whispering into his ear. MIB and Charles pow wow privately while Ben sneaks out of the room long enough to grab a gun, return an shoot Widmore three time, killing him. "HE doesn't GET to save HIS daughter," Ben anguishes. MIB wipes his knife clean of Zoe's blood and insists to Ben that he managed to get all the information he needed before Ben pulled the trigger. "Did you say you needed me to kill OTHER people?" Ben wonders blankly.

Hurley still stands by Jacob's fire, with Jacob himself, as Kate, Jack and James catch up to them. Jacob says hello to each and Hurley begins to translate for them when he realizes all three of them can SEE Jacob just as clearly as he can. "So you're the one who wrote our names on the wall," Kate asks. "I am," Jacob responds calmly. "Kwon and Sayid...Jarrah you wrote their names on the that why they're dead," she asks. "I'm sorry," is all Jacob offers. "I wanna know that they didn't die for nothing," Kate begs angrily. "Come and sit down," Jacob offers, "and I will tell you WHAT THEY DIED FOR and than I'll let you know EVERYTHING you'll need to know about protecting this island," he continues, "because by the time that fire burns out, one of you is gonna have to start doing it!"
The 'candidates' exchange looks. Jacob has trouble starting the questions and answer session and Hurley suggests he start by explaining why he brought them all there to the island. "I brought you here because I made a mistake, a mistake I made a very long time ago and because of that, there is a very good chance that every single one of you and every one you care about is going to die," he finishes. "What mistake," Sawyer demands. Jacob informs them that the monster is his responsibility since he made him what he is. That ever since he became the smoke monster, he has sworn that he will kill Jacob. Since he has finally found that loophole, "Someone else will have to replace me," Jacob informs them. "That's why I brought you all here," Jacob divulges. "Tell me something, Jacob," Sawyer wonders, "Why do I gotta be punished for your mistakes....I was doing just fine until you dragged my ass to this rock," James insists. "No you weren't. None of you were," Jacob scolds. "I didn't PLUCK any of you out of a happy existence," Jacob makes them aware. "YOU WERE ALL FLAWED!" Jacob continues as he reveals that they were all chosen because they were ALONE like him. "I chose YOU because you needed this place as much as I needed you," he explains. "Why did you cross MY name off of the wall," Kate demands to know. "Because you became a mother. It's just a line of chalk in a cave. The job is yours if you want it, Kate," Jacob offers. "What is the job," Jack pipes up. Jacob explains to them that the light at the center of the island that we found out about in 'Across the Sea' has to be protected. It's protector has to make sure it never goes out. "Your monster friend says that there was nothing to protect it from," James chimes in. "You have to protect it from HIM," Jacob responds. "You have to do what I couldn't. What I wasn't able to do," he continues. "You want us to kill him," Jack interrupts, "Is that even possible," he asks Jacob. Jacob informs them that if they don't kill him, that he will find a way to kill them. Hurley asks how Jacob will pick the 'candidate' to replace himself and Jacob responds that he won't. "I want you to have the one thing I was never given....." ................Everybody together now............. "A CHOICE"...yes, yes "...a choice," Jacob finishes. Kate wonders what will happen if no one chooses as Hurley closes his eyes tightly in hopes that no one blames him for choosing the 'Stay Puft Marshmallow Man' who is now attacking the island and covering it in a footprint of gooey marshmallowy goodness. No,no...that can't be right. Hurley just kind sits there all dopey-like as per usual. Without a protector chosen than THIS all ends badly Jacob informs them.  Jack cuts through the question and answer session, "I'll do it," he announces slightly unsure of his decision. "This is why I'm here. This is what I'm supposed to do," he adds. "Is that a question Jack," Jacob tests him. Jack acknowledges that it is not. "Good, than it's time." Jacob confirms. Jacob leads Jack out to an inlet of water as his friends look on. "And I thought that guy had a god complex BEFORE," Sawyer jokes. "James" Kate scolds him as if he was speaking too loud at church. "Yeah, I know..." he retracts. "I'm just glad it's NOT me," Hurley admits. Jacob reminds Jack of the bamboo fields in which he originally woke up after flight 815 crashed upon the island. He tells him that he'll find the heart of the island just beyond that field. "That's where the light is. That's where he wants to go. That's what you have to protect," Jacob explains. "There's nothing out there," Jack defies. Jacob insists there is and implies that he may only be able to find it now that he IS the 'protector' and may not have even been able to see it before. Jacob chants over some of the water in the brook as he asks Jack for a cup. Jack presents one from his bag of tricks and Jacob proceeds to fill it with the anointing water. He offers the cup to Jack and tells him to drink of it. Jack hesitates. "How long am I gonna have to do this job," he asks. "As long as you can," Jacob promises him. Jack drinks it all and lowers the cup revealing a similar glow of enlightenment upon his face that we saw upon the face of Jacob in 'Across the Sea' after he drank from his mother's cup. It's as if Jack may now just KNOW. Or maybe I'm just reading WAY to much into two very similar facial expressions from two very different looking actors. "Now, you're like ME," Jacob proclaims.

Ben and Smoke Locke trek through the jungle. Ben wonders if he may ask MIB a question and MIB seems very open to respond to him in any way he can. "If you can turn yourself into smoke whenever you want than why do you bother walking," Ben inquires. "I like the feel of my feet on the ground...reminds me that I was human," he explains, (fitting, since we know Smokey now shares some of John Locke's consciousness, a man who has spent quite some time in a wheelchair) "WE'RE HERE!" They stop at the well and MIB informs his new-old buddy that he had tossed Desmond  down into it and had sent Sayid to kill him. A newly laid rope extending down into the well suggests his wishes were not carried out. "Looks like someone helped him out," Ben suggests. "NO Ben," MIB corrects him,"someone helped ME out." Ben asks MIB to let him in on what Widmore told him before Ben shot him. "He said Desmond was a 'failsafe'. Jacob's last resort in case I managed to kill all his 'candidates'. One final way to make sure I never leave this place," Smoke/Locke explains. Ben wonders why MIB seems so happy about Desmond not being killed and that he has escaped. "I'm going to find Desmond and when I do he's going to help me do the one thin that I couldn't do myself," MIB answers. "I'm GOING TO DESTROY THE ISLAND!"

For what might be the last time...
Things I'm Pondering

  • What's with Jack's perpetually bleeding neck in the Flash Sideways? Does Desmond come over every night as he sleeps and shave his neck with a straight edge to help him remember the great beard he used to have when he was poppin' pills and joyriding on planes? Is someone trying to decapitate at nigth while he sleeps, 'Highlander' style....there can be only one! Is his head just gonna fall off one morning? Really guys, is this the best way to have Flash Sideways Jack wake the f*ck up? There's gotta be a pay off for this. Keep your answers to why there was a HUGE statue of Taweret at the shoreline of LOST island, 'cause my new obsession is wondering wtf is up with Jack's bloody neck.
  • Why do our candidates continue to refer to the man in black as 'Locke' when they all know him to be otherwise. Is this just a plot device for us, the viewers, to keep John Locke alive through the end of the series. Surely they don't think of this monster in human form as John Locke. Why not use fun nicknames like we do?
  • Is Richard dead? Did the smoke monster just kill him? Can he be killed by the smoke monster? Can he be killed by anyone? Would you think he's probably done something to upset SOMEBODY in the last 100 years of agelessness for someone to try to kill him, namely the MIB? I don't I'm just kicking around thoughts but I HOPE Richard doesn't go out like THAT.
  • This 'light' in the cave Jacob refers to is starting to make me think of the 'light' a patient portends he sees while having a near death experience. When throwing 1,000 ideas at the wall, I once thought it would be odd,yet cool if they could find a way to explain that our main characters were all suffering in a hospital somewhere and were, either, in self induced or medically induced comas. This 'light in the cave' just brings me back, momentarily, to those thoughts and that maybe the 'cave of light' is just a manifestation of the bright light and tunnel we hear those who have crossed over, and somehow return,speak about. I'm still open to a shocker of this caliber if done correctly.
  • Thanks to the LOST abyss for giving me one last does of Ana Lucia but, I also specifically prayed to the LOST alter asking to.....'GIVE US BACK OUR BLACKS'!  C'mon, only 2 1/2 hours left and now Flash Sideways ghost of Mr. Ecko? No Flash Sideways creepy Mr. Abbadon? No hint of what Sideways Walt and Michael have gotte themselves into. C'mon, give a brutha back his blacks! I needs 'em! I needs 'em.

  • I imagine this mad rush to the 'concert' that the majority of our Flash Sideways cast is experiencing is going to culminate in a very unexpected and emotional way. I, for one, will be keeping my eyes peeled for some equally unexpected cameos at that concert.This is going to rock!

  • A reminder that this weekend ABC will be throwing at you so much LOST content that you can pretty much just stay in your jammies all weekend with your stuffed killer whale under your armpit.

    Saturday evening is LOST Season 1 Episode 1 'The Pilot' with ALL NEW pop up information so that the creators can't secretly laugh at al the naysayers by showing all the stuff that had been in the books since day one.
    Sunday the festivities begin at 7pm with a quick recap of all 6 seasons, and than goes right into the 2 and 1/2 YES 2 and 1/2 hour finale! Directly following the finale is the Jimmy Kimmel Live LOST wrap up party.

    This is truly it folks. The final countdown if you will. I just want to wish you all a great LOST Finale gathering wherever you are and whomever you're partying with. Know that wherever THIS writer is he sits there...on a couch, alcohol in one hand, food in the he's done for six wonderful years......LOST.

    Link to previous LOST Recap for Season 6 Episode 15 'Across the Sea'


    1. Ok... now thats an episode. You guys have all been giving me a hard time about not having enough faith and reading into certain situations to much... while this epeisode did not completely quell those feelings inside me, it did do something totally new. People on the show asked questions... and they GOT ANSWERS!!!! Holy Fucking Shitballs!!! Answers... WTF are those? Just kidding, but it was refreshing to get a few answers, like when the last 4 candidates asked Jacob why he brought them to the island and he actually told them. Or MIB asking Whidmore what he was doing there, and he told him. That was cool. But lets get to specifics:

      1)Jeff, is that Kate in the brown top i the pic with the hair blowing back... I cant tell, but damn son!!! Just saying.

      2)The concert in Universe X is gonna be a powder keg... holy shit!!! Just off the top of the head we are sure to see: Jack, Dogan, Piere Chang, Miles, Charlotte, Desmond, Kate, and Claire + whoever Jacks Baby Momma is (Juliet Anyone?) And thats just from what we have seen already. Probably Faraday (Concert Pianist) will be there to... and since its a charity function, the socialites Whidmore & Hawking are sure to be there (with Penny perhaps?) Not to mention some new cameos we may get... Most of these people are awakened and aware of universe 1.0, so putting them all in a room might cause a memory explosion of epic proportions!!!

      3) I watched the pop up episode of "Pilot Part 1 & 2" and didnt get much from the added information... womp,womp?!?!? But there was one interesting pop up that refered to Jacob. It said that he was born on the island over 2,000 years ago? So basically the scenes in "Across The Sea" where 2,000 years ago? How can they just declare something like this without clarifying it? Ya see Jeff, this is my point. If the writers dont want to address something, cool. Its your show, do what you want. But dont dangle a piece of info thats useless on its own without addressing it. The writers put that in... dont get mad at me for wanting to know why??? Why not 3,000 years ago... or 300 for that matter? WTF? Oh wait, there was someone born about 2,000 years ago... he was slightly important. You may have heard of him. I thnk his name was Jesus??? (Holy Shitballs)

      4)Good to see Ana Lucia's sexy ass again. Was hoping the cop would be her, but I was also hoping that she would be wearing one of those sexy ass cop/stripper outfits... 1 outta 2 aint bad

      5) No Boone or Shannon in the flash sideways either. Whats up with that?

      6) Never expected to see Mr Eko again, snce the actor who played him had all the contractual disputes with JJ and the crew. But it would be nice... cool character. Cooler Stick!!!!

      7) I am ready for this to be over... my 2 questions I want answered are simple: 1)Whats up with the statue... like why is egyptian and how does it tie to Jakey? 2) WTF has been happening with Walt and where is he now. Thats it. If I dont get those 2 answers, its ok. But if I do.... JACKPOT!!! Enjoy the finale guys!

    2. Your questions number 1 and 4 actually correspond with each other. That is Ana Lucia, Michelle Rodriguez, in that 'party' dress above.