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Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

Posted on: February 19, 2009 11:38 am
 

"Wherever you are John, you must be laughing your ass off. Because this, this is even crazier than you are." -- Jack to Locke's corpse

Lost is getting crazy. Maybe even too crazy for some people. The show has strayed far from its character-driven-flashback roots and gone well, completely sci-fi on us. I'll be interested to hear what you think about this evolution.

But first, let's recap. We start the episode in the early 1970s, at the heyday of DHARMA. We don't know this yet, but we will by the show's end. That's because we encounter Jin jamming to a '70s ballad (correct me if I'm wrong, but was it Stephen Stills' Love the one you're with ?) in a DHARMA VW van. I'll have more on this at the end of the blog.

The show starts with Jack's eye, just like The Pilot . He awakens, blinks a bunch of times (I know somebody has something on say, the number of blinks). Theories abound about what this sort of opening shot entails, but I like the idea of each character being an avatar, and this moment is when they come online. Could Jack be re-starting?

He hears screams from Hurley, who's doing his best Little John impersonation in a lagoon. Two things here:

A. How could Jack hear Hurley? Surely his screams would have been rendered inaudible because of the waterfall and the distance?
B. Is Jack somehow more in tune with saving people now that he's back on The Island?

He also finds Kate, who's conked out on a rock. All three question what the heck just happened to them.

We then are flashbacked 46 hours (numbers alert: 42 + 4) to 2008. There Sun, Jack, Desmond and Ben meet with Eloise Hawking.

How do we know Eloise Hawking? She's played by Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan, who cut her chops on Showtime's Brotherhood .  She also wouldn't sell Desmond in a ring to marry Penny.

Hawking takes the four to the DHARMA Station the Lamp-Post, a place where she keeps track of where The Island will be.

The Lamp-Post is a literary nod to C.S. Lewis, the author of The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe . In that book the lamp-post marks the passage between Narnia and the real world. Fans of the series have likely seen numerous connections between Lost and Lewis, including the opening scene of this episode, 316 , when Hurley was in the water.

At the Lamp-Post Hawking says, "if this is confusing, I apologize," which is really the producers of the show telling fans we know some of you aren't all into the sci-fi turn, but it had to be this way. Hawking tells us The Island is always moving, which may help explain The Whispers at some point.

She also keeps a binder of flights that will pass over the future location of The Island. She informs us that there are windows in which one can return to The Island. Also, the binder shows a photo of The Island from 9/23/1954 (numbers alert). The crew is told that they must be on Ajira flight 316 in order to return to The Island.

We also learn The Island isn't done with Desmond. Why not? That may have to do with Ben. Later in the episode Jack gets a call from a "sidetracked" Ben, who's stuttering and bloodied. Could he have been making good on his promise to Widmore to harm Penny? He was calling from a payphone near a dock. Could Penny and Desmond's boat have been there? Could Desmond now be pursuing Ben, hence bringing him back to The Island?

Back at the Lamp-Post, Hawking gives Jack a suicide note from Locke, which says "Jack, I wish you had believed me. JL." Jack is also told that Locke will serve as a proxy for his father and that he'll need something of Christian's. A pair of high-end shoes that belonged to Christian fit the bill. Jack recovers them from his antsy grandfather, Ray, played by Raymond J. Barry.

A. Jack has a grandfather?
B. His grandfather looks way too young and able-bodied to be his grandfather
C. His grandfather sure has a lot of Kate in him

Jack returns home to find Kate there. She makes him promise never to bring up Aaron. The two kiss and bow-chicky-bow-wow make up. Could she have become pregnant, creating a Sun-like scenario back on The Island? If so, could we already know the offspring since it would have been born in the early 1970s? Maybe I'm getting a little derailed here. Maybe it was just Kate putting some closure on their relationship. After all, she was a bit cold from here on out.

Jack picks up Locke's corpse from Jill the butcher, puts his dad's shoes on it and comes to grips with the "leap of faith" he's making. The man of science is subscribing to faith, after all.

That brings us to the title of the episode, 316 , which alludes to two things, the bible and Narnia. Here's the famous John 3:16 quote:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Is Locke the begotten Son? Is Jack?

How does this tie in with Ben's description of the Gospel of John, where St. Thomas the Apostle, who doubted the resurrection of Jesus until he could actually touch the open wounds?

From a storyline perspective, could Jack's evolution to man of faith (or at least man willing to take leap of faith) help keep the show grounded, and not completely sci-fi channel fodder?

At the airport, Jack gets his boarding pass for flight 316 and sees Kate, and a handcuffed Sayid (reminiscent of how Kate first flew over The Island). Also on board the flight are Hurley (with a guitar case ala Charlie), Sun and beat-up Ben. Hurley purchased about half the flight's seats (to seemingly save innocents) and piloting the bird is a clean-shaven Frank Lapidus, looking more Lawnmower Manish then we're accustomed to.

On board, Ben is reading Ulysses . Jack asks him how are you reading? Ben says, "my mom taught me." OK, that's hilarious because of the deadpan delivery and interesting because Ben never knew his mother. Anybody care to speculate on connections between Ulysses and Lost?

Also in first class is a mysterious man named Caesar. Could he be working for somebody? Maybe Hawking? Maybe Ajira? Maybe Widmore? Maybe Alpert

The plane starts shaking, and a bright light shines on it. Next thing we know Jack, Hurley and Kate are back on The Island. They encounter Jin. WTF, you may be asking?

Here's my theory. When Locke turned the donkey wheel last episode, he shot The Island back to the early 1970s. The Island also stopped skipping. So the crew is stuck in that time. They hence took jobs to blend in. Jin is back working as muscle. Faraday, who we saw in Because you left , is working construction near The Island's time-traveling center, The Orchid. My guess is we're going to pick up where season five's premier left off, with a heavy dose of Dr. Pierre Chang.

That's all I have for now, let's yuck it up on board below.

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Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 1:57 am
 

Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2009 9:21 pm
 

Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

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Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 5:32 pm
 

Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

I pulled a lot from Ms. Hawking’s explanation at the beginning of the episode and ended up with a slew of new questions. She said the only way of getting on the island is to anticipate where and when it will be in space-time and travel through one of its windows. However, the fact that the Oceanic 6 had to recreate their original circumstances tells me this doesn’t happen by chance. Someone has to make it happen. So, who made the Oceanic flight 815 crash? Was it Ben, wanting a spine surgeon to fix his back? Was it someone wanting Aaron on the island? Was it Faraday?

 

Another theory is that the 815 crash was actually the first entrance to the island. Hawking does say that they need to recreate “original” circumstances. If that’s the answer for anyone wanting to land on the island, there has to be one universal point of “original.” Could it be that the crash was first, and time traveling allowed for all the other events of the past to happen and be established once the crash occurred? Have I analyzed myself into a place that makes no sense?

 

Another crazy thought: Will Kate get pregnant and have a child in another time period that grows up to be some current-day character we’ve already met? Maybe “grandpa?” That scene was just odd.




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2009 4:12 pm
 

Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

Or maybe the kid got in trouble with the law in Hawaii and had to be booted off the show like some other cast members. HAHAHA

I remember when Claire's ghost (or whatever it was) told Kate "don't you dare bring him back." There was a lot of speculation about who "he" was. Aaron immediately came to mind considering who said the demand. But there were also rumblings that "he" was Locke. Just throwing that out there.

Aaron was born on The Island, but he wasn't conceived on The Island, which was the big key. That's why there was so much worry about Sun's conception date. So while he's special, he's not the fertility gem The Others were looking for.

Two theories I'll throw your way:

1. It seems the Oceanic Six had to possess elements of fellow Oceanic passengers with them on the Ajira flight. Sayid was like Kate. Hurley was like Charlie, Ben was like Hurley, Locke was like Christian...could Kate be like Sun? She was cold to Jack, and maybe she's using The Island as a way to escape his fallen-hero mainland ways like Sun was trying to escape Jin. Also, Sun was at the very early stages of pregnancy with Jin's child.

2. Read something interesting. Remember when Sawyer and Kate were breaking rocks on The Island in Others captivity? Speculation is they were building a runway. A runway for ... this moment when Ajira flight 316 would need to land there. Why? Possibly so Ben could land safely since he's not part of the Oceanic 6. 

One more theory -- Grandpa Ray is Jack. That's how he knew to give young Jack the shoes.

 




Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 3:30 pm
 

Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

but there's one great mystery you left out: where the heck is Aaron?? Did gave make a choice to give him up or was he taken by force? Aaron is going to be a major player when it's all said and done....I totally agree aaron is very important. I made a comment acouple weeks ago that Aaron is the only baby to be born(that we know of) on the island. Thats gotta mean something. Now that the 6 are suck in the 70's i dont know when we will see him agian. Last night when kate wouldnt say what happened to Aaron i remembered the episode form last season when Claire (or the ghost of or whatever) came to visit Kate. She was very firm when she told Kate "dont you dare take him back there". I bet Kate got another visit with instructions on what to do with Aaron. Or maybe the kid got in trouble with the law in Hawaii and had to be booted off the show like some other cast members.




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2009 1:31 pm
 

Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

I agree with most of your blog, but there's one great mystery you left out: where the heck is Aaron?? Did gave make a choice to give him up or was he taken by force? Aaron is going to be a major player when it's all said and done.... I actually jotted some possible names down while I watched regarding what Kate did with Aaron. They included, Claire's mom, the biological father, Sun (or rather Sun's mom), adoption (Aaron's original fate), her military step-father ... Also with this, I was a bit surprised how easily Jack dropped the subject. Sure, if Evangeline Lilly was offering some smoochin' my way I'd probably forget what we were talking about, but this is his nephew he's being asked to completely disregard.




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2009 1:25 pm
 

Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

 

Its been 90% sci-fi for a couple of seasons now. Ive accepted it. The re-runs they show on the Sci-Fi channel are a good fit. I was surprised theymade it to the island so soon. I was expecting the season finale to be the return.


No question it's been sci-fi for a while now, but Jack's continued non-observance of the supernatural kept the show grounded for some. Now that he's full-blown drinking the juice it's really going to be heavy on sci-fi.

I also thought the gang would take more time getting there. I do have a feeling we'll be getting some flashbacks regarding Hurley, Sayid, and Kate and to how they each came to grips with coming on the plane. We'll also learn about what Ben did during his 46 hours.

Interesting enough, the actor who offered his condolences at the airport was Saïd Taghmaoui. He played an Iraqi Republican Guard soldier in Three Kings. I have a feeling we'll get to know him, and the agent transporting Sayid.

Programming note: Took last week off since I was traveling. We'll be here every Thursday on out, though!

 




Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 12:26 pm
 

Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

Lost is getting crazy. Maybe even too crazy for some people. The show has strayed far from its character-driven-flashback roots and gone well, completely sci-fi on us. I'll be interested to hear what you think about this evolution.Its been 90% sci-fi for a couple of seasons now. Ive accepted it. The re-runs they show on the Sci-Fi channel are a good fit.

I was surprised theymade it to the island so soon. I was expecting the season finale to be the return.

A. How could Jack hear Hurley? Surely his screams would have been rendered inaudible because of the waterfall and the distance?Thats just TV logic im sure. Your not suppossed to wonder about things like that. Kinda like "why did they leave the door wide open" like they do so many times. It makes since to somebody during production.

B. Is Jack somehow more in tune with saving people now that he's back on The Island?
Jack is Jack. Saving people is the essence of his being. The island helps Jack be Jack.

Hawking takes the four to the DHARMA Station the Lamp-Post, a place where she keeps track of where The Island will be. Ms Hawking didnt seem to concerned about Desmonds message from her son.

Jack returns home to find Kate there. She makes him promise never to bring up Aaron.Im sticking to my theory that the island wants Aaron. We will find out what happened.

Also in first class is a mysterious man named Caesar. Could he be working for somebody? Maybe Hawking? Maybe Ajira? Maybe Widmore? Maybe Alpert

If you are referring to the man that gave Jack his condolences then you are right. I dont know the actors name but he is an accomplished actor, i recognize him from Hidalgo. So im sure he will be a player in the upcoming episodes.

Here's my theory. When Locke turned the donkey wheel last episode, he shot The Island back to the early 1970s. The Island also stopped skipping. So the crew is stuck in that time. They hence took jobs to blend in. Jin is back working as muscle. Faraday, who we saw in Because you left , is working construction near The Island's time-traveling center, The Orchid. My guess is we're going to pick up where season five's premier left off, with a heavy dose of Dr. Pierre Chang.

i agree. If Alpert is still on the island then he meet Faraday, Miles, Juliet, Sawyer and of course Locke back in 1954.

Thanks for posting the blog this week. i missed it last time.




Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 11:59 am
 

Jack takes leap of faith to return to Island

To those who are being turned off by the direction the show is taking, don't fear and don't give up.  The producers have promised this is temporary and they are getting through it as quick as possible, but it needs to be done in order to get where they need to go.  They insist after next week's episode they will get back to more character-centric episodes and I have a feeling season 6 will be a lot of flashbacks to connect earlier times on the island to bring it all together.

 

I agree with most of your blog, but there's one great mystery you left out:  where the heck is Aaron??  Did gave make a choice to give him up or was he taken by force?  Aaron is going to be a major player when it's all said and done....



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