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Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

Posted on: May 2, 2008 12:00 pm
 

Another mind-warping episode of Lost last night.

We're flash forwarded into a future of Jack + Kate playing mom and pop to Aaron. Jack can't seem to evolve.

We get the privilige of seeing Jack try to guide his own appendectomy. And conversly, as Rose points out, we are asked: why would the island harm a castaway?

We lose Claire in the middle of the night.

We learn that Charlotte speaks and understands Korean.

We learn Hurley thinks the Oceanic 6 are dead.

And we learn Sawyer chose to stay on the island.

Let's start with Sawyer. He's playing out of character, altruistically helping Clarie-an and Miles get back to the camp. On their way to camp Miles uncovers the bodies of Carl and Rousseau, reminding us all of his Sixth Sensian aptitude.

Question that comes from this: Could Claire be dead, but still "existing" on the island in that Christian Shepherd sort of existence? Why else would Miles be so into her? Blonde baby-mammas don't seem to be his type.

Charlotte speaks Korean, which can be written off as a byproduct of all her Dharma-hunting globetrotting, or something a bit more. Maybe, like the Widmore freighter crew, she works for Sun's pop. Dad's can be so protective of their daughters -- and so tough on son-in-laws. Could papa Sun and Widmore be in some sort of tycoon club, and in cahoots?

Jack and Kate are living together raising Aaron. Jack is back working too hard and Kate hangs out at parks with other moms and is helping Sawyer with something (in all likelihood an innocent something). But Jack quickly reverts back to paranoid, insecure Jack. He's unable to trust, self conscious about his ability to play dad and still stressing over the Red Sox (damn you, A-Rod!).

Now, flash-forwarded back-to-his-old-self Jack is helping people with back tumors and as mentioned, working too hard. Juxtapose this with his appendectomy and we're reminded once again that struggle of a surgeon: you can remove an unnecessary, yet faltering organ and all can be well, but you can't remove unnecessary, yet faltering personality flaws. Jack just can't reform. He can't stop playing the role of hero, guardian, over-protective doc. Plus, he's still got his daddy's vices -- booze, painkillers and rage. So, while Jack plays the role of leader pretty well on the island, he still can't lead himself out of his papa's shadow and the crippling characteristics that come with it. Lost's characters are complex!

But the most fun part of last night was Hurley, who thinks the Oceanic 6 are all dead, which is hard to write off considering all the twists and turns the series has been through. I think there's a connection here to Ben and Widmore's convo in the last episode. Ben can't kill Widmore, people who die aren't really dead (Charlie talks to me, tells me about upcoming visitors, duh) and people who we thought were dead show up not just on the island, but in the future, too.

As usual, the episode offers some answers (we know Losties are still alive on the island in the future) and lots of questions (what the heck is Hurley talking about; why is Kate helping Sawyer?). Forum is open.


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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2008 6:35 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

Claire connected to Jacob? Interesting. I'm guessing her disappearance is more in tune with Daddy Sheperd showing up. Dad shows up, Jack gets sick, Claire (Jack's half sis) goes missing. Also, check this. Sawyer was one of the last persons Dad Sheperd saw (in Sydney) before Dad Shep died. Could Sawyer be one of the last persons Claire sees before she dies? If so, Sawyer and Jack are connected in more ways than just loving Kate.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2008 6:29 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

 I think we will see more of what happened to Claire.  I don't think they will just off her anytime soon.

But what if she was offed in that housing explosion she took a little too well? I mean, I can withstand an RPG to my Others shack with the best of them, but a 105-pound recent mom? She seems to be handling the explosion pretty well.

In any event, I love that we're back to the could-they-all-be-dead theory. This was always one of my favorites way back when we were in Season 1. In fact, I was kinda disappointed in learning Ben had a Stargate-Quantum Leap machine since space/time travel just isn't as interesting to me as we're all watching trapped souls exist in purgatory.

Good talking points, though and the Ben-Widmore connection is gonna be fun to watch. Whatever rules were changed, I can't wait to see how this game got started.




Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 5:33 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

It was the guy who got Ben's dad the job at Dharma way back when Ben was a kid.  He's been dead for 12 years. 



Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 5:28 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

Do you think that Clair's disappearance is related to the appearance of Jacob next week, who says in the preview "I have been dead for the past 12 years"? Maybe there is some sort of sacrafice that needs to happen to raise Jacob...After Kate's trial she mentioned something to Jack about him not liking what happened to Clair (or maybe it was how Kate ended up with Aaron, not sure).



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 5:23 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

Fantastic thoughts all of them.  I don't think we can make much of Red speaking Korean.  She just does and it makes for a convenient way for Jin to get his point across in a way that he is comfortable and good at.  Last nights episode for me simply gave us a few more pieces to the puzzle.  I can totally see how Aaron wound up with Kate as Claire disapprears and Sawyer is on his way back to the beach with Aaron.  It gave us a look at how Jack got so screwed up in the first place.  Would love to see though how he gets so set on returning to the island.  I think we will see more of what happened to Claire.  I don't think they will just off her anytime soon.  I also heard that yes we will be seeing Jacob again soon as welll as this next episode will be a Locke episode.  The previews showed that guy who introduced Ben's dad to Dharma in the begining.  he also said he'd been dead for 12 years when he was speaking with Locke.  May be something to that everyone is dead theory.  Anyways, love the dynamic between Widmore and Ben.  My question is how the hell did Ben get to be this important person.  The ability to manipulate is not an all powerful thing.  He was a kid on the island and grew up as a friend of the hostiles.  I think he is the island or Jacob's figure head.  Kind of like the all powerful Oz with someone or something else behind the curtin. 

Also the Captin of the Black Rock.....love that theory. 




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2008 1:22 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

How can Claire see her dad on the island? How does Jack see him back in the world? Maybe Hurley has a better connection with the island since he was able to "Jacob/poppa sheppard/whoever else" in the cabin and Charlie comes and sees him. Obviously last season's flash forward was further in time then what we are currently seeing

Hurley is definitely a key to things. I have a theory regarding Season 2, and the short and curlies of it is: all the tail-section characters we're introduced simply to supplement/complete the main fuselage characters. Once they did that, they were all killed off, for the most part.

So the dynamic goes like this:

Locke/Eko; Jack/Ana Lucia; Hugo/Libby and to a lesser extent, Bernard/Rose. Eko is a man of strong faith, Locke is a man of fleeting faith. Jack has a failed father-son relationship because of his dad's problems while Ana Lucia had a strong mother-daughter relationship despite her problems. Hugo has a fortune that's haunting him, Libby has a fortune (Desmond's boat) that's haunting her. And Bernard is a fixer; Rose had a disease that couldn't be fixed.

So the point is, these four characters we're given supplemental characters to help them grow and to emphasize their importance in the storyline. I also think it's because these are essentially our good, or pure, characters. Basically, they haven't really killed or lied their way to this situation. So yeah, I think they all have strong connections to the island and Hurley's could be a sort of pyschological connection, or ability to see things (remember Dave) others can't. What this means? (aside from spending too much time with the show) Don't know, but I think we meet Jacob next week.




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2008 1:12 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

And so begins Jacks downward spiral. Remember last seasons finale? Jack was in horrible shape and he went to a funeral. Whos funeral was that? Maybe the writers forgot about that. Cause i certinaly forgot that Jack and Claire are siblings.  Just to much to keep up with.

Exactly! That's what I thought too, that we're seeing the beginning of bearded Jack. Can't say who's funeral it is, but Kate said she had to get back to "him," which, just to beat this dead horse, is obviously getting back to Aaron.

I too thought about the Clementine angle, and Kate keeping an eye on that. Read an interesting theory that Widmore is actually the non-aging captain of the Black Rock, and he's trying to get his ship/island back.

I'm no sure about the Charlotte-Sun's-dad connection either, just thought I'd throw it out there since, well, why else would we have a character on the island who speaks Korean unless she's proxy for some character we've previously met?

Good stuff, this show is a complete mind-f***




Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 12:58 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

Good observations. I wonder if Jack and Claire are ever going to find out they are related. How can Claire see her dad on the island? How does Jack see him back in the world? Maybe Hurley has a better connection with the island since he was able to "Jacob/poppa sheppard/whoever else" in the cabin and Charlie comes and sees him. Obviously last season's flash forward was further in time then what we are currently seeing. Kate was probably taking care of Sawyers daughter like stated earlier. I think its a connection to the island why Ben cant kill Widmore... then again who knows. Great episode.



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 12:53 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Jack still Lost in his old habits

And so begins Jacks downward spiral. Remember last seasons finale? Jack was in horrible shape and he went to a funeral. Whos funeral was that? Maybe the writers forgot about that. Cause i certinaly forgot that Jack and Claire are siblings.  Just to much to keep up with.

It seems far feeched to say Widmore and Sun's father are partners of some sorts but who knows you may be on to something. It also appears Jin is going to do whatever it takes to get his wife and unborn baby off the island with or without him. I so called that.

I am a little dissapointed though. Sawyer is my favorite male character and we know he isnt one of the six. So i was hoping for a heroic death saving the six and helping them get off the island. But it appears he just chose to stay. thats lame.

About Kate helping Sawyer. dont forget Sawyer has a daughter. So maybe Kate promised Sawyer to look after her.

Ben cant kill Widmore because he is already dead??? say what??? I still cant figure out Ben and Widmores connection. Ben was raised on the island, and it seems that widmore has never been to the island. Maybe that is all a big lie but they did a flashback on it. You cant flashback on a lie can you?

 



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