When Are We?

At the very end of the pilot episode, Charlie said, “Where are we?” The more we experience what’s happening on the island through Desmond, the more I think someone needs to say, “When are we?” I’ve said before that perhaps Desmond is able to see the “flashes” because he has already lived what is “currently” happening and we’re actually seeing the past. However, just as in the Back to the Future movies, his actions can potentially change events and create an alternate future reality.

There have been too many hints on the show about time travel to ignore the possibility and we know for a fact that Desmond went (further) back in time when he turned the fail-safe key in the Swan station. Now Desmond says that he sees Claire and Aaron get on a helicopter and we assume they are rescued. Well, if everything we are seeing is actually in the characters past, then isn’t it possible that the ENTIRE show is a flashback just like each of the individual character flashbacks?

No, I haven’t been drinking, but thanks for asking. Speaking of drinking though, remember when Juliet drank the tranquilizer before boarding the sub and coming to the island? Well, just as Alice swallowed a pill to go through the looking glass and followed the white rabbit down the hole to her wonderland, Juliet and possibly other island residents may have gotten to the island through some portal (maybe located in Portland) that transported them to the Looking Glass Hatch where the DHARMA logo just happens to be an image of a white rabbit with a hole in it’s neck (I added the logo above). The season finale is titled “Through the Looking Glass”, so even though I may be stretching a bit, at least I have “some” evidence to support my theory.

If you’re me, you were probably telling the characters on your television to just get the darn axe and cut the cable on the beach. Then after you realized how absurd it was to be talking to your television, you became frustrated that these intelligent people didn’t think about doing this themselves. Well, the nice people on the Internet helped once again by providing close-up views of the Looking Glass schematics that Sayid took from the Flame. They show that the cable is actually an anchor to the land and may not have been providing any power.

Wikipedia identifies the two characters in the Looking Glass as Greta and Bonnie, but I’m guessing that “Bonnie” is the blonde and is actually named Annie, Ben’s little girlfriend. The other woman looked like Cassidy to me, which would have been a HUGE twist, but the actresses name doesn’t match. We’ll see. I have to say that I thought Charlie was very good in this episode and I liked who his character has become. I don’t think he needed to knock Desmond out, but I was holding my breath hoping that Desmond wasn’t going to be the one who died. I’ll still be holding my breath (pun-intended) in the finale. Also, maybe I’m getting too sappy, but I really liked that he left the “DS” ring for Aaron.

Oh yeah, for those who missed it, the woman Charlie helped in the alleyway who called him a hero was Sayid’s girl Nadia.

Okay, now for the really good stuff. Jack is back to his old form, but I’m still aggravated that they all don’t communicate more. I said a couple of blogs ago that the problem with everyone on the island is that no one trusts anyone else and that’s what causes the kind of friction that has been growing out of control. As soon as Jack revealed what he knows and everyone started sharing information, they bonded as a community, utilized their strengths as a team, and seem to have a pretty good game plan. I was happy to see that Danielle is involved too and that we found out why she was taking the dynamite from the Black Rock.

It also seems as if there is more of a power struggle between the Others than between the LOSTies. Alex was somewhat symbolically skinning a white rabbit, tells Karl to go help Austen (Kate) and Ford (James), and verbally questions whether Ben is really her father. Juliet, Tom, and Richard seem to be questioning Ben’s leadership. Mikhail wasn’t exactly given any support when Locke kicked the crap out of him and Locke will hopefully reappear in the finale. Perhaps Ben will be one of the people to die and Locke will become the new leader of the Others because he doesn’t want to leave the island and continues to sabotage all possible routes of exit. Maybe he’s headed to the Radio Tower too.

As for their plan, I like it and I actually like that everyone is rallying around Jack’s leadership, but if he doesn’t learn to trust the other LOSTies, he’s going to cause even more problems. I’m glad Rose told him that she likes him more since he’s back and I’m glad that Sayid “put him in his place” by telling him where he’s needed more, but also basically telling him to be a leader by listening to the ideas of the smart and capable people around him. Where does that leave James Ford? I think they HAVE to touch upon the impact that killing Cooper must be having on him in the finale. He was almost a non-factor in this last episode except to protect Karl when he came to warn them.

Speaking of Karl, my favorite line from the episode wasn’t necessarily funny, but I laughed at the way it was delivered by Juliet in response to when Karl pointed at her and told the LOSTies she was a spy, “They know Karl, but thanks!”

I’m looking forward to “Through The Looking Glass” and the finale party at Ken and J9’s house. Thanks for hosting it guys!

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