“You Going Nicholson on Us?“

It’s been almost two weeks since we met Kevin Johnson and the only reason I haven’t written until now is because I don’t really feel like I have a heck of a lot to add. Instead, I’m just going to recap some interesting things we learned, talk a little about the final scene, and then talk about Adam and Eve just because I want to.

Here’s what we learned:

– Michael and Walt got back to New York sometime around Thanksgiving of 2004 and the flashback we saw took place in early December. We know this because there was a Christmas tree in the hallway at the hospital and his mother’s house had plenty of Christmas decorations. Also, we know that the crew on the freighter must have been in the Pacific for at least two weeks prior to Sayid and Desmond coming on board December 24, 2004.

– The fake plane wreckage was found off the coast of Bali in early December as well, which means that the “team” of people on board the freighter were rounded up pretty quickly once that news report aired. We have now seen Michael, Daniel, and Frank see the report on TV. Charlotte saw a newspaper headline and Miles heard it on the radio.

– Walt is upset with his dad and won’t speak to him because of what Michael did in order to “rescue” him from the Others – killing Libby/Ana Lucia and leading Hugo, James, Jack, and Kate into a trap.

– Libby (Elizabeth) is able to appear as a “ghost” to Michael and even carries blankets for him in the hospital just like she was doing when he shot her.

– We received confirmation that Tom was a homosexual and we learn that the island will not allow you to kill yourself if you still have work to do.

– The bodies used to stage the fake plane crash were taken from a cemetery in Thailand.

– Michael is basically working for Tom and Ben in the hopes of finding redemption by killing the freighter people and saving his fellow survivors from flight 815.

– Keamy (spelling?) and some of the other crew on board the freighter enjoy taking target practice when they’re board.

– Minkowski is a fan of The Shining.

– Ben has a way of communicating with the boat from his hidden room even after the sky turned purple and the Flame had lost all communications. Ben also doesn’t want to hurt any of the innocent people on board the freighter.

– Ben considers Michael one of the “good guys” now.

– Karl quotes Star Wars and “has a bad feeling about this”. He is then shot seconds later.

– Even though Ben tells Alex that her mother will protect her on their journey to the temple, she is also shot in a shocking end to the first part of Season 4.

Speaking of the final scene, I was a bit surprised by the events and thought Alex screaming out that she’s Ben’s daughter at the end was pretty intense. I think that most viewers are assuming that shooters are Keamy and the rest of the crew from the freighter. I agree with them, but I also believe Ben when he says that some of the people on the freighter are innocent. For example, if Frank Lipidus flew them to the island in the helicopter, I don’t believe he knows exactly what they are doing.

Okay, so why do I want to talk about Adam and Eve? If you go back to season one and watch “House of the Rising Sun”, Jack and Kate discover two corpses in the caves. Jack also discovers two stones – a black one and a white one. When Locke arrives at the caves, he asked what they have found and Jack tells him about the corpses, but not about the stones. Locke calls the two bodies Adam and Eve. Ever since we met these two deceased “characters” I’ve wondered what the significance of their discovery was and now with the knowledge that time works “differently” on the island, perhaps the corpses aren’t 40-50 years old as Jack surmised.

There are tons of theories about the identities of the two bodies. I’ve heard Ben and Annie, Jack and Kate, and so on. I haven’t seen anyone theorize that they are Desmond and Penny, so I’m throwing them into the mix too. The bottom line is that we don’t know who they are, but I can’t wait to find out because I think they are integral to the history and/or future of the show. Remember, “only fools are enslaved by time and space.”

Miscellaneous Notes:

– My brother found this out about the book Regina was reading upside down (The Survivors of the Chancellor) before she wrapped herself in chains and jumped into the Pacific: It is a Jules Verne book about the last voyage of a British ship called Chancellor. At the beginning of the story, the boat carries eight passengers and twenty crew members, but by the end only eleven people are alive (five passengers and six crew). In the novel, several characters commit suicide, at least one of them by jumping off the raft and into the water.

– The actor, who plays Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell), will be back. Some of you may recall when I mentioned that he was in a new TV show with actor Jimmy Smits. Well, that show got cancelled and he’ll be in at least one episode this season. I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about his character.

– Interestingly, the character was named after the real-life Dr. Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass). He was a noted psychologist who was dismissed from Harvard University (along with Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, and Allen Ginsberg) for his research into LSD and other psychedelic chemicals. He then traveled to India, became a Hindu spiritualist, and was given the name Ram Dass, which means “Servant of God”. He wrote a book called “Be Here Now”, which is basically a manual on how to make the transition from a psychedelic lifestyle to a yogic lifestyle.

– Aldous Huxley, who was a colleague of Dr. Richard Alpert, wrote a book called “Island”. The island in the book is a utopian island called Pala. Many of you will recall that Pala Ferry was the dock in LOST where Michael left with Walt on the boat to head home.

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