I apologize for the delay in posting this blog. I have a pinched nerve in my upper back and it’s actually painful to sit at the computer and type for more than a few minutes at a time. So as a result, I’m going to just give a bulleted re-cap of last week instead of a philosophical analysis of the dramatic events. Wait? Did I just hear a sigh of relief?
– A new station, presumably The Orchid, can transport “things” off the island to certain destinations (and through time). In this case, it was Ben to Tunisia wearing a parka that belongs to Edgar Halliwax (AKA – Marvin Candle/Mark Wickmund). This most likely explains the polar bear skeleton from a previous episode. You have to wonder if there are other off-island locations that “things” can be transported to/from.
– Claire is still alive…for now.
– Ben’s secret room has a secret room with hieroglyphics on its door.
– Ben can control, or at least beckon the smoke monster.
– Ben REALLY cared about Alex.
– The freighter doctor is dead (island time), but still alive (freighter time).
– “When” is a kind of a relative term.
– James Ford (Sawyer) is really becoming very protective of people he would never have cared for or called friends before coming to the island, even at the risk of his own life.
– Sayid found and married Nadia after being rescued only to help bury her less than a year later. This starts to explain why he’s working for Ben in the future.
– Ben, Locke, and Hurley are off to see the wizard (Jacob). I say wizard because the two-part, three-hour finale is called, “There’s No Place Like Home”.
– The “rules” have changed.
– Ben is going to hunt down and kill Charles Widmore’s daughter Penny, also known as Desmond’s constant, while Charles continues to hunt for the island.
– Bernard knows Morse code.
– Jack is sick. Maybe it has something to do with not having any episodes that focus on him yet this year. Seriously though, he is very sick and this next episode IS Jack-centric and should reveal more about why he’s popping Oxycodone like Lay’s potato chips in the future (April 2007).