This was about as close to a Jack-centric episode that we’ve had in quite a while and it was definitely a different Jack Shephard from what we’re used to seeing.
Locke’s “suicide” note to Jack sums it all up very neatly and echoes the thoughts many of us have had in our own lives. We all have had moments when we’ve wanted someone to believe in us or in what we’re feeling so badly that we try to force it upon them and only end up pushing them away even further. Locke and Jack have clashed so many times during their relationship that Jack even pulled the trigger of a gun in an attempt to push Locke away for good, but destiny had other plans.
Jack needed to experience all that he has in order to fully believe. He is Thomas the Apostle, the doubting Thomas, who had to put his hands in Jesus’ wounds in order to believe. Even now though, Jack still needed to take a leap of faith in order to get back to the island. His conversation with Locke’s dead body in the butcher shop was perfect. He just knew that Locke was having a good laugh while watching him put his father’s shoes on Locke’s cold lifeless feet.
After that, Jack looked more at peace than I’ve ever seen him before. He was almost giddy and was more conscious and aware of his surroundings than ever before. He observed everyone in the airport and recognized the “coincidences” that brought them all back together on this new flight, Ajira Airways Flight 316. Even as he was coming to grips with the “craziness” of it all and expressed his feelings to Kate, he received final “proof” when he learned that Frank Lapidus was flying the plane.
What an absolutely brilliant show!
We have many new questions, but I don’t think they’ll be answered next week because the next episode is aptly titled, “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” (AKA John Locke). It will serve to answer the question about what happened to Locke once he left the island and it promises to provide many more perfectly sized pieces to the puzzle.
The big questions from this show are:
– Where is Aaron? Perhaps with Claires’ mom. What made Kate change her mind?
– Did Ben find and kill Penny? What about Desmond and their son Charlie? What happened there?
– What convinced Hurley to board the plane? Was it one of his deceased friends?
– What about Sayid? What happened there? It appears that he is under arrest and is flying next to some kind of Marshall similar to Kate on Oceanic 815.
– Who was the man in line at the airport that spoke to Jack? He’ll undoubtedly be on the island.
– What will happen to the other people on Flight 316? Was that their water bottle at the beach camp near the outriggers?
– When are they? They obviously ran into Jin in a DHARMA uniform with a van. Could they be back in the late 70’s early 80’s?
– Where are Sun, Sayid, and Ben?