First of all, it may have been rude for Jack to tell Sawyer, um I mean LaFleur, that it looked like he was reading a book, but how nasty was it for LaFleur to bring up how many people were killed when Jack was running thing three years earlier (or 27 years later depending on how you look at it)? In my opinion, LaFleur snapped right back into his old ways when faced with someone he views as competition instead of taking a high ground and trying to work together.
While I completely agree with his assertion that Jack was always too quick to react and needed to slow down and think more, another of Jack’s faults was to put everything on his own shoulders and not listen to the ideas that other people may have had that would have helped. LaFleur is doing the same thing now and I think things will get worse unless they find a way to work together.
I did like Jack’s reaction when LaFleur said, “…let me do what I do…ain’t that a relief?” He smiled and said, “Yeah!” He didn’t smirk. He didn’t argue. He accepted his place, but is naturally anxious to find out what they should do next. You’ll remember earlier in the episode that he listened to both Kate and Hurley when they said they think they should follow LaFleur suggestion and sit tight while he figured something out.
They are both changed men and the best thing they can do is see each other in a different light and move forward together. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to happen and it’ll probably be because of two people…Kate and Juliet!
I could recap the entire episode, but I actually think it was pretty straight forward for an episode of LOST. Instead, I want to highlight some interesting things that perhaps some of you didn’t notice the first time around. Yes, I already watched it a second time.
– As Ajira Airways Flight 316 was going down and the co-pilot was sending his Mayday, the radio transmission of “4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42” could be heard in the background. Now, it was confirmed that they are 30 years ahead of the DHARMA folks, so that means it’s 2007, but that transmission was changed by Rousseau in 1988 and her transmission was shut off in late 2004. Somebody must have turned the number’s transmission back on.
– Also, it was confirmed that they used the runway that Sawyer and Kate helped build back in 2004 on Hydra Island. I absolutely love the way this stuff all comes together.
– We now know that Ben wasn’t hurt in the crash and was knocked out by Sun instead, but did anyone notice how Ben took his arm sling off just seconds before that? I’m guessing the island’s healing powers were at work there OR perhaps his arm just wasn’t that badly hurt.
– We meet Radzinsky who we formerly only knew as a brownish blood splatter on the ceiling of The Swan, a station which he helped design and serves a special purpose after “The Incident”. More on that later. What a dick he is though. He definitely needs an attitude adjustment and I like seeing Jin get physical with him.
– I’m sure everyone caught the fact that Amy’s son is Ethan Rom. Is that her last name because otherwise he’d be Ethan Goodspeed?
– Where is Daniel Faraday? Is he already working at The Orchid Station? Why does LaFleur answer, “Not anymore” when Jack asks if he’s there?
– In that same sequence when they talk about Faraday, Hurley brings up the fact that the DHARMA folks get wiped out. In talking to a few people, I think there’s some confusion as to the difference between “The Purge” and “The Incident”. Here’s my attempt at explaining both…
– “The Purge” doesn’t happen until December 19, 1992 at 4:00, which is Ben’s birthday. It was when Ben gassed his father and The Others, formerly the Hostiles, used The Tempest Station to gas the rest of the DHARMA Initiative. Namaste indeed! Regardless, since it is only 1977, there is a lot of time for the LOSTies to get to safety.
– “The Incident”, which also happens to be the title of this season’s two part finale, happens sometime in the late 1970’s. We know this because Pierre Cheng’s (as Marvin Candle) Swan Orientation film was produced in 1980 and he refers to “the incident” during that film. This is from Lostpedia – “The incident involved a leak in the containment associated with an electromagnetic anomaly. The leak caused an unspecified charge to build up within the anomaly. As the charge built up, the magnetic field associated with the anomaly grew. After 108 minutes, the magnetic field was large enough to damage the Swan station.” I think it’s safe to say that we’ll find out exactly what happened this season.
– Jack’s conversation with Pierre Cheng was classic. It must have been a mind trip for Jack and to hear that his aptitude test qualified him for janitorial work was priceless. LaFleur strikes again.
– I’m not sure how LaFleur is going to handle the Sayid as a hostile situation. Sayid’s meeting with young Ben at the end was quite interesting and I have a feeling Ben will help him escape and get “back to” the other hostiles because I assume this is after young Ben’s jungle meeting with Richard Alpert. I’m also guessing that’s where we’ll find Rose and Bernard.
– The Sun and Frank Lapidus meeting with Christian Shephard in 2007 in DHARMAville was the DVR and rewind moment of the night. Many people missed what happened when the door flew open and Christian was showing them the 1977 DHARMA recruit picture. If you look to the right of the screen over Sun’s shoulder, there’s a blonde sitting in the background. It must be Claire. What a mess things were there too. Was that the smoke monster near the submarine dock? What the heck happened on the island between 2004 and 2007?
Okay, that’s all for this episode, but here are the remaining season 5 episode titles:
1. He’s Our You
2. Whatever Happened, Happened
3. Dead is Dead
4. Some Like It Hoth – For those non-geeks out there…Hoth was an ice planet in the Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back
5. The Variable – Similarly named to my all-time favorite LOST episode from Season 4, The Constant
6. Follow The Leader
7. The Incident (Two-Part Finale)