Variables and Constants, Free Will versus Fate. LOST is an entire television novel that centers on those main themes. Tonight’s episode raised the bar even further if we stop and ask ourselves these questions…
Can you imagine going through your entire adult life with the knowledge that the son you are raising will someday travel back to a time before he was born when a younger version of yourself would shoot and kill him not knowing who he was? Can you imagine consciously making decisions that lead your son toward that eventual fate when you have the opportunity to change it?
As of right now, the show is still sticking to the idea of whatever happened, happened. Daniel eloquently speaks about relativistic physics and explains that he spent so much time focusing on the constants that he forgot the variables. People are the variables with their ability to make their own choices because of free will.
Why would Eloise choose to lead Daniel to his ultimate fate? His dying words to her were so sad, “You knew this was going to happen and you sent me here anyway!” Ouch! Forgetting about why for now and just accepting the fact that she did what she did, we now also understand more clearly why she tried to make sure that Desmond didn’t buy the ring for Penny in ‘Flashes Before Your Eyes’ (Season 3). She knew everything that would happen. She knew Desmond had to be the Swan Station button pusher so that he would mistakenly crash Oceanic Flight 815 and eventually implodes the hatch causing an electromagnetic anomaly that helps Widmore’s freighter people (including Daniel) find the island.
So many little pieces of the puzzle are in place now and it’s all leading to a climactic eight month hiatus when we’ll be pulling our hair out wondering if the future can in fact be changed.
What We Learned:
– Daniel Faraday is the son of both Eloise Hawking and Charles Widmore, making him Penny’s half-brother.
– We now have a better understanding as to why Daniel was crying when he saw the fake Oceanic 815 wreckage and how he was talked into getting on the freighter.
– Daniel’s memory loss began when he performed tests on himself before rendering his research assistant/girlfriend, Teresa, comatose. We also know that the island was healing Daniel’s memory loss.
– Jack is going to think his destiny is…to detonate Jughead in an effort to negate the electromagnetic energy under the Swan Station to change the future.
– We saw an extended Season 5 opening scene from a different perspective and know that Pierre Chang has knowledge that Daniel and Miles (at a minimum) are from the future. Yes, he said he doesn’t believe, but he will.
– Eloise uses a mother’s secret weapon on Daniel, even when he’s an adult…the guilt trip. He even asks her, “when will it be enough?” and she just continues to push him. He just wants to make his mother proud of him.
– I thought the message inside the notebook Eloise gave Daniel was very reminiscent of the letter from Penny that Desmond found in his book. Eloise’s note read, “No matter what, remember, I will always love you.”
– Juliet and Sawyer are in big trouble with the DHARMA folks and I’m guessing that Miles and Hurley will be too. I hope someone looks in the guitar case before the season ends.
– Despite his intention to NOT warn young Charlotte about coming back to the island, Daniel does so anyway because he believes he’s found a way to change the future.
– There are only four hours remaining until “The Incident” at The Swan.
– “The Incident” is the catalyst for the entire chain of events that leads to cementing the electromagnetic energy with concrete, diffusing it’s build up every 108-minutes by pushing the button, and all of the events that we have seen in the series thus far.
– Desmond is alive and my favorite couple on TV is still together. He represents the one variable that gave Daniel hope. Daniel changed the future by talking to Desmond in the past and it became a new memory for Desmond. There is hope left for free will.
– Erasing everything that happened is insane, but so is disappearing off a plane and ending up in 1977.
Eloise said it best, “For the first time in a long time, I don’t know what’s going to happen next.”
Next week we “Follow the Leader”. It’s supposed to be somewhat Richard Alpert-centric. Then…the season five finale.