Jack, you drive me crazy! Maybe it’s easy as viewers of the show to see things more clearly, but sometimes you don’t even try. You become impatient and demand immediate answers and then jump to conclusions.
Couldn’t you, at the very least, turn the damn mirror so the coordinates point at some different numbers/names first, especially to 108 degrees? As most everyone knows by now, 108 is the sum of the mysterious numbers…4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42. Didn’t you want to find out who is trying to come to the island? I mean, my guess is that it’s Desmond (or Aaron), but it would have been nice to get just a bit more information, don’t you think?!
Okay, can anyone tell me why I’m yelling at a fictional character in a blog? Perhaps it’s because as much as I hate to admit what many people tell me; I am a lot like Jack Shephard. As you can read from my frustration in this blog, I am impatient and anxious to get answers. Also, I have traditionally always tried to “fix” everything instead of just allowing things to unfold as they are supposed to.
Unlike Jack, I don’t behave those ways because I’m afraid of failing. The flash-sideways had a pretty clear message to me. Jack lived his entire life trying to make sure that he didn’t fail his father. He never wanted to let him down and that carried over into every other relationship he has had in his life and he puts the burden on himself to make things right, when they seemingly go wrong.
Seeing him as a father in the flash-sideways and hearing him communicating with his son David is everything we’re hoping for his character. When he said, “I will always love you. You can never fail. I just want to be part of your life”, I almost felt a conclusion to his storyline. It felt like an awakening and like he redeemed himself. Coincidentally, in the process, he didn’t fail his own son because he was there for him.
I like this flash-sideways version of Jack. He was patient with his mom while looking for his dad’s Will and he seemed to be in a pretty good place emotionally, especially considering his father’s recent death.
On the flipside, I have to say that I’m not in love with the flash-sideways version of Locke. We have known him to be a man of faith. Sure, he struggles with his faith, but he wants so badly to believe in miracles and I admired that about him. While acceptance of the cross he was given to bear (being paralyzed) can have its benefits, it was just as sad to hear him “give up” as it was to see him try to kill himself in Season 5 (before Ben finished him off).
I am very much looking forward to how these timelines will reconcile with one another. We can’t just watch this timeline without any emotional investment for the characters, but why are we seeing it? Some people have said that we might be seeing the actual end of the series and that the characters will somehow travel back in time and find a way to sink the island, thus changing history from a completely separate point and that’s why things are the way they are in the flash-sideways. I can kind of buy that, but there’s not much time left (pun intended) for these things to occur.
It’s not just Locke and Jack either. Claire’s flash sideways character seems pretty much the same in terms of how she behaves, but Kate is a little different because instead of being selfish and running, she actually returned to the airport to help Claire and even stayed with her in the hospital. She seems like a more nurturing and selfless character who actually might be innocent. A big character difference is Hurley’s flash-sideways persona. We’re used to seeing him feel cursed and now he’s Mr. Lucky.
Maybe it’s what I always tell people. In every situation, it’s always about perspective and the ability to see things from different perspectives can truly enrich your life. It seems that this flash-sideways, where we see how life would have been if Flight 815 never crashed, has provided this much needed perspective for all of our characters.
Some episode observations…
– The appendix scar. I can understand how life’s circumstances could have changed for the characters, but how does a medical need like an appendix removal change so drastically? We know Juliet removed Jack’s appendix in Season 4 when he is a full grown adult, so how is it that Jack had his taken out when he was 7 or 8 years old in the flash-sideways? Is there a medical reason that can bring this on due to some sort of trauma Jack may have experienced in the flash-sideways that he didn’t experience in the other timeline? Anyone?
– The Others all seem to understand what it means to be a “candidate”, so why can’t they explain things to them. Dogen seems to show appreciation toward Jack for staying so why not trust him and share some information. BTW – a great list of the numbers/names from the cave and in the lighthouse can be found here: http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Candidates#Known_candidates. The number 108 refers to someone names “Wallace” who is crossed off, but like I mentioned earlier, it is also a sum of THE NUMBERS.
– Hurley has embraced his gift of communicating with the dead and hasn’t lost a bit of his charm in the process. His conversation with Jack about why they came back was very revealing and mirrored what Jacob told him at the end of the episode. Jack came back because he felt broken and feels he was stupid enough to think that this place (the island) could fix him. He lost some of the faith that guided his return and needs more time to come around and see the “light” (yes, pun intended again). As Jacob said, some people believe a complete stranger in a taxi while others need to stare at the ocean for a while.
– Claire’s…um…condition is a strange one indeed. She mentioned that her father (Christian Shephard) and her friend (unLocke) told her that The Others took Aaron, but it is probably safe to assume that unChristian and unLocke were one on the same, but now we’ll only see unLocke. They’re really starting to lose me here and need to clarify who Smokey has appeared as pretty soon. It doesn’t look good for the folks in the temple right now with Claire, Jin, and unLocke heading their way through a secret entrance that is probably not secured with ash.
– The Adam and Eve skeletons FINALLY made a return appearance and were referred to in the pop-up episode as well. They even mentioned the black and white stones that Kate and Jack found on them in the pop-up episode. I hope that Hurley’s “explanation” doesn’t end there because I personally want to know who they are. The predominant theory is still that they are Rose and Bernard and Hurley’s theory of someone going back in time and dying there would help that make sense.
– Speaking of black and white stones, the dark versus light theme is also making a comeback, but we still don’t know for certain who is light and who is dark. It seems pretty obvious to me that those who believe that Smokey may be on the side of “good” might be reaching a bit too much, but I still can’t completely dismiss it. Just another reason that this show is so damn entertaining.
– What did we see in the lighthouse mirror? I believe we saw Sun’s home when the dial turned pass #42. It looked like the backdrop where Jin and Sun got married. That would indicate to me that it’s Sun (not Jin) that matches #42, but we still can’t be sure. I’m not sure if we saw anything else.
One other note of interest…I listened to last week’s audio podcast and anyone who read into Claire’s sonogram date of 10/22/2004 as being significant can stop thinking too hard. They said that it was just an unfortunate prop error and it should have read 9/22/2004.
Personal note…I will NOT be watching next week’s episode live due to a concert I’m attending, so please don’t expect a blog post immediately following the episode.
Next week’s episode is called “Sundown”, which would seem to indicate that it’s a Jin/Sun episode. It’s kind of interesting that this season is mirroring Season One in terms of character-centric episodes. The pilot was a mix of characters and was followed by flashback episodes for Kate, Locke, Jack, and Sun. This season has been exactly the same with the flash-sideways. The episode after Sun’s was a Charlie episode in Season One, so the mirrored sequence will end soon…or will it?