The debate as to which side is “good” and which side is “evil” continues, but I have this to offer…Jacob seems to believe in the good of humanity and that the characters will ultimately make decisions that are unselfish and positive for others around them. UnLocke still seems to be manipulating characters and preying on their weaknesses to coax them into joining him and doing negative things.
Seeing that Widmore is coming to the island at the end threw me for a loop because we were led to believe that Jacob wanted to help whomever it was that was coming, to get there by having Hurley and Jack turn the mirrors in the lighthouse. Maybe, in knowing that Jack would destroy the mirrors, he was attempting to slow him down. After all, it was Widmore who told Locke in the episode titled, “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” that a war was coming and that if Locke did not get back to the island, the “wrong side” was going to win. Since Ben has always (except when he killed him) been on Jacob’s side, we should probably assume that Widmore is on UnLocke’s side, especially since they decided to proceed as planned instead of stopping at the beach.
I’m out of superlatives for Michael Emerson and his Emmy-worthy performances. He was brilliant once again and showed how multi-dimensional his character is through the choices Ben made on the island and in the flash-sideways.
While he may have looked extremely sad, beaten and even a little outcast at the end of the episode, he discovered via Miles that Jacob really did care all along and was hoping until the very end that he was wrong about Ben.
When Ben stabbed Jacob, he felt very much like Richard Alpert did in this episode. Alpert felt that Jacob had lied to him all of those years and that his entire life had no purpose. Jack is able to sit and convince Alpert, very dramatically, that they are both there for an important reason. He felt that Jacob wouldn’t have gone through all the trouble he did if he wanted the two of them to die while sitting with a stick of dynamite between them.
While Jack was displaying his ability to believe again and Alpert was having his faith renewed, Ben was digging his own grave and waiting for Ilana to kill him. With the information Miles gave him about Jacob’s last thoughts before he was stabbed fresh in his mind, unLocke gave Ben a choice. It appeared that Ben was going to follow unLocke, in the hopes that he’d become the new leader of the island, and was going to kill Ilana, but all he really wanted was a chance at redemption and to explain himself. He tried to justify his actions (killing Jacob) to Ilana by detailing how he sacrificed everything in Jacob’s name and even chose the island over his own daughter. He had been so angry, confused, and terrified at losing his power that he didn’t realize that what really mattered to him was already gone.
He couldn’t find a way to forgive himself and explained that he just wanted to leave and go join unLocke because he was the only one who would have him. Ilana simply replied with, “I’ll have you.” Upon hearing those words, Ben had very little hesitation and decided to follow her instead. To me, this story is setting itself up for Ben to make a huge sacrifice at some point down the line in a way we haven’t figured out quite yet.
Similarly, Ben’s flash-sideways showed him making a power-play to try and oust the high school principal from his position via black mail. However, when faced with the choice of following through on the threat which would move him into a position of power as the new principal or sacrificing the opportunity so that the current principal would write a letter of recommendation for one of his prize students to get into Yale, he chose the student over himself. In a great twist of fate, the student was none other than Alexandra Rousseau. He even ended up giving Arzt his parking spot and seemed very happy to sacrifice himself for the benefit of the others.
– Just when we thought we’d never hear the names of Nikki or Paulo mentioned, enter Miles who digs up $8 million worth of diamonds.
– Ilana discusses why she wants to find Jin as much as Sun does by telling her she’s not sure which of them is the candidate written by Jacob.
– We were given, what I feel is, definitive proof that either the island did NOT sink when Jughead detonated OR that the flash-sideways did NOT begin when Jughead detonated. An aged Roger Linus expressed to Ben that he wanted so much more of a life for him and he imagined what their lives would have been like if they had stayed in the DHARMA Initiative. In the season finale, the sub had already left when Roger shot Sayid and I have stated previously that I believe Ben was still in the temple’s healing pool at that time. Therefore, the island could not have sunk when the bomb exploded because they would have drowned. Either they got off sometime after Jughead exploded because it didn’t cause island to sink OR another event prompted them to leave before “The Incident” ever even took place. Go ahead; please find a hole in my logic.
I was really moved by the character of Ben Linus tonight and was left feeling sad, yet hopeful. The final scene (before the sub) on the beach showing the reunion of Jack, Hurley, and Alpert with Sun, Lapidus, Ben, Ilana, and Miles was so reminiscent of season one episodes at the same location and even the music was a throwback to those episodes. Speaking of music…
Special congratulations to Michael Giacchino for taking home the Academy Award for Best Original Score for the movie “Up”. For those of you who don’t know, he has produced the music for every character and episode of LOST and I even “borrowed” some of his music for my 2008 Christmas Card. His Oscar acceptance speech was the most inspirational of the evening. Here it is:
“Thank you, guys. When I was… I was nine and I asked my dad, “Can I have your movie camera? That old, wind-up 8 millimeter camera that was in your drawer?” And he goes, “Sure, take it.” And I took it and I started making movies with it and I started being as creative as I could, and never once in my life did my parents ever say, “What you’re doing is a waste of time.” Never. And I grew up, I had teachers, I had colleagues, I had people that I worked with all through my life who always told me what you’re doing is not a waste of time. So that was normal to me that it was OK to do that. I know there are kids out there that don’t have that support system so if you’re out there and you’re listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It’s not a waste of time. Do it. OK? Thank you. Thank you.”
Next week’s episode is titled “Recon”. Anything with the word “con” in it sounds like a possible Sawyer-centric episode.