I apologize for the delay in posting this blog, but despite what most of you might think, I actually do have a life. Seriously though, the real reason I haven’t posted until now is because I really didn’t even know where to start and have no idea how anyone could write anything about this episode that could possibly compare in comparison. So, I decided to first point out a few of the Easter eggs and big questions that this episode left us with and then a character-by-character re-cap, which includes my opinion as to whether each character wants to leave the island or not.
HOFFS / DRAWLAR – is the name of the funeral home Jack went to in this episode. As most LOST fans already know, any time there’s an odd looking name, it’s usually an anagram. In this case, the anagram is Flash Forward. According to show producers, next season of LOST will feature BOTH flashbacks and flash-forwards. By the way, show producers have come out and said that the flash-forward idea has been planned since the very shows inception.
Scentless Apprentice – is the name of the Nirvana song (from the “In Utero” album) that is blaring in Jack’s car on his drive to the funeral home. Kurt Cobain (lead singer for Nirvana) committed suicide on April 5, 1994. A close-up screen capture of the newspaper reveals that it’s the April 5, 2007 edition of the LA Times. So, we can postulate that the song may have been on the radio in memory of Cobain’s death and perhaps we can also make a connection with Jack almost jumping off the bridge and Cobain’s suicide. I doubt it was a coincidence though.
Who’s In The Coffin? – This is one of the biggest questions from the episode and the popular opinion is that the person’s name starts with the letter “J”. A close-up view of the newspaper clipping is very difficult to make out, but if it is a “J”, then out of the people we currently know, it could be John Locke, James Ford, or Jacob. I left Jack off the list because, “duh” and Juliet off because the headline says “Man Found — downtown loft — The body of J — of New York was — shortly after 4 a.m. in the — of Grand Avenue—”. We know from the funeral director that nobody showed up and Jack also said, “Neither” in response to the question, “Friend or Family?” So who is it? Your guess is as good as mine.
Jack On The Plane – The woman directly behind Jack on the plane in first scene of the flash-forward is rumored to be the same woman behind him on Oceanic Flight 815 as seen in the Pilot, Part 1 episode. I checked it out and they are both asian women, but whether they’re the same person or not is inconclusive to me.
Bernard’s Dad? – Dr. Rob Hamill, the new Chief of Surgery at St. Sebastian’s hospital (presumably after Christian Shepherd died), mentions that the surgery for the woman from the car accident would be performed by a Dr. Gary Nadler. Nadler is Bernard’s last name.
Water To The Right, Water To The Left – I noticed this right away. The LOSTies left their beach camp with the ocean on their right and in the very next scene, after commercial break, they were walking with the beach on their left. I’m chalking this up to a rare continuity error on the part of the producers.
Charlie Makes Sign Of The Cross Backwards – He does it as he drowns and I thought this was interesting, but can’t find any information as to whether there’s any religious significance to this that might tie in with the show. Anyone?
Charlie Hieronymus Pace – Perhaps the best way for a main character to be written off a television show ever. He was excellent and even some of the fans I know who didn’t care whether he lived or died, were sad to see him go because his character was finally getting interesting. His final scene…after tapping out Good Vibrations he says, “So much for fate!” and then sees an incoming call from Penny. Charlie asks if she is on the boat and knows Naomi, but she doesn’t. He calls Desmond and Penny gets excited. Mikhail appears at port window with grenade. Desmond runs toward the room with Charlie in it and sees Penny on the screen. Charlie has plenty of time to get out and close door behind him, but locks himself inside instead. (Try to forget that it’s an air tight room and the window is below the ceiling height, which means it shouldn’t flood completely.) Grenade blows. He chose to seal his fate instead of risking the possibility of altering future events that might not help Claire, Aaron, and the other LOSTies get rescued. As water fills up, Charlie grabs the marker from his pocket and writes a note on his palm. He holds his hand up to window with Des on other side looking in and the note says, “Not Penny’s Boat”. Des puts his hand on glass next to Charlies’s. Charlie pushes away from window, blesses himself with his left hand, and drowns. They immediately cut to a scene with Aaron in Claire’s arms and Aaron starts to cry. Naomi approaches Claire and says, “What’s your boyfriend’s name? The rock star who swam down to the station?” Claire answers, “Charlie, why?” Naomi replies, “Charlie just got us rescued.” The satellite phone works. Awesome scene! Charlie will be missed.
Christian Shepherd – I didn’t think I’d need to write about him, but the flash forward almost made us believe that he might still be alive. The facts are that Jack identified his body in the morgue and when he located his coffin on the island, it was empty. The prodcucers said he was dead, but they also alluded to something about different definitions of dead. Perhaps it’s an alternate reality. Perhaps the island brought him back from the dead or perhaps Jack was just so drunk and drugged that he made the comment to Dr. Hamill in jest or a state of confusion. Technically, he said, “You get my father down here, get him down here right now, and if I’m drunker than he is, you can fire me.”. The point is that by “down here” he could have meant down from heaven or whatever. It’s a stretch, but they needed to try to mislead us a little for the flash forward to work and the prescription thing could have simply been Jack’s way of trying to pull one over on the pharmacist. We’ll see.
Tom – Rest in peace, Tom. We started to kind of like you a little and never got to know your last name. I like the way he went out too because it brings James Ford’s character to a whole other level. I’m still wondering if he was gay or not though. I mean, I don’t really like Kate, but I would have watched her shower or at least wanted to.
Danielle Rousseau – She is definitely a whack-job! What would your first words be to your daughter who you haven’t seen since giving birth, “I’ll help you tie him up?” I actually thought that while this was extremely odd, it made total sense because of how weird her character is. I laughed out loud. She probably does NOT want to leave the island.
Alexandra ‘Alex’ Rousseau (aka Alexandra ‘Alex’ Linus) – Dear old fake-dad has delivered her to her new family and was apparently only keeping her from Karl so that she wouldn’t get pregnant and die. Great casting for mother/daughter in terms of looks. I’m looking forward to see where they take her character next season. My guess is that she probably does NOT want to leave the island.
Dr. Juliet (Carlson) Burke – Didn’t have a HUGE role in the episode, but made her presence felt. The kiss between her and Jack was interesting and the banter between her and James Ford was priceless.
James: “Runway, for what?”
Juliet: “The aliens.”
Juliet: “I don’t know what for, do you think they told me everything?”
Sawyer: “Yeah yeah, whatever you say. So you screwing Jack yet?”
Juliet: “No. Are you?”
I think Juliet definitely wants OFF the island.
Rose (Henderson) Nadler and Bernard Nadler – How many of you were cursing at Bernard for spilling the beans? He could have at least bought them time by misleading the Others. As for Rose, her making Bernard tell her that he’s a dentist and not Rambo was great, but the line of the episode was when she told Jack, “If you say live together die alone to me Jack, I’m gonna punch you in your face.” I’m presuming that Rose still does NOT want to leave the island because she’s cancer-free while she’s there. Bernard probably has mixed emotions still.
Jin-Soo Kwon – At least Bernard hit his target with his shot, which is more than I can say for Jin, but at least he was willing to sacrifice himself to make sure that Sun gets off the island. I’m sure he wants to get off too.
Sun-Hwa (Paik) Kwon – She most definitely wants to get off the island because she’s afraid she’ll die in her second trimester otherwise.
Claire Littleton (also Christian Shepherd’s daughter) – What’s she going to do now that Chol-ley is dead? She wants to get off the island, but I’m still wondering about the psychic’s warning that Aaron not be raised by ANY one else and I’m curious to see if they’ll ever disclose to Jack and Claire that they’re half-siblings.
Aaron Littleton – What special purpose does Aaron hold in store for everyone? I have no idea and I’m not sure whether he wants to get off the island or not.
Michael Dawson – The actor who plays Michael apparently turned down an opportunity to appear in this season finale episode. I’d really like to see them piece that story together for us a bit more. He wanted to get off the island and he might have.
Walt Lloyd (Micheal Dawson’s Son) – Welcome back BIG guy! Was he real? Was he a ghost? Was he just an apparition? Who knows, but he’s definitely growing up. I’d say that Walt still wants to stay on the island regardless of whether he’s dead or alive. At least he’s not wet and speaking backwards anymore.
Sayid Hassan Jarrah – He’s definitely someone I’d want on my side in a battle. Great leg sweep and neck snap with his feet. Sayid was willing to lay his life on the line so that his fellow cataways could potentially escape, “I’m willing to give my life if it means securing rescue, but I’m not giving it up for nothing.” I’m not sure if he realizes that Nadia is still alive. I mean, we know he fell for bimbo, err, Shannon, but doesn’t he still truly love Nadia? He’s got a reason to want to get off the island, but I’m not sure he knows it.
Hugo Reyes – Would everyone stop telling Hurley that he’s fat please? Charlie last week and now Sawyer. I personally thought it was awesome that he used Roger Linus’ van to run down the Others and save the day, so Jack could “phone home”. I’m not sure what he wants to do about getting off the island. He probably thinks he’s still cursed, so who knows.
James Ford – The effects of killing Anthony Cooper (AKA the real Sawyer) are taking their toll on James Ford. He was an a$$ to Kate about her possibly being pregnant, he didn’t really contribute anything to the rescue plan, and the only reason he went back to the beach was to kill himself some Others. The fact that he finally got Tom (AKA Zeke) for taking Walt was less than satisfying to me as a viewer, but he’s full of anger and revenge still even after purging the man from his life who runied his life. He is becoming someone who is no better than the man he killed and that’s frustrating to witness cause I think he’s essentailly a really good guy who needs let go of his anger to be who he really is. I think he couldn’t care less if they are rescued or not.
Kate Austen – She’s still annoying, but I like that she saw Juliet and Jack kiss. The last scene with Jack at the airport is confusing for more reasons than it just being a flash forward. She’s supposed to be a fugitive, but she is pretty easily reachable and also received a Golden (travel) Pass from Oceanic according to Jack. Was all forgiven because she was written off as dead? Why was she driving a Volvo? Doesn’t seem like a Kate car. Based on the conversation with Jack, she is happy that they get off the island, so I think she wants to, but don’t really know why.
John Locke – Definitely doesn’t want to leave the island and is quickly becoming Ben’s replacement. My guess is that he’s going to find his way to the Temple that Richard Alpert referred to and meet up with the other Others there. I have to give credit to Brian Ostering, who replied to my blog and suggested that perhaps John survived the gun shot wound because he was shot where his kidney USED to be. Good theory. If anyone’s wondering why he thought he couldn’t move his legs again or why he almost killed himself, he lost his faith again. It’s just like right before he sacrificed Boone for the island. He was giving up hope and found it from the island. This time hope came as the appearance of Walt. Looking forward to this explanation.
Desmond David Hume – He knows Penny was on the other end of the call with Charlie. He knows for certain that she looking for him, but thanks to Charlie he also knows that Naomi and the boat aren’t friendlies. My theory is an obvious one, they are with Charles Widmore and have been trying to get back to and find the island again since the DHARMA purge. He wants to see Penny. If that means getting off the island, he’s going, but if it means staying, he’s staying. He may have been a coward before, but he’s learned his lessons and just wants one more chance to be with his beloved Penny. I am SO glad he’s still alive. However, now he’s going to be haunted by the thought of hw his premonitions prompted Charlie to sacrifice himself. Would Charlie have sealed himself in the door if Desmond hadn’t told him what he was going to do? Also, will he have any more “flashes”?
Penelope Widmore – I’m trying to forget about the fact that she just happened to place a call to the Looking Glass at the time Charlie cut the blocking signal. Perhaps there was some sort of alert on her end to tell her a communication line was open or something, but it just seemed odd. Regardless, her appearance was excellent and she knows that Desmond is alove and okay.
Charles Widmore – As a reminder, Penny’s dad is in charge of Widmore Construction who partnered with the Hanso Foundation to create the DHARMA Initiative. The rumor is that they built/constructed the hatches on the island. I think him and his group will play a bigger role in Season 4.
Naomi Dorrit – Dead? My guess is yes. She got a knife to her back by Locke who couldn’t kill his dad. I guess when it comes to finding ways to prevent everyone from getting off the island, he stops at nothing – Boone, The Flame, The Sub, and now Naomi. Still though, he couldn’t shoot Jack. I think Naomi’s time is done and we’ve seen the last of her.
Marvin Candle (AKA Mark Wickmund) – Why not mention Dr. Candle who has appears in numerous Orientation and other black and white DHARMA videos. The guy has only one arm and there’s a story there that we haven’t been told yet, I just know it.
Vincent the Dog – I hope someone took care of Vincent when Hurley went back to help James and Juliet. Remember, the funniest theory about the show is that everything is taking place in his mind. He probably wants to stay on the island.
Cindy Chandler – Who is she? Come on people. She’s been on ALL three season. She’s the flight attendant from Flight 815, who was with the Tailies and was taken by the Others moments before Ana Lucia shot Shannon in Season 2. Then she appeared when Jack was in the cage earlier this season and locke helped her put up her tent later on in Season 3. My guess is that she wants to be able to come and go, to and from the island.
Jacob – I have no idea other than what I said two blogs ago. I’m taking a wait and see attititude on “him”.
Benjamin Linus (aka Henry Gale) – How the mighty hath fallen! He’s a liar, but he’s undoubtedbly speaking the truth about trying to make them stay on the island. Why? We don’t know yet, but it’s obvious from the final scene that Jack thinks that leaving was a mistake. He DEFINITELY does not want to leave the island.
Dr. Richard Alpert – The never-aging man is leading whatever is left of the Others to the Temple. I’m guessing the Temple is an ancient place built by the original island inhabitants and that the four-toed statue may even be explained by virtue of visiting this place. If Locke does meet up with them, Richard will most likely convince the rest of the Others to follow him now instead of Ben.
Karl – The horny young man in love with Alex doesn’t say much does he?
Mikhail Bakunin (Eye-Patch Man) – Will this guy ever die? I’m guessing that the grenade had to at least blow his hand off, but who knows. He’s had his brain fried and a spear through his chest. We’ll see!
Cassidy and Clementine Phillips – I figure they’re worth mentioning because they might end up being people that James Ford wants to leave the island for. His one true off-island love and his daughter.
Ms. Hawking – She is the jewelry store lady from Desmond’s time travel flashback episode. I hope we’ll see more of her in the future, or present, or past, whichever.
Annie – Did she die in the purge? Who was she on the island with? Did Ben and her get it on and then she died while pregnant? Perhaps that’s even more of a reason why he wants to stop Alex and Karl from getting horizontal. Maybe it happened to him and we haven’t seen it yet.
Jack Shepherd – Matthew Fox continues to impress me and his character is so simply complex that I can’t get enough of him. He is a good guy and he wants to do the right thing, but he doesn’t know how to get out of his own way, trust other people to get information, and he always acts on his first instinct rather than thinking things through or allowing things to just happen. I believe his heart is in the right place, but his natural instinct to FIX everything doesn’t work for everyone including himself all the time. I can relate and it’s the toughest thing to not DO anything about a situation when you feel that you can make a positive change. He needs to though. He needs to stop and make sure that he’s acting from his heart and in the best interest of everyone who his decisions might affect. Ben may have said it best to him, “Let me ask you something, Jack. Why do you wanna leave the Island? What is it that you so desperately want to get back to? You have no-one. Your father’s dead, your wife left you, moved on with another man. Can you just not wait to get back to the hospital? Get back to fixing things?” Jack identifies who he is by what he does to affect the lives of others. He is too focused on what he can see instead of what he can’t see though and that is why he fails. His last lines of the episode were probably the biggest question marks we were left with, “I’m sick of lying. We’ve made a mistake. We have to go back!” Lying about what? What mistake? Why does he want to go back SO badly?
Well, that’s it. Probably a let down after the wait for this posting, but if nothing else I hope it helps everyone think about and remember the status of each character. Please feel free to reply with your own thoughts and theories. It’s going to be a long eight months until Season 4 begins.
Last thing – Ken and J9, thanks for a terrific dinner. Nuno, thanks for the Apollo Bar!