(Mark Knopfler, Who’s Your Baby Now?)
After so many weeks of mind-blowing, big-picture storylines, I was really happy to get some regular old plot. This wasn’t the craziest episode this season, and it was nice to watch the episode and not have to try to piece about 1,000 things together in my mind. When they started right out of the gate with the huge statue, I was pretty excited, and even though they didn’t show it any more, the fact that they at least flashed on it briefly probably (hopefully!) means that they’re not done with it, and we’ll see it again sometime in the next season and a half. To me, that four-toed statue has been one of the biggest and most exciting mysteries of the show, and I am glad they’re at least giving us hope that they’re not done with it.
A few other things about last night’s episode that stood out:
1. Sawyer is back to being awesome. I was starting to get a little tired of him following Locke around The Island and talking smack to Miles. It was getting a little old. The way he dealt with Horace (in the room where, 30 years later, his friends would be held hostage, by the way) was so smooth. Salvage vessel. Black Rock. Awesome. This is pre-Rousseau’s boat arriving as well, so he didn’t have to worry about anyone else having used a similar story.
2. Miles had the funniest line of the night, while they were waiting outside when Sawyer was talking to Horace. “We’re screwed. He’s probably trying to explain time-travel by now.”
3. They really seem to like being part of Dharma, but I guess living somewhere for three years will help you assimilate a bit. Hell, I even liked living in Los Angeles, and I was only there for two years. What is it going to be like when their friends are eventually brought back to the Dharma camp? Are they going to stay or leave? Are they going to be on different sides? Are Jack, Kate and Hurley going to be considered “hostiles”?? Sawyer seems like he’s in love with Juliet, and that might be sincere, but there’s no way he’s going to let anything bad happen to Kate. I don’t think he’d let any harm come to Hurley either. Jack, I’m not so sure about.
4. Charlotte died, and then when they flashed again, she didn’t flash. I’m assuming that’s because she was dead, and that maybe dead people don’t flash. This would explain why Locke didn’t flash out of the coffin when Ajira 316 crashed, the way Jack, Kate and Hurley did (And Sayid and Sun? Where are they??). But John came back to life, the same way Christian Shepherd came back to life, or at least appears to have come back to life, after the Oceanic 815 crash. He wasn’t in his coffin when Jack found it. More evidence that he had been to The Island before 815 crashed. Does that mean that there is a chance Charlotte came back to life after that flash, and is just alive in whatever time she was in before the flash happened?? I kind of hope not, no offense to Charlotte, but we can’t be overloaded with “special” people who come back to life. Christian Shepherd and Locke might be enough.
5. Horace said that submarine was leaving tomorrow and returning in two weeks. At first I thought that when it returned, we’d see the arrival of Ben and his dad to The Island, but if that was three years earlier than most of the action we saw last night, that would have been a bigger deal. Still, I am excited to see how that plays out, especially if our 815 and O6 friends are still with the Dharma folks when it does.
6. Richard Alpert. International Man of Mystery. He comes walking out of the jungle like Rambo, with a flaming torch, and jams it into the ground like he’s Neil Armstrong on the moon. (Sawyer’s comment about “your buddy with the eyeliner” was pretty hilarious.) He then says to Horace, “Your fence may be able to keep some things out, but not us.” Smoke Monster, anyone? But how does Alpert and his crew circumvent the sonic fence? This was an awesome scene, probably the best of the episode. I loved how Sawyer brokered the deal between Alpert and Horace. He’s like the Jimmy Carter of the Dharma Initiative.
7. Those crazy Dharma night watchmen sure do like to party. Don’t be a bummer, man.
8. That scene when little Charlotte waves at Dan Faraday was really touching, but I was half-expecting him to stand up and start walking toward her in a half-daze, screaming “DON’T COME BACK TO THIS ISLAND, YOU ARE GOING TO DIE HERE! AAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!” like some sort of monster. That would have been awesome.
9. Here’s my “crazy theory that you can immediately discard because most of my crazy theories are proven wrong“, or as I like to call it, my CTTYCIDBMOMCTAPW:
Amy was married to Paul. Paul gets killed. Amy later marries Horace. They have a (as yet unnamed) son, expertly delivered by the Dharma Initiative’s auto mechanic, Juliet. However, the doctor (or intern, or whoever he was that didn’t want to do the C-section) said that pregnant women are taken off The Island to deliver on the mainland. So, even back then, they still had the problem of giving birth on The Island. Juliet was right to be scared. Sawyer was wrong to assume that this problem didn’t yet exist back in the 1970s. This baby was delivered anyway, and both the baby AND the mother lived. That is contrary to the laws of nature that we know are, and were back then, in existence on The Island. That baby is a special baby, born in the mid 1970s. Let’s say, 30-35 years before present day. The baby’s name is Desmond. That’s my theory. Desmond is special, the “rules” of time-travel don’t apply to him, we’ve seen and heard that multiple times thus far. Maybe it’s not just time-travel that he transcends, maybe it’s all of the laws of The Island, including the problem of women giving birth.
We don’t know ANYTHING about Desmond’s background. We don’t know who his parents are, where he grew up, or anything about him prior to him being in love with Penny. But we do know this: Horace, Amy’s husband, does not stay married to Amy forever. At the time when Horace brought Ben’s dad, Roger Workman, to The Island, Horace was married to a blonde woman who ended up being Ben’s school teacher on The Island. Amy, possibly still not over Paul (or possibly angry with Horace for maybe setting up Paul to be killed, the same way Ben sent Goodman to certain death so he could have Juliet to himself, the same way David sent Uriah to war so he could have Bathsheba!!), takes baby Desmond and leaves The Island, and raises him in England, or maybe gives him to an English family to raise. Baby Desmond grows up, falls in love with Penny Widmore, who’s father was on The Island, and ends up entangled in a struggle with Papa Widmore due to his love of Penny, and in doing so, he grows a beard somewhere along the way and ENDS UP BACK ON THE ISLAND!!
It’s fate. You don’t mess with fate. That’s our lesson for this week.