Where to begin?
Seriously. I don't know where to begin talking about last night's episode. Other than to say it was AWESOME! Uhhh... if you haven't figured it out by now, "awesome" is one of my favorite words.
Well, let's start with Locke. First, I have to point out something that was shown in the "Previously... on Lost" portion before the episode's start. One of the clips shown was of Ben (speaking to Sun) saying about Locke: "Dead is dead... you don't get to come back from that."
So what is up with Locke? Don't get me wrong... I do prefer the confident, purpose-driven Locke we see now over the depressed, lost (no pun intended) Locke we saw just a few episodes ago, in "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham". But even Richard says "there's something different about you", when Locke shows up at the Others' camp.
I wonder if Locke has really been brought back to life. Am I the only one thinking this?
The scene with Locke, Ben and Richard arriving at the beech craft... to see LOCKE walk out of the jungle... I still don't get how Locke knew to go there. And knew to bring Richard with him, and what to tell Richard to say. I know Locke said the island told him to go there... but I still don't get it.
Back at the beach, Locke addresses "his people", saying for years they've taken orders from Jacob without knowing his identity or whereabouts... but it's high time they get some answers, and he invites the Others to come with him to see Jacob. Richard and Ben aren't too thrilled with this idea, however...
Richard: "I'm starting to think John Locke is going to be trouble."
Ben: "Why do you think I tried to kill him?"
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, how I love Ben...
Speaking of Ben...
When the Others are marching to see Jacob, Locke reveals to Ben the biggest shock of the night...
Locke doesn't care about reuniting with his friends who are back in 1977... he tells Ben he's going to see Jacob... "so I can kill him."
Do we love the look on Ben's face after he hears this?
Yes. Yes, we do.
Now for what happened in 1977... things are beginning to unravel for our friends who are stuck in the past.
Jack and Kate witness Daniel being shot... then are captured by none other than Charles Widmore.
Meanwhile, back at the barracks, Sawyer and Juliet are handcuffed and interrogated by Radzinsky (who I now refer to as "Radzinsky the Tool"... seriously, what is this guy's problem? And him referring to Kate as Sawyer's "girlfriend" was so not cool. Not cool at all.)
Radzinsky the Tool's fist meets Sawyer's face each time Sawyer refuses to tell the truth about Kate and where they came from.
Do we hate seeing Sawyer's face bruised and bloody?
Yes. Yes, we do.
As if watching Sawyer getting beaten wasn't bad enough... Phil says he has a way to make "LaFleur" talk:
Oh, no he di'int!
Hurley, Miles and Jin are on the run, trying to make it to the beach... when they are discovered by Chang....
Remember back in "Namaste", when Hurley asks, "What if they ask me something I don't know? Like, 'who's the president?'"... and Sawyer tells Hurley to relax, "this ain't a game show"! Turns out, it was the president question that got 'em busted!
Know what else was awesome?
The return of Sayid!
Know what wasn't awesome?
Kate... interrupting a very sweet moment between Sawyer and Juliet! Why, Lost producers, why?! UGH! These two had just professed their love for each other... and Kate has to come in and ruin the moment. I, for one, hope that the season finale puts and end to the Jack/Kate/Sawyer/Juliet love rectangle. At this point, I don't really care if Jack and Kate end up together... but Sawyer belongs with Juliet.
OK, here are things I'm pondering after this episode...
If Locke's purpose is to kill Jacob, and not to bring his friends back from 1977... then why does he keep placating Sun, giving her hope of reuniting with Jin?
What was with all the threats of death in this episode? Radzinsky threatening Sawyer with death if he doesn't talk... Sawyer telling Phil he's a dead man for punching Juliet... Kate telling Jack if he's wrong about the bomb, the whole island dies... Locke on his way to kill Jacob..
And Richard telling Sun that he recognizes Hurley, Kate and Jack from the 1977 "new recruits" photo, because he "watched them all die"? Forgive me, but I'm starting to think this is going to happen to all of the present day folks who time-travelled back to 1977... minus those who have already died, of course (R.I.P., Charlotte and Daniel...)
In the last episode, Daniel said to Jack, "this is our present". I think Danny Boy had much more info to divulge... unfortunately, he was shot dead by his dear old mum before he could spill the deets.
So, Jack wants to detonate the h-bomb in hopes to undo all the misery of the past. But he won't be changing his past... he'll be changing his future.
The 2007 version of Jack has travelled back in time to 1977 BUT this doesn't mean the 1977 version of Jack doesn't exist. Case in point: Miles. Baby Miles and 30-year-old Miles are both presently living on the island. So while Jack 2007 is on the island... somewhere in the world there is also Jack 1977. It is this Jack, the one in 1977, who will board Oceanic 815 in 2004. So if Jack 2007 does succeed in detonating Jughead, this doesn't change his past... it changes the future of his 1977 self. So what happens to the 2007 version of Jack?
Have I lost everyone?