So, anyone that has become familiar with the LOST Addicts Blogs will know that I can be a bit wordy at times! So, a recap of a 2 hour episode might imply that this thing is going to be extremely long! I'll try my best to make the blog readable! Let's get to work!
Premise of "Through the Looking Glass": Jack leads survivors on an expedition to the Radio Tower to be rescued, Sayid/Bernard/Jin stay back to blow up The Others with a few setbacks, Ben does some plotting to sabotage the survivor's plan (For good or evil? remains to be seen), Juliet/Sawyer/Hurley return help Sayid and crew finish the job, Locke is "reborn," Charlie deals with his fate in the Looking Glass station with some assistance from Desmond, and we follow a "FLASH" about Jack throughout the entire episode. Should be simple enough to sum up, right?
There were several events that occurred in the episode that triggered events in the main storylines, but not deserving of their own section. We'll try and sum them up here!
- We have a shot of Ben writing in a Diary. There may be some goodies in these writings, but for now it's a little too much to decipher. Here is an initial attempt to decipher, courtesy of Sledgeweb (lost.cubit.net), of which we can be very thankful each and every week for their fabulous screenshots!
- Through Radio communication Ben learns of Juliet's deception and gives an assignment to Mikhail to head to the Looking Glass to stop Charlie, and gives orders to Ryan and Tom to hold Jin, Sayid and Bernard captive until given further orders. There seems to be a general lack of trust with Ben though with the disappearance of Locke after their meeting with Jacob and also with the fact that he lied about the Looking Glass Station.
- Ben tells Richard to continue taking their people to the TEMPLE as planned. We do not see this temple. Was this a season 4 setup? Could this temple tie into the giant FOOT we saw in last season's finale?
- Ben says he will meet up with Jack and crew and CONVINCE them that they have to stay. This will hold more weight later in the blog!
- Ben also learns of Alex's deception and how Karl was an informant to the survivor's. He brings Alex with him to deliver her to her "NEW FAMILY."
- Ben insists to Alex that he CANNOT let the survivor's leave the island. He seemed pretty sincere with this statement. Does that mean everything he tells Jack and crew is true? It's really hard to believe ANYTHING Ben says!
- Our prior suspicions seem to be correct of why Ben wanted to keep Karl and Alex apart. He was afraid of Alex getting pregnant.
- We revisit Locke in the DHARMA Grave about to shoot himself in the head to end his pain. WALT shows up! An older looking Walt (well duh Malcom David Kelly has kept aging!) telling Locke that he CAN get up and that he has work to do. Locke had claimed that he could not move his legs. Had he lost faith in the island? Was the vision of WALT a message from Jacob? Or was it really Walt? The producers had said before that they have addressed the "WALT" aging situation. If this is true, we did not get an explanation in this episode! Also note that Walt's clothes are brand new and are nothing that he wore when he was ON the island. Maybe we are to believe that WALT does have the ability to appear to people? Still a mystery folks!
- Speaking of Michael and Walt, I believe someone may have commented on this in a previous blog, which is why it's stuck in my head....if they left the island and were rescued, then why would people OFF the island still not know there were survivors of flight 815?
- And what about Locke being shot? He still seemed to be limping and holding his chest later in the episode. Are we to assume he is just going to heal from this?
Sawyer/Juliet/Hurley's Return To Beach
After it seems the Beach invasion does not go as planned, Sawyer and Juliet depart from the Radio Tower expedition to go help. A couple things to note below:
- Sawyer asks what were those rocks for on Alcatraz 2.0....Juliet says they were building a runway. Then jokingly says "for the aliens." If it was a runway they were building, what is the runway for? Then again, the whole thing may have been a joke. As there probably were crazy theories out there that there is some ALIEN connection to the Island and that the OTHERS are building a runway for their UFO. I wouldn't put it past any of the crazy theorists out there! But...probably still worth mentioning, even if the RUNWAY thing was a joke.
- Speaking of runway, this caused me to have some random thoughts. There was the speculation after the Ben flashback that the DHARMA initiative might have had a PLANE, but then we dismissed this as a closed captioning error thinking that they meant the "FLAME" Station. Of course, now thinking about this more, where are the DHARMA food drops coming from? Are they coming from OFF the island somewhere where people still believe the DHARMA initiative is still up and running? And of course, if the food drop came somehow from ON the island, then wouldn't they already HAVE a runway?
- Hurley wants to help rescue their friends but Sawyer rejects the offer. Sawyer, like Charlie, implied that Hurley was too FAT to be of any help. He'd just get in the way. These comments may have saved them all!
- Best joke of the night: Sawyer "So, are you screwing Jack yet" Juliet's comeback "No, are you?" Good times!
Sayid, Bernard, Jin and the OTHERS invasion
I'm sure we all were biting our nails during this whole encounter. Once we saw Sayid and Bernard blow 7 others to bits, it seemed like everything was going to go in the survivor's favor. But then Jin, with his pistol, had problems hitting the target. The tables are turned and Ryan/Tom and the remaining OTHER capture the 3 of them. Then we get ANOTHER scare when Ben orders them to be killed and we hear 3 gun shots through the radio. Of course, whenever you HEAR gunshots and don't see the result, it was usually done for dramatic effect! Well, IT WORKED! If anyone read stuff leading up to this episode, then we knew there were at LEAST 5 deaths in the season finale. Speculation was running of who it could possibly be. Naturally, the writers played it up keeping us guessing the entire episode! Here are some things to note from this storyline:
- We learn that the OTHERS defy Ben's orders to kill our trio and that they shoot 3 shots into the sand. Now, I'm not sure who said what but either Ryan or Tom said that they should've just killed them. And the other said that Ben has been acting fishy. I THOUGHT Tom was the one that was siding with the survivors, but I heard the opposite on the radio this morning. I guess, in the end it doesn't matter. Because they're both gone! It may just impact your feelings on Sawyer!I'm sure I wasn't the only one cringing as that gun was pointed at Jin. I was relieved but very fired up at Bernard for spilling EVERY single piece of information to the OTHERS (and Ben via Radio) about what the survivors have been up to! I almost wished they shot that crazy dentist! Fortunately for him he was redeemed!
- Yes, since Juliet lies about the guns (it was the only way Jack would let them go) Sawyer and Juliet have no plan to save Sayid, Jin and Bernard......but then you hear a familiar sound coming from the jungle. Who else screamed "HURLEY!!!!" at their TV before the DHARMA van flew out of the jungle and right over RYAN? Totally didn't expect that turn of events. But it's fantastic how relevant the Hurley Flashback episode became (and it seemed so irrelevant at the time) after this episode and Ben's flashback episode. I mean, it's almost like the writers HAD a plan, isn't it?! Like we never should've doubted them, right??!!! COME ON PEOPLE, you know who you are!!!
- Another great line of the night from Sawyer "Stay in the van, Hero!" Sawyer grabs the gun and turns the tables on the remaining others. Random guy gets his neck snapped by bound Sayid's legs and then all that's left is our pal Zeke...A.K.A. Mr. Friendly A.K.A. Tom
- Now, keep in mind Tom has come a long way since we first met him. We thought he was the LEADER of this ragged band of OTHERS who just happened to have a fishing boat and and some interest in WALT and Claire's unborn baby. He was nothing but nice to Jack and Kate when they were captured by the others. But he mocked Sawyer in the Cage and he also threatened Kate's life in the jungle when Jack, Sawyer and Locke were going after Michael. If you recall...Sawyer made a comment to him "You and Me ain't done, Zeke" Well....they indeed weren't. Just as TOM surrenders, Sawyer shoots Tom "That's for taking the boy off of the raft" .... People questioned Sawyer's motives for going after the Others in season 2 (Michael, Jack)....and that he just wanted revenge for being shot. Well, it seems that all he wanted was revenge for them taking Walt. This all wrapped up nicely by Hurley's "Dude, he surrendered" and Sawyer's "Well, I didn't believe him." What a show! We may have predicted the majority of people that were going to die....but I never saw any of them coming!
Charlie, Desmond, and the Looking Glass
Well, after last week's introduction to the LOOKING GLASS station, I may have gotten ahead of myself with all of my crazy thoughts on the possibilities that we may learn from this station. None of which were revealed tonight. Instead, the station's purpose was just as Juliet explained...they were jamming communications with the outside world. Nothing further was revealed about Desmond's premonitions except that he stopped having them, but his final one pans out exactly as he describes with some pieces filled in. But what we get is an engaging tale of heroism and acceptance. But who were those crazy women that were holding Charlie at gunpoint?
- Well it would seem that they were just 2 random OTHERS: Bonnie and Greta. They were under direct Orders by Ben to continue Jamming communications with the outside world. The rest of the OTHERS clan were under the assumption that the 2 women were no longer on the island, but in Canada? Interesting stuff.
- Mikhail arrives at the looking glass and shoots at Desmond which inevitably drives Dezzy down to the hatch and hides trying to figure out how to save Charlie. And of course Mikhail goes down to the underwater hatch as well for a lovely showdown under the sea!
- Charlie tries to create some mistrust (or actually is just being honest) with Bonnie, Gretta and Mikhail by telling them that Ben lied about the flooding of the Hatch. Why in fact DID he Lie?
- Well over the Radio Ben tells Mikhail that it was for EVERYONE'S safety. He has specific orders from Jacob to protect the island, which is under assault from forces not seen in years. It's hard to believe all of this due to the fact that we don't know if Ben is actually getting orders from Jacob! But at the same time, it's easy to believe based on information revealed in this very hatch that validates some things that Ben says to Jack (we're getting there!)
- Mikhail puts aside the lies that Ben told and accepts his apology. Ben orders Mikhail to kill Charlie, Greta and Bonnie (because they know too much?). He succeeds in killing Greta and shoots Bonnie...but before he can finish her Desmond shows up with the very Spear Gun Bonnie was about to go get to torture Charlie. And BAM....Mikhail, the man with 9 lives, gets HARPOONED! (btw..how nasty did he look without that eyepatch? I wonder if we're going to learn how he lost that crazy eye at some point in the remaining 48 episodes and if that Glass Eye in the ARROW Hatch was his (it would be kinda stupid if it wasn't!)
- So now we have Charlie and Dezzy trying to get information from Bonnie on the code to enter to UNJAM communications. I lost track of writing down all of the numbers but that's okay...it's to the tune of Good Vibrations! I tried to think of any significance to choosing that song. But I got nothing except that the whole island vibrated when the sky turned purple during the Hatch implosion! But why on earth tie those 2 things together? Perhaps the key to the whole thing was that the code was programmed by a musician? Well, we only met 2 people on the island with musical talent (Charlie and Jack), so perhaps there is another? Ben is the only one remaining that supposedly knew the code. And we didn't see HIM learning any musical instruments. I'm guessing this "musician" thing is something to keep tabs on....even though in THIS episode it was just symbolizing that it was FATE that Charlie was the one that had to de-activate the jamming.
- Charlie and Dezzy discover Scuba equipment. Desmond prepares the equipment for their escape as Charlie goes into the room with the Yellow Light. Naturally, Charlie knew exactly what buttons to push in order to get Good Vibrations to play (maybe he remembered SOME of the numbers?)
- Once the communications are unjammed, there is immediately an incoming message. From who? Well Penny Widmore of course! She just happened to be sitting in front of her "communications device" too? That seems a little crazy. Unless, we're to believe in all of this FATE stuff. Charlie and Penny have a nice little chat about Flight 815 (I think he mentioned that, right?) and Desmond. Naturally, Desmond couldn't hear Charlie screaming for him to show up. The KEY fact revealed was that Penny has no knowledge of Naomi or the ship that was sent. I guess we were right to assume Naomi was NOT an OTHER, but perhaps I was a bit ahead of myself to assume that she WAS not lying about being sent by Penny. (of course, I'm sure I covered myself in previous Blogs saying that perhaps Naomi is from a brand new group we've never met!) We'll discuss Naomi a bit more in the next section. For now though, if Penny didn't send Naomi then A.) How did Naomi know that Penny had coordinates B.) What is going on with the crazy guys in the Snow? Has Penny been trying to communicate somehow with the Island based on the information received after the "Electro-magnetic event"? Did the coordinates allow her to focus communications to a particular location? Or....is PENNY in on the whole thing too? We just assumed that Charles Widmore was in on any conspiracy taking place. What about Penny? So many crazy questions!
- Meanwhile Charlie thinks he has escaped the fate of Desmond's premonition until......woa wait a second! There's that crazy Mikhail again! (I mean seriously? How many fatal injuries can this guy withstand?) He's outside the window of the Looking Glass station with a hand grenade! Within seconds, Charlie knows what he has to do (as he looks at the Yellow Light that is no longer on). He closes the door as Desmond rushes towards him and allows the window to blow and fill up with water.
- Before we continue with Charlie, does this mean Mikhail died? I mean, you would think, right? I'm will assume it one more time! But if he turns up alive again...I give up!
- Charlie has heroically accepted his fate. Such a sad scene, but at the same time...you couldn't help but be proud of the little hobbit! And before he ultimately drowned he was able to take out his favorite Sharpie and write "NOT PENNY'S BOAT" on his hand in order to communicate one final message to his Friends. :-( This one hurt, didn't it? Boone, was sad but he wasn't my favorite. Shannon, eh...she was kinda useless after Boone was gone. Eko? Well he was a newbie....so we kinda figured it would happen eventually. But CHARLIE? Wow. I kinda figured they'd do it, but I just kept hoping they wouldn't. The Driveshaft member was one of mine and many other people's favorites. But based on interviews with the producers (available immediately after the show aired), it seems it was the right thing to do. Check them out! (TV Guide Interview, EW Interview)
- So big question: Did Charlie close the door because he knew it was the only way to save Claire? Or did he want to prevent the Looking Glass from becoming completely flooded perhaps trying to save Desmond? It could've been muti-purposed, but the most touching way to look at it is that he felt he HAD to make Desmond's premonition come true in order to save Claire. Fantastic stuff!
The Radio Tower Expedition
The whole story of the Radio Tower expedition focuses on Jack and the survivors following Rousseau to the Radio Tower. Sayid tells Jack to keep moving and don't worry about anything that happens to them. DO NOT GO BACK. Things obviously go wrong and they don't see the 3 explosions nor do Sayid, Bernard and Jin catch up with the survivors the next day. As explained above, this causes confusion and starts rumblings of people going back. But Jack stays on the mission to RESCUE everyone! (as any true leader would!). Here's some tidbits of what happened on their journey!
- Kate and Sawyer discuss the possibility that Kate might be pregnant. Kate is clearly worried about it. Sawyer is too busy being a closed book ever since killing Locke's father. Maybe is what motivates him to go back and save the others. As for Kate being pregnant, well...stay tuned to season 4!
- Prior to Sawyer and Juliet heading out on the Rescue Mission, Juliet gives Jack a nice little smooch, observed by Kate. What is going on there? Clearly we got our answer from Sawyer and Juliet on what is NOT going on there! Jack and Kate have a moment in the woods where Jack explains that Sawyer was only trying to protect Kate by not wanting her to come. Why would Jack say such a thing? "Because I love you" Why did Jack try to rescue "Sawyer and Kate" from Alcatraz 2.0 by messing up the surgery? "Because he loves Kate" very touching stuff!
- It seems everything Jack, while for everyone's benefit, he has personally has done for Kate. Kinda like everything Charlie is doing if for Claire.To no one's surprise Ben shows up (with Alex) and asks to speak to Jack alone leading to one intense scene. Ben tells Jack that Naomi not who they think she is and that communicating with the freighter off of the island will only lead to 40+ people's deaths (kinda like Ben made a decision that would kill the 40+ members of the DHARMA Initiative). With us finding out that Penny has no connection to Naomi, it's hard NOT to believe Ben. But that dude is such a good liar! Plus, the storyline that I've YET to even focus on would seem to suggest that Ben IS lying! Ahhh this crazy show! Key thing that Ben does ask Jack though (and I believe I mentioned this in the 2nd blog this season) what is Jack so eager to get back to? His wife left him, his father is dead, does he want to get back to that hospital? This obviously plays a part in Jack's Flash.
- After the intense scene with Ben giving an ultimatum of Jack giving Ben the Satellite Phone or his friends die. Jack allows that clock to run down and for Sayid and crew to be shot. Some crazy toying with the audience's emotions here! Jack lets out his frustration on Ben and then declares that he tells Tom that he is going to kill him (over the Radio) and later tells Kate that after they get rescued, he will also kill Ben (ahhhh but will he?)
- Alex and Rousseau FINALLY meet each other! Very interesting that Ben introduces them. We still don't know if Rousseau and Ben have ever interacted before! But what a great scene to have those two kids together and for Rousseau's first words to be "Will you help me tie him up?" ahhhhh gotta love Mother/Daughter bonding!
- Okay...fast forward some touchy stuff (everyone finds out Sayid, Bernard and Jin are alive and Hurley saved the day, Claire looks for an update on Charlie (will be an upsetting scene once she finds out what happened)) and we get to the Radio Tower! Rousseau ends the transmission and states that she started it 2 days before Alex was born. Immediately after the transmission is turned off, we get a signal and they make a call to Naomi's freighter. BEN gives one final warning...And then BAM, just like that a knife goes into Naomi's back. John Locke returns to try and end yet another chance at rescue! (I don't think a knife makes a BAM sound, but let me have that one!)Locke has the gun pointed at Jack but just can't go through with killing him. But man, after Charlie dying, I thought he just might pull that trigger for a second! Locke states something to the effect that "we are not meant to leave this island" but then walks away as the Freighter (or someone else) picks up the call.
- Jack: "We are the survivors of Flight 815! We're with Naomi!" Response: "Naomi, you found her? We'll be there in a few minutes!" Or something to that effect. And that's where we end our Present Day story for season 3. With the hope of Rescue, With the fear that it is NOT Rescue. But even if they are rescued, would that be the end of our story on LOST? Let's dive into our final section to ponder the possibilities that were introduced!
Jumping Jack's FLASH
Okay, so when did YOU figure it out? Well, I had my speculations immediately from the 2nd flashback when I saw a Motorola RAZR phone in Jack's hand. This phone was NOT available at the time of Flight 815's crash. But in order to REALLY look at these Jack "FLASHES" we have to state upfront the reveal that happened at the end of the episode. Yes, in fact we were getting a sneak peak at Jack's life AFTER being rescued. It was indeed a FLASH FORWARD! I kept trying to figure out the timeline the entire episode. When could this have happened? Was he flying back from Thailand? Christian Shepard isn't the chief of Surgery? How is that possible then? What is up with that crazy Beard? Why is Jack a crazy DRUNK and Drug addict? Why is he suicidal? None of it made sense. I start thinking at one point that it was an Alternate reality where Jack never WENT to the island and how his life ended up. But each scene became much more relevant AFTER Kate stepped out of that car! Here are our NEW questions to ponder in LOST!
- Did they mention how long after rescue this was? Was it a couple years? Should we think that it is the PRESENT day? (2007?)
- First off - Jack refers to his father Christian Shepard in the present tense TWICE! He says to the new Chief of Surgery (Dr. Hamill - as in Mark Hamill?) to go upstairs and see how drunk his father is. Sure, this could've been a metaphoric reference to HEAVEN. Jack also claims that a perscription for his medication is from his father Dr. Christian Shepard who is "out of town." Maybe Drunk Jack is delusional? Or maybe there is more to look into with this?
- We see Jack flying on an Oceanic Plane (later revealed that he keeps flying that plane every Friday in hopes to return to the island. And that all of the survivors received a GOLD PASS to fly for free for the rest of their lives). On the plane he reads a Newspaper Article revealing that SOMEONE (from the island? from the crash) has died. There is one screenshot of the article that, if you look closely that the person that died's name begins with a J and is from New York (this could be James Ford, Jin, Jacob, John Locke or as Sledgeweb suggests...possibly: Jeremy Bentham (which also seems you can make out this name from the visible words in the article) who is some crazy philosopher that I don't care about)
These are the words they made out from the article
"The body of J --- entham of
New York was --- shortly after 4
a.m. in the ---- of Grand
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- Several times Jack is referred to as "THE HERO" that saved people in the crash and it was seen on the news. It was assumed that they were talking about the car crash. But looking back...it was probably referring to Flight 815. When they are rescued, Jack is probably referred to as the Hero that saved them all.
- As mentioned before Jack attempted suicide but ended up saving victims of a car crash (which was caused by Jack's suicide attempt). I just wanted to note that the crash was explained as a car being hit from behind into a median. The very SAME story that Cooper told Locke of how he ended up on the island. Is there relevance? who knows!
- We see a scene of Jack in his living room surrounded by Maps. Looking back, he seemed obsessed with finding that island and returning.
- Jack later goes to the funeral Parlor and we see the name is HOFFS/DRAWLAR. In case you haven't heard, this is an Anagram for FLASH FORWARD. niiiiice
- So when Jack shows up to the Viewing, no one is there. He is asked if the person was friend or family. Jack said NEITHER. This immediately screams out Ben. Jack is clearly broken up about this person dying. Ben seems to have told Jack that they should not leave the island. Ben wouldn't have had any friends in the real world having lived on the island his whole life. And it wouldn't seem that anyone would want to show up to his funeral. But what about John Locke? If he was rescued, would he return to a life of being crippled and want to END his life? I read rumors that maybe it was ROSE, whose cancer came back (and she WAS from New York) when they were rescued. Speaking of which...Why did Rose not object to everyone going to the Radio tower?? Weird. Anyways....I'm going to guess that if this WAS in fact an ACTUAL depiction of life AFTER the island, then we're not going to find out anytime soon who was in that coffin. Because then it would pretty much tell us WHO survives the show! Of course...unless the upcoming seasons DEAL with LIFE after the island and attempts at getting BACK to the island!
- But I'm getting ahead of myself, obviously we need to discuss Jack meeting Kate at the airport and revealing all. Kate is clearly with someone else and thought it was best NOT to talk to Jack. It would seem that she is WITH Sawyer. But is that TOO obvious? Jack tells Kate that they never should've left the island and then BOOM.....LOST. Hmmm indeed what DID Jack have to go back to? He didn't get Kate, he doesn't have his wife (Sarah was in the episode and pregnant! still listed as emergency contact), father situation is even more clouded now, it doesn't seem he is needed at the hospital and his days of being a HERO are behind him (well, except for the car crash he caused).
- So what on earth is going on here? Are we seeing a hint of things to come? Are flashbacks finished on LOST? I don't think so....I think there is plenty of more story to tell with our remaining survivors (especially relative newcomer Desmond). Was this some sort of POSSIBLE vision of the future? (kinda like that Heroes episode a few weeks ago) Well, I thought that, but now not so much. What if next season they DO get rescued? What if we follow the events immediately FOLLOWING the rescue and then everyone's attempt to get BACK to the island? Of course...if they know where the island is and were able to Rescue Jack and Co....then why does Jack need MAPS or need to take random flights HOPING to find the island again?
- Or Perhaps Naomi's freighter presents the next conflict for the survivors and they do not get immediately rescued. Maybe we'll continue to have more FLASH forwards of life AFTER the island? And we'll learn how things end up this way?
- Perhaps the entire flash forward were visions placed in Jack's head? or maybe even a premonition from Desmond? We really could go anywhere with this!
- But the producers stated that after the season 3 finale, we will see exactly how there is so much more story to tell and how many more rooms to explore. INDEED, producers! As always, I'm totally on board!!!!
Well, I think I've talked plenty! Hope you were able to read all of this without falling asleep! This is our final Recap Blog of the season. I hope everyone is encouraged to keep commenting throughout the "off-season" if you have any theories or read any newsworthy information! I'll try to post any blogs during the summer/fall if anything noteworthy happens! Until then....I hope you all saved this episode on your TiVo's because we have LOTS and LOTS of rewatching to do! I can't wait!
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