Since we broke with the Season 1 episode centricity and had the title fake out with “Sundown,” all bets are off about who will be the focal character each week…but this episode had no fake out. We got to see flash-sideways Ben and he’s a lot more like you’d expect someone who looks like him to be: meek. The big winner in this week’s flash-sideways cross is Leslie Arzt. I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was to see the perennial bit-player get a role at Ben’s school. Now that I think of it, Alex was a pretty big winner too but I’m getting ahead of myself. As I watched the flash-sideways story unfold, I was trying to figure out if this Ben was going to be ruthless like Island Ben or if he would be more selfless. I was pleased with the answer.

It was nice seeing Ben taking care of the still living Roger Linus and it was believable for Roger to be sorry that he wasn’t able to provide the life that he thought Ben deserved. I found it very interesting to learn that sideways Roger and Ben went to the Island as part of the Dharma Initiative but left, presumably when the pre-Incident evacuation occurred, and never returned. I guess this is more confirmation than revelation since we saw the remains of the Dharmaville in the underwater shot from the season premiere so we already knew it had existed at some point. In any event, in this life, Roger and Ben seem to have a good relationship. Of course, the story would have been incomplete without Alex (I wonder how Danielle Rousseau ended up in Los Angeles…on second thought, I hope no time is wasted on that anecdote) who is still in Ben’s life as one of his brightest students. And of course, we had a nice brief cameo from substitute Locke.

When Alex confided in Ben that Principle Walter Peck (not the principle’s name but that’s how I’ll always remember the actor from his role in “Ghostbusters”) has been getting frisky with the school nurse, I could see the wheels spinning in Ben’s mind. It was pretty evident that he was going to try to manipulate the principle out of his job and take his place. Unfortunately, sideways Ben was trumped by the principle’s threat to give Alex a bad college recommendation. I was not sure if sideways Ben could do it, but he resisted the temptation to double down and be responsible for the death of sideways Alex’s dream, but he did it! I’m still wondering how these flash-sideways stories connect to the world where the Island exists, but I have faith. Don’t make me regret it LOST!

Speaking of the Island, a lot of stuff happened but at the same time, we didn’t learn too much new information. As I said earlier, there were a lot of confirmations of things we were pretty sure we knew especially about Richard Alpert, namely that he came to the Island on the Black Rock. When asked why he didn’t age, Alpert said that it was because he was touched by Jacob but that it was more of a curse than a blessing because he couldn’t die by his own hand. Apparently Jacob’s touch is a mixed blessing which really makes me wonder about our candidates. Does this mean that the candidates can’t kill themselves either? I think we saw the Island spare Jack’s life when he let the dynamite wick burn down.

Everybody seems to be having a crisis of faith this season. If this was Jacob’s plan, than mission accomplished! I never thought I would hear Richard say that he wasted his life because Ben told him he had a plan, but Alpert did just that. Of course we’ve known that Jack and Ben have been suffering with their own crises as well since last season. They have been trying to find meaning in their lives after feeling betrayed by the lack of direction they have gotten from the Island/Jacob lately. It was quite a gut punch for Ben when Miles told him that Jacob had hoped he wouldn’t kill him up until the moment that Ben stabbed Jacob in the heart. And what’s the deal with people on TV being able to dig perfectly geometric graves? I mean all Ben had to work with was an oversized hunk of bamboo and he made straighter edges than Pythagoras could have done! I also found it amusing that not only did Miles know that Nikki and Paolo were buried with diamonds, by the end of the episode, he had recovered at least one of them!

I enjoyed the use of the Smoke Monster noise before Locke showed up to tempt Ben into joining his team but I hope that don’t overdo it with that device. Less is more! Apparently Locke and company are heading for Hydra Island but Ben won’t be joining him thanks to Ilana’s forgiveness and acceptance. I want to think that her faith in Jacob, despite his death, actually helped Ben make his choice. My wife doesn’t agree with me, but I think Ben knows full well that Locke’s intentions aren’t good even if Jacob didn’t have the best track record. I loved the reunion scene when Jack and Hurley arrived at the beach camp. They were so happy to see Sun, Miles and Frank, and the musical accompaniment really pushed me over the edge. Michael Giacchino writes a great song! We were supposed to be surprised to see Charles Widmore in a submarine off the coast of the Island watching the beach reunion, but I was spoiled when I noticed the actor’s name in the credits at the beginning of the episode. Still though, we all had to know he’d be showing up sooner or later.

Wes Raine

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This episode’s flash-sideways followed the flashback pattern established in Season 1 by focusing on Jack. I’m mixed on my enjoyment of Jack-centric episodes but on a whole I liked this one. Parallel Jack has a son. I might be reaching here but since Sarah’s name was never mentioned I was expecting David’s mother to be revealed as someone else we know like Ana Lucia…perhaps in a future episode. I was completely unsurprised to learn that parallel Jack is a crappy absentee father. Also, his mom is a worse drunk than his dad…apparently she didn’t even look for Christian’s will before calling Jack because it sure didn’t seem hard to find. At least Jack made an effort with David by watching his audition for the music academy. I found the scene between the two of them after the audition to be very touching. But what are we to make of Dogen and his son being in LA at the same audition? Does this mean that Dogen hasn’t been on the Island since the days of the Black Rock and that he might have only arrived sometime after the Incident? Very strange.

Back on the Island, I thought Hurley was in top form; funny as hell and taking charge thanks to help from Jacob. But what is the deal with Jacob? Is he just playing with Hurley? Making him take the sad, pathetic Jack across the Island for a task that he knew Jack wouldn’t be able to do correctly? Seriously? Island Jack needs an attitude adjustment and fast! He is a tremendous contradiction. He never listened to Locke in the past and went out of his way to do the opposite. Fine. But then after he left the Island he want back on faith (not just because he was “broken and hoped to be fixed” but also because Locke told him Christian wanted to say hello) and was zapped to 1977! He set off a hydrogen bomb and didn’t die but rather zapped forward to 2007! He saw Sayid die and then come back to life! But he thinks it’s strange that his childhood home could be seen from the mirror in the Lighthouse? We all want answers but he needs some anger management! When he broke those mirrors my stomach just sunk. He is so pathetic and selfish it hurts. Jacob told Hurley that Jack has an important job to do and as long as it involves messing something up, Jacob’s picked the right guy!

I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to find out whose name is at 108 degrees on the Lighthouse bearing. My first guess would be Kate since she was conspicuously absent from the list we saw in the cave last week as was the number in question. But this number is supposed to correspond to someone who needs to come to the Island. In that case, I’m thinking it belongs to someone like Desmond or Charles Widmore. No sense in worrying about it now though; we’ll find out when they want us to find out. I loved the callbacks to Season 1 as Jack and Hurley were trekking to the Lighthouse. Not only did they find Shannon’s long lost asthma inhaler but they actually mentioned Adam & Eve! I loved Hurley’s time-travel theory about the identities of the skeletons. I only hope this scene serves as a reminder to LOST fans who may have forgotten about the skeletons in the caves and is not the last we hear about Adam & Eve. I suspect it is the former.

As we all thought, Claire has been living in the woods like Rousseau for the past three years and trying to find Aaron who she is sure was kidnapped by the Others. Apparently her father and her “friend” told her that’s who took him. So again, I can’t help but think that whatever is now taking the form of Locke was taking the form of Christian Shepard for a long time, perhaps even since the beginning. What’s perplexing is that Claire seems to forget that she left Aaron when Christian appeared to her towards the end of Season 4. What gives? She was also apparently “tested” by the Others like Sayid. When Jin told her that Kate took Aaron, I knew that would be trouble for Kate and was confirmed by the end of the episode. So what’s Jin’s game? Does he think he’ll stay alive by bringing Claire to the Temple? And does Claire see someone else when we see Locke? It seems like she’d call him Locke instead of her “friend.” It’ll be interesting to learn more about that. I suppose Locke and Claire heading for the Temple are what Jacob warned Hurley about. That doesn’t bode well for Sayid and Miles not to mention all the Others hanging out there.

Wes Raine
Voice of the Thirteenth Generation
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