Your Weekly "Lost"-cap: The Candidate
Fallen comrades all over the place :'( Goodbye Sayid. Goodbye Sun and Jin. Goodbye Lapidus I guess. And Sawyer and Kate are spotty at best. I'm glad on this "May The 4th Be With You" Day, the darkness didn't completely take over Sayid so he could save his buddies. And I'm glad Sun and Jin died together...Sun risked her life and came back to save Jin...Jin returns the favor.
Honestly though, this is it folks. It makes you think about this Island World and how it will go on. Will all the Losties give up their lives in order to save the rest of the world? Will every name have to be figuratively crossed off leaving the lone Candidate? When all is said and done, will we sit in our comfy chairs and couches thinking that perhaps...somehow...somewhere...the Losties truly did exist? That they were out on some Island giving up their lives to keep the Evil corked...unable to return here to the real world to live out the rest of their lives?
Well enough of that sappy sadness.
I wish you believed me.
Locke: "I know you..."
Jack: "We were on the same flight..."
Locke: "Am I alright?"
Jack: "I got a look at the initial injury to your spine...I was hoping you could tell me how that happened. I think you're a Candidate...for a new procedure. You may even walk again. I think that I could fix you."
Locke: "No thank you."
Jack: "I'm a surgeon...I was hoping to get a look at one of your patient files. You had done some emergency oral surgery on him three years back."
Which could very well correspond to when Anthony Cooper pushed Locke out of the window in Island World time.
Dentist Bernard: "Why are you so interested?"
Jack: "He and I met on the same flight..."
Bernard: "Oceanic 815. I sat across from you...Pretty weird, huh? I can tell you that when I treated Mr. Locke, there was another man in the same accident."
Jack: "Anthony Cooper."
Bernard: "I hope you find what you're looking for."
Is it just me or is Bernard totally in tune with what's *really going on. I mean after he and Rose decided to separate from the rest of the group and live on the Island peacefully, it's as if he became this wise sage or something. And Sideways Bernard reflects that...subtly helping Jack to the next piece of the puzzle.....
Jack: "I'm here to see Anthony Cooper. Do you know him? Is that why you're here?"
Helen: "John told me about the operation, he doesn't want it. Just leave us alone. You saved John's life, why can't that be enough?"
Jack: "Because it's not."
...And presenting Anthony Cooper, the vegetable. It's strange because part of me felt happy...remembering the a'hole Island World Anthony Cooper who was so very very cruel to his son. So this was justice. But then later, after the following exchange, I felt sad for him:
Jack: "I went to see your father. I felt like I had to understand why..."
Locke: "I was in a plane crash. I had had my private pilot's license for a week. I begged my father to be my first official passenger...he was terrified of flying. I looked him right in the eye and I told him he could trust me. It was my fault. This man who I loved more than anything would never walk or talk..."
Clearly Locke is punishing himself in that wheelchair. He thinks he deserves to be there after what he did to his father. Such an interesting juxtaposition to Island World. In both instances Anthony Cooper puts him in the wheelchair: literally in Island World...figuratively in Sideways.
Jack: "You told me my father was gone, and it hurt to hear that, but I knew you were right. Your father's gone too. You can punish yourself as much as you want, and it's never going to bring him back. What happened happened. You can let go."
Locke: "What makes you think letting go is so easy?"
Jack: "It's not, in fact I don't really know how to do it myself. That's why I was hoping maybe you could go first."
Jack: "I can help you John. I wish you believed me."
And taking it back a bit...
While Locke is in the hospital bed, asleep and dreaming, he mumbles:
"Push the button. I wish you had believed me."
Which, if you recall, was what was written on Locke's suicide note to Jack.
Save it for a rainy day.
Claire to Jack: "The lawyer gave me this...she said my father especially wanted me to have it."
...a music box which then plays "Catch a Falling Star" (I mean of course right?) Oddly enough, in Island World, Claire knows that her father sang this song to her as a baby, which is why she tells the adoptive parents to sing it to Aaron once she gives him over. The Oceanic Airlines mobile plays it while Claire is under Ethan's watch. And Kate sings the tune to Aaron when she's putting him to bed. But apparently here in Sideways World, Claire had no idea Christian ever sang this song to her.
Claire: "You mind how I ask how he died?"
Jack: "He drank himself to death. I flew down to bring his body back."
Claire: "I just flew in from Sydney a few days ago..."
Jack: "Oceanic flight 815??
I mean c'mon Jack. Like 394820582053 people have given you the same weird "Flight 815????" look in the past, what, 24 hours or so?? Let's get it together!!! But speaking of Sideways Jack, turns out my theory about Locke's life hanging in the balance while Jack has a "big decision to make" did NOT play out. Oh well..I thought it'd be a cool plot twist! Clearly Sideways Locke *needs to be dead though right?? If Desmond tried to knock him off? Unless Dez was just taking his Island World anger out on an innocent wheelchair-bound Smlocke-lookalike?
On an unrelated note, I'm going to stick the two hospital-related eggs in here:
One, the Apollo Candy Bar and two, the intercom message: "House keeping dial 23"
And we're dead.
Charles: "I have a list of names...Ford, you're on it. Kate Austen, she's not. It doesn't matter if she lives or dies. You may not believe it, but I'm doing this for your own good. Is the fence live yet? Tell them to work faster. He's coming."
Sayid: "Mr. Widmore fired at us. Mr. Locke saved you."
Jack: "Why did he bring me here?"
Smlocke: "Your friends got themselves captured, and now we have to rescue them."
Jack: "I'm not leaving the Island."
Smlocke: "Well your friends do want to leave. I'm going to need your help convincing them to trust me."
Jack: "Why should I trust you?"
Smlocke: "Because I could kill you and there's not a thing you could do to stop me. But instead of killing you, I saved your life."
Convenient. Very convenient.
Kate: "They wouldn't have killed me, James."
Sawyer: "That cave I told you about...your name was there too, but it was crossed out. He doesn't need you Kate."
Kate: "So you're coming with us now?"
Jack: "I'm sorry Kate, I'm not meant to go."
Dead guy's watch???
Smlocke: "Widmore knew that I would kill these men. They were only guarding the plane for show. He wants us all to get at the same place at the same time, a nice confined space we have no hope of getting out of...and kill us."
Jack: "Kill us with what?"
Smlocke: "Four bricks of C4" (remember the Flame? the Freighter?) "Wired to the electrical system of the plane. If we would've turned it on...boom. If we're going to leave the Island, we're going to have to take the submarine."
Sawyer: "That's twice you've saved us...guess I was wrong about you."
Sawyer to Jack: "I don't trust that Thing one bit. Once we get to the dock, you make sure IT doesn't get on the sub."
Smlocke: "Whoever told you you needed to stay had no idea what they were talking about."
Jack: "John Locke told me I needed to stay."
"I wish you believed me" remember??!! So yeah, Man in Black...you should have realized how taking over Locke's body, the same guy who convinced everyone to go BACK to the Island, was going to backfire.
Claire: "They're leaving us!"
Smlocke: "Trust me you don't wanna be on that sub."
Jack: "Nothing's gonna happen. Locke can't kill us. This is what he wanted, this is what he was waiting for. Everything he has done has been to get us here: the same place at the same time, a nice enclosed space where we have no hopes of getting out of. Locke said he can't leave the Island without us. I think he can't leave the Island unless we're all dead. He told me he could kill any one of us, so what if he hasn't because he's not allowed to. What if he's trying to get us to kill each other?"
What I find interesting is that we know the "Experiment" goes something along the lines of Jacob and MIB letting everyone make their own decisions and basically letting free will play out. However, MIB has been able to kill all kinds of people (clearly the reason both the pylons and the Temple existed...to protect against this). However, he can't kill the Losties. Is it specifically the fact that their names were on the cave wall and in the lighthouse? Crossed out or not, that they were, at some point, Candidates? What does that mean for the others who have died at his hand? Their lives aren't worth as much as a Candidate's life?
Sawyer: "I'm not going to stand here and do nothing!"
Jack: "We are going to be ok...you just have to trust me."
Sawyer: "Sorry doc. I don't."
And that's where you really f'd it up there, didn't you Sawyer? I wonder if he hadn't touched it, it wouldn't have exploded :\
Sayid: "There's a well on the main Island...Desmond's inside it. Locke wants him dead, which means you're going to need him."
Jack: "Why are you telling me this?"
Sayid: "Because it's going to be you Jack."
Did you get that?
It's going to be you.
Smlocke: "It sunk."
Claire: "They were all on it. They're dead."
Smlocke: "Not all of them."
Exactly. He knows this because he's still there on the Island!
Claire: "Where are you going?"
Smlocke: "To finish what I started."
UGH. So I know there's been a lot of back and forth about whether or not the Man in Black is truly evil. I think this episode kinda clinches it hey? This isn't necessarily saying the Widmore is the hero by any stretch, but I definitely think we've established the fact that the Man in Black is a pretty mean dude. A part of us wanted to believe that he simply wanted to escape the Island...that perhaps he was being held there unfairly. But he's probably being held there for a reason. Clearly shown by the fact that he almost killed everyone in one fell swoop.
And on that note, I wonder how many more will die? As I watched Hurley and Kate break down in despair...and Jack look up at the sky in complete bewilderment, I too would feel pretty awful if I were those three. Just days ago they were comfy cozy at home ready to forget the Island and live out the rest of their lives. And then "WE HAVE TO GO BACK" Jack brought them to this completely confusing mess where most of their friends are dead.
Next week is the unprecedented episode I've mentioned in passing: Across the Sea. It will feature Man in Black and Jacob and their past, and while it will explain much about the relationship between these two and why they exist for the Island, I believe the episode will almost stand alone amongst the other Lost episodes...an entity unto itself. I for one am very much looking forward to it. Somewhere...beyond the sea...somewhere waiting for me....