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Your Weekly "Lost"-cap: What They Died For

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What They Died For

I read/heard a lot of disappointments from last week's unconventional episode. A lot of fans seemed very confused by what it was all 'supposed to mean.' We see now, however, the answers to one of our biggest questions: Why did the Losties end up on the Island? Jacob is merely trying to pass on the torch. He decided to tap into the outside world to find his replacement, wrote some names on a wall, and set the wheels in motion to bring these potential successors to the Island. He didn't want to bring Lost Causes, however, but rather Lost Souls: People who had fumbled their way through the Grand Scheme, but carried the potential to find their way again. Some people, however, fumbled too far. The following piece of dialogue is probably one of the greatest flashing signs we've had in awhile:
Hurley: "She's not coming with us?"
Dez: "She's not ready yet."
Not. Ready. Yet.
This goes along with a very important Lostian mythology I've mentioned a few times, but will reiterate here. Most religions offer the opportunity of an Afterlife. What I've always found promising about various versions of the Afterlife is the possibility that you get another chance to get somewhere better. In other words, say you do something bad, like real bad...with the opportunity at an Afterlife, you get the shot to fix what you've done in the past and move on. If this doesn't scream Lost, I don't know what does. I've mentioned that a few of Losties seem as though they have themselves some pretty good alternative lives in Sideways World: Jack discovering how to be a better father, Locke and Helen making a go of their relationship, Ben taking Alex under his wing, Sawyer becoming the good cop, and Hurley becoming the successful businessman without a speck of bad luck to be seen.  I've postulated that it's almost as if they've done something good "somewhere else" to earn this "better place" in their "current lives." Ok that was a lot of air quotes. Somewhere else/better place/current lives are all terms I used loosely since we are still in the dark about what Sideways really is. I think Jack's bleeding neck has something to do with connecting the two Worlds, however. In just a few days, we'll know.

The One of These Things is Not Like the Other portion of our program clearly tells us that Ana Lucia is worse off in Sideways. Not necessarily lifestyle-wise, but rather her character. Even though she can't go with the Losties, however, this doesn't mean she'll never get there.
She's just not ready....yet.
The question is, HOW do they manage to get to this aforementioned "better place"?? Well, in my humble opinion, they simply needed to experience something truly EYE OPENING to figure it out. 
And on that note, the first scene of this week's episode (and many MANY episodes behind us) is Jack opening his eyes:

David: "So you're coming to the concert tonight, right?"
Jack
"Absolutely. Is your mom coming?"
Small hint to Jack's old flame who will appear at the Big Concert...while Miles mentioned that Charlotte will be there, would it be TOO weird that in Sideways, Jack and Sawyer both slept with the same woman and it wasn't Kate??

<u>An Incident in the parking lot</u>

Dez to Ben: "I'm here to help [Locke] let go...

....do you want to know who I am?"
Cue psychic connection to Island World via face pummeling.
Ben to Locke: "While he was beating me I think I saw something. He wasn't trying to hurt you...he was trying to get you to let go. Does that mean something to you?"

Alex: "You've got one hand...you look like Napoleon."

Ben: "Where's her father?"
Danielle: "He died when Alex was two. It's probably why she's so attached to you. All the interest you've taken in her, you're the closest thing to a father she's ever had."

The man who had the most to *fix* officially comes full circle. And seeing the emotion coming from Ben's eyes, it's almost as if he remembered it too: someone...somewhere...another life...another time.

Locke: "What if all this--? Maybe this is happening for a reason. Maybe you're supposed to fix me."
Jack: "I think you're mistaking coincidence for fate."
Locke: "You can call it whatever you want, but here I am. I think I'm ready to get out of this chair."

Desmond: "I think it's time to leave. The driver already knows where to stop. After I set you free, I'm going to ask each of you to do something...you have to promise me you'll do it."
Ana Lucia: "Where's your friend with my money?"
Hurley: "Oh you didn't tell me Ana Lucia was going to be here...uh no, we never met. Here's your $145 grand."
Ana Lucia: "Nice not knowing you."
Is it??

Kate: "What do you mean, 'I'm with you'?"
Dez: "WE are going to a concert."

I for one can't wait for this massive gathering of Losties from around the globe. And you were there. And you. And YOU!

<u>I thought that guy had a God Complex before.</u>

Ben: "It's where I was told I could summon the Monster, that's before I realized it was the one summoning me."

Ben: "How did you get back here?"
Charles: "Jacob invited me."
Ben: "That's a lie. You've never even seen Jacob."
Charles: "He visited me after your people destroyed the freighter. He convinced me the error of my ways and told me everything I needed to know for this exact purpose."

Widmore: "I brought Desmond Hume back because of his unique resistance to electromagnetism. He was a measure of last resort."

I tend not to believe Widmore either in this scenario. But if, as we later find out, he truly did confess to MIB that Desmond is the failsafe, perhaps that's why Widmore's connection to the Island was so important.

Smlocke to Widmore: "It's clear you're not afraid to die. So there's only one way to motivate you to tell me what I want to know.....when I finally leave this Island, the first thing I'm going to do is kill your daughter, Penny."
An interesting thing to say with Ben looking on because this is precisely what Ben said to Widmore awhile back, after he caused Ben's own daughter's death.

Smlocke: "I need you to kill some people for me, Ben. Once I leave this Island you can have it all to yourself."

MIB knows Ben's deepest desire is control over the Island. This reminds me of how the devil tempted Jesus with promises of all the riches and all the worlds. Does Ben really fall for it though?

Ben: "Did you say there were some other people to kill?"
Alright, it seems like Ben's turning right back into the jag he used to be, but I think our Master Manipulator has a trick up his sleeve. Sure he shot Widmore...but like I said a 'Cap or so ago, I was starting to think that Widmore was the same guy we always figured him to be: after one thing and one thing only...the special powers of the Island. And he didn't care who got in his way. The only motive Ben ever REALLY had when he did his awful, awful things was to protect the Island because "Jacob told him to." Widmore's motives have been much more slimy if you ask me. But then again, that's just my theory. I honestly think Ben...in BOTH worlds...will make up for his past mistakes. I mean seriously, Smlocke was the one who convinced Ben to kill Jacob in the foot...I don't think Ben was too happy when he realized how massive of a mistake that was! The real question is: will Ben get to see Jacob one final time before the fire goes out?

Ben: "What did Widmore say to you?"
Smlocke: "He said Desmond was a failsafe...Jacob's last resort in case I manage kill all his beloved Candidates. One final way to make sure I never leave this place."
Ben: "Then why are you happy he's still alive?"
Smlocke: "I'm going to find Desmond and when I do, he's going to help me do something I could never do myself. I'm going to destroy the Island."

So, in other words, Desmond is a personification of the failsafe key he used long ago in efforts to discharge the Island's building electromagnetism when The Button computer was destroyed. MIB believes using Desmond will metaphorically turn the key back to re-engage the electromagnetism to destruction point.

<u>We're very close to the end.

</u>
Jacob: "My ashes are right there in that fire. When it burns out you'll never see me again."

Jacob: "Come sit down and I'll tell you what they died for...I'll tell you why I chose them, and why I chose you. I brought all of you here because I made a mistake a long time ago. Because of that now there's a chance every single one of you and everyone you ever cared about is going to die. You call him the Monster...I made him that way."
Sawyer: "Why do I gotta be punished for your mistake? What made you think you could mess with my life. I was just doin' just fine before you--"
Jacob: "No you weren't. None of you were. I didn't pluck any of you out of a happy existence. You were all flawed. I chose you because you were like me. You were all alone, looking for something you couldn't find out there. You needed this place as much as I needed you."

Jack: "What is the job?"
Jacob: "There's a light at the center of the Island. You have to make sure it never goes out...protect it from him.
Hurley: "So how are you going to pick?
Jacob: "I'm not going to pick. I want you to have the one thing I was never given...a choice."
Jack: "I'll do it. This is why I'm here. This is what I'm supposed to do."

Jack drinks from the cup. And just as Jacob's mother said:
Jacob: "Now you're like me."

Five days.
Five days and that's it friends. I hope for everyone's sake that we feel satisfied with a build up this intense. Just remember to open your eyes and apply some imagination. Don't necessarily let the writers dictate to you the precise answers you think you want. Think about your own life, your own mistakes, what you wish you could fix, where you hope you'll end up. Put yourselves in our beloved Losties' place and imagine you've been given what I can only imagine is the opportunity of a lifetime. Perhaps several lifetimes.

I'll meet you back here Sunday evening for The End.

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