Friday, May 30, 2008

Octagon Global Recruiting: Dharma Commercial

One of the downfalls with TiVO is that occasionally we miss Lost-related commercials like this, which aired last night during the finale.

This pseudo Dharma company will be appearing in San Diego from July 24-27, which just so happens to be Comic-Con...and I will be there! I'm hoping that this relates to whatever the producers unveil during the official Lost panel.

Walt, The Vault, It's All Jack's Fault: LOST Season 4 Finale Theories

Before I get started with Round 2 of random thoughts about the spectacular season finale, I have to fill you in on my current location.

I am lost right now [pun intended], away for the weekend in every sense of the word. So here I sit in front of the Pacific Ocean, the perfect setting to ponder an episode that so involved the sea. And I'm happy to report that I am sipping on something far tastier than poor Juliet's aged Dharma rum.

Although I went to bed at 5am, I was wide awake by 9am and watched the finale again before heading out of here are some additional thoughts and questions.

But first, here is the audio of the mysterious phone call that Kate received, in reverse. Thanks to Sara K & Kat M for the link!


When Ben thanked him for rescuing him from Keamy, Alpert responded with 'my pleasure.' That struck me as an odd response. What exactly is the nature of Ben's relationship with him, and how will that change once Ben is gone from the island? Does Alpert's role remain the same for Locke now that he's assumed leadership?


When Kate asked if they were really allowed to leave the island on the helicopter, Ben did not hesitate to let them go...because he knew they'd be back eventually.

Locke did return his black baton, because he took out Keamy with it before stabbing him. Again though...that little thing sure enhances Ben's physical abilities. He only really kicks ass when he's wielding it.

Is Ben still interested in Walt and his special abilities? If so, is he helping him off island (i.e. flying him across the country to see Hurley)?


Why didn't Locke ever reveal to Jack that he was paralyzed before Flight 815 crashed on that island? I suppose the stubborn doc wouldn't believe that either.

Now that Ben is out of the picture on the island, how will Jacob interact with Locke and vice versa?

Did Locke create the new name, or was it assigned to him?

When Locke visited Walt as Bentham, did he tell him where to find Hurley?

Did Locke also visit Ben at any point after leaving the island?

How much time had passed since Locke left the island and supposedly took his own life?

If the island let him die because his work on its behalf was complete, was his purpose to merely inform the Oceanic 6 that they all had to return in order to save each others lives (as well as those remaining on the island)?


Does she know where the island has relocated before? Is that why she knew she'd find a Dharma collar on the polar bear skeleton in Tunisia?

She doesn't want to leave the island because she's searching for the place where she was born. With all of the research and prior knowledge about the island before arriving there (this time), you'd think she'd know that no children have ever been born there and live to tell about it. Except Alex, allegedly.

She may not be Ben's childhood Dharma girlfriend Annie, but there certainly is a resemblance...


She up and wandered off in the scary jungle by herself after sustaining a head injury, leaving her baby at the base of a tree. So why do Jack and Hurley think that Claire is still alive?

Even though it was (apparently) a dream, when Claire showed up in Kate's house, I was surprised to actually hear her. Other posthumous appearances have been pretty silent up until now (i.e. Christian Shephard).

Why was Claire still dressed in island clothes in Kate's dream? I only noticed because Charlie's makeover was so obvious upon his reappearance from beyond.

Has Claire appeared to her mother? If so, did she somehow communicate that her grandson Aaron is now in the care of Kate?


Before they parted ways on Penny's boat, Jack said "don't let HIM find you" to Desmond. Who? As far as we know, Jack isn't aware of Widmore or his relationship with Ben and the island, let alone that Penny is Widmore's daughter. So is Jack referring to Locke?


The elevator down to the frozen tundra and the island's wheel was located deep beneath the Orchid station. Is there an artificial refrigeration system maintaining that area, or is the Orchid situated directly above an icy locale directly beneath the island itself? If so, is that where the island moved to when it was sucked into the ocean?

Was that the first time that someone had activated the move using that very location? Is it a one-shot deal; is that why Ben had to destroy the Vault to even access the frozen cave?

Was this mechanism noted on the Swan hatch blast door map that Locke briefly viewed while trapped underneath it?

Is Juliet aware of the Orchid or the wheel/ability to move the island?


First of all, are they two separate factions or are they intertwined? Why does this group still don the dirty rag ensembles? This can't be the same group that includes the Tail Section kids and leftover Others from abandoned New Otherton.

Obviously they didn't care whether or not Kate & co. left the island...they shot at and threw grenades toward a fueled helicopter without hesitation.

The whispers were heard right before the hostiles appeared. Is it actually them, or spirits?

What was that magnetic bullet/charge that they shot one of the mercenaries with? Where did they get it and why haven't we seen it used on the island before?


After the fact, now that he has returned to Santa Rosa Mental Institution in the future, does Hurley ever put two and two together and find out that Libby was a patient there as well (during one of his stints)?

There have been many instances of board games played on and off the island, but Hurley's participation now seems integral. Oh yeah, and he almost always wins...
  • BACKGAMMON: Hurley played Walt on the beach, and confessed to have placed in a tournament once.
  • BASKETBALL: Hurley played HORSE with Jack at the mental institution in a flash forward, and kicked the doc's tail.
  • CHESS: Hurley plays against the deceased Mr. Eko in the institution, in a flash forward.
  • CONNECT FOUR: Hurley played Leonard (the man who originally mumbled 'the numbers' at the mental institution).
  • HORSESHOES: Hurley played with Sawyer in New Otherton, and commented about his new lucky streak.
  • PING PONG: Hurley played Sawyer on the beach
  • POKER: Hurley played with Jack, Kate and Sawyer on the beach. Jack won that time.
  • RISK: Hurley played with Locke and Sawyer at Ben's house in New Otherton, and said that Australia was key to the entire game (and possibly series).

Why would Jack want to open the coffin anyway? To confirm Bentham's identity?

What 'bad things' happened on the island after Jack left? Does it involve Juliet, Sawyer or Rose and Bernard?

I can't WAIT for the episode where Jack starts to believe; the day that Jack not only trusts Locke, but desperately and finally wants to follow his lead and advice.


In her alleged dream, who called Kate at the exact time that Claire showed up? (Listen to the audio of that message at the top of this post). Abbadon? Ben? Bentham/Locke? Charlie?


Why was he pretending that he didn't know anything about Ben? Clearly the man knew everything about the island and he knew quite well how to push Ben's buttons.

I forgot to mention...I LOVED the Keamy/Sayid fight. Great choreography and tension. We were cheering at our Lost party. I'm sure we weren't alone.

How did he know that Alpert had shot him in the back? Was he conscious and playing dead the entire time, lying there with his eyes open until the helicopter and hostiles left?

Was the heart transmitter programmed specifically to Keamy's heart? Is that why Locke didn't even attempt to remove it and place it on his own arm?


I know they were pressed for time, but why didn't Frank inspect his helicopter for bullet holes after being fired upon?

When he was flying Desmond and the Oceanic 6 off of the island, why is it that the freighter was visible from the beach but it took him forever to locate it from the sky? Were the bearings he followed different from the ones that Daniel Faraday used to bring passengers back and forth on the Zodiac raft?


Did he know that Charlotte had been to the island before because of information he'd gleaned from one of his ghost-busting missions off island?


When he jumped out of the helicopter, did he not grab a life vest because he wanted to make sure that everyone else had one in case of crash landing? Given that it appeared to be a rash decision to bail, it's probably more likely that he didn't even think about taking one.

For those of you wondering why Sawyer would sacrifice his rescue to save the rest, the answer is in the photo above. The love triangle has just become a straight line.


When he went to get Hurley at the institution, he told him that 'they' said Bentham had committed suicide two days ago. How was Sayid informed about Bentham's death, and by whom? Was he involved? Who is the 'they' that he referred to?


When she was screaming for Jin in the helicopter, it was absolutely heart-wrenching. Something tells me that the second person she blames for Jin's death (besides her father) is...Ben.

That is why she finds Widmore in London; she will wind up working as a double agent of sorts, helping keep Penny safe from Ben while pretending to be on the same side as the rest of the Oceanic 6. Given that she is the only one of the O6 living outside of the Los Angeles area, she can travel about and conduct business without the same scrutiny.


What does Walt's grandma know? It seems to me that she would be in danger if she knows about Michael and Walt's journey home, the island, Ben, etc.

If Hurley was being monitored (by Abbadon, Oceanic or Widmore), Walt has now blown his cover. I wonder if Sayid will come to take him to the 'safe' place as well...

As soon as he sat down across from Hurley, I half expected him to ask for the $83,000 that Hurley owed him from a game of backgammon on the beach way back in Season 1.


Keamy never said whether or not Widmore ordered Alex's execution, so did he take matters into his own hands or was he instructed to kill Ben's daughter?


At what point, if ever, did Daddy take measures to hide her away in a location where Ben could never find her? Was Desmond with her?


When Ben blew through the Vault to get to the frozen section below, did that render the actual time travel function useless? Is that the only wormhole for time travel on and off the island?

Dr. Halliwax experimented with a rabbit in the Orientation video, but the tape skipped forward and John never saw the result...but we have. Watch the original video again. Seems as if the rabbit duplicated itself rather than disappeared or merely traveled through time. What implications will this have for Lost in the future?


  • When Sawyer and Jack first approached the Orchid station, Sawyer asked Jack what the plan was...exactly as Locke had inquired with Ben.
  • Now that the unnamed passengers from Flight 815 have died on the freighter, the only remaining survivors besides the rescued Oceanic 6 are Rose & Bernard and Sawyer (as well as the Tail Section kids and Flight Attendant Cindy, wherever the hell they are).
  • There appear to be 2 posters on Aaron's door in the flash forward...of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Is the identity of the man that Sayid shot outside of Hurley's institution important, or was he simply another in a long line of Widmore cronies that Sayid was assassinating?
  • Will the items discarded from the helicopter (in order to save fuel) be relevant down the line? I thought I saw the black box being tossed out...
  • Who really went to the effort and expense of planting the fake wreckage of Flight 815? From a financial standpoint, both Widmore and Mr. Paik would be likely candidates. But what about motive?

  • Band-aids: significant or no? Frank Lapidus has been sporting once since he first landed on the island, Claire was wearing one in Jacob's cabin after she (probably) died in the house explosion, and Jack had one on in that last flash forward when he met Kate at the airport.
  • The 'live together, die alone' mantra has come full circle now that they all must return to the island together. And it's a bad sign for those left behind/alone...
  • Ben: "Good command decisions get compromised by bad emotional responses." That, in a nutshell, describes the pasts and future of almost every single character on Lost.
  • The title of this 3-part season finale really only applies to Locke: There's No Place Like Home. For him, it's the island, and until the coffin reveal...he seemed pretty content with his abode.
1) When Locke leaves the island and dies, Walt becomes the new leader of the island. Ben and the hostiles/others were skeptical of Walt at first, just like they were of Locke...but Walt makes sense as the next in line to lead the crazy train. Think about it...young Ben first encountered the ageless Richard Alpert in the jungle at about the same age that Walt was when the Others kidnapped him for testing/brainwashing. Alpert had told Ben that he needed to be patient in order to lead, and Walt may have been primed for the same.
2) Widmore knew that whomever moved the island could never go back. So he arranged for Penny to go there after Ben visited him and threatened her life. Widmore somehow found out that Ben was responsible for the latest relocation (perhaps from Desmond), and that Ben himself could never get back. Thus, Penny would be safe there.
3) Jeremy Bentham was not John Locke. He was a clone of Locke that was created in the Vault below the Orchid station (like the rabbits). Whether this happens as an accident or was purposeful remains to be seen.
So there you have it. I will more than likely view the finale for a third time this weekend now that iTunes has finally posted it for purchase. In the meantime, I'm off for some R&R and non-Lost writing.

I appreciate all of your comments...keep 'em coming!

LOST Season 4 Finale: Alternate Endings!

Thank you to Brian K., who sent me this link (from DarkUFO's fantastic site) to 2 alternate endings from last night's season finale! You will definitely recognize the other two familiar faces in the coffin.

Apparently the producers had these ready in case the identity of the man in the casket was revealed prematurely. When you see who the options were, it kind of makes sense that either of them could have also been the infamous Jeremy Bentham.

I will be posting further thoughts and theories in a few hours...

Bend it Like Bentham: LOST Season 4 Finale Theories & Thoughts


I wasn't sure that they could top last year's flash forward finale, but tonight...the writers, producers and actors have gifted us with two of the most compelling and intense hours of television in a very long time. The nominating committees should just hand over Emmys to Michael Emerson (Ben) and Yunjin Kim (Sun) right now.

I attended my very first Lost party, and it was quite an entertaining experience. Thanks to host SB and her hubby, as well as JK & OM, EF & GM, KM and SK! I will post photos from it tomorrow, including Dharma water bottles and a special 'appearance' by Charlie, Kate and Jack.

But now, on to the real reason you're here...

Here are some initial thoughts, theories and questions about "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3." Given that I only began blogging at midnight, please excuse any spelling or grammar errors in advance, as well as repetitive thoughts or lack of structure.


Did he ever get his weapon (the black baton) back from Locke? Why did he give it to him in the first place?

If Ben really intends to kill Penny to avenge the death of Alex, but the Oceanic 6 are all on Desmond's side, how will that work?

It still bothers me that Ben knew Desmond was on that island for 3 years in the Swan hatch, and he had to know that Des was Penny Widmore's why didn't he ever acknowledge that or try to use him as another piece in his game with Widmore?

When he originally had Michael as his spy on the freighter, he told him not to detonate his bomb because there were innocent people aboard. Was his sudden disregard for those same lives tonight simply a response to 'changing the rules' of the game with Widmore, because his daughter was killed?

Ben said that whomever moved the island would never be able to come back. How did he actually leave it in the first place? When we see him in Tunisia, he's wearing that same parka and it's a year after the Oceanic 6 are rescued. Did it take him that long to leave?

Besides poisoning his own father with gas, we've never actually seen Ben kill someone himself. He oversaw the Dharma purge and had a large hand the deaths of many others, but this was a first.

Is Ben still communicating with someone on the island? How else would he know about those left behind and instructions for return? Is Richard Alpert still able to be in both places?


Is she Annie, Ben's childhood girlfriend? She has been to the island before, and she's looking for the place she grew up. But although they both have red hair, Charlotte is far younger than Ben (unless the island has aged him and leaving the island has affected her). Besides, Ben shot Charlotte immediately after Locke and his group found her in her parachute. Not only would Ben probably recognize her, she would make some kind of gesture to indicate that she knew him.

Until now, it seemed that only Widmore and Ben knew how to locate the island. So how did Charlotte know as well? She may be way more connected to Widmore than we ever imagined...


He showed up to tell Michael that his work was done...meaning, the island will let him die now. Will he do the same when it's Locke's time to go?

He is a messenger of death; that is why he also appeared to Claire, to accompany his daughter to the other side because she did not survive the house explosion.

Have the whispers accompanied Christian's presence before? They were heard right before he appeared before Michael on the freighter.


Can we all agree that she's dead now? Thank you.

She's also eaten a few sandwiches, but that's beside the point.

If Ben is insistent that they all have to go back to the island together, then why is Claire asking Kate not to take Aaron back with them?


Now that the freighter is gone, is he going to return the Zodiac raft back to the island?


Was his future flash about Claire a total crock? Did Charlie die in vain? Did Desmond only see Penny in his future, and make up the part about seeing Claire and Aaron get in a helicopter?

Does he also have to go back to the island? Ben didn't specify exactly who, except to say that they all had to go together.


Will he be the one to eventually pilot all of them back to the island?


Did anyone else think that his chess partner was going to be Jacob? We've certainly seen an empty chair before, where a ghost took up residence.


Dad's death + subsequent visits from beyond + prescription drug abuse + illegitimate sister he never knew (and abandoned on the island dead and alive) + island lie creator = guilt, downward spiral and excessive unkempt facial hair.


What is the significance of his pseudonym? Was Locke 'The Economist?' [the real Jeremy Bentham was a philosopher {like the real John Locke} and social reformer; an advocate for economic freedom]...

As Jeremy, Locke visited all of the Oceanic 6...and Walt. So does Walt have to go back to the island as well?

Did Locke really commit suicide (as his obituary said)? Was the island done with him, and that's why he died this time?

He visited all of the Oceanic 6 at some point. Was he alive when he did so? Was he paralyzed again upon return to the real world?

How did Locke get from the island back to the real world in the first place?

When Locke takes over as the new leader on the island, does he control Smokey?

If Richard and co. find out that Sawyer killed Anthony Cooper and not Locke himself, will that make a difference in how he is viewed and respected?

Will Richard remind him that they'd met before on several occasions, that he was there for Locke's birth and had been trying to recruit him to the island for years?

Why was Locke, as Jeremy Bentham, being buried in Los Angeles? We know that all of the Oceanic 6 except Sun are living in that area after rescue, and Locke lived in Orange County. Was he also living there?

Locke Box theme: he worked at a box company, his dad appeared in a magic box on the island, and he wound up in one prematurely.


Is it possible that he jumped off the freighter when the helicopter left without him, knowing that the bomb was about to go off? Would he have survived that, given the proximity to the explosion and debris?


Are they setting us up for a Juliet/Sawyer love connection next season?

Not that they don't have other tasks at hand, but do Ben or Jack ever interact with or find out about the status of Juliet's sister and nephew?


When Kate took the deal after her trial, one of the conditions was to remain in the state. She agreed because she had no intention of returning to the island. So was the district attorney on Widmore's or Oceanic's payroll? Was that why she was so insistent upon Kate staying put?

Who called her in the middle of the night, seemingly to warn her about an intruder? Did this person know it would be an apparition? Was it 'the whispers;' do they make house calls as well?


Where was he and what is his real role in this whole thing? Is he on Team Ben or Team Widmore?

He was responsible for choosing the Freighter Four (Faraday, Charlotte, Frank & Miles). Obviously Charlotte was selected because of her previous experience there, Miles to communicate with the dead and learn some island secrets, Daniel Faraday to deal with the science behind it all, and Frank to simply pilot them all.

Does he know that they're all heading back to the island? Is he responsible for the team who are trying to prevent it (and failing miserably due to assassin Sayid)?


Why is the island 'exactly where he's supposed to be?'

Will we see him interact or communicate with the many dead folks on the island next season?

Will there be some sort of resolution to his failed attempt to blackmail Ben for $3.2 million?

That is one little dude with a whole lot of knowledge about his fellow Freighter folk. How did he know that Charlotte had been to the island before? What else does he know, and about whom?


When Jack told her that they had to talk, and presumably agree upon a lie for everyone involved, was she aware at that point that her dad was implicit in the entire thing?

Did her listening station being situated in a snowy locale have anything to do with the cold area beneath the Orchid where Ben went to move the island?

How does she get an entire crew to keep quiet about the Oceanic 6 (plus Desmond and Frank)? How does she convince them to go along with the plan to take them 3,000 miles away and put them on the raft?


What did he whisper to Kate before jumping out of the helicopter? Did it have anything to do with his daughter Clementine? And if so, was that the secret errand she was doing for Sawyer in the future, when she and Jack got into a fight?

If he thinks that Kate and the rest were killed on the freighter, how will it affect him? He finally exorcised his demons by killing the real Sawyer (Anthony Cooper), and now his one true love is gone too.

Talk about redemption...Sawyer wins the award for Most Improved. He never would have topped my list of Most Likely to Make a Huge Sacrifice.


When he and Kate are captured by Richard Alpert and the hostiles, at what point do they make a deal to help Ben in exchange for a helicopter ride off of the island? Who initiated the deal?

When he comes to get Hurley, he wants to take him someplace safe. Where is the only place safe from Widmore? The island.


Does she possibly have enough money now (even together with funds from the other Oceanic 5) to buy a 'controlling interest' in Widmore Industries too?

When she said that there were more people who had left the island than just the Oceanic 6, was she referring to Ben or Desmond? Daddy Widmore had to know that Penny was reunited with Desmond, but he also knew that Ben was out and about as well. Could she have been referring to the Freighter Four as well?

Widmore thinks that Sun is helping him. Is she going to try and protect Penny from Ben? Is she working with Ben or Penny?

How does Ben possibly convince her to go back to the island? Perhaps by telling her that Jin is alive and well.

If everyone has to go back to the island, does that include her son Ji-Yeon as well?


Does he know that his dad Michael died, or does he think that he was left behind?

Does Walt recognize that Hurley also has special abilities or that he can see and speak with the dead?

Tall Ghost Walt appeared to Locke after Ben shot him last season. Are we to assume that it was a manifestation of Walt? Seems to me he probably doesn't time travel...

What does he really know about Ben and the island from his time undergoing tests and brainwashing?

When he visited Hurley, why did he refer to Locke as Jeremy Bentham too? Walt wasn't one of the Oceanic 6, but he obviously knows that they're lying about the why play along and call Locke by a fake name?


If he knew about the Orchid station and the ability to move the island, does he also know how to relocate it? If so, was that one of the secrets obtained in the original Black Rock journal that he purchased at the auction?


So if the Vault in the Orchid station contains negatively charged organic matter, causing the island to disappear when moved, was the Swan hatch implosion exactly the opposite - did it expose the island to the world for a brief time due to to positive electromagnetic matter? Same sound and sky, but different results.

How does the Vault relate to cloning, like the rabbits in the Orientation film?

  • Charlie Pace
  • Christian Shephard
  • Claire Littleton
  • Mr. Eko (perhaps)

Where did the island move to?

During an extended Oceanic press conference scene (which aired an hour before the finale), Jack lied and said that Boone, Libby and Charlie all survived the crash but died a short time later. Why those three?

Did they film the follow-up scene to last year's season finale at the same time (with Jack telling Kate that they have to go back and her yelling at him for it)?

Who the hell is captain of the island now that Ben and Locke aren't??

What has happened (on island) between the rescue and the three years it's taken to gather everyone to return there?

Did the Swan hatch implosion have anything to do with the crash of Flight 815 after all?

How are certain people's Constants going to be affected by this rescue?

How will Richard Alpert and the hostiles interact with those left behind? If Locke is their new leader, will he try to integrate all parties into a peaceful existence? What about the remaining Others who weren't killed, plus the Tail Section kids and Flight Attendant Cindy?

Who will be a threat to the island now? Will the Others/Hostiles and Flight 815 Survivors join forces to battle whatever or whomever Widmore sends their way next?

What does the Black Smoke Monster have to do with any of this? Does it simply serve as a security system for and on the island?

What is the significance of the hieroglyphics both on the chamber door in Ben's old house and down below the Orchid in the cold region? Do they relate to the Temple or the 4-toed statue? Are these are ruins from various moves and locations?

Was the Black Rock ship marooned centuries earlier when the island moved?

Why is it that when Hurley spotted the freighter, it was behind the helicopter? If they'd flown past it, they would have noticed it. Did the island move/purple sky affect the time discrepancy?

Do the people on the island know that it is moving when it happens?

Is the source of temperature below the Orchid natural or manufactured? it a man-made area with refrigeration, or is it actually located in a cold locale?

When the Oceanic 6 wash ashore in the end, who was there with a camera? The official Oceanic photo reflected that very scene. Was it staged or re-inacted later?

If Oceanic Airlines didn't concoct the overall lie after all, do they believe the story?

How soon after the Oceanic 6 were discovered did Oceanic get involved?

  • Before killing him, Sayid gave the man in the car the time...8:15 (flight number, Hurley's numbers).
  • Jack said to Desmond exactly what Desmond had said to him the very first time they met (running at the stadium years before Flight 815)...see you in another life, brother. Of course it sounded far more natural coming from Des in his Scottish accent.
  • Jack told Locke that he doesn't believe in miracles, and Kate referred to Aaron as one.
Obviously, I need to watch that again. At least once.

I am far from finished. Stay tuned for further (and more lucid) thoughts on Friday or Saturday.

By all means, please let me know your theories and point out any discrepancies I may have posted above due to lack of sleep.

Good morning, good afternoon, and good weekend to all.