Here is where the famous tale has also popped up previously on Lost:
- Other episode called "The Man Behind the Curtain" (Ben or Jacob is the Wizard; the man in charge behind it all)
- The real Henry Gale from Minnesota (Dorothy's uncle)
- Gale's hot air balloon (Wizard goes to Oz in one; this one was branded with Widmore Labs)
- Red shoes (i.e. wicked witch under Dorothy's house in ruby red slippers; man wearing red tennis shoes is crushed in construction accident in Desmond's first flash forward, while with Ms. Hawking the ring lady)
- Australia's nickname is Oz (flight 815 departed from there)
He gave Locke his magical black stick before turning himself over to Keamy and the mercenaries at the Orchid. Is that club the key to teleporting or stopping time? The only other time we've seen it was in Tunisia, when little Ben beat up the bad guys with it.
Ben was wearing a parka with the Orchid logo on it when he 'landed' in Tunisia. Does his trip there begin at this point in time? And if so, why travel a year into the future in search of Sayid at that very moment?
Was Ben monitoring all of the Oceanic 6 immediately after rescue, or just Sayid?
Is she dead or just stuck on the island? If she's alive, you know that Jack wanted to tell her mom but couldn't.
Perhaps this is just nit-picking, but Daniel didn't even gas up at the freighter after taking a full load round trip. Seems to me that the raft and that engine would need far more fuel, especially given that Frank made such a big deal about needing to refuel after one trip to the island...in a helicopter.
So Desmond is his Constant. Not sure what I was expecting when they met again briefly at the freighter, but Daniel is certainly not giving any indication one way or another how he feels about Desmond.
Why is it that of the Freighter Four (him, Charlotte, Miles and Frank), he seems to be the only one with all of the information about the island? He knew how to shut down the gas at the Tempest and he knew that the 2nd protocol related to the Orchid, mass murder and island torching? Was he under Widmore's employ before this mission? We were led to believe that Widmore and Ben were the only ones with all of that intel...
Do he or any of the Freighter Four live? If so, will they interact with the Oceanic 6 after rescue?
Did he really ever have a vision of Claire and Aaron getting on a helicopter to rescue, or did he know that Charlie needed to unjam the signal in the Looking Glass station because he knew he'd reunite with Penny? All of Desmond's previous flashes came true. Seems fishy that this one didn't.
Did his parents inherit and spend his millions after he was assumed dead?
What does Hurley do with his new Oceanic funds?
He is obviously still aware of 'the' numbers, but are they still cursed?
Does he ever tell Kate about his relation to Claire and Aaron? You'd think that Kate would either hand him over or be more persistent about his involvement with the baby if she knew. In the flash forward, we see Jack yell at her because she's "not even related" to Aaron. Clearly his guilt stems from the fact that he is, and now dead Charlie is telling him that he's not supposed to raise him.
JACK & SAWYER
My, how the tables have turned. Sawyer wouldn't let Jack 'die alone' and Jack used Sawyer's favorite phrase, "son of a bitch." And it may turn out that although Jack promised everyone that he'd get them off of the island, Sawyer will be your unlikely hero.
Ben intimated that he was communicating with Jacob via mirror. Another lie, or is that where he relocated to?
Will Locke finally meet him face to face at the Orchid?
Does he die on the freighter with Michael and Desmond? Do they sacrifice themselves to save everyone? Is that the last time that he sees Sun?
Sun said that TWO people are responsible for Jin's death. Is he really dead, or just stuck on the island and she has to lie about it for Oceanic? If Daddy Paik is the first person, is Widmore the second? And if so, will she wind up working in some capacity for Ben as well?
She sure adapted fast. She went from "I don't do well with babies" to maternal in an instant.
Was her mom too ill to travel? Or did she not come after Kate was rescued because she knew that Kate wouldn't want her to?
Was she not immediately arrested upon rescue because of sympathy and circumstance? Was Aaron allowed to remain in her care through the trial for the same reason?
Where the hell did he disappear to? Jack and Sawyer went to rescue Hurley, and Kate returned to the beach with Aaron.
Who was responsible for creating the fake story about the crash and rescue that the Oceanic 6 had to maintain?
Why the lies? Obviously they are covering the real reason that Flight 815 crashed, as well as the location and details of it. And what are they holding over the heads of the Oceanic 6 (besides buckets full of money) to make them stick to the story?
Does Matthew Abbadon truly work for Oceanic, and if so, does he remain behind the scenes? It seemed like Hurley had never met him when he first appeared at the mental institution in the future.
The Coast Guard brought the Oceanic 6 home. Was that arranged by Oceanic?
Where were the Oceanic 6 before boarding that plane? They were all cleaned up and had new clothes. Were they in yet another classified location, getting debriefed and/or threatened?
How is it that Widmore knows about it? Was it indicated in the original Black Rock journal that he purchased at an auction?
Why is it the only place on the island that is safe from torching?
Can the Orchid move, like Jacob's cabin?
If it was so safe, why didn't Ben send Alex there instead of the Temple?
According the Orientation film for this station, it is a fake greenhouse and appears to be a cloning facility as well.
We haven't seen him yet on the island this season. He was dressed in island native clothes again and with a new team of others. Is he still on Ben's side?
Are Richard's people also ageless? Could they be original 'hostiles' or refugees from the Black Rock?
Did he break apart from the Oceanic 5 only after someone killed Nadia and he went to work for Ben? Was there a funeral for her in America (in addition to the one in Iraq), and if so, did the O5 attend? Besides Hurley, they certainly didn't show for Jin's supposed burial.
Love the new and improved Sun! That she bought a controlling interest in Daddy Paik's company with the Oceanic payout indicates that the airline paid an obscene amount of money to the Oceanic 6. Love the irony of the situation too; Daddy used to have a controlling interest in Sun's life and marriage...
After Ji Yeon was born, why wouldn't he be referred to as the Oceanic Seventh?
DID YOU NOTICE...
Sawyer referred to the abandoned Other village as New Otherton; the producers always call it that on their podcast.
Ben used a mirror to communicate with the Orchid station, which could be a nod to the mirror/cloning theories.
Hurley got takeout from his old fast food stomping ground, Mr. Clucks...even though it was bad luck before the crash (his franchise was hit by a meteor and blew up).
Even though it turned out to be a surprise party, the island whispers seemed to appear at Hurley's house.
Both the rescue pilot and Hurley's dad had 'lucky' rabbits feet; the pilot was holding his during the flight and Mr. Reyes handed over the keys to Hurley's car with one on the keychain. In the Orchid Orientation film, the stars of the show were cloned white rabbits....
CRAZY THEORIES OF THE WEEK
- That device attached to Keamy's arm will detonate the explosives on the freighter...and perhaps be the end of Michael, Jin and Desmond.
- We witnessed a flash forward long before they were implemented on the show. In the Season 2 finale, when Penny was contacted by her team in the snowy listening station...it was because they discovered an electromagnetic anomaly when the island moved (and not when Desmond blew up the Swan hatch as previously thought). So even though Penny had talked to Desmond on the freighter, she wasn't able to pinpoint his location until her team did. And I'm not sure how or why, but because that listening station was set up somewhere very cold, I believe it relates to why Ben was wearing that parka.
- Richard Alpert is Jacob. He's ageless and everywhere. He was present at Locke's birth because he believed that Locke was the chosen one who would eventually take over his leadership of the island. That is also why he was trying to recruit Locke to the island (through Mittelos), and why he was visibly disappointed when Locke failed his test as a kid.
I apologize for the short post. Although I'm heading out of town this weekend, I plan to post additional theories about this episode on Sunday or Monday.
Have a great weekend! Let me know what YOU thought of tonight's episode...