This is not an excuse, but I am emotionally drained, so this initial analysis will be shorter than usual. It is more than likely that there will be a follow up post to accompany this one in a few days, after the dust has settled and I've had time to watch "Follow the Leader" again with less distraction.
So let's dive beneath this pond and explore some new tunnels together...
I wonder if he will find out that the man Eloise shot and killed is their son, and if that is why she leaves the island.
As Miles pointed out, he hasn't been wrong yet with regard to how events will unfold. He knew about the Secondary Protocol that Keamy set into motion, he knew about the Swan and Orchid energies, etc. So why wouldn't he have known about his death upon returning to the island in 1977?
This might be the exhaustion speaking, but I thought I saw Widmore touch or refer to Eloise's stomach during their side chat...it would be beyond strange to find out that she is pregnant with Faraday during the same time that she kills him. Of course even in early stages, it wouldn't be advisable to go diving into ponds and putting yourself in dangerous situations...
There has to be a correlation between Desmond being Faraday's constant and the fact that he survives a gunshot wound in 2007 while Faraday dies from one in 1977. Perhaps as a result of Faraday's death in 77, which falls under Hawking's "unpredictable" category for what happens when the Losties return to the island, Hawking truly has no idea what's going to happen (which she tells Penny at the hospital).
I'm still not convinced that Jacob is a person, but I have a feeling that we'll see both Christian Shephard and Claire in the season finale. And the moment when Jack sees and speaks with his father again will be golden.
If and when we learn more about who/what Jacob is, my hope is that the ash surrounding his cabin is also explained. In addition to the fact that there is a dormant volcano on the island (which we learned in Little Linus' Dharma classroom when the former Mrs. Goodspeed was teaching), ghost hunters believe that a mixture of ash and salt from the sea provide spiritual protection...
The candidates for the island's holy trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost Jacob) are increasing every week:
- Ben and Roger
- Chang and Miles
- Christian and Jack
- Horace and Ethan
- Widmore and Faraday
I love, love, love Juliet...but I hope that they have more in store for her than icy glares of heartbreak whenever Kate enters the picture. If they ever kill off her character without providing any resolution about her sister and nephew, I will be very disappointed.
I know I'm not the only one who groaned and/or rolled their eyes when Kate was brought inside the sub, filling out the 'shipper' triangle I was hoping would be resolved by now.
At the beginning of the season, I thought perhaps that Kate was pregnant with Jack's child. However, her open disdain for him on the island is making me reconsider that possibility.
You know when it became okay to shoot kids and blow up hydrogen bombs? When it was just fine to also blow up your stepfather, rob banks, drug your husband, etc. Sorry sister, but you need to take your morality high horse down a notch.
I have missed Mt Baldy and although I love the new and improved Leader Locke, it is almost disconcerting how confident he is now.
When they first 'met,' Jacob said "help me" to Locke. As part of his new purpose, perhaps Locke is going to kill Jacob in order to help me - escape from within the cabin? the island?
That Alpert seems to question Locke's purpose for the first time makes me contemplate whether or not we're actually seeing the real Locke or a spirit/shell of him, perhaps operating in a purgatory state on the island in 1977. Dead is dead, after all...
I realize that Locke is in a different era than Miles, but he could sure use the little ghostbuster's services right about now as he is on a mission to kill a spirit. I would LOVE to see Miles involved with the reveal of Jacob.
Horace clearly needs to grow a pair. Radzinsky has taken over Dharmaville, and I look forward to finding out if he really takes his own life in the Swan down the line, or if he is actually killed. He certainly has not made many friends there, and is so tightly wound that it seems likely that he will be banished to live in the Swan when all is said and done.
We know that at some point, Radzinsky spliced apart the original Swan orientation film (which Eko later discovered in a Bible in the Arrow station). That particular film referenced The Incident, and it seems as if he probably removed certain sections of the film because he himself causes The Incident...or at least fails to stop it.
When he told Sun that he remembers meeting Jack, Kate and Hurley "because I watched them all die," I am assuming that he's referring to The Incident in next week's season finale. If I had to guess, he is there when Jack successfully detonates Jughead and believes that everyone dies in the process...but Faraday's vision becomes reality, they're never in 1977 and flight 815 does not crash on the island in 2004. That Alpert survives The Incident is further evidence of his agelessness and mortality.
Alpert did not take Faraday to The Temple, as he did with Little Linus after being shot. So either it was because Faraday was already dead (as opposed to alive but severely wounded like young Ben) or because the island was done with Faraday.
Assuming that Widmore knew there was a chance that the Oceanic 6 would arrive in an earlier era upon returning to the island...is it possible that he asked her to deliver his younger self a message?
When Faraday encountered his 17 year old mother in 1954 on the island earlier this season, he told her that they had to bury the bomb in a concrete bunker. So Faraday knew about the tunnels, and that they existed during that era.
They placed Jughead in a tunnel twenty years earlier, which would be 1957. Why did it take them three years to get it down there? And did they ever fill that leak with lead, as Faraday instructed?
LAST NAMES OF ISLAND CHILDREN
I've noticed that several children of Others/Hostiles do not use the last names of their parents:
- Daniel Faraday: Daniel Hawking Widmore
- Ethan Rom: Ethan Goodspeed
- Miles Straume: Miles Chang
- Clementine Ford
- Charlie Hume
- Ji Yeon Kwon
- Aaron Littleton
- Walt Lloyd
I have long pondered the possibility of an underground transportation system and community on the island, so the reveal of the tunnels was a highlight for me. We don't know (yet) how Jughead was placed in a tunnel, but something tells me that all of the larger equipment and supplies we've seen arrived underwater and via tunnel for years (Dharma construction equipment and machines, vans, etc.).
I would also venture to guess that tail section kids Zach and Emma, along with 815 flight attendant Cindy, are being schooled and living in some type of underground facility.
The tunnel system might also explain how the Others seemingly disappear without leaving footsteps, as referenced in Season 3 (Left Behind):
Sayid: "I've checked all the houses. Everyone's gone, no trail. It's like fifty people disappeared into thin air."Jughead was placed beneath Dharmaville, so one of these tunnels clearly contains the drain in Ben's secret spy lair that unleashes/houses Smokey.
The appearance of the tunnel where Jughead is stored certainly resembles that of The Temple, so it's probably safe to say that one of those tunnel paths leads there. I half expected to see a Frozen Donkey Wheel and some hieroglyphics.
Another visual reminders: Alpert and Jack swimming down and then appearing up in the tunnels was reminiscent of both Ghost Charlie's swim into the window during Hurley's LAPD interrogation and Charlie's arrival at the Looking Glass station.
This episode reminded me of Walkabout (Season 1) in many ways...
Sun is playing with Jin's wedding band while sitting on the beach. Locke approaches to reassure her, just like Jack did when Rose was sitting by herself on the beach playing with Bernard's ring on her necklace.
Locke introduces himself as an authority figure to the new people on the beach, just as he did when he threw the knife into Sawyer's seat to prove his value as a hunter.
Locke arrives on the beach with a dead boar.
Also, consider this conversation in Walkabout between Jack and Kate, which is fascinating when you reflect on their chat in this episode right before Kate left and Jack stayed to go into the tunnels:
Jack: "What's your feel on our new friend?" (Locke)Additionally, in a flashback while playing Risk at work with a co-worker, Locke tells him that "patience is the hallmark of a leader."
Kate: "Seems to know what he's doing. If I didn't know any better, I'd say you're worried about me, Jack."
Jack: "If I didn't know any better, I'd say you have a problem staying in one place for very long, Kate. So you want to tell me why you're really going?"
I would like to express my gratitude to two people who were very helpful during the Facebook fiasco today, my friend/neighbor Hillary P and Lost blogger extraordinare Erika O. Within minutes of my unraveling, they both reached out to people with connections in an attempt to shed light on the situation. I believe that if my profile returns, I have both of them to thank! Huge hugs to you both.
I have managed to remain spoiler-free all season long, and I realize how challenging the next week will be, leading up to the finale. That being said, I will be offline much more, with or without Facebook. I appreciate all of you respecting the spoiler-free nature of this site, and that you don't post spoilers in Comments or email them to me.
Believe me, I'll be back here soon with more lucid thoughts and comprehensive theories. Until then, thank you for your patience and feedback (in advance)!