Saturday, August 22, 2009

LOST ReWatch Week #11: Maternity Leave, The Whole Truth, Lockdown & Dave

Welcome to this week's batch of Lost Rewatch episodes! I have not caught up to the official schedule, but I am trying my best to do so as quickly as possible. Again, your patience is greatly appreciated!

So let's dive off of the precipice of reality and attempt to analyze the truth about Claire's leave of cave absence, Benry Gale's identity and motives, Jin's little swimmers, Locke's hatch doors and Hurley's imaginary friend...

Alternate Reality Alert

As I am re-watching older episodes, it seems that there were little clues along the way suggesting a possible alternate timeline. I have referenced other scenes in previous Rewatch articles; here are a few that caught my attention from this batch:

Maternity Leave
Libby: "Sometimes, when something terrible happens to us, there's a little switch in your head that flicks on to protect us from having to deal with it. Maybe your memories aren't gone; maybe you're blocking them."
Claire actually sees herself outside of the Staff Station with Ethan (allegedly during a vision/flashback/memory). It was reminiscent of the time skip in S5 that resulted in Sawyer coming upon Claire giving with Kate's help.

IF what Claire remembered of her time in the Staff Station was real, then she had been down there with Ethan very recently. But the Station had cobwebs and was in a state of decay, indicative of significant time passage rather than recent destruction for abandonment purposes.

Visually, I was reminded of the inexplicable condition of Dharmaville/New Otherton during yet another time shift in S5 (Namaste).

Jack: "There is no loop."
Hurley: "Loop, dude. Loop."
Dave, on the island: "None of that ever happened. You're still at Santa Rosa; you never left the hospital. It's hard, I know. But all this - you, me, this island, that peanut butter...none of it's real. None of it's happening. It's all in your head. The second you closed that window, your brain popped a gasket...back into your little coma thing, and that's where you are this very second, in your own private Idaho inside Santa Rosa."

Hurley: "So this is all in my brain?"
Dave: "Every rock, every tree."
Hurley: "I'm making you up?"
Dave: "Sort of. I'm part of your subconscious; all the people on this island are. I'm the part of you that wants to wake up."

Dave, on the edge of the cliff: "This is it, the big finale, the answer to all your problems. This is going to bring you back to life. The only way to bust out is to tell your mind that you don't believe any of this. When you do wake up, come find me. See you in another life, Hurley."
Crossing Paths

Locke inspects the new home of Sayid's love Nadia. (Lockdown)

Destiny is a Fickle Bitch...but so is Karma

I am reminded of Ben's infamous line to Locke because it struck me that both Eko and Ana Lucia confessed to killing Others when they first met Ben in the Swan.

Eko later dies when Smokey destroys him, and Ana Lucia gets shot.

Foreshadowing Dialogue

Maternity Leave
Locke, to Jack: "Did you know that Hemingway was jealous of Dostoevsky? He wanted to be the world greatest writer, but convinced himself that he could never get out from under Dostoevsky's shadow. Kind of sad, really."
[shades of Ben, metaphysically lying in the shadow of Jacob's statue]

Sun, to Claire: "A mother should not leave her child." [Sun later disregards her own advice when returning to the island via 316 w/o Ji Yeon]

Ethan, to Claire: "Nobody's going to take him from you unless that's what you want. You have a choice."

Rousseau, to Claire: "You're not the only one who didn't find what they were looking for."

Ben, to Locke: "Are you the genius, or are you the guy who feels like he's living IN THE SHADOW OF a genius?"
The Whole Truth
Ana Lucia: "Jack and Locke are too busy worrying about Locke and Jack."

Sayid, about Ben: "Once we find out he IS one of them, something will have to be done."
Jin, about Sun's garden: "I'm fixing a mistake."

Ben: "Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those whom they have slain. So what's the difference between a martyr and a prophet?"
Jack: "Either way, it sounds like you end up dead."

Ben, to Jack: "You guys have some real trust issues."
Dave, to Hurley: "Lay low. When the time is right, WE FLY."
Ben, to Locke: "God doesn't know how long we've been here. He can't see this island any better than the rest of the world can."
Jack: "What's done is done."
[Later uttered by Sawyer's uncle to young Sawyer, Sawyer to both Jack & Juliet, and Yemi to his brother Eko]
The Incident

Another indication that the incident took place? The Swan hatch appears to have been the only station equipped with emergency blast doors in case of explosion.

It's Raining Food, Hallelujah

How is it that NO ONE heard a plane or helicopter when the food drop occurred?

I believe it was recently at Comic-Con that we got confirmation that they will indeed address and resolve the Dharma food drops. Check that one off of your lingering mysteries list.


In Maternity Leave, Locke throws a mini fit and tosses the dishes to the floor after Ben points out that he's not in control. In The Whole Truth, Jin throws a mini fit and tears out Sun's plants after he realizes that she is starting to stand up to his controlling ways.

In Lockdown, Locke was surprised to see his father Anthony Cooper alive and well after his funeral. In White Rabbit, Jack discovered that his father Christian Shephard's body was missing from his coffin after the crash of Flight 815. I have faith that we will be treated to an electric Jack and Christian reunion in Season 6...

Significant Moments/Firsts

Tom referred to the Others' unknown leader as "Him" for the first time. (Maternity Leave)

Kate discovered that Tom and the Others donned costumes and theatrical facial hair; they had been hiding their true identity beneath ratty clothes and fake beards, etc.

In addition to Locke and Rose, we learn that the island has also seemingly healed Jin of his infertility issues.

The Visual & The Visceral

There is an Oceanic mobile above the crib in the Staff Station. (Maternity Leave)

Rose and Bernard offer to help newly pregnant and under the weather Sun in her red shirt. (The Whole Truth)

Rose and Bernard offer tea to what appears to be a newly pregnant and under the weather Juliet in her red shirt (The Incident). [yes, this is pure speculation]

In The Whole Truth, Jin offers to help Bernard with his fishing net.

In Ji Yeon (S4), Jin and Bernard bond while fishing.

In Orientation, Locke's girlfriend Helen presents him with a key to her place; the caveat is that he must agree to never stalk his father again.

In Lockdown, Locke's dad presents him with a key to a safe deposit box and $200k; the caveat is that he must aid and abet his con man father by bringing him the rest of the embezzled funds from that box.

I am not a very religious person, but there can't possibly be a more overtly Jesus pose than this. (Dave)

Widmore Labs

Both Sun's pregnancy test and the real Henry Gale's hot air balloon were manufactured by Widmore Labs.

I assume that Widmore himself assigned Gale to find the island, and Ben killed him when he arrived on a Widmore-sponsored balloon.

As for that pregnancy test, we don't know who had it in their luggage before the crash of 815...


It is fascinating to think about the fact that before the Swan blast door crushed Locke's leg, Ben knew that Locke had been paralyzed (due to the passenger dossiers that Mikhail had prepared for him after the crash of Flight 815). Obviously Ben already knew that the island had healed Locke, as he was walking when they Ben also knew that the island would heal Locke again.

When Locke was lying injured on the Swan floor awaiting Ben's assistance with the computer, I have a feeling that Ben turned off the lights to allow Locke a brief glimpse of the hatch door map. It may have been the first of many tests that Ben administered, testing Locke's mettle and leadership abilities. I think that Ben wanted to see what Locke would do, given the opportunity to discover other hatches and explore the island.

Libby & Dave

I realize that we've been told that Libby's story is over, but I am going to stand by this theory, as I have always believed it to be true...Libby's deceased ex-husband David is Hurley's invisible friend Dave. [sidenote: when Libby 'happens' to meet Desmond at the airport, she talks about her dead spouse and proceeds to give him the boat he'd named after her...the very boat that brought Desmond to the island]

Dave appeared in the Santa Rosa Mental Institute when both Hurley and Libby were patients there. I have a strong feeling that Libby was also able to see and communicate with Dave.

[sidenote: the doctors and other patients at Santa Rosa don't see Dave because he is indeed a ghost; Libby told Desmond that her ex-husband had recently passed away]

Dave then appeared on the island just as Hurley and Libby were starting to get close. The look on Libby's face when Hurley first sees Dave on the island near the food drop is worth a second look; I believe that Libby sees Dave there as well.

In addition, on the island both Libby and Dave make similar statements to Hurley about his brain and mind; she mentions a switch, he mentions popping a gasket. They both know that Hurley is amenable to coercion (just like Locke), and both represent change and temptation.

Libby was telling the truth about being a clinical psychologist; she helped Claire to remember a traumatic incident in her past. So here is another crazy theory that I've hinted at before...Libby worked for Charles Widmore and was embedded undercover at Santa Rosa for psychological surveillance of Hugo Reyes.

Without question, Libby recognizes Hurley on the island and changes the subject whenever he brings up that she looks familiar. And the way that Libby's face drops as she literally talks Hurley off of the cliff and tells him that she thinks he's capable of change is priceless.

...And My Emmy Goes To

I just loved Jorge Garcia's performance in Dave; he displayed an amazing and touching vulnerability, and deserved to be recognized for it.

Everyone agrees and acknowledges that Michael Emerson is a fantastic actor. The scene in Lockdown when he is alone in the makeshift armory while Locke was panicking about pressing the button while lying injured on the floor - absolutely brilliant.

The fear on Ben's face is so palpable and yet...he knows exactly what his happening and how he will control it.

Thank you again for watching/reading/commenting along with me! I look forward to your feedback, as always. Stay tuned for the next installment, as we explore the beginning of Rose and Bernard, the end of Ana Lucia and Libby, and Eko's encounter with Claire's psychic.


Anonymous said...

I'm exactly where you are on the rewatch - I just watched Dave tonight. I was thinking it couldn't have been easy for Jorge to film an episode that was all about his weight and his need to change it. Also I was stuck by Ben's statement to Locke - "I am done lying". I actually laughed out loud when I heard it.

Thanks for your recaps - I always enjoy reading them!


Jeremiah said...

Nice write up.

Two things: haven't Darlton said that Libby's husband and Hurley's imaginary friend aren't the same person? And, if turning on the black light was as simple as flipping a switch, why would Kelvin (and maybe Radzinsky) have painted it under regular light?

Anonymous said...

Great recap. "Dave" and "Lockdown" are two of my favorites.

I'm a few episodes ahead, watching the midnight weekend broadcasts on ABC. (Season 3 starts in an hour.)

What if the food drops are by hot air balloon? Still hard to figure, if the island is moving. The real Henry Gale was not there by accident, any more than the Black Rock was or Yemi's plane.

I recall Jeremiah's comment from the podcast being right: Dave isn't Libby's dead husband. I still want to know why she gave Desmond the boat.

The only thing more Christ-like than Ben being strung up and bleeding would be if it were... the resurrected Christian Shepherd. These writers are too clever for this to end up being one long Christian allegory, right?


DHAMurray said...

I think the food drop will similar to Dr. Ray's body washing up on the island before he died in S4. Different trajectories send objects forward or backward in time randomly. The food was dropped in the 80s and landed in 2004.

Thanks for these articles... I look forward to reading them.

Anonymous said...

I can't say enough how great it is that you are one of the very few still carrying on with the Rewatch.

I don't know what happened to everyone else, but they seemed to collectively give up. If you have some sort of Lost roundtable connection thingy with those guys, tell them to get their lazy butts in gear!

Anonymous said...

Another great write-up as always.

p.s. the food drop is really rather obvious. The Others infiltrate/take over the DI after the purge (otherwise the mainland DI would know something is up). Ms Hawking ends up at the Lamp Post which can find the island. The plane flights are directed from there. The Others know about the incident/need to press the button/men inside (Ms Hawking telling Desmond about this). So they send food to them (plus no doubt some for themselves) and smile at the thought of them down there...

p.p.s. Why the plane/whatever carrying the food drop wasn't heard will be down to something along the lines of the time delay in Daniel's payload expirement.

Dustin Winebrenner said...

I feel like the Hemingway/Dostoevsky convo, while here referring to the Jack/Locke power struggle, eventually becomes a more appropriate metaphor for Locke and Ben's struggle for leadership.

The Others having an Oceanic mobile is hard to reconcile. I mean really -- why would they have this? Unless it's just Claire dream bleeding into her memory of events in the Staff. I always thought is was the other way around -- the mobile in her dream was a memory of what happened at the Staff. Or if, as you suggest, this is all from some alternate timeline -- then who knows what's really going on?!

Good call with the Staff seeming like it hasn't been visited in ages. Why would the Others so thoroughly close it down?

thorsten said...

When Dave tried to con Hurley into jumping from the cliff, I thought that was 'Esau' at work. Because I belive that all the appearances are done by Esau, and not Smokey. Smokey does not have the ability to think, and carry out plans. He is just a smart dog. On the other hand, Dave can be right, Hurley is in a coma. But wait, that was done in Life On Mars! At least in the UK original, I heard the US version had another ending. About the state of the Staff, later when Juliet checks on Sun with the Ultrasound in D.O.C. wasn't it in the same state as in Maternity Leave?
I was really surprised by Bens lie about the 108 countdown. Why did he try to talk Locke into blowing up the hatch? Maybe to force Desmond to use the failsafe key, and to create another timeline by that ;))

Anonymous said...

Jo - Thank you so much for all of your support of the rewatch project. It was your site that got me started doing the rewatch myself. So, thank you again for your wonderful recaps.