Welcome to another edition of the Lost Rewatch! As always, I encourage you to visit the other participating sites for their perspective about these older episodes.
But before I begin this belated batch of analysis, I offer you the following...
In Defense of Ana Lucia
I am very aware that not many people were fans of this character; she was dismissed as a negative, sneering ex-cop with a bad attitude. However, those are qualities that I actually appreciated in Ana Lucia.
She was the ONLY person to seem truly and consistently angry about crashing on a mysterious island, who seemed genuinely fearful of the unknown and endless dangers out in the jungle, and who was very concerned about the well-being of the two young children from the Tail Section who were kidnapped by the Others.
Ana Lucia's rage and furious determination were a facade...she was scared, and her training and instincts took over when they crashed. Reflecting back on the back stories of other characters, you have to admit that hers was particularly brutal (she was shot while on duty as a police office & lost her baby).
She wore her flaws on her sleeve, but she was certainly not the only one exorcising demons while attempting to protect her fellow passengers and friends on the island. Unlike some of the other flashbacks that we've been privy to, I felt like I knew and understood who Ana Lucia was. She was justifiably skeptical and suspicious on the island, where so many others were naive and susceptible. Thus, I didn't mind her animosity and demeanor at all. Her raw emotion and response to almost everything was more vivid and realistic than most.
For what it's worth, Ana Lucia's murder is still atop my list of the most shocking moments in Lost history.
Black & White/Jacob & Mystery Man
While I do not believe that Jacob or Mystery Man/NotLocke ever transformed/transferred into animals, you can't help but think about the Mystery Man in Black when Kate is confronted on the island by the black horse from her past. Of course it could just as easily have been yet another Smokey manifestation. Then again, young Kate had been visited and touched by Jacob, so I suppose that it's possible that he may have been responsible for the horse's appearance both on the road (that aided her escape from the Marshal) and on the island.
What I find fascinating is that Kate was able to touch the horse on the island; unlike other ghostly appearances by deceased island inhabitants and 815 survivors, I'm not sure that anyone else has made actual contact with what seems to be an otherworldly entity.
In What Kate Did, Eko's story to Locke about Judah and Josiah seems to hold more weight in light of what we learned in Season 5. How can you NOT think about Jacob and Mystery Man, as well as Locke, as you revisit this:
"Long before Christ, the king of Judah was a man named Josiah. At that time, the temple where the people worshiped was in ruin. And so the people worshiped idols, false gods. And so the kingdom was in disarray. Josiah, since he was a good king, sent his secretary to the treasury and said 'We must rebuild the temple. Give all of the gold to the workers so that this will be done.' But when the secretary returned, he had no gold. And when Josiah asked why this was, the secretary replied 'we found a book.' What the secretary had found was an ancient book, The Book of Law. You may know it as the Old Testament. And it was with that ancient book, not with the gold, that Josiah rebuilt the temple."
That young Locke's leadership was tested by Richard Alpert with several items including a Book of Laws (S4, Cabin Fever) and then Mystery Man somehow became Locke is not a coincidence. It is also quite noteworthy that there is an island safe haven called The Temple that houses and protects the remaining Others and the Tail Section children.
Ana Lucia's former LAPD partner Big Mike is the detective who later questions Hurley after he is detained as one of the Oceanic 6 when he crashed his car in LA.
When Kate visits Sam Austen at his Army recruiting office, Sayid is seen being detained on the television.
In What Kate Did (S2), we see her attempt to purchase a one-way ticket to Tallahassee. Many cities in Florida seem rather significant, given the amount of times they have been mentioned in the last five seasons.
That I can recall, we have yet to connect these dots...
Outlaws (S1): Sawyer and Hibbs pulled off a con job in Tampa.
Lockdown (S2): Sawyer mentions that he picked up a disease in Tallahassee.
Every Man For Himself (S3): Sawyer is in prison in Florida.
I Do (S3): Kate dates Kevin the cop in Dade County.
The Brig (S3): Anthony Cooper gets in a car accident in Tallahassee, and somehow winds up in Ben's magic box on the island.
Not in Portland (S3): Juliet received her biology degree from FSU in Tallahassee.
One of Us (S3): Ben shows Juliet video footage of her sister and nephew with a copy of The Miami Journal.
The Constant (S4): Keamy mentions that his mercenary sidekick Omar is from Florida.
The Other 48 Days
Libby: "Do you really think it's possible that one of us is one of them?"
What Kate Did
Marshal: "Don't run, Kate."
Eko: "Don't mistake coincidence for fate."
The 23rd Psalm
Eko: "Aaron was a great man."
The Incident: Success or Failure?
As I head deeper into this rewatch, all signs are pointing toward the success of Jack's plan and Jughead's detonation. Another case in point...
After pointing out the hatch blast doors in the Swan, Michael says that "in case of explosion, they come down from the ceiling." It seems to me that those doors were probably installed BECAUSE of the incident.
In addition, we know that Radzinsky was the one who spliced apart certain sections of the Swan Orientation Film and placed that footage in the Bible that Eko found in the Arrow Station. Those are the actions of a guilty man; remember that HE caused the incident by drilling into the electromagnetic field beneath the Swan.
We all know that Daddy Issues permeate the Lost landscape, but as I am rewatching the earlier seasons, it is striking how many Moms affected the children who are now on the island.
- Ana Lucia had to hand over her badge to her mother, the captain of the LAPD, and then fled to Sydney after seeking revenge for the murder of her unborn child.
- Ben wound up on the island with his drunk daddy after his mother died while giving birth to him.
- Faraday's mother Eloise Hawking was instrumental in his method and frequency of getting to the island.
- Jack was in Sydney because his mother tasked him with the responsibility of finding his father.
- Kate was on the run in Sydney because her mother turned her in for blowing up her father.
- Locke's mother conned him into reuniting with his absentee father, which led to a stolen kidney, attempted murder via 8-story window and subsequent journey to Sydney.
- Shannon was in Sydney with a con man boyfriend after her stepmother cut her off financially following the death of her father.
- Walt was leaving Sydney to live with his father Michael after his mother died of a rare illness.
In The Other 48 Days (S2), Goodwin said "We're not savages." In Namaste (S5), Sawyer said "We're not savages."
In The Other 48 Days (S2), Libby and Cindy find an unconscious Jin washing up on shore after the raft incident. In The Little Prince (S5), Rousseau and her crew discover an unconscious Jin floating in the ocean after the freighter blew up.
Charlie and Eko have very interesting relationship parallels with their brothers. Charlie always covered and made excuses for his older brother, while Eko put his younger sibling in danger and was responsible for his death. The downfall of both Eko and Charlie (and arguably the reason both wound up on the island) was heroin; one dealt it for money, the other was an addict.
Eko is the first survivor to kill an Other. Ana Lucia is the second.
We see the first of many LISTs; it named 9 of the Tail Section survivors that were targeted by the Others for kidnapping.
Goodwin is the first Other to kill a survivor (Nathan).
We find out that the Tail Section kids are alive. Goodwin: "The children are fine. They're better off now."
The two men of faith meet: Eko & Locke.
Married couple Rose and Bernard finally reunite after being separated during the crash; she was on the Fuselage beach while he was with the Tail Section folks.
Jin and Sun conceive Ji Yeon (allegedly, after emerging with wide grins from their tent in What Kate Did).
Sawyer says that he loves Kate...even though he does so while recovering from an infected bullet wound and on drugs.
Michael discovers the blast doors inside of the Swan hatch.
Kate kisses Jack for the first time...and then runs away, as she is apt to do.
Eko stands his ground and confronts Smokey, who presents images from Eko's past.
The Swan computer is used for something other than entering the numbers, despite Dr. Candle's warning to the contrary in the Orientation film. Michael instant messages who he thinks is his missing son Walt.
The Visual & The Visceral
In Collision (S2), Ana Lucia had Sayid tied to a tree.
She was far more intimidating than Oldham, the hippie Other torturer in He's Our You (S5) that administered a truth drug to Sayid as he was tied to a tree.
We're In the Army Now
When Goodwin told Ana Lucia that he had been in the Peace Corps, I immediately wondered whether or not he was (like Ethan) a child of Dharma or offspring of the previous island military.
Right before Ana Lucia killed Goodwin, she estimated that the Army knife she took from a dead Other was about 20 years old (1984). It seems to me that is a relevant clue and nugget of dialogue.
Back in Week 3 of this Rewatch, I suggested that Sam Austen (whom Kate was misled to believe was her real father for most of her life) may have been stationed on the island at some point in his earlier military career. In 316 (S5), we glimpse a US Army photo of the island from 1954, so we know that branch of the military at least had a presence.
The fact that Austen worked in an Army recruiting office and that we also saw him serve alongside Desmond's former hatchmate Kelvin Inman has me almost convinced that Austen was on that island before 1977. And his statement to Kate, "I don't have murder in my heart," was very Other-like.
What's In a Name?
I know I'm a little late to this game, but I find it amusing that some of the Others' names incorporated the word GOOD. Horace, Amy and Olivia Goodspeed. Goodwin Stanhope.
In What Kate Did, we find out that she was on the run because she blew up a house with her abusive father Wayne inside. As we approach the final season of Lost, however, it appears that they are throwing a loop(hole) in her story. Watch this new video that debuted at Comic-Con, and decide for yourself whether or not they are presenting her life under different circumstances BEFORE Flight 815 or if she never boarded that plane...
There is a very telling revelation in this same episode, one which further cements my belief that Kate and Jack really do belong together rather than she and Sawyer.
Kate: "Every time that I look at Sawyer, every time I feel something for him...I see you, Wayne. It makes me sick."
Kate and Sawyer are cut from the same conning, criminal cloth. While they have had the most obvious chemistry throughout the series, I still believe that opposites attract. Both of their polar opposites and true love were discovered through Jack and Juliet, respectively.
In my last post, I stated my Libby theory; that she is Penny's half-sister and the reason that younger Charles Widmore was exiled from the island (for having an affair with a civilian that resulted in a pregnancy).
In The Other 48 Days, when Libby mentioned that she'd been to medical school, it only fueled my theory fire because now I'm convinced that she worked for Widmore Labs. Remember that Kate found a Widmore Labs pregnancy test in the plane luggage for Sun to use...the same brand and type that Juliet's sister Rachel used to discover she was pregnant.
And then I started thinking about additional characters with some form of medical background or training. Outside of the Shephards and Bernard the dentist, only OTHERS fit the bill: Ethan Rom, Juliet, Ben (who stitched up Sayid after he was shot in Germany), Mikhail (who also stitched up Sayid, in Enter 77) and Goodwin (who was operating on one of the pregnant Other women).
To me, it is not too far-fetched to ponder whether or not Libby was indeed an Other or a Widmore.
While it may odd that I am not addressing other important aspects of these four episodes, such as Shannon's death at Ana Lucia's hands or Eko's rich backstory, it is simply that I did not necessarily glean any new theories from revisiting them. During this rewatch, and in the interest of time, I am writing about and analyzing scenes and characters which stand out (in my eyes) as significant and deserve another look after absorbing five seasons of information.
Thank you for taking the time to read and participate in the Rewatch - please feel free to leave any comments or questions and I will try to respond this week!