Wednesday, February 24, 2010
What's In a Name? Ask Ilana
The only positive note about being sick and stuck at home on a cold day is that I have time to elaborate about the latest episode. I started to study some of the last names on the lighthouse compass, and came across one that I believe to be significant: 25 - Asher.
My theory is that number 25 represents Ilana. Not only is there an obvious tie between her and ASH on the island, the name Ilana Asher offers up a few fascinating anagrams:
Heal, As Rain
Her, An Alias
That the name Asher is crossed out and Ilana was brought back to the island by Jacob leads me to believe that we will be seeing others who have left (alive) brought back in some capacity as well. Perhaps the person that Jacob is currently awaiting is one of them. 'Special' Lost Boys Aaron and Walt seem to be the most relevant possibilities...
I have not seen the name Hume either in the cave or on the compass, so I suppose that eliminates my previous speculation about Desmond. It is puzzling that both Widmore and Hawking are absent from both locations as well.
In addition, we do not know how much time passed between Jacob's visit to Ilana while she was in a Russian hospital and her return to the island via Ajira 316...but I have a strong suspicion that she healed rather quickly. And if I had to venture a guess, her unknown yet severe injuries were caused by burns. Recalling the final image of Jacob burning up in the fire in the S5 finale, I have to question whether or not her injuries were sustained in a similar fashion.
Here is where I may be entirely incorrect - biblically speaking, Asher is the SON of Jacob. However, Asher had a daughter named Serah, who was Jacob's only granddaughter. So if Ilana does represent Serah (and no, I do not think it could be Jack's ex-wife Sarah), that would further fuel my thought process about the generations of families who have been to the island [see previous episode analysis for details].
Overall thoughts? Be gentle, I'm attempting to be analytical while buried beneath a stack of blankets. :)