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Weekly Lost Chronicles: Lighthouse

February 24, 2010

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The Jack time line in the flash sideways, like John Locke’s, shows a significant (intentional) continuity error. When the series started, Jack wasn’t a father and eventually divorced his wife, Sarah. In this new time line, Jack has visitation of his son, David, who bears a great resemblance to Jack but a slight resemblance to Kate as well…even though the only son they knew was Aaron, Claire’s child that Kate took off of the island. The separation stayed, but boy here appears to be a new character as of this new time frame. More curious is Jack’s scar from having his appendix removed, something his mother remembered, but Jack guesses he did as well. Jack guided Juliet through the surgery when he had his appendix removed on the island. In the flash sideways, how could he have gone through his life, up to that point, without even noticing the scar? Unless he was “branded” in some alternate time line as well. Read a little further…

A common theme with Jack’s character is his inability to maintain a relationship. He couldn’t maintain one with his first wife, he couldn’t maintain one with Kate. He couldn’t maintain one with John Locke, as much as Locke tried, nor Sawyer (not that Sawyer was any great help in that department, either). In this episode it was his son who he had the rough relationship with. David didn’t want Jack at the recital because he didn’t want his father see him fail. Yet, Jack was the one determined to not make the same mistakes his own father made with him. Jack’s father had told him that he “didn’t have what it takes,” something he carried around with him his entire life, and never wanted his own son to feel that way. It’s another common theme that runs through this series, how the words spoken to them, or even spoken themselves, as well as their actions, has brought them to where they are now physically and emotionally, regardless of the time line.

The Claire aspect of the show was far more confusing than anything the episode had to offer (and that says a lot!). Claire had been captured by the Others for “picking off” their people, as well as setting traps. This was something Rousseau would do. Make no mistake; Claire is looking a lot like Rousseau these days, and has all of her survival instincts.  In an attempt to extract information as to where her son is, she held Justin hostage, threatening him to kill him with an axe if he didn’t tell her where Aaron was. When Jin held off her first swing, she told him how “they” stuck her with needles and branded her. She showed the branding scar around her left shoulder. It’s not a far reach to assume that it’s the same one Sayid now has, and the same one that Jack carried in the flash sideways. The appear to be about the same shape and size, although Claire’s looks to be a little more recent. Jack’s and Sayid’s scars are on the same side, around the same spot. If Jack never noticed his scar until now, it could be that diagonal line between the two time frames, and his branding on the island hasn’t happened yet, or will shortly. In any case, when Jin asked her how she knew they had taken Aaron, she said that her father had told her (Christian, Jack’s dad) and her “friend,” which turned out to be fake John Locke. Jin told Claire what happened to Aaron, yet it wasn’t enough to stave off a huge axe to Justin’s stomach. A little ghastly, but pretty cool all the same, and probably deserving. To add the the confusion was Jin’s lie that Kate took the baby, that the Others have him. Okay, Jin, which one is it? We saw Aaron off the island for three years, Kate did take him off. How is it that Aaron is still on the island? Is Aaron the blonde haired boy from last week? Given his penchant for disappearing (remember the supermarket?), is Aaron even alive? For that matter, is Claire even alive? With Jin, where is the truth and where is the lie?

Exactly who is alive and who is already dead on this island?

If the heart of the episode was the relationship between Jack and David, the meat was at the lighthouse itself. Jacob is now speaking freely through Hurley, having both he and Jack travel to the lighthouse to summon those who were meant to find the island. While turning the wheel 108 degrees, the magical, mystical number that keeps popping up, Jack spots the names and numbers, finding his own name and corresponding number, #23. Impulsive Jack takes over, turning the wheel 23 degrees, and spots the house he grew up in. Irrational Jack takes over, realizing that Jacob has been watching all along. And when he can’t get Hurley to summon Jacob to get the answers he wants, he smashes the mirrors. This is the love/hate relationship that many Losties have with this character, yet it’s clear that while Jacob has been watching, he’s also been nudging everyone to the island. That theme of free will and destiny has been further blurred, as it was either his own decision or something else that made Jack break those mirrors. Jacob isn’t only watching, he’s nudging him, as well as the rest of the survivors, all along. He nudged Jack by getting the stuck candy bar out of the vending machine for him. He nudged Sawyer with the pen. He nudged Kate by purchasing the lunch box she intended to steal. He nudged, along with a touch, everyone to the island. The incident that brought the plane down wasn’t an accident. Scarier is that nobody on that island is in control of their own destiny.

The only thing left is the number 108. Given the out of whack time lines, the number 108 crossed off on the wheel is insignificant. It has to represent whomever it is on his way back to the island. The “rules” didn’t apply to Desmond Hume, and we haven’t seen him since the first episode. We’ve yet to see Charles Widmore. Whomever it is, we’re told that the person is coming to the temple, as it’s “someone bad.” Like many of us, I’ve been wrong more than I’ve been right about predicting the direction. My best guess lies with Desmond, regardless of the good he represented earlier, if for no other reason than it would represent another one of the show’s curveballs.

Now watch it be Widmore, just to prove me wrong once again.

Coming next week: Sundown

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