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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lost: "The Substitute"

*Here's an article that should have been posted almost 2 weeks ago. Sorry it wasn't up sooner. Anyway, here it is! "Lighthouse" and tonight's episode "Sundown".

If you recall, in Season 5, Eloise Hawking referred to John Locke as being "a substitute" for Christian Shepherd on Ajira Flight 316. Could this be a foreshadow? Christian was not found in his casket, and could be alive on the Island. We do know he is in some form, whether you believe he is working for The Man in Black, Jacob, or someone else. Personally, I believe Jacob is his own entity, working for himself.

Since it was a Locke episode, I was excited. If you didn't know, John Locke is my favorite character on Lost. But I was sad to see that in the flashsideways, Locke is still crippled in a wheelchair. He is unhappy about his situation, and was denied a Walkabout in the flashsideways world as well. And because of this, he was fired from his job. This further upsets him. But we soon find out that he and Helen are still together, and it appears his dad is actually a good person. Now that's strange!

If you recall, in "What Kate Does", I hypothesized that the flashsideways reveal that the destinies of the characters are the same off-Island as they were on-Island. Well, that theory was blown apart!

In the flashsideways, Locke is given some great advice from the terminally ill Rose, who still has cancer. He begins to accept his condition, and gets a job as a substitute teacher (get it?!). And that's when we get the WTF moment... he's teaching alongside Ben.

If the Incident caused the new timeline, then shouldn't he be dead because he was in The Temple when it occured? Apparently, this is the result of something different. And the whole flashsideways are confusing the helll out of me. I don't hate them, but I'd like to understand them more...

Speaking of The Temple, we didn't have any scenes there this week. The show mostly focused on Locke and Sawyer. The Man in Black appeared to Sawyer (now stuck in Locke's form, I might add), who wasn't fased that someone took Locke's form. A drunken Sawyer went with him, against protests from Richard. As Ilana would explain, The Man in Black is now "recruiting".

He took Sawyer through the jungle. There, both of them saw a child who scolded Flocke. "You cant kill him" the child said. To which Flocke replied Locke's infamous "Don't tell me what I can't do!". I think the child is Aaron, and is referring to Jacob. There's not much evidence to back this up, but it is just a gut feeling.

Flocke and Sawyer descended down a ladder to a mysterious cave, presumably belonging to Jacob. In the cave, there was a balance with two stones on it. Flocke went and through the white stone into the water. I'm taking this as symbolism, which many people aren't. I think this helps prove that Jacob is the good person, and the Man in Black is the bad guy. I keep being drawn to Locke's statement about "Two players, two sides. One is light. One is dark."

And that's where he see the Cave's wall. Numerous names have been written on the wall. Many are crossed out, but Jack's name, Hurley's name, Locke's name, Kwon (Jin, Sun, or someone else?), Sawyer's name, and Sayid's name are not crossed off, and each person has a corresponding number. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 43 are next to each person's name.

Flocke explains all these people are Candidates to take over Jacob's position as protector of the Island. But Flocke convinces- or manipulates- Sawyer into leaving the Island with him.

For the sad news: John Locke was burried. His body was placed amongst his friends and fellow Oceanic passengers. It was a small, sad, and odd funeral. Ben gave a few sad and sicnere words at the burrial. I'd like to end with them here.

"John Locke was... a believer. He was a man of faith. He was a much batter man than I'll ever be. And I'm very sorry I murdered him."

Top 3 Questions I Want Answered:
1). What caused the Alternate timeline and why is it important?
2). What happened to Claire?
3). Will John Locke be resurrected? (I want him to be!)

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