I am going to agree with Hydra, Swan and Arrow that this was the best episode of the season.Last week's was pretty incredible, and the idea that each episode is getting better than the last is ridiculously exciting. Am I still nervous? Yeah, I will be until the bitter end. However, my faith gets stronger with each episode and that has to count for something. Going last in the rotation is tricky because everyone has said most of what can be said at this point, however I will contribute what I can for this week's 5 Star episode.
I feel like there is a plot inconsistency, or rather something that doesn't quite make sense--and not in a "Lost" kind of way. I don't understand how Dogan was in the LAX Timeline. I may have missed something or misunderstood something, so I apologize in advance if that is the case. However, from what I understood the Island was destroyed in 1977. I also got the impression that Dogan was on the island long before 1977. Therefore, shouldn't he be with the fishies and not raising a prodigy child in LA? Now that I think about it, this should also apply to Ben, since he and his dad arrived to the island before 1977 as well. Again, I may have just missed something and I am really sorry for those who have to explain this to me. It's never been confirmed if anyone died in the explosion, and perhaps most of the inhabitants managed to evacuate. Maybe being confused by these guest appearances in LAX is the proper reaction right now. Time travel and alternate universes and parallel universes and hydrogen bombs leave me in constant states of confusion, so it probably makes sense to everyone else but me. Let me know, thanks.
I would like to say right now that I like Jack. I never really stopped liking Jack, I just thought he was insane for a while there. Yeah, sometimes he gets that crazy look in his eyes and sometimes he does things that piss me off, but I still have a lot of faith in his character, even if he feels like he has nothing left to offer anyone. I feel really bad for him. Plus, he's hot. When he was walking up to pick David up from school, his hair all windblown and his shirt open a tad? Rawr.
Anyway, this LAX Timeline was definitely the most interesting that we've seen this season, for many reasons. For one, Jack is so far the only character who is noticing things and having moments of uncertainty concerning the present--the blood on his neck and the scar from having his appendix out. He is kind of our modern day Billy Pilgrim in this way. Not blatantly and not to the full degree, but he is definitely lapsing and questioning occurrences and who knows if there may be a point when his LAX self and Island self collide, or if he will have glimpses into Before. As for who David's mother is . . .
I don't have any theories. If we stick with the fate thing, it's probably Sarah. However, they will have had to have met in an entirely different way since David is in his early teens and nothing would suggest Sarah destroying her spine any earlier than Before. We never got a specific date for when Jack and Sarah met and married, just the knowledge that the wig they gave him to look younger was terrible. If we go with the idea that the Island somehow managed to change who Jack married, then it's a mystery. I kind of like Arrow's theory that it might be Juliet. Granted she then would probably never have married that tool she was married to Before, but everything and everyone seems to be free game so . . . Whatever. I'm sure it will be revealed. I'm just glad David and Jack can have a healthy relationship from now on. LAX=happy ending; Island=not happy ending. JJ Abrams said that the show will not have a happy ending . . . I guess we'll see how that goes.That statement was made a loooong time ago, when the show was only supposed to run for four seasons, so perhaps they've reconsidered a happily ever after. Who knows. Not to sound like an awful person, but as long as all of the questions get answered, I don't really care if it's happy or sad.
Arrow, your "The Shining" references aren't really unwarranted. In "The Shining", Jack gets corrupted by evil spirits during his isolation in the Overlook Hotel and puts an axe into the chest of the guy (Dick) who tried to save the family. Claire has been infected with darkness during her isolation and put an axe through the chest of the guy who kind of meant to save Jin. Also, "The Shining" has a thing for numbers as well. The writers of "Lost" love allusion, and it's all over the place. ALL OVER THE PLACE. And yeah, creepy Bone Baby . . . Crazy Claire is not sexy, and I don't have a problem expressing when girls are sexy. Crazy Claire reminds me of a feral kitten--remnants of still being adorable, but clearly needs to be put out of its misery. Claire is not going to get a happy ending, folks. I don't like it, but one doesn't come back from the dark place Claire is in now. She won't go down without a fight, though. I feel as though maybe Jin should have elaborated on the "Kate taking Aaron" thing. Crazy Claire might have been less homicidal towards Kate if she realized Aaron wasn't taken by Kate but rather that Kate assumed responsibility for him. Claire, even before being crazy, has never liked the words "taking/taken" and "Aaron" in the same sentence--which is a maternal reaction, of course. Now that she is crazy, though, things being taken from her end in death. And OMG she is friends with Smokey. Not a huge reveal, but it was a creepy way for the episode to end.
The Lighthouse was pretty badass. There is not much more to elaborate on that hasn't already been mentioned in the blog. For some reason, Kate and her number (51) were not crossed out on the dial, even though she was not mentioned in the cave as a Candidate. Like Swan, I wanted to yell at Jack for smashing the mirrors, but Jacob seemed cool with it so I guess I'll let it slide. That said, I don't trust Jacob. I won't go so far as to suggest he is evil, but I can't say he is 100% good either. He is manipulative and cryptic and those aren't good qualities. My prediction for the enigmatic Wallace is:
(or it's Smokey's real name)
Sorry for the Rambling,
Fun fact: Jack is number 23 and this Jack-centric episode aired on the 23rd.