I don't have much I can say about this episode. Or, at least, nothing insightful. I've always enjoyed the character of Benjamin Linus, one of my favorites on the show, and "Dr. Linus" was such an amazing episode for his character. It's not that I never thought he was a horrible person at times, I guess I just always had faith him. He's not a sociopath, so there was always hope. Not to mention, he is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, villains in television history (Cigarette-Smoking Man is his contender). I was honestly dreading the possibility that he might die. He still might, but we get him for at least one more episode! Well done, Michael Emerson.
I am enjoying the LAX Timeline now. I guess I started to like it more with "Lighthouse", but I suppose now I am seeing its purpose. The parallels are very interesting to watch. I suppose it's because they are paralleling what is happening within the Island Timeline now with the LAX instead of just retelling seasons 1-5, like those first few episodes. We were devoid of any "teehee" moments this week (except MAYBE Arzt's pun about Ben being a killer), we got another little layer of the onion pulled off with a fact on Richard being confirmed, and we got to see this remarkable character growth before our eyes. It was truly flawless. Oh, and Jack is becoming a badass again. Hooray! Each episode is better than the last so I am getting excited, and less patient.
I like Arrow's theory, but I am reluctant to agree with any theories concerning what the island is, just because they have turned down so many I've given up. I am also not going to completely trust Jacob right now either, because the fact remains that he has been a bit of a jerk. I am not writing him off completely as a good guy, but he's got a little evil in him. Even super heroes have flaws, though, so maybe he's just imperfect like the rest of us and I need to cut him some slack.
I'm glad my confusion concerning Dogan and Ben being in LAX has been resolved, even though I kind of was hoping I could write the writers a letter and be like, "HA! PLOT HOLE! SEE, YOU AREN'T COOLER THAN THE REST OF US!" Alas. They are so much cooler.
Hydra, show us what you got.
What if Jacob bestows different gifts with each touch? Clearly immortality is not the same gift for everyone, because Locke died and was touched by Jacob. Kate was touched and she isn't even a candidate anymore and her only talent seems to be bedroom eyes at Sawyer and doing the exact opposite of what people tell her to do. Jack's gift is flying off the handle on a whim and Sawyer's is giving out sassy nicknames. I thought perhaps Hurley's gift from Jacob could be seeing dead people, but he was able to do that before Jacob touched him. Anyway, something to think on.
Also, I know it may seem like I am totally lying, but I wanted to guess that perhaps Wallace was Widmore's real name when we were first introduced to the idea of Wallace, but I thought that might be too ridiculous. Now it seems that it COULD be the case.