First of all, I'd like to thank the Looking Glass for a wonderful guest post this week. We decided to branch out and bring in a guest poster to try it out/change things up, and I think it went over well! Which is good, because if he messed up, we were going to have to give him over to the Smoke Monster.
That being said, someone on twitter had tweeted, "This episode wasn't that great" a few hours before I got to watch it here on the west coast, so I went into it expecting the worst. The lesson I learned here is to not read twitter on Tuesday nights from when the East coasts airs LOST on, because I quite liked the episode.
I agree with you, Looking Glass, about the whole not having a central character aspect of this episode feeling jarring. We kept waiting to find out who the episode was going to be "about" and it never came. Unfortunately I feel like this is probably going to be the trend for the rest of the season, as everyone who is still "important" has already had their flash sideways episode.
And maybe it's a good thing. If we're not focusing on one person's problems in the LAX timeline, there is much more room to figure out the big picture. And with as few episodes as there are left, we really need to start figuring out the big picture.
Desmond is just baffling me here. Looking Glass, you were right about him having the flight manifest, but that doesn't explain everything going on here. HOW does he know what type of interference each person needs in order to remember the Island?
It made me flash back to the season where Desmond keeps predicting Charlie's death. I wonder if Desmond is having a similar super-natural experience with his new work in gathering the Oceanic flight 815 passengers? I have no idea.
I liked your Free Will and Destiny theory - and definitely agree that was the case the first time Jack and Locke had a showdown on the island and everyone chose sides. Jack embodied the concept of Free Will and Locke embodied the concept of Destiny.
This time I think things are a little different. Jack did a complete 180 and is now embodying Destiny, but Flocke is more along the lines of Save My Own Ass and Crush Everyone In My Way.
I felt the SAME way about Sun and Jin's reunion. They were running to each other and all of my roommates and I were saying was "one of them is going to get shot/electrocuted/mauled by a polar bear!!!! - oh, they're hugging now. Guess they're okay."
I am on team Desmond Is Still Alive. Sayid's response to Flocke was just too creepy. There is no way Sayid killed him after that speech.
Speaking of creepy, I liked when Claire said to Jack: "Like it or not, you're with him now." There has been a lot of that theme going on, like when it was also said to Jack, "You chose him when you let him talk to you." That wasn't the first time someone said that.
And Flocke! "It's so nice to have everyone back together again."
I don't know about the rest of you, but his calm pleasantness about that statement made him sound like a crazy murdering crazytown when he said that. I was actually a little scared for a minute.
I'm not sure why Widmore altered the deal. Maybe it's because he lost Desmond. That's not Sawyer's fault, but Widmore isn't really the type of guy who does things "fairly".
Also, figured I would add - earlier Jack offered to fix Locke's spine, now he's operating on Locke, I would bet money he'll be able to walk in the next episode. Just like on the island, Locke was SUPPOSED to be able to walk again.
And in closing - I love that this show took another opportunity to kill every remaining random extra. Nice work.