BEWARE! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!
Don't say you weren't warned. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk LOST!
I think my brain is going to implode. Those LOST writers certainly left all the good stuff for last. My mind can barely wrap around one revelation when they toss another one at us. What a wildly entertaining show LOST is, and oh, how I will miss it when the final BAD ROBOT logo runs across the screen. Here are my three favorite moments from this week's show (although each week it is getting harder and harder to just pick three...)
I thought this was the most shocking moment of the night:
Jack has a son in the flash-sideways universe. Tied with A Lighthouse! More Numbers!
It's totally plausible that in the alternate version of reality, Jack had a son with his wife before he divorced her. How interesting to see Jack have a breakthrough, and overcome the mistakes of his father, and the hurts of his past, by trying to repair the relationship with his own son. Which leads to my next "moment", but before we go there, let's talk about the last ten minutes of the show.
The ancient lighthouse seems to be a portal to the "real" world, or at least various versions of reality off-island. In the mirrors, we saw an Asian style temple, which looks like the place where Jin and Sun got married, and a white church with a steeple, which looks like the church where the funeral for Sawyer's parents was held, and then of course, there was Jack's childhood home. I don't think this lighthouse is a portal, but I do think Jacob used it like a window, to observe "candidates", as Jack rightly deduced when he said, "he's been watching me since I was a child." It seems obvious, based on what Jacob said to Hurley in the final moments, that he knew all the long Jack would destroy the lighthouse, and that's exactly what he wanted him to do. Free will vs. omniscience. Discuss.
I thought this was the most heartbreaking moment of the night:
Jack (to his son, David): You know, my dad told me I "didn't have what it takes." I have carried that around with me all my life. I never want you to feel that way. You can never fail in my eyes, because I love you.
This was one of those wonderful LOST moments that we used to get so frequently in the first season of the show, where a character has a breakthrough and is victorious over their past mistakes, past hurts, past injustices, whatever. I liked seeing Jack try to make things right with his son. In fact, I'm really starting to get attached to the flash-sideways alternate reality. Locke is happy with Helen, and laughs at the troubles life gives him. Hurley is the luckiest guy in the world, and seems confident and happy. Jack, although still divorced, seems to have a hope of a future with his son, and redeemed some of his past hurts. It feels so strange, to begin to become attached to that new plotline, when I've been so emotionally tied up and committed to our island losties for six seasons now. Now I'm not so sure which timeline I want to be real. (Although that's just a guess - I have no idea how the writers are going to rectify these split timelines.)
And finally, here's the funny moment of the night:
Hurley (to Jack): "This is cool, dude. Very old school. You and me, trekking through the jungle, on our way to do something that we don't quite understand. Good times."
I also liked Hurley's comment about "liking history and Indiana Jones type stuff" when Dogen asked him what he was doing in the passageway. I've always loved Hurley, but I've really been enjoying his enhanced role in this final season. In fact, looking back, it's been a slow, steady progression for Hurley, from his neurotic early days, to the day he took charge and got the Dharma van running, and used it to save the day, to now, when became leader of the group and took them to safety at the temple. Even how he trusts his "visions" of dead people now, and calmly acts on them, is a big change for him. Love his character development, and love it that they've brought this supporting character more into the limelight for this final season.
So, what revelation really stuck with you from this episode? What do you think about Jungle Claire? (Or as I've decided to call her, "Creepy Claire".) Do you think she can be saved or rescued out of her insanity, or is she too far gone? Remember, Dogen told Jack she was "infected". And, from what Claire said, it sounds like they gave her the same test as Sayid and then tried to "cure" her but she escaped before they could help her. Either way, I smell a royal catfight of the century, when she finds out Kate took Aaron and raised him. Although, technically, Claire abandoned him when she followed Smokey into the jungle (when he was wearing the Christian Shepherd flesh-suit). Speaking of creepy, how evil was that grin Not-Locke gave Jin? (Shudders.) So much to talk about, so little time until the next episode. Let's discuss!