LOST Season Six: Lighthouse

So this was the classic pivot episode where our characters are all put into position for what comes next. The pace of this episode was more aligned with “What Kate Does”, more of a slow boil. But I really liked the episode and here are the reasons why:

  • Jack. I know a lot of fans can’t stand the good doctor. Maybe it’s his insatiable desire to fix everything, even when things don’t need fixing. Maybe it’s his whole “live together, die alone” mantra. Maybe it’s his rapid fire blinking whenever he receives a shocking piece of news. I don’t know. But I’ve always liked the guy. Tonight’s episode made me hurt for him. When Hurley asks him why he returned to the Island, I love Jack’s response: “I came back here because I was broken. And I was stupid enough to think this place could fix me.” I think our erstwhile hero has finally reached the point of breakthrough. Whatever the reason for Jack being on the Island, I think he’s finally ready to accept his destiny. This Jack reminds me of the time-traveling Locke who, when reflecting on the painful experience of Boone’s death that leads him to bang on the hatch door, says, “I needed that pain to get to where I am now.” Jack Shepherd has needed his pain — every heart-wrenching moment of it — to get to where he is now: sitting on the coastline, staring at the ocean, reflecting on his destiny. I don’t know where the story goes from here, but I’m excited about Jack finally living into the hero role. Oh, and I LOVED the whole mirror destroying thing. Very cool.
  • Hurley. Jorge Garcia may be one of the most unintentionally funny guys on television. The guy can read almost any line and crack me up. I love what the writers have done this season, pushing ghost-whisperer Hurley out front. I don’t know what to make of his interactions with Jacob (Is he dead? Undead? Good? Evil?), but I love the more prominent role Hurley is playing so far. But it seems that his Island buddy Jacob may not be the omniscient deity that some people think he is. Hang with me here: Jacob appeared to Hurley in the season premiere, telling Hurley how important it was to get Sayid to the Temple. Hurley followed orders, although not immediately — there was that whole matter of saving Juliet that they had to tend to. But we know that Sayid’s experience at the Temple did NOT go well; supposedly he’s “infected” and we assume he’ll eventually take sides with Smokey when this whole battle goes down. My question is this: If Jacob knew that the Temple baptistery was corrupted with murky water, why would he tell Hurley that it was important to get Sayid there? Maybe Sayid’s “corruption” is at least partially the result of Hurley and his friends not getting him to the Temple ASAP. But it still doesn’t make much sense for Jacob to have Hurley save Sayid if ultimately Sayid is going to end up playing for the other team. I think this is Jacob’s mea culpa. Does that make sense? It is interesting to note that Jacob is staring at the murky water at the beginning of the episode before he turns to give Hurley his instructions. It’s like he’s disappointed or something.
  • Claire. For the first 100 days of her Island “journey”, Claire was one of the most boring castaways this side of Paulo and Nikki, especially after she gave birth to Aaron. Remember her whole carrier pigeon idea to get them rescued? Craziness. But this new Deliverance-esque Claire is way more fun. (And crazy, for that matter.) It seems that Smokey has been really doing a number on her over the past few years. She doesn’t seem to have any recollection of losing Aaron before walking off into the jungle with Christian. But with Smokey’s appearance at the end of the episode — and with the revelation that he’s been Claire’s “friend” these past few years — I feel pretty confident that the Christian Shepherd we saw on the Island was an earlier manifestation of our Man in Black. According to Claire, both Christian and FLocke have told her that the Others have her baby. It’ll be interesting to see if Claire believes Jin’s lie about lying (I don’t think she does) and what happens when Kate inevitably meets up with Claire of the Jungle. Showdown next week?

In his LA X reality, we learn that Jack has a son, David — a piano playing prodigy (could he be the student of another piano playing whiz, Daniel Farraday?) who has communication issues with his old man. (And how cool / biblical is it that David Shepherd is a song lover who amazes audiences with his gift?) This flash sideways did more for me than any other to date; I guess I’m a sucker for the Daddy-son themes that this episode plumbed. Basically, Jack and David seem destined to play out the same tired relationship Jack and Christian experienced…until Jack reaches a place of brokenness and honesty and tells his son that his love for him isn’t predicated on any level of achievement or ability. “I will always love you. No matter what you do. In my eyes you can never fail.”

The episode begins in this LA X reality with Jack reflecting in a mirror again, this time trying to remember when he had his appendix removed. Of course, in the Island reality, Juliet removed his appendix toward the end of Season Four; but in this reality, Jack seems to have no recollection of this. He goes so far as to ask his mother about it, only to find out his appendix has been removed for years. But there’s something significant about what’s happening to these castaways in their off-Island realities. There are these moments in each episode — Jack with his appendectomy scar; Kate with the whale plush doll — where our characters seem to be experiencing deja vu. It’s like they’re aware of the significance of some of these things, even if they can’t put their finger on exactly why.

This moment is paralleled in the Island story, which begins with Jack looking at his reflection in a reflecting pool. But this reflection is in flux; the turbulence of the water keeps Jack from seeing himself as he truly is. I could make a sweeping reference to how this serves as a metaphor for five seasons of Jack story-telling…but you get the point, right? Things are going to be clarified somewhat for Dr. Shepherd in this episode, an episode that I think will reap huge dividends down the line.

It was also no accident that Hurley and Jack made that little detour at the caves. The producers are wanting to call to mind Adam & Eve from Season One. Remember these are the corpses they found, one male and one female, one holding a black stone and the other holding a white stone. Of course, these were alluded to last week with the much larger stones hanging on the balance in Jacob’s cave. Hurley’s question is one that we’ve been asking for a while now — what if Adam & Eve are actually two of our castaways who somehow end up back in time living out their days in quiet serenity in the caves? Is Hurley’s question a foreshadowing device? Or is it meant to through us off? This is one of the show’s mysteries that interests me the most.

Questions:

  • Jack has a kid. Who’s the baby mama?
  • Did LA X Christian leave his entire estate to Claire?
  • Where and when will Desmond fit back in to the story? Remember the words of Eloise Hawking, aka Daniel Farraday’s mum from last season: “The Island’s not through with you yet, Desmond.” I wonder when we’ll get the rest of that story.
  • So…candidates can do whatever they want? Interesting.
  • Who’s coming to the Island? Hero Jack? Or someone else?
  • And what was that thing in Claire’s baby bed? Talk about a Rosemary’s Baby moment. Yikes.
  • Why does Jack refuse the drink his mother offers him? He didn’t have a problem asking for an extra drink on the plane.
  • Did you notice the sign outside as Jack rushes into the school to see David’s performance? It reads: “Auditions. Williams Observatory. Welcome all candidates.” Is young David a “candidate” in the same way Jack is?
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6 Responses to LOST Season Six: Lighthouse

  1. Dylan says:

    I’m calling it right now. Jacob was talking about Desmond coming to the island. First of all, I’m sure it would have to be a character we already know (they wouldn’t just add a random new character to be this person Jacob is bringing to the island), so it would have to be either Desmond, Widmore, Ji Yeon (a possibility…..maybe SHE is the #42 Kwon), Eloise Hawking or Aaron. Desmond makes the most sense. Second, Hurley was turning the mirror to 108 to call whoever it was. Desmond is naturally connected with 108 by pushing the button every 108 minutes.

    No surprise, but I really liked the episode too. It was a little slow, and it was definitely a set-up episode, not a whole lot happened, but everything that DID happen: the stories, the character development, the flash-sideways was quality. Once again, it was like a season one episode: great characters, subtle, nuanced, more mysterious than giving answers, a little more light-hearted at times (both funny and “sweet” moments) and not tons of plot. I’m glad you enjoyed it. But I’m still going to call you BIB, you know, cause it’s funny.

    I love how Hurley now completely represents the fan perspective. He’s almost like a walking LOST message board. He’s got theories, funny comments, asks tough questions, and is always confused. And Emile de Ravin must be having a blast getting to play psycho Claire; dressing crazy, talkin’ crazy, stabbing people with axes. My friends and I have a Lost fantasy league where you get points for characters doing cool things (punching, kissing, etc.) and killing people gets you 20 points. Who knew Claire would be the Chris Johnson of Lost?

    It’s interesting how not only season 6 is following the same character-centric episode pattern (Various Characters, Kate, Locke, Jack), but each episode is hitting the same themes that the first episodes did. Kate running from the marshall, Locke dealing with being paralyzed but having hope in the end, Jack coming back to the coffin (which we FINALLY got the answer of whether Christian was in the coffin or not. But I guess we really already knew for a long time). So I guess Sun will be dealing with marriage issues next week. In episode 7, will Charlie be back? Or will they just skip ahead to Sawyer’s episode?

    • Jason says:

      According to Lostpedia, #108 on the wheel belongs to somebody named “Wallace” and the number has been crossed out. http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Wallace

      However, I’d love it if Desmond were somehow being beckoned to the Island again.

      You’re right, we’ve been tracking along the same pattern as the Season 1 episodes so far. But I think I read somewhere that after next week’s Sun episode, we get one devoted to Sayid which would break the pattern. Did Sayid’s episode come after Charlie’s in Season 1? I can’t remember.

      If Claire is the Chris Johnson of your LOST fantasy league, that would make Bernard the BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

  2. Dylan says:

    I liked Doc Jensen’s article this week about when he talked about how Jack’s brokenness on the island being due to his inability to let go of his past. The past in which his father didn’t believe he “has what it takes,” and where Jack is always trying to prove him wrong by trying to fix things, and always ends up failing (patients, relationships, leadership, time-alterning nuclear weapon detonations). So when Jack looks into the lighthouse mirror, he is really looking into his own soul and seeing his place of brokenness (his past). Meanwhile, sideways Jack comes to a point in this episode where he finally lets go of his past, accepts that he can’t fix everything, and just tells his son how he feels and lets his son come to him, instead of trying to immediately “fix” the relationship.

    I feel like the flash-sideways are a way for our characters to become at peace with who they truly are. Jack is at peace with his past and stops trying to fix things. Locke is at peace with being paralyzed and stops trying to be something he’s not. Kate realizes that instead of being a fugitive on the run, maybe she should focus on being a nice, caring person (maybe that last one was a stretch).

    • Jason says:

      I read somewhere online (sorry I couldn’t find the link) where Michael Emerson tells us that these flash-sideways are “very important”. He says Ben and Locke forge a very interesting relationship in the sideways world. He says Ben still has some of the same qualities we’ve seen, only not to the degree that his Island self demonstrated them. Interesting.

      Another cool Easter egg: Jack lifts up a white rabbit to find the key to “what he’s looking for”, an obvious nod to the Alice in Wonderland reference earlier in the episode. Hat tip to Doc Artz for that one; I didn’t come up with it on my own. Artz goes on to ask, “Is it possible that Jacob never encountered our castaways in this alternate reality? Is this why their lives turned out “better” than the lives we’ve been watching for five seasons?” That’s an intriguing possibility and it would seem to point toward Jacob being something less than a benevolent string-puller.

      • Jason says:

        Also, what are we to make of the fact that Jacob is kind of “giving up” on the people at the Temple? Are these people not fiercely loyal to him? Doesn’t he care for the well being of his devotees? I’m stating to doubt that Jacob is very good at all.

  3. TH says:

    I’ve been slowly preparing for a scenario in which Jacob is not the good guy, but are we to believe that Flocke/MIB is? Or is this a ploy to challenge the audience’s notion that there is always a “good” and “bad” guy to every story. This would be similar to what we’ve seen all along in a more general sense – that no one is as good or as bad as they seem on the surface. A character study of the 815 crew provides enough fodder for a discussion on moral relativity alone. Add to this the notion of an “other” – who at first is demonized only to find out this is “their” Island and that their “evil” actions against the “Losties” were all done in the interest of self preservation – not maliciousness.

    Still though, there are those characters that seem to fall into the traditional categories of “good” and “bad”. Can anyone say that Hurley is “bad”?

    I guess I wonder if Jacob will simply be a few degrees “better” than Smokey, or just as bad – or perhaps even worse?

    What’s the early consensus?

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