Some more nuggets I missed in my earlier review:
- The artwork on Widmore’s office wall in the Sideways world: a balance / scale with one side holding a white rock and the other holding a black rock.
- Desmond seems infatuated with the boat model in Widmore’s office; it’s as if his old memories are already trying to bubble through to his consciousness.
- Some are saying that Eloise is working in concert with MIB, perhaps in an attempt to override the Island reality where she shoots her son. Not sure if it’s true, but it would seem to make sense and gives credence to the ongoing feud between Eloise and her husband. But how sure can we be that Widmore is on Team Jacob? I guess he’s the one Jacob was referring to when he told Hurley “someone’s coming to the Island”. So that might be possible.
- I never made mention of it, but I noticed two mirror / reflection moments for Desmond in this episode. The first happened at the very beginning of his Sideways story, as he was staring at the baggage claim sign. The other happened as he was approaching the precinct where Charlie was being released. Is this a nod to the fact that Desmond is the only one (so far) to be able to experience both realities / timelines? Perhaps his mission will be to get the rest of the 815ers to experience their second “reflection”, thereby allowing them to shuttle between both worlds or choose one over the other? It’s looking like this (or something like it) is going to be the end game for the series.
- From my friend David: “What if back in Season 1 when Claire was dreaming that they came to take her baby she was seeing Ethan et al. in the alternate timeline? This would also go along with the theory that some have had that John Locke was healed in the island timeline because Jack healed him in the alternate non-island timeline. This would mean that the timelines have been interacting with each other for a while now.” Very interesting. Not sure if I buy it, but could be.