Sidebar: There’s probably going to be a lot of LOST chatter going on here at the blog over the next few weeks. Hard to believe that this great show will be going off the air in less than two weeks. In the meantime, I’ll be breaking it all down; I’m even preparing my “what it all means” theory of the show which I’ll be posting soon.
In the meantime, I’ve been reflecting on last week’s incredible entry, “The Candidate”, which I have a feeling may go down as one of the all-time greats in series history. But during a careful rewatch this evening (over a bowl of Chocolate Cheerios, I might add), I noticed something about Widmore and his crew: they’re wusses. We’ve already heard Zoe blathering on about how she’s a geologist (or something), not a mercenary. In “The Candidate”, Sawyer refuses to get in the polar bear cages and — at will — jerks the firearm away from “dough boy” (who later becomes Locke’s late night snack). If Widmore was really going to “war” with Smokey, wouldn’t it stand to reason that he’d bring tougher hench-persons? I mean, this is the same guy who had Martin Keamy in his employ at one time. He knows shady. And yet now, with so much on the line, he comes to the Island armed with Mickey’s Fire Brigade?
I’m starting to wonder if Widmore isn’t somehow in cahoots with MIB. Without Widmore’s presence, Locke could’ve never pulled the long con he pulled on the castaways, convincing them to hop aboard Chuck’s sub. He also uses Sawyer’s knowledge of the cave and its crossed out names to get our favorite rogue to lay down his guns in order to preserve Kate’s life (a theme that never gets old in the writer’s room, I guess). How would Widmore know that such an argument would have any bearing on Sawyer? How would Widmore know that Sawyer had been to the cave anyway unless MIB has somehow communicated this to him?
Maybe there’s a way to explain this that I’m not seeing. And of course, you had that whole conversation between Locke and Widmore earlier this season — I forget which episode — where they basically stare at each other by the pylons and talk about the war that’s coming to the Island. But maybe that was for show. Maybe that was all a part of the long con. Don’t forget: Widmore was the one who found John Locke when he left the Island and teleported out to Tunisia. It was Widmore who gave Locke the resources to try and get the band back together for an Island reunion tour. It was Widmore who set into action the chain of events that led to John’s eventual murder, a crucial part of MIB’s plan to find a loophole in order to kill Jacob and leave the Island. As the series winds down, all of this points to Widmore as a possible cohort to the Man in Black.
Of course, I could be wrong. I’m sure tomorrow night’s episode will reveal Widmore as the good guy who’s been pulling the strings all along or something.