Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)
Not every LOST episode can be “Through the Looking Glass”. There are certainly a lot of setup episodes throughout the course of the series, and I can accept that. The most I ask from these episodes is that they provide a few mythology elements to chew on, and the non-island portion of the show explores the characters in an interesting way. In this regard, the Lighthouse is a complete success.
The lighthouse itself was the biggest revelation of this episode. Located at the peak of this auspicious building was a mirror/compass hybrid that seems to be a device to at least observe the Losties’ pasts. Screenshots appear to confirm that the reflections in the mirror were the church where Sawyer met Jacob, the church where Sun and Jin were greeted by Jacob in the reception line, and of course, Jack’s house. There were also some notable number pairings from the wheel; Austen is number 51, and the number Hurley was instructed to turn to (108) was associated with a Wallace.
This is just another reason why LOST is amazing: a two minute scene can lead to hours of speculation. Was the device Jacob’s or Smokey’s? Could both island enigmas be looking for potential replacement candidates? Why isn’t Kate’s number one of the six? I could keep going.
In contrast, Jack apparently found nothing interesting about it and preserved its mystery post-haste. I think if 99% of us found ourselves in front of such a conceptually mind-blowing contraption, we would take a few minutes and see what it was all about before obliterating it. (Please, don’t say, “Jacob knew that Jack would react that way and that’s why he made sure he was there.”)
Elsewhere on the island, Claire had an awkward reunion with Jin. The camera was sure to point out the burn scar on Claire’s shoulder, suggesting she underwent the same torture as Sayid. I really hope they merge Claire’s storyline with the rest of the islanders soon, because these scenes fell really flat for me. Emilie de Ravin just doesn’t have the chops to carry a scene on her own. Thankfully, Flocke was briefly added to the mix which should spice things up in the next episodes.
The flash sideways examined Jack in an entirely new light. The idea of Jack as a father was gratifying in its concept alone. Given Jack’s criticisms and issues with his own father it was cool to see how he handles the pressures of parenthood. The internet seems to be abuzz with questions of who the mother is, and some of the implications. David definitely seems too old to be the son of many of the theorized mothers (Sarah, Kate, Gabriela). Eye colour, age, logic, and writing tendencies lead me to believe that Juliet is the mother. Maternity tests aside, it’s good to see the writers using this timeline to take some big leaps with the characters.
It might be a red herring, but Jack’s appendectomy scar could be significant. These types of occurrences along with the character’s mental lapses seem to suggest there is definitely a connection between this season’s two timelines. Some theories are transferring consciousness a la Desmond in “Flashes Before Your Eyes”. One idea that interests me is that the flash sideways is actually a result of something that happens at the end of this season (aside from or combined with the results of the bomb), and we are watching the epilogue of the series in parallel with the climax.
After a slow start, the final season is definitely picking up a lot of steam. I haven’t been this excited about the show since the end of season three.
- Who is David’s mother?
- Did the lighthouse belong to Jacob or Smokey?
- Jacob mentioned someone coming to the island? Any thoughts on who it is?