LOST, Season 3: "The Man Behind the Curtain" [recap]

Sheesh. What a crazy episode.

Damon & Carlton said in the May 11th podcast that they wanted to create a "TiVo moment", inre: the brief glimpse of Jacob that we received, and I did in fact pause my DVR to catch it. Now, what we actually saw is just beyond me... let's break things down a bit:

First off, the whole "help me" that Locke heard, that situation is crazy. I don't doubt that Jacob is real, and is some kind of weird entity or something you can only see if you are tuned in or whatever the hell he is, but it just kills me that, apparently, it seems as though you can only hear what he wants to hear, or what have you. Like, Locke couldn't hear anything Jacob was saying to Ben, but when Jacob spoke to Locke, Ben couldn't hear it. This infuriated Ben, for not only does it seem like he wants to stay leader of the Others (or at least the Others who don't live in non-electric houses), he also wants to be the only enlightened one, the only one who can speak to and be spoken to by Jacob. I slipped up at the end of this episode, after the credits rolled... I said "damn, so Locke's dead?" and my wife answered back "What makes you say that he's dead?"... which is telling. Ben only shot Locke once, and it wasn't really in the heart (looked more like the stomache, no?); knowing how non-fatal blows can be cured at a more rapid pace, I don't doubt that Locke will be back before season's end. How, and in what shape, is anybody's guess...

Onto Ben: I am certain that he is lying about more than he says he is. I should never have believed him, after his fakeHenry Gale nonsense; but he constantly states this season that his is not a liar, almost to the point of being offended if you question his word. Then we find out that dude wasn't born on the island - didn't even get there until he was like 8 or 10 years old. That's BIG, but then again, when hardly anyone really knows this, he can kind of create his own past, with the power he wields. I did find it interesting that Richard Alpert might be what we consider to be a "Hostile", esp. since he looked the exact same (well, aside from his long locks)! This whole Hostiles/Others debate is crazy, too. And the talk about when the Purge actually took place is even more frustrating: this thread over at 4815162342.com is trying to pinpoint the decade (1980s vs 1990s) in which the purge took place - mainly due to what Rousseau and Mikhail have said previously, but the question of the Timex watch (made in 1992) that Ben wore in that scene - was that a production error or a big clue?)...

It was crazy to realize that the whole Hurley finding the van thing earlier this season had Ben's pops in it. As a matter of fact, that entire DHARMA scene when Ben touched down was a bit too much. I can't really wrap my head around what they were trying to do; nor can I fully believe that the DHARMA/Hanso people aren't having a hand in the island today. Who knows, though; we haven't seen a fooddrop in a while, and we are to assume that the destruction of The Flame AND the destruction of the sub killed all outside contact. I just find it difficult to believe that neither DHARMA nor Hanso were involved for years before Flight 815 fell from the sky...

Here are a few points, just some things I am throwing out there:

*I loved seeing Locke whup on Mikhail; he always gets his ass kicked, right?
*From what I've been reading, the idea is that Ben was born in/around 1965. If so, it's safe to assume that he and his father touched down on the Island in the 70s. How long was DHARMA on that island before Ben got there?
*The gun Ben shot Locke with: was it the same gun Alex gave him, or did he have his own piece on him?
*Why would Jacob be asking for help? Does Ben have him held there beyond his will? Is that what the substance Locke was trying to investigate outside of the cabin (and what is supposedly in the cabin) was there for?
*The lantern broke and a fire erupted in the cabin: why was there no smoke, nor any broken lantern when Ben left the cabin?
*If the grave was full of DHARMA people who got gassed, why did one of them have a gunshot wound to the head? And was Ben the only DHARMA person who joined up with the Others? And what happened to Annie?
*Did all of the DHARMA guys survive? I'd imagine that any gas let off would only affect that camp - but DHARMA had stations all over, and they weren't close.
*What does Juliet actually think she was going to do to help the survivors of Flight 815? Telling them that the Others were planning on swiping the females is one thing...

There is just so much going on. And next week looks like a MOTHER, with this big survivors/Others battle set to pop off. Check out the trailer, then try to cool off. I really hope that Jack is straight and narrow, and primed to set it off with the Others, but who knows - he could go either way, from uncompromised to infatuated/intrigued by Juliet. Hopefully he is doing the right thing.

Sad thing is, this week's ep is the last new episode before the finale. It's this week, then a LOST: The answers show on May the 17th, then the two hour finale after that. Two hours of who knows what, I just can't wait for whatever they may bring.

In the mean time, check out this Doc Jensen theory, which is all about links to philosophers and Postmodernism. Kind of wordy, but I'm also not that bright...

Until next time: namaste!


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