Here it is. The penultimate showdown of penultimate destiny.
Well, one thing is clear. I was totally right about Widmore being on the Nemesis' side. Yep. Totally 100% correct. I feel vindicated. Move along, move along, nothing to see here.
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So, Jack, Hurley, Sawyer and Kate have made the final four, and made it to Jacob Probst's final council. Except this time, water is life, and the winner, instead of getting a million bucks, gets a lifetime gig without pay as protector of a cave full of light. Also there's a monster trying to kill them. So it's more like The Apprentice, really.
So Ben has gone to the Dark Side again, but actually probably not really. However, he certainly probably enjoyed killing the man who had his daughter killed. Nevertheless, with his walkie talkie communication linked up with Miles, as well as his seemingly genuine repentance for the murders of Locke and Jacob, I'm guessing he's just getting close enough to the Hurt Locke-er to figure out where to stab.
So Richard just found out that while he can't die, he can certainly fly. Also, maybe he can die. Probably not, though.
So Miles is still hilarious and cowardly. Right on.
So Jack has stepped up and taken on the mantle of Island Guardian. He even used his free will and stuff to do it. I have to say, I finally like Jack. He has stopped trying to be a hero and now, finally, simply IS one. The fact that he extended mercy to Sawyer, who just recently put on the Jack pants and made a real Jack mess of things, getting two people killed Jack-style, after Sawyer had been riding him for the same flaw, speaks volumes. Jack's come through the other side, and he's better.
So, being the Guardian doesn't mean becoming Jacob. Jacob runs things much differently than his mother did, with different strengths and weakness than his mother had (for one thing . . . sane). Which means that Jackob might run a completely different show. A more open island. Maybe . . . just maybe . . . the light doesn't need to be protected. Perhaps we are witnessing the slow evolution of this demigod position. Mother ruled out of a sense of humans fatal flaws, their inherent evil. She passed that on to her intended heir, but he backed out. Jacob loved humans. Maybe Jackob will actually trust them.
So, Jacob made a monster that wants to kill . . . well, everybody, I think. Luckily, Jacob has access to the power that lets him call the shots, and his rule is You Shall Not Leave While A Guardian Lives. But he also wants to rehabilitate his Dark Brother, because, like Jack, he needs to fix things. So he brings a bunch of messed up people to give one of them the keys to his chocolate factory, and to try to show his brother that people are worth saving. He kind of has to, because the previous Guardian made the rule You Boys Play Nice Now, so he can't kill the Monster and the Monster can't kill him. Not directly. But the Monster got somebody else to kill Jacob. And now? Jacob has gotten somebody else to kill the Monster. Or so hopes everybody who ever lived.
How did that island get on the bottom of the ocean, anyway?
So Sideways Des is getting everybody Island Aware. Hurley in particular seems to have full memory. I am finally interested in Sideways World. For the record, that is far too long into the Season for this to have happened. We're probably going to have to chalk this one up to "interesting failure."
So Sideways Ana Lucia is crooked . . . and also "not ready" for Island Awareness. "Ready" and "not ready" are regular phrases used by the Island guardian, as well, in reference to the glowing cave of wonders. Don't know if this is significant. Just saying is all.
So Desmond is Jacob's failsafe. That's a Purple Sky Event word, and the use of it makes me very very very happy, because maybe that will be alluded to in a way that lets me finally try to make sense of it.
So who let Desmond out? Doubt it was Sayid, since Sayid thought Des was still in the hole. Taller Ghost Walt?
So Widmore's a corpse, and we didn't even get a chance to know what makes him tick. If we want to believe him (and to that I say: yikes) he was a true believer who was tricked off the island by Ben, and invited back by Jacob to deliver Desmond the Failsafe. I think this is sort of true, in that Ben was surely corrupted by the Nemesis in Horace's Love Shack Baby . . . but Widmore was off-island making lucky Pennys and raising a fortune, and got busted for it. I'm guessing that the Nemesis corrupted him too. Certainly off-island he became a violent and manipulative man, sending the murder boat and running a cabal of intrigue in his attempts to get the island back. But, for want of any evidence of a big malevolent plan, I think we may have to take him at his deeply flawed word. Widmore, we barely know ye.
Incidentally, it is beyond question after Ben's talk of "being summoned by the monster" that speculation was correct. Ben met with the Monster in the cabin, and the Monster claimed to speak for Jacob (just as he did when he spoke to Locke as Christian). The Monster told him that Jacob wanted him to be the leader. The Monster told him about Widmore's infractions, and how to get him out of the way. The Monster told him that Jacob wanted everybody in Dharma purged. The Monster told him about a house in the Dharma Barracks, about a secret room with a secret-er chamber, from which he could summon the Black Smoke. Ben spent his adult life thinking that he was Chosen of Jacob. And then he got cancer. And then his daughter was murdered. And he thought Jacob was behind it, betraying him. It wasn't until Jacob was dead at Ben's hand that old bug eyes finally understood.
Do you see it? If you don't, I am sorry. The rest of LOST is going to be very unpleasant for you. This is how they tell us. We have all the information we need to piece it. I will admit it is almost perverse the extent to which they don't give you direct information. I will admit that it goes too far sometimes, or strains credulity. But this is the LOST we've been dealing with all along.
One last little piece. We know that the Nemesis has appeared to people as people they loved or knew. He appeared to Eko as brother Yemi. He appeared to Hurley as figment of the imagination Dave. He appeared to Ben as . . . Ben's mother, who died just as Ben was being born. Doesn't it seem likely to you that it was this same form he took to use Ben as a corrupting influence on the Jacobians? Do you think that this particular configuration may have had some level of resonance for the Nemesis, who's first island apparition was his own dead mother? Do you think he found some especial poignance in this, or, perhaps, did he instead feel a sweet irony in using the same sort of trusting credulity his idiot brother Jacob had put in their own insane mother as a weapon against him?
So delicious. There is so much history to every set. There are so many layers.
I love it.
One last time before the last time.
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