M: Tonight we got something that we NEVER got when they were doing character-driven flashback episodes in the first three seasons of the show…. a Jack-centric episode! Ok, so that’s a lie, back in the first three years we got so many Jack episodes that I, like everyone else, got sick of Jack. Well, the Jack of the last season and a half, is back to being the guy that we want to learn about. Jack has gone back to being interesting, and tonight we find that Jack is once again very important. More on that after the jump.
Let’s handle the flashes separately this week. In our flash sideways we are greeted by Jack dealing with his mother over the still lost coffin and seemingly not remembering he had his appendix removed (according to his mother, when he was seven, but in our timeline, Juliet did it a couple seasons ago. Clearly, the fact that he couldn’t remember it, and that the scar seems new to him will come into play later), then rushing off to something he’s clearly late for. Turns out, in this reality, Jack has a teenage son, David, and is separated from the boy’s mother. Given Jack’s track record in relationships, not a big shock there. Also given Jack’s track record, it’s no great surprise that the and his son don’t have the best of relationships. Through the flashes we find that Christian’s will is missing, that David is a piano prodigy and is reading Alice in Wonderland (not it’s first appearance in Lost, but we’ll come back to it), which Jack used to read to him as a boy. We also find that Dogen lives in LA, just like everyone else in the Lost version of Pottersville. For the record, that doesn’t mean I’ve decided which one is Bedford Falls, it’s just easier to call the one we’re not used to Pottersville. Anyway, the important thing that we glean from our time with Jack and son is that Jack desperately wants to learn from the mistakes his dad made. He turns down a drink when his mother offers, he searches for his son, then heaps praise on him, encourages him, and tells him he will always love him and just wants to be part of his life. For Jack, it was pretty touching. No, that’s not saying much, since Jack doesn’t typically do “touching”, but still, not bad. Oh, and when they find the will we find out that at least something, if not everything, is left to Claire.
Speaking of Claire, that takes us back to the island. There were two plot threads on the island in Lighthouse, one picking up where What Kate Does left off with Jin and Rambo-Claire, and the other following the adventures of Indiana Hurley and Island Jack. They each end with something ominous, but take very different paths in getting there. In the Rambo-Claire/Jin plot, R-C helps Jin out of the trap, seems completely unfazed that he now speaks pretty solid english, and lets him know that she has been living in the wild for the last three years. She has completely turned into Rousseau, though as we find out in the end, this is not likely an accident. She’s convinced that the others have Aaron, and kills as many of them as she can whenever she can trying to find him. She helps Jin back to her hut, which includes a crib with a strange animal skeleton turning into a baby doll in it, along with a whole boatload of explosives.
Meanwhile, back at the temple, Jack tells Sayid the truth about the pill, thoroughly freaking him out. While he is soaking that in, Jacob appears to Hurley, and tells him he needs to go help somebody find the island. Hurley, channeling his inner Sarah Palin, writes Jacob’s instructions on his arm, but then has to convince Jack to go with him, and delivers in classic Hurley style, the line of the night “I just lied to a samurai!” The way he does that is to tell Jack “You have what it takes”, which we find out in the flashes is the exact opposite of what his father always told him. The gets Jack riled up to go meet Jacob and get some answers. So they the head off down a secret tunnel marked by hieroglyphics, trek into the jungle, almost get shot by Kate (who ditches them), find Shannon’s inhaler and then the caves, and the skeletons “Adam and Eve”, the skeletons with the black and white stones in their pockets. Hurley, like Lost fans one message boards and around water coolers everywhere, ponders if they might time travel again and the skeletons are in fact them. I think the mention of Shannon and the stumbling across Adam and Eve are to make sure they are fresh in the audiences memory, because they will each be important later. Why, I’m not sure, but I think they will. Anyway, Jack and Hurley make their way to the episode’s title, a lighthouse.
Back over to Rambo-Claire and Jin, R-C drags in the less repugnant Other that had been with Jin and Kate, and in trying to save his life Jin lets out that Kate has been raising Aaron. R-C kills the Other anyway, and Jin claims it was a lie to save the guy’s life, while Clarie says if it were true she’d kill Kate. I smell a showdown! After a veiled reference by Rambo-Claire to “her friend”, Jin tells her she needs him to take her to the temple through a secret passage, because the Others really do have Aaron.
When Jack and Hurley climb to the top of the lighthouse, they find not a modern lighthouse, but a Jason and the Argonauts style fire-and-mirrors lighthouse. However, as they start turning the mirrors to get to Jacob’s instructions of 108 degrees (that somehow Hurley didn’t put two and two together on), Jack sees glimpses of things in the mirrors. He also sees that names, exactly as we saw them last week on the cave wall, are next to the numbers on the dial. He forces Hurley to turn it to 23 (Shephard), and when he peers through the looking glass he sees his childhood home. Jack, never big on destiny and faith, and wanting Jacob to be there to give him the answers, freaks and smashes out the glass, then heads off to stare at the ocean. Jacob comes to Hurley again, and Hurley tries to apologize repeatedly, but Jacob doesn’t seem to care, and seems to believe that all that happened was ok. Eventually, Hurley catches on that the whole point of their sojourn was to get Jack to the point where he believes in his own importance. My guess, though it can certainly be debated, is that no one else was ever coming to the island. Not Desmond, or Eloise, or Charles Widmore, or a new batch of candidates. All that was for was the simple explanation that the agreeable and easily convinced Hurley needed. As Jacob explained to Hurley, some people you can just jump into their cab and tell them to do something, but others (Jack) take more convincing. However, it seems that everyone ends up where Jacob intends in the end, no matter which end of that spectrum they fall on.
In parting, Jacob tells Hurley that the other purpose was to get them as far away from the temple as possible, because someone bad is going there, and he’s sorry but it’s too late to warn the people there. As the tension and drama build toward a big showdown next week (we hope), we swing back to Rambo-Claire’s hut, to find her introducing Jin to “her friend”… the Locke Smoke Monster. Clearly, with his “friendly” advice he’s driven her down the same path he drove Rousseau, pining for her child, thinking everyone is out to get her, and filling her heart with darkness. Only, Claire didn’t pull off crazy darkness nearly as well as Rousseau did. Maybe its the length of years, or that we knew and liked Claire before she was “recruited”. Either way, she’s not as menacing, and feels like a puppet, which of course may be what they’re going for.
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