Cabin Fever

The beautiful paradox of “LOST” is that, tonight, we have an episode that told us so much. Yet ultimately, at its core, the revelations are simple, basic, cutting right to the heart of the show we’ve loved for four years now. The quiet contentedness with which Ben shared Hurley’s candy bar said it all… without a single line. Tonight we saw the passing of the torch, the beginning of the next era for the island, and one that — perhaps foretold by Locke’s childhood choice of the knife — will be a tumultuous one. “Cabin Fever” directly takes us back to “Walkabout” from Season 1, the first episode to blow our minds, the first episode to put us on notice that “LOST” was up to something big. Locke’s destiny has been waiting for him since birth. Through immaturity, circumstance, and stubborn choice, he rejected that fate. But after a season of insecurity and confusion, it looks like he’s finally on track. Just in time to face an oncoming armageddon, a torching of the island.

I love that Alpert, ageless Alpert, was there when Locke was born. Locke, a preemie, unwanted, tormented in a foster home. Of course he draws pictures of a smoke monster attack. And Alpert’s first test for him, to see if he was the chosen one, connects him to the sand, the compass (certainly symbolic to Locke’s life and time on the island), and the knife. Alpert was upset, saying it meant Locke wasn’t ready. But I for one think it was Alpert that wasn’t ready. I don’t think the knife was the wrong artifact, but a premonition that Alpert didn’t want to see.

As a teenager, Mittelos Bioscience makes another play for Locke, who’s obviously now a gifted young scientist. But yet, even then, the rejected Locke rejects science, claiming to love only boxing, fishing, cars, sports… His teacher knew his calling was not any of those things. But telling Locke what he can’t do obviously gets you nowhere.

Finally, there was Abbadon, whose flashback appearance was perhaps the most startling and reassuring. He speaks of miracles. We learn it was him who put the hapless, wheelchair-bound Locke on the road to the walkabout. And I love how he says, “I went on my walkabout convinced I was one thing, and I came back another.” Or is that, “an other”?

But it’s Ben, as always, that brings things into focus. With the best line of the night, season, and perhaps the whole series. “There are consequences to being chosen. Because destiny, John, is a fickle bitch.” Ben’s sacrifices are many, from his health to his daughter, and perhaps reach back as far as killing his father. And Locke certainly has taken his lumps. I can’t help but think, though, that Locke’s status is not set in stone. Ben told everyone Locke wasn’t who they thought he was when Locke couldn’t kill his dad, and was ostensibly proven wrong. But Locke didn’t kill his dad. Sawyer did. And for all the visions and maps, it was still Hurley who spotted Jacob’s cabin first.

So Christian isn’t dead (or is he?), nor is Claire (or is she?), in communion with the island and Jacob. Aaron, off with Sawyer and soon to be off the island, is where he’s supposed to be. The eerie calmness with which Claire spoke, and the way she smiled when Locke asked how to save the island, was creepy as hell. The cabin scene was a big pile of questions disguised as answers, and frankly it makes my head spin.

And the assault on the island from the freighter begins, with the especially cool, time-and-space warping, prophetic morse code message from “The Shape of Things to Come.” Sayid’s off to save the day, but Desmond refuses to ever return to the island. There’s a secondary protocol focused on the last safe place Ben would go. The Temple? The long-anticipated Orchid Station? Perhaps they’re one and the same? Wherever it is, I suspect it’s where they’ll need to be to “move the island.” Move the island!

Frank fully outs himself as one of the good guys, yet throws more doubt on the theory that Widmore planted the fake wreckage on the ocean floor. I love that he tries to warn the survivors on the beach, but drugged-up Jack decides the answer is to head toward the danger.

Notes and Notions:

  • So here we are at the end of a season, with Jack and the survivors hopeful for rescue that’s finally coming… except it really isn’t rescue that’s coming, it’s trouble. I love Season 4, don’t get me wrong, but isn’t this exactly where we were at the end of Season 3? This show is so brilliant, I don’t even care.
  • Ben disavows the decision to wipe out the DHARMA Initiative, noting that he wasn’t always the leader. So who did Ben succeed? Who was the prior chosen one? I don’t think it’s Alpert, whose role seems to be strictly second fiddle. How about Widmore?
  • The test that young Locke took reminds me of my (likely warped) recollection of how the Dalai Lama is chosen from generation to generation, with a candidate expected to identify an item significant to the one who came before.
  • Is Abbadon, like Alpert, an ageless character?
  • Interesting that Desmond stayed behind on the freighter, perhaps finally tired of saving others and ready to do what’s right for him. I guess I can’t blame the guy, but it seemed a little sad. Then again, I woudn’t want to pass through that nightmare zone again, either. Wouldn’t it suck, though, if Penny goes to find him on the island? Just before the big move? After all, we know in the future Widmore’s looking for it all over again.
  • It clearly took a huge conspiracy to finally, after half a decade, get Locke to the island. In a big plane crash. So I wonder. Was everything just for him? Or are other destinies being fulfilled? I hope it’s the latter.
  • Ben suggests that Locke talked Hurley into sticking around. But why is Locke keeping him by his side? Again, I think Hurley is special, too.
  • Favorite Lines: Hurley’s dream, “Mallomars.” Or, “This is just awesome,” Hurley again, realizing they’re lost. The captain’s challenge, “I fixed your gun.”
  • Music: Emily was getting dolled up to Don MacLean’s “Everyday.”
  • Locations: The hospital was up at Waimano Home in Pearl City. The neighborhood was Wahiawa. The school was Leilehua High School.

94 Responses to “Cabin Fever”

  1. Amelia says:

    Not that it matters hugely, but the version of Everyday played during the opening scene may have been recorded by Don McLean in about 1973. Closed captions said it was McLean. It obviously did not look like 1973.

  2. Scott says:

    Here’s a thought from another Blog, don’t know if it makes sense in respect to time travel, etc, but does anyone else think that Abaddon is really grown up Walt?

    Also, is Abaddon working with or against Richard. Is he tempting Locke toward destruction in the ‘Abyss'(pushing him toward the stairs in the wheelchair)? Richard seems to be a more protective presence toward Locke. Abaddon just seems evil, “next time you see me you’ll owe me one”. As in his soul? Was he tempting Hurley in the flash forward with his offer to upgrade him to a nicer hospital. Sounds like Devil talk to me.

    Seems to me that we’re gearing up to a classic battle between good and evil….God and the Devil. But who is who? Is Locke the Savior? His mother did say he was a virgin birth. So who does that make Ben? Does saving the island mean just that, or is it bigger than that? Will saving the island save the world?

    Keep up the great work. Can’t wait to hear the latest podcast!

  3. Ben Mc says:

    You All Everybody!!

    Tonight there were many insights into how many of these people are connected, and how some people may even be the same person on some level.

    It brought me back to think about Charlie’s song, You All Everybody. Could this have been a clue all along?

    When Ben said to Locke, “I certainly am not” when lock said “I’m not you Ben”, I think they let us in to the fact that everybody could be the same person. Then the flashback of “John Locke” going to Portland as a scientist????!!!! Nice.

  4. Ben Mc says:

    “I think you are on to something… some other parallels between Locke and Ben:

    Both killed their father (Locke more indirectly, but still).
    Both met Richard Alpert when they were children.
    Both had spinal problems.”

    Maybe they are the same person – but went down alternative paths in time?

  5. mel says:

    The song “Everyday” was by Buddy Holly.

  6. Amelia says:

    I just re-watched part of the episode and noticed something I didn’t see before. Young John deliberates a long time between picking “The Book of Laws” and the knife. As he gazes at the book, Richard seems to become pleased. But then John decides on the knife. Hmm… Book of Laws….I wonder what that is.

  7. Brad Jedi says:

    Brilliantly written synopsis Ryan, as always.

    The scene with Hurley, Ben and the chocolate bar was my favorite of the series thus far. I thought it’s juxtaposition after the intense Locke cabin scene coupled with the incredible facial acting expressions of Jorge Garcia and Michael Emerson really brought it home.

    I really like where this season is going.

    One thought though – taking what we know of Ben from this episode, and how he really seems a bit downtrodden, and unsure – and drawing upon his line from a few episodes after Keamy killed Alex — ‘They changed the rules’…what if they really had changed the rules – i.e. Ben had done this all before – and this time it was different. A time loop similar to Groundhog Day where the events are replaying over and over, and each time something is a little different. Alex getting killed, Ben not knowing what to do, what next move to make – this would change everything….including what’s inside that book that Keamy had, which seemingly stated where Ben would be next. How accurate could that info be, if not even Ben knows what he’s going to do next.

    Just a theory.

    In any event, I can’t wait to see the finale next week. Keep up the excellent work.

  8. suzie says:

    Locke has not really been portrayed as much of a science man. But in his flash back, his teacher thinks he will be a great scientist.
    I think the oceanic 6 will escape the island, then Locke will move the island, preventing any more losties from getting off, or coming back.
    Later, somehow Locke will use his scientific knowledge that we didn’t know about, to help the oceanic 6 come back to the island. Happy ending.

  9. Michelle says:

    Great episode; I don’t know exactly why, but it felt very slick to me. Not as packed as previous episodes– perhaps they didn’t alter the plan for this episode for after the strike?

    I only have one specific comment to make, and I know it’s a little silly… but did anyone else see a strangely accurate parallel between the scene with Alpert and Childhood John and pages 269 and 270 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?

    (*Blush*)

  10. mlbgirl says:

    There was a Book of Laws in the Plymouth Colony in 1636, so perhaps this is something that new colonies establish for themselves. I looked it up on wiki and one of the laws is against smiting your parents. hmmm…

  11. Phil R says:

    (disclaimer: I am not any authority on this and I appolize for getting any of this wrong)

    I found this reference on LostPedia to the Bahá’í Faith.

    From WikiPedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit%C3%A1b-i-Aqdas

    The Kitáb-i-Aqdas is a central book of the Bahá’í Faith written by Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the religion. The work was written in Arabic under the Arabic title al-Kitáb al-Aqdas (Arabic: الكتاب الاقدس), but it is commonly referred to by its Persian title, Kitáb-i-Aqdas (Persian: كتاب اقدس), which was given to the work by Bahá’u’lláh himself. It is sometimes also referred to as “the Aqdas”, “the Most Holy Book”, “the Book of Laws” and occasionally “the Book of Aqdas”.

    It is usually stated that the book was completed around 1873, although there is evidence to suggest that at least some of the work was written earlier [1]. Bahá’u’lláh had manuscript copies sent to Bahá’ís in Iran some years after the revelation of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, and in the year 1308 A.H. (1890-91 A.D.), he arranged for the publication of the original Arabic text of the book in Bombay.

    The Kitáb-i-Aqdas is referred to as “the Mother-Book” of the Bahá’í teachings, and the “Charter of the future world civilization” (God Passes By, p. 213 [2]). It is not, however, only a ‘book of laws’: much of the content deals with other matters, notably ethical exhortations and addresses to various individuals, groups, and places. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas also discusses the establishment of Bahá’í administrative institutions, Bahá’í religious practices, laws of personal status, criminal law, ethical exhortations, social principles, miscellaneous laws and abrogations, and prophecies.

  12. nerico says:

    Scott (aka target242) Say,

    Good question about the Dharma drops. The only thing that would make sense is if the Others themselves took over the drops. Mittelos, their off island branch, seems to have a lot of power and resources. They could have arranged an off Island takeover of whatever entity Dharma had in place to supply the drops. They did not bother to change the logo. Maybe because it would have cued the guys at the Swan that something was wrong and they could have chosen to stop pushing the button.

  13. Bill says:

    Claire is either dead or she and Christian found some weed on the island.

    Not about last night – but a theory. Penelope is Ben’s friend Anne from the Dharma days. He has vowed to kill Widmore’s daughter, and will not be able to once he learns her true identity, OR he succeeds in killing her – then learns.

    Great episode. Can’t wait to see Keamy get it.

  14. Jater12 says:

    I really liked this episode, though I’m as confused as ever!

    I think that Locke IS Jacob, but he just doesn’t realize it yet. Richard Alpert asks him which of the items he “already has,” when he visits Locke as a young boy. There is obviously some time travel involved here.

    I also think this surprise reveal of Locke as Jacob was alluded to in the Nikki and Paolo episode in Season 3. In that episode, Nikki’s flashback shows her playing a character on a TV show who is surprised to find out who Mr. Big (I think) is. She says something like “It was you all along.” I’m pretty sure this foreshadows the storyline on the island in some way. I’ve always thought Jacob was someone very familiar.

  15. C. Wilson says:

    My favorite moment was seeing Alpert at the hospital watching little baby John Locke.

    This is my first post, so I hope this is not too much.

    Richard Alpert (real life Dr. Richard Alpert renamed himself Ram Dass, “Servant of God,” wrote _Be Here Now_, lives in Maui—coincidence, I think not. ) seems to operate on an entirely different level than any of the others, including Ben and now Locke. He seems to predate the Black Rock, and perhaps has more to do with those who made the original artifacts on the island– the statue, the hieroglyphic door, the cave, and the temple, whatever that may be. He is aware of those who are “special.” I do not understand his need for “chosen ones” to kill, literally, their past. It may be a “God and Abraham/Issac” thing.

    Abaddon, “the angel of the abyss, the destroyer”? Like Alpert, Abaddon is an ancient. They choose to work with whomever they encounter. There is a difference, I think–Alpert always can get back to the island, Abaddon always wants to get back. This is why he needs to know if “they are still alive.” He needs to know how to get to the island. At one point I thought he may have been one of the slaves on the Black Rock, but now I think he is an ancient. He is connected to the people (assasins?) with the bracelets, and I think they are an entirely unknown group at this point, although Sayid has/will noticed them. I also think they are independent of Widmore.

    The ancients created or found Smokey.

    As Hugo noted, Australia is important. The numbers, the walkabout. And Abaddon is tied to the events in Australia somehow—in Locke’s case explicitly.

    Widmore was once like Ben—on the island. I do not think he was on the Black Rock. Is he special? I don’t know. Was he ever approached by Alpert? More likely Abaddon. I don’t believe Ben’s version of Widmore anymore than I believe Widmore’s version of Ben. The two think it’s their game, but it is not.

    Both Widmore and Ben are able to travel through time, like Desmond and Daniel, through their consciousness. This is why they seem to know so much at the right times. Desmond and Daniel may to use this ability with some success in the future, as already seen in contacting Penny. And there are more of these “time travel” people, like the woman who convinces Des to go back.

    I do not think there is anything divine about any of the characters. In the end, Daniel and Charlotte probably hold the keys to why, where, how—they keep the list and probably stay on the island. Science will out.

    So, I hope that’s not too much to start with.

  16. Tom So says:

    So now Claire is back to being the spaced-out Lobotomy Claire from “Maternity Leave” in which she did not seem at all concerned about being held captive by the others and seemed to have no memory of the crash or the other survivors. But in the Cabin she seemed to recognize Locke, if I remember correctly. Did she? Maybe I’m wrong. She certainly didn’t react much to seeing him, while Locke was genuinely shocked to see her. That’s what’s great about Locke; he definitely seems to know some things that we don’t know, but he is still as surprised as we are sometimes.

    Some of this episode was dedicated to set-up and moving characters into position, but it was done very well. In particular, I loved the scene on the deck of the freighter where Keamy faced-off with Frank over flying to the island. They’re really setting Keamy up as a great villain, he’s completely slimy and ruthless. It’s gonna be great to see a face-off in the finale… Good thing Frank seems to have a conscience, and good thing Sayid is on his way to the island!

    By the way, isn’t it strange that he didn’t make it there already, since the doctor’s body already washed up on shore? Didn’t Sayid leave the freighter long before the doctor was killed and thrown off the boat? This whole thing about the time difference between the island and the outside world sure is confusing!

  17. paintergirl1 says:

    I believe that Ben actually answers to Richard more than the other way around. I feel the same is true with Widmore answering to Abaddon. I believe the Alpert/Abaddon timelessness supersedes the fleeting whims of these two giants in the playground.

    Also, who hit Emily? I’ve watched Lost too long to think it was just a coincidence that a car would hit Emily Locke and induce early labor. Could it be Richard? He’s caused car accidents before to get people on the island (Cooper, Juliet’s husband). Could it be Anthony Cooper? If he knew about her pregnancy, he might stoop low enough to get her out of the way. Could it simply be the island at work? Any theories?

  18. Mr. Z says:

    @ Keamy: The arm strap Keamy had attached was a heart monitor sinc’ed to a nuclear bomb. In the event that Keamy were to be killed by the island, the detonation would occur, taking out at least half of the island depending on the kiloton.

    Keamy vs. Michael: it’s safe to assume that Michael can’t get shot by Keamy because of Michael’s significance to the island.

    Good guys vs. Bad guys: To be frank, I think we shouldn’t get hung up on the idea of who is bad or who is good. Better yet, we should focus on what their actions reflect. We can assume, then, that behavior reflecting positive will not always predict their “Good guy” persona. Ben, in my opinion, has been selfish in his pursuits, but otherwise reflects the “good guy” persona. While, in the case of Widmore the opposite has been shown. Sure, Widmore looks like a nice British man, but I dare everyone to trace his behavior throughout the show and you will find a “Bad guy” persona hidden behind that British accent.

  19. Tawl says:

    Some thoughts..

    People on the Island who won’t and can’t die must already be dead. Think about all the characters who keep coming back and can’t be killed.

    Locke is already dead, killed by the plane crash (when his legs started to work) . When Locke showed up alive after being shot by Ben, Ben realizes he can’t kill Locke (cause it’s a waste of time).

    Locke’s destiny is to become Jacob. I think that’s why Locke didn’t find Jacob in the cabin. When Locke peeked into the window during the first trip, I think he saw himself.

    When Locke chose the knife during his test, it meant that at that point in time he was destined to be evil. Not ready to be a “good guy”

    Ben thinks he is a “good guy,” but not realizes that he’s just holding things together for Locke.

    Michael is already dead, he can’t be killed again. Maybe Micahel wasn’t in the coffin (hmm). Though it is interesting how live people can see him on the mainland.

    The Oceanic 6 are the only “survivors” who are alive.

    The “voices” are ghosts on the Island, maybe dead Darhma folks.

    Jack feels guilty that he is alive when he returns, which is one reason for his severe depression.

    Locke and Ben are half-brothers in possible different time-lines. Both are destined to find the Island and protect it. Emily is their mother.

    Ben is still letting Locke “think” he is in control. I think Ben knows that Locke is his half-brother.

    If Locke fails to protect the Island, Aaron will be next in-line to come back to save it.

    Given the fact that the producers/writers mislead us (wink wink) about “no time travel”.. could we revist the theory that the Island is both Heaven and Hell?

  20. W says:

    Passing of the torch? Rubbish. The greatest trick ever performed was done by convincing the world that there was no trick. That what you saw, truly was what you saw. Only this is not that. What you see and hear can ring like truth but truly end up being falsehood. There was no passing of the torch. And there never will be. All you saw was a wolf in waiting, biting his time until weakness displays an opening. Then that very same wolf who pouted his eyes and acted sad will go for the throat. Benjamin is a liar. A fraud. A conman of the highest rank. John Locke only represents a means to an end. Tread softly, John Locke because you are treading on someone’s dreams.

  21. James says:

    Correction: Buddy Holly’s “Everyday.”

    Love your blog. The most insightful and penetrating commentary on Lost out there.

  22. James says:

    Love your blog. The most insightful and penetrating commentary on Lost out there.

    Correction: Buddy Holly’s “Everyday.”

  23. shanna says:

    I just started listening to your podcast a few weeks ago and I really enjoy it. Some thoughts on the latest ep:

    In one way, it seems like Alpert and Abaddon may be together but I don’t think so. Alpert appeared early in Locke’s life and then again during his teen years (Mittelos was also the place that recruited Juliet) but Abbadon just seemed to persuade Locke to go on the Walkabout, which brought to mind Hurley’s line, “Australia is the key”. It could just be that Widmore hoped to follow Locke from Australia and find the Island because he knew that the island would draw Locke there. Abbadon’s line that Locke would thank him, leads me to believe that he’s been to the island and knows what it can do.

    Also, I wondered if Locke was supposed to choose the comic book or the Book of Laws. A lot of people think it was the comic but I think the Book of Laws is more fitting with who Locke is and if they wanted him to be a leader and a man of faith then that seems like the better choice.

    It was a great ep. Can’t wait to hear the podcast.

  24. paul_in_York_UK says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Claire is dead. She was seriously injured following the explosion in episode 9 and then the scene in episoode 10 were she was sleeping and woke up to see her dad (Christian Shepherd) was when she actually passed away from internal injuries. I re-watched the scenes in ep 9 & 10 and there’s a lot made of Miles looking at her funny – with his special abilities of talking to the dead, this would make sense that she was in fact nearly dead.

    Great podcast & blog, keep up the good work – would love you to mention my comment on the podcast.
    Paul in York in the UK

  25. nerico says:

    I just listened to last week’s podcast again and I have another interpretation about the fridge decorations. I think they might have not been a mistake after all. The fridge is were you would put pictures or a really bad toddler drawing that is unintelligible but it’s precious because Aaron said it was a picture of Mommy. My first impression when I saw them was that they were too well made and too large for Aaron to have made them at his age. I literally thought “That’s strange! Why would Kate put wall decorations on the fridge?” I did not recognize them as having seen them in Santa Rosa. But after it was pointed out I though that they could be a clue that Kate has also visited Hurley. Maybe they were a present for Aaron from Uncle Hurley.

    Then again, maybe it was a mistake.

  26. iT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE THINKS CLAIRE IS DEAD. IF SHE IS DEAD, HOW DID SAWYER AND EVERONE (HURLEY, BEN, LOCKE) SEE HER. BUT IT COULD BE WHY MYLES WAS SO FOCUSING ON HER. BUT IF SHE WERE DEAD, MYLES WOULD HAVE DEFINETLEY SAID TO SAWYER,”YOU SEE HER?” OK, THEN IF SHE DIED WHEN SHE LEFT SAWYER AND MYLES UNTIL LOCKE SAW HER IN THE CABIN, WHY WOULD CHRISTIAN SHEPARD KILL HER? FROM THE INFORMATION WE HAVE, CLAIRE IS NOT DEAD. I JUST BELIVE CHRISTIAN TOLD CLAIRE EVERYTHING HE KNOWS ABOUT THE ISLAND, ETC. AND SHE ACCEPTS HER FATE. CHRISTIAN TOLD LOCKE NOT TO TELL ANYONE HE SAW HER, THAT’S THE KEY TO THE QUESTION.

  27. JIM says:

    I think Claire and Locke have the same mother…..

  28. wildy71 says:

    Mr Z – “Fecal Bitch” – LMAO

  29. jim says:

    @tawl:
    I was wondering if somebody was going to state what seems so obvious to me: LOCKE WILL BECOME JACOB! Hence the coyness in Christian’s voice when he says, “I’m not Jacob, but I can speak for him”. Hence the shock of recognition we all had on examining that blurry screen shot of Locke’s first visit to the cabin (“Hey, doesn’t that look like Terry O’Quinn?”). I’m not saying this makes any logical sense, but if you’re still trying to explain this show logically, you may have missed a memo. We know that there is a time dilation situation on the island, ranging from small incidents like the Doctor’s body washing up on shore prior to his actual death, or the more grand manifestations, like the ageless Richard Alpert. Locke is staying on this island, for sure. Maybe Jacob is a spirit that will take over his body. Maybe he’s already Jacob and he just doesn’t know it, pointing to the Dalai Lama parallels.
    BTW, we can’t all be music experts, but confusing the great Buddy Holly with his 70’s acolyte Don McLean made me shudder. I still love you, Ryan.
    But when are they gonna explain the statue of Homer Simpson’s foot?

  30. Ryan says:

    My bad, Jim. I wrote “Don McLean” because that’s what the closed captioning said. Who doesn’t love Buddy Holly? Lost in a plane crash, no less.

  31. Joe says:

    Does anyone else think it is possible that the reason Desmond is experiencing the weird time travel symptoms that you get if you don’t follow Faraday’s coordinates might be because the island has moved from the time Faraday arrived and not because the pilot didn’t follow the coordinates?

  32. jim says:

    Ryan, your “goods” are so countless that your “bads” don’t even count.
    Hey, here’s something to chew on: the name Jacob, from the Hebrew, means “he who grasps by the heel”, i.e., successor or inheritor. More fuel for the Locke is Jacob scenario.

  33. Fernando says:

    Hey, you all everybody!
    To me, the biggest question right now is about Desmond’s fate. If he did no come back to the island with Sayid, why haven’t we seen him nor heard of him in any of the post-island scenes (flashforward scenes)? Could it be that he also makes it out of the island, but he is not and Oceanic Six since he was not onborad the plane? I’m just puzzled.

  34. camille says:

    I thought Horus said Horse at first, but then I listened to the podcast and you said Horus and the first thing I thought of was Eye of Horus, the Egyptian symbol. I wiki’d it and find some interesting things. Here are a few quotes:

    “Horus was an ancient Egyptian sky god in the form of a falcon. The right eye represents a peregrine falcon’s eye and the markings around it, that includes the “teardrop” marking sometimes found below the eye. As the wadjet (also udjat or utchat), it also represented the sun, and was associated with Horus’ mother, Hathor, and with Wadjet another goddess, both who early sun deities and who became known as aspects of one another, as well as the sun deity Ra (Re). The mirror image, or left eye, sometimes represented the moon and the god Tehuti (Thoth). [4]”
    *
    “The Eye of Horus (previously wadjet and the Eye of the Moon; and afterward as The Eye of Ra)[1] is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and royal power from deities, in this case from Horus or Ra. The symbol is seen on images of Horus’ mother, Hathor, and on other deities associated with her.”
    *

    When I think of Horus, I think of the Sphinx that OEdipus meets on his journey who gives him a riddle to solve. We all know there are BIG Oedipus things going on in this show. Horus also brought to mine the sort of protective things that hover around in a video game before you get to the bad guy’s lair. Things that could weaken you or through you of your course, but considering the above explanation, I wonder whether Horus wasn’t also perhaps trying to warn John of something? I am sort of in line with the camp that thinks that maybe Christian was not authorized to speak for Jacob…

    Also, we know that eyes play a big role in all of this. There is always the eye coming open suddenly so, of course, Eye of Horus. Ha!

  35. camille says:

    also there are some numbers associated with the eye

    (taken from here http://www.aloha.net/~hawmtn/horus.htm)

    “The EYE OF HORUS has a very specific meaning. The eye is represented as a figure with 6 parts. These 6 parts correspond to the six senses – Touch, Taste, Hearing, Thought, Sight, Smell. These are the 6 parts of the *eye*. The eye is the receptor of *input*. It has these six doors, to receive data.

    1/64 heqat Touch
    1/32 heqat Taste
    1/16 heqat Hearing
    1/8 heqat Thought
    1/4 heqat Sight
    1/2 heqat Smell”

  36. camille says:

    I am now wondering whether Penelope Widmore is actually Ben’s beloved Annie. Ben stole a daughter maybe Widmore stole one too. Maybe she is brainwashed and doesn’t remember anything? If Ben plans to find her and kill her maybe he won’t be able to because at the zero hour Widmore will reveal that she is his beloved sweetheart, and then he will have lost the game…or something.

  37. Crissy in CA says:

    – What if our John Locke is the second or third version? (echoes of the timeloop Horace Goodspeed was caught in during “Cabin Fever”)

    – What if Locke was originally born full term and ended up on the island in a different way than what we’ve seen on the show? But in that timeline things didn’t turn out the way Jacob wanted so Alpert was sent to try to change Locke’s upbringing in the hopes of affecting the man Locke would become. (tabula rasa anyone?)

    – There are dark forces at work and Christain Shepherd is their messenger. Anyone who can take over Jacob’s cabin scares me.

    – Claire abondoning her baby in the jungle really freaked me out. And what kind of change could have come over her to make her want to sit in the dark in the ghost shack?! She must be dead. The eerie look in her eyes during the cabin scene! Why would she turn creepy and abandon her baby – even in death – unless she is being influenced by evil?

    – The psychic told her that her “goodness” must influence her baby – what will happen to Aaron now that Claire has gone to the dark side? I’m worried!

  38. Jerry says:

    I’m thinking the strap that Keamie is wearing is some sort of heart-rate/vital-signs monitor (ex: http://www.oregongadgets.com/prod-731593-Oregon-Scientific-SE102-Heart-Rate-Monitor.aspx). When the captain has the gun on him, he says something like, “I wouldn’t do that…” and shows him the monitor — but of course the captain doesn’t know what it is. I’m thinking if Keamie is killed, the heart-rate monitor will alert somebody (Whitmore?) that the core mission has failed, and something REALLY BAD will happen — maybe the freighter will be blown up or the island gassed.

  39. Brian says:

    This is rich: Celebrity physicist and time-travel expert Michio Kaku, author of “Physics of the Impossible,” says there are two ways moving the island through time and space is technically possible: “Quantum teleportation, which would zap the island from one place to another; or through a wormhole, which could theoretically move the island to different points in either space or time.”
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/blogs/science_news/4263315.html

  40. LostMan says:

    To Crissy in CA:
    Please dont be worried about Aaron. Between you and I, thats not his real name, “Claire” isnt his real mum, and this is a TV show!

    To Jerry:
    The monitor strapped to Keamy’s arm is a heart monitor. If his heart stops, the detonators blow and everyone will be playing harps (including the Smoke Monster!). Seems like Keamy is a big kid….. if he cant win, he is gonna take away the ball (and the entire field)!

    To Everyone else (especially Ryan and Jen):
    Hello!

    To Brian:
    Sounds like Michio Kaku’s mind has quantumally teleportated right up his wormhole!

  41. LostMan says:

    To Crissy in CA:
    Please dont be worried about Aaron. Between you and I, thats not his real name, “Claire” isnt his real mum, and this is a TV show!

    To Jerry:
    The monitor strapped to Keamy’s arm is a heart monitor. If his heart stops, the detonators blow and everyone will be playing harps (including the Smoke Monster!). Seems like Keamy is a big kid….. if he cant win, he is gonna take away the ball (and the entire field)!

    To Brian:
    Sounds like Michio Kaku’s mind has quantumally teleportated right up his wormhole!

    To Everyone else (especially Ryan and Jen):
    Hello!

  42. Arbucklefatty says:

    What if Jacob is Buddy Holly? lost in a plane crash, ahead of his time, hidden messages in his lyrics. It is all so simple.

  43. Lindsay says:

    I love the theory mentioned above that the island is in some sort of time “loop”. This makes so many things make sense.

    Something that always stood out in my mind (as an example of this time loop theory) is how ready Ben was with a plan when the plane split apart in the sky. This baffled me until now!

    The doctor’s body drifted in along an alternate coordinate which is why it arrived in another “time”.

    Can’t wait until tonight. I don’t we will be spoiled enough to see how Locke moves the island though, haha! They’ll leave us hanging on that one I bet.

  44. Always Lost says:

    The most ingenious part of the show, is that the writers really have no idea where any of it is going. They just know they need to keep writing eposides until they say to stop. Lost is how you feel at the end of every show! It goes in circles, back in time, forward in time and back again. When they get writers block they write in a new character. They focus on one thing for a while on the island that you thing will help you figure it all out and then they never mention it again. It’s like the Iraq war, we don’t know how we got into it, we stay ther and we may never get out with any right or wrong conclusion.

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