Lost 503 – Jughead!
Sweet zombie Jacob!
In this episode, we see the past… and it’s like ‘OH SWEET JACOB’ because we totally meet people we shouldn’t be meeting. They come across as really different to how they later become, and the episode is capped off by John giving Richard something that Richard gives John to give to Richard.
My head, she burns!
This episode of Lost is a hard one to decipher, because on the one hand we get a lot of answers – but on the other hand, the story doesn’t seem to be moving forward particularly.
We split the episode into three stories.
The first is Daniel’s attempt to render a bomb inert. Yep – a bomb inert. I giggled too. Why? I have no idea. It’s actually an interesting storyline, despite the fact that Daniel doesn’t do anything and it’s ultimately to be handled off-screen. You get the sense it’s being set up for the future, and it does give us an insight (a 1954 insight) into how The Others worked back then before Dharma came along.
It’s also got a cool bit of foreshadowing regarding Daniel that, hopefully, they’ll pick up on in a couple of episodes. Let’s just say I think we can add another character to the wall of ‘Parental Issues.’
The next story is Desmond’s.
He starts the story all gung ho. By George, he’ll find Daniel’s Mother if it kills him. So he starts in
When the shock (half a second) wears off, I make the connection with the Theresa who that ragamuffin Boone pushed into breaking her neck on a staircase. Then I ignore it. Boone’s dead, y’all.
Desmond discovers that Widmore is funding her treatment. He finds Widmore, gets the address for Mrs. Faraday, leaves. He sees Penny and his son, Charlie (What? You didn’t know? Well now you do), and Penny says she’s going with him to find Mrs. Faraday in LA. Now that sounds like a great idea, until we remember Ben is angry at Charles for changing the rules, and promised to kill Penny.
Then we flip over to the Locke storyline. We discover that the two men he captured at the end of the previous episode are Others… and speak Latin. Shockingly, all the Others speak Latin. Also shockingly, Juliet somehow becomes useful again. My God, she smiles… makes a few jokes… generally likes the fact that she’s the smartest one out of the Locke-Sawyer-Juliet trio.
In a cracking twist, we discover that Richard HAD SHORT HAIR AND EYELINER IN 1954. I’m as stunned as everyone else. It gets better, as Juliet says: ‘Richard’s always been here’ – which shows that she knows a lot more than she let on previously about The Island.
Here’s where things get complex, though:
Out of the two Others that Locke caught at the end of 502, one of them is a young Charles Widmore – who kills his associate for being a rat. We see Locke track the cocky Widmore to The Others camp, and start yelling for Richard. One Talkbacker on AICN made a crack about ‘Locke’s proclivity for being surrounded by half-naked men’, which in this example is hilarious because – Ellie (the Other with Daniel) aside, I couldn’t see any woman.
That isn’t the complex part, mind.
Said complex part is that Locke gives Richard a compass in the past – the same compass which Richard gave to Locke in the future. So the compass theoretically doesn’t exist outside the loop. It’s Locke’s future, but we’re in the past – yet Locke had to have given the compass to Richard (two years before he was born) in order for Richard to give the compass to Locke.
Can anyone say TIME PARADOX?
Luckily, I spent a lot of my (post blood-test) on AICN just so that I could help all of you figure out the logistics of this:
"Okay - my understanding is that the past has always happened, right? So Locke has always met Richard in 1954 and given him the compass. In 1956, Richard sees that John is born. Throughout John's life, Richard tries to recruit him... but can't, for whatever reason, because that would break the cycle. John HAS to live his life, through all the pain, so that he can arrive on the Island in 2004 and meet Richard, beginning the cycle of events that allows Locke to go back to 1954 and give Richard the compass. It's Locke following a predestination paradox. His entire life is building up to something that he has already done. Locke isn't changing the past, because it's always happened that way.
Does that make any sense?
Onto the verdict on the episode – I thought the first two episodes of Season Five were more entertaining (and brilliantly strange), but I like the fact that this episode answers a fair few questions that we had, and raises some interesting points for the future.
It could’ve benefited from having less of a transitional feel (Desmond ends the episode almost exactly where he started it), however the Widmore reveal is great and there’s some mythological goodness.