“We’re not going to Guam, are we?”
I know I’m the only one who thinks this season is the best yet, and every week is better than the one before it. I tend to love the non-linear episodes like “The Constant,” but last night’s straightforward, linear episode, was my favourite so far this season. Jack wasn’t loathsome, Desmond yelled a lot, Ben was snarky, Locke stuck it to Jack from beyond the grave, and I was tricked into believing we were watching the beginning of the pilot episode for half a second. And… Lapidus!!
I’ve done the full write-up on the episode over on my blog, but I got a late start on it and realized after I went to bed that there were a few things I missed (I don’t actually get to see episodes in advance, so I’m rushing to put my thoughts together as quickly as everyone else is after I’ve seen the episode). And then during the discussion on the blog today, other people came up with theories that I hadn’t even thought of. So I’m going to write this column to be a supplement to my blog post, which covered the main things. As usual, I’ll mostly ask questions to throw it out to you and to give us something to discuss/think about.
One of the main questions I did manage to ask last night was about Aaron: where is he? Ben said all of them had to return, and technically he left the island, but then again, if they’re recreating the original flight, Aaron can’t exactly turn himself into a fetus for the trip. But when we see Kate, she looks devastated and completely spent. This is a woman who, hours earlier, grabbed her son in a fit of defiance and washed her hands of the lot of them. Now she’s lying on Jack’s bed, begging him not to ask her anything about Aaron, and she looks defeated. Something bad has happened to Kate. I’m not sure something bad has happened to Aaron – he could be safe (with Claire or Christian, for example) – but Kate has had to give him up, and she’s shattered because of it. I wonder if, as one of my readers suggested, she’s given him to Claire’s mother. It would make sense – Mrs. Littleton’s appearance didn’t seem to be much more than a tangent to make us think she was going to take Aaron away. There was no reason for her to be in LA (Oceanic would have gladly settled with her in Sydney, presumably), but this would give her a purpose, it would give her a little piece of Claire back, and he would be with his biological family. That said, it would definitely uproot him, being with unfamiliar faces and going to an unfamiliar country.
A few people have suggested on my blog that the shag with Jack couldn’t have been for nothing, either. Could she now be pregnant? Does she think that by going back to the island she’ll never be coming home again, and if she wants to be a mother, her last chance is to get pregnant off the island so she can give birth on the island without dying? She’s very aggressive towards him, and the next morning seems to blow him off. Not that that isn’t completely within her character, but it still seemed a little odd.
The other big question was, what kind of gorilla did Ben have a tussle with? He says he’s got to go tie up some loose ends with “an old friend,” and I asked on my blog if that meant he was heading off to see Widmore. Of course, my readers saw the more obvious target, and have suggested he went off to get Penny, now that he’s seen Desmond is in town. Wherever the Scotsman is, that wife can’t be far behind. Did he kill her? Will this be the motivation to get Desmond back to the island? I’d hate to see Desmond in that much pain, but it would certainly be the only thing that could get him back there – revenge. (Sheesh… can’t anyone be happy around here? First Nadia, and now this?) Was Desmond the one who beat him up so badly, or was that Penny fighting back? Did Ben kill her or just try to?
And on a less important note, does anyone know what the song was on Jin’s radio? I can’t seem to figure it out, which makes me think it’s probably from the Geronimo Jackson oeuvre.
Nikki Stafford is the author of the Finding Lost series of books, which offer episode-by-episode guides to each season. The guide to season 4 is now available at most bookstores, including Amazon. She posts regularly on her television blog, Nik at Nite.
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