As I was saying in my post about last night’s episode, about three-quarters of the way through this episode I thought it was enjoyable and served as a great transition from one episode to the next. And then… Locke turned over the canister with the Little Prince reference written on it in French (“besixdouze”), and we cut to a raft of French people and one of them was named Montand, and I literally leapt off my couch yelling, “ROUSSEAUUUUUUU!!!!” and I hadn’t stopped jumping up and down when all of a sudden, “JIIIIINNNNNNNN!!!!”
Colour me the happiest gal on the block last night. Darlton know how to pack a wallop, and I was thrilled beyond words. And yes… I admit with the tiniest bit of shame that I then gloated on my blog about the fact that I’d never given up hope with Jin, that if we don’t SEE someone die on screen then we shouldn’t assume they’re dead, and I’d gotten a lot of, “I know this is hard Nikki, but the first step here is Acceptance.” Screw Acceptance!! My Jin is alive! Ah. (Though as one person put it on my blog, isn’t it sad that Jin finally learns enough English to communicate, and is suddenly surrounded by French people?! Hahahahahahaha….)
Well… then again I’d also predicted in the summer that Sun would go all badass and try to take out Jack or Ben or both only to get back to the island and realized she’d wrongly avenged the death of her husband, who was very much alive. You know, in a situation like that, “Oops” just doesn’t cut it. But I’m thinking this could be the beginning of a great storyline. Poor Sun. I just want to see the reunion. OH how I can’t wait for that reunion.
They’ve promised us the Rousseau flashback for four seasons now, and now it looks like we’ll get it in real time, with the survivors playing along. So far the survivors have managed to land in different time periods and not really change history too much (though in last week’s episode Widmore’s buddy was killed… would that have happened if the survivors hadn’t encountered them? Would Widmore have killed him anyway?) But how will they manage to get through the whole Rousseau thing and not alter history?
Now, this is just me wondering aloud, and certainly not making any predictions (last week I did that totally as a joke by coming up with the goofiest speculation I could think of and was surprised to see how many people took me seriously… I was JOKING), but if we recall Rousseau’s story back in season 1, she was 7 months pregnant when she landed on the island. Bad things happened, her crew got the sickness, they all died, she shot her husband Robert herself (can I just take a moment to thank the Lost casting people for giving me even MORE eye candy with the casting of Robert? Dear Desmond and Sawyer: You have competition.), and then two months after landing she gave birth to Alex. One week later, Ben stole her.
So Ben must be on the island right now, somewhere out there with the Others (or… could Future Ben have stolen her??). Will the survivors warn Rousseau this is going to happen? Will they still be around to try to stop it? Or will they realize that you shouldn’t try to change history and they’ll let the story play out the way it originally did? What would have been different if Rousseau had kept Alex? Could she have found a way off the island? Would she have lived and not died in a hail of gunfire 16 years later? Or is that tempting fate in a way Ms. Hawking warned us we definitely shouldn’t do?
I’ve always been curious about that now-legendary line in “The Shape of Things to Come.” Keamy shoots Alex in the back of the head, and when Ben is finally able to speak again, he utters, “He changed the rules.” In the first episode this season, Daniel talked about not changing history, and referred to these instructions as “the rules.” What if Ben knew that Alex was supposed to live? Keamy wasn’t supposed to have killed her? Could he have been caught in a time-hopping island-record-skipping thing once before and he’d already seen the future from behind a tree (maybe when he was flashing that mirror up into the hills he was actually communicating with himself??) and he saw that scene play out with Keamy just dropping his weapon and letting Alex go?
Could something happen in the early Rousseau story to put things right? If Alex was never meant to die in that scene, maybe the island will course correct to make it so. But who knows how that could happen. And maybe Ben was referring to completely different rules.
Someone asked me this morning how they were possibly going to bring these timelines together. I know some viewers (like my husband) are getting confused with all the time-jumping. I personally love it, but I could see how it’s throwing people. On the island, they are in January 2005. The Oceanic 6 are in January 2008. So yes, they are three years apart. The events are playing out like they’re simultaneous, but it’s a bit of a trick. I’m thinking (again, this is me thinking aloud and not saying ANYTHING for sure) that maybe Locke’s going to get to the frozen donkey wheel, turn it, and be ejected from the island into the future, just like Ben was sent to October 2005 (in Tunisia, no less). What if Locke were sent to 2005 or 2006, then he took on the code name of Jeremy Bentham and we start getting flashforwards of him meeting the Oceanic 6 and pleading with them to come back? Meanwhile we continue to watch the people on the island time-jumping and maybe that way the writers can allow some more time to pass. But if Locke jumps into the future, talks to everyone, dies, and accompanies the peeps back to the island, will we be completely up to date with the survivors? Won’t they physically still be three years younger, or are we going to somehow be able to catch them up in the meantime? It’s taken four years to get through three months on the island. Could the island simply end up in 2008 and the survivors jump ahead three years? If so, won’t Aaron be three years old, but Sawyer will have last seen him only a few weeks earlier in his own mind? Will Sawyer be physically 35, even though the calendar says he’s 38? It’ll be very interesting to see how they eventually bring these storylines together. But I can’t wait to see how they do it!
Come check out my blog to see more on the book Le Petit Prince, Sun’s surveillance records, and me talking about why I never would have found the gun in the box of chocolates.
Next week: Showdown at the marina, Locke gets closer to the Orchid, Jin and Rousseau become BFFs, and Hurley asks the guards for a jumpsuit in a more slimming colour.
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 Amazon.com. She posts regularly on her television blog, Nik at Nite.