Another fantastic episode to add to season 6. And the strange thing about last night’s episode was, it felt like we got answers. Answers!! I went into that episode wondering if they’d reveal anything, and came out of it feeling like I understood Jacob, his nemesis, and Dogen much more. But when I tried to actually list off the big questions that had been answered when I was writing my blog post last night, I couldn’t actually put the answers into words. Maybe it was more of an overall thing than specifics.
I think what we saw this week more than anything were the obvious shades of evil. Until then it’s been all grey – on the surface it would appear Jacob is the good guy, and his nemesis the baddie, but of course, this is Lost, and anything could happen. So many of us have recently been looking at Jacob as the baddie and his nemesis as the good guy. I suggested on my blog recently that maybe Jacob and his nemesis are actually one and the same. I’ve also wondered if the Artist Previously Known as the Man in Black could perhaps not be a man at all, but a woman in a man suit. What if he’s the Eve of the Adam and Eve situation? He certainly hates Jacob in the way that a former love/wife would.
This week the two entities certainly came closer to converging (everything that rises must converge, after all) than ever before. Dogen says that Jacob brought him to the island as part of a bargain to save the life of his son. Years earlier, Juliet was talked into staying on the island and in return Jacob took away her sister’s cancer. Jacob will offer you something, but you have to offer a sacrifice in return.
Similarly, the nemesis this week looked at Sayid and asked him what he’d ask for if he could have anything in the world. He’s like the snake in the Garden of Eden, holding out the forbidden fruit and tempting Sayid to take it. He’s also reminiscent of Ben in that scene, who once asked Locke what he would do if there was a box on the island that contained anything he wanted in it. We all know what Ben was up to there (i.e. NO GOOD) and so if we’re meant to hear an echo of Ben’s words in what Unlocke said, he’s clearly not a good guy, no matter what we might have thought until now. Smokey’s rage through the Temple was awesome and ferocious, and Sayid’s switch from good guy to bad appears to be complete… I think it’s probably safe to say our beloved Sayid is really gone, just like it hit me in “The Incident” that John Locke really is gone, too. At this juncture, evil appears to be winning (that black stone is heavily outweighing the empty side of the scale back at the caves), and it’s up to Ilana and her crew to try to balance things. If… they really ARE the good guys.
My head hurts.
But, of course, there is still the one major burning question… were Nikki and Paulo EVER candidates? who is coming to the island?
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 5 is now available at Amazon.com, and is currently working on the season 6 book. She posts regularly on her television blog, Nik at Nite.