I felt like this was a very good episode. A lot of loose ends were tied up and we got to see Ben suffer....which is always a plus.
I absolutely loved the power struggle and reversal of roles between Ben and Locke! They way John kept taunting him and reminding him about his impeding judgement was hilarious. Wasn't it great to see Ben squirm? I think this is the first time we've ever seen Ben really afraid. And now Ben has to do everything John says. Boy, this oughta be good.
I never bought Ben's whole, "I'm here to be judged" line. After a while I did believe he cared about Alex and felt bad for letting her be killed, but really, why would the smoke monster care about that? Ben's killed a lot of other people (or allowed them to be killed). I don't think the smoke monster is real picky when it comes to death...at least not for the average person.
I liked the emphasis on children in this episode. (Children besides Aaron, that is.) We see Ben sparing Rousseau's life because of Alex and then Ben sparing Penny's life because of Charlie. It is nice to see that something is sacred to Ben.
And speaking of little Charlie....I almost jumped up and cheered when Desmond (after having already been shot) beats Ben to a pulp. I have a feeling that, like the rest of us, he had been waiting to do that for a long time. I did feel like that scene was way too short and there wasn't enough Desmond in the episode, though.
Poor Ceasar! He just got on the show. We were just beginning to get interested in trying to figure out who he was and what his role would be when Ben killed him. I felt really bad for him....although when I think about it......would you rather just be shot down in cold blood or have to live on the island for 3 years, travel through time until your nose bleeds, and then get stuck in Dharma land for 30 more years all while trying to unravel the mysteries of the island? It really is a toss up.
I think this episode is further proving what I've been saying for quite some time. The smoke monster is Jacob. He takes on a host body so that he can be seen and heard by the living. He has appeared in the body of Echo's brother, Christian Shephard and now Alex....not to mention several others. I think he is also using the body of John Locke.
That's right. John is dead! As Ben said, "Dead is dead. You don't get to come back from that. Not even here." I think we will discover that John never really did resurrect, his body is just being used by Old Smokey to do the work of the island. John is the new Jacob. As always, we will have to wait and see.
Most Hurley-esque line of the night:
Frank Lapidis, "As long as the dead guy says there's a reason I guess everything's gonna be just peachy."
Typical Ben line of the night:
Benjamin Linus, "I just didn't have time to talk you back in to hanging yourself."
"Is That Supposed to Make Me Feel Better" line of the night:
John Locke, "I assure you Sun, I'm the same man I've always been."
Best Commercial of the night:
Metallica Guitar Hero (Made even funnier by the fact that even though we were watching LOST on our DVR my husband chose not to skip that particular commercial. When he realized Heidi Klum wouldn't be appearing it was priceless.)
What is up with Ilana and her goons? What could they possibly be up to?
What lies in the shadow of the statue?
Why was Ben able to return to the island when Whidmore has never managed to?
There were horses on the island...maybe Sawyer wasn't crazy after all.
Whidmore had some whacked out hair back in the 70s. Didn't we all?
The whispers are significant and should be avoided at all costs.
Ben did not know about Eloise Hawking until John mentioned it just before he died.
Whidmore was banished from the island for leaving and returning too many times.
Ben did not kill Penny.
I'm so glad that we get to find out more about Miles next week. His powers haven't been a part of the show for a long time. We need to get back to that I think. Plus, I just like the 70s Dharma storyline a lot right now.
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