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20 April 2010 @ 10:23 pm
LOST: Season 6, Episode 13 "The Last Recruit"  
Pre-Hash: In the PlaneCrash Timeline, we see what happens now that Smokey Locke has the birthday present of all the Candidates (almost all) in one place. And just who *is* the Last Recruit? In the Sideways Timeline, we find out what happened to Locke and we also continue to follow Desmond along as he visits other Flight-815ers and "shows them something". Might he visit Sideways Kate? It can either go nice like Hurley or not so nice like Locke.

I still think that they are setting up Jack as the next Jacob, because it would be a natural logical evolution of the growth of Jack's character. Of course, when does anything on LOST follow logic?

So Jack is wondering who has been appearing as his father. And it's Smokey! Does that mean Smokey was also the Michael that appeared to Hurley? Or is Hurley different because he can talk to dead people.

Why does it have to be all of them? Why? Why, Man In Black?

Everyone is going to the hospital at the same time. How convenient. Jack can fix *everyone* at once!

The fact that Sun said "It's him" (in English!) could mean that Sideways Sun and PlaneCrash Sun are having collisions as well. Which could "explain" why PlaneCrash Sun can only speak English.

If just talking to the Man In Black gets you on his side, well, what else are you supposed to do?

Sawyer! Haven't you learned that telling Hurley a plan, and then saying "keep this a secret", is a guaranteed way to make sure everyone knows?

"Everyone back together again" - I have a feeling this will eventually happen in the Sideways timeline too. Especially now that Sawyer and Miles are looking for Sayid.

Smokey Locke doesn't play these "you have until nightfall" games, because he knows he can take anyone. Anyone!

Sideways Claire! Haven't seen her in a while. Sideways Desmond, get away from Sideways Claire! Don't be mean to her, she's pregnant! Who is the lawyer he's going to see? Ilana! That's a surprise. And what's up with the "looking for you" thing?

Sawyer is setting his "plan" into motion. "Sayid's a zombie, and Claire's nuts". Great summary from Sawyer.

I thought the well was waaaay deeper than that. I'm surprised Desmond survived the head-first plunge into shallow water. Can Desmond convince Sayid to not kill him?

Sideways Sayid has to go, because he killed a few people. I bet it's Sawyer at the door. Actually, it's Miles. Sawyer caught him way too easily.

Claire has abandonment issues. Letting Claire follow you sounds like a bad idea. Jack needed a little better planning than that. Of course Sayid didn't kill Desmond.

Is that Desmond's old sailboat?

Wow, this episode is moving pretty fast!

Sideways Jack and David - maybe we'll learn who Mom is. I bet it's Juliet. Ilana is like *everyone's* lawyer! Oh, Jack was looking for Claire. And of course the phone call was the hospital, and only Jack can deal with Locke and/or Sun. It's tough being the only spinal surgeon in the only hospital in the entire area.

Jack jumping off the boat echoes when Sawyer jumped out of the helicopter. But it's sure a long way back to the island, I'll say that!

Baby is fine. Yay! But I doubt that everything is "really" over for Sidways Sun and Jin.

Sideways Jack's son David is *really* like a mini-Jack. I don't think that leaving David to prowl around the hospital by himself is going to work so well.

Aw. The Jin-Sun moment is finally here. Very touching. I'm really glad the sonic fence wasn't on.

But getting hauled away at gunpoint is what you get for trusting Charles Widmore.

Funny how Smokey saves only Jack. So Jack must be "The Last Recruit". But did Widmore's people really believe bombs could kill SmokeyLocke? And where's Sayid? Or Desmond?

Summary: Things are moving very fast now. I was surprised by Jack leaving the boat, but it makes sense if he feels like he has a role to play and I'm thinking that role could include becoming the new Jacob. But could Jack keep Smokey at bay? I'm intrigued by the actions in the Sideways that are bringing all the LOSTies to the same place (much as the LOSTies are going to the same place in the PlaneCrash timeline). Somehow all of them being in the same place (in two different timelines) is going to be a key to how the story resolves itself. I have my theories, but I'll keep them to myself for now. Next week: LOSTies in jail on Hydra Island, and it looks like SmokeyLocke makes his way over to Hydra Island and wreaks havoc? Or perhaps Widmore's people come to main island, expecting Smokey to be blowed up, and he's not. Never a good thing.
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marshaldillonmarshaldillon on April 21st, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
"Aw. The Jin-Sun moment is finally here. Very touching. I'm really glad the sonic fence wasn't on."

Ha. I had the same thought.

Re Claire and her abandonment isssues - it kind of pisses me off. Isn't she the one who abandoned Aaron in the middle of the jungle?

I'm loving the faster pace and the convergence of the sideways timeline.
Dave Thompson: Not Penny's Boatkrylyr on April 21st, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
"Re Claire and her abandonment isssues - it kind of pisses me off. Isn't she the one who abandoned Aaron in the middle of the jungle?"

Agreed. She's the one who got sucked in by the smoke monster (masquerading as Christian Shepherd).
jeffsoesbe: lost lockejeffsoesbe on April 22nd, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Claire hasn't been playing with a full deck for a while, it appears. I'm not sure the stark logic of the situation (Um, Claire, *you* left Aaron) will get through to her.

So back in the cabin, when Locke was there talking to Claire and "Christian", and when Christian said he wasn't Jacob but that he "spoke for him". What was that all about? Wasn't that where Locke was told that they had to move the island? And when "Christian" later appeared to Locke in the tunnel at bottom of the well and helped him get to the wheel - What did Smokey/ManInBlack gain by that?

questions within questions, this show is full of them. But in a good way! Not in the "later years of X-Files way" where we were all wondering "does anyone on this show really know what they're doing?"

- yeff
Dave Thompson: Not Penny's Boatkrylyr on April 22nd, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess that was potentially the smoke monster, and Locke's been a pawn the whole time?

But see, I'm having a difficult time really reconciling smokey the security system with ManInLocke. The smoke monster killed the mercenaries (seemingly at Ben's beck and call) and if he masqueraded as Christian Shephard, apparently wanted to protect the island by moving it.

Unless for him the game changer was the Ajira crash and Jacob's death. Which if that was the case, I'd like to see more of what was happening before that.
jeffsoesbe: lost lockejeffsoesbe on April 22nd, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
Well, you just might get your wish. According to highly placed inside sources (Wikipedia), the May 11 episode will be all about Jacob and Man in Black. None of the LOSTies in it. Sounds like the "deep background" episode we've all been waiting for!

Smokey is sure acting like Locke has been his pawn since early on with his calling Locke a "sucker" and saying he was "stupid enough to believe this was his destiny." But I think SmokeyLocke was also saying that in an attempt to get to Jack and get Jack away from his current thinking that he has a role to play here.

The whole "Just what *can* Smokey do, anyway?" question is certainly very open, and not well understood. Maybe the future episode will help clear that up. But I'm not going to count on it...

Dave Thompson: Not Penny's Boatkrylyr on April 21st, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
The one thing I don't get about Smoke Monster as Christian Shepherd. He supposedly can't smoke out and travel over the water/leave the island. So how did he get aboard the freighter to talk to dismiss Michael? And how did he show up in Jack's hospital in season 4? That doesn't jive, and I hope there's some kind of explanation to it.

I'm glad Jack asked FLocke if he had taken his father's form. I'm disappointed Jack didn't respond to FLocke's "Everything I've done is to help you get off the island" with, "Then why did you kill the pilot?"

I actually think there's a chance that explosives can hurt Smokey. Back at the end of season 1, dynamite seemed to deter him.
jeffsoesbe: lost lockejeffsoesbe on April 22nd, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Re:dynamite. That's right! I'd forgotten about that. Maybe explosives can cause him some trouble, and maybe an severe electromagnetic event can mess him up for good.

Hmmm ... next week, I don't think Smokey/Locke/ManInBlack gets over to Hydra Island. I think that Widmore sends some redshirt to LOST Island to find out what happened to Smokey. And the redshirt finds out nothing happened. To their dismay.