LOST 5.06 “316”


Back to the Island

Kate Hurley & Jack return (from lostpedia)


Jack’s back on the island, but how did he get there?  We see Jack awake on the island with a close up of his eye, just like the very fist scene of the first episode of LOST.  He wakes among the trees gasping for breath as before.  But this time he is not hurt.  And Vincent the dog, does not visit him.  He looks in his hand and sees a note “I wish..” it says, but the rest of note is missing.  He hears a voice in the distance.  It’s Hurley screaming for help.  Jack runs to the waterfall and finds Hurley in the water holding on to a guitar case.  He plunges about 50 feet down into the water and saves Hurley.  A woman is lying on the rocks close by.  It’s Kate but she is not moving.  Jack revives her.

Now we are back in LA.  We pick up from last week’s show.  Ms. Hawking invites Jack, Ben, Sun and Desmond into her secret basement laboratory which is protected by a locked door with a Dharma logo.  Hawking explains the mystery of the lab.  It was built by the Dharma Initiative to explore time travel but particularly to find the island.  A very smart scientist figured out that to find it, they needed to figure out where the island would be next because the island is always moving and can’t ever be found in the same location.  She tells them they must all go back on a flight over the next expected location.  They must fly on a specific Ajira airlines flight (FLIGHT 316).  They must also recreate the events leading up to their first trip to the island as closely as possible.  Hawking tells Jack he must bring something of his father’s on board the flight.  In fact, she says, John died to take Jack’s fathers place in the coffin on the flight.  Finally she tells Jack that Locke left a suicide note.  It is addressed specifically to Jack.  Jack is afraid to read it because he never believed Locke’s crazy stories, but also because he is afraid Locke still blamed him for leaving the island in the first place, which caused some terrible events to happen.

Jack goes to a bar (old habits die hard) where he gets a call.  His grandfather Ray has tried to leave the old folks home again and they need Jack to come and talk to him.  Jack does see him and gets from him a pair of his dad’s shoes.  He explains to Kate later that the shoes he dressed his father in for the casket were a bunch of white tennis shoes, because he felt his dad did not deserve anything better.  His dad had died in Sydney after going on a drinking binge brought on by his depression by being dismissed as chief of surgery.

Jack returns home to a dark apartment.  He is about to pour himself a drink when he hears a noise.  In the bedroom is a creepy version of Kate.  She literally looks half dead.  She asks Jack if he is really going back to the island.  She makes him promise that if he wants her to go with him she needs to never ask about her “son” Aaron ever again.  She kisses Jack passionately and stays the night.  The next morning they have an awkward conversation and she leaves promising to see Jack at the airport.

Jack gets a call from Ben.  He is at the marina all bruised up and battered.  He needs Jack to bring dead Locke to the airport for the Ajira flight.  Jack meets Jill (ha ha) and she asks him what’s in the bag (it’s a pail of water, no actually it’s his father’s shoes).  He puts the shoes on dead Locke saying Locke would be laughing now if he saw the crazy thing Jack was doing (Jack is known as the man of science, who needs a reason to do everything).  He sticks John’s suicide note back in Locke’s pocket afraid to revisit Locke’s crazy faith ideas.

At the airport:

Jack needs permission to bring Locke’s body to Guam.  He says it is what Locke wanted for his burial.  He turns around and sees the still depressed Kate walking to security.  Then he sees Sayid and a marshall headed there and finally he runs into Sun also.  A man tells Jack he is sorry for his loss.  That same man (who was in the movie Vantage Point with Matt Fox) also boards the flight.  Hurley buys up a bunch of tickets (I guess to make it so he is the last one on the plane like he was for Oceanic 815 and also to keep a lot of innocent passengers away from danger).  

On the flight:
Jack boards and sees Kate (who is still in no mood to talk), Hurley, Sayid, the female marshall and the Vantage man.  Suddenly Ben shows up which ruins the whole Oceanic 815 reunion plan. Except guess what Lapidus is flying the plane!  Ben tells Jack to read Locke’s letter (after making a quip about learning to read).  Jack reads it, it says “Jack, I wish you would have believed me”  JL.  Just then the seat belt sign flashes and then a flash flashes and Jack, Kate and Hurley are back on the island.  But where is Jin, Sayid and Ben?  Well we know one thing they have returned to a different time.  Because a new looking VW Dharma van pulls up (with music on) to reveal none other than Jin.  LOST


Was that Charlie’s guitar case and why would Hurley have it? Man that was some jump Jack made by the waterfall.  Is this the same waterfall where Sawyer and Kate found the gun case and Paulo found the diamonds?  I wonder if that scientist who found a way to find the island, was none other than Dr. Chang (Wickmond/Candle).  The episode title “316” refers to the Ajira flight number.  John 3:16 is one of the most famous in the Bible (and quoted at sporting events).  For God so loved the world he sent his only son, so that all who believe in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  The son is Jesus.  Ben also mentions Jesus and Doubting Thomas to Jack when explaining the painting.  Doubting Thomas needed to see and touch the wound marks Jesus suffered when he was crucified to believe his Savior was really alive again.  He would not believe his fellow apostles who told them they had seen and talked to Jesus after his death on the cross.  What happened to Aaron?  My guess is that Aaron is now doing creepy stuff just like Walt did.  In season 1 Walt is giving back to his father Michael after his mom dies and his adopted father says he can no longer take care of him (why?)  Well maybe because Walt talks backwords and ends up in places he is not supposed to be at.  And he kills birds with his brain.  Other that that he is barrel of laughs 🙂  Kate seemed very desperate and depressed.  She obviously had given up Aaron, but why?  There were more overt religious references in this show then we have seen in a long time.  Ben praying (maybe) and his recounting of Saint Thomas story from the bible.  “I wish you would have believed me” was all about faith even when we don’t totally understand.  Jin became a Dharma guy like Roger Workman.  So the trio must have returned to about the time of the Dharma Initiative.  This could be after the DI if Jin found a van after he met Rousseau also.  Who beat up Ben Linus and was he out to kill Penny?

Overall thoughts:
I liked this one.  But I like the Jack/Kate episodes and anything to do with the sci-fi mythology.  What are your thoughts?  Check out the questions above and leave your comments below if you would like to discuss this week’s episode.

3 Responses

  1. I didn’t like this episode too much- as it was rather vague.

    I think that Ben realised that Desmond was in Los Angeles, and so he went to kill Penny. When he phoned Jack up, he was near some boats… – and Desmond is living on a boat.

    If he did kill Penny, then I will hate Ben! If he killed anyone else, it doesn’t matter.. apart from Desmond and Desmond’s son charlie 🙂

    They still need to explain a lot of how they arrived at the island, but I am sure they will!

  2. Oh yes- and I think that John Locke will be “reborn”, just as Christian Shepard was.

  3. I guess the plane was flying in proximity to the island when there was a time jump when the plane was passing over a lagoon so they got yanked off the plane and feel however many feet into the lagoon or surround areas.

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