Okay ! Now we’re talking! I really liked this one.
So Jack has healed Locke from his car accident and can give him a special new surgery that can repair his paralysis. But Locke turns him down. We find out later why. Locke had just learned to fly a plane and was so proud he took the man he loved the most (his dad Cooper) with him on his maiden solo flight. But just after takeoff the plane suddenly crashed. Locke blamed himself even though he swears he didn’t do anything wrong (sounds like Fate might have leant a hand). Jack tries to console him. And points out that Locke’s father is gone, just like Jack’s father who died in Sydney of alcoholism. Jack tells Locke to “let it go” just as everyone has told him so many times. But Jack doesn’t know how and he wants Locke to lead. (On the island Locke told Jack that he was the leader). Still Locke refuses to believe Jack, and Jack tells him he can fix him and he’s sorry that Locke didn’t “believe” him. Which is the same thing Locke tells Jack about not leaving the island.
Also at the hospital, we see Claire. She has come to talk to Jack about a gift left her from their father’s will. It’s a music box that plays “Catch a Falling Star”. It was the song her father sang to her when they were kids. Jack never knew about Claire so he can’t help her remember. But as they look into the music box, their faces are reflected in the mirror. It’s like the island versions of Claire and Jack are seeing themselves “on the other side” in the flashsideways world.
ON THE ISLAND:
Meanwhile on the island, Jack wakes up on Hydra island. Locke and Sayid are there to release the candidates from Widmore. He has locked them up in the cages. Arggh No more cages, ever! Sorry I had to rant for a second. But we get a very beautiful scene with Sun and Jin talking about their daughter Ji Yeon and Sun brings back Jin’s ring and puts it back on his finger. I thought that was very touching scene that had me a bit teary. Suddenly they power goes out and Smokey wrecks havoc killing some of Widmore’s crew. Jack comes to let them out of the cages and leads them to the airplane. At the airplane Locke discovers the plane is booby trapped with C4 explosive claiming Widmore intended to blow them all up.
So they go with plan B and head to the sub. Sawyer leads them in but tells Jack not to let Locke on the sub. Jack knocks Locke into the water, but Locke does not melt (like the Wicked witch did in Wizard of Oz). I am thinking that Smokey does not like water but in the form of Locke he can experience the water without ill effects. Anyway they all get on the sub but Locke and Claire. Kate is shot and Jack drags her into the sub also. But Jack says he did not want to leave the island but gets on it to save Kate. Once onboard they realize that Locke has placed a time bomb (why do these bombs always have countdown clocks?). Locke’s plan is not to kill them (because he knows Jacob has forbidden him from doing so). Instead his hope that because of fear, the candidates will kill each other. Jack knows this so he tells Sayid not to diffuse the bomb. He asks Sawyer to trust him too. But Sawyer can’t trust Jack (remember that Jack detonated the H bomb that killed Sawyer’s girl, Juliet). So Sawyer tries to diffuse the bomb which only causes it to tick faster. Sayid saves the day by taking the bomb to the rear of the sub where it detonates. Sayid is killed instantly and Lapidus is crushed by a watertight door that buckles under the pressure.
Jack has Hurley carry Kate off the sub and while Sawyer is trying to help Jin, he is knocked out so Jack has to save him also. But Sun is trapped and Jin refuses to leave her behind. Okay I teared up at that scene too. Jin and Sun are drowned when they refuse to be parted – this one last time.
Jack pulls Sawyer onto the beach. He is alive and Hurley and Kate meet him there. There is a sad moment when they remember that Jin, Sun and Sayid are gone (Jeremy yelled – what about Lapidus, does no one care about him!). Jack looks to the heavens as he realizes that he could not save them all.
Locke tells Claire that the sub exploded, killing some of them (how he knows that only some died is a mystery). And that he is going to finish the job with Widmore. What he doesn’t know is that Jack was told by Sayid that Desmond is alive and hiding in a well, and that Locke is not aware of this.
Overall a really good episode. I got a bit nervous when I saw the cages. I hate the cages, did I ever tell you that? But the rest was really good. Seeing Locke’s dad Cooper in a vegetative state was a real twist and knowing that Locke was responsible for it (causing a serious injury through a fall) is the flip side of what happened to him when Cooper pushed Locke out an 8 story window.
Jack saves Sawyer’s life again (he saved him in Season 2 when he was shot by Friendly). Kate is still stuck with these guys. I am guessing Kate is going to be okay, much to the chagrin of the Katers (Jeremy included).
The Candidate is Locke in that Jack believes he is the perfect “candidate” for the experimental surgery that will heal his paralysis. But Jack is also the “candidate” as he had faith enough to believe that he would not die and was willing to let “whatever happens happens”. Three of the other candidates are dead, Jin/Sun and Sayid. Only Hurley, Jack, Kate, and Sawyer remain.
What will happen next and what did you think of this episode. I can’t wait to see your comments. TLE