Another week, another Lost. Says the always loquacious ABC: Hurley must convince Jack to accompany him on an unspecified mission, and Jin stumbles across an old friend. Unspecified mission, eh? Old friend, eh?
This week’s pre-ep discussion is being brought to by the letters K and Z (won’t you give her a follow on Twitter?), who sent along this nice little link. Interesting bit about the dads all being nice on Earth-X instead of total assholes.
And here’s a thought. Everyone refers to Smoke Monster Locke as The Man in Black. This is the central antagonist in Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series. Interesting…
Things I learned from Lostpedia:
- The title of this episode, “The Substitute”, has multiple meanings. It refers to the choice the characters must make, to become a substitute for Jacob or not; John Locke becoming a substitute teacher; Locke’s body on Ajira 316 substituting for Christian’s on Oceanic 815; MIB taking Locke’s form as a substitute for his previous one; etc.
- The question Locke is asked in his interview as to what animal he identifies with, is one of the interview questions purportedly used by DHARMA as shown in the Mysteries of the Universe.
- In the new timeline, Locke’s socks are white, in the original timeline, they were black.
- After purportedly burning down in the Statue’s fire, Jacob’s body left a pure white ash.
- Jacob’s Ladder: Sawyer and the Man in Black descend “Jacob’s Ladder” and arrive at a cave formerly inhabited by Jacob. A Jacob’s Ladder has significance in both the Jewish and Christian religions, having many interpretations, among them that it is a bridge between heaven and earth. Saint John Climacus (also known as John of the Ladder) wrote a book called “Ladder of the Divine Ascent” which uses Jacob’s Ladder as an analogy for the ascetic life. It is frequently read by Orthodox Christians during the Lent season before Easter. The episode “The Substitute” aired the night before the start of non-Orthodox Lent (Ash Wednesday) (which does not coincide with Orthodox Great Lent).
- The Man in Black shouts, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” at the mysterious kid in the jungle. A phrase the real Locke said frequently.
- More good stuff at Lostpedia.
I’ll update tonight or tomorrow with some thoughts on tonight’s episode. Hope it’s as good as last week’s.
- The flash-sideways involves Jack. Interesting. The order of flash-sideways(es?) this season are matching up with the order of the first season.
- Jack has an appendix scar he doesn’t remember getting. Will his two consciouses merge at some point?
- Jack has a son who’s wearing a goofy Jack wig. Awesome.
- Who else thought that Jack’s kid was going to say he was listening to Drive Shaft?
- “You have what it takes.” Apparently Jacob and Jack knows what that means but I don’t. Someone help me.
- Ew, Claire’s creepy fake bay-bee.
- This whole Claire thing is ridiculous. The way she looks. The way she acts. It’s like a soap opera. And not even a respectable one. It’s like Passions.
- I bet Jack’s kid is upset about inheriting ridiculous hair from his dad. It could have been worse–he could have inherited his fake beard from the first flash-forward episode.
- Oh, a lighthouse. Right, the episode title. A beacon. What other literary beacons or warning lights are there in this episode?
- Why did this Other think it was a good idea to say ANYTHING to a psycho chick with an axe after she just received incredibly upsetting news? He was pretty much asking to get Shining-ed like that.
- How is samurai Other (Dogen) alive on Earth-X without the healing powers of the island? Wasn’t he like, on the slave ship and hence really old?
- This lighthouse is goofy. The names of all the candidates are on it and the mirrors like show that person’s life or something? Come on. That’s a little too fantasy for me. I miss the scientific stuff they used to have on this show. Bring back Dharma.
- Looks like Benjamin Linus is at 117 degrees. They’re going to 108, which I can’t quite make out. Wattaze? Wahaze? In any event it’s crossed out. All the names match up to their assigned numbers on the underside of the rock though.
- I see Nguyen listed. That narrows it down to about 20 million Vietnamese people. Moorhead- That never gets old. Lostpedia is going to have a field day with all these names. I wonder how many philosophers are listed.
- Could you put a more destructive group of people on an island together? Giving them bad news or upsetting them is such a recipe f or disaster.
- Smocke is Claire’s mystery buddy. Creepy.
Well that’s the episode. Pretty good I thought, but I hate all this non-scientific mumbo jumbo stuff. I guess I’m more Jack than Locke.