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Lost Season 6: The Lighthouse (Episode 5)

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So, I’m having a LOST revelation. More like a coming-to-terms. I had hoped our flash-sideways were untrue. I was hoping for love and contentment and redemption ON The Island. I see that is not going to happen. I think The Island is broken. It’s puppet masters may be everlasting but they certainly are not omnipotent. The interesting connections between characters we had in previous seasons’ flashbacks always made us feel that “destiny” was at work. That they were all “meant” to be on The Island. But what if we’ve got it backwards? What if this “GOOD” LA flash-sideways is the REAL way it was supposed to be? And what if Jacob and his Nemesis messed it up? So, everything we’ve loved about The Island connections and character development were really just the working out of “destiny” trying to fix what Jacob, et al did with their pettiness? Maybe the good I saw on The Island (which therefore made me NOT want them to get off The Island) was really just a glimpse of the GOOD that was SUPPOSED to be? Did that make sense? Probably not. The point is, I’m trying to like the flash-sideways. I’m trying to see that GOOD has happened to our beloved characters OUTSIDE of The Island and the horribleness of their pre-Island lives was really BECAUSE OF The Island. Is that crazy talk? I know, I know, let’s just get to the recap, right?

Jack. LA. Present Day.

Jack is still waiting around for his dad’s body to be found by the airlines. (See? Christian’s body being lost? Parallel to The Island!) His mom is hounding him to help her find Christian’s will and help her get everything in order. Jack says he’ll help but he’s late for something…what could it be? OH, YEAH. TO PICK UP HIS TEENAGE SON FROM SCHOOL.

Who saw THAT coming? Jack, the one with the MOST Father issues has his very own son! But it looks like he’s doing just as good of a job as Christian did with him. Jack’s son, David (as in King? As in the most famous king of all times? as in the King of the Island Jack?) is a typical get-out-of-my-face-stop-pretending-we-have-a-father-son-bond kid. Jack is obviously upset (and possibly confused) by this attitude. David talks about how they only see each other once a month, so apparently Jack is divorced from David’s mom. WHO IS HIS MOM?! Is it Sarah? Someone else we know?

Jack takes a break from hanging out with his son to help his mom, Margo look for Christian’s will. Of course, they have a conversation about Jack’s own father-son problems. Jack says he was terrified of his father as a child. Margo suggests that David may be terrified of him as well. This thought has never occured to Jack. In fact, it seems that Jack thinks their problems are because of David’s attitude.

Suddenly Margo finds the will. Which, as I knew it would, mentions CLAIRE LITTLETON. Neither Margo nor Jack seem to have heard Claire’s name before!

When Jack returns home, David is missing. After several hours, Jack goes to his ex-wife’s home to see if David is there. He uses the hidden key (under a white rabbit) and looks through David’s room. It’s full of instruments, hand written music and even a picture of Jack and David together. As he’s looking, he listens to the messages on the phone. One is to David from the Williams Conservatory which confirms his audition at 7pm that night. The other is from Jack when he was in Australia. Jack is visibly upset at this disconnect from his son.

Jack races to the Conservatory to find David. Jack walks in and David playing his audition piece. He is brilliant and Jack is transfixed. It seems he doesn’t know his son could play. In fact, a Japanese man approaches (DOGEN! DOGEN! DOGEN!) and they talk about the pressure these kids are under. He tells Jack that David has a gift. (WEIRD. WEIRD. WEIRD.)

Outside the Conservatory Jack approaches David. They have a conversation that all fathers should have with their sons–he tells David that nothing could stop Jack from loving him. He explains that his father made him feel like a failure and told him he didn’t have what it takes–but David should never feel that way. Jack tells him he loves him unconditionally.

And all is right in LA.

(Do you see now what I meant in the first paragraph? Maybe they are trying to wrap up the whole horribleness of the past by showing us what should have happened SANS the evilness of The Island.)

Jack & Hurley. The Island.

Miles and Hurley are playing tic-tac-toe with Island foliage (of course). Suddenly Hurley goes back into the temple to search for food (of course). He sees Jacob playing in the water at the spring. Jacob explains someone is trying to get to The Island and Hurley needs to lead them there. And oh yeah, he should go get some paper, because he might want to write down the instructions.

Soon, we see Hurley reading instructions off his arm while wandering through the bowels of the temple. And who interrupts? Dogen. Dogen asks what he is doing there. Hurley takes his cues from only-visible-to-Hurley Jacob and says, “I’m a candidate. I can do what I want.” Dogen is ticked by this but leaves Hurley alone.

Jacob reminds Hurley that Jack must be with him while he does his special job. Hurley convinces Jack by saying the secret phrase (given to him by Jacob, of course): “you have what it takes”. (see LA flash-sideways!!!) Soon, they are in the jungle and on an “old-school” mission to save The Island. Or something. They’re not really sure what they are doing.

On their way they run into Kate. Who almost shoots Jack. They exchange loving glances and smiles but end up separating because KATE MUST FIND CLAIRE. (Yeah, because even if Claire hadn’t turned Rosseau, the first thing she’s going to say is YOU LEFT A THREE YEAR OLD WITH A WOMAN HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW?!)

They finally arrive at their destination—a lighthouse. When they get to the top to turn it on (because the instructions on Hurley’s arm tells them to do so), Jack catches a glimpse of soemthing in the reflection of the light’s mirrors. He sees buildings–scenes from around the world. Then he notices names written on the numerical degrees of the lighthouse’s dial…the same names and numbers that were written on the cave. The names of his friends. HIS NAME.

Jack makes Hurley turn the dial to SHEPHERD, #23. When it is in place, Shepherd sees his house. The house he lived in as a little boy. Jack is enraged. He realizes Jacob has been spying on him his entire life. He picks up a telescope and smashes the mirrors.

Jacob finally appears to speak to Hurley. Jack is sitting on a rock overlooking the ocean. Hurley is ticked at Jacob because his plan didn’t work—Jack destroyed the lighthouse and the people he was supposed to be bringing to The Island won’t be able to find it. Jacob seems unperturbed which makes Hurley even more upset. Finally it clicks for Hurley–Jacob wanted Jack to destroy the lighthouse. He wanted Jack to realize he was CHOSEN and meant to be on this Island. Jacob explains that some people will come back to The Island when asked (like Hurley) others need to discover the importance (or purpose or something) on their own. Jacob also explains they had to get away from The Temple because someone bad was about to get there. Hurley wants to warn them but Jacob tells him it’s too late.

Jin & Claire. The Island.

Jin is still in the bear trap. OW. Claire carries him back to her tent which is assorted freakiness–lots of crazy weapons and a crib with an animal skull inside. *shiver* Jin passes out and when he wakes up Claire is hefting Dumb&Dumber #2 (Justin) into the tent. Apparently he was only pretending to be dead. She demands that he gives her “baby” back. She explains to Jin that The Others electrocuted her and branded her. She gets so violent that Jin finally jumps in and says, “They don’t have your baby! Kate took Aaron! Kate is raising Aaron! He’s 3 years old!!”

Claire does not believe him. Or maybe she does. Regardless, it makes her crazy and she axes Justin. CREEPY. Jin realizes that she is indeed insane. So he tells her that he lied to save Justin’s life. Jin says he saw Aaron at the temple and can get them back to rescue him. Claire is relieved and says, “If Kate had Aaron, I’d kill her.”

Just then, unLocke pokes his head in the tent. Jin is absolutely shocked and says, “John?” Claire says with a giggle, “That’s not John. That’s My Friend.” Oh. My.

Things I Forgot To Mention
1. David is reading Alice in Wonderland. Jack says he used to read this to him as a boy.
2. Jack and Hurley have the why-did-you-come-back conversation. Jack says he came back because he was broken. And he was stupid enough to think The Island could fix him. (So, is he a man of faith? Or no?)
3. While Jack and Hurley are hiking through the jungle they come to the caves and see the Adam and Eve skeletons. The writers poke fun at us by having Hurley say, “I wonder, since we time traveled, if these skeletons are us?”

Stuff To Talk About

1. The Butterfly Effect. You know what this is right? We’re all so interconnected that if a butterfly flaps its wings in New York City, it can cause a monsoon in Japan. The bomb was the butterfly. And the monsoon? Our flash-sideways. So, now Jack has a son? Dogen has a son? They both play the piano? And are good fathers?? So, when Juliet blew up The Island *sob* she really DID IT. She fixed it. The horribleness of The Island for EVERYONE changed. Not just the Losties. She also saved any and all Others that Jacob drew to The Island. (Here’s a wikipedia article on the Butterfy Effect if you’d like a REAL explanation.)

2. Jacob. He is feeling very Jacob-y, isn’t he? Always telling people to do things without giving them reasons. He’s asking people to discover their purpose and their connection to The Island. Even though he’s dead and the rules with his nemesis have been broken, he’s still up to his old tricks. I’m kinda leaning toward Jacob being BAD and unLocke being REALLY BAD with NO good guys–just poor manipulated Island dwellers.

3. Candidates. I really think Jacob and unLocke are just crazy puppet-masters. I think they are immature gods who are playing games on The Island. The purpose and greater good and all that stuff is in their tiny heads—it’s just for their Island games. It has nothing to do with the rest of the world. The Oceanic 6 (and whoever else) that are chosen as candidates are just chesspieces. They killed Locke (the most obvious choice to be the new protector of the Island) just so Smokey could have his body. So, why would any of this rot about The Island be true? They will continue to kill off our beloved Losties until it’s time to start the game over. Horrible.


I think I kinda said it earlier. I think The Island is broken. I told you before I think Jacob and unLocke are like the two alien kids playing marbles with our galaxy in Men in Black. I’m pretty sure everything that’s happened on The Island is the equivalent of a mythological hissy fit. I am pretty set on my theory that Destiny (capital D) was trying to make GOOD come out of an evil situation (ie. the last 5 seasons). Now we are getting to see Destiny’s original plan in the flash-sideways. Does that seem cheesy? What did you think of last night’s episode? Please leave a comment below and I’ll try to keep the conversation going by responding in the comments!

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35 thoughts on “Lost Season 6: The Lighthouse (Episode 5)”

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  2. After last night’s episode, I was actually feeling good about Jacob. Yes, he seems to be manipulating, but we all do that to a certain extent, don’t we? But he seems to me to have a good interest in our Losties. Unlike Flocke, who appears to only have his own benefit in mind.

    I loved seeing Jack as a dad and working on his daddy issues. Who is the mother???

    Seeing Claire really doesn’t give us much hope for Sayid, does it?

    I read another recap this morning that suggested the family relationships of the candidates. Maybe it’s not Jack that is a candidate, but David. Maybe not Sawyer, but Clementine. I like that theory.

    No real revelations from me this week. I thought it was a great episode and have hope that the writers/producers are just jerking us along. *fingers crossed*

    1. Really? I just don’t feel truth in Jacob. Why does he have to be so secretive all the time?!

      I just read on Doc Jensen’s article that he would love Jack’s ex to be Juliet. A Juliet who is now dating Sawyer! *sigh*

  3. I think Jacob is good. I think you could liken him to a “god” figure, watching out for people. I also think there are times when people have to figure things out on their own like Jacob said and Jack is one of those people. He’s not one that can be told what to do, he has to discover it himself. Ah, this is such good stuff. I think UnLocke is really bad and the fact that he knows Aaron was not taken by the others is a sign that he is really bad. He’s manipulated Sawyer and Claire now. Wonder how Jin is going to survive this. I hope he gets to see Sun soon!

  4. I like how you described Jacob and Smokey as immature gods having a mythological hissy fit. Very poetic, but appropriate too.

    I don’t think that Jacob is really BAD, but he’s as fallible as us mere mortals are, and he seems to think that he knows best. I see this as an allegory to how we see God… And I was about to expand upon that here, but I don’t want to hijack your comments section. So I’ll go write a post about it on my own Web site. :-)

    1. I totally agree about the God scenario. Many people think God is just a guy playing chess with us anyway. Manipulating us to do things w/o telling us why. LOST could be a complete parable about who they think God is…

      (and FTR…I don’t think God is that way!)

  5. Have you ever heard of the Dragon Triangle? It’s like the Bermuda Triangle, only in Japan. I think this is where the Island is.

    As for last night’s episode. I liked it and didn’t at the same time. I didn’t feel questions were answered.

    Jacob and unLocke are definitely setting the stage for something. I wish we knew more about their past.

  6. I fully agreed with your tweet last night – it feels like a different show. I also appreciate your ‘revelation’ – I’m still not pleased about all this though & hope for a more satisfying end. The people I care about in this show now seem to be a supporting cast rather than the main plot. I know a happy ending is not plausible (& I’m not even sure what I would want it to be…) but this season really feels odd. At this point, I am just hoping that the final episode doesn’t feel like a hit & run to get all this new (& old) stuff wrapped up.

  7. It does seem like Jacob is a manipulator, like MIB said last week, but does that mean he is truly evil after all? Don’t want to go there.

    I enjoyed seeing Daddy Jack making an effort to connect with his son (!!!), breaking the cycle of bad parenting, an episode bursting with Hurleyisms, and even though she scared me, Crazy Claire is an interesting development (although she needs a hairbrush, some soap and anti-psychotic meds ASAP).

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  9. I started to wonder last week about Jacob and his manipulations. I like your theory about the hissy fit and Destiny trying to fix it.
    But right now I have no clue what I think. I feel like I’m on a roller coaster, trying to catch details as they fly by. I’m just along for the ride.

  10. i do not trust Jacob, at all. Sure, he has sincere expressions… At the same time, I’m not so sure that unLocke isn’t just another one of his victims- in some way…

    I totally agree with the beginning though. that fate would have had their lives intertwined- but that the island interfered and then tried to right the wrongs.

  11. great recap as always. I too like your theory about the hissy fit and Destiny trying to fix it.

    I have this uneasy feeling that I’m going to be really disappointed on how all the rest of the season wraps up. There has been so much to happen and so many questions. I know they can’t possibly get to all the answers but good grief, toss us something.

    Anyone else confused or just uneasy how Ben was such a main figure and the scariest all knowing thing on the island and now he (and Richard) are essentially non players? Just odd to me why for 5 seasons they were such awesome baddies and now nada.

    Do we know where Sun and the Pilot are, are they at the temple?

    Clarie = creepy and why in the world is she mad a Kate for taking care of Aaron, um honey, you left him in the woods ALONE!

  12. I haven’t read through the comments to see if anyone else feels this way, but I have the opposite feelings on the sideways timeline. I think that what is happening on the island right now is course correcting our Losties so that what we’re seeing in the sideways timeline *is what actually does happen at the end of the show*. And I think it’s great. Yes, it’s not all sunshine and roses, but Jack is turning around his father-son curse (and has a beautiful son! Didn’t see that coming), Locke and Helen have a life together, Claire keeps Aaron, Hurley is lucky, etc.

    For some reason Smocke & Jacob are tied into this in a Jesus vs. Satan way (ok, I’m getting a little nuts here, but I’m going to go with it), where Jacob knows that our Losties are, um, lost, and need to work through their demons in order to get saved. Smocke presents the easy option, just getting off the island and leaving in the same corrupt way that you were. Whatever happens in this “game” between Smocke and Jacob is going to affect the lives of our Losties when 815 does land in Los Angeles, either for bad or for good (mostly for good).

    That may have made no sense. My recap last night was just like loved it, loved it!! I’m amazed how many people were disappointed in this ep!

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  15. I totally agree with Heather’s point,
    Jacob is the is the good manipulating god and Flocke is his enemy, therefore being the manipulating devil.

    Maybe through their eyes their are both the good one but in my opinion Jacob is trying to do the same thing as he did with the losties,
    he wants to bring new candidates to the island to save it.
    I still think that Hugo is one of the most potential characters to become the New Jacob (as he is a fully good person that wants the best for all of them) and the obvious talent he has to see a dead people. What it would be awesome is that all of them replaced the roles of the ppl in the island, i’ll explain my theory:

    Claire/Sayid– New Linus/ Charles Widmore
    as she has become one of the bad guys obsessed with something that is, was in the island.

    Jin/Sawyer/Jack– New Jacob or Leader of the others (Dogan. Jin could stay as he has to find Sun. Jack showed in this episode that he really cares about the Island as he thinks its goign to fix him (he might be afraid to leave or feel in debt with it if he gets fixed).Sawyer just starts off by being with the bad guys only to change at the last moment (wanted to be in the osland wiht the Dharma but then stayed, didnt want to denote bomb and then he helped… HE is with Flocke and the he will stop him or something alike…).

    Kate/ Sun– New Eliana
    Both have reason to stay and to get out of the island

    and my favorite:

    Hurley— New Jacob/ NEW RICHARD :)
    Richard once said to Flocke something like ”I’ve seen many things in the island but not someone coming back to life” Well, what hasn’t hurley seen yet? Dead people, polar bears, boats, statues… He is just the perfect candidate for that :D

    BTW: David was reading Alice in Wonderland, how does alice get to wonderland? With a mirror. How did Jacob watch them? With a mirror

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  17. I hear you on Ben/Richard’s non-player status. At one level LOST kinda always does that to us, tho’ Make us think one way about a character and then switching it up the next week. But, I do feel like we just jumped or swung or something. I mean we ARE getting answers…but maybe they aren’t the right ones. Ha!

  18. So every week, I realize how utterly clueless I am and how my understanding of Lost and all its implications are very surface level.

    Basically I just feel stupid every week.

    The white rabbit, the “King” David…I would have never given them a second thought during the show.

    As far as Jacob & unLocke, IF there is good & evil, I’d lean towards J as being the good. When he was talking to Hurley at the lighthouse and Jack was on the rock, I got the impression that J was more like a doting teacher to Jack (don’t really know how to describe it). J wanted him to “figure it out” on his own to get the maximum benefit. Kinda like he was cheering/rooting Jack on. “Come on Jack! You can do it! You can figure it out. It’ll be so much better for you if you can figure it out on your own” (Obviously I don’t know what “it” is)

    I don’t know if any of this makes any sense.

    I’m an idiot!

  19. The thing I find most interesting about David is the degree of importance he lends to the alternate reality timeline. Up until now, that reality has seemed kind of fragile to me, like it might be erased or negated or merged with our usual storyline at some future point. Before, it didn’t feel like that would matter much. Sure, lives might be different, even worse, but now there’s suddenly a life that would not exist at all without that alternate timeline, and to me that makes it suddenly feel like it matters a lot more.

  20. The last 5 seasons were a waste? Ouch! I definitely don’t like the sound of that. The producers have stated that both timelines are valid and have meaning for our characters. They’ve said that both are “real” and that we should not consider either to be an “alternate” reality.

    My theory: It only ends once- the game between MIB and Jacob- and it ends with the island going under water. At that point, our people who Jacob touched or brought to the island “flash” back in time to some point before the crash of 815…only this time it doesn’t crash. This is the only scenario I can think of right now in which both timelines are valid. But I’m sure they are up to something way over my head :)

  21. I think that the Shepard candidate is Christian because if you look at the pictures in the mirror they are where the people met Jacob, but, for Shepard it was the house where Jack grew up, Jack met Jacob in the emergency room after he botched that surgery. I saw a screen shot of number 108 on the wheel, it said Wallis, I don’t know who that is but I think Wallis is an Irish name. Something to do with Desmond?

    I also think the smoke may have been using Christian’s body before Locke’s, I don’t know just a hunch. I saw an interview with the guy who plays Hurley, He says that the next episode is going to be really important, you will find out what the island is. He says it is 4 letters with no A or E. Also the lighthouse was the 108th episode of lost, all the numbers added up. Just some things to think about.

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