If you haven’t seen Wednesday night’s two-hour finale, I wouldn’t read past this line. You’ve been warned.
- Jacob. I think we might have found an explanation as to why the castaways have weird connections to each other in their flashbacks: the Island deity. Last night, we saw Jacob showing up at pivotal moments in the character’s lives (at the funeral for pre-Sawyer/LeFluer James Ford’s parents; when Sayid’s wife was hit by a car; when Jack failed to perform his first surgery). I could be very wrong, but I wonder if Jacob manipulated events in order to get them all on Oceanic flight 815 for some unknown purpose. Nine months to chew on it.
- Locke/”Esau”. Kind of weird to think that Terry O’Quinn might spend the last season playing a villian, but that’s another issue. This “Locke” cleverly manipulated Ben (how the tables have turned for these two!) into stabbing Jacob. This is the apparent loophole to killing Jacob that the mysterious Island dweller was looking for at the beginning of the episode, which leads me to think that this other guy might be named “Esau,” who in the biblical story was the firstborn son of Isaac who was tricked by Jacob into giving up his birthright, as well as having his blessing stolen from his father. Is the Island’s Jacob a younger upstart who managed to steal his older brother’s position of authority?
- Fruit Roll-ups. I really, really want one.
- Jack and Sawyer. They finally beat the crap out of each other, and it was awesome. Although I gotta say, kicking Jack in the balls was pretty low, though I suppose worth it if you’re trying to stop a guy from detonating a bomb.
- Miles’ unheeded question. Miles had the best question of the night, and it really was surprising that no one (among the characters) had thought of it until now: What if Jack, by setting off the hydrogen bomb, was really creating the very Incident he’d set out to stop? Jack got the information from Daniel Farraday’s journal, but what if Farraday was really trying to keep things as they should be by tricking Jack into thinking he could change the future? My question is this: If Jack was successful in setting off the bomb and changed their futures, wouldn’t that mean that he would never eventually end up on the Island to set off the bomb?
- Richard Alpert. Someday, we’re going to need a flashback on this guy. Specifically, how many birthdays has he celebrated?
Feel free to weigh in below.
UPDATE: On the Jacob/Esau conflict (I’m calling him “Esau” until given a reason not to), is it possible that they represent the two sides of the conflict between Benjamin Linus (on Team Jacob, with Richard and the Others) and Charles Widmore (with Esau)? Maybe the entire show has revolved around a war between two people we’re only now beginning to meet, a conflict that likely will reach its peak in season 6, seeing as how Widmore told Locke (and I paraphrase): “There’s a war coming, and if you’re not back on the Island when it happens, the wrong side is going to win.”