Previously on Lost
: The Oceanic 6 made it off the Island, which Ben moved by pushing a frozen donkey wheel. Locke was given control of the Others and he was also the man in the coffin the future.
A clock turns 8:14am and the alarm goes off. A man wakes up, but his Asian wife tells him to get the baby. He sets about his morning routine while playing a record of Willie Nelson's “Shotgun Willie.” The whole scene is virtually identical to the opening of season 2 with Desmond in the Hatch.
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The record skips and after turning it off, the man exits his home to reveal he's living in the Barracks on the Island. He goes into another house, and as soon as he speaks, die-hard Lost
fans recognize him as Dr. Marvin Candle. He films a DHARMA orientation video for the Arrow, saying it's mission is to provide defensive strategies against the Hostiles. I'm guessing they failed, given the eventual Purge.
The filming is interrupted because of a disturbance at the Orchid Station. Drills are melting because of their proximity to a strange power source and people are freaking out. Dr. Candle orders them to stop because they're closing in on the frozen chamber with the donkey wheel, which holds the Island's mystical power that, when harnessed, can allow them to manipulate time.
However, Candle says there are rules and you can't change the past. Also, if the chamber is opened, “God help us all.” The technician asks, “Time travel, how stupid does that guy think we are?” I'd say very stupid, because the man he's talking to is...DANIEL FARADAY! This is going straight to the top of my “Best Season Opening Scenes” list.
Now we're in the future, where Ben (Michael Emerson) is trying to convince Jack they need to take Locke's body and gather up the rest of the Oceanic 6. Ben lets Jack (Matthew Fox
) get a change of clothes and a shave, and they talk about Locke (Terry O'Quinn
). Ben claims the last time he saw John was on the Island at the Orchid Station, but I've learned never to trust him.
Jack says he's a believer because John told him that everyone would die if they didn't go back, but that John didn't tell him what happened after the Island moved. Ben seems relieved at this last part.
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Also, read our recap of Episode 5.2 "The Lie."
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