Previously on Lost: Faraday was killed by his own mother while trying to stop the Incident at the Swan Station and alter the course of history. In the future, Ben agreed to follow John Locke while Ilana and Bram were revealed to be working for…someone. Not Charles Widmore, and probably not Ben.
Lost is especially cruel this week as we are forced to rewatch Daniel Faraday’s death, this time through the eyes of Jack and Kate. After it happens they try to run, but Charles Widmore rides up on his horse and puts a severe beatdown on Jack. They’re brought to the camp where Ellie, haunted by killing her future son, has them put in her tent.
30 Years Later: Richard Alpert builds a ship in a bottle on the beach. Where did he get a ship in the bottle kit? He gets a visitor in the form of John Locke, leader of the Others, who brings a boar and tells Richard that they have an errand to run. It’s hard to tell who Richard is more surprised to see: Locke of Ben.
Sun, who somehow has no idea who Richard is, learns that he’s very, very old and immediately asks if he knows what happened to her husband and friends in 1977. Richard says he saw them and that he watched them all die. I smell something crazy brewing.
Locke, Richard and Ben go to run their errand. Locke doesn’t reveal much other than to request a meeting with Jacob. Ben is skeptical, but Locke is the leader, They go to a plan and Locke tells Richard that he needs to go help a man who’s been shot in the leg. The man who was shot is John Locke, and this is the prequel to the scene from the season premiere when Richard helped dig Ethan’s bullet out of Locke’s leg before giving him the compass.
While Richard helps Past Locke, Present Locke and Ben talk about how the Island tells Locke things and that Ben has never seen Jacob. Past Locke time jumps, confusing the Hell out of Ben, and Richard returns to discover that Locke really did die. In the words of Stephen Colbert, that’s the craziest f***ing thing I’ve ever heard.
The trio returns to the beach camp where Locke takes a moment to address all of his people. They all take orders from Jacob, who no one has ever seen, so Locke asks everyone to come along with him to see Jacob. Socialism! How dare Locke try to bring this Commie idea to the Island. Richard and Ben agree and see that Locke is become more trouble than he’s worth. In the world of Lost, Locke is Barack Obama while Richard and Ben are Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.
They next morning Locke leads his pilgrimage to Jacob and Ben voices his concerns. Locke lets Ben in on a little secret, namely that he’s not interested in reuniting with his friends in 1977. Why is Locke going to see Jacob? To kill him. If Locke had sunglasses, that would be the moment he’d put them on and The Who would play.
30 Tears Earlier: In the tent, Jack is an unabashed believer in Faraday’s theory that they can change the future so that everything that’s happened to them will never happen. This level of relativistic physics is a rare and beautiful thing to see o TV.
Ellie walks in and wants to know why Faraday needed the bomb. She assures them she’ll believe whatever they say because she just killed her son, the same man who told him to bury the bomb 23 years earlier before disappearing into thin air.
Jack tells her that by using the bomb, they can alter the future and undo what Ellie just did to her son. Too bad for them the bomb is underneath the Barracks.
Speaking of the Barracks, you may have forgotten that Sawyer and Juliet were taken by Radzinsky. Phil and Radzinsky go a little slap happy, punching Jim LaFleur while liberal, hippie Horace leaves the room. This episode has a lot of relevant political undertones, and here we learn about how great torture is. Sawyer won’t tell them where Kate went so he gets knocked around.
That doesn’t work, so Phil bitch slaps Juliet instead. If you think Phil can’t get any slimier and more hated, Horace determines that Kate and Jack were working with Hugo Reyes, who Phil calls “the fat guy.”
The Fat Guy grabs a bunch of food and runs off to meet Miles and Jin for their getaway. While they plot their next move, Dr. Chang arrives to ask if they’re really from the future. He asks Hurley a bunch of questions and Hurley fumbles the answers, not knowing when he was born, who the president is, or whether the Korean War has happened yet. Before his brain explodes, Hurley finally admits that he’s from the future, and Dr. Chang believes them.
Chang also believes what Faraday told him about needing to evacuate the entire Island, so he goes to see Horace and stumbles on the bloody and bruised Sawyer. He orders everyone on the submarine. Sawyer and Juliet are taken away, and Sawyer sees the silver lining, agreeing to make a ton of money by buying Microsoft. Sawyer takes one last look and says “Good riddance” to the Island.
Meanwhile, Ellie tries to take Kate and Jack to the Barracks to get the bomb. Kate wants no part of this and tries to leave, but the other Others don’t let her. They do once they’re dead, because the Others are suddenly sniped by…Sayid Jarrah! It’s about time he’s back.
Sayid tries to wrap his head around changing the future, which he thinks he already did by killing Ben. Kate tells him what really happened, which ticks off Sayid. This allows Kate to deliver my favorite piece of dialogue from the episode: “Since when did shooting kids and blowing up hydrogen bombs become OK?” These people certainly lead a different kind of life than they used to.
Back on the sub, Sawyer and Juliet seem perfectly happy, which means Lost needs to ruin their relationship by adding another passenger to the submarine: Kate.
Richard, Jack, Eloise and Sayid take a swim down to the underground tunnels beneath the Barracks where the bomb was hidden. They travel through the caves to find it, but then what?
That, along with many other questions, will be answered in next week’s season finale. Will they explode the hydrogen bomb? Will they change the course of the future? Will Locke kill Jacob? Will our minds be blown? The only question I currently know the answer to is the last one, and the answer is “Yes.”