In October 1987 George Michael released his first solo album since splitting from Wham called Faith, in which he describes that the most important thing in life is to have faith. You all pretty much didn't need to know that but I think it fairly sums up last night's episode.
Well Losties, I feel we were served up a classic one last night which carried on the season's story with great gusto by feeding us more and more answers that we desire and as always, a few more questions. On the opening scene we have a throwback to the beginning of the entire show with some fantastic Jack Shepherd eye acting. No-one can eye act like Jack. It is a straight parody of him waking up in the jungle where Vincent finds him. But instead of reaching into his pocket to bring out two small bottles of vodka, he has part of a note that simple says 'I wish'. So therefore we know this isn't when Oceanic 815 crashed and that Jack has returned to the island. What's this? A voice from afar? Jack rushes through the trees and dives like Hasselhoff to help a floundering Hurley in the water and before we can ask ourselves how and why Hurley has returned, our attention is drawn to a woman on the rocks. Kate.
Ok, these first moments tells us that a LOT of explanation is going to be needed and it certainly doesn't disappoint. We now return 46 hours earlier to when Ben, Des, Sun and Jack meet the elusive Mrs Hawking and thankfully wastes no time in telling us about how she is going to get them back. It turns out the church is actually a Dharma station which the Initiative used to find the island in the first place. Ahhhhh, a sigh of relief. Finally we know how they found it. It is one of several electromagnetic pockets connected through the Earth and that the pendulum in the station predicts where the island is going to be in time. Simple, no? And who built this station? She says some man did. Wonderful, another question thrown out to us.
Something that spun me around was Desmond. I REALLY thought he would be told something that made him return to the island. Maybe he will one day, but not right now. He simply gives the message that Farraday needs Hawking's help, shouts a bit and then leaves. Red Herring methinks?
Back to the episode now and we really get into the plot. What I liked about this episode was that it returned somewhat to the original storyline of our survivors. Jack and Locke's battle of faith. Mrs Hawking outlines to Jack of how they are going to get back by them boarding Ageria (sorry if spelled wrong) Flight 316 to Guam and them having to recreate the circumstances of the flight 815 crash. This is why she wanted all of the Oceanic 6 back to get as much details as close as possible. This included Locke's body being the proxy for Christian Shepherd and Locke needed something of his to go back with. Also, she hands him the letter addressed to Jack which was found on Locke's body. All of what Jack has been told now lies with his faith and he has to determine whether to truly believe. A little reference to Christianity follows with the story of the apostle Thomas and when his faith was confirmed. I feel Jack is fairly in limbo with his decision now when Ben leaves to 'see an old friend', which means him and Widmore.
Jack believes more and more as the episode goes on when lots of coincidences start to happen. The first being when he picks up Christian's shoes from his grandfather (nice touch I thought) and when he sees Kate back at his house, Jack makes his mind up to go back. The thing about the shoes that I loved was when he explained them to Kate and that Christian's body had simple white tennis shoes on which we see in season 1 when Christian appears to Jack. I was wondering when they were going to explain those tennis shoes!