Lost Review 5.11 - 'Whatever Happened Happened' Part 2


Very good time-travel explaining in this episode as well. The scenes between Hurley and Miles are comedic but also telling us the theory of time-travel in the Lost style. First of all we have Hurley looking at his hand waiting for it to disappear in the way Marty McFly's did in the movie Back to the Future. He feels that since Ben is going to die and it was 'future Ben' who brought them back to the island, he would begin to unravel and vanish. As I have mentioned before, Hurley speaks for the audience of the show in asking questions but I have come to realise as well that things Daniel, Miles and Charlotte say are usually coming form the writers in answering the mythology and science of the show. Miles tells him that 'Whatever happened happened' (the title of the episode!), and that Ben clearly cannot die as fate can't be changed and that what proceeds in the future is a result of what is happening there in 1977. But what I especially liked was that they both came to the conclusion of then surely Ben in the future knew who Sayid was, and that he shot him in 1977. Funny but informative, just the way I like it.


Well, back to the crisis at hand. Young Ben is dying after Kate's heroic but unsuccessful attempts of blood transfusion have failed and since Dr Shepherd is unwilling to operate, it seems all is lost (lol, get it?). So it comes to the only 'Others' person who could help Ben. Juliet tells Kate that there is something the others could do so once more Ben is bundled into a VW van and she flees to the jungle to find them. But once there, Sawyer arrives as well. We see him here that he would of made a great father despite his fears. He informs us though that everything that has happened in the past three years, i.e his LaFleur lifestyle, has made him this way. Kate and Sawyer mirror off each other here as during her flashbacks/flashforwards we see Kate being strong as a mother as she meets up with Cassidy again. So really, in the three years they have both grown as people. Hooray for them. Does this mean they are going to get back together? Sawyer said he could never be her boyfriend then...but now? I only say this as while they are gone Juliet rips Jack a new one about not helping with the surgery and when she asks the question 'So why did you come back?', we all know she is yearning for him to say it was because of her.


In the closing stages of the episode we have the gallant Sawyer carrying Ben through the jungle at gunpoint by the Others on their way to see if they can save Ben's life. It must be a sweltering heat but that won't ruin Richard Alpert's mascara. Yes, cool as Christmas he strides out of the jungle to give us a bit more of mythology and intrguing story. He tells that if Ben's life is saved.....he will always be on of them. Ooooooh! Sawyer hands him over fully aware of the consequences and Richard marches off to the Temple to save Ben's life. Ah, before he does, we get a snippet that Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawkings are in charge of the Others in 1977, I await with glee to see more of that! So in a nutshell, Ben needed the Oceanic Six to return to the island so he could be shot by Sayid, taken to the Temple by Richard, have his life saved by Jacob, become one of the others, take over leadership from Charles and kill the Dharma Initiative. Oh dear, I need to lie down as my head has gone dizzy.....


Ok.....question time:-


- What was the big fuss about Aaron coming back to the island if he was just left with Claire's mother?


- What will Sawyer and Kate tell Horace when they return?


- What the hell will be the point of the other Ajeira crash survivors in the rest of the season? And who's side are they on?


See y'all on the island next week.....

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Apr 2, 2009 1:28PM EDT

I love the review, but I feel as if they're in a bit of a loop. So the survivors came on the Island because of Ben... they meet Ben, they are sent back to the past by (big)Ben to (small) Ben, so that (small) Ben can be taken to the others to become (big) Ben. If so... because "what ever happened happened" will not Ben as he is grown then bring back the crew to the Island AGAIN in order for them to do this all over? If the theory remains that the past cannot be changed then their circumstances are definite and continuous, but even that brings up some more questions. What happens to the survivors in the future, who are living in the past as their present? Where, as time continues, will they go? There must still be an existence of the past Oceanic Flight 815 survivors.... What’s the need to kill everyone in the Dharma Initiative? HOW/WHY IS LOCKE ALIVE!?

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Apr 2, 2009 2:55PM EDT

I loved the Hurley-Miles scene where Hurley (and us watching) were finally understanding this time shifting more, and then Hurley asked why then adult Ben didn't seem to remember Sayid as the guy who'd shot him as a kid, then Miles gave the profound answer of, "I didn't think of that." I loved seeing the conversation turn from just Miles knowing all and explaining to silly Hurley and us to Miles not getting it all either. Also, though, I feel as if with Ben, he's so tricky that's it's very likely at some point he'll tell Sayid he DID recognize him from that original adult capture, but we'll see!
On a note about the final Ben scene, I absolutely LOVED the way that worked out! I thought it was genius to show how Jack and Sayid were doing all they could to get rid of/not save Ben, then as I suppose we should've figured out, all that was "meant" to happen to make Ben exactly the insane, inhumane adult they know later on. This kind of thing is exactly why I adore Lost! It was also great to feel that realization as it crossed Kate's face as well.
Now I'm just left wondering (among other things) what this episode meant for Kate and Sawyer. Did it mean Kate and Sawyer were meant to just have what they already had and now it's Juliet's time? Or was this all just to give us the story of Kate while off the island, to make us sad about Kate and Sawyer, and then to leave us wondering just like I am?

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Apr 2, 2009 3:36PM EDT

kendra - Yes, with the 'Sawyer + Kate' quagmire, I think Kate's flashes were to signify that she grew as a person over the three years and we all know that Sawyer has changed dramatically aslo, so perhaps now they're ready to be together. I was sort of hoping they're not going to go down that route but after the Jack/Juliet scene where it's clear she has feelings for Jack, I think they might.
I thought the episode was good in explaining that all their actions are responsible for Ben in the future. Their way of thinking and developing is why I love Lost too!
corruptlilgirl - Yep, it seems Ben will be a constant member through time a bit like Kyle Reese in the Terminator! It'll be exciting to see 'where' eventually the 815's end up and how the possible upcoming war happens and who's side each of them will be on. I'm glad you liked the review, thank you.

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Apr 2, 2009 3:51PM EDT

So if Jack hadn't refused to fix Ben, the "Others" wouldn't have taken him to turn him into the bad Ben that caused Jack to hate him that then caused him not to help him......Brain exploding :-)
Also, Richard did tell Kate & Sawyer that "He won't remember any of this" so that answers Hurley Q about Ben not recognizing Sayid.

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Apr 2, 2009 5:19PM EDT

corruptlilgurl - The need of killing all the Dharma Initiative is just because the "Hostiles" want the TOTAL control of the island. And the only way of getting that is convincing someone of the Dharma Initiative to betrayed their own crew (and that person as we all know is going to be Benjamin Linus).
sabre7 - Something that I still dont get is: Why is Ben supposed to look for them to bring them to the past so Sayid could shot him and became one of the others and etc, If in theory this already happened? My point is... Why is Ben doing this all over again? (I know that corruptlilgurl ask something like this but I really didnt get it anyway).
Great review by the way.
Greetings from Venezuela!

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Apr 2, 2009 9:21PM EDT

Great review as usual!!
-JuanchoMiranda: Ben wasn't supposed to look for them to bring them back to the island, that was John's job. Ben was never supposed to return and he knew that. So when he saw John talking to Walt he knew that this was his chance to get back onto the island and back in control of the others. The preview for next week has a voice over of him saying "i was never supposed to come back". I think that the events of 1977 would of happened if locke had succeeded in bringing them all back but it is just that Ben killed Locke and took his place, knowing that he was forever banished because he turned the wheel.
I love the fact that the character's past present and future don't run on a straight line but more on an odd circle where their past affects their future even though their past is happening in their present!!! BRILLIANT!!!
I think it was really great how Richard was like "I don't answer to them." It is almost showing that there was some kind of tension between Richard and Charles which is why he was looking to Ben to replace him.
I am a little confused about the whole Kate/Aaron saga. Wasn't he supposed to come back as well??? If there is ANYONE who is important [other than Jack as I am convinced he is the REAL leader of the others] I thought it would be the only child to be born on the island since the French lady's baby!
All in all a great episode with even more exciting promise next week where it seems we shall delve into the life and time of Benjamin Linus!! Can't wait!Afterall, television only shows at 9 p.m. Thusdays on ABC!!!

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Apr 7, 2009 12:32PM EDT

ok guy's what happen too Daniel ??

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Apr 7, 2009 1:51PM EDT

rud316 - all in good time my friend.....all in good time.....

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