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.....
- 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.....