And of course in true Lost fashion, Ben has been badly beaten (yes, again. The guy gets hit more than Rocky Balboa) and tells Jack to pick up Locke's body where he puts the shoes on and has strange morbid last confrontation with him. Locke is lying dead in a coffin while Jack does the shoe swap and says to the body that wherever he is he'd be laughing from what Jack was doing. But he simply gives the letter back without reading it and closes the coffin saying 'Rest In Peace'.
The final act as it were of the episode comes about now at LAX as Jack is boarding himself and Locke's body to flight 316. He sees all the factors in common with 815 now. Sayid is in custody with a Federal Marshall (proxy for Kate being in custody), Kate arrives, Sun arrives, and they meet Hurley in the departure lounge. By the way, Hurley bringing a guitar I think definately has something to do with Charlie. I'm not too sure if it's going to be explained that well when we find out who told Hurley to be on the plane, but I thought it was a nice touch. Like Hurley is grasping at straws that even this guitar is a factor to help be the same as 815. Well, the plane takes off now and we are truly on our way back to the island. Jack tells Kate that he believes now but we're interupted by the fact that Frank is piloting the plane. Another connection to the island. What made me laugh was the fact that Frank didn't seem all that bothered when he realised who the passengers were and simply says "We're not going to Guam, are we Jack". Classic Frank.
Finally Jack opens the letter from Locke that seems to be destined to be read by him. It says 'Jack, I wished you had of believed me'. A message from the grave to Jack saying that if he hadn't of left the island, none of this would of been happening. A plane shimmer later and we're now at the beginning again and of course in the last minute of the show it was going to throw us something interesting. We have not found out yet where flight 316 'went down' in time, but we finish with a Dharma van pulling up to Jack, Kate and Hurley and a man steps out with a rifle.....this man is Jin.....wearing a brand new spiffy Dharma Initiative suit.
What this episode has also given us, is a few teasers of two new characters. The 'Federal Marshall' and the guy who was behind Jack in line for the flight. We know from a previous episode that Sawyer and the gang found water bottles from an Indian flight and then people started shooting at them in the water. So the questions are:-
- Were these two people shooting at our survivors during the time skip? I mean we know the woman is probably carrying a gun in the same way Kate's Marshall was.
- Do these people work for Widmore? And if so, is Sayid working with them? He left that Dock pretty angry and said to Jack 'If I see you again, it will not be pleasant'.
- Who told Hurley to go on that flight?
- When did that flight crash?
- And also the obvious one, how easy is it to get a job with the Dharma Initiative and does Jin enjoy it. (joke)
Well, I'll leave you there for now.
See y'all on the island next week...