Once again, last night’s episode of Lost has me so puzzled that I don’t even want to try to write a coherent recap. Instead, I have lots of questions on my mind from this episode and others and I want to find out if anyone has any ideas.
WHY DOES FLOCKE SOUND LIKE LOCKE?
My first question actually comes from earlier in Season 6. This was right after it was starting to become clear that the New Locke was not really John Locke. The being inhabiting Locke’s body uses the phrase, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” Now, why would he use those words if he is no longer John Locke?
The more self-confident FLocke doesn’t act like Locke in other ways, so why would he use that phrase, which was so familiar to the angry Locke?
WHO IS FLOCKE’S MOTHER?
The big question from the episode “Recon” is WHO is Fake Locke’s mother? FLocke tells Kate that he had a crazy mother, which caused him to have many problems he is still trying to work his way through. My only guess is that his crazy mother will be named Rebekah, after the mother of Jacob and Esau in the Bible.
Jacob and the Man in Black have often been compared to the Biblical story of the twin brothers, Jacob and Esau. Esau was born first, but Jacob was holding onto his heel as they were born. The two were in constant conflict. Esau was the hairy, rugged hunter type, loved by his father, while Jacob was the preppy, country club boy, loved by his mother.
As the older brother, Esau was entitled to his father’s birthright, but he sold it to his younger brother in exchange for a bowl of stew. Just before his father’s death, Esau was entitled to a blessing from his father, but Jacob disguised himself as Esau and tricked his father into blessing him instead.
After mistakenly giving Jacob power over his older brother, Isaac (their father) could only say, “By your sword you shall live, but your brother you shall serve; yet it shall be that when you are aggrieved, you may cast off his yoke from upon your neck.” Hmmm. Very interesting.
Jacob goes on to become the father of the nation of Israel while Esau is the father of the nation of Edom. Their people would be in conflict for generations. Sooooo, with all of these similarities between Jacob and Esau in the Bible, I would say Man in Black’s mom has to be someone along the lines of Rebekah, who he might have described as crazy for helping Jacob steal his father’s blessing.
THE TOUCH OF FLOCKE
My next question has to do with last night’s episode when FLocke offered his hand to Kate after they had their little nicey-nice conversation. Kate didn’t take his hand. If she had, do you think she would have become possessed like Sayid and Claire?
I also was nervous when Widmore extended his hand to Sawyer. However, Sawyer shook his hand and seemed to turn out OK. Then, Kate seemed very hesistant to touch Claire when she hugged her. Obviously, she would be hesitant to hug Crazy Claire right after she had tried to kill her. But I also wondered if anyone in Zombie land has the power to gain control over someone else by touching them.
FLOCKE’S KNOWLEDGE OF SAWYER
When FLocke sends Sawyer on the mission to investigate what is happening on the other island, he tells Sawyer it is because he is “the best liar he has ever known.”
This leads me to believe that, like Jacob, FLocke has known the Losties prior to their time on the island. We are led to believe that only Jacob has been influencing them — pushing them — toward the island. But if FLocke also knows them so well, has he also been trying to control them?
SAWYER’S MISSION TO FIND SAWYER
We also saw Sawyer still hungry to hunt down Anthony Cooper, the man responsible for the death of his mother and father. But here’s my question. The con man, known as Sawyer, was also John Locke’s father.
In the Locke-centric episode earlier this season, we heard that Locke was on good terms with his father because Helen mentioned inviting him to their wedding. So, what does that mean? Was he still a con man, but he just had not conned Locke?
My last question has to do with Kate. Could she not see she had entered the CrazyTown Land of the Zombies when she saw Claire with that boar’s head in the baby basket? And hello? Wasn’t Sayid’s dazed expression a dead giveaway that no one was home?? Run, girl! Run!!!
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
So, not only is James Ford well read, but he also loves Little House on the Prairie. He watched the show as a child and is watching it again as an adult.
In last night’s episode, he is watching an episode in which Laura tells her father that she would be devastated if anything ever happened to him and her mother. Pa tells her that if you live your life worrying about the future, life will be over before you know it. He tells her that people aren’t really gone once thay die, and that you hold on to their good memories until you see them again.
This obviously reminds Sawyer of his own life and he decides to apologize to Charlotte for kicking her out of his apartment earlier.
Isn’t Sawyer a little like all of us? We love to watch the perfect world of Little House on the Prairie. The Ingalls family faces unbelievable osbacles, but love always brings them together in the end. We all wish life could really be like that, but for most people, it isn’t. Instead, it makes us feel good to imagine.
I’m just hoping the writers weren’t trying to use Little House on the Prairie to send a bigger message about the meaning of the entire show… Basically, that life isn’t TV and we should all just get on with reality. =]
Let me know if you have answers to any of my questions or if you have any other ideas.