Friday, August 31, 2007

Is This Danielle's Con?

In Exodus Part 1 Danielle arrives in the beach camp,
announces the Others are coming, and tells the story of how
Alex was taken.

The others are coming. Our ship went aground on
this island 16 years ago. There were 6 of us...
my team, 6. At that time I was already 7 months
pregnant. I delivered the infant myself. The baby
and I were together for only 1 week when I saw black
smoke... a pillar of black smoke 5 kilometers inland.
That night they came they came and took her... Alex.
They took my baby. And now, they're coming again.
They're coming for all of you.

And then wouldn't you know it, hours later, but while
Danielle is still in the camp, we see a pillar of black smoke.

When we finally see the source of the smoke,
it's on the beach, not inland and there's no one there
but Danielle. And at this point, Danielle claims: I heard
them whispering. . . . I heard them say they were coming
for the child. The others said they were coming for the boy.

This fire is baffling to me. Why would the Others signal
their intentions with a big pillar of black smoke? They
didn't use one when they removed people from the camp
of the Tailies.

Was this a case of Danielle trying to lure the Others to the
fire to perform her exchange of Alex for Aaron (which
would be reminiscent of Sayid's bang-up plan in The
Glass Ballerina)? In response to the whispers was she
trying to "help" the Others by giving them a way to get
"the boy" without interference from the 815 survivors?
And did she use a slow fuse to start the fire while she was
in the camp as Locke suggested Sawyer had done way
back in The Moth?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

What Vibe Was Locke Channeling To

In Born to Run Walt seeks out Locke to tell him he
did not poison Michael to prevent them from leaving on the
raft. The conversation is straight forward and normal until
Locke reaches out and grasps Walt's arms in a gesture designed
to demonstrate their friendship and trust.

But that's not how Walt reacts to it. He pulls away and starts

Walt: Don't open it.
Locke: What'd you say?
Walt: Don't open it, Mr. Locke. Don't open that thing.
Locke: What? What thing? What are you...
Walt: Just don't open it.

On whose behalf is Walt delivering this message and
what was it about Locke's touching Walt that triggered
its delivery?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Was Naomi Flying Because of
Michael and Walt?

In Born to Run Michael and Walt have the following

Walt: When we get rescued we're going to come back for
everybody else, right?
Michael: Yeah, sure, of course. The thing is... this island...
uh, is uh... finding it again might be hard.
Walt: Can't we fly around and look for it?
Michael: Absolutely, but there's no guarantees.

So my question is, was Naomi flying around looking because
of Michael and Walt? Now I don't mean to suggest that
Michael found Hurley's millions and put this operation into
place, but I won't be surprised to find that Michael and
Walt are sitting on a certain freighter and giving the
people on it information to help pinpoint its location just
like Michael told Waaaaalllllttttt.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Last Kate Post For A While --

Some other questions came up for me rewatching
Born to Run.

Kate claims to have spent 2 summers crewing J/Boats.
True or just blowing smoke up Michael's, well, you know?

Kate had to have had the keys to the Marshal's cuffs
on Island during the Pilot. She only removes one cuff in
her airplane flashback, and when we first see her in The
Pilot she's rubbing her wrist. Why didn't she give the
key to someone to remove that cuff from poor Jin's wrist?

When oh when oh when can we get tough chick Kate back?
I guess once they added Ana Lucia and then Juliet, they
decided to make Kate softer/weaker, but I really, really
wish they'd give us Season 1 Kate back.

What's with Kate's righteous indignation when Jack asks
her if she poisoned Michael? Of course she's capable of
it, she's the one who suggested it to Sun, and a mere
episode earlier, she drugged Jack, not to mention that
pesky murder thing.

A couple of observations -- Kate and Tom dig up a time
capsule in the flashback. That's basically what Locke and
Boone have dug up in the jungle.

Sun tells Kate she didn't tell Jack it was Kate's suggestion
to drug Jin because Kate shouldn't be punished for trying
to help Sun. That's exactly the thing Kate's been hoping
her mother would tell her since she blew up Wayne.

Monday, August 27, 2007

What Broke Up Tom and Kate?

Listening to a young Tom Brennan describe his future life
with Kate Austen brings tears to my eyes. He knows they'll
be together when it's time to dig up the time capsule
because they'll be married and have nine kids. But something
or someone intervened and it's only because Kate needs Tom's
help and doesn't mind that she doesn't play fair that they
ever get the chance to dig up the capsule and retrieve the
toy plane and the rest of their memories.

Capcom has a great post on her blog about Do-Overs
and seeing Kate and Tom in Born to Run made me wonder
if Kate has ever wished she could get her do-over all the way
back to where she was with Tom. I used to think Kate saw Jack
as her chance of getting that do-over. But judging from
Through The Looking Glass as well as the choices Kate
made througout Season 3, a do-over with Tom wasn't in her
cards or perhaps even in her fantasies.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Who Wrote This Letter to Joan Hart?

In Born to Run at the motel in the cornfield, Kate
retrieves a letter addressed to Joan Hart that has been
held for guest arrival. The handwriting looks like a
woman's as does the stationary. I couldn't find a
transcription of the entire letter, but the jist of the
letter is that Kate's mom is dying despite the doctors'
best efforts. The letter also says that the writer doesn't
know when Kate will get the letter, but that she hopes it's
soon. It's signed "Love," but Kate's hand is over the
signature. A wad of money came with the letter as well.

Any ideas about who might have sent the letter? I used
to think it might have been Cassidy because of Kate's mom's
appearance in The Long Con. But Left Behind showed us
that Kate's mom didn't know Cassidy and the letter writer
had somewhat detailed knowledge of Diane's medical treatment,
so I don't think it was Cassidy. Plus, Cassidy should be in
New Mexico, not in Iowa anymore.

I'm guessing Kate's use of the name "Joan" in this episode
is a tribute to St. Joan of Arc, the young Frenchwoman who
led troops against the British and was later burned at the
stake. According to Wikipedia, St. Joan is the patron saint of
prisoners and captives, so she's fitting for Kate.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sayid--The Only One With
Flashbacks Left?

There still seem to be some significant gaps in
the back story of Sayid Jarrah. But he may be the
only original character you could say that of. For

Sayid's father was a war hero, but we've never seen
him. Does Sayid have daddy issues like everyone else?

Where did Sayid learn to speak English? At Cairo
University? What did he major in there and did he
finish his degree?

He didn't leave Iraq until 1997, why did he leave?

What was Sayid doing in London when the CIA and
ASIS agent picked him up and took him to Sydney?

Why did Sayid tell Danielle that Nadia was dead? And
speaking of Nadia, is the medical testing company in
Irvine that she works for Mittelos Bioscience?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Justice or The Greater Good?

Episode 1.21, The Greater Good, is full of ethical

First, we learn Boone wanted Jack to stop trying to save
him in part so that he, Boone, wouldn't use up the group's
antibiotics. Boone refused Jack's efforts for the greater
good of the group.

Jack in contrast is a man out for individual justice.
Locke lied to Jack, and in Jack's mind Locke must pay for
that. Jack's beatdown of Locke at the funeral and his
failure to offer medical care when Locke is shot reflects
his sense of justice and sets the tone for Jack and Locke's
interactions in Season 2.

In the flashback Assam, Sayid's friend, questions whether
the greater good of his cause and his desire for revenge for
his wife outweighs the innocent lives that will be lost in the
pursuit of those ends. Sayid in contrast has determined that
his chance to find Nadia outweighs the greater good of both
Assam's cause and Assam himself.

Locke tells Sayid that it was for the group's greater
good that Locke destroyed the transceiver and implies
that likewise putting hope in the raft is not in the
group's best interest.

Shannon like Jack is only concerned with revenge
against Locke in the form of eye for an eye justice.
(Maybe the Others should have taken her. :D)

And in the end, Sayid disagrees judging that Locke
and his skills are necessary for the greater good of the
group despite the possible injustice of Locke escaping the
consequences of Boone's death and even at the personal
cost to Sayid of Shannon's trust.

I kept expecting this notion of the greater good to
come up with respect to the Others in Season 3. But
we still haven't learned what possible greater good
Ben's Others represent in light of the actions they've
taken with respect to the survivors of Flight 815.

Their own system that we glimpsed with Juliet's trial
seemed to place higher value on justice than their own
greater good given that Juliet seems to be their last

I know, I know, it's complicated. Still, will the Others
or the Island represent a greater good than living in
the real world? I can't wait to see.

Monday, August 20, 2007

A Wedding and

A Booneral?

When people think of Episode 1.20, Do No Harm, they
often think of the juxtaposition of Aaron's birth with
Boone's death. I think the more interesting parallel
though lies with Jack's story. Boone is dying; Jack is
determined to save him, and what flashback do we get?
A time when Jack miraculously saved (or even didn't
save) a patient? No. We get the story of his wedding.

Jack's vain attempts to save Boone lead him to remember
people in his life, his dad, his wife, who've called him the
most committed man they've ever known. The problem
we learn in the flashback, both from his dad and from Jack
himself, is that he can't let go. He doesn't want to
let go of Boone, and he doesn't let go of Sarah.

Without the rest of Jack and Sarah's flashbacks, it's
easy to get what's probably the wrong idea about Jack.
Jack's the hero in this flashback. Sarah describes how
he saved her after a car crash and how because of him
she'll dance at their wedding. Despite the fact that Jack's
unable to write wedding vows and seems to have cold
feet, he doesn't leave his bride at the altar. Instead he
commits to his new wife.

It's only after the next several Jack flashbacks that we can
more clearly see that while Jack can commit like no one
else, it seems that only applies to one thing at a time. With
the commitment to Sarah as evidenced by a ring checked off,
Jack moves on to the next commitment, saving the Italian
guy with the hot daughter. The exposition in Do No Harm
indicates it's less than a year after this wedding
that Sarah leaves Jack because his commitment to her has
been replaced with a commitment to something else.

One definition of the verb "commit" is "to do; perform."
This is the type of commitment that really drives Jack
Shephard. Jack accuses Kate of being unable to stand still,
but I think the accusation fits him as well. Jack needs
something to do and more specifically something to fix.

A dying patient and your wedding. Facially not a lot in common,
but for Jack, Boone's death is another instance where despite
his determination to commit, Jack has failed.

The Group Therapy Theory - Valid?

In addition to rewatching episodes of LOST, I've
been listening to some Season 2 era podcasts. Back
in the day, there were some theories floating about
that the survivors of the crash were actually all in
a mental hospital and part of a group therapy session
which explained the inter-locking backstories of these
people who didn't know each other. I'm pretty sure
TPTB have said somewhere that this idea is wrong, but
rewatching Deus Ex Machina made me at least start
to think about this theory again.

Locke's mom, as well as Hurley and Libby were all in
Santa Rosa Mental Hospital. Locke's mom was a
schizophrenic and that is often passed down genetically,
so what if Locke also has a mental illness?

And it's not just the crosses that make me think there's
something to this idea of shared therapy or even the
implanted memory theory that also made the rounds, but
what about the repeated names of the minor characters? The
guy in the security booth at Cooper's was named Eddie.
The cop at the pot farm was named Eddie. This is not just
a repeated name, but a repeated name in Locke's flashbacks.

There have been 6 Tom/Thomases, 4 Dave/Davids, 2 Jasons,
3 Brians and many more which you can find at LOST Repititions.

Do I buy it? Probably not, but I can certainly see why people
came up with this theory in the first place. Any ideas about
the group therapy theory? The implanted memory theory?
What are some of your favorite theories that have been

Friday, August 17, 2007

Did The Island Pull A Long Con?

At the opening of Deus Ex Machina, the trebuchet
fails to open the hatch, but manages to launch a piece
of shrapnel into Locke's leg which Locke doesn't feel.
The implication to Locke is that the Island is
taking away what it gave him, his ability to
walk again. Locke then has his dream of the Nigerian
drug plane and bloody Boone and decides that finding
that plane will give him the answer of how to get into
the Swan, and that getting into the Swan is THE thing
the Island wants from him.

I'm wondering though if this was a faulty interpretation
by Locke. Maybe the Island or whatever force is communing
with Locke was trying to get him to give up on opening
the Swan. After all Island messanger boy Walt tells Locke
before he leaves on the raft not to open it.

Perhaps instead, the purpose of the dream was to lead
Locke here:

to the Pearl. After all, he's got to be practically sitting on
top of it at this point:

In the flashback, Locke is the victim of a long con
pulled by his dad to get his kidney. Locke's mom
even uses the same language Sawyer did in the episode
The Long Con. She tells Locke that giving Cooper the
kidney had to be his idea. It was a case of Locke reading
all the signals incorrectly. He thought giving his dad a
kidney would cement their relationship and bring him the
thing Locke had always wanted -- a dad. Instead it led to
great physical and worse, emotional pain.

I'm starting to think that opening the Swan, sacrificing
Boone in order to do it might well have been a case of
history repeating itself for Locke,

irregardles of the fact that the light did come on.

So has Locke been the victim of an Island con or just his
own delusions? Was leading Locke to the Swan a case of
course correcting or coincidence which he mistook for fate?

After all, finding the drug plane did NOT help Locke get into
the Swan. He only got into the Swan because Danielle
took him to the Black Rock to get the dynamite.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Awesome Ending!

We spend an entire episode learning how a set of
numbers are cursed. They "caused" bad things to happen
to the people around Sam Toomey who was the first
(that we know of) to use them. They "caused" bad
things to happen around Hurley. I'm also willing
to bet it was Danielle who picked up the transmission
of the numbers on her ship "causing" bad things to happen
to the team around her (i.e. the sickness or at least
Danielle's perception of it.)

I find it odd that Sam and Lenny had spent some amount
of time in their job at the listening post failing to pick
up the numbers before they finally did since the
Sri Lanka video stated that the numbers were to be
broadcast from the time the Dharma Initiative got to
the Island, presumably 1980 or earlier. But Mrs. Sam
Toomey's story is that Sam and Lenny heard it around
16 years ago, the same time as Danielle's expedition.

I had intended this post to be a forum to discuss favorite
episdoe endings like the end of Numbers and the end of
Two for the Road which left me unable to sleep, but I
got distracted by the Numbers. So feel free to comment
on endings or the numbers.

P.S. I hate when people on the internet say they want
LOST to solve the mystery of the numbers. Just read
the Lostpedia entry about them and move on.
They're a MacGuffin, nothing more.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Did These People

Build This?

Remember the bridge over the gorge in Numbers?
I didn't. By my count Charlie spent life #4 on it.
But who built it? Rousseau's people only had a few
weeks on the Island before she killed them, and
Rousseau says in the episode it took them weeks to
find the radio tower, so I doubt they also built this
project. So was it the Hostiles? Black Rock survivors?
It doesn't look like Dharma's handiwork.

Any other guesses?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

In Hindsight, I Should Have
Figured Out Here That Sun
Could Not Be Trusted

Jin learns that Sun can speak English and so decides to
give her the silent treatment. Sun's response: Some weak
pleading in Korean, then a full confession of her desire to
leave Jin delivered in English. To Jin it must have sounded
like Charlie Brown's teacher. Not much of a confession, eh?

There's not really a question associated with this, but it is
interesting to rewatch the old Sun and Jin episodes given
the Season 3 flashbacks. And of course, there's also the
huge irony that but for Jin and his fishing skills which he
was ashamed of in Korea, these people would have
starved way before the Others got involved.

The timing in Sun and Jin's flashbacks comes into focus
in Season 3. We learn that Jin becomes a "message
deliverer" for Mr. Paik shortly after their wedding, and
he comes home with blood on his hands shortly after that.
Sun says in The Hunting Party that they've been married
4 years. That means the two of them were cold and distant
for most of those four years.

I'm surprised it took Sun that long to devise her escape
plan. I guess Jae's death was the final straw that sent her
looking for a new life. All in all a very sad marriage especially
given that unless Sun is one of the people who gets off the
Island, she's going to die in about a month.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Did Locke Add Accelerant To
Walt's Fire?

In Episode 1.17, In Translation, the raft goes
up in smoke, and we learn at the end that Walt was the
one who set the fire. But after watching Season 3's
Locke Explosion Tour, I wonder if the reason Locke knew
Walt set the fire was that he added a little fuel to
flames as well.

Walt tells Locke the reason he set the fire was that he
didn't want to move again, but he also tells Michael he
wants to help rebuild the raft, and by the end of Season 1
Walt definitely wants to leave the Island. So what
changes for Walt? And why didn't Locke who is now
bound and deteremined to keep anyone from leaving the
Island do something to stop raft #2, guards set by Michael
notwithstanding? For that matter, why didn't the Others?
But then I guess they did when they took Walt and left
the rest of the Rafties for dead.

And finally, who would you bet on in this
backgammon game?

Friday, August 10, 2007

Outstanding Questions from Outlaws

There are a few loose ends left over after Outlaws:

1. Will we ever find out what happened between Sawyer
and Hibbs in the Tampa job? (Do we care?)

2. Hibbs says that he and Sawyer both know Sawyer's not
not the killing type, so why con Sawyer into killing
Duckett? Seems like Hibbs would know an actual killer
that could have handled the job. This reminds me of
Jin's mis-delivered message to the government official
that led to Sun getting a dog.

3. If Smokey is at work in this episode, when would it
have had an opportunity to scan Sawyer? My answer --
Vincent is Smokey.

4. What did Kate do between high school and killing Wayne
since she wasn't in college?

5. Why did they change Sawyer's hometown between this
episode and The Brig? Sawyer tells Duckett he's from
Tennessee like that would mean something to the real
Sawyer, but now he's from Jasper, Alabama. I'm willing
to take a job doing continuity if TPTB need it. Here's
a nutty idea. Maybe Desmond traveling back in time
changed it.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Smoke(y)d Pig?

Outlaws is an unusual episode. It opens
with Sawyer dreaming about what happened when his
father shot his mother and then himself all while
little Sawyer hid under the bed. When Sawyer
wakes on the Island, there's a boar in his tent
rummaging through his things and later running off
with his tarp. When Sawyer chases the big pig, he finds
himself in a clearing with The Whispers all around him.

When Sawyer and Kate are camping in the jungle on the
trail of the pig, Sawyer again dreams of that moment in
his childhood and when he wakes up, again a boar has
rifled his things and even peed on his shirt. So what is
going on here? Is Smokey drawing Sawyer out as he
might have led Jack as Christian to find the caves or
Eko as Yemmi to his death?

The thing this more reminds me of is Locke's dream in
Deus Ex Machina that leads Locke and Boone to the
Nigerian drug plane. Did Sawyer's dream lead to the
manifestation of the boar? Did Locke's dream produce
the plane? And while you're figuring that out, which came
first, the chicken or the egg?

And how does Sawyer's underlying guilt of being used by
Hibbs play into this? Sawyer thought he was getting his
revenge when he shot Duckett, but learned he was wrong.
He didn't take his revenge on the boar, but he ultimately
takes his revenge on the real Sawyer. So did it all come
back around?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Where Did Jack Learn to Shoot?

In Episode 1.15, Homecoming Ethan threatens
to kill our LOSTies one by one unless Charlie brings
him Claire. Kate of course wants to get out the guns
and go after him, but the ever cautious Dr. Shephard

I am not putting guns in untrained hands.

But after Scott's death everything changes. Jack shows
Locke he has the guns and says: I'm guessing you know
how to handle one of these?
. Locke takes out the clip
and puts it back which signals to the TV viewers that yes,
yes he does know how to handle one of these, and we know
his dad taught him how to shoot as well. Later Charlie
wants to come with them, but Jack refuses on the grounds
Charlie does not know how to use a gun. Instead Jack
chooses to take Sayid, a soldier and Sawyer, who took
6 or 8 shots to take down the polar bear and was unable
to successfully kill the Marshal.

But here's the thing -- who taught Jack how to handle
weapons? Now if he was like my doctor husband, born and
raised in Tennessee, I would know the answer to that
question. After all, my 8-year-old just got a BB gun for
his birthday. But Jack's from Los Angeles, and his dad
was a workaholic, so where did Jack learn to shoot and not
just handguns, but hunting guns as well?

Who Scratched Ethan?

This is what Ethan looked like in Episode 1.15,
Homecoming, a face that looks like he ran
into a wildcat on his way to knock out Jin with
his slingshot and threaten Charlie. But how did
he get these scratches when last we saw him clearly
in Ep. 2.15, Maternity Leave, he looked like

I guess it was just the case that they were hedging
their bets back in Season 1 about how Claire escaped.
Claire did scratch someone, but it wasn't Ethan, it
was Rousseau.

But here's another question for you that relates back
to my earlier "Was Ethan Rogue" post. Why does Ethan
demand Claire's return and even kill poor Scott to
insure it only for the Others never to pay attention to
Claire and Aaron again? True love is being willing to
kill 40 people? And where are the rest of the Others
during all this, and why don't they do anything about
Ethan's death? Aaarrggghh those Others! Will I ever
understand them?

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Is This a Case of the Universe
Course Correcting?

Michael has just told Susan he's coming to Amsterdam
for Walt and what happens? Bam! He's hit by a car
and taken out of comission for over a year. And during
that year Susan is able to get Michael to cede his
parental rights. As a result Walt travels the world and is
raised by his mother and his adoptive father Brian until
he's taken to Australia and eventually boards the doomed
Flight 815.

It's been noted that the car that hits Michael or one that
looks a lot like it has appeared repeatedly on LOST. Is
it being driven by Mrs. Hawking or someone like her to
insure that Walt and Michael end up on Flight 815 in
September of 2004?

And what about the polar bear's appearance? Did Walt
summon it like he appeared to summon the bird back in
Australia? Is this a case of things happening when Walt
is around that Brian hinted at? Did Walt "see" the polar
bear the way he "saw" throwing the knife into the tree
earlier in the episode? Or is this another case of course

Michael and Walt are very estranged in this episode. Walt
has no interest in Michael's raft project. He has nothing
but disdain for this come lately father of his, at least until
he's rescued from a polar bear. Is the universe insuring that
Walt allows Michael to be his father now and only now that
whatever needs to be in place is in place?

Or as the whispers suggest is the Island trying to grab Walt
now? Is the polar bear another version of Cerberus sent
to collect Walt?

And who has a Dharma logo shaped room in their house?
Susan and Brian and Walt did. Does this mean Susan or Brian
worked for Dharma? Mittelos? Naomi's people? Susan and
Brian did spend years in Europe where they may have
encountered or even worked for the Hanso Foundation.

According to TPTB there's something special about Special.
What do you think?

Monday, August 06, 2007

Should Locke "Wacky Paste" Jack
To End His Savior Complex?

In Hearts and Minds, Locke leads Boone on a vision quest
so that Boone can let go of Shannon and his need to rescue
her. Maybe Locke should have wacky pasted Jack whose
Savior Complex puts Boone's in the shade.

Hearts and Minds is an underappreciated episode I think.
Since both it's main characters are dead, it's easy to forget
this episode that came midway through Season 1. It's a
very enjoyable episode, though it certainly lacks the dramatic
tension that existed on its first viewing, but still a number
of things happen.

It's Jatey, if you're in to that. Hurley and his scenes with Jack,
Michael, and especially Jin are fabulous. "Pee on it man!" Sun's
garden is introduced. Kate learns Sun speaks Korean. Sawyer
crosses with Boone in Australia. And we learn that the Island
has something strange going on that affects compasses.

There was only one outstanding question I had following this
episode. Boone says that Shannon was married, but isn't now.
Who was Shannon married to and what happened and most of
all, does it matter?

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Bonus Post - Part 2
What I've Decided I Think
About Richard Malkin

Thanks for the comments on my earlier post about
Richard Malkin. After watching the episode Outlaws
and its encounter between Christian Shephard and
Sawyer I think I've come to a conclusion about Richard
Malkin. As Jay suggested, I think Richard Malkin was
working for Christian Shephard and getting Claire on
Flight 815 on that day was Christian's way of reuniting
with his daughter and future grandchild. Here's why.

I think in the first instance the encounter between
Malkin and Claire was as Capcom suggested a strange
situation where the fake psychic got a real sense of
something, and since he was no longer in control of
what was going on, he ended the meeting. Remember
that this encounter was two days after Claire took a
home pregnancy test to learn she was pregnant.

I think a week or so later Claire finally visited a doctor
who confirmed the pregnancy, and I think at this
point Christian was notified much as he was notified of
the wreck we saw in the Par Avion flashback. I also
think Claire probably told her aunt about her strange
encounter with the psychic and that Christian later
learned about the psychic from the aunt.

I'd guess that after Thomas left Claire, she told her aunt
who told Christian in an I-told-you-so sort of fashion, kind
of, "see you're daughter is just like her mother" thing, and
"what's more she's more likely to listen to some psychic
rather than me her bitchy aunt."

Now you might not think that Christian Shephard would
be the type of guy who'd deal with psychics. I think that
would definitely be true of Jack Shephard, but not Christian.
Christian is a guy who writes everything in his life (and
others' lives) off to FATE. I think he would view Claire's
interest in psychics and astrology as proof of his DNA in her.

So Christian somehow finds Malkin and tells him, if Claire
ever comes to you again make sure she doesn't give up the
baby, my grandchild. Christian probably promised a nice
payday to Malkin to insure this.

But Claire makes things difficult. She's certain that she can't
raise the baby on her own, so Christian comes to Australia to
try to meet with her though it takes him four days to get
enough courage from his bottle given their last encounter at
the mall. He's bought a ticket for her on his return flight,
Oceanic Flight 815 on September 22, 2004. Unable to get
the ticket to her himself, he gives it to Malkin who has
concocted the story of the couple in LA to get Claire on the
plane with her dad (and I guess Ana Lucia.) But before
Christian can board, he drinks himself to death and dies in
an alley.

I know, I know, it's pretty fantastic and relies on a lot of
speculation, but I think Christian had decided it was his
FATE to have a second family and this is how he was
going about accomplishing it.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Why Isn't Future Kate

Behind Bars?

If all Kate had done was blow up Wayne, maybe
future Kate would be able to beat that wrap, but
that's not all we've seen Kate do. In running from
the police she was responsible for Tom's death.
That should lead to a felony murder charge. And
then she robbed a bank, another federal crime.
And then she shot three people when she robbed
that bank. Yes, you can charge people for shooting
their accomplices.

So what's your future Kate theories? Is she
using an assumed name? Jack's not. Why wouldn't
someone, her dad Sam for example, have recognized
her upon her return? Are there 2 of her?

It makes me think that very powerful people arranged
for Jack and Kate's return. It also makes me think
that someone other than Jack and Kate got off the Island
because why would Jack be a hero if the only person he
saved from the crash of Flight 815 was himself?

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Who's Right About Jack -- Jack or
Juliet and Sawyer?

In Whatever the Case May Be, Jack wants the case from
Sawyer. In order to get it, he makes this threat:

[Cephalexin is] the antibiotic I've been giving you for the knife
wound in your arm. You're right in the middle of the treatment
cycle now. If I keep giving you the pills you're going to be right
as rain. But I'm going to stop giving you the pills and for two days
you're going to think you're all good, then it's going to start
to itch. The day after that the fever's going to come and you're
going to start seeing red lines running up and down your arm.
A day or two after that... you'll beg me to take the case...
just to cut off your arm.

Sawyer replies he doesn't think Jack could do it. Similarly in
Not in Portland Juliet is certain Jack won't allow Ben to die.
In both cases, Jack insists they're wrong, that he could indeed
"do harm."

So what do you think? Could Jack have cut off Sawyer's meds?
Could he have let Ben die? Who knows Jack better, those around
him or Jack himself?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Did Kate Do This

With Cassidy's Help?

The Marshal tells us that:

[he tells Kate] that I've got whats-him-name's little toy airplane
in a safe deposit box in New Mexico. So, she somehow figures
out which bank, which safe deposit box.

Cassidy and Clementine are in Alberquerque. Is this how Kate
figures out which bank and which box? Did Cassidy also hook
Kate up with Jason and his cronies who help pull off the heist?