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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Lost: What's The Important Question?

Last night's episode was the first in a while that made me think that Season Two could get back to being as good as Season One at some point. There is a great contrast between Hurley's possible imagining of Dave in the past, and his possible imagining of Dave in the future. Even as you become relatively certain that Dave is part of Hurley's psychosis while in the asylum, you aren't real sure of Dave's origins on the island. Currently Sawyer, Kate, Jack, and Charlie have all clearly had very realistic illusions/hallucinations/manifestations appear to them ... not to mention Boone (his sister) and Shannon and Sayid (Walt).

So what was throwing coconuts at Hurley? Was it completely imagined like Dave slapping him in the asylum? We should be able to assume Dave was originally imaginary from Libbey's perspective at the end. But on the island ... since so many people have had these manifestations, why can't Hurley?

And if it is some kind of manifestation ... what kind of phenomena willingly throws itself off a cliff in an effort to test someone?

As much as the producers have denied the "nanobot" theory, or a smartcloud which can take any shape, I think it's getting hard to deny that something on the island can take the shape of things based on people's thoughts.

Unless, of course, something out there is just stealthily dropping fascimile off. How does a supply drop go without anyone noticing a plane, anyway? Have the losties gotten that lax about being shipwrecked? And why didn't the supply plane crash? Was the klaxon drill related to the drop, as some random character suggested?

But most importantly, I think ... is what the truth is about Henry Gale. From previous episodes, I think we can accept that there is "Him" and it's probably not Zeke, The Bearded Guy. In fact, his response concerning Zeke makes me think even more that Zeke is somehow separate from the "Others". So perhaps "Gale" started to tell the truth towards the end.

So did he push the button? This makes for another odd contradiction. If he did push the button last week, why lie about this week? Why try and trick Locke into not pushing it? If the button really is important, it seems like an odd bluff. If the button isn't important, why push it? Perhaps Gale pushed the button in the first place to get Locke's trust, knowing full well it doesn't really do anything.

But I guess I'm just suspicious that the button does nothing.

Most importantly, though, I think is Gale's question - What would make him go through all this? What is out there that Gale prefers being locked up and tortured rather than betraying?







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2 comments:

Pii said...

From previous episodes, I think we can accept that there is "Him" and it's probably not Zeke, The Bearded Guy. In fact, his response concerning Zeke makes me think even more that Zeke is somehow separate from the "Others". So perhaps "Gale" started to tell the truth towards the end.

Zeke is definately not the leader of the others, though there's no reason to think he isn't part of that group.

It's Zeke himself that lets us know he isn't the leader, back on the 3/1 episode "Maternity Leave."

When Zeke and Ethan are speaking in the hallway of the Medical station, Zeke says:


“Well what am I supposed to tell Him? You know what He’s going to do when He finds out…”


Henry's conversation with Locke merely confirms that Zeke isn't the leader. Prior to Claire's episode last month, I think most of us had always assumed that he was.

Josh said...

I had missed that was a Beardless Zeke, but I never really assumed Zeke was high on the ladder ... but we can see where Locke's perception would be that Zeke might - after the last confrontation.

Zeke and Ethan talking to each other might dissolve the two Others idea, since I was putting Ethan and Goodwin into one camp, and Zeke and Alex into another (with Alex double crossing Ethan's side). Now it would seem the chain goes something like Alex/Ethan->Zeke->Henry.

But still, Gale's comment on Zeke made it sound he considered him with some disdain. So he's either low-level or perhpas some kind of outcast.

At this point, it feels like there is a whole other stage past what we've been allowed to see, with a curtain being ready to get drawn. Gale's comments of how insignificant the Hatch was makes one wonder just what else is on the island (probably indicated by the Blacklight Map).