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LOST: 316

February 19, 2009 by  

Zoinks…we’re not in Kansas anymore, and no Frank – we’re not going to Guam.

In another mind-bending, WTF’esque episode of LOST some of the Oceanic 6 make it back to the island, while the fate of others (little “o”) are still unknown. There was a crash. A dead body. A bloody Ben, and Kate left Aaron on the side of the road. What? She won’t tell us what happened with him so I’m drawing my own conclusions.

Last night’s episode was a trip (no pun intended). The old gang coming together to recreate the most horrific event of their life…awesome! Of course some of it, ok most of it…hell ALL of it was off the charts ridiculous. I think the writers are creeping a little too close to a fine line they shouldn’t cross, but at this point I’m in. I’m along for the ride, so I say bring it on.

There are so many other sites better to recap and properly review LOST. Me? I watch and just hope I understand half of what I’m seeing. Despite the major questions we were left with, a lot of other big mysteries were answered last night. Namely, how does one get back to the island?

Mistress of the Dark, Eloise Hawkings, brought Ben, Sun and Jack into the bowels of the church and into a Dharma station – The Lamp Post. This special room was built on top an electromagnetic pocket, which with the help of a giant pendulum and a big old floor map, helps predicts where and when the island is at any given point in time. Dharma scientists have developed equations and theories to help determine the short periods of time during which the island would be visible and accessible.

You with me?

Eloise explains that there is a short window – 36 hours – during which Jack and the crew can make it back to the island. To get there they have to board Ajira Airlines Flight 316 from L.A. to Guam. But that’s not all. They also have to recreate, to the best of their abilities, the circumstances that brought them to the island in the first place. The more they stray from those circumstances, the more unpredictable their ability to ever leave the island again will ever be.

Jack Shepherd was on Oceanic Flight 815 to transport his father’s body back to L.A. from Austrailia. Eliose explains that this is the reason John Locke had to die. He had to represent the dead corpse of Jack’s father. And to seal the deal, so to speak, Jack had to give to Dead!Locke and item of Christian Shepherd’s. And this is where I got a little lost. If Locke was on the plane originally then why did he have to be filling in for Jack’s dead dad? Why couldn’t he be recreating his own flight experience? Did he really have to die?

Jack’s all about getting as many of the original peeps back on the plane as possible. He’s in, as is Ben and Sun. Kate finally comes around and decides to go sans Aaron (remember…little kid…side of the road). At the time of the crash Aaron was in the womb.  Is this why Kate jumped Jack at his house?  Was she trying to represent the unborn Aaron by getting pregnant herself?  And not for nothing, but it’s a risky move, Kate.  You’re putting all your eggs in one basket (pun not originally intended, but damn it if doesn’t work well) in the hopes that one night with Jack will get you knocked up.  Best of luck with that.  Wondering if you’ll be regretting the little fetus when you are reunited with Sawyer. (Which, by the way, the girly girl in me can’t wait to see!)

One by one the group arrives at the airport. As he did during his first trip, Jack gets into a discussion with the airline representative about the transportation of the body, before heading to the airport bar for a drink. A pretty blonde sits close by (hi faux Anna Lucia).

As Jack prepares to board the plane we find out that Hurley is there – hey how did he get out of jail and how did he know to get on the flight? I’m sure we’ll find out, but no matter what the circumstances, it seems Hurley is ready to go. He’s got his comic book, and he’s got a guitar in hand – most likely representing the memory of Charlie Pace. Awww. Knowing how this flight will ultimately end, Hurley used his lottery winning to buy up all the empty seats on the flight to avoid unnecessary casualties. Again…awww.

Never one to miss a party, Sayid is also on the flight. He brought along a plus one, too. A Federal Marshall. It seems in “Flight of Doom Part Deux” the role of Kate will be played by Sayid. How did Sayid get on that flight? Is the Marshall really a Marshall or perhaps someone who has a vested interest in getting back to the island. I mean, why else would prisoner Sayid be transported to Guam?

Despite being “sidetracked” by someone beating the hell out of him, Ben makes the flight with seconds to spare.

Hail hail the gangs almost all here. No Desmond (although he wasn’t technically an Oceanic 6er so he didn’t have to go back). But you know who is along for the ride? Frank Lapidus. Frankie, who was almost unrecognizable without his signature long beard, is there presumably representing the original 815 pilot, his friend – Greg Grunberg (or whatever his name was).

With the plane in the air, Jack, Sun, Kate, Frank, Ben, Hurley, Sayid and Dead!Locke await the inevitable. Just as the turbulence kicks in, Jack finally reads the suicide note that Locke left him – a note that he had been avoiding reading up until this point in time. It simply said: “Jack, I wish you had believed me. JL”.

And with that the plane shakes, things go flying out of the overhead bins and FLASH they are back on the island. Notice I said FLASH and not crash – seems things were a bit different this time around. No major plane crash. They suddenly just appeared on the island.

Just as he did the first time around, Jack awakens to screams for help. He rushes to find and save Hurley in the water and then tends to Kate who had a rough landing herself. The rest of the group is MIA at this point but I’m sure we’ll find them soon enough. If they’re not found first.

Where are they on the island? Where in time are they? No one can say for sure. But they’re going to have a lot of explaining to do – especially to Jin who is sporting a Dharma jumpsuit and aiming a gun at them.


So many questions to be answered…

  • Where is Aaron?
  • How did Sayid and Hurley know to be on that flight?
  • How did Hurley get out of jail?
  • Who is the marshall traveling with Sayid?
  • What was the favor Ben had to do for a friend and who smacked the bejeezus out of him?
  • How did Lupides end up on that flight?
  • All those questions and I didn’t even go near the sci-fi wacky stuff.

And now that I’ve wasted a good amount of your time, I’m going to turn the discussion over to you.  YOUR thoughts on last night’s LOST?  Love it, hate it?  Are you along for the journey or are you coming close to jumping off the train?

If you’re in the latter category, check back later today when Team GMMR’s Philboy shares his take on being lost by LOST. He gave up on the show and he’s happier because of it.


24 Responses to “LOST: 316”

  1. strunkette on February 19th, 2009 11:09 am

    I’m loving all of it-even the wackadoddle stuff that’s way over my head. I know there are some that say time travel is a cop out but I think it’s awesome. Can’t wait to see it all come together.

  2. Emily on February 19th, 2009 11:10 am

    I’m definitely along for the ride. I’m loving it and I want more!

  3. anu on February 19th, 2009 11:14 am

    I think the visit to the “friend” Ben had to make was really a trip to kill Penny. After his promise to Charles Whidmore and the unexpected sighting of Desmond, you know he couldn’t pass up the chance to seek revenge for his daughter Alex. I only hope that Desmond stopped him and beat the crap out of him . . . although if Ben was successful in seeking revenge, it might serve as the reason for Desmond to seek Ben out for revenge, thus forcing him to return to the island . . . as Eloise said, the island isn’t done with Desmond yet.

    Oy, my head hurts. Anyone got asprins??

  4. Tim G. on February 19th, 2009 11:20 am

    So a friend told me that he thinks the errand Ben had to do was go looking for Penny and keep the promise he made to Widmore about killing his daughter. I hope it isn’t true.

    It somewhat makes sense though, seeing how Ben knew that if Desmond was in LA that Penny probably would be as well.

  5. Give Me My Remote on February 19th, 2009 11:22 am

    Was this friend named Anu? Ha ha.

  6. Jamer aka Jamie on February 19th, 2009 11:48 am

    i was so worried that Ben was out killing Penny, and when he placed that call from the phone booth at a dock i was sure i was right!!

    anyone else wonder about the kids,
    Sun’s daughter, Aaron and what about baby charlie, did ben kill him too?

  7. samsmom on February 19th, 2009 11:50 am

    “If Locke was on the plane originally then why did he have to be filling in for Jack’s dead dad? Why couldn’t he be recreating his own flight experience? Did he really have to die?”

    Maybe this was Locke’s way of becomming Jacob? Elder Shephard was dead on the original flight and became whatever he is now (Jacob?), so Locke wanted the same chance to be the new leader.

  8. luke on February 19th, 2009 12:02 pm

    Hey, they answered one of your questions in a previous episode. “How did Hurley get out of jail?” If I remember correctly Ben was talking to Jake about how he had someone tamper with the evidence and the charges agents Hurley were dropped. I could be remembering it wrong, but I know it was something to that affect. Hope this helps.

  9. Give Me My Remote on February 19th, 2009 12:19 pm

    Luke – thank you! I forgot about that.

  10. Kathleen on February 19th, 2009 12:45 pm

    What was the favor Ben had to do for a friend and who smacked the bejeezus out of him?

    Yeah, I’m with Tim G. I think Ben killed Penny so that Des would HAVE to come to the island to get his revenge. Since Mrs. Hawking said the island wasn’t done with him yet Des jetted anyway, Ben HAD to do something. So he may have literally killed two birds with one stone – got his revenge on Widmore AND gave Des the reason he needs to go back to the island to finish up whatever the island needs him for.

  11. Mandy on February 19th, 2009 12:47 pm

    Poor Frank had the biggest FML moment. Come out of the cockpit, and boom he sees who he’s flying. That must have totally sucked.

    Great episode. Good to see Kate got one last roll in the hay with Jack before she gets another roll in the hay Sawyer. I wish both Jack and Sawyer would tell her to get lost. I really hope she isn’t pregnant.

    I want to know where Aaron is. I don’t think Claire is dead, so she better be reunited with her son.

    I love Ben. His snarky remark to Jack about reading on the plane cracked me up. However, if he did anything to hurt Penny, that love will be gone.

  12. Alyssa on February 19th, 2009 1:26 pm

    Here’s my question regarding the timing, and it’s confusing: 3 years have passed since they left the island, right? I believe the people off the island are in 2007 and left in 2004. We’ve seen Aaron and Sun’s baby grow to toddlers. BUT it doesn’t seem like the island has been flashing through time for 3 years. It seems like it’s only been a few days. So is time kind of standing still there? To Sun, she’s thought Jin has been dead for years, but does Jin think they’ve been apart for years or has Sun just left to him? This bothers me!

  13. Rae on February 19th, 2009 1:47 pm

    Alyssa: I don’t think we’ll know the answer to this until we get more information. HOWEVER, given that Jin was wearing a Dharma jumpsuit and driving a Dharma van, I think it’s possible more time has passed on the island than we’ve yet to see. My personal theory is that he and the others have been stuck in whatever time they landed in when John “fixed” the wheel, which looks to have been when Dharma was just starting out. (Jin in the Dharma jumpsuit and Daniel being down in the tunnel when the Orchid was being built.) But I think we need to see more to know that for sure.

  14. Connect with your Teens on February 19th, 2009 2:50 pm

    Jamie, I hadn’t thought about it but somebody commented on the Lost post on my blog that they are sure that Ben must have gone to kill Penny and that is why he was bloodied up. I really hope she isn’t dead, but I do believe now that is where Ben went. For my Lost posting with wow moments, favorite quotes, answers and questions, and more great comments that people left: http://connectwithyourteens.blogspot.com/2009/02/lost-season-5-episode-6-316.html

    BTW, Great blog. I follow you on twitter, that is how I found this.

  15. Christen on February 19th, 2009 5:44 pm

    I was watching with my friend last night and paused the tv to say something like, “The things that happen on this show are absolutely bananas. But for some strange reason when I watch I totally buy into the madness.” So I guess that means I decided I was along for the ride a long time ago. With that said, the episode was amazing and I agree with the Ben/Penny theory. It was the first thing that popped in my head.

  16. Scooter McGavin on February 19th, 2009 7:39 pm

    Where is Aaron? I would sway with Claire’s Mom, but why is this something that Jake is not to ask Kate ever. So I am predicting that she gave Aaron to Sawyer’s Baby Momma.

    How did Sayid and Hurley know to be on that flight? Sayid didn’t which is why he looked surpised with every Oceanic 6 boarded. Hurley was told by Dead Charlie.

    How did Hurley get out of jail? Ben’s lawyer

    Who is the marshall traveling with Sayid? Someone Ben hired to arrest and deport him just to get him on the flight.

    What was the favor Ben had to do for a friend and who smacked the bejeezus out of him? He was not seeeing a friend but trying to kill Penny. Presumably Desmond wasn’t too happy with this, thus the bruises.

    How did Lupides end up on that flight? It was his destiny.

    My big question (still) is if conditions had to be such like the first one 1) why didn’t they have to fly to Australia first then fly west 2) where is Walt? If he doesn’t turn out to have been in Coach I will be really upset.

  17. Give Me My Remote on February 19th, 2009 9:53 pm

    I’ve got to say, until all your comments came in it never once occurred to me that Ben was off trying to kill Penny.

  18. gatinha on February 20th, 2009 1:34 am


    Hurley sees dead people. And talks to them. Maybe Charlie told him to get on the plane and bring a guitar because he missed playing. Or Ana Lucia told him to quit being stupid and go back to the island.

    Anything’s possible, but I think that’s a likely scenario.

  19. Jen on February 20th, 2009 11:00 am

    Who was that extra guy? The guy who told Jack he was sorry for his loss at the counter. And then he was in the 1st class section with the Oceanic 6. Any ideas? Doesn’t he look familiar?

  20. angie on February 20th, 2009 1:46 pm

    If I remember correctly didn’t Sun make a call to her daughter (2 or 3 eps ago) and her caregiver and say something along the lines of having a new friend for her daughter to play with. Is it possible Kate sent Aaron to live with Sun’s daughter?

  21. Erik on February 20th, 2009 3:30 pm

    Jen: The familiar face in the cabin was Said Taghmaoui, who is one of the busier actors in Hollywood. A classic “That Guy,” referring to an actor that consistently plays interesting character roles, Taghmaoui has recently appeared in the films Traitor, Vantage Point, and The Kite Runner. His IMDB page has additional information about if/when the actor will show up again on Lost, but I do not want to leave any spoilers here.

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