Thoughts on ‘Lost’ Episode 5 “Lighthouse”

As intriguing as this episode was mythology-wise, I have to say the most enjoyable part was Hurley. He had some great one liners, the best of which were “I just lied to a Samurai” and talking about Jacob “he turns up whenever he wants like Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

But aside from Hugo’s well-scripted wise cracks, this episode entitled “Lighthouse” was another solid offering and rivaled last week’s strong John Locke outing.

Let’s start off-island in sideways world where Jack is still trying to find his father’s coffin/body and noticing another strange body mark in the mirror. In the premiere it was a cut on his neck, this time around it was an appendix scare. He tells his mom he doesn’t remember having it taken out. She says it was removed when he was seven or eight after he collapsed in school. His father wanted to do the procedure, but “they” wouldn’t let him. But he doesn’t quite seem to believe  it. You may remember Jack did have his appendix taken out on-island by the now dead Juliet back in season 4 in an episode called “Something Nice Back Home.” Not ringing a bell? Remember Jack collapses on the beach trying to calm the other Losties about the intentions of the Freighter people (Daniel Faraday/Charlotte/Miles…I know it seems like a really long time ago. It took me 20 minutes after watching to remember that). Later Jack insists that Kate hold the mirror, so he watch Juliet perform the appendectomy.

Anyway, this appears to be another cue that not everything is quite right with our Sideways Lost characters. Although they exist as though the crash never happened, we continue to see they are plagued with more than just a strong sense of deja vu.

The biggest revelation in our Sideways Jack. He’s a father. In this life, he has a teenage son named David. But as with all of the sideways story lines, things appear to be better but not great. Jack’s son does not seem to like him very much, but Jack can’t seem to figure out why. They have a similar relationship to that of Jack and his father. But don’t worry, Jack the Fixer comes to the rescue. He eventually realizes his son is afraid to screw up in front of good ole dad. But unlike Christian (Jack’s dad), Jack does not tell his son he “doesn’t have what it takes”. Instead, he reassures the young piano player that no matter what happens, he’ll always love him.

Of note:

We have another fun reference to the Red Sox. Jack tells him he hooked up the cable, so David could watch the games in his room.

Jack briefly talks to Dogen “the samurai” who also has a son who plays piano. A running theme of Others leading off-island lives.

Also, Jack sees that David is reading “Alice in Wonderland”. Which directly correlates to what is happening on the island with Jack and Hurley. A Through the Looking Glass moment if you will. More on that in a minute.

It wasn’t the most exciting off-island adventure, but it worked well to show how sideways Jack has beaten his demons and will not become his father as he feared. It was also a nice parallel storyline to Jack’s on-island adventure. Also of interest…any theories on who the mother is?

FREEZE FRAME ALERT: At the very beginning , you can see a woman in a picture with Jack and Christian. It is no one that I have seen before, but it looks like they could be at a wedding. Jack is in a tux, however the woman is not in a wedding dress.  UPDATE: My observant co-workers say the other woman was a younger version of Jack’s mom. I’m not totally sold, but that would make the most sense.

On island, let’s take a break from Jack. Claire is back and she is not the peanut butter eating, Charlie-loving, adorable Aussie we remember. She is welcome to crazytown off her rocker or “claimed” in this case. She helps Jin out of her trap and leads him back, bloodied and unable to walk to her freaky fort. Complete with explosives and a baby crib with a creepy makeshift child in it. Human skull, animal skins…yikes.

Later she brings back a wounded Other and demands to know what they did with her baby Aaron. Obviously, they didn’t take him, Kate did. But that’s not what Claire wants to hear. She eventually gets angry and kills him with an axe. Jin explains that Kate did take Aaron, but backs off that when it’s clear Claire is open to murdering on a whim. Claire then says that’s a good thing because if Kate did take Aaron, “she would have killed her.” Not good since Kate came back to the island to find her and tell her about Aaron.

Oh and Claire has a friend Smocke! So, does being claimed just make you insane? Or is Claire actually a Smokey spawn, capable of becoming smoke herself? Or is Claire actually dead and her body is just inhabited by part of Smokey sort of like  Lord Voldemort and the Horcruxes in Harry Potter?

Back to Jack. He and Hurley go on a Jacob-prompted trek to help bring “someone” to the island. Who might that be? Not sure yet. Presumably another candidate. Maybe Desmond. Just throwing that out there.

Anyway, eventually the pair who played off each other extremely well in this episode reach the lighthouse. Should the Losties have seen this huge towering building before. Probably and Jack brings that up. But something tells me the lighthouse can’t be seen unless Jacob wants it to be seen.

At the lighthouse, Jacob instructed Hurley to set the mirror/number mechanism to 108.  That never happens because Jack sees his house reflected in the mirror when Hurley stops on 23 marked Shephard. And on-island angst-ridden Jack goes off and smashes the mirror. Mission not accomplished right? Not so much. It appears that’s what Jacob wanted and believes it’s all part of Jack’s path.

Other candidate numbers and names I spotted:

Mr. Friendly aka Tom the Other. At this writing I missed the number, but his name was definitely on there.

Rousseau: She was number 20 and crossed out.

Austen, Kate: She was number 51. Sawyer is number 15, a mirror of Kate. Coincidence, I’m guessing not.

And number 108: That was “Wallace” and was crossed out. To my knowledge, this name has never been brought up, but I could be wrong. It may not really matter because as I mentioned earlier I think the whole mission was just a ploy to get Jack to do something for Jacob.

I have this whole overview of the series as part “Alice in Wonderland” like the book in my head, but don’t have time to get into into it right now. I hope to write more about it tonight, but will leave you with this…the first Jack episode in Season 1 was called “White Rabbit” in which he tried to find his dead father in the jungle (referenced last night) and in “Lighthouse” the book is explicitly mentioned. Jacob can see everyone through his own looking glass. There’s something there, but it needs cultivating.

Thoughts? There are things I definitely didn’t mention. And my final thought…What if it’s not Jacob vs. Smokey (good vs. evil) What if they’re both bad? And they’re both just using our Losties?

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