The eighth episode of the season, "LaFleur" aired this week, and we finally learned the fate of the LOSTies who remained on the Island. When last we saw them, Sawyer & Co. had just flashed and lost contact with Locke after he dropped down the well to the donkey wheel. This week, after several teases throughout the season, the Island's past met it's future as the gang finally met the Dharma Initiative. We saw familiar faces, met some new ones along the way, and the scene was set for a big reunion at the end of the episode. So let's jump right into things, as there's alot to talk about this week...
Theeighth episode of the season, "LaFleur" aired this week, and we finallylearned the fate of the LOSTies who remained on the Island. When lastwe saw them, Sawyer & Co. had just flashed and lost contact withLocke after he dropped down the well to the donkey wheel. This week,after several teases throughout the season, the Island's past met it'sfuture as the gang finally met the Dharma Initiative. We saw familiarfaces, met some new ones along the way, and the scene was set for a bigreunion at the end of the episode. So let's jump right into things, asthere's alot to talk about this week...
Previouslyon LOST... the episode opens with a brief description of how everyonecame to be where they are. We saw Locke being caught in the flash, inthe middle of the well, falling and breaking his leg.. turning thedonkey wheel.. and Sawyer & Co. finding themselves quite some timein the past, as they quickly realized that the rope leading down intothe well that they had just lowered John down on, was now leading intothe ground. It was only until they looked up that they realized justhow far in the past they might be. In the distance, standing tall, wasthe full figure of what we have come to know as the Four-Toed Statue,which we originally saw in the Season 2 finale, "Live Together, DieAlone."
Wealso see Locke down by the donkey wheel again, as he turned it andfixed the Island's time-hopping. (It's interesting to note that we haddifferent camera angles this time, and Christian Shephard was nowhereto be seen.) The Island flashed one final time, both for John andSawyer & Co., and when the gang picked themselves off the ground,they realized that this final flash was different - it was muchstronger, and they were no longer feeling the after-effects of theflashes.. no headaches, no bleeding noses.. the Island had finallystopped jumping through time.
We had anice bit of jumping back and forth through time this episode, as wewere next sent "Three Years Later" in the timeline..
TwoDharma employees, a man and a woman, were seen having a good timeinside The Pearl station, with the giant wall of monitors behind themas they danced to some music, until a third employee walked in andkilled the mood completely. As they argued about slacking off, thewoman noticed something on one of the monitors.. Horace, the Dharma guywe saw in "The Man Behind The Curtain" and again in "Cabin Fever" wasnear the 'security fence' seemingly completely drunk and playing withsticks of dynamite. After forcing the girl out of the station, the twomen decided they had no choice but to run and tell "LaFleur" about thesituation.
As they ran up to the door andknocked, "LaFleur" opened the door and they informed him of the problemwith Horace. The camera shifted to their point of view, and we saw theidentity of LaFleur - it was Sawyer!
Afterthe traditional LOST intro, we saw Sawyer pull up next to a house inthe blue Dharma van, and Miles came running out. Both of them in Dharmajumpsuits, the two drove to the fence, where we saw Horace passed outon the grass and a blown up tree smoldering behind him. After tellingMiles to clean up the fire, Sawyer hoisted Horace into the van anddrove him home. As he carried him into his house, we met Amy, whoappeared to be pregnant and ready to pop at any time. She told Sawyerthat she had gotten in a fight with Horace about something personal.but before she had a chance to tell "LaFleur" what it was, she clutchedher stomach and doubled over.. the baby was coming..
Weflashed back to "Three Years Earlier," where just after realizing thatthe Island's time-hopping had stopped, Sawyer & Co. were trekkingthrough the jungle when they stumbled upon a completely distraughtDaniel. When the Island flashed for the final time, it seemingly leftbehind Charlotte's dead body. Realizing that she was gone, Daniel toldthe others that wherever (and whenever) they were now, they were therefor good.. the Island was no longer jumping around. Sawyer suggestedthat they all go back to the beach, and after a brief argument on thematter, Juliet supported his decision.
Asthey walked through the jungle, toward the beach, they heard two shotsfire off in the distance, and immediately came to a halt. Investigatingthe source of the shots, we saw two men had just shot and killedsomeone, and were now preparing to kill another - a female, with a bagover her head. Upon questioning whether to get involved or not byMiles, Daniel says that it doesn't matter what they do. With the Islandno longer moving through time, they were a part of history, and"whatever happened, happened." Ever the hero, Sawyer came through thebushes and confronted them, aiming his own rifle at the two men. As oneof the men noticed Sawyer, he swung around to shoot him, but was shotby Juliet who was covering Sawyer. The other man then attempted toshoot also, but Sawyer didn't hesitate this time.
Wesee that the person that the two Others killed was a man wearing aDharma jumpsuit, and the woman was her significant other, as she sat byhis side crying. It was Amy. Sawyer and Juliet decide that they need togo before any other Others come and find their people dead. Amywondered who Sawyer & Co. were, and Sawyer told her that theirshipped wrecked on the Island on their way to Tahiti, but that they hadto go right now before more Others arrived. The woman, suddenlyrealizing the gravity of the situation, told Sawyer that they had tobury the two Others because of a mysterious truce, and that they'd haveto bring the Dharma guy, Paul... her husband.. back with them.
Asthey walked, Sawyer told the rest of the LOSTies that they wold have tolie to the Dharma people when they got to their camp. In a scenereminiscent of Jack's speech about the Oceanic Six having to lie aboutthe Island, when they were rescued, Sawyer told them that they wouldhave to tell Dharma that their boat wrecked on the Island, and thatthey should just let him talk - he was a professional who used to liefor a living, after-all.
As they walked,Juliet screamed for Daniel to stop immediately as they got to the sonicfence. Amy, acting a little suspiciously, seemed clueless about whatJuliet was talking about.. but eventually caved in, and turned it off.Or so they thought. Sawyer told her to walk through first, but as theLOSTies walked through, they dropped to the ground like a sack ofbricks, clutching their ears, and passed out as Amy pulled earplugs outof her ears.
Flash to Three Years Later...
We'renow in the Dharma camp, and Sawyer is once more wearing the Dharmajumpsuit. The woman, Amy, was laying in a bed with her feet up instirrups, screaming, as a Dharma doctor told her she would be ok. Thedoctor asked Sawyer where Horace, her husband was. He told Sawyer thatthe baby was breached, and that it was upside down. Amy would be indanger, as the Dharma people usually gave birth on the mainland, andshe was supposed to be on the sub on Tuesday, but the baby was early.So Sawyer ran out the door and to the Dharma garage, where he foundJuliet under a van. As she came out from under, he told her about thebaby, and told her that she would have to help the baby. Juliet wasreluctant, she told him about the problems with births on the Islandback when she was with Dharma in the present. Inside the clinic, theDoctor argued against Juliet delivering the baby, but Amy, through herpain, told him that she wanted her.
Outsidethe clinic, Sawyer met Jin, who was now speaking perfectly fluentenglish. Jin asked if Amy was OK, and then told Sawyer about finishinganother grid on the Island.. no sign of their people. The LOSTies, itseemed, had been searching the Island for three years looking for theirfriends.
Juliet came out, crying, and told them that the baby was ok.
Flash back to Three Years Earlier..,
Sawyerwoke up inside Horace's room, asking where his people were. Horace toldhim about the problems between the hostiles and Dharma on the Island,and he was just being safe.. he wanted to know about Sawyer and hispeople, so James told him the lie that they had concocted. He toldHorace that their boat wrecked when they were searching for an oldwreck.. a slaver from Portsmouth, England called The Black Rock. Horacemysteriously said he'd never heard of her. Sawyer told him that theywere walking through the jungle, looking for their people, when theystumbled upon Amy. Horace, however, said that they would be taken toTahiti without getting a chance to look for the rest of their people.
Outside,the rest of the LOSTies sat around a table discussing their situation.They find out that Juliet lived on the Dharma compound when the Otherstook over. Daniel tells them that there are no more flashes, and thatthe 'record is spinning again, and they're just not on the song theywant to be on.' It was then that Daniel saw a little girl with red hairplaying in the distance.. Charlotte.
Horacewalked up with Sawyer, who he called "Mr. LaFleur" - Sawyer's newpseudonym. He told them that LaFleur would tell them about thesituation. As they talked about what Horace told Sawyer, horns went offand emergency flood lights came on all around the compound. As Dharmapeople scattered around everywhere, quickly running indoors, Sawyer& Co. ran to the first house they saw as well. As they looked outthe window, they saw a figure walking into a clearing from the jungle -it was Richard Alpert.
Richardwanted retribution for his people being killed and the "Truce" beingbroken. The Others and Dharma, it seemed, had had an agreement not tocross territories. Horace came out and told Richard that if he'd knownhe was coming, he would've turned the fence off for him, but Richardsaid that while the fence may keep other things out, it didn't work onhis people. Inside the house, the LOSTies discuss the situation whenHorace walks in with another Dharma worker. He tells the Dharma guy,who is the same one from the beginning of the episode inside The Peal,that they need to get as much heavy ordnance as they can, and to setthe fence at maximum. Sawyer asked Horace to let him talk to Richard -he was the one who killed his men, and he would be the one to tell himhe did that. As he walked out the door, Juliet showed concern for hisplan.
As Sawyer walked up to Richard, who wassitting on a bench, Sawyer told him that he was the guy who killed hismen. He informed him of how it played out, and said he defendedhimself. He also told Richard that he was not Dharma, and so the trucewas not broken. Sawyer then asked Richard if he buried the bomb. Hetold him about knowing that Locke walked into Richard's camp 20 yearsago and told them he would be their leader. He told him that the man'sname was John Locke, and he was waiting for him. Richard looked on witha look of wonder on his face, but told Sawyer that no matter who hewas, his people needed some kind of justice.
Sawyerand Horace walked into the clinic, where Amy was sitting next to herhusband's dead body.. they told her that they would need to giveRichard her husband's body. Crying, she accepted Richard's ruling, buttook his necklace off - it was a wooden Ankh. As Sawyer walked out ofthe room, Horace told him that he could stay with his people for twoweeks to look for the rest of their crew.
AsSawyer walked up to the dock, we saw Juliet sitting next to the sub. Hetold her about being able to stay for two weeks. However, Juliet toldhim that she had been trying to get off the Island for more than threeyears, and she finally had her chance. She was going to leave. Sawyertold her that it was 1974, and her previous life didn't exist yet.Pleading his case, Sawyer asked her who was going to get his back. WithMichael Giacchino's beautiful score playing in the background, Julietcaved in and told him she'd stay for two weeks.
Flash to Three Years Later.
Sawyerwas seen walking across the Dharma compound, cleanly shaven, anddressed nicely. He stopped to pick a flower. As he walked into hishouse, the dinner table was set and Juliet was in the kitchen. Smilingat one another, Sawyer gave her the flower and told her how amazing shewas. They kissed, and Juliet told him she loved him.. he loved her too.
Later,Sawyer was wearing a Dharma jumpsuit, sitting next to Horace in hishouse. Horace just woke up after being passed out from being drunk, andSawyer told him about Amy having a baby. Horace explained that he andAmy got in a fight, because he found Paul's wooden Ankh in a drawer. Hetells Sawyer that it had only been three years since he died - wasthree years enough time to get over someone? Sawyer told him about hisrelationship with Kate. He told him that he had a shot at her, butdidn't take it.. but now, he said he could barely remember what shelooked like. She was gone, and she would never come back. So, Sawyertold him, three years was absolutely enough time to get over someone.
Thenext morning, Sawyer was awakened by a phone call. In bed with Juliet,he answered it and heard Jin on the line. He told him to meet him inthe North Valley. When Juliet asked who it was, Sawyer said it was Jin,but didn't tell her what it was about. Driving a blue Dharma Jeep up tothe meeting area, he got out just as Jin's blue Dharma van rolled up.Sawyer looked on as the occupants got out..
Hurley, and Jack smiling at Sawyer.. and as Sawyer took his glasses off, Kate standing right behind them.
Ireally liked this episode. It wasn't as good as the last one, but itdid a great job of setting up the status quo on the Island from here onout. Sawyer & Co. were now stuck in the past, with seemingly no wayof getting back to their own time. And 1977 was before any of them hadany real life off the Island, so getting off wasn't a much betteroption.
The only thing about the episode thatworried me was the potential return of the love triangle. Sawyer toldHorace that three years was long enough to get over someone, but uponseeing his reaction to Kate getting out of that van, it's clear thatit's not the case.
And Kate, despite spendingthat final night with Jack before the Ajira flight, clearly was nolonger in love with him. She needed to be with someone to comfort her,and Jack just happened to be the only person she could run to. It wasvery similar to the kiss they shared in the Season 2 episode "What KateDid."
So what does this mean for the variousrelationships on the Island? What about Sawyer and Juliet's love forone another? And how will Juliet react when she sees Jack again?
Ireally hope the writers don't go for the predictable with this. HavingSawyer tell Kate that he really is over her would be the best thingpossible for this subplot.. but somehow, I doubt it'll happen.
Andwhat about the Four-Toed Statue? We finally saw it, albeit briefly, inall it's glory this episode. And it seemed very Egyptian, didn't it?With it's back to Sawyer & Co., it was holding an Ankh in eachhand.
Is it an Egyptian god? Some othermythical being? Whatever it is, it clearly falls in line with the otherreferences to ancient Egypt..
The hieroglyphs on the countdown timer in the Swan station from Season 2...
The hieroglyphs adorning the wall under Ben's house, where he called Smokey to kill Keamy and the other Freighter soldiers...
And even Hurley drawing a picture of the Sphinx and pyramids in last week's episode!
Whateverit means, it was just a tease, and I don't expect them to go into muchmore detail on the statue this season, but it was more than enough tosate my desires on the matter.
Some of the most interesting theories this week revolve around the giant statue, and it's identity. Some potential possibilities were thrown around by getlostpodcastmedia.com, one of which is this image:
It certainly seems highly possible. The headpiece looks almost identical in shape. Wikipedia has the following on Taweret:In Egyptian mythology
, Taweret (also spelt Taurt, Tuat, Taueret, Tuart, Ta-weret, Tawaret, and Taueret, and in Greek
, Θουέρις "Thoeris" and Toeris). Her name means(one) who is great. When paired with another deity, she became the demon-wife of Apep
,the original god of evil. Since Apep was viewed as residing below thehorizon, and only present at night, evil during the day then wasenvisaged as being a result of Taweret's maleficence.As the counterpart of Apep, who was always below the horizon, Taweret was seen as being the northern sky, the constellation
roughly covering the area of present-day Draco
,which always lies above the horizon. Thus Taweret was known as mistressof the horizon, and was depicted as such on the ceiling of the tomb of Seti I
in the Valley of the Kings
. Intheir art, Taweret was depicted as a composite of all the things theEgyptians feared, the major part of her being hippopotamus, since thisis what the constellation most resembled, with the arms and legs of alioness, and with the back of a crocodile. On occasion, later, ratherthan having a crocodile back, she was seen as having a separate, smallcrocodile resting on her back, which was thus interpreted as Sobek
, the crocodile-god, and said to be her consort.Early during the Old Kingdom
,the Egyptians came to see female hippopotamuses as less aggressive thanthe males, and began to view their aggression only as one of protectingtheir young and being good mothers, particularly since it is the malesthat are territorially aggressive. Consequently, Taweret became seen,very early in Egyptian history, as a deity of protection in pregnancyand childbirth. It seems almost too perfect, and somewhat ties into what my own theory on the matter was a little ways down.. however:
LOST Thread regular, Ben says:I also just did a quick once over of the Egyptian Pantheon, and I'm going out on a limb and saying that's a statue of Anubis.
He watches over the tombs of the dead, and the afterlife.
So, I guess it's "technically" not Purgatory.......
It also dawned on me that Horace is a homonym for Horus.
It's an interesting idea, and it makes perfect sense. For my own tastes though, I had a different theory on the matter, but still falling in line with the Egyptian Pantheon..
Mytheory is that the statue is of Isis, the Egyptian god of fertility.This would be backed up by the fact that when the statue was broken andgone, the people on the Island could no longer have babies.. they diedinstantly. We don't know what the situation was when the statue wasthere, however, because it was already gone by 1974, and Amy was ableto have a baby.. but the baby is clearly meant to be special. Maybesomeone we know?
Actress Reiko Aylesworth, whoplays Amy, said in an interview with TV Guide that we would find outwho the baby sooner rather than later.
Giventhat the birth is in 1977, whoever it is would have to be around 27years old at the time of the original LOST timeline of 2004. That is,of course, if further time travel is not a factor.
Finally,I'm going to include two theories I stumbled across online.. they're abit long, so I'll try to just quote the important parts. As we're notgoing to have an epsiode next week, I'm going to have a specialtheories edition of the column, in which we'll go into greater depth onalot of the more popular theories.
By lostaddict on DarkUFO.blogspot.com:
Soafter watching episode 5x8 "LaFleur," I got to thinking about RichardAlpert asking for the bodies of his men as well as Paul's. At first, itwould seem that he needs Paul's body to present to his people as a formof "justice", as we know the island is very blood-for-blood in theHammurabi sense. But then I remembered Robert and the rest ofRousseau's team being possessed by Smokey and started wondering: IfSmokey can inhabit living bodies with the souls it has collected(assuming that's the reason for the memory flashes) then maybe it cando the same with dead bodies. Perhaps Richard is able to take deadbodies to the Temple and Smokey can fill em up with some extra souls,expanding the Other's ranks.
Ifthat's the case, it's quite interesting to then infer that this is howLocke and Christian are being resurrected; Smokey uses their bodies asvessels for its loyal souls. Remember, Smokey appears to have theability to scan memories, which we can assume it did when it firstencountered Locke. If that's the case, it would be a simple matter tofill Locke's body with a random soul and then implant it with Locke'smemories, making him think he's himself when in fact he's someone elseentirely.
Thiswould also explain why Ben said "I'm going to miss you John. I reallywill" after killing him in TLADOJB. It's clear from Ben's insistence toJack that Locke's body be brought along that he knows John will beresurrected; this is Benjamin Linus, after all... the dude doesn't missmuch. So why the whole "I'm gonna miss you bit?" Because he knows thatLocke's soul is in fact going to die and the resurrected version willin fact be someone else implanted with Locke's memories.
By CamLynn on DarkUFO.blogspot.com:
The Smoke Monster is Richard.
Noticethe way I have phrased the title of the theory, not Richard is Smokey.I think that in its natural form, the monster exists as smoke or whatever the hell it is, but when it needs to, it can take the form of aman, the one it has taken is Richard, who was the first human itencountered, when the original Richard crashed on the Black Rock -hence the whole pirate/eye-liner thing going on.
I'm going to back the above statement up with some points, some are hard some not so:-
1. It would explain why he doesn't age.2. It would explain why he can penetrate the sonic fence3.It would explain, why when no one else can get off the island with outthe use of a submarine he can apparently come and go at will.4.It would explain that funny moment at the end of S4 when Ben thanks himfor saving him and they share a funny look (at first it appeared thatBen was thanking him for saving him for when he is being held hostageby Keemy and Co in the jungle by the helicopter but it could well as bewhen Smokey was summoned by Ben and attacked Keemy's team at theBarracks)5.It would explain how he appearance was altered slightered when he met ayoung Ben, more dishelved - what a young Ben would expect a hostile tolook like.6.It explain the mysterious statement about Richard not being a leader,but being in a position to being able to have a certain power to selecta leader. If he is a security system, part of its protocol could be toselect a new leader, (hence the meeting with a young Ben) and also notbeing able to oppose a leaders wishes, another protocol, stating thathe has to follow the isalnd's leader once selected. The LOST Thread Rating: 8.62/10 Season 5:
1. The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham (9.12)
2. This Place is Death (8.
3. LaFleur (8.62) 4. Jughead (8.26)
5. 316 (8.0)
6. The Little Prince (7.954)
7. Because You Left/The Lie (7.4) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ours Favorite LOST episodes, season 3 - current (continued from OldRama):
* 9.3 Through the Looking Glass
* 9.29 There's No Place Like Home, Part 2 - Season 4 finale
* 9.12 The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham
* 9.12 The Shape of Things to Come
* 9.1 The Constant
* 8.9 The Man Behind the Curtain
* 8.8 This Place Is Death
* 8.84 The Beginning of the End
* 8.803 Confirmed Dead
* 8.80 The Brig
* 8.75 The Man From Tallahasse
* 8.71 One of Us
* 8.66 There's No Place Like Home, Part 1
* 8.65 Cabin Fever
* 8.62 LaFleur
* 8.59 316
* 8.58 The Economist
* 8.3 Flashes Before Your Eyes
* 8.26 Jughead
* 8.2 Greatest Hits
* 8.13 Eggtown
* 8.06 Further Insructions
* 8.0238 Every Man For Himself
* 8.0232 Enter 77
* 7.98 Meet Kevin Johnson
* 7.954 The Little Prince
* 7.95 Left Behind
* 7.93 Par Avion
* 7.87 A Tale of Two Cities
* 7.8 Glass Ballerina
* 7.74 Ji Yeon
* 7.407 Because You Left/The Lie
* 7.704 Tricia Tanaka Is Dead
* 7.703 Expose
* 7.702 I Do
* 7.6 Something Nice Back Home
* 7.4 D.O.C.
* 7.3 Not in Portland
* 7.1 The Other Woman
* 7.0 Catch-22
* 6.9 The Cost of Living
* 6.2 Stranger in a Strange Land
That'sall for this weeks, guys. Remember, there's no new episode next week.ABC is re-airing "LaFleur" for some odd reason. However, there willstill be a column. As I said, I'm going to put out a special theoriesedition for next week's LOST Report, so stay tuned for that!