Like the Tom Hanks movie Castaway and the Beechen/Bello graphic novel Dugout which both have dual-meaning titles (Hanks’ castaway character had been “cast away” from society, while the prison-baseball book had the guys in the dugout actually digging out of jail), last night’s Lost ep “Recon” underscores the dual nature of the narrative. Overtly, the Locke-Dressed Monster sends Sawyer on a recon mission to Hydra Island, while “the best liar I ever met” pulls out his confidence man bag of tricks and re-cons nearly everyone he talks to.
A lot going on in this episode, so let’s just get to it, shall we?
1. WOKE UP, FELL OUT OF BED; DRAGGED A COMB ACROSS MY HEAD: You can tell things are getting close to the end when they give up being subtle with the cute dual-meaning titles and the black/white/balance/alpha/omega stuff and just come out and tell you it’s 8:42 — the first and last numbers of the Valenzetti equation.
2. YOU’RE SOAKING IN IT: I love how when Ilana said the smoke monster was stuck in his present form, she really meant it. The Locke-Dressed Monster has been walking all around in the same ragged T-shirt Sayid stabbed him in, complete with stabby-stab hole right under his heart. I don’t know what it is, but that just cracks me up.
3. I’M JUST A SOUL WHOSE INTENTIONS ARE GOOD: Have you noticed how all-Old Testament Fake Locke is being? There’s usually one bibical-sounding statement from him an episode. If it’s not “I am very disappointed in you all” it’s like last night’s sort-of-but-not-really out of context “I forgive you” to Sawyer. Who later says to fake Zoey: “Trust me; God’s got nothing to do with it.” Which is driving me mental. We get it! The dual Nature of Man! The Dichotomy of the Soul! Everybody staring into mirrors! Pick a pitch and swing, already.
4. GOOD NIGHT CLEVELAND! Did you notice the hand motif last night? Fake Locke offers his hand to Kate, ostensibly to help her get up, but she just turns and looks away. Because they cut to the Ajira plane, they don’t show her getting up on her own. That’s not some sort of feminist spurring of aid, that’s someone who’s been touched by jacob not wanting to inadvertently switch sides. And speaking of Flight 316, did you notice last night’s episode aired on 3/16? I love stuff like that.
But getting back to the hand thing, I thought that was pretty cool when Widmore offered Sawyer his hand, but he didn’t take it until he re-conned him thinking he was on his side.
5. EVWEYBODY BE QUIET! I’M HUNTING WABBITS: Yes, yes, we all know Watership Down is a metaphor for the 815ers, having to find a way of living together or dying alone, and Miles asking Sawyer “Do you want to die alone?” and Kate cooking rabbits, and Sawyer watching a Little House on the Prairie rerun, when he told kate he was a big fan of the show back in that episode where the meteor hits Hurley’s chicken shack, blah, blah, blah. Honestly, spotting all the Easter eggs and references and whatnot is starting to make me think the writer’s room has a big Mad Libs-style template for these guys to crank out these scripts.
6. OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA: That’s Desmond behind the locked door in the submarine.
7. ATTENTION HARRIS O’MALLEY: Not only is Walt the “Wallace” mentioned at the all-important number 108 on Jacob’s wheel, indicating he’s the one who’s going to bring them all together at the end, but I have another one that’ll flip your lid. We’ve been hearing all along that the kids are important, that Walt is special, that Aaron needs to be raised by his mother, and on and on. And with the angel kids appearing and putting the fright on Fake Locke, and my little joke about a follow-up show a week or so back, it really got my headmeat working: the six candidates aren’t the 815ers at all. They’ve been out in front of us the whole time: Aaron Shephard, Clementine Ford, Walt Wallace, Ji Yeon Kwon, and Zack and Emma. Whose last names we don’t know, but are probably either Haasara, Grimwault, or Kysea, the three names not crossed off the real list at the Lighthouse. You can thank me later.