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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lost - And Baby Makes Seven

Episode: Eggtown. Spoilers ahead.)

One of the rules of this show is that the Occam's Razor principle often does not apply. Instead of a convoluted plot by which she is spirited back to civilization out of the public eye, we have her agreeing to take her chances with the legal system after having gone to incredible lengths to avoid it. It appears she will come to regard the possibility of prison as preferable to staying on the island.

In retrospect, her exoneration is not as far-fetched as I first thought it would be. There was no physical evidence tying her to the crime - only her mother's testimony could nail her. She is now living in California in a very expensive house (as if there were any other type of house in California), and she has a toddler who says "Mummy" in an Australian accent.

So did someone buy her a house, or is she staying with someone? And who is this nanny?

So why is Aaron off the island posing as Kate's son? The two most obvious possibilities are a) Claire's days are numbered, and Aaron will fall under Kate's care, or b) Claire will give Aaron to Kate, sacrificing her relationship with him to give him what she believes to be a better life.

So that leaves two unknowns among the Oceanic Six. I discovered a big hole in my theory that Desmond will be one of them: he wasn't on the flight. (Duh.) Of course, I wouldn't put it past Abaddon's people to find a way to forge the passenger manifest records; they could try to pass off Juliet as a Flight 815 passenger. (And I do not discount that possibility - there is a Juliet-centric episode in the pipeline.)

But Des provides Abaddon's people the perfect cover story for their Oceanic Six hoax: that Desmond discovered the Six as he was doing on his sailing marathon. If one discounts the possibility of passing off one of the Others as an 815 passenger, Jin and Sun are top candidates for the last two of the Oceanic Six.

The helicopter mission was (at minimum) three missions in one. We know only one: that the team was to grab Ben and get out. But Faraday and Lewis have missions that not even their pilot knows about.

The helicopter is long overdue, which suggests that it has flown into the apparent temporal anomaly that Faraday's drone test detected. Fans have long posted time travel theories, but none of those can explain what's going on here, for this reason: the conversations on the satellite phone reveal that the freighter and the island exist in the same timeframe.

But there may be some kind of barrier around the island. Recall this conversation in the Season 2 finale:

JACK: So, before you ran off, I guess you just forgot to mention that you still have a sailboat. Why'd you come back?

DESMOND [laughing]: Do you think I did it on purpose? I was sailing for two and half weeks, bearing due West and making 9 knots. I should have been in Fiji in less than a week. But the first piece of land I saw wasn't Fiji, was it? No. No, it was here -- this, this island. And you know why? Because this is it. This is all there is left. This ocean and this place here. We are stuck in a bloody snowglobe. There's no outside world. There's no escape. So, just go away, huh. Let me drink.

In next week's episode the helicopter will evidently be passing through the "snowglobe" - I hope we actually learn something.

We are learning that Ben Linus has access to vast resources outside of any yet-revealed sourcess on the island. Last week Sayid discovered that Ben has multiple passports (including a New Zealand diplomatic passport, as noted by Lostpedia) and wads of multiple foreign currencies.

On this episodes Miles demands $3.2 million from Ben in exchange for telling his superiors that Ben is dead. This opens up an intriguing possibility: that Miles will help spirit Ben off the island without his superiors' knowledge.

Ben asked why the sum $3.2 million. Because of the Hurley numbers, silly: 4 * 8 = 32.

So where are the Hurley numbers in those playing cards?

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