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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lost - DHARMA Hatch In Los Angeles!

(Episode: 316. Spoilers ahead.)

The lack of curiosity on the part of the Lostaways is frustrating. Had I been in that room with Mrs. Hawking, I would have asked why DHARMA wanted so badly to find that island.

Viewers are aware of its time travel experiments - but what goal to those experiments seek to accomplish? Faraday made it clear that history can't be altered. But one can learn from the past or the future what one did not know before. What do DHARMA and Widmore hope to gain from this?

The island is constantly moving through time and space without its inhabitants being able to sense the changes. The Lamp Post, DHARMA's Los Angeles facility, has the means to find where the island will be at certain times.

For some reason, the Oceanic Six have to go back to fix whatever damage has been done. Ben is going back, too - because he has to, or because he wants to? Who beat him up on the morning of the flight?

Who told Hurley to be on the flight? And where is Aaron? Is it possible that Aaron was on that flight after all, without anyone's knowledge?

Lostpedia lists several parallels between Flights 815 and 316:

  • The body of John Locke is travelling the cargo hold, acting as a "proxy" for Christian Shephard aboard Flight 815. ("Pilot, Part 1")
  • Sayid is handcuffed, travelling in custody, just as Kate was transported by Edward Mars. ("Pilot, Part 2")
  • Hurley is carrying a guitar, just as Charlie brought his own guitar. ("Exodus, Part 2")
  • Sun is fingering Jin's wedding ring, just as Rose was holding onto Bernard's ring during Flight 815. ("Tabula Rasa")
  • Frank Lapidus, the pilot, was originally supposed to fly Oceanic Flight 815. ("Confirmed Dead")
  • Ben, despite being "sidetracked," makes the flight at the last possible minute, mirroring Hurley's mad rush to the airport in 2004. ("Exodus, Part 2")
  • Hurley has another Spanish-language comic book to keep him entertained. ("Exodus, Part 2")
  • Kate is breaking the agreement of her settlement, running from the law.
  • Jack and Kate slept together the night before the flight, shortly after a serious argument that would have cost them any future relationship in most situations, and the next morning, Kate acts cold toward Jack, mirroring the case of Shannon and Boone.

At the end, turbulence and a flash of light hit the plane, and all of a sudden we see three of the Lostaways on the island; it appears that the island simply grabbed them without downing the plane. We also see Jin in DHARMA garb and driving a new-looking DHARMA van.

I have a feeling that Desmond's boat is gonna find that island again. Hawking did say that the island isn't through with him...

"The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" was originally slated for this week, but they swapped the episode order. We'll have to wait two weeks for this new twist in the adventure.

Correction: Lostpedia reference originally cited as Wikipedia. This error has been corrected.

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