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Lost: The Incident, Parts 1 & 2 (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 14th 2009 8:42AM

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(S05E16/S05E17) "See you in Los Angeles." - Jack

I'm not really sure where to begin, but I think this is a pretty good starting point: holy crap. Just like every season finale before this one, Lost has once again left us all with our jaws on the floor and our brains on overdrive. This changes everything. The big question? How does it change everything? Is it January yet?

It's tough to say what comes next. The idea that we've actually met Jacob is still incredibly fascinating. The fact that he was on the island before The Black Rock crashed is even more intriguing. Finding out that he had been checking in on Kate, Sawyer, Sayid, Illana, Jin, Sun, Jack, Locke, Hurley? The man (is he a man?!) can leave the island at will apparently and it's starting to become clearer what "coming war" Charles Widmore was referring to.

So let's start with the flashbacks, first addressing Jacob's origins. We don't know much, other than he was on the island, living in the giant Anubis statue, weaving tapestries, and catching fish for dinner. Life seemed pretty simple. However, there was one other guy on the island, an adversary to Jacob, who's name we never caught. I'll just call him TW since he was played by Titus Welliver. TW disagreed with Jacob continually bringing people to the island to see how they would survive, interact, and evolve - the latest instance? The crew of The Black Rock. TW thought it did nothing but lead to corruption and death but Jacob saw it as progress. TW then said he wanted to kill Jacob but couldn't and that once he found a loophole, he would. OK?!? Sounds to me like this is the war.

After that, Jacob visited all the people I previously mentioned at extremely key moments in all their lives, especially for Kate, Sawyer, Sayid, Jin, Sun, Locke, and Jack. However, his visits were different for Hurley and Illana. In Hurley's case, he met him after Norton got him outta jail. Jacob told Hurley he wasn't crazy, gave him the guitar case, and suggested (not commanded) that Hurley get on Ajira 316. We obviously know how that played out. What's in the guitar case is still unknown. As for Illana, he met her in a hospital where she was being treated for what I think were facial burns? Anyway, they knew each other and Jacob asked Illana for help. She agreed. What does his request mean? Well, Jacob seems to have some sort of clairvoyance - he knew something was coming, but the question is how much did he know? Considering how the ending played out, it would seem he didn't know it all.

So what happened in 2007? Locke got his way - Richard brought him, Ben, and everyone else to the remains of the Anubis statue to meet Jacob. Once inside the statue, Locke handed a knife to Ben, with instructions to kill Jacob and you have to admit, Locke's argument for Ben wanting to kill Jacob was pretty damn good. That's when the jaw droppers started. Locke wasn't Locke, but rather some form or reincarnation of TW, who had finally found his loophole - he can't kill Jacob, but Ben can and did. When Illana, Bram, and the rest of the "what lies in the shadow of the statue" gang dumped Locke's corpse out of the steel crate, I was floored.

Thoughts on all the flashbacks and 2007 action:

  • Does anyone have a translation for what Richard said to Illana?
  • OK... so this means that the John Locke we've been dealing with since the end of "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" wasn't ever Locke. It certainly confirms Richard and Ben's proclamations that they've never seen the island reincarnate someone. But how exactly does Fake Locke/TW have Locke's memories coupled with TW's motives? Illana posed the biggie question: what are we dealing with?
  • If Ben had been lying to Locke the whole time, is the cabin really Jacob's? If not, who was living there and why was the circle of ash surrounding the cabin broken?
  • Is Jacob really dead? Or can he do what TW did and come back as someone else in a different form? For that matter, are we sure TW died to be able to do what he did?
  • What is Lapidus a candidate for? Was that just Bram's code for showing him Locke's corpse?
  • Why didn't Jacob try and fight off Ben? He just stood there. Maybe he didn't think Ben had it in him since he considered Ben to be so worthless?

OK, on to 1977. As we all expected, Kate, Sawyer, and Juliet changed their minds and got off the sub. They were able to intercept everyone else on the way to Swan before Jack set off Jughead's plutonium core. This led to one of the best scenes in the series to date - the confrontation between Sawyer and Jack.

The realization that they both had motives rooted in love (Jack wanted to erase it all because he lost Kate and couldn't stand the pain; Sawyer wanted to stop him because he found love with Juliet and couldn't bear to lose her) was powerful stuff and the resulting fistfight led me to believe for a brief moment that one of them was going to be the big death. However, everyone finally agreed to help Jack, despite Miles asking the million dollar question: what if Jack is about to cause the exact thing he's trying to prevent? Personally, I don't think that's what happened.

Once the drill hit the energy pocket deep in the island's core, anything and everything metal began to fly down the drill well - just in the same fashion as when Desmond forgot to hit the button. Jack chucked Jughead down there, but it didn't blow and that's when jaw dropper number two occurred - chains ensnared Juliet and pulled her down. Sawyer couldn't hold on to her and she gave up, being sucked into the drill well.

Her profession of love to James was so heartfelt and yet part of me was prepared for it. We knew Juliet was going to die. If we learned one thing from Jacob, he visited you if you had a key role to play. In Juliet's one flashback (when her parent's divorced), we never saw Jacob. It might be loose to consider that foreshadowing, but that did it for me. Plus, I had a pretty good feeling that if Sayid's gunshot wound was going to be fatal, he would've died on the spot. Having Sayid croak at the very end wouldn't have been a very big deal.

But Juliet survived the fall! Buried under metal objects of every kind, bloodied, broken bones (and heart), she picked up a stone and began to smash the hell outta Jughead. Boom and fade to, not black, but white...

Thoughts on 1977 and some final observations:

  • It would seem safe to assume that Jughead's detonation did indeed work. Why else would the nuclear fail-safe have been built into the final Swan designs?
  • Now Richard told Sun he saw them all die, presumably on his way back with Ellie from the tunnels. But we know Radzinsky survived the explosion and so did Chang. So what happened to Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Miles, Jin, Hurley, and Sayid? I don't think they died, but I would assume they flashed in time again? Also - could this mean Juliet isn't dead either? She's injured, but could she have made the jump too? I'm guessing they're who Jacob was talking about when he said, "they're coming." Either way, I think Jack is gonna be disappointed.
  • The return of Rose and Bernard? Touching, but not necessary. If anything, it just made Sawyer and Juliet wish they had done the same thing. The "we're retired" comment was funny.
  • So how does all this tie back to Ellie and Charles' motives? Are either of them on Jacob's side? We still don't know Illana and Bram's affiliation or what anyone's endgame is.
  • All the references to season one and the pilot were very cool, especially Jack's flashback to the day he nicked the dural sac and learned the "count to 5" technique from his father. Speaking of Christian... could he be TW too? Can the guy take multiple forms at once?
  • I really hope that Jack's comments about Locke aren't the only reason that Richard continued to believe in John. It takes away some of his mystery if he needs answers like that. But maybe that's the point, that Richard really isn't as omniscient as we all thought. Being duped by Fake Locke/TW would certainly support that.
  • Richard said he was ageless because of Jacob. Doth the fountain of youth runneth dry with Jacob's death?

That's all I got. I'm 100% positive I'm probably forgetting some key bits of info, but have at it in the comments. I can't wait to read what everyone else thinks this all means. Any theories on what's gonna go down in the final season? In closing, the one truthful thing Ben Linus has probably ever said:

"I'm a Pisces."

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It would be great if ABC started from Season 1 this summer to lead up to the finale season in January.

May 25 2009 at 9:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow. I am so blown away and I have so many ideas running through my mind that I don't know where to start. I don't know what to make of Jacob and the AJ guy, but I do know a lot about the Bible and in the Jacob and Esau story, Esau wants to kill Jacob because Jacob stole his birthright. Jacob had to live in exile for a long time bc of this and he never came home until Esau and their mother were dead, I believe. Does any one know? I should look up the story in Genesis again. Anyway, what's up with Ben referring to Moses in his angry rant? We have so many characters with Biblical names like Aaron, Benjamin, Jacob, Christian, last name Shepherd, and now Ben refers to the AJ/Locke dude as Moses. Wow. Also, Jacob reminds me a lot of Odyseus for some reason - maybe it is the tapestry weaving like O's wife in the Odysesy. Like Odyseus, all of the characters in Lost are trying to find their way home in some way or a home of some kind. It will be interesting to see how next season fulfills each character's need in this way. Finally, my last nagging thought about this episode reminded me of C.S. Lewis and the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I am thinking that Jacob is like an Aslan character who is a willing sacrifice who later comes to life because he has greater knowledge about how the "magic" or the island works. I can't wait to see how this plays out, but I am certain that we didn't just meet Jacob, just to see him gone for good. What a facinating and brilliantly written tv series. I am going to be so sad to see it end and I am going to go crazy until next season begins! Peace and love.

May 24 2009 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

....several posts have mentioned the relationship between light/dark, good/evil, white/black--I was just wondering if people are prematurely writing-off Bernard and Rose relationship to one of the central themes of the show. They are an inter-racial couple that obviously made peace--in their personal lives, with the island and with their health. They respresent the harmony that the island and all its dweller-people are struggling to find. Apparently its been a long struggle...

May 23 2009 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff Cesoir

I think it most probable that anti-Locke is Sam Toomey.

May 23 2009 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cress d

The man In Black says "WE'RE" not "I'M" people..
WE will find a loophole....WE WE WE WE WE ..NOT "I'm"....
Rewatch it...again...

May 23 2009 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steve probst

We know from the opening segment that Jacob is a weaver. I believe that the tapestery that he is weaving is fate, or at least the fate of everyone we've seen on the show. and the threads that he is using are their individule lives.
If you look closely you will notice that the knife that is used to hold the cut piece of tapistry to the wall of the cabin is the same one Jacob uses to cut the fish at the begining of the show. so it is very likly that that Jacob left the piece of tapestery for Ilana to find and wieve it back into the tapestry for fate to be whole again.

If the bomb exploded it will not prevent the hatch from being built. Dr. Changs hand was hurt during the incident and if you look at the orentation films he never uses his left hand. So the incident has always happened. As miles guessed the explosion probably caused the hatch to be built, and the white out at the end of the episode was probably a shift in time. If the time line had been reset the events we see in 2007 would not be happening, but they are. So I think the losties in 1977 will shift to2007 and it will be their task to rewieve the tapestry.

I also doubt that "Adam and Eve" are Rose and Bernard. Way to obvious. Maybe Jack and Kate.

May 20 2009 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think:

Somehow Jacob trapped Esau in the cabin, the ash border kept him there. Rose & Bernard freed him, whereas he was the one who told Locke "help me" in 'Cabin Fever'.

When Esau was freed 33 years ago by Rose & Bernard, Jacob left the island to assemble the group that would ultimately come to the island on Oceanic 815.

Smokey helps Esau--but he is not Esau. Smokey became Alex to tell Ben to do exactly what Locke tells him to do, or die.

May 18 2009 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Gordy's comment

Do Rose and Bernard know about the cabin in the first place? I don't remember they saw the cabin. Moreover, of all characters Rose and Bernard seem most unlikely to get interested in a mystery like someone trapped inside a cabin and free him...I strongly believe it is John Locke. You also believe Esau/anti-Jacob whispered "Help me" to Locke.

May 19 2009 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cress d

Almost every review on the net says the man in black says to Jacob "Someday I'm gonna find a loophole."
I think that's WRONG. Its sounds like "Someday WE'RE gonna find a loophole."
And if thats correct, what is implied by the use of "we're" in that sentence?

May 16 2009 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lots of comments/theories/ideas. My pardons if anyone mentioned this (I haven't seen) but...

Anyone catch all the parent/child references? From the start. I would say father/son, but there are mother/son, father/daughter, etc. too.

Hurley/his dad
Hurley/his mother
Sawyer/both parents
Kate/didn't she kill her father?
Kate/her mother
Walt/his mother
Jin/his father
baby Sun (name?)/Sun
Locke/his father (creep)
baby Juliet (she preggo?)/Juliet
Miles/his mother
Jacob/Abraham ??
Esau/Abraham ??

how many more?

And there are brothers & sisters...

Point I'm making is all the sacrificing, etc. plays right into the Father / Son thing.

Just a thought...

May 16 2009 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Not completely LOST

Hidee42 When Saywer told Jack that a year ago his parents were killed and I had thought about leaving the island to try and stop it from happening...he had been living in Darmaville for two years at that point. He started living w the Darma folk in 1974, parents killed in 76, he tells Jack about it in 77 but says I didnt try because he still believed Faradays theory that "what happened, happened."

May 16 2009 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Not completely LOST's comment

Hidee42: I totally got caught up on that same issue, Sawyer saying he could have saved his parents last year. I have to assume that he was talking about a previous opportunity to leave the island, not the attempt in 1977. Remember, he could have left right away in 1974? I am sure he could have managed a trip to the US at some point during his stay with the Dharma Initiative. Nothing else makes sense, certainly not trying to save your parents a year after they have been dead.

May 18 2009 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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