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'Lost' - 'The Candidate' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 5th 2010 1:15AM
'Lost' - 'The Candidate' Recap(S06E14) That was a big one, and yet still I'm not sure which side I'm supposed to be rooting for. Team Widmore says they're the good guys, but they certainly don't act like it in how they interact with the cast. Meanwhile, MiB-Locke acts more like the good guy with our main cast, but does some pretty questionable things otherwise.

By the end of the episode, it's pretty clear which side of the fence MiB-Locke is on. A little more murky is whether or not whatever Widmore is trying to do is the right thing to do, nor what our intrepid heroes should do next.

The Flash-sideways timeline picked up events shortly after we left them, with characters converging still in the hospital where Jack performed surgery on Locke's back. We find out how beta-Locke got injured, and it's not at all a familiar story.

BETA-VERSE 2004


Assuming beta-Locke didn't like to beta-Jack, that means the differences in this universe to ours is even more profound. One of Locke's biggest hang-ups was that he didn't have a relationship with his father, and that his father kept screwing him over.

Perhaps it's a bit of cosmic kharma, but this time around, it was beta-Locke that totally screwed up his father's life. His paralysis came from a plane crash; one he'd convinced his father to go on shortly after Locke got his pilot's license.

It explains his reluctance to allow Jack to give him the treatment that might see him walk again; he's not done doing penance for his sin.

Even though it was a brief scene, it was jarring to see Cooper, Locke's father, in a catatonic state at the nursing home. The man was so vivacious in the alpha-verse -- he was just a shadow of himself.

The music box Christian gave to Claire seems a parallel to the broken one Danielle Rousseau had in her camp on the island in the alpha-verse, though it is not the same music box. That one was fixed by Sayid. Beyond that, I can't seem to recall the significance of it.

The music box connects Claire to Rousseau in a weird way, which seems appropriate in that they shared similar lives while on the island. Both lived in a strange primitive camp while their child was being raised by another.

There was no progression in Desmond's mission, whatever it is, nor did we spend any time with Sawyer, Kate or anyone else not in the hospital.


ALPHA-VERSE 2007

I wonder if there is a significance in the fact that beta-Locke is punishing himself for past deeds. Could, perhaps, MiB-Locke be doing the same thing? He follows the "rules" established between him and Jacob.

Also, beta-Jack told beta-Locke that he was a "candidate" for the treatment that could cure him, and that's a pretty significant term to be throwing around, considering what it means in the alpha-verse. Could alpha-Locke somehow come back and be the candidate or was it a hint that alpha-Jack is the candidate in the alpha-verse, and he'll be facing off against MiB-Locke for the next eternity.

If only trusting Jack before hadn't led to Juliet's death, Sawyer may have been more willing to trust him now when there was a ticking bomb in front of them. It looks like Jack did indeed figure out what MiB-Locke was doing all along, only to have Sawyer play right into MiB-Locke's hand when he pulled the wires.

There was no bomb until Sawyer did that, because MiB-Locke cannot directly set anything up that might kill a "candidate."

We got to see that Sayid may be emotionally dead, but he doesn't appear to be something completely different from who he was, which was nice. He was determining how to diffuse the bomb, and then he sacrificed himself to give the others a chance at survival. That's the act of a true hero, not to mention leaving Desmond alive and telling Jack where to find him.

There were hints that bodies would drop as we closed in on the series finale, but I didn't expect so many. Sayid is surely dead after that explosion. Lapidus, while we didn't see him die, is likely dead as well.

What was a little more unexpected was the 'Titanic' death of Sun and Jin. After having just been reunited, wherein Jin learned more about their child, their love was put to the ultimate test.

I was a little surprised that Sun didn't play the child card on Jin to get him to save himself. After all, they do have a child still alive out there somewhere, and the safety and welfare of that child should be the top priority of Sun in that moment of her life.

That would have taken away from the romance of Jin electing to stay and die with her, rather than continue living without her ... like he's been doing for years now. I get what they were going for there, but it was a little convenient the way they were dispatched so handily.

If MiB-Locke's goal is to get the "candidates" to kill one another, he's doing a great job. Now it doesn't matter which Kwon the list meant, though that also means we'll never know. Looks like you got away without answering yet another question, boys!

With the submarine toast now and headed for a deep grave (how far away did they get that it could sink that low?), the only hope of leaving the island for everyone still there is the plane. Leaving on a plane would be symbolically appropriate as that's how our original survivors got there.

There's still the matter of how the alpha- and beta-verses will connect, and we've only got three more weeks to figure it out. Who will survive and how will it end?

[Catch up now with clips and full episodes of 'Lost' over at SlashControl.]

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David H

All the people saying "it was about the characters, not the mysteries" are merely pulling the wool over their own eyes, ignoring the gaping holes and omissions in the story so they don't feel like they wasted 121+ hours of their lives watching this donkey's ass of a TV show. I enjoyed parts of it, but overall it was obvious the writers had no effing idea where they were going or what they were doing, and the fact that they admitted as much doesn't make it OK. It just makes them look like what they are -- bozos who took people for a ride yet expect to be called geniuses.

May 28 2010 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Western

"Assuming beta-Locke didn't like to beta-Jack"... in the famous word of Lost...What?

May 10 2010 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pasha

The song playing on the music box, "Catch a Falling Star," has appeared a few times in the series.

1. Claire requests that the Stewarts (Aaron's prospective adoptive parents) sing "Catch a Falling Star" to the child after it is born, just as her father had done for her. ("Raised by Another")
(It's later revealed ("Par Avion") that her father is Christian Shephard and that he sang to her as a baby, although this song is not specifically mentioned.)
2. The melody from "Catch a Falling Star" plays on the Oceanic airplane mobile hanging above the crib in the Staff nursery. ("Maternity Leave")
3. Kate sings "Catch a Falling Star" to Aaron as she carries him from her car to Cassidy Phillips' house. ("Whatever Happened, Happened").
4. Claire sings "Catch a Falling Star" when she is in The Hole. ("Sundown")
(The melody also plays as Sayid, Kate, and Claire walk through the Temple after it had been destroyed by the Man in Black)
5. Claire's music box, bequeathed to her by her father plays "Catch a Falling Star" when she and Jack

May 06 2010 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chuck

@LC,

no problem at all. It irks me when a good conversation has to get taken over by someone who clearly does not operate with a normal, decent sense of etiquette.

May 05 2010 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LC

@chuck

Thanks man. Some people are too wrapped up in themselves to see things for what they are.

May 05 2010 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LC

@Telly

You off your meds again? You would have to have been to even remotely come to the conclusion that I was being a prick in my response. I simply suggested that not all submarines, oh sorry, Submersibles, would have torpedo tubes. I did not, repeat, did not state with certainty that this sub did not have one.

Nonetheless, given the time remaining on the clock, even if there was a torpedo tube, it was unlikely that Sayid would have been able to find it, know how to work it, and get it a safe distance before it detonated.

So, if by being "served" means you showing everyone what an ignoramus you are, well then don't forget to include some desert and coffee when you serve me. For now go play in the corner for a bit. Grown ups are talking here.

May 05 2010 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chuck

Telly,

you are a complete tool. I don't see how LC was trying to be a prick. He answered honestly, and kindly. You, on the other hand, shoved your ass so far into the conversation you made sure everyone on all sides could see it.

and "you got served?" Really? 2004 called, and wants its shitty movie reference back.

May 05 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
breliedtke

Okay - someone please tell me why Flocke can go from the main island to Hydra island? Are they supposed to be one and the same technically? I mean, it was pretty clear that Flocke cannot leave the island, he even sent Sawyer to do his recon many episodes back. Then all of a sudden he goes to Hydra. Seems inconsistent to me but I understand why he needs to be able to go there, too.

My next comment has to do with Flocke being good or bad. I think next week's episode will help us a lot in this area. I have high hopes. However, I would like to leave you all with food for thought. Being "good" does not always mean being nice. Flocke is not nice. But he may be "good." I quote C.S. Lewis from "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe:"
"So then he's safe?"
"Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe.
But he's good." (referring to Aslan, the lion and a
reference to Jesus Christ)

Something to think about. . .

May 05 2010 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Guy

This isn't the first time Flocke went to Hydra Island. He was there in episode 10 as well. When he sent sawyer, he said "I can't go as smoke" to Hydra island. Hydra island is definitly a part of the island, since when Ben moved the island, it moved as well (Jack even looked for it when they had no where to land the helicopter).

May 06 2010 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rosie

["If only trusting Jack before hadn't led to Juliet's death, Sawyer may have been more willing to trust him now when there was a ticking bomb in front of them. It looks like Jack did indeed figure out what MiB-Locke was doing all along, only to have Sawyer play right into MiB-Locke's hand when he pulled the wires."]


This is the third time in Sawyer's life when his emotions led to someone's death . . . and made him look like a chump.

It happened when he killed Duckett in Australia ("Outlaws"). It happened when he killed Anthony Cooper ("The Brig"). And it happened when his actions led to Jin, Sun, Sayid and Frank's deaths ("The Candidate").

May 05 2010 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Telly

@ LC
There is no non military subs dude. The expedition subs are the same as military ones and have the all the same features for resale value, and these people(Widmore) had countless guns, c4, etc. I HIGHLY doubt he would get a sub without the options to blow things up. You are just trying to be a prick, so I'll be a prick. THINK BEFORE YOU TALK

Widmore to arms supplier: I'll take some c4, 100 random rifles, 100 random handguns, enough ammunition for support a war, some sonar fences, the biggest generator you got, a geologist, 20 mercenaries, a couple missile silo's that have GPS accuracy, 30 missiles, 50 grenades,......................OH YEAH, AND A SUBMARINE THAT CAN ONLY MOVE THROUGH WATER.

Yeah, I highly doubt you thought your reply out.

You just got served.

May 05 2010 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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