Lost blogging – ‘Sundown’

I’m a little late to my Lost blogging again – mainly because I didn’t end up watching ‘Sundown’ until this past Friday.  I thought it was a good episode.  Very dark.  The show is getting decidedly creepier this season.  In any case, more after the leap… [obviously, spoiler alert]

lost-sundown_1267621672 First off, something leaped out at me reading Chris’s latest post: the name Richard Alpert.  If you recall, the ‘assistant’ to the Others, and mysteriously ageless Alpert is the only one allowed to talk directly with Jacob – at least among those Others who wander outside the Temple.  (see next item for more thoughts on this)  However, as Chris inadvertently pointed out, the name Richard Alpert once belonged to the LSD guru Ram Dass.  The interesting thing about that Richard Alpert is that his new name means “servant of God.”  If Jacob is a god or Christ-like figure on the island, then it is fitting his most trusted advisor should share a name with our real world’s very own “servant of God.”

Second, I wonder what the command structure was between the “leader” of the Others (most recently Locke, and before that Ben – but many others as well…) and Dogen, the leader at the Temple. Were these figures aware of one another?  Was one senior to the other?  Dogen had obviously had direct contact with Jacob (others have, too, as we seen in flashbacks in previous seasons.  Some know him as Jacob, some don’t.)  Ben never did, nor did the real Locke.  Also, Dogen was the one holding Smokey out of the temple – how?  I thought the ashes they lined the place with were doing that…what is the connection?

I’m still working out Sayid’s transformation.  How much of that transformation is freely his – the deal he struck with Smokey – and how much is due to his having been “claimed” as Dogen and the Others at the temple termed it?  Certainly he goes very, very bad awfully quickly.  Also, what is the significance of his reluctant but also brutal actions in the alternate reality?  This was hardly a redeeming moment, though perhaps it is not his killer-side that needed redeeming so much as his “learn to live without Nadia” side….

Who will have the next story line?   Jin?  Sun?  Hurley?

Lots of questions, still very few answers.  Certainly it’s taken a much darker more dramatic turn this season.  I wonder if the Dharma people will figure into the Smokey/Jacob conflict in some way?  I wonder if we see Charles Widmore or Desmond appear any time soon?  Is Kate going to survive crazy Claire?

Certainly Evil Locke has built himself an army at this point.  Some of his followers have been obviously changed – Claire and Sayid – while others are either witless followers, like the Others from the temple or Kate and Jin – and still others are freely accompanying him, like Sawyer.

I’m probably missing  something significant, so if you care to speculate please do.

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7 thoughts on “Lost blogging – ‘Sundown’

  1. Ben trying to rescue Sayid was a really nice touch. In Sayid’s timeline, it’s only been a matter of days since he shot pre-teen Ben in the stomach and left him for dead — out of the conviction that Ben Linus would turn out to be one of the most evil men on the planet. Now it looks like Ben is on a path to redemption. One of Sayid’s many sins reached out for him, and Sayid turned away. I don’t think there’s any hope for Island Sayid, though of course it’s up to the writers.

    Sideways Sayid, though, is a different story. And if the creators have a way merge these timelines in mind, it might be that there’s still hope for Sayid.

    This season, it seems like most of the characters are (still) trying to figure out how to react to the knowledge that they are being manipulated. Hurley seems OK taking Jacob’s instructions. By letting go of some of his hangups about certainty, Jack manages to avoid becoming Dogen’s pawn, but when he finds out that Jacob has been watching him, he flies off the handle. Sayid has finally accepted that no matter what he tries to do, someone will find a way to turn him into a tool of violence. Sawyer tries to opt out of the game completely, only to be tempted by Fake Locke. Surely Ben’s still trying to process the way that Fake Locke played him at the end of last season. I think we are going to find out that Fake Locke is not exactly evil. I think it will make sense if he sees himself as tricked by Jacob, and if there’s some legitimacy to his grievance. (I’ll be really, really disappointed if this does turn into Jacob good/FLocke evil.)

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    • I agree there will more nuance than the good/evil dynamic. How do you see free will playing out here? Jacob, as far as I can tell, really has worked entirely through giving people choices. Locke seems to work through a combination of temptation and coercion. Either way, it does seem like more than merely good vs. evil….

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    • Sorry about that. Much of what I related was based on the character list in the up-coming episode, which is available on Buddy TV. It wasn’t so much spoiler insofar as revelatory of anything significant to the overall main plot of the series, just characters and their relationship to the main, central character and their place in this specific episode. Mostly minor stuff (such as Professor Arzt’s role), and easily accessed.

      My statement as to the nature of the island and of Jacob and False Locke, and the true meaning of their rivalry, wasn’t a spoiler at all, that was just my own theory.

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