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Lost Episode Six: "316"

Lost Episode Six: "316"

Wow. OK. It's going to take way longer than just today to deconstruct everything that went on in this week's episode of Lost. It's all faith vs. reason, and getting back to the very beginning of the series — reconstructing the circumstances that started it all. I like the little nods of acknowledgment toward the viewers who have stuck with the series since the very beginning. . . though, admittedly, my mind is reeling from trying to recall all the references to previous episodes.

There is so much to think about! If you saw the episode and want to discuss it,


  • The episode begins just like the first episode of the first season opens: Close-up on Jack's eye, he wakes up in the jungle, hears someone yelling for help.

  • I'm glad Ben later makes the crack about Jack "staying after class" with Ms. Hawking because it really seemed like she was Professor of Crazy Weird Island Stuff 101 as she explains to the Losties all the electromagnetic/island-moving stuff. Not that I didn't appreciate it! I love getting some explanations along with another heaping serving of whaaaa??? with each Lost episode.
  • Ms. Hawking says that the Dharma Initiative called the room with the pendulum, how they found the island, "The Lamp-Post." This is apparently a reference to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in which "a lamp-post marks the passage between Narnia and our world." Ben claims he didn't know about the Lamp-Post.
  • Ms. Hawking breaks it down: The room they're standing in was constructed over a unique pocket of electromagnetic energy. That energy connects to similar pockets all over the world. The people who constructed it were only interested in one pocket, though — the island — but they just couldn't find it. Then, one guy built the pendulum, thinking they should stop looking for where the island was supposed to be, and start looking for where it was going to be. The guy predicted that the island was always moving. "Why do you think you were never rescued?"
  • And more: Though the movements of the island seem random, the guy and his team created a series of equations that told them where it's going to be in a certain point in time. "Windows, as it were, that, wide open, provide a route back. Unfortunately these windows don't stay open for very long. Yours closes in 36 hours." Ajira Airways flight 316 to Guam will be going through their window. If they want to return, they must recreate the circumstances that brought them there in the first place with as many of the same people as they are able to bring with them. Otherwise, the results would be unpredictable.
  • Ms. Hawking says the island's not done with Desmond, but Desmond says he's done with the island.
  • Ms. Hawking hands Jack "John Locke's suicide note" and explains that Locke's body is going to be a proxy, a substitute — for Jack's dad's body! Now Jack has to give Locke something of his father's. This is when I started being like, this shiz is crazy.
  • And Jack agrees, saying it's ridiculous. But as is often the case with Jack, he wants to cling to reason and logic rather than having a little faith or "believing," as Locke's note to him mentions. Mrs. H: "Oh, stop thinking how ridiculous it is. And start asking yourself whether or not you believe it's going to work. That's why it's called a leap of faith, Jack."
  • I love that Ben just has friends who will babysit corpses for him. I mean, of course he does! He's Ben.
  • Right around the church scene in which Ben brings up yet more faith/belief stuff (Thomas the Apostle refused to acknowledge the resurrection — "he just couldn't wrap his mind around it. The story goes that he needed to touch Jesus's wounds to be convinced," and "We're all convinced sooner or later, Jack."), I started looking up Biblical references to "316." There's the passage from John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." There's also Psalm 31, which, at 31:6, reads "I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the Lord." More faith/trust/belief stuff.
  • Ben heads out because he "made a promise to an old friend of mine. Just a loose end that needs tying." But then this buddy (or someone) beats Ben bloody and Jack has to pick up Locke's body at the butcher's.
  • Jack ends up getting shoes that used to belong to his father for putting on Locke's body (y'know, like you do) and then goes home, walks around the creepy darkened apartment and finds Kate lying on the bed. He asks her what's wrong, and where's Aaron? Kate, clearly upset, says she'll go with him to the island if he never asks about Aaron again. And then she jumps his bones.
  • Jack goes to see Jill at the butcher shop (ha, Jack and Jill go into the meat locker to fetch a dead human body). Jack switches the shoes, tucks the "suicide note" in Locke's suit. But, of course, the note comes back to him when the Ajira Airways people screen Jack's cargo. Locke's note to Jack just reads, "I wish you had believed."
  • A guy in line says he's sorry Jack lost his friend. . . hmm. . .
  • Sayid is led away by a lady with badge and on the plane it looks like she's keeping him in custody (like Kate was held in custody during the Oceanic 815 flight?). Sayid looks at Jack like he's got something to say.
  • Hurley, seeming edgy, is reading a Spanish-language version of the comic book series Y: The Last Man and bringing a guitar on the flight (like Charlie did on the Oceanic 815 flight). When Ben comes onboard, Hurley freaks out.
  • Aw, sad Kate: "We're on the same plane, Jack. It doesn't make us together."
  • The pilot is Frank Lupitas?!? Haha: "Wait a second. We're not going to Guam, are we?"
  • Ben is reading Ulysses, which Lost creators Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have suggested viewers read. Apparently, the final chapter is titled "Penelope."
  • Once Kate, Jack and Hurley find each other on the island again, Jin drives up in a new-looking Dharma van, wearing Dharma coveralls.

So, among a million other questions:

  1. How did Hurley learn about Flight 316, etc.?
  2. What exactly happened to Ben?
  3. What happened to Sayid? And who's that lady with Sayid?
  4. What's up with Aaron?

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