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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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Join The Conversation
Countess827 Countess827 8 years
I hope Penny is okay. Regardless of what happens with the rest of this show, I want Penny and Desmond to be together! Great episode though. I think you're right, Faraday is the guy who came up with all the equations to determine where the island is going to be.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
No Carole came out of the coma sometime after the crash. She attended Christian Shepards funeral which is when she told Jack about Claire being his sister basically.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I'm surprised no one commented on how perfectly in character it was for Hurley to buy up all of the extra seats so that as few innocent people as possible were going to end up on the island. I thought that was a great moment for him.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 8 years
i thought that Claire's mother (Aaron's grandmother) was dead. Remember when she was in a coma after the car accident?? Wasn't the lady in the hotel room with the lawyer in the recent episode Claire's aunt (mother's sister).
bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
I love Des and Penny. Please don't hurt her!!!! And to Ben's witty reply to Jack "My mom taught me". Didn't his mom die while giving birth?
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
I second the comments made about Ben trying to kill Penny... I seriously hope that he failed and that he got his ass whooped by Desmond. They cannot break up that marriage. They are SOLID. And we the viewers need a solid relationship in this show... sigh... I really hope Ben didn't kill her!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
The guy from the Airport name is "Cesar" played the extra handsome French/Morocan actor Saïd Taghmaoui on the show and the "Marshall" is played by Zulika Robinson they are both reoccuring characters they won't be in next weeks episode ( I dont' think)but the one the week after. According to a Entertnaiment Weekly article from Sept 08 they are connected, and that the "Marshall" is a "Joker" like character???
emalove emalove 8 years
I'm thinking the same thing, Mannylove...I hope it's not true though! I agree that Desmond probably would have killed him.
mannylove mannylove 8 years
I think Ben did kill Penny, now Desmond has no reason to stay and will get back to the island to go after Ben. I think it was Penny who scratched up Ben not Desmond. If Desmond had been there, Ben would not have walked away alive...
nadioz nadioz 8 years
i love the actor from the airport/airplan who talked to Jack (Said Taghmai - spl?) i think he's going to be in a couple more episodes. Love the episode Ben is awesome, creppy but awesome. and yeah RCL i LMAO at "My mother taught me" lol.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
Did anybody else laugh out loud when Jack asks Ben, "How can you READ?" and Ben says, "My mother taught me." There are moments when I absolutely love Ben and think he's my favorite character.
emalove emalove 8 years
Oh, I definitely think that guy from the airport/plane is someone significant. Or at least going to show up on the Island at some point for some reason we don't yet know...
ingalinnea ingalinnea 8 years
...ok, so i re-watched the promo and it was the marshal (?) woman who was with Sayid that I saw on the beach. But if she is there, the others from the flight could be too, right?
ingalinnea ingalinnea 8 years
I think the cute guy from the airport/plane is now on the island. When they showed the next episode preview I could have sworn I saw him on the beach in one clip/flash.
zeze zeze 8 years
ugh...COLD stare, not Sold... (there should really be an edit/delete feature on this site)
zeze zeze 8 years
my favorite line: Jack: "what's going to happen to all those people" Ben: ...sold stare..."who cares"
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
We're all convinced sooner or later, Jack - I LOVED that line!
trish0683 trish0683 8 years
I had read the same thing about a majorish character dying... but I figured Charlotte was that character. I thought this was a good episode and I am SO excited for them to finally get back on the Island! I missed not seeing Sawyer in this episode.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
HA!!! I like the way you think, though, sy! It's good to think creatively with this crazy show. :)
kaks11 kaks11 8 years
SO does this mean that they are stuck in the past? Or that they will continue flashing fwd and bkwds? I hope Penny is ok.
syako syako 8 years
Except your's make sense! :Rotfl:
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
syako — I was just brainstorming! Just like you. ;)
emalove emalove 8 years
Definitely agree with those who think Charlie "told" Hurley about the flight...and that is why he had a guitar with him. I also think that Aaron may be with Claire's mother...I definitely got the impression that Kate left him somewhere by choice. If he was taken from her against her will by someone, I don't think she would have gotten on the plane. Bethinabox, I loved that Frank was the pilot too!!! I really hope Ben didn't kill Penny :( But I'm afraid he might have. Or is going to. And I'm so curious as to why in the hell Jin was wearing a Dharma uniform...craziness!
syako syako 8 years
Ok this is a HUGE stretch, but whatever I'm having fun... The verse James 1:6 is "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind." The three could come from the fact that James is the third apostle mentioned when listing the apostles in both Matthew and Luke's gospels. But then, the passage James 1:6 is cross-referenced with Matthew 14:31 which is the story of Peter asking Jesus to allow him to walk on water during a huge storm and when Peter tries and fails verse 31 says, "Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" OK, now that I wrote it out, it's really a stretch. :shrug: :P
syako syako 8 years
I don't know if it's either of those Bible verses (if any). The John 3:16 seems too easy... and the psalms one doesn't make any sense really... I mean sure it says trust, but so does most of Psalms...
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