I did something for this episode of Lost that I’ve never done before. Something that made me feel quite nerdy as I did it.
I took notes.
With all the time jumps, story twists and hidden meanings in Season 5 so far, it was almost necessary in order to come up with what I feel to be a good recap of the show. And I’m glad I did for Season 5’s sixth episode, “316,” which is so far my favorite of the season.
It’s the episode with the most surprises so far and the episode with the most unanswered questions so far this season.
I mean, really … why did Hurley and Sayid show up at the airport, what happened to Aaron (I know, Kate, we promised not to ask), how did Sayid end up in handcuffs, why was Ben bludgeoned before getting on the plane, why isn’t the island through with Desmond, why did Locke commit suicide and how in the hell did Jin become a member of the Dharma Initiative (and what year did they land in)?
What I love about Lost is that this show doesn’t mess around lately. They started Season 4 (instead of ending it) by getting the Oceanic 6 off the island. And just when you think Season 5 will obviously end with the 6 getting back on the island, here they are — five of them ending up there in the freaking sixth episode of the season.
Quick plot recap: This episode begins the way the show began … Jack waking up on the island. This time, instead of being confused, he’s happy to be there. Even gives a smirk. And once Jack hears Hurley drowning, he immediately springs to action … walks to the edge of a cliff, sees Hurley down below and — in true island-Jack hero fashion — dives in and saves him. All the demons of drug addiction and cowardism on the main land are gone … Jack is home.
Jack and Hurley see Kate, and the three realize they made it to the island.
Then we get a “48 hours earlier” flashback.
We go back to the “Lamp Post” — another nod to the Chronicles of Narnia — the room where Eloise has led Sun, Ben, Jack and Desmond. She informs the quartet that the island was discovered in this room by the Dharma Initiative and the swinging pendulum is what they’re using to find out where the island “will be.” Desmond, amazed the others want to go back, tells Eloise he’s simply there to deliver Faraday’s message. Once Eloise tells him the island’s not done with him, he walks off in anger.
She tells the remaining three they must get back to the island within the next 36 hours via a flight — Flight 316 from L.A. to Guam.
Jack returns home to find Kate, who tells him Aaron’s gone and asks him to never ask where he is. They end up getting physical. To me, this is huge for the plot … I’ll explain later.
The next morning, Jack gets a call from Ben, who’s calling from a pay phone near a bay. His face is bloody and scratched up and his arm will end up in a sling. I’ll give my theory on that, too.
At the airport, Hurley shows up, much to Jack’s surprise. Sayid shows up too, escorted by a police officer in handcuffs. Ben arrives cleaner but still a mess. Sun is there, too.
The flight takes off from Guam, and Jack discovers that the pilot is Lupidus, the helicopter pilot who got Faraday, Charlotte and Miles to the island. Lupidus realizes they aren’t going to Guam.
The plane hits a white flash.
Boom, they’re on the island.
We relive Jack waking up and saving Hurley, finding Kate. We learn Ben, Sun and Sayid aren’t anywhere to be found.
We then see the old Volkswagen van pull up — much newer than when Hurley found it the first time on the island — and out pops Jin with a rifle and a Dharma outfit.
MY THEORIES, THOUGHTS
Why did the “recreation” work without Aaron? I promise I haven’t already read this, but I’m sure I’m not the only one to come up with this. Remember, everything had to be recreated as closely as possible in order for the Oceanic Six to return.
Jack is still Jack, Sun is still Sun. But Sayid is now Kate … coming in wearing handcuffs, escorted by a police officer. Hurley could still be Hurley, but he brought a guitar with him, possibly as a nod to Charlie, who brought a guitar for the first crash. Lupidus, who was supposed to be the pilot of the first Oceanic flight, is now the pilot. Locke is playing the role of Jack’s father. Kate, I think, is Hurley … getting on the plane just to get away from it all?
Well, remember, Aaron was but a baby in Claire’s tummy on the original flight.
If Jack just happened to impregnate Kate the night before …. then there you have it, Kate’s baby — though just the size of a pin head, is taking the place of Aaron.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s why Aaron wasn’t necessary. Did Kate think of this … and trick Jack into hopping into the sack (while still loving Sawyer)?
The Bible is all over the place in this episode, from the title “316”, an obvious nod to John 3:16 (for God so loved the word, he gave his only son), to the fact that the Light House is under a church. We also see Ben praying and sharing with Jack the story of Saint Thomas, who refused to acknowledge the resurrection of Jesus until he was able to touch the wounds (Jack refused to believe the mystics of the island until he finally took a leap of faith and got on the plane).
Why is Ben bloodied?
When he leaves the Lamp Post, Ben tells Jack he needs to fulfill a promise to an old friend. If you remember, he promised Widmore he’d kill his “daughter” as payback for his daughter getting killed by Widmore’s men on the island.
Well, of course, Penny Widmore — Desmond’s gal — is Charles Widmore’s daughter, and Desmond is obviously in L.A. Ben makes the call from what looked to be a boat dock, but I couldn’t tell for a fact.
So did Ben kill Penny, or at least give it a damn good effort?
But here’s my theory — Ben went to do something, and crossed paths with a very upset Sayid, who in true Sayid fashion, beat him to a pulp. This could have led to Sayid’s arrest, and I’m willing to bet Ben pulled some strings and had Sayid hauled off to Guam under police escort.
See what happens when you take notes? Things become clearer.
Interested in hearing other people’s thoughts.
AN ADDITION: To what Al said in the comments below …
Since they landed on the island in the “past,” who is going to be Jack and Kate’s child (if she’s pregnant)? Is it somebody we already know?
And what if the other people on the plane are the Others? Think about it … if they too are on the island, then we’re introducing a new set of people, possibly led by Ben.
Now my mind is about to melt.