Wednesday, May 14, 2008

LT88: Cabin Fever Redux


Richard Alpert standing at the window of the hospital room before Emily freaked out was odd to say the least. Alpert is obviously not like us since he never ages. And some are suggesting that Alpert, not Cooper, could be the daddy.

I quick look back on this topic reminds us that Emily, mom, told her son, John, that he was “immaculately conceived”. The strong reference was that he had no father. But perhaps she knew more then we have confirmed, but that makes this even stranger, so let’s not go there.

But John was not easily convinced and he hired a private detective would provide information on his father, Cooper, and revealed his mother spent some time in a mental hospital. Side note: Has Hurley mentioned his hospital name to Locke? I’m sure John would recognize that name since that is where Emily spent some time.

The thoughts in my head suggest that Emily is sort of like Charlize Theron in “The Devil’s Advocate”: aware enough to be driven crazy but not crazy enough to be aware. Um, what?

And some medical student would have to tell me if kidney’s demand a high DNA match to help determine if Cooper and John are really father and son.

NOTE: I went and googled it and you need same blood type, but not a DNA match. Looks like the jury is still out on who’s your daddy.


I’m referring to Claire. Is it safe to say that Claire is dead? Let’s assume the answer is yes and then think this through.

If she is dead, then we have to figure out when she died. It had to be sometime after the three, Miles, Sawyer and Claire, went to sleep at the camp site. I’m requiring that she die in a normal way like all people do. One idea is that after they closed their eyes to sleep, that Claire’s headache she complained about was some sort of concussion or brain hemorrhage. Recall that Miles offered to help her since it seemed she was a bit off her game. And if we recall Miles staring at her and the baby strangely, we might guess that Miles was seeing a dying person.

After the eyes closed for the night, Miles said he knew Claire walked off in the night. He didn’t follow her and I think it was because he knew she was dead. Or maybe on her last breath. Someone had to carry the baby to the base of that tree, so let’s move her natural death to after that point.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Locke stumbled upon her physical body. This means that the Claire that John saw was a spirit/angel/ghost/pick your term.

Throw in the fact that Christian’s casket was empty and it seems Jacob might need a body to manifest him self to others. In that case, Christian and Claire have to be physically dead, but their bodies aren’t lying on a ground (or in a casket) but are sitting in this cabin.

While you are processing this, also realize that Christian seems able to get around the island…but I get a strong feeling if anyone got close enough to touch him his hand would go right through the body!


What is that on Keamy’s arm? From all appearances and chatter the consensus is that it is some kind of bomb and it must pack quite a punch. Is this the method of “torching the island”? Is Keamy on a suicide mission? Sorry, but what amount of money would be any good if it meant killing yourself?

Before you answer, remind yourself that Michael is also on a suicide mission. He just can’t get it right for some island reason. Think people have information on Keamy that prompted him to sign-up for this? I’m getting a little Davy Jones’ Locker thing going on here where the dead have a last opportunity to redeem themselves.


Just to kick start the brain we saw him first:

As the man who stopped to help Ben’s mother and father with her pregnancy problems outside of Portland.

As the man who later recruits Ben’s father to join the Dharma Initiative.

And now in Locke’s dream.


A close-up of this logo reveals it is the same one that Ben had on his parka in the Sahara. Most are guessing this is the Orchid hatch mentioned in a summer-time orientation film. We not seen this symbol prior in the actual show. But the summer "release" mentioned that Orchid had to do with time travel study.


Did you catch the poster in the locker John was occupying? It was of Geronimo Jackson...the same whose album Charlie found in the Swan hatch eons ago...and the same on the TV of the undercover kid who busted John in his pot farm.

For bonus points if you can recognize the picture behind's British Explorer Sir Richard Burton. Connection unclear.


One of the best moments is when this picture came into play:

Do notice the man has but four fingers on his hand!

Let me see if I'm following the information provided in this episode. John was "known" at birth. Maybe Richard Alpert is a time traveller of sorts and knows the he slips back to the past to visit the "chosen one".

Be warned though...someone suggested this week that Ben is still very much in control and simply is letting John hold the reins for the time being. Remember Ben has some dedicated friends at the temple including Richard.

Back to my thought: so at birth the Others know of John and again as a young boy when he selected the knife (any ideas what that was all about?), and again as a teen with Science Camp. Wouldn't the kid sort of get a feeling that he was "special". The flashbacks showed failure and outcast, but didn't he wonder where the images of black smoke in his head and hand came from? As an adult it seems John continues to play the fool and has no inkling of his destiny? Shoved around my foster sisters, his boss at the box company, his phone friend, his father - twice, and dear old mom. Not once he felt the force stir inside? Hmmm...

So finally an orderly visits and puts the walkabout in his head. We know the events from there. It just seems he is a fast learner.

Do notice how Richard rejected John once but then recruited him later. Did Richard recognize his earlier mistake? Did something happen off or on island to alter events? Does the knife really belong to Locke?


Speaking of camps, did you catch it was Mittlelos Science Camp? Same company that recruited Juliet and played a major role in the LOST summer game, The Lost Experience.


And finally, did you catch what Hurley mumbled when they woke him up? "Mallomars".


We know from previous information that John Locke was born in 1956. However, the song Emily was listening to wasn't released until 1957. Mistake or another wacky time loop? It could be a prop error, but when time is so important.

Let's chock it up as one of those Super Bowl mind teasers. You know the one - is the 1972 Dolphin Perfect Season really 1973, or was the Super Bowl played in January 72 and the season was in 71. Yeah, let's say the Buddy Holly thing was just one of those Super Bowl mind teasers and leave it at that.


Which item interested you the most?

The one that seemed most out of place was the Book of Law. Yet, if we recall when Ecko was telling the story of the King Josiah to Locke, he mentioned the servant returned with the Book of Law. This is the common name given to the first five books of the Old Testament.



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