Thoughts on Lost Season 6 Episode 4 The Substitute

-by Amy Yen

I love Team Darlton. They’re like, you want answers? BAM, here’re your answers! How do you like THEM apples??!

So, John Locke, in an alternate timeline, marries Helen, meets Hurley, meets Rose, meets Ben(!!), accepts what he can & cannot do. In the main timeline, The Man in Black, in Locke’s body, yells at a young kid (presumably some form of Jacob) in the jungle John Locke’s words. “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” He gets to work, finds another loophole. Locks in on grieving, drunk Sawyer. Crosses out John Locke’s name.

In the main timeline, John Locke is not special at all. He dies off the Island he never wanted to leave & nobody can think of anything to say when they finally bury him except Ben Freaking Linus. Now that’s just sad.

John Locke was a man of faith, says Ben Linus at his makeshift funeral. Fate or free will, that’s the question isn’t it? Jacob touched the Candidates, at some point in their lives & The Man in Black says, “Choices you thought you made were never really choices at all.” But what about Hurley, who Jacob didn’t touch until after he got off the Island the first time? The choices Jacob needed to control didn’t happen until after he got back?

So, what’s the deal with the Candidates? Were all the 815 survivors candidates at one point & got crossed off one by one? There were a lot more names in that cave than those with The Numbers. Did the other names also have Numbers? So, the rules are, you can’t kill Candidates outright, right? Are the rest of the survivors assigned Numbers going to be killed off one by one throughout the season? Last one standing is the new Jacob? And is this the only explanation we’re getting for why these numbers? Just that Jacob has a thing for numbers? (To be honest, I don’t think we really need a full explanation on this particular mystery. I’m just glad they gave them some meaning. Thanks, Darlton.)

Candidates might become the protector of the Island, which the Man in Black says is just an island. But the Island healed John Locke the first time, right? It moves in time & space & has weird whispers & giant vaguely Egyptian structures. What island do you know that has that?

Other observations:

  • It is so freaky to see Richard so utterly TERRIFIED.
  • Why could Sawyer see the older blonde kid but Richard not see the younger blonde child in light? So confused as to who these kids are.
  • Black & white on a scale. “Inside joke.” Heh.
  • Ben Linus, you lying SOB. Telling Ilana Flocke killed Jacob. Speaking of Ilana, I totally loved her this episode, with the constant direct answering of questions posed to her. Probably means she’s about to bite it.
  • Although Ilana did fail to explain why the hell The Man in Black is stuck in Locke now.
  • Did anyone notice the odd transition sound effects between the two timelines? Not a straight flash. Kind of like a skipping record (heard that one before). I still believe that at some point the two timelines will merge.
  • So why did Ilana’s group think Frank might be a candidate? Did he meet Jacob at some point in his life? Frank actually had three chances to come to the Island—on the original Oceanic flight 815, on Widmore’s freighter & on Ajira flight 316. Seems like destiny to me. I really, really hope we see a Lapidus-centric episode, or at least storyline, at some point this season.
  • “What kind of animal would you describe yourself as?” I totally thought he was going to say polar bear. Heh.
  • Lovely to see Mark Pellegrino again, as Jacob. I’ve been watching him as Lucifer on Supernatural & he’s totally won me over. Perfectly cast for both roles.
  • In case you missed it, the Numbers are:
    4-Locke, 8-Reyes, 15-Ford, 16-Jarrah, 23-Shephard, 42-Kwon
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