I love it when a plan comes together.
So, yeah, that whole not energized to write anymore feeling that I was talking about earlier
"C'mon, Ben! Think of something," I said-yelped. "Pull a Ben on him!"
But that's not all. I also got verbal when Ben's beating by Desmond clicked in my head an instant before it happened. I called out to Mrs. Schmoker, "Ben's going to get his ass kicked and remember. Getting his ass kicked is Ben's Constant!"
Mrs. Schmoker just looked at me. She's patient that way.
I was more involved with Lost tonight than ever. More involved than I have been while watching television since Firefly went off the air more years ago than I am willing to concede by Googling it. When Jack and Locke were talking in the office, I was quite literally straining forward on the edge of the pillow I was laying against on the couch.
All that hesitancy that had built up over the last two sub par episodes... well, all that hesitancy went from zero to sixty in about zero. I was hooked from the word go, and I thought I saw a plan unfolding before my eyes. I thought I saw the Sideways World suddenly become a castaway idea. Or at least a Desmond and the castaways who are left idea. Maybe not Jack's idea, as he drank Jacob's kool-aid in a big bad way. But maybe Jack's in on it, too.
Dare I say it, but is my Desmond the Fail Safe theory actually correct? Are Widmore and Eloise in fact working to thwart Nameless once and for all? Is the Sideways World actually the plan? Did they figure out a way to win there, and then live on in this changed world that THEY created? Rather than the Sideways World being the tragedy they must reverese after Nameless creates it, did they in fact create the Sideways World as their way out of both Nameless and Jacob's plans? Nameless wants to destroy the Island at the end, but did the castaways find a way to destroy it themselves, and in such a way that it destroys or traps Nameless forever?
Or are they just prepared for the Sideways World, and that is where the battle will end?
And, man, it's just nuts that I have to call him Nameless. They really whiffed on that one, I'm here to tell you. Writing about Lost and trying to figure out what to call the Man in Black Who Is Jacob's Brother and Also is Now Locke and Smoke, Too each and every time you write a new sentence is a pain in the butt.
OK, digression much?
Forgive me, I'm just excited. I'm writing in circles, so right now, that's my take. I actually felt the world flash before my eyes while Jack and Locke were talking in his office, as if this is what the castaways were counting on---their ability to remember and fight back in another life, brother, thanks to Desmond special nature. Perhaps they are even doing it in defiance of whatever Jacob's secret evil plan is. Or perhaps it is, as Widmore and someone else called it, a secret fail-safe plan.
You know, if the Sideways is indeed going to be where the Series ends
And Ben is awake! And, holy crap, was it riveting watching him watch himself in that mirror after he woke up? It was hard to tell just how fully awake he was, but when he started sneering at the school nurse, I said, "THAT'S BEN!"
Mrs. Schmoker just stared at me.
So... or not. Maybe all those letters I've written up there have been put in an order that is way off the mark. If it is, how cool is it that Lost can still make me look the other way one episode from the end? But I don't think I'm looking the wrong way. Have to think about it some before I come back later with actual coherent thought (or at least what passes for it around here).
What about you? While I'm off breaking it down and thinking about it, you tell me. I appreciate the "atta boy" comments, but I'd love to hear what you think. Did you see what I saw? Did it rock for you? Or am I way off base, and you have a much better theory? Or maybe you thought it sucked?
Well, way off base or not, it rocked. If you thought it sucked, you can try and talk me into seeing it your way, but you will probably be talking to a brick wall.
Consider the landing gear deployed and the final approach commencing. In my eyes, a landing is seemingly ready to be stuck.
(EDIT: Wed Morning---I awoke even more certain that the destruction of the Island is something the Losties planned on dealing with before it ever happened. Either they are going to beat Nameless to the punch, or else Nameless is going to destroy the Island without understanding that is exactly what newly crowned Jackob and his castaway council want him to do. Jackob and the rest of our heroes have a plan, and that plan ain't to be the Island guardian forever and a day. Jackob will be as different from Jacob as Jacob was from momma. Jackob and his friends are going to plug the Island once and for all, and they have a plan for waking up in the Sideways World and taking Smokey out there. I will have much, much more later on. Maybe tonight; maybe tomorrow. Real work must take precedence for a bit, but I have been working on a bit-by-bit recap that goes over my crazy half-epilogue, half-apocalypse theory of everything. Also, I've been so caught up in mythology that I took little time to go over all the wonderful character moments from last night. I will not forget those moments in my full recap. Check back this evening or tomorrow. In meantime, tell me what you think in the comments below. They are open and not moderated, so you can call me a douche as often as you like, and you don't need an account or have to sign in. Just post away at your leisure.)