Posted By Kent Merritt


Through With The Looking Glass

Oh, boy!  A Jack-centric episode!  An opportunity to once again rag on his inability to ever figure anything out.  Jack lives in a state of perpetual confusion, no matter if it's in the past, the present, or the alternative.  Jack remains clueless in just about any setting and any situation he's placed in.  It's beyond my comprehension why Jacob would ever consider him as a Candidate.  If he is indeed The Chosen One, the future of the island is in big, big trouble.

The Big Reveal in this week's episode was that in Sideways World, Jack now has a son.  However, he seems as clueless to this as we were.  He manages to forget to pick up his son from school, because Jack realized he needed to go home first and change his shirt (?!).  Another clue to Jack's cluelessness was that on the desk in Jack's home, we see photos of Jack as a young graduate surrounded by his parents, and a photo of Jack as a young intern with his dad.  Nowhere did we see any photos of Jack's son David.  If I were David, I'd be pissed off, too!

Aside from The Big Reveal, we also learned that David is a child prodigy pianist. Also in Sideways World we had another scene of two islander's path's crossing, in this case, Dogen and Jack as proud parents of musical boys.  Personally, none of this means squat to me, since I really don't care about anything that's going on in Sideways World.  With the show being this close to the finish line, I just want more scenes of island wackiness.

And as for the latest island wackiness, we learned that Claire has Lost it.  In the three years that she has spent alone in the jungle, she has sharpened her sharpshooting skills, gatthered dynamite, and fashioned a substitute baby out of a rodent skull and peat moss.   The black dude that she captured tries to convince Jin that she's looney-tunes, but Jin isn't buying it.  That is, until Claire buries her axe in his belly.  "He was going to kill me, anyway", Claire tells a stunned Jin.  Just nod your head, Jin, just nod your head.

Island Hurley is visited by Jacob, who gives him instructions on how to leave The Temple and find The Lighthouse.  He is also instructed to take Island Jack.  Since Jack is clueless to do anything else, he agrees to follow Hurley.  Once they make it to The Lighthouse, they discover a magic roulette wheel connected to some fun house mirrors.  Hurley was told to turn the wheel to  number 108, but Jack sees his name on the wheel next to the number 23, grabs the chain and turns the wheel himself until he sees the reflection of his childhood home in the mirrors.  Jack responds by angrily smashing the mirrors.  Nice going, Jack. 

Jacob finally shows up to explain to Hurley that it was necessary for Jack to figure out his destiny by smashing the funhouse mirrors and then staring off into the ocean.  I'm still thinking maybe Jacob isn't really such a good guy.  After all, he didn't seem all that upset about those mirrors being smashed up.  Maybe luring people to the island, having Jack smash the mirrors, and continually keeping everybody clueless is his evil master plan after all.  I think I'll start rooting for the Smoke Monster.

Anf finally, we discover that Claire now has a 'friend'.  And that friend drops by for a visit.  The Friend is John Locke - aka Man In Black aka The Smoke Monster aka TBD - only Claire doesn't recognize him as John Locke.  She just refers to him as 'her friend'.  Ca-reepy!  Just keep nodding your head, Jin!

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