Key Points from "The Candidate"
Season 6, Episode 14
Episode Air Date: 05/04/10
It seems that the only way for MIB to actually leave the Island is to orchestrate the death of all the candidates - without actually killing them on his own. To that end, Flocke managed to cross a couple of high-profile names off the list tonight - Kwon and Jarrah. The war we all knew was coming to the Island kicked into high gear, and I gotta admit that Flocke earned my respect as both a general and tactician. The on-island action moves to Hydra Island this week as Sayid, Flocke and Jack mount a rescue operation to recover Sawyer, Kate, Hurley, Lapidus, and Claire - after Charles Widmore tossed them into Polar Bear cages - supposedly for their protection. The plan is simple and executed flawlessly - Smokey kills the posted sentries, and Jack springs open the cage. Now armed with a full complement of candidates - plus a commercial airline pilot - Flocke heads to the grounded Ajira plane. Since Widmore has already loaded the plane with C4 explosive wired to blow if they try to leave, Flocke turns to the secondary protocol - hijacking the submarine. Sawyer once again attempts to double-cross Flocke. Despite Kate getting shot and Claire getting left behind, Sawyers plan to commandeer the sub and strand Flocke looked like it might work. Only this was exactly what Flocke had wanted all along - to get the candidates together in one place and wipe them out. Flocke switched backpacks with Jack, leaving him to board the submarine with a bag of C4 wired to the watch Flocke swiped from one of the minions guarding the Ajira flight. If Jack is correct, then the only way they could be killed is by each other - but Sawyer isn't prepared to bet his life on that so soon after watching Juliet die because of Jack's last great idea. I'm with Sawyer on this one - I'd start pulling wires too. The relief is short lived as the countdown resumes at Tivo speed. Sayid seizes the bomb - and with it a chance for redemption - and speeds away from everyone else before .. BOOM! MIB crosses Jarrah off the list. Then the teary, long-awaited reunion of Sun and Jin quickly turned into an even more teary farewell. Sun is firmly pinned in the debris of the sinking submarine, and Jin is unwilling to leave her. And while we know that Jin is extremely resilient - having survived both the raft and freighter explosions, he won't be safely washing up on the Island shore this time. MIB crosses Kwon off the list. I figured Lapidus would make it out somehow, but I didn't see him again after he was knocked underwater on the Poseidon so I'm presuming that he's a goner.
We've already witnessed a fair amount of "role reversal" in our characters this season - especially in the Alt Timeline. But this episode provided the most dramatic role reversals yet - such as Flocke trying to convince Jack to leave the Island, while Jack is committed to staying. We learn that Alt Locke was paralyzed in a plane crash whereas Locke's paralysis was gone as a result of the original 815 crash. And how about Alt John Locke being the cause of Anthony Cooper's paralysis?
Speaking of Anthony Cooper, Locke's daddy may be "gone" according to Dr. Sheppard, but he somehow still manages to avoid law enforcement. I wonder what Detective James Ford will do once he finally tracks down the real Sawyer. In the Alt timeline, the 815 passengers lives continue to intersect - Jack repairs the injuries Locke sustained when Desmond ran him down. then goes a step further by telling Locke that he's a Candidate.... for a procedure that could help him walk again. To which Locke adamantly responds "Don't tell me what I CAN do!" One thing absent from the Alt storyline was any tangible timeline crossover or memories - other than Locke's sleep mumblings "Push the button" , "I wish you had believed me", and "He was a sacrifice the Island demanded" Wasn't that the reason Desmond ran him over?
They better get used to living with Grandma. After this episode, I made my wife promise not to abandon our kid and try to rescue me if I ever end up on the Island.
Still don't know what to make of Charles Widmore and his role in everything. A part of me concedes that it's possible Widmore was always one of the good guys - until I recall him barking out the order to cut off Juliet's hand in 1954. So I'm still clinging to the belief that Widmore is not one of the good guys. It's all a matter of perspective - in contrast to Flocke / MIB / Smokey who Dogen referred to as "Evil Incarnate", even the most sinister villain can be made to look like the good guy. I think Widmore seriously misses having Abbadon as his recruiter. I thought the freighter team with Keamy's crew seems much more formidable than "doughboy", "Tina Fey" and the rest of Widmore's current lineup. We know that ace in the hole (or Scot in the well) is Desmond and we learned that Sayid did not kill him (or help him out of the well). Sayid's parting instructions to Jack stressed Desmond's importance - if Flocke wants him dead, he must consider Desmond a threat.
A few closing questions and observations:
- Best Line: "I'm with him" -- Jack referring to his partnership with Flocke in the rescue effort
- Second Best Line: "Not anymore Doughboy" -- Sawyer after wresting a rifle from one of Widmore's minions
- Third Best Line: "There is no Sayid" -- Jack after Sayid got blown up on the sub.
- Some things never change - Locke blows up another sub.
- Did Locke's flight training in the Alt timeline adequately prepare Flocke to fly a commercial jet?
- Although Hurley and Sawyer are still "candidates", Sayid tells Jack "It's gonna be you".
- Only 3 episodes to go (4 hours)!!!
That's all I have.
"Across the Sea" -- Prepare for an epic brain dump. Airs Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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