Lost There’s No Place Like Home Part 2-3 S04E13-14 (ABC)

Lost is a United States serial drama television series that follows the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, after a passenger jet flying between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, United States crashes somewhere in the South Pacific. Each episode typically features a primary storyline on the island as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character’s life. The show was created by Damon Lindelof, J. J. Abrams and Jeffrey Lieber, and is filmed primarily on location in Oahu, Hawaii. The pilot episode was first broadcast on September 22, 2004. Since then, three seasons have aired. The show is produced by ABC Studios, Bad Robot Productions and Grass Skirt Productions and airs on the ABC Network in the United States. Its incidental music is composed by Michael Giacchino. The current executive producers are Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse. Because of its large ensemble cast and the cost of filming in Hawaii, the series is one of the most expensive on television.

From the Lost Wikipedia entry.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

This is the season finale of the fourth season of Lost. The season finale began a few weeks ago with There’s No Place Like Home Part 1. It continues with last week’s finale. It was a whopper of an episode. Some of the time travel questions are partly answered.

The most interesting part of this episode is how it bridged the gap between the flashforwards and the present of the Lost episodes. At the end of this season, all of the events in the flashforwards will be actualized and integrated into the storylines of the next season. That is pretty impressive. I didn’t think that it would happen like this.

The big thing in this episode is that the island is moved by Locke and Ben. Ben sacrifices himself and ends up in the deserts of Tunisia in The Shape of Things to Come. He’s left with a vendetta against Widmore, which involves killing Penny Widmore. This will be an interesting story, since at the end of this season finale, Desmond was finally reunited with Penny.

Three years into the future, Jeremy Bentham visits all of the Oceanic Six, including Walt. He tells them how everything went to shit when they left the island and that they need to return to make things right. Ben tells Jack that the island will only let them return if everyone comes back. Bentham turns up dead, by an apparent suicide. We learn at the end of the episode that Bentham was a younger looking Locke.

Sawyer decides to sacrifice himself as well and jumps off the chopper, which was bearing Kate, Jack, Hurley, Sayid, Sun, Desmond and Lapidus. It looks like Jin was killed in the explosion of the Kahana, but these things are never sure. It doesn’t really matter if they die. They might all come back. There are a lot of living dead on the island, including Christian Sheppard.

Sawyer makes it back to the island just in time before it’s moved. Juliet tells him that the ship exploded. Why? Ben killed Keamy. He had the boat wired to explode if his heart stopped, which it did. Ben wasn’t sorry for killing him.

Locke becomes the defacto leader of the Others.

The island is moved. Where to? Since there were a lot of time travel issues in this show, my guess is that the island was moved 10 months into the future, with everyone aboard. Why? Ben appeared 10 months later in the Tunisian desert. It makes sense to assume that the island went into the future as well.

Since Christian Sheppard appeared to Michael only moments before his body died, telling him that he coudl leave, this kind of implies that we haven’t seen the last of him. He might well join Christian Sheppard in the mystical direction of the Others.

The whole time travel issues actually also explain why Alpert appears ageless and immortal. He isn’t. He just moves in time, which makes him look like he doesn’t age.

Eko and Charlie haunt Hurley. Claire speaks with Kate in her dreams. Jack sees his dad. Who knows who Walt sees?

I’ll keep the Wikipedia-informed digressions to a minimum in this TV Watch, but a couple words about Jeremy Bentham, another classic loaded Lost name. Bentham was a 19th-century philosopher associated with utilitarianism and liberalism. He also designed the ”panopticon,” a cylindrical-shaped prison that requires minimal security and facilitates intense paranoia. He was also buried in a bizarre box designed for public display called an ”auto-icon.” Bizarre. Clearly, one must consider comparing and contrasting philosopher John Locke to philosopher Jeremy Bentham, but one should consider those things when one is not falling asleep at his computer at midnight.

Since Alpert seems ageless, it’s logical to think that he has some form of immortality. I believe that since the island is somehow involved in time travel, that Alpert actually is mortal. He just appeared in the past and then appeared in the present. Time didn’t pass for him, but it did for the rest of the world. That is the power of the island, which is why Faraday is here conducting relative time experiments.

Here is Dr. Richard Alpert’s wiki entry:

Dr. Richard Alpert is Ben’s advisor who seems not to age. He witnesses the early birth of John Locke in the 1950s. Five years later, Alpert asks Locke to identify which of several objects rightfully belonged to Locke; Locke chooses a knife and Alpert leaves in disappointment. When Locke is in high school, Alpert attempts to recruit Locke to Mittelos Bioscience, a front company used by the Others. Decades later, in the 1980s, Richard conspires with Ben to slaughter the Dharma Initiative. In the 2000s, Richard recruits Juliet for Mittelos Bioscience. Once Locke arrives on the Island, Alpert helps Locke to recruit Sawyer to murder Locke’s father. Richard prefers not to take a position of power, but disputes several of Ben’s decisions. After Ben is taken prisoner sometime after day 90, Richard leads the surviving Others to the temple.

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The story starts after one of the flashforwards where Jack told Kate that they have to get back to the island. She stops her car and comes back to see him. She showed up with an obituary for Jeremy Bentham. He came to see them and they thought that he was crazy. Kate slaps him when he said that he wanted to protect Kate and Aaron. This takes place three years after the return to the island. She doesn’t want to return.

Back on the island, Sawyer and Jack are looking for the Orchid. Jack doesn’t look good. Hurley is behind them. They go and find Locke, who’s at the station.

There’s enough C4 here to blow up an aircraft carrier.
Desmond on the Kahana.

He says that the bomb is triggered remotely. Keamy has made sure that the bomb is boobytrapped redundantly. Desmond implies a lot of booms if someone fiddles with the bomb.

Jack doesn’t want to hear what Locke has to say. Hurley tells Jack that getting back on the Kahana is not a good idea. The mercs are heading back there with Ben.

Keamy is curious. He wonders why Widmore is so anxious to get Ben back alive. He paid Keamy a lot of money. They arrive back at the landing site. They find Lapidus playing with the handcuffs. A few seconds later, they hear someone scrambling over. It’s Kate. It’s a trap to kill the mercs. Strange whispering can be heard over the breeze. The Others take out the mercs. There is a firefight, but the mercs are obviously outmatched by the Others.

They use a grenade to create a diversion. Kate and Ben run away. Keamy manages to survive and chases after them. He’s taken out by Sayid. There is a fight. Keamy is choking Sayid. Alpert shoots Keamy a few times in the back.

Ben is freed. Ben wants to know what the deal was that Kate struck with the Others. Alpert says that the deal was to let them go off the island. Ben agrees and says that they can have the chopper. Kate is surprised.

In the future, Walt comes to see Hurley at the funhouse. Walt is about three times the size that he was before. The same actor is playing his character. Walt says that Jeremy Bentham came to see him. He wants to know why they are all lying. Hurley says that they are lying because it’s the only way that they can protect the people who didn’t come back, like Michael.

In the present, Jack and Locke are talking. Sawyer and Hurley are eating crackers. Hurley thanks Sawyer for coming back. He doesn’t know about Claire yet. Locke wants Jack to reconsider leaving the island. He wants him to stay. Locke says that he isn’t supposed to go home. If Jack leaves, the knowledge that he was supposed to come to the island will eat him alive. Locke tells him that they will have to lie. Everything that happened since they came to the island. Locke says that it’s not an island. It’s a place where miracles happen. Locke is about to prove this. Ben arrives. Locke couldn’t find the entrance. Ben shows him.

Ben tells Jack that Sayid and Kate are waiting for him at the chopper. If he was Jack, he would be on the boat within the hour. Jack watches as Locke and Ben go into the bowels of the Orchid station.

On the boat, Michael plans on freezing the bomb. He wants to spray the battery with liquid nitrogen. Desmond and Jin start to plan on how to disarm the bomb.

The raft arrives back on the beach. Faraday kept his word. Juliet thanks him. When he walks away from her, his smile turns to worries.

Faraday tells Charlotte and Miles that they need to be with him on the raft when it leaves. Miles doesn’t want to go. He’s surprised that Charlotte wants to leave. Miles tells her that he’s surprised that she wants to leave when it took all this time for her to get back here. Charlotte just feigns ignorance.

Ben and Locke arrive deep in the Orchid station. Locke has many questions. He makes Locke watch an informative Dharma video. This is the sixth video. Edgar Halliday gives the presentation. He says that the island created a Casimir effect, allowing the Dharma Initiative to make experiments in space and time. The vault is constructed adjacent to a pocket of negatively charged exotic matter. The electromagnetic energy of the island makes it very volatile. Metallic objects must never be placed in the vault. Halliday places a bunny in the vault. Experiments in time. Meanwhile, Ben is filling up the vault with metal things. Locke wants to see a part of it again and the tape stops.

They see the lift going up again. Ben wants his weapon back.

Jack, Sawyer and Hurley make their way back to the chopper. Kate has trouble picking Lapidus’ cuffs. Sawyer uses a hacksaw. He gets him out. They get ready to leave the island.

Keamy arrives at the bottom of the Orchid station. How is he alive? He had a vest on and Keamy had body armor on. Keamy says that if he dies, the boat will explode.

He used a heart monitor rigged to a transmitter. It’s a deadman’s trigger. Once his heart stops, the boat explodes. He reminds Ben about his daughter dying. Ben attacks him from the back. He kills him. It was his plan all along. He killed all of the people on the boat.

Charlotte tells Faraday that she is staying on the island. She says that she was still looking for where she was born. Juliet is staying behind as well.

On the boat, Desmond has trouble with the bomb. Michael still has a quarter of the tank left.

On the chopper, they are losing fuel. They have a fuel leak. Jack says that they have to get to the boat. There is no fuel on the island. Lapidus wants the weight shaved off. They start throwing things overboard. Sawyer whispers something to Kate. He kisses her and jumps off the chopper. He swims back to the island.

In the future, Sayid is making another kill. He’s in the Santa Rosa mental institute. He’s come for Hurley. He wants Hurley to come with him. Sayid says that circumstances have changed. Bentham is dead. They said it was suicide. Sayid says that they are being watched. Sayid says he killed a man surveilling the facility. Hurley doesn’t want to go back. They are just going somewhere safe. Hurley was playing chess with Mr. Eko.

On the chopper, they finally find the boat.

Locke is trying to save Keamy’s life so that the bomb doesn’t blow. Keamy says that wherever Ben goes, Widmore is going to find him. Keamy dies. The bomb is triggered.

On the boat, Micheal says that everyone has to get off the boat. Jin stays with Michael. Desmond gets going. He sees the chopper trying to land. He tries to signal them. He tries to tell them about the bomb. Lapidus has got to land. They try and refuel the chopper. Sun refuses to leave. Kate says that she will go and get Jin. Michael and Jin run out of nitrogen. Michael wants Jin to leave. He goes. The chopper is ready to go. Jack gets Kate and they get ready to leave. The chopper is in the air. Jin is running up the stairs. He sees the chopper leave. Michael hears a strange whispering. An Other arrives. It’s Christian Sheppard. He tells Michael that he can go now. The boat explodes. Sun is freaking out. Jin is dead.

In the future, Sun is in London. She was here to find Widmore. She says that they have common interests. She tells him that they aren’t the only ones who left the island.

Sometimes good command decisions get compromised by bad emotional responses.
Ben on leadership.

Ben activates the vault.

Juliet sees Sawyer arrive back at the island. She’s drinking rum. In the distance, she shows him the smoke of the Kahana.

Ben puts on a parka. He tells Locke whoever moves the island won’t make it back. He says that Alpert is waiting for him two miles east and they are ready to have him as their leader. Locke goes to find them.

Ben used the metal to blow a whole in the vault. The hole leads to a cave. He comes to a frozen cave. It is glowing with blue light. While descending into the cave, he falls and cuts his arm. Strange obelisks are inscribed. He comes to a giant wheel. Ben tells Jacob that he hopes that he is happy.

As he turns the wheel, a white light appears. Sunlight creeps through the holes of the wheel. An eerie sound and a flash of white light soon enfolds the island. The island disappears. In The Shape of Things To Come, Ben was depicted spontaneously appearing in Tunisia. This was ten months later. He was wearing the same parka with an injured arm, this means that he was teleported there while turning the wheel. This could mean that the island just hopped into the future, just like Ben, by something like 10 months.

The chopper and the raft are both off the island and see it vanish. The chopper is going down. It ran out of fuel. It crashes. Jack has to perform CPR to revive Desmond. They are all alive on the raft.

In the future, Kate hears noises in her house. She gets a call from someone. It’s strange voices playing backwards. She goes to get her gun. It’s Claire. Claire tells her not to bring him back. It was a dream. It freaks her out.

A boat is coming for Jack and the others. Jack tells them that they have to lie about everything. It’s Penny’s boat. Desmond is happy. She meets all of them. Jack wants to talk. A week later, they are in Mbata. They sailed 3000 miles to another island. Desmond and Frank don’t have to go. They plan on being “found” again by getting to Mbata. .

Three years later after they were found, Jack heads to a funeral parlor. He breaks into it. He looks at the body of Bentham. Ben is there. Bentham told Jack that Ben was off the island. Jack spoke to Bentham a month ago. He went to see Kate as well. He told Jack that after he left the island, some very bad things happened. It was his fault. He had come back. Jack has been flying on passenger planes, hoping that he would crash. Ben says that the island won’t let him come alone. All of them have to come back. Ben’s got a few ideas. They will have to take Bentham as well. It’s Locke. He’s dead.

The raft might have been close enough to the island to have been moved with it as well. Sites have reported that the weird voice that Kate heard on the phone told her “The island needs you….You have to go back before it’s too late.”

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