Another great episode! I’d have to say the biggest surprise was the Locke met Widmore on the island in 1954. Why did Widmore leave? Did he push the “frozen donkey wheel” at some point? Was he kicked off the island?
Very cool that the very person that sent Alpert to see Locke was… Locke!
Good to see Desmond stand up to Widmore, and interesting that Widmore was worried what might happen to Penny. Strange that he asked whether she was sick or not.
You know, at this rate, the 815ers on the island are going to see Danielle pretty soon.
The fact that Desmond’s work was funded by Widmore wasn’t that much of surprise, but seeing that girl in a vegetative state (sure looks like time travel sickness to me!) sure was. Why would Daniel leave her? He wouldn’t… unless he was forced to… by Widmore. Widmore probably threatened to pull the plug on that girl’s treatment if Faraday didn’t go along with what Widmore wanted.
I’ll bet “Elle” (the girl with the gun) is really Mrs. Hawking, Faraday’s mother. Why? Accent, height, and age. Plus it would be a nice tie-in for Mrs. Hawking’s interest in the island…. She might want to get back too, just lke Widmore.
Alpert doesn’t age. Some of The Others do (like Widmore, at least). Ben aged too. That might mean there are two classes of Others. Some age, some don’t. Perhaps the ones that do age are recruited onto the island, while the Others that don’t age were always there. At this point, I’m going to have to attribute this “no aging” thing to Alpert being “dead”.
Now, “dead”, I think is a very relative term on this show. Just because someone appears dead, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to see them again. (We saw Ethan last week, and he died several seasons ago). Locke and crew have been flipping back and forth in time, completely out of control. If someone was able to control this, they could appear to live through time without aging. This might be the way Alpert is doing it.
So, what did you think of the episode?