go in search of answers in the aftermath of Michael’s bloodbath, and at least one of them finds what he is looking for.
4) In Short
8) On the Island
Eko takes time from his busy schedule chopping wood to…chop more wood. Ana Lucia appears to him, asking him why he’s bothering to build a church. He tells her it came to him a dream. "A dream like this one?" she replies, and Eko sees her now with a bloody hole in her chest. Dream Ana Lucia tells her he needs to help John, then a dozen plus images fill the screen.
Eko’s dream takes him inside the hatch, where his brother Yemi sits at the computer. Yemi tells him the work inside the hatch is valuable, and that he must help John Locke, who has lost his way. The room starts to shake and tremble as Yemi tells Eko to have Locke take him to the question mark on the blast door map. Eko finally wakes up in a cold sweat on the beach, clutching the cross around his neck.
Jack, Sawyer, Kate, and Locke spread accusations across their foursome on their way back to the hatch. They find Michael crawling from the doors, claiming that Henry shot everyone and escaped. As they attempt to help Michael up, Eko joins the group. They all go down to find Ana Lucia and Libby splayed out before them. Kate declares Ana Lucia dead, but Libby coughs up a spurt of blood into Sawyer’s face. Like Wesley from The Princess Bride, she’s only MOSTLY dead. Michael looks worried as they tend to her.
Eko says a prayer over Ana Lucia’s body. At the bunk bed, Jack and Kate tend to Libby, who is convulsing wildly. Jack asks Michael how long ago Henry left, wanting to pick up the trail. Eko volunteers to go in Jack’s place (so that Jack can tend to Libby), and suggests Locke’s tracking experience might help him. The two leave together.
After a bit of mucking about in the jungle, Locke wants to know what Eko is following in the jungle, having noticed no signs of Henry himself. Eko demands to be taken to the question mark, and just as Dream Yemi predicted, Locke does not tell him. So, Eko does the only logical thing and head butts Locke. Hee.
When Locke wakes up, Eko tells him about his dream. Locke gives him the piece of paper with the blast door map scribbled upon it. Locke’s skeptical about Eko’s dream, with his lack of faith quite visible in this scene. While the two walk, apparently lost, Eko steps on a Virgin Mary statue. The camera pulls back to show the burnt Beechcraft. Locke reminisces about Boone (in a detached, almost bitter manner), while Eko makes camp, waiting for further instructions.
In the hatch, Jack notes that Libby’s lack of bleeding is in fact a bad sign. He asks Sawyer to get the heroin hidden with his stash of guns, and orders Kate to accompany him. This way, Libby’s suffering stops, and Sawyer’s secret is over. Sawyer shows his secret location: underneath his tent. Smart play, Sawyer. As they head back, Hurley asks them if they’ve seen Libby. Uh oh.
Dream time…or is it? Eko sees Yemi in the jungle, and follows him. Yemi climbs the sheer face of the cliff alongside which the Beechcraft once resides. As he climbs to the top, he sees Yemi sitting atop a wheelchair. Yup, it’s dream time, only it’s John’s this time, and he wakes up with a start after seeing Eko fall to his death in the dream. Eko tells Locke that he saw his brother, and interrogates him about the dream. He follows Locke’s description and heads for the sheer wall. When he reaches the top, he sees…his house! Just kidding. He looks down, and sees a question mark etched into the ground below.
When he reaches the ground again, Eko notes that the dirt ground that forms the question mark has been salted, so nothing may grow upon it. He theorizes that someone did this so this area would be seen from above. He and Locke move the plane to find metal doors beneath. Finally realizing why he had to bring the axe, Eko breaks open the door. John asks permission to open the doors himself, and the two discover a large chasm, even larger than the one that led into the Swan.
Jack breaks apart a statue, as he, Sawyer, and Kate all realize that the heroin is the beginning of the end for Libby. A few feet away, Hurley quietly tells Michael about the date that never was. He then tells Michael, "I’m glad you’re OK, man." Michael shrinks into himself. Good.
Eko and Locke reach the bottom of the ladder, with Locke finding a nearby power switch. They come to a room with multiple television monitors, and two recliners. Cigarette butts sit on a table. Locke turns on a few of the televisions, most of which come up with static. One, however, shows a feed into the Swan station. Locke soon detects a camera pointed at themselves. He sees a Swan-esque computer nearby, with the words "Print Log Y/N" on it. A dot matrix printer starts printing off a series of numbers and the word "accepted" intermittently strewn across it.
Locke then notes a pneumatic tube, and puts his map into it. When he closes the tube, it disappears into parts unknown. Eko then locates an orientation video, not on film but U-matic (think early VHS), for Station 5: The Pearl. Dr. Marvin Candle appears, only this time he calls himself Mark Wickmund. He states that the Pearl is a monitoring station, and strongly implies the Swan is the primary object of their monitoring. According to Wickmund, those inside the Swan are unaware they are part of an experiment, and those in the Pearl are meant to document their activity inside notebooks and send them via pneumatic tube.
Upon completion of the video, Locke is livid at having been played the fool. But Eko is seemingly energized, gathering up any and all information he can from the Pearl. He states that the work Locke has been doing is more important that ever. Locke thinks it’s a joke; Eko thinks they are being tested. Locke breaks down, his faith completely destroyed. In return, Eko shows Locke Yemi’s cross, and explains how the plane above belongs to Yemi. He then assumes ownership of the button over Locke.
Jack preps Libby for the heroin injection. Hurley asks him to speak to her one last time. He apologizes for forgetting the blankets, and oh look, it’s majorly dusty in here. She wakes up suddenly, eyes fearful. She manages to whisper, "Michael," but Jack misunderstands her meaning, assuring her that he’s alright. She then dies, while looking as if she sees a ghost in the room. Hurley cries. Kate cries. Sawyer tends to Kate. Jack stares ahead, a mixture of grief and rage. Eko and Locke return to the beach. And Michael stares blankly, arm in a sling, inside the armory, as the button beckons to be pushed.
15) Off the Island
Eko is giving confession to an Australian man, who turns out to be there simply to give falsified travel papers for Eko. Eko’s travel plans are interrupted by the news of a "miracle." Inside the church, a woman explains that her daughter drowned, but miraculously came back to life. Eko doesn’t believe her story, which is exactly why his Monsignor chose him to investigate it.
Eko interviews the medical examiner who looked at Mrs. Malkin’s daughter, Charlotte. He tells Eko that he discovered her lack of, you know, death, during the autopsy. Figuring Eko wouldn’t believe him, he plays the audio of the autopsy. We hear the screams of a child, and the examiner hands it to Eko as proof, wanting to never hear that recording again.
Eko visits the Malkins, and is surprised to find some tension in the Malkin household. Who should come out but the very psychic that helped Claire in Season 1, Richard. He tells Eko that his "zealot" of a wife is trying to expose his fraudulent business, and that Charlotte’s "death" was merely misdiagnosed hypothermia. He notes that he deals with people looking for miracles, but there are none to be had. "None in this world, anyways," he says. Eko tells Richard he will report that there was no miracle. As he walks away, Eko notes that Charlotte is still staring at him from the window. File under "loaded scene."
At the Australian airport, Eko comes across Charlotte. She has a message for him…from Yemi. She says she saw him "between places," and that Yemi states he is a good man. She says he will see his brother again soon. Eko nearly screams at Charlotte, attracting the attention of Libby, who asks if everything is alright. Not by a long shot, Libby.
16) The Mythology
We now know that the Pearl, not the Swan, is the psychological experiment. That capsule dump has been there for a long time in the equivalent of the Island projects. ("Dude, I’m living out by the dump. Cheap rent, crappy views.") And given what The Artist Now Known as Pierre states in the video, workers inside the station were essentially shuttled from the station to the barracks, constantly supervised. This suggests not only that the journey to/from the station was arduous, but also suggests something central about the social structure of the Dharma Initiative in its hey day.
Part and parcel of the Dharma Initiative’s work towards saving the global relied on disinformation. They apparently posited that the world, much like Tom Cruise, could not handle the truth. In this way, they resemble Ozymandias from the graphic novel/soon to be BEST MOVIE EVAH Watchmen. I’ll try to keep this spoiler-free, but essentially, he surmises, quite correctly, that his notions of the "greater good" were best served with less than full disclosure.
Likewise, the DeGroots devised a cohesive plan towards saving the world in which deception was an everyday component of life. Those in the Pearl think they are the watchmen of the Island, but in fact that role belongs to someone else, entirely. The extent to which the Pearl is literally the center of the DI universe suggests that such deception is indeed at the very heart of the entire operation: almost as if lying is an inherent component towards saving the world.
What the DeGroots and Ozymandias seem to believe is something uttered by Tommy Lee Jones in the movie Men in Black: "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." A person is, however, easier to control than people, what with their seemingly infinite interactions sending a well-designed plan straight into chaos. What works for the world works for the DI: disinformation of the true stature of the problem assures everything from descending into anarchy.
If you assume the work on the Island was done in a way to apply to the real world, then one can readily extrapolate the fact that Hanso et al intended to save the world without the world ever knowing it, continually manipulating things from behind closed doors. Now, depending on your point of view, this is either mighty humble of Hanso or mighty sneaky. Given the current cultural climate against organizations seemingly unwilling to divulge what goes on behind closed doors, and you can see why a group of, say, Hostiles might want to actually rebel against such seeming philanthropy.
After all, the very symbol that marks the station shows just how little was known about the very heart of their operation.
23) The Moment
"I’m sorry I forgot the blankets." I spend oodles of time analyzing the mythology of Lost, but emotional moments like that are why reviewing this show is more than merely a clinical exercise in connecting the dots.
42) In Retrospect
- Something I want to look at in the near future, and maybe again when it’s all said and done: I want to look at "A Tale of Two Yemis," the one that we saw tonight on the Island and the one we see in Season 3’s "The Cost of Living." I’m wagering that the same reason we see a blue-suited Christian and a Cabin Christian produces these two Yemis, but I want to know which one this was. Which is another way of saying: which was the punishment, pushing the button or being pummeled against a tree? Not as easy a choice as you may think.
- Last episode featured Christian and Ana Lucia going by "Tom" and "Sarah," names of other characters in the Lost universe. Tonight? We get our first Charlotte. Probably just a coincidence, although one can’t help but wonder if Charlotte’s "miracle" had something to do with her father suddenly changing her mind about the fate of Aaron. (As my wife quips, perhaps he’s trapped in the Lost version of Charlotte’s Web.)
108) In Summary
As I mentioned in the last recap, it’s easy to forget how little Eko really featured into Season 2, screen-time wise. He’s obviously an epochal character, one whose impact is felt to this day. But rewatching Season 2 only makes you realize how much this character did in so little time.
As such, it’s great to once again see Eko at the forefront of things, his faith emboldened at the very moment Locke’s is destroyed. Enjoy times such as these, as we’re sadly short of them come the future.
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