The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham B+
I. Loved. This. Episode. If Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn don't get Emmy nods for this then I am quitting the show forever! Ok, maybe not forever, but I'll be really really pissed. In this episode we really did see Jeremy Bentham come to life via Charles Widmore, and then witnessed his grueling death at the hands of one effed-up Benjamin Linus no less. Once again, I did not see that coming. In my own little spoiler free world I already had settled on the fact that J. Bentham had offed himself in that sad little apartment, sacrificing himself for 'the greater good'. Boy was I wrong.
Here's what we (I) learned:
1. Tunisia is the 'island exit'. Remember, that's where we saw Ben land last season. That's where the remains of the Dharma-tagged polar bear were uncovered. That's where Widmore was ready and waiting for the next island deposit.
2. Flight 316 landed/crashed on the island. Dear writers, please don't try to get us interested in any of the lives of any of the 316-ers. We have not the patience for that. That being said, what are Ilana and Caesar up to?! Both seemed awfully familiar with the Hydra Station. Oh, wait, I don't care what they're up to. PS - The plane landed in one piece, making it look like it came in for somewhat of a smooth landing. Maybe like a runway landing - like the runway that our long-lost 'Others' were working on.
3. 316 did not land/crash on the island. If memory serves, the runway was on the smaller island. On Hydra Island. Not the island of our beloved Losties. Was it Sun who fled by canoe with Pilot Lapidus? She would have been able to recognize the fact that they weren't on the Lostie's island. And hey, look! Canoes! We've seen these before, when they were found by the time tripping gang at the 815-er's dilapidated camp site with 'Ajira' water bottles in them!' Hellloooo Frank and Sun! Had they just missed them?! Aack!
4. They did disappear from the plane!! In the words of Caesar, There was a really bright light, and the big man across the aisle was gone.
5. You can't keep a good man dead. Locke was 'reborn' on the island in a baptismal sort of way - and lookin nice in a suit I might add. His countenance and set smile on the beach reminded us of his calm and contentedness of season one, soon after the first crash. He's exactly where he's supposed to be. All the pain, doubt, ridicule, suffering and sacrifice brought him to this moment. Faith restored, legs in tact. He's special after all.
6. Widmore = Good. No, wait, Widmore = Bad. Ugh! Widmore = Damn Good Actor! Who to believe, who to believe? Widmore finally tells Locke that a) he remembers him from 1954 ya'll! b) he was the leader of 'The Others' for 30 years, protecting the island from 'bad guys' and c) he was tricked by that wascially wabbit Benjamin Linus into leaving the island. And now it's up to Locke to get the himself and the 6 back to the island because there's a 'war coming, and John, you're special'. Hook, line and sinker, Locke is just that easy.
Jeremy was on a mission of failed proportions. Not only was Jeremy Bentham wheel-chair bound, but he was sent on what seemed like an impossible mission as well. Sayid was much happier buiding habitats for humanity (no red-shirts allowed), Big Tall Walt was looking tall and well in NYC and sadly thinking that his missing-link father was still alive on some island saving mission. Poor Hurley keeps regressing deeper and deeper into his crazy with all these visits from past ghosts and non-ghosts. Poor guy. Jack pretty much gave him the middle finger, reminding him that Locke/Bentham isn't important. None of them are. By the way, your father says hello Jack. Aw, snap. Jeremy's visit with Kate was something about being in love, blah, blah. Insert Jack/Sawyer insinuations here. Why did I just reinact the life of Bentham for you folks? Well, we watched his birth, that was his 'life', and that life, which seemingly caused him to lose his faith in all things island, paved the way for none other then Benjamin Linus to come in and save the day.
7. He's the man who killed me. Locke could not die faithless or via suicide. Ben knew that when Locke finally died it had to be with his faith in tact and at the hands of someone else in order to resurrect on the island. Thems the rules. Jack's booked a ticket John, great job! You have no idea how important you are, were Ben's 11th hour words to our bald-headed friend. This entire scene had me forgetting to breathe. Literally. You still have a lot of work to do. But just before Ben offs him, Locke divulges why he didn't contact Sun - and oh, here's Jin's wedding ring - and the fact that Eloise Hawking was his final destination. I truly believe that the bit about the ring was the only surprise in that apartment for Ben, and nothing else. The ring was just the icing on the cake.
8. Gonna wash that evidence right outta this room... That whole cleaning scene was something straight out of American Psycho. The man totally came to that apartment equipped with cleaning supplies. He knew exactly what to expect and knew what needed to be done. The right way.
1. Was it Sun that went with Lapidus to the island?
2. Will Ben really miss John?
3. While I'm trying not to care, who are Caesar and Ilana working for? Why does Caesar need a sawed-off shot gun?
4. Who was wearing the bag over their head in the preview for next week? It looked like Claire hair to me.
5. 10 bucks says that Locke's Helen is alive and well, is Abadon?