Last Week on Lost: There’s No Place Like Home, Part Three

As I type this, my family and I are stuck in a lovely patch of summer weekend traffic. We’re headed up to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to visit with my wife’s sister and her husband. While we’re there, we will probably end up rewatching at least two or three episodes of Lost in order to catch them up. Apparently, they haven’t seen an episode since the last time they were down at our house, and the episode that was on heavy rotation that weekend was “Something Nice Back Home.”

They have no idea how much awesomeness they’re in for, do they?

I’m always pretty good about not spoiling people while they’re watching an episode that I’ve already seen, but I’m dying to talk about my theories and whatnot with them. Until then, let’s you and I, dear reader, talk about the third part of Lost‘s fourth season finale, “There’s No Place Like Home, Part Three.”

He Who Must Not Be Named

I really do love episodes that begin with assassinations, don’t you? There’s something about seeing somebody get shot that instantly amps up the tension. And here we have a brilliant example of that. When this part of the finale runs in syndication as an episode on its own, it’s going to hook more than a few channel-surfers right away. Bad-ass future Sayid pumps a would-be Hurley assassin full of lead before we’re even a minute into this one. And away we go!

What’s most curious to me about the Sayid and Hurley scene is why Sayid is so adamant that Hurley not mention Bentham’s real name. Is this just for dramatic effect, or does Sayid think that mentioning the real name of the man in the coffin is going to cause some sort calamity? Is it all about the painful memories that the man’s real name brings up, or is there something more?

Oh, and Hurley playing chess with the ghost of Mr. Eko = brilliant. This further proves that Hurley ain’t crazy at all. Like Ben and Locke, who could see and hear Jacob, Hurley is special.

Supervillain Sun

Did I call this one, or did I call this one? Sun visits Widmore in England and offers to join up with him? Tell me how this is not setting up her transformation into Lost‘s new uber-antagonist. Go ahead and tell me!

ClaireBear the Friendly Ghost

My first thought upon seeing Claire lurking in Aaron’s bedroom: does every member of the Oceanic Six get their own ghost? My second thought: what’s going to happen when Kate ignores Claire’s warning and brings Aaron back to the island anyway? Because you know that’s going to happen, don’t you? Is Ghost/Undead Claire going to kill Kate? Are the Others going to turn Aaron into their new savior/leader, their new John Locke? What’s going to happen with the kid? That was my main question. I’m not really all that worried about what’s going to happen to Kate anymore.

Getting the Band Back Together

That’s the Pixies that Jack’s listening to in the car on the way to the funeral home, right? Somebody’s been watching a few too many episodes of I Love the 90s, hasn’t he? First Nirvana, and now this? In all seriousness, I love whoever it is that picks out the music for Lost. That person is brilliant.

Also brilliant: whoever came up with the idea to put John Locke in the coffin. Now, doesn’t this just mess up the whole thing? Locke is like the island’s chosen one, isn’t he? And yet, the island let him die, the same island that saved Michael and Jack from suicide. Why? Did the island do it to bring the Oceanic Six back together? Is that ploy going to work? Was Ben sent away from the island for the same reason, to be the person to make sure that they all came back?

And, all of that aside, the most important question to me is: why do they need to come back? What remains to be done on the island? What bad things happened after the O6 left, and are they correctable?

Yo, Ho, Ho, and a Bottle of Rum

So, Sawyer and Jules are hooking up, huh? They sort of telegraphed that development with their team-up in last season’s finale, but this is the episode where the deal is really sealed. Look at the both of them as they look out at the freighter where the loves of their lives have obviously just perished. They’re heartbroken, and eventually they’re going to need someone to cling to. And won’t that just make for a beautiful mess when Jack and Kate show up on the island again, alive?

The Frozen Donkey Wheel

The producers of Lost traditionally come up with a nickname for the last minute twist at the end of each of their season finales. Last season, season three, the code-name for the flash-forward reveal was “the snake in the mailbox,” because, supposedly, finding out that we were suddenly in the future was supposed to be as shocking as finding a snake in our mailbox might be.

This season, the producers announced that the secret finale scene would be called the “frozen donkey wheel.” People spent a lot of time guessing what that might mean, and I think you’d have to have absolutely no sense of humor at all in order to miss how funny it was that the secret scene of season four’s finale actually involved a frozen donkey wheel. Rather than being obscure or misleading with their code-name, the producers just told us exactly what the scene was going to involve. Genius!

Of course, the code-name frozen donkey wheel doesn’t begin to do justice to how powerful a scene the was. Ben, full of doubt, full of self-pity, and maybe even possessed of a tinge of remorse, is forced to give up the most important thing left in his life (the island) just days after losing the only thing he ever cherished more than the island (his daughter). I challenge you to re-watch that scene without getting teary at all. This man is sacrificing everything he holds dear for the sake of the place he loves. It was very moving to watch this final bit of transformation.

It was also vaguely interesting to see John Locke take control of the Others, but his whole storyline simply paled in comparison to the meaty business that Ben was given.

See You In Another Life, Brother

And, even after all of that, there was still more to this episode. The scenes taking place in the chopper, on the freighter, in the liferaft, and on the real “Penny’s boat” were fraught with tension and despair. This was when everything was going to go to hell. This was the really bad shit that Kate was talking about in part two of the finale.

A bunch of questions here:

  • Why does Jin feel like he should stay below deck with Michael once the red light comes on? Does he really think he’s going to be able to fix this? Shouldn’t he be more concerned about getting his pregnant wife off of the boat? What is it between him and Michael?
  • Why do all of the red-shirts run in the opposite direction of where Jin’s running? They’re all dead for sure. Don’t the know that Jin isn’t going to die, and that he’s the one they should follow?
  • How in the hell does Aaron survive that chopper crash? Is he, as I alluded to above, meant to be the eventual leader of the Others and caretaker of the island?
  • Where did the island go?
  • Assuming Jin survived, did he disappear with the island or is he out in the real world?
  • Was that a spectacular kiss or was that a spectacular kiss? In the midst of all of this darkness and horrible business, we finally get a bit of a happy moment when we see Des and Pen lock lips.

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And that’s it, my friends. Those are all of the thoughts I have on the final part of Lost‘s fourth season finale. Be sure to add your thoughts below. I’m sure we’ll have more Lost scoop in the coming months, but, until next February, this is your friendly neighborhood week-late Lost reviewer signing off.