LOST RECAP: Fate Is A Fickle Bitch. And Destiny Is a Whore.

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This is a recap of Lost episode “Cabin Fever,” season 4 episode 11, originally airing May 8, 2008. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t read this crap. Also, the main character on “Battlestar” dies tonight.

LOCKE AND BEN ARE TWO PEAS IN A POD INSIDE A CRAZY DESTINY POTATO

Locke Cabin“It’s your time now,” are the words from an uncharacteristically beaten-down Ben to Locke as they stand before Jacob’s cabin, symbolically passing the torch of being “chosen” to his bald successor, who, as Ben points out, “got better” (first walking, then surviving a gunshot to the chest) while Ben battled a spinal tumor then watched his daughter get executed. Has Ben’s “chosen” time finally expired, with the island desiring to hand over the reigns to Locke? Or was Ben never truly chosen and merely filling the role until Locke arrived, fighting off the island’s resistance (tumor, loveless Juliet debacle, etc.) in the process?

We know that Locke and Ben were both born to someone named Emily, with Locke being born about five years before Ben according to EW’s carbon-dating, and even though Ben’s mother died shortly after his birth, it’s not entirely implausible that Locke and Ben are (half) brothers. I prefer to believe (if only to skirt the ol’ brothers cliche) that the “Emily” connection merely underscores the from-the-getgo relationship between Locke’s and Ben’s fates, just as Locke’s multiple opportunities to end up on a course to the island (via unaging Richard’s “special school” or the guidance counselor’s “Super Secret Special Science Program On A Magical Island Whoops Didn’t Mean To Say Magic Island Forget We Said That”) synching up with Ben’s father’s Dharma Initiative relocation to the island. Locke squanders multiple chances to get to the island amidst encouragement from multiple sources; Ben, meanwhile, gets dragged there by his deadbeat, “workman” father. Clearly, whichever entity is operating the island has preferred Locke’s presence from the beginning.

TONS OF GHOSTS, STILL NO “UNCHAINED MELODY”

Ghost ClaireOn this week’s installment of “What The F*ck’s Gonna Be In The Cabin This Time?” our guests are Jack and Claire’s deceased father Christian, who tells Locke he can “speak on Jacob’s behalf,” and a new member of the Cryptic Club, Claire herself, who is “with Christian.” Last week, rumblings began that Claire actually died in the house explosion, even though Sawyer and (ghost-whisperer) Miles continued to see her and she continued to carry her baby, but Claire’s appearance and shady-as-hell-by-association with Christian raises a teleporting cabin full o’ questions.

What is the significance of all these ghosts? Locke saw a deceased Dharma employee in a dream, and now can see Claire and Christian? Claire first saw Christian last week while apparently still in physical reality, unless Sawyer and Miles were able to see her as a ghost; perhaps the island has some form of partial, in-between death, of which (shot in the chest) Locke and (in house when it frickin’ exploded) Claire are taking part, though they’re still visible and still capable of corporal action because they haven’t yet fulfilled their purpose, like, say, Charlie has (even though Charlie’s ghost appears in the future too)?

Recall also that Michael’s gun jammed when he tried to shoot himself back on the mainland, then Sgt. Jeter’s gun jammed when he tried to execute Michael on the boat last night. On a show that continues to bring up “destiny” more often than Morpheus after he just finished reading The Aeneid, it’s very easy to expect that these islanders each have a very specific time when they’re allowed to die, and any deviation results in either physical impossibilities, such as Michael, Locke and Claire all “surviving,” if, possibly, as something less than complete physical entities.

MEANWHILE, ON THE BOAT… OF DEATH!!!

Mike and FrankKeamy slits the throat of the doctor to persuade Frank to fly him and his men back to the island for an auxiliary mission that apparently involves blowing everything up, likely with the Predator bombs that he now has strapped to himself. He then shoots the suddenly amiable captain shortly after the captain had helped Sayid steal the motorboat and head towards the island, leaving Desmond and Michael on the now largely unoccupied freighter.

My question is, why wouldn’t Frank just crash the helicopter on the island and kill everyone in it? I guess it takes an awfully valiant person to trade their life for a vague cause, but surely, Frank has the opportunity to forge a legacy beyond unbuttoned Hawaiian shirts and “The Lawnmower Man.” Will he seize it?

My friends and I also debated the bag that dropped from the helicopter — was that Frank trying to warn Jack’s group, or a trap from Keany to get Jack to follow them to where the helicopter eventually lands? I have a hard time believing Frank secretly slipped a bag out the door without any of the soldiers in the tiny helicopter noticing. Maybe the phone will just explode next week and turn Jack into a crazy in-between ghost too and make Juliet think “I wonder if these people really are here to rescue us? I wish we had some more evidence either way…”

OTHER THOUGHTS, DETAILS, AND MINOR-LEAGUE TRANSACTIONS

Hurley Trio– Loved the part where Locke convinced Hurley to stay with him and Ben on his own accord, prompting Ben to concede, “Not bad.” The “Locke is the new Ben” trend is more or less complete at this point; expect persistent blood on his face for the next fifteen episodes.

– Whoa, where’s Daniels from The Wire been the last like nine weeks? He turned up again as an orderly in Locke’s rehabilitation wing, advising a wheelchair-bound Locke to go for a “walkabout” and find out who he really is, saying that when they meet again, he’ll thank him. More encouragement from the island trying to pull Locke towards his destiny? Or was he just making a “walking” crack at Locke?

– The scene with Richard and Kid Locke is an early contender for Cryptic-est moment of ’08. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it and I don’t feel like typing the details, so if you want, just read this. I also don’t really have a joke. Um… “Alpert doesn’t age? More like, Alpert doesn’t make any damn sense, am I right people???” Let’s move on.

– Not much indication in the “Next Week” teaser about who gets the next flashbacks. What do people think? I’m saying in the last three episodes, we’ll get Sawyer (been a while), Claire (cause, seriously, come on), then a crazy group non-flashback in the finale that breaks the form again and leaves us excited and pissed off on alternating days during the 37-month layoff.

Your turn, Losties. Thoughts, theories, observations, predictions, convictions, evictions — leave ‘em in the comments, we’re comin’ down the home stretch.

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