Note: This blog is counting down to the premiere of LOST's final season on Feb. 2 by spending the month leading up to it racing through every one of the previous 103 episodes. We're looking specifically at Christian/religious themes, other important or interesting concepts, literary references, and the theory that it's largely been about a game in which someone has won, and someone has... LOST. To follow us from the start, click here.

This all happened before!

Such is Desmond's epiphany on a London street corner after crossing paths with one Charlie Hieronymus Pace. Or, at least Desmond's body is there in the past, on that corner, but his mind, his consciousness and future memories, have somehow joined him there. Suddenly he knows that it's about to rain. It does. And we have to wonder about the way Dharma studied meteorology (among other subjects), the way Locke knew when it would rain and the way Walt either could make it stop or knew when it would stop.

This is the disc where it becomes impossible to deny any longer that LOST - if it is a game - is a game played with a clock, and that time element will henceforth be extremely important. The way it appears to work is that all of time - past, present, and future - occur simultaneously. Minor variations are possible within each, but the universe still course-corrects to make sure the major, important events happen. In other words...

"Ya gonna die, Chollie."

LOST Season Three, Disc Two: We're a Team

Episodes: 3.5 THE COST OF LIVING (Eko-centric); 3.6 I DO (Kate-centric); 3.7 NOT IN PORTLAND (Juliet-centric); 3.8 FLASHES BEFORE YOUR EYES (Desmond-centric)

Things That Stuck Out

Big Island

First on-island shot is of Eko's closed eye. He's asleep, and has been for a couple days, according to Hurley, recovering from the hatch implosion and polar bear attack. "Can you hear me?" asks Sayid (there's that auditory theme again; my stupid "taste" motif from last writeup is a dead end). Once Sayid, Hurley, and Charlie leave, Eko wakes up, and is scared to find "Yemi" in his tent telling him it is TIME to confess, to be judged.

Locke has figured how they might find Jack, Kate, and Sawyer. He and Desmond suspect - with good reason - that the computers in the hatches can be used for communication. The one in the Swan may be gone, but there's one in the Pearl. When Locke learns from Charlie that Eko, before running off, was mumbling something about his brother, it occurs to him they're all going to the same location.

As Eko makes his way to the Beechcraft / Question Mark / Pearl Station, Smokey tracks him through the woods nearly the whole way. At one point, Eko even has a vision of himself attacking himself with a sword, and of little Daniel the altar boy from Yemi's church telling him to confess (translation: Eko's his own worst enemy because he will admit no wrong).

Locke is a different leader than Jack, and Hurley comments on it. Locke invites anyone who wants to come along to join them on the journey to the Pearl. So, hey, Nikki and Paulo sign up! Great...

Locke knows Eko saw Smokey, and asks him about it. "I saw it once you know. I saw a very bright light. It was beautiful." That's not what Eko saw... This is, however, the first time Locke has spoken specifically of the day he saw Smokey without lying about it since he told Jack he had "looked into the eye of the island." Locke returns Yemi's cross necklace to Eko, which he found previously when he tracked Eko to Polar Bear Lair.

Yemi's body is not in the plane. Locke explains that Eko did burn the plane, so the body could have burned up, but we already know from Christian's empty coffin that it's more likely the body's being rented out at the moment...