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.

"Why do you want to leave the island? What is it that you so desperately want to get back to? Can you just not wait to get back to fixing things?"

Control.

Sometimes our desire for it, and to make things happen, and to create our own destiny, runs incredibly counter to what is best for us. Sometimes, we need to stop, slow down, hear the whispers and the taller ghostly versions of boys we know are no longer on our island. 

I don't have this problem, because I am officially out of control. This show now controls me. To shut me off, someone is going to have to play "Good Vibrations" on my forehead. 

LOST Season Three, Disc Six: We Have a Plan!

Episodes: 3.21 GREATEST HITS (Charlie-centric); 3.22 THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, PARTS 1 & 2 (Jack-centric)

Things That Stuck Out

Island

As several 815ers + Juliet trek to a mystery spot led by Jack, Charlie suspects Desmond's had another flash. He denies it.

We know now what Danielle was doing hauling dynamite from the Black Rock the night she saw Locke there. Jack enlisted her help to set a trap for the Others. Hiding, like they tried the last time they were supposedly coming, isn't going to work. So his plan is to fight. Juliet also here earns their trust by coming clean and joining the ambush plan.

Jack, Danielle, and Juliet think they can be ready in about 24 hours, but this would take making more wire for the dynamite in the tents. When Karl shows up and informs them the Others are coming a day early - meaning they only have about three hours - they have to switch strategies and locate three marksmen (Sayid, Jin, Sun (sure, pick two guys with wives why dontcha)) to shoot the dynamite from concealed positions.

The Plan

1) Blow up the Others who come to the tents by shooting the dynamite
2) Jack and Danielle will lead everyone to the radio tower on high ground to turn off Danielle's transmission (and to hopefully remain safe)
3) Someone - Charlie, assisted by Desmond - must swim to the heretofore unseen Looking Glass station, and turn off the jamming signal that Juliet informs them Ben has been using to block all transmissions into and out of the island. This is a suicide mission, because Juliet says the Looking Glass has been flooded (this, however, was one of Ben's lies, to keep any of his people from wanting to check it out). Sayid knows where the Looking Glass is of course - it's where the cable he found on the beach runs into the ocean.
These things all have to occur rather simultaneously

Desmond tells Charlie his lastest vision, explaining why this time, he can't save him. His vision involved Claire and Aaron being rescued. Thing is, that vision was precluded by one in which Charlie dies, drowning after flipping a switch in a flooded hatch. If Charlie wishes to save those he loves, he must die.

When Ben returns to camp without Locke, and announcing that "Jacob wants" the raid on the beach to happen immediately instead of the next day, Richard appears very concerned. He starts to ask, "Did John see..." but Ben interrupts him with, "John had an accident." Ben's in a real tizzy. If Juliet hasn't marked the tents yet, "we'll take all the women, and sort out the ones we need later." As for the men, "if any of them are stupid enough to get in your way, kill them."