LOST Marathon, Milepost 22: Checkmate, Mr. Eko
- Friday, January 29, 2010
Ben finishes putting metallic objects in the vault, closes the doors, turns it on. Explosion in the vault, charged particles and sparks aplenty. Ben says, "I better change." Gonna be pretty cold down there I suppose.
Juliet looks up from her bottle of Dharma rum, blinking repeatedly as she can't believe a shirtless Sawyer just swam up on shore. He asks what she's celebrating - she says she's not. Her eyes direct his to the horizon... where the freighter is nothing but a column of smoke now.
Locke's getting REALLY whiny about being left out again, and thinks Ben has usurped his special mission, but Ben hands him some truth - whoever moves the island gets banished from the island. Therefore, John, it is indeed your time to lead. Go meet my people - they'll be waiting for you. Now, whether Ben has ultierior motives for wanting to get off-island, or whether he truly believes this is the will and punishment of Jacob, or both, he does it. He could have been rid of this loser Locke if he'd just let him turn it, and he wouldn't have even had to convince him to do it. So he's either telling the truth, or he has one heck of a convoluted plan to: get banished, trick Sayid into becoming an assassin of Widmore's people, get the O6 back together, kill Locke (who he would somehow know would also eventually get off-island), and make it back on Ajira 316 in 2007. He has told us he always has a plan, but for now, it's just much easier to believe he's resigned to fate here. But as soon as I type that, I know it's wrong. But even as Richard tells Locke, "Welcome home," as he arrives, Locke is still unsure of himself, having just asked Ben, "what do I tell them to do?" Locke! Come on, dude. Either you need to buck up and "always have a plan," like Ben did, by making one up yourself, or you need to stop worrying about it so much and just calm down and wait to see what you should do. Do we really have to be "do"-ing every minute, King John?
Ben digs through the rubble - steps through into a horizontals stone tunnel (the one we see being drilled in Season Five). At the end, he comes to some Stonehenge (but smaller)-looking stone pillars, and lots of blue glowing ice stuff. Perhaps this is why the polar bears were used (and we know at least one bear turned the wheel at one point in the past). Ben climbs down two levels, but slips on the ice ladder into the final leve and hurts his arm (we see this injury when he comes out in Tunisia in october 2005). There are heiroglyphs on the walls, and a lantern. AND ONE BIG FROZEN DONKEY WHEEL built into the side of the wall. "I hope you're happy now, Jacob," says Ben, who has nobody there to fool or lie to, so we can assume this is a true sentiment and a true belief in Jacob and his will. Ben knows he is saving the island (one last heroic act), but he knows it sucks, too.
More purple sky sounds (like the day the hatch blew up). Problem is, Ben will get the wheel off its axis, such that the island will not stop time-moving. He basically turned the thing into one big broken scratched record... until Locke will fall down the well to set the wheel aright upon its axis again (something Locke will do - paradoxically enough - BEFORE Ben unhinged it in the first place!). How's that to blow the mind? Does it indicate that the donkey wheel is some sort of "time zero" location - the one spot that just keeps moving on its own timeline, or outside of time?
When the island disappears, the O6 and Desmond and Frank are in the chopper, and Farday has a group of folks on the Zodiac. Locke is with the Others, while Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, and Charlotte are on the beach. Jin? Apparently time-skipped WITH the island, as did the Zodiac folks. The chopper did not. Why? Were they outside the range (how was Jin not)? Does being in the air have something to do with it?
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