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.

"See you in Los Angeles." 

These are Jack's parting words to Sawyer before he heads off to detonate the bomb at the Swan site. So now at long last all it comes down to is: do you think it worked? Are Jack and Faraday right, and everything will reset as if nothing ever happened? Was the old Faraday right when he preached "Whatever Happened, Happened?" Is Miles right? Is the bomb - and not necessarily Dharma's drilling - the thing that caused the Incident in the first place, to where our heroes are unwittingly creating the very history/future they're trying to change?

Here are all the details that lead up to that Revelation which begins tonight...

LOST Season Five, Discs 4-5: The One That's Gonna Win

Episodes: 5.13 SOME LIKE IT HOTH (Miles-centric); 5.14 THE VARIABLE (Faraday-centric); 5.15 FOLLOW THE LEADER (Richard-centric); 5.16 THE INCIDENT (Jacob-centric)

Things That Stuck Out

MILES'S FLASHBACKS

Miles's mother is renting them a small apartment in 1980s Southern California (Encino?). It's the day Miles first realizes he hears a dead body talking. Mr. Vonner's chest hurt, and he kept calling out for his late wife. "I can hear him! I can hear him!" he screams.

When Miles was slightly younger than he is now, he visits his mother - still in the same small apartment - who is dying. Before she goes, he needs to know why he's the way he is (what's the rush? Couldn't he also ask her after she dies?). When Miles learns his father has been dead a long time, he wants to know where the body is.

Miles scams someone again, but for what he thinks are good reasons. A man wants his son to know he loved him. Problem for Miles is, they cremated him rather than buried him. He requires a body (much like the Others and Smokey do, apparently). But he goes through the motions anyway to make some cash and give the guy what he wants to hear. Later, he goes back and gives Mr. Gray is money back, with this message: "If you needed your son to know that you really loved him, you should have told him while he was still alive." Amen, bro.

Naomi recuits Miles for the Widmore freighter team and puts him to the test at a restaurant nearby. She informs him that there are tons of dead bodies (most likely those in the pit) on the island who could tell a guy like Miles a lot about how to find Benjamin Linus. During the test Naomi gives Miles, he ascertains...

  • Deceased's name is Felix
  • Was delivering papers and photos of empty graves and an airplane purchase order to Widmore

Miles is offered $1.6 million dollars, and now we understand the significance of the $3.2 million he wants from Ben. Simple "double my price and I walk away" negotiating. Miles has ascertained that Ben has read their files, so he knows that Ben knows what price he's been promised.

Miles is pulled into a dark van by Bram, who will later be working with Ilana after the 316 crash. He warns Miles against helping Widmore. It occurs to me that both Bram and Ilana look just a bit like they might have Pacific Islands heritage in their backgrounds somewhere. Are these the remnants of Jacob's dispersed peoples? Or could they be New Dharma? Whatever they case, they appear to be separate from both Widmore and Ben.

Bram: Do you know what lies in the shadow of the statue?
Miles: No. Can't say that I do.
Bram: Then you're not ready to go to that island.
(I'm suddenly intrigued by the use of the word "lies" in this important question, considering what an important theme lying has been to the plot of the show.)
Bram makes a promise to - one that definitely would have swayed Locke: If you come with us, all those things you've spent your life trying to find out? You'll know. Who you are, why you have a gift, and you'll know all about your father.