This Flocke character sure drones on and on about protecting people, even little Zach and Emma (lose the Teddy Bear, Zach), and giving people answers, though he really never does much. He gives more truth than we've been accustomed to, but it's often half or three-quarters truth, and it's usually only spoken with an aim to motivate people to certain behaviors, understandings, or tasks. I question his loyalty despite (because of?) his ongoing pledges of it. In a show where we explored loyalty (Jin to Sun, Sawyer and Miles as cop partners, Widmore to the island, Smokey to his followers, Sawyer - as always - to no side but himself and maybe his friends (like Kate, who he might be thinking fondly of again after finding her old delicious sun dress in their Love Cage)), there is also disloyalty, which is usually a punishable offense. But we also must consider what is going on when individuals or groups give off the perception of loyalty to a group, cause, or system of beliefs. Perception of loyalty usually boils down to one thing: Selfishness. Personal motives that actually stand opposed to the best interests of the group to which you are pledging or offering fealty.

 

The most interesting part of the episode for me was the idea that the MIB has a mother. Ummmm… okay… Well, let's say for a second he does. He has, after all, told us he's a man. A mother assumes a father. It also suggests the possibility of siblings. Is Jacob perhaps his brother? Did they perhaps have different mothers? Are they perhaps less like Jacob & Esau of biblical fame, and more like Jacob's father Isaac and his half-brother Ishmael, whose mother Hagar was cast out by Isaac's mother Sarah? The enmity between these two Sons of Abraham continues to this day in the conflicts between Jews and Muslims. Or is the connection to MIB's mother more mythological? I think back to the time Ben went to be judged in the caverns below the Temple wall, and found the hieroglyphic panel that showed what looked like the Smoke Monster gathering before the Egyptian god Anubis. Does this story go back that far? I wracked my brain and spent maybe 15 minutes looking up references to stories in mythological traditions about a Crazy Mother whose son went on to have never ending strife with a mirror image opposite number (either a brother or twin or some other kind of foil), and couldn't come up with one, but I'm sure it's an archetype to be found somewhere in fiction or mythology, so if you come up with something cool, let me know. I'll continue to ponder the question, and hopefully have more on it next week, when we get the Richard-centric episode we've all waited for.

 

Until then, the magic word is LaFleur (lit. the Flower).