Greetings, loyal reader.

I write to you from the Bizarro Alternate Universe, where my head has spent the last two days fighting off the nastiest cold north of Antarctica. Seriously, at this point, I'd consider a swap of this for 'the sickness.' You know it's bad when I still haven't watched the episode a second time yet.

I'll be a day late with my full update this week. Look for it by Friday noon. The way I figure it, with a full two weeks between episodes this time (that's right, sorry to be the bearer of bad news if you didn't realize LOST is taking a week off), you'll need something to read during the hiatus.

For now, I leave you with what's been jangling around in my mucus-filled head. Or, just part of it. Because you seriously don't want to know that as I've slept my brain has - completely on its own - come up with theories like Widmore's mortar shells and the Dharma food drops both being controlled by some weird Truman Show-like eye-in-the-sky, or that Jack was killed by one of those mortar shells and the MiB just brought him back to life. Rest assured that when I woke up, blew my nose, and took a sip of my spiked O.J. I told my brain to shut up.

One legit question it's been working on, though, is this:

So the MiB admits that he was appearing as Christian Shephard. I'd still like to know how Smokey/Christian:

a) Appeared to Jack in the hospital lobby after the O6 returned
b) Appeared to Michael on the freighter
c) Appeared to Sun and Lapidus at the barracks when Flocke and Ben were still over on Hydra

Either these are oversights because they are exceptions to the "Smokey can't leave the island and Smokey can't cross the ocean except on a boat" rules, or in those instances some other entity was appearing as Christian (perhaps Jack and Michael were hallucinating, but Michael would have been hallucinating about a person he'd never seen before).

A related question I have is how Smokey knew to appear as Christian to Jack. That is, to know how to appear as Isabella to Richard, he had to do his little memory-flashy-electric-stare trick. I've thought ever since The Pilot episode that when Jack, Kate, and Charlie run from the Monster after it rips Seth Norris from the cockpit, that Jack answers his friends' questions evasively after they all join up again. They all deny they saw the monster, but they all seem to be hiding something. Jack says he dove into the bushes. I think perhaps Smokey stared him down and got the information he needed to show up as Dead Christian a day later. Another possibility that some fans have speculated on for a long time is that in the very first shot ever, where Jack wakes up in the jungle, it kinda-sorta looks like reflected in his eyes is a receding cloud of smoke...

Thoughts?

See you tomorrow with thoughts on "The Last Recruit" (I hope).