All in All, It's Just a Little Chalk on the Wall

Another journey comes to an end when our Final Four meet the temporarily-risen-from-the-ashes Jacob. We'll discuss how we got to this point and where we went from this point in greater detail below. But for now I want to concentrate on the answer Kate was given and the issues it creates for me.

• Jacob admits he wrote the names on the wall. I wasn't a fan of this reveal, because I really felt it worked better having the nice, orderly Lighthouse bunch of names / numbers / scratch-offs belong to Jacob, and having the dark, subterranean, haphazard cave wall chalk names / numbers / scratch-offs belong to his nemesis Smokey. It didn't sit as well with me knowing the cave is Jacob's. That means if the Lighthouse is also his, that Jacob is a bit dualistic, perhaps unstable. Or it could mean that the Lighthouse belongs to the MiB, who we do know was more adept at construction and science, but this would be problematic because it would associate Smokey more with order and reflection, and Jacob more with chaos.
• Jacob tells Kate why her name was scratched off. Okay, I like that he explained it. I like that it was because she had accepted the supremely important job of raising a child. I like his phrasing of "It's just chalk on a wall," as it resonated almost like a biblical treatise on not being locked into any fate, on God being willing to forget things like our sins, and all that. But here is what I most definitely do not like:
• If, as we have been led to believe, the big answer / reveal about "The Numbers" is that 4-8-15-16-23-42 = Jacob's Six Candidates, then why and how can Kate actually be one? Yes, Kate was touched by Jacob when she was a girl. Yes, Kate's last name was on the wall. Yes, it had a number next to it (51). But that number was NOT one of 4 (Locke), 8 (Reyes), 15 (Ford), 16 (Jarrah), 23 (Shephard), or 42 (Kwon). So here's my problem: if "the job is yours if you want it, Kate," then Kate is a Candidate. If Kate is a Candidate, then "The Numbers" are meaningless. And what did we just go through for six seasons of "The Numbers" if ultimately they don't mean anything, if all they are is "chalk on a wall?" Is this bothering anyone else? That one of the show's best and biggest mysteries could be reduced to meaninglessness?
• I also assume that Sun becoming a mother answers the question of which Kwon was the actual Candidate - Jin, the one who never left the Island and never had the responsibility of raising a child.

I'm holding out hope that the rumors are true - that Kate has a major role in the finale, one that will help explain the above in acceptable detail.

All I Need to Know about France (Little Dictators, Good Cooks, Shameless Romantics) I Learned from LOST

I realize I began this blog entry - the last of our Thursday blogs following a Tuesday episode - with two elements I didn't really like. So let's focus for a while on what I really did like - the Bizarro Alternate Universe goings-on.

We begin the penultimate episode of LOST the way the very first episode of LOST begain - with Jack Shephard's eye opening. Except here, he's at home in Los Angeles in late-September 2004. He's got that strange cut on his neck, a great relationship with his son, and a new housemate. And perhaps most strange of all - none of these relatively young, healthy people mind sitting down to a yummy breakfast of… Super Bran? Hey, I get that the doc's family may be into good nutrition, but they never heard of Special K? What's with the big brimmin' bowl o' Colon Blow? A subtle message that our characters need to be cleansed from the inside out? ;-)