Apparently, it wasn't the wine, or the cup used, that turns one into an Island protector, but it's the incantation that is said, or else the simple act of faith in drinking what is given, or both. After Jack accepts his role and drinks the water, Jacob tells him, "Now you're like me," similar to what Mother told him so long ago. What does "like me" entail? Long life? Almost surely. Special knowledge? Probably. Ability to find the waterfall? Definitely. The right to make one's own rules pertaining to the protection of the Island? I say yes (I also say this is how Mother and/or Jacob were able to wipe out the Roman village and fill in the Orchid well). Becoming a target for Smokey? Absolutely, and so Jack is told. "I hope [he can be killed]. Because he's certainly going to try to kill you." What's interesting to me is that Jacob after all this time isn't even sure if you can kill a Smoke Monster (be sure to read more on this below in the "The Answers" section).

 

As indicated above, I liked Jacob's answer about why he chose these candidates, that they were broken, that they were just as lonely as him and searching for something they were not going to find out there. This is one thing the show has always been about. But I do also have a problem with one thing - Jacob never "touched" Sayid until Sayid was completely happy. And in fact, Jacob's touching Sayid as he and Nadia crossed the street is what caused Nadia to be killed! I suppose it's arguable that Jacob knew Nadia was gonna get run down by a car no matter what, and so he was there with knowledge of what a deep wound that would cut in Sayid, but he sure had to drag Sayid back to the Island (in cuffs!) against his will anyway!

 

When Jacob explained to the Candidates that he wanted them to have the choice he never had, you'll have to excuse me for thinking it sounded an awful lot like Lestat to Louis in Interview the the Vampire. Are we to infer that the only reason "free will" has been such a huge deal on the show is because Jacob is pro-free will because he was never given a choice to accept his role (Mother having said, "I'm afraid you don't have a choice"), and because the Man in Black was likewise changed/imprisoned/kept from leaving against his will as well? I still think it's bigger than that, and that the show isn't just about free will (more like how free will & determinism co-exist, just like constants & variables and order & chaos and faith & reason), but that this does make a very convenient explanation for why we were always hearing how important is has been for people to make their own decisions on the Island.

The One Thing I Could Never Do Myself

Our final scene had Smokey realizing that Sayid might have done him a favor (not wittingly, of course) in failing to kill Desmond. He learned from Widmore that Desmond was Jacob's "one final way" to make sure the Monster can never leave. So Locke's plan is now to capture Desmond. Somehow, Desmond's imperviousness to electromagnetism is something he feels he can use as a way to "destroy the Island." Does he succeed? Well, the Island does, apparently, end up "blown to hell" and underwater at some point... but anything else is just guessing. I do have to hand it to the show that the greatest accomplishment of Season Six seems to be how they have kept the timelines separate with no apparent answer to how they are going to come together until it finally does. And at that point, all criticisms aside, I think we are all going to stand up and cheer.

 

The Mirrors