I loved the mirror to the D.O.C. episode with Juliet, Sun and the ultrasound, which serves to activate Sun's, and then Jin's, memories. So beautiful they way they both transitioned to English after that, and the peace they had on their faces after that, like when Sawyer came to visit them and Sun told him, "I'm already safe." It's this kind of peace I was thinking about when Locke, just before surgery, tells Jack he hopes that finding his father will bring him some peace. And truly, the ending of this episode and series was all about being at peace after all the tests and turmoil are at an end.

 

Richard was made mortal again with the official end of Jacob's rule on the Island, and this is just the push he needed to find a reason to live again. Immortality is a boring curse, the show seems to be saying. The other side of that coin is that mortality - knowing we are going to die - ironically enough makes for one exciting, albeit challenging, beautiful adventure. And Richard is ready for it. When it comes to an end, his Isabella awaits…

 

When Frank came up with the idea of stealing Smokey's plane so Smokey can't use it to escape, it became more clear to me just how skilled a game player this Man in Black was. Not only did he access the form and memories of a guy who knew how to fly a plane (Locke), but he left himself multiple methods of escape. Need to blow up the sub? Take the plane. Plane gets taken? I have a boat.

 

Jack knew he was going to kill the Smoke Monster, even when challenged as to "how" that impossible task would be accomplished. "It's a surprise," he said, knowing that it would probably come to him that way as well. I loved it when Flocke told Kate to save her bullets. Somehow I knew that would come back to haunt him. I just kinda wish they hadn't actually had Kate SAY "I saved you a bullet." Too Eastwood or something. Would have been more LOSTy to let us make that connection ourselves and then pat ourselves on the back for having caught it.

 

Jack speaks about Desmond as Jacob having brought him back. So is that who Jacob wanted Hurley to help find the island - not Widmore but Desmond? Makes sense, and makes Lindelof's ascertation that Jacob never visited a repentant Charles Widmore more sensible. Question: Do you think Desmond might have been No. 108 in the Lighthouse, the one Jacob sent Hurley there to look up before Jack smashed up all the mirrors? Because it makes sense to me that Desmond was a special candidate in that he was the exception, the sum of all the others, and that he was even referred to by Jack as "a weapon." Several items in the LOST story dealt with the valenzetti equation, which involved The Numbers as a way of predicting when humanity would cause its own extinction from the planet. If the equation results in 108, and "108" is a weapon (as in, people will keep building bigger and bigger guns until they build one big enough to destroy themselves), then the metaphor works. What Desmond does, pulling that plug, would have resulted in the end of the world. And another item of LOST lore comes full-circle.

 

Even in DeadWorld, there are rules. Hurley tells Sayid this. It has to be Sayid's choice to wake up. But what Hurley can do for Sayid is tell him that in his view, he's a good guy (harkened back to their first convo on the beach where Hurley says "You're okay" to Sayid after he has just fought with Sawyer, and Hurley learns that Sayid was in the Republican Guard). He tells Sayid he can't let himself be defined by what others think of him. He can't let others tell him who he is. And that's so true. But let's not forget that where LOST leaves off, we're still accountable to answer to a God, not simply to ourselves or to others.