5.8 – 5.10
So Ben didn’t become evil because he was traumatized by abuse and internalized all his father’s hatred but because he was healed by the Temple of Evil? It may just be me but the trauma/internalized hatred made a better story.
5.11 Whatever Happened, Happened
Dear JJ and co, you don’t pass the Bechdel Test if your female lead (from your grossly disproportionate gender ratioed cast) constantly engages in conversations with her ex-boyfriend/flame/crush’s ex/current-girlfriends about: said boyfriend, adopted male child, child version of future male villain.
5.12 Dead is Dead
Are we supposed to feel sorry for Ben because he keeps getting distracted from murder by his proclivity towards stealing little children? Because it’s not working.
5.13 Some Like It Hoth
How did Miles get his chin piercings out? Is it just me or do we hear JJ’s feelings about Star Wars being uttered from the lips of Hurley? Because considering how much of nu!Trek was ripped from Star Wars (Death-Starred!Vulcan, farmboy!James Pike) and how everything else plain didn’t make sense, it’s clear which movie he would have preferred to re-boot.
5.14 The Variable
Well, it’s a nice change to see an evil mother. I just wish she had more agency.
(By the way – most contrived death scene ever. Faraday goes into the Hostiles’ camp brandishing a gun and threatening their immortal leader. My only surprise was that he wasn’t taken out sooner.)
So Eloise Hawkins raised her son so that he could end up in the Island and be shot by her. And she keeps his journal and hence knows the future. (There are still some things I wonder how she knows, particularly in Desmond’s S3 flashbacks, so I’m hoping there’s yet more to be revealed about her powers.)
But why does she do this? To keep the space-time continuum intact? Because it’s inevitable and she might as well keep her son at a distance all his life because no matter what she does, he’ll still end up on that Island and die? I hope it’s more than just fanatic devotion to the Island/Balance of Time/whatever and she really has some personal/political stake in killing off her son. It’s a running theme in Lost – parents (previously just fathers) sacrificing their children for the Island-god, but the Lost writers forget that the whole point of the Abraham/Isaac story was that in the end, Isaac didn’t have to die. Even the fate of Iphigenia is widely undecided.
SAWYER: You still have my back, don’t you?
JULIET: Do you have mine?
*sighs* I liked them.