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Lost: Episode 6:14 The Candidate

Boo, sniff, Lost is really getting ruthless with its characters as we gear up for the finale. Click to find out all the explosive details..
Woah. Big time casualties for our Losties in this ep. The flash sideways deal with Locke recovering from his hit and run by Desmond only to have Jack attempt to fix him..fully! Jack thinks Locke is a "candidate" for a new procedure which could give him back the use of his legs. I bet like me you thought that the title referred to finding out who will take over from Jacob back in the island verse? Well, we might have an inkling into that too thanks to Sayid's final words.

Locke refuses Jack's offer of surgery, prompting Jack(of course) to pry into the details of his accident to see if he can figure out why he is dead set against walking again. It turns out that in the sideways verse, Locke lost the use of his legs in a plane crash. He was piloting, and his father(who Locke is close with in this reality remember) was his passenger and came out a lot worse than his son! This leads to Jack confronting Locke and the two have a very emotional back and forth. Jack tells Locke that he doesn't know how to let go either and was hoping Locke would go first. As Locke leaves Jack says "I can help you John, I wish you would believe me." Echoing Island reality Lock'e last written words to Jack in his "suicide" note. Terry O'Quinn and Mathew Fox are at their best in this scene, its played to perfection. But the real drama happens back on the island.

Jack wakes up after the mortar attack in a boat. Sayid had paddled them over to Hydra Island. Un-Locke is there too. The 3 decide to go rescue the others from Widmore, but Jack is still adamant he is not going with them on the plane. Un-Locke goes all Smoke monster and kills a few of Widmore's gun hands, freeing Sawyer, Kate, Claire, Hurley, Frank, Sun and JIn. They all head for the plane, which Locke has already visited, finding an explosive device on board. He tells them that Widmore planted it, trying to get them all together in a confined space so he could kill them all at once. He tells them they have to take the submarine now. Sawyer feigns acceptance of Un-Locke's leadership but on the way to the sub tells Jack that they can't let "that thing" on the sub with them. He tells Jack to get Un-Locke in the water and "he'l do the rest". Its a strange line because James doe's precisely dick once Jack knocks Un-Locke in the water except get into the sub with everyone else. Kate takes a bullet to the shoulder in the skirmish and Claire is left behind as the other dive in the sub. Un-Locke tells her that the sub is the last place she would want to be. The sneaky smokey prick planned it all along. He didn't need them to leave the island, he needed them to die..but couldn't directly do the honors himself so he gives Jack the backpack with the explosives in. As the timer ticks down Jack figures as much and tells James to trust him that nothing will happen if they let it tick to zero. Old Sawyer doesn't rust anyone of course so he pulls the frakking wires, speeding up the timer. Sayid steps up. He tells Jack to go free Desmond from the well because he might need him. Why? Because "Its going to be you Jack". Sayid grabs the bomb and runs, sacrificing himself for the others as it explodes. Its a nice redemptive death, but I have to say for one of the shows most popular characters it wasn't the emotional impact I was hoping for when the tough bastard finally met his maker. In the aftermath of the explosion we see Frank get his by a door. Thats right, Ilana with dynamite, Frank Lapidus with a [frick]ing door. They don't even bother to show us his body. Which means he may not be dead right? Well unless he can sprout gills its not looking good. Sun is pinned to the side of the sub wall and the others can't free her. When Sayer is knocked unconscious Jack reluctantly takes him to shore leaving Jin to attempt to free his wife. He can't, and we witness one of the most emotional scenes in Lost history as they hold each other right until the end. Titanic's got nothing on this! Back on the shore Sawyer slowly revives, Jack, Kate and Hurley cry for their lost friends. And Un-Locke set out to "finish what he started".

This was a great ep, but not without its problems. A lot of things seem to happen because the story says it happens..but doesn't really feel like its the way the characters would behave. Jack just pretty much does whatever is aked of him. He says he will help the others get to the sub but won't leave with them, Sawyer says he doesn't trust Un-Locke so he agrees to push him in the water. Just didn't ring true for me that the usually thoughtful Jack would play along so easily. Also in the sub, couldn't they have ejected the bomb via the torpedo shoot or something? You would have thought someone would even have suggested it, I mean it just felt like too much of a handy plot turn to off load a few characters that the writers couldn't figure out what to do with. And can unconscious people hold their breath? Sawyer seemed to be doing a good job. I know its nit picking but I'v decided to be a bit tougher on Lost for the last few eps since they seem determined to get tough on us! Sayid, Jin, Sun and (probably) Frank are now brown bread. Its been suggested to me that these deaths lose some impact since we know that other versions of these characters exist in the alternate timeline, but I disagree. They are not the same people that we have watched now for 6 seasons, and even if sideways Jin/Sun etc live happily ever after, our guys won't.

Next weeks ep is called Across The Sea and is expected to answer a lot of questions as we see the origins of Smokey and Jacob.

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Awesome article, Ror. I've been a huge Lost fan for a long time. It was sad to see so many great characters die so fast. Good episode, though.
HeyVanity - 5/6/2010, 6:07 PM
Always look forward to your run downs Cassidy. thx for posting these so we can chat about LOST!

(the following could be read as if im stating my opinion as fact - please don't read it that way. i just have to word it like this to get my point across. i realize these are just my opinions and at the end i will probably just as wrong as anyone else lol)

You say that the people in the sideways aren't our characters. i respectfully disagree! - i put alot of weight on consciousnesses in this show. it is what travels through time with Desmond. it is what smokey scans and steals to later assume your form. that is why we see little bits of locke coming thru. because he's not pretending to be locke - he literally "stole" locke and is using his personality/memories to his advantage. a consciousness is what miles "reads" when close to dead bodies. he even once states "thats not naomi, thats just meat" meaning your physical body is not "you" in LOST and i believe that the electromagnetism effects this "thing", this "consciousness". i believe the electro magnetism (EM) is what traps the souls on the island too. because the counsciousness is what traveled between bodies that were at different moments in time every time an EM event happened - time-skips, desmond, charlotte: "i cant have Charlotte before dinna." and so on...

so i believe, contrary to Cassidy, that the sideways people are equally important because they share the same consciousness. i think that what we are seeing is one consciousness being pulled and pushed between two different bodies. and eventually the consciousness will find a way to "course correct" - getit eh? eh? ok.... sry...

and i too feel like the sayid death deserved more time but that was probably on purpose as to not take away from the sun and jin moment - which i would understand. but like you said - who cares they'll all be back next week. ilana was a freakin lawyer lol.
OdinsBeard - 5/6/2010, 6:17 PM
Don't get me wrong, I also think that the folk in both realities share a consciousness, what I mean is that although they are technically the same people, they are not from another point of view because they have not gone through the same things that shaped the characters that we know and have been following since day one.
Cassidy - 5/6/2010, 6:28 PM
ok word man, i get you.

i like it tho! (not saying you don't but i know a few dont) people are waiting for the - "what's going to happen when the sideways ppl learn about the island ppl" thing. but i like thinking about it the other way around. like what happens when jack finds out he had/has/will have a son? that's the most intriguing part about it to me. someone exist that shouldn't have ever existed. i wonder if that will ever be a key or part of a solution.

now my mind just went to this place - not saying it's true or that i even want it to be but - what if the same thing happened to christian and jack? what if christian created this alternate universe where jack was able to be born lol there's no way it could be that and by no means am i subscribing to that theory just throwing a thought out there to ponder.
OdinsBeard - 5/6/2010, 6:49 PM
great review as always ror. i must admit i am kind of mad at myself. i am a spoiler guy, so i knew going in who was going to die and how, and i must admit it took away some of the impact. i really wish i would have gone in cold on this one. i know a few spoilers for next week as well but wont share them. but it sounds like its going to be an awesome episode.

a few observations about this one. the plot contrivences seemed too convenient. i dont believe locke knew the c-4 was on the plane based on the look on his face when he found it. however if that is true then why did he take the guys watch BEFORE he got on the plane? also, its clear that he needed one of the candidates to mess with the bomb in order to kill them and not have it be against the rules. therefore he is one lucky sob because if kate doesnt get shot in the shoulder then jack never looks in his backpack and finds the bomb. hes also lucky that one of the non candidates i.e. kate, lapidus or claire werent the ones to pull out the wire. ( i realize claire wasnt on the sub but her getting left behind didnt happen til after he switched the bags so he must have assumed she would be on there). the whole thing was filled with too many convenient plot points. and who planted the c-4 on the plane in the first place? if it was widmore then why have the guards at the plane if he wanted smokey to get on board? if it wasnt him and it was richard/ben/miles then why wire to blow upon ignition, thereby killing everyone on board? i assumed they just wanted to blow it up so smokey couldnt use it. makes me wonder if widmore was working with smokey all along and set the whole thing up to help him. but if thats true then why did he bring desmond to the island and do the magnetic experiment on him? and yes i agree, that sub was pretty damn deep and to expect that hurley (not quite an athletic specimen) to have been able to swim up to the surface with kate, and to expect sawyer to not be dead, and to expect them to all wash up on the same spot of beach is a stretch. but ill forgive them all those things cause i love the show and just want it to go out on a high note. cant wait for next week.

in closing, did you hear that they extended the finally to 2 1/2 hours? they are including some secret scenes that were recently shot that only the writers, actors, and creators have seen. truly epic!!!
superdog - 5/6/2010, 7:05 PM
Cheers man. ha, yeah I forgot to mention the bomb stuff, very convenient indeed! I guess when you think about the show and how its all focused around fate and that there are no coincidences, stuff like that is easier to take. Anyway, definitely the most tearjerkery ep yet. I was close I tell ya! and so were some of my friends..we all just talked about beer and football straight away after it!
Cassidy - 5/7/2010, 4:00 AM
Yeah I had sex with the wife and told her I'd never leave her again :)
superdog - 5/7/2010, 5:37 AM
Great review Ror! Sorry, can't call ya cassidy, haha.

I really enjoyed this episode, and even though I was watching it on DVR and somebody ruined the surprise deaths for me TEN minutes before they happened, I still thought it was pretty powerful. The only BIG thing I had a problem was why Sun wouldn't tell Jin to go take care of their daughter...I'm with ya on that one.

I hope next week is as awesome as it looks like it's gonna be! I wan't some freakin' answers! haha
Bamf7 - 5/7/2010, 7:57 AM
as for the daughter thing. i think it was implied in all of the just go statements that she was referring to the daughter. you dont have to specifically say it. i have no problem with him staying. thier entire story was about them as a couple. they had to die that way, child or not.
superdog - 5/7/2010, 8:22 AM
Dog@ yeah plus how could Jin ever live with himself knowing he just gave up on his wife. he did what i would've done. i would not be able to leave my wife (not married just putting myself in the shoes) to die and drown without doing everything i could.

but a friend of mine pointed out a weird twist tho. the candidates are not allowed to kill themselves. what Jin did was basically commit suicide. so is it possible he is still alive on the island? we never saw franks body so he could be alive as well. i was of the mindset Jin was a goner until this was pointed out to me. it just made me think.
OdinsBeard - 5/7/2010, 10:31 AM
OK first off, great write up Ror. And thanks again for doing these so we can discuss.

I'm not buying Jin would leave his wife for a second, even to give his daughter a father. 1. he never met his daughter, so he doesn't really have the same bond as if he was there for her birth (as crazy as that sounds, it's true) 2. In many Asian cultures, children are much less important than your spouse or your parents. Not that that had anything to do with it, just a fact. After all they have been thru, Jin leaving Sun at that moment would make less sense than any of the plot holes discussed already.

Now on to some of them. I reject the premise of trying to shoot the bomb out of the sub via torpedo hole for many reasons. But it boils down to time, and the fact that the bomb would more than likely go off in the process before it even got out. But it's better for the story how it happened ;) so that's ultimately why. As far as the distance having to swim up, that's an understandable issue. However, they were heading to the surface when the bomb went off, so the sooner you got off, the better it would be. Hurley got off first, not as far to swim. Finally, the "Sawyer unconsciously holding his breath" issue. I almost thought the same thing, until I took everything the scene gave you into consideration. Jack offered to give Jin the last oxygen tank saying he could get Sawyer out without it. Jin looked him dead in the eye and said "No, you can't." Jin knew Sawyer was unconscious and would need Jack to keep the air on him the whole time since he couldn't hold his breath. Jack is already established to be an incredible swimmer. You have to read between the lines a bit, but it makes sense when you think about it.

Odins - I think because Sawyer messed with the bomb it wasn't a suicide. He didn't do anything to proactively cause his own death. He just didn't leave the sub and drown. More a sacrifice a la Charlie.

Overall a good episode, but like you guys said, not without it's minor problems. Nothing unforgiving, and at this point I'm ready to take what they're giving and close the door on this amazing show.
BillyBlack - 5/7/2010, 2:42 PM
Billy@ I agree completely that I'm just gonna except everything with a smile....or a tear whatever the case may be. Next weeks episode is supposed to be insanely awesome. Can't wait:)
superdog - 5/7/2010, 7:13 PM
Dog - You can say that again, and man I hope so.

If they spin a dynamite yard about the origins of Jacob and Esau, I will blow the ass out of my pants with excitement. They could show 2 mins of the present and the rest on that and I would be happy as a clam.
BillyBlack - 5/8/2010, 11:02 PM
thats actually the plan. my understanding is that no series regulars will be in the episode. with the exception of a scene with 3 main members, but it is a throwback scene to the pilot episode. i am assuming it will show a scene from the pilot threw the eyes of jacob or smokey. other than that its supposed to be all jacob and mib, and their arrival on the island and what has happened since. will be best episode ever.
superdog - 5/9/2010, 7:31 AM
hell yeah boys its going to be a great ride!

tho i did have a good idea what "across the sea" was going to be about - i gotta stop reading Dog's posts! lol. i know the info you gave is just basically all production info - casting, sets ect... so its not that big of a deal and i think anything said or released by ABC should be considered non-spoiler. but damn you superdog! lol nah im jk it's not like that really spoiled anything for me - except the whole throw back to the pilot ep thing, which sounds really [frick]ing cool
OdinsBeard - 5/10/2010, 3:06 PM
I'm staying up until 3 am here to watch Across The Sea! [frick] it. You know what I forgot to mention in the review, as evil as Un-Locke would certainly appear to be now, he does still seem to have some affection for Claire. After all, he doesn't need her, can easily kill her since she's not a why still look out for her? He is obviously not totally incapable of empathy.
Cassidy - 5/11/2010, 4:25 PM

Remember the cave wall only says "Kwon". We've never known which one of them was the actual candidate. Judging by the events of that episode, though, I'm led to believe Sun was the candidate. If that's the case, I assume Jin would be able to kill himself.
HeyVanity - 5/12/2010, 8:18 PM

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