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LOST – Theories and Speculation after ‘The Last Recruit’

May 3, 2010 3 comments

My current theories after seeing ‘The Last Recruit’:

It seems that everything in the Alt world – ie some of the most fundamental principals about the characters (primarily everyone who Jacob touched) – seems to be the complete opposite as on the Island. Let’s take a close look:

  • Hurley is lucky
  • Kate is innocent (unconfirmed, but she does keep saying that, and she never denied her guilt in the real world)
  • Sun and Jin are not married (where Jacob touched them)
  • Sawyer isn’t a conman – he catches conmen
  • Jack has no particular opposite – but it’s worth nothing the parallels between him being so calm at operating on Locke with a split dural sac and his story of panic in the Pilot. He also has a son in the alt world – which I think is really significant.
  • Sayid isn’t with Nadia – which is when Jacob touched him
  • There seems to be some obsession with mirrors – reflecting the differences in Alt World/Island World

So it seems there are a lot of parallels with the way Jacob touched some of the candidates, and their lives. In the alt world, I think we can assume that he hasn’t touched them, which has resulted in their lives actually turning out better than they did in the real world. Kate wasn’t told to stop stealing, so she actually didn’t steal, Sawyer wasn’t given a pen to keep writing his letter, so he let go of his rage and did the right thing, Sun and Jin weren’t touched at their wedding so they never got married. Jack, Hurley, and Sayid still have yet to be seen how they tie in, but I’m betting that in the end, they’re going to have a choice – do they choose the life of the Island and Jacob, or do they choose their other lives.

Who is ‘The Candidate’?

The Candidate – for me, I have to say I’m thinking it has to be Jack. I think he is the only one who has always shown the right principles, and has always been such an important character in the series. Jack has always been the leader of the survivors, has had the highest episode count and flashback count, and was the first person we ever saw in the series.

There is also a strong biblical connection. Jack’s last name is ‘Shephard’, just as Jesus was called a ‘shepherd’. Psalm 23 is the one which says: ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’. Jack’s candidate number is 23 – interestingly, the only prime number out of all the numbers. The date of the series finale is also the 23rd of May. Jack’s father is Christian Sheperd – parallels to Christ? Jack performs miracles (Sarah). There is also the question of his name – is ‘Jack’ a nickname for something – like John or Jacob?

That said, I still think Jack’s son will prove to be extremely significant when the timelines meet.

Who Is Jack’s son’s mother?

The fact that we still don’t know this makes me think that it’s someone significant – and I’m willing to bet it’s Juliet. Her and Jack did have that thing for a bit, and she’s definitely resurfacing at some point this season. I’m just surprised she wasn’t Sun’s baby’s doctor, but maybe she will be in future.

Sun Speaking English

Okay, so that was like a totally cheesy moment when she suddenly gets her ‘voice’ back. But the significant thing for me was that she immediately was able to speak again as soon as she is away from the MIB. As mentioned, ‘as soon as you talk to him, you’re on his side’, or something to that effect, so maybe Sun being unable to speak to the MIB was the Island’s way of protecting her. This would reinforce an argument for her being a candidate.

Who Is The Random Boy?

Why, in the two different times we’ve seen the boy, has he changed so dramatically – from blond to brunette, and visibly older too? My explanation is that he parallels the MIB and Jacob in dark and light – in the same way that David (Jack’s son) and Aaron (Claire’s son) do. We could possibly see David and Aaron as being the next Jacob and MIB, the natural successors of the Island – although David may be solely in the other timeline, there’s no reason why Jack couldn’t have had an unknown son in the Island timeline too.

And Vincent?

We haven’t seen much of our favourite Golden Retriever this season… or Walt. But I’m sticking with my gut that somehow, even if it’s not until the last minute of the final episode, Vincent’s going to be important. No dog that survives that much crap on this Island, seeing the things he must have seen, can’t be significant. And remember this mobisode  (below)? How significant is that?

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