Last Night’s TV – Lost: The Substitute

by Lynn Connolly

You know how in ABC’s trailers for Lost season six, they put up that caption that reads, “The time for questions is over…”?

Well, they lied.

With each new episode of season six, I find myself with more questions than answers, again! And of course, I love it…

So what are the main questions we’re left with after watching The Substitute? Take my hand, accompany me over the jump and let’s analyse it to death…

As is the wont of season six, we saw both the Island reality and the Sidestep reality, that which exists back in, metaphorically, good ol’ Kansas. Each character has, it would seem, at least two realities and can exist in them concurrently.

In Sidestep reality, we saw that Locke and Helen are together, but notably, there seems to be a fair bit of love for Locke’s dad. Helen mentioned him attending their wedding and Locke had a picture of himself and his dad on his desk.

So does this mean that in Sidestep world, Anthony wasn’t responsible for Locke’s disabilities? And if so, then who or what is?

We also yet again saw many of the Island’s big players in their Sidestep lives bumping into each other. We saw Locke meeting Rose who was employed by Hurley, and we saw Hurley too meeting John when he’d parked his Hummer too close to Locke’s car…

Apropos of that, the Hummer that we saw was the same one that Hurley bought right after his lottery win. I don’t know if that’s significant, but there again, who knows what’s significant and what isn’t!

Another little point was that the woman who first interviewed John at Hurley’s employment agency – the annoying one who asked him what sort of animal he was – was also the psychic who appeared in the episode ‘Tricia Tanaka is Dead’ in season three…

Then of course, we saw John getting a job as a supply teacher and who should be in the staff room? None other than dear old Ben who was, or so he said, a teacher of European History.

So let’s take a closer look at some of the Easter Eggs from last night’s episode, and thanks to Tailsection and Buddy TV for the screencaps…

First we have Locke’s alarm clock which you will have heard had a tone that was very like the one we saw so often in the hatch…

And of course the readout could well have been a nod to the numbers.

Then later into the episode, we saw Fake Locke being scared witless by the almost religious imagery of a young boy standing in a patch of sunlight with blood all over his outstretched arms…

And a short while afterwards, we saw the boy again when Fake Locke and Sawyer were walking through the jungle. Fake Locke gave chase and the boy told him that he mustn’t kill Sawyer. “You know the rules” he told FL who showed scant regard for what he was being told.

So who was young blonde boy? Well, the actor who plays the boy is Kenton Duty who has also appeared in the film 2:13 alongside Mark Pellegrino. Who’s Mark Pellegrino I hear you cry? He plays the grown-up – and very gorgeous – Jacob in Lost.

Now that could of course just be coincidence, but that word takes on a different meaning when it relates to Lost doesn’t it?

So moving on and another interesting thing was when we saw Fake Locke and Sawyer descending the ladder to get to the cave. First of all, I can’t help but assume that the ladder – and its religious significance – was the all important point here.

As you’ll see from the pic below, a depiction of angels climbing Jacob’s Ladder to heaven is one of the very beautiful adornments on the stonework of Bath Abbey…

See the similarities? It’s commonly accepted by many faiths that Jacob’s Ladder is a bridge between the mortal world and heaven.

So once Fake Locke and Sawyer made it down the ladder, they went into the cave where John immediately went to a set of scales, upon which were balanced two stones; one white, one black. FL threw the white one out to sea leaving the black rock – see what I did there? Black Rock? – alone to tip the scales.

The black and white theme has of course been a recurring one throughout; we saw last season that Jacob and his unnamed enemy wore white and black shirts respectively, and as you’ll see from the following clip from season one, we were introduced to the importance of black and white early on…

And of course, there were the names scrawled into the rock. FL said Jacob had put them there, and each name had a number. He told Sawyer that this meant they’d been selected as “candidates” and added that they were all candidates to take over Jacob’s job of protecting the Island.

Most notably, while of course the numbers next to the names related closely to The Numbers, Kate’s name was missing. Might we assume then that if her name’s there, and we’ve just not seen it yet, it’ll have 108 beside it?

Oh the agony and the ecstasy…

Moving on and here are a couple of promos for next week’s episode, which is entitled, Lighthouse, in which Hurley must convince Jack to accompany him on an unspecified mission, and Jin stumbles across an old friend…

One of the first things that springs to mind having seen Claire in that promo is how much like Rousseau she’s behaving! Her wild appearance, her handiness with the gun, her mention of wanting to know where her son is…

Except of course for Rousseau, it was her daughter that was taken. She was dark haired, Claire blonde… yet more light and dark and mirroring?

Join me next week for another dissection and in the meantime, please do share any theories you might have!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.