Another good episode, initially I was a little disappointed that Locke off-island time was going to be squeezed into one episode, but I think it worked. He wasn’t off the island for very long, only a month or two, and all he really did was visit those who’d left to try and convince them to return, more important is that they’re all back now (except Desmond, who I really hope we see again soon), and the mystery of the island can pick up where it left off.
So, the plane did crash.
When we found out that Jack, Hurley and Kate were back on the island it raised the question about what happened to the plane. Well, it looks like Lapidus crash landed on Hydra Island. Now, where are Sun and Sayid are the on the main island with Jack, Hurley and Kate or on the Hydra with Lock, Ben and the rest of Ajira 316?
Locke is alive again
And it looks like he really is alive, not just magical-reanimated-by-smokey-alive. I’m quite glad Locke is no longer dead (Ben probably won’t be), and since he appears to be really alive after crashing onto the island does that mean that Christian Shephard might also be really alive too and not just a creation of the island as we all thought?
Locke ‘landed’ in Tunisia but three years into the future – more or less.
I was kind of hoping that he would ‘appear’ somewhere else just to mix things up even more, but it makes sense that the island would have one main exit point (Tunisia). We find out that he’s traveled three years into the future, but, remember that as Locke was going down the well towards the donkey wheel that there was a time flash and the well actually vanished. I took this to mean that he’d traveled further back in time (they were pre-Orchid station before the flash), but think about it now it possible that they’d moved forward in time. It would be possible for a well that existed in the 1970s/80s to no longer exist in the 2000s, right?
How long had Widmore been monitoring the exit point?
We can assume that he didn’t start monitoring it until after October 2005 (when Ben appeared in Tunisia) otherwise he would have already known Ben was off the island. I wonder why he started monitoring it to begin with? And remember the polar bear that Charlotte found in Tunisia, it may have come through the ‘exit’ as well, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have turned the donkey wheel to do so.