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The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham Recap

February 26, 2009
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The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” will be the seventh episode of Season 5 of Lost, and is scheduled to be broadcast on February 25, 2009. (from Lostpedia.com’s recap)

  1. “…there’s a war coming, John. And if you’re not back on the island when that happens, the wrong side is going to win.”

    The War: Widmore vs. Ben?
    So who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy? Are there clear sides? Are they both bad?
    By the end of the episode, I couldn’t help but worry that poor Locke is just a pawn – no, maybe a knight – in the game of chess that Ben and Widmore are playing. Widmore says he sent his freighter to the island to wipe out Ben so that Locke could lead. Ben says he moved the island so that Widmore couldn’t find the island so that Locke could lead. They’re both saying the very things that Locke wants to hear. They both give him just enough hints to get him on-side, and confuse the hell out of him. Locke has no idea who to be loyal to… who would? (from Nik at Nite)

  2. Locke tells Ben about his promise to Jin, and knowledge of Jin’s survival activates the overdeveloped manipulation node in Ben’s brain. It’s as though the rules have changed, and Ben sees a way to reclaim the island throne. Locke then tells Ben that Mrs. Hawking can help them return to the island. Again, the buggy brain behind Ben’s buggy eyes activates … and that’s when he loops the extension chord around Locke’s neck and chokes him to death! Ben then methodically arranges Locke’s room (and body) to make it look like a suicide.
  3. I think Ben’s motivation switched during that conversation with Locke. Previously, his focus seemed to be on saving the island — hence the importance of Locke’s life; and perhaps Ben really was “protecting” the Oceanic Six. But Jin’s miraculous survival and/or mention of Mrs. Hawking flipped Ben’s megalomania switch, and suddenly Locke and the Oceanic Six became means toward his desired end. (2-3 from The Lost Blog)
  4. When Caesar is in the rec room in New Otherton, there’s a skull on the desk that looks like a miniature verison of the polar bear skull that Charlotte found in Tunisia. There’s also a Life Magazine on the desk with the cover story, “Color Pictures of the Hydrogen Test.” (from Nik at Nite)
  5. Searching through the Hydra, Caesar comes across some old magazines. An Issue of LIFE dated April 19, 1954 catches his eye. The cover features an image of a Hydrogen Bomb exploding during a test.
  6. That issue also featured an article called “Julia in Jeopardy”. Julia is Julia Adams (I believe), an actress in The Creature from the Black Lagoon – which the article reviewed, and of which we also see a pic of. The Black Lagoon being a “paradise that no one has ever returned from” could be seen as another thematic LOST reference.
  7. the actress from The Creature from the Black Lagoon, was on LOST! She played one of the Others in the 3rd season premiere- the one that came to Juliet’s door after Juliet burned her hand on the muffins if I’m not mistaken. (5-7 from Sledgeweb’s Lost…Stuff)
  8. The Bonneville of Death is back!!! Well, OK, I couldn’t see if it was the Bonneville, but it was definitely a tan car that LOOKED like a Bonneville that hits Locke the second time. (This is the car that hit Kate, hit Michael, hit Locke in the parking lot, and has been involved in most accidents on the show.)
  9. Westerfield Hotel can be anagrammed to “Die Where Felt Lost.”
  10. Locke bought his suicide cord from “Angels Hardware.”
  11. the ABC site is confirming that the plane, in fact, landed on the Hydra island, so they’re looking at the bigger island from the beach. Duh. I can’t believe I didn’t figure that one out. So Caesar’s not rifling through the rec room in New Otherton, but the office on the island where Kate, Jack, and Sawyer were held captive.
  12. Why did Caesar hide the gun from Ilana? How do they know each other? Ilana refers to someone named Roxanne like she’s also someone they’ve known for a long time (the survivors weren’t really on a first-name basis for the first couple of days).
  13. Ilana says “the pilot and some woman” took one of the boats in the middle of the night. Since Kate is with the others, the other woman must have been Sun. Where were they going? To the other side of the island? Why does Sun trust Lapidus after he’s the one who flew away in the helicopter?
    • What happened to the plane? It’s just sitting on the beach, doesn’t look like it crashed or anything. It’s not smouldering, it’s not in pieces, it’s just sitting there like it set itself down gently. Were Kate, Jack, and Hurley sent to another era? Or are they all in the 1970s or whatever time that was when Jin came bombing along in the new and shiny VW van? If they’re in an earlier incarnation of the island, does Ben run the risk of meeting his younger self?
    • Was Penny born on the island? I would hazard a guess that she’s probably about 30, and if Widmore was on the island until he was about 47, he can’t possibly be 77 now. So that would suggest that she’s been on the island before. (8-13 from Nik at Nite)
  14. Caesar locates some files in The Hydra station that includes Dan Faraday’s map and one of his journal pages concerning time travel. Also included is Rousseau’s map. We’ve seen that Dan will eventually go to the Orchid station during Dharma’s final days. Now, we also know he makes a trip to the Hydra (or someone takes his papers there, anyways). Those papers are still there 30 years later when Ajira 316 crashes on the island (if we assume the crash occurs in 2007). Now, let this blow your mind. Before Rousseau even begins drawing her map, before she even conceives of it, there is already a finished version of that map laying in the Hydra Station. Therefore, once she does draw her map, there are then two identical copies of it on the island. The same applies to Dan’s map and his journal page. (from Sledgeweb’s Lost….Stuff. follow the link to see screencaps!)
  15. Tonight we saw John Locke talking with Caesar, and the other survivors of Ajira flight 316. We saw from the wreckage of the plane that they crashed on the small island that houses the Hydra Station. The station appears to be abandoned, and if Locke and company are indeed in the same time as Jack, Kate, and Hurley, during Dharma’s heyday, then why would the Hydra be abandoned. The answer, John Locke and company (including Frank and Sun) crashed on the present day island, while Jack, Kate, and Hurley “flashed” to the island’s past. (from Sledgeweb’s Lost….Stuff)
  16. Damnit, Widmore is so good at making me think twice about whether he’s evil or not.
  17. Widmore didn’t seem to respectful towards Richard.  when he heard that Widmore told Locke that he had to die, he brushed it off and told Locke that he would prevent that.  Not too clever.
  18. Abaddon died for a few reasons.  His mystery was unnecessary.  The writers didn’t need that kind of intriguing character running around off the island.  By killing him they solved his mystery (kinda).  Also the actor has a full time job on Fringe so they couldn’t keep bringing him back to do guest spots.
  19. Walt’s been having dreams eh?  So it wasn’t just the island that made him special.  He can actually see the future.  This could potentially go along with my Walt’s Powers theory.  I believe that Walt can manipulate the past to shape the present and the future, not unlike Desmond’s specialness.
  20. Why does Widmore think that Locke is “Special”?  He doesn’t say why in this episode.  I thought that Richard saw something in him as a baby, that’s why.  But it turns out that that was nothing more that circular logic.  Locke told Richard to go there because he was special so Richard did, the Special part of the equation cancels out.  Now I’m afraid that Widmore thinks he’s special because Locke met him when he was 17.  And we know that that indicated nothing.  As usual Locke “special”-ness is unprovable. (16-20 from Not Confused Just Lost)
  21. Locke accepted Widmore’s financing, plus his suggestion for an off-Island alias: Jeremy Bentham, another philosopher name, just like John Locke. Widmore: ”Your parents had a sense of humor when they named you. Why can’t I?” Why does ”Jeremy Bentham” amuse Widmore so?: And might the name hold a clue to Widmore’s sincerity? Consider:

    A. The real Bentham and Locke were ideological opposites. Bentham considered Locke’s belief in natural law ”nonsense on stilts.” Is that how Widmore views Locke? As silly nonsense? A fool? If so, then Widmore is a jerk.
    B. Bentham pioneered a school of thought call Utilitarianism, which evaluates the morality of an action based on the amount of good that said action generates for the most amount of people. Ergo, Widmore is using Locke — but to facilitate a greater good. If so, then Widmore is a good guy.
    C. After he died, Bentham’s corpse — per his instructions — was (get this) entombed inside a cabinet called an Auto Icon. Whenever his followers gathered, they were supposed to wheel him out so he could hang with them. Creepy? Oh, yeah. Application to Locke? Widmore was lying when he told Locke he didn’t want him to die. He wanted Locke to wind up in a box. Meaning: The Coffin. Or maybe… Jacob’s cabin! After all, isn’t that ghost shack basically a rustic extrapolation of Bentham’s Auto-Icon, a vehicle that allows this ”Jacob” — i.e., Locke — haunt the Island? Maybe this is the ”destiny” Locke is being set up for: An eternity of ”Help me” flickering. If so, then…Huh? (from Doc Jensen at ew.com)

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