|"He told me to move the Island"|
So, what exactly does that mean?
There's a couple of theories on this.
One, it could mean move the Island in time. This seems to be a popular theory online and amongst some of my friends, and being a sucker for all things time travel, I like it myself, but that can't be all of it.
Krazy Keamy has threatened to torch the Island. Even if John moves all of the Others to another time on the Island, the Island itself will still be there to torch and Krazy Keamy wants more then Benry Gale now, he's pissed at the Island because of our old friend Smokey.
I've always thought that the Island isn't really in our reality.
I've always believed that it is actually in a separate dimension from ours.
As I pointed out last week, the time differential isn't stable or predictable. Sometimes it's earlier on the Island then it is off of the Island, sometimes its vice versa.
I think that is because the Island is in a completely different universe.
However, it is accessible through certain wormholes, including one in the ocean that the freighter is currently in supposedly offshore. If, however, the Island were moved... meaning, in my opinion, that the Island would be closed off from those particular wormholes, then the freighter would just be sitting in the ocean away from any land base whatsoever.
Here's what we know.
Dr. Jack was thrown a sat phone from the helicopter. It was from Frank, but he probably thinks it was from Sayid or Desmond. He knows that the freighter folk are dangerous so he'll be tracking them secretly, hoping to take down anyone dangerous.
The helicopter is heading towards wherever it is that Benry Gale will be next, thanks to intel from Widmore given to Krazy Keamy.
That means that Benry Gale, Locke, and Hurley will be met by the helicopter and Dr. Jack.
Meanwhile back at the beach, Sayid will arrive in the boat to start ferrying survivors back there.
Now to the theories.
Sawyer will arrive with Miles and Aaron to the beach and will have Kate and Aaron head for the freighter while he goes back to look for Claire (despite the fact that she's dead). Jin will make sure that Sun is on the transport as well. It's a small boat, so Sayid's first load will be himself, Kate, Sun, and Aaron.
Meanwhile, Locke, Benry, Hurley, and Dr. Jack with the help of Frank (and we can only hope, Smokey) will overpower Krazy Keamy. Frank will take Dr. Jack and Hurley back with him to the freighter, leaving John able to move the Island.
When Frank and Sayid head back to the Island in their two transports, Locke will already have closed the wormhole and they will be unable to locate it, meaning the only people to get off will be Dr. Jack, Sayid, Kate, Sun, Hurley, and Aaron, aka the Oceanic 6.
Everyone else will still be alive (except Claire, because I'm fairly certain that she's been dead for a few episodes already), but still on the Island.
Now, I want to leave you with some more thoughts on last weeks episode.
Benry Gale's mother's name, Emily Linus.
John Locke's mother's name, Emily Locke.
Both were born 3 months premature.
Their mother's first words after their births was "Name him...."
Both have a strong connection to the Island and people connected to the Island were at each of their sides shortly after their birth.
Benry appears to have been born in the early 60's whereas Locke was born in the late 50's.
Let's call it about 5 years difference.
So, about the time that Richard Alpert tested Locke and failed him for choosing the "Walkabout John" method of reaching the Island, Benry Gale was born.
The Island tried at least one more time to recruit John to the Island through Alpert (using Mittelos Labs), but again John refused, perhaps subconsciously sticking with the "Walkabout John" plan. About that time, Horace Goodspeed got his friend Roger "Workman" Linus a job with the Dharma Institute on the Island, causing him to bring little Benry.
So, what does this all mean?
Clearly, the Island wanted John Locke as its Leader and Liaison all along, but settled for its backup plan (Benry Gale, substitute leader of the Others) until Locke arrived.
The second that Locke arrived, the Island didn't need Benry Gale anymore. (Thank you very much for your service, we'll mail you your last check). Immediately he lost his ability to speak to (or in fact even see) Jacob, he stopped having the dreams ("I used to have the dreams, John", said Benry Gale), and worst of all, the Island made him sick, giving him cancer in a place where, as Rose pointed out, you don't get sick, you get better.
Seems like the Island has no need for Benry Gale to me. Looks more like it was tossing him out like old garbage.
I don't know about you, but I doubt that Benry's going to take this lying down. If Locke is out of the way, Benry, the substitute, is necessary once again.
I'd watch my back, Locke, if I were you.
Until Next Time, part one of the three hour finale will air tonight. Unfortunately next week will be a LOSTless Thursday, but then we'll be treated to a two hour finale on the Thursday after that. See you after the show with my first thoughts.