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The fourth episode of Season 6 is entitled “The Substitute” and here are a few things you may want to consider before diving into it.
As you all know Jack intended to bring his father to Los Angeles to bury him, however fate changed his plans. Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on the Island and Christian Sheppard’s body mysteriously disappeared. From time to time Christian’s image and voice has been seen and heard on the Island. From the manner in which he is able to appear and disappear rather quickly it would seem logical to believe he is simply an entity of the Smoke Monster. However a few flaws in the quick assumption arise. The Smoke Monster uses dead bodies who are not buried to manifest. In Season 2 Yemi’s body was in the plane, Alex was manifested in Season 5 because her body was left unburied in NewOtherton in Season 4, and Locke’s body was in the coffin above the ground in Season 5. Now you may be thinking, well Christian Sheppard was never buried so it’s perfectly logical that The Smoke Monster could take his form. WRONG! Well OK you might be right but consider this. Every manifestation of the Monster has come AFTER the victim died. Yet we have seen Christian’s body manifested BEFORE he died.
During the time flashes Locke traveled down into the well and fell as a flash occurred. The well disappeared which suggests it was not built yet, thus before Dharma time, thus before Christian’s death. In the hole in the well Locke meets Christian. He tells Locke to turn the wheel and say ‘hello’ to his son. So how could the Smoke Monster manifest Christian if he wasn’t dead yet? I don’t know, you figure it out from there.
This episode will most likely be a Locke-centric episode based on the title as well as the format thus far for Season 6. On Jack’s return to the Island, Eloise Hawking told Jack he needed a “substitute” for his father. And when Ajira Flight 316 took off, John Locke’s body served its purpose in getting them back. No naturally John Locke is “The Substitute”. Another hint is that the centric episodes are following the same individuals for Season 1 as well. The first and seconds Season 1 episodes were shared among Jack, Kate, and Charlie; the third episode was about Kate; and the fourth Locke. So continuing as Season 6 has gone we should see more about Locke in the sideflashes. However since Locke is dead in the present, we may finally find some answers as to how the Smoke Monster claims dead bodies.
O and hopefully we will learn why Claire and Sayid have “The Sickness”.
Important Episodes for tonight: Season 1: Walkabout Season 4: The Shape of Things to Come Season 5: The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham
Weaver55 19:20, February 16, 2010 (UTC)