Gun's don't kill people, People kill people [!]
Tonights show was def. worth the wait[!]
Ep. IX. The Shape of Things to Come
I. Alex gets a shot in the head via "boat gunmen", Keamy
_ A. Damn I knew those guys on the boat with semi-automatics were gonna storm the island but damn that was cold.
_ B. In retaliation / means to escape Ben "calls" the smoke beast by entering a trap door in his home and doing something [?]
_ C. Ben states "so he changed the rules" - referring to Charles Widmore and a battle that has been going on for more than we realize.
_ D. Ben in a flash-forward is in Charles Widmore's bed room and states that he is now targeting Penny Widmore as a result.
__ D1. Charles states - ~"I know what you are and that you got everything you now have from me..." - Ok so maybe this isn't your regular protagonist vs. antagonist plot between Widmore and Linus, could it be that Linus funds the others by stealing / stole from Widmore [?] but there has to be more than money fueling this feud. At the end of the episode Charles implies that the island belong to him[!] Alright so a Charles-Dharma-Hanso Foundation link.
__ D2. Charles states - "You'll never find her (Penny Widmore)" in response to Ben's death threat - This is the reason why Penny is at the polar research station, protection.
__ D3. Kind of convenient that Desmond ends up on the island thru a wrecked Widmore boat - Could Charles Widmore have used Desmond knowing that his love for Penny and thus a drive to "save" her -to- protect her from Ben's eventual strike[?]
II. Ben is playing by a new set of rules or rather a lack-of
_ A. So, Ben can control the smoke beast[?] does this mean he is responsible for when it kills[?] and if so the beast is not sentient and specific people were killed for a specific reason[?]
_ B. Ben is a clever one, I think he manipulated Sayid via the murder of his wife to recruit him as an assassin.
_ C. Snorkel in the Sahara desert[?] remember that polar bear unearthed by Charlotte Lewis in the desert w/ the Dharma logo around its neck[?] Yep, Ben has used the theorized Dharma "time machine" to leave the island. + this is further proven when he requests the date from the hotel clerk in Iraq he emphazies the year "2005?"
III. Locke + Hugo/Hurley as "special" in some way[?]
_ A. Remember when Hugo comes upon Jacobs house in a past episode, he "wishes" it away (ie. this isn't the first time Hugo displayed a wishing ability, 1. he starts a van on the island that had no engine. 2. Charlie's ghost is wished away when it appears at the mental institution. 3. The creation of a functional imaginary friend "Dave" way back in season1 who breaks him out of a mental institution. 4. Food supplies fall from the sky as a drop. 5. Hugo never loses at a game of chance from season 1-4)
__A1. Hugo's wishing the house to another location makes him essential to Locke and Ben finding it which is why he wasn't allowed to head back to the beach with Sawyer, Claire and Miles.
_B. Throughout the series Hugos keeps mentioning a "curse"
__B1. The lottery curse - numbers garnered while Hugo is in the mental institution lead to a string of "BAD" luck
__B2. The deck collapse - a party deck collapses right when Hugo steps on it killing 2x
__B3. The death curse - various people around Hugo die in strange ways.
__B4. The plane curse - Hugo thinks the plane crash maybe his fault.
_C. The existence of "SPECIALS" was already established by the others with the kidnap of Walt. Some of the others actually feared him.
_D. Like all the Oceanic survivors there is a link between Hugo and Locke - Locke worked for a box company that Hugo owned as result of the wealth he garnered by winning the "cursed" lottery. See a pattern[?]
__D1. John Locke can see Jacob an apparition of sorts that only he and Ben can see.
__D2. John sees an apparition of Walt before he kills Naomi.
__D3. I believe that John is a "SPECIAL" just as Hugo, note the fact that Locke paralysis was "healed" on the island (ie. some people are healed on the island yet other people can obviously die and gain injuries) + John can see Jacob.
_E. SPECIALS - as Locke, Ben, Jacob, Walt, Hugo and Rose.
IV. 2x Factions as behind the scenes
_ A. There appears to be 2x factions: 1st that lead by Jacob namely Ben, Locke and the Others. 2nd that lead by an unknown source namely Widmore, Hugo + survivors and Desmond.
_ B. I believe that Jacob's faction has the goal of altering the current timeline. While the X's faction wishes to preserve it.
__ B1. Time and time again we see some unknown force moving the Oceanic survivors away from their "destiny" of sorts.
___B1a. Hugo wins the lottery
___B1b. Sawyer's deportation from Australia
___B1c. Charlies heroin stash is supplied by the past actions of Mr. Eko. (note that Mr. Eko was killed by the smoke beast now revealed to be under some control by Ben - could it be that Jacob eliminated Mr. Eko when it seemed that he would become a positive force for the survivors + X's faction)
___B1d. Various other links:
Hurley - Locke _ Locke works at Hurleys box factory
Hurley - Libby _ @ same mental institution
Jack - Claire _ half brother/sister
Sawyer - Christian Shepard _ share a drink at a bar
Ana-Lucia - Jack Shepard _ share a drink at a bar
etc. the main point is everyone is connected and at some point ie. one person causes a series of events that either leads to anothers placement on the island or the eventual death/salvation of another.
_ C. Those "SPECIALS" have the ability to alter/manipulate reality/time in some fashion are used as pawns by both factions because they are not hindered by destiny.