Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kate tells Sawyer and Juilet about Jack's plan, Sawyer doesn't care

On the submarine, Mitch is handing out sedatives to the passengers near-by. The captain tells them to have a nice rest and "see you on the other side." Kate tells Sawyer and Juliet that they have to get out of there because they have to stop Jack from blowing up the hydrogen bomb Jughead. Sawyer tells her that he passes because they were happy with the Dharma Initiative until Kate and the others came back but now that's over. He says that he and Juliet are going to take their chances in the real world and that if Jack wants to blow up the island, "then good for Jack."

Jacob buys young Kate a lunchbox, touches her nose

In the late 1980s in Ames, Iowa, young Kate and Tom Brennan are outside of Ames Central General Store. Tom is playing with the toy airplane that Kate will later take part in a bank robbery to recover. Kate and Tom walk into the store and Kate put a New Kids on the Block lunchbox in her backpack while Tom is the lookout. Patsy Cline's "Three Cigarettes (In an Ashtray)" is playing in the store (you can find the song on 20 Best of Patsy Cline). As Kate and Tom try to leave the store, Mr. Springer who works there grabs her and tells her to open her bag. When he sees the lunchbox he says that she's Diane Austen's daughter and says that he is going to call her and then the police.

As Mr. Springer goes behind the counter, a man's voice says "No need to do that. I'll pay for it." The man is revealed to be Jacob. Kate thanks Jacob and Jacob says to her "You're not going to steal anymore are you?" Kate shakes her head no. Jacob playfully touches her on the nose and says "Be good Katie."

This lunchbox is the same one that Kate and Tom will at some point bury and later dig up in the episode "Born to Run." It will contain the time capsule items including the toy plane that Tom is playing with in this scene.

This is the first of many encounters we see Jacob had with the Oceanic 815 survivors. Did the fact that he touched Kate be significant later on? Time will tell.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jacob and his nemesis discuss the Black Rock, a good look at the four-toed statue [UPDATE: Taweret]

Jacob leaves the four-toed statue chamber to check his wicker fish trap and then cooks a fish he finds in it on a rock. As he sits on the beach eating it, he looks out at the Black Rock sailing in the distance. A man in a dark tunic walks up behind Jacob and asks if he can join him. Jacob asks him if he wants some fish and the man says he already ate.

Here's the transcript of their intriguing conversation.

Jacob: I take it you're here cause of the ship.
Jacob's enemy: I am. How did they find the island?
Jacob: You'll have to ask them when they get here.
Jacob's enemy: I don't have to ask. You brought them here. Still trying to prove me wrong, aren't you?
Jacob: You are wrong.
Jacob's enemy: Am I? They come. Fight. They destroy. They corrupt. It always ends the same.
Jacob: It only ends once. Anything that happens before that, is just progress.
Jacob's enemy: You have any idea how badly I want to kill you?
Jacob: Yes.
Jacob's enemy: One of these days, sooner or later, I'm going to find a loophole my friend.
Jacob: Well when you do I'll be right here.
Jacob's enemy: Always nice talking to you Jacob.
Jacob: Nice talking to you too.

As the other man gets up and leaves, the camera pans up to give us a complete look at the four-toed statue, except for a direct view of the front. There is still some speculation about what mythological creature the statue is supposed to represent.

[UPDATE: According to a re-cap of the episode released by ABC, the statue is the goddess Taweret. I guess everyone can stop speculating now. Taweret was a patron of childbirth and a protector of women and children. Her husband was Apep, the ancient spirit of evil. Click each of their names to learn more about them.]

So. Jacob seems to be the one that brings people to the island. Does that mean that Oceanic 815 was brought there by him and not Desmond not pushing the button in the Swan station? Why can't Jacob's mysterious friend/enemy kill Jacob? Jacob seems to think that with every group of people that come to the island, progress is made. The question is, what is Jacob making progress towards? What is his goal in the end? And one more. Who is the other man? With the contrasting white and black attire, does Jacob represent good and the other man evil? There could be a million other questions asked about this scene, but I'll leave the discussion to you.

Jacob weaving a tapestry below the four-toed statue, Greek translation, fire burning

Presumably sometime in the 1800s in a stone-columned chamber/room below the four-toed statue, Jacob is sitting at a spinning wheel making thread. There is a fire pit in the middle of the room that appears to contain the the same or similar ash that surrounded the cabin.

When Jacob is weaving the thread, we can see the part of the tapestry that's already been made with a phrase in Greek on it. It is "ΘΕΟΙ ΤΟΣΑ ΔΟΙΕΝ ΟΣΑ ΦΡΕΣΙ ΣΗΣΙ ΜΕΝΟΙΝΑΣ", which means, "may the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires." The phrase is from Homer's The Odyssey.