a) At the end of the episode, MIB is dead in the cave. We know that his body remains as the skeleton was found by Jack and Kate in the future.
Yet we see that body in action in later years when speaking with Jacob. I'm confused on this.
MIB is dead. The smoke monster simply chooses to take his form. It's smokey, not Jacob's brother, who has the later conversations with Jacob.
b) I was surprised to see how left in the dark they were when the reigns were handed over to them. Any information that they themselves pass on
is based on what? They were told very little from those that handed it over. So maybe we shouldn't expect to see much informed to the next candidate
from the current one.
I think that once the reigns are passed, the protector "just knows", kind of how MIB "just knows" things, as the inheritor from the "other"
power on the island.
c) Jacob represents good, MIB represents evil. But this wasn't the case from the beginning. He seemed to represent the people, who were
supposedly evil by the ramblings of what seems to be a crazy person. (as labeled by MIB) So was he innately evil? Or did he turn evil when Jacob put
him into the light?
It's an interesting dilemma... Jacob's brother seemed to basically be a decent person (even killing "mom" is justified, as she killed his real
mother).... However, we could look at Smokey's form after this as being Smokey...not Jacob's brother.... I don't think his brother turned, I think
Smokey is just using his form.
I like the message that this episode seemed to touch on and that was that Jacob represents what is good and in order to remain good he needed to
refrain from coming into contact with humans as that good would only be spoiled.
And yet, he feels there is good in them.
I'm going to have to defend the "light" here. There are many episodes that previously allude to this (even show it)...so it shouldn't have been
all that unexpected. The weird part is, it seems at conflict with Jacob's wine bottle/cork analogy....unless we assume the evil and the good are both
kind of corked with the island...
As for pseudo-mom having powers, I think this just came with the territory of having the protector job. I think she was honest when she said "her
mother before her", etc. It seems they gain the power of not aging, and knowledge of the island, but can only grant other powers to others (such as
Jacob's gift to Richard, etc.). It would seem though, that even the protector role isn't absolute "good"...after all, she killed their mother (and
in a fairly brutal way).
I agree, we didn't need the season 1 flashback to see it was Adam and Eve....the bag with the rocks would have sufficed. But at least that's one
The second is the kid seen by MIB...who is obviously the dead Jacob appearing as his younger self. Great casting on younger versions of these two, by
I still think someone is on to something with Vincent....that dog was definitely being mimicked by one of the two powers....