An Island Carol
One of the over arching themes of Lost is redemption. Nearly every character has had numerous ups and downs over the course of the series and every once in awhile a character has a run in with the ghost of the future as Ben referred to it as the Monster. Eko ran into this monster twice and it was terrible to him. The first time it scanned him and then gave him another chance for redemption, later it judged him and found him to be unrepentant so it killed him. Locke ran into the monster and when speaking about it later to Eko described to it be “beautiful”. In this episode Ben with the help of Locke sought out the Monster to be judged. That probably helped him in the judgment process, but the monster read his heart and while it knew that Ben had the best intentions in respect to Alex he didn’t towards Locke his replacement. So the monster used the one think that would hit him in the heart. It took the form of Alex and told him to stop trying to kill Locke and start following him. We’ll see if Ben’s new found humility will stick or if in the end Ben will be bashed against a tree by the image of his daughter.
Fighting for power
If anything this episode illustrates the universal idea of power and leadership dynamics. Widmore kept trying to keep Ben out tried to keep him from taking his power. He ordered Ben to kill Danielle, what if he somehow knew that Danielle had a baby and him in the same manner that the Pharaoh & King Hared tried to kill other future rivals (Moses & Jesus) he sent out an edict to kill all babies? He wouldn’t have known if Alex was a boy or girl. Or what if he did it in order to stop the baby birth deaths or even if by doing so because of the treat of his leadership being challenged it brought on the baby deaths?
Ether way something that he did (which included having a baby with someone outside of the Others as Ben stated on the dock) put him out of favor with Jacob and Ben was the favored one. Maybe Ben tattled on Widmore’s romance? But then somewhere along the line Ben fell out of favor with Jacob also and Locke became the favored one. One of my favorite lines was after Ben tells Locke why he killed him Locke just says “I was just hoping for an apology” It will be interesting if Ben does redeem himself, where would he stand now that Locke if the current “good” one. Also when Widmore returns to the island where will he stand? Will he seek redemption or revenge?
Caesar is the new Nathan
Nathan was one of the Tail Section survivors in season 2. His character was made out to be a possible Other just like Ethan had infiltrated the main group. In the end he was thrown into a pit and then killed by the true danger to the group. When Caesar was first introduced everyone speculated that he was working for Widmore in an attempt to help him return to the island or to cause trouble. I love though how Ben tricks Caesar that Locke is some crazy guy ready to kill everyone. And so Caesar tells him that he has his back, even funnier knowing that Ben shoots him later. Now it appears that Ilana is the bigger threat with her hostile takeover. It’s yet to be revealed as to what her purpose truly is, I have a theory though. http://lostroom23theories.blogspot.com/2009/04/who-is-llana.html