Team Jacob or Team Smokey??

Chose wisely

Dear LOST writers, thank you for one of the best non-season-premier/season-finale episodes of LOST ever, sincerely, Finally Lost.

WOW What an episode! So many things to question, so many things to debate. Once again I will dispense with the well thought out theories and go with raw emotional first-gut-instincts: Jacob is a huge jerk! While Smokey has been trapped on the island, Jacob has been allowed to prance around off-island giving people candy bars and NKOT lunch boxes resulting in the ruination of their lives! Don’t worry Jacob fans, I’ve got issues with Smokey too! I think the above picture is PERFECT for this debate. Thanks to my friend Maria for noting that the table is almost perfectly divided along Teams Jacob and Smokey. Richard and Ilana seem to be on the wrong side but there’s still time for them to swap. Damn those writers are good! But before before we talk discuss sides, let’s talk about last night’s episode, starting with the new DAD: Dogen.

For those of you who are OG on this blog, you’ll remember that I use to call Michael DAD for Dumb-Ass Dad. Now I happen to like Dogen and am in no way implying that he’s as annoying as Michael, but goddamn he was a DAD last night! Dear Dogen, if you thought Sayid was so bad, then why didn’t you kill him? Instead you let him live, give him a reason to have a gripe with you and then send him into your enemy’s camp so he can later turn against you. THEN when he returns from a mission you know he should have died from, you allow him back into the temple and let him kill you! Saaaayid whaaat?? Dogen, you were the only thing keeping Smokey out, why would you let yourself be killed so easily? Furthermore, I don’t understand why the story about your son made you spare Sayid’s life. Finally, what power did Jacob give you that kept Smokey out of the temple? Is it related to the ash? I don’t know if Smokey is now immune to ash or if Claire dug him a pathway before she rolled into the temple. Speaking of which…

Why did Smokey send Claire into the temple? Did she serve a purpose that I missed? And if The Others think Claire is so bad then why didn’t they kill her? Time for the bullet points:

  • Did Smokey dangle the Timeline X carrot to get Sayid to join his side? It would be interesting if Smokey knows about Timeline X and if he could send Sayid there.
  • Props to the writers for calling this episode Sundown. They played me for a fiddle with that episode name and a Sun-centric episode due up in the Season 1 order
  • Why did Jacob tell Hurley to bring Sayid to the temple to save his life? What was on the note that Dogen read? Clearly Jacob knew that Smokey was going to kill Dogen and get into the temple because he told Hurley he wanted Hurley and Jack as far away from the temple as possible. If he foresaw that, then why did he save Sayid? Jacob might put Ben to shame with his manipulation skills…
  • I FINALLY got one right! I’ve been on a Cleveland-like losing streak with my predictions for a while, but if you recall I predicted that Jacob’s death meant Smoke is free to leave the island. The second half of that prediction is that Jacob isn’t really “dead” but takes Smokey’s place as the island prisoner.
  • Sayid is a badass in any reality. I was so happy to see Slingshot (Alex) killer, Kreamy, killed again! That guy sucks!
  • Jin was the last person I expected to be trapped in the walk-in. It makes sense, but I wasn’t expecting it.
  • It was great to see Ben so afraid of Sayid. Has Sayid’s heart been infected now?
  • How much can change by setting off that damn nuke?? Which leads me to…

The case against Jacob

Just another day in the life of

Add Sayid to the list of people who I believe would rather live in Timeline X. Hell he just let Smokey butcher all The Others in the temple for the promise of Nadia being alive again. If you’ve lost count at home that’s Jack, Locke, Hurley, Claire, Dogen, everyone on the plane and most of The Others. Kate has it worse and Sawyer, Sun, Jin, Desmond, Miles, Rose and White Bernard are to be determined. There is a strong case to be made that Jacob needlessly toys with these people’s lives for no reason what-so-ever. Why did he let Nadia get hit by that car? Why did he save Dogen’s son but only if Dogen promised to come to the island? Jacob is not making it easy to defend him. My friend Cav keeps saying that Jacob is like the devil because he is constantly telling you have a choice (free will) all the while he is manipulating you.

The case against Smokey

Turns out I found that loophole after all
All that being said, I should warn you that I am a card carrying member of Team Jacob. It bothers me that Smokey is using Claire by lying to her about Aaron’s location. I’m surprised Smokey didn’t kill Jin & Kate to keep the truth from Claire. And while Jacob has killed and made things worse via his Jacob-whammy skills (manipulation), there is something to be said about how Smokey went in and slaughtered everyone at the temple and in Jacob’s house. Let’s also not forget he enjoyed picking off our Losties during Season 1. He has displayed a pessimism for people since the Black Rock arrived and he killed Mr. Eko! I think that’s a formula for baddie, however, It’s a shame he’s got all the cool people on his side (Sayid, Sawyer I’m looking at you!)

Finally I’ll leave you with my thoughts on next week’s episode, please stop reading if you don’t watch the previews for the following week! Clearly next week is going to be a Ben-centric episode (check) and I will go on record that I think he will die. The alarm clock has gone off and someone major needs to die…

15 Responses to “Team Jacob or Team Smokey??”

  1. March 3, 2010 at 7:24 am

    >> Thanks to my friend Maria for noting that the table is almost perfectly divided along Teams Jacob and Smokey.

    Should be noted that there were actually 3 versions of that Last Supper pic, with two different arrangements of the characters:

    Pics 1 & 2: http://lostmediamentions.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-clues-are-hidden-in-lost-supper.html

    Pic 3: http://darkufo.blogspot.com/2010/01/lost-last-supper-promotional-photo-no-3.html

    >> Did Smokey dangle the Timeline X carrot to get Sayid to join his side? It would be interesting if Smokey knows about Timeline X and if he could send Sayid there.

    My theory is that Timeline X is the result of all the promises/rewards that Jacob/UnLocke make the Losties…I guess based on which side wins

    As for Team Smokey vs. Team Jacob (ugh, that sounds like Twilight), I’m still on Team Jacob, though I don’t think either is as one-dimensional as they might seem

    • 2 Maria
      March 3, 2010 at 8:50 am

      Yes, I did see that there were three versions of the picture:

      1. Which I believe to be a basic cast photo promo because everyone in the picture is looking at the viewer.

      2. A basic reproduction of the real Last Supper painting using our Losties.

      3. The picture that seemed to draw the lines between good vs. evil.

      The producers of the show were adament about being involved in this photo shoot, which tells us that they were definately trying to send a message.

      • March 3, 2010 at 9:01 am

        See, but given that the producers were involved, i think that there’s probably meaning behind all 3 of the pictures, not just #3…

        • March 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

          It actually looks like there is a break between Richard, Ilana & Claire, maybe they will form their own team. I don’t know how loyal Claire will remain to Smokey once she verifies that Kate’s been taking care of Aaron off-island

  2. 5 TokyoPaul
    March 3, 2010 at 9:29 am

    In regards to the pic, it could have just been done like the BSG ‘Last Supper’ pic, where the producers were involved with shhot but it ultimately had little relation to the plot and was done to primarily look “cool”: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/carls064/freealonzo/bsg4.jpg

    Based on what I’ve seen from Richard and Ilana so far, I don’t see them going with Team Smokey but I guess it’s still early in the season to make a final judgement. In fact, I wouldn’t be suprised to see Ben or someone else flip flop from Team Jacob to Team Smokey. And speaking of Ben, it just felt weird last night watching him looking like a “good guy” being scared of Sayid and running away from Smokey with the rest of Team Jacob. I don’t see “Good Ben” lasting for too much longer.

    • March 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

      I agree w/ Tokyo Paul that Ilana is clearly entrenched on Team Jacob…then again, could something happen (like she finds out that Jacob somehow decieved her) to make her switch? I dunno…

  3. March 3, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Hey Ben, have you seen this blog?

    It’s kind of like what you are doing here on your blog, except he DIDN’T go back and watch all the other seasons. So he’s trying to figure everything out based on this season alone.

    It’s well written and funny.


  4. 8 Franny
    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I think Ben dying now would be less drmatic since he has kind of wimpered into the background this season (with the exception of Substitute).

  5. March 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I didn’t write too much about Other Ben because I wanted to do a whole blog about him. I’m not as big of an Other Ben fan as everyone else because he doesn’t seem like a real character to me. While he is extremely cool, he has no known motivations and you don’t ever know what he wants. Other Ben has been used as a plot device and he has been whatever the writers needed him to be from week to week.

    That being said he has some of the great one lines of this show

    • 10 Franny
      March 6, 2010 at 1:07 am

      omg i don’t know if i can watch Lost with you anymore….perhaps this is a bad side-effect of watching episodes in such a flurry, no time to savor the awesomeness of Ben.

    • March 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

      To be fair, Ben was only supposed to be in that initial 3-story arc – someone else was meant to be the leader of the Others (I think they might even have wanted to introduce Jacob at this point) – hence all the lines about “him” not being a forgiving man.

      But Michael Emerson basically hit the ball outta the park and the writers re-wrote EVERYTHING to include him as a main character.

      So, you are kinda on the money there about him being more of a plot device than a character.

  6. 12 John Cavanaugh
    March 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for the shot out.. But I have been saying that Jacob is not the one giving u a choice, just manipulating everyone to do what he wants. Smokey on the other hand has been giving everyone he has dealt with a choice, the team that came in the chapel, he gave Richard albert a choice, Sawyer, and the people in the temple.. You know I am not religous by no means but the show seems to be having a religous guideline with good and evil. And if u remember in the bible, the exodus from the egyptians, passover, and the wiping out of the cananites for the promise land, they were all givin a choice before they were killed and defeated..

    Also now Kate is with team smokey, which eventually she will go against.. And when that happens she may be in danger, which means Sawyer will try to save her and fall in danger with her, and if the girls hate Kate now they will really hate her if she causes ur man crush (Sawyer) to get killed..

  7. March 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Nice call on Smokey dangling the timeline X carrot.

    Also, good shout on Smokey and Jacob having switched places, as opposed to one dying. Maybe now Smokey will be trapped as Locke and Jacob will gain the Smoke Monster super powers?

  8. March 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Team Jacob! He foresees progress. fLocke needs to be locked down.

    Besides -amazing!- there are more Jacob fans at this point:


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