At first I was like, "HOLY CRAP, DANIEL WAS WRONG!!" He's always saying that we can't change the past no matter what we do, but killing your worst enemy when he was like 13 years old would seem to be a pretty freaking big change.
But the more I think about it, the more likely it is that Lil' Ben will survive somehow. One of the scenes that seemed pointless at first was the one where Ben visited Sayid in the Dominican Republic, where he was building houses to atone for his sins and whatnot. Why show a scene that only happened a week ago, from Sayid's perspective?
Well, because they were establishing a self-fulfilling prophecy: Ben knows Sayid is a killer because Sayid once tried to kill him... because he realized Ben was right about him being a killer. Time loop, baby. It's like the compass Richard gave to Locke because he remembered Locke giving it to him 50 years before, which was in Locke's future. HEAD PAIN!!
Does the island heal Ben, the way it healed Locke's broken back and Rose's cancer? Well, it doesn't heal Ben's spinal tumor 27 years in the future. He had to go through that whole convoluted mess to get Jack to operate on it. But that was after he became a mass murderer. Maybe back in '77, the island still liked him?
Someone please fiddle with the Frozen Donkey Wheel so I can pick up the Season 5 & 6 boxsets already.Posted by Jim Treacher at March 26, 2009 02:26 PM