Previously On Lost:
The camera zooms out from the castaways and rapidly rises and crosses the island to an undisclosed place. It is the entrance to one of the Dharma Stations. Faint sounds can be heard from within. The camera penetrates the walls to reveal Ben Linus and Jacob with file folders strewn across a table. They are discussing the castaways.
Jacob: “You’re still trying to prove me wrong.”
Ben: “You are wrong!”
Jacob: “They come, fight, they destroy, they corrupt. It always ends the same. They always end up in the church, awaiting salvation!”
Ben: My friend, from now on, it only ends once. Anything that happened before, happened. It’s just progress. I think it’s time to tell them the truth.”
Jacob: “You better let me handle that. All you ever do is lie to them.
Ben: “You do that Jacob.”
The castaways awake the next morning refreshed after a good nights sleep. John Locke suggests making the order of the day, to secure Dharmaville and inspect each cabin for essentials to survive. The group agree as they split into small groups to search. After searching several cabins, Jack, Hurley, and Sawyer find themselves in front of Ben’s old cabin, the one with the secret passages. The men enter cautiously, flick the lights on and begin to search. Everything is tidy and neat. Hurley heads right and reaches the back room, the bedroom where the secret passage doorway was. Hurley slowly opens the door and finds Jacob, sitting in a chair. Jacob is smiling at Hugo, carelessly waiting for him.
Hugo is frozen in place, not knowing what to do. He knew Jacob was dead. Jacob broke the tension.
Jacob: “Hello Hugo. I am glad you have returned. We have much to talk about!”
Hugo panics, stammers, tries to call out to Jack and Sawyer, but falls to the floor knocking over a lamp table and books. Hurley is face planted staring down at a well-worn paperback book of George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm.
In another part of the cabin, Jack and Sawyer hear Hurley fall and race to the back room. They open the door, Jack sees Jacob, his eyes widen. Jack gets that wide-eyed look on his face.
Sawyer follows in after Jack and sees Hurley on the floor and Jacob looking on.
Sawyer asks looking at Jacob, “Who the hell are you?”
Jack says, “James, meet the elusive Jacob!”
Sawyer: “Well ladee freakin duh. So you’re the man who caused us all this trouble.”
Jacob: “No James, I am not the cause. However, I am the beginning.”
Jack comes out of his stupor, directs his attention to Jacob, “I remember everything, you told me I’m like you now, and I was to protect the island, as long as I could, and then you died.”
Hurley gains his footing, gets back up, blurts out to Jacob, “Why are you back Dude?” And speaking to Sawyer, “You see him too?”
Jacob: “I’m here to complete my mission. To finish what I started. We all must come full circle to survive.”
Sawyer to Jacob: “What the hell does that mean Gandhi? What do we have to finish? You’re talking in circles.”
Jack remembers the last time Jacob was encountered in a cabin and realized why Jacob decided to make contact in Ben’s cabin now. Jacob was in his own environment, his home turf.
Jack decides to gather the rest of the castaways and to get Jacob out of the cabin, (Where bad things always happened when he was in one) He tells Jacob to come out of the room and into the compound. Jacob nods and slowly follows him.
Hurley races ahead and calls for the other castaways to join him. The rest come out from other cabins and surrounding area they were searching and quickly assemble in the compound. Only Rose and Bernard recognize Jacob. The others are asking who he is.
Juliet to James: “James, who is this man?”
James: “This is Jacob! I guess the good part of old smoky”
Jacob acknowledges the castaways and calls them all by name and says hello.
Kate is holding a club she found in one of the cabins, ready to react if Jacob makes a move. You could tell by her posture she does not trust him at all. Jacob picks up that vibe and attempts to soothe Kate.
Jacob to Kate: “You need not worry about me Kate. I am not here to harm you. Any of you.”
Kate retorts back: “How the hell do you know my name?”
John Locke asks, “I thought you could only be seen by Jack and Hurley? Why does everyone see you now?”
Jacob: “All in good time. I will answer that question and more.”
Sayid: “You’ll answer them now. You must understand our circumstances. If you truly are Jacob, you are aware fully what we had just endured. You must believe we are very skeptical about your good intentions at this unannounced arrival.”
Jacob, sensing the tension and anxiety among the group, asks Jack if he could sit down on the bench in the compound.
Jacob: “I’ll tell you everything you want to know. You must believe me, I am not here to harm you, but here to protect you.”
Sawyer: “I ain’t buying it Doc. Last time we trusted him, it got us all killed.”
Jacob: “And yet here you are, very much alive. All of you!”
The castaways look towards Jack for the next course of action. Jack allows Jacob to sit and requests he continues.
Jacob sits on the bench, the castaways gather a little bit closer. Kate is still holding her club.
Jacob: “Do any of you remember when you were children, how the world seemed so simple. So big. Wonderful.”
Sawyer butts in: “Hell no Jake. I don’t remember it that way at all. I had a hell of a life, I watched my Dad get murdered. I drifted from town to town. It was no bed of roses for me.”
Jacob: “And that is why you are here James. You were a candidate. Because of the life you led as a child. Do you remember me James, at the funeral, you were sitting on the church steps, angry at life, I offered you my pen.”
Jacob looks around, makes eye contact with all the castaways, “I visited each and every one of you as a child. To see if you were candidate worthy. And you all were.”
Sayid: “A candidate for what?”
Shots ring out from several sides of the compound. Bullets whizz past several castaways. Yelling and shouting, the castaways take cover, flipping the picnic table on its side to deflect the bullets. As they scramble for the shelter of their cabins, Jacob gets hit. Blood is forming at his mouth and his beige shirt is quickly becoming red and wet with his blood. Jack and Hurley see Jacob fall. Blood is pooling around Jacob’s body when Hurley reaches him.
Jacob looks up through his dying eyes and pleads to Hurley, “Don’t let this all go for not Hugo. What happened before means nothing. What you do now is what matters. Don’t let him win!” Jacob takes his last gasp and dies. Hurley, not knowing what to say in Jacob’s last moments of life, quotes a Star Wars scene between the Emperor and Skywalker. (It is your destiny. I have foreseen it.)
Men with guns are running around the camp, herding the castaways to the center of the compound. (Much like they were the other day when at the church) All 17 castaways are accounted for. The castaways are clinging to each other. The soldiers have their weapons trained on them, ready to fire at the first sign of insurrection. From the jungle comes a voice, a command, to withdraw their weapons. The soldiers comply.
The camera pans out and to the left to show the jungle. The brush is moving as someone is walking in sight of the camp. A moment later, Charles Widmore steps from the jungle brush.
Widmore, stern looking and peeved yells: “Attention everyone! Where the Hell is Desmond Hume?!”
Sawyer, agitated, lashes out at Widmore: “Listen up old man, we just got here yesterday. Your little green army soldiers roughed us up and locked us in that cargo transport.”
Jin expands on the explanation: “We do not know where Desmond is. We came to the camp looking for food and shelter.”
Widmore: “Those were not my men that held you captive!”
Sawyer: “They sure as hell look like them.”
Kate to Widmore: “What do you want with Desmond? Are you going to kill him like you just killed Jacob?”
Widmore: “I killed Jacob because he’s one of Ben Linus’s puppets. I didn’t want him to escape and alert Linus that we were back on the island. I’m trying to keep Desmond safe. He is the key to this entire operation.”
Sayid: “What operation are you talking about?”
Widmore: “Hold on, I must make certain that Jacob is indeed dead. I’ve seen this to many times to believe it without being a doubting Thomas.”
Widmore has his men stand down, but still heavily armed. Widmore walks to where Jacobs body is lying. He inspects Jacob’s lifeless body, poking it a few times with his walking stick. He reels around to the castaways and exclaims,
“What he told you, it’s a lie. He and Linus are the ones who held you captive for so very long. They are the ones who tortured you for their own SADISTIC pleasure. I’m here to put and end to it. To end your suffering. I’m here to help you!”
Michael, still clutching Walt, demands an answer stating that, “You aren’t the first person today to tell us that you were here to help us, and not harm us. But that man over there is dead and you are holding us all hostage at gunpoint.”
Widmore changes his tone, becomes more relaxed, and asks the castaways to please sit down. He states that after all they’ve been through, they deserve to hear the truth of why they are held captive on this island. Widmore opens up his back pack, takes a tin cup from it and a bottle of Dharma water. He carefully pours himself a drink and sips it as if it were 100-year-old scotch. (perhaps it is)
Widmore puts the tin cup down and begins: “As most of you are aware, Ben Linus and I are mortal enemies. However, it wasn’t always that way. Years ago, we were partners. Partners in a project that would someday save mankind from their own terrible vices. We called it the Dharma Initiative.”
Widmore continued: “In the Summer of 1969, Ben and I attended a rock concert, some of you might remember Woodstock, the Summer of love. It changed our lives. We saw how people could live in peace when they had a common goal, a common purpose. The music that played was emotional to us. Barry McGuire’s Eve Of Destruction hit home, especially when he sang this verse,
Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave
[Take a look around ya boy, it's bound to scare ya boy]
And you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
And right there we knew what we had to do.”
“The castaways were intently listening as Widmore spun his tale: “My father was a very rich and powerful man, and when he died, I inherited millions of dollars, enough to buy an island. This island.” With the Vietnam War escalating out of control, with the United States, The Soviet Union, and China at each others throats just waiting for the other to blink, we saw what the near future of the world could be. Death and destruction.”
Linus had several connections in the exotic real estate business and we searched for the perfect paradise, an island large enough to support a small commune of people dedicated to peace, love, and harmony.”
Sawyer looks disgusted and butts in: “Chucky, Is this the time we’re all supposed to lock hands and sway back and forth singing Kum Ba Ya.”
Widmore looks peeved, and tells Sawyer, “When I’m done with this story, you may want to sing a few of those lines.”
Widmore returned to his story: “Eloise and I used our inheritance and purchased the island and we began construction on this very compound that we are located at right now. Ben and I decided that a simple life, living off the land would be the most gratifying way of life for our new commune. Hence, we built cabins instead of a five-star hotel. To keep our little island adventure a secret, I created a new corporation, The Hanso Foundation, and had all the contracts and paper work channeled through them.”
Several years later, our son Daniel was conceived and born on the island. He would be the first native of the island. But at that time, as with all good plans, it began to unravel. Linus was becoming more and more paranoid about the unrest of the super powers of the world and if a world war was declared, it would be the end of the world as we knew it.
So he convinced me to protect the island. Convinced me that a catastrophic event would soon be coming and that we needed to be prepared for it. I used my contacts with the military and several private sector scientists to create a protective grid. In less than three months a working prototype was in place.
The design was quite simple really. An enormous focused electromagnetic pulse discharged into the atmosphere. The pulse would then combine with the ionosphere and would form a net that would neutralize any radiation that would spread. The pulse was capable to create a grid that would surround a small island.
However, this barrier, or shield, took massive amounts of energy to maintain. In the 1970′s, the only energy powerful enough to sustain the burst was an atomic reaction. Through the black market, we purchased a nuclear bomb. We stripped it down and constructed a small reactor plant on Hydra Island.”
Sawyer chimed in again: “And you had Doc Brown deliver it in his DeLorean!”
Widmore: “No James, my freighter delivered it. Along with the machinery, steel, and raw materials to construct the stations that you have found dotted across the island. We were preparing for the ultimate worst case scenario. If the grid failed, we could move under ground and live in the stations until the radiation subsided. The stations are all interconnected and we could freely move from one to the other. My freighter also brought all the Dharma canned and powdered goods you see on the island. We had enough food and supplies for 84 people to survive for 10 years. We were well prepared.”
Kate: “84 people. Why 84 people?”
Widmore: “In the beginning, we were going to invite 40 couples with like minds to join us in paradise. Eloise, myself, Ben and Anna would complete the 84 people. That was the plan until we found that the protection grid had a side effect we did not anticipate. This is where Linus and I differed on what course of action to proceed with. Linus went insane with Godlike delusions and when I was on the mainland making final preparations and delivering the final freighter of supplies, he slaughtered the original inhabitants of our commune, allowing only a few loyal followers to survive. This is why it is imperative that I find Desmond Hume. He can reset the island so to speak. He is the key.”
Sayid: “Side effect! Other than make the sky turn purple and shake the ground violently, what else does the pulse do?”
Widmore: “It made the island very difficult to locate. It almost hid it from view. When the shield was activated, you needed exact coordinates to find your way back. We literally had a private garden of Eden. And it has taken all this time to finally reach the island again.”
Widmore stands, addresses the group: “I know that none of you trust me. So I am offering you a good will gesture. Some of you are going to be very happy with this action. If you follow me, perhaps you will begin to understand what is happening on this island. However, you all must come as a whole, I will not allow the group to be split.”
Sawyer: “No way Emperor, I’ve heard this song before, and I’m not going to dance to this one.”
Widmore: “If you speak for the group, than so be it. The second option is to take you all into custody, something none of us want to endure. Remember the bear cages James, the tanks are full of kibble for you. Please, everyone think for a moment. If I wanted to harm you, I would have ordered my men to do so. But here you stand, alive. Unharmed. I promise that I will do no harm to you if you agree to come with me.”
John Locke: “Folks, he’s not going to let us stay here. I say we find out what this island really wants with all of us. I thought I knew, but I was obviously wrong.”
Jack to Widmore: “We have your word, no harm will come to us!”
Widmore: “I promise, I will do you no harm.”
The castaways gather light supplies in their back packs. Widmore informs them that their destination is the temple. You can see in the faces of the castaways that they are worried about the temple. The castaways begin their trek following the soldiers and Widmore to the temple. Several hours later they arrive. Sayid asks Widmore if he is gong to ask him to kill the smoke monster? Widmore replies, “Smoke monster. No Mister Jarrah, there is no smoke monster at the temple.”
A fire is crackling, a familiar smell wafts through the air. People are walking back and forth inside the temple compound. Hurley sees the people and rushes to the front of the line and runs to the temple. He begins yelling “Libby, Libby!” as he’s running. The camera focuses on a blonde woman and she turns around revealing that it is indeed Libby.
Libby smiles and runs towards Hurley. They embrace, kiss, both of them crying. The rest of the castaways reach the temple and there before them are the rest of the castaways. Ana Lucia, Miles, Frank Lapidus, Mister Eko, Leslie Artz, Eloise, Charlotte, Daniel, Cindy, Ilana, and Naomi. Even Richard Alpert. An emotional reunion ensues between the castaways as they get re acquainted with each other.
After several minutes, Widmore announces to the group, “I hope this small gesture allows you to take that first step in trusting me. Our journey is just beginning. We must find Desmond Hume. Our very lives depend on it. I want to organize search teams of three people each and we will scour the entire island. Everyone please see my wife Eloise for your search area and partners. Time is of the essence so we must press on.”
Kate is talking to Sawyer, Jack, John, and Sayid. She doesn’t trust Widmore anymore now then before. In a low tone, Kate says, “All he has done is increase his chances of finding Desmond by combining forces. What is he going to do when he finds Desmond? Kill him like he did Jacob. Desmond told us he never got along with him. That he wasn’t deemed good enough for his beloved daughter Penny. And now he spins this yarn about Desmond being the key to our salvation. I don’t trust him. “
Jack: “I agree. This is to easy. If Linus were here, wouldn’t he have tried to stop us by now?”
Sayid suggests, “Perhaps we should go along with his plan. If any of us finds Desmond, we could warm him that Widmore wants him. It may give us more time to understand what Widmore really wants from him. And from us.”
All in unison, “Agreed!”
The castaways initiate their search party and set out for Desmond. All corners of the island are to be searched. In a matter of minutes, the temple camp is empty except for Widmore and a group of men to coordinate the search effort.
Jake, Kate and Daniel are one of the search teams. Their ultimate destination is the foot statue and the temple inside. Along the way they will inspect caves and gulleys where Desmond could be hiding or held captive. Jack strikes up a conversation with Daniel seeking information on Widmore.
Jack: “Daniel, your father mentioned 84 people were planned to live on this island. Why only 84? It looks like this island could house hundreds comfortably. “
Daniel: “I really don’t know what my father had planned. I just know he is obsessed with regaining control of this island. He has dedicated his entire life to this cause. He won’t tell me the reason, but I have an idea what it might be.”
Meanwhile, Boone, Locke and Miles are headed to the hatch, where Desmond was first spotted. Miles is somewhat spooked at walking along with two formerly dead men. He breaks the ice and asks, “John, when you died, did you see a white light, or clouds, or heaven, anything?”
Locke: “No Miles, I didn’t. I know i died, and know that Ben strangled me to death, but nothing after that. I woke up and found myself in a taxi on the way to the church. And now I’m here. That’s all I have.”
Boone replies without being asked, “I don’t remember dying at all. Widmore rescued us all and took us from this God forsaken island. I was living on the mainland when one day, I awoke and found myself talking with Hugo.”
Boone, Locke, and Miles approach the hatch where Desmond was originally. Cautiously they peer into the hatch. John says he remembers that there is a side entrance not far away and that they should go and search the station. They all agree and move on to the side entrance. After 20 minutes in the hatch and about to give up, they come upon the control room. Tied to a chair facing away from them is a man who appears to be Desmond. Locke slowly walks toward him and the man slightly turns his head to reveal it is Desmond.
Locke quickly begins to untie him, removing the duct tape from his mouth first. Desmond tells Locke to stop. He is wired with explosives. If he is removed from the chair, the entire station will go up. Locke looks under the chair and spies a timer counting down. 108…107…106…105…
Locke stands and informs the group that there is only a little more than a minute to free Desmond and escape.
Miles is skeptical: “Wait a minute, Widmore wants him alive, Linus wants him alive, we all want him alive. So who wants him dead? I think it’s a trap. Lets get out of here!”
Locke: “Very true. Boone, Miles, get topside. I’ll stay with Desmond and try to disarm this bomb. Now get going, there’s only 35 seconds left.”
Boone and Miles scramble through the station in record time. They hear no explosion. In the control room, Desmond and Locke await their fate. There is no explosion.”
Kate, Jack, and Daniel deviate from their planned coordinates and rendezvous at the hatch. Miles and Boone are at the secret entrance. All five head back into the station and meet Locke and Desmond coming out. Desmond tells Jack, “Hello Brotha, I told you i would see you in another life!” Both smile and laugh. The backtrack and reach the surface. As they walk through the hatch door, Tom, Ethan, and several goons with guns are waiting for them.
Tom yells, “Everyone just stand still and no one will get shot today. Everyone, hands up slowly and each of you’s take a few steps away from each other.”
The goons tie their hands and they are marched through the jungle to the bear cages. They are all unceremoniously tossed in. Tom tells Kate to bad your lover boy isn’t here, he could show everyone how to pull the handle and get kibble for everyone to eat. Tom leaves with a hearty laugh.
Kate is pacing, freaking out being trapped in the cages once again. She sees that her previous escape route has been sealed as the top of the cage has been barricaded. Jack tries the cage door and sides but to no avail. The cage is solid. Music is being piped in to the cage. It’s 1970′s folk rock style music.
Jack asks Desmond: “Why does Widmore and Linus need you? Why are you the key to our survival?”
Desmond: “Honestly brotha, I have no idea. I cannot stop what is happening. I only know what is going to happen. And what already did happen. Desmond has a dramatic pause and then continues, Ever since my boat washed ashore on this island, I have been having visions. At first, I thought I was delusional, sick from the boat crash, perhaps with fever from the island, but I have been reliving the same sequence of time over and over again. Why do you think I knew that Charlie was going to die? And how i saved him all those times. Because I have already seen it. Already experienced it.”
Daniel: “That would explain the strange readings and test results I was getting with my test rockets on the island.”
Jack: “Whoa, whoa, Desmond. Are you saying we’re stuck in some type of Star Trek time warp?”
A voice from outside the cage: “That’s right Jack.”
The group turns to see Ben Linus outside the cage.
Ben continues: “Hello Jack, I told you the island wasn’t done with you yet!” Linus is smiling as he speaks.
Jack goes crazy with rage, he smashes against the cage doors screaming at Ben, “What the Hell are you doing to us? Where is my father? Why are we back on this island? What purpose do we serve here?”
Ben to Jack: “Jack, your father is dead. He was always a figment of your imagination. In fact, everyone you knew or thought you knew from your past is dead. They no longer exist Jack.”
Jack: Do you really expect us to believe you, after all the lies you told?”
Ben to Jack: No Jack,… I expect you to die. I always wanted to say that!” (In his best sarcastic tone)
The music in the cage gets a little louder, the song changes to Neil Young’s classic, Comes A Time:
Comes a time
when you’re driftin’
Comes a time
when you settle down
Comes a light
Lift that baby
right up off the ground.
Oh, this old world
keeps spinning round
It’s a wonder tall trees
ain’t layin’ down
There comes a time.
You and I we were captured
We took our souls
and we flew away
We were right
we were giving
That’s how we kept
what we gave away.
Oh, this old world
keeps spinning round
It’s a wonder tall trees
ain’t layin’ down
There comes a time.
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