Wow. Back to form with a classic jaw dropper of an ending this week. The theories are out of control already even in the morning after. Also, we learned some more about Juliette's struggle and confirmed that Jin's boys are strong swimmers after all. The Pilot lives and of course we saw the return of personal favorite Mikhail - and you thought bleeding from the ears was fatal. But let's start at the end with the biggest revelation of the night...the fact that they're all apparently dead.
With the utterance of those words, "there were no survivors, they're all dead," new and old theories have spread like wildfire. The once popular and many times refuted Purgatory hypothesis is back, and again, I must say that the producers explicitly renounced this idea long ago. Others ramble about time travel, wormholes, and dimension hopping; but I can't see those fleshing out either. It is important, I think, to remember that the producers have mentioned that everything that happens in this show has some sort of base in reality. While they blur the lines of this statement from time to time (ummm...so what's that black smoke all about?), I tend to think that when we get our answers, we will be much more pleased with logistical ones verses some sort of sci-fi riddled cop out. Just my opinion of course. So in following the reality based argument, let's see how this sounds.
We know that the Others have at least one, and likely many, important contacts in the outside world (Jacob being one of them presumably). These contacts have substantial power. Enough power to track down and recruit future "Others" (Mikhail, Juliette, who knows who else), and enough influence to find out every little detail of the survivor's lives prior to the crash. We also know that they want their Island to be kept a secret. They don't welcome uninvited guests, and have taken great precaution in keeping the Island invisible to the rest of the world. So, as simple as it may sound, I'm thinking that this group of people are powerful enough to somehow manipulate the media, and therefore the world, into thinking that Flight 815 was found and that there were no survivors. Rescue missions are called off, closure occurs, and the Island is safe.
Think about it: no one's really going to question the fact that there were no survivors of a catastrophic plane crash in the middle of the ocean. There usually aren't. Planes are safe for the most part, but when they go down, it doesn't end well. This group mocks up some fake pics or something, and case closed, the plane and its passengers are gone. I know, it's not that sexy a theory, but it makes sense. But who knows, maybe they did all pass through the 10th dimension and are now on the planet Zygoth. I've been wrong before (see: Christian Shephard is Dead).
Finally, it's important to point out that the fallen pilot was there looking for Desmond, and not the survivors of Flight 815. And just so we're all the same page, Desmond obviously was not on Flight 815 as he crashed on the Island from his trek around the world. Just a reminder.
Moving on...what's the deal with our buddy Mikhail?? Well, running into a Sonar/Electric fence, foaming from the mouth and bleeding profusely from the ears apparently doesn't stop our Russian comrade. I know it seems a little crazy that he's alive, but again, let's remember that only Locke really checked to see if he was dead (and not very carefully, mind you), and after a general assumption that he was dead, they just left him there...for dead. I thought it was interesting that he smirked just a bit when he says that our near-death-punctured-lung pilot would be OK in a day in a half...probably the same amount of time it took Patchy to recover from the fence. The Island is a healer, after all.
But what did the pilot mutter to Mikhail after he took that branch out? As you may expect, it certainly wasn't "Thank you." Thanks to all the crazy fans out there, it seems as if she exclaimed, "I'm not alone." Well then. Is she talking about her compadres on the sub? Or was there another co-pilot that bailed from the crashing 'Copter as well? Regardless, this is definitely an interesting piece of info to think about. Additionally, it should be noted that lung-puncture spoke a number of different languages including Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and even some Chinese in her near death ramblings. Interesting.
One final note about Mikhail...didn't you find it interesting that he suddenly appeared on the scene looking all bewildered and what not? Wouldn't you think that this guy has a pretty firm grasp of where stuff is on the Island? Could it be possible that he saw Hurley's flair and decided to do some recognizance? After all, he did try and steal the phone from them...another sign that they are in desperate need of contacting their cohorts in the outside world. Hmmm...
Finally, I suppose we should talk a bit about Juliette. She's clearly still working for Ben and not - at least so far - pulling the double agent con on him. However we see that she's pretty torn as to what to do. She must REALLY want off of that rock. And I liked Sun's suspicion of Jack...I hadn't really thought of that possibility. While I don't think - at this point - that Jack is working with Juliette and/or the Others, it's something to keep in mind. But overall, we'll just have to see how far Juliette will go with this covert operation. Kudos to Brian, who in the comments last week suggested that Kate could be pregnant with Sawyer Jr. We got some confirmation that at least Juliette is thinking along the same lines, as she is looking to get a sample from "Austin" in the coming days (that's Kate's last name). So for now Sun and Kate best be watchin' their backs, cause they are primary targets for future Other kidnappings.
Whew! Lots of stuff happening lately. There aren't really any easter eggs of particular interest yet...but I'll update if I find some that look good, and I'm sure I will.
If you stuck around for the the previews for next week, you saw that it looks like it'll be doozy. We'll see what Locke has been up to and more. Only three episodes left!
Thanks to Sledgeweb for translations