Eduwonk may have his Friday Fish Porn for end of week entertainment. This blog has “Get Lost” — an end of week comment on the latest developments in the TV show Lost.
For the rest of you fellow nerds… The main questions raised in the most recent episode, “The Shape of Things to Come,” are 1) What are the Rules and how did the murder of Alex represent a change in those rules? 2) Why can’t Ben kill Widmore? and 3) Why did the Morse code communication from the freighter say the doctor was fine when he was found dead?
Here are my best guesses. The Rules could either be an informal understanding, like that they won’t go after each other and family members, or a more formal restraint, like Michael being unable to die because he still has work to do. I’m inclined to believe that it is an informal understanding, not a hard constraint. The competition between Widmore and Ben is long-standing and they may have developed understandings of the boundaries of that competition. If it were a hard constraint, it is not clear how it would be possible to break it.
Second, Ben probably can’t kill Widmore (or vice-versa) because they are each other’s constant. Killing the other would destroy oneself.
Third, the mystery of why the freighter reports that the doctor is fine is probably not a time travel issue, since the only time travel we’ve seen with the freighter is of one’s consciousness, not body. My guess is that it is Sayid controlling the radio and who is falsely saying that the doctor is fine. We know that he is the only one who was able to get the radio on the freighter working again. He may have been lying to cover that he attacked the doctor.
Tune in next week.