Jacob’s Touch & Richard’s Sentiments
After a wonderful episode of LOST this evening – who doesn’t love a good episode about Ben Linus – we learned some really great stuff!
Those whom Jacob touches are given a gift. To Richard, this gift is a curse. This gift – whether it is some form of immortal life or not, we aren’t entirely certain – prevents a person who has been touched by Jacob from killing his or herself. This is why Richard could not kill himself. This is why Jack did not die when he lit the dynamite. This is why Locke failed to kill himself after he left the island. This is also why Michael could not kill himself – it means Jacob, at some point, touched him.
Now, I believe that this ‘gift-giving’ has implications for the relationship between Jacob and the MIB. Here are a few things:
– The Smoke Monster’s incarnation of Locke is different because of the fact that he took over the body of someone who was blessed by Jacob. This is why the incarnation is permanent.
– It is also possible that the MIB was ‘blessed’ by Jacob. After all the time the Smoke Monster has spent trying to get off the island, he may have tried to kill himself to end it all. But, perhaps he cannot kill himself because Jacob came to him when he was a man and ‘blessed’ him. His ability to transform into a pillar of Smoke might also be a side effect of this gift. Maybe.
– Another fleeting thought I had explains why Jacob and MIB cannot kill each other. Perhaps Jacob and MIB are brothers or consist of the same entity and are gifted. They cannot kill each other because it would be a form of suicide. This is why the MIB gets Ben to kill Jacob. Not entirely sure though – just throwing it out there.
Here are some other confirmations we received this week:
– There are six candidates left. These are my guesses: Kwon, Shephard, Reyes, Austen, Sawyer, … and… (Linus, Lapidas, Straume(?)…) Sayid is no longer a candidate because he has been claimed. I’m not sure if Sawyer and Kate have been.
– Richard came to the island on the Black Rock. This means he does not actually come from Ancient Egypt (which was my hope) – at best, he dates from the mid 1800s.