It seems Darlton didn’t want to dissapoint the whatever happened happened people as well as not dissapointing the change is real people. So they did both. As expected the opening episode had many unexpected twists as well as some expected ones.
Recap of the biggest things we learned:
There are two timelines at play, one in which nothing changed and one in which many things changed.
In the changed timeline…THE ISLAND IS UNDER WATER! (This was the biggest WTF moment of the episode for me).
MIB/Flocke is indeed posing as locke and is also the smoke monster. No more arguing on this point.
It seems as though it was gunpowder that keeps smokie at bay.
There is a fountain of healing in the temple. It becomes dirty supposedly due to Jacob’s death, and maybe has lost its power, maybe not.
Sayid came back to life…
We found out what was in Hurley’s guitar case.
Richard was “in chains” according to MIB smokie. Could this mean he was a slave on the black rock?
MIB smokies motivation is getting off the island…there must be a reason this has negative consequences because the others and Jacob seemed to be trying to stop him.
The other others(temple others) have their own leader, and this is where the flight attendant and the abducted kids are.
Ok…so some of my ideas/theories are sprinkled in with the recap. Some other ideas i have are as follows. The gunpowder stops smokie because gunpowder is explosive. When smokie goes over the gunpowder he sparks it causing a chain reaction within himself or gets badly injured.
juliet’s “it worked” was not referencing the creation of the alternate timeline. i’m not very confident on this but it was really vague and seems like one of the places the writers could be leading us on.
The island is under water in the alternate timeline entirely because of the bomb. The statue had already crumbled and dharma houses were already built on the island. The bomb sunk the island or caused the volcano to sink the island or something, ensuring the plane never crashes.
These are my initial reactions. Enjoy, discuss, disagree and have a great day.