Squatters in Smokie’s Temple
We’ve assumed for a bit that smokie lives in the Temple, that’s where he dragged Locke, took Montand’s arm and judged Ben. But all of this occurred around and under the Temple. The island also seems to be covered in a network of tunnels. The others in the Temple itself very much want to keep smokie out, using a circle of ash as one method.
Smokie aka MIB, Flocke is not a happy chappy. He’s really mad and just wants to go home. The place on the island he seems to be kept out of is the Temple, so it makes sense that this is home. At best, he’s been cast into the Underworld, mythologically speaking.
Now my ‘what if’ , What if smokie is the only real ‘native’ to the island, he has been there in smoke form, able to take on the appearance of dead people for centuries, lives around a really special spring, a fountain of youth and healing. People arrive on the island and go “Wow”. Worship smokie and the fountain of youth for a while, build him a nice temple with pretty pictures of him.
Then they get a bit greedy.
Jacob is the spiritual leader of this group, he uses the fountain a lot so is effectively immortal but smokie isn’t happy with the way the island is being used by these people. The only way Jacob can keep it all together is to banish smokie from his temple, tricks him to get him to leave, throws up a circle of ash and continues his civilization of others, bring other people to the island and selecting a special few to join this group. Smokie then spends all this time roaming the outer walls and tunnels getting more and more peeved that he can’t go home (after a few centuries of this, I’d want to kill someone too). The only way he can get back in is to kill Jacob (cut off the head of the snake) but isn’t able to do it in physical form (not sure why) so he needs to figure out how to convince someone else to do it. Uses Ben and Locke and we know the rest.
I think the war is this, a struggle between two for control of the island via the fountain of youth. Jacob has his group of followers (wouldn’t be surprised if the Japanese guy is also ageless) some who stay within the Temple and others who keep the island under control via Richard. Smokie wants them gone and to have his island back. So who is on what side, are people like Eloise and Widmore ‘real’ others, or are they on smokie’s side and want to see him return home? Who is right or wrong? Smokie seems like a really nasty entity at the moment, but situations can make these things seem quite one sided when they aren’t.
If you consider the conversation on the beach from this perspective, it makes sense. And shows Jacob to be a bit of a smug b******.