The Source of Evil
The nameless lady that raised MIB and Jacob had a motive that wasn’t entirely clear in “Across the Sea”. I’m attempting at making some sense of all this. Some of it is just recapping, some of it may be obvious, so please bare with me….
I’m assuming that she brought the group of people that included Claudia to the island, much like what Jacob does to people in the present. She somehow knew that one of the boys was going to be special enough to take her place as protector of the island.
We witness what we could consider to be a Hurley moment, or better yet, a young Ben Linus moment. MIB sees an apparition of his real mother, Claudia, when young Jacob could not. She leads MIB to a group of people that turn out to be the same group that Claudia came to the island with. MIB immediately wants to reunite with them. So he decides to run off with them at a later date.
Years later, we see the same group of people completely wiped out. Any idea how an older lady could wipe out a small colony herself, where many of the men looked like warriors to begin with? I think “mother” was also a smoke monster.
We know MIB once played a trick on Richard by portraying Isabelle while he was chained up. We could easily assume that “mother” played a cruel trick on MIB by portraying Claudia. The question is, why would she do that? My guess is that she wanted to fill MIB’s heart with temptation. Much like how MIB purposely filled Ben’s heart with it by showing him Emily, which led him to Richard’s group of the others. The similarities don’t stop there though.
MIB wanted Ben’s heart filled with anger so that he could eventually kill Jacob, the protector of the island. I believe “mother” wanted MIB’s heart filled with anger so that he would one day kill her, the protector of the island. She noticeably said “thank you” when MIB thrusted the knife into her. Unless she was being sarcastic, I’d say she wanted to die.
We could probably say that “mother” wasn’t able to kill herself, just like everyone else we’ve seen in this show. But why would she want to die? Whether or not she was the smoke monster, it’s obvious that she was severely infected. I’m guessing this infection might make life a living hell of sorts…… If she WAS the smoke monster, than that would mean she’s been to the light. Perhaps the light is not only the source of the infection, but it also has a will of it’s own.
It seems as though there’s more to the reason that mother brought them to the light as children then just showing them “why they are there”. She brought them there so that they’d know how to find it when the time came for one of them to take over as Smokie. MIB clearly stated that his entire group was having a hard time finding it. She made sure Jacob knew the way for when the time came that she’d no longer be around.
From the beginning of the episode we were seeing similarities between “mother”‘s view and MIB’s view on humanity, both have stated how people fight and corrupt when they reach the island. That way of thinking might have something to do with coming in contact with the light. So what is the light? No idea. I’d say a meteor is still a guess. Unfortunately, I’d even say a spaceship still isn’t COMPLETELY thrown out as a ridiculous, and unwanted possibilty. I’m more interested in what this light does though. Does it truly have a mind of its own? Is it evil incarnate?
A final thought on this one – Anyone ever see “The Gods Must Be Crazy”? I’m seeing some similarities between the light and the coke bottle. In both, a simple mystery becomes the source of man’s greed, and it tears civilization apart from the inside. Pretty nuts.