Lost – Episode 5-8 Revisited

As expected, there wasn’t much feedback from last week’s episode of Lost. That’s cool – it wasn’t really a theory-heavy episode. Of course, there is one thing on everybody’s mind: Which character will be revealed as the baby that was born on the island?

Over on my blog, Kyle has echoed this very sentiment:

I read an interview with the actress who played Amy responding to a question about whether the baby was “someone special” by saying that yes, the baby was someone special, but we don’t find out who in the first episode.

Any thoughts on who it could be? My initial crazy theory was Jacob since we saw Horace with the cabin building plans, and Jacob has always struck me a little bit as someone or something that didn’t quite grow up (the poltergiest stuff almost seemed like a temper tantrum). But someone pointed out that Alpert reacted to Jacob’s name when dropped by Locke back in the 50s, so that’s probably out.

Jacob seems like a distinct possibility. While the math doesn’t add up, the whole time traveling aspect could clear that up. Consider two particularly interesting points: As alluded to by Kyle, Horace was the person who built Jacob’s cabin. Secondly, as far as we know, this baby is the only person to be conceived and born on the island. Sawyer theorizes that perhaps the incident that kills impregnated women hasn’t occurred yet, but that’s pure speculation. After all, there must be some reason why they perform the births on the mainland. So, this distinction alone certainly makes the child “special.”

Two other interesting possibilities: One is Ethan. Perhaps no other “Other” has so consistently appeared in character flashbacks. What’s his story? But if that’s the case, how does he become an Other? And why would Ben spare his life?

Second prospect is Desmond. As far as I can remember, we don’t really know anything about his parents. Along with that, Daniel has made it clear that Desmond is unique and that the rules don’t apply to him. And he seems strangely drawn to the island more than virtually any other character.

We have another week before there’s a new episode of Lost, so I have two homework assignments for you. Provided that enough people participate, I’ll do an ADDITIONAL Revisited column next week before the new episode. If not, well, I guess I’ll just report the results in the regular Lost column.

The first assignment: Who do you think the baby is? I’m not really looking for responses like “I THINK IT’S JACK HOW KEWLZ WOULD THAT BE?!?!!?” No, I want some thought out ideas. This baby just HAS to be somebody special. And they went to such lengths to avoid revealing his name. What we do know: It’s a boy and he was born in 1977. Like I mentioned before, the whole time traveling thing could offer us some leeway in the age department. We can safely assume he was conceived on the island, and we know he had a successful birth.

Other considerations: We’ve seen Ben’s birth and we’ve seen Locke’s birth, so it’s not either of them. They’ve also made it a point of revealing Daniel’s mother, and it’s not Amy, so it isn’t him either.

Sound off people. E-mail me or comment on the blog.

Speaking of the blog, I will also be posting TWO polls. Another talked about topic of discussion was the whole Sawyer/Juliet/Jack/Kate thing. Since the beginning of the series, everybody has been debating: Who will Kate end up with? When she returned to the island, she was giving Sawyer the gooey eyes. Yet she had just slept with Jack the night earlier. And for that matter, pretty much every time Kate and Sawyer had an island romp, it was immediately after she got jealous because Jack was paying attention to somebody else (honestly: Twisted woman).

One poll will ask: Who do you THINK Kate will end up with? From a story telling standpoint, who do you think the writers will ultimately decide upon. It doesn’t matter which relationship you like more, or which character is your favorite. I am merely wondering who you think she’ll end up with, if you were a betting person.

The next poll, as you can probably predict, asks who you WANT Kate to end up with. In a perfect world, who would you have her live happily ever after with. Which relationship do you think is stronger? Which do you prefer?

Visit my blog to vote. And please, only vote once (we want an honest perspective).

Like I said, if enough people send me their thoughts on the mystery baby and vote in the polls, I’ll write another Revisited column before the next new episode. So get to it people!

Matt Basilo has been writing for Inside Pulse since April 2005, providing his insight into popular television shows such as Lost, Heroes, Prison Break, and Smallville. You can visit his blog at A Case of the Blog.