'Lost': For Every Answer, Another Question

>A woman washes up on the beach amid the wood from a wreckage. She's pregnant and wearing Greco-Roman-style clothing. She meets Allison Janney by a stream. The woman, named Claudia, asks Allison Janney some questions, in a Latin-ish language. "Every question I answer will just bring you to another question," Janney's character replies. Oh boy does this episode drive that point home.

If last episode was the one where everyone died, this is the one where lots of questions were answered. Most importantly, we learn about the origins of Jacob and the MiB (and they're way more satisfying than Richard's story):

Claudia gives birth to twins...Man in Black and Jacob are twins! Of course! How did we not see it all along? The black and white thing is really driven home in this episode, in everything from clothing to hair color.

Theory: The whole black-and-white-as-good-and-bad thing has been a ruse. Black and white instead represents the Taoist concept of yin and yang: two opposite forces (Jacob and still unnamed Brother/MiB) are seemingly opposite yet are really interconnected and complementary. We see in this episode that MiB—just like Ben and the Others, just like most other Lost "villains"—is really nuanced and quite justified in his rage and actions. If Allison Janney (playing Mother) killed my mother and lied to me about where I was from, I'd be pretty pissed too. Nice play by Lost writers after so strongly convincing us last week, with the deaths of Sun and Jin, that MiB is pure evil.

Unanswered Question: So if MiB has his reasons for being so smoketastic and vengeful, why is Widmore so evil? Where does he fit in to all of this?

Claudia, the twins' birth mother, wears Greco-Roman style clothing. She and Allison Janney speak in a Latinish language. Allison Janney kills Claudia, marking the third time we've seen a woman arrive on the island pregnant only to give birth and have her baby taken away (the others were Rousseau and Claire). Claudia only gets the chance to name Jacob and not the second baby.

Theory: There's no way a Roman ship could be in the South Pacific. When Jacob and MiB begin their time on the island, it's located somewhere in the Mediterranean or perhaps in the Atlantic near Spain. At some point during the Jacob reign, the island must have moved.

Question: Where else has the island been?

Mother shows the 13-year-old (perhaps an allusion to the age of Bar Mitzvahs, when Jewish boys become men?) twins the "Source" (which was, if you ask me, disappointingly Disneyfied), the electromagnetic or whatever light in a cave that makes the island so special. One of them, she says, will become its protector. This later ends up being Jacob, after Brother and Mother are estranged, after Mother thinks she has killed Brother. Mother tells Jacob that going into the Source is "worse than dying."

Confession: I was really disappointed with the scene when Mother shows them the Source until we later see Brother building the wheel that Ben uses to leave the island in "There's No Place Like Home" (Season 4). For some reason, that connection made the whole beautiful, glowing light cave thing seem like less of a cop out.

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