Welcome back to LOST Observations! This week, we’re looking back at The Other 48 Days: a special, extended episode that uniquely shows events in chronological order! The episode does not just tell the origin story of the tail-section survivors, but also answers several intriguing mysteries from earlier episodes and offers clues for plot points that won’t become relevant until Season 5, meaning there’s plenty to talk about!
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Beware – major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 ahead.
“Do you really think it’s possible that one of us is one of them?”
- We witness the crash of Oceanic flight 815 again – this time from the tail-section’s point of view. The new life of the survivors starts as soon as they emerge from the ocean water.
- In a possible callback to the Pilot episode, we see Ana-Lucia look around the high mountains of the island in shock and performing CPR on a young girl… not unlike the leader figure from the other part of the plane.
- There are a few instances in this episode where it becomes clear that Ana-Lucia has some kind of history involving children. Both Libby and Goodwin ask her if she has any of her own, and both times Ana-Lucia seems to be bothered by the question. Goodwin also catches Ana staring at Zach and Emma at one point in the episode.
- We learn in the next episode (Collision) that Ana-Lucia lost her unborn child when she was shot by a young man while on the job as a police officer. So there you go.
- Eko asks Cindy to look after the two children from the plane after the crash. A request she takes very seriously; from now on, every time we see Cindy on the island, she’ll be with Zach and Emma.
- A man named Donald breaks his leg in the crash. It’s the opposite of what happened to Locke, who was suddenly able to walk after crashing on the island. However, the two characters do appear to shop in the same clothing store. They even wear the same socks!
- Locke will break his leg after a long fall in This Place Is Death.
- While Rose sits quietly on the beach, waiting for her husband, Bernard cries, afraid that he’ll never see his wife again. Bernard will continue to have hope that there might be other survivors on the island, but his faith doesn’t seem to be nearly as strong as his wife’s. It shows not just the contrast between the two characters, but between the circumstances of the two groups overall…
- The tail-section survivors don’t have their suitcases. They don’t have a John Locke to hunt for them, or a Smoke Monster to lead them to a source of water. What they do have is a group of Others attacking them every now and then. From day 1, it seems that Goodwin has somehow managed to make lists of ”good people” to kidnap and give them to his friends. For reasons revealed in a Mobisode, Ethan became obsessed with Claire and her baby, and apparently never got around to making any more lists (which is unfortunate for his people, because clearly all the important survivors were on his side of the island).
Next: “Ursa Theodorus…”