Ep. 14 – The Variable

The Episode…

Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God!! When Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse teased this episode as being The Constant’s brother, I held my heart in anticipation: no way an episode can be as good as The Constant when it’s been announced as being so. So I shrugged and forgot about it.

But Oh My God! This episode really was exactly what they told it would be. It delivers loads of answers, builds up to the finale in a way I could not have imagined, and it’s so dramatic on a whole new level. Too bad poor, poor Daniel Farady had to die for it.

And that was the brilliant part. Sure, if you watch the episode a second time, you can see it coming about three minutes in. But the first time you’re watching, you’re thinking that they possibly cannot kill Farady. It cannot happen. Farady is Season Five’s Libby. You think he’ll make it… but he won’t.

Right before Faraday died, he revealed it all: that there’s more than just constants in this world. That there’s variables – people. Kant and Rousseau would be pleased to hear Faraday’s words. Does this mean everything up till now has been in vein? That this destiny stuff will be wrong? That they will detonate Jughead and the first five seasons will have never happened?

In my opinion, that is very likely. I mean, there’s a few different roads the finale could walk. First of all, the bomb could not explode, making their efforts useless and showing us the whole constant/destiny thing again. Second, the bomb could explode but it had always exploded. This would basically define the “Whatever happened, happened” thing this season seems to have.

In my opinion, they oughta walk the third, daring line. And I think they will. The bomb will explode. And the crash of Flight 815… will have never happened. Once again, people who read this theory dismiss it as jumping the shark. But didn’t they do that when the flashforward thing got out? And when the frozen donkey wheel got out and the island disappeared? We are looking forward to a finale of epic proportions.

The Questions…

We finally know all there is to know about Farady. Except for the book. Was the book truly just a notebook he kept because he had memory problems? I was kind of thinking he had been traveling through time and had given the book to himself at some point. But seeing how he’s dead… my theory doesn’t have much chance anymore.

In All…

This was easily the best episode of Season 5 so far. In fact, it might be one of the top episode of the series ever. It’s up there with The Constant, that’s for sure. I just can’t get over the shock effect of Eloise killing her own son. And knowing about it all of her life. And still not letting the poor kid playing the piano. Bitch.

Favourite Quote:
Young Daniel: “But I want to keep playing the piano. I can do both. I can make time.”
Eloise: “If only you could.”