February 17th, 2010
08:19 AM ET

'Lost:' Who is the Man in Black?

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen this episode of "Lost" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

When John Locke, or rather, someone who looks like him, a.k.a. the Man in Black, approached Sawyer on Tuesday night's episode of "Lost," and promised to answer the most important question in the world, "Why are you on this island?" it was a pleasant surprise to see that we actually got the answer in the very same episode.

We've come to expect differently from the show that has trained us to expect answers ... eventually. (Even when we're told we'll get them by the producers, characters on the show, and most often, the ABC promotions department.)

But things are starting to come together on the island, and off the island, in the alternate timeline as well. Here we find that Locke (the one who's still alive and never crashed on the island) was engaged to Helen, who had long since left the Locke we know. He never went on that walkabout, and when he was fired for skipping a business conference, his company's owner, Hurley, offered him a temp position with an agency where the supervisor, Rose, told Locke to accept his lot in life. So John Locke the believer lost his faith and became a gym teacher, at a school where he met a teacher named Benjamin Linus. The idea of Ben as a teacher amuses me to no end. FULL POST

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