Bad Robot Productions
Feb. 18 episode
This episode also leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Let me say unequivocally I would never under any circumstances return to the island unless I could be assured of rescue. The Oceanic Six returned to the island with no such guarantee--in fact, they were hoping for a plane crash. (The chances of one person being involved in more than one plane crash are almost infinitesimal.)
Who beat up Ben Linus? Why? Obviously the person he was supposed to meet. But we don't know any other details.
Hurley seemed to want to prevent Ben from boarding the aircraft. But he could have prevented all from successfully returning simply by refusing to board the flight himself.
The bright light in the aircraft, and Jin's operational Volkswagen truck and crisp new Dharma uniform suggest a time warp to the mid-80's. I guess we'll see.
Locke killed himself to guarantee the others would return to the island? He really did believe it was bigger than any one person's life, including his own.