Well, we had John Locke, and Rousseau and now tonight we had Edmund Burke.
What's with the Lost writers' fascination with revolutionary philosophers? And when, exactly, will we meet Tom Paine?
Of course, my mind went right to the dark place when we met Mr. Burke. I knew the name "Edmund Burke", yet instead of zooming directly in on the 18th Century Irish Philosopher, I first thought of the 19th century body snatcher. His name was William, though. So I guess we're still on "I'll take philosophers for $500, Alex."
Given the writers' laser focus on philosophers, I'd imagine that the as-yet-unseen "Jacob" is most probably modeled on Jakob Boehme. Then again, maybe not. Boehme's philosophy focuses on the nature of sin, evil and redemption. Those themes are, after all, not very common in the Lost universe.
The word "mittelos" is, as everyone seems to have already pointed out, an anagram for Lost Time. This could fit nicely with what goes on around the island(s), but I recognised the word from my torturous years studying German. I would have translated it as 'poor' or 'destitute', however an online dictionary gives its meaning as 'indigent'. I don't know what to make of that, but I do think it's a potentially interesting twist.
It was a treat to see Calamity Jane (Robin Wiegart), but if I were that lady I'd ask for at least one role where I got to wear lipstick. I've seen her headshots. She cleans up nice.
In another odd association, I need to come to the Internet for clarification. In Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, there is a man sitting at a table reading A Brief History of Time and stirring his coffee without touching the spoon. Was that the exact same actor guarding the prison and reading A Brief History of Time in tonight's episode? It sure looked like it to me. And yes, I double-checked my DVD of POA. All I can say is that if, indeed, it is the same actor the casting director gets massive props from me for digging that guy up for a massive inside joke.
I do recall fondly a time, however, when there were people on this show besides Jack, Kate and Sawyer. I wonder what it would be like to see them again.