Just some side notes on the episode since I just watched it again. Pierre Chang aka Dr. Marvin Candle aka Dr. Mark Wickmund aka Dr. Edgar Halliwax aka the guy from the orientation videos has become a prominent side character since his days as a glimpse of Dharma past in the orientation videos. Now way back when, before we met him, people on the internet would say that he never used his left hand. When the drill was being sucked down into the Swan's energy pocket, his left hand was crushed. Could this possibly be a real correlation that they implemented into the show's continuity in the second season only to wait until the fifth season until it has any real relevance. If so, holy shit. Lost writers, my hat goes off to you!
Secondly, I have been thinking hard about Jacob and his nemesis and Richard. Obviously Richard is from some subservient order of people who work for Jacob or beings as powerful as he. Now, apparently Jacob has kept Ricardous alive for much longer than he should be and Richard's people know about it. I love the mystery of it all. Now, Jacob has to be god because he is so powerful, but can't be god because Ben kills him. Right? The last thing Richard says is in Latin meaning "he who will save us" or "he who will protect us". Hm. Plus the last shot we see of doppelganger Locke is him standing over a fire as the flames fill the frame. Devil imagery? God damnit!! Pun intended.
I hate this fucking show.