There was SO much information in last night's episode that I'm having difficulty processing it all and making sense of it in the grand scheme of LOST.
1. As I alluded to after Episode One of Season Six, I think the Losties on flight 815 seem to somehow know each other. The way they looked at each other, Jack asking Desmond "Do I know you?" and now, Desmond having flashes about the Island.
2. Something isn't quite right in the Sideways. More to the point, everything is too right.
A. Jack has the relationship with his son that he wishes he had with his father.
B. John Locke has a great relationship with father and is getting married.
C. Hurley is now the "Luckiest guy in the world", unlike his real-life experience.
D. Ford is a cop hot on the trail of "Sawyer" and his partner is Miles (LaFleur).
E. Sayid is reunited with Nadia.
F. Daniel Faraday has his mother's approval as a musician.
G. Dogen has his son.
H. Charlie is still a huge rockstar.
Charlie says on flight 815 that he should be "Dead". Desmond, through Charlie, is now beginning to piece everything together and once he's been exposed to the huge burst of electromagnetism, he's willing to help out Widmore any way that he can.
What does he see? Well, he sees his life in "The Sideways" flash, which I believe really isn't a Sideways flash but something else. His entire experience, which to him felt like quite a long time, lasted only seconds. Eloise is in on the fix as well, as she states "You have everything you've ever wanted", just like all of the Lostie's mentioned above. But what Desmond saw will hopefully be revealed soon. He obviously saw his life without Penny but I think it had to be something far more than that.
Also, did anyone notice that the MRI machine sounded like the MIB as the Smoke Monster? I think that Widmore has enlisted Desmond to face and possibly kill the MIB because he can't be injured by huge blasts of electromagnetic energy.
And he's willing to follow Sayid because Sayid will lead him directly to Flocke.
Only six hours left!