LOST Recap: Season 5, Episode 3: “Jughead”

30 01 2009

Before I get to breaking down the episode, let me just quickly comment on the installment on an overall basis.  While the first two episodes were “decent” with respect to LOST fare, I thought last night’s show was absolutely fantastic.  The episode reminded me why I fell so much in love with this show in the first place.  Great character interaction, high quality acting, a strong, forward-moving narrative, and of course, a few little twists to make things fun an interesting.  Yes, LOST is indeed back, and I couldn’t be happier!

“Are you the doctor?”

This one really seemed to come out of nowhere.  Of course, I know that LOST is known for surprising us by changing things we thought we knew, but showing Desmond and Penny in the first two episodes but not their child definitely made his appearance even more of a surprise than usual.

Head fake!

Not sure if any of you really fell for this one, but as Desmond told his son to look ahead at “the island”, I’m sure it at least briefly crossed your mind that they weren’t heading to Great Britain.  Oh, those sneaky writers!

Uh, watch out for the trip wire…

Pretty crazy sequence with the explosives taking out a couple of passengers…one of which flew sideways through the air before going down for the count.  Glad to see the stunt folks having a little fun.

“Promise me you’ll never go back to that island again.”

Note Desmond’s vague answer in which he really doesn’t commit to Penny’s request.  It’s not as if I’m expecting that his journey will take him back there, but I’m also not ruling it out.  Especially once we realize where Faraday’s mother is supposedly located.

“We didn’t put them here, you did.”

After watching this scene a couple of times, I’m still unsure what to make of it.  Is Ellie suggesting that Faraday himself (and/or his friends) set the land mines that they ran into?  That they’ve seen them before and that she knows what they did?  Her line, “you just couldn’t stay away, could you?” would suggest that. After seeing this scene, I expected that at some point in a future episode, we’d see Faraday and team traveling to a past date even further back than this one.  I still hope that this is the case, but now I’m not sure if Ellie says what she says because she (at least at the time) thinks that Faraday and team are part of the US military.  There are clues that point to both answers, and I’m still on the fence, so I’ll leave it up to you to make your own conclusions.

Latin, the official language of the Others

Is it possible to be both funny and cool at the same time?  It’s nice to see that the Others have a “secret handshake”, but the way Juliet claimed it so nonchalantly was quite amusing.  It left me to wonder though…didn’t Ms. Klugh and Patchy chat with each other in Russian?  Why wouldn’t they revert back to Latin?  Or are the Others actually multi-lingual?

Meanwhile, back at camp…

Richard appears once again as a member, or even quasi-leader, of the Others.  And he’s still looking like the same old Richard.  He’s like the Dick Clark of the Others, hasn’t aged a day since we first saw him.  But seriously, even as much as 50 years back, this guy looks like he’s the same age.  I originally thought he looked the same because he time traveled everywhere he went.  But his stay at the Others camp in this episode certainly does not appear to be a brief visit.  No, I’m convinced now more than ever that Mr. Alpert is indeed aging at an incredibly decelerated rate.  No, I have no idea how he’s doing it, but I’m convinced that his trick is not one of time travel.

“What’s your name?”

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Uh no, what’s *your* name?  Lovely little chuckles interspersed here and there this episode, and the look on Miles’ face when Faraday snapped back at Richard was priceless.  Of course, it’s just enough to throw you off the scent of what’s really happening here.  Faraday is going through a lot of trouble to not give away his identity while at the camp.  But more on why he’s doing that in a bit.

“Could be 5 minutes, could be 5,000 years”

Seriously folks, if you didn’t enjoy the humor in this one, then there’s no hope.  Really fun dialogue in this episode, which did nothing but add an extra notch to what was already a stellar installment.

“You come to this island to run your tests and you expect us not to defend ourselves?”

An obvious nod to the Dharma/Others war here, but the principals are still not overly clear.  Richard is clearly an Other from the start, but where did he come from?  And how did Ellie and “Jones” get to be a part of it?  Plus, is the US military the pre-cursor to the Dharma initiative?  Or are they one in the same?  While the picture is starting to come into focus, it’s certainly still not 100% clear.

“He’s one of my people”

Not that he would have been able to shoot and kill “Jones”, but Locke’s line here is an interesting insight into how he’s thinking right now.  His confidence has fully returned, and he knows he’s on a mission.  He’s the leader of the Others, he’s got clarity of purpose, and he’s clearly a man to be reckoned with right now. 

On Faraday, Theresa, and Widmore

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Well here’s a scene that’s jam-packed with little nuggets of knowledge.  First of all, it looks like Faraday had an up-close and personal experience with what happens when someone can’t find their constant.  But poor Theresa, she wasn’t given a final sentence of death like the majority of the freighter people from last season.  She’s stuck in the temporal abyss, moving back and forth through time endlessly.

Of course, this explains why Faraday is so consumed with what’s happened to Charlotte.  He’s already responsible for ruining someone’s life (maybe a lover?), and he’s bound and determined not to have it happen again.  Of course, he may have no control over the situation.

The last thing we learn in this scene is that Widmore has been funding Faraday’s experiments all along.  Everyone’s random ties to each other continue to be exposed on the show.  Or is it random?  Actually, I don’ think so.  But more on that in a bit.

“Good luck with that…I’m going to finish my conversation with Richard.”

Like I said, don’t mess with Locke.  He’s got clarity of purpose right now, and doesn’t have time for silly things like saving Faraday from a rogue Other.  It’s up to Sawyer and Juliet to leave Crazy Town and take care of that.

“…you look so much like someone I used to know”

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OK, here’s the moment that pushes all of the clues over the top.  Of course, it only makes real sense after the identity of “Jones” is revealed, but since I’m assuming you’ve already seen the episode, I’m sure it’s an easy enough extrapolation.

So here’s the deal: with the revelation of Theresa and her sickness in this episode, it’s easy to believe that Faraday’s comment to Ellie is in reference to what happened with Theresa.  But LOST is known for its misdirection, right?  So allow yourself for just a minute to think that it’s *not* about Theresa.  What else could he be talking about?  Well, couple this behavior with him being very careful about not revealing his name, the idea that a young Charles Widmore is on the island (who funds Faraday’s work in the future–why would that be?), and you might just come to the conclusion that…Ellie is actually Faraday’s mom.  Who, in fact, is Ms. Hawking, the woman currently working with Ben, and who Desmond had met previously in one of his flashes.  And you thought “Jones” getting revealed as a young Charles Widmore was the big sccop in this episode!

Jughead

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Ah yes, *that’s* why they named the episode Jughead!  I was waiting for something that was indicative of the title, and then BOOM, there it is!

“Do you people have any access to lead or concrete?”

OK, so here’s something far-fetched and not fully fleshed out, but I’m going for it anyway.  The only place on the island where we’ve seen massive amounts of concrete is…the Swan station.  Is it at all possible that the location the Others decided to bury the bomb was at the hatch?  Could pressing the button every 108 minutes be keeping the bomb inert?  I do realize that if that magnitude of a bomb went off, it would leave a much larger crater than what was left behind when Desmond turned the failsafe key.  But maybe there’s more to it.  In any event, it at least seems worthy enough a concept to be mentioned.

“You told her?”

As if there weren’t enough humorous moments in this episode, Sawyer hits a home run with this one-liner.  I don’t think there will ever be a better reaction to someone giving up the ghost about their time-travel antics.

Desmond is off to LA

Thing is, he best be careful.  Remember, Charles Widmore has already killed Ben’s “daughter”, and Ben is out for revenge.  If Desmond takes Penny with him, and they happen to find Ms. Hawking at the same time she’s collaborating with Ben, then look out!  Of course, Sun is probably hoping for Kate to lead her to Ben in the same fashion, so we might just have a shoot-out at the OK Corral before everything is said and done.  The one thing that’s for certain is that moments of high tension await when everyone gets together in LA.

“I said, put the gun down Widmore.”

Ah…the truth is revealed.  Quite a cool moment, and one I certainly didn’t see coming.  I guess those of you playing the challenge of the week were half-right!  But of course, it’s the past and not the future.  Of course, the biggest thing to take out of this is that we have a little more background on why Widmore and Ben are so at odds with each other.  Widmore’s been there before, and he feels like he has just as much right to claim the island as Ben.

“You are my life now.  You and Charlie.”

And the cool surprises just keep on coming!  Definitely nice to see Desmond and Penny giving a nod to our dear old friend that way.  Of course, I’m assuming that they named their child after the Oceanic 815 survivor, and not Penny’s dad…

“How do I get off the island?!”

Well, there goes my theory that Locke only faked blowing up the submarine.  If he hadn’t blown it up, then he would know that he could get into it at a future date and use it to get back to the mainland.

“Yeah, me too!  I’m great too!”

Leave it to the writers to throw in one more great line before taking us to the the dramatic (and somewhat disturbing) conclusion to the episode.

Widmore and Faraday, Part 2

This isn’t part of a specific scene in the episode, but it’s something interesting I rolled around in my head, and I wanted to share it with you.  When flight 815 crashed on the island, and everyone seemed to be interconnected somehow, it was amazing to see it all play out.  It spoke to “destiny” or “fate” that these supposed strangers were really involved in each others lives indirectly.

I mention this because it’s easy to apply the same logic to Faraday, Widmore, and Hawking.  But you shouldn’t.  Those folks have different rules.  More to the point: remember, the freighter folk were hand-picked by Widmore for the mission.  In fact, I would go as far as to say that Faraday, with Widmore’s funding, has been training his whole life for the moments he’s now experiencing on the island.  I also think that Charlotte and Miles have similar on-island connections, we just don’t what they are yet.  But I’d bet that they both have at least been on the island before, and there’s probably much more to it than that.

Anyway, I just wanted to point it out.  Their situation is much more causal that the flight 815 folks…although maybe we’ll learn that there was more to it than mere coincidence with them as well…

Post-episode questions

  1. When did Faraday and gang shuffle off to this time?  Could they actually be on the island at a time after flight 815 crahsed on the island but before the Oceanic 6 left?
  2. Can Desmond find Ms. Hawking without leading Penny to Ben?
  3. How the heck does Locke finally get off the island?

There was a ton going on in this episode, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed something.  Please feel free to comment if you’ve got something to share!

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LOST Challenge of the Week: “Jughead”

27 01 2009

Can you believe it’s time for another LOST episode again already?  Maybe it’s just because LOST has been gone for so long and I’m not used to having it around, but it seems like a real quick turnaround for a new episode.  And good thing too!  There are so many new things going on, I’m excited to see what’s around the corner.  And, with so many new things going on, what could we possibly focus on for the challenge of the week?  Well, I’ve got 2 big things I’d like to see the answers to, but I only think one of them might get answered in the next episode, “Jughead”.  So, here is your challenge of the week:

Who are the people that Sawyer and Juliet encountered last episode, and are they from the past, present, or future?

That’s it for today…enjoy the episode!





LOST Recap: Season 5, Episode 2: “The Lie”

24 01 2009

One of the things I find amazing about LOST is its ability to re-define itself season after season.  While the writers have clearly had “themes” in mind from one season to the next, I’m not sure if they were fully aware how that would give the show such a different feel from season to season.  Every season really seems to have a completely different vibe to it, and this season, 2 episodes in, is no different.

One thing you can count on with LOST though, is that the viewer will be given multiple puzzles to unravel, and misdirection is just part of the game.  It’s that fact that leads me to believe that “The Lie” is not just a reference to the Oceanic 6’s cover-up, and Hurley’s desire to divulge what really happened.  No, I think there’s another “lie” going on in this episode, and you don’t have to dig too deep to see the signs.  But more on that as the recap goes on.

Three Years Ago

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The conversation on the Searcher is very unsettling.  Here’s a group of people we’ve come to know and love, and it appears as though Hurley is the only one with any integrity.  And unfortunately, he succumbs to peer pressure and goes along with the group.  His argument that a) the island is gone and would be nearly impossible to find and b) that Widmore won’t stop looking regardless of what they say is actually very compelling.  But clearly, the group went through a bit too much to have clearer heads prevail.

“What if I were real?”

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I love all of the guest appearances going on in the first 2 episodes this season.  Ana Ana-Lucia coming back through Hurley’s “hallucinations” is no exception.  Although it appears as though there’s not much from her dialogue that helps put this season’s puzzle together, her lines “You’ve got a lot of work to do” and “Libby says hi” were priceless!

Introducing Mr. Neil Frogurt

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Well technically, we met him last episode, but it was cool to see a face with a name the writers dropped a ways back.  And the casting was pretty awesome as well.  Just having his character in a few scenes at all was clearly an indication of the writers throwing the more obsessive fans a bone.

“I know you from somewhere, don’t I?”

Pretty funny that the writers can actually make fun of themselves.  They’ve definitely had Hurley on the news multiple times, and it’s cool to see that they are self-aware.  Even better that they can use that multiple times in this episode for comic relief.

Ben’s got a secret stash

It’s only on the screen for a few seconds, so it’s easy to miss.  But Ben clearly has an item that he is extremely concerned about.  First, he hides it in the hotel’s vent, then he quickly moves it to his bag while Jack is in the bathroom.  I don’t have the first clue as to what it might be, but it certainly holds a high level of importance.

Previously on Expose

Gotta love all of the little winks the writers give us in this episode.  Not only do we get a quick nod to Nikki and Paulo, but Hurley’s dad also says, “why, are you on it again?”, referring to his son’s propensity to get on the news.  Classic.

Ben takes a trip to the butcher

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And it’s not to buy porterhouse.  Apparently, it’s to protect John Locke’s body.  But there’s definitely more going on here than meets the eye.  I mean, would anyone really be after Locke’s dead body?  Or perhaps Ben’s really trying to protect his secret stash.  Or, maybe Locke isn’t really dead?  I guess maybe the simplest explanation is one that Ben already gave: that they need Locke’s body to join the Oceanic 6 in order for them all to get back to the island.  But there’s always more to the story when Ben is involved.  If you’re looking for a double-meaning in this episode’s title, then this scene certainly gives you a chance to speculate.

Frogurt, we hardly knew ye

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Just when you get all excited about seeing Frogurt in the flesh and following his escapades, he goes and takes a flaming arrow to the chest.  Ah well, I guess it was to be expected, considering what happened with Nikki and Paulo.  What might have ben more central to the plot in this scene was Charlotte’s continuing physical ailments.  Of course, Faraday knows exactly what’s going on with her, but he’s reluctant to share…probably because he know the outcome isn’t good, and he doesn’t want to put her into a panic.

Of course, seconds later, *everyone* is in a panic, with flaming arrows flying through the air picking people off here and there.  Pretty intense scene, especially in the middle of the relative silliness of Hurley’s trip to his parent’s house.

Kate and Sun have a secret rendezvous

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Sun gives her own interpretation of the lawyers arriving at Kate’s door, as well as the events on the freighter before it blew up.  “I don’t blame you”, she says, referring to the death of her husband.  Good for Kate; she’s off the hook.  Not so good for Ben, as a team-up of Sun and Charles Widmore might be difficult to overcome…

“Tell your mother the truth.”

And when he does, he gets what he’s been looking for over the past 3 years.  Despite the spectacular, convulted story, Hurley’s mother believes his story.  And thus, Hurley proves, at least to himself, that telling the truth was the right thing to do all along.  Unfortunately for him, there are still consequences to pay for making the wrong choice initially.

“If you come with me, you won’t ever have to lie again.”

Ben once again does a fantastic job of smooth-talking, this time to Hurley.  Somehow he knows exactly what to say, appealing to Hurley’s desire to stop lying and set things straight.  But he didn’t count on Hurley’s friendship with Sayid to override his own desires.  He remembers Sayid’s request to do exactly the opposite of whatever Ben asks him, and follows through.  Very ironic, in fact, when coupled with the first scene of the episode, in which Hurley states that Sayid will ask for his help, and he won’t do it.  It turns out that Hurley can’t help but to do what he thinks is right.

“What are you doing on our island?”

After being assaulted by flaming arrows, Sawyer and Juliet get accosted by people claiming the island as their own.  And just as it appears as though things would get real ugly real quick, the good old knife-wielding John Locke comes out of the jungle and saves the day.  But who are these guys?  And why do they think the island is theirs?

You’ve got 70 hours

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The episode ends with yet another guest-star, Ms. Hawking, from Desmond’s past.  She provides an extra sense of urgency to Ben’s task, and sets him up with a time frame that is interestingly similar to the amount of time that Sun plans to stay in LA.  She clearly seems to have a time and a place that she thinks can provide a window for everyone to return to the island, but whether or not Ben can pull everyone together is another story.

As an aside, did anyone else get the impression that she might actually be Faraday’s mother?  I half expected for the reveal to be that she was in Oxford writing on that chalkboard, but that’s certainly not the case.  I guess it was just a head fake for all of us looking for any clues we can find…

Post-episode questions

  1. Who are the people that Sawyer and Juliet run into?  Why do they think the island is theirs?
  2. Now that Hurley is under arrest, how is Ben going to get him to the rendezvous point?
  3. What’s up with Ben’s stash?  And why does he feel as though Locke’s body needs to be guarded?

Don’t hesitate to post any comments below!





LOST Recap: Season 5, Episode 1: “Because You Left”

23 01 2009

Wow, was it me, or did a whole heck of a lot of stuff happpen in the 2 hours of last night’s premiere?  I’m still reserving judgment on the quality of the episodes, but we were certainly given much to ponder.  Let’s jump right in and discuss.

“Baby’s awake!”

Boy, they really get things started with a bang, don’t they?  It was awesome to see a little more of “Dr. Marvin Candle” right off the bat, but if you took a minute or two to get back in the groove and re-adjust your thinking cap for the start of the season, you may have missed something that appears to be very meaningful: Dr. Candle appears to have a baby, and it appears (although you can never be sure with LOST), that he was born on the island.  Now I’m sure there are ways for the baby to have been brought to the island after conception, but I get the impression that the writers wanted us to believe that the baby was born on-island.  (At least that’s how I’m going to interpret it.)

So what do we get out of that?  Well, apparently, the problem with having children on the island is specific to Ben’s group.  Perhaps as a result of the timeframe on the island, or perhaps, because of who their leader is.  There isn’t much in the way of clues to help decipher an answer, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye out for as the season progresses (especially considering how on-island events are being told this season).

Oh, and if Dr. Candle had a child on the island, do you think he died during the purge?  Or, by some chance, did he manage to escape?  Not sure if there’s anything there at all, but it’s another thing that I suspect we at least want to keep in the back of our minds.

“Sir, we’ve got a problem down at the Orchid”

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The most interesting part of this sequence (at least to me), is that Dr. Candle is not just the face and voice of the Dharma Initiative in front of the camera.  In fact, the dude’s running the show.  Not only is he approached when things go a little sideways in the Orchid station, but he knows exactly what they’re doing, and apparently why they’re doing it.  This tells us two things: the Dharma stations being built next to the island’s phenomena is absolutely no accident, and that the Initiative clearly has some higher purpose, and is not on the island simply to study its effects.  They want to harness the island’s powers–the question is, to what end?

Faraday and the oxygen tank

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2 things hit me as I watched this scene, both containing elements of foreshadowing.  First, the guy doing the drilling into the cavern wall near the donkey wheel has characterized as having intense headaches, and a massive nosebleed.  This may be some sort of “time-motion sickness”, where people who are sensitive to moving through time exhibit these effects.  Now you might ask yourself, where the heck did I come up with that?  Well, it’s a guess, admittedly.  But based upon future behavior of a certain individual on the island, it may make sense.  But more on that later.

The more interesting bit of foreshadowing is with respect to Faraday himself.  You probably asked yourself, what the heck is he doing there?  Especially since this scene was well before we  were introduced to the idea that the island is moving back and forth through time.  But with that info in mind, this scene is very intriguing.  Faraday is clearly trying to infiltrate the area with his Dharma disguise, but we’re not given enough time with the scene to make any kind of guess as to why.  Of course, I’ll still give it my best shot and say that he’s there to blow a hole in the cavern wall with that oxygen tank, and se if he can’t get the island to stop skipping through time…perhaps by turning the donkey wheel back the other way.

By the way, before I leave Dr. Candle fo rthe remainder of this episode, let me point you in the direction of a great article over at EW.com.  Most of you have probably already read it, but from the category of “why didn’t I think of that” comes a great article by Doc Jensen about Dr. Candle.  More specifically, about how his videos might actually be a commentary on LOST in a self-referential way.  Fascinating stuff, and a must-read for any of you that haven’t yet seen it: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1550612_20245769_20253740,00.html

Ben and Jack make for a truly odd couple

Ben & Locke had a real chemistry between their characters.  Maybe it was because they were both fighting for control, maybe because they had varying forms of understanding of the island at its power.  But Ben and Jack?  These guys are not meant to share time together.  It’s interesting, in a train-wreck sort of way, to see the way they interact now as opposed to back in Season 3.  But for the most part, seeing these two interact is like having your teeth pulled.

“Did he tell you what happened to them after the island moved?”

One thing that’s constant: Ben’s lying ways.  I don’t believe for one second that “we’ll never know” what happened to the people that were left on the island.  Mr. Linus knows exactly what happened.  But he doesn’t want to share it right now because it would jeopardize the chances of him getting the Oceanic 6 back to the island.  I won’t be surprised if some really ugly stuff happened on that island during the past 3 years.  Speaking of which…

“We can’t go back to the camp!  There is no camp!”

Ah yes, let the fun begin.  While I’m not exactly crazy about LOST pulling back the curtain and going full-on sci-fi, this little twist–the one where the LOSTies are moving back and forth in time on the island–definitely has the potential for some really fun moments.  And maybe, just maybe, it might be the explanation of one of LOST’s biggest mysteries.  But more on that later…I want to give you a chance to think about it for a bit.

“I’m not at liberty to divulge the name of my client”

It appears as though Kate’s ruse of Aaron as her son is up.  Someone’s on to her…although it’s entirely possible that it’s someone who already knows without any doubt that she’s not Aaron’s mom.  Someone that wants to push her into going on the run, so that returning on the island isn’t such a completely awful thought…

Sawyer bitch-slaps Faraday

Now that was somethng I didn’t see coming.  Faraday was getting a bit too holier-than-thou about his knowledge of time travel, but I sure wasn’t expecting the open-handed treatment.  It worked though, as Faraday spilled the beans about the island’s moving back and forth through time, and opened up a world of possibilities about what we might get to see this season.

Enter stage right: plane of cocaine!

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The writers waste no time having a little fun with the time travel possibilities, as Locke encounter’s Yemi’s (Eko’s brother’s) plane just as it’s about to crash land.  And if that wasn’t enough, Locke gets an up close and personal visit from Ethan the Other and the business end of his shotgun.  Oh yeah, the writers are giving us just a taste of what’s to come.  It was almost as if they were saying, “look at what and who we can bring back to the show on a whim!  You have no idea what’s in store for you!”  I love it.  And all the while, Locke has no freaking idea what’s happening.  Remember, he doesn’t have Faraday around to explain it to him.  Poor Locke!

Sun and Widmore get on the same page

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After flexing a little muscle to show who really has the upper hand, Widmore is ready to get down to brass tacks.  And Sun is listening.  And just in case you think Sun might be playing, remember, she holds him responsible for Jin’s death.  She’s out for blood, and I bet Mr. Widmore would be happy to oblige…especially since we’re led to believe that he can’t do the dirty work himself.

Hurley and the news

Man, this guy just can’t stay out of the spotlight, can he?  First he wins the lottery, then he becomes a celebrity as a member of the Oceanic 6.  Now he’s on the news for escaping a mental institution.  Is there anyone who wouldn’t immediately recognize this guy?

Sayid’s not playing fair

OK, so he’s clearly outnumbered.  But while his attackers are doing their best to abduct him without causing him bodily harm, Sayid is throwing people over rails to their death, dropping them on a nasty bed of knives, and overall just showing no respect human life.  He’s definitely a new man off the island, and apparently, not for the better.

Flashes?

It was about this time that I came to realize…we’re getting any flashes anymore.  No flashbacks, no flash-forwards.  The “3 years ago” intro doesn’t count: those scenes are not insight into the main character’s past or future.  They are, in fact, stories of a completely different set of individuals.  Not that I mind at all…the “flashes” were storytelling devices that were great in the beginnning, and were very clever last season as flashforwards, but their time was up.  Kudos to the team for not trying to force them after their usefulness was up.

However, I must admit, the lack of flashbacks or flash-forwards made me feel like the episode was a bit all over the place.  Not keeping the crux of the narrative focused on a single individual made me feel like we were getting only a little bit of plot development (albeit with a lot of individuals).  In other words, I felt as though there was an overall lack of focus to the episode.  Hopefully this was just a temporary thing, and I’ll get used to it as the season progresses.

“If we try to do anything different, we will fail, everytime.”

All I have to say is, thank goodness!  I’m glad they invoked the “past is immutable” rule for time travel, otherwise, things could get ridiculolusly messy (see Heroes for examples).  And this, of course, is just one more bit of evidence towards my theory that this time travel stuff is going to be the explanation for one of LOST’s biggest mysteries.  But I’m going to hold off on sharing it with you for just a bit longer.

“It’s a compass.  It points north, John.”

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Oh, you gotta love that Richard Alpert guy.  Not only does he patch Locke up, but he wisecracks with him along the way.  Oh, and that compass that he gives to Locke…does it look familiar?  Yeah, of course it does.  It’s from last season’s “Cabin Fever”, where Richard asks a young Locke to pick items that are “already his”.  Looks like he should have picked the compass instead of the knife…

Charlotte’s got time-motion sickness

Remember that poor Dharma guy at the beginning of the show with headaches and a bloody nose?  Yeah, things aren’t looking too good for Charlotte, are they?  Anyone want to take bets as to whether or not it gets worse the more time travelling you do?

Desmond, Faraday, and non-linear communication

First of all, I love the “are you him?” comment.  Great stuff.  But even better is the way that Faraday can communicate with Desmond in the past, and have it register with him in the future.  And they can do it without explicitly breaking their “past is immutable” rule due to Desmond’s flashes.  Is it a cheat?  Maybe, but it’s well enough within reason to make sense, and besides, it makes for great storytelling.  I can’t wait for Desmond to find Faraday’s mother (maybe he’s already met her, but just doesn’t know it?), and for he and Faraday to have more conversations in Desmond’s “memories”.  An excellent way to end a truly trippy episode.

Post-episode questions

  1. What does Faraday hope to accomplish by having Desmond meet his mother?  Unless of course, it’s someone we (and Desmond) have already met…
  2. Will Locke ever get to lead the Others?  Poor guy didn’t get but 5 minutes with his followers before the time travelling started
  3. Why did the time travelling only affect the LOSTies, and not the Others?  They were all in the same vicinity when the donkey wheel was turned.  What’s the distinction that allowed them to stay grounded in their time?
  4. How do Sun and Widmore plan to kill Ben?  And how ready for it will he be?
  5. Can the Oceanic 6 get back together?  And even if they do, how the heck are they going to get back to the island?

I hope you enjoyed the episode!  Back tomorrow with a recap for the second half of the premiere, “The Lie.”





It’s back!!!!

20 01 2009

What’s that in the air I smell?  You know, the one that hits you when you walk on to the beach for the first time?  Ahhhh yes, LOST is back!  After whetting our appetite with a cool return from mini-hiatus by Fringe, we’ve now got the main course tomorrow: 2 full new hours of LOST!

It’s almost hard to believe it’s here, as these 8-month hiatuses seem just way too long for this show.  But here it is, back for the penultimate season.  There are so many things I could touch on as we move into the new season, but I think there are 5 main questions that I hope Team Darlton address.  The last of which I’ll pose as the challenge of the week, as I hope we get the answer in the very first episode.  Anyway, here they are:

1. How did Locke end up back on the mainland, with everyone calling him Jeremy Bentham, and how did he die?

2. Jacob: if we must wait until the final season to know *who* he is, can we at least find out why he needed Locke to help him?

3. What’s up with Richard Alpert and his apparent discovery of the fountain of youth?

4.I have to admit, I think the writers have let this one linger too long: what the heck is that 4-toed statue all about?

And #5, which is your LOST challenge of the week, if you choose to accept it: Where (or when) did the island get moved to?

(BTW, I’m pretty sure we won’t learn the true secret of Smokey until the final season, so I didn’t even ask about that one.)

Anyway, I’d love to hear your theories on any of the questions above, as well as anything else you’re looking forward to seeing in more detail this season.

Enjoy the episodes everyone!