LOST Discussion Thursday
Yeah, we didn't learn anything new in this episode. Seemed more of a vehicle to introduce new characters. IMHO, its because it was about the three most boring characters: Jack, Sawyer, and Kate. Toss in a Jack flashback, and its snoozeville. I try and try to like Jack, but truth is, I don't. I think Jack is going to be a villain. He has all the characteristics of a villain. He's stubborn, he's aggressive, he obsesses over small detail and last but not least, he believes that everything he does is right. By the end of this season, I think Jack will be the main villain, because we got a taste of how crazy he can be in the flashbacks. Frankly, I was hoping that with Jack, Sawyer, and Kate captured, we wouldn't see them for a while.
Give me some Locke, Eko, and Sayid flashbacks and stories. These are the most troubled, most interesting people on the island.
Back to the opening scene, I so didn't see that coming!! Who would have thought the Others looked so damned normal? There plenty of clues that alluded to this in season 2, though. One example is the fake beard, theatrical glue and costumes in the abandoned medical facility where Clare was kidnapped. The other is the whole "fake camp" where they held Michael, which included 2 guraded doors that lead to...solid rock. Walt also said something to the effect of "They're pretending....it's fake!"
More surprising was that, well, the Others seem to be living in the equivalent of a normal suburban neighborhood. I think we're supposed to think that the Dharma Initiative is alive and well and the Others are actively part of it, although perhaps they don't know everything.
Although, well, Danielle (aka "The French Chick") has been running around on this island for seventeen years and didn't know about this village? Or that most of the time the Others look like American suburbanites? I have to wonder if she's somehow part of the whole conspiracy, perhaps not knowingly.
It would appear that the Others have a standard procedure for dealing with castaways on the island. It's also clear that they have some kind of contact with the outside world; how else would they know about Jack and his father? Having all those records about Jack was creepy. Do they have an internet connection? How did they research everything on his marriage, etc.? Creepy.
But we don't quite know what they're doing with Jack and Sawyer and Kate yet, beyond playing mind games. On the contrary, I took the clues tonight to mean that the Others had somehow supplanted the Dharma Initiative, which failed at some point, and which tallies with the more-or-less abandoned (or undermanned) nature of every Dharma facility we have seen, with the polar bear running free, etc.
Some questions and comments:
I thought it was funny how they set Sawyer up with the Monkey test to see if he could feed himself. I kept thinking about the Simpson's episode where Lisa conducted a psych experiment on Bart to see if he was smarter than a lab rat :)
I also liked when Sawyer shared his fish bisquit with Kate. It looked yummy. Nothing like polar bear kibble and a nice bonz to keep a guy looking fit!
Who will Kate fall for? If it's based on proximity, she'll be right by Sawyer in the bear cages, so she might be able to share all her innermost thoughts with him. Being away from Jack might make her heart grow fonder as she longs for him. I have no freaking clue which way she'll go, but I wish she'd just make a damn decision. (I vote for Sawyer because he's SOOOO hot!)
Why would the others put on rags when they had nice clothes on the island? Maybe there are two groups, and Henry (Ben) could be a doubleagent. Maybe he is working for both sides. One could be the hostlesand the other the good guys. Or maybe they are clones, or maybe they all just have a twin. I just can't think of any reason why they would dress in rags and go barefot just to give someone the peception that they are simple. The only Others that I recognized was Ben and Zeke (Mr. Friendly). Maybe they are both working for both sides. It could be that as Kate, Jack, and Sawyer are turned over to the good guys, would need to make sure that our Losties don't see that they are working for both sides.
Things we have surmised by this episode:
- All you 'no one could have survived the airliner's plus-or-minus 30,000ft. break up' folks can now give it a rest. The airliner broke up at what seemed to be less than a thousand feet - for whatever reason. Plus it was clear how the two trajectories of the front and rear fuselage divided.
- The Others are definitely in CURRENT and ONGOING contact with the outside world - not just receiving blindly automatic supply drops...or else there is no way they could have had that updated dossier on Jack. Unless you guys think they could have found out ALL those things from simple secret observation of the losties over time. Which makes little sense to me.
- The polar bears evidentally were released from the zoo, and the dolphin hatch is the underwater aquarium. That explains a couple more sites on the big map Locke found.
- Jack is in a room with a patient. He is looking down the hall and sees his father talking and laughing on the cell phone. Take a look at the patient in the bed. They only showed it but a second, but at a glance, it kind of looked like Zeke. Oh, and I loved when Zeke came out of the closet on tonight's episode. Yet another surprise.
- I can't wait to see what happens next week, when it appears we go back to the beach camp and meet up with Hurley, Sun and Jin, Locke, and the rest of the cast of survivors.
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