LOST Discussion Thursday
First, I want to say HELLO to Rose and Bernard, and welcome back. I missed your delightful banter. I love you. But Rose, who was your hairdresser? How did you get such perfect cornrows in the middle of the island? That really bothered me. A lot.
Did you notice:
The Looking Glass had a White Rabbit in their logo. Heh!
The woman Charlie saved in the alley? Did you recognize her? It was Nadia, Sayid's neighbor.
Did you see the white rabbit that Alex was gutting? Plenty of white rabbits in tonight's show.
The Looking Glass hatch turns out to be inhabited. By whom? Dharma, Other's, or???
Naomi's conversation with Charlie about how there was a big outpouring of fans at his 'funeral' and that Drive Shaft put out a Greatest Hits album? Classic!
Charlie, LOST’s often ridiculed rock star, was in need of some serious redemption in this weeks episode. After being chased by the threat of his demise for weeks, it looked like Charlie’s number was finally up when Desmond told him his sacrifice would ensure the rescue of his beloved Claire and Aaron. Sure, Charlie willing to make the sacrifice alone was not going to charm the Charlie weary fans, indeed they were egging him on throughout. What “Greatest Hits” needed to do was turn those negative opinions around, and I think it succeeded. Even with me, and I'm so not a Charlie lover. Now, I have to say that I believe that the whole Desmond story about Claire and Aaron being saved was cooked up in order to get Charlie to take action, something he would never do of his own volition.
What this episode did do was to beautifully set up the 2-hour finale next week. Something else I am terribly pleased to admit that it accomplished with ease. I would say that if you thought you had a pretty good idea of what was coming, you’ll be left completely deflated by the end of tonight's episode. These writers, they are trying to fuck with us. I think they love knowing how we keep thinking we know, and we don't know anything much!
For starters, there is Jack’s plan. Juliet has told Jack all about the Other's plans to come in and kidnap the pregnant women on the beach, and Jack eyes this as the perfect opportunity for an ambush. Danielle has brought the dynamite from the Black Rock and they are going to use it to set traps for “the others” when they arrive at the beach.
However, timing is everything, and their timing was definitely off. Because Alex’s boyfriend Karl (I refer to him as Krazy Karl, or KK) shows up in a outrigger canoe and warns the Losties that the Others are coming a day early because Ben is on a tear after "killing" Locke. Not a good situation at all.
Meanwhile, Sayid is working on a secondary plan. He has Naomi’s satellite phone fixed, but it looks like Danielle’s 16 year-old SOS is broadcasting on all channels and blocking out any other transmissions. (Which didn't make much sense to me, since we KNOW that Patchy was transmitting all the time, but what the heck, I'll go with it for now...) Sayid will get Danielle, (CFL) to show him how to get to the tower, where he wil stop the signal, and radio Naomi’s boat for help. Jack arranges for everyone to go with Sayid, except for the three sharpshooters left with the tents, the dynamite, and the big guns. And one of them is Bernard! Who would have thunk it? Of course this means that when the Other's arrive, they won't be finding any pregnant women, but they will be finding some very large explosions! Kaboom!
Now there's yet another problem. Juliet introduces the flaw in the plan, and in the process the nature of Charlie’s sacrifice. A station called “The Looking Glass” which is underwater is blocking all signals being transmitted off the island, Juliet tells them. She doesn't know anything about it, doesn't know anyone who has been there, etc. Which I find suspicious after seeing the last scene. I am thinking that Juliet isn't trustworthy...again! Anyhow, according to Sayid’s handy Dharma map he stole from Patchy's cabin, the Looking Glass station is deep and flooded. Without scuba gear, turning off the signal is a suicide mission. He does realize, looking at the map, that the big giant cable found on the southern part of the beach will lead them right to the hatch. And since KK has brought the message that the Other's are arriving a day early, he also brought the outrigger canoe, which coincidentally helps with Sayid's plan.
Charlie volunteers for the mission, knowing that his "sacrifice" will save Claire. His flashbacks, which are all disconnected, are memories of the five greatest moments in his life. These are the moments that meant the most to him. Proving to his dad he could swim after being afraid to jump into the pool, hearing the Drive Shaft song on the radio for the first time, saving a woman (Nadia) from a mugging, getting his DS ring that turned out not to be about Drive Shaft at all, but was a family heirloom that his messed up brother passed on to him, and lastly, meeting Claire at the crash site. These well performed set of vignettes are touching, and brings us closer to Charlie’s human aspect than we have ever been before. No longer are we observing the ex-rocker, the junky, the Laurel to Hurley’s Hardy, now we are seeing Charlie as vulnerable and complex human being with a galvanized sense of what makes life worth living. Damnit, we want him to live. I swear it, I kinda teared up a bit when he passes the list to Desmond.
Desmond rows him out to the location of the hatch and offers to take his place. Desmond says that maybe he has saved Charlie all these times to position himself for the sacrifice, to take Charlies place and dive himself. It first looks like Charlie is going to go along with Desmond's change of plan, but then he smacks Demsond unconscious with the oar, and jumps in the water himself. It is a deep swim indeed but the surprise comes when Charlie comes up in what is not a flooded station, but an airlock. He screams with joy about being alive, but celebration is cut short by couple of hawt babes with large guns find him and point, ready to shoot. Uh Oh! Then the sound track pulses to that all familiar gong, and the solitary word “LOST” on the screen. Phew! Tense last couple of minutes.
I've seen some complaints on some of the Lost sites that this episode didn’t really answer any questions, nor present any new information. Which is basically true. But it was a transition episode, setting us up for the big finale, and it was definitely needed. It might have made more sense for Charlie to face his test of life or death in this episode. But that would have meant that Desmond's visions were always correct, and we know for a fact that this one wasn't even close. Charlie didn't drown, and if you think a helicopter is coming to get Aaron and Claire off the island, I have a bridge I want to sell you. Stumble It! JBlog Me