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Thursday, May 17, 2007

LOST Discussion Thursday

Well, dayam... that sure didn't end up being the episode I thought it was going to be. All week long my son and I have been talking about Lost theories, and we thought we were doing pretty well. We were way way off.

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.

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Blogger Amanda said...

Good recap. I have 2 theories about Desmond's vision:

1. It's waaay of in the future and in 3 years, we'll see Claire and Aaron load up on a helicopter. (I kinda hope not!)

2. Charlie didn't drown, so the salvation can't happen! Charlie beat his "destiny".

Who knows?!

17/5/07 8:22 AM  
Blogger Malady said...

That's a good point, Amanda. We don't know WHEN the vision is supposed to happen.

I actually felt a little sentimental about Charlie. He has been one of my least favorite characters but he redeemed himself last night. I loved it when he hugged Hurley! And I was happy to see Rose and Bernard again. It was like a "LOST" greatest hits episode.

17/5/07 10:35 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Amanda, I think you're a lot closer than you realize to what is going to happen. With the whole theme of time distortion (not really time travel, per se) I think we are going to see some flashbacks that start in the future and look back to the island. It makes sense, especially considering the helicopter.

If Charlie is indeed going to stay alive, and I don't think he will as he's been reputed to be one of the three men to die in the next episode, then Desmond's vision wouldn't be true anyhow. In order for it to be true, Charlie has to drown. And those two Charlies Angels babes in the newest hatch don't look like their going to let him drown, do they?

17/5/07 11:36 AM  
Blogger Farmers Feed Cities said...

Loved that episode. My thought is that the underwater babes are the women that didn't die in childbirth as we were told they did. This is how Juliet knows about the underwater station.

17/5/07 1:34 PM  
Blogger Marsha said...

Isn't Charlie supposed to drown after he flips the switch? The switch of whatever it is that is blocking signals from leaving t he island.

17/5/07 2:52 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Farmers.... Interesting theory. I hadn't even thought of that one at all. I don't know, however, how much Juliet knows about the new hatch other than it exists. My guess, and take it with a big grain of salt, is that Juliet knew about that particular hatch for 2 reasons. First, it's a gateway to the island, and it's obvious that it was designed for the submarine to arrive and depart from there, and also because she investigated trying to get messages to and from her sister, and learned about it surrupticiously while she was investigating. I don't know if either holds much water, but it's an interesting speculation, anyhow.

17/5/07 5:57 PM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

Margalit! You'll never guess who sentme over...Michele!!! Have a great weekend!!!!

17/5/07 7:32 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

farmers has a great theory, but i still don't like juliet. she is shady, shady, shady. i love seeing everyone's theories.

here via michele

17/5/07 7:35 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Michelle, I'm right there with you. I think Juliet is shady too. I don't trust her at all. But she does hate Ben, and that's at least one good thing about her.

I've read a lot of spoilers (I know, I CANNOT be trusted around spoilers!) for next week's episode and I know who is going to die, and damn...Juliet is NOT on the list.

Who do you all think is going to bite the dust by the end of the season? And do you guys think Locke is dead or alive? The number of dead is supposed to be 5. So give me your graveyard count!

17/5/07 8:17 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

I think that Naomi is lying - she's dodgy and I don't trust her. And speaking of lying - we've seen Desmond lie about his visions to manipulate before - perhaps he was manipulating Charlie? To what end, I don't know.

Who's going to die? Don't want to even guess.

18/5/07 9:27 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Charlie dies. Bernard dies. Locke is dead. Jack may be a martyr. I know that's only four.

19/5/07 12:58 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Sherry: I know that you're completely right on one guess. The others.... nope! :-)

Let me give you a hint. Most of the deaths ARE NOT Losties.

19/5/07 4:46 PM  

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