LOST Discussion Friday--Season 4 Begins!
That is the best Lost promo I've ever seen.
OK, on to the episodes. The first hour of the Lost extravaganza was a catchup show. I think after such a long stretch of time, it was a decent idea to bring us right up to the start of Season 4. Unfortunately, there is so much left out of any of these recap shows that it isn't really enticing enough for people just wanting to get into Lost. But it did help me to remember a few of the better moments, like Hurley and the VW Bus, Sun discovering that it's Jin's baby, and of course the hot and heavy Sawyer moments with Kate. But really, I was chomping at the bit for the first real episode, which seemed to take forever to get here.
Season 4.1 "The Beginning of the End"
The episode kicks off with a car crashing through a fruit stand as the police pursue it in a high speed chase. Jack (Matthew Fox), in flash-forward, mixes a screwdriver and watches the chase on TV. The car tries to pull a Dukes of Hazzard jump, but it crashes. The cops pull out their guns, and out of the car steps Hurley, signifying that this is definitely a flash-forward. He tries to run, but the cops catch up to him as he yells, "Don't you know who I am? I'm one of the Oceanic Six! I'm one of the Oceanic Six!"
Next, Hurley is being detained by a cop, who shows him a security video where he freaked out in a convenience store and ran out without paying. Hurley saw somebody who spooked him, and the cops want to know who. The cop mentions that Hurley's celebrity doesn't impress him, and also says that he knew the late, great Ana-Lucia. Hurley claims he never met her. The cop looks wicked familiar to me, but I just could not place him. But I know we've seen him before. Anyone know?
Without warning, Hurley has a vision that the 2-way window of the detention room turns into glass with ocean water behind it. Someone in scuba gear swims up, breaks the glass, and the room starts flooding. Hurley freaks out as the cop comes back to check on the commotion. He threatens to throw Hugo in the psycho ward, and he's noticeably thrilled with the idea. He begs the cop to put him in the psycho ward. It looks like Hurley has lost some of his marbles again, or that he's so scared of what he saw in the convenience store that he feels he needs to be locked up to be safe.
Back on the island, Jack lets Hurley know that rescue is on the way as Sun and Claire dote over adorable little Aaron. Boy, that baby is getting BIG. Rose is standing nearby and mentions that Charlie is a hero for turning off the jamming signal. Ah, this is going to be mightily depressing when Claire learns about his death. There is still the small group on the beach, but most of the Losties are climbing up to the radio tower to unjam the signal and send out an SOS.
The radio tower team, with Jack in command, arrives at the tower. Ben comes from another direction and asks to talk to Jack. He and Jack exchange 'words' and Jack removes Ben's walkie talkie and gun. Ben is tied to a tree. He gives Danielle his old shpiel about how everybody is going to die, and that she needs to get Alex as far away as possible. Danielle punches him in the face for his warning, which is pretty funny. While Ben and Danielle are 'chatting' Naomi starts dialing up the freighter when Vooomp! Knife in the back. And it's Locke the Destroyer, yet again blocking the groups ability to be rescued. Lots of bitching ensues, and then it is noticed that almost dead Naomi has disappeared into the jungle, as has Locke. Two groups split up and go off to find Naomi. Jack and a few Losties vs Kate alone.
Back at the beach, after telling Bernard about his past lottery winnings, and how when they get home he'll be free of the money because his relatives would have it, Hurley decides he wants to celebrate the impending rescue by cannonballing into the ocean. He jumps in, and comes back up to see Desmond returning to shore. Desmond explains that the people on the boat aren't who they claim they are, while Hurley demands to know where Charlie is. Desmond has to explain that he's gone, and everybody is rather devastated, including myself.
Jack is chatting with "George Minkowski" on the freighter with Naomi's phone, and unfortunately the guy wants to talk with Naomi to get a lock on their location. Jack says that she went to get some firewood, and suddenly notices that Naomi has disappeared. He demands that Ben tell him where she ran off to, or crawled off to as the case may be.
After finding out that it's not Penny's boat coming to the island, Sawyer, who is still on the beach, wants to call Jack with the bad news. Sayid and Hurley aren't into that idea and throw Sawyer's walkie into the ocean. Back by the radio tower, Jack lets everyone know that they need to make themselves visible to the rescuers. Danielle, handy as ever, has found a trail of blood leading into the jungle that she believes belongs to the wounded Naomi. Kate thinks it might be a false lead, and wants to look for a second trail.
After the group at the beach grab some guns to go find Jack, Hurley flash-forwards to his future time in the mental ward. There's a creepy man named Matthew visiting him, who explains that he knows all about Hurley's arrest and commitment to the institution. He tells Hurley that, on behalf of Oceanic Airlines, he wants to offer him a special upgrade. Hurley declines and, feeling suspicious, asks the guy for a business card. Strangely enough, he doesn't have one. The man asks Hurley, "Are they still alive?" Hurley freaks out as the man swiftly exits the room.
As the beach crew walks through the jungle on their way to meet up with Jack's group, Sawyer asks Hurley if he wants to talk about his feelings over Charlie. It's a sweet moment, even though Hurley declines and decides to walk by himself for awhile. Unfortunately he gets a bit lost, and ends up stumbling upon Jacob's cabin in the middle of the jungle. A light is on inside, and Hurley immediately knows it's not a good omen.
Danielle has tracked the bloody trail into the jungle as far as it goes. It stops suddenly, which is a sure fire sign that Naomi tricked them and led them the wrong way. The satellite phone is also missing, and Ben reveals that Kate took it when she hugged Jack goodbye and followed another blood trail to hunt down Naomi. We cut to Kate, who gets a call from one of the freighter people. The man, who is named George, demands to know where Naomi is, and at that moment she drops out of a tree and holds a knife to Kate's throat.
Naomi is still claiming that she was on the island to rescue the castaways. The phone rings again, Kate hands it to her, and Naomi lies, telling George that she hurt herself on a tree branch when she parachuted in. Naomi sends him the correct coordinates for their location before keeling over dead. Was she actually a good person after all?
With curiosity getting the best of him, Hurley decides it'd be a good idea to peer into Jacob's shack. He sees a shadow in a rocking chair that looks remarkably like Jack's dead father, and suddenly a face pops up right in front of him. He runs in the other direction, only to find the cabin in front of him all over again. He tells himself he's seeing things, the cabin disappears, and Locke shows up instead. That Locke is always popping up in the darndest places.
Locke asks Hurley if he's positive that Charlie wrote "Not Penny's Boat" on his hand, and Hurley admits that it was a mistake that Jack called those people. He agrees to help Locke talk Jack out of the rescue mission.
Everyone ends up reuniting at the fusilage in the jungle. There's much happy reuniting amongst the group, especially for Sun and Jin and Bernard and Rose. Claire is on the lookout for Charlie, but doesn't see him anywhere. Hurley approaches her and breaks the terrible news. Claire is horribly shaken.
Back in the mental institution, Hurley meets another patient who says that some guy is staring at him. Weirdly enough, it's Charlie. Charlie tells Hurley that he needs to talk to him, and Hurley mentions that he's the guy who was in the convenience store. Hurley is, understandably, freaking out since Charlie is supposed to be dead. Charlie says, "I am dead, but I'm also here," and smacks Hurley as proof that he's corporeal. Charlie tells him that he's hiding from something and keeps repeating the phrase "they need you." Hurley closes his eyes, claims none of what's happening is real, and Charlie disappears.
Back in the not so crazy jungle, the happy reunions are quickly stopped when Jack walks up to Locke and punches him in the face. He steals Locke's gun, points it at his head, and pulls the trigger. Thankfully there are no bullets in it. Once again, Locke proves that he can't be killed! He has more lives than a cat, that guy.
Because Jack can't shoot Locke in the face, he decides to give him a good pummeling instead. Locke insists that he never did anything to hurt any of them, and that all the crazy stuff he's done has been in the best interest of everyone on the island. Kate reappears, letting the castaways know that Naomi successfully called her people before dying. Locke tells them that he's going to the barracks, and that if people want to survive they better come with him. Jack thinks he's lost his mind, for about the three-hundredth time since they arrived on the island.
Hurley steps in to remind everyone of the warning that Charlie gave them. If Charlie sacrificed himself to save the day, then he agrees with Locke that trouble is coming. He joins Locke's side, as do Claire, Ben, Danielle, Alex, and Karl. Sawyer also decides to join the team, much to Kate's dismay. They walk off into the jungle just as a torrent of rain starts to fall.
In the final flash-forward of the episode, Hurley is playing basketball at the psych ward when Jack comes to see him. Jack is still a professional doctor and not the bearded, drunken wreck we saw him as in the finale. Hurley asks if the reporters are leaving him alone, and Jack says that they are, though he still has to sign some autographs when he goes out for coffee. He also claims that he's thinking of growing a beard, but Hurley advises against it.
The real reason Jack is visiting is to see if Hurley is going to tell anyone the secret of the "Oceanic Six." Hurley apologizes for going with Locke and admits that he should have stayed by Jack's side. He says, "I think it wants us to go back. It's going to do everything it can." Jack cuts him off, claiming that they're never going back to the island. As we know, his feelings will certainly change after he finds that mysterious obituary in the paper.
The episode wraps up back on the island, with the helicopter finally arriving to save the day, or possibly kill everyone, or possibly something else entirely. Jack and Kate run to find it, and a man who just landed in the jungle confronts them. "Are you Jack?" he asks. The screen cuts to black, and that's the end of the most anticipated season premiere of the year.
On a scale of 1-5, with five being fabulous, I give this episode a solid 4. It wasn't heart-thumping, but it brought a lot of information together in a short period of time.
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