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Thursday, May 15, 2008

LOST Discussion Friday: There's No Place Like Home Part 1

Last week, LOST gave us one of its best episodes ever while showing us the secret origins of John Locke. It turns out that both Richard Alpert and Matthew Abaddon were trying to get Locke to the island long before he ever rolled on to Flight 815. We also got another glimpse into Jacob's cabin, where Christian Shephard and a very creepy Claire informed Locke that he needs to move the island. Does that mean tying the island to a boat and stepping on the gas, or does he have to find a way to move it through time? Like many things on Lost, that remains a mystery.

Tonight, in part one of the three part season finale, we finally start to learn what happened to the Oceanic Six after leaving the island. The episode begins on an military cargo airplane carrying the Oceanic Six back to the mainland. Miss Decker, played by the awesome Michelle Forbes from Battlestar Galactica, and formerly of Guiding Light (where she played Sonny the absolutely bonkers wife of Josh), informs the group that they're going to be landing near Honolulu. Their families and the press will be waiting for them there. She tells them that they don't have to talk to the press, but Jack and the Oceanic 6 are ready and willing to spin a few lies. Jack reminds them that they all know the "story" and says that if they get any elements of their story incorrect, the press will just assume they're in shock. Sun replies that they are in shock.

After the plane lands, the Six are reunited with their families. It's an extremely emotional moment, and Michael Giacchino's awesome score knows how to sell it. The parents of Hurley and Sun are there, as is Jack's mom, but Sayid and Kate appear to have no one to greet them. All the families and the survivors start hugging each other, but Kate and Aaron are totally left out. There's nobody there for them at all. It's kinda sad to see how alone Kate looks.

Back on the beach, the group is trying to figure out what to do with the SAT phone that fell from the helicopter last week. Daniel turns it on and hears the Keamy Killer Krew (KKK) talking about the Orchid Station. Juliet claims that she doesn't know what that is, but savvy Lost fans who saw the orientation video online certainly do. Daniel knows that the Orchid Station is the secondary protocol from the notes in his notebook, and he tells Charlotte that they need to get off the island immediately. He knows that the Orchid Station is something to be afraid of. He's right.

Against Juliet's wishes, a barely recovered from surgery Jack traipses off into the jungle to track the chopper. Kate goes with him, and they soon run into Miles, Sawyer, and Aaron. Ah, some of the gang is back together again. Sawyer looks particularly adorable holding Aaron, whom he passes off to Kate. You know, she's a GIRL and all. Sawyer then explains that Claire walked off and disappeared, and fills the dynamic duo Kate and Jack in on the destruction of the New Otherton barracks. Though Sawyer thinks that Jack is nuts for going after the helicopter, Jack thinks it's his responsibility since he sent Sayid and Desmond to the freighter. Of course, Sawyer decides to go with him while Kate stays behind to look after Aaron. So it's once again Sawyer and Jack against the world.

Back at the Oceanic 6 press conference, Miss Decker spins the fake tale of what happened to the Oceanic Six. She has maps showing where the 'crash site' was in the Ocean, and then another one with the "island".

She also shows the path that the Oceanic 6 took to get to an inhabited island where they were rescued by fishermen and their families. She claims that Kate gave birth to Aaron while on the island, then invites the reporters to ask questions. One reporter asks why they look so healthy after being on the island for 100 days, which is a question Hurley takes offense to. She also tells him that he'll be getting his lottery winnings back, which terrifies him.

Sun is asked if her husband died on the island, but she claims that he never made it off the plane. As for Aaron, one reporter seems to find it strange that Kate was six months pregnant when she got on the plane in Australia. They ask how old Aaron is and Kate tells them 5 weeks. That baby is either a giant, or someone has never seen a 5 week old baby, because Aaron is more like 6 months old! They're still holding his giant head up like he's a newborn, but that baby probably is already crawling! Anyhow, the press conference comes to an end before their story can fall apart completely. After they're done talking to reporters, someone comes to tell Sayid that there is a woman waiting for him outside. It's Nadia! Sayid is reunited with Nadia for the first time in years. Awwwww... so romantic.

Back in the ocean, Sayid finally arrives back on the island with the freighter's skip, and tells everyone that the folks from the freighter plan to kill them all.

Meanwhile, the trio of Ben, Hurley, and Locke are going to the Orchid Station to attempt to move the island. Ben says it's a dangerous and unpredictable procedure. He also happens to have an emergency stash buried underneath a rock in a clearing.

His box of goodies contains a mirror, which he holds up to the sun to communicate with somebody. John wants to know what message he passed along, but of course Ben keeps it to himself. Obviously, he's communicating with the long missing Others.

Once Sayid finds out that Jack and Sawyer have gone off on yet another rescue mission, Sayid says he's going to go after Jack and lets Daniel helps people get to the freighter. Everyone looks like they're afraid to trust Daniel, but he surprises them and actually does just what he said he would do, pilot the skip with 6 people aboard back to the freighter. Kate says that she needs to go with Sayid, so she hands Aaron over to Sun for safekeeping. Jin, Sun, and some red shirts are some of the first people to speed away from the island. Why are they saving a bunch of red shirts?

In Korea, Sun walks up a large flight of stairs to her father's office. But when Mr. Paik inquires how Sun's baby is doing, she tells him he has no right to ask. She knows that he always hated Jin, and she's ready to get back at him for it. He's absolutely aghast that she's speaking to him like this. How dare she? Doesn't she know what a big deal he is? Well, surprise surprise! Sun stands up to her father. She's totally awesome! She's tells him that she used her settlement from Oceanic to buy a controlling interest in his company, and she now demands his respect. Sun says that, because he persuaded them to get on Flight 815, he's one of two people responsible for Jin's death. After she has her baby, she'll sit down with him to discuss the future of their company. Mr Paik looks like he's swallowed poison. He is so not happy. And Sun is SO awesome.

In California, Hurley arrives at the big house he bought his mother. The door is open a crack and when he enters he finds a coconut on the living room floor. He also starts hearing the mysterious island whispers. He's totally freaked. He grabs a Jesus statue and gets ready to club someone as he opens the french door to a large room, but it turns out it's just a birthday surprise party. Hurley's mom tells him that "Jesus is not a weapon." Best line of the night, for sure.

Kate and Sayid are also at Hurley's party, but Jack is running late. When Hurley's dad tells him that he has a gift for him, Hurley tells him that it better not have been bought with the lottery money. It wasn't. His dad restored Hugo's old car, the orange one we saw him driving a few weeks back.

Hurley gets in, and in an extremely creepy moment sees that the infamous numbers are on the speedometer. It reads 4 8 15 16 23 42. Hurley freaks out completely and claims he wants no part of this madness and runs away down the street at top speed. He's so adorable.

The Three Musketeers arrive at the Orchid Station. Ben is cautious while approaching it, telling Hurley and Locke that Charles Widmore also wants something that's in there. Locke questions Ben about how he lied regarding why Widmore wants Ben. Ben tells him that he's rarely ever forthcoming. No f'ing kidding! But wait... Ben sees that the KKK freighter folk have already arrived, which is going to make moving the island even more complicated. Ben has a backup plan. As he tells Locke, he always has a plan.

The skip arrives at the freighter, and I patiently wait for something horrible to happen to Jin. Daniel drives off to pick up more survivors on the island. Needless to say, Sun and Jin are a tad shocked when they see Michael hanging out on deck.

Michael tells them about going to New York, where Walt is now, and then explains that he came back for them, to help save them and rescue them. Now that Michael repaired the engine, the boat can get moving toward the island on the bearing of 305. But of course, it isn't that easy. The replacement captain tells Desmond that something is interfering with the communications signal on the boat and that makes them unable to get more than 5 miles off the coast of the Island. Desmond tells him he'll figure out what it is.

Back on the isle d' muerto, Jack and Sawyer arrive at the helicopter, where Lapidus is handcuffed to the seat. He explains that the KKK freighter folk are going to grab Ben, and they won't hesitate to kill whoever is with him. Sawyer knows that Hurley is with Ben, so someone is going to have to rescue the big guy. Damn! But they can't let Hurley die because of Ben, so off they go to the Orchid Station.

In the flash-forward, it's time for Christian Shephard's funeral.

After Jack gives the eulogy and everyone leaves the church, he runs into a woman who wants to speak with him. She says that she's the reason his dad went to Australia in the first place. He wanted to see his daughter. Jack says that Christian didn't have a daughter, and the blond woman tells him that the daughter coincidentally was on flight 815 with him, but died in the crash. She says that her daughter was named Claire, and Jack's head nearly explodes. It's then that he realizes that he's Aaron's uncle. Kate was around the corner and I think she overheard the conversation, but I'm not sure. Any opinions?

Michael fills Sun in on how exactly he and Walt got back to New York. After spending a couple of days on Ben's fishing boat, he came to an island filled with people. From there he hopped on a freighter and they made their way back to the city. Meanwhile, on the communications room on the freighter, Desmond has discovered enough C4 to blow up a small planet, or possibly an island.

The explosives are all connected by wires to the communications board. That can't be good.

In the jungle, Sayid and Kate run into Richard Alpert, who was most likely signaled by Ben earlier. They hold him at gunpoint, but soon they're surrounded by a horde of Others with even bigger and better weapons. They're screwed. Meanwhile, Ben gives Locke instructions on how to get into the Orchid Station, which is located under a greenhouse. Ben claims that he'll take care of the men from the freighter. He has a plan, just like he always does.

The episode comes to a close with Ben turning himself in to Keamy and his men. Keamy knocks him out with the butt of his gun, and that's the ending of the first part of Lost's finale.

Remember, the season wraps up with a big two hour extravaganza airing May 29 at 9pm. No Lost next week. Sigh.

Well, that's the recap, but of course many questions remain.

  • Does Ben really have a plan, and if so, will the Others surround the KKK and blow the hell out of Keamy's Krew?
  • If Kate is all the way across the island, how does she get rescued by Daniel and taken to the freighter?
  • What happened to the Red Shirts that were already on board the freighter?
  • Why didn't Claire's mother introduce herself?
  • Why didn't Jack tell her that Aaron was her grandson?

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Blogger Stella and Thomas said...

I am curious how the six end up getting off the island because right now, they are all scattered. It is going to be a good season finale:-)

16/5/08 8:16 AM  
Blogger Nash deVille said...

First let me say that I love your blog! Love all the political buttons but my favorite is the Red Sox Nation! Go Sox!

Anyway, yes I do think Kate overheard Jack and Claire's mom, too bad they couldn't tell her. That was a little sad. I guess that would blow their cover. I can't wait to find out who is behind this elaborate rescue theory.

16/5/08 8:37 AM  
Blogger Cassie said...

I don't know if Kate heard what Claire's mom told Jack, because when she walked away Kate looked at her pretty suspiciously. I wonder what exactly the 6 are trying to hide by telling all of these lies. I know they don't want anyone to know that there are still people on the island, but I feel like there is something else that we don't know about just yet...

16/5/08 9:21 AM  

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