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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

LOST: Discussion Thursday

I don't know about you, but by the end of three hours of LOST, my head is just spinning. I feel like I'm traveling in and out of time right along with our island friends. So much to digest. So little time. I'll do the best I can.

Episode 5.1, Because You Left

A clock turns 8:14am and the alarm goes off. A man wakes up, but his Asian wife tells him to get the baby. He sets about his morning routine while playing a record of Willie Nelson's “Shotgun Willie.” The whole scene is virtually identical to the opening of Season 2 with Desmond in the Hatch.

The record skips and after turning it off, the man exits his home to reveal he's living in the Barracks on the Island. He goes into another house, and as soon as he speaks, die-hard Lost fans recognize him as Dr. Marvin Candle. He begins to film a DHARMA orientation video for the Arrow, saying it's mission is to provide defensive strategies against the Hostiles. I'm guessing they failed, given the eventual Purge.

A Dharma guy runs in yelling and the filming is interrupted because of a disturbance at the Orchid Station. Drills are melting because of their proximity to a strange power source and people are freaking out. An Xray of the already drilled area is handed over to Dr. Candle, and it shows the wheel Ben turned to get the island to disappear.

Dr. Candle orders them to stop because they're closing in on the frozen chamber with the donkey wheel, which holds the Island's mystical power that, when harnessed, can allow them to manipulate time.

However, Candle says there are rules and you can't change the past. Also, if the chamber is opened, “God help us all.” A new technician enters with his hat way down on his head to hide his identity and the first technician asks him, “Time travel, how stupid does that guy think we are?” I'd say very stupid, because the man he's talking to is...DANIEL FARADAY! So Daniel does know how to time travel and has for a long long time. And he doesn't age either. Okay then!

Now we're in the future in the shabby funeral home with Ben and Jack picking up right where we left off, standing over Locke's body. Ben is trying to convince Jack they need to take Locke's body and gather up the rest of the Oceanic 6 in order to get back to the island. Because they have to go back, Ben says. Ben lets Jack get a change of clothes and a shave, and they talk about Locke. Ben claims the last time he saw John was on the Island at the Orchid Station, but I've learned never to trust him. Ben asks Jack when he last talked to Locke, too.

Jack says he's a believer because John told him that everyone would die if they didn't go back, but that John didn't tell him what happened after the Island moved. Ben seems relieved at this last part. Ben doesn't volunteer the information either, just saying that they'll all die if the Oceanic 6 doesn't go back.

Three years earlier...

Ben pushed the wheel and the Island was enveloped in a glowing light. Then all the Others with Locke are gone and it’s raining. Locke is totally alone. The people on the Zodiac boat can still see the Island because, as Faraday says, “We must’ve been inside the radius.” But everything else seems to be gone from the island.

Sawyer and Juliet are also confused because suddenly the freighter is gone, as is Sawyer’s shirt.

Bernard and Rose storm out of the woods to announce that the entire camp is gone too.

Sure enough, when they go to check it out, the entire camp is gone. People are still there, but no tents, no food, no nothing. Very interesting!

Faraday arrives and takes charge, asking for the location of a man-made object. Juliet suggests the Hatch, or what used to be the Hatch, but Sawyer is more preoccupied with where the camp is. Faraday tells him it’s not gone, it just hasn’t been built yet. Sawyer is not a happy camper and doesn't like Daniel at all and of course challenges his every word.

On the way to the Hatch, Sawyer stops to ask Faraday for his shirt. I think everyone would be happier if Sawyer kept going on without his shirt. Sawyer wants to know what’s going on, but Faraday says it would be difficult to explain it to a quantum physicist. In the spirit of great discourse, Sawyer’s slaps his face. Juliet freaks. Sawyer isn't going to back down. He and Faraday are going to be dancing around the hate pole for a long time, I think.

Hitting Faraday proves to be an adequate debating technique, because Faraday says that it’s like a record skipping, and they’ve become dislodged...in time! Faraday isn’t sure if they’re moving or the Island is. Sawyer looks totally confused, but Juliet seems to get it.

Back in the rainy jungle, Locke is still on his own when a plane buzzes over him and crashes into the Island.

But this isn’t any plane, it’s Yemi’s (Mr Echo's brother) drug smuggling plane with the heroin Virgin Mary statues. Locke goes to investigate, but while climbing the cliff, he’s shot in the leg and falls to the ground.

The shooter comes in from the foliage and it's Ethan Rom. Locke tries to talk his way out of the situation by knowing Ethan's name and then saying Ben Linus appointed him the leader of the Others, but Ethan isn’t buying it. The sky glows and suddenly day becomes night and there’s another time jump.

We're back with Faraday, Juliet, Sawyer, Miles, and Charlotte. Faraday tells everyone “We’re either in the past, or we’re in the future.” That’s a narrow view, because for them, it’s always the present. They can only figure out where they are in time by finding man made objects like the hatch and Yemi's airplane to reference whether they're in the past or the future.

Back in the future, two lawyers show up on Kate’s doorstep asking for blood samples from her and Aaron to determine if they’re related. They do this on behalf of an unknown client. Kate tells them to come back with a sheriff, which gives her a chance to pack all her things (plus some money and a gun) so she and Aaron can flee. She takes off running again, this time with Aaron NOT in a car seat (did this bug anyone else?).

Meanwhile, Sun tries to board a plane to Los Angeles, but is stopped by Customs and is pushed into a locked room. Guess who comes in another door? It's Charles Widmore.

He’s not too happy that she "humiliated" him in front of his associates and he demands respect. She agrees and they get down to business: Sun wants to work with him because they have common interests, namely killing Ben Linus. He looks sufficiently interested but doesn't ask why she wants to kill Ben.

Back in California at Ben's shabby hotel/office room, Ben and Jack’s mission gets more difficult when they see a news report that Hurley has escaped the Santa Rosa Mental Institution and is a suspect in the murder of the guy Sayid killed in the car.

Hurley and Sayid are partnered up, stopping for some fast food before heading to the safe house. Hurley is very calm about all this as Sayid warns him never to trust Ben. Things heat up when they get to the safe house and realize it’s been compromised by checking a piece of tape that's been ripped by the door. Lo tech, but oh so useful.

Sayid goes beserko, flipping one guy over the balcony to the parking lot a few stories down. Hurley, who is still on the balcony, picks up the intruder's big giant gun and looks down below at the body. As he looks, 3 men run up to the body, one looks up and sees Hurley and snaps a photo with his cell phone.

Hurley's shirt is conveniently covered in ketchup that he spilled on himself while eating his fast food. Meanwhile, a second guy comes bursting out of the safe house apartment, and Sayid does battle with the second guy as Hurley cowers in the balcony. Sayid gets a dart in the neck, but still fights back, making the bad guy fall onto an open dishwasher full of upward pointing knives. Death by dishwasher. That's a new one on me.

Back on the Island, Juliet, Sawyer, Miles, Daniel and Charlotte finally make it to the Hatch, but it’s a massive crater, helping out those of us trying to figure out when they jumped to. Sawyer decides to go back to the camp to see if people are still there so he can warn them, but Daniel says that’s not the way it works. They can’t change anything, and if they try to change things, they will fail. Time is a constant, and there’s no altering the history of events. As a huge fan of time travel, I’m very happy they’re addressing these important rules right away.

In the jungle, Locke hobblesover to the drug smuggling plane, which has fallen during this last time change, to get a belt to tie off his bleeding leg. Out of the jungle our pal Richard Alpert shows up to help with the bullet in John’s leg.

He gets out his First Aid Kid and pulls out the bullet while Locke wonders how Richard knew where he was. Richard goes over some rules and tells John that the next time they meet, he won’t recognize him, so Richard hands John a compass to give him.

Finally, before the next time jump, Richard tells John that the only way to save the Island is to get the Oceanic 6 back, and that to do that, “You’re gonna have to die, John.”

Ooops, there’s another time jump, and this time the drug smuggling plane is back on the cliff and the Hatch door is still buried. Juliet runs over to where the hatch window is, clears off the foliage, and shows the other Losties the hatch window. Rather than start from scratch, Sawyer rushes to the Hatch’s back door to knock and get some supplies. He calls himself “the Ghost of Christmas Future,” but Faraday keeps trying to convince him it won’t work because Desmond didn’t know him the first time around. He pounds and pounds on the door, but nobody answers it.

Juliet calms Sawyer down and they go back to the beach. Miles goes with them, thinking he has a shot with Juliet. Faraday notices Charlotte’s nose is bleeding and he’s quite concerned about it.

He sends her ahead, telling her that he has left his backpack and needs to go back for it. She leaves with a longing look, and he goes back to the back door with a plan. He knocks until Desmond comes out in hazmat attire and a gas mask, pointing a gun and asking “Are you him?” He thinks that Faraday might be his missing replacement.

Faraday isn’t, but he’s excited because Desmond is uniquely special and the rules of time travel don’t apply to him. Faraday tells him that if they make it back, everyone they left behind is in danger, and the only way to help is for Desmond to go back to Oxford where they met and find Faraday’s mother. “Her name is...” is all Faraday can get out before he time jumps.

Next scene and it's three years in the future. Desmond wakes up, just remembering this chance encounter with Faraday. He realizes that this isn't a nightmare, it was a memory.

Penny is there with him, and he goes up to the topside of the boat he and Penny are living on, preparing to set sail for Oxford.

Now on to the second hour and episode 5.2, "The Lie"

The second hour begins shortly after the Oceanic 6 got picked up by Penny's boat. They call it “three years ago,” which implies the show's future is now it's present, and what used to be the present is now the past. If you're already confused, don't worry, so am I.

The Oceanic 6 are debating what they should tell people when they get back. Jack is pushing the lie about there being no other survivors to protect them from Charles Widmore. Lapidus is willing to go along with whatever the others decide. Everyone agrees to lie but Hurley, who is so refreshingly honest. Hurley doesn't want to lie, asking Penny is she can just call off her dad. After they pick her up off the floor, she says that there is no calling off her father. So Hurley agrees to lie, reluctantly after Jack says everyone will think they're crazy if they tell the truth. Sayid sides with Jack, and Hurley vows that he'll remember this and won't help him in the future.

Cut to the future, where Hurley is helping a now drugged Sayid escape after murdering the two intruders. Hurley is driving like a mad man with the unconscious Sayid in the passenger seat.

Hurley swerves and knocks down a newspaper stand, which causes him to get pulled over by a cop. He freaks out until the cop shows up, and it's...ANA LUCIA!

Crazy Hurley's imaginary friends are back, and Ana Lucia reads him the riot act about being safe and not getting caught. After her pep talk, she adds, “Libby says hi.” I would normally assume this was a manifestation of Hurley's subconscious, but since there's time travel and magic islands, I've decided these ghosts might be real in some manner. Whatever it was, Ana Lucia looked great, healthy and clear-eyed. She tells him to get some new clothes and to clean himself up.

Hurley stops off at a convenience store to pick up a shirt to hide the ketchup-stained one he's wearing. Unfortunately, the only one that will fit him says “I Heart My Shih-Tzu.” It's absurdly hilarious that such a big man and a big shirt have such a tiny dog. The checkout girl recognizes him from the lotto and the Oceanic 6, but thankfully not from the news report on her TV about him being a triple homicide suspect. Funny since the news is on right behind her and guess who is on TV for being a triple murderer. It's our Hurley!

He leaves the store quickly and peels out of the lot, and at that same moment, Kate pulls into the same store with Aaron, who is NOT sitting in a car seat.

She considers calling Jack, but doesn't, then she gets a call anyone from a surprising voice asking her to meet. The next scene is a cute one with Kate and Aaron going through a very plush hotel lobby and she has him push the button for floor 31.

She and Aaron go up to the 31st floor and meet Sun, after knocking on the door of a fabulous suite.

Kate tells Sun about the lawyers showing up on her doorstep, and Sun theorizes the client is clearly less interested in exposing their lie than he is about getting Aaron, so Kate should "take care" of them. Kate is offended by the implication that she's capable of killing someone, and Sun is incredibly passive aggressive about how Kate promised to find Jin, then left him behind to die on the freighter. Sun says she doesn't blame Kate, but that sounds like a lie to me.

Back on the Island, everyone is growing impatient about the lack of food, fire, and the ability to control time. Juliet and Sawyer want to ride the Zodiac away, but Faraday says he’d first have to recalculate the bearing, which would require knowing the exact point in time they’re at.

That night they still haven’t time jumped, so the durations change too. Bernard still fails to make fire, earning the mockery of Neil "Frogurt", who is extra annoying tonight. He goes off about how they have nothing, even calling Sawyer “inbred.”

Juliet tries to calm him down, but he’s furious that they can’t even get fire. In a moment that’s a bit too ironic for my taste, a flaming arrow comes out of the sky and hits Frogurt in the chest at that exact moment.

Then a ton of flaming arrows fall from the sky and Sawyer tells everyone to split up and meet at the creek. Frogurt gets a few more arrows in his body for good measure, just to make sure he’s really really dead. Some other people die too, but they’re all red shirts.

While walking to the creek, Sawyer and Juliet hear some people coming and hide. Unfortunately, they still get captured by some military-looking people I think are Dharma peeps. They ask “What are you doing on our island?” The obnoxious British leader asks for information or else he’ll cut off Juliet’s other hand. “The first one’s not negotiable,” he explains. That’s kind of bad-ass, but just as her hand is about to be chopped off, shots are fired and knives start flying into these people’s bodies. That’s right, it’s time to take lessons on being bad-ass from the master, John Locke. He walks over to one of the dead bodies, yanks his knife from the dead guy's back, and says, “James, Juliet, nice to see you.”

And we're back in the USA. Ben packs his things for the journey, including a box he hid in the ventilation shaft. He has to go away for six hours to put Locke’s body somewhere safe. Jack wonders why he needs to do this, asking if Locke is really dead. Ben refuses to answer the question.

Instead, he goes to a butcher shop to talk to Jill the Butcher. She knows Ben and when he asks her to watch what he has in the van, she asks if it is what she thinks it is. Ben confirms this, and also wants to know if Gabriel and Jeffrey have checked in. Is there any corner of the globe where Ben doesn’t have friends?

At Hurley’s mansion, his dad makes a big sandwich with caviar on top and sits down to enjoy his favorite TV show: Expose! Hurley shows up at the back door with an unconscious Sayid, begging for safe haven, asking his dad to lie to the cops to get them away. Oh, forgot to mention that the popo are staking out Hurley's parents house.

Hurley’s mom arrives and asks why there’s a dead Pakistani on her couch. He’s not dead, but he’s close, so Hurley asks his dad to drive him to see Jack while Hurley stays behind. Hurley’s dad gets him to Jack then wipes his hands of this mess. Jack immediately calls Ben to say he has Sayid before getting him to the hospital to fix him up.

Meanwhile, Hurley’s mom asks her son to tell her the truth, so he explains everything: the smoke monster, the Others, the Hatch, the button, DHARMA, the freighter sent by Desmond’s girlfriend’s father, and the disappearing Island. Proving to be the most trusting mother ever, or the dumbest, Carmen Reyes believes her son. But she looks kinda dubious.

Later that night, Hurley heats up a delicious Hot Pocket in the microwave when Ben shows up behind him. Hurley is so scared he throws the Hot Pocket against the wall. Ben offers to take Hurley back to the Island and make his life simple so he never has to lie again. It sounds good, but Hurley refuses to trust Ben, so he runs outside and begs the cops to arrest him. Hurley confesses to murdering four or three people, or however many are dead.

Finally, we see a hooded woman in a weird room writing mathematical formulas on a chalkboard while a pendulum makes etches on the floor.

She types some numbers into an old-fashioned computer and it says “Event Window Determined.” The woman climbs the stairs into a church where Ben is waiting. She removes her hood and it’s...MS. HAWKING!

Do you all remember her? She was the crazy time lady who told Desmond about his time traveling in “Flashes Before Your Eyes.” She tells Ben that he only has 70 hours. He argues that’s not enough time, but she doesn’t care. He asks what happens if he can’t get them all back, and she says, “God help us all.”

Next week on Lost: Desmond searches for Faraday’s mother and the survivors on the Island learn who these people with military outfits and fire arrows are. And there’s a revelation that’s about 100 kilotons bigger than anything from these first two hours.
Questions and things to ponder:

  • Is Charlotte suffering the same "sickness" that killed Minkowski (and almost Desmond?) Is it because she was on the Island before (as a child) and left, but returned on a different bearing? Or is it because she doesn't have a Constant? Could this be the same "illness" that killed all of CFL's crew? But CFL was somehow spared because she had Alex to act as her Constant?
  • If Desmond is the only one immune to the effects of the Island jumping in time and wiping out memories, is he screwing up the space-time continuum by suddenly having the ability to actually change the past?
  • Who the F is Ms. Hawking? I definitely got the vibe that she is some type of "The Matrix"-esque Oracle character who is trying to prevent the end of the world, mucked up by Desmond changing the past. Is this why she was so adamant about him not marrying Penny and just staying put on the Island?
  • Who was the Jill the Butcher character that Ben left Locke's body with? An Other that he is BFF with from back in the day? Or someone in the Ms. Hawking clan who are just working on preventing the world from coming to an end?
  • Even with Hurley potentially being arrested, it's pretty hilarious how simple the Oceanic Six storyline is in comparison to the Island one. Every time they would jump to an Oceanic Six scene, I would feel slight disappointment on the inside.
  • What are the odds that the opening scene of the season, featuring Faraday inside the Orchid as it is being built, was actually a "flashback", and that at some point this season, the Island will "jump" back that far in time, allowing Faraday to enter the Orchid to try and sort everything out? Will this lead to throwing him into the future? Is this why he was crying when we first met his character last season? Does he have this residual memory of everything that happened, and everyone that dies (Charlotte in particular), but can't quite remember it? Will he be exposed to high levels of radiation like Desmond rendering him able to remember things outside of the "jumps"?
  • Locke ends up with the compass that Alpert gave him, which seems like the object that Alpert wanted him to choose as a child when he visited. However, the knife is actually what was Locke's - the compass is Alpert's. So wouldn't that mean that Locke chose correctly?
  • Is this how the Others knew that Locke was going to be their future leader? Did 1970's Locke tell them all sorts of stuff that had not yet happened and they figured that he was seeing into the future and must be some all-knowing being / witch?
  • My early assumption is that Island Originals are immune from the effects of the Island moving - but any outsiders are not. This would explain Alpert knowing what was going on, but Ethan and the early Dharma folks not. But there are still all sorts of questions about what this means for characters who are alive vs. dead in the different timelines. Could this be why we see characters like Christian Shephard walking around?

Sawyer...because I can

He is the epitome of mmm mmmm good.

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Blogger Adam Gaffin said...

Tape on the door! That's how Frank Wills discovered the Watergate burglars. Hmm ...

22/1/09 9:40 AM  
Blogger 3girlsmom said...

I forgot about Hurley throwing the Hot Pocket at Ben! OH THAT WAS HILARIOUS!
Thanks for visiting my blog!

22/1/09 4:19 PM  
Blogger Margaret Cloud said...

I wouldn't watch that program if they paid me.

22/1/09 4:45 PM  
Blogger ~*Michelle*~ said...

OK, so poppin over from Rocksinmydryer first and foremost because I KNEW you were a New Englander (def. Mass/RI/CT) when I saw the word "wicked" in your comment.

Secondly....I love to follow up with other Lostaholics and think your blog is "wicked" awesome!

Will be checking back with you next week...


22/1/09 5:04 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

So glad LOST is back. Thanks for the recap. I couldn't remember who Ms. Hawking was. I thought she might be Faraday's mother.

Yes, the whole carseat thing bugged me too.

I was wondering why the Losties can be shot/killed etc if they are not able to affect time. How can time affect them?

I am keeping my fingers crossed for an appearance by Mr. Eko since he was always my favorite character.

22/1/09 5:24 PM  
Blogger Alli Worthington { @fussypants } said...

i just stole ur pictures! I'll color them and send ppl back here for the recap. I am not even going to try it!


Awesome job!

24/1/09 9:57 PM  
Blogger Elabeth said...

In real life, Jorge Garcia who plays Hurley owns a tiny little dog. Her name is Nunu. He puts pics of her and other funny things on his blog all the time.
Check it out:

25/1/09 1:05 AM  
Blogger Kevin and Rachel Weyand said...

I found your blog last year when you would write about LOST, now that LOST is back on, I am back again to read all of your LOST posts (and catch up with your life :) You do an amazing job...you always make me think! Thanks for doing what must take HOURS! You ROCK! :)

29/1/09 12:05 AM  

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