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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

LOST Discussion Thursday

Tonight's episode is called The Jughead. It is not named after the Archie comics character. It is named after an item seen late in the episode. A really big bad item.

Last week on LOST Faraday told Desmond to find his mother while the people stuck on the Island were attacked by flaming arrows of death.

LOST begins with Desmond running like a mad man through an Asian fishing village looking for “Salonga.” He finds the man, a doctor, and begs him to come back to his boat, where Penny is in labor.

After a few quick pushes, she gives birth to a beautiful baby boy.

Mazel Tov to Penny and Desmond. They have a beautiful baby boy. And they live on this boat, that isn't that big on the outside, but is HUGE on the inside. Oh, I just love TV.

About 3 years later, Desmond, Penny and their son are on the boat heading back to a very special island called Great Britain. Penny worries about what will happen if her father knows they're back, but Desmond only cares about helping Daniel Faraday save everyone on the Island.

On the Island, Miles, Charlotte and Faraday make their way to the creek, but Charlotte is preoccupied with headaches, double vision, and other signs that she's probably going to die soon. As they're running through the jungle right by the creek, Miles notices a trip wire and tells everyone not to move, but it's too late. The whole creek explodes and everyone flies around.

The people in uniforms with the arrows arrive and Ellie, the woman in charge tells Daniel, “You just couldn't stay away, could you?” Miles looks uncomfortable.

Ellie interrogates them, informing Miles that she didn't put the mines by the creek, his people did. Our others are looking mega confused now. On their way back to Ellie's base camp, Miles tells Daniel that he senses they walked over fresh graves of four U.S. soldiers who died from shooting and radiation poisoning around a month ago. OK than. That's a good clue as to the time.

Meanwhile, Locke, Sawyer and Juliet are debating what to do with their two hostages. The two speak Latin to one another thinking nobody can understand them but Juliet translates to say the men are wondering why these people aren't in uniform. They wonder why Juliet speaks Latin and she tells them that the only reason Juliet can speak Latin is the same way these men can: they're all Others. Okie dokie. My son and I both speak some Latin and we're not Others.

Faraday and his people are brought back to the Others' camp where they meet Richard Alpert, looking young as always. He wonders if Faraday has come back for his bomb.

Putting together the clues at this point, Faraday concludes that they're somewhere around the 1950s when, before DHARMA arrived, the U.S. military came to the Island to do some hydrogen bomb testing, only to run up against the Hostiles. The US were really testing bombs in the Pacific atolls around that time period, which makes this even more plausible.

Daniel also figures out the casing for the H-bomb is leaking, so he convinces Alpert to let him fix it by promising not to explode it because he's in love with Charlotte.

Locke and his group stop to talk to their hostages. Juliet tries to convince them in Latin that they’re friends and they just want to meet Richard Alpert. One of the captives starts to tell them where their camp is, but the other, who wears a name tag that says Jones, snaps his friend’s neck and runs away. Locke refuses to shoot him because Jones is “one of my people.”

Ellie, the young Other woman with the nice big rifle, takes Faraday off to deal with the H-bomb, but first Alpert explains that he had no choice but to kill the U.S. soldiers who were in his jungle because he got orders from his boss.

Jones runs up explaining how he got away, but Alpert is wary that the people may have tracked him. Jones makes some derisive comment about their "leader" being an old man and Jones doubts that an old man knows this island better than he does. Well, golly gee whiz. That old man is gonna show up Mr Jones.

Daniel definitely recognizes Ellie from somewhere, but she has no clue as to who he is. This is my theory. Ellie is Daniel's mother Eloise. And to make things even more complex, I think Charles Widmore is Daniel's father. I'll discuss this later in comments! Back to the storyline.

Locke, of course, did track Jones, and he asks Juliet exactly how old Alpert is, since he looks the same as he did 50 years in the future. Her response: “Old.” That would be the understatement of the year. Locke goes to finish his conversation with Alpert about how to save everyone while Sawyer and Juliet run off to “save the geek.”

Faraday gets to the H-bomb which is called “Jughead.”

He notices the large crack and tells Ellie they need to fill it with lead and bury it in a cement grave, and everything will be fine. He explains that he knows it won’t go off because 50 years later, the Island is still there, but obviously that only makes her more agitated. She does not like Daniel one single bit, and she's confused by who all these new people are on "their" island. Funny how everyone thinks it's "their" island.

Sawyer and Juliet show up with their own guns and get Ellie to drop hers. She is one pissed off young Other.

When Locke barges into the camp calling out for Richard Alpert, Jones pulls a gun on him. Alpert arrives, and after Locke realizes he doesn’t recognize him, he says, “Jacob sent me.” He shows Richard the compass, but that doesn't ring any bells either, because it hasn't happened yet. That gets Alpert’s attention, so he tells Jones to put his gun down, only he calls him “Widmore.” Locke sort of jerked his head up and says "Widmore. Charles Widmore?" Jones says "Yes, Charles Widmore." Locke says it’s nice to meet him. My mouth is totally hanging open. Who could have predicted that?

Yes, you read that right, Charles Widmore was an Other! How and why that wasn’t the biggest revelation left for the final scene of the episode I don’t know, but holy crap, everything starts to make a bit more sense now. It seems that ALL of the shady characters off the island have a relationship with the island because they once lived there. It only took 5 years to give us this little tidbit of information. Damn those writers!

Locke tries to convince Alpert that the time travel stuff is true, but he doesn’t quite believe it. Locke finds out it’s 1954, so he tells Alpert that on May 30, 1956, he will be born, so Alpert should come and visit him. Wow, suddenly everything from “Cabin Fever” makes 100 percent sense, since we already know Alpert did visit Locke when he was born and the process for selecting him as their new leader did start at a young age. And the compass was part of that selection process!

Before he can learn any more, there’s another time jump. It’s worth noting that the ropes used to bind Charlotte and Miles’ hands also jumped with them. Charlotte says she’s fine, but then she starts seizing, falling to the ground as blood pours out of her nose. Daniel cradles her, but sorry dude, she’s probably dying. I don't think she's gonna make it, even with Dr. Juliet the super gynocologist right by her side.

We're back in London. Desmond promises Penny he’ll be in and out of England before Charles Widmore can find out he was there. Penny also makes him promise he’ll never go back to the Island, which is pretty much a guarantee that he WILL go back to the Island. He takes off for "Oxford" which I have to comment is the WORST possible depiction of Oxford I think I've ever seen on film. No colleges. No commons. Looks nothing like Oxford other than some covered walkways with arches. But whatever....

Once at "Oxford", the librarian searches the computer but has no record of Daniel Faraday’s employment. Desmond looks nervous when she asks why he wants this information and takes off. He goes back to the "physics lab" where he originally met Faraday, and the door is closed with a sign about it being fumigated. He breaks in and sees the rat maze and the time machine. He also finds a photograph of Daniel and a woman.

A workman arrives to tell him to leave and not to ask questions about Faraday, especially after what he did to a girl. He doesn't say much more that WE hear, but he must have told Desmond enough for him to start looking for her.

That girl was named Theresa Spencer, and Desmond tracks her down to a row of houses in "London", but is greeted by her sister Abigail.

Theresa is in some sort of catatonic state caused by Daniel’s experiments, and we learn that after she was injured, he fled to the United States without caring for Theresa.

Abigail says that she's just happy that Mr. Widmore is taking care of them, which raises 17 red flags for Desmond. It turns out not only is Charles Widmore paying for all of Theresa’s medical bills, but he also funded Faraday’s research for 10 years. And the plot thickens again.

Desmond takes off and heads straight for Widmore’s office and lays his cards on the line: he wants to know where Faraday’s mother is, and then he’s gone and Widmore will never lay eyes on him again. Widmore says that he hasn't seen Penny in over 3 years and asks if his daughter is safe. He tries to bargain that information with Des, but Desmond asks more forcefully where Mrs Faraday is. Widmore tells Desmond that the woman he’s looking for is in Los Angeles and gives him an address. OK, now is there any doubt that Ms. Hawking is Faraday’s mom? Or do you think it's Jill the butcher? Is Jill too young? I think she is, but they are the only two women we know in Los Angeles that are possible candidates.

Widmore finally pleads with Desmond to deliver his message to Mrs Faraday and then leave without getting further involved because this has nothing to do with him or Penny. I have to say that Ben’s threat to take Penny's life in exchange for Alex last season had an effect on Charles Widmore, and now Widmore is done playing games with Penny.

When Desmond goes back to Penny, he tells her that Mrs Faraday is dead and he’s done with this stuff, because all he cares about are Penny and Charlie. Aww, he named his son after a drug-abusing rock star. No really, I liked Charlie once he was a bit less self-serving and whiny. Penny doesn’t believe that Desmond and makes him tell her the truth. He tells her that Mrs Faraday is in Los Angeles, and she says she knows he can never leave the Island behind him, so she decides to go with him to Los Angeles to find Mrs Faraday. She rocks, doesn't she?

Next week on Lost: It’s back to the Oceanic 6 in a Kate-centric episode that focuses on the mystery client trying to find out Aaron’s true birth mother.

Questions and comments
  • Why was Alpert present when Locke was born? Because Locke told him when it would happen, and Alpert went there as a way to determine if Locke was telling the truth. This must have semi-blown Alpert's mind, since he continued to visit Locke over the course of his youth - and this helps explain why the Island Originals all thought he was so special... because he is a freaking time traveling, future predicting "old guy"!

  • But does this mean that Locke really isn't that special or "chosen"? If the Island Originals only think he's special due to his time skipping, is he really the best choice for the future leader of the Others?

  • This also means that Desmond must be an exception instead of the rule, since he just had the memory of Faraday visiting him at the Swan Hatch in 2008 instead of always having it?

  • Did you catch the scenes from the preview from next week? Showing Locke seeing the light shooting up from the Swan Hatch (the ending scene from "Deus Ex Machina"!) as well as Sawyer stumbling upon Kate helping Claire deliver Aaron (the ending scene from "Do No Harm"!) Time to go back and re-watch some Season One episodes!

  • What this means pretty much blows my mind though. Does that mean that Sawyer could run into himself? Wouldn't that rip apart the space-time continuum, a la Back to the Future?

  • Remember what Faraday told Desmond when he started to become "unstuck" in time? He asked if Desmond had been subjected to an intense does of radiation or electromagnetic energy. Clearly, Desmond had been exposed to the later in the Swan Hatch, and he needed a Constant. But Daniel also had a Constant. Why? Well, guess who was just exposed to a high does of radiation in this episode when inspecting the Jughead?

  • CHARLES WIDMORE USED TO BE ON THE ISLAND. But was he an Island Original? Did he start to age once he left the Island? Or do only some Island Originals not age (like Alpert)? And how did he leave the Island? Was he kicked off? Why does he think that Ben "stole it" from him? It sure didn't look like he was "owning" it when Richard was bossing him around. Maybe he simply views Ben as "ruining" the Island once he started running the show, and Widmore doesn't so much want to turn the Island into a theme park, but wants to restore it to its natural, pre-Ben order when they were able to have babies and lived peacefully. Or is the reason Widmore got booted because he wanted to go commercial on the Island? Lots to think about here.

  • Did you guys watch the "Enhanced" repeat of "The Lie" beforehand? Guess what they said Ms. Hawking's first name was? ELOISE. Just like Faraday's rat. It looks like she is definitely going to end up being Faraday's mother. Also, who names a rat after their mom?

  • Here's something else to think about. Is the Ellie the Girl Soldier on the Island Faraday's Mom as well? Remember how he said she looked familiar to him? Well, if Widmore is off the Island, it would stand to reason that she could have left the Island as well. It would be a possible explanation for why she knows so much about the Island and how/where to find it.

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Blogger Lisa said...

Wow amazing summary! Thanks!!

29/1/09 1:39 AM  
Blogger The Panic Room said...

NICE! LOVE that Faraday Mom theory.

29/1/09 9:05 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Great recap. I agree about next week's episode. I can't wait to see how they are going to do that. Seeing themselves would be very weird.

29/1/09 11:22 AM  
OpenID Penny said...

Thanks! I can't wait to hear what you say next week.

29/1/09 2:57 PM  
Blogger Gnorm said...

Your "questions & comments" look very familiar. Do you write for other LOST-centric blogs?

31/1/09 12:12 AM  
Blogger Wani said...

I was freaking out about Whidmore being on the island all those years ago!! Its craziness! I Love It!

4/2/09 4:31 PM  

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