Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 11 July (Saturday)

Lost Rewatch, LOST 1×18, Numbers

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

The 2nd of three really great LOST episodes in Season 1 – this one is primarily about Hurley.

Hurley with chicken drumstick and lotto ticket in hand listens in disbelief as his numbers are read.

Hurley with chicken drumstick and lotto ticket in hand listens in disbelief as his numbers are read.

  • In Flashbacks we see Hurley wins the lottery with the numbers (4 8 15 16 23 42).
  • The girl calling the lottery numbers is the same one Sawyer was in a hotel room with before Hibbs interrupted and told him the fake news of the original Sawyer being in Australia.
  • Although fabulously wealthy a string of bad luck begins following Hurley.  At first he thinks the money is cursed, and then decides the numbers are cursed
  • We find out that Hurley’s accountant has purchased a box company in Tustin for Hurley.  This is probably the same box factory where Locke worked.
  • Leonard playing Connect 4 and listening to Hurley

    Leonard playing Connect 4 and listening to Hurley

    We find out that Hurley was in a psychiatric hospital for awhile when he returns to talk to the guy he got the numbers from.  A “crazy” guy who plays Connect 4 a lot.  He freaks out saying that Hurley never should have used thenumbes to play the lottery and that he opened the box.  While being dragged out of the room he tells Hurley that he got the numbers from a Sam Toomey in Australia.  This is why Hurley is in Sydney and ends up on the Oceanic flight.

  • Toomey’s widow tells Hurley that her husband heard the numbers being broadcast from the Pacific and that he used them to win a contest and similar misfortune befell him.  But in the end she disparages the idea that it’s bad luck as “you make your own luck.”
  • On the island Hurley freaks out when he sees the numbers written over and over again in Rousseau notes.  He takes off on his own to find Rousseau.  This works out well as Jack wants to go to her to get a battery to power a transmitter for the raft.  Sayid is reluctant to bother Rousseau, but Jack, Sayid and Charlie go after Hurley.
  • In the end it is Hurley who encounters Rousseau, when she holds him at gun point he yells at her that now he wants some answers. Unforunately all she can tell him is that the numbers were being broadcast form the island before she got here.  They are what brought her and her team to the island and they never discovered their origin or meaning.
  • But in the end Rousseau agrees with Hurley that the numbers are in fact cursed which leads to a great scene with Hurley giving a huge bear hug in the middle of the jungle because he finally found someone who agrees with him.
Hurley hugs Rousseau in the jungle after bonding over the Numbers

Hurley hugs Rousseau in the jungle after bonding over the Numbers

  • In the end Hurley get’s the battery from Rousseau and tells Sayid, “She says hey”
  • In John Lock news he spends the episode making something with Claire after she reluctantly agrees to help him.  This is an interesting interaction considering her nightmare featuring Locke towards the beginning of the season (remember the creepy black and white eyes thing).  In the end it ends up being a cradle for the baby – a birthday present from John Locke to Claire.  Did he know it was her birthday?  Another example of Locke going out of his way to help another Lostie currying good favor and gratitude. Is he just a generally good guy or is he up to something?
Locke and Claire making a cradle in the jungle.

Locke and Claire making a cradle in the jungle.

Sorry – that was mostly recap – but I am desperately trying to catch up with the re-Watch!

Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 6 July (Monday)

Lost Rewatch, LOST 1×17, . . . In Translation

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

As I stated a couple of posts ago – I fell behind by quite a bit on the re-watch due to family vacation – so the next couple of posts will be kinda quick.  Which is a shame because the next stretch of episodes is really, really good.  Quintessential LOST in my opinion.  Starting with this episode primarily about Jin and Sun, but including so much more.  I think this is one of my favorite episodes from Season 1 – It’s got intriguing backstory, building tension on-Island and ominous foreshadowing.

Sun prepares a big meal for Jin who is called away on important business for her father

Sun prepares a big meal for Jin who is called away on important business for her father

Here’s a quick overview of the highlights from my perspective:

  • In flashbacks, we see for the first time pre-island events repeated for the second time from another character’s perspective.  In these Jin centric flashbacks we see the other side of the flashbacks that we saw from Sun’s persepective before.  We learn exactly what he does for her father, where the dog came from, how he got blood on his shirt and the fact that while Sun was planning to leave him by going to America, Jin’s father advised him to go to America to save his marriage.
  • So what’s up with Mr. Paik, Sun’s father?  He’s seems much to sinister to just be a random character.  And having Jin deliver watches to colleagues in LA and Sydney.  I bet he’s a major underwriter for Hanso or Dharma.  Or at least has been on the island.
  • In the flashback where Jin enters Byung Han’s house to deliver a message from Mr. Paik we see Hurley on the TV winning the lottery.  At this point, of course, we have no idea what’s going on.  I never caught this on my own the first time around, but a friend had pointed it out to me.  Interesting foreshadowing, but it also brings up a question about the nature of the flashbacks.  Is Hurley on the TV part of Jin’s subconcious?  Or is it just something intriguing for the writer’s to throw at us?
  • Tension develops about how decisions are made effecting the whole group when Jack finds out Sawyer bought one of the four spots on Michael’s raft.  Jack obviously doesn’t think much of Michael’s way of choosing who’s going on the expedition.
  • The first raft is burned. And Jin is blamed due to his burnt hands.  This is the 2nd time he’s imprisoned due to a conflict with Michael.  In the end Sun defends him by yelling at the other Losties in English revealing for the first time to everybody (including Jin) that she knows a second language.
  • Locke has three interesting encounters:
    • With Shannon- he confronts her about her relationship with Boone in the jungle and tells her that everyone on the Island has a chance to start over.
    • With the Losties – While they are all accusing Jin of burning the raft Locke walks out of the Jungle and pins the blame on the other inhabitants of the island.  Here’s the quote, “but why take it out on our best chance of getting off the island? Why would any one of us block an attempt to get home? We’re so intent on pointing the finger at one another that we’re ignoring the simple undeniable truth that the problem isn’t here, it’s there. [pointing to the jungle] They’ve attacked us, sabotaged us, abducted us, murdered us. Maybe it’s time we stop blaming us and start worrying about them. We’re not the only people on this island and we all know it.”
    • With Walt – (full transcript below) Towards the end of the episode Locke finds Walt playing blackgammon and asks if he has an opponent.  Walt mentions that Hurley now owes him $83,000.  As Locke sits down to play he asks Walt why he burned the raft.  I remember this being such a cool “OMG” moment the first time around.  This time, though I was curious about something else.  Walt indicates that he’s sick of moving around and likes it on the Island.  Locke agrees with this.  But just a little while before he was defending Jin by asking why anyone would want to sabotage their chance to get off the Island.  Let that sink in for a moment – because John Locke has already done so once when he knocked out Sayid when he was trying to put up the transmitter (this won’t be officially revealed until Season 3 I think).  So Locke has tried to sabotage their attempts to get off yet defends Jin by asking why anyone would want to do so.  And he knows Walt set the fire on the raft, but points the blame towards the “other” inhabitants of the Island.  Very curious Mr. Locke, Very curious indeed.
Just another friendly game of backgammon between Locke and Walt

Just another friendly game of backgammon between Locke and Walt

Here’s the transcript of that convo with Walt:

[Shot of Walt and Vincent. Walt setting up a backgammon game.]

LOCKE: [entering] Got yourself an opponent?

WALT: Hurley owes me 83,000 dollars. I told him I’d give him a chance to win it back.

LOCKE: It’s been awhile since you and I played. I don’t have 83,000 dollars.

WALT: That’s okay.

[Locke pets Vincent.]

LOCKE: Where’s your pop?

WALT: Down at the beach, I think. I’m not allowed to leave the caves after dark. You have a dad?

LOCKE: Everyone’s got a dad.

WALT: Is he cool?

LOCKE: No, no, he’s not.

WALT: [rolling the dice] Yes!

LOCKE: Good for you. Hey, you mind if I ask you something?

WALT: Sure.

LOCKE: Why did you burn the raft, Walt? Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell. You must’ve had a really good reason.

WALT: I don’t want to move anymore. I’ve been moving places my whole life. I like it here.

LOCKE: I like it here, too.

Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 5 July (Sunday)

Lost Rewatch, LOST 1×17, Outlaws

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

Sawyer takes a drag and contemplates the note he wrote so long ago with Jacob's pen

Sawyer takes a drag and contemplates the note he wrote so long ago with Jacob's pen

This episode focuses on Sawyer.

In Flashbacks

Young James Ford hides under the bed as he witnesses the demise of his parents

Young James Ford hides under the bed as he witnesses the demise of his parents

We see the fateful night that young James Ford witnesses the death of his mom and suicide of his dad.  Not fun.  What a crappy thing for a kid to deal with. We already found out about him taking the name “sawyer” from the conman who swindled his folks and learned about the vendetta he has for him.  Years later an associate finds Ford/Sawyer and tells him that he knows that the real Sawyer is living under an alias in Australia.  “Our” Sawyer heads down under and shoots the guy dead only to find out its not his man.

Interesting backstory – especially considering what we find out later about the identity of the original Sawyer.  The really intriguing thing that happens in this flashback, however, is Sawyer meeting Christian Shephard (Jack’s dad) in a bar.  Christian is drowning his miseries and talking about a son he loves but who thinks he (Christian) hates him (Jack).  Interestingly it’s Christian who(unknowingly?) pushes Sawyer (who’s having doubts) to go out the door and follow through on his vendetta to kill who he thinks to be the original Sawyer.

Sawyer joins Christian Shephard for a drink in a local bar in Australia

Sawyer joins Christian Shephard for a drink in a local bar in Australia

On the Island

A boar tears apart Sawyers tent leading him on another vendetta.  Kate joins him on his boar hunt and soe interesting chemistry develops and we find out that they both have killed someone in their past.  In the end even though Sawyer has the chance to kill the boar he doesn’t, recognizing the similarities between the boar and the innocent man he killed in Australia.

Is it just me or does this bopar look an awful lot like ALF?

Is it just me or does this boar look an awful lot like ALF?

In the final scene Sawyer realizes based on a turn of phrase that Jack must be the son of the man who he met in the bar in Australia but he keeps this info to himself.  All-in-all not a bad little episode, but no huge revelations in my opinion.

Note: Like I said last post, I’m keeping these next few short until I’m caught up on the rewatch.  For a more detailed analysis of Episodes 1×13-16 check out JOpinionated’s Lost Blog!

Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 5 July (Sunday)

LOST Rewatch, LOST 1×15, Homecoming

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

Note: I fell behind on the rewatch this past week as we were on a short family vacation.  SO the next few posts will be much shorter.  For a more detailed analysis of Episodes 1×13-16 check out JOpinionated’s Lost Blog!

It's Claire's homecoming, but Charlie get's most of the attention this episode.

It's Claire's homecoming, but Charlie get's most of the attention this episode.

This is an interesting Episode that by title seems to focus on Claire and her “homecoming” to rejoin the Losties, but in actuality it focuses more on Charlie, including flashbacks for him.  Claire has amnesia and can’t remember anything since being on Oceanic 815.  Yeah – welcome home babe! Can you imagine being 8 -months pregnant, finding yourself wandering in the jungle and not knowing why?  Crazy!

Charlie trying to sell a Heatherton C815 copier - and failing miserably.

Charlie trying to sell a Heatherton C815 copier - and failing miserably.

In flashbacks we find out how low Charlie would sink to get a fix.  He enters a relationship with a wealthy girl simply to nic something from her to get drug money.  In the process of developing their relationship her dad gives Charlie a job as s copier salesman – but he fails abysmally, opting to steal a priceless family heirloom.  In the end he’s found out and the girl dumps him.

On Island Ethan reappears threatening to kill one lostie a day until he gets Claire back.  Scott (a regular background character) is found dead presumably killed by Ethan.  A plan is hatched to use Claire as bait to get Ethan.  Guns are handed out (after an interesting scene with Jack and Locke in the Jungle looking at the stash of guns – Jack in a black t-shirt and Locke in a white one) and Sawyer reveals that he has had one all along.  Charlie asks for a gun but is silent when asked if he’s ever used one.  So Jack, Locke, Sawyer, Sayid, and Kate traipse out with guns into the jungle.

The hunting party and bait

The hunting party and bait

Ethan falls for the bait andsome scuffling and running ensues.  Jack unknowingly drops his gun and everyone is shocked when Ethan is shot dead by Charlie.   A truly spine tingling moment.  I can understand Charlie’s anger, but what a stupid move!  Of course, if they had captured Ethan alive what kind of information could they possibly get from him?  Interesting how despite dying early on Ethan’s character continues as the series unfolds.

What struck me most in this episode is how truly ominous and evil the (as-of-yet-not-named) OTHERs seem to be.  Ethan is portrayed as brutal and vengeful.  He says he’ll kill a lostie a day until he gets Claire back.  Scott’s death seems to confirm this.  Strange that his persona doesn’t seem to jive with later portrayals.  Just days before he was fixing Juliet’s plumbing with a smile back in Dharmaville.

Goodwin (the other Other sent to collect info on tail section survivors) is also cunning and kills Nathan.  Yet in his Dharmaville flashback life Goodwin seems like a generally good guy – well except for his interest in Juliet’s other plumbing – but the point is he does not seem the cold blooded killer.  What is it about the island that these two guys are so radically committed to killing for?  After 5 seasons I’m still not clear on it.  Are they working for Jacob when they kidnap pregnant women and kill innocent bystanders?  Or is it part of what Jacob’s nemesis refers to when he says in the Season 5 finale, “They come. They fight. They destroy. They corrupt. It always ends the same.”

Charlie takes out Ethan.  Now their even . . . or are they?

Charlie takes out Ethan. Now they're even . . . or are they?

This is the beginning of the tension of who is good or bad on the island.  Interesting to note that although on this section of beach-front-property The Others have first blood, not so down the coast a stretch where Mr. Eko was the first to kill two unnamed Others. In the infamous words of Benjamin Linus, “We’re the good guys.”  Of course, everyone always likes to think that their side is the good side.  Time will tell.  Or will it?

Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 5 July (Sunday)

Lost Rewatch, LOST 1×14, Special

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

This episode focuses on Michael and Walt.

Michael objects to Locke teaching Walt to throw knives as Vincent stands idly by.

Michael objects to Locke teaching Walt to throw knives as Vincent stands idly by.

Quick Summary

  • Flashbacks center primarily on Walt and his relationship (or lack thereof) with Walt’s mother, Susan.  Soon after Walt is born she moves to Europe and marries another man, Brian, who ends up adopting (?) Walt.
  • Eventually Susan dies of a strange and sudden blood disorder, Brian reveals he never wanted to be Walt’s Father and turns custody back over to Michael.  (The legality of all this exchanging of Walt’s custody seems a bit shaky to me but then again it is fiction after all)
  • On Island more sparks fly between Locke and Michael and the latter finds the former teaching Walt how to throw knives.

    Walt wonders if building the raft is a form of punishment, but Michael assures him that they are taking control of their destiny.  Hmmmm....

    Walt wonders if building the raft is a form of punishment, but Michael assures him that they are taking control of their destiny. Hmmmm....

  • Michael begins building the Raft and continues to alienate Walt who runs away into the jungle – only to be chased by a Polar Bear.  Locke and Michael team up to rescue Walt.
  • In the last scene of the episode Locke and Boone who say they’ve been searching for Claire, but in reality have not been, discover an exhausted and terrified Claire in the jungle.

Who or What is Special?

The assumption of most, I would assume, is that the title is referring to Walt.  Perhaps it is.  However, contrary to conventional wisdom no one in the episode called Walt “special”.  The confusion on this may stem from two separate quotes in separate scenes, one from John Locke, the other from Brian Porter.  Check out their lines below:

LOCKE: He’s been through more than most people in their entire lifetimes. Maybe you haven’t spent enough time with him to see it, but he’s different.

This is an echo of what Brian Porter said to Michael when he talked to himabout taking custody of Walt back.

BRIAN: Sometimes when he’s around things happen. He’s different somehow.

Hmmmm . . . different may mean special – or perhaps just different.

An Egyptian bird apparently summoned to it's death by Walt's thoughts when reading a book about it

An Egyptian bird apparently summoned to it's death by Walt's thoughts when reading a book about it

Later on Walt is called “very special” by the Others, but in this episode no one uses that moniker. Could the reference be to another person who is often called “special” on the show, like Locke?

Walt’s differentness comes out in one scene where he is looking at a page of rare Egyptian birds while Susan and Brian are ignoring him.  After unsuccessfully trying to get their attention one of the rare Egyptian birds hits a glass door and falls to the ground dead.

On Island Walt is reading a comic book with a polar bear shortly before a polar bear chases him through the jungle.  I remember thinking at the time of first viewing that Walt had special powers that brought the polar bear to the Island.  In reality they were already present for the Dharma initiative experiments, but perhaps Walt’s special brand of differentness was responsible for them getting riled up and attacking the losties.  This definitely seems to be the case towards the end of this episode as Walt is attacked by a polar bear.  Locke helps Michael recover his son showing a warming trend in their relationship.

The episode comes to a cliffhanger ending as Locke and Boone tramp into the jungle at night looking for Vincent who had run away from Walt right before the polar bear appeared.  However, instead of the dog a trembling Claire emerges from the jungle.  Interesting – Locke went boar hunting with Claire’s captor shortly before she disappeared and is present in the jungle at night (odd time and place) when she re-emerges.

Claire emerges from the jungle right where Locke and Boone are looking for lost Vincent.

Claire emerges from the jungle right where Locke and Boone are looking for lost Vincent.

Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 25 June (Thursday)

Lost Rewatch, Lost 1×13, Hearts and Minds

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

Boone clears the hatch as Locke watches

Boone clears the hatch as Locke watches

This episode focuses on Boone.

  • In flashbacks we see Boone coming to Shannon’s rescue in Australia to get her out of another failed and abusive relationship.  Boone pays the guy $50,000 to leave Shannon, but as it turns out Shannon was conning Boone to split the money with her boyfriend.
  • In the end the boyfriend splits with the money and Shannon turns to Boone again.  We find out that even though she is his step-sister Boone is in love with Shannon.  They sleep together, but Shannon suggests they just go back to normal after getting back to the US.
  • On Island – Kate helps Sun plant a garden and discovers that she nows
    Locke cyptically states to Sayid that he no longer needs his compass.  Hmmm . . . why is that?

    Locke cyptically states to Sayid that he no longer needs his compass. Hmmm . . . why is that?

    English; Locke gives Sayid a compass that seems to malfunction; Hurley tries to patch things up with Jin and learn to fish from him.

  • Locke puts Boone through a drug-induced experience for unknown reasons.

Boone and Locke

I had forgotten that Boone and Locke were thick as thieves before the hatch.  Boone is Locke’s little protege, following him around the jungle and tryng to open the hatch with him.  They are spinning two lies to account for their whereabouts – that they are looking for Claire and/or hunting boar.  The second excuse is understandable but the first one seems to be morally skewed in my opinion.  But Locke reassures Boone that the Hatch is now their #1 priority.  Why is Locke so dedicated to this task?  And to secrecy re. it? Their work so far has amounted to little – simply spendng a lot of time staring at the metal door.  Locke offer’s this explanation to Boone for their inactivity:

BOONE: So, not to be too difficult, but we’ve been coming here for two days just staring at this thing. I’m not really sure what we’re supposed to be doing.

Locke kinda sorta compares himself to Michelangelo

Locke kinda sorta compares himself to Michelangelo

LOCKE: Ludovico Buonarrati, Michelangelo’s father. He was a wealthy man. He had no understanding of the divinity in his son, so he beat him. No child of his was going to use his hands for a living. So, Michelangelo learned not to use his hands. Years later a visiting prince came into Michelangelo’s studio and found the master staring at a single 18 foot block of marble. Then he knew that the rumors were true — that Michelangelo had come in everyday for the last four months, stared at the marble, and gone home for his supper. So the prince asked the obvious — what are you doing? And Michelangelo turned around and looked at him, and whispered, sto lavorando, I’m working. Three years later that block of marble was the statue of David.

BOONE: We’re not going to stare at this for 4 months, are we? How are we going to open it?

LOCKE: Well, that’s what we have to figure out. That’s why we’re sitting here. I mean, how do you open a hatch that has no handle, no latch, no discernible way of opening it?

Boone’s Experience

Was this some kind of corporate team building exercise Locke learned at the box company?

Was this some kind of corporate team building exercise Locke learned at the box company?

Of course Shannon is asking all sorts of pesky questions and Locke recognizes Boone’s attachment to her as detrimental to there progress on the hatch.  As a result he knocks Boone out, ties him up and smears an ointment on his head.  Locke claims its for sealing the wound, but is in reality a kind of hallucinogen.  Boone has a lucid experience of freeing himself and finding Shannon tied up nearby.  After freeing her they are pursued into a stand of bamboo by the Monster.  When the coast seems clear they flee, only to be chased again.  In the end the monster captures Shannon and kills her.

Boone cradles a dead Shannon in his arms - was this real or was it Memorex, I mean a drug/Locke/Island induced hallucination?

Boone cradles a dead Shannon in his arms - was this real or was it Memorex, I mean a drug/Locke/Island induced hallucination?

Enraged Boone flies to the camp and jumps on Locke, threatening to kill him because of Shannon’s death.    Locke denies knowing anything and points out that Shannon is alive and well in the camp with Sayid.  Boone is in shock stating that she had been dead – here’s Locke and Boone’s dialogue:

BOONE: That thing killed my sister. It’s your fault. You drug her out there.

LOCKE: Your sister?

BOONE: Don’t play dumb with me.

LOCKE: Calm down.

BOONE: She died in my arms.

LOCKE: Why is there no blood on you?

[Boone looks at himself and sees there’s no blood.]

BOONE: What the hell just happened to me out there?

LOCKE: I don’t know. I don’t know, you tell me. [Locke pushes Boone off of him.] But your sister, Shannon. . . [we can see Shannon walk up with Sayid in the background]

BOONE: She was dead.

What's Locke up to?  How did he know to mix up that stuff?  Why did he think it would be beneficial for Boone?  Was it?

What's Locke up to? How did he know to mix up that stuff? Why did he think it would be beneficial for Boone? Was it?

LOCKE: Is that what it made you see?

BOONE: What made me see? That stuff you put on my head — you drugged me.

LOCKE: I gave you an experience that I believe was vital to your survival on this island.

BOONE: It wasn’t real?

LOCKE: It was only as real as you made it.

BOONE: I saw her — I saw her die.

LOCKE: How did you feel? When she died?

BOONE: I felt — I felt — I felt relieved. I felt relieved.

LOCKE: Yes. Time to let go. [Locke gets up and grabs his pack.] Follow me.

My question is what is the “it” that Locke is referring to?

  • The drug?
  • The island?
  • The monster?

What did Boone really experience?  He obviously worked himself free somehow.  Was he just wandering the jungle hallucinating at that time or did the event really happen?  Is it possible that Shannon both died and was alive with Sayid?

Funniest Scene/Line

The side story with Hurley trying to convince Jin to teach him how to fish was hilarious.  Particularly when Hurley steps on a sea urchin and screams for Jin to pee on his foot as he’s this as a remedy on TV.  This is undoubtedly a reference to the friends episode where Joey and Chandler pee on Monica when she gets a Jelly Fish sting.

Jin is unconvinced on Hurley's homeopathic remedy for sea urchin wounds.

Jin is unconvinced on Hurley's homeopathic remedy for sea urchin wounds.

HURLEY: You’re going to have to pee on my foot, man. It’ll stop the venom. I saw it on TV. [Jin inspects Hurley’s injured foot.] Ow, arrgh, no just pee on it man. [Hurley points to Jin’s crotch. Jin pushes his hand away.] You need to pee, pee on it. Pee on my foot. I’ll lose my foot if you don’t. [Jin is making motions, trying to communicate; then says No.]

Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 24 June (Wednesday)

Lost Rewatch, Lost 1×12, Whatever the Case May Be

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

A hidden lagoon with hidden bodies and treasure . . . Is it the same lagoon they flashed to after the Ajira 316 crash?

A hidden lagoon with hidden bodies and treasure . . . Is it the same lagoon they flashed to after the Ajira 316 crash?

Quick Summary

This episode focuses on Kate.

  • In flashbacks we discover that Kate was part of a armed bank robbery.
    Do NOT get between Maggie, I mean Kate, and her toys!

    Do NOT get between Maggie, I mean Kate, and her toys!

    She played a loan seeker, but was in fact part of the team.  When thing start getting violent towards the end of the job she shoots her teammates to save the bank manager’s life.  She wasn’t after the money in the end but an envelope from a safety deposit box.

  • Kate and Sawyer find a silver Haliburton case in the lagoon.  Kate says it’s hers, but Sawyer deduces that it’s not and takes it from her.

    Sawyer let's Kate have the case for a moment, but can't resist havng it for himself.

    Sawyer let's Kate have the case for a moment, but can't resist havng it for himself.

  • Eventually Kate enlists Jack’s help to get the case back as it contains 4 guns.  When asked if it contains anything else she lies.  Jack and Kate’s complicated relationship in it’s complicated infancy
  • When the case is finally opened there is also an envelope of personal effects which contains the envelope from the safety deposit box which
    Kate went to great lengths 2x to retrieve this plane.  We know who it represents to her, but is that its only importance?

    Kate went to great lengths 2x to retrieve this plane. We know who it represents to her, but is that its only importance?

    in turn contains a toy plane.  When questioned by Jack she says that it belonged to the man she loved.  Jack presses her and she says that it belonged to the man she killed.  Jack walks off in disgust.

In other action:

Boone and Locke - unusual comrades, as different as . . . night and day!

Boone and Locke - unusual comrades, as different as . . . night and day!

Boone lies to Claire about going into the jungle with Locke to look for Claire.  He takes the axe to Locke in the jungle.  When asked if anyone saw him Boone says “no.  I don’t think so.” To which John replies, “Well, which is it?”  We now that they are working on the hatch but at this point in the series it is not known what’s really going on – just that Boone and Locke are being super-secretive about what they’re doing.

Shannon and Sayid’s relationship begins in earnest as Sayid enlists her to translate Rousseau’s notations on the map.  He is expecting something informative, but all Shannon can giive him is childish nonsense.  Sayid is frustrated with her, but in the end it turns out that the words are from a children’s song.   Rousseau’s sanity is once again in question.

In one of the more touching exchanges of the series, Rose befriends Charlie and with gentle firmness gets him to stop wallowing in self-pity and regret over Claire’s kidnapping.  She talks about her faith that Bernard is still alive.  In the end when Charlie asks for help she prays for him, in what was a surprisingly genuine and non-hokey characterization of relgious faith in mainstream American television.

Rose prays for Charlie - maybe all the Losties could've used a little more prayer!

Rose prays for Charlie - maybe all the Losties could've used a little more prayer!

Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 21 June (Sunday)

Lost Rewatch, Lost 1×11, All the Best Cowboys have Daddy Issues

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

Jack and John disagree on how to proceed (surprise, surprise!)

Jack and John disagree on how to proceed (surprise, surprise!)

Quick Summary

  • This episode centers on Jack Shepherd.  n Flashbacks we see his relationship with hisdad deteriorate.  Tensions mount over a botched surgery that Christian asks Jack to lie about. At first he does, but in the end he reveals that his dad was operating under the influence of alcohol.
  • On Island action revolves around the search for Claire and Charlie who have been taken by Ethan

John Locke and Jack Shephard Search for Claire

The search for Charlie and Claire is on, but which way?

The search for Charlie and Claire is on, but which way?

What starts as a mutual search for Claire and Charlie quickly devolves into what will become a classic stand-off between John and Jack on how things should be done.  Jack, anxious to rescue Claire and Charlie and fix things wants to charge off after their trail as time iis of the essence.  John wants to go back and organize a search party, gather some gear, and seemingly do this search right.  He says it’ll only take 10 minutes.  So the two, as will happen so often go their seperate ways.  Jack deeper into the Jungle, and  John back to camp.Back at camp Kate and Boone volunteer to go on the expedition, but Locke rebuffs Michael’s attempt to join stating that he’ll only slow them down and that he should form another team to go south.

Boone doesn't believe John just worked at a box company.

Boone doesn't believe John just worked at a box company.

Locke’s team easily catch up with Jack who has been wandering in circles.  They continue to follow the trail until there is a fork.  Jack sees one of Charlies finger bandages on a bush with a trail leading onward.  John sees another trail leading n a different direction.  Kate’s skills as a tracker come out as she mentions that the trail “from Charlie” could be a ruse by the kidnapper to throw them off.  Locke agrees and says they should all follow the trail he’s found.  Jack weigh’s in that they should split up with two following each trail.  So Kate joins him on the “Charlie” trail and Boone and Locke follow the other.

Ethan's handiwork.  Nice people those Others. . .

Ethan's handiwork. Nice people those Others. . .

Ultimately, these two paths lead to very different destinations.  Jack and Kate eventually here screams and after a tumble down a hill Jack has a bout of fisticuffs with Ethan, who warns Jack that if they keep following him one of the kidnapped will be killed.  Locke’s trail goes cold pretty quickly, but he and Boone persistently follow it (or something) anyways.  There are some interesting interchanges as Boone asks Locke what he used to do guessing perhaps a taxdermist or a hitman and not believing Locke’s truthful answer about the box company.  Locke also predicts when it will start raining.  Meanwhile Jake and Kate discover Charlie hanging limply in the trees in another one of those chilling Season 1 scenes.

After trying to resuscitate Charlie for several minutes Jack gives up on him as dead.  But after pausing he pounds on his chest again and this time Charlie revives.  But was it Jack help or something else that did it?

Locke's light hits the hatch.

Locke's light hits the hatch.

As night falls Boone decides to go back to camp leaving Locke to follow the cold trail on his own.  Locke tosses a flashlight to Boone, who doesn’t mae the catch.  The light lands on something metallic.  The episode ends wth Boone asking what it has hit and John saying with a grin, “That’s what we’re gong to find out.”  Almost as if he’d been looking for it all along.  Almost.

John tells Boone they are going to find out  . . . but find out what!?

John tells Boone they are going to find out . . . but find out what!?

Actually in this episode there are a couple of times that it seems like Locke may already be on a different agenda.  When he goes bac to camp to put together the search team is he stalling to give Ethan a head start?  When the two trails diverge in the jungle – was there even a second trail?  It was only John’s word that there was – no one else examined it.  Was John knowingly trying to lead the search away from Ethan?  He mentions that the kidnapping was his fault as he hunted with Ethan and never suspected a thing.  Hmmm…Really Locke?  Perhaps Ethan told John his plan, or told him where to look for the hatch or maybe both?  It’s hard to say but it seems plausible that Ethan had instructions to give to Locke The question is how he convinced Locke to believe him at this early stage of the story.  Of course it very well could be that the island itself is guiding Locke in a mysterious way.

Funny Scenes

Two hilarious scenes this episode, both dealing with Walt.  In one he’s thoroughly beating Hurley in backgammon, throwing what he calls on the dice, while Hurley can’t throw anything decent.  Walt wins and as Hurley walks off to a “meeting” Walt yells out, “Hey, you owe me $20,000!”  To which Hurley says, “You’ll get it.”  Little does Walt now that Hurley really is good for the money.

Hurley says Walt will get his $20,00 in backgammon winnings

Hurley says Walt will get his $20,00 in backgammon winnings

In another scene, Walt is walking in the jungle with his Dad and Sawyer on the second “search party” and tells sawyer about Ethan.  Sawyer asks who Ethan is and they have the following conversation:

SAWYER: Alrighty, Tattoo, where do you think Ethan came from?

WALT: Maybe he was already on the island, before we were.

SAWYER: You got yourself one hell of an imagination, kid.

WALT: There could be lots of other people on the island.

SAWYER: So a tribe of evil natives planted a ringer in the camp to kidnap a pregnant girl and a reject from VH-1 has-beens. Yeah, fiendishly clever. And why am I getting the evening news from a 6 year old.

WALT: I’m 10.

SAWYER: Okay, then it must be true.

Yes Sawyer, fiendishly clever!

Walt schools Sawyer on the dynamics of Island living

Walt schools Sawyer on the dynamics of Island living

So in the end, they recover Charlie, but not Claire and Locke and Boone have discovered something mysterious and metallic in the jungle.  If they only knew what was going to happen next.  (or maybe some of them do . . . . )

This post was written while enjoying some espresso at Danesi Cafe.


Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 19 June (Friday)

Lost Rewatch, Lost 1×10, Raised by Another

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

Quick Summary

This episode focuses on Claire.

Richard Malkin implores Claire in the middle of the night that she and she alone must raise Aaron

Richard Malkin implores Claire in the middle of the night that she and she alone must raise Aaron

  • In flashbacks we discover that Claire became pregnant with her artist boyfriend Thomas who encourages her to have the baby and then walks out on her.
  • Claire visits a psychic who at first refuses to do her reading, but later relents.  He reveals things about her pregnancy and relationship that makes him appear credible.  At first insisting that Claire and Claire only raise the child he later sets her up with adoptive parents in LA leading to her being on Oceanic 815.
  • On Island Claire is nearing her due date and is plagued with nightmares.  When she thinks she is attacked in the night Jack suggests a sedative which angers Claire causing her to leave for the beach camp.
  • The relationship between Charlie and Claire grows as he believes in her and offers his support to her.
  • Sayid returns to the caves bloodied and harried.  He fearfully informs Locke, Jack, and Kate that they are not alone on the island.

Claire’s Nightmare

A creepu cryptic Locke in Claire's nightmare

A creepu cryptic Locke in Claire's nightmare

In what may be the most creepy segment in the 1st season, Claire has a nightmare in which she has already given birth and she hears the baby crying in the jungle.  She runs after the sound only to find John Locke sitting at a table with a lamp in the jungle.  He is either playing solitaire or dealing tarot cards, it’s difficult to tell which.  He chastises Claire for gving her baby away sayng that everyone would now pay the price for her mistake.  When he looks up from the cards one of his eyes is completely black and the other is completely white.  Creepy.  Claire runs off, discovering a crib among the trees.  Upon closer inspection there s no baby, just bloods soaked sheets.  Claire awakens with blood curdling screams.

"Just call me creepy eyes..."

"Just call me creepy eyes..."

So what was up with John in the dream?  Was this simply Claire’s subconscious?  If so, what was up with John’s eyes?  Was someone/something on the Island trying to communicate to her?

Claire’s boyfriend & Her psychic

Claire’s boyfriend Thomas became much more of an enigma as the series wore on and the specialness of aaron and his birth became apparent.  Who was this guy who loved and left Claire?  Did he have any connection to the Island?  Some people even went so far as to speculate that he was in some way related to Ben Linus (due to a faint physical resemblance between the two characters).  I never really bought that.  For awhile after season 5 I wondered if he might have been Jacob or his nemesis but this also seems unlikely.

One significant link between Thomas and the Island is actually Charles Widmore.  We see one of Thomas’ distinctive paintings in Widmore’s office.  We see another similar one at the Swan Station.  The significance of these two peices of art and what they say about Thomas’ connection to the Island is unnown.

After I saw this episode I was toying with the possibility that Thomas is the same as Claire’s psychic Richard Malkin.  The bulk of this was based on a slight physical resemblance (despite the obvous age difference – think Eloise Hawking).  Is it possible that Richard knew what to say to Claire to manipulate her towards the Island because he was in fact her former lover and some sort of time looper?

Claire's deadbeat artist boyfriend Thomas

Claire's deadbeat artist boyfriend Thomas

Claire's psychic Richard Malkin

Claire's psychic Richard Malkin

After reveiwing the matter some more I rediscovered that Malkin had been investigated by Mr. Eko (as a priest) due to Malkin’s daughter’s apparently miraculous resurrection.  This Charlotte Malkin delivered a message to Eko from his dead brother Yemi, so something is clearly up with this family.  Malkin later reveals to Eko that he was a fraud as a psychic and that a couple in LA had paid him off to convince Claire to be on Oceanic 815.  Could it have been Eloise Hawking?  Who knows . . . hopefully some of this gets sorted out next season.

Hurley’s Census and Discovery

After Claire says she was attacked (which Jack said was just a nightmare), Hurley tells Jack that they need to get a handle on who’s with them on the island.  Ironically he mentions finding out “who’s related to who.”  Ironic as Jack and Claire’s family ties won’t be discovered until the Oceanic 6 get off the Island.

Hurley getting away from Locke during the census

Hurley getting away from Locke during the census

While taking the census Hurley asks Locke why he was on the plane.  Locke responds that he was looking for something.  When Hurley asks if he found it, Locke looks reflectively up into the hills and says that it found him.  Hurley walks away with  an extra saying, “Hey, uh, I know I already talked to you, but, uh, I just wanted to get away from him fast, okay?”

Hurley also encounters Ethan gathering fruit.  He says he’s from Ontario and wonders what the census is all about.  Hurley is non-commital.  Then after irritating Shannon with questions Hurley recieves Boone’s suggestion to get the manifest from Sawyer to make matters easier.  Sawyer obliges and Hurley discovers that there is an extra person among them.  Namely, Ethan Rom.  This confirms Sayid’s report of not beng alone on the island.  Uh-oh.

The rub is Claire had stormed out of the caves headed toward the beach with Charlie because she was ticked at Jack.  She starts having contractions and Charlie runbs back to tell the good doctor.  Instead he finds Ethan in the jungle, sends him for Jack and returns to Claire’s side.  A few minutes later Ethan’s true colors appear as he emerges menacingly from the forest with no Jack in tow.  The episode ends with a chilling staredown between Ethan and Claire.

Uhhhh . . . did someone call for a Doctor?

Uhhhh . . . did someone call for a Doctor?

Funniest Scene/Line:

While Claire is having contractions in the middle of the jungle, Charlie insist he can help – even deliver the baby if he has to.  Here’s the rest of the conversation:

CLAIRE: Charlie, you don’t know how to deliver a. . .

CHARLIE: Just listen to me. I’m not going to let anything happen to you. I might not know what I’m doing but I’ll figure it out. If I can kick drugs I can deliver a baby. Let me explain. I’m a drug addict. I was a drug addict. I’m clean now.

CLAIRE: Get Jack.

CHARLIE: Right.

Charlie back pedals from his rationale for being able to delivery a baby

Charlie explains his rationale for being able to delivery a baby

This post written while listening to:

Oceanside by the Decembrists

Posted by: lost42chap | 2009, 19 June (Friday)

Lost Rewatch, Lost 1×09, Solitary

WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!

Sayid sits alone on the beach looking at a picture of Nadia and the final note she wrote to him

Sayid sits alone on the beach looking at a picture of Nadia and the final note she wrote to him

Quick Summary

  • The bulk of this episode centers on Sayid.  On island he stumbles upon a cable emerging from the ocean that leads him into a trap.
  • Sayid is captured and tortured by Danielle Rousseau, learning eventually of her shipwreck on the island, and the subsequent deaths of the rest of her team 16 years previously.
  • In flashbacks we learn about Sayid’s days as a interrogator for the Republican Guard.  One of his victims is childhood friend and later sweetheart who Sayid pretends to interrogate, but in the end releases.  Although we do not learn why in this episode he believes that he is responsible for Nadia’s death.
  • In other on-Island action Hurley builds a golf course to provide some much needed stress-relief and we meet Ethan for the first time!
Sayid dangling from a trap set by Danielle Rousseau

Sayid dangling from a trap set by Danielle Rousseau

This episode s a good reminder of how tense and scary the episodes in the first season were.  I remember an edge-of-my-seat feeling as Sayid was captured and tortured by the seemingly insane french woman Rousseau.  The tension in this episode is palpaple, but somewhat lost on the re-watch because we know how things will turn out in the end – but for first time watchers this a bit of a nail biter.

Danielle Rousseau

Danielle is such a complicated and perhaps under appreciated supporting character.  As the first non-815 person that the Losties knowingly encounter, she represents the full-on mystery and danger of the island.  She’s be lost on the Island for 16 years having killed her “infected” team mates and is now holed up in a end-of-the-world type bunker protected by tripwires and snares.  Rousseau seems to be on the brink of insanity and is a chilling vision of what the Losties may become.  On the surface her appearance in this episode raises more questions than answers:

  • Why was her distress call never answered?
  • What infected her team?  Will it infect the Losties?
  • Who are the other inhabitants of the Island and why do they whisper in the jungle?
  • What is the monster and how has she avoided it for so many years?

As a brief reminder:

  • 1988 – arrives on the Island, soon thereafter meets Jin and id prevented by him from following her comrades into the Temple.
  • 1988 (2 months later) – Kills her lover Robert and then confronts Jn before he flashes away
  • 1988 (shortly after) – sets transmission in radio tower and three days later gives birth to Alex
  • 1989 – Ben Linus is sent by Charles Widmore to kill Danielle Rousseau but after seeing baby Alex he is unable to.  Instead he kidnaps Alex and warns Rousseau that if she wants her daughter to stay alive she should run the other way whenever she hears whispers n the jungle.
  • For the next 16 years she apparently lives alone in the jungle, avoiding Smokey and polar bears (and the Dharma Purge ?somehow?) and running from whispers until she meets Sayid in 2004.
Danielle Rousseau takes aim at Sayid

Danielle Rousseau takes aim at Sayid

Some of these questions have now been answered, but deeper ones remain:

  • What really happened between the Science Team and the Smoke Monster? Smokey killed one of the team soon after they crashed on the Island and apparently killed another after ripping his arm off and dragging him below the temple.  However, three more team members went under the temple and emerged alive, saying the monster was actually a security system.  After this re-emergence Danielle said they were infected.  What happened to them?  Why did Smokey kill some and not the others?  Or did it?  Perhaps Smokey did kill the others and they reappeared in a re-animated form (a la Christian Shephard and John Locke) thus causing Rousseau to be suspicious of them and say they were infected.
  • Why in 16 years hadn’t the Monster killed Danielle as well? It seems as though it would have had ample opportunity to do so.  Was Danielle just that good at avoiding it or did it choose to not kill her?
  • Who wanted Rousseau dead? Widmore said it was “The Island.”  Ben disputed this and took Alex as his own daughter.  Where was Widmore getting this info?  Jacob?  The Nemesis?  Hmself?  Or was he operating on a general principle that all outsiders needed to be killed?  Why doesn’t Widmore send someone else to kill her?  How come in 16 years she never encounters the Others?
  • Do people like Rousseau, Ben, Richard, etc. remember the Losties they met while they were time-flashing? Like Jin.  Despite her seeming insanity it seems that Rousseau would remember Jin flashing into those critical moments of her life.  Notice that Danielle told Sayid that the Others infected her team, and that she assumed Jin to be an Other during his time flash.  I don’t recall Rousseau ever comng in contact with Jin in the 2000s, but we never would have had reason to think about any interacton she had with him.  It will be interesting to see if she shows any recognition of him.

Enter Ethan Rom

Ethan, boar hunting companion of John Locke, meets Hurley for the first time

Ethan, boar hunting companion of John Locke, meets Hurley for the first time

In a brief but significant scene we meet Ethan Rom for the first time.  He appears out of the jungle and first time viewers just assume he’s another one of the Losties.  What’s he up to?  Boar hunting wth John Locke.   Ooooooo . . . how interesting!  Actually he arrives with Locke and drops a couple of suitcases they “found” in the jungle at Hurley’s feet.  After a brief exchange t s implied that they are going back out to do some more hunting.

Now, we know that Ethan was sent by Ben to look for survivors and make lists.  Based on Ben/Richard’s hstory with John Locke, one has to wonder if Ethan is specifically looking for him.  It seems likely that at least Richard knows about Locke, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Sayid based on his encounters with them in the 70s.  Would Ethan also know about Locke?  What did they talk about while they were off “boar hunting”?  Ultimately we have no idea if they discuss anything other than boar, but we do now that Ethan  is conning the Losties and doing a very good job of it.

Funniest Line/Scene:

JACK: Hurley, you built a golf course?

HURLEY: Rich idiots fly to tropical islands all the time to whack balls around.

MICHAEL: All the stuff we’ve got to deal with, man — this is what you’ve been wasting your time on?

HURLEY: Dudes, listen. Our lives suck. Everyone’s nerves are stretched to the max. I mean, we’re lost on an island, running from boars and monsters — freakin’ polar bears.

MICHAEL: Polar bears?

CHARLIE: You didn’t hear about the polar bear?

Hurley opens a golf course for some much needed stress relief

Hurley opens a golf course for some much needed stress relief

This post written while watchng Pokemon with my son.

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