Monthly Archives: February 2009

Lost 5.6 “316”

I am clearly wrong and have made this up in my goofy little head, but I thought that Jack and Ben talked about Locke’s death being a suicide in a previous episode. Ah, well, moving on …

Well, moving on …

Wow, where do I start?

It was an episode that actually raised some fresh questions for the first time in a while. What happened to Aaron? How did Sayid come to be arrested yet end up on Ajira? How did Hurley get there? Can Ben actually return to the Island? And did he pull a Manson Family on Penny and little Charlie before doing so?

The overwhelming sadness of Locke’s short suicide note was like a punch in the gut. If only Jack had believed him back on the Island, he never would have had to sacrifice himself.

I’d like to thank the writers for finding a reasonable way to keep Frank Lapidus around as a character. I figured he was done because there was no good reason for him to still be around, but I wasn’t happy about it, because I like Frank.

OK, so my thoughts about the last scene: The Left Behind people must have stopped randomly jumping in time as soon as the O6 hit the Event. There still could have been a delay between when the O6 hit the event and when the woke up on the Island, allowing the Left Behind to get a feel for what year it was when they stabilized before they actually find the O6 again — some time in the 1970s. They are trying to blend in as Dharma workers because Dan wants to get at the wheel beneath where the Orchid is being built. It doesn’t explain the Ajira water bottles being in the wreckage of the 815 beach camp in the future, but its my current line of thought.

Honestly, as much as I liked the episode, my brain is having serious trouble processing it right now … which is generally a sign of an awesome episode of Lost.

Lost Season 5: Titles for the Rest of the Season

First, a quasi-spoiler alert: If you think knowing the title of the episode ahead of time is a spoiler, then don’t look at the list below. If you’ve already looked at the list and are now mad at me, deal with it.

I personally like knowing the titles ahead of time; it intrigues me to speculate on their implied meaning. Most of these are confirmed in that they come from IMDB, although the last two come from TV.com and are therefore not entirely out of rumor status.

Beginning with tonight’s episode, the remaining titles are as follows:

5.6 “316”
5.7 “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”
5.8 “LaFleur”
5.9 “Namaste”
5.10 “He’s Our You”
5.11 “Whatever Happened, Happened”
5.12 “Dead is Dead”
5.13 “Some Like It Hoth”
5.14 “The Variable, Parts 1 &2” (total of 3 hours)

If “Some Like It Hoth” turns out to be the correct title of that episode, it officially has my vote for Best Title Ever.

Another Read/Unread Book List

From Techfun:

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

Instructions:

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total.

How many have you read? 27

1.   [   ] Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
2.   [X+] The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
3.   [   ] Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
4.   [   ] Harry Potter series JK Rowling
5.   [X] To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
6.   [X] The Bible
7.   [   ] Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
8.   [X+] Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell
9.   [   ] His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
10.  [   ] Great Expectations Charles Dickens
11.  [   ] Little Women Louisa M Alcott
12.  [   ] Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
13.  [X+] Catch 22 Joseph Heller
14.  [X] Complete Works of Shakespeare (Most of it, at least)
15.  [   ] Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
16.  [X] The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
17.  [   ] Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
18.  [X] Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
19.  [   ] The Time Traveller’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
20.  [   ] Middlemarch George Eliot
21.  [   ] Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
22.  [X+] The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
23.  [   ] Bleak House Charles Dickens
24.  [*] War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
25.  [X+] The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
26.  [   ] Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
27.  [*] Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28.  [*] Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
29.  [X] Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
30.  [   ] The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
31.  [*] Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
32.  [   ] David Copperfield Charles Dickens
33.  [X+] Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
34.  [   ] Emma Jane Austen
35.  [   ] Persuasion Jane Austen
36.  [X+] The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis
37.  [X] The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
38.  [   ] Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis De Bernieres
39.  [   ] Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
40.  [   ] Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
41.  [X+] Animal Farm George Orwell
42.  [   ] The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
43.  [*] One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44.  [   ] A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
45.  [   ] The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
46.  [   ] Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
47.  [   ] Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
48.  [   ] The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
49.  [X+] Lord of the Flies William Golding
50.  [   ] Atonement Ian McEwan
51.  [   ] Life of Pi Yann Martel
52.  [X+] Dune Frank Herbert
53.  [   ] Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
54.  [   ] Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
55.  [   ] A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
56.  [   ] The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57.  [X] A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
58.  [X] Brave New World Aldous Huxley
59.  [   ] The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
60.  [*] Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61.  [X] Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
62.  [*] Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
63.  [   ] The Secret History Donna Tartt
64.  [   ] The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
65.  [   ] Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
66.  [X] On The Road Jack Kerouac
67.  [   ] Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
68.  [   ] Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding
69.  [   ] Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
70.  [   ] Moby Dick Herman Melville
71.  [   ] Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
72.  [X] Dracula Bram Stoker
73.  [   ] The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
74.  [   ] Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson
75.  [*] Ulysses James Joyce
76.  [*] The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
77.  [   ] Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
78.  [   ] Germinal Emile Zola
79.  [   ] Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
80.  [   ] Possession AS Byatt
81.  [*] A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
82.  [   ] Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
83.  [*] The Color Purple Alice Walker
84.  [   ] The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
85.  [   ] Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
86.  [   ] A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
87.  [X] Charlotte’s Web EB White
88.  [   ] The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Alborn
89.  [X] Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90.  [   ] The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
91.  [*] Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
92.  [   ] The Little Prince Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93.  [   ] The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
94.  [*] Watership Down Richard Adams
95.  [*] A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
96.  [   ] A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
97.  [X] The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
98.  [X] Hamlet William Shakespeare
99.  [X+] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100. [   ] Les Miserables Victor Hugo

Lost 5.5 “This Place Is Death”

Perhaps the best part of tonight’s episode, for me, was the implied tragic moment referrenced shortly before Charlotte dies. At some point in his personal future but in the Island’s past, Dan Farraday, the very man who explained to everyone else that it’s impossible to change the past, will see a young Charlotte and not be able to stop himself from pleading with her to never come back to the Island, so that she won’t die. But he will know, even as he is doing it, that he fails, because he’s already lived through his own failure to save her.

And perhaps the most intriguing part of tonight’s episode is the question of what the Smoke Monster does to people that it doesn’t kill. Is it the same thing that happens to the actual dead bodies? Had Rousseau’s crew entered the same state of existence as Christian Shephard? Presumbly the temple that the Monster pulled the one scientist into is the same temple that Ben had Richard take the Others to when he knew the Freighter Folks were coming.

I loved Ben’s little freakout about how much he’s done for the O6 and how ungrateful they are. It was a nice little character moment for Michael Emerson.

I’m guessing that when we see Locke tracking down the O6 next week, he’s going to be back in wheel chair again because of those broken legs.

So when the Monster comes out of the temple to grab the one French guy, it took on a little more of a shape than it usually has. I thought it looked vaguely like a bear. Did anyone else notice that, and if so, what did you think it looked like?

Lost 5.4 “The Little Prince”

Time travel is a bitch, indeed.

The problem with not getting to write the blog until a couple of days after the episode is that things become a little more jumbled in my head, and I start to think more about the preview for next week than the actual episode. Also, while I didn’t think the episode was bad, it just wasn’t as chock full of mythology as the previous episode. Although I suppose more actually happened.

Obviously the biggest revelation is that Jin is still alive and is with Rosseau’s crew 16 years before the 815 crash. I have mixed feelings about Jin’s survival: I like the character, but I thought the death was interesting in the way it developed Sun. Then again, it probably would have proved difficult for the writers to get Sun back to the Island any other way.

Speaking of trailers for next week: Could Ben know Jin is still alive because he met him 19 years earlier? How much might Ben have known about his own fate the entire time if that is the case?

Is Ajira Airlines the way the Oceanic 6 get back to the Island — another plane crash?

So, overall, decent episode, but after “Jughead” it doesn’t inspire a lot of thought.

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