Category Archives: Lost
Watching bits of “The Incident,” which was on as a bit of background noise tonight, really drove home to me just how anxious and worried I am about being let down … but, of course, I’m still incredibly excited for it to start.
6×01 – LA X Pt. 1
6×02 – LA X Pt. 2
6×03 – What Kate Does
6×04 – The Substitute
6×05 – Lighthouse
6×06 – Sundown
6×07 – Dr. Linus
6×08 – Recon
6×09 – Ab Aeterno
I pulled this out of the ether of the interweb … this accounts for S5’s DVD release on 12/11/09, and finishes up the rewatch the week before S6 is most likely beginning.
S1E01/02 – Pilot, Parts 1 & 2
S1E03 – Tabula Rasa
S1E04 – Walkabout
S1E05 – White Rabbit
S1E06 – House of the Rising Sun
S1E07 – The Moth
S1E08 – Confidence Man
S1E09 – Solitary
S1E10 – Raised by Another
S1E11 – All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues
S1E12 – Whatever the Case May Be
July 26-August 1
S1E13 – Hearts and Minds
S1E14 – Special
S1E15 – Homecoming
S1E16 – Outlaws
S1E17 – …In Translation
S1E18 – Numbers
S1E19 – Deus Ex Machina
S1E20 – Do No Harm
S1E21 – The Greater Good
S1E22 – Born to Run
S1E23/24 – Exodus, Parts 1 & 2
S2E01 – Man of Science, Man of Faith
S2E02 – Adrift
S2E03 – Orientation
S2E04 – Everybody Hates Hugo
S2E05 – …And Found
S2E06 – Abandoned
S2E07 – The Other 48 Days
S2E08 – Collision
August 30-September 5
S2E09 – What Kate Did
S2E10 – The 23rd Psalm
S2E11 – The Hunting Party
S2E12 – Fire + Water
S2E13 – The Long Con
S2E14 – One of Them
S2E15 – Maternity Leave
S2E16 – The Whole Truth
S2E17 – Lockdown
S2E18 – Dave
S2E19 – S.O.S.
S2E20 – Two for the Road
September 27-October 3
S2E21 – ?
S2E22 – Three Minutes
S2E23/24 – Live Together, Die Alone, Parts 1 & 2
S3E01 – A Tale of Two Cities
S3E02 – The Glass Ballerina
S3E03 – Further Instructions
S3E04 – Every Man for Himself
S3E05 – The Cost of Living
S3E06 – I Do
S3E07 – Not in Portland
S3E08 – Flashes Before Your Eyes
S3E09 – Stranger in a Strange Land
S3E10 – Tricia Tanaka Is Dead
S3E11 – Enter 77
S3E12 – Par Avion
S3E13 – The Man from Tallahassee
S3E14 – Exposé
S3E15 – Left Behind
S3E16 – One of Us
S3E17 – Catch-22
S3E18 – D.O.C.
S3E19 – The Brig
S3E20 – The Man Behind the Curtain
S3E21 – Greatest Hits
S3E22/23 – Through the Looking Glass, Parts 1 & 2
S4E01 – The Beginning of the End
S4E02 – Confirmed Dead
S4E03 – The Economist
S4E04 – Eggtown
S4E05 – The Constant
S4E06 – The Other Woman
S4E07 – Ji Yeon
November 29-December 5
S4E08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
S4E09 – The Shape of Things to Come
S4E10 – Something Nice Back Home
S4E11 – Cabin Fever
S4E12 – There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1
S4E13/14 – There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3
S5E01 – Because You Left
S5E02 – The Lie
S5E03 – Jughead
S5E04 – The Little Prince
S5E05 – This Place Is Death
December 27-January 2
S5E06 – 316
S5E07 – The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham
S5E08 – LaFleur
S5E09 – Namaste
S5E10 – He’s Our You
S5E11 – Whatever Happened, Happened
S5E12 – Dead Is Dead
S5E13 – Some Like It Hoth
S5E14 – The Variable
S5E15 – Follow the Leader
S5E16/17 – The Incident, Parts 1 & 2
So last week was the best of the season, and tonight was pretty damn good too. I haven’t gotten around to blogging about last week, nor am I blogging about this week, because:
A) Someone else’s vacation about work has me slammed and too mentally run down to want to do more writing. Elise has been even more slammed than I have, so if you have sympathy for someone, direct it her way.
B) Then I got pretty sick this weekend in a generic sickness way (sinuses, headache, sore throat, body ache, etc.). Still getting over that.
C) We’re dealing with a pretty stressful family situation right now that makes it hard to think straight about pretty much anything.
Still, awesome couple of episodes, and I hope to be writing about them and discussing them with anyone interested soon.
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.
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:
5.7 “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”
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.
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?
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.
Kudos to Matt Butler for telling me on the phone the night before the episode aired that the model of gun the jumpsuit people were carrying was significant to telling the time period. I was surprised to find out that the flaming arrows came from the jumpsuit Others; I really thought we were seeing a third faction from the jumpsuit guys.
When Dan talked about burying the h-bomb, I found myself wondering if that was what was behind the concrete in the Swan Station, but it seems like it would have to be something more than that. Perhaps it was the h-bomb, but exposure to the natural electromagnetic properties of the Island transformed it over time?
Richard’s eyeliner: Just from the ABC makeup department or a reference to the ancient Egyptian style? We know Richard is very old, and Juliet said that “Richard’s always here.” Also, hieroglyphics have been seen on the Island. Then again, I could be reading all kinds of significance into something that’s just part of TV makeup.
So Charles Widmore was one of Richard’s Others in the 1950s. At some point he leaves the Island. A falling out with Richard? Does Widmore move the Island? I’m leaning toward a falling out with Richard, both from the evident conflict in tonights episode, and from the fact that Richard’s Others were in conflict with the Dharma Initiative. Widmore was certainly one of the powers behind Dharma, so right now I’m thinking he moved the Island, so he couldn’t go back himself, but he funded the Dharma Initiative and sent them there, at which point the disagreement between Richard and him continued by proxy. Ben assisting Richard in the Purge is the beginning of the Widmore/Linus conflict. Just a vague framework of a theory.
And yes, Elise and I both totally went “Awwww!” when Desmond said their son’s name was Charlie.
I’m not going to bother trying to divide my thoughts across the two episodes, because it was essentially a two hour episode.
Time travel makes a great storytelling device. It puts Locke in exactly the same position as the audience: He knows he will be dead, and he knows it is part of bringing the Oceanic 6 back to the island, and he knows that it is to stop something horrible. But he doesn’t know anything else, because he is experiencing events in a different order than Richard. Clever.
Things I’d be willing to bet money on: Sun is the one who hired the lawyers that come to see Kate, Ms. Hawking is Dan’s mom, and Miles is Dr. Chang’s (aka Candle, aka Wickmund, aka Halliwax) son.
I still suspect that the Island may move in space as well as time. Since Dan and company may be moving in time independent of the Island, its hard to say.
The normal rules of time travel don’t apply to Desmond–is it beacuse he was born special, destiny or what have you, or is it because he will turn the key in the Swan Station and become unstuck in time himself, therefore exisiting outside of the normal rules?
Neil Frogurt clearly learned nothing about wearing red shirts during his time on the Island. The flaming arrows assumedly come from the Hostiles pre Dharma Purge?
So is Locke pretend dead, or is it just important that nothing happen to his dead body before it gets back to the Island and he pulls a Christian Shephard?
So we’re only 2 days away from the 2-hour finale to Lost‘s fourth season. Actually, we’re technically 2 days away from the second part of the 3-hour long finale episode.
4.11 — “Cabin Fever”
I missed my update for this one, and considering that “The Constant” during aired during a multi-week period I had to cover in a single post, I’d say I’m in the habit of forgetting to blog about the best episodes of the season. The return of Richard Alpert and the inference that the Island has been looking for John Locke since his early childhood made for some great mythology clues. Is John a reincarnation of Jacob? Or is he Jacob, after some time travel goofiness?
Claire raises the question of what “dead” really means on the Island. Is she dead because she is in the cabin and seems to understand what is going on, or has she just been informed of something and gotten stoned since the last time we saw her?
4.12.1 — “There’s No Place Like Home (Part 1)”
The Oceanic Six return home, and questions as to some incongruities in their story are deflected by Oceanic’s lawyer. Sun buys half of her father’s business, and gets all bad-ass. And we’re finally going to see the Orchid Station! There’s not a lot to say about the first part other than that it was a very enjoyable setup for the two hours that are coming this Thursday.
Let me say, right now, that while I expect the ending to be very cool, I’m not expecting it to be anywhere near as huge of a reveal as the flash forward at the end of Season 3. That’s a once-in-a-series reveal that I only expect to be matched by the series finale.