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LOST&pop culture&television23 May 2010 04:55 pm

So, with the big finale looming around the corner… i, like everyone else, have it all figured out… so below are several things i expect to happen in the final episode, as well as my last-minute crazy theories about what all is going on… enjoy, comment, disect, tell me i’m a genius… the choice is yours… off we go..

1. We will discover that Locke died in the plane crash.

This is my biggest last-minute theory… It’s the only real way to explain the miraculous healing he encountered on the island… he is literally transformed in a split second, from a woe-is-me paralytic always begging for acceptance, to a take-charge, can-do, leader that could care less what anyone else thinks… His reactions to things like Adam and Eve seem to betray him throughout the season and it just seems to make sense that he’s been the Man in Black the entire time including his off island escapades rounding up of the Oceanic Six… not in the sideways timeline though, that would be crazy… moving on…

2. Sawyer is the new Jack.

Jack will do something fantastic as the new Jacob. Sawyer will witness this and fully embrace faith. Jack will die. Sawyer will be the new Jack. That’s the short explanation, but really, i have a feeling that Sawyer will either take the reins from a dead Jack or he’ll sacrifice his own life to save Jack. I know some people think that Sawyer will end up as Jack’s rival a la Jacob v. MiB, but Sawyer’s undergone so much transformation in the last two seasons and, specifically, the last episode, when he clearly forgave Jack for his part in Juliet’s death and ownership of Sun and Jin’s death.

3. Ben is NOT the new Black.

I know, I know. It seems like Ben has reverted back to his former self, but oh, I’m gettin ahead of myself. Okay, different angle. Similar to Sawyer, Ben’s undergone a lot of work and, in that pivotal scene with Ilana, he received redemption. It’s been a hard row to hoe, but he’s getting there. And, despite his recent actions that make it seem like he’s siding with SmokeLocke, he’s only working a different angle to gain his trust and do his part.

4. Dead is NOT dead.

Widmore is not dead. Richard is not dead. Zoe IS dead. Lipidus is not? Okay. First, Widmore is NOT dead. Ben CAN’T kill Widmore and he knows this. Thus, in shooting Widmore, he was actually helping him get away from SmokeLocke. Richard is NOT dead. He CAN’T die. EVER. period. Zoe IS dead. Poor fake Tina Fey. Lipidus is still up in the air. He is a pilot after all. And, he’s probably dead.

5. In the end, we’re left with a lot of dangling participants.

Claire? Miles? Desmond? Penny? Richard? Lipidus? Rose and Bernard? Vincent? Eloise? What’s going to happen with all of these folks? Claire is probably going to give birth in the sideways timeline and on the island, i suspect she’s going to try to help her brother, Jack. Desmond will be integral as expected. Penny? She’s gotta factor in somehow. Methinks Desmond will have to make a choice to ensure that he and she end up together. Richard is probably going to link up with Widmore and be a surprise presence in the final battle between MiB and Jack. Rose and Bernard (and Vincent) will continue to mind their own business, hidden in the jungle. Finally, Eloise. She’s always minding everbybody else’s business and somehow, she’ll make a power move in the sideways timeline at least.

6. Jacob’s intentions weren’t always entirely noble.

It seems to me Jacob has been trying to find someone who can successfully manipulate the island’s power to attain his goals. Including, but not limited to reaching out to all the candidates and drawing them to the island. He knows as well as anyone that people on the island are bound to try and tame this electomagnetic monster and yet he keeps drawing them to the island, like his Other would NEVER want him to.

7. Hurley is the new Black.

Duude. I’m not sure i totally believe this, but it’s not for nothing that he’s the only one who can see and talk to dead people, like MiB was previously the only one who could see and talk to dead people. Plus, his comment about being glad it’s not him who has to take Jacob’s place, implies that he’s going to get something assigned to him.

8. There is another…

I still fell pretty certain that there’s another force on the island similar to the black smoke monster. It seems that there have always been two forces at work and, since they don’t agree with each other, they are working against each other. I think it’s deeper than Jacob and MiB, but it could just be that one wants the island to stay put and one wants the island to go kaboom.

alright… there you have it, that’s the best i’ve got today… i’ll be offline tonight, enjoying the show and i suspect that i’ll have some thoughts later in the week as it all sinks in… (or as the island sinks down to the bottom of the sea)…

peace… love… bdg…

LOST&pop culture&television22 May 2010 04:42 pm

okay, so we’re a day closer… the finale is right around the corner… and now it’s time to tap out the recap of the second to last episode… What They Died For… it’s apparently the end of the mythology and a return to the main characters… so we’ll see what we learn… what happens… who died and for what reason… off we go…

WHO, AND FOR WHAT?…
now playing: What They Died For – LOST season six

Jack wakes up with a strange cut on his neck… David makes breakfast (cereal) and they have a playful exchange about Jack acting weird around David’s mom… Claire comes out from the guest room, enjoys some breakfast and small talk, and the phone rings… It’s Oceanic Airlines… Christian’s coffin should be arriving later today… it’s great news, but Jack’s a little choked up… and, oh yeah, it’s really Desmond making the call…

Jack is stitching Kate’s bullet wound and it hurts… she insists that they must kill Locke because it’s his fault… Jack says he knows…

Sawyer, Jack, Kate, and Hurley are staring out into the ocean, reflecting on Sun and Jin… Jack says they need to mount up and go find the well to get Desmond…

Desmond is sitting in his car outside the school again, apparently getting ready to run Locke over again on his first day back… Dr. Linus interrupts his plans, so Desmond gets out and beats Linus silly on the hood of his car, causeing Ben to flashback to when Desmond beat him silly on the pier before they all returned to the island…

Ben, Richard and Miles are trudging through the jungle to get the C4… it’s hidden in Ben’s secret place, the room behind the bookcase… Miles pauses over Alex’s burial site and they have a moment… then they go into the secret room and Ben opens a safe full of C4… Miles asks about the “secreter” room where Ben used to summon the monster before realizing that the monster was summoning him… they hear some noises and find Zoe in the kitchen… Widmore tells them to leave her alone…

Ben and Widmore have a standoff… Widmore is always three steps ahead of him apparently… He sends Zoe to go sink their boat so they can’t be found by Locke… she goes after Widmore tells Ben indirectly that he’s the only chance of them all surviving… Zoe radios in, telling them that Locke is coming… she’s told to hurry back to the cottage and that they all need to hide…

Dr. Linus is getting attended to by the school nurse… she leaves and Locke wheels by to ask what happens… Ben tells him about the fight, Locke dials 911 to report the attack, and Ben explains that Des wanted to help Locke “let go”… Locke hangs up…

Des appears at the police station… he turns himself in and they put him in a cell with Sayid and Kate… he strikes up a conversation…

Jack and Sawyer are talking about bombs and rules… Sawyer is beating himself up about the bomb on the sub… Jack assures him Locke is to blame… Hurley sees boy Jacob… Kate doesn’t… Boy Jacob asks for his ashes back… he snatches them and runs away… Hurley chases him and finds Jacob, sitting by a fire… his ashes are in the fire… he tells Hurley they need to meet up with Jack, Sawyer, and Kate… “we’re almost at the end”…

Ben offers a choice to Widmore, Richard, Miles, and Zoe – a secret passage or try to talk to Locke… Ben is going to talk, Richard is going to talk… Miles is getting as far away as possible… Richard heads out to the common area between the cabins and smokey grabs him by the throat and tosses him far, far away… Ben sits in a rocking chair… Locke appears and says he was looking for Ben… Ben offers him lemonade… Locke needs Ben to kill some people… he promises Ben the island after he leaves… Ben tells him the boat is Widmore’s and that Widmore’s hiding in the closet…

Ben is struggling with his bag… Alex greets him and insists that they give him a ride home and then invites him for dinner… Danielle, her mom, agrees and he joins them… after dinner, Ben asks about Alex’s father and Danielle says Ben’s the closest thing to a father that she’s had… he gets choked up and Danielle makes a reference to the next time he comes over for dinner…

Ben leads Locke into the house and reveals the closet… he mentions that Zoe is armed, but it probably doesn’t matter… Locke tells Ben he doesn’t need to see this, but Ben insists that he wants to see it… Locke makes small talk… and asks who Zoe is… Widmore tells her not to say anything, so Locke slashes her throat… Widmore explains the Desmond thing in a whisper to Locke, but Ben shoots him three times during the conversation, noting that he shouldn’t get to save his daughter… he asks Locke about the other people he’s supposed to kill…

Jacob is addressing team Jack… Kate is asking Jacob why he was writing their names on the wall… and what it’s all about… Jacob promises to explain it all and how to protect the island, because one of them will need to protect the island by the time the fire dies out…

Jack is in his office when Locke wheels in, wanting to talk… Locke talks about all the strange events that keep bringing them together… it sounds like he’s accusing Jack of sending Des to help convince Locke to let Jack fix him… Locke says, “Maybe it happened for a reason”… Jack, is once again, a man of science, and refuses to mistake coincidence for fate… Locke insists that Jack is supposed to fix him…

Jacob explains that he brought everyone to the island to help fix a mistake he made years ago… a mistake that made the smoke monster the way that he is… they were all broken, looking for something that they couldn’t find off the island… that they all needed the island as much as the island needed them… Kate was crossed off because she became a mother, but if she wants the job, she can have it… Jacob offers them all a choice… something he never had… Jack volunteers… and Jacob says it’s time…

Jacob leads Jack to the river… Sawyer makes a joke about Jack having a God complex… Kate chides him like a mother would, and Hurley says he’s glad it’s not him… the heart of the island is just past the bamboo field that Jack originally woke up in… Jacob asks for a cup and begins his incantation as Jack reaches for it… then Jack drinks and he’s like Jacob… the other three watch from a distance…

Sawyer comes to get the three fugitives to their transport… Kate makes a play at Sawyer to let her go, but he’s a cop, he can’t… she says he doesn’t seem like a cop… Des, Kate, and Sayid are in the paddywagon and Des offers them escape… as long as they both promise to do him a favor once they’re free… they all agree and the car stops… Ana Lucia opens the back door and frees them… Hurley brings some money to pay her off… Sayid goes with Hurley and Kate’s with Desmond… they’re going to a concert… (could be David’s or could be Charlie’s?)…

Locke leads Ben to the well… Ben asks why he walks instead of smoke flying around the island… Locke peers into the well and finds that Desmond is gone… he tells Ben that Sayid was supposed to kill Desmond, but clearly he didn’t… Ben says someone helped Desmond out… Locke says that someone helped him out… that Desmond was a failsafe, capable of destroying the island… that’s Locke’s new plan… destroy the island…

OKAY…

that’s all for that episode… i’ll be back later with some final thoughts and theories before the finale… if you want to read the rest of my recaps and comments (i think i did one for each episode this season)… just click “Lost” in the catergories list…

peace… love… bdg…

LOST&pop culture&television21 May 2010 03:07 pm

okay, so we’re still playing catch-up here… i’m going to do a three-post series to get ready for the grand finale… first (this one) a recap of episode 15, Across the Sea… second (next one) a recap of episode 16, What they Died For… and finally, a collection of final thoughts and last-minute theories about this season and the entire body of work as we all get ready to be wow-ed (or disappointed) by Sunday’s finale… off we go…

SOMEWHERE, OVER THE… SEA?
now playing: Across the Sea – LOST season six

no previously on Lost moments this time… just a random stange lady washing ashore… oh, and she’s pregnant… and dressed in red, in case that matters… she struggles inland to find fresh water where she’s creepily greeted by a Latin-speaking other… maybe that was Spanish… the lady in red is named Claudia… the other is all alone… she got there by accident as well and says… “Every question I answer, will simply lead to more questions”… bet that’s the philosphy of the writing team for these final episodes…

the baby us coming… his name is Jacob… Other, is being selfish and keeping him apart from Claudia… wait, there’s another baby… another boy… only, he’s got no name… Claudia only picked out one… Other has a moment of reflection looking at the two boys… then she smashes Claudia’s head in with a rock… she did say that she’s sorry though…

Boy in Black finds something on the shore… it’s a game… i’d guess that they’re about ten… Boy in Black wants to play, but doesn’t want Other to know about it… Jacob’s down to play, too…

Other is weaving a tapestry of sorts… Jacob tries not to tell her about the game, but she says “if you love me, you’ll tell me”…

Other joins BiB on the beach… he figures Jacob ratted him out… Jacob can’t lie, unlike BiB, who’s special… Other left him the game, though, so he can there is no where else… nothing across the sea… and um, dead is something he’ll never have to worry about…

the boys are chasing a wild boar… it’s getting away… no, it’s getting stabbed by a spear… someone else is there… the boys hide and discover… Vikings?… BiB is very intrigued by the Vikings…

they run back to Other to tell her about the Vikings… “they looked like us”… but they’re not like us… they don’t beling here, we do… we’re here for a reason… they’re dangerous… they come, they fight, they corrupt… and it always ends the same… don’t ever look for them… by the way, she’s leading them through the jungle and they have blindfolds on… she’s made it so they can never hurt each other…

they’re here… at the end of the stream… the reason they’re here… a cave that is filled with the purest and most golden of lights… they want to get a closer look… but they can’t go down there and they must make sure that no one ever finds it… a little bit of this light is within every man and they always want more… if they try to take it, they might put it out… if the light goes out here, it goes out everywhere… Other has been protecting the light, but one of the boys will have to protect it when she can’t any more… rivalry is brewing, but Other seems to favor BiB…

the boys are playing the game… BiB has made the rules… Jacob doesn’t like them, but it’s BiB’s game and it’s his rules… One day Jacob might find his own game and then he can make up his own rules… wait, what’s that? in the distance, it’s Claudia… apparently, only BiB can see her though… Jacob is confused, BiB runs after her, telling Jacob he’s going to the beach…

BiB comes by the river and she’s there again, shrouded in a column of light… Jacob can’t see her because she’s dead… she wants to show BiB where he came from – across the island, a place he’s never seen… he follows her through the fields and jungle until they are overlooking the Viking camp… the boys are 13 years old… Claudia tells BiB he came from across the sea with the Vikings and Other isn’t his mother… BiB gulps…

BiB recruits Jacob in the night to steal away and go live with the Vikings… he tells Jacob the truth about Claudia and Other… Jacob is enraged and starts beating the crap out of BiB… Other breaks them up.. Jacob tattles, BiB confronts Other, and appeals to Jacob to choose a side… Jacob stays with Other, Other tells BiB that it’s not true, and BiB leaves, vowing to prove that it IS true…

Jacob joins Other at the beach… she’s sure that BiB won’t come back… she admits to killing Claudia for the sake of keeping Jacob from becoming bad… Jacob asks why she loves BiB more than him… she says she loves them in different ways and begs him to stay with her… he agrees… “for awhile”…

Jacob is older now and he’s making his own tapestry… still seeking Other’s approval, but she’s making some sort of paste and she’s tired…

Jacob visits MiB… he apparently watches them a lot… they are apparently 43 years old now… MiB says that the Vikings are bad, but they’re a means to an end… that end is leaving the island… there’s no way off the island…

if you throw a knife, it sticks to a well… MiB explains how smart they are and that they’re digging and finding places that make metal behave strangely…

Jacob returns… Other is pasting her leg… Jacob tells her that MiB has found a way to leave the island.. she’s not happy… and heads off to pay a visit to MiB…

down in the well… shrouded in light from the opening, she appears… she’s worried… he tells her she should be… he couldn’t find the light cave, but he dug to find another way to get to the light… he pries off a rock from the wall to reveal the light and explains the system they have devised to channel the water and the light with a giant wheel and leave the island… he knows this because he’s special… having verified that the Vikings know about this as well as MiB, she pleads with him not to follow through with this plan… he tells her that he has to, because he doesn’t belong… she hugs him goodbye, apologizes and rams his head into a rock…

Other comes to wake Jacob up in the middle of the night, saying “It’s time” as if she’s having a baby… Jacob is confused about why she’s letting MiB leave the island… she takes Jacob to the light cave… Life, Death, Rebirth… the source, the heart of the island… she makes Jacob promise never to go into the cave, that would be much worse than dying… she uncorks a bottle, starts an incantation, pours Jacob a drink and tells him to drink it… Then it’s his responsibility to replace her as the protector… he’s beligerant because he was the second choice… it was always you Jacob… until you realize that, you don’t have a choice… he has to drink this cup… he has to save the world… not his will… (sorry, am i taking this too far?)… i’d be remiss to not mention that light and water are both metaphors that Jesus uses in his ministry to describe himself… and his was, by the way, Life, Death, and Rebirth… anyway…

MiB wakes up next to a mound of dirt that used to be the well with a wheel and a way to the light… (“Anyone who enters by any way other than the gate is a thief and a robber… the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy… I come that they might have life and have it to the fullest.” – just saying.) So, MiB is really upset about the well being destroyed, and then he sees smoke in the distance… the Viking camp is in flames and everything (and one) associated with it is dead… He manages to rescue his game before crying and then that sadness turns to rage…

Jacob and Other are walking back home… a storm is coming… Other sends him to get firewood and tells him to be careful… she seems concerned about returning home… her tapestry is completely unstrung and MiB’s game is by the fire… all that remains are two stones – one white and one black… STAB! MiB stabs her in the back… maybe his name is Brutus… he asks her why she didn’t let him leave… “Because I love you”… then she thanks him and dies…

Jacob returns with wood and sees MiB crouched over the dead body… he beats him up a bit… then drags him out of the house… he carries him through the jungle apparently into the morning and drags him to the light cave… he tosses MiB into the cave and falls down as the smoke monster emerges from the cave… later, he discovers MiB’s body further down the river… dead…

Jacob carries MiB back to the home cave and lays them both to rest for Jack and Kate to discover back in season one… it’s a neat little overlay of footage there… and Locke walks in (in the season one footage) to ask who these men were, calling them Adam and Eve, when he’s informed that they are a guy and a girl… i have some suspicions about Locke there… and Jacob has a rather strange tone in his voice as he’s saying goodbye to his brother… and that’s a wrap… i must be more succinct next time…

peace… love… bdg…

LOST&pop culture&television15 May 2010 10:59 pm

well, thisone’s going to be a bit longer and, as we are nearing the end of LOST, i’m going to be a bit heavy on LOST… being a couple episodes behind, i’m making up for some lost time (har har) and catching up with recaps of The Last Recruit and The Candidate… next time, Across the Sea and more thoughts and theories to clog up our thoughts during the finale… off we go…

THE LAST RECRUIT…
now playing: The Last Recruit – LOST season 6

Jack and Locke sit down and have a chat away from the rest of the group… notably, Locke gives Jack several reasons as to why he chose to look like Locke – different reasons than he’s given other people – and then he fesses up to being Christian… he explains that he only wanted Jack to find water…

Sun and Locke are being hauled off to the hospital, each with serious wounds… reminiscent of when Sarah and Mr. Carlyle were carted in together way back when… Jack fixed Sarah and began a deeper relationship… now, i expect that Jack will try to fix Locke and have similar, though more plutonic results… notably Sun sees Locke and freaks out screaming “It’s Him”…

Claire followed Jack and Locke – who knows how much of the conversation she heard or whether it matters – and wants to catch up with her brother… Locke obliges and leaves… Claire informs Jack that he is now on Team Locke because Locke spoke to him… interesting that Ben was able to have a full conversation with Jacob and still kill him when, in every othe case, letting either Jacob or MiB speak to you prevents such actions… what could that mean about Ben? or the death of Jacob?… hmmm…

Saywer’s plotting… he and Kate are recruiting Hurley and Sun for the great Submarine Heist… Claire interrupts and Locke says it’s nice having everyone together again… Jack and Sawyer look ominous…

Detective Jim offers captive Kate and apple and then mentions their fates have clearly aligned… Kate turns the tables and implicates Jim for hiding his trip to down under… Partner Miles interrupts and pulls Jim aside to discuss a breaking case… Keamy’s shootout… they have footage of Sayid, “our bad guy,” leaving the scene…

Jack and Kate discuss how everyone is different now… Jack mentions his uncertainty about Locke’s intentions… Fake Tina Fey appears to demand that Locke return Desmond… she calls in the fireworks… wait, if Widmore’s got explosives and all he wants to do is stop Locke from flying the plane off the island, why not just blow up the plane?… there are clearly bigger fish to fry… we still can’t trust anyone… Locke has until nightfall to return Desmond or else… he says “here we go”…

Claire shows up at the adoption agency… the one on the 15th floor… Desmond intercepts her, strikes up a conversation and tries to convince her to seek legal counsel… the law offices happen to be on the same floor as the agency… It’s Ilana!… and she’s been looking for Claire, oddly enough… must be handling Christian’s will as well…

Locke sets up a plan… different groups, different destinations… Sawyer chooses Kate… Locke pulls Sayid aside for a private assignment… Jack feels left out because no one picked him… Sawyer pulls Jack aside and explains the plan… Jack is skeptical of the deal with Widmore… Jack isn’t happy about excluding Claire and Sayid… Claire is stuffing apples into a sock… Sawyer gives Jack a map that a first grader could’ve drawn… they break from the mini-huddle…

Locke tells Sayid to go kill Desmond… Sayid hesitates… Locke plays his hand well – “you do still want what you asked me for, right?”… then he orders Sayid to go do some killing…

Sayid heads to the well that changes in depth everytime we see it… Desmond speaks first… ooh… i see… Desmond talks Sayid down by playing on his conscience…

Sayid is packing his bags and fleeing the scene… Nadia is confused, but Sayid tells her she’ll never see him again… Miles and Jim show up… Sayid sneaks out the back door and falls for the old hose as a trip wire technique… Jim arrests “the bad guy”

Sawyer and Kate are executing their part of the mission… or are they?… Sawyer reveals his true intentions… meet up with the gang minus Sayid and Claire, plus the pilot “who stepped out of a Burt Reynolds movie”… classic Sawyer line… Kate begs on Claire’s behalf…

Claire is walking beside Jack for a chat… she trusts Locke because he’s the only one “who didn’t abandon her”… Locke asks Sun if she’s seen Sayid then runs off to find him… Jack seizes the moment to get separation from the exodus… Claire notices the gang leaving without her…

Locke tracks down Sayid and asks what is taking so long… Sayid says he needed a moment after shooting an unarmed man… they have a little standoff and neither seems to believe the other… but Locke decides that the mission at hand is too important to go check on Desmond’s status…

Jack’s gang finds the dock and reunites with Saywer and Kate… they prepare the sailboat to go to Hydra… Claire shows up with a gun… Kate talks her down and convinces Claire to join their escapade… Claire warns that Locke will be very mad if he finds out…

Jack and David show up at the professional building to hear the will read… they make plans for dinner afterwards and try hard to prove that they have a healthy father/son relationship… Ilana introduces them to Claire… Claire explains that she’s Jack’s half-sister… there is a moment and then Jack gets a call from the hospital… he must go address the emergency…

Jack’s enjoying the cruise… Sawyer’s at the helm using a gigantic steering wheel when Lipidus asks about the plan… Sawyer satisfies his curiousity and clears most of the deck to go find some canned food… Kate takes the wheel and Sawyer goes to chat with Jack… Jack says leaving isn’t right… he calls Sawyer “James” and explains that they should stay on the island… Sawyer tells him to get off the boat or shut up with the crazy talk… Jack apologizes for Juliet’s death and then jumps… Kate is not happy about that… “We’re done going back, Kate”…

Sun wakes up in the hospital, Jin sleeping bedside in a chair… she’s fine, the baby’s fine… everyone is fine… Jack and David walk down the hall enjoying some father/son banter about crazy grampa and the secrets he keeps… David heads to a waiting room, Jack heads into surgery… it’s Locke and he recognizes him by looking through a mirror…

Jack makes it to shore and meets up with Locke and the others… they each state the obvious…

Sawyer and crew swim ashore on Hydra and are greeted with guns drawn… everyone draws down once Sawyer is recognized… and then it’s the reunion we’ve all been waiting for… Jin and Sun embrace and promise each other that they will never be apart again… Zoe is still on the comm with Widmore and then locks and loads again… the deal’s off… and they’re set to bomb Locke’s crew on the beach… that includes Jack… who flies through the air, landing in the sand only to be rescued by Locke who props him up against a tree and closes the show with an ominous line… “It’s okay, you’re with me now”…

THE CANDIDATE…
now playing: The Candidate – LOST season 6

Locke wakes up in a hospital bed… Jack says “Welcome Back”… Locke kind of recognizes Jack, but not necessarily from the airport… Jack explains what happened and tells Locke that he’s a candidate… for spinal surgery… Locke declines and Helen rushes to his side…

Jack wakes up in a canoe of sorts… Sayid welcomes him to Hydra Island…

Widmore’s crew is leading their captives to the polar bear cages… there’s a standoff and Widmore explains that Kate is not on his list… they all get locked up in cages and Widmore says it’s for their own good… then he hollers at Team Widmore to hurry up and get their work done before “he” shows up…

Bernard is carving up some fake teeth… Jack asks him about emergency oral surgery he performed on Locke… Bernard was on flight 815 as well and he thinks Jack was hitting on Rose… He tells Jack to check out an Anthony Cooper who was “in the accident” with Locke…”I hope you find what you’re looking for”…

Jack is asking Sayid what’s going on… there are only three of them left (Jack, Sayid, and Locke) and they’re on Hydra to rescue their friends from Widmore and his polar bear cages… Locke has a plan to break them out and get them on the plane and off the island before Widmore knows what hit him… Jack insists that he’s not leaving the island and that they’re “not his people” anymore… Locke says trust me because i haven’t killed you yet…

Sawyer and Kate in the cages… memories… Sawyer tells Kate that her name was crossed out and that neither Locke nor Widmore need her… (Did Locke tell her that he did?)… Sun and Jin are catching up in a different end of the cage… they’re talking about the pictures of their beautiful daughter… Sun returns Jin’s ring to him… the power goes out… scrambling… trying to get power restored to the sonic fences, but heeeeeere’s Smokey… one of the guards gets knocked out by the bars, but the key is just out of reach… Lipidus kicks at the door… Jack appears and unlocks them all… “I’m with him”…

Jack is leading the gang away from the cages and towards the plane… Sayid joins them, “the more the merrier”… Jack still insists that he’s not meant to leave the island…

Jack tries to see Anthony Cooper, but he can’t because he’s not family… Helen shows up and tells Jack to leave it alone, Locke doesn’t want the surgery… “You saved his life, why can’t that be enough?” “Because it’s not”… Anthony Cooper has absolutely no control of his body…

Locke reaches the plane first and quickly disposes of the two guards outside… inside, he discovers that the plane is rigged with explosives… when the gang arrives, he tells them that Widmore planned to get them all together in a confined space, so they’ll all be easy to kill… they should take the submarine… Sawyer gulps, and then takes credit for the idea… As they walk away, Claire apologizes to Locke and Sawyer spins a plan B, asking Jack to make sure Locke doesn’t get on the sub…

back at the hospital in Locke’s room… Jack is waiting to talk to Locke, but he’s asleep mumbling various lines from past episodes of the show… Claire shows up at the hospital… Jack gets an Apollo bar and Claire shows him a music box that Christian especially wanted her to have… they discover that they were both on flight 815… they open the music box and share a mirror moment as “Catch a Falling Star” plays from the music box… she gets up to leave and Jack asks her to crash at his place because they’re family…

the gang is sneaking up on the sub… Sawyer devises a plan and asks Jack and Locke to stay back and “get their backs”… Sawyer and Lipidus lead the charge and gain control of the sub… Locke is anxious, but there hasn’t been any activity around the dock… Locke hands Jack “his” backpack and tries once more to convince Jack to leave the island… Jack shoves Locke into the water and a gunfight breaks out… Kate is shot, and Jack carries her aboard… the sub takes off without Locke and Claire… “Trust me [Claire], you don’t want to be on that sub”…

Jack isn’t happy about being on the sub… Kate isn’t happy that Claire’s not… Jack tries to attend to Kate’s wound, asking Jin for a shirt from his backpack… instead, somebody set them up the bomb… Jin finds an explosive in Jack’s pack… “We did exactly what he wanted”…

they try to get back up to the surface, but there’s not enough time… everyone is really upset about the bomb… Jack starts to figure it out… he’s begging everyone to trust him that Locke can’t kill them… leave the bomb alone… Sawyer can’t trust him and pulls some wires… the bomb goes haywire and is apparently now actually armed… Sayid takes the bomb and runs, but not before telling Jack to go find Desmond at the well because he’ll need him… because “it’s going to be you, Jack”…

the explosion goes off and all hell breaks loose… Lipidus gets crushed by a door… they’re all trying to get out… and Sun is somehow trapped against the wall… Sawyer gets knocked unconscious, Jack takes him ashore… Jin stays with his bride, the Life and Death music kicks in and we’re left watching Sun and Jin breathe their last breaths and kiss their last kisses… heartbreaking…

Locke is being escorted out of the hospital… he does a double-take as Jin walks by with flowers for Sun… and then Jack comes up to say goodbye… we learn that Locke’s accident was a plane crash… he was the pilot and his father was the passenger and he’s overwhelmed by guilt because of the outcome… Jack tells Locke that his father is gone… what happened, happened, and it’s time to let go… he’s trying one last time to convince Locke to have the surgery, but Locke rolls away… Jack calls after him, “I wish you believed me” and the circle is complete… they’ve completely traded places…

Jack comes ashore with Sawyer and finds Hurley and Kate… they are all overwhelmed with sorrow at the loss of Jin and Sun… Jack feels like a failure… and heads back out to face the sea and God with a good cry…

Locke senses that the sub has sunk, but not everyone has been killed… Claire is upset, but he simply dons his/Jack’s backpack and heads off to finish what he started… Jack vs. Locke in a cage match…

AND NOW…

that leaves us with the most recent episode, Across the Sea… i’ll get to that one next time as well as some thoughts on the whole thing… as we lead up to the final few hours of the show that has captivated us all…

peace… love… bdg…

LOST&pop culture&television20 Apr 2010 11:00 pm

another week, another batch of procrastination (or re-prioritization as the case may be)… anyway, let’s just dive right into this last week’s episode of LOST… as i’ve been doing, the “_X” side story paragraphs will be in italics… off we go…

EVERYBODY LOVES HUGO…
now playing: Everybody Loves Hugo – LOST season six

When we last left LOST, Desmond was sublime, kidnapped by Sayid, and ready to fulfill his life-long purpose… Team Ilana was ready to go blow up the airplane… and the greatest love story of the show was about to begin again at a coffee shop in LA…

Pierre Chang introduces Hurly, er, Hugo as the Man of the Year… Ma is unimpressed because Hugo needs him a woman… she set him up with a blind date…

Hurley is talking to Libby’s grave, sad that she won’t talk to him from beyond like all those other dead folks… Ilana says it’s time to go and shows very little sympathy for Hurley’s agony… then, the whispers… It’s Michael and he’s there to stop Hurley from getting everyone killed…

Since it was Michael who killed Libby, there are some trust issues here… doesn’t matter, but if everyone dies it will be Hurley’s fault because he could’ve stopped them… Jack interrupts and reminds Hurley that they need to go…

Hurley is stood up at a Mexican place… he wants more chips and more time… Libby appears and calls him Hugo… he thinks that she’s his date, but she’s not… she talks about being soulmates and knowing each other on a deeper level… Dr. Brooks rudely interrupts and drags her off, but not before she can tell Hurley that she meant what she said… she gets taken back to the mental institution…

Ilana has some dynomite and passion for blowing up the plane… Hurley starts to propose an alternative plan… Ilana involks Richard’s opinion, he agrees, and Hurley challenges… “That thing is evil and if it ever gets off the island…” (Dr. Arzt situation and there’s no more Ilana)…

Locke is shaping a stick into… something… the rest of Team Lock is restless… they want off of the island… Sayid interrupts the arguing and steals away everyone’s attention… he then takes Locke over to go see the package, which is off course Desmond… Locke tilts his head like a confused puppy…

Hurley checks out Ilana’s things… Richard is frantic and wanting to go get some more dynomite… Jack doesn’t dig that plan… Hurley vouches for (and confuses Richard)… Jack trusts Hurley… they leave…

Hurley wants a bucket of chicken… he’s brooding… Desmond is staring at him from a distance… “weren’t you on 815?”… they chat about why Hurley is depressed… because Libby likes him, but she’s crazy… Des advises Hurley to pursue a relationship with Libby… his order number is 42…

Locke apologizes for Des being tied to a tree… Des explains that he has no place to run… he’s perhaps the most calm person ever to exist… Locke wants to know why Widmore brought him to the island… Des pleads the 5th, but does explain that he was hit up with massive amounts of electromagneticism and that it wasn’t his first time… Also, he identifies Locke as “John Locke”… this freaks Locke out and he dismisses the onlooking Sayid and takes Des on a walk…

Ben is discoursing about what happens to people when the island is done with them… they’re on their way to the Black Rock and they’ve misplaced Hurley… he’s snuck ahead and detonated all the dynomite so that no one can blow up the plane… Richard also blows up (in the angry sense).. Miles has a candid conversation about talking to dead people which Hurley sums up with: “Dead people are more reliable than alive people.”

A picture of an island in Dr. Brooks’ office… Hurley is hoping to see Libby, but is getting the Heisman… that is, until he pulls out his checkbook and donates… he’s in the rec room, there’s Connect 4… he meets up with Libby and asks her to explain how they know each other… She talks about a commercial and memories from another life, a plane crash, an island and somehow she remembers him at the mental hospital as well… it’s all very confusing… he refuses to believe… well, he can’t…

She says that he’s crazy and that’s when the flirting begins… he chats about how everybody has something to worry about and then he asks her out on a date… which she whole-heartedly accepts…

Des and Locke walking, talking and pondering life on the island… Locke is asking about Desmond’s history on the island, noting that, if he didn’t know any better, he’d think the island had it in for Desmond… “Do you know better?”… Des insists that there’s nothing special about him and that the island has it in for everyone… then that creepy kid appears in the distance… not Walt, the new, maybe-Jacob one… Locke is ticked off by him and tells Des to ignore him, walking away angrily…

Richard is determined to find explosives elsewhere… because they need to blow up the plane… because no one has any other ideas… Hurley has another idea… go talk to Locke… nobody likes that idea though because Locke is the smoke monster… he’s EVIL… Hurley claims that Jacob says they need to talk to Locke… Hurley forces a decision… just like when Jack and Locke made everyone choose sides: stay or go… everyone sides with Richard… everyone except Jack, and Jack silently convinces Sun and Lipidus as well…

Sun and Lipidus are second-guessing Hurley… Hurley is second-guessing himself… Jack reassures him… he’s fully matured… he admits that it’s really difficult for him to let go, but he now knows that he can’t fix things… he needs to let go… Hurley had no idea where to go… then, the whispers… Hurley says he knows what they are… the voices of those who can’t “move on” and are stuck on the island… Michael appears, tells Hurley where Locke is, and apologizes for killing Libby…

Hurley spreads out a blanket for a picnic on the beach with Libby… he’s talking about cheese and she’s staring off into the distance… she’s overwhelmed by familiarity, like this is the date they never had… they each wonder why the other one wants to be with them… Libby says she likes Hurley… he says she’s delusional… she leans in for a kiss and BAM!… he remembers it all… and that beautiful score plays in the background… the one about life and death… Des, who was watching from his car drives away, content…

Locke has taken Des to a well… it’s pretty deep… and they talk about how old it is… it was dug by hand… they were looking for answers, not water… this is one of the places with lots of eletromagnetism… Widmore isn’t looking for answers, he’s looking for power… Locke is terrified by Desmond… he asks Des why he’s not afraid, Des replies that there’s no point of being afraid… Locke shoves him down the well… (can you say Joseph?)…

Locke returns to the camp and tells Sayid that they don’t need to worry about Des anymore… Sawyer wants to pick up the argument from earlier… the one about leaving the… wait, what?… Hurley appears from the jungle… Locke is surprised to hear that “they” want to talk to him… we? we who?… Hurley plays his hand close to the chest, trying to ensure a safe encounter… Locke hands him his knife and gives him his word… whatever good that is… everyone comes out and that’s when we remember that Jin isn’t there anymore… Sun’s empty, searching face… Jack’s connection with Kate… and then, “Hello Jack”… Jack and Locke lock eyes…

Des is observing again, interrupted by Ben, rapping on his car window… it’s not generally a good idea to stake out a schoolyard… Des manages to appease Ben with a story about checking out schools for Charlie, his son… and then he proceeds to crank up his engine and plow into wheelchair-ridden Locke, leaving him on his back looking up at the sky, exactly as he did when he first woke up on the island…

DUuuuDE…

now playing: Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung

okay, the question today is why did Desmond run over John Locke? I’m going to address three possible scenarios ranging from a minimal to a dramatic stretch of the imagination…

1. Simply because Jack and Locke must be together in both realities
inevitably, Locke is going to end up under the care of Jack… and they’re going to make eye contact and have a moment… perhaps the point is to simply make a connection between the two of them… hoping that a near death experience will trigger island memories… or perhaps it’s something more, something like connecting the two realities permanently…

2. Revenge for being tossed into the well
i don’t give this theory much weight, though it was referenced on the Official podcast, because this is totally out of character for Desmond and it just doesn’t make much sense… plus, he probably would be sneering, not smiling…

3. Because Locke has always been the Man in Black, in EVERY reality.
this is the big one… and it’s the one i believe, but haven’t entirely given flesh to… this is why, i think, Locke was so taken aback by Desmond calmly calling him John Locke… and perhaps, Desmond, in his knowledge of this, needed to try to kill him in _X… or maybe it’s why he needs to combine the two realities again… it’s certainly something to consider… ponder… and wonder about…

peace… love… bdg…

LOST&pop culture&television13 Apr 2010 08:46 pm

i know, i know… it’s incredibly late and you’ve been chomping at the bit for my take on this week’s episode of LOST but i’ve been busy in the past and busier in the past week… all good things though, much like this week’s episode, centering on Desmond and his unique capabilities… happy to see return appearances from Charlie, Daniel, Eloise, and Penny – and not in ways that were expected (necessarily)…

anyway, i’m going to dive right in and try to be shorter than normal on the recap portion so i can, perhaps add more thoughts at the end… (no, really, i mean it this week)… as i did last time, i’ll be putting the “_X” side story paragraphs in italics… off we go…

HAPPILY EVER AFTER…
now playing: Happily Ever After – LOST season six

it starts with an eye… it should always start with an eye… Zoe is waking Desmond up because it’s about time he gets to doing the Island’s business… interestingly enough, he’s been unconscious for three days… THREE DAYS… and now he’s resurrected and he’s back on the island, and he’s not at all happy about it… he’s as mad as the Hell he might be in… he starts beating Widmore soundly about the head with the IV stand… “The Island isn’t done with you yet”…

Jin wants to know what’s up and Widmore says it’s easier to show it than explain it… Zoe takes Jin to the generator room where they’re all set up for experiments… hey, it’s one of the Dharma bunnies… they’re stepping up the timeline because Desmond is awake and he won’t sit still for long… but, we’re not ready, but we’re doing it anyway, but it won’t start… go check the connections… (DON’T GO IN THAT ROOM!)… geiger-like clicks and clacks… probably bad news… let’s watch from the main room… the team idiot finds the problem in the breaker and without thinking, decides to “bring it back online”… Tina- i mean Zoe – freaks out, but he flips the switch and it takes a full minute of shouting “NO” and “TURN IT OFF” for the idiot to actually turn it off… but the damage is done… they all run to the generator room, Seamus brings his gun, which may be physically attached to his arm, only to find the sucker who had to check the connections crumpled up in a corner, fried like mozzarella…

Widmore appears in the doorway, glances at the corpse, and simply asks if they’re ready… awesome… after the jump, they force Desmond into a chair in the middle of the generator room and make sure he’s not wearing any metal. Widmore says he’ll probably be fine, but he’ll have to sacrifice something later on to save the world and all the people he loves… they leave, Desmond starts breaking things, then they turn it on, with some hesitation from Jin and Seamus, apparently the only two left with a conscience… blinding light, screams from Desmond… then clouds… just clouds…

Desmond is staring at the baggage pickup board in LAX, but really he’s staring beyond it… Hurley tells him which carousel to go to… he helps Claire and chats her up, telling her she’s going to have a boy… George Minkowski(from the freighter) is his designated driver… and Desmond seems less than interested in any of the other services George offers… “Guess that’s why you’re the boss’s right hand man, and I’m the… driver”

(so far, this isn’t any shorter than the others…)

Mr. Hume enters the office building and is immediately sent into “his” office. (We’re assuming it’s Widmore’s office, because that makes sense to the story). Immediately, we see a painting of perfectly balanced scale similar to the MiB’s scale on the island. One side contains black meterial, the other white. It actually looks like a cross in the middle, but perhaps that’s just coincidental design. And it is Widmore, and they give each other a big hug.

Desmond stares at a model yacht, perhaps recalling a time when he tried to sail around the world. Widmore is bullying someone over the phone, trying to get someone out of jail. He speaks of an Australian deal and his son, the musician, who wants to combine classical music with modern rock, specifically “You All, Everybody.” Desmond isn’t quite hip to the rock scene, but quickly realizes that he’s going to be babysitting Charlie, the junkie from Driveshaft.

Widmore tries to convince Desmond that he’s living the ideal life – one that is free from family, commitments, and attachments. Desmond replies, noting that he is a “blessed man,” but Widmore retorts that Desmond is more a blessing as an employee, than blessed as a man. They share a drink fo that famous 60-year old scotch. Charles tells Desmond that “nothing is too good for you.” Desmond propses a toast to “cilantro,” or something that sounds somewhat similar to that. I can’t stand cilantro, and i assume he said something else.

We get a nice long mirror-like shot of Desmond as he approaches the courthouse to pick up Charlie. Charlie blows by him, defies a few cars to run him over, and heads to a bar. Desmond joins Charlie in the bar and limits him to one drink. Charlie balks and asks Desmond if he’s happy. He then proceeds to talk about “spectacular love.”

Charlie explains how, in the act of swallowing his stash of drugs, he had a near-death experience on the plane. During that time, he experienced true love. He saw her (Claire) and it was like they had always been together. Desmond looks almost lost in the moment before snapping out of it and telling Charlie to write a song about it. Then they argue about the truth – whether it’s the love that Charlie experienced or the reality that he needs to go do a show and appease Widmore. “There’s always a choice, brotha.”

Des and Charlie are driving to the hotel. “You All, Everybody” is playing on the radio. Charlie starts talking about his dream world again, telling Des that he is pitiable for not knowing the truth. He offers Des the choice between learning what it’s about or getting out of the car. Then, Charlie grabs the steering wheel and Des – for some reason – decides to floor the accelerator as Charlie navigates them off the pier into the water.

Underwater, Des manages to get himself free, struggles with Charlie’s seatbelt, goes up for air and then comes back down to rescue Charlie. Maybe we’ve seen this scenario play out before – I wonder if Charlie knows how to swim in this reality. It gets even crazier as Des tugs on the door and Charlie puts his hand up on the car window, causing Des to momentarily flash back to the underwater Looking Glass station and Charlie’s note: “Not Penny’s Boat.” After a brief time of confusion, Des manages to grab Charlie and pull him to the surface.

Another closeup on Desmond’s eye as a real nurse checks him out after the crash. She asks about hallucinations and he’s somewhat troubled. He insists that he needs to find Charlie, but she makes him go get an MRI to “find out what’s going on inside of [his] brain. The medical assistant makes sure he’s not wearing any metal and offers him a button to push – a panic button that will make everything start all over again. Des lists Widmore as his emergency contact and, while in the MRI machine has visions of his past life, his “real” life. Visions of Penny and Charlie and little Charlie cause him to panic and escape the MRI to go find Charlie, the rockstar.

Unfortunately, the receptionist refuses to give Des any information about Charlie or the room he’s in. Jack walks by and Des recognizes him. Jack recognizes him, too. As Des is asking him for a favor, Charlie in his hospital gown comes tearing down the hallway, seeking escape. Des corners him and they have a few words about who’s showing something to whom. Charlie insists that he wasn’t trying to kill either of them, but that it may take a near-death experience to reveal the reality in which they should be living, the reality with true love. Des, though obviously shaken by this confusing revelation, still tries to strongarm Charlie into getting over to the Widmore’s rock show, but Charlie refuses, insisting that “none of this matters.” Charlie saunters off, telling Des to stop worrying about him and start worrying about Penny – whoever she is.

Des is on the phone explaining Charlie’s harrowing escape to Widmore who is less than enthusiastic. Widmore all but tells Desmond that they are no longer BFFs. Des must go tell Mrs. Widmore in person that Charlie won’t be performing his “bloody concert.” George drives, which begs the question: “Why didn’t he drive Des to go pick up Charlie?” Also, George is kind of an idiot. Mrs. Widmore, by the way, is none other than Eloise Hawking, and she’s incredibly particular about details.

Desmond strolls up under the tent and introduces himself to Eloise, taking her breath away momentarily, before she regains composure and shakes his extended hand. They exchange some pleasantries before Eloise cuts to the chase and asks what crisis must’ve occurred for Charles to send “his best fix-it man” to address her. He all but gulps and explains that Charlie won’t be there to perform with her son. She doesn’t seem concerned at all and extends magnanimous grace that contradicts her reputation, noting that rockstars are unpredictable. Des is stunned that she isn’t angry. She quotes the recurring theme – “What happened, happened.” – and dismisses Desmond without even a second glance.

Ah, but the story has only just begun. As Des is leaving the premises, he just so happens to stroll past the party coodinators in charge of seating as they read through the list of invitees. One such invitee is: “Milton, Penny. Solo.” With perked-up ears, Des asks to see the list, grabs it, and, well, before he looks at it, Eloise swoops in like a hawk(ing) and snatches it away, telling him it’s confidential. He balks and she gets all Taxi Driver on him – “Are you questioning me?” – before ushering him to a different part of the tent. This is somewhat reminiscent of Jacob’s list and the secrecy with which they were divulged. Also of note, someone with long hair is wearing a cool hat and watching this scene unfold (we see the back of his head).

Eloise scares off the caterers and bluntly interrupts Des as he tries to apologize. She tells him to stop (stop what?). “Someone has clearly affected the way you see things. This is a serious problem. It is, in fact, a violation.” Milk-a-WHAT? (sorry) She continues, informing Des that he needs to stop looking for whatever it is that he thinks he is looking. Des looks around and asks if she knows what he’s looking for. She is beside herself as to why he’s looking for anything. “You have the perfect life.” Also, he’s attained “the thing [he] wanted more than anything:” Widmore’s approval. (Interestingly though, he only wanted that approval so that he could marry Penny).

Des asks how she knows what he wants – because she bloody does. Then he wants to know why he can’t see the list. “Because you’re not ready, yet, Desmond.” (Ready for WHAT?) Side note: maybe this is important, maybe not, but after calling him Mr. Hume or Hume, she finishes it off this compelling exchange by dramatically calling him “Desmond.”

George is waiting for Des back at the car and, having previously warned him of Eloise’s reputation, guesses from Desmond’s body language that it didn’t go well. Des asks for alcohol which is available in the limo. He tells George to just drive anywhere when the mysterious man with the hat and long hair knocks on the window. It’s Daniel Widmore and they need to talk.

Des and Dan approach a nearby bench and Dan asks if Desmond believes in love at first sight. He proceeds to describe the first time he met Charlotte (presumably) in a museum where she works and it felt like he already loved her. Then things got weird. Apparently Dan – who is a musician – went back home that night and scribbled out some uber advanced quantum physics equations that could only be understood or developed by someone who had been studying physics their entire life. Again, Des is slightly less than impressed, resistant if you will.

Des asks what it all means and Dan explains that it’s like setting off a nuclear bomb to stop something from happening. “You want to set off a nuclear bomb?” Dan continues to describe the possibility of another life, another world, another reality – the one to which they truly belong – and how for some reason, they destroyed it to create the life they’re currently living. “I don’t want to set off a nuclear bomb… I think I already did.”

Desmond tries to brush it off, but Dan brings up Penny, causing pause. Dan continues to talk about love, knowing that Desmond has felt that love, too, that he’ll understand. Des tries to argue that Penny doesn’t exist, that she’s only an idea. “No, Mr. Hume. She’s my half sister.” Dan proceeds to arrange a meeting between Des and Penny.

At the stadium. The stadium. Running stairs just like Jack and Des used to do. He sees her and is immediately swept away. He approaches as she finishes her workout and introduces himself. As soon as their hands touch, Desmond wakes up on the island.

Only a few seconds have passed and Desmond is fine. Widmore begins explaining that Desmond is vital to the mission at hand, but Desmond interrupts. He understands and he’s ready to get started. Zoe leads him out into the jungle, confused by his sudden change of heart. She thinks his brain was fried, but it doesn’t change that he’s gonna…

Sayid interrupts the conversation, jumping out from a bush and killing the two henchmen accompanying Zoe and Des. He pulls a gun on Zoe and tells her to run. He doesn’t have time to explain why, but he tells Desmond that “these people” are “extremely dangerous” and that they have to leave immediately. Desmond is complacent and more than willing to follow.

Not sure why, but Desmond wakes back up at the stadium, apparently having passed out from the handshake. (I guess the mainland wasn’t done with him yet). He shakes off the cobwebs and musters up enough courage to ask her out for a coffee. They make plans to meet on the corner of Sweetzer and Melrose in an hour. George asks Des if he’s found what he was looking for. He thinks so. George asks if there’s anything else he needs. Des asks for the manifest from Oceanic 815 so he can “show them something.”

AND THEY ALL…

now playing: Happy Together – The Turtles

…lived happily ever after. By the way, before i do a little bit of speculating – if you look for a coffee shop on the corner of Melrose and Sweetzer, you’ll find (a couple buildings up Melrose) what i think is a hidden message from the writers

anyway, obviously, there’s a new episode on tonight and i didn’t write this whole thing out in one sitting and now it’s crazy late in the game to do too much processing… i do have two quick things to mention that i’ll have to revisit a little later… first, i don’t think Jughead ever went off… the incident was (and always was_ and electromagnetic anomaly… (there are, i believe, implications to that)… and the second thing is a question… why did Locke have a sideways flashback? Perhaps more appropriately, given that Locke is dead, who actually envisioned Locke’s “_X” reality? Was that the MiB’s “_X” timeline? Was Locke always the MiB?

okay, more on all that later… right now, American Idol has started and Everyone Loves Hurley is queued up…

peace… love… bdg…

LOST&pop culture&television01 Apr 2010 11:27 pm

still trying to get the ‘ole donkey wheel back on it’s axle… but it’s time once again to sit down with another fantastic episode of LOST… first, though, to continue last week’s theory-ish thing about Richard’s story being a compilation of all the other character’s life experiences… he’s also tied to Desmond, in that they both accidentally killed someone by pushing them such that they cracked open their head… what does this all mean?

i also had something else to say here, but i can’t for the life of me remember it right now, so… let’s roll the film and i’ll get back to it if i can… for reference, i’m going to be using last week’s format and, the “_X” side story paragraphs will be italicized… off we go…

THE PACKAGE…
now playing: The Package – LOST season six

Okay, so we know this is about Sun and Jin, so it’s not surprising that the clips include the money being confiscated at the airport. I was pretty sure that’s why Jin ends up in the freezer, but we’ll see. Other clips include Sawyer’s attempt to snowball Widmore and Hurley telling Richard that he has to stop the Man in Black.

Then we cut to night-vision surveillance of SmokeLocke’s camp, where Sawyer is making small talk with Kate and Jin is redressing his wound. SmokeLocke approaches Jin and talks about the names on the cave wall. He explains that the only way for them to leave the island is with all the people whose names remain on the wall. Then he promises to go find Sun.

Back at the airport, Jin has lost his cash and missed an important meeting at a restaurant. He and Sun check into a hotel, into separate rooms, because they’re NOT MARRIED.

SmokeLocke tells Sayid to watch over the camp while he’s gone and Sayid acts like a zombie. Sayid states that he can’t feel anything – not anger, sadness, or any emotion – and seems to want SmokeLocke to explain this. SmokeLocke simply tells him that it’s probably best, considering what he’s going to have to go through in the near future. This kind of reminds me of when Ben pulled Kate aside for breakfast only to tell her that the coming weeks would be rather unpleasant.

With SmokeLocke gone, Jin steals off in the opposite direction only to be stopped by Sawyer. Sawyer appears ready to let Jin in on the whole submarine plan – if he hasn’t already – but Jin is hellbent on finding Sun and doesn’t trust Sawyer for playing patsy to SmokeLocke. Then come the blow darts. Everyone in camp is hit and passes out, but it’s Jin that they want. They being Zoe (a.k.a. fake Tina Fey) and Team Widmore. And that’s just the opening sequence.

Miles and Lipidus are playing cards, probably Gin, for the purpose of employing a pun. Ben keeps pressing Ilana for what comes next, impatient about waiting and incredulous at her faith in Richard. Miles drops a contender for the episode’s best line, noting that, “Unless Alpert’s covered in bacon grease. . . Hugo can’t track anything.” Sun, though, is not pleased, and she storms off towards her garden at the thought of just waiting and not going out to find Jin.

Jack plays the role of the moderator, trying to sell the idea of being a candidate to Sun. She’s really torn up, though, and not open to any type of explanation that involves purpose, destiny, or anything that doesn’t have to do with her reuniting with Jin. She tells Jack to leave her alone and he walks away, as she begins sobbing uncontrollably.

Jin visits Sun in her hotel room. He has a box and he’s incredibly worried about being seen. He’s on his way to deliver a watch to someone at the restaurant. Sun makes him come in and convinces him that no one will be at the restaurant this late and they can wait anyway, because whoever it is works for her father. Then she opens a shirt button and asks if he’s going to tell her that she needs to button it back up, like he did on the beach, I mean plane. Of course, he’s in a hotel room, a long way from home, with a girl who’s taking off her shirt and he doesn’t want her to button it back up. He’s probably going to bed her soon. So much for the restaurant.

SmokeLocke approaches Sun as she’s replanting the garden and tells her that he’s found Jin and wants to take her to him. She’s not buying it, citing how he slaughtered everyone at the temple. He tries to rationalize it all with her, emphasizing that Jin is waiting, but after a slight pause, she takes off running. He gives chase for a while and, as she constantly looks back at him, she runs striaght into a tree. (She’ll feel that in the morning).

Apparently, the tree collision startled her sleep in another dimension as we find her waking up in bed with Jin back at the hotel. She tells him that they should run away together and he’s not sure how seriously to take that. She reveals that this was her plan all along – that’s why they’re in LA. He’s not sure how that makes him feel and they discuss it a little further until they’re interrupted by a knock on the door. Jin hides in the closet and she loses herself in the mirror. (Ah, the mirror, or looking glass, as it were). It’s Martin Keamy at the door and he’s pretty sure that she’s got something for him so he enters. I should mention that Sun and Jin seem to have no concept of the English language and only speak Korean.

Ben stumbles upon Sun’s body, unconscious under the tree-thing that she ran into. He rouses her and asks what happened. She babbles something in Korean, which Ben doesn’t understand, before saying that Locke was the cause.

SmokeLocke, by the way, apparently turned tail and ran away. He’s now back at his campsite where he’s not happy to find everyone passed out with Jin missing. He finds Sayid crumpled up by the campfire, pulls out the dart, and wakes him up. Sayid explains that they were attacked, but he doesn’t know who it was or, more importantly to SmokeLocke, where Jin is.

Jin is in a room, in a metal chair, that looks familiar. He finds a giant switch and gives it a flip. Oh, yes, this is room 23. This is where they kept Walt and this is where they kept Carl. A room for psychological experimentation on subliminal messaging. “Everything Changes.” “God Loves You As He Loved Jacob.” Zoe shows up and tries to make small talk. Jin tries to leave, but she tazes him, bro. Then she pulls out a map, explaining that they need to find the pockets of electromagnetic activity on the island. Jin signed the map and wrote on it back in Dharmaville in the 70s. Zoe wants answers. Jin wants to see Widmore. That might work out well.

SmokeLocke equips Sayid with a pistol and makes sure that he can swim. Something is afoot. Sawyer is suspicious. Claire is hesitant to leave the island. SmokeLocke tells her that her name was not on the wall. (Methinks that he’s lying). SmokeLocke assures her that she wants to get on the plane and leave the island. She asks about Kate – is her name on the wall? SmokeLocke tells her that Kate’s name has been crossed off, but he needs her to convince three more people to join Team Smokie.” Claire seems jealous. SmokeLocke quotes Faraday, “Whatever happens, happens.”

Sawyer, or “Team Sawyer,” since he’s a desperado, wants in on the plan. Sawyer asks why SmokeLocke needs a boat, jesting at how ridiculous it would be for him to turn into smoke and fly over the water. SmokeLocke won’t let Sawyer in on the heist, but mentions that avoiding Widmore is less important than going to get “one of our people” back.

Sun goes to the bedroom, with Keamy right behind her. She kicks Jin’s shoes under the bed, gives him the watch, and pretends not to speak any English. Keamy’s associate shows up, having checked Jin’s room to no avail. Keamy notices an extra champagne glass on the nightstand and Jin is busted. Keamy is upset about the money, $25,000. Jin and Sun chat in Korean which makes Keamy feel like he’s in a Godzilla movie. He summons the help of… Patchy – minus the patch. He translates and Sun tries to make a deal, taking money from her private account at the bank. Keamy agrees to let Mikhail take Sun to the bank, but Jin is coming to the restaurant. Jin is concerned about their secret relationship, but Keamy assures them that it’s safe with him.

Jack appears to be checking Sun for head lice, while Ben is defending his integrity. Sun has apparently lost her ability to speak English. Jack hopes that it’s temporary, but Ilana is smiling because she sees Richard and Hurley returning to the beach. Richard says it’s time to roll out. “Team Jacob” is on the move.

SmokeLocke rows his boat ashore and winces at the shots fired into the sand at his feet. He promises “Team Widmore” that he comes in peace. Widmore shows up and they have a bald-headed standoff. There’s a great shot of the two of them on opposite sides of the pile-on fence, reminiscent of when Darth Maul was seperated from Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars. Maul is agitated and paces angrily, but Qui-Gon waits patiently for the door to disengage. Anyway, SmokeLocke says he wants Jin back (queue the Jackson 5). Widmore has no idea what he’s talking about. SmokeLocke throws Widmore’s own words back in his face. “War is coming to this island. I think it just got here.”

Jack doesn’t seemed thrilled about following Richard’s lead and he demands some answers. Richard, now wearing Isabella’s necklace, explains that they must find out where Locke is, beat him to the plane on Hydra and destroy it. Sun is not at all interested in destroying that plane – she wants to get off the island. But, she’s still speaking Korean and Richard wants to know why. Jack explains that she was running away from Locke when — “He came back here? What did he want? What did he say?” Sun calls him an idiot and says that she has no intentions of saving the world or leaving the beach, apparently, which may make it difficult to find Jin. It’s okay though because no one has any idea what she said. They do know that she’s angry because she stomps off to brood. Hurley eases the tension, suggesting that she doesn’t want to come along.

Sun and Mikhail are at the bank and the account manager or whatever they’re called seems to think there’s a problem. No money in the account. No account. Sun is convinced that no one else even knows that it exists, but yet, her daddy transferred all the funds to an account in Seoul. Omar manhandles Jin as he’s stuffing him into the freezer. Keamy straps Jin into a chair and sends Omar (the Arab) to go pick up “the Arab.” Keamy is convinced that Jin can’t understand English, so he tells Jin that the $25,000 was his fee for “popping” Jin. Mr. Peck knew about the relationship and was none too happy about it. Jin says “Thank You,” revealing that he knows some English and that he’s aware of what’s going on. Keamy apologizes, straps duct tape over Jin’s mouth and says he wasn’t meant to be with Sun.

Widmore is chewing Zoe out for picking up Jin too soon. Apparently, they had a tight timetable. Jin is coming around the corner as Zoe tells Widmore that a Geophysicist doesn’t make the best mercenary. “What’s done is done.” Widmore sends Zoe to get “the package” from the submarine and take it to the infirmary. She sighs, leaves, and Widmore apologizes to Jin. Jin says he know who Widmore is, but wants to know why he was kidnapped. Widmore hands him a digital camera recovered from the Ajira Airs flight. It’s full of baby pictures that bring Jin to tears. Widmore understands that Jin wants to be reunited with Sun and their daughter and explains that if Locke gets off of the island, everyone will cease to exist. It’s time for Jin to see the package. And it’s not a what, it’s a who.

Jin, in the freezer, hears the muffled version of Sayid’s shootout with Keamy and crew. He starts freaking out at the gunshots, but then seems surprised that someone with a gun has survived the shootout and Sayid bursts through the door and rips the tape off of his mouth. Sayid doesn’t know why Jin is where he is and apparently doesn’t care, but is sympathetic enough to leave Jin a boxcutter and a chance to free himself. Later, Mikhail shows up with Sun and finds all the lights off and Keamy’s crew laid out. Keamy is still alive and when Mikhail asks him what happened, Keamy has enough bitterness remaining to call him an idiot.

Jin’s got a gun trained on the back of his head. There’s a silly little showdown that ends in a struggle, the gun inadvertantly going off in a classic fight-for-the-gun-and-accidentally-shoot-someone-you-care-about scene. Really, LOST? Anyway, the gun gets knocked away and Mikhail grabs a knife, but Jin has the conch, i mean gun, and fires away. YES! Mikhail got shot in the eye. He’ll be Patchy in the casket. But, on a serious note, somehow Sun was accidentally shot during the fracas SHOCKER! But wait, it gets worse, it looks like she was shot in the belly, which means that she was probably pregnant. Yep. Sorry LOST, that was perhaps the most cliche scene i’ve ever seen on the show.

Sun is sitting on the beach gazing out at the waves rolling in under the moonlight. Jack plays the role of counselor again. This time, he tells a story about one of his early patients who actually lost their ability to speak after an accident. However, though he couldn’t speak, he could still write. Jack hands Sun a pen and pad. She can write in English, too. Jack proceeds to pull out a tomato from Sun’s garden – a stubborn tomato that refuses to die, even though everything seems aligned against it. Sun scribbles “Sorry” on the pad, an apology Jack shrugs off. He asks about her encounter with SmokeLocke and she tells him that Locke has Jin and she doesn’t trust him. But she does trust Jack, who promises to get her and Jin off the island if she comes with “Team Jacob”.

Sawyer approaches Kate in front of a campfire. Both of them are worried, but Sawyer hides it well. He’s got a feeling… that tonight’s gonna be a good night. No, he’s got a feeling that it’s all going to be over soon. He’s hoping that Widmore managed to kill off SmokeLocke, but he doesn’t even have time to reflect on saying that out loud before SmokeLocke appears in the background, alone. Sawyer greets SmokeLocke harshly and learns that Widmore denies having Jin, no one believes Widmore is telling the truth, and Sayid is on a secret mission to find out what was locked away in that sub. Sawyer broods and exchanges looks with Kate as SmokeLocke walks towards the center of the camp.

Zoe and another guard are dragging a doped up body up the dock towards the shore. Sayid is being all Navy SEAl offshore and, as the duo from “Team Widmore” drop “the package” facedown on the dock, he and one Desmond Hume exchange glances. DESMOND IS THE PACKAGE! Apparently, the island wasn’t done with him.

UNPACKING…

now playing: Sun – mae

okay, so that was an episode filled with highs and lows… predictable at times, but also fulfilling in some sense… we got some further confirmation that the goal is to keep Smokey on the island or else face complete and utter disaster worldwide. That is, if you can trust Widmore. And i suppose that’s the real question. Who can you trust?

It’s good to see Desmond return to the mix. I’m sure that will play out in an interesting fashion. I had a feeling he was locked in that room on the sub – since it’s been stated several times that the “rules” don’t apply to him, and he’s been in the credits all season long. Can’t wait to see what purpose he has and how it will relate to finding all the electomagnetic pockets on the island. It would seem that there’s more to Widmore’s plans than just containment, if he’s searching out these pockets. Another interesting question that has to be asked now involves the status of Penny. Is she still alive? Arguments for her living is that someone must be watching Charlie while Desmond is gone and Widmore used the present tense when he told Jin that he “has” a daughter. Arguments for her being dead is that Ben tried to kill her and Widmore managed to kidnap Desmond.

Moving on… Something that struck me as i titled this entry was the (possible) significance to the names Sun and Jin. Since this show has a history of black and white, i couldn’t believe that this never dawned on me before. Sun clearly brings to mind images of the sun, warmth, renewal, light. It’s also used sometimes as a reference to Christ, the morningstar. Jin, on the other hand, can refer to demons (depending on your religious persuasion). Specifically, in the Islamic faith, the Jinn refers to a race of beings that were created along with the angels, predating Adam. The Jinn are often believed to be powerful, created from fire, and most often, evil in nature.

This sets up an interesting dichotomy – or potentially at least a rather sad scenario. Could it be that Sun and Jin will be pitted against one another at some point when the war comes? Or could it be that they are, in fact, the Adam and Eve characters – either the originals, whose skeletons were found in the caves or their replacements, since there seems to be a whole lot of that going on. I think the only way they can be pitted against one another is if Sun is convinced somehow that Jin has been possessed and even then, i’m not sure she’d be swayed against him. And if they are Adam and Eve, then the show quickly becomes about how to reconcile the good and evil that is within each of us and live in peace together.

Okay, that’s just about all i have for now, except that i remembered what i was going to say earlier. It’s really stupid, but since i brought it up, here goes.

Alternate dialogue for the opening sequences of Ab Aeterno: I’m Richard. Look at me. I’m in the shadows. Did you know that we’re all dead? Did you know this island is actually Hell. Look around. I’m flapping my arms like a bird. Look at Jack. Now look back at me. I’m walking through the jungle with a torch. Look at Hurley. Now look back at me. I’m on a horse. I’m Richard Alpert and I smell like a man, man. (I told you it was stupid.)

More thoughts and theories and such another time. if you just can’t get enough and/or want a recap without the sarcasm, as always, check out LOSTexplained and see what Robin thought of the episode. But don’t leave without letting us know what you thought of the episode. What did you get out of The Package?

peace… love… bdg…

LOST&pop culture&television26 Mar 2010 01:43 pm

Well, i’m still a bit off-kilter, and even though i had noble intentions of recapping this week’s episode of LOST Wednesday after tapping out Tuesday night, clearly that didn’t happen… besides the fact that it took me a while to watch it again i’ll blame a normally busy schedule, a desire to make good on this week’s mashed potatoes, and an overall lack of energy during my free time…

anyway, it’s finally time, since it’s not necessarily written in real time, i decided that instead of a standard play-by-play feel (like the last few weeks) i’d put a little more into it, format it nicely and hopefully make it more concise… this episode shakes the season up a bit stylistically by temporarily? abandoning the “_x” timeline and using a more conventional “flashback” device… the focal point is Richard and, in turn Jacob and Es- er, MiB… it’s a doozie… off we go…

TO FROM INFINITY…

now playing: Ab Aeterno – LOST season six

A few scenes about Richard, reminding us of his current crisis of faith, while Jacob’s visit to Ilana in the hospital (why is she in the hospital?) is further clarified, offering us some more insight into their conversation. Richard knows what the next step is, but in his current state, he’s too unsettled to offer any help. He informs everybody that he is suicidal and then tells Jack and the rest of them that they’re all dead and that the island is Hell. He then runs off into the woods, vowing to find smokeLocke, who Jack is just learning about. Ilena gears up to go take him out, but Jack talks her out of it, while Hurley speaks to an unknown, dead Hispanic in their native tongue.

Flash… back. For the first time this season we’re not flashing sideways, we’re flashing back to the history of one Richard Alpert. (or are we? – more on that later). His wife is on her deathbed and in dire need of medical treatment, but the doctor is miles away and it’s the 19th century and the Alperts are peasants. Richard accidentally kills the fat cat doctor in a struggle to get the medicine he needs, but cannot afford. It’s all in vain, anyway, as he returns to a dead wife with the police on his tail.

In prison, Richard turns away bread offered by a visiting priest. Later, we see that he’s reading an English Bible – Luke 4, the temptation of Jesus (“Man does not live by bread alone”). He was preparing to make a new life, but the priest simply wants him to give his confession. Richard begs for God’s forgiveness to absolve him of the accidental murder, but the priest refuses. “There must be some way to earn God’s forgiveness,” Richard weeps, all but defeated voice. The priest replies that there is no time for penance, Richard will be hanged the next day. “I’m afraid the devil awaits you in Hell.” The priest seems all too happy to announce this and he leaves poor Richard in the cell to his thoughts.

The next morning finds Richard getting a reprieve of sorts as he’s sold into slavery instead of being hanged. A Mr. Whitfield claims him on behalf of Captain Magnus Hanso, great grandfather of Alvar Hanso, founder of the DHARMA Initiative. (Begat, begat, begat). Anyway, Richard and others are taken to off to the New World after all, but the catch is that they’ll be chained up in the bottom of the Black Rock and, as we know, shipwrecked on an island.

Based on the giant statue with four toes and a dog head, a fellow slave declares the island is guarded by the devil. Well, the Black Rock apparently took out the statue, leaving behind the foot (and the shadow), and winds up in the middle of a bloody jungle. Whitfield comes below deck and starts slaying all the slaves with his cutlass. As he pauses to explain to Richard (the last slave standing) that it’s simply a matter of self-preservation, the smoke monster makes an appearance, slaughtering all the crew members including Whitfield, who gets yanked through the deck to his untimely death. Smokey has a face-to-face with a terrified Richard before leaving him there in his chains.

We then see composite shots of time passing Richard by in the bottom of the boat. He works faithfully to free himself from his chains, but ultimately is unsuccessful. He even gets tormented by a wild boar that runs by him and knocks away a nail that he had been hoping to pick the lock with. Finally, in the throes of defeat, he sees Isabella, his wife, coming to rescue him before the devil comes back. Since she’s already dead, he’s confused and, before he’s freed, she runs away as Smokey reappears in the distance (as evidenced by the sounds and the skylight) and she is presumably thrashed to death, despite Richard’s agonizing arguments. He crumples into a heap on the floor and some time passes.

Near death – perhaps literally – Richard is touched and roused from his sleep or coma. He’s startled into a sitting position and scared. It’s the Man in Black (MiB), who calls himself “a friend.” MiB tells Richard that they are in Hell and that he’s been there since long before the Black Rock arrived. Richard asks about his wife, the black smoke, and if he’ll ever see her again. MiB replies that “he” must have her and adds that he (MiB) wants to be free, too. MiB reveals the keys to Richard’s chains, but first, he brokers a deal of allegiance. Richard agrees to do “anything” for MiB, and gains his freedom, perhaps at the cost of his soul. MiB unlocks Richard and helps him out of the ship, telling him to rest – that he’ll need his strength if he’s going to escape. “Escape?!” Of course, the only way to excape from Hell is to kill the devil (and not just that crazy four-toed statue, the actual devil).

MiB feeds Richard a roasted pig and explains the plan. Go towards the statue that your ship smashed into pieces, take this knife, and immediately stab him in the chest. Don’t let him say a word, because if he speaks, it’s already too late. (Where have we heard that before?) Richard asks how to kill the devil, “it’s black smoke.” “No,” replies MiB, “I AM.” (sidenote: there is some serious deconstruction going on here.) After a dramatic pause, Richard accuses MiB of chasing Isabella. MiB assures him that she was running from the devil and he tried to save her, but he arrived too late. (I don’t think we should believe him.)

MiB explains that the devil betrayed him, took his body, and took his humanity. Richard, still coming to grips with this all, argues that MiB killed all the officers and. . . MiB interrupts, insisting that Richard needs not worry about him, that the devil has Isabella and Richard will need to kill him to get her back. Richard has a crisis of conscience, knowing that murder is wrong, that’s what got him into this mess to begin with. MiB balks at the concept of right and wrong. He reframes the question into an easy win, “Do you ever want to see your wife again?” Richard takes the knife.

Heading to the beach, Richard is a man defeated and possessed. He’s incredibly confused as he approaches the statue and unsheaths the knife. Then he gets the snot beaten out of him, but he is determined and lunges with the knife only to have Jacob snatch it out of his hand and shake it at him. “What are you doing here? Who gave you this?” Richard asks about his wife and Jacob is very argumentative, insisting that he doesn’t know what Richard is talking about. And, if she’s dead, “why are you asking me where she is?” They both take a second to process what just happened and Jacob realizes what’s going on, at least somewhat.

Jacob asks Richard if he’s met MiB and what he was told. Richard explains the whole devil-killing, wife reuniting plan. Jacob gets too close to the camera and starts to really understand what happened. Richard keeps talking about seeing his wife and wanting to see his wife, but Jacob matter-of-factly states that it wasn’t Isabella that he saw. Richard insists that she is dead, he is dead, and he’s in Hell, “Where else would I be?” Jacob seems a bit disgusted, grabs Richard and drags him into the sea, where he performs a baptism of sorts, nearly drowning Richard to make him realize he’s alive. With Richard convinced, Jacob begins planning his retaliation.

Jacob gives Richard a blanket, puts him in front of a fire, and brings him some wine. “What is this island?” asks Richard. “No one comes in, unless I invite them.” (Not exactly an answer.) “Are you the devil?” “(pause and smirk) No.” Jacob introduces himself as the one who brought the ship to the island. Richard asks why and Jacob grabs the bottle of wine. The wine represents Hell (or “malevolence, evil, darkness”). If it were get out of the bottle, then that darkness would spread. The island is represented by the cork that keeps the darkness contained. (sidenote: this is what i was getting at last week when i mentioned “protection” in passing – more later.)

Jacob describes MiB as someone who believes everyone is corruptible because of their sinful nature. He brings people to the island, where their past doesn’t matter, to prove MiB wrong. Richard asks about those who have previously been brought to the island and learns that they are all dead. Jacob didn’t help them because he wanted them to help themselves and learn morals without him explaining to them. (God helps those who help themselves?) He proceeds to make a case for the concept of free will inspiring more meaningful lives and choices. Richard counters by explaining that if Jacob doesn’t influence people’s choices, then MiB certainly will.

That point is well taken and Jacob offers Richard a job as his intermediary, a “high priest” of sorts. After saying he can’t give him Isabella back or absolve him of his sins, Jacob agrees to Richard’s third choice for a fair wage, immortality. Richard returns to MiB, who immediately realizes that the plan failed. Richard gives him the white rock that later balances the scales in the cave, and MiB is incredibly disappointed. He tries to play the Isabella card again, but concedes that Jacob is very persuasive and a deal has already been strick, Richard’s choice already made. MiB tells Richard that if he can change his mind at any time, then hands Richard Isabella’s locket, which he “found on the ship.” Richard marvals that MiB has disappeared into thin air, then buries the locket, saying goodbye forever to Isabella. Thus concludes the flashback.

Richard returns to where he buried the locket and digs it up. He declares that he’s changed his mind and calls out into the jungle to MiB hoping for an answer. “Does the offer still stand?” He turns towards the noise of someone approaching, but it’s not MiB, it’s Hurley. Richard tells Hurley to leave him alone, but Hurley explains that Isabella sent him. Richard doesn’t believe, but, with Hurley as an intermediary, he has a conversation with his wife. She absolves him of the guilt that really plagues him, her death. He explains that he would do anything to be together again and she says they are already together. She’s gone, but she said one more thing. She tells Richard that he must stop MiB from leaving the island or else everyone will go to Hell. The camera pans out to MiB (Locke) watching the entire scene and looking off into the distance, knowing that Richard’s back on an opposing path.

In a final flashback scene, MiB is sitting on a hill overlooking the island, mulling over the white rock. Jacob approaches and they have a Wile Coyote/Sam the Sheepdog moment, pleasantly wishing each other a good morning. MiB tells Jacob not to gloat and Jacob brings up the attempted murder, asking for an explanation. MiB explains that he wants to leave the island, but he knows that as long as Jacob is alive, he’s not going anywhere. MiB swears to kill Jacob and anyone who replaces him in that role. Jacob pulls the wine bottle – which actually is more of a jug – out of an apparently huge pants pocket and gives it to MiB as “something to pass the time”. Jacob leaves with a “See ya real soon” and MiB responds to himself, “Sooner than you think,” smashing the bottle on a rock.

AND BEYOND…

now playing: Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce

well, that still seemed to be pretty lengthy, did it not?… i told you that this was a doozie and, though i’m tempted to let that be enough, i will, in fact, offer some further thoughts as i mull about this episode… three things actually, protection, time, and Richard the island’s microcosm…

1. Everyone’s got it all backwards as far as protection is concerned

this is what i wrote last week as a teaser to what i’m about to write… unfortunately, Ab Aeterno makes this pretty clear… before this episode, it seemed that the focus of everyone’s efforts was to protect the island from… well, something… possibly MiB, possibly outside forces, possibly exploitation, it wasnt entirely clear, but whenever protection was mentioned, it was the island that was in need of protection… when Widemore showed up last week with his portable sonic fence, however, i started thinking, what if it’s not the island that needs protection, but the rest of the world… of course, in the context of, say, Revelation, evil is sealed up and unleashed on the world in due time… what if, the island is one of God’s bowls of wrath that is bubbling up waiting for the right time… well, then the “war” that is coming is apocalyptic in nature and is between one side who wants to take control of destiny and choose when the bowl is poured out and the other side who wants to wait for God’s timing… of course, now that Jacob has identified the island as the cork that prevents evil from spreading, i guess that makes this speculation reality… many questions still remain, but i’d suppose that Widemore wants to be in control, MiB wants it to be now, and Jacob waits patiently, holding out hope that the world can be redeemed…

2. Time is not as you think it is

i’m no quantum physicist or anything, but i have spent far more time than makes sense pondering the concept of time… (what an amazing distraction – wasting time thinking about wasted time)… anyway, what i’ve come to understand about time is that it only really exists here… i suppose that i believe time to be something of a flat dimension… in the sense that everything that has ever happened, happened all at the same time, in light of eternity… what i mean is that for eternal beings, such as God and mankind outside of earthly life, World history is kind of like an enormous DVR (or TiVO) that can be queued up to any point of finite time… unless, the stinking commercials cause the fast-forward function to freeze up… anyway, in regards to LOST and the _x timeline and the flashbacks… since all things are happening simultaneously in the long run all the characters are in all the places, participating in all the timelines, affecting and being affected by each side story all the time… and it’s all okay… actually, this is more confusing now that it’s out of my head, but my point was basically that as the characters mature, Sawyer, for example, he matures across all timelines, so, even though he was head of DHARMA security in 1977, that choice in his present caused him to be a detective in the _x side story… because he’s already learned that being a con, doesn’t work… never mind… it’s complicated…

2. (take two) The Sad Case of Sawyer

here’s an entirely different line of thinking… Sawyer, when we last saw him, was still on his “own team”… we see him apparently following MiB around the island, challenging his authority only when it affects Sawyer’s plans to escape the island… he runs errands for MiB but, as we learn as he hits the beaches of Hydra, he still has enough of his senses about him to see through the fake Tina Fey and challenge her ruse… we see him face off with Widemore, trying to strike up a deal with him to leverage his knowledge of MiB – which isn’t that much… then, he returns to MiB and sets up a new deal with him, leading up to an eventual diversion that will allow him to slip away from the two powers (Widemore and MiB) undetected, because he doesn’t trust either of them…

But while Sawyer may seem to be a master of playing the hand that’s dealt – and we’ve seen him run this exact con earlier in the series when he became the “new sheriff” on the island… there’s something we’ve also seen in this series, something we’ve come to accept as truth, is the mantra that returned last week as Miles asked Sawyer if he wanted to “die alone”… and Sawyer is alone, despite all his efforts, despite all of his maturation, despite everything he’s gone through, despite Kate sitting next to him… he’s all alone and, unfortunately, it seems clear that it won’t end well for him… i predict that Sawyer is being set up as the tragic hero of the series… (one of many, i’m sure)…

3. Richard, the Island’s microcosm

So did anyone else notice this? Richard’s backstory included several nods to the events of the other Losties… whether it was as simple as him learning English in preparation for a voyage to the New World and a new life (just like Sun) or as random as being antagonized by a wild boar when life just about reached the depths of madness (a la Sawyer)… it seemed like all the events of his life were reflected by events in the lives of our other characters… here’s a quick breakdown of the ones that stood out the most for me:

He came to the island in chains/handcuffs (Kate)

He is convinced that his bad luck causes everyone around him to die (Hurley)

He has a stare down with the smoke monster, becomes a loyal disciple of Jacob, then has an extreme crisis of faith, eventually leading to an attempted suicide (Locke)

He is tricked into attempting murder by the promise of seeing his dead wife (love of his life) again (Sayid)

Interestingly enough, i didn’t notice anything in particular, without stretching something about failing his wife, that related him to Jack… anybody else see it?… what characters did i miss?…

THE END OF TIME…

yeah, i think i took more than my share already… i did write this over the course of a few days, but it feels like it was quite an investment… hope you enjoyed it, now it’s your turn to chime in with your thoughts and theories… oh, and if this wasn’t enough for you, make sure to check out LOSTexplained and their thoughts on the episode…

peace… love… bdg…

LOST&pop culture&television17 Mar 2010 04:31 pm

okay, so i blew it on the DVR front yet again, and my viewing of LOST has been delayed… however, thanks to the miracle of technology, it’s only a short delay… this episode is called “RECON” and deals with Sawyer… So, presumably, we’ll find out what happened to Sawyer after he left the cave with smokeLocke vowing to leave the island forever… what i’m watching for are answers to the following questions… Where has Sawyer been? Is he really in cahoots with smokeLocke or is he running a con? Is he an honest man in the _X timeline? these and many more… off we go…

QUICK NOTE: there ARE actual thoughts and reactions at the bottom of this, so, if you skip over this post you miss that, too…

RECON-NECTING WITH SAWYER
now playing: Recon – LOST Season 6, Episode

no flashbacks… we’re instantly in the story… Sawyer is at Claire’s flat, making tea… he’s caring for Jin.. wakes Jin up and Jin wants to get away… Sawyer says he’s with Locke… he wants to get off the island… Sawyer promises to help Jin reunite with Sun… they’re back from storming the temple… Sayid, Claire, smokeLocke, and, oh, yeah, Kate… Hi yourself…

[_x}Sawyer, a.k.a. Jimmy, doing Sawyer things in bed with a gal… he’s late for an important meeting… ah, it’s the con where he grabs the briefcase and money falls out… but she pulls a gun… she’s married to a con… he calms her down… he wants her to believe that he’s working with the police trying to catch her husband… magic word: LaFluer… Awesome… it’s MILES… Jim and Miles are cop partners… “You’re a cop?!” “Surprise”…

L-O-S-T…

back at Claire’s… she’s fondly looking at the squirrel baby… Kate approaches and asks about the flat and the baby… “It’s all I had”… smokeLocke calls the meeting to order… we have to take advantage of the daylight… he tells them that the black smoke killed whoever stayed at the temple… Claire holds Kate’s hand… smokeLocke promises to take care of everyone…

Sawyer approaches Kate for conversation… asks about Jack, Hurley, and the rest of them… Miles?… Kate doesn’t know… she asks Sawyer if he’s with Locke now… “I ain’t with anybody, Kate”…

[_x}Det. James Ford, tracking down suspects… looking for Anthony Cooper… Miles brings coffee and seems to be unaware of this “assignment”… Miles has gotten him a date for tonight… “Do you wanna die alone?”… Jim tells Miles it’s about Laker’s tickets… Miles sees through Jim… asks if he’s lying… “Why would I lie”…

smokeLocke leading his peeps through the jungle… tells them to set up camp for a couple days… Sawyer wants to know when they’re getting off this rock… smokeLocke takes him aside and wishes that he hadn’t interrupted… Sawyer asks how smokeLocke saved everyone from “that smoke thing”… “I’m the smoke thing”… stare down… Sawyer asks why he killed the others… smokeLocke says they had a chance to come with him, but they think they’re protecting the island from him… “It’s either kill or be killed and I don’t wanna be killed”…

smokeLocke takes Sawyer to the canoe… tells him to go to Hydra island and check out the plane… Sawyer is cantankerous… do some recon… Sawyer asks about safety… smokeLocke tells him that he’s the best liar he’s ever met… here’s the mission: go to Hydra, infiltrate the people, gain their trust, get on the plane, fly away and never look back…

[_x]blind date… Jim is looking for a red head… by golly it’s Charlotte… fantastic… too bad it wasn’t Juliet… she’s an archaeologist… he asks if she has a whip… she asks why he became a cop… he references Bullitt and i’m pretty sure that’s not the first time… she hasn’t seen it… i haven’t either… she cuts to the chase… asks for the truth… he realized that he could’ve become a criminal or a cop and he chose cop… she’s clearly turned on by that…

[_x]they bed… he gets her some water… she wants to borrow a tee shirt… she rifles through his drawers… (dresser drawers this time)… three books… Watership Down is on top… she finds a family photo and a file labeled “Sawyer”… newspaper clipping about his father’s murder/suicide when he was nine… he catches her… i don’t think she’s gonna get that water… he’s angry and throws her out… she tries to explain that she didn’t see anything… she leaves…

Sawyer makes it to the Hydra island… sees the cages… looks in on Kate’s captivity dress and relives the past… as if the dress is what he remembers…

Kate approaches Sayid… asks if he believes smokeLocke… he does… she asks if he’s okay… “no”… woah! Claire jumps Kate with a knife… we knew it was coming… she tries to kill Kate… smokeLocke breaks it up and smacks Claire before sending her to the fire… asks Kate if she’s alright… “no”…

zee plane, zee plane!… Sawyer sees the Ajira plane, fully in tact… he’s checking it out as if he knows what to look for in a plane… checks the firepit… finds a trail leading away… follows said trail… finds death and all her friends… hears someone running around… someone with long hair who isn’t quite as fast as him… he tackles her… she’s the only one left…

[_x]Liam is looking for Charlie but keeps getting turned away… Jim doesn’t help him… Miles confronts Jim in the locker room… Jim thinks it’s about Charlotte… it’s really about his trip to Australia… he’s been lying to Miles… and now that he’s confronted, he tells Miles it’s none of his business… Miles agrees and de-partners him… Sawyer stares into a mirror and fury rises within him… rage! punches the mirror… mirrors are important, by the way…

Sawyer offers her some water… her name is Zoe… she thought she knew everyone on the plane, but she doesn’t know him… he tells her he didn’t come on the plane… “long story”… he asks what killed everyone?… she explains that she was getting wood while everyone was waiting to be rescued… she heard screaming… when she came back, they were all dead… she dragged them all to that pile that Sawyer found… he offers to take her back to the other island and his group of people… “thank God”… “Trust me, God’s got nothing to do with it”…

Kate is off crying in the trees… she really isn’t alright… here comes smokeLocke… he apologizes and takes responsibility for Claire’s attack… he told her that the others had taken Aaron to give her an enemy that would “keep her going”… he gave her something to hate… then Kate ruined it by telling her the truth… “very insightful, coming from a dead man”… “nobody’s perfect”… smokeLocke extends his promise of safety to Kate… she asks where Sawyer went and he says that he’ll show her…

Zoe and Sawyer are walking along the beach back to the canoe… talking about the plane… Zoe asks a lot of questions… i suspect her of foul play… Sawyer seems to suspect her as well… has asks her where the plane was headed and why she was going to Guam… he pulls a gun… she’s not that good… sure enough, she’s not what she appears to be… she whistles and the crew appears from the tree line with rifles and all… Sawyer is captured…

smokeLocke walks Kate to the canoe beach… he sits down… looking out at the Hydra island… she complains that he could’ve just told her where he sent Sawyer… but then they wouldn’t have been able to chat… “I am not a dead man”… he tells her that he understands how she’s feeling… his mother was crazy… she was a very disturbed woman… he had some growing pains and problems that he needs to work through… they could’ve been avoided if things were different… “why are you telling me this?”… “Aaron has a crazy mother, too”…

Sawyer is marched away to… WHAT? Widmore’s submarine!!! Sawyer gets in…

[_x]Jim comes home from a long day at work… grabs a beer and a TV dinner and sits down to a good old episode of Little House on the Prarie Michael Landon drops some knowledge about enjoying life and realizing that people aren’t really gone when they die… Jim doesn’t seem to approve… he gets up and leaves only to darken the doorstep of one Charlette Lewis… he has a sunflower and a six-pack (talk about classy), but she’s not having it… she tells him that he blew it… he leaves the flower and keeps the beer…

back in the sub… Sawyer is being led to “him”… he stops and asks about a locked room… Zoe takes him all the way to Widmore, who makes her leave before introducing himself… Sawyer says he knows Widmore is the man who sent the freighter to the island to kill everyone… “It’s sad how little you really do know”… Widmore asks Sawyer why he came to Hydra… Locke. Locke’s dead… “We both know that’s not Locke”… Sawyer lobbies for a deal… he promises to tell smokeLocke that the coast is clear and bring him to Widmore like a lamb to the slaughter… Widmore asks the price… 1. the people on Sawyer’s boat don’t get killed…. 2. Safe passage off the island… this is Sawyer at his finest… they strike a deal…

Kate is suddenly by herself again… approached by Claire… kind of a moment, but Kate is still distrusting… Claire apologizes, thanks Kate for taking care of Aaron, apologizes again with a long hug…

Sawyer comes back… greeted by smokeLocke… they’re all dead over there… what happened? he doesn’t know… “What do you know, James?”… okay, so he’s telling smokeLocke about Widmore… what?… smokeLocke doesn’t look happy… Sawyer tells smokeLocke everything… then strikes another deal…

[_x]Jim honks at Miles… waves him into his car… hands him the binder… tells him the whole story… he’s been hunting Sawyer down since he went to the police academy… Anthony Cooper is the name… Jim’s planning on finding the right one and killing him… looks like Zoe just smashed Jim’s car… oh, no… it’s Kate… he caught her…

Kate poking the fire… Sawyer is back, looking for dinner… maybe rabbit… (maybe a white rabbit)… Kate asks why he’s “running errands” for smokeLocke… he’s not… he tells her about Widmore and smokeLocke and that he’s stoking the fires of a feud between them… then, while they’re fighting it out, he’s going to stage a getaway in the sub with Kate…

L-O-S-T

THOUGHTS ON THE TOPIC…

okay, so this is where i would typically say thanks for playing, i’ll get back to you with more thoughts later, but since i’m so very fear behind and not catching up anytime soon, i’m going to talk a little bit about my first impressions… a few things that stood out, made sense, or whatever…

by the way, if you want a more straight-laced summary, you know, without the snarkiness here and there, don’t forget to read what Robin had to say about this episode at LOST Explained… I haven’t read it yet, but i know it’s good because it’s always good…

okay, i’ll limit myself to three things and try to tackle them briefly… first, the questions… Yes, Sawyer is still Sawyer… Yes, he’s a good guy in _x – sort of – at least in the same way that he’s a bad guy in the island story… sure he’s a con man / cop, but he has a tender heart / raging desire for revenge… anyway, as for who’s team he’s on, he remains loyal to the few who have cared at all about him… still focused on being in control and accomplishing what needs to be done and still patient in his pursuit… and never, NEVER tipping his hand… who else would play both sides of the coin like he did with Widmore and smokeLocke? it will be some kind of spectacular to see that all play out…

Second, other character notes… Kate is still not won over to smokeLocke… she knows he’s not Locke, she wasn’t sold on Locke to begin with, she probably doesn’t know the full extent of his identity, but she doesn’t really trust him… that he’s allowing her to stick around is a little odd, but i suppose the others all just think he’ll keep them safe and maybe he is underestimating her as well… Sayid and Claire are under his voodoo magic… Jin seems impenetrable, as he’s solely focused on finding Sun, but Sawyer at least kept him at bay…

Third, i think there are officially three sides to this war now… Widmore’s side, smokeLocke’s side, and Ilana’s side… i know a lot of people are trying to put Widmore on one side or the other, and last week’s mention of the Hydra station made it seem that he was on smokeLocke’s “team”… but the pile-ons make that seem less likely… and perhaps he’s on Ilana’s side, but perhaps not… if so, we know that Ben’s redemption will become an issue once he and Charles are aware of each other on the island… X-factors in this whole conflict are Lipidus and Desmond… both i’m sure play a key role in the conclusion of this series…

and that’s all i have time for right now… i have some serious thoughts brewing about how the island relates to the Gospel of John (which is interesting because Henry Ian Cusick was in a film adaptation of John)… thoughts on how everyone’s got it all backwards as far as protection is concerned… the importance of Lipidus… the replacement theory… and more… in due time…

peace… love… bdg…

LOST&pop culture&television09 Mar 2010 11:30 pm

okay… in keeping with my routine, below is a rundown of this week’s episode of Lost, but first, a promise to come back sometime soon and talk about my thoughts on the episode and the season and the series so far… i promise to come back and type up those thoughts…

THE DOCTOR IS IN…

Now Watching: EPISODE 6.07 – Dr. Linus

previously on Lost… Ben kills Jacob, Jacob takes Jack and Hurley away from the temple, SmokeLocke takes out the temple, Sayid freaks out Ben…

Ben is running terrified through the jungle… runs into the new good guys (Frank, Ilana, Sun, and Miles)… tells them Sayid killed Dogun and Lennon…

Linus teaching… didn’t quite catch that… Prinicpal tells him of budget cuts… Dr. Linus actually… Ben and Artz griping… newLocke says Ben should be the principal…

Ben and gang are trying to figure out what to do next… Ben explains the smoke monster… Ilana asks Miles to listen to Jacob’s ashes… he does… Linus killed him… “whaaaat?” i so love the Ben Linus character… Ilana is not happy… Miles is hilarious… Ben is left out in the cold…

L-O-S-T

Gang and Ben reach the beach… Ilana takes charge and says she’s looking to build shelter… someone start a fire… “Yeah, a fire will fix everything” (Miles)… Ben is trying to convince Ilana that Miles is lying… why?

Dr. Linus making a TV dinner… for his dad, who is on oxygen, but, oh, it’s actually his dad… Ben starts whining about school… his dad says that he wanted so much more for Ben… that’s why he signed up for Dharma… if only they’d stayed… who knows what Ben would’ve become? i know… i know what he would’ve become… doorbell… it’s Alex… Ben cancelled tutoring because he’s in detention all week… reschedules for early tutoring over coffee… he’s the best…

back at the beach… Sun wants to find Jin… no, Ilana wants to find him… she’s supposed to protect the candidates… there are only six left…

Hurley dreaming about cheese carrots… Jack wakes him up and tells him to hurry up so they can get back to the temple… Hurley is stalling… they argue over which is the right way… *POOF* Richard appears and tells them they’re both wrong… Hurley asks Jack if he trusts Richard… “at least he’s not stalling”…

Ben is foraging the old tents… finds an oceanic water bottle… Frank and Ben share a moment wondering what would be different if Frank was flying 815… gun to the neck… Ilana marches Ben up the hill… chains his foot and tells him to dig his own grave…

Tutoring… is that the Black Rock?… quizzing about history… Alex has financial problems and she’s freaking out about the wrong answers… lets slip that the principal is a pervert… she promises to tell him a secret… the principal and the school nurse were, you know, doing it… Ben has a plan, you can see it formulating in his head…

digging… he doesn’t seem too motivated… Miles appears with some jokes, beans, and banana something… Ben offers him 3.2 million dollars… Miles says that Jacob hoped up to the last second that he was wrong about Ben, but i guess he wasn’t… GUNSHOT… DIG!…

Richard, Jack, and Hurley… Hurley brings the cyborg, zombie, etc talk trying to figure out why Richard doesn’t age… Richard says it was a gift and then reveals that he’s taking them to the Black Rock… tells them that the temple is not the place to go, finds out that Hurley talked to Jacob, tells him not to believe anything that Jacob says… then Richard goes off to die because that’s what he has to do…

Ben trying to get Artz in on the plan that’s continuing to form in his head… “can you hack into the nurse’s email account?”… Artz sees through him, that he’s trying to take over the principal’s job… he’ll help, if he gets a good parking spot out of the deal…

Ben is digging…

Richard is in the Black Rock… looking at the chains… his chains? is there a skeleton missing?… Richard heads over to the dynomite… Hurley warns him… it’s time to go… Richard can’t kill himself… he wants Jack to kill him… Richard is ranting about Jacob cursing him… apparently smokeLocke’s words have festered long enough… Richard is the new Locke… he’s doubting that his life has purpose… Jack lights the fuse and decides that it’s a good time to chat…

Richard’s eyes are wide open… Hurley is freaking out… “We gotta go!”… Hurley promises not to leave Jack, then runs off… Jack wants answers… he explains the Lighthouse to Richard, expecting answers… Richard is really anxious… Jack is convinced that he’s invincible… the fuse is almost done… Jack was right!… Richard is incredulous… now what?… “Go back to where we started”…

Ben is digging… here comes the smoke monster… oh it’s smokeLocke… Ben explains why he’s digging his own grave… smokeLocke is trying to recruit Ben to be in charge of the island once the other team leaves the island… smokeLocke unlocks Ben and tells him where to get a rifle… meet up at the Hydra… Ben makes a break for it…

Ben goes to the principal’s office… that’s an OLD laptop… he’s got some printed emails from the nurse… he’s making a power play… counter play… Alex just emailed the principal asking for a recommendation… oooh… check… Ben will have to sacrifice Alex again…

Ben runs and gets his rifle… he’s got Ilana in his crosshairs… he wants to chat… explain his betrayal of Alex… he’s trying to convince her that Jacob cares not… he’s explaining the fear and anguish that led him to kill Jacob… he just wants to leave and join Locke… “because he’s the only one who will have me”… Ilana invites him to stay and then walks away… he kind of follows her…

Dr. Ben enters the principal office turns over the name plaque… he chose to save Alex’s future… but he manipulated enough to get his tutoring session back on…

he’s returning with Ilana… he’s hesitant, but perhaps, fully redeemed?… pauses… puts the gun down and helps Sun with her shelter… that’s a powerful scene right there… Miles digs up the diamonds, Ilana mourns over Jacob’s ashes… Jack, Hurley and Richard come around the bend… happy reunion… but Richard stays away… Ben looks so out of place again…

a submarine… there are people on the beach… WIDMORE!

LOST

nine more episodes until the season finale… that was a wow episode… now it’s time to wrap this up…

peace… love… bdg…

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