Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Let's get LOST! (Episode 5 - The Constant)

For those of you who don't watch LOST, this post is not for you. For those of you who are trying to get caught up with the show, watching the previous seasons of LOST on DVD, or if you are planning on watching it at some point, or haven’t seen this week’s episode yet…


Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk LOST!

First of all, I have to thank everyone that chimed in on last Thursday's post. It kept my brain spinning with ideas and helped keep me sated until the next dose of the show. I've said it before and I'll say it again, they need to develop a 12-step program for this show, because I'm hopelessly addicted!

Tonight's show was a rollercoaster ride of revelations! I don't even know where to begin. Now we know why no one was allowed to talk to Minkowski. We learned alot more about Daniel Faraday, the physicist. And we got a Desmond-centric episode; Desmond episodes are the best!

I thought the most shocking line/revelation of the night was:

How can you pick just one? Every single time Desmond jumped in time - it made me physically jump in shock. I think I held my breath through the whole show, especially when it was revealed he needed to get "anchored" in time or his brain was going to short circuit. I was on the edge of my seat.

I thought this was the most heartbreaking line of the night:

Desmond: "'re my constant."

Okay, as I said before, I'm not normally one that enjoys or gets easily sucked into romantic plot lines, but from the minute they introduced Desmond and Penny's plot line, I've been hooked. This is one of the most awesome, touching, beautiful, tragic love stories I've ever read/seen in a while. Desmond's phone conversation with Penny on Christmas Eve made me cry.

And finally, here was the "funny" line of the night:

Sayid: "After your call, someone is going to have to tell me precisely what is going on."

Another great episode! Let's continue the conversation over in the comments section...


KaTie said...

i think i held my breath through the entire phone conversation. now me and my boyfriend say "you're my constant" to each other. (kinda cheezy i know... but let's make it a trend!) yay for unrequited turned requited love!

one thing that left me a bit dazed about the episode though, perhaps you can help me, is: why did finding a constant and making contact stop Desmond's jumping back and forth through time? i am thinking this might have something to do with the equations faraday was scribbling up on the board. having a constant makes the equations cancel each other out somehow? or if not cancel, solve? but other than that, he's stuck either being in one equation or the other. this theory of time travel is extremely mind boggling. i guess i just can't quite make sense of it in my mind, which is not surprising.

ah well. television that actually makes you think. i'm a new lost lover, and i spent the summer watching all 3 seasons to catch up. it was SOOO worth it!

D.L. White said...

Hi Katie! Welcome to the blogosphere and welcome to my little tea room! :)

Thanks for your comments. I definitely think the phrase "you're my constant" may become the new "you complete me" romantic catch-phrase. I'm with you - let's start the trend! :)

In regards to how the constant works... it helped that they explained it as an "anchor". It's like if you're blindfolded, you have no sense of where you are in the room because you have nothing to relate to spacially - but if you have something to hold onto - like you know where the coffee table is, it helps you get your bearings. I think it's the same with Desmond - he gets confused when he jumps around in time and starts losing a grip on who he is, what time it is, etc. However, if he can focus on Penny, it can keep him centered in time, and give him a point of reference, to make everything else fall into place.

I dunno...I'm just winging it here! But that's how it made sense to me.

Glad you're a new fan of the show. I think it is hands-down some of the best television that's ever been made. :)

Laura said...

I've said it before, Desmond is my favorite character on LOST. I think the show last night was my favorite one so far. The whole hour was exciting and flew by faster than any other episode.

I've been thinking about Desmond's phone call to Penny on Christmas Eve and how their words almost started to overlap, like the time jumping was catching up and then stopped. That might be why he started to smile after he left Penny's apartment as the two "consciousnesses" became one and he understood the events of the past and present.

I agree, it's very hard to pick one quote or favorite line, but I think the most interesting/shocking for me was the line in Faraday's notebook, "If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my constant." That line is going mean something big later on... I think Daniel hasn't had his consciousnesses overlap yet. That would explain why he doesn't remember meeting Desmond in 1996. I think when the "something goes wrong", Daniel might have his moment where he remembers the past and present together like Desmond did with Penny.

Pure speculation on my part, but it's fun to speculate about this show! I can't wait to see how that will play out, but there's a lot of other stuff the writers have to answer too!

D.L. White said...

Hey Laura - that makes total sense - about the consciousnesses being split, overlapping and then joining together again. Nice observation!

Desmond has always been one of my favorites too. It was great to finally get an episode focused on him.

Kathleen (Raven) said...

Desmond is also my favorite character, so any episode with Desmond in it is usually fantastic. Tonight's episode was no exception. I really enjoy the love story between Desmond and Penny. I enjoyed the time displacement theory and the idea of having a constant. I definately think that Daniel is going to have some kind of time displacement if he wrote him self a note to tell himself Desmond is his Constant. It would mean at some point, he has to flash back and become displaced, or else he could have never written himself a note in his journal.
When the journal, written by the captain of the Black Rock was auctioned off, his name was that makes the Hanso Corporation come into play finally. Also, the fact that Penny's dad bought the journal plays into my theory that Penny's dad is the Evil Mastermind behind the mondern Day Darhma Innitiative or the very least, behind the freight searching for the island and sending researchers to "investigate it". We have yet to see if he was the master mind behind Darhma in the 1970's, but that is my theory.

D.L. White said...

Good observations Raven! Yeah - I want to know why Mr. Widmore wanted that Black Rock journal so bad that he would pay THAT much for it. Was he buying it to gain information about how to find the island? Hmmm.

Also, it will be interesting to see how the Hanso-Dharma-Widmore connections all play out.

So...the question is, when did Daniel write that note in his binder? Was the note NOT there until he told Desmond to find him in the past, then, in present day, the note had magically appeared and that's how he knew Desmond had been successful in making contact with him? Argh. The time travel stuff makes my head hurt when I try to think about it for too long.

D.L. White said...

Oh boy. Better put a helmet on before you go to this link!

A LOST fan goes into great detail in explaining the time warp/time travel on the island...

Laura said...

Ok D, that link you posted is just too much technical jargon for me to understand. I certainly hope the writers are not going to that much research into physics because the average viewer (i.e. me!) can not follow that kind of story.

On a lighter note, I think Daniel will put himself in the consciousness machine he's been using on Eloise. He jumps time except he will do it voluntarily (where as Desmond is jumping by accident) and all the exposure he has to the electro-magnetism he puts on the rats makes him susceptible to the "side-effects" when he comes and goes from the island. One side-effect could be the amnesia that accompanies the jumping until the constant is contacted, and then it stops.

If Daniel is time-jumping, that could explain why he doesn't know why he's crying when he sees the underwater plane crash on the news. He might have just returned to his body and doesn't remember the events that led to his emotions about flight 815, just like Desmond not remembering Sayid when he comes back to 2004.

This is very interesting!

D.L. White said...

Yeah...that article made me head hurt after just the first paragraph too. I mostly just posted that link for Amber. She's probably the only one out of all of us who can understand it. hee hee you think Daniel brought his machine with him and it's on the freighter?

Good point about how time jumping would explain why Daniel says he doesn't know why he's crying. Hmmm... so many questions!!!

The Trousered Ape said...

My theory is that I do not think that Desmond will stop jumping, but rather the contact stabilizes him and anchors his conscious to something absolute.

In a way this opens up the door for a limited type of omniscience because it seemed liked his past (when he was walking away from Penny's flat) was aware that he made contact with her in the future. So it almost seems like he is aware of his past and current states simultaneously - which would be really crazy. :)

D.L. White said...

Right! That's what I was getting at. I don't think he'll stop jumping either.

Wow - I understood the whole thing about the Desmond in the past smiling, as the Desmond in the future made the phone call to Penny - and how that kind of implied he knew he'd succeeded in contacting her. But I hadn't stopped to think about the ramifcations of that. Will Desmond be somewhat omniscient now? Hmmm.

The Trousered Ape said...

Right - I'm not really sure how to categorize it. Obviously omniscience means all-knowing, and he doesn't possess that. However, he does have an extra dimension of knowledge (experiential and cognitive) that he did not possess before the hatch explosion (including future knowledge - Charlie dieing and Locke's speech).

Calling it limited or weak-omniscience seems like an oxymoron. Whatever it is, it is pretty cool - I wonder if that classifies as a super-power? :)

Laura said...

Here's a fan theory on Lostpedia about the mysterious Ledger from the Black Rock...

In "The Constant" Charles Widmore, Penelope's father, purchases the ledger and uses it to keep Penelope from finding the island.

Widmore is the leader behind the freighter people and gave the instruction not to answer Penny's calls.
(I think this is a very plausible theory)

This would follow the theory that Charles had Desmond put on the island to keep Penny away from him.

I can't believe how much time people put in writing this stuff or how much time I spend reading it!

Mike Olbinski said...

I totally cried at the end, so yeah...I'm a sap :)

D.L. White said...

It's okay Mike - at least it was a high-quality, well-written piece of dramatic genius that made you cry...instead of the usual sappy chick flicks you are so prone to enjoy... (j/k)

astraughnomer said...

yeah, so, that link had very little actual physics in it. it was still interesting, though. :) i'm an astronomer (as you all know) and have read about, worked problems with, and thought hard about dark matter (which astronomers know exists, but don't know what it is), but i've *never* heard of "mirror matter". i think that's more science fiction than actual science. does make a good story for tv. :)

coincidentally, i really like Daniel. i wonder if we're suppose to assume that he's a descendant of the "real" Michael Faraday (who was of course a famous physicist in the 1800s and essentially laid the groundwork for electromagnetic theory. maybe that's how Daniel got interested in the island...the huge electromagnet that blew up...??)

anyway, yeah, this was my favorite episode so far. the time jumping stuff is so cool!! Laura, i think that was a great point about Daniel not knowing why he's crying when he's watching tv...he might have just "jumped".

did i miss why Minkowski had the time jumping "side effect" (haha, good term by Daniel) happen to him? Daniel mentioned being near strong electromagnetism (which Desmond obviously was), but what about Minkowski? hmmmm

Davina, thanks for posting these! this is great! :)

D.L. White said...

Hi Amber! Thanks for your comment. I really like Daniel's character too. I hope he ends up being a "good" guy.

In regards to your question about Minkowski - he told Sayid and Desmond that he and another freightie (Brandon) were bored and snuck out on the ship's tender (like a lifeboat) because they wanted to see the island for themselves. But then they had to turn back because Brandon started acting crazy (and later died). The assumption is they didn't head towards the island at precisely the correct coordinates and passed thru whatever weirdness is causing the time jumping.

Neena said...

Hey Davina. I won't always post on here, but I am always reading it. There were a lot of things that people wrote about that I was having a hard time understanding. Like with Mr. Widmore I guess I wasn't paying much attention to the scene with him buying the ledger. I love Lost and I will keep reading this for sure.

D.L. White said...

Thanks for checking in Neena! Hope all is well with you and Josh and little Brodee! :)

astraughnomer said...

oh duh, yeah, now i remember that ab minkowski. guess i need to watch these episodes more than once. ;)

D.L. White said...

Whoa...I just read these tidbits on a fan comment thread on another site. They both make sense...

Maybe what is happening to Desmond and Minkowski (going mad because of the time jumping as a result of electromagnetic/portal exposure) may be what Danielle Rousseau considers "the sickness"? Maybe her team went crazy?

And here's the other fan thought...

So, Naomi had the picture of Desmond and she said she was looking for him. We all assumed it's because they were working for Penny (which, now, is obviously not the case). Well, maybe Daniel Faraday was looking for Desmond, since he is his constant, and somehow he knew he'd be on the island, and THAT'S why Naomi had the picture.

Laura said...

So, how many comments are you allowed on one post?

I love both those theories, they seem very possible to me!

Can I just say again how much I LOVE Desmond?! I hope Henry Ian Cusick has a lot of work after this show because he is amazing. I suppose the entire cast really keeps the show going so strong, they're fantastic.

I've watched the very end of The Constant again (just the last 30 seconds) to see if Daniel has the same smile as Des after Daniel reads the comment in his composition book that Desmond is his constant and I think it looks like maybe he has the same "overlap" in time at the end of the show that Des has with Penny... whatever that could mean, I surely don't know!

I can't get enough of this show and talking about it only makes me want to watch it more.

D.L. White said...

Who knew all it would take to get comments on my blog would be to do a LOST post! I should have done this a long time ago. ha ha

I love Desmond too! He's a great character and Cusick is an awesome actor. I'm with you - I hope the cast continues to be successful.

The show has great writing, but it wouldn't be as great a show if it wasn't for the excellent acting to present that story.