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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Let's get LOST! (Episode 2, Jughead)

If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of LOST yet…
BEWARE! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!
Don't say you weren’t warned. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk LOST!

By a show of hands, how many of you feel like you need a few charts, notebooks, diagrams and a copy of Stephen Hawking's Brief History of Time, in addition to the pause/rewind button on your DVR, in order to follow along with this show? Yep, I thought so. That's exactly how I feel. Don't get me wrong; I'm still enjoying the show, it's just requiring a lot more mental heavy lifting than ever before. Maybe I'm just suffering from time travel sickness... if my nose starts bleeding, then I might consider turning off the TV.

Until then, let's chat about last night's show. We visited the early 1950s where we got a lesson in how to speak Latin, some more redshirts got blown up, and we met the Others who had destroyed an Army platoon and taken over their camp. Faraday taught us the delicate procedures required for defusing an H-Bomb (i.e. "Bury it!") and Locke tried to have a circular conversation with Richard Alpert. Oh yeah, and Faraday declared his love for Charlotte in a slightly uncomfortable, awkward way. We visited 2005 briefly, to see Penny give birth to her and Desmond's first child. Then the rest of the time was spent in 2007, with Desmond trying to track down Faraday's mother. During his investigation, wearing his nifty Bono sunglasses, Desmond discovers that Faraday has messed up the brain of one of his human "test subjects" and Harvard denies any knowledge of him or his mother, and then Desmond made a promise to Penny that we all know he won't be able to keep...

I thought this was the most shocking event of the night:

Locke: Did you say your name was Widmore?
Other: Yeah.
Locke: Charles Widmore?
Other: Yeah - what's it to you?

Whoa! We knew Charles Widmore had some kind of connection to the island, but I never guessed that he was an Other - an original inhabitant. I always assumed he was an evil corporate guy that wanted to steal the technology and powers that Dharma had discovered there. I think we can see glimpses now, of why Charles and Ben are at odds with each other. Ben was brought to the island with Dharma, and was chosen to lead the Others, so maybe Charles thought he wasn't worthy/qualified to be their leader? Maybe Charles thought he should be the leader? Last night, Richard said there was a lengthy process to choosing their leader... wonder what it is? I was also reminded of the scene in Season 4 when Widmore tells Ben "it's MY island."

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

When Faraday tells Charlotte he won't let anything happen to her... then later, when she passes out, blood gushing from her nose, we see Faraday's anguished face.

Oh, poor Charlotte. Are we going to be able to learn about her backstory, and why she calls the island "home", before she dies? I feel terrible for Faraday too. He's our unlikely hero... he knows enough to know what's going on, but there's not much he can do to fix it. That has to be torture, especially when you see it endangering the life of someone you love. I wonder if Faraday was in love with Theresa - the girl from Harvard whose brain he accidentally scrambled? Speaking of Faraday... what's up with Widmore funding his research? Was he hoping Faraday would find a formula to explain how the island travels through time, and thus be able to locate it?

And finally, here's the funny moment of the night:

Locke: You told me that. In the future.
Richard: Well, I certainly wouldn't want to contradict myself...

There were hardly any moments of humor in last night's episode... probably because Hurley wasn't on the scene... but this line was pretty funny. Actually, the whole conversation with Locke and Richard was unintentionally humorous, because it was just so bizarre, with Locke trying to explain things that haven't happened yet, but have. I love it when Locke said he would be born in two years, and for Richard to go visit him. And of course, we know he does. So is Locke caught in some weird time loop or is he "special" like Desmond or what? Because I thought one of the rules was "you can't change what happens". Would Richard have gone to see baby Locke anyways if he hadn't told him to do it? (Ouch! I pulled another brain muscle.)

All in all, this was a solid episode. The Demsond-centric episodes always are. By the way, I love it that they named their little boy after Charlie. I wonder if the island is going to time-jump for the whole season. I'm not sure I'm ready or prepared for that ride! In the meantime, I invite you to share your thoughts and theories in the comments section.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Let's get LOST! (Episode 1, Because You Left & Episode 2, The Lie)

If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of LOST yet…
BEWARE! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!
Don't say you weren’t warned. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk LOST!

My mind is still mush... I'm still trying to process everything that we saw in last night's two-hour season premiere. I don't even feel like I have a sufficient enough grasp on everything to be able to write this post, but I want to get it up here, so we can all have a place to chat and share theories. Isn't this the most amazing show ever? I can't recall any other TV show inspiring this much devotion and obsession in me.

So, this is the third time (I think) that the show has started with someone waking up and turning on a record player (or CD) - Desmond in the Hatch, Juliette in her cabin and now Dr. Chang/Halliwax/Candle. I wonder if he and his wife had their baby before they came to the island, since pregnant women die before giving birth? And now I'm wondering if that baby was Miles? Richard and Locke's interchange was interesting as he handed him the compass, which looked like the same compass he showed Locke as a child. We saw the return of the cranky Sawyer that we know and love, who apparently has given up on his promise to Hurley and is back to giving people insulting nicknames. Lawyers showed up on Kate's doorstep, representing someone who obviously knows that Aaron is not really her son. Sayid was shot by a tranquilizer dart and still managed to kill a bunch of guys. Sun is acting odd, like one of the Others, and I fear she can no longer be trusted. All in all, it was a great episode that was chock full of gunfights, purple-light explosions, flaming arrows, mysteries, ghosts (hello Anna Lucia) and time travel. Oh... and hot pockets...

This show with its overlapping time lines is all starting to feel like it's turning in on itself like an ouroboros. I hope I can hang on for the rest of the ride without losing my mind. Until then, here are a few of my favorite moments from the evening.

I thought this was the most shocking event of the night:

One of the construction workers in the Orchid station lifts his head to reveal - it's Daniel Faraday!

How can you pick just one event, from all the shocking events we saw? But to me, it was quite a shock to see Faraday working on the island - in the 70s! How was it possible for him to be there? He would have been a little kid in the 70s, not the age he is now. So does that mean Faraday has he found a way to not only travel through time via consciousness (like Desmond did) but has also found a way to travel through time physically as well? He looked a little disoriented, but then again, he pretty much looks that way all the time. I also liked the scene where Faraday sent a message to Desmond in the future, by talking to Desmond in the past. (Ouch! I just pulled a brain muscle when I typed that sentence.)

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

Hurley: We lied, ma.

Hurley's confession to this mother was so touching. Hurley continues to be the heart and the moral compass for the show. The show would be so much the lesser without him. I really like his character, and feel bad that he's so tortured and has such low self-esteem. Which brings me to this question - Is Hurley the last person left that needs to redeem or make peace with his past? He still has all the same emotional problems that he had before the island. Sure, he's made a few strides, but then he gets knocked back down by some failure or catastrophe (like the death of Libby). I want him to find redemption and peace and be happy. I hope the writers have that planned for him.

And finally, here's the funny moment of the night:

Hurley (to Sayid): You know if you ate comfort food, maybe you wouldn't have to go around killing people.

There were actually quite a few funny lines last night. Hurley had another funny quip, when he was explaining to his mom about how Sayid is a nice guy, but he also does ninja stuff. Sawyer had a funny moment with an interrupted expletive during one of the time jumps. Even Richard Alpert got in on the fun, when Locke asked him what the compass does and he said in the driest, deadpan voice, "It points north, John."

Well... Locke is on ice in the butcher shop, Hurley has been arrested, Kate is on the run (again) and Sun is acting slightly evil. Why does Locke have to die to save the island? Why do the Oceanic 6 have to return to stop the island from time-jumping? What did you think about the kick-off of Season 5? Did it meet or exceed your expectations? Is it getting too confusing to be able to follow along and enjoy it? I invite you to share your thoughts and theories in the comments section. It's good to be back...

P.S. Here's a picture of the LOST cake I made for our premiere night viewing party.  The time jumping bunnies are my favorite part. :)