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...