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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Let's get LOST! (Episode 7, The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham)

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!

Another week, and another solid episode from the LOST writers! Locke ended up back in a wheelchair, went on a speaking tour for the Oceanic 6, gave a shout-out to Walt, paid homage at Helen's grave (sniff) and managed to work in a little resurrection on the side. I loved the scene with Locke and Walt. Loved it that Walt was having premonitions of what was going to happen to Locke once he got back on the island. If you think about it, we've been waiting a very long time to find out how Locke died. Last night we finally got our answer, and I wasn't the least bit surprised it was Ben. Evil little bug-eyed power-tripping freak! Let's get right to it and talk about our favorite moments from the evening...

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

Locke: "My name is John Locke. The last thing I remember was dying..."
tied with
Widmore and Abbadon showing up at the Tunisia Portal

I had a feeling that Locke would be resurrected when he made it back to the island. The guy is like a Timex - takes a liking and keeps on ticking. His mother was hit by a car and he was born prematurely (survived it), he was pushed out the window of a skyscraper (survived it) and got shot in the gut by Ben (and survived it). And if he really is the "savior" of the island, it would make sense for him to sacrifice his life and be brought back to life after being dead for three days, just like Christ (I'd have to check the timeline on that, but I'm pretty sure he was dead for three days). He really is special! Check out Locke's character page on Lostpedia for a really cool overview of everything he's been through, and an excellent timeline of his encounters with Richard Alpert through the years.

I didn't expect Widmore or Abbadon to show up again. I wonder how Widmore figured out that one of the time jumping portals dumps out in Tunisia? This was the first time that I kind of, sort of, actually... liked... Widmore. Is he really the good guy? Abbadon's character was cool too. Too bad he was short lived. Last night he told Locke, "I'm just the driver." I want to go back and watch the episode where he was the orderly in the hospital pushing Locke around in the wheelchair. I'm almost certain he said the same thing to him then as well.

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

Locke: "No... I'm not special... I failed..."

Locke's suicide scene was heartwrenching. His character has taken some interesting twists and turns. He started out as the creepy weird guy, until we saw his backstory ("Don't tell me what I can't do!") and then I really liked him a lot more. Then he got obsessed with the island and went into a really dark period where I really didn't like him. Locke is his own worst enemy sometimes (in his life in the real world and on the island). He doesn't care about anyone else, just the island, so any warm feelings I'd had for him were gone... until last night. Especially when they touched upon his backstory with Helen, and then Kate and Jack were so mean to him, I felt so sorry for Locke. He's such a messed up guy. I hope the writers redeem his character, like they have Charlie and some of the others. Even if he can't be happy, I hope they give him some peace. The suicide scene last night reminded me of exactly why Terry O'Quinn won the Emmy for his work on LOST. Dude has some serious acting skills!

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

Caesar: How long have you been away?
Locke: Uh...the timeline would just confuse you...

This show was all serious business, so this was about the only funny line I remember. Although the scene with Hurley was funny too, when he thought Locke was just another ghost who'd come to visit him like Charlie and Mr. Eko.

Locke-centric episodes used to be frequent in the first couple of seasons, but not lately. So it was fun and interesting to have a show centered on him again. It's interesting that Locke is, in some ways, naive and susceptible to being "played" by con men (i.e. his not-father conning him out of a kidney) and last night he was conned by both Widmore and Ben (in my opinion). My biggest question after watching this show, is who's the good guy? What are Widmore and Ben’s true motives? Seems to me that both of them think they should be “ruling” on the island. Ben originally usurped Widmore and exiled him, and Widmore’s been trying to go back and reclaim his throne ever since. Then Ben discovered that Jacob “chose” Locke and spoke to him in the cabin, and has been threatened by Locke ever since, and has been sour that the island “chose” Locke as their leader. So, who is the real king of the island? Do Widmore and Ben really want to help Locke take his rightful place? Or are they all still vying for the crown?

I got chills when Widmore said there's a war coming. And if Locke isn't on he island when it happens, then the wrong side is going to win. I can't wait to see what the writers have in store for us next! Until next week, let's chat! Who do you think is the "good" guy? What are your thoughts on our new Nikki and Paolo? (i.e. Caesar and Ilana) Will Walt ever go back to the island? Why did the Oceanic 6 get purple-light-beamed onto the island while the rest of the plane just crashed? Are you happy to hear that we'll get to see more of Lapidus? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Let's get LOST! (Episode 6 - 316)

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!

Normally I would do a quick recap of the show here, before discussing my favorite moments of the evening.  However, I've been sick with worry and find myself only wanting to talk about one thing... did Ben kill Penny?  Before he left, he said, "Oh, I made a promise to an old friend of mine--just a loose end that needs tying up."  Then we see him at a boat dock, covered in blood, obviously from a fight of some kind.  Penny was on a boat.  Ben promised Widmore he would kill his daughter in exchange for Widmore's men killing Alex.  I cannot even begin to tell you how nervous I am that he killed her.  I hope he just tried and Desmond showed up in the nick of time and beat the tar out of him instead.  As I try to calm my anxious thoughts for Penny, let's try to talk about my favorite moments from the evening...

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

Ms. Hawking:  "This is the Lamppost..."
Tied with
Voice on Intercom:  "Welcome to Ajira Airlines, this is your Captain, Frank J. Lapidus..."
Tied with
Jin in a Dharma jumpsuit!!!

There were so many shocker moments, I have no ability to pick just one.  First of all, we knew Ms. Hawking had that weird underground time travel lab with the pendulum, but I had no idea it was going to be a Dharma station.  How wild was that?  And I didn't even see it coming when Lapidus ended up being the pilot on the plane.  I wonder if he got zapped to the island with everyone else?  I liked his character, so I wouldn't mind if he stuck around for a little while this season.  And what was up with Jin in the brand new Dharma van, wearing a Dharma "workman" jumpsuit?  Is he undercover?  Has he been brainwashed and succumbed to the Dharma propaganda?  The van looked brand new, does that mean it's the seventies and that's "when" we are?

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

Hurley: "No, no - check the computer again.  I bought up all those tickets.  Hugo Reyes.  They're all in my name."
Airline Attendant:  "But sir, these passengers are waiting to travel..."
Hurley:  "They can wait for the next one."

I wouldn't call this scene so much as heartbreaking, but more heartwarming.  Hurley is such a sweet spirit, always thinking about others.  He's such a loving person.  The fact that he tried to save any other passengers from being killed in a second airplane crash reminded me of all the other times he's looked out for other people, like when he built the golf course to give the survivors a distraction and some stress relief.  Or when he passed out food to everyone, and stopped to give pregnant Claire two meals instead of one.  Or even when he got the flight manifest and tried to account for the living and the dead, and suggested they have a funeral for the deceased.  In a very quiet way, Hurley truly is the best kind of hero on this show.

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

Lapidus slowly scans the airplane cabin, sees all the Oceanic 6 on board, realization dawns, and he says: "We're not going to Guam, are we?"
Tied with
Jack: "How can you read?" (i.e. at a time like this)
Ben: "My mother taught me."

I love the change that comes over Lapidus' face, when he recognizes that all Oceanic 6 are on the plane, and his matter-of-fact delivery of the line "We're not going to Guam, are we?"  I really do hope he gets zapped to the island so we can see more of him.  His character brings a fun dynamic to the group, especially because he's not "in" on all the island business, but just rolls with it anyway.  

And how surreal is it, to see Ben just hanging out with Jack and the other Oceanic 6?  It was only a few months ago that he was lying about who he was and they had he locked in a gun safe and Sayid was beating him senseless.  It was only a month or two ago that Jack nearly killed him on the operating table.  It was only a month or two ago that Ben had Kate locked up in a cage.  Ah, memories...  so weird to see him sitting on a plane, reading a book, like just an ordinary person.  But he's still the ruthless Ben... I wanted to smack him when Jack asked him what was going to happen to all the other people on the plane and Ben said, "Who cares?"  The man is evil, evil, evil, I tell you.  But that doesn't mean I couldn't help but laugh at his "reading" line to Jack.

Okay, that was a nice diversion from my anxious worry over Penny's fate... but now I'm worried again, not just for Penny but for Aaron.  What in the world did Kate do with Aaron?  And what of all things could it possibly be, that she would demand that Jack not ask her about it?  And how in the world could Jack "get it on" with her in such a weird situation?  I don't know about you, but baby-killing is not a turn-on for me.  For now, I will wonder if it's silly to pray for the safety of fictional characters, while you leave me a comment and let me know what some of your favorite moments were.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Let's get LOST! (Episode 4, This Place is Death)

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!

Last night we saw the return of Smokey, and saw the terrible demise of Rousseau's crew. We saw the Oceanic 6 reunited briefly, then split apart again. We saw the frozen donkey wheel rocking off its axis and Jacob/Christian Shepard made another cryptic appearance. It's amazing that after four seasons, this show still has me completely invested and engaged in the story. Last night I found myself getting very nervous for some characters, rooting for some, getting teary-eyed over others. What a great show, that they can still elicit those responses from me. Kudos to the writers! Here are my favorite moments from the evening...

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

Charlotte: I'm remembering something...when I was a child... this man came to me, he scared me. He told me I could never come back to the island or I would die.
Faraday: Why are you telling me this?
Charlotte: Because, I think that man was you!

Over and over again, the writers have said (and have had characters say) that one of the time-travel rules they follow is "you can't change what happens" either in the future or the past, but it seems to me that they keep breaking this rule. Jin met Rousseau in the past. Desmond changed the past (although we were told he is "special.") And now it looks like Faraday is changing events. First, he sends a virtual telegram to the Desmond of the future by talking to crazy-in-the-hatch-Desmond and making a new memory for him. Then it's implied that he goes to talk to Charlotte in the past to try and save her. I've asked this question once before and I'll ask it again - is Faraday "special" like Desmond, and the rules don't apply to him? I also noticed he hasn't gotten a nosebleed yet. Is that because he has a constant? Also, did you notice we received confirmation that Eloise (blond rifle girl from the Others) = Mrs. Hawking = Faraday's mother.

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

Charlotte: Mummy never lets us have chocolate before dinner...

I wonder if my last thought before I die will be about chocolate... Even though we didn't really get to know Charlotte very well, I still felt really sad and teared up a little when she died. Although, we should know by now not to get too sad, because no one is ever really dead on this show. Either they show up in flashbacks, or as a formation of the smoke monster, or they resurrect (as Christian Shepard seems to have done, and, as I suspect, Locke is going to do in the near future). I know some people thought Charlotte was annoying, but I was interested in her, and still hope we get to find out more about her and her backstory later. Even if we don't see any more of her, the writers did gift her with one of the best and most chilling lines on the show ever... "This place is death!"

On a side note, I also had a bittersweet moment when we saw Rousseau's music box on the beach. It made me sad. I kinda miss her presence on the show. She brought an interesting counterpoint to the group dynamic. I also wonder about her crew and if we will see any more of their story or if that's it. She had said they'd gotten sick but obviously the story is a little more complicated than that. I wonder if Smokey had possessed them, and they were after Rousseau to bring her baby to the Others. Still not sure I understand all of that backstory.

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

Sawyer: Jin!!!
(tied with)
Ben: If you're going to shoot me, then let's go ahead and get it over with...

Again, if there were any funny moments last night, I can't seem to remember them, but the way Sawyer bounded over to Jin when he saw him and gave him a big bear-hug made me smile. Also, I'm not sure it was supposed to come across as humorous, but Ben losing his temper in the van reminded me of a parent threatening to "turn this car around" if their unruly kids don't behave and for a moment it was pretty funny. I have to hand it to the writer's again though, for letting Ben have a human moment of frustration. Everyone has been showing him distrust at every turn and constantly talking about how evil he is (in his presence) I'm not surprised that he finally got tired of it. If he was a one-dimensional evil villain on any other show, the writers wouldn't have had the presence of mind to write that scene.

Another solid episode, don't you think? I'm looking forward to our meeting with Mrs. Hawking next week. Until then, leave me a comment and let me know what some of your favorite moments were.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Let's get LOST! (Episode 3, The Little Prince)

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!

Last night's show was something we don't get very often - an ensemble-type episode, where no one character was really at the forefront, which was a fun change. However, I think I shall refer to it as the "Nosebleed Episode." I'm guessing that's why Ben/Mrs. Hawking said they had a 70 hour window to get back to the island... if they don't make it back in time, everyone is going to pull a Minkowski, and die a horrible, lost-in-time death... with bloody noses, no less. Yuck.

Sun was still up to no good. That woman is consumed by her grief. Jack has yet to exhibit signs of withdrawals from his meds. Kate chased after the evil lawyer, only to discover later that it was a ploy by Ben all the long, to shake her up and convince her to go back to the island with Aaron. Sawyer continued to be his cranky self, and we got to meet Rousseau when she was young and pregnant and not crazy yet. The Oceanic Six are slowly being pulled together. All they have to do is convince crazy Sun to go with them, and get Hurley out of jail and Locke out of the freezer. Once they are together, how will they go back? And will they make it in time? Until we find all that out, here are my favorite moments of the evening...

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

One word - JIN!

Yes!!! Jin is alive! How awesome and unexpected of a shocker was this? I can't tell you how happy I am that they decided to keep him on the show. I'm not a 'shipper (someone who is all caught up with the romantic relationships on this show) but Jin and Sun have been through so much together, I really want them to have a happy ending. They've still got a long ways to go - physically (through time and space) and emotionally (Sun) but I'm rooting for them! I also feel like Jin hasn't been able to reach his full potential in the story either. I see him having a few heroic moments in the future...

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

Sawyer: "I saw Kate..."

Again, like I said, I'm not really into the romantic relationships on this show, but my heart broke for poor lovelorn Sawyer, when he saw Kate in the past, but couldn't talk to her (for fear of freaking out the space-time continuum). The Kate/Sawyer/Jack love triangle was mildly interesting to me in the past, but this morning I found myself genuinely curious and wondering - who is Kate going to end up with? Sawyer is obviously head-over-heels for her, but then there was that scene on the Searcher, when Jack asked Kate if she was with him (on the plan to lie) and she said, "I've always been with you." and the answer seemed laden with deeper meaning. Where does Kate's heart truly lie?

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

A boat full of people are shooting at the Losties...
The purple light in the sky starts to crank up, signaling a time jump...

Sawyer: Thank you Lord!

I love it that every now and then, the writers will have a character say something that reflects what we all (the viewers) are thinking. Normally they give lines like that to Hurley, when he says what a normal person would, when placed in some of the ridiculous situations that the island has to offer. The main characters face down the island's dangers with grim looks and squared jaws, while Hurley points out, "Dude, was that a smoke monster?" Lately, they've been giving these lines to Sawyer. He's having such a human/true reaction to the island time-jumping. Everyone else seems to be going along for the ride without really questioning it. Sawyer is cursing at the sky one minute, then thanking God the next, that they're jumping out of a dangerous situation. He's not out to save the world. He's a simple guy; he just wants to camp out on the beach with a Dharma beer and his main squeeze Kate. His frustration is genuine and very human.

This was another fun episode. Leave me a comment and let me know what some of your favorite moments were. How do you think they're going to get back to the island? Who is Kate going to end up with? Why was this episode called "The Little Prince"? Let's discuss!