Thursday, January 22, 2009

LOST S5 Premiere: Because You Left & The Lie

It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
-Chuck Palahniuk

Sigh, well, we're back, and better than ever. Holy schnikeys, all over the spectrum with the scene jumping! Not just flash backs and flash forwards, oh no, now the whole island has to literally jump through time! They could go anywhere with this now. I mean, the British WWII era looking soldiers coming after Sawyer and Julliette in the night? I hope we get to see Rousseau again, and I hope at some point we will meet some Greeks building a certain statue... So last season was- island time: them getting off, present time: what has happened to the lives of the Oceanic 6 to get them to this point. This season seems to be- island time: what happened to them after the 6 left, present time: getting back to the island. Maybe the new surprising twist next season, as the final season, will be that there are no flashes and it is all just done in real time on the island. It would be very interesting (boring?) to watch LOST not jumping all over.

Interesting intro with Daniel spying on the original Dharma. (Or is he somehow actually a part of the original Dharma, dun dun duh!) Dr. 'Candle,' (who goes by different names in the different videos we've seen of him) had a wife and a baby on the island. Was the baby conceived and born on the island? Was having babies on the island not a problem until the Dharma Initiative did something to mess things up? Is the baby we saw Miles or related to him? If so, perhaps Miles wanted to stay there to try to find the ghosts of his lost relatives or finish their work.

Riddle me this: With the island jumping around to different times, say they jump to a time when Juliette is in the camp with the Others- would she vanish from the camp and be where she is with Sawyer, assuming that a person can't exist in two places at once? When we saw Desmond, he wasn't physically in two places at once because they were in the past on the island and he's a wild card anyway. Also, why don't Richard and his people also move when the island moves? "I didn't go anywhere John, you did." Why? Because he already existed in all of the times they go to? If they bring Locke back to the island will he become alive again or be a ghost like Christian Shepherd?

Uh oh, Charlotte needs a Constant. Why can't Daniel just be her Constant since they have been together in all of her 'times.' Maybe if the polar bear isn't dead yet in one of their time jumps it can be her Constant (The first flash we had of Charlotte was her with a group who discovered a polar bear in the Tunisian desert where Ben got spit out after turning the wheel. Oh well, different polar bear anyway ;) Wouldn't all of them need Constant's though? If whatever is happening to her is NOT a Constant issue, then what is it Daniel isn't telling her? We know that she was born on the island and is sort of there to discover her past, but not whether she was conceived on the island. If she was in fact conceived there and some how cheated death when she was born, maybe now that she is back it (fate, death) is catching up with her. She mentioned forgetting her mother's maiden name, but did she know her mother or did her mother die when she was born? Maybe she is more affected than everyone because she has been to the island before. What is the connection between Daniel and Charlotte anyway? I always simply thought that he was a little enamoured of her, but right when he realised what was happening to her he told Desmond to find his mother- are they somehow related?

So Ms. Hawking, the mystical old lady that we saw in a couple of Desmond flashes, is back. Is she Daniel's mom that he told Desmond to find? He told Des to find his mom at Oxford, which is also where Des found Daniel in the past when he had to make Penny his Constant. In the recap episode before the premiere, Damon and Carlton (the show writer/producers) reminded us of the fact that all of these people are interconnected, and said that there are still more connections to be revealed, so that is all I could think when the mystic lady showed up again. I suppose she could be related to Charlotte. Who are these other off-island people like the butcher lady (who's name I can't remember) that follow Ben anyway? Are they like Ben and have been sort of kicked off the island but are still connected to it and, like Ben, want to get back?

70 hours left Ben? Really? They've been off of the island for three years and all of a sudden you have 70 hours left to get everyone back and save the island? It is a little unnerving seeing Ben sort of frantic and not calm and collected like usual. Has the island been jumping around through time for the whole three years that they've been gone and its going to implode or something if they don't stop it? Was Ben wasting valuable time all of those years by using Sayid and exacting his on revenge on Whidmore's group? Ooh, or, if they are going for the whole, Locke is a Christlike figure and has to die to redeem/save them all, then its been a day since he died, 70 hours is about three days... rising in three days... how long has he been dead already though? Even though he knows he has to die, I still have a hard time seeing Locke killing himself. Maybe we will see him change a lot by the time he leaves the island.

Are Hurley's visions getting more elaborate? Anna Lucia had a whole car. Sweet scene. 'Thanks Anna Lucia,' 'Libby says hi' ;) Its interesting that Hurley sees his ghosts as they were before the island, not how he actually knew them. I wonder if the spectres get to choose their guise or if its just Hurley's subconscious. PS, Anna Lucia distinctly told you to avoid the police, Hurley!

Does Sun have it in for Ben and Jack? (And possibly still Kate, despite what she said?) I kind of like seeing Sun as the Ice Queen. Did Ben sick the police on Kate to get her willing to go back or did Sun do it as some kind of vengeance? I'd really like to know what Sun knows and discover her true motives if they are more than retribution. Question: If when they go back it has to be forever, what about Sun's baby girl? (Who, by the way, looked way too little in that photo- shouldn't she be like 2 1/2 or so my now? Maybe Sun is away too much to have a recent photo? Hmmm. Maybe, if we want to be morbid, the child died and Sun has lost even more than just Jin... perhaps with her grief she has become a dangerous combination of both crazy and calculating, like Ben)

(What did Ben take out of the vent at the hotel and stick in his bag?)

Hated Neil, the new island castaway extra. All I could think of when he got shot with the fiery arrow was, 'about time.' I almost wonder if the writers threw him in there and made him especially annoying as sort of a funny ode to the whole Paolo/Nikki incident. ;) Also, about the flaming arrows- what time was that in? Seems a bit of an archaic weapon choice. Also, why do these people just start shooting instead of trying to be friends or at least just take hostages or something.

Favorite lines of the night:
Ben- That's the spirit
Sawyer- Shut it Ginger!
Hurley- You know maybe if you ate more comfort food, you wouldn't have to go around shooting people Richard- It points North, John
Miles - I think its Mr. Wizard
Hurley- I like Shih Tzus, Register girl- It looks like you heart them
- And I love, love, love Hurley's island recap to his mom! (And Hurley throwing the hot pocket at Ben ;)

Below are other thoughts, by much more clever people (with my two cents thrown in here & there) :P

Two warnings from two spectral entities about a specific person never referred to by name, only the deliberately unspecified pronoun ''him.'' In both cases, the ''him'' would seem to be Aaron. But what if they were referring to someone else? Look again at the warnings, but ignore the ''he'' and instead note the verbs:
''You're not supposed to RAISE him. Don't BRING HIM BACK, Kate. Don't you dare BRING HIM BACK.''
My theory? Jack isn't being dissuaded from raising children. And Kate isn't being beseeched to keep Aaron away from the Island. No, both of these characters are being told the same thing: They are being warned against resurrecting a dead man.
You're not supposed to raise him ... FROM THE DEAD. Don't you dare bring him back ... TO LIFE.
I also think it seems like they're setting Locke up to be a Christ-figure – sacrificing his life to save the others and then his body being taken from the tomb/funeral parlor. I'm just waiting for him to be resurrected.
When Richard was explaining to Locke that he needed to get the Oceanic 6 back to save the island, I started to wonder why the island needed them. But the island is jumping time back and forth, much like Desmond was before he made contact with Penny. Are the Oceanic 6 the island's Constant? Or at least the people who are time jumping? (if this is the case, would that make them Jacob's Constant since he represents the island?)
I think we know how Richard knew Locke was special and visited when he was a kid. Locke must have visited him in the distant past and spiked Richards curiosity in Locke causing him to follow Locke his entire life.
Since Locke has to die to help the island, according to Richard Alpert, Locke is probably a messianic type character who will rise again in three days. That is why Ben did not confirm it when Jack asked in the funeral home if Locke was really dead. Also, when Ben went to the butcher shop, the discussion never mentioned that Locke was dead.It seems that the island controls time for everyone (people in the world and on the island) and if it gets completely screwed up, it will affect everyone as the old woman (who is probably Daniel Faraday's mother and is also the creepy woman from the bookstore that Desmond met in season 2 and is the person that Desmond has to find in Oxford) told Ben "god help us all." The Oceanic Six have to go back to the island to make everything right again with the space-time continuum. (Hmmm, so not just to save the island but to save the world? Is this LOST or Heroes?)


Did you notice that the compass that Richard gave to Locke is the one Locke will give him in the past, which Richard will in turn question Locke about as a child...although kid Locke makes the wrong choice.


If the man behind the curtain is a woman (Ms. Hawking, the real Mr. Wizard), is she pitting all the survivors from different time periods against each other?


Looks like the mechanics of the island and its connection to time travel were in fact in place before Dharma came to town, if that scene with Faraday and Dr. Candle/Chang and the wheel is true. And Dharma just wanted to harness that power?In any event, it looks like Faraday has traveled in time before. So that's how he understands this whole thing. And not just because he's studied it. So does that mean he came to the island to study time travel intentionally (before this) or does it mean the island came to him?

Charlotte mentions that for a moment, she couldn't remember her mother's maiden name. Now, we know that the comment, combined with bloddy nose, was to let us know she is having the same issue that Desmond had last season. But, her mother must be involved. Combined with Charlotte's previous comment about trying to find out where she was from, I still think her mom is...Annie, Ben's childhood bud (Ooh, I like this- I always hoped that Annie would pop back up at some point since she seemed so important to childhood Ben, and is probably the woman who Julliette 'looked so much like,' and she was very purposefully NOT shown as dead when Ben whiped out Dharma...)


So, Dan was on the island before the hatch was built or was it some type of time travel that he was there when they were drilling? It would explain how his brains got scrambled (remember when we first met Dan he was crying over the plane crash but didn't know why). He was probably messing around with the "energy" on the island and cooked his brains. He would no longer be of use to them and that could be why they let him go home and why they wanted him to go back. Also, seems like now we see that Dan has a prior connection to island, we think Charlotte does and my guess is we will find out what …. 's is too. That is why they chose those three to go on the mission back to the island on the freighter.


I was thinking back to Desmond's flash where he saw Claire and the baby getting on a helicopter and getting off of the island. Since we have been told many times that you can't change events, then this must be the end when they all get saved. Desmond told Charlie that through his sacrifice they would all be saved.

YOU CAN'T ESCAPE YOUR FATE — BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THE DETAILS. This was dramatized by Desmond's repeated attempts to save Charlie's life. Desmond would get flashes of the future. He'd see how Charlie was going to bite it — by drowning; by lightning strike; by booby trap — and he would intercede. But eventually, Fate brainstormed a scenario that could kill Charlie. So Fate is both fixed and flexible. Again, it's like Lost. The unchangeable master plan consists only of major milestones. But the route that connects these markers can be found along the way.
So here's my theory. There is a war being waged among various people that have knowledge of Fate's master plan. They know they can't change the unchangeable events — but they're not trying to. What they're trying to change are the details that facilitate those milestones. And those details can include the shape and form of entire lives. The Island is the central battleground for this war, and a final conflict is looming, one which will determine the singular, settled shape of history itself. Many things are at stake, including the very existence of a man who has always lurked in the jungle shadows — a dead man who might yet live again: Jack's father, Christian Shepherd.
This is the answer to the Mystery of the Empty Tomb — er, the Empty Coffin: Christian Shepherd, the man with the Jesus pun name, is not dead. He's not quite alive, either — not yet. It all depends on the final battle, one that will be settled, no doubt, by a choice that will be made by Jack. If he chooses one way, the timeline takes a form in which Christian remains dead. Jack will go to Australia to rescue his father from a drunken bender and find him in a morgue. If he chooses another way, the timeline takes another form — one in which Jack goes to Australia, finds his father alive, and brings him back... on Oceanic 815.
Until this issue is resolved, poor Christian flickers between existence and non-existence, much in the same way video game characters do right after they get killed but just before they re-enter the game with new life. Of course, if this theory is correct, and if Jack chooses Door No. 2, then it begs the question: How might Lost be different if Jack's father was among the surviving castaways?

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