Thursday, May 7, 2009

LOST: Follow the Leader

Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace. -Eugene O'Neill

Shucks, I wanted a Richard flash back of him dressed as a pharaoh. PS, if he's all immortal and the island heals or whatever, why does he need reading glasses? Also, kind of disappointing that he is not all-knowing and didn't know where Locke had been the last three years. If he really didn't, that is. The Others get less and less mysterious to me- now we know they have just been going through secret tunnels to get around. When they were talking about the tunnels all I could think of was the party scene in Nacho Libre!

Well, so, judging by the way Charles was touching Eloise's belly just before she led them to the bomb, it seems that she was in fact with child, with Daniel, when she shot Daniel. I really like the casting for young Ellie and Charles. Whenever we see the Others camp and all of them running around now, I always get excited for the possibilities of who they all are. It would be sweet if we heard one of the 70s Others referred to as, say, Christian.

I have to say, I didn't completely mind Jack getting beat up a little bit. I'm glad Jack has a goal and it trying to take some initiative now and all, but he is sure driving me nuts right now. That's rough, Jack, telling Kate you would basically rather forget her and all of your time together completely. Nice to see a sincere smile out of him when Sayid decided to come along. Aaah, Sayid, it hasn't been the same without you these last few weeks, my violent, tormented friend. Still not sure if things can be changed in the past. We already know that the things happening right now really did happen- evacuating women and children from the island (which I suppose could explain where Ben's little friend Annie went, if they ever come back to that). So, is what Jack is trying to accomplish just history repeating itself thought he thinks it is different, or is he going to accomplish what Daniel wanted and next season will be like a new Season 1 where they don't know each other? Except that this time, we would already know a lot about them. Wow, that would make me feel like an Other.

Favorite line of the night from the surprising voice of reason, Kate- 'since when did shooting kids and blowing up hydrogen bombs become okay?'

I love how John has a constant smile on his face like he's high. When he was comforting Sun on the beach I just wanted to give him a big hug in that moment. Getting cocky there with the whole Jacob speech though. (Those Others really are lemmings- maybe Smokey has had his way with most of them). So if the island is speaking to John, is it telling him to kill Jacob or did he just come to that on his own? Did the island tell him HOW to kill him? What is the point of lying to Sun about his intentions? Just to keep her from running off and doing something rash? Also, did he invite Ben with him and Richard to flaunt his island connection or because despite his seeming surety he really is wary of Ben being out of his sight? Interesting that he told Ben his real plans. It is very much like John to be blatantly honest, but with New John, could it be that he is now the one manipulating Ben? I got a little chill with that moment of camaraderie with Richard and Ben about John being trouble- watch your back there Locke. You might get a knife in it like the one you put in Naomi. More of making the same thing happening by recreating what you think is supposed to happen with John having Richard go and help him. How can you be so sure John, that just because that already happened to you that it is what SHOULD happen. If you hadn't sent Richard off to tell you to go bring back the others and die doing it, you probably would have stayed on the island and Sawyer and Juliette could have stayed in their Pleasantville and Miles could have gotten to know his father. I guess the big problem there is that maybe if you hadn't turned the donkey wheel the island would have kept rapidly time jumping and poor Miles, Daniel, (too late for Charlotte) Sawyer, Jin and Juliette's heads would have exploded.

I love Juliette and Sawyer, both so cool under pressure. They had some sweet moments in this episode, with him calling her sweetheart and looking out for her and their conversation in the dock. When he said, 'ladies first' I held my breath for a moment thinking he was going to send her off without him, but nope! He really is content leaving the island and everyone to be with Juliette! But now Kate ... I know it wasn't your intention, but way to fuel the fire that is the love quadrangle. She does seem to still love Jack though. A lot of people are still suspicious of Juliette, and while I think its probably true that she still knows some things that she hasn't said yet, I don't think that she is being purposefully deceiving to protect the Others or anything like that. I think all she ever wanted was a normal life where she could help people and be loved and that she had that for a while with Sawyer. She always has it for a while and it never lasts. I'm definitely worried about her and of what she is capable of doing to protect her own. She's very good at putting up her walls and putting on her indifferent face, but she is much more emotionally fragile than she likes people to know. I am also kind of wondering (though I hope not) if she will get killed and make 'James' revert back to 'Sawyer.' They have said that a main character and also a main-ish character would die by the end of this season. I think Daniel was the main-ish, so I am getting worried. It doesn't look like the sub is going to get far, so a drowning of one of our three on the sub is out. With gun-happy Dharma, a goal to blow a hydrogen bomb and a group trekking through the jungle to confront an unhinged phantom ruler... well, there are plenty of options for potential demise.

Horace, I'm glad your hair is in a ponytail. It makes you a little less pansy annoying. A little. I also love the Sasquatch pose of Kate in the video they showed Sawyer, haha.

Love Hurley trying to keep up with the logic of Chang. I'd still like some back story on why he is hauling a (Charlie's?) guitar case around with him. We still don't know why/how he ended up so calmly on the plane to come back. Again, Charlie? Oh, and I'm glad Miles got some daddy closure. We don't see a lot of THAT on this show.

Other Thoughts:

Great blog, great theory, check it out:
John referred to his wounded self as "him" not "me." He no longer thinks of himself as the same as before his transformation- i.e. his death and rebirth.
Furthering the idea that Jacob is Christian. I'm not sure how this works timeline wise, but a few episodes back I suggested that Locke needed to be murdered because Christian was also murdered. If Christian is indeed an incarnation of Jacob, then Locke needing to murder him would back that up.

Ben is so jealous of John! Their argument about who's met Jacob and who talks to the island was hilarious! The irony is that Ben actually gave John his new abilities by killing him and bringing him back to the island. John Locke is taking over control of the game, and Ben is the one who put him in power...

So now we have the age-old question: If you could go back to the Garden of Eden and return to a life free of pain, would you? LOST translation (via Jack): “Put things back the way they were supposed to be. All the misery we’ve been through will be wiped clean.” But then you’d also have to give up the depth of experience having knowledge of both good and evil brings. LOST translation (via Kate): “It wasn’t all misery.”

Talk about ruining a sweet, romantic moment between Sawyer and Juliet. Kate's the biggest 3rd wheel I ever saw. Awwwwwwkwark!!!!Eloise’s catchphrase: “Let’s get started.” She said it to Ben, Jack and Sun in the church that houses the Lamp Post. Tonight she says it to Jack, Sayid and Richard in the Temple that houses Jughead.
I kind of like how it was noted that Richard has been a kind of advisor for a very long time...we know that leaders of the Others come and go (Widemore, Ben, now Locke) but Richard is a CONSTANT...Also, with the maze of tunnels under the island it explains how Richard easily escaped detection when he got into the Dharma campsite the night Sawyer, Juliet, Miles and Faraday arrived 3 years ago...why all the tunnels and more hieroglyphs? I don't think Richard is an Other, he's more connected to the island and I believe it's Egyptian background...I'm also wondering how Widemore and other Others got on the island? I think there was probably a group of Others that Richard worked with when the Blackrock wrecked, and somehow Widmore gets there in the 1950's related to his military experience (he was a young man in military uniform the first time we met him in 1954) - the island must somehow direct people there when it needs to...

Widmore knew Eloise was pregnant. This is what he said (I always have the closed-captioning on). "What? Are you insane? I'm worried about you. Not in your condition." (as her touches her belly)

Was that a replica of the Black Rock that Richard was building into the bottle? Does he have a special affection for the Black Rock? Maybe it was the vessel that brought him to the Island. Shipwrecking on the Island in 1845 certainly would have given him opportunity to be its advisor for a “very, very long time.” ( I like the idea of him being even older than that )
I am just wondering about John Locke....Goes back to the line two weeks ago when Ben told Sun 'DEAD IS DEAD..."....Maybe,John IS dead and someone else's "spirit" is inhabiting LOCKE'S BODY??? Espeicially after that WHOPPER last line! And what about RICHARD'S line to Ben-"John seems more trouble than we thought..." I think that LOCKE is trying to put RICHARD on the spot IN FRONT of everyone to "prove" JACOB is a "MADE UP MYTH" to serve someones purpose. Another "theory is every time JOHN believes something is not true-it ends up he is DEAD wrong and he regrets it-season 2 and the STOP PUSHING OF THE BUTTON is one clear example.

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