Why “The Cost of Living”? Because everyone has to make adjustments?
Whatever the meaning behind this name, this was a good episode for LOST fans: intense, well written and well acted, though quite dark.
Spoilers from tonight’s episode after the jump.
Links and Miscellanea
- Those LOST action figures you’ve been waiting for, designed by “Spawn” creator Todd MacFarlane, are about to be released for consumption. MacFarlane and Jorge Garcia (Hurley) will be there for the release.
- Here’s an interview of JJ Abrams with MTV (both text and streaming video). Not all of it is LOST-related, but here’s a bit that is: “[I]n our earliest meetings, we discussed introducing the Others and having this hatch, and we did discuss exactly what was really in the hatch. We knew that there was going to be some version of the Desmond character. We knew that ultimately it was going to be the survivors of Flight 815 versus the Others, but exactly who the players would be only got clear as we moved forward.” None of this is new, but it’s nice to be reminded now and then that the show isn’t exactly making it up as they go along. JJ also mentions that there will be a “very emotional” cliffhanger at the end of episode six, after which the show goes into its dreaded hiatus.
- A little tribute to LOST from the guys at Nobody’s Watching.
- The Tail Section has an interview with Matthew Fox about an upcoming football movie he’s been working on (with a little bit about LOST thrown in for good measure). Fox takes a fatalistic view of the possibility that Jack could be killed off: “I think that’s just part of the show, so yeah, that’s always in the back of my mind, but I don’t sweat it too much. If that times comes for Jack Shephard, it’s because that’s what is meant to happen in the story.”
- I’ve been complaining about the state of the Official LOST Podcast, but it turns out I owe an apology to Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. (Do I think they care about what I think? No, I do not.) The podcast has been rolling along, in glorious mp3 format, it turns out. I won’t apologize to ABC.com’s webmaster, who buried the podcasts somewhere within an incredibly non-intuitive and difficult to navigate website. But now I’m caught up, so here are some tidbits I’ve gleaned from the last three podcasts available here, here and here):
- Carl, the young man who used to occupy Kate’s cage, is a real Other, was really trying to escape, and really got beat up for his attempt.
- The Flame Station will be found sometime this season.
- Charlie and Claire will be two points in a LOST love triangle this season. The other person’s name was not revealed. Possibilities include Locke (as a carryover from last season), Desmond (whose actions last week were misinterpreted by Charlie) and Paolo (because he’s model-good-looking and hasn’t been given anything interesting to do yet this season.
- At some point, we’re going to get back to the Other’s suburban enclave. There’s also a very good possibility that we’ll see an Other’s flashbacks, which will reveal how things have evolved for the Others on the island.
- Not all of of the Others are at the Hydra Station, but there are other Others at different locations on the main island.
- Jai, Sun’s English tutor, was not murdered, but committed suicide. Also, Sun did, in fact, consummate her affair with Jai. (Both of these points were hotly disputed among LOST fans.) Also, Sun is unsure who the father of her child is, but will find out sometime this season.
- In the season premier, when Juliet listened to Petula Clark’s “Downtown” on CD, even though the jewel case she selected was the Talking Heads’ “Speaking in Tongues,” Lindelof implied that the song was switched during post-production (possibly due to difficulties with licensing?). If the producers had stuck with Talking Heads, my guess is that the song would have been “Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)” which opens with the lyrics, “Home is where I want to be/Pick me up and turn me round/I feel numb – burn with a weak heart/(So I) guess I must be having fun,” which fit the mood of the scene. On the other hand, track 1 would fit with Juliet’s book club selection (“Burning Down the House” and Stephen Kings’ Carrie, respectively).
- Damon Lindelof confirms the theory espoused by Entertainment Weekly columnist Doc J that LOST and Heroes share the same universe: “Totally true. And if Hiro can teleport ANYWHERE, wouldn’t YOU watch him team up with Hurley to find the rest of that four-toed statue?” Lindelof really knows how to excite the fanboy in all of us.
Observations and Speculations:
- So, I guess being seated in the tail section pretty much ensured a short life expectancy. Every major character from the tail section has now died (not including Bernard, who doesn’t seem to qualify as a major character. Have Rose and Bernard even appeared this year?)
- So here’s what we know about the Monster, along with a few of my own inferences: It’s a shape-shifter. It also steals corpses and assumes the form of the dead person. My guess at this time is that the appearance of Christian Shepherd in episode 1.5 “White Rabbit” was really the Monster toying with Jack. (Both Yemi and Christian’s bodies were missing, and there was something eerily familiar about the way that not-Yemi lured Eko into the jungle.) We also know that what Locke saw was a beautiful white light, apparently not black smoke. At some point, I’d like to find out that there’s a logic behind the Monster’s actions and that they are not completely capricious.
- I’m really going to miss Eko. And I’m certainly going to miss Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. He’s a really great actor, and I think his character could have been explored further. I’m guessing that he might have a cameo in a Charlie flashback later this season.
- Now we know why Eko was building a church on the beach: he owed Yemi one church.
- The best line of the show: “I guess he’ll be expecting us.” By the way, is it just me, or does Eyepatch Guy look an awfully lot like veteran character actor Ron Perlman? He didn’t get a guest starring credit, though, so it’s probably not.
- So can Jack trust Juliet? That’s a dangerous game she’s playing. Clearly, her and Ben are no longer on good terms, but what she’s proposing is sedition, treason and murder. Cool. Still, I have to wonder who she meant when she wrote that “
- The cue card video appears to have been filmed at Juliet’s home in the Others’ village—meaning on the main island. Who is she referring to when she wrote that “some of us want a change”? Does she have support from her own faction? So far, she seems like the only one who has openly defied Ben, though Alex seems to be willing to take some covert actions of her own.
- Nikki and Paolo aren’t really doing much for me. I hope the show figures out something to do with their characters.
- I like the new John Locke. He’s self-effacing, yet confident, willing to lead, but not ready to tell anyone what to do. He seems totally rejuvinated and ready to go into battle. This should be a good season for Locke after last season drained so much of his character.
- Once again we had a key piece of dialog repeated. “Don’t mistake coincidence for fate.” I’m still not sure what this means. (I think it can be interpreted two completely opposite ways). The first time we heard this line was from Eko to Locke, referring to the sliced piece of the Swan Station orientation film that was found in a bible in the Arrow station. Locke passed on this saying to Desmond.
- So now we know that the tumor is, in fact Ben’s. Why don’t the island’s miraculous healing powers work for him the way that they worked for Locke and Rose?
- Are the Others religious, or is Henry just toying with Jack in an attempt to get Jack to think it’s his destiny to save him? In this episode, we have Ben telling Jack that the fact that a spinal surgeon fell from the sky is evidence of God. Recall that last year (episode 2.18 “Dave”) Faux Henry Gale told Locke that God “can’t see this island any better than the rest of the world can.” And what’s with the hippy cult garb? (At some point, I expect a guest musical appearance from The Polyphonic Spree.)
- Can anyone identify the song that was playing at the funeral for me?
- What did Eko mean when he whispered with his dying breath to Locke, “You’re next?”
So, anyone catch anything I missed? Though I mourn the loss of Eko, this was a very good episode. Next week, we get a mini-finale, followed by a long hiatus. Until then, remember “Don’t mistake coincidence for fate.” Whatever that means.