Enough talk about the Democrats taking Congress and Britney dumping K-Fed. Let’s get back to what really matters: LOST.
Spoilers and such about the “fall finale” after the jump.
Links and Miscellanea:
- Details from the official podcast:
- Carlton Cuse said that Eko was killed because of a deal that the producers had struck with AAA that he would only be on the show for a year. Same deal with Michelle Rodriguez last season.
- There was a discussion of the ambiguity in the last line of last week’s episode. When Locke says, “We’re next,” Eko’s words must have been “Your next,” which could refer either to the group or to Locke individually.
- The fate of Cyndy, the Tailie flight attendant, and the children snatched from the tail section beach will be revealed in the second part of the season.
- Cuse and Lindelof confirm again that the Monster is not made up of nanobots.
- The book that Juliet picked for the book club was, in fact, Carrie (as I pointed out to readers of this blog the night of the season premier—points for me!).
- Get your DHARMA fish biscuit on eBay.
- Writer Gregg Nations over at the Fuselage has denied speculation that Eye Patch guy is former Hatch dweller and mapmaker Radzinsky. Radzinsky’s dead. One thing the producers and writers have been consistent about is that dead people in the LOST universe stay dead. The only way he could show up would be as a flashback (or, I suppose, as a manifestation of the Black Smoke Monster). Incidentally, Eye Patch Guy is apparently played by Andrew Divoff, not Ron Perlman. (†The Lost Blog)
- San Francisco Chronicle writer Tim Goodman has made a list of characters he’d like to see die. Inexplicably, Charlie didn’t even make the list, while Paolo and Nikki only made it as high has 6 and 7. (†TV Squad) Though I don’t agree with the list, I do find it refreshing to see a TV columnist write something other than the “lost-has-lost-me” whine that’s quickly becoming passÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©.
- In a NY Times article about Michael Emersen/Ben Linus/Faux Henry Gale, Emerson offers this quality speculation about who the Others are: “The Others, I think, have some great enemy, but IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m not sure who it is. DoesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t it seem like theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re commandos, like theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re fighting some kind of guerrilla war? Maybe they are fighting people they were once in league with. Then you get the whole thing of, What is the island? What is the experiment? What is the Dharma Initiative? What was going on there all those years? I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t know. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s just fun to think about.” Yes. Yes, it is.
- Seems that LOST has started another TV trend. According to this article, the (inferior) TV serial drama Jericho will also be going into hiatus, followed by no-repeat episodes beginning in February.
Observations and Speculations:
- Overall, I have to say that this episode was somewhat less than I expected. Most of the island time was spent setting up the cliffhanger scenario. Kate’s flashbacks didn’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know (recall that Kate fessed up to having been married during “Outlaws,” episode 1.16, when she and Sawyer were playing “I never” beside a campfire). Locke’s reveal (the message on Eko’s stick) had been discussed here weeks ago. I’m not saying it was a bad episode—it wasn’t bad at all—but it was somewhat less than I expected.
- Yes, those were Oceanic Airlines tickets to Costa Rica that Kevin (aka Capt. Reynolds of the spaceship Serenity) was presenting to Monica (aka Kate).
- The best thing about this episode was the way that it totally rehabilitated Jack’s character. In the process of cutting into Ben’s spine, Jack suddenly developed a backbone of his own. Unfortunately, his lack of information makes his play pretty unstable.
- By the way, we did get one oblique nugget. Other Danny Picket, on his way to execute Sawyer, mentioned that “Shepherd wasn’t even on Jacob’s list.” Is Jacob Ethan’s real name? (Probably.) Or is Jacob someone we don’t know. Watch for Jacob references later in the season. If nothing else, we know now that Jack was not considered one of the “good” ones for list-making purposes.
- We also got to see Alex, Rousseau’s daughter, make a reappearance, and she’s pretty good with a slingshot. The subplot is a little murky, but we know that Carl, the former occupant of Kate’s bear cage, is her boyfriend, and that she thinks he’s been killed. We also know that Juliet lied to Ben about whether Alex asked about him. What is most unclear to me is what Alex is doing on the Alcatraz island to begin with.
- Locke is acting a bit like Jack was acting in season 1, concealing information that he thinks might be harmful to the other survivors. Sayid, of course, has the ultimate built-in BS detector. Why is Locke acting that way? Is this a reflection on his newfound sense of responsibility and leadership?
- Kate’s character is also somewhat puzzling to me. Why is she acting different on the island than she acted in her prior life. If we learned anything from the flashbacks, it was that Kate can’t settle down, that she ultimately values her own freedom and individual security more than she does personal relationships. And yet, she’s somehow formed an unbreakable bond to Sawyer and has passed up multiple chances to break out on her own. This seems inconsistent and difficult to reconcile. On the other hand, her change in behavior may be due in part to not-so-desert island mentality.
- I did like seeing our favorite U.S. Marshall again. By the way, the Feast of the Ascension takes place on the fortieth day after Easter Sunday and, according to Catholicism, it’s a Holy Day of Obligation.
- If we never again have to be subjected to another bear-cage-jungle-love scene, I’ll be pleased.
I guess that’s about it. I may be missing something, so feel free to add your own observations and speculations in the comments below. I’ll see you all back here in February.