“Portland, Oregon and sloe gin fizz, if that ain’t love, then tell me what is. Uh-huh.”
Well, that was a complete non sequitur, especially when you consider that they aren’t even in Portland.
Spoilers from tonight’s long-awaited episode and link-filled goodness after the break.
Links and miscellanea:
- The major media push on the official website is the LOST survivor guide, a series of videos aimed at drawing new viewers into the show and which were also aired before tonight’s episode. The theory is that with some basic information about the characters, anyone can enjoy the show, even without knowledge of the esoteric mythologies. I’m not sure I buy that, but I guess it’s worth a shot. The Survivors’ Guide is pretty inessential to anyone who’s been following the show for a while.
- This AP article, “Lost tries to get its mojo back“, is pretty typical of the press that LOST has been getting this year. The pitch is that LOST has “lost its way.” There’s some truth to that, and I think splitting the season may have been a mistake. But from here on out is where the experiment could pay off, provided that the audience returns.
- There’s was new video podcast this week, but new information was pretty slim. Lindelof and Cuse reveal that later on this season, Desmond will have a prophesy significant to one of the other characters, and we’ll learn how Jack got his tattoos. There’s also a very short sneak peak at some behind-the-scenes footage of Sawyer’s hypodermic-needle-to-the-heart sequence from last fall.
- On the other hand, this online interview of Cuse and Lindelof is brimming with interesting revelations.
- If you attend Tufts University, you could be enrolled right now in a LOST seminar course. Here’s a sample from the online course description: “This course will investigate how the show has spawned an empire of entertainment, marketing, and community that eclipses the show itself. We will look at how its producers have pushed ‘Lost’ to the bleeding edge of new media where online communities take pride in dissecting each episode, from literary references to philosophical allusion. And we will see how the show’s format has inspired dozens of copycats on networks desperate to adapt to a newly demanding audience.” I can’t imagine it’s anything you couldn’t learn by reading this blog.
- Here’s an interview with Josh Holloway (Sawyer) that involves sex and fish biscuits.
- It’s too late to enter now, but TV Squad is running a LOST dead pool.
- It seems unlikely, even if Michael and Walt’s boat does return to the island, that Harold Pirrineau will be returning as a regular cast member. He’s currently signed up for a CBS pilot of a supernatural drama called “Demons.” According to the Hollywood Reporter’s “sources,” failed contract negotiations may have played a part in the decision not to bring Michael back. It’s a shame because I’d still like to know more about Walt (as well as wanting to see Michael receive some retribution for his acts).
- Finally, I can’t be the only one (in fact, I know I’m not) to create LOST Miis. Here they are (from left to right, this is Mr. Eko, Charlie, Locke, Sayid, Ben Linus, Hurley, Kate, Jack and Sawyer):
Thanks to BTDF Forum member Viking, creator of the Locke, Jack and Sayid. If you have LOST Miis you’d like to share, let me know. I’m looking for a good Desmond, Claire, Jin and Sun.
And here’s another Halloway interview.
Observations and speculations:
- We learned several interesting things this episode. Alex is Ben’s daughter (I’m guessing adopted). Juliet has only been on the island for 3 years (3 years, 3 months, and 28 days, to be precise), and was recruited as an expert in experimental fertility treatments. Also, Kate doesn’t make idle threats.
- In the opening sequence (which reversed the trick used for the season 2 and 3 premiers by having a flashback that looked like an island scene), we saw Ethan greet Juliet in a dimly lit corridor. This means that the Others’ organization had been stalking her for some time.
- Juliet’s creepy ex-husband’s name is Edmund Burke. Add this to the list of classical philosophers: John Locke, Rousseau, and (Desmond) David Hume.
- There’s an object on Juliet’s sister’s bedside table that appears to be a t’ai-chi symbol inside a very DHARMA-looking octagon. It’s not the first time we’ve seen octagon in a flashback. Michael’s ex-wife’s home had a lot of octagonal architecture.
- Incidentally, Juliet’s sister’s name is Rachel, the biblical name of Jacob’s favorite wife who gave birth to Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son. We know from last fall that there is an Other named Jacob who has made a list (one that Jack wasn’t even on). In tonight’s episode, when Alex, Kate and Sawyer find Karl in a Clockwork Orange-style brainwashing chamber, one of the messages that flashes on the video screen in front of him is “God loves you as He loved Jacob.”
- Some of the other messages that flash during that scene (one of the best of the episode for sheer “what the …??” effect): “We are the causes of our own suffering.” “Think about your life.” “Plant a good seed and you will joyfully gather fruit.” “Everything Changes.” There was also an image that appeared to be Dr. Gerald DeGroot.
- I loved seeing Sawyer mesmerized by the bizarre brainwashing images. In this episode we saw that Sawyer is really a cerebral con man, while Kate is someone who takes action—a nice contrast.
- Give Ben some credit. Even in the middle of spinal surgery, he can manipulate everyone around him. So now we know that he’s promised at least two people that he will get them off of the island if they help him out. What we don’t know is whether Ben ever delivers on his promises. Juliet apparently thinks so, or at least desperately hopes so.
- Mittelos, the biotech company that recruits Juliet, appears to be an anagram. My best guess is “Lost Time.” (Cuse and Lindelof mention in the interview linked above that an important anagram would appear as an easter egg in this week’s episode, and I’m guessing this is it.) Incidentally, the man who recruits her is named “Mr. Alpert.” I have no idea if that is significant.
- Why would Juliet think that a 26 year old woman appears to be in her 1970s? Is there something about the island that causes people to age prematurely? To “lose time”?
- I loved Sawyer’s “Wookie prisoner gag” line. Note that this is at least the second time that Kate has used the fake hostage trick.
- I’m not sure what Juliet meant when she said that the only way Ben will let Karl live is if Alex stays. Apparently, he wants Alex near him, even if she can be a problem.
I thought this was a very strong episode and a very satisfying resolution to the cliffhanger that ended the fall season. Next week, we get to go back to the beach, and it looks like there will be preparations for a battle with the Others. It should get good. I, for one, am very glad to have LOST back, even if it means I get less sleep on Wednesday nights.