LOST: “Left Behind”

Less an evangelical Christian franchise about the rapture, more of a retelling of The Defiant Ones, starring Kate and Juliet.

Spoilers and more after the jump.

Links and Miscellanea:

  • Details dropped during this week’s official podcast:
    • Originally, the writers intended to feature much more of Billy Dee Williams’ television show, “Exposé.”
    • The man who fell out of the high rise building and past Hurley’s window was not Locke, as some fans had speculated.
    • Rose and Bernard will be back this season, with a very good storyline.
    • Character names on LOST are, of course, chosen very carefully. For example, the names of philosophers are used because something in that philosopher’s ideas relates in some way to that character. All names have to be cleared by ABC’s legal department to make sure that the use of the name can’t be considered disparagement to someone who owns the name.
    • Locke’s anger at the fact that Ben was eating chicken out of a refrigerator has to do with his belief that use of modern technology causes a person to not be in tune with the island.

  • LOST scenes in Legos. (†TV Squad)
  • Lostblog has an interview with Heather Arthur, Kate’s stunt double. (†Lost Exposed)
  • Naveen Andrews, who has a role in Robert Rodriguez’s half of the double feature, Grindhouse, talks in this article about how Quentin Tarantino is a big fan of LOST. Apparently, Sawyer and Sayid are his favorite characters.
  • From Beliefnet: The “which LOST character are you” quiz.
  • Scheduling note: it looks like LOST episodes will run consecutively next year, “24”-style, without the frustratingly short mini season in the fall. This has been hinted at in other sources, including the podcasts, so it looks legit.
  • The big twist at the end of Season 3 has its code name: “The Snake in the Mailbox.” The episode will center on Jack and his flashbacks. With any luck, Bai Ling will not be returning.
  • A feature on Terry O’Quinn (Locke) from the LA Times. (†Pop Candy)
  • From The Onion: “Senator Forms Subcommittee for the Watching of LOST” (also †Pop Candy)

Observations and Speculations

  • The song that begins Kate’s flashback is Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight.” The song has been used twice before: at the first of “What Kate Did,” Episode 2.9, and in Christian Shepard’s car in “Two for the Road,” Episode 2.20. Patsy Cline died in a plane crash.
  • Kate claims that she takes her aliases from the names of the saints. St. Lucy (or Lucia—as in Ana Lucia) is the patron saint of blindness. According to her legend, she had her eyes torn out, but God restored her eyes. Her festival is celebrated in Scandinavian countries by having young girls wear crowns of candles.
  • We’ve also seen Kate go by the name “Monica.” (“I Do,” Episode 3.6) Saint Monica is the patron saint of patience, wives, mothers and abuse victims. It makes sense that Kate would have chosen this alias after trying to protect her mother from her step-father’s continued abuse.
  • When we first see Cassidy in this episode, she is trying to pull off the con that Sawyer taught her in “The Long Con,” Episode 2.13. Trouble is, this is a two-person con. You need the second person to create credibility with the mark. Kate steps into the role of the second grifter, but Cassidy figures out right away that Kate has an ulterior motive for doing so.
  • Along with Christian Shepherd’s role a few weeks ago as Claire’s biological father, we’re starting to see very extensive interactions between significant persons in the lives fo the survivors. Usually, the “crosses” that we see in flashbacks are fleeting, but here we have significant contact between someone (Cassidy) who was a major figure in both Sawyer and Kate’s life. Maybe this is preparation for the anticipated discovery that Locke’s father is the real Sawyer.
  • What does Locke mean when he says that they captured him, but “only temporarily?” Does he mean he intends to escape, or that they have already told him he’s free to go. This next part is pure speculation, but I suspect that Ben is essentially making a play to humor Locke by moving the Others out of Othersville. Locke doesn’t like their modern, suburban existence, and Ben wants to convince Locke that he’s willing to do what it takes so that Locke can commune with the island for him in order to be healed.
  • Locke admitted explicitly that he doesn’t want to go home. He also said that the Others told Locke what Kate did. Locke didn’t appear to me to be judgmental about this fact—he probably believes that the island has provided Kate with a blank slate, just as it did for him.
  • When Hurley approaches Sawyer on the beach at the first of the episode, Sawyer is reading Watership Down again. (He read this book already in the first season. In fact, it was Boone’s book on the plane, and Boone suspected that Sawyer stole it from him in Episode 1.8, “Confidence Man.”) Ostensibly a book about rabbits, Watership Down—one of my favorite books, by the way, is a book about politics and power plays in a closed (and sometimes violent and brutal) society. In some ways, the novel parallels LOST, in that there is a group of rabbits that are ruthlessly efficient and scary, just like the Others, who the protagonist rabbits have to contend with for survival.
  • Although I joked about it in the intro to this post, this episode does have a rapture, of sorts, like the “Left Behind” series of Christian novels. The Others and the “good people” have “disappeared,” leaving everyone else behind to suffer tribulations.
  • The gas canister that is thrown into the Others’ rec room says “ALS Technologies” on it. No idea what that means, but (knowing LOST), this could be significant at some time in the future.
  • Ben is clearly not the only one who likes to play mind games. Juliet handcuffing herself to Kate and dragging her into the jungle was clearly a mind game. There’s also still the possibility that she’s still acting as a double agent for the Others.
  • Today’s piece of dialogue that was also a knowing nod to the audience: “Welcome to the wonderful world of not knowing what the hell’s going on.”
  • This episode told us quite a bit about the Monster, I think. The Monster appeared in both the form we saw it in season one (a hulking, roaring beast) and season two (the black smoke). It was very interesting that Juliet, who appeared to be pretty well connected and informed, did not seem to know much about the Monster, or even recognize it. There has been a lot of speculation that perhaps it is through the Monster that the Others are able to gain so much intelligence about the survivors or that the Others somehow can control the Monster. This appears now not to be the case. It was also very significant and interesting that the Monster can be deterred by the sonic fence. Maybe this was the purpose for which the fence was built in the first place.
  • Incidentally, the Others’s PIN number for the security fence is 1-6-2-3. 16 and 23, of course, are two of the “numbers.”
  • The Monster appears to have scanned Juliet’s psyche, much like it did with Eko in season two. There were no single-frame images embedded in the video this time, just a bright, white light. Incidentally, the camera work in that sequence reminded me of Sam Raimi’s work in the Evil Dead movies. I’m a sucker for the POV stalking trick.
  • For a con man, Sawyer sure does get conned a lot. Hurley’s motivation was intriguing. He views Sawyer as the only acceptable leader now that the “A-Team” is on the other side of the island.
  • In Sawyer’s flashback episode earlier in the season, Cassidy came to visit Sawyer in prison and told him that he had a daughter. Now we know that she was telling the truth and wasn’t just trying to con him.
  • Trust Sayid not to trust Juliet. Sayid’s instinct is not often wrong about these things. Keep a close eye on Juliet.
  • I hope that the survivors thought to raid all the refrigerators in Othersville before they took off.

Another great episode, I thought. It will be fun to see how everything unfolds from here on out. I’m very much enjoying season 3. After the last five or six episodes, I think the show is still rolling along well, and still one of the best things I’ve ever seen on television.

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23 thoughts on “LOST: “Left Behind”

  1. I agree, the episodes are moving along nicely. It’s too bad that we won’t be seeing more of Locke and Ben until close to the end of the season (from what I read somewhere).

    I agree with Sayid on Juliet. Don’t trust her man. I know Jack is besotted, but she’s definitely not fully forthright.

    Was Locke disappointed in Kate as he told her that they told him about her past? It sure looked like it. But then, I don’t know how Locke would take someone doing what Kate did to her father, seeing the kind of father Locke himself had.

  2. This was episode 3.15. A normal season has about 22 or 23 episodes, so we can expect about seven or eight more episodes, with the two-hour finale counting as two episodes.

  3. The best thing about this show is trying to guess what everybody’s intentions are. What is Locke up to? Juliet–is she friend or foe? What does Ben really want?

    I love this show.

  4. Yeah, Juliet’s excuse wasn’t quite compelling.

    First, why did they give her a key at all?
    Second, even if she hid the fact that she had a key to keep her company, this doesn’t explain her lying about her knowledge of the monster.

  5. Well, the hatch thing didn’t work out to well. And considering the Russian guy’s place was booby-trapped, I could understand the reservations.

  6. No one is commenting on the clear picture of the submarine in the promo for next week’s episode. Of course that could be from a flashback, but, it is right there…at the dock.

  7. It looked like a flashback to me. It also looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of the old Others (Mikhail, Ethan, Goodwin, Pickett) next week in flashbacks.

  8. I didn’t get the end. They said they should gather up what they could then leave. Then they left without gathering anything. If they don’t bring everyone from the beach back to the houses, it’s another in a long line of people acting stupid just to keep the story moving in the direction the writers want it too.

  9. “If they don’t bring everyone from the beach back to the houses, it’s another in a long line of people acting stupid just to keep the story moving in the direction the writers want it too.”

    I keep hearing this, but I’m not sure I agree. Keep in mind that it’s a long, several days journey to Othersville. In between, there’s a homicidal smoke monster and lots of homicidal and hostile Others, as well as who-knows-what else. The survivors aren’t really organized, and don’t take orders from anyone, and their pretty well established on the beach at this point. Relocating them might not be as simple as it seems.

  10. Also, what if the Others come back well-armed and well-organized wanting their houses back?

    Also, if Othersville is too far inland, fishing for food becomes problematic.

  11. Also, if Othersville is too far inland, fishing for food becomes problematic.

    Yeah, but wouldn’t they have access to the magic box that gives them whatever they want?

    “I’d like a double whopper, hold the pickles, a Coke, and a side of onion rings…” Et voila!

  12. If I lived on that island, I would be super paranoid. I don’t think I would be moving to othersville either. I would rather stay in the relative safety of my familliar beach surroundings.

  13. Wait, so nobody else was surprised that Nicki and Paolo are really dead? I thought for sure they’d jump out of the sand pretty soon. As it is, I’m a little bothered that we had to spend a whole episode with them when they are truly so totally irrelevant, being dead and all. Woo-hoo, we got an Others walkee-talkee out of them. Could have got that a thousand other ways.

  14. Re #18

    I thought the tension towards the end of last week’s episode surrounding Nicki and Paulo’s state (ie are they dead or alive) was one of the best things about that episode.

    I completely fell for it, thinking they were already dead, until I put it all together and had a “cattlesnakes!” moment…

  15. I’m not surprised they’re dead, although I do think they’ll pop up in important ways in other characters backstories. I kind of liked that they got killed off and I tend to think it’ll tie back to the “intelligence” of the Island as an active force. Although I have to admit I picked up on the parallels to that old Alfred Hitchcock episode pretty quickly, so I called the ending very, very early. (I had fond memories of both the 60’s version as well as the short lived, but well done 80’s reincarnation)

  16. Even though that episode (Nikki & Paulo) was filler, I thought it was good filler. I no longer feel like every episode has to answer questions or move the story along. I’m just along for the ride.

  17. Agreed. I think the Nikki/Paolo story was one of the better ones this season. It had all of the elements that I really like about Lost all tied into one neat package of an episode.

    While I like episodes that help move the story along, I have realized that the producers/writers are going to milk this series for all its worth (despite what they have said), and the pay-off in the end will be tough to have been worth the wait. So, I’ll take the good episodes where and when I can.

  18. BTW – it was funny that for the day after the show the ALS Technologies website was “slashdotted.” (i.e. so many people were trying to go to it that it wouldn’t come up) At first I thought it might be a fake website done by the Lost staff. Of course the list of grenades they sell doesn’t have anything remotely like what was seen on Lost. (Knocking people out is very difficult – either you give too little or you kill them as the Russians found out when they tried to knock people out at that Opera hostage taking a few years back)

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