Where are the Boones of yesteryear?
More snappy witticisms, including spoilers about tonight’s episode, after the jump.
Links and Miscellanea:
- Some notes from the official podcast:
- It’s very possible that we might see a future flashback episode explaining Juliet’s affair with Goodwin.
- Ben could very well have been lying when he claimed to have cured Juliet’s sister, Rachel. Then again, he could be telling the truth.
- We’ll return to the issue of pregnant women dying on the island, and specifically as it relates to Sun, in next week’s episode.
- Juliet and Kate’s mud scene was added for continuity purposes, since a scene had already been shot for the last part of the episode that showed both already muddy.
- Nikki and Paolo are actually dead and buried (alive!) and won’t be coming back.
- Despite persistent rumors, there was no crucial clue in the pilot episode that has not already been explored on the show.
- There is a reason why the smoke monster couldn’t jump the sonic fence, and it may have to do with the Monster’s need to maintain contact with the surface of the island. The DHARMA Initiative people discovered that they could use the sonic fence as an effective barrier for the Monster. (This bit is particularly interesting because it means that Smokie’s presence on the island pre-dates DHARMA’s, and that it was a threat, not a tool, of DHARMA.)
- A LOST video game is going to be released this year by Ubisoft for XBox 360, PS3, and PC. (What no Wii? Ubisoft did excellent work for the Wii-launch title Rayman’s Raving Rabbids.)
- Whitney at PopCandy notes that this episode is the first to feature the writing talents of Brian K. Vaughan, creator of the comic books Y:The Last Man and Ex Machina.
- Last week, LOST experienced its “first ratings gain in two months.” It still came in lower than CSI:NY in its time slot. LOST remains a top ten show in a key demographic, so the ratings struggles have probably been overstated all along.
- It must be awards season again: LOST has been nominated for its first BAFTA (in an international television category) and Jorge Garcia (Hurley) has been nominated for an ALMA.
- Here’s my pick for the stupidest LOST-related item of the week: LOST should be canceled (along with The Simpsons, 24, ER, and CSI:NY). According to this MSNBC column by Andy Dehnart, “LetÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s be honest: The only reason to watch ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œLostÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â any more is to see how it ends.” Well, yeah. That, and the incredible acting, writing, editing, directing, musical score and storytelling. Honestly, I have to wonder if Dehnart has even watched the last half-dozen episodes. LOST is so clearly one of the best things on television (I would argue the best) that any debate on the topic would be ludicrous without giving LOST it’s due consideration.
- ETonline.com has an interview with Yunjin Kim (Sun). She would like to see a kissing scene between Sun and Sawyer. With recent developments on the show, this scenario seems unlikely. But stranger things have happened on that crazy island.
- I’ll admit, I didn’t really get the satire, but some of our readers might appreciate this Sherlock Holmes mystery, as if it was written by the writers of LOST.
- Finally, TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello has some heavy spoiler-ish news about the accelerated death toll we can expect for upcoming LOST episodes.
Observations and Speculations:
- This episode’s title, of course, refers to Joseph Heller’s classic World War II novel. By far the best think Heller ever wrote, the novel focused on the brutality of war and the senselessness and inhumanity of bureaucracy. I recall writing a college essay on Catch-22 as it relates to Kierkegaard’s concept of paradox—yes, I was a philosophy and liberal arts major—but I don’t remember anything about what I actually wrote. The term “Catch-22” itself has come to be known as a dilemma in which either alternative is unacceptable or absurd—a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situation, which is what Desmond thought he was faced with in this episode.
- The book discovered by Desmond and is crew is Ardil-22, the Portugese-language version of Catch-22. Of course, the two men in the arctic monitoring station in the final scene of season 2 were speaking Portuguese. This suggests that the woman found hanging from her parachute is probably part of Penny Widmore’s search and rescue mission.
- As noted above, this episode was written by noted comic book author Brian K. Vaughan, so it’s ironic that the episode opened with Hurley and Charlie debating the relative foot speed of Superman and the Flash. Wikipedia weighs in on the debate as follows: “On several occasions, the Flash has been shown in various races against Superman to determine which one is faster (or as part of a mutual effort to thwart some type of threat); these races, however, often resulted in ties (or indeterminate results). However, in recent races between [The Flash] and Superman, West has been shown to be the faster of the two.” The Flash and Superman are both, of course, members of DC Comic’s Justice League team of superheroes.
- I loved seeing Charlie and Jin whistle “The Colonel Bogey March” from The Bridge Over the River Kwai as they walked along the beach.
- We see Desmond in the monastery putting new label on a bottle of wine that says “Moriah Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon 1995,” which would make it approximately nine years before the crash of Flight 815. Incidentally, the older monk tells Desmond that they have only bottled 108 cases of wine that year. 108, of course, is the maximum number of minutes between button pushes in the hatch, and also the sum of the “numbers.”
- As Desmond points out, Moriah is the site of Abraham’s attempt to carry out God’s command to sacrifice Isaac, his favorite son. This is generally regarded as a profound test of Abraham’s faith. This theme from the flashback is used to establish Desmond’s belief that he has to be willing to sacrifice Charlie in order to gain his own redemption, or at least be reunited with Penny. This also serves as a contrast with the the “man of faith” Locke from season 1 (episode 1.19, “Deus Ex Machina”) who believed that Boone was the sacrifice that the island required.
- I also enjoyed Hurley’s explaination of the chupacabra: “a bear, with spines, but Mexican.” LOST needs more references to cryptozoology, if you ask me.
- Desmond’s ex-fiancÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©e mentions that she’s been dating Desmond for six years, and that the closest he’s ever come to a religious experience was “when Celtic won the cup.” The Celtic Football Club would have won the Scottish Cup in 1989, roughly six years before Desmond joined the monastery. When Desmond is getting drunk in the monastery, he is singing Celtic FC’s fan song.
- Also, Desmond’s ex-fiancÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©e is named Ruth, the name of a biblical character who is known for being devout to her adopted faith and loving to her husband, Boaz.
- Penelope, on the other hand, is a name that comes from Homer’s epic, The Odyssey. Penelope was Odysseus’ wife who faithfully waited for her husband to return from the Trojan wars, a journey that was delayed by his many misadventures. At the end of the Odyssey, Penelope decides maybe it’s time to relent to her suitors and devises a contest whereby whichever man can string a bow and send an arrow through twelve axe handles can marry her. Odysseus, disguised as an old beggar, wins the contest and kills the suitor. Interestingly, the arrow that was to kill Charlie ends up going through his guitar neck, which may or may not be an allusion to Odysseus’ arrow flying through the axe handles in Penelope’s contest. (If you look very carefully, you can see that the arrowhead is still sticking out of the fingerboard of Charlie’s guitar in the next bushwacking scene.
- The Jack-Juliet-Kate-Sawyer love quadrangle didn’t really interest me that much. Sawyer, naturally, figures out what was going on very quickly. He’s a guy with keen intuition.
- I’m very confused by the photograph. How many of these things are there? We saw the scene in which this picture was taken earlier in the season, and was it not an instant photo?
- The older monk has a picture on his desk of himself and and older woman, presumably his mother. The woman is Mrs. Hawking, the same woman that Desmond meets in the antique shop during “Flashes Before Your Eyes” who explains to Desmond that his fate is to go to the island and save the world by entering the numbers into a computer.
- And finally, for what it’s worth, we now know how Penny and Desmond met.
UPDATE: Interesting note from the cast list on IMdB: the parachute girl is named “Naomi.” That ties her (thematically, at least) to Ruth, Desmond’s ex. Naomi, in the bible, was Ruth’s mother-in-law and cousin to Boaz.
This was a good episode, but not one that I would count among the best. It moved the plot along, but I’m guessing that things will start to move more quickly from this point on through the end of the season.