This episode could have been subtitled, “Or, What to Expect When You’re Expecting (After Crash Landing On a Mysterious Island).”
Spoilers, ramblings and obscurities based on tonight’s episode after the break.
Links and Miscellanea:
- Highlights from this week’s official podcast:
- The script for the season 3 finale is finally complete, though some scenes were actually filmed before the script was finalized.
- Ben has parents (he wasn’t a test-tube baby), but may or may not have been born (or conceived) on the island, as he claims (we’ll find out). In addition, Ben has been in love, and we’ll get a suggestion of who he might have been in love with next week. Ben was not the father of Sabine’s (the pregnant woman who died on the operating table) unborn baby.
- We’ll find out more about the power cable and where it leads this season.
- Christian Shepard is, in fact, dead. On other occasions, the writers have made it abundantly clear that those who die in LOST stay dead. Also, Cuse and Lindelof implied that there are some false spoilers (“foilers” as their known to fans) out there about who will die this season and how they will die.
- We’re not done with the storyline this season concerning Desmond’s premonitions of Charlie’s demise.
- Much of the art displayed on the show is done by Jack Bender, one of LOST’s directors. This explains why the mural in the hatch looks like the painting hanging in Mr. Widmore’s office.
- For those of you who still watch live TV, there’s a reason why the commercials seem longer on “LOST”: ABC is the most “cluttered” network, logging almost 15 1/2 minutes of commercials per hour. (I’m a commercial-skipping DVR viewer myself. But my finger does get tired sometimes from hitting the skip button on my remote).
- By the way, LOST has been officially renewed by ABC for next season, which isn’t much of a surprise, despite the gloom-and-doom media features earlier this year.
- But some people among the glass-is-half-empty faction are already having doubts (based, apparently, on the unsatisfying “Sopranos” moments) about whether LOST can do its ending right. Recent episodes suggest, to me at least, that the writers are capable of pacing and closure. I’m more confident than I’ve ever been that there is a master plan behind these twisted plots.
- Tonight’s episode was written by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who were recently signed by ABC to a three-year contract. Horowitz and Kitsis also wrote “ExposÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©” and “Tricia Tanaka is Dead.” (†Lost-media)
Observations and Speculations:
- Jack was wearing the red shirt in this episode. I’m starting to wonder if this is a running gag. (Jin’s shirt was more of a salmon color. I’m not sure that counts.)
- Naomi, the woman who parachuted out of the helicopter speaks Spanish, Chinese, Italian, and Portuguese. Based on the Portuguese edition of Catch-22 that we saw last week, Portuguese is probably her first language. [EDIT: And English.] Still, it’s interesting that she’s such a polyglot. The Others seem to speak several languages as well.
- Tonight’s greatest Hurley moment: Charlie: “In case you haven’t forgotten, there are people on this island trying to kill us.” Desmond: “Nobody knows we’re here.” Hurley: *bang* sends up flare “Oops.” Second greatest Hurley moment: “Mom?”
- Sun is a college graduate. Did we know that already? And who are the people in the picture with her? They don’t look like her parents.
- So Mikhail (aka Patchy) isn’t dead after all. This presents at least a couple different scenarios: 1) The fence wasn’t on, and Mikhail faked his own death. Yes, I know there was blood coming from his ears, but I’m sure there’s a way to pull that off convincingly with stage blood. 2) The fence wounded him, but didn’t kill him. The healing powers of the island restored his health so that he was able to recover. Note that the first scenario means that Kate, Locke and Sayid went over the fence for no reason. For all we know, going over the fence isn’t really an option.
- Nice fight scene between Jin and Mikhail.
- When Sun meets Jin’s father for the first time, there are some painted buoys in the fishing boat. The blue one has at least some of the numbers (16 and 52) painted on it.
- I always enjoy Sun and Jin’s flashbacks. I’m not sure if it’s because I enjoy reading subtitles, because the stories are interesting, or because the acting is always good.
- How creepy was it that Juliet came to Sun in the middle of the night? Why did she feel the need to do that? And why did Sun go along? It reminded me of Ethan.
- It says something about Sun’s character that when she is blackmailed by a woman (who turns out to be Jin’s whore of a mother), she decides to blackmail her father. Sun can be quite deceitful, and is not afraid to make others pay for her own actions. We’ve known this at least since “The Glass Ballerina.” She’s also a pretty good liar, as we see when Jin discovers the money in her purse. Finally, she’s not bad at delivering threats, as Jin’s mother knows.
- In Mr. Paik’s office, there are some flat screen monitors that some suggested showed the LOST island during an earlier episode (episode 1.17, “In Translation”). This time, the monitors were blank.
- Behind the Scooby Doo-style secret passage way were the furniture that the Others used to decorate Claire’s nursery during her abduction. If you recall, they had a theme involving jungle animals, as well as boats, trains and planes. Juliet tells Sun that this is the place that the Others “brought the women to die.” It’s still unclear why the Others wanted to kill Claire. They knew, at that point, that she had conceived prior to arriving on the island and that she probably was not at risk. They also seemed to have plans to take Aaron.
- Mikhail (referring to the time it will take for Naomi to heal from a punctured lung): “On this island, the rules are a bit different. Maybe a day and a half.” Juliet: “The average male sperm count is between 60 and 80 million. But on this island, it’s five times that.” And yet, women die in pregnancy and Ben developed terminal cancer.
- If we’re to believe Juliet, Sun has about two months to live. But surely there’s some sort of loophole. On the other hand, two months could be another two seasons.
- Juliet tells Ben, via a mini tape recorder that she’s “still working on getting samples from the other women.” What does that mean? What kinds of samples? Juliet stopped the tape before saying, “I hate you.” I like that Juliet’s real motivations are ambiguous. She may be going along with Ben because she is powerless. Then again, she may be just biding her time.
- Desmond says, “By my count, you’ve killed more of them than they’ve killed of you.” He’s right, of course. From what we know, the score currently stands at Losties: 7 (Ana Lucia (2); Eko (2); Sawyer (1); Charlie (1); Sun (1)); Others: 2 (with Ethan (probably) and Goodwin each at one a piece). We might also credit the others with ordering the executions of Ana Lucia and Libby, at the hands of Michael, although Libby may have been accidentally. Charlie is also right when he says, “They started it.”
- I liked the ending, but it sure does open a can of worms. People are going to start shouting “purgatory” again, even though the creators have repeatedly discredited that theory. My best guess is that the Others, or DHARMA, or somebody, was well-connected enough to make it look like Oceanic Flight 815 was found and that there were no survivors, perhaps to keep people from looking for the plane and stumbling upon the island.
- UPDATE: According to Lostpedia, Naomi does not tell Mikhail “thank you,” as he claims, but instead says something more like “I am not alone.”