Even if you did anticipate where the main plot of tonight’s episode was going ahead of time, I think most people would acknowledge this was a pretty strong episode.
Spoilers from tonight’s episode and other LOST-related stuff after the jump.
Links and miscellanea:
- A lot of information came out of this week’s official podcast, including:
- Once again, the island is not purgatory and the Flight 815 survivors are not dead.
- There are basically two scenarios: 1) Naomi is lying; or 2) there’s a conspiracy afoot to make people believe that the wreck Oceanic Flight 815 was found without any survivors.
- We’ll soon find out how Mikhail survived his encounter with the sonic fence.
- Locke has been trying to “inculcate himself into [the Others’] society.”
- Cooper (aka, Locke’s Dad) will tell us in his own words how he got to the island.
- In “Numbers” (episode 1.18), Carlton Cuse’s voice is heard during a news report on Hurley’s winning.
- Something other than the EMP caused by Desmond’s failure to push the button is causing craft to crash on the island (e.g., the Black Rock, the Nigerian drug plane, Naomi’s helicopter), though for something like a 777 to be brought down, it probably took something extraordinary.
- We will revisit (probably soon) the psychic’s prediction about Claire’s baby, Walt’s ability to affect future events, and the Others’ obsession with children with special abilities.
- There are two factions of Others on the island, which will become very apparent soon.
- According to the NY Times, LOST gets nearly twice the audience of American Idol when you look only at those who watch the shows via DVR, even though it gets less than half of AI‘s live TV ratings. Not surprisingly, LOST is the most DVR’d show on television.
- Doc Jensen at EW.com has an in-depth analysis of reactions to Naomi’s bombshell from last week (“There were no survivors … They were all dead.”)
- Ever wondered how modern physics might relate to the LOST island? Check out this well-written post on LostBlog.net.I’m starting to think it’s going to require some similar elaborate explanations to explain the island’s mysteries.
- It’s been announced that Matthew Fox (Jack) will play Racer-X, Speed’s mysterious protector, in the Wachowski brothers’ “Speed Racer” movie. (†Lost Blog)
Observations and speculations:
- At the beginning of the episode, we see Locke on board The Black Rock reading Sawyer’s file (although we don’t know at this point whose file it is). He’s got Cooper/Sawyer locked up in the ship’s brig. He then burns it, in a fire he’s built in some sort of cylindrical container. At this point, I have to question Locke’s judgment in starting a fire on an old ship that he knows is full of unstable dynamite.
- I wonder about the significance of the “old place” where Ben took the Others. It was a green valley with a single column that didn’t seem connected to any other structure. It reminded me of the four-toed statue from the season 2 finale—an ancient relic disconnected to its surroundings.
- Cyndy the flight attendant certainly seems fully integrated and invested in The Others’ society. When she says to Locke, “We’ve been waiting for you,” you get the idea that The Others are some sort of Messianic cult.
- Ben travels with a writing desk and small bookshelf. That’s a lot of extra weight for someone to carry.
- Ben continues to insist that Locke is the one who brought Cooper/Sawyer to the island, but it seemed pretty clear to me, from Cooper/Sawyer’s version of the events that he had been abducted and brought there by the Others. It would have been strictly in keeping with Ben’s M.O. to have someone like Locke’s dad/Sawyer’s nemesis on the island, because he likes to manipulate people by finding out who is important to them, then using that information against them.
- Naomi’s full name is “Naomi Dorrit.” In the official podcast, Carlton Cuse mentions off-hand that this is a “very Dickensian” name. The name is a reference to Little Dorrit, a novel about a family that is forced to live in debtor’s prison. The LOST creators have mentioned before that they feel a kinship to Dickens because he was writer of popular fiction who wrote his books in serialized form, not unlike a serialized dramatic TV show. In addition, Dickens’ novels often involve interlaced characters’ stories, much like the multiple “crosses” we see in the LOST characters’ backstories. Other Dickens references on LOST: Desmond carried around with him a copy of Our Mutual Friend, the only Dickens book he hasn’t read and the last book he wants to read before he dies; episode 3.1 was named “A Tale of Two Cities.”
- Naomi’s story seems to be pretty much what I expected. She claims to be part of a search and rescue team, hired by Penny Widmore, to find Desmond based on geographic coordinates received that led her to the island.
- Ben’s ploy to embarrass Locke was typically brilliant. But why did Richard Alpert feel that it was appropriate to clue Locke into Ben’s purpose? Well, in a way, this is also a part of Ben’s methodology: when plan A fails, fess up and try plan B to achieve the same purposes. Tell Sawyer the truth about the bunny. Have Juliet admit that handcuffing and dragging Kate out into the jungle was a ruse. Certainly, the tactic used by Richard was successful. I believe that Richard’s approach was planned and approved by Ben all along.
- I enjoyed the cameo by Rousseau. She’s just dropping in to get some dynamite, no questions asked. Or at least, she’s not going to press anyone for answers. Typical Danielle.
- Kate is officially the last person you want to tell a secret to on the island. She can’t even be trusted to tell something to Jack and make him promise not to tell Juliet. Of the A-Team, Kate and Jack are at the bottom of my list at the moment.
- How funny is it that Sawyer’s first name was Tom? Also, to add to the many biblical references, we now know that Sawyer’s mother is Mary—Mary, mother of James.
- Every now and then, LOST likes to echo dialog from earlier episodes. Here, we have Ben telling Locke, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do, John.” This phrase, and variations on it, has been said by Locke, Jack, Jin, Claire, Charlie and Eko. It was first uttered by Locke at the end of “Walkabout” (episode 1.4).
- Probably the biggest, and most obvious, mystery from this week’s episode is what Juliet and Jack were talking about when they were debating whether they should tell Kate. If I had to speculate, I’d say that it has to do with knowledge they have about why communications from the island are impossible. Why were they keeping this information from Kate? And, more specifically, why did Jack want to continue keeping it from Kate, even when Juliet wanted to disclose it?
- We now know that Locke has no allegiance to the other survivors and that he’s on his “own journey.”
This was a great episode, but I do wish that the Locke’s Dad/The Real Sawyer thing wasn’t quite so obvious. (I’m pretty sure we all figured out this one even before we realized that Claire was Jack’s half-sister.) Next week, if the previews are any indication, looks fantastic. This season will be over before we know it.