Shouldn’t it be “Greatest Hit”? “You all everybody…” (repeat ad nauseum).
Spoilers from the penultimate season 3 episode and other LOST-related stuff after the break.
Links and miscellanea:
- The official podcast was worth a listen this week, if only for this fairly concise and straight-forward explanation of Ben’s actions vis-a-vis Locke and Jacob from creator Carlton Cuse: “Ben took Locke out to see Jacob as sort of a litmus test. He wanted to find out if, in fact, John Locke really was special, and if John Locke could see or hear Jacob, that would that Locke was special. So when Locke did hear Jacob, that really got—that freaked Ben out. That was a threat to Ben and his primacy. So he lead him over to the pit and he shot him because he doesn’t want his leadership challenged by John Locke.” I can’t think of a more straight-forward explanation than that. Lost of ways that information can be extrapolated as well.
- Other notable tidbits from the official podcast: the storyline involving Jacob will be explored more during season 4, but not during the remainder of this season; other DHARMA personnel were incorporated into the Others at the time of the purge; we still haven’t seen all there is to know about DHARMA and Ben’s background; and, with the new scheduling news, the state of season 7’s zombie season is indeterminate.
- Yunjin Kim (Sun) has written and will be releasing a book—in Korean—about her acting success.
- Although ABC has announced its fall lineup, it’s still not clear what timeslot LOST will end up with. (Remember that LOST won’t be returning until February 2008.) It’s likely that it will be an earlier time slot than what it has now.
- Doc Jensen at EW.com interviewed Lindelof and Cuse, and discussed with them the scheduling of LOST’s remaining three seasons and this money quote from Lindelof: “And more importantly, we meet Jacob ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â the elusive, unseen, presumed leader of the Others ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â for the first time. And this is a character who is every bit as significant to our universe as the Emperor was to the Star Wars universe ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â a character that you didn’t get to meet until Return of the Jedi but was referred to all through the preceding films. Jacob is a guy who is going to have a very significant, ongoing sort of story value in our show.” Also notable is Lindelof’s explanation for this season’s finale code word (“the rattlesnake in the mailbox”). There are lots of spoilers popping up about the season finale, by the way. I won’t be posting them here. I won’t even be looking at them, if I can avoid it.
- You’ll soon be able to stream complete episodes of LOST on your Sprint mobile phone. I wonder what ever happened of the idea to run bonus scenes only available to cell phone users. Fell by the wayside, I guess.
Observations and speculations:
- Today’s dialog-that-is-really-a-knowing-nod-to-the-fans moment: Charlie says, “Why does everything have to be such a secret? How about some openness for a change?”
- Jack had his best speech of the season, punctuated with “we’re gonna blow them all to hell.” If Jack is like this more consistently, I might actually start liking him. I’m a little worried about his psyche, though. It must be a little disorienting to go from touch football camaraderie to homicidal rage in such a short time.
- I actually kind of enjoyed the non-linear, episodic flashbacks in this episode. The flashbacks are becoming more and more irrelevant, especially for characters who have already had multiple flashbacks. So they might as well mess around with the format a bit.
- Incidentally, Drive Shaft was on their way to Clitheroe, a town in Lancashire in Western England, when they first heard their one hit on the radio. Clitheroe has a website that looks like it hasn’t changed since 1998. No wonder Charlie calls it the “arse end of nowhere.” Clitheroe must be the Tallahassee of England.
- Well-known rock bands from Manchester, England: The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, The Stone Roses, The Chemical Brothers, James, Oasis, and Drive Shaft. Incidentally, Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) and Marsha Thomason (Naomi) really are both from Manchester.
- The underwater station, “The Looking Glass” is an obvious reference to Lewis Caroll and the Alice stories. The second time Alice visits Wonderland, it’s Through the Looking Glass. Episode 1.5 was called “White Rabbit,” another reference to Wonderland. This episode, perhaps coincidentally, also had a white rabbit. (Image †Lostpedia)
- Charlie learned to swim at a Butlin’s Holiday Camp. According to Wikipedia: “Butlin’s Holiday Camps were founded by (later Sir) Billy Butlin to provide economical holidays in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Between 1936 and 1966, nine camps were built. Three centres remain in use by the Butlins company today. Butlins are noted for their famous “Redcoats” who provide entertainment and organisation at every level. There was a UK TV satirical sitcom during the 1980s based on a Butlins-style holiday camp called Hi-de-Hi!”
- Sayid apparently recovered more from the Flame Station (before Locke blew it up) than I realized, including detailed plans of the Looking Glass Station.
- Finally, the triumphant return of Bernard and Rose. Remind me what was so bad about Paolo and Nikki again. On the other hand, at least Bernard can shoot. That’s got to count for something.
- Ben is looking fierce. “John had an accident” isn’t much of an explanation, but apparently, it’s good enough.
- Ryan Pryce is an Other that we’ve met before a few times. He was charged with guarding Sayid when he was chained to the swingset in Othersville. He appears to have a paramilitary/law enforcement role among the Others. By the way, I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but Richard Alpert also refers to this guy.
- Alex is questioning whether Ben is actually his father. I wonder why she feels such an affinity toward the survivors.
- Drive Shaft was named after Dexter Stratton. I’ve no idea who that is, but apparently it’s an ancestor of Charlie and Liam’s mother.
- Once again, Charlie is singing Oasis’s “Wonderwall” on the street, just before it starts to rain. Only this time, he doesn’t see Desmond. I couldn’t tell if the woman that Charlie saves is Sayid’s Nadia, or some other woman of Middle Eastern ethnicity.
- Hurley wore a big red shirt all episode. I’m coming around to the idea that this probably means nothing.
- I was comforted to see that Vincent is making the trek to the radio tower with the other survivors.
- Is it just me, or does the Looking Glass Station look quite a bit like the cargo bay of the spaceship Serenity?
- In the end, it’s Charlie vs. a blond and a brunette with guns. For whatever reason, when I saw these women, my first thought was that they are not Others. They may be DHARMA holdovers or someone else. I suppose we’ll learn more during next week’s season finale.
This was a nice, tense episode where everything moved along nicely and all the pieces are in place for a very exciting two-hour season finale. (Remember that it starts an hour earlier than usual.) Please do not post any spoilers about next week’s episode. I’m LA-LA-LA not LA-LA-LA listening. Seriously. It should be good, even if it does “change everything,” whatever that means. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.