Maybe someone can explain to me what the episode’s title means, because I’m not feeling it. For whatever reason (and not just Bai Ling), I’ve never cared a lot for Jack-centric episodes, and this one was no exception. But it’s still LOST, so it’s still the best thing on TV, even if it was something of a let down from last week.
Spoilers from tonight’s episode and more after the jump.
Links and Miscellanea:
- TV Squad (relying on this post at the DocArtz blog) takes a closer look at that weirdly archaeological-looking stone door that Ben entered to summons the Smoke Monster.
- Yet another Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof article. But if you were to only read one Cuse and Lindelof article this week, I’d recommend this interview with Popular Mechanics.
- This week, ABC.com (which is actually abc.go.com, for reasons I’ve never understood) posted both a video podcast (with Lost’s set director) and an Cuse/Lindelof audio podcast. Tidbits from the audio podcast:
- The title of last week’s episode was taken from an H.G. Wells novel. H.G. Wells, of course, was an early science fiction writer of such books as The Time Machine and The Island of Dr. Moreau (both of which could be used a reference points for LOST).
- Ben appearing in the Sahara is a “long set-up” for something that will develop later in the show.
- It’s fair to say that Ben did “summon the Smoke Monster,” but he doesn’t totally control it.
- The scene with Ben and Widmore was actually shot in England because Alan Dale (Widmore) is appearing in a London production of “Spamalot.” That scene was one of the few scenes from LOST not to be scened at a location in Hawaii.
- There is a “larger force” governing the interactions between Ben and Widmore.
- Fish and birds are also subject to the time warp effects of the island (?). This was in response to a fan question, and perhaps given tongue-in-cheek, but they did refer to the migratory bird that Claire attached a message to in the episode “Par Avion” last season.
- When Harper appeared to Juliet in “The Other Woman” that was actually Harper, not some Smoke Monster-generated image.
- Finally, Ain’t it Cool News has an excellent long interview with Michael Emerson, who’s performance was a real tour de force in last week’s episode.
Observations and speculations:
- This episode opened like the series opened: with a close up on Jack’s eye. But this time Jack didn’t open it immediately. Apparently, appendicitis affects Jack more severely than falling from the fuselage of a jet plane into a bamboo forest.
- Bernard is gaining credibility. He treats Charlotte and Faraday ina very realistic way, given the circumstances. Meanwhile, Rose is learning that the island doles out its healing powers capriciously.
- The book that Jack is reading to Aaron is Alice in Wonderland. It’s the latest of several references to Lewis Carrol on the show, including the titles for a pair of episodes, one from the first season (“White Rabbit”) and one from the third (“Through the Looking Glass”).
I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!
- Early in the episode, Claire says, “I’m not seeing things anymore.” When Sawyer rescued her in last week’s episode, she said the name Charlie. Was she seeing Charlie, or was it Christian Shepard she saw earlier?
- Now we know that Danielle Rousseau and Karl are, in fact, dead based on the existence of their corpses in shallow graves. We also know that Miles is pretty good at what he does. And that he didn’t “sign up for” killing innocent people as part of his freighter cruise.
- Protective Sawyer is kind of interesting. He’s the guy who’s gonna put a boot in your face. I like the chemistry that Miles and Sawyer have together.
- Hurley’s in a bad way in Santa Rosa. He’s convinced that the Oceanic 6 are all dead (which was also a popular fan theory during the first season). The message from Charlie sort of parallels the message given to Claire from the psychic during the first season. Aaron is not to be raised by another. Does that mean that Jack is an Other? Or just that only Claire can raise him?
- Hurley name checks a Cure song, “Just Like Heaven.”
- Lapidus and Miles aren’t aligned with the more militant element on the freighter (Keamy and his guerrillas). They are both willing to help the Lostaways. The jury’s still out on Faraday and Charlotte, but Faraday, at least, seems to be more friendly than hostile.
- How did Keamy and his men survive the Smoke Monster attack relatively unharmed, anyway? They were a little bloodied, and one looked lame, but they didn’t get the full Mr. Eko/co-pilot treatment.
- Although I like Jack, and I like Kate, somehow I don’t really care for them together. The proposal kind of made me nauseous.
- I like that Jin can still call up his old-school thug skills when the occasion calls for it.
- When Jack sees his father, Chirstian, he is wearing the same black suit with white shoes that he was wearing when Jack saw him on the island. Presumably, these are the clothes that Christian was buried in.
- I found the Christian scene very anticlimatic. I suppose Christian visiting Claire on the island was fitting, but if Jack was going to have a visitor, it would have been nice to hear what it was Christian wanted to tell him.
- So what’s the deal with Christian, anyway? He’s dead, yet he’s walking around the island, and visiting Jack off-island. He’s even holding Aaron. Is he a ghost, or something like a ghost? I’m not sure what to make of it, and I’m not that crazy about this development.
- Who was it that Kate was visiting for Sawyer? I’m guessing it has something to do with Sawyer’s ex, Cassidy, and her daughter, Clementine.
- Jack tells Kate, “Your not even related to him!,” referring to Aaron. Yet, whether he knows it or not, Jack is related to Aaron. Nice touch.
- One key plot point we didn’t know about previously: Sawyer had the opportunity to leave the island, but “chose” to stay. Also, he was apparently still alive when Jack and Kate saw him last.
- Why in the world would Claire leave Aaron at the foot of a tree?
I thought this was one of the weaker episodes of the season, especially in contrast to last week’s excellent installment. For the first time, we saw the suspense-suck brought by the flashforwards. It’s hard to get too worked up about Jack’s life-threatening appendectomy when we see he’s more or less doing fine in the future. If not for Michael Giacchino’s excellent music, those scenes might have put me to sleep.
Anyone notice anything I missed?