You should know up front that tonight’s episode was the first third of the season finale, and that the final two thirds are two weeks away.
That out of the way, let’s talk about tonight’s episode after the break.
Links and miscellanea:
- Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof were too busy cutting the final segments fo the finale to do an official podcast. But there is an interview with Rebecca Mader (Charlotte Lewis) posted at ABC.com.
- What does LOST have in common with particle physics?
- I don’t remember if I linked it at the time, but this feature from USA Today, in which Cuse and Lindelof grade fan theories, is worth a second look.
- Evangeline Lily went on The Tonight Show recently and admitted to living in a moldy house.
- During the ABC upfronts, it was revealed that LOST will return midseason next year with 17 consecutive episodes. Barring an actors’ strike, that is.
Observations and speculations:
- The title for the season 4 finale is (obviously) from The Wizard of Oz. Just to review, it’s not the first reference to Oz on the show. When Ben Linus first showed up, he claimed to be Henry Gale, the same name as Dorothy’s uncle. Her Auntie Em’s full name was Emily, the name shared by Ben and Locke’s mothers. In the fantastic season 3 episode “Flashes Before Your Eyes,” Desmond sees a man with red shoes get crushed, just like the Wicked Witch of the East.
- The episode opens with a Coast Guard co-pilot holding onto a white rabbit’s foot. Later, we see that Hurley’s dad hand Hurley a key chain with a white rabbits foot on it. White rabbits, of course, are a recurring motif in LOST. Also, Ben’s father had a rabbit’s foot in his hand when he died (and his hand was still holding it when Vincent came running out of the jungle holding his disembodied arm).
- Why exactly did the co-pilot say that the Oceanic Six are “bad mojo”?
- Jack’s leadership on the Coast Guard plane is questionable, which is classic Jack. He’s not hesitant to speak for the group, but the group seems to be ambivalent about that.
- This is the first time we’ve seen Jack’s mother since season 1, episode 5. Margo Shepard is played by Veronica Hamel, probably best known as the tough public defender and lover of Captain Furillo on Hill Street Blues. Also, she kind of looks like Kate, which can’t be a coincidence of casting.
- Now we know what the weird, swirly DHARMA logo is. It’s The Orchid. It was the logo on the jacket Ben was wearing when he appeared in the Sahara, and it was also on the cover of the secondary protocol. It’s also in Faraday’s notebook, so it’s probably related to time travel. (Now would be an excellent time to review the Orchid Station training film. And hey, look! It’s a white rabbit!)
- The water bottles that Kate and Jack are drinking from as they trek through the jungle are Oceanic Airlines water bottles. (See the level of detail my recaps get now that I have HD!)
- I like how Sawyer referred to the barracks as “New Otherton.” This is an example of the writers incorporating a term that was coined by the fans into the show—a nod and a wink. Sawyer and Hurley are the two characters most likely to introduce this device.
- It bothered me a little bit that Aaron is suddenly a much different looking baby. I suppose this is to be expected, though. You just can’t keep babies as babies forever. It also bothered me that Kate was expected to pass Aaron off as five weeks old. That kid was more like four months.
- I like Sawyer and Jack together. “Hold up. You don’t get to die alone.” That’s a nice call back to dialogue from Jack during season two’s finale (“Live Together, Die Alone.”)
- I still don’t understand the geography of the supposed theory behind the Oceanic 815 crash site. How does a plane from Sydney to Los Angeles end up off the coast of Indonesia. It just doesn’t make sense, unless the plane for some reason decided to head west instead of east after it took off.
- The unchartered island that the Losties supposedly lived on was called “Membata.” According to this Webster’s Online translation, “membata-bata” means ambivalent in Indonesian. I suppose this could be deliberate, as the survivors are feeling ambivalent about their current situation. Or it could be a coincidence.
- Nadia is looking great. It’s a shame that she’s soon to be murdered in Los Angeles. A shame, I tell you.
- The outboard motor on the Zodiac, the freighter’s tender vessel, says “four” on it. That’s a “numbers” sighting, I guess.
- Though I’m still a big Michael Giacchino fan, I found the score in this episode to be a little bit overblown and distracting at times. Maybe it’s just me.
- Inside Ben’s wooden box: some DHARMA Initiative soda crackers, rope, binoculars, an old rag and a mirror. Ben uses the mirror to communicate with someone (presumably the others—which could mean that The Temple is near the top of the mountain).
- When Faraday takes the first raft to the freighter, it has two of the Oceanic Six on it (Sun and Aaron), as well as other people who don’t make it off the island.
- Worst moment of the episode for me: when Sun tells her father, Mr. Paik, that she’s taken the money from the settlement with Oceanic Airlines and used it to buy a controlling interest in Paik Industries. C’mon! Unless the individual settlements were in the $50 billion range, I very much doubt that Sun would have been able to buy a majority position in a Korean manufacturing conglomerate. That’s just silly.
- The more interesting comment was when Sun said that two people were responsible for Jin’s death, and that Mr. Paik was one of them. Who is the other?
- I suppose the whispers that Hurley heard in his parents’ house was supposed to be a fake out. But were they really the spooky island whispers? We know that they can follow people off the island. Michael heard the whispers on the freighter when he had a vision of Libby.
- When Hurley arrives at his parents’ house and gets out of his car, he is carrying a sack from Mr. Clucks Chicken, the chicken restaurant he worked at when he won the lottery.
- The Z28 was the same car that Hurley and his dad were working on in Hurley’s season 3 flashback episode, “Tricia Tanaka’s Dead.” And it’s the same car that Hurley crashed after being involved in a police chase in the first scene of this season.
- The numbers on the odometer were a nice touch. It’s an indication to Hurley that even though he’s home, everything is not right. It’s an indication to the fans that the numbers have not been entirely forgotten.
- So now we know what the electronic device attached to Keamy’s bicep is: it’s a detonation device, attached to what looks like a whole heaping lot of C4 explosives.
- Two weeks ago, I was wondering whether Jack knew that Aaron is his nephew. Now we know he did. Nice that we didn’t have to wait long for an answer to that question.
- When Kate and Sayid get captured by Richard Alpert and his Merry Band of Others, I feel a lot more ambivalent about it than I ever thought I would. We just don’t have enough information to know how to feel about this yet. I guess it’s preferable to being captured by Keamy and his mercs.
- Ben always has a plan. In this case, his plan involves surrendering to a really badass mercenary.
- The closing montage does a good job of setting out just where exactly everyone is as Act I comes to a close.
This wasn’t my favorite episode, but I’m withholding judgment until I see the final two thirds. Much of this was setup. A week off until the final bash of the season, then no more Lost until 2009.
Anyone notice anything I didn’t, or come up with any interesting theories during tonight’s episode?