For Lost, the end is nigh. And this episode was the first that I felt that. Rather than worrying about character development (nothing character-centric here), the show is putting the pieces in place for the finale, with now just five hours left.
Discussion of tonight’s episode, which of course means spoilers, below.
Links and miscellanea
- In this month’s issue of Wired magazine, there’s a big feature on Lost. At the first page of the story, there is a photo of the writer’s room that blows my mind. It shows the white board and some time line information that either includes major, major spoilers, or is full of false information. If it’s the former, then there is an awful lot of plot that we still haven’t seen yet. If you are hoping to avoid spoilers do not stare at that photo. (The articles themselves seem tame and spoiler-free.)
- Cuse and Lindelof clarified that they will not be doing a live Q and A session with Jimmy Kimmel following the season finale. They will tape an interview a few days earlier, to air after the finale. Following the finale, the producer/writers will go into radio silence, letting the show speak for itself.
- Jorge Garcia gave the LA Times a tour of Lost filming locations in Hawaii.
- I’m not that interested in when Matthew Fox came of age or whether he’s having an affair, but maybe you are, so I’ll link anyway.
- Proving that we may already be living in a bizarre alternate universe, Glee got better ratings than Lost last week.
- I can see how talking about Lost might be just the thing to make your weekly Bible study group a bit more interesting.
- Lost Slapdown Part 12:
- You can view the entries in the Lost fan promo contest here. (My vote goes to “The LOST Life.”)
Observations and speculations
- The episode opens with a Not-Locke and Jack confab in the jungle, and an immediate answer to one of my top questions. Not-Locke confirms that he was, in fact, the version of Christian Shepard that Jack saw soon after Oceanic 815 crashed. But he claims he did it to help Jack and the survivors find water. Not-Locke also says that the survivors were trapped before they even got to the island, caught by Jacob. Although Not-Locke is clearly operating on his own agenda, and not above lying, there’s a lot of truth to what he says here.
- Claire knows that she’s Jack’s half-sister. His half-crazy half-sister.
- Claire tells Jack “you decided the moment you let him talk to you, just like the rest of us. Whether you like it or not, your with him now.” This has been stated repeatedly this season–don’t let Smokie speak or else it’s too late. I’m not sure that applies to Jack, though. He seems to have his own motivations.
- Hurley’s never been a good person to tell a secret to, but he doesn’t blow it here. It’s interesting to see Sawyer forming alliances and coalitions. He’s come a long way since “every man for himself.”
- Great Sawyer line: “Who the hell’s Anakin?”
- Funny Hurley line: “Hey, Claire. You look … great.”
- I really enjoyed Kate and Sawyer’s back and forth at the PD. Kate helped explain for us why it is Sawyer let her escape at LAX–because Sawyer really didn’t want anyone to know he was in Australia. “Of all the gin joints–” scratch that. “Of all the cars in Los Angeles, you smash into mine. Almost like someone’s trying to put us together.” Sawyer’s sort of figuring it out.
- Miles tells Sawyer that Keamy is a homocide victim. I suppose that closes the door on the theory that Keamy might have survived the restaurant massacre.
- I really would tune in for a show called Sawyer and Miles, LAPD. I’m just saying.
- At Camp Not-Locke, Kate says to Jack of Sayid, “He’s different now.” She’s observant. Jack replies, “Guess we’re all different now.” One interpretation could be that letting Not-Locke speak to them changed all of them, not just Sayid.
- Zoe wanders into Camp Not-Locke and tries to bargain for Smokie to return Desmond. She uses her powers of persuasion and surface-to-surface missiles. But Smokie doesn’t bargain. “Well. Here we go.” Yes.
- Desmond dials his charm up as much as possible (to a creepy degree, actually) to try to get Claire to follow him to his attorney’s office.
- The law firm name (Sweetzer & Verdansky) rang a bell, and luckily I didn’t have to think that long. It was the name on the correspondence Jack saw concerning his father’s will. Of course, we didn’t know at the time that Ilana was the attorney in charge of the matter.
- Another funny Hurley line (in response to Claire asking, “What’s going on?”): “People trying to kill us again.”
- Call me crazy (not quite Claire crazy), but I think Not-Locke knew when he sent Sawyer to get the boat that Sawyer might not return. This flies in the face of the efforts Not-Locke has made to gather the candidates together, but it just feels that way to me.
- I wonder if Not-Locke knows why he wants Desmond dead, or if he’s just improvising based on the fact that Widmore wants Desmond so badly.
- Det. Straume and Det. Ford sure do move fast. On just some grainy ATM video, they are able to identify Sayid and find the home of his brother. Also, Det. Ford doesn’t miss a trick, tripping Sayid up with the old garden hose pulled tight in front of the back door.
- I liked when Sawyer describes Lapidus as a guy who “looks like he just stepped of the set of a Burt Reynolds movie. Also, Sawyer’s position on Crazy Claire seems perfectly reasonable to me.
- I don’t believe for a second that Sayid actually killed Desmond. He really looked like he was bluffing. Perhaps Sayid isn’t as far gone as we were assuming.
- In LA-X, Jack and his son, David, are now on great terms. We still don’t know who the mother is.
- Jack is feeling wishy-washy about leaving the island. Once again, his Jacob-replacement stock appears to be rising.
- Jack says, “The island’s not done with us yet.” Another oft-repeated line. Widmore and Hawkings both, at different times, said this to Desmond. Jack takes a “leap of faith” off of Sawyer’s damn boat. Point of fact, it’s really Desmond’s boat. And before that, it was Libby’s.
- In LA-X, Jack looks down at a mirror and sees Locke. It was this episode’s mirror-gazing scene, and Jack has a flash of recognition, mentioning that he knows Locke. Of course, they met at the lost luggage desk in LAX, but Jack’s recognition seems deeper. The other timeline is bleeding through.
- Zoe’s Team Widmore squad seems very reluctant. These are scientists, not mercenaries, and it shows. Even with the weapons, I think the Losties will end up having the advantage here.
- Sun and Jin’s reunion was predictably touching. (I think Sawyer was getting a bit of sea spray in his eyes.) I’m sort of glad to have that done with. Seeing Jin brought Sun’s ability to speak in English back. I’m not sure why she wouldn’t be speaking Korean. The last time she saw him, Jin didn’t know much English.
- After Team Locke gets shelled by Widmore, the scene is eerily reminiscent of what happened after Oceanic 815 crashed, except this time it’s Jack who is face down on the beach and (Not-)Locke who carries Jack to safety. Not-Locke tells Jack, “don’t worry. It’s going to be okay.” Then, “You’re with me now.” Jack appears to be the last recruit of the episode’s title.
This episode was mostly action and not a lot for easter eggs or hidden messages. Unless I missed them, which is entirely possible.
I liked it, how about you?