I’m going to apologize up front for the poor quality of tonight’s LOST post. Script Frenzy is sucking up all my free time and energy. Rather than neglect LOST entirely, I’ve decided to just do a half-arsed job. So there you go. Spoilers and such about tonight’s episode after the break.
Links and miscellanea:
- Apparently, Josh Holloway was in Turkey recently, filming an ice cream commercial.
- Doc Artz has the highlights and full audio of a Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof conference call about the remainder of the season.
- The Washington Post had this Q and A with Henry Ian Cusick.
- The season has been lengthened by an hour to accommodate a three-hour season finale. But we’ll skip a week between the first hour and the last two. Confusing enough?
- Want to watch the cast of LOST say “What” for two minutes? Well, you can anyway.
- I like this one a little bit more: What if LOST had a cheesy theme song like the kinds we used to enjoy in the ’70s and ’80s?
- A video podcast has been posted answering fan questions, but very few answers were forthcoming. It was mostly just dodging.
- An audio podcast was also posted over a month ago. In that podcast, they revealed the code name for this year’s finale: “the frozen donkey wheel.” Seriously. They also reveal that the oceanic Six are indeed Jack, Kate, Aaron, Sayid, Hurley and Sun. There is also an interesting, though probably not very reliable, discussion of apparitions, characters, and hallucinations on the show.
- Here’s a piece on Matthew Fox and his acting ambitions.
- ABC has launched an online interactive game, Lostscape, based on the show.
- The Onion’s A.V. Club has an interview with Cuse and Lindelof.
- Here’s a nice feature about Jeff Fahley (Frank Lapidus).
- TV Squad runs down nine ways to die on the island. My favorite: buried alive, of course. Though getting Arzted would have a certain appeal.
Observations and speculations:
Wow. What an intense episode. I think we’re beginning to feel the effects of the strike-shortened-and-condensed back half of season 4. I have a feeling that the show is going to be very brutal and breakneck from here to the end of the season.
- I’ve to wonder just how good of a doctor Jack is if he can’t correctly diagnose what’s wrong with his gut. Or, I suppose, he knew how severe it was, but hid it from Kate. He’s got another doctor there with him on the beach (Juliet), why not appeal to her?
- Believe it or not, I called the Risk game right before it was shown. It was a nice moment. I hope they writers find a way to include humor like this now and then in the coming episodes.
- The speculation about who shot Karl and Danielle was put to rest early. I still think Danielle may be alive. Remember, Locke took a bullet to the gut and didn’t die. I have Danielle pegged as one that the island won’t let die (an Island Immortal, if you will). This group likely also includes Ben and Charles Widmore. I look for Danielle to appear at a key moment and make a surprise attack in the war.
- I don’t know what “Code 14-J” means, exactly, but I do think it means that the “numbers” from the first season have now been entirely abandoned.
- Ben ended up in the Sahara the same way that the polar bear did, I surmise. The island apparently has “portals” to other geographic locations on the globe, and one of these is in Tunisia. I suspect that the subject also travels through time, perhaps without knowing when exactly he or she is going to end up. Note that Ben lied to Sayid about how he got off the island (claiming to have taken Desmond’s boat to Fiji and chartering a plane). That’s clearly not what happened.
- When Ben lands in the Sahara, he is wearing a coat with the name “Holliwax” on it, which is also one of Dr. Marvin Candle‘s aliases. The jacket bears a DHARMA insignia I’ve never seen before—sort of a swirly thing, like maybe a coiled snake.
- The body count is really starting to accelerate. In addition to Alex (a dramatic death), we have the freighter doctor and three redshirts in Othersville (the last of which was actually wearing a red shirt). Presumably, the Smoke Monster took out at least some of Keamy’s team.
- The alias that Ben uses at the Tunisia hotel is “Dean Moriarty,” which, as we’ve already discussed is the name that appeared on the passport in Ben’s Othersville bunker. As previously mentioned, it’s a reference both to a character in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and also Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ arch-enemy. (Does this mean Charles Widmore is Sherlock Holmes? I’m not yet convinced that Widmore’s the ultimate villain here, though Ben is trying to convince everyone that he is.)
- Sayid apparently married Nadia, his long-lost love and former torture victim, and lived with her for a short time in Los Angeles after he got off the island. It is there she was killed by Widmore’s man, according to Ben—though this may have been a ploy to get Sayid to work for him. Recall that the last time we saw Nadia, she was getting her house inspected by Locke in (I think) California. Then he returned to his hometown of Tikrit to bury Nadia’s body.
- Jacob’s an odd guy. Apparently, he’s very picky about who he speaks to. Ben needs Locke to communicate with Jacob, and Hurley to find his cabin. Weird.
- Sawyer is very loyal. He risks his life to save Claire, then initiates a Mexican standoff to try to get Hurley back to the beach. It’s a personal characteristic that would have been hard to anticipate during season 1, when he was only looking out for himself. I like that his character is built around that contradiction.
- I’m guessing that Keamy’s men knew that Miles was planning to double cross Widmore. That’s probably why he’s not anxious to get back to them. Personally, I’m really looking forward to Miles meeting Jacob. That should really cause some fireworks. I’m also assuming that meeting Jacob was the purpose for which Widmore brought Miles (the “ghostbuster”) to the island.
- I like the melodrama of Charles Widmore and Ben Linus as the kings in a global game of chess. Apparently, they had an understanding, or a “rule” that family members were off limits. Maybe Ben miscalculated by telling Keamy that Alex wasn’t actually his daughter. Perhaps that was why Charles said that Ben was the one who killed Alex.
- Ben’s secret chamber has a very ancient archeology look to it. Something very ancient on the island, some stone hieroglyphs, are related to the Smoke Monster, and perhaps Jacob. I’m sure that the fansites are going to dissect that stone chamber door in detail.
- Sayid fell for some pretty transparent reverse psychology: “No, Sayid. Don’t get involved. Don’t become my personal assassin. Don’t do my nefarious bidding. After all, I can take care of the people who ruined your life all by myself. No really. Don’t help me at all. Just go back to whatever it was you were doing.”
- Ben apparently has the ability to summons the Smoke Monster. That doesn’t necessarily mean he knows what it is. By the way, one of the most awesome Smoke Monster appearances yet.
- Bernard gets cool points for knowing Morse code.
- Do Farraday and Charlotte Lewis know that the plan was to kill everyone on the island? I hope we find out a little bit more about their perspectives. It seems that several of the freighter people don’t know the whole story.
- The final scene with Charles Widmore and Ben Linus was great. The tone has really shifted, though. This scene would have been awfully hard to see coming after the first season. Here’s some of what we learned from that scene: Widmore has some kind of prior claim on the island, and believes Ben stole it from him. How is it that Widmore can’t find the island? What does it move around? Ben says he can’t kill Widmore. Widmore may have the protection fothe island.
- By the way, Widmore has the same kind of scotch at his bedside table, MacCutcheon, that he drank with Desmond when Desmond last saw him before ending up on the island.
- Now Desmond and Ben’s fates are in opposition. Does Ben realize that? Does Ben know anything about Desmond? It will be interesting to see how that plays out.
- Why is Penny so hard to find? The last we saw her, she was living in some swanky London apartment, where she had stayed for several years, hoping that Desmond might call her on Christmas Eve. Was Widmore bluffing?
I don’t know about you all, but I thought that episode was fantastic. I can’t imagine very many people have that much to complain about, but feel free to gripe in the comments if you wish. I’m too tired to go back and correct all the typos in this post right now, so I’ll just ask you to cut me some slack.
See you all next week.