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Posted on: May 29, 2009 12:31 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2009 12:33 pm
 

Lost reveals identity of four-toed statue

It's Egyptian, like we suspected, but not the one we thought. After the season finale, I wrote about how the statue seemed to be Sobek , the Nile River god tied to the creation myth. I was even more confident with this since part of Sobek's lore involved this Jacob-ish like explanation:

"Sobek's ambiguous nature led some Egyptians to believe that he was a repairer of evil that had been done, rather than a  force for good in itself, for example, going to Duat to restore damage done to the dead as a result of their form of death.  He was also said to call on suitable gods and goddesses required for protecting people in situation, effectively having a  more distant role, nudging things along, rather than taking an active part." Turns out its Taweret , the goddess of motherhood. That's uber-simple because in fact Taweret's nature changed mutiple times. She was also viewed as the mate to another deity that when paired, she became the demon wife of the original god of evil. Makes my head spin too, but the point seems to be -- the more the Egyptians got to know Tawaret, the less frightening and more revered the part hippo, lion and crocodile became.

What does this all mean? No real strong idea yet. But we've obviously been hit hard with lots of fertility issues throughout the show, and Tawaret (who's often depicted pregnant) would seem to be a lightpost indicating The Island was once a very fertile place. And maybe her destruction further symbolizes the 2003-'07 reproductive issues that have plagued The Island.

Also, the fact there are two interpretations of Tawaret (early = evil; late = good) seems to symbolize a duality we flirted with in the finale between Nameless Man and Jacob.

Sources: ABC | Doc Jensen

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Tags: Lost, season five
 
Posted on: May 14, 2009 11:23 am
Edited on: May 29, 2009 12:34 pm
 

Lost: Jacob's Swan song closes season five

Let's get this out of the way: Nobody does season finales quite like "Lost." They always go out with a bang.

Let's also get this out of the way: "The Incident, Part 1&2" is the sister episode to "Live Together, Die Alone," the season two finale.

So let's start there. Whether it was Juliet's declaration to "live together, die alone," or the blinding light from the explosion at the Swan (again), TIP12 started off with cryptic dialogue before taking us on a two-hour journey to make the dynamite go boom.

About that dialogue between two strangers on a beach. It took place between Jacob, and a man (played by another "Deadwood" alum (Titus Welliver).

Jacob: "I take it you're here because of the ship?"
Man: "I am. How did they find the island?
Jacob: "You'll have to ask when they get here."
Man: "I don't have to ask. You brought them here. Still trying to prove me wrong, aren't you?"
Jacob: "You are wrong."
Man: "When they come, they fight, they destroy, they corrupt. It always ends the same."
Jacob: "It only ends once, anything before that is just progress."
Man: "Do you have any idea how badly I want to kill you?
Jacob: "Yes"
Man: "One of these days sooner or later, we're gonna find a loophole my friend"
Jacob: "When you do I'll be right here."
Man: "Always nice talking to you, Jacob."
Jacob: "Nice talking to you, too."

If there's one thing "Lost" is good at, it's making us think a conversation is about one thing when it's really about another.  But let's assume this conversation is between the Devil and God, with Jacob serving the role of the latter. I take this as the argument for human existence. The devil points out all that's bad with humans -- fighting, destroying, corrupting, death  -- while God returns the volley with, "those are the means to a universal end I call progress." And then the man says he wants  to kill god, which also happens to be the M.O. of John Locke.

Quickly backtracking, Jacob starts off the episode weaving a tapestry with the motto, "Ille qui nos omnes servabit" on it. That 
translates to, "He who will protect us all."

We then pan out to see the background, which includes our favorite statue of the crocodile god, Sobek. According to Wikipedia , Sobek was a crocodile, or man with a crocodile head who was a powerful and frightening deity. In some creation myths, it was Sobek who first came out of the waters of chaos to create the world.

That's fine and all, but consider this passage, also from Wikipedia:

"Sobek's ambiguous nature led some Egyptians to believe that he was a repairer of evil that had been done, rather than a  force for good in itself, for example, going to Duat to restore damage done to the dead as a result of their form of death.  He was also said to call on suitable gods and goddesses required for protecting people in situation, effectively having a  more distant role, nudging things along, rather than taking an active part."

Nudging things along is exactly how we come to know Jacob. The episode is a Jacob episode. We flash back with him as he  nudges along our favorite Lostees and Llana.

Here's the Jacob tally:

  • Covered for a young, thieving Kate (1)
  • Handed young James Ford (2) a pen in order to finish his letter to Sawyer
  • Asked Sayid (3) for directions moments before Nadia's death via car (did he save Sayid or cause Nadia's death?)
  • Asked for Llana (4), in serious recovery mode, for help
  • Apologized to Locke (5), who was just thrown out the window by his dad, and tells him "everything will be alright. Sorry this happened to you."
  • Advised Sun (6) and Jin (7) not to take their love for granted (in Korean)
  • Hand Jack (8) a candy bar, and tells him "I guess it just needed a little push."
  • Shares a cab with Hurley (9), and tells him "I'm definitely not dead ... what if you weren't cursed? What if you were blessed? You get to talk to the people you lost. You are not crazy" before instructing him how to return to the Island.
Jacob is definitely nudging along our Lostees at some of their more crucial junctures in their respective backstory lives. He's also seen reading our episodes' guiding piece of literature, Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge." The book is a collection of nine short stories published after her death. According to Amazon, the flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment. I count nine Lostees above. 

There's one more chunk of dialogue I think is crucial before we get into the 1977 storyline. It's between Locke and Ben, who  are palling around on the way to go kill Jacob.

Locke: "It's the door (it reads "quarantine") to the hatch where you and I first met."
Locke: "Mind if I ask you a question?"
Ben: "I'm a Pisces"
Locke: "What happened that day in the cabin when you took me to Jacob?"
Ben: "You know I was talking to an empty chair. I was pretending."
Locke: "Why would you go through all the trouble to make things up?"
Ben: "I was embarrassed. I didn't want you to know I hadn't seen Jacob. So I lied. That's what I do.
Locke: "Alright then."
Ben: "Why do you want me to kill Jacob, John?"
Locke: "Because despite your loyal service to this Island you got cancer, you watched your own daughter gunned down in front  of you. You reward for those sacrifices? You were banished. And you did all this for a man you hadn't met. So the question is, Ben, why the hell wouldn't you want to kill Jacob?"

If Jacob is our proxy for God, or at least a god , this is the ultimate question of religion. How does the god-believing world  serve a being they've never seen? How, after millennia of doing so, and the suffering that's existed, aren't they ready to  kill it? This is heavy stuff, my friend. This is what makes the show so special, IMO. It's ability to usher us through two hours  of season-finale excitement in 1977, but have us ponder the meaning of faith in God in present day-time.

Moving on.

In 1977 Jack and Sayid remove the it-goes-boom element from Jughead and use the cover of camp to make their move. However,  Roger Linus, avenges his son by shooting Sayid in the gut. The two manage to escape with the help of C3PO, R2D2 and Chewbacca  Miles, Jin and Hurley. En route to the Swan they're stopped by Sawyer, Juliet and Kate. Sawyer, meanwhile, was convinced to  stop this event from happening by a flip-flopping Juliet (Guess what? She has parental issues. Get out!) and a money, Money, MONEY encounter with Rose and Bernard.

I went three moneys on you because so many people who don't watch the show always say stuff like "what's the big deal with some  people stuck on an island?" Or "guess I'll never know how to survive on and island, oh well." Well, Rose and Bernard showed  just what the Island is capable of if everybody wasn't so worried about blowing up bombs and killing each ther.

"We're retired," Rose says. Bernard follows here with a schpeal on the importance of each other and having isolated, beach-front property.

Rose, care to help us stop looney tunes Jack?

"Who cares!? It's always something with you people. Traveled back 30 years in time and you're still trying to shoot each other"

So I guess that mean you, Bernard and Vincent are out on stopping Doc?

The beauty of the scene was finally some people are using this Island for what we in the real world associate islands with: freedom, relaxation, detachment. Amen that the producers finally winked our way saying, "ya know, we've been lucky enough to shoot  in Hawaii for five seasons now. Life ain't too bad here."

After their goodbyes with R 'n' B, Sawyer, Juliet and Kate confront the Bomb Boys. Jack gives Sawyer five minutes to make his case. Sawyer tells him about his parents' tragic demise and how Sawyer could have hopped on a sub and stopped it. But he didn't. Because "what's done is done." Clearly that's the new, "whatever happened, happened."

He also dropped one of my all-time "Lost" favorite lines in this exchange:

"I don't speak destiny. What I do understand is a man does what he does because he wants something for himself. What do you  want, Jack?"

Jack does another whine job, dropping, "I had her and I lost her. It's too late. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be."

This leads to a slugfest between the two before Juliet steps in to stop the carnage. Speaking of Juliet, her intro backstory episode was "The Other Woman." If that label ever applied, it was this episode, her final one. Once ag ain she felt to be the other woman to Sawyer, whether that was the case or not. This leads her to do some wild things.

While Juliet breaks up with Sawyer post-fight, Jack convinces Kate that blowing things up will allow Claire to make a decision regarding Aaron. That's enough reason for Kate, but not me. You? But Jack says, "nothing in my life has ever felt so good." I'd imagine that's also the feeling suicide bombers get before their moments of "triumph." There must be something freeing about a kamikaze mission you believe has a purpose.

Sawyer meanwhile asks Juliet, "what do you think, Blondie?"

"Live together, die alone my former (weep) love muffin."

I wasn't a big fan of the Juliet logic of pushing away Sawyer, but it will free our favorite model-turned-TV star to mourn a bit quicker come season six, I imagine. But I get ahead of myself with talk of mourning.

There's a gunfight at the Swan Corral as the drill bores dangerously close to the no-no zone of magnetism. It eventually reaches its point of kablooey and unleashes the metal-sucking force that lives below the ground. This sucks in all things metal, which includes crippling the drill tower onto Doc Chang's hand and impaling good ol' Phil (should have taken that lunch break). It also coils a chain around Juliet, who's sucked into the hole. But not before professing her love to Sawyer. While I dug the last-seconds exchange between the two, I spoiled the scene for myself since I knew Juliet had her own show coming out and would need to be written off the Island.

Back in 2007, Llana and the Ajira Illuminati continue their march through the jungle, eventually torching Jacob's trespassed cabin before heading to the foot of the four-toed Sobek statue. There they rendezvous with Ricardos? Alpert, who solves the Latin riddle of "what lies in the shadow of the statue?"

Inside the shadow of the statue Locke and Ben confront Jacob. Ben goes Fredo on Jacob, "He (Locke) gets to march straight up here as if he was Moses. So, why him? What was it that was so wrong with me? What about me?"

Well, Jacob, care to answer?

"What about you?

Ba-zing!

Knife, meet Jacob's chest. But not before Evil Locke reveals that he, indeed, found his "loophole." At the same time we learn Llana and her Ajira Illuminati were lugging around The Real John Locke's corpse. Ruh-roh. Who is this masked Locke? Why it's old man must kill Jacob!

Jacob rolls to his fiery death. I imagine we'll learn more about Jacob come season six. But back to Juliet. She manages to survive her plummet down the Swan shaft (rrrrright), which allows her to bludgeon ol' Jughead (ala Desmond turning the key in "Live together, die alone") to explosion. Off goes white light, up comes inverted! "Lost" closing text and that's a season finale, my friends. The other woman made the ultimate sacrifice.

Let's talk TIP12 and what to expect come season six!


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Tags: Lost, season five
 
Posted on: April 30, 2009 11:59 am
Edited on: April 30, 2009 12:33 pm
 

Lost: Stop, or Jedi Faraday's mom will shoot

She that is Queen of Tunis; she that dwells
Ten leagues beyond man's life; she that from Naples
Can have no note, unless the sun were post—
The Man i' th' Moon's too slow—till new-born chins
Be rough and razorable; she that from whom
We all were sea-swallow'd, though some cast again
(And by that destiny) to perform an act
Whereof what's past is prologue; what to come,
In yours and my discharge.

The Tempest Act 2, scene 1, 245–254
For nearly six seasons, Lost has been a show so drenched in irony and juxtaposition that it was tough for John Locke to stand up at times. So it's no surprise that an episode about destiny would be called "The Variable." That a man of science would be reared by a woman of faith. That all young Faraday wanted was "to make time."

"If only you could," said his mother, Eloise Hawking.

For if he could, he would answer the plea of "God help us all." It's a plea Eloise made to Ben if he couldn't round up the Oceanic Six and a declaration Dr. Pierre Chang made last night if his construction workers drilled one centimeter further and released the energy under The Orchid Station. For only God can make time ... or Dr. Manhattan.

But Faraday wasn't allowed to make time for his piano playing, rather, he was helicopter parented by Eloise to become the youngest doctoral recipient in Oxford history. He was so good there that he earned a grant for a rich industrialist named Charles Widmore.

He used that grant to work on time traveling with a mouse named Eloise and a research assistant named Theresa. Both would suffer unfortunate fates. Eloise, we remember died. Theresa, we remember, was living her remaining life in a coma. Widmore took care of her medical expenses. Why?

Because her coma was a result of Faraday's time traveling. The same time traveling experiments that left him sans memory and an emotional wreck. Why wasn't he in a coma as well? Faraday, in large part, was set on this path by his mother because of his "Rainman"-like gift of memory. It's that strong memory that kept him alive in his early time-traveling experiments. But why did he get so emotional over the sunken fake Oceanic flight 816? At the time, 2003, he didn't know the survivors. He had yet to board the freighter and land on the Island and run into Jack and Kate on a rainy Island night. Could he have been conditioned to respond so? After all, brain washing was the M.O. of Room 23 on the Island. Could Faraday have been Ludovico'd at some point of his life? (Quick, what movie?)

Whatever the reason, it opened the door for Widmore to come marching into Faraday's life. Widmore explained to Daniel that it was him, the rich industrialist, who sunk the airplane in order to keep the Island's location hush-hush. And it's him now asking Daniel to go to the Island to recover his memory. Because on the Island, like on the August 2003 issue of "Wired" sitting on the chair at Faraday's home, "The Impossible Gets Real." And that, my friends, is our guiding piece of literature for this episode. It used to be that whatever happened, happened.

It used to be the famous line from Chinatown : "What did you do in Chinatown? As little as possible."  It was "as little as possible," because the police never knew if their actions were helping or hurting the diverse collection of ethnic groups inhabiting L.A's Chinatown. That's how Lost comes off. We don't know if Dharma, the Hostiles, Widmore, Eloise, Daniel, Dr. Chang are helping or hurting things.
 
And that's the ironic fate of the variables, or as Faraday says, "people." The Lostees' trajectory, the ones we always associated with being affected by the Island, have in fact been affecting the Island's dynamic. A dynamic involving Widmore, Eloise and Alpert. Involving Horace, Dr. Chang and Dharma. Involving smoke monsters, Ben Linus, and an energy-dense Island. These variables, which we've come to know and probably care about, are the elements changing the flow of time.

So it's no surprise that by the end of the episode the once-splintered gang was now back together and heading back to where it all started -- the beach. They have to, as "A User's Guide to Time Travel," one of the main articles from that issue of "Wired" explains.

"Having examined Einstein's equations more closely, physicists now realize that the river of time may be diverted into a whirlpool - called a closed timelike curve - or even a fork leading to a parallel universe. In particular, the more mass you can concentrate at a single point, the more you can bend the flow."

After all, variables die alone or live together. Season five is taking us back to the show's original premise -- survival. Having a mass of Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, Hurley, Jack, Kate, Jin, Faraday ... well, that could change time.

Back to 2003. Widmore tells Faraday, just like he once told Locke, that he's special and has a gift. Do Faraday and Locke really have gifts? Is this smoke up the ol' keester? Locke, we remember, was drawing pictures of smoke monsters at an early age. Faraday, we find out, had quite the metronomic memory at an early age. But it's Faraday driving this episode, in full Jedi style. He returns to 1977 aboard the sub, in black Dharma gear and immediately infiltrates the Deathstar, er, Dharma. He's there to prevent Dr. Chang's group from drilling into the earth below the Swan Station. For if they do, it will unleash a monster energy packet that will require Dharmans to push a button, which will eventually lead to Desmond pushing a button, which will eventually lead to Desmond not pushing the button when he accidentally killed Kelvin, which released the packet of energy that knocked Oceanic flight 815 out of the sky, which lead to the season-one storyline, which lead to just about everything we've come to know ... including why Faraday is on The Island in 1977. Simple, right?

While past in Lost is prologue, Faraday now believes he can debunk that idea. The past doesn't always precede the same story -- whatever happened, happened, but by him being there he can alter the next happening. Make sense? Probably not. That's because Eloise has really worked over Faraday. She sold him on his gift early on and coupled it with the notion of destiny. That's a combustible recipe. It makes someone believe they have a higher purpose. However, we cap the episode with that same mom putting a bullet in her child's abdomen. Was that always the endgame?

Back to Chinatown let's go. The movie focuses on resource management (water in this instance) and the ensuing corruption of it. Say, like a monster power source under the Swan Station. It also focuses on a powerful family, the Crosses, with a dirty secret. The rich industrialist, er, patriarch of this family controls the city, but lives on an orange grove in seeming banishment. He has a fractured relationship with his daughter, one that eventually leads to her pointing a gun at him before she's eventually shot by a corrupt policeman. The dirty little secret is incest, which I'm going out on a limb and speculating Faraday is the result of. I think the dirty little secret of the Hawking-Faraday-Widmore triangle isn't that Hawking and Widmore had a lover's quarrel of epic proportions, it's that they're brother and sister. Could that be why she done slapped him across the face outside the hospital when he said "he's my son too"? Could that be why Faraday never knew his father? Could that be, and here's what I'm hanging my hat on, why Widmore was banished from the Island? There has to be some reason, so wild, that gave Benjamin reason to banish Widmore. Could that be why Eloise doesn't endorse Faraday having a normal relationship with Theresa? Could it be why, in fact, she did want to send him back in time: to write this epic wrong?

I'll leave that tangent alone, for now.

Let's talk about Sawyer and Juliet for a minute for a nice rom-com diversion. So, who thinks they'll make it?! Juliet's clearly seen the writing on the wall, while Sawyer asks, "still got my back?" She replies, "still got mine?" Sawyer, turns out, is going to lead the Lostees back to the beach. Remember, it was Juliet who backed Sawyer when he was ridiculously trying to return there once the Island stopped skipping.

And what about Faraday's reveal to Dr. Chang about the Doc's relationship with Miles? The whole episode was Faraday debunking his own whatever happened, happened theory and this was one of the fun little balls of time-traveling yarn we got to watch unravel. However, in the end, Faraday re-subscribed to his notion that he's just a pawn in time's game, as evident by him saying his mother had "known the whole time" it would come to this.

This was a great episode, maybe even my favorite of the season. Maybe it's because Faraday has become such a great addition to the cast and his back story offered so many reveals. But how about the juxtaposition of the constant, Desmond, being in grave danger? How about Faraday wrestling with free will vs. destiny? How about the refinement of the whatever happened, happened mentality? Turns out that yes, whatever happened, did in fact happen, but that was all prologue to this moment. And in this moment you're stuck obeying the laws of life, which means you can, in fact get a gunshot scar on the neck. I think this episode officially marks the beginning of the end. The Lostees are back together on a mission of survival, just like they were in season one. However, they now know the Island and I think that's going to make this hit of the reset button all the more fun.




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Tags: Lost, Season Five
 
Posted on: March 5, 2009 12:38 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2009 1:43 pm
 

Last night's Lost: He's just that into Lefleur

In the second part of our three-year back-and-forth snapshots of A.D., after donkey wheel, we learn about the fates of the remaining Skipping Six in an episode light on sci-fi, but heavy on Sawyer.

And that means the ladies are a happy lot. Until the end of "Lefleur," that is.

A.D. life is good for the crew, but let's examine how it got to be.

After Locke turned the donkey wheel The Island skipped one last time and finally got back on track.

Well, that's not exactly right. The Island got back on A track.

"The record is now spinning again, we're just not on the song we want to be on," said a red-eyed Faraday.

With the headaches gone, the Sawyers head toward the beach, which isn't seen as a good idea. But Juliet confirms Sawyer's plan to hoof it to the beach.

"You should thank me, it was a stupid idea," she says, "but any plan is better than no plan."

En route to the beach the Sawyers encounter a couple of picnickers being executed by Hostiles. Miles questions if they should help.

Dan, dry your eyes, should we help a Dharma sister out?

"It doesn't matter what we do. Whatever happened, happened."

Is Dan a heartbroken 16-year-old girl or is he ... Plato? That's what Sawyer calls him. Let's dwell on this for a moment, because I consider this a serious turning point of not just the episode, but the show.

Plato is famous for a lot of things, but the one you and I probably remember most from high school is his "Allegory of the Cave."

In the cave, prisoners are chained and held immobile since childhood. Their arms, legs and head are all fixed. The inhabitants of the cave gaze endlessly at a wall in front of them. Behind the prisoners is a large fire and between the fire and the prisoners is a raised walkway in which puppets of various animals, plants and other things are moved. The puppets cast shadows on the wall, and the prisoners watch the shadows. There are also echoes off the wall from the noise produced from the walkway.

The idea goes: Prisoners take the shadows to be the actual, real things and the echoes to be real sounds instead of the reflections of reality they are.  In other words, it isn't what it is.

The Allegory goes on to examine what would happen if a prisoner was released and privy to see the actual puppets creating the shadows.

If you're not following where I'm going, don't worry. I barely am. But if you dig the Greek philosophical angle, hear me out for one more go-at.

So what if the Sawyers, and the Lostees in general, are the puppets and Dharmans are the chained-up prisoners? Dharma has a pretty strict way of operating, heck, even Horace tells Sawyer, "you're not Dharma material." After all, we're finding out more and more that the Lostees, notably Locke, Walt, Hurley, Christian and I'm guessing Jack, are influencing this Island's fate a heckuva lot more than we ever thought. If Dharma is one big social experiment where reality is constantly distorted, could they be operating a real-life cave? Also, the proximity of Sawyer making a Plato reference, and the Sawyers releasing a veiled Dharma worker seems to indicate that the Sawyers/Lostees are going to radically influence Dharma. Taking it one step further, I think we're building to the show's secret agenda: The who, what, why, how of Dharma. I know the D.I. has loomed in the background since Day 1, but what if the payout for all this is the examination of, and eventual destruction or manipulation of Dharma, the ultimate cave?

Back to the story. Sawyer and Juliet blast away two Hostiles and free Dharma scientist Amy (aka Mrs. Tony Almeida) from near execution. She leads the Sawyers back to Dharma HQ. On their walk, in a stark parallel to Jack's lie, Sawyer concocts a backstory that involves a shipwreck, storm, a search for the Black Rock and a Creole surname. Horace bites on it, but still wants "Lefleur" and his crew on the next submarine to Tahiti.

That work for you Miles?

"I think we should take their offer."

Sorry buddy, you're staying.

While waiting for their sub, broken-hearted Faraday sees a wee lass with strawberry hair playing with another child. Well look who we have here -- Charlotte. This seems to be his chicken soup for the time traveler's soul. So Charlotte didn't die, she merely realigned with her existence on The Island circa 1974. That begs the question: was Miles NOT born on The Island as previously speculated here? Or maybe it's just he wasn't born, YET.

However, all hell is about to break loose as Hostile leader Rich Alpert shows up smack dab in the middle of Dharma HQ. He's pissed off because two of his cronies are dead, which he says, broke the truce. Sawyer, in his first Lefleurian move, goes out to talk to Alpert. His conversation is worth noting.

A. Sawyer takes responsibility for the deaths
B. Sawyer asks if Jughead was buried
C. Sawyer says he's also waiting for Locke's return

Apparently, those three elements were enough to send Alpert packing and buy the Sawyers two weeks in Dharmaville. As for Jughead, I'm guessing Alpert did bury it, which may be why women are able to have children.

Juliet, however, is eyeballing a ride on the sub. She's been trying to leave the Island now for parts of three decades and just may bite on the ticket, unless ...

... Sawyer makes a plea. Claiming Miles and Faraday are too wacky and Jin not chatty enough, he asks Juliet to stay and watch his back. After all, modern-day people on the mainland in the 1970s isn't such a great idea. Ain't that right, cast and crew of one-and-done "Life on Mars"?

And now we explore Dharma through the lens of Jim Lefleur. Why Jim Lefleur? Well, as noted earlier, it's Creole. It also means flower. It also alludes to the change taking place with Sawyer. Three years later he's taken roots in Dharma, he's shed his con-man grifting ways for a cush job as head of security. It seems he took the job in order to have an excuse to comb The Island for Locke and his Lostee friends. (also, flower? Hmm, where else do we know a flower from? Oh yeah, the Orchid station. The station that led to this radical change in Sawyer was named after a flower.) However, Horace Goodspeed, the leader of The Island (HE'S the leader?!) is on a drunken bender throwing sticks of dynamite near the Dharma perimeter.

Turns out Horace was pulling his own Faraday hissyfit after finding his pregnant partner's ex-husband's necklace in her sock drawer. Anybody else love the dynamite in the mouth shot ala a Tony Soprano cigar? It also brought back memories of Dr. Leslie Arzt's unfortunate dynamite incident. One note on that: could the dynamite that did in Arzt have been put there by Dharma?

During their heart to heart after the birth of lil Goodspeed, Horace asks Sawyer if "three years is really long enough to get over someone?" What a great question, why, could this be foreshadowing something our favorite Southern Lostee is going to have to ask himself?

Here's what Lefleur, the sage he now is, tells Horace:

"I once had something for a girl once. I had a shot at her, but I didn't take it. I wondered if that was a mistake. I never stop thinking about her. But now I can barely remember what she looks like. And her face, it's just gone and she ain't ever coming back so is three years long enough to get over someone, absolutely."

I feel like Wayne Campbell should have pulled in Chuck Heston for a, "Gordon Street? Ah, yes, Gordon Street. I once knew a girl who lived on Gordon Street. Long time ago, when I was a young man. Not a day passes I don't think her and the promise that I made which I will always keep. That one perfect day on Gordon Street. That's uh, five blocks up, two over."

That's not fair. To his credit I like the job Josh Holloway does a heckuva lot more than Matthew Fox.

Anyway, raise your hand if you believe Sawyer?

Juliet, how about you?

"I love you."

I love you too.

"That was for Sawyer, putz."

Oh, well, I'm not taking it back.

As for Juliet, she's shacked up with Sawyer when not fixing trammies (finally, something she can keep alive and running!) on Dharma VW busses. She's also delivering Amy's baby. She done did it. She finally brought a life into The Island's world. Who is the child? I have nothing.

So let's stop here. What to make of new-look Sawyer? What to make of him and Juliet? What will Sawyer do with Hurley, Jack, Kate and, well, are there others in that van? What is the relationship between Sawyer and Alpert now?  What to make of the shot of that statue?

Let's get Lost.

 

Category: SPiN
Tags: Lost, season five
 
Posted on: January 22, 2009 12:16 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2009 12:57 pm
 

An unstable Island, an unstable Hurley on Lost

Welcome back to the Previously on ... Kay's Korner . Season five starts with a doctor and ends with a ... mother? In between we get two more episodes that pick up where last season's finale left off: up-tempo and full of questions and answers. Let's quickly recap.

First, the doctor. And it's not a Shepherd.

Dr. Marvin Candle (aka Dr. Pierre Chang) wakes up to an alarm with some familiar numbers on it. He tends to his baby like a good forward-thinking male Utopian in the '70s. Wait. He tends to his baby? Babies aren't born on The Island, are they? They were before the breakthrough under The Orchid Station, I reckon.

Dr. Dharma, while tending to his newborn, puts on a Willie Nelson record featuring the song Shotgun Willie . I imagine there's a meaning to the song choice. However, the song skips on the line, "if you can't make a record." It skips five times. That may mean something. But a skipping record could ... just ... be ... a ... metaphor!?

Whaddaya say Faraday?

"Think of The Island as a record spinning on a turntable, and it's now skipping. Whatever Ben Linus did, it may have dislodged The Island, or us."

He also informs us to think about time traveling like a street. You can go forward or backward, but you can't create a new street.  In other words, if something didn't happen in the past, just because you're in the past, doesn't mean you can make it happen. Future > past. Oh, he's also spent his entire adult life doing this. Could Faraday be older than we think?

Maybe that donkey wheel is supposed to be turned 360 degrees, not 180 like Ben did in the season four finale. Just a guess.

Consider the two episodes the Lost Vinyl Vault. We're going to take you back in time when The Island was just inhabited by Dharma and The Hostiles. A time when drug-running planes crashed there and Dharma stations were still being built. A time when Ethan was still alive!

Non-script needing Dr. Dharma, after tending to his child, attends the taping of the orientation video for The Arrow (station two), which has the primary purpose "to develop strategies and gather intelligence on The Island's hostile, indigenous ..."

The Arrow? Like the flaming ones that storm down on the beach at the end of episode two?

He's interrupted due to a mishap at the construction site of The Orchid. BTW, keep in mind how each season starts off, rather, who starts it off. There's a good chance season five will be heavy on Dr. Candle/Dr. Wickmund/Dr. Halliwax and the Dharma Initiative.

We're taken to the dig at The Orchid where we find out that Dharma hadn't yet uncovered the time-traveling energy/donkey wheel that can move The Island. Or at least make it skip in time. We also encounter, why it's Faraday! What's he doing down there? Why would the foreman talk so casually to what seems like a low-level construction grunt? Could he be influencing past events? Is he a genuine part of past events?

Consider all this the chain of events Island past.

Meanwhile in Island present, it's shirtless Sawyer (gotta throw the ladies a bone, I suppose) and Juliet leading the r emaining castaways. They're enjoying the skipping-turntable Island phenomenon so much, just ask Neil.

"A knife? oh yeah, it's right by the Cuisinart!"

We also find out Charlotte ain't handling time traveling all that well. In between nosebleeds she tells us, she can't remember her mother's maiden name. Faraday, concerned about his wo-man, solicits the help of past, button-pushing Desmond. A freaked out Scotsman is told by Faraday to look up his mom, who's in Oxford, England. Maybe in the basement of a church in Oxford?

Locke, wandering through space-time solo on The Island, runs into Rich Alpert, who helps a fallen Locke and gives him a compass. We've seen that directional device before. Richard also tells Locke he's going to have to do one itsy bitsy thing to help The Island -- die.

Meanwhile, on Penny's ship the Searcher, the gang discusses The Lie. Hurley wants everybody to stick together and live by The Truth. Jack convinces everybody to die alone, with The Lie.

Three years later in present-day California, the Oceanic Six are struggling. Grizzly Jack is in cahoots with Ben. Ben gets grizzly Jack to shave and sober up. Shaving a beard as well, grizzly as that one, ain't easy. Just saying.

Sayid is rescuing Hurley from bad guys, and in the process takes a few poison darts to the neck. Before he conks out like Bernie Lomax, he reminds us all to place steak knives pointy side up when loading a dishwasher. Hurley, despite saying he would never help Sayid when he needs it, helps Sayid Lomax by taking him to Jack. That works out nicely since Jack and Ben are trying to round up the band to get back to The Island. Anna Lucia pops in, adding to the mix of dead people Hurley is seeing. Do dead people have an agenda of their own?

Kate's doing a better job being a mother than her mom did. But when it comes time for blood testing, she does what she knows best -- run. Kate, teaching Aaron Lam 101, wants to call Jack, who's listed as Jack Shepherd on her phone. I don't know about you, but I don't list loved ones by their full name. She balks on the call (must not be in her five) and instead gets a call from Sun, who helps Kate feel better about the whole leaving-Jin-on-the-freighter episode.

Ben visits a butcher who looks like a former Other.

Hurley's dad is watching Expose , which starred a former castaway.

The two-hour roller-coaster ride ends with a bizarre scene involving a former flashback character, Ms. Hawking. Interesting name, eh? She's manning what appears to be a Dharma Station below a church in present day ... Oxford? That's my guess. She gives orders to Ben, and in season three gave orders to Desmond not to marry Penny for he was needed on The Island. Could she be Faraday's mother? Widmore's ex-wife? The anti-Widmore? Mother time?

Here's one more loop to consider: Faraday's constant is Desmond. Desmond's constant is Penny. Could Ms. Hawking's constant be Faraday? Remember, Faraday says Desmond is "special, uniquely and miraculously special."  Desmond was also a monk-in-training at one point. Ms. Hawking was looking very monkish.

There is so much more to this two-part fiasco that it's best to start the unearthing process with a backho and let ya'll sift through the mess with more delicate tools.

How did Locke die? Is he dead? Will The Island stop skipping? Are Sun and Widmore on the same page? Who wants to know Aaron's true genetics? How did Dharma get to the time-traveling donkey wheel? Why does The Island need the Oceanic Six back?

Let's get ... Lost!


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