Wednesday, February 15, 2006

"One of Them" Instant Discussion Points

1. "Henry Gale", the name given by the stranger in this episode, is the name of Dorothy's uncle in the Wizard of Oz. In that movie, the Wizard flew away in a hot air balloon.

2. Here is the Egyptian Hieroglyphics Alphabet:

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Here is what we saw when the timer hit zero:

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While studying hieroglyphics on the Internet, I came across this:

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3. We were totally lied to in the preview. They included a picture of a fake timer. That's pretty unbelievable, and reason enough to never trust another preview ever again. I guess TV can lie to us (but only once in a great while).

4. No new episode next week, even though it's still sweeps. Very odd.

5. Discuss.

19 comments:

pdiddy said...

What the fuck, I feel cheated. This show really is just coasting along with nothing happening. And now there isn't a new one on next week? Fuckers bullshitting us in the promo. This sucks ass.

pdiddy said...

Also, I am scared with the Wizard of Oz reference. They better not lay the good ol "it was all a dream" bullshit on us. A fun fact from imdb.com, the guy that played Henry Gale in the Wizard of Oz was born in Xenia.

joexray said...

Brian,
One thing that I noticed tonight is that the frog Sawyer and Hurley were holding is a Poison Arrow/Dart Frog. These frogs contain poison that can kill human beings by entering through cuts, the mouth or even permeating unbroken skin. The poison is like curare and affects the heart and may cause hallucinations.The skin is used as a poison for blowgun darts and arrows by some tribes of the rainforest of Colombia. Some species are considered to be among the deadliest animals in the world with enough poison per frog to kill 10 adults. The toxicity varies due to the "cicle-of-life" situation of each frog. These frogs eat insects. The vegetation that the insect eat actually influences the toxicity of the frogs sweat. Since nothing on this island is safe, I'm betting these frogs are very toxic.

I'm sure it's no coincidence that they used a Poison Arrow Frog in this episode. The fact that Sawyer squished it in his hand is even more concerning. He,in essence squeezed venom into his hand, then handed it to Hurley.


Joe

RevScottDeMangeMD said...

I was thinking the exact some thing about the frog. It has to be poisonous. But then I thought about the Family Guy/Simpsons episode when they lick the frogs to get high. Too bad the guys didn't do that.

Also...was it me, or did anyone else want the main army commander to punch Sayid in the stomach and say, "You eat when we God damn tell you to eat!" ala his character in Shawshank?

jenn said...

I'm totally with you on the frog. I was waiting for them to get sick right there. How about the look on the "other's" face when he saw the divisions between Jack and Locke at the end of the episode? He is definitely on an information gathering spree.

Brian said...

I would actually be happy if the frog did poison Sawyer / Hurley - it would make that part of the story actually mean something, rather than being a throwaway "comic relief" part to the episode. Although, we can't have Sawyer and Hurley die - but I wouldn't mind if they got sick / hallucinated for a few episodes.

Clearly, Henry Gale is an Other. He's pure evil. Good thing he's still locked up in the Hatch...

Brian said...

Also - did you think it was kinda weird the way the Army guy talked to Sayid in Iraqi (Arabic? What language do they speak?) at the end?

If he knew the language, why did he need Sayid in the first place. Also, the way he said "I taught you something you're going to need in the future" really reminded me of the Desmond "See you in another lifetime" line from Jack's flashback. I wonder if the army guy is somehow connected to the Island / Dharma...

RevScottDeMangeMD said...

About the commander talking to him in Iraqi...was this before Sayid became high up in the army? Did this take place before Sayid was to kill the love of his life? I'm torn...he said, "What I did, I will never do again." But he ends up doing it for a living. So I'm thinking this commander guy knew that Sayid had done this before and wanted him to work for the U.S. army. Maybe...I don't know...I was confused also. Obviously Sayid tortured more people after this incident.

But yes, this Gale character def. is a bad guy.

stinkowoman said...

Talk about a scary episode. Sayid as cruel and creepy horror movie-like torturer... Henry Gale as the ultimate scary other. At the end I definitely liked CFW better than I did before.

Revscott: I think the incident was pre-ladyfriend. His hair was too short.

Rachel said...

Did everybody catch that the one army guy was Kate's biological dad? When he asked Sayid if he had a wife and kids he looked at the picture he was holding and it was Kate. Or at least I'm pretty sure.

bengalsfan said...

Rachel, we actually found out that that was not Kate's biological father in the episode titled "What Kate Did". Her biological father was killed in the explosion she created. Who we saw in "One of Them" was the man who raised her.

Also, I think this Henry Gale character is out of the same group as Ethan. The way they gave and took beatings was earily similar. Maybe he is not a scientist other, but a rogue other that was affected by an experiment. This would explain his ability to get the crap kicked out of him and smirk at Sayid, Jack and Locke when Sayid is forced to stop

Brian said...

Thoughts:

- Definitely kid Kate in the picture the General was holding. He was the father Kate wished she had, but not her biological father.

- Henry does appear to be in the Ethan Rom variety of Other. They also made sure to remind us of Ethan during "Previously on Lost" in the beginning.

- Sayid's talk with Charlie at the end makes me wonder if he's going to start gathering his own troops to fight the Others. Ironically, I could see him getting Ana-Lucia on his side very easily...

- I think the Sayid flashbacks go "One of Them" (earliest), "Solitary" (middle), "The Greater Good" (latest).

So basically it goes - Sayid was a general in the Iraqi Army, after the first American invasion, he learned to torture people, but fell in love with that girl, then later he ratted out his friends in Australia to try and get back with her.

sarah cool said...

HENRY GALE MINNESOTA = SEE AN OTHER MAN LYING.

I learned that from someone else's blog!!

stinkowoman said...

Did anyone happen to catch WHICH hatch the ladies are discovering? We've found the arrow, the swan...

Rachel said...

yeah meant to say not biological

311ynn said...

Looks like a medical hatch, possibly. it has the staff with snakes symbol on it.

Brian said...

My guess is that this isn't necessarily a "hatch" (meaning one of the Dharma Experiment places on the Island - Swan, Arrow, etc. that are used for active tests) - but rather a Dharma Facility used by the scientists as a medical facility when tests go wrong / to administer to scientists / etc.

The Medical Serpent Staff makes me think this is Dharma County Hospital, rather than the "Serpent Hatch".

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