Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Lost - "Two For The Road"

Episode Title: “Two For The Road”

Brian’s Deeper Meaning Guess: My first thought of seeing the title was thinking this was some play on the old saying “one for the money, two for the show” – but some quick Internet research (how did people ever find out deeper meanings before the Internet existed?) revealed that “Two For The Road” is actually the title of a 1967 Audrey Hepburn movie.

The movie was considered experimental for its time because the story is told in a non-linear fashion, with scenes from the present juxtaposed with scenes from the beginning of the story. This leaves the viewer to guess what has actually happened during the movie – and sometimes the truth is revealed in later scenes.

Hmmmm – sound familiar? Sounds an awful lot like our favorite “flashback reveal” TV show, Lost. I think we’re on to something here.

So what’s the deeper meaning? Well, the storyline of the movie goes something like this:

Joanna is in a touring girl's choir and Mark is a struggling architect, meeting on the road in Europe. The film shows (in flashback) their first meeting, memorable moments in their courtship and early wedded life, their travels through Europe, their broken vow never to have children, and their increasing tensions that led to both of them having extra-marital affairs.

So how does this relate to Lost?

Well, this is an Ana-Lucia episode (I know, I know – two episodes for her but only one for Eko / Bernard, and none for Libby? Outrage!), so she would seem to be the female who meets someone on the road – but who? Leave it to the crazy Canadians to ruin it with their commercial for this week’s episode!

Potential Spoiler here. Click at your own risk!

Note: this is your WARNING. Don’t click and then complain that I “ruined the episode for you.”

Don’t blame me, blame Canada!

http://www.lostlinks.net/videos/canada.wmv

For the sake of those who don’t click on it, I won’t go into any more detail about it. I ask that you do the same in the Comments section. We’ll chat about it post-episode…

But that would just be the literal meaning of the episode title… not the “deeper meaning.” I can’t help but shake the feeling that “Two for the Road” could also be referring to two people literally ending up on the road – on a pathway, on a journey on the Island.

Next week’s episode is the mysteriously titled “?”, which I assume refers to the creamy middle of the Island we saw on the Blast Door. I could see Locke set out on his journey for this place this episode… taking someone with him (I don’t know, say Mr. Eko?).

But lastly, when I hear “Two for the Road”, I have this creeping suspicion that it could be referring to something darker… like two people ending up in the road – as in underground – as in dead. The previews show a struggle between Ana-Lucia and HGI – how shocked would we all be if both ended up dead as a result?

It would accomplish two things:

  1. Keep HGI and his motives secret, keeping our Survivors in the dark. He won’t be able to refute Michael’s claims, he won’t be able to be tortured, he won’t be able to spill any information on the Others. Lost writers seem to like this plot device of introducing a character and then getting rid of him before any information can be revealed (see: Goodwin, Ethan, and to some degree Desmond).
  2. Reports claim Michelle Rodriguez is a distraction to the rest of the cast and somewhat of a bad seed on the Island (see: drunk driving, being in the movie BloodRayne) – killing her off would be a nice way to prevent her from distracting the cast (and also allow her to more easily serve her recently received jail time for drunk driving in California).

Plus, the audience might be expecting some deaths this season (logically, in the upcoming “War” promised on the commercials), so killing people off right now would come as a shock – serving as a nice change from the Boone and Shannon deaths we saw coming from a mile away.

Well, now I guess it would just be a surprise to anyone who doesn’t read the Blog…

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TV Guide Description: Jack and Kate bring an exhausted Michael back to the camp, and with him, news about "The Others." Meanwhile, Ana Lucia attempts to get the prisoner to confess, and Hurley plans a surprise date for Libby.


TV Guide Breakdown: Jack and Kate bringing the newly found Mikey back to camp is the most intriguing part of the episode. I won’t rehash it too much here (check the “S.O.S.” Review for my full thoughts), but as I said last week, I’d put any amount of money on the fact that Michael has been brainwashed / drugged or is working for the Others at this point. He’s leading our Survivors into a trap.

Meanwhile, we have Ana-Lucia giving her best shot at getting HGI to talk. Ummm… excuse me? Didn’t she already do this? Remember the episode where she convinced him to draw a map to the balloon? What’s changed that makes her want to try and talk to him again now? It seems like a forced way to give Ana-Lucia something to do this episode… and possibly get her killed.

Lastly, we have Hurley planning a surprise date for Libby. Yes, it seems like a throwaway storyline for the episode – but there’s always the chance we’ll get some more hints of Libby’s past (since we’re not getting a Libby flashback this season). More than likely, it’ll just provide some comic / romantic relief from what should be an otherwise tense episode (just like the token 2 minutes of romance 24 likes to throw in each episode).

Wow – I’m actually really excited for this episode, but after breaking down the TV Guide description, it doesn’t sound too exciting does it? I hope this is because the writers are starting to clamp down on the release of information. We’ve only got three episodes left before the two hour season finale – it’s time to get this party started!


Ana-Lucia.

Remember her story? Yeah, me neither – we did see it way back in November. As a refresher, here’s her life, in a nutshell:

  • Born into a police family
  • Her mom is her boss at the police station
  • Was in a relationship with “Danny” that didn’t work out
  • Got shot on the job, which made her lose her unborn baby
  • Person who shot her (Jason McCormick) was brought into police custody, but she refused to ID him
  • Instead, followed him (to Australia?) and killed him herself, to get her sweet revenge

Much like Rose and Bernard, it just feels like we know her whole story, her motives, and what drives her. I don’t see the need for this second flashback, which makes me think even more that she’s going to die. The only thing that’s missing is for the audience to start liking her (or have her in a romantic relationship) before killing her so that her death has some resonance. You need to have someone who mourns her, who is affected by her death.

(But if you clicked on the Canadian preview above, it looks like we might get that this episode too…)


Lost Reset.


Okay, we’re about to start the whirlwind journey to the conclusion of this season of Lost. But with so many repeats and “recap episodes”, how can the average viewer keep track of what even happened this year? Well, if you’ve never seen Lost before, here is the entire season – in one paragraph.


The Hatch is blasted open and we meet Desmond – who introduces the concept of entering the Numbers every 108 minutes and then runs away. We are introduced to the Tailers, who have had a rougher time on the Island than our Survivors. Ana-Lucia accidentally shoots and kills Shannon. Michael runs off in the jungle like a crazy to find Walt. Henry Gale is captured by CFL, interrogated, and seems to be an evil Other. Kate remains hot as ever. Locke sees a mysterious map on a Blast Door in the Hatch. Michael returns.


How did it take us 22 episodes to get to this point? I kid…


But based on this setup, here are the storylines that I think NEED to be resolved this season:

Walt. The forgotten storyline of this season seems to be making a comeback with Michael’s re-emergence. Last season’s finale seemed to indicate the kidnapping of Walt would be the primary storyline of season two – but that hasn’t been the case. At this point, they need to wrap it up for the simple sake that we, as viewers both don’t remember and don’t care too much about it. To drag it out any farther would just make it carry less and less impact when it finally is revisited. The good news is that the producers promised a few months back that this story will be resolved before the story ends. How? I’m not sure – as I mentioned before, due to the pesky “growing up” of Malcolm David Kelly, showing him again would be weird, given that only a month has passed on the Island. I really can’t see the show killing Walt (although that would be the easy way out). They either need to go with a “Dharma Rapid Aging Experiment” or keep him hidden… but if they’re keeping him hidden, I don’t consider that “wrapping up the storyline.” You’ve got your work cut out, Lost writers.


Numbers. No, I’m not looking for an answer to what the Numbers mean. That’s a question I don’t think we’ll ever get answered. I’m looking for resolution to the Number Entering in the Hatch. We’ve been teased a few times with non-entry, but each time they’ve been entered just in time to keep the cycle going (or have they?). When we first learned about the Numbers, I thought for sure the season two finale would end with clock finally striking zero, fade to black, LOST - but at this point, since we’ve already seen the Egyptian Hieroglyphics and heard HGI’s claims that nothing would happen, it would be pretty anti-climatic. I think they need to wrap up the Numbers storyline before the finale and give us something new to ponder over the summer.


Desmond. Actually, I’ll take Henry Ian Cusick returning to either Lost or 24. On both shows, he stuck around for a few episodes, was very intriguing, had great chemistry with the cast, and then disappeared. On Lost, he went running off into the Jungle, thinking that the Numbers were going to expire and the world was going to end. Well, it’s a month later – shouldn’t he realize that the world didn’t end? Rather than living by yourself in the Jungle with a backpack full of supplies, shouldn’t he want to come back to the Hatch where there are supplies, other people to interact with, and Hot Kate? I know I would. Similar to Walt, the writers need to bring him back before the average viewer forgets about who he is. But how? Well, I think the key lies in the very fact that he hasn’t returned. He’s obviously somewhere else where he has enough supplies to survive, somewhere he thinks he’s safe from the “world ending” – like, say, another Hatch? Assuming that Locke and Eko make a journey to the mystery “?” in the next few episodes, it would neatly tie up the Desmond storyline in a logical way if they stumble upon him there. He seemed to be running through the Jungle with a purpose – a direction – as if he’s heading somewhere. Perhaps Desmond knows more about the Island than he let on, and is aware of the other Hatch locations – but was “tied down” by the Numbers, preventing him from ever going to them. Now that our Survivors are manning the Swan, he’s finally got his chance. There are rumblings (which some claim are intentional red herrings put out by Lost producers) that the Season Finale will be a Desmond flashback. Sounds fantastic to me.

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(PS – as for 24, I’d like to see Desmond team up with Jack next season in Germany – where Jack is helping Desmond out on a mission, since he hosed him earlier this season.)


HGI. There are really two options for HGI – either he escapes, or he gets killed. He won’t be sticking around as a prisoner into next season (it almost feels like the storyline is dragging at this point, with Ana-Lucia questioning him… AGAIN). Since he’s pure evil (see picture from “S.O.S.” post below for confirmation), I don’t see him confessing his treachery and living happily among our Survivors. Which leaves us with only escape or death. Either would accomplish the goal of having him not reveal too many secrets about the Island to our Survivors, but based on my reasoning above, I’m anticipating HGI going the way of Goodwin and Ethan – Island Native / Other who dies after revealing only a few nuggets of information.


Airplane. Somewhere around the middle of this season (I think during a podcast), we were told that we would find out how or why the airplane crashed before the season was over. Based on everything we’ve seen so far this season, the only thing that would make sense to me is if somehow not entering the Numbers in the Hatch resulted in some magnetic energy being released, causing a pulse bomb of sorts that could theoretically knock an airplane out of the sky. Or does this mean that we’ll learn why our Survivors magically survived without a scratch while everyone else died? Something tells me that might be giving too much away – but I’d be happy with the simple knowledge of “what made the plane crash.”


Storylines I'd like to see explained, but aren’t holding my breath for:


Blast Door Map. With the upcoming “?” episode, I think we’ll get some answers about the information contained on the Blast Door, but I bet we don’t get a full disclosure of who made it and why. Since it revealed a mere three episodes ago, I would be okay with this story bleeding into Season Three (where they could potentially introduce the viewer to the Rebel Dharmite storyline). There’s also such a sheer amount of information on the map (references to Flame Hatch, Magnus Hanso, etc.) that I don’t think there is time to get to this season. But if they would at least find a way to keep the Blast Door down and the Black Light on (Michael should be able to figure this out… except he’s probably one of them now), they could begin analyzing this season.


Dress Up Others. Kate finally revealed to Jack that she found a fake beard and theatrical glue, but now the question is “why?” Will we finally learn that the Others have a very civilized society going on behind the scenes on the Island (perhaps at the mysterious “?”) or will we be left to wonder why they’re trying to make our Survivors think they are dirty pirates? Since answering this would seemingly “pull back the curtain” on the Wizard of Lost, I bet it’s something the writers keep in their back pocket for a while longer – although you can bet if Jack runs into Zeke again, it’ll be the first thing he mentions to him.


Healing Powers. So we’ve now got both Locke and Rose being healed by the Island – will we ever learn how or why? The logical explanation seems to be the magnetic properties surrounding the Swan Hatch – will we once again see Locke lose his ability to walk if he ventures away from it to find the “?”? (that looks weird when you write it). Or will the writers let this detail slide, leaving us to wonder about the magical properties of the Island?


Storylines we don’t stand a chance of getting, so don’t get your hopes up:

Smokey. What is it? Why is it? How is it? It’s the all-seeing, all-knowing, shape-shifting smoke monster on the Island that might hold the key to it all. Don’t look for this explanation until season six.


Hanso. Is he on the Island? Did his great-grandfather crash there on the Black Rock? What is the purpose to his madness? Again, look for a confrontation with Hasno himself to be the final scene of the series, if it happens at all. (Note: this is where the Alias connection comes in again. If JJ gives us Rambaldi in the Alias finale, I’d bet we get Hanso in the Lost finale. If not, it’s just a pipe dream).


Connections. Why do our Survivors and their family and friends keep appearing in one another’s flashbacks? Is there some underlying connection between all of them? Were they all specifically chosen to be on that Island? Or is it just a subtle way of teaching us that all humans are connected on this planet, even though we don’t realize it? Revelations about this might slowly be revealed over the next few seasons, but a full reveal – if all our Survivors were specifically chosen – would seem unlikely at this point.


Numbers. What do they mean? Are they just retired Yankees? Are they the key to some mathematical equation that the Dharma folks discovered? Sadly, much like the 47 on Alias, don’t look for this to ever be answered.


So there you have it. Plenty of Lost goodness to wrap your mind around this week. Remember to keep the Comments spoiler-free for the sake of our readers with will power!

50 comments:

Justin said...

Great detail as always. While this week does sound interesting, I am more looking forward to next week's mysterious ? episode. I wouldn't be suprised if Anna did die tomorrow night. I really wouldn't mind it actually.

As for Alias, you don't think the 47 will be revieled? I think it's going to have some meaning -- all centered around page 47 which seems to be the one Rombaldi artifact that will play out for the final few episodes. If you want to start putting together Lost and Alias season finale analysis, the descriptions are on TV.com's finale round up.

Brian said...

Rest assured my full breakdown of Season Finales I'll be watching is coming up. But part of me thinks I should avoid reading about what happens in them so that I'm not spoiled for the episodes that happen between now and then...

I don't think the greater meaning behind 47 will be revealed. In fact, I think there was some quote from JJ about this some time ago...

I think it's a number that was very important to Rambaldi - but more than that, I don't think there is anything else to it.

Great 1 said...

COuple of questions for ya:
1)Do you think the "war" will start this season, or will they push it till next season?
2)Locke cannot walk, so how the hell is he gonna go after the "?" next week? I think he'll let people know about it, so the Survivors will send ppl to it, thus making the start of the "war" unlikely.

The details are great as always man, nice work.

lynn said...

I think when I get time I'm gonna have to watch Alias and 24 from the beginning. I've been waiting patiently for your newest blog!!! thanx!!

Anonymous said...

New Hanso website is up

www.hansofoundation.org

Anonymous said...

oops, I meant...

http://www.thehansofoundation.org/

Jules said...

ARG to Canadian television.
I being a Canadian was watching trusted old CTV and a commercial came on for Lost. Lets just say it definetly was an uber spoiler. I got really excited with the information at first and called my fellow lost-loving friend.. then realized that it really sucks to know what I know and decided on not letting out the information.

Let's just say the episode is looking pretty goood!

Way to keep up the spoiler free blog entry Brian.
I would have loved it if I had not have seen the commercial on TV three times before I started
reading the blog entry!

phishpac said...

I love your blog, it gets me really excited about the upcoming episode! Thank you and please keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

agreed that it seems likely Anna wlll get sacrificed probably this episode. BTW, the new hanso foundation website is still 'buggy' and not working right. However, was this done by the producers of the show?

Brian said...

thehansofoundation.org is a legit site - owned by ABC / Disney. It actually was down for a while... now I see why!

There's definitely some interesting stuff going on there. I know there was talk of having a summerlong "Lost mystery" going on via Internet, I'm guessing this will be a launching point for it.

I'll try and play around on it in the next week and let you know what I find out!

Anonymous said...

When I heard the title "Two for the Road" I thought of the Frank Sinatra song "One for my baby, and one more for the road."

With Michelle busted for drunk driving, she likely had at least "Two for the Road."

Subtle jab at her?

-Locke's Good Leg

Anonymous said...

Looks like you may also be able to add Jin to the list of people healed by the island - assuming he is the father of the Sun's baby.

Liz said...

Speaking of unanswered questions, I'm still curious about lots of little things. Unfortunately, they fall under the umbrella of the big things, so I probably won't get answers to them right now either. But I started listing my unanswered questions and there were almost 40 initially, just off the top of my head!

What was injected into Aaron, what is uprooting the trees, what about the polar bear, horse, underwater cable, hypothetical radio tower that no one cares about anymore, the real Henry Gale, the black rock ship, the drug smugglers plane, Adam and Eve, black & white stones/backgammon pieces, etc. Not to mention where is Jack's father's body. Just to name a few. I don't think you mentioned any of those. If any have been explained, please let me know.

Anyway, this comment had very little to do with tonight's episode, but (even though I can't help myself sometimes) I don't really want to figure it all out because then there's no shock value when I watch. I usually don't even read your predictions, but I got sucked in. Lol. I blame it on getting no new material for two weeks.

Brian said...

Update on the Hanso website - the only areas of "interest" in terms of weirdness right now (or places where we seemingly need to get codes to crack) are:

- Signing up for the Newsletter

I've tried a variation of names without much success. When it goes crazy, if you type "4815162342" and press enter it tells you "gotta go" and kicks you back to the original screen.

- Joop's Corner

No luck here, but there is a strange face that seems to appear on the webcam, along with some black areas that appear to form an outline of a man's head.

- Board of Directors

I've tried every name and password I can think of that's related to the show without success.

My guess? We'll get some clues in the next few weeks that will get us started... or some Internet hacker-type will get into the Flash code of the site and help us out :)

Brian said...

Update: apparently there is going to be a Hanso commercial during Lost tonight that will give us the first clue to the website. It aired during last night's UK episode, so the Internet is already abuzz with the findings.

I've got them all, and will post them after tonight's episode, assuming we get the same clue :)

Anonymous said...

Yo Brian, I just tried to put the NUMBERS on the NEWSLETTER on that new site and it asked me If I could read this, I put yes (minor caps)(If you put YES with big caps it will tell ya "gotta go") and then it said its PERSEPHONE and then asked me for the passoword! Since I have no idea what the password is I put the numbers again and it said I should call the call center on the tv ad!!! OMG! Whats up with that!!!!???

A.J, Costa Rica

Anonymous said...

Yo Brian, I just tried to put the NUMBERS on the NEWSLETTER on that new site and it asked me If I could read this, I put yes (minor caps)(If you put YES with big caps it will tell ya "gotta go") and then it said its PERSEPHONE and then asked me for the passoword! Since I have no idea what the password is I put the numbers again and it said I should call the call center on the tv ad!!! OMG! Whats up with that!!!!???

A.J, Costa Rica

Brian said...

AJ, you're well on your way.

Again, I'll post it all up later (assuming we see the commercial tonight), but for now, here's your password:

Breaking Strain

rutkowskilives said...

Great preview, Brian. I'm all kinds o' fired up for this next run of episodes.

Here are my thoughts -

1. There's way more to Ana-Lucia than we think and she is not going to die this season, for three reasons. One, Michelle Rodriguez is probably the most famous of all the cast members, at least the most recognizable, and I just don't see her signing on to do only one season's worth of episodes. And B, there's only been speculation that she killed the guy in Australia. If not, we don't know yet how or why she was there, or the consequences of her killing that guy. Finally, before Boone died, Locke envisioned him injured; before Shannon died, Boone envisioned her injured. So far, Ana-Lucia has not appeared in a dream sequence/smoke vision, UNLESS maybe Mr. Eko saw something along those lines, which we don't yet know. When I try to think about what the dream/smoke vision might might imply about the island, my head hurts so I'll stop there. I suspect the next dream/smoke vision is going to be bloody, and reveal who's going next.

2. If anyone is about to die, it's Jin. Boone got his release from Shannon, Shannon found someone that took her seriously, Jin's going to have a kid (assuming Sun's honest)... he's complete, and therefore ready to die. Who else is complete on the island right now?

3. Michael is there for Aaron. Think about it - the Others could care less about most of the Losties, and Ethan was there for Claire and Claire alone. The trap is not baiting the Losties to go after the Others, it's presenting a distraction so that he can get to Aaron, and then get Walt back. Sadly, there's no way this is going to work though, because the Others aren't ever going to give Walt up per Faux-Henry. My wild prediction is that Michael kills Charlie as he realizes something is up and tries to protect Aaron, and we get another appearance by CFL because she's always around for this kind of thing, which brings me to thought #3...

4. Michael has the sickness. The sickness has been alluded to all season, but mysteriously hasn't affected the Losties. Me thinks it's about to start affecting some of them in ugly ways, and present a plot line worth following for Season 3.


Those are my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Hey,

On thehansofoundation.org website, go to Joop's corner, type him a message then click "send".

You get a weird page with cell-like structures that form rings around them. Click the two sets of rings a few times... see what happens!

frances said...

I just put the numbers on the newsletter on the hanso site and this line started runnning around breaking up the background into pieces and running lines on the world map. it wouldn't even let me type 'yes' i mean, i could type it but it wouldn't enter in. Also, it started playing creepy music and the music is still playing, even though i'm not on that site anymore. it's freaking me otu. lol.

Brian said...

rutkowskilives - if you ask me, Ana-Lucia's storyline was cut short by The Powers That Be due to external circumstances (her being distracting to the cast).

I agree it makes little sense to kill her, and really makes it seem like she served no purpose (other than killing Shannon and warning about the Others), but I can't shake the feeling that it's coming.

I mean, look at how quickly they moved off the very obvious relationship between her and Jack after hinting at it earlier this season...

rutkowskilives said...

Brian -

I see what you mean, but I remember a while back J.J. saying something about how the events occurring in Michelle's life would not in any way have an effect on Ana-Lucia's storyline. Is he lying, was she going to die all along, or does she live on? I think she lives on. Plus, if she's dead, we have a very rapidly declining female population on that island, which, as a male viewer, is a bummer.

Honorest said...

I'm not exactly sure, why Computers can think they can outsmart us humans. Silly robots. Anyways...

Blame Canada for sure! Thats all i'm saying :) Although, for those 31 seconds i was shocked. But I think they need to focus the ambiguity between the relationships these losties have. Obviously there connected somehow, however this season seemed pretty scattered. I agree though that HGI def needs to kill off, I'm pretty sure his character will not be in Season 3, I don't think its a strong enough role to carry its popularity. I agree he is the epitome of Evil, but I think he's weakening, he character is dragging and its time they kill him, and if anyone will do it. It will be Ana-Lucia.

Something to humor the lost fans, the town is having there annual blood drive, and the shirts say CFL. (commit for life) so sad, the only thing I could think about was Crazy French Lady, so of course I gave blood for the shirt. LOL

I personally can't wait for tonight, the UK phone lines went offline at Midnight, so its interesting if there Clue is going to be the same to ours. Hopefully not, it would make the experience more universal. but its about time ABC jumped on the ARG wagon.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I am slow...what is ARG

Brian said...

ARG = Alternate Reality Game.

An alternate reality game is a cross media game that deliberately blurs the line between the in-game and out-of-game experiences, often being used as a marketing tool. They're typically puzzle-type games with mysteries that slowly unravel over the course of a period of time.

The biggest one I can remember is for the movie "A.I." where an ARG was going on for months before the movie opened.

Looks like Lost is doing the same via the Hanso website, which is a great idea - giving the obsessive something to think about all summer long.

Anonymous said...

on the hanso site, if you go to the Executive Bios section, look under the picture of Hanso. Says it was taken October 28, 2003. Isn't this the same image of him that was in the orientation video?
That would mean that video isn't as old as it seems...
weird.

Honorest said...

The biggest one I can remember is for the movie "A.I." where an ARG was going on for months before the movie opened.

This was huge but also lets not forget Ilovebee's for the release of Halo2. but I agree the Beast was def an extensive ARG>.

Anonymous said...

PLUS (Regarding the new site and the executive bios) if you go to the BOARD OF DIRECTORS you will see a picture is missing: the one that says LIDDY WALES. Interesting! Could this be our Libby? Why is the picture missing? mmm...

A.J, Costa Rica.

locke_d said...

Regarding the numbers, I entered '4 8 15 16 23 42 -lost' on Google and on the 4th hit, www.4815162342.org.uk/ I was put on the path to righteousness. Follow me...if you dare...

locke_d said...

Here's another cool sight, http://daresler.com/lost/ keep clicking on "execute" and you'll come to a breakdown of the Dharma logo symbology. It ties in to my previous post. Cool stuff.

Great1 said...

HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!! GOOD CALL ON MICHAEL, BRIAN!!!!!! YOU RULE!!!!

Great1 said...

Hey man, your theory about michael was brilliant, and i can't beleive he is the one that killed Anna. But thats cool, they set it up so that she would die. but Libby??? killing her was a total spaz by the writers, completely throwing out Libby at the hospital with Hurley. But man, how often are you wrong??!! Great job bro!!

Mike said...

Obviously this episode will generate a poopstorm of posts, so before that happens somebody find out what this is: http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Landsbybr%C3%B8nden/Magna-ret_robot

Great Man is an Anagram for "Magna Ret" and there is no english equivalent of that article on wikipedia. Some google link mentions magnetic nanobots but you have to subscribe to the site to read the PDF file that the link is to.

Michelle said...

Brian, what was up with the commercial during the epi tonight of the Hanso Foundation? I googled this and there where a whole host of websites about this and include the Dharma initiative. Check out these sites below...one of them even notes that the Hanso Foundation own Oceanic Airlines. The copyright on the Hanso FOundation site is 2005. I cannot believe they would go to all this trouble to mess with us, to create all these websites. And to create a commercial for airing during the show to see if we are paying attention?? That is messed up. LOve your blog, you were so right on many things tonight... way to go!

www.bigspaceship.com/archive/hanso/
thehansofoundation.org/alvarhanso.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hanso_Foundation
www.technorati.com/tags/hanso+foundation

melodrama said...

Hey I saw that commercial too... 1-877-HANSORG but the phone number doesn't work when I dial it... maybe everyone was trying to call? :-P

Mike said...

They have run websites before (hansofoundation.org was one, but somehow that 4815162342.com fan forum took it over... ABC sucks at holding onto domain names... they don't even own lost.com. it's another fan site).

They said on the podcast they would be running a commericial people should pay attention to. This is probably to get people to actually watch commercials considering how popular DVRs are now. I guess ABC isn't hot with phone networks either, nobody can get through right now.

Mike said...

Last comment for the night. I believe I have found the real life source of the all the art and murals you see in the hatch and in claire's flashbacks: http://www.go-star.com/framer/bowen.htm

Michael Bowen is an artist that currently lives in Hawaii. His son, an actor who as been shows like Seinfeld and most recently Carnivale (guy with the gimp knee) is in an upcoming episode.

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Trixie said...

Whoa... great episode, and great predictions Brian. If you go to the TVguide.com site and read the Ausiello blog, he just posted it after tonights episode and has an interview with the writers as to how the Ana-Lucia offing came to be. This is a great blog, I really have enjoyed it over the past few months! Kudos!

creativism said...

Great blog Brian! In response to the http://thehansofoundation.org/ website and people trying to figure it, well I did a little something, something and made some progress :). It's not much and I will post more on it later but I know how to get passed the newsletter. Type any name for step one, then for step 2 (when it gets crazy) type in y and hit enter. It'll ask for a password, any of these work: breakingstrain or breaking strain or Breaking Strain. It allows you to login and check for messages, which I imagine they will be releasing over time, like ilovebees.com. If anyone has a clue to what the hell the site is trying to do, lemme know!

Jack E. said...

At the hansofoundation.org website, first attempt to create the screen name using the 4815162342, then when persephone asks for the password, type "Breaking Strain" and press Enter. Watch the login and logout messages appear. Then go to Joops corner, type a message and click Send. The screen wigs out, showing Joop in full screen, before showing a strange picture of the island. There are circles, click them to create "connection lines", and finally the center circle is enabled. Clicking it will open up to a letter regarding Hanso's use of gorillas in experiments and that a disease is creating a body count. You will be viewing it as if at night using a flashlight, and when you move the mouse the flashlight's light follows revealing the rest of the memo. A very interesting read! Enjoy!

KT said...

GREAT BLOG BRIAN! You 'da man.

I have a couple of questions.

1. Has anyone related the fact that Henry's last name (Gale) is the same as Dorothy's in the Wizard of Oz? Also, he arrives in a hot air balloon, and that is how Dorothy tried to leave Oz (but the Wizard took off without her).

2. Remember the combination AnaL gave to Michael? "18 left, 1 right, 31 left" (I think). Is this a reference to the people on the island? How many are left... one is "right" (with the answers) and 31 are left at the end? Something?

3. What was the deal with Sawyer running into the door of the car when Jack's dad and AnaL were outside the bar?

4. Could the time that AnaL woke up (3:51am) to go help Jack's dad be significant?

5. On the Hanso website, if you look in the background of the first letter (the Maillot one) there is a weird image, kind of like a watermark, but it's hard to make out and you can't click on it. Any ideas?

I LOVE this blog and I commend all your hard work. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

People of Lost:
USA Today, May 10 had an article on Lost - very interesting. One item that stuck out to me was..... on one of the episodes, a baggage claim ticket for Jack was shown with the date: September 21, 2009. What do you think? Leads me to believe.....time warp, black hole, String Theory (physics) Shifts in time. HELP!!

Mr Friendlys Fake Beard said...

This is not your island, this is our island and the only reason you live on it is cause we let you live on it.
Episode 21 has past, very interesting with Locke and Eko finding a ? in the jungle under the plane.
I'm just a bit confused with the possible outcome as it seems the hatch is just an experiment. Again it intrigues the viewer like episode 18 with the whole "Dream" issue.

Hurley wastes food!!!!!!!!! said...

I have heard a theory that there will be 8 Seasons of Lost and the last will have exactly 15 episodes. 815 flight number????.

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