Episode Title: “This Place Is Death”
Brian’s Deeper Meaning Guess: Welcome to the most depressing, creepy episode title of Lost ever (although "The Glass Ballerina" is a close second). But what does it mean? Pop quiz time! Who remembers the episode preview that aired immediately after the season premiere a few weeks back?
It turns out, for the second time this season, we have already seen a character uttering the episode title in a preview for the episode (the first being “Because You Left”). In this case, we have a seriously creepy, almost demonically possessed looking
It seems pretty obvious that the "place" she is referring to is the Island - which is pretty ironic since thus far in the series, the
From Richard Alpert (who seemingly has eternal life) to our Survivors becoming more "healthy" once they crashed there (Locke gaining the ability to walk, Rose being cured of cancer, Jin being able to make babies, etc), it's often seemed that Locke was correct in saying "This Island is a place where miracles happen." But we've also seen the so-called “Island Spirit” deciding when people live or die. It wouldn't let Michael die in a car crash, but would allow him to die in the Freighter explosion. Conversely, it seems to have found a way for Jin to survive the same explosion. This might tie back to the overall question of how the
It's possible, but I tend to think this episode title is a little more direct. While I hope that someday we do get a better explanation about what makes someone "worthy", which would explain what makes the
The title also makes me wonder if this week finally brings about an actual death due to the skipping, with the most likely candidate being
She's probably the most expendable character out of the three currently suffering from Nosebleeds (we need Miles to explain the weird ghost stuff on the Island, we need Juliet for the "love rhombus" with Sawyer, Jack, and Kate) - and even though we've never learned her backstory, it seems like we could get a pretty quick resolution to it through a scene or two once our Skipping Survivors end up in the 1970's - which I assume is coming, based on Faraday being there when the Orchid was being constructed. In my mind,
It’s just a thought. In the end, I don't think Charlotte dies this week simply because her character hasn't seemed to serve a lot of purpose yet, and she provides an easy way to get an eventual flashback that shows what happened twenty or thirty years ago on the Island. But it would be the ultimate irony if she spent her entire life searching for the
That’s a way easier deeper meaning than last week!
Episode Description: Locke takes on the burden to stop the island's increasingly violent shifts through time. Meanwhile, Ben hits a roadblock in his attempt to reunite the Oceanic 6 and bring them back to the island.
Guest Stars: Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis, John Terry as Christian Shephard, Fionnula Flanagan as Eloise Hawking, William Blanchett as Aaron, June Kyoko Lu as Mrs. Paik, Melissa Farman as young Frenchwoman, Guillaume Dabinpons as Frenchman #1, Marc Menard as Frenchman #2, Bruno Bruni as Frenchman #3 and Jaymie Kim as Ji Yeon.
Guest Star Breakdown: Now we're talking. One of my criticisms of last week's episode was that the Off-Island storyline just wasn't as strong as the On-Island storyline - but with the inclusion of Ms. Hawking this week, I'm already more excited for the Oceanic Six stuff! The real question is if she will appear as part of Ben's storyline (telling him how to get back to the
We also have the Non-Crazy French People, continuing their storyline with Jin. As I mentioned last time, I’m hoping they’re around as long as possible to try and get as much information from our time with them about the Sickness, to try and see if it’s legit, or just some crazy lie that CFL made up. By the looks of this scene from the episode preview, it seems that we can already prove that she was lying about never coming in contact with the Others, only “hearing them whisper”, unless someone else is trying to blow them up in the Jungle (I suppose it could also be leftover traps from the US Military in 1954).
This episode will also mark the first appearance of a three year old Ji-Yeon. Does this mean Sun is going to drag her along with to the
Lastly, there’s Christian Shephard. Although it’s possible he appears as an image to Jack, as we saw last season, I think it’s more likely he makes a reappearance on the
Episode Breakdown: The episode preview indicates that Locke (not Faraday) takes it upon himself to stop the
With this in mind, the episode preview also seems to feature Locke being lowered down a well (with a FDWish blue glow at the bottom). But at the end of last week’s episode, our Skipping Survivors were in 1988 – many years after the Orchid Station was constructed (and we know it was still around in 2004). It seems like we’re due for another skip this week before the episode ends, and that means we’re not going to get as much time with CFL as we were hoping for. This would mean we’re going farther back than we’ve seen thus far (pre-1970’s!) which could be pretty exciting. If the tradition holds that each skip coincides with a time that “outsiders” came to the Island, this could mean we’re going to see something awesome like the Black Rock arrive on the Island! I’m also curious to see if the FDW was always there, or if originally there was just a well that dropped off into a blue nothingness… and Locke will simply “fall” into it and end up off the
The second sentence of the sparse episode preview indicates that Ben hits a roadblock in his attempt to reunite the Oceanic Six. We’ve already had the roadblocks of Hurley being arrested and Sayid almost being killed – so what’s next? Based on how last week ended, the biggest obstacle right now appears to be Sun, who has Aaron, a gun, and a wicked score to settle with the Oceanic Six. Or it might be Kate, who seemingly flat out refuses to go along with anything that Ben says. But really, there are hundreds of potential obstacles for Ben in his question to return to the
At the end of “The Lie”, an unconscious Sayid was placed under the care of Jack and Hurley was arrested. The next morning, Ms. Hawking told Ben that he had 70 hours. Last week, Jack told Sayid that he was out for 42 hours after being hit with the tranquilizer darts. That means we have roughly one day until the Oceanic Six need to leave to reach the
Short and sweet this week!