Episode Title: “Namaste”
Officially, “namaste” is a common spoken greeting or salutation in the Indian subcontinent. Taken literally, it means "I bow to you". When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. The gesture can also be performed wordlessly and carry the same meaning. In Indian and Nepali culture, the word is spoken at the beginning of written or verbal communication. However, upon departure only the wordless hands-folded gesture is made.
On Lost, the Dharma Initiative has taken the word and turned it into their catchphrase (much like “Aloha” to Hawaiians or “Who Dey” to Cincinnati Bengals fans) – it means, “hello”, “goodbye”, “I hate
At the end of the last episode, Sawyer and Jin discovered that Kate, Jack, and Hurley had somehow returned to the
***For those who don't want to speculate based on the episode preview, you'll probably want to stop reading now. In fact, you probably shouldn't be reading any of this! What's the matter with you?***
The curious thing is that based on the preview, it looks like Sayid trips some sort of security system and is "captured" by Dharma (which is really, really ironic given the past history of Ben being captured / tortured by Sayid in Season Two). In the brief scenes we've got in the preview, they aren't talking about "a group" of people being captured - but only one - Sayid.
So where are Jack, Kate, and Hurley? They're safe and sound with Jin and Sawyer. The way I see it, there's two ways that Sawyer can explain the sudden arrival of these strangers on the
- Claim they are the long-lost "crew" that he has been searching for over the past three years, who he suddenly found.
- Sneak them into Dharma.
The first scenario would require a lot of explaining - like how they survived on the Island unnoticed for so long, why they are so clean-cut looking, why they are wearing modern clothes, etc - so although it might have worked in the first few days or weeks after Sawyer and Co. met up with Dharma in 1974, it probably won't cut it in 1977.
On the other hand, assuming that the submarine is still coming and going to the Island every week or so, bringing people to and from the Island, it would be easy for Sawyer and Co. to work the names of Jack, Kate, and Hurley into the manifest of expected arrivals and sneak them into the group of gawking newbies arriving on the Island after a long trip on a submarine. Plus, it just adds to the delicious irony that more and more of our Survivors are "becoming" Dharma!
So, it seems as though "namaste" not only refers to a welcome of Jack, Kate, and Hurley to the
Guest Stars: John Terry as Christian Shephard, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Francois Chau as Dr. Marvin Candle, Said Taghmaoui as Caesar, Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana, Reiko Aylesworth as Amy, Sterling Beaumon as young Ben, Patrick Fischler as Phil, Molly McGivern as Rosie, Eric Lange as Radzinsky, Dan Gauthier as co-pilot and Sven Lindstrom as photographer.
Guest Star Breakdown: Wow - there's a lot to be really excited about in this week's Guest Star listing. For starters, it seems to confirm that we are going to start having a dual-Island-storyline going on - one focusing on the 316ers in 2008 (Frank Lapidus, Caesar, Ilana) and one focusing on our Survivor-Dharmites in 1977 (Candle, Amy, Phil, Rosie)… in a way, it's like the flashbacks and flashforwards since they are totally different time periods, and you could even use the same sound effects. Once again, Lost has found a way to keep the "flash" idea fresh! We should finally be able to confirm who was with Frank on the Outrigger (it's going to be Sun, just trust me), and what happened when they got back to the main
But the far bigger guest star news starts with the inclusion of both Young Ben. Could it be that we'll see the scene of Young Ben arriving on the
Finally, the biggest guest star this week (for me, at least) is none other than Radzinsky, a guy who thus far on Lostpedia has been represented by this picture of stained blood on the ceiling of the Swan Hatch:
For those who don’t remember, here's a brief refresher courtesy of Lostpedia:
Radzinsky was Kelvin Inman's partner inside the Swan before Desmond crashed on the
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Radzinsky:
It's going to be somewhat sad to finally meet poor Radzinsky, since we already know how it all turns out for him… poorly. He's going to be a "prisoner" inside the Swan Hatch that eventually goes crazy and kills himself. But his existence on the
- Since Kelvin seems to have learned much of what he knows from Radzinsky, did Radzinsky teach him to keep up the "quarantine" hoax? Or did Radzinsky actually think that something happened on the
Islandto cause the conditions to change, like the Purge? Clearly he's walking around in 1977 with the other Dharmites without any concern for his health.
- What happened to turn Radzinsky into a "Rebel Dharmite", as I long ago reasoned he must be, based on the things written on the Blast Door Map… and what would be the point, if all of Dharma died in the Purge, but Radzinsky survived thanks to being stuck inside the Swan Hatch? Was he simply recording everything he knew on the Blast Door Map so that someone in the future could pick up the work of Dharma on the
Island? If so, why make that information so hard to find?
- Given that Radzinsky lives on the
Islandbefore the Swan Hatch was built (and the Orientation Video made), he should know all the details surrounding the Incident and the reason for entering the 108 Numbers. As we saw when Locke didn't enter the Numbers, it's bad news… so why would he eventually edit the Orientation Video? Wouldn't all the information contained within be pretty important?
- Did Radzinsky voluntarily enter the Swan Hatch, thinking he would be relieved of duty in a short period - but then the Purge happened, stranding him all alone in the Swan Hatch with the weight of the world on his shoulders to keep entering the Numbers? Was Kelvin with him from the start, or did he come along later?
Many questions… and since it's only 1977, we probably won't get any of these answers this week… but maybe we'll get some before our Survivors skip back to 2008 (since I'm assuming this will be "The Incident"). At any rate, it'll be nice to get to know another character in the Lost universe that we first heard about three seasons ago.
Episode Description: When some old friends drop in unannounced, Sawyer is forced to further perpetuate his lie in order to protect them.
Episode Breakdown: Before we attempt to tackle this week's episode description, I think we better revisit last episode's description, since this week seems to build on it:
"Sawyer perpetuates a lie with some of the other island survivors in order to protect themselves from mistakes of the past."
Looking back on "LaFleur", the first part of the description makes sense - Sawyer and the other Skipping Survivors lied about who they really were, and said that they arrived on the
But I digress - the important thing is that this week seems to hint that Sawyer will take his lie one step further to protect Jack, Kate, and Hurley. Initially, this sounds like he'll claim that they are his long lost missing crew members to protect them from being captured by Dharma (like Sayid) - but as I discussed above, sneaking them in as Dharma seems like the much more logical and fun way to deal with their arrival… and if I can't make sense of last week's episode description even after watching and analyzing the episode, there's probably a good chance that this week's episode description isn't 100% accurate either - so I'm going to stick with my instincts and chalk up the episode description to being another week of vague inaccuracies, designed to keep the true action of the episode secret… and that's perfectly fine with me!
Lastly, as promised I'll tackle the questions that were posed in the Comments from my "LaFleur" analysis… in case anyone cares!
Absolutely fantastic. I wish I had come up with that.
could the baby have been Karl?
2004 - 1977 = 27 Years Old. Karl was Krazy, but he certainly didn't appear to be any older than late teens / early twenties. Possible, but not likely.
However my question for you - just to get your thoughts - is "What do you think the repercussions (if any) of Miles being a Dharmite at the same time he is born, and our survivors being present at the same time Benjamin Linus is a Dharmite, are?"
Seeing our Survivors mingle around so freely with Dharma makes me think that maybe running into yourself won't bring about the end of the world like I initially thought - although, it's fair to say that Miles will never come in close contact with himself (who would let a creepy security guy near their newborn baby?). Like I said, the implications of Ben (or Alpert) running into our Survivor-Dharmites is far more interesting, since if they are able to put together who they are once Oceanic 815 crashes on the Island, they would know that there was nothing they could do to prevent them from carrying out their destiny of time-skipping (since "whatever happened, happened").
Have you thought that why Richard thinks Locke is the leader of the Others?
Locke didn't success in those tests that Richard did to him when he was young.
I think the only reason that Richard thinks Locke should be the leader is that Locke said it to him in 1954. So it's a loop. Maybe Locke shouldn't actually be the leader?
I think Richard Alpert was skeptical about Locke's claims from the start. He saw nothing "special" about young Locke when he visited him in his youth, but eventually realized that Locke was telling the truth (in part thanks to Sawyer corroborating his story last week in 1977). Even if Richard doesn’t believe it, he knows that he has to make Locke believe it - since that is what led to Locke going down the path he did, eventually bringing him to 1954 to talk to Alpert. It will be interesting to see if Locke is really special once he reunites with the Others on the
In the episode where Ben was born on the side of the road and his mom died, it was Horace Goodspeed and his wife Gloria that stopped to help Ben's dad. Horace later helped Ben's dad get a job on the island with Dharma, after Ben was older.
In this episode, Horace's wife is AMY.
In this episode, Horace's wife is AMY.
So what happened to Gloria? Or Amy? Why was Horace on the mainland when Ben was born? Was it before or after Sawyer and crew showed up on the island? And is it possible a young Ben Linus is in the Dharma camp with Sawyer and crew?
Yeah, I probably should have addressed this in my analysis. It seems like a pretty glaring continuity error. We know that Horace and Amy are hot and heavy in 1977… and it seems like this will be the year that Ben arrives on the
Dave Harty said...
My big question from this week is what made Julliett decide to stay longer than 2 weeks? Was it her feelings for Sawyer or something else? She seemed pretty determined to return to the real world when that sub left in 2 weeks.
Also, did Juliett know about the purge and how Dharma came to its end?
Also, did Juliett know about the purge and how Dharma came to its end?
The sappy romantic in me wants to say that Juliet stayed because she was falling for Sawyer… or maybe Sawyer just kept coming up with excuses for her to stay "just a little longer" each time and eventually won her over. We've seen no evidence that Juliet know about the Purge, although one would think that a smart girl like her could figure out that if suddenly this huge group of people suddenly "left" the
What if the Others at some point jumped back in time, like WAY back, and are having to "wait" for their current time to age normally? That would explain Alpert,at least. Also, remember when Juliet was working with the birthing mothers, and she said that one of the birthing moms' wombs was that of a 75 year old? Maybe their inability to birth is due to the fact that their bodies are very old from a time skip, but their outward appearance stays normal. What say you?
I had the same theory a few weeks ago - until I realized that if this was the case, Alpert shouldn't have been so surprised by Locke's claim that he was from the future. It's still the most "scientific" explanation for Alpert not aging - but it seems like there are already holes in it. Blasted!
the age old question remains "what happened to the FTS from the past (it was a full statue) to the present (it is just a foot)"? how did it get destroyed? what is its' significance?
I'm going to assume that it suffered the same fate as many ancient structures - erosion from wind, rain, the ground settling beneath it, and being shot by soldiers during WWI for target practice eventually caused it to fall to the ground.
David's Honey said...
Did any of the bodies in the pit from "the incident" have their jumpsuits on w/ a name of LaFluer? Or were all the jumpsuits deteriorated too much?
What was the name of the Dharma man who was building a house in the woods that one of the Losties (Locke?) saw?
The only visible name on the jumpsuits in the Purge Pit was Horace… as in Horace Goodspeed… who happened to be the same Dharma Man perpetually building a cabin in Locke's dream.
I think that just about covers it.