Brian's Three Word Review: Picking Up Speed
It's not as though any of the past few week's episodes have been "bad" - but it seems like they've all been building up to something big... and this week seemed to put us right on the cusp on everything to start unraveling and chaos to ensue. Unfortunately, all this excitement is about to happen when we're due for a "Clip Show" next week, so we'll have to wait two weeks to see how all these storylines that have been started are going to come together. On the plus side, I'm on vacation next week so this all works out perfect for me anyways. It's almost like the Lost writers timed this out on purpose just to help me out...
What did we learn this week to keep us busy during the next two weeks?
- Miles is indeed the offpsring of Pierre Chang - who seemed kinda jerky, but turned out to be a good father to Baby Miles after all. Who wants to bet that Miles ends up telling him about the Purge, which results in Chang sending Baby Miles and Wife off-Island to save them? He's not a jerk, he's making the tough decisions to save his family!
- Bram (and Ilana and two other Ajira 316ers) are NOT WITH WIDMORE! Looks like we have a mysterious third party entrant to the storyline after all. Just as I was hoping, this opens the door for Widmore to become a "good guy", come back to the Island with Desmond, and join the Others and our Survivors in the "Battle for the Island" vs. the Shadow of the Statue.
- What lies in the Shadow of the Statue? Apparently the answers to all life's questions and a sense of "fulfillment" inside someone who has never known their father. Bram assured Miles that Widmore was the wrong team to join - and if he joined the Shadow of the Statue, all his questions would be answered. I'm still a big fan of the Shadow of the Statue being the pre-Others group on the Island, a group more in touch with the "mystical properties" of the Island than our Barracks-living-Others in the 1990's.
- Faraday is back! Somehow, he got off-Island (putting to rest the rumors that he had simply lost his mind) - I'm guessing hitching a ride on the submarine that Juliet and Sawyer took a pass on. He's spent the last three years in Ann Arbor (home of the Gerald and Karen Degroot, who FOUNDED the Dharma Initiative!). I'm guessing he used that time to learn everything he could about the Island and time travel (maybe starting his journal full of notes that he would later bring to the Island in 2004) - all in an effort to save Charlotte... or get our Survivors back to 2008 where they belong. Something tells me that Faraday is going to be a WEALTH of knowledge about everything going on as soon as someone sits him down and makes him talk!
- Hurley + Miles = Comedic Genius. The scenes between the two of them were all fantastic, especially discussing talking to dead people ("You're just jealous that my powers are cooler than yours") and Hurley attempting to get Miles and Chang to hang out ("Small world, your kid is named Miles too, huh?") It's really a testament to the Lost writers that characters introduced last season have become such fan favorites and integral parts of the show, even with an already quite full cast of characters.
- Why did Miles ask Ben for $3.2 million dollars? Quite simply, to double the amount that Widmore paid him. No real deeper meaning there. Miles is all about the money.
- Nice references to Lost things this week. The key hidden under the concrete rabbit, Chang reading Baby Miles a book entitled "Me and My Polar Bears", and getting to see both the Swan and Orchid being built. Good stuff.
- Yep, probably should have watched "Star Wars" as a child. If I had known it would be referenced on Lost twenty years later, maybe I would have had more motivation to show interest back in my youth.
So... I guess that's it? It seems like there is more to say, but I think I'm out of ideas for now. Discuss!