- The super annoying "V" logo and countdown clock in the corner of the screen for 75% of the episode.
- Sun losing her ability to speak English, in the most pointless and annoying plot twist since Terri Bauer's amnesia in the first Season of 24. Generally, you do things like this to stretch out a storyline when you have no other ideas. Really Lost? You have 8 episodes left and a laundry list of unresolved storylines. I'm disappointed.
- The fact that the episode plodded along and once again felt like a "setup" episode, making it the third or fourth such episode this season. That's a hell of a lot of setup. Here's hoping it all pays off.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The fundamental theme of Lost, from the very start, has been redemption. The series opened with a group of strangers – all of whom had pretty troubled / tragic pasts, ending up on an
In the comments for this week’s episode, I found a lot of people complaining that the Lost storyline we’ve been following for the past five seasons has been reduced to a battle between two god-like creatures – one of whom is “pure evil”, and that nothing in the first five seasons really matters. But they’re kinda missing the point. Lost has always been about redemption. The introduction of Jacob and Anti-Jacob has simply introduced physical manifestations for the “good” and “evil” we’ve always been talking about. Rather than our Survivors choosing to make good or bad decisions in their personal lives, they are now choosing to follow a good or bad entity.
Lost is still about what it has always been about – what happens to a group of flawed individuals who are given the chance to redeem themselves. Only now instead of just worrying about the personal outcome for each Survivor, their actions and decisions just might save or destroy the world.
Now that’s what you call “raising the stakes”.
In The Beginning. During my Instant Reactions, I jotted down a few examples of one of my long-standing theories about Lost – that although JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof claim they had the first five or six seasons of Lost planned from the start, they still wrote the first season in a way that they could wrap a shortened version of the same story up in one year, just in case the show was unsuccessful and not renewed for a second season.
What I did this week was go through an episode by episode review of Season One to find parallels between the first season of Lost and the last season of Lost – and I was pretty surprised to see how many there were. Why did I do this? I think a lot of us have built up a lot of questions and “Lost baggage” over the past five seasons, where the writers have created such a mountain of unanswered questions that we obsess over some of the more minor ones instead of seeing the “big picture” stuff we should really be caring about. By looking at Season One, I’m hoping we have a better understanding of Season Six – and if we’re really lucky, maybe it’ll even help us predict where this final season of Lost is headed.
Queue the Lost flashback whoosh…
In the first episode of Lost,
In the third episode of Lost, Locke encountered Smokey in the Jungle – and seemingly was never the same again. Would it have been so far fetched to have it revealed that the “real Locke” was actually killed and everything we saw with Locke from that point forward was actually SmokeLocke?
In the next few episodes, we would see Locke mysteriously knowing a lot more about the
- The Cave Group: Jack, Locke, Hurley, Sun, and Jin (along with some dead characters)
- The Beach Group: Kate, Sawyer, Sayid (along with some dead characters)
Look familiar? It’s nearly the same two groups that we have today!
It’s also not hard to see how the “whispers” from Season One could have become “being claimed” in Season Six. In Season One, we had CFL and Sayid hearing the whispers. Now we’ve got Crazy Claire and Sayid as the potentially “claimed”.
Characters aside, there’s one other big thing that jumped out at me in reviewing Season One: Rousseau points out that the Numbers “brought her to the
So if the Numbers became Jacob, what about Anti-Jacob?
Let’s think about the Hatch. Remember how Walt, who knew nothing about the Hatch, begged our Survivors not to open it? Knowing everything we know about Desmond and the Swan Station now, does that make any sense? No. But what if there was something evil inside – something “pure evil” that was being contained by a Hatch, instead of black ash? Then it would make perfect sense. Anti-Jacob is leading Locke on a mission to open the Hatch to release the evil.
By the end of the first season, everything was building towards a battle / debate between Jack and Locke about opening that Hatch. Jack was even making promises about killing Locke. We’ve seen that same tension bubble up on numerous occasions over the years, so it would make sense that we’re going to see it happen one final time as we speed towards the series finale.
In short – in the first season, we had two opposing forces on the
While the previous four seasons have definitely enhanced the storyline, our understanding of the characters (and the Island), added fantastic new characters and sub-storylines, and infinitely raised the stakes of the actions our Survivors take on the Island, in the end I think it all boils down to the same thing – our Survivors dividing up into two groups, each believing their side is “right” and then seeing how it all plays out when they make the decision to open the Hatch / blow up the Island / pop the cork (that sounds dirty).
Of course the only problem with this is that from the start, I have been calling for the finale of Lost to pull the rug out from under us and reveal that what we thought was “good” is actually “bad” and vice versa. For that to be the case in this final season, it would mean that Anti-Jacob is actually the good guy and Jacob is actually the bad guy… and I have a really hard time justifying that logic. But in the end, it’s gotta come down to Locke on one side and Jack on the other, with a big decision at hand… and potentially the fate of the world at stake.
Okay, that was a fun exercise. But wasn’t there a Lost episode this week that needs analyzing?
Jacob. I have to admit, I thought long and hard about exactly who or what Jacob is after this week’s episode – and I still have no idea. Here’s what doesn’t add up – it seems like he was on the
But what if Jacob doesn’t really have all the power that we think he does? What if he just knows how to “work the system” of the
They don’t. At all.
If you think about, the only supporting evidence we have to Jacob’s claims that he “brings people to the Island” (as he told Alpert this week) is that he touched our Survivors before they arrived on the
(The opposing argument here is that Jacob brought Dharma to the Island to build the Swan Hatch and Desmond to the Island to not push the button, which means he really was responsible for Oceanic 815 crashing – but that still doesn’t explain why he would bring people to the Island only to have them slaughtered upon arriving).
Similarly, this episode made it appear as though Jacob “granted” Alpert’s wish to live forever by touching him – but what if he really just sent Richard to take a dip in a magical Fountain of Youth pool that’s on the
I guess what I’m getting at is that we don’t have any proof about Jacob’s abilities – at least not yet. He might just be a guy using the magic of the
Anti-Jacob. Then there’s Anti-Jacob, with just as many mysteries surrounding him. We saw this week that he had the ability to quickly kill anyone who arrived on the Island – aside from Alpert, who he scanned, and then saw a chance to use in an effort to kill Jacob – so why didn’t he wipe out EVERYONE who came to the
Again, you could argue that it was all part of some huge, really complicated master plan – that Dharma was needed so that Ben would be on the Island, so that Anti-Jacob could eventually use him as part his loophole plan to take out Jacob – but if Anti-Jacob really was aware of the list of Candidates in his cave, why didn’t he at least kill them when they arrived on the Island? Maybe I’m missing some subtle influence that a character like Sun / Jin / Hurley had in the loophole plan, but it seems like he really just needed to keep Jack and Locke alive to reach the same result.
I think this is where the “Touch of Jacob” comes into play. Rather than the “Touch of Jacob” bringing the people to the
Earlier we established that Jacob must have been a child at some point who gained all these mysterious powers – but Anti-Jacob’s past is even more mysterious. Unlike Jacob, he’s actually told us a little bit about his past… but that doesn’t make understanding it any easier. Here are his claims:
- He was once a man.
- He knows joy, anger, fear, and betrayal.
- He knows what it is to lose someone you love.
- He had a crazy mother that gave him issues he’s still trying to overcome.
- He had his body and humanity taken by “the devil” (Jacob).
- He is trapped on the
Island, and just wants to go home.
The majority of his claims seem reasonable enough, and paint the picture of both Jacob and Anti-Jacob being on the Island together as normal people, living normal lives – but then at some point things changed and he became the yin to Jacob’s yang. Based on my previous “Jacob doesn’t really have magical powers” theory, Anti-Jacob probably blames Jacob for losing his body and becoming Smokey – but it probably wasn’t actually caused by Jacob touching him or snapping his fingers.
Instead, I’m envisioning some scenario where Anti-Jacob dies or is dying (maybe at the hand of Jacob) – and has his spirit claimed by Smokey – basically “becoming Smokey”. He’s alive, and he now lives forever like Jacob – but unlike Jacob, he’s trapped on the
This would go a long way in achieving my preferred ending for Lost – where our impression of good and evil are turned on their heads… but it would take away the established drama and importance of this final season with our Survivors trying to save the world.
In the end, I’ll just say this – Anti-Jacob is clearly a “bad guy”. We don’t know if Jacob is really responsible for bringing people to the
The interesting thing about Jacob’s analogy is that it doesn’t seem to be accurate. Based on the conversation between Jacob and Anti-Jacob it’s actually Jacob – or his replacement if he dies – that is keeping Anti-Jacob on the
This means that it’s really not a big deal that the
Here’s a thought – we’ve talked about our characters making a “deal with the devil”, represented by what we are seeing in the Flash Sideways – having their consciousness transferred to an alternate reality to continue living “happily ever after” even if things end super depressing on the Island in the first reality. I don’t really have the science or logic behind how this could happen, but I could totally picture an ending to Lost that features the last Candidate (and I’m picturing Jack) locking himself in some airtight place on the Island and intentionally sinking it as a way to forever trap Anti-Jacob on the Island and prevent anyone else from ever coming to the Island to help him escape through another loophole. Imagine how sad that final scene would be! Jack making the ultimate sacrifice of living forever, trapped under the sea with Anti-Jacob, in an effort to save all his friends… and the world.
Actually, that might be too depressing, even for me.
Richard Alpert. Finally, we should probably touch on the man of the hour – Richard Alpert. It’s somewhat fitting that after being told “the only way to return to God’s grace is through penance” – but he didn’t have enough time left in his life pre-Island to give enough penance… only to end up on the Island where he has spent hundreds of years in “hell”, doing what he thinks is serving some greater purpose against forces of evil. Sounds like plenty of penance to me. I think Alpert has one job left, and once that job is complete, he’ll get his happy ending – which is being able to die and join Isabella wherever she is (heaven?)… Alpert has to stop SmokeLocke from leaving the
When I first started this Blog, I had a theory in my head that Richard might be the only person capable of “killing” SmokeLocke. Why? Because Anti-Jacob actually touched Alpert first and made a deal with him. It took Ben, a follower of Jacob, to kill him. It would make sense that Alpert, who was initially, temporarily, a follower of Anti-Jacob, could kill him. But then I realized that this would mean one of our Survivors would then have to become the new “pure evil”, and I don’t see that happening, even to someone like Sayid who seems to have lost his soul.
Let’s go back to my super depressing ending. SmokeLocke and Jack sitting in some airtight room at the bottom of the ocean, forced to hang out with each other for all eternity. I hope one of them brings cards.
So where does Richard come into play? Although he didn’t know anything about the Candidates or the loophole, he probably does know pretty much every square inch of the
We’ve got three potential “teams” on the
Okay – I think that’s enough crazy for this week.
Until Tuesday, Go
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
- The "Man in Black" is the devil / pure evil.
- The Island is a cork, keeping him trapped on the Island.
- If he is able to kill Jacob, along with all Jacob's replacements, he'll be free.
- If he gets free, it'll be hell on earth.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
So it just dawned on me that I’m spending tomorrow night cheering on my Dayton Flyers in the NIT tournament… and the game isn’t until 9:00 pm. So unless I do this Blog post right now, it’ll never get done and the 73% of you who voted “If Brian stopped doing his episode preview posts, I would kill myself” would be really upset. I can’t live with all those deaths on my conscience, so here you go. For the first time ever, a Blog double-header day!
Remind me why my wife hasn’t left me yet?
Episode Title: “Ab Aeterno”
Brian’s Deeper Meaning Guess: Good thing I took Latin in high school! Just kidding, I wasn’t that big of a nerd. But good thing Wikipedia exists! What does “ab aeterno” mean?
Translation = “from the eternal”
Notes = Literally, "from the everlasting" or "from eternity". Thus, "from time immemorial", "since the beginning of time" or "from an infinitely remote time in the past". In theology, often indicates something, such as the universe, that was created outside of time.
I suppose this episode title shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, this week is a RICHARD ALPERT CENTRIC EPISODE. For years we’ve operated under the assumption that he doesn’t age – and now we seemingly know that the reason is because it was a “gift” from Jacob.
The surprising thing about the episode title is how “past-centric” it seems to be. It’s “since the beginning of time”, not “until the end of time”. Why is that important? Based on everything we know (including Alpert’s own comments a few weeks ago), he arrived on the
So what’s the deeper meaning? Get ready for giddy excitement – because if the Lost writers translated “Ab Aeterno” correctly – the title isn’t referring to Richard Alpert. It’s referring to the
Here’s hoping. This episode could be huge.
Guest Stars: Mark Pellegrino as Jacob, Titus Welliver as man in black, Mirelly Taylor as Isabella, Steven Elder as Jonas Whitfield, Juan Carlos Cantu as Father Suarez, Jose Yenque as doctor, Izzy Diaz as Ignacio, Davo Coria as servant, Santiago Montone as prisoner and Sonya Masinovsky as Russian nurse.
Guest Star Breakdown: Welcome back Anti-Jacob / “Man in Black”. It would be pretty awesome if the episode featured a scene with Jacob walking by “Man in Black” and said “Good morning Larry” just so that we’d all have an official name to call the guy (also, it would be hilarious if his name was something as common and non-Biblical as Larry).
Seeing as this is a RICHARD ALPERT CENTRIC EPISODE, most of the guest stars make sense. I’m expecting a scene between Jacob and Larry both attempting to recruit Alpert to their own side (to tie in with SmokeLocke’s earlier comment about wanting “what he’s always wanted - for you to come with me.”) – but we all know who’s going to win that battle (sorry Larry).
The rest of the guest stars make sense as characters that would be on the Black Rock. Speaking of which, this is probably a good time to review the history of the Black Rock. Here are ten fun facts:
- It set sail from
Englandin 1845 on a trading mission to Siam( ). Thailand
- It was a mining ship, but some of its cargo included slaves.
- It is currently assumed that Jacob “brought” the Black Rock to the
Island, per Anti-Jacob.
- It is mysteriously located really far inland on the
- It is full of highly sensitive dynamite, even though dynamite wasn’t invented until after 1845.
- It is assumed that Alpert came to the
Islandon the Black Rock, but hadn’t visited it since.
- The Black Rock was captained by Magnus Hanso (the great grandfather of Alvar Hanso, the financier behind the Dharma Initiative).
- Charles Widmore purchased the Ledger (Journal) from the Black Rock at an auction.
- Sawyer killed Anthony Cooper inside the Black Rock.
- The fake Oceanic 815 crash was discovered by a vessel searching for the Black Rock wreckage.
Although most of the names of characters on the ship have a “Spanish flair” to them (Isabella, Father Suarez, Ignacio), keep in mind that the Black Rock allegedly set sail from England – weird… but not out of the question that the ship would have a semi-international crew, perhaps making multiple stops on its way to the far east. Here’s “Isabella”. She’s pretty hot. Maybe she’ll be Alpert’s lady lover back in the day!
In fact, the only guest star name that sticks out is actually the last one – normally reserved for some throwaway background character. This week, it’s “Russian Nurse”.
I’m reminded that when Jacob visited Ilana during last season’s finale, she was currently beat to hell and recouping in a
Whoa. This really might be the best episode ever.
Episode Description: Richard Alpert faces a difficult choice.
Episode Breakdown: The super descriptive Episode Descriptions continue! When we last saw Alpert, he was standing awkwardly to the side while our Oceanic Survivors had a slow motion hug-fest on the Beach. It didn’t really seem like there were any major life-altering decisions to be made at the time… and part of me thinks that this episode is going to be a little different than the other episodes from this season.
I don’t think we’re going to be seeing any Flash Sideways. I think we’re going to be back to good old fashioned Flashbacks – and I think there’s probably enough story there to occupy the majority of the episode. This makes me wonder if the episode description might refer to something that occurs in those Flashbacks – like Alpert deciding if he’s going to follow Jacob or Larry when he first arrived and was “chosen”?
If not, it could literally be anything. Even though he doesn’t seem to know a lot about what’s going on with the Island, Alpert still knows a heck of a lot more than our Survivors do, and could face any number of difficult choices about what to tell them (in terms of revealing Island secrets or suggesting a next plan of action), although it sure did seem like he was satisfied with just following Jack around for a while to see where his plans got him.
Either way, this episode should be pretty damn awesome. In fact, it’s so good that it can’t be contained within a single hour – so this week’s episode will actually be SIX MINUTES longer than a typical episode of Lost. For those of you in Eastern Standard Time (also known as “God’s Time”), it’s going to be on from 9:00 pm – 10:06 pm. Those in other time zones, do the appropriate math.
Six extra minutes of Losty goodness!
It’s the greatest two days of the year.
The Thursday and Friday of the NCAA Tournament are like Christmas and Lost Season Premiere Day rolled into one. It’s a tradition for me and my friends to take off work and drink for 12 hours each day while watching the games.
Why do you care?
It’s now Sunday afternoon, I haven’t started my “Recon” analysis, and I’ve got another 10 hours of basketball staring me down. Long story short, it all adds up to an especially short and crappy “Recon” analysis this week. The good news is – and I almost wonder if the Lost writers did this intentionally since they knew I had a busy week – there’s not a ton to analyze this week. Like I said in my “Instant Reactions”, this episode was an appetizer. It’s a totally necessary episode, but more of a setup episode than anything else. There were a few hints about some bigger reveals, and some natural character interactions and progressions – but other than that, it was a fairly straightforward episode.
Let’s do it.
James Ford. The Flash Sideways in “Recon” was pretty enjoyable. It was still the same old Sawyer we know and love… except in this reality his name isn’t Sawyer – it’s James Ford… and he’s not using his wit and lovemaking abilities to con people – but to be a cop. It was great to see Miles included as his partner, as he’s perhaps the only male character who can stand toe-to-toe with Sawyer and call him out – a nice reminder of the relationship that the two developed during their three years together on the Island working for Dharma. It’s a good reminder for all of us that although Sawyer has appeared in more episodes with characters like Kate and Jack, he actually knows characters like Miles, Juliet, and Jin more than anyone else on the show, as he’s spent more than three times as much time with them from 1974 to 1977. I’m a little worried about the way the writers had Sawyer linger when looking at the Polar Bear cages with Kate’s discarded dress inside. He belongs with Juliet! Not Kate!
Speaking of the Juliet, a lot of people were anticipating she would have an appearance in this episode, to show the other side of the “going dutch for coffee” conversation she had with Sawyer just before dying. Since we didn’t see it, does that mean that it was just a Juliet-Sawyer Fan Club dream that we all were hoping would happen, but won’t?
Not necessarily. Although I was predicting that these silly Flash Sideways would somehow intersect with the main On-Island storyline on Lost by now, since they haven’t, I think we have to open ourselves up to the possibility that they are going to stick around for the entire season. While there doesn’t seem to be enough time to feature a second Flash Sideways dedicated to a single character, there are enough loose ends in each of their storylines that we might see the final two or three episodes of this season featuring a “royal sampler” of Flash Sideways that feature multiple characters interacting.
If you think about it, we’ve got some established connections between Sawyer à Kate à Claire à Jack à Locke à Sawyer (though Anthony Cooper) and à Ben. We’ve also got some connections between Sayid à Jin à Sun. It’s not out of the question to think that the writers could “tie up” all the Off-Island storylines through one episode featuring each of these character connections.
The point is – if we are going to see the Flash Sideways continue throughout the whole season, there’s a chance that the “happy endings” for our characters aren’t going to happen on the Island, but off the
While I’m thinking about it, let’s keep in mind that Juliet told Sawyer (and Miles) two things in the season premiere:
JULIET: “It didn't work, we're still on the island.”
JULIET: “I have to tell you something, it's really really important.”
(through MILES): “It worked.”
So she changed her opinion of what happened when the Jughead detonated over the course of a few minutes… which means that she was seemingly jumping back and forth from one reality to the other during those final minutes of life. For me, this gives us two possible explanations for how our characters could “choose” to jump realities in the end:
- By dying. Which would give Lost a little taste of the Purgatory Theory that was so popular in its early days. When you die, you jump to the other reality. But I still think this cheapens the deaths of all the characters on the show over the first five seasons, so I’m not a huge fan of it (see: Charlie).
- By being exposed to the super electromagnetic core of the
Island. I could see this being the “pseudo scientific” explanation for how a character could chose to jump from one reality to the other – by getting too close to the “unique electromagnetic properties of the Island” and perhaps exploding something while there. Juliet just happened to suffer fatal wounds as a result of this – which is why she died while she was slipping from one reality to the other. But if there was a safer way to do this, maybe you come out okay on the other side.
Well, that all sounds like a lot of gibberish. How many brain cells did I kill on Thursday and Friday? Let’s get back on task…
What did we actually learn from the Flash Sideways? Much like Ben’s last week, not a whole lot. James Ford used the code word “LaFleur”, but instead of it being one of those “reality bleeding moments of confusion” like we saw with Jack, he probably came up with the name the same way he did on the fly to use to trick Dharma in 1977. It’s a name he’s used before. He likes it. It sounds pretty. It means “the flower”. Sawyer is sensitive like that. Similarly, James Ford’s brutal childhood past is the same as Sawyer’s – two dead parents as the result of a con by Anthony Cooper. Although this time, instead of becoming the man he hated (a con), he went the opposite route and is working to bring down cons (as a cop).
The interesting thing about this change is that for the first time in these Flash Sideways, we see where a lack of involvement from Jacob could have had a direct change on the outcome of the events. Without Jacob showing up at the funeral for Sawyer’s parents, he wasn’t there to give Sawyer a pen – which Sawyer would use to write his angry / cute letter to Sawyer:
"Dear Mr. Sawyer, You don't know who I am but I know who you are and I know what you done. You had sex with my mother and then you stole my dad's money all away. So he got angry and he killed my mother and then he killed himself, too. All I know is your name. But one of these days I'm going to find you and I'm going to give you this letter so you'll remember what you done to me. You killed my parents, Mr. Sawyer."
It’s a bit of a stretch, since it’s pretty likely that Sawyer would find someone else with a pen or write the same letter later – and also, we see that James Ford still wants to kill Sawyer, even though he’s a cop. But this is where I thought we were going with the Flash Sideways at the beginning of the season – seeing what would happen without Jacob’s involvement, on an earlier iteration of “Jacob’s
Yikes – this is way too much Flash Sideways talk. Remember when I said I wasn’t going to analyze them until we understood more about them? I’m a total liar.
Back to the
Deals. There were a lot of promises made in “Recon”… and in an episode that centered around conning people, you have to wonder how many of these are going to hold up. Let’s review:
Sawyer promises Jin that he won’t leave the Island without Sun… kinda like Kate promised Sun that they wouldn’t leave the Freigher without Jin – and we all see how that worked out.
SmokeLocke promises everyone that he’ll answer all their questions… just not right now. Pretty convenient (both for SmokeLocke and the Lost writers, who can defer their answers to the show’s mysteries for another week this way).
SmokeLocke promises Zach and Emma that he’ll keep them safe… even though he just murdered like 20 of their fellow Others.
SmokeLocke promises Kate that he’ll keep her safe after apologizing for Crazy Claire’s outburst… even though he is the one responsible for it thanks to lying about Aaron for all these years.
Sawyer’s promise aside, it’s the ones made by SmokeLocke that I find interesting. Is he really going to protect all these people and answer all their questions, even though Alpert has told us that he won’t rest until he kills every living thing on the
Sawyer’s promise aside, it’s the ones made by SmokeLocke that I find interesting. Is he really going to protect all these people and answer all their questions, even though Alpert has told us that he won’t rest until he kills every living thing on the
I won’t get into the big debate about good and evil here, but wouldn’t it be just like the devil to seemingly tell you the “truth”, carry out bad acts, but do it with a grin, comforting you all along? Likewise, isn’t it just like God to not explain everything to you, make you rely on faith and do the right thing even when the devil is tempting you?
Even though SmokeLocke is coming across in a very positive light right now, making promises to characters and sounding like he cares about them – I wouldn’t believe a word he said. He’ll keep his promises, as long as those promises continue to aid him in reaching his end goal of “going home”.
Widmore. Speaking of not believing a word that someone says, let’s talk about Charles Widmore. He claims to have not killed the surviving members of Ajira 316 who were still on
The easiest reason to pin the big pile of dead bodies on Widmore is that there aren’t many other good candidates. In fact, I think that list begins and ends with SmokeLocke. Who else is left? We know what all our Survivors (with the exception of Alpert) have been up to ever since Ajira 316 crashed on the Island… and Alpert doesn’t really seem like the mass murdering type – both from a physical and moral perspective.
What about SmokeLocke? It’s possible that he turned into Smokey, dashed over to
Hmmmm – it’s a toss-up. I guess the hard physical evidence tips a little more towards SmokeLocke killing everyone this time… at least for now. But let’s not forget, three years ago Widmore sent a crew to the Island with the instructions to kill everyone and bring Benjamin Linus to him – and although he’s bringing a different looking crew to the Island this time (and coming along for the ride himself), it’s likely that his intentions are still the same. Taking the
Desmond. The more I think about it, the more certain I am that Desmond is behind the locked door of Widmore’s submarine. Again, the last time we saw Widmore off the
No good theories here – but with the season halfway completed, if Desmond is ever going to come back to the
Aaron. Finally, we need to touch on the unexpected story that SmokeLocke told Kate this episode:
LOCKE: "You referred to me as a dead man. I am not a dead man. I know what you're feeling, Kate. I know what you're going through."
KATE: "And how do you know that?"
LOCKE: "Because... my mother was crazy. Long time ago, before I... looked like this... I had a mother, just like everyone. She was a very disturbed woman. And, as a result of that, I had some growing pains. Problems that I'm still trying to work my way through. Problems that could have been avoided had things been different."
KATE: "Why are you telling me this?"
LOCKE: "Because now Aaron has a crazy mother too."
For me, this strengthens two fundamental points about SmokeLocke that we need to keep in mind:
- He’s a person. Not that he was a person – but that he IS a person. Maybe he can turn into Smokey, shapeshift, and can no longer be killed by bullets or knives – but he’s a person. He had a mother, knows what it’s like to love, and knows what it’s like to feel the pain of loss.
- He’s alive. He said he’s not a “dead man”. Earlier in the episode, he also said it’s “kill or be killed, and I don’t want to be killed”. Which means that he can be killed (if only we could figure out how), and he’s more like Alpert (never aging) than some “god”.
I semi-joked in the Instant Reactions about this opening the door for Aaron to grow up, go back in time, and “become” Anti-Jacob, with the whole purpose of the loophole and his comments about “going home” boiling down to changing the past to save his mother or somehow overcome his “mommy issues” (PS – nice to finally see someone on Lost have mommy issues instead of every other character with their multiple daddy issues).
In all honesty, I think that’s a little far fetched. People like it because it draws Aaron back into the fold and makes everything about him in Season One far more important – but it doesn’t explain the vision of Young Jacob, the hatred towards Jacob, or why Anti-Jacob (as Smokey) didn’t act sooner to “save Claire”, if that’s all that it was about.
Instead, here’s what I’m thinking. SmokeLocke told Kate these things as a warning to learn from his mistakes. If you want to get all mythological about it, perhaps it’s a warning to not let Aaron become the new Anti-Jacob on the
SmokeLocke is responsible for making Claire so crazy – for giving her something to obsess about that he knew wasn’t true to turn her into a soldier in his army, and maybe he feels a little guilty about that. Giving Kate this little piece of parenting advice might be his way of clearing his conscience and making things up to Aaron.
Okay – that’s all I’ve got this week. Again, my apologies for the crappy Blog this week – other priorities got in the way.
Until tomorrow night!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
The debate rages on. Based on the early returns, the majority of people like my Episode Preview posts. We’ll see how the final results shake down next week, at which point I’ll decide if I’ll:
a. Continue doing them as always. Majority rules! This is a democracy!
b. Take a break from doing them and see what happens. Who cares what the majority thinks? (This is also known as the “Democratic Health Care Bill” option. Zing! Political humor!)
c. Bank on the fact that by the time the final few episodes roll around, they’ll be so devoid of any real information that it won’t matter either way. Let’s be honest, this is the most likely outcome.
You’ll see what I mean below…
Episode Title: “Recon”
Brian’s Deeper Meaning Guess: The word “recon” can mean a number of different things. Let’s check out the disambiguation on Wikipedia:
Recon may refer to:
- Re-Con, a
hardcore producer and alias of Mike Di Scala UK
- Reconnaissance, a military term for gathering information
- Genetic recombination units
- Recon, the short film starring Peter Gabriel, by director Breck Eisner
- Ghost Recon, a computer game
- Halo 3: ODST (formerly Halo 3: Recon), a standalone expansion for Halo 3
- Recon (role-playing game), a role playing game
- Recon (clothing), the clothing brand of graffiti artist Stash
- RECON, the River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network
- Recon the
Security Conference Montreal
- A unit in the Nintendo Wars series of strategy games
- Recon.com, a social networking website for (predominantly fetish-oriented) gay men
The most obvious choice here is “Reconnaissance, a military term for gathering information” (sorry ladies, it’s not going to be the last one). When we last saw Sawyer, he was joining SmokeLocke in his mission to get off the
Think about how far his character has grown since the first season. He’s gone from the “bad guy” of the group to becoming the head of security for Dharma, who had settled in to a nice little normal life with Juliet – conditioning his hair and picking up flowers on his way home from work. It’s a complete 180 for the guy, showing that given the right situation, he could be a law-following sweetheart instead of a hardened Con Man. Had things in his past been different, who knows how different Sawyer’s life could have been.
The point is, Sawyer isn’t totally “claimed” by SmokeLocke like Sayid. He’s not crazy like Claire. He’s a good guy who’s pissed off at the world because his girlfriend died. In my mind, he hasn’t really chosen his side in the final battle because he doesn’t know the players or the consequences yet. This makes him a perfect candidate for SmokeLocke to use for reconnaissance of Team Jacob.
Sawyer could easily stroll onto the beach and be greeted with welcome arms from Team Jacob. They would simply think that he had to storm off and formally mourn Juliet, but was now back in the fold. Secretly, Sawyer could gather information about how much Team Jacob knew and what their next plans were, and then relay that information back to SmokeLocke in return for leaving the
The only problem is, why would SmokeLocke need Sawyer to do this? He could become Smokey, sneakily manifest himself behind a bush on the beach (just like he did with Ben last week), and listen to everything for himself. It’s gotta be more than simply gathering information. There must be some physical task that SmokeLocke needs Sawyer to complete… that may or may not involve Team Jacob at all. Maybe he needs Sawyer to retrieve something from somewhere that is protected by some mystical
I have to think that we’re within a week or two of finding out these answers. The audience needs to learn what Anti-Jacob is trying to do, and what the repercussions are. The audience needs to learn how Team Jacob can stop him – or attempt to stop him, to build up the intensity of the storyline and give us a timeline to be working against. From a storytelling perspective, we’re getting pretty close to the midpoint of the season, when the story arc hits its apex and then tips – at which point the story begins quickly hurtling towards its eventual conclusion. Figuring out where we’re heading is not only the first step in understanding what SmokeLocke needs Sawyer for, but also for figuring out where the entire season and series are heading.
One more thing – since in my mind Sawyer isn’t totally committed to SmokeLocke at this point, there’s a chance he’ll revert back to his old ways… pretending to assist SmokeLocke initially, all the while actually setting up a “long con” where he turns on him in the end and saves the day (which I totally think is going to happen). If this is the case, the episode title could also be viewed as “Re-Con”, as in, to con again. Like I said, Sawyer has become a vastly different person during his time on the
Guest Stars: Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis, Kimberley Joseph as Cindy, Neil Hopkins as Liam Pace, Sheila Kelley as Zoe, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Ava, Fred Koehler as Seamus, Allen Cole as duty sergeant, Mickey Graue as Zack, Kiersten Havelock as Emma, Christopher Johnson as police officer and Michael Green as lawyer.
Guest Star Breakdown: Thankfully, it looks like we’re due for another round of Widmore this week – which will hopefully be longer than the 30 seconds he was onscreen last week… and will hopefully reveal how and why he returned to the Island (for my analysis of this subject, please refer to the “Dr. Linus” Analysis in the next post). Then we’ve got the expected guest stars from Team SmokeLocke (Cindy, Zack, and Emma), some new characters that could either be featured in the Sideways Flash or as members of the group of Others currently following SmokeLocke (Zoe, Ava, and Seamus), and the characters that are almost certainly featured in Sawyer’s Flash Sideways – “duty sergeant”, “police officer”, and “lawyer”.
Which leaves us with the two most surprising guest stars – Charlotte Lewis and Liam Pace.
For those who don’t remember, Liam Pace was Charlie’s older brother and co-founding member of Driveshaft. He’s the one who got Charlie hooked on drugs, tore the band apart, and is currently living in Sydney with his wife and daughter in Reality #1. He doesn’t seem to have a place in a Sawyer-centric episode, and was never on the
Charlotte Lewis is the anthropologist who grew up on the
Possible – but not likely. I’m guessing we’ll find that
In the end, there are three familiar guest stars – but Widmore is the only one worth getting excited about.
Episode Description: Locke tasks Sawyer with a mission.
Episode Breakdown: What kind of mission? Perhaps a “reconnaissance mission”? This might be the most generic episode description yet, although I hold out hope that the episode description for the series finale says something like “The story of Lost is concluded” to really take the prize.
Not much to go on here, and we’ve already covered it in this post. Sawyer is going to do something for SmokeLocke… and he may or may not be secretly working against SmokeLocke in the process.
It’s been a few weeks since we last saw Sawyer, so we’re due for a heavy dose of him this week. Here’s hoping he continues to doubt SmokeLocke, ask questions about what’s going on, and make witty one liners about everyone he encounters.
Other than that, I think that’s all I’ve got for this week. See, I told you it was going to be "Option C" in the end...