Turn On Closed-Captioning

October 31, 2006

The Sub
BEN: Juliet, I need you.
JULIET: Can it wait?
BEN: The sub is back. We have a situation, so come with me now.

The Others Are Having “Issues”
TOM: 2 days since the sky turned purple. We’ve been blind. Our comms are all down — I can’t get them back up again. And in case you forgot, Colleen’s in critical…

Ben Tells Juliet “This Is Not Why…”
BEN: Have you lost your mind? You bring him here?
JULIET: He’s a doctor. He can help.
BEN: Well, this is not why…
JULIET: Do you want her to die? [to Jack] Come on.

The Others Aren’t Used To This
JACK: The crash cart, now. Juliet, I need paddles.
JULIET: It’s broken. We’ve had… Jack, we haven’t had anything happen before. We didn’t — we have — I don’t…

Jack Doesn’t Care (Or Does He?) and Spinal Tumors
JULIET: I’m, I’m sorry they — they, uh, had to put handcuffs on you. Um, I’m a fertility doctor. I’m not used to death.
JACK: What was her name?
JULIET: Cole; it was short for Colleen. I shouldn’t have, uh — I should have come to get you sooner.
JACK: It wouldn’t have mattered. There wasn’t any more that you could have done. She was — she was dead before you put her on the table.
JULIET: Are you just saying that to make me feel better?
JACK: I don’t care about making you feel better.
JULIET: I’m going to take you back now. Um, I’m sorry for bringing you here.
JACK: Who’s x-rays are those? Outside? Those are spinal x-rays. They belong to a man about 40 years old. And whoever he is, he has a very large tumor on his L-4 vertebrae. And I just happen to be a spinal surgeon. So, you tell me, Juliet, who am I here to save?

Nowhere To Run and Of Mice and Men
SAWYER: What the–?
BEN: You ever been to Alcatraz — take the tour? Right now you’re standing on a small island roughly twice the size of Alcatraz. And that over there — that’s your island — the one you’ve come to know and love. I just wanted you to know there’s nowhere to run.
SAWYER: You did all this just to — just to keep me in a damn cage?
BEN: We did all this because the only way to gain a con man’s respect is to con him. And you’re pretty good, Sawyer. We’re a lot better. Funny thing is, us telling you about the pacemaker wasn’t what kept you in line. It was when I threatened her. You work so hard to make her think you don’t care — that you don’t need her, but, “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. It don’t make no difference who the guy is, long as he’s with you. I tell you, I tell you a guy gets too lonely and he gets sick.”
SAWYER: What the hell are you talking about?
BEN: It’s from Of Mice and Men. Don’t you read? Come on, let’s get you back to your cage.

So, the moral is – turn on closed captioning if you want to “hear” the really good stuff.


My Darling, Clementine

October 27, 2006

Personally, I thought this was an exciting episode. In the first few minutes, I felt that the tide was changing and that the Others started losing a bit of the control that they seem to pride themselves in. Jack was tossing verbal jabs at Juliet similar to the way Benjamin used to toss them at Locke in Season 2. Jack was questioning Juliet as to who was in charge and seemed to be getting under her skin just as Ben bursts in and says, “…we have to go now…the sub is back, and we have a situation.”

Okay, a submarine! That explains how the Others duped Sayid and stole the sailboat AND it explains how they get back and forth from the Hydra Station on island 2 to the island we’ve grown to know and love. However, it begs the question, how did Desmond NOT see this Hydra Station island as he was sailing around the “bloody snow globe”. I can understand how our other LOST friends might not have seen it, but I’m still curious why Desmond hasn’t seen it.

Anyway, the Sawyer story was interesting, but a bit of a let down. I don’t know about the pacemaker thing and I’ve heard some disappointment as to how easily he believed it. I had my doubts immediately, so why wouldn’t Sawyer? It was a bit much, but with a little research (thanks Ken) I learned that pacemaker operations are not as invasive as I thought they might be (CLICK HERE).

Back to the good stuff, we find out that Sawyer has a daughter AND he has a heart (convenient to tie in the pacemaker storyline). He loves Kate and he does care about Cassidy and Clementine Phillips even though he tries to hide his feelings. The banter between Sawyer and Benjamin about “Of Mice and Men” was excellent and the Danny Pickett/Sawyer relationship is getting pretty intense.

I really enjoyed Jack in this episode. He scrubbed in and went into doctor mode very naturally. He also made some quick observations – the spinal x-rays and that Juliet had little to no idea what she was doing. She is a fertility doctor after all.

In general, Ben seemed more frazzled in this episode than in any others and took more time than usual to make decisions. He appears to be unsure of his decisions too. Perhaps, whatever Tom was saying as Sawyer gained consciousness is really affecting the Others. I don’t have the actual quote yet, but he said something like, “It’s been two days since the skies turned purple, we still don’t have Com back, and now one of our people are critically injured.” I’m not sure what that’s all about, but I’m getting a suspicion that the hatch implosion is adversely affecting the Others.

One last thing about this episode, more Desmond premonitions – this time to help Claire/Charlie/Aaron. When they won’t move out from under their “camp” to safety, he constructs a lightning rod to divert lightning from striking either the tree over their “camp” or their “camp” directly. What’s up Des?

Okay, I have one more thing to say about the previous week’s episode. I saw a screen capture, from this episode, of Mr. Eko’s Jesus Stick. A new inscription said, “Lift up your eyes and look north”. Interesting! J

Spoiler or Foiler? Somebody, a MAIN Character (series regular) is going to die. NEXT WEEK! Who? Is it for real? Next weeks’ episode: “The Cost of Living” – Mr. Eko-centric.


Clean Up Your Own Mess

October 26, 2006

Locke’s drug-induced “conversation” with the island (Boone) was pretty interesting and probably gave Locke more information than the obvious, which was to save Mr. Eko. That much was obvious, but consider these other revelations:

  • Claire & Charlie looked like a married couple with baby Aaron in tow. Boone’s revelation to Locke, “Not them, they’re fine. For a while.” Who knows what this means specifically, but it’s obvious that they will need John at some point, but not right now.
  • Jin & Sun arguing about something in a bag. Sayid pats Jin on the back. Boone says, “I think Sayid’s got it.” I think it’s the islands way of letting John know that they will make it back just fine.
  • Desmond looks like a pilot. Boone says, “Forget it. He’s helping himself.” Perhaps that’s the islands way of letting John know that Desmond can handle himself.
  • Jack, Kate, and Sawyer are going through a separate gate from everyone else and Benjamin Linus is with the TSA and he’s scanning Jack. Boone says, “There’s nothing you can do for them. Not yet. First you have to clean up your own mess.” This one is almost too obvious especially after Locke makes his little speech at the end of the episode about how they are going to go and rescue them after they take care of Mr. Eko.

Here’s the thing, in Locke’s flashback, Eddie (the undercover cop) tells him, “…because you hadn’t been here long, didn’t have a criminal record, and psyche profiles said that you would be amenable for coercion.” If the island knows these people as well as it seems to know them, then wouldn’t it stand to reason that Locke is just being used because he is easily manipulated? Something to think about!

On another note – naked Desmond – anyone ever see Terminator? The time travelers always end up naked when they come back. Maybe Desmond knew what Locke was going to say because he heard him say it in the future and then went back in time, lost his clothes, and well is acting weird. I don’t know. Just trying to make some sense of it.

Random Notes:

In case you hadn’t noticed, I added a Dharma logo to the image at the top of the page. It’s the Hydra Station logo. I’m guessing that the only remaining station (if there’s only 6) is the Flame, but since it hasn’t been seen yet, I’m holding off on including it.

Old news, but in a recent Podcast, the writers answered a fan question and said that there IS more than one “faction” of Others. Who knows what this means for sure, but in the LOST experience video, Thomas Mittlewerk refers to two “villages” (Filan and Vetul-Milani) who have agreed to test the vaccine. Maybe Benjamin’s group of Others is one of those villages and there is still another somewhere on the island or even somewhere else.

So Michael and Walt are sailing into the great unknown. So where the heck is Vincent the dog? I understand that the key for Michael was to get the heck out of there, but I haven’t seen the dog in quite a while now. Just thought it’d be worth mentioning.

Last thought – Nikki & Paulo! Just a tad bit on the annoying side, don’t you think? Bad case of overacting in only 10 seconds of screen time and they apparently cut out a scene where Claire catches them doing “it” in Jack’s tent. That would have cleared up the “if you have sex and you’re a female, you’re going to die” theory. Well, I guess we’ll see…

Check back soon for my thoughts on last night’s episode…


I See LOST People

October 20, 2006

So we discovered the fates of Desmond, Locke, and Eko, but we still don’t know how they survived the hatch implosion. Those tricky writers promised we’d learn their fates, but not how they survived. Anyway, I’m willing to suspend my belief for the sake of the show. I mean the whole series started with Jack in the middle of the jungle after a plane splits in half, so why not start this episode with Locke waking up in the same state.

Not only that, but Eko is in rough shape, Locke has a renewed passion to find his purpose, and Desmond, well he’s naked and seems to have a special gift. He’s obviously got some sort of ability to see the future and he’s definitely a bit whacked-out.

Poor Locke! He just wants to belong to any “family” that shows love toward him and he can’t stand it when he’s seen as being the weak link. I can’t totally understand his getting involved with the ganja-growers, but he felt loved and part of something. I have a theory that his “friends” at the “joint” compound will ultimately put him in a wheelchair.

My question this week is about the toy dump truck in the polar bear cave. (Thanks for the reminder JK!) Umm? Any thoughts? The writers don’t usually reveal things like that without them meaning something. Please share your thoughts.

SPOILERS (USE CAUTION IN THIS NEXT SECTION, IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS)

In Episode 5, we will see the Pearl station again. Apparently, some of the LOSTies will go there in an attempt to use the computer to locate Jack, Kate, and Sawyer.

Episode 6 is the last episode of the mini-season. It’s called “I Do” and is about Kate’s wedding. Yes, I said wedding. She was married at some point.

When they return in January with new episodes, we will finally get to see an Others flashback. It will be in Episode 7 and is Juliet-centric. It’s titled “Not In Portland”.

Next week (Episode 4) is a Sawyer-centric episode titled “Every Man For Himself”. Stay tuned…


69 Days (11/29/2004)

October 17, 2006

“…I’ll take you there. I’ll take you home.” So says Benjamin Linus (AKA Fenry Gale) at the end of this episode. I was on vacation last week, coincidentally on an island (Islamorada), so when I watched this episode I was 20 minutes late and three sheets to the wind (that means pretty drunk). Throw in subtitles for the Korean dialogue and let’s just say it was a very confusing episode for me. I was home from my trip no more than 2 hours before downloading it on iTunes so I could watch it again and make some sense of what I had seen. I have a sickness!

Anyway, I was thrilled to learn everything they revealed. It really seems that they’re going to be a bit more direct this season. Sure, we don’t know what the Others are doing exactly, but we do know:

  • That the outside world still exists.
  • That Benjamin has lived on the island all his life.
  • That Sun is a liar and an adulteress.
  • That when Colleen (the Other who kisses Danny and is later shot by Sun) interrupts Juliet and Ben, it doesn’t really matter (or does it).
  • That Ben likes watching many TV channels at once.
  • That Kate tastes like Strawberries.
  • That Kate looks better in Alex Rousseau’s dress than Alex does and that Alex might have a thing for the pick-locking Other named Karl.
  • That the Others have probably never seen real battle, the big fella packs quite a punch, and at least one Other may be trained in martial arts.
  • That the stun boxes have safety switches.
  • That Juliet has never made soup for Ben.
  • That Jin understands English better than we thought.
  • That Jae jumped – don’t tell me any conspiracies or that he was pushed. There should be no speculation after seeing the pearls clutched in his hand. He was distraught and ended his own life.
  • That Sayid’s plan was horrible and apparently the Others can walk on water or something…I’m making that up, but how DID they get to the sailboat?!
  • That Sun IS a killer, unfortunately for Colleen. That is, unless Jack is able to save Colleen when Ben asks him too. That’s pure speculation on my part, not a spoiler.

I am so looking forward to flipping back and forth between Game 6 of the NLCS (Lets Go Mets) and the Locke–centric episode this Wednesday titled, “Further Instructions”.

Until next time, Namaste!


Goodwin is a Very Fast Runner!

October 5, 2006

NO SPOILERS HERE – Unless You Haven’t Seen the Season 3 Premiere

I don’t normally nit-pick about LOST, but while the opening scene was VERY clever and the Others “village” was eerily similar to what I saw in a dream I had about a year ago, there’s just no way that Goodwin could make it to the tail section in under an hour. Seriously though, I’m sure he’s fast and I shouldn’t complain. I did seriously freak out when I saw their “village” or “camp” or “whatever” because I honestly dreamed about a domesticated town on the island where the Others lived BEFORE Season 2 even aired. I used to joke around about how I bet it was going to come true and then started to get weirded out when we saw the glue and fake beard, not to mention “Tom” sans beard in the Claire flashback episode and then season finale. I know I’m a bit odd, but that seriously freaked me out.

Okay, that aside, very cool to see the opening scene and meet some new characters, such as Juliet. I thought the actress who played her was excellent. BTW – Screen captures apparently identify the Stephen King book to be “Carrie”. You have to wonder why Juliet says it was her favorite book and why she got so defensive for picking a book that Ben (Henry Gale) wouldn’t approve of. Did anyone catch how she sarcastically said, “Forgive me for thinking that free will still existed”? I found that to be a very interesting statement.

While “breaking” Jack was difficult to watch emotionally, it just reminded me of just how talented an actor Matthew Fox can be. I guess we now know how the shark got the DHARMA tattoo on its tail, but we still don’t know what in the heck is going on with the DHARMA Initiative nowadays. Assuming we believe the conversation between Jack and Juliet, it all fell apart and they are the remains. It ALL seems like psychological testing to me at this point in time.

Tid-Bit: The song Jack is listening to in his car radio while watching Sarah at her school is Moonlight Serenade. It’s the same song that Hurley and Sayid picked up on the radio at the end of a Season Two episode.

Special thanks to Ken and J9 for their hospitality and for hosting the Season 3 premiere get together. Dinner and the company were excellent!

Up next is “The Glass Ballerina”, which is supposed to be Sun-centric. The previews look like they show her catching a bullet and falling off “Elizabeth”. Henry, errr…I mean, Ben looks surprised in the preview to see that Sayid, etc… have a sailboat. I guess they don’t know EVERYTHING.

BTW – I’m curious about everyone’s thoughts about the opening scene. Specifically whether the Others knew the crash was going to happen. They seemed surprised, but then acted swiftly as if it had happened before and they were ready for it. Did they know it was going to happen and who was on the plane? How could they if Desmond crashed the plane?