Jack Gets BaiLingual

February 25, 2007

So, now we know what Jack’s tattoos say and mean. I was dying to know so thank goodness an entire episode was dedicated to figuring it out. For those of you who don’t know me too well, that was sarcasm.

The tattoos say, “He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us.” However, Achara (played by Bai Ling) told Jack what it really means, “You are a leader, a great man. But this makes you lonely and angry.” Okay, so that’s all I have to say about that.

The rest of the story was okay for me – Juliet on “trial”, Alex and Karl star-gazing in their backyard, and Kate and Sawyer bickering. How does Benjamin Linus consistently steal the show even while he’s lying down in pain? He’s brilliant.

I don’t like it when promos say that answers will be revealed and then we get gypped. For example, we were supposed to find out what happened to the other passengers on Flight 815, but they only revealed that they are alive, which was a no-brainer anyway. That doesn’t tell us what happened to them! All Cindy said was, “They’re not, um — it’s not that simple.” Well, that clears that up. I’m guessing she was “Clockwork-Oranged” while wearing weird goggle-glasses like we saw happening to Karl in Room 23 or something. Now all she knows is stuff like:

  • “Plant a good seed and you will joyfully gather fruit.”
  • “Everything changes.”
  • “We are the causes of our own suffering.”
  • “God loves you as he loved Jacob.”
  • “Think about your life.”

Okay, truthfully, I still enjoyed the episode because Matthew Fox was excellent again and at least this episode had people talking and sharing thoughts with each other, which was my only complaint during season 1.

The best part of this show was when they were leaving “Alcatraz” though and we can rest-assure that we will be spending the next few weeks enjoying flashbacks of the series regulars starting with Hugo Reyes (Hurley) with special guest appearance by Cheech Marin as his dad. Sweet, dude! The three episodes after that will feature Sayid, Claire, and Locke (perhaps we’ll finally find out why he was in a wheelchair).


Fate or Choice?

February 17, 2007

This has been a recurring theme throughout the series and one that we also encounter and perhaps question in our daily lives. Are our lives pre-determined and no matter what we think, feel, or do, we have no control over what happens to us or do we have the control to choose what we attract unto ourselves?

Desmond David Hume struggled with this question for some time and perhaps like Neo from the Matrix, he is reliving this life for the Nth time! Coincidentally (not!), Desmond’s middle and last name are the same as 18th century philosopher, David Hume, who often questioned if we, as human beings, have free will or a fated existence (determinism).

It almost seemed that he was going to change the course of his fate by purchasing the wedding ring, but he started doubting himself and once the old lady broke down the “4th wall” and helped him piece the puzzle of his existence together, he really started to lose his faith. That doubt in himself and the fear that he did not have control of his future led him to break up with Penny and it was only when he saw the events in the bar take place exactly as he had remembered them that he believed he could perhaps alter his existence.

Unfortunately, a blow to the head sent him back naked, as all time traveling folk travel, to the island and he woke up saying, “Please! Send me back one more time.” Haven’t we all questioned decisions and/or reactions we’ve had to our own life experiences that we feel somewhat hopeless to go back and change? The solution is simple. To control our life’s path, we must focus on what we desire and then have hope, faith, and belief that it will come. Only then can we allow it into our lives and control our destinies.

I’m starting to think that this “free will” vs. “fate” will ultimately be what makes or breaks all of the characters on the show. Think about Eko’s decision before he died. He stood up for what he believed when the “island” (Yemi/Smoke Monster) wanted him to confess his sins. Sure, you can argue with me and say that he died, but don’t forget what he felt and experienced when he died. He was walking happily with his brother to a better place.

For this reason, I think that Desmond’s decision whether to believe in free will or fate will affect the lives of many more island inhabitants than just his AND Charlie’s. Speaking of Charlie, won’t that be the ultimate test of what Desmond ultimately decides? If he truly believes in fate then maybe he’ll eventually just let Charlie die instead of trying to save him. If he keeps saving him, then he is holding onto the belief of free will and that belief may ultimately be his salvation.

Or maybe I’m just over thinking the whole episode. hehe

Okay, one “flashback” note regarding the previous week’s episode. When Sawyer, Kate, and Alex rescued Karl from room 23, you’ll remember flashing images, text, and very loud and annoying “music” beats. Well, some fans with way more time on their hands decided to play the music backwards and heard a voice clearly say, “Only Fools Are Enslaved By Time And Space.” Just something ELSE to ponder!

We Are The Cause Of Our Own Suffering

February 15, 2007

Clockwork Orange meets LOST. Poor Karl! What in the heck were they doing to him? I saw Jacob mentioned in the multitude of images flashing rapdily on the movie screen. Sawyer seemed to be interested in watching whatever was coming next.

Juliet, oh Juliet. What light through yonder flashback brings! She’s a bit MORE than just a regular fertility doctor, don’t ya think? Apparently we’ll get another Juliet flashback toward the end of this season that will take place right where this one left off.

I guess that Danielle Rousseau and Benjamin Linus got it on at some point to conceive the young Alex. It’ll be interesting to see where that goes.

Questions that will be answered in upcoming episodes:

  • Why Locke was in a wheelchair?
  • What’s up with Jack’s tatoos?
  • What’s going on in the Flame hatch?
  • What’s the connection between The Others and Dhama?
  • Is Claire, Jack’s half-sister?
  • Why are Nikki and Paulo getting screen time?

And in season 4…Libby’s flashback and more on Michael and Walt!