Picture a Box…

March 23, 2007

(Read to the tune of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”)

Picture yourself in a town on an island,
With leftover turkey and some Other guys.
Somebody tells you, blow up a submarine,
Benjamin – he tells lots of lies.

Two kinds of women a blonde and brunette,
Why do they play with your head?
Escape on the sub to get off of the isle,
Then it’s gone.

Damn these people have lots of problems (problems).
Damn these people have lots of problems (problems).
Damn these people have lots of problems (problems).
Ah… Ah…

Follow her North to a town on the island
With nice looking people who want you to die,
Everyone smiles as you climb over columns,
That made the patch-eyed guy’s brain fry.
The doc plays some catch, then you go in his door,
You came here to take him away.
He said don’t come back, was your head in the clouds?
And he’s gone.

Damn these people have lots of problems (problems).
Damn these people have lots of problems (problems).
Damn these people have lots of problems (problems).
Ah… Ah…

Picture a box underground on the island,
Filled with whatever your thoughts might desire,
Suddenly someone appears through the doorway,
Your dad who left you paralyzed.

Damn these people have lots of problems (problems).
Damn these people have lots of problems (problems). <fade>

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“Go Deep, Jack!”

March 19, 2007

The grim reaper’s plan to kill Charlie Pace is foiled again by our favorite time traveler, Desmond. This time Charlie was going to die in an attempt to send a rescue note via airmail (Par Avion).

I really like this storyline with Desmond because if anyone can make a case for just giving up and losing hope, it’s him. He even told Charlie that he is going to die and that death will just keep trying to find another way. Yet, he still keeps saving him. It’s the ultimate test of choice versus fate and he continues to make the future what he wants it to be instead of what the “fate” he sees in his visions tell him it’s going to be. He is creating his own reality instead of being afraid of what the future tells him is going to happen.

Ultimately, I think that Charlie IS going to die and that will only test Desmond’s faith even more. I’m really curious to see how this pans out. Save the Junkie, Save the World!

As for Sayid, Kate, John, and Danielle, welcome to Otherville. Jack is looking mighty comfortable running deep routes while Tom tosses the pigskin around. I predicted that Jack would somehow “join” the Others (hostiles), but I didn’t see it quite in this way. What’s he going to do though; sit around by Ben’s bedside all day just waiting to change his bandages? He’s trying to fit in the best he can while gaining their trust, so he can discover what’s going on and get himself off the island.

What’s more interesting is the reason behind why Locke has a backpack with C-4. This next episode has been anticipated ever since we first learned that he was in a wheelchair when he boarded Flight 815.

Then, the following week, we finally get to know why Nikki and Paulo were introduced this season. The episode is titled Exposé and will feature some old familiar faces that we no longer see on the island including, Shannon, Boone, Ethan Rom, and Dr. Artz – “Dude, you got some Artz on you!”

Presumably, we’ll get a flashback story that will show what Nikki and Paulo were doing during the early days on the island and perhaps we’ll get a decent explanation as to their purpose on the show. It also seems that Charlie’s kidnapping of Sun will be revealed in this episode. Perhaps Paulo saw him while he was going to the bathroom! Anyone else notice that he’s got some bowel issues; coming out of bathroom at the Pearl station and carrying a roll of T.P. in last week’s episode?

After that, we’re promised flashback episodes for Kate, Juliet, and Desmond. Maybe the show’s not getting the same ratings it used to get because of the lay-off and the new time slot, but the storyline is definitely picking up again.

One last thing about this episode; what was with the short story written on a piece of paper the size of a post-it stuck to a birds leg without protection from the water, with a toothpick? Maybe the rest of society is better off leaving these intelligent people on the island. 🙂


The Flame Explodes Into Flames

March 11, 2007

STOP PUSHING BUTTONS LOCKE! That’s two stations that Locke has been responsible for destroying now. Learn from your past John! I can’t wait to see his next flashback. If it shows that he broke an elevator button after getting impatient for it to get to his floor and it then crushes his legs, it’ll serve him right!

At least we were able to find out where The Others village is from the map Sayid took and find out that the cable that leads out to the ocean (from Season 1) is connected to a sonar beacon of some sort. Bring on the mermaid(s)!

Speaking of Sayid, his flashback is prompted when he sees a cat named Nadia (his GF’s name) on the island outside The Flame station. It turns out that he tortured a woman when he was in the Iraqi Republican Guard and her husband captures Sayid in France and is going to torture him until he admits what he did to her (burned her arms with boiling oil, etc…).

Well, Sayid denies what he has done. Mostly, I think, because he doesn’t want to face the past and believe what he did. He continues to deny it until the woman has a private conversation with him while petting her cat. She tells him that when she first came to France, she was too afraid to leave her house, but used to stare out the window at the cat she was now holding from time to time. One day, some kids caught the cat, put it in a box and set off firecrackers. That finally gave her the courage she needed to leave the house and go rescue the cat. It had now become a soothing companion for her, but every once in a while it would scratch at her or bite her. She never got angry at it though because she knew that the cat had only momentarily forgotten that it was now safe.

In an incredibly emotional scene, Sayid (played by Naveen Andrews) admitted what he did and apologized to her saying that her face has haunted him every day since he had tortured her. She forgave him because she knew that she didn’t want to be like those kids with the firecrackers or like anyone who could do what was done to her. She wanted to break the cycle and she found the strength to confront her past, let go of her anger, and then move on.

So many of us want to forget certain “things” from our pasts instead of confronting them, understanding why they happened to us, and then moving on in a positive direction that will improve our life’s experience. This woman was able to do so even from the memory of an extremely horrible past and I believe that this flashback assisted Sayid in understanding himself a little better as well. If the characters on the island are all supposed to somehow find redemption in themselves as a way to improve their lives, Sayid is well on his way now.

All in all, I think the episodes are back on the upswing. Unlike a lot of people, I really enjoyed the first six episodes of the season even though they were much darker than previous seasons. However, the recent Desmond episode was probably one of the best episodes of the series and now that we’re back to the “regulars”, we’re really getting back to the more personal storylines that made us love these characters in the first place. We get to find out if Claire is Jack’s half-sister this week and I think we’ll get to see The Others village again too. Then, the following week is a Locke-flashback and supposedly we’ll find out what “button” he pushed to end up in a wheelchair.

“Get bent, dude!”


Roger Makes A Beer Run On the Road To Shambala

March 4, 2007

“Having hope is never stupid. You gotta believe good things will happen and then they will. In this world, you gotta make your own luck.”

This episode was clearly about hope, but for me it was also about facing your fears instead of worrying about them and making them into a reality. It was a Hurley flashback, but both Hurley and Charlie had fears to face and overcome. Hurley stills feels that he is cursed because of the numbers and Desmond David Hume has told Charlie that he is going to die. What’s the best way to overcome these fears? How about purposely careening down a steep hill in a VW bus (hippie car) toward some big boulders? That would have been my first choice too.

It opens with a young and very thin Hugo Reyes listening to “The Halls of Shambala” by Three Dog Night, while going to work on fixing up a car. His father tries to get him to start up the car without a carburetor and when it doesn’t work, he says it was a stupid idea. His dad then gives him the little hope speech above.

So, why is the song he was listening to significant? Well, it’s the same song that plays on the 8-track when they do get the hippie car started near the end of the episode, but the song itself has meaning too.

Shambala is said to be a mythical kingdom hidden somewhere in the Himalayas and is mentioned in various ancient texts including Tibetan Buddhism. Can someone say, “DHARMA”? Anyway, the lyrics of the song refer to “the road to Shambala”, which may be a metaphor for the spiritual path one might follow to achieve joy. Here are the lyrics:

Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala

Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeahEveryone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala

Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Etc…

So, warm, stale beer helps brings hope to a few of the LOSTies, Roger WorkMan loses his head, and Charlie lives…at least for now. Hope lives on, but for how long? For Charlie, it may be fleeting because Desmond’s hope and faith will undoubtedly be tested again.

What else did we learn? Well, as a guy, I kind of knew this already, but thanks to James Ford for reminding us of the three most important things a man can say to a woman – “I’m sorry. You were right. Those pants don’t make you look fat.”

Quotes of the episode – Hurley, “Shut up, red…neck…man.” And don’t forget Sawyer’s reply, “touché!”