The Shape of Some Nice Things to Come Back Home

April 15, 2008

If you consider information such as episode titles and which character is having a flash back/forward/other to be spoiler information, then you probably won’t want to read this post. Please note that I always look at this information and it has not diminished the show for me or ruined any plot twists at all.

In any event, here is some non-spoiler news of great interest: thanks to a heads up from my brother, I looked online and confirmed that there will now be six hours of new episodes coming as opposed to only five. That’ll bring us only two episodes shy of the originally intended 16 episodes for Season Four.

One of the more exciting reasons for this additional hour is that there are going to be so many big reveals by the end of the season; they couldn’t cram it all into only five episodes. Things we’ll find out include who is in the coffin and how the Oceanic 6 get off the island.

The other good news is that the finale will be a two-hour episode again instead of being split into two as originally planned. That means we’ll have the following air dates:

April 24th – The Shape of Things to Come (Ben and/or Sayid-centric)
May 1st – Something Nice Back Home (Jack-centric – unconfirmed)
May 8th – Title Unknown (Locke-centric – unconfirmed)
May 15th – Title Unknown (this is the additional hour)
May 22nd – Will NOT be on – Grey’s Anatomy two-hour finale
May 29th – Two Hour Finale

So, as you probably figured out, my blog title is a combination of the two episode titles that are currently known. The best news of all may be that April 24th is next week already! That didn’t seem like too long of a wait, but I’m not looking forward to the eight month wait we’ll have until Season Five.


“It’s a fine line between denial and faith. It’s much better on my side.”

April 7, 2008

I was digging through some Season One information for a friend and came across the above quote from the episode titled, “Whatever the Case May Be”. Rose said it while she was comforting Charlie after Claire’s kidnapping. She said it in specific reference to her belief that her husband, who was in the tail section, was still alive. As we found out in Season Two, Bernard was indeed very much alive and they were reunited after spending 48 days on different parts of the island.

I think the number one thing that brings people to question their faith about anything is time. Radiohead has a great lyric at the beginning of their song “My Iron Lung” that goes, “Faith, you’re driving me away. You do it every day. You don’t mean it, but it hurts like hell.” I think they are referring just as much to patience as they are to faith when they sing those lines and that’s what is most impressive to me about Rose. She never stopped believing, even as the number of days without her husband kept adding up. Her confidence and steadfast belief that Bernard was alive helped her stay positive and she kept going strong. She never allowed doubt to enter into her consciousness and therefore, she never became depressed and hurt.

I just find her quote to be wonderful and yet very confusing at the same time. I mean, what if he was dead and she was using her faith as a way to convince herself that everything was alright? Is there anything wrong with that or is that denial? I know it’s a moot point, but this show is all about fate versus choice and I think it’s very possible for people to convince themselves that things are going to turn out a certain way because of their faith in a specific kind of fate.

My opinion, that I think I’ve shared before, is that fate ultimately equals happiness and we all have the inner capacity to be happy by making choices that make us happy now and lead us toward even greater happiness in the future. I also believe that the universe DOES have a way of “course correcting”, but we have the ability to choose whether we ignore the guidance that is presented to us in its various forms or to listen and make good positive decisions based on the guidance we are experiencing. That’s why I believe in choice.

I have to say that it really annoys me when some people use their belief in “fate” as a way of running away or as a way of justifying their negative actions. They’ll tell you that “everything happens for a reason”, which I agree with, but “everything” and the “reasons” can be easily misinterpreted by perception. Perhaps if they actually communicated exactly how they were feeling and what they were thinking in a positive way, there could be a mutually beneficial CHOICE that is made. I guess I’m referring to a utopian society, which is something we definitely don’t have on LOST.

I know it might seem as if I’m picking on the likes of John Locke because he is a “man of faith”, but I’ve already made my thoughts clear about characters like Jack in other blog posts. Being a “man of science” and always trying to fix everything without communicating and coming to a mutually beneficial CHOICE, is no better than acting in a negative way because you believe it will bring about some kind of specific fate that you have pre-determined based on experiences you have had in your lifetime (flash-backs).

Ultimately, the lack of faith and the inability to trust one another is still the biggest issue the characters on this show have. 19th century novelist George MacDonald once said, “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” I really like that thought and think that someone like Ben might benefit a great deal more by trusting in others instead of always trying to manipulate them.

Ben is a genius and he has incredible faith in the island and in Jacob, but he keeps everything to himself and doesn’t trust anyone. Is he one of the good guys? We may eventually find out that the reasons why he is doing everything we have seen him do is due to some very noble purpose, but he is certainly not a “good guy”. He is the ultimate manipulator (in my opinion, the worst kind of person) and the only people who trust him are those who fear him or have been manipulated by him. I cannot wait to learn more about the character of Annie because I believe it’ll shed even more light on the events of his life that led him to become the man he is today.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my musings while waiting for the April 24th episode titled, “The Shape of Things to Come”.

“You Going Nicholson on Us?“

April 1, 2008

It’s been almost two weeks since we met Kevin Johnson and the only reason I haven’t written until now is because I don’t really feel like I have a heck of a lot to add. Instead, I’m just going to recap some interesting things we learned, talk a little about the final scene, and then talk about Adam and Eve just because I want to.

Here’s what we learned:

– Michael and Walt got back to New York sometime around Thanksgiving of 2004 and the flashback we saw took place in early December. We know this because there was a Christmas tree in the hallway at the hospital and his mother’s house had plenty of Christmas decorations. Also, we know that the crew on the freighter must have been in the Pacific for at least two weeks prior to Sayid and Desmond coming on board December 24, 2004.

– The fake plane wreckage was found off the coast of Bali in early December as well, which means that the “team” of people on board the freighter were rounded up pretty quickly once that news report aired. We have now seen Michael, Daniel, and Frank see the report on TV. Charlotte saw a newspaper headline and Miles heard it on the radio.

– Walt is upset with his dad and won’t speak to him because of what Michael did in order to “rescue” him from the Others – killing Libby/Ana Lucia and leading Hugo, James, Jack, and Kate into a trap.

– Libby (Elizabeth) is able to appear as a “ghost” to Michael and even carries blankets for him in the hospital just like she was doing when he shot her.

– We received confirmation that Tom was a homosexual and we learn that the island will not allow you to kill yourself if you still have work to do.

– The bodies used to stage the fake plane crash were taken from a cemetery in Thailand.

– Michael is basically working for Tom and Ben in the hopes of finding redemption by killing the freighter people and saving his fellow survivors from flight 815.

– Keamy (spelling?) and some of the other crew on board the freighter enjoy taking target practice when they’re board.

– Minkowski is a fan of The Shining.

– Ben has a way of communicating with the boat from his hidden room even after the sky turned purple and the Flame had lost all communications. Ben also doesn’t want to hurt any of the innocent people on board the freighter.

– Ben considers Michael one of the “good guys” now.

– Karl quotes Star Wars and “has a bad feeling about this”. He is then shot seconds later.

– Even though Ben tells Alex that her mother will protect her on their journey to the temple, she is also shot in a shocking end to the first part of Season 4.

Speaking of the final scene, I was a bit surprised by the events and thought Alex screaming out that she’s Ben’s daughter at the end was pretty intense. I think that most viewers are assuming that shooters are Keamy and the rest of the crew from the freighter. I agree with them, but I also believe Ben when he says that some of the people on the freighter are innocent. For example, if Frank Lipidus flew them to the island in the helicopter, I don’t believe he knows exactly what they are doing.

Okay, so why do I want to talk about Adam and Eve? If you go back to season one and watch “House of the Rising Sun”, Jack and Kate discover two corpses in the caves. Jack also discovers two stones – a black one and a white one. When Locke arrives at the caves, he asked what they have found and Jack tells him about the corpses, but not about the stones. Locke calls the two bodies Adam and Eve. Ever since we met these two deceased “characters” I’ve wondered what the significance of their discovery was and now with the knowledge that time works “differently” on the island, perhaps the corpses aren’t 40-50 years old as Jack surmised.

There are tons of theories about the identities of the two bodies. I’ve heard Ben and Annie, Jack and Kate, and so on. I haven’t seen anyone theorize that they are Desmond and Penny, so I’m throwing them into the mix too. The bottom line is that we don’t know who they are, but I can’t wait to find out because I think they are integral to the history and/or future of the show. Remember, “only fools are enslaved by time and space.”

Miscellaneous Notes:

– My brother found this out about the book Regina was reading upside down (The Survivors of the Chancellor) before she wrapped herself in chains and jumped into the Pacific: It is a Jules Verne book about the last voyage of a British ship called Chancellor. At the beginning of the story, the boat carries eight passengers and twenty crew members, but by the end only eleven people are alive (five passengers and six crew). In the novel, several characters commit suicide, at least one of them by jumping off the raft and into the water.

– The actor, who plays Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell), will be back. Some of you may recall when I mentioned that he was in a new TV show with actor Jimmy Smits. Well, that show got cancelled and he’ll be in at least one episode this season. I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about his character.

– Interestingly, the character was named after the real-life Dr. Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass). He was a noted psychologist who was dismissed from Harvard University (along with Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, and Allen Ginsberg) for his research into LSD and other psychedelic chemicals. He then traveled to India, became a Hindu spiritualist, and was given the name Ram Dass, which means “Servant of God”. He wrote a book called “Be Here Now”, which is basically a manual on how to make the transition from a psychedelic lifestyle to a yogic lifestyle.

– Aldous Huxley, who was a colleague of Dr. Richard Alpert, wrote a book called “Island”. The island in the book is a utopian island called Pala. Many of you will recall that Pala Ferry was the dock in LOST where Michael left with Walt on the boat to head home.