Lost – LA X Part Two

LA X Reality: Jack finds out that his dad’s coffin is missing. Well, we know it has to be on the island. Jin gets in trouble for having too much money on him, and a woman asks Sun if it is a misunderstanding and if she speaks English. She says that she can’t speak English. It looks like she was telling the truth, maybe in this reality she didn’t learn English, or maybe she is lying.

Kate bumps into Sawyer, Hurley, Frogurt, and Claire (SURPRISE! I knew she was coming back, but I was still surprised.)

Jack meets Locke and he tells him that “Nothing’s irreversible”. Is creating an alternate reality irreversible? I feel this statement something the man of faith would say and Sawyer sounds a bit nicer then season one Sawyer.

Island Reality: Sawyer has Miles tell him what Juliet was going to tell him when she died. Miles tells him she was going to say that “It worked”. So, I guess that means that Jack detonating the bomb did create an alternate reality in which they make it off the island, but these versions of Jack, Sawyer, Hurley, Jin, and Sayid, (the ones on the island) did not get off. I wonder where Miles is in the alternate reality.

On their way to the temple Hurley finds a book called “Fear and Trembling” by Søren Kierkegaard, who according to Wikipedia, is a Danish philosopher. Kierkegaard is known for his criticism of the Danish church. In this book, Kierkegaard tells a different variation of the blinding of Issac in the Bible and he discusses how hard it is to be authentically religious. In another book of Kierkegaard’s called “Practice in Christianity”, he discusses in great detail the idea of the “leap of faith”, something very important to the show Lost.

In the temple, the losties are captured by a group of Japanese others (that’s what I’ll call them for now) and Cindy the flight stewardess is there. One more lose end tied, we know why Cindy was with the others in season 3… kind of. Anyway, the Japanese others are gonna shoot the island losties, until Hurley shows them what’s in the guitar case Jacob told him to bring. Its an Egyptian Ankh, like the one that the four-toed Taweret statue holds. It’s supposed to be a symbol for everlasting life (this symbol causes Sayid’s rebirth) and is usually held by gods (is Hurley destined to become an island god? He does seem special. He can talk to dead people and he found Jacob’s cabin). Dogan, the leader of the Japanese others, says that the paper within the Ankh says that everyone will be in big trouble if Sayid dies.

The Japanese others immediately take Sayid into some dirty water and baptize him, except they don’t bring his face back out of the water until some timer runs out and it seems like he is dead. Maybe he is dead. Then Kate watches as Jack tries to save Sayid in a scene that is just like the scene from season one, after Charlie was hung in a tree by Ethan. Charlie eventually comes back to life in that episode when it seems too late, just like Sayid comes back to life at the very end of this episode. Maybe he did die, but the island brought him back. Maybe he will be an island-ghost like Christian, and like how Claire might be in this reality. The water he was in used to be used to heal. We see, that the water is darker and that it does not heal Dogan’s cut. Maybe the water is dark because the man-in-black is now in power and now he can use Sayid.

When Hurley tells the Japanese others that Jacob is dead, they freak out and pour ash everywhere and fire red fireworks to alert the inhabitants of the island that the man-in-black is loose.

Back in the foot of Taweret, there is an awesome scene between the man-in-black and Ben. The man-in-black tells Ben that the last thought that ran through Locke’s head was “I don’t understand.” And that Locke was the only one to, “realize how pitiful the life he left behind actually was.” When Ben asks him what he wants he says, “Well that’s the great irony here, Ben, because I want the one thing that John Locke didn’t. I want to go home.” Does that mean that the man-in-black, the island god, the smoke monster, used to be a human that lived off-island?

The man-in-black (I really wish I knew his name, so I didn’t have to keep writing that) tells Richard that its nice to see Richard out of his chains. I first thought that meant Richard came on the slave ship, but I’m not so sure about that. I think the chains of which he spoke were the metaphorical chains that Jacob used to keep Richard from being free. Flocke beats up Richard and tells everyone he is “very disappointed” with them.

Thoughts on the new storytelling techinique:

I’m not sure I like the way this season is going so far, but after five amazing seasons, I have faith in the writers that it will get better. I was almost certain that the writers would go the path of parallel time travel and I am alright with this, I just hate how disconnected the two realities are. I think what needs to happen is that some or all of the people in the reality in which Oceanic 815 lands in LA need to start “remembering” what happened on the island, or the two realities need to collide soon. That could be interesting and I’m sure it has to happen eventually. I think something else they could do would be similar to the game changing introduction of flashforwards in the season three finale. I think it would be interesting if what we think is an alternate reality in which the plane lands, is actually a flashforward of what we think is the reality in which Kate, Jack, Sawyer, and them are on the island and that they can’t remember what happened on the island. I feel that is a very crazy and unlikely idea, but you know, this is Lost we are talking about. I feel that in whatever circumstance, the people that landed in LA need to find out or remember what happened on the island somehow and I hope that happens soon.

What does it mean that the island sunk? If the island sunk in 1977, that would mean a lot of things are different in this reality. This means that Widmore, Ben, Eloise, Daniel, Miles, and all of the Dharma people are probably dead in that reality.

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Lost – LA X Part One

The first scene of season five was kind of surprising. It was cool to see parts of season one reenacted and the whole turbulence thing was cool.

It’s weird that Desmond is on the plane. Now we see a more literal meaning to Desmond’s catchphrase, “See ya in another life brother.” Jack thinks he has met Desmond before, maybe he can remember things, or maybe he will start to remember more. I hope so, that would be such a waste if they couldn’t remember anything. I think the reason that Desmond is in the plane, is because of his special ability to be in two times at once, maybe he and the man-in-black are the only two characters that can go between these two realities, maybe Jacob could, but now he’s dead in the on island reality.

After the plane, came that CGI underwater scene. That looked horrible, I mean it’s silly to say that because it’s obvious, but it should have been obvious to the people working on it. This is the final season, come on step-up! They should have focused on a small, important part of the island underwater, like the statue. Then they would have been able to make it look somewhat realistic. Anyway, that made me really made, as I’m sure it did many others.

Arzt is a fan of Hurley in the reality in which the plane doesn’t crash. He’s a fan of his Mr. Cluck’s commercials that were shown last summer at comic con. Hurley says he is the luckiest man alive, this is definitely an alternate reality. The writers are calling it a flash-sideways, and there is a new sound between them that sounds like a high-pitch version of the flashforward wooshing sound.

When we see Kate in a tree on the island (how silly), we know that it is an alternate reality. The audio that is used when she comes down from the tree, the ringing thing, that was a pretty cool touch. Well anyway Kate is now on the island with Jack, Miles, Jin, Hurley, and dying Sayid. The hatch is imploded for some reason, where they are. And we later learn that Jack, Kate, Sayid, Sawyer, and Miles are in the same time as Flocke, Richard, Sun and Lapidus, for some reason. What a coincidence. Hurley sees Jacob because he’s dead and he tells Hurley to take Sayid to the temple to save him, probably the same way 70’s Ben was saved in the temple last season.

Sawyer, Jack, and the rest of them hear Juliet in the bottom of the hatch. They use chains to try to get her out, chains dragged her in. Sawyer and Juliet kiss and have a pretty sweet moment when she explains why she hit the bomb. Then Juliet says, “I have to tell you something. It’s really, important,” and then she dies. That’s a little silly. Anyway, Sawyer wants to kill Jack, now.

Back in the shadow of the statue, Ben deals with the effects of what he did in last year’s finale. I actually feel pretty bad for him when he wonders why Jacob didn’t fight back and when Bram and Richard seem like they are going to punish him. The best scene of the first hour is definitely when the Man-In-Black, reveals himself to be the smoke monster. The cgi is alright in this scene and Bram joins the list of people to get impaled on the island, along with Goodwin and the co-pilot of Ajira flight 316.

Back on the plane, we learn that Shannon was not on this plane, and Locke had his walkabout. I’m pretty sure Frogurt is sitting between Locke and Boone. Locke seems very happy, I wonder if he is posessed by the man-in-black in this reality.

Sun looks at Rose and Bernard a lot, maybe she remembers them. Jack helps save Charlie from suffocating and he says he needs a pen, like in the pilot. Jack saves him from suffocating which is what drowning is, just with water instead of a bag of heroin. Charlie says he was supposed to die, when he gets taken away. Maybe the characters in both realities share the same destiny and Charlie knows that his destiny is to die.

They brought back the episode ending montage thing from season one. Some people are happier, but some are in the same circumstances. Hurley is super lucky now instead of super unlucky, Rose and Bernard are still together, but Locke is still crippled, Sun and Jin still have problems (Jin told Sun to button up again), and Kate is still on the run.

Lost Season Three Review: Important Episodes

Episode: (301) A Tale of Two Cities

Why it’s important: In the premiere of season three we learn a lot about the others when Jack, Kate, and Sawyer find themselves being held by them in cages.

Unanswered questions: What is in the envelope that Juliet was going to show Amelia in the deleted scene?

Episode: (305) The Cost of Living

Why it’s important: Eko dies (spoiler!), we see Michail on one of the Pearl station tv’s, and Jack, Kate, and Sawyer are stuck in cages…still.

Unanswered questions: Can the monster take the shape of people, and if so, who?

Episode: (308) Flashes Before Your Eyes

Why it’s important: We learn that Desmond is special, and this episode is kind of like a toned down version of the Constant.

Unanswered questions: Why does Ms. Hawking tell Desmond that everyone will die if he doesn’t do certain things. Does the course-correction thing apply to the time travel in season 5? If it does apply to everything that the losties did in the past in season 5, then that would mean that detonating the bomb would do nothing to change the past.

Episode: (309) Stranger in a Strange Land

Why it’s important: We learn about Jack’s tatoo! This is probably tied for the worst episode of lost with the Nikki/Paulo episode later this season.

Unanswered questions: Why are Cindy and the kids with the others and what are the planning on watching? What is Isabel’s job?

Episode: (320) The Man Behind the Curtain

Why it’s important: This is one of the best episodes of Lost. It’s the first Ben flashback. We see Jacob in his cabin and we see Ben kill most of the Dharma Initiative, and then nearly kill Locke.

Unanswered questions: Why does Jacob say “Help me”? The ash around his cabin makes me think a curse was put on him to keep him contained in the cabin. Perhaps the man-in-black made this happen?

Episode: (322) Through the Looking Glass

Why it’s important: The mind-blowing introduction of flash forward, the death of a fan favorite, the losties are getting rescued!?!?, but Jack says they “have to go baaaaaaack!”

Unanswered questions: How does “taller-ghost-Walt” appear to Locke? What is the temple?

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