Friday, November 21, 2008
Now, everyone (including myself) has been wondering how season 5 is going to work (flashbacks, flashforwards, etc.), and the producers confirmed this summer at comic con that they're going to try and not use the words flashback and flashforward this year. But what do they mean by that? If they weren't gonna do them at all, they would've said that; but they said they just weren't going to use those words.
And then it hit me.
What if the island went back in time? Not 100 years, but 100 days. What if Locke, Sawyer, Juliet, and all of the other people still on the island went back to when the plane first crashed, and they got to witness (second-hand) everything that happened to them in the first 3 seasons? What if the infamous whispers are actually themselves (but from the "future")?
By watching that trailer, you'll notice a few things: Juliet (or Charlotte) wiping away dirt from a hatch buried in the ground, Locke finding one of those heroin Mary statues, Faraday having a gun pointed at him by someone in a hazmat suit. Could that be Desmond from his hatch days? Or what about Kelvin (Desmond's original hatchmate)? I realize that he died on the same day Flight 815 crashed on the island, but what if they had gone back in time 120 days?
And maybe the island continues to move back in time, allowing us to see (first-hand) Rousseau's backstory, which we were also promised in Season 5.
I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The Oceanic Nine
In previous entries, I know I've questioned the identities of the original "Oceanic Eight"... forgetting to take into consideration that Aaron was not counted in the aforementioned eight survivors of the crash. And for any of you that watched the re-airing of the first hour of the finale prior to the 2-hour conclusion, you may have noticed a little snippet of additional footage that revealed the identities of those that "survived the crash but died later". During the Oceanic Airlines press conference, Jack mentioned that Boone, Libby, and Charlie were the only other survivors, but that they all died prior to finding rescue.
The finale began at the same moment where season 3's finale left off (such a great way to start!). Kate was the first to utter the name "Jeremy Bentham". It's the name of the man in the coffin. But who is Jeremy Bentham? According to Wikipedia, Jeremy Bentham is was an English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He was also a political radical, and a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law. He's best known for his advocacy of utilitarianism, for the concept of animal rights. ...but something tells me that this isn't exactly who they're talking about. Instead, we later find out that the man they are referencing is actually Locke. Yes, Locke was in the coffin. But why use the name Jeremy Bentham? What is the significance? I wonder if Jeremy Bentham (the philosopher) was connected in any way to John Locke (the philosopher). Perhaps there are clues there?
Throughout the entire series, Locke always tells Jack to do something (i.e. Stay on the island), to which Jack refuses, only to go back and do exactly what Locke asked him to do in the first place. It's just like when Locke wanted Jack to push the button on the computer.... or even go into the hatch in the first place. So it's no surprise that Jack now believes Locke when he told Jack that he needed to go back to the island. Jack even mentioned to Kate that believing Locke (and going back to the island) is the only way to protect her and Aaron. Kate's dream would beg to differ.
She "woke up" to a ringing telephone. When she answered it, a mysterious voice said (backwards, of course) "You need to go back to the island now before it's too late." She then heard something coming from Aaron's room. And when she went in to check on him, she saw CLAIRE sitting with Aaron. Claire turned to Kate and told her that she is NOT to take Aaron back to the island EVER. It appears, then, that there are two forces here at play (again, the black vs. white theme). One force wants Aaron back on the island, while the other does not. And based on the cabin sequence from a few weeks ago, I'd say that Jacob / Christian / Claire do NOT want Aaron on the island. But it appears that the Others / Locke DO want him there. And while I know I've mentioned a theory about a prophecy before, I'm starting to believe that there are more elements at play here. While it was believed that Locke is "the chosen one", I'm thinking that a child will also play part in this prophecy. And maybe that's why the Others were kidnapping children??? And maybe now they believe that Aaron is the child prophet?
Just a quick note that they did confirm in the finale that the flash-forward storyline takes place about 3 years after the rescue. So, if Oceanic Flight 815 crashed in September 2004, they were rescued in January 2005, the "casket" scene takes place early 2008. This makes me wonder how they're gonna handle next season.... keeping in mind that we missed 3 years of island time. Am I the only one that wants to see how Locke handles being a "leader"? We did get a little insight into that at the end of the episode, but we'll get to that later.
The Love Triangle
When the series started, it seemed obvious that Jack and Kate would end up together at the end of the series. Half-way through season one, we were introduced to the idea of Kate and Sawyer. And in the second season, the Sawyer-Kate part of the love triangle was a little stronger. And finally in season 3, they...... you know..... a couple times. And in these flash-forwards, we saw Kate with Jack, living together, and even engaged. But I can't help but believe that she'll end up with Sawyer at the end of the series. Perhaps they can have some sort of crime-duo spin-off, like some sort of 21st century Bonnie and Clyde.
Taller Non-Ghost Walt
Hurley got an unexpected visit from Walt at the mental hospital. I was excited to see him back on this show (granted, he's MUCH older than he was during the early episodes). This future timeline, though, is giving us the ability to have Walt back on the show. Does this mean that he could be back as a series regular in seasons to come? It only seems logical, since he played such an important role during the first two seasons. They spent a lot of time explaining how he is "special"..... too much time, in fact, to just drop it. I think we can definitely expect to see Walt more often in season 5. (Too bad I can't say the same about Michael.)
We've been led to believe that the Oceanic 6 have not told anyone the truth about the plane crash and the island... but I can't help but think that while they were on Penny's boat trying to come up with a story, Penny had to find out the truth. And by re-watching the first hour of the finale, you'll notice Nadia (Sayid's girlfriend) has a strange expression when Hurley's dad makes a joke about being stranded on an island. It makes me wonder if Nadia knows the real story. And if that's the case, is that why she was killed? So who else knows?
While it was pretty clear that Michael and Keamy died in the finale, there are a few "survivors" that are in question. Jin was not on the part of the boat that exploded, so it's still possible that he's alive. Claire's fate has not yet been determined, and what is up with Daniel Faraday and the other people on his little boat? Maybe they picked up Jin in the water, or maybe they "moved" along with the island.
I can't help but wonder why Miles wanted to stay back on the island. Is it just because he knew that the boat was going to explode, and figured that he'd be okay on the island. And while Faraday was convinced that they MUST leave, Charlotte also decided to stay. Her exact quote was, "Would it make any sense if I told you I was still looking for where I was born?". wait.... WHAT? Was Charlotte born on the island?! Is that how she recognized that DHARMA logo on the polar bear collar found in Tunisia? There is a lot of debate in the online communities about whether or not Charlotte is actually Annie (Ben's childhood friend). While I don't believe that's the case, it's always possible.
Moving the Island
After destroying the time-travel chamber, Ben made his way to a secret room where he had to turn a frozen donkey wheel in order to move the island. He also said that moving the island would prevent him from ever being able to return. Let me first say that I don't believe that Ben can't return to the island. I mean, can we really trust anything that Ben says 100%? But I wonder how Ben learned how to move the island? Here's my thought.... At one point, Widmore was on the island, and he is actually the one who moved it, thus removing him from the island, and he has been determined to find the island again since.
I have a feeling that this finale's "island-moving" sequence wasn't the first time since the show started that we saw the island move. I think that when Desmond turned the fail safe key at the end of season 2, the island moved then as well. If you go back to when Michael and Walt sailed off in the boat (leaving Jack & Co. in custody of the Others), Ben told Michael to follow a bearing of 325 exactly, and he'd find rescue. Then Desmond turned the fail safe key and the sky turned purple. And now, Faraday insists that they must follow an exact bearing of 305. Then, Ben moved the island again.... so I would guess that in future episodes, we'll see this bearing change again.
...But Who Built It?
I want to know who is responsible for building that donkey wheel? Is that something that was on the island a LONG time ago, and the DHARMA Initiative built around it, studying its abilities, and trying to learn how to control it? Or was it actually built by the DHARMA Initiative?
How great was Michael's final seconds of his life when Christian Shephard appears and tells him "You can go now." So this manifestation of Christian is the soul of the island and is responsible for not letting Michael die prior to this? What does that mean in terms of Jacob? Is Jacob a spirit that has taken over the body of Christian Shephard in order to reach out to the people on the island? If so, is this why the island wants Locke's body brought back?
Well, they've officially confirmed a solid connection between the Widmore Corporation and Paik Industries (Sun's dad's business). In a confrontation with Widmore himself, Sun offered to join forces with him, noting that they have common interests. "As you know, we're not the only ones who left the island," she says, reminding Widmore that Ben is no longer on the island. Now, there are a couple ways to take this. One... She could totally be working for Ben and playing Widmore; or Two, she could actually be looking to get back to the island, and she knows that Widmore is her best option. So why would Sun be looking to get back on the island? I have a feeling that I might know. If Locke is visiting all of the Oceanic 6, trying to convince them to come back, perhaps in his visit to Sun, he mentioned to her that Jin is still alive, and is living on the island still. Talk about a reason to go back!
The Islanders' Perspective
From the island, all they could see was that the helicopter was going to the freighter, after which point the freighter exploded. So, does that mean that everyone on the island (with the exception of Locke) believes that the Oceanic 6 are all dead? My wife seems to believe that Juliet and Sawyer are gonna hook up in future episodes, and while I couldn't see that happening at the time, it would actually make sense if they believed that Jack and Kate were dead. Regardless of what happens or doesn't happen between Sawyer and Juliet, it'll be a nice twist on things next season if no one knows that the Oceanic 6 made it back.
Ben's Last Words
Right before the island moves, Ben looks up and say, "I hope you're happy now, Jacob," as if to suggest that this is all Jacob's fault. And if I remember correctly, I think that this is the first time we see Ben talking to Jacob while he's alone... thus confirming that Ben really had some strong connections with him. I know I've posted this question before, but I really want to know what Ben did to piss Jacob off bad enough where Jacob would let Ben get a tumor.
Not Really Lying
I know that Oceanic 6 lied about what happened to them, but technically, they didn't really lie as much as we had originally thought. Their helicopter crashed in the water. 8 people survived the crash. They found a raft and made their way to an island where they were finally rescued.
A Happy Ending = A Dangerous Beginning
Well, everyone... it finally happened. Penny and Desmond were reunited at last! And while I really really really really wish that I could call this a happy ending, I tend to think that we are just getting into some rough waters with these two. Ben told Jack that the island requires that EVERYONE come back...... does that include Desmond? And remember that Ben is now on a mission to kill Penny. I have a feeling, though, that in the end, Penny will be able to escape Ben's death warrant, and will make it to the island with Desmond. And at the end of the series, they will be revealed to be the original "Adam and Eve", discovered in the caves back in season one.
I was so pumped for this season's finale, knowing that we were finally going to find out who was in the coffin. My final guess before the episode aired was that it was going to be Ben. But when Ben showed up at the funeral parlor behind Jack.... wow..... I didn't know what was going to happen. But as their conversation unfolded, it became pretty evident that Locke was the one in the casket. Of course, when they swung the camera around, it revealed a very dead-looking John Locke (aka Jeremy Bentham). But what does this mean? Why did the island let Locke die, but wouldn't let Jack die? Wait.... could JACK be the chosen one? In one of his visits to Jack, Locke revealed that since he left the island, some very bad things happened, which he says is Jack's fault because he left. The island seems VERY determined to get Jack back, but not by himself.... it demands that EVERYONE return. But why everyone? Does everyone have that important of a role in the island's existence?
Is Locke Dead?
I don't want to see LOST without Locke..... plain and simple. (NOTE: I didn't say that I WON'T watch it.) And I don't think that they'll ever have this show exist without him. I think this is how we might expect this to play out over the remaining two seasons. Next season, we'll see the 3 years that Locke spent trying to get the Oceanic 6 back, as well as seeing his reign as leader of the Others, and all the "bad things" that happened after Jack left. The final season will then have Locke's body back on the island, and he will then be Jacob's "representative", just like Christian Shephard has been.
END OF SEASON 4
Okay, well this is officially the end of season 4, and I really appreciate all the positive feedback I've been getting this season. I've even had the pleasure of meeting a couple readers that I didn't already know. In order to keep LOST a hot-topic over the next 7 months, though, I'll need something to blog about over the summer (and fall, for that matter). I'm thinking it might be cool if I could get you (the readers) to send me suggestions on things you want me to discuss (i.e. the numbers, or the Others). And I can focus an entire entry on that one subject. So if there's anything you want me to write about, or if you have any other ideas how I can keep this blog up over the next 7 months, I'd love to hear it. You can either email me, or leave me a comment below.
Until next time!
Friday, May 16, 2008
How great was it to see all of the characters that we've come to know and love from various flashbacks all coming together to welcome back the losties! I wonder if we're going to see some of these cross-overs coming out in the open...just like:
At Jack's dad's funeral, he was approached by Claire's mom, who apparently has awakened from her coma. She told Jack that Claire was his half-sister. What she didn't know, though, is that Claire was (and possibly still is) alive.
At Hurley's surprise birthday party, the disc jockey was spotted with a Geronimo Jackson record. We first saw a Geronimo Jackson record in the hatch in season 2, when Charlie and Hurley said that they'd never heard of them. They are a fictional band that is brought up time after time on the show. Since being introduced, we've seen that Eddie (the young cop that infiltrated Locke's "family") was wearing a Geronimo Jackson shirt, and even in last week's "Cabin Fever" episode, Locke had a Geronimo Jackson poster in his locker. I don't know the significance (if any), but keep an eye out for future Geronimo Jackson appearances.
Now that "Cane" has been cancelled, we are sure to see more and more of Richard Alpert...just in time for the finale. He made his return in "Cabin Fever" off the island, but is now back on-island in his traditional "natives" clothing. He (and the rest of the "others") captured Kate and Sayid, and I think they might be headed for the Temple. I think that we're gonna get a look at the temple during the last two hours of the season, and I've really got my fingers crossed that we see more eerie things there like the four-toed statue.
Just Drive a Mile
For a birthday present, Hurley's dad gave him the Camaro that they were working on when he was a kid. He finished it after the plane crash, as a tribute to Hurley. The keys were on a rabbit's foot keychain. Luck has always been an issue in Hurley's past...plus, don't forget that the Dharma van that he found in the jungle had a rabbit's foot keychain. But that's not the weird part... when he went inside, his instrument panel displayed the infamous numbers. My thought... just drive a mile, and change the numbers. Then again... maybe he should have his dad drive that mile. When those numbers are involved, you can't take your chances.
After receiving her settlement from Oceanic, Sun purchased a controlling share in her father's business. I have a feeling that this is going to pay off big in the end. It has long been believed that Paik Industries has ties to the Widmore Corporation and the Hanso Foundation. If they are actually connected to Widmore, then it's possible that her position in this company will offer the losties the ability to make it back to the island. Maybe they'll help Widmore find it.
Sun told her father that he is one of two reasons that Jin is dead. What is the other? Perhaps she blames Locke for keeping him on the island? I'm still sticking to the idea that Jin is still alive... somewhere. I think that after Locke moves the island, it's going to appear as if everyone that is on the island is dead.
At the Oceanic Airlines press conference, the Oceanic 6 told a story of 8 survivors who landed in the water and survived on a small island in the (I believe) Indian Ocean. Obviously, this story is not true... but the question is-- who came up with it? I used to think that this was something that Oceanic came up with, but it seems more apparent that this is a pact between the Losties... that they agreed with the people who stayed back that they'd never reveal the truth.
The Orchid Entry
In Daniel's Journal, we saw a sketch of the Orchid Station logo. It is, in fact, the same logo that we saw on Ben's parka, and also on the freighter's secondary protocol manual. And when Daniel heard that they were going to the secondary protocol, he FREAKED OUT and said that they need to get off the island IMMEDIATELY! So, does this mean that Daniel knows all about the Orchid? This is obviously going to be the station that allows Locke to move the island....but how? I think we'll find out next week!
Well, that's about it from me (for now). I've got a couple other things that I want to post, but I'll save that for later this week. Until then, if you've got any theories you want to share, I'd love to hear them, so please leave a comment or email me.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Who's Behind It?
Michael made a comment to Frank about Widmore being behind the staged wreckage of Flight 815. And when he did, Frank let out a little laugh, suggesting that Widmore is NOT the person behind it. I don't know why, but I have a feeling that we might be able to trust Frank. And if he says that it wasn't Widmore, I'm thinking maybe it wasn't. Is it too much to suggest a possible third party that is trying to create this war between Widmore and Ben? What about Sun's dad? I mean, he's definitely involved in some way.... I just don't know how yet.
While preparing to go back to the island after being nearly massacred by the smoke monster, we see Keamy getting some sort of device strapped to his arm. If I had to guess, I'd say that this was somehow tapping into his heart rate, and if it were to stop, maybe he would explode, killing everyone else around him. It's basically his way of saying, "Don't kill me unless you want to die too".
While flying back to the island, good ol' Frank dropped a sat phone out of the helicopter and onto the beach where Jack & Co. are waiting. The plan now is that the beach camp will follow the signal on the satellite phone to Frank's team. But why? Maybe when Frank lands, his plan is to hurry up and get the Losties on the helicopter and start flying them back in groups.
I always wondered why, if Locke was so important, the Others never came and kidnapped (or "old-man-napped") him, like they did with the tail section. But then it hit me-- one of the things that is brought up a lot is the subject of conning someone into doing something by making them think that what they're doing is actually their idea. We've seen it over-and-over again. I hate thinking that someone is pulling a fast one on Locke, but let's face it... it wouldn't be the first time Locke was deceived.
Brought to the Island?
This episode really touched on one of the BIGGEST mysteries in all of Lost-- Did someone bring them to the island? Or is it just coincidence? Fate? How / Why did they crash there? It seems like Richard wanted Locke on that island and would do anything he could to get him there. Since we know there are elements of time being played with on this show, does it seem logical to assume that Ben & Co. knew that on September 22, 2004, Oceanic Flight 815 would be crashing on that island.... so they went back in time and set the losties on paths that would guarantee that they be on that flight? Remember, most of the Losties (i.e. Locke, Sayid, Kate, Sawyer, Claire, etc.) were GIVEN their plane ticket.
Inside Jacob's Cabin
This scene wins the award for creepiest moment in season 4. Locke enters and Jack's (and Claire's) dad is sitting in the middle of the cabin. He tells Locke that, while he is not Jacob, he can speak on his behalf. Christian confirms that Locke is there because he was chosen. But then Locke looks to the other side of the room, and there is Claire, staring up at him. All she says is, "Don't worry. I'm fine. I'm with him." When Locke asked about Aaron, Christian's response is that he's where he's supposed to be ("and that's not here"). Christian then goes on to tell Locke that since they don't have time for the small chat, that he needs to ask Christian the one question that does matter. Of course, Locke opts for "How do I save the island?" His response.... are you ready for this..... they have to move the island.
Move the island? But how? And can you be more specific? Move it to another spot on Earth? Move it to another place in time? Something tells me that this is a HUGE set up for the finale. I mean, wouldn't it be trippy if season 4 ended with them NOT being on a tropical island, but instead surrounded by snow and ice? Or if all of a sudden, they went back in time (not too far) but to right before the plane crashed, so the last shot of the season would be that of Flight 815 crashing on the island?
Dead or Alive?
Since the episode aired, fans across the internet have been in a widespread debate about Claire. Did her appearance in "Cabin Fever" confirm that she's officially dead? My wife is convinced that she actually died when her house was blown up by the Freighter Army. I still think she's alive though. Email me or leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Lost with Drew's Wife
On a side note, Julie pointed out something to me last week that I forgot to include in my recap. And it is DEFINITELY worth posting. In last year's finale, we saw that drunk-Jack ended up in the hospital, where his ex-wife Sarah came to see him. She told him that she was still listed as his emergency contact. But wait.... this flash-forward takes place YEARS after they returned from the island... and AFTER he was engaged to Kate. Why wouldn't Kate be his emergency contact? Or Hurley?
New Poll Up
The producers announced early this season that, by the end of this season, we'd find out who was in the coffin. I wanted to get your thoughts, so I'm gonna put up a poll to see what you guys think. So make sure to vote!!!
Next week.... I mean, tomorrow
The next episode is the first hour of a 3-hour finale. It is titled "There's No Place Like Home (Part 1)". Don't forget that LOST will not be on next week so that Grey's Anatomy can have it's 2-hour finale. It will return on the 29th, where we'll get the 2nd and 3rd hours of the finale in a big 2-hour LOST extravaganza, starting a 9:00 (EST).
Until next time!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
When Keamy tried to shoot Michael, nothing happened. It appears that the island is still protecting him... but why? What's the rule? If you've been BOTH on-island and off-island, are you immortal? I have a feeling that this might also be connected to the time travel things going on. Like, if you've travelled to a different time, you can't be killed while there. Could Ben and Widmore (or anyone else for that matter) be from a different time? It appears that Richard might be as well.
Richard "Eternal" Alpert
Ok.... one of two things is going on with Richard. Either (1) he can travel back in time, allowing him to see Locke on the day that he was born; or (2) he just lives forever. And does anyone else find it weird that he was at the hospital just moments after Locke was born? I wouldn't be surprised if he were behind the wheel of that car that struck Locke's mom.
There is a prophecy. Of course, that's just speculation.... but let's pretend. The prophecy goes like this: In the mid 20th century, a prophet will be born to a woman named Emily. He will arrive prematurely and will survive many struggles. His purpose is to protect the island. He will form a strong bond with the island and will be given the ability to communicate with the island's spirit (Jacob). Before he can fulfill this prophecy, he will be given a challenge, in which he is told that he must sacrifice his father; however, he will not.
That prophecy is known by the island's natives. And they've been waiting for their prophet to arrive. When Ben came to the island, and he met Richard, they believed that he was their prophet. He fits nearly all of those requirements (mother Emily, born prematurely, communicates with Jacob, etc.). However, when the Dharma Initiative was purged, Richard gave him the task of killing his father.... which Ben actually did, proving that he was not "the chosen one". But then came Locke.
While the island's natives are excited at the possibility of the prophet finally being on the island, Ben is determined to prove that Locke is NOT the one. Ben told Locke that he had to kill his father... which he actually didn't do (but Ben doesn't know that). So while Ben believes that he has proven that Locke isn't the prophet... he is wrong. And Ben is just starting to realize it.
Now that season 4 has brought us off the island, there have been a few "smokey" references that seem to occur whenever we see someone off-island that perhaps we shouldn't see. In the first episode, right before Hurley sees Charlie swimming in the interrogation room, there is a big "No Smoking" sign behind him..... nothing, right? Think again. Before Jack saw his dad in the lobby of the hospital, the smoke alarm was going off. Wait... there's more. When Locke is born, his grandma goes to light a cigarette, and the doctor said, "You can't smoke in here," and immediately after that, we see Richard. Could they be hinting at the smoke monster here? I'm not sure yet, but if they do it one more time, then it's definitely worth considering!
In a dream, Locke saw Horace Goodspeed (the man who recruited Ben's dad into the Dharma Initiative) chopping down a tree..... a couple times. The "vision" had Horace on a loop, talking to Locke about what he needed to do in order to find Jacob. The interesting thing here is that he said that he's been dead for 12 years. That's interesting though, because if Rousseau's team crashed on the island 16 years ago, then they were there during the purge, and while the Dharma Initiative was in its prime. Anyone else think it's likely that Rousseau and her team were all members of the Dharma Initiative? I'm sure we'll find out eventually... and by "eventually" I mean "next season".
Locke's Smokey Doodle
When visiting a young John Locke, Richard noticed that one of his drawings was that of a giant cloud of black smoke bursting out of the ground and attacking someone. So is it possible that smokey is an entity that has been manifested from Locke's mind? Could he have created smokey the same way that he "brought" his father to the island? I think he might be a lot more powerful than we thought before. He's certainly "special".
Richard then placed 6 objects in front of Locke-- a baseball glove, a book of laws, a tube of sand, a comic book, a knife, and a compass. He asked Locke which of the items belongs to him. It seems that Richard is implying that Locke has lived before, and choosing the right item would indicate whether or not he is the person Richard is thinking (the prophet?). Locke chose the knife, and Richard stormed out of the house, as if disappointed at his choice. But I tend to think that Locke was lying to him in order to protect himself. Had he chosen the sand, I think Richard would've grabbed him and taken him to the island right then and there. But Locke didn't want to go (yet). He had work to do first.
Keamy's Dharma Manual
Did you see it? Keamy needed to find out exactly where Ben was, so he pulled out (from a safe) a Dharma Initiative protocol manual.
Notice that the logo on the cover is that of (what is believed to be) the Orchid Station, from last summer's infamous Orchid Orientation video, which hinted A LOT at time travel, and is also the same logo that appeared on Ben's parka when he woke up in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Could this guide be LOST's own version of the sports almanac that Marty bought in "Back to the Future"? Did Widmore's team go into the future to find out where Ben would be, and then (because they can't kill him until they return to their original timeline) use that to find him now?
Lost with Julie
When the people on the freighter received the Morse Code transmission about Dr. Ray's body washing ashore, we can definitely say 100% that the he was on the freighter (and very much alive) when they received that transmission. The interesting thing that my wife pointed out was that Sayid (who was standing right there when they received the transmission) can probably decipher Morse Code and likely understood the transmission. And when he gets back to the island, I wouldn't be surprised if he was like, "Yeah.... I heard your transmission and the doctor wasn't dead." Then maybe Faraday would start to explain this whole time issue that he seems to be fully aware of.
Locke's high school counselor said that he received a call from Mittelos Laboratories (remember Mittelos Bioscience is the name of the "company" that Richard used to recruit Juliet). They wanted to have Locke come to "Portland" for a science camp. Still in denial about who he really is, Locke refused to go. Perhaps he still wasn't ready. Maybe he had to perform a miracle in order to fulfill the prophecy, and he had to wait until he was paralyzed to get there.
After falling 8 stories and breaking his back, Locke found himself in a hospital with an all-too-familiar orderly. It was Matthew Abaddon... the guy that hired Naomi, Faraday, Charlotte, Miles, and Frank. He is also the same guy that visited Hurley in the mental hospital and asked if "they" were still alive. His message to Locke was simple-- that some day, he'd owe him a favor. But that was after Abaddon told Locke that he should go on a walkabout.... which ultimately was the reason for him being on Flight 815... which was the reason for him being on the island. Abaddon is obviously involved in this war, and while it appears that he's on Widmore's team, I am starting to lean the other way. Could he be working for Ben as an undercover spy?
(Part 2 coming soon)
Friday, May 2, 2008
While walking back to the beach with Sawyer and Kate, Miles stopped dead in his tracks as he could hear the sounds of Rousseau and Karl being shot. He quickly moved to the ground and began wiping away the dirt, revealing the corpses of Danielle Rousseau and Karl. DAMMIT! I really liked both of these characters! The interesting thing here, though, is that we HAVE TO have a Rousseau flashback.... and they can't necessarily do that if she's dead. The only way to show her past now is through the eyes of someone else, which suggests that someone on the show plays a part in her past. Based on the preview for next week, we know that the purge happened about 12 years go (which is when Ben officially joined the "others"). And if Rousseau has been on the island for 16 years, the only person I can think of that would've interacted with her is Richard..... unless Rousseau was a member of the Dharma Initiative.
I can't help but wonder, though..... who buried Danielle and Karl? Would Martin (the "leader" of the freighter folk) have really taken the time aside to bury the bodies? Or did someone else find them?
A Quick Timeline Note
One thing that has really got the LOST internet community buzzing about all of these flashforwards is how far into the future these are taking place. And finally, the show is starting to deliver "answers". Keep in mind that the current on-island date is end of December 2004. Two episodes ago ("The Shape of Things to Come"), the Ben/Sayid flashback took place in October 2005. And now in this past episode, Jack read an article in a newspaper on the Yankees and Red Sox, which took place around the end of August 2007. This is all leading up to the finale of last year, when we saw a very drunk Jack, not really on speaking terms with Kate. It seems to me that last years finale probably took place around now (early-mid 2008).... which means that they've been off the island for over 3 years.
A Message from Charlie
We learned in this episode that Hurley's visit with Charlie that we saw in this season's premiere wasn't a one-time occurrence. In the first episode, we saw Hurley begin to believe that maybe leaving the island wasn't the best choice after being visited by "Charlie". And now (a couple years later?), we see a completely new Hurley. He's convinced that they made the wrong decision. He is visited by Charlie frequently, and passes on a message to Jack: "You aren't supposed to raise him." Woah. Back in season one, when Claire was pregnant, she met with a psychic that told her that danger surrounds the baby if it is raised by anyone other than her. Essentially, after being warned of Charlie's message, Jack got drunk and drove Kate and Aaron out of his life.
Does Jack Know?
We are still up in the air about whether or not Jack knows that Aaron is his half-nephew. In a fit of anger, he told Kate "You're not even related to him!" But does this imply that Jack knows that HE actually IS related to Aaron? Not really. But they worded it in such a way that it makes you wonder.
After being warned by Charlie (via Hurley) that Jack would be getting a visit, it wasn't long until he began seeing his father. So, Hurley is visited by Charlie (who died on the island).... Jack is being visited by his father (who's body was on the island)..... We also saw Libby visit Michael. Should we expect to see our other Oceanic 6 being lured back to the island via castaway ghosts? Shannon could visit Sayid. The US Marshall could visit Kate. And if Jin is actually dead, maybe he would visit Sun.
After weeks of speculating that Claire would be killed, thus separating her from Aaron, I stand corrected. She was separated from Aaron, but not killed (that we know of). She woke up in the middle of the night and Aaron was gone. And when she looked up, there he was..... being held by CHRISTIAN SHEPHARD! WHAT???!!!! Not having played a major part in Claire's life, I am even more convinced that he is a manifestation of the smoke monster / Jacob, which can only take the form of someone whose body is on the island (Christian Shephard, Yemi, etc.). And now that Locke's dad was brought to the island and killed, I would absolutely LOVE if Locke went to Jacobs cabin and saw his dad sitting inside it. HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE?
But back to Claire? What does this mean? Where was she taken? It's gonna suck if her fate is left up in the air until next season. But, I guess that's what she gets for not mourning Charlie's death for more than an episode.
Kate revealed to Jack during this episode that she was doing a favor for Sawyer.... something she promised him. But what? Why? The initial instinct is to think that it has something to do with his daughter. I wonder, though, if it had something to do with the man that Sawyer killed (Frank Duckett) on the night before Flight 815.
When Jack was diagnosed with appendicitis, the question arises, "How did Jack get sick if the island heals people?" Remember though... Ben also got sick. It appears that the island is somehow controlling the situations here. It wanted Locke to walk... BOOM-Locke walks. Jack tries to get everyone rescued....BOOM-Jack gets sick. So my question is not Why did Jack get sick. My question is, what did Ben do to piss off the island?
Did you notice how right before Jack's encounter with his father at the hospital, the smoke detector was going off? Is this a nod to Smokey's connection with these apparitions? I think so!
A Coffin Prediction
As the season nears an end, we are merely weeks away from figuring out who is in the coffin. This week, I will make a prediction that the person in the coffin is... Hurley. I think that he will tell someone the truth about the island, thus angering the rest of the Oceanic 6, and will either kill himself or be killed by Abaddon's people.
One of the answers we got this week was Jack mentioning to Kate that Sawyer CHOSE to stay on the island. So we know that it wasn't a matter of certain people not being allowed to be rescued. We also saw Jin tell Charlotte to make sure to get Sun (and their unborn child) on the helicopter. He didn't seem concerned about himself. So, if he didn't die, why did he choose to stay?
Saved by Jack
Another little tidbit from Jack's argument with Kate was when Jack said that he is the one that saved Kate. Does this mean that she'll face a life-threatening situation before leaving the island? Or is he referring to the overall island rescue? My theory.... Sayid, Desmond, and Michael will kill all of the people on the freighter. Sayid will then fill the chopper with fuel and fly back to the island to save the Losties, leaving the rest of the freighter folk on the island. And now back on the mainland, they vow to keep the story a secret, to prevent Widmore from ever finding out that his freighter actually did find the island. Abaddon is then hired to find the truth.
After having the smoke monster sicked on them two episodes ago, it was shocking to see multiple members of the freighter army walking away with scrapes and scratches. How the hell do you survive something like that? If Rousseau was right, that smokey is a security system used to protect the island.... why didn't it kill them? They're obviously a threat, right?
Not All Freighter Folk are Bad
It appears that there are 3 kinds of Freighter folk. The first kind (Faraday, Charlotte, etc.) are scientists that are on the island to study its mystical properties. The second kind (the Army) were sent to take over control of the island from Ben and the Others. The third kind is just Frank Lapidus... who was sent to the island in connection to Flight 815. It's unclear if there was any other purpose (other than being the pilot) to have Frank on the freighter (I mean, why not bring a different pilot?). There's another layer here that we're not seeing. I would've loved to see the selection process of people to bring on the freighter. I'll keep my fingers crossed that we see it in a future episode. One things for sure though... I think we can certainly trust Frank, especially after he saved Sawyer and Kate.
Well, that's it for me today. If you've got any theories, I'd love to hear them. You can either email me, or leave me a comment below. Thanks for reading!-drew.
Friday, April 25, 2008
While on the beach, Bernard noticed a body wash ashore-- It's Ray, the doctor from the freighter! He's got stitches on his face, and his throat had been slit. But when Faraday sends a morse code signal to the freighter, asking what happened, the response he gets back is that the doctor is fine. WHAT?! When asked how long it's been since Faraday last saw the doctor, his response is that "when" is a relative term.... again a mention of time bending. Could the doctor actually be alive on the freighter, or were they lying?
While the doctor on the freighter appears to be both dead AND alive at the same time, the island's doctor seems to be getting sick. It started with him holding onto his back, then moved to what he described as a pain in his gut, and now appears to be spreading quickly to the rest of his body.
No Outgoing Calls
While playing Risk, the game is quickly interrupted by a phone ringing.... but the phone has no numbers (or any way of dialing) on it. It appears to be just for one-way communication. Locke picked it up and a recording said "Code 14-J". After telling Ben, he says that they're under attack, and the enemy has made it through the sonic fence. Note: The war has officially begun.
The Orchid Station
In this video that was released at last summer's Comic Con (and also on ABC.com, as well as the LOST Season 3 DVDs), we see Marvin Candle (from the Swan Station orientation film) as he films another orientation film.... this time, for a station called the Orchid.... and he also apparently goes by the name Edgar Halliwax. Half-way through the video, something falls from the ceiling, and suddenly we see a "duplicate" of the rabbit that he's holding, at which point there is panic to assure that the two rabbits don't see each other. The producers have ruled cloning out for the show, so that (again) suggests time bending. If rabbit A (from the present) sees rabbit B (from the future), that may cause problems.
And what does that have to do with this week's episode?
In Ben's first flash-forward, we see him suddenly wake up startled in the middle of the Sahara Desert wearing a parka with the Orchid Station's Dharma logo on it, along with a name tag that says "Halliwax". Shortly after waking up, Ben flips over and throws up on the ground. Then, after killing a couple people and making his way to a hotel in a nearby town, he confirms the date with the woman behind the desk as October 24, 2005 (about 10 months ahead of island-time).
I think this is clearly implying that Ben transported to the middle of the Sahara from not only a different place (the island) but also from a different time (unknown).
After Alex was killed by the freighter-guy, Ben was speechless. He just sat and stared blankly into space, and finally says to himself, "They changed the rules." He then jumped up, ran into his room, which had a secret room (where he kept all his passports, clothes, and money), which had a secret door behind the clothes, which led to another secret room with hieroglyphics and Aztec symbols on it. Now, I've said it once and I'll say it again.... if you EVER want to keep something hidden, make sure it's hidden with something else that is also hidden within something else that's hidden. Sheesh.
In all seriousness, though, it's damn good that he keeps what is behind that door hidden from everyone else. Becuase when he comes out..... well..... I don't really know what to say, except "Ho-ly-crap!"
The Smoke Train
In the coolest scene of the entire season, Ben's house began shaking and pictures were falling from the walls, when he looks outside to watch a GIANT tunnel of smoke come from behind his house and make its way into the jungle, swarming around and killing most of the freighter militia. Ben controls the smoke monster. Woah.
But does he ALWAYS control it? Or just some of the times? Prior to last night's episode, I always thought of smokey as an entity that lived in the jungle and protected the island. But after seeing that scene, I got the impression that the smoke cloud was being created by Ben.... as if there is some sort of thing that will take the particles in the air and turn them into this smoke cloud of death. But perhaps both are correct. Maybe the smoke monster that we've seen previously in the jungle is alive and is one of the island's mysteries that the Dharma Initiative was studying. The smoke monster that Ben appears to have control over was Dharma's replication of the one living in the jungle. Email me your thoughts.
Another Long Con
During Ben's flash-forward, we learned the origins of the Ben/Sayid relationship. After the Oceanic 6 were rescued, Sayid found Nadia (his long-lost love) and they got married. And within just months of their marriage, Nadia was killed. Ben made his way to Iraq, to find Sayid and tell him that one of Widmore's guys killed Nadia. And after seeking revenge by killing Widmore's guy, Sayid "convinced" Ben to help him get revenge on Widmore. What Sayid doesn't know is that when Ben walked away, he delivered a most-sinister grin. It was the ultimate sign that Sayid has just been conned into doing Ben's dirty work.
Ben & Widmore
In the episode's final flash-forward, Ben makes his way to Widmore's penthouse suite in the middle of the night. He wakes Charles up and they have a little chat. Widmore accused Ben of stealing everything from him. (Does this mean that Widmore was on the island?) And when Charles asked Ben if he were going to kill him, Ben's response was very interesting--"We both know I can't do that." So is that one of the rules too? We know that Ben killed his own father, so why can't he kill Widmore? Will the island not let him? And if Widmore is a threat to the island, then why wouldn't it let Ben kill him? Regardless, because Ben blames Widmore for killing Alex (his "daughter"), Ben warns Widmore that he seeks revenge and will kill Widmore's daughter.... you know, PENNY! Desmond's girlfriend! And as if that isn't bad enough, we know that Ben will likely try to have Sayid do it. The question becomes: Will Sayid kill Penny, or will he realize that she is Desmond's Penny? If I had to guess based on the history of LOST, I'd say that Sayid will realize that it is Desmond's girlfriend.... about 3 seconds after he kills her.
Well, that's about all the typing I've got time for today. I'd love to hear your feedback. Also, just so you know, I'm in the middle of re-watching seasons 1-3 (I'm at the end of season 2), and I'm compiling a list of strange things. Also, for the summer, I'd like to create an ultimate theory. If there are any theories you want to submit, or if you have any questions that you want me to address, please email me.
The Rest of Season 4
The next episode appears to be Jack-centric, and will be titled "Something Nice Back Home". The following week (episode 11) will be called "Cabin Fever" and will be Locke-centric. Following Episode 11, we are scheduled to get 3 more hours of LOST this season-- the first episode is slated to be part 1 of the 3-hour finale, titled "There's No Place Like Home". The remaining 2 hours will be aired together on May 29th (there will be no LOST on May 22nd). And while their centricity is still unclear, I would bet that the final 2 hours will be Oceanic Six-centric.
Until next week!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Needless to say, since we realized that he has this shirt, he's been wearing it a lot more! And I'll be sure to post his first theory... as soon as he learns to talk.
Friday, March 21, 2008
The Oceanic 6
Sheesh... it feels like I have a subject every week talking about the idenities of the Oceanic 6, and now I can say with certainty that they are as follows: Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Aaron, and Sun. The question we should be asking now is.... what happened to the rest of the people? I can't think that they'd just kill everyone else off. And I'm going to go on record as saying that if they kill off John Locke, I am officially going on strike from writing this blog until they bring him back from the dead! But something tells me that the people that are not of the Oceanic 6 are still alive and on the island.... however, I think that the Oceanic 6 might believe that they are all dead.
After returning home, Walt refused to talk to Michael becuase of what he had done. And Michael's life went down the toilet. He strapped a suicide note to his chest and drove head-on into a cement wall. And after a couple days in the hospital, he was released.... at which point, he purchased a gun so that he could shoot himself. And just before he pulled the trigger, we hear a familiar voice come from the shadows in the alley-- it's Tom! And he tells Michael that the island won't let him kill himself. Does that mean that he can't die at all? Or that he just can't take his own life? And think back to last year's finale, when Jack was on the bridge in LA, ready to jump to his death, when suddenly there was a crash behind him. This too appears to be the island not letting him die. It's also worth noting that people on the island seem to die without any problems (except for Mikhail, who was killed about 15 times before he actually died).
"You're Not My Type"
After the season 3 premiere, fans couldn't help but wonder why Tom (aka Mr. Friendly) laughed at Kate and told her that she's not his type. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Kate everyone's type? Apparently not..... especially if you swing in the opposite direction. Yes, Tom is officially LOST's first gay character. And something made me think that his boyfriend was not just a one-time hook-up.... I got the impression that they were actually in a relationship, so how often did Tom leave the island? That brings me to my next point...
When did Tom have time to go to Manhattan to meet up with Michael? And did anyone else feel that Tom stayed in Manhattan for more than just a couple days? Wouldn't we have seen him missing for a few episodes last season? If time on the island is different from time off the island, that might help explain it.... especially if Tom knows of ways to leave the island and arrive "back in time" in the real world.
Everyone Has Secrets
When stepping onto the freighter for the first time, Michael gives his name as Kevin Johnson, to which Miles quickly remarks, "Kevin isn't your real name." And when Michael looks up at him, he makes a comment about how everyone's lying about something. So what is he lying about? What about Faraday? Charlotte? Frank? I'm starting to think that while Michael's note said not to trust the captain... that maybe we shouldn't trust ANYONE. But most importantly, don't trust Sayid with your secrets.
Sayid was awfully quick to turn Michael in to the captain. And when he made his big reveal to the captain about Michael being from Oceanic Flight 815, and working for Ben, the captain didn't really seem too surprised. My question is-- how long has the captain known? It was very frustrating to watch how mad Sayid got that Michael is working for Ben, when we all know that in the future, Sayid will be working for him.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
After last week's episode, they aired a trailer for "Meet Kevin Johnson", saying that someone was going to die. And while I've been predicting that Claire would die lately, I couldn't help but guess Juliet. My wife was thinking that they'd kill Desmond. The end of this week's episode would prove us both wrong. While making their journey to the temple, Rousseau and Karl were both shot, leaving Alex to exclaim, "I'm Ben's daughter!"
This is known as the "Who Shot Mr. Burns" cliffhanger. Was it the Freighter Folk? Was it the Others? My guess is that it's the Freighties. We saw them doing some skeet shooting over the ocean, so we know they've got some pretty heavy arsenal (and good aim too). And remember, the helicopter was missing for a couple days. It's possible that Frank took a few of their soldiers over to the island to start picking the people off one-by-one. It'd certainly be in their favor if they were to capture Alex and trade her life for Ben's..... then again, I don't know that Ben would make that trade. I mean, he "loves" Juliet, and nearly let her drown when Jack opened the door in the Hydra. It appears he's only looking out for numero uno. So, who do you think is the shooter?
Choose a Side
Put yourself in the place of the Losties, and choose a side. Charles Widmore or Benjamin Linus? Who's good, and who's bad? Who staged the crash? I'm going to be the first to go on record as saying that I would side with Ben. I think that Charles Widmore is the bad guy here, and he is the one that staged the plane crash. He obviously knows about Flight 815, and he was the one to purchase the journal of Magnus Hanso, captain of the Black Rock (which, as we all know, is on that same island). I'd love to hear theories on who we can trust and why. If you've got any, please don't hesitate to e-mail me. But if you don't have time for an email, be sure to at least respond to the poll that I posted.
Sorry for the huge delay on this recap. It's been a crazy Easter weekend. The recap isn't totally complete yet, but I figured I'd post what I have done so far. Look for a continued recap later in the week.
Until next time!
Friday, March 14, 2008
"Can't" with a capital SEE
Yes, I realize that these titles are getting lamer and lamer with each post, but whatever. That's not what this is about. This one is about Regina. She was "reading" her book upside-down outside the room where Sayid and Desmond were being kept captive. But why was it upside-down? Can she not read? Has she gone crazy? Is she just REALLY REALLY talented? Or, could it be that she's blind? When Frank approached her, she seemed startled and mentioned that she didn't hear him coming (an indication that she might really be blind). Either way, why was she pretending to read?
The Suicide Ship
While out on the deck, we see Regina walk out onto a platform with chains wrapped around her body. She stepped to the edge of the boat and just jumped into the water (using those chains to weigh her down). Okay, so maybe now I'm leaning more towards the "Regina is crazy" option. And apparently, she isn't the only one. When Desmond and Sayid are brought to their new room (complete with scatterring cockroaches), we see a giant blood-stain on the wall. At first glance, it appears to be the result of a bullet-to-the-head. And I have a strange feeling that it was self-inflicted.
Yar! What be wrong with the captain?
After Frank's warning of them not wanting to meet the captain and the mysterious note slipped under the door warning "Do not trust the captain", I can't help but think that maybe the captain isn't such a good guy. Move over Ben-- you've got competition!
Frankie Goes To.... I don't know
While out on the landing pads, Sayid pointed out that the helicopter is gone (as is Frank). It seems logical to assume that he refilled his fuel and headed back to the island. But something tells me that Frank might disappear for a few episodes (similar to the way the payload took longer than it should have to reach the island).
"Y'all wanna see 324 dead bodies?"
It was almost revealed in this episode that Ben is the one responsible for staging the Flight 815 wreckage in the bottom of the Ocean (as discovered in the episode "Confirmed Dead"). The captain (who...keep in mind... we CANNOT trust) mentioned that there are concerns over how someone could stage something that huge, complete with all 300+ dead passengers. And that, he said, is why they need to talk to Ben. So where did Ben get 324 dead bodies? My initial thought was that he used a bunch of the corpses of the DHARMA folk that were killed in the purge. But, when he showed Locke the pit where he disposed of their bodies, they were all skeletons (which the "passengers" were not).
Kareem Abdul Jabar
Okay, so using that name might have made it a little more obvious that he was lying. I guess that's why Michael (YES!), who is on the freighter (YES! YES!), using the alias Kevin Johnson (former guard for the Phoenix Suns). I don't know about you guys, but I am totally psyched to see Michael finally back on the show! And if having him back isn't cool enough, it looks like we're gonna get some answers next week, in an episode titled, "Meet Kevin Johnson". My prediction is this-- Michael and Walt sailed off and eventually made it back to the mainland. Feeling bad, Michael dropped Walt off with his grandma (Michael's mom), and immediately headed back for the island, in an attempt to make good for what he did. Remember, he killed Ana Lucia and Libby in order to release Ben so that he could get Walt back from the Others. Oh... and, by the way, if you watched the episode close enough, you would've seen Michael early on, looking down at Sayid and Desmond on the launch pad.
Don't forget Jin & Sun!
Oh yeah... it was a Jin and Sun episode. I guess I should talk a little bit about them. Well, the writers have done it again-- they pulled a quick one on us. While the whole episode, my wife is saying, "Jin and Sun are divorced! Jin's not going to see her at the hospital," I couldn't help but have hope that she was wrong and that they were happily married, and ready to accept their first baby into this world. And in traditional LOST fashion, we were both wrong. Last night's episode marks the very first time we saw BOTH a flashback of one character, and a flashforward of another... only to find out in the end that Jin died.....well.....maybe not. Take a look at this:
Do you see it? Jin's date of death is September 22, 2004... also known as the day Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 crashed. So he is NOT one of the Oceanic 6... which means that he NEVER got off the island... which means that he could still be alive, living on the island. I have a feeling that people were being taken to the freighter in shipments of only a few at a time... and before they could get everyone off the island, the freighter had to leave, resulting in only 7 being rescued (Desmond wasn't on the plane, and wouldn't be on of the Oceanic 6.... I think). Also an interesting note... according to the date on the left (Sun's birthdate), she is only 24 on the show. That's strange, since she is actually 34 in real life.
And as a side note, while we're on the subject of age, does anyone else find it hard to believe that the actor that plays Ben will be turning 54 this year? I always just assumed that he was in his early 40's.
The Return of Nikki
If you watched closely in Sun's first flashback, you could see that she was watching an episode of Exposé, the TV show that Nikki (of "Nikki and Paulo") starred in. I wonder if she recognized her.
Just a Few More Things...
While I think that basically wraps up my summary for now, I did want to make note of a couple things. The first being that the producers recently did an interview they were asked if we would ever see an on-island flash-forward. Their response was, "Who says we haven't already seen one?" And while they're probably just pulling our chains, we'll all have to remember to keep that in mind while re-watching these episodes during the 6-week hiatus. Yes, it's true... we're going to have to take a 6-week break. Basically, next week is our last episode for a while, and the show is set to return on April 24th, and run through May 22nd. The finale this year will be 2 hours (don't get excited yet) separated into two one-hour episodes.
And now for a bonus...
I came across this video on one of the many LOST sites I frequent, and I thought it'd be a fun way to end this week's recap. Enjoy!
I really appreciate all the feedback I've been getting. Please don't hesitate to e-mail me or leave some feedback directly on the blog. Until next time!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Back in the pilot episode (yes... the very first episode), it began raining (not just raining... I mean, torrential downpour). Charlie even asked Kate and Jack, "Hey, guys, is this normal? Day turning into night? Sort of end-of-the-world-type weather?" Locke was even able to predict rain (on several occasions), and Walt was able to stop the rain. So, weather has always played a part in the mysteries of the island. So, with this post, I'm proposing a new theory-- the newly revealed Tempest station controls the weather on the island.
Thoughts? Leave me a comment, or e-mail me.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Juliet: One of the Oceanic 6?
Nope. But the opening scene definitely made me wonder. But this got me to really think about whether or not Juliet would leave the island. It's said that next week, we'll learn 100% who the Oceanic 6 are. But that won't stop me from making my prediction today. My current lineup includes: Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Sawyer, & Locke. So...what about Claire? I think her time's up (sorry). Here's where the trickery comes in..... I think Jin and Sun also make it off the island, but end up going back to South Korea, and are not recognized as the famous "Oceanic 6" (a name given to the 6 American survivors).
The Return of Mr. Friendly
One of the characters that made a return this week is Tom, who Sawyer killed at the end of last season. In Juliet's flashback, he walks with her to Ben's house shortly after she arrives on the island. In their conversation, Tom mentions missing his family. So, I guess this means that Tom was NOT an island native... but was recruited like Juliet. As of now, the only island native that we know is Richard Alpert.
There are so many secrets on this show, it's no wonder that the voices on the island are whispering. And every time I hear those whispers, I get so pumped! What concerns me is that it appears that Juliet is hearing them for the first time. And it appears that these are tied somehow to the appearance of one of the Others. A new character named Harper (who is actually Goodwyn's wife) appears next to Juliet. She tells Juliet that Daniel and Charlotte are on their way to The Tempest (YES! New Dharma Station!), and Ben has passed along orders to find and kill them. This scene alone raised so many questions...
Harper - Dead or Alive?
Her appearance reminded me of when Shannon saw Walt in the jungle (season 2). We also know that Sayid saw Walt. Charlie even mentioned that most of the people had seen Walt in the jungle. It appeared that Walt was able to bi-locate himself... being a captive of the Others, but at the same time projecting himself to another spot on the island. So is Harper also bi-locating? If the Others have figured out a way to "travel" to other places without actually leaving their current location, it would explain A LOT. Maybe that's how Ben was able to contact Harper to pass along his orders to Juliet. Then again.... if that's true, why wouldn't he just tell Juliet himself?
While talking to Harper in her therapy session, Juliet is asked about how she feels about Ben. She responds that he's very nice to her, to which Harper responds, "Of course he is. You look just like her." So is it safe to assume that Ben was, at one time, married to a woman that resembles Juliet? And perhaps she died while pregnant, explaining why Ben has made solving this fertility issue his top priority?
Babies are diseases-- Confirmed!
During her flashback, Juliet gives a few more details about the fertility issue on the island, further confirming a popular long-time theory. We know that the island has VERY strong healing properties. And when a woman gets pregnant, the body treats the baby as a foreign object and works to eliminate it. That being said, Juliet went on to explain that it only happens if the baby is conceived on the island. So here's my question-- if a baby is conceived on Monday, and the mom arrives on the island on Tuesday, does that mean that they'd be okay? If so, there goes that theory!
Emma & Zack
In one of the flashbacks, Ben thanked Juliet for taking such good care of Emma and Zack. For those of you that don't remember, Emma and Zack were on Flight 815 and were some of the tail section survivors that were taken. They were headed back to LA to meet up with their parents. As for what they were doing in Sydney, that has yet to be revealed. But Ana Lucia promised them that she would watch after them and get them back to their parents. Then, when Jack was being temporarily kept in the polar bear cages last season, Cindy (the stewardess) came up and was talking to him, and Emma came up and asked about Ana Lucia (who had been shot a couple weeks prior).
Last season, Ben introduced us to a rabbit, which had a number 8 painted on its back. And over the summer, the Orchid Station's orientation video showed another rabbit with the number 15 painted on its back. Apparently, these were subjects of DHARMA experiements. And when Locke brought Ben his dinner (rabbit....yum), Ben asked, "It didn't have a number on it, did it?". Now, I would assume that if it did, Locke would've said something here.... but he didn't. That's not to say that over the past 25 years, a number couldn't have washed off. So if this is one of the DHARMA rabbits, we may be able to expect some side effects.
Answers for sale - $1.00
In an attempt to be a smart-ass, Locke gave Ben a dollar bill to give him a start on his $3.2 Million that he owes Miles. And in exchange, Locke finally gets some answers! Unfortunately, we are only given on of those answers-- The "boss" that has been trying to find Ben... The person who hired the Freighter Folk is.... Charles Widmore. I think it's pretty safe to assume now that he is the Economist that Sayid was hired to kill. But does Charles Widmore know about Desmond being on the island? I certainly think so. Think about this... Charles Widmore bought the journal that belonged to Magnus Hanso (captain of the Black Rock) in 1996. This shows that he's got interest in the Black Rock. After a few years of investigating, learns of the island and its powers, and is now on a mission to find it. He then announces a contest-- a solo race around the world (he knows Desmond will sign up). He also knows that Desmond doesn't have a boat, so he pays Libby to give Desmond a boat (claiming it belonged to her deceased husband). What Libby and Desmond don't know is that Charles has "programmed" the boat to arrive at those coordinates. He's also attached a tracking device. After the hatch imploded the signal was sent to Charles Widmore, who then hired Matthew Abaddon (who hired Naomi) to find the island.
Okay, so I know that probably isn't 100% true, I would wager at least a 20% accuracy rate.
Mad Drawin' Skillz
Daniel and Charlotte were on their way to the Tempest station, and Daniel pulled out his "map" of the island. Now if the island is hidden from the rest of the world, it only seems logical that the map was drawn by (1) someone who has travelled across the island, (2) someone with pretty decent drawing skills (see below), and (3) someone who has met Charlotte and Daniel.
So, who do we know that fits all 3 of those? I can't help but think about how Michael trekked across the island's terrain to find Walt, had an art background, and (if my theory is right) might be on the boat. Another option is the "Henry Gale" method, where (just like Ben threatened to do in season 2), Ben's "man" on the boat drew them up a map that would lead them to a place where they would be captured. This ties in with Ben's knowledge of them going to the Tempest, and his plan to have Juliet find them there and shoot them.
Did Ethan Hit It too?
When Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on the island, Ben quickly sent Goodwyn and Ethan to assemble lists of the survivors. We know now that his reason for sending Goodwyn (and keeping him on assignment) was because he was sleeping with Juliet. Oh, yeah-- by the way, Ben's totally in love with Juliet. And he likely knew that it was only a matter of time before they figured out that Goodwyn wasn't on the plane, and they'd kill him. That way, Ben will have Juliet all to himself. ....but then he goes and gets Jack to operate on him, and Juliet falls in love with Jack.
Where's the Love?
(Disclaimer: This part uses the word "love" loosely). Some TV shows have a love story between two people (Ross & Rachel). Other shows have, what is commonly referred to as, a love triangle between 3 people (Dawson, Pacey, & Joey). LOST is breaking all of the rules here. Let's see if we can get this straight..... Ben loves Juliet. Juliet loves Goodwyn and Jack. Jack loves Juliet and Kate. Kate loves Jack and Sawyer. Sawyer loves Kate. But let's face it.... none of these "relationships" is as strong as the Desmond and Penny connection..... *teardrop*
And while I used to be a huge Charlie & Claire fan, I can't help but wonder why the hell Claire hasn't spent any time mourning the loss of her man. And I wonder if she ever found the ring that he left for Aaron.
And I'll beat you to the punchline by answering the two questions I know I'm going to get after posting about the relationships:
1) Who will Kate end up with-- Jack or Sawyer? My answer... Jack.
2) Does Ben still love Juliet? My answer... Yes.
At the end of the episode, we see Hurley and Sawyer playing horseshoes in the front yard when Ben comes walking out of Locke's house (which actually used to be Ben's house) with a stack of blankets, and he casually says to Hurley and Sawyer, "See you guys at dinner." To me, this must mean that Ben gave Locke some real answers. We saw Locke ask Ben who his man on the boat was, to which Ben replied, "You're gonna want to sit down." Unfortunately for us, we didn't get to see the rest of that conversation. But I have a hard time believing that this answer was just like, "The man on the boat is Richard Alpert," and then Locke let him go. The real answer had to just blow his mind, where Ben said something like, "Actually, John, the man on the boat is you." Could you imagine?! If Ben were to explain some of the island's special properties to Locke, I would totally understand him letting Ben go. And what does this mean for the future episodes? Will Ben and Locke become partners?
The next episode, titled "Ji Yeon" will be (you guessed it!) Jin and Sun-centric. We are also supposed to find out the rest of the Oceanic 6. And according to some articles I've read, this next episode is supposed to be "the most shocking episode this season". I can't wait!
The New Schedule
I don't remember where it was last time I mentioned the schedule, so I'll drop a quick update. We only have 2 new episodes left before we have a six-week hiatus. And when LOST returns, it'll be on at 10pm (EST) on Thursdays, following new episodes of Grey's Anatomy.
As always, I'd love to hear your feedback! Keep the theories coming!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Finding Your Own Constant
At the end of the episode, Dan was flipping through his journal when he suddenly came to a page that said "If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my constant."
So, is this the first time that Daniel Faraday is reading this entry? Or has it been there the whole time? Is he now just realizing who Desmond Hume is? Reading this journal entry also made me realize that Daniel could've just as well told Desmond about finding a constant over the phone. Instead, he sent Desmond to meet up with him in the past...as if he were using Desmond so that he could have a constant, just in case something goes wrong.
Where Do I Know Him From?
You might have found yourself asking, "Where do I know George Minkowski from?" He's probably best known for his role as Benjamin in "Short Circuit". Anyone else hoping that we get a guest appearance from Johnny 5 soon?
Friday, February 29, 2008
Now that my first "Back to the Future" reference is over, I can get on with this week's episode, which dealt HEAVILY with time travel... but in a not-so-traditional way. Instead of a body traveling through time, it was Desmond's mind that did the traveling. Basically, his mind skipped back to 1996, where it then proceeded to jump back and forth between '96 and the present.
After finding Old-School Daniel at Oxford, Desmond is instructed that he needs to find his Constant. The "Constant" is described as being an element that exists in his life in 1996 as well as 2004. Oh yeah, it also has to be someone that Desmond cares deeply for. So who better than Penny! Easy, right? NO! Of course, Desmond doesn't know Penny's phone number. So, when he switched back to '96, he tracked down Penny (courtesy of her father), got her digits, and finally made the connection.
During their touching phone call, Penny said something along the lines of "I know about the island..... I did research......", of course, interrupted by mounds of static. I wonder how much she actually knows.
Going Once... Going Twice... Sold!
Finally, a solid connection between Charles Widmore and the island! At an auction, we see Penny's father bidding on (and winning) a journal that is said to belong to the captain of the Black Rock (the old slave ship found on the island). And according to the blast-door map, the captain of the Black Rock was Magnus Hanso... an ancestor of Alvar Hanso, founder of the Hanso Foundation, which is the organization behind the DHARMA Initiative. Unfortunately, I don't know that we'll ever learn the contents of the journal. But knowing that Charles Widmore is in possession of it is important.
The Perception of Time
While Jack and Juliet are very worried about Sayid and Desmond (having left the island more than a day ago), they note that Charlotte and Dan don't appear concerned. But why? Well, according to Dan, their perception of the amount of time it's taken is not exactly accurate. WTF?! If the helicopter ride takes about 20 minutes, but Jack said that it's been more than a day, does that mean that time in the real world moves a lot slower than island time? While that was my first thought, it didn't make sense that the calendar on the freighter was pretty in-line with the island time. But then we saw that the helicopter took off at night, and suddenly, it was day-time. It appears to me that there is just a jump in time when travelling to/from the island. And apparently, if you've been exposed to electromagnetism or radiation, you might go crazy.
Rousseau's Crazy Friends
Shortly after crashing on the island in their ship, Rousseau said that her team all went crazy and she had to kill them all. Could it be that this state of craziness is actually the long-feared sickness on the island? And if so, why didn't Rousseau get sick? I have two ideas here. (1) Rousseau wasn't exposed to radiation or electromagnetism, just like Sayid; or (2) Rousseau DID go crazy, but was able to find her constant (possibly Alex?).
A Freighter Friend
Sayid and Desmond needed a way out of the sick bay, and George pointed out that the door had been left open. He mentioned that they must have a friend on the freighter. He went on to explain that someone else on the boat sabotaged the equipment in the communication room. (Hey, it's a good thing they brought Sayid with them). So who is the "friend", and who destroyed the equipment? The obvious choice is that Michael is the friend, and Ben's man is the one who destroyed the equipment. But the more I think about it, the more I think that Michael isn't on the freighter. And if not, then who is helping them?
All I know about next week is that it is a Juliet-centric episode, titled "The Other Woman". Want my theory? Juliet is the only other woman to make it off the island, besides Kate. If that's true, why is she not with Jack? Is she in the coffin?