Monday, April 20, 2009

S5E13 - Some Like It Hoth

I'm sure that by now, you've all given up on this week's recap, but things have been a bit crazy and I haven't had a lot of "free time", which is (unfortunately) when this blog gets written. I got lucky that this week's episode isn't new, so I've got a little bit of wiggle room. Enough excuses! On with the recap!

A Familiar Face

The above photo is of Bram... the guy in the van who captured Miles and warned him about working for Widmore. And when Miles asked him about which team he's on, he responded, "the one that's gonna win." Is this ANOTHER team? Not Ben? Not Widmore?

...if only he were on the island....

Yep.... he's there. He's with the survivors of Flight 316. And he was with Ilana, asking Frank the infamous "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" (which Bram also asked Miles in the van). He told Miles that if he didn't know the answer, then he wasn't ready to go to the island.

The Shadow of the Statue

So what DOES lie in the shadow of the statue? One of the theories going around online is that the statue is a sort of sun-dial, so TIME is what lies in the shadow of the statue. The thing that I really like about this is that it's a LOST-ish answer, in that it's not really something that physically lies in the shadow of the statue (like sand).

3.2 Million Dollars

Last season, Miles tried extorting Ben for $3.2 Million. We found out in this episode that the reason he wanted 3.2 (and not 3.3 or 3.4, as Ben questioned) is that it was double the amount that Widmore was paying him ($1.6 Million). But is it wrong that I still don't understand why he didn't ask for a little more? Why not tell Ben that Widmore was paying him $2 Million, and ask for an even $4 Mil?

Daddy Dharmacare

As it's been long-suspected, it was revealed this week that Dr. Pierre Chang (previously known as Marvin Candle, Edgar Haliwax, and Mark Wickmund) is the father of Miles. When Miles was a baby, Dr. Chang forced him and his mother to leave the island. Miles was mad at his dad for it, but I think in the end, we'll see that he sent them away to save their lives, as he may have travelled to the future and learned about the purge.

This makes me think that the island brought Miles back in order to course-correct, as he was probably never meant to leave in the first place.

Hurley Strikes Back

...nothing really important here. I just wanted to say how great I think it is that Hurley was trying to write Empire Strikes Back. That's golden!

Hostile Territory

Miles was asked to bring a mysterious package to "Grid 334", which he was quick to identify as hostile territory. When he got there, we found a man who was killed by.... wait for it..... a FILLING being pulled through the top of his head! I'm thinking it's pretty obvious that this is the swan station. It was a nice touch to have death-by-filling, 'cause Desmond made a comment to Jack back in the hatch, saying, "I don't know about you, but every time I walk by that wall, my fillings hurt."

But wait... back up.... the Swan station is in hostile territory? Is this why it was so hidden? Could this have caused the war? Maybe the Others found out about the swan being built in their territory? No... that can't be. Can it? I mean, wasn't the Dharma Initiative (Kelvin) still working in the hatch until 2004? Unless Kelvin was an Other.... TOO MANY QUESTIONS!!!

...Speaking of "too many questions", I wanted to take a minute to say that in a year from now, when we've only got 3 episodes left of the entire series, we'll be wishing that they were introducing more questions instead of being in constant answer-mode. Then again, maybe not. :)

The Return of Daniel Faraday

YES! Faraday is back! I'm so excited to see him again! He's quickly become one of my favorite characters. And I think next week's episode is supposed to be Faraday-centric. I can't wait! Had I known that he was in Ann Arbor this whole time, I would've made the hour drive to see him. Haha!

The important thing here to remember is that Gerald and Karen DeGroot (the founders of the Dharma Initiative) were professors at the University of Michigan (in Ann Arbor). A flashback of his time spent there could offer A LOT of insight into the origins of the Dharma Initiative. I CAN'T WAIT!

My Season 5 Finale Prediction

Previously, I had theorized that season 5 would end with them avoiding the purge, and season 6 would be about how that affected everything.

SCRAP THAT! Time for a new theory!

In this episode, Hurley saw them building the swan station hatch and embossing the infamous numbers into the side. My prediction is that he'll go back and tell everyone about it, and they'll try to stop the swan station from ever being built. And remember, the swan station is the reason that flight 815 crashed on the island. So without the swan station, they never ended up on the island, right? WRONG! My prediction is that season 5 will end with them NOT crashing on the island, but will show how they course-corrected to all end up on the island in some other way.

Maybe (as theorized above) the Swan station is the reason for the purge. So, not building the swan also avoided the purge, and we'll find out that the Dharma Initiative lived on, and ended up recruiting all of the Losties' parents, ensuring that the Losties would be on the island.

I realize it's a stretch, but I had to put it out there just in case it came true.


The Poll

This week's poll is simple-- What team are Bram and Ilana on?


As always, please leave me a comment, or e-mail me with your thoughts, speculations, or off-the-wall theories.

Until next time!



Anonymous said...

being in "The Shadow of the Statue" made me think of that picture carved in stone that showed "smokey" and the statue next to eachother....I'm wondering if they might be saying that by being IN the shadow, that is a phrase to describe how Smokey judges you...kind of like how Ben and Echo (and others, I`m sure) were swarmed and "judged"...But I could be way wrong....wouldn't be the first time!

Anonymous said...

Interesting poll question this week. My answer though, leans toward - "none of the above". I don't think that they can be Faraday's people because he doesn't have any, he's in the 70's. So, any people he recruited would have to be in the 70's, right? Or, are they his mothers people. I was never really sure what side she was on, if any.

A friend of mine had an interesting theory -- what ever happened to the Dharma people? not the people on the island, but the people running the program back in Ann Arbor. They have to know that a purge has taken place and that their programs/studies are no longer taking happening, right? I know that they were doing the food drops in the beginning, but that stopped after the Desmond's hatch blew up.

So, I guess what I'm getting at is -- maybe they are Dharma people. Maybe they are planning on taking back the island from the others. Just a thought.

I like the theory about them preventing the plane crash. I keep thinking that somehow they will get off the island, think everything is okay and then somehow they will all end up on that flight again, which crashes on the island. Then, they cut to the scene with Daniel Faraday sitting in his lay-z-boy crying because he knows that he will have to relive everything over again.

Phil TIttola

drew said...

I like the idea of smokey actually being the shadow of the statue. This may be taking it too far, but the answer to "What lies in the shadow of the statue" could be "nothing", as Smokey knows the truth-- no nothing LIES... You know what saying?

drew said...

Phil - I must say, I LOVE the theory that the last shot of the show will be of Faraday stiting in his lay-z-boy watching the broadcast. The only problem that I have with it is that he would've cried when he found out that the plane crashed-- not when they found Widmore's staged wreckage. I think the next episode will be Faraday-centric, and I think I speak for everyone when I say "Bring on the flashbacks!"

And where did all he other (off-island) Dharma people go? It'd be great to find out that the people responsible for getting the losties to the island are all Dharma. (i.e. Claire's Psychic, Hurley's mental hospital friend Lenny, Jack's parents, etc.)

I'm looking for a big reveal about the Dharma Initiative and the Others by the end of this season!

Anonymous said...

Hi Drew,
Couldn't Bram and Ilana not being part of Charles Widmore's team trying to get back control over the island?
To answer to your poll, none of the above I guess...
You might be right that Hurley will ring the bell and trying to alert the people about the hazards that are caused by the Swan station. If he can prevent it being built, he believes that none of the 'bad luck' happened to him will eventually come true.
The Dharma folks would probably declare him crazy and our losties too to keep up their cover.
I wonder what our fried dr. Faraday will bring on screen. Although he is a curious character, I am still a big John Locke fan.
But I have to admit that I am getting anxious to get to see more of him and why HE is the chosen one...

kind regards,