Friday, February 26, 2010

Love this picture from Lighthouse

It's such a cool shot. Jacob and Hurley in the background and Jack sitting there, still completely confused and crushed after what he has just seen, watching the ocean like has so many times before on the show.

I know a lot of people don't like Jack. I don't even like the character at times, but I do think he is one of the most flawed and complex "heroes" on any TV-show. Yes, he acts like a stuck up moron and he's obnoxious and full of himself and overbearing at times. But he is also so very, very broken (just like he acknowledged in this episode) and trying so very hard to be a good man and do the right thing.

I find him fascinating and infuriating. And I can't wait to see what happens to him at the end.

Screencap thanks to Lostpedia.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Back to Egypt

With all the hieroglyphs and Egyptian architecture seen on Lost (the four-toed statue and the lighthouse have strong Egyptian/Alexandrian influences), it's always been interesting to look at Egyptian mythology to get another angle on the show. Now, I don't think anyone on the island is an Egyptian deity. However, I do think it's possible that within the context of the show, what Egyptians experienced on the island may have influenced their mythology. Or, maybe, their interpretation of what they found on the island was influenced by their existing mythology.



Anyway. The scale we saw in the cave recently reminded me of how Egyptians imagined judgment after death:
It was thought that the heart was examined by Anubis and the deities during the Weighing of the Heart ceremony. If the heart weighed more than the feather of Maat, it was immediately consumed by the monster Ammit.
 And:
Once Ammit swallowed the heart, the soul was believed to become restless forever; this was called "to die a second time".
Sound familiar? Someone judging, and consuming (claiming?) a person who is then "restless forever". Very Smokey-ish if you ask me...

The ancient Egyptians didn't think we had just one soul, rather it was made up of five parts:

  1. The Ren, which was a person's name
  2. The Ba, which was similar to a person's personality
  3. The Ka, which was a person's spiritual essence and what made you alive - when you died your "ka" left the body
  4. The Sheut, which was a person's shadow and also contained something of a person's essence
  5. The Ib, which was the heart and the most important part to the Egyptians - it was the seat of a person's will, emotion and intelligence
I wonder if the strange behaviour of Sayid and Claire who have supposedly been "claimed" means that somehow a part of their "soul" (or whatever the show chooses to call it) is affected while other parts are not. Even Smokey seems to be assuming some of John Locke's characteristics and one-liners! "Don't tell me what I can't do!" The fact that Smokey can seemingly "remember" what John Locke's last thoughts were, is very interesting to me.

Also, the suspected existence of TWO Christian Shephards, and however they are connected to the original Jack's dad, hints at the same thing. Is there one version (Jacob?) who helped Jack along the way, and one other version (the one with Locke at the donkey wheel for example) who was actually Smokey? In the latest episode, Claire's statements seemed to mean that she had met Smokey (and knew he was NOT Locke) as well as her dad. Was Jacob "impersonating" her dad? Or is some part of Christian Shephard (or his soul?) actually alive in some form on the island?

In S4 Claire thought she saw her dad by the fire, holding Aaron. That version of Christian seemed very touched to be holding his "grandson". Would Smokey have acted like that? Or was that actually some form of "real Christian" or even Jacob? And who was the Christian we later saw with Claire in the cabin? That Christian wanted Aaron off the island and wanted Locke to "move the island". Which means it had to be Smokey... I think... Argh.

I really want the mystery of Christian Shephard to be resolved. However, I do think it's a key to the central mystery of everything on the show, so it will be some time yet I guess...

Screencaps thanks to Lost-Media, Lostpedia and Dark UFO.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Crazy thoughts post-Lighthouse

Yesterday's episode, Lighthouse, was fantastic and so loaded with everything that I am still kind of reeling from it.



Lots of people at the Fuselage and elsewhere are now wondering if what will happen in the end is that SOME losties will disappear/die in the alternate timeline, while some will remain there and that that timeline will end up being the "real" one. At the same time, there's lots of speculation that maybe some of the losties on the island will (willingly?) sacrifice their lives in that alternate timeline to stay on the island. So that in the end, there will be only one version of each individual, not two as seems to be the case right now. (Is that why the people seem a little mixed up in the new universe? Like Jack forgetting when he had his appendix out?).

I've also seen a lot of people predicting that Jack's ex, and his son David's mother, will turn out to be Juliet. And maybe they're right. IF that is the case, and IF indeed the losties will end up having to choose between staying on the island and giving up their possible lives in the alt-verse (or the other way round), then I have this insane prediction:

Sawyer will become David's stepfather. Yes, he'll meet up with Juliet in the alternate reality and they'll fall in love and then Jack will some way or another have to sacrifice himself ON the island (maybe just by staying there), meaning he has to give up his place in the alt-verse. Leaving Juliet and Sawyer to raise David. I think that would be an oddly fitting end to the relationship between Jack and Sawyer. And it would also be a nice arc for Sawyer, since I think he will end up OFF the island (finally) and actually choosing/ending up with a good life there. (I'm betting there's a coffee date with Juliet and Sawyer somehow, like what she mentioned as she was dying "we'll go dutch".)

What will Kate do? Will she end up raising Aaron in the alt-verse too? Maybe. Because I'm thinking that maybe anyone who ends up on Smokey's side is doomed to lose their place in that new timeline. Meaning Locke, Claire and probably Sayid will somehow disappear from that new version of the world.

Yea, it's all nutty and far out and wtf, and I would NOT be surprised if all these theories are way off, but I kind of like the symmetry of it.

Going back to the idea of backgammon as a template or symbol of what is happening again: is the island the "bar", ie the place where stones are placed when they're knocked off the board? Or is the island the whole board? Or is it just part of the board, as I speculated earlier, with the outer world being the outer board?

One other thought that struck me was that the idea of balance seems to be heavily hinted at this season, with the scales in the cave. Maybe when there are only two people/forces on the island (Jacob and Smokey) there is some sort of balance or equilibrium. But when other people arrive, the game starts and the two sides have to play out their game. Time will tell what the "inside joke" was that Smokey mentioned to Sawyer as he threw the white rock on the scale into the ocean.

Screencaps thanks to Lost-Media, Lostpedia and Dark UFO.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Lighthouse. Brain continues to spin.

I loved this Lost episode, but man, it was so stuffed full of info (Claire has a friend who is Locke/Smokey and talks to her dad regularly!) and hints (appendix scar!) and reveals (the numbers = degrees when turning the mirror at the lighthouse) and flashing back to old things (the caves! Christian's coffin! Shannon's inhaler!) that I'll have to digest it for a while.




Like Kate's number being 51, the reverse of Sawyer's 15.



I'm pretty sure Jin didn't mean to imply that Kate was evil for taking Aaron, though I'm sure the writers made him say "Kate took Aaron" so we could have maximum freak-out and misunderstanding from Crazy Claire. Once Jin realized Claire is not really functioning as the Claire he knew, it seems he's trying to get her to the temple in hopes of neutralizing her.

I think Jacob wanted the mirror broken. Or at least didn't really care if it was broken. I don't think Hurley and Jack were ever really brought to the lighthouse to light it, but for them (especially Jack) to see the mirrors. If Jacob JUST wanted the lighthouse fire lit, he could have just sent Hurley. But he wanted Hurley and Jack specifically out of the temple because someone, Smokey, is going there.

I still can't believe Jacob will turn out to be all evil like some people are speculating. Hurley's the only totally "good" character on the show as far as "good" goes on Lost, and if he's been duped by evil all along, I would think that would be quite lame. I'm not sure Smokey or Jacob are all good or all bad, but I'm pretty sure Jacob won't turn out to be some evil mastermind out to destroy the losties or the world. Or is he? LOL.


  • Loved the appendix scar scene with Jack. That episode when Juliet had to operate was so useless when it aired, but maybe they are trying to make it pay off now.
  • Loved Hurley trying to lie to Dogen. The man just can't lie convincingly to save his life! Also cool that Dogen can't see Jacob. And then Dogen turns up in the Alt!
  • Loved Hurley writing Jacob's new to-do list on his arm.
  • LOVED the scene with Jack and Hurley at the caves, talking about Christian's coffin and Jack finally telling someone how he actually found the caves. TPTB are obviously reminding us of some old key plot points before giving us the payoff in this final season.

I take it Claire did not timeflash to the 70s? Instead she seems to have stayed put in the "regular" timeline... Because she's infected? or undead? or just too damn frizzy for her own good?

I love this show, but geez, I have an easier time believing in the magic mirrors than Claire being able to manhandle anyone... Or even getting passed-out Jin to her hideout!

The mirror scene at the lighthouse was fantastic. Magic, spooky mirrors are one of my all-time favourite creepy horror-movie moments, and the way the flashed those landscapes and buildings in there subtly was giving me goosebumps.

But hey, who is number 108? Who was Jacob dialling into? Desmond? Widmore?

Oh look, they screencapped 108! It's someone called "Wallace":


Who is that? Just a decoy?

And who, WHO the heck is coming to the island? Widmore? Is that when the war really starts?

Lostpedia has a list of all the names from the dial, and some great screencaps of Hurley's arm and the dial and other things are also at Dark UFO's site.

Screencaps thanks to Lost-Media.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

An Uncommonly Good Year For Sci-Fi

I love science-fiction movies. Alien, Starman, Blade Runner, The Matrix: to me, these are great movies, not just great sci-fi movies. But loving this genre means sitting through a lot of flicks that are either mediocre or turkey-fodder.

Many (maybe most) science-fiction movies fall short somehow. Either the special-effects are poor (an added difficulty for the genre), the acting is bad, the story is weak, or there’s just a general lack of originality.

However, in 2009 I saw four exceptional science-fiction movies. That's a lot of sci-fi goodness in one year. They were all very different from each other, and each could be said to represent a common sci-fi movie sub-genre: Deep Thought, Creature-Feature, Space-Adventure, and Special-Effects Spectacle.

Moon

  • Sub-genre: Deep Thought
  • Sub-genre characteristics: troubled humans wrestling with existential questions in a high-tech setting
  • Example: 2001

Story:

Sam Bell has been overseeing a mining operation on the Moon for three years, helped only by an advanced computer system. Just when he is about to go home, he has an accident and things get seriously weird.

Why I like it:

Because it’s a perfect movie.
The role of Sam Bell was written specifically for Sam Rockwell and his performance is flawless. I loved Rockwell in the very funny Galaxy Quest, but here he shows some serious, dramatic acting chops.

The story is original, intelligent and suspenseful. And while it moves at a slower pace than more action-oriented science-fiction fare, it’s never boring.

Finally, on a 5 million dollar budget, director Duncan Jones (aka Zowie Bowie) and his crew have crafted a completely believable world that pays homage to old-school sci-fi like 2001, Silent Running and Solaris, without being derivative.

I really cannot emphasize enough how good this movie is. Just see it. Please.

District 9

  • Sub-genre: Creature-Feature
  • Sub-genre characteristics: alien critters, gore
  • Example: Predator

Story:

In 1982, a group of disheveled aliens become stranded on Earth near Johannesburg, South Africa. They are confined to a ghetto (District 9). Years later the government tries to evict them and problems arise: especially for Wikus, the man in charge of the operation.

Why I like it:

Because it manages to say something about xenophobia, corporate greed and human nature while splattering lots of blood and goo.

District 9 has a raw, documentary feel that is rare in sci-fi movies. The gritty setting, the dark humour mixed with horror, the fabulously icky alien “prawns”, and the fact that it’s set in South Africa (with its shadow of apartheid) make this movie stand out.

Also, newcomer Sharlto Copley as Wikus is a real find: he plays an uncommonly unlikeable main character that convincingly goes from racist buffoon to anguished victim of circumstance.

Star Trek (2009)

  • Sub-genre: Space-Adventure
  • Sub-genre characteristics: lots of space ships and space battles
  • Example: everything Star Trek and Star Wars

Story:

A strange, Romulan ship appears and wreaks havoc in the Starfleet universe. 25 years later it's up to Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise crew (all just out of school) to save the day.

Why I like it:

Because it's an excellent action movie with a talented, sexy cast.

Everything in this movie looks great, from the rejuvenated crew to the space ships. Plus, it’s filled with stunts, space shoot-outs and phasers. And even with all that going on, there’s still room for sharp dialogue and good acting.

The story isn’t groundbreaking, but there are some clever twists and unlike many older Star Trek movies, this one manages to be a lot of fun without being campy. Bonus: it’s 100% William Shatner-free!

Avatar

  • Sub-genre: Special-Effects Spectacle
  • Sub-genre characteristics: eyeball-popping visuals.
  • Example: Terminator 2

Story:

In the future, humans have found an extremely rare and valuable metal on a far-off moon called Pandora. But Pandora is inhabited by the Na'vi: intelligent, fierce blue creatures who don’t want their world to become a mining pit. The humans interact with the Na'vi using “avatars”: human-alien hybrids that look like the Na'vi but are controlled by humans.

Why I like it:

Because it doesn't look like anything I've ever seen before.

Pandora was created almost completely using computer graphics, and it's such a beautiful world that you might randomly start blurting out words like "dazzling", "spectacular" and "wow".

While the graphics are definitely the star of the show, the acting is solid too. That goes for both the human characters and the Na’vi who were created by blending computer graphics with the performances of real actors.

The story is not all that original, pitting nature-loving natives against big guns and a big corporation, but it is told well. And it has enough romance, strong female characters, floating mountains, giant flying lizards, and Sigourney Weaver to make it a must-see. Especially if you’re a sucker for director James Cameron’s movies like I am.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Smokey, is he really just evil?

Ever since this season started, and maybe even before that, I have somehow taken for granted that Smokey, the Man in Black, Jacob's enemy is bad or evil, if you will. Sure, part of me always considers the possibility that the show is playing with us and that it's really Jacob who is "evil", but since Hurley believes in Jacob I have a hard time thinking that Jacob will turn out to be the devil in disguise.

And then, tonight, I looked at the quote here on my blog.
BLOND MAN: I take it you're here 'cause of the ship.
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: I am. How did they find the Island?
BLOND MAN: You'll have to ask 'em when they get here.
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: I don't have to ask. You brought them here. Still trying to prove me wrong, aren't you?
BLOND MAN: You are wrong.
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Am I? They come. They fight. They destroy. They corrupt. It always ends the same.
BLOND MAN: It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.
That doesn't sound like a man who is necessarily evil. He sounds weary and maybe even disgusted with the fighting and the destruction and the corruption he thinks people bring to the island. If Smokey was once a man, he now sounds more like a tired deity (or alien? or would that mean the show totally jumped the shark?) here, someone who has no faith in humans. Someone who is tired of whatever the game is that is being played out with Jacob. And that was a few hundred years ago!



More and more often I've read the idea on the Lost boards at The Fuselage that the conflict between Smokey and Jacob somehow have implications for the entire world, not just the island. Hawking told Desmond the whole world was at stake if he didn't go to the island to push the button. Maybe she told the truth.

Hawking also told Jack that the dead Locke had to go back to the island on the Ajira plane as a "substitute" for Jack's dead father on the original flight. And The Substitute was the name of this week's episode. Does this mean that maybe Hawking has always been working for Smokey? At least since she left the island? Maybe. I can't wait to see her on the show again.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Backgammon and The Rules


Over at The Fuselage, a poster reminded me of something important: backgammon. Way back in The Pilot, part 2 in season 1, Locke explained backgammon to Walt.


[Shot of Locke with the Backgammon pieces. Walt approaches, curious.] WALT: What is it, like checkers?
LOCKE: Not really, it's a better game than … checkers. You play checkers with your Pop?
WALT: No. I live in Australia with my mom.
LOCKE: You have no accent.
WALT: Yeah, I know. We move a lot. She got sick. She died a couple of weeks ago.
LOCKE: You're having a bad month.
WALT: I guess.
LOCKE: Backgammon is the oldest game in the world. Archeologists found sets when they excavated the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia. Five thousand years old. That's older than Jesus Christ.
WALT: Did they have dice and stuff?
LOCKE: [nods] Mhhm. But theirs weren't made of plastic. Their dice were made of bones.
WALT: Cool.
LOCKE: Two players. Two sides. One is light … one is dark. Walt, do you want to know a secret?
(I'm still wondering what secret Locke told Walt: that he'd been in a wheelchair?)


Two sides. Smokey and Jacob. One light, one dark. Playing a game.What if backgammon is somehow a template for how that game plays out? Not that it's ACTUALLY a game of backgammon, just that it somehow resembles it.

So what is special about backgammon? And how might we have seen its rules played out in the show?

  • Two players.
  • Each player has 15 stones.
  • The stones are moved around the board according to the rules.
  • Chance plays a part since dice are used, but strategy is crucial.
  • The object of the game is to move all your stones off the board.
  • Your stones can get "captured" by the other side, but can then also re-enter the board at the beginning.
A very interesting thing to note is that if one stone sits alone on one of the board's points it is very, very vulnerable.
In the course of a move, a checker may land on any point that is unoccupied or is occupied only by a player's own checkers. It may also land on a point occupied by exactly one opposing checker, or "blot". In this case, the blot has been hit, and is placed in the middle of the board on the bar that divides the two sides of the playing surface. A checker may never land on a point occupied by two or more opposing checkers; thus, no point is ever occupied by checkers from both players simultaneously.
One stone alone is in danger. Like Sawyer in this week's episode? Like Ben when he went to the temple with Smokey? How many other times has Smokey targeted a man alone? When he looked like Christian and showed himself to Locke? Eko and Yemi.

Then consider Jacob. According to Alpert, only one person at a time is allowed in to see Jacob. And when that rule is broken, when Ben enters with Smocke, Jacob dies.

The rules for killing others (Others?) are still kind of mysterious to me.
  • Ben and Widmore can't kill each other, but they can kill other people.
  • Jacob and Smokey can't kill each other, but can manipulate others to kill for them.
  • Michael wasn't allowed to kill himself until "the island" let him.
  • Smokey couldn't kill Locke it seems, but Ben could kill Locke.
  • The Others seem VERY reluctant to kill any of the remaining Losties, probably because they are "candidates".
  • The boy who appeared to Smokey reminded him that he couldn't kill him, which I took to mean that he couldn't kill Sawyer.

Considering backgammon again:
  • You can only move your own pieces off the board. If you knock the other player's piece off, that piece can still re-enter the game:

    Checkers placed on the bar re-enter the game through the opponent's home board. A roll of 2 allows the checker to enter on the 23-point, a roll of 3 on the 22-point, and so forth. A player may not move any other checkers until all checkers on the bar belonging to that player have re-entered the game.
  • You win by moving all your pieces/stones/men off the board.

Is this somehow the object of the game between Smokey and Jacob? To safely move their own pieces off the board? By killing them? By making them leave the island? How do you get "off the board"?

Again: In backgammon, you can't get rid of your opponents stones. You can only "capture" them. After that they can re-enter the board at the beginning. Stones can only be moved "off board" by the player owning those stones. Is this a parallel to Smokey and Jacob not killing each other or the main players/characters/stones?

From Wikipedia again:
Each side of the board has a track of 12 long triangles, called points. The points are considered to be connected across one edge of the board, forming a continuous track in the shape of a horseshoe, and are numbered from 1 to 24.
Players begin with two checkers on their 24-point, three checkers on their 8-point, and five checkers each on their 13-point and their 6-point. The two players move their checkers in opposing directions, from the 24-point towards the 1-point.

Points 1 through 6 are called the home board or inner board, and points 7 through 12 are called the outer board. The 7-point is referred to as the bar point, and the 13-point as the mid point.
So bear with me for some insanity:
What if the island is one part of the board (inner board) and the world outside is another part of the board (outer board)? What if Smokey tries to get everyone OFF the island, while Jacob somehow needs to bring people TO the island to win? I'm not sure if that can make any sense at all... but Smokey seems to be trapped ON the island, while Jacob was able to move off it.

I have no idea if this is part of the endgame on Lost, but the backgammon reference HAS to mean something.



Think of Adam and Eve in the cave and their stones: one black, one white. Were these stones part of a backgammon set? (Still wondering if Adam and Eve will turn out to be Rose and Bernard somehow...)

Are all the Losties stones on the board? To be claimed as dark or light and then moved around the board, until they can be knocked on to the bar to sit out, or until they can be safely brought off the board? I feel like backgammon could be seen as a representation of what is going on on and off the island, and of what Smokey and Jacob are doing and HAVE been doing for a long time.

Screencaps thanks to Lostpedia.

Smokey and Jacob and the island

Smocke told Sawyer in last night's episode that Jacob, and whoever is the new Jacob, has the task of protecting the island. He then mocked that idea, basically saying that "it's just an island"... Yea, just an island with smoke monsters, visions, healing waters and donkey wheels! Anyway. What if Jacob isn't protecting the island as much as protecting the world from Smokey? Or protecting the world from the island?

This is all speculation about something that will be the absolute end-game on the show, so who knows. But my mind is working overtime today when it comes to Lost!

And what's with all the rules about not killing certain people? Ben and Widmore couldn't kill each other for some reason. Michael couldn't even kill himself until Christian/the island "let" him. Smocke can't kill Sawyer or Jacob. But he can kill a load of other people... Smocke couldn't kill Locke either, but did manage to con Ben into killing him... so apparently Ben could do that, just not kill Widmore. 

Holy crap.

That's about all I can say about this episode: Ho-ly Cr-ap!



At this point, it seems rather useless to try to figure anything out. Everything is being played out for final answers now, and we're not really getting clues as much as set-ups that will pay off rather more quickly than we're used to on Lost. But the questions! Wow, they're just swirling in my head after each episode, and especially this one which was so so so SO heavy with Lost-mythology.




  • Richard knows nothing about "candidates"? But Ilana and now-dead Bram mentioned that Frank might be one last season. And Smocke explains to Sawyer that it's "candidate" for being the new Jacob!
  • Jin OR Sun is a candidate. Candidates apparently are not to be killed (or can't be killed?). This must have been why the two Others last week had the argument over killing Jin: "He might be one of them."
  • Who is the blond kid running around, scaring even Smokey? Young Jacob? So Sawyer can see Jacob? Or is the kid someone else?
  • Who makes all the flipping rules? Like that Smocke is now "stuck" and can't change his face? Or that candidates can't be killed? The island?
  • And Smocke saying the island doesn't need a protector? Me thinks he's lying or at least withholding information. It really seems that Smocke is not as powerful as he wants to be: he definitely seems to need someone's help to get the hell off the island.
  • And he wanted Richard to join him. And he accuses Jacob of manipulating people: as if HE himself didn't manipulate as well?
  • The numbers! They all refer to people. But why the specific numbers?
  • I farking love this show.
  • And seeing Ben with Locke in the alt? Awesome. And AltHugo is cool. And the fact that Rose works for him? Cool. And Locke is with Helen and wants to invite his dad to the wedding?
  • AND: how long ago did Jacob write down those names???? 
Does Smokey need to find a replacement too, just like Jacob does? And is Smokey's original personality actually a person, or is he just a machine/creature/thing that has "absorbed" various people over the years.


That cave... I could see Jacob and Smokey sitting there, and Jacob talking about a balance between dark and light with the rocks on the scale. But the names! Why no Kate? Is she a bodyguard/Ilana type character? Or is she a hidden card for Jacob to play?

 And what about the kid? The one with the bloodied arms? Jacob? They sure picked a kid who looks like he could be a young Jacob...



What will I do when this show is over? There is nothing like it and I doubt there will be again.

One thought that occurred to me when the alt universe appeared this season: is this somehow the "real" timeline? Is this the timeline that we will be left with at the end of the show? One where the island is sunk and the Losties lead very different lives than in the show we've followed for so many seasons? Will the endgame involve wiping out the island timeline and sticking with the "new" timeline? I am still keeping my options open... 

Screencaps from Lost-Media.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hawking and Smokey?

Here's a thought that struck me the other day: it was Hawking who insisted that dead Locke be brought back to the island, right? And she told them to put Jack's dad's shoes on him as well. Does this mean that she is/was in league with Smokey somehow since Smokey needed Locke's body on that plane?

I hope we find out what she was doing, or thought she was doing!, giving those directions.

I'm actually thinking that the off-island influential people: Hawking and Widmore, will have to figure into the final season somehow. Maybe they'll even influence the alt timeline?


Can't wait for the episode tonight!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kate. Ugh.

Didn't love this episode. Too much Kate who is always just... too much. The writers make her so ridiculous.

Of course the man at the wreckers yard helps her! Of course she horns in on Sawyer's grief and starts crying because everything's about her! Of course Claire likes her even though she points a gun at her and steals her bag! Of course she's rude to Claire when she goes back to pick her up after threatening her WITH A LOADED GUN! Of course no one catches her while she's driving around in a stolen cab!  Grrr. Yes, I can accept time travel and smoke monsters and non-aging Alpert, but the fact that no helicopters were looking for Kate in LA still bugs me!

I liked the reveal about Sayid being "claimed". I'm guessing this is what happened to Rousseau's crew. This also means that, probably, Jack's dad was claimed as well. Remember the scene with Claire and Christian in "Jacob's cabin", telling Locke to move the island? Yea, they looked awfully chummy together, like they were [i]definitely [/i]on the same side. And normal Claire wouldn't leave Aaron in the jungle, so it would make sense that something really bad happened to make her do that.

Recapping: Dead-Christian in a coffin was claimed, knocked-on-the-head Claire was claimed and now shot-and-drowned Sayid's been claimed? But does "being claimed" mean that they're the same as Smokey Locke? Somehow I don't think so... Wonder what is going on there.

There's been a lot of speculation that there are actually TWO versions of Christian Shepherd on the island. (Different shoes for each supposedly, and remember all the stuff about putting Christian's shoes on dead Locke?) Trippy for Jack if he ends up running into two versions of his dead dad: one "claimed" and the other... what?

And is it my imagination or did Holloway put on some pounds? Having a new baby at home might have cut into his gym-time...

Dogen the Other-leader actually seemed open to answering some questions, finally. But the whole cloak and dagger with the pill for Sayid... ugh. Why would a poison not work if Sayid didn't take it willingly? Maybe look in to some other poisons... And Darlton must be chuckling a lot these days, since the oft-joked-about zombie season seems to be actually here already!

More thoughts after this so-so episode:
  • I'd be very interested to find out who among The Others have actually met/seen Jacob. Has Dogen seen him? We know Ben never actually saw Jacob. We assume Richard has seen Jacob, but we've never actually seen him see Jacob. We know several Losties and Ilana saw Jacob OFF the island.
  • It's interesting to me that when we finally got to see Jacob's "house" in the statue's foot, Richard did not enter. Only Ben and Smocke entered. Ben, who had never been able to (allowed to?) see Jacob before now saw him. No one else saw Jacob at the statue. Only Smocke and Ben. I wonder if everyone would have been able to see Jacob had they entered?
  • Richard recognized Smocke from what he said about the chains (and I guess from the fact that he had assumed Locke's shape). What I wonder is: would Jacob look the same all the time? Or is he also capable of shapeshifting/taking a new host-body?
  • I can't wait for Richard's flashback to see what he's seen!
  • I am saddened that the writers do not seem to want Jack and Sawyer to work together, ever. The two actors are brilliant together imo, especially when they get to something other than just glower at each other... 
Screencaps thanks to Lost-Media.

    Thursday, February 04, 2010

    Nestor Carbonell, eyeliner-guy and... Khan?

    I love Richard Alpert. Who doesn't? Nestor Carbonell recently did a great interview with Movieline. Lots of goodies for us Losties. Among other things, there's this about shirtlessness:
    Now that you’ve done The Tick, Lost, and The Dark Knight, you’ve cultivated a geek army that’s touting you for Khan, should they include that villain in the next Star Trek sequel. Have you seen that?
    Well, it would be tremendous, it would be amazing. I know that the show has already opened many doors for me, and that’s the great thing about this business, that you never know which job you do will help you out with other jobs. This show has given me and my family so much, so if that were to happen, it would be tremendous.
    I think the question, Nestor, is whether you have the pecs to play Khan.
    [Laughs] Listen, all modesty aside, I’m pretty shredded right now. Richard may not get to flex his muscles, but he’s not averse to taking off his shirt. Should it happen, the fans will know.
    Wait, spoiler alert! We’re getting a shirtless Richard scene soon?
    I can neither confirm nor deny. [Laughs]
    Oh yes. Having the geekdoms collide like that, with Alpert playing Khan, would be awesome. I hope it does happen.

    Screencap thanks to Lost-Media.

    Wednesday, February 03, 2010

    And we're back!

    Yep, we're definitely back and definitely still LOST.

    The first ep of the season rocked and melted what was left of my mind. Alternate universe/timeline? Jack acting all weird and having some kind of cut on his neck? Desmond on the f-ing PLANE? The island UNDER WATER: like some drowned Atlantis with Dharma sharks and Otherton. Smokey/Locke showing his full awesomeness: "Sorry you had to see me like that."



    Just wow. W-O-W.


    What's it all mean? Who the hell knows? The writers are playing the end-game with us now, and we're getting into the metaphysics of the island and the time-weirdness and the destinies. Everything is up for grabs I think.

    Some of my questions:
    • Is the alternate timeline actually a BETTER version? Could it be a version of the world where the losties redeem themselves without ever having to go to the island? Jack fixes Locke's legs, prison straightens out Charlie, Jin goes to jail and Sun is free to... yea, wait a second. How good could that be?
    • Where is Smokey's home that he wants to get to? The Temple?

    • How come Smokey couldn't kill Jacob but can kick Alpert's ass? (Don't hurt the pretty!)
    • Why is Kate still annoying as f- all? And why does she look so weird with makeup on? Evangeline just doesn't take well to make up I suspect. And for the love of all that is Lost, please let the damn love triangle/square/whatever just DIE. Kate can finally get her own storyline instead of always reacting to Sawyer or Jack.
    • I am tired of Jack and Sawyer being at odds. Just kiss and make up already.
    • Ash really DOES protect against Smokey! So was Jacob hiding out in his cabin then all that time, and then moved back to the foot because... ?
    • Is Sayid alive or possessed by Jacob?
    • Did Juliet realize that the bomb created an alternate timeline just as she died? "It worked." And will we see her talking about coffee and going dutch at a later date in alt uni?
    • How cool is Hurley, talking to dead people?
    • Jacob's list!!!!!

    • Terry O'Quinn RULES. Just rules. The world. Or whatever he'd like. He was brilliant both as alt uni Locke in a wheelchair and as Smokey in man-form. His scenes with Ben and with Jack were the best of the episode. O'Quinn is just the heart and head of this show for me. And the fact that Smokey seems to have a Locke-fascination intrigues me.
    • Was Jack's dad on the island Smokey? Is the fact that there seems to be two versions of Christian Shepherd (wearing different shoes) going to be addressed? Did Jacob AND Smokey impersonate him?
    • Did what happened to Sayid somehow also happen to Claire? Did Jacob heal her?
    • Is the alt uni a legitimate reality, or will it "fragment" somehow: like with Jack bleeding, Desmond seemingly appearing and disappearing...?
    • Finally: what the heck will I do when this show is over??? There is nothing like it and I doubt there will be again.
    Images thanks to Lostpedia and LostMedia.