Reviews of LOST

April 14, 2010

Here are my thoughts from last night’s episode of LOST, as well as a few excerpts from various TV blogs that I read.  They are all really good articles, so I would recommend reading them in full, but I have taken a few excerpts from them that were my favorite.

From Cultural Learnings:

If we accept last week’s theory from Eloise that the Flash Sideways represents these characters getting the very thing they wanted most, Hugo Reyes wanted good luck: he wanted all of the terrible luck that resulted from his choice to use the numbers to win the lottery, and in the Sideways universe he’s immensely rich, and seems to have done it all on his own as opposed to needing the lottery to do it.

As I see it, there are four options:

  1. The Man in Black (John Locke/Smokey) wins (and gets off the island) and the scenarios we see in the “Flash Sideways” are what happen in this case.
  2. The Man in Black loses (and the island is sunk in the process and him with it) and then the “Flash Sideways” are what happen.
  3. The Man in Black wins and the flash sideways scenarios don’t happen because of it.
  4. The Man in Black loses and the flash sideways scenarios don’t happen because of it.

If it is case #1, then why was the situation so dire if the MiB got off the island?  Everything seems relatively fine; people seem to get mostly what they’ve always wanted.  Perhaps it is something we have yet to see.

I tend to think it is the first case, and the flash sideways are all “what ifs”.  But with Desmond on the case, it now seems like what happens in the flash sideways actually matter.  And maybe they need to do something in the flash sideways to affect what happens on the island.

The interesting thing about the four options is that I’m not sure which I would prefer!  If the flash sideways were always perfect and everyone was happy, I certainly wish it to go that way, even if it meant them never remembering their life on the island and the Man in Black winning (we have yet to see why that would be such a bad thing; so far the only answer we get is “everything is over”).  But in the end, I guess I’d like to see that their time on the island meant something, so maybe I am hoping for case #4.

More from Cultural Learnings:

The idea that there is in fact an island purgatory plays with one of the common theories about the island, and it answers that the whispers in the jungle are those who aren’t able to move on….

[W]e witness Desmond stopping by Locke and Ben’s high school in the Sidewaysverse in order to run down the former with his car. We presume that moment is his attempt to get him to flash back to the island, but that it happens so soon after Locke (in another form) dumps him into a well seems like a reason for why Desmond chose to run him down as opposed to talking to him as he did with Hurley.

From now on, the Flash Sideways will focus on characters connecting with their past, and Desmond will be there to guide them (or hit them with his car) to keep that motivation a constant presence.

I enjoy this distant and snarky Ben: his theory regarding why Ilana died (the island was done with her) doesn’t entirely make sense, as she hasn’t really done anything that impressive which would explain why she didn’t die a while ago, but it plays into his jaded view of the island’s power, and his own willingness to follow Richard because he, unlike the others, is not a candidate, and has sort of decided to play spoiler.

A few excerpts from What’s Alan Watching?:

(*) Albeit in an episode that saw the creation of another faction in the Richard/Ben/Miles group, since groups on “Lost” are forever picking sides and walking off, going all the way back to when Jack took half the Oceanic survivors into the caves back in season one.

(This drives me CRAZY!)

By making Desmond aware of the wrongness of the world – and introducing other characters like Charlie and Faraday who also recognized this – we finally tied that world to the one we care about, and created some urgency to our visits to LA. But I’d have rather see this happen a few weeks into the season and not now, not only because it would have given greater purpose to some of those meandering flash-sideways stories like Jack’s son or Jin’s amazing adventure in the freezer, but because it feels like now that we have a sideways story arc (Desmond tries to nudge the Oceanic passengers into realizing that this world isn’t right), the resolution of it is going to feel rushed….

And Jack, finally after all these years learning that he can’t fix everything, seems okay with playing Hurley’s sidekick for once, in a nice role reversal and good moment for the character….

Because if alt-Desmond’s mission is to bring an end to sideways world so the real world can be saved…

If that is the case, then there are more options than my previous guess of four.  I was assuming the flash sideways happen after, but this would mean they happen at the same time.  But like I said before, with Desmond on the case, it now seems like what happens in the flash sideways actually matter.  And maybe they need to do something in the flash sideways to affect what happens on the island.

From Televisionary:

So why are Charlie and Libby able to remember while the others cannot? Easy: they’re both dead in the mainstream reality. They have no consciousness in the other timestream so instead the totality of their being is housed in their Lost-X bodies.

(This would apply to Daniel Faraday, as well.)

So what did Hurley take from Ilana’s pack? We see him toss aside Ilana’s Russian book to take a sack with him. Does it contain Jacob’s ashes? And is that why he suddenly has a hell of a lot more conviction? While he claims to Jack that he has no idea what he’s doing, he’s leading them right into the heart of darkness, armed only with torches: a fire to illuminate the night, the spark of truth set against deadly lies.

Interesting too that the group that contains Hurley is symbolically comprised of those whose purpose is to lead: a shepherd (Jack), a pilot (Frank), a sun (Sun), and a true leader in Hurley himself. Each are tools by which others can follow and yet each of them chooses the path of peace rather than that of war. Could it be that Jacob was right to bestow his favor on these individuals? And could Frank Lapidus also be a shadow candidate?…

By bringing the group right into the Man in Black’s camp, Hurley has seemingly fulfilled the wishes of Jacob’s Nemesis, as he was looking to grab as many of the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors–and those that managed to return on Ajira Flight 316–as possible as he believes that’s the only way that his plan will work and he’ll be able to flee the island.

He’s already prevented from harming the candidates, per the rules of his eternal agreement with Jacob, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t attempt to sway them to his side. Giving his knife to Hurley is nothing more than a symbolic truce, a way of saying that he won’t harm them directly, a physical bond of his word. But I think he’s hoping that he’ll be able to manipulate the candidates into siding with him… and that they’ll chose otherwise. At the very least, I’m hoping that this reunion isn’t short-lived now that each of the castaways–save Jin, of course–is finally in one spot together….

Locke will, of course, have to be rushed to the hospital, where I believe Jack will be forced to operate on him, removing the choice of spinal surgery from Locke and course-correcting once more. This Locke will walk again and will once again regain his belief in miracles, especially after he glimpses another world through the veil. Casting off his pragmatism, Lost-X Locke will be forced to believe once again, to reconnect to the island.

There’s a lot more to the article on Televisionary, so again, I’d recommend visiting that site to read it in full.  It’s very good!

One more quick question: What was the loophole that allowed the Man in Black to take over John Locke’s body? And could it have been any body, or was there something about John Locke in particular?  Either way, glad it was an excuse to see a very different side of Terry O’Quinn.  I remember before I knew it was actually the Man in Black, exclaiming, “Oh, I love this new John Locke!”

An excellent idea from Televisionary:

I’m also intrigued by another possibility: given the fact that the Man in Black is currently using John Locke’s form in the mainstream reality, wouldLost-X Locke’s repossession of his island memories have any consequences on his body back on the island? Could we be seeing the return of the one true John Locke?

I think that’s plenty to mull over for today!  Check back during next week’s episode for another live-blogging event!


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