Thursday, January 15, 2009

4:9 The Shape of Things to Come, 4:10 Something Nice Back Home, 4:11 Cabin Fever

4:9 The Shape of Things to Come

Another jam-packed episode that gave us a lot to think about. I love the Island mythology episodes, and the fact that this one centers around Ben makes it even better.

-Jack starts to feel sick and jokes with Kate about writing his own prescription. It's not so funny when we see him actually do that in his flashforwards.

-Hurley says "Australia is the key to the whole game," which applies to RISK, but might also apply to the show itself.

-I had to go look on Lostpedia to see what the Arab men on horseback say, and here it is: "Look around! He doesn't have a trail! Where did he come from? Fell from the sky?" ...and out comes the Ben stick! There's something about this scene that makes me think Ben is actually a jedi.

-Sawyer becomes sort of a hero when he runs through the compound to save Claire. What a different guy than the one we've known!

-Miles rings the doorbell. Ha!

-A still unanswered question: Did Widmore really have Nadia killed, or was it Ben?

-Mirror image: Ben using Nadia to control Sayid is a parallel to Keamy using Alex to control Ben. Both situations end pretty badly.

-I hadn't noticed before that Locke fully expects Ben to go out and save Alex.

-Another unanswered question: when Keamy kills Alex Ben says Widmore "changed the rules." What are the rules? Who came up with them, and why? If the rules have been changed, then why can't Ben kill Widmore?

-Daniel didn't expect Bernard to know Morse code. Oh, snap!

-The final scene between Widmore and Ben is one of the best ever. Each has his face half in shadow, to signify that we don't know which one is good, and which one is bad. It's a war that we don't know yet who we want to win.

Best lines:

WIDMORE: Don't stand there, looking at me with those horrible eyes of yours and lay the blame for the death of that poor girl on me, when we both know very well I didn't murder her at all, Benjamin. You did.

BEN: No, that's not true.

WIDMORE: Yes, Benjamin, it is. You creep into my bedroom in the dead of night--like a rat--and have the audacity to pretend that you're the victim?

4:10 Something Nice Back Home

-It's cool in the opening scene of Jack's flashforward that his appendectomy scar is visible.

-The story Jack reads to Aaron is from "Alices Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. The sequel to that book is "Through the Looking-Glass." Both books have many parallels to LOST - Alice discovers a strange new world where regular logic does not apply, and the passage of time is not the same. In "TTLG" everything is the exact opposite as in the real world, a mirror image.

-Now that we know what happens to Locke, the part of the story Jack reads has more significance: "Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking: `Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? But if I'm not the same, the next question is, 'Who in the world am I?' Aha, that's the great puzzle."

-So Rousseau is really, definitely dead. It's kind of funny that the only way to tell for sure that someone is dead on LOST is to see their body buried in a grave. And even then we might see them again, which thankfully is true in this case.

-It's funny to me when Juliet shaves Jack's stomach, because he has so clearly waxed it already. There's nothing to shave. Maybe it's the same Island property that keeps all the women's armpit hair from growing.

-Jack drives me crazy sometimes. Seriously, being awake during your own abdominal surgery?! That is pretty much the height of control-freakishness.

-I refuse to take sides in the Jate/Skate debate (that rhymes!) but I really like Jack and Kate together off the Island. Too bad it doesn't last that long.

-Hurley tells Jack he has a message for him from Charlie: "You're not supposed to raise him Jack." I assumed he meant Aaron, but now I wonder if he could have meant Locke.

-Another smoke monster clue - the smoke alarm starts beeping right before Jack sees his dad, wearing white sneakers in the hospital lobby.

-Claire sees Christian in the jungle and follows him. Still unanswered: is she dead at this point? How is she able to see him, and why does she so easily leave Aaron behind?

Best lines:
DANIEL: Where do you suppose all this power's coming from?

CHARLOTTE: Add that one to the list, Dan.


JULIET: Jack wants to watch the surgery, "talk me through it."

[Kate chuckles.]


KATE: I'm just surprised he hasn't taken it out of himself by now.

4:11 Cabin Fever

See my original post on this episode here.

-Emily Locke goes into labor at 5 (almost 6) months pregnant; the same gestational age Ben was when he was born. According to Juliet, women who conceive on the Island die at this same point of their pregnancies.

-When Sayid and Desmond wake up in their bunks, Desmond speaks so tenderly to him that it kind of sounds like they're in love. Makes me laugh every time.

-Smoke monster alert! Mrs. Locke starts lighting a cigarette and the nurse says "You can't smoke in here." Right after that, Richard Alpert shows up at the window. Mrs. Locke seems to be lying when she says she doesn't know who he is. Has she seen him before?

-It's so cool that we know now why Richard was there in the first place - because Locke told him to be.

-In season 5, Richard says that he is able to live the way he does because of Jacob. Could Locke now be the same after his death (which Jacob revived him from) -existing outside of time?

-Inside the cabin, Christian tells Locke that he's not Jacob, but he can "speak on his behalf." Is he telling the truth?

-Still a big unknown - what is Claire's status? Why is she acting all drugged? After watching season 2 again I noticed that she is behaving exactly the same way in the cabin as she did in "Maternity Leave" when Ethan was drugging her to keep her happy.

Best lines:

BEN: Those things had to happen to me. That was my destiny. But you'll understand soon enough that there are consequences to being chosen... because, destiny, John, is a fickle bitch.


LOCKE: He wants us to move the Island. [THUD]


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