Friday, November 27, 2009

3:21 Greatest Hits, 3:22 Through the Looking Glass

3:21 Greatest Hits

I love the narrative style of this episode, centering around Charlie's most important memories. I love Charlie (moments of past weirdness aside) and if he had to die, I'm at least glad he got such a beautiful send-off.

-I never noticed before that Rousseau has the dynamite that she got while Sawyer was killing Anthony Cooper. Very cool little detail! Although it seems like a pretty big waste of explosives just to demonstrate the plan. They couldn't have explained that without an actual detonation?

-Oh, Charlie. He's one of the characters I most wanted to have a happy ending. I hope we'll be seeing him in some capacity this season.

-Did Desmond really see Claire and Aaron get on the helicopter in his flashes? Or is he just telling Charlie this to get him to do what's necessary? I tend to believe Desmond, because I just don't think he's malicious enough to lie about something so important. I hope we'll see the helicopter rescue happen.

-I think I've mentioned this before, but in season 1 Charlie says he can't swim, and now he can. Writing error, or alternate timeline?

-As Charlie is about to jump to his dad in the pool you can hear a child in the background say "Come on, let's go Desmond!" Did Desmond and Charlie swim in the same pool as children?

-I had never noticed that Charlie's Drive Shaft ring is shaped like a compass (two arrows intersecting) - an important symbol in Island mythology.

-Charlie loses a shoe on his dive down to the Looking Glass, like Christian's corpse lost a shoe during the crash of 815.

Best lines:

JACK: So tomorrow night we stop hiding, we stop running, we stop living in fear of them, because when they show up, we're gonna blow 'em all to hell.

3:22 Through The Looking Glass

The season finales are always good, but this one is my favorite ever (so far, anyway!) The last scene is truly mind-blowing and literally changed the entire arc of the show.

-I realize he had a gun pointed at his head and was really scared, but why did Bernard tell the whole truth about where the Losties went? Couldn't he have misdirected them just a bit?

-In retrospect it's fun to see the clues that told us that the flashbacks in this episode are actually flash forwards. The newspaper Jack reads on the plane (containing Jeremy Bentham's obituary) is from April 2007. Jack's cell phone is a model that didn't come out until 2007. And the name of the funeral parlor, Hoffs/Drawlar, is an anagram for "flash forward."

-A connection I had never noticed before: off the Island Jack is repeatedly trying to make a phone call (which we eventually learn is to Kate). On the Island he's also trying to make a phone call (trying to get the sat phone to work.) The results of both calls are completely opposite, mirror images: in the present everyone is overjoyed that they finally manage to contact the freighter; in the future Jack reaches Kate and meets her at the airport, tearfully yelling at her that they have to go back.

-In his car Jack listens to "Scentless Apprentice" by Nirvana. Finally, an age-appropriate song choice!

-Why was Jack so surprised that no one else came to the funeral? Not many people knew who Jeremy Bentham was.

-Both Jack and Locke come close to committing suicide, and they are both distracted at the last minute. This also happens to Michael in season 4.

-For once Ben is actually telling the truth when he says that Naomi is not there to rescue everyone - although he conveniently forgets to mention that what she really wants is to capture him.

-OK, I know this is annoying, but I have to do some nitpicking about Charlie's death. First, how did he know which sequence of "Good Vibrations" to enter for the passcode? The line he uses is from the bridge, right in the middle of the song, kind of a weird choice. Also, why does Charlie shut the hatch door and seal himself inside the control room? He would have had plenty of time to get the scuba gear on and swim out with Desmond before the whole hatch flooded. The only explanation I can come up with is that maybe he knew he had to die in order for Claire and Aaron to get rescued as Desmond foresaw.

-Another detail about Charlie's death that has been much discussed is the fact that he makes the sign of the cross, but uses his left hand, not his right (as is proper.) It could be a mistake, but I kind of like the explanation that it was intended to be a mirror image - so many other aspects of this episode are in line with that idea.

-It is SO cathartic to see Jack pummel Ben. Ben sure knows how to take a beating.

-Goodbye Tom. See you in season 4!

-Kate tells Sawyer she wants to go back to see if Jin, Bernard and Sayid are OK and Sawyer tries to talk her out of it - much like Jack tells Kate they have to go back to help those they left on the Island and she doesn't want to go.

-The moment where we realize that the flashback was actually a flash-forward is definitely in my top 10 of LOST moments. So, so cool.

Best lines:

SAWYER: [after shooting Tom] That's for taking the kid off the raft.

HURLEY: Dude it was over, he surrendered.

SAWYER: I didn't believe him.


KATE: Jin, Bernard and Sayid, they should have caught up to us by now. I wanna go back to make sure they're all right.

SAWYER: Course you do.

KATE: What's that supposed to mean?

SAWYER: It means, Kate, there's always someone to go back for.


KATE: Saw you on the news. Still pulling people out of burning wreckage, huh?

JACK: Old habits.

JACK: We have to go back, Kate. We have to go back!


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