Monday, November 23, 2009

3:9 Stranger in a Strange Land, 3:10 Tricia Tanaka is Dead, 3:11 Enter 77, 3:12 Par Avion

3:9 Stranger in a Strange Land

I've somehow lost my notes for this episode, which would be more of a problem if it weren't the WORST EPISODE EVER. Achara is slutty. Jack is personality-less. Juliet's trial and subsequent branding seem completely out of place and there's no follow up on them later on. We could skip this whole episode and nothing would be taken away from the season as a whole.

The one observation I can make is that the idea of Achara's tattoos defining who a person is fits in with a larger them on LOST about self-definition. Do we have the power to decide who we are - as Locke would put it, "Don't tell me what I can't do!" Or is everything we do fated by the person we are, whether we like it or not?

Also, Sawyer and Karl's little "man chat" in the jungle was fun.

Sorry, that's all I've got. Moving on...

3:10 Tricia Tanaka is Dead

This is another episode that doesn't add much to the overall story, but I have to admit, I love it. I love Hurley, and there are some nice light moments, which is so enjoyable on a show where light moments are relatively rare.

-The meteor hitting Hurley's restaurant is simultaneously horrible and hilarious. Seriously? A meteor? Lostpedia reports that it was the most expensive scene the show has ever shot. Worth it!

-Hurley's mom cracks me up! When she says "I have needs" and Hurley cringes I cringe along with him. So funny.

-The scenes with Roger Workman's skeleton also crack me up. Now that we know how his body got there it shouldn't be funny at all - he was a bad father and had a terrible death - but it's funny anyway, especially when his head falls off. Funny/horrible, just like the meteor.

-Sawyer is in rare form with his nicknaming - Jin-bo, Jumbotron, Jiminy Cricket, International House of Pancakes, Skeletor - all classic.

-When they get the van running and drive it around the meadow it's one of my favorite scenes ever. It's so happy and fun, in a place where not a lot of happy and fun happens.

Best lines:

SAWYER: Slate. Like on Little House?

KATE: What?

SAWYER: Little House on the Prairie? Laura Ingalls used to write on this little chalkboard at school.

KATE: [laughing] You call it "Little House"?

3:11 Enter 77

-Sawyer calling Paulo "Zorro" made me laugh out loud. Ditto when he says to Nikki "Who the hell are you?" Exactly what all of us are thinking, Sawyer.

-Rousseau says "I'll wait for those of you who survive." She's kind of a Debbie Downer sometimes. (Wah wah.)

-Mikhail says the Dharma Initiative wiped out the hostiles, but we now know it was the reverse.

-I love how Locke just can't resist that chess game waiting on the computer. Once a gamer, always a gamer! Is he really playing against the computer, or is he really playing against an unidentified person?

-Why in the world do Kate and Sayid drink the iced tea Mikhail gives them? That's not very smart, and they are probably the two smartest characters when it comes to these types of situations.

-Sayid's flashbacks with Amira (the woman he tortured during the war) are somewhat forgettable, but I found it very moving this time. Even though I knew he was lying, I SO wanted to believe Sayid that he was telling the truth, that it wasn't him who tortured her so brutally. You can tell he almost believes it himself.

-It's Bea Klugh! Weirdest minor character ever! I was wondering what she and Mikhail said to each other in Russian, and here's how Lostpedia translates it:

MS. KLUGH: Mikhail! You know what to do.

MIKHAIL: We still have another way out.


MS. KLUGH: We cannot risk it.


MS. KLUGH: You know the conditions.

MIKHAIL: There is another way.

MS. KLUGH: They captured us. We will not let them to get into the territory. You know what to do. That's an order!

MIKHAIL: We still have another way!

...and then he shoots her. I do wonder why Mikhail asked Sayid to shoot him. Is it because he can't die? Or does it take 3 times to really finish him off?

Best lines:

LOCKE: I’ve played a lot of computers and I’m pretty sure they don’t know how to cheat. That’s what makes being human so distinctly wonderful.

3:12 Par Avion

-I'm probably being slow again here, but I had never connected the title with Claire's message which she sends "Air Mail" by attaching it to a bird. (Although literally "par avion" means "by airplane".)

-I had almost forgotten that we got a big reveal in this episode - that Claire is Jack's sister. Very Luke and Leia! But at least Jack and Claire didn't have any romantic interactions. Ew.

-Mikhail says that Kate and Locke aren't on "the list", which was made by a "great man". It seems that he's referring to Jacob, but in season 5 we saw Jacob visit both Kate and Locke - and we are led to believe that he is the one who brought them to the Island. Is it possible that "Jacob's list" as we understand it wasn't actually created by Jacob at all, but forged by Ben? Ben says Jacob has never spoken to him, so that explanation might work.

-One detail that bugs me: Australia has universal health care, so they would not have needed Christian's money to fund Carole's stay in the hospital. We forget that it's only in the US that an accident can bankrupt a family. OK, I'll step down from my political soapbox now.

-Here I go, nitpicking again - but if Kate, Sayid, etc could just climb over the top of the pylon and avoid the sonic fence's wrath, why couldn't the smoke monster just go over it?

-The only reason Kate is the first one to climb over the fence is because Jack and Sawyer are not around. They would never stand for that! in the world is Mikhail still alive after hemorrhaging blood from his ears?

-Claire working in a tattoo shop mirrors Jack's recent tattoo shop experience.

-Christian tells Claire she shouldn't keep her mother alive just because she feels guilty. Is Jack's guilt what brought Christian (and maybe even Locke) back to life?

-It's such a creepy moment when they watch Jack playing football with the Others, and being all buddy-buddy with Juliet. What the what?

Best lines:

CHRISTIAN: Claire, Claire listen to me. Do not keep your mother alive for the wrong reasons. Now there is hope and there is guilt. And believe me, I know the difference.


CHARLIE (reading Claire's letter): To whom it may concern, we are survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. We have survived on this island for 80 days. We were 6 hours into the flight when the pilot said we were off course and turned back towards Fiji. We hit turbulence and crashed. We’ve been waiting here, all this time, waiting for rescue that has not come. We do not know where we are, we only know you have not found us. We’ve done our best to live on this island. Some of us have come to accept that we may never leave it. Not all of us have survived since the crash, but there is new life too, and with it, there is hope. We are alive. Please don’t give up on us.


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