Thursday, January 21, 2010

5:10 He's Our You, 5:11 Whatever Happened, Happened, 5:12 Dead Is Dead

5:10 He's Our You

-Juliet is a pretty absentminded cook - she burned those muffins, and now she's about to burn the bacon.

-Phil=SO ANNOYING. I can't wait for those metal bars to shoot through his chest.

-Jack, Kate, etc were convinced they had to go back to the Island to save their friends, but it turned out that their friends were fine. They won't realize until later the real reason they came back.

-Even though we're told young Ben forgets everything that happened to him prior to being healed in the Temple, I still think he knows that Sayid tried to kill him as a child. It makes sense when he says "You're capable of things most men aren''re a killer."

-Oldham was a serious letdown. All that buildup about him being a torturer like Sayid, and he just gives people drugs in a sugar cube?

-Mirror image: in season 1, Sayid tortured Sawyer, now Sawyer is (begrudgingly) overseeing the torture of Sayid.

-Young Ben asks Sayid if he will take him to his people (the Others). Sayid lies and says yes, that's why he's there. Little does he know that he's actually telling the truth - by shooting Ben, he makes it necessary for the Others to heal him and make him one of their own.

-Flaming Dharma van! You just KNEW Ben had to be behind that one somehow.

Best lines:

SAWYER: They're gonna kill you. They just took a vote. Even the new mom wants you dead.

5:11 Whatever Happened, Happened

...or, "A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it."

-A possible inconsistency - Cassidy says that Sawyer abandoned her daughter, but what about the money he left her in season 3?

-Oh, Jack, stubborn Jack. He refuses to operate on Ben, thinking that it doesn't matter what he does because whatever happened happened. But by not saving Ben, he allowed him to be healed by the Others, which made Ben into the person we know and love to hate.

-Through their choices, Sayid, Jack, Kate, Juliet, and Sawyer enable Ben's future to happen the way it has always happened. Very interesting to me that all of them had a hand in this.

-Hurley and Miles' discussion of time travel is so funny/brilliant.

-Kate completely redeems herself in my opinion by giving Aaron to his grandmother. But I have to admit that as the mom of a blond little boy, I can't watch that scene. It's just too gut-wrenching.

Best lines:
RICHARD: If I take him, he's not ever gonna be the same again.

KATE: What do you mean by that?

RICHARD: What I mean is that, he'll forget this ever happened, and that...his innocence will be gone. He will always be one of us. You still want me to take him?

5:12 Dead Is Dead

-Richard Alpert saying "He's just a boy" reminds me of the way Widmore is always calling him "boy" in such a condescending way. It makes perfect sense that Widmore has known him since he was a boy.

-This didn't drive home with me the first time, but now it strikes me as one of the most important points of the season: there are TWO Lockes - one walking around with Ben, and one in the box.

-Ben's wig in his flashbacks is SO bad. It kind of looks like Hitler's hair, but not real. So I guess it looks like a Hitler wig.

-Now we know why Rousseau is so freaked out by the whispers - Ben tells her every time she hears them to run the other way.

-Locke tells Ben he was just "hoping for an apology." That seems to be what the smoke monster is hoping for when he judges people (like Mr. Eko.)

-Is it true that Ben has never seen the Island bring someone back from the dead? Is he lying to Sun, or is he lying to Locke?

-Widmore seems SO sure that Ben won't be able to get back to the Island. Is it because of Locke's body (the loophole) that he was able to go back?

-Mirror image: Ben spares Penny because of little Charlie, just like he spared Rousseau because of baby Alex.

-So cool that we now know the answer to "what lies in the shadow of the statue?"

-I love the symbolism of Locke and Ben entering the Temple, descending through levels, lower and lower. It reminds me of Paradise Lost.

-It's so fitting that Ben says "What is about to come out of that jungle is something I can't control" (expecting the monster)...and out walks Locke. But it's true: it is something he can't control.

-It's so interesting that with everything Ben has done, the smoke monster is most concerned about Alex and his relationship with her. This makes me think that maybe this wasn't a judgment after all; maybe showing Ben Alex was simply an attempt to manipulate him so that he would help New Locke.

Best lines:
LOCKE: If all I had to do was die, Ben, they why did you stop me?

BEN: You had critical information that would've died with you. And once you'd given it to me... well, I just didn't have time to talk you back into hanging yourself.


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