Thursday, April 13, 2006

"Lost" Season 2 Episode 19 - S.O.S.

Ahhh yes. The Rose and Bernard episode. I'll admit it, I didn't think they'd ever give the intriguing subplot of the happy couple any flashback time, that is until I listened to the official Lost Podcast earlier this week! And the result? We got another fantastic episode to add to the Lost Lore. Not much to talk about with respect to hidden Easter Eggs in the episode, but I'm sure we'll find SOMETHING to talk about. When you're as long winded and rambling as me, you always find something! So here we go!

Henry and the Hatch

This guy is getting creepier and creepier as the weeks go by. And clearly he is definitely getting to people. He's driven Jack out on a rampage to try and set up a trade for Walt. And he's driven Locke to madness on the importance/unimportance of entering in the numbers. And the best part about it all? He said only 6 words this week, but they will resonate with Lost fans for who knows how long? (maybe the rest of the series?) If you want to hear more about the man behind the fake Henry, Preston and Steve had an interview with Michael Emerson yesterday. He is a resident of New York, and there's a good chance that he may be stopping in for the Lost Finale Party that P&S are setting up. Anyway, he lets some goods out by the end of the interview (nothing hugely spoilerish...but a sign of things to come....a sign of where all these episodes are building towards) Just click on the link and listen away!
  • "They'll Never Give You Walt" - That accompanied by a laugh was Henry's money line of the week. This accompanied with Zeke's "We're gonna have to take the boy" from the season 1 finale, reinforces the fact that Walt is one special kid. And from what we saw of him last season, he seems to have some crazy abilities. Of course it could be all coincidental. Some of the text on the map we saw a couple weeks ago was Latin for Polar Bears. So, maybe Walt didn't create the Polar Bear from reading Hurley's Spanish comic book as we previously thought. Maybe he didn't make a rare bird fly into his window in Australia and die after reading about the very same bird. But these seem way too coincidental if you ask me! Hey I'm still wondering why we've never revisited that crazy coconut juice that Locke put on Boone's head and made him hallucinate and see Shannon die in season 1. Of course....I wonder if this is related to why Boone and Shannon are dead now? This is what happens when there's not much to talk about in an mind starts to wander! But seriously....I hope all of those things aren't red herrings and that we'll be getting back to them! And as Michael Emerson tells us in his little interview, the producers already have things plotted out for 2 seasons in advance. They are expecting someone that has already left return in 2 years! That's crazy! (obviously, it will probably be in a flashback..but still! Yes...the producers promised us that no people will come back to life after they have died! The podcasts are a good time!)
  • My big question is....if we DO see Walt again this season or the next...we're supposed to believe that only 2 months have passed. Walt is going to hit his growth spurt and his voice is going to change. Are we supposed to assume that it happened in these few months that he was away? Anyone see him on "My Name Is Earl?" his voice is a bit deeper now! But hey...maybe people age quicker on the mystery island where paralysis is cured and cancer goes away! We'll get to that in a bit.
  • So Henry is definitely getting to Locke with these numbers. We see Locke this week trying to recreate the map and getting frustrated in the process. This boy is looking for some serious answers and direction. Supposedly, I read somewhere that he was writing on top of a book with French Writing. I don't know if anyone has translated this yet. But if I find anything, I'll post it in comments later.
  • And Henry is definitely getting Jack impatient with his lack of information. You have to think that Henry told Jack and Locke of the concept of the "TRADE" for a reason. Is this all one big elaborate setup by the Others? And if that's the case, is Rousseau part of the conspiracy (since she captured Henry and told them that he will Lie for awhile). Not to mention that we saw a Rousseau trap in this episode, but the bait was a doll! If it wasn't Alex's doll, then was it one from the Medical Hatch (the baby room?)? I'm getting ahead of myself.... but we have to think that we saw that doll for a reason. Either way it looks like that doll was pretty beaten it had been there for quite some time.
  • Ana Lucia was messing around with something in the hatch, was that a Can Opener? A "Jack" in the box? What in the world was she doing? Just thought it was worth mentioning, I have no answers.
  • One more thing about Henry. Anyone see the previews for the next episode? Looks like Henry has been leading them on to how weak he is. It looks like he makes a violent move on Ana Lucia.....with Ethan-like strength. ooooh fun!

Rose/Bernard's crazy lovefest

  • Ok, the big reveal of the night: Rose had Cancer. Had being the key word, because now she believes that she's cured. This explains a bit why she's been so positive yet mysterious since they've crashed on the island. And it might explain why she's married to the teacher from Growing Pains! She had a 1-year limit on life and Bernard was a Bachelor for 57 years!
  • And we also saw the linking between Locke and Rose prior to getting on the plane. And Rose saw Locke in that wheelchair! Someone KNOWS his secret! She also suggested that Locke's current leg injury would heal in less than 4 weeks. (I checked the episode last week again, and Jack actually said "a couple weeks")
  • So we're meant to think that there's some ultimate healing power on the island. Let's look at some of the crazy miracles that supposedly have happened since coming to the island
    - Locke was cured from paralysis
    - Rose was cured from cancer and certain death
    - Unconfirmed - Jin is now able to pro-create. From the look on Sun's face at the end of last night's episode, I'd say we're still not sure about this!
    - And let's not forget the crazy Miracle of Jack fixing his future wife Sarah. This was off the island but it still happened.
    - Is Libby no longer insane? (we need more information on her still)

    I still am a firm believer that nothing is as it seems. I have been saying all of this season that I think Locke was somehow meant to think he was paralyzed when he never really was. Maybe Rose was meant to think she had Cancer? She says she feels different. But that could all be from the shock of Locke walking on the island. Same with Hurley as we learned last week. I mean, DAVE certainly looked real with all the stuff he was throwing at Hurley, didn't he? Maybe Hurley was meant to think that he was delirious when he never was. It's all speculation, but it would certainly be an explanation of how people are reacting to the Island. Plus I like to be different than the common theories where people just think that the Island is a miracle! Sure, the Dream theory and Purgatory theory come into play here too. But if they're already dead...why is Locke injured? And if it's a dream? well it's not a dream! lol...yeah a Dream theory would resolve everything, but it's not going to be that easy!
  • So, let's put aside whether the miracles are real or not..what does this all boil down to? Some people do NOT want to leave the island. As Eko said while building his Church (confirmed!), "We are all found in different ways." Yeah that wasn't verbatim, but we get the gist. And is Charlie trying to repent for his recent sins by helping out Eko with the Church? Now that Bernard is on board....he's almost embarrassed of even trying to create the S.O.S. sign with the .....ummm...."BLACK ROCKS!" Was that just a play on words there or is there significance that they used rocks of the same name as Rousseau's ship? I'll vote for play on words. But someone said on the radio this morning...that when the camera panned out at the end to show the unfinished sign, the rocks were in the shape of a Frown :-( If I find a picture later, I'll post that too!
  • Was anyone else looking for as much detail as they possibly could in the Rose/Bernard Flashback? I laughed listening to Preston and Steve this morning as they were talking about trying to read Rose's license plate in the first scene. I was trying to also! I think the only thing we got from that is that they met in New York. But we could've been able to tell that from them eating on the American Side of Niagara Falls a bit later when Bernard Proposed.
  • So what else did we learn in the flashbacks? Well, there was that whole Faith Healer scene. And the guy's reaction seemed very similar (not as freaky) as Claire's psychic when he did her reading. The healer just washed his hands of the whole thing because the energy wasn't right. Some other kind of energy was needed to cure Rose. Magnetic Energy perhaps? ahh who knows? It's all fake anyway, right? lol
  • Not exactly Bernard/Rose related but we can expect some backlash from the revelation that Jack now has a gun. Sawyer is quite aware that Charlie had a gun....but is not aware that he lost it to Ana Lucia who has now given the gun to Jack. And it looks like Jack's threat "when I need the guns, I'll get the guns" will come to reality in the next episode.

The Jack/Kate Reconciliation

  • Yes, the moment everyone's been waiting for. The moment where Jack and Kate ALMOST get together! We've never seen that before! In all seriousness, this was a fun and interesting storyline tonight. We had the whole Return of the Jedi scene where Chewie (Kate) falls for the bait and puts our heroes into a bind. And of course this intentionally puts our lovelorn anti-couple in a forced intimate scenario where they had to shoot their way out of the trap. We've already discussed the validity to if the trap was indeed set by Rousseau. I don't think we have enough information at this time to know for sure what the deal is with the doll.
  • We finally got a scene that helps answer the any of these people talk about things going on? For instance, the finding of the Medical Hatch. Apparently, the ladies kept this discovery to well as the finding of the theatrical outfits that the Others were wearing (or at least Zeke aka Mr. Friendly was sporting). This caused the inevitable argument between Kate and Jack where Jack has been ignoring Kate and didn't even tell her about their little Hatch Guest.
  • It was revealed that Jack's theory about he and Kate going to the jungle to propose the trade was a safe move because both of them are NOT Wanted by The Others. And as Kate said...They are "damaged goods" This harkens back to the LIST that the Others Have and who they are trying to recruit. And we must not forget that baby Aaron is on that list and of great importance!
  • Just for laughs...I thought it would be worth mentioning that the idiots roaming around the message boards have nicknamed the Jack/Kate potential couple in Bennifer fashion with the term "JATE" It's things like this that make me hate my obsession with pop culture!
  • And of course what would be a JATE section of the blog without talking about the whole Kate :"I'm sorry I kissed you," Jack: "I'm Not" almost kissing scene that is cut off by a noise in the jungle? there we go...we discussed!
  • Speaking of that noise in the jungle...for some reason I caught on immediately who our mystery runner was going to be. It just sounded like someone was RUNNING away from something and not TOWARDS our heroes. And what did our cliffhanger reveal? MICHAEL'S BACK! But is he back as the same Michael we've known in the past? I'm not so sure. Based on what we see of the next episode....Michael is telling them "I saw the others....they are unarmed....we can take them!!!" Guess who else is unarmed as he stumbled upon Jack and Kate? Yep, Michael did not seem to have his crazy rifle with him. Here's my guess on what's going to happen. The Others promised Michael that he would get Walt back if he helped set up a trap for his fellow survivors. We already know that all that Michael wants is his son back and that he will do anything to get him back. Little does Michael know that the others will NEVER give up Walt. Either looks like May Sweeps is shaping up to be one exciting group of episodes!
The Musical Montage!
  • Has anyone missed these? It's been so long since we ended an episode with the crazy music playing and the happy little scenes of people just chilling. This one was all about the couples.... Bernard/Rose happy to be together on the island, Sun/Jin excited about their eventual parenthood (except Sun's look of despair), Hurley/Libby and shadow puppets, Claire and Aaron, Sawyer and his main squeeze, Vincent! (yes we finally saw the dog again!), and then of course Jack and Kate and their almost kissing scene.
  • Here's a crazy thing that some people have caught onto. And I have no patience to determine how accurate it is at this time. But has anyone noticed that most of the music that we hear on Lost are performed by people that have died? Not only died, but in plane crashes for some of them. Glenn Miller a few episodes back, Mama Cass in the Season premiere, I believe we heard John Denver in a flashback. Patsy Cline was another. Tonight's? Otis Reading's "These Arms Are Mine." I am intrigued by this and may dig into it a bit more. But I thought it would just be worth mentioning here.

One final crazy thing to mention folks (and I'm pretty certain THIS time!). There will be no NEW episode until Wednesday May 3rd. There are 5 episodes left to air including the 2-part finale on May 25th. Which means we have 4 weeks of new episodes left. Next week will be a rerun. April 26th will be a recap episode. And we'll return with our adventures after that. So with that....I will bid adieu for the time being. Hope you are enjoying my crazy and ridiculous theories. I'm sure I'll have a bunch more when we resume and view the final episodes of season 2 leading up to the EXPLOSIVE CATASTROPHIC (as rumored) Finale! Have a great day!

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

"Lost" Season 2 Episode 18 - Dave

Am I starting to sound like a broken record when I say the word "WOW???" I mean, I did not expect anything from tonight's episode, but it may have been better than last week's mega fact revealing episode! It was OUTSTANDING! Oh, and I guess we can stop watching the show now because they revealed EVERYTHING! As predicted, yes, the whole time we've been watching it's all been a coma-induced dream that Hurley is trying to wake-up from! I TOLD YOU ALL! HAHAHA.... Okay...obviously I'm joking. But I did love how the producers have a very good sense of humor and address everyone's crazy theories in a tongue-and-cheek way on the show. But it may have been more than a joke. It may have been a red-herring to throw people off track of the REAL mystery behind the island. But even in an episode where they addressed the "it's all a dream" theory, they satisfied local Philly Listeners of Preston and Steve by addressing that there IS a Starbucks on the island (or there is going to be according to Charlie) on the SAME night that Kenny Rogers was on American Idol! (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, you need to start listening to P&S, or 93.3 wmmr in philly Thursdays after a new episode around 8:20/8:30) All of these things cannot be a coincidence! So there were a lot of crazy moments that we will try to capture below. And, I'm sure it will lead to some of my half-baked theories and further theories based on those theories which will ultimately be totally deemed ridiculous by a future episode. But that's the fun in LOST! Here's the ABC Recap...
let's get down to business!

Eko's Pet Project
Alright, so we've seen Eko marking trees, asking Locke for a saw and now he's building something. Simultaneously, isn't Sayid building something too? And Charlie is present for both. A few things to take away from this little scene (aside from the Charlie Starbucks comment)

  • When Charlie shows up, Eko dips his hands in water and makes the sign of a cross. Is this due to what he is building or because CHARLIE is pure evil? Or something else? Either way, with such a small scene there had to be some significance.
  • Best bet on what he's building? A Chapel of course!!! He better get moving if he wants to get it done by the time the season's over!

Hatch Business

There were pretty much 2 scenes that dealt with following up with the Henry Gale saga that hit an all-time cliffhanger last week. Hey I'm glad they gave ANY screen time at all to it instead of making us sweat it out for another week while they gave Hurley the spotlight. And these brief scenes were absolutely chilling. I think I held my breath through them all. Here's what we found out:

  • Locke has a hairline fracture and has to stay off his leg for 3-6 weeks? (I forget exact number). Obviously, there are direct parallels to his wheelchair days and he lashed out at Jack for even suggesting a wheel chair. But no fear! There were CRUTCHES on the plane! (I mean, how couldn't there be? There were TARPS in there too for all of their shelters!) My question is, is he really going to be stumbling around through the end of this season and most of next season? With the way time "FLIES" on this seems that he would have to. Maybe they're really pushing for Terry O'Quinn to pick up that Emmy this year for his outstanding Limp Acting. If they don't get it this year...there's next year too!
  • Henry (he told us to keep calling him Henry!) stirred the pot a bit more with Sayid coming very close to shooting and killing the man, had not Ana Lucia stepped in. That was some intense stuff. What we learned in this sequence is that Henry is DEFINITELY one of THEM. And he, like Zeke, referred to "HIM" who will KILL him if he told the castaways anything. Ana asked if it was "The Guy with the Beard" (don't get me started on the fact that Ana Lucia never saw him), and Henry said "He is nobody compared to HIM. WE are nobody!" If you remember, Zeke was a bit scared of this guy too. Is it too obvious to think they're referring to Alvar Hanso? (speaking of which, on the lost podcast the producers mentioned that is currently under construction and is going to come back BETTER than ever! I'm sure it will tie into an upcoming episode If that link doesn't work it's also referenced on the right side of the blog under "links")
  • The big shockers happened when Henry started answering my questions from last week. The best part about it is...we don't know if he's still lying or not! All that keeps coming back to me is Rousseau's comment that "He will lie......for a LONG time." Anyway, he tells Locke that he didn't push the button and he explained everything that happened when the clock went down to zero. And was crafty enough to explain it exactly as Locke and only Locke experienced it before. (Henry knows what Locke saw and heard because he heard it all from the closet). Henry suggested that NOTHING HAPPENS when you don't push the button. He suggested the whole place was a joke. And that the clock just reset and the MAGNET MOTOR sound just stopped. So this raises more questions. Is Henry trying to convince Locke that nothing happens so that he tries NOT to push the button so that something happens? This would imply that Henry DID crawl through the pipes to reset the clock and NOT activate the Blacklight for Locke to see the map. So then the other question he telling the truth and adding value to Walt's Reverse Ghostly Commentary from the season premiere when he said backwards "Don't Push the Button, The Button is Bad!"? friends, did you really think I'd have an answer? Stay tuned for next week.
  • But one thing that WAS shown was that Locke DID try and defend Henry in front of Jack as we predicted. Henry's primary goal seems to have been (and continue to be) to get inside everyone's head and cause conflict, primarily with Jack and Locke.
  • Henry made some OTHER interesting comments to Locke about how GOD cannot see the island. He can see it just as well as the rest of the world can. This harkens back to when Michael, Sayid, Jin and Walt were on that raft at the end of last season and they saw that the island was HUGE yet uncharted on any map. So is the Island non-existent to the rest of the world? In the words of Charlie early on in the series..."Guys, Where are We???" Yes, along with Hurley's Dream explanation, the "God is not here" type conversation takes us into Purgatory terrain again. But come on....these are all red herrings! The producers are well aware that this type of explanation would ANNOY everyone who is addicted to the show. And THAT is why they keep shoving them in our face! Good times. On P&S they made reference to the Philadelphia Experiment where magnets were used to cloak a ship (I believe this is a true story of sorts?) and what happened is the ship was crossing into different dimensions thereby making them invisible to the known world. This whole concept of Interdimensions has been a common theory since the beginning of the series. But I still have to hold onto the concept that whatever the ultimate answer will be explainable to the masses that aren't CERTIFIED NERDS like me!

The Hurley Show

Yeah, 90% of the episode was about Hurley and look at everything I talked about from the 10%? Very smart show indeed. So we finally uncovered why Hurley spent time in a Mental Institution, and we also got to see his budding relationship with Libby. Naturally, this sparked many of our interests as we've continually thought Libby was either a plant by the OTHERS, or a Clinical Psychologist at Hurley's Mental Institution (which would explain why he thought he knew her), or BOTH! Well the ultimate shocker was waiting for us, wasn't it? We'll get to that last!

  • So we got more insight on the food drop. And I'm sure we are meant to look into the irony of when Hurley dumps his stash of food, there is more waiting for him. But Charlie ("Mr. Insightful this week") mentioned exactly what we came up with last week....that the lockdown occurred to keep people from knowing how the food arrived. I still am confused how 40 something survivors wouldn't hear a plane fly overhead and drop off the supplies. And naturally, we're meant to be confused as Sawyer referenced Fantasy Island and called Charlie, Tatoo by even asking if anyone saw "Da Plane!" Ahh good times.
  • And we learned more about why Hurley is continuously fat. It's part of the guy's eternal problem. Didn't help that he was having visions of Kristen Davis's husband from Sex and the City who was convincing him to eat more. Ok, seriously. Who didn't catch on that Dave was a figment of Hurley's imagination. Once we saw him on the island wearing the same thing as he was wearing at the Basketball game (which nobody even acknowledged his existence) it was as clear as day. I've seen way too many M. Night Shayalaman movies to be fooled by this trick again. (Sorry if I just ruined the 6th Sense for you. You should've seen it by now!) But even after they revealed that Dave was an imaginary character 3/4ths of the way through the episode, they still made us question the validity of it as he tried to convince Hurley of how real he was. And you never know, maybe the producers WANT us to be proud of ourselves for figuring out that he was fake by revealing the fact that he ISN'T imaginary and these images were planted into Hurley's mind by the meds he was taking. Ahhh who knows. Funny how DAVE didn't start showing up again until now...when Libby is on the same side of the island and spending time with Hurley, isn't it? Ahh...the wheels are turning..sorry folks!
  • Okay, so Hurley's doctor is the Senator from the X-Men movies. This is kinda a small role for him wouldn't you say? He has to be involved more than in these little scenes. I'm still an advocate that there have been people watching our castaways from early on....plotting to bring them to this island for the experiment. If it's not the Doc, then maybe it was LIBBY! (or both!) we're not there yet! hold on!
  • Anyone notice the picture behind Hurley in the doctor's office? Yup, it's AN island! Don't know if this is just a little joke or if it holds any significance. I'm sure believers of the DREAM THEORY will claim that this is why Hurley is dreaming of being on an island. I'd lean towards the fact that our Doctor is in on the plot! But that's just how my ULTIMATE THEORY is shaping up. It's all a big conspiracy! Who's with me??
  • So they love throwing numbers at us, right? the Deck that hurley collapsed was built for 8 people (NUMBER!) but had 23 people on it (ZING!). And 2 died...woaaaa...2? That's not a number! lol
  • What else. How about that sensual scene where Hurley ate the peanut butter off of the leaf? Was that nasty or what? This guy definitely has a binge eating problem. I'm glad that they're turning the weight thing into part of the show's deep mythology instead of it just being a running gag.
  • Hurley beat up Sawyer and screamed every nickname that the redneck ever gave him! That was a good time. And as Preston asked this morning, who HASN'T punched Sawyer yet? That's a damn good question. But Hurley was looking for his crazy meds. I'm still confused to why this hasn't been an issue until recently. And that's where Libby comes in!
  • Yes, the Libby/Hurley relationship arc is starting to heat up. And who hasn't been waiting for this? It's on the lines of the Ross/Rachel rollercoaster the way they've been hyping it! Okay, so I'm kidding. I think we've seen glimpses of the two hanging out doing laundry or talking together ever since Hurley told Charlie he was going to make a move. But these scenes were enough to make us ponder the significance of Libby's past. And boy I hope we get a flashback. And if we don't get a Libby flashback, then I will STILL be convinced that she is ONE OF THEM too! But yes....Libby and Hurley have crossed into KISSING TERRITORY as she used her "Clinical Psychology" expertise to ween Hurley from the edge of the cliff and explain to him that "I AM REAL!!!" But there's one little tiny teeny thing that Libby didn't mention.
  • SHE'S A NUTJOB!!!!!! Yep, the final scene as we see Senator X-men guy taking a picture of Hurley and his non-existent buddy Dave.....there's LIBBY! And she's not a doctor as we she's a patient! And Boy did she look crazy! As the LOST title BOOMED onto the screen...I think I let out a loud "GOD I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!" I mean, for sure, I thought we'd see Libby in the institution...but never in a million years did I think she was a patient! So, in the great tradition of Lost questions, I must ask "WHAT DOES IT MEAN???" Well, if I go with my theory that she is "ONE OF THEM" Then we can look back at earlier episodes where Kate found theatrical glue for Zeke's beard and his hat and all that wonderful stuff. If they are truly ACTORS and ACTRESSES...she could be pretending to be crazy to keep tabs on Hurley or Leonard (the numbers guy)....they all could be in it together with the Doctor to ensure Hurley gets on that island and is certifiably fat and crazy! Or we could just go the angle that LIBBY is truly crazy and is impersonating a Clinical Psychologist on the island. This would make sense with all the shady looks she's given anytime someone has asked her what she does for a living. But then how does this explain her getting Claire to have visions of what happened in her 2 week getaway with Ethan? Ahh lots of stuff to ponder....and I think we should do just that.

So another great episode last night...and it looks like we continue with the new episodes next week as JACK goes crazy and runs into the jungle looking for Zeke. Anyone want to put money down that we have our 3rd Jack Flashback of the season next week? I did the math last night and every main star on the show has had a flashback this season......unless you count LIBBY as a Main Star. We've had our traditional multiple Jack and Locke flashbacks and got a 2nd helping of Hurley this year. I'd assume we need another Kate and Sawyer before the season's end. And I'm still holding onto hope that we get to see an episode that deals with ISLAND LIFE PRE-CRASH....with the OTHERS and Desmond and the whole bunch! The producers hinted at it....and I'm holding them to their word!

Anyway, I see people are getting less shy about posting comments here and I encourage you all to do so. There is so much to talk about on this show, and you all have your own insightful theories and opinions. I look forward to hearing from you! Have a great day.