Thursday, May 04, 2006

"Lost" Season 2 Episode 20 - Two For the Road

Should I start with my trademark "WOW" this week? Yeah, I think it's "Wow" worthy! Another spectacular episode! But I'll put the shocking ending and twists into the "We should've seen it coming" category. I'll get into the explanations of why in our favorite post-Lost Day analysis session below. But even when we should've seen it coming, I still didn't and I still LOVED it! But before we get into that fantastic discussion, let me just revisit something I said in the last blog:

"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. "

Hmmmm....Something to think about as we dive deeper into this week's episode. Here's the recap for you crazies who missed the show. Oh and also if you don't have itunes or TiVo and still missed the show. ABC.com is letting you watch the latest episodes of their big shows online FOR FREE! (the catch? you have to watch commercials! But with LOST, it might be a good idea! I'll get to that in a minute!)

ABC Recap: http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/episodes/220.html
Watch Episode: http://dynamic.abc.go.com/streaming/landing

Well it's tough to break this episode into categories because all of the sub-plots were interweaving! But I'll give it a shot!

The Flashback

So everyone's favorite character to hate is back for another round of flashbacks. Of course it really didn't seem like her flashback at all. The main story for Ana Lucia was a tale of redemption for shooting the man that killed her baby. And she went on a whirlwind (seemingly pointless) trip to Australia to find herself. But the main point of the flashback seemed to revolve around getting more information on Jack's Dad (Christian, is it? Let's just call him Jack's Dad). Apparently, he has had quite some interaction with the survivors of Flight 815. Kinda makes you wonder if HE is one of the masterminds behind the whole thing! (oooh the chilling "hallucination" that Jack saw of him early in Season 1 comes to mind!) As soon as I saw him recruiting Ana Lucia to be his bodyguard (after she quit the Police Force to become an Airport Metal Detector Inspector (yeah I just wrote that for the ridiculous rhyme scheme)) for this crazy trip to Australia, I was hoping we were going to get to see how Jack's Dad met his death. But alas, this will be saved for another season. Instead we got to see the steps that led up to Jack's father being on the greatest Drunken Stupor of anyone's life and his run-in with Sawyer (which we saw in a Season 1 Sawyer flashback) at the random bar in Sydney. So what did we see and/or learn in this flashback?
  • Jack's Dad went by the alias TOM and he gave Ana Lucia the name of "SARAH." Now did everyone catch that Sarah just happens to be the name of Jack's Wife? (well...ex-wife at the time) Well if you didn't, now you know! And did you see the way he said "we'll call you Saaaaarah" ? Okay, he may not have said it like that, but it seemed like there's a bit more to that story. I wonder if the "OTHER MAN" in Sarah's life might just be Jack's Dad? We thought Desmond for awhile, and we should find out more about him before the season's end. But, based on all the Jack flashbacks and all of his problems with his Father, this would just add another level if Sarah was involved with both of them. I know, I'm just going off one word that he said, but it was pretty effective! Why would he call Ana Lucia, Sarah? Was he really looking for a bodyguard for this trip? Or was he looking for something from Ana Lucia that Sawyer got in this episode instead? (more in a bit on that!)
  • More trivial numbers stuff. Ana Lucia's Cop Car had the NUMBERS on it.
  • Also Patsy Cline was heard on the Radio "Walkin After Midnight" Lost loves their Patsy Cline. And once again we are reminded that patsy ALSO died in a plane crash!
  • Was this the first flashback that took place IMMEDIATELY where another flashback left off? I'm thinking it was. Because most of the Season 1 Flashbacks dealt with how each survivor ended up on Flight 815, and their next flashbacks went further into the past. But, Ana Lucia's first flashback was further back, and THIS one dealt with her getting on that plane. A little meaningless Trivia for you there. But hey, you never know when this stuff will show up in an upcoming edition of LOST SceneIT! And thanks to me, you'll be ready!
  • Okay, so the whole confrontation with the lady in Australia at the house. Obviously, there is more to this story. The lady kinda resembled Claire and Jack's Dad was saying that he had a Daughter and that he pays the mortgage on the house. Rumors are that the lady might be Claire's Mom...making Jack and Claire half-bro/sis's....but don't hold any weight to that just yet! But then again, why would they introduce a major plot point that Jack's father has a Daughter and that Jack may have a potential Step-sister, if she WASN'T on the island? And by process of elimination, who else could the daughter be? Kate? eewwwww I don't think so. Sun? (that's funny!) The other thing is that Claire is the only native OF Australia in the main cast. And her mother probably lives in Australia too! Yeah...for someone who doesn't want to hold any weight to the rumor, I'm sure going out of my way to convince everyone that it's true! Ever notice when I write these blogs, that I am thinking up this stuff as I write? If you didn't, now you know!
  • Just as a confirmation that Jack's Dad was heading to the same bar he talked to Sawyer in, we see Sawyer run into the car door as Jack's Dad was getting out. "Hey I'm walking here!"
  • As I said, this was a tale of Redemption for Ana Lucia, and an effort on the writer's part to make us feel sympathetic to what was about to happen to her on the island. But she was inspired in the Airport by Jack's memorable speech about getting his father's body on the plane with the Airport Check-in Lady. We found out that Ana Lucia DID know a bit more about Jack before she ran into him at the bar. Naturally, she didn't know that Jack was talking about the same man that she was "bodyguarding" around. Anyway, she called to apologize to her Mother (chief of police) and that she wanted to come home. She knew that she had killed a man in cold blood and had finally found herself.
  • And just a question to end this section of the blog with. Why was Ana Lucia really needed as a Body Guard? To protect Jack's Dad from a potential mother of one of his children? This again, makes me think that he was just looking for an excuse to bring a girl with him (whom he called Sarah) to keep him company and remind him of a prior experience. Kinda reminds me of the whole situation with Locke and how he called the Phone Lady, "Helen" when it wasn't the Real Helen. The real helen left Locke because of his Daddy issues. Oooooh....and Jack has issues with HIS Dad! And Ana Lucia has issues with her MOM! It's all coming full circle! (here I go again thinking about stuff on the fly!)

Ana Lucia's Island Mission/Henry's Revelation

So while Ana Lucia was traipsing around down Under, on the island she was looking for more blood. This would be due to a confrontation with our Hatch Buddy, Henry Gale. After days of starvation and silence, Henry finally spoke out. He was apparently frustrated with Ana Lucia calling HENRY a murderer when Ana was the one who killed 2 of them. In a surprising move (well, surprising if you didn't see the preview), Henry lures Ana Lucia in and almost strangles her to death, calling her a murderer! Locke saves the day with his crutches. After this happens to Ana Lucia and after Michael outlines the plot to get Walt back (last subject area of the blog), Ana Lucia goes on an adventure to get a gun. We also had a very interesting conversation result with Locke and Henry. Here is what transpired:

  • Henry tells Ana Lucia that Goodwyn thought that Ana Lucia COULD be a good person, and she ended up killing him. More on the GOOD PEOPLE vs BAD PEOPLE. Didn't Hitler think he was doing the world a favor with his Ethnic Cleansing? It seems like the OTHERS are dillusioned (is that a word?) into this very mindset. Or are THE OTHERS truly a force of good and we've been following around the TRUE ENEMIES for 2 seasons? Thinking like this will make your head spin!
  • Ana Lucia and Sawyer have some tiffs in the jungle and end up doing some "Dancing." Man, this is the first action Sawyer has gotten in 2 seasons! (besides his graphic Kiss with Kate in season 1). While Ana probably could've just gotten away with a Kiss for her plot to steal the gun, I guess she wanted a little satisfaction too. Here's the thing, I think we've learned now, once you perform the physical act of Love on LOST ISLAND, your time may be running short! (remember Shannon?) Call it coincidence, call it whatever you want. The facts are there!
  • Ana's tale of redemption in the flashback ends with her being unable to finish Henry off. We'll discuss what happens instead, in a little bit!
  • With the Henry/Locke conversation we found out (whether true or untrue) that Henry's initial mission was to get Locke. This being prior to being captured by Rousseau. Henry says that if he fails in his mission, he will be killed anyway. The man who runs The Others is a "GREAT MAN." Hanso? Someone else? We still don't know? Hell, maybe it's Henry himself! (suggested by Preston this morning) But what we do find out is that Locke is an important man to the others. Whether they're still playing mind games with him and his whole search for answers, this is clearly the sign that John has been waiting for. We've always expected some changes of allegiance with Locke since season 1, and it looks like we may be on that path again. But Henry also calls Locke one of these so-called "GOOD PEOPLE." And actually, nothing in Locke's flashbacks suggest that Locke is anything BUT a good person who has been used by his "father." But his on-island antics have been less than honorable at times. He got Boone killed, he has lied about the finding of the hatch, he humiliated Charlie in front of Claire and all of the survivors by beating him down. Oh and he also beat up Boone in season 1 and somehow made him hallucinate in seeing Shannon die. (we touched on this last Blog, I believe) Are these all characteristics of a person you would consider good? Meanwhile, we see a direct opposite with Kate. Someone who definitely has a past life of crime who has done nothing but good things since being on the island. People can change. Finally, we saw it beginning last season, but now we are seeing the group divide. And each of them it seems will have justifiable reasons for why they change allegiances (I'm just theorizing now! This is NOT factual!)

Hurley's Romantic Plan

Seems like the Hurley storyline was kinda just thrown in here to give us a bit more Libby/Hurley time before a certain event happened. But what it did was draw a parallel to the Shannon/Sayid picnic extravaganza from season 1. Sure we got some Say Anything references to John Cusack's Boom Box woo'ing with Peter Gabriel. But we did get a couple extra tidbits here to examine:

  • Sayid suggests to Hurley of taking Libby to a certain area of the Beach where he took Shannon last season. Little does Hurley know that when Sayid DID take Shannon away, her brother Boone died. Does this suggest that when anyone that wants to have a picnic on the beach, someone will have to suffer for it? Again, nothing concrete here.....but the facts are there! Yes, and I know it would seem rather silly for this to actually be the case. But it is an interesting parallel to season 1.
  • Hurley makes a comment to Libby that if he drinks some wine he may get drunk and remember where he knows her from. Libby gave a very awkward look to him before she headed to that Hatch to grab the wine. And with us knowing that Libby was also in that Nut House with Hurley, there is still more story to tell there! So, it seems that we should not assume we've seen the last of Libby!

War Is in the Air.

I know everyone loves how I save the juicy stuff until the end. A War is brewing and Michael returned fueling the fire. Michael discusses a plot to save Walt and sends Jack, Locke and Kate on a trip to try and retrieve the guns to take on the barely armed Others to get into a "HATCH" up North! (Anyone Catch the camera panning to Locke when Michael mentioned this Hatch?) The Survivors are moving towards war and several things happened that will change life on the island forever!

  • Michael describes the others exactly how we saw them on the other side of the island, ragged clothes, barefoot, and generally worse off than the survivors. And, of course, barely armed. If you notice, the camera pans to Kate during this discussion who knows a bit more about the others and their "COSTUMES." But nothing really comes out of that.
  • Jack, against his own will, apologizes to Locke for being wrong about Henry. He said he should not have gotten in the way of what needed to be done with their prisoner. All that really seems to come out of this interaction is that Locke requests to be included in the plans from here on out. Which means that Locke is part of the plan for the WAR with the Others. Also that there should be a sense of trust between Jack and Locke.
  • Locke lies (doh!) to Jack about how Ana Lucia got hurt, after his importance to the Others is revealed by Henry!
  • Ana Lucia volunteers to stay behind and watch Henry (after she retrieved the gun from Sawyer) while the braintrust goes to get the guns from Sawyer.
  • Jack pulls a gun on Sawyer, burns the manuscript that Sawyer was getting involved in and it is revealed that Ana Lucia got a gun from Sawyer. Locke then is exposed for not being completely honest with Jack (or is he? What exactly does Locke end up telling Jack when he says "there's something I need to tell you")
  • Libby heads to the hatch to fetch the wine for her date with Hurley
  • Michael is still recovering in the hatch while Ana Lucia is trying to kill Henry but fails due to her conscience. He then talks to Ana Lucia about her situation and then, in true Michael fashion, offers to kill Henry for her. Now, we know how much Michael has developed a Hatred for these others due to them having his Son. So we are meant to believe that he WILL kill Henry once Ana Lucia gives him the gun. We should've known once he asked for the combination (Ana Lucia could've opened the door herself) to the door (18 Right 1 Left 31 Right) that this did not bode well for Ana Lucia. Yet, Ana hands over the gun, Michael says "I'm sorry" and we see where Michael's allegiance now lies. With his son. He shoots and kills Ana Lucia. As if this weren't enough! Libby is now in the hatch, with no wine but Blankets, and comes in to see what the disturbance was....BAM BAM! Two shots into the chest. 2 of our Tailies go down for the count. If anyone saw the 1st one coming, no one saw Libby's coming! And of course....Michael then opens the door looks at Henry and then shoots himself....BOOM.....LOST!

While this is a perfect ending to an episode, the previews ruin things by letting us Know Michael is okay! But what it DOES do is establish me as a GENIUS! (please refer back to my quote in Blue up at the top of this Huge Write-up). Michael performs the classic act of making this string of murders look like it was someone else's doing. That would be Henry's doing. This keeps Michael in the loop with the Survivors and provides the ability for him to lead our heroes to their certain doom. You can thank me for ruining the surprise early! Then again, some will still suggest that Michael is brainwashed. But it sure didn't look like it. It looked like he had no choice because THE OTHERS are running the show and have his Son in custody. I'll tell you another prediction of mine that may or not be shot down in an upcoming episode. Remember when we see Jack last episode screaming at the top of his lungs for the Others to show themselves? I think we will see this scene again, but from another perspective. Either that of Michael's or of the others. And we will see exactly how the Others threatened Michael with Walt for him to carry out this task. If you remember, Jack was convinced that Michael was released into the Jungle and that The Others weren't far behind. This storyline seemed to go nowhere in this episode. We can bet that it will return with more importance!

Okay, so Ana Lucia and Libby were booted off the island. In a year where it seems like The Sopranos is taking tips from the LOST Playbook, it seems like Lost was stealing ideas from The Sopranos. That idea would be, bring extra castmembers onto the show, develop relationships with them and build significance in one season only to kill them off by the end. This leaves the core of your Main Cast intact for seasons to come. This is how the Sopranos has stayed on the air for 3 more seasons than it really should've. Just keep rebuilding the cast and craftily taking them away. Of course one could argue that it is no mere coincidence that Michelle Rodriguez (Ana Lucia) and Cynthia Watros (Libby) were both charged with DUI's during their stay in Hawaii and they were written off the show due to their rifts with the cast! Does it matter either way? What a fantastic way to go! Other reasons we should've seen their deaths coming. Michelle Rodriguez decided to serve 5 days in prison for her DUI instead of community service. These 5 days just happened to be Last week when they were filming the season finale! An ABC spokesperson stated that it wouldn't conflict with the production schedule. Well now we know why! And of course Cynthia Watros is already signed up for a sitcom Pilot on CBS. So we knew her days were numbered too. But then again, we still need to learn more about Libby and her psychotic past! So who knows what will happen.

I know this is getting way too long but there is more I need to share with you!

  • This summer the producers of Lost are planning to put together an online LOST scavenger hunt. If you recall last summer, there were websites out there with easter eggs (like the oceanic airlines website) that could get you to season 2 previews and other goodies. Just something to tide us over in the weeks between seasons. But this year, they are trying to slow down our Tivo's by putting clues in commercials for this scavenger hunt. This week's clue? A Hanso Foundation commercial with the phone number 1-877-HANSORG! Good stuff. If you missed the commercial, you can catch it on the newly revamped web page (with tons of more goodies!) www.thehansofoundation.org If I'm really bored and really get into this scavenger hunt this summer. Maybe there will be something to post on the blog during the summer months!
  • Season 2 DVD Box Set will be available October 3rd, http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?
    http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=5595 This suggests that the Season 3 premiere will probably not happen until Mid-October to Early November. While it will be a painful time off after season 2, this suggests LESS RE-RUNS to deal with once the season begins. I see this as a good thing!

Okay, I went overboard this week. But I hope you enjoyed my thoughts. I'd love to hear yours so share away in the comments section. We have 3 more weeks (and 4 hours!) of more Lost to look forward to this season and then I can rest my fingers! Have a great day and I'll see you next week!

10 comments:

JP said...

Mike,

Great write up as always, As for the episode, if I may quote you, “WOW”

This morning on Good Morning America, Michelle Rodriquez was interviewed and when asked about the DUI and her character being offed her reply was that she signed her contract for LOST, it stated that her character would die at the end of the season. She also said, that she couldn’t tell any of the cast mates ahead of time and she was adamant that there was no connection between the DUI charge and her leaving the show.

GMA also showed a deleted scene. It showed Hurley and Libby running on the beach and talking about what they miss, i.e. her: bathtubs, him: his pot belly pig named Cubbie At the end of the scene, (I am sure I heard it correctly) Libby called Hurley- Harley. No wonder it ended up on the cutting room floor.

If your observation about getting action means that your time is running short, what about Jin and Sun???

Thanks again for your blog!!

JP

Brendan said...

With the 877 phone number, I think the show has now successfully reached every communication medium possible! It's not just about the water cooler anymore. That's one of the coolest things about this show.

Web sites with hidden details
Abc.com episode broadcast
DVD (for putting puzzle together)
Tivo (for details like the map)
Blogs
Podcasts
Phone numbers
What else?

And if you stretch the imagination, the show is leaking into real life with the DUI charge for Rodriguez!

Mike Vitullo said...

Aaaa Touché JP. Maybe it's because Jin and Sun are married? And maybe it's only if you're seen ON-SCREEN "in the act"??? All we saw of Jin and Sun was a happy Jin and a thumbs up from Hurley! And of course according to standard Horror Movie rules, it's only the women that are succeptable to this rule!

But yea..you got me on that one. Still crazy that both Shannon and Ana had some action in the same episode that they got shot. Crazy how Ana Lucia got killed the same way she killed Shannon too! (right in the stomach!)

Thanks for the confirm that it wasn't about the DUI charge! (even though they would say that anyway! it's probably true...which brings us back to the Sopranos Theory)

Hopefully those deleted scenes make the DVD!

And Brendan, I totally agree. They've made use of all of the mediums available to make this one hell of an interactive show. And we are all eating it right up! I need me some more LOST!

Mike Vitullo said...

By the way, I just watched the episode again.....totally missed the first time around that Jin actually returns that THUMBS up to Hurley on the beach when he's cutting up fish. HYSTERICAL!

Also...blog correction...Libby says she's going for BLANKETS (hence why she has blankets when she gets shot)....Hurley goes for the wine.

Just in case anyone still reads comments a day after the blog is posted! lol

JP said...

Mike,

FYI...

Here is an excerpt from a Howard Stern interview with JJ Abrams:

HOWARD STERN INTERVIEW WITH JJ ABRAMS

Howard recalled he met his next guest, J.J. Abrams, years ago in Los Angeles, and J.J. allowed two of his daughters to be on his show, “Felicity.” After Howard pointed out his daughters thought he was the best father in the world when they got to appear on “Felicity,” he asked J.J. how he got his start in Hollywood. J.J. told Howard he knew he always wanted to be a director, but it wasn’t until his senior year of college when he ran into an old friend who had sold a number of scripts she had written that he got motivated to do his own work. J.J. added he wrote “Regarding Henry” and “Forever Young” shortly after the encounter and has gone on to be involved with “Armageddon,” “Alias,” “Lost,” and his feature length directorial debut, “Mission Impossible III.”

SHORT TIME FOR SUCCESS

J.J. noted he came up with the idea for “Lost” and pitched it to ABC execs and they liked it so much they gave him four days to write an outline for it. J.J. reported once he did that, he was told he had to write the pilot for the show, cast it and shoot the pilot within 11 weeks. J.J. added he and the other writers knew where they wanted the show to go from the start, although he admitted adjustments are always being made. J.J. also commented that only four people know how the program will end, although he couldn’t guess when that time will come.

Can't wait for the show tonight

Jeanne

Mike Vitullo said...

Nice thanks Jeanne. A lot of that Lost related stuff JJ talked about on the Season 1 DVD. But the 4 people knowing is cool. I'm guessing it's Abrams, Damon Lindleloff, Carlton Cuse, and (drawing blank) Burk....the 4 Executive Producers of the show. Exciting stuff! I can't wait for tonight either!

Episode title is "?"
You know what that! Remember the MAP? I have chills just thinking about it!

Mike Vitullo said...

ugh..that was supposed to say "you know what that 'means'"

Miles Balzard said...

Interesting, but I still don't love Kate as a character with integrity, and I don't agree that she has left her past entirely behind her and been nothing but "good" on the island. Seems like she has questionable motivation with a lot of her decisions and is willing to lie to get what she wants. I often give physically attractive people the benefit of the doubt (a weakness that leads to much suffering IRL, I believe), but no matter how pretty she is and how sympathetic she seems to be with others, I still see Kate as being very self-centered.

Kate is obviously a helluva lot better person than she was in the past and I really do want her to end up with a good outcome (in life or in death), but she rubs me the wrong way. The same feelings go double for Sawyer, despite him getting points for being the funniest character on the show.

By the way, Mike, though the horse has long left the barn, Netflix doesn't show previews for the next episode, so it's pretty bad spoiler-wise when you mentioned them. Mind you, I always watch next-ep previews on broadcast shows because I can't resist them, but on DVR and Netflix, they're not even made available. I actually caught myself reading the one in this recap and skipped ahead before it revealed anything juicy about Michael.

Great recaps, though I will say you are quick to go off the deep end with wild speculation, oddball rumors and interpretations of obscure details! In a way, I love it because it gives me a sense of that Lost fever that gripped the nation back in its time! On the other hand, I"m glad I'm binge watching so I don't have to live with this craziness for five or six years!

Mike V. said...

You're not alone in your Kate Hate, Miles. She never bothered me (maybe until a recent rewatch), but she may have been one of the least like characters on the show (well from the beginning. I think Ana Lucia wins the prize for that lol)

I hear you on the spoiler stuff. I mentioned in the episode 9 recap (the first one I read with your comments) that I got better with that eventually. Someone called me out on it. I never considered them spoilers, and I certainly wasn't thinking of Netflix at the time since streaming wasn't a big thing back then. (of course, season 2 is when iTunes released TV shows and LOST was the first one they were doing. So, I should've had that in mind!) Anyway...just know that I got better with it. And, I didn't spoil anything TOO major in the scheme of things. lol

As for wild speculation, I sometimes didn't think I did it enough compared to some of the other theories I heard out there. But, like you I was really more into the good story being told and the great character development of the show. (At least in hindsight that's what I remember about the show) But, we all got caught up in the crazy theories at one point or another. It was a crazy crazy time! lol

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