Love Triangle (optional Square) Developments
- Obviously the biggest thing we learned was that Bernard likes Phil Collins. Nice payoff to Sawyer and Kate discussing Mix-Tapes. Also a nice reminder that Bernard and Rose ARE still on the island. This is probably because they will be resurfacing in an upcoming episode.
- So we learned a little more about Kate's attraction to both Sawyer and Jack. It would seem that every time Jack chooses the OTHERS over Kate, she aggressively runs into Sawyer's arms. Some might even say she is "USING Sawyer" for what she can't have with Jack.
- Loved the Kitchen scene and the Ping-Pong scene where Kate and Sawyer were respectively acting like they were in high school trying to cut the tension with Jack. Only to see their frustration when Jack doesn't even care! (but who are we kidding? He cares!) The big question is..what's going on with Jack and Juliet? Is Jack really attracted to her or is he under the ol' "Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer" mantra? We have to hope this is what's going on. And I have faith that it is!
- Favorite Sawyer line "You guys playing who's your favorite OTHER?"
Speaking of the Ping-Pong between Sawyer and Jack...that was a good time. Always like seeing these two competing in some way. But things are definitely a little too lovey dovey between these two right now. That can't last, regardless of Sawyer professing his friendship to Jack at the end of season 2! Something tells me this Kate tension is eventually going to create some friction between Jack and Sawyer again!
In Desmond's past we follow his journey to becoming a monk and learn exactly why he is trying to become one! Some interesting tidbits below!
- Lots of discussion about the Moriah Vineyards wine. Desmond learns a lesson about sacrificing and being tested. The story is of God asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac in order to prove he will go to the greatest lengths to serve God. Moriah was the mountain where this occurred. It parallels Desmond willingness to Sacrifice Charlie to find Penny. But in the end, he couldn't. And my Old Testament memory is a little hazy, but I don't think Abraham really DID sacrifice Isaac. It was merely just a test. Kinda like Ross being willing to drink the fat for Rachel! (Yeah...I don't usually pull in Friends references, but that was a good one, wasn't it?) Also, if you want to get technical, the label of the wine says Eddington, Scotland. Apparently this town doesn't exist. I don't think that really matters! But the year says 1995, this was 9 years before the crash and 6 years before Desmond went on his sailing expedition and ended up on the island.
- We also learn that 1995 would only produce 108 cases of Moriah Wine. (there's that lovely number again!)
- Probably worth noting that we know now why Desmond always calls people BROTHER. He was almost an official member of the Brotherhood of Monks!
- It would seem that the theme of Desmond's life is running away whenever he sees a new opportunity. It is driven into his head that he is destined for great things. We see the pattern repeated when he returns to his ex-fiance Ruth and explains why he left a week before the wedding. The strange thing that happened here was that he said he looked up and asked (God?) if he was doing the right thing. Then a piece of his timeline is missing and the next thing he recalls he is lying on his back in the middle of the street with a monk reaching his hand out to Desmond. The "lying on his back" and "time missing" started making me piece things together. Remember when Desmond turned that Fail-Safe key....the next thing HE remembers is lying on his back in his Apartment with Penny reaching her hand out to him. Are we meant to thing that this was another instance where there was some kind of flux in time? Maybe this is another event where Desmond will end up going back to redo something? But according to him, he's ALREADY experienced it? We get more into the time travel stuff in the next section...It's driving my head bonkers! But I thought this was worth noting. But I guess we're meant to believe that there was a series of events that Desmond ran away trying to discover what great thing he is destined for. And we are meant to believe that pushing that button is the great thing he is running towards. Left Ruth for the Monastery, left the Monastery for Penny, left Penny for the Military, left the Military for Prison, ran away on a sailing trip to prove his worth to Penny's father....ended up on island to push the button. Now he is in the SAVING lives business. Crazy stuff! It would seem that Desmond's life is safe for season 4 because there is much more left to explore with this guy!
- Thought it was interesting when Ruth said to Desmond it was a good thing a "SHEPHERD" didn't reach his hand out to help him up. Anyone else thing of Jack Shephard? And remember when Desmond helped Jack up at the stadium? Then said "You have to lift her up, Jack" referring to the infamous ankle? Not sure if it was tied together..but it would seem so, wouldn't it?
- And of course the little easter egg in the final discussion between head monk and Desmond shows a picture on the monk's desk. The picture shows this monk with the crazy lady that knows the future from the Jewelry store! The picture is very photoshopped, but I'm guessing this is because they only casted this lady for the one episode and didn't bring her back in for a picture. So what does this all mean? Is it a large conspiracy to instill in Desmond a sense of purpose? Are they all in on this bending of time? Or their mission to get him to the island? Or is it just another case of lives crossing in the past? I would say there is some significance to the Monk and Clock Lady's relationship. And now it would seem that this lady IS a real person and wasn't just in Desmond's head.
- As we stated before, we also see Desmond meet Penny after getting kicked out of the brotherhood. They hit it off immediately and the love story for the ages begins!
Well everyone has heard the expression "Catch-22." Everyone might not know that it was inspired by Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22. I could get into crazy details about what the book is all about, but honestly, I forget! (plus, I only saw the movie version!) Here's the Wikipedia Synopsis. Basically, I recall that the story takes place during WWII about a pilot who crashed on an island. But the story is revealed to us out of order and from different character perspectives! Sounds a little like the show LOST itself doesn't it? I believe this episode was simply meant to be an homage to the novel. Plus, the expression "Catch-22" is often used to describe a "No-Win Situation" which is what we find Desmond in the middle of when he has to choose between saving Charlie and finding Penny. Let's dive in!
- Loved Desmond's method of getting the First Aid kit from Jack. Why wouldn't the doctor take a look at Desmond's ankle? Because Desmond took care of JACK's ankle when they were running the stadium steps in their Pre-Crash lives. Thought that was a crafty little reference.
- Some funny moments. Everything revolving Jin and his love for Camping. "Everybody Loves Marshmallows," Jin telling a horror story in a woman's voice, the Superman vs Flash Discussion between Hurley and Charlie, all good stuff!
- As for Desmond's flash forward, we got to see one of these actually occurring. He pretty much saw the whole scene of Charlie dying and then just brief glimpses of what led up to it (like pieces of a puzzle as Dezzie describes). This must be how ALL of the flashes work for him. He was convinced that Penny had come to rescue him. We were reminded of the season 2 finale when Penny says to Desmond "With enough money and determination you can find anyone." Still no real information on HOW these flash forwards are occurring. We are still meant to believe that he has lived through this all before. Or has he? How many times would he have had to loop through his life to have seen various versions of Charlie dying? Everytime he saves Charlie, he sees a new future vision of Charlie dying. It's almost like someone has already TiVo'd the entire Series of LOST and is showing Desmond some scenes that never made the final cut! I mean...WHAT IS GOING ON!??!! Wow...this wasn't driving me crazy last night because I just accepted that Desmond is getting these visions. Now, that I'm thinking about it again....my mind is racing! How on earth are they going to explain these visions!? I guess they could tie it into all of the OTHER visions people are having on the island. Eko, Locke and Charlie all received instructions from very clear visions about things they couldn't possibly know about. Is Desmond another victim of this? I would buy that, except for the fact that the producers have told us that he DID actually re-live some of his life again with knowledge of the future. It all has to revolve around that safe-key! And, well, I've heard rumors that before this season's end....we're going take a dive FACE-FIRST into the DHARMA Initiative and learning some serious details! Perhaps they will explain to us all how it is scientifically possible to travel through time as well as see visions of the future! (sorry for the rambling! I can't help myself!)
- Bottom Line - Desmond was so adamant about finding Penny, he was willing to let Charlie die in the process. He felt that if he changed ANY details from the vision that he wouldn't be able to get to the PRIZE (which in this case was a vision of a pilot hanging from a tree with their parachute). When it came time to make that decision though, Desmond could not resist saving Charlie.
- So how about that Helicopter? Did it really find the island? Is that really what crashed? If we go with that theory...then what made it crash? Is there still some electromagnetic force around the island that brought the plane down? Does that give Desmond some reprieve on causing Flight 815 to crash? (meaning..maybe he didnt?) Very interesting stuff, and maybe we'll get some details in the upcoming episodes!
- On the way to finding the Pilot, they discover a backpack full of goodies including a Hoola Girl and a Satellite Phone. Sayid's next project anyone?
- Also among this was a copy of the novel "Catch-22" but it was in Portuguese. Not sure if anyone remembers the season 2 finale with those crazy 2 people in the arctic tracking electromagnetic activity. They were speaking Portuguese. Are we meant to make a connection? I'm going to go ahead and say Yes! Inside this novel was that infamous picture of Desmond and Penny. Now, we only saw ONE picture taken in that pseudo Flashback of Desmond's earlier this season. How did Penny or whoever get a copy of this photo too? Is this something we're meant to harp on. I'm going to go ahead and say "I don't know!"
- So After all of the Charlie rescuing and clue following is finished, we get all excited at the possibility that the Pilot IS Penny (come on, it could never be THAT easy, could it?) We rip away the helmet...and there she is. Who is it? Woaaaa......It's Sanjaya Malakar fresh off of an elimination from American Idol! Well it makes sense...he WAS in L.A., right?! Okay okay...in all seriousness, who is this lady? Well, for now, we have to assume she has connections to Penny and is, in fact, Portuguese. We have to assume she had the picture to ID Desmond and that's why she knew his name. Of course, there is always the skeptics in us that also cannot rule out that it's those crazy OTHERS or some other FACTION on the island messing with poor ol' Dezzy and giving everyone false hope of rescue. More to come on this as we close up season 3!
Pretty great episode wasn't it? Well, we all have our favorite characters. Can't help myself...Loving the Desmond! Maybe some people are a big fan of Jin and Sun. Well, we'll be revisiting them next week! And, as predicted early in season 3, Juliet being a fertility doctor will directly affect Sun and her pregnancy. Now, the big question on the table... Did Sun conceive PRE-CRASH with Baldy#2? or did she conceive POST Crash with Newly Fertile Jin? The answer is coming folks!
As stated before, it's that time of year when we have to be pondering who will be leaving us this year. We have to think about whose stories are coming near completion. Who is expendable? I could name countless others that could be killed off by the end of the season. Charlie's name is floating out there with the whole Desmond premonitions thing. Possibly Sun with the pregnancy. The big question is are Jack, Locke, Sawyer, and Kate invincible at this point in the story? One would really think so. I would also throw Hurley and Claire into the safe zone. And well....they better not be getting rid of Jin! The dude has been funnier than Hurley this season! And like I said before, Desmond better be sticking around too. He seems very important to the entire mythology of the show and his love saga with Penny seems to be just getting started. But what do I know? So who does that leave? Juliet? (she's getting a lot of praise for her role on the show....are they really going to kick her off?) Ben? (possible....if we learn who Jacob is...Ben's role on the show may become meaningless) Tom? (more probable...ever since he was revealed as a non-bearded goon of the others....his role seems less important) Parachute Lady? (oh yeah...she doesn't seem to be a mainstay!) Then there is the question of Michael and Walt. We are told their story will resume in season 4. But Harold Perrineau has just been cast in another TV show. What is going on??? Anyway....just thought I'd do some pondering. Feel free to post your own thoughts on who is the next to go!
Okay...upcoming Flashbacks for the remainder of the season. Highlight over the text below if you want to read!
- April 25 - 3x18 - Jin/Sun
- May 2 - 3 x19 - Non-Traditional Flashback..no particular characters. And a huge season 1 mystery will be revealed. Remember, this is when we're revisiting the Locke/Locke's dad story
- May 9 - 3x20 - Charlie
- May 16 - 3x21 - Ben
- May 23 - 3x22 &23 - Jack
Pretty exciting stuff! That's all I have for this week. Hope everyone enjoyed the ramblings. Please post comments and I'll see you next week!