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Lost: The Last Recruit

April 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Spoilers Here !

I don’t understand what everyone is complaining about. How was this not a good or awesome episode ? What are people expecting¬† – they would be given all awesome answers to the big questions they’ve had since day 1 on a big island-sized platter ? How would that make for exciting TV ? One of the things I love about Lost is not knowing what the hell is going on, having to work my brain inside out trying to make a theory out of something, anything. And so, yes I loved this episode of Lost, like I always do.

The best part was of course the intense chat between Jack and Smokey. Wow ! One theory confirmed ! While I was re-watching Lost from the beginning (for the third time), I theorized that the apparition of Christian Shephard could be Smokey – trying to kill Jack OR trying to lead him to water. But why would Smokey want to lead Jack to water ? Because he wanted the castaways to survive. No, he needed the castaways to survive. Why ? Because when the plane crashed, he knew he had just found his loophole. And thus began his elaborate plan to get Locke off the island and get him killed somehow. And when he returned, he oh-so-easily assumed his form. So everything that happened to the castaways on the island was part of the elaborate plan of Smokey to get off the island (or whatever it is that he wants to do, if not leave the island). Cool, huh ?

So here’s the thing – if the Candidates are supposed to take Jacob’s place and if Jacob is the “good” one (of course if Smokey is evil), and if the Numbers represent the candidates, then the numbers should be good too, right ? Wrong ! Apparently, the numbers are cursed. Here’s how the story goes –¬† A guy on a listening post in the Pacific hears a voice through the static repeating the numbers over and over again. This guy was Sam something. This appears in Season 1 “Numbers”. He uses the numbers to play a game and wins money. Only, ever since then, things start going bad for people around him. As for he, himself ? Nothing bad happens to him. He gets lucky. But then he kills himself. Then, Hurley uses the numbers to play the lottery and wins, causing bad things to start happening around him. Rousseau’s ship comes to the island in search of the source of the numbers. And nothing good happened to her or her crew ever since. So the numbers aren’t good. Which means the candidates don’t represent something good. Does that make Jacob bad or evil ? Hmmm. Don’t know. But cool idea, right ?

Also, why would Jacob send a transmission of the numbers ? Rousseau said that the numbers were being transmitted from the Radio Tower and that later on she changed the transmission from the numbers to her distress call. Unless, it wasn’t Jacob who sent the transmission, it was Smokey. Oh interesting ! Provided the cave in the cliff featured in “The Substitute” really did belong to Jacob, Smokey could have read the numbers from the cave. He then knew that those were Jacob’s candidates and that if he could kill Jacob and kill the candidates as well, then he would be free. So in order to call the candidates to the island, he sent a transmission as a signal. And if Smokey is evil, then his evilness could be transmitted to whatever he does, including his transmission of the numbers ! Wow ! I spend way too much time theorizing about Lost. Not to worry though – its gonna be over real soon. Serious withdrawal is coming soon !

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Lost : Happily Ever After

April 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Lost: Episode 10: Happily Ever After: Review

Spoiler Alert !

Spun my head, but Wow ! This season is gaining momentum fast ! Each episode is more mind spinning than the previous one. And each week I say – “This is my favorite episode of this season so far !”, only to see the next episode and say the exact same thing for the next episode. But that’s good news for us fans. This week’s episode was ingenious. It made me realize that the writers of the show are not going to disappoint us after all and that they actually know what they are doing. I had started having doubts after Ab Aeterno – not that I started disliking the show. But the course the show was taking led me to believe that the rest of the story was going to be all mythical and a good vs evil battle in the end. That to me would be a total disappointment. I wanted it to be more than Jacob and the MIB. What about all the talk about electromagnetism and energy pockets and time traveling ? The reason I liked the show was that it mixed together elements of science and mythology. But the last 2 episodes rebooted my faith. At the end of the package, I realized that the writers are still thinking about electromagnetism – when Zoe asked Jin about the pockets of energy and some grids on the island, I said “Yay!”. And then we saw Desmond and more of him this week.

Ah “Happily Ever After” ! We learned about the connection between the island world and the Sideways world. Not so much the true nature of the connection – but that there is one. I heaved a sigh of relief. So the Sideways world is not a hypothetical world after all. I always thought that it would be a massive waste of fans’ time and thought if the Sideways world was a mere “What if” scenario. But its not. I rejoiced when I saw Daniel Widmore bring his journal with his physics equations that he had no idea what they were. I read “Imaginary Time” scrawled in his journal. Wow !

I need to re-watch the episode to refresh my memory about the details of the episode, but I remember the most significant parts. Daniel saying to Desmond “What if this is not the life we were supposed to lead?” Now that thought scares me. I felt like saying to them – No, you don’t want to reverse time and go back to the island world somehow. Why ? Because Daniel Faraday – you are dead there. Because Desmond – you are almost dead there. But the most interesting part to me was that people in the Sideways world were able to remember some bits about their island life. As if they realized, upon provocation, that they lead some other life somewhere else. And now Desmond wants to make everyone else realize the same thing. Try to make them remember their island life.

More interesting – Eloise Hawking, who is by the way one of my favorite characters on the show, seemed to have an idea about the 2 different existing worlds. She knew. And she wanted to prevent Desmond from realizing that, prevent him from meeting Penny, prevent him from choosing the same path in life as he did in the island world. As if choosing the same kind of life as the island world would be dangerous somehow. Is it then that the MIB/Smoke Monster has been somehow contained/restrained in the Sideways world, and the only way to ensure that he stays contained is by living the life that our characters are living in the Sideways world and not poke their noses in their life in the island world ? Did our characters, with help from Charles Widmore (who I believe is a good guy and is on Jacob’s side) manage to do something to restrain the MIB somehow, in the process submerging the island, creating a new timeline and changing the entire lives of themselves ? Confusing ? You bet.

So lets say that the Good guys on the island defeat the MIB, but cannot kill him, so they find a way to keep him trapped somewhere. Then with the help of electromagnetism and Desmond, they create a new timeline. Now here’s the part where my mind spins – Daniel faraday said to Desmond that he thinks he already detonated a nuclear bomb – indicating that the Sideways world was created as a result of the nuclear bomb. But it cannot be as simple as that. Because in that case – the lives of the Oceanic 815 people would change from the moment of their flight. How ? Well – if the nuclear bomb worked as we think it did, then no Swan station = no Hatch = no Desmond forgetting to push the button = no 815 crash. Thus they would have suddenly found themselves on the plane with a weird feeling. And their lives would have been different from then on. But we see in the Sideways world that their lives have been different from the start. They made different choices in their lives pre-815. Sawyer is a cop, not a con-man. Locke’s dad did not push him from the 8th floor. Ben is a school teacher and not on the island. So whatever they do to defeat the MIB changes their entire lives and causes the creation of the Sideways world.

I think I’ve rambled enough. I need to give my poor head a rest now. Everybody loves Hugo – next week. 6 episodes left. I’m already mourning.