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Lost: Dr. Linus

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Spoiler Alert !

Another episode ended 2 nights ago. And I was laughing gleefully when I saw the last few moments of this week’s episode. Of course Dr Linus had zero action (physically) compared to last week’s Sundown – but it had plenty of thematic and emotional and story-building action, which left me saying Wow ! again. As the title suggests, this was a Ben episode. But we  have learned that titles can be misleading (Remember last week’s Sundown ?).

I don’t know which world I enjoyed watching more – the island world in which Ben is a fallen leader and now at the mercy of Ilana for his life or the Sideways world in which he is a humble school teacher who cares deeply for his students. I am biased towards the island, since I love “the beach” and all scenes that are portrayed there. Season 1 is still my favorite season, so I always gravitate to anything that reminds me of the castaways’ initial struggles to survive on the island. There was one common thing between the two Bens – both were lured by the forces of evil to do something, well evil, for a position of power. While island Ben was lured by the “evil incarnate” Smokey to kill Ilana and join his gang at the Hydra station so that he could assume the responsibility of Island Leader again, Sideways Ben was lured by the prospect of having a position of power in his otherwise petty existence as a history teacher by blackmailing Principal Reynolds. In both cases he had to do something “evil” – be it killing Ilana or killing Alex’s career. And to my joy he redeemed himself in both worlds ! The scene in the Principal’s office when he comes to drop off a sign-up sheet was mesmerizing. As Ben entered the office I was afraid that he had acted like Ben and given up Alex for his own gain (as he had done in the island world). But to my surprise Alex came and raved about the awesome Letter of Recommendation that the principal had written for her, followed by the entrance of Principal Reynolds. Yes he was still the principal. As Ben left the office I was struck by the portrayal of a familiar character in a way I had never expected. Seeing Ben walk away from the office was an immense emotional experience, since we are so used to watching the character as a lying manipulative power-hungry man. That scene made me feel that all was right in the world again. But then that has been the theme in the Sideways World – each character we have seen so far (except Sayid) has made things right in the Sideways world. Locke is not angry and has accepted his crippled life and even has the love and support of his fiance Helen, Jack let go of his father issues and bonded with his son and now Ben chose the right path instead of the path he chose in the island world. But even on the island, Ben chose the good gang instead of the evil one lead by Smokey. This episode was in extreme contrast to the previous one – last week I felt hopeless for the Island and everything looked dark and ominous. This week though was all about warm feelings and things going right for some time.

Then there was Richard Alpert. The man lost his faith in Jacob and called Jacob’s touch a curse. But out of nowhere Jack became a believer ! Maybe he realized while looking out at the ocean that he was meant for something bigger. Whatever fueled his faith, he got rewarded for it and even got proof of it. The spark on the dynamite wire died off telling them that they had more work to do on the island. And so they set off to “where it all started”. Yeah !

The reunion at the beach was one of my favorite scenes in Lost. It felt very Old School. Remember how they had such reunions when we hadn’t been introduced to Jacob and the MIB ? When the only threats they had were from not finding boar, or from the Others, or Sawyer hiding the damn guns ! Good Times ! Anyway, so while everyone was happy for a while reuniting, someone was watching them from the water. For a moment I thought it was Smokey watching while traveling to the other island, but then the camera revealed a submarine and my eyes grew wide. Then there was a face, a familiar face…Charles Widmore ! He was back to the island ! I know some people believe him to be on the evil side of things as far as the island goes, but I somehow have the feeling that he is instead on the good side. I never got an evil vibe from his character. And I also feel that he is needed to set things straight on the Island again.

Last week it was Smokey recruiting members for his gang. This week we saw our very own good gang uniting. What will next week bring ?

Lost Season 6: LA X (Premiere)

February 4, 2010 1 comment

WARNING: Mega Spoilers Alert ! Do NOT read if you haven’t seen the season premiere of Lost…unless you don’t mind missing on the edge of your seat viewing experience.

Review:

The season premiere of LOST finally aired yesterday amid much hype and anticipation. And boy was it awesome! The first couple of minutes blew my mind away. Of course we didn’t really get a lot of answers (not that I expected that anyway), instead we got another big pile of questions and mysteries. There was so much to discuss in the 2 hr episode, that it would take me days to analyze all of it. So I’m just going to go over the most important (according to me) bits –

Bit # 1  :   The Opener

The episode opened with the view of a plane cruising through the clouds and Jack speaking the same words he did on the original 815 (Lets call it 815.1). The first odd thing I noted was that Rose says to Jack “It’s normal”. If you remember, it was Jack who said those same words to Rose on 815.1. At that moment I thought that they reset the time thanks to the bomb. But more important that the characters’ lives seemed inverted. Bernard returns from the toilet, Jack is nervous, Rose is not, Hurley is not “cursed” and considers himself the luckiest man alive. That hinted towards a new timeline being formed in which things happen the other way around. Hmmm…interesting. And then the view panned out to the clouds and we were taken deep beneath the ocean where I spotted some Dharma cottages (my heartbeat quickened), some more familiar island things, and then…a giant foot ! I gasped ! The island is submerged, destroyed, gone…WHOA !

I seriously think that that might just be the coolest and most awesome scene in Lost yet.

Bit # 2  :  Island Reality Post-Jughead

Ok, I found it really funny to watch Kate hanging from a tree post-blast (or whatever happened). I’ve found a lot of people talking about how anything could survive a hydrogen-bomb explosion. Here’s what I think – There was no explosion. The bomb did detonate (Thank you, Juliet), but did not explode. Now, I’m no nuclear scientist or physicist, but in a pure theoretical form I think that the bomb simply negated the electromagnetic energy emanating from the Swan site. It might not make any sense at all – since we do see the island submerged, which could have been due to the Jughead exploding. But it makes sense to me (for now) that the bomb detonating + pocket of electromagnetic energy = No explosion and No electromagnetic energy. Instead the pocket of energy would get nullified. But that doesn’t make much sense since the DI built the hatch anyway, which was found by the survivors post-Jughead (in the same imploded situation as they left it). I don’t know what really happened there.

What I found intriguing were the few Juliet’s lines – “Let’s go for coffee sometime” – it didn’t seem that she had gone crazy (remember Charlotte ?). But it did look like she was onto something – like she knew that time had been reset somehow and they were off the island somewhere (like is shown in the no-crash scenario). It’s like she knew that an alternate reality was taking place and maybe she was alive in that reality. Which would explain why she wanted to tell Sawyer something really really important – that “It worked”. I’m fairly certain that she was referring to the alternate reality when she said that.

Bit # 3  :  Pseudo-Locke is the Smoke Monster

Frankly, that one didn’t surprise me at all. I was expecting that anyway, as did a lot of you. And there were clues to that effect in the season 5 episode
“Dead Is Dead”. But it was still pretty cool to see Smokey after a long time and apparently it doesn’t like ashes. The coolest part of that scene was Locke saying “Sorry you had to see me like that” ! Haha. That was fun !

Bit # 4  :  The Temple

So Jacob is really dead ! Did not see that one coming. I expected him to get resurrected somehow. One of the most popular theories currently is that Sayid would be resurrected as Jacob. It is possible but my gut says No. My gut has been wrong before in Lost.

I loved watching the interior of the Temple and finding that some other Others live there. Maybe these Others (Others.2) are a super-special-skilled class who have been selected to protect the Temple. And the pool was cool too. I think that the reference to the pool water being murky somehow reflects upon Jacob being dead. What came out of Hurley’s guitar case was cool too. And of course, then they found out that Jacob was dead and began preparing to protect the temple, covering the perimeter with ashes. I would really like to know what is so special about the Temple that Smokey/MIB/Pseudo-Locke wants to be there.

Bit # 5  :  The No-Crash Scenario

This was really fun to watch. My eyes were glued to the screen all the time. I think that this is an alternate reality that might end up being true/real as well as the island reality. The survivors might do something to reset everything and destroy the island in the process. Hence we see the island submerged and things happening differently for the characters. Some of the most notable things-

  1. Desmond is on the plane somehow and later vanished.
  2. Shannon is not on the plane and has decided to stay in Australia instead.
  3. Kate is still a fugitive. And ends up being in Claire’s company.
  4. Charlie almost dies and says that he’s supposed to die.
  5. Boone interacts with Locke and says that in case the plane crashes he’s sticking with Locke.
  6. Christian’s coffin is missing along with his body.

It seems like the same group of people are congregating together as they did on the island. Boone with Locke, Kate with Claire, Charlie almost dying. It’s like fate is making things happen the way they are supposed to. Destiny trying to course-correct (Hawking’s words). Charlie HAS to die, Kate HAS to be with Claire and raise Aaron ?, Boone HAS to be with Locke somehow, Christian’s body HAS to be lost somewhere…

I might be totally wrong but this made for some really fun and interesting watching.

Bit # 6  :  Smokey wants to go home

Apparently, Richard has met Smokey before when he was in chains ! Awesome ! Smokey wants to go home…I’m guessing the Temple. And he’s very disappointed with the Others ! What does he want them to do ?

All in all, one of the best episodes ever ! Looking forward to next week. Not looking forward to the withdrawal I’m going to go through after May.

Did I miss any important bit from last night’s premiere ?

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