Anybody surprised by Sawliet? It’s not the couple that shocks me, it was the whole “I love you” thing. I didn’t expect them to be so serious. And it’s nice that Sawyer swore off Kate, but I think that might have just been a setup for some internal struggle. [sigh..]
So they’re stuck in Dharma times. 1974-1977, I hope we get flashbacks during that large gap. What we got tonight was a great setup for a fun little era. The Dharma era on the island isn’t the most unknown of the islands mysteries, but it’s a large span and we can be sure that a lot will happen. A lot already did happen, we got to see the dynamic between Dharma and the Hostiles, we saw a few of the Dharma crew at work, and any parts with Horace are fun. I can’t say that I like the new girl, Amy, but maybe when she stops crying I’ll like her more (it’s very unusual that I’m not liking a new character).
But who really cares about Dharma when we got to see the four toed statue in all it’s glory. I don’t want to go too deeply into my theories about it here, skip to the end if that’s all you care about.
This episode was a great example of a setup episode. There have been a lot of setup episodes over the course of the show, and not all of them are good. They seem to postpone the action and excitement until the next episode. This episode has a balanced amount of both setup and story development. 7.5/10.0
-I think “Son of a Bitch” is Sawyer’s new catchphrase.
-Sawyer has enough authority to “speak for Horace”. That’s impressive. And the other security guys were actually afraid of him. It seems like he’s got a pretty good setup there in the Dharma village.
-Sawyer was head of security, but he wasn’t part of the group who worked at The Arrow. I wonder if he learned any of their secrets.
-I’m surprised that Sawyer got over Kate so completely. His confidence will obviously be tested in the next episode, but I’m still surprised he was able to say that.
-Interesting thing, you know how we think of Juliet as an Other, or at least a source of info about The Others, we can now think of Sawyer, Miles, Juliet, Jin and maybe Daniel as Dharma Initiates, or at least sources of info.
-I’m surprised that Juliet didn’t see Amy’s trap at the fence coming. I wonder if she knew that the fence could be turned down, or if she knew about the earplug trick.
-Poor Juliet seems to think that she’s the problem when women die during childbirth. In fact, it’s possible that Juliet might have lost another mother and child during the three years.
-I am so shocked that Juliet didn’t leave. I have been steadfastly behind her desire to leave the island. She was the one person who I expected to leave, and yet when she had her chance she stayed.
On a side note, how great would it be to live in the 70s? I would have so much fun.
-I’m fine with Kate and Sawyer together, but I really don’t want to see Juliet get rejected again over Kate. That would hearbreaking
-Daniel’s grieving is tragic. You can see his logical mind working against his will. He doesn’t want to tell Charlotte what he knows he will tell her, that she must leave the island and if she comes back she will die.
-I’m glad finally stopped trying to explain time travel, “Whatever happened, happened.” They can try to do what they want, it doesn’t really matter.
-I’m very curious about where Daniel went, he never showed up in any of the “3 years later” parts. We saw him checking out the Frozen Donkey Wheel in the premiere, perhaps he managed to turn it and get off the island. Or maybe he turned into a crazy hermit, that would be fun.
-I didn’t even notice that the only two plans were to go to the Orchid or the Beach. I guess it’s true.
-I’m really surprised that Miles managed to stay sane around that many hippies for so long.
-I wonder what Jin’s job was that allowed him to gallivant around the island looking for the 815 survivors.
-I’m so happy that Jin can speak English, what a relief.
-Jin’s the probably the only person who has seen the four toed foot and it’s full statue. Maybe Richard too.
-The Dharma Initiative had alarms for everything, even Richard had his own alarm.
-I would think that seeing Richard would comforting for the leftbehinders. A constant, of sorts. (While we’re thinking about constants, Richard would be a great Constant.)
-Sawyer, “your buddy out there with the eyeliner.” Poor Nestor, he must get really sick of that joke.
-Did Sawyer just con Richard? He used the truth but he still handled him.
-I’m surprised that Richard didn’t try to recruit Sawyer.
-It’s great to see Horace again.
-Now that’s how you light dynamite, stick it in your mouth and light it like a cigarette. (BTW did anyone see that 30 Rock where the kid on the telenovela got his head blown up [offscreen]. That was hilarious.)
-What was Horace trying to accomplish with the dynamite. Was he trying to break the truce or was he trying to get Smokey to come out. Perhaps those are Smokey’s trees, maybe he was going to blow them up later. The point is that blowing up trees is a very specific way of acting out, it’s not what one normally does in a drunken rage, there must be something else going on.
-So many surprising leaders this season. First Pierre, then Richard now Horace.
-Horace wouldn’t admit to knowing what the Black Rock was.
-What happened to Horace’s other wife?
-I really don’t like this actress. She’s just so sad looking.
-When the group ran up to Amy and Paul’s picnic I figured it was going to be Ben taking Alex from Rousseau.
-You can really see Amy get suspicious when Juliet recognized the Sonic Fence. They do look like undercover Hostiles or something like that.
-Earplugs, that’s all they need?
-I think Amy must know the truth about Sawyer and everyone, I can’t see any other reason why she’d want Juliet to deliver her baby.
-Were we supposed to care about Paul? I didn’t.
-Charlotte was so close to being safe. Maybe if she could have stayed alive for a few more hours she might have lived.
-Daniel said that Charlotte moved on and they stayed. That’s not what I would think would happen. I would expect them to move on and Charlotte to stay. I’m not sure if that makes any sense. But if there was one last time skip then wouldn’t Charlotte’s body have been left in the past? That’s not really how he phrases it. Maybe her body was sent to the future, 2004 (maybe 2005 now).
-Charlotte was a very cute little girl, still no sign of her dad though. It certainly wasn’t Daniel.
-That’s nice that Sawyer didn’t actually have to think that Locke was dead. After time stabilized they all believed that he succeeded and was off the island.
-Sawyer told Richard that he’s waiting for John Locke to “come back”. That would probably really make Richard think Locke was meant to be a leader on the island.
-There’s no way that Kate went back for Sawyer, right?
Flashes (what we know now):
Four Toed Statue
I think we can all agree that the statue is Egyptian. This matches the heiroglyphics we see on Ben’s door and at the Temple. It’s holding at least one Ankh and is in the one foot in front of the other pose. Also the use of an Ankh as a prop in the show was another obvious hint, I don’t think that it means that Paul was important or anything it was just a clue.
The real question is which god was the statue of. It’s unlikely that it’s a statue of a man or a woman, it wouldn’t be holding an Ankh if it was, and it’s more likely that the arms would be crossed if it represented a dead human. So it’s almost definitely a god. Which one? I’ve narrowed it down to two.
The first and most obvious choice is Anubis. Anubis is the dead and undead. He’s the go to guy for mummification and he enjoys bringing people back from the dead. It seems likely that the writers would want us to think about a god who has the power to resurrect people. One of the things that makes me think it isn’t Anubis is the lack of ears, Anubis has a jackal head, and Egyptians tended to give Jackals, and therefore Anubis, huge tall ears. This statue does not have ears.
My second choice is Horus, for less interesting reasons. Horus is more of a character rather than a god. He is a god, but his story is more important than what he represents, he’s the sun of Isis and Osiris and there’s a huge story about him and his parents and Seth and it’s not nearly as exciting as you would expect. The reason why I like to think that it’s Horus is that it draws attention to Horace Goodspeed. As you probably know, I think Horace is important. It’s a pretty big leap but I think it’s a possible reference. The statue of Horace wouldn’t have a hawk face, which seems more likely. Also Horus was eventually made the god of the sky and subsequently the sun. As the sun god he should have had a huge disk on top of his head. This statue obviously lacks that. But what it does have is a bowl shaped thing, when I first saw that thing I thought that it looked like a good place to have a signal fire.
(I still have no idea why the statue has only four toes.)
What do you think?
I never thought the Truce would be so significant. Dharma has a truce with The Hostiles, not terribly surprising, but it seems like both Richard and Horace want to break that truce. Three years ago Richard seemed intent on breaking it, and now Horace is going all crazy and trying to start a commotion.
The truce seems to be, you don’t hurt the Hostiles and they don’t hurt you, Dharma seems to be the weaker group. Sure they have the Heavy Ordinance, but Horace seemed unhappy to pull the trigger on that one.
Mr. Doctor, with the funny glasses, says that women always deliver on the mainland. I wonder if they knew something about the baby delivering problems.
That’s all beside the point though, Amy gave birth and neither she nor the baby died. So I guess it was safe to have children during the Dharma era. Perhaps the Purge was the point when that changed. Maybe after that point Jacob, or some other entity, stopped allowing babies.
When Horace heard that Richard might be able to find the bodies of the dead Hostiles he tells one of the Dharma guys, “Call the Arrow, tell them we’re at condition one, take the heavy ordinance, and make sure the fence is at maximum.” That’s a lot of vague info.
In the premiere Pierre told us that The Arrow was used to create defensive strategies against The Hostiles. You could say that they were creating a security system. Heavy Ordinance could mean any number of things, but putting the sonic fence at maximum seems to imply one thing, Smokey. Could the Heavy Ordinance be the activation of Smokey? If Dharma had the ability to control or at least trigger Smokey that would explain how Ben summoned it in season 4.
I’ve been thinking about Radzinsky for a while now. He was the guy who killed himself while in The Swan. I’m worried that it’s going to be one of the people who go into the past. The most likely, an most tragic, choice would be Daniel. I could see him going crazy down there and shooting himself. SO I’m really hoping that we meet someone named Radzinsky real soon.
All I really want to say here is that I think the leftbehinders would have fit in better with the Hostiles. They seem more enlightened than the Dharma people. Also they end up winning in the end, so it might be good to align with the winners. I guess seeing them murder Paul would have been a turn off though.
There’s no new episode next week! Wow, didn’t we get a promise about that kind of thing? Nah, I don’t really care, a week off would be nice.