Posts Tagged ‘Dharma
Now that I’m almost completely out of time I thought I’d float out a new thought. I was rewatching the Season 5 premiere again and I noticed something interesting. Sawyer, Juliet, Daniel, Miles and Charlotte go for a jaunt into the jungle. They go searching for The Swan to verify what year it is (a useless idea since they have a flash once before they get there and another while they’re leaving). Through Locke’s story we know that at the point when they get to the Swan it is 2007, after Ajira crashes on the Island. Richard met him in that episode under “Locke”‘s direction. What caught my eye was the condition of The Swan.
Unfortunately I couldn’t embed this one like I did with the two previous parts.
ABC just posted another Mysteries of the Universe segment. This one is far more interesting than the last one.
DarkUFO recently posted a link to this video from abc.com. It’s a fake documentary program about the Dharma Initiative. So far it is mostly just stock footage with a foreboding voice-over but there are still four more videos that are going to be posted over the next few months.
Exactly six months ago Anon, a frequent commenter, posted a large-ish Annie theory on my blog. In the last six months many things have changed, so she revised here theory and sent it to me again.
Hold on to your hats everyone, this theory is a doozy (it’s actually more like a screenplay):
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So that was fun(ish).
I’ll try to start on a positive note. Jacob was awesome! Who knew he would be so likable. I kinda expected him to be quite distant and cold. But he was great. And that storyline that they started with Jacob and his nemesis was pretty epic. It’ll make for some great conflict next year (provided history isn’t erased, hahaha). New “Locke” is going to make for a very interesting villain.
That was a pretty epic reveal. It was all for shock value, it didn’t serve any real purpose except to confirm our suspicions about this new “Locke”. But really, it surprised me, and really raised the bar.
Uh oh I’m running out of nice things to say. Damnit, why did Juliet have to die? I’m back to having no one left to like anymore. This is going to be season 1 all over again. The only people I like are guest stars.
The flashbacks in this episode were slightly interesting, but they didn’t really hold my attention. The two good ones were Hurley’s and Ilana’s. The other ones were just filler. (Especially Juliet’s, what the hell was that?)
The one thing about this episode that I liked was the discovery of this new part of the story with Jacob, his nemesis and that new world. That will give me a lot of fodder for theorizing over the break. I could live without the rest of the episode. So where does that leave us? How much should I give the finale that I was almost completely unimpressed with? It can’t be less that 5, that’s not giving Jacob enough credit. but it’s definitely not more that 8.0. I’d say 7.0/10.0 A disappointing end to an epic season. (Jump to the bottom for more discussion on the score, I know many of you will be surprised/pissed about the score.)
If you’ve been reading my blog then you probably already know what I’m going to say. But let’s get on with it.
Over the last few months I’ve wrote a few Good vs. Evil posts on some the more mysterious characters. I’ve analyzed Christian Shepard, Ben Linus and Charles Widmore. In the future I’m going to write one about Jacob, but I’m delaying that one until we know more about him.
On to Ellie. We hardly knew her before this season. But this season has been all about Eloise Hawking, so let’s start overanalyzing.
I started getting very worried at about the halfway mark of this episode. By that point it was clear that the flashbacks were going to cover Daniel’s whole life and solve every mystery about him. The writers only do that when they are about to kill the character, examples: Shannon, Charlie, and Locke.
The writers had a rough time with this one. They knew that we liked the character, and they knew that it would look like they were going to kill him. First they gave him that superficial neck wound. That lulled us into a false sense of security, we though ‘hey, Daniel’s OK, he’s not going to get killed in an ironic and tragic way!’ Unfortunately we were wrong.
The writers also attempted to offset the death by pretending that Desmond was going to die. That was just a cheap shot. Desmond was my first favorite character on the show. After season 4 I downgraded him since he got his happy ending. Daniel became my favorite. In this episode they made us think that Desmond was going to die. They tried to balance our grief over Daniel’s death by giving us relief because of Desmond’s recovery. It wasn’t enough.
I don’t usually complain about Lost, it’s a great show, the best show on the air, but I’m going to do it tonight. Don’t take it too seriously. I’ll get over Daniel’s death, but at the moment I’m pissed. If there’s one thing we learned from Heroes it’s that the original stars aren’t necessarily the best characters. The Lost writers keep on killing the new characters they introduce. First Libby and Ana Lucia, that was uncalled for and still angrifying. Then Eko, I didn’t really care about this one, but it still serves to illustrate my point. And then Nikki and Paulo, I’ll give them that one, they were badly introduced and generally hated. Then Alex and Karl, these ones were at least guest stars, they were in a dangerous position. Then Charlotte, then Caesar, then Abbadon (again a guest-star), and now Daniel. If they have no intention of fully using these character then don’t introduce them, don’t write good characters. Or… better yet, don’t kill them. The only safe addition to the cast is Ben. Juliet and Miles beware. The original stars aren’t that good, I’d take Daniel, Charlotte, Miles, Libby, Ana Lucia even Nikki and Paulo over any of the original stars, especially ones like Jin, Sun, Sayid, Claire, Kate and Jack.
Despite all my bitterness I still have to admit that this episode was very well written and amazingly answer-filled. 9.5/10.0
I don’t know why I didn’t realize this after Daniel “left”. When Jack, Sun and co. were down in the Lamp-Post with Ms. Hawking she said a strange little line, she said, “a very clever fellow built this pendulum on the theoretical notion that they should stop looking for where the island was supposed to be and start looking for where it was going to be”. It seems very likely that Daniel, as a Dharma scientist would build something like the pendulum. And it explains why Daniel’s mom would call the man a “very clever fellow”.
I also believe that Daniel some how communicated with his mother in the future, or at least sent her messages, that would explain why she’s so dismissive of Desmond’s message for her.
I don’t understand why Dharma would need to locate the island in 1974. They must have known where it was by that point. (I may have just disproved my own theory.) No, I think it’s still possible and likely.