Posts Tagged ‘The Others
It’s been a while since I did a Good vs. Evil post, and I’ve put this one off for a long time. I mostly want to write this now because it seems like everyone is grasping at straws trying to figure out if we’ve been misled, maybe Jacob isn’t as nice as we like to believe. I think it’s possible that people have lost some perspective about the issues.
And one disclaimer before I continue. I feel very strongly we can discuss whether someone is good or evil. I know many people dislike it when I debate these things, they wants more vagueness, they don’t want their favorite characters pigeon-holed. But I like drawing lines in the sand. I want there to be barriers between good and evil actions. In the end of this show there will be two side, and I don’t think they will both be good and both be evil. I’m pretty sure there will be villains and there will be heroes.
And another thing, I have to write this post about Jacob and “Locke”/Smokey because they are undoubtedly on opposite sides, if I write about one of them then it affects the other one.
This episode was called Sundown, I was expecting a Sun and Jin episode and I was hoping that by the end of the episode Sun would be shot down in at least one of the two timelines. I was way off. This was bound to happen since I don’t watch any commercials for the upcoming episodes.
This episode was about Sayid instead of Sun. And guess who’s back? Nadia!! If this was season three I would be excited. But after Sayid and Nadia got their Happily ever after (almost) I stopped caring about her. This flashback really just dragged on for me. It kinda set up a Jin and Sun episode, but it’s not like that’s getting me too excited.
On the Island things were more fun. Sayid was playing an assassin for both sides. For a short time I actually liked him again, but then he went back to the mindless killing machine so I can go back to ignoring him. If there’s anything that I can be excited about it’s the fact that we’ll probably never have another Sayid-centric episode every again. Huzzah!
I have to mention this somewhere, this is probably the best place. The scene with Sayid, Claire and Kate walking through the ruined Temple with Claire’s lullaby playing off tune in the background was unique in a weird way. That was very un-Lost-like.
But it sounds like I really hated this episode, that’s not quite true. I really liked the Kate and Claire reunion and the last six minutes were pure energy. This episode set up some great groups, and I’m really looking forward to the next episode. Half of this episode was bad, another third was pretty good and a tenth of it was great then there were some commercials I think that leaves us with about a 4.5/10.0
Tags: Aaron, Adam & Eve, Battlestar Galactica, Charlotte, Christian, Claire, David, Desmond, Dogen, Hurley, Jack, Jacob, Jin, Juliet, Kate, Libby, Locke, LOST, Master List, Miles, Mr. Widmore, Sarah, Sayid, Shannon, The Lighthouse, The Others, The Temple, Walt
This might have been one of the only Jack flashbacks/forwards/sideways that I really enjoyed. And I have to hand it to the writers. I’m thoroughly impressed that they managed to make me care about Jack and his relationship with his newly introduced preteen son. If I had heard that Jack was going to have a son and he would have parenthood issues I would have rolled my eyes and wrote this episode off as a loss. But I was surprised at how much I cared.
On the Island Hurley was leading Jack to Jacob’s spy-tower. There we saw a very familiar list of names. Jacob told Hurley that someone, number 108 on the list, was coming to the Island and Hurley had to help him get there. No luck in this episode, but I’ll bet we’ll hear more about that later.
Meanwhile Claire finally did some talking. Yeah, she’s crazy. She’s also BFFs with “Locke” although she somehow doesn’t seem to know his name. Poor Jin is now stuck with Claire and Locke and he knows way too much. He’s in survival mode and he’s surrounded by murderers. Also his leg is mangled. This guy has been through the wringer over the last two seasons.
This was a good episode. It set up a BSG reminiscent relationship between Hurley and Jacob, it had a surprising and effective reveal of Jack’s new son, it ramped up the anticipation about Claire and what the deuce she’s going to do, and it started two fun guessing games: who’s David’s mother and who’s coming to the Island (skip down the bottom of the post for my guesses and a couple of polls). Overall a solid episode. 7.5/10.0
Boooring. No I’m just being mean. Kate episodes are always meant to take things down a notch. We can’t just go full blast through a season with Smokey destroying things in every episode. Sometime we have to deal with characters and emotions. This seems to happen in every season, we get a Kate flashback and it slows the story to a crawl. I actually don’t always hate Kate flashbacks, but it usually takes me a few years to appreciate them. Combine that with my general disinterest in Claire and hate for Sayid and we have the makings of a truly boring episode.
Here are the parts of the episode I did like: Aldo’s return, Hurley’s new leadership role, Ethan’s surprise return, and half of Dogen’s explanation of the Infection. Claire’s Island return was also very surprising, but I’ll bet we’ll come back to that next week or the week after.
I’m still a little buzzed from the fact that Lost is back on, but not too excited to ignore the fact that this episode did almost nothing for me. 3.5/10.0
After staring at the Last Supper picture for hours a dawning realization came upon me. Claire’s back! I’ve never been a Claire fan, she’s just so dull. I think the writers realized how dull she was because they kept her away for a full season (an enjoyable absence). I knew she was coming back this season, everyone has been saying that since the end of Season 4. But to actually have her back is another matter. It’s very odd, and it’s forced me to wonder what she’s been doing for the last three years.
Oh yeah, that’s right, she’s been in the jungle for three years. There’s actually been a commercial with a new scene with Claire in it. She’s got a gun! Shocking stuff, a Lost character pointing a gun in a jungle, whew. I’m almost overwhelmed with the info. Sarcasm aside, it was a wake-up call. Even if the scene was a red herring (I think it was) it’s still weird to see her again.
I know I’m not alone in thinking that Claire was dead-ish. The whole exploding house/lack of emotions/hanging out with other dead people/teleporting off the Island thing was a tip off. But I don’t think that necessarily means that time has stopped flowing for her.
She may have flashed through time with Sawyer, Juliet and everyone else. That would kinda mean that she’s alive. If that’s true then she probably has a very interesting story to tell. I can’t imagine what she went through during all those flashes. This seems unlikely, but we’ll see. Maybe she joined up with The Hostiles/Others. That would be fun, although extremely unlikely.
I think it’s more likely that she’s stuck in normal time with The Others and Christian (I don’t actually know what’s happening with Christian, he appeared to Locke under the Orchid once, and he seems totally aware of what happened to everyone in the 70s, it’s weird). That makes her time on the Island a lot more boring, but it might explain how she appeared to Kate in 2007 off the Island. (It doesn’t actually explain how she teleported off the Island, but it does explain the 2007 thing.)
I’m almost looking forward to seeing Claire again. I hope she gets a full episode, like Michael or Locke, so we can see her flashback from beginning to end.
But as usual I’m assuming a lot. Who know what’s going to happen in Season 6. For all I know Claire might not remember a thing. Maybe she’ll be pregnant again…with Aaron.
In the Flashback Walt is sitting reading a book about a specific bird, Walt starts feeling ignored, and lo and behold the bird appears.
Later in the episode Walt is reading the famous Polar Bear comic. Michael, in an uncharacteristic fit of rage, destroys the comic. Walt feels angry. Later still, Walt is trapped by a Polar Bear in a bamboo grove.
Walt isn’t actually in this Missing Piece, but Ben and Juliet refer to him and it seems as though the Others are trying to brainwash him in Room 23. He’s scaring everyone by unknown means and Juliet is trying to convince Ben that he’s dangerous. He says Walt’s “special” and that Jacob wants him there. Juliet proceeds to show Ben a pile of birds outside the boarded up window of Room 23.
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):
Tags: Ben, Bernard, Bram, Christian, Claire, Dharma, Esau, Frank, Hurley, Ilana, Jack, Jacob, Jin, Juliet, Kate, Libby, Locke, LOST, Miles, Ms. Hawking, Nadia, Phil, Pierre, Radzinsky, Richard, Rose, Sawyer, Sayid, Sun, The Black Rock, The Others, The Statue, The Swan, The Third Party, Vincent
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.)