12
Dec
08

319 – The Brig

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Review:

It doesn’t even seem like there is a flashback in this episode.  Technically it’s an on-island flashback with Locke.  So we see what Locke did with The Others over the past few episodes, including some very enlightening conversations with Ben and Richard.

Locke also comes to the beach and gets poor Sawyer to kill Anthony.  It was nice to have some closure on Sawyer previous life, but it was tragic to see him kill Anthony.

Also Naomi was hidden from the beach camp and was interrogated by Sayid (nicely, for a change).  We also got some insight into Jack’s big finale plan.

This episode addressed a lot of questions about the Others.  It didn’t provide answers but it showed them in their natural environment and it hinted at Locke’s place with them.  It also gave us some more info about the “plane at the bottom of the ocean story”.

Great episode, tragic, but great. 9.5/10.0

Character Impressions:

Desmond

-Desmond is the primary person who doesn’t trust Jack.  Charlie and Hurley really want to tell him about Naomi, but Desmond is very adamant about not telling Jack.

Hurley

-Hurley and Jin start hiding Naomi from the camp.

109436_295Ben

-Ben says that this isn’t the first time they’ve done something like this, infiltrating the survivors camp and kidnapping the pregnant women.  Was that referring to the plans with Ethan and Goodwin, or were there others times when they’ve done that?  It could refer to Rousseau, and her team.  Perhaps that’s the same plan that they used to get Alex from Rousseau.  That would mean that the pregnancy woes of The Others spanned back at least 16 years.

-Ben implies that proximity to Locke is the reason why he’s healing so fast.  As if Locke’s presence is accelerating the healing process.  I think he’s just playing with Locke, making him feel special.

-Ben also tells Locke that when people come to the island and join The Others they make a gesture of free will and commitment.  It sounds like they just break their free-will by making them do something awful.

Naomi

-I wonder what Naomi thought was happening in the camp.  It would have been very strange.  People put her in a tent and then continuously come in and ask a lot of questions.  But they never tell her anything.  She was supposed to look for Ben.  This must have been a big inconvenience for her.

-Naomi tells Sayid her fake story, saying that Penny sent her and they were searching for Desmond.  I wonder how much she knew about the plane wreckage they found in the ocean.  Did she think it was part of  Mr. Whidmore’s plan?  (I really need to watch season 4 again.)

319-sawyer-01Sawyer

-I really enjoyed Sawyer’s conversation with Anthony.  It was slightly mind blowing and pretty satisfying to see Sawyer find his lifelong purpose on this island.  I found it terribly depressing when Anthony wouldn’t read Sawyer’s letter.  But that scene was so tense and scary.  I knew what was going to happen but it was just insane to watch.  I can’t say that it was fun but it was definitely emotionally exhausting.

-I’m surprised that Sawyer would ever trust Locke after this episode.

(-Sawyer threw up after he killed Anthony Cooper.  Isn’t that true remorse?  I’m talking to you June Daley.)

319-juliet-jack-01Juliet

-Ben told Locke his plan about how Juliet is spying and gathering info.  And that they are going to go in and kidnap the pregnant women.  That was a mistake to tell Locke that.

Locke

-Ben Says that Locke brought Anthony to the island.

-That was very cruel of Locke and Richard to get Sawyer to kill Anthony.

319-locke-ben-01-Ben tried to get Locke to kill Anthony in public because he knew he wouldn’t and so he would lose cred in The Other’s camp.  That was a good plan.  Locke had a leg up to becoming The Other’s leader.  Why did The Others want Locke to kill Anthony?  (See below)

-Richard says that The Others want someone to remind them that they are on the island for more important reasons.  Could it be that Ben is a Man of Science and Locke is, again, the Man of Faith?  That would make sense.  It’s possible for Ben to lead the people, he’s quite special but he doesn’t quite think on the same lines as Locke.

319-sayid-satellite-phone-011Sayid

-Eeew, look at this picture, there’s another disgusting example of Sayid’s long nails.

Jack

-Jack acts surprised when he finds out that Charlie, Hurley, Jin, Desmond and Sayid don’t trust him and then when Juliet suggests telling Kate the truth about her under-cover activities and Jack’s plan, Jack says no, they shouldn’t tell her.  Hmm, I wonder why no one trusts him.

319-anthony-01Anthony

-What is with that pillar that they tie Anthony to.  It’s probably the same age as the four toed statue and the door under Ben’s house.

-“I guess I didn’t raise no dummies.”  Does Anthony have other kids?

-Anthony says that he got in a car accident was put in an ambulance, one of the paramedics put an IV in his arm and smiled at him and the next thing he knew he was on the island.  Sound like he was simply kidnapped.  So did he come on the submarine?  Hopefully, I don’t want them to find another way on an off the island, it will complicate things… further.

109436_060-Anthony corroborates Naomi’s story about the plane crashing in the ocean.  The writers are so clever  They knew that we wouldn’t believe one person telling us a story, so they had two people tell the same story and suddenly it’s a fact.

-“A little hot for heaven, isn’t it?”  I love that line.  I hate it when fans have this same theory, but when someone on the island says the same thing, I find it glorious good fun.

Richard

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-I wonder what Richard was thinking when Locke couldn’t or wouldn’t kill Anthony.  Surely he was happy about that.  In the season 4 he was so disappointed when Locke chose the knife in his little test.  Was his choosing not to use a knife in this episode proof enough that Locke was a good leader?

-Richard says that Ben has been wasting The Other’s time with novelties like fertility problems.  That’s just a novelty?  It seems like that’s a real problem.  I guess if you can live forever then having babies isn’t too important.

109437_166Rousseau

-I like it when Rousseau meets Locke in the Black Rock.  I wonder if we were meant to like them together.  I always thought there was potential for a romance between them (ugh, shivers).

Rose

-Richard also says that Locke has to be a very special person to be healed by the island.  Locke had a pretty major health problem (partial paralysis) but Rose’s cancer wasn’t a minor problem.  I wonder how special she is.

Flashbacks (what we knew then):

109436_017Flashforwards (what we know now):

-I don’t like that The Others wanted Locke to kill Anthony.  Why would they be so bloodthirsty?  I know that they are willing and able to kill other people, but I can’t see why they would require Locke to kill Anthony.  Richard, “Your father has to go John”.  Why?  I think I prefer the hippie attitude of Dharma rather than the cool efficiency of The Others.

– Izi

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9 Responses to “319 – The Brig”


  1. 1 Anon
    December 13, 2008 at 12:48 am

    My favourite episode of season 3. Josh Holloway is just amazing in this episode, so is Cooper.

    “Desmond is the primary person who doesn’t trust Jack. Charlie and Hurley really want to tell him about Naomi, but Desmond is very adamant about not telling Jack.”

    Sayid’s pretty much the same, too, IMO. If you get technical, Sayid is basically the leader of them all because Jack always runs his ideas by Sayid or Sayid suggests them to him in the first place. I think this dynamite plan for the tents is the first plan Jack ever really came up with on his own. And it went wrong, lol.

    “Ben implies that proximity to Locke is the reason why he’s healing so fast. As if Locke’s presence is accelerating the healing process. I think he’s just playing with Locke, making him feel special.”

    I think he was, too. Ben secretly despises John so it’s no surprise he would talk him up while trying to figure out how to kill the guy. Although it’d be quite interesting if this were true, but I can’t think of any other “Locke nearby healing” instances…

    “I wonder what Naomi thought was happening in the camp. It would have been very strange. People put her in a tent and then continuously come in and ask a lot of questions. But they never tell her anything. She was supposed to look for Ben. This must have been a big inconvenience for her.”

    Her mind must’ve been spinning after realising just how many oceanic survivors there were. Remember Abbadon insisted there weren’t?

    “-I really enjoyed Sawyer’s conversation with Anthony. It was slightly mind blowing and pretty satisfying to see Sawyer find his lifelong purpose on this island. I found it terribly depressing when Anthony wouldn’t read Sawyer’s letter. But that scene was so tense and scary. I knew what was going to happen but it was just insane to watch. I can’t say that it was fun but it was definitely emotionally exhausting.”

    Completely agree with this! It’s such a fantastic scene, one of the best. You can really see how overwhelmed Sawyer is and how all that anger over the years just keeps boiling up to breaking point. And if I were chained up, obviously in a room with someone hell bent on revenge, there’s NO WAY I would have ripped that letter up. DAMN, Cooper was brave! Maybe he had a death wish. I really didn’t like Locke after this and I haven’t liked him much at all since this point come to think of it. It’s like this is when he started getting REALLY selfish and way too into “what the island wants”. There’s no way in hell I would’ve gone on his “team” at the start of season 4.

    As for Sawyer going with Locke after this incident, I think he was just worried about the freighter people being dangerous. In The Economist, Kate says “Why are you with Locke?” and Sawyer says “I’m not “WITH” him” – he doesn’t see himself as an ally to Locke, he’s basically just there because he thinks it’ll be safer.

    “”I guess I didn’t raise no dummies.” Does Anthony have other kids?”

    Wouldn’t put it past him. Maybe he thought Sawyer was his son for a minute…

    “Eeew, look at this picture, there’s another disgusting example of Sayid’s long nails.”

    Lmao, I love this. Is it the pinkness? Long length? I’ve never noticed them til now but they are rather odd. You’d think on an island they’d be more run down.

    “Jack acts surprised when he finds out that Charlie, Hurley, Jin, Desmond and Sayid don’t trust him and then when Juliet suggests telling Kate the truth about her under-cover activities and Jack’s plan, Jack says no, they shouldn’t tell her. Hmm, I wonder why no one trusts him.”

    Cuz he’s a crap leader. He’d probably yell at them for keeping it secret in the first place, then work out some crappy plan which involves putting all his trust into Naomi without thinking about everyone’s safety…oh wait..that did happen…

    “”A little hot for heaven, isn’t it?” I love that line. I hate it when fans have this same theory, but when someone on the island says the same thing, I find it glorious good fun.”

    Love this, too. The hell and purgatory theory were long debunked at this point so I knew people wouldn’t go crazy hearing him say that but it was still cool.

    “Richard says that Ben has been wasting The Other’s time with novelties like fertility problems. That’s just a novelty? It seems like that’s a real problem. I guess if you can live forever then having babies isn’t too important.”

    I thought that was pretty cold of Richard to say that, too. Maybe there’s a bigger picture to it but not knowing the full story, it seemed like Richard wanted change but wasn’t doing anything about it or was happy to get people like Locke and Sawyer to do it for him and his group. Lazy!

    “I don’t like that The Others wanted Locke to kill Anthony. Why would they be so bloodthirsty? I know that they are willing and able to kill other people, but I can’t see why they would require Locke to kill Anthony. Richard, “Your father has to go John”. Why? I think I prefer the hippie attitude of Dharma rather than the cool efficiency of The Others.”

    Yeah, I really disliked the Others after season 3. I’ll be glad to know what their problem is, how much influence Ben really had, and what their mission is.

  2. 2 Lee
    December 15, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    “-I really enjoyed Sawyer’s conversation with Anthony. It was slightly mind blowing and pretty satisfying to see Sawyer find his lifelong purpose on this island. I found it terribly depressing when Anthony wouldn’t read Sawyer’s letter. But that scene was so tense and scary. I knew what was going to happen but it was just insane to watch. I can’t say that it was fun but it was definitely emotionally exhausting.”

    I found it sad that Sawyer needed to solely blame Anthony Cooper for his parents’ deaths. After all, Mr. and Mrs. Ford were just as responsible. Mrs. Ford did have an affair with Cooper. She didn’t have to. Mr. Ford was the one who decided to kill Mrs. Ford and himself, when he could have recovered from Cooper’s con job and start all over again. Granted, he could have divorced Mrs. Ford. But that would have been a hell of a lot better than murder/suicide.

    Now that I think about it, Sawyer’s father is MORE to blame than Cooper. But Sawyer . . . being Sawyer needed a scapegoat to inflict his rage over his situation upon someone. And Cooper was the right person. And the sad thing is that Cooper’s murder will not change this.

  3. December 15, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    I wonder if Sawyer wanted everyone who was involved in that event in his life to be dead. I imagine he would have hated his parents too if any of them had survived, but instead Anthony did. Perhaps he thought that by killing Anthony he would be able to move on. How wrong he was.

  4. 4 Anon
    December 16, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    “I found it sad that Sawyer needed to solely blame Anthony Cooper for his parents’ deaths. After all, Mr. and Mrs. Ford were just as responsible. Mrs. Ford did have an affair with Cooper. She didn’t have to. Mr. Ford was the one who decided to kill Mrs. Ford and himself, when he could have recovered from Cooper’s con job and start all over again. Granted, he could have divorced Mrs. Ford. But that would have been a hell of a lot better than murder/suicide.”

    Cooper himself actually brings this up and Sawyer seems to realise he’s been hating the wrong man all his life. Cooper was more like a trigger than someone who actively set out to make Mr Ford do that but still, seeing what Sawyer did at the age he was, it’s easy to see why he’d be hell bent on revenge his whole life.

    “Now that I think about it, Sawyer’s father is MORE to blame than Cooper. But Sawyer . . . being Sawyer needed a scapegoat to inflict his rage over his situation upon someone. And Cooper was the right person. And the sad thing is that Cooper’s murder will not change this.”

    I don’t think “scapegoat” is the right word. Mr Ford is already dead and that’s partly BECAUSE OF Cooper. Cooper IS to blame for having sex with a married woman and taking advantage of her. If Cooper wasn’t an evil bastard, Sawyer’s parents might still be alive. Yes, there’s more blame for Sawyer’s dad but I hardly think Sawyer ISN’T justified in holding a grudge. He had every right, especially when Cooper made fun of his letter.

  5. 5 Rosie
    December 17, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    “If Cooper wasn’t an evil bastard, Sawyer’s parents might still be alive. Yes, there’s more blame for Sawyer’s dad but I hardly think Sawyer ISN’T justified in holding a grudge. He had every right, especially when Cooper made fun of his letter.”

    He may have had a right to hold a grudge against Cooper for cheating his parents. But he didn’t have a right to murder Cooper. Especially since the main one responsible for the deaths of the Fords was Mr. Ford.

  6. March 14, 2011 at 11:51 am

    This episode and the Season Six premiere truly convinced me that James “Sawyer” Ford is a childish man. He maintained a grudge against a man who had cheated his family since he was eight years old. And instead of realizing that his dad was more responsible for the destruction of his family than Cooper, Sawyer used the latter as a scapegoat for nearly thirty years. It was disgusting to watch him kill Cooper.

  7. 7 Jason
    January 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I guess I’m totally against the grain here. We’re talking Anthony Cooper here, right? The guy who stole Locke’s kidney, tried to kill him, lived his life stealing and cheating, and were calling his death tragic?

    Sure, he didn’t kill Sawyers parents, but that doesn’t make him Ghandi in my eyes. I found Anthony Coopers death and this episode to be one of the more satisfying Lost moments.

    For Nikki and Paulo to be burried alive; two people who at least had a genuine side to them, is much, much more tragic than being strangled to death by the son of a mother who was victim of a con artist. Not to mention Anthony Cooper was considerably older than them and he already had kidney troubles.

    This episode also sets up the next one, which may very well be the best episode of the season.

    • January 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Sorry, I wasn’t super clear. I think the Sawyer is the tragic one. The fact that he kills this guy and expects that to solve his problems.
      By the way, it’s super flattering that you’re reading this blog all this time later. It makes me want to rewatch the show again.

  8. 9 mcanganelli
    February 9, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Thank you for noticing how long and nasty Sayid’s fingernails are… I’ve had a complex about them this entire time.


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