19
Feb
09

506 – 316

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Review:

Why are my expectations so low these days?  The most I hoped to get from this episode was a cryptic speech from Ms. Hawking.  Then that “46 hours earlier” thing blew my mind.  Suddenly things really sped up.

OK, I need to calm down a little.  First I should say, I haven’t been enjoying the Oceanic 6 this year.  It looked like they were going to drag out their deliberations for ever.  Will they go to the island?  Will they change their mind?  It was maddening.  I was slightly wary of Ms. Hawking getting involved, I figures she wouldn’t actually be able to do anything to fix things.  And after last weeks fast-pace rollercoaster I couldn’t imagine that they’d be able to match that kind of craziness.  But I was wrong.

They went back.  Just like that, they’re (almost) all back.   And they brought some new friends!  I love new characters, and one these characters is especially welcome.  The only people missing were the children.  Aaron and Ji Yeon were left behind.  I’m unhappy that Walt was left behind too, but I still hold out hope that that may be amended.

This episode was jam packed full of info from Ms. Hawking, she explained some basic island functions and we got to see a new Dharma station, possibly the original Dharma station.

Aaand we saw Jack fully change from a “man of science” into a “man of faith”.  I actually found that very interesting, here’s hoping that Jack manages to hold my attention.

The only real problem that I had with the episode was Jack’s grandpa, I don’t know why we cared about that.  It really stalled the episode.  But I can overlook that.

9.0/10.0 for blowing me away again, I’ll try to raise my expectations for upcoming episodes.

(This episode’s name could easily confuse me.)

Character Impressions:

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Jack

-Hey Jack managed to control his twitchy hand, not like last time.

-Desmond tells jack that Ms. Hawking and Ben are just using him.  We know that’s true for Ben, and if we look at Ms. Hawking’s past dealings it might be true for her too.  I’m not worried though, I’d rather see their end-game rather than watch Jack have a happy life.

-Was that a flashback with Jack and his grandfather?  I did not enjoy that part.  It made me angry how casually and slowly he did all of that.  He was under a pretty tight schedule and he decided to visit his grandpa.  They could have (and they did) explained the shoes with a simple conversation.

506-jack-bar-01-It makes me sad that Jack is still drinking.

-I expected Jack to meet Ilana at the bar in this episode.  The actress does look slightly like Michelle Rodriguez, except waaay better.

-When Jack read Locke’s note and immediately started crying I thought it was very bad acting.  But then we saw what it said, I then then laughed pretty loud.

Kate

506-kate-01-So Kate killed Aaron.  Hmm, didn’t see that coming.  In all seriousness, what did she do with him?  The simple explanation would be that she took him to Claire’s mom.  But if she brought him to her, why wouldn’t she want to tell Jack?  Maybe she gave him to her own mom.  Maybe she brought him to Cassidy, that’s my favorite option.

-Did she not want to take Aaron back because of Claire’s warning?  It’s nice to think that she did it for a reason like that, but you never know with Kate.

506-kate-02-“Why hold on to something that makes you feel sad?”  Uh Kate, that’s a dangerous question to ask.  If Jack thought about it too much he might realize that Kate makes him “feel sad”.

-They made Kate look as terrible as they could.

Hurley

-I look forward to seeing how Hurley get’s out of jail.

506-hurley-y-the-last-man-01-Heeey!  Hurley’s reading Y: The Last Man.  Great shout out to Brian K. Vaughan, my favorite Lost writer.  If you haven’t yer, I encourage you to read that series, it’s grrreat.  And I believe it would make a great TV series (but it won’t happen).  Not a very encouraging issue though.  SPOILER , it’s the one where the space station crash lands and two of the astronauts die, it kinda made me worried about this crash.  Bu the more I think about it, there weren’t any encouraging issues of Y: The Last Man.

-Hurley only bought the front section of the plane.  That’s friendly.  That’s so decent of him to prevent the death or suffering of all those people.  But it was awfully sad to see Hurley’s reaction to Ben.

506-ben-jack-01Ben

-“Is he telling the truth?”, “Probably not”.  Classic.  That should be our motto for all of Ben’s lines.

-Seeing Ben “praying” was hilarious.  Asking god to help him avenge Alex’s death by killing another innocent person.

-Ben talks about the painting of Thomas.  It’s like the writers are suddenly talking about all of the things we obsessive fans always talk about.

506-ben-01-Scariest line of the night, “Oh I made a promise to an old friend of mine.  Just a loose end that needs tying up.”  I nearly jumped out of my skin.

-“How can you read?” “My mother taught me.”  That’s funny lie.

Sayid

-Sayid really wanted to talk to Jack.  What did he want to say?  If he didn’t want to be on the plane I would suppose that he would try harder to get off.

506-jack-sun-01-Sayid also had quite the reaction to Ben.  Here’s a hypothetical situation.  Ben goes to kill Penny, but guess who’s there to protect him, Sayid.  Sayid beats him up.  Ben finds some way to punish Sayid by blackmailing him to come on the plane.  Ben realizes that he’s running out of time so he has to get to the plane before he can kill Penny.

Sun

-“Why are you here Desmond?”  Whoa, cold Sun.

506-jin-01-Uh, Sun forgot her daughter.  I can’t imagine her thought process.  She had to choose between her daughter and her husband and she chose her husband?  That seems like a pretty permanent decision.  It seems like Sun and Kate treat this trip back to the island like a vacation.

Jin

-So Jin joined Dharma, $10 says he can speak fluent English.  It seems like a pretty obvious, if surprising, series of events that led to the Dharma-ized Jin.  Locke fixed the Wheel during the Dharma era.  Everyone was stuck in that time period.  The Hostiles wouldn’t accept them so they were forced to go undercover in the Dharma Initiative.  Tadah!

506-desmond-01Desmond

-I still don’t understand how Desmond didn’t have way more questions for Ms. Hawking.

-Who walks past a huge swinging pendulum so casually.  I would have been a lot more cautious.

-I wish Ms. Hawking was more forthcoming with info this time she saw Desmond.  Last time she seemed more open with him.  Now she seemed downright distant (I’m not actually the kind of person who says the word “downright”… don’t worry).

506-desmond-02-Why is everyone so cruel to Desmond.  They all just ignored him down in the Lamp Post, and no one even cared that he left.

Penny

-Ben phoned Jack and he was covered in blood.  I really hope that was his blood.  Seeing his face after it was cleaned off it looks like he got pretty beat up.  I certainly hope so.  I’m desperately hoping that Penny is still alive and I hope that that’s the end of the issue for Ben.  (See Sayid for a possible hypothetical (too much redundancy?  haha).)

506-jack-ms-hawking-01Ms. Hawking

-Elloise doesn’t express any desire to go back to The Island.  I wonder how she left.

-She refers to the Dharma Initiative as “they”.  It’s nice to know that she didn’t cross over onto their side.

-“Let’s pay attention, yes?”  Sometimes it seemed like Ms. Hawking was talking to the sceptical viewer, most of those times she was talking to Jack, the original sceptic.

506-ms-hawking-01-She has extremely white teeth.

-I laughed when Jack said, “What do you mean..where it was going to be.”  It sounded so staged, and the question was so redundant.  As if she wasn’t going to elaborate on that point.

Locke

-I was hoping that Jack would pass by another shoe in a tree.  But looking back I can see how that would be very confusing.

506-jack-locke-01-Locke committed suicide.  There could be many reasons why.  He could have given up hope of ever getting people to the island.  That would have been sad.  I’ll bet that he was hoping to hurry things up, he knew he had to die, maybe he thought that his being alive was delaying stuff.

Christian

-They actually talked about Christian’s tennis shoes.  I never expected that subject to be broached.

-Ms. Hawking insinuates that Christian is extremely important.  Could it be that Christian was the reason the plane went down.  Could the island have been trying to get him there.

506-sayid-ilana-01Ilana

-I almost jumped out of my skin when I saw her.  I am so excited.

-Remember you heard it here first.  Well, maybe not, but I was probably the most excited person to tell you about this new character.

-Ilana must have been in on the crash.  We’ll find out at some point, but I can’t imagine that she was escorting Sayid to Guam.

506-caesar-01Caesar

-Mr Caesar seems like a nice fella.  I certainly wouldn’t offer condolences to a complete stranger.

-It doesn’t seem like Caesar expected to go to the island.

Frank

-I really didn’t expect to see Frank ever again.  That was surprising.  (He trimmed his eyebrows a little too.)

506-frank-01-Jack was lucky that Frank didn’t turn the plane around.  I doubt he really wanted to go back to the island.

Walt

-Damnit!  I really wanted Walt to get back to the island with the Oceanic 6.  And I really hoped that they would need him in order to make the crash more similar to the last time.

506-ms-hawking-lamp-post-01Flashes (what we know now):

The Lamp Post

Anyways.  This seems to be an obvious Narnia reference.  Ironically our other Narnia reference just died.
This station was “built over a unique pocket of electro-magnetic energy”.  That’s similar to what we’ve heard about The Swan, now it seems as though that was just a hydrogen bomb (just).  The Orchid was built over a pocket of unique organic energy, but that sounds either slightly different or the opposite.  The pocket of energy wasn’t that unique, there were many other pockets all over the world.  This really reminds me of the ol’ Vile Vertices thing from this theory.  That theory is definitely due for another update, but it’s still pretty pertinent.
506-lamp-post-map-01The Lamp Post was built by “a very clever fellow”.  How vague.  We know a few clever fellows, Daniel, Richard, Widmore.  I have a feeling that we don’t know this clever fellow though.

The Island Moving

The island was always moving!!  That surprises me.  Was it just a slow movement?  That makes sense (almost).
The map on the floor of the Lamp Post seems to be only the Pacific Ocean.  Can the island only move around that ocean?

s5-ajira-01Ajira

The Ajira water bottle mystery is solved.  It was the obvious that it would be another plane crash, but I didn’t think it would happen so soon.  We still don’t know who the people from the canoe are.  Maybe it’s the new Tailies.  It would be funny if they had the same reaction to the island as the original Tailies.

“Recreate…The Circumstances”

They had to get as many people as they could to come back with them.  The results would be unpredictable if it was too different.
Let’s see all the similarities:
Jack
Kate
Hurley
Sun
Sayid
Locke as Christian
Kate might have been pregnant (like Claire)
Lapidus was originally the pilot of Oceanic 815
There were still a lot of empty seats, I wonder if that’s the reason why they ended up in the past.  They could have made it more similar.  They could have had Aaron and Walt there, and it wouldn’t hurt to have an Oceanic plane.
(It would have been really cool if they could have recreated Locke’s spirit dream in the airport.)

506-ben-thomas-painting-01Thomas the Apostle

The meaning of the painting seems pretty obvious.  Thomas wouldn’t believe that Jesus was resurrected until he touched him.  Jack similarly doesn’t believe that his father was resurrected.  He also doesn’t seem to have any faith in Locke being resurrected either.  So we’ll just wait until they touch before he’ll actually become a believer.

The Plane Crash

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The original plane crash was caused by Desmond not pushing the button and the Swan station nearly overloading… right.  I’ve been accepting that as fact.  And yet it appears as though planes can just randomly crash on the island.  Do you think I have this wrong?  There was a flash of light, could that have been another malfunction at The Swan?  It’s the same kind of flash as a time skip, perhaps it was just the select few passengers travelling back in time.

506-ajira-plane-01The Set-up for the Flashbacks

This episode was about Jack.  I expect that we’ll get some flashbacks for the rest of the characters, seeing what convinced them to get on flight 316.  I really look forward to seeing all of them, there’s not one that seems less exciting.  This new format is working well for me, having the episode starting out with a related flashforward or flashback.

– Izi

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15 Responses to “506 – 316”


  1. 1 Rosie
    February 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    So Kate killed Aaron. Hmm, didn’t see that coming. In all seriousness, what did she do with him? The simple explanation would be that she took him to Claire’s mom. But if she brought him to her, why wouldn’t she want to tell Jack? Maybe she gave him to her own mom. Maybe she brought him to Cassidy, that’s my favorite option.

    Why would you prefer Kate handing Aaron over to Cassidy be your favorite option? Why not Carole Littleton?

    Amazing. They went through all of that trouble to get the Oceanic Six off the island by the end of Season 4 . . . and had most of them back on the island within six episodes of Season 5. WTF?

    Caesar looks very famililar. I believe the same actor co-starred with Matthew Fox in last year’s VANISHING POINT.

  2. 2 missscarlett
    February 19, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    The only real problem that I had with the episode was Jack’s grandpa, I don’t know why we cared about that. It really stalled the episode. But I can overlook that.

    DITTO! and he wasn’t lookin too old either

    (This episode’s name could easily confuse me.) It does make it hard to look things up…btw when I was googling info earlier yours was the 1st recap to come up! How cool is that?

    Hey Jack managed to control his twitchy hand, not like last time.
    Wellllll it was still twitching CURSE YOU IZI!

    When Jack read Locke’s note and immediately started crying I thought it was very bad acting. But then we saw what it said, I then then laughed pretty loud.

    Whoa! I didnt’ even notice him crying! What is my deal??
    yeah I am irritated that he is still drinking so often and I thought he’d meet someone at the bar too.

    there weren’t any encouraging issues of Y: The Last Man.
    Not for men anyways! I want to read these.

    Locke fixed the Wheel during the Dharma era. Everyone was stuck in that time period. The Hostiles wouldn’t accept them so they were forced to go undercover in the Dharma Initiative. Tadah!

    Good explanation — so who has to turn the wheel to get back to real time??? or do they even need to? is the temple immune to time changes? are ben’s “people” still in there?

    If Jack thought about it too much he might realize that Kate makes him “feel sad”.
    SOOO true — luckily, Jack does not think at all when it comes to Kate! Where can I meet me a Jack?? No. Really.

    Ummm…Kate still looks pretty darn good!
    yeah. I never thought about Cassidy. That would be a mean choice. Mean for Mrs. Littleton.

    Who walks past a huge swinging pendulum so casually. I would have been a lot more cautious
    yes! so glad the writers aren’t into slapstick!

    I was hoping that Jack would pass by another shoe in a tree
    but funny

    I’ll bet that he was hoping to hurry things up, he knew he had to die, maybe he thought that his being alive was delaying stuff
    ahh ben probably crushed his spirit

    or was christian trying to get to the Island — he looks happy there. And he didn’t ask for Locke to bring him back any booze!

    Ilana must have been in on the crash.
    Check out my theory….

    Ironically our other Narnia reference just died.
    I hadn’t thought of that. But yes – the Lamp Post was a clear Narnian reference.
    So who’s the witch that sent it there?

    Maybe it’s the new Tailies. It would be funny if they had the same reaction to the island as the original Tailies
    Wouldn’t it?

    They also had Sayid in handcuffs like Kate, with an officer of some sort. (ha! a suspicious iraqi again!)
    They had Hurley with the spanish comic. What else, what else…
    Oh man. If Kate is pregnant now! And then that would mean they would have to leave again or she’ll die.

  3. 3 missscarlett
    February 19, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Rosie: maybe just to bug you!

    Also — are you talking about Vantage Point?

  4. February 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    @MissScarlett
    Yeah Jack’s grandpa was really young. He could have been Christian’s brother.
    You’re going to be looking at Jack’s hand from now on aren’t you, Mwahahahaha. My work is done.
    “Whoa! I didnt’ even notice him crying! What is my deal??”
    It was less of a cry more of a quiver.
    Thanks for finishing my list of the similarities, I forgot to do that.
    (BTW, I’m ignoring Rosie for a while.)
    – izi

  5. 5 Anon
    February 20, 2009 at 2:50 am

    lmao rosie gtfo.

    I found this ep really dull. I think it was a way to create all these loose ends to follow up on later. And it was a Jack ep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    “Just because we’re on the same plane, doesn’t mean we’re together, Jack”

    LOLOLOLOL. As a massive SKater, I loved that line.

  6. February 20, 2009 at 4:10 am

    average review.my favorite part of it was Kate leaving Aaron to Cassidy.i thought so too..

  7. February 20, 2009 at 5:13 am

    “Just because we’re on the same plane, doesn’t mean we’re together, Jack”

    LOLOLOLOL. As a massive SKater, I loved that line.

    me too……

  8. 8 Rosie
    February 20, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Rosie: maybe just to bug you!

    Also — are you talking about Vantage Point?

    I doubt that you made that comment to bug me. Which makes me wonder why you would prefer if Kate had handed Aaron over to Cassidy, instead of Carole Littleton.

    Also . . . thank you for correcting me about the title of that movie. I should be ashamed, considering it was a favorite of mine, last year.

  9. 9 hi dee
    February 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Um, John 3:16. just saying.

    also, grandpappy showing up is definately not random. perhaps first generation Dharma. perhaps all of our merry gang are Dharma offspring. he sort of put out a creepy Jacob vibe to me for some reason. Not really Jacob, but sort of “all knowing”. Is the father sending the son for some kind of purpose/ransom? hmmmm?
    why was he constantly packed and ready to go? ready to return to the island?

    love this show more and more each week. I thought we were in for a whole season of “how do we get back”…..love that it’s moving so quickly.

    I feel sorry for people that gave up on this show. but I guess 2 and a half men need their audience completely undistracted!

    anyway, what do I know? just just a schmoe watching a show.

  10. 10 Jeremiah
    February 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Yeah, I think Ray is pretty integral, too. Lost doesn’t give just anybody lines. And, if Christian and Ray seem close in age, what about Locke and his daddy?

    I don’t understand how anyone found this episode dull but apparently there were lots of them. Of course I don’t understand it when anyone tells me that they don’t watch Lost, either. To each his own, I guess. I also don’t get the “oh, now it’s sci-fi so I don’t like it anymore” argument (not that anyone said that here). There was a frickin’ monster within the first 20 minutes of the series. And if their return seemed rushed, 1. Thank God and 2. they’ve only got like 27 episodes left. There’s no time for lolly gagging.

    Here’s some more proxies. Ben=Hurley because they both rushed to make the flight. Sayid=Kate because they’re both in custody. Sun=Rose because they were both looking for their husbands. Hurley=Charlie as they both had guitars. Maybe we’ll find out next week that Caesar had some kind of physical impairment when he got on the plane, so he could be Locke.

    If you played around with the Ajira site, you could book 10 seats for the flight to Guam. Let’s see. Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Sun, Ben, Frank, Ilana, Caesar, and the flight attendant. Maybe that’s who’ll end up on the island. Ooh, and the flight attendant could be another Other, a la Cindy.

    One more thing and I’ll be done. What do you think happened to the rest of the plane? My guess is it crashed in present time. I also think some of the Losties may have crashed “now” too giving them another hurdle to overcome.

  11. 11 missscarlett
    February 24, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Hi Dee that’s hilarious — and sadly: true
    I guess 2 and a half men need their audience completely undistracted!

    i also thought Hurley was a standin for Charlie since when he returned to the Island he could no longer swim – when he swam perfectly well last season.

  12. 12 jcm
    February 24, 2009 at 11:21 am

    >: I think that Ray could be important but probably won’t be important given his late addition to the story line. But who knows…

    >: Hurley’s reaction to Ben was very telling. Especially when Ben asked him “Who told you to be here?”. Remember that Hurley didn’t answer Jack in the airport about why he was there. He just says “All that matters is that I’m here…” I think that Charlie or another island zombie paid Hurley a visit and told him he needed to go.

    >: It didn’t hit me until I watched it a second time. Ben’s line about a promise to keep to an old friend and the next time we see him he’s bloodied up pretty good. Hmmmm… I hate to state the obvious here, and forgive me if someone has already said this. Ben’s promise to an old friend is probably his promise to Widmore to kill his daughter. Since Ben knows Desmond is in town, Ben probably has his people spying on him so he can find Penny. Which would be why Ben was at the docks when we see him with blood on him. So is that his blood or someone else’s?

  13. 13 Rosie
    March 16, 2009 at 11:49 am

    They made Kate look as terrible as they could.

    She was a lot worse in “Whatever the Case May Be” and “What Kate Did”. But considering her personality, I’m not surprised.


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