Posts Tagged ‘Helen

05
May
10

614 – The Candidate

Review:

Now I’m really glad that I wrote my death list last week.  At least I was partly ready for this bloodshed.  Four down, and the best part is, they were all people I wanted to die!  I didn’t really predict Sun and Jin’s death, but it wasn’t unwelcome.

I was strangely annoyed by Jack and Locke’s conversations in the hospital.  Just let Jack to the surgery, everyone wants that, screw your guilt, Locke.  Anthony Cooper came back for a few seconds, but it wasn’t the same.  This wasn’t the character that we all grew to hate, it was a boring brain-dead version… sigh.

This episode was probably the most stressful episode yet.  First the part with Kate almost getting shot (which seems comical now); and then invading the sub, and Kate actually did get shot; then the bomb, then the bomb again and everyone escaping the sub… more like half the people escaping.  I was on the edge of my seat, and my hands were literally shaking.  Lost isn’t the most stressful show I watch, I get more stressed watching episodes of Damages or Survivor (I’m literally vibrating during almost every tribal council).  But this episode really got to me.  Maybe preparing myself for the deaths only made me more aware of their inevitability.

Obviously I really enjoyed those deaths, but after the episode one of my friends said this was the best episode, and I found myself disagreeing with that fiercely.  I’m having a hard time deciding how I feel about this episode.  Off the Island was a drag, we all wanted one thing to happen with Jack and Locke, and Locke dashed our dreams.  Not great.  It was good that “Locke” finally gave up the charade and tried to kill everyone, that innocent act was getting annoying.  I loved the ending with only four people on the beach, that was a great shocking image.  I liked four things in this episode, and I really liked them, but I’m not prepared to call this episode perfect.  8.5/10.0

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17
Feb
10

604 – The Substitute

Review:

See, this is why we should always trust the writers.  Can you imagine the headache we would have had if this episode was episode 303.  Without a Kate episode to bring things back down to Earth the show would have accelerated needlessly fast.  We need this alternating pace so our heads don’t explode.

But enough about last week, let’s get on with this review.

Off the Island Locke’s life begins to self-destruct.  But this time he’s not alone. Helen, Hurley and Rose are there to catch him and set him back on his feet (not literally).  Locke postpones his fated meeting with Jack, but we all know it’s coming, “it’s destiny”.  And right at the end we get a fun little reunion with surprising connotations: Ben is off the Island, and more importantly he’s a history teacher DUN DUN DUUUUN!!

Things aren’t as rosy on the Island.  It turns out “Locke” didn’t really need Richard, he just wanted to punch him and then try to convince him that he’s really a nice guy.  It didn’t work.

So “Locke” moves on to Sawyer, and has more success with him.  Or does he?  I’m convinced that our favorite con-man isn’t stupid enough to be conned by “Locke” and that he’s wise to his manipulations.

“Locke” does us a favor and tells us, in his very biased way, about Jacob’s scholarship program called Name on the Wall.  It turns out Jacob was looking for Candidates, and we have his Master List to prove it.  “Locke” thinks it was more of a hit-list and that these people were possible replacements for Jacob.  I’m not buying it.  I’m sure Jacob was watching these people closely, but I don’t think he was killing them, and I doubt he was hoping to die and get replaced soon.

I see this episode as a journey of discovery.  Sure it sounds ridiculous, but that really does sum it up.  It wasn’t a big flashy action episode, well besides that stressful ladder scene, it wasn’t an insane finale or a turning point.  But we learned a lot and many lines were drawn in the sand.  It’s one of those episodes like The Man Behind the Curtain and The Shape of Things to Come that is just a dream come true for theorists and mythologically obsessed fans.  8.5/10.0.

On a side note, I’ve noticed a pattern in the episodes so far.   First we get a two part episode about all of our characters with most people getting flashbacks, then we get a Kate episode, then a Locke episode.  Sound familiar?  It harkens back to Season 1.  We’ll see if I’m right next week, according to the pattern it should be a Jack episode next.  (Don’t correct me if I’m wrong.)

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09
Feb
10

Post 602, 602 thoughts and theories

OK.  So I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’ve gone back and forth with many of you in the comments all the while forming new theories.  So here goes nothing.

New Theory About Dying

I’d like to put forth this theory: once characters die in one of the timelines they become aware of the other timeline. This would explain Charlie thinking that he had to die and also Juliet knowing that “it worked”.  It doesn’t really explain what happened to Sayid.  I tend to think that possibly he died in the non-Island timelines, but that seems kinda crazy (maybe Arzt killed him in some sort of racially motivated rage, you saw that look he gave him).

Sub theory.  I know I already said that this would explain Charlie thinking he had to die, but I might change that.  In 2004 he isn’t dead.  So it’ll take a while before he dies and his consciouses merge.  The first person to die will be The Marshall, and then Boone soon after.  This could be fun if I’m right.  (I doubt the redshirts dying will make a difference to my theory.)

Who’s Alive and Where

This is just a list of the people off the Island who are likely dead or alive.  And just so you know, I’m staying spoiler free this year.  So I know there are a lot of rumours going around about who’s coming back and who isn’t but let’s not post those items here.

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26
Feb
09

507 – The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

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Review:

That’s more like it.  It’s much better to raise my expectations before I watch Lost, then my mind isn’t blown on a weekly basis.

Locke took the tour of the off-island world in this episode.  It turns out that from his perspective… things suck.  No one listened to what he said, and most of them seemed to have quite awful things to say back.  Locke did talk to two possibly empathetic people Charles Widmore and Ben Linus.  Of course they could both be evil and in the end Ben did kill Locke, but that’s beside the point.  The point is that Widmore and Ben had more important things to say than any of the Oceanic 6.

On the island, in ‘modern time’ Locke, Ilana, Caesar and Ben landed the plane on Alcatraz (it turns out that airstrip did have a use).  Caesar is collecting guns and info from Dharma and Ilana is being suspicious.  Ben is injured and healing, and most importantly Locke is “alive”.  Ms. Widmore’s plan worked and Locke was successfully resurrected.

This episode was satisfying.  At the last finale we were told all about Jeremy Bentham, almost all the Oceanic 6 characters had something to say about him, mostly bad things.  The mystery surrounding Locke off the island was intense.  We finally found out what happened.  I can’t say that it was thrilling, not a 10.  It was definitely satisfying and very necessary but it wasn’t exciting.  It might just be that I like new mysteries more than old ones.

8.0/10.0

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23
Feb
09

The Adventures of Locke

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It’s pretty well known that the upcoming episode of Lost is called "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham", so I’m looking forward to a fun little episode where we get to see exactly what Locke did after he turned the Frozen Donkey Wheel.  For the last two episodes my expectations have been unnecessarily low.  For some reason I haven’t been expecting the volume of info and story that they’ve been throwing into the show.  So this is how I’m trying ot combat that, I’m going to try to raise my expectations extremely high by guessing what’s going to happen in this episode.

There are some known adventures that Locke has to go on, I would be surprised if Locke visits all of these people, but I’ll hope that he does.

Jack

322-jack-bridge-01Out of all of these people, Locke’s visit to Jack was the most successful.  In the last episode we saw Jack completely turn into a Man of Faith.  That was due to a visit from Locke.  What confuses me is Locke’s suicide note.  When we see Jack after his visit from Locke he is suicidal himself, and he’s very intent on returning to the island.  But in his note Locke says, "Jack, I wish you had believed me."  That must be a reference to their last meeting.  So what was Jack’s reaction to Locke?  It’s not hard to believe that Jack had a less than friendly reaction to Locke’s idea, but then what changed his mind?  It will be interesting to find out.

Kate

322-kate-01After Locke visited Kate she believed that he was crazy.  She heard that he wanted them all to go back and she dismissed it as insanity.  That is a very harsh reaction from Kate.  Something must have spooked her.  Did Locke, perhaps, tell Kate that Claire was still alive on the island?  Did Kate want to avoid the island so that she didn’t have to give Aaron away (I sound like Rosie)?  It’s possible.

On the other hand, couldn’t Locke have just told her that Sawyer was there, and then she’s have a motivation to get back.  I’d say that piece of info would have a 50/50 chance of swaying her.

We’ll see what he tells her, and what state he’s in when he does meet with her.  There must have been other factors (besides the usual) which motivated her to say that he’s insane.

506-jack-sun-01Sun

He kept his promise to Jin and didn’t tell Sun that he was alive, but he also didn’t give her Jin’s ring.  Something odd happened there.

Also, I’m going to assume that he tells her what Ben did down in the Orchid, when he stabbed Keamy and allowed the Freighter to blow up.

401-hurley-01Hurley

I could see how Hurley’s visit might be the most interesting.  Depending on his mental state, Hurley might assume that Locke is nothing more than an illusion or a ghost.  Either way Locke’s visit didn’t seem to effect Hurley much.  He didn’t seem to want to go back to the island before or after the visit.

Ben

409-ben-05I kinda thought that Ben killed Locke.  When he showed up at the funeral home it just seemed too convenient.  But now we hear that it was a suicide… hmm, more on that later.

I really want Locke to talk to Ben about Jacob and Christian.  I still believe that Ben knows nothing about Christian and his plans might change drastically if he did know.  Then again, Ms. Hawking knows about Christian, perhaps she’s keeping it from Ben.  Either way I’m especially looking forward to that meeting.

413-walt-01Walt

Most importantly, I want to see Walt.  I was so sure that this jump forward in time was just a clever way to bring Walt back into the show and back to the Island.  But unless he was in the Tail Section he probably wasn’t on the plane (I might turn that into a theory, just to keep my hope alive). 

We know for sure that Locke went to see Walt.  Was that just to be nice?  Or did he give him some instructions?  I hope that Locke wanted Walt to go back to the island.  Locke did probably tell Walt that people were left behind on the island.  He might have told him that Michael was still alive, or he might not have.  During Walt’s scene in the finale of season 4 he talks about his dad as if he’s alive, but that could have been a test to see if Hurley was lying.

Sayid

506-sayid-ilana-01There’s a chance that Locke didn’t even talk to Sayid.  I’d like to think that he did though, it would explain Sayid’s sudden mistrust of Ben.

Ilana or Caesar

There’s no proof of this, I’m just extrapolating.  Perhaps Locke met them on his adventures and told them of the wonderful world of… The Island (I suddenly realized how odd it is that The Island doesn’t have a name).  Maybe they were agents of his, I don’t believe that they are on Ben’s side.  I also want to see more of these characters.

119-emily-01Emily (Locke’s Mom)

It would be great to see Swoosie Kurtz again.  I’m always torn between disgust and intrigue when she’s onscreen, it’s kinda like when Bilbo hisses at Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring, you can’t look away from his face, but you don’t really enjoy it.  I would be surprised if she was still alive though.

Helen

203-helen-01Again this is almost more for the actress than the character, less so this time.  I loved it when Locke was with Helen, they were perfect together (except for the lies).  We know that she must have read his obituary, that was her favorite part of the paper.  But the odds that she recognized that Jeremy Bentham was Locke is highly unlikely.  I kinda want them together, but it would have a sad ending, so maybe not.

Ms. Hawking

409-mr-whidmore-01She seemed very well acquainted with him when she told Jack to get him some new shoes, perhaps they had a relationship.  She might have given him a plan to tell to the Oceanic 6 (not likely).

Mr. Widmore

Widmore might have tried to get to Locke, perhaps to align him against Ben.  That wouldn’t be the worst plan in the world.  Other than that I can’t imagine what they’d talk about.  Maybe they’d reminisce about how Locke didn’t shoot him, ah the good ol’ days.

411-abbadon-01Matthew Abaddon

Ah yes, Lost’s second infinitely mysterious black character.  It would be great to see Locke pay Mr. Abaddon back for that advice he gave him so many years ago.  But I doubt that the actor would be able to come on the show, he’s got a full time job now on Fringe.

Locke’s Suicide

This doesn’t really fit in with this list but I wanted to talk about it.  Locke supposedly commits suicide, so here’s the question of the day, why? 

505-locke-frozen-donkey-wheel-02The most obvious reason, to me, would be because he’s depressed that he can’t convince the Oceanic 6 to go back to the island.  Another reason for that kind of depression would be that he can’t get back either.  The Island was the only place on the Earth where Locke was happy, and he had to leave.  That would have been saddening.

But I don’t think that’s the real reason.  I think the reason why he killed himself was to speed things along.  Richard told him that he had to die, Christian told him the same thing.  Those two are Locke’s most trusted advisor (right up there with everyone else in the world).  He knew it had to happen, he wasn’t getting killed, so he decided to hurry things along.  And it worked.  It was Locke’s obituary that pushed Jack into his present course as a Man of Faith.

Well we’ll see.

– izi




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