Wednesday, April 14, 2010

LOST( episode 6.12) Everybody loves Hugo – “Have a Cluckity-Cluck Day Hugo”

This episode has people just running into each other and was EXPLOSIVE

Hurley-centric No Mirror reflections for you!

Hurley in X …aka Hugo, is a rich and loving guy that everyone loves so much they have given him a ‘Man of the Year Award’ from the Paleontology wing of the Museum that Chang works for in the shape of a dinosaur. Hugo has always had a thing for dinosaurs, early on he thought what turned out to be the smoke monster was a dinosaur, so it seems appropriate.

Hugo isn’t lucky with the ladies so much.(as seen in the Main Time Line as well) Mom wants to send him on a blind date and as luck would have it, he runs into Libby who knows him. The only problems are he doesn’t know her and well she was at that restaurant on an outing with the Santa Rosa mental Health patients, and she is one of them.

Desmond runs into to Hurley also and convinces him to go find Libby, ya never know brother she maybe your soul mate. Hurley in this reality doesn’t have as much confidence as I first guessed judging on his need for fried chicken when he is depressed, and his lack of girl-mojo. He does proeceed to find out about the mysterous blonde who knows him, even though he just met Desmond, he decides to go find Libby.

Of course it costs him 100,000 dollars to fix up the rec. room of Santa Rosa, but in his other life he spent a bit of time there, heck it was that life that led him to the dang island because of Leonard Sims and his constant number ramblings that Hurley played in the lottery and won and thus went to Australia to find out what the numbers meant, which led him to the island, and then Rousseau told him they were numbers she was following also and were cursed.

Libby and Hurley finally have their picnic on the beach, they kiss and suddenly some flashes come back to him. She somehow knew about the other life, the plane crash, Hurley, they liked each other. Don’t know if she had a near death experience or not. Des is sitting off in his car smiling like cupid, then later he runs down Locke in a parking lot. Weird. Surprise number two

On Island

I’ve been training my whole life for this……to blow up? Seems wrong somehow

It starts off with a bang, after Hurley talks to Michael’s ghost he finds out they shouldn’t go blow up the plane because they will all die. We also know that Hurley has never seen Libby’s ghost sadly. Illana is getting dynamite to protect them she puts her bag down and blows up. Giving us surprise number one.

Well the island was through with her, and when it’s done with you it likes to blow you up some of the time.

Past exploders – Artz, Michael, Patchy, the sub, the satellite station, later the black rock

This departing of Illana doesn’t slow down our Losties too much, with the limited amount of time left with the series and the fact they are probably getting use to these things they gather themselves together and move on to plan B, which is really the same plan.

DY-NO-MITE! (courtesy of Jimmy Walker)

Hurley finds a red book in a foreign language and a bag of something (black and white rocks perhaps, Jacobs ashes?) in what may have been Illana’s tent, he puts them aside when Richard starts frantically packing up to continue Illana’s mission to the black rock for more dynamite for the destruction of the plane. They are not aware of the submarine at this point, I still don’t know why real Locke blew up the other one. I know he wanted to stay, but couldn’t he have achieved that without dashing everyone else’s hopes? Sheesh, probably could of prevented all these things from happening…

So Hurley is the new John Locke and after convincing everyone to go to the Black Rock to get the dynamite, he sets it off and blows the thing up.

This leads to a new divide – Ben, Richard and Miles: Jack, Hurly, Sun and Frank…looks like Locke got his way, they are all together again…except Jin, whom Widmore has. But Richard is still hell bent on blowing things up and wants to head back to the Dharma Barracks to get some grenades or whatever bomb like stuff they have there, hey there should be a nuke buried somewhere. Hurley has the not-so-well-thought-out-idea to just go talk to ‘Locke’. Miles doesn’t seem to think this Fake Locke is the talking type, and since Ben and Richard have been on this island for some time, and probably have a better idea what is going on, decide to stick together.

“You talk to wood now?”

At the other camp Fake Locke is wildling some wood into something unknown to him and Sawyer is much like the original Sawyer who crashed on this island 3+ years ago. He is angrily wondering why they haven’t gotten Jin back, and what they are going to do next. Fake Locke lets him know they will leave as soon as Jack, Hurley and Sun come to the dark side.

Sayid returns with the package, and since Fake Locke doesn’t like secrets, Sayid and him go off to discuss this…in secret..and then Fake Locke secretly leaves with Desmond. During his travels with Des they see the secret boy that Richard didn't see but Sawyer and now Des has seen. The kid looks like Jacob, but who knows what it means since Fake Locke is being so secretive about it, and thus is also a hypocrite. (Please stop defiling Lockes image fake Locke person that i want to like but can't)

“We are sending our love down a well…All the way Down!"

Fake Locke just wants to show Des the well, real up close I guess. Because after a brief history lesson on how the original people who dug it did so by hand to find out why compasses spin, but didn’t find out anything, he asks Des why he isn’t afraid of him. Desmond responds with “what’s the point of fear? Fake Locke lives with fear, and uses it on people, in an effort to support his beliefs much in the way people who justify their own beliefs based in insecurity. And I guess it pissed him off so he tosses Des down the well, maybe having a little bit of fear would of kept him from being tossed, or who knows, maybe Fake Locke would of turned into Smokey and tossed Des around like a doll for awhile.

This is also not the same well behind the orchid where the donkey wheel resides, Flocke even told us as much after explaining about those hardworking well diggers. " This isn't the only well." And if you look at the area, the other well was behind the statue near the sea, and near the orchid but still in the jungle, not an open grassy field. It also most notiably, had strange structures around it.

The well by the orchid where the frozen Donkey wheel is housed

Fake Locke returns back to camp and not too long after Sawyer asked about his plans, in walks the remaining candidates and a pilot to get off the island, thanks Michael.

Oh and the whispers are the dead on the island.....yes I find this explaination weak also. Many of us suspected the whispers to be the dead, but somehow I did not expect it to be explained so casually. I guess because Hurley's super ghost powers were not active when he was first on the island, and it must of developed from having left, so what does that mean?

The episode concludes with Desmond looking like a pedophile outside the school Ben and Locke teach for, when he is really waiting for Locke to come rolling by. Unexpectedly he runs him down, which asks many questions on his motives. Since he is attempting to show all of the passengers ‘something’, is he giving Locke a near death experience? But he just had a little pow-wow with Hugo he didn't try to drown him in chicken or anything, so is there some other motivation?

New Questions

• Did Libby have a near death experience?

• Desmond runs down Locke…who is not the MIB in X..I guess, was he mad about the whole well thing, or is he just trying to give him a near death experience?

• Did Fake Locke expect to kill Desmond or just keep him down there for awhile?

Question Answered

The whispers are ghosts, people trapped that can’t move on because of what they have done, or thats a lie, it was just laid out there by Michael and Hurley and a six year mystery was resolved in less than a minute.

Flash Sideways Differences & Similarities

• Hugo / Hurley is considered ‘lucky’ he was very wealthy in both times, but was also plagued by bad luck, so far no mention of this and Grandpa Tito is still alive (died of a heart attack the day Hurley won in the MTL)

• Hurley was previously in Santa Rosa for guilt from a deck collapse, but here he never wound up there and was just visiting it for the first time

• Libby never met Hurley until they were on the island, but she was in Santa Rosa well before at when Hurley was also there, but he didn’t remember that in the MTL

• Desmond gave Ben the name of his son Charlie, who exists in the MTL, but not the time line they are in (coincidence or knowledge? Voting knowledge)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

LOST (Episode 6.11) Happily Ever After Recap & Analysis

This Episode is packed with 42% more Flash Sideways

Loved this episode, only when Daniel started talking about how he thinks he may have used a nuclear bomb in some other life did my opinion decrease any. Which is not because of the direction of the plot, I had leaned most of the season that the flash sideways are a creation, an alternate universe because of whatever they did that changed the course of time. This is seemingly confirmed since now Daniel has knowledge of his “other self” as does Desmond and Charlie. I was more put off by the way he just laid it out there, because well it was kind a crazy.

Desmond wakes up from his sedated sleep of the past three days to find out he is back on the island and his son and Penny are safe but not with him, oh yeah and here is his good buddy Widmore that needs a favor. And if that isn’t enough to make him want to beat someone with an IV stand, the island isn’t through with him yet.

It has been ZERO days since our last accident

Widmore’s science crew is powering up the magic shed and they accidently fry one of their own. One of the crew goes to check the solenoids and some dimwitted goon decides to throw the breaker without doing a safety check. This at least saved the bunny and angry phone calls from PETA (what was up with that rabbit, looked like it had a new leg growing out of its chest) Regardless of this accident, they figured to check it out on Desmond to see if he really is the only man in the world known to survive a catastrophic electromagnetic event, because doing it once isn’t enough for Widmore, no not by a long shot.

Widmore tells Des that after they fry him which won’t hurt, much, he is going to be asked to make a sacrifice.

No whoosh sound noting it not so much as a flashback, forward or sideways, in the same way Desmond’s flashes happened in The Constant. After some floating through the clouds, we are taken to baggage claim and Des is looking for where to pick up his bags when he encounters Hurly and Claire, though they do not seem to know each other. Continuing the mirror motif, we get a glimpse of Des’s reflection.

“You’re the Top You’re the Coliseum, You’re the Top You’re the Louve Museum”

Desmond walks into Widmore’s office and they greet each other was such enthusiasm I almost expect them to break out in a song and dance number.

I found myself being the LOST Psychic this episode calling Desmond’s sharing of Widmore’s very expensive scotch,(that Des was previously not fit to drink) Because he is sooooo indispensable and nothing is too good for him. My oh my is this over the top. Probably this flash sideways is the most extreme with its difference compared to all the others so far. No in this reality Widmore and Des are like peas and carrots.

Desmond’s first task is to pick up Charlie Pace from the LA lockup and bring him to Widmore’s wife’s benefit where Drive Shaft will be performing with Daniel Faraday…um excuse me…Daniel Widmore, the musician, not physicist.

And the Creepiest Character in the Flash sideways award goes to Charlie Pace

Charlie has gotten very creepy, maybe because he is dead in the other reality, but to me this guy was not our Charlie. He tells Desmond about his near death experience on the plane and how he saw his true love (Claire) and then some sodding idiot was standing over him who had the audacity to save his life, sheesh, what kind of town is this where people save each other’s lives.

Charlie decides to take Desmond on a magical mystery trip off the pier into the very same marina Des is shot at three years and another reality in the future. As soon as the car was submerged I immediately shouted..NOT PENNY's BOAT! And sure enough, psychic moment number two happens when Des is trying to get Charlie’s door open and Charlie wakes up and puts his hand on the door, just as he did in Through the Looking Glass, except with this very doll like creepy smile. Des has a flash of Not Penny’s boat and with it, some familiarity, and a memory?

They make it to the hospital, and when Des gets his MRI he receives more flashes of his times with Penny and the birth of his son Charlie.

Show me your hands and step away from that manifest

Eloise looked like she was going to soil herself when she turned to see Desmond at the party. They had never met at this point and she takes the news of Charlie going MIA very well. When she over head Desmond wanting to know about Penny though she gets involved and says someone has influenced his way of thinking, it’s a violation and Des wasn’t ready to know anything, whatever it is he is looking for he should just stop. Well thanks person I just met, think I will go back to following these amazingly real and weird things that just happened to me.

“No it wasn’t a dream, it was a place and you and you and you were there”

We have seen Minkowski, Jack, Charlie, Charles, Eloise and Daniel this episode and finally Penny. Daniel lets us know he is a musician, he has the hots for a red head (Charlotte) and he may have blown up a nuke at some point…well not in this life. Desmond seems to handle this information extraordinary well, perhaps since part of him knows all about these type of things.

Daniel’s feelings about Jughead confirms that he is aware of it, and the producers have always confirmed these sideways are to show what would happen if the plane landed safely in LA but to pay attention to any differences. With Dan’s knowledge of the nuke, and Des’s knowledge of Penny and Charlie it eliminated the idea these sideways flashes are a “what if scenario”, where this was the same exact flight. Case and point this episode with Desmond being on the plane.

Besides Dan’s omission about how he set off a nuke in some other life, my only other disappointment in the episode was Desmond's creepy interest in getting the manifest from the flight, I guess because him and Charlie were on the flight together and had this vague knowledge of another life could be why, but Daniel wasn’t on the flight, why assume the other passengers would be affected by this? And then when I thought about it some more, I wondered if perhaps Desmond in the car was fully aware of himself from his island life, a piece of him left behind when he awoke from his fainting in front of Penny.

In Dan’s words Desmond is “miraculously special”, not just because he can survive a cataclysmic electromagnetic event, but because he is conscious of both his consciousnesses. When he woke up from OZ with Widmore standing over him it seemed he retained what he just learned of himself from the flash sideways. He was holding his hand out as if Penny was still holding it when he fainted. And like The Constant, when he was flashing to the time he was in the army he was not aware of his island self at all, even though he was just on the helicopter, it was if he switched bodies. Because when we would regain consciousness on the freighter he would know what he knew from when he just was in the 90’s, only with his contact with Penny did it all come together for him. And I think that is what happened at the end of the episode.

The rules don’t apply to Des because he is has the ability like Eloise I imagine, to be the consciousness of both time lines equally, as both halves, so he cancels himself out in a way.

See ya in another life Brother

This episode confirms the sideways is connected and possibly created by the main time line and I get the impression that the show is heading in the direction where we will find the sideways has created the main time line. Forming a perfect chicken or egg scenario, a complete circle with no beginning and no end. This is also much like the compass paradox where Richard gave the compass to Locke so he could give it back to Richard so Richard could give it back to Locke, to give it to Richard and so on, and so on. But as I have always said, it doesn’t matter which came first, either way chickens make eggs and eggs make chickens.

I was thinking this was the proof that the sideways is an alternate time line due to Jughead exploding and possibly sinking the island or at least being a catalyst that will sink the island sometime during 1977-1988 this is why when the plane flies overhead in this altered reality the island is at the bottom of the ocean. Thus debunking some of my own theories, but then I looked at the whole timeline stretched out, I noticed something.

Think of time as one long line that does not end in what we consider the present, we think of tomorrow as something that hasn’t happened yet because it hasn’t happened to us, but what if it has already?

I do think Jughead is part of the reason there are these 2 scenarios, but I am thinking that it going off isn’t what sunk the island, maybe it not going off did.

Questions Answered
• Desmond was on the plane and is not married to Penny in the Flash Sideways, but is working for Widmore

• Desmond has special electromagnetism powers and that is what is special about him

• Faraday is alive in the Flash Sideways and is a musician not a physicist

• Eloise and Widmore are married in the Flash Sideways

• The Flash Sideways Characters that were on the island have a connection to themselves

New Questions
• What is the sacrifice Des will be asked to make?

• How will Des’s powers help keep the MIB on the island? Or how will they destroy the MIB?

• Is the sunken island the result of the bomb going off, or not going off?


Friday, April 2, 2010

LOST Episode 6.10 The Package…it’s not a what, it’s a WHO…Welcome to Whoville

I normally find Sun and Jin centric episodes to be of a slower pace though more cinematic. And this episode was much different, chock full shooting, pregnancy, subtitles, Desmond, search for electromagnetism, ceasing to be, and them teeth on Keamy, a lot going on.

Smoke can’t go on the water

So all of the names that aren’t crossed off need to go together to get off the island. Sayid is numb and is told by the man in black he is better off this way for what is coming. Claire is an emotional basket case still pondering if she wants to kick Kate out of the plane after it leaves the island. And Fake Locke as the Smoke Monster can’t swim.

Jin is fed up with life in zombie camp and wants to go find Sun, he is not even finished packing when Widmore’s people tranquilize the camp and collect and bring him to room 23 over on Hydra Island. Zoe is revealed to be a geophysicist and is trying to find the pockets of electromagnetism on the island; they discovered Jin of the seventies had signed off on the grid maps from the Dharma Initiative back when he was working for them. Jin demands to see Zoe’s boss and Widmore is all nice and shows him some cute pictures of Sun and Ji Yeon they happen to have found on the plane, he then tells him a bunch of crap about how he misses his daughter too and that this is why Jin needs to help him stop the Main in Black from leaving the island. Because you know, everyone they love will just cease to be.

Widmore let's Jin know that the package on the sub, likely the same thing in the locked room Sawyer noticed, is not a What, but a who! and that Who is Desmond! hmmm Fake Locke is also not a what but a who.

Look out for that tree!

On the other side of the island Sun is also feeling pretty frustrated with everything while she is off in her old garden that seems like it is a 100 years old. Fake Locke shows up to bring her to Jin. She does not believe him and runs off through the jungle knocking herself out from running into a tree. When she wakes up she can only speak Korean although she understands English perfectly well. Richard returns and is all ready to go to Hydra island and destroy the plane, oh real Locke would be so proud.

Sun after a mini temper-tantrum that you really can’t fault her for having eventually comes around and Jack is much more serene now also, as though he is on the happy pills. He found a tomato that no one told to die and was stubborn and he picked it (I hope they eat it so it doesn’t just rot, of course I guess them picking it just killed it after all) He assures Sun they will get her and Jin together and off the island.

“I don’t like secrets”

Fake Locke goes to Hydra Island to talk to Widmore about giving him Jin back, since Jin is one of his people. Widmore denies his whereabouts and Fake Locke remembers real Locke hearing Widmore warning him “war is coming to the island”, ironic part is Widmore had followed up this statement with “If you’re not on the island when that happens the wrong side is going to win.” He leaves there but has sent Sayid over to the sub to see what is in the mysterious locked room that Sawyer had noticed.

Off Island

Ms. Paik Mr. Kwon Welcome to Los Angeles

Flash Sideways begins at the airport with Sun and Jin leaving after being questioned by costums for having some 25,000 dollars on them, undeclared. Of course since they can’t speak any English, and there seems to be no interpreter they are let go without the money since that requires paperwork. The two of them go off to a swanky hotel where the staff was kind enough to give Sun an Ocean Front room. (Mirroring her “ocean front” tent on the island)It was officially made clear they are not married as many suspected when the airport officials addressing Sun as Ms. Paik, and no rings of course.

In this time line, Sun and Jin may not be married but they are still hot for each other, Jin tells her he loves her and the questions start to unravel about why they aren’t married yet since he is working for her Dad. When Sun wakes in the morning she lets Jin know of her secret account and her trip to LA for some “shopping” was just a clever ruse on her part to escape her dad’s clutches and run off with her man.

You Better Knock Three Times

When Keamy knocks at the door, Sun is checking herself out in the mirror and she appears to have some concern over something about her appearance, much like many of our other survivors in the flash sideways. Mirrors have been used throughout the entire show and their meaning is still up to interpretation.

Keamy and Omer show up at the hotel to meet up with Jin since they missed each other at the restaurant. So it would seem to be that in this world Keamy still works with Widmore, who works with Paik and all the goons, appear to be together also. The only connection between Sun, Jin and the rest of the main time liners is Widmore. All of our other characters are inter-tangles with each other, but these two were not connected to anyone, until we see Charles connection to Suns Dad in season five.

Patchy the patch less interpreter

Mikhail AKA Patchy is “Danny’s friend” who must also be one of Keamy and Omar’s friends and is able to translate Jin and Sun for them, he goes off with Sun to the bank to get Kemah’s money only to find her dad closed her account, damn it.

Jin gets a bump on the head because of Omar’s lack of attention to detail and Keamy lovingly cleans him up even though he is planning on popping him once he gets his money. Well the heart wants what the heart wants.

Sun and Mikhail go to the restaurant after Sayid has been there doing his dirty work, Jin has successfully freed himself with Sayid’s help and a gun fight between him and Patchy ensues, leaving Patchy now in need of a patch and Sun possibly shot and oh yeah, pregnant…guess his boys can swim here or she is preggers with someone else’s baby.

Flash Sideways Similarities

• Jin and Sayid in both time lines when they first are around each other, Jin is restrained.

• There is a language issue with Jin and someone else.

• Sun is on the plane to accompany Jin

Flash Sideways Differences

• Sun and Jin are sneaking around but not married. She was looking to escape her Dad, in the main time line she was looking to escape Jin, was married to him and was having an affair. But she only got on the plane out of fear.

• Lost is not the type of show that we can make assumptions with, so we don’t know if Sun really can speak English or not. On the island she had many people to go to where she wouldn’t be found out. We also do not know if Jin is the father of her baby or if she is still being fixed up with the same man that was teaching her English and could of impregnated her before but didn’t.

• Patchy has no Patch

Questions Answered:

• Desmond is what was locked in the Sub (answered that fast)

• If Fake Locke gets off the island many of the survivors would “cease to be”

• Smoke and water do not mix

New Questions:

• What the heck does them “ceasing to be mean?”

• How will they stop the Man in Black? Jin asked this and it went to commercial.

• Why does Jin & Sun need to sneak around and why aren’t they married?

• How is Sun pregnant, is Jin's sperm working well, or is it someone else’s baby?