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Ricky’s “LOST” Weekly – 05/30/08

Conributed by Ricky L. Escoto – consultant and “LOST” expert extraordinaire:

“There’s No Place Like Home: Parts 2 & 3” – 05/29/08
LOCKE!!! It’s LOCKE! Locke is in the f**king coffin! OMFG! As all of us had been hypothesizing for a year as to whom was in that bloody coffin, it was so satisfying to finally get the reveal. OMG, I was ready to strangle somebody when they gave us the little pre/mini “reveal” that “Jeremy Bentham” was the man in the coffin, I was like, “Who the f**k is Jeremy Bentham!?!?! Luckily for us the reveal at the end totally paid off. Frankly, that alone made the whole finale for me. By the way, I have yet to figure out what “Jeremy Bentham” could be an anagram for but according to Wikipedia: he was an English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He was a political radical and a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law. He is best known for his advocacy of utilitarianism, the movement spawning socialism, for the concept of animal rights, as an advocate for individual/economic freedoms, the separation of church and state, equal rights for women, the end of slavery and the decriminalization of homosexuality, as well as his opposition to the idea of natural rights, with his oft-quoted statement that the idea of such rights is “nonsense upon stilts.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Bentham).

Oh and visit
http://youtube.com/watch?v=DWWMYFAycmQ to watch the two alternate endings that they teased last night which aired on Good Morning America this morning (which, I am sure, will spawn never-ending late-night spoof sketches with many a notable face in the coffin, i.e., President Bush, Scott McLellan, maybe Hillary?). You’ll see two people I think everyone had tossed around at one point or another, Sawyer and Desmond, as possible bodies filling the coffin, which they just filmed in case it leaked out ahead of time so that no one would know (as has been done in the past with other series finales, like ”Seinfeld”).

So how the hell does Locke get off the Island and wind up dead? Did Widmore find him? If so, why would Widmore kill him? And the biggest quandary: if the Island wants Locke back on the Island (along with the Oceanic 6), then why did it let him die? It presumably kept Jack from killing himself. Remember when Michael made multiple attempts to kill himself after he left the Island with Walt, only to have Mr. Friendly show up and talk him into going back to the Island because it wanted him there? The Island kept Michael from dying. Or did it only keep Michael from dying by his own hand? Sayid told Hurley last night that “Bentham” was found dead, having allegedly killed himself, obviously, Sayid believes otherwise. So can the Island only keep you from killing yourself but if someone murders you then you’re on your own? That seems oddly inconvenient.

That being said, last night’s finale felt very much like a series finale rather than a season finale. They are off the Island now. So…now what? Wasn’t getting off the Island the whole point? The castaways on “Gilligan’s Island” never went back to their island (well, actually, I think they did in a much later “reunion” made-for-tv movie, or at least another island). The cast of “Prison Break” didn’t go back to prison after they escaped (oh no, wait…they did). So perhaps the seemingly finality of “escape” need not be so final. Thankfully, since we know there are two more seasons, it’s not. But it still leaves a rather large enigma: what next? Are they really going to fill next season’s episodes with flash forwards of Jack trying to rally Sayid, Sun, Hurley, Kate and Aaron (along with Locke’s corpse) back to the Island (of course come next season, they may not be flash forwards anymore)? A daunting task to say the least, given Kate and Hurley’s already-pronounced objections to doing so. I also say that it had the feel of a series finale because well, frankly, where was the cliffhanger? The Island “disappears” and we find out who is in the coffin along with this desire of the Island to get all the Oceanic 6 back to it, which Ben is assisting in. So, whereas I enjoyed it and am looking forward to next season, I felt a strong suspense was missing from the end of this season’s finale, one that had been so very prevalent in the last three seasons’ finales. But I digress because I still want to find out what the hell is up with that damn four-toed statue!

So we pick up where we left off and finally have confirmation that Jack and Kate’s secret airport meeting happens three years from when they get off the Island. I’m thinking that LOST is going to run in real time from now on, i.e., 2007 off the Island, with flash backs to the last three years, hopefully both on and off the Island. I am very interested in finding out what is happening with the remaining and surviving Losties in the next three years and what leads to Locke’s leaving the Island. What was the “something bad” that happened after Jack and the other 5 left the Island? And was Kate’s dream about Claire telling her not to let Aaron go back to the Island just a dream or was it a warning? Back to Jack and Kate, I think this was my favorite scene in the episode, as Kate slams the brakes on her Volvo as she was speeding away from her argument with Jack only to reverse back at the same speed (for a moment I thought she was going to run him down – how cool would that have been?) and fly out of the car with all the drama of Norma Desmond – I know I’d have much more fun with Sawyer or Keamy but hot damn, Kate! Too bad “Freckles” never found her eye liner or flat iron after the plane crashed, that would definitely have made for more exciting trysts with Sawyer.

We find out who’s in the coffin and that he’s been visiting everyone, including Walt, who comes to see Hurley in Santa Rosa to ask him why neither he nor any of the other “6” have been to visit him and why they are all lying about what happened. Hurley echoes the same reasoning that Jack gave them all originally – to protect those left behind on the Island. “Like my dad?” Walt asks. To which Hurley responds, “Um, yeah,” when he really means, “No, not really, your dad was a very tasty meal for a few schools of fish.” Okay, so when Walt did show up (and delivered his first line(s) since his “visit” to Locke in “Through the Looking Glass”) I expected him to sound like Barry White. I was just waiting for him to respond with “we got to get it together, baby” when Hurley asks him why he’s there but instead we get yet another cute reference to how “big” Walt has gotten. Luckily it is now three years later and (since it has been three years since Malcolm David Kelley has really been on the show) Walt finally looks passable for age-appropriate. What I still don’t understand about the lie is the need to mention that there were 8 survivors of the flight (not including Aaron) who were marooned on the fictitious island of Membata and three of them died, namely, Boone, Libby and Charlie. Why mention that there were other survivors at all? And why choose those three to name as the post-crash dead? I don’t believe that it was simply for purposes of making the story sound credible or that those three people “don’t matter” – there are no coincidences on “LOST,” and everything happens for a reason. I was just disappointed that this wasn’t included in last night’s revelation about the origins of the fabricated story.

Walt isn’t Sayid’s only visitor as he is later paid a visit from his mercenary-for-hire friend, Sayid, who kills a man outside before entering Hurley’s mental institution (did that sound naughty?). Sayid tells Hurley that he has to get him out of there and to “somewhere safe,” explaining that they are all being watched and “Jeremy Bentham” is now dead. Hurley insists that they are not going back to the Island, which Sayid assures him of. However, after Ben’s encounter with Jack at the funeral parlor, I wonder, since Sayid works for Ben now, if that was just telling Hurley what he wants to hear in order to get him to cooperate and come with him (let’s face it, it’s not like Sayid could have tranquilized Hugo and carried him off). So Hurley says goodbye to Mr. Eko (with whom he had apparently been playing chess) and follows Sayid. Now, I don’t recall Mr. Eko and Hurley being all that friendly or having all that much interaction on the Island before his untimely death-by-smoke-monster, so I found it odd that he would come and visit Hurley for a game of postmortem Chess, but I’ll digress as it’s probably unlikely that Charlie’s ghost is very good at the game.

I couldn’t imagine what would have topped Sun’s flash-forward scene from last week where she virtually bitch-slapped her father after taking over control of his company but finding out that Widmore is apparently not the second man (the first being her father, Mr. Paik) that Sun blames for the death of Jin was equally satisfying. In her rendezvous with Widmore in London, she confronts Widmore (now officially the “managing director” of Paik Industries) and after exchanging false pleasantries, tells him that he and she have “common interests,” seeing as how the “6” were not the only people to get off the Island, and that he should call her when he’s ready to talk. Widmore asks her why she wants to help him but Sun doesn’t answer, just walks away teary-eyed, showing that vulnerable girl who got on the plane instead of running away from her husband is still there inside the now very strong Sun we’ve come to know and love. Now the thought has not left me that she may be trying to align herself with Widmore as a way to entrap him, however, after Ben and Jack’s conversation in the funeral parlor when Jack is explaining how difficult it is going to be for him to convince the other 5 to come back to the Island with him, one of the reasons he mentions is that Sun blames him for Jin’s death. I therefore think that Sun has an altogether different and separate agenda from that of the rest of the “6” – i.e., Sayid’s desire to make Widmore pay, Jack’s desire to return home, Hurley’s desire to stay in Santa Rosa away from the numbers and Kate’s desire to be a mom and happy homemaker. I eagerly await the unfolding of this story line.


So the freighter ends up not being quite the safe haven that the Losties were expecting when they eagerly made their way off the Island. As we found out two weeks ago, the boat had more C4 on it than explosives and we finally learned last night that the detonator was a remote heart monitor strapped to Steamy Keamy’s bulging bicep (R.I.P. Keamy). Despite their laborious efforts, Desmond, Jin and Michael are unable to deactivate Keamy’s bomb, although Michael manages to delay the explosion long enough for the important Losties, i.e., Desmond, Jack, Sun, Kate, Hurley Aaron, Sayid and Jin to get back on the helicopter with Frank (note here that none of the other Losties that Farraday ferried onto the freighter were invited onto the helicopter). Oh no, wait, Jin didn’t quite make it. Having only 3 minutes to fuel up with only enough gas to get them back to the Island after they had barely made it to the boat (thanks apparently to Sawyer’s high dive) (I didn’t realize that gas prices had risen to $4 a gallon by that time or certainly they could have filled up a little more, right?), Jin made it out onto the flight deck just in time to see the helicopter fly away (despite Sun’s efforts to get the whirly bird to return for Jin) whilst the chopper had just enough time to fly beyond the reach of the freighter’s explosion (barely), giving us just enough survivors to make a nice round “6”. Yes 6 and only 6 because just as the helicopter was approaching the Island, it disappeared. The helicopter then ran out of gas and crashed into the ocean. The Losties float around on a raft for a while before they spot “The Searcher” (appropriately christened), Penny’s boat. They are rescued and develop their fake story with penny’s assistance. What happens to Penny, Desmond and Frank after the Oceanic 6 climb into a boat and sail for Sumba? If the “6” need to lie in order to protect the others who remained on the Island, then whom are they being protected from? If it’s supposedly Widmore, then what sort of jeopardy does that put Desmond in now that he is once again shacking up with Charles’ daughter? I can’t wait to find out.

Side bar: Thank gawd that Sawyer jumped out of the helicopter because OMFG, how f**king HOTT was it seeing him swim up on shore in nothing but his wet jeans? That deserves another “OMFG!”. That’s like the opening of a great porn scene right there. Oh what I wouldn’t have given to have been Elizabeth Mitchell when that scene was filmed. You know they had to have done it quite a few times (no doubt because Elizabeth kept flubbing up her lines – intentionally or by being flustered – hell, I would have). Thank you, Carlmon!

So Daniel managed to get at least 12 people off the Island (including Sun, Jin and Aaron). Of those, at least 10 were still on the freighter when it exploded. There were at least 6 more in the zodiac when the Island disappeared or “moved” and we don’t see Daniel and those 6 people thereafter. Could they have been still close enough to the Island that it took them with it when it “moved?” Moved because of Ben’s super strength – I’m sorry, but I had a hard time buying Ben’s ability to move that big frozen wheel, especially after he fell down the stairs and cut his arm, tearing his jacket, which, by the way, puts him in the exact condition that we found him in when he woke up in the Sahara Desert in The Shape of Things to Come. By the way, since Ben mentioned that he who moves the Island must leave and never return to it, did the Island propel Ben to the Sahara Desert during it’s “move”?? That must be how he ended up there because we know he couldn’t have used the giant “microwave” or “vault” that he had just blown up in the Orchid substation and because the wound on his arm was still fresh.

So the Island moves and Ben gets banished to the Sahara but not before Ben kills Steamy Keamy (having already been presumed dead after his encounter with Sayid and Richard Alpert following the ambush of Keamy’s men by the Others who killed them all to rescue Ben, for which they agreed to let Kate and Sayid go in exchange for their assistance in doing so, thus putting them on the leaky helicopter back to the exploding boat) even after Keamy told him that the device on his arm was a heart rate monitor that would activate a large bomb on the freighter in the event that his heart stopped beating. Keamy dies after Ben stabs him multiple times in the neck and the freighter blows up moments later (now, shouldn’t the freighter actually have blown up a day or so beforehand? Since, you know, the Island is allegedly operating in its own time zone, which is apparently much slower than time off the Island? Thoughts?) See now, I don’t understand where Ben tries to get off as if he is some kind of a “good guy.” He has never proven himself to be anything but the contrary and this incident is just another blatant example. Even after Locke forces him to see the gravity of his deed, Ben shies it away with his “So?”. If not Jack, then I certainly hope that the other person Sun blames for the death of her husband is Ben because he’s really the responsible one. Given her encounter with Widmore in London, I can’t help but wonder if this is part of her agenda, to align herself with Widmore in an attempt to find and bring down Ben. But I’ve slipped off track again…

Ben and Locke finally make it to the Orchid Station beneath the Orchid Station where, after Locke asks if this is “the magic box,” to which Ben responds with an absurd look on his face, “No,” (which I found hilarious) Ben sits Locke down in front of a television with the orientation video for the Orchid Station. Dr. Edgar Halliwax appears onscreen holding a bunny marked “15” and explains that one of the Island’s unique properties is the Casimir Effect and that the Orchid Station contains a “vault,” which is a chamber that somehow is able to harness or control this Casimir Effect in such a way that it allows those inside of it (organic matter only, apparently) to defy every law of physics, science, possibility or common sense and be transported through time. (For those of you unfamiliar with the Casimir Effect: In physics, the Casimir effect and the Casimir-Polder force are physical forces arising from a quantized field. The typical example is of two uncharged metallic plates in a vacuum, placed a few micrometers apart, without any external electromagnetic field. In a classical description, the lack of an external field also means that there is no field between the plates, and no force would be measured between them. For more, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casimir_effect). How this explains some ability to send people/things through time, I suppose lies only in the heads of Carlton and Damon. I was just disappointed that the show suddenly got so elementary. I mean, a time machine…really? Now that it’s blown up, I hope that they step up their game come Season 5. In any event, time machine or not, Ben through metal into it (as Ben was listening to Halliwax specifically say not to – the look on Locke’s face: priceless!) and turned it on, which caused a very similar result to when at 10 years old, my brother re-heated mashed potatos in the same stainless steel cookware my mother had made them in our new microwave – except our exploding microwave didn’t blow a hole through the kitchen wall. Even if it had, I don’t think it would have led to an underground freezing-cold cave with a huge wheel that would make my house disappear (if I’m wrong I’m sure my father would have broken it by now anyway).

On to Charlotte. After Daniel returns from dropping off his first load of Losties on the liner looming off the shore, he tracks down Miles and Charlotte and insists that they have to come with him now, on this next run or they may not make it off the Island. Miles refuses to go, citing no real reason. Charlotte prepares to leave with Daniel but not before Miles expresses his surprise at her desire to do so. He asks her why she would want to leave after after “all that time (she) spent trying to get back (there).” She feigns confusion and asks what Miles means by that but Miles is elusive, responding only with, “Hmmm, what do I mean?” and walks away. Obviously this conversation with Miles impresses upon Charlotte as she soon changes her mind and tells Daniel that she is going to stay, at least “for now.” Daniel urges her to come with him and insists that “for now” could be “forever,” but she only reasons that she is still looking for where (she) was born.” Which confuses not only us but Daniel as well. So…thoughts? Charlotte was on the Island before? Could she have been part of Dharma? Was she born on the Island? How did she get on the Island and how did she get off? She probably wasn’t an Other as Ben didn’t know her except by the dossier that Michael provided him with. I’m thinking that she was recruited by Dharma, much in the same way Ben’s dad was or perhaps how Juliet was, and then left the Island to pursue experiments elsewhere. Meanwhile, the “incident” happens and Charlotte is unable to get back to the Island, now under the control of Ben and the Others. I guess we’ll have to wait until February 2009.

That being said, it is with great sorrow that I bring 2008’s last issue of Ricky’s “LOST” Weekly to a close. After a very interesting season for television in the wake of the writers’ extended vacation, I am happy that “LOST” was able to recover and finish out a full season. I can only imagine how it may have suffered had the writers stayed on their couches much longer. I think this season was definitely a climactic one certainly when compared to 2 and 3 and look forward with great anticipation to how Carlmon wraps this all up come May 2010, which seems so…so…so long to wait. Thank you all for reading, I hope you have enjoyed this volume of my spiels. Now discuss and tawlk amongst yourselves until next year (really, only about 7 months away) when “LOST” will hopefully return on a better night and time – perhaps their old one on Wednesday evenings at 9:00 PM – those were the good old days, but I digress.

Ciao for now…

P.S. This is the website for the “commercial” in the middle of “LOST” last night: http://www.octagonglobalrecruiting.com/. It’s just a form to fill out to receive more information, probably about ComicCon, since those are the same dates.

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Ricky’s “LOST” Weekly – 02/15/08

Another contribution by Ricky L. Escoto – consultant and “LOST” expert extraordinaire:
“The Economist” – 02/14/08

OMG…BEST…EPISODE…EVER!!!!

So let’s just tackle the white elephant in the room right off the bat because I just cannot contain myself any longer: Sayid’s a hired assassin working for Ben? WTF? I totally did not see that one coming (oh and by the way, apparently Sayid is another one of the “Oceanic 6”)! Holy s**t! I find this particularly intriguing given Sayid’s own statement in just this very episode: “The day I trust Ben is they day I’ve sold my soul.” Irony! Another ironic observance is that while on the Island in this episode, Sayid is using diplomacy (with Locke re: Charlotte), he is calm, reasonable and wanting to handle things without blood shed. He is also making a point to honor a dead woman’s body (Naomi). Off the Island in the future, he becomes a cold, calculated and pragmatic assassin – for Ben, no less. I do so love the irony on this show, I mean it’s in such abundance! In addition to the irony though, I think that there’s a lot of “returning to his roots” going on with Sayid in this flash forward; remember, as Jack reminds us in this episode, Sayid was a torturer for the Iraqi Republican Guard prior to his beginning the events that lead up to his arrival on the Island. He’s used to being a “hired gun” for someone else’s cause. So perhaps it’s not so unfathomable that he could be coerced by Ben (who let’s face it, could probably talk an Eskimo into buying an air conditioner) into traveling around the world and killing off his enemies. So it would appear, by his own words, that Sayid has now sold his soul to Ben. However, it would appear as though he still has some heart and humanity with him as he is able to fall in love with Elsa in Berlin, whose employer he is supposed to be finding and killing, and when Ben is fixing his bullet wound later at the veterinary clinic, Sayid expresses reluctance in killing yet another person for Ben as he tries to give Sayid another name. Ben asks him, “Do you remember what happened the last time you followed your heart?” and reminds Sayid that the work they are doing “protects your friends.” So his soul may be “gone” but his heart and humanity would appear intact as he not only reluctantly goes about his business for Ben but does so in order to protect “his friends,” whom we can only assume are his fellow castaways, many of which were evidently left behind on the Island. This would be in correlation with my theory that Michael is Ben’s spy on the boat. Clearly, Ben (well, through his Others) was able to convince Michael to betray the other castaways and kill Libby and Ana Lucia in order to free Ben and then again to lure Jack, Sawyer, Kate and Hurley into the Others’ capture in order to save Walt and get off the Island. It would not surprise me further to believe that Ben could have convinced Michael to intercept the boat and be his spy on it in order to “save his friends,” whom he has now betrayed twice. I must admit, it makes for great television and all but I am sorely disappointed that Ben is still alive “post-Island”. I was really hoping that he would get what he has coming to hm in the form of a bullet to the brain at the conclusion of all of this but it doesn’t look like it. Oh well. Also, I would just like to point out a continuity issue probably due to some bad editing but when Sayid kills “Mr. Avellino” on the golf course he never puts his gun away and yet it’s just all of the sudden gone! Trust me, I re-watched that snippet several times and he never puts the gun away nor does he leave it behind and yet it magically disappears as he walks off the green.

So Sayid is the fourth person from the plane crash to officially (or at least publicly) get off the Island. We know now that Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid are among the infamous “Oceanic 6,” which individuals are apparently well known around the globe (or at least the story of their return is). And yes, I did say that Kate is among them because if any of you saw the preview for the next episode during the credits, they elude to what must be a flash forward of the Oceanic 6’s arrival back to the “real world” and Kate’s face is clearly shown among several photographers and press. So four down and two to go; we may possibly find out who they are in this next episode. If we continue with my current theory that Michael is Ben’s spy on the boat and ends up being one of the Oceanic 6 (beautiful irony after betraying all of his friends over and over again) then he is number 5 and I can only assume Walt will be number 6 (don’t you think Walt would bring Vincent with him? If so, perhaps that should be the “Oceanic 7,” unless they aren’t counting the dog). I am not forgetting the possibility that the “Oceanic 6” are not the only ones on the Island who may return home, just the only ones from the plane (at least that the world knows about). Sayid was not the only one to get on the helicopter with Frank at the end in order to go to the boat looking for answers; Desmond went with him. It is possible that Desmond too gets off the Island, possibly even Juliet (although something tells me she doesn’t make it back to the “real world,” especially in light of Jack’s complete breakdown at some point in his future off the Island. I just feel like if Juliet were off the Island, she’d be with him somehow). Sawyer is another possible “6” member as he and Kate have grown closer (and apparently sleep together again in Ben’s bedroom, as shown in next week’s preview). We have all alleged the possibility that Sawyer is the “he” to whom Kate refers to when telling Jack that “he will be wondering where I am,” in Jack’s flash forward from last season’s finale, “Through The Looking Glass”. We know Kate and Jack don’t end up together, that’s probably why.

Another possibility is that Ben is the “he” to whom Kate is referring. If Ben is able to secure Sayid’s services, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that he has Kate under his thumb as well. It could be that Ben does not have Jack in his employ and Kate could be in trouble or something for associating with Jack off the Island. It could be possible that there was a split among the “6” much like there was among the castaways on the Island between Jack and Locke. Perhaps in the series of events that will transpire between now and the flash forwards he have been privy to (which we do not know when in the future they occur) something happens that requires the people on the Island to choose between Ben and Jack (or Ben and nothing) and that decision leads to the “6” as well and continues off – Island. It is also entirely possible that on some level, all of the “6” have become “Others” and are working for Ben as his people “in the real world,” continuing his “mission” off the Island (a la Richard). I know it may now sound like I’m grasping at straws but another thought I had is that if we follow this and correlate it with Sayid’s reluctance of heart, perhaps at some point, Sayid reneges on this deal and decides he just can’t kill anymore. For this Ben may have him killed and he could be the one in that casket at the funeral only Jack attended. For his betrayal, Kate could be pissed off at him and that could have prompted her “why would I go to the funeral, Jack?” response in Jack’s flash forward from last season. That’s just a random thought, I know. I don’t know who could have died, the news of which would spark Jack’s suicide attempt but I’m still trying to hold on to my “Michael storyline” that he ends up being the spy on the boat, getting off the Island and then dying at a funeral that no one attends, including the castaways because they are all still mad at him for his betrayal.

So who are the people that Ben is having Sayid go around and kill? Clearly Elsa and Naomi worked for the same people (since they shared that bracelet). Well, that might not be as clear so much as an assumption but they did make a point of showing us both bracelets on both women. So Elsa and her employer probably work for the same company (maybe Elsa’s employer is Matthew Abbadon?) that employed Naomi and sent the boat to the Island. The same company that I had suggested was either part of the Others at one point and broke off from them; or is the Hanso Foundation seeking revenge on Ben and the Others; or is this elusive Maxwell Group, which we know that Penny Widmore’s father has ties to. Whatever this company is, they are Ben’s enemies and stand in the way of whatever his plot to take over the world is. Oh and at what point did Ben become a veterinarian? I mean, I realize that was a cover but since when does Ben know how to stitch up a bullet wound? I don’t know, that just perturbed me for some reason in spite of the timing of it with the awesome revelation that almost made me shit my pants (even though I was repeatedly exclaiming, “OMG, it’s Ben! OMG, it’s Ben!” over and over again throughout the whole scene prior to the revelation).

So on the Island, Jack discovers a photo of Desmond and Penny among Naomi’s things and tells Juliet, Kate and Sayid about it. He asks Juliet to go back to the beach and bring Desmond back to the helicopter with her since he assumes that the boat people are there for Desmond. Remember, Hurley, Charlie, Desmond and Sayid kept Naomi a secret from Jack for like a couple days and so he never knew about the photograph that she had with her. Sayid decides to “honor” the body of Naomi and put her to rest, finally closing her eyes (OMG, that was driving me crazy for the last two episodes) and pulling the blanket over her face. He discovers the bracelet, identical to the one he later sees on Elsa’s wrist, and notices an inscription “N., I’ll always be with you, R.G.”. Who is “R.G.”? Boyfriend? Lover? I found a couple of really ridiculous theories on Lostpedia hinting that it could be “Regina” from the boat and Naomi is a lesbian, or that “R.G” were the initials of the dead boy that Miles went and communicated with in his flashback and he could have been dating Naomi, which I also find ridiculous. So we’ll just have to wait and see on that one. Obviously, it is someone in her company because the initials are engraved on her “company bracelet”. Anyway, this prompts Sayid to demand he be taken to the boat and he uses Miles’ insistence that they go “rescue” Charlotte as collateral. He tells Frank that he will go and get Charlotte from Locke if he will promise to take him to the boat, to which Frank agrees. Sayid takes Kate and Miles with him to track down Locke and his “team”. Let’s not forget the great conversation that takes place between Jack and Kate here. After Sayid tells Jack that he is too “violent” (more irony) to take on this mission, Kate consoles him and tells him that now he knows how she feels. He jokes that maybe he should wait 20 minutes and go anyway and then tells Kate to go with Sayid. He says that he’s not worried about anything happening to her because Sawyer won’t let Locke hurt her, which prompts a realization on both their parts that this is a “complicated” situation between the three of them (or if you count Juliet, it’s a “Love Quadrangle”) and Kate sets off with Sayid and Miles, who Sayid is all to happy to have along. I was skeptical at first but when we find out that Sayid has cunningly “traded” Miles for Charlotte in order to fulfill his end of he and Frank’s agreement, I laughed.
Sayid, Kate and Miles arrive at the barracks to find them seemingly deserted and they find Hurley abandoned, tied up in a closet (very reminiscent of when the Others abandoned the barracks and took Locke with them leaving Juliet behind). Hurley tells them that he tried to protect Charlotte from Locke so they left him behind and he doesn’t know where they went but for stopping at Ben’s house first. Hurley even had me fooled. He was the perfect patsy. Who could possibly accuse or suspect Hurley of deception? Well apparently not Sayid either because when he, Kate and Miles explore Ben’s house they are ambushed by “Team Locke” but not before a very cool discovery by Sayid.

While rummaging through the house looking for clues (and finding a copy of the Holy Quran on Ben’s bookshelf) he sees that the bookshelf in the living room has been moved. Sayid moves it and discovers that there is a secret room filled with nice suits and clothes. Sayid finds a stash of currency from around the world (a really cool note here, apparently, among Ben’s foreign banknotes is an original Series E £20 note issued by the Bank of England, withdrawn in 2001. The design incorporates the face of Michael Faraday, whom you may remember from last week’s email is the English physicist for whom our character “Daniel Faraday” is named after and who made many discoveries regarding electromagnetism) and several passports. Sayid opens one of the passports revealing Ben’s photo with an alias, “Dean Moriarty” (by the way, any of you who are as much a fan of mysteries as I am will recognize the name “Moriarty” as Sherlock Holmes’ arch-nemesis – one of the greatest and earliest literary “super-villains” of all time). So this is Ben’s secret room. What the hell has he been using all of those passports for? How often does Ben get off the Island? What is he doing off the Island when “outside”? I am now more than ever excited to find out who the hell Ben really is and what the hell he and the Others are up to. What is their goal, their purpose?

After Sayid is held captive with Ben in the same game room that Kate was held captive in (the last time she and Sayid were abducted trying to infiltrate the barracks and save Jack) with Ben, no less. Locke comes in and chats with him. Sayid is able to convince Locke to hand over Charlotte (in exchange for Miles) because he does not trust the boat people either and if he brings Charlotte back, he has made an agreement to obtain passage to the boat itself, where he will be able to infiltrate the boat people and ascertain who they are, why they’re here and what they want. Sayid returns to the helicopter with Charlotte, sans Kate and Miles, just after Juliet has arrived with Desmond. Desmond confronts Frank about the picture of he and Penny that Naomi had. Frank denies knowing anything about it or Penny. Desmond demands that Frank take him on the helicopter to the boat, which he consents to. So Sayid throws Naomi on the helicopter and he and Desmond join Frank for a trip back to the boat but not before Daniel warns Frank to make sure he stays on the same bearing that they came in on, not deviating at all.

This warning by Daniel is presumably prompted by the unsettling discovery he made during his little “experiment” earlier on the Island. He sets up a beacon on a tripod and asks Frank for the satellite phone. Frank asks him why and Daniel responds that he wants to call Regina on the boat. Frank reluctantly hands the phone over but is insistent that if “Minkowski” picks up that Daniel hang up immediately, however. Why? Why does Frank not want Daniel to speak with Minkowski? Interesting… Anyway, Daniel asks Regina to find the signal from his beacon and send a rocket to it, which she does and counts out the number of kilometers until it’s arrival but when it “lands” on her radar at the target, Daniel cannot see it anywhere, which he finds very odd. Daniel is confused for awhile, but when the missile finally arrives, he becomes intrigued. He compares the times on the missile and the tripod to see that they are different by 31 minutes. When Daniel calls Regina again, she is confused at the result – claiming that it was “weird”. Daniel becomes very concerned, stating that this “goes beyond weird”. But a difference of 31 minutes would still not account for Walt’s aging or anything else that’s been alleged. Regina’s equipment told her that the missile arrived, 31 minutes before it actually arrived. It suggests that the island is somehow at a point 31 minutes behind the real world in the time-line. The subjective experience of time on or off the island is a totally different thing. I can only assume that the Island’s special electromagnetic properties somehow disrupt the normal properties of time in its vicinity as it relates to the rest of the world – or at least how time is calculated. A simple difference of 31 minutes could not be constant, for one thing, the voice calls are in real time, and for a second thing, time running at a different pace would result in a different period of lag at all times, instead of a constant 31 minutes. At best, the Island causes a disruption of everything going on on the Island as it relates to the outside world. Regina’s equipment said the rocket had arrived but the Island’s electromagnetism kept Regina’s equipment confused. That’s what I’m going with, that the Island just screws everything up and that’s what Daniel is there to discover and learn about it.

Okay that’s my spiel for this week; I think I hit everything important and fun. I just want to reiterate that I think this was by far the most exciting episode for me. I loved it!

Ricky’s “LOST” Weekly – 02/08/08

Conributed by Ricky L. Escoto – consultant and “LOST” expert extraordinaire:

“Confirmed Dead” – 02/07/08

So was it just me, or did last night’s amazing episode of “LOST” seem like the shortest ever? And yet there was so much going on.

Let’s start with the flashbacks and our introductions to the four new characters: Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies), the physicist; Miles Straume (Ken Leung), the ghost-hunter/psychic/spirtualist; Charlotte Lewis (Rebecca Mader), the anthropologist; and Frank Lapidus (Jeff Fahey) the allegedly drunken pilot, formerly of Oceanic Airlines, no less.

All of the flashbacks (with the exception of Naomi’s and Miles’) involve the new characters (we’ll call them “boat people”) finding out about the discovery of Oceanic Flight 815 by the Christiane I (the boat in the
Find815.com online interactive game, by the way) under the ocean at the bottom of the Sunda Trench. Each of the 4 new boat people are particularly, and very curiously, moved by the news. Daniel starts crying uncontrollably, Charlotte can’t stop reading about it and looking distressed and despondent over it and Frank gets upset and calls the airlines to tell them that the dead body they are claiming is the pilot of Oceanic Flight 815, Seth Norris (Greg Grunberg), is not really Seth Norris. Frank claims that Seth was married and always had his wedding ring on and that it was not possibly him. He then confesses that he knows this because he was in fact supposed to be the pilot on Oceanic Flight 815 that day! As a side note here: The Sunda Trench is nowhere near the Sydney-LA route of Flight 815; why was wreckage found there and not in the Pacific?

Despite the fact that Miles is some weird “ghost hunter” and Charlotte found a polar bear fossil with a Dharma collar on it in Tunisia, I found Frank’s to be the most exciting flashback of the five. Why was he not on Flight 815? Is it because he is a drunk and he was to sauced to fly that day so Seth stepped in? I don’t know – maybe, but I’m sure it wasn’t out of sheer coincidence; I think we all have learned that there are no coincidences among the people and events surrounding the Island and our castaways’ arrival there. By the way, the name “Frank Lapidus” is an anagram for “Farads link up.” The Farad is a unit of electrical capacitance, named after physicist Michael Faraday.

Now what the hell was a polar bear’s fossil doing buried in Tunisia? How long has it been there? Okay forget that for a moment – how the hell did the dead animal get a Hydra collar around it’s neck? Remember, the Hydra was the Dharma station on the “other island” that Ben and The Others were holding Kate, Sawyer and Jack captive at. So how did a polar bear get from the Island to Tunisia? Furthermore, why was Charlotte so happy to see it? By the way, the name “Charlotte Staples Lewis” (which was a season 4 clue word in the Find815 online game) is a reference to the British writer and scholar, Clive Staples Lewis. Lewis is better known as the author, C.S. Lewis, who among many other literary works, is most famous for his series of Christian-themed children’s books entitled, The Chronicles of Narnia. Both Charlotte and C.S. attended Oxford University (according to Ben Linus’ detailed account of Charlotte’s personal details). Miles Straume shows up at some old lady’s house, “Mrs. Gardner” to expel the ghost/spirit of her murdered grandson. He does this with the use of a vacuum cleaner, which apparently, as it was rigged, is a device that makes and spreads cold air. It’s apparently a “common device” that real-life “ghost busters” use to flush spirits out of their hiding places. Using this device, he is apparently able to communicate with the dead grandson, whom I can only assume begs Miles to let him stay. Miles agrees to lie to the grandmother if the spirit tells him where a huge wad of cash is. Miles takes the cash and leaves, telling Mrs. Gardner that she can have a 50% refund and tells her that her grandson is gone and at peace. By the way, the name ‘Miles Straume’ is a play on the word “maelstrom”, which means a powerful whirlpool or a swirling mass of water. Could that be a telling of things to come? Miles seems very troubled and certainly proved to be the most dangerous of the 4 new boat people.

Daniel Faraday seems to be the “weakest link” of the bunch and this is made very evident to us when we first seem him crying over the discovery of Oceanic Flight 815 and all the dead passengers. He can’t explain why he’s crying when asked by his wife. However, “Daniel Faraday” has the most interesting connection to the Island. It could be that Daniel is named after Michael Faraday (Died: 1867) was an English physicist who researched electromagnetism. Michael Faraday’s discoveries led to the development of Faraday cages, an enclosure used to block outside radio and electromagnetic waves. James Clerk Maxwell (can anyone say “Maxwell Group”?) took the work of Faraday, and others, and consolidated it with a set of equations that form the basis of modern theories of electromagnetic phenomena. This triumph of 19th century physics led inevitably, in combination with the mathematics of Minkowski (what’s the name of the guy who keeps answering the phone on the boat?), and others, to Einstein’s theory of relativity. Coincidence? I think not. The Island, is after all, heavily grounded with electromagnetic waves. In fact, the Dharma Inititative was there studying it and how to use and control the electromagnetic energy housed by the Island.

We also find out that Naomi Dorrit (Marsha Thomason) was hired by Matthew Abbadon (whom we met last week when he visited Hurley in the Santa Rosa Mental Health Clinic). Now I highly doubt that Matthew actually works for Oceanic Airlines (I don’t think any of us believe that) but who then is he working for? What is his organization’s purpose in hiring Naomi to lead Frank, Miles, Charlotte and Daniel to the Island on a freighter boat? The most interesting thing about the flashback conversation between Matthew and Naomi was that Naomi knew that the plane found in the Sunda Trench was not Oceanic Flight 815 (at least not the real one) and Matthew had to correct her and insist that there were no survivors of Flight 815. Note as well the actual dialogue between Naomi and Matthew: She thinks the 4 new boat people are not the right for this “mission” as they lack military or field experience. She says it’d be a disaster without protection. “You are their protection”, Abbadon says. Naomi replies that it’s a “high risk, covert operation in unstable territory, especially with four untrained operatives” and is worried about what to do if she runs into survivors of the real flight 815. Now that’s intriguing.

Why these five people? What purpose could they each serve? Does Abbadon’s organization know about the Island’s special properties? Do they know about Jacob? Could Miles be there to commune with the Island? Daniel there to figure out how to work with the electromagnetic field on the Island? What’s Charlotte’s role? And pilots must be a dime a dozen – why a drunken one who probably got fired from Oceanic Airlines for flying drunk and that’s why he wasn’t the pilot of Flight 815? Who is Naomi? A hired mercenary or a “Michael Clayton” at Abbadon’s organization who gets assigned “messes” to “clean up”?

We now know that Naomi and her band of misfits were sent to get Ben. Why? Is the Hanso Foundation and/or the Maxwell Group after Ben because he killed all the people from the Dharma Initiative? Have they finally found the Island and this is their big chance to get him and stop him from whatever it is he’s doing there? Or maybe this is their chance to take back the Island and continue their own plans with it. Who then are the real bad guys here? Are Ben and the Others really doing something good for the world and Abbadon’s organization is trying to stop it? Or is Abbadon’s organization the real heroic group and they are trying to stop Ben’s “Pinky & The Brain-esque” take over the world/enslave the human race campaign? Franky, I don’t trust either of them. Could Abbadon’s organization be the Maxwell Group? If so are they a faction of The Others that disbanded and is now trying to kill Ben and take over the Island? Are they “rivals” of The Others, both working towards the same goal but the Others have control of the Island and Abbadon’s people need it?

Here’s another enigma, if the helicopter was coming to “rescue” or “find” the castaways, then why were each of the boat people “pushed out”? Was it really crashing? I am wholly skeptical of this in light of the fact that after all the “chaos” (as Charlotte so eloquently put it) we saw at the beginning of the episode, Frank was able to calmly and safely land the helicopter in the perfectly-sized clearing on the Island. Maybe there are no coincidences on the Island, but there sure is a lot of convenience. The helicopter is struck by lightning and is on its way down, three of the passengers have to abandon ship, scattering all over the Island, and then at the last minute, Frank is able to recover and land it just fine? Where did the bump/cut on his head come from? How was he knocked unconscious then?

Jack and Kate find Faraday at the end of last week’s episode. Daniel uses the satellite phone to find the other boat people who fell out of the helicopter. When they find Miles, he attacks Jack and holds them at gunpoint until they bring him to the body of Naomi. Apparently, Miles wanted to make sure that Naomi hadn’t been murdered by Jack, Kate or the other castaways by speaking with her spirit or communing with the dead body somehow. After he’s satisfied that at least Jack nor Kate did Naomi any harm, they are ambushed by Sayid and Juliet carrying guns. Together they all search for Charlotte but it’s too late as Locke and his crew have already found her and are holding her captive after Locke ties Charlotte’s tracking device to Vincent’s collar and sends him running through the jungle. It is only after Jack, Kate, Sayid and Juliet find Frank that they discover why the boat people are on the Island really (at least partially). When Juliet introduces herself to Frank, he quickly realizes that she was not on Flight 815 and has been on the Island for some time, calling her a “native”. This news enrages Miles who pulls out a very old picture of Benjamin Linus, shoves it in Juliet’s face and demands to know where he is. Flash back to Locke and his crew now becoming very interested and suspicious of Charlotte – Ben especially as he steals Karl’s gun and shoots Charlotte in the chest. Sawyer attacks Ben and beats him yet again. Locke realizes that Charlotte is still alive and helps her up. He then takes Sawyer’s gun and decides it is finally time to end Ben’s life but not before Ben riddles off all the personal information about Charlotte and her three other companions. Informing everyone present that they are here for no good and that they are here for Ben. How does he know this? He has a man on the boat!

Who is this mysterious man that Locke has on the boat? Hmmmm? Very interesting to say the least. My theory – it’s Michael. It makes sense and the timing works out. In fact, if it’s not Michael, I may be disappointed because I think that the way the episode ended last night is a perfect build up to a climactic boom – welcome back Michael. So I figure Ben and Michael have a side deal to intercept the boat, get “rescued” by it on its way to the Island and then filter information about the boat, it’s inhabitants and their mission to Ben. It would be so awesome and further justify my contempt for Michael. It would be a perfect story line for Michael: gets his son – crashes on the Island – son gets kidnapped – he gets his son back with a special deal to screw over all of his fellow castaways after killing two of them and agrees to intercept the boat and help thwart their plans for the Island by filtering information to Ben – gets off the Island (as per he and Ben’s agreement) as one of the “Oceanic 6,” then dies of something that the Island probably would have cured him of and no one attends his funeral but Jack. I love it!!

Okay, an important part of the story that I didn’t forget about but didn’t work into my stream of thought above. When Locke’s group is wandering across the Island through the jungle, Sawyer realizes that they aren’t going to the barracks and Locke says they are going to the cabin first. Did you see the look on Ben’s face when Hurley told Locke that he thought the shack/cabin was in the other direction? Priceless!!! Ben is not happy about finding out that Locke and Hurley have had experiences with Jacob/the cabin. Ben couldn’t handle that Locke was “special” too like he was but now so is Hurley? You know that has to be killing him – I love it! So Sawyer asks Locke who told him that the boat people are bad people. Locke responds that it was Walt, only TALLER!! Sawyer asks Locke what he meant by “taller”? So this is how they are handling the whole Walt aging 4 years in 94 days thing. LoL. It is either “genius” or corny but I thought it was hilarious. Locke then adds that Walt told him that he had “work to do” and that he had to “stop Naomi from bringing the rest of her people”. Sawyer asks why he didn’t ask any questions and he says because Ben shot him and Walt saved him. Sawyer is doubtful but Locke lifts his shirt to show his wound, saying the bullet went through him and he’s lucky he doesn’t have a kidney where the bullet went through or he’d be dead. Hello! Again, no coincidences! Had Locke’s dad never stolen his kidney, he would have died in that open grave! I love the “butterfly effect”.

Okay, that’s it for me today. Now discuss and tawlk amongst yourselves. I’m eager to hear your thoughts and theories.