Episode 6:14 (The Candidate)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Another FABULOUS episode.  Things are really picking up, as they should be with only three episodes left in the entire LOST series.  The Candidate didn't have many hilarious moments, but it was an episode that will live in LOST history, so I feel obligated to recap the episode, despite the sad tone.

First we need to see if we learned any new answers to the 42 questions this week.
6. Man In Black (Jacob’s Nemesis) – Since Walt and Locke played backgammon in the pilot episode; fans have known that black and white hold symbolic significance in the world of LOST. So when Jacob’s Nemesis shows up on the beach wearing black while Jacob is wearing white, we knew that the scene was significant. But who, exactly is the man in black, why does he want to kill Jacob? How did he get to the island? Is he really bad, as his black shirt leads us to believe? How does he have the ability to become ‘Flocke’? Also, is there a biblical connection to the story of Jacob and Esau, in which two brothers fight for ‘birthright’ to rule over their father’s wealth and authority? Seems awful likely to this humble fan.

After the death of Sun, Jin, and Sayid we can safely (finally) say that the Man in Black, Flocke, Smokey is bad.  That's the biggest lesson from this episode, and one of the bigger questions that was left to be answered.  Now we can move on with the plot and root for Jack. 

Also, I think we learned a few new things about Flocke

First, it appears that he need to kill all the candidates, make sure they are all crossed off the list, in order to leave the island.  He said that he needed them all together to leave, but really it looks like he needed them all together so he could kill them. 

Second, Jack seemed to be right in his assessment that Flocke can't kill the candidates.  Much like he couldn't kill Jacob, the candidates are off limits.  This explains why in Episode 4 of this season (The Substitute) Flocke saw the boy in the jungle when he was with Sawyer and the boy said, "You know the rules, you can't kill him,".   Is Flocke going to utilize his relationship with Sclaire (This is what I would like to start calling Scary Claire, okay?)  to get her to kill the leftover candidates (Sawyer, Jack, and Hurley)?

Now for The Strange, The Kick-Ass, and The Hilarious.

Off Island
The Strange
1. Why would Bernard have to do emergency dental surgery on John Locke and Anthony Cooper?  I mean, Locke's paralyzed and Cooper is in a vegetative state.  Teeth, not important in the long run. 
2. Jack keeps running into people from 815, but doesn't seem freaked out.  Why not?
3. John Locke muttering "Push the button" and "I wish you would believe me".

The Kick-Ass
1. At the end of the episode, Jack tells John, "I with you would believe me."  Those were the words written in Locke's suicide letter to Jack.
2. Claire's music box played "Catch a Falling Star", the song she use to sing to Aaron, and the song her father use to sing to her. 
3. Jack eats an Apollo bar from the vending machine.  The same candy bar he tries to get out of the machine in Season 5, Episode 17 (The Incident, Part II).

The Hilarious

On Island
The Strange
1. Sayid's transformation from dark to light.  Seems that he's been able to overcome the "sickness" in his heart.  Was this transformation because he didn't kill Desmond?
2. Sayid's last words to Jack.  He told Jack where Desmond was, told him Desmond was important, and told Jack he was going to be the one.  Does that mean "the candidate"?

The Kick-Ass
2. SEAMUS IS DEAD.  That guy was lame.

The Hilarious
1. Sawyer and Kate back in the sex cages again.  A little funny. 

Season Finale

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Two Updates on the final LOST episode ever:

1. It will be two and a half hours long.  Not two hours.  Sweet.

2. It's called "The End".

Possible Constants?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Since Episode 11 (Happily Ever After), I've been thinking about who will be each others "constants".  By constant, I mean that people who are on the island together, and are now meeting in the flash-sideways, may be the key to helping each other remember their island lives.  We know Charlie saw Claire, Desmond saw Penny, and Hurley and Libby are each other's constants, but who else is connected?  Well, I've developed a chart with possible constants.  Each line is numbered and I've listed an explanation below.  The graphic is a bit hard to see, so the numbers begin at the top and follow from left to right.  You can also click on the graphic to see it close up.

1. Kate Austen and Jack Shephard - They've always been connected on the island and were together for a while off the island during Seasons 4 and 5, they were even engaged before Jack went on a bender with alcohol and pills.  I also think there was a brief look of recognition between them when Jack and Kate bumped into each other on the plane.  And in Episode 3 (What Kate Does) she spots Jack outside the airport while she's in the taxi cab.  She definitely has a moment of "Do I know you?". 

2. Daniel Faraday and Charlotte Lewis - In Episode 11 (Happily Ever After) Daniel tells Desmond that he saw Charlotte in the museum and had a feeling of love wash over him, like he had already loved her.  Constants?  I'd say so, though we've yet to see either of them actually together in the flash-sideways.

3. Charlotte Lewis and James "Sawyer" Ford - In Episode 8 (Recon) Sawyer and Charlotte go on a date and end up back in Sawyer's bed.  Now the pair didn't exchange any looks of recognition but Charlotte did seem extra interested in Sawyer's underwear drawer.

4. James "Sawyer" Ford and Kate Austen - Fate seems to keep bringing these two lovers back together in the flash-sideways world.  First in the airport elevator, then in the alley when Kate's car hit Sawyers, and now in the police station.  Again, the two haven't shared any looks of recognition, but maybe they need a big old smooch like Hurley and Libby to send them back to island time.

5. Daniel Faraday and Desmond Hume - No looks of recognition during their conversation in Episode 11 (Happily Ever After), but all I have to say is, "If all else fails, Desmond Hume is my constant".

6. Desmond Hume and Penny Widmore - I think we can confirm this one.  Penny has always been Desmond's constant and the flash-sideways world is no different. 

7. James "Sawyer" Ford and Sayid Jarrah - Well, we're getting to the end of the season, and these two guys have been brought together in the flash-sideways.  Could they remind each other of the island?  I'm not sure, because they didn't exactly have a strong connection on the island, but since they're together now, they could be each other's link.

8. Kate Austen and Aaron Littleton - I'm not sure a constant can be an unborn baby, but Kate surely had an emotional reaction to the whale toy that she pulled out of Claire's bag.  And I don't think it was because Kate felt any guilt for stealing from a pregnant lady.  Could Aaron be Kate's connection back to the island?

9. Jack Shephard and Desmond Hume - In the season premiere, Jack had a difficult time placing where he knew Desmond from. Could it possibly be Jack was having a few memories of their time together on the island?

10. Jack Shephard and John Locke - Desmond hit John Locke with his car, forcing him into the surgery room of Dr. Jack Shephard.  The two have always been polar opposites (the man of science v. the man of faith) and now it seems that Jack is the likely candidate to replace Jacob and protect the world from Flocke.  Could bringing these two together bring them back to their island memories?  I think I'd bet my money on it.

11. Sun Kwon and John Locke - Seeing Locke at the hospital sent Sun into a panic in Episode 13 (The Last Recruit).  She must have been seeing Flocke, not Locke, but why?  It doesn't seem to follow that Locke would be Sun's constant, you would think that would be Jin's role, but he's the only one who has sent Sun back to the island.

12. Sun Kwon and Jin Kwon - It seems that true love tends to prevail in the world of constants, so it seems like Sun and Jin should be each others. 

13. Jack Shephard and Claire Littleton - Brother and sister, helping each other remember the island?  I'm not betting money on it, but stranger things have happened.  Also, they're tied together now in the flash-sideways plot line.

14. John Locke and Ben Linus - These two characters definitely have some on-island history, and now they're teaching at the same school.  Again, they haven't shared any "Do I know you?" moments, but I still think they could be each other's key.

15. Claire Littleton and Charlie Pace - Charlie saw Claire in his 'almost-dead' dreams, remembering how much he loved her in another time.  Now, if they're reunited in the flash-sideways, will Claire have the same feelings toward Charlie?

16. Ben Linus and Alex Rousseau - He raised her as his own on the island, then got her killed, but seems to have remorse for his crime. Now he's her teacher (still a bit creepy though).  No looks of recognition, but Alex could bring memories of the island life rushing back to Ben.

17. Hugo "Hurley" Reyes and Libby Smith - Write this one in the books, fans!  Their kiss sent Hurley flying back to his time on the island. 

18. Claire Littleton and Aaron Littleton - Again, I'm not sure if an unborn child can be a constant, but if Aaron is Claire's past-life connection, this may explain her automatically knowing his name when she saw his ultrasound photo.

18.  Kate Austen and Claire Littleton - Kate and Claire's connection has grown in the past season, as Kate's only goal for returning to the island is to bring Claire back to Aaron.  Fate put them in the same taxi cab, so could their connection remind them both of the island?

There are my thoughts, have I missed any?

The LOST Boy

Monday, May 3, 2010

I just wanted to make a quick post on the mysterious boy who has appeared twice in the jungle.  First we saw him in Episode 4 (The Substitue).  He had blood on his hands, appeared to Flocke and said "You know the rules, you can't kill him", possibly referring to Sawyer.  Sawyer could also see him, but Richard couldn't.  This is what he looked like:

Here's another close up:

Now this mysterious boy appeared again in Episode 12 (Everybody Loves Hugo).  But he was older looking, and had darker hair.  He didn't say anything, but he smiled at Desmond.  Both Desmond and Flocke could see him.  Here's what he looked like in Episode 12:

Same boy, same actor, but why does he look so much older?  Why does he have dark hair?  And who the heck is he?  I thought he was Aaron earlier, but now I'm not so sure.  Any ideas?

Here's what the casting call for this character said:

Guest character: TEENAGE BOY - Caucasian, 12-14. Dirty blond hair. Wise beyond his years. He's got intense, searching eyes. He's dealt with a horrible family accident. Even at a young age, he has been put in charge of something very important, and it weighs heavily on his shoulders. RECURRING GUEST STAR.

Horrible family accident...
Add this to the list of mysteries!

6:13 (The Last Recruit)

Prior to this post, I've officially written 42 blog entries.  Let's take a moment to honor this great LOST number.

Okay, Episode 13 (The Last Recruit) was a pretty action packed episode.  It took on a new form, not focusing on one LOSTies life on the flip side, but focusing on almost all of our favorite LOSTies.  I have a feeling that this may be the format for the show from here on out. 

Here's a run down of what we learned.

2. Claire Littleton – Our favorite island mother has been missing since Season 4, Episode 10 (Something Nice Back Home). We know she saw her father, Christian Shephard, leaves Aaron behind, and wanders off in the jungle night with her dead dad but we don’t know why! What happened to Claire that could take her from doting mother to jungle wander? Why did she leave Aaron behind? We see her in Season 4, Episode 11 (Cabin Fever) seemingly relaxed and Aaron-free sitting in Jacob’s cabin with Christian, but again we receive no explanation of why she’s left her child behind. Let’s hope Season 6 gives us some Claire related clarity!

Thanks to Kate, Claire is on her way back to Aaron.  Well, that is if Widmore's people don't kill Sawyer's merry-bunch first.  I respect Kate for sticking to her guns and bringing Claire back with her to Aaron, but I'm not sure Claire is fit to be a mother.  Will Claire be reunited with Aaron and can they live happily ever after?  Also, Claire seems really damaged from being 'left behind'.  She wasn't too happy with Jack for leaving her when they left the island at the end of Season 4.

14. Love quadrangle – Who ends up with who? – Don’t pretend you don’t want to know. Are you a Jate (Jack and Kate), a Skate (Sawyer and Kate), a Suliet (Sawyer and Juliet), or a Jacket (Jack and Juliet)? Whoever you’re rooting for, let’s hope this complex love story gets wrapped up in Season 6.

Jack jumped the boat, leaving Kate in Sawyer's camp.  Also, Kate and Sawyer were once again reunited in the flash-sideways universe.  Could they be each other's link to the island, similar to Claire/Charlie, Desmond/Penny, Daniel/Charlotte, and Hurley/Libby?

29. Why did the Others choose Cindy and the children? – Cindy was a flight attendant on Oceanic 815 and a survivor of the crash with the other Tailies. She went missing when the Tailies were journeying to the beach camp along with Zach and Emma. We later learn that they’ve been living with the Others and Cindy and Emma come to talk to Jack when he’s captured at the Hydra station in Season 3, Episode 9 (Stranger in a Strange Land). Jack asks Cindy why she’s with the Others. She tells him that they are there “to watch”. So why Cindy, Emma, and Zach out of all of the survivors? What’s Cindy’s connection to the Others and did it exist before the crash?
Could this episode have marked the end for Cindy, Emma, and Zach?  They were on the beach with Flocke's camp when Widmore bombed them.  This may have been their last episode.

30. Christian Shephard – We know he’s more than just Jack father, but what’s going on with Christian Shephard? When Jack saw visions of his father during Season 1, were they really visions or has something possessed Christian’s body? Why does Christian lure Claire into the jungle? Why does Christian appear in Jacob’s cabin?

Flocke admitted to Jack that he was Christian Shephard earlier in the series.  Do we believe him?  I'm not sure.
This episode was full of great moments, so let's get to The Strange, The Kick-Ass, and The Hilarious for this week. 
Off Island
The Strange
1. In the ambulance John Locke refers to Helen as the women he was going to marry, not the women he is going to marry.  Was old Locke leaking through?
2. Sun's reaction to John Locke at the hospital.  Did she recognize him as Flocke from the island?
3. Illana has no accent in the flash-sideways world.  But she does have incredibly nice hair. 
The Kick-Ass
1.  When Jack looks down at Locke before surgery, he sees Locke's face in the mirror.  Mirrors have been really important to this season, and I think there's some kind of message about the connection between Locke and Jack hidden in this mirror. 
2. John Locke's dural sac is messed up, which is the exact same issue the patient had in Jack's story he told Kate in the pilot episode.  (He cut the dural sac and had to count to 5 to try not to throw up).  Cool connection to season one.
The Hilarious
1. Is Desmond stalking Claire?  How else would he know where she was going to be?
2. David Shephard was a little too happy this episode.  He bordered on corny.
3. For someone who was in the Iraqi Army, Sayid certainly fell hard for Sawyer's trick with the hose. 
4. Jack's reaction to the nurse prior to John Locke's surgery.  She tells him things are really bad and he responds by saying, "Oh yeah, I've got this". 
On Island
The Strange
1. Is Desmond dead or isn't he?  Can Sayid come back from the dark side?
2. Is Jack with Flocke?  Or is Jack going to ensure that Flocke is never freed from the island?
The Kick-Ass
1. I'm glad Sun and Jin are back together, but couldn't we have made that moment a bit more touching?  It seemed a little anti-climatic. 
The Hilarious
1. Sawyer looked like a cologne ad throughout this entire episode. 
2. Is Frank going to come into play somehow?  Right now I feel like he's kind of dead weight.
Another thing I appreciated about this episode was the on-island/off-island mirroring. 
1. Jack and John reunited both on and off island.
2. Jack and Claire reunited both on and off island.
3. Sawyer and Kate together on and off island.
4. Jin tells Sun they'll always be together both on and off the island.
Another thought.  It seems that if Flocke speaks to you, you are powerless against him.  So who hasn't Flocke spoken to?  The only person I can think of is Miles.  Will he, Richard, and Ben become important again?

Recap 6:12 (Everybody Loves Hugo)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I don't know a single person who doesn't love Hurley, so I think this title is spot on and so was the episode.  A nice continuation of Episode 11 (Happily Ever After) and the LONG awaited return of Libby made this episode of Season 6 amazing.  Additionally, the baby photos used at the beginning of this episode are actually Jorge Garcia and who wasn't wondering what a little Hurley actually looked like?!

So what did we learn from Episode 12?

10. Libby – Gasps were heard around the world when Michael shot Libby at the end of Season 2 and LOST fans have been waiting for the show to wrap up the Libby plot line for four seasons. So why was she in the Santa Rose Mental Hospital with Hurley? And why didn’t they recognize each other on the island years later? Online rumors abound that the Libby story will not be tackled in Season 6, because Cynthia Watros (a Michigan native) won’t return to Hawaii to pick up the Libby role, but I hope the creators find a way to wrap it up with or without her.

So Libby's alive and well (well, kind of well) in the flash-sideways world.  It was great to see Libby and Hurley together again, smooching on the beach like they never got to before.  It seems like Libby is Hurley's "constant"; the connection between his two worlds. 

26. Hurley’s dead people visions – is he just crazy? – We know Hurley’s had a couple of stints in Santa Rosa Mental Institution, but are his visions really just a result of his mental instability? Desmond’s visions meant his consciousness could move through time, so do Hurley’s visions mean more than meets the eye?

Hurley's ability to speak with the dead is really benefiting him this season.  He's been able to utilize this skill to take more control than he's ever been able to have before.  I'm glad that this trait has proved to be good.

37. Why does the island whisper? – The whispers are one of the original island mysteries. Many have speculated that the voices are the island’s dead trying to communicate with the living. Others think that the voices may be in a parallel reality and the island is the point where these two worlds meet. Other theories include the Others and Smokey. Who knows? Not me! What I do know is that the whispers have occurred in every season, so I wouldn’t be surprised to hear more whispers in Season 6.

Michael returned to clear up an old school LOST mystery.  The whispers are the dead, stuck on the island, unable to move on.  Nice.
How about the latest edition of The Strange, The Kick-Ass, and The Hilarious?  Okay, if you insist!
Off Island
The Strange
1. It took near death experiences for Desmond and Charlie to see their loves.  Libby says she was watching TV when she saw Hurley and felt something.  Is this true or did something else happen?
2.How did Desmond know Hurley and Libby would be at that beach? Creepy.
3. Why did Desmond hit John Locke with his car.  Revenge?  To bring John Locke and Jack together? Something I'm missing?
The Kick-Ass
1. Dr. Chang and the statue Hurley got of a dinosaur. Awesome.
2. Hurley was being honored for donating money to the Golden State Natural History Museum.  This is where Charlotte works and where Eloise Widmore was hosting her dinner in Episode 11 (Happily Ever After).
3. Hurley's grandpa is alive in this reality.  In the old one, he died right after Hurley won the lotto, because Hurley was "unlucky".
4. Desmond was number 42 at Mr. Clucks. 
The Hilarious
1. Hurley's mom Carmen is just as worried about him finding a women in this reality as she was in the old one.
2. There was an island drawing on the chalk board of the Santa Rosa Mental Institution rec room. Also, someone was paying Connect Four, which is the game Leonard played at the institution when he used to utter the numbers. 
On Island
The Strange
1. Richard, Miles, and Ben splitting off from the group.  Where did they go?  Are they okay?
2. The child in the jungle is back.  Desmond could see him and the boy smiled at him.  Why?
The Kick-Ass
1. The reappearance of Michael.  Since this is the last season I'd like to see as many of the original LOSTies as possible. 
2. Illana exploding.  Whoa.
3. Hurley taking charge.
The Hilarious

Recap 6:11 (Happily Ever After)

After an extended hiatus (necessary to finish my final exams and get a graduate degree) The LOST Loophole is officially back and better than ever.  I'm bringing you backlogged up-dates on Episodes 11 (Happily Ever After), 12 (Everybody Loves Hugo), and 13 (The Last Recruit).  I also promise to bring you the latest and greatest in LOST news for the next five weeks.

So let's get right to it.  Episode 11 (Happily Ever After) was one of my absolute favorite LOST episodes ever.  Desmond episodes rarely disappoint, but I thought this one hit it out of the ballpark (or the giant stadium in the middle of LA that's always open in the middle of the night for random people to run the stairs).  I thought it set the tone for the rest of the season and really started to pick up the excitement.  It made me anxious to see how everything ends.

So what did we learn?  Let's review the questions that were answered this episode.  The list is short, since this episode centered around Desmond, but still worth looking at.

34. Why isn’t the island done with Desmond yet? – My favorite Scotsman, Desmond has a unique gift that makes him a central character in the story of the island. We know that Desmond spent time as a monk, in the Royal Scottish Regiment, and as a set designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company, but he’s one of the only main character’s whose childhood is still a mystery to loyal viewers. Are there clues to Desmond’s special powers hidden in his childhood? In Season 5, Episode 6 (316) Eloise Hawking tells Desmond that the island isn’t done with him yet. So what does the island have in store for Desmond and will it take him away from Penny again (I’m just not sure I can bare that pain again!).

Well, unfortunately Desmond has been taken away from Penny again, this time by her father Charles Widmore.  For someone who's been such a jerk to Desmond in the past, Desmond was surely ready to help him.  I'm not sure I would have been so trusting of WidmoreWidmore seems to think that the electromagnetic activity of the island and Desmond's ability to withstand death from it have something to do with saving the world.  Lots of fans have long thought that Desmond is the key to the entire show, and it sure seems like things are heading that way.

35. Eloise Hawking – The character of Eloise Hawking really embodies what is so fabulous about LOST. A character with a brief appearance in Season 3, Episode 8 when she encounters Desmond and lectures him about destiny, Eloise then appears again in Season 5 and plays a central role in the island’s story. There are still many questions surrounding the woman who spent the 1950’s as the leader of the Others on the island. We know that she was on the island, where she was pregnant with Charles Widmore’s child. We know that she must have left the island at some point, but we have no idea why or when. We know her child is Daniel Faraday, but we don’t know why his last name is Faraday or why she hid Charles Widmore as his father. We know she pushed Daniel to the island, but did she know that a younger version of herself would kill him once he’s on the island? Why does she continue to meddle in the affairs of the island? Does she work for Widmore or for someone else connected to the island?

So in the flash-sideways Eloise is married to Charles Widmore and is mother to a living Daniel Faraday, but she still seems to know something about Desmond and his life on the island, or his life with Penny at least.  What's her deal?  And what's her connection to the island?

So not a lot of questions answered, but a lot of material for this edition of The Strange, The Kick-Ass, and The Hilarious.

Off Island
The Strange
1. In Widmore's LA office, there is a picture of scales, with black rocks on one side and white rocks on the other side.  The scale is totally in balance.  Is this some kind of message about the balance of good and evil in the flash-sideways world?  Also, why is Widmore in LA and not in England?
2. When Desmond and Charlie surfaced in the water by the pier, there were totally people standing close by, but no one came to help.  What the heck?
3. How does Eloise know, like, everything?

The Kick-Ass
1. The return of George Minkowski.  He's awesome!
2. The return of MacCutcheon Whisky.  Desmond was once told by Widmore that he wasn't worth a sip of this whiskey, but he is now.
3. The explanation of why Charlie was choking on a bag of heroin.  Makes perfect sense now.
4. It was great to see Desmond and Penny together.

The Hilarious
1. Charlie's shoes when he was wearing the hospital gown. He looked hilarious!
2. Daniel Faraday may have had a new last name (Widmore), but he was still rocking the tie.
3. Seriously, why is that stadium always open?

On Island
The Strange
1. Zoe (who, again, looks strangely like Tina Fey's sister) is a geophysicist.  So how the heck does she know what kind of medicine or the proper dosage to give Desmond to wake him up?
2. When Sayid comes out from the woods to take Desmond away, he lets Zoe live.  Why?
3. After agreeing to help Widmore, why does Desmond go so willingly with Sayid?  Desmond just seems game for anything this episode. 

The Kick-Ass
1. It's been awhile since we had a good "eye" opener.  I was glad to see this LOST standard back.
2. Widmore tells Desmond, "The island isn't done with you yet".  I bet Desmond is sick and tired of hearing that phrase.

The Hilarious
1. Desmond was asked twice in one episode if he had anything metal on him like coins or keys.  Very important question, but probably the only man alive that would be asked that so regularly.