Onto season 1, episode 10.
My big questions at this point:
-What’s with the polar bears?
-Will Iraqi Electrician get back to everyone else?
-If he does, will they go find Crazy Danielle?
-Will Kate and Jack get it on?
-When will Pregnant Aussie have her damned kid?
-The polar bears belong to the island’s owner, a crazy Bond Villain.
-Iraqi Electrician will get back, but will, for whatever reason, be unable to share his story. Perhaps his tongue will be cut out?
-K&J will get it on in the season finale.
-Pregnant Aussie will have her kid in the next 4 episodes, but it will be born a polar bear, an explosion, or an exploding polar bear.
From the looks of it, Pregnant Aussie’s kid will be born pretty darned soon. (this appears to be her episode)
I’m putting Pregnant Aussie’s boyfriend in as an early contender for Least Likeable Character this episode.
“With what, my $5/hour job at Fish and Fry?”
I’m pretty sure that’s well below Australia’s minimum wage.
Lazy writing, or am I wrong?
My prediction for first character to have sex on the island:
Sawyer, or Hot Bitchy Female.
Or, if they do each other, a tie.
I wonder if Sun and Jin are getting intimate?
I wonder if the writers discussed that while making the show?
Hopefully the psychic is all like “It’s hard to see your future…there’s a heap of sexual tension blocking my vision.”
Psychics on TV shows being accurate always annoys me. This one isn’t as bad as the one in Grey’s Anatomy, but he’s close.
Just realised, we still don’t know who hit Iraqi Electrician with the big stick. Presumeably not Crazy Danielle.
Hurley’s real name is “Hugo”. I can see that. He’s suggesting a census, which amuses me but is also a really good idea.
Claire (Pregnant Aussie)’s boyfriend is really working hard to get least likeable character this episode. Typical of the show’s backstory template so far.
Why has no one realised that the attack on Claire could be a night-…oh. Literally as I was typing that, Jack brought it up.
Psychics who are accurate annoy me because they indicate one of two things:
1) This is set in a supernatural world, in which case the island having supernatural elements isn’t actually an abnormality. It’s just a standard part of the world. Or it indicates that…
2) The writers HAVE set this in our regular world, and they believe that psychics actually ARE magic beings. In real life.
Either way, it weakens the story for me. Takes me out of it, and I don’t enjoy it nearly as much. Stupid psychics.
Shannon (Hot Bitchy Female) is 20. Suddenly I excuse a lot of her actions.
“If I can kick drugs, I can deliver a baby! Let me explain: I’m a drug addict.”
You are hilarious, Charlie.
I have a heap of thoughts on Charlie’s character, but don’t want to deliver them in chunks of 140 characters.
In short: he can be compared to Dwight from the Office, GOB from Arrested Development, or Russell Brand. Sort of naively wise, a man-child.
In his case (also Brand’s) it’s because of the drugs. Stunts your emotional development, and also matures you by putting you in dark places.
GOB and Dwight work because there’s no justification for it. That’s why they’re funny, they’re naively wise without an excuse.
Other, similar characters: Denny Crane from Boston Legal, Tracy Morgan on 30 Rock, Allison in The Map Shop (my show).
Meanwhile, on the show, Claire is having a baby.
Not just “a” baby. Specifically her baby.
Wooo! Iraqi Electrician is back. Able to talk.
My prediction: no one believes him.
Mr Locke is looking extremely suspicious while Iraqi Electrician tells everyone about Crazy Danielle.
Holy crap, I noticed the multiple interactions with Ethan, and assumed they were trying to introduce him as a regular. Great twist.
My prediction: Ethan is Crazy Danielle’s son Alex. (was it Alex? Possibly Sam.)
I love Locke so much.
Oh, for last episode:
Most intriguing: Ethan (by the end, anyway).
Most likeable: Hurley.
Least likeable: Claire’s Boyfriend.
Okay, unless I see it written somewhere, Iraqi Electrician’s name is going to be spelled “Sayeed”.
Looks like Jack gets another episode of flashbacks. Hurley still hasn’t had his!
Jack is a total flashback hog.
Hot Bitchy Female gets hotter the bitchier she is. If she’s in a bikini, you know she’s going to be downright cruel.
This episode, she’s in a short skirt. Prognosis: obnoxious, but not evil.
It’s been a while since we saw Jack’s father – I assume this is him. It all fits. Surgeon, alcoholic, Jack just called him “Dad”.
Housemate just came in, saw which episode was on, and got excited. “Ethan!! His name is an anagram of ‘The Other Man’.”
Michael (Black Father) is doing his nut about being treated like a “second-class citizen”. Suck it up, dude.
Oh, nice. Charlie randomly writing “LATE” on his hand-bandages has come back. I meant to wonder about that at the time.
Wonder textually, I mean. I definitely wondered.
I get the feeling Sawyer knows more than he’s letting on.
Bitchy Girl’s Brother and Locke are discussing Star Trek.
Locke: “I never watched that show.”
pfft. He would totally be a Trekkie.
Jack is being a real arse this episode. I’m nominating him for least likeable character.
Unless Ethan appears as a torturer, he’s a lock.
Oh, I’d forgotten about Jack’s father. He’s pretty darned unlikeable as well. What a family, hey?
This episode, as well as the show in general, needs more Sawyer.
My biggest question at the moment:
-What happened to Rose? Did the writers forget about her, did she drown, what’s the deal?
Oh, of course. That’s why Sawyer was so interested about the return of Sayeed. The whole torture/stabbing thing. Had forgotten.
Crazy Danielle’s vessel, for those playing at home, was a ship. Not a submarine. Submarine would have been much cooler.
“17th’s not very good.”
“No, 17th IS very good.”
Hurley and Walt are cool.
Apparently Hot Bitchy Female’s brother’s name is “Boon”, or “Boom.”
Okay, new question:
How did Mr Locke know that it was going to start raining in exactly one minute?? Is he just “tuned in” to the island?
They found Ethan. Commence fist-fight. Jack just got his arse handed to him.
The earlier Jack flashback episode made reference to something that Jack “did” to his father. I assume it’s reporting his alcohol use.
From time to time Jack looks exactly like Adam Sandler. It’s off-putting.
Oh, wow. They did it. Looks like I won’t be writing about Charlie after all.
“He’s not breathing”. The guy you found hanging from a tree, minutes after being warned that he would be killed? Gee, I wonder why…
I’ve always thought it was an interesting moral dilemma – A says “if B does X, I’ll kill C.” When B does X, is he responsible for C’s death?
Oh, WHAT?? Come ON. Gah. Magical realism my arse. We all love Charlie, but you can’t just bring characters back to life whenever you please.
Is Hurley looking thinner, or am I imagining things?
Okay, remember my predictions that Sayeed wouldn’t be able to communicate what he saw? Well, I was one person off.
Charlie’s gone quiet.
Okay, list of mysteries at this point:
-Danielle’s power source
-Claire’s Psychic’s Predictions
-Danielle’s companion’s (imagined?) illness
-I’m sure there’s more, but that’s all I’ve got.
Meanwhile, Mr Locke and Boom found what I presume is the door in the ground.
And episode end!
For that episode:
Most intriguing: Ethan,
Most likeable: Mr Locke,
Most dislikeable: Jack’s father (with Jack as a close second)
We open with Kate throwing a rock at Sawyer.
Bodes well! I could watch a full episode of Kate and Sawyer.
My prediction that “the others” would be a different group of plane-crash survivors is looking less and less likely.
It must be a requirement that there is a hot topless male at least once every two episodes.
Oooh, underwater dead bodies. And also Kate in her underpants. Intriguing/arousing!
Predictions for the contents of Kate’s suitcase:
-proof of her criminal misconduct
-photos of her polar bear family
Sayeed, you can’t play both Mulder and Scully.
“There are OTHERS living on the island!”
(10 minutes later)
“It was the wind that I heard.”
I’d complain about Hot Bitchy Girl having such good makeup, except let’s face it, that WOULD be her priority.
And now Kate’s getting her second flashback episode!
Michael (black dad) and Hurley haven’t even had their first one yet!!
Kate’s flashback: being at the scene during a bank robbery.
I really want it to be Sawyer under the mask, robbing that bank.
The obvious twist is that Kate’s involved with the robbers, like Cameron Diaz in the Mask. Or this encounter inspired her life of crime.
*obvious twist WOULD BE. Nothing’s been confirmed yet.
Okay, Hot Bitchy girl has actually removed her top. She is at her hottest. Correspondingly, she should be at her bitchiest in this scene.
And yup, she’s being incredibly bitchy.
Oh! Rose. She’s not dead, just hasn’t appeared for…8, 9 episodes?
Kate and Sawyer are getting a lot of screentime together. It’s been a while since we had any Kate/Jack.
Oh my, Kate was in cahoots with the robbers. What an unexpected twist.
Hot Bitchy Girl hasn’t had her flashback episode yet either.
Sun got like 2 lines. Not to add anything useful, just to remind us that she exists.
I still feel a bit cheated that Charlie is alive.
A bit of Kate/Jack time, but not at all fun, casual or flirty.
No sexual tension, just a lot of anger and mistrust.
Not very sexy at all.
Shannon (Hot Bitchy girl) is wearing a skirt that almost goes down to her knees. This is her at her least bitchy.
I wonder which fanfic community was bigger, Kate/Jack, Kate/Sawyer or Sawyer/Jack.
Most intriguing character: Kate. These flashbacks completely transform her character.
Most likeable: Shannon, surprisingly.
Least likeable: Kate.
Simply because she’s so incredibly manipulative.
Still fun, though. No one’s been particularly unlikeable this episode.
Rose continues to be convinced that the other passengers survived. Structurally, it would be weak writing if she turned out to be wrong.
She’s not important enough to learn a valuable life lesson from being wrong, and there’s no purpose to her character/scenes if she’s wrong.
Shannon is wearing a second layer. Prediction: She will be incredibly nice in this scene.
Pan to someone standing in the firelight. Is that Ethan? I assume it’s Ethan. I stand by my theory that he’s Danielle’s son.
A shot of Kate looking broody is a terrible cliffhanger.
In regards to my budget question earlier: just noticed this entire show is filmed in Hawaii. That puts it firmly in the “pricey” camp.
For the record: Shannon was incredibly nice in that scene.