In 2009, Peter watched through the first five seasons of Lost for the first time, live-tweeting all thoughts as he had them. Nicknames were created, awards were invented and dispensed, and predictions were made. If you’ve never seen Lost (or even if it’s been a while), these may not make much sense.
Next episode! This one had better include a polar bear, an explosion, or (ideally) an exploding polar bear.
And this episode has absolutely no “previously on…”. Also, started with a closeup of the guitar, not of an eye.
If it’s one episode per day, then this is episode 8.
I’ve long had a theory that every show needs a character who can be an absolute arse if needed, who can say anything.
How I Met Your Mother has Barney, Friends has Phoebe, Seinfeld has…well, pretty much everyone.
Lost has Sawyer.
Charlie’s winning my award for “Best Confession ever” here.
“Father, forgive me, for I have sinned. I had relations with a girl…then I had relations with another girl. Then I watched, while they had relations with each other.”
They haven’t introduced any mysteries for an episode or two, but they haven’t really solved much either.
Kate’s scar looks like morse code.
So it’s looking like every character’s going to have a mysterious past. I’m most interested to see Hurley’s. He ran away from the circus?
Theories on Hurley’s past:
-He was kicked out of a motorbike gang.
-He’s secretly a European prince.
-He was born on the internet.
Hot Bitchy Girl hasn’t been in it in a while, now she’s being left in charge of the important switch-flipping task. Bad move!
It’s like Charlie’s character realised he was mostly light comic relief, and got pissed off about it.
Also: Charlie’s band sucks. What is this music, from the sixties?
I like sixties music, but I can’t see this being a famous band in 2003.
…or whatever year this show is set.
Charlie is one angry angry man.
There needs to be a word for “little brother syndrome”.
Black Father is excellent at organising people. Don’t bother digging Jack out, just take charge yourself.
Oh Mr Locke, your metaphors are almost as cool as you are.
Prediction: the signal is coming from Mr Locke. He is a robot. A robot fueled by sheer awesome power.
Oh god. There’s an episode of Sesame St with a tiny bird who is sad because he’s so small. I think he was mates with Big Bird.
Big Bird could reach stuff on the higher shelves, but the tiny bird didn’t have any useful skills. Until one day, someone dropped a coin into a tiny hole, and only the tiny bird was small enough to get it!
This episode of Lost has almost the exact same plot.
Least likeable character: Charlie’s brother.
Most likeable: Still Locke.
Most intriguing: Charlie. Can’t work out where he’s coming from.
All these characters have essentially the same backstory: Someone in their past was a dick, and they wanted to get away from that person.
Sun’s story stands out, because she brought the dick with her to the island.
No polar bears or explosions so far, but there was a dislocated shoulder, which gets some definite man-points.
Wasn’t sure if this flashback was set before or after the other one. Either Charlie destroyed his brother’s ideal life, or Liam created his life after kicking the drug habit.
Liam is the brother. I like his story arc quite a lot, especially since he ended up in Sydney.
Charlie and Jack should just run off, so that when everyone digs into the tunnel, they’ve mysteriously disappeared.
This episode is a bit formulaic.
‘Charlie feels underappreciated! Oh no Jack’s trapped! Oh yay, Charlie saves the day!’
Way too kid’s show.
Admittedly, the B-plot made up for it. ‘Oh no, the unreliable people have been left with important tasks. How will they screw up?’
‘Oh, they’re doing their tasks.’
I wasn’t expecting
a) Them to do their jobs, and
b) Someone to hit the electrician with a big stick.
No one ever sees the big stick coming.
Charlie, don’t get the drugs back! They’re just going to run out in a few days anyway, and you’ll have to detox all over again.
Oh. He threw them in the fire. Rock on.
Episode end. My housemates want the TV, to watch some show called “The Simpsons”. Why are these people yellow?
Naked Sawyer. I don’t think we’ve had naked Sawyer before.
Oooh! This episode is about Sawyer’s past. What are they going to do when they run out of pasts to talk about? (start answering questions?)
Ah, suitcases full of cash. Not as good as polar bears or explosions, but pretty damned close.
One day Jack’s going to run out of medical supplies. Then he’ll be buggered.
He’ll have to rob Ariel, disguised as an ambo.
Pasts I’m most curious to see:
-Shannon (Hot Bitchy Female)
-Hurley (just for the lolz)
-Cruel Asian Husband
Pasts I’m least curious to see:
-Pregnant Aussie Female
-Hot Bitchy Female’s Brother
-Walt (Black Father’s Son)
In the words of my housemate, “Oh that irrepressible Sawyer!”
Sleeping with another man’s wife, making dodgy oil deals…
“Nobody’s that disgusting.” Awww, he just wants a kiss! Give him a kiss. He’s like a hot evil teddy-bear.
“Read it. Out loud.” Convenient.
I wish every time any character in a show/movie was handed a note, it was accompanied by that line.
Who bashed the electrician in the back of the head?
My guess: Mr Locke. Just because I’ve liked him so much so far, and he has a hard-on for the island.
-Walt (the kid),
-Sun (Asian wife),
-Asian Husband (too obvious).
Oh man, Sawyer is offering for his girlfriend to hold onto the money overnight.
THIS WILL NOT END WELL.
“I’m the only Australian who loves peanut-butter.”
Um, what? I’ve never known an Australian who DIDN’T love peanut-butter.
Speaking of weird pregnancy food cravings, my mum knew someone who craved chalk.
Effective ways of making dislikeable characters likeable:
-they adopt a puppy
-show a moment of weakness
-show someone we like liking them
Right now they’re showing Hot Bitchy Girl in a moment of weakness. Effective. Makes us like her more.
Also, a lot of characters we like are helping her.
Now all she needs to do is adopt a puppy.
I’m curious to see if Hurley will indeed get a lot thinner throughout the course of the show.
I’m not entirely comfortable with these characters torturing Sawyer. I don’t think he has the asthma puffers, he would surely have shared them before now.
Blech, discussion of bamboo torture always makes my fingernails itch.
“Perhaps losing an eye will loosen your tongue.” And yet he’s still negotiating terms. Go Sawyer!
“Being tortured” definitely counts as a moment of weakness, but we all already like Sawyer.
Oh, Sawyer’s a con-man. That is an extraordinarily logical twist. Explains a lot about his character. Well played!
Asking for a kiss is a classy move.
Asking for a blowjob, definitely not.
No, I didn’t think he had the medicine. He’s not a murderer.
Prediction: Sawyer not only survives being stabbed in the arm, but gets a new, robotic arm and is twice as cool as before.
Prediction: Iraqi Electrician feels so guilty about stabbing Sawyer that he agrees to be his butler for a week.
Prediction: Kate falls in love with his old arm, and after it’s cut off, moves in with it.
Sawyer’s mark (the wife) looks really familiar. To IMDb!
IMDb did not help at all, though it did inform me that Cruel Asian Husband’s name is “Jin”.
Disc is screwing up again. No idea what’s happening in this scene. Sawyer and Kate are talking about..something. The letter?
“You want people to hate you”
“I got a husband and wife to give me money when I was 19.”
That’s all I’ve understood so far.
Hopefully this scene isn’t anything important.
Kate: ‘I am a polar bear.’
Sawyer: ‘This island is from a John Wyndham novel.’
Oh good, working again.
Sawyer: “Get out!!”
I wonder why he’s so angry. Maybe he’s a polar bear bigot.
Why would Sun, the daughter of a rich man, know how to concoct potions? Is it simply because she’s Asian?
Charlie, I don’t think the powers of imagination help pregnant women with cravings. You are useless.
Finally, someone is mapping out the island! He might get halfway around and find an entire village.
Maybe “The Others”?
Does Eucalyptus genuinely help with asthma? I’ve not heard of that before.
-Kate sleeps with Jack before the end of the first season.
-Sun leaves Jin for Black Father.
-Walt loses his virginity to Pregnant Aussie, and then (18 years later) sleeps with her daughter.
-Locke remains virgin forever.
Most intriguing character: Kate (simply to see who she’ll sleep with)
Most likeable: Sawyer, suddenly. (con men rock)
Least likeable: Jin.
Oh, that was the end of the episode. Next disc!
Okay! Season 1 episode 9 is go.
Iraqi electrician is looking at the back of his wife’s photo, where there is some code.
Um, what? He has found a rope that goes from the jungle to the ocean.
YET ANOTHER MYSTERY
Sometimes, not very often, about once every few episodes, Jack gets a really nasal whiney voice.
And now Iraqi electrician has found a trip-wire. This is not the most interesting mystery on the island, but it’s the most recent.
Most interesting mystery: The 16 year-old French transmission OR the polar bears..
Least interesting: Black Father’s name.
Actually I could probably find Black Father’s name on IMDb. I haven’t even bothered. That is how uninteresting it is.
I assumed the trip-wire was Mr Locke’s at first. But…holy crap, Iraqi Engineer’s being electrocuted!
Oh, cool, we’re doing his past now.
Not the most interesting, but nowhere near the least.
“We already know the truth, just want you to admit it.”
Is this standard interrogation technique? I can’t see it being super-effective.
The Iraqi soldier hat makes all the difference.
Without it – hot! With it – scary and evil.
Rose (older woman whose husband died) wasn’t the woman who drowned a few episodes ago, was she? Haven’t seen her in a while.
That is one mannish-looking woman.
Holy crap, all kind of plot-development is happening in this episode! We have the woman who is sending out the distress call and everything!
Why are all these Iraqis speaking English? Or…do Iraqis speak English? I feel completely culturally unaware.
I’ve heard Iraqi Engineer’s name at least twenty time now, but I couldn’t tell you what it was.
Salit? Sadi? Slareet? It eats up my 140 characters, but I’d rather type “Iraqi Soldier/Engineer” than get the name wrong.
Old French Woman is completely insane. You’d think after 16 years alone, she’d welcome a bit of company.
“You didn’t hear about the polar bears?”
Finally! They haven’t even been MENTIONED since ep 2.
Most intriguing character: Old French Woman.
Most likeable: Hurley (so cute with his golf course)
Least likeable: Old French Woman.
She is creepy. I want to know her story, but she is also freaking the hell out of me.
Prediction: Annoying hypochondriac’s rash (he was a close contender for least likeable) turns out to be a Mysterious Island Disease.
Old French Woman’s name is Danielle.
Oh! We’re about to hear her story. Before we do, my prediction: She was a submarine driver who got lost.
Why does everyone have to be so damned cryptic? Ask me a question, I can answer without creating like 6 more mysteries.
Ah ha, first mention of “The Others”.
Don’t call her insane, Iraqi Electrician. I have read about them on the internet!
This golf course B-plot is comedy gold. I’m surprised that there are still people on the beach. The Cave is clearly the place to be.
The flashbacks are extraordinarily un-seamless in this episode.
“There’s no such thing as monsters.”
Yet you spout on about ghosts and other nasties, Crazy Danielle. Get some consistency into you!
Oh! Black Dad’s name is Michael. I think that means that all important characters have names now.
Except I guess Iraqi Engineer.
Woah, Mexican stand-off! Two minutes ago there weren’t ANY guns, now we have a Mexican stand-off! (can it be a Mexican stand-off with 2 people?)
“Say-eed”?? Can’t get this damned name. Whatever he’s called, his backstory is awesome. (if a little badly integrated)
Oh, good twist. Crazy Danielle was the one who killed all her vessel-mates. She really is a nutter.
I really hope the sickness that all the vessel-mates got is somehow related to the rash from earlier.
(I say “vessel-mates” because I was typing during her story, so didn’t catch what it was. Boat? Yacht? Submarine? Mechanical Polar Bear?)
You get one last question and you ask “Who was Alex”?? Not, say, ‘Where are you getting electricity from?’ or ‘WHAT IS UP WITH THIS ISLAND?’
Oh no. Please, please tell me that Iraqi Electrician makes it back to the rest of the cast.
Oh, crap! Episode ended. Nice cliffhanger.
Most intriguing: Kate on 3. (6 characters on 1 – Mr Locke, Sayeed, Asian Wife, Jack, Charlie, Crazy Danielle.)
Most likeable: Locke on 3 (Hurley on 2, 4 characters on 1 – Charlie, Ray, Jack, Sawyer)
Least likeable: Cruel Asian Man (Jin) at 4 (4 on 1 – Locke’s Boss, Jack’s Dad, Charlie’s Brother, Shannon, Crazy Danielle)