I’m not enjoying season 4 as much as the first 3.
Season 4 feels like it’s not dealing with stuff that was there from the start, but with new stuff it’s introducing.
Anyway, here we go.
No Previously on! That’s unusual.
We open on Locke with a shaved head, but walking.
Island or mainland?
Locke has Ben as a prisoner.
Good on him.
Chop off some limbs, Locke!
Ben keeps shooting people.
Locke needs to take a leaf out of his own book, and ask the Island what to do next!
Take some of that hallucination-fruit.
Why the heck doesn’t Kate trust Sawyer?
Is this just conflict for the sake of conflict?
What’s “the pregnancy thing”??
Mainland Kate looks like a movie star. She has no freckles.
Anything’s better than Jack’s beard, I suppose.
Also I guess she sort of is a movie star.
A TV star, anyway.
I think the Judge’s name is Gazlehurst.
Both his judging and his name are stupid.
I have completely lost the thread of what’s happening at this point.
According to @StevesyDoyle on Twitter, this season gets good around episode 5.
I hope so, because I really dislike it so far.
Okay, Miles wanting one minute of Ben’s time is pretty interesting.
Can we skip forward to that happening?
Kate having a son is a pretty good reveal.
I like the future-flashbacks idea a lot, but there’s too much new stuff this season.
Too much new stuff that doesn’t come from old stuff, I mean.
Weirdtopia was “new”, but answered a lot of old questions.
Nothing this season is answering old questions, just introducing new ones.
That is my issue with this season.
Oh wow, Jack is not only beardless, but completely clean-shaven.
This must be when they were only just off the Island.
Hey, the plane crash was September 22nd.
That’s my sister Elizabeth’s birthday.
(also dozens of other peoples’ birthdays probably.)
Whoa! That’s a nice bit of info:
“Only 8 of us survived the crash.”
This is a terrible court scene.
Boston Legal has ruined me for courtroom scenes.
“Do you love the defendant??”.
So, what we know so far about the characters getting off the Island:
-There are only 6 of them.
-That includes Kate, Jack, Hurley…I think that’s all so far.
-They’re claiming only 8 survived.
-Jack has an ugly beard.
-Hurley’s hallucinating Charlie and has been locked up.
-Jack’s a drug addict.
-Kate either gets off her charges, or is released at some point.
-Someone relevant to the people who escape dies.
Perhaps one of the escapees, maybe someone else.
-Jack’s Dad is…alive?
-Kate has a son?
-Kate and Jack aren’t on good terms.
-Jack, maybe others but definitely Jack, wants to go back.
He feels called.
Oh!! Forgot Sayid.
-Sayid is one of the escapees, and he’s working for Ben as an assassin, to keep others safe.
Kate is missing her freckles even ON the Island. Hmm.
Meanwhile, in the episode, Miles and Ben had their moment.
Turns out that Ben is rich and notable?
Theory: Ben has taken over the Dharma Initiative and has the money that comes with that position.
Sawyer’s character is all wishy-washy at the moment.
I blame weak writing and the luxuries of Suburbtopia.
Just realised; we have no idea where the rest of the Others have gone to.
They’re leaderless and homeless at the moment.
I wonder how much of Ben’s character was written from the beginning and how much was expanded because of the great actor.
Holy crap Locke is badass!
Probably a bad idea leaving him with grenades, after his history of blowing things up.
-Kate is not pregnant, she already has a kid back on the mainland. I don’t like people calling Sawyer James.
That’s not part of the prediction, it’s just something that bugs me.
-Locke blows something up.
Kate is being incredibly annoying this episode.
She is getting my Least Likeable.
It’s like she WANTS to go to prison.
On reflection, I think Hurley was saying Oceanic 6.
We know who 4 of them are. The other 2?
My guess is that Sun and Jin are the other 2 to get off the Island.
Least likely: Locke, maybe Sawyer.
I suppose it could be Claire, but I doubt it.
Maybe we’ll see another one now?
Oh, maybe Walt and Michael?
Aaron! Aaron!! GREAT twist.
Damn it, I was toying with the idea during the clothesline scene but didn’t predict.
Most Likeable: Probaby Sawyer, even if his character is a bit weak. Wish I could give it to Locke.
Least Likeable: Kate.
Most Intriguing: Benry!
I’m warming to the season, though this next episode (episode 5) had better be pretty darned good.
Starts with Desmond on helicopeter.
Looks like this episode we’ll get to see what happened to the helicopter.
Desmond can’t be one of the Oceanic 6; he wasn’t on the flight.
Oh! Cool! Desmond doesn’t look like he’s having flash-forwards, but instead hallucinations.
I love Desmond’s hallucinations.
He’s so crazy!
And we’re back on the helicopeter! This episode is indeed impressing me.
I love Desmond episodes.
I just love Desmond generally.
So the Island is in some kind of time loop.
Maybe that’s why the only way Michael could get off the Island is to follow the Others’ co-ords.
I really hope that all this time travel/new characters stuff is stuff they had in mind from the beginning, not just written on-the-fly.
Whoa this episode is cool.
Confusing as all heck, but awesome as well.
My final verdict will depend entirely on how it ends.
I don’t seem to be making many notes this episode.
All sorts of things are happening in a confusing but interesting kind of way.
This technobabble is weak.
“Every equation needs a constant…”
Pfft. That’s not how equations work at all.
Are we meant to be guessing who Ben’s mole is?
My money’s on…whoa!
Cool!! History lesson about the Black Rock!
Whoever wins this bidding had better be incredibly awesome.
Like…Penny, or Benry or someone.
Oh! It was Penny’s Dad.
Things are heating up
The old communications officer looks like a muppet.
This “anchor”/”constant” thing is seriously the weakest part of this (otherwise great) episode.
Weak stake-raising, writers!
This is a nice scene though.
Having to convince an ex who’s trying to split with you to give you their phone number else you’ll die.
So, it’s looking more and more like Penny’s Dad is the mastermind behind either Dharma or this new ship of people.
I got really excited about the fact that Penny had spoken to Charlie, until I remembered that yeah, we saw that.
So does this mean that Desmond just magically has all his memories back, or are we doing this amnesia plotline for the whole season?
Okay, @StevesyDoyle was completely right. Five-star ep.
Most Likeable: Desmond,
Least Likeable: bad guys on ship,
Most Intriguing: Faraday.
Farraday was also extremely likeable that episode.
Just realised: there’s so much going on here that they have to skip between Jack/Locke eps
Previously on Lost covers the introduction of all the Lostbusters, and their ambiguous objective.
We open on Juliet.
I quite like Juliet.
Oh, assumed she was in a Subtopia house.
Instead, she’s getting therapy…in the future?
Or in the past? Hopefully future.
She IS in a subtopia house.
And while it is a flashback, it’s an Island flashback.
My favourite kind of flashback.
Why did they have to kill Tom?
He remains my very favourite Other.
Benry is a close second, though I only love hating him.
How the crap do you make a torch?
I feel like if I’m ever stranded on an Island I’ll be the only one who doesn’t know how.
The whispering + hallucinations are back!
Haven’t had whispering and hallucinations for AGES!
Doesn’t “Tempest” mean storm?
Right, so she wasn’t a hallucination, just a person.
But it’s still been a while since we had the whisperings.
Prediction: Claire dies. Kate’s fault?
I just can’t imagine Kate running off with someone else’s baby.
Killing someone, sure.
Stealing a baby, out of character.
Juliet: “It’s safer for you if I don’t tell you.”
For fuck’s sake, people, just tell each other things!
It’s so much more watchable.
Charlotte’s trigger-happy. She is the character I trust the least at the moment.
Except for Benry, of course.
She just knocked Kate out. Booo.
Juliet: “I’m sure there are things in your past that you don’t want to talk about.”
Jack: “Yeah. You read them all in my file.”
Man, I hope Juliet and Goodwin start having an affair. I love affairs.They make excellent watching.
Advice: don’t sleep with your therapist’s husband.
Especially if she is a nutter.
What, you haven’t even tied Ben up?
Jesus, Locke, when will you learn??
Miles said to Kate “I am exactly where I want to be.”
Therapist said to Juliet: “Ben’s exactly where he wants to be.”
These are happy prisoners.
Juliet, in a bikini, having an affair. What a good episode.
This would only be better if Juliet killed Goodwin’s wife
(I know she won’t).
Okay, so I didn’t imagine the Ben/Juliet tension when we first met them.
I still have no idea how I thought they were married.
Yeah, saw that rehash of s3e1 (“Goodwin, go down to the beach”) coming.
I hope this Goodwin affair thing goes somewhere.
Somewhere more than “Hey look this is why that happened in season 3!”.
What, are we going to find out that Ethan dog-eared Ben’s book next?
Locke!! STOP TRUSTING BENRY.
IT NEVER ENDS WELL.
I CAN POINT TO MANY TIMES THAT YOU HAVE REGRETTED IT.
I think Red Sox is my current favourite recurring gag.
Well, polar bears are still up there of course, but they’re never around nowadays.
Wooo! Boat belongs to Penny’s Dad!
I am the prediction king!
Let’s face it, this Island’s healing powers are actually a pretty good reason to reveal it to the world.
I can’t really contest that.
Predictions for who Ben’s man on the boat is:
-My housemate cooked some delicious-smelling food. I am now very hungry.
Hey, cool. Juliet’s found another Dharma hatch.
The Dharma Institute is my favourite thing about Lost.
Awwww! Benry in love is so darned cute.
Juliet has the most expressive eyes.
A few more hints about “the lists”.
Once I finish Lost (and I mean finish all 6 seasons) I fully intend to go back and rewatch them.
May tweet rewatch as well.
Holy crap Charlotte likes hitting people. She is my least favourite person this episode.
Stop beating up girls I like!
Dharma seem to have set up a lot of different ways to kill everyone on the Island.
Poisonous gas, not pressing the Hatch’s button in time…
Here’s a question: why did the Others take so long to capture Jack?
Why not capture him in like the first day or three?
Yeah, this Goodwin thing was totally written in at a later date.
Also, no way Ben’s character was this multi-faceted from the get-go.
There’s precious little trust on this Island. I can’t think of any two characters who trust each other
Or who should have any reason to.
Oh, fair enough. Goodwin affair was introduced to raise the Jack/Juliet stakes.
I’ll accept that, fair call.
Juliet: “These people came to this Island to wage war against Ben, and when they do, Ben will win.”
You are way too Ben-confident, lady.
Oh! Just realised that Ben is still controlling the Others.
He lied to…oh.
Realised that just before it was explicitly shown on-screen.
Episode end! Good ep. I’m right into season 4 now.
They’re incorporating more old stuff.
Most Likeable: Goodwin.
Least Likeable: Charlotte.
Goodwin’s wife gets a close second for Least Likeable.
Most intriguing: Benry. God I love his character. Next episode!
Decided to make dinner before starting next ep.
Note to self: tomorrow, go vegetable shopping.
Can’t remember last vegie I ate.
Prediction: I will forget to do that.
Previously on deals with the copeter, the mole on the boat, pregnants dying on the Island, Sun’s affair, and Juliet being a baby-doctor.
It’s like they’re setting up a Sun/Jin episode, but I can’t see that happening. They’re such minor characters these days.
Is “problem with the kitchen” set-up, or a threat?
My guess is that it’s set-up.
I suppose if Sun and Jin are the other two who escape, they’ll definitely have a bigger role to play.
I dislike them being so minor.
I had forgotten how duplicitous Sun was.
Flashback or flash-forward?
My guess is forward.
I HOPE it’s forward.
Unless this is her second preg…no, that wouldn’t make ANY sense.
We haven’t had anything about Jack’s Dad in aaages.
If Claire being his daughter turns out to just be a coincidence, I will be pissed.
Locke’s camp can’t be 2 day’s walk away. That’s insanity.
That would make the Island much, much bigger than everything until now has suggested.
Gah, stupid subtitling.
I have to rewind Sun/Jin episodes about 9 times more than I have to rewind any other episodes.
Jin is having a wacky adventure in his flash-forwards.
At what point did he go from being the most sinister character to being comic relief?
See, now he is being sinister, but about comedic matters.
“I NEED THAT TOY PANDA!”
Haha, now he’s kicking arse!
“Whereever Sun goes, I go.”
JESUS, now Juliet’s telling him about the affair!
Shit is going down!!
Sun, you could at least TRY to cover up a bit.
Juliet’s a known liar, don’t just stand there and look guilty.
I don’t understand how she can be seeing a three-syllable word and yet the subtitle only says “Jin”.
How does that make sense?
If his name is, in its native language, a three-syllable word, then why isn’t that what people call him?
Why learn the Anglicised version?
Although I never really got having a different name for Germany and Japan than what they call themselves either.
(Plus Deutschland and Nippon are really cool names)
Bernard: “You know we’re the two only married guys on the Island?”
Well, you don’t know about all the Others, dude.
Goodwin was, at least.
Bernard: “Locke is a bad man. A murderer.”
Surely Jack’s killed his fair share in his time on the Island?
Thinking about it, maybe not.
People who have murdered others on this show:
-Sawyer (at least 3 people: the martial, Locke’s Dad, the prawn-salesman),
-Kate (her biological Dad),
-Sayid (heaps of people, probably),
-Ethan (Charlie…well, he tried.)
-Goodwin killed a Group Bian
-Michael (Anna, Libby),
-the Smoke-monster (Eko),
-Benry (Locke..again, attempted),
-Sayid (in the future-flashback)
People who I can’t remember actually having killed anyone:
-Jin (maybe in flashback? Can’t recall),
Meanwhile, in the show, Sun just had her baby.
Prediction: -it’s a boy.
Damn! Soon as I typed that, it was a girl.
Suppose it balances out.
Prediction: -in 28 years time, Turnip-head Ulrich and Sun’s baby meet up and get married.
Johnson is totally going to be the mole.
And the big reveal! Johnson is…Michael???
I called that like three seconds before we saw him. (as soon as I saw he was black.)
Jesus, Sayid’s team, you want to be a little bit more obvious?
I mean, sure, there was a bit of surprise there, but Sayid, you’re army-trained!
The doctor on the ship reminds me a lot of David Cross.
Meanwhile, Sun and Jin are back together.
Huuuuge surprise there.
Jin: “I know why you did it. I know the man…”
and then a second later
“…I used to be.”
What a silly place for a line-break.
Jin rocks. He can have Most Likeable.
Least Likeable can go to the captain, who’s Aussie but has not much else going for him.
Awww! Jin! “Is…the baby…mine?”
In English for no reason other than added vulnerability.
If he hadn’t ALREADY won Most Likeable…
What the crap?
Either Jin has…what?
What the crap is happening?
Woah!! Jin is remarried?
Or was he having a flashback?
It would be quite excellent if he was having a flash-back while she had a flash-forward.
Meanwhile, Hurley is dating Sun? And not crazy?
Haha, I just remembered.
Locke left a grenade in that guy’s mouth last episode.
Hope he doesn’t explode.
Jin is dead? Awesome!
He WAS having a flashback while Sun had a flashforward.
Or he’s faked his death in a far-too-elaborate-plot.
Not awesome that Jin is dead, mind you.
But the episode in gneral is awesome. So that leaves one more of the Oceanic 6…
It’s unlikely to be Sawyer or Locke, though of course either is possible.
I’m putting my money on it being Rose or Bernard. That’d be cool.
That would tie his “We’re the only married dudes on the Island” line in really nicely.
Episode end! Jin gets Most Likeable, of course.
Least Likeable: Aussie captain.
Most Intriguing…hmm. Not a particularly intrigueful episode, that one.
Why does she want to leave?
[[Running Tally: All seasons]]
“The Locke Award” (previously on 7 “Most likeables”)
“The Locke Award” (awarded before he even won any “Most likeables”)