I’m sort of tempted to try to summarise everything that’s happened so far, but fuck doing that in 140 characters.
Big mysteries being dealt with at the moment:
-Why is Penny’s Dad interested in the Island?
-What’s UP with the Island?
-Why is Michael back/what’s Walt’s deal?
-Why do only 6 escape the Island?
-HOW do 6 escape the Island?
-What’s up with the time-travel?
-Why does everyone want Benry?
Mysteries not at all being dealt with at the moment:
-The Island as a sentient being
Previously on is about Walt being taken, Michael going after him, him going back and killing people, and then leaving the Island/being a janitor
Whoops! Being a janitor was NOT in previously on. I suspect it will come into play though.
My guess: Michael flashback episode.
Back in Locke’s camp! Why the heck is Danielle here?
I can’t see her being a fan of living in Subtopia.
Benry: “My spy on the freighter is Michael.”
Great, tell us now that we (the audience) already know. Pfft.
(seriously though, great telly. Woo!)
Oh, cool! We’re on the boat now.
We’re following both Locke and the Boatians (new unofficial name.)
I suppose now that they’re more linked…
Sayid: “Why are you on this boat?”
Michael: “I’m here to die.”
That’s a pretty awesome line. Let’s hope his actions live up to it.
Not that I hope he dies.
Well I guess I do, but for dramatic reasons, not out of malice.
Prediction: This episode, we follow the Lockeians and Boatians, but not Jack/the Beachians.
Okay that’s going too far. They are Castaways, not Beachians.
I suppose Aaron could be the last of the Oceanic 6, but I hope not.
He’s not exactly an interesting/strong character.
I still can’t get over how good Benry is at getting people to trust him.
Crazy Danielle of all people is now “He’s right. We should go.”
I love that the Castaways have killed substantially more of the Others than the other way around.
Go the underdog!
I suppose if you count blowing people up, then Bernard and Sayid have killed their fair share of people as well. (the Others, blown up)
Michael flashback episode!
Though we’re flashing back to a strange point.
He seems to have already lost Walt and be living alone.
Miles had a great line earlier: “You were holding a gun to Ben’s head a few days ago and now he’s eating pound cake.”
Looks like Michael’s trying a bit of the ol’ suicide.
My prediction: (and stop me if I’m sounding crazy here)
Who the crap was…oh, Libby!
Okay, I’ve watched the first three seasons in less than 2 months and I almost didn’t recognise her.
I have no idea how people were expected to recognise her when it’s been 2 years since we last saw her. (excluding “previously on”)
Sadly enough, Lost is victim to TV show equilibrium as much as any other show.
Example: The Kate/Sawyer/Jack triangle will always be there.
Michael is trading a $10 000 watch for a gun with bullets?
Oh Michael, why you gotta be so dumb?
Wooo flashback Tom!
That’s one thing I DO love about Lost, even after a character dies, they keep comin’ back!
“You can’t kill yourself, the Island won’t let you.”
I love the Island’s power over the world.
It’s like Groundhog Day, but cooler.
Because it’s an Island.
An Island with magical, far-reaching powers.
And polar bears.
Haha, Tom’s gay.
I think that’s Lost‘s first gay character.
Tom’s claiming Whitmore faked the plane crash, not Benry.
This season took a full disc to get going, but now it’s hardcore awesome.
Apparently it ends as badly as it begins though.
The longer this season goes on, the more Benry seems like the good guy.
Well played, Lost, well played.
”If you don’t go, you’ll be responsible for so many deaths. Now go, and kill everyone on board!”
Um, that is terrible logic.
I was looking at Michael, thinking that he looked nothing like a janitor, then he put a baseball cap on and suddenly it was perfect.
So I suppose, putting puzzle pieces together embarrassingly late, the black scary Oceanic guy must be working for Penny’s Dad.
Sorry, but really, I cannot believe this is how he’s being convinced.
‘If you don’t personally murder these people, other people MIGHT die!’
Michael is the most easily manipulated guy in the world.
Michael’s “pretending not to be surprised” reaction is MUCH better than Sayid’s attempt.
Predictions for what’s in the chest:
-big long coats with patches
Who are these army wankers? I hope that they’re the first to die.
The chest contained a secure suitcase, but there still could be puppies inside the…no, it’s full of explosives.
Damn my bad guessing skills!
Michael is hallucinating Libby.
I’d say that they must be close to the Island, but Hurley hallucinated on the mainland.
Though he IS crazy
He pressed the button.
Didn’t see that coming.
Of course, the Island won’t let him die, so…ha!
Cute! A message.
Message: “Not yet.”
Prediction: explosion happens in the last ep of the season!
Oooh, Walt is ringing his Dad from ship.
Oh, it’s Ben.
Has Benry’s actor done much else? I love him so.
Benry: “I will not kill innocent people!”
mmmm, loveable villain.
I know he was in Saw (well I assume that was him) but I don’t want to IMDb/wikipedia him for fear of spoilers.
Sayid: “So you’re telling me that you’re working for Benjamin Linus?”
Don’t be so judgemental, dude, I’ve seen you in the future.
One thing I love about Lost is that they frequently don’t dance around subterfuge, they just have people come out and say “He’s a traitor!”
Carl: “I have a bad feeling about this.”
I can’t hear that line without thinking it’s a Star Wars reference.
Carl is shot.
Note to self: never proclaim that I have a bad feeling about anything.
Crazy Danielle is shot!
Didn’t expect that.
Even after the whole “I love you thing”, which, by the way, is fairly creepy.
She just met her!
Maybe “creepy” isn’t the right word, but definitely weird/insincere.
Alex was just all “I’m Ben’s daughter! I’m his daughter!!!”
Boo, you whore.
Most Likeable: Tom! I love Tom so.
Least Likeable: Michael. I dunno, I’m just not that into him.
Most Intriguing: ..yeah, Benry
I don’t actually keep a tally as I go of these awards as I tweet, but I do when I’m formatting for non-Twitter sites.
Right now, I haven’t tallied since the start of s2…
..but my guess is that Benry is ahead on “Most Intriguing” by miles.
I might have to give him the Intriguing equivalent of The Locke Award.
Benry is almost certainly my favourite character at this point.
If he wins “Most Intriguing” again, I’m giving him an award and ruling him ineligible.
Previous award winners: Locke, Mr Eko, Arzt (almost!).
Season 4, Episode 9: The Shape of Things to Come.
This episode also comes endorsed by my friend Ryan.
Previously on Lost deals with Miles and the Lostbusters seeking Benry, Carl and Crazy Danielle being shot, and Michael on the boat.
We open with Kate taking off her clothes.
This is a promising sign.
Incidentally, I don’t remember the last Kate ep we had.
Maybe we’re due.
Thinking about it, we also haven’t had a Jack episode in a while.
Bernard’s found…a body?
Not a body I recognise, either.
Maybe Jack’s Dad?
Oh, it’s the doctor from the boat.
I don’t realllly remember the doctor dying.
Did the doctor die?
Lots of close-ups of Hurley, Sawyer and Locke talking tensely and vaguely.
My prediction: they’re playing a board or card game.
Lost is going to have to up its game like House did, and start using double-subversions if it wants to keep subverting ME.
Benry is playing the piano.
Have I mentioned how much I love Benry?
OH!!! Benry flashback episode!
He’s woken up in a Dharma jacket in the Sahara desert.
Isn’t this also where Charlotte found the polar bears?
Benry just took out two heavily armed guys using a stick!
Benry, you are my hero. Fucking rock.
Prediction: there’s some kind of link between the Island and the Sahara desert.
Like a teleporter, or a worm-hole, or a magic tunnel.
I love the way that Locke only ever refers to people by their proper first name.
Woah, castaway extras are dropping like redshirts!
Claire’s house just exploded, but you know the rules of TV death.
Until we see a body, no dice.
Sawyer is using a wooden table as a shield against bullets.
Meanwhile, what is Benry’s deal?
Why is he so wealthy and powerful in the world?
Okay, definitely a flash-forward.
Meanwhile, in Clare’s ruins, we have a body.
She’s ridiculously survived.
Guys! Why the fuck are you opening the door??
THAT IS A TERRIBLE PLAN.
They’ve set up both Benry and Penny’s Dad as manufacturing the fake plane with all the bodies.
Resulting prediction: it was neither of them.
It’s a fairly standard gambit.
Set up two options so that you don’t even consider there being a third.
No one is ever happy to see Benry.
Except me, of course.
I tend to cheer every time he appears on-screen.
Yeah, Benry’s claiming that he got off the Island using Desmond’s boat.
I don’t buy it. Too simple.
Also, Benry is the king of lies.
He lies so effectively to so many people.
He would be a most excellent con man.
The trick to good telly seems to be to find the one thing that a character cares about, then use it to make them do unpleasant things.
Unpleasant for them, that is.
Use Michael’s son to make him kill people, use Benry’s daughter to make him surrender.
Benry: “Don’t worry Alex, I have the situation under control.”
Wow you’re awesome.
Admittedly, you just got your daughter shot….
Benry: “He changed the rules.”
In other news, he just took a secret passage from within a secret door.
This episode rocks.
Silencers on guns both look and sound cool.
Benry and Mr Whitmore seem to be the big players in this show.
Both introduced end of season 2.
It’s good to know that the old “make it look like an earthquake by shaking the camera” trick hasn’t gone away.
So it seems that Benry controls the smoke monster.
That’s an interesting new piece of information.
All the time, or just when he wants to?
Characters I genuinely didn’t expect to die:
Charlotte hasn’t even said anything this episode, but she’s probably getting my Least Likeable award.
I don’t trust the bitch.
I genuinely have no idea how Benry feels about the Castaways.
Would he kill them all on a whim?
I suppose so, seeing what he did to save his daughter, who he seemed genuinely fond of, he’d kill anyone and everyone if he had to.
I suppose part of the problem/part of what I find so intriguing about him is that we have no idea what Benry’s plan is, what he wants.
Can’t remember if I tweeted this the other day or just thought it.
Theory: The Black Rock was the source of the numbers/curse.
Charles: “Are you here to murder me?”
Benry: “We both know I can’t do that.”
The Island wants Charles Whitmore alive?
Woah!! Way to raise the stakes, Lost!
Benry: “I’m here to tell you that I’m going to kill YOUR daughter.”
Whitmore: “That Island’s mine, Benry. It always was, and it will be again.”
Benry: “You’ll never find it.”
Oh, that was the episode end.
Most Likeable: Benry.
Least Likeable: Charlotte.
Most Intriguing: Benry.
Yup, I am giving him “The Benry Award“, making him ineligible for Most Intriguing in the future.
It is so, chickens and cherubs!
No previously on, which is unusual.
We open on Jack being woken by Juliet, breaking up a fight, then falling over and…flashback?
I love it when we see main characters topless in the 4th season of their show (no matter what the genre).
They’re always, always chubby. It’s hilarious.
See also: Zach Braff, Scrubs.
So either this is a dream, or Kate and Jack end up together in the future.
It’s lookin’ like the future.
Re: chubby actors; when they’re looking for work, they have to stay buff, for maximum attractiveness.
Once they have regular work, not so much.
Plus they probably get busy, makin’ shows.
Ooh, sounds a bit like we’re getting some Dadspoition.
The conversation abruptly turned to Kate’s feelings.
Conversely, female actors need to stay attractive even when they have regular work, so they can do (as Kate just did) half-naked shots.
Double standard etc etc.
(Although male movie stars generally stay fit, but that’s probably got more to do with the different schedules between film and TV)
Jack’s illness reminds me – we never did find out about those injections everyone was always taking, did we?
I thought it was the Others’ whispering for a second, but it was Miles’ ghost-busting abilities.
He just found some corpses.
Crashing on this Island was the best thing that could have happened to Sawyer.
He’s learned leadership skillz and how to be liked.
Ah, the appendix.
The most ridiculous organ in the world.
I wonder how many plots it’s fueled.
I am suspicious of giving Jin guns ever since he failed to hit the dynamite.
That was never justified in any way, his bad gunmanship.
Prediction: Jack doesn’t die.
Rose has an excellent point. Well played, Rose.
“People don’t get sick here. The person we rely on the most, the day before we’re rescued?”
I love that the Island has an excellent sense of narrative.
It knows when to punish or reward people.
JACK JUST SAW HIS DAD!
With the exceptions of Benry, who was in Saw, and Mal, who is frickin’ Mal, I enjoy that Lost doesn’t have any actors I recognise.
Someone just tweeted back to me making fun for not knowing the oh-so-famous Lost actors from other shows.
They legitimately haven’t done much else, I’m sorry to say.
So it’s been a while now, I guess we’ll have to assume that the Oceanic 6 are Sayid, Sun, Hurley, Jack, Kate and Aaron.
Aaron = a cop-out.
Poor Hurley. He’s so craaaazy.
I really quite like Faraday.
He can have my Most Likeable this ep, if no one else is super-likeable.
Prediction: Charlotte speaks Korean.
Oh no! Epileptic trees!
Oh, it’s the pilot.
Why is he back on the Island? Whaaa?
These people who are “hiding’ are incredibly well lit.
How could he not see them?
Jack is pissing me off.
It’s interesting seeing which parts relate to the “Lost in 8:15″ – that “Wouldn’t be the first time” line, for instance.
Whoa! Jack just proposed to Kate.
End of season 3 tells us that this won’t end well.
Future-flashbacks both raise and lower the tension.
Charlotte could, indeed, speak Korean.
Jin went all bad-ass for a few seconds.
I’d forgotten that Bernard was a dentist.
Future-flashbacks remove the tension of “What happens”, but adds “how does it happen.”
Almost an even trade, I suppose.
Prediction: Jack’s about to have his visitor. It’s his Dad.
Whoa! I excel at guessing.
Once I finish this whole “watching Lost” project I’ll go through and tally my accuracy.
Hey, awesome! Lost season 5 is released in 11 days.
That will be roughly when I finish season 4. Sweet timing!
Jack, you are being way too suspicious.
Also you have started on the drugs.
You can have Least Likeable. Screw your appendix.
And now Claire is hallucinating Jack’s Dad!
The Jack’s Dad mystery is one of my favourites, because I called it so early.
New groups introduced on the Island by season:
1: The Castaways.
2: The Inhatchibant, Group B.
3: The Weirdtopians.
4: The Lostbusters.
There had been hints of the Weirdtopians in seasons 1 and 2, true, but that’s true of all the groups except the Lostbusters.
Oh Jack, you so alcoholic.
So it seems the “How will Jack and Kate split up” mystery is being solved much earlier than I thought.
Prediction: Kate is working for Benry
Nope. Kate was doing a favour for Sawyer.
I remember her promising to do it, but don’t remember what it was.
Say hi to his daughter?
Miles is a jack-ass, but he’s not being as dislikeable as Jack this episode.
Does this solve the “what happened to Clare” mystery as well?
Not that much actually happened in that episode.
I mean, stuff HAPPENED, but…maybe I’ve been spoiled by that last episode.
Most Likeable: Whoever I said I’d give it to earlier.
Least Likeable: Jack.
Most Intriguing: Charlotte.
“The Locke Award” (previously on 7 “Most likeables”)
“The Locke Award” (awarded before he even won any “Most likeables”)
“The Benry Award” (awarded when he’d won 9 “Most Intriguings”)