[[Season 1 notes]]
Staying with my parents; they’re watching (at my recommendation) Lost for the first time.
Watching season 1 episode 2, laughing at various reveals.
Sawyer’s hair is really short. That does not make any sense, continuity-wise.
Walt’s reading the comic everyone tells me is important.
The Australian hostess from the “crashbacks” – she’s still in the show, 4 seasons on! Crazy.
Most of these characters aren’t. (they die)
Characters in this episode who are dead by the part I’m up to:
That literally only leaves 4 or 5 characters.
Okay, several months later, finally moving on to season 5!
The internet’s actually down while I watch this, so I’m liveblogging into notepad.
(This will help ensure my posts don’t get eaten.)
There’s another “Lost in 8 minutes” on this DVD – “Lost: Starters Kit”
His name is definitely Richard. I wonder why he doesn’t age.
Theory: He is one of the aliens.
That theory expanded: my current theory is that the Island is a spaceship, which is why there’s a time-changing wheel inside it.
I love the Penny’s Dad/Benry fight.
It may be my favourite part of this show.
That’s really saying something, as there’s a lot of great stuff.
Watching this with my family, who have seen exactly as much as me, so their commentary will be included as well.
I’m typing, they’re speculating out loud.
Sawyer is such a great character.
Really obvious prediction: Jin and Michael are alive.
But he’s served his purpose!
Another obvious prediction: Locke will come back to life.
I believe in the power of the Island!
Benry: “I can’t come back to the Island.”
Truth, or lie? My prediction: – lie.
They’re doing the “let’s show a character without showing their face.” opener, a classic season starter.
My prediction: Jack or Penny’s Dad.
He’s shaving. Looks young. Oooh, looks like he’s part of Weirdtopia, and…Asian?
Oh!!! It’s the guy who does all the orientation videos!
The Dharma Guy.
“He always changes his name.”
I’ve never noticed that before, to be honest.
This guy seems to actually be in charge, not just an actor (which would have been my guess.)
They’re going to “The Orchid”. It’s been so long since I saw this – I assume that’s the place with the flowers.
Looks like this is the discovery of the wheel. Cool bananas.
Haha, they’re going to blow stuff up!
Older Asian Doctor: “No blowing stuff up.”
Worker: “We’re going to go back and kill Hitler?”
Oh man, I wish. That would bump Lost up a notch on the cool scale.
Guy with a beard!
My guess is…Jack!
Nah, it’s gotta be Richard!
Oh, it’s the doctor whose name we can’t remember.
Post-opener credits bit takes us back to the funeral parlour.
Jack: “How did we get here? How did all this happen?”
Looks like someone needs to watch the starter kit!
Jack just shaved off his beard. Good, good move.
Do you think Sayid’s sexy?
After a brief discussion, we concluded that Sayid is the sexiest, then Sawyer.
But no one likes Jack.
I’m predicting that Benry can go back to the Island because that makes a lot more interesting narrative.
This is fairly obvious, but I think the Island moved not in space, but in time. #obviousprediction
We’ve gone back to 3 years earlier, the Island actually moving.
Too much happened in S4. I blame the Writer’s Strike.
“Patrick” (actually Richard) has joined my list of people who I call by an incorrect name, along with Benry and Turnip-head Ulrich.
Perhaps just the people and the Island have moved to different times.
i.e. the people have moved to a time before the camp was…oh, here comes Daniel to explain.
Hoorah for Daniel!
Wooo! I rock at prediction.
Not particularly interested in the Kate/Ulrich storyline.
Although men in suits has intrigued me.
Kate is being called out for faking parentage.
Kate: “Then come back with the sheriff.”
Prediction: she won’t be there when he does.
Yup, she’s packing and leaving.
This kid could have a great career as the evil kid in horror films.
I bet Jack ordered the blood test, to flush her out.
Sawyer just slapped Faraday.
That’s so cute!
Not everyone’s accounted for. Who’s missing?
Because he’s now an “Other”, and they’re tied to the island.
Locke is getting planes thrown at him.
OH! Awesome!! The Drug plane!!!
Everyone else in the room was waiting for solid proof that it was the drug plane.
It had to be: narratively it couldn’t be anything else.
Holy crap, Ethan!! It’s Ethan, in the past!
Wow, this is amazing and excellent. I am super happy with this.
Locke was all scrunched up like a baby.
Wuss. Get shot like a man, Locke!
I was not at all happy with the time travelling story last season, but they’re doing it really well here.
Suddenly a lot of stuff (the plane etc) has a purpose in the story, it’s narratively justified.
Sun’s been locked into a room.
I was all like “Teleport out of there, Sun!”
Then I remembered that Sun doesn’t have superpowers.
Sun wants to kill Ben, Ben wants to kill Penny…
I’d forgotten about that.
Hurley just got the first laugh from me this episode. (that I remember)
“Maybe if you ate more comfort food, you wouldn’t go around shooting people”
That’s right, forgot that Locke’s code name was Bentham.
Hurley: “Wait, Ben’s on our side now?”
Good question. My prediction: yes.
He’s the mastermind behind this whole freaking show.
Sayid just threw a man off a building.
My family is fondly reminiscing about the time he broke someone’s neck with his legs.
Woah, dishwasher death! Not too shabby.
Oh no, a syringe, a dart!
Come and save him, Hurley!
No, wait, he’s just faking!
Hurley standing there, looking cool with a gun.
Dude took a photo with his mobile phone.
Sayid: “Get me to the car!!”
I wonder if there’s an outtake where he says “chopper” instead.
Sure, Sawyer asked for a shirt, but secretly he’s enjoying being all hot and topless.
These stupid characters are trying to change the past.
Faraday knows that it’s impossible.
Hell, EVERYONE should know that.
Stop telling everyone where all your secrets and knowledge are, Faraday!
They can just stab your journal with a Basilisk fang and destroy you!
Locke has found…a boat?
What the crap is that?
My sister is reading over my shoulder.
Isn’t that the plane?
The rest of the room wasn’t sure what her outburst meant.
Maybe they’re about to set fire to the plane!
I really want a Harry Potter 3 thing to happen, where they have to avoid their past selves
Questions I most want answered at this point:
-what’s up with the Black Rock, the boat in the middle of the Island?
-What’s up with the four-toed statue?
-What’s up with the numbers?
My sister and mum are being grossed out by all the blood stuff, like removing a bullet.
My mum’s a nurse, you’d think it wouldn’t bother her
So this sort of nicely explains why Patrick never seems to age.
“It’s a compass!”
“What’s it do?”
“It points north.”
They never dealt with the fact that on the Island, compasses don’t point north.
My original theory: the black rock was a giant magnet.
I’ve said this (many times) before, I’ll almost certainly say it again:
I really, really hope that everything ties up brilliantly.
Faraday keeps calling Sawyer “James”.
Also “my friend”.
He should not call him either of those things.
Hot British Redhead is bleeding.
It’s that head exploding thing that happened to the ship doctor.
My brother is unsuccessfully trying to find plot-holes in the time travel theory.
Oh, that’s right.
When Desmond knew Faraday in the past, he had future consciousness…man.
Yay! Desmond! Was worried that he’d been written out.
This show reminds me a bit of Animorphs;
Crayak to the Ellimist: “You stacked the deck.”
If you don’t know Animorphs, that quote might not mean anything to you, but it was a line that sort of changed the way I think about writing
Most likeable: Faraday, or maybe Sayid. Or Hurley.
Least likeable: Sawyer. Grumpy, but (on the plus side) shirtless.
Most intriguing: Desmond
“3 years ago.” From where??
We’re time-travelling, you can’t say “ago” without giving us some kind of basic time-frame.
Oh, right. This is them leaving the Island.
My brother (correctly) guessed that headless guy was the pilot.
Btw, anyone playing at home: I don’t have to give out a Locke Award, because while Locke is technically dead, he’s still a major character.
Prediction: The Eko/his brother with the plane connection has no bearing on the overall story.
Hurley’s all like “I won’t help you.”
Oh, he doesn’t mean it.
Then why did they show it to us?
Seems that narrative structure analysis runs in the family.
Oh man, Hurley has about as much luck on the roads as Ted Bundy did.
Prediction: The cop will be Anna-Lucia.
Oh, wow! Hurley is time-trav…wait, no. Advisory hallucination.
“Libby says hi.”
Best possible disguise for Hurley?
A freaking haircut. That would make all the difference.
It could save his neck.
I hate it when they introduce new extras like they’re meant to have been there all along.
Oh! Neil is the frogurt guy.
Okay, well played.
Ha! Sawyer just nicknamed Faraday “Dr Wizard.”
Ah, dark glasses on the unconscious guy. Classic.
Cute girl at the counter.
Funny, too: “It looks like you heart them.”
She should have her own spin-off series.
Now that I’ve thought it for more than 2 seconds, it doesn’t make sense for the Oceanic 6 to be time-travelling at the “same time”
It’s NOT the same time, it’s years later.
Kate has a bubbly phone voice. Even though she’s stressed, a very upbeat “Hello?”
Great, another mystery. Who’s Kate talking to?
My guess: Locke.
No, wait, Locke’s dead.
We’ve pinpointed where Kate is in time because she crossed paths with Hurley, who Jack saw on the news at etc etc…
The only time Lost has cheated with that whole “flashbacks from two different times arranged to look like one time” is that Sun/Jin moment.
Benry: “You’re never coming back to this life.”
NEVER TRUST ANYTHING HE SAYS HE LIES QUITE A LOT YOU SEE
Just realised, I’ve never even expressed this as a mystery:
-Why Jack etc were needed on/by the Island in the first place.
I’d have assumed Jack’s purpose was Benry’s spinal tumour, but that was another Benry claim, and HE LIES.
Ha! Hurley’s father is watching Expose.
So much history, they can reference it all at will these days (like with the frogurt guy)
Don’t risk a look through the window!!
My 13 year-old brother is smarter than Hurley.
Hurley’s Dad: “We need a doctor.”
My entire family: “Jack’s a doctor!!!!”
My little brother pointed out to me that “the numbers” add up to 108.
I did not know that!
This butcher is called Jill.
Should she be familiar? ‘Cos she’s not.
Benry’s defending Jack. Awwwww.
I’m going to be honest:
I’m always reluctant to feel real danger for the main character ‘cos they’re the main character, and unlikely to die
On Lost, that reluctance is compounded by the fact that the Island steers destiny, and it’s been openly said that it won’t let people die…
Neil reminds me of Steve Buscemi.
Charlotte is dying, dying, dying.
She seems to also be losing her memory. Weird.
“She’s fading out of existence!”
Frogurt: “It’s Neil!!”
No, Neil. It’s Frogurt.
Holy crap, Frogurt just burst into flames.
No, wait. They’re having flaming arrows fired at them.
By…the others? The future-others?
Or are we in the past now?
Oh Frogurt. You were destined to die.
It’s true; extras are very rarely given speaking lines except to establish them as characters so we care a little when they die.
Extras given a line might as well don red shirts.
These flaming arrows are pretty freaking effective.
Hurley’s Dad: “They think you’re crazy enough to come back home!”
He didn’t even need to say the rest, we filled it in ourselves.
Hurley: “Everything’s going to make sense, I promise!”
It’d freaking better, Hurley.
Google autofill coming up with “Why is there a dead Pakistani on my couch?” makes SO MUCH more sense now.
Sun: “Are you okay?”
Kate: “I’m fine.”
Sun: “Are you?”
Jesus, Sun, lay off.
So Sun has clearly taken a side in the Benry/Whitmore war.
I’ve taken a side as well, and it’s not Sun’s.
Oh burn. Sun is blaming Kate for Jin’s death.
Sun, your husband’s not dead.
We’ve not even seen anything vaguely similar to a body yet.
Sun: “I don’t blame you!”
Never forget, Kate – aside from Benry, Sun is the most duplicitous character on this show.
Aww, Hurley’s Dad is being all “stay away from my son, Dr Shepherd!”.
I love Benry’s face.
The poor actor is going to be typecast for life, but he’s so brilliant in this show.
Hurley: “He’s got this secret life where he does ninja moves.”
If I’m ever on a Lost-style show, I want to be the Hurley character. Comic relief, still integral to the plot.
Charlie was comic relief as well, but he was slightly too dark and got killed off.
Drug past and all that.
Hurley’s nothing but wacky fun.
Hurley’s mum is a spy, isn’t she?
I’m going to be honest, I’ll be impressed if she is.
More likely: she thinks Hurley’s crazy.
This is Lost making fun of its own convoluted plotline.
As my mum said, “It all makes sense when you see it happen, but sounds way too melodramatic when it’s all said at once.”
Hurley’s mum: “I believe you.”
No way, my prediction: she’s lulling him before she calls the nuthouse.
My mum’s a psychiatric nurse:
I’d give Hurley his psych pills the second he started going on with any of this…
Sawyer stepped on…is that a dart? What the crap did he step on?
Sawyer might meet Crazy Danielle’s group!!
THAT would be cool.
He said her real name, which I don’t remember, so I abbreviated it to “Crazy Danielle”.
Oh! They might see the statue in full!
THAT would be cool!
They’ve found a guy called Jones.
I’m holding out for my brother’s theory, the French group who Crazy Danielle shot.
On Lost, you’ve always been able to get employment after your character dies, through flashbacks and hallucinations.
Now: time travel as well!
Sayid nearly strangled Jack.
I would LOVE to see Sayid go up against Brock Sampson in a fight.
Holy crap that would be so amazing.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shot from inside a microwave before.
Hurley threw his pie in self-defense. Hilarious!!
Wait, has Sayid turned against Benry?
Sayid and Sun vs Jack and Lock.
People-starting-with-S vs 4-letter-names-ending-with-ck. (if you misspell Locke)
I’ve seen enough of the story to trust Benry, and even I don’t trust him.
He’s so delightfully despicable.
I think it’s because he’s trying to be nice.
Whenever he’s trying to be nice, you can’t trust him.
When he’s stressed and barking orders, THAT’s when you trust him.
Sawyer and Juliet are…HOLY CRAP THEY’RE GOING TO CUT OFF HER HAND.
Aw man, they didn’t do it!
Going to be honest; would have loved to have seen that.
That would have been great, somehow.
Locke just saved Juliet’s hand.
My sister is crazy about Locke.
She hasn’t been reading through my notes, she’s just independently fallen in love with him as much as I have.
Man, Faraday’s science all looks so much cooler than most science does in movies and TV shows.
Other writers, take notes from Lost: Research should look this cool.
Benry’s hiding out in a church.
Mum’s just confirmed my theory about Jill
-it’s the lady from the shop, who said Desmond couldn’t buy a ring
I say “confirmed”, she’s guessing as much as I am, but let’s face it, two people guessing the same character is pretty good.
Most likeable: Damn, almost put “Locke”. Forgot he was not allowed to win this one. I’ll give it to Hurley. Faraday close 2nd.
Least likeable: Benry, though I do love to dislike him.
Most intriguing: Jill!
“Previously on” shows Benry on the wheel.
A bit of closure? Unlikely, but a man can dream.
Oooh! Prediction: Jill is Faraday’s mother.
We are watching a large number of Asian people gamble.
Oooh, a Desmond episode.
I like Desmond so much.
He (Desmond) feels like such a late addition, but he was in there from the very beginning of season 2, longer than even Benry.
Penny’s having a baby! A bay-bee!
A baby! Tiny little Desmond!!
Good thing they got this doctor in.
(So far his entire input has been “Push! Push! Harder!”)
My family have been watching Lost for a while, but they missed one disk – the one with the Group B episode. That is such a great episode.
Still no word on why Libby was in the mental hospital.
“Over there, you can’t see it, is an Island. A very special Island. An island I left a long time ago. And it’s called…Great Britain.”
Going to side with Juliet here:
“The creek” was a terrible meeting-place.
It’s a long creek.
Miles spotted the tripwire like 2 seconds too late.
Oh, sure, the three with speaking parts survive.
I love my brother.
Faraday’s been recognised. From the past, or from the future?
Another mystery we’ve still heard nothing about:
Why Walt was special.
Was he special like Locke is, or different kind of special?
Desmond would also be a fun role.
I’d prefer to play Hurley, but Desmond is just a really great character.
Penelope: “Promise me you’ll never go back to that Island again.”
Desmond cleverly doesn’t promise.
Let’s face it, if the Island wants you, it’s not up to you.
They’re sounding French! Go…oh, it’s Latin.
Why the crap would Juliet speak…okay, they keep answering questions as I type.
If I ever run a secret organisation on a time-travelling Island, yeah, I’ll pick Latin as my secret language.
Oh wow, I’d completely forgotten about Miles’ ghost-hunting abilities.
Hey! Richard is still leading the Others!!
Locke will find him, give him the compass…god damn, this season is rocking my socks off.
Time travel is really hard to do well.
Lost failed at it last season, this season they’re knocking it out of the ballpark.
La la la, lots of stuff is happening, but I’ve got no particularly interesting things to say about them.
Hello Elizabeth I can see you reading this as I type.
Every time I see him, I genuinely can’t remember whether his name is Richard Alpert or Patrick Alpert.
They both sound right to me.
Daniel: “I am in love with the woman sitting next to me.”
Charlotte: *look of absolute shock*
He wants them to shoot Charlotte, so that she won’t die of what she’s dying of.
That little bit of Latin sounded like “Fuckit”.
Dude just broke Jones’ neck!
Poor Jones. 🙁
So Faraday put some girl into a constant state of time flux then ran off to the states.
Mr Whitmore funded his research!!
Wait, Faraday actually loves Charlotte?
Was this foreshadowed and I forgot, or was this just shoe-horned in?
(I’d assume foreshadowed but I genuinely have no memory of it. Also I will henceforth refer to it as “Charaday”)
I bet that Richard is Jacob.
I sincerely hope I’ve made that prediction before.
I mean, I know I’ve predicted it, but I hope that I typed it up, that there was some kind of record of it.
Because it’s extremely obvious.
(No offense to Xander)
“Their leader is some old man. You think he can track us? You think he knows this island better than I do?”
Oooh. Girl-with-gun = girl-put-into-coma?
“You can’t expect me to believe that you, a British woman, and a Chinese man are all in the American government.”
Apparently we’re in the 1950s at this point. I had no idea.
I missed a step there.
Right, so, my prediction that she’s the girl in the coma is unlikely.
Who else could she be? Faraday’s mother?
Girl-with-gun does not like the idea of the time-travelling.
She is angry.
“Are they from the future too?”
“You told her??”
That’s hilarious, but I can’t work out why.
I devote a lot of brain-power working out why things are funny, but this one escapes me.
Desmond has just barged into Whitmore’s office and asked for information.
Would never have occurred to me, but seems to be paying off.
Faraday’s mother is, of course, in L.A.
Ever since the show stopped being about the plane crash, they’ve really had to work to hit their planes-per-season quota.
Seeing this episode (with the “next time you see me” stuff) is reminding me of The Time Traveller’s Wife.
Another great time-travel piece.
Great not only on its own merits, but because of how nicely and quickly it gets you used to the “rules” of time travel.
Locke: “Jacob sent me.”
To Ricktrick. (Richard/Patrick).
Who I suspect of being Jacob. Hmmm.
Theory: Jacob (now that we’ve introduced time-travel this is possible) is, like, Jack, or one of the other cast members of this show.
Dude with gun = Charles Whitmore.
Time Travel makes everything tie together so nicely.
Desmond is all “It doesn’t matter any more!”
You murderous (well not really but sort of) bastard!
Man, I just fell into that trap that I always talk about, where inaction = murder.
Desmond named his baby Charlie.
My brother, sister and mother: “Awwwwww!”
Hang on…Charlie…he’s also named after his grandfather! Charles Whitmore!
(walking in) What?? It’s 1954???
Oh, that’s right.
Miles is all sad that no one cares how he is.
Well, that’s what you get for being an arsehole.
Charlotte’s all dying and stuff.
Sucks to be her; also sucks to be the guy in love with her.
Most likeable: Desmond. I love Desmond so. Penelope is a close runner-up.
Least likeable: Hmmm. Young Charles Whitmore.
Most intriguing: Ricktrick by default, though no one was particularly intriguing that episode.
My sister just read through my notes, and wanted to add something:
Charaday was right through the last season. Also I am smelly and ugly and no one likes me.
[[Running Tally: All seasons]]
“The Locke Award” (previously on 7 “Most likeables”)
“The Locke Award” (awarded before he even won any “Most likeables”)
“The Benry Award” (previously on 10 “Most Intriguings”)