Ha! Disc 4 menu is a lava lamp and sort of cheerful music playing.
Previously on Lost is all about Locke and Charlie.
Charlie: “You’re not his father!”
Looks like Locke/Claire pairing is go. Pity.
oh!! Awesome! Second half of “previously on Lost” is about Landis, and Jack training an army. I hoped that’s what this ep would be about.
Structurally it makes sense.
You introduce something huge like that, one episode is all you can get away with not dealing with it.
Locke is inexplicably introducing tension between himself and Jack.
“Is this an issue of trust, Doc??”
Come on Locke, be cool.
Hey, cool. Sawyer’s running the scam that he ran in a previous episode on a different girl.
Aww, she’s worked it out.
Would have preferred it if it’d been successful.
You never see the same scam run more than once.
I was Tweeting while Kate was talking to unconscious!Sawyer a few episodes ago.
From memory, she was all “Sayid is an angry angry guy.”
I was hoping we hadn’t seen him for a while so we could skip the mourning phase. Looks not.
Jack predicted if they turned back, they’d never see Michael again. Landis agreed.
Rustling in the bushes. My prediction:
-it’s just Vincent.
Oh, it was. That was too easy. Must be a double subversion
…and yup, someone’s kidnapping her.
Someone attacks Sun right after we hear Anna talking about how they’re not scared enough?
It’s clearly, clearly Anna.
When the Others promised to leave them alone, I believe that they would.
I have absolutely no basis for this.
One of your basic rules of murder mysteries: if someone’s being discussed as a suspect, it’s most likely not them.
So if, for example, in a murder mystery, you find some clue indicated that it HAS to have been a female who did it?
That means it was a guy.
Haha, another Scott/Steve confusion.
By someone who wasn’t even around when Scott was alive.
Anyway, if they’re playing this as a murder mystery: they just had the “Was it Anna?” discussion, which would suggest that it wasn’t.
My guess: It was actually Michael, trying to rile up Group A enough to get them to attack the Others.
Having said that, they’re not really playing this as a murder mystery, more a character piece.
Indicated that it could be her, but they could still do a twist at the end, reveal it not to have been her.
Hasn’t been clearly enough set up to predict.
So, to summarise:
1) If it’s a whodunnit, it’s not Anna.
2) If it’s not a whodunnit, it could be Anna…or it could be a twist, and her.
Examples of “whodunnit”s in Lost so far (to make the distinction clear):
-Who burned the raft
-Who hit Sayid’s head
-who poisoned Michael
Who burned the raft was the cleverest, because it made perfect sense but no character even thought of suggesting it was Walt.
Jack is being an utter tosser lately. Not sure whether to blame Anna or just flashbacks.
See, now THAT is a brilliant twist. Sawyer has been the main character, the focus of this whole episode, and it makes complete sense but you never even thought of suspecting him.
No one accused him because he was one of the ones accusing people. Genius.
Best “whodunnits” I’ve ever read are mostly by Agatha Christie: Crooked House, Orient Express, Curtain, Roger Ackroyd, And Then There Were None…
Ben Elton’s written some great ones as well. “Dead Famous” is my favourite, but I also really enjoyed “The Last Casualty”.
(Although the mystery in that one is a liiiiittle predictable.)
Sawyer’s working with Charlie.
Should have seen that coming – otherwise why would he have been in the “Previously on”?
I love con-men. If it weren’t for it being, you know, illegal, I would have taken up a career in conning people.
Most likeable: Sawyer, with Kate a close second.
Least likeable: Jack.
Most intriguing: Sawyer.
Whenever Sawyer’s the main character, he’s eligible for all three of the awards I give out. Now that’s good charactering.
Man I dislike American soldiers in media.
I can’t think of a single US Soldier portrayal I’ve ever liked.
Even when they’re Space Marines they suck.
Sayid is a sexy man. Where did I rank him on my sexy men list? Might bump him up a few rankings.
Incidentally, the only female to have sex on the show so far died shortly afterwards.
Lessons learned from Lost: -Have sex and you’ll die?
Hurley’s secret stash of food makes me sad.
I want to trust Hurley.
He’s more than just “the fat character”, surely?
Mysteries I’m most interested in:
-Hurley and the mental home
-why Walt is “special”
-what happens when the timer hits 0.
Mysteries I’m resigned to not getting answers about for quite a while:
-Adam and Eve
-Jack’s Dad’s body
-the Black Rock
I still love Locke,but he’s not very popular with a number of the other characters.
Jack and him are sort of rivals, Charlie hates him..
I like to think that Sayid’s actor had it specifically written into his contract that he had to torture someone once/season.
The Others weren’t being entirely fair with their “You are our guests, you have opened doors you shouldn’t have and been rude” speech.
I mean, social ettiquette doesn’t really translate when you
a) don’t know you’re a guest, and
b) are stranded on an island.
If they’d explained the protocol, and THEN Group A had done their stuff, fair enough, that’s rude. But they didn’t.
Crush the frog, Sawyer! Show it who’s boss!
He crushed the frog!
-This guy really did crash the balloon he’s talking about, and then became one of the Others.
Oooh, well played, Jack. “Open the door or we don’t press that button.”
It’ll get pressed. It always gets pressed.
Locke always mis…HOLY CRAP THEY DIDN’T PRESS THE BUTTON IN TIME
Okay, that was cool. There’s a few seconds of leeway it seems.
A few seconds where you can type the numbers in after the timer runs out
I was saying that Locke always mistypes the numbers.
He’s good at many, many things, but getting the numbers in correctly isn’t one of them.
Tweeting and watching TV simultaneously confused my brain.
Trying to get my Tweet to less than 140 characters I panicked about the world’s end
My brain confused “getting Tweet below 140 chararacters” with “typing in the code to stop the alarm from going off.”
End of episode!
Most Likeable: Sayid.
Least likeable: The “the Others” man.
Most intriguing: Locke. He’s so fascinating/dreamy.
Sayid was talking about how the Others are ruthless and deserve no mercy.
Everyone on this island seems pretty ruthless, dude.
You yourself have tortured two people so far, been tortured by another (who isn’t particularly a bad guy).
It’s a ruthless place.
Previously on Lost involved a lot of “The Others” stuff.
That’s an excellent sign.
Started with Claire – do not want Claire!Flashbacks.
Other characters we’ve seen so far: Locke, Jack, Crazy Danielle.
Would quite happily see Crazy Danielle or Locke flashbacks, just not Claire.
Oh wait! We had a sort-of flashback:
Claire’s time (I assume) with the Others.
Now THAT is a Flashback I’ll happily watch.
Everyone refers to Crazy Danielle by her last name which I can’t pronounce, let alone spell.
Aww, Claire went looking for Libby: she was hanging out with Hurley. Such a cute couple.
Now that Shannon’s dead, that’s my fave pairing.
-The baby’s fever is, as Jack keeps saying, perfectly natural, but unlocking these memories gives them an unrelated clue.
Why are we not seeing the face of this doctor?
OH NO IT’S ETHAN.
ETHAN IS NOT A DOCTOR.
HE IS A BAD GUY.
Disclaimer: Sometimes doctors can be bad guys.
-the guy that they’re hiding in the Hatch? Definitely a bad guy.
Things that aren’t really mysteries, just questions I have:
-What happened to the Inhatchibant?
-When do we get more polar bear action?
Mysteries that I only just realised WERE mysteries:
-How did Claire escape from the Others? She must have had help.
This flashback answers another of my questions, “where’s the third science base?”
Oh wow, excellent callback.
The mobile is playing “Take a little star and put it in your pocket,” Claire’s preferred lullaby.
One of the Others:
“Well what am I supposed to tell Him? You know what he’s going to do when he finds out.”
Is kissing an infection really a good idea?
Isn’t that how they spread, through contact?
Claire is not pleasantly sassy. I think it’s because she’s Australian. Some people can make sass fun, Aussies don’t seem to be able to.
Kate, meanwhile, is delightfully sassy.
Though the best sassy person I’ve ever seen is easily Veronica Mars.
Echo wants to talk to The Other Man.
You can do anything!
You’re like a black topless Locke.
Ethan’s desperate “We want Claire back!!!” makes so much sense when you realise that he’s scared of someone.
Ethan: “We’re good people. We’re a good family.”
I’m actually inclined to believe him.
I’m fairly pro-Others, despite the sporadic kidnappings.
They’ve found the third base!
Predictions for what’s inside: -no one.
I love the pace that this plot is unfolding. I thought there’d be three times as many stalling episodes as there have been.
Okay, so the Others HAD a base here, but clearly don’t any longer.
I wonder where they hang out these days. Inside a mountain?
Oh! Teenaged girl saving Claire must be Alex, Danielle’s daughter. She’s the right age.
This also gives Walt a partner, if he’s straight.
I love how Claire’s memory can have a shot of her waking up. It’s accepted TV technique, but still amusing.
Crazy Danielle’s motivation doesn’t make sense.
All that effort to return the baby, then she tried to kidnap it later?
This is a top episode, by the way. Good stuff.
Crazy Danielle (might be because of the French accent) puts an odd emphasis on “Alex” – “a-LEX”. Like saying “Alexandra” without the “andra”
This infection sounds like it does more than just make you sick/kill you.
Prediction: -it turns you into a POLAR BEAR.
It could also turn you into a zombie, werewolf, vampire, Other, smoke-fiend, whisper, or nameless background character.
Haha a virus that turned you into an extra would be amazing
Echo’s in the room with the Other. I think his name is “Henry.”
My first boy will be called Henry. (not because of Lost)
Echo, if I recall correctly, has the innate ability to tell if people are lying
Like Hands from Boston Legal.
Ask him if he’s an Other!
Holy crap Echo’s awesome.
I have never once regretted giving him the Locke Award.
Wait, so you guys aren’t going to tell Jack/Locke/etc about the new base that you’ve found? It could be incredibly useful!
If nothing else, it has glue Charlie could sniff.
About time he got a new addiction, now that he’s over heroin/Claire & Turnip-head Ulrich.
I suppose Charlie’s addicted to humiliating/revenging on Locke. That’s a pretty good addiction.
“Which are you? The genius, or the guy who’s living in the shadow of a genius?”
Those really aren’t the only two options.
Oh Locke, no! Don’t be so transparently manipulated!! He’s not ever putting the effort in!
LOCKE NO. YOU ARE BETTER THAN THIS.
Most likeable: (I want to give it, as always, to Echo) Sawyer. Just ‘cos he’s cool.
Least likeable: Henry.
Most intriguing: Henry.
[[Theories and Predictions]]
-what happens when the Timer reaches 0
-who are “The Others”?
-who is The Others’ “Him”?
-what happened to Desmond?
-why was Hurley in a mental hospital?
-where’s Jack’s Dad’s body?
-where is Michael?
-why do The Others have Walt?
-is Henry an Other?
-what is the Smoke Monster?
-who are Adam and Eve? (cave-bodies)
-what’s the deal with Black Rock? (the ship)
-When the Timer hits 0, the base explodes, to contain the infection/kill any intruders. This will happen in the season finale.
-The Others are a tribe made up of misc people who have crashed on the island + their descendants. “Him” was a scientist.
-Desmond either a) was captured by the Others and now a fervent believer or b) has been living like Crazy Danielle on the isle
-Hurley was in a mental hospital after snapping and either a) attacking someone or b) harming himself. He got better.
-Jack’s Dad’s body was taken by the Others for some reason. Meat? Salvage? To bring back to life? Medical experiment? Sacrifice?
-Michael has been captured by The Others (obvious & boring) OR has learned to live like Crazy Danielle/Locke, attuned to the island
-The Others have Walt because they capture only those with exceptional strength, brains, or some kind of psychic ability. Walt (and the other psychics) are used to create hallucinations+whispering. That’s why people have been seeing Wet Walt, he’s learning.
-Henry is definitely an Other. They cannot afford to release him, he will tell about the horrible treatment he has received.
-the smoke-monster was a creation of the labs. A security system, it eats only those who run. That’s why Echo stared it down.
-Adam and Eve (cave-bodies) were scientists who refused to join The Others. Although that time-frame doesn’t really make sense.
-Adam and Eve were…people stranded on island long before the scientists came, they never interacted. What a dull theory.
-Adam & Eve were there before the scientists. Members of their “tribe” attacked the lab, causing the first “incident” OR
-Adam & Eve were people who crashed long before the scientists, others of their vessel started The Others, tho they refused to. They either died when The Others set off the first “incident” as innocent bystanders. (tho that timeline still doesn’t make sense) OR they died of natural causes, while The Others lived on for many more generations, until the Scientists arrived.
I really need to know more about Adam and Eve before I can develop a more concrete theory, tho the writers seem to have forgotten them.
-The Black Rock was a cursed ship, and responsible for many/most of the Island’s supernatural elements. Exact centre of island.
One of the science labs was set up to breed tropical polar bears. After the “incident”, the polar bears escaped and ran free!
-The Numbers/Number Fever
-what’s inside the concrete?
-what’s up with the black horse
a) an ancient curse which has existed since long before the island, and been brought here OR
b) related to the Black Rock, part of that curse. No idea why those numbers though. Seems odd. Can’t work it out.
-inside the concrete is…okay I really have no idea. Haven’t been given any clues yet. An electro-magnet? Which is cursed?
-the horse is Kate’s good luck charm, her “guardian angel”, and will appear and save her neck next season some time.
Unrelated to any particular mystery,but I theorise The Others wanted Desmond pushing the button, because they know someone must.
And now that he’s out of there, they’re watching to make sure that someone from Group A has taken on the responsibility.
[[Running tally: All seasons ]]