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.
Previously on all about Michael.
OMG. Previously on: 13 days ago!
We’re going to see Michael’s POV of what happened!!
I don’t know how they’re going to avoid showing us the Others if they’ve set up that we’re seeing Michael’s POV.
Lost has exceeded my expectations on a lot of things so far.
Now it feels like I’m sitting here watching it, waiting for it to go downhill.
Pausing the DVD is cheating a bit, but looking at Michael’s list, reading from the back, it says:
“Perhals Th” something.
Also John Locke.
Whose name starts with H? Where’s my character list…
Hurley? It could say Hurley. Doesn’t really look like it though.
Okay, have unpaused, resuming show.
I love the concept of these lists that The Others consistently seem to have.
I love it when the flashbacks are flashing back to a point after the start of the show.
Oh no! Michael’s using Locke’s compass.
I’m reasonably sure that compass didn’t show correct North.
Thinking about it its really obvious what Michael’s motivation is.
If he doesn’t xyz, they kill Walt. He’s easily manipulated.
Deaths so far:
-3 or 4 miscellaneous Others
-numerous passengers from the plane crash
Add Ethan to the list of people shot, while we’re at it.
Oooh, Charlie’s talking to Clare for the first time in 10 episodes.
She is continuing to be a bitch, even though he brought Vaccine.
Charlie found these vaccines “In the pallet.”
Took me a while to work out what the pallet was.
(the food drop, I suspect.)
I really enjoy scenes where people get to talk to The Others.
They are really interesting and cool.
Cryptic in a fun way.
Oh awesome, we’re getting a Behind-the-Scenes of an earlier scene.
Seeing why the Others did what they did, their motivations.
Soon as we see the Others’ reasoning, they stop being “others” (in the propaganda sense).
The Others are fascinating.
I’d say they were my very favourite mystery, but you know. Polar bears.
Ever since I nicknamed him “Frank”, it confuses me when the characters refer to Henry.
I wonder what their standards are for who’s a “good person” and who isn’t.
I suppose it’s “obvious” in that all the people they’ve chosen, I’d have chosen too.
He is hot and he is cool, but he’s not on my “good people” list.
Prediction: (obvious one) The Others are held up in base 6 of 6, Lab Zeta.
Oh, wow. They really do have a little canvas tent village.
It’s out in the open and everything. How anti-climactic.
I was hoping they lived in the trees, in the jungle, or in an underground labyrinth with many entrances.
Not just…in huts.
The Castaways seriously could take this place by storm.
Of course, now that the Others are human, I don’t want them killed.
Prediction: Sayid tracks after them, saves the day, and has a hot girl fall in love with him.
Let’s say…Alex. Alex is pretty fine.
Every time Eko says anything, I feel like punching the air with sheer joy.
He seriously just said “I know” and I was like “AWESOME!!”
Jack: “Why’re you telling me this, Sawyer?”
Sawyer: “Because you’re the closest thing I’ve got to a friend.”
Aw. Just wanna cuddle him.
-Secret Romance Beach
-Crazy Danielle’s old lair
-Labs Alpha through Zeta
-Lab Alpha (“The Hatch”)
-Lab Beta (Group B’s hide-out)
-Lab Gamma (Medical Centre)
-Lab Delta (The Others’)
-Lab Epsilon (Pearl)
Oh, the list didn’t have John Locke on it. It had James Ford.
Why would they want Sawyer?
I Love Polar Bears (@ilovepolar_bear) is now following these posts on Twitter.
I can’t think of a more appropriate follower for me to have.
I sort of hope they all go and get captured by the Others.
They’re major characters, they can’t die, and we’d get to see what they see.
Locke’s removing his splint.
Prediction: Sayid and Locke follow the other four as they get captured by the Others.
Sayid is pretty awesome.
He’s no Locke or Eko, but he could easily get there.
It genuinely surprised me when Libby died. She still had a story to be told.
Prediction: Hurley starts to hallucinate Libby too.
Woah, a boat just appeared. Episode end.
That was…completely out of the blue.
Haha, literally as well as figuratively.
Most likeable: Sayid.
Least likeable: Michael.
Most intriguing: Walt! We saw some Walt.
Walt was all like “They’re not who they say they are”, reinforcing my “the huts are to fool him” theory.
Sayid, Sawyer and Jack all taking off their clothes and going swimming.
They’ve all gone out to the boat.
Hurley’s all like “what if it’s just a trap?”.
I’d agree, but a LOT of vehicles crash on this island.
DESMOND!! (The Inhatchibant).
“What happened to him” is one of the lesser but more interesting mysteries.
Apparently no-one escapes the Island.
It would actually be a pretty interesting twist if the rest of the world had been destroyed, everything except the Island.
Desmond’s flashbacks. Hoorah for new characters!
Prediction: -no new characters crash on the island for the rest of the show.
Don’t get me wrong, they’ll continue to find new characters hidden all over the island, but the rest of the world won’t affect the show.
“On the way to the funeral, I told you that Michael was compromised and you asked me how we could take advantage.”
Nice exposition, Sayid.
Resources of the castaways:
-the characters and their knowledge (obviously)
-the contents of Lab Alpha
-a handful of guns
-the food from the pallet
-a half-decent radio.
-an unlimited supply of tarpaulins and sexual tension
Desmond’s backstory is very nice and all, but at this point I’m not much interested in a boat race.
I’m interested in, y’know,the PLOT.
Took me a few seconds to realise why Charlie was so happy that Locke was crying. He considers them nemeses.
I don’t mind the Charlie/Locke tension, but you can’t just mention it twice a season.
You have to work at it, writers.
It’s like they worked out how cool Locke was and thought “Right, he’s a bit too cool. Let’s give him conflict with every other character.”
Characters Locke currently has conflict with & why:
-Eko (the button)
What did one snowman say to the other snowman?
“Smells like carrots.”
Haha, that’s quite good.
(mine were better)
Sun’s got morning-sickness.
I had completely forgotten about the pregnancy storyline.
I’m worried they have too much on the go at once.
Prediction: Not pressing the button in time will be this episode’s end-of-ep cliffhanger.
I’ve got to go out after this one!
Just saw a giant foot, all that’s left of a giant statue.
With only four toes.
I’m sitting here desperately hoping that this is the best plotted show ever made and not just 200 unrelated mysteries thrown together.
Oh wow. When Desmond landed 3 years ago, the island seems to have been covered in scientists still.
I wonder where Crazy Danielle is.
These scientists MUST be the Others.
Otherwise this timeline doesn’t make sense.
I love that Desmond was originally as curious as everyone else, but was completely sapped of it over time.
I genuinely don’t mind them introducing new mysteries and new information.
Long as they keep answering questions along the way.
Oooh. Eko’s a pretty determined guy.
I’m starting to doubt that the button will fail to be pressed.
Michael deserves no mercy at this point.
He’s killed 2 people, and was leading 4 more to be captured.
Grr. Hate it when they show a character looking at something and then wait a few minutes before showing us what they saw.
And episode end. Really rather good cliffhanger.
Most likeable: Desmond, even if his backstory was mostly unnecessary.
Least likeable: Locke, for fighting with Eko.
Most intriguing: Ivan.
(I’ve forgotten the name of the scientist who showed Desmond the button etc, so I’m naming him Ivan.)
By the way, the fact that the episode ended on a cliffhanger substantially increases the odds of the button not being pressed in time.
Previously on is about Desmond’s pointless flashbacks. Not looking so pointless any more?
Also about Sayid’s ambush. No surprise.
Really this “previously on” is just a summary of the prev episode. Suspect that Desmond’s backstory is just so he can have more flashbacks.
Oh, excellent. Another Desmond flashback, on the Island, with Ivan.
Talking about Resinski, Ivan’s old partner. So many new names!
Ivan is the one who refers to the Others as “The Hostiles”.
He is also the one who is painting the invisible map.
(Current) Groups on The Island:
-The Castaways (Group A, the remainder of Group B),
-Group A, Group B,
-Adam and Eve?
Looks like the “self-destruct” button is what was concreted up.
Ivan claims the button is what prevents the electromagnet from exploding
According to Ivan, the “charge builds up and pressing the button discharges it.”
I know nothing about electromagnetism.
I do know about narrative structure though and two episodes before the final you don’t have a minor character casually explain the button’s purpose for no reason.
Oh very cool. Sayid got to the Other’s base.
The huts were all empty, the doors lead to nothing.
More cool: They’ve found piles of notepads.
The whispering is one of the many things about the Others that I don’t at all understand yet.
Speakers, not microphones. Microphones wouldn’t do anything.
Looks like the entire party has been shot with darts and…electrocuted?
Okay, so it looks like Lab Delta (the Others’ base) was not an actual base.
It was a fake base.
That means there are 2 bases unaccounted for
Desmond just killed Ivan.
Apparently this changes next season but there is too much happening!
Oh awesome. We get to see when Desmond didn’t press the button in time. The whole Hatch went nuts.
So if he knows that that’s what happens, why is he okay with not pressing the button now?
Desmond didn’t press the button on the day the plane crashed.
He may have been responsible.
Meanwhile, the Others have captured what I’m going to refer to as “The Jack Pack”.
They’re on a dock, the boat’s pulling up.
I like this episode. It’s exciting.
Prediction: Michael gets shot by the Others this episode.
EKO!!! NO!!! You can’t kill Eko! He’s my favourite character at the moment!
LOCKE JUST SMASHED THE COMPUTER. SO MUCH IS HAPPENING.
Oh wow, that was really well set-up. Desmond had held onto the only Charles Dickens novel he’d never read, since he wanted to read it right before he died.
Lock smashed the computer, Desmond ran and got the book down.
Possibly something hidden in it. More likely: about to die.
I can’t make any real predictions until we get more of a clue about what’s happening.
It’s going too fast for predictions at the mo!
Extremely clever: showing us why great moments from previous episodes happened.
Locke screaming at the hatch, Boom on radio…
Shows how clever and layered this show is. (hint: extremely)
Although I’ve heard in season 3 it gets ridiculous.
If Locke dies this episode, I’ll obviously be devastated, but this would be a great moment for it.
Eko’s up and walking. They can’t both die.
Desmond’s history is completely stupid.
It was introduced so that…what, he could die?
Desmond turned the key, screwed up the aperture of the camera everywhere else on the island.
Characters who seem to have died:
That is a lot of characters for one episode.
Charlie’s definitely alive. No word on the others.
It seems the only escape from this island is taking a boat on a compass bearing of 325.
I know nothing about compass bearings.
No way that Walt and Michael are just going to leave. No way!
I suppose their story’s been told. We can deal with the repercussions of Walt’s powers; we don’t need them to be shown.
And Michael’s done his bit. He wins Least Likeable.
They’re letting Hurley go.
His job is to tell the Castaways that they can never go there.
The Others are taking the Jack Pack.
See, this isn’t even thoughts or theories. I’m just recounting exactly what’s happening on screen.
For who? If you’re reading this you’ve hopefully seen the show, else most of these posts just won’t make any sense at all.
-Walt (maybe not Michael, but definitely Walt) returns in a season or 2, his psychic powers matured.
Looks like Clare and Charlie are back together, which is nice. They’re one of my top pairings.
They kissed! Kiss…6? 7? Have lost track. TOO MUCH IS HAPPENING.
Shot of Antarctica? With two Russians playing chess in a cabin?
Is this Michael’s rescue?
Electromagnetic Abnormality detected.
Antarctic Russians have called Desmond’s love.
Nice tie-in! Totally gave her purpose.
Okay! Episode ended! So much happening, pausing for a few minutes to collect my thoughts.
Least likeable: Michael.
Most likeable: “Tom”, the Bearded Other.
Most intriguing: Frank (“Henry”), he seems to be in charge.
If I knew anything about electromagnetism, that would probably help at this point. They seem to have exploded the Hatch.
Question: How did Eko have that pile of printouts next to him for countless days and not think to check the date of the plane crash?
Further question: Was Walt communicating with the computer psychically? Is that his power?
If not, who was typing to Michael? Walt?
Theory: Echo and Locke can’t be dead. You don’t kill off that many cool characters at once! They must be alive.
Desmond may be dead.
Question: How does Desmond’s ex-girlfriend (I should have trusted that she’d somehow be relevant) know to look for electromagnetism?
Comment: This episode seems to have swayed the show more and more away from supernatural and towards sci-fi. No hocus-pocus.
Okay, my brain isn’t buzzing as much any more. Let’s slow it down, get some lists going.
Desmond is most likely to be dead, because he got a self-sacrifice kind of monologue out before he died.
OTOH, his girl just entered.
Eko was already on the verge of death, after the dynamite stunt. His role could quite happily be over now. He’s served his purpose.
Locke, meanwhile, deserves to have died, due to his button stunt.
Also they told Charlie about Epsilon, so that info won’t die with them.
Okay, The Others.
Frank seems to be a leader. He said they’re “The Good Guys”.
The whole village was a fake, Sayid’s still there.
They let Walt go because he was “more than they expected”.
Psychic powers or bad luck charm?
They let Hurley go too, to relay message.
-why insist on getting Hurley in the first place? Do they know he has Number Fever or not? They seemed unalarmed by the light explosion
Is that because they don’t know what it was, or because they knew it was coming? How are they related to Dharma?
Also, they found all the notepads from Lab Epsilon. They were going to nowhere. Why? Psychological experiment? What a waste of paper.
Finally (I think – so much happened!) there was once a giant four-toed statue on the island.
Or I guess possibly just a foot.
-they have their base in Lab Zeta, the 6th lab. That’s where they get their tech + watch the rest of island.
Part of the Dharma Initiative was about breeding better people and chemical improvements.
That’s why they get the children.
So they can start injecting them from an earlier age.
Also, I just worked out where I know Frank from – the first Saw film. Duh.
So: (theory) the Others are controlled by the people who were about the breeding.
The Others are their test subjects.
A big part of this “breeding” project is about trying to find/breed psychic powers into people.
The Island heightens your powers.
Can’t at all work out how this relates to the giant foot statue, but never mind.
Or why they’d need an electromagnet.
Ivan being part of the original group makes everything much more current than I expected.
He died when they arrived on the island!
I suppose I should have worked out that it was all still current when the food parcel arrived.
Wonder what the injections are.
Desmond’s Girlfriend theories:
-her Dad is somehow involved with the financing/running of the Dharma Institute.
She knew that his experiment had Desmond (somehow) and also that it related to electromagnetism, so hired the Russian Eskimos to monitor for it.
The computer was either
a) Linked to Walt’s psychic powers
b) Typed by the Others/whoever controls the Others, to lure Michael, or
c) (and this is the least likely) actually typed by Walt, who managed to regularly escape and use a computer.
Evidence against a) is that sometimes Walt typed with perfect grammar, sometimes in netspeak.
Surely psychic powers would be consistent.
Most likely, it was typed by the Others/whoever controls them (hereafter referred to as “ZP”, because it’s short) to lure Michael.
I hope that those computer records weren’t exploded, because I think it would have to appear in the log somewhere.
So! Predictions, then I’ll get back to it.
Predictions: -Walt and Michael successfully leave. We either
a) Don’t follow them until they return, when we get flashbacks to catch us up, or
b) Follow them in about 5 episodes time.
-Walt and Michael are contacted by someone who knows about the Island, and wants them to take him there. The only way to do so is to be led by Walt’s psychic powers. This happens (if at all) midway through season 3.
-The Others don’t keep the Jack Pack for more than 3 episodes. They either escape or are let free. More likely released, because escape would be quite tricky from the Others.
-Echo and Locke survive. They just do, because I love them both. (though Locke is admittedly pissing me off lately.)
Locke can’t die, we still don’t know how he ended up in the wheelchair. I honestly thought he’d be a minor minor character when we met him in the pilot.
-At some point while they’re captured, Kate finds out that Sawyer slept with Anna, gets angry despite inappropriate time/location.
-Sayid, Jin and Sun chance encounter the Others, perhaps on their way back in the boat? Try to be sneaky and follow them, fail, but manage to find out something that helps in a plan of attack.
-Sun doesn’t have her baby until S5.
-Desmond IS dead.
-MORE POLAR BEARS
-We don’t ever find out about Adam & Eve.
-Jack’s Dad comes back in a big way, but the story is very slowly told and he’s definitely dead.
-The electromagnet was what was fuelling something that the Others/ZP depend on. They are not happy. I think that’s all I’ve got (for now)
Okay, onwards with the show. Season 2, Episode 25 (final).
Wait, what? That WAS the season finale?
It was a great episode, but a shitty season finale.
Gah. Okay then, on with season 3 of Lost!
[[Running tally: All seasons]]
Most likeable: Locke and Hurley on 7 (Sawyer on 5, Jack, Charlie and Sayid on 4, Jin on 3, Turnip-head Ulrich and Sun on 2, 9 characters on 1 – Ray, Shannon, Walt, Jin, Arzt, Boom, Kate, Flirty Bar Girl, the Aussie Psychic, Desmond, Tom (Tennesse Mountain Landis))
Least likeable: Jin at 5 (Anna, Henry/Frank and Michael on 4, Locke on 3, Jack’s Dad, Shannon, Crazy Danielle, Charlie, Jack on 2, 16 on 1 – Locke’s Boss, Charlie’s Brother, Clare’s Boyfriend, Kate, Shannon’s Boyfriend, Hurley’s Mum, Locke’s Dad, Sawyer, Arzt, Crazy Pirates, Nathan, the Mean Cop, Clare, Tennesse Mountain Landis, Locke’s almost-fiancée Helen, Bernard)
Most intriguing: Kate, Locke, Eko and Walt on 4. (Ethan, Crazy Danielle, on 3, Desmond, Anna, Sawyer, Henry/Frank and Michael on 2, 12 characters on 1 – Sayeed, Asian Wife, Jack, Charlie, Boom, Shannon, Denise, Goodwin, Tennesse Mountain Landis, Charlie’s Brother Liam, Sun, Libby, Henry/Frank)
Most likeable: Sayid on 4, (Jin, and Sawyer on 3, Kate, Jack, Hurley and Charlie on 2, Anna, Turnip-head Ulrich, Sun, the Aussie Psychic, Desmond and Tom all on 1)
Least likeable: Anna, Henry/Frank and Michael on 4 (Jack and Locke on 2, Susan (Walt’s mum), Mean Cop, Nathan, Clare, Tennesse Mountain Landis, Charlie, Helen and Bernard all on 1)
Most intriguing: Eko on 5 (Henry/Frank on 2, Desmond, Anna (Flirty Bar Girl), Michael and on 2, Goodwin, Tennesse Mountain Landis, Charlie’s Brother Liam, Locke, Sawyer, Sun, Libby atnd Ivan on 1)