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“Lost” Thoughts”: “The End”

In Lost, Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm

By Joe Dyton

Well after six years, 119 episodes and a two-hour series recap/retrospective, the series finale of “Lost” finally arrived. I still thought it was odd that ABC opted to air the finale on Sunday when it was on Tuesday all season long, but whatever. I guess the network couldn’t have turned the evening into a five and a half hour extravaganza on a weeknight. But that is a very, very small drop in the large bucket that was the last ever episode of “Lost”.

When it comes to series finales, often times viewers are more interested in the ending than the actual episode itself. “Lost” co-showrunner Carlton Cuse made a good point, the only thing a lot of people remember about the last episode of “The Sopranos” is the ending when the screen just went to black. So, going into last night’s show, I was curious if Cuse and his co-showrunner and co-writer on the finale, Damon Lindelof would be able to put together a memorable episode and not just an ending. Looking back, I think they won in that respect. Honestly, I was more satisfied with the episode than the ending. Don’t get me wrong; I didn’t mind the ending, it’s just that part of it left me ending, which I’ll get to shortly.

I’m going to be honest; a two and a half hour episode is a lot to muddle though, but I’m going to try to touch on everything. Last night was really about two things: the show and the end of the series. Let’s dive into the episode first….

I thought there was plenty to like about the finale. Things got off to a great start when Kate smirked at the name, “Christian Shephard.” Hurley’s throwaway line about Jacob “Being worse than Yoda” was classic, along with his noticing that Jack and Kate’s “moment” would have been really sweet, “if they weren’t about to die.” I thought most of the “letting go” flashes were great; I liked Sun and Jin’s the best; mainly because after they were killed off, it was nice to see them have such a sweet recollection of their time on the island. It also provided some comic relief when they both picked up their ability to speak English again and just grinned from ear to ear when Sawyer was worried for Sun’s safety. Not to mention the great exchange between Jin and Sawyer: “I guess we’ll see you there?” “See you where?”

The other memorable flashes belonged to Kate, Claire and Charlie (it’s tough to get more powerful than them re-imagining Aaron’s birth) and of course Locke wiggling his toes and Jack finally letting go by touching his dad’s long-lost coffin. Sawyer and Juliet’s didn’t do as much for me, but it was still sweet, especially when Sawyer told Juliet he had her. The only reason I said I liked most of the flashes was because I wasn’t a huge fan of the Sayid and Shannon one. It was almost too manufactured: Boone intentionally taking a beating so Sayid could come to his and Shannon’s rescue felt cheap compared to the rest of characters getting flashes through twists of fate. I was happy for Sayid of course, but I always felt Shannon was a non-entity to the show and brought nothing to the table.

On the island, we finally got the plane survivors vs. Un-Locke showdown we’d been anticipating for weeks. Fortunately Jack was right and Desmond turning out the lights in a sense made Un-Locke venerable long enough so they could take him out. I enjoyed the Jack-Un-Locke fight, even if it looked liked it was ripped from Superman-Lex Luthor showdown in “Superman Returns”. I mean we have the hero going toe-to-toe with the bald villain in the rain on a crumbling rock and the villain stabs the hero? I can’t help but wonder if the “Superman Returns” scribes were watching that last night and thinking, “Hey!” Anyway, luckily Jack’s Lois Lane (Kate) had his back and put one through Un-Locke so he fell over the cliff instead of the weakened Man of Steel. My only complaint about the fight scene was before the commercial break prior to it; I thought Jack jumping through the air fists raised and the screen going black was incredibly cheesy. It didn’t give me high hopes for what was to come after the break, but the scene redeemed itself nicely.

On the other side of the rock, the suspense wasn’t as great, but it was fun watching Miles, Richard and Lapidus put the plane together. As always, Miles gets a least one great throwaway line, “I believe in duct tape.” I couldn’t help but think of the scene in “Major League” when the pilot was duct taping one of the propellers of the team plane while all of that was happening. Anyway, everyone wondered what was the point of keeping Lapidus around; he seemed like another non-entity. Well, our question was answered last night; without him, Kate, Sawyer, Miles, Richard and Claire never get off the island. I applaud the writers for giving what was such a non-factor of a character a heroic sign-off.

As for the ending, I’m kind of at peace with it. I like that we got to see what happened with all of these characters, I do. I just felt that after six years and a TWO AND A HALF HOUR finale, we could have gotten some more answers about the island. I saw a pre-show interview with Cuse and he said they aimed the finale at character resolution (which I felt they did an excellent job with) rather than the island’s mythology. With the time they had last night, couldn’t they have concentrated on both? Did it have to be one or the other? Part of me feels they put all of this mysterious stuff in the first season and didn’t have any satisfying answers, so they Cousin Oliver’ed all of it and just made the show a character-driven series where strange, unexplained phenomenon occur. It just felt like they took the easy way out there. So, while I was OK with how things were wrapped up, I would have liked a little more. Maybe that makes me greedy, I don’t know. One-hundred and fifty minutes seems like a lot of time to just abandon one-half of what the show was all about.

OK a few more random thoughts and we’ll call it a series….

*I went into last night’s show with zero expectations (it’s the only way I knew I wouldn’t be 100% let down by the ending). The only thing I wanted was for the flash-sideways this season to have a clear-cut explanation, and I guess I won in that sense. However, in the grand scheme of things, the flash-sideways were kind of waste, weren’t they? I liked that they were revealed to be the characters’ after life and Desmond was working to get them all to their destined meeting place, but unless I missed something those scenes didn’t have much bearing on what was happening in the island-universe. Think about it: Seasons one through three gave us flashbacks to show us the events that got everyone on the plane and to the island (with the exception of the Season 3 finale, which was a flash-forward), Season four was all flash-forwards that showed us the Oceanic 6’s lives off of the island and how/why they went back and even Season 5’s wacky time travel let us see the island through the years. This season, the flash-sideways pretty much were independent of the island action. That caught me off-guard.

*I was glad we got a least some explanation of the island’s powers. That light everyone seemed to want looked like it’s what kept Un-Locke invincible as well as what kept Richard from aging. I believe it was after Desmond “turned off the lights” that Richard got his first grey hair, and he couldn’t have been happier. The only thing more I would have wanted was to see how Jacob’s brother turned into the smoke monster when he was thrown down that tunnel.

*Juliet being Jack’s son’s mother had to be one of the biggest “No duh” moments in the series’ history, right?

*I hate to say it, but last night’s episode felt like it was two and a half hours. It kept my interest most of the time, but the pacing felt slow. Maybe that was because it was the last episode and I just wanted to get to the end so badly. Either way, I felt like some fat could have been cut to get it back to at least two hours. I was more than happy to see Rose, Bernard and Vincent one last time, it wasn’t necessary in the long run; same goes for all the time Sayid and Hurley spend in the Humvee waiting for Boone and Shannon to come out of the bar.

*At some point, when I’ve let this show digest, I wouldn’t mind going back and watching Season Six again. Mainly because I want to see how much interaction the characters had with people other than themselves in the flash-sideways. It was almost like a “Sixth Sense” thing going on there where they didn’t realize they were deceased until they touched someone else from the island and had that flash. But there was definitely interaction with other people; where they all deceased too? (i.e. the nurse who asked Jack what was wrong with his neck or even the airport security guards who questioned Jin and Sun about all the cash they had).

*I liked how the series came full-circle; it opened with Jack’s eye opening and finished with it closing. It doesn’t get anymore cut and dry than that.

*While I was somewhat at peace with the flash-sideways ending, I would have liked to have gotten a little more out of the island ending. Mainly with Sawyer and Claire; they never left the island in the show’s six seasons. It would have cool to see their reaction when Lapidus landed them in L.A. or wherever they were able to go with their fuel supply.

*So just to be sure, let’s see if we have all of the main characters’ fate from this year straight: Jack: died saving the island; Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Richard, Lapidus and Miles: made it off of the island on the plane; Ben, Hurley, Rose and Bernard: stayed behind on the island; Sayid, Sun and Jin: died in the sub explosion.

*My personal highlight of the evening was when Un-Locke mentioned for Jacob’s way of doing things that Jack was “Kind of the obvious choice” to replace him. Gotta love those winks to the audience.

Well, I think that’s all I have; I double-checked my four pages of notes, but I probably still missed some things, hopefully nothing too big though. J

I enjoyed this show; I am very grateful I jumped on the bandwagon. Thanks to those who pushed me to do so, you know who you are. The finale may be been imperfect and incomplete, but I’ll definitely remember it as a whole and not just for the ending.

Thanks for following along with me!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

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“Lost” thoughts: “Dr. Linus”

In Lost on March 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

By Joe Dyton

Overall, I really enjoyed Tuesday night’s episode. I was excited when I saw it was going to be Ben-centric. I love the Ben character and Michael Emerson is such a talented actor. What I liked most about the show was much like last week’s Sayid-focused episode, we see in Ben’s flash-sideways that his destiny is more or less the same. He’s always going to be looking for a way to gain control whether it’s of a mysterious island or a high school. I thought his lecture on Napoleon in the beginning of the episode about how he still had his title but no power was a brilliant parallel to Ben’s recent turn of events on the island.

A few other highlights/questions…

*I found it interesting that Alex was still a part of Ben’s life in his flash-sideways. Does that mean Danielle is still alive and kicking? Alex mentioned her mom worked two jobs to pay the rent, I’m assuming that’s Danielle. I also liked that Ben choose to help Alex rather than gain power, unlike the decision he made on the island that led to her death.

*To me, one of the most interesting developments from last night came from the flash-sideways scene with Ben and his Dad. Up until now, none of the characters have had any knowledge and/or experience of the island in their flash-sideways. Or at least they hadn’t mentioned it (even Ethan in Kate’s episode). So, I was shocked when Ben’s dad mentioned the Dharma Initiative and wondered what their life would have been like if they’d never left. I wonder how/when/why they left the island.

*We’re getting very few answers each week, but at least we know what some of the 815 are candidates for. I can’t imagine any of them wanting to replace Jacob though; I’m sure they’d sooner just all get off of the island. It would make the most sense for Ben to do be Jacob’s successor, but I can’t imagine he’s in the running since he killed Jacob and all.

*I loved that Locke gave Ben guidance about leadership in the island timeline, but even more so in his flash-sideways. I also found it comical that the teacher, Arzt, returned in the same episode as Ben’s partner-in-crime in the flash-sideways scenes that Hurley mentioned he blew himself up with dynamite. I also enjoyed when Arzt told Ben he was a “real killer.”

*Speaking of the dynamite, I knew it wouldn’t explode (there’s no way the writers are killing of Jack yet), but it was still pretty intense.

*I also enjoy anytime the two-most unpopular characters in the show’s history, Nikki and Paulo, are mentioned. I can’t believe Miles dug up their graves for the diamonds. Or, maybe I can.

*I was a little surprised the Ilana let Ben live, even if his explanation for killing Jacob was pretty heartfelt. It kind of made the whole Ben digging his own grave thing a waste of time, despite how ironic it was.

*I thought the ending was great; Charles Widmore returning to the island via submarine. I was concerned that the writers had forgotten about him.

Overall, I thought this was the best episode since the season premiere, “LA X”. I decided rather than get frustrated by the lack of answers we get each week, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the ride. The answers will come when they come. My only criticism with last night has less to do with the episode and more to do with this season’s set-up. With the different camps and everyone scattered; it’s very easy to forget what’s going on with certain characters. I feel like I haven’t seen Sawyer in about three weeks. I had to rack my brain to remember he was last seen in the woods with “Locke”. Hopefully last night’s reunion scene is the start of the cast coming together.

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

“Lost” thoughts: “The Substitute”

In Lost on February 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Last night on “Lost,” we got a Locke-centric episode, which I thought was much better than last week’s Kate-focused hour. Especially when it came to the characters’ flash-sidewayses. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Terry O’Quinn play virtually two roles last night: U.S.-bound Locke and a resurrected “Man in Black” on the island. I thought he knocked both roles out of the park.

Like I mentioned in the season premiere; it’s interesting to see Locke be such a non-believer in his flash-sideways scenes. For five seasons, we watched this guy be the eternal optimist and now it’s just odd to see him be so hopeless in the alt-timeline scenes.

I also liked the non-Locke scenes, which looking back there were few and far between of those. I loved the burial scene; especially when Ben wrapped up his eulogy by saying, “I wished I hadn’t murdered him.” I also loved Lapidus’ reaction, “Weirdest (darn) funeral that I’ve ever been to.”

And I think that that might have been it for the non-Locke scenes, save the other beach scene when Sun said they had to bury Locke and the 30 seconds that Richard and Sawyer had together. Despite the lack of character diversity, I still thought this was a solid episode.

Some other quick-hit thoughts from last night…

*I really felt for Locke in his first scene. First the ramp from his fan fritzes out, then he falls out of his chair and then the sprinklers turned on him. I wanted to laugh, but I felt bad about it, but fortunately Locke did the only thing he could—laugh and then I joined in.

*I’m very curious about how Locke and Helen’s relationship in this flash-sideways. How’d they end up staying together? If my memory serves me, in flashbacks Helen left, because Locke couldn’t move past what his dad did to him. Helen mentioned they should round up her parents and his dad and just get married in Vegas, so did Locke’s dad not push him out a window and he just ended up in the chair somehow else? Or did his dad push him, but Locke forgave him and in turn Helen stayed with him? Or does Locke have a different dad in this timeline?

*The main reason I enjoyed Locke’s flash-sideways scenes more than Kate’s from last week was because of the interactions he had with the other passengers/island-dwellers. I loved his scene with Hurley; how great was it to see a confident, self-assured Hurley hook Locke up with another job?

Speaking of which, I forgot until I read another review of last night’s show (http://sepinwall.blogspot.com/2010/02/lost-substitute-happy-john.htmlthat) that Locke’s boss who fired him was the same guy Hurley worked for at Mr. Cluck’s Chicken before he won the lottery. Why Hurley would hire the guy is another story.

I had a feeling that when the woman who was interviewing Locke at the temp agency went to get her supervisor, it would be someone we knew. I was delighted to see it was Rose. I enjoyed her talk with Locke about accepting her cancer and encouraging him to do the same with his paralysis.

*As much as I loved the appearance of Hurley and Rose, my favorite interaction Locke had was with Ben, European History teacher. I loved watching him flip out about the unchanged filter in the coffee pot. He wasn’t on the doomed Oceanic Flight 815 though. What’s he doing in states?

As for what’s going on back at the island…

*I liked Sawyer and “Locke’s” scenes. I thought for a moment that “Locke” was leading him into a death trap when they started climbing down the rock on those rickety ladders. I especially loved their earlier exchange: Sawyer: “I thought you were dead.” “Locke”: “I am.”

*Speaking of “Locke,” I found it interesting that the Man in Black used the original Locke’s catchphrase, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” I know he took his body, but does he have some of his memories too?

A few of my burning questions from last night:

-We kept hearing people were candidates last night. Candidates for what? “Locke” said to be the protector of the island, but I don’t know how reliable of a source he is these days

-I found the wall with a lot of their names interesting, but why wasn’t (Kate) Austin up there anywhere?

-And finally, who was that kid and why could “Locke” and Sawyer see him, but not Richard? And what did he mean when he told “Locke” that he could kill him (who?) and that he knew the rules?

So, overall I though last night’s show was a strong episode, that gave us inklings, but not answers and threw a few more questions on to the pile. Hopefully next week, we’ll get a little more.

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

“Lost” recap: “LA X, Parts 1 and 2”

In Lost on February 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Well, after a seven-month wait (although it felt longer, didn’t it?), “Lost” finally came back. Around 8:45 last night, I could feel myself getting excited. I rushed around getting all of my nighttime chores (ironing, packing lunch, etc.) done before the show, so I could just hit the sack the minute the show was over (more on that later).

Anyway, I thought the premiere was more than worth the wait. I liked it a lot. It was well-written and all of the performances were great. I did find it funny that despite this being the final season where a lot of our questions will be answered; we were hit with a few more questions! I don’t think we need anymore questions and mysteries added to pile at this point. I guess though, that is what makes “Lost” “Lost”.

What I enjoyed most was the “What would have happened if they landed in LA” parallel storyline. When the episode opened with Jack on the plane, I couldn’t help but think, “Whoa, Jughead worked!” That thought was short-lived when Kate popped up in the next scene stuck in a tree with her ears ringing. I have to admit, I thought my TV volume was out of whack for a second. I couldn’t believe of all the times for my TV to go on the fritz, it would be during the most-anticipated season premiere for me this year. I realized quickly, it was Kate not my TV though. With Jack on Flight 815 and Kate back on the island, I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe the explosion displaced everyone, but that obviously wasn’t the case.

I hope that this parallel story runs all season, although I wonder how/if it’ll eventually tie into what’s going on at the island. Are the characters experiencing both stories, but not realizing it? It didn’t seem like Jack had any memory of the island when he was on the plane (what was going on with his neck?). Or is the parallel storyline just for the audiences benefit? Since this is “Lost” I doubt it; there has to be something bigger on going on there.

Speaking of Flight 815, one of my favorite moments was Boone’s conversation with Locke. I got a kick out of when Locke was telling him about his walkabout, Boone mentioned there was no way they’d survive a crash (obviously not true), he “would last two days without his cell phone” (again not true), and if they did crash, he was sticking with Locke (that’s exactly how it played out). Speaking of Boone, it was great to see him along with other characters we’d lost like Charlie and Claire. It’ll be interesting to see how Kate survives her life on the run and how the rest of the passengers deal with a non-crash life.

One final thought on the Flight 815 stuff before I tackle the island action; I liked the introduction scene between Jack and Locke and what looked to me like a mentality flip-flop. During their time on the island, Locke was always the “Man of Faith” while Jack was the “Man of Science”. During that scene however, Locke proclaimed his condition was irreversible, but Jack told him nothing was irreversible. It’s as if the island changed their outlook on life; don’t forget Jack never gave up faith that he could fix the patient who turned out to be his wife. I’m not sure island-Jack would have even tried.

Alright, I’ll try to write a little tighter about the island on the action. I was happy to see Juliet survived, at least long enough for her to bid farewell to Sawyer before she passed. I was actually a little surprised that she died; I knew she wasn’t going to be on the show full-time this season, but I thought I read she was going to be guest-starring a bit. I guess she’ll be doing flashback and Flight 815 parallel scenes? Either way, the one positive from Juliet’s death is it will reignite the Sawyer-Jack feud. I didn’t mind it when they started to get along, but for entertainment value, the show was more interesting when they were at each other’s throats.

It was also great to see Hurley in a sort of leadership role last night. He can be quite authoritative when he has to be. I was happy to finally see what the heck was in that guitar case; although, I want to know what fully was written on that paper. There had to be more than just they needed to revive Sayid. Speaking of which, how the heck did he rise from the dead? That’s just one of many questions I have from that entire temple storyline.

I thought the other temple storyline was good too. It was nice after six years, that we know “Smokey” is actually Jacob’s rival, the Man in Black. At least it appears to be. I wonder if Richard will begin to age now that Jacob is no longer with us. And where is the Man in Black carrying Richard to after that beating he gave him? Did anyone else find it strange to see Terry O’Quinn go from playing the gentle Locke to such a mean-spirited, violent character. I don’t think I’ve seen an actor to have to make such a drastic switch in character so late in a series. It should be interesting the rest of the way; I just hope I can wrap my head around it.

Alright, a few burning questions I have from last night and I’m finished…

*So, what the heck was that temple about? Who were its inhabitants? How did Sayid survive? What did they mean about th water not being clear?

*What did the deceased Juliet mean when she “told” Miles, “It worked.”? If the explosion worked, how are they still on the island and back on their flight from six years ago? Are we looking at two different universes/alternate realities?

*Was Sun’s not wanting Jin to find out she spoke English worth having him possibly get arrested?

*How does Oceanic not know where Jack’s dad’s body is? If it wasn’t on the plane, wouldn’t it be at the airport in Sydney?

I think that’s all I’ve got right now; or at least all I can think of. 🙂 Overall, I think the show is off to a good start. I just hope there aren’t any more two-hour airings until the finale. As I get older, making it to 11 is getting to be more of a challenge. It’s especially challenging when I’m watching a show like “Lost” where you have to pay attention to every detail. I almost wish ABC showed the recap last week and aired last night’s premiere from 8-10. Anyway, if my biggest complaint was that the show ran past my bedtime, I guess it was a good show.

Until next time…

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

Lost thoughts: The Incident

In Lost on May 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Hello Losties!

Well, Wednesday night, we were treated to two-hour Season Five finale of “Lost,” which I thought  was pretty good. It was definitely more action packed than last week’s episode, which makes sense. Last week’ show set ‘em up, and last night’s knocked ‘em down.

 I was glad that we finally got see Jacob, but I was disappointed that we didn’t get to find out more about him. It would have been nice to know how and why he interacted with “Katie,” James (Sawyer), Locke, Sayid, Sun, Jin, Jack and Hurley in the past. I found it interesting that he seemed ageless like Richard Alpert. I honestly didn’t think that Ben would go through with killing him like Locke asked him to. But, once Jacob asked Ben, “What about you?”, I figured that would push Ben over the edge and Jacob was cooked (Literally cooked! I can’t believe Locke kicked him into the fire). With a whole season to go, do we really think we’ve seen the last of Jacob?

 While it was great to see Locke and Ben finally meet Jacob, I enjoyed the “30 years ago” storyline more than the present day one. I was very intrigued by the Jack’s plan to set off “Jughead.” I guess our question about how Sawyer, Juliet and Kate were going to get off the island was answered pretty quickly. I have to admit, I kind of like tough, aggressive Juliet. That was quite a kick and punch combo she used to help them escape. I couldn’t believe Sayid got shot, but I did enjoy the gunfights, especially the second one. It was nice to see them all working together.

Was there a more awkward pause than when Jack dropped the bomb down the hole and nothing happened? I found it comical when everyone closed their eyes expecting the worst, and the kaboom never came. Sawyer said it best, “This doesn’t look like LAX.” Speaking of Sawyer, my favorite scene of the episode was when he was trying to save Juliet from falling in with the debris. I know he’s told Juliet that he loves her before, but last night was the first time I could really see it. What a heartbreaking moment that was.

And just when it looked like Jack’s plan was much ado about nothing, Juliet finally gave the bomb enough whacks for it to finally explode. What happened after that? I guess we’ll have to wait until 2010. I can’t help but wonder if rather than the explosion sending them back to their flight to LA, if they’ll just end up on the island, but in present day with Locke, Sun and the others. I wonder if that’s what Jacob meant when he said to Locke during his last moments, “They’re coming.”

While I liked the ‘70s side better last night, there was some intrigue us 30 years in the future. How about the Flight 316 crew (remember them?) delivering Richard a cargo box with Locke’s dead body in it? Huh??? Who the heck was meeting with Jacob? Is Locke truly dead and the person leading the Others is just a figment of everyone’s imagination like Jack’s father is? Or is the Locke beneath the statue Locke for a different time like when he was watching himself give Richard the compass last week? That scene blew my mind. I was worried we weren’t going to get to see what was in that box. Other than that though, I thought that part of the episode was pretty vanilla. It was just a lot of walking around, but seeing that Locke truly is deceased, but alive at the same time and Ben stabbing Jacob more than made up for the rather lackluster future parallel universe.

 Here are a few other things I enjoyed about last night:

*That we got to see Rose, Bernard and Vincent again. They looked so at peace in their beachfront retirement home.

*Although it wasn’t explained, I liked Jacob’s interactions with a lot of the characters. Especially young Kate and Sawyer. I also love that Kate tried to steal a New Kids on the Block lunchbox. That was classic.

*Everything Locke. He cracks me up with his no-nonsense comments. He really grabbed that leadership role by the horns, didn’t he?

 As for what I didn’t enjoy:

*Jack and Sawyer beating the snot out of each other. Also, I don’t think Jack would stand a chance against Sawyer in a fistfight.

*Watching poor Sayid’s wife become a hit-and-run victim. Not good times.

*Being teased about a wedding scene only for it to be Sun and Jin’s. Although Sun made a very beautiful bride.

 A couple of random things…

 *Exchange of the night: Locke: Mind if I ask you a question? Ben: I’m a Pieces.

*I thought young Juliet looked more like a young Claire.

*It was cool seeing the full statue in the beginning of the episode. I wonder what’s happened to it over the years.

 Burning questions:

*How is Locke dead and alive at the same time?

*What does lie beneath the shadow of the statue?

*What happened after the explosion?

 Well, I hope you all enjoyed the episode and this season. I can’t believe next year is it!

 Have a question, comment or criticism for Joe? Contact him at thedytonian@yahoo.com.

Lost thoughts: “He’s Our You”

In Lost on March 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Hey “Lost” fans,

Here are a few quick-hit thoughts about Wednesday’s episode of “Lost,” “He’s Our You.”…

I liked the episode, even though it was totally not what I was expecting. The promos from last week showed that burning van, and I thought all heck was going to break loose last night. But, other then that van and the final scene, the episode was very tame.

 I liked that we got to see how Sayid went from Point A to Point B. I hope we get a Hurley-centric episode like that this season too to see how he went from being in prison for murder to boarding a flight to Guam without the authorities. It’s interesting, when we first saw Sayid getting onto that plane, I assumed he was under arrest, but it turns out he’s been captured by someone just like him. As rough as that first scene was, I think it was important to show that he’s had that killer instinct since he was a kid.

I think my favorite scene was when the Others had Sayid captive and he was given that truth serum tablet. I was on the edge of my seat (as was Sawyer apparently) wondering just how much he was going to reveal. I loved the look on the Others’ faces when Sayid was describing all of their stations, including the one that hadn’t been built yet. I was hoping he’d get to explain a little bit more when he told them they were all going to die. I would have loved to have seen their reaction when he told them that young Ben Linus was going to lead “The Purge.”

And speaking of Ben, wow! I couldn’t believe Sayid shot him. Well, then again maybe I’m not that surprised. He seems to have no boundaries. I can’t help but wonder what happens to Ben in 2007 now. At first I thought that might be why he’s lying on that cot unconscious with the rest of the injured 316 survivors. But then again, he could be hurt from when Sun knocked him out with the oar last week. Either way, I was floored when young Ben fell to the ground.

Aside from the Sayid story, I got a kick out of the cafeteria scene; Hurley is the best. It was a little strange to see Jack so willing to sit back and let Sawyer handle things. I guess as much as he hates to admit it, he knows it’s the best way to keep everyone safe for now. Speaking of Sawyer, I felt bad for him last night. All he wanted to do was keep Sayid safe; but Sayid seemed to want nothing to do with it. I couldn’t believe how lopsided the Others’ vote to off Sayid was. I thought there might be at least a few people who would have thought it might be a good idea to keep Sayid around to see if he has any more information.

I was a little surprised that Juliet just assumed now that Kate was back, that her days of “playing house” with Sawyer were finished. Insecure much? I also found it interesting that Juliet felt if she told Kate that she was with Sawyer, it might sound like she was telling Kate to stay away. Hmm. I also liked Kate’s line to Sawyer about how she’s not sure why everyone came back, but she knows why she came back.

 Here are my burning questions last night:

-The obvious, If young Ben doesn’t make it, what happens to ’07 Ben?

-Where’d that flaming van come from?

-Who is Ilana working for?

Lost thoughts: “LaFleur”

In Lost on March 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm

So, was it me, or was last night’s “Lost” episode one of the most straightforward episodes we’ve seen during the entire series? The plot basically ping-ponged back and forth between “present day” and three years prior. And for the first time in awhile, I didn’t have a million questions after the show was finished. Of course there were some, otherwise it wouldn’t be “Lost”! J

Overall, I thought the episode was alright. Like last week’s, I was hoping for a little bit more. There was plenty to like though. I thought Sawyer was great; he carried the episode in my opinion. I like the leader/heroic role he’s taken on this year; it’s a far cry from the nickname-giving conman he’d been during the first few seasons. It was weird seeing him without facial hair during the “three years later” scenes, but that’s neither here nor there. And as much as I enjoy Sawyer as is; it was kind of nice seeing him play the romantic at the end of the episode when he brought Juliet a flower before their dinner. I guess those three years really softened that bravado of his. Although, what terrible timing it is that now that he’s fallen in love with someone else, Kate has made her way back to the island. And here I thought, the love triangle would be between Jack, Kate and Sawyer.

Speaking of Kate, I loved Sawyer’s “is three years long enough to get over someone” speech. It was very heartfelt and at the same time kind of heartbreaking. I also enjoyed Sawyer and Richard’s conversation on the bench. It was very noble of Sawyer to admit he killed Richard’s men to keep the truce between the Dharma folks and the others alive.

Wow, two paragraphs on how much I liked Sawyer last night. That’s a lot of Sawyer talk. J Well, like I mentioned, I thought he carried last night’s episode; and he did a great job. I guess I should also mention I loved how his conman skills came in handy when the crew left it up to him (the “ship captain”) to explain how they got to the island. His story was very convincing. I also loved his name, Jim LaFleur. Speaking of the name, here’s my weekly, “Reading too much into a scene,” segment: I felt some symbolism when Sawyer picked that flower for Juliet. “LaFleur” is French for “the flower,” so I felt like it was a symbol of change; change of name, change of attitude in the romance department and change of who is affection is target towards. Again, the name is probably random, but that’s what I took from it.

Aside from Sawyer, here are few other thoughts about the episode…

 *It was great to see two actors from two of my favorite shows on last night: Reiko Aylesworth (“24”) playing Amy and Kevin Rankin (“Friday Night Lights”) playing Jerry, one of the security guards.

*I found it interesting that the crew went from staying for “two weeks” to three years. I wish we could have seen more on how they came to that decision.

 *Juliet can deliver babies and fix cars, who knew? I also liked how she played it off that she didn’t know what that “sonic fence” was.

 *Jin finding Kate, Sawyer and Jack two episodes ago all makes sense now. I just wish we could have seen more of the reunion; we’ve seen Jack, Hurley and Kate back on the island for about 60 seconds since they returned (and they’ve been back technically for three episodes!!).

 *If that really was little Charlotte that Faraday saw, then I guess her story about seeing him the past was true.

 And of course the burning questions…

 *Juliet was able to deliver Amy’s baby successfully (for now). If everything remains OK, what happened on the island afterwards that made it impossible for woman to have babies? And for the big question of the night…

 *WHY ISN’T THERE A NEW EPISODE NEXT WEEK???? After an ending like that one, we really have to wait two weeks to see the full reunion. Talk about unfair!

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Sawyer will throw Juliet to the curb now that Kate’s back on the island? Where are Sun and Lapidus? Feel free to comment below!

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“Lost” thoughts: “316”

In Lost on February 20, 2009 at 3:45 am

After last week’s so-so episode of “Lost,” I was hoping for much better things last night, and the show didn’t disappoint. Last night’s episode, “316,” was pretty good. I had no problem with the whole episode taking place off of the island, save the very beginning and the very end of the episode. I felt the Oceanic 6 had been getting the short end of the screen time stick this season (it was inexplicable that they were 100% absent in the “Jughead” episode), so it was nice to see them at forefront last night.

There wasn’t anything I disliked about the episode. I’m all about plot development in TV shows, and last night we didn’t get much, but we got a huge development with Hurley, Jack and Kate making it back to the island. That was such a big event, I’d feel greedy wishing that something else occurred during the hour. Plus, we did get to find out a few other things, but of course at 10:00 last night, I was left with a lot of questions. But, it wouldn’t be a good episode of “Lost” if we didn’t have questions at the end of it, right?

 Here are a few other things I enjoyed about last night’s show:

 *The homage paid to the pilot episode. I loved that the episode started just like the first one; with Jack opening his eyes, laying in the wild, wearing a suit with a coffin in tow. It came as no surprise to me that an episode that opened like that was written by “Lost” show runners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. I was just happy Jack had an easier time getting the airline to put Locke’s body on board than he did trying to board his father’s on Oceanic 815.

 *The Jack and Kate reunion. I’m a sucker for the Jack-Kate pairing more so than Kate and Sawyer. Although, she seemed a little cold to him the following day. Maybe she feels guilty about whatever happened to Aaron. I also found it weird that she was making such an effort to keep herself hidden at the airport.

 *I loved Hurley buying the remaining 78 seats on the plane to keep those passengers safe. It’s a total Hurley move.

 *Ms. Hawking’s island history lesson. Finally, after four-plus seasons, we get some insight into what exactly this island is! That back room was so cool, I felt like they were in the Batcave. I found it interesting that the island is constantly moving through time, which is why no one ever found them. I just assumed it would move when the wheel was turned.

 *The return of Lapidus. How great was it that he was flying their plane? I loved that once he saw all the familiar faces all he could say was, “We’re not going to Guam , are we?”

 Burning questions for last night:

 *What does the island still want with Desmond?
*Where is Aaron?

*Who told Hurely and Sayid about the flight?

*What happened to Ben?

*When did they land? (I feel it has to be in the past after seeing Jin in the Dharma van and jumpsuit.)

 Random thoughts:

 *I didn’t think the writers picked the flight no. 316 out of thin air, so my guess is it’s in reference to the biblical John 3:16 (the Gospel of John) because of Locke’s presence on the plane. It kind of makes sense after seeing this quote from that verse, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Locke believed in the island, so maybe it too will give him everlasting life. And trust me, I didn’t come up with this off the top of my head. I looked up the significance of the number 316, and this was the best connection I could come up with.

 *At first I was a little disappointed that John’s note to Jack didn’t say more, but the more I thought about it, that one sentence said it all. Speaking of Locke, I never would have guessed his death would have been by his own hands.

 *I feel like Jack wasn’t the only one who was instructed and/or felt the need to replicate some of the occurrences of Oceanic 815. Sure he put his dad’s shoes on Locke, but Hurley was carrying a guitar (like Charlie was, was it Charlie’s?), Sayid was in police custody (like Kate) and after Kate and Jack’s “get-together,” could she possibly have some extra carry-on (like Claire)? These all could be coincidences, but coincidences are few and far between on this show.

 *Exchange of the night: Jack: “Is (Ben) telling the truth?” Eloise: “Probably not.”

 What did you all think of the show? Feel free to comment below. 

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Lost Thoughts: “This Place is Death”

In Lost on February 16, 2009 at 1:52 am

After last week’s strong “The Little Prince” episode of “Lost,” we got what I thought was a so-so episode this time around. There was plenty to like about Wednesday’s show, but I thought it wasn’t as good or as intriguing as last week’s. After Jin was discovered by a young Danielle’s crew at the end of last week’s show, I thought we were in for something special. No dice, unfortunately. This week just tuned out to be more of a run-of-the mill episode. That doesn’t mean it was bad, it was just OK. There were a decent amount of highlights though. For example…

 

*Watching Danielle and her beau debate whether her unborn child was a boy (Alexander) or a girl (Alexandra) was entertaining, given we knew that Danielle was right.

 

*Smokey returned! It has been awhile since we had seen him. We also got to see what he kind of damage he could do. Normally, we see him just grab a person and take him or her away. But, since the crew tried to fight him, we saw Smokey is strong enough to rip off a person’s arm. Very sick scene by the way.

 

*The Jin-Sawyer reunion. The look on Sawyer’s face when Jin turned around was priceless. Turns out the blast from the freighter explosion didn’t kill him, it just blew him into the water.

 

As for the lowlights…

 

The only thing I didn’t like about this episode was the same thing that bothered me about the “Jughead” episode; we didn’t get to see much of the Oceanic 6 this week. At least we got to see them some this time, but not much happened with them. I think it’s me just getting impatient, I just want them to return to the island already! Either way, I just think the best episodes are when the screen time between the Oceanic 6 and the remaining castaways is more or less equal.

Here are a few more random thoughts/burning questions….

 

*My favorite moment of the episode came when Sawyer asked Miles to translate what Jin was saying and Miles replied, “He’s Korean, I’m from Encino.”

 

*One of my burning questions was going to be the same as the castaways: how’d Charlotte know the well was going to be where it was. And for once, the question was answered in the same episode, she’d been there before, or so she says. Speaking of which…

 

*How crazy was it that she thinks it was Faraday who told her that if she ever came back to the island, she’d die? I guess in retrospect, it’s not that crazy, since we saw in the season premiere that he was on the island back in the 70’s. I just found it interesting that Charlotte waited until her dying moments to mention she lived on the island as a kid and saw Daniel.

*Another one of my favorite scenes was when Sun, Jack and Ben were driving to see “someone who could prove Jin was still alive.” I loved when Jack told Sun that he’d shoot Ben himself if he didn’t deliver on his promise and Ben flipped out on them. I can’t help but wonder what the heck Ben meant when he said he’d been going to great lengths to keep the Oceanic 6 safe. I really hope we get to learn more about that in the coming weeks.

 

*I’m very curious to see where Locke ends up after turning the “Giant Donkey Wheel” and leaving the island. I’m still thrown off to why Jack’s dad, who is supposed to be dead, keeps popping up everywhere. I was hoping he’d be able to spit out that Jack was his son when Locke asked him before the flash finished, but it wasn’t to be. It will also be interesting to see if Locke keeps his promise to Jin and doesn’t bring Sun back to the island. Although, now that Sun knows that Jin is alive (proved by seeing his wedding ring), I’m sure she won’t need any convincing. It’s funny how Jin gave Locke his ring to prove to Sun that he’s dead, but Ben ended up using it to prove he’s alive.

 

*And finally, it looks like Ms. Hawking is the key to getting the crew back to the island. I found two things interesting during her scene. One was the look on Ben’s face when Desmond showed up and said that they must be looking for Faraday’s mother too. What does Ben know? And secondly, why is it suddenly OK for not all of the Oceanic 6 to be present in their quest to go back? I was thrown off when Ms. Hawking said, “I suppose this will have to do for now.” Will Kate, Aaron, Sayid and Hurley make the next flight out?

 

So, overall I’d say this was a C+ episode of “Lost.” It could have been better, but believe me, it could have been a lot worse. I’d like to bid farewell to Rebecca Mader, who did a great job as Charlotte. Maybe we’ll get to see her in some flashbacks.

 

Next week’s episode looks pretty interesting. According to tvguide.com, here’s the description of the show titled, “316”: The Oceanic 6 learn how they’ll be able to return to the island, but not all of them want to make the journey.

 

Until next week!

 

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Lost Thoughts: “Jughead”

In Lost on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 am

 So, last night on “Lost,” we got a few answers, even more questions and saw no sign of the Oceanic 6. Overall though, I’d say it was decent episode. Not great, but decent. I felt it was strange in the fact that not a whole lot happened, but we still learned a decent amount, especially about Charles Widmore and Daniel Faraday.

 

The revelation I liked the most last night was finding out Charles was living on the island back in the 50’s. At least we now know why he’s so interested in the island. We still have no idea what he wants with it once he finds it, but at least we understand his attachment to it.

 

I also enjoyed Richard and Locke’s sit down. Richard told Locke before the flash last week, that the next time they’d see each other, Richard wouldn’t remember him. Well, he was right. I am not sure how he knew that, but he was right. I thought it was very clever that when Richard said he didn’t believe Locke about his being from the future, he told him when he was born and for Richard to visit him. This explains why Richard was there when Locke was born (to confirm his birthday) and why when he visited Locke as kid he asked him if any of the items he had looked familiar (future John would have had them on the island). I just thought this was a very interesting development; especially when Locke told Richard that he was his leader. Unfortunately for Locke, Richard couldn’t tell him how to get off of the island before the next flash occurred.

 

As for our favorite time traveler, Desmond, he was all over the place, wasn’t he? After waking up from a memory (not a dream), he decided he needed to go back to Oxford to find Faraday’s mom. Before the trip, we learned that he and Penny have a son, appropriately named, Charlie. I’m going to go out on a limb and say their boy is named after Charlie Pace and not Penny’s sadistic father. Anyway, I loved how Desmond told Charlie about a very special island that he left a long time ago and never thought he’d see it again”—Great Britain. Ha-ha.

 

Anyway, Desmond was probably the busiest character this week (along with Faraday) as he was off to Oxford only to find there was no Faraday (mother or son) in their database. All he was able to find was Daniel’s abandoned lab and the “fumigator” telling him Faraday had checked out. It turns out Faraday’s experiments put his friend (or more) Theresa in a vegetative state and he left her for greener pastures in the United States. This is where Desmond learned that his father-in-law has been funding Daniel’s research and paying for Theresa’s healthcare.

 

I loved how Desmond just stormed into Charles’ office and demanded to know where Mrs. Faraday is. I was a little surprised that Charles gave up her location so easily (Los Angeles, of course). I thought he would have asked for a quid pro quo, he’d give Desmond the location, if Desmond got Penny to see him. Maybe he knows he’ll be sending Desmond on a fool’s errand by pointing him towards L.A.

 

Back on the island, we learned “when” Sawyer and Co. where—1954. That explains the Others’ outdated weaponry—flame-tipped arrows. There was a lot of good stuff going on here. For starters, who the heck set up those bombs that ended up killing a few more background characters? And who exactly is that rifle wielding young lady, Ellie? I feel like she’s a younger version of a character we’ve already scene before. But you never know, she could just be a new character. I did enjoy Juliet saying, “Why don’t we all put our rifles down?”

 

I do wish we could have gotten more insight into what Miles got from his ghost whisperer skills. It just kind of passed by. All we know is that there were a few soldiers buried nearby.

 

I’d be remiss not to mention the title character of this episode, the bomb, “Jughead.” I’m not really sure what it’s doing there, but Faraday has it on good authority, that if it’s buried immediately, everything will be fine. There’s way it will detonate because like he said, he’s been to island 50 years later and it’s still there. Besides, there’s no way he’d let it go off, he loves Charlotte, remember?

 

So, at the end of the hour, we have a better idea of Widmore’s connection to the island, found out Desmond and Penny have a son, the Others have inhabited the island since at least 1954, Widmore funded Faraday’s research and that research put one of Faraday’s friends in a vegetative state. We’re left wondering, what does Widmore want with the island, who the heck is Ellie, what’s that bomb doing there and what’s causing Charlotte to have nosebleeds, headaches and double vision? Once again, we’re left with more questions than answers, but some answers are better than none I always say.

 

Did you think this episode was good? Were you disappointed we didn’t get to see the Oceanic 6 at all like I was? Who do you think Ellis is, if anyone? Feel free to comment below.

 

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