guys, when are we?

gah! the first two hours of season 5 have aired and i am still trying to gather up the pieces of my brain from when my head exploded in the first 60 seconds.

it looks like our good friend, dr. marvin candle aka mark wickman aka edgar haliwax AKA (for realzies) dr. pierre chang is back and better than ever. when are we: almost pre-DI; DI when it was a pilot project. before ben and roger workman and dr. goodburger (or whatever his name is). and, apparently, THE FROZEN DONKEY WHEEL (the one that ben turned to move the island) EXISTED BEFORE THE DI DID.

Adds much more mystique to the set of “island antiques” we seem to be collecting: the black smoke door inscribed with hieroglyphics,  the infamous four-toed statue, the rock sculpture that walt was familiar with. whatever history the island has it is long and has many cultural references, so i suppose we’llhave to stay tuned. of course i can’t help but ask who were the first people on the island? that wheel did not put itself there (i think). perhaps one of our only hints are those “adam and eve” bodies that jack found in the caves way back in season 1.

but i digress.

i wanted to drop some comments on the opening “teaser” sequence, which brilliantly, in my opinion, juxtaposed the history of LOST with the thematic issues this season seems to be presenting us with.

— “the broken record”: as you know, more than one season of LOST has begun with the playing of a record. the first being desmond back in the season two premiere with mama cass’ “make your own kind of music”; second with juliet and “downtown.” another “record” episode opening that comes to mind is “cabin fever”, last season’s locke-centric episode that opens with a sequence of his mother, age a5, preparing to go on a date with “him.” as emily pouts and spritzes, she bobs along to buddy holly’s “everyday.”

playing a record has immediate connections with theatrics; an overture a raising of the curtain, “hey the show’s about to start.” the playing of a record in LOST usually connotates some kind of beginning and willie nelson is there to greet us at the start of season 5.

record also makes me think of record; recorded knowledge; documentation; legacy. this episode certainly wants to leave some kind of record for the future, and certainly daniel made an indelible record in desmond’s brain: a memory he had never had before.

dan himself mentions in this episode the theme of the”broken record of time” which has been brought to us literally in the opening. records of course have grooves; the needle has to trace the correct groove to play correctly. any blips and the whole thing becomes warped, twisted, disorted. it is the wheel that has pushed the losties out of their cosmic time-space groove and now they are doomed to skip until someone re-rights the needle. i like the image of the record in this instance also because it is round; you can skip to certain parts, forward or back. you can even flip it over and play the other side.

one more thing about the record: in terms of LOST history, the playing of a record is the inauguration of a new season, and by playing it over and over, the writers are intentionally skipping, repeating the same motif over and over in order to remind us of either: 1. the connectedness of the show’s storylines or 2. even if LOST sounds like a broken record to us, we would probably still keep listening to it.

— the baby: one last point before i roll off to bed (more links and ish tomorrow) is that dr. pierre’s baby must must must be our friend miles straume. it’s too perfect. however, let me point out that this is not the first time this baby has appeared in the LOST-iverse. in hte video “leaked” from comicon chang tells someone to take a crying baby outside before continuing his plea that the DI be reinstated. in both this first episode as well as this clip the baby has been emphasized, so i think we’re pretty safe to bet that he is someone we know and it is probably miles. i’ll post a link to the video below, but listen to the voice of the interjector here. sounds a bit like faraday, non?

happy LOST-ing!

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