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initial thoughts about “the last recruit”…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 21, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

soooo... about 5 seconds after i guilt tripped you for granny dumping me the first time, you straight up did it again. thanks a lot, assholes!

granny dumping: the abandonment of elderly relatives by their carers.

origin: Coined in the US in the early 1990s when it was believed that elderly people were being deserted by their carers and left in hospitals etc. where the authorities would find them and take responsibility for them. The first record I can find of this phenomenon in print is from the Chicago Daily Herald, October 1991, in an opinion piece by Bart Lindeman:

“Granny-dumping” Hospital emergency room doctors report they’re beginning to see a pattern where old, frail and sick women and men are being left or abandoned. Sometimes there will be a note: “We can’t take care of her anymore”.

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mirror, mirror on the wall

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Important Memo: I just learned that Lighthouse was the 108th hour of LOST! Holy polar bear shit, that is awesome! Considering that 108 was the hot number last night (when is it not a hot number on LOST), that coincidence (or is it?) is simply wunderbar. 108 would have made a great episode title.

Now, I hate to burst your bubble seconds after extolling the significance of 108, however… looking at the screencaps from “Lighthouse”, it appears that the person at 108 on the lighthouse wheel is… Wallace? And he’s crossed out?

Wallace who?

Wallace who?

To my knowledge there has not yet been a Wallace in the LOST canon. So, Jacob just sent Jack to the Lighthouse so he could see the Ultimate Spying Device, break it and then sullenly sit on a rock and mull it all over? Mayhaps. After all, Jacob did dole out some important life advice last night:

“Sometimes you need to get into somebody’s cab and tell them what to do, and other times you have to let them sit on a rock and look out at the ocean.”

Remind me to sew that on to a decorative pillow.

It’s also possible that “Wallace” itself is placeholder for someone else we know and love. Wallace. Like William Wallace. The famous Scottish freedom fighter. What’s that? Famous Scottish freedom fighter? DO YOU MEAN DESMOND HUME?! Okay, so “Wallace” might still be a red herring, but I do think the person that Jacob wants to come to the island to fix the cosmic jumble that it’s in is none other than Desmond. I can’t seem to find another way that the Hot Scot would worm his way into this business, and the fact that we saw him appear and then vanish on the plane reinforces the fact that he is singular. As the dearly departed Danny F once told us, Desmond is “uniquely special.” I’m cool with whatever – as long as he brings his half-buttoned navy blue shirt.

To round out the discussion brewing about the numbers and the corresponding names on the wheel (more wheels! I wonder if the island is really just a giant clock), I point you to extensive screencaps here, here and here.

So far we’ve got (of the significant patch):

4 – Locke

8 – Reyes

15 – Ford

16 – Jarrah

20 – Rousseau

23 – Shepherd

32 – Rutherford

42 – Kwon

51 – Austen

101 – Faraday

104 – Lewis

108 – Wallace

109 – Friendly (YES TOM!)

117 – Linus

124 – Dawson

We finally DO see Kate’s number in the mix and her name is not crossed out. Interestingly her number, 51, is the inverse of Sawyer sauce’s, 15. Significant?

You can also see many other names in the mix. These seem to correspond to those that were seen on the wall of the cave. Jack’s experience of discovery this week mirrors (more on that in a bit) Sawyer’s last week, where one of the island demi-gods shows his numero uno recruit the game plan for the season. Yet, both Jack and Sawyer are not instructed by te demi-gods themselved, but by stand-ins, by SUBSTITUTES. Flocke is a substitute for MIB and Hurley is a substitute (mroe like conduit) for Jacob. Actually, out of all the candidates, Hurley seems to be the best for the job;. He is the least self-interested and conflicted and seems to judge others fairly. 

Except both heroes’ reaction to divine guidance is different. Jack’s is violence, anger and destruction. Sawyer’s is much calmer, more accepting. Cool as a cucumber, decides he’s had enough and wants to break out of his island-prison with the Lockeness Monster. These two episode-ending revelations are setting us up for a season-long struggle between the show’s two heartthrobs. I’m hoping my Sawyer Sauce will see the light and not let MiB drag him in for a long con.

Back to Jacob and his Friend:  the existence of the wheel, as shown to us by Jacob, seems to be evidence that the cave we saw in “The Substitute” does not necessarily belong to Jacob-Woww, but perhaps the MIB. The methodical way that the names on the wheel were written and displayed seemed to contrast with the angry scrawl the sprawled all over the dark cave.

I am also skeptical that Jacob used the lighthouse to spy on the LOSTies in the real world. My THEORY is that the Lighthouse is the key to the sideways world. In the Sideways plot, the camera intentionally lingered over the exterior shot of the Shephard family home. Maybe the Lighthouse is key to connecting the parallel realities? Oh wait, Jack had to go and smash it. SHEESH.

Generally, I loved loved LOVED Lighthouse. I totally agreed with Hurley’s sentiment that it felt like old times, traipsing through the jungle, and going to do something we don’t exactly understand. Look! There’s Shannon’s inhaler (foreshadowing of Maggie Grace’s return?)! And the caves! Remember that riot?! And ADAM AND EVE! Those two spoil sports, in the cave with their black and white rocks, rotting skeletons and all! What a gas! Hey, maybe those guys are one of US?! The identity of Adam and Eve has been long debated in the fan community: is it Jack and Kate? Sawyer and Juliet? Sun and Jin? My guess, at this point, is that it was the predecessors Jacob and MIB, the protectors of the island from ages past.

I also totally dug the Sideways story, where Jack was not just a crybaby spinal surgeon but a proud papa! I totally fell in love with David (who in the Bible is the second King of Israel and credited with composing many of the psalms from the Book of Psalms) and his beautiful piano playing/adolescent angst! After looking him up on imdb, I realized he is was the kid on Grey’s Anatomy who trick-or-treated for new ears and I fell in love with him all over again. Jack is not usually (aka ever) my favorite character, but I found him to be so much more well-rounded and interesting as a dad who’s trying too hard. I found it believable as well as a bit heartwarming and, again, it made it feel like Season 1 all over again.

The theme that really stuck with me from Lighthouse was reflection. The show itself is in the midst of mirroring itself circa season 1. The scenes in the sideways world are refractions of moments from Season 1, memories viewed through a prism. I particularly enjoyed when Jack asks Cindy for a pen “or something sharp” to help Charlie, as in Season 1, where Lifeguard Boone is doing bad CPR and Jack sends him away by asking him to find a pen. As an audience we are, too, experiencing a weird deja vu: yes, I do remember that interaction with Jack and Rose on the plane, but wait… wasn’t it a little different?

There were many examples of literal reflection in Lighthouse, mostly from Jack: first, looking at himself in the mirror (and wondering just when did I get my appendix out?) in the Sideways world; then looking into the swirling water surrounding the Temple (where am I, again?); to, finally, Jack gazing into the shifting mirrors in the Lighthouse, alternately seeing himself and visions of familiar and unfamiliar places (who else noticed the pagoda setting – perhaps where Sun and Jin were married?). But, of course, as he is staring into his literal reflection, he is also reflecting on his state of being.

“Who am I?” Jack asks himself. “And why do I cry so much?”

Jack stares into mirrored surfaces and sees what may or may not actually be there – remember in LA X, where Jack looks at his reflection in the airplane bathroom mirror, touching a scar on his neck that we only see in the reflection. There is, too, the title of the Season 3 finale, “Through the Looking Glass” (notice Alice was name dropped again last night). In Season 6, Jack has now through the looking glass. The parallel worlds are two sides of the same reality coin. But in the Season 6 Island Reincarnation of Jack, he is no looking for answers — how to fix others– but how to fix himself.  He tells Hurley he thought the Island would fix him. But it appears he has to do a bit of self healing,  apart from roles as leader, hero and doctor. In the lighthouse, it appears Jack was finally the one able to see through the looking glass, but he was not happy with what he saw – his childhood home, the emblem of his lifelong strained relationship with his father. He had already visited the site of his father’s empty coffin; seeing the home they shared was the last straw.

Memories themselves are reflections, how we see our past. The mirror does not always provide a clear picture, however; our mind’s eye distorts, exaggerates, and molds them. In the Sideways world, Jack sees himself as being the opposite of his father when, in fact, he’s just like him without realizing it. He is a reflection of his father, as all children are inevitably some kind of reflection of their parents.

Parents and children are a central theme to the LOST story and it is interesting to see how each character is often explored through the similarities or differences to those who raised them. The distinction is also made between biological and adoptive parents. Which, of course, makes me think of RAMBO CLAIRE / CLAIRE-SSEAU who busted on to the scene with her crazy out on display for all to see. Note to Emilie de Ravin: love the mumbling, love the distant gaze, love the CRAZY MONKEY BABY. Actually, that scared the shit out of me. But jokes aside, I thought it was interesting that Jack’s sideways story about parenting complementing Claire’s fierce and nutso desire to be with her son. Both parents wanted to be with their estranged children, who had both been taken away from them somehow. Reconnecting for Jack was a bit easier; i don’t think the heart-to-heart by the bike rack is gonna cut it with Claire-sseau and her off-island offspring.

Okay, now I’m just thinking about that creepy baby thing.

cute? more like terrifying.

cute? more like terrifying

Much to think about for what’s coming up. In fact, LET’S REFLECT.

(pun love)

Namaste and see you at SUNDOWN (Episode 6×06).

i claim you as my own

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 11, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Let’s be frank, LOST fans. And I don’t mean Frank, as in Lapidus, (although I wouldn’t mind that either), for we did not see the salt-and-pepper pilot in last night’s episode. Instead we were subjected – no, seriously – to another bit of moping around in the Temple with Samurai Lameface and his Translator Bitch and Kate Doing What She Does Best: Running and Unsuccessfully Trying to Help People She Hurt in the Past.

Can you sense how I felt the episode?

But between the tough, chewy pieces of “What Kate Does” – namely, Dogen’s seemingly non-sensical tests on the “claimed” Sayid; the ensuing conflict between Jack and Dogen; Mac from “It’s Always Sunny…” being extremely distracting; Kate thinking she can still sway Sawyer – I did find some juicy tidbits. These I mostly attribute to the welcome return of Claire after a much-felt absence in Season 5. What this “reboot” (so-called, but I have a feeling that it may not be as simple as that) is reminding me of more than anything is why this show is so successful in the first place: the well-rounded, interesting characters and how they relate to each other. Pregnant Claire and vulnerable Aaron played a large part in giving the show heart and hope – new life can exist on the island, even with no rescue in sight. It wouldn’t be right for the show to let the Aussie Mommy slip into the jungle and never be heard from again.

 And from the looks of things, Ms. Littleton is back with a VENGEANCE!

oh hey there

The final shot of the episode gave a glimpse into the “claimed” one’s new position: Nouveau Rousseau. The two accented ladies have much in common: babies ‘napped; pursued by the Others; fending for herself alone in the jungle with a badass gun; crazy jungle hair. Perhaps the only useful thing that came from Mac from IASIP is his shushing of Other Guy for suggesting, “But she [Rousseau] has been dead for years.” This suggests to me that Claire may have set these new traps, taking on the Rousseau mantle. I love it and can’t wait to see more of it.

 I also enjoyed Claire’s moments with Kate. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE ETHAN “ROM” GOODSPEED SHOWED UP FOR THE PARTY.

“how’s mama doing?”

 

How is it that after six years, I still have a visceral reaction to seeing Ethan, the Other Man, popping up everywhere? Probably because he pops up everywhere. Having good ole Dr. Goodspeed at the ready to deliver baby Aaron seemed to be another indication that these people are meant to be together, reenacting the same scenes with different settings, at different times in the play. I am going to hypothesize that the connections between the survivors (and now, it seems the Others as well; actually I’d like to make it inclusive of “all people who come to the island”) is more than just coincidence or the proof of fate at work; in effect, they are each other’s constants. Their relationships are what tie them together, what is continuous between both/all realities.

 With the hints that I believe have been dropped in regards to the two realities eventually becoming aware of the other, I’m thinking that the literal idea of constants will come into play. What hints, you say? I mentioned in my “LA X” post that Jack seemed visibly shaken on nu-815; as if he was expecting the crash to happen again, he grips his seat, his looks introspectively into the bathroom mirror, he sees a mysterious cut on his neck, and he eyes the other “survivors” – now just fellow travelers – with a sort of déjà vu. The Magical Disappearing Desmondo was also a bit freaky, esp since Doc Shep was the only one to (apparently) see him. Charlie had a sense that he was “supposed to die.”  Boone and Locke were drawn to each other. And now, Kate and Claire (and, by extension, Aaron) are drawn to each other. Not to mention the fact that Aaron “just feels like the right name.”  At some point, I believe a version of the consciousness time travelling that Des went through in “The Constant” will happen to our LOST-ies and they will have to rely on each other to become grounded. Perhaps physically grounded, but also emotionally grounded as well.

 And although I didn’t so much buy Dogen’s mumbo jumbo about being “claimed” (and I’m guessing Dogen thinks Sayid is Nu-MIB, when he is actually Nu-Jacob), the notion of ownership, of the ability to “claim” something as one’s own became an interesting theme to me. If the 815 survivors are each other’s constants, they are CLAIMING each other. They are PRO-claiming, “this person belongs to me; I belong to them. They are important in the story of my life.” The island has also seemed to claim them – to take them for itself, to use them as they will, as its own, for whatever purposes it deems. Jacob and MIB seem to have their own teams building, sides in a war. The castaways are also being claimed in this way; the light or the dark.

 More obviously, there is the phrase “baggage claim”, which realties directly to air travel, but, of course, can be interpreted more abstractly. They have all come to the island with some troubling baggage. When they crashed, everything they brought with them was scattered, including the facts of their former lives. They could choose which parts of their baggage to claim and which parts to abandon, re-making themselves in an image of their choosing. Kate reclaims herself as a person who wants to do good; Jack reclaims himself as a hero and fixer, not a broken man picking up his dead father; Charlie transitions from addict to hero; Locke remakes himself as everything he’s ever wanted but could not achieve in the real world: hunter, philosopher, leader. In “LA X”, FLocke said to Ben,

 Do you wanna know what he was thinking while you, choked the life outta him Benjamin? What the last thought that ran through his head was? “I don’t understand”. Isn’t that just the saddest thing you ever heard? But it’s fitting in a way, because when John first came to the island, he was a very sad man. A victim, shouting at the world for being told what he couldn’t do, even though they were right. He was weak, and pathetic, and irreparably broken. But, despite all that, there was something admirable about him. He was the only one of them that didn’t wanna leave. The only one, who realized how pitiful the life he’d left behind actually was.”

 The LOST Island has demonstrated many “magical/mystical” happenings, but the most extraordinary of them is the chance the castaways are given to let go of any baggage they were previously carrying and claim a better nature. Perhaps, by the end of the series, they will all be able to RE-claim their lost selves in whatever form they choose.

Only 15 more to go!