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what they died for: just what i needed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

For an episode entitled “What They Died For”, I sure had a rip-roaring good time watching it. While last week’s epic “Across the Sea” was a heavy-handed mythological download, WTDF was a LOSTian romp, filled with Miles quips, Ben flips and the ever-persistent machinations of Hit-and-Run Desmond. 

Desmond Hume: He will run you over until you get the message

 WTDF was 43 minutes of everything LOST has ever been: tragedy (Jin and Sun had a baby, you know); medical drama (I’m going to sew you up now, Kate); romance (BEN AND ROUSSEAU OH EM GEE); comedy (everything Desmond did in this whole episode); schemes (Ben, again, FTW!); death (PEACE OUT ZOE); and an epic date with destiny (Jack’s accepting of the Jacob job). I would be exhausted just thinking about it, but I’ve just chugged a very large cup of coffee. Caffeine for the win! 

 WTDF was the antithesis to the whole first half of this much-maligned sixth season. For the first eight episodes we were stuck in the temple, twiddling our thumbs with Doo-gen and Stupidface McUseless (aka Lennon); there were two timelines whose connection was not discernable and we were not getting answers. Last night’s episode had more in it than those whole first eight (with a few exceptions, of course). We got a glimpse of most of the characters, and got a sense of where this epic tale might lead. 

 Also, can I say that I loved all the meta-references in this ep, from Flocke’s repeated mantra that “this is all almost over” and Jacob’s “we only have a certain amount of time left”? The latter example seemed like a Back to the Future reference; if only a disintegrating Jacob would break out into “Johnny Be Good” after telling the remaining candidates that one had to take the job: “Jack Be Good (And Become the Protector of the Island)” 

“Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you were supposed to act a certain way, but when you got there, you didn't know if you could go through with it?”

 Hey speaking of Back to the Future, check out this amazing shirt

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads… only constants. And windswept hair.

 And while there were many excellent players in this ep (can I mention my love for Buddha Desmond again? “Hey old buddies! Let’s break out of this van and go to a concert! Did I mention that I run over people in wheelchairs in my spare  time?”), the MVP of this episode has to go to Ben “I Always Have a Plan” Linus. 

 

Would you like some murder with your lemonade?

 Ben’s sudden turnaround to the side of the good guys was one of this season’s most shocking – and, dare I say, moving – moments. Could the master of manipulation really turn towards the light? After some grave digging and Ilana-sploding we were meant to think, yes, this guy has gone through Liar Rehab and has emerged as a better citizen. And that’s when Benji got boring. He lost his mojo! How could he just sit around, quipping about Ilana exploding and following Richard towards some C4? 

 But in WTDF, he had his “aha moment,” where we saw that the island was not quite done with the long-term project known as Benjamin Linus. He was standing right over Alex’s grave. The death of the only person he ever really loved, which he had caused, was right under him. He couldn’t just sit around and let Guyliner do the talking. 

 Speaking of Richard, the thorn in my side with this episode: IS RICHARD DEAD? He wanted to take the diplomatic approach with MiBs, but his Smokeyness didn’t have time for talking, so he just clotheslined the ageless other into oblivion. Jigga what? Could it be that our beloved RA, whose death has been faked out or talked about several times this season, could just be smoked away in .5 seconds and never heard from again? COME ON! You can’t have a whole scene dealing with Richard trying to kill himself and then just toss him out into the distance. HE DESERVES BETTER. I hope there’s more to this, LOST, or we’re going to have to sit down and have a chat. 

 But back to MVP Linus. In pure Ben fashion, he decides that he’s had enough of just blindly following people around and helping with their on-the-fly plans – and thank God! Everyone else this season has been way too go-with-the-flow, from the Temple disaster to the Smokey submarine heist debacle. Praise heaven for the Master Schemer, whose encounter with Alex’s grave finally woke him up from his rehab reverie. 

 But… do I think Ben has turned his back on his conversion? Nope. While he shot Charles Widmore to show the MiB that he meant business, that was a necessary (and desired) casualty on the road to his ultimate shot at redemption: killing MiB and sacrificing himself for the good of the others and the island. Ben is a wily guy and all, but I don’t think he could turn his back on his desire to change so quickly. MiB should see through that, except he never saw the conversation Ben had with Ilana. According to the MiB, Ben is still the power-craving mastermind he always was. I think the winner of the ultimate con-test (get it? Like a long CON…test?) will be Ben. After all, he has a MAJOR bone to pick with MiB for conning him into killing Jacob. But Ben may have to pay for that victory with his life. 

How many times does he have to tell you? He ALWAYS has a plan.

 I also give a tip of my hat to Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn for the excellent scene of Ben and Flocke on the porch, casually discussing murder and island domination. Get these guys their own show, STAT! 

 Oh, and Sideways Ben… ca-ching! Best. Surprise. Evar. Rousseau has really nice hair off the island! And she has the hots for Dr. Linus! Like… a lot. Those come hither eyes she gave him over the dishes were both creepy and amazing (creepmazing?). As a mother, wouldn’t you be concerned, not turned on, that your teenage daughter is so close to an older, single teacher? I guess Rousseau saw that PhD and those glasses (and that broken arm and busted face?) and had to lock that down. Many moons ago, I had suspected that Ben might be Alex’s actual father – somehow I feel like this theory has finally been vindicated. Right?! 

It must be the onions… or my strange attraction to you

 As a whole with this episode, I commend the writers for abandoning the LOST trademark move of dragging out conversations and decisions. I thought the discussion over who would take over Jacob’s job would take forever, even though Jack was clearly the guy who would step up to the plate. I also appreciated that, FOR ONCE, the characters decided to take a break from traipsing around the jungle and making from-the-gut decisions to sit down and actually consider what’s going on. Since Season 1 I have been screaming at the TV, trying to implore the characters to actually sit down and discuss what was going on with them; they finally figured it out… in the penultimate episode of LOST ever. Sheesh. 

 I also felt that Jacob really did owe the candidates some explanation even if, as usual, it was cryptic and incomplete. And yet, after all the ish they’ve been through, I don’t think the metaphysics of it all was all that important to the castaways. If you’re former friend’s corpse’s likeness is being taken up by an evil smoke monster, I think  you just have to go with the flow.  I mean, I always do when that happens to me. 

 Going into the finale, I am glad to see that we’ve been set up with a mission: stop the MIB from destroying the island, and maybe save the world at the same time. A current LOST-related Heroes-inspired mantra going around the internets is “Save the Cheerful Scotsman, Save the World!” I like it. Now Charles Widmore (I would say he was gone too soon, but, really… what else could that conniving Brit have to say? Once you whisper in MiB’s ear, you’re pretty much done) is out of the picture. But thankfully he did let us know that Desi is the island’s failsafe before doing so. That’s what you get for shooting Alex in the head. 

 Another great meta moment: When Widmore was whispering into Flocke’s ear – how conniving of you, LOST, to do that to us so late in the game! – Ben expressed the audience’s frustrations with such coyness by popping several caps into his secretive nemesis. You want to drop some frustrating secrets on us, LOST? Well, then I am just going to have to shoot you. Several times. 

 This is the part of the post where we rejoice that Zoe is dead. DING DONG THAT BITCH IS DEAD! SMOKEY TOOK A KNIFE TO HER HEAD! DING DONG THAT POINTLESS BITCH IS DEAD! The Lockeness Monster said it best himself, “If she wasn’t going to be able to say anything, she was useless to me.” Truer words were never spoken, MiBs. Now you can happily go back to your stripper workout videos, Zoe-lady. There is no more room for your useless whining. 

FIN.ALL.Y

 All in all I am fairly satisfied to this lead-in to the most epic finale of all time. I look forward to watching it again, if not only to watch Kate and Sayid’s reactions to Crazy Des in the back of the armored car (also: bribe-taking Ana Lucia! After all this time, I kind of wish you had stuck around, even though I hated you when you were on the show. My bad!). 

 LOST week continues with Darlton on David Letterman’s Top Ten tonight; the Times Talk LOST broadcast tomorrow night (I’ll be in my local movie theater); Darlton’s last live appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Fri night; the Paley Center on Sat (and possible visit to the NYC LOST-a-thon; donate here!); and, of course, the five-hour-long finale fest that will be taking place on Sunday (two hour retrospective beforehand, 2.5 hour episode, followed by Jimmy Kimmel special). It is the end, my friends. And, my, hasn’t it been a great ride? 

 Namaste. Check out my twitter over the week for thoughts, event updates etc.

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what’s that equation in daniel’s notebook?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Hey there LOST fans,

Last Tuesday night Daniel Faraday Widmore busted out his leather notebook and revealed to the Des of the Widmore-employed, smooth hair variety that he happened to doodle some complex math equations in his notebook.

equations from another life

 The trick was that Danny F was a musician, not an advanced physicist. While many have hypothesized that it woud have made much more sense for “If anything goes wrong, Desmond is my constant” to be written in the notebook, maybe that will be revealed in time… OR maybe Desmond was never really Faraday’s constant, but Charlotte was. It seems one has to have a strong bond with one’s constant and the visions that Dan, Des and Charlie saw seem to point to strong connections of love between two people… two CONSTANTS.

In fact, maybe the key to uniting the two realities — or at least connecting them — is through one’s constant. The relationships on the show are constantly (ha. ha.) emphasized, so perhaps a strong bond can unite two disparate time periods?

Food for thought, at least. Hey, speaking of thought, back to the original thread of this post: the equation. So, in wondering what it was exactly that Dan wrote in his journal, I took to my friendly neighborhood astrophysict: one Douglas Urban, a PhD candidate at Tufts. I asked him if Dan’s equation made any sense and he kindly furnished me with this information:

“Not really. A closed timelike curve is a real thing, but this is not a diagram of one. It’s essentially your standard lightcone for ordinary causality with a few extra doodles and generally gibberish labeling. It seems like someone grabbed a standard diagram from somewhere and then added some stuff to make it special.

Ignoring the diagram, let’s ask: if I traveled on a CTC, would I notice anything special? You’d eventually find yourself back at the same point in spacetime where you previously were. But it would be exactly the same. You wouldn’t be older, or have a notebook with you where you wrote down all the stuff that happened in the future, or carry a clock with you that disagrees with the ones nearby, or see a copy of yourself. Physically it’s really strange for a curve to pass through the same point twice, but for storytelling purposes, it’s actually pretty boring.”

 So… it took a few times reading it over (guess what? I studied English!), but I seem to be getting what Doug’s after. In the context of science, Dan’s drawing doesn’t really fly. But if we’re thinking storywise (and note that Doug is not himself a fan of LOST, though D&D is another story), it appears as if one central event may be passed through again. Now, I immediately think to the plane crash, where Desmond didn’t push the button in time and caused 815 to go down. What if Desmond had the opportunity to do that moment over again? The plane wouldn’t crash and the 815ers would go on with their lives. If the 815ers never came, perhaps Des and Penny would never be reunited — after all, there would be no Locke to insist on letting the counter go down and without that Des would not need to turn the failsafe.

Then his sacrifice would be giving up his life with Penny and Baby Charlie Hume and he would live out the rest of his days on the island.

Or maybe there is another central event, maybe one we’re not even aware of yet. But Doug says that everything would be the same. Is Dan’s work trying to thwart that sameness, trying to slightly alter the time you’ve come back to?

In any case, I’m really liking the implications of this theory. I think the idea behind it — that you come back to the same exact point in spacetime, a defining moment. There have been several incidents on LOST where characters attempt to change their destinies, to alter their predetermined futures (or, in the case of Jack in “The Incident”, their pasts) but the island always comes back to haunt them — whatever happened, happened. There’s bound to be some kind of course correction.

But the question we have to ask ourselves, with only five episodes to go before the finale, is: which course is correct? And how will we reunite not only these two parallel timelines (whose significance were represented in Eloise’s star brooch), but also the machinations of Hawking/Hume/Widmore with Jacob/MiB?

My current endgame theory is that the tension between all opposing forces will come to a head, leading toward a collision that may ultimately lead to neutralization. Both Jacob and MiB are dangerous, manipulative forces whose meddling has caused much strife. Perhaps they will have to take each other out in order to free the castaways and, by extension, the world from their power games. With all their powers combined they are — CAPTAIN (SAVE THE) PLANET! And maybe, ultimately, we’ll be left with an amalgam of two worlds and the island will become a resort or something ridiculous.

One more quick thought re: Widmore and Hawking. It was brought up on The Fuselage that although we don’t know either of their motivations quite clearly as of yet, that perhaps their aims here are opposing. Maybe the reality  they’re fighting for is the one allows “their” child to live. Eloise wants her beloved Daniel; Charles wants his beloved Penny. But ultimately, one may be sacrificed for the other? Charles will accept the Crash Reality because it allows Penny to live, even if they are estranged. Perhaps she is doomed in Sideways World. In Sideways World, Dan is free (as of right now) of his physic-al burdens and is happy as a musician. There are many holes in this theory, of course, but I’m thinking parental love may come into play for these two former/current lovers.

In any case, I am v. excited about where this is going and can’t wait to see how Hurley’s story will play into it all next week.

Namaste!

happily ever after: haikus

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Holy Hume! “Happily Ever After” was everything I wanted it to be and nothing of what I didn’t want it to be: namely, the desmise of my dearest Des. Alternatively, we were treated to a family reunion of srts, where the Humes, Widmores, Hawking, Faradays and Miltons (interesting name BTW, Pen) got together to discuss life’s milestones and other life’s milestones alike.

In celebration of this great coming together of my forever loves, I’ve composed a series of haikus. I should also note that i’ve written a haiku about my forever hate, Zoe. Can I say I almost miss Doo-gen and fake John Lennon? No, actually, I can’t.

More analysis to come, but in the meantime, enjoy these (master)pieces:

Your hair in this ep
Was Incredible. Also
The Sideways jumping.

The painting in your
Office changed. No more polar
Bear. Share that MacCutch!

A puff of white mist.
Two parallel stars glinting.
Rule? You bloody do.

A jaunty hat says
Your physics days are over.
Or are they, Widmore?

 

Pen: Jogging woman
At night. Sweaty, but so sweet.
What did she see? Des!

Last time I saw you,
You had no constant. Now you
Can get me hookers!

 

Still not Penny’s boat.
But you saw the light from Claire.
You, all, err-body.

What is your purpose?
(To look like cheap Tina Fey?)
Sayid – waste that mess!

 

Also:

a side-by-side comparison of the paintings in widmore's office

happily ever after: sneak peeks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 6, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Cue fog. Cue bagpipes. Cue Desmond episode.

 Tonight’s long-awaited return of the Hot Scot, “Happily Ever After”, airs tonight. While the title and the promo seem to be leading us to think our Unbuttoned Brotha may have a tragic fate, I am still holding on to the hope that Des and His Pennah (and the freaking adorable Lil Charlie Hume) have their own happy ending. But, as Eloise of the Scarves told him in “The Variable”, the island is not done with him yet.

 Around that time there was a theory bouncing around that Lil Charlie Hume was actually Lil Charles Widmore and that somehow he got transported to the past and is now taking revenge on his father. Trying to make sure Mummy and Daddy never stay together. To stop the suffering of his young self. This is an interesting theory, but an improbable one. I think at this point LOST is mostly done with time travel plots and moving on to more high-level fare. Then again, daddy issues are the name of the game, so anything’s possible.

 Regarless, the sneak peeks for “Happily Ever After” are embedded below. Spoiler alert: Desmond sports multiple hair styles in this ep. Must be a LOST rule that if you’re having a flash of some kind (whether it be of the back, forward or sideways varieties), one must have smooth, sleek hair in one of them.

I bet it’s a boy.

 I didn’t have a chance to explain.

 So I went to the imdb page to check the guest stars (as per usual) and was immediately assaulted by some spoiler-worthy photos. Shield your eyes if you don’t want to see such things (one tease: orange!). But if you do, I’ll include one after the jump.

 Notable guest stars: Daniel Faraday, Eloise Hawking, Pennah!, Chahlie and Mr. Short Circuit Himself, Minkowski. I am very excited about this group.

Lame guest stars: Zoe. Read her recent interview with nymag to see her try to be cool. But failing.

Questionable guest star: Someone named Simmons. Sounds familiar. Will have to do more research.

Happy Desmond Day! See you on twitter!

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!SPOILERZ!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 27, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

egads i just stumbled upon a big-ish (okay, to me) spoiler video from dark ufo for the upcoming episode, “jughead.”  if you are a desmond fan you may want to see it.

if you want complete surprise, do not click on the link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14TF5ydQ6Tw&eurl=http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=lost%20jughead&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=fire&feature=player_embedded