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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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be careful what you wish for…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 6, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

in the immortal words of the pussycat dolls, “be careful what you wish for cuz you just might get it.”

i’m not going to say i called it (even though i so totally did), but because of this time-travel plot, WE GET TO SEE ROUSSEAU’S BACK STORY!!!!!!*

*how much of it and what we actually get to see, however, are yet to be determined.

but before i go and knock this great mighty thing that has happened, let us rejoice that it has happened at all. i think we were all pretty shocked when rousseau was killed off last year (not as shocked as when alex was shot point blank in the head by keamy, but, still, pretty shocking). as one of the island’s and the show’s most enduring mysteries, it seemed to be a very poor decision indeed to  so unceremoniously cut that storyline off. and though andi spent many a night insisting that the “face on the body in the ground that was buried was totally not rousseau” for a while we had to accept that this was one of  LOST’s inevitable dead ends.

NOT SO FAST — there is always TIME TRAVEL!

aaaaand apparently rousseau has not aged well:

an age difference of 16 years?

an age difference of 16 years?

the actress who had played rousseau, mira furlan, is 53. the current actress, melissa farman, appears to be about 17 (currently i am not able to find her age, although according to her website she is an undergrad at USC).  although, to be fair, rousseau has been on the island for 16 years, and she had her baby stolen from her, and she had to kill the rest of her team because of the sickness, and she’s got just a little bit of batshit crazy. that might age one a bit.

also: reportedly the actress mira furlan DID NOT ENJOY LIVING AND WORKING IN HAWAII. she missed her husband or some shit. yeah, because “husbands” are better than being a recurring character on LOST. pssssssh.

but, i digress. with this convenient plot device (that is, frequent and unpredictable time travel) we may just get to see all the things that many, many flashbacks could never have encompassed. as you may have gathered, young ben is currently on the island at the time that rousseau and her team crash on the island (gauging on the state of d’s pregnancy, the year is 1988). so not only is this flash serving those of us with the need for more rousseau, it will also be able to fill in some gaps in ben’s storyline. what i really NEED to know is how he came to be the leader of the others. what happened in those 10 or so years since he met richard in the jungle when chasing after a vision of his mother? what or whom led him to the path that ends in the genocide of hundreds of members of the dharma initiative?

needless to say, this plotline serves many purposes and has potential to yield some titilating results (yeah, i said titilating).  but we must remember that this is lost, and, OH NO THESE FLASHES CAN’T BE CONTROLLED. GUESS WE’LL NEVER SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DARK TERRITORY, HOW MONTAND LOST HIS ARM, WHAT THE SICKNESS IS, ETC. ! IT’S JUST THIS DARN ISLAND!

this blessing may be a curse in disguise.

but right away it does lead to some definitive answers to some of my burning questions:

— was ben really alex’s father? NOPE.

— was rousseau really part of a research team that crashed on the island? APPARENTLY.

— did rousseau get pregz on the island? NON.  (this one was part of an idea that she had been on the island longer than we thought. though she clearly did not conceive the babe on-island, she certainly gave birth there, making the babe with the voodoo “special” and probably why ben wanted alex in the first place. interesting that all of the “chosen ones” so far have been males. i’d like to think that alex has been chosen too; maybe charlotte; maybe claire; maybe ji yeon… we’ll see)

questions to look forward to with this subplot (which continues at least a little while into the next episode, “this place is death”, as melissa farman is listed as a guest star):

— what is “the sickness” and is it related to the time-travel-nosebleed-of-doom disease?

— does danielle really kill her whole team?

— what DID happen to montand’s arm? are all the missing arms related on LOST? (fyi: montand is not an important character. in season one, rousseau mentions to those who decide to venture to the black rock to get dynamite, that the dark territory is where ‘montand lost his arm.’ doctor arzt makes a joke about this later on in the episode. before he is blown to smithereens. the other “missing arms” are those of doctor marvin candle in the swan station video [the producers have hinted that his right arm, which doesn’t move in the orientation film, is fake. although they are kind of snarky a-holes sometimes. still it’s lost-lore] and the threat of a lost arm in when young charles widmore  was about to make juliet into captain hook.)

— how did the natives/ben come to get baby alex from rousseau?

— HOW DOES SHE NOT REMEMBER JIN? (that’s a whole other can of worms being discussed here at the fuselage: http://forum.thefuselage.com/showthread.php?t=106891&page=1

personally, i’m on the side that the memory has just happened and while adult rousseau may remember it, she cannot, as she is now deceased.

VIVE LA ROUSSEAU!