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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).

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father-son bonding

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 18, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Holy Geronimo Jackson, last night was a screencapper’s dream. Many things to analyze – including the writing on the wall – but as a first teaser, I’d like to point out this bad boy:

just the two of us

In “The Substitute”, we heard Helen mention inviting John’s dad to the Vegas shotgun wedding she suggested. Now, I don’t think John would be inviting the man who stole his kidney and then pushed him out an eight-story window to his nuptials, so in the sideways world, we can assume that they might be pals. And by the looks of the screencap above, they are so bffl-y that they may take father-son trips to Scotland together.

 So if Anthony Cooper didn’t cause Locke to be paralyzed, how did he get in that chair?

what a croc!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 14, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

along with many, many, MANY things that happened last night (many of which still have me reeling — locke 2.0, much), one thing that can be confirmed is that more of the four-toed statue is revealed. we’ve viewed him from the back and the profile and i’m hoping that sometime we might get a frontal view.

it is widely believed that our four-toed friend is the egyptian god sobek who is half-alligator, half-man. some sects believe sobek was the creator from the world and that he emerged from the “dark water.” cities in ancient egypt where water was important were particularly devoted to sobek, with one city even earning the nickname “crocodilopolis” (i’m there). this is what we saw last night:

jacob chomp chomp chomp

jacob chomp chomp chomp

here is a photo of an ancient sculpture of King Amenhotep with the god, Sobek:
hello, friend!

hello, friend!

(there is a better quality image of this statue over at artstor if you click the link above). this statue seems to be a good parallel for the mythology we saw last night; a god gently guiding a king. (reminds me of, perhaps, what ben may have experienced in the temple. jacob’s response to whiny ben was “what about you?” but maybe it was more of an existential question than a rebuff. it seems very possible that ben and jacob were once in communion with each other — when his “innocence was lost” in the temple — and perhaps they will be again).
more general information on this god, followed by links for further reading.
certainly plays into the whole good or bad theme, non?
“Sobek (also known as Sebek, Sebek-Ra, Sobeq, Suchos, Sobki, and Soknopais) was the ancient god of crocodiles. He is first mentioned in the Pyramid Texts and his worship continued until the Roman period. Some sects believed that Sobek was the creator of the world who arose from the “Dark Water” and created the order in the universe. Sobek was a god of the Nile who brought fertility to the land. As the “Lord of the Waters” he was thought to have risen from the primeval waters of Nun to create the world and made the Nile from his sweat. One creation myth stated that Sobek laid eggs on the bank of the waters of Nun thus creating the world. However, as well as being a force for creation, he was seen as an unpredictable deity who sometimes allied himself with the forces of Chaos. Sobek first appeared in the Old Kingdom as the son of Neith with the epithet “The Rager”. According to some myths his father was Set, the god of thunder and chaos, but he also had a close association with Horus.”

more info at: http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/sobek.htm 

looking for swf (spooky white female)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 25, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

for those of us plebians that don’t have hd, all the hullaballoo about the “woman behind sun in the dharma hut” was a total WHA? moment. (in case you don’t know, the brouhaha here is all about how a blonde-ish woman can be seen lurking in the shadows behind sun in the scene with ghost dad in the orientation hut in “namaste.”) is it claire? is it charlotte? is it SHANNON? IS IT A GHOST OF A CROSS-DRESSING, WIG-WEARING CHARLIE PACE?

it’s probably a production assistant. that’s the side that doc jensen and i are on, at least. take a look for yourself:

swf2
no show is perfect — not even lost. that’s why we run into problems with these “easter eggs”; after all, to err is human. unless it really is ghost someone-or-other, then we’re sort of superceding the human.
you be the judy.

dharma, class of ’77

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 19, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

screencap from the photo taken of the “new recruits”:

welcome, dudes!

welcome, dudes!

no familiar faces aside from the obvious. i was wondering what job kate had been assigned to, and after further investigation, i think she’s wearing the same jumpsuit as juliet wore in “lafleur.” so it looks like she’ll be working with juliet down in the dharma auto shop. awkward much? hurley’s occupation, right now, seems unknown, although who wants to bet they put him in food service or something? or, as some people have been suggesting across the fandom, hurley will be assigned to the radio tower, where he will have to hear the numbers repeated. some are even saying that it it hurley’s voice that is reading them in the first place. which, if true, means that the numbers that drove hurley’s asylum pal leonard crazy back when he was posted at a listening post in the late 80s, the numbers that leonard repeated incessantly, the numbers that hurley played in the lottery and caused him all the bad luck, the numbers that drove hurley to australia in the first place — WERE RECORDED BY HURLEY HIMSELF! crazy, huh?
and it is only fitting that jack “dr. holier-than-thou” shepherd (sorry for the hate; i have feelings similar to sawyer’s about jack’s leadership thus far. a post on the pros and cons of our island leadership choices to follow) is now a “workman.” although, let us not forget that there is another important workman in dharma lore: ben’s dad, roger linus.
aka skeletor:
hey bu-uddy!

hey bu-uddy!

looks like you’ll get to have that beer together after all, sawyer. and, oddly enough, the scene below from season 3’s “tricia tanaka is dead” can be recreated in dharmaville. except with roger a little more alive this time:
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walk like an egyptian

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 9, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

apologies for the delay folks. herewith is the screencap (GASP!) of the backside of the statue (!) that we saw in “lafleur” :

meow?

meow?

to refresh, the first image we had of the statue was this:

four toes... smaller shoe size?

four toes... smaller shoe size?

what we know: the statue is located on the shore of the island. it appears to be egyptian in nature (cat ears, long hair, human body — sphynx/anubis-like). it is holding an ankh, an egyptian symbol of eternal life.

what this means: the statue can be seen by those approaching the island. its position indicates that it is some sort of beacon — or siren — leading people to the island. is it welcoming and benevolent or deceiving and evil? (come to the island, unknowing traveler, and become a smokey snack!)

— EGYPTIAN?! it seems like lost really wants us to think that the history of this island goes wayyyyyy back. lots of egyptian influences throughout the show: the hieroglyphics on the “smokey” door in ben’s house, thr inscriptions on the temple that we saw this season (where rousseau’s team was made into pod-people by smokey), and, OF COURSE, the red alert display on the hatch clock: has

hatchclock

back in season 2, some lost scholar infomred us that this sequence of glyphs means: to cause to die.

this place is death, eh, charlotte? hmmmmmmm.

and with all the dead/not dead/resurrected question that have been raised this season, egyptian seems to be an appropriate influence. notice, also, in “lafleur” that richard asks for paul’s dead body from the dharma folks. while some may argue this is a strategy on rochard’;s part, to show his people tht an”eye for an eye” sort of justice has been taken. yet, with all these egyptian refs, i’m thinking that the others do something with resurrecting bodies. (remember that mummies were created with the notion that one would need one’s organs in the afterlife. is the island an afterlife of sorts? one while we are still alive?)

ALSO: while we enjoyed sawyer’s eyeliner comment for its comic value… didn’t egyptians (men and women) famously wear eyeliner as well?

— the ankh (definition form an aticle by ellison on touregypt):

ankh9The Ankh was, for the ancient Egyptians, the symbol (the actual Hieroglyphic sign) of life but it is an enduring icon that remains with us even today as a Christian cross. It is one of the most potent symbols represented in Egyptian art, often forming a part of decorative motifs.

The ankh seems at least to be an evolved form of, or associated with the Egyptian glyph for magical protection, sa. However, what the sign itself represents is often disputed. For example, Sir Alan Gardiner thought that it showed a sandal strap with the loop at the top forming the strap, but if so, the symbolism is obscure and so his theory has found little real favor early on. However, this interpretation seems to have received some acceptance among modern writers. It would seem that the ancient Egyptians called that part of the sandal ‘nkh (exact pronunciation unknown). Because this word was composed of the same consonants as the word “life”, the sign to represent that particular part of the sandal, was also used to write the word “life”.

a SANDAL, eh? you mean, that thing that covers a four-toed foot? but beyond that, we also know this image happens to be the same one that was on paul’s necklace. eternal life iseems to be a growing interest of the island’s inhabitants: perhaps dharma, as a scientific utopia, is trying to achieve this. perhaps the others already have. richard certainly has. perhaps this is why widmore wants the island so bad?

regardless, we can now be certain that egyptian culture has played a significant role in the island’s history.

(then again, can we be certain that the statue we saw in “lafleur” and the four-toes that we saw in “live togehter, die alone”  are from the same structure?)

hail, caesar

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 26, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

last night we were more formally introduced to two new characters, caesar and ilana. supposedly, the scene with caesar rummaging through the desk of what appears to be the hydra station was meant to be the season 5 opener. (good thing they stuck with dr. marvin candle).

anywhoo, to me it seemed like he wasn’t just rummaging through those drawers randomly. the mystery dude definitely had a purpose. one of widmore’s cronies? perhaps. below is a screenshot of one of the papers caesar picks up.

looks like it’s a page from daniel’s journal. but if dharma has his journal, where is daniel now?

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