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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.


“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!

what kate does: sneak peeks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 9, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Monday mornings are always brutal on one’s spirit, especially after a Superbowl party that involved an obnoxious ignoramus yelling in one’s ear about how he lost $1,000 on one of his boxes. However, for the next sixteen weeks of my life, Mondays will be ever-so-softened by the fact that a new episode of LOST is just around the corner. Seventeen weeks from now, I will be weeping from Monday through the rest of the week as LOST will be over forever. For the time being however, Mondays have become that much more glorious.

 Speaking of the Superbowl, did anyone catch the many (aka two) LOST-themed Bud Light commercials? Bud Light totally has the hots for LOST, and with Dr. Marvin Candle (aka Mark Wickman aka Pierre Chang) back in a lab coat, can you disagree?

 Dr Marvin Candle Commercial – Can I mention that I shouted “OH MY GOD THAT WAS DR. MARVIN CANDLE!” in a room full of people when this aired?

“Stranded” Commercial. I particularly enjoyed how they tried to get people to look like some of the characters. 

Below I’ve embedded the two sneak peeks for tomorrow’s episode, “What Kate Does.” IMDB has listed episode titles for the next five or so, but I haven’t had time to confirm these, so I’ll write back later with the low-down. In the meantime, enjoy these two clips, which reveal Claire’s physical status in the reboot and reiterate some questions we have about Sayid’s physical status in the “present day” storyline. One thing I can confirm about Sayid’s physical status: his flowing locks are still flowing; his sex-appeal is in tact.

 Sneak Peek 1: “Give me your purse!”

 Sneak Peek 2: “You have a few questions? Well so do we.”

 One more: here is the CTV promo for the episode.