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"Lost" Episode 13: "The Man From Tallahassee"

Posted By Entertainment on Mar 22, 2007 at 12:09PM

"Lost," I'm warming up to you again. I love most things Locke-related — even if they break my heart every time — and this episode did not disappoint. I hope there is some kind of peaceful redemption waiting for Locke at the end. Anyway, on to the episode...

"The Man From Tallahassee" is Not Locke
Locke is from Tustin, Calif., and received disability payments for depression, which stopped when he stopped his therapy. A man named Peter Talbott paid Locke a visit to talk about "Andrew Seward" (an alias for Anthony Cooper, Locke's father). According to Talbott, Anthony was engaged to Peter's mother, and Peter suspected that Cooper was marrying her for the money. Locke played dumb but later approached his father and told him to call off the wedding, but that's, uh, not exactly how things happened. To find out more — spoiler alert —

Soon after Locke's chat with his father, Peter Talbott was mysteriously murdered. Locke went to confront his father, who denied killing Talbott just before shoving Locke out the window. Locke fell eight stories (a "Lost" number) and thus ended up in the wheelchair (for 4 years before the plane crash, another "Lost" number).

Jack Plays the Piano
Kate goes inside the barracks to talk to Jack, but gets handcuffed in the cool game room. Jack tells Kate that he made a deal with the Others and will be going home before whispering that he'll come back for her. Jack asks Ben to let his friends be let go. Ben gives Jack his word that he will free them as soon as Jack gets off the island.

Ben Is an Evil Little Man
Locke finds Ben and demands to know where the submarine is and makes Alex bring him Sayid's bag with the C-4 in it. Ben deduces that Locke wants to blow up the submarine because Locke doesn't want a way off the island that cured him.

Ben reveals that he was born on the island, but most of his "people" were brought to the island, and he says he needs to uphold the "illusion" that they can go home at anytime. Yet when Locke suggests that he's lying to them, Ben insists he's not. So what's the illusion?

Locke asks Ben where his electricity comes from and gets a snippy little answer. Locke then calls Ben a Pharisee (more on that below), saying, "If you knew what this place really was, you wouldn’t be putting chicken in the refrigerator."

Locke, unbelievably, blows up the submarine! However, there is some talk in the LOST Fans group about whether Locke just blew up the water nearby. funnybunny raises a good question: Why is Locke all wet just before the explosion? This all works out splendidly for Ben, who now looks like he kept his promise to let Jack and Juliet go home, all the while ensuring that Jack will have to stay on the island.

Ben then takes Locke to his "magic box" — which sounds seedy, now that I'm writing it — where he says Locke will see whatever he wishes for. Ben says that Locke has some "communion" with the island and that makes Locke "very important," and the door opens to reveal Anthony Cooper, bound and gagged.

Anthony Cooper, Andrew Seward
Thanks to trusty lostpedia for pointing out that "Anthony Cooper, Andrew Seward" is an anagram for "Sawyer, the con man, a poor dad." Thus: Is Anthony Cooper the real Sawyer, from whom Sawyer stole his name?

While on the topic of names, Anthony Cooper was an English politician in the 1600s who "was the mentor and patron of real-life philosopher, John Locke... he also credits philosopher Locke with saving his life from a medical condition (liver infection)." Subtle, huh?

Some Other Stuff

  • There are many references to "cheating," as well as much strategizing on Ben's part, all of which reminds me of chess.
  • Speaking of chess, Cooper pours two glasses of MacCutcheon whiskey, which we saw in the Desmond episode. Alternate meaning: In chess, the "MacCutcheon" is a variation of the French Defence opening.
  • Locke's use of the word "Pharisee": in Hebrew, Pharisee means "separated one," and more specifically, the Pharisees were people who claimed to be the most pious but who didn't live by Christ's preachings. Apparently, "eventually they became so devoted and extremist in very limited parts of The Law...that they became blind to The Messiah when He was in their very midst."

    Also, interesting tidbit from Wikipedia: "the Pharisees believed that people have free will but that God also has foreknowledge of human destiny."

  • In Ben's room, there is a copy of A Brief History of Time, along with an astronomical chart on the wall — so, more starry stuff.

Father Issues, Anyone?
Sheesh. In recent episodes there were issues with Jack and Claire's father, as well as Hurley's. We've seen all the craziness surrounding Sun's father, and Kate's dad has played a major part in flashbacks. Penny's father, Mr. Whidmore — who almost, but didn't quite become Desmond's father-in-law — was a bit of a prick, though a hugely important prick. Any others I'm forgetting? JJ Abrams... are you working something out there, buddy?

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"Lost" Episode 12: "Par Avion"

Posted By Entertainment on Mar 15, 2007 at 11:35AM

Okay, so here's what I learned from last night's "Lost": Charlie and Claire can fit an awful lot of words on a small piece of paper. Also: It's pretty easy to just walk up to a seagull and grab it. But I digress... kind of. Here are my thoughts on last night's episode, "Par Avion."

It's Hard to Care Much About Claire
I don't know why, but it's not that interesting to know about her past. For about the millionth time, the episode opens with the opening of an eye, the way the "Lost" pilot began with Jack's eye. We learn that Claire and her mother were in a car accident, which may or may not have been Claire's fault. Claire's mother is in a vegetative state, which would be a problem financially if they didn't have a mysterious benefactor paying their bills. The person's identity, of course, is a spoiler, so to find out who it is,

It's Jack's dad, Christian, who reveals that he is also Claire's dad. Whoop-dee-do! Many of us have already speculated that Claire and Jack are siblings, and I am relieved that Claire and Jack never got it on, because how awkward would that be now? When Christian heard about Claire's mother's accident, he introduced himself to Claire and urged her to take her mother off life support. She was resistant to that idea, probably because she felt so guilty about possibly causing the accident. Summing up the theme of the episode, Christian says, "There is hope and there is guilt, and believe me, I know the difference," implying that Claire is keeping her mother alive for the wrong reasons.

On the beach, Claire becomes obsessed with capturing the sea birds that she assumes are tagged. In the end, Desmond catches a bird, and Claire and Charlie write a long note on a scrap of paper and attach it to a bird before letting it go. My theory? The bird and note will show up in one of the character's flashbacks, furthering this idea that being on the island messes with time and space.

Speaking of Which...
How many ways can Charlie not-die? Like a watchful nanny, Desmond objects to whatever Charlie does or wants to do, predicting Charlie's death at every turn. Like Claire with her mother, he is keeping Charlie alive... whether it's for the "right" reasons we'll find out.

Could Have Done Without the Frothing at the Mouth
In the jungle, Kate, Sayid, Locke, and Eyepatch Guy — er, Mikhail — are making their way toward the Barracks.

  • Mikhail says, "They brought me on the submarine. Two weeks ago our underwater beacon stopped emitting its locater signal. There was an event. An electromagnetic pulse." Then he says Kate wouldn't understand because she is not on the List, and that people are not on the List if they are "flawed, angry, weak, or frightened."
  • Furthermore, his leader is not Ben, but a "him" greater than Ben.
  • Mikhail knew Locke before, but of course just when he's explaining how, Rousseau interrupts, pointing to the Stonehenge Alarm System/sonic barrier fence in the field. Really, Rousseau, couldn't it have waited one more minute?

  • Locke shoves Mikhail at the barrier, and Mikhail dies a grisly death, frothing at the mouth and gushing blood. He looks at Locke and says, "Thank you" before meeting his demise.
  • I think Locke pushed Mikhail so the others wouldn't find out whatever Mikhail knew about Locke.
  • Earlier in the episode, Locke says he didn't know the Flame hatch had been wired with C-4, claiming to not know that entering 77 would cause the place to blow. But then Sayid finds a thing of C-4 that Locke took from the hatch. All a plan to make sure Mikhail died? Discuss.
  • For a long, uncomfortable scene, Kate crotch-shimmies up the tree thing to get over the barrier. Then the men follow, but we don't have to watch them crotch-shimmy. The now-trio arrive on the edge of the Others' barrier, just in time to see this shocker: Jack playing football with his new buddy Tom!

Some Questions

  • Seriously, why is Sun not showing yet? After that 3-month hiatus they took, you'd think she'd have a bit of a bump, no?
  • If Kate's so "flawed," why was she on a "list" before, when the Others took her?
  • How did Mikhail have so much knowledge about everyone?
  • What is up with Jack being so chummy with the Others? Has he been converted or is he winning their trust so he can later use them for something?

Next week we finally find out what the deal was with Locke's past paralysis. Hopefully it will also explain why Locke's been acting like such a weirdo lately.

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"Lost" Episode 11: "Enter 77"

Posted By Entertainment on Mar 8, 2007 at 11:42AM

Okay, "Lost," now we're getting somewhere. After last week's feel-good episode with Hurley learning that he can make his own luck/hope, this week delivered some action, answers and... still more questions. Let's reflect:

In Sayid's flashbacks, his was Najeev and he was working as a chef in Paris where he met Sami, a fellow Iraqi whose wife, Amira, claims Sayid brutally tortured her. All they want is for Sayid to admit it. Slight problem: Sayid is certain he never tortured her and "cannot admit to something I did not do." Don't they all say that, Sayid?

For more stuff from last night — including spoilers and translations! —

Amira strokes a cat that she saved from a torturous death, and she says the cat sometimes bites or scratches because he forgets that he is safe. The cat is similar to the cat at The Flame. In the end, Sayid admits to having tortured Amira, who sets him free because she doesn't want to be a ruthless torturer like Sayid.

In Island news, Locke, Kate, and Sayid are following a compass bearing of 305 North, which is a little something Locke has derived from Eko's stick. Sayid is frustrated by Locke's faith-based excursion but soon he comes upon a cow. Then a farm. Then the eye-patch guy, or "Patchy," who promptly shoots Sayid in the arm. When Locke and Kate come busting in, Patchy realizes it's all a big misunderstanding and gets to work removing the bullet from Sayid's arm. He also reveals a string of information of questionable truthiness (if I may):

  • The station is called The Flame and is the center for communication with the outside world.
  • Patchy's name is Mikhail Bakunin, and he claims to be the last surviving member of the Dharma Initiative.
  • He was in the Soviet military, stationed in Afghanistan, before he responded to a newspaper ad for Dharma which asked, "Would you like to save the world?"
  • In what he calls "The Purge," the rest of the Dharma people were destroyed when they waged a war against the "hostiles" (indigenous people of the Island?). After the war, a few hostiles told Mikhail that he could stay at the Flame if he stayed within a certain area.
  • The Flame communicates via underwater beacons that emit sonar pings into the ocean, guiding submarines. The giant satellite dish on top of the farmhouse apparently doesn't work.

Other stuff that happens at the Flame:
Locke comes upon a computerized chess game, which brings him to a menu screen where we see our old buddy Marvin Candle. This time, Candle presents a few options, the last of which is to "enter 77" if the station has been taken by hostiles. In the C4-wired basement, Sayid and Kate encounter Ms. Klugh, the creepy Other lady who said Walt was special. In a loud showdown, Kate and Sayid hold Ms. Klugh at gunpoint while Mikhail holds Locke at gunpoint, none of them willing to give up their captives. Ms. Klugh and Mikhail scream at each other in Russian; thanks to Lostpedia for the translation:

Klugh: Mikhail. Mikhail! You know what to do.
Mikhail: We still have another way [out].
Klugh: We cannot risk. You know the conditions.
Mikhail: There is another way.
Klugh: They captured us. We will not give (or let, or betray) [unintelligible]. You know what to do. It is an order.
Mikhail: We still have another way!
Klugh (in English): Just do it, Mikhail.
Mikhail: Forgive me. (shoots)

So Klugh asked Mikhail to kill her! Then Sayid takes Mikhail prisoner. Sayid also finds a map on which he locates the "Barracks" and assumes that is where the Others have their village. Meanwhile, Locke has entered 77 and the whole Flame station blows up, conveniently after everyone's outside.

Less importantly, Sawyer loses a ping-pong game to Hurley and now can't make up any nicknames for people for a week. I have to say, I laughed out loud when he called Sun and Jin "Crouching Tiger" and "Hidden Dragon."

Some thoughts on symbols, etc.:

  • Mikhail Bakunin was a 19th century Russian Revolutionary, considered to be one of the founders of modern anarchism.
  • The cat at the Flame is named Nadia, which is the same name as Sayid's long-lost love.
  • Re: Sayid's decision not to kill Mikhail: I think this is another one of those moments in which the Losties have the opportunity to redeem themselves. One of the Island's purposes is to give these people chances to make the "right" moral decisions.
  • Did Sayid actually torture Amira, or did he lie to get out of the situation? Discuss.
  • According to Buddy TV, here is the translation for the notes on the papers Locke finds. Somebody's memoirs - possibly Mikhail's... unless he's pretending to be someone else.

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"Lost" Episode 10: "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead"

Posted By Entertainment on Mar 1, 2007 at 11:55AM

As Hurley might say, "Dude, come on!" Last night's "Lost" was not entirely ... anything! It wasn't all that interesting or informative. However, I do love Hurley, and Sawyer was on fire with the nicknames, so it wasn't a total loss. Also, apparently this week's episode will have big implications in next week's episode. Here's hoping. For more on this week's "Lost,"

Hurley's Cursed, Maybe
Here are the things I learned about Hurley last night:

  • He is a heavyset gentleman because Cheech Marin got the munchies and handed him a candy bar before leaving the family for 17 years. Thereafter, Hurley has substituted food for fatherly love.
  • His mother's libido is insatiable.
  • Cheech advises Hurley, "Having hope is never stupid... you gotta make your own luck," but it could have been the pot talking.
  • He saved the dead car that he and his dad worked on as a kid.
  • He thinks his winning lottery numbers are cursed. He bought a Mr. Clucks, but soon, a meteor — "or an asteroid... I don't know the difference" — lands on the Mr. Clucks, killing news journalist Tricia Tanaka in the process.
  • Hurley goes to Australia because he says, "That's where the numbers come from." He claims Lenny at the Institution told him. This is why he got on the Oceanic flight 815.

Little Miss Sunshine, "Lost"-style

Is it bad that I first thought of Little Miss Sunshine when I saw that van? I half-expected the skeleton to be gripping a Best Supporting Actor award.

Thanks to Vincent the dog, Hurley finds a van in the jungle. It doesn't seem fair to "volunteer" the non-English-speaking man who doesn't understand what he's getting into, but at any rate, Jin goes along with Hurley to get the van running. They find Roger the skeleton, whose Dharma uniform says "Work Man." Hurley says he's got to have hope and turns the ignition. Hurley, hope's not going to start a car whose last driver was a skeleton.

Sawyer comes upon Jin and Hurley and learns that there is Dharma-issued beer in the van, so he helps them right it. Hurley has this idea to shove the van down a grassy hillside into a collection of large rocks. Charlie goes with Hurley since, well, he's going to die anyway, and they avoid the rocks and are fine. Jin and Sawyer join them and the four rediscover the joy that is turning donuts in an open field to the tune of Three Dog Night's "Shambala."

Upon returning to camp, happy and full of hope, Jin gives Sun a flower, while Charlie goes over and charms Claire, leaving Sawyer as the only boy at summer camp without a girlfriend.

Kate Is Annoying
She just is. So she and Sawyer "break up" or whatever, and she starts calling him "Sawyer" again instead of "James" (which always sounded silly coming from her anyway, like she was scolding her son or something).

When she sets off to help Jack, Locke and Sayid say they can help. Something about the way the sun hit Eko's stick as Locke was burying him? They better explain that vague bit of non-information. Suddenly Rousseau appears and Kate tells her about Alex living with the Others, and now they'll join forces to rescue both Alex and Jack.

Symbols, Etc.
There weren't many.

  • It's interesting that they kept repeating that Cheech was gone for 17 years, which is NOT a "Lost" number.
  • The color red was in heavy use, especially in regard to Hurley — the car, his shirt, Mr. Cluck's exterior. This was true of Desmond's "flashbacks," too: The "Future" paint in his flat was red, and the man's shoes were red when he died in the explosion.
  • There must be an Island Vogue sitting around somewhere, because all the ladies have some nice new haircuts with bangs. Sun and Claire look especially fetching.
  • There was some kind of map in the van, which Sawyer quickly disposed of in favor of the case of Dharma beer.
  • Making your own luck = finding hope.

Sawyer to Charlie: "Oliver Twist" and "Jiminy Cricket"
Sawyer to Hurley: "Jumbo-Tron" and "International House of Pancakes"
Hurley to Sawyer: "Red...neck...man"

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"Lost" Episode 9: "Stranger in a Strange Land"

Posted By Entertainment on Feb 22, 2007 at 11:51AM

This week’s "Lost" was less time-bending and more hearts and stars (and naming stars with the one you "heart"). Last week’s episode sure was thought-provoking, while this week’s was like receiving a textbook that went missing last semester.

However, being promised answers to at least "three of the biggest mysteries" of the show, I expected to learn some awesome, interesting information. What I got was... Bai Ling. The fact that she's the answer to anything in this show almost makes me never want to watch it again. Almost.

Jack Likes Juliet, Which Is A Step Up From Bai Ling

I love Jack’s description of The Others after Tom innocently asks him, “What kind people do you think we are, Jack?”

Um, let’s see: The kind who would "take a pregnant woman, hang Charlie from a tree, drag people out of the jungle, kidnap children..."

Mouth breathing all the while, Tom knocks on the glass walls of Jack's cell and says, "How about I get you some stones?" I could have sworn he said, “How about I get you stoned?” That would be a very different episode, though.

For more thoughts — and spoilers —

"Sheriff" Isabelle (who is rocking quite the 'do) mentions that most of The Others don't live on the island with the cages; they only work there. Thus, there is either a third island or The Others live on another section of the original Island.

Isabelle examines Jack’s tattoos and says, “The 5 and the stars are very cute," which might not mean much, since the writers had to write in Matthew Fox’s existing tattoos. But then again, there is a starry motif in this episode, too. She also says that "the Chinese I find a bit ironic,” referring to his other tattoos, which translate to: “He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us.” She says this as everyone's looking at Ben, so the comment seems to apply to him as well as Jack. Jack claims that that’s what they say but not what they mean.

The Others have a judicial system that seems to take its cues from The Scarlet Letter or The Crucible. Juliet was going to be executed for killing Danny, but Ben makes an exception (so Jack will help him) and says she should just be “marked.” This includes what looks like burning a symbol into Juliet’s lower back.

Bai Ling Flashbacks/Nightmares

In a baffling move, the people behind "Lost" actually hired Bai Ling and her sharp chest bone — and not just to serve a joke, either! I'm sure her character name means something, but I'm not going to dignify her involvement by using her character name. She's just Bai Ling. And now we know that Jack has a thing for bobbleheads.

Jack spent time in Phuket (which we already knew) and met Bai Ling; she “saw who he really was” and branded him with her tattoo-y ways. She said she could see that he is a leader and a “great man,” but that that makes him angry and lonely. It seems the men of Phuket really hate lonely great leaders.

In keeping with last week's many references to being a "good man" as opposed to being a "great man," there is negativity around being a "great man." I'm thinking there is something about how "great" men cannot be — or inherently are not — "good" men.

The longer I watch Bai Ling, the more I think she might be the Crypt Keeper.

Carl Is Not A Tough Guy

When Carl mentions that The Others have backyards, Kate is so crestfallen. She would totally kill for a backyard. Carl says they kidnap children because they think they can “give them a better life,” with yards and everything. He says he and Alex used to make up names for the constellations, such as Ursus Theodorus — the teddy bear. Between that and the sobbing, I can totally see what Alex sees in that one. Rrrowr! Sawyer tells him to "cowboy up"! I love that guy. We find out that Carl doesn't know what "The Brady Bunch" is, so he's probably spent his whole life with The Others — or at least he was taken as a child.

Is There A Surgeon in the House?
The Others had “an excellent surgeon, named Ethan,” meaning the Ethan who was killed off by Charlie. He’d tried to kidnap the pregnant Claire, though there was some speculation that he was trying to protect her somehow from The Others. This would make sense, too, because in "Not In Portland," he was recruiting Juliet to be their fertility doctor, so he probably knew that The Others were sketchy about pregnancies, etc.

His full name was Ethan Rom, an anagram for “other man,” and the name Ethan means “gift of the island.” I think Jack’s reason for being on the Island is to save Ben, or at least he was on the Oceanic flight because he was a surgeon. I think he's like another "gift of the island."

Field Trip!
Cindy has something to do with the stolen children, and they watch Jack like he's a zoo animal. The bucktoothed girl asks a caged Jack how Ana Lucia is doing... Are these the viewers who stopped watching after Season 1?! Then Cindy seems surprised and offended that Jack, a caged man, would be screaming at her.

The teddy bear is a symbol in this episode: first the constellation, and then the kids are holding a teddy bear, like the one they dragged through the jungle when Walt was kidnapped. What do you think the teddy bear means?

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"Lost" Episode 8: "Flashes Before Your Eyes"

Posted By Entertainment on Feb 15, 2007 at 11:00AM

Well, the creators of "Lost" promised a crazy new flashback device in last night's episode, one that would blow some peoples' minds but might turn other viewers away. I, for one, am intrigued. At this point, you couldn't pry me away with Eko's wooden stick if you tried.

The episode explores Desmond's experience of the island: details of what happened before and an explanation for why he has been behaving so strangely ever since he turned the key in the Hatch and it exploded (or imploded). If you have not seen the episode and don't appreciate spoilers, do not read on! But if you want to dive deeper into the symbolism, mysteries, and philosophies of last night's episode,

In the first episode after the hiatus, "Not In Portland," there were ample references to time bending, black holes, and "lost time." In this episode it was slightly more spelled out, at least in regards to Desmond's story: Desmond has somehow been traveling through time.

He traveled backwards to his past when he turned the key in the Hatch, and once he got back to the island, to "current" time, he regretted not having changed his past. Thus, he seems to have vowed to change the outcome of things whenever he can, and this has included saving Charlie's life more than once. He's starting to understand, however, that "the universe has a way of course correcting," and that whatever is going to happen to Charlie will simply happen anyway, just as it seems that Desmond's "destiny" is to be on the Island.

This also means that Desmond has already lived the present and come back from some future plane. Or, as some theorists have mused perhaps the island is "operating on a time-loop, and that Desmond's experience in the hatch may have thrown him outside of that loop long enough for him to see a complete revolution of that cycle 'flash before his eyes.'"

This brings to mind question about Desmond's involvement in previous episodes. For example, in Jack's flashback, when he meets Desmond while running in the stadium, Desmond says, "See you in another life, mate." Could be just Desmond's favorite line, or maybe Desmond was time traveling then, too.

Plot-wise, time travel is a slippery slope toward hokiness. It was done deftly enough in last night's episode, but I'll be keeping an eye on you, "Lost."

Here are some more musings on the many bits and pieces that made up this week's episode:

In Desmond's "flashback," he glances at the clock, and it says 1:08. The numbers had to be entered in the Hatch every 108 minutes.

Delivery man at Whidmore Industries says "Delivery for" (or, 4) "8:15." The numbers entered in the Hatch started off 4, 8, 15... And, of course, the numbers come up plenty of times in the series. For example, their Oceanic flight number was 815.

Mr Whidmore's office has a painting which features a polar bear (polar bears have played roles in the show, off and on), as well as an upside down image of a Chinese statue, which was one of the images in the brainwashing scene from last week's episode. Also, there was the word "Namaste" painted backward in the painting.

Charlie in London, singing and playing guitar on the street, sings the lyrics from "Wonderwall": "You're gonna be the one that saves me..." just as Desmond walks up. "Wonderwall," was released in 1995.

You're a Great Man, Desmond Hume
There are tons of references to being a "great" man versus being a "good" man:

  • In the meeting with Mr. Whidmore, Desmond admits he's never served in the military. Later he passes a poster for the military: "Become a man you can be proud of."
  • Mr. Whidmore tells Desmond he will never be a great man.
  • Penny says, "You're a good man." Later, when Desmond is breaking things off with her and making it seem like it's her, not him, Desmond demands, "Being a good man isn't good enough?"
  • The jewelry lady says, "Pushing that button is the only truly great thing you will ever do."
  • Good man vs. Coward: Charlie and Penny call Desmond a coward.
  • Desmond calls Charlie a "good man."

You're A Good Man, Charlie Hieronymus
As has been seen before, but was prominently displayed on Charlie's cardboard sign this week, Charlie's middle name is Hieronymus. The most famous person with this name is artist Hieronymus Bosch, who painted famous triptychs about Earth, Heaven and Hell. According to Wikipedia:

Among his most famous is The Garden of Earthly Delights. This triptych depicts paradise with Adam and Eve and many wondrous animals on the left panel, the earthly delights with numerous nude figures and tremendous fruit and birds on the middle panel, and hell with depictions of fantastic punishments of the various types of sinners on the right panel. When the exterior panels are closed the viewer can see, painted in grisaille, God creating the earth.

Who's That Lady?
The jewelry lady? I have no idea. She can clearly time travel, just like Desmond can, or at least she has knowledge of everything that will happen and she knows that trying to stop it is futile, as "the universe has a way of course correcting."

After she spells out for Desmond everything he will do (the boat race, reaching the Island, entering the numbers, turning the key in the Hatch), she says, "And if you don't do those things, Desmond David Hume, every single one of us is dead."

Whidmore Like It
Penny's father is the powerful Mr. Whidmore, and when Desmond asks for Penny's hand in marriage, Whidmore proceeds to make Desmond feel as small as possible. The name Whidmore is all over "Lost" like a bad rash:

  • Whidmore Labs was on Sun's pregnancy test.
  • Whidmore Construction was on a sign or banner in one of Charlie's flashbacks.
  • Whidmore was on "Henry's" (Ben's) balloon.
  • Whidmore may have built the hatches on the Island.
  • When Desmond comes out of the building in this week's episode, it says Whidmore Industries.
  • Whidmore is like the Acme of the "Lost" world.
  • Libby's last name is, er, was Whidmore, though wasn't it her last name by marriage? Her husband had died, and she gave Desmond the boat he sailed around the world in, and which ultimately brought him to the Island.
  • Whidmore seems to have ties to Alvar Hanso himself.
  • In earlier episodes about the boat race, which Mr. Whidmore's company sponsored, there was something to do with the Dharma Initiative on the boat race brochure.

Hume-ongous Namesake

On "Lost," a name is rarely just a name. The jewelry lady says Desmond's full name: Desmond David Hume. David Hume was a great philosopher from the Scottish Enlightenment who was influenced heavily by John Locke. Particularly interesting are Hume's philosophies on cause and effect. From Wikipedia:

Hume coined the term 'constant conjunction.' That is, when we see that one event always 'causes' another, what we are really seeing is that one event has always been 'constantly conjoined' to the other. The reason we do believe in cause and effect is not because cause and effect are the actual way of nature; we believe because of the psychological habits of human nature (Popkin & Stroll, 1993: 272).

There is a lot more about Hume's philosophy, much of which can easily be applied to Desmond and the show itself. (See: The Bundle Theory of Self.) Then again, if you read far enough into anything, it can be applied to this show.

What do you think about this week's episode?

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