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Lost Episode 5: "The Constant"

Posted By Entertainment on Feb 29, 2008 at 9:29AM

Wow. This is one of them freaky mess-with-your-head Lost episodes, and I think it's one of the most riveting episodes I've ever seen. They're again playing with the space-time stuff, nearly to the point of causing vertigo. And I like it.

Anyone else cry a little at the end? Um, maybe more than a little? Please — tell me I'm not a total sap.

Also, we got an Iron Man trailer! That was awesome.

For a detailed recap of the happenings in this week's Lost, check out SweetPeasMom's post. For my thoughts and to share your own — spoilers ahead! —


  • Oooh, Juliet is all sarcastic with the archaeologist lady. "Maybe if you speak real slow, we'll understand what you're saying." Sassy.
  • I am loving this Desmond-and-Sayid duo. I'd like Desmond to see more of that in my future.
  • They do really well to disorient us along with Desmond. These quick cuts between Desmond's experiences — apparently called flashtimes, rather than flashbacks or flash-forwards — are totally dizzying.
  • The guy in the bed, Minkowski, is so creepy. "It's happening to you, too, isn't it?!" "I was just on a Ferris wheel." Gah! This episode struck me as being similar to older spooky shows, like The Twilight Zone. It's not just mysterious at this point — it's really scary.
  • However, sometimes this time travel stuff squishes my brains.
  • I'm starting to like the eccentric Daniel Faraday. His 1996 self had a pretty hairdo. And now we know that his faltering memory might be due due to prolonged exposure to radiation.
  • Minkowski says they regularly got calls from Penny that they were under strict orders not to take. Why?
  • So, Mr. Widmore had the highest bid on the log from the ship on the island, the Black Rock (which, among other things stored dynamite, and was also the place where all the Sawyer-Locke-Locke's dad stuff went down). The ship's log was kept secret by, apparently, the Hanso family, and now (er, in 1996 anyway) it's in Mr. Widmore's possession.
  • Desmond and Mr. Widmore in the bathroom together is kind of funny, but that dude is harsh: "It's not me who hates you." Ouch.
  • There are a lot of cool theories and questions posited on Lostpedia regarding this episode, with my favorite being all the connections drawn between the episode and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.
  • Sayid is so totally desensitized: When that Minkowski guy drops Sayid barely raises an eyebrow.
  • Aww . . . Penny is Desmond's constant! "I love you, Penny. I've always loved you."Aaaaand crying. Turning to sobs. Okay, end the episode already!
  • I sort of wish they'd had this "constant" term back around Valentine's Day when I was sending around those Lost-themed e-cards. "You're my constant!"
  • Dan's notebook: "If anything happens, Desmond Hume will be my constant." Love it.

What did you think of this week's Lost? Who would be your constant?

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Lost Rundown Episode 4: "Eggtown"

Posted By Entertainment on Feb 22, 2008 at 9:41AM

First and foremost, Phasekitty totally called the twist at the end of this episode in one of her comments last week. Nicely done, Phasekitty. Nicely done.

As a general rule, I think I've had enough of Kate's stories, of which we've now had nine. Last week's episode was so gripping with Sayid's flash forwards, and I found myself not caring too much about Kate's stuff. Well, except for the parts that involved a shirtless Sawyer. Know what I think Sawyer's nickname for Sawyer would be? "Dimples." Anyway, otherwise, it was a fairly interesting episode.

For an awesomely thorough recap of the goings-on in this week's episode of Lost, check out SweetPeasMom's post. To check out my thoughts on the show and to share your own in the comments,


  • Last things first: Aaron is the son that Kate has been referring to, ever since last season's finale when she told Jack in a flash-forward that she has to go because "he'll be wondering where I am." So does this mean that the Oceanic 6 consists of Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Aaron, and one more person? Or does Aaron not count as one of the six?
  • Last week Sawyer said to Kate, "Nothing awaits you back there but handcuffs," and sure enough, they cuff Kate soon after she enters the courtroom.
  • Locke: "If I was a dictator I would just shoot you and go about my day." Wow, way harsh. And that whole grenade-in-the-mouth bit was hardcore, too. Locke's losing it. He also claims to now be "responsible for the well-being of this island."
  • Awww, Hurley: "You just totally Scooby Dooed me, didn't ya?"
  • I gotta say I'm growing tired of the Kate-Jack-Sawyer love triangle. Of course Jack is going to say on the stand that he doesn't love her. That part is lame. And the whole piece with Kate and Sawyer in bed, quibbling about babies and Jack is just boring. Only thing we needed to know there is that Kate's not actually pregnant — or, at least that's what she says.
  • Man, I love Sawyer's goofy-looking reading glasses.
  • Also: I think it's funny that there's Dharma Initiative boxed wine.
  • Anyone else shiver a little when Sawyer said, "So just be woman enough to tell me you want to use me for somethin'"?
  • Little tidbit from Lostpedia about Xanadu, the movie Hurley puts on the TV at the place he shares with Sawyer: "While it is a clear reference to the cult movie of 1980, in which the main character crosses over into another dimension to be with his muse, it also refers to a famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, about a famous paradise built by Kubla Khan."
  • $3.2 million seems like such a random number to toss out there. But we know nothing in this show is random.
  • What's going on with that helicopter Sayid took with the helicopter guy? Still haven't landed in a day.
  • Now we know that Dan's memory is faulty, and his remembering two out of three cards is considered progress.
  • I'm curious to find out who this nanny woman is who greets Kate with such a warm welcome. Hmm?

Thoughts? Opinions? Theories? Discuss!

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"Lost" Episode 22: "Through The Looking Glass"

Posted By Entertainment on May 24, 2007 at 12:10PM

If there's one thing that's consistent about "Lost", it's the ability to deliver spectacular season finales. Last night's episode was no exception to this trend, delivering 2 hours of intense action that will for sure have fans scratching their heads and scrambling to decipher until the fourth season kicks off in January.

For a full recap on all you missed (which is A LOT), check out WhiplashGirlchild's recap in the LOST fans group.
To hear my spoiler-centered thoughts, just

  • Let's start at the end - I don't even know how to pick apart the whole "flashback to the future" thing. I'm assuming that this is what Ben predicted would happen: Jack wants so badly to get off the island, but has nothing but the hospital to keep him going. It's pretty heartbreaking to watch the downfall of our beloved hero and leader, although Jack has been slowly falling apart since the first season. Also, that scraggly beard is not working for him at all.
  • Jack mentions his father more than once in his flash forwards, and while we don't see him, he definitely makes it seem like his father is still alive.
  • Here's another thought I had about the flash forwards: Since Locke seems to be having visions of some sort (i.e. Walt), perhaps he is seeing what would happen to Jack if he got off the island (not unlike the "Heroes" episode "String Theory"), and that's why he said to Jack, "You're not supposed to do this," meaning, he shouldn't get rescued. Just a thought.
  • I also wonder if, according to this flash forward, Jack never finds out that Claire is his sister. You'd think that if they knew, she could give him a little moral support.
  • I'm betting that nobody showed up for Ben's funeral and that Kate is with Sawyer now. Then again, there really could be a number of different inputs to this mysterious combination.
  • So Naomi turned out to be working for the wrong team - I totally called this! Just saying.
  • I know Charlie had to die, and I saw it coming, but I still found it to be pretty heart wrenching. I'm just glad he got to be a hero and went down in a blaze of glory.
  • I'm still not sure what to make of the visions of Walt. Especially now that Walt has gone through puberty in the off season.
  • Jack and Juliet share one of the worst kisses in TV history, not to mention it made almost no sense. And then he nonchalantly tells Kate he loves her? Since when is Jack so carefree with his emotions?
  • So is Mikhail undead or what? This is the second time he's been killed, only to come back virtually unscathed.
  • Gotta love the little snippet of pregnancy scare they throw in there for Kate and Sawyer, just to keep it soap opera-y.
  • As much as Juliet makes my skin crawl, I have to admit that her banter with Sawyer is pretty entertaining.
  • Now that so many of the Others are dead, what are the Losties going to do with the rest of them?
  • It's interesting that there were 2 scenes of almost attempted suicide in this episode, and they mirror each other. Jack finally gets off the island, doesn't know what to do with himself, considers suicide. Locke loves living on the island, but in desperate moment, doesn't know what to do with himself and considers suicide.
  • Jack's "man of science" versus Locke's "man of faith" is showcased throughout this entire episode. The interesting thing is that Ben seems to be somewhere in the middle of these two.
  • I feel the need to give Hurley a huge shout out for proving himself and saving the day, even if it was quickly overshadowed by Sayid channeling the spirit of Jack Bauer and breaking some guy's neck using only his legs.
  • At the end of the day, Ben just wants to protect the island. He and Locke have a lot more in common than they think; I'm wondering if they are going to team up against the Losties in coming seasons.

A couple of interesting tidbits from Lostpedia:

  • The first sentence of the article Jack carries around in the flash-forward seems to read, "The body of Jo.. [unreadable] ..antham of New York was.. [unreadable] ..[shor]tly after 4 a.m. in the.. [unreadable] of Grand Avenue. Ted.. [unreadable] ..man at The Tower.. [unreadable] ..loud.. [unreadable].. loft. Co.. [unreadable] ..entered the.. [unreadable] ..a beam in the.. [unreadable].."

  • The name of the funeral parlor Jack goes to, "Hoffs/Drawlar," is an anagram for "flash forward."
  • Even though the episode ended with a moment of tainted happiness and false hope for the Losties, I feel incredibly satisfied with this finale. The hardest part will be waiting 8 months to finally get some answers!

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"Lost" Episode 21: "Greatest Hits"

Posted By Entertainment on May 17, 2007 at 11:51AM

This week's episode of "Lost", which is centered on Charlie facing his imminent death while another showdown between the Losties and the Others approaches, is high on the sap factor and low in action. That being said, it's still a great lead-in to the finale, and it managed to hit home a bit with the softy inside me.

For a full episode of recap, check out WhiplashGirlchild's recap in the LOST fans group. For more of my thoughts (spoiler warning!) just

  • Whenever we start off with an running-through-the-jungle action sequence, you know a good episode is probably in the works.
  • "Why does everything have to be such a secret? How about some openness for a change?"- Thanks Charlie, I couldn't possibly agree more.
  • Even though Rousseau has cooperated with the Losties in the past, it usually took some convincing. I'm wondering why she's suddenly so willing to go along with with their latest plan of attack on the Others. Maybe it's because some of the Losties have helped Alex and Carl?
  • I might be one of the few people who actually really enjoys Charlie.
  • Something about the way Naomi has been blended into the island dynamic doesn't seem right. Shouldn't they be pumping her for more information of the outside world?
  • I'm intrigued by "The Looking Glass" which is a pretty obvious reference to "Alice In Wonderland." I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of revelation in next week's episode.
  • Charlie's flashbacks weren't particularly revealing, but I have to admit that they made me feel kinda warm and fuzzy inside. As did his moments with Claire - they may not be the most interesting couple, but they're a lot less whiny than Jake and Kate, that's for sure.
  • So Rose and Bernard are back and Bernard is already an important part of the latest plan. Personally, I thought they were somewhat interesting last season but now I'm alright with them being MIA.
  • So Jack says he's been the leader for the past 90 days, but Naomi said that Charlie has become this revered rock star and that DriveShaft's greatest hits CD has become huge. In 3 months? This seems like either a very subtle hint at the possibility of time being slower on the island, or a mistake of the writers.
  • Is it just me, or does it seem like sometimes Jin understands perfect English, and at other times, nothing?
  • The whole DS ring thing was pretty cheesy, but again, the girlie girl inside of me kinda loved it. However, the geek inside me couldn't help but to think about the "The Lord of The Rings."
  • Charlie randomly saves Sayid's girlfriend, Nadia, in London. Gotta love the tangled web of connections between all the characters.
  • I'm glad Sayid stood up to Jack. It's about time someone put him in his place.
  • The Losties have endless amounts of time to kill on the island, but they never once tried to follow that cable to the middle of the ocean?
  • Knocking Desmond out was very heroic of Charlie, if not incredibly dumb. Pretty sure he's going to regret that decision next week.
  • I think I held my breath almost as long as Charlie did, but I was happy to see him survive, even though there was a gun pointed in his face at the end of the episode. Needless to say, I'm on the edge of my seat for the season finale next week.

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"Lost" Episode 20: "The Man Behind The Curtain"

Posted By Entertainment on May 10, 2007 at 11:00AM

This week's "Lost" was the episode many of us have been waiting for: the long anticipated back story of Henry Gale/Ben. It was sometimes slow and often infuriating, but an incredibly revealing episode, to say the least. It also needs to be said that it ranked high on the "Lost" scale of moments that made me say "WTF?!"

If you missed the episode, you definitely want to check out WhiplashGirlchild's recap in the LOST fans group. To read more of my thoughts (which are chock full of spoilers, so look out!), just

  • Was I the only person who half expected Emily to give birth to some weird alien spawn in the opening scene? Maybe it was just the eerie music playing, or maybe I just secretly wanted island babies to be superhuman.
  • I was kind of surprised and disappointed that Ben was born in Oregon. I don't know why, considering he's almost never been an honest kinda guy.
  • The palpable shift in power between Ben and Locke is awesome. I love that the Others are all about Locke now, and it gives me hope that maybe the Losties and Others can all get along someday after all. Although that probably wouldn't make for great television.
  • "The Man Behind The Curtain" is Ben. Hey, does anyone else remember who the man behind the curtain was in the Wizard of Oz? He was a total phony, and kind of a wuss. Sometimes I wonder why Locke just doesn't kick his ass, like he did Charlie. And his father. And Mikhail.
  • "Namaste" is how the Dharma people greet each other. Wonder if they have any other cool catch phrases.
  • Horace mentions the "island's abundant, diverse...wildlife." Well, that's one way to gloss over "smoke monster and polar bears."
  • Young Ben is all about little Annie, and clearly he's still affected by her in real time. However, we never find out what became of her, or whether or not she was gassed like the rest of the members of the Dharma Initiative. Something tells me we may find out.
  • So Mikhail survived because the fence wasn't turned up to the highest voltage. Lame! Why would the fence ever be on lower voltage? Also, didn't he claim that he survived because the island provides special healing powers? (By the way, tell that to Boone!)
  • Alex is such a badass. I can't wait until we learn more about her and how she came to be Ben's "daughter."
  • Trying to sort out the "who's who" of the Dharma Initiative hurts my brain. So Ben goes to school, lives in the community — but is his part of the island in cahoots with experimental guys like Kelvin, Desmond's hatch buddy?
  • Ben sees his dead mother, like Jack saw his dead father, and Shannon saw Walt. I've tried to make connections between these three incidents, but Walt really throws me off the track by being alive and all.
  • So Ben's dad is an alcoholic and blames Ben for his mother's death. Ergo, Ben has serious daddy issues. I ask you, who doesn't?
  • Juliet changes sides more times than anyone I've ever seen. I'm so over her. I hope she gets to leave the island, or someone kills her. Whatever happens faster.
  • So Richard was once a "hostile/native" but he looks like a hippie. He doesn't seem to have really aged from Ben's flashback to real time, unless the "Lost" producers expect us to believe that a haircut ages a guy a good 30 odd years.
  • Did Richard and the hostiles coerce Ben into killing his father and the rest of the Dharma people or was it the other way around?
  • The whole Jacob extravaganza was really irritating. I didn't find it creepy, intense or mind-blowing. I was just really irritated. Also, I think it would've been awesome if the writers had just made Henry Gale insane.
  • So Ben kills his father, takes over and becomes leader of the others, can talk to what may or may not be an imaginary friend. Locke kills his father (kinda), starts gaining respect of the Others, can talk to Jacob too... this doesn't bode well for Ben, which is why he went and shot Locke. However, I don't believe for a second that Locke is a goner.
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"Lost" Recap: Episode 19, "The Brig"

Posted By Entertainment on May 3, 2007 at 1:11PM

Last night's "Lost" was the episode I have been eagerly anticipating for almost a month now, and it was definitely worth the wait. Locke took us on a roller coaster ride of intensity and revelation, while keeping us guessing from start to finish.

To read about all the major happenings of the episode, check out WhiplashGirlchild's recap in the LOST fans group. To read more of my insights about one of the best episodes of the season, just

  • Let's start off with a major theme that's been prominent lately on "Lost" — I have NO idea who is good and who is evil anymore. It seems like everyone has secrets and everyone is out for themselves entirely at this point.
  • Locke is growing to be more and more like Henry Gale with each episode. They both oscillate between trying to keep their cool, eerie exterior and exposing their inner anguish. There's a yin and yang type situation between them (e.g. at the beginning of the episode Henry is in the wheelchair). It's hard to tell who is manipulating whom, and I love how they expose weakness in each other.
  • I'm not believing any of this hell/purgatory stuff. It sounds like a theory the Others want to plant into the minds of the Losties, and I'm wondering if the Others got to Naomi and brainwashed or bribed her before the Losties found her. This would explain why Desmond never saw the actual helicopter she fell from.
  • Why would the Others leave their cozy little community to camp out in tents?
  • I love that Henry tells Locke that the Others need a gesture of "free will," and then promptly demands that Locke kill his father.
  • It makes no sense that Locke's father would egg both Locke and Sawyer on. In Locke's flashbacks, we always see his father begging for Locke's help whenever he needs it. This makes me even more sure that the Others are pulling all the strings, and are behind the purgatory theory.
  • I don't believe a single word Naomi said. I think she's entirely full of crap and not to be trusted.
  • I'd like to know how Locke managed to get his father into the Black Rock, what with his father's razor sharp teeth and all.
  • What is the deal with Rousseau? She used to be super suspicious and paranoid, and now she just strolls into the Black Rock, gets some dynamite, and heads out? What is she going to blow up? I really hope we get some more information about her character before this season is over.
  • Sayid's nails are really long and gross. This has no real bearing on my thoughts of the episode, but since the island seems to have plenty of razors, scissors and other grooming supplies, you'd think he could work on that.
  • I find it interesting that the Others think Locke is "extremely special," and that Richard the doctor wants to spend more time with him. Didn't they also say the same thing about Walt, and then let him leave the island entirely?
  • I really like Kate, but she always fails to use common sense. The scene where she runs and tells Jack that nobody trusts him was a cringe-worthy, desperate attempt to get him to like her again. Also, I hate Juliet. I know that all those manipulative side glances at Jack are designed to make the audience hate her, but it absolutely works on me.
  • When all is said and done, the last few minutes of the episode, paired with the trailers for the rest of the season, gave me the chills and made really excited to check out the rest of the season, which is all I can ask for from a show like "Lost."

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"Lost" Episode 17: "Catch 22"

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 19, 2007 at 11:16AM

This week's "Lost" had all of my favorite attributes of a great episode. We got some insightful Desmond flashbacks, a few love-triangle-turned-love-square scenes, and — best of all — the cliffhanger that left us counting the minutes until next week's episode.

If you missed the episode (or just want to re-visit it), check out WhiplashGirlchild's post in the LOST Fans group. For more of my musings — spoiler warning —

  • This is the second episode in a month where someone is dead before the opening credits are shown. Call me crazy, but I really like that the writers are willing to kill off anyone at the drop of a hat. Even though Charlie ends up pulling through, it keeps things interesting.
  • Major episode themes: sacrifice and faith. Desmond has to learn the value of sacrifice in the monastery when he gives the vow of silence. He also sacrificed his marriage to become a monk and obviously wrestles with the idea of sacrificing Charlie for Penny. It's interesting that Desmond references the story of Isaac and Abraham in terms of sacrifice. Was Desmond's vision a test of his faith in Penny? In the end, he does the right thing by saving Charlie and isn't punished for it.
  • It may not have been a big revelation, but I'm glad we finally know where Desmond got that whole "brother" thing from.
  • Sawyer's one-liners about mix tapes and afternoon delight were great. I especially loved the reference to Bernard considering we've heard nothing about him or Rose since last season.
  • Catch-22 theme: If Desmond lets Charlie die, he loses. If he misses Penny, he loses.
  • Funniest moments: Jin's ghost story and when Sawyer asked if Jack and Juliet were arguing over who was their favorite Other.
  • I'm still amazed at the fact that there are so many places in the jungle that the Losties haven't explored yet. Seriously, what do they do all day?
  • The photograph in the abbey of Brother Campbell also has Mrs. Hawking, the lady who originally told Desmond that he can't control the future. Wonder if that means something or is just a fun little connection?
  • I have so many questions about the woman who fell out of the helicopter (?) I don't even know where to begin. Can't wait to find out more about this one.
  • Major episode theme: fate. Desmond is constantly struggling to figure out what to do next, but the next step always seems to find him, and everything works out for a reason (e.g. He gets fired from being a monk, which he thought was his calling, but it leads him to Penny). This is, of course, also a huge theme of the show in general, but it seems to take a particular toll on Desmond because of his visions.

From Lostpedia:

  • "Moriah Vineyards" is an anagram of both "harmed visionary" and "diversionary ham."
  • The copy of Catch-22 found in the jungle was titled in Portuguese (Ardil-22), the same language the men were speaking in the listening station at the end of the season 2 finale, "Live Together, Die Alone". The word "ardil" literally translates into American English as a trick or a scheme.

The events of this week's episode definitely give the rest of the season some serious potential to be spectacular. I'm hoping that this mysterious parachute women, Charlie's fate, Locke's dad (dying to know about this one), and Juliet's evil plan will all fit together nicely like the "jigsaw puzzle" pieces of Desmond's flashbacks. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the "Lost" writers don't let me down on this one.

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"Lost" Episode 16: "One of Us"

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 12, 2007 at 11:10AM

In an episode that alternated between revealing and exasperating, this week's "Lost" gaveth some answers and promptly tooketh some away. We were led to believe that Juliet was simply a sweet girl who somehow got herself into a steaming hot mess and is now just all mixed up. But of course, in the "Lost" way, that isn't exactly the case.

For a detailed recap of the episode, check out WhiplashGirlchild's post in the LOST Fans group. For more of my musings — spoiler warning —

  • For someone whose arm was dislocated rather recently, Juliet seems to be doing fine now. That kind of inconsistency in this show annoys me, though it will probably later be chalked up to the island's "healing powers" or something.
  • Thank goodness they finally addressed why Jack is suddenly all big brotherly protective over Juliet. When he said she was under his protection, I was like, "What?!" My best guess was that he'd gone all Stockholm syndrome on us. But no, it's because he senses that she wants to get off the island, too. Not that that makes her worthy of protection, but whatever.
  • Perhaps it's a regional thing, but I got a kick out of the fact that a KY Jelly commercial aired immediately before the scene when baby Aaron is screaming and Claire is sleeping through it. Ah, the joys of sex.
  • Because a name cannot go unanalyzed, I struggled with Herarat Aviation for a while, but only came up with Herarat being an anagram for "hate arr," like maybe they're all really pirates? In seriousness, though, Lostpedia has some thoughts on the matter, including "Herarat is a heteronym of 'her a rat,' signifying that Juliet was indeed working with the Others and not left behind as she claimed." Or: "Herarat is an anagram for Earhart, Amelia Earhart was a famous pilot who disappeared under mysterious circumstances over the Pacific." Personally, I think her a rat.
  • We get another curious mention of Jacob, who the writers of "Lost" have said is the "him" that Others reference sometimes. He seems to be like the Others' leader, or even their God figure. There have been several allusions to Jacob in the series, and in this week's episode, Ben says to Juliet, "Jacob said he would take care of it himself. Unless, of course, you don’t believe in him." That last part was spat out as though challenging Juliet to doubt Jacob.
  • Juliet and Goodwin were doing it. A thought: Maybe Juliet's evil actions toward the Losties are because Ana Lucia killed Goodwin.
  • Questions: If women can't give birth on the island, how is it that Rousseau had Alex? And how did Ben come to be born on the island?

  • Just by asking Mikahail to obtain as much information about the people on the plane as possible, the Others got big, fat files on each of them — how? Juliet even knew that Sawyer killed Frank Duckett the day before he got on Oceanic 815.
  • Lostpedia has two more pieces of interesting information:

    • The episode is titled "One of Us": "The title of the episode, spoken by Jack to Juliet, echoes the famous line chanted by the circus freaks to Cleopatra upon the occasion of her marriage to the midget Hans in Tod Browning's classic 1932 film Freaks. In that film, the circus freaks chant the line to Cleopatra as a sign of acceptance, while unknown to them she actually only married Hans for his money and secretly finds the freaks repulsive. Ultimately, after her deception is discovered, she is attacked by the circus freaks and left deformed, at which point she truly is one of them."
    • Apparently, when Juliet ties the knot at the end of the episode, it makes the number 8. Photo courtesy of Lostpedia:

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"Lost" Episode 15: "Left Behind"

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 5, 2007 at 12:13PM

This week's episode of "Lost" was a bit of a snooze fest, if you ask me. I tried to be patient, assuming there would be some answers — to anything — by the end of it, but no cigar. Plus, the flashbacks were of Kate, and she is so not my favorite character. Still, there was a nice little sentimental theme of betraying the people you love (Kate's mother betrayed her, Sawyer betrayed Cassidy, Kate betrayed Jack), and the great con man Sawyer got a taste of his own medicine — by Hurley, no less!

If you would like a really excellent and thorough recap, check out WhiplashGirlchild's awesome post in the LOST Fans group. As for my musings, you'll have to

  • Okay, seriously, the girl-on-girl wet t-shirt smackdown was a bit much, especially Kate's WWF-style "Are you done yet?!" Later, the two ladies fall in a giant mud puddle! So. Very. Gratuitous. Then again, last week's episode featured a nice shirtless Sawyer scene, so at least they're making these extraneous scenes a little more equal opportunity. And I have to say that that first flip that Juliet pulled on Kate was pretty cool.
  • There was a lot more of the good person vs. bad person stuff, which this season has been focusing on a lot:
    —Locke says he told the Others that Kate was a "good person."
    —Kate says she killed her stepfather because he was "a bad guy."
    —Cassidy says that her man (Sawyer) was "a bad guy," and then says to Kate "One of us deserves something good."
  • In the tongue-in-cheek moment of the night, Kate says to Juliet, "Welcome to the wonderful world of not knowing what the hell is going on." Ha ha... exactly, Kate. Exactly.
  • Hurley tricks Sawyer into thinking that he's going to be banished by the Losties, a move that seems to be a reference to being "voted off" the island, a la "Survivor." When he learns the truth, Sawyer gives my favorite line of the night: "You tricked me into being decent?! That's gotta be the lamest con in the history of cons!"
  • Of course now that Sawyer is apparently their leader, it sets up all sorts of alpha male conflicts for when Jack returns.
  • The scene when the monster is apparently approaching Kate and Juliet was, I think, supposed to be suspenseful but was instead really boring. I just want to know why Smokey flashes light at the them.
  • It says "Cowboy Up" on Kate's hat, which made me laugh thinking of when Sawyer punched a crying Carl on the arm in Episode 9 and told him to "cowboy up!" I mean, who says "cowboy up"?

Lostpedia helped me with some of these other interesting points:

  • The song "Walking After Midnight" by Patsy Cline was featured in the episode and several others.
  • Claire is reading a book called Rick Romer's Guide to Astrology and Romer is a set decorator for the show.
  • The episode title "Left Behind" is also the title of a book series about the rapture, which some Christians believe will occur when God takes the Christians into heaven and leaves everyone else behind. Locke mentions that the Others know Kate was a criminal (a "bad person," perhaps) and that they don't forgive easily, making me wonder why the Others have this power to judge everyone? Then, when Kate, Jack, Locke, Sayid, and Juliet are in the village after the other Others have gone, it's as though the Others were taken in the rapture.
  • Kate says she chose the fake name Lucy because of Saint Lucy, whose feast day is December 13. According to Lostpedia, the events of this week's episode take place on December 13, and thanks to Desmond and Sawyer's boar-hunting, the Losties enjoy a feast on this day.
  • Juliet's arm has been dislocated four times? Yeesh.

I want to know about Locke and his dad! Seriously. It's like Locke has been converted or something, and he seems to have changed his mind about Kate being a "good person" after learning from the Others what she did. What's up with that?

What did you think of this week's episode?

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"Lost" Episode 14: "Exposé"

Posted By Celebrity on Mar 29, 2007 at 11:38AM

Last week it was Locke, and this week, "Lost" turned our attention to Nikki and Paulo. Though I cannot begin to express my frustration at the complete disregard for last week's nuances, I have to admit that I found this episode to be intriguing, even if it didn't answer nearly as many question as it raised. Then again, that does seem to be trademark of "Lost" these days. Here are my thoughts.

In the first five minutes, we learn through flashbacks that Nikki was an actress in Sydney, guest-starring on a cheesy "Charlie's Angels"-type TV series called "Exposé." She's also dating the producer, who (ahem) appears way too old for her. For the non-flashback Nikki details (spoilers ahead, of course)

Back on the beach, Sawyer and Hurley's ping pong game is interrupted when Nikki comes running out of the jungle and falls to the ground. She tries to say something, and then appears to drop dead with her eyes wide open.

Sawyer and Hurley try to decipher her last words, which sound like "power line" or "Paulo lies." They set off to find Paulo, who also appears to have dropped dead (in the exact same fashion as Nikki, naturally) in the middle of the jungle after a bizarre struggle. Jin suspects the monster.

The episode unravels in "real time" as the Losties attempt to figure out the bizarre deaths, but also in flashback time, which begins days before the crash and quickly catches up to "real time."

Who Are Nikki & Paulo?
We learn that days before the plane crash, Nikki and Paulo poisoned the wealthy Australian producer and conned him out of $8 million in diamonds. They seem to love each other, but their relationship is severely compromised by the stress from all that criminal activity. When the plane crashes, they lose track of their luggage, which only puts further strain on their relationship.

We see many flashbacks from the first days on the island — interactions between Nikki and Paulo with Locke, Jack, Kate, etc., are revealed for seemingly no reason other than to prove that they've been there all along. Boone and Shannon also make appearances, which I enjoyed but found mostly unnecessary.

Nikki is very concerned about their lost diamonds, even more so than she is about the mysterious "monster" that Paulo claims to have seen in the jungle. She makes friends with Arzt (the teacher who accidentally blew himself up with TNT), who gives her a map that leads Nikki and Paulo to the plane that eventually killed Boone, and they stumble upon the Pearl hatch. Nikki is too consumed with her obsession with the diamonds to care about either of these things. (Um, what?) Paulo finds the diamonds, but doesn't tell Nikki.

Later, Paulo heads into the Pearl hatch and hides the diamonds in a toilet. He also overhears Ben and Juliet discussing how they will manipulate Jack into performing surgery on Ben. Paulo doesn't seem to care about any of this, which just adds to my "Seriously, Paulo?" list. At least he has the common sense to steal the walkie talkie that Juliet and Ben leave behind.

Paulo returns to the hatch at a later date and flushes the evidence. Back on the beach, he tells Nikki that he's glad they couldn't find the diamonds because the money won't come between them. When he gets up, he leaves behind a pack of nicotine gum, which had been in his luggage with the diamonds.

Nikki is infuriated and lets loose a medusa spider. While telling Paulo that he will be paralyzed for 8 hours, she finds the diamonds in his pants. In a moment of weakness (and sheer stupidity), Nikki forgets about the spiders and gets bitten. She runs to the jungle, where she mumbles "paralyzed" to Hurley and Sawyer, who cannot understand her.

Back In "Real Time"

  • Charlie confesses to Sun that he is responsible for her kidnapping and that Sawyer put him up to it. Sun confronts Sawyer and promises to keep his secret from Jin, but still gives him a nice smack in the face.
  • The Losties assume that Paulo and/or Nikki were in cahoots with the Others, because they find the walkie talkie on Paulo. While this is a rational assessment, their detective skills totally suck. Where is Sayid when you need him?
  • Unable to figure out that Nikki and Paulo are only paralyzed, the Losties perform a funeral service and bury them. They scatter the diamonds over the bodies before piling enough dirt to suffocate them when they finally awake from their comas. Ouch. I have to say — assuming Nikki & Paulo don't make a miraculous escape - the Losties are a little too good at accidentally killing each other.

For another fun recap by "Lost" junkie Whiplashgirlchild, click here.

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