Saturday, February 6, 2010
Lost 6x01 and 6x02: LA X
There are differences, however, from the way things played out originally in the pilot, differences brought
Smokey, the surviving Losties taken to the Others' temple, and Sayid seemingly reborn. While this episode wasn't a specific character-centric episode, Hurley definitely came into his own, determinedly acting on Jacob's instructions. In the wake of Sawyer and Jack's relative devastation over Juliet's death and the seeming failure of Jughead, Hurley stepped up, becoming the de facto leader of the Losties and their liaison to the Temple Others. There's definitely an ominous feeling hanging over this portion of the episode, with the Others losing Jacob's protection and preparing the temple for Smokey's attack, with Richard so easily knocked out and casually slung over Flocke's shoulder, with Locke's body lying on the sand, his last thoughts a depressing testament to his sad life, with even the usually unflappable and scheming Ben seemingly shocked into submission by the turn of events. It's a "it iss always darkest before dawn" feeling, and it will be exciting to see just how dark it gets, and what, if anything, ultimately brings about the dawn, in Lost's remaining seventeen hours.
Stuff Worth Mentioning
The CG in the underwater zoom to the island was pretty crude, but I loved the shark with the Dharma logo on it (another callback to the earlier seasons).
It seems the circle of ash around Jacob's cabin was meant to protect him, keeping Smokey out (a natural sonic fence, if you will). Or to keep someone else safe from Smokey (it remains unclear who was in the cabin when Locke and Ben visited it in season three).
Speaking of which, it was pretty cool when, after Bram protected himself in the circle of ash, Smokey just attacked the room around him and forced him out of the circle.
While much of the islands' ruins are Egyptian in nature, the temple seems very Asian, from the large bell to the fireworks, right down to the cups offered to the Losties.
Jin and Sun are closer than ever, now both in the same time and place.
Sayid's delivery into the healing pool was very Christ-like, and the entire process seemed very baptismal. Sayid has now seemingly undergone the same healing process that he caused young Ben to undergo when he shot him in '77.
That healing pool seems to suggest that some of the island's healing abilities is related to its water table as much as its unique energy.
Ben: "You're the Monster". Flocke: "Let's not resort to name calling."
More deviations from the original plane ride as seen in the Pilot: The dialogue between Jack and Rose is slightly different; Charlie's hair and appearance are different; Desmond's seemingly there, of course; Ana Lucia, Libby and Eko, are nowhere to be found, as far as we can tell; Jin and Sun don't seem to be married (I didn't see any rings, and the security guard called Sun "Miss Paik" as opposed to "Mrs. Kwon").
On the plane, Desmond was reading "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" by Salman Rushdie, while the corpse of Montand beneath the temple wall had a Kierkegaard book, yet another famous philosopher name-dropped on Lost.
The kids that brought the food and drink for the Losties at the temple were Zac and Emma, the kids the Others kidnapped from the Tailies in season two.
I'm appalled that in all these years, I never before saw the connection that exists between Locke (whose spine is broken) and Jack (the spinal surgeon with a penchant for miraculous surgeries).
What happened after Jughead exploded? Reality fractured, creating one world in which the island was destroyed and Jack and company safely flew on from Sydney to LAX on Oceanic 815 while sending the Losties back to the 2007 of the world they knew, in which the Incident and everything else occurred as they remembered (presumably).
Is the Man in Black Smokey? Yes.
Who are the Shadow Seekers? Jacob's bodyguards
What's in Hurley's guitar case? An Ankh envelope containing a message from Jacob.
How does Juliet know it worked?
What's the point of the flashsideways? Afterall, the flashbacks and forwards revealed character and plot information to us, but the flashforwards can't, really, do that. I suppose they might help develop character by showing how certain characters behave in different circumstances, but I hope (and presume) there's a bit more to them than that. I love the idea and the execution, thus far. I just hope the flashsideways reality ends up impacting the "main" narrative somehow, even if just to the same extent as the flashbacks and forwards did, so as not to seem just like glorified filler, or a narrative device used simply because the show is known for using abnormal narrative devices.
Why was Desmond on the plane? Why did Jack seem to recognize him (presumably, with Widmore dying on the island, there was no boat race for which to train, thus he and Jack wouldn't have met at the stadium before the flight, as in the original narrative)?
If the Shadow Seekers are Jacob's bodyguards, why weren't they on the island with him? How were they recruited? How did they know how to find the island?
Is the Man in Black we saw Jacob talking with at the beginning of "The Incident" last season Smokey's real/original form, or was that merely the form of another dead person on the island which he took to communicate with Jacob?
Where is Smokey's home? The temple? Somewhere off-island?
Why can't he cross the line of ash?
How does he know Locke's last thoughts? How do his impersonations work?
So the water in the temple is clearly what healed young Ben; what's the significance of it not being clear and it not healing Genghis Otherton's hand, yet it brought Sayid back (eventually). Is Sayid really alive, or is Smokey impersonating him? Is Jacob?
Why does Flocke say he's disappointed in everyone when he emerges from the statue?
What does Smokey mean when he says that Richard is no longer chained? Was Richard a slave on the Black Rock? Or does he simply mean that with Jacob dead, Richard is no longer bound in service to him?
"What Kate Does". The promo was less than helpful, so let's just hope that the adventures of Alternate Kate are more interesting than the majority of her flashbacks.