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Updated: 2018-03-06T02:16:39.631-08:00


"What The...?"


(image) This shirt was spotted on the Cafepress Lost-TV merchandise page. I'm curious, who makes up the logos and such for the LOST products on this site, ABC? I'm just asking, because it's rather funny if I think of it in terms of how I feel about S6. I know about what the glyphs are suppose to mean, and this logo doesn't really fall in line with that and could mean something entirely else from a more negative perspective. I'm not trying to be mean or snarky, I'm just snickering to myself about it.

"Jack Says I'm Not A True Lost Fan?"


(image) Well, the other night I landed on the Jimmy Kimmel show as I perused the TV channels, and Kimmel was interviewing Matt Fox. Of course they brought up the finale, and waxed on about who did and didn't like it, and why. Seeming to grope for the politest way to word it, Fox agreed with Kimmel that the casual viewers were probably the ones who didn't like the way the series ended, and that he felt that the regular viewers got it. He also mentioned something about how possibly the viewers who wanted answers were unsatisfied with 'The End', and then went into the lame squawk that Chris Carter gave us after the X-Files ended so badly, about how life doesn't give answers so neither did the show. Raspberries. I'm tired of hearing that excuse when TV writers seem to pen themselves into inescapable corners with their overly complicated stories, that they don't seem to be able to get out of smoothly. IMO, of course.

So Matt, sorry, but in my case you're talking out of yer butt. I was a hard core Lost fan, watched every episode many times, spent far too much money on Lost merchandise and way too much time writing two Lost blogs, and in no way can I be categorized as a casual viewer. Just the 9000 Lost related bookmarks on my computer alone would bear that out. I'm trying very hard not to get all sad and belligerent about my gut reaction to 'The End', but if I keep hearing comments like this one about fans who didn't feel completely comfortable with the finale, it's not going to be easy. I'm also tired of seeing viewers who are on the fence about the finale being categorized as mere answer-seekers only. So I'd like to make it clear...I would have liked to have seen some aspects of the deeper (and supposedly important) island mysteries get some completion, but even if those parts had been satisfied for me, I still might feel unfulfilled about the way the show ended, jumping across time into heaven. It's not an either/or deal with 'The Answers' here, so let's not categorize it that way. Lost was far too complicated of a story to lump its intelligent and dedicated fans' opinions into such a one-dimensional analysis.


I found the interview, let me know if I'm over-reacting (I'm sure that I am):

"I'm Letting Go Of Season 6"


Homer Simpson once said, "There's no moral to this story, it's just a bunch of stuff that happened!" That generally sums up how I feel about Lost (the TV show, not the entire experience) now that it is all over and done, and I've seen the finale. Unfortunately I have to place myself in the category, deemed by most fans who enjoyed the finale, of those who just don't get it. But that's OK. I'm happy for viewers who agreed with TPTB on how they ended the tale, I wish that I did.Whether I got it or not, Season 6 and the finale just didn't seem to do anything for me, compared to the long strange trip that made up the first five seasons and hiatuses.The FS world didn't grab my interest at all for some reason, and the S6-present sort of felt almost like another show to me. Most of it just looked like people running to, and from, and back to again, MIB as he ran amok zigzagging through the jungle to get his holy revenge on. Revenge is best served cold? Not in his case apparently, and now we know how much 2000 years of hate can make you crazy and ruin the punchline for your resentment, haha. S6 also seemed really rushed to me as we were watching it unfold, but also at the same time felt like time was seriously a-wasting concerning the many interesting aspects that were open-ended at that point. There were so many fascinating details in and about Lost that TPTB wrapped around our minds and hearts. We all know the unanswered questions, I won't go into them here, but the Lost storyline was like a huge octopus that branched off on vast arrays of subjects which spiraled into images in our minds like never ending fractal pictures! This was mostly due to the hiatus material that we got to play with, via the summer ARGs. What a glorious trip, I enjoyed it thoroughly. But now I almost wish that there hadn't been any ARGs and the side-stories of DHARMA, etc., because all that made me take the gory details very seriously and to expect much more than I got (IMHO) for a payoff in the end. Sort of how the pre-movie hype for Cloverfield all led to nothing in the actual movie. I know that the ARGs weren't meant to be a part of the show, but once your eyes and mind have been opened to the mysteries of the universe, there's no going back to stupid. Even though the FS and the Limbo-verse doesn't jive with what I needed from the finale, of course I do understand all the purposeful parallels that TPTB forced, ahem, played on in the last season, and what they all are supposed to mean. Alas I fall into the minority who would have liked to see some closure in the real Universe too, and on the island (which TPTB insisted was a character of the show), not in the Afterlife universe where everything is apparently perfect and shiny and happy as long as Jack is happy. For the record, I didn't really like the end of Return Of The King with the long drawn out sappy scene of the Hobbits leaving with the Elves on the ship to Golden Land either. Man, I'm crabby, aren't I ?! :o) But even in ROTK we got to go back to Hobbiton and see the real life that Sam had made for himself where real things happen to real people. I wanted to see people like Hurley, and yes even Kate, "work out their own salvation" as the apostle Paul put it, in the real world or on the island where their actions really mattered to me. Not in the Razzledazzle universe where amazing miracles happen only after we are tricked into thinking that it was another reality with real events, and the inhabitants finally realize that they're dead (with Des taking over for Jennifer Love Hewitt) and walking into the light. In the end the Limboverse did actually feel like the dreaded "snowglobe ending" to me. I'm really sorry. Damon and Carlton insisted from the beginning of our guessing that purgatory had nothing to do with the show, so I guess that they made up their own kind of cross-over-ville. But did they give us a hint that we missed? The wise man Alvar Hanso, who was partially quoted by Tom in the jungle, was recorded in the TLE-ARG as saying, "The[...]

"Deja Vu All Over The Place - S6.13"


(image) Emilie de Raven should get an Emmy for having the cutest little devil-faced pout on TV. And other than that, I've got very few thoughts or words for this episode and Season 6 in general. Perhaps we're not supposed to, I've seen that other people are somewhat dulled in the senses like I am this time around with Lost so close to the end - flying across these spiraling, bumping, helixed universes, reliving skewed flashbacks when we were starving for some new developments. So I'm not alone I see but I'm not, um, happy for suddenly feeling bereft of any reaction to my favorite current TV series. After writing over 200 excited posts in a few years about this show, you'd think that I could come up with something better than lame jokes now, but it isn't so. Oh well. So here are a couple of the things that I thought were sure to happen, but didn't, in The Last Recruit.



The End. I'm scared, pinch me when I should wake up.

"Ilana Loses To The Curse"


Richard: Do you have the dynamite?Ilana: (Nodding) Four sticks.In the game of Universal Rochambeau (i.e. metaphysical rock, paper, scissors) it looks like the Curse of the Four Sticks (as my friend Wayne Allen Sallee calls it) must trump the will of the island. I didn't catch what Ilana replied to Richard on my initial watch, but the second time around it really stuck out. "Four sticks" is the phrase for any sighting of the numbers "1111", which presents itself in many forms, but usually as 11:11 on a digital clock, message machine, timer, etc. In numerology, repeated numbers like 1111 are considered a sign of synchronicitous portent -- that is, bad luck, good luck, omens, or whatever scares ya. To tell you the truth, when Ilana was yanking that bag of unstable C3H5N3O9 around, I would have been disappointed if she hadn't blown up since we've been programmed to expect it now. And sure enough there she went into the ether! So the disappointment I'm left with is that she did die...without telling us the things that we needed to learn from her. This is getting to be a pattern here, Jacob the man with all the answers dies, Dogen who knew island secrets dies, Ilana who knew Jacob's secrets dies, dangitt everyone who knows the secrets of the island is dying! I wonder what time it was when Ilana was jostling around that dynamite?! Led Zeppelin wrote a song called "Four Sticks", where the story has it that John Bonham used two pairs of drum sticks to record the song. Just another brick in the wall of the legendary curses of Led Zeppelin?Here's a Freaky Factoid about Nitroglycerin for ya: (Wiki)"Infrequent exposure to high doses of nitroglycerin can cause severe headaches known as "NG head". These headaches can be severe enough to incapacitate some people...for workers in nitroglycerin (NTG) manufacturing facilities, this can result in a "Monday morning headache" phenomenon for those who experience regular nitroglycerin exposure in the workplace...over the weekend the workers lose the tolerance to NTG and when they are re-exposed on Monday the prominent vasodilation produces tachycardia, dizziness, and a headache."I think that Lost is giving me NG-Head! Kidding aside, I don't think that TPTB were using the Four Sticks curse on the show, but it is a weird coincidence. And I've run out of steam for analyzing or critiquing the show this week, so weird thoughts like this are all I've got for now.[...]

"And The Emmy Goes To...Nunu!"


It must have been the "Awwww!" heard 'round the world, for Jorge Garcia fans. Now the only question is, does Nunu have her SAG card?

"Random Thoughts on S6.11"


OK, damn the migraine, full speed ahead. Because this episode ran all-stops-out too and blew me away, with my favorite elements in it, i.e. Desmond (and Penneh), Faraday, Mrs. H, and weird science. The Flash Sideways in this ep made more sense to me than any of the other FSs, and makes me a little more accepting of the concept. Desmond's FS scenes (or should we say his old-style mental time tripping?) created some connective tissue between the 815-time and the FS that make us believe that the weaving of the two time-threads has begun, with a little help from Dan the Piano Man. I was surprised to realize that Des had been pulled straight from the hospital scene from last season onto the sub! TPTB still haven't told us yet why you have to be drugged to take the subway ride, and I'm wondering now if they ever will. And it would be nice if there was the opportunity for Widmore to wax poetic about how it feels to be back on the island again, but episodes and time are whizzing by, so no place for that either. TPTB go all out as usual to give us some realistic DI science equipment and apparatus to play science with and it's much appreciated, I love lab gauges, gizmos and heavy equipment. Some events that occurred seemed kind of cheesy, like the typical lab doofus who trips the switch without following the check-list or seeing if everyone else is 'go' on the procedure, which produces the proverbial hapless worker turned into the crispy-critter. But that's not to say that there aren't any dummies like that in a real lab, in my lab someone once actually shook a bottle of nitric acid and glycerin and...well, he almost became Doc Arzt, so it does happen. I also doubt if a rickety shack could withstand the heat that was apparently emitted from a giant red-hot electromagnetic coil like this, and it bothers me a bit on the realism scale that it's not in some kind of insulated chamber but what the heck, let's just pretend that the Professor made the giant coil out of coconuts and get on with the story. We are to believe that Des can take the heat as well in all his specialness, unlike the human roasted marshmallow before him. We get another juicy artistic morsel in Widmore's office, and I do hope that they sell prints of this one too eventually like the others, I would really like to have one. I half expected, if Des took Minkowksi up on his offer, that Kate or one of the other Lost ladies would be an escort babe and I'm glad that didn't happen. There's no more time for skin-games now anyway, let's cut to the meat of the answers and the story. So what was the point of wasting valuable seconds making Minkowski look like a pimpish jerk? To show that Des is far too busy to insert a little down-time into his life as Charlie warned him? I dunno, what do you think? Did you hear it? It really was the shark music. X-D It felt like Charlie's revelations and explanations were a little rushed and too perfect of a fit, or maybe I'm just being too critical. But it seems like it might take a guy like Charlie a while to figure that out, unlike Dan for instance who is a super genius and can think abstractly. Though I suppose that a near-death experience could be impetus enough to enlighten Charlie's shallow bloody rock god conscience.This little piggie....hhheheheh. Wait, did I say no more skin? And press a button to stop the magnetism? Oh really?Will Des and Charlie team up to get the others together and convince them? Which leads me to another question...did the Losties "have to go back" before just to make a big mistake and change events, only so they'd have to go back again and undo the changes that they went back for the first time? It's beginning to look as though the Losties are going to be caught in an eternal loop of going back and messing it up, and going back and fixing it up, and going back and messing it Mrs.Hawking's previous ouroboros pin. I wonder if Eloise's new b[...]

"Please Stand By..."


(image) ...and enjoy these promo shots of Des while we are having technical difficulties.

"Random Thoughts On S6.10"


* Wow, we sure got a submarine load of answers this week! Oh wait, that was the other J.J. Abrams show that gave us answers. Haha.* I don't know what to think about the FS sequences still. They're weird, different, and still confuse me. But Greg and Wayne have talked about the possibility that the Losties might cross universes, which would be pretty neat and could explain some of the strange out-of-character behavior that the Losties have exhibited at times. Many times. And the deja vu moments as well.* It was curious that MIB didn't have much to say to Sayid about the emptiness he feels. Something like, "Yeah, it's cuz you're dead and just a shell now," would have been useful. I get the feeling that although MIB has an overall goal, he might not have the best of strategic plans for escaping. He doesn't know too much about humans and human nature. We know that he assumes they're all idiots - and to him useful idiots - but perhaps he doesn't take into account the chaos factor and millions of variables in play when humans don't react the way that you expect them to. Enter Sawyer's plan to trip him up, perhaps?* When Jin turned on the brainwashing program in Room23 I wonder if he had seen it before? Jin got more answers than we did this week, heheh.* Finally Jin gets to see his daughter for the first time, how great was that. Someone at TLC or EyeMSick mentioned that it would be pretty neat if Jin is taking Sun to get treated by Juliet for the gunshot wound. OK, OK, I guess the Sideways world could be interesting sometimes.* Thanks Lost Untangled for the cool picture of eeevil Mr. Paik. Harsh dude, making Jin pay the assassin for his own demise. I don't think even Mario Puzo thought of putting that twist in 'The Godfather'.* Kudos to those who noticed that Keamy was wearing Paik's watch back in the Sayid episode.* I wonder why MIB couldn't have just given those pylon stands a Jean Claude Van Damme sweep-kick to knock them down?* Does MIB need to get the candidates off-island (or at least all in one place to kill them) to make sure that there is no new Jacob to keep him trapped? I don't think that he has plans to grant them any wishes.* Should we derive anything from the fact that Widmore calls MIB a 'thing'?* Aww, look at Jack being all responsible and leadery and stuff for Sun. Well I guess it's about time. It was a good scene. * And last but not least, if Danny Faraday is married to Zoe Blowy in the FS, I'm going to puke like Muppet Dr.Chang. Blargh!!!!![...]

"Exodus Revisited"


(image) Today nephew-Ian wanted to see Doc Arzt blow up again, so we watched Exodus-2. Later when we saw Locke getting pulled down the hole by Smokey, and his nonchalant attitude about it, we wondered if maybe MIB was trying to get Locke's body at that point for his Loophole scheme. After all, he scanned Locke previously, in White Rabbit I think, and would have been prepared to play pretender-Locke right then after learning his mannerisms and idiosyncrasies. Smokey had fooled Locke into thinking that he was a thing of beauty and a joy to behold, so if there was any free will involved, that was taken care of. Then one quick pull down the rabbit hole and he could have sauntered back to camp with no one the wiser. Until Jack and Kate showed up to rescue Locke. It's probably not going to happen that way, but it just really stuck out to us as a quirky possibility. Just think, then Lost would have only been about 3 seasons long if the Dynamite Duo hadn't come back to help him get away from Smokey. :o)

"Ab Inferno"


This week's story has as many mentions of Hell as last week's ep had attempted cons. One man's heaven on earth is another man's hell on earth, as MIB does his best to convince Richard that the island is nothing but a Hell-hole made to drive men crazy. Richard's long desired episode was a surprisingly Gothic tale of how he too came to this island during his own "dark night of the soul," ripe for the tricks of MIB and Jacob after he survives his island arrival. I'd be tempted to say that he has a better chance of saving his soul with MIB, than with an 18th century Catholic priest, but I won't go there but to say thank the Lord for the Reformation. Overall this episode was one of the most artfully beautiful, with the backstory scenes looking very much like a painting by Caravaggio, who did a painting that we saw last season BTW. Nitpick #1: should we call anachronism-shenanigans here? I don't think that there were modern study-bibles with the center column footnotes back in the 18th century. Nitpick #2: throw rotten tomatoes at me if you will, but in my mind I imagined a much more science-y, or Scifi, mechanism that put the Black Rock in the center of the island, and broke up the statue. I'm just saying. That's just a product of giving us way too much time to think about what the source of those mysteries were I guess.Nitpick #3: ducking tomatoes again, some of the Black Rock scenes dragged on a bit for my taste, I began to lose concentration here and there.I am very confused as to what went on between the crew, Smokey, MIB, Fisabella, and all that MIB told Richard, but I hope that those things will become clear soon. It seems as if MIB has the keys to everyone's happiness or desires, except for his own. And BTW, if all of the crew was killed by the shipwreck or Smokey, who buried Magnus as noted in Radzinsky's Blast Door Map recordings? Hmm?I wasn't very impressed by Jacob's cavalier attitude towards RA, or the way he seemingly left RA to starve and rot to be fodder for MIB's plans, but maybe that's all a part of The Rules. Can Jacob not approach them until MIB does? Or can he not help the humans until they come to him for help? And why doesn't Jacob seem to care about the fact that everyone else who he's brought to the island is dead? Maybe he just knows that they're in that "better place" or something. But now we know how RA chose the eternal island life, most likely with the echoes of the priest ludicrously refusing him absolution still ringing in his head. He surely would have chosen eternity with Isabella instead, if he hadn't have been scared into false thoughts of his own damnation.All of MIB's talk about Hell probably didn't help Richard's psyche any either, as MIB knew exactly how to scare him into believing his stories and helping him. MIB told Sawyer that there wasn't anything special about this island, but for him the island is a living hell. It makes you wonder if the island is some kind of universal prison that he's been banished to like those prisoners in the Superman-2 movie who were imprisoned in the Phantom Zone. Come to think of it, MIB does act a lot like General Zod at times. Or it could be something much simpler, as a job that Jacob and MIB have been assigned to, and MIB just can't stand to be stuck in one place. "The mind is its own place, it can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven" ~ Milton.Meanwhile back at the ranch-beach, the Losties try to cheer RA up, and get some answers out of Ilana to no avail. RA is inconsolable and returns to his mock grave for Isabella giving us another classic touching Lost scene to make the eyes tear up. Thankfully Hurley assists RA in finding some peace with his memories a-la Sawyer's Little House episode. And Isabella leaves me wondering what she meant by saying that she and RA are already t[...]



There was a lot of conning going on in this episode! For me, this is one of those transitional installments that takes me from one train of thought about the show into another. One of those "things that make you go Hmmm" episodes. So I wasn't really sure how to intelligently analyze this one, and I'm not sure that I want or need to just yet. Although some thought bubbles did come to mind during the show. I don't want to make light of anyone's appearance, but I surely hope that R.M. hasn't succumbed to the Hollywood stereotypical lollipop-head-on-a-stick image disorder. Her thinness in the ep almost frightened me for her. For some reason I also don't feel the need to figure out the details of Sawyer's con/reverse-con/doubleback-con on Widmore and Flocke. I think that I'll just sit back and enjoy it as it unfolds, in the hopes that it's something really delicious and worth the wait. Other than that, I'm stumped by this one. Was anyone else affected in the same way?[...]

"God Plays With Us, M'Sabu"


Well, numerous swigs of NyQuil later, I'm up for trying to sort out some of my reactions to Dr. Linus. The heading I used comes from the movie "Out Of Africa", where Karen Blixen's personal servant is telling her a parable to help her philosophically deal with a lion attacking the cattle on their safari. He chuckles something to the effect of, "Karen does not have this ox; the wagon does not have this ox; the lion does not have this ox...God plays with us," intimating that everything is a part of the greater whole in the eyes of God and the nature of things. And that's partially the feeling that I got from this ep. Ben does not have this island, Widmore does not have this island, Dogen, etc. Hopefully all these "chosen" (see the book Ben uncovers on the beach) players are more than just hapless pawns in a higher entity's random chess game. This also reminds me a lot of "Clash Of The Titans" (the Ray Harryhausen version, please) where the humans figures are moved around on a tabletop shuffleboard on Mount Olympus by Zeus and his cronies. Everyone raise your hands if you want to be in Dr.Linus' class! Ben is a very caring teacher in the flash sideways universe, I was impressed. He connects with people, thinks of their welfare first, and the impetus of his actions seems to be to work for the greater goals that benefit the most people. The complete opposite of Ben in the 815 universe, who has his own sort of Napoleon Complex type issues. Unfortunately like many teachers, Dr. Linus is hamstrung by an administrator who is also power hungry. And wow, who wasn't blown away by the flipped mirror version implications of FS-Ben with his father. Amazing, and bravo Powers That Be.When Miles ratted out Ben I was actually hoping that he wouldn't do it for some reason! I also thought that it was very interesting how Miles seemed to be caressing Jacob's ashes, he obviously has retained his profound respect for the dead, as cynical as he may be with the living at this point.And...the island still got Frank in the end, says Ben in a moment of his newly found wisdom. A bigger hint to what will come for our worker bees in God's beehives? That is, will whatever happens in the FS still somehow bring The Chosen back to the island like a converging side-path meeting once again with the main fairway after forking off temporarily? I was amazed at how Ben retained his conniving mind up to what he thought was the very end for him. And also really wishing that Miles would let him go so that we could see Ben running to the FDW to turn it and make another escape! But lucky Miles does what we mostly felt needed to happen that had nothing to do with Ben....discovering that Nikki and Paulo were buried alive. And he found the diamonds, go Miles!Thankfully we got to spend some time with Richard, who is feeling jilted by the one person he trusted. I'd guess that his confusion has been building since Locke and Flocke began to tell him how great they were and that Locke was the new Leader. And here is where even more I really tend to think that when the Islanders thought they were talking to Jacob, that sometimes they were talking to MIB by mistake. I could be wrong of course, but it seems like a hint here possibly.We also got a parallel to Michael's not being able to kill himself. Was he touched by Jacob at a time that we weren't privy to? Jack seemed to have an epiphany about that and it all came together in his head full of Jackface before our eyes. Did, or will, Hurley realize it as well? I have to hand it to Dedjezter at TLC for the best comment during the ep which went something like, "Jack has a sense of humor...never saw that coming!" And what was up with Jack saying that if they didn't help Richard, he'd just do it anyway?! RA j[...]

"Showdown At Sundown"


This week's header caption is brought to you by my nephew Ian, mentioned here often, because we watched the episode together after school Wednesday. We used to rewatch with his big brother Lee also, but he's got lots of after-school sports now (hi Lee!). Ian thought that it was pretty funny how Ben reacted to Sayid's eeevilness. He made a lot of comments during the episode, so some of them are mixed in with my thoughts. Uncle Sayid? Wow, this flash-sideways timeline is like a flash-diagonal in it's bizarreness. I figured that TPTB were setting us up for something surprising here, but I didn't expect that. I didn't foresee much of anything in this episode, for that matter.Ian and I both agree that this was a great fight scene, although it was a shame to see Dogen's lair trashed up. Little did we know that later he wouldn't be needing it anymore anyway.One thing we did guess was that the baseball belonged to some iteration of Dogen's son, in whatever universe or timezone.We're both pretty confused but intrigued by Claire's allegiance to Flocke. But we're guessing that three years with the freak would change anyone. We still need to know how he got her to walk away from baby Aaron so easily, but I'm not hopeful that we will be getting any information on that all. Although it might be just as simple as her death after the explosion left her fodder for MIB to take over. It was fun Jack-spotting in the hospital passing Sayid and Nadia. A commenter on either TLC or EyeMSick mentioned that perhaps in this timeline Jack decided to operate on Shannon's dad instead of Sarah. I'm sorry that I can't remember who said that, but it's an interesting idea to think about as to the ramifications of the difference in choice.So Dogen gives Sayid a Sting sword to kill the Orcs with, but it doesn't work. That caught us off guard as well. We figured that MIB would kill Sayid then and there, not pull a slick bargain on him.But bargain he did, and he began to sound a lot like a certain snake in a garden. I'm still somewhat confused about how it relates to what happened in the FS timeline though. Nevertheless, we enjoyed seeing Keamy show up as another form of his over-the-top bad guy self, although I could respect him a little more as a mercenary than just a Mafia type thug. There's no logic in that thought at all, I realize.I'm just disliking Cindy more and more every time she shows up...and she hardly ever does! Something is just very off about her, IMO. Perhaps she's just so distraught at the death of her boyfriend Gary...ah, who cares.Well, I'm very confused (along with Amy Lynn at TLC) that Kate spent all that time telling Claire various details about Aaron, but failed to mention anything at all about her mother having him. Telling her would also reveal that she's alive (thanks The Other Lisa at TLC) and not in a coma anymore. Not that Kate would have known about the accident, etc., but it just felt that TPTB underestimated us in this area here. Or, maybe I'm underestimating them and they have plans for explaining such a glaring omission of dialogue. Kudos to Emilie De Ravin in her Rambo version of Claire, she's doing a great job of playing crazazy.Ian and I feel that Dogen probably wasn't being specifically punished by Jacob in having to make the choice of saving his son and being banished from The World, as some are looking at it. It's kind of a Zen thing maybe. It was entirely Dogen's fault that his son was hurt, but it's a trade-off that had merit and dignity where none might have existed otherwise in the tragic situation. Not only in making some restitution for his foolish act and to pay Jacob for the "miracle", but to honor the gift that Jacob gave to Dogen and his son of allo[...]

"Random Thoughts On S6.05"


Poor Jack is all over the place in this episode, but mostly he was pretty calm and zen until he had a tantrum, but later for that. Overall it looks as if Jack might be the one being prepped to be the new Point Man for the island, whatever island is left above water by the time the story is done. In Universe#2 he seems to be a fairly together man, although we don't really know what broke up his marriage to Mrs. Jack and separated him from his son. OK, in the commentary version of the DVD for this ep, TPTB have to imitate Wayne and Garth here and go, "Doodely-doo, doodely-doo, doodely-doo." For Wayne's World fans only, heheh.I thought that there might be more here in the confrontation between Dogen and Hurley. A little more Dogen is totally alright by me any time, he's my favorite new character. It felt to me as if he really knew why Hurley was there, but was just giving him a psychological security check or something, but I could be wrong. All this talk about Kate finding Claire now has got to mean that there is going to be a big show-down between them when they finally meet up. And no one is better for the job than Kate I suppose, now that Claire has gone sour with infection and with the bad company she keeps. Kate will be up to the challenge, but she may get caught off guard by the new Claire. MIB may also have some interesting psy-ops planned for Kate as well, if he is there when the two women meet up in the jungle. If present, he's sure to throw some mental zingers at Kate in front of Claire to make her look bad, not to mention accusing Kate of botching the job of raising Aaron. That will surely be a sore spot for Claire and drag out the time it takes to convince Kate that Claire is lost to the dark side forever. I do wish that somehow Claire could be cured and that she and Aaron could be reunited. Something stuck out at me when Kate was telling Jack and Hurley her plans: why didn't Jack mention that Claire was his sister? Why doesn't he show any concern for her well-being? Why didn't he even just say, "Hey, she's my sister, please take good care of her and bring her back safely," or even, "Thanks for looking out for her, I sure don't care." I don't get it. Hurley gives a lot of audience perspective tonight, as he has before. There must be a name for that in theater-speak. He waxes about the early days of tromping through the jungle with Jack, and wonders about Adam and Eve in the same way we have. Just one question...were TPTB giving us a hint about their origin, or putting the kabosh on one aspect of our speculation about them? And should Hurley have looked at the camera and said, "Spoiler alert!" before getting philosophical about them? Hmm.Well, just when I was thinking that this was the first episode where I like Jack all the way through, he goes and breaks up my new favorite place on the island! And gives us a few more pages of classic Jackface in the process, be sure to check that out on the Lostemedia pages for the lighthouse scenes, heheh. Kudos to TPTB for thinking up such a fascinating concept as a lighthouse that can home in on, well, your home! A lighthouse mechanism that can reflect your life in it's mirrors all the way across the world is Jules Verne worthy. I've been out of the SciFi written fiction loop for a while so I don't know if this idea has been done recently, but it sure hasn't been on TV before. Similar virtual-vision concepts for sure (I guess even the Wicked Witch of the West used her crystal ball in a similar way), but wow, this was just a great idea for the island. Has anyone figured out where the lighthouse sits on our island fan-maps yet?I do have one continuity question here...if Jack watched David practice hi[...]

"Where They Ought To Be"


While watching this week's episode the old Shaker song "Simple Gifts" popped into my head:'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,And when we find ourselves in the place just right,'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.When true simplicity is gain'd,To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,To turn, turn will be our delight,Till by turning, turning we come round right.The lyrics seemed to really fit our 815 survivors in that they could use some simplicity in their lives. For another, the connecting multiversal paths that they are on, and their complicated pasts and futures, have them spinning and turning towards some kind of destiny that we and they don't understand yet. It's a gift to be simple: when have our intrepid survivors ever taken the simple path in their lives? Not often really. Tis a gift to be free: most of them search for freedom of a sort, even if it's just from their own pasts. And are they on the island due to their free will? Can they ever find peace in the simplicity of finding inner freedom? I hope so, they've been through such an awful lot. It's as if they are on some kind of cosmic multi-helix and all of their actions in however many universes that they are living in, are twisting and turning around some axis of purpose. The way that Flocke explained to James his three choices on the island (and in life?), every choice gave the opportunity to spiral off into a separate reality. Buy maybe Flocke failed to tell James that no matter what he chose, eventually he would end up at the same endpoint, via course correction. Maybe the only thing we really choose, is how easy or painful it is to get to that last outcome that is our destiny. Our lives can get off-track and we miss out on opportunities, but can other blessings replace the ones that we lost in the past when we get back on the path? Are the substitute blessings equivalent in some purpose to the "originals"? Even James seemed to be on a helix of two or three twisting ladders at the same time in this episode. And his two monikers and personalities even twist around the central core of whoever James really is. When the 815 survivors are finished bending and turning and twisting on the helix of their complicated lives, will some magic door open to let them know that they are on the right path? TPTB keep telling us that they have a destiny. I'm guessing that their destiny is the core around which their parallel universes are spiraling, like the helix, and no matter how fast they may spin around it, their true paths will never veer off course, whether they live or die on the island. Maybe it's time to stop fighting life, to bend and bow with the choices, to finally find themselves in "the place just right." To go with the flow, as Flocke said to James. [...]

"Bad Lazarus Twin"


The more we talk about Jacob and his Nemesis, the more it reminds me of the StarTrek:TOS episode, "The Alternative Factor". In that story two entities show up that present a conflicting dilemma for the Enterprise. To begin with, Spock discovers an energy anomaly: as the Star Trek website puts it: "...Spock has discovered a source of radiation that is not there – a "rip" in the universe, where regular physical laws do not apply."The Enterprise thereby gets involved in a multiversal enmity between two time traveling characters (Lazarus and Anti-Lazarus), who have duped them into coming to the planet for various reasons of their own purposes. The interesting point about these two fighting men, is that each says that the other is the one that needs to be stopped, and they both want Kirk's sympathies. And each man is disappointed in the crew for not being able to easily realize which one they should trust. Was that why MIB said he was disappointed in the people on the beach, because we silly humans can't figure out which entity to believe and follow?Both Lazarus men seem to be lying and Kirk can't get to the bottom of it until he goes back down to the planet: "Once there, he meets the other Lazarus, the sane Lazarus, and learns the truth. Anti-Lazarus' people discovered how to pass through the negative magnetic corridor that both connects and protects the two universes. When this happened, Lazarus couldn't bear the knowledge that he had a duplicate, and resolved to destroy his other. He is mad and doesn't care if this causes the death of two universes. Anti-Lazarus and Kirk realize he must be stopped: if Kirk can force Lazarus into the corridor, Anti-Lazarus can hold him there, and Kirk can destroy his spaceship – which will also destroy Anti-Lazarus' spaceship. Access to the corridor will be sealed forever, and both universes will be safe. And two men named Lazarus will be at each others' throats for the remainder of eternity." It reminds of me of how Jacob said that he had an old friend who was tired of him. MIB seems to not be able to stand to exist in the same timespace as Jacob, and has wanted to kill him for a very long time we found out in S5 -- at the same time that we found out that there was an enemy of Jacob.Now I'm not saying that our island pals are matter and antimatter and obviously our universe will not cease to exist if they are both in it, because we have seen them together. But we have one seemingly passive and one aggressive entity at odds with each other, and like Kirk we're not sure which one is the benign or malignant one. And MIB doesn't seem to care what will happen to us or our universe, if he kills Jacob. Is this why Widmore and Hawking seem pretty scared? In the end of The Alternative Factor the "good" Lazarus locks himself away in the multiverse corridor with Kirk's help, to save both universes from destruction, where they will fight each other forever. Jacob seems to have already sacrificed himself, will the Losties help Jacob trap MIB in a similar way to " us all" as we keep hearing? A nice synopsis of the ep and screencaps can be found at these two sites: [...]

"Sayid Gets Baptised?"


(image) Our intrepid island MacGyver, always looking for redemption and forgiveness, lands in grotto water once again. We've seen Sayid lament the path that his life took before, and seeking a better life to make amends for his transgressions is not new to him. In what he believes are his final breaths he now asks Hurley, "When I die, what do you think will happen to me?" Little does he know, but Hurley finds out soon enough.

It looked to me like Jacob has some important plans for Sayid, as he intently ponders his near lifeless body on the ground. He looks deep in thought about something. If the water did 'turn' and lose it's power because Jacob died, then Jacob possibly knows something about the waters that the temple Others don't yet. But before they learn the fate of Jacob and the waters, they submerge Sayid in the pool face down on Jacob's relayed commands to save him.

I wonder, is it necessary for the dying person to inhale the water before they die to be healed, and to die in the water? That's a lot like Christian baptism, "dying" to sin and being washed by the waters of the Holy Spirit, becoming a "new man" in Christ as the Bible puts it. I follow the sprinkling method myself but theology aside, I can see the case for total immersion here. Sayid's body later revives, after an odd reaction by Miles over his seemingly lifeless body. Did Miles know that there was something different going on there in Sayid? Or that it wasn't Sayid? In typical Lost fashion, when questioned Miles replies with the usual, "Nothing." Grr-arg! It also looked like the shot hole in his shirt was gone, but that could have just been the camera angle.

We don't know why the unclear water worked anyway but perhaps it was because while not present physically anymore, Jacob is still around spiritually and his powers are weaker but still somewhat viable. And since now that the water was apparently less potent, did it just not heal Dogen because he only dipped his hand in briefly? Sayid asked the correct question, "What happened?"

"Happy Lost Birthday Ian"


(image) My nephew Ian's 10th birthday fell on the night before Lost S-6 starts tonight, so he asked for a Lost themed birthday cake. Actually he's been asking for a Lost cake since before his last birthday. So he designed the cake which was a chocolate bundt cake to be the island, we coated it with shades of green icing, and he and his mom printed out pics of Lost icons to put on and around the cake including the Lost Lego-like figures, a sub, canoe, sailboat, rowboat, yellow prop plane, and of course Smokey and a polar bear. In the middle he wanted the Swan hatch and they poked a hole in it and put a tea light underneath to make the light from the Swan, with Locke at his position to bang on the hatch. All this was set on a blue plastic sheet on the tray for the ocean. He and his mom did a great job. We also decorated the living room table with island/tiki themed things, including a stuffed polar bear and a rubber eyeball (homage to Patchy of course).

Well, have fun tonight everyone! I'm in a gloomy mood today, so I hope that tonight's episode is filled with spooky and frightful things. How could it be otherwise after an entity took over a corpse and a bomb and/or energy pocket exploded?! I don't suppose that the island can be blown to bits like one of the bomb test islands in WW2, but who knows. I'll be thinking about you all as I'm watching in tandem with everyone around the world. Bon-Lost-voyage friends! See you on the flip-side of the premier. :-)

"Let's Be Frank"


(image) I am very excited to see what's in store for Captain Lapidus, I hope that we don't have to wait too long to find out. As we were reminded in last night's finale replay, Frank has been singled out as an element in some plan of Ilana's team. I just hope that our Cheeseburger-In-Paradise-Pilot with the big heart and open mind has a chance to decide his fate, when the time comes.

Some of the theories on Frank are pretty wild:
including that perhaps Frank is an older Sawyer. Also, of possible interest to Bigmouth at Eye-M-Sick: "He is named after Frank J. Tipler, who has expanded on the philosophical idea of the Omega Point created by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Teilhard's Omega Point idea is a major key to the mythology of the entire show and Jacob, specifically." (Lostpedia)

I would really like to see one more flashback for Frank, to see if Jacob touched him as well. Here's my crazy thought, Jacob touched Frank so that he would survive the crash like the rest of the "touchees" after piloting 815, but MIB intercepted Frank the night before and got him drunk so that he wouldn't be able to pass flight reqs the next day and he'd be grounded, and not make it to the island. Widmore finds out later that he missed the flight and gets Abaddon on the job to get him on the freighter with the others. Just kidding. Sort of.

"Artistic Coincidences"


(image) Unusual, misplaced, or coincidental things seem to stand out to me pretty easily. Maybe it's due to 25 years of doing inspection work on semiconductor circuits, or just my natural conspiratorial brain patterns, who knows. But this similarity jumped out as I was looking through old Lost magazines to find something to draw, and you don't need any inspection expertise to notice this one. The above image scan is a combined drawing/photo illustration in the Jan/Feb 2007 issue in a style that is pretty typical in Lost magazine. It's captioned as an "...exclusive piece of "Otherville" concept art..." done by, "Art director Scott Cobb, under supervision of Production Designer Zack Grobler..." In case it's not clear in the scan, the illustration is a collage of photos and sketches designed to depict the DI compound. It reminded me a lot of the controversial Barracks poster that we've come to know.

(image) Like I said, the designers of Lost magazine often combine production illustrations and location photos and the following image was in this month's issue in a collection of photos about the DI Motor Pool, again attributed to Zack Grobler.

(image) I'm not trying to detract or degrade the workmanship of the Barracks poster here, I'm just making note of an observation that just struck me as being a rather odd.

"Start The New Year Voting For Lost"


(image) On the back of the current issue of Lost magazine is an ad for the Total Sci-Fi Awards, which I don't believe I've ever heard of before. Nevertheless, here we can vote for Lost in any category that it applies in the awards (TV show, director, etc.). If nothing else, it's another way that we can thank TPTB of Lost for their amazing efforts in giving us quality TV entertainment and hiatus fun, giving them the recognition that they deserve. Perhaps in these types of awards we can honor their creativity in the ways that the Emmy committee refuses to, *ahem*. There are other categories and genres to vote for there as well, if you're so inclined. Voting ends on January 4th, so get your ballots in while you finish up the leftover holiday champagne with a sparkling mimosa. :-)

Vote here:

Happy New Year everyone, cheers and God bless! :-D

"Not To Nitpick But..."


(image) The recent issue of Lost magazine contains a nice article on some of the sets and props of 1970s DI-ville, in which the items above are labeled as belonging to the DI. If I'm not mistaken, isn't this actually one of the tents that the Islanders were living in when Daniel found them in the woods? The two critters on the campfire spit rod show an error in the picture's caption, IMO.

"Merry Christmas"


(image) Have a good Holiday Season and New Year friends. Best wishes and God's blessings to everyone, especially remembering and helping those who might be really lost in the world. Mele Kalikimaka!

"Project Memento Mori"


During the wait for the poster #16 release over at LostARGs, we talked about creating a legend for the Memento Mori painting of "Mr. Black", in the fashion of the "Linder Gallery" painting that Thorsten,, have shared with us. So I numbered the objects (all of them, even MIB himself and his belt -- you never know, he might use it to strangle someone). Let me know if I missed anything. Just about the only things I didn't label were the table, wall, and the wooden looking form in the back shadow by the tapestry:This might need to be labeled, I don't know. Could it be the door of the cabin? I raised the brightness and contrast to highlight it, but it just looks like a door or panel. Update~ thanks to all the help, here is how we've labeled the objects thus far:1) Smokey2) Charlie3) Bird killed by Walt4) White tennis shoe5) Tapestry yarn/Locke's hatch cables6) Jacob's tapestry7) MIB8) Hurley's paintbox9) Toy airliner10) Tree limb11) Faraday12) MacCutcheon Whisky13) Gas mask14) Four-toes15) Coconuts16) Cabin chair?17) Hurley's drawing18) Locke19) Danielle20) Wooden dolls21) Mary statue22) Eko's stick23) Backgammon pieces24) Compass25) Sawyer's letter/Locke's Smokey or BDM sketch26) Flies27) Urchins28) Papayas29) Polar bear skull30) Eko and Yemi photo31) Swan timer/counter32) Danielle's map33) Knife -- that killed Jacob?34) Dynamite35) DI beer36) Charlie's bag of heroin37) Watership Down38) Charlie's ring39) MIB's belt/rope40) Sand/Ash41) Yemi's cross42) Unknown cloth43) Hurley's Lotto Ticket44) Locke's note to Jack45) Charlie's greatest hits listNow that they are mostly all labeled it doesn't seem so mysterious, but it's good to know anyway, I suppose. Thanks for any help! The original can be seen here at the gallery blog for the Lost art project: [...]