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Contains theories, commentaries, and spoilers about ABC's "LOST" TV series.



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Two LOST Books on Kindle for Free

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:10:00 +0000

LOST fans who enjoy reading should check out two books by Pearson Moore, both of which are currently free for Kindle owners with Amazon Prime subscriptions:

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The first book is LOST Humanity: The Mythology and Themes of LOST, and the second book is LOST Identity: The Characters of LOST. The titles are pretty self-explanatory.

Each book has an average review rating of of 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

As of when I'm writing this, both books can be borrowed "for free, with no due dates, if you are an Amazon Kindle owner and Prime member." This offer may only be available for a limited time, so if you're eligible, borrow them now if you think you might want to read them in the future.

If you don't have both a Kindle device and an Amazon Prime subscription, don't fret—you can buy copies of the e-books for just $4.99 or $3.99 respectively for viewing on any device for which a Kindle reader app is available (which includes Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android). Or if you'd rather own a physical copy of the books, paperback editions are also available for $12.95 and $9.95, respectively.

Thanks to DarkUFO for the tip!



Over 1 Million Podcasts Downloaded!

Sun, 23 Jan 2011 04:05:00 +0000

This week I reached a significant milestone as a podcaster:

My podcasts have been downloaded over 1 million times!

I'm most well known for the JoshMeister's LOST Podcast, which accounted for the largest share of episode downloads.  The podcast I currently produce is MacTech Live, the official podcast of MacTech Magazine.  You can find links to all my shows, past and present, at http://podcasts.thejoshmeister.com

Some people who deserve special thanks include:
  • Ryan Ozawa, founder of the Lost Podcasting Network, without whom my LOST podcast probably never would have become as popular as it was
  • Orien Colmer (Big-O), who became a good friend of mine through LOST podcasting, was later a host on my short-lived Tech Pulse podcast, and cohosted MacMod:LIVE (the precursor to MacTech Live) with me
  • Anthony King, cofounder of MacMod, who was a regular host on Tech Pulse and invited Orien and me to start MacMod:LIVE
  • Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief and publisher of MacTech Magazine, who kept the podcast alive after acquiring MacMod
  • Alex Castex-Porter (congested), Jack and Jay Glatfelter from The Lost Podcast with Jay & Jack, Andy Page (DarkUFO), Josh Spivack (Spivvy) and Amanda Hafer from The Lost Flashbacks Podcast, Cliff Ravenscraft from GSPN's Weekly Lost Podcast, Matt and Steve from The Smoke Hatch, Curt Yanko from the Black Rock LOST Podcast, Jon Lachonis (DocArzt), Sam McPherson from Lostpedia, Master Nak, diesel929, baileybear, KateJack, kane, MsAmaris, shelley5, James721, PsychoBabblinMom, Robin C., Aerc, Matthew K., Bob Naidus, Judy L., Mark Hunter from Podcast User Magazine, Mister Payne, Jeff Roney from RoneyZone Radio, Code 42, Audioengine, LogMeIn, and the many others who have participated in, promoted, donated to, or sponsored any of my shows
To everyone who has downloaded my podcasts, thanks a million!


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News and Announcements

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 09:45:00 +0000

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Hey, LOST fans!  Just wanted to give you a brief update about the status of the podcast and a few other things.

First, I haven't forgotten to edit and post the series finale podcast episode.  I've just been really busy since May and haven't had time yet.  In September I just began working on a Ph.D. in Business Administration specializing in Computer and Information Security, and between work, school, family, and church obligations my time is stretched extremely thin these days.  Eventually I'll get around to posting the edited finale podcast, but for now, here's a direct download link to the unedited version for those who can't wait any longer.  To save the MP3 rather than listen directly in your browser, right-click on the link (or on a Mac hold the Control key and click on it) to get a menu that will let you save the linked file.

Second, I wanted to let you guys know that I'll be attending MacTech Conference next week, November 3rd through 5th, 2010, in Los Angeles.  It's a technology conference for both IT professionals and developers with a focus on Apple's Mac OS X and iPhone/iPad platforms.  If you're into Macs or other Apple technologies, you should definitely check out the details that I've posted on my personal blog, along with a link that will get you a free Apple certification or $100 off the conference registration price.  All that is at http://bit.ly/MacTechConf — If you're interested in Apple technology and can make it to the conference, I'd love to meet you there!

That's it for now!  Stay subscribed to the podcast, and check out my other podcasts at http://podcasts.thejoshmeister.com

You can also follow me on Twitter @theJoshMeister, and I'm on several other social networks as well.

Until next time, stay LOST, and namaste!


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Meet me at MacTech Conference!

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 19:11:00 +0000

For any LOST fans out there who might also be IT professionals or developers, I just wanted to spread the word that I'll be at MacTech Conference from November 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles if you want to meet me there!

For more details and a link that will save you $100 on conference registration, see my post about MacTech Conference on my security blog.

As Jack would say, "See you in Los Angeles!"


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LOST Season 6 Finale: Initial Reactions

Tue, 25 May 2010 09:02:00 +0000

SPOILER WARNING: DO NOT read this until after you've watched the series finale episode of LOST!So this is it.  LOST is over.  "The End."I'm going to post more detailed notes about the finale soon, but I needed to spend some time to get some of my thoughts written down.First I need to discuss the flash-sideways.  We find out in the finale that this entire season the so-called "flash-sideways" have been nothing more than a fictional universe concocted by the collective minds of the Oceanic Flight 815 passengers (plus a handful of other people like Desmond, Penny, and Juliet, apparently) as a way for them to have a "class reunion" of sorts before passing on into the afterlife.  (I'm sure there will be different interpretations, but that's what I got out of it.)  The flash-sideways didn't really take place in 2004; it was only meant to look like it did.  This, of course, fooled the viewers into thinking that when Juliet detonated the hydrogen bomb in 1977, this event created a rift in the space-time continuum that created a parallel universe, including a new 2004 where the Island had sunk long before Oceanic Flight 815 took to the skies.  It turns out there was no rift, no sunken Island, and no parallel or alternate 2004.  In fact, as evidenced by Hurley and Ben's conversation outside the church, the flash-sideways actually took place sometime in the future—probably a long time in the future, since Hurley and Ben had clearly spent some time working together on the Island, and presumably Hurley would have lived as the protector of the Island for a long time before ultimately dying, like Jacob.  What really bothered me was the fact that the writers completely ripped off the flash-sideways storyline from a terrible 2008 movie that was in itself a ripoff of LOST in many respects.  Or perhaps, as conspiracy theorists might suggest, the writers of Passengers somehow heard about the ending of LOST and stole the flash-sideways concepts for their awful movie.  Either way, now that I know what the flash-sideways really was and how it concluded, I would rather have skipped the entire flash-sideways plot altogether and had a much shorter season and a much more enjoyable final episode of LOST.  If you haven't seen Passengers and you have a masochistic desire to subject yourself to watching it to compare it to the flash-sideways, you can watch the movie instantly online if you have a Netflix account: http://netflix.com/Movie/Passengers/70104310Thankfully, in spite of the flash-sideways the whole series didn't crash and burn in the final episode.  Setting aside the bizarre "class reunion" post-death ending that takes place sometime in the future, there was also the "present-day" (technically 2007) ending that shows Kate, Claire, Sawyer, Miles, Richard, and Frank leaving the Island for (hopefully) the last time.  We also get to see Jack's ultimate heroic sacrifice (or stupid, totally avoidable sacrifice, depending on your perspective), giving his life to save the Island along with Hurley, Ben, Desmond, Rose, Bernard, Vincent, and anyone else who may have been living somewhere on the Island.  Hurley becomes the new Jacob when Jack dies, and Ben finally gets his wish of being someone important to the Island, a true right-hand man rather than just a pawn in someone else's game.It's a bit odd, though, that there's no more Man in Black, no more smoke monster—no more evil force to oppose the forces of good on the Island.  So what's Hurley going to do?  Maybe the cycle of people coming to the Island, fighting, etc. described by the Fake Mother and the Man in Black will continue.  Maybe Hurley will help everyone who arrives on the Island to get back home; Ben said that taking care of people is what Hurley does best.  In any case, it just doesn't seem like the Island would be as interesting without a smoke monster....Or maybe when Jack brought [...]



"What They Died For" Discussion

Sun, 23 May 2010 06:59:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 16, "What They Died For". NewsI will be recording my live podcast about the series finale episode on Tuesday, May 25th at my usual time, 10 PM Pacific (1 AM Eastern).  There will NOT be a podcast on Sunday night.  If you would like to call into the (potentially) final live episode of the podcast, mark your calendars for Tuesday!In other news, Alex Castex-Porter (aka Congested, a regular caller on the podcast) has relaunched his site AudiblyLost.com in anticipation of his upcoming documentary on the LOST podcasting phenomenon.  He just released a video trailer for the movie, which you can watch at http://vimeo.com/11838904 — please share with your friends!Additional insights into "Across the Sea" from Geronimo Jack's Beard (not spoilers):The script confirms that Claudia and the Fake Mother spoke to each other in Latin, not Latin and English (the English spoken in the episode was for the viewer's convenience, not meant to be interpreted as the characters speaking English to each other).According to Jorge Garcia, the script says that the game that Boy in Black (BIB) found is called Senate, "which may be essentially a precursor to Backgammon, which was introduced [by John Locke to Walt] in the Pilot."Beth Shady points out that BIB said "everyone will have to play by your rules," not "I will have to."  At that time BIB and Jacob knew about the other natives on the Island, but BIB's wording is interesting because they only associated with each other and their Fake Mother.The script says that the knife that the Man in Black threw at the magnetic well is the same knife that Dogen gave to Sayid.Season 6 Episode 16 "What They Died For":2004, Flash-sideways:Jack wakes up, looks in the mirror, and his neck is bleeding Why?!  He hadn't even shaved yet!"maybe he sleepshaves" -diesel929David asks Jack if he's coming to the concert, and Jack asks David if his mother is coming (we still don't know who she is yet - should be revealed in finale!) "mom is julliet, there's no one else left,lol" -kane "david's blue eyes are a give away" -kane"speaking of eyes, did you see Jack's eyes, they were brown when he was talking to locke in his office." -kane Maybe he met Juliet in medical school! Or it could be Sarah, Jack's wife from the original timeline"it's annie" -diesel929 In all seriousness, it won't be.  The executive producers have said that Annie was a minor character and they're done with her storyClaire comes out to eat breakfast with them; she's living there tooOceanic Airlines calls Jack to tell him that they found the coffin and it will arrive later that day... but it's not Oceanic, it's Desmond But wait, later in the episode we find out that Desmond is going to David's concert... so what's the purpose of Desmond's phone call?!2007 on the Island:Jack stitches up the bullet wound in Kate's chestKate says they have to kill "Locke" (MIB) because he killed Sun and Jin, who had never gotten to meet his daughter Jack agrees that they need to kill Locke  Jack tells the rest of the survivors (Hurley, Sawyer, and Kate) that they're going to go save Desmond because obviously Locke doesn't want Desmond alive2004, Flash-sideways:Desmond beats up Ben and Ben has flashes of Desmond punching him in the original timeline How did Des know that Ben was part of original timeline?  Did Des have flashes that made him remember Ben?2007 on the Island:At New Otherton, Miles hears a dead person's thoughtsRichard explains that he buried Alex after Ben left New Otherton, and Ben thanks RichardBen goes back to his house to get C4 from his secret roomBen: "It's where I was told I could summon the monster.  That was before I realized it was the one summoning me."Richard says they're looking to blow the plane to hellThey hear Zoe in the kitchen, they don't recog[...]



"Across the Sea" Discussion

Tue, 18 May 2010 16:33:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister, Alex aka Congested, and other fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 15, "Across the Sea".Season 6 Episode 15 "Across the Sea":Flashback:A woman (Claudia) comes out of water gasping - she's pregnant and woundedAnother woman says in Latin, "You hurt?  Let me help you."Claudia and the other woman both speak Latin and EnglishWoman: "If there are other people on the Island, I will find them."Claudia gives birth - "His name is Jacob."She didn't pick a name for the twin - Esau? In the Bible, Jacob and Esau were twins, but Esau was born first (not the other way around as in the LOST story of Jacob and his brother)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EsauI called him Esau in my notes since the young boy was never named in the show and I needed something to call him other than Man in Black since he wasn't a man.  In the script he's called "Boy in Black" according to Kenton Duty, the actor who played young Jacob (see interview link in spoiler section; some of the interview may contain spoilers)Woman kills Claudia with a rock How does she expect to feed the babies without their mother's milk? "boar milk" -kaneThis must be the mother that the Man in Black was telling Kate aboutHer name is apparently just "Mother" in the script; we never get her name in the episode, either  Esau teaches Jacob how to play a game - it has light and dark pieces like Backgammon, the game Locke taught WaltThis young Jacob, by the way, is the boy that the MIB saw in the jungle in previous episodes Why did the MIB see young Jacob, rather than seeing Jacob at the age when he died?  Woman: "Do you love me, Jacob?  Then tell me what happened." Woman to Esau: "Jacob doesn't know how to lie.  You're... special."She says she left the game for Esau, refuting his belief that it came from "across the sea" (the episode title)Woman: "There is nowhere else.  The Island is all there is."Esau: "What's dead?"Fake Mother: "Something you will never have to worry about." Why do Jacob and the MIB seem to be (mostly) immortal?Was Mother lying, or wrong?  MIB looked like he died when he became the smoke monster; his body was left behind, and Jacob buried him.  Is he supposed to not be dead, even though he no longer has a body?Is Mother currently immortal because she's the current "Jacob" (Island protector)? Mother doesn't seem to be immortal because she was impaled by MIBJacob was immortal but was impaled by Ben because MIB found a loophole; if Mother was immortal like Jacob, what was the loophole MIB used to kill her? Jacob and Esau chase a boar - a scene straight out of the book "Lord of the Flies" which Sawyer has mentioned beforeNatives kill the boar Mother: "We are here for a reason.""What reason?"Mother: "It's not time yet. [She gives into pressure from Esau.] Come with me"Mother: "They come, they fight, they destroy, they corrupt, it always ends the same." Same line as MIB used in Season 5 finaleMother: "I've made it so you can never hurt each other." How?Was this a lie?  Jacob was able to bloody his face, and threw him into the light which seems to have (apparently, sort of) killed MIBGlowing tunnel in the streamMother: "This is the reason we're here.  Don't go in there."Mother: "A light.  The warmest, brightest light you've ever seen or felt.  And we must make sure that no one ever finds it."Mother: "A little bit of this light is inside every man.  And they always want more."Mother: "If the light goes out here, it goes out everywhere." "there's a theory, that's it's the garden of eden down there,lol" -kaneShe says "It will have to be one of you" who protects the light forever Playing game Esau: "You can't do that Jacob.  It's against the rules.  One day you can make up a new game and everyone else will have to follow your rules." [...]



"The Candidate" Discussion

Tue, 11 May 2010 06:51:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 14, "The Candidate".Season 6 Episode 14 "The Candidate":2004 "flash-sideways":Locke wakes up from surgery and sees JackJack asks what caused Locke's original spinal injury that put him in a wheelchairJack: "Because I think you're a candidate"Jack offers to fix Locke, but Locke refuses2007 on the Island:Sayid to Jack: "Welcome to Hydra Island"  Sawyer and Kate get put back in the cagesCharles Widmore reveals that Kate isn't on his list, but Ford, Reyes, and the Kwons are Interesting... then why was Austen not crossed out in the lighthouse, as confirmed on an Official LOST Podcast? "i stopped taking damon and carlton seriously in season 3" -diesel929Widmore asks if the fence is live yet, and they say in about an hourWidmore says they haven't got an hour because "he's coming"2004 "flash-sideways":Jack introduces himself to Bernard Nadler and asks about Locke's original injuryBernard gives Jack the name of the man who was with Locke: Anthony CooperThey realize that they were both on Flight 815 2007:Sayid to Jack: "Locke saved you."Sayid says "It's just the three of us now" because the rest of them scattered when the bomb was dropped  The Man in Black asks Jack to help him convince his friends to trust him  Sun puts Jin's wedding ring back on himThe power goes out and the pylons stop working, and then the smoke monster appears and kills one of Widmore's menJack shows up and takes the dead Widmore guy's keys and sets his friends free, explaining "I'm with him"  Jack says that Sayid turned off the generators2004 "flash-sideways":Anthony Cooper is in a nursing home Sawyer had been looking for Anthony Cooper "the james ford con may have been the last of his cons. he had been redeemed." -diesel929's theory Or perhaps Anthony Cooper was still in the middle of his long con of John Locke when the accident happened 2007:MIB finds a strange wire in the plane; is it rigged with explosives?MIB explains to the candidates that the plane was rigged with C4MIB says they need to take the submarine insteadSawyer pretends to be on the MIB's side, saying "Maybe I was wrong about you"Claire apologizes to MIB and he says it's all rightSawyer tells Jack to not let the MIB in the sub because he doesn't trust it2004 "flash-sideways":Locke mutters in his sleep, "Push the button" and "I wish you had believed me" Lines from original timeline!  Explanation?Claire shows up and asks if she can talk with JackJack gets an Apollo bar from the machine Jack figures out that Claire was also on Flight 815; he's starting to figure out that something is weirdClaire said she'd never even met "this man" presumably meaning her father In the original timeline, Claire remembered that Christian Shephard used to sing "Catch a Falling Star" to her when she was little.  Apparently in this timeline Christian didn't visit her and sing to her, or at least he stopped visiting her earlier in her life prior to the time she can rememberClaire asks how Christian died; Jack gives the same cause of death as the original timelineClaire has a music box that Christian left for her that plays "Catch a Falling Star" and she doesn't know whyJack offers to let Claire stay with him instead of her hotel2007:Sawyer and Frank Lapidus enter the sub and take controlMIB tries again to convince Jack to board the sub, and says whoever told him he should stay didn't know what he was talking aboutJack says that John Locke told him that, and Jack pushes the MIB into the water Jack made the point that he can't kill them, so the MIB couldn't directly get revenge on JackKate is shotMIB gets out of the water and begins taking out Widmore's men with gunfire along with ClaireSawyer chooses to leave Claire behind on the dock because the MIB begins to ap[...]



Season 6 Donation Goal Reached!

Tue, 04 May 2010 14:37:00 +0000

As of this morning, I've reached my donation goal! Thanks to everyone who made a contribution. You can still donate if you wish, but I no longer need any more donations to help pay for getting LOST on my TV this season.

Don't forget to join me for the live episode tonight at about 10:05 PM Pacific!  You can join the live show by going here on TalkShoe during the recording time.  If you have a TalkShoe account, you can choose to Follow the podcast on TalkShoe to receive notifications of new live shows.  To subscribe to the MP3 podcast, please use this iTunes link, or if you don't use iTunes you can this RSS link.  (Please avoid using the TalkShoe podcast subscription buttons because you'll get unedited shows.)


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"The Last Recruit" Discussion

Tue, 04 May 2010 06:40:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 13, "The Last Recruit".Season 6 Episode 13 "The Last Recruit":2007 on the Island:Man in Black to Jack: "I think we have some catching up to do."Jack to MIB: "Who else have you looked like?"Jack asks whether the apparitions of Christian Shephard were the MIBMIB: "Yes, that was me."Jack: "Why?"MIB: "You needed to find water. ... All I've ever been interested in is to help you.  Leave. ... Now Jacob's dead.  We don't have to be trapped here. ... Because it has to be all of us."  "MIB to jack 'because Jacob choose you, you were trapped on this island, before you even got here'. there must be a pull to the island from Jacobs' touch" -RedWalrus2004 "flash-sideways":Locke says he was going to marry Helen NorwoodSun and John Locke get to the emergency room at the same timeSun recognized Locke: "What is he doing here?" Did she recognize him from the plane, or from the original timeline on the Island?2007:Claire to Jack: "Did he tell you that he was the one pretending to be our father? ... You decided the moment you let him talk to you, just like the rest of us.  Whether you like it or not, you're with him now." According to Jorge Garcia on Geronimo Jack's Beard, Claire's line "You decided the moment you let him talk to you, just like the rest of us" was not in his version of the script Sawyer tells Jack, and Kate tells Sun, their secret plan to steal the submarine2004 "flash-sideways":James Ford talks to Kate about her record "did Sawyer call Kate freckles in the squad room or did i hear wrong?" -baileybear Yep, he did Miles fills in Sawyer on the multiple homicide at the restaurant, and they plan to go after Sayid because he was caught on camera leaving the scene2007:Zoe: "You took something from us, and we want it back."Zoe calls someone on her walkie-talkie and says "Do you have a fix on my position?  Show them what we're capable of," and a bomb is dropped and explodes nearbyZoe: "You have until nightfall ... or next time we won't miss.  Call me when you're ready for us to pick him up." They actually did miss the next time, later in the episode  ;o)Zoe leaves the walkie-talkie with the Man in BlackAs the members of the Man in Black's camp watch, he smashes the walkie-talkie and says "Well, here we go."2004 "flash-sideways":Desmond tracks down Claire and offers to get her a lawyer to represent her with the adoption process for freeDes and Claire go to floor 15Ilana Verdansky says she's been looking for Claire and asks Desmond to speak with her alone for a few minutes "speaking of ilana, how did des know she was looking for claire?" -kaneWe finally get her last name now that she's deadHer last name does not appear to be on the list of candidates in the cave or in the lighthouse2007:Sawyer asks Jack to help them escapeMeanwhile, MIB orders Sayid to kill Desmond and MIB asks Sayid if he still wants to be with Nadia again Is the MIB lying?  Or being deceptive?  Or will Nadia come back as a "zombie" like Sayid?"sayid will have to die to be with nadia. mib can't bring back the dead just like jacob couldn't bring back isabella." -kane "MIB can't kill Sayid right now though because he's on the list of candidates" -kaneDesmond tries to reason with SayidSayid: "I died and he brought me back."Des: "So what will you tell her?  This woman, when she asks what you did so you could be with her again, what will you tell her?"Sayid shoots, but did he kill Desmond? Later when the MIB confronts Sayid about whether he went through with it, Sayid says he did but smiles to himself shortly after the MIB seems to have believed him kane and baileybear agree with me that Des is still alive "why didn't Zoey just take her crew and retrie[...]



"Everybody Loves Hugo" Discussion

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:09:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister, Spivvy from The Lost Flashbacks, and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 12, "Everybody Loves Hugo".Reminder: Please donate if you can afford it!  I don't intend to make a profit from donations, but I'm asking for donations to help pay for getting LOST on TV so I can continue doing the live show this season.Season 6 Episode 12 "Everybody Loves Hugo":The episode title is a reference to Season 2 Episode 4, "Everybody Hates Hurley".2004 "flash-sideways":Dr. Pierre Chang narrates a presentation about Hugo Reyes, the museum's Man of the YearHugo's mother Carmen tells him that she set him up with a blind date with Rosalita2007 on the Island:Puts fresh flowers on Libby's graveTells Libby it would be nice if she could visit him like others who have diedIlana says they're going to get dynamite to destroy the planeWhispersMichael: "I'm here to stop you from getting everyone killed." What do the whispers mean?  (Note: We find out later in the episode.)  A dead person is nearby?  We used to think it was associated with The Others or perhaps the smoke monster, but now it's really unclear; Michael can't be the smoke monster because he's stuck in the form of Locke, and it can't be The Others eitherHurley: "Why should I trust you?  You murdered Libby and Ana Lucia"2004 "flash-sideways":Libby sits down at Hugo's table at a restaurant and introduces herself"Hugo, do you believe that two people can be connected, like soulmates? ... You don't remember me, do you?"Dr. Brooks: "What are you doing, Elizabeth?"Libby: "He's an old friend"Hugo watches Libby enter a van with "Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute" on the side2007:Ilana accidentally detonates the dynamite and blows herself up, à la Arzt Man in Black: "You were only able to come back to this Island because you all did it together. ... We're waiting for your friends to get back, Kate. Hugo, Sun, Jack." "they still can't leave yet, they dont have jin" -kane "trade off desmond for jin" -kane Charles probably wouldn't trade Jin back to the MIB, unless perhaps Charles thinks getting Desmond back will be critical to winning the warSayid returns and takes the MIB to see what was on the sub—it's Desmond, who is tied to a treeMIB tilts his head to the side and smiles oddly What does he think was the purpose of bringing Desmond back to the Island?  Is he smiling out of amusement?  Or was he already hatching a plan (e.g. an exchange so he could get Jin back)?Hurley looks though Ilana's stuff, including a book in Russian and her bag of Jacob ash What does he plan to do with the ash?Ilana's book (if you can read Russian, please post an English translation of the book title in the comments): http://gallery.lost-media.com/displayimage-1544-167.html2004 "flash-sideways":Desmond tells Hurley to give Libby a chance to explain how she thinks she knew himDesmond's order is number 422007:MIB frees DesmondDesmond responds, "Of course.  You're John Locke" when the Man in Black asks Desmond if he knows who he is Does Desmond really think it's Locke, or has Charles Widmore told him the truth? Ben comments on Ilana's death and wonders aloud about what will happen to the rest of them when the Island is done with them Meanwhile, Jack is holding a shotgun over his shoulder that's almost directly pointed at Sun's headHurley detonates the Black Rock: "I'm protecting us." He's lucky the shrapnel didn't kill all of them2004 "flash-sideways":Doctor: "She has issues with reality."Hurley offers a donation of $100,000 to see herNo Leonard Simms; he was only there in the original timeline because the Island existed beyond 1977Libby talks about her memories of the original timeline on the Island and in the mental hosp[...]



"Happily Ever After" Discussion

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 08:29:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister, Alex "Congested" from Audibly Lost and DarkUFOlogy, Josh "Spivvy" from The Lost Flashbacks, and other fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 11, "Happily Ever After".Reminder: Please donate if you can afford it!  I don't intend to make a profit from donations, but I'm asking for donations to help pay for getting LOST on TV so I can continue doing the live show this season.First, a couple of quick notes.An additional note about Season 6 Episode 10, "The Package": Since Charles Widmore has Jin, the Man in Black can't get Jin to leave the Island. This may foil the MIB's plan, because he commented to Claire that he needed to get all the candidates to go with him in order to leave the Island.Big-O's LOST Answers trivia game and LOST Quotes app are now available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad:LOST Answers trivia gameLOST Quotes appAnd now without any further ado... Season 6 Episode 11 "Happily Ever After":2007 on the Island:Desmond wakes upZoe says he's been unconscious for 3 daysCharles Widmore tells Des that he was shot by Benjamin LinusWidmore to Des: "The island isn't done with you yet."One of Widmore's henchmen spoke about solenoids.  Definition, please? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solenoid"I'm going to ask you to make a sacrifice.2004 "flash-sideways":Des talks to Claire after Flight 815 and offers to give her a rideDes guesses that Claire is having a boyGeorge Minkowski picks up Des and offers to take him to his hotel, and Des asks him to go to the officeDes was in Australia to seal a deal for his boss -- he's the boss's right-hand manDes doesn't have a wedding ring and he says he's not interested in companionship This is odd because he did wear a wedding ring on the plane; was this a production error?  The actor who plays Desmond—Henry Ian Cusick—is married, which could perhaps explain this mistakeDes walks into the boss's office and it's Charles Widmore!  They greet each other by first name and with big smiles and a hugCharles says his son (Daniel Faraday?) is a musicianCharles asks Des to babysit Charlie Pace for "Mrs. Widmore" Charles is still married to Eloise, apparentlyCharles offers his 60-year-old Scotch to Des, and says "Nothing's too good for you."Charlie tried to swallow his heroin to hide the evidence from the Marshal, not commit suicideCharlie says when he saw Claire on the plane, and just as he was about to die he felt like they had always been together, in loveCharlie: "I've seen the truth"Charlie jerks steering wheel, car goes into waterDes has flashes of "Not Penny's Boat" just before he saves Charlie's lifeDes at hospital, goes in MRI machine, has flashes of Charlie Pace, Penny, his son CharlieCharlie: "None of this matters.  All that matters is that we felt it. ... Start looking for Penny."Eloise Widmore: "What happened, happened."Desmond thinks he hears the name Penny on the guest list, and Eloise forbids him from seeing it Oddly, it sounded like Penny's last name isn't Widmore; is she previously married?  Would Charles have some reason to conceal that he was her father?Eloise pulls Desmond aside and talks very much like Eloise Hawking, as though she knows what's happening to Desmond "well what gets me, and we discussed this on big-o, is how does she know so much about desmond specifically. less in this one and more in FBYE. obviously she knows about the alt-split because she knew an alt dan came and blew the bomb up" -congested"and could she know about Desmond from what she was told by the Losties?" -Spivvy She knows it from the journal!  "Desmond Hume will be my constant."Rewatch Season 3 Episode 8, "Flashes Before Your Eyes" for a refresher on Eloise (watch on Netflix)Daniel W[...]



"The Package" Discussion

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 06:59:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister, Spivvy from The Lost Flashbacks, and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 10, "The Package".Reminder: Please donate if you can afford it.  I don't intend to make a profit from donations, but I'm asking for donations to help pay for getting LOST on TV so I can continue doing the live show this season.Geronimo Jack's Beard (Jorge Garcia's podcast) had especially good podcast about Season 6 Episode 9, "Ab Aeterno".  Nestor Carbonell, who plays Richard Alpert, was a guest co-host:http://geronimojacksbeard.blogspot.com/2010/03/episode-609-ab-aeterno.htmlBig-O's LOST Answers trivia game is now available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad:http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lost-answers/id359273036?mt=8And now without any further ado... Season 6 Episode 10 "The Package":2007 on the Island:Someone is watching Sawyer, Kate, Claire, and the MIB with night vision - they can hear what Sawyer is saying to Kate Will Widmore know about Sawyer's plan to double-cross him?  Sawyer revealed his whole plan out loud to Kate  The Man in Black (in the guise of Locke) tells Jin that he isn't sure whether Jin or Sun is the Kwon whose name is in the caveMIB says that all names that aren't crossed off need to leave the Island togetherWhy? Maybe it's his loophole: he can't kill the candidates, but maybe he can achieve victory if he gets them all to leave the IslandWhat the MIB's plan be foiled if Claire killed Kate, or if Kate was left behind on the Island because the MIB doesn't think she's a candidate anymore?2004 "flash-sideways":Jin was supposed to deliver the money that was confiscated at the airport along with the watchJin and Sun are not married and have two different rooms reserved2007:MIB asks Sayid to watch camp until morningSayid says he doesn't feel anything: anger, happiness, or painMIB: "Maybe that's best, Sayid.  It'll help you get through what's coming."Jin prepares to sneak away when he sees the MIB leave.  He tells Sawyer he's going to go look for Sun at the templeImmediately after this, Widmore's people shoot Jin, Sawyer, Claire, and the other MIB followers with tranquilizers, and Zoe identifies Jin  Sun is upset, presumably because she wants to find JinJack tries to tell Sun about the lighthouse, but she won't listen2004 "flash-sideways":Sun apparently came to Los Angeles with Jin because she was on a shopping tripSun strips for Jin and stays the night in his hotel room; apparently they have a preexisting relationship2007:MIB approaches Sun and says he found her husbandSun says she doesn't trust him because he killed the people at the temple.  He sais they could have chosen to follow him but didn't, and that he didn't want to kill them.  Then he gives Sun the choice to go with him Um, yeah, sounds like a great plan.  So her choices were to either go with the murderer, or refuse and presumably get killed by himMIB says Jin is waiting, and stretches out his hand, but Sun runs away and is chased by himSun runs into a tree and is knocked unconscious.  Meanwhile he returns to his camp Why didn't he kill Sun if she's a candidate?  Apparently he can't kill candidates according to the boy in the jungle several episodes backWhy didn't he at least pick her up and take her back? He fought with and picked up Richard Alpert several episodes ago, so we know he's physically capable of doing so"because it wouldn't be her free will - she has to go with him freely" -kane2004 "flash-sideways":Sun suggests to Jin that they run away togetherSun looks in the mirror (yet another instance of seeing a main character's reflection in the flash-sideways)Keamy is at the door and he invites himself i[...]



"Ab Aeterno" Discussion

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 06:59:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 9, "Ab Aeterno".Reminder: Please donate if you can afford it.  I don't intend to make a profit from donations, but I'm asking for donations to help pay for getting LOST on TV so I can continue doing the live show this season.Season 6 Episode 9 "Ab Aeterno":Unknown date, Ilana flashback:Jacob: "Will you help me, Ilana?"Jacob says he has 6 names of "people I need you to protect" So Jacob gave her the exact 6 names, but she doesn't know if Sun or Jin is the Kwon? Jacob: "They're the remaining candidates."2007 on the Island:Sun: "She said I was one of them. One is you [Jack] and one is Hurley."Unknown date, Ilana flashback:Ilana: "After I have brought them to the temple, what do I do?"Jacob: "Ask Ricardus.  He'll know what to do."2007:Richard: (laughs) "I have no idea what we do next. ... Because everything he ever said is a lie.  You want to know a secret, Jack?  Something I've known for a long, long time?  We're dead. ... We're in hell."  Oh, great.  This scene was in the preview last week and we thought we were going to get a major revelation in this scene, but it turns out to just be Richard's own speculation—and something the executive producers have repeatedly shot downRichard: "Maybe it's time we stop listening to him and start listening to someone else.  And that's exactly what I'm going to do."  (he walks off)  Hurley speaking Spanish to someone on the beach, and Jack wants to know what Jacob saidHurley: "It's not Jacob, man.  Sorry, Jack, but this has nothing to do with you."  Frank to Ben: "So you're saying this guy doesn't age?"1867, Canary Islands:Richard (Ricardo) speaks Spanish!Isabella: "Siempre estaremos juntos." ("We will always be together.") Was Hurley talking to his deceased wife Isabella?  (We find out later that he was!)Richard: "Te voy a salvar." ("I'm going to save you.")Richard accidentally kills the doctor — the same way Desmond accidentally killed Kelvin in the Season 2 finale, "Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1" (see the Lostpedia article Kelvin Inman; for a blast from the past, see also my original blog post about the episode)Richard is reading an English Bible in prison Prop error: the text in this Bible was far too modern for an 1867 edition (screenshot)Very interesting: the passage he's reading is Luke chapter 4, which is about when the devil tempted Jesus; I mentioned this passage recently on the blog and podcast, and I thought about it again during this episode because of the things the MIB promised Richard later "i really like when you talk about this stuff Josh, cause I know NOTHING about it.  I learn so much about the show." -SpivvyThe Catholic priest told Richard that he didn't have enough time to repent for murder because he was being hanged in the morning, and that the devil awaited him in hellA man (named Jonas Whitfield according to the casting call) purchases Richard on behalf of Magnus Hanso and is taken as a slave aboard the Black Rock1867, the Island:The Black Rock crashes into the statue, presumably breaking it and leaving only the foot behind "wasnt the diary of the first mate of the black rock what widmore bid on at the auction? the auction where desmond confronted him?" -diesel929 (see the Lostpedia article Black Rock ledger; this scene was in Season 4 Episode 5, "The Constant") "at that auction though, they said that the Black Rock set sail in 1845, and the journal was found in 1852" -Spivvy"but someone told me that the MAIN issue was that Dynamite wasn't invented until 1866 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamite" -Spivvy[...]



Mother Jones Magazine "Recon" Chat, and Jay & Jack's Autism Speaks Charity Podcast

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:50:00 +0000

Last week I was invited to participate in Mother Jones Magazine's weekly LOST chat, and we discussed Season 6 Episode 8, "Recon."  Several interesting observations and theories about the episode were discussed.  You can read the chat transcript here.

Over the weekend I was also privileged to participate in Jay & Jack's 30-hour charity podcast.  Normally their marathon podcasts are live-only (meaning they don't post the whole 30 hours afterward) but if I can somehow get an audio copy of the segment I was on, I'll post it here on the blog and in the podcast feed.  You can donate to Jay & Jack's charity of choice, Autism Speaks, here.

As a reminder, I record my live podcast right after each episode of LOST ends in the Pacific time zone.  Fans from all over the world are welcome to participate in the chat and listen live.  Just go to TalkShoe at the designated time and join in!  If you miss the live show, stay tuned to this blog or subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and I'll post the edited version of the podcast sometime during the week.

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"Recon" Discussion and lots more!

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:22:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 8, "Recon" and briefly review points from two Season 4 episodes, and discuss at length the revelations from this week's Official LOST Podcast.Reminder: Please donate if you can afford it.  I don't intend to make a profit from donations, but I'm asking for donations to help pay for getting LOST on TV so I can continue doing the live show this season.We'll get into "Recon" in just a moment.  First, I had the opportunity to rewatch Season 4 Episodes 9 and 10 this past week.  I chose those episodes because I was looking for any indication about when Claire became infected before she went off into the jungle with (who she thought was) her father, Christian Shephard.  Although I didn't notice any obvious indications of whether Claire was already infected before she walked off in the middle of the night, I ended up making some interesting observations about the smoke monster, who we now know is the Man in Black.  Here are some of my thoughts:Season 4 Episode 9 - "The Shape of Things to Come"How is it that Ben can summon the smoke monster to do his bidding?  How did Ben know it would only attack Martin Keamy's goons and not himself?  At the time, Ben (and the viewing audience) had no idea that the smoke monster was another form of the Man in Black, Jacob's nemesis.  So unbeknownst to Ben, he called on Jacob's nemesis for help—right before going to try to get help from Jacob to know what to do next.Season 4 Episode 10 - "Something Nice Back Home"Hurley said Charlie said that someone would visit Jack (referring to the apparition that looked like Jack's father, Christian Shephard).  Jack had already seen "Christian" in a crowd at the hospital before that, and the second time he saw his father was after hearing the smoke alarm's low-battery warning beep at the hospital.  The smoke alarm led a lot of fans to believe that Christian was a manifestation of the smoke monster.  Christian being the smoke monster is corroborated by Damon Lindelof's remark in the March 11, 2010 Official LOST Podcast about the smoke monster no longer being able to take on any human form other than Locke; the form of Christian was specifically mentioned by both Damon and Carlton as a form that the smoke monster could have been able to take prior to Jacob's death.  Additionally, in "Something Nice Back Home" we also saw Christian luring Claire into the jungle, after which she left her baby behind and eventally degenerated into an infected Rousseau-esque version of herself who considered the Man in Black to be her friend.  It would make sense that she came to be the Man in Black's friend because she originally got to know him when he had taken the form of her father.  At this point I think it's safe to assume that the manifestations of Christian Shephard have been the smoke monster taking Christian's form.  But if that's the case, how in the world did Charlie know that the smoke monster was coming to visit Jack?  Hurley's ability to see and speak with dead people is supposedly a gift from Jacob.  So did Jacob tell Charlie to tell Hurley to warn Jack about the smoke monster apparition of Jack's father?"charlie was smokey visiting hurley maybe" -jennielyn And now without any further ado... Season 6 Episode 8 "Recon":2007 on the Island:Sawyer at Claire's hovel with Jin Jin wakes up and says they need to leave before the man who looks like Locke gets back, and Sawyer says he's with "Locke"Sawyer agrees to not leave the Island unless Sun can go w[...]



"Dr. Linus" Discussion

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 07:38:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister, Josh "Spivvy" from The Lost Flashbacks, Steve from The Smoke Hatch, and other fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 7, "Dr. Linus".Reminder: Please donate if you can afford it.  I don't intend to make a profit from donations, but I'm asking for donations to help pay for getting LOST on TV so I can continue doing the live show this season.On the podcast we first discussed some additional items about the previous episode:Notes about S6E06 "Sundown" from Geronimo Jack's Beard:Script says "something's off" about Sayid's reflection in the opening scene  Dogen's book (according to the script, but not clearly seen on the show): Deep River (Wikipedia, Amazon) by Shusaku Endo, a Japanese author (Dogen speaks Japanese)a novel which "traces the journey of four Japanese tourists on a tour to India. Each of these tourists goes to India for different purposes and with different expectations" Many religions are referenced in the book, and likewise many religions have been referenced on LOSTMost of the people on Oceanic Flight 815 had traveled to Australia for different purposes (many of them were tourists), and virtually all of the people on the flight were traveling to Los Angeles for different purposes and with different expectations  Jack is one of the doctors in the hospital where Sayid's brother Omer went (see this screencap)Season 6 Episode 7 "Dr. Linus":2007 on the Island:Ben runs from the temple, catches up with Ilana, Frank Lapidus, Sun, and MilesIlana gives Miles the bag of ash, and Miles reads Jacob's last thoughts, revealing that Ben was in fact the one who killed JacobIlana tells Ben that Jacob was the closest thing she had to a father, and they all walk away from Ben2004 "flash-sideways":Dr. Ben Linus: "[The island of] Elba is where Napoleon faced his greatest test." (refer to the Wikipedia article on Napoleon Bonaparte)Dr. Leslie Arzt works at the same school as Dr. LinusJohn Locke the substitute tells Linus that he should become the principal Ben takes care of his father Roger, who lives with him "he seemed to get along with his dad.  up to that time on the island he hated his dad didn't he" -baileybear "i wonder why they left Dharma" -baileybear"this was a HUGE confirmation to me. confirms that the split did occur at the bomb" -Spivvy I don't think it's clear whether this confirms anything or not; technically, the rift should probably have begun in 1974 when the Ajira Flight 316 passengers integrated into The DHARMA Initiative  Alex is one of Ben's students in history club Alex was never on the Island in this timeline; in the original timeline Danielle and her team didn't come to the Island until many, many years after the Incident2007:Ilana says to Sun that she doesn't know whether Sun or Jin is the candidate to replace JacobIlana says there are only 6 leftWe can safely assume that the first 5 are Reyes (Hugo, "Hurley"), Shephard (Jack), Austen (could possibly be Kate's father Sam, but it seems much more likely to be Kate), Kwon (Sun or Jin), Ford (James, "Sawyer")... so who's the 6th? Is Ilana still counting Sayid even though he's been turned to the Man in Black's side?  If so, does she think he can be turned back to Jacob's side?Three other names have not yet been crossed out, although we don't know who any of them are, so we can only speculate whether Ilana might be referring to one of them: Haasra (#56), Grimwault (#57) and Kysea (#60) — refer to http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Candidates We don't yet know Ilana's last name.  Could she be a candidate in additio[...]



"Sundown" Discussion

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 07:59:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister, Congested from DarkUFOlogy and Audibly Lost, Josh "Spivvy" from The Lost Flashbacks, and other fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 6, "Sundown".Reminder: Please donate if you can afford it.  I don't intend to make a profit from donations, but I'm asking for donations to help pay for getting LOST on TV so I can continue doing the live show this season.Season 6 Episode 6 "Sundown":2004 "flash-sideways":Sayid in taxi, going to see Nadia Nadia is marriedSayid is a world traveler and a professional translatorNadia's kids already know him and call him Uncle Sayid, and Nadia's husband calls Sayid "brother" (later in the episode it's confirmed that Sayid is in fact his literal brother)2007 on the Island:Sayid demands answers from Dogen Asks about torture machine Dogen: "For every man there is a scale.  On one side is good, the other side, evil."They fight until Dogen's baseball falls off the table, and then Dogen stops the fight, telling Sayid, "Go.  Leave this place.  Never come back," as he walks over and picks up the baseball What is the significance of this baseball?  (We find out later in the episode)2004:Sayid was still an interrogator for the Republican Guard in the war Nadia's husband Omer asks Sayid to "do something" about his unfair creditor and Sayid says "I'm sorry.  I am not that man anymore."2007:Miles to Sayid: "You were dead, man.  For two hours. ... So whatever brought you back, it wasn't them."Claire wants Dogen to leave the temple, but Dogen refuses because he knows that the Man in Black would kill him if he leftDogen asks for Shephard and Reyes but "Lennon" (the bespectacled translator) says they can't find them What was Dogen's purpose in asking for Jack and Hurley?  Was he planning to send them out to speak to the Man in Black?  Was sending Sayid to the MIB merely Dogen's backup plan?Did this conversation take place just to remind audience they weren't there? Dogen to Sayid: "This man will not stop until he has destroyed every living thing on this island.  He is evil incarnate... No, I want you to destroy him.  He will come to you as someone you know, someone who has died.  Once you see him, plunge this into his chest.  If you allow him to speak it is too late." The line "This man will not stop until he has destroyed every living thing on this island" is very reminiscent of Ben's claims about Charles Widmore 2004:Omer is attacked, but Nadia wants Sayid to protect the kids and not retaliate2007:Kate comes back, hears from Miles that Claire came to the temple and was acting "weird"Sayid encounters the Man in Black in the guise of John Locke, and the MIB says "Hello, Sayid," after which Sayid stabs him The Man in Black calmly pulls out the knife and it has no blood on it, and he asks Sayid why he did that Was Dogen wrong?  Or did it not work because Sayid waited until after the Man in Black spoke before stabbing him?  Or did Dogen just lie?  (From a later conversation in the episode, it seems Dogen may have just been lying to Sayid to try to get him killed)Man in Black tells Sayid he can give him anything he wants, even Nadia back Are the Man in Black's claims a deliberate reference to Satan in the Bible? "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is[...]



"Lighthouse" Discussion

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 11:33:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 5, "Lighthouse".Reminder: Please donate if you can afford it.  I don't intend to make a profit from donations, but I'm asking for donations to help pay for getting LOST on TV so I can continue doing the live show this season.Notes from The Official LOST Podcast:The date on the Ultrasound in the episode "What Kate Does" was a prop error (or else the date on the Ultrasound machine was wrong... whichever you prefer to believe).  Oceanic Flight 815 departed on the same date, September 22, 2004, in both the original timeline and the flash-sideways.Season 6 Episode 5 "Lighthouse":2004 "flash-sideways":Jack doesn't really remember having his appendix removed as a child In the original timeline, Juliet removed it on the Island (Season 4 Episode 10, "Something Nice Back Home"). Theory: "this is not a parallel timeline so much as it is a time displaced continuation of their subjective timelines" -from "Republibot 2.0"Jack has a son?!  David Ha! David Shephard. David from the Bible was a shepherdWho is David's mother?  Sarah?  Or perhaps it's someone else; I didn't see any hints about the identity of Jack's (presumaby ex) wife in the episode, which might mean they're intentionally keeping it a surprise for a future episode2007 on the Island:Jacob to Hurley: "I'm here because I need you. ... Someone is coming to the Island.  I need you to help them find it." Is that really true?  If so, who is coming?  Desmond?  Charles Widmore?2004:Jack's son apparently doesn't get along very well with him, says he only sees Jack once a month2007:Jin: "How long have you been out here?"Claire: "Since you all left." Why does Claire think that they left her?  She's the one who left them in the middle of the night to follow "her father" "smokey probably told her that" -baileybear"'brainwashed' by Christian" -james721"brainwashed by locke. locke meaning man in black" -Guest 16"or they are friends" -bwoood  Jacob tells Hurley to tell Dogen that he's a candidateDogen says something in Japanese that Jacob refuses to translate, saying instead "You don't want to know." Anyone have a translation?Jacob tells Hurley that he needs to take Jack with him, but Hurley says that Jack will refuseJacob tells Hurley to tell Jack, "You have what it takes."  This seems to work Claire: "If there's one thing that will kill you around here, it's infection." How ironic; Claire's apparently the infected oneJin: "Claire, have you been out here all this time by yourself?"Claire: "Oh, no, I'm not by myself."Justin tells Jin that Claire will kill both of them "does claire know she was infected?" -Guest 16 Probably not; look at Rousseau thinking her teammates were infected when apparently Rousseau was the one who was infected"i knew as soon as Jin said Kate has your baby ..Kate was a goner.  But Jin saved Kate" -baileybear"rousseau tortured sayid the same way dogen did" -bwoood I don't recall that, but Claire did say in this episode that The Others "branded" her and she showed a burn scar on her arm or shoulder to prove it"the man in black wants to recruit her, so he lies to her to turn her against the temple" -Guest 16  Jack sees Kate at a river and invites her to come along, but Kate says she's going to find Claire2004:Jack's mom finds Christian's will and asks Jack if he recognizes the name Claire Littleton, which Jack doesn't seem to (little does Jack know that she was on the plane with him) Christ[...]



"The Substitute" Discussion

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 07:59:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister, Congested from Audibly Lost, and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 4, "The Subsitute".Announcements:Reminder: Please donate if you can afford it.  I don't intend to make a profit from donations, but I'm asking for donations to help pay for getting LOST on TV so I can continue doing the live show this season.Jorge Garcia (the actor who plays Hugo "Hurley" Reyes) has his own LOST podcast called Geronimo Jack's Beard where he and his friend recorded their initial reactions to the script for each episode, offering a different perspective on each LOST episode.Season 6 Episode 4 "The Substitute":2004:Locke gets out of car in wheelchair Who was driving the car and why didn't they help John get out?He lives with Helen!?!  They're planning to get married.John apparently told Helen he was going to a conference, not a walkabout2007:Fake Locke: "John's a candidate, or at least he was a candidate" Richard: "What do you mean a candidate?"I would never have treated you like that, kept you in the dark.  I would have treated you with respect.Fake Locke wants Richard to go with him, and Richard refuses Fake Locke sees a boy in the jungle and seems surprised I thought the Smoke Monster was the only one who was the source of apparitions on the Island! The boy has blood on his arms when Locke first sees him: http://lost.cubit.net/assets_c/2010/02/young_jacob_2-2826.php"I thought the young boy was Aaron" -Jack from The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack Ilana cries in Jacob's homeBen enters and tells Ilana that Locke kicked Jacob's body into the fire, and she picks up some of the ashes and puts them in a bag Are these the same ashes they're using to defend against the Man in Black?  Did they take Jacob's ashes back in time somehow?Ilana tells Ben the reason why Fake Locke carried Richard out into the jungle: "He's recruiting"   Fake Locke shows up at the barracks and greets SawyerSawyer: "I thought you were dead."Fake Locke: "I am."Sawyer: "You sure as hell ain't John Locke.  Cause Locke was scared. ... But you, you ain't scared."Fake Locke: "What if I told you that I was the person who could answer the most important question in the world? Why are you on this Island?"Fake Locke: "That's not why you're here and if you come with me I can prove it."2004:Locke tries to scratch a yellow Hummer who parked next to him -- it's Hurley's Hurley, of course, has good luck in this timeline, so the Hummer doesn't get scratchedHugo Reyes introduces himself to John LockeLocke says he was just fired by Randy Nations, and Hugo says Randy is a doucheHurley says "I own a temp agency too. ... Tell them Hugo sent you and to hook you up with a new job pronto.  And chin up.  It'll work out."  "But the flashsideways is derived from the fact that the Island is not there anymore, it's at the bottom of the ocean. Hurley is understandable. No crazy numbers, no crazy numbers to play, no terrible luck. The numbers as in the numbers on Jacob's list?" -flyboypatrick Perhaps Hurley played the same numbers but it actually gave him good luck with the Island being sunk.  Or maybe not... where would he have gotten the numbers?  According to Lostpedia, Sam Toomey and Leonard Simms heard the Numbers transmission in 1988, just before Danielle changed the transmission.  Thus, if the Island was sunk in 1977, Hurley never could have gotten the Numbers from Lenny in the hospital.    "maybe the Island is [...]



"What Kate Does" Discussion

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 07:59:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister, Congested from Audibly Lost, Dan Ramos from Black Rock LOST Podcast, and fellow LOST fans discuss Season 6 Episode 3, "What Kate Does".Thoughts inspired by LOSTCasts' podcast about the Season 6 Premiere:http://www.lostcasts.com/2010/02/lostcasts-80-la-x-parts-1-2.htmlQuestions regarding the "flash sideways" timeline (some from the LOSTcasts podcast, some inspired by their questions): Did Sawyer kill Frank Duckett just prior to boarding Flight 815?  He didn't seem to be the least bit distraught or depressed if he just murdered the wrong man in Australia "Yeah, I couldn't help but wonder if Sawyer was a cop, or something in that field. He seemed to know what a 341 was." -StefanyMac "if he was in australia to bust the guy who set him up" -CongestedDesmond has a wedding ring on his finger!  Who did he marry?  Was Penny Widmore ever born in this timeline?  We don't know whether Charles got off the Island.Speaking of which, we find out in Season 4 that Eloise Hawking and Charles Widmore are Penelope Widmore's parents.  We find out in Season 5 that Eloise Hawking was pregnant with Daniel Faraday in 1977 and that she was in a relationship with Charles Widmore at the time, implying that Charles is the father.  That would make Dan and Penny brother and sister.Did Eloise Hawking get off the Island?  If not, then Daniel Faraday doesn't exist in the flashsideways timeline.Miles Straume (Pierre Chang's son) presumably got off the Island safely, along with his mother.  Prior to the Incident, Dr. Chang ordered the evacuation of the DHARMA women and children from the Island.Will the Red Sox lose the series in this timeline, either for comic effect or to show how different things turned out?The LOST writers' answer to the "grandfather paradox" is answered by the Season 6 premiere.  The paradox is that one can't go back in time and kill his own grandfather before his father was born, because then he never would have existed to be able to travel back in time and kill the grandfather!  The LOST writers have chosen to answer this by making it so they created an alternate timelineWill old DHARMA people recognize them?Christian told John he had to die; does that mean Christian is (or works for) the Man in Black?Jacob touched Locke, presumably saving his life after his father pushed him from the 8th story of a building (apparently in both timelines).  Jacob can apparently see into the future, because he gave Hurley the ankh in the guitar case which contained the names of the people who he would later send to the temple after his death, and Jacob even gave the detail that Sayid needed to live.  Why would Jacob save Locke's life when Locke would eventually kill him?  Is it the same reason why Jacob let Ben kill him, even though he clearly knew Ben's intentions (and even provoked him)?  It seems that perhaps Jacob was deliberately trying to die, perhaps for a purpose à la Obi-Wan Kenobi.Before Juliet died, she remarked to Sawyer that they should get coffee and "go dutch."  This comment seemed to indicate (to me, anyway) that she was losing her mind as she was dying, perhaps as a side effect of all the jumps through time like Charlotte, Minkowsky, etc. (see the Lostpedia article "temporal displacement").  On LOSTcasts, they talked about a very interesting theory that Juliet's comment was some sort of collision between the two timelines.  This coul[...]



Season 6 Premiere "LA X" Discussion

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 07:59:00 +0000

[Listen to this episode!] [Subscribe to the MP3 feed via iTunes]the JoshMeister, Master Nak, Congested, and fellow LOST fans discuss the premiere episode of the final season of LOST, "LA X" Parts 1 and 2.Season 6 Episodes 1 and 2 "LA X" Parts 1 and 2 notes:2004 alternate timeline ("flash sideways" in the executive producers' terminology), Oceanic Flight 815:Jack on airplane?it worked??!  Rose and BernardDesmond on plane!  He never got stuck on Island because Jack and Juliet sunk it?island under water jennielynn has a different theory: Desmond was in Jack's head2007, Island:Kate in treecan't hearIsland didn't sink yet??  what caused it to sink? "you can sink one, but the houses and foot would be G O N E" -Josh aka "Spivvy" from The Lost Flashbacks Podcastruns into MilesSwan hatch is imploded - they're in 2007Jack is in dirtSawyer is mad at Jack because Juliet is dead[On the live podcast, the JoshMeister, Congested from Audibly Lost, and Master Nak discuss their understanding of what's going on with relation to the timelines, time travel theory, etc.  Master Nak compares the way time travel works in the Back to the Future movies compared to how it seems to work on LOST.]2004 alternate timeline, Oceanic Flight 815:Sawyer sees Kate in handcuffsArtz gets Hurley to do his Mr. Cluck's commercial Australian accentArzt asks HurleyHurley: lotteryHurley: nothing bad ever happens to me2007, Island:Juliet is alive under rubble!!Sayid is dying, is afraid of where he'll end up because of torturing people etc.Jacob: "Hello, Hugo. Got a minute?"2004 alternate timeline, Oceanic Flight 815:Boone talking to Locke, Neil Frogurt sleeping in the seat between them2007, Island:Fake Locke: "You can stop staring at the fire.  Jacob's gone.  He's gone." Where was Jacob's body?  Shouldn't there have been some charred remains in the fire pit?Ben: "Why didnt he fight back?  Why did he let me just kill him?"Fake Locke: "I guess he knew he was beaten." Or maybe Jacob did it on purpose, à la Obi-Wan Kenobi: "You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."  After Obi-Wan's death he communicates to Luke through the Force, somewhat similar to how Jacob can now communicate his will through Hurley's gift of being able to see and speak with dead people "There will be white smoke.  I believe that is what John saw in Season 1" -jennielynnRichard shows Ben the dead body of the real John Locke  Jacob tells Hurley that Jin won't be able to see him because he died an hour ago by an "old friend" Who was the old friend to whom he was referring, Ben or the nemesis/Man in Black?Jacob tells Hurley to get Jin to take Sayid and the rest to the temple, where they'll be safe, and bring the guitar caseJin had been there with the French team2004 alternate timeline, Oceanic Flight 815:Cindy asks for a doctorCharlie is near dead in the airplane lavatory - a negative side effect of this alternate version of 2004Jack saves him, Charlie says "terrific" -- tried to kill himself by blocking his airway with a bag of heroin2007, Island:Bram and his friends battle with Jacob and get killedShoot at Fake Locke, disappears and leaves bullet behindBram tried putting an ash ring around himself and the monster doesn't cross it, but shakes the room and knocks Bram out of the circle so he can kill him There was an ash circle around "Jacob's cabin" -- it turns out that it wasn't Jacob's after all -- it was meant to kee[...]



Notes from The Official LOST Podcast, February 4th, 2010

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 01:52:00 +0000

Following are my notes from the February 4th episode of The Official LOST Audio Podcast.(Note that the executive producers' comments contain spoilers.)Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse won't reveal their intentions for the space between LA and X in the Season 6 premiere episode title.  "It could mean LA X as though the X means it's been negated," said Carlton.In explanation of the "flash sideways," Carlton said, "We have two distinct timelines that we are showing you on the show.  One timeline seems to be derived from a theory that when the bomb went off, exactly what Faraday was postulating occurred.  There was a reset, and basically 815 flew over what was once the Island, landed in LA, and these people never experienced the crash, never met each other by crashing on the plane, and there's a timeline going forward.  The other timeline is obviously on the Island Juliet hit the bomb, it basically jumped them, you know, forward in time but they're still stuck on the Island and they're dealing with the consequences of the fact that they're still marooned there."Damon said regarding the flashsideways, "Just one clarification: I think a lot of people are referring to these things as an alternate timeline, and we want to go out of our way to basically not use that word.  We're not interested in alternate anything, alternate realities, alternate timelines. ... To basically imply that one of these timelines, either the Island or off the Island, is less than real is just borderline offensive to me, Carlton.  They are both equally real, and hopefully will reconcile in some way."  Carlton Cuse responded, "I hope they reconcile!  I mean, I would be very disappointed to go through the end of this season and not understand what the interrelation between these two timelines is."  Damon: "I wouldn't blame you."Damon: "Would Desmond have been at the stadium if he wasn't training for a race around the world? ... Would he have been training for a race around the world if the Island had never existed?  What happened to Charles Widmore in 197- so, all these great issues are being raised, but more importantly, how does it affect our characters? ... You think that not that many things have changed, but a lot more things have changed than you probably think, and that's going to be the exploration of the season.""What Kate Does" (the title of the upcoming episode) ties in with the episode title "What Kate Did".Regarding Sayid, Carlton said, "The question is, was he dead, and I think the second question is what does it mean that he's up and walking around?  What are the consequences of the fact that they threw him in the murky water.  Clearly it would have been better if that water was clear."Carlton Cuse said that Neil Frogurt will get justice for having been killed by a flaming arrow in the original timeline:  "You'll see more of Frogurt.  If you like Frogurt, Frogurt's run is not done."Damon indicated that the identities of Adam and Eve might possibly be addressed in the last couple episodes of the series.Carlton said that Hurley never paid Walt for his $83,000 in Backgammon winnings because "I think the debt was forgiven in the spirit of having left the Island."For more LOST-y goodness, follow me on Twitter.  And don't forget, you can literally help make the live podcasts possible by making a small donation of whatever amount you can afford.  Thank you!Do you have a product or[...]



LOST Rewatch Podcast

Sun, 07 Feb 2010 07:59:00 +0000

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LOST Rewatch: Season 5 Locke Episodes and More

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 09:08:00 +0000

In between the Season 5 finale and Season 6 premiere, I participated in The LOST Rewatch.  During the hiatus, I wrote detailed commentaries with fresh insights into the first 21 episodes of Season 1 (see all of my previous posts; start reading from the bottom of the page).  Following are my notes from the rest of the LOST episodes I had time to rewatch, including all of the Season 5 episodes involving John Locke (or rather, in most cases the fake John Locke, aka Jacob's nemesis).  Enjoy!Season 1 Episode 22 - "Born To Run"Kate, as a blonde, has at least 9 different license plates from various states in the trunk of her car, and she swaps her Nebraska plate for an Ohio plate.  She dyes her hair brown and picks up a letter from a motel lobby for a guest named "Joan Hart."  (Incidentally, the most prominent person named "Joan Hart" is Melissa Joan Hart, the actress who played the starring roles on the TV shows "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch".)  The envelope contains some 20-dollar bills and a letter which Kate reads tearfully.  The letter is difficult to read from the viewer's perspective, but here's what I was able to make out:"...have to tell you... have gotten... and the doctors... and there's nothing else they can do.  She's still as stubborn as ever and refuses to stay at the hospital,... but I can see she's growing weaker and fear that before long there may be no other choice.  I can only imagine how hard all of this may be for you.  I wish more than anything that things were different.  I don't know when this letter will reach you, but I am hoping it's soon because she may not have much time left.  I am so sorry Katherine.  You will be... and prayers.  Love, ..."Based on the context of the episode, it seems that someone sent a letter to Kate to let her know that her mother was sick and may soon be in the hospital.  Who sent this letter?  Was it perhaps her (non-biological) father, Sam Austen?  This could explain the cash; sending money seems like a parental thing to do.  There probably wouldn't be too many people in Kate's life who would both know her mother well and would also sign a letter to Kate with "Love" at the end.  The letter writer clearly wasn't Tom Brennan because we find out later in the episode that he obviously hadn't been expecting her.On the Island, Charlie approaches Kate while she plays with the toy airplane on the beach.  Charlie thinks Michael's raft will be a success, and he tells Kate that when the Oceanic survivors are rescued they'll be "ridiculously and eternally famous.  What's the matter?  Don't you want to be famous?"  Kate, of course, doesn't want to be rescued; she knows that if that happens, she will be taken back into custody and probably spend the rest of her life in jail for murdering her biological father and her later crimes including orchestrating an armed robbery of a bank.  We now know that Charlie didn't get his wish of coming back alive to enjoy eternal stardom, but the Oceanic Six did indeed become celebrities as he suspected.Dr. Arzt says that they need to leave "yesterday" to avoid monsoon season, during which the winds would take the raft south to Antarctica.  Michael prepares to leave the following day.  Kate tries to convince Michael to let her on the raft, but he says "the[...]