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Lost 3/4/09: Like Sands through the Hourglass. . .

So are the days of their lives… or lives’ …or whatever.

Last week’s Entertainment Weekly featured Ken Tucker’s review of Lost. (note that the review wasn’t written by EW’s resident Lost junkie Jeff “Doc” Jensen.)  In it, Tucker argues that lost has gained some momentum because, unlike many “sci-fi” shows, this one appeals to women.

Well, ladies– this episode’s for you! 

To re-cap, the episode centers on what happens to Sawyer, Miles, Juliet and Faraday after the flash that sends Locke on his journey as Jeremy Bentham (I think last week’s episode will go down as one of the most pivotal of the season, if not the entire series).   

Here’s what we learn:

  • The 4 toed statue used to have a full body.  Has long flowing locks, but we only see it from behind.  Speculation to ensue, I’m sure.
  • Sawyer and Co. seem to be over their time travel sickness.  Apparently this means that Locke succeeded.
  • Soon upon their return, Sawyer and the crew “rescue” a woman (Amy) who is being kidnapped by “hostiles”  One of them is named Paul.  I’m sure there are biblical implications here.
  • The sonic fence thing that killed (but did not kill) Mikael was operational in the Dharma Days.  Apparently some people know how to go through the wall and some (like our fearless leader, James “LaFleur” and his rag-tag group of followers) don’t.
  • Sawyer has convo. with Richard Alpert and tells him what he knows about Locke, the bomb, etc.  Alpert realizes he isn’t Dharma, but doesn’t seem overly concerned.
  • Sawyer, Juliet and Jin stay on the  island as Dharma people for 3 years, in which time Amy marries  and gets pregnant by Horace, yet still holds a torch for Paul, as evidenced by some necklace that surely has significance, but just looks like the Prince emblem to me.  She successfully has a baby boy, thanks to Juliet.  Weird island curse against pregnant women, be damned.  Is this because whatever makes the curse happen hasn’t happened yet or did Locke’s “fixing” of everything all of a sudden cure the island of the curse?  Time will tell, I’m sure.
  • Speaking of Juliet, she’s now shacking up with Sawyer.  Lucky girl.  He convinces her to stay for 2 more weeks.  She stays 3 years.  He tells Horace that 3 years is long enough to get over a girl. 
  • He gets an early morning call.  Jack, Kate, and Hurley are there.  Back from their days as half of the Oceanic 6.  So, Sawyer, is 3 years really long enough?

In his review, Tucker says:

“What’s great about the series this season is that you can dive deep into its familiar-yet-fresh bubbling stew of physics, numerolgy, and smoke monsters… or you can just skim across its blinding sun surface, grooving on the thwarted romances, the time shifting nosebleeds, and how great Kate looks in a suit.”

True, but for me the whole thing was a little too schmaltzy — from the love triangle (now rectangle?) to Sawyer’s hair, everything had an aura of cheesiness on it that kinda turned me off.   Yeah we got the 4 toed statue.  And the mention of polar bears. And the black rock.  And some insight into Daniel (more in a sec), but the main plotline was week.  And cheesy.  And for a show that was clearly geared toward the estrogen set, there wasn’t nearly enough of Sawyer shirtless.  Seriously.  (Come to think of it, was he ever shirtless this episode?)

Then again, I said something similar after the episode last season where Hurley found the Dharma bus and it ended up having a lot more significance later in the season.  So I should learn to keep my mouth shut.

Other random thoughts:

  • I really liked the scene with Faraday where he saw the redheaded girl we can only assume is Charlotte.   Faraday is my favorite character this season. So far, we’re supposed to trust everything he says as “truth” because he’s the scientist and all, but we’ll see how it shakes out. 
  • I’m sure there will be lots of speculation about the baby– who is it?  why was he allowed to survive on the island?  What changes between 1970-whatever and 1994.   My best guess is that the boy is Faraday– he’s really the only one young enough to have been born in the 70s.  His mom’s name is “Amy” on the island, but maybe she changed it to Eloise. Or maybe Amy dies and Eloise raises Daniel as her own.  Or maybe she just ages really quickly.  There are lots of possibilities.  If this is true, though, it contradicts my earlier theory that Daniel was the “clever fellow” who figured out that whole pendulum thing.  Whatever.
  • I’m sure there’s something to Sawyer’s pseudonym, James LaFleur… it’s also the title of this episode.  And there’s that uber-romantic scene with the flower…  That whole scene reminded me of the “before” scene with Juliet and [name escapes me] right before the Lostie’s plane “crashed.” 
  • I couldn’t figure out where I knew the dark-haired Dharma guy from.  And then it occurred to me that he played Jimmy (the TV show host, blanking on last name) on Mad Men.  First The Wire and now Mad Men!!  I love it when my favorite shows cross-pollinate like that. 
  • My favorite lines of the night came from Sawyer (as usual):   To Daniel after he makes some existential statement:    “Thanks anyway, Plato.”  To Miles after he told Miles about the dead guys not being Dharma:  “Hold your horses, bonsai.” (I think he’s called Miles Mr. Miagi in the past.)

Don’t forget to read Doc Jensen tomorrow.  I’m sure he’ll have a hootenanny of a time unravelling all the mysteries!

Lost Recap

No live blogging tonight. I had too much to do.

Granted, I didn’t do *any* of it and chose to play Catan online while watching Lost, but that’s neither here nor there.   Lots of answers tonight… mostly to things we’d already speculated about.  But it’s always nice to get confirmation.

Here are my shorthand notes.   Back to full notes and/or live blogging next week.  Maybe.  If Catan doesn’t continue to suck away at my free time.

Charlotte has been on island before.  Is now dead.  Is she Annie, perhaps?
Christian Shepard is Jacob
Eloise Hawking = white haired lady= Faraday’s mother  (Eloise was also the name of Faraday’s lab rat)
Locke = sacrifice = sacrificial lamb
Chrisian “can’t” help Locke up… Kinda like when Locke “couldn’t” shoot Charlie (or was it Jack?)  
Christian = Locke?= Christ= Sacrificial lamb  (Locke is the “main of faith”)
Talk amongst yourselves… Please…  I’m sure there is much better/deeper commentary to be found.
And I promise a post on my Chicago weekend soon.

30 days of 30: Week 3

I’m almost on the home stretch in my 30 days of 30.  Here’s how week 3 played out:

Monday–   Drinks at Boltini with Scott, Kurt & Charlie.  I was drinking Pear Gimlets, which I fully intent to re-create at home with the Pear vodka I got as a gift.

Scott got me a book of T.S. Eliot poems to help me with my resolution to appreciate poetry.  Kurt photocopied a poem for me later in the week, too.  Books are some of the most thoughtful/personal gifts you can give someone, especially if it’s something you enjoy. I’ve been reading the poems before I go to bed and I’ve certainly gained a better appreciation for the craft.  

Food Note: I highly recommend the goat cheese crostini and the pretzel “fondue.”  Not your average bar food, but oh-s0-good!

Tuesday–  Dinner with Kelli D. at Olive Garden.  Kelli is a childhood friend of mine.  We recently re-connected and through the magic of facebook we stay in pretty close contact. But it was nice to see her in prson for a change and to get an update on her kids, work, etc. It was her first day going back to working nights after being off for a long time, so I’m glad we were able to hang out, even for a little bit.  

Wednesday– Dinner and drinks at Flat Top with Bridget.   She got me the coolest Juno card.  It speaks the line about being cool w/o even trying when you open it.  Awesome!   We then went back to her house for the LOST premiere.  We’re both huge fans and it was nice to watch with someone as crazy, er, dedicated as me!  I also got the opportunity to meet her super-cool boyfriend and their dog Oscar.  Fun night (once we figured out how to open the wine bottle. lol.)

Food note:  We didn’t have dessert at Flat Top, but the guys next to us had some sort of molten chocolate/ice cream concoction.  It looked soooooo good.  I never have room for dessert when I go there, but it might be worth a try.

Thursday–  This was officially Erin’s day since we missed our date earlier this month.  I had lunch with my besties– Steph, Erin, Kim at Houlihan’s.   Including me, this represented half of the email circle, so I guess you could say we had a quarum.   It’s never a dull moment with those girls and I love them dearly.   

Friday– Bobbi and I had planned on going to see The Dark Knight because it was allegedly going to be re-released in the theaters this weekend.I even held off watching it on DVD because I was excited to see it on the big screen.  But apparently it’s not playing here.  So Bobbi, Cory, and I did our usual Friday night happy hour at Bunny’s.  I met their friend Jamie, who was super nice. It was fun and low-key and just what the doctor ordered!

Saturday–  Because of the (relatively) early Friday night, I was uber-productive Saturday during the day.  Then I went to Fat City to celebrate Kristin and Muffy’s birthdays.  It was good to see everyone, but I think I might (gasp!) be getting a little sick of the bar scene.  Shocking, I know!

Sunday–  No one had signed up for today, and I was okay with that.  Cory and I talked about maybe going bowling, but decided to wait for another day when more people could come.  

I stayed in bed reading until noon.  My mom came up to deliver my computer desk (a  Christmas present that was still at her house!), we went to lunch and I’ve been reading, writing, and messing around online ever since.  So, I’m officially marking this day on my 30 days of 30 calendar as Cari day!

Lost is Back!!

I didn’t take notes on last night’s ep.  Thought it was good, not great, but I’m glad the show is back on-air.

BIG questions:
— who is Faraday’s mom?  We think probably the white-haired lady
— why are Desmond and Locke “special”?  Are they “constants” for island people (i.e. Alpert, Ethan)
— who was the baby in the opening montage?  That *has* to be significant.  I’m thinking there’s a Jin/Sun connection
— why does time keep changing?  Is Ben still turning the wheel?
— why do they all have to be on the island to make it right?   A Back-to-the-Future kind of thing?
— How did Locke get back to the island?  Who joins which “team”?  Is Ben good or Evil? When/how did the pilot (can’t remember his name… looks like Nick Nolte) die? Is Jin really dead?  Is Locke really dead?  Will he be “reanimated” once he returns to the island?  These are probably the season-long questions…

Other thoughts:
–I have a crush on Faraday.  Yes, Sawyer was shirtless for 2/3 of the night, but Faraday is cute to me.
–Hurley is still funny.  I loved the “I need a cool code name” line and the exchange with the woman in the gas station. ‘No, I think you heart them.’ ahahah!
— It was good to see some old characters re-appear.  Except Hurley’s dad.  I hate his hair.
— I don’t understand why Juliet isn’t giving up more about what she knows of the island.  It seems as if Faraday/Charlotte/Miles are now the “information keepers.”
— Speaking of Charlotte, it’s pretty clear that she’s dead a la Roger Workman.  The bloody nose gave that away. Originally I thought it meant that they had moved to the future (after her real-life death), but that’s not the case.  Has she been dead the whole time?  Or does time travel somehow make her sick?  And how did Roger Workman KNOW he was dead, yet she’s oblivious?

Big Day

The countdown is almost over.  The day has finally arrived.   No, not Obama’s first full day in office, although that is important.

Today marks the day that the new season of LOST begins. And I am pumped.  I have a dinner-drinks-and-LOST date planned for my 30 days.  And I’ll try to post reactions as soon as possible.

In case you don’t remember, check out my entry from last year on Why I Heart LOST.

Eye Candy

I have about 5 different posts to write, but I’m too tired from the weekend, so this will have to do for now:

A little eye candy never hurt anyone, now did it?    Meee-ow!

Why I Heart Lost

It’s no secret… I’m addicted to Lost.   Not since my pre-teen Family Ties days have I been so enthralled with a television show.  Although there have been plenty of shows that I’ve watched since, none have quite captured my interest like this one.  It’s honestly the *only* show I religiously watch every week.  So what is it about this show that makes it so great?  Is it the characters? The plot? The mystery? 

Since there is no Lost  this week, I’ve decided to break down the top 5 reasons I heart Lost:

5)  Naveen Andrews, Josh Holloway, Henry Ian Cusick– A top 4 list isn’t quite as catchy as a Top 5 list, so I had to throw some eye-candy in here.  The actors who portray Sayid, Sawyer, and Desmond are-in a word- HOTT!  I’m not a big Jack fan, but he cleans up nice.  And the girls are okay, too.  Kate is a bit too horse-like for my taste, but I totally dig Juliet.  Can’t go wrong with pretty people on a pretty island.

4)  It makes me feel smart.  And then stupid.  And then smart again.  Like any good mystery, Lost is filled with clues, red herrings, villains, heroes and “WTF just happened?” moments.  It makes me feel smart when I figure something out (like Juliet’s real purpose last season) and then stupid again when I realize I just “fell” for one of the producers’ tricks… they wanted me to put two and two together.

There are so many layers to the show… there are pop culture references, literary references, an entire mythology that  is derived from what the producers refer to as the “canon.”  Some things (the show itself, official podcasts, webisodes, etc.) are considered to be part of the canon and, therefore, presented as truth.  Other things (actors’ interviews, an alternate reality game, unofficial web sites) are non-canonical and can’t be completely trusted, but provide a great source of information for the theory-makers.

3) There’s a little something for everyone–  Action, romance, mystery, science fiction, psychology, hippies, sex, drugs, rock and roll (well… there was Rock & Roll), mysticism, religion, animals, family drama… and HUMOR.  Don’t forget the humor.   Hurley and Sawyer, in particular, are great at delivering the witty one-liner.  Even if you don’t think you like science fiction (I don’t) or aren’t “into” all the mystery-making, you’ll find something to glom onto.

In talking to people about this season it became clear to me that different people identify with different aspects of the show.  Some people are concerned about what is happening RIGHT NOW on the show– are they gonna find the chopper?  What’s up with that thing on Keemy’s arm? (I’m trying to be as vague as possible), whereas I’m less interested in the action of the island and more interested in how the “current” events weave into the larger context of the show.  It’s like a big puzzle and even though I don’t know how all the pieces will fit together, I have confidence that the writers are taking us somewhere… somewhere amazing!

2) The writers/producers are amazing.  I have no clue what it takes to write a television series, especially one as complex and multi-layered as this one.  But these writers are God-like in my book.  They started the series with the “island present”/flashback format.  Through this we were able to meet and identify with the characters, while also moving the story forward and giving us background on both the characters and the plot.  They’ve also managed to introduce new characters (sometimes not-so-successfully) in a way that propelled the story forward, yet maintained the core of the show.  I have to remind myself that some of my favorite characters– Ben, Desmond, Juliet– weren’t even on the show the first season. 

And then the changed it all  up at the end of the last season. I’m not going to ruin for anyone, but it was mind-blowing.  And by all accounts, there’s another mind-shift happening at the end of this season.  Brilliant!

They’ve also managed to make a fairly fast-paced, mythology-driven show that actually has compelling *characters.*  Too often in “genre” shows, the writers rely on the tried-and-true devices of the genre and don’t focus as much on character development.  I think Lost has proven itself to be *much* more than a genre show by giving the characters such depth.  Sure, it’s taken 4 years for some characters (Sawyer is just coming into his own) while others seem fairly stock (Jack), but I don’t think we ever saw this kind of character development on, say, Star Trek.  

While we’re on the subject, I refuse to classify this as science fiction. Yeah, there are some otherworldly things going on here.  But it’s soooooo much more than that.  Plus, I hate sci fi!

1) The Lost Community–  Now, if nothing else I ever do doesn’t brand me a dork, this will:  I think my favorite part of watching Lost is the day-after.  Yes, it’s a water-cooler show.  And yes, I’m glad it’s on Thursday now so that I don’t feel *quite* so guilty discussing it with my friends/co-workers on Friday.  

But, again, it’s so much more than that.  There’s a whole community built around this show.  I consider myself a pretty big fan.  I usually read the blogs the next day to catch up on the latest theory/obscure reference I’ve missed.  Hell, I’ve even started taking LIVE notes and sharing them with fellow “Losties” via email.  But I’m NO WHERE near as devoted as some of the people online.

The likes of Doc Jensen, Doc Arzt and that guy from Powells (J. Wood, apparently) spend a great deal of time and energy researching the show, making sense of every bit of dialogue, imagery, and context.   And those guys get paid for it.  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of regular people who do it just for fun.  

Take the first episode where we met the “freighter people” for example.   I watched the show and thought: “hmmm…that redheaded actress is kinda pretty, wonder what’s up with her.”  The Lost faithful immediately realized that her name was c.s. lewis, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia.  And then made a million connections to why that was significant and what it means to the larger context of the show.  And that, my friends is why I love the show.   As Lenny Kravitz once said: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”  And with Lost, it ain’t never over! 

So, if you’re already a Lost  fan, let’s talk in a couple of weeks about what is bound to be a mind-blowing finale.  And if you’re not… rent the DVDs and get caught up.  You won’t be disappointed!