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!

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