Another Lost Friday is upon us; we have much to discuss. For example, my urine has turned a shade of neon green.
Let me back up for a second.
I’m taking a new multivitamin that’s supposed to rid my body of various toxins, along with whatever horrible things I expect it to digest and convert into waste matter. The side effect has been bright green urine, arriving about 10 times a day. If anyone out there wants to fancy a guess as to what’s going on with me, I’d be glad to hear about it in the comments section. It’s starting to bother me, as you would assume.
Now we can move on.
Well, we got our first Locke episode of the season. Finally, we got the answers to some of the more biting questions like…wait a minute… we got nothing! What did I just watch? An infomercial for the Juice Tiger could have gotten me more answers than “Further Instructions.“
Okay, so we got to see how the beach was doing after the capture/implosion, and we got to (sort of) find out the fates of Locke, Eko and Desmond, but the reassurance was far from rewarding. Throw a CGI-polar bear and a greenhouse full of weed into the mix, and you’ve got something far from what’s expected of this show. I’m not complaining (I am), I’m just wondering if the writers know that viewers are losing faith in the product.
The Skinny will make me feel all better.
The episode opens with a shot of Locke’s eye, and then a shot of the jungle (in a manner very reminiscent of Pilot, part 1). He sees Desmond running naked through the jungle, and is nearly hit on the head by Eko’s stick when it falls from the sky. Locke gets up and returns to camp.
For the time being, he is mute and communicates with Charlie using a pad and pen. Locke creates a hallucinogen and has a vision in a sweat lodge he just constructed. In the vision, Boone appears as his guide. At the end of the vision, Boone tells Locke that he has to “clean up his own mess.” After the vision, Locke is able to speak.
Locke and Charlie go in search of Eko and find that the hatch has imploded; Locke, Eko, and Desmond, however, were apparently blown out of the hatch. Tracking Eko, they find a boar freshly killed by a polar bear and then meet Hurley who is on his way back from the confrontation with The Others. They warn him about the polar bear, and tell him to return to the beach and deliver The Others’ message. Locke and Charlie discover that Eko was dragged into a cave by a polar bear. Locke rescues Eko using hairspray and his torch as a makeshift flamethrower, and he and Charlie take him back to the beach.
While Hurley is wandering back to camp, he comes across a naked Desmond. Hurley gives him a tie-dyed shirt from his backpack and brings him back to camp. Mysteriously, Desmond mentions a speech that Locke will give later on.
The episode ends with Locke giving said speech, telling Claire, Paulo, and Nikki that he is going to find Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Hurley realizes that Desmond might be able to see into the future. Nikki is impatient, and asks Hurley when he was going to tell them that Jack, Kate and Sawyer were taken, even though he just got back to the beach.
The episode’s flashback concerns Locke when he worked and lived on a rural commune. After picking up a work-seeking hitchhiker during a rainstorm, Eddie, Locke brings him to the commune, and tries to integrate him into the community there. Locke feels connected to the commune because of the sense of family and faith it has, something John is desperately lacking.
Eddie soon gains his trust, and Locke is about to tell him what is in the mysterious, guarded commune greenhouse. However, before he can reveal the secret, Locke learns the leaders of the commune have discovered that Eddie is an undercover cop; Eddie has seen massive amounts of fertilizer being unloaded off trucks and brought into the greenhouse. He thinks that they’re planning to use it in a bomb (also implying that they’re a militia), when in fact the greenhouse is filled with marijuana. The leaders are concerned that Eddie is going to blow the whistle on their sticky weed situation.
For fear of losing his new family, John takes Eddie hunting, with the idea that he will kill him to “cover up his mess,” a problem John is also dealing with on the island. In the end, John can’t pull the trigger, and Eddie walks away.
Well, there you go. You know what? I take back all the mean things I said about this episode. It was okay. Make with the numbers.
4 – It seems like they cut a few minutes from this episode. The TiVo had it scheduled until 9:03c, yet it was over by 9:00c. I noticed a few things from the promo (Locke talking to his knife; drawing the weird face in the notebook) and a few things from the episode description (Nikki & Paulo having sex in Jack’s tent) were cut. Perhaps they cut a couple minutes at the last second for no reason? Beats me, but things were clearly cut. I’m just sayin’ is all.
8 – Locke’s flashback ended abruptly. Apparently, we’re supposed to believe that John instantly jumped ship on the granola community when they got busted, got paralyzed and started working at a box company. For as rushed as this episode was, not too much was advanced as far as plot. Furthermore, has there ever been a more betrayed character in television history than John Locke? He’s the Julius Caesar of the 21st Century.
In a parallel to last week’s episode, Eddie tells Locke that he’s not a murderer and wouldn’t shoot him. Only this time around, Eddie was right and didn’t get capped by a bloodthirsty Sun.
15 – The hitch-hiker was wearing a Geronimo Jackson shirt, which the commune leader immediately recognized. At first, this seemed like a cheap in-joke to me. But once I realized that the hitch-hiker was actually a cop, it was pretty funny to realize that he was wearing the shirt solely so the hippies would accept him as one of their own. Hippies are dumb like that; as long as there’s pot around, they’ll be friends with anybody.
16 – Desmond can predict the immediate future now. Good for him! Clearly, something specific happened to each of the 3 people involved in the hatch implosion. Hopefully, we’ll get to the bottom of that soon enough. I saw a theory that perhaps time is screwed up for everyone on the island, so some people are seeing flashbacks and others are seeing flash-forwards. If this is determined to be true, I’ll murder someone.
However, I can’t help but notice that Desmond has a lot more facial hair now than when the hatch imploded; lots more than Eko or Locke. Also remember that whenever The Terminator time-traveled, his clothes wouldn’t make the journey. Food for thought.
23 – Speaking of Desmond, can someone get this guy a pair of pants? We can’t have him walking around in a XXXXL tye-dye for the rest of the season…or can we?
42 – There was a skeleton in the polar bear cave that had a DHARMA ‘Pearl Station’ outfit on. This plays into the theory that not only is The DHARMA Initiative out of commission, but something went very wrong at the onset.
Again, forget every negative thing I said about this episode. It contained more questions and mythology of any episode so far this season, and for that I am grateful. It’s preview time.
– Episode 4 will be titled “Every Man For Himself.”
– It appears to be a Sawyer-centric episode.
– The official press release reads as follows: “Sawyer discovers just how far his captors will go to thwart any plans of escape he and Kate might have, and Jack is called upon to scrub up in order to save the life of one of the Others. Meanwhile, Desmond’s behavior begins to perplex the survivors when he starts construction on an unknown device.”
– Taken from E! Online: “Sawyer will flashback, and we’ll learn something about his role in this world. Sawyer is going to have a very bad day (as you saw from the promo), and Kate will be mostly clueless as to why. Jack will start to play Julia. Niki will talk to Desmond. (If it doesn’t get cut out.) Henry will have a bizarre reveal to Sawyer that, if true, will change what we know about Lost island.
– Episodes 5 & 6 (before the winter break) will be Eko and Kate-centric, respectively. They both look amazing.
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