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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Lost 2.03: BROTHA!

Last night we got a better episode of Lost but was still bogged down by the Faith v. Science thread.
Lost couldn’t have gotten any worse from last weeks episode and happily, this weeks show actually progressed the story along quite nicely. We were introduced to a new character, who turned out to be a part of “The Other”, developed the story arc of Desmond in the hatch, fleshed out more of Locke’s story and developed to no end the struggle between Mr. Faith and Mr. Science. The episode moved along fairly well when they were on the island but when they involved the flashbacks, the pacing died considerably.

While I understand the purpose of expressing the reason why Locke turned into a man of such faith, I don’t understand the reason of beating us over the head with this information. We already know that he is the man of faith and when we are exposed to more of this redundant back story, it bores the audience to no end. It feels as if they are using this exposition of the background of Locke to ensure that no one in the building can ever mistake Locke for being anything other than a man of faith. But since we already know this, it feels as if the show is stalled out only feeding us this information to ensure that they have something to say later on. The storyline doesn’t introduce anything to the table of value, like Jack’s flashback in the premier, and since it doesn’t, it’s just wasting our time.

Back on the island though, the show picks up and gains some momentum. Michael, Sawyer and Jin are rounded up by the Others and are joined soon enough by a girl, who apparently is from Oceanic Flight 815. When she owns Sawyer and takes his gun, we find out she is in cahoots with the Others. What a twist, I definitely didn’t see that one coming. At first I thought she was suspicious of them having a gun, and was fearful for herself but now we know she is a baddie. A good twist for sure. I wonder if she really was on the flight at all or whether that was a lie as well to ensure trust from them. Although she did mention the flight name first. We’ll see soon enough. I just hope Michelle Rodriguez’s grimace doesn’t stay on her face as it’s a horrible look for her.

As for the hatch, again we’re inundated with the whole clash between Jack and Locke and the tension that we’re supposed to feel seems rehashed from earlier episodes. Which it is. From the premier, when they clash on whether or not to go in, on whether it was a good idea to go in now that they are held captive and whether, and again when they clash on the whole idea of believing and their ease and difficulty on doing so. Since we’ve seen this scene so many times, the tension between Locke and Jack on whether or not Jack sound push the button is lost on us and feels a bit dumb. Why does it matter so much, other than symbolically to Locke, on whether or not Jack pushes the button? I mean really, I wanted either Sayid (who is apparently a God on this island, from chasing down psycho French women, to torturing people, or creating elaborate electronic systems without real equipment) to push the button or someone else to do it. However, in hindsight, I wanted them to not push it. I wanted to see what would really happen… would the electromagnetic fields kill everyone? What effect does it have on the island and the people? Another good ending to a good episode, I just hope they realize that when they stay away from mundane conflicts the quality of the show takes off. Can’t wait for next week when we find out Jin knows English.


  • Locke's hairpiece was atrocious. I hope the combover never returns to the show. And he was dating LEELA! HOT! But she had 2 eyeballs - not as hot.

    By Anonymous Kat, at 2:20 PM, October 08, 2005  

  • I can't wait 'til we find out that the real Helen died, then Locke found a sex operator named Helen to take her place.

    By Anonymous KeNsKeH gO BuRr!, at 4:00 PM, October 08, 2005  

  • Interesting, so his ex-girlfriend Helen was his entire reasoning for liking the sex operator Helen. Makes a lot of sense, Lost has sooooo many tie-ins sometimes it's hard to keep track.

    By Blogger lampy., at 6:16 PM, October 08, 2005  

  • Ohh I didn't remember the connection between the Helen's!

    Yeah, I bet you he got attached to the phone sex operation Helen because of the Helen he just met (in our timeline, not timeline of the show).

    Wow, that is a twisty turn. Did you guys also know that Michelle Rodriguez' character talked to Jack? He was talking to her before the flight in the airport bar.

    By Blogger iomegadrive, at 10:18 PM, October 08, 2005  

  • Yea, I heard them talking about that on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, but I don't remember that. :(

    By Blogger lampy., at 10:33 AM, October 09, 2005  

  • I'll look over the shows to find which one it was where he meets up with her in the bar and I'll let ya know.

    By Blogger iomegadrive, at 11:30 AM, October 09, 2005  

  • 123. I just watched it right now.

    Jack is an alcoholic and that's how his marriage fails. He stole that alcohol he needed to treat Boon or Boom or whichever, before he died.

    I don't know why I typed that.

    By Anonymous 43tr, at 2:41 PM, October 10, 2005  

  • It's the season finale of first season where we find Jack has a drink with Michelle Rodriguez' character.

    By Blogger iomegadrive, at 4:57 PM, October 10, 2005  

  • Hrmm did his marriage fail, it seems/feels like it did even though I can't recall an episode that said it did. If it ever was in an episode anyone know which one? If not, I guess it's not for sure, but I'm sure they'll have an episode just for that.

    By Blogger lampy., at 9:36 PM, October 10, 2005  

  • The last episode when Desmond is running away and falls, and talks to Jack. Jack implies that they aren't married anymore, but doesn't say why, although he does get emotional as he is saying it. She's either dead, or they're seperated.

    By Anonymous Ken., at 3:35 PM, October 11, 2005  

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