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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Lost 2.10: Eko vs. Lostzilla

We get a glimpse into the sordid past of Mr. Eko, courtesy of Lostzilla.

First off, I didn’t come up with the name Lostzilla. I heard it somewhere else and thought it was too awesome to one-up so I stole it. Secondly, wow. What the hell is that thing? An encounter that harkens back to the two part pilot episode, Lostzilla reminds us why we first fell in love with Lost. We fell in love with the ultimate question: What the hell was that? And this episode served up the mother of all ‘what the hell was that’s.

When Eko encountered Lostzilla, I had a feeling he wasn’t going to run. I knew it wasn’t going to kill him. I knew this from when Locke encountered the same thing and he survived. Hell, he even wanted it to take him. But then again, this IS Locke we’re talking about. He has been sold on the island from day one, due to him regaining his lost legs. However, what Eko says to Charlie is the interesting part. He said he had nothing to fear. Some would say this means he lived a tough life, shot a couple of guys early on in his life, became a notorious criminal and that gave him no fear. But I think it’s because he was on the track to find his brother. He had no fear anymore because nothing was going to stand in his way to finding his brother’s body. So perhaps, people who are dedicated in their quests don’t get killed by Lostzilla? I’m not sure, but it makes for good discussion.

Secondly. What were the flashes in Lostzilla? They were flash backs of Eko’s past. If you do a slow-mo of the smoke, it shows pictures from the episode which depict his past. Now the question is how did those memories get into the mind of Lostzilla? It either had them already or was scanning them from Eko’s brain. If it knew them already, it means one thing: they were all brought to the island for a reason and purpose and that purpose has something to do with their pasts. If it was scanning it from his brain, that means many things: either they aren’t supposed to be there and the island’s defense system is acting against them or they were randomly chosen to be there. Both of these don’t make sense. If they weren’t supposed to be there and you were an uber-smokey machine, and you smash down trees at will and well… freaking FLOAT, wouldn’t you just kill them off quickly? And if they were randomly chosen, that’s retarded. You can’t have all seeing and ultimate powers to choose people to come and be unable to choose WHOM you want there. So that leaves the only logical conclusion. Lostzilla knew them, knows their memories, and they were chosen based on those memories.
Which means, there is someone controlling it. The writers have been adamant that everything on the island can be scientifically proven, which means the Others who are running the experiment in the hatch are running other larger experiments and they are STILL running it to this day.

It was an awesome episode and we’re definitely back on track for more goodness out of Lost. Thank goodness for Lostzilla and Mr.Eko!


  • so what do you think it means that the pilot was killed by lostzilla in the pilot episode? he just wasn't supposed to be there? or maybe it had something to do with not being able to face his past...i mean, if you think about it, the only 2 people that aren't afraid of it are locke and eko, both of whom have come to terms with their past and with their current situation. i could be wrong, but i don't think eko said he had nothing to fear, but that he wasn't afraid of IT, of lostzilla specifically.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:23 AM, January 13, 2006  

  • I think the pilot was used as a device to let the survivors know they shouldn't be hoping to get off the island any time soon, and once he had conveyed that message, Lostzilla killed him.

    I think Eko was on the path to coming to terms with his past, and hence would have no reason to get off the island. Therefore, Lostzilla didn't need to kill him.

    Secondly, I think Lostzilla isn't a killing machine but more of a machine to keep them on the island. Thus, it killed the pilot after he let them know there was no hope in waiting to get off the island, and didn't kill Locke or Eko since they've surrendered themselves to living on the island.

    I mean, that's the whole point. The forces that be, whatever they may be, their focus is on keeping them on this island together. So Lostzilla is more of a security device keeping them on the island versus a killing machine.

    By Blogger iomegadrive, at 12:24 PM, January 13, 2006  

  • "Secondly, I think Lostzilla isn't a killing machine but more of a machine to keep them on the island."

    If true that would mean that Lost is ripping off The Prisoner 'cuz that sounds EXACTLY like the rover from that show!!

    I can see it now: the final episode Hurley keeps asking Locke "Who is Number one?" before ripping his mask off and finding a gorilla underneath :-P

    By Blogger Christopher, at 3:35 PM, January 13, 2006  

  • Haha, yeah.

    The premise definitely isn't new but it's not to say it's derivative. Lost has many elements from books about society and its a big melting pot for those ideas. I mean, come on. One of the guy's name is LOCKE.

    I think we're going to find that Lost is more about humanity/society as a whole versus just these survivors.

    By Blogger iomegadrive, at 11:13 PM, January 13, 2006  

  • **RANT: I have such a love-hate relationship of this fucking show. The writers must gets off on providing about 5 minutes worth of exciting and new information per episode and watching the feeding frenzy on the internet and at watercoolers speculating over those 5 minutes. Some people call that sophistication and ingenious, others like me want to scream "ASSHATS!"
    END RANT**

    Thank god Lost is coming out its slump...I was on the verge of not caring any more. BSG RULEZ!


    By Anonymous Kat, at 7:59 PM, January 17, 2006  

  • Hey, as long as you pick a favorite in the auditions and watch only for that one person. I always watch the auditions for laughs and usually pick a favorite and watch until my pick gets the axe, except for the first season I didn't watch a single show. I did pick Clay Aiken during the auditions and I watched all the way till the end because he was in it all the way. I liked him because he confounded expectations in the auditions and the geeky guy could belch it out there. I watched in season three and picked that Frank Sinatra rip-off in the auditions and stopped when he got dropped later on. Maybe if I get time to fit American Idol into my TV schedule I'll pick one this season.

    By Blogger lampy., at 11:33 PM, January 17, 2006  

  • Horrible. Has it come to this? Really, American Idol? For shame, for shame!

    By Blogger iomegadrive, at 12:39 PM, January 18, 2006  

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    By Blogger LostViewer, at 6:28 PM, January 20, 2006  

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