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Thursday, May 25, 2006

"I want you to have this job. Of course..."


Ahh, nothing spells the end of spring like the season-ending cliffhanger. I don't have a lot of time to recap, but I would love to see some chatter. Could the photo to the left be the key to the entire story behind Lost? Through a series of flashbacks, we learned the story of Desmond, the love of his life, Penny Widmore, and the years he spent in stewardship of the infamous Button (and a portion of which, in the company of Hadley, the sadistic prison guard from The Shawshank Redemption--no wonder Des obeyed his orders; he wouldn't want to end up like that Fatso guy at the beginning of the movie). Turns out, not only is the button "real," but Desmond's failure to mind it, if only briefly, may have been the cataclysm that resulted in the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. We also learned (in no particular order): (i) that the along the coastline of the Island are the remains of a gigantic statute of a person with four toes (resemlbing the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World); (ii) that the pneumonic tube into which the Pearl Station notebooks were placed, lead to a vacant field somewhere on the other side of the island, and the notebooks themselves appear not to have been read by anyone, (iii) the Others' camp on the north side of the island was fake (we had already figured that one, though); (iv) (Fake) Henry Gale is a figure of importance among the Others (though it still remains to be seen if he is the one they call "him"); (v) the Others keep their word when striking nefarious bargains to recover kidnapped comrades; (vi) Libby was once married, or at the very least, she once owned a sailboat named after her (the "Elizabeth"), which she gave to Desmond after hearing 10 seconds of his heartbreaking love story; (vii) Charlie is not very compassionate or mournful after two of his friends appear to have been incinerated in the Hatch; (viii) the Others are taking Jack, Kate & Sawyer "home" with them; (ix) while there does not appear to be a conventional way to sail away from the island, there may be one particular course you can sail in order to escape it (assuming (F)Henry is telling the truth; and (x) there are two gentlemen who speak Portuguese and are stationed in some remote, frigid locale, keeping an eye out for electromagnetic irregularities at the behest of Penny Widmore, presumably to locate Desmond.

Quick Questions (feel free to add some more):

1. We still don't know if there is any connection between the Others and the Dharma initiative. The two things that make me wonder are (i) (F)Henry's telling Locke that the button does nothing and (ii) "Tom" (a/k/a the Guy with the fake beard) quoting Alvar Hanso to the group during their initial encounter in the jungle. Also odd is that (F)Henry did not appear terribly concerned about that giant flash in the sky.

2. Are Desmond, Locke and Eko dead? I doubt the writers would kill of such popular characters, but on Lost (like on Oz), you never know.

3. Does Desmond's "causing" the planecrash refute the theory that the castaways were somehow purposefully brought to the Island?

4. Do (F)Henry and the Others care that they kidnapped the castaways' only doctor? (I'm probably the only one who cared about that.)

5. How are the Widmores connected to the Hanso Foundation and the Dharma Initiative? Did Widmore seek out Hanso before or after he ran the Newport Group, fathered an illegitimate daughter, married Julie Cooper and died of a heart attack as Caleb Nichol on The O.C.?

Again, that's all I can do for now, but there are many, many, many more questions. If you need inspiration, please remember the following quote, by "someone a whole lot smarter than us":

"From the dawn of our species, Man has been blessed with curiosity. Our most precious gift, without exception, is the desire to know more--to look beyond what is accepted as the truth and to imagine what is possible."--Alvar Hanso, address to the United Nations Security Council, 1967.

Thank you and Namaste.


  • i cant believe you failed to mention the commercial for the Hanso Foundation before the last segment of the show! I was a good little geek and checked out the website and have started on the trail of breadcrumbs that have been left. I'll report my findings when I have more time.

    By Blogger maybe i can help..., at 12:08 PM  

  • I think Widmore Labs came after the Newport Group. Of course, before entering the private sector, Caleb/Widmore served as Vice President of the United States under President David Palmer.

    By Blogger The Skipper, at 12:48 PM  

  • Choculitis is still upset and knows how to hold a grudge, but resumes posting for the sake of the community nonetheless: What did you guys think of the nods and glances that were exchanged between Michael, Sawyer, Jack and Kate at the end of the episode? Nothing more than "we're screwed", or something a little more "I've got an Ace up my sleeve"?

    By Blogger Count Choculitis, at 1:01 PM  

  • The end between Kate, Sawyer and Jack was very Empire Strikes Back. Of course, Michael is Lando. Black men are always Lando. The question is whether he will team up with Hurley (Chewbaca) to rescue the friends he betrayed.

    Also - it need not be pointed out that Sawyer has already referred to Jin multiple times as "Chewy." Well, I say, he got it wrong. The fat man is Chewy.

    In the words of Comic Book Guy, "best episode ever." Thank you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:50 PM  

  • My hunch is that Michael is not in on whatever Jack, Sawyer and Kate have planned, assuming they have anything planned at all.

    Can we explore the last few minutes a bit? I suppose Desmond's gal, through her own research and initiative, determined where Desmond was and what was going on there, so she was searching for the electromagnetism? And now she has to try to find him?

    By Blogger Count Choculitis, at 8:17 AM  

  • 1. I plan on watching the episode again to pick up some of the nuances that we're dissecting. (Its going to be a long summer without any new TV that I care about, other than Entourage.) If I remember correctly, Jack was trying to show Kate and Sawyer that he has some sort of a plan (Sayid).

    2. Choculitis, regarding your feelings of neglect:

    "Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while, a Great Wind carries me across the sky."
    -Ojibwe Saying

    By Blogger The Skipper, at 9:43 AM  

  • I like this saying, from the Skipper's favorite corporate rock band (Linkin Park):

    I can't feel the way I did before
    Don't turn your back on me
    I won't be ignored
    Time won't heal this damage anymore
    Don't turn your back on me
    I won't be ignored

    By Blogger Count Choculitis, at 9:53 AM  

  • I apologize for the site being down yesterday afternoon. After trying several methods to fix things, I forgot the most obvious solution--the one that works every time: "Reboot." That worked.

    Harris-Excellent analogy. Which one is 3-PO? Sayid? As I mentioned to somebody, there was a very subtle "Empire" reference back in Season 1 when Michael and Jin are standing on top of the raft while they're building it, and Michael yells to Jin something like, "No! No! No! THAT one goes here! THIS one goes there!" to which Jin replies something unintelligible in Korean. There is a very similar exchange between Han and Chewie while the two are making repairs atop the Millenium Falcon on Hoth at the beginning of Empire.

    I thought the look meant that Jack has a plan. On the other hand, according to today's NY Post, Season 3 of LOST will play up the whole romance angle among the Castaways, so maybe the look was Jack saying "I Love You." and Kate replying "I know." with Sawyer saying something in wookie.

    Count--if you're still this upset about last week, then we really need to talk.

    By Blogger BookieD, at 10:23 AM  

  • What exactly happened between you and the Count? I need answers.

    By Blogger Toasty Joe, at 11:13 AM  

  • The Count appears to be messing with my head. Can't you see (read) that I've got enough on my mind???

    By Blogger BookieD, at 11:39 AM  

  • I thought the nod had more significance than just "i heart you kate". I think it was more like "trust me, I'll get you out of this". I thought there were going to get up and start karate kicking or something, but no.

    Michael is not in on any plan. His kid saw what he did and is not stupid. Michael will be guilted into helping, but I cannot see him playing a big role after that. He will either die or leave for his coordinates to get rescued because he did kill two people and it wasn't an accident. My guess is that the rescue area is that island in the middle of the ocean the codes were picked up at in the first place, though I have no idea how far that is and if that boat can make there.

    That being said, trusting the fake Henry Gale is silly.

    Speaking of the fake Henry Gale, he's the main dude I think. They had the main guy in their hands and I thought it was weird that when they had him locked down, he was so smart and manipulative. Just to be lowly soldier and be able to talk the game and play mind games was bit much I thought, but I still thought he was low on the totem pole at that point and it kind of makes more sense now.

    But what is going on with Desmond's girl? Why was she looking for electromagnetic activity in the first damn place? That part is very, very weird. That girl was also from the Mind of a Married Man. A pretty good show on HBO a few years ago.

    The plan crashing was still no accident. The 'others' still had a list of names and the real names. No one knows Sawyer's real name, but maybe a person or two. That is just too weird....but I guess everything is weird.

    Seriously good fucking episode.

    By Blogger michael o., at 2:26 PM  

  • i went to the site and when you try to sign up for the newsletter, it tells you to call the number on the TV ad. While that number seems to busy, when you sign up you are greeted by someone called Persephone. for more, check out the link


    This show is so great because it keeps messing with our heads so much. this has to be no doubt a clue to a much much larger theme of this entire show.

    By Blogger The Schwizz, at 6:24 PM  

  • please also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-death-rebirth_deity

    By Blogger The Schwizz, at 6:27 PM  

  • Toasted Joe and The Metropolitans are annihilating BookieD in terms of blog updating.

    By Blogger Count Choculitis, at 2:11 PM  

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