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Thursday, May 18, 2006

"I'm Not Through Here, Jerry. I'm Gonna Keep On Investigating. This Thing is Like an Onion. The More Layers You Peel, the More it Stinks."

Well, we are getting closer to answering the questions we've been asking lo, these many episodes. This week's installment of Lost featured a flashback that took us back to that fateful day a fortnight ago, when Michael left the group (locked in the armory) in search of Walt. Between the flashbacks and the "current" story, we learned a great deal about what happened to Michael while he was gone, and what motivated him to do the horrific things he has done since he returned. As for us viewers, we learned a few things, and, of course, raised some new questions:

1. Michael wasn't lying when he described the Others' camp. From the flashbacks, we could see why Michael would genuinely believe Zeke and Company to be a bunch of burlap-clad renegades living in tents with minimal firepower (of course, it also appears that Michael's description of the camp was the only truthful statement he made since returning to our castaway friends.). Okay, so if Michael did see what he described, and we also know that the Others wear elaborate costumes that give the appearance they are a bunch of wacky hillbilies, are we now to believe the Others would go so far as to create an entire fake campground with at least a dozen of them running around in burlap just to mess with Michael's head?

2. Walt is alive and (at least physically) well, though not exactly wecoming his new Others-overlords. From what I could discern, the Others have been doing some type of intensive study of him. Walt complained about being put through"tests," about which the mysterious black woman said"we're not going to talk about that." Walt also said that "these people are not what you think they are," but we already knew that. What have they been doing with Walt?

3. The Others have a particular interest in four of our favorite castaways: Kate, Jack, Hurley and "James Ford" (I chuckled when Michael didn't recognize Sawyer). Why these people and nobody else? Why not Locke, of all people?

4. We met some new Others and saw some old friends--In addition to the bearded man a/k/a "Mr. Friendly" a/k/a "Weird Beard" a/k/a "Zeke", we saw the mysterious black lady, the young guy whose name I missed and the woman we all know as Rousseau's daughter, Alex. It also appears that Alex is still sympathetic to our friends, and even concerned about Claire and the baby. Who is the mysterious black lady? Could she be "him"?

5. So, Sayid is the only person hip to Michael's scheming. I found it a little hard to believe that Jack would cede control of the plans to confront the Others to Michael so easily. However, maybe Jack's confidence has been undermined by his realization that he was completely wrong about (F)Henry. Either way, it seemed obvious to me that Michael has been behaving irrationally. Then again, I got to see Michael gun down two innocent hotties in the hatch, so I guess that I would have reason to be skeptical, huh.

6. Is there any chance the Others will really let Walt and Michael go free if Michael delivers them the Fab Four? Will they really give him their little boat? I sincerely doubt it.

7. Speaking of boats, from where did that boat appear at the end of the episode? It looked like a relatively small vessel, not something that would be sailing around in middle of the South Pacific. My personal theory is that it has something to do with Desmond, whom we have heard will be appearing in the 2-hour finale.

BTW, for the third Wednesday in a row I was out doing some drinking prior to the show, so my memory is once again sketchy. Still, I thought it was another excellent episode. The writers seem to have caught fire during the home stretch.

***Update: The Entertainment Weekly recap is available here.

In other TV news, America has once again spoken, and this time it is Elliot Yamin who was sent home from the American Idol finals. However, unlike most recent Idol exits where everyone debates the merits of the loser's elimination, most people actually felt positive about Elliot finishing in third place and gave him his due. This is probably because Elliot was such a long-shot to begin with (with his bad haircut, bad teeth, uncomfortable stage presence) from such humble beginnings (Yamin noted last night, "I'm just a counter clerk at a pharmacy. I've been waiting my whole life for a shot like this.''), that we were all glad to see someone get so far on vocal talent alone. According to FOX, the votes were split almost exactly even among the three contestants, with 33.06% going to Elliot and the two other contestants receiving 33.26% and 33.68% (we do not know whether it was Taylor or Katherine who garnered the additional 0.42% of the votes). Entertainment Weekly is skeptical of this, but assuming for the moment that it's true, then I would like to proffer this conspiracy theory: Tuesday night, my wife felt Elliot could use some help, so we both tried to call all three of the 866-numbers available to vote for Elliot on our Verizon cell phones, only to receive a recording telling us Verizon cannot complete the call. Could it be that knowing Idol is sponsored by Cingular, Verizon is preventing us from calling? Could it be that the Idol producers wanted Elliot gone in favor of the more charismatic Taylor and sexier Katherine? Could our votes have given Elliot the 0.20% he needed to get over the top? How many other people were blocked from voting for their Idol favorites Tuesday night? Could the whole thing be a mind-game being played on us by The Hanso Foundation or The aforementioned Others? This whole thing Stinks, I tell ya!

Finally, speaking of things that stink, the Mets lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to the Cardinals, wasting a gem of a pitching performance by Steve Trachsel. To add insult to injury, the final outs came with the bases loaded in the top of the 9th, when Jason Isringhausen struck out David Wright and got the ice-cold Cliff Floyd to ground out to first. Very depressing.


  • A couple of thoughts on Lost:

    1. I was pumped that Sayid read Michael correctly. I think he might be my favorite character. I was even more excited that he used the phrase, "Michael's been compromised". I love the word "compromised" in that context. I need to find a way to use that word in my daily vocabulary.

    I had something else I wanted to comment on, but I can't remember what it was. Oh well.

    By Blogger The Skipper, at 11:18 AM  

  • Another great episode. The 'black lady' called herself Ms. Clue I believe? Bummer that Mr. Eko has been relegated to code punching duties. Where is that going? I did think the Claire and Charlie thing was a little odd...

    Well, I just read the EW take, and it makes me out to be a plagiarist. Those guys do a good job recanting the episodes...

    By Blogger SonnyD, at 11:54 AM  

  • "Michael has been compromised" is a very profssional way of putting it. Sayid does have the coolest way of speaking (as does Eko--interesting how the foreigners have a better command of the language than we do). I meant to add the comment about Eko and his relegation to the button. I agree that we need him outside kicking ass. I also wanted to post a link to EW, but the recap wasn't up when I posted this entry. I look forward to reading it after I type this comment.

    By Blogger BookieD, at 12:27 PM  

  • The Rand Corporation, in conjuction with the saucer people, uder the supervision of the reverse vampires, are FORCING our parents to go to bed early in a fiendish plot to eliminate the meal of dinner!

    We're through the looking glass here, people!

    Lost kicked ass. Jack is a penis. Don't take the army guy because Michael says so! Let's take the big fat guy instead! Sayid is about to whoop some Michael ass, but they previews looked like they actually went anyway. We'll see.

    Mr Eko relegated to button duty because now he things he has to push it is silly. He should just be kicking ass and that's it. What's the deal with the story he told Michael? He seems to be in the know about the deal or it sounded like a really, really random story to tell.

    Elliot was a nice dude. If Taylor wins, that will be a joke. The best should win and the best he is not.

    By Blogger michael o., at 1:28 PM  

  • Great Simpson's reference! I don't have much more to add, as it is currently Lima Time in St. Louis, and I am usually too depressed during Lima Time to do anything useful.

    By Blogger BookieD, at 2:03 PM  

  • Someone on one of the boards proferred that Ms. Clue appeared among the series of images shown when Eko confronted the black smoke. Here is the screencap of the black smoke image (I don't have anything on Ms. Clue):


    How do you paste a proper link in these comments?

    By Blogger BookieD, at 2:15 PM  

  • To make commments, use the a in brackets, similar to how it's used in html code. So, for instance, you would use this (i'll use curly brackets instead of the greater/less than signs):

    {a href="http://website.here.com"}Text displayed for link{/a}

    hopefully that comes out right...

    By Blogger SonnyD, at 2:56 PM  

  • I thought the episode was solid, but everything that was "revealed" was what we knew, or reasonably believed, already anyway. Aside from that I have no original thoughts. Part of the reason is I was distracted by my continual efforts to convert my new external hard drive properly so as to leave my ITunes library intact. I am presently 350 songs short, and pissed.

    I may have to re-watch LOST.

    Third Wednesday out drinking in a row, huh Bookie? Second Wednesday in a row blowing off Choculitis. Ye may be viewing the Count's last post....

    By Blogger Count Choculitis, at 3:09 PM  

  • If the Count leaves, Bookie is in danger of losing 20% of his readers.

    Don't go, Count. Don't go.

    (Said like Mickey, when he and Kramer were soap opera stand-ins. "Don't go Daddy. Don't go")

    By Blogger The Skipper, at 4:58 PM  

  • The Skipper is right. I can't afford to lose Count Choculitis. However I might have wronged you, I apologize. Please stay with us and our infinitesimal web-based community.

    By Blogger BookieD, at 7:00 PM  

  • I finally remembered the other thing I wanted to say.

    2. Was anyone else surprised when they showed that Michael had only been gone for like 12 days? With all the reruns they've had, I feel like he's been gone for months! Its difficult to remember that they've only been on the island for around 60 days.

    By Blogger The Skipper, at 2:11 PM  

  • i thought it was obvious that "the boat" we saw at the end was the other's fulfilling their end of the bargain to michael. no?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:20 PM  

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