Thursday, February 15, 2007

Season 3, Episode 8: "Flashes Before Your Eyes" head hurts.

In my opinion, that was by far the best episode of the season and among the cream of the crop in terms of the series as a whole. Looks like this idea of "Lost Time" (Mittelos anagram from last episode) will be a theme for the remainder of this season, if not the entire run. To reiterate this point even further, please watch this clip that shows last week's brainwashing scene shown backwards.

"Only fools are enslaved by time and space."

Sounds like our friend Ms. Clue spend some time in the Others' A/V club. Bravo.

So where does that leave us? Oh yeah, Desmond decided to travel back in time last night. We finally see what happens to Des once he turns that key - and now I'm more confused then ever.

As you can imagine, there are a number of different schools of thought as to what happened last night. I'm not sure which way I'm leaning to just yet, so I'll just discuss some of the theories that are popular and some that seem to make sense.

First thought is that the turning of the key did in fact launch Des through time and space. I don't really buy this simply for the fact that it's too Sci-Fi-ish for Lost. I know...that seems like a ridiculous statement. But the producers have been quoted as saying that everything that happens on the island is "logistically possible." As far as we know, time travel is still pretty far out there. I'm more likely to listen to argument about life moving in parallel yet alternate dimensions (time is the Fourth Dimension, after all), but even that seems to open too big a door - even for Lost.

Instead, the argument that Desmond was experiencing an extremely lucid dream - while not as mind blowing - seems to hold a little more water. In this dream he relives a period in his life, but with many aspects of his future embedded within it. Digest the following reflections from his future: the clock reads 1:08 (reflecting the 108 minute countdown to the button); the delivery man has a package for 815; the painting in Whidmore's office consists of a polar bear in a jungle, an upside down Buddha, and the word "Namaste" written backwards; Charlie busks some eerily appropriate tunes*; "Make your own kind of Music" blares twice on the jukebox; ads for the Hanso Foundation, Gannon Car Rentals, Apollo Candy Bars, and Oceanic Air surround the soccer field on TV; and the beeping of the microwave clearly replicates the beeping of the countdown in the hatch. These are all images from his "future" that have been dropped into a dream of his past.

On a higher level, it seems the purpose of this dream is to speak more directly to the consequences of destiny and fate, long time Lost themes. Is Desmond destined to leave Penny and push the button, as demanded by the crazy old Jeweler (ie, his subconscious)? Or is the meaning to debunk that established path, and lead him to a revelation that his life is up to his own choosing (ie, change the future by altering the "set course" of the Charlie, find Penny, etc)? Does the universe have a set path or does Desmond, or anyone for that matter, have the ability to carve their own path?

But of course, none of this answers his new found pre-cognitive (future seeing) abilities. What's up with that? Well, what if all I wrote above is rambling crap and instead the knock to his noggin he received while painting sparked these pre-cog abilities (the can of red paint did have "Future" written on its side, after all) and the predictions he made in the following days were legit? Then, for whatever reasons, his arrival to the island "cured" this gift (or curse?), only to resurface once again upon the turning of the key? ... Yeah, I don't know either.

One last intriguing theory is that while naked and unconscious, our friend Black Smoke (Smokey, for short) crept up on him and downloaded a little Desmond mental know, all very Eko-esque. If you listen closely, in Desmond's flashback/dream/time travel sequence you can hear those familiar clicks and clanks that Smokey can't seem to hold in. Could the combination of the scan and his mental state create the flashback...or even create the single ability to now see into the future? (Meaning, the Island did the same manner that it cured Locke and Rose).

Obviously I have no idea what's going on. But it's pretty fun to think about. Add any additional thoughts in the comments...cause just like in grade school English, there are no wrong answers...yet.

But first, did anyone catch what song Charlie was singing when Des saw him on the street? It was Oasis' "Wonderwall." Hmmm...the lyrics seem oddly familiar:

Today is gonna be the day

That they're gonna throw it back to you

By now you should've somehow

Realized what you gotta do

I don't believe that anybody

Feels the way I do about you now

Backbeat the word was on the street

That the fire in your heart is out

I'm sure you've heard it all before

But you never really had a doubt

I don't believe that anybody feels

The way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk along are winding

And all the lights that lead us there are blinding

There are many things that I would

Like to say to you I don't know how

Because maybe

You're gonna be the one who saves me?

And after all

You're my wonderwall

We should probably start a pool to see how Charlie kicks it. Relapse? Claire's baby's evil powers? Hurley gets hungry?

More eggs below:

Is crazy jeweler woman the same person as the woman below (shown in previews to next week???) Also note that there are clocks all over the above picture...more time references

Charlie's full name learned

Curious Island Like painting in Whidmore's office

Future Paint

Soccer Ads: from what can be made out there is Apollo Candy Bars (once eaten by Hurley in the hatch, Oceanic Airlines, Kronos (another word for "Time"), Gannon Car Rentals (seen before in Sydney Airport), Hanso Foundation, and more...

That's all I got for now...feel free to add your own thoughts below. Look out next week for "3 Major Answers" revealed!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Season 3 Episode 7: "Not in Portland"

Damn that was a long break. But we're back in action now and looking forward to 15 straight more to bring us through spring. I enjoyed last night's episode but to be honest, there's really not much to write about here. The episode was meant to wrap up loose ends while simultaneously opening up new plotlines for this "season." Ah, who am I kidding, there's always something to write about. Let's get to it....

So I think the most compelling thing we learned last night is that Juliette is really no different than Jack, Kate, or Sawyer...essentially, they're all basically prisoners on the island. Through her flashback we find out that Juliette's an all star fertility researcher - so much so that she finds that she's a wanted woman. A company in Portland - Mittlelos Bioscience - is very interested in making babies out of nothing and they'll need Juliette to help them do the dirty work. In the first Lost twist of the season, we conclude that Mittlelos hacks Ethan and co (Dr. Albert) are really working for the Island/Dharma/Hanso/Benry, and well, they won't be going to Portland after all. Bottom line, I don't think she went there voluntarily. If so, she certainly didn't know the full situation. Dr. Albert promised only 6 months, which obviously wasn't the case. She wants off just as much as anyone.

The first slide in Dr. Albert's presentation

Oh, and by the way, Mittelos is an anagram for "Lost Time."

There were actually a lot of time references last night: the guard protecting Carl was reading a "Brief History of Time," Juliette tells us she's been on the Island 3 years, 2 months, and 28 days; and then of course there's the aforementioned anagram. These add to a long list of Time references and theories that exist about the show...but I won't go into that now...basically for reasons of laziness. Just keep it in mind.

Oh, and by the way, 3 years, 2 months, and 28 days ago in "Lost" time is roughly 9/11/01. Interesting (if not a tad crude).

But since I have so little insight to report so far let's move on to a couple things bothered me about last night's show. First off, the Final-Destination-like bus death came off as quite amateurish for what I consider a well written show. I was a little disappointed to see such a contrived end for Mr. Burke. But he had to go, and at times, I almost think that after spending too much time on the subject of how to waste him, the writers were like, "fuck it, let's just have a bus hit him and move on." If so, I'll accept that.

Secondly, the brainwashing scene - while interesting - seemed to be used to try and confuse us viewers even further with all those spooky one-liners and ominous pictures. Of course it'll be posted below frame by frame, but I'm not going to talk about it in depth cause I'm not sure that any of it actually means anything. In my world, I learned that the others find that weird films, techno music, and totally awesome green neon coke bottle glasses are essential items when attempting to brainwashing people. Good enough.

(Although it's important to at least note that the college professor/scientist from the original Dharma video is in the last snippet we see. Not Marvin Candle, but the other guy)

What we walked away with last night is a whole new plot to consider. My guess is that we will be learning a lot about how the others came to be. Additionally, we'll see Kate blatantly disregard Jack's wishes and assemble the troops for a rescue attempt. And we'll be learning a lot more about what's going on at the Beach (remember them?) - Desmond especially seems to be a key figure it episodes to come.

But in the end, we're left with so many dreaded unanswered questions: what's the deal with that pirate guy? What about that sub that found the island at the end of last season? And, you know, that big black cloud of smoke that kills people. What's up with that?

Finally, the funniest line of the night - if not series - was delivered by Sawyer after they tricked the guard to save Carl:

"Don't get mad at me just 'cause you dumb enough to fall for the old Wookie prisoner gag."

There were many Sawyer gems last night...and even a few from Tom ("Hi, my name is Tom, by the way." and "Shepard says he's a surgeon not an anesthesiologist*.") Pretty funny episode overall.

Enjoy the caps from below, and hopefully I'll have something better for you folks next week. But hey, give me a break, it's been a while.

Check out the prof dude there in the last scene...

Oceanic Air sighting...

*I was so shocked that I spelled this right on the first try that I had to tell you. Either that or spellcheck doesn't know how to spell it either.