A very disturbing and introspective episode of Lost tonight with the episode One of Them. The main narrative on the island is of a captured “other” (or not) being interrogated by Sayid, who is the focus of the flashback as well.
No big exposition this week, just your friendly neighborhood bulleted list:
- Hurley’s stash
- Kate’s dad in Iraq
Harry GayleHenry Gale
Ok, so one of the supposedly unresolved issues on the island, Hurley’s weight, gets brought to the forefront. He hasn’t gotten thinner because he’s sneaking food, probably stolen when he oversaw the inventory earlier this season.
Plus, we get this awesome exchange between Hurley and Sawyer:
Hurley: This is how people get killed in scary movies.
Sawyer: If it were a scary movie, I’d be with a hot chick, not you Barbar.
Hurley: It’s Babar.
Sawyer: Why don’t you shut up, Hammo or your Ranch Disorder’s gonna be the lead item on the coconut internet!
Kate’s photo is only on-screen briefly, but the commanding officer who initially interrogates Sayid and sits in on the questioning of Tariq is Kate’s dad. Yet another brief, indirect encounter between characters now on the island.
I can’t find the actor in IMDb yet, but I’m sure there’s a reason for the name. No good reference in WikiPedia either, but I’ve got a hunch.
Oh, and I think he’s an “other” in the same way as Ethan was.
See UPDATE II below.
Sure, he was forced to torture one of his superiors and he betrayed his loyalties, but he tried to do the honorable thing and tell the American commander he would never be like that, but war (and torture) changes people.
- The terror/torture lecture
- The “others”
How creepy is it that an Iraqi character could lecture a British character on the cruelty and determination of a potentially terroristic enemy as an excuse for torture on the same day that more photos of the disgraceful incidents at Abu Ghraib are made public? Very eerie and ironic.
Locke’s point that we are all “others” in relation to one another seems exemplified by Sayid. He’s set apart from his own people, from the American soldiers, from the other survivors on the island. But so is everyone else. All of these people , on some level, are out only for themselves. Locke, Hurley, Sawyer, Sayid, Jack – they all have an agenda.
Locke hits “enter” after the time has expired, but we get a sneak peek of the action that would ensue. Three red squares, two black. Left to right there was some kind of snake symbol, a blank space, a burning log or rocket (depending on perspective), a bird of some kind (penguin?) and a needle or crutch. Someone will have a photo soon of the “dharma clock” and the strange symbols on it [UPDATE: TV Squad has it.], but there’s meaing there even if it’s only of the red herring variety.
My other warm/fuzzy came when Locke confronted Jack about his “army” and the state of war. I’m not the biggest fan of that metaphor, but I think this show is using it to good effect (see the lecture comment above), but I wonder how thin it can stretch.
Next week’s female-centric stoyline and Claire “lost time” story (and additional Dharma Initiative bunker) should be fun.
next week 2 weeks from tonight (thanks, Greg)!
UPDATE: “Gale” was Dorothy’s last name in the Wizard of Oz. The Wizard/Professor travelled to Oz via a hot air balloon.
Does this information refute Harry’s story of crashing on the island? Is he an “other” like Ethan? Is it a clue from the producers that the island is Oz (or a strained Australia reference)?
Something to think about.
UPDATE II: Henry Gale was his name. Also the name of Dorothy’s uncle (Auntie Em’s husband). I think it’s clear that we have either a refutation of Henry as an “other” or a red herring that the island is Oz.