The night actually started out with an hour-long special/recap: Destiny Calls.
It was actually much more like a beefed-up version of the Official Lost Video Podcast which also features Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. They were at their goofy, snarky best tonight dropping, in my opinion, two nuggets:
- Richard Alpert as “the guy behind the guy” per Damon
- Sun being described as “believing her husband is dead” per Carlton
I think the latter is a little more revealing, but that wasn’t/isn’t entirely apparent until we got to tonight’s two-fer of episodes, beginning with Because You Left.
Here are the talking points:
- Time travel rears it’s ugly head
- Lost as Quantum Leap
- How are The Others/Hostiles & Desmond tied to the Island?
- Who is behind the papers served to Kate?
It has ruined other shows – *cough* Heroes *cough* – but Lost’s very specific flavor of time travel is laid out quite well in Season 4 by Daniel Faraday and in the second episode of the night, The Lie, again by Faraday.
Here, though, we get yet another alias for our Dharma Station/Initiation video guy, this time Dr. Chang – presumably his real name, as well as a shot of the aforementioned Faraday in the past.
There’s also the use of music in the form of a record on a turn table, harkening back to the first episode of Season 2 when Desmond played Mama Cass’ Make Your Own Kind Of Music. This time around it’s Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie from the album of the same name. The record skipping in that opening scene is then referenced by Faraday – well, records anyhow – as an explanation for how the Island interacts with space/time.
Locke == Sam
Alpert == Al
Just thinking out loud here but it was an effect of all the flashing and time-shifts that had Jenn and I both mentioning it out loud.
Not at all un-Lost to throw a bone to other series/creative works, but maybe I’m just lazy and out of practice at these blog posts.
Alpert seems able to traverse space/time in a manner that is inconsistent with the “scientific” explanations offered by the creators of the series and Faraday.
What makes Desmond special?
How did The Others come to have such a special/close relationship with the Island?
How long have The Others been on the Island and just how old are they?
Do the circumstances of one’s arrival to the island (shipwreck, plane crash, willful entry via submarine) make a difference to how things “work”?
This issue bleeds into the second episode, but do we believe it is Widmore? Ben? Maybe even Sun, who played the bit about Jin and “choices” so well in The Lie?
Curious to hear your theories.
On to the second episode, The Lie:
- Who is after Hurley/Sayid?
- Ana Lucia
- Did someone want Hurley to get caught?
- Ms. Hawking
Again, is it Widmore or Ben or some other force trying to force the hand of the Oceanic Six? Maybe even Alpert or the plans coming to fruition of Dead Locke?
Also, does anyone else find Ben’s statements to Jack about Locke in the van a tad too ambiguous? Does the time travel mean there is the potential for Locke to somehow be reborn?
Nice to see her back, if only in ghost form. Anybody else convinced that the “power” Hurley has is different than the one Miles Straum has? Because I think they’re different. I think Hurley is a unique individual in a similar way to Desmond.
Hurley’s only real transgression in the past was using the numbers to win the lottery. He’s not like the other members of the Oceanic Six and I think this fact saves him in some way and also dooms him in another.
Which brings me to:
Clearly it’s not Ben, or at least he says it’s not, but someone must have. Does Sayid have reservations about returning? Enough of them to botch his own rescue and nearly get himself killed?
I don’t think it’s that easy, but something else is at play here (there always is). I don’t think it’s as simple as just Hurley taking Sayid’s advice and doing the opposite of what Ben says.
But I could be totally wrong. Maybe Ben planned the whole thing as yet another exercise in reverse psychology, but that’s not how he described it to:
I’m not sure where the church/lab was that Ms. Hawking met Ben Linus, but I’m thinking maybe it was somehow in Oxford.
I also think Ms. Hawking is Daniel Faraday’s mother, whom Desmond has met previously and who he’s trying to meet in future episodes.
No proof or clues, just happenstance and guess/hunch.
Other nice little touches:
- 8:14 & 8:15 on the clock in Dr. Chang’s bedroom
- Neal/Frogurt wearing an “away team” red shirt (Star Trek) and getting killed.
- Hurley’s “recap” to his mom
That’s it for me tonight, save for some links. I’m sure I’ll both update this post and get better in subsequent weeks.
Thanks for reading. Please comment.
Nine â€˜Lostâ€™ Questions We Need Answered – RE: #4: No. Ben didn’t know Desmond had a boat.
You Are Jack
You are a natural but reluctant leader. People are drawn to you in times of crisis.
And while the role of leader is not something you’re totally comfortable with, you will fight hard to keep it.
You are obsessed with fixing things and people. You can’t rest until everything is better.
You are concerned with maintaining your stoic image. It hurts when other people see you suffer.