After an excellent recap episode, the Lost Survivor Guide, we get the first of 16 episodes in the “non-stop” season of Lost. Non-stop, I suppose, if you’re only counting 2007, but I digress.
I felt like “Not in Portland” was about as dense an episode of Lost as we’ve seen in this or any other season. First, it started with a flashback, which is always jarring and it introduced a whole slew of information and connections.
I sorta felt like ZeFrank should’ve appeared in between segments to ask, “Are the new viewers gone?” because they likely were. As great as the recap episode was, I think this episode either scared them off or has them buying episodes off iTunes as I type.
On to my thoughts, disjointed as always.
- Not in Portland
- Bonnie & Clyde
- The Spanish Prisoner
- A Brief History of Time
- The Bus
- Repeated phrases
I’m taking it on faith that the island is the home of this “Mittelos” company.
Now I could be wrong and “Mittelos” might be the first stop in a whole chain of Dharma Initiative/Hanso Foundation front organizations, but from now on, I’m referring to the island as either “Not Portland” or “Somewhere in Oregon”.
So Alex is the daughter or Rousseau and Benjamin Linus/Henry Gale? I’m not convinced yet.
A4 on Juliet’s key card; 23 as the holding cell of Carl.
I loved Kate and Sawyer the “couple” this episode. Him as the comic relief (the Wookiee reference, the sassing of Alex) and her as the muscle (she would’ve shot Aldo).
The more we learn about Jack and Juliet – who seem to be opposite sex versions of one another – the more I’m convinced that they are both being conned in a Spanish Prisoner-style confidence game.
Of course, cons like the Spanish Prisoner have been run by Sawyer before but Ben’s continued promise of freedom for both Jack and Juliet has me wondering: how many of The Others are there voluntarily and how many are held against their will?
Hawking gets a shout out in book form to those paying attention.
Who was driving it? Ethan? Alpert?
Why do I feel like we’ve heard these lines before?
“Whatever you think I am, I’m not” -Juliet
“We are the causes of our own suffering” -Brainwash/Torture video
I’m sure I missed a ton, since there was a ton to see. These are my thoughts. Leave a comment.
Until next week.
UPDATE: If you want to read someone who is consistently paying attention to all the minutiae, you’d be well-served to read RSL’s blog, Ostracons. He’s on top of every easter egg and plot point and blogs each episode.