Saturday, October 31, 2009


Whatever the Case May Be, Hearts and Minds, Special, Homecoming

We dance around in a ring and suppose.

But the secret sits in the middle and knows.

- Robert Frost

As we moved on in to the midsection of Lost's great Season One, the secrets were beginning to pile up. There were the secrets the survivors had brought to the Island.

The secrets they found there.

Secrets kept.

Secrets stolen.

And secrets finally shared.

There were the secrets that others had left behind

And the secrets the Island wasn't planning to give up.

Recently Damon Lindelof revealed his own secret in an interview with USA Today. It seems all episodes on Lost are not created equal, and this batch contains the episode Damon considers "my least favorite episode of the show ever ..."Homecoming, I think, was flawed on almost every single level that an episode of Lost could be." It's true the quality flagged here and there in the first season. But maybe that's an occupational hazard of trying to put together a puzzle when it has to be kept a secret where all the pieces are being kept. It's easy to get a little lost.

I think Damon's being too hard on himself about Homecoming. Even a subpar Season One episode was pretty damn fun. Things jump out at you that you never noticed the first time, things there was no reason to notice. Like this scene from Hearts and Minds. Jack approaches Locke, who is sitting on the beach, looking out to sea.

JACK: Any ships?
LOCKE: Not yet. But I'm -- patient.

There's more to it, a conversation where Locke bullshits Jack about there being no boar, because he's keeping his secret about the hatch from Jack. It's only a little scene. It's probably just a happy accident that now, five years later, it seems almost like a bookend to this scene:

Now, it's not exactly the same. Jack and Locke don't achieve the same level of metaphorical color coded fashion in Hearts and Minds. Instead of black and white we get a beige and checkered theme ... which means - like, nothing. But later, when the two alphas are out in the jungle digging up guns, they do put on their bicolored duds, just for the occasion. I'd like to draw your attention to whose wearing which color shirt. Not that I have any theory on it. Just sayin'.

I do realize this is most likely just a fortunate glitch, but when a story is clicking, those connections have a way of making themselves. I'm still giving even money that the final scene of Lost resembles something along these lines:

And of course I'm completely prepared to be completely wrong. How could I watch this show if I wasn't?

There were other foreshadowy moments, though none quite as glamorous. There was a tiny moment when Sun and Jin were discussing Claire's baby, just after Claire had returned from the jungle, and they gave each other a look that told us - even though we didn't see it then - that this was a couple where babies were a big issue.

We had NO idea watching that scene that we were being given our first signal that infertility and infidelity would one day define the story of Jin and Sun. But it was there, and it was fun to spot it. That's a big part of the fun of rewatching Season One as a visitor from the future. You get to see all the stuff that was always right there that you never saw before.

Another pleasure of a rewatch is just getting to watch - again - things you really enjoy rewatching. Like Kate and Sawyer jumping into the waterfall and frolicking and larking around like two kids. It is one of the most purely joyous moments of Season One.

It's sexy, but it's innocent.

It feels so natural. It looks so fun.

Until they bump up against those everpresent dead people that turn up everywhere on Craphole Island.

The discovery of The Case begins the quest for the shiniest secret of the batch.

What was in Kate's Case? And by extension what was the deal with Kate? She had been traveling under heavy guard with a U.S. Marshall. Aside from that, we knew that she climbed trees better than Tarzan.

She could track. She seemed to feel pretty comfy living in the wild. And that's about all we knew about her. Then as now, she's a very hard character to get a bead on. Finding out that she had this case, and that it meant so much to her, became a not so subtle metaphor for how much Jack and Sawyer both wanted to find a way to get inside her ... head.

This episode, coming on the heels of the epic sex-ay kiss in Confidence Man, was the next chapter in the LOST Love Triangle series of stories. It starts out light and bubbly with the waterfall romp.

Then it shifts into a hotter, more sexual vibe as Kate and Sawyer wrestle for The Case

and bargain for it and come to an impasse.

Kate enjoys the cat and mouse with Sawyer and almost gets the upper hand.

But then inexplicably, prematurely, she just gives up and goes begging to Jack.

That's when it all starts disintegrating into a long, miserable slog towards Jack finally letting Kate have her lost Cracker Jack prize. And in the end, it's still a total secret what it all means to her.

As a matter of fact, according to this 2006 interview with ABC, Damon Lindelof regarded Kate's toy airplane as "probably the single biggest regret that we have as storytellers. "

Our intention was always that there be a second flashback story that revealed that that plane was part of a time capsule that she shared with a childhood sweetheart. She was responsible for the childhood sweetheart's death when she was on the run and, therefore, the plane had great emotional investment. And we would hear "What's up with the plane? What's going on with the plane? When are you going to pay off on the plane?" Then we paid it off and people still are asking us. So in the finale that year the marshal gives this big sort of monologue about, "You want to know about this f--ing plane? I'll tell you, God damn it!"

It goes to show you how much forethought those guys were putting into Kate's storyline. Like ... none. The plane meant nothing. It just showed that Kate was clinging beyond all rational measure to a childhood trinket. But let's let bygones be bygones, shall we? This episode, the cleverly named Whatever the Case May Be was a fun one, at least for the first half. It could almost be considered a kind of litmus test for shippers. For example, if you like your romance flirty and hot and where the girl gets to be on top sometimes,

then you just might be a Skater.

If, on the other hand, you're more of a navel gazing no fun mopey type,

then don't look now but you just might be a Jater.

Seriously, it's wrong to generalize. There's more nuance than that to both these stories. The differences between them, however, are striking. Sawyer bargains with Kate over The Case, and only wants her to tell him what's inside. He's not even asking to see it. He's curious, not about what's actually in The Case, but only why it means so much to Kate to have it.

Jack on the other hand not only has to see what's in the case, he's going to oversee any and all openings of said case, and then whatever they find, he's going to take it.

Except that stupid plane, of course.

When Sawyer and Kate have their close encounter with corpses, they're as weightless and playful and graceful as a pair of dolphins.

When Jack and Kate go grave robbing, they're gagging and tearing up and trying not to retch all over each other.

Was this stuff deliberate or did the writers not see what they were doing? Even when it came to month old dead people, Sawyer and Kate managed to make it look sexy. Jack and Kate had peaked too early with all that hot and heavy verbal copulation. By this episode they had already moved on to the numbingly miserable bad marriage phase of the relationship.

Maybe it all boiled down to respect. When Kate couldn't go along on the jungle trek to trap Ethan, Sawyer simply handed her his extra gun. No problem, baby.

Jack didn't think a grubby little alley cat like Kate deserved his trust.

After he dragged THE TRUTH out of her and wrenched the key out of her hand, after he'd humbled her and made her watch while he opened her damn case and confiscated the key and put it around his own fucking neck!,

he left her to have a good girly cry. When it comes to these two ships the biggest secret for me still remains: Why did anybody like watching Jack and Kate? And more than that, what were these writers thinking when they dreamed up this shite? One possible answer? It's an aspect of season one that makes fanboys a little uncomfortable, I've noticed, but I'll say it anyway. The explanation for Season One Jack & Kate, as far as I'm concerned, was the not so pretty thread of misogyny that ran deeply through much of the early characterizations.

Jack, despite being as highstrung as a tripwire, was portrayed as the reasonable man, the decent guy, the great doctor who had every right to control and discipline the white trash brat, Kate. Kate was the liar and the criminal who deserved to be treated with suspicion and resentment. We had seen her use her feminine wiles to rook the bank manager,

and we knew she'd been pulling plenty of tricks on the fool she got to help her rob the bank.

Kate used sex, heavily watered down with tears when necessary, to get whatever she wanted from life. I'm not sure if we were supposed to be distracted by the way she handled a gun into thinking she was kickass,

because in the story we saw on the Island, Kate was playing the naughty child begging for the good graces of her mad daddy Jack, as traditional and demeaning a female role as there is. If Kate were a singular case, maybe I wouldn't have noticed it so much. But Sun was also a liar. In fact, she was such a liar that she asked Kate, right after she stopped lying about not speaking English, "Have you never lied to a man you've loved"? As if to say that lying and loving went automatically hand in hand for women.

And on Season One LOST, unfortunately, they did.

Shannon lied to Boone to take his money, and then she duped him into quasi-incest sex, and then she dumped him with about as much warmth as an ice shower.

And to top off the array of women behaving badly, Walt's mom Susan lied to Michael so that she could steal Walt away for herself and then she lied to Walt his whole life by never letting him know his dad had sent him letters.

In the twisted world of fanboy-written romance, the undeniable undercurrent is that girls, basically, suck. You can't trust them. They lie and they'll screw you over first chance they get. It's a throwback to the mother of all misogynist archetypes - Eve, the devious manipulator who tricked poor Adam into losing innocence, immortality and the most prime piece of real estate in mythological history.

As in the Bible, there are exceptions made, but basically only for women that weren't considered sexually desirable. Or available. The innocent madonna Claire was sacrosanct. Never more so than when she was playing damsel in distress, which is a female role fanboys can all get behind.

And no one could ever say a bad word about Holy Mother Rose, comforting her boy Charlie in this jungle Pieta.

So while it was being well established that hot girls are all sneaky ass bitches, what story were we being told about the boys?

Most of their stories revolved around a secret as well, the kind of secret LOST really likes to get its teeth into - the secret of what it takes to turn a boy into a real live man. Manhood, baby.

The first thing it takes is the one thing most of these poor schmucks on LOST ain't got: a real live Dad.

What they had instead was John Locke, their resident fatherless mystic crackpot - boar expert, dreamweaver and most likely a hardcore devotee of the Iron John School of Mythopoeic Manhood . Iron John is an interesting fairy tale to read if you have a minute, with echoes of LOST that are quite striking and lyrical.

"I am Iron John, and was by enchantment a wild man, but thou hast set me free; all the treasures which I possess, shall be thy property."

Walt met with Locke secretly, every chance he could get, trying to glean the secrets of manhood that Michael seemed so uniquely inept at teaching.

Locke had been mentor to Charlie as well, imparting to him the wisdom of bees and boars and the fine art of kicking a monkey off of one's back. But the young man Locke was most invested in was his partner in hatch finding, that dreamy boy Boone.

Since time was of the essence, and Boone was a pretty limp subject to start with, Locke was forced to resort to his homemade Instant Manhood Recipe. He bashed him over the head and then slathered his open head wound with hillbilly LSD that he mixed up himself, right on the spot.

You won't find this method in any of the parenting handbooks, but as always Locke knew how to think outside the box. Locke told Boone he had given him "an experience that is vital to your survival on this Island", and despite the fact that Boone ended up not surviving on this Island, it seemed to be a very useful experience.

Manhood means freeing yourself from the effeminazation of modern civilization and grabbing hold of that big ass knife.

It means rescuing damsels in distress.

And then it means, when you lose the thing you love the most, you must suck it up and "let it go".

There's no crying in manhood. Because really, what girl is worth getting so messed up over, dude?

Especially your not-sister who is a self absorbed airhead who'll flirt shamelessly with any old charming Iraqi torturer that wanders into her life.

Shannon's first death scene, even though it was just hallucinogenic wish fulfillment, was pretty gruesome, and I'm sure it felt shocking the first time around. I don't remember how I felt the first time I watched it, if I even realized it was a dream at first. But what I noticed this time around was that Boone's dream accuratetly depicted the way that the Smoke Monster kills.

Shannon was lifted up in the air exactly as Eko was and thrashed around until she looked like chewed up hamburger.

Boone may not have lived very long in this tale, but he was very talented in the dreamosphere. We would see him again in Locke's dreams, a bond between father and son that would not be broken by death.

Charlie, like Boone, struggled to find his way as a man.

He had his own flashback secrets. Instead of incestual longings, Charlie's secret was his addiction to heroin. His sad attempt at fitting in as a normal workaday man type ended with him ralphing straight into the state of the art C815 photocopier he was trying to sell.

It was one of the most pathetic flashback stories ever told on LOST, small and weak, but it revealed a central secret. For Charlie, manhood was going to be about "taking care of someone".

It didn't work out with the daughter of the guy who bought the paper company in Slough (shoutout to the British The Office ), especially after he was caught stealing Winston Churchill's cigarette case,

but he was determined to make it work out with sweet little Claire. He mourned her loss and tortured himself over his failure to save her.

Then he read her diary and got real happy because he found out she liked him,

which felt like a wildly inappropriate reaction considering at the time she was still missing and in the clutches of the dreaded Ethan Rom. (Come to think of it, maybe I can see why this is Damon Lindelof's least favorite episode.)

He gently coaxed her back to reality after she survived her trauma.

And then he did the most manliest thing of all and picked up a gun and shot another man dead.

Killing Ethan left many secrets hidden, at least for another year or so. We wouldn't know how Ethan got all those scratches on his face.

We wouldn't know what happened to Claire or why Ethan took her or who he took her to. All that would have to wait because Charlie had decided to be judge and jury, to give Ethan what he "deserved". Charlie's story, as always, circled back to Catholicism and judgment, and to the biggest secret of all - the secret of Faith and why it means so much to some people and seems so totally irrelevant to others.

Let's take a break here and collect some of the other secrets that were raining down in these episodes. Like, who knew, when we watched Sayid's long passionate tale about his devotion to his beloved Nadia, that he secretly just had a thing for leggy blondes.

Turns out Sayid was down with that "love the one you're with" mentality all the way.

Yes, that was a direct contradicton of what they had been telling us about Sayid just a few weeks before, but what the hell. Romance on LOST is the soul of inconsistency.

That's one thing I think we all can agree on.

Here's a secret I've always wondered about: Why are bathroom jokes always considered funnier when they're about a fat guy ?

Hurley had to put up with Jack snickering because he had the shits, and then they had him grabbing at Jin's crotch to beg him to pee on his foot! It was double the hilarity. Number one and number two in the same episode!

And why is it even funny when Hurley just looks at a dead fish? Like I don't see any joke here, but this picture still makes me smile.

Another secret: How do assless men keep their pants on?

And speaking of Sawyer, how did he rebuild his shelter up beach when all he carried with him on the great migration was a backpack?

It was still a secret, a cool one, why 815 passengers kept showing up in each others flashbacks, like Sawyer during Boone's visit to the Sydney police station. Come to think of it, it's still a total secret what those pre-crash connections are going to mean in the end.

And we are able to wonder now, with all our wonderful hindsight, whether it was coincidence or fate that Kate was robbing a lockbox 815

in a bank in the same city where Sawyer later told the warden to deposit Clementine's inheritance.

When Michael was hit by the car just before he was set to go and get his baby Walt back

was that the Island reaching out to shape his fate the same way the gun he bought refused to kill him?

Was the cartoon about the Penguin with a Sunburn a secret nod to the mystery of a Polar Bear on a South Pacific Island? Is there some meaningful secret behind the cognitive dissonance of Antarctic creatures existing in tropical climates?

Why was the unluckiest boy in town the one wearing the shirt with the four aces?

Here's a secret I don't expect any answer for, but what was up with those slimy greenish greyish guava seeds that Jack gave to Kate?

Was it some kind of squicky method of asexual seed transfer, sort of like second base for verbal copulators?

Why were there so many antibiotics on the plane? Jack was able to blackmail Sawyer into giving up the case by playing peekaboo with his Hippocratic Oath and threatening to withhold the cure. But where did all those drugs come from? Was this plane full of hospital patients being flown to a quarantine ward?

When Scott was killed, they reminded us again that nobody remembered if he was Steve or Scott and thus the ongoing secret of the redshirts continued. How many of them were there? And why were they always lugging heavy things in the background and never allowed to talk to any of the A-team?

The A-team meanwhile was beginning to put together its own cabal of secret keeping. Jack and Locke had a discussion about whether to tell the group what was threatening them, a question that would be troubling throughout the story. As late as Season Three, Jack still felt it was his private prerogative whether to tell the nameless redshirts that they were about to be murdered in their beds. In this episode it was decided, as would become a habit, that the ever so brilliant elites would henceforth make all life and death decisions for the blissfully ignorant masses.

By far the most intriguing secrets of course were the secrets of the Island. And there were juicy ones throughout these episodes. The Black Rock that Claire told her diary she had seen in her dream was a potent source of mystery. There was of course the Black Rock ship, which had only been vaguely referenced by Rousseau, but that we now know is an ancient slave ship that is inexplicably moored in the middle of the jungle.

The same Black Rock whose ledger Charles Widmore would one day be seen buying at auction.

The same auction where a painting of the Black Rock was also sold, later to hang on the wall of Widmore's posh apartment. But there's more to the term "black rock" than just a ship. Volcanic islands in the South Pacific have large concentrations of black basalt, an igneous rock with weak, but measurable, magnetic properties due to the metallic elements they contain. And we saw that magnetic anomalies were beginning to be a real problem.

First the tide shifted suddenly and unexpectedly, which is something tides simply don't do. Tides commune with the moon, and like the phases of the moon, tides repeat on a metronome of mathematical regularity. So it was a very frightening phenomenon when this happened, although, again, I think most of us hardly noticed on the first pass around.

The compass that Locke gave to Sayid deviated from true North as well, and it was plain that Sayid didn't think it was just because Locke had given him a crappy compass.

This wasn't quite as intriguing a story point as Locke's magical perpetual loop compass would be years later, but it was Locke being associated early on with compasses. Without some kind of compass to trust, a traveler will be forever lost. Did Locke really give Sayid a faulty compass? Did he know it was faulty? Was the broken compass hinting about an anomaly in the Island's magnetic field or was it pointing us instead to an anomaly in Locke's secret hidden agenda?

Nothing much was made of the magnetic anomaly, except to show us that Sayid was on the case of trying to grok out the Island's secrets, but it was something that would come back again and again.

Most spectacularly when Desmond had to pass through the magnetic moat on his way to the freighter and it mindwarped his consciousness and sent it skittering all over the timespace continuum.

But I still don't think we've scratched the surface of how magnetism is going to figure into the final solution. Magnetism is a geek subject, and a surprisingly complex one to understand, but I do hope it all means something that average dummies like me will be able to comprehend in the end.

Some of it can maybe be attributed to the legend of the Rupes Nigra, described in the Inventio Fortunata (a/k/a "The Lost Book") as a phantom island located at the Earth's North Pole.

"Rupes nigra et altissima" = "very high black rock"

But the Black Rock has other mythological connotations, especially in Hawaii, where there is an enormous black rock cliff called the Puu Kekaa. It is believed that this is the place where Lost Souls would take the great final leap into the afterlife. This ritual is still played out for tourists today.

Could this non-stuntman's dive by the athletic Josh Holloway have been intended as a nod to Puu Kekaa?

As lovely a view as it was, it's also true that he was quite literally diving into the final resting place of lost souls. The Black Rock is one of those deep, multilayered symbols on Lost that means so many things it may almost be a moot point if it's ever pinpointed as meaning any one thing in particular.

In any case, Sayid, with the help of the less useless than usual Shannon, managed to piece together Rousseau's map into a diagram of the location of the signal tower, or so he hoped.

He was distracted, not just by Shannon's sexaliciousness, but also by the seeming nonsense the crazy lady had scribbled all over the map. In the end, the gibberish turned out to be derived from a song lyric.

Somewhere beyond the sea,/Somewhere, waiting for me,

My lover stands on golden sands/ And watches the ships that go sailing;

The lyrics weren't particularly helpful as clues, except perhaps in confirming once and for all that this place they were lost in was not someplace that really existed anywhere in the known physical world.

It's far beyond a star,/It's near beyond the moon
I know beyond a doubt/My heart will lead me there soon.

Rousseau's maps would continue to turn up when convenient for the plot twist du jour, and I know a lot of fans like to analyze them, but it has never struck me that knowing the exact specific geography of anything on this show is vital to understanding whatever the hell is going on.

"No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child."-Victor Hugo

Most fascinating - and frustrating - is the secret of the Special child, the manboy Walt. That great enigmatic character who disappeared so abruptly from the story after this first season. Walt had the power of parapsychology. Or telekineses. Or something like that, some conglomeration of mind control tricks and talents that even he didn't seem to understand he possessed.

We had seen in Tabula Rasa that he appeared to make the rain stop when Michael said he'd be looking for the dog if only it wasn't raining. But we saw much more of Walt's special powers in Michael's flashback episode "Special".

Back in Australia, when Walt was still living with his mom, he complained about having to study the birds of Australia. This was a special scene for two reasons. First, Walt wondered why he couldn't be studying the Birds of Egypt instead, and this marked the first mention on LOST of the great kingdom of Egypt that would figure ever more prominently in the mythology as time went on.

Second, the scene was remarkable because we saw that when Walt got irritated, he had the power to take it out on the literal world around him.

An Australian Bronze Cuckoo bird, the exact same bird Walt was not wanting to study anymore, crashed into the apartment window and died.

This had to be one of those reasons his unDad Bryan Porter wanted to hand him off to Michael the first chance he got. The kid was creepy.

And though we lost Walt too soon to puberty and never got to follow up on his mindmelding powers, we did get to see him do more birdkilling in the future, when he killed flockfuls of birds in the pre-Season Four mobisode named Room 23.

Walt also seemed to be able to dream himself into his own nightmares.

Michael threw his comic book into the fire and Walt ran off. When next seen he was being attacked by his very own dreamed up polar bear,

prompting another lesson in manliness from the great Iron John Locke,

and a heartfelt reunion for a father and son who at long last began to feel like family.

How was Walt able to conjure up the polar bear, if in fact he did? And why did the producers hinge such a pivotal plot point on a child actor who was so close to morphing into an unrecognizable man? One theory is that this plotline was the fail safe in case LOST was never renewed for a second season. They could have just had the whole thing be a fiction concocted in the mind of an imaginative child. It could have worked - in a pinch.

The imagery of children and childhood has always been prominent on LOST. From Kate and Sawyer's wonderment at discovering their secret waterfall,

to Michael's childish glee about the baby on the way,

and the cartoons he drew to try and share his life with his lost son,

to Claire being left as helpless bait in the enchanted forest,

and Boone and Shannon's protecting one another from unseen demons like an hallucinogenic Hansel and Gretl,

there were many moments when the characters reminded me of children. Especially the children in fairy tales, where innocence meets evil as a matter of course. And pinning the whole plot on a child like Walt tied it all together.

Or maybe the clue was in Locke's command to Walt to just "see it". Seeing is serious business on LOST, as the constant parade of eye closeups reminds us.

Maybe Walt's ability to conjure up what he sees in his mind's eye is akin to the "wishing box" that Ben used to bring Anthony Cooper to the Island . Unless that whole thing was just an elaborate ruse to mess with Locke's mind, which come to think of it, it probably was.

All in all, Walt's comic book was a treasure trove of easter eggery. He was reading the Spanish version of the Green Lantern, the comic book Hurley was reading on the plane.

It was a Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends #1 (1997), for all you trivia buffs out there.

Not being a comic book geek myself, I can't make any guesses on the relevance of that particular issue, if any, but I like that it has this kind of dialogue in it: "What we did half a century ago was bad, and what we did since then was further away from any type of forgiveness."

That seems to fit this show. Somehow.

One of the prettiest pages in the comic, the one the camera lingers on long enough for us to notice, is this one:

It shows a castle atop a snowglobe atop a magical city, sort of a "Cities in Flight" image. It also reminded me of this image from Season Five.

If this were the only image of a snowglobe we'd ever seen on LOST, it would make no impact on the repeat viewer. But the writers have made a point of scattering snowglobes throughout the landscape, albeit scantily. They're like rare bird sightings. They take a sharp eye and a lot of patience. There is one on the counter when Michael buys the fateful gun that refuses to kill him.

And Mrs. Bibbidy Boppedy Hawkings had one on her desk, right beside the Virgin Mary.

I think even then we could dismiss them as meaningless teases, except for the fact that Desmond, after failing to sail his boat away from the Island, described a ring around the horizon that couldn't be passed beyond. Like the walls of a dome, or a snowglobe.

So maybe it's something we should think about. Is it like a Rosebud kind of snowglobe, like Citizen Kane dropped on his deathbed, symbolizing ...

... I don't know. Something about the lost innocence of childhood, maybe, or the fragile vessel of our physical lifespan. Maybe it's like the snowglobe at the end of the tv show St. Elsewhere, where at the end they sprung on the audience, for no conceivable reason, the random notion that the whole series had existed inside the mind of an autistic child.

Or maybe it's about a controlled environment experiment, a metaphorical universe where human beings are forced to play out the wishes of a puppetmaster god.

I guess we'll have to see about that one. Most likely the snowglobe is a fairly innocuous clue, one of the many subtle shoutouts the LOST writers like to give to both their classical and pop inspirations. But it's fun to speculate, especially as this is, most incredibly, the last time this audience will ever get to speculate on anything LOST. Has the last-ness of this hiatus begun to sink in for everyone?

What will we all do without the speculating? LOST has created an entire subculture of speculating nomads doomed to wander the cyberverse without another show that will ever be this fun to speculate on again.

Word is out that the Premiere Date for the Big Finale Season will be January 20 2010 - or alternately, 01.20.2010. It looks so much more significant in that format, doesn't it? Before you know it it will be countdown time. In the meantime, here's the first promo of the Season. It's real short, so don't blink after you press Play or you'll miss it. But it gives me just enough of the chills.

It's coming baaaaaaaaaack.


Freckles said...

It's always a pleasure to read your reviews,you're the best!

I've laughed when you said "How can anybody like Kate and Jack?".So true!Worst ship ever!
I also love the difference between Sawyer and Jack towards Kate since the beginning.About the case,Sawyer just wanted to know why it meant so much to her.Kate was still his interest.Not what it was,what it meant to HER!Jack was interested to see what it was inside to take it from her.What a bastard!

Elizabeth said...

Yet again, I love reading these, fishbiscuit! There are parts where I just wanted to applaud your incredible insight and ability to challenge our assumptions about the show. Thanks!

Kyle from Kentucky said...

"But it's fun to speculate, especially as this is, most incredibly, the last time this audience will ever get to speculate on anything LOST. Has the last-ness of this hiatus begun to sink in for everyone?"

Exactly. In May of 07 when they announced the end date things started to change. It's almost over. But I guarantee you this: no show will ever captivate me like this one. LOST means a lot to me. Always will. The end is near.

Anonymous said...

"Has the last-ness of this hiatus begun to sink in for everyone?"

Trying not to think about it...too much good discussion, entertainment, online friends and good reviews like your's to miss. Never mind the show!

Thanks for another wonderful review Fish. Nice comparisons between the black and white shirts/waiting on the beach for a ship Locke and Jack. The image of Locke in S1 holding up the black and white game pieces is hard to forget too. Seems like it has to mean something in relation to the original faith loving Locke and his antagonist Jack.

LOL at your description of the no fun mopey types of the fandom! Love your analysis of the two ships here. Hard to imagine the differences between them were not deliberately written that way, especially when yet again, your images demonstrate the difference in lighting between the two... the brighter lighthearted Skate scenes and the darker, depressing and tense Jate scenes. Sawyer wanted to get right to what mattered to Kate with that case, he simply wanted to find out more about this girl. Whereas Jack demonstrated his control freakiness with Kate. What mattered to him was proof why he didn't trust her. Way to get to a girl's heart!

Love ALL the themes you managed to write into this recap. Too many for me to mention but you did such a good job linking it all together and demonstrating the relevance to the story now that we can look back on it. Look forward to your next installment!

- Midnight

Sabe said...

"What will we all do without the speculating? LOST has created an entire subculture of speculating nomads doomed to wander the cyberverse without another show that will ever be this fun to speculate on again."
True that.

I'm starting my watch-through this week, hoping to get through all the season by January! Your reviews have given me lots of ideas as to what to look and listen for. Hopefully I'll come out of this the wiser!

RosieP said...

Oh Lord! You must be a diehard Kate/Sawyer shipper.

Sawyer used deceit, force and God knows what to get inside that case. In some ways, he was no better than Jack. And I don't blame Jack for losing his temper. Kate tried to use him by playing on his feelings for her and Sawyer, and lying.