Next: “The Package” (Episode 6-10)

Last week’s lavish, lingeringly shot episode was a tough act to follow, but “The Package” still satisfied. For those seeking forward momentum on the island, we certainly got some, and the flash-sideways brought some great moments. Overall, it was a fun ride, but one with an undercurrent of uneasiness… both in the narrative and in “LOST” fandom. Just why is Sayid’s dead soul best prepared for what’s to come? And just how will everything be untangled in the next six episodes? It may be the drugs talking (I’m battling bronchitis), but I’m at peace. The many ways in which this final season has evoked the drama and richness of the first one is more than reason enough for me to surrender to whatever happens.

Locke and Widmore’s confrontation on the beach brings us our declaration of war, and Jin’s first look at Ji Yeon reduced me to a puddle of goo. And as suspected, Widmore’s arrival does bring some solace to those eager for some “science” in their science fiction, with Zoe the physicist asking about the island’s pockets of magnetism. The long-overdue final reveal that Desmond is apparently the key to Unlocke’s defeat ((telegraphed pretty bluntly with “it’s not a what, it’s who”), is at once thrilling and perplexing. Will the mere presence of Desmond cause a rift in the space-time continuum? Is Desmond the only person who can wield the dagger against an otherwise invincible Unlocke?

And what does “cease to be” mean? As a description of the dire consequences, it rings a little hollow. It sounds less like Armageddon, and more like a “Back to the Future”-esque nullification of existence.

One answer, four more questions.

The fact that Sun cut her hand while gardening cannot be insignificant. And having her lose her ability to speak English seems a move straight out of daytime soap operas, so I’m hoping there’s more to it. Coupled with the post-Unlocke pursuit blackout, I’m wondering if she might soon follow Sayid’s path.

I also loved Unlocke’s conversation with Claire, at once rationalizing why he saved Kate from her rage earlier, and resetting the stage for another confrontation. His disavowal of whatever might happen adds another sinister point against the Man in Black being merely a misunderstood prisoner.

Off the island, I was about to roll my eyes in frustration at just how hard the writers were trying to point out how not together Sun and Jin were (“Two rooms! Not married!”), when of course Jin’s discomfort was merely preemptive defensiveness all along. Turning the iconic fight over Sun’s blouse buttons into a seductive move was a brilliant one, in my book. And I’m glad that even in the flash sideways, escaping together was part of the plan. Mr. Paik, though, is one cold dude.

I liked Keamy’s turn this week, from his dismissiveness toward Omar to his fleeting moment of compassion for star-crossed Jin. Jin shooting Mikhail’s eye out was a gruesome yet amusing twist. The way the restaurant confrontation connected with Sayid’s earlier story was a nice touch, but it seems deliberate that he was, at best, only indifferently helpful to Jin.

And Sun, pregnant? But of course!

  • Let’s ponder the line referenced tonight from Widmore to Locke: “Because there’s a war coming, John. And if you’re not back on the Island when that happens, the wrong side is going to win.” Is it safe to assume Widmore meant real Locke, not Unlocke? If so, is the wrong side going to win? Or did Widmore just find another out with Desmond?
  • Claire was not on the list. Kate is no longer on the list, but is vital to collecting those that are. So, why does Unlocke need three more people to get on the plane? Or does he merely need to dispose of them together?
  • So, Sawyer tells Jin that the double-cross deal with Widmore was the real deal, not the double-double-cross deal he seemed to make with Unlocke upon returning to the main island. Is it as simple as that? I guess so, given his disappointment in Unlocke’s return. I think I liked it better when his allegiance were more ambiguous.
  • Miles’ cruelty toward Hurley, harping again on his weight, was upsetting. But I couldn’t be mad for long, with Frank’s admonition: “Hey. Don’t talk about bacon.”
  • Jen’s favorite line: “No, ’cause that’d be ridiculous.” Ah, the powers and limits of the Smoke Monster, always fun to ponder. I think it echoes a Miles line from the time travel period, but I’m not sure.
  • Unlocke telling Sun that he’s not going to make her do anything, and that he’s merely asking her, is yet more emphasis on free will. The line between “forcing” and “asking” seems pretty fuzzy though. Is it just the candidates whose choices must be pure?
  • Top anvilicious moment? The brief dialogue between Unlocke and Jin about the list of names. Now, after all these seasons, they explicitly point out that conversations happen off-screen? That people mysteriously learn facts we didn’t see them learn? It felt awkward.
  • The night-vision moment that opened the episode was also a bit cheesy. It would’ve been cool if they’d depicted infra-red heat signatures, with everyone glowing except for Locke (and Sayid), but… no such luck.
  • Speaking of which, I also couldn’t help wondering why the darts worked on Sayid and Claire. Just how human are those two? The attack, Jen felt, was reminiscent of the hail of flaming arrows last season… just less funny.
  • Who’s Danny? Keamy and Omar’s associate, of Mikhail’s mutual acquaintance. The only Danny we can think of is Daniel Faraday.
  • Locations: The airport where Jin is released is Pier 2 near Restaurant Row. The hotel where Sun and Jin stay in Los Angeles is the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore. The bank where Sun and Mikhail try to withdraw funds is the main branch of the Bank of Hawaii on S. King Street. And the kitchen where the showdown takes place is at the Koolau Golf Club.

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272 Responses to “Next: “The Package” (Episode 6-10)”

  1. Consuela says:

    Get well soon, Ryan!

    As per my husband comments and thoughts…

    Danny is one of “The Others”…the one Juliet kills as Sawyer and Kate tries to escape to get back to their island. Danny’s wife was killed by Sun on the sailboat in Season 3.

    They need Jin to find the pockets of electromagnetism. So that Desmond will have his power. Desmond’s powers are triggered by the electromagnetism as revealed in previous seasons.

    The parallel universes or story lines are extremely similar. One might argue that if there was no island (Jacob and MIB), the characters would still make the same choices they are making on the island. It is a matter of choice. There is no manipulation involved.

  2. alex c from sydney says:

    hey ryan and jen, this is alex all the way from down under with my first ever comment here on your blog

    first just cheers for everything you guys do, all your effort, dedication – truly appreciate it.

    gotta say that might be in the minority but i sometimes prefer these slow emotional episodes to the big epics like last week, and i am truly a fan of sun and jin.

    must say that for a while in the alt reality when sun was checking herself in the mirror i thought she’d check her finger and notice a cut, just like on-island! wouldnt it be tragic if sun dies in the alt, and jin on-island. the episode just seemed to emphasise that these two are truly star-crossed lovers not meant to be together so i think the reality in both realms will be just that – dont get me wrong, i believe they shall reunite but perhaps at the expense of the death of one of them.

  3. Astro1derboy says:

    Good episode last night. Cool to see the other side of the kitchen incident with Sayid and Jin.

    Good thing ‘V’ is firing up. Otherwise I’d have a gaping hole when LOST is done. :O)

  4. Josh says:

    I feel as if Desmond is the only way of stopping the Man in Black for one simple reason; Unlocke hasn’t spoken to him and Unlocke has nothing to offer Desmond.

    It is apparent that Sun and Jin’s lives are better off being on the island than not ever coming to it. Sun getting shot in the stomach had me in shock.

    @ Cat – I think Penny is on the sub too as is Little Charlie, just in a different area. Who do I also think is on the island? Eleanore Hawking

    I must say though I freaked out 9in a good way) when I saw Desmond and was waiting for either him or Sayid to do something, but the look on Sayid’s face was priceless. I also freaked out when I heard the bagpipes (they are my favorite instrument and there is not one song I do not like that involves bagpipes.

    A bit of a spoiler though, next weeks episode is called “Happily Ever After” With that being the name, I don’t think Desmond dies and I hope he doesn’t either.

    Anyway, last nights episode of Lost was yet another great episode and I believe that “Happily Ever After” will be too.

  5. cat says:

    Also….did anyone else think Jack was just plain creepy on the beach with Sun? If I didn’t already know that MIB has to stay in Locke’s body, I’d be sure that he had taken over Jack’s body for the interaction with Sun. The way he recruited her to his side, promised to reunite her with Jin and then put out his hand was totally Smocke.

  6. Bonita in Atlanta says:

    I think it is significant that Desmond is called MR HUME. Pretty much shoots down the theory he is a Wallace (which I liked)

    Keamy’s line “Feel like I’m in a Godzilla Movie” was the cheeziest but super cooestl in the episode.

    Ilana matter of fact telling Ben she doesn’t believe him “because you’re speaking” was brilliantly tossed off.

    @ Eric in Sedona – Language and Trust will come up again for Sun and Jin and it is how it is resolved this time that will decide their ultimate Fate.

    @ Ben, I like your thought on Sun being the “Kwon” but what about her baby?

    @ Glenn – I come to any blog/podcast with some trepidation. When you really love something/someone it is hard to hear criticism of it/them. True Love is getting to know the Love object well and loving it anyway!

  7. shannymac3t0 says:

    jeezh, I loved this ep and ryan.. no so much? hmmm. looking forward to the podcast more then ever now.

  8. Bonita in Atlanta says:

    @Astro1derboy:
    I just can’t absorb V properly after watching a LOST episode! I might try catching up on another day or wait and see if it survives it’s freshmen year. Plus I kinda want to keep Elizabeth Mitchell in my mind as Juliet and not blur her with Erica. (At least Sonya as Olivia has a different accent on Flashforward)

  9. Beth says:

    Wasn’t Picket’s first name Danny?

  10. Beth says:

    @KC Bob
    I was thinking the same thing about Desmond being the constant that will reconcile the two timelines, although I have no clue how.

  11. Denise from NY says:

    Long time reader, first post. I believe that Sun getting shot is a very bad omen for her days left on the island. I loved the exchange between Locke and Sawyer, regarding the water and the smoke monster. I could watch Sawyer for 24 hours a day, every day….but thats another story. My heart is heavy knowing that this show is coming to an end. It is, by far, the best show I have ever seen. Love you both, feel better Ryan.

  12. Carol from Boston says:

    Expect to see me a few times today, stuck home with a flooded basement, I have already shopvac’d out over 100 gallons of water, In between I might come on the board to distract myself.

    Maybe I’ll finally get to finishe the master classes podcasts while I vacuum. Can’t wait to hear the theories you all have.

  13. Lost in Jersey says:

    Two quick theories:
    1. The geo-magnetic areas act like Widmore’s pylons and are what keeps the smoke monster trapped on the island.

    2. In the side flashes, the island is underwater. Does that mean that because the candidates never got to the island, the smoke monster escaped? Will/Are the side flashes showing us the dire consequences?

  14. I wonder if that blow on the head killed Sun? We already know Sayid came back from the dead, and some suspect Claire did. It would be an interesting pattern.

  15. Richard in Santa Clarita says:

    Ah, what ever happened to Walt? So much time and effort went into telling us how special and unique he was, was that a big waste of time?

  16. Cue Dblu says:

    Was I the only one who was kinda rooting for UnLocke to kick Widmore’s behind? I realize that Widmore is likely on the ‘good side’, but he has been a despised character for so long that my mind allowed the form (Locke, Widmore) to overcome their (apparent) motivations.

    Big props to Kevin Durand as Keamy, who tonight both charmed, showed a sympathetic side, and still retained his character’s original menace. Before, I had just wanted to see Keamy die – now I wish we had more Keamy sideways scenes.

    Even zombie-Sayid is badass! Covert ops!

    @Knives – great idea about Sayid becoming the new smoke monster. It looks like Hurley is being set up as the new Richard Alpert.

    @James – I understand your points completely, but I disagree. I think this season, while still not unraveling the mystery of the mythology (I do think it is going to come and be a very big thread that when pulled will unravel the mystery quickly and leave us all saying, ‘Ohhhh!’), has taken us back to the characters with a vengeance. That full circle makes this a very satisfying season for me on an emotional, if not logical, level. Ultimately, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the ride they take us on while there is still some ride left.

    Ryan, get better! Jen, please stay healthy! Looking forward to your podcast on this episode.

  17. Carol from Boston says:

    @James – I agree that this show sucked us in because of the characters and having their future hinge on new characters like MIB and Jacob that we really don’t have an investment in emotionally is tough. It has been what has bothering me as I have said before. Damon and Carlton hasn’t really made me care about them or the island enough to justify the death of all our lostie pals. If the writers are trying to make us feel what the losties feel – confusion, lost, having to rely on our faith that this will end well. Then they are doing a good job, because I know exactly how they all feel on the island, CONFUSED! lol

  18. dan says:

    I was really hoping the “who” was going to be Walt. They put so much emphasis on how special he was. I never really got that impression from Desmond at all, even though they mentioned it a couple of times. Kind of lame.

  19. Coolpeace says:

    @ Carol from Boston : sorry to hear about the flooded basement… if I could help you vac I would.

    @ James :I am not going to try and change your mind, you are entitled to your opinion. However, if you thought the show was good up until the 4th season, that tells me that you simiply did not like that the show evolved into something other than a survivors on a deserted mysteryous island.

    I was not spoiled for the season 3 finale – thank God. The best WTF moment in TV history. But I knew after having digested the significance of that reveal – that the intentions of the writers was completely different from simiply rescuing our Losties. I had all summer to come to the conclusion that it is not about what I want to develop as a story but that the writers had a different story to tell.

    It seems that you enjoyed the mystery but when the writers started to given us answers … they were not the answers you wanted and it disappointed you. Thats ok. We all can’t like the direction of the story.

    BUT please 24 !!! Have you been watching that show since the first season?? Because the first few seasons was excellent but then I felt they were trapped by the premise of real-time. How many times could you recycle the “mole” story line. Mole in CTU, mole in the government, the President asked to grant immunity to a terrorist… I like 24, however I went from loving it to being able to predict all the turns and I am glad this season is the last because they have no more original stories to weave.

    We can agree to disagree – I am unabashedly so far loving season 6.

  20. Carol from Boston says:

    Okay any science people out there, need help on a theory. It is clear that magnetism is important to the island and our story. Smokey clearly has some kind of electrical or magnetic energy which causes the “flashes” of light and maybe the ticka ticcka sounds are him energizing himself. Here is where the science comes in. I am a bit fuzzy on magnets, there is are north and south poles right? They can’t touch each other and in fact they repel each other.

    So maybe the pylons are full of the opposite magnetic energy that smokey is, and that is why he can’t get past them. I know there is a some kind of frequency or energy with them as it caused Mikhael to foam at the mouth. But if it is an opposite magnetic energy it would explain why it contains smokey, it is almost like a forcefield. The magnetic energy is going to be a major weapon against Smokey in this battle.

    Does this make sense? It’s been a long time since Jr. High for me.

  21. My Desmond Theory:
    I think Desmond has always been unique. Whidmore has always know it so has Hawking. That is why he pushed Desmond away from Penny. He has always know that the Island requires Desmond to bring balance. The Island drew him in during the boat race and pulled him to the spot where Kelvin would find him. He was the one who’s actions brought 815 down. He is the one who blew the hatch. He is the one who could stand the flashes & messages (from Daniel).

    So Whidmore has a geophysicist, Zoe, using a Dharma maps (made by Jin) to find pockets of electromagnetism. Why? I think they will unleash one of these pockets to stop MIB. I’m not sure if it is to trap him (the way the sonic fence does) so he cannot get out. Or if it is to bring down the plane so MIB cannot escape.

  22. likestobeanon says:

    I really liked this episode, and I’m spoilered up to the eyeballs.

    Liked so many interactions between the characters we care about/ season 1 feel.

    Loved the hark back to the famous Locke/Sun ‘how does anything that’s lost get found’ scene at her garden.

    Liked the repeat of the sideways looking in the mirror theme (when Sun did it in the hotel room) – hoping it turns out to mean something.

    Sun’s sideways and Keamey’s hair looked ridiculous.

    Can’t wait for all the major characters to be on the island together – has taken such a long time.

  23. Coolpeace says:

    @ marilyn and maluhia : about what Keamy said to Jin. Upon first viewing, I also heard “…just in case you figure out whats about to happen on the island, can’t have you freaking out.” I sat up straight and thought …What? It really does sound very similar, but after many listens, I think he says “…I’ll strap you in here just in case you figure out whats about to happen, and I can’t have you freaking out.” What is about the happen is that Keamy after receiving the money from Sun was indeed going to “pop” Jin, fulfilling his contract with Mr. Paik – who apparently no one wishes to upset.

    Does anyone have closed captionning?

  24. John Fischer says:

    I rewatched the episode this morning and I have to admit that I enjoyed it much more than I did last night. One things has me baffled though. If Flocke went to the beach camp to get Sun as he told Jin he would, why after she hit her head and collapsed did he not just pick her up and carry her back to his camp? We know he can carry people since he hauled Richard across the jungle. Is there something in the “rules” that says that the candidates who join him have to do so willingly?

    I’m also confused about Keamy. He seems to be still alive at the end in the alt. First, I would have thought that Sayid would have made sure all of these guys were dead. Secondly, I would have thought that Jin would have done the same. Why did two people allow him to live? I suspect we’ll see more of Keamy before we’re done.

    So Sun can only speak Korean now, but she understands English and can write English. OK, so why? Why build that into the story? There has to be a purpose. And boos to ABC for putting that V logo and clock on the screen which hid a lot of what Sun wrote to Jack.

    We’ve now had two episodes in a row where at least half have been subtitled. I could use a week of all English next week.

    Poor Desmond. He gets shot by Ben, taken to a hospital and then apparently kidnapped by his father-in-law and drugged. He’s having a bad week.

    Widmore – something about the timing here seems off. How many days after we last saw him outside the hospital with Eloise is this? That was the same day that the Ajira plane left for Guam. How many days has it been on the island since the Ajira plane crashed? We’re to believe that Widmore was able to get his crew together, hop in a sub and get to the island that quickly?

    As for the folks at the beach… Didn’t they go to the beach to get away from Flocke and his crew? Now Richard tells them that they have to go to the island where they know Flocke is and they all, except Sun, immediately agree. No one asks, “hey, Ricardo, just how do you expect us to get past the nasty smoke monster who kills people pretty easily?” Ilana may be a bad ass, but just look at the others she has rounded up – Hurley, Miles, Ben, Richard, Sun, Frank…. That army would not scare me.” The other side has all the real bad ass people, Flocke, Sayid, crazy Claire, Kate, Sawyer… If I were Hurley and Miles I’d tell Richard to take a flying you know what and say, “no thanks, we’ll just hide out here until the war is over.”

    So, how are the beach folks planning on getting over to the Hydra Island? Do they even have an outrigger? Could they all even fit in one? That channel between the main island and the Hydra Island is as busy as the English Channel with Flocke’s cross island express, back and forth, Widmore’s crew bouncing between islands I assume on some type of zodiac from the sub), the sub itself and now the beach folks plan on rowing on over. Seems like they could use the now defunct Hawaii Superferry.

    Can’t wait to see how poor Desmond fits into all of this. I would guess Penny is one pissed off lady right now.

  25. Carol from Boston says:

    @coolpeace – I’ll check my hearing because I thought Keamy said “look behind you, you idiot” I’ll have to turn up the volume and really listen. Thanks for the offer to help vac, :). I am going back down again now. The rain has been awful here in MA, floods everywhere. My basement flooded a lot worse last week. Luckily we didn’t put anything back in so the floor is clear and easy to Vacuum. Just more time consuming than anything. But we paid money to have it treated last week so we wouldn’t get mold and now that it is all wasted.

    @John – It seemed weird that Sayid had no compassion for Jin and did little to help him in the flash sideways

    @Joe Buck Eyebrow Challenge – funniest post name ever – you cracked me up.

  26. Alex in MD says:

    I saw the package, and it was huge!

  27. Mimi says:

    @Carol in Boston – A magnetic field is a field of attractive or repulsive forces generated by moving or spinning electric charges. Magnets have a south and a north pole. The north pole attracks the south pole, while like poles repel. One of the major principles of magnets is there are no single, isolated magnetic poles. If there is a north pole, there will be an equivalent south pole.

    Electromagnetism – Moving and spinning electric charges create magnetic fields; conversely, a moving magnetic field sets charges in motion, generating an electric current.

    As far as your pylon theory goes, I suppose that the pylons could be generating electro-magnetic fields, but I always thought it was the sonic waves or sound waves that was keeping smokie out.

    Hope that helped.

    I’m trying to remember the last time we saw Desmond (other than on 815 in the sideways) Was it when he was in the hospital and Widmore and Ellie Hawking were there?

  28. Bronco says:

    I am totally convinced that I have the end of lost figured out. It is really so simple and so amazing that everyone will be totally satisfied with the ending.

    What we will see in the finale is that a devastating release of electromagnetic energy will call a ‘FlashForward’ for everyone in the entire world. Everyone will initially blame Charlie but the truth will come out that our losties are responsible.

    And the finale will reveal MIB’s real name, Anna! MIB is released from his island prison and comes back as the leader of the ‘V’ invasion!
    ( Now you see the reason for the annoying V bug, it was really an easter egg giving us spoilers about the finale! )

    ABC will be recognized as a groundbreaker in cross-tv show pollination.

    OK, maybe not………

  29. Coolpeace says:

    @ Carol form Boston : I like the opposite poles theory… very much. But as to the fence, it may not be magnetic so much sound waves.

    Okay, remember when in 1977, Richard just walks right in the Others compound and claimed that his people could do so with ease.

    From Lafleur :

    HORACE: I wish you would’ve told me you were coming. I would’ve turned the fence off for you.

    RICHARD: That fence may keep other things out, but not us.

    [Richard steps in closer.]

    RICHARD: The only thing that does keep us out, Horace, is our truce… which you’ve now broken.

    Lostpedia says it is a sonar fence. Remember when Amy put ear plugs in her ears to pass through and our Losties lost consciousness after following her without ear plugs.

    Which does mean that Smokey could be negative and the perimeter around the island could be positive and that is why there are weather interferences.

    Which brings me to ask : What water have a negative or positive charge? That would explain why Smokey can’t pass over water!

  30. Mimi says:

    @Coolpeace – When I rewatched the episode this morning and I swore I too heard Keamy say exactly that! I had to keep going back and listening again and it ALWAYS sounded like he was saying, “just in case you figure out what’s about to happen on the island.”

    Funny that I didn’t hear it that way when I was watching the broadcast on TV.

  31. Coolpeace says:

    @ Bronco : I like it … lol.

    @ Carol from Boston : What Keamy says to Jin in the fridge while tying him up.

  32. Mimi says:

    @Coolpeace – Hydrogen atoms carrie a positve charge and oxygen carry a negative charge. Since one water molecule is made up of one positive (H) and 2 negative (2O) it carries a slight negative charge. However, due to the way water molecules bond to each other (one of the things that makes water so unique and dense) it is highly unlikely that a large body of water would effect smokie on an ionic level.

    Plus don’t forget like poles repel, opposite poles attract.

  33. Astro1derboy says:

    A thought just hit me (and forgive me if someone posted this in between my quick post earlier this morning)…

    Desmond told Jack, back in the arena where they were both running stairs, early on…”see ya in another life”. That may be coming into play in yet another way.

  34. Victor says:

    I think everyone is being over-dramatic about alt-Sayid leaving alt-Jin with just the box cutter. Think about it from Sayid’s perspective; you just murdered 2 people and now you’ve encountered a guy in a meat locker that doesn’t speak English. He had no reason to trust that Jin wasn’t a murder as well and that Jin might kill Sayid just because Sayid had seen his face or something. Obviously, this is not the case, but in the world of organized crime, there is no honor among theives. Providing him with the just the box cutter was a huge favor cause now Jin could escape [hopefully] before the police arrive and Sayid would be able to escape as Jin wasn’t instantly freed.

    Interesting to see evil-Locke to playing Kate and Claire against each other. First, his emotional out-pouring to Kate about Claire being crazy and now inciting revenge violence with Kate against Claire.

    Seeing Jack be all “island, island” now is a huge let down. I don’t mind him being more pro-island now, it’s refreshing, but now he is just a John Locke lite. It’s really irritating his character does a 180 every other episode. He sees a stupid mirrior, looks out on to the ocean, and now he is preaching to Sun. LAME.

    Sun in her garden, crying, was also a huge disappointment, going from confronting Widmore on European streets turned commando to find her husband turned… whiny gardener? Nice.

    I haven’t felt that disappointed since… well, LAST WEEK, when Richard, the resident island man of mystery spent 45 minutes running around the island screaming “El Diablo, El Infirino” to everyone he met. Seriously. 45 Minutes of “Are you the devil? How about you? You? Is this hell? Am I going to hell? Is hell close to here?” He used to be cool. He used to build ships in a bottle and listen to Daniel Faraday logically and rationally when it came to larger issues like nuclear weapons. He used to bargain peace treaties and show up at the Dharma camp unarmed because he is SO COOL HE DOESN’T NEED A GUN. Now, just because Jacob is dead he runs off into the jungle just to come back the next week. Here we go again, 180, then another 180, then another 180.

    Then just three weeks ago, Sawyer goes from nearly murdering Jack over Juliet’s death, now he’s at Locke’s camp handing out hot cocoa and cracking witty remarks just like old times! “Juliet who? OH, right, we were together for 3 years, but it’s been three weeks so I am over her. I am also over my friendship with Miles because I haven’t thought about him in FOREVER!”

    This is a huge disappointment when you watch a character driven drama. I don’t watch Lost to watch a great fantasy show about an island with powers, I watch to see what will happen to the characters and who ends up happy and who ends up dead.

    Sorry, but the show has jumped the shark. The writers are just running out the clock on the finale with all of this impotent struggling. Hopefully the final episode is worth something, because the last few episodes have been garbage.

  35. Steve B says:

    I am probably stating the obvious to all you smart people, but I noticed that the hotel desk clerk mentioned Jin’s room number was 842.
    4-8-15-16-23-42

  36. joann says:

    henry – you are right about the blood-red V being distracting and a pain. we need to ask them to knock it off! the link you posted didn’t work – but i did leave a complaint at http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us. lost YAY!

  37. shannymac3t0 says:

    Desmond is the Constant.

    http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Constant

    The ep is heavy with regard to weather changes and Desmond consciousness travels between 1996 to 2004 multiple times. The episode follows Desmond’s 1996 consciousness in one continuous narrative between the two years…. Just like the flash sideways??

    It does seem like the two time lines are merging into one al la Jack’s cut in LA X, etc.

    Lost has been telling this story out of order from the get go and in a circular motion and if I may say is genius story telling tv.

  38. James Carey says:

    great blog. sad there’s only 6 more episodes…

  39. LReene says:

    @Carol from Boston – Yes, I am sure when Jin was holding the gun to the back of Mikhail’s head Keamy said “look behind you, you idiot”.

    BUT, like a lot of the rest, I also thought I heard Keamy state “…just in case you figure out whats about to happen on the island, can’t have you freaking out.” when he was taping up his hands. My wife and I both have listened to it over a 2 dozen times and neither of us can be sure of what is said. And from the “mumble” to his voice at that point, I almost wonder if it wasn’t intentional.

  40. paintergirl1 says:

    In addition to Daniel Farraday and Danny Pickett, there is also Anna Lucia’s ex-lover and the altar boy from Yemi’s church who have the name of Danny (Daniel). There are also several Dan/Danny/Daniels in the various Lost ARGs.

    @Victor – You and James are certainly entitled to your opinions, but can you come up with a better way to describe it than “Jumped the shark?” (Even though Sawyer literally jumps a shark in the season 1 finale 😉 ) It’s bad enough the phrase brings to mind an image of Henry Winkler wearing swimming trunks and a leather jacket, but I feel this show is worthy of less cliche criticisms. Perhaps shot the polar bear? What about sunk the island?

    Just poking fun. I understand how many are becoming frustrated, because the writers are running out of time. Even if the ending isn’t the level of quality we expect, it might be because the writers have set up such an amazing show that any ending might be disappointing. Come on Damon and Carlton. Prove me wrong!!

  41. Beth says:

    I agree that Desmond is “the constant” and that he somehow going to bring the two timelines together.

    If Sun losing her english voice is any indication that they are starting to merge could it be because Desmond was on/close to the island?

  42. Beth from Houston says:

    Charles Widmore never was a bad guy. He only treated Desmond the way he did to keep Penny from being hurt because he knew that Desmond would have to go to the island. Desmond is special and the rules don’t apply to him. He can use the electromagnetic anomaly to destroy the MIB (and my guess is that will put the island under water) because he is the only one who can come in contact with the electromagnetism and not be harmed.

    Also, in Season 4 Finale when the island “disappeared” as the Oceanic 6 were flying back on the helicopter…didn’t it look like the island went under the water? Perhaps when the island “moves” it goes under water…perhaps the island has been under water since Ben turned the frozen donkey wheel at the end of Season 4. Just a thought.

  43. John Fischer says:

    Here’s another question. When Widmore told Locke about a war coming, I think we all assumed it was between the Others and the Losties, right? We hadn’t met Jacob and for all we knew the smoke monster was just the island’s security system. So, how did Widmore know that a war was coming? He’d been off the island for 30 years or so. Heck, all indications then were that he didn’t even know where the island was located which is why he wanted to buy the ship’s log. I wish we knew how Widmore came to be on the island when we saw him in the 1950’s.

  44. Beth says:

    @Beth from Houston,
    I agree with you and I like your theory that the island goes under water when it disappears. So does Desmond have to be a sacrifice to save the rest of the Losties and get them off the island? I guess he didn’t die when he turned the fail safe, so maybe not.

  45. Melonpool says:

    Couldn’t Danny be Danni? As in Danielle Rouseau?

  46. Carol from Boston says:

    @paintergirl – I think I just saw that Dharma Shark in my flooded basement. I am taking a break from draining it. I need a portable sump pump or maybe Jacob can touch my house and heal my basement. Getting punchy here.

    @John – Widmore must have a mole on the island, how else would he know all this? Do you think Richard is still in contact with him?

    @Lreene – I didn’t realize we talking about two different Keamy comments I thought everyone was talking about Keamy and Mikhael not Jin. I’ll have to rewatch it. I feel much better about my hearing now, thanks!! I am much to young to be losing my hearing. lol

  47. Victor says:

    OH and I have had enough “Ilana cleaning her gun” scenes. Okay, we get it; She’s tough. I’ll even overlook the fact only an idiot would clean their weapon on the beach.

  48. LReene says:

    @everyone – I just rewatched the portion where Keamy is taping up Jin’s hands with Closed Caption turned on. He says “I’m gonna strap you here, just in case you figure out what’s about to happen to you. I can’t have you freaking out”. I guess if the Closed Captioning is correct, we have our answer.

  49. Rey says:

    @Victor – You clean your weapon where ever you are. They are on the beach and she is at a table. In many ways the jungle is an even worse spot, since it would be easier to loose some of the smaller pieces. As for portraying her as tough, I look at it more as portraying her as prepared. It is far better to clean weapon in a moment of downtime than to have it jam at an inopportune time.

  50. Victor says:

    Really? Blowing sand in all of those moving parts? Okay.

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