The Universe and Me

Friday, October 07, 2005

Lost: Orientation

Lost 2.3. The previouslies are getting lengthy and there’s more backtracking. Anyone care to guess the eight simple rules for dating Locke? It’s interesting to see him in the flashbacks being so messed up and incompetent. Something must have happened between the failed anger management meetings and the plane crash to change him and I’m guessing it has to do with Helen and his former paralysis rather than that his kidney was returned or his father suddenly wanted a best friend. I’m still not sure if the people who said they were Locke’s parents really are or if they’re just con artists. Locke appears to have no doubt. So Kate finds the hatch’s arsenal and rescues John and Jack and I wish they’d either use Locke’s last name permanently or they’d given one of them a different name because of Jack being a nickname for John. But that’s my problem. They’ve got more to deal with when Kate’s ricochet hits the computer. She gets to leave via the front door and return with Sayid and excitement junkie, Hurley. In the meantime Desmond explains that on his race around the world three years ago, some Calvin came running out of the jungle and brought him to the hatch where he inexplicably stayed and every 108 minutes they “saved the world together for a while and that was lovely” until Calvin died. Did he die from Danielle’s virus? Before anyone thinks to ask, Desmond runs off like he has somewhere to go. Jack chases him and ends up lamenting whatever went wrong with his marriage instead of asking if Desmond knows of a way off the island. This ain’t brain surgery, Doc.

It may, though, be some kind of experiment gone wrong. The noticeably edited orientation video from the Dharma Initiative explains that the hatch is station three of six social science research facilities which deal with experiments in psychology, zoology, weather control, electromagnetism and parapsychology or thereabouts. An “incident” happened and since then a code must be entered into the computer to reset the numbers and do who knows what else. Stop another “incident”? Jack believes it’s all a mind game and for once I was on his side and wished he hadn’t pushed the button so we could see what happens if they don’t. That would have been the true “leap of faith.” So now for the rest of the series someone has to be in the hatch, taking care of this. Super. Can’t say I was surprised that Hurley discovered the pantry.

The Rafters get thrown into a cage/pit by Shaft. After a while Ana Lucia drops in and says she was in the tail section of the plane. Sawyer thinks he and his Howdy Doody gun are the best thing that’s ever happened to her but she has her own agenda and it isn’t to be helpful. Curious they showed a picture of Desmond with some so far unseen girl. And that two of the research scientists resembled younger versions of the deliverance dude who stole Walt and the woman on the boat with him. There’s some good reading material in the hatch for Sawyer. Best line: Locke’s “we’re gonna need to watch that again” which is how I feel after every episode of this show. Locke’s father’s “there is no why…get over it” disqualified for being too harsh. Next up: Jin miraculously learns to speak meticulous English and everything’s going to change.


  • At 10:23 PM, October 09, 2005, Blogger 9ptcircle said…

    Did you notice the University of Michigan reference? Go Blue! They had an article about it in the paper here. It is useful for those of us without TV when news outlets report on prime time fiction for our edification. If they mention any secret passageways with hidden treasures or stashes of everlasting caffeine be sure to let me know.

  • At 11:49 AM, October 11, 2005, Blogger Mrs Vee said…

    Missed that completely. Shame on me, especially because one of my college roommates was from Bay City, MI.
    I don't know about everlasting caffeine, but there is a very well stocked pantry in Lost's hatch.

  • At 3:59 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    8 Simple Rules for dating Locke:
    1) no whining about one's parents


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