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"Egg-town is a pejorative term that refers to the days of
bartering. A traveling salesman would have to barter his candy or tobacco or
shoelaces for different commodities. A poor exchange would be for eggs, a
relatively common item that is also highly perishable. Nobody wants to trade for
eggs from a traveling salesman because they have their own, so the salesman who
accepted an egg in exchange was forced to accept a bad deal. Salesmen would use
the term like "If I were you I would stay away from Bogart. That's an egg-town."
Of course, the lack of trust among salesman was also high, and it was likely
that one salesman would lie to another about the quality of a town's customers
to keep them for himself. Invariably, the second salesman ventures into to
Bogart only to find it is truly an egg-town. He is either persuaded to not visit
a town that has good customers or is tricked into visiting a town that can only
offer eggs. The term "egg-town" represents a deal with undesirable outcomes in
I found this related story:
"According to Mr. John Henry Pittman, who for many years
ran one of the stores in Two Egg, the name originated when two small boys came
into the store day after day to trade two eggs for a small amount of sugar. The
owner of the store was having a bad week and, in frustration, made a remark that
included the line, "This is nothing but a "two egg" town." A traveling salesman
(or "drummer") was in the store at the time and began to spread the story. The
name caught on and before long the community, previously called Allison, became
known as Two Egg. The name first appeared on State Highway maps during the 1940s
and remains there to this day."
So, Eggtown is a place where bad deals are made. Locke tries to make a unstated
deal with Ben (using the last 2 eggs) and gets nothing but subtle abuse.
Miles makes a deal with Ben, ignoring the fact that Ben is locked up in a cell,
and gets to chew on a live grenade for his trouble.
a deal with Miles only to learn she has no future in the outside world. Kate's Mom
may have been trying to make a deal to see her grandchild (who probably isn't)
but never will. Kate accepted a deal that confines her to California for 10 years, which
sounds like a good deal to me, compared to 7-15 years in prison.
Locke and Ben
Are the Others growing melons, or are they delivered?
Two words: pneumatic tubes.
Valis, by Philip K. Dick: I could write and quote tens of thousands of words
on this book, but I think I'll settle for this:
"Much of the material from Valis comes from PKD's experiences
between 1974-76. Dick was never fully certain whether he was undergoing some
transcendent experience or going mad, or whether there was a difference. The
fact that Dick tweaked his brain to the edge with amphetamines didn't help
matters, and he was quite aware that he was not in a good position to judge
whether what he was going through was paranoid hallucination or actual
experience. But the information he amassed about cosmology and cosmogony during
that period shaped the rest of his life and work, and he presents that
information through the cipher of of his protagonist, Horselover Fat. It's never
quite clear which details are PKD's shot trough HLF, and which are elaborations
as a way of working out what he experienced. What's more, a science fiction
writer named Phil appears in his own book and is the narrator who talks with
HLF. Phil is eventually confronted about how he and HLF are the same person:
Philip > philo: Greek for love; Philip > hippos: Greek for horse; Dick > means
fat in German. Philip becomes a contraction for the Greek terms, yielding
horselover, and Fat is just a play on Dick's last name. Dick effectively creates
his own mirror twin and as the two interact in the novel. One could go through
PKD's "exegesis" to piece apart the biography from the fiction. The exegesis are
notes he took about his ideas, but there's some 8,000 pages of them, some are
absurd and show an unbalanced mind, some are incredibly insightful, but who's to
say how much of that is biography and how much is fiction... HLF has a similar
In 1974 PKD had an impacted wisdom tooth removed, and was administered sodium
pentothal for the procedure (the truth drug, also used as an anesthetic). He
wasn't given anything for the post-op pain, and after some mind-numbing
suffering, he called the pharmacy for some painkillers. When the delivery woman
arrived at his home with the painkillers, he opened the door and was struck; she
wore a gold vesica piscis pendant, a Jesus fish, and the light bounced off it in
a strange pink hue and struck him in the head (more on this symbol in a moment;
it's hardly just a fish). He was transfixed, and then his world started to fall
apart; the scene outside his door disappeared, and instead looking out on a
southern California town, he was looking out at the early Christian world, when
Christians were still persecuted; people spoke Greek and they wore the piscis as
a secret symbol to each other. It's all a bit like Desmond's flashes. Horselover
Fat goes through the same experience in Valis, and starts hearing language in
koine Greek; HLF did not know Greek, but the words he transcribes turn out to be
accurate Greek phrases.
Dick/Fat explained this wasn't a hallucination; he called it a kind of
anamnesis, the loss of forgetfulness, and he experienced it time and again in
the following year. (Speaking of loss of forgetfulness, this is essentially what
Faraday was working on when he was trying to recall which playing cards
Charlotte laid out.) PKD felt his mind had been invaded by some greater
intelligence, and he was remembering through this intelligence experiences he
shared with that intelligence, but didn't know about. Over the next two years
while this intelligence remained, PKD got his life together like never before.
He came to understand that this other intelligence was an early Christian, from
2,000 years before. But this other person - he called him Thomas (twin) - had
been also other people. Furthermore, these past times weren't really past; they
were occurring right then and there:"
Ben says he doesn't need to re-read Valis: He's either full of shit or he has a photographic
memory and a Ph.D in Theology.
You might catch something you missed the second time around"-This
is shout-out to the fanatics. But I'm not one, nope, just because I re-watch the whole
show backwards doesn't make me obsessed.
Is anyone else wondering how hard it would be for Ben to escape from own house?
Locke isn't evolving, he is still letting Ben get to him.
Locke must know about Ben's secret closet, he saw Sayid come out of it. Why
isn't he asking Ben about his multiple passport fetish? "Does your little flock know about
your frequent flyer program? What would they think about you planning
to abandon them?"
Nice construction job on that wobbly wall.
So much for Skateship, Kate is Othertown for her own reasons, not for Sawyer.
Kate at Court
Why go in the front of the courthouse? The jury won't know, and the D.A. won't
Just as Kate gets out of the car someone in the crowd yells "Why'd you do it, Kate".
Just before her lawyer says "step aside please", the big bearded guy yells
"We hate you", in reverse audio. Now the question is whether this is
just an easter egg/Twin Peaks homage (there were damn fine cups of coffee earlier)
or are we to believe that there really are people who speak backwards? Is the bearded
yeller a visible "whisperer"?
Let me get this out of the way: the whole trial part of this episode is
impossible and ridiculous:
Kate is on trial in a California State Court. The California state flags, California state
seal, deputy sheriff acting as bailiff, and District Attorney prosecuting
all point to this. Kate is being tried in a State court, on State charges, for
crimes committed in California.
She is charged with fraud, arson, assault on a federal officer,
assault with a deadly weapon, grand larceny, grand theft auto,
and first degree murder
She killed her father and burned down the house in Iowa, not California.
"Assault on a federal officer" is a federal crime, not a state one.
"Whoever moves or travels in interstate or foreign
commerce with intent either
to avoid prosecution, or custody or confinement after conviction,
under the laws of the place from which he flees, for a crime, or an attempt to
commit a crime, punishable by death or which is a felony under the laws of the
place from which the fugitive flees, or "
So even if Kate beats the California state charges she can look forward to
federal trial. The feds don't need Kate's mom to testify.
Kate is a wanted federal fugitive: She wouldn't have been able to buy a big house and
hire a nanny. She would have been put in federal custody as soon as someone
in law inforcement knew who she was. And don't forget she's famous.
Kate doesn't act like the trial is part of the deal she made to keep quiet.
The judge is named
-I think "Galzethron" was a minor demon in Ghostbusters.
No I don't, but that is one strange last name.
Jin's up to sentences.
Jin wants to live in Albuquerque.
is in Albuquerque with what might be Sawyer's child.
When did anyone mention arrangements to take everyone off the Island?
Daniel looked embarrassed when Jack mentions rescue.
Othertown-Locke, Kate, Hurley, Ben
Locke killed a chicken. This refers back to the scene in
"The Man from Tallahassee"
where Locke saw the fried chicken in Ben's fridge and accused him of losing faith in the
Island. Locke and his group are doing the same things that made him call Ben and the
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In this episode it would be the eggs.
This could be a reference to
Cause and Effect.
Locke tells Kate she can't talk to Miles and denies he's running a dictatorship.
Consider that for the last 3 seasons Locke's catch-phrase was
"Don't tell me what I can't do".
Kate may have fooled Hurley into telling her where Miles is kept (or did she?),
but at least Hurley caught on right away. I'm really looking forward to some good
Ben and Hurley interaction.
So Locke leaves his prize Freighty all alone out in the boathouse? No guards or
lookouts? A boy scout troop could rescue Miles.
A 15-year sentence with only 7 served? For that laundry list of crimes, including
first degree murder? There is no way a D.A. would agree to that, especially
considering all the publicity.
Kate's attorney wants to make the trial about "who you are", which
echoes Kates' question to Miles, "Do you know who I am?".
Kate's attorney is named Duncan Forrester. Another Duncan Forrester wrote
"Apocalypse now? Reflections on faith in a time of terror":
"Forrester (U. of Edinburgh-New College) offers his personal reflections, rather
than a systematic theological response, to the 9/11 attacks and the 2004
Christmas tsunami in the Indian Ocean. From his perspective as a Christian
theologian, he seeks to read the signs of the times by moving back and forth
between two times of terror--today and the early centuries of Christianity.This echoes "Valis". If
the good news of Jesus Christ emerged in that time of terror, and the darkness
did not overcome that light, he asks whether that light continues to shine in
the present darkness, and if so, how.
Jack trying to make a phone call mirrors his first flashforward where he tries to
I wonder if Charlotte and Daniel would eat any Apollo bars they find?
What's up with Locke's sudden cooking obsession?
Kate can con a crew of thugs into robbing a bank with her, but she's
frightened of babies?
More legal mistakes: Jack is a character witness for the defense, being put
on the stand right after the prosecution's opening statement. Character witnesses
testify during sentencing, not during trial. Defense witnesses don't appear until
after the prosecution rests their case. Kate's trial bears no resemblance to reality.
When did the D.A. object to Jack testifying? Kate had no idea Jack was going
to be called.
Jack: "...which crash landed onto an island in the South Pacific".
Houston, we have a problem and Lucy has some 'splaining to do. The wreckage
of Flight 815 was found in the Sunda trench in the NE Indian Ocean, thousands
of miles from the South Pacific. This is a major inconsistency, and I for one
am considering alerting the proper legal authorities.
8 survived crash - so 2 Losties are known to be dead to the future world.
The D.A.'s name is Melissa Dunbrook.
Othertown-Hurley and Sawyer's house
Two choices for Movie Night:
Xanadu, where dreams come true:
features Olivia Newton-John (who has more teeth than a normal human)
as the Olympian Muse of dance,
"In Greek mythology, the Muses are a sisterhood of
goddesses or spirits, their number set at nine by Classical times, who embody
the arts and inspire the creation process with their graces through remembered
and improvised song and stage, writing, traditional music, and dance. They were
water nymphs, associated with the springs of Helicon and with Pieris, from which
they are sometimes called the Pierides. The Olympian system set Apollo as their
leader. Not only are the Muses explicitly used in modern
English to refer to an inspiration, as when one cites his/her own artistic muse,
but they are also implicit in the words "amuse" or "musing upon".
According to Hesiod's Theogony (seventh century BC), they are the
daughters of Zeus, king of the gods, and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. For
Alcman and Mimnermus, they were even more primordial, springing from Uranus and
Gaia. Pausanias records a tradition of two generations of Muses; the first being
daughters of Uranus and Gaia, the second of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Another, rarer
genealogy is that they are daughters of Harmonia (the daughter of Aphrodite and
Ares) which contradicts the myth in which they were dancing at the wedding of
Harmonia and Cadmus."
Did I mention that it's mostly on rollerskates?
That poem by Coleridge
"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery."
Locke is playing black, Sawyer white. When Sawyer played Walt the colors
Sawyer has almost stopped using nicknames, except for Miles
Why didn't Locke check on Ben after Locke told him Kate was going to
bust him out?
Miles to Ben: You know who I am?
You know who I work for?
You know he's put a lot of time and energy into finding you."
"It's extortion, if you want to get technical"-Miles may be a pain in
the ass, but at least he's up front about it.
"Don't treat me like I don't know who you are, and what you can do"
-Miles has a power, he might believe Ben does too.
Is Miles in it for the money or was "3.2 million" a code?
Kate needs to know if the Freighties can turn her in
Kate is listening to Patsy Cline-
"She's Got You"
"I've got your picture that you gave to me
And it's signed "with love," just like it used to be
The only thing different, the only thing new
I've got your picture, she's got you
I've got the records that we used to share
And they still sound the same as when you were here
The only thing different, the only thing new,
I've got the records, she's got you
I've got your memory, or has it got me?
I really don't know, but I know it won't let me be
I've got your class ring; that proved you cared
And it still looks the same as when you gave it dear
The only thing different, the only thing new
I've got these little things, she's got you"
Locke doesn't knock.
Kate tells Locke the truth about what Miles said
There is no way in hell a D.A. would let her star witness talk to the defendant,
especially without being present and considering that they're mother and daughter.
And the D.A. would be furious to learn that they were left alone. If Kate were ruthless
she could take away Mom's oxygen: no more witness.
I find it hard to believe that the D.A. is depending on the testimony of a woman
who could drop dead any minute.
I don't get why Kate won't let Mom see Aaron. It seems like a reasonable deal to me,
and an fairly painless way to get to raise her son.
"I don't want you anywhere near him"-that sounds more like fear than anger.
Sawyer is reading
The Invention of Morel, a novel set on a mysterious island with a mad scientist who invents
a machine that can create reality.
Montezuma means "he frowns like a lord"-I still think Hurley could be a secret king.
If Daniel is having memory problems, they must be pretty exotic. He remembered
who was on the helicopter and how to work the phone.
How does Kate explain that she has a 3-year-old son when she left Australia
unpregnant about 120 days ago? Just how long does the world think she was gone?
To me, this was the weakest Season 4 episode yet. It wasn't "Jack gets a tattoo" bad,
but that's damning with faint praise. The impossibility of the courtroom flashforward
really bugged me. It was like this episode was just thrown together.
This episode was another Lostie apathy-fest. The way the survivors don't ask
questions (I know they won't get straight answers, but it makes them seem like
idiots) gets on my nerves.
Nobody in Lockeville has bothered to ask Locke what the plan is. He's told
them that people are coming to kill them but everyone is content to just sit
around and play house. Is the sonic fence on? Is anyone keeping watch at night?
For all they know the Copter4 were just one team and there's a squad of
commandos headed their way. For hunted people they don't seem very
Jack's bunch on the beach haven't asked Daniel and Charlotte any
of the obvious questions:
Why do you want Ben?
What are you going to do with him once you catch him?
Why did they send you?
Who hired you?
How did you find the Island, or Ben?
Where is the Island?
Daniel and Charlotte haven't asked about Ben's people.
"Bottom trawling for fish stirs up billowing plumes of sediment that
can be seen from space and destroys entire seafloor ecosystems, new imagery
The technique, used all over the world, is a way to catch fish in deeper parts
of the ocean with huge, deep nets, now that many near-shore fish populations
have been virtually wiped out from over-fishing. Several studies have shown the
significant impact that trawling has on ecosystems, killing corals, sponges,
fish and other animals.
"Bottom trawling is the most destructive of any actions that humans conduct in
the ocean," said zoologist Les Watling of the University of Hawaii. "Ten years
ago, Elliott Norse (of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute) and I
calculated that, each year, worldwide, bottom trawlers drag an area equivalent
to twice the lower 48 states. Most of that trawling happens in deep waters, out
of sight. But now we can more clearly envision what trawling impacts down there
by looking at the sediment plumes that are shallow enough for us to see from
"Avell" is an obscure verb that comes from Latin, meaning to
pull or tear away.
Assuming that the character's forename is Dante (as in the
casting sheets) an anagram of 'Dante Avellino' is 'Naval Deletion'
"Avellino" is the name of a city in southern Italy, near to Naples
The patron saint of this Avellino is St. Modestino, whose day
is February 14, the same day the episode first aired in the U.S.
Note: "St. Modestino" has only 9 hits on Google, and the Catholic
Encyclopedia has no entry for him.
Andrew Avellino is the
patron saint against sudden death. One strike against faith.
Avellino makes a bet with Sayid, Ben made a bet with Locke over Sayid.
Mr. Avellino gets really nervous once he knows who Sayid is. It's theorized
that the golf course scene happens after Sayid's time with Elsa.
Being shot in the shoulder could have screwed up Sayid's swing.
The name of the restaurant is
"Die Mauer", or "The Wall". The Berlin wall separated the Germans, like the
Losties are separated.
The storyline portrays the fictional life of an anti-hero named Pink, who is
hammered and beaten down by society from the earliest days of his life: having
lost his father (killed in Anzio during World War II, as was Roger
smothered by his over-protective mother, oppressed at school by tyrannical,
abusive teachers who tried to mould him and the other pupils into the "right"
shape for society (hence the recurring image of the meat grinder) and a cheating
wife, Pink withdraws into his own fantasy world, building an imaginary wall, an
allegory for being emotionally distant, to protect himself from the rest of the
world. Every bad experience in his life is "Another Brick in the Wall". After
heavily contemplating how to fill in the last few empty spaces in the wall, Pink
puts off its construction for a while. He becomes a rock star and gets married,
only to be cheated on by his wife due to his distance and coldness, as well as
the life as a rock star. After this, he resumes and eventually finishes building
Pink slowly goes insane behind his freshly completed wall. He is lost on the
inside, but is forced to surface by his demanding lifestyle, and I.V. drug use
distributed by his crew to "keep [him] going through the show". Hallucinating,
Pink believes that he is a fascist dictator, and his concerts are like Neo-Nazi
rallies where he sets his men on fans he considers unworthy, only to have his
conscience rebel at this and put himself on trial, his inner judge ordering him
to tear down his wall in order to open himself to the outside world. At
point the album's end runs into its beginning with the closing words "Isn't this
where..."; the first song on the album, "In the Flesh?", begins with the words
"...we came in?" - with a continuation of the melody of the last song, Outside
the Wall - hinting at the cyclical nature of Waters' theme."
Elsa says she works for an economist who works in
emerging markets. He is only in Berlin a couple of times a year
and uses a beeper to contact her. Her main job is shopping for him.
Since she might be expecting Sayid she could be lying,
but it seems Sayid isn't surprised by this story.
Sayid has another map. He's had Rousseau's map and a Dharma map.
That was Ben on the other end of the cell phone. Sayid washes his hand
after talking to him.
"I want my gun back, can I have my gun back, I want my gun....." Shut the
Miles thinks that going with Sayid is his idea. Sayid is setting Miles up
from the get-go.
-Lockers In the Jungle-
Locke calls Ben "Gizmo"
The Losties are getting more brutal. Sawyer's ready to torture Ben.
Locke may have used the practical argument against toe-cutting (crippled Ben)
because he thought it would be more effective than moral reasoning.
The grey ash is still in place, but no cabin. I guess you do need to be
Ben has Locke's number-without orders from above he doesn't have a
Maybe they should gag Ben. His only weapon now is his mouth.
Why weren't Daniel and Frank wearing bulletproof vests?
"Sawyer won't let him"-It's a straight answer to Kate's question, but
it's a buzz kill.
Elsa's dress might be considered red. If Red=Death, then this is
I think Elsa pretended like she was going to leave the pager behind to
further convince Sayid she was in love with him.
Elsa's boss makes her use a pager because he's "very old-fashioned".
There are 3 old-fashioned people we know of:
Jacob: He doesn't even like flashlights.
Locke: Believes that using technology means a lack of faith in the
Ben: Might have been convinced by Locke's argument that his use of
technology caused his spinal tumor (or at least led to the Island not
"A related technology, the wireless pager, can also be
easily intercepted. Pagers receive signals over the airways with no scrambling.
Numerous programs are available for computers that can monitor the
entire frequency spectrum that pagers operate on and automatically retain every
message that is sent."
Sayid: "Everyone has a boss". This episode is full of bosses, seen
Why did Sayid tell Elsa he was only going to be in Berlin for a week? Did he
expect the Economist sooner?
"Zarathustra was the first to consider the fight
of good and evil the very wheel in the machinery of things: the
transposition of morality into the metaphysical realm, as a
force, cause, and end in itself, is his work"
"Eternal return (also known as "eternal recurrence") is a
concept which posits that the universe has been recurring, and will
continue to recur in the exact same self-similar form an incomprehensible
and unfathomable number of times. The concept has roots in ancient Egypt,
and was subsequently taken up by the Pythagoreans and Stoics. With the
decline of antiquity and the spread of Christianity, the concept fell into
disuse, though Friedrich Nietzsche briefly resurrected it.
In addition, the philosophical concept of eternal recurrence was
addressed by Arthur Schopenhauer. It is a purely physical concept, involving
no "reincarnation," but the return of beings in the same bodies. Time is
viewed as being not linear but cyclical.
The basic premise is that the universe is limited in extent and
contains a finite amount of matter, while time is viewed as being infinite.
The universe has no starting or ending state, while the matter comprising it
is constantly changing its state. The number of possible changes is finite,
and so sooner or later the same state will recur.
Physicists such as Stephen Hawking and J. Richard Gott have proposed
models by which the (or a) universe could undergo time travel, provided
the balance between mass and energy created the appropriate cosmological
geometry. More philosophical concepts from physics, such as Hawking's "arrow of
time," for example, discuss cosmology as proceeding up to a certain point,
whereafter it undergoes a time reversal (which, as a consequence of
T-symmetry, is thought to bring about a chaotic state due to thermodynamic
Frank: "If Minkowski comes on you hang up right away"-Miles
really wants to talk to Minkowski, but Frank doesn't. There would seem to
be some divisions between the crew of the freighter.
Regina doesn't have to set anything up, she's instantly ready when
Why did the Other's leave so suddenly
Ep# 315, Left Behind) that they couldn't take down their laundry?
How long were they going to leave Hurley in that closet?
How did Locke convince Hurley to run the con? I think he told Hurley that
if he didn't do it there might be a gunfight.
"What is that? It's a rocket"-no shit
The rocket was 31 minutes late. Why are physical objects delayed but
phone calls are not?
Daniel expected a time-space anomaly, that's why the
rocket had a clock. Somebody should ask Daniel why he's on this mission
and what he's been told about the Island.
"Did you see the numbers on Daniel's clocks? One said 3:16,
while the other said 2:45. As it happens, Daniel 2:45 is the culmination of the
story in which exiled Daniel earned an exalted place in King Nebuchadnezzar's
court by interpreting a dream concerning the future of Babylon and how ''the
fourth kingdom will be a divided kingdom.'' Hey - that sounds like the fourth
season of Lost! Meanwhile, Daniel 3:16 is part of the famous story of how
Daniel's friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown in the fiery
furnace but were saved by God. How might that apply to Lost? Well, thematically,
the story deals with three men who refused to abandon their spiritual beliefs
and bow down before a false idol - a story that stands in stark contrast to
Sayid's flash-forward arc."
Nitpick: Daniel is depending on electronic clocks to tell accurate time
on an island full of strange and powerful electromagnetic fields. The Island
could be messing with the the rocket's telemetry (if it exists) as well as
doing strange things with time.
Nitpick: Sayid should know better. You search a possibly hostile building in
a group, not all split up. And you wait until you know the building is clear before
you start searching for clues.
Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ)
describes the socio-political tactic of creating temporary spaces that elude
formal structures of control. The essay uses various historical and
philosophical examples, all of which attempt to lead the reader to the
conclusion that the best way to create a non-hierarchical system of social
relationships is to concentrate on the present and on releasing one's own mind
from the controlling mechanisms that have been imposed on it."
Pirate Utopias were described by essayist Peter
Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) in his 1995 book
Pirate Utopias: Moorish Corsairs & European
Renegadoes, and in his earlier essay Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ),
as secret islands once used for supply purposes by pirates that
were early forms of autonomous "mini societies" existing
beyond the realm and reach of governments. These pirate
enclaves typify proto-anarchist societies in that they operated
beyond laws and governments and, in their stead, embraced freedom.
Locke bringing ice tea mirrors Patchy doing the same.
Sayid: "The day I start trusting him is the day I sell my soul"-just a little foreshadowing.
Locke already has Miles, so what did Sayid trade for Charlotte?
I think he made a promise to Locke.
Elsa wore her bracelet to bed.
Sayid should have made up a story about his job.
Was Sayid really going to tell Elsa everything before her boss paged her?
I can't make out the name of the hotel Elsa says.
Elsa: "I understand you don't want to talk about the crash,
what happened to you"-What does the outside world think happened
to the Oceanic 6? It sure sounds bad.
There sure are a lot of mirrors in Elsa's apartment.
Elsa sounds more loyal than an mere employee.
Major Nitpick: Sayid has his pistol butt conveniently hanging out
of his jacket? What if Elsa saw it? And how did she miss it whenever they embraced?
Elsa on the phone:
You were supposed to page me at 10:30
No, I didn't kill him
He's not going to give up the name now
Why should I keep him alive?
No, he had no idea
All right all right
I'll bring him to you
Leave the hotel
I'll meet you at the safe house
Frank and Daniel know the name Penelope Widmore, and they are bad
Charlotte "has work to do"-Evil work.
I wonder if Frank's bearing is the same as Michael and Walt's?
I wonder if Sayid has any surprises stashed on Naomi's body?
Nice Darth Vader voice, tell Sayid you're his father.
Ben: "These people don't deserve our sympathies."
Ben: "Need I remind you what they did the last time you thought with your heart instead of
Sayid: "You used that to recruit me into killing for you."
Ben: "Do you want to protect your friends or not, Sayid?"
Ben: "I have another name for you."
Sayid: "But they know I'm after them now."
Who is "The Economist"?
We have 3 sources of information on him:
Elsa: As she was conning Sayid from the start, everything she said
is unreliable. Which leads us to our next source.
Ben (through Sayid): Sayid's behavior indicates he believed
Elsa's story about her and her employer. I assume he was briefed by
Ben for his mission. We have no idea of the source of Ben's knowledge.
But Ben is unreliable because he didn't know Elsa was a enemy operative
and not an innocent assistant/personal shopper. I'm assuming if he knew
this he would have told Sayid because I think Ben values finding the Economist
more than killing Sayid. Since Ben was wrong about Elsa he could have been
wrong about the whole scenario-maybe Berlin was just a trap and the Economist
Elsa's Call: She talked to whoever paged her, but her call didn't sound like
she was talking to a boss but rather an slightly superior co-worker.
She complains about the page being late and practically orders the caller to
leave the hotel and go to the safe house.
If Elsa's story is essentially true then the Economist operates very strangely.
Why does he need what seems like a trained assassin on call?
Why doesn't he travel with his own staff?
Clearly the Economist doesn't seem like one of the
corporate heads (Hanso, Widmore, Paik) we could assume are Ben's enemies.
One person who might operate like the Economist is Ben himself. I don't mean
to suggest that Ben set up Sayid: If he wanted Sayid dead he could have easily killed
him at the Vets. But what if there are 2 Bens?
Why is Sayid operating alone? Why is his only backup Ben?
I consider J. Wood's analyses of Lost to be essential reading.
"A quick overture of what discussions will be attempted in
the following paragraphs:
# A breakdown of "economy"
# Ockham's Razor #
Playing with spacetime
# Jack Kerouac
# Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
# Ken Kesey
# Michael Faraday
# James Clerk Maxwell and his lil' demon #
# David Lewis
# Conditional grammar as a narrative tell"
"Which leads me to my Big Theory of the Week: There's a
secret war raging in the larger Lost world - a war over reality itself. The war
is being fought by two rival groups that have knowledge of future events. Each
group is leveraging this knowledge to facilitate different, self-serving
outcomes. The castaways - and possibly the Freighter Four, too - are pawns in
this quantum chess match. They are being moved around the board of the Island -
and the larger world - in order to create certain events that generate certain
consequences (or useful energies) that are either advantageous to their
cause...or disadvantageous to their rival's cause. On one side of the board is
Ben. On the other side, Matthew Abbaddon, who, I believe, works for a company
that was introduced in the recent online tie-in game ''Find 815'', a group whose
name was inspired by James Clerk Maxwell, a group called...the Maxwell
"The more we know about Sayid, and the more closely we
examine him, the more confusing his character becomes. Sayid manages to embody
all of these opposites simultaneously. Which Sayid is the real Sayid? I
sincerely hope that Jarrah's ultimate destiny will be as something other than as
Ben's attack dog. There are some viewers out there who seem to think that all
the characters are destined to become mindless followers of Ben, or Jacob, or
the Island itself. If they do, then those characters will meet the same end as
Elsa, an inconsequential pawn who sacrificed her life to protect a King. In the
final scene, Ben treats Sayid's wounds in a veterinary clinic, both for
practical reasons (to conceal his work), and as a metaphor for his new
relationship with Sayid. Ben values Sayid's life, like the life of any of his
followers, about as much as he values any one of the caged dogs. Sayid Jarrah
has always been a man of exceptional intelligence and skill, capable of some far
greater accomplishment in his life. I can only hope that Sayid will one day find
a mission worthy of his potential."
"I've changed my opinion on Charlotte. Too many people have
pointed at too many things, and re-watching last week's episode again she cast
one too many sly looks (one of them being at the exact moment Ben blew her up).
Dan, Miles, Frank? They're the three blind mice. Dan's too loveably eccentric to
be 'acting' scatterbrained, and this week confirms our assumption that Miles is
only in it for the money (said to Jack, low in the background: "...for what
they're paying me?"). Frank's knowledge is zero - he's nothing but a vehicle to
get them to and from the island, the only pilot able to do so. And although
Naomi might've known a little bit more than them, she still didn't know the
But I think Charlotte does. The Freighter crew wouldn't have sent that
chopper without at least one person who knew the true mission, and that person's
shaping up to be Charlotte. Which was pretty funny, because Locke was lucky
enough to have her fall into his hands... only to trade her away for a handful of
magic beans (Miles). Charlotte's assertion that she "has work to do" after
refusing the chopper ride only strengthens this idea. She's got a job to
accomplish, and you can bet it's not paleontological."
"I'll expand on all of this in a separate post, but I want
to briefly propose a variation of a scenario I've explored before, e.g., in Lost
Time. Let's say the Island naturally exists 31 minutes in our past. Perhaps
Oceanic 815 was supposed to crash killing everyone on board. Instead, the
intense magnetic field caused by System Failure pulled the plane through one of
the Island's natural wormholes, threatening to disrupt the timeline. The second
crash was faked to prevent a course correction that would profoundly alter the
future -- a future Charles Widmore believes he owns."
"The winner of The Most Creative Theory award goes to MD, MF
and BB (or, "two Christians and a Semite," in their own words), who wrote me
with the Holiday Theory. The gist of this theory is that a battle of sorts is
underway on the Island, and it's over which religious holiday wins out--will it
be Christmas? Hanukkah? Or some bizarro Scientology holiday? Here is their
- Jacob is Santa Claus, who can only be seen by
"believers." He is losing his powers because the level of cynicism in the world
is rising, and people no longer believe in jolly Saint Nick.
- The Island used to be located at the North Pole (thus the appearance of polar
bears), but global warming caused everything to melt. However, the magical
powers of Santa and his elves can still be found in spots on the Island, which
explains some of the strange happenings we've witnessed there so far.
- The Others are Santa's adult elves (which explains why they don't age). But
they've lost the ability to carry their babies to term because the Island is now
too warm, so they are freaking out about the fact that there are no younger
elves around to help build toys. They also hate humans (who caused global
warming and led to the pregnancy problem), so they will fight anyone who lands
on the Island. But they agreed to bring Juliet there in order to help overcome
their pregnancy issue. Further, they kidnap kids in order to convince them to
believe in Santa Claus, which helps keep Santa/Jacob from completely losing his
powers and disappearing for good.
- The Dharma group was made up of Jewish
colonists who wanted to take advantage of Santa/Jacob's weakened state in order
to change the official holiday of the Island to Hanukkah, rather than Christmas.
They built the Temple, at which the rest of the Others are now hiding.
- The Numbers are the exact proportions of the Dharma ingredients in the Best.
- Naomi and her crew are Scientologists wanting to get rid of both Christmas and
Hanukkah so that their own secret winter holiday can be #1 on the Island. This
holiday will be revealed at the end of Season Four.
Before you dismiss this theory, consider the following evidence MD, MF and BB
gathered to support their ideas:
- The Find815.com game lead players around CHRISTMAS Island.
- Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet) stars in the Santa Claus II, as Mrs. Claus.
- "HO HO HO" is hidden in Episode 4.01 (as discussed in my previous write-up)
- Assuming that it was after midnight when Daniel Faraday parachuted to the
Island, he landed there on Christmas Eve.
- Time travel is prevalent throughout the series... and how else could Santa
deliver presents to all those houses across the world?"
At the Hanford cleanup site they have miniature folding robot bulldozers
"The mission profile is that the machine must be insertable down a 12" diameter
pipe. Once through the pipe, it is deployed within a 75' diameter tank filled
with unprocessed nuclear waste, which has typically separated into liquids and
nitrate/nitrite salts. The environment is immediately lethal to unprotected
humans and rapidly lethal to protected humans, including radiation, corrosion
and toxic threats. These tanks are being pumped out so the waste can be
reprocessed for safe long-term storage before tank failure releases (more of)
the waste into the environment. The problem solved by this device is breaking up
the extensive salt deposits and slurrying them so that they can safely be pumped
I'm still pounding away at my write-up on "The Economist", but until it's
finished there's 2 things I think we'll see in "Eggtown".
1: We'll probably find out who would be wondering where Kate was
when she met Jack at the airport. They might leave this unanswered, but it
would be hard.
2: They have got to explain how Kate is a member of the famous "Oceanic 6"
and yet not in prison for blowing up her father. I think they'll come up with something
other than the easy ways out I thought of (New identity, Pardon, Cover-up of the
"Three severed right feet have washed ashore on the Gulf Islands
(British Colombia) in
the past six months, in what police say is one of the most bizarre cases in
The latest foot, still in its sneaker, was found last Friday on Valdes
Island, a small community near Nanaimo that does not have regular ferry service
and is accessible only by private boat or float plane.
RCMP say they're not sure whether foul play is involved and are trying
to match any missing-person cases to the severed foot.
Two other right feet, both in size 12 men's sneakers, washed ashore on Gabriola
and Jedediah islands last August. RCMP collected DNA from the grisly remains but
could not match them to anyone in police databases. The three islands are within
60 kilometres of each other.
"We'll be using pathology examinations and anthropology examinations to garner
as much information as we possibly can about the remains," said Jeff Dolen,
B.C.'s assistant deputy chief coroner.
Although it is somewhat common to find individual body parts(Well yea, if you're an assistant deputy chief coroner it is,)
, Dolen said this
would be "the first instance of three such similar remains being discovered" in
"The only salmon farm in Northern Ireland has been thrown into
crisis following a devastating jellyfish attack that destroyed more than 100,000
Billions of small mauve stingers flooded the cages where the fish were kept
about a mile into the Irish Sea, off the Co Antrim coast, causing more than £1
million of damage and leaving the future of the company in doubt."
Last week's attack lasted nearly seven hours, with the small jellyfish
stinging and shocking salmon held in an area covering 10 square miles and 35
Workers in three boats tried to reach the cages to rescue the salmon, but the
extreme density of jellyfish slowed their progress through the water, and by the
time they reached the cages it was too late.
What are the things in the bookshelf behind the host's head? One is almost completly
hidden but the other one looks like a DVD with two anime characters and an Apollo
candy bar in front of it. It could be a clue!! This could break the whole thing wide open!!!
Or maybe it's just that
somebody on the production staff is a big fan of "Mr. Sushi fights Evil Elves".
Better copies of the video can be found
I've been thinking about the rocket Daniel had Regina fire from the freighter
and doing a little math. Feel free to correct any miscalculation.
I'm assuming that the freighter can track the rocket's position by GPS.
Regina starts counting off the distance from Daniel's transponder at 40km.
Since Regina counts off in increments of 5km let's assume that the
freighter is 45km from Daniel. It took 27 seconds for the rocket to travel
that 45km. The problem is, that means the rocket was going 3866mph, or
mach 5. This is INSANELY fast. The Sidewinder air-to-air missile only
goes mach 2.5. I know, the Island can mess with electronics. But neither
Regina or Daniel gave any sign that the rocket was traveling much, much faster
than it should have.
1. Do you really believe, Mr. Huckabee, that the Earth is only a few
thousand years old and that humans and dinosaurs cavorted together?
2. Religious people often accuse atheists and agnostics of arrogance. Do you
agree? And is it arrogant to say, as you have, that your sudden rise in the
polls was an act of God and that you wish to amend the Constitution to better
reflect "the word of the living God"?
3. Article 19 of the Arkansas state constitution states, "No person who
denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this
State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any court." Although it and
similar laws in other states are not enforced, do you support their formal
Popular Mechanics has taken a closer look at Frank Lapidus's skillful landing
of the "lightning struck" copter. According to the experts it would have been
extremely difficult for Frank to land in those conditions with that equipment even
without lightning or electrical problems. My theory is that since Frank was
supposed to be on Flight 815, he and the helicopter experienced the same sort
of "help" that allowed Flight 815 to end up on the beach with survivors. I bet Frank
doesn't remember at all how the helicopter landed and that he woke up on the ground.
the new book from Iain M. Banks, is due out in the U.S. on February 28th
(according to Amazon).
Get up to speed with this
guide to Bank's Science Fiction novels (the Culture ones at least) and then
go buy it when it's released.
Charlotte heard Ben telling Locke that he has a mole among the Freighties.
It'll be interesting to see (if she ever gets free) whether she tells her teammates.
Even if she is the mole she should inform the Freighties. If it's found that she kept
this a secret she'll be exposed as the mole.
I wonder what inducements Abaddon used to recruit the Copter4.
Daniel: Intellectual curiosity.
How did Ben get information from his mole? If he used the Flame station
why did he keep Patchy out of the loop?
When Ben tells Locke about the Copter4 he names Daniel, Miles, and Charlotte
but only calls Frank Lapidus "a pilot". I wonder if this is significant.
4. Giant Mecha robots are our only defense against the Daikaiju
"What else are we going to build to protect us from giant monsters? As the recent
Daikaiju documentary Cloverfield demonstrates, conventional military weaponry is
not sufficient to defend our citizens against the menace of giant monsters that
rise up from the sea. As to the cost? $725 million is a small price to pay to
prevent some damage to New York City. I say some damage of course, because it is
inevitable that in fending off the beast, the giant mecha robots will do
considerable damage itself. But sometimes you have to burn the village to save
contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.
Faraday studied the magnetic field around a conductor carrying a DC
current, and established the basis for the magnetic field concept in
He discovered electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis.
He established that magnetism could affect rays of light and that
there was an
underlying relationship between the two phenomena.
took the work of Faraday, and others, and
consolidated it with a set of equations that lie at the base of all
modern theories of electromagnetic phenomena. This ties in with the
The flashbacks for the 4 helicopter freighties are the first to have
location subtitles. Faraday is in Essex, Massachusetts
Why is Daniel so sad about Flight 815? This suggests some connection
with the Losties but doesn't explain it. Even Daniel doesn't know why
he's crying. It's been theorized that Daniel is some form of savant,
which would explain his awkward nature and scientific skills.
Possibly he subconsciously noticed
something about the Flight 815 footage. Maybe he's having a premonition
about the Island. Or he could just be a geek with mood swings.
and three other noble youths were among the Jewish young nobility
carried off to Babylon (probably as hostages to ensure the loyalty of
Judah's king and advisors). Was Daniel born on the Island?
The woman was wearing a wedding ring. On the Island Daniel
Charlotte can't find her bulletproof vest, Miles gives her his. They were
both supposed to have armor, why wasn't Daniel?
When did Charlotte have time to put her bulletproof vest on? They
seemed to be in a hurry to get out of that copter. She would have had to take
her parachute harness and shirt, and then put on the vest. shirt, and
Miles calls Daniel "genius" as he throws him off the copter. I don't think
Miles has a high opinion of Faraday. He might have thrown Daniel out to
lighten the load.
"I'm.....Daniel Faraday"-interesting pause before he says his
The transponders tell the Freighter where they are.
Was there a co-pilot that Copter4 are keeping a secret? That helicopter
would hold more than 4 passengers too.
"In Thomas's best known appearance in the New Testament,
John 20:24-29, he doubts the resurrection of Jesus and demands to
feel Jesus' wounds before being convinced. Caravaggio's painting, The
Incredulity of Saint Thomas,
depicts this scene.
This story is the origin of the term "Doubting
Thomas". After seeing Jesus alive (the Bible never states whether Thomas
actually touched Christ's wounds), Thomas professed his faith in
Jesus, exclaiming "My Lord and my God!"; on this account he is also called
"Thomas the Believer"."
Jack you idiot, let Daniel wake up the strange man.
Miles didn't set up the best ambush. He was depending on the people finding
making mistakes. Evil Islanders could have just pumped
him full of lead to be sure he was dead, or stepped on his gun-arm while a
checked his vitals. I would have planted my transponder under the
parachute and laid in hiding.
"A maelstrom (or malström/malstrøm in the
scandinavian languages) is a very powerful whirlpool; a large, swirling
body of water. The word was
introduced from the Nordic form by Edgar Allan Poe in his story "A
Descent into the Maelstrom". In
turn, the Nordic word was borrowed from the Dutch maalstroom
which means grinding stream. The original Maelstrom (described
by Poe and others) is the Moskstraumen, a powerful tidal current in the
Lofoten Islands off the Norwegian coast."
"Straum" doesn't seem like an oriental name. I wouldn't be surprised
if Miles has father issues or is adopted.
Ah, Naomi didn't have a sister. That was a code.
Miles has one crappy mustache.
Best Line #2: "Now if you're going to sleep with my daughter I'm going
to have to insist you call me Ben"
When did Karl get a gun?
What was Ben going to tell Alex?
Sawyer gets the argument about killing parents in front of
their children-it happened to him.
Hurley gives Sawyer just a faint headshake-"no", and Sawyer agrees.
I'd love to know what Miles was saying over dead-Naomi.
Faraday: "The light...it's strange out here. It's like it doesn't.....
scatter quite right.". Yea, I'd say Daniel notices things others don't.
The scattering of light is involved in reflection. Shiny things (like
mirrors) don't scatter light.
Daniel has all the social conditioning of a nerf ball. Kate getting all
low-voiced and friendly has zero effect on him.
I totally missed Jack winking at Kate the first time I watched.
"We have met the enemy... and we are him.
The story has always been circular, but never has it been more obvious until
this episode when our four new friends arrive on the island. What greets these
fresh-faced newbies that dropped from the sky? An island full of cheering
survivors happy to be rescued? Yeah right. Maybe two or three seasons ago, but
"Light em' up!" - Miles standing in the jungle, Jack telling him he's
surrounded by guns. Seeing him smirk at Jack, non-believing until a bullet
whizzes by, a mirror-image of Jack - a mirror image of the situation the 815'ers
encountered allllll those episodes ago. It was funny to watch, but it was
alarming too. Look how easy it was for our main characters to become the very
thing we all hated so much - the simplest of questions unanswered, the
disparaging looks, the sarcasm, the jadedness...
Now imagine that you're Charlotte for a minute. You arrive smiling happily,
awestruck at the beauty of the island. "Hey look! Flares! My friends are there!"
Yeah that's nice. You ask innocent questions. Someone starts to answer you, but
someone else tells him to shut up. You're disarmed. Then someone swipes your
radio and straps it to a dog that runs off into the jungle. What the hell is
going on? None of this makes any sense! Hehe, sure it does (to us at least).
"What? Don't you want to be found?" Nah, not really. C'mon Charlotte, get with
it - before someone slugs two bullets into your chest. Oops, too late.
The 815 survivors have cool jungle moves. The 815 survivors have rifles and
guns. The 815 survivors have a camp, a really weird agenda (some of them
anyway), and about half of them have no desire to leave the island. Sound a
little familiar? You bet. Our beloved 815'ers have come full circle. They've
executed their own purge, but the Others aren't truly gone: the 815'ers have
become the Others - without even knowing how.
THAT'S HOW SLICK THE ISLAND IS."
Why doesn't Charlotte believe that Flight 815 has been found?
Does she know that 815 went down on the Island?
The bear didn't go back in time, at least not much. It wasn't
if it was the collar wouldn't have been flexible
A polar bear buried in the desert is an
an out-of-place artifact.
I think Charlotte knew she'd find the Dharma Hydra station
She seems really, really happy in that pond, maybe like someone
Born on July 2, 1979 in Essex, England to parents David and
Jeannette. She was raised in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England and has
two younger sisters. She did her undergraduate studies at the
Kent and received a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Oxford
"As a young boy, Lewis had a fascination with
Boars with grudges and giant talking birds?
Lewis never completed a novel entitled
The Dark Tower, mirroring the name of Stephen King's series.
TPTB are big King fans.
"The story deals with an early rendition of
interdimensional travel. A fictional Lewis himself narrates, as
he does in Perelandra, but Elwin Ransom appears as a supporting
character. The story begins with a discussion of time travel among
several academics at a university (subsequently identified as
Cambridge) during summer vacation. They conclude that it is
impossible to violate the laws of space-time in such a way. However,
after the discussion, one of the men (Orfieu) unveils an invention he believes
allows people to see through time. The group uses this "chronoscope" to observe
an alien world they call "Othertime" (he does not know if it is future or past),
where a group of human automatons work to construct a tower at the
bidding of the story's villain, the Unicorn, a devilish character
with a single horn growing out of his forehead. The Unicorn stings
people, apparently volunteers, causing them to become automatons (the
Another Apocalypse Now reference?
Miles is particularly concerned that Daniel not divulge his last name.
I think Sayid is thinking about bamboo and fingernails.
The phones track the transponders, not the other phones. It's a little odd
a fancy-ass phone like that doesn't have it's own GPS capability.
Miles suggests that the phones have another, harmful function. I'm making
a mini-prediction that they can blow up.
He's on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. He owns or works at a
called "Caribbean Dreams".
"The original population of Taino, or Arawaks, was
mostly deported by the Spanish to work in the mines of Hispaniola, where
they died out by 1550. The island is believed to have been unoccupied until
the first European settlers-puritan pilgrims-arrived in 1648 from Bermuda.
These settlers, known as the "Eleutherian Adventurers", gave the island
its current name-eleutheria means "freedom" in Greek, while eleuthera
means "free". Some people think that Christopher Columbus may have
come to Eleuthera before any other islands in the West
Frank has his own toy airplane like Kate's.
Frank was supposed to be the pilot of Flight 815. He was supposed to
to the Island. Of course, who or what made the decision they wanted
on the Island, and what means they used to try to get him there is one
central mysteries of Lost.
"Lapidus is a Jewish family name derived
from the Hebrew biblical male given name Lapidot, husband of the
prophetess Deborah (Judges 4:4). The
literal meaning of the
"torches" or "candles". Similar Jewish family names include Lapidas,
Lapides, Lepidus, Lapidot and Lapidoth."
It can hold 7 passengers plus a 2 person flight crew.
The internet lists it's range as from 285 to 350 miles. I figure the
freighter could be
75-100 miles away, if Frank is telling the truth about running low on
Naomi refers to the Copter4 as "a headcase, a ghostbuster, an
a drunk". I thought Abaddon showed a bit of humanity when he called Frank
"a pretty good pilot".
Notice how while Miles speaks to ghosts, Daniel is the "headcase".
Naomi wonders about Flight 815 because of Frank. The only reason to choose
him as the pilot is because of his connection to it.
Naomi was supposed to keep the rest of the team alive, but she was
the first one killed.
Abaddon: "Every member of this team was selected for a specific
Let's think about that. I think Frank gets them on the Island, because he's
to be on it. Miles is there to talk to the myriad dead people, which might
infer a deeper
mission than just abducting Ben. Daniel handles the science. Charlotte's role is
murky-she might be tasked with manipulating the theology and social structure
the Native believers in Jacob. I think they're looking for something other than
though Ben could help them get it. Miles can get info from dead people if Ben
doesn't come through. If the maguffin is technological Daniel can keep it from
going boom or eating their souls.
Damn, Evangeline Lilly is a babe.
Hack radios, kill with his feet, tune-up helicopters: Is there anything
Miles speaks to someone named Regina (queen) on the phone.
What the hell could be so important that neither Regina or Minkowski
can talk to Miles?
Why did Frank study Flight 815's passenger manifest so intensely?
Miles isn't too bright, or he's got more invested in finding Ben than just
Screaming "Where is he?" is a little vague.
That is one funky 70s-Early 80s disco outfit Ben is wearing. I for one think
there is no
way he dressed like that on the Island. That picture was taken out in the real
Notice that the computer moniter isn't connected.
"James, I stand corrected." He may be a semi-religious-nutcase, but
can still admit when he's wrong.
It's interesting that Sawyer offers to kill Ben, and that Locke refers to
as "his mess". Ben told Locke that his father was Locke's mess. Sawyer and Locke
seemed calm and close.
Ben has a good memory. I guess Daniel's last name is really Faraday.
Notice now how Charlotte has been within spitting distance of Ben all
this time without any sign from her. I think Charlotte is the opposite of
Daniel-a very good liar.
I think there's a good chance that Charlotte is Ben's mole. She could have
been checking out the polar bear on a Other assignment. It would be a classic
Ben mind-fuck to shoot his own agent in order to remove any future suspicion.
Ben is going to have tell Locke more, because if the Copter4 are here for
Ben, and Locke was going to kill Ben, why not just give Ben to the Freighties?
Ben might lie, but he has to give Locke a reason why the Freighties having him
Theories, Conjectures, and Misc.:
From the Find815 game it seems that the Widmore organization created the
fake Sunda trench crash scene. Abaddon picked Frank Lapidus for his Island
mission because Frank was supposed to be on the flight.
My question is: How did Widmore/Hanso/Paik and Abaddon know that Flight 815
crashed on the Island? The Others wouldn't have told them and all off-island
communication was being jammed. If the Widmores know because they arranged
the crash, then what was their motive?
Naomi had the photo of Desmond and Penny. How did Abaddon (who
presumably gave her the photo) know that Desmond was on the Island?
The Copter4 and Abaddon must want Ben for something other than revenge.
Copter4 = Fantastic Four
Daniel Faraday = Mister Fantastic
Miles Straum = Hotheaded Johnny Storm
Charlotte Lewis = Invisible Girl, invisible shield=body armor
Frank Lapidus = The Thing, Ben Grimm, a pilot made of stone
" A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing
at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental
United States, scientists have said.
The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world's largest rubbish dump – is
held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting "soup" stretches
from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern
Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan."
Mike Walton: "Her name was Ana-Lucia Cortez. She was my partner before
I made detective. Dark hair. Gorgeous. Maybe you knew her? Maybe you met her on the plane? Before it took off?"
The outside world knows nothing about The Island and the Losties time there.
The Oceanic Six have lied about what happened.
The interrogation room with a video player mirrors the room Jack was held
in by the Others at the Hydra Station, complete with water.
In the interrogation room "water window", Charlie has
"They Need You"
written on his hand.
Now Locke is not leaving tracks, like the Others do, or did, before we
learned more about them.
Ben: "I need you to do me a favor." Ben does not lack for nerve.
Juliet digs graves while Sawyer drinks coffee.
Hurley's cannonball is like a baptism-Between being rescued and losing
his cursed money he thinks he's reborn.
Another apparently mortally wounded or dead person healing quickly.
Was Naomi healed by the Island? I guess even bad people benefit from
the healing power.
Hurley tossing the walkie into the ocean: He is still the secret King. Never
underestimate the Reyes.
Jack, you should listen to Kate, because you are not as smart as you
think you are.
"You don't wait with warnings, you...warn"-classic.
Who doesn't love seeing the Losties cowboy up? No shortage of guns here.
Notice how the creepy "Oceanic Lawyer" is sitting at a chess board?
He does a great job of mumbling his last name. I've watched it a dozen
times and might be saying "Matthew Yabbadabba" for all I can tell. I'm glad
he isn't, because I don't want to even think about exploring the possible
connections between Lost and The Flintstones
Mr. Slate=Charles Widmore Great Gazoo=Black Smoke Monster
The "lawyers" name is Matthew Abaddon.
is not a pleasant name-He might as well call himself "Bob Satan".
The blackboard at the Asylum and the mural in the Swan Hatch share share some
Abaddon: "Are they still alive?". What an odd question. I would think
there would be more important ones, like "how do we get to the Island?".
Let's assume right off that Abaddon doesn't
work for Oceanic Airlines. One theory is that he's Smokey. I don't think this is true:
The Black Smoke Monster has never asked questions before.
So lets say that Abaddon works for the Widmore/Paik/Hanso/Dharma/Freighter bad guys.
If they were the ones who got the Oceanic Six off the Island why are they asking them
questions now? And if the Freighter people didn't rescue them, who did?
Why be so nice to Hurley? Abaddon is clearly A Bad Guy. Why doesn't he just
snatch Hurley and torture him? He may be famous, but he's also in a mental
hospital. There are lots of plausible ways he could disappear.
You can tell when Sawyer is sincere, he doesn't use nicknames.
Hurley could have been nicer to Sawyer.
I've tried filtering the whispers outside Jacob's house, and while somebody
is saying something, I don't know what.
"It is not like they're coming to us"
"is jacob a prisoner?"
"Are you afraid of this island?"
"Hurley really is very special"
Now that he doesn't have to make nice, Ben can let his natural sarcasm
Naomi lying to the freighter doesn't make sense. Maybe she realized that
she was dying and felt bad about her evil mission.
Naomi has a sister, whom she loves. If Penny is her sister, then Penny must know her
under another name. She asked Charlie, "Who's Naomi?".
There were two people in Jacob's cabin. That was definitely Christian Shepard
(or whatever/whoever is impersonating him or using his body) in the chair.
The owner of the eyeball is up to debate. And Locke being in the neighborhood
makes me wonder if he paid Jacob a visit.
I think Christian's
white tennis shoes
are a sign that whatever Christian is, he's beyond the mundane world.
There is no way you could keep those shoes so clean
and shiny living on wet, muddy, Craphole Island.
Hurley's encounter with Jacob's cabin happens both at the center of this episode and
and another example of mirroring: The Losties are 2 groups that come together and then
As far as I know, Hurley never met Christian when he was alive.
Did Hurley make the cabin disappear with his mind?
I think Charlie isn't just a hallucination of Hurley's.
The other patient saw Charlie.
"I'm dead, but I'm also here"-Charlie doesn't mince around with denying
Hurley does the same jedi mind trick on Charlie that he did on Jacob's cabin.
The Losties have gotten really good at making torches.
Let me be clear-both Jack and Locke are insane, nuts, bonkers. Jack is obsessed with
"fixing" the castaway's being stuck on the Island, denying any evidence to the contrary,
and would actually kill Locke for acting against him. Locke at best is operating on
the basis of visions and a probable conversation with "Walt".
I predict that the Freighter people will believe that they have a more important
mission than rescuing the Losties. They too will think that they are "The Good Guys".
There will be one or two Freighties who know the real reason they are there.