Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Your Mother Is An Other?

This week's episode, "The Variable", did a few things.  Let's answered questions, then it answered some more questions, and more importantly it answered even more questions.  Yep that's about it.  Really episode 5x14 probably gave us more information then any other single episode that I can think of.  Okay, let's do a quick review:  
1.  Daniel has been doing research for the Dharma Initiative in Ann Arbor.
2.  Charlotte was doing "card tricks" with Daniel on the beach in Season 4 in order to find out if The Island was healing Dan's memory loss which he lost because.....
3.  Daniel conducted time traveling experiments on himself around the same time he put his girlfriend, Theresa, in a vegetive state. 
4.  Charles Whidmore is Daniel Faraday's father (I think most of us saw that coming).  But what I still don't get about this is if Ellie's last name is Hawking and Charles' last name is Whidmore, then why is Dan's last name Faraday??  Thoughts anyone?
5.  Whidmore put the fake Oceanic Flight 815 at the bottom of the ocean.  Finally this is settled!  But at the same time it totally screwed with my head because for as much as Ben has lied, this just so happens to be one of the few times that he actually told the truth!  Who would have thunk it?
6.  Daniel came to The Island on the freighter in 2004 because his mother told him to do it.  
7.  We find out what was behind the mystery of the first scene of Season 5, when Daniel is in the Orchid Station, and we get to see the scene play out in it's entirety.

If Dan is really dead, which he seemed to be, then when and how does the infamous Chang/Faraday video happen?  I'm talking of course about the one shown at Comic Con 2008 which you can view here.  The only thing I can conclude is that in between the time that we see Faraday and Chang in the elevator coming up from the Orchid (you know, after Faraday told Chang that he was from the future and Chang had a look on his face like he just found his dad's hidden stack of Playboys) and a little bit later when Faraday comes knocking on Sawyer's door during the meeting-to-end-all-meetings, Faraday and Chang dashed over to Chang's house to make a quick flick.  Though this scenario seems quite far fetched to me, I can't think of another opportunity when that video could have been made.  Can you??

One very important occurrence we still do not have all of the pieces to is The Incident.  Since we are pretty certain that it took place some time before 1980, it is possible that "the accident" Dan tells Jack about is the same as The Incident that we have all grown to love.  Of course, I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

The Desmond story line seemed boring and unnecessary to me.  I learned absolutely nothing from it.  As for the scene outside of the hospital between Eloise and Charles, that little get-together could have taken place anywhere and it would have most likely had the same affect on us as an audience.  I hate to question the genius of the LOST writers but, what was the point of including Desmond and Penny in this episode at all?

I did note the urgency and importance behind Daniel's first priority upon arriving off of the sub.  He wanted to see Jack immediately and the promo of next week's episode **MINOR SPOILER** looked to me like Faraday has passed the "crazy torch" off to Jack.  What is the deal with Jack this season?  This was a guy who, up until now, had his own identity, followed no one, and lead the 815'ers for 4 straight seasons.  Now, every time I turn around he is taking on the objectives and identity of some body else.  This guy was following BEN at the beginning of Season 5 for crying out loud!!  After that he started doing what he felt Locke would want him to do.  You do remember how Jack used to feel about Locke, right?  He pointed a gun at the guys head and pulled the trigger.....TWICE!  He was a total push-over during his mono-e-mono with Sawyer.  And now next week's episode has him taking over as the new Daniel Faraday armed with the formula-filled notebook and all!  WHAT THE HELL?!?!  I want my strong, confident, fix-all, take-control Jack back.  You're never going to get Kate back like this, Jack.  Stop making sandwiches and mopping floors and morph back into Super Jack.  
Besides, if Jack successfully puts Faraday's time-changing plan into effect, what will happen to everyone?  Will they just disappear Marty McFly style?  And being that they have already lived that entire sequence of events, what difference will it make if Jack stops Oceanic 815 from crashing on The Island?  It's already happened to them so it's not like they are avoiding having to re-live it or something.  I'm getting a nosebleed from thinking about all of this so I'll just stop with that.

The Juliet-Sawyer-Kate-Jack love quadrangle took a interesting turn of events in this episode.  Juliet has definitely decided to throw in the towel and accept defeat against any chance of a future between she and Sawyer now that Kate is back.  The scene played out well during the Sawyer & Kate vs. Jack & Kate showdown.  And as much as I dislike Juliet, I did feel sorry for her.  Once again she was so close to finding the romantic happiness she almost had with Goodwin.  I'm predicting a Kate & Juliet alliance is right around the corner.  I caught some foreshadowing of that when Kate made her final decision about visiting the Hostiles.  Notice how she ended up doing what Juliet told her to do?  That was a first and I'm thinking there is more of that to come!

Ultimately, this was another great episode of LOST and I would love to hear what you thought of the episode.  It was bittersweet to see Faraday go.  And what a way to die!  Adios Dan.  Ahhh, the writers never cease to amaze me.  Until next week.... 

Thursday, April 16, 2009


5x13 - "Some Like It Hoth"

Now my first thought when I saw Hurley writing in a Dharma composition book was, "great, Hurley is writing down everything that has gone on since the crash because he feels like he is going crazy.  And Ben is going to find it and that is why Ben knows so much in 2004 when 815 crashed."  I was even racking my brain trying to remember which castaway was a bounty hunter.  Then we find out that Hurley is writing down the storyline of The Empire Strikes Back.  Don't get me wrong, that WAS comical but I am really anxious to see my theory proven.

I realize that this was a Miles episode, but Hurley brought so much to last night's show that I have to talk about some of his quotes.  For starters, in my opinion, one of the BEST scenes in all of LOST was the Hurley/Miles/Chang-in-the-Van scene.  Watch what I am talking about here

I almost peed on myself laughing at the scene that followed.  Here, Hurley and Miles are in the van alone and Hurley is trying to pump Miles up for how great all of this could be for him.  Where does Hurley come up with this stuff?  Unfortunately I could not find a video clip online to share here.  (note to self: learn how to grab video clips on my own so that I can add them to my blog)  Without a doubt, Jorge Garcia has gotten some of the best lines this season.  I'm used to getting my laughs from Sawyer in past seasons but Hurley's remarks have made their mark on Season 5 - "Let's face it, Ewoks suck dude."

LOST didn't leave us to wonder why Hurley was trying so hard to help Miles through his daddy dilemma.  The answer was hand delivered to us in a scene between Miles and Hurley while they were filling up the van with gas.  Hurley missed out on a real relationship with his father because his dad took off when he was 10 years old.  In Hurley's eyes, Miles has the opportunity of a lifetime by getting a second chance to have a relationship with his dad.  Of course, Hurley doesn't have the same cynical outlook on life that Miles has. 

In closing (finally!), I want to mention that I think there is definitely some meaning to Sawyer's sudden neglect to wear his glasses.  Is this a Superman/Clark Kent thing?  Is he trying to impress Kate?  Are they gone for good?  What's the deal?  Thoughts anyone?  On the other side, Jack's scene with Roger was weird, awkward, and creepy to me.  

Don't get me wrong, I love me some Jack, but I wasn't feeling it.  And I think Jack is in LaLa Land if he thinks that his little talk with Roger was effective in keeping things quiet for ANY amount of time.  Jack's approach to Roger only reinforced our knowledge of the doc's god-awful bedside manner.  I don't know how Jack is containing himself, but he is maintaining his whole "I'm doing nothing" attitude for sure.  But my theory is that things are about to get a little too crazy for Sawyer to handle and I can't wait to see him do some groveling when he needs Jack to save the day.

Here are a few other notes that I took down while watching this episode.  I would love to hear your comments, thoughts, theories, etc on what you think.

1.  Dan's back!  Where has he been?

2.  I am almost sure that this week Braum said, "Do you know what is in the shadow of A statue?"  But last week in "Dead Is Dead", Ilana's line was something like, "What lies in the shadow

 of THE statue?"  I know it seems minor but it caught my attention so I thought I would mention it.  I also may be totally wrong on what exactly was said.

3.  Braum mentions being on a "team".  See my theory page for some of my thoughts on what I think the meaning of that is.

4.  What do you think Sawyer and Juliet will do with that pesky security guy?

5.  Horace's instructions to Miles about taking the body to Chang in "Grid" something, reminded me of some dialogue that took place between Jin and Sawyer back in 5x8 "LaFleur".  Jin reports to Sawyer on which grid number he has completed.  What was the deal with that?  What did all of that mean?  What were Jin and Sawyer up to in their "grid search"?

Can't wait to hear what you guys think.  I'm almost looking forward to next week's break - this blogging stuff is harder than I thought!!  Namaste.

If you haven't already, don't forget to check out the first part to this post - I See Dead People Part I

I See Dead People Part I

LOST 5x13 - "Some Like It Hoth"

I was really looking forward to this episode of LOST because I had the feeling that I would have some laughs.  I'm so glad I was right.  That's just another great thing about LOST - they know exactly when to give us something funny to watch.  And after last week's very dark episode, "Dead Is Dead", we were all ready for something a little lighter.  Out of curiosity I decided to refresh my memory on what the plot is of the movie "Some Like It Hot".  I couldn't find anything that I thought linked it to LOST but check this out and let me know if you come up with something.  Regardless, I definitely got enough hilarious quotes from Hurley to keep me laughing through the next two week's, which was more than I expected.  Of course, in true LOST form, we were also left with a new set of questions (i.e., If this guy Braum doesn't work for Whidmore or Ben, then who does he work for?) and we were reminded of some questions that are still unanswered (What the hell is in the shadow of the statue, damnit?)  (More on that later)  Tonight's episode was Miles-centric and since we already knew that he could "talk" to dead people, I was anxious to learn more about Miles Straum.  LOST definitely gave us plenty of connections between Miles and our other castaways/time travelers.  And ultimately, I think Juliette set the tone of the week's to come when she said, "Well, here we go."  On a side note, I loved the fact that the next line Sawyer says directly to her is, "Get some rope."  AWESOME!!

So, what is up with younger versions of characters making appearances at the beginning of episodes?  Here are the ones I remember.  Be sure to send me the ones I missed and correct me if any of these are wrong.  1x5 - "White Rabbit" Jack gets beat up by kids on a playground and Daddy-Of-The-Year Christian tells him he "just doesn't have what it takes". 1x16 - "Outlaws" Sawyer hides under his bed while another award-winning father shoots mom. 2x10 - "The 23rd Psalm" Mr. Eko saves his younger brother from being forced to join an African version of The Jets (or maybe they are The Sharks). 2x12 - "Fire + Water" Charlie gets a piano for Christmas. 3x2 - "The Glass Ballerina" Sun does what she does best - lies, lies, lies and gets the maid fired to save herself from getting in trouble with (yep you guessed it) her awesome dad. 3x10 - "Tricia Tanaka is Dead" Hurley's dad leaves and in true Cat's In The Cradle style, promises that they will work on an old car together as soon as he gets back....approx. 15 years later. 3x20 - "The Man Behind The Curtain" Ben (not sure if this one counts since he's more like a fetus than a kid when the episode starts) 5x10 - "He's Our You" Sayid chokes a chicken (heee heee, that's funny) to prevent his ?brother? from being ridiculed by their dad.  And then we have tonight's episode where a young Miles hasn't yet learned how to turn the scary dead people's voices off in his head.

I'm not sure if the writer's have a good reason for starting episodes this way (other than it being a different approach to telling the story) but I know that I have learned several things through this method:  1. Younger character appearances equals Bad Hair;  2.  I want my next baby to wear Dharma onesies and;  3.  Lots of characters on LOST have Daddy issues.

One thing we learn is that, unlike Charlotte, Miles did not seek out The Island.  I guess I always thought ALL of The Freighties came to The Island knowingly armed with their own personal reasons.  I don't know if I like the fact that The Island sought out Miles but I know I don't like the thought of him being there only for money.  Come on, how lame is that?  And what is up with him being so money driven?  Is he saving up for something?  On the other hand, we do see him give back money to a stranger for the second time.  Remember last season he gave back some cash to a woman who was trying to get her dead grandson out of her house.  What does all of that mean?  What is the connection between Miles and money?  Is it just a tool used to show us that he has a sensitive side and a conscience?  I'm not sure.  I'm just wondering, if money is not really his achilles heal, then what is? 

We see that Miles' mother appeared to die of cancer, which is ironic since The Island seems to cure cancer.  Or at least that is one of my theories.  All I know is that this guy is so laid back.  I mean, if I had time traveled to 1977 on a magical island and I saw my mom in the cafeteria of a crazy, hippie, bunny experimenting commune - one that she had conveniently NEVER mentioned to me - I don't think I would be able to keep that information to myself for three years.  Am I the only one who thinks this way?  I was rather disappointed when Mom decided that during her last moments alive, she would rather tell her only son how much his father sucked instead of answering his first and more important question - HOW IS HE ABLE TO TALK TO DEAD PEOPLE?  I don't know, once again, maybe it's just me.  

As for Daddy Chang, it seems evident that he is not digging on everything that the Dharma Initiative is doing.  That was the feeling I got when he said, "If you breathe one word of this, I'll have you shipped to Hydra Island so that you can weigh turds for their ridiculous experiments."  To which Hurley simply replies, "Gross."  I guess he doesn't necessarily HAVE to think that everything they are doing on The Island is greatness, but I was definitely surprised when I heard him say the experiments were ridiculous.  On a side note, why haven't any of us fans ever thought of calling it "Hydra Island"?  That seems like such an obvious name for the other island, duh!    

Next Post:  I See Dead People Part Deaux

Monday, April 13, 2009

Websites I Recommend

Here is a list of LOST websites that I frequent often. I know there are a billion sites out there that are dedicated to LOST and I am sure that there are a lot of good ones that I have missed. Please feel free to post comments about any websites that you have found. (not my favorite podcast but still worth checking out) (good place to find reference material) (this is J.J. Abrams' site)
Along with these, make sure to subscribe to The Lost Podcasting Network on iTunes. It's the easiest way I've found to get all the best LOST podcasts.

Are You There, Jacob? It's Me, Bejae.

Since I am planning to use this blog to post my many thoughts, theories, and ideas about LOST, I decided that I would share how my thought process has worked up until now and give a brief history about myself since becoming a Lostie.

I didn't start watching LOST until this past summer (2008) when one of my brothers loaned me his Season 1 DVDs. I went through the 6 DVDs in 3 days thus abandoning my children, dishes, laundry, and life! Like a crackhead looking for a fix, I began frantically calling my family and friends in search of the Season 2 DVDs. Fortunately, my parents had them. (note: neither of them have ever watched a single episode which further supports another theory that I have - Am I Adopted??) I quickly finished Season 2 and then viewed Seasons 3 & 4 on the much appreciated Full Episode Viewer.

The next few months were very sad for me as I felt that I had nothing to live for. I had greedily drained the Well of the Island and I now had nothing to drink. I purchased my own copies of Seasons 1-4 and rewatched them but my thirst was not quenched. I found myself keeping notes of thoughts and questions I had about certain scenes or themes within the show. I convinced some of my co-workers and friends to borrow my DVDs in the hopes that I would have SOMEONE to share this wonderful story with. All of this was only a means to pass the time until LOST would re-air in JANUARY!! "Are you kidding me?", I asked. JANUARY!?!?! Yes, because of the stupid writer's strike I would have to wait another 5 months to read the next chapter of this rivoting drama.

But then it happened......the heavens opened up to me......I found the key to my survival and it was right in front of me all the time.........blogs, chat rooms, podcasts, websites, articles, Lostpedia, books, youtube channels, on and on the wonderfulness continued!! It was magical! How had I missed this underworld of greatness? I felt like Veruca Salt walking into my very own personal chocolate LOST paradise (get it? - LOST paradise, instead of Paradise Lost! Clever, right). I probably looked like Gollum as I pet the screen of my Powerbook G4 and whispered, "My precious", to all of the LOST fansites I had just discovered. It was overwhelming and wonderful.

Obviously, since then, I have narrowed down my favorite websites to only a few (check out my post on Websites I Recommend). And I have learned the hard way that, as much as I think I do, I infact DO NOT WANT TO READ SPOILERS.
Next Post: My Soooo Good and Not So Good Theories

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Okay.  So I've decided to start a blog.  I was inspired after reading the many LOST theory blogs that I receive links to.  Not sure exactly what I am going to write yet.  I'm planning to go full force all out after this Wednesday's episode airs.  Wish me luck on my first blogging venture! Namaste!