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‘Lost’ blogging: “Lighthouse”

(previous: “The Substitute”)

There’s no way to “review” or “analyze” or even “discuss” this show on an episode-by-episode basis — it’s more like you just have to react and try to guess what the hell is going on. So I’m not even gonna try to impose any sense or reason upon it: I’m just going to react. Maybe when it’s all said and done there will be something cohesive to say. Till then…

Perhaps needless to say, Lost doesn’t make much sense while you’re watching it. My ramblings will surely make even less sense if you haven’t seen the episode… and something may get spoiled for you that you don’t want spoiled. You have been warned.

So, here are the thoughts I jotted down, pretty much in order as they occurred to me as I watched:
When I look at Lost compared to say, Caprica, I see a show that is no longer interested in character or plot, a show that is interested only in tricks, surprises, and jerking the audience around. Every time there’s a song playing in a radio, or a closeup on something like the sheet music on Jack’s son’s desk, I can’t help but think that this is a “clue” that I have to research, and it’s annoying me. And yet I keep watching anyway…

So, Jack’s appendix scar is not what it should be? So, Jack had a kid? WTF? How could Jack never have mentioned a kid all that time on the island? Or is this LA version of the plane that landed meant to be a much more distant alternate universe in which a helluva lot more is different than just “the plane didn’t crash”? How unfair is that?

“Everything is an option,” the mysterious Japanese temple guy says. I’m afraid this is the operating principle the show is working on.

Is Jacob dead, or is Jacob not dead? I don’t get it…

Creepy island Claire with the creepy phantom baby cradle… *sigh*

All this stuff about people like Jack and Hurley being “candidates”… doesn’t it mean that the plane crash was not an accident in the first place? That Desmond had to not complete that number sequence and let the EMP or whatever the hell happen so that the plane would crash? Does the notion that the crash survivors were chosen to crash on the island sorta negate all the stuff about the island we’ve seen?

Now there’s a fucking lighthouse on the island! Jack says: “I don’t understand. How is it that we’ve never seen it before?” Exactly. “I guess we weren’t looking for it,” says Hurley? Bullshit. Oh, wait! The lighthouse! It’s totally right out of Mist/Riven! Last week I said Lost is Zork, now it’s Mist/Riven, next week it’ll be SimIsland. Unbelievable.

(Watch full episodes at ABC’s official site for the show.)

(next: “Sundown”)


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  • JoshDM

    From the very beginning of this season, it was clearly apparent that the alternate timeline is divergent from the original timeline. This was expressed by showing us that the island had sank underwater some time ago, likely back in the 1970’s, or maybe sometime slightly later.

    Meanwhile, the appendix scar was a clue to those of us who paid attention to the prior seasons; in either Season 4 or 5, Jack had to get his appendix emergency-removed while on-island. Him noticing and not remembering the scar is probably a callback from his subconscious to the original timeline, and the relationship between the two timelines will be addressed eventually.

  • Mark Cogan

    the mysterious Japanese temple guy

    It sounds like he speaks Korean to me, not Japanese.

  • clay

    I think it’s cool that lots of things are different in this universe…that “the incident” had a butterfly effect on all sorts of things, not just preventing the plane from crashing. It led to Jack having a son, for instance, Desmond being on the plane, Locke in a happy relationship with Helen, Hurley being lucky, etc etc. My theory is that they will eventually merge, with the castaways we know somehow seeing this alternate life as the ideal one and choosing to live it.

    And yeah, they TOTALLY would’ve seen the lighthouse before now.

    The phantom baby cradle with the fake baby was one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen. I dig Claire being all Rousseau’d out.

  • MaryAnn

    Meanwhile, the appendix scar was a clue to those of us who paid attention to the prior seasons; in either Season 4 or 5, Jack had to get his appendix emergency-removed while on-island.

    I have been paying attention, but stuff like this is completely unconnected to character, or to anything at all other than it being intended for viewers to say, “Hey, wait! But Jack had his appendix out on the island!”

    Maybe I shouldn’t be writing even these simply scribblings about the show: it’s clearly not intended for me anymore.

  • JoshDM

    The show is all about daddy issues. In the original timeline, almost every LOST survivor had parent issues:

    Jack – his dad was a pushy dick.
    Claire – Abandoned by a pushy dick.
    Sawyer – his dad was weak and killed himself and his wife
    Locke – OMFG.
    Kate – Missing dad; murdered her abusive step-father.
    Hurley – Abandoned by Cheech.
    Sayid – I know there was something; I have to re-watch.
    Sun – Mr. Paik is a jerk.
    Jin – His father didn’t approve of his ways.
    Charlie – his older brother got him hooked on drugs then left him out to hang.
    Desmond – No idea.
    Penny – Charles Widmore? Ahahahahahaha.
    Daniel Faraday – Charles Widmore? Ahahahahahaha. And that mother. D:

    – – – –

    In the new timeline, it is apparent that many of these daddy issues have disappeared. If you take the photos shown and the comments made for granted, so far Locke and Jack had OK enough relationships with their fathers; enough to get “over” them. We only have Jack’s word to his son that how his father treated him was how he says. Jack’s faulty memory (as proven by the appendix comment) may be recalling an incident from the original timeline and using it here as a lesson to his own son. Locke has a picture of his father on his desk and is inviting him to the wedding; I’m sure we’ll find out why he’s not walking. Kate didn’t kill her step-father, but a man at the house. And Kate claims she’s innocent.

    So there’s 3 potentially wiped out.

  • MaryAnn (Thu Feb 25 10, 8:19AM):

    Maybe I shouldn’t be writing even these simply scribblings about the show: it’s clearly not intended for me anymore.

    This is definitely true — but that’s no reason for you to stop writing about it if you want. Just be aware that most folks who still watch it do so because they like it, so the snarky stream-of-consciousness is just about as welcome to us as an honest critique of Doctor Who is to you in your lovefest threads :)

  • LaSargenta

    Reading these posts & threads is fascinating. I have never watched Lost and know nothing about the people mentioned; but, everytime I read these threads, I find my brain saying “Hmmm, Schroedinger’s Cat! Again!” or “Quantum. Someone has tried to create a human story that follows quantum mechanics! Humans as particles! Humans with mutiple conjugate variables!”

    Not that this is completely accurate, of course. *cough* If I actually try to define part of it, the rest goes totally out of focus.

    Yours,

    La Sargenta Heisenberg
    ;-)

  • Lisa

    I’m not the greatest fan of Jack episodes he always does something that reallllllllllllly realllllllllllly annoys me. see smashing glass.

    Who’s coming to the island? Desmond? Wallace? someone else?

    What episode did Jack have his appendix out – I remember him in pain from it but I can’t remember the name of the episode.

    Who think’s Jack’s baby momma is Juliet? ok then – just putting it out there

  • JoshDM

    Item 108 says “Wallace”, which I think refers to Desmond, but could refer to Walt. It may have simply been a distraction ploy. Apparently Austin is 51.

    What episode did Jack have his appendix out – I remember him in pain from it but I can’t remember the name of the episode.

    Your answer.

  • Lisa

    Televisionary said Malcolm David Kelley is not coming back

    and dude – you could have just said Something Nice Back Home!

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