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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

‘Lost’ blogging: “Dr. Linus”

(previous: “Sundown”)

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:
Ah, so Ben Linus would have been a dorky teacher if not for the island. Does that mean the island is actually good, not bad? Not that there’s anything wrong with being a teacher — I don’t mean that. I mean that Ben’s life was a lot more exciting on the island, what with the wormholes and the time traveling and stuff, and minus detention duty.

And Arzt is there too! And Locke! And Alex! And who was the scarecrow? Oh, that’s Linus himself, isn’t it?

Somebody saw Jacob as a father? Well, Darth Vader was somebody’s dad, too, wasn’t he?

Re all this to-ing and fro-ing with the beach: I feel like my mom used to feel when my brothers and I were in and out of the house all day in the summer when we were kids. “In or out? Make up your mind!”

Organic microwave meals? Isn’t that sorta oxymoronic? Maybe that’s some kind of punishment for Dharma dad?

Hilarious! Richard literally walks into a scene between Jack and Hugo, totally out of the blue, and Jack asks, “Where’d you come from?” I think the writers are just daring us to laugh at it all now. Like with island-Ben being nostalgic for the Oceanic crash… just like we are, for the time when it seemed like this show might be going somewhere interested.

What?! And now the pilot guy has been part of the giant web since before the beginning? He was supposed to be flying Oceanic 815 but he overslept? *headdesk*

Man, this show is more and more like a soap opera all the time: It’s all about people talking about what other people said.

Ah, Richard has been touched by a Jacob, which is why he doesn’t age? Though that still does not explain what Jacob is…

So far, I’m not seeing much of a point to the simultaneous timestreams. I might have expected to see something that demonstrated that peoples is peoples, and will do what they will do no matter where they are or what circumstances they are in. Sure, teacher-Ben was a little bit sneaky and manipulative, but nothing like he was on the island. Everything seems entirely disconnected… unless we’re just supposed to be laughing — again! — at how “different” everybody is, at how powerful the island is at turning people evil, or something.

I wish I could quit you, Lost. I really do.

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

(next: “Recon”)


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