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The Bitch is Back

Hooray! Lost is back! Last Tuesday night I sat down with a bunch of friends for Lost and tacos. What a premiere! For 6 years now Lost has delivered the best entertainment on television. I’m thrilled with the way S6 is going and I am really hoping they don’t F it up. I know there were people who liked the way BSG turned out, but I am not one of them. I’ll say no more about that.

Nothing is Irreversible

So first we have to watch Juliet die for the umpteenth time and the screen fades to white and then we are on flight 815 again with Jack but it’s different. He seems to sense it too but the differences are subtle. He gets only one bottle of booze from Cindy the stew instead of 2. That’s unfortunate because when he goes to the bathroom he notices that he has a cut on his neck. Plus he looks 4 years older all of a sudden. He doesn’t, however, notice that the pretty woman who crashed into him on her way out of the bathroom pickpocketed his pen which she will later fail to MacGyver into a way out of her handcuffs. But anyway. There were lots of weird things about the alta-verse, but mostly it seemed…. Better. The plane didn’t crash, for starters. Sawyer seems like he’s less tortured. Hurley is the luckiest guy in the world. Boone didn’t get taken for a ride by his incestuous love for Shannon. Bernard’s fingers don’t get all swollen when he flies. And Desmond never left for a trip around the world, crashed on a mysterious island and spent 3 years pushing a button. He’s married! Probably to Ruth since Eloise Hawking died on the Island when it sank in 1977. Therefore she never lived to push Desmond towards the Island and he never even met Penny. If Penny even exists in this new alta-verse. Sayid seems to be the same old romantic and still can kick in a door like nobody’s business. I hope he doesn’t kill Nadia with his penis of death in this universe too. And poor Charlie. Jack saves him by fishing his baggie out of his throat and all he can say is that he was supposed to die. Did anyone else wonder about an airline first aid kit that doesn’t have forceps or at least some kind of long tweezers in it?

So when Juliet exploded the H-bomb it interacted with the pocket of energy at the Swan site and caused the Island to sink into the ocean presumably with everyone on it except for the Dharma non-essential personnel who were evacuated and our Losties who were zapped forward in time. So the H-bomb created a separate timeline in which the Island ceases to affect anyone’s life from 1977 onwards. What we are seeing in the alta-verse is a world with no Island. But do the forces who inhabited the Island and who cared about the Island still exist? Do Jacob and the Nemesis still exist? It seems like Gods would be hard to kill, but did they move to another Island or to the Sierra’s or to the Sudan or to another place? And what else has been affected by sinking an Island that is connected to a network of pockets of energy all over the world? And is the Island still moving even now that it’s under water?

Make Your Own Kind of Music

Kate wakes up in a tree and bumbles around the jungle looking for her friends. She finds Miles and they end up at the Swan site. The real Hatch – the one that Desmond exploded with the fail-safe key – is still there and man is Sawyer pissed about that. He starts beating so hard on Jack that he doesn’t even hear his darling Juliet moaning HELP from under the rubble. So then they dig her out and she dies another time. Seriously I love Juliet, but I was as sick of her extended death sequence as I was of Charlotte taking a million episodes to die.

Jacob appears to Hurley and tells him where to take Sayid to heal him. I thought Jacob seemed really upset about Sayid. I wonder why he was so upset. When Hurley, Jack, Kate and Jin arrive at the Temple they get captured by the Other Other Others who finally look a bit more like what Others are supposed to look like. They are wearing ashram-looking clothes and turbans and the Temple itself has a Mayan flavor. We meet a Japanese guy who doesn’t like to speak English and his translator, Sol Star from Deadwood. He was always one of my favorite characters. I wish that show has ended properly. So first they want to shoot the Losties, but then Hurley shows them what is in his guitar case and it’s an ankh which they break in half and inside is one of Jacob’s famous lists. The Other Other Others bring them all inside and proceed to drown Sayid in the murky fountain of life. This is supposed to bring him back to life, but instead it kills him. Maybe. Miles has a weird expression on his face like there’s something not right about Sayid’s “death”. And, of course, he does come back to life right at the end of the episode.

The Universe has a way of Course Correcting

I really loved a few of the scenes in the alta-verse. The one between Jack and Locke where his father’s body has been lost was really great. I wonder if Locke is really going to call him. I bet Jack can fix his back. I also wonder where Christian’s body went. I liked the little bit of chemistry between Sawyer and Kate and the way he helped her get away. You could tell he was totally sprung on her right from the first second. It was nice to see Claire again too I wonder if she is pregnant and if she is going to give up Aaron for adoption.  Sun and Jin are just as boring in this universe as they are in regular Lost.

You speak to me as if I was your brother

By far the coolest story line was that of the Nemesis who is now John Locke. We found out that he is the Smoke Monster and that a ring of ash will keep him out. Which would make you wonder why more people on the Island don’t smoke. It seems like on an Island where no one ever gets cancer and ash will protect you from being smashed by one of the resident Gods, smoking would be really popular. The Smoke Monster also knows Richard, and knew him when he was in chains. Some have suggested that he was a slave, but I think that in 1845 it’s more likely that he was a prisoner being transported to Australia. White slaves were not common really in 1845. Unless he is from Roman times, in which case he could have been a slave. We found out that he can’t attack you first. If you shoot at him, he can attack you. But why did he say that he was disappointed in all of those Other Others?

I think he can take the shape of a body that is dead on the Island. He can read the person’s mind – the impression that is left behind – and he uses these dead people to manipulate the living. He’s been searching for a loophole all this time and using the dead people to try and maneuver around. It was sad to hear him describing Locke in the exact same terms I’ve always described him. A born mark. He can even manipulate Ben, but as wily as Ben is, he isn’t wilier than a God. That guy is like Loki or something.

Date: 2010-02-09 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaya-mama.livejournal.com
I'm not sure about the alta-verse as a world with no Island, exactly. Or with the Island as Atlantis. Something is fishy. I wonder if it's all part of the same timeline, and this whole season is going to loop us around to get us there. Something clearly happened ("worked") when the bomb went off, but I'm not sure it's what we're made to think it is.

Date: 2010-02-09 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaya-mama.livejournal.com
Oh, and Erez was so funny when the MiB was revealed to be the smoke monster.

"What?!?!"

Um, hello, they've been hinting at this extra-super-strongly for a while now!

Here's my question: Does Hurley really see Jacob, after his death, or is that Smokey? But how would smokey know about the case...?

Said is really Said, though. Curious to see where THAT one goes!

Date: 2010-02-09 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mayap1025.livejournal.com
you don't think that jacob is now in sayid?

Date: 2010-02-09 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaya-mama.livejournal.com
Ooh, that's a good point. Baptized with the holy water, got the spirit in him now...!

Although, wait, the smoke monster doesn't occupy the actual bodies of people, but rather takes their form. So maybe it would be weird for Jacob to now inhabit Sayid's body.

If there is such a thing as "weird" on Lost.

Date: 2010-02-09 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocket1.livejournal.com
no i don't think so.

Date: 2010-02-09 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocket1.livejournal.com
I think hurley really sees jacob. For some reason i don't think smokey could take jacob's form.

Date: 2010-02-09 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaya-mama.livejournal.com
Also, there should always be two episodes at a time. That's a much more reasonable weekly dose of lost than a piddly 45 minutes.

Date: 2010-02-09 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noa-le.livejournal.com
HEAR, HEAR!!!

BTW, Ruthie, I'm coming to Israel at the end of this month for a good 8 weeks. We have to meet up this time!

Date: 2010-02-10 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cricket-pg.livejournal.com
So I think Desmond is somehow skipping between universes, because, as Daniel Faraday said, the rules don't apply to him.

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