Feb 26, 2007

2.26.7 : Lost 3.9 Thoughts

In bullet form, since I'm doing this so far after the episode ...

* How many more times must I predict it, until it becomes so ? This episode may be looked back on as the tipping point in the Jack switcheroo to Otherdom. As Jack is prone to doing, he's now all mixed up in the affairs of Ben, Juliet, and wacky gay Tom. Coupled with what we've found out about Ben's interpretation of "home" and the weepy music @ the end of the episode, I think we've seen the last of the Jack we've grown to know over the last 2 seasons. Bring on evil, brainwashed Other Jack. Given that it's Lost, I could also see him being evil Other Jack for a few episodes then revealing that he's been fooling the Others all along. I'm prepared for that madness, trust me.

* Juliet ... still evil, I swear. Something just doesn't sit right with me about her. Some are thinking that since we didn't really "see" her trial, it could all have been another elaborate Other's farce. But, I can't see how the branding works into that theory (unless it is some kind of "high honor", but that would be a stretch). Be that as it may, she's evil and she's played her role of ensnaring Jack into the Others perfectly (which I think was her job all along).

* Ben remains both an evil and comic genius. His exasperated "Does Isabel have a walkie ?!" almost made me shit my pants with laughter, as did the whole exchange with Jack. Speaking of which, the whole play that he has apparently done with semantics ("I'll get you off this Island" and "I'll take you home") is just brilliant. You could kind of see on his face a look like, "huh ... oh shit" when Juliet said, "Ben calls it 'home'".

* I don't know what to make of Cindy and the kids. It seems like they are just integrated into the Others now. I presume they were meant to watch the Juliet trial, but Cindy sounded as confused as I am about what they were there to watch. I does tie up the loose end of the feet in the jungle w. the teddy bear (from Season 2), with it coming back in this episode, we know that that wasn't some other group of Others. At least it gives an indications that the writers are coming around on some of the mysteries.

* If I didn't know any better, I'd swear the Sheriff was a dude. With Ben and Tom becoming more likeable by the episode, I guess the show needed a stronger bad guy character. I thought the introduction of some kind of "law and order" in the Others was an intriguin, and unforeseen, twist. It will be interesting to see if she plays a larger part in future storylines or if she'll fade into the background once everyone goes back to Otherville. Am I the only one who remembers the creepy Mrs. Klugh ?

* I noticed a theme of tribal warfare moreso than usual in this episode. Especially when Alex asked why Jack saved Ben, "after all he's done to you and your people". And when Karl said the Others give the kids a better life than the Losties.

* A lot of people are mad that Sawyer let Karl go (thinking it was a dumb move), but I have no problems with it. Karl's answers were awful and appropriately vague and once he danced around the first few questions, I knew they weren't going to get anything more out of him.

* Tom hovering over Ben with an umbrella @ the end of the episode. I'm not sure if Lost can get any better than that moment.

* Speaking of Tom, it's clear he's almost becoming a Jack sympathizer. Especially when he was all impressed "Ben said you got into the surveilance room", then snuck over to the side of the cage to ask why Jack saved Kate and Sawyer. God damn, they better give us a Tom flashback because he's quickly becoming one of the more fascinating characters of the series considering his airtime v. background information.

* I loathe the Sawyer / Kate love storyline. It just complicated the whole escape. And, Kate is a moron for wanting to go back and save Jack without rounding up Locke and Sayid (at least).

* This episode really closed the book on the 1st half (or so) of the season. Looking forward to how the rest of it plays out.

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Feb 21, 2007

2.21.7 : binnall blog continues ...

Further evidence that I am a clown shoe.

No "Lost thoughts" from last week, because I hated the episode. Normally, I'm all about Lost, but this past week just sucked. So bad, in fact, that it stunted the binnall blog here and I ended up not posting anything because my OCD refused to allow me to continue onward and just skip the "Lost thoughts" for episode 3.8.

Luckily, for all of us, my guilt defeated the OCD and now I am back to grace the world of blogdom with my off-topic (esoteric-wise) thoughts. 1000 apologies to all the readers of this quasi-secret blog.

"Lost thoughts" will return soon, maybe by this time tomorrow. I've been meaning to put down into words my thoughts on the film "Bring It On" for a very long time, perhaps even before I got into the esoteric. So maybe I will get around to doing that soon.

The gist of it all is, never fear, I still have crap to rant about here on the binnall blog, so stay tuned.

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Feb 8, 2007

2.8.7 : Lost 3.7 Thoughts

I find myself posting in-depth, somewhat, thoughts on Lost at various message boards where I frequent. I figured that the "binnall blog" would be a good place to house these thoughts in a long term capacity.

Here now are my thoughts on last night's return episode (3.7) ...

I enjoyed the return episode quite a bit more than I expected to. As usual, lots of food for thought.

Hands down, the best part was when Benry Gale woke up on the operating table. His subsequent conversation with Jack was both hilarious and creepy. "It's very clever of you. I should have seen it coming." When Jack asks if he's in pain and he's like "no, but thanks all the same" and, finally, "from one gentleman to another." I was cracking up but also riveted.

And, as expected, Benry orchestrates his own escape because he is, of course, a twisted genius.

The Juliet backstory was interesting, but I've spent the last six episodes hating her, so it was hard to empathise with her. Be that as it may, anytime I see Oz's sinister Mayor Devlin (who played her ex-husband), I'll take it. Now if only someone could find Poet.

I am liking how it turns out that she's wants to "go home" as much as Jack does. I really want to see the requisite other flashback from Juliet that will show when she realizes that she's been duped and that she's stuck there and also explains her relationship with Ben more.

Also, I presume based on what Tom said as to "why they don't take him to a specialist", something went wrong post-Hatch implosion and now they really are stuck on the Island somehow. Though that's all very nebulous at this point.

Jack's quasi-friendly repoire with Tom (who is also becoming a great character). The effect this whole Ben / surgery fiasco had on him (remember he married his now ex-wife following a similar trauma). His fresh, white Dharma scrubs @ the end of the episode. His declaration that Kate never come back for him. Yes, he's going Other. When the Losties come back for him, he'll be a hardcore Other.

Nice to see Mac from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". He was reading "A Brief History of Time". That seems to tie into the "time motif" that is becoming more prevalent this season.

The weird "Clockwork Orange" thing, I don't know what to make of yet. It seemed almost ghetto, like anyone would try that to brainwash, but I have learned, so far, not to doubt the Others. I can't be bothered to look through all the clips, but I did see the mysterious name Jacob once again.

The preview for next week (or rest of season maybe) showed Juliet in handcuffs (or at least restrained), so I guess that Ben's mad about the whole murder plot thing. Now that Ben doesn't have the tumor and Juliet has been outed as a rat, of sorts, Pickett's dead, Kate and Sawyer have escaped, and there's no reason for Jack to be around anymore, and a bunch of angry Losties who will be on the offensive against the Others ... I've a feeling the s***'s going to hit the fan. The sideroad that the end of Season Two went down w. the capture of the trio, seems to finally be closing in on the mainroad of the series and tying some loose ends together.

Fun episode. I'm looking forward to wrapping my brain around 15 more.


Feb 2, 2007

2.2.7 : No Place Like Home

I can't believe I'm the only one who made this connection.

227 is an American sitcom that originally aired on the NBC network from September 14, 1985 to May 6, 1990.

227 on Wikipedia