Lost — Spoiler Alert!

March 6, 2008 at 11:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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While this epi wasn’t as thrilling as last week, I still found some interesting clues to this great Lost mystery. We find out that Penny’s dad is indeed behind the people on the freighter, and he’s after Ben. I’m not sure we can trust everything Ben says about it, though. Certainly not after it seems he tried to release some poison gas. I found that whole part of the episode a little hokey — if Ben intended for Juliette to shoot Daniel and the anthropologist so the poison gas would be released, and it would kill everyone on the island, what exactly was his plan of escape? He was either locked in a room, and with everyone dead, he’d be trapped in there. Or he’d be in his living room with Locke explaining the bit about Penny’s dad, and he’d be exposed with the rest of them. I don’t really get why they even had to include that part of the story. I guess to prove that Ben wasn’t trustworthy, just as it seemed he was confiding in Locke. Annoyingly, we don’t find out who his man on the freighter is, but we have to suppose it was someone so surprising, Locked needed to sit down to hear it. Judging from the trailers for next week, I think it has to be Michael. (Last minute amendment: After talking to Jessaca, I think I agree with her theory, that the man on the boat is Sayid. Michael is too obvious. I bet Sayid knows Ben from before he was on the island, and that’s why he’s working for him in the future. Can’t wait to see next week’s epi!)

An interesting tidbit — near the beginning of the episode, we see that Ben is reading Valis, by Philp K. Dick, one of my favorite sci-fi authors. (Famous for Blade Runner and Minority Report). If you read the synopsis, which seems even more bizarre than this TV show, a two-year-old messiah reveals that an ancient, mechanical intelligence has been guiding the main characters. These Lost writers love their literary references, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that ties into the plot somehow. Perhaps the island is a mechanical intelligence, and it’s controlling the fates of everyone on Earth.

Last week’s epi prompted me to re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, in which the main character becomes “unstuck in time,” much like Desmond did. In the novel, Billy Pilgrim appears to live his whole life out of order, a life that includes fighting in WWII, becoming a prisoner of war in Dresden and witnessing the bombing, then being abducted by aliens and put on display in a human zoo. The aliens were called Tralfamadorians, and they existed in four dimensions. One poignant quote I gleaned that might hold some Lost significance: “The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore is that when a person dies, he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past… All moments past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist.”

So it goes.

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