LOST Marathon, Milepost 2: You Can Play Games All You Want
- Wednesday, January 06, 2010
It's all about the one-liners on this disc. Almost every word, upon further review, that proceeds from the mouths of our characters, fits one of the following criteria:
There's not a lot of wasted words on LOST. So we shant waste any more in this space either. Let's get right to it.
In these episodes (at least up until "Confidence Man"), we get away from THE GAME a bit in order to explain the pieces. Feels a bit like chess, where in teaching a new player you explain how each piece can move and what it can do.
LOST Season One, Disc Two: You Can Play Games All You Want
Episodes: 1.5 WHITE RABBIT (Jack-centric); 1.6 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (Sun-centric); 1.7 THE MOTH (Charlie-centric); 1.8 CONFIDENCE MAN (Sawyer-centric)
Things That Stuck Out
Probably the biggest "HUH?!?!" moment on this disc is when Kate, believing Sawyer pinched the remaining water bottles, tracks him to his hidey-hole and attacks him. As she pins him he says, "It's about time! I made this birthday wish 4 years ago!" So... in 2000, Sawyer wished that a woman he supposedly didn't know would pin him in the jungle on an island he didn't know existed? It's much too clumsy to be a writer error, and sticks out too much to be meaningless. It's got to be a clue to what we're dealing with now, doesn't it? Considering how it might fit with time travel and having known each other in the past?
Charlie rouses Jack from his flashback to tell him someone is out on the ocean. Jack springs into action. Charlie explains that he can't swim. It's such a great seemingly-throw-away line, looking like just a way to thrust Jack into the hero role. It makes Charlie impotent. But it also makes his actions much later down the road all the more heroic.
On Disc One, Sawyer introduced the idea that we're no longer in civilization but "the wild." He illustrates that again here when Shannon wants to buy insect repellant from him. Standard currency and dollar values no long apply. He has two prices on his mind - a visit to the bushes with Shannon... or $5,000. "I thought my money was no good here?" she says. Which is the point. Even if it was, she couldn't get her hands on that much now.
In the many visions where Jack sees his father, Christian is wearing the suit he was buried in and cheap white shoes, ala Keds.
The minute that Jack finally chases Christian into the jungle, Walt informs everyone that Claire has fainted. Is it possible she saw/recognized him, too? Or that it's an instance of foreshadowing tying them together?
Jack is a man hunting for his father, literally and figuratively, both in his flashback in Sydney, and now on the island. "Where are you?" he says repeatedly in both, to nobody but himself.
Jack "falls down the rabbit hole" chasing his father and ends up hanging off a cliff, giving our producers the chance to smile at us by cutting to commercial for a really-and-for-true cliffhanger. When we come back, a hand appears. It's Locke, saving Jack.
When Sayid questions Sun about how she and Jin got water, he seems to know she understands him.
In one of the first "their paths have crossed before" flashbacks, Jin's attention is caught by Jack's getting frustrated with the airline representative who won't let him fly his father's coffin home.
After Jin attacks Michael, Sayid yet again seems sure Sun can understand English. This reveals more about Sayid's many talents than it does about Sun's soon-to-be-revealed secret.
At the caves, Jack wants them to look for "drugs in particular" amid the luggage. This suggestion sends Charlie outside to get a fix of heroin. "Don't move," Locke says. "You're standing on a beehive."
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