LOST Marathon, Milepost 6: Don't Touch the Sides!
- Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Note: This blog is counting down to the premiere of LOST's final season on Feb. 2 by spending the month leading up to it racing through every one of the previous 103 episodes. We're looking specifically at Christian/religious themes, other important or interesting concepts, literary references, and the theory that it's largely been about a game in which someone has won, and someone has... LOST. To follow us from the start, click here.
Now that's the way a TV show should finish a stellar first season! I'm exhausted, not just from writing it all down, but from taking in everything that was revealed in terms of plot, themes, and mystery. In the final half hour alone there's the Black Rock... Arzt blows up... Baby Aaron is returned from one kidnapping while Walt is the victim of another... we meet Smokey face-to-uh, face?, it tries to pull Locke down a hole... Locke lectures Jack on Science vs. Faith... and the Hatch is blown open. Those items alone from the last half of the last episode of the last disc of the first season could occupy us forever!
Since we don't have forever, in the words of Inigo Montoya, "Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up."
LOST Season One, Disc Six: Don't Touch the Sides!
Episodes: 1.21 THE GREATER GOOD (Sayid-centric); 1.22 BORN TO RUN (Kate-centric); 1.23 EXODUS-PART ONE; 1.24 EXODUS-PART TWO (the flashbacks in the Exodus episodes toggle among all our main characters regarding the events in their time in Sydney leading up to boarding flight 815).
Things That Stuck Out
Sayid's flashback begins with him being escorted in handcuffs (this will again be of import in Season Five) in Heathrow Airport. He's been in a holding cell for 18 hours. The CIA wants him to retrieve 300 pounds of missing C-4 for them, because he knows a terroritst, Essam Tazir, his roommate at Cairo University.
Kate tracks Jack, who is walking in circles in his quest for Locke. She's concerned, because he's tired, a bit delirious, and low on blood from the transfusion he gave to Boone. Jack doesn't care about any of that, because, "He lied! Locke lied Kate!" To which I want to remind him, um, so have you, so has everyone, and so far the biggest liar of the bunch is standing in front of you, man. Lies have become so commonplace they're more the rule than the exception on this show. But it's enough to motivate Jack to become a hunter when it keeps him from his goal of saving someone. By the end of the episode Sun will ponder everyone's secrets and lies and whether they are being punished for them.
Locke has snuck up to Boone's funeral behind everyone, and agrees with Sayid that Boone was a hero. Admits to fault in his death. Comes clean and tells the whole story about the plane, why he himself didn't climb up, Boone finding the radio - everything but the Hatch. Jack doesn't care. He goes ballistic, starts screaming, tackles Locke, has to be pulled off.
Walt watches John clean Boone's blood out of his shirt. Doesn't say anything, but it's clear the kid is starting to think maybe this dude isn't so fun to hang around with after all. Later, Locke touches Walt on the arm. Suddenly, Walt recoils as if shocked. Apparently he's had a premonition, because he warns, "Don't open it. Don't open that thing, Mr. Locke!" Previously, Walt had not known about the Hatch.
Sayid notices Locke's scar from his kidney removal, and asks about it. Locke refers to it as a "war wound." He's not lying - that's how he sees it - but it's not a whole truth, either.
Even when Sayid reports that Locke's story checks out, and he in no way believes Locke meant to harm Boone, Shannon wants no part of it. She wants blood.
When Jack wakes up from a forced nap, he notices the key to the gun case is missing. He blames Locke. Sayid tells him it couldn't have been. But he has a good idea who it was. A weakened Jack falls behind as he, Kate, and Sayid search for Shannon, who they know has a gun. Sayid finds her holding Locke at gunpoint. Sayid gets the gun from her (this is betrayal to her, and she tells him to get away from her), but not before she got a shot off. It hit Locke, but he's okay. Jack looks at him like he deserved this.
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