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.

Stalemate.

When nobody's winning or losing, when an argument isn't going anywhere, when reason falls on deaf ears, when brick (concrete) walls are blocking your way at every turn, when two sides just can't see eye-to-eye, that's what you have.

When Susan and Michael can't agree on what's best for Walt, that's what they've come to. She believes he'll win in court, but tells him that really, "Nobody's winning here." She appeals to his emotions to help him make a choice that will be best - not ideal - for everyone.

The same thing is going on with the arguments between Jack and Locke, most of which are instigated by Jack. Who'll come out on top? Stay tuned!

LOST Season Two, Disc One:

Episodes: 2.1 MAN OF SCIENCE, MAN OF FAITH (Jack-centric); 2.2 ADRIFT (Michael-centric); 2.3 ORIENTATION (Locke-centric); 2.4 EVERYBODY HATES HUGO (Hurley-centric)

Things That Stuck Out

Island

"EXECUTE" - Not enter, not return, but Execute. That's what the button on the computer reads. As we start Season Two, the unknown man has jumped out of bed, typed something into the computer, hit Execute, chooses some music to start his day. All looks normal - albeit with 70s vibe - until he picks out a large vial from a large stash and injects himself with it. No sooner does he complete the injection than there is an explosion. The Hatch has been breached. He grabs a gun (this Hatch has a nice armory), turns off the lights, and uses a telescope-and-mirror system to look down the hall and around the corner, where... Jack and Locke, at night, are peering into the Hatch, our closing view from Season One. Righteous.

Charlie assures everyone back at the caves that "no one is out there, no one is coming," which he believes because he and Sayid discovered Rousseau's ruse.

Vincent has gone missing. Shannon needs to find him because, "watching that dog was the one thing anyone ever asked me to do." As she hunts for the dog at night, she hears whispers and sees a disturbing vision:

A dripping-wet Walt motions for her to shush, then says something in what sounds like backwards-talk. The DVD subtitles call it "garbled language." We know, however, that what Walt said, backwards, was "Don't push the button. Button bad." When Shannon gets back to the caves she tells everyone what she saw. In one way this is refreshing - someone actually speaking up like any real person would do who isn't on a TV show. On the other hand, it's really unwise, as everyone starts getting scared. Sun fears something has happened to the raft, Sayid has to calm everyone down, and so forth.

Kate notices that the Hatch door had the word "Quarantine" on the inside. Between this and Desmond's injection, we're back to being concerned about "the sickness."

Jack asks Hurley about why he was yelling "The Numbers are bad" before Locke blew the Hatch open. Hurley says Jack won't believe him, but Jack says to "try him," so he tells the entire story. Jack's only responses are, "You were in a psych ward?" and "They're numbers." Jack's in denial, and is going to be for a very long time, so we might as well get used to it. Remember what Rose said, it's a fine line between denial and faith. Jack can walk around an amazing underground station, or be told a fantastical story, and not even be moved with the slightest wonder and awe.