LOST Marathon, Milepost 10: Cowboys and Indians
- Saturday, January 16, 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.
Science and Faith - a.k.a. Jack and Locke - continue their uneasy truce. They make several agreements for the good of all, try to coexist, co-lead, but there is always some reason one or the other needs (finds?) to break the agreement. They don't much like each other, though Locke seems less antagonistic toward Jack than vice-versa. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, and the other is good at pointing out the latter. Some folks (Sawyer, a.k.a. Anarchy) even get tired of their bickering, and expose them both as fools, trying to impose simpler rules based on guns and self-preservation. As Ana-Lucia will put it near the end of this disc, "Jack and Locke are a little too busy worrying about Locke and Jack." Gradually, the inability to coexist cohesively is tearing their island society into factions, just as a Devil with all the details is thrown into the volatile mix...
LOST Season Two, Disc Four: Cowboys and Indians
Episodes: 2.13 THE LONG CON (Sawyer-centric); 2.14 ONE OF THEM (Sayid-centric); 2.15 MATERNITY LEAVE (Claire-centric); 2.16 THE WHOLE TRUTH (Sun-centric)
Things That Stuck Out
Jack and Locke bring the guns from the haliburton case to the armory to store all weapons on one secure place. Locke suggests the medicines be kept here too, Jack asks why he would need to do that. The two men agree that if either needs to open the door, the other gets consulted first.
Sawyer finds Jack going through his stuff to get back meds he stole from the Hatch. Sawyer says Jack stole them from his tent in the first place while he was on the mend. He threatens/warns Jack, who takes them anyway.
Sun is working in her garden when it starts to rain. Something is forced over her head, and she's dragged away. Sawyer and Kate her a scream and give chase. They find her out cold, bruised, with her hands tied. Ana tells everyone it's the Others. Though, if it was, they surely would have absconded with her, something which Sawyer is quick to point out.
Sawyer gives us our current survivor count at 46. So our current group was at 42 when Eko, Bernard, Libby, and Ana-Lucia joined them.
Locke, warned by Sawyer that the militia is coming, decides to move the guns (really it was Sawyer's idea). When Jack arrives and finds the guns gone and Sawyer in possession of the meds Jack took from him, Sawyer's grin shows that he put his con skills to work as revenge for Jack taking the pills in the first place.
"The only thing that matters now are guns." Not batteries or anything else. Sawyer is not only doing his "new sheriff in town" routine, he's telling us the stakes of the show have been raised. It's no longer about finding battery power to locate a radio signal, but it's about war.
Sayid has a surprise for Hurley. He's rigged an antenna to the short-wave radio, and they will try to get a signal as they sit under the stars. They pick up a faint transmission from a station called DXR, that just played Duke Ellington and next will play the Glenn Miller Orchestra's Moonlight Serenade. Really takes you back. Hurley even comments, after Sayid says the signal could be coming from anywhere, "or any TIME."
Sawyer - friend of animals - is again plagued by another. This time it's a croaking frog keeping him from his naps, though he seems the only one bothered by it. While searching for the offending amphibian, he finds Hurley snacking from his secret food stash. He promises to keep Hurley's secret if Hurley helps him find the frog.
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