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.

You tasted like strawberries.

This is what Sawyer tells Kate the night after their first kiss (he even starts calling her a new nickname, "Shortcake" after this), while they are both caged on Hydra Island. She replies: "You tasted like fish biscuits."

Funny stuff, but like most things on this show it's got my brain working.

Many LOST fans speculate that the six seasons of the show mirror each other from the inside out. As in, Seasons 3 & 4 have similar themes and plot structure, as do 2 & 5, as may 1 & 6. Okay. There could be something to that, and as an English major I love literary structure, but I don't get too excited about what it means for this show.

I only mention that because I think something similar might be going on through the seasons with senses and perception. In Season One, eyes and sight were a huge conceit. In Season Two, there was an odd amount of emphasis placed on hearing. And here in this season's first episodes are references to tasting. Not to mention that Nikki and Paulo are introduced in these episodes, a decision which left an extremely bad taste. ;-)

Look, my brain is oatmeal right now, so I don't even know if I'll remember tomorrow that I wrote this, but if I do, I'll be eager to see if taste does come to the fore in Season Three, and whether smell and touch have anything to do with Seasons 4 & 5. Even if not, it's worth noting that Juliet hopes Jack "likes blueberry," because, well, blueberry ain't strawberry.

In the meantime, here's the stuff that matters...

LOST Season Three, Disc One:

Episodes: 3.1 A TALE OF TWO CITIES (Jack-centric); 3.1 THE GLASS BALLERINA (Sun-centric); 3.3 FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS (Locke-centric); 3.4 EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF (Sawyer-centric)

Things That Stuck Out

Island

For the third straight season, we begin by meeting someone we don't know, doing something we don't yet know how it fits into the story. Dr. Juliet Burke puts on a CD, composes her sorta-sad self in the mirror, and burns her muffins. Someone named Ethan is working on her plumbing as she readies for a book club meeting. Someone named Ben was not invited.

Turns out it's 9/22/04 again, and here we are getting yet another perspective on the events of that day (island shakes from Des not pushing the button in time, etc.). At the time, it was mind-blowing to see people come running out of a book club meeting in normal houses in a normal-looking neighborhood following what appears to have been an earthquake, look up in the sky, and there's Oceanic 815 breaking apart over their heads. This is where we learn there's a modern civilzation on the island, living in community but hidden from the rest of the world.

We see Ben dispatching Ethan and Goodwin to the respective sections of the crash, and giving them the instructions. They were to get him "lists" within three days. Ethan apparently failed to deliver one, probably because once he found there was an 8-month-pregnant woman, that got his attention.

Never noticed this before -- as we pan back from the barracks to get a view of where it sits hidden on this big island, a white dove flies up out of the trees. Intentional? Doves can symbolize anything from purity to peace to the Holy Spirit - NOT things we tend to associate with the Others, despite their insistence of their goodness. Was this an extremely subtle clue?