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.

This is why I go back and watch. I've forgotten more LOST than I'd forgotten I had.

If you've been reading along, you know that I had NO recollection of the fate of Miss Klugh. I thought they just had her fade off into the temple sunset with the rest of Others. But now I see, oh yeah, Patchy killed her, and she asked him to!

For more examples of how my brain - like Mikhail's - has been through the Sonic Fence of Death and - like Mikahil's - somehow survived, press on, gentle reader.

LOST Season Three, Disc Three: Ready to Play?

Episodes: 3.9 STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND (Sun & Jin-centric); 3.10 TRICIA TANAKA IS DEAD (Hurley-centric); 3.11 ENTER 77 (Sayid-centric); 3.12 PAR AVION (Claire-centric)

Things That Stuck Out

Island

Half-way across the channel between islands, Kate tells Sawyer to go back for Jack. He talks her out of it. Even Jack didn't want them doing that. They also argue about whether to make straight for shore and from there hike to camp (Sawyer's plan) or whether to sail around the island until they find camp (Kate's plan). I'm with her. Nobody would have to carry Karl, and you wouldn't have to abandon the boat. But he wins out. They land, and camp. Karl says they shouldn't fight because they're lucky to be alive. We could actually extend that thought to the bigger picture if we were so inclined.

Jack assumes he's going to be killed now that the Other are done with him. He did his part - did the surgery, bought enough time for Kate (and Sawyer) to get away. But Tom only wants to move him somewhere. He and Juliet pass in the halls, both in handcuffs, both being escorted. She still smiles at him and says, "Hey," though. Always time for politeness you know.

Insult-to-injury -- Jack is moved right into Sawyer's old cage, the very one where he saw him and Kate getting all friendly-like. As if it weren't obvious enough that the Others want to break him down, get him to leave his friends behind, Tom comes out and even emphasizes the point: "You risk your neck to cut them loose, and they run away and don't look back..." But Jack's not having any of it. He does learn from Tom, though, that Juliet is in trouble, she's being kept in Jack's old cell, and there's a stern looking woman Tom refers to as "The Sheriff."

Kate Chats Up Karl
Hydra Island is the office, where they work. On "projects."
They live on the main island.
The kids they took? "We give them a better life." Better than what? "Better than yours."
They even have backyards.
His and Alex's pasttime used to be making up new names for the constellations, i.e. "Ursa Theodorus - the Teddy Bear"
I was just wondering the other day about the idea of the Others taking the children and other "good people." If someone lands on an island which can not be found and from which there is probably no escape, and you bring them into your culture, give them a nice life, keep them safe, feed them, comfort them... is that bad? It LOOKS bad since you began it with what looks just like kidnapping and acting against their will and the will of those who have been protecting them but are no more their guardians than you are, but in the end, is it so bad?

Juliet is allowed to come to Jack because Ben's stitches are infected. She asks Jack's help, not for the Others' or for Ben's sake, but for hers. She's in trouble for killing Pickett. Jack refuses to help Ben or her.