LOST Marathon, Milepost 15: Ready to Play?
- Friday, January 22, 2010
"The rules don't apply," are the words Ben uses on a note to tell Isabel that Juliet's sentence is communted. She is, however, to be marked.
Hurley's dad told him we have to make our own luck in this world.
"Oh man, I suck at charades. You wanna what?" -- Hurley
"If you don't die, then we win. Things have really sucked for me lately, and I could use a victory." -- Hurley, to Charlie.
"Victory or death!" -- Charlie, to Hurley.
Jack plays catch with a football with Tom.
Black-and-white: Tom comes to fetch Jack in a black-and-white plaid flannel; the Dharma procedural manuals found in the Flame basement; the tattoo samples on the walls of the parlor where Claire works.
The Episode "Enter 77" is one of the thickest in the whole series with games, game metaphors, and game strategy. The examples below are all from it:
Several Losties haul a ping-pong table down to the beach and begin a tournament. Sawyer wants his entire stash back if he wins. The rest of the gang is thinking up what they want if they win. When he calls Sun and Jin "Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon," that gives her the idea that they will play for no more nicknames from Sawyer. For anyone, for a week. Seriously? Well I hope you don't win then!
Locke comes across a computer chess program in the Flame station. It asks, "Ready to play?" Mikhail - in an attempt to dissuade Locke from playing - tells him the game can not be beaten, and it cheats. Locke knows that cheating is a uniquely human quality, though.
"So, you really the Number One draft pick, Grimace?" -- Sawyer, to Hurley, who is the people's choice to take on Sawyer in ping-pong.
Hurley asks Sawyer if a mercy rule is being employed. Some rules are negotiable, others are designed to end the game early to avoid pain or embarrasment.
"Why are we continuing to play our little game, when we all know it has moved to the next stage?" -- Mikhail.
Hurley: Sorry I beat you so bad, dude.
Sawyer: Sorry you hustled me, you mean.
Locke: I just played that silly chess game again. And now, I realize why you didn't want me to beat it.
"God loves you like he loved Jacob." -- Karl, randomly, to Kate and Sawyer on the boat.
Tom: What kind of people do you think we are, Jack?
Jack: Oh, I dunno, Tom, the kind of people that would kidnap a pregnant woman? That would hang Charlie from a tree? That would drag our people out into the jungle, kidnap children?
Tom [knocks on glass of Jack's cell]: You see this glass house you're living in, Jack? How 'bout I get you some stones?
The implication is that we've all got dirt on our hands and do what we need to do. And that's fine. But then don't give us the "some people are good, some people are bad" routine with your Others-ish brand of morality, because you can't have it both ways.
Kate: You know, all you have to do is say sorry. We could start again. Give each other a clean slate.
A tabula rasa? We covered all this born-again stuff in Season One, no? Well, I guess we have to extend it to blossoming relationships now, too.
Charlie: I have a right to know when I'm gonna die.
Desmond: It doesn't work like that.
Dang straight it doesn't work like that. It's been a while since I consulted my Book of Human Rights, but I don't think this is one of them Charlie. We're all dying. Where is the line that defines immediacy and therefore a right to know? A day? Month? Year? Ten? In fact, Hurley will later smack Charlie and tell him to stop feeling sorry for himself because someone said you're gonna die. He's right. Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'.
Sayid: Why would he say don't come back?
Kate: He sacrificed himself so we could escape.
Well, that's part of the reason. The other was some combination of love + woundedness.
"Now that's a hell of a Jesus." -- Hurley's dad, admiring the new centerpiece on the table.
As Hurley prays for help, Sawyer tosses him a beer. It rolls down a big hill, giving Hurley the inspiration he needs.
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