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.

We do not live in a world where there are no questions asked!

Mr. Paik says this line to his daughter when she tells him she wants a large sum of money free and clear.

But nothing in life is free. Is it?

Several characters learn that on this disc. The value of sacrifice, the cost of freedom, what it takes to demonstrate commitment - all of these carry substantial weights, and will have people asking questions to try and discern your motives.

No, this is definitely not a no-questions-asked show. So let's get busy asking some.

LOST Season Three, Disc Five: I Lose Either Way

Episodes: 3.17 CATCH 22 (Desmond-centric); 3.18 D.O.C. (Sun-centric); 3.19 THE BRIG (Locke-centric); 3.20 THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN (Ben-centric)

Things That Stuck Out


Desmond, Hurley, Charlie, and Jin are making a trek in the rain through the jungle. Charlie trips a wire... and takes an arrow to the throat. Dies. We've just experienced one of Desmond's flashes. And there's even more to it: Hurley tugging on the beach cable, a beacon flashing in a cloudy night sky, the photo of Des & Penny, Jin folding up a parachute, a pair of booted feet dangling from a tree. And that's when we realize none of the above has happened yet; Desmond is seeing that flash as he squats fishing back near camp. And all at once he's conflicted - he's been shown a vision of a future where Charlie dies, but where his dream comes true: someone - either Penny or someone who will carry the photo of he and Penny and is therefore probably tied to her - comes to the island. He has to find out what that could be, but would that put him on the hook for Charlie's death on the journey? This is the Catch 22 of the title.

Sawyer asks Kate if she told Jack about them. She says no, but he knows; he saw us on the monitors. So Sawyer knows that Jack knows. That night, Kate converses with Jack, who doesn't flirt with her, and then watches him go have a nice smiley dinner at Juliet's hut. She immediately goes running to Sawyer and sleeps with him. During ping-pong, Sawyer gets some details from Jack, and pieces together that Kate used him.

Desmond sits away from his campfire mates. Jin tells a ghost story in Korean, and still manages to scare Hurley, who asks if there was a bird in it (there's been a lot of birds and mention of birds this season, from Jack's kite to Claire's rescue idea). Charlie asks Desmond who the girl in the photo is. Desmond tells him some of the story, about how he's a coward, and how she once told him, "With enough money and determination you can find anyone."

The camping buddies hear a helicopter! But suddenly the helicopter sounds sick. They hear a splash out in the ocean. Can't have been the helicopter crashing, though. Not big enough. That's when they see a beacon falling from the sky. Hurley knows it's a person and not a food palette because Desmond foresaw that "someone" was coming.

Desmond tells Charlie that he didn't want to tell any of them exactly what the mission was for, because he didn't want anything to change. He's still assuming that minor variations affect the outcome - chaos theory. Even though this goes against what Mrs. Hawking taught him.

When the time comes that the events play out that led - in Desmond's flash - to Charlie getting killed, he realizes it, and gets Charlie to duck just in time. He hadn't been willing to change any details, lest that not end up being Penny parachuting in. But now, like it or not, he changed something. Is that why it ended up being Naomi in that tree instead? Probably not, but how to prove or disprove?