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 cannot change anything, you can't. Even if you tried, it wouldn't work."

This is what Daniel says when Sawyer and Juliet are just building up hope that if they happened to have flashed to December 2004 they could warn everyone not to summon the boat, or get on the chopper. It doesn't work that way, Faraday insists. And sure, we all know about time paradoxes. And yet... well, we'll just have to see who wins - kinda like Locke and Jack over whether miracles exist, and kinda like Ben and Widmore over who's gonna get who first. Speaking of Widmore, a minor character gives us one strange little line about him that might be something to ponder as we check out this disc...

"Everything here is due to Mr. Widmore, God bless him." -- Abigail Spencer. Hmmmm... everything?

LOST Season Five, Disc One: Rules That Can't be Broken

Episodes: 5.1 BECAUSE YOU LEFT; 5.2 THE LIE (Hurley-centric); 5.3 JUGHEAD (Desmond-centric)

Things That Stuck Out
(Note: for Season Five, it will be more useful to scrap section headers of on- and off-island, and instead try to discuss possibly-meaningful plot elements by the year in which it seems they occurred)

1954

Sawyer and Juliet notice they still have the Zodiac. She theorizes, "whatever we had with us when we move goes along for the ride." They did have it during the initial flash, but not during subsequent ones. So she appears to be right - even if they don't have it with them it continues to flash to different time periods, too.

Apparently, the single compass bearing that will allow one to leave the island is something that needs to be calculated, but to calculate it, one needs to first ascertain WHEN one is.

Miles uses his special ghost powers to locate food. That's handy. But how are they supposed to cut up the boar? Doesn't matter, because just then...

Flaming arrow attack! It takes out Frogurt, and every other redshirt (those it doesn't will get blown up at the creek when they step on tripwires laid by the U.S. army). Daniel, Charlotte, Miles, Juliet and Sawyer live. But what about Rose, Bernard, and Vincent?

Sawyer and Juliet are captured and threatened by an English-accented hot-tempered Other bearing the name "Jones" on his uniform. But Locke rescues them, and now Jones and his pal are prisoners.

Faraday knows what's going on with Charlotte's symptons of temporal displacement. As he talks to her, two remaining redshirts are taken out by a bomb, and Ellie's group of Others captures our science team, believing them to be U.S. Military who just couldn't stay away. And Eleanor "Ellie" Hawking holds a gun on the man who will one day be her son. Something tells me it won't be the last time.

Locke notices that the rifle he took off the Others looks new, and is U.S. Army issue, and from the 50s. The Others seem to have been mostly bow-and-arrow folk before the Army came to the island (remember the knife Goodwin and Ana-Lucia once discussed). Also, these Others speak Latin, which Juliet says is the language of being an Other (might this perhaps be related to the unitelligible whispers?), which she also calls "the language of the enlightened."

Miles' spidey-sense tingles, and tells him that they just passed the fresh grave of four U.S. soldiers. 3 were shot, and 1 died of radiation poisoning. Daniel would have preferred they'd told him what year it was.