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Evan Peterson has been shared in 29 public circles

AuthorFollowersDateUsers in CircleCommentsReshares+1Links
Chris Goldsmith4,303Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #share   #sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-06-24 13:22:16493109
Harry Day2,588Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #share   #sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #deal   #dx   #dealdxcom   #products   #cheap   #china   #freeshipping   #iphone 2014-06-24 13:10:494934116
Moe Tousignant6,605RPG Circle Share2014 is the #YearOfTheGamer and what better way to celebrate than to hook up with more gamers? What you see here is a circle share. You don't see these that often anymore now that G+ has communities. Back in the day though this is how a lot of us early adopters found like minded individuals. This is a great way to start following a group of people who have something in common with you at once.What you have here is my E RPG Gamers circle. These are all G+ users who's name they have chosen to use start with the letter E. Everyone in this circle should have something to do with RPGs in some way. They may be a designer, a writer, an editor, an artist, a publisher, a fan, an edition warrior, a blogger, a podcaster, etc. If you do grab some of these people you should take the time to say hi! The best way I've found to do this is put them into a "New People" circle, send a message out to that new circle and then split the people up into whatever circle system you choose to use.Do you have a collection of gamers circled? Why not share yours? 2014-02-15 16:43:23117001
Jan Havrda20,092Sediment.Google+ guys so old, dinosaurs redden.2013-11-15 00:01:5020620525
Jan Havrda15,046This is Absolute CircleOriginally collected by #MoanLisa  aka +Maria Morisot and slightly modified, these are very special G+ folks. #AbsoluteCircle   #Absolute   #Circle  2013-07-29 20:16:442513313
Moe „Gilvan Blight“ Tousignant3,809I was again asked to share some of my RPG people I've been collecting here on G+.  What you have here is my E-I circle. These are all G+ users who's name they have chosen to use start with the letters E,F,G,H or I. I've got them split up like this since you can only share 500 people at a time.Everyone in this circle should have something to do with RPGs in some way. They may be a designer, a writer, an editor, an artist, a publisher, a fan, an edition warrior, a blogger, a podcaster, etc. If you do grab some of these people you should take the time to say hi! The best way I've found to do this is put them into a "New People" circle, send a message out to that new circle and then split the people up into whatever circle system you choose to use.2013-01-10 15:47:55325901
Dave Tozier0+Danial Hallock originally shared this post:The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 17:22:28295000
Danial Hallock4,767The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 15:47:332941172383
Annie Yim9,853Been a while since I've shared a circle. :)These are my go to guys and girls, not that it stops here, to be honest. There are a few I decided to take out because, let's be honest, with their amount of people circling them I didn't think they would need me pushing them further. After all, who am I, just a chick on the internet, no? :)It's probably not well thought of, and probably does not contain everyone I have to read up/or see every day. But it's pretty close.If you are not in this circle, please don't be mad or disappointed. You're all awesome, I wish I could share a circle of all the thousand people I have circled... but then, not many would take that on, I think.My little bit of everything circle. For your plussing pleasure.2012-10-16 16:01:035036128
Sarah Rios16,095CIRCLE SUNDAYIf you were notified, you're in the circle.Ha! I finally remembered to do this circle sharing thing on Sunday!Anyway, this is the circle I've dubbed "Neon," because it's a lot of random awesome that can't be contained in any other category.Pick through the Plussers and grab up the ones you like. Or add the whole circle. Whatever works best for you :)2012-09-16 18:11:379739540
Nina Pelletier11,765I have been requested to share my writers circle many times over the last year, but I never felt right doing it. After 2 emails I received yesterday asking so kindly that I share it yet again, I figured it's time to do so.I have over 500 writers in my writers circle because, hey, that's why I'm here right? But sadly only 500 of them can be shared at once. So you won't get all of the wonderful writerly people I have met on this lovely world we call Google+, but here are 500 of them.  Enjoy and share.If I've missed any writers, please feel free to add them in the comments below.Thank you to this awesome community of literary quirkiness and genius. ♥  #writershelpingwriters   #writers  2012-09-12 15:13:0750121411
Fulvio Gerardi6,387Thanks to a circle share from +Euro Maestro, I realised its been a while since I've shared my #Whovian circles. And yes, the new series is coming soon.In case you've forgotten, there are three circles.... Guys, Gals, and Overflow (pages, androgynous, smurfs, and more guys). "Dead" Plussers have been removed, so these should all be active people.This is the Overflow.2012-08-22 14:49:45286000
Stephanie Van Pelt30,682Gallifrey circle 2 of 2 as cultivated by +Tiffany Marshall and me! Doctor Who fans for #whovianwednesday  2012-08-01 18:49:043628222
Annie Yim8,107So, people have been doing the relevancy 99+1 circle.Here's a pure, 99 circle. You already have me in your circles, so I don't see the point for the plus one. :)If you've got a notification, yes, you're in the circle. As for the others, trust me, just take my word for it, you ain't far from it, and you are every bit equally important to me xx2012-07-26 16:18:179982146
Michael B.1,436+Moan Lisa just shared this circle .. there are some great  people in there ! Thank you for sharing :-)and a happy weekend to everybody !2012-07-20 18:23:23180300
Bob Mulholland7,562Sorry it's been a couple weeks, but Melissa is going to have the baby any day now and my focus now needs to be offline most of the time.After Zane has been born, my posts will become regular again.#StopHomophobia   #CircleShare  • +1 if you want in• Add +Stop Homophobia if you want regular content in your stream • Comment if you can help manage the Stop Homophobia Page2012-07-17 17:19:382746417
Alister Macintyre7,782My Science Fiction circle includes both fans and creators of SF, including literature, movies, games, music, a spectrum of media.  Note comments I will soon add.2012-07-02 04:31:5533219310
Bob Mulholland7,105Stop Homophobia #CircleShare To anyone in this Circle: This Circle has the potential to become very large, so it will be easier to manage if more than one person is curating it. Please Circle the +Stop Homophobia  Page, so the Page can Circle you back. You'll also be able to find Stop Homophobia content much easier simply by visiting the Page. If you've already Circled the Page, please let me know in the comments.If you'd like to help manage the +Stop Homophobia Page, let me know.2012-06-29 19:20:18278939
Annie Yim7,052So a while ago I did a good weirdo circle. People in my circles that I would feel odd not having seen daily. Maybe on their posts, maybe on mine. Maybe just a '+1' but always a sign that they've been round.The premise is that these people interact, converse, and take care of you when you are on their threads, should you choose to comment on theirs.I know I must have missed others but hey, these are the stars for me.A circle share from me, small and sweet, about everything and anything. :)2012-06-17 11:55:474115420
Bob Mulholland6,799STOP HOMOPHOBIA CIRCLE SHAREJune 14, 2012Circle of folks interested in LGBT rights>>> This is my first share of this Circle since I took it over from +Moan Lisa +1 this post if you aren't in this Circle yet and want to be added.As most of my people know, I also have opt-in Notify Circles. +1 my first comment if you want to be notified when I share important posts related to this topic.2012-06-14 13:54:312549112
Bliss Morgan17,084Yesterday I hit a milestone number of circlers! (Circlements? Encirclings? Have we reached a standard jargon for this yet?)To celebrate, a share! This is the Circle Of People In This Circle. It contains all the people who are in the circle, and nobody who is not. Most of these people I can vouch for as being awesome-sauce glazed fantasticakes. Some of them I totally don't know.But all of them had the mad whimsy to volunteer to be included in the circle that they're in.2012-06-10 03:19:1610045119
Kevin Medeiros3,101Yeah yeah, this is a huge circle to share. These guys and girls are a bunch of geeks. Geeks of what type you might ask? Well, of all sorts..you'll just have to find out. I've gone through and weeded out some of the inactive users myself in order to stay under the 500 person limit. These guys make up a big portion of my stream and never fail to keep me informed about awesome shit.You may also be asking why I didn't sort them out into sub-geek categories? The answer to that is because I'm not your damn secretary :-)Just check'em out :)2012-05-26 19:20:2947711714
Gabriele Ninci1,682Awesome people of the weekAfter a strange week that found me ill for two times in a row (and that brings the count for this winter & spring to 3... more than in the last ten years...), and that was following a week out of home, I've decided to begin a new tradition.On sunday night (italian time) I'll share a circle with the #awesome people that helped making #awesome my Google Plus experience in the week.So, if you think there's no #awesomeness here, circle those guys: they're active, they have interesting thoughts, they share great things.And be aware, they're few in number because I was lazy in the week, due to the circumstances.I hope next week I'll give you a bigger circle.Enjoy!2012-04-15 21:29:3731115
Annie Yim5,411Right, first ever circle share is prolly going to just be ignored, given it's on a Saturday. :pBut yes, I did an open poll about a circle share possibility, and here it is: "Annie's Good Weirdos", I call it. Not a glamorous name, I grant you, but the people in here are, more or less, a little bit weird; in a good way though.These are, people that I'd expect to see from on a daily basis. Either on my own threads, or on theirs. That means some of them don't pop by, by the way.But most of them do. :)Mind, it does take effort for you to go about and comment on their threads first, I mean no one is just going to randomly to go any person that has him/her circled and start commenting, unless you've initiated the interaction and they find you interesting.Most importantly, these are people that almost always respond to you when you do comment on their threads. Almost. Notifications are still wonky and sometimes they get lost. Also, if you are the "lol" type of commentator, don't really expect a reply because, c'mon, what exactly do you want people to say to that?I'm sure in my just woken up state I have left out plenty of lovely people (omagosh I so don't wanna publish this now and have people go "why am I not in your circle share?"...) that stop by daily and/or frequently. But upon first impression these are it.If you are not included, I'm so sorry to have left you out. Upon reviewing the 1000 or so people names I've circled, these are the ones that did pop out. I'm sure I've forgotten someone. Probably someone important as well. I do apologise. (Actually, all the 1000 or so I do have are weirdos).Have fun plussing, and may your streams flow. x(PS. I chose to annoyingly notify you because, hey, you made the good weirdo list, hint hint) <----basically just a thankyou nod for being there. :p2012-04-14 14:46:0937103727
Kamy Sha0#SharedCircle2012-04-11 18:43:39495100
Marita Deis0#sharedcircle2012-04-10 12:24:08498001
Simone Oech750This is a circle +Moan Lisa shared. I could not figure out in that moment how to share the actual circle so I added it to my circles and now am resharing it.... it only looks like "My" circle. Since Moan tends to collect interesting people, cirlce these and make up your own mind if you want to see the postings. I know ther are very interesing people in the circle, 'cause I have a number of them in mine. #moanlisa2012-03-30 06:43:264993212
Kevin Medeiros2,549This is my circle of geeks. Definitely an active circle that share geeky shit that "others" may not understand, but you do, right?Circle them if you want instant fun. Seriously..I weed out the lame ones all the time..be prepared for the onslaught of awesome when you add this circle!2012-03-23 21:02:4544913918
Fulvio Gerardi50Some people have not been included in your shared circle. Only 500 people can shared at one time.sigh had to happen I suppose. This Dr Who circle is now at 521. So some time between now and the next share I guess I'll have to split it. Apologies to the people who got culled this time around. :(2011-12-17 02:33:29500602

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2014-04-02 05:25:19 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Mozilla's homophobic CEO, Eich, interviewed.
TL;DR: "I'm sorry that that you queers are offended that I'm fighting to remove your human rights. But suck it up, because you need Mozilla more than I need your approval."
Here's a petition calling for Eich back off or GTFO. (Use a zipcode of 00000 if you're outside the USA):
http://act.credoaction.com/sign/mozilla_ceo
Full interview: 
http://www.cnet.com/news/mozilla-ceo-gay-marriage-firestorm-could-hurt-firefox-cause-q-a/
#glbtq   #mozilla   #mozillagate   #eichgate   #mozilla_firefox   #gaymarriage   #bigotry  

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2014-05-13 20:05:24 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Miley Cyrus made a homophobic, bi-erasing date rape joke and like… where are all of the white feminists who were saying how great of a feminist she is? HMMMMM? Why aren’t they calling this shit out?

Most plusones: 13

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2014-08-25 07:53:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Recent kids collage

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2014-10-13 23:44:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Need some hugs?

Need some hugs?___

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2014-10-13 16:50:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: Master Post

Foreward:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/MJ7XbJ5gzRK

Season One:

1.1/1.2 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/2NST9TimjK1
1.3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/FbMBNywGgd3
1.4 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/QjaHAL4jPdg
1.5 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/WKA8cadCr5S
1.6 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/hw3T8PBfvup
1.7 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/1QYky4foYdY
1.8 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/CrYAvoV8uzm
1.9 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/Lz5iG1xswEK
1.10 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/gTj1VQpyTtJ
1.11... more »

Getting Lost: Master Post

Foreward:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/MJ7XbJ5gzRK

Season One:

1.1/1.2 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/2NST9TimjK1
1.3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/FbMBNywGgd3
1.4 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/QjaHAL4jPdg
1.5 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/WKA8cadCr5S
1.6 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/hw3T8PBfvup
1.7 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/1QYky4foYdY
1.8 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/CrYAvoV8uzm
1.9 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/Lz5iG1xswEK
1.10 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/gTj1VQpyTtJ
1.11 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/BeViebysWaA
1.12 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/W1d3uzCZB42
1.13 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/hHWkKzhn4ra
1.14 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/JgRifDnZdpD
1.15 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/cZpfRagyuex
1.16 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/YkAR1BEuaSv
1.17 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/UDpUaEc2Qgj
1.18 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/1N926WhDitr
1.19 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/d3kphaG7Rj3
1.20 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/WNVJ9JD6pLV
1.21 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/eK33SrW2hCx
1.22 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/JEAJTKrLCCK
1.23 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/87dcXZhWysu
1.24 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/8ZfcRsafAj6
1.25 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/7yfuyf9vpdD
1. Reflections https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EvanPeterson/posts/Ufh5LgMAdgt

Season Two:

2.1 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/5ciuYURGJR1
2.2 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/gtnfTYZ3pzm
2.3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/HY4UCzbZPxe
2.4 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/Z7WG9FuFnQD
2.5 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/WxApoErBo5P
2.6 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/ayU7pxq1fuC
2.7 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/HsJyb1x8pMY
2.8 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/WVpwLHkpU9g
2.9 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/8FsSg9cjpST
2.10 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/GCahuURWMFQ
2.11 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/HpizupwT3S4
2.12 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/ATN1BtW2a5i
2.13 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/DUuRsN6qRFd
2.14 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/KgwE8AbPRRr
2.15 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/5t2aujTzBGF
2.16 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/Lmdb815GYjB
2.17 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/JYo2ZRwWwca
2.18 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/7u2396J1mNV
2.19 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/FXWexNprQ6E
2.20 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/MB87wsJjLf8
2.21 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/cZ2E5mSyzD6
2.22 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/GdUQBv53Rjc
2.23/2.24 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/RF8oCPiAUzf
2.Reflections https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/Xg8oTGo1GoN

Season Three:

3.1 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/cGbGBiyJDwW
3.2 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/UmBBcxp8Roa
3.3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/gAfQFCXEsSg
3.4 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/QzwHG1XTTCa
3.5 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/b35Qk2dmg7g
3.6 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/UKVBhgiFAo5
3.7 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/3CJ8JGSsgnt
3.8 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/CHNsnPNSXmm
3.9 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/hwPPf3a6NVP
3.10 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/2r8btt7jXDC
3.11 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/ieTuE41urhf
3.12 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/ZSMjuDxMeCR
3.13 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/Ntqqm2Y3dfd
3.14 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/3jPo4CVzwdm
3.15 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/DEkp67opvsx
3.16 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/f3jv7mxTWbr
3.17 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/gh2JQRA9BE3
3.18 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/DUPNBwtAkxG
3.19 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/Uy21hfvgGDe
3.20 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/CJohcDZBCVW
3.21 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/FGEgFi396iR
3.22 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/X4Zf81XNR7F
3.23 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/MAS2hUrBavG
3. Relections https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/M1sHkry9dnc

Season Four:

4.1 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/VLhgkuFbKnA
4.2 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/aFHXCvF3EQ8
4.3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/QjpxZZeuyyY
4.4 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/iynfEmPX3yx
4.5 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/SpoDahTAAwk
4.6 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117177089600960301954/posts/8rBff9P3xty
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Getting Lost: S06E16: The End

Cue emotional Lost music as we have a montage of the sideways world and the island world. Scenes of our characters in each place intercut with shots of Christian Shepherd's coffin being unloaded from Oceanic and delivered to the funeral home. Desmond signs for it and when Kate asks who died, she chuckles over the name.

On the island, Sawyer heads off to collect Desmond while the rest gear up to head for the heart of the island and to protect the light from Smokey. Kate wants to know why Jack took the job. His answer is that the island is all he has left. Hurley thinks their heartfelt outpourings are pointless because they're all about to die.

Out at the well, Sawyer encounters Ben and Smokelocke, breaks the news that they aren't candidates anymore and then clocks Ben in the nose, disarms him and takes off. Ben's a bit more... more »

Getting Lost: S06E16: The End

Cue emotional Lost music as we have a montage of the sideways world and the island world. Scenes of our characters in each place intercut with shots of Christian Shepherd's coffin being unloaded from Oceanic and delivered to the funeral home. Desmond signs for it and when Kate asks who died, she chuckles over the name.

On the island, Sawyer heads off to collect Desmond while the rest gear up to head for the heart of the island and to protect the light from Smokey. Kate wants to know why Jack took the job. His answer is that the island is all he has left. Hurley thinks their heartfelt outpourings are pointless because they're all about to die.

Out at the well, Sawyer encounters Ben and Smokelocke, breaks the news that they aren't candidates anymore and then clocks Ben in the nose, disarms him and takes off. Ben's a bit more butthurt about the revelation Smokey plans to destroy his island. Smokey also determines a dog had been at the well recently, leading us to Rose and Bernard (and Vincent)--they rescued Desmond but Rose wants Desmond to leave before they get dragged into whatever drama he's become part of.

Too late, as Smokelocke shows up and orders Desmond to come with him lest he kill Rose and Bernard. Des demands Smoke's word he won't touch them ever and then agrees to do whatever Smokey wants. As they walk away, we learn Ben's been staying in communication with Miles over walkie-talkie. Richard is still really gung ho about blowing up the plane.

In the sideways universe, Hurley goes to collect Charlie next. Unable to convince him along, he shoots Charlie with a tranquilizer and abducts him. Later Miles is at the concert and spies Sayid so he calls Sawyer to go check on Sun in the hospital. Hey! Juliet is the doctor here to check on Sun's baby! And my Grinch heart grows three sizes today. While Juliet is giving Sun her ultrasound Sun, and then Jin, remembers their life on the island. . .and their death.

These memory flashbacks were a great conceit for giving the viewers emotional montages for all the big characters as the show draws to a close. Getting their memories back also gives them back their English. This memory surge in particular reinforces the notion that the sideways world is a waystation, or purgatory, of sorts, between what comes after death and what comes next.

Back on the island Miles plucks Richard's first gray hair and it makes Richard about as elated as a baby discovering cake for the first time. They then find and rescue Lapidus as they're taking the outrigger out to Hydra island. Lapidus suggests another way of taking the plane away from Smokey would be to simply fly it off the island. Finally someone with a good idea.

Locke's crew and Jack's crew reunite and Kate tries to shoot Smokey a few times. Smokey feels like Jack being the new Jacob is a bit too obvious. Jack announces they're going to go to the light beyond the bamboo forest together and then Jack is going to kill him. Smokey calls him on it and they head off.

Now for a visit to the sideways world introduces us to Jack's ex-wife: it's Juliet. Groan groan groan. Exactly whose happy ending is it where Juliet ends up married to, and then divorced from, Jack and mother to his "working out my daddy issues" fake son? Of course, David lets her have the family she was never able to have as well.

Jack, Desmond and Smokey split off from the others. Desmond gleefully tells Jack of the sideways reality. He's happy they're about to die--they're about to go to a better place. Jack reminds us that all of this matters and what happened happened. The thing is, they're both right.

All of this matters. And what happened happened. And saving the island and everything they're about to do is important. And they are all going to die and move on to a better place where they can all be back together. And right now that better place is the sideways universe.

And in the sideways universe Hurley encourages Sayid to remember he's a good person by having Sayid rescue Shannon and Boone from a fight in an alley. Cue the most unsatisfying montage in the series. Sayid and Shannon being each other's constants is the least believable thing to me. Everything we've been lead to know about Sayid in this show would dictate Nadia is Sayid's constant.

Back on Hydra island the boys run into Claire. She's worried Locke sent them to kill her and they tell her their plan to fly away. She lowers her gun and walks off, claiming she isn't joining them. Meanwhile, Jack is lowering Desmond into the light. Jack and Locke have another argument over how right or wrong RealLocke was all along.

Sideways world has Juliet leaving the concert site to return to the hospital. Dan and Charlotte re-meet with no memory montage. Claire and David set up with Desmond and Kate at the concert reception. Daniel Widmore accompanied by Drive Shaft comes out to play. Charlie sees Claire. He sees her and it's all starting to come back. Claire gets upset tummy and heads off to the restroom followed by Kate.

Down at the bottom of the cave with the light, Desmond finds a pool of lit water. At its center is a big stone cork. Stepping in the water triggers an electromagnetic reaction, paining him as he removes the cork. The light and the water in the pool go away. Fire and smoke begin rising from the hole and the island begins to tremble.

Smokelocke gloats and walks off. Jack tackles and punches him--drawing blood. Looks like Smokelocke was wrong too. Without the light, Smokey can be hurt. Smokey clocks Jack and runs off.

Sideways Claire goes into labor with Kate present. Eloise growls at Desmond for bringing everyone's memories back against her orders and he tells her to suck it and then reassures her that Daniel isn't leaving with him. With Charlie present, Kate begins to deliver Claire's baby again. So many memory montages. I'm not even a fan of Kate or Claire and this scene made me cry. What I love about this scene though? Even though Claire is obviously Charlie's constant, Aaron is both Claire's and Kate's.

Back on the island earthquakes are knocking everyone over and Ben, of all people, rescues Hurley from a falling tree. Jack wakes and goes to call after Desmond a moment before running off into he jungle. Everyone else rescues Ben from the aforementioned tree. Miles calls and lets Kate in on Lapidus' plan to fix the plane--telling them to get their asses over there because they're leaving in an hour. Ben suggests they steal Locke's boat.

Back at the shaky cliffside ladders, Jack and Locke have another confrontation. They have a nice epic fight as the island falls apart around them. Smokey gut stabs Jack and presses in for the kill, but Kate stops him, shooting him in the back. She saved him a bullet, but he's still happy because they're too late. Jack kicks him off the cliff to his doom.

Sideways Jack is bleeding from the neck where Smokelocke started to stab him. Locke recovers from his anesthesia. Locke says "it worked." He can feel his legs. Getting sensation back in his feet brings back Locke's memories (his mobility is his constant?) and Locke asks Jack to come with him. He tells Jack he doesn't have a son and it disturbs Jack. As Jack leaves, Locke expresses his hope that someone does for him, what he just did for Locke.

On the island, Jack encourages the others to climb down the ladders to Locke's boat. Hurley's having nothing with going down those ladders, and Ben claims he's going down with the island if it goes down. Kate demands Jack tell her she'll see him again and he can't. And they kiss. And profess their love. And I still don't really care. For whatever reason, their romance has never moved me like others have (Jin and Sun, Charlie and Claire, Desmond and Penny, Sawyer and Juliet, Libby and Hurley, all of them). Kate and Sawyer swim out to the boat.

Sideways Sawyer runs into Jack and nothing happens. He runs into Juliet next. And it all comes back for them. They should get coffee some time. They can go Dutch. This scene is how you show a couple with chemistry in love. And then we get Sideways Kate and Jack. He doesn't know how he knows her, so she touches him and says how much she's missed him and then it all comes back for him too. She tells Jack to come with her and then he'll understand.

Back on the island, Jack, Hurley and Ben are back at the cave. Hurley realizes Jack is going to sacrifice himself to fix the island and it's upsetting him. Jack tells Hurley it has to be him to take care of the island. It has to be Hurley. I'd been saying that all along. Or at least since Hurley bought all the seats on the Ajira flight. Jack makes Hurley drink the water, touches his shoulder and says "now you're like me." And the torch is passed.

Lapidus gets the plane's engines running as Hurley lowers Jack into the cave, then drops him the last few feet in another earth quake. Jack ties Desmond tohe rope and tells him to go back to his wife and son. He'll see him again in another life. More of the island sinks into the sea as Kate convinces Claire to get on the plane with them. I like to think Kate's demand Claire come and she'll help her be a good mom suggests the two of them decide to live together off the island. Friends, bisexual lovers, whatever, they both raise Aaron.

Jack puts back the island's cork as Kate, Sawyer and Claire board the plane. The runway is literally falling into he sea beneath them as the plane takes off. Water begins to flow back into the cave and the light is restored. The island stops falling apart. Hurley and Ben pull up the rope, thinking they're saving Jack, but they bring up Desmond instead.  Jack is sobbing and smiling as the light overtakes him. He wakes up where the creek exits the cave, where the Man In Black's body ended up in "Across the Sea." He staggers off to he bamboo.

Hurley comes to terms with the loss of Jack after another good sob. He's afraid of trying to figure out what he's supposed to do as he's in charge of the island. Ben suggests Hurley can find a better way to run the island than Jacob did. Hurley asks Ben to be his assistant and Ben accepts. And we know Ben really is honored to be Hurley's second.

Where the sideways ends, we see everyone coming together at the funeral home. Ben is sitting outside. Locke offers to have him join them but Ben decides he needs to stay and finish working on his things, even though his memories are back as well. He apologizes to John for how he treated him in life. Locke forgives him. Hurley steps
out and tells Ben he was a great number two, and gets similarly complimented by Ben in return.

Inside the funeral home, there is stained glass depicting multiple religious faiths. When Jack touches his father's coffin, the memories come back. When he opens the coffin, it's empty. Again. Christian is there. He gets Jack to realize he's there right now because he died too. They embrace in tears, professing their love.

"Everyone dies sometime kiddo. Some of them before you. Others long after you. There is no 'now' here. This is the place you all made together so that you could find one another. The most important part of your life was the time you spent with these people. You needed all of them, and they needed you. To remember. And to let go."

And they gather. And they embrace. And together they let go. They move on into the light. Everyone we love. Our constants.

Jack staggers to the bamboo and collapses.  Vincent shows up and gives him a little love. He sees the plane fly overhead. And then he dies.

And that's what you take from Lost. Live together or die alone. Everything and everyone matters. What happened happened. In the end, the life and love you build you take with you together into whatever comes next.





My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)(S06E08: it is evil incarnate, trapped on the island)(S06E13: It can't directly kill candidates)(S06E14: It is the angry spirit of Jacob's unnamed brother)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks? (S06E14: Jacob's mother and brother)
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)(S06E13: Smokey can't kill candidates directly)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.
The sideways timeline is like purgatory. It's the place everyone went to after they died, whenever they died, where they could work through whatever issues in life they still needed to work through so that when they all were ready, they could move on together.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David, Desmond___

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Getting Lost: S06E15: What They Died For

SW Jack, Claire and creepy fake kid David have some breakfast. Jack gets a call from Oceanic that they've finally found Christian's coffin. . .only it's really Desmond being tricky. Then he's back at Locke's school and has another fist fight with Ben, one that wakes Ben up to the island. Desmond then goes and turns himself in to Sawyer and Miles, where he gets locked up with Kate and Sayid.

SW Ben gets to have dinner with Alex and Rousseau, beginning a bond between their sideways versions that is more tender and familial than it was in the real world. If sideways world was temporarily a happy waystation for everyone else before they move forward, it's only just beginning to become so for Ben. His work here is only just beginning.

SW Locke meanwhile finally accepts Jack's offer to try and help him... more »

Getting Lost: S06E15: What They Died For

SW Jack, Claire and creepy fake kid David have some breakfast. Jack gets a call from Oceanic that they've finally found Christian's coffin. . .only it's really Desmond being tricky. Then he's back at Locke's school and has another fist fight with Ben, one that wakes Ben up to the island. Desmond then goes and turns himself in to Sawyer and Miles, where he gets locked up with Kate and Sayid.

SW Ben gets to have dinner with Alex and Rousseau, beginning a bond between their sideways versions that is more tender and familial than it was in the real world. If sideways world was temporarily a happy waystation for everyone else before they move forward, it's only just beginning to become so for Ben. His work here is only just beginning.

SW Locke meanwhile finally accepts Jack's offer to try and help him walk again. Desmond stages a break out (he and Hurley bribe Ana Lucia to let them go--she isn't coming with them because she isn't ready yet, like Ben) and secures a promise from Sayid and Kate to each do a task for him.

On the beach Jack is patching up Kate's bullet wound. She wants them to kill Locke. Jack's on board. Jack's back in charge.

We finally learn why Ben, Richard and Miles are taking so long to get to Hydra--they're on the way to Ben's old house to get his hidden cache of C4. Once there, Alex's spirit sets off Miles' spirit-dar and we learn Richard had buried her after Ben was exiled. While collecting the C4 they encounter Widmore and Zoe. Widmore claims he wants to team up.

Smokey shows up. Richard thinks he's there for him and goes out to chat. Smokey kicks his butt and moves on to Ben. Smokey wants Ben to kill the candidates and he'll leave the island then to Ben. He also gets Ben to sell out Widmore. Smokey kills Zoe and Ben kills Widmore before Widmore can reveal his secret plan to Smokey. Ben is finally doing a good job playing Smokelocke.

While they look for the well, boy Jacob appears and demands his ashes from Hurley, then grabs them and runs off, leading Hurley to chase after. He finds adult ghost Jacob, burning the ashes and explaining he'll be gone for good when the ashes burn out. He wants Hurley to gather the others.

Once gathered, they can all see and hear him for once. Kate demands to know why everyone died. He agrees to tell them everything, and asserts one of them is going to have to start protecting the island as soon as their campfire runs out. He tells them bits of his origin tale. He lets them know they were chosen because, like him, they were all alone and looking for something, some meaning in the world. He reveals crossing Kate's name off was because she became a mother and found meaning--it's just chalk and he can still make it her if she wants it. He wants them to kill Smokelocke. He wants them to chose amongst themselves who is going to replace him.

Jack volunteers.

Jacob leads Jack to the creek, tells him where the light cave is, asks for a cup and does the ceremony, letting Jack know he has to do the job for as long as he can.

Smokey and Ben reach Desmond's well and find Desmond's escaped. Smokey reveals Desmond was somehow Jacob's fail safe against Smokey if he should somehow kill all the candidates. Smokey thinks he can use Desmond to destroy the island.

And that's how you cue up a series finale.


My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)(S06E08: it is evil incarnate, trapped on the island)(S06E13: It can't directly kill candidates)(S06E14: It is the angry spirit of Jacob's unnamed brother)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks? (S06E14: Jacob's mother and brother)
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)(S06E13: Smokey can't kill candidates directly)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David, Desmond,___

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Getting Lost: S06E14: Across the Sea

We open on another shipwreck and a pregnant woman washing ashore. No real telling how long in the past this is, but Allison Janney is there and she helps the woman. They speak a foreign language and use primitive tools. The woman eventually gives birth, a boy she names Jacob. a second baby is coming, another boy. The mother doesn't name him because she hadn't picked a second name, and Janney beats her to death with a rock before we find out if the lad ever does get a name.

Fast forward a few years and the boys are playing a game with black and white rocks. Boy Jacob is the same as the boy ghost Smokey keeps seeing, verifying that that ghost is Jacob.  Jacob is always in light colors, brother is always in dark. While chasing a boar, they encounter other primitive people on the island.

Janney is the island's protector,... more »

Getting Lost: S06E14: Across the Sea

We open on another shipwreck and a pregnant woman washing ashore. No real telling how long in the past this is, but Allison Janney is there and she helps the woman. They speak a foreign language and use primitive tools. The woman eventually gives birth, a boy she names Jacob. a second baby is coming, another boy. The mother doesn't name him because she hadn't picked a second name, and Janney beats her to death with a rock before we find out if the lad ever does get a name.

Fast forward a few years and the boys are playing a game with black and white rocks. Boy Jacob is the same as the boy ghost Smokey keeps seeing, verifying that that ghost is Jacob.  Jacob is always in light colors, brother is always in dark. While chasing a boar, they encounter other primitive people on the island.

Janney is the island's protector, it's Jacob, and Jacob and brother are clearly her replacement candidates. She's apparently made it so the boys could never hurt each other and she leads them to a cave filled with light at the mouth of a stream. A light they must make sure is never found by others. A little of this light is inside every man, but they always want more--and if the light goes out here, it goes out everywhere.

The boy in black begins having visions of his birth mother and goes to meet her. She shows Lil Smokey to the Others' original village across the island--his people. She tells him about the world across the sea. She tells him that she's his real mother. The boy in black broods. The boy in black grabs Jacob and wants to run away to the Others. The boys have a fight and Janney breaks it up. Lil Smokey reveals he knows Janney killed their mother and implores Jacob to join him. Jacob refuses. Boy in black is told he'll never be able to leave the island and he storms off.

She comes clean to Jacob about killing birth mom, because she needed Jacob to stay good. Jacob goes emo about mom loving Lil Smokey more, and she pleads with Jacob to stay with her.

Thirty years pass and Jacob's grown up. We see he and his brother still visit to play games and catch up. MIB corroborates the fact that the Others are bad people, but they're means to an end: his way off the island. They've been finding pockets of electromagnetism and digging them up until they found something.

When Jacob shares this with mom she goes to investigate. The man in black is building the wheel that moves the island. She hugs MIB good-bye and then crushes his skull against a rock. She then takes Jacob back to the light, tells him to never go down into it or he'll be much worse off than dead. After, she fills a cup with water from the stream, accepting responsibility to protect this place for as long as he can until he finds a suitable replacement.

The man in black wakes up (from death?). His well's been caved in. His people killed. He then goes and murders mother. She thanks him for setting her free. He and Jacob then have a fight and Jacob throws his brother into the light. And the smoke monster is born. He later finds his brother's body washed up along the creek and lays him to rest with mother in their familial cave. Laying them out with the white and black rocks Jack finds resting with them so many years later. Our very own Adam and Eve.

When this originally aired, as much as it revealed some important plot points (the ceremony for turning the candidates into Jacob) and answered some big character questions, it was really irritating to have the flow of the main story stopped with this divergence. I have to wonder now if the producers did this with the idea of binge watching in mind because this episode, in essence giving us a break, is exactly what was needed when it came to re-watching the series and dealing with the disasters of the previous episode.




My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)(S06E08: it is evil incarnate, trapped on the island)(S06E13: It can't directly kill candidates)(S06E14: It is the angry spirit of Jacob's unnamed brother)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks? (S06E14: Jacob's mother and brother)
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)(S06E13: Smokey can't kill candidates directly)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David, Desmond,___

2014-08-21 17:25:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost:S06E13: The Candidate

We open on a smiling Sideways Jack waking up Locke in the hospital. Jack breaks the news that he had to save John from his hit-and-run accident and he thinks John's a candidate for a new procedure they're developing--one that can fix Locke's paralysis. Locke refuses again and then Helen bursts in, kissing them both with her joy. Katey Segal is such a treat when she isn't manipulating motorcycle gangs. Jack later meets with Bernard for more info on Locke but doesn't get anything out of him other than the name of the man who was injured at the same time as Locke's original injury: Anthony Cooper.

Later, Jack is at Anthony Cooper's nursing home, getting trouble with seeing Cooper. Helen shows up and tries to discourage Jack but ultimately lets him join her in visiting Cooper. Cooper's going to be no help to... more »

Getting Lost:S06E13: The Candidate

We open on a smiling Sideways Jack waking up Locke in the hospital. Jack breaks the news that he had to save John from his hit-and-run accident and he thinks John's a candidate for a new procedure they're developing--one that can fix Locke's paralysis. Locke refuses again and then Helen bursts in, kissing them both with her joy. Katey Segal is such a treat when she isn't manipulating motorcycle gangs. Jack later meets with Bernard for more info on Locke but doesn't get anything out of him other than the name of the man who was injured at the same time as Locke's original injury: Anthony Cooper.

Later, Jack is at Anthony Cooper's nursing home, getting trouble with seeing Cooper. Helen shows up and tries to discourage Jack but ultimately lets him join her in visiting Cooper. Cooper's going to be no help to Jack--the lights are on, but no one's home.

Meanwhile, Widmore wants to throw Sawyer and crew back in the bear cages. Widmore makes it clear he'd have no problem killing the non-candidate members if they don't all behave. So they all behave. Jin and Sun get a tender moment in before someone kills the power to the Hydra station. . .

Smokey, Sayid and Jack are apparently the only survivors left after the mortar attack and Smokey wants them to cross to Hydra and get the others, so much that he threatens to kill Jack if he won't help. Once on the island, Smokey goes all killing spree, as is tradition. Jack busts everyone out of their cell and they run off into the jungle, heading for the plane.

Smokey gets there first, kills a few more of Widmore's men and scary music starts playing while he starts to mess around with the overhead luggage bins. Then everyone arrives and they're all together again (all but Richard, Ben and Miles who apparently are much slower than everyone else on the island). Locke reveals his backpack, full of C4 he claims Widmore put on the plane to kill them all. Smokey suggests there may be more so they should go take the submarine instead. During the gunfight that ensues, Kate gets shot and everyone  but Claire and Smokelocke make it onto the sub before they take off. Jack's pissed off because he's on board; Claire's pissed because she's not. Smokey's happy because there's a backpack full of C4 on the sub and it's set to explode and kill all of the remaining candidates.

Jack doesn't want them to mess with the bomb, because Locke can't kill him. By his argument, the bomb won't go off. Unfortunately Sawyer doesn't trust him and tries to defuse the bomb. . .causing it to speed its countdown. Sayid tells Jack about Desmond and the well, "because it's going to be you Jack" and then grabs the bomb and runs to the back of the sub as it goes off in an attempt to save the others.

With explosions and the sub taking on water, lots of people are unconscious or injured. Sun is pinned behind some equipment. Hurley escapes with Kate. Lapidus is unconscious and presumed dead but he'll float to shore alive later. Sawyer gets knocked out and Jin sends Jack out with him. It's very clear on all of their faces that Sun's trapped and not getting out, and Jin is keeping his promise to never leave her again. And I'm crying. Sun begs him to go but he won't. The parent in me wants so hard to be mad that he'd leave their baby an orphan, but I just can't find that anger. Our emotional investment is in Jin and Sun and our heart is breaking as hard as it did with Juliet. Cue sad Lost music.

This transition to sideways land and Locke is the worst. No one wants to see Locke right now, especially a Locke we aren't supposed to hate. Jack comes clean about going to see Cooper. We learn that SW Locke is paralyzed because he crashed an airplane. They bond a little over dead dads.

And we're back on the island. Kate, Sawyer, Hurley and Jack are washing up on beach. Jack breaks the Jin and Sun news. Hurley's sobbing is really gut wrenching too. This is why I spoil Lapidus' survival. We need a little good news.

Locke reveals to Claire that the sub sank but not everyone died, so he storms off to finish what he started.

This is the second episode of the season where I really hate the producers for messing around with our emotions. The first is the season opener where we get to relive Juliet's death scene something like 50 times in the first ten minutes. And now, after so long apart, so long struggling to get back together again, Jin and Sun are killed.

My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)(S06E08: it is evil incarnate, trapped on the island)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David, Desmond,___

2014-08-21 16:38:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S06E12: The Last Recruit

After getting permission from Hurley, Jack goes for a little private conversation with Smokelocke. We learn what we've long suspected--that Smokelocke can only look like dead people, and he admits to pretending to be Christian in the past.

Widmore sends Zoe to Locke's group and has her declare war on Widmore's behalf, demanding the return of Desmond. Locke sends Sawyer and Kate to go pick up a boat, Sawyer makes plans with Jack to double cross Smokey. Locke also sends Sayid to kill Desmond. Desmond reminds Sayid of his fading humanity and talks him out of it.

When Sawyer's plan for the sane folks to defect from Smokelocke is about to take off, Claire tries to stop them at gunpoint. Kate talks Claire down, and onto the escape boat with the rest of them, even though she's still pretty crazy. Once they're... more »

Getting Lost: S06E12: The Last Recruit

After getting permission from Hurley, Jack goes for a little private conversation with Smokelocke. We learn what we've long suspected--that Smokelocke can only look like dead people, and he admits to pretending to be Christian in the past.

Widmore sends Zoe to Locke's group and has her declare war on Widmore's behalf, demanding the return of Desmond. Locke sends Sawyer and Kate to go pick up a boat, Sawyer makes plans with Jack to double cross Smokey. Locke also sends Sayid to kill Desmond. Desmond reminds Sayid of his fading humanity and talks him out of it.

When Sawyer's plan for the sane folks to defect from Smokelocke is about to take off, Claire tries to stop them at gunpoint. Kate talks Claire down, and onto the escape boat with the rest of them, even though she's still pretty crazy. Once they're crossing to Hydra Island, Jack starts expressing his worry that leaving is wrong. They were brought here for a reason, and if Smokey wants them to leave then leaving is wrong. Sawyer kicks him off the boat. At least it's a nice day for a swim.

Sawyer and crew make it to Hydra and I defy anyone not to cry when Sun and Jin are finally reunited. Among promises to never be apart again, they make lots of kissing and Sun remembers how to speak English. Widmore, however, decides to go back on his deal with Sawyer and they take everyone prisoner while launching rockets across the island at Locke and Jack.

Sideways Locke and Sun are arriving at the hospital simultaneously and Sun recognizes John. Sawyer's investigating Sun's shooting and chats up Kate a bit on her crimes. We also see Desmond running into Claire trying to discourage her from adopting out her baby. He introduces her to his lawyer friend, Ilana who, coincidentally, has been looking for Claire. A bit later, we see Sawyer and Miles arresting Sayid for what went down at the restaurant.

Back to Ilana and Claire, Jack shows up with David; they're all there now for the reading of Christian's will. Jack meets Claire for the first time, and discovers she's his half sister. He gets rescued by an emergency call from the hospital so he doesn't have to deal with all the complex emotions we've never seen Jack pull off prior to this. We see Jin and Sun recovering next so Jack is clearly being called in to deal with John Locke.


Smokelocke makes an interesting comment about Locke in this episode--that Locke wasn't a believer, he was a sucker, while Jack stands by the statement that Locke was the only one to ever believe. It comes to a discussion I find myself in with another viewer fairly often. They think that Lindleof and Cuse resort to faith as an answer every time they can't come up with a better answer to something, but as much as this show is steeped in belief, it's done nothing but punish the strongest believer from beginning to end. Is faith the answer? Why is John Locke so visited upon by bad happenings if so? It can't be as simple as having to test his faith, because he dies the moment Ben gives him faith anew. I think instead we're to understand that the spirituality within this show is important, and it really is, but that blind faith isn't enough if not tempered with reason.

Also, so good to finally see Sun and Jin reunited. It's hard to keep track of because they're together all the time in flashbacks and in sideways land, but they haven't been together in the main plot since Jin first got on Widmore's boat early in season 4.


My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)(S06E08: it is evil incarnate, trapped on the island)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David, Desmond,___

2014-08-20 19:48:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost:S06E11: Everybody Loves Hugo

We open on a montage of just how amazingly successful Sideways Hurley really is. And wow, it's such a juxtaposition from his life in the real world. His mom is out to get him a lady though, the one aspect of life he isn't rich in being love.

Island Hurley is at Libby's grave, talking to her. He's sad that her ghost never visits him. Instead, Michael's ghost shows up and tells Hurley he's there to stop him from getting everyone killed. He doesn't want them to blow up the plane. The big question here is whether it's really Michael's ghost or if it's Smokelocke in disguise? Jack interrupts before we can find much else out.

SW Hurley is waiting for his date and Libby comes along. She asks if he believes in soul mates, and then gets despondent when Hurley doesn't recognize her. Dr. Brooks... more »

Getting Lost:S06E11: Everybody Loves Hugo

We open on a montage of just how amazingly successful Sideways Hurley really is. And wow, it's such a juxtaposition from his life in the real world. His mom is out to get him a lady though, the one aspect of life he isn't rich in being love.

Island Hurley is at Libby's grave, talking to her. He's sad that her ghost never visits him. Instead, Michael's ghost shows up and tells Hurley he's there to stop him from getting everyone killed. He doesn't want them to blow up the plane. The big question here is whether it's really Michael's ghost or if it's Smokelocke in disguise? Jack interrupts before we can find much else out.

SW Hurley is waiting for his date and Libby comes along. She asks if he believes in soul mates, and then gets despondent when Hurley doesn't recognize her. Dr. Brooks takes her away (she's still in the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute).

Island Hurley starts an argument with Ilana over the dynamite, which then goes off--killing her. After grabbing  the bag of Jacob's ashes, Hurley declares they have to go to the Black Rock for dynamite after-all. No one questions his change of heart. No one sees him sneak ahead either and blow the Black Rock up so no one can use the dynamite.

Hurley says Jacob wants them all to go to Locke. Richard tries to be all confrontational about it and Hurley tells him to tow the line. A rift in the group occurs where Ben and Miles decide to leave with Richard to try and destroy the plane while Jack, Sun and Lapidus stay with Hurley and his decision to go talk to Locke.

En route they hear the whispers and Hurley goes off to confront them. We learn the island whispers are the spirits of the people who can't move on. Hurley gets Michael to show him the way to Locke. Michael's ghost wants Hurley to apologize to Libby if he ever gets the chance.

Sawyer and Kate are arguing with Smokelocke about his plan when Sayid comes back and requests a private audience, then taking Smokey to Desmond. While walking through the jungle together, Smokey and Desmond both see the ghost boy Jacob from a few episodes back, upsetting Smokey again. Smokey doesn't like how accepting and nonchalant Des is about everything so he throws him down a well.

SW Hurley is eating a bucket of his chicken and Desmond comes along to meet him. They chat a bit about Libby, who is still heavy on his mind. Desmond pressures him to seek her out. And so he does. He wants to know where she knows him from, and she shares her memories of life on the island. He still doesn't remember, but since she's in the hospital voluntarily he asks her on a date, which they later have on the beach. They kiss, finally, and all the memories flood back into him. SW Desmond looks on approvingly before driving off. He's found later stalking Locke, who he then decides to hit with his car.

Back on the island, Hurley enters Locke's camp and demands no one do anything to one another so that they can talk. Finally, the gang's all back together--well, minus Jin and Desmond.



My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)(S06E08: it is evil incarnate, trapped on the island)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David, Desmond,___

2014-08-20 19:05:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost:S06E10: Happily Ever After

We open on Widmore confessing to Desmond that he abducted Des from the hospital after his altercation with Ben on the pier in Season 5. They want to use him in conjunction with some giant electromagnet to do. . .something. Something that looks a little like a reenactment of Billy Joel's music video for "Pressure."

SW Desmond arrives from Sydney,and poor dead George Minkowski is his driver. The real shocker is SW Dexmond works for, and is friendly with, SW Charles Widmore. Widmore's son, a classical musician, is doing a charity show that involves Drive Shaft, and so Widmore's also on the hook for getting Charlie out of lock-up for his overdose on the plane earlier. This task falls on Desmond. SW Charlie decides he's going to be a pain in the ass for Des to babysit. SW Charlie waxes poetic on a vision he had of a... more »

Getting Lost:S06E10: Happily Ever After

We open on Widmore confessing to Desmond that he abducted Des from the hospital after his altercation with Ben on the pier in Season 5. They want to use him in conjunction with some giant electromagnet to do. . .something. Something that looks a little like a reenactment of Billy Joel's music video for "Pressure."

SW Desmond arrives from Sydney,and poor dead George Minkowski is his driver. The real shocker is SW Dexmond works for, and is friendly with, SW Charles Widmore. Widmore's son, a classical musician, is doing a charity show that involves Drive Shaft, and so Widmore's also on the hook for getting Charlie out of lock-up for his overdose on the plane earlier. This task falls on Desmond. SW Charlie decides he's going to be a pain in the ass for Des to babysit. SW Charlie waxes poetic on a vision he had of a beautiful blonde while he was overdosing on the plane: a woman he's reality-altering in love with--someone real, the truth. Charlie's constant is still Claire, even though he doesn't know her.

Someone real. The truth. As opposed to the sideways timeline.

SW Charlie decides to share this reality with Desmond by running their car into the ocean where they can have a (near) death experience and see. Charlie puts his hand on the glass of the car and Des flashes to the "Not Penny's Boat" scene from the finale of season three before saving them both. Later, an MRI awakens his memories of Island Desmond's life with Penny.

Another important Charlie line: "This doesn't matter. None of this matters. All that matters is that we felt it." Another foreshadowing of the end.

Later Des and SW Eloise meet up so he can break the news about losing Charlie for her son's concert. Her first sight of Des suggests she recognizes some sort of connection but she's otherwise cool. No worries over losing Charlie--what's happened, happened. She then gets fussy when Desmond wants to get nosy about the guest list; she seems to know that Desmond is looking for something and he needs to stop. He's not ready yet. Ready for what?

After that, he runs afoul of Daniel Faraday (Widmore here in SW land). He expresses falling in love with Charlotte (though he doesn't know her) at first sight. It caused him to learn quantum physics. He thinks this SW world isn't supposed to be their life. He also reveals this Penny person Desmond is now looking for is his half sister and sets him on the path to meet her.

When Desmond touches SW Penny's hand, he reawakens on the island. He's eager to help Widmore out with whatever the "something important" is that they're here on the island to do.

As Zoe and other Widmore goons are walking Desmond back to their hq, Sayid attacks and frees him.

We jump back to the sideways timeline where Penny is waking Desmond up from a fainting spell he had after shaking her hand. He asks her to coffee and she accepts. As he has Minkowski drive him off to the coffee shop, Des asks him to get him the passenger manifest from his Sydney flight. He needs to show them something.

I remember the first time watching this episode feeling excited that Desmond was now going to awaken everyone else and erase the sideways timeline--at the time I believed it was a rewrite of time caused by their setting off the bomb, and that this would reset them to what we were seeing unfold on the island. Hindsight being what it is, I now understand it is Desmond getting everyone together and awakening them from their self-imposed "lives" here in the waystation so that they can move on forward to the great hereafter together.

It's also really important to watch this episode as a companion to "The Constant." In that episode, we had Desmond jumping back and forth within his body's present and its past in order to set things right for everyone on the island. All he had to do was find his constant, that person who is his center of everything. And here we have almost the same thing: Desmond jumping back and forth between his body's present and its future in order to set things right for everyone on the island. All he has to do first is discover his constant again and everything gets set in motion.



My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)(S06E08: it is evil incarnate, trapped on the island)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David, Desmond,___

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Getting Lost: S06E09: The Package

SW Jin and Sun aren't married. Why then are they traveling together to the States on Mr. Paik's business? And why are we being shown this when we already know Jin ends up in a walk-in later as SWKeamy's prisoner? Meh. A little later we learn they are together, in secret.

Back on the island, Widmore's goons wait for Smokelocke to head off into the jungle, supposedly to lure Sun to them, and then they attack the beach, taking Jin prisoner.

Smokelocke comes upon Sun in her garden, asking her to join him, dangling Jin in front of her. She instead runs away from him but spends so much time looking behind her as she runs that she plows into a tree. Ben finds her unconscious at the tree, with no indication as to why Smokelocke left her there. Hitting her head has caused her to forget how to speak, but not understand, English.... more »

Getting Lost: S06E09: The Package

SW Jin and Sun aren't married. Why then are they traveling together to the States on Mr. Paik's business? And why are we being shown this when we already know Jin ends up in a walk-in later as SWKeamy's prisoner? Meh. A little later we learn they are together, in secret.

Back on the island, Widmore's goons wait for Smokelocke to head off into the jungle, supposedly to lure Sun to them, and then they attack the beach, taking Jin prisoner.

Smokelocke comes upon Sun in her garden, asking her to join him, dangling Jin in front of her. She instead runs away from him but spends so much time looking behind her as she runs that she plows into a tree. Ben finds her unconscious at the tree, with no indication as to why Smokelocke left her there. Hitting her head has caused her to forget how to speak, but not understand, English. Richard and Hurley then return and tell everyone to get their bags packed. Richard wants to destroy the plane but Sun's not having any of that.

Jack has the bright idea of having Sun write down what she wants to say, and sure enough she can still write English as well. This culminates in him promising to her that he will get her and Jin on that plane and off the island.

Smokelocke returns to his camp and the discovery of their attack and subsequent loss of Jin. We find Jin in the clutches of Widmore's people, leading to his demanding an audience with the man. Smokelocke has a chat with Claire insinuating she can kill Kate if she likes after he uses Kate to lure Jack, Sun and Hurley to their side. We also learn that he's sent Sayid over to Hydra Island to take care of whatever secret weapon Widmore brought along. More on that later.

Meanwhile SW Sun wants Jin to run away with her but their plotting is interrupted by Keamy. Keamy wants his money but can't understand Korean so he gets SW Mikhail to translate. Mikhail will take Sun to the bank for the money and meet the rest of them at the restaurant. Sun discovers her father closed out her account and then we see Keamy and Jin at the restaurant where Keamy reveals the $25K is for killing Jin for sleeping with Sun.

We then catch up with Sayid's sideways story, where Sayid now frees Jin from his capture in the restaurant before leaving Jin there alone. Sun and Mikhail arrive. There's a fight, Jin wins but Sun is wounded. As he carries her off, she reveals to him her pregnancy as well.

On the island Widmore gives Jin a camera he found in Sun's luggage. It's filled with pictures of Sun and their daughter. He then reveals to Jin that Smokelocke can't leave the island and he's here to stop that. He's going to stop it with his package: Desmond!

If not for being a really nice character episode, this one really functions as little more than filler, which is a bummer given the shortened final season.





My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)(S06E08: it is evil incarnate, trapped on the island)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David, Desmond,___

2014-08-19 18:39:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost:S06E08: Ab Aeterno

We open on a flashback of Jacob visiting Ilana in some hospital, enlisting her to protect his six remaining candidates. Once she has them, she's supposed to ask Ricardus what to do next. Except Richard doesn't know what to do next, or at least so he thinks. Richard loses his cool, declares they're not on an island--they're all dead and in Hell. Then he storms off. Hurley starts talking in Spanish to some unseen ghost while Ben starts talking about how Richard has never aged. Leading to. . .extreme flashback.

Richard is riding a horse, dressed in clothes from a couple hundred years back. His wife Isabella is dying and needs a doctor, so he's going to go riding out for one, begrudgingly taking her gold necklace and cross to use as payment. The doctor is unimpressed with how little Richard has to pay and refuses. They have a... more »

Getting Lost:S06E08: Ab Aeterno

We open on a flashback of Jacob visiting Ilana in some hospital, enlisting her to protect his six remaining candidates. Once she has them, she's supposed to ask Ricardus what to do next. Except Richard doesn't know what to do next, or at least so he thinks. Richard loses his cool, declares they're not on an island--they're all dead and in Hell. Then he storms off. Hurley starts talking in Spanish to some unseen ghost while Ben starts talking about how Richard has never aged. Leading to. . .extreme flashback.

Richard is riding a horse, dressed in clothes from a couple hundred years back. His wife Isabella is dying and needs a doctor, so he's going to go riding out for one, begrudgingly taking her gold necklace and cross to use as payment. The doctor is unimpressed with how little Richard has to pay and refuses. They have a scuffle and the doctor hits his head, dying. Richard steals medicine and rides back to Isabella, arriving too late. She's dead and the authorities chow up to place him in a cell somewhere.

On the day he is to be hanged, Richard is sold into slavery. We now see him on the most undercrowded slave ship in all of history, as he is only being transported with 2-3 others. Their ship, The Black Rock, doesn't make it to the New World. Instead it crashes deep inland on our island, as we already know. The surviving ship's mate begins running through slaves with his sword, killing all but Richard before Smokey shows up and starts killing the crew. It leaves Richard alive, still enchained.

Days pass and Smokey pretends to be Isabella, telling Richard they're dead and in Hell (sound familiar) before pretending to have Smokey kill her in front of him. After that, Smokey comes to him in his original form (the man in black we met in previous seasons) to give Richard water and reassure him he's in Hell. He secured Richard's promise to help him get freedom in return for freeing Richard as well and informing him he'll have to kill the Devil.

We also learn that the giant statue is broken because of the ship, which smashed through it on its way inland. Smokey gives Richard directions to Jacob's beach house and proffers a dagger that Richard needs to use to kill "the Devil" in order to get his wife. We learn that Jacob is somehow responsible for Smokey's lack of body and that Smokey and Jacob have been engaged in this struggle for hundreds of years now.

Dagger in hand, Richard goes to the statue and gets his ass handed to him by Jacob. Jacob then near-drowns Richard in order to prove he isn't dead and instead recruits him to his side. Using a wine bottle, Jacob explains that the wine inside is a metaphor for Hell, evil, darkness, malevolence, etc. The cork keeps the darkness contained, unable to spread. The cork is the island. The island keeps evil on Earth in check.

He offers Richard a job as his intermediary. They settle on immortality as Richard's payment for this service and Jacob lays his hand on Richard's shoulder. When Richard goes to Smokey to tell him he took Jacob's offer instead, Smokey lets him know the offer to work his side will remain forever open, and gives Richard his wife's golden necklace.

Back in the present, Richard goes to where he buried his wife's necklace and retrieves it, declaring he's changed his mind. Hurley's the one who shows up to talk with him instead of Smokey. Isabella sent him to talk to Richard. Hurley plays medium to their reunion. Her parting message to Richard is that he has to stop the man in black from leaving the island or we all will be in Hell.

Go back to the conversation about the wine bottle and the wine--it's important. It's the answer everyone always wanted to have over "what is the island?" It's not the answer everyone wanted to hear, but it is the answer nonetheless. The island is the bulwark against evil overrunning life as we know it, and the Man in Black, the smoke monster is the embodiment of that evil. At the same time, this episode addresses one o the common theories about the island: that it is the afterlife and they are all dead. It even lets a couple figures assert as much before refuting it during Jacob's scene with Ricardus in the surf. The big mystery of what the island is is solved. Now we have the remainder of the series to stop the Man in Black from letting the darkness win.


My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)(S06E08: it is evil incarnate, trapped on the island)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David, Desmond,___

2014-08-17 00:02:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost:S06E07:Recon

It's a Sawyer-centric episode which means we get a lot of shirtless Sawyer. We meet SW Sawyer in his usual hotel room with a pretty lady con set-up, only to learn he's really a cop and this is a sting. SW Miles is his partner. Surprise.

Looking at the possible redemptive angles for some of the people in the sideways timeline, it's both entertaining and far too obvious that Miles and Sawyer would be making up for their con artist lives by becoming lawmen. He also spends his spare time trying to track down Anthony Cooper aka the original Sawyer.

Miles sets Sawyer up on a blind date with Charlotte (SW Charlotte works at "the museum" with SW Dr. Chang). He suaves her back to the bedroom and Sawyer is clearly the most sexed character in the entire series. She sees his "Sawyer file" while looking for a t-shirt and... more »

Getting Lost:S06E07:Recon

It's a Sawyer-centric episode which means we get a lot of shirtless Sawyer. We meet SW Sawyer in his usual hotel room with a pretty lady con set-up, only to learn he's really a cop and this is a sting. SW Miles is his partner. Surprise.

Looking at the possible redemptive angles for some of the people in the sideways timeline, it's both entertaining and far too obvious that Miles and Sawyer would be making up for their con artist lives by becoming lawmen. He also spends his spare time trying to track down Anthony Cooper aka the original Sawyer.

Miles sets Sawyer up on a blind date with Charlotte (SW Charlotte works at "the museum" with SW Dr. Chang). He suaves her back to the bedroom and Sawyer is clearly the most sexed character in the entire series. She sees his "Sawyer file" while looking for a t-shirt and the rest of their date does not go well.

Smokelocke takes his group on exodus to the beach facing Hydra Island and sends Sawyer across alone to do recon. Sawyer's first stop? The bear cages where he gets to do some serious Kate reminiscing. Then it's off to the Ajira crash site and a trail leading off into the jungle to a pile of fresh corpses. Sawyer sees a woman running and tackles her. Is she a survivor, or one of the people who killed the remaining Ajira survivors? Whichever's the case, Sawyer seems to fall for her story.

He reveals he's on to her lies in time for her to turn the tables and have some men with guns come take him prisoner. She's with Widmore's submarine.

Meanwhile, Claire tries to murder Kate for taking Aaron, but Smokey puts a stop to it while Sayid looks on and does nothing. A little later, Smokey apologizes to Kate for Claire's behavior because he feels his telling Claire had the Others is what caused her anger to get focused on Kate when the truth came out. Smokey gives us some origin story. . .apparently his mother was an insane person and that insanity caused him problems he's still working through to this day. He's telling her this because now Aaron has a crazy mother too. Crazy mom eventually comes to Kate crying and apologetic, and thankful for her taking care of Aaron.

Everyone in the sideways world eats too many microwavable tv dinners. Clearly this is a sign the place isn't a good place to be. Sawyer watches a tv show that discusses such meaty topics as how death isn't the end and a few other bits. . .all foreshadowing the finale.

Island Sawyer meets Widmore face-to-face. They measure dicks a bit before Sawyer offers to lead Smokey back across the island into an ambush in return for safe passage off the island. Sawyer then returns to Smokey and tells Smokey about Widmore and the sub. And of their plan to catch Smokey by surprise. Sawyer's only allegiance is to getting off the island.

Reunited with Kate, he reveals he wants to play Smokey and Widmore against each other and steal the sub during the confusion.



My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron? (S06E07: She never abandoned him. She was lied to by Smokelocke into believing the Others had taken him away from her.)
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David___

2014-08-16 23:14:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost:S06E06: Dr. Linus

SW Ben is a high school history teacher. His boss, the principal, is a tool. Ben also works with old explodey Arzt. They complain about he principal and substitute Locke suggests Ben take over the job.

On the island Ilana interrogates Ben on Jacob's death, then hands his ashes to Miles and asks for the truth. Miles tells the truth and rats out Ben. Whenever the world unravels around Ben I always feel a tiny tug of remorse for him. He's such a tragic character, not ever the hero, not really the villain. The constant pawn playing at king.

We learn that the island and the Dharma Initiative existed in the sideways world, as Ben's aging and ailing dad has regrets over how it didn't work out. We also learn that Alex is one of Ben's star pupils. Everybody lives in L.A.

Back on the island Ilana breaks the candidacy... more »

Getting Lost:S06E06: Dr. Linus

SW Ben is a high school history teacher. His boss, the principal, is a tool. Ben also works with old explodey Arzt. They complain about he principal and substitute Locke suggests Ben take over the job.

On the island Ilana interrogates Ben on Jacob's death, then hands his ashes to Miles and asks for the truth. Miles tells the truth and rats out Ben. Whenever the world unravels around Ben I always feel a tiny tug of remorse for him. He's such a tragic character, not ever the hero, not really the villain. The constant pawn playing at king.

We learn that the island and the Dharma Initiative existed in the sideways world, as Ben's aging and ailing dad has regrets over how it didn't work out. We also learn that Alex is one of Ben's star pupils. Everybody lives in L.A.

Back on the island Ilana breaks the candidacy news to Sun as her reason for why she needs to protect her, find Jin, etc. Lost in the jungle, Hurley and Jack run into Richard on the way to the temple. Ilana chains Ben to a tree and tells him to start digging his own grave.

SW Alex confides in Ben that she needs a letter of recommendation from the principal to have any chance of getting into Yale, and laments that he's a pervert: she caught him and the school nurse having sex. Ben starts plotting as he continues to tutor her for her AP Exam.

Richard leads Hurley and Jack to the Black Rock, confessing he lied about taking them to the temple because everyone at the temple is dead. He also finds out Hurley is talking to Jacob and tells Hurley to stop believing him. Richard then stomps off, declaring he wants to die. More emo in Lost this season.

On the Black Rock, Richard grabs the dynamite and complains that he can't kill himself because Jacob touched him. He wants Jack to kill him. Richard feels his life had no purpose. Jack lights the fuse and sits down with him, deciding it's time to talk. Jack declares they won't blow up because if Jacob brought them there for a reason, that reason would save them. While I love looking at Richard, boy did I hope that dynamite would go off. Instead, Jack converts Richard back to the cause.

Meanwhile Smokelocke shows up to visit grave digging Ben. Smokey shares his plan to leave with Ben and offers Ben the job of island caretaker when they leave. He busts Ben free and lets him know where a rifle is hidden--goading Ben to try and kill Ilana. He makes a break for it and she gives chase.

SW Ben confronts principal Reynolds with his infidelity and extorts him, demanding he retire and put forth Ben as his replacement. He counters with a threat against Alex's Yale recommendation. Ben can get the job and torch Alex's future, or he can ensure she gets the recommendation and sucks it up with Reynolds remaining in charge. Wouldn't smart Ben agree to Reynolds' offer and then re-extort him after the recommendation goes out? That's what I would expect. SW Ben does right by Alex.

Island Ben gets to the rifle and turns it on Ilana so he can talk. He explains his anger, fear, confusion over losing Alex in favor of the island and Jacob's not caring. He's sorry and can never forgive himself. He asks Ilana to let him leave so he can go to Locke because he's the only one who will have him. She says she'll have him instead and walks away. Dumbfounded, Ben follows.


Our ending montage has Miles marvelling over Nicky and Paolo's diamonds, Ben helping Sun build shelter, Ilana crying over her bag of Jacob dust, and Hurley, Richard, and Ben rejoining them. And then we cut to a submarine arriving. . .a submarine captained by Charles Widmore.


My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David___

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2014-08-16 21:46:56 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Sarah Stumpf and I join the round table discussion on bisexual representation in media on this week's 2-part The BiCast:
http://www.thebicast.org/podcast/round-table-07-wwbd-with-sarah-and-evan-of-bisexual-books-part-01/
Part 2:
http://www.thebicast.org/podcast/round-table-07-wwbd-with-sarah-and-evan-of-bisexual-books-part-02/

Sarah Stumpf and I join the round table discussion on bisexual representation in media on this week's 2-part The BiCast:
http://www.thebicast.org/podcast/round-table-07-wwbd-with-sarah-and-evan-of-bisexual-books-part-01/
Part 2:
http://www.thebicast.org/podcast/round-table-07-wwbd-with-sarah-and-evan-of-bisexual-books-part-02/___

2014-08-16 20:19:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost:S06E05:Sundown

SW Sayid goes to visit Nadia, who is married to Sayid's brother Omar and has a few kids. Two episodes in a row suggesting the Sideways world is messed up--Nadia is not with Sayid. Later Omar reveals he borrowed money from a criminal who demands Omar keep paying money for as long as he lives and he asks Sayid to step in and work his torturer magic--for Nadia's sake.

Island Sayid wants answers. He's told every man has a scale balancing good and evil, and Sayid's scale is draining good. He and Dogen have a fight, ending in him telling Sayid to go and never come back.

Outside the temple, Smokelocke promises he will reunite Claire with Aaron before sending her off to the temple to deliver a message: join him or die. The Others take Claire prisoner and throw her in the hole. Sayis gets unbanished and asked to kill Smokelocke with... more »

Getting Lost:S06E05:Sundown

SW Sayid goes to visit Nadia, who is married to Sayid's brother Omar and has a few kids. Two episodes in a row suggesting the Sideways world is messed up--Nadia is not with Sayid. Later Omar reveals he borrowed money from a criminal who demands Omar keep paying money for as long as he lives and he asks Sayid to step in and work his torturer magic--for Nadia's sake.

Island Sayid wants answers. He's told every man has a scale balancing good and evil, and Sayid's scale is draining good. He and Dogen have a fight, ending in him telling Sayid to go and never come back.

Outside the temple, Smokelocke promises he will reunite Claire with Aaron before sending her off to the temple to deliver a message: join him or die. The Others take Claire prisoner and throw her in the hole. Sayis gets unbanished and asked to kill Smokelocke with a special dagger.

Sayid heads off on his mission as Kate returns to the temple. When Sayid sees Smokelocke he doesn't hesitate to get stabby, but it has no effect. Smokelocke tries to convince Sayid that Dogen sent him here to have Smokey kill Sayid, and offers to give Sayid anything he wants in the entire world. He even suggests Sayid can see Nadia again.

SW Nadia wants to know why Sayid pushed her on Omar instead of marrying her himself. It's a penance thing for his time in the Republican Guard and he doesn't deserve her.

Sayid returns to the temple with Smokey's message: Jacob is dead. Join Smokey by sundown or die. Kate finds Claire and reveals her raising of Aaron and her motivation for returning to the island to bring Claire back to Aaron.

Back to SW Sayid, he gets grabbed by Omar's moneylenders and is brought before SW Keamy. If we get to see him die a second time that would be great. There's a gunfight and Keamy's goons get dead. As does Keamy. Sayid then hears someone kicking around in the walk-in freezer and finds a tied up SW "no English" Jin.

Our Sayid returns to Dogen and wants to know why he keeps trying to have Sayid killed instead of doing it himself. We learn Dogen's back story of killing his 12 year old son in a DUI car accident before Jacob came to him and offered to save the son in return for Dogen coming to the island and never seeing his son again. Obviously he took the job. And then it is sundown and Sayid drowns him in the pool. Dogen's second comes in and whines about how Dogen was the only thing keeping Smokey out of the temple and Sayid ruined that; Sayid kills him too. And then Smokey attacks the temple.

Ilana, Ben, Lapidus and Sun show up to rescue our Losties (which ends up just being Miles). Ben finds Sayid and says there's a way out, there's still time. Creepy eyes Sayid says "Not for me" and it makes Ben back down. Kate survives by staying close to Claire. The two of them and Sayid join Smokelocke and the Others who decided to defect outside the temple.







My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SW David___

2014-08-16 19:35:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost:S06E04: Lighthouse

Signs the Sideways timeline isn't reality: Jack has happy pictures of himself with his dad. Jack has pictures with his dad. Signs SW Jack is as broken on the inside as we're used to: he's divorced and has a son who pretty much hates him. I think this son, David, exists purely as a tool for Jack to work out his own issues around his father. If he can be a bad father who is trying to be a good father, he can come to understand Christian. Will mom be Sarah? She definitely won't be Kate.

It turns out David is also a musical prodigy--something for Jack to be silently proud of. Something Jack's excellent parenting skills were never aware of.

Meanwhile ghost Jacob enlists Hurley for a task--someone is coming to the island and Hurley has to help them get there, and he has to bring Jack with him. Jacob reveals to Hurley that... more »

Getting Lost:S06E04: Lighthouse

Signs the Sideways timeline isn't reality: Jack has happy pictures of himself with his dad. Jack has pictures with his dad. Signs SW Jack is as broken on the inside as we're used to: he's divorced and has a son who pretty much hates him. I think this son, David, exists purely as a tool for Jack to work out his own issues around his father. If he can be a bad father who is trying to be a good father, he can come to understand Christian. Will mom be Sarah? She definitely won't be Kate.

It turns out David is also a musical prodigy--something for Jack to be silently proud of. Something Jack's excellent parenting skills were never aware of.

Meanwhile ghost Jacob enlists Hurley for a task--someone is coming to the island and Hurley has to help them get there, and he has to bring Jack with him. Jacob reveals to Hurley that he's a candidate without explaining what that means and while he and Jack are on their errand they cross paths with Kate. Kate's on her own mission to find Claire.

And Claire Rousseau still has Jin and captured Other with her. Back at her hiding place Jin finds out she's been keeping a crib with a baby effigy of furs all this time. She reveals her belief that the Others have Aaron--because her father and her 'friend' told her so. Jin breaks the news to her that Kate took him off the island.

Hurley and Jack make a brief visit to their old caves so we can be reminded of the Adam and Eve skeletons before they finally explain them in a couple episodes. They talk of their motivations for coming back to he island (Jacob told Hurley to and Jack was broken and thought the island could fix him) as they come upon an ancient lighthouse.

While Hurley is setting the lighthouse mirror to 108 degrees, Jack starts to see far away images reflected in it. We also see that the numbers and their partnered names are here as well. Jack turns the mirror to his number: 23 and sees his home reflected. Jack has a Jack tantrum and shatters the mirror, demanding to know what Jacob wants. I guess the people who need help getting to the island will have to get help elsewhere.

Jacob shows up later to explain he needed Jack to see the mirror so he could see that he is important. He also needed Hurley and Jack away from the temple because something bad was going there and he wanted them safe and away.

We end on Jin recanting the whole "Kate has Aaron" spiel to Claire Rousseau. Smokelocke then shows up and Claire tells Jin he isn't John--he's her friend.

As of this episode there are only five unanswered questions! Well, and the big "what is the island?" question I've conspicuously not included in the series. That will be answered too.


My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday, SWDavid___

2014-08-16 03:33:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S06E03: The Substitute

Sideways Locke has a series of comedic unfortunate events. He also has Helen as a fiance again and I have to say he's probably better off here than he is as Dead Island Locke. Helen finds the business card SWJack gave SWLocke and pressures him to follow through on Jack's offer for a free consult.

It also turns out SWLocke went to Australia via misappropriation of his box company's funds. So he's totally fired.

SmokeLocke starts talking "Candidates" to Richard, which has Richard confused (Jacob never talked to him about candidates). Smokelocke then sees a little boy ghost with bloody hands in the jungle and it jars him. He ditches Richard, for now, to head back to Dharma Compound and try to recruit Sawyer. He convinces Sawyer to come with him so he can prove that he knows why Sawyer is on the island in the... more »

Getting Lost: S06E03: The Substitute

Sideways Locke has a series of comedic unfortunate events. He also has Helen as a fiance again and I have to say he's probably better off here than he is as Dead Island Locke. Helen finds the business card SWJack gave SWLocke and pressures him to follow through on Jack's offer for a free consult.

It also turns out SWLocke went to Australia via misappropriation of his box company's funds. So he's totally fired.

SmokeLocke starts talking "Candidates" to Richard, which has Richard confused (Jacob never talked to him about candidates). Smokelocke then sees a little boy ghost with bloody hands in the jungle and it jars him. He ditches Richard, for now, to head back to Dharma Compound and try to recruit Sawyer. He convinces Sawyer to come with him so he can prove that he knows why Sawyer is on the island in the first place.

Ben and Ilana don't really say anything important to each other but she fills up a pouch with a few handfuls of Jacob's magic ashes. A scene later they go to lead all the other Ajira survivors to the Temple but Sun demands they bury Locke first.

They haul Locke off to their graveyard and bury him (I hope next to Nicky and Paolo). Ben eulogizes Locke as a believer, a man of faith, a much better man than he'll ever be, and he's sorry he murdered him. Lapidus groans about how weird the funeral is and as the voice of the viewer that he is, we can relate.

Back to Sawyer and Smokelocke, ghost boy shows up again, but Sawyer sees him too. Smokey gives the boy chase and the boy reminds him of the rules: "you can't kill him." Doing his best Locke impression he angrily whines about not telling him what he can do. While they're dealing with each other, Richard tries to lead Sawyer away. Richard reveals Smokey wants everyone dead, but then he takes off as Smokey comes back.

SW Locke meets SW Hurley in the parking lot and discovers SWHurley is his business' owner. SW Hurley also owns a temp agency and sends Locke there with instructions to tell them that "Hugo send to hook you up." SW Rose is the manager at the temp agency and she lays some reality on Locke, finally getting him to stop trying to do jobs he can't do and to accept his current capabilities and work with them to their best ability. I always wonder how the show would have progressed if the original plan to kill Jack in the pilot and have Rose be the leader had been followed through.

Smokey waxes nostalgic at Sawyer about how he's trapped and just wants to get away. He knows all the same joys and desires Sawyer and other people knows, and misses them. Poor emo Smokelocke.

SW Locke breaks news of his unemployment to Helen, and why. Locke preaches on how he needs to give up on miracles and Helen saves him from that thought line. Locke has to stay a believer. He also ends up a substitute teacher.

Smokey leads Sawyer down a rickety old ladder into a cave along one of the cliffs at the island's shore. The ladder breaks and Sawyer almost dies but Smokey actually saves him. Inside the cave are a scale with a white rock and a black rock in complete balance--until Smokey throws the white rock out to sea. Smokey lights a torch and leads Sawyer deeper in to show him a cave wall where last names have all been written down with numbers by them. Most have been crossed out. Except Reyes 8, Ford 15, Jarrah 16, Shepherd 23, Kwon 42 (Locke is number 4 and is crossed out). Anyone with a hankering to see a complete break down of numbered candidates can follow this link: http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Candidates Smokey explains that they were written by Jacob, naming them as candidates for taking over Jacob's job as protector of the island. Smokey pitches the idea that they buck fate by getting everyone to leave the island together. Sawyer's in.







My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)(S06E03: they correspond with the names of six of Jacob's candidates for taking over his job, specifically Locke, Reyes, Ford, Shephard, Jarrah, and Kwon).
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)(S06E03: his list are the candidates he is looking at to take over his job as immortal protector of the island)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates? (As of S06E03 the remaining candidates are Sawyer, Hurley, Jack, Sayid and either Jin or Sun or both. They are the people Jacob has selected as his possible replacements)

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



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Getting Lost:S06E02:What Kate Does

Sawyer is upset Sayid gets brought back to life when "better people" don't get the same outcome. He then expresses a desire to run from the Temple and we jump Sideways to Kate and Claire's armed cab escape. It's a pointless jump that brings us back to Sayid and crew at the Temple. The Others fight with Jack over them wanting to talk to Sayis alone and while that's going on, Sawyer pulls a gun and defects from the Temple. Kate promises to track him down and retrieve him. Jin and an other two Others go with her.

Fugitive Kate escapes with Claire's bag, convinces a grease monkey to bust her out of her cuffs and has a sad when she goes through all the baby stuff in Claire's bag.

At the Temple, Japanese guy has Sayid strapped down and connected to some probes so they can reenact the scene between the... more »

Getting Lost:S06E02:What Kate Does

Sawyer is upset Sayid gets brought back to life when "better people" don't get the same outcome. He then expresses a desire to run from the Temple and we jump Sideways to Kate and Claire's armed cab escape. It's a pointless jump that brings us back to Sayid and crew at the Temple. The Others fight with Jack over them wanting to talk to Sayis alone and while that's going on, Sawyer pulls a gun and defects from the Temple. Kate promises to track him down and retrieve him. Jin and an other two Others go with her.

Fugitive Kate escapes with Claire's bag, convinces a grease monkey to bust her out of her cuffs and has a sad when she goes through all the baby stuff in Claire's bag.

At the Temple, Japanese guy has Sayid strapped down and connected to some probes so they can reenact the scene between the Count and Wesley at the Pit of Despair. They tell him he passed their secret test, a lie.

Kate returns to Claire with her stolen cab and picks her up, trying to make amends. It seems the family set to adopt future baby Aaron didn't show at the airport.

Island Kate encounters a trap and sets it off on her Other companions so she and Jin can escape them but he doesn't like her plan and goes back for the Others without her. Back at the Temple, Sayid tells Jack about his torture and Jack storms off to confront the leader. They were waiting for him and tell Jack that Sayid is sick, "infected" and needs to take a pill they've just concocted. Sideways Claire learns her baby isn't being adopted after-all and then we return to Island Kate back at the Others' old town where she finds Sawyer digging up the floor paneling in the house he shared with Juliet..

Sideways Claire is in labor and Kate's got her to the hospital, where they find her doctor there will be Ethan. Claire names him Aaron, which causes an odd look on Kate's face. Ethan, meanwhile, is going to drug Claire so she goes out of premature labor.

Back on the island, Kate reveals to Sawyer that the reason she came back was to find Claire and reunite her with Aaron, hoping Sawyer would help her. They take turns blaming themselves for Juliet's death. He was going to ask Juliet to marry him, but apparently some of them are meant to be alone. He isn't going to help Kate with her quest right now either.

At the Temple, Jack and the leader have another talk. We learn his name is Dogen and that Jack didn't give Sayid the pill. Jack tries to take the pill and Dogen kicks his butt, finally coming clean that it's poison. Dogen finally reveals there is a darkness growing in Sayid and once it reaches his heart, everything that he once was will be gone. Just like what happened to Jack's sister. Bum dum dum!

While the Others fight over whether it's ok to kill Jin or whether he's "one of them" Jin steps in a bear trap and then Claire shows up and shoots the Others. She looks very Rousseau.


My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates?

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday,___

2014-07-06 02:17:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost:S06E01: LAX

"Previously on Lost" makes me cry, and then the bomb goes off. And then flight 815 undergoes a little turbulence, we revisit Jack's conversation with Rose from the Pilot. Then the turbulence that precedes the crash. . .and then doesn't crash. And then Desmond is on the plane? But that's new! Desmond was never on the plane. It gives Jack a strange case of deja vu and then the camera pans out to the ocean where, buried deep beneath the sea, resides the island.

This is where everyone who's been watching this show religiously let out a simultaneous "what the actual fuck?" And then because the show likes torturing me, it shows us Juliet's death again before bomb flashing a reveal of Kate stuck up a tree. Her ears are ringing, and so our ears are made to ring too. Thanks for that effect, producers.

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Getting Lost:S06E01: LAX

"Previously on Lost" makes me cry, and then the bomb goes off. And then flight 815 undergoes a little turbulence, we revisit Jack's conversation with Rose from the Pilot. Then the turbulence that precedes the crash. . .and then doesn't crash. And then Desmond is on the plane? But that's new! Desmond was never on the plane. It gives Jack a strange case of deja vu and then the camera pans out to the ocean where, buried deep beneath the sea, resides the island.

This is where everyone who's been watching this show religiously let out a simultaneous "what the actual fuck?" And then because the show likes torturing me, it shows us Juliet's death again before bomb flashing a reveal of Kate stuck up a tree. Her ears are ringing, and so our ears are made to ring too. Thanks for that effect, producers.

I like to imagine a parallel world where Rose and Bernard stay on the island forever as new versions of Richard.

So right away, we're given two end results from the bomb: a world where the plane never crashed, and the original world where it did and the 1970s survivors have been transported back to the present. As a long time X-Men fan, I immediately bought in to the concept of the bomb creating an alternate timeline where the plane never crashed, without changing the original timeline. We, and most everyone else, got to calling that new timeline the Sideways Timeline. While we will all eventually be wrong, I'll still be using that name. Back to the island:
Sawyer gives Jack a very deserved punch to the face over his failure and Juliet's death.

Back on the plane in Sideways Timeline, we get Jack meeting handcuffed Kate, an appearance by long-dead Arnzt and a lecture from Sawyer to Hurley about not admitting he's won the lottery--but Hurley shrugs it off because nothing bad ever happens to him: he's the luckiest guy alive. Another inconsistency with the Sideways world.

On the island, Sayid is still shot and needs medical attention. Kate can hear a weakened Juliet calling for help from deep within the Swan Hatch wreckage. Oh Lost how you toy with me right now. And then Hurley is visited by Jacob's ghost.

After a brief visit with Sideways Boone and Locke (no Shannon!), we get to the island and Smokelocke demanding a shellshocked Ben go out and bring Richard back to him. Only, outside Richard throws Ben at real John's dead feet and everyone outside is in crisis mode over what might be going on with Jacob inside.

Back where no one is bothering to help Sayid, the others continue to dig for Juliet, and Hurley follows Jacob-ghost through the jungle. Ghost Jacob demands Hurley take Sayid and the others to the Temple. Only there will Sayid be saved and everyone safe. He's to bring the guitar case too.

Back on the plane, Sideways Charlie has overdosed in the bathroom and Jack fails basic CPR by trying to give him air before checking for obstructions in his airway. They then dislodge a baggy of heroin and Charlie's going to have the police waiting for him when they land.

The island crew break through to Juliet who dies, again, in Sawyer's arms (Seriously, damn you guys). Juliet dies realizing the bomb failed, sharing that she had set the bomb off herself and it failed. They promise to go home together but that's not gonna happen. Meanwhile, Jack pronounces Sayid unsave-able and Hurley demands they head for the Temple. Sawyer finishes digging Juliet up, and she expires suggesting they get coffee sometime and asking for a kiss. They can go Dutch.

Back at Jacob's beach, Jacob's Ajira Commandoes grab Ben and drag him off with them to confront Smokelocke. They attack Smokelocke and Smokelocke turns into full-on Smokey and kills them, sparing Ben and outing himself in the process.

And then a slow montage of the plane arriving in LAX. We follow that with Jack being paged and told his dad's coffin was never put on the plane, and they aren't sure where it is.

And then, back to the island. The survivors head for the Temple and the people already there bring them in at gunpoint. The temple itself looks somewhat Aztec. The Others at the Temple are lead by a guy who refuses to speak anything but Japanese who orders their death. Claims they were sent by Jacob, and that Jacob gave Hurley the guitar case. Inside that is a hollow ankh with their names (presumably) written upon a sheet of paper within.

Jumping all over the place some more, Sideways Kate escapes from her USMarshall and meets Sawyer in an elevator. He notices her hand cuffs. Inside the Temple, the Others drown Sayid in some fountain in order to save him, apparently killing him. Fugitive Kate hijacks a cab, Claire's cab.

Hurley gets a private audience with Japanese guy and his translator, and reveals he knows Japanese guy understands English before breaking the news to them of Jacob's death. The Others go into big time crisis mode and launch some fireworks.

Sideways Jack meets Locke and have a long conversation about things lost. Jack tells Locke to come see him sometime so he can et Locke walking again.

Back on the island, Smokelocke beats Richard unconscious and strolls off with him. At the Temple Jack decides to have a scuffle with some Others and then Sayid wakes up. Boom.

So, it's going to be seriously hard not to just talk about what the Sideways reality really is, and maintain its mystery until the finale, but I'll try. For now, let's examine what we know: it seems to be a world where they didn't crash, and yet things are still not right in very big ways: Hurley is happy and lucky, Desmond was on the plane, Boone is sans Shannon, etc. Where will it go from here? And will it ruin my day with anymore Juliet death scenes?



My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)(S06E01:Ben reveals Smokey can't kill certain people himself and has to get others to do it for him)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates?

Season Six
1. The Sideways Timeline: Explain.



Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday,___

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2014-07-04 07:52:39 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Hey! Remember how I write bisexual book reviews? Here's my latest for those in dire need of some lesbian Dickens.

Hey! Remember how I write bisexual book reviews? Here's my latest for those in dire need of some lesbian Dickens.___

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2014-06-17 17:32:38 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Apparently FB are pulling down this meme, as no one uses G+ it won't matter me posting it here, and seeing if it goes viral.

#goviral  

Apparently FB are pulling down this meme, as no one uses G+ it won't matter me posting it here, and seeing if it goes viral.

#goviral  ___

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2014-06-13 01:08:50 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Photo dump from the last few months

Photo dump from the last few months___

2014-05-26 05:41:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: Season Five Reflections

As always, if you want to back-track through the previous "Reflections" posts, you can start your journey here: https://plus.google.com/+EvanPeterson/posts/c4gW84GVuhf

Also as always, a quick look at the numbers as far as coverage of answering the story's questions goes. Season 4 ended with 80% of the questions answered. Including the questions we add in season 5, all but 8 of the questions are now answered (that would be 69 of 77 questions, roughly 90%. Bam). The final season has 16 episodes. Not accounting for new questions to be raised, this gives a pace of answering one question per two episodes remaining to reach completion. Not bad at all, and definitely a continuation of the progression of higher percentages being completed at the end of each season.

I know I pointed out in earlier episode reviews from season... more »

Getting Lost: Season Five Reflections

As always, if you want to back-track through the previous "Reflections" posts, you can start your journey here: https://plus.google.com/+EvanPeterson/posts/c4gW84GVuhf

Also as always, a quick look at the numbers as far as coverage of answering the story's questions goes. Season 4 ended with 80% of the questions answered. Including the questions we add in season 5, all but 8 of the questions are now answered (that would be 69 of 77 questions, roughly 90%. Bam). The final season has 16 episodes. Not accounting for new questions to be raised, this gives a pace of answering one question per two episodes remaining to reach completion. Not bad at all, and definitely a continuation of the progression of higher percentages being completed at the end of each season.

I know I pointed out in earlier episode reviews from season 5, but it's important to note again that the most major questions of Lost (i.e. "What is the whole point?") is actually answered this season if you knew what you were looking for or used hindsight on re-watches like I just did.

This was the season that put its foot down and demanded we accept it as a sci fi program. As much as it had enough elements to make that claim before, this was the season of time travel, time travel, time travel. So much time travel that at times it could even risk confusing people who are really into following time travel stories. For those who care about the types of time travel stories that can be done (butterfly effects change the present, changes in the past create alternate realities, etc. ), this series declared itself a part of the time travel genre of unchangeable, deterministic time travel: whatever happened, happened. If you do something in the past, you aren't changing the future, you're just doing what always had happened, without necessarily realizing you were the original thing that happened.

In conflict with this time travel, we see various characters, all logic-based characters, struggle to believe otherwise--that they can alter the future through actions in the past, and they fight to make their beliefs accepted by others. To this very end, Jack himself casts aside his most defining trait: his stubborn adherence to logical data, embracing instead a faith that he can make things different. Technically we don't know how his belief in changing the future pans out until season 6 starts, but I'll just say again here: what happened, happened. Juliet set off the Jughead because Juliet had always set off the Jughead. And their history on the island will remain intact when we return to the show for its final season. Seriously, what show would we have if it had worked?

We get a much bigger picture of who the smoke monster is and what his motivations are, though this picture still needs refining. We also finally meet Jacob face-to-face and see how he's made a point to intersect his life with those of many of our Losties all throughout their lives, suggesting that there truly was a good deal of manipulation done to make sure those people all crashed on that island. We're left deeply curious as to what he wants from them, and how that's all going to come together--especially if he's as dead as this season's finale insinuates.

This season is easily my favorite. I'm completely in love with Juliet and Hurley by now. And I'm completely heartbroken over Juliet. Still, we have 16 episodes left together in this journey, and an eternity ahead of us to share how meaningful we all are in this journey together. ___

2014-05-19 07:23:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E16: The Incident

This episode always makes me cry.

We open on some blond dude in a white tunic weaving a tapestry of some sort; then he's fishing; then he's eating fish with another dude in a black tunic watching a ship (an ancient clipper, I think. It looks like The Black Rock) sailing in toward the island.

Black tunic says white tunic brought them here. Black tunic also really badly wants to kill white tunic, but is apparently kept from doing so because of some loophole. We learn white tunic is Jacob. Jacob! Finally! Black tunic gets no name.

Now we have a flashback to young Kate shoplifting a lunchbox from a local grocer. Jacob shows up in jeans and a flannel and buys the lunchbox for her--teaching Kate that breaking the law will reward her in life.

Back on the island, Sayid displays his ability to read and discovers... more »

Getting Lost: S05E16: The Incident

This episode always makes me cry.

We open on some blond dude in a white tunic weaving a tapestry of some sort; then he's fishing; then he's eating fish with another dude in a black tunic watching a ship (an ancient clipper, I think. It looks like The Black Rock) sailing in toward the island.

Black tunic says white tunic brought them here. Black tunic also really badly wants to kill white tunic, but is apparently kept from doing so because of some loophole. We learn white tunic is Jacob. Jacob! Finally! Black tunic gets no name.

Now we have a flashback to young Kate shoplifting a lunchbox from a local grocer. Jacob shows up in jeans and a flannel and buys the lunchbox for her--teaching Kate that breaking the law will reward her in life.

Back on the island, Sayid displays his ability to read and discovers Faraday only intended to haul the Jughead's core to the explosion site. Meanwhile, Radzinsky has a disagreement with Dr. Chang about Dharma drilling and forces the excavation of the Swan site to continue.

Thirty years later Richard confronts Smokelocke about not being dead. We learn Richard doesn't age because of Jacob, and Smokelocke intends to kill the rest of the Ajira passengers once they get to Jacob.

Speaking of those Ajira passengers, we here them talk about Lapidus possibly being a "candidate." He wants to know what's in the big coffin-sized box they're hauling around. They don't show us yet, but they show Frank and he's not pleased.

Now let's visit young Sawyer at the funeral for his parents. I think this kid learned to act from that kid who played Anakin Skywalker in Phantom Menace. Jacob shows up and gives him a pen so he can write his vengeance letter to the original Mr. Sawyer. Young James' uncle looks like a fat Jeremy Renner; I like to think this is how Hawkeye retires. We also get a variation on the "whatever happened happened" theme with a "what's done is done."

Somewhen else in time, Sawyer and Kate are arguing in the submarine. Juliet gets mad about their fighting, breaks them out and they take control of the submarine to return to the island (technically they surface and take a life raft).

Because Sayid knows how to take apart and put together faulty radios, he also knows how to dismantle nuclear warheads. Richard talks to Jack about Locke, and how not special Locke seems to him. Jack suggests Richard not give up on him. You know Jack, if you really want to change the future, that was a pretty dumb thing to say.

Now we have Smokelocke asking why Ben hasn't betrayed his plan to Richard about killing Jacob. Ben tells him about Smoke-Alex telling Ben he has to do everything Locke says, so Locke lets Ben know that Ben is going to be Jacob's assassin.

Sayid is walking along La Brea with Nadia, crossing the street when Jacob pulls Sayid aside to ask for directions--saving Sayid from the fatal hit and run that kills Nadia. It's pretty awful.

Future Sayid in the past has finished extracting the core from the bomb and he, past Richard and past Eloise get to stepping. Richard breaks down a tunnel wall and uncovers a Dharma home on the other side (Ben's future abode). Richard cold clocks Eloise in order to take her to safety and sends the Losties on their way. Dharma's in code black--everyone is armed and prepared to kill hostiles on sight. They try to blend in but Ben's dad recognizes Sayid and shoots him in the gut. In the ensuing shootout they get rescued by Jin, Miles, Hurley and the magic VW Bus.

Sawyer, Juliet and Kate row row row their boat to the island, Sawyer and Kate still bickering over insignificant shit. Hey, it's Vincent! And Rose! And Bernard! They've been hiding out in the jungle the last three years and aren't pleased about being found. "It's always something with you people." Rose and Bernard don't care about dying--all that matters in the end is that they're together. All that matters in the end is being together with your loved ones. All the whiners got told the ending of the series a whole season early.

Ajira crew and Lapidus arrive at the hut we've always been told was Jacob's. We quickly have a flashback to Ilana recovering from grievous wounds in a hospital somewhere. Jacob shows up and they know each other. He wants her help and she swears to get it. And now she's entering the hut. She confirms what I've already been saying--Jacob hasn't been there in a long time and someone else has been using it. She did find a cloth depicting the giant statue and indicates that's where they're off to next. Those 4 guys hauling Locke's coffin have got amazing endurance.

Now Jacob is calmly reading a book as Locke takes an 8 story fall, then walks up to Locke and lays his hand on him--ensuring him everything will be all right.

And then Ben wants to know why Smokelocke wants him to kill Jacob, and Smokelocke's all "you work for him, get cancer, watch your daughter murdered, get banished, all for a jerk who never lets you meet him. Duh."

Elsewhere, Sun finds Charlie's old Driveshaft ring and reminisces on her wedding day, where Jacob happens to stand out because he's the only white dude in attendance. He then pats their shoulders and blesses their union.

Back on 1977 island, Hurley and crew stop when armed Sawyer, Kate and Juliet step out in front of them, but before this gets interesting, we go back to Ben and Co. arriving at what's left of the giant statue: it's foot, which is also where Jacob lives. Then we're back to the Sawyer/Jack meet up where Sawyer gets Jack to agree to a five minute talk before we jump again to Jack performing surgery at the hospital--the time he learns to count to five in order to overcome his fear. An angry post-surgery Jack chews out his dad for embarrassing him on his first major procedure. Jacob then shows up and gives Jack a candy bar.

Now at Jack and Sawyer's powwow Sawyer tells Jack his secret origin, and how he could have stopped it by leaving the island and stopped his dad from killing everybody--but he didn't because what's done is done. Jack's not having any of it. And he reveals his reasoning for wanting to set off the bomb and hopefully change the future is because he wants to forget having had Kate. Then they have a scuffle. Sawyer's winning and about to kill Jack until Juliet stops him and throws her allegiance to Jack and setting off the bomb.

Tween Rachel and Juliet are getting the "we still love each other but aren't supposed to be together" speech from their parents. Juliet's having none of that, and somehow this ties in to why she's backing Jack now (she loves Sawyer, but she's losing him to Kate again and she's heartbroken). If she never meets him, she never has to lose him. This break up is heartbreaking. Why is it her motivations make me sympathize, but Jack's seem petulant even though they're the same reason? Could it be because Sawyer/Juliet love each other openly and Kate/Jack are dysfunctional as hell? Signs point to yes.

Has everyone forgotten Sayid is bleeding to death?

While Jack and Kate powwow about Claire and fate, the Dharma folks are about to break through to the source of the electromagnetism and trigger the incident. But now we jump to when Hurley's getting released from jail for (not) killing all those assassins Sayid killed. He shares a cab with Jacob and a guitar case. Jacob reveals he was waiting for Hurley (which causes Hurley to then assume Jacob's a ghost). Jacob wants to know why Hurley won't go back to the island, and finds out about how Hurley thinks he's cursed. Jacob suggests his ability to talk to ghosts is a blessing. He also tells Hurley which flight to be on and leaves Hurley with the guitar case.

Sayid then tells Jack he has to get the bomb as close as he can to the electromagnets, and that the bomb won't save him because nothing can save him. Clearly, he's seen the future (they all have, lol). Jack marches up toward the Swan. We jump to Smokelocke's camp on the beach outside Jacob's house. So Ben, Smokelocke and Richard march up to it, pissing Richard off so he opens the door and sends the two of them in.

Miles uses logic on the Losties, suggesting that Jack's nuke is the cause of the incident--that changing the past would be more successful by doing nothing. They see armed Dharma guys driving to the Swan and decide to go help Jack so he doesn't die alone. A gunfight ensues at the Swan and Juliet & Kate prove to be far superior marksmen to all the non-Sayid (who's been left to keep bleeding out) boys. In this time, the drill's hit the electromagnetic pocket and Jack drops the bomb down the drill shaft. Everyone tenses up expecting the end,and nothing happens.

Then massive electromagnetic surges begin tearing the site apart and sucking everything metal it can down the hole behind the bomb. Miles saves his dad, Phil gets killed by some flying rebar, a chain yanks Juliet down the shaft but Sawyer catches her. Juliet tearfully reminds us how much she loves James (so much) and lets go of Sawyer in order to save him from being crushed or falling with her.

Back to the future, Ilana and crew reach the beach with Richard and crew. Ilana wants to chat with Ricardos (who corrects her on his current name) and then opens the box with Locke's body in it--revealing that Smokelocke isn't real Locke. Inside Jacob's digs it's nice and cozy--he's got a fire on for them. Ben admires Jacob's completed tapestry. "It takes a very long time when you make your own thread" being a metaphor for all of Jacob's manipulations of everyone throughout the series. We also learn Ben is the loophole, and Smokelocke is the man in black from the beginning of the episode. Jacob tries to suggest Ben has free will and this upsets Ben. Ben has a jealous rant and Jacob goads him, getting Ben to stab him. As he dies, Jacob says "they're coming" and then falls into the fire.

Back at the Swan, Jack and Kate drag Sawyer away from the shaft. At its bottom we find Juliet, crushed, but still alive. Right next to her is the bomb. She beats it with a rock until it goes off.

Thus ends our season.

All of Jack's talk of destiny this episode gets me thinking again about him and Locke and their belief systems, or lack thereof. It really should be noted that when Jack abandons logic for faith, and Locke abandons faith horrible things happen (Surely they are necessary things and things Jacob set in motion from the start, but still horrible). A lot of people die because of Jack and the bomb. A lot of people die, including Locke, because Locke loses faith, gets murdered for it and is replaced by Smokey. What is, is. And trying to be anything other than your true self--therein lies disaster.





My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)(S05E16: The electromagnetic accident at 1977 Swan and its subsequent nuclear explosion)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself? (S05E16: I bet it has something to do with the Man in Black's loophole)
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from assault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island? (S05E15: Jacob manipulates everything, including the island, and is responsible for how the island's energies play out.
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want? (S05E16: to kill Jacob)
9. How is it Richard never ages? (S05E16: Because Jacob made him that way)
10. Who and/or what are the candidates?

Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday,___

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2014-05-13 20:05:24 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Miley Cyrus made a homophobic, bi-erasing date rape joke and like… where are all of the white feminists who were saying how great of a feminist she is? HMMMMM? Why aren’t they calling this shit out?

Miley Cyrus made a homophobic, bi-erasing date rape joke and like… where are all of the white feminists who were saying how great of a feminist she is? HMMMMM? Why aren’t they calling this shit out?___

2014-05-04 08:00:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'm This close to being done, one short season to go, with my Getting Lost project. It feels really good. Once done, those of you who wish I was posting something else more often should also be happy, and those of you who have been enjoying them will hopefully be happy too.

I'm This close to being done, one short season to go, with my Getting Lost project. It feels really good. Once done, those of you who wish I was posting something else more often should also be happy, and those of you who have been enjoying them will hopefully be happy too.___

2014-05-04 06:53:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E15: Follow the Leader

Jack and Kate try to flee the scene of Faraday's death and young Widmore takes them down and they get brought to Eloise's tent as she reveals to Widmore their origination from the future.

Back in the present, Locke shows up in Richard's camp. Richard senses something different about Locke. When confronted by Sun about whether he met them in the 70s, he admits to her that he did meet them back then, and he watched them all die. Smokelocke swears to her that if there's a way to save them, he'll find it. He then traipses off into the jungle with just Richard and Ben.

Back in the past, Jack has completely, fanatically attached himself to Faraday's idea that they can erase everything. They can erase all of their misery. Jack completely wants to change history only so he can erase his relationship with Kate and... more »

Getting Lost: S05E15: Follow the Leader

Jack and Kate try to flee the scene of Faraday's death and young Widmore takes them down and they get brought to Eloise's tent as she reveals to Widmore their origination from the future.

Back in the present, Locke shows up in Richard's camp. Richard senses something different about Locke. When confronted by Sun about whether he met them in the 70s, he admits to her that he did meet them back then, and he watched them all die. Smokelocke swears to her that if there's a way to save them, he'll find it. He then traipses off into the jungle with just Richard and Ben.

Back in the past, Jack has completely, fanatically attached himself to Faraday's idea that they can erase everything. They can erase all of their misery. Jack completely wants to change history only so he can erase his relationship with Kate and never have that heartbreak. That didn't work out for Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet either, Jack. Eloise relates meeting Faraday in the past and wants Jack's explanation of everything that's gone on. Swearing he can erase her killing Faraday compels her to agree to bring them to the bomb, but not before revealing the bomb's location as inside Dharma village.

Meanwhile, Radzinsky is beating on Sawyer demanding answers. Juliet tries to appeal to their years together as friends here. Phil swears he can get Sawyer talking. . .by beating on Juliet. (Cameo alert: Fusco from Person of Interest!)

Chang confronts Miles, Jin and Hurley about time travel. Hurley horribly fails his history lesson and Chang comes to realize Miles is his son. Miles confirms what Faraday told Chang about evacuating people from the island.

Back in the now, Locke reveals that he wants Richard to take him to Jacob after they go to the plane. Ben and Richard both object, but Richard ultimately agrees after Locke throws his leaderly weight around. First Locke makes Richard go off into the jungle to fix time jumping Locke's leg, tell that Locke he has to bring everyone back to the island and that he's going to die. Then we have a revisit of the scene where Richard patches Locke up. Locke and Ben have a tiny spat and Locke claims Ben has never met Jacob. Seeing my previous take on this, I agree--Ben has always unwittingly been dealing with Smokey.

Back in 77, Sawyer agrees to out the Hostiles' location in return for a sub ride for him and Juliet off the island. Then Kate tries to break away from Jack, angering the Others with them. Sayid shows up and kills those Others, save for Eloise and Richard. More fighting about setting off the bomb being their destiny. Kate calls him on sounding like Locke and being Locke levels of crazy and then storms off alone. The rest of them swim through some secret tunnels

Back in the present, Locke and co. return to Other camp  where Locke rallies the Others to follow him off to go see Jacob and confront him on all of his secrecy.

Off to the 70s, Sawyer, Juliet, and now Kate (she got captured) are on the sub evacuating from the island. Richard, Jack etc. are in the tunnels searching for and then retrieving the bomb.

We end on Locke leading everyone on their pilgrimage to Jacob. Locke reveals to Ben that he's lying about trying to get Sun reunited with Jin--he wants to get to Jacob so he can kill him.






My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want?
9. How is it Richard never ages?

Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday,___

2014-05-04 06:08:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E14: The Variable

We open in the hospital with Penny and Charlie as Desmond is getting his bullet wound tended to. Eloise Hawking shows up and reveals that she's Daniel Faraday's mother and she thinks it's Faraday's fault Des was shot.

Back in the past, Faraday tells Jack that Eloise was wrong when she said it was their destiny to return to the island. Who's right? Who's wrong? Wait and see!

We get youthful Faraday playing the piano, and his mom telling him he has to sacrifice the piano for science. Because that's his fate. He says he can do both; he can make time. If only we could.

Faraday then goes to confront Chang, telling him to evacuate the island. He tells him the truth about Miles, how they're all time travelers, etc. and Change storms off disbelieving.

Another flashback to Faraday... more »

Getting Lost: S05E14: The Variable

We open in the hospital with Penny and Charlie as Desmond is getting his bullet wound tended to. Eloise Hawking shows up and reveals that she's Daniel Faraday's mother and she thinks it's Faraday's fault Des was shot.

Back in the past, Faraday tells Jack that Eloise was wrong when she said it was their destiny to return to the island. Who's right? Who's wrong? Wait and see!

We get youthful Faraday playing the piano, and his mom telling him he has to sacrifice the piano for science. Because that's his fate. He says he can do both; he can make time. If only we could.

Faraday then goes to confront Chang, telling him to evacuate the island. He tells him the truth about Miles, how they're all time travelers, etc. and Change storms off disbelieving.

Another flashback to Faraday graduating Oxford and Eloise pushing him harder and harder into science. Faraday has a research grant from Widmore that perks her ears up. She then gives him a present: the journal we've seen him writing and reading from so many times in the past.

Faraday then goes to Sawyer, Jack, Juliet, etc. and asks if any of them can take him to the Hostiles--because one of them is his mother and she's the only person on the island who can get them back where they belong.

Then we have Widmore visiting Faraday back in the day where crying Faraday was watching the news story about fake flight 815 being found at the bottom of the sea. He tells Faraday the plane is a fake and everyone isn't dead--because he put the fake there and he wants Faraday to go there and because Faraday won't remember him telling the truth about that. He claims the island will heal Faraday's mind and memory.

Sawyer is having none of this. He's made a good life for himself here and doesn't want to change it. Jack does. Sawyer turns to Freckles for support instead of Juliet, so Juliet sides with sending Faraday to the Hostiles. Teary-eyed Juliet makes me sad every time. Dan takes a quick detour to tell child Charlotte never to come back to the island.

Jack, Kate and Faraday are stealing guns when Radzinsky and friends roll up. Lying ensues and then a firefight ensues. Jack reveals himself to suddenly be a crack shot and though Dan gets shot in the shoulder, they escape.

Way too much with the back-and-forth time jump scenes this episode. Eloise shows up to talk with Faraday about the job Widmore offered him, and that it's important he say yes to the opportunity. She also convinces him the island will heal him. Since it's what she wants, he agrees.

Now back in '77, Faraday reminds Jack that, though this is the world's past, it's still they're present and they can still die. Meanwhile, Sawyer and Juliet are packing house to run back to the beach. The alarm starts sounding and Radzinsky storms Sawyer's house, then finds Phil in the closet. Uh oh. Faraday reveals to Jack that Dharma's about to set off the magnetic event they've had alluded to them for many seasons now, the event that calls for the creation of the button.

Faraday thinks they are all variables and that they can negate the energy under the swan, the Hatch will never be built, the plane will never crash, etc. All he has to do is detonate a hydrogen bomb at the site.

And now we're back with Penny and Eloise at the hospital. Eloise wants to apologize for what's happened to Desmond--for the first time in a long time Eloise doesn't know what's going to happen next. This distresses her. Penny then gets to see Desmond and they share a happy tearful kiss. As Eloise is exiting, Widmore shows up and asks her about Desmond's condition, expressing pleasure at Des being all right. We also have him reveal that Faraday was his son too, and that Eloise knows she had to send Faraday to the island knowing full well he was going to die there (spoiler for the next paragraph. Oops).

Back at the Hostiles camp, Faraday approaches. WHen one of them reaches for a gun, he shoots at them. Demanding Eloise, he turns the gun towards Richard, who claims Eloise isn't there. So he then demands the bomb. Eloise shoots him through the back. He dies sharing with her that he knows she knew he was going to die at her hands but she sent him here anyway.

It's something to ponder now: does Eloise send Faraday to the island because she believes in predestination demanding his death, something she's had a hand in nurturing him towards his entire life, or does she send him hoping that he can change the past, negating her own sins?


My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"? (S05E14: After she kills him in The Variable, she gets possession of his journal, filled with his entire history--her guidebook to the future)
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want?

Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles, Daniel Faraday,___

2014-05-04 05:20:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E13: Some Like It Hoth

A Star Wars reference in the title? Cool.

Flashback to very young Miles and his mom trying to rent a new apartment. Child Miles runs off to another apartment and finds a dead old man. Miles says the man was all alone, scared, and calling out for his dead wife. He scares everyone then declaring that he's still talking right now!

Back in '77 Dharma, Sawyer radios in to Miles to get the security footage of him and Kate at the pylons erased. Horace shows up looking for Sawyer, but since he isn't there, he enlists Miles to go deliver something to Radzinsky in hostile territory and then bring something else back. Rad unravels the body bag Miles brought and fills it with a dead Dharma guy who apparently fell into a ditch--a ditch that shoots bullets. Before Miles takes the corpse back, he decides to have a talk with it for... more »

Getting Lost: S05E13: Some Like It Hoth

A Star Wars reference in the title? Cool.

Flashback to very young Miles and his mom trying to rent a new apartment. Child Miles runs off to another apartment and finds a dead old man. Miles says the man was all alone, scared, and calling out for his dead wife. He scares everyone then declaring that he's still talking right now!

Back in '77 Dharma, Sawyer radios in to Miles to get the security footage of him and Kate at the pylons erased. Horace shows up looking for Sawyer, but since he isn't there, he enlists Miles to go deliver something to Radzinsky in hostile territory and then bring something else back. Rad unravels the body bag Miles brought and fills it with a dead Dharma guy who apparently fell into a ditch--a ditch that shoots bullets. Before Miles takes the corpse back, he decides to have a talk with it for the real story. Cut to opening cinematics.

Now we have teenaged or slightly older Miles in his spikey haired punk days. He looks like Rufio from Hook in that his hair is that ridiculous. He shows up to his mom's death bed, looking for answers about his psychic powers and the whereabouts of his father. She reveals dad kicked them out when he was a baby, he's dead, and the less Miles knows about him, the better. And his body is somewhere Miles can never go. The island maybe?

Juliet is with Kate and they have a confrontation with Roger Linus over Be's disappearing. Juliet's pretty sure this is the signal of the beginning of the end. Especially when Kate overplays her hand trying to console Roger about him.

Horace then demands Miles bring the body down to Dr. Chang at The Orchid. A comedy of farces has Hurley checking out the same van to bring lunch tot he Orchid workers and so they both head out. Hurley discovers the body and Miles recounts how the body, Alvarez, was thinking about Andrea when a filling in his tooth came out and blew a hole through his head. Hurley's cool with it because he claims he can talk to dead people too. "You're just jealous my power is better than yours" is my favorite line from the exchange over the differences in their interactions with dead people.

Flashback to Miles doing his conman schtick on Hank from Breaking Bad when he's approached by Naomi for a job. Mostly a throw away pointless scene, really. A second scene later on reveals Miles was hired to talk to dead island people in order to find Ben, and he was getting paid 1.6 million dollars.

We get more of Dr. Chang and he's kind of an asshole. Miles reveals the douche is his dad. Hurley starts grilling him about them. Then they have to take Chang back to Radzinsky. Hurley then proceeds to grill Chang on lots of different aspects of Chang's life, trying to make Miles and Chang into buddies who get together for beers some time. It's wonderful seeing him try to build a father/son connection for these two. They drop Chang off and Hurley realizes he's seeing the construction of the hatch.

We then see a new flashback of Miles getting kidnapped off the street by a guy named Bram. Bram is one of Ilana's men and he's anti-Widmore. They try to recruit Miles but refuse to pay him so he's having none of it.

Back on the island, Miles and Hurley have a fight over Chang and Miles takes Hurley's "diary" away, and discovers Hurley is writing The Empire Strikes Back with a "couple improvements" with the intent of sending it to Lucas before the film gets produced. Meanwhile, Jack tells Sawyer about Kate messing things up with Roger and then Sawyer's peon whose name I can't remember shows up and reveals he knows Sawyer took Ben. So Sawyer knocks him out.

We end with Miles stalking his family, Chang enlisting him for another road trip and then running into Faraday. We'll have to wait and see what all of that is about.



 



My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the island's Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"?
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet? (S05E13: he was born there)
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want?

Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid, Miles___

2014-05-04 04:35:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E12: Dead Is Dead

We open on Other Camp, where younger Charles Widmore is a bit peeved that Richard took young Ben to the Temple for healing, until "Jacob wanted it done" and the "Island chooses who the island chooses. You know that." I want to try using that as a 'get-out-of-every-argument-free' card.

Now, on to the present, where Ben gets his first glimpse of Locke and is outright amazed. Ben reveals that the smoke monster is what (they believe) the island/Jacob uses to pass judgment on those who trespass against the rules. After that, Ben starts trying to sow seeds of discord with Caesar over Locke not being on the plane.

Now we get a flashback to Ben kidnapping Alex from young Danielle. He makes it plain that if she ever goes looking for him, she'll die, and if she ever hears whispers she better run away. Believing... more »

Getting Lost: S05E12: Dead Is Dead

We open on Other Camp, where younger Charles Widmore is a bit peeved that Richard took young Ben to the Temple for healing, until "Jacob wanted it done" and the "Island chooses who the island chooses. You know that." I want to try using that as a 'get-out-of-every-argument-free' card.

Now, on to the present, where Ben gets his first glimpse of Locke and is outright amazed. Ben reveals that the smoke monster is what (they believe) the island/Jacob uses to pass judgment on those who trespass against the rules. After that, Ben starts trying to sow seeds of discord with Caesar over Locke not being on the plane.

Now we get a flashback to Ben kidnapping Alex from young Danielle. He makes it plain that if she ever goes looking for him, she'll die, and if she ever hears whispers she better run away. Believing this finally answers the whole "how does she live on the island 16 year and not know where everything is" question.

Locke wants to go with Ben to meet his judgment. When Caesar tries to stop them, even though Ben fakes like he's under duress, he kills Caesar with a shotgun and off they boat to the large island. "Sometimes friends can be significantly more dangerous than enemies."

Back in the past we learn that Widmore had sent Ben to kill Rousseau, not take her baby, and they have a confrontation over Widmore wanting Ben to kill the baby, ending with Ben becoming the implied new parent to her.

Back on the island, Ben finds Sun and Lapidus in his old home, and they share the news that Hurley & Co. are somehow in a Dharma photo from 1977. And Ben reveals to them the shocking news of Locke's "resurrection." Lapidus decides it's time to head back to the small island and work on repairing the plane, leaving the other three to face Ben's judgment and then find a way to get Jin and the others.

Ben heads off to his secret tunnel under the house back where he went to summon Smokey to take down Keamy's men. Ben finds a pool of water and pulls the plug on the bottom causing it to drain away (great foreshadowing for the final season's conceit). After that, we're off to witness Ben exiling Widmore for breaking the rules: having a daughter (Penny) with an outsider. Widmore threatens one day Alex will die and Ben will the one being banished, and then they'll meet again. Nice retroactive foreshadowing.

In the now, Ben comes out of the house to find Sun alone. Locke's taken off to "do something." Ben is scared to death of Locke being around because the island does not raise the dead (so only mortally wounded, not dead, that one time). Smokey roaring plays in the background when Locke returns. Good grief, what an obvious gimme that Locke is Smokey now throughout this entire scene.

And then we get one more flashback: Ben on a pier right before he split with Jack and showed up later all beaten and bloodied. He calls Widmore to let him know he's going to kill Penny now. And then a time jump back to the now. Nooooo! Oh, the suspense of it all! Smokelocke continues to be all judgmental at Ben as they head off to the Temple, which is also apparently Smokey's home (well, under it anyway). Ben asks Sun to find Desmond some day and tell him he says sorry. "For what?" "He'll know." Ugh.

Yay! Back on the pier! Oh wait, dread...back on the pier. Ben shoots Desmond as he's unloading groceries, then turns on Penny. He has a long super villain monologue and then baby Charlie comes out and she begs for Charlie's life. This gives Desmond enough time to recover, beat Ben to a pulp and toss him in the ocean. Mischief managed.

Lapidus arrives back at small island to discover Ilana and three others have found guns and have taken over. "What lies in the shadow of the statue?" Some passphrase Lapidus fails to answer so he gets rifle whipped. Ilana and crew are dragging everyone off somewhere now.

Ben conveniently separates form Locke while under the Temple, after confessing his remorse over his culpability in Alex's death. Under the Temple, Ben finds a hieroglyph of a smoke creature with a face in conversation with a jackal-headed Egyptian god-type. Smokey then arrives and confronts Ben with images of his past with Alex, makes him relive her death and then departs. Smokey-as-Alex suddenly appears  and tells Ben that if he touches Locke again, she will hunt him down and kill him, and forces him to swear that he will follow and obey John. Smokey has a good con game going here. And then Locke reunites with him again.




My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)(S05E12: It's the islands Judge)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)(S05E12: while still not explicit, it's extremely obvious now that Smokey pretends to be dead people)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort. Especially after S05E12's revelation that Ben intimidated her into staying away.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"?
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet?
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)
8. What does the smoke monster want?

Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid___

2014-04-24 01:39:12 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I just received this email from someone I know. Advice?

my 9 year old daughter was just suspended from school 1 boy paid her a dollar to kiss another boy and she did it.I am mortified at the situation and don't know how to speak to her

I just received this email from someone I know. Advice?

my 9 year old daughter was just suspended from school 1 boy paid her a dollar to kiss another boy and she did it.I am mortified at the situation and don't know how to speak to her___

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2014-04-23 19:08:47 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This land exists in almost every book I've read.

This land exists in almost every book I've read.___

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2014-04-18 04:29:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My latest review!

My latest review!___

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2014-04-17 05:33:43 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is too fucking terrifying.

#ukrainecrisis #neonazis  

This is too fucking terrifying.

#ukrainecrisis #neonazis  ___

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2014-04-15 03:13:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Batton is a friend, and I hope his book raises the money!

If I had more than .25 to my name, I would totally pledge this.___Batton is a friend, and I hope his book raises the money!

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2014-04-14 18:17:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Bisexual Books is seeking a new contributor. Info at the link.

Bisexual Books is seeking a new contributor. Info at the link.___

2014-04-12 04:36:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E11: Whatever Happened, Happened

Young Ben isn't dead and Jin rushes him back to Dharma for help. Kate meets and befriends Roger Linus. While trying to save Ben, Juliet says they need a real surgeon, aka Jack.

Hurley is hilariously looking to see if he disappears like Back to the Future due to Sayid possibly killing Ben. Miles gives the speech about how Sayid always shot Ben, they just hadn't ever experienced it before. And that adult Linus proves his theory right. This causes Jack to refuse to help Ben when Sawyer shows. Kate pulls Bill and Ted logic to try and convince Jack to save Ben, but that fails too.

While Kate's giving blood to save Ben, Roger reveals to her that he knows Ben stole his keys to let Sayid out, and that LaFleur knows it too. This conversation makes me finally realize that Ben lost each of his parents on a... more »

Getting Lost: S05E11: Whatever Happened, Happened

Young Ben isn't dead and Jin rushes him back to Dharma for help. Kate meets and befriends Roger Linus. While trying to save Ben, Juliet says they need a real surgeon, aka Jack.

Hurley is hilariously looking to see if he disappears like Back to the Future due to Sayid possibly killing Ben. Miles gives the speech about how Sayid always shot Ben, they just hadn't ever experienced it before. And that adult Linus proves his theory right. This causes Jack to refuse to help Ben when Sawyer shows. Kate pulls Bill and Ted logic to try and convince Jack to save Ben, but that fails too.

While Kate's giving blood to save Ben, Roger reveals to her that he knows Ben stole his keys to let Sayid out, and that LaFleur knows it too. This conversation makes me finally realize that Ben lost each of his parents on a birthday.

I feel like Hurley is being too obtuse about Miles' explanation of time travel. Nevertheless, it's an interesting conversation.

Juliet reveals to Kate that there's nothing more she can do for Ben. . .but maybe there's something the Others can do. So she has Kate steal him away to get help from the Others. The Others will do it. . .but the treatment will change Ben forever--his innocence will be gone. In effect, Kate is responsible for Ben becoming the Ben we know.

Sawyer meets Kate at the pylons and helps her get past them to the Others. Juliet confronts Jack again. She's mad at them for coming back and ruining the good life they've made for themselves here. Richard takes Ben from them and goes into the Temple.

Oceanic Six Kate goes with baby Aaron to visit Cassidy. She's fulfilling the secret quest Sawyer sent her on back in the helicopter: to take care of Clementine. She brings her an envelope full of money and the truth about what happened on the island. Well, everything except that she isn't Aaron's mom, but Cassidy sees through that lie.

Kate loses track of Aaron in a grocery store after her confrontation with Ben and Jack in the reveal of Ben being the one to hire the lawyers. In this moment Kate finally realizes she can't protect Aaron forever. After that she visits Cassidy again and comes to the realization she needs to let Aaron go. Her next stop is Claire's mother. Claire gives Aaron to his grandmother so that she can go back to the island and find his mother. This is the very first time Kate has done something I find truly decent and worthwhile. Kate's gone back to the island for the right reason. I can root for her now.

2007 Ben wakes up to see "resurrected" John Locke for the first time, and has an apt surprised face at this. And cue credits.



My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"?
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet?
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron? (S05E11: She gave him to Claire's mother)
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past? (S05E11: No. Whatever happened, happened.)

Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben, Sayid___

2014-04-12 03:52:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E10: He's Our You


Been a long time since we had one of these: it's a flashback episode! This is all Sayid, from youthful chicken killer to assassin for Ben, we get more of Sayid's story. Ben declares being a killer is Sayid's nature. We also learn Sayid's poor luck with evil women gets him again as he meets Ilana while out drinking, takes her home and then gets beat up and captured by her. Next stop Ajira 316.

In 1977 Sayid is refusing to talk during interrogations. Juliet is worried their arrival means she's losing Sawyer. Kate meanwhile feels dumb for being the only one not to realize Sawyer and Juliet are together. Ben's dad catched Ben bringing Sayid a sandwich and reminds us of why Ben would have no problem killing his own father.

The D.I. take Sayid off compound to a tent where Daryl and Daryl's brother... more »

Getting Lost: S05E10: He's Our You


Been a long time since we had one of these: it's a flashback episode! This is all Sayid, from youthful chicken killer to assassin for Ben, we get more of Sayid's story. Ben declares being a killer is Sayid's nature. We also learn Sayid's poor luck with evil women gets him again as he meets Ilana while out drinking, takes her home and then gets beat up and captured by her. Next stop Ajira 316.

In 1977 Sayid is refusing to talk during interrogations. Juliet is worried their arrival means she's losing Sawyer. Kate meanwhile feels dumb for being the only one not to realize Sawyer and Juliet are together. Ben's dad catched Ben bringing Sayid a sandwich and reminds us of why Ben would have no problem killing his own father.

The D.I. take Sayid off compound to a tent where Daryl and Daryl's brother Larry Oldham lives. When Sayid wants to know who he is, we learn from Sawyer "he's our you." He's the Dharma Initiative's interrogator slash torturer. He opens by forcing Sayid to take a truth pill. Drugged up Sayid hilariously tells them the truth and they don't believe him. The Dharma folks then vote to kill Sayid, so Sawyer tries to break him out but Sayid refuses. Young Ben uses a burning bus to cause a large enough distraction that he can bust Sayid out in return for the promise to take Ben with him back to his people. Sayid agrees, as he clearly wants to kill young Ben. Sayid knocks out and disarms Jin and then shoots Ben in the lower chest before running off into the jungle.


My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"?
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet?
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron?
7. With Sayid's attempt on Ben's life, the question has to be asked: can they change the past?

Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben___

2014-04-12 03:04:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E09: Namaste

Back on Ajira 316. We're at the moment where the event is occurring. Lapidus looks positively miserable. I can't blame him. He definitely didn't sign up for returning to the island. After the flash of light that makes Jack and Co. disappear, the plane stalls and Lapidus crash lands them onto the runway prisoner Kate and Sawyer were making for the Others back in season three. This scene always reminds me of Jurassic Park 3. Lapidus' copilot does not survive the crash. We also get our first glimpse of Sayid missing--so he's back in time with Jack but we haven't seen him yet. Unconscious Ilana calls out Caesar's name. . .revealing the two have a connection despite appearances to the contrary.

Thirty years earlier, we're back to the reunion scene between Sawyer, Jin, Hurley, Jack and Kate. Hurley saw Jin blow up on the... more »

Getting Lost: S05E09: Namaste

Back on Ajira 316. We're at the moment where the event is occurring. Lapidus looks positively miserable. I can't blame him. He definitely didn't sign up for returning to the island. After the flash of light that makes Jack and Co. disappear, the plane stalls and Lapidus crash lands them onto the runway prisoner Kate and Sawyer were making for the Others back in season three. This scene always reminds me of Jurassic Park 3. Lapidus' copilot does not survive the crash. We also get our first glimpse of Sayid missing--so he's back in time with Jack but we haven't seen him yet. Unconscious Ilana calls out Caesar's name. . .revealing the two have a connection despite appearances to the contrary.

Thirty years earlier, we're back to the reunion scene between Sawyer, Jin, Hurley, Jack and Kate. Hurley saw Jin blow up on the freighter and Sawyer is the one he excitedly hugs and can't believe he's seeing alive? Heh. Wow. They break the news to Sawyer about dead Locke. Their looks of confusion when Sawyer explains that it's 1977 is priceless.

Back in the now, while Lapidus is giving a "sit and wait" speech, and Caesar is calling for them to explore the island, Ben and Sun sneak off to find a way back to the big island.

In the past, we learn Amy's baby is Ethan. Juliet's adding Jack, Kate and Hurley to the manifest of a sub arriving that day in order to pretend the newbies are new D.I. arrivals. Plothole: Horace knows Sawyer is looking for more survivors from his salvage wreck, why not just pretend they finally found them? That should prove a lot easier.

Meanwhile, Jin and Radzinsky find an intruder on the radar and capture him--it's Sayid.

I'm amused and sad Hurley doesn't know Jimmy Carter is President.

Back in 2007, Lapidus catches up with Ben and Sun and agrees to go with them because he doesn't trust Ben. Sun knocks Ben out with an oar and they leave him behind.

1977, Jack meets Pierre Chang, who gives Jack his job assignment: workman. Someone assigned Jack to be a janitor! Back at Sayid, Sawyer wants to talk to him and Radzinsky wants to shoot him. Sawyer takes him in to custody.

In 2007 Sun and Lapidus make it to Ben's old place, which we know is abandoned and ruined. They meet Christian Shepherd, who shows them the old Dharma Initiative "new arrivals" photo--revealing to Sun that Jin and the others are in the past. Right before Christian appeared, the smoke monster noise occurred. This could be seen as a clue to who Christian really has been this whole time.

In 1977 Sawyer gives Jack this great speech about how Jack was the leader who led by reacting instead of thinking, and Sawyer is a thinker. The thing is, Sawyer's absolutely right--reactionary leadership has always been a problem for Jack, taking time to slow down and think helps a lot of situations.

We end on young Ben bringing prisoner Sayid a sandwich. And we know this can't end well.




My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating? (S05E09: is he the smoke monster?)
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"?
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet?
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron?


Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben___

2014-04-12 02:19:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E08: LaFleur

Our open is on Sawyer and Co. as Locke finishes moving the island. This stops them moving through time any more. And so, the idea Locke has to bring everyone back in order to save the rest, just isn't true. He saved the rest by leaving.

Then we're at 70s Dharma and their leader is all drunk and playing with dynamite over at the sonic fence. DI guys summon their head of security to deal with Horace: LaFleur. LaFleur also happens to be Sawyer. Miles is also his second. Of course it's hilariously ironic that the two biggest outlaws and con men on the show are the D.I. police force. Horace's wife Amy is also pregnant and going into labor.

Three years earlier, Sawyer and Co. encounter a couple Others with a D.I. prisoner and intervene. A lot of talk of Juliet having Sawyer's back. And she does. They kill the Others and... more »

Getting Lost: S05E08: LaFleur

Our open is on Sawyer and Co. as Locke finishes moving the island. This stops them moving through time any more. And so, the idea Locke has to bring everyone back in order to save the rest, just isn't true. He saved the rest by leaving.

Then we're at 70s Dharma and their leader is all drunk and playing with dynamite over at the sonic fence. DI guys summon their head of security to deal with Horace: LaFleur. LaFleur also happens to be Sawyer. Miles is also his second. Of course it's hilariously ironic that the two biggest outlaws and con men on the show are the D.I. police force. Horace's wife Amy is also pregnant and going into labor.

Three years earlier, Sawyer and Co. encounter a couple Others with a D.I. prisoner and intervene. A lot of talk of Juliet having Sawyer's back. And she does. They kill the Others and rescue the woman. Sawyer concocts a story about them being castaways from a shipwreck out of Tahiti. They help bury the Others and carry back a D.I. dead guy named Paul along with the woman they rescued (Amy). She takes them all out with the sonic fence.

Back in the 70s, we learn Amy's labor is two weeks early--she was supposed to deliver on the mainland--as all D.I. women do. Sawyer runs to get Juliet to help with the birth (she's masquerading as a mechanic). We also learn Sawyer has Jin and others searching the island in grids for the rest of their people, to no avail. Juliet delivers a baby boy and breaks down in tears, understandably. All these years, all she's done is see pregnant women and babies die on the island. She deserves the win.

Back in 3 years prior, Sawyer wakes up to be interrogated by Horace, introduces himself as James LaFleur. He claims they were part of a salvage boat looking for an old wreck called the Black Rock, and some of their crew are missing. Faraday spies toddler Charlotte playing with her mom. Richard Alpert shows up--he's pissed about the truce being broken. Sawyer takes a turn confronting Richard and tells him enough about who he really is to convince Richard to keep the truce going. They get permission from Horace to stay. Juliet wants to leave the island but Sawyer talks her into staying, he needs her to have his back.

Back to Dharma Age Sawyer, we learn Juliet and Sawyer are now a couple and live together in Juliet's old future house. They express love for each other and I am ecstatic. If even for a little while, they have no chance of being connected to Jack and Kate anymore, I'm happy. Then Horace pisses me off by suggesting to Sawyer that three years might not really be long enough to get over someone. Sawyer gives a speech about Kate and how he can't even remember her face anymore. The next morning Jin calls him to reveal he's found her, Hurley and Jack.

Grumble grumble. I don't want any more Kate relationship drama in this show.




My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating?
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"?
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. Though he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)(S05E07: His name is Matthew Abaddon)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet?
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron?


Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben___

2014-04-12 00:39:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E07: The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

Oh goody, this title suggests we're going to find out about the events leading to Locke's death! I'm not the biggest fan of Locke, but as Locke-centric episodes go, this is one of the better ones.

We open with one of the other passengers from Ajira 316: Caesar. He's rummaging through a room, finds a gun and then lies to Ilana about finding it. Ilana is the cop who was with Sayid on the plane. We learn that some of the passengers disappeared from the plane. The rest crash landed on the island and discover a guy walking around the beach who wasn't on the plane: John Locke. Now, Locke wouldn't be on a passenger manifest because he was a corpse to begin with and the showrunners would have you believe this is another miraculous resurrection, but I never bought that. In an island with a magic... more »

Getting Lost: S05E07: The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

Oh goody, this title suggests we're going to find out about the events leading to Locke's death! I'm not the biggest fan of Locke, but as Locke-centric episodes go, this is one of the better ones.

We open with one of the other passengers from Ajira 316: Caesar. He's rummaging through a room, finds a gun and then lies to Ilana about finding it. Ilana is the cop who was with Sayid on the plane. We learn that some of the passengers disappeared from the plane. The rest crash landed on the island and discover a guy walking around the beach who wasn't on the plane: John Locke. Now, Locke wouldn't be on a passenger manifest because he was a corpse to begin with and the showrunners would have you believe this is another miraculous resurrection, but I never bought that. In an island with a magic shape-shifting ghost-copying  smoke monster who likes to headfuck people, that's where I went with this. Those who know me personally, and know of my Fight Club Curse should already know I'm not surprised by the end result.

At any rate, this Locke shows us what happened to Locke after he got the wheel turning: like Ben, he teleports to Tunisia, but this time the arrival zone is monitored by closed circuit cameras. After nightfall a bunch of locals in a truck come and retrieve him and bring him to a hospital. Locke's leg is presently banged up again and he can't walk. Lance Reddick is there, and after Locke passes out, he later awakens to Charles Widmore being all creepy and polite. Widmore reveals that he was the leader on the island until Ben tricked him into leaving. He reveals the lies and circumstances of the Oceanic Six and asserts he's going to help John bring them back--they have to be back to fight on the right side of a war that is coming.

Widmore sets Locke up with his Bentham identity (a playful dig of a name in response to Locke's parents giving him a playful dig of a name to begin with) and resources to get the others. He also claims he was only trying to get Ben killed and replace him with John. We finally learn Reddick's character's name is Matthew Abaddon and he's to drive Miss Daisy John wherever he needs to go.

Their first stop is the Dominican Republic where Sayid is building houses after having stopped his employment as Ben's assassin. "The best nine months of my life, John. That's what I know in my heart." Sayid explaining how cherished his time was with Nadia, making it so very damn apparent that she is Sayid's Constant.

Failing to recruit Sayid, John goes to check in on Walt. Walt's been having dreams about John being on the island in a suit with people all around him who want to hurt him. Love Walt's psychic powers; love more that they don't detect he's lying about his father's dying. Ben is also there in the background watching.

Next stop Hurley. Hurley thinks he's talking to Locke's ghost, like all the other ghosts who come to visit him. Discovering Lock isn't a ghost freaks Hurley out more than the possibility he is a ghost. Hurley sees Abaddon and freaks out. There's no way he's going with Locke if they're in league together. We're also reminded that Abaddon is the man who originally set Locke in motion to Australia and the original crash as well.

"I was angry. I was obsessed." "Look how far you've come." Burn, Kate. Burn. And so he strikes out with her too and then demands Abaddon bring him to Helen. She's been dead and buried (brain aneurism) since April 8th of 2006. Abaddon and Locke have a talk about death being a choice. . .it doesn't go anywhere. Someone then assassinates Abaddon and while trying to drive away to safety, Locke has a major auto accident. He wakes up to Jack in the hospital for yet another swing and a miss.

Despondent, Locke checks into a hotel and pens his suicide note to Jack. He's setting up to hang himself with an extension cord (note: fabricating a noose out of rope is easier to do than from round plastic/rubber cord, and typically cheaper). Ben shows up and talks him out of it. Ben reveals he killed Abaddon, and that he's trying to protect Locke and the others. He convinces Locke that Widmore is using him and evil. He entreats John to let him help him. Ben tells him he got Jack after-all. Locke tells Ben about his promise not to bring Sun back, then thanks Ben for being there, for saving him, for something. Locke then tells Ben about having to go to Eloise once they have everyone. The Ben strangles Locke dead, then stages it to look like suicide, cleans up his presence form the place and leaves with Jin's ring. "I'll miss you, John. I really will."

Back on the island, New John starts telling Caesar about the Dharma Initiative. Caesar then tells the story of how people disappeared from the plane in the previous episode. He also reveals the pilot took the passenger list and ran off before they found Locke. There are also injured in their camp--and one of them is Ben.








My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating?
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)(S05E06: the island also moves around)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)? This is really the meta question for the whole series: What is the Island?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"?
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. THough he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)(S05E07: Ben strangled him after coaxing everything Locke knows out of him)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet?
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate? (S05E07: They landed on the island in the present)
6. What did Kate do with Aaron?


Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben___

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2014-04-08 16:35:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

An excellent, and spoilery, read of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

An excellent, and spoilery, read of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.___

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2014-04-08 00:17:28 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Potential legal nightmare?

Potential legal nightmare?___

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2014-04-02 05:25:19 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Mozilla's homophobic CEO, Eich, interviewed.
TL;DR: "I'm sorry that that you queers are offended that I'm fighting to remove your human rights. But suck it up, because you need Mozilla more than I need your approval."
Here's a petition calling for Eich back off or GTFO. (Use a zipcode of 00000 if you're outside the USA):
http://act.credoaction.com/sign/mozilla_ceo
Full interview: 
http://www.cnet.com/news/mozilla-ceo-gay-marriage-firestorm-could-hurt-firefox-cause-q-a/
#glbtq   #mozilla   #mozillagate   #eichgate   #mozilla_firefox   #gaymarriage   #bigotry  

Mozilla's homophobic CEO, Eich, interviewed.
TL;DR: "I'm sorry that that you queers are offended that I'm fighting to remove your human rights. But suck it up, because you need Mozilla more than I need your approval."
Here's a petition calling for Eich back off or GTFO. (Use a zipcode of 00000 if you're outside the USA):
http://act.credoaction.com/sign/mozilla_ceo
Full interview: 
http://www.cnet.com/news/mozilla-ceo-gay-marriage-firestorm-could-hurt-firefox-cause-q-a/
#glbtq   #mozilla   #mozillagate   #eichgate   #mozilla_firefox   #gaymarriage   #bigotry  ___

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2014-03-31 16:22:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Proud to see the article by Sarah, Ellie and myself quoted in this fine response to those two awful articles.

Proud to see the article by Sarah, Ellie and myself quoted in this fine response to those two awful articles.___

2014-03-30 00:39:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Getting Lost: S05E06: 316

Jack is in his suit, waking up on the island. He hears Hurley calling for help and rushes out of the bamboo to find Hurley struggling to keep head above water at the waterfall. Kate is unconscious off to the side and since neither of these folks were with Jack at the end of the last episode, I have to know what led them here! Thankfully, this episode, like so many this season, tends to answer its questions as it poses them.

46 hours earlier, Eloise leads Ben, Jack, Desmond and Sun down to a Dharma hatch below the church. There is a giant pendulum swinging over a floor length map of the world, computers tracking numbers, etc. This station is called The Lamp Post and it's how they (the Dharma Initiative) found the island. Eloise wastes their time by providing exposition to the viewers about how the Lamp Post works to track the electromagnetic... more »

Getting Lost: S05E06: 316

Jack is in his suit, waking up on the island. He hears Hurley calling for help and rushes out of the bamboo to find Hurley struggling to keep head above water at the waterfall. Kate is unconscious off to the side and since neither of these folks were with Jack at the end of the last episode, I have to know what led them here! Thankfully, this episode, like so many this season, tends to answer its questions as it poses them.

46 hours earlier, Eloise leads Ben, Jack, Desmond and Sun down to a Dharma hatch below the church. There is a giant pendulum swinging over a floor length map of the world, computers tracking numbers, etc. This station is called The Lamp Post and it's how they (the Dharma Initiative) found the island. Eloise wastes their time by providing exposition to the viewers about how the Lamp Post works to track the electromagnetic signatures of places like the island. We do learn that the island is always moving. Desmond gets pissed, delivers the message to Eloise that Faraday needs her, and then ragequits the situation. Desmond understands that they're all chess pieces and he rejects it, leaving. After that, Eloise tells Jack they need to fly on Ajira Airways flight 316 to get back to the island. They have to recreate as best they can the circumstances that brought them there in the first place--which is why they need as many people there again as possible.

Eloise then pulls Jack aside for a powwow and gives Jack Locke's suicide note (addressed in a sealed envelope to Jack). She also reveals that Locke is going to serve as a proxy for Christian on the flight. Jack has to get something of Christian's to give to Locke to bring on the flight. "Stop thinking how ridiculous it is and start figuring out if you're going to believe it will work." It's really nice to see that every time Jack tries to say the world doesn't work in particular ways, someone is there to counter his attempts at reason with blind faith.
Ben moves on to compare Jack to Thomas the Apostle. Ben's then off to finish a promise he made to an old friend..something about loose ends. Remember Ben promising something to Widmore last season? This scene made me very anxious.

That night back at Jack's, Kate shows up, minus Aaron, and attacks Jack with some grief sex. Her condition for coming along back to the island is never asking her reasons and never asking what happened with Aaron (which, knowing the reasons, is really senseless. But that is Kate).

Ben calls Jack. He's at a marina, covered in blood, and needs Jack to pick up Locke's body for him. While there, Jack slips his dad's shoes on Locke's feet. Allusion to washing Jesus' feet? Whatever it is, Jack thinks it's even crazier than Locke is, but he shoves the suicide note in the coffin too--he's already heard everything there is to hear Locke say.

Time for the airport. Jack checks himself and Locke's body in. Kate and Sun are there too. Sayid is there too, being escorted on by a woman with a badge. Hurley's there too, and reveals he bought all of the free seats on the plane so no one else can fly with them. He bought 78 extra seats to make sure that many people were saved the trauma of crashing on the island. This is why we love Hurley. The mystery of how Hurley knew which flight to take, or why he has a guitar case with him, remains. Ben gets there at the nick of time but Hurley almost causes a scene. The stewardess returns Locke's suicide note to Jack. As for the other people on the plane--Ben makes it clear he doesn't care what happens to them. He is the anti-Hurley. Oh, and Lapidus is the pilot. He sees Jack on board, then he sees Sayid, Hurley, Kate. . .and figures out what's going on. Minus Aaron and Desmond, all of the escapees, John and Ben included, are on board.

John Locke's suicide note to Jack: "Jack, I wish you had believed me. JL" and then there's turbulence, lots and lots of turbulence. The turbulence comes with a flash of light and we're back to the opening scene of Jack in the jungle with Hurley in trouble. A Dharma Initiative VW Bus driven by Jin shows up. He's all Dharma'd out and armed.

Remember the first episode where we see Dan Faraday working at the Dharma Initiative? The implication here is that when the time jumps stopped happening, it deposited the jumpers in 1970s Dharma territory. And now Jack, Hurley and Kate are there as well.

Why hold on to something that makes you feel sad? It's an excellent question to think about. I think it's because not holding on to it would make you feel sadder.



My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating?
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"?
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. THough he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet?
5. Where are all the other passengers of flight 316 other than Jack, Hurley and Kate?
6. What did Kate do with Aaron?


Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben___

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Getting Lost: S05E05: This Place Is Death

Sun confronts Ben, pulling a gun on him...and then Ben drops the news that Jin's still alive and he can prove it. How can he do that if he left the island before Rousseau found Jin.

Jin is with Rousseau's crew (stranded from a boat coming from Tahiti): Alex's father, a woman named Nadine and two other men. Nadine is killed by Smokey and Jin gets them running. Smokey gets one of the men too, dragging him to an old temple of some sort, and then starts mimicking him, luring the other men into a trap. Jin saves Rousseau from getting pulled into it and then the light flash happens and he time hops away. Jin then makes it to a beach camp where he finds two of the Frenchmen dead, and Rousseau  killing the father of her baby. He timehops again almost right away. This time he lands with Sawyer and team. When Jin finds out the... more »

Getting Lost: S05E05: This Place Is Death

Sun confronts Ben, pulling a gun on him...and then Ben drops the news that Jin's still alive and he can prove it. How can he do that if he left the island before Rousseau found Jin.

Jin is with Rousseau's crew (stranded from a boat coming from Tahiti): Alex's father, a woman named Nadine and two other men. Nadine is killed by Smokey and Jin gets them running. Smokey gets one of the men too, dragging him to an old temple of some sort, and then starts mimicking him, luring the other men into a trap. Jin saves Rousseau from getting pulled into it and then the light flash happens and he time hops away. Jin then makes it to a beach camp where he finds two of the Frenchmen dead, and Rousseau  killing the father of her baby. He timehops again almost right away. This time he lands with Sawyer and team. When Jin finds out the "bring them back" plan, he isn't happy.

Back in the States, when Ben reveals the plan to bring them back to the island, Kate and Said both get pissed and storm off, Said promising to kill Jack and Ben if he sees them again. Ben wrangles Sun in with promises he can prove Jin is alive.

One more time jump, followed by another two seconds later, and it's almost like the island wants Charlotte dead, it drops her in another seizure. She tells Jin in Korean that this place is death and not to let them bring Sun back. She also tells them that if they can't find the Orchid station, they'll find it (the mystical bits of it) if they look for the well. They arrive in time for another flash to make the Orchid disappear, but sure enough--there's a well.

Charlotte reveals to Faraday that she grew up on the island as a kid. Finding this island is why she became an anthropologist. She reveals to Dan that she remembers meeting a really crazy scary man when she was a little kid--a man who told her to leave the island and never come back or she would die. And she thinks that man was him.

Jin makes Locke promise not to go to Sun or get her to come back. If he does see her, to give her Jin's wedding ring as proof he washed ashore dead and is buried. Locke descends the well, promising to be back as soon as he can. Halfway down the well there's another timeflash. John lets go the rope and falls the remainder of the way--busting his leg or legs, and topside the well is just gone. And Charlotte dies. I'm not at all emotionally invested in her. Are you?

Christian Shepherd shows up at the bottom of the well and helps Locke the rest of the way. Christian tells him to get everyone together and bring them to Eloise Hawking because she can tell them how to get back. He also reinforces Richard's statement that Locke will have to die--that's why they call it sacrifice. John makes his way to the wheel, it's been pushed off its axis by Ben, he has to push it a bit more and get it back into place. Another flash of light takes Locke off of the island.

Ben gives Sun Jin's wedding ring and uses it to manipulate her into agreeing to go back. And Desmond shows up, and recognizes Eloise as the woman from his time hops in The Constant who told him he would never marry Penny. She's mad that Ben didn't bring everyone, but she's ready to get started.




My Questions: (I will carry these forward from review to review until they are answered in the show, even if I know the answer now. As of S01E10, indicating the episode number where question is answered.)
Season One
1. What is the monster? And why did it spare John Locke, and Mr Eko? (S01E25 it's made of smoke and makes mechanical noises)(S04E09: Ben has some measure of control over it, enough to summon it but not pick and choose its victims)
2. Why didn't the survivors ever go in search of the tail section?
3. Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? S01E09 correction: bears. (S02E03: part of Dharma Initiative zoological experiments)
4. What federal law did Kate break that has her chased round the world by a U.S. Marshal? S01E12: Kate is implicated in a bank robbery with possible shooting deaths. S02E09: Kate murdered her father, which is totally not a federal crime, but it's the reason he was after her.
5. Who is the French woman on the radio? Danielle Rousseau
6. Who is the man in the suit and white sneakers that Jack sees? Christian Shepherd, his father.
7. How is Jack's dead dad up and walking around the island, seemingly able to teleport, etc? Is he a ghost? Is Jack hallucinating?
8. Who are the two dead skeletons ("Adam and Eve") Jack and Kate find with the pouch of black and white rocks?
9. Who hit Sayid after trying to triangulate the signal? S01E21: John Locke
10. Where does the cable going off into the sea lead? (S03E11: an underwater station that uses sonar to lead in submarines coming to/from the island)(S03E21: The Looking Glass station)
11. What about the island causes vessels to wreck there? (S02E03 the strange electromagnetic properties of the island, especially when unchecked by The Swan station).
12. What is so important about Claire's baby? (S03E16: Island babies don't come to term and their mothers die. Claire's pregnancy is important as a control for a new experimental fix for it).
13. Who are The Others? (S01E23-5 a second group of people residing on the island)
14. What do Rousseau's maps and equations mean? (S01E12 the notations are just Rousseau writing the words to "Beyond the Sea" over and over again in French)(S01E18 we learn The Numbers were a transmission that caused her shipwreck)
15. Why is Walt "special?" And why do the Others want him? (S01W21 we learn he may have psychic abilities)(S02E22: he can appear places where he isn't really at physically)(S02E24: He's too much/more than they bargained for)(Series epilogue:_)
16. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: what is the significance of these numbers? Are they really cursed? Why are they on the hatch? (S01E25 the number 23 has significance to Kate)(S02E02 the numbers reset a countdown timer inside the hatch)(S03E07 Room 23 of the prison cells on Others Island #2 is the psychic reconditioning/brainwashing room where Karl is held)(S03E10 Hurley's psychic declares there's a darkness to the numbers)
17. What is "the sickness" that took Rousseau's team? (S04 extrapolation: it's probably the lunacy that is induced by coming to the island on an incorrect heading)(S05E04 except they all seem still sane when they're arriving on the island for the first time)(S05E05: some of them were killed by Smokey, and then Smokey pretended to be them, scaring Rousseau into thinking they were sick. Crazy bits of everyone killing each other followed, with pregnant Rousseau being the last one standing)
18. What's with the corpse of the gun-toting Catholic priest from Nigeria and his plane full of drugs? (S02E10 Eko's brother, Yemi)
19. What's inside the blasted hatch already? (S02E01) Computers, Desmond, guns, magnets, lots of amenities.
20. How did Locke end up in the wheelchair? (S03E13: his dad pushed him out an 8-story window).
21. What other crimes was Kate on the run for: whatever she did that affected her mother so? (S02E09 she murdered her father)
22. How does Rousseau live on the island for 16 years, never see the Others, never find one of the hatches? While not explicitly stated, between the sonic pylons and the Others' apparent amazing woodland skills, it's actually pretty reasonable to assume they could have kept clear of Rousseau with little effort.
23. The Black Rock. Explain. The name of a 17th Century slaving ship that is somehow moored deep inland on the island.
24. Why are The Others seemingly no longer interested in Aaron? (S03E16: Aaron was born alive, and Claire survived, so they don't have any significance to their pregnancy dilemma anymore).

Season Two
1. What happens if the timer inside the hatch is allowed to reach zero? (S02E02: "We're all gonna die")(S02E14: hieroglyphs begin appearing on the timer)(S02E21 Possibly nothing, as it may have just been a psyche experiment)(S02E24 catastrophic electromagnetic explosions)
2. What is this Dharma symbol all about? (S02E03 something called the Dharma Initiative)
3. What is The Dharma Initiative all about? (Answers in S02E03 review)
4. Out of 23 tail section survivors, why are so few left? (S02E05 suggests The Others)(S02E06 confirms at least 12 are Others victims)(See my review of S02E07 for full explanation)
5. What's with the Walt vision Shannon keeps seeing? (S02E22: Walt can astrally project)
6. What is "the incident" referred to in the Swan Hatch videos? (S02E24: there's an electromagnetic leak that builds up a charge and needs vented every 108 minutes)
7. Is Henry Gale one of the Others? (S02E18: No. Henry Gale was killed by the Others. The guy claiming to be him is one of the Others, though)
8. How is Sun pregnant if Jin is infertile? Did the island heal him like it did Locke? (S03E18 Juliet says the island is responsible)
9. What happened to the Dharma Initiative? (S03E11 they died in a confrontation with the Others called "the Purge")
10. How did the supply drop arrive on the island? (S03E11 Someone ordered it from the computer at the Flame station)
11. "Even God can't see the island;" what does that mean, besides the literal? Does it have anything to do with the time discrepancies between the island and everywhere else? (By S04E09 we know enough to extrapolate that the island is displaced in both time and space, making it impossible to locate if you don't know where and when to look.)
12. Why did Smokey try to get Hurley to kill himself?
13. Why do the Others want Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, and Kate? (S02E24: Hurley is used as their messenger)(S03E05: Jack is needed to perform life-saving surgery on Ben)(SE03E06: Kate and Sawyer are emotional manipulation to make Jack do this)

Season Three
1. If the Others can leave, why do they stay on the island? (S03E21: They're protecting the island from asault)
2. What's with Desmond talking about things and seeing things that haven't happened yet? (S03E08: Desmond has time traveled into his own body and sees the future)
3. Why does the island heal some people (Jin, Rose, Locke, Mikhail) and not heal others (Ben, pregnant ladies)?
4. Who is Jacob and what is his list? (S03E20: Jacob is the leader of the Others)
5. How did Eloise Hawking know Desmond's future in "Flashes Before Your Eyes"?
6. Is Charlie going to die, or is Desmond crazy? (S03E23 Charlie dies exactly how Desmond envisions two episodes previous)
7. What's the story with dead Roger in the van? He's Ben's dad, murdered by Ben.
8. Is the woman from the helicopter sent by Penny to rescue Desmond? (S03E23: Nope)
9. What happened to everyone else in the helicopter? They crash elsewhere on the island.
10. Desmond puts forth the hypothesis that saving Charlie is pointless and maybe he should let him die. Will he ever go ahead and do that? No. THough he fails, he tries to save Charlie to the very end.
11. The wreckage of flight 815 was found and there were no survivors? What? (S04E07: It was staged)
12. Can the island raise the dead (as it is suggested happened with Mikhail)? (S03E21: It brought Locke back)
13. Who are the Others supposed to be protecting the island from? (S04E06: Charles Widmore)
14. Who is in the casket in Jack's fast-forward episodes? (S04E12: Jeremy Bentham, aka S04E13: John Locke)
15. What are the lie and mistake Jack is referring to in his talk with Kate at the end of Through the Looking Glass? (See the answers to the same question in season four)
16. Jack and Kate make it off the island, did anyone else? (S04E01: Yes.)

Season Four
1. Who are the Oceanic Six? (S3E23: Jack, Kate, S4E01: Hurley, S04E03: Sayid, S04E04: Aaron, S04E07: Sun)
2. What's up with Lance Reddick's fake Oceanic lawyer character? (S04E02: he's the one who hires Naomi and her crew to find Ben; he works for Widmore)
3. What lies are the Oceanic Six telling? (S04E04: 8 total survivors and Kate was heroically integral to their survival)(S04E12: where they landed, who survived, who died of the survivors, etc.)
4. Is Hurley really seeing ghosts, or is he crazy? (S05E02: He's seeing ghosts)
5. Why are the "rescue" crew looking for Ben? (S04E09: Charles Widmore wants the island back from him)
6. Who is the Economist that Sayid is trying to assassinate in the flash forwards? (S04E09: Charles Widmore)
7. Why is there a 31 minute discrepancy in the time between Dan's rocket leaving the boat and landing on the island? Or in the helicopter's departure from the island and arrival on the boat? (S04E09: The island exists outside of our own time and space)
8. What happens if someone doesn't follow the exact heading to/from the island (first Michael in season 2, now Lapidus in 4)? (S04E05: Daniel: "There might be side effects." Psychic leaps through time that eventually lead to insanity and death.)
9. What does Charles Widmore want with the island? (S04E05: we see him buy the captain's journal from The Black Rock, somehow recovered even though the ship itself is on the island)(S04E09: He claims it was his island before it was Ben's)
10. Why would Michael leave Walt behind in order to work for Ben? (S04E08: Walt wants nothing to do with his father after finding out about the murders of Ana Lucia and Libby. Michael is trying to redeem himself and die)
11. Why is Ben in the Sahara Desert, injured and alone, and in a parka? (S04E13: it's the price Ben pays for moving the island)
12. Why does Sawyer choose to stay behind on the island? (S04E13: to give the others a better chance of making it off the island when the helicopter is crashing)
13. Why does Claire abandon Aaron?
14. Why is Locke dead (did he kill himself as the papers claim)? (S05E01: Richard says his death will be necessary to get everyone to come back)

Season Five
1. Who's behind the lawyer trying to prove Kate isn't Aaron's mom? (S05E04: Ben)
2. Who are the military Others who captured Sawyer and Juliet? (S05E03: the 1950s Others, including Charles Widmore and Ellie Hawking)
3. What's happening to Charlotte? (S05E04: the time jumps are destroying her brain's internal clock. The longer one has been on the island, the faster it effects them)
4. How has Miles been on the island longer than Juliet?

Characters with significant father issues revealed to date:
Walt, Jack, Sun, Sawyer, Claire, Shannon, Jin, Locke, Kate, Penny, Alex, Hurley, Ben___

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