Posts Tagged ‘Juliet’

NotLocke is actually cool enough to hang out with Real Ben.

I know, I’ve slacked on getting my first Lost post up but you know, I had to think about something like that for awhile.  Not that I’ve come to any new conclusions, but still, I’ve pondered things quite a bit.  I’m just thrilled the show is back and still epically absorbing.

So it appears we have two separate realities going, the one back on the island and the one where the plane lands.  You may remember that I predicted the plane would indeed land and everyone would be alive and such.  I was feeling rather triumphant for about a minute until we saw our Losties also still on the island.  Shouldn’t be surprised though, I rarely get anything right when it comes to this show.

Kate got moments with both her men in 2004.

How great was it to see Boone again?  He was totally channeling Damon from Vampire Diaries too.  You can’t tell me otherwise.  hehe I liked seeing him interact with Locke, I’d forgotten they were friends.  Charlie’s OD and saving by Jack was also a nice callback to earlier island happenings.  I adored the Kate/Jack glance and the Sawyer/Kate interaction as well.  I thought they might make him an even more active participant in her escape but his help in the elevator was fun and very Sawyeresque.

Hurley the good luck guy was definitely jarring but it totally made sense.  The numbers were no longer cursed so Hurley was just living the high life and buying chicken franchises.  Fitting.

The big, weird thing was Desmond being on the plane.  Of course, it makes sense that he wasn’t on the island anymore as his ship would not have crashed but why was he on Flight 815?  Tripp said something about him maybe being the exception to the rule, being able to float between the two realities and that makes sense to me.  I suspect someone like Daniel might also have that ability, if and when he appears.  Why?  Don’t ask me.  Just a gut feeling.

They're at it, again. With good reason this time at least.

On island, our Losties were all blown back to the future, so everyone is operating in the same time period apparently.  I like to think that this means time travel is done.  2007 in one storyline, 2004 in the other.  That’s enough to keep track of, but this is Lost and they’ll probably continue to mess with the mind.  It’s how they roll.  Anyway, Sawyer was immediately pissed at Jack that it didn’t work but in the midst of trying to kill him they heard Juliet calling from below.  They managed to dig her out and Sawyer got to hold and kiss her one more time before she died as she was trying to tell him something.

A final goodbye, not gonna lie, I cried.

Everybody was so busy with that that they forgot that Sayid was pretty much dying in the van but finally they all remembered and took off to the temple at the recommendation of Jacob, who appeared to Hurley and informed him that he’d died about an hour before and gave him a note to take to the temple dwellers.  They locate the temple and are taken hostage by some random people and taken to the Chinese Emperor, whose name I do not know so that’s what I’ve named him.

Emperor and his minions read the note and agree to help Sayid.  They do so by putting blood in some water and holding Sayid below until he drowns and announce that he’s dead.  Yeah, thanks for the help bastards.  Jack’s pissed and tries to revive him but no dice.  Fortunately, like half an hour later Sayid sits up.  Or is it really Sayid?  Coming back to that momentarily.

Manhandle Ben and die. DIE DIE DIE

On the other end of the island, Ben is all stunned over the fact that he killed Jacob and NotLocke is smug as hell but funny.  Some of Ilana’s idiots come in demanding to see Jacob and NotLocke points them to the fire.  This pisses off the big dude and he attempts to kill my Ben, which makes me shout in outrage and demand his immediate death.  Lost, as it sometimes does for me when I root for a murdering, comes through.  Or NotLocke does in the form of Smokey.  He comes in and kills the hell out of everyone but Ben.  Sadly Ilana was not in the room at that time.  Ben just sits in a stupor for awhile which upset me but later there was some life in him.

Ben sees that Locke is really and truly dead. Yay!

Ben and NotLocke come out of the tunnel and Richard demands to know where Jacob is.  Ben’s all like, “he’s hanging in the cave, totally cool, John’s back there too” and Richard shoves him toward Locke’s dead body, further stunning him.  NotLocke comes out and says they’re going to the temple I think and Richard tries to confront him but NotLocke knocks him out and throws him over his shoulder and off they go.

Back at the temple, they start freaking over Dead Jacob and laying out smoke rings to keep the monster out (big guy attempted to do that before Smokey killed him but it found a way to kill him anyway).  Then Sayid sat up, alive.

So, I assume that the note that Emperor had told him to shove Sayid in that water and let him die so Jacob could inhabit his body.  Smokey apparently takes shapes but Jacob has to take over bodies, which might explain why Dead Christian Shepherd strolls around the island all the time.  I always thought the island was going to come down to a showdown between Jack and Locke but right now it looks like Sayid vs. Locke.  Interesting.  Unless Jack dies and Jacob takes him over down the line.  Could happen.

It seems the temple dwellers are disciples of Jacob (I use that word because many people think Jacob is God and Smokey is the devil, which makes as much sense as any other theory I’ve heard) and that is the place where the kids from the flight ended up being taken along with the stewardess from the tail section.  Who else is there?  Time will tell I guess.

I didn’t like how defeated Ben appeared for much of the episode but after he got over the DeadLocke shock he kinda had that plotting Ben look that delights me to no end, so we’ll see what kind of trouble Mr. Linus can cook up for NotLocke.

I’m not really looking forward to Sawyer vs. Jack round 293218253 or whatever it is but at least Sawyer has decided that making Jack live and suffer is more fun that deadening him.  I don’t give a damn about the triangle but it would piss me off if Sawyer/Kate hooked up quickly because I truly believe in the love that he and Juliet shared.

Other observations and questions:

I’m not thrilled with the return of 2004 asshole Jin.  I did enjoy Sun refusing to speak English and clarify things for him in customs.

Where was Eko?  You know I love him and need to see him once since he should be alive and well in 2004.

Is Desmond still with Penny in alt universe?  Can he hop around until he is again cause they need to be together.

Is all that Miles heard from Juliet that it did work?  And how does she even know that?

Will Miles be able to talk to DeadSayid if Jacob is inhabiting him?

I’m not overly happy about all these new cast members and I totally don’t care about the temple dwellers and Ilana’s crew.  Give me my Losties and Frank because he is awesome.

I’m sure I have other thoughts and questions but I didn’t do a rewatch and it’s been 3 days and I’m not that bright anymore so I forget things. hehe  I’ll be more prompt next week, I promise!

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Another tragic death in a Lost finale.

Another tragic death in a Lost finale.

Lost continues it’s streak of awesome, jaw dropping finales, even though this episode felt a little bit slower to me than previous ones.  I think this was due to the Jacob set up plus the inclusion of Ilana, who much to my consternation is still alive.  She may not be the evil bitch that I previously thought but I still don’t like her.  At least I got to see Phil get offed.  Small comfort, that!

There’s really so much to talk about that I don’t know where to start.  I guess perhaps with Jacob, since that’s who we started with on the show.  He starts off with some random dude, kicking back on the island.  Random Dude tells him that he’s going to kill him some day and I’m thinking he did.  Someday came some many years later in the form of Fake John Locke, but I’ve decided that Random Guy must have found a way to take Locke’s form and kill Jacob.  At least this explains how damn confounding John Locke’s been acting.  He isn’t him!  Figures, I was actually liking the guy (mainly cause he acted more like my Ben, hehe) and he’s not even him.

Interestingly, Jacob showed up at major moments of our favorite Losties lives.  He was there for Kate’s first foray into crime, Sawyer’s parents funeral, Jack’s first solo surgery, Sun & Jin’s wedding, Locke’s header from the window (in fact it looked like he brought him back to life), Sayid’s wife’s death (he may have saved his life by chatting him up while she got run over), and Hurley’s release from jail.  He was the one who convinced Hurley to get on the plane, not Charlie like previously thought.  Though that could still be Charlie’s guitar, right? So clearly they were all destined to be on the island, come hell or high water.

Will the real John Locke please stand up?  Or at least, slump out of a box?

Will the real John Locke please stand up? Or at least, slump out of a box?

We also got to see him meet Ilana where she was lying all mummified in a bed.  He asked her to work for him and she agreed and I guess got the team together we see her with today.  They show Frank what’s inside their big silver box they’re lugging around and it’s enough to freak Frank right out.  Tripp thought it might be a body and she was right, but neither of us were expecting it to be Locke’s body!  At the end, while Fake Locke and Ben were in with Jacob, Ilana and her group showed Richard that they had dead John the whole time.  Would have been good to know about 30 minutes earlier peeps.

My Ben is a shell of the magnificent, manipulative bastard he used to be.

My Ben is a shell of the magnificent, manipulative bastard he used to be.

What can I say about my Ben?  He’s broken!  I’m so wounded!  If Fake Locke is now Benlike, then Ben is now faithless Lockelike while Jack is faithful Locke.  I swear, all this role changing could give a girl whiplash.  Fake Locke convinced Ben that he was going to kill Jacob and wisely asked Ben why he wouldn’t want to.  It was the perfect manipulation of Ben, playing into Ben’s insecurities over never having met Jacob and the island letting him get cancer and losing Alex.  He made Ben want to kill him and when Jacob was trying to convince him to go and leave him and Fake Locke alone, Ben got mad at that and stabbed away.  Then fake Locke, finally doing his own dirty work, kicked Jacob into the fire.  Tripp astutely pointed out that maybe you can’t be leader of the island if you commit murder.  She came up with this earlier in the show when we were chatting about Locke being a wuss and not doing his killing himself.  I pointed out that Locke had killed Naomi, but that was in defense of the island so maybe it didn’t count.  Of course now we know that he’s not Locke, so maybe Random Dude never killed anyone before.  Although he did kick Jacob into the fire, so maybe he did.  Interesting to ruminate on, anyway.  Farewell Jacob, we hardly knew ye.  And I do mean hardly.  Would dying in a giant statue of a foot be a good way to go?  I got quite the giggle over Jacob living in the foot, I must say.  Good one.

And the triangle will now live on....or will they all never meet?

And the triangle will now live on....or will they all never meet?

Elsewhere, Kate interrupted Sawyer and Juliet’s happily ever after…permanently.  Sigh.  The ironic thing, of course, is that Juliet convinces Sawyer to go back to the island (and I do mean convinces by knocking out one of the sub guys) to stop the bomb so they can be together forever.  But then they meet up with Rose and Bernard (AND VINCENT!!!) who have been living in peace alone for 3 years.  They are none too pleased to be found, which was hilarious, as they are in retirement and done with all the drama.  Seemed a commentary on some fans, didn’t it?  Rose had the line of the night when she reacted to the bomb news by saying, “It’s always something with you people, isn’t it?”  HA!  Anyway, she and Bernard talked about how happy they were to be together and if they died together, so be it.  Sawyer happened to glance at Kate during that little speech and Juliet saw it and decided bomb’s away!   They head off to find Jack…

Who only gets to the Dharma initiative with Richard before Richard knocks out Eloise and takes her to safety, telling Jack and Sayid they’re on their own.  Fortunately Sayid is the bomb dude, so who needs em?  They come out in Dharma and there’s a big gun fight thanks to the assmunch Roger Linus seeing them and shooting Sayid in the gut.  He’s lucky that Sayid is probably still alive, though I don’t know that for sure.  Bastard.  He can’t die soon enough for me.  Jin and Hurley and Miles rescue Jack and Sayid and they head off to the Swan station to bomb it.

They run into Sawyer and Juliet and Kate and Sawyer gets Jack alone for a season 1-like pounding between our two would-be heroes.  What’s Lost without them beating each other down?  Juliet interrupts and tells Sawyer to let Jack do what he came to do.  Sawyer is rather floored by this, seeing as it’s an about face from her previous position.  She tells him that he looked at Kate and he tells her he’s with her and she says she’d rather they never meet than to live through the heartbreak of losing him.  Yikes.  And Jack pretty much wants to bomb the island because of losing Kate.  What is it with that woman?

Anyway, Sawyer and everyone else head to the Swan and start shooting so Jack can come running in and hurl the bomb down the hole.  Of course he hesitates but finally throws it down and nothing happens.  Well, something does happen, the drill hits the electromagnetic field and everything magnetized starts flying into the hole.  People are down everywhere and Phil hilariously dies when a steel rod flies into his chest.  Take that Phil.  Unfortunately Radzinsky gets away, which I guess makes sense since he’s the guy who was trapped in the hatch with Desmond all those years.  Kinda nice karma for the bastard, since he was so determined to drill that hole.  Dick.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lost finale without a major death and sadly we got it.  Juliet got wrapped up in some chains and dragged into the hole.  Sawyer caught her before she fell all the way but was unable to hold on to her for long enough.  She told him to let her go and the love between them was clear as day.  She fell and Kate and Jack got Sawyer out of there.  We ended with Juliet waking up in the bottom of the hole, clearly in pain.  She sees the unexploded bomb and drags herself over to hit it with a rock.  She finally sets it off, flash of white light and then the end.  Dear lord.  I have to wait 9 months to find out just what came of the bomb being set off?  Not even a clue??? Fabulous ending.  Gut wrenching, but fabulous.

My thought is that Juliet couldn’t have set off the bomb if Jacob were still alive.  It seems to me that with him dead, everything changes and maybe they will change the future.  Maybe not, but we’ll see.

I wanted to highlight some other good stuff in the episode that didn’t fit in with the flow of my commentary.

  • Kate stole a New Kids On The Block lunch box?  How old is she supposed to be?  And how uncool?  Steal some Scooby Doo or something.
  • “He never seemed particularly special to me.”  Richard to Jack regarding John Locke. HA!  As a notorious Locke disliker, this cracked me up.  Of course, Jack of old would have agreed but Jack, the new Locke, said there was more to him than met the eye and not to doubt him.  Maybe that’s why Richard is so accepting in the future.
  • “I lied, that’s what I do.”  The other line of the night, uttered by Ben.  It is what you do, darlin, and I love you for it.  Bring back my Ben!
  • “What’s done is done.”  Sawyer’s line to Jack when he told him about his father shooting his mother and how he could have gone back a year ago and stopped it, but didn’t because he figured what happened, happened.  A Danielism until he decided it need not apply.
  • “If I never meet you, I never have to lose you.”  Juliet to Sawyer.  So sad that that’s what changed her mind but at least she managed to set that bomb off.  I can only hope she doesn’t die in vain.

So those were the big things from last night’s show.  I didn’t nearly begin to touch on everything but I think I hit the major stuff.  I honestly resented the time taken up by Ilana and even Jacob up until the end when I understood why better.  Of course we still don’t know why Jacob wanted these people on the island in the first place and who Fake Locke is and why he wanted to kill Jacob for all those years.  And of course we don’t know if we’ll see the Losties land safely in LA in the next episode.  They just might now, and I think it’ll end up being pretty cool if they do.  As long as we still get some island answers!  I guess we have plenty of time to come up with scenarios, maybe that’s how I’ll entertain myself til February.  See you then for the end to an epic ride!

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The new John Locke is quite different.

The new John Locke is quite different.

Wow…I really don’t know what to say about Lost.  Fantastic episode with Locke’s final line being a total blow me away type moment.  This was one of those rare episodes that didn’t necessarily feel like anybodies episode…perhaps it was Locke’s but Sawyer, Richard, Jack & Kate & Juliet…everybody was pretty heavily featured.  I’m not up to a total recap conversation so I thought I’d just post the stuff I found to be most interesting.

Will Locke bond with Ben again, and will the outcome be different this time out?

Will Locke bond with Ben again, and will the outcome be different this time out?

  • He’s baaaaaack!  No, not Locke, Sayid!!!  Just as some Other was about to plug Kate full of holes for wanting to return to the Dharmites, Sayid guns the fellow down.  Awesome.  Good thing Eloise took that random guy along with her and Richard, no?  I’d love to know where he’s been since he shot Ben, hopefully we’ll get that answer next week.
  • Sayid’s pride in changing the face of the island sure wavered when he found out that Kate and Sawyer had taken Ben to the Others to get healed or reborn or Islandized or whatever happens.  He was sure pissed…cracked me right up.  I loved Kate’s question to him asking when they became people who killed kids.
  • Eloise, aka Worst. Mother. Ever., apparently got on board with Jack’s plan because she killed her son.  Why she couldn’t have gotten on board before killing poor Daniel is beyond me.  Poor Dead Daniel, he sure spent more time on our screens dead than anything else this season.
  • Are Jack & Co in the same spot where Ben had to face the smoke monster?   It looked similar but I wasn’t sure.
  • Kate…I get that you’re not on board with wanting to blow up the island but why in the hell would you march back to the Dharmites?  I know, you wanted to see Sawyer again but damn, getting captured is not my idea of a productive reunion.
  • Most. Awkward. Reunion. Ever. (yeah I’ve been watching The Simpsons a lot lately, sue me)  Just as Sawyer and Juliet seem to be heading toward couply bliss, in comes Kate.  Juliet’s face was priceless.
  • Radzinsky and Phil have to die.  Period.  If they do not die, I will throw a fit of epic proportions.  Nobody beats up Sawyer and Juliet and gets to live.  Where’s Ben when you need him?
  • Well we know where Ben is, 30 years in the future and quite confused about this new and improved Locke.   They seem to be bonding and I think my boy is back to trying to manipulate Locke and Richard, although Locke may have pulled the rug out from under him with his plannnnn.
  • Loved that Locke was the one to make Richard go to himself and help him with his gunshot and tell him that he has to die.  Richard’s face and confusion was totally awesome.
  • Richard may have bit off more than he can chew with Locke as leader.  He didn’t seem too pleased to be carrying out Locke’s orders and getting called out in front of the whole crew.  Maybe he’ll realign with Ben to take Locke down?
  • Now Miles knows that his daddy forced him and mom off the island to save them.  I guess his viewpoint toward Dr. Chang/Candle might have changed just a bit.
  • LOVED!!! Dr. Chang’s test when Hurley tried to keep up the facade that they’re not from the future.  Hurley’s 1931 birth, making him 46 and his inability to name the president just killed me.  Oh, Hugo, you’re so sweet but so useless.
  • Back to Richard (yes, I am just writing random thoughts with no guideline) why is he so content to be the number 2 guy?  In the past he’s being ordered about by Charles and Eloise and in the future it’s now Locke, previously Ben.  Why would he do that for the 50 to 60 to whatever years he’s been on the island?  He’s the one who is immortal or unchanging or whatever, I think I’d throw down and take over.
  • Richard saw the Dharmites all die huh?  Interesting.  Did they really die in the bombing or did they just poof back to the future like my last week’s blog pondered?  I keep hearing that the finale is yet another game changer so I’m thinking I just may be right, even though I think I’m insane.  But they probably are too, so we’ll see.
  • Finally, Locke’s revelation to Ben that he was taking the crew to go meet Jacob so he could kill him.  Well slap my face and call me Sally, that was truly stunning!  Ben’s look was priceless.  He’s only been that floored one other time, when Alex was killed.  I’ve never been that floored by a line on this show.  Here I thought Locke wanted to hang with his boy Jacob and instead he’s out to kill him?  Has the island told him to do this or has he decided he needs to be to be the “real” boss?  Would setting off the bomb coupled with killing Jacob in real time combine to make the island vanish forever?  I just don’t know!
Ben's reaction to the new Locke is a mirror of my own.

Ben's reaction to the new Locke is a mirror of my own.

Those were the big things that hit me while watching the show last night.  I don’t really know what is going to happen in the finale but I know I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see Locke’s showdown with Jacob and what this bomb ends up doing.  I can’t believe Lost is so near the end and I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up.  See you next week, bet our minds will be blown!

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Daniel decides that the past can be changed due to people being variables.

Daniel decides that the past can be changed due to people being variables.

So instead of making this one of my long recappatory (yes I made a new word) Lost blogs, I thought I’d just discuss the very interesting and truly fucked up things that happened in tonight’s The Variable episode.  Yes, I just got done watching the show and I had to do my blog now because of where it has taken my mind.

First, I’d like to compliment them on actually answering what we suspected all along.  Widmore is Daniel’s daddy, Scary Poppins is indeed his mom.  We got to see why he was crying when he saw the plane crash on TV the first time we saw him, his memory loss and his messed up relationship with Mom.  Of course we didn’t get to see how really and truly messed up it was until the very end did we?  I mean, the woman sent her own son back to the island knowing that she was going to kill him.  That is lovely.  Truly.  I mean, I thought Angela Petrelli was a fucked up parent.  I thought John Winchester was as bad as it gets.  But no, I think Eloise Hawking takes the cake.  And of course Daddy Widmore gets a big slice of that himself, seeing as he was instrumental in him being there as well.  But we already knew he sucked as parent, so Daniel struck out twice in that lottery.

Unfortunately or maybe fortunately for Scary Poppins, depending on what side she comes down on, before she killed her son he was able to tell Jack and Kate his master plan of blowing up the electromagnetic part of the island so that the hatch is never built, Desmond never fails to press the buttons, their plane never crashes, the freighter never comes…and god knows what else doesn’t happen.  Charlotte never returns and dies, which is the driving purpose for Daniel.  Jack is all about getting to the hydrogen bomb and enacting said plan now, from the looks of next week.

And you know what?  As I was watching and discussing with Tripp, I told her that it would be just like Lost to actually do that.  To end the season with them exploding the bomb and giving us a hint that next season is all about these regular people with regular lives who don’t know one another.  Each of them having an episode to tell us how they ended up.  Sun & Jin, never had their baby probably and maybe split up.  Locke staying wheelchair bound (man will he be pissed), Jack never drugging up, Kate in jail, Hurley never winning the lotto and going insane, Charlie living, Claire giving up Aaron…think about it.  Doesn’t it sound completely like the kind of mindfuck they’d pull?  And I can’t decide if it will piss me off or it it will blow me away.  Knowing this show, I’m banking on the latter, they’ve yet to let me down.

And what would come of the ones that actually were on the island?  Richard and Ben?  Does Ben die of his cancer since Jack’s not there to save him or does he leave the island after the bombing and live some regular life?  Okay, not regular, I imagine he’d still be manipulating people in the real world, but it’s something you just have to think about.  It’d be amazing.  What would become of Widmore?  Scary Poppins?  Horace?  (I don’t really care about Horace, wanted him to die tonight.)

Other than that rather big thing to ponder, Sawyer and Juliet are now in some trouble thanks to Jack and Kate and Daniel getting caught on their trek out to steal a hydrogen bomb, and of course having annoying Phil in the closet didn’t give them much time to explain themselves or fabricate anything.  Go figure that Jack and Kate complicate things again.  I thought Sawyer and Juliet had some very nice moments in this episode and I’m really liking them as a couple.  Of course if I’m right, they’ll end up never meeting…mind messing, serious mind messing.

So what do you all think of this?  If they go there, if they allow Jack and Kate to blow up the electromagnetic area of the island that caused them to crash, will it be an epic cop out?  Or will it be epic?  We’ve only got a couple episodes to know for sure but it definitely feels like something they would do to me.  I can’t decide how to feel.  It’s probably not going to happen since it’s so obvious right now…that’s probably the twist we’ve been promised.  It just feels so right to me.  Well either way, I’m along for the ride!

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Kate was the star of the show last night.

Kate's lost her kid and lost both her men?

GAH!  I thought I was doing so well with Lost, I thought I actually had a win and spent the first half of the episode being triumphant, but then Lost bitchslapped me and took my win away!  Actually, technically I was still right, because I did say Kate left Aaron either with his grandmother or with Clementine and her mother, I just wanted it to be the latter.  Of course not though.  Why should I get one moment of triumph?

Perhaps because of that, I wasn’t really feeling the show last night.  Oh it was good and stuff happened but I wasn’t blown away like I have been so many times this year.  That’s okay though, they don’t all have to be mind-blowingly good.  Because of my lack of major investment, I think I’ll just do a list of things that struck me.

  • Hurley and Miles?  No…no more of that.  I thought I had a pretty good idea on the paradoxes and the past not changing the future and Miles was reinforcing that but then Hurley f’ed it all up by mentioning Sayid torturing Ben in the future.  Sigh.  I choose to believe though that Ben did/would recognize him and just keep his own counsel because he is Ben.  I feel better now.
  • What a burn for Kate!  She thinks Sawyer came after to help her and he tells her he was doing it for Juliet.  Maybe, just maybe, they’re going to give Sawyer/Juliet a chance.  I hope so.
  • Damned if you do, damned if you don’t right?  Jack looks like an ass for not helping young Ben but if he saves him, he probably looks like an ass for unleashing future Ben upon them all.  Not that I agreed with his douchery.  Save my Ben!
  • I scoffed at Cassidy’s analysis of Sawyer’s actions on the island up until Kate told Sawyer her theory of why he jumped out of the helicopter and he agreed that he and Kate would ultimately have never worked out in the real world.  Maybe Cassidy was not such an idiot after all.
  • Okay, how hilarious would it have been if Kate returned to the island because she lost Aaron in the grocery store and couldn’t find him again?  I knew that wasn’t going to be the case but it sure would have been funny if it had.
  • It occurs to me that Sayid does have a 3rd option; he can’t be an Other because Ben’s now going to be one of them, he can’t be with his pals cause he shot Ben; so where does he go?  I say he goes and finds his old pal Rousseau!  Give me my win Lost!
  • So, it would seem that Sayid’s shooting of Ben is what leads Ben to become eventual King of the Others.  Irony.  Love it.
  • Was anybody else worried a little about Kate’s bonding with Roger Linus?  We know the woman has man issues…it made me nervous. n Oh and Roger, I’m quite sure your wife would not approve of how you’ve chosen to raise Ben.  Being an abusive ass was probably not high on her list of child rearing techniques.
  • Juliet’s confrontation with Jack wasn’t nearly as awesome as it should have been.  She quietly confronted but she didn’t crush him like she was supposed to.
  • Jack’s definitely become Locke.  He doesn’t know why he’s there just that he’s supposed to be for some unknown purpose.  Sigh.  One Locke is more than enough for me.
  • Speaking of Locke, impressive little scene at the end with Ben when he woke up.  I wanted Ben to open his eyes and say, “Dude, did you know Sayid shot me when I was a kid?” but alas, didn’t happen.  Still, Locke was all, “Welcome back to the land of the living, like me bitch!” I may be paraphrasing there.  It would have been more impressive if I believed Locke could maintain the air of superiority he has, but history makes me suspicious.  Still, Ben did kill him so that should be a life altering experience.  We’ll see if Locke can bring it!
  • Finally, what in the hell happened to Daniel?  (and Rose and Bernard)

I think that is about it for last night.  I liked Kate’s scenes with Cassidy and with Claire’s mom, she did a nice job last night.  I’m very much looking forward to next weeks Bencentric episode, always among my favorites!  He better live!

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The best friendship on TV; Shawn & Gus of Psych from USA Network.

The best friendship on TV; Shawn & Gus of Psych from USA Network.

Last week I did my first mini-post on Psych, the awesome show on USA.  I’d never felt the need to write a whole blog about it before, I’m sure not a ton of people watch it and probably plenty have never even heard of it.  But this weeks episode was so awesome that I thought Psych finally deserved its own blog.

Psych is about an unmotivated, unfocused man who has a photographic memory and awesome powers of observation.  One day he decides to help the police solve crimes by pretending to be psychic.  His father was a police detective who trained him growing up (we get great flashbacks of young Shawn and his father in most episodes) so he knows what to look for and uses what he sees to help the police.  His best friend, Gus, is along for the ride and he’s generally the straight man to Shawn’s comedian.  The police call them in constantly for help and the dynamic between Shawn and the head detective, Lassiter (Lassie as Shawn calls him), is a thing of beauty.  The show is filled with pop culture references from the 80’s, which thrills my inner child.  Also, it’s just flat out hilarious but touching at the same time.  The friendship between Shawn and Gus is the best on TV, hands down.  This season finale episode really showed that.

This week, Shawn gets called in to help find the Ying/Yang killer.  This killer has confounded the cops for 13 years or so and likes to leave riddles and stop watches to taunt the people after him.  He’s decided to call out Shawn, deeming him a worthy opponent.  He kidnapped a waitress that Shawn was flirting with that afternoon and left several riddles that Shawn and the cops were able to solve.

The thing that really got to me early in this case was when Shawn was being his usual snarky self at very inappropriate intervals and Gus called him out on it.  Shawn took Gus aside and told him that he knew he was being a jerk but that he had to do it to keep his mind clear so he could focus on the case.  Shawn has never really admitted to that and a light went on with this viewer and with Gus and Gus, best friend that he is, set out to help Shawn.  The case was really pushing Shawn over the edge and every time that Gus saw him get close to snapping, he channeled his inner Shawn and made the dumbest but most hilarious comments to pull his buddy through.  He did a Michael Jackson impression while Shawn was struggling to figure out what clue a rat in a cage had for him.  He grabbed a toy airplane and started commenting about how much he bigger he was than it; like King Kong.  These acts were followed by long silences and you know Gus felt like a tool but Shawn would look at him and give him a wink to let him know that it was helping so Gus kept on.  It really was awesome to see.

Gus was also there in the end when Shawn finally went on his date with Abigail, the girl that got away in high school.  He called to ask her out prior to the Ying/Yang killer contacting him and he had to keep calling her and making excuses for why he might be late.  Since he stood her up in high school, this was not very well received.  Shawn doesn’t do relationships and he was scared as hell about finally putting it out there with Abby.  Gus knew this and was there on their date, sitting in the car awaiting his popcorn at the drive-in movie.  Shawn gave him a “thank you” type of look so you knew he wanted him there.  Best friendship ever.

Back to the case, which was really one of the best they’ve had.  Shawn snapped after they solved several of the clues and they got to one where he had to answer the phone by the 8th ring or the girl would die.  Shawn found the cell phone on a pier and instead of answering he stood there trying to figure out where the person was calling from.  As Lassie and Juliet yelled at him to answer it, he just got mad and said he wasn’t playing the killer’s game anymore and hurled the phone into the ocean.  This caused an apparent rift in the cop team; Shawn told them that he wasn’t going to participate any longer and to leave.  They headed off to investigate on their own and Shawn told Gus that he wasn’t giving up, he was just taking the game in a new direction.  That direction ended up being a hotel where they found the waitress alive but a new clue; Shawn’s mother’s purse.  The killer, irritated that Shawn appeared to be disinterested in playing, upped the stakes.  Shawn nearly lost it but he held it together enough to figure out where his mom was and meet up with the killer.

Mr. Yang was played by none other than Ally Sheedy, which is made of awesome.  Last week we had Justine Bateman and MacKensie Astin, this week it’s Ally Sheedy.  This show loves the 80’s as much as I do!  She was a great raving psycho but she gave up too easily.  She told Shawn they’d meet again though and I suspect they will.  Oh, and for more 80’s goodness, Cybill Shepherd plays Shawn’s mom (and her husband was calling her Maddy, Moonlighting shout out!)  and Corbin Bernsen plays his father.  And on the rare occasions we see Gus’ folks, they’re played by Clair Huxtable and Mac from Night Court.  Also when Shawn called Abigail to invite her on the date he called himself Judd Nelson.  A fantastic shout out to the unannounced appearance by Ally Sheedy at the end of the show.

There was other stuff happening of course, and we got our obligatory Shawn and Juliet moment.  She finally asked him out while he was busy getting popcorn for his date with Abigail.  I was glad that he admitted to her that he was already on a date and that he didn’t derail his date for Juliet.  I’m not one of those people that hates the idea of Shawn and Juliet hooking up but I’m not a shipper either.  Plus, Abby is cool and she deserved her real date with Shawn, even if it came a decade later than it was supposed to be.   Of course with Gus along for the ride, I’m sure things were pretty tame.  Clearly Shawn’s not ready for a relationship and when he is I’m sure it’ll be Juliet he gets with.  The actors date in real life so it’s only a matter of time.

You really couldn’t have asked for a better episode to end the season.  The humor was awesome, 80’s abounded, Shawn/Juliet shippers got a moment, Shawn/anyone else shippers got a moment, the case was fantastic and most importantly the friendship between Shawn & Gus was rock solid.  I’m already Psyched (pardon the horrible pun) for the new episodes this summer.

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When in doubt, blame Locke!

When in doubt, blame Locke!

I am very angry at myself, fellow Lost fans.  You see, I’ve disliked Locke for ages now.  Pretty much from the time he blew up that submarine I have been irritated with him.  His self-centered belief that he had to stay on the island and so did everybody else because he said so aggravated me to no end.  Of course it seems he was right, but that was irrelevant.  I didn’t like his actions and I certainly didn’t like his naivete when it came to trusting my awesome Ben.  Locke is so Ben’s bitch and he falls for his manipulation every single time.  That part I find amusing along with annoying.

So why am I mad?  Because I didn’t even remotely think to blame Locke for the current mess on the island.  And I totally could have, it turns out!  Locke climbs down a well, again thanks to Charlotte telling him to do so, and gets stuck underground during one of the flashes, falling and breaking his leg. Then Christian Shepherd appeared to Locke and told him that HE was supposed to move the island, not Ben!  Hilariously Christian asks him when listening to Ben has ever done him any good and Locke was stunned into silence on that one.  No answer to that, huh John boy?  So cool.  So if Locke had moved the island, the presumption is they wouldn’t be flashing through time and bleeding from noses and cruelly dying.  Kudos, Locke, stay awesome!  He pushes the donkey wheel himself this time, bravo, and Christian tells him to say hello to his son.  Locke asks who that is but doesn’t get an answer as he flashes away in bright light.

Charlotte shortly before she died; the island claims another one.

Charlotte shortly before she died; the island claims another one.

Okay, Locke rant over.  Last night, Charlotte died.  Poor Charlotte.  Poor Daniel.  Poor Tripp, shipper of Charlotte and Daniel who is now calling herself the angel of death for killing TV couples.  This is Lost though so there’s always the possibility that we’ll be seeing her again.  Actually I’m fairly sure we will see the younger her sometime in the near future.  Right before she died she told Daniel that she grew up on the island and she remembered a crazy man warning her not to come back to the island or she would die.  She told him that she was pretty sure that crazy man was him and Daniel actually looked surprised by that, so I’m thinking he hasn’t actually done it yet.  Of course I don’t think he can change her actions but I bet he’ll still try.  Maybe he could give her the constant idea that ended up helping him and Desmond?  I dunno.  I still hold out hope that we haven’t seen the last of Charlotte.

Jin dealing with his new surroundings, he handled it pretty well.

Jin dealing with his new surroundings, he handled it pretty well.

We got a lot of Jin this episode, which is always a good thing!  He ran around with the Frenchies for awhile and tried to help them avoid the smoke monster but they didn’t listen so very much.  Bad idea.  Oh, by the way, kudos to casting for finding a lot of French speaking hotties for the roles; those were some good looking guys.  I was sorry to see them die.  Yay to the day players.  (What is it with French day players?  DOOL had a few hot French guys a few months ago too, maybe I should move?)  Smokey got ahold of some girl named Nadine and gave her the Greg Grunberg treatment from the pilot episode and spit her out at her pals.  Then he got a hold of blond Frenchman (totally hot or to borrow from his country, tres hot!) and dragged him into his hidey hole.  Danielle’s babydaddy got hold of his arm and tried to wrestle him away from the monster but that only resulted in ripping off his arm.  Ick!  They went after the monster but Jin convinced Danielle to stay back with him.  Then he flashed ahead, very shortly ahead it seems, to see a couple of the Frenchies shot and Danielle facing off with her babydaddy.  He tells her that he’s not sick and the monster was just a guardian of the temple and Danielle starts to believe him.  He then tried to shoot her but his gun failed and she shot him.  Then she caught site of Jin and shot at him but fortunately he flashed again.

Hot Frenchies!

Hot Frenchies!

And who should come upon him but Sawyer and co?  Sawyer’s heartfelt hug of joy was just awesome to see.  Poor Jin was heartbroken when he heard that Sun was gone but he heeded Charlotte’s warning that he needed to make sure she didn’t return.  He gave Locke his wedding ring to take as proof that he was dead but Ben instead used it to prove that he was alive.  Tricky Ben!

Things are not all rosy for Ben this episode though.  Kate screams at him and Jack and takes off with Aaron, clearly having no intention of returning to the island with them.  Sayid tells Ben and Jack that if he ever sees them again it will be unpleasant for all of them and takes off on his own as well. (Threats from Sayid are a powerful thing!)  Sun keeps a gun trained on Ben but agrees to go with him and Jack to see his proof.  I loved the scene in the car when Ben channeled everybody’s father and pulled the car over screaming at Jack and Sun to shut the hell up and that he’d done what he had to do and they’d ‘be thanking him if they do knew everything he’d done to ensure they’d all be safe.  This being Ben, who can say if it’s true or not, but he did seemingly convince them to continue on to the church.

There wasn't enough Sawyer in this episode so I had to include a pic instead!

There wasn't enough Sawyer in this episode so I had to include a pic instead!

Once outside the church he gives Sun the wedding ring and then they turn to see Desmond walking up wondering what they’re doing there.  He tells them that he’s there to meet Faraday’s mom, so we were all right with our assumption that Eloise Hawking is indeed his mother.  Ben seems surprised by Desmond’s appearance and by the news that Eloise is Daniel’s mom.  She greets them and chides Ben for not bringing them all together but says they’ll have to work with it anyway.  There was something extremely frightening about that woman…I don’t know what exactly it is but she scared me more than Ben does.

Next week, time travel explanations and theories.  In other words, I’ll be very confused again!  Also some Jate action (sorry Skate fans) and Hurley’s back!  Should be interesting!

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Ben continues to bend the Losties to his will.

Ben continues to bend the Losties to his will.

Last night’s Lost was as equally awesome as all the rest of them; though for me it was even more awesome because my Ben was back to wreaking his special brand of havoc in the lives of our favorite Losties!  You all may have picked up on my fondness for Mr. Benjamin Linus and it continues unabated as he gleefully pulls on Kate’s puppet strings this episode.  I think Ben could talk the Pope into killing someone if he was of a mind to do so.

Kate is really very lovely, isn't she?

Kate is really very lovely, isn't she?

So last night Kate went to see the lawyer who wants her to submit to a blood test and tried to demand to know who his client was.   He said he’d ask but he was pretty sure that the client wasn’t going to allow him to release that info; so ever the enterprising Kate followed him to a hotel room.  While she was waiting to follow him, Jack came to warn her that some guy who tried to attack Sayid was carrying her address.  He went to the hotel with her and they saw Claire’s mother at the door.  Kate started freaking out because the woman does have claim to Aaron, so Jack offered to go talk to her.  He started to tell her why they lied about Aaron but she didn’t know that name; she’d just come there to collect on her Oceanic settlement for Claire’s death.  Jack lets that be that and goes to tell Kate that she’s not the client.  So who was???

Aaron is the pawn in Ben's game.

Aaron is the pawn in Ben's game.

Well we find that out rather quickly because the lawyer’s next stop is at the police station where he meets Ben and Sayid.  Ben tells him to get Hurley out of jail and the lawyer heads off to do that I guess.  Sayid and Ben head to the marina to meet up with Jack and Kate; who’ve also called Sun to bring Aaron.  Annnnnd everybody but Hurley is back together again!  But they’re not so very happy.  One look at Ben and Kate knows it was him that set her up.  Jack tries to tell her no, Ben’s on their side, but Ben being Ben just tells her that he did indeed set her up.  When she asks why, Ben tells her that Aaron is not her child.  Like he cares about that, who raised Alex all those years?  But we all know, he threatened her with losing the kid so he could get her to go back to the island with the rest of them.  Sun, seeing her nemesis, glances at Aaron for a moment but decides that a 3 year old won’t be bothered by violence so she gets out her gun and goes to confront Ben.  I so cannot wait for next week to see Ben talk his way out of that one.  Of course he is going to use Jin for that one isn’t he?

Sun's hubby is alive!!!

Sun's hubby is alive!!!

Because lo and behold, Jin is alive!  The French science team that Rousseau was with came upon him floating upon a piece of wood in the ocean.  They hauled him into their raft and took him to land.  The woman in the group tries talking to him and Jin lets them know that he can speak some English.  She leans closer to him and we see her baby belly and she introduces herself as Danielle.  Rousseau!!!  Poor Jin, he’s going to be rather confused about this whole time travel thing and language barrier should be fun to overcome.  Still, I’m thrilled that he’s back on the show and still alive.  Jin’s cool.

Hopefully Jin will stumble across the rest of the islanders in the near future.  We opened with them with Charlotte and her bloody nose; after a few minutes she recovered and they decided to head to the Orchid Station to try to deal with this whole time travel situation.  They tried to figure out “when” they were but nobody knew.  They stumbled upon the sounds of a woman screaming and Sawyer went to check it out.  He ran across Kate helping Claire deliver her baby.  This was the most poignant part of the night and when I find a picture of Sawyer’s face while watching Kate deliver that baby I will surely post it.  If ever there was an expression of complete and utter love, he was wearing it.  It was jarring to see Sawyer look so unguarded with his feelings.  Kudos to Josh Holloway for that scene.  He said a million words with just one look.

Sawyer went back to his cronies but wouldn’t tell them what he saw.  They run across some kayak’s on the beach containing bottles of French water and decide to kayak to the other side of the island.  They hit the water and all of a sudden bullets are flying in their direction.  Their pursuers are gaining upon them and then the island gives them a timely gift; flashing them to the time when Rousseau’s team was new to the island.  Of course they land in a huge rain storm but at least they’re not being shot at anymore.

Other things worth mentioning were the fact that Miles and Juliet both got nose bleeds as well.  Theirs were slight but they are starting to feel the effects of the time travel as well.  So much for my theory that if you were born on the island you couldn’t handle the time travel.  I believe Miles and Charlotte were but Juliet wasn’t.  So I have no clue why some people are affected and some are not.

Also, I always have to throw some joy in for any scene where Sayid is kicking major butt.  He was in the hospital and some orderly comes in to give him an injection.  He turns around to shoot some darts at Sayid but Sayid is not in the bed and he sneaks up on the guy and starts knocking him around.  Sayid ends up darting him and finding the piece of paper that sets Jack off to find Kate.

Jack's buying into Ben's plan 100%

Jack's buying into Ben's plan 100%

As usual, I can’t wait til next week to see what is happening both on and off island.  How is Ben going to prove to Sun that Jin is still alive?  Will any more of the Losties get nose bleeds?  How do we keep all of them from ending up like blondie in England?  How will Ben get Hurley out of jail?  When will Jin meet up with Sawyer and Co?  When will Desmond get to LA and run into everyone else?  Does he have to go back as well? What else does Ben have up his sleeve? (I could ask this every week, hehe)

So many questions, but this year we seem to be getting answers at least and some of them will resolve quickly no doubt!  I’ll be back with you next week to discuss whatever else our island reveals.

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Daniel & his mother? Inquiring minds want to know!  From ABC.com

Daniel & his mother? Inquiring minds want to know! From ABC.com

Oh, the hubris!  Last week in my first Lost blog I dared write that I understood what was going on.  I fooled myself into believing that I’d be able to follow this whole time travel thing; that I got it!  Ha!  Brag and you shall be smacked down.  Damon and Carlton probably did it on purpose.  Give them a little understanding in the first two episodes of the year and then hit them with the hard stuff.  Alright, fine, I will attempt to rise to the challenge then!

Since this is my first year blogging Lost, none of you have experienced the Desmond effect with me.  I love Des, I really do, but every time he is featured in an episode they are by far the most confusing and confounding for me.  I usually exit them with a headache and a WTF? face.   I’m like Sawyer, scowling at everything in sight because I just don’t understand.  So I don’t know why I was surprised knowing that this was a Des episode that I got Lost almost immediately.  Lost, such an apt name!   Throw Daniel into the mix and you’re just asking for a migraine to form.  I like him as well but he’s the other time travel dude and I had a hard time with his flashback episode as well.  I guess I better get used to it since this season is all about time travel, huh?

Anyway, we started off with Desmond frantically looking for a doctor.  He found one and we came upon pregnant Penny in labor.  She gave birth to a baby boy, Charlie.  Say it with me now, Awwww!!!  He named him after our dearly departed Lostie.  I get the feeling we’ll be seeing him again this year, probably trying to convince Hurley to return to the island, or not to return.  We shall see!  Anyway, flash ahead to real time Des who is determined to go to Oxford to find Daniel’s mom and help the islanders.  Penny is most displeased but resigned to it.  Des goes to Oxford and there’s no record of Daniel or his mother having taught there.  He investigates and finds Daniel’s rat maze and chalk board all covered up and sees a picture of Daniel and some blond woman looking like a happy couple.  A janitor comes in and gives Desmond some info about them covering up Daniel’s involvement at the school based upon what he’d done to the blond woman.

Desmond goes to see about her and finds her in some kind of vegetative state.  Her sister tells Des that Daniel caused it and that he’d just run off to America instead of staying to deal with it.  Apparently sis does wake up now and then and claims that she’s been somewhere else in time.  AHA!  She must have traveled with Daniel through time and gotten the headache/bloody nose that we see in Charlotte now and it eventually fried her brain.  Lovely.  Poor Daniel, doomed to love women who can’t handle time travel.  Oops, I wandered.  Desmond learns that Charles Widmore is fitting the bill for the woman, because Daniel was researching for him when it happened.  This sets Des off and he goes to confront Charles and demands to know where Faraday’s mom is.  Charles gets snippy with him but does give him the address.  He implores that Desmond NOT take Penny to the island, to leave it all alone.  Des returns to Penny and tells her Daniel’s mom is in LA but claims he’s not going to go after her.  Penny knows her man and tells him they’ll all go, he won’t be able to put it aside for long.  Off they head to LA and the Oceanic 6!!!  Reunions, you gotta love em!

As for our boy Daniel, he’s busy in the year 1954, saving Charlotte from stepping on a landmine and then checking out a hydrogen bomb.  Confusing at all?   Well in their latest flash, they went to 1954 and were captured by Richard’s men.  Daniel ascertained that there was a bomb on the island; ostensibly because of some radiation burns on one of the soldiers but more likely because he was on the island and part of the people who put the bomb there.  Or he saw them do it.  (A moment to pause and enjoy that I used the words ascertained and ostensibly in the same sentence, Lost makes me so cerebral, HAHA).  Anyway, he convinces Richard to let him take a look at the bomb because he’ll know how to help them.  Richard agrees but only after Daniel reveals that he loves Charlotte; he just blurts it out in front of her and Miles and random British chick, who I am thinking might actually be his mother.  I think her name is Ellie.  Charlotte’s eyes pop wide at the revelation but she doesn’t say anything.

Ellie takes Daniel to the bomb and he tries to get her talking but she’s not so big on the communication.  We come upon some tower holding a bomb.  Daniel climbs up and sees a leak; he gets down and tells her that they need concrete to bury the bomb.  She wants him to disarm it like he said he would and he tells her burying it will work.  She wonders how he could know that and he tells her he just came from 50 years later and the island is still there so obviously the bomb won’t blow.  She is rather disbelieving of this claim; I wonder why?  She’s pretty much ready to shoot Daniel despite the fact that shooting him around a leaky H-bomb would not be the wisest course of action; but Sawyer shows up and tells her to drop the gun.  Juliet recommends everybody drop their guns.   That’s as far as we get there before a flash takes the Losties away, no more British peeps with guns.

I did love when Daniel had a moment alone (tho Miles the annoyance was there!) with Charlotte and she told him he didn’t have to lie about loving her to convince Richard to let him deal with the bomb.  It was the perfect out for Daniel right there but instead of taking it, he said that he does indeed love her.  Before she could really absorb that one he was off to look at the bomb.   When they reunited they didn’t have the chance to talk about it at all before Charlotte got another bloody nose and collapsed.

Prior to that, Locke has wandered in to chat with Richard and show him the compass he gave him.  He tells Richard that Jacob sent him, which I believe is a lie; but whatever.   The mention of Jacob gives Richard pause and Locke informs him that he, Locke, is his leader.  Richard laughs about that one and says that leaders are chosen at a very young age.  Locke tells him to come visit him in 2 years when he’s born.  HA!  And of course we know he does visit when Locke’s about 10 or so thanks to a flashback from a year or two ago.  Locke demands that Richard tell him how he gets off the island because he has to save it.  Richard is not big on giving out this info and before Locke can convince him he must; zap!  Locke’s with the rest of the Losties in some unknown time.

Ooops, I forgot to highlight one very important thing in that Locke visit with Richard.  The army guy that got away from Sawyer and Juliet and Locke; the one Locke could have shot but refused to because he was one of “his people” was a guy bearing the name tag Jones.  But when he was threatening to kill Locke, Richard called him Widmore!  And Locke looked at him and said, “Charles Widmore” and Widmore said something along the lines of “What’s it to you?” and Locke smiled.  So, we have Charles on the island probably 20 some years before Ben shows up.  Interesting to see what kind of interaction those two are going to have to make them sworn enemies, isn’t it?  My friend, Tripp, thinks maybe Ben’s girlfriend Annie will be Widmore’s daughter, which is a possibility; tho I think maybe she’s Widmore’s wife or mother of a certain blond chick.  The timing may be wrong there, but with all this time jumping who can say?

So that was the episode, and I guess maybe it wasn’t as confusing as I thought it was but still it messed with my head.  We had more questions arise than answers this week I think.   I look forward to next week, seeing my Ben and Sayid and co again.  I want to know how they’re going to get back and how they’re going to convince Hurley to go.  I want to know if Charlotte is going to go insane like the blond girl or if Daniel can find a way to save her.  I want to know how Ben and Charles become enemies.  I want to know what Richard’s deal is, why he never ages.  I want to know a lot more things than that but this blog is long enough as it is.  I love this show, but it sure drives me nuts.  No more Des heavy eps for a few weeks I hope, I can’t handle too many in a row!

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