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Lost Season 5 Episode 9: Namaste

The last 13 days have been painful.  This is the longest we have gone without a new episode of Lost since season five premiered in January.  After this brief layoff, I am dreading the long 8 months that will separate the end of season five and the premiere of season six.  I decided to mix a spoiler-laden recap with my own thoughts, analysis, and speculation, so this post is a bit longer than most.

The only positive thing for me about our week off, was I got to experience a higher level of excitement when my brain caught up and realized it was time for Lost again.  One moment, I was using my iPhone and hitting play on the DVR and the next my brain was shouting, “Oh Shit, It’s the Ajira plane!  We’re going to see the trip back to the island from the perspective of the people who didn’t get flashed off the plane!”

That’s exactly what we got to see.  We got some sweet Lapidus-as-hero action as he navigated the stalled plane to a safe landing on the much talked about Dharma runway on the second island.  I was glad to see this validated since it’s been the subject of so much online gossip since the 316 episode.  Captain Lapidus awakens on the ground in the cockpit, only to discover his copilot has come down with a terminal case of Tree Branch Through the Chest Syndrome.  Back in the cabin, Cesar introduces himself to the Marshal who had escorted Sayid onto the plane.  It seemed to me that this introduction was solely to remind all of us what Cesar’s name is, so I guess he’ll be around for at least a few episodes.  The next reveal is that Lapidus isn’t the only alumnus who didn’t disappear in the flash–Sun and Ben are with all the newbies as well.  Cue the first brain melting moment of the night…

30 Years Earlier

Oh. Shit.  Without sounding to cocky, I kind of felt this coming, but it was still something totally different to see it in black and white on the screen.  I think we all knew it couldn’t be super easy for everyone to just flash back to the island and live happily ever after.  What I’m very interested in is the explanation of why Sun, Ben, and Lapidus weren’t cool enough to get flashed off the plane.

So Ajira crash minus 30 years, Jack tells Sawyer that Locke is dead, and Sawyer drops some knowledge of his own by telling us all that it’s 1977.  Cue Hurley with the line of the night: “Uh….what?”  Back at Dharma camp, Juliet is a bit too frantic at the security station, asking Miles where James has gone.  Maybe it’s the three years of relationship we didn’t get to see, but for me the whole Juliet-as-worried-girlfriend/wife/whatever just doesn’t come off as believable.  Back to the Oceanic 3, and we see an interesting side of Sawyer as he tells the gang that he doesn’t want to ‘screw everything up that they have with Dharma’.  Again, I wish we could have seen more of the missing three years, but I get the distinct impression that old Sawyer may be happy with his new Dharma day job.  Jin, having found out from Jack and Co. that Sun was on the plane, races to The Flame to see if Radzinski has spotted any planes landing/crashing on the island.  Radzinksi blows Jin off, and we get to see a flash of the old pre-island Jin come out as he gets physical in convincing Radzinski to call the other stations for a report.

Fast Forward to Sun on the beach.  The Marshal is starting to quiz Sun when Lapidus gathers the group and informs them the radio is broken and wherever they landed, it isn’t on his charts.  Well no shit.  Cesar seems to be unhappy with Captain Lapidus assuming the leadership role and starts running his mouth about buildings and animal cages on the island.  Cue Ben, who goes running into the jungle.  As an aside–I’ve always thought Ben looked like a rodent of some kind, and when Cesar was talking, I think I saw Ben perk up like a caged mouse who can smell the cheese before it’s dropped in his cage.  No surprise that Sun follows after Ben.

Back to the 70s and Juliet is snooping.  She wakes Amy from a nap on accident, and then decides to check on the baby.  Brain melting moment 2:

Amy & Horace’s baby is Ethan.  And now we understand why he’s so loyal to Ben.  Obviously young Ben makes a disciple of Ethan at an early age.  Back at The Flame, we have a Code 14J, also known as a Hostile in Dharma territory.  Jin grabs a rifle and runs out into the jungle only to find Sayid wandering around.  Before he can fill Sayid in, Radzinski shows up with his rifle and forces Jin to play along, taking Sayid into custody.  Back in the Dharma bus, Sawyer is telling Jack, Kate and Hurley what they need to do to fit in as recruits who are fresh of the submarine.  In the process, Hurley asks if Sawyer is planning to save the Dharma people from the Others.  Sawyer explains that Faraday doesn’t think it works like that.  Then we find out that “Faraday isn’t here anymore.”  So what’s up?  Did Daniel hop a sub back to the mainland?  Did he die?  Did he decide to give the donkey wheel a spin?  Whatever the answer, my money is on it having something to do with Desmond.  The new recruits get welcomed, but not before Miles shows up looking for an explanation from LaFleur about his disappearance.  I enjoyed watching the look on Miles’s face when he saw Jack, Kate, and Hurley.

Back to Ben and Sun, who are joined in the jungle by Lapidus.  Even he knows better than to trust Ben, but Sun seems determined to follow Ben to the outriggers and then to the main island.  Just when I started wondering what the hell Sun was thinking, Ben decided to start a monologue about his responsibilities and what his plan on the main island was and just when he gave enough details WHAM!  Sun cracks him upside the dome with an oar.  Nice.

A bonus character intersection at Dharma Orientation as Jack meets with Pierre Chang, Dharma’s resident orientation film star.  We find out the apparently Sawyer has earned the respect of Chang, then we are treated to a funny parallel of Ben’s father’s orientation as Jack is informed he will be a Workman.  I’m sure Sawyer had a hand in making Jack a janitor.  Just as Kate is about to be busted by Security Phil, Juliet arrives to save the day with a sweet line of bullshit.  Back to Sawyer arriving at The Flame, and we discover that in 1977, The Swan is apparently nothing more than a model Radzinski is working on.

Back in 2007, Sun and Lapidus arrive at a trashed Dharma camp that is occupied by a smoke monster and brain melter number three of the night: Christian Shephard.  Oh man this is getting good.  I don’t know why it took me this long to believe it, but I think Christian is alive.  I never had a problem believing Locke was brought back by the island, so I don’t see any reason that couldn’t apply to Christian as well.  Apparently he knows a little something as well since he tells Frank and Sun that they have “quite a journey” ahead of them.

The episode wraps up back in 77 with an increasingly suspicious Security Phil wondering why Jack the Janitor is dropping in on Lafleur, Master of Security.  Jack gets surprised with a Juliet reunion, followed by the reveal that she lives with Sawyer.  The scene that follows between Jack and Sawyer was my favorite of the night.  It really seems that three years with real responsibility have given Sawyer some much needed perspective.  He proceeds to serve jack a big slice of humble pie when he reminds Jack that all the actions Jack took were reactive, whereas he prefers to stop and think in order to come up with the right solution.  It really underscored for me the journey in opposite directions that Jack and Sawyer have been on in the three years since they last saw each other.  Sawyer built a life and a career based on fulfilling responsibility to Dharma and Juliet, while Jack has done nothing more than become a self-pitying drunk and painkiller addict.

The closing scene is a nice reveal of a young boy visiting Sayid in Dharma jail to bring him a sandwich.  Who is that young man with the rodent-like features and dorky circular glasses?  Why Ben Linus of course.  And now Sayid (who didn’t get Faraday’s memo about altering the past) may have a new plan of his own.

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March 18, 2009 - Posted by | Drama, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments

  1. My guess as to why siad ,ben and sun didnt flash forward, they have all been a nemesis to whitmore ,

    Comment by mark | March 19, 2009

    • That’s a good point. Ultimately, I think it could have everything to do with which side of the Dharma vs. Others equation people end up on.

      Comment by kingoftelevision | March 19, 2009


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