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Lost Season 5 Episodes 16 and 17: The Incident Pt 1 and 2

Maybe Lost has melted my brain so many times that I’m now immune. Maybe I over-theorized about the finale. Whatever the reason, the finale didn’t totally blow my mind. Let’s break it down.

The episode opens in a poorly lit shelter, where a faceless man is working at a spinning wheel and then a loom. We then see the man retrieving fish from a trap in shallow water, which he cooks up over a fire on the beach. The man is joined on the beach by another man and they both look out at the ship that is approaching the shore. It appears to be the Black Rock, and Man #2 says they will come fight, destroy, corrupt, it always ends the same way. Man #1 says it only ends once and that anything that happens before that is progress, which seems to piss Man #2 off. Man #2 says he wants to kill Man #1 and threatens that one day he will find a loophole. Man #1 says he’ll be waiting. Man #2 gets up to leave and says, “It’s always nice talking to you Jacob.” Jacob says, “It’s always nice talking to you too,” but doesn’t say Man #2’s name. The camera then backs out to reveal they are at the base of the statue, and it appears to have a sort of crocodile mouth–that doesn’t sound like any Egyptian god I’ve ever seen.

So we finally know what Jacob looks like–and this sets up a series of great flashback reveals throughout both the entire two-hour finale. The first involves a Young Kate who tries to shoplift a New Kids on the Block lunchbox, only to get busted. Jacob arrives just in time to pay the shopkeeper and keep Kate out of trouble. He makes Kate promise not to steal anymore–yeah that worked.

Back to the sub in ’77 and Sawyer basically tells Kate to get over it and come back to the real world with him and Juliet. Back on the island, Jack and Sayid layout their plan to remove the plutonium from Jughead and transport it to The Swan site. According to Sayid, they only have two hours to make it happen. Over at The Swan, Chang tries to explain to Radzinski why they have to stop drilling, and Radzinski bitches him out, explaining he has been working on the plans for The Swan for six years.

In ’07, Locke gives his people a quick five, which gives Sun enough time to ask Ben who Jacob is. Ben explains that everyone answers to someone, and the Leader answers to Jacob. She probes further, causing Ben to begrudgingly reveal to her that he has never actually seen Jacob. Meanwhile, Locke and Richard are talking and Richard explains the reason he’s been starting at John is because he’s never seen someone come back to life before. Before pressing on, Locke let’s Richard know that after they are done visiting Jacob, they will have to ‘deal’ with the Ajira survivors. For whatever reason, Locke doesn’t even find it necessary to pretend that ‘deal’ means anything other than kill. Speaking of the Ajira folks, they are arriving on the main island and Lapidus regains consciousness just as they are discussing what to do with him. He asks what’s in the box, and surprisingly they decide to show him. We don’t get to see what it is, but the look on Frank’s face is priceless.  All he can say is, “Terrific.”

Another flashback shows us Young James after his parents’ funeral. He is sitting down to write the letter to Mr. Sawyer and Jacob shows up to give him a nice pen to write it with. After Jacob leaves, Uncle Doug shows up and tells little Jimmy that he needs to move on. He tells him that what’s done is done. This obviously frames grown-up James’ opinion about whether or not to execute Faraday’s plan.

Back on the sub, after some debate which Sawyer thinks he’s won, Juliet surprises him by knocking out the guard and freeing herself. They disable the radio and make the captain surface so they can get back to shore to stop Jack from carrying out Daniel’s plan. Beneath Dharmaville, Richard approaches Jack and wants to know a little more about this Locke dude. He tells Jack he has left the island on three occasions to visit John and that he has never seemed particularly special. Jack tells Richard not to give up on him just yet.

On the road to Jacob, Locke quizzes Ben in an attempt to figure out why Ben hasn’t tried to screw him over yet. Ben explains what went on in the cave below the temple, then begrudgingly confirms when Locke realizes Ben has to follow his orders. Locke instructs Ben to kill Jacob. 

Off-island in ’04, we see Sayid and Nadia walking down the sidewalk, approaching a crosswalk. They start across when Jacob appears and get’s Sayid’s attention. This separates them just enough for Nadia to get plowed by the SUV while Sayid is totally unharmed.

In the tunnel in ’77, Richard opens up a wall to reveal a passage into a Dharma house, then knocks out Eloise so she can’t lead the group any further. He tells Jack and Sayid to go on alone, and turns back with Eloise. Once topside, Jack and Sayid quickly find themselves in a firefight with Dharma, resulting in a serious gunshot wound for Sayid, and Jack killing several Dharma guys. Hurley, Miles, and Jin pull up just in time to drive the boys to safety. 

We got a nice break at this point, and some long overdue fan service. Sawyer, Juliet, and Kate arrived back to the beach, only to be greeted by Vincent–followed by a disappointed Rose and Bernard. Apparently they have been enjoying ‘retirement’ on the island and have absolutely no interest in rejoining the fight. They say they don’t care what happens with the bomb as long as they’re together. This offers an important insight for Juliet, who at that moment see Sawyer look not in her direction, but instead toward Kate. Elsewhere on the island, Lapidus is wishing he hadn’t seen the contents of the box when he is assured these people are ‘the good guys’. Then the group comes upon the cabin, and after Ilyana retrieves a piece of cloth with a picture of the statue on it, the burn the place to the ground. In the middle of this, we get a flashback to an injured Ilyana who is visited by Jacob in the hospital. He explains he needs her help.

Another flashback shows us Jacob on a bench reading Flannery O’Conner’s ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’, which seems very tongue-in-cheek once we see John Locke’s paralysis-causing fall take place over Jacob’s shoulder. Jacob goes to the injured Locke and rouses him long enough to assure him everything will be fine.

On the island in ’07, Locke lets his people rest at the old Oceanic campsite while he shares a few moments with Ben. Ben admits he is a liar, and Lock proceeds to explain that with everything that has happened to Ben, he fails to see why he wouldn’t want to kill Jacob. This seems to ring true to Ben, and I think we just witnessed the first time Locke has ever tried to manipulate Ben and been successful. On the other side of camp, Sun finds Charlie’s old ring and flashes back to her wedding with Jin, remembering a visit they received from Jacob, who Jin noted spoke excellent Korean.

Hurley hits the brakes on the Dharma van in ’77 and when Jack asks why, we see that Sawyer, Juliet, and Kate are standing in the road with their guns drawn.

’07 – Locke asks Richard why they’re stopping and Richard just says, “You’ll see.” Pan over to the statue’s foot.

Sawyer tells Jack he needs five minutes to talk to him before they let him go on. Jack flashes back to his first big surgery, during which Christian made him look like a fool. Afterward, Jack runs into Jacob at the candy machine when Jacob gets two candy bars after Jack’s gets stuck. As Jack walks away with his candy, we hear Jacob say, “I guess it just needed a little push.” This seemed to me like a reference to what it took to make Jack into a true believer instead of a cynical man of science. Back with Sawyer, Jack listens to the theory of ‘what’s done is done’ and denies it. A fistfight ensues, and is only broken up when Juliet arrives to tell Sawyer she has changed her mind about helping Jack. Flash to Young Juliet and sister Rachel getting told by their parents that they’re getting divorced. This leads to Juliet confronting Sawyer about his feelings for Kate, and her final argument, “If I never meet you, then I don’t have to lose you.” I really don’t like this reasoning, because I think that regardless of the love triangle and its outcome, Sawyer is a better man now than he was when the plane crashed. Reverting everything back would mean turning him back into the asshole he originally was.

Over near the Swan, Jack and Kate share a moment and Jack gets her to agree to help him after all. He says, “Nothing in my life has ever felt so right.” It seems to me that includes all the time he spent with Kate–hmm slap in the face much?

Off-island Hurley is getting out of jail, and naturally Jacob is waiting to share a cab back to town. Jacob explains to Hurley that maybe he’s not really cursed, and might even be blessed. He tells Hurley the Ajira flight information and says the choice is his. Jacob leaves the guitar case behind in the cab when he gets out.

’07 on the beach, and Richard is lighting torches to lead the way to Jacob. Richard is pissed when he sees Ben coming along, but Locke puts Richard in his place. Richard opens the door then leaves. Locke then hands Ben a knife and reminds him that things will change once Jacob is gone. For some reason I really felt like for once, Ben was going to follow through and not screw Locke over.

Near The Swan in ’77, Miles takes a moment to ask the group if anyone ever thought maybe the bomb was actually the cause of the incident, and that the best thing they could do was actually nothing. Once again, I have to thank the writers for making Miles the voice of the fans. I have been considering all along that the incident was really caused by the actions of the gang, rather than prevented by them. At the construction site, Jack is spotted and the big climactic firefight begins. Several Dharma folks are killed, and eventually Phil calls everyone off since there’s a gun to his head. Sayid has rigged the bomb to detonate on impact, and Jack drops it into the drill shaft since Faraday’s notes called for it to be close to the energy source. Everyone braces for the explosion and then nothing happens. Instead, the electromagnetism kicks into overdrive and metal stuff starts flying everywhere. Dr. Chang gets pinned under some scaffold and Jack gets busted upside the head by a toolbox, knocking him out. Sweetest of all, Phil gets pinned by scaffolding, then run through with some other metal parts. The culmination of the scene comes when Juliet gets tangled in a thick metal chain, which causes her to get dragged into the mouth of the shaft. Sawyer grabs her arm, but she cannot free herself from the chains. She professes her love for James while he shouts at her not to let go. Ultimately the magnetic force is to strong and she is pulled down the shaft, leaving a screaming, sobbing Sawyer on the surface with Kate.

The Ajira group approaches the Statue beach in ’07 and says they are looking for Ricardos. Richard steps forward and correctly answers the secret question with a Latin phrase. Ilyana then opens the crate and reveals that what they found in the cargo hold of the plane was the body of John Locke. So we quickly realize that this new forceful Locke is none other than some form of Man #2 from the opening sequence of this episode. This explains his strong desire to see Jacob and get Ben to do the dirty work for him. Inside the statue base, Jacob greets “Locke” and says, “I see you found your loophole.” to which he replies, “You have no idea what I’ve gone through to be here.” Jacob explains to Ben that he has a choice to make, which only serves to make Ben angrier than he already was. Ben is extremely bitter about the way he was treated, especially after he blindly followed orders and sacrificed so much for the island. Ben asks, “What was it that was so wrong with me?” and then wants to know what’s in it for him.

Ben: “What about me?”

Jacob: “What about you?”

That’s all the justification Ben needed to plunge the knife into Jacob’s chest. And while Ben seems somewhat horrified at what he has done, Man #2/Locke just kicks Jacob’s body into the fire to ensure the job is finished. The look on Ben’s face reminded me of two things at once: 1) Brutus after stabbing Ceasar, and 2) Judas after kissing Jesus on the cheek. I’m sure this similarity is not accidental.

Back at The Swan site, the camera takes us into the shaft, and to Juliet who’s eyes slowly open. She seems upset to still be alive, then happy to see that the un-detonated bomb is just a few feet away. She grabs a large rock and begins to strike the casing of the bomb. It doesn’t work at first, so she tries again and again and then a white flash fills the screen. LOST.

Let’s be clear. While the episode didn’t completely melt my brain, I still thought it was EXCELLENT. Just like we have all season, we got a lot of answers tonight–answers to questions we have been asking for years in some cases. Of course, in true Lost fashion, we got a bunch of questions too. But that’s okay. 

I told my wife last week that I thought the season would end with a white flash and LOST. I’m actually not thrilled to be right about it though. I would have loved to have been wrong and actually seen what happened to our heroes, instead of being forced to wait until January to find out. That’s okay though, because I know in a year when the series is over, I will be sad that there is no more suspense left. That is my advice for now–enjoy the suspense while we have it, because it is finite.

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May 13, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Science, Scifi, Season Finale, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lost Season 5 Episodes 16 and 17: The Incident Pt 1 and 2

Lost Season 5 Episode 10: He’s Our You

Let’s get straight to the recap/analysis on this very Sayid-centric episode.

We open with a scene in Tikrit where a father is trying to make his son a man by forcing him to kill a chicken in their coop.  After the father goes inside, a younger boy appears and proceeds to lure and kill a chicken with his bare hands.  It’s no surprise when we find out that this boy is in fact Sayid.  I believed the older animal-loving boy was Sayid for about 0.2 seconds, until my brain reminded me I was watching Lost and it was obviously a trick.

Back to ’77 and Young Ben is bringing another sandwich to Sayid.  Ben reveals it has been four years since his conversation in the jungle with Grungy Hippie Richard Alpert.  Ben wants to know if Richard sent Sayid to retrieve him.

Flash to ’04 off island and Sayid executing a Russian guy who makes a worthless attempt to bribe Sayid and avoid death.  After the hit, Sayid meets up with Ben, who tells him that was the last hit.  Sayid is pissed off, but Ben tells him the mission is accomplished and his family is no longer in danger.  “No one else in Widmore’s organization is a threat.  You’re free Sayid.”  I’m surprised we didn’t see the steam rising for the hot bullshit that Ben was serving up on a cold Moscow night.  I think it’s painfully obvious at this point that Ben is completely full of shit and the killings had nothing to do with Sayid and everything to do with Ben’s vendetta against Widmore.

Horace and Radzinski pay Sayid a visit in ’77.  Horace removes Sayid’s restraints in a lame-ass attempt to get on his good side and get some information.  Radzinski presses Horace to ask about the model of the Swan, but Horace gives Sayid an hour to start talking, or he’ll have to “take it to the next level.”

Cut to a preoccupied Juliet staring out the window.  When Sawyer asks what’s up, she confronts him about Kate and the gang returning and guesses that their time ‘playing house’ is over.  This moment almost gets lost as Horace shows up to tell LaFleur that they’re taking the prisoner to see Oldham.  I think the important thing to take away from this scene is that Juliet is genuinely invested in her relationship with Sawyer–and it really seems like he is as well.  They share a look right before Horace comes in that tells me that Sawyer may not ditch Juliet for Kate after all.

Sawyer quickly heads to security and tells Phil to go take his lunch.  Once alone, he invites Sayid to “join the party in Dharmaville,” but Sayid decides to go it alone.

Still in ’77, we get a quick scene in the Dharmateria that serves only two purposes: 1) To show us that Hurley is working in the cafeteria, and 2) To offer a lame pretext for Hurley to tell Kate that Sawyer and Juliet are living together, “you know, like, not as roommates.”

Back to Dharmajail and we get a cameo from Roger “Workman” Linus, who offers up a warning about Oldham to Sayid.  Then we are reminded that Roger is an asshole when Ben shows up with a sandwich for Sayid, only to receive a beating from his father.  It was nice to get a refresher on why we weren’t upset when Roger got the gas.

Back to the future (’07-ish by my guess) and Ben has found Sayid at his Dominican Habitat for Humanity.  Ben tells Sayid that he is in danger and then John Locke is dead.  He even has the balls to tell Sayid, “I think he was murdered!”  I laughed out loud at that–more confirmation that Ben will say pretty much anything to get his way.  He then reminds Sayid that no matter how many houses he builds for the poor, he’s just a killer at heart.  When Sayid says he doesn’t like killing, Ben apologizes and says “I was wrong about you.”

Back to ’77 and Sayid is tazed and taken to Oldham’s camp outside the village.  Sayid asks who this guy is and Sawyer says, “He’s our you.”  I said, no that’s Larry from Newhart.  You know the guy with the two brothers named Darryl?  Or perhaps you remember him from Blade Runner?  Whatever you remember him from, he gives Sayid a sugar cube soaked with truth serum.

Flash to the dock in ’07 with the gang splitting up when they realize what Jack and Ben want them to do.  After he leaves, Sayid is at a bar when who starts hitting on him–the Marshal.

Next we join a very loopy Sayid at Oldham’s place.  Sayid spills the beans about both of his flights to the island.  He almost blows Sawyer’s cover, but Oldham changes subjects to the Dharma stations.  When Sayid mentions the Swan and “The Incident” Radzinski loses his shit.  Sayid then warns them all of their impending deaths, causing Oldham to wonder if he used too much serum.  Sayid lets out a maniacal laugh and tells him he used “exactly the right amount.”

At the motor pool, we have another scene that exists to give us one piece of information. Kate tells Juliet she knows about her and Sawyer, then Juliet admits she’s glad Kate knows.  Juliet does make it clear she’s not giving Sawyer up easily.

The inquisitors gather in Horace’s living room to discuss Sayid’s fate.  Sawyer tries to sway the group away from execution, but Amy steps in and makes a plea to kill Sayid so she can stop ‘sleeping with one eye open’.  Her speech works and everyone votes for death.  Sawyer resists at first, but caves when Horace turns and says that he would like the vote to be unanimous.

Sayid’s hotel room in ’07 – He and the Marshal burst in while making out and find their way to the bed.  As he starts to undress her, she kicks his ass and pulls a gun.  According to her, the family of the guy Sayid killed on the golf course have hired her to bring Sayid to Guam.  Apparently she’s a bounty hunter and not a marshal after all.  I guess I’ll have to start calling her Boba.

In ’77 we’re back at Dharmajail and Sawyer is trying to help Sayid escape.  Sayid refuses and tells Sawyer that he now knows his purpose for being back on the island.  Sawyer leaves and finds Kate to ask why she came back.  Before she can answer, a flaming Dharma van crashes into a house and starts a huge fire.  Janitor Jack miraculously becomes Fireman Jack as Sawyer issues the all-hands-on-deck.  In the fray, Young Ben appears and offers to spring Sayid if he can come too.  Sayid agrees to take him along, saying “That’s why I’m here.”

Quick scene at the airport in ’07 with Sayid asking Boba if they can take the next flight once he sees Hurley and Kate waiting at the gate.  When Ben gets on the plane, Sayid asks Boba if she’s really working for him–she says no.  By the look on her face she’s either telling the truth, doesn’t know she’s working for Ben, or is just a really good liar.

Sayid and Ben race into the jungle in ’77, only to encounter a Dharma van.  The van stops and Jin pops out.  Sayid asks him to look the other way, but is forced to knock Jin out when he insists on trying to raise Sawyer on the radio.  Ben tells Sayid they need to hurry.  Sayid says, “You were right about me, I am a killer,” then shoots Ben in the chest and walks away.  LOST

Now I don’t think for a second that Young Ben is actually dead.  I could be a sucker, but I really believe in Faraday’s whole theory about not being able to change things.  I also like the idea of the symmetry between Young Ben returning from a gunshot in the same way Locke returned after older Ben shot him.  What I’m really looking forward to is finding out more about Widmore’s past on the island, but I’m starting to think that won’t be revealed until Season Six.

Another intriguing item tonight was Sayid’s mention of “the incident” during his interrogation by Oldham.  On this week’s Official Lost Podcast, Lindelof and Cuse revealed that the two-hour season finale has been written and is titled “The Incident Parts 1 & 2”.  They also said not to worry, both parts will air together on the same night.  One thing is for sure, once the finale has aired, none of us want to wait until next January for the next episode.

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lost Season 5 Episode 10: He’s Our You