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Lost Season 5 Episode 13: Some Like It Hoth

As much as we have learned about the Oceanic passengers, Desmond, and some of the Others (Ben & Juliet) over five seasons, we still haven’t learned much at all about the Freighties – Penelope, Faraday, and Miles.  I understand they’ve only been with us for about one season now, but I think we all know that they must be pivotal in the endgame that is starting to unfold.  At least if we didn’t know before tonight, we know now.

The episode opens with a woman looking at a mediocre apartment, who we quickly find out is Miles’ mother.  She assures the potential landlord that he is a well-behaved young man, then gives Miles money for the candy machine.  Not surprisingly, young Miles ends up in another apartment with a corpse instead of a candy bar.  The scene ends with Young Miles shouting at his mother, “I can hear him!” so now we know that this is an ability Miles has had since childhood.  

Cut to ’77 and Miles is working in the security office when Sawyer calls and asks him to erase the pylon security tape to cover up for him and Kate.  Miles is about to pull the tape when Horace arrives with a mysterious black bag that he needs delivered to Radzinski at Grid 334.  Horace tells Miles that he’s bringing him into the circle of trust since Lafleur is MIA.  Miles goes to Grid 334 and Radzinski greets him by aiming a rifle at him and asking why Lafleur didn’t come–Miles says, “Horace sent me instead, I’m in the circle of trust.”  Personally, I don’t know how anyone could say this line without cracking up.  I really feel like ‘circle of trust’ is a comedic phrase for all time thanks to Meet the Parents.  At any rate, Radzinski takes the mysterious black bag, unfolds it, unzips it, and two Dharma workers bring out a body to fill it.  Dirty hippie Radzinski won’t say what happened or why it looks like the guy was shot, but we all know Miles can just use his powers to find out anyway.

Back to the mainland and teenage Miles is visiting his dying mother.  He wants to know more about his father and she tells Miles that he is dead.

In Dharmaville, Miles gets orders from Horace to take the body to Dr. Chang at The Orchid.  When Miles goes back to the van, he finds Hurley loading coolers into the back with the body.  Oddly, Hurley doesn’t notice the body and just tells Miles he wants to carpool, adding that maybe they could prevent global warming since it hasn’t happened yet.  I have to say that while it seems a bit out of place at times, I really love the comic relief that the Miles-Hurley conversations have been adding lately.  It’s also nice to see the writer’s providing a bit of fan service with some of the topics they have been discussing, like time travel paradoxes and now Star Wars.

Kate comes back to the infirmary and lets Juliet know that they left Young Ben with The Others.  She barely gets this out when Roger comes in and sees the empty bed.  He starts freaking out, as you would expect, and Juliet is immediately apologetic and emotional, swearing that she only stepped out for 10 minutes and when she came back he was gone!  As soon as Roger leaves though, Juliet’s emotion vanishes.  She simply looks at Kate and says, “Well, here we go.”

We rejoin Miles and Hurley on the way to The Orchid, and Hurley accuses Miles of farting in the van.  He has Miles pull over so he can check the food, and then discovers the body.  Miles explains that the guy was working in a hole when a filling ripped out of his tooth and exited his head through his brain.  Hurley starts asking about Miles’ power, and then tells Miles that his secret is safe because he also talks to dead people.

Off island, grown-up Miles is selling his ‘service’ to a grieving father.  When the father explains there is no body, Miles demands more money to contact his son, then tells the father what he wants to hear.  As he leaves, Miles is approached in the street by a pre-stabbed-in-the-back-by-Locke Naomi, who invites him to a restaurant to discuss a possible job.

In ’77, Kate tries to ease Roger’s fears, and only succeeds in arousing his suspicion.  Hurley and Miles are finishing their dead people conversation as the approach The Orchid–Miles tells Hurley you can’t have a conversation with the dead and Hurley says, “you’re just jealous because my power is better than yours.”  If we believe that Miles has a legitimate ability, then perhaps this confirms that Hurley is not talking to the dead after all.  Does this mean Hurley really is hallucinating, or just that the island is giving him visions?  It wouldn’t be the first time, since it previously showed him Jacob’s cabin.  After their conversation, Hurley and Miles arrive at The Orchid, where Dr. Chang chastises Miles for bringing someone along, then threatens Hurley with polar bear shit detail on The Hydra island.  Dr. Chang also indicates that the experiments on the other island are absurd, which tells me they must have nothing to do with his own work.  I noticed that Miles wouldn’t make eye contact with Dr. Chang during this scene, but before I could finish my thought, Miles was telling Hurley that Dr. Chang is actually his father.  

2004 Miles and Naomi arrive at what she call ‘his audition’.  Miles quickly explains that the dead guy was delivering something to Widmore, then references photos of empty graves and a purchase order for an old airplane.  Naomi is impressed and offers Miles $1.6 million to join the expedition to an island to capture ‘a murderer’.  At least now we know why Miles asked Ben for such a weird amount in order to look the other way.

Janitor Jack is cleaning at the Dharma school when Roger appears and asks if Jack knows anything about Kate.  Jack let’s Roger know that Kate would never hurt his son (at least not in 1977) and basically tells Roger he should sleep of his drunken haze before thinking about reporting anything to Horace.  Back in the van with Hurley, Dr. Chang, and Miles, and Hugo is asking Chang a bunch of questions, mainly to mess with Miles.  Just as Hurley is suggesting they all have a beer together sometime, Chang tells Miles to stop the van.  He gets out and opens a camouflaged gate, revealing the construction site for The Swan.  When Miles and Hurley are about to leave, they spot to workers putting a serial number on the door of the hatch.  Miles is intrigued when Hurley correctly guesses the final number (42) on the hatch.  When Miles asks how he knew, Hurley says it’s because that’s the hatch that crashed our plane.

2004 Miles is enjoying a fish taco when he gets grabbed by some guys in a black van.  They try to get him to skip to freighter job, and also ask if he knows what lies in the shadow of the statue.  Miles doesn’t know, and try to get him to come with them so he can find out the answers to all his questions.  Miles says he will if they double his money and they just drop him off instead.  When Miles asks what team they’re on, they respond, “The one that’s gonna win.”

On their way back to Dharmaville in ’77, Hurley tells Miles that there will be an accident at the hatch and they’ll have to install a computer with a button you push to keep it from happening again.  This leads to the big confrontation where Miles reveals what Hurley has been scribbling in a composition book for the entire episode–it turns out to be a screenplay for Empire Strikes Back, which Hurley thinks he can send to George Lucas to provide some help, and perhaps a few edits.  At Casa de Lafleur, Sawyer returns to find Jack waiting to fill him in on the Roger/Kate situation.  Sawyer thanks him and after Jack leaves, Security Phil appears with the pylon video tape.  The idiot comes inside and tells Sawyer that he hasn’t informed Horace yet, so Phil gets cold-cocked.

2004 Miles returns to the grieving father and gives him a refund, telling him that he should have told his son he loved him before he died if he needed him to know.  This sets up the cutback to ’77 where Hurley tells Miles that he should give his dad a second chance.  Hurley compares Miles to Luke Skywalker, and why it would have worked out better if he hadn’t freaked out when Vader broke the paternal news to him.  This leads us to my bet for what must be Jorge Garcia’s favorite line of the series, “Let’s face it, ewoks suck dude.”  After receiving this bit of wisdom, Miles walks away and looks in the window of the Chang house to see his father reading a story (about polar bears) to his infant self.  Miles is getting teary-eyed when we see Dr. Chang get a call and come outside.  He asks Miles to come with him to pickup some scientists who have just arrived from Ann Arbor on the submarine.  Once they arrive at the dock, Miles goes down to the sub and find himself face to face with Dr. Daniel Faraday, who offers, “Hey Miles, long time no see.” LOST

This was definitely a critical episode that gave us some excellent back story on Miles and Dr. Chang, and also gave us more information about The Swan.  What I’m most excited about it that it disproves completely the theory that Sun was the infant child in the Chang house.  I never believed the theory that a person could not exist twice in the same time, since Locke/Sawyer/Juliet/Sun had been hopping through several points where they already existed.  I’m glad to see this definitively proven tonight.  My theory is that the landing points in time for the Ajira passengers are based on their role in the endgame–in other words, which side they will end up on.  I thought at first that it could be the Widmore vs. Linus war, but I think we’re going to see Richard Alpert’s group vs. Everyone Else.  One thing is for sure, next week we aren’t going to see anything new, but it looks like we should have a great Faraday-centric episode to blow our minds in two weeks.

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April 15, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lost Season 5 Episode 13: Some Like It Hoth

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.

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments