The Substitute

February 17, 2010

By Katelyn

I’m nervous.  When Ben and Richard both don’t know what’s going on, I get this uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach.  I hate it even more when a beat-up looking Richard is running skittishly around the jungle frantically trying to give Sawyer advice.  I just don’t like it one bit.

Here were a few things that I found interesting about The Substitute…

  • If Jacob and Richard were homies than why didn’t Richard know that Jacob was seeking candidates for his replacement?  And why was Jacob looking for a replacement to protect the island?  Jacob is nearly a million years old even though he doesn’t look a day over 30, so was he just preparing to kick the bucket?  Or was he planning to leave the island?
  • The “candidate cave” was really exciting for me.  I was expecting that we would never hear anything about the numbers ever again.  But surprise surprise, here they are!  And even more exciting, each number corresponds to one of our Losties which apparently are all candidates!  John Locke is 4, Hugo Reyes is 8, James Ford is 15, Sayid Jarrah is 16, Jack Shephard is 23, and one or both of the Kwons are 42 (personally, I think 42 referred to Sun).
  • Nothing against Sawyer, he’s great (especially with his shirt off), but he is not the brightest bulb.  So how was it that Sawyer was the only person who saw Flocke for what he really was–a fake Locke?  There were a lot of people that spent time with Flocke, why did no one catch on earlier?!
  • In the new world, Benjamin Linus is a teacher?!  I hope he lectures his students with that creepy voice and blank stare!
  • And I know Annie is really upset about this one… we’re three episodes into season six and we have yet to see Sawyer shirtless.  At least he is out of the Dharma jumpsuit now.  Hopefully he’ll loose the shirt soon too.

Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with this episode.  There was no suspense.  There was no conflict.  We didn’t even get to see most of our favorite Losties this week like Jack, Kate, and Hurley.  I would have also liked to see Sayid, you know, to make sure he stopped crying.  I suppose this episode was intended to start answering questions and tying up loose ends so we should be glad!  Maybe the time for questions really is over!  But it still just didn’t live up to my expectations!

I am, however, anxious to see how everyone’s alternative lives turn out!

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The Lost Supper

January 5, 2010

By Katelyn

As the sixth and final season of Lost nears, ABC is enjoying teasing us with trivial pictures and posters to examine.  The latest is The Lost Supper.

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You’re probably asking yourself, “what does Katelyn think of this?”  And lucky for you, I’m going to share my thoughts.  I have two theories on this picture.

Most people are examining this photo as a “spoiler” of season six.  People believe that if you can decode the hidden messages that you’ll unlock the secrets of the season.  I disagree.  I believe that this poster could just be a visual description of seasons past.  Locke is depicted as Jesus in this picture because of their similar duties in life.  At the end of his life, Jesus had to die.  It was with Jesus’ death that allowed Christians to be become sinless and be allowed to ever heaven upon their own deaths.  Jesus dies to save his fellow Christians.  John Locke, too, was told he needed to die.  Locke’s death made it possible for those Losties who left the island to come back where they will (hopefully) save those who remained.  Both Jesus and Locke are saviors that sacrificed themselves for those they love–the greater good.

My second opinion on this picture sides with those who think this is a forecast to the future.  As narrated in the Gospel of John 13:21, this scene represents a supper during the final days of Jesus when he announces that one of this Twelve Apostles would betray him.  “One of you will betray me.”  This Apostle would be Judas Iscariot.  In the painting The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, Judas was pictured on Jesus’ right (our left) as the only man with his elbow on the table.  This could be the same in terms of Lost.  During the last supper of Lost (the last season), someone could betray Locke or the island.  But why would they betray the island?  For Widmore?  For personal gain?  The answer to that question is unknown but it is definitely a possibility.  Also, the seating arrangement of The Lost Supper compared to The Last Supper does not give us a definite candidate for who will betray.  Based on seating, the top three possible to be Judas are Sawyer, Kate and Sayid.  Personally my money is on Sayid.

But wait!  I have a third theory to share with you!  (I know, I said I only had two.  I lie.)  This picture could be nothing other than a representation of the last season of a series.  In the past, television shows like the Sopranos and Battlestar Galatica have made it tradition to end their long running series with an epic “Last Supper” inspired photo.

I guess there is no telling what this picture could be representing.  Knowing the creators of Lost, this probably means nothing–they just love to watch us squirm.  All we can do is wait and see at this point!


John Locke’s Theory of Tabula Rasa

October 13, 2009

By Katelyn

Episode three in season one holds, what I feel, is one of the most descriptive titles–Tabula Rasa.

This is significant for two reasons–one because of what it means and the other because of who coined the term.  Tabula rasa is a theory by a 17th century philosopher named John Locke (coincidence?  I think not!).

Our modern idea of the theory is mostly attributed to John Locke’s expression of the idea in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in the 17th century. In Locke’s philosophy, tabula rasa was the theory that the (human) mind is at birth a “blank slate” without rules for processing data, and that data is added and rules for processing are formed solely by one’s sensory experiences. The notion is central to Lockean empiricism. As understood by Locke, tabula rasa meant that the mind of the individual was born “blank”, and it also emphasized the individual’s freedom to author his or her own soul. Each individual was free to define the content of his or her character – but his or her basic identity as a member of the human species cannot be so altered. (source)

In simplest terms tabula rasa means “blank slate.”  It could be said that the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 represents the rebirth of the Losties and now they can all start over and reform their lives.  As the seasons progress it becomes more and more apparent, the Losties are all full of personal problems (drugs, alcohol, ethical, emotional, etc.) so this is just what they need.  Tabula rasa will allow them to right wrongs and become the person they were meant to be.

It is also very curious that there is a character on Lost who shares the same name as the philosopher behind tabula rasa.  John Locke, the Lostie, even shares some of the same views as the philosopher.  With his idea of a “blank slate” in hand, John Locke gives many of the Losties second chances to better their lives.  Two examples of this are when John helps Charlie overcome his addiction and when John finds Vincent for Walt but lets Michael take the credit so he can become the father he never was.


Dead Is Apparently Not Dead

April 24, 2009

By Annie

First of all, I need to apologize  that this Lost post is so late.  I have had a busy few days and just got around to watching this week’s episode.  So now I have collected my many thoughts and am prepared to bring you the best darn Lost post to date.

John Locke and Ben Linus

Photo: Lostpedia

This episode, “Dead is Dead,” starts off with John Lock, the dead guy, who doesn’t exactly look dead to me.  He’s talking to Ben Linus, the guy who killed him.  And their conversation seems to be pretty civilized for a murderer-murderee conversation (not that those take place very often, I’m guessing).  Ben says that he has come back to the island to be judged by “the monster,” or smokey, as I like to call it.  None of this makes much sense, but it’s Lost, so you just go with it and have faith that it will all somehow come together in the end.

John Lock, Ben, Sun, and Frank are the only familiar characters we really see in this episode (excluding flashbacks).  All the rest are the random passengers of the plane that most recently crashed on the island.  I don’t like these people.  The one chick who forced Sayid on the plane is now wielding a huge gun and pushing Frank around, and she needs to get voted off the island.  Aside from whatever personality flaws they might possess, I really just don’t feel like getting to know all of these new characters.  I’d like to just stick to the ones we already know and keep the character-clutter to a minimum.  All these little side plots make the show unnecessarily confusing (when it’s already necessarily confusing, if that makes any sense).

What I liked about this episode is that you get to see another side of the diabolical Ben Linus – a surprisingly good side.  He shows that he might actually have a heart (even if it is three sizes too small).  We see how he came to become Alex’s father, and that he really did care about her.  We also see that he didn’t actually kill Penny Widmore, which I was very afraid of ever since the episode where he showed up on the plane with a bloody face and a sling on his arm.  Also, the fact that we got to see Desmond (if only for a moment) doesn’t hurt either.

Ben Linus and Alex

Photo: Lostpedia

I’m very curious to see more about the relationship between Ben, Charles Widmore and the island.  I’m also looking forward to seeing if Ben actually starts to behave himself and follows Locke’s directions.  I have my doubts, but this could be the start of a whole new Benjamin Linus.

But most of all, I’m just waiting anxiously to see what the great John Locke has up his sleeves.  I won’t try to speculate, because I will most certainly be wrong.  Locke is much too complex and wise for mere mortals like myself to comprehend.


Hurley Knows What’s Up

April 24, 2009

By Annie

I need to start off by saying that I’m incredibly happy that Hurley brought up Back to the Future when talking to Miles about all the time travel confusion.  Who called it?  Oh that’s right, I did.

Hurley

Hurley waiting to disappear, Back to the Future style.

Anyway, this episode was a little confusing for me.  As Katelyn brought up, how did Sayid manage to not kill Ben?  He looked pretty dead to me in that last episode.  And frankly, I refuse to believe that Sayid can fail to kill anyone.  It has to be some kind of crazy island trickery.

That said, I’m glad that a few questions were FINALLY answered during this episode, “Whatever happens, happens.”  We found out what Sawyer said to Kate right before he made that heroic leap out of the helicopter.  And we found out where Kate left Aaron when she decided to return to the island with the rest of her group.  Both of these were major questions of mine.  I obviously have many more, which I will elaborate on in a later post.

Another thing I’m glad about is that we’re seeing significantly less of Jack in most of these episodes.  It’s not that I dislike Jack (though he has been quite PMS-y lately), but he pretty much stole the show in the earlier seasons, and it’s about time that Sawyer got his time in the spotlight.

Now all we have to do is wonder what good ol’ Richard Alpert has up his sleeves and marvel in the badass-ness that is John Lock (oh, how I’ve missed him!)


Sayid Fails?!

April 24, 2009

By Katelyn

Sayid Jarrah is an all around badass.  He was a torturer and communications officer in the Iraqi Republican Guard.  For heaven’s sake, he broke some dude’s neck with his feet!

Once he was off the island, Sayid began working as an assasin for Ben (and sporting a ponytail).  Sayid had no problem killing anyone he needed to.  He never failed at a mission.

He never failed at a mission until his most recent one.  Young Benjamin Linus was finally a match for him.

Sayid shoots young Ben at close range and Ben happens to live… seriously?!  The island’s second biggest badass (second to John Locke) fails to kill a little boy?  Is Benjamin Linus the new “boy who lived”?

I know Miles said that this is the present day for all of the “Losties” (we’ll just call them that) but it is the past for all the Dharma folk so technically no matter what the Losties do to the Dharmas they can never change the future.  But come on… Sayid is a badass.  He’s supposed to be able to kill anyone!

Bottom Line:  Sayid really let me down.

I am curious, however, how Richard Alpert and his eyeliner are going to save young Ben and what exactly he meant by “taking away his innocence”.