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LOST 4.10: Something Nice Back Home

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<– 4.09: The Shape Of Things To Come

Well, it probably was something of a filler episode, before we go directly to the big three-part season finale. But secretly it brings answers to some questions we had during the first flash forwards of the series, while the writers let us ask some new ones as well.

So, Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Jack (Matthew Fox) are living together, he engages with her, both raise Aaron (William Blanchette, Kate still refers to him as “the baby”, which is
completely bullshit – I totally wouldn’t call Aaron a baby, when he already can walk. How about calling him by his name, or “kid”?). Meanwhile Jack works as a doctor again and has lots to do, especially when he sees his dead father (John Terry) on two occasions. This is the perfect time for him to start with his pill addiction, while he loses trust in Kate, when she starts to lie. And he visits Hurley (Jorge Garcia) in Santa Rosa.
Basically, this is the short version of the flash forward, and with the exception of a few moments it wasn’t really that interesting. I couldn’t believe that I actually liked the Jack/Kate relationship, even though the scenes between both of them during the flash forwards were sometimes unbelievable.

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LOST 4.09: The Shape Of Things To Come

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<– 4.08: Meet Kevin Johnson

After the writer’s strike: Lost returns with an action-packed episode, lots of dramatic and an awesome acting by Michael Emerson. We had a few WTF moments with a big eye-opener in the middle of the episode, and we have to say “Goodbye” to one recurring character: RIP Alex Rousseau, I will never forget how you died on that show. I had a similar expression like Michael Emerson did here…

One thing upfront: I love this episode, even though I wasn’t really satisfied with the ending and Ben’s (Michael Emerson) flash forward story. After all, it just explains why Sayid (Naveen Andrews) was working for Ben in “The Economist”, while in the background it sets some stories in motion we didn’t really see in the fourth season. But Ben’s flash forward was a nice preparation for the fifth season, because it was the very beginning of what we are going to see during season five.
The episode begins with Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Hurley (Jorge Garcia) in Dharmaville playing Risk, while on the beach Jack (Matthew Fox) worries he has a stomach bug and has to take some medicine. After all, he is a doctor here…
What nobody knows is, that Keamy (Kevin Durand) captured Alex (Tania Raymonde) and wants her to turn off the sonic fence, so Keamy and his men can get over to Dharmaville to sack Ben. Alex is able to activate code “14-J”, which gets to a kinda-secret phone in Ben’s house and which Locke (Terry O’Quinn) is listening to. Soon, the folks in Dharmaville are in a hurry to hide in Ben’s house and barricade it, because Ben knows what is happening very soon. I have just one big nitpick about that: When Locke turned sides in the season premiere “The Beginning of the End”, there were clearly a lot of people, who went with Locke to Dharmaville. I already noticed in the last episode, that there are only major and recurring characters in Ben’s living room, when Miles (Ken Leung) informed the folks that they were here for Benjamin Linus, and now I am asking myself: Where are the other survivors who went with Locke, except the three redshirts who got shot? There have to be more, but they aren’t on-screen during the shoot-out in Dharmaville.

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LOST 4.06: The Other Woman

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<– 4.05: The Constant

It might not be a really important or genius episode, but “The Other Woman” was solid entertainment with another “What happened with Juliet on the island?”-flashbacks. Only the thing is: Her flashbacks weren’t really that interesting, and the present storyline was kinda full of filler stories and questionable actions.
Long intro, short outcome: The episode bored me.

Let’s begin with Juliet’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) flashback, which cleverly disguised itself as a flash forward at the beginning; another one of those examples how the writers can bring you on a false trail. And of all things the fan-favorite Other Tom (M.C. Gainey) is it, who declares the supposed-to-be flash forward as a flashback, when he enters the stage.
After her arrival on the island, Juliet visits Harper Stanhope (Andrea Roth), the psychiatrist of the island and the wife of Goodwin. Harper is foreshadowing things to come (her name Stanhope can be connected with the Stanhopea, a genus of the orchid family – The Orchid station) and she is not really a good psychiatrist, because she doesn’t get through to Juliet. Not just because of Goodwin (Brett Cullen) flirting with Juliet (and therefor obviously having problems with his wife), but Ben bringing himself into Juliet’s life.

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LOST 4.05: The Constant

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<– 4.04: Eggtown

My personal highlight of the reviews. Finally I had to write something. More than 3000 words for one single episode is even for me a new record.

Well… this episode pretty much kept all Lost fans busy for a while. A mind-blowing episode with lots to cover up. The best episode so far this season, and probably one of the best episodes of the series. Some hate this episode, because Lost now totally steps foot into scifi, the rest love this episode, because this is what hardcore fans want to see in Lost. “The Constant” was a confusing episode, with not much of big WTF moments,
but scenes in which you are scratching your head, because you don’t understand; moments in which you have big eyes and whisper “huh?” and “what?” because you don’t understand. This episode was not for the average TV audience, this one was for fans only. And for manifesting the topic “time travel” into the series’ mythology.

Basically, this episode has flashbacks of Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick). But actually, they are not really flashbacks, and when you think a bit harder, they are anything but flashbacks. These are the moments Desmond time travels to – literally.
So here what’s happening: In “The Economist”, Desmond and Sayid (Naveen Andrews) take off with the chopper; thanks to “Eggtown” we know the flight took a bit more than one full day. We see the flight during the beginning of the episode, and Frank (Jeff Fahey) has difficulties to hold on the 305 course Daniel (Jeremy Davies) gave him. The chopper flies directly into a storm, Frank has problems, the chopper has some malfunctions and this is the moment, when Desmond finds itself back in the year 1996, when he was in the Scottish army. First he thought he was in a very vivid dream, he says his dreams were never like this before. And there is the first big point: Desmond travels back to 1996, but he can’t remember anything, what happened after 1996. He believes the chopper ride he just had in 2004 was a dream, and so he believes it was just a dream, until he finds himself back in the chopper and starts acting crazy. You would think with the jump back to the chopper everything would be normal again, but Desmond can’t remember anything. He doesn’t know where he is, he doesn’t know Sayid and he definitely doesn’t know what’s happening right now. His consciousness from 1996 just traveled into the future. And that is the moment when I was thinking: HUH, WHAT?

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Written by Christian Wischofsky

January 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM

LOST 4.04: Eggtown

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<– 4.03: The Economist

Eggs are cooked and given in this episode. If you want to, you can see the title as a reference, of what was happening in this episode. Locke (Terry O’Quinn) cooked the last two eggs for Ben (Michael Emerson), he killed a chicken, and he put an egg into Miles’ (Ken Leung) mouth… Well, sort of, you can see a grenade as an egg, if you have some fantasy.
Other than that the episode was an average
good one; it reveals what happened with Kate (Evangeline Lilly) after she was rescued, who could be the fifth person from the Oceanic Six, Jack (Matthew Fox) is still in love with Kate and the question about Claire’s (Emilie de Ravin) future on the island. Basically: I am hooked, because Kate’s flash forwards show what could happen on the island very soon…

Clearly, the island story was not really that interesting and full of mythology moments. It was more a chance for Miles to stick out of the big mass of main characters, and have the first conversation with Ben. Kate plays house with Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and looks her own path in the eye, when she mentions to him she is not pregnant (and secretly was hoping for another reaction from him than just a symbolic “Hallelujah, thank God you’re not with child”). That brings the question, why Kate still has a son in her flash forward, and when I saw this episode for the first time, I already knew it would be Aaron.

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Written by Christian Wischofsky

January 10, 2010 at 11:00 AM

LOST 4.03: The Economist

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<– 4.02: Confirmed Dead

An interesting episode mythology-wise, while Sayid’s (Naveen Andrews) flash forward story was not that interesting (but still important for the story). But the episode had lots of little easter eggs for fans and rises an interesting new theory (well, the theory existed before, but this time it could be proved as true). And it foreshadows things to come, even though the foreshadowed things already happened in this episode.

Sawyer was the con man at the beginning of the series, and during the first three seasons we met Anthony Cooper and Benjamin Linus – great con men of their own. In this episode Locke (Terry O’Quinn) and Hurley (Jorge Garcia) learned from their masters and do a little con of their own – well, Locke’s big theater con involves Hurley conning his friends. It is interesting to see that people conning their friends is right now one of the most important stories.
Other than that: Sayid is now the fourth member of the Oceanic Six (with Kate, Jack and Hurley being the first three who were rescued), still two to go. And when I saw this episode for the first time I already was thinking the flash forwards are reserved for the Oceanic Six, and all the other ones who came off the island (I don’t think Ben (Michael Emerson) is amongst the Oceanic Six, so he got off the island on another way).

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LOST 4.02: Confirmed Dead

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<– 4.01: The Beginning of the End

This was the episode, what could have been the ideal season opener, We have the mind-blowing opening scene, we have a set of new characters, and we have a new situation (well, almost new, we already knew that since the season three episode “D.O.C.”): The passengers of Oceanic 815 are confirmed dead in the real world. So, what Naomi said to Hurley in “D.O.C.” (the plane was found near Bali, they’re all dead) is true – the
opening scene shows us two rovers searching for something on the surface of the ocean, and finding something they didn’t expect to find: the wreckage of Oceanic 815 and all their passengers in it. That is a WTF moment.

Which brings us to our four new characters, who are going to be introduced here. We saw Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies) already in the last scene of “The Beginning of the End”, and we see him here in his first flashback scene (yep, we only see flashbacks here, no flash forwards).
Daniel is sitting in front of a TV, watching the news about the found Oceanic wreckage, and he clearly is upset about that. The woman in this scene was named as “caregiver” in the screenplay. Two things: Why does Daniel need a caregiver, and why is he so upset about the plane crash? We never got answers for the first questions, but only can speculate (maybe he has gone a bit crazy in his head, after his experiments at Oxford University); and we never got any answers on the second question, but can speculate here as well (together with the season five episode “The Variable”, in which Daniel was killed by his own mother, this scene and the history with his experiments lets me believe that Daniel was, not unlike Desmond, traveling through time without noticing it and got some flashes, or glimpses, from his own future in which he saw he will die on the island – maybe Daniel’s mind was connecting all the dots, but it never came through to Daniel, except that something ain’t right with this plane crash. Sounds awkward, but I was thinking about that). But his flashback scene shows: Daniel is highly likely not the assassin-kinda-type, what I was thinking, when I saw him first in “The Beginning of the End”.

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