Friday, November 02, 2012

Live-Beefing LOST: Season 1, Disc 5


SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched LOST, you may be confused or apathetic about the following post. Please go watch the series through at least once before bothering with my writings. Thank you.

s01e17 - ...In Translation

Jin. This episode is about Jin. No, not gin... Jin. The Asian guy that everyone hated by this point. He was such an asshole... until we found out he really wasn't. Liar. His father isn't dead. Ooo Sun in a bikini. Aww man, Jin ruined it. What I always found dumb was absolutely every one of the other survivors seemed to be completely unaware of Korean culture. I thought it was something more people know than didn't, but I guess I was wrong. Either way, Jin's behavior seemed about right to me.

Yeah right, Sun, nothing is going on with Michael because the writers decided to abandon that storyline early on. I, for one, am glad they did... but it's still there in some of the Missing Pieces and Mobisodes. I think they kiss once actually (in the Mobisode), which makes Michael's reaction to Sun's news of their baby in season 4 more understandable. I'm still glad they tossed that story aside fast though. Jin playing golf makes me think of another Mobisode where he shouts angrily at the golf ball. Good stuff. Aww Hurley is so great! Trying to get Jin to fish with him to cheer him up. Oh yeah, Shannon's still alive; I forgot that. Michael's trying to bond with Walt again, but failing. Poor Michael. Oh no, a fire! Michael's raft is burning! Call the fire brigade! ... Actually, I'm a little surprised no one on the island bothered to start a fire brigade, considering all the other little things they've organized.

I should totally become a Korean mobster. That sounds like a good career choice. I'm sure I'd have all the KFC I could eat. Korean mobsters love KFC. They also apparently like puppies. I think Boone just gave Sayid permission to get screwed over by Shannon. Now Sayid is trying to break up with Shannon... I love island soap operas. Yeah, still wondering why and how anyone can dislike Locke. He was so full of wisdom and fantastic advice. He's practically the therapist of the group. "Everyone gets a new life on this island, Shannon. Maybe it's time you start yours." I guess Jin won't be having any free KFC any time soon. Man, he must really want that chicken, because he's going to town on that guy. Is it a chicken factory?! I want my extra-crispy and I want it now. I think the scene in the washroom is the first time Lost showed the same flashback but from a different perspective. "I do whatever your father asks of me. I do it for us." Everyone really just devolved into animal instinct here, didn't they? Yes, let Michael beat up the Korean guy. That will fix everything. Walt, this is how we handle things in New York.

Whelp, now everyone knows Sun speaks English. So much for secrets. Once again, Locke chimes in with logic and reason. "We're not the only people on this island and we all know it." Dammit, dammit, dammit, oh hey Walt. Uh oh, Jin is moving out. Does that mean Sun is available now?? There, see? Jin's dad is alive. Well, was. He may have died by now and we just don't know it. That's one of the huge remaining unanswered mysteries of this show. Did Jin's dad die of heartache after the crash or not? Boy how I wish they'd tell us things like that. Of course, Locke already knew that Walt started the fire... and that Billy Joel didn't. Is this when Hurley's CD player dies? Yep... It's dead. "Son of a bitch."

s01e18 - Numbers

4 8 15 16 23 42 -- That's right, THOSE numbers.  Seriously, people... Jin / Hurley scenes are some of the most funny scenes of the show. This episode also has some great Hurley / Charlie scenes. Man, this episode really started a world-wide trend. Those numbers are about as well known as... I can't think of anything more well-known about this show than that, really. Maybe the smoke monster, but I think the numbers have even that beat.

Haha, Hurley is just watching Sayid sleep. Because that's not creepy. Hurley really doesn't understand "nonchalant" at all, does he? Well Charlie just seems a bit confused. That's right Locke; give the pregnant girl some manual labor to do. Sayid and Shannon trying to act cute is rather nauseating. Hurley's mom is awesome... Why did I never catch that before, that Diego's girlfriend/wife Lisa left him for a waitress? That's hillarious!

Nice to see the cable is still fully above the sand... The tide apparently didn't re-bury it. "I'm an accountant; I believe in numbers." Okay, I went to get some lemonade. What did I miss? Hurley is spry. Oh Leonard. I love Leonard. He's awesome. So is the summer sausage I am currently snaskcacking on. That word was supposed to be "snacking" but I was busy with my sausage. Wow, that sounds perverse. Hmm, we know the cable goes out to the Looking Glass... but what about the end that goes into the ground? What power supply does it actually come from? ... if it IS the power supply. I could only assume, but I guess with this show... and Charlie almost dies again, this time on a suspension bridge. What's the count at now? I don't know... I'll figure out later. Actually, I'll probably forget until next time.

"You make your own luck, Mr. Reyes." Okay, now I have applesauce. I think I have a problem. I started my live-beefing with sunflower seeds, moved on the popcorn, then sausage and now this. I wonder what else I have. Jack blew up Rousseau's shelter. Way to go Jack. Maybe it was all that KFC talk, made me hungry. Man, Hurley can RUN!! French chick doesn't know what the numbers mean either, and now Hurley's pissed. Good old fun-time Hurley is pissed. Aww Sayid found the burned up picture of Nadia... Between her (before and after the island) and Shannon, he really does move on quickly. Just sayin'... "She says hey." Once again, Locke is awesome. I think that's my moral of this show: Locke is awesome.

s01e19 - Deus Ex Machina

And to further prove my point, another Locke episode. "There's a T on the end." That is one strong-ass hatch door. Ah there it is: "Then the island will tell us what to do." I think Locke's mother is as immature in her old age as she was when she was a teenager. I really love this episode. There's the Nigerian plane... "Theresa falls up the stairs. Theresa falls down the stairs." They really started getting into the mythological elements of the show here. We have the island speaking to us, destiny, dreams, healing, father issues, and a plane.

Anthony Cooper. Now there's a character. He just might be the biggest asshole on the show. Ooo! Another Jack / Sawyer scene. I do enjoy these. I think there are specific pairings that both fans and the writers enjoyed. Locke just found Eko's friend in the tree... and Sawyer needs glasses. I see a huge variance between the A and B stories here. But that's okay. Locke's story is enough to warrant a scaled-back B story.

I really hate Cooper. He's such a scumbag. Oh look, a plane. "What is inside of it?" Yemi. Yeah, just Cooper being on screen makes me hate him. He really is a great con artist, but he's a horrible person. Apparently Jack is an eye doctor now too. Kate has no ass.

Poor Boone. I really like that character and was sad when he died. He was just such a simple character... it was refreshing. I was really happy any time he re-appeared on the show. Him and Ethan. Any time Boone or Ethan were on an episode, post-death, it was really neat. Drug smugglers... and an actual priest. Boone found a radio, so now he's going to call Bernard. Once the plane stops a-rockin' that is. Pssht, that's not Bernard. Sounds nothing like him. It's like they hadn't cast the role yet, so they put in a fill-in voice. Oh, the plane crashed... again. It just isn't Boone's lucky day, is it? What with the death and all. Okay, so he's not dead yet, but he's getting there rather quickly thanks to the plane falling off a cliff.

There's Kate's lack of ass again. "Kate, now! Please..." Get that semi-sexy non-ass over here and help me care for almost-dead Boone. Damn you, Cooper!! Maybe if Cooper had been part of the cause of Kate's problems too, I would have cared more about her story. I love both Locke and Sawyer, and how Cooper ties into both of them... but Kate was severely lacking in the Cooper department. Katie needs a wittle Cooper, don't she? Yes she does-e-wuzzies! Sheesha sheesha boo boo... Okay I'm done with the baby talk. That will never happen again, I promise.

...and somewhere, off in the jungle, some time-traveling Losties and a smoke monster disguised as Locke see a beam of light coming from Desmond in the hatch. Funny, the light behind that filthy pane of glass doesn't seem to be strong enough to cast a beam of light into the sky like they saw later on in the series. Oh well, enough nit-picking about that.

s01e20 - Do No Harm

Time to attempt to heal Boone. I remember watching this thinking "Yeah, they wouldn't just kill off Boone. That would be stupid and not normal." Ha! Sawyer thinks Claire likes him. "Sawyer, I need all your alcohol. Now!" I'm fairly certain I am paying far too much attention to my Hitchcock box set and not enough to this movie... but whatever. Hitchcock.

You kind of get the feeling from Sarah's reception speech alone that this marriage is doomed. Her vows are even worse, really. Great, Claire's in labor again. Only this time, she's in denial as well. Good, Jin will help. If only he understood English... He's likely to bring them some KFC. Yeah, I really want KFC. Of course, like a typical female... Shannon's off on a romantic tryst while her brother is bleeding to death. Typical.

One thing you have to give Jack... He really gave his all to try to save Boone. Gave all his blood, that is. [hi-five] "I think your water just broke." Well then get her a new one!! [hi-five] Yeah, I'm on a roll. Come on Boone, you can't even keep a secret when you're dying?! Do you really want to die knowing that you spilled Locke's innermost secrets? "We're here for God knows how long... and so is Boone." Boone is leaving a lot sooner than you'd think, Shannon.

I really need to make some dinner. Is Boone dead yet? He's still alive? Geez... just die already so I can eat!! Yeah, Jack's dad is a great source for marital advice. I think not. Oh, I think off in the bushes somewhere, a time-traveling Sawyer is watching Claire strain and push. There he is! Oh, no that's just Jin. Good, back to the dying guy. This is a pretty gruesome episode, truthfully. "I know you made a promise. I'm letting you off the hook." A moment of clarity for Boone that I always found heartwarming... It's also a line that 2 others have said to Jack throughout the series. Rose said it to Jack earlier, and Sarah says it later in a flashback. Coming up in the past... Yeah, I still haven't figured all that out.

I wonder if Aaron is just Boone reincarnated. My guess would be that they had Aaron born before Boone's actual death for the exact purpose of destroying that possible theory... and he's gone. That scene always gets me a bit choked up, but the one that really hits me is right here, when Jack heads over to inform Shannon. It's the music. It's gotta be the music. I couldn't see the show. I think something got in my eye. Okay, I got it out. Yeah. I'm good.