Monday, July 15, 2013

Live-Beefing LOST: Season 3, Disc 2

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.

s03e06 - I Do

Oh yes, I think this is the Nathan Fillion episode. Also known as "Kate Gets Married" to some fans. One of my favourite Kate episodes. "Hey yourself." I really would like to know how many times that was said through the series. This was after Sawyer got his "pacemaker" right? I forgot what I saw last time... It's been too long. This episode really reveals everything you would ever need to know about Kate's personality. Faced even with the most perfect life and escape from her incessant pursuit by the authorities, she still has to run. She just can't stop. Oh yes, dead Eko. I don't think I hated Nikki and Paulo quite as much as most people. The characters were actually quite interesting. The actress who played Nikki was horrible though. Paulo wasn't that bad at all however.

Compound breach. It's a rogue Alex with a slingshot. Poor thing; she thinks they killed Karl. Kate really doesn't look too bad in a wedding dress. Maybe she should wear that all the time. Well, if anyone could convince Jack to do something he doesn't want to, it would be Kate. The Others really have a smart intuitive way of doing things. A lot of foresight too... I mean, building a runway for an off-chance that a plane will need to land there in a few years. WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR?!?!

Mmm I want tacos. Maybe I will get some tacos tonight. I need to implement my own "taco night"... I really don't know why Sawyer is the one person Pickett decides to focus all his rage on after his wife was killed by someone who wasn't Sawyer. That never made much sense to me. Oh hey, the Eko funeral. Mr Eko's jesus stick gave Locke a message. Always listen to sticks, that's what I always say. "Who the hell's Ben?" The continuity on Sawyer not knowing who people are is always great and amusing. Kate's annoying when she's desperately angry. Okay, so that's one of the many instances in which she's annoying. She's also annoying when she's trying to be desperately sexy here.

Everyone flies Oceanic. It wasn't until after the crash that anyone flew anything but Oceanic. Maybe if I had been trapped on an island with crazy people, I'd find Kate attractive. Not having much to choose from, I guess you can't be too choosy. And now the great set-up to get Jack to see Kate and Sawyer so he'll agree to do the surgery. Talk about a long con. I'd like to think Ben had this planned from the start, and not just reacting on the moment. "I need to get the hell off this island." Okay, they'll just take you back to the other island.

Nothing quite like a pregnancy scare to make a girl drug her husband and run away. The famous Ben surgery scene... or something. Jack wasn't on Jacob's list?! Wait, Jacob had a list?!? Oh great, Danny's gonna go all rogue-like and stuff. And Jack counters by sabotaging the surgery. It's like a chess match filled with ignorance of the other side's moves... "This is for Colleen" ...who you didn't kill. I was really happy when Juliet shot Danny. Despite Jack not knowing they were on a different island, this was really a brilliant move on his part. Although, I can't believe he actually had to TELL Kate to run.

s03e07 - Not In Portland

This was another great WTF opening for Lost. Juliet walking down the flickering greenish hallway, greeted by Ethan... She MUST be on the Island. she's an Other, and so was Ethan. There was NO way this was not taking place on the island. Wa-huh?!? Miami?!?! Oh, I guess we're gonna recap the previous episode now, despite the recap already recapping... Smart. Yeah, take THAT Pickett. Asshole. I bet Sawyer enjoyed smashing his head into the electrocuting button. But wait, I thought Juliet WANTED Ben dead during the surgery. She is so fickle... Women.

Ed, Juliet's ex. Such a great smarmy character. It's almost too bad we didn't get to see more of that guy. Oh, I bet Jack feels a bit dumb now. Oh god, Pickett needs to shut up. Someone shoot him fast. Alex to the rescue! I love that girl. And Tom. Everyone loves Tom. Ed really is just a sleaze. Aw man, Alex has a boyfriend. What a rip. I'm loads better than that Karl guy. "I'm Tom by the way..." Mittelos Bioscience. These Lost people definitely like their anagrams. You want your ex-husband to be hit by a bus? We can make that happen!

Hey look! It's Mac! And not Fat Mac either... Really young skinny Mac, and he's going by the name of Aldo! Ah, Room 23. I need to make my own Room 23. Maybe when I get married, I'll keep this apartment, just turn it into a brainwashing room and show the Room 23 video in loop. I like this plan. I like this plan a lot. "Because you're insufferable and you're mean... Well, you asked me for the truth mom..." Best death scene on the whole show. Although the most satisfying is coming up here in a moment...  Thank you, Juliet.

I am loads better than Karl. Oh, the "counting to five" story makes its third appearance. Technically, Kate kept her promise that she'd never come back to that island for him. She went to the barracks instead. Technicalities.

s03e08 - Flashes Before Your Eyes

Another great episode... and one of the most confusing for casual viewers, I would assume. Any Desmond episode is a fantastic episode though, really. Poor Claire. This is why people should never go for walks by the beach. The water just comes and sucks you right in. Now Claire's got a thing for Desmond, right? I think the show could use a good love triangle. Geez, Charlie is so suffocating! They're going to try to out-drink a Scotsman. Brilliant plan.

Oh Charlie hit the wrong button there. And speaking of hitting buttons... A lot of people think this is a different version of the whole "sideways world" but I've always been 100% certain this always happened, much in the same vein as The Constant. And that episode only solidified my belief of that. Except, instead of his past consciousness being merged into the current, it happened the opposite direction (and not so completely) here. Little bits of his future are bleeding through into his memory. "Just had a bit of deja vu, that's all." And of course, this all happened before he joined the military. I guess his stint in the military and the subsequent military jail was a very short period... between this and the race around the world just mentioned by Widmore. Many people also wonder how much about Desmond's future Widmore actually knew, considering how much Daniel's mother knew. How ironic... Charlie singing an Oasis song. "This is why we don't do drugs."

Poor Desmond. He just gets trashed on constantly. Hahaha. Constant. See what I did there? Ahh Eloise Hawking. Her picture was on the desk of Desmond's monk guy's office. Another of the few really unanswered questions is how Eloise knew all these bits of information about Desmond's life. The pushing the button and race and all that could have been gained maybe through her son at some point, specifically after getting his journal... but would he have known all the bits about not proposing to Penny? Or was that part maybe planted into Desmond's thoughts by Hawking to manipulate what ended up happening? But then how did she know about the guy with the red shoes? That would imply that she had done this a few times, but we can be fairly certain that didn't happen... This episode really is one of the few that leaves the most open-ended questions.

The famous photograph of Desmond and Penny was taken in front of a fake background. I have to wonder if that is meant to imply something... It seems like such a clue of some sort. It looked real enough, but it wasn't. "Don't you dare re-write history." Such a great line! Just give me a whole show about Desmond and Penny and I'd be happy. Make your own kind of music, Desmond. If there's any (human) character on the show that actually had the ability to affect time in any real way, it would be Desmond. Naked Desmond running through the jungle yet again. Sorry Des, you can affect time, but you can't change it. Charlie has been destined to die since day 1 on the Island. I've lost count, but it's definitely in there since the beginning. "No matter what I try to do... you're gonna die, Charlie."

s03e09 - Stranger In A Strange Land

And now, for the worst episode of the series. I am going to see if I can find anything in this that makes it NOT worth skipping. Kate and Sawyer arguing... Kate insists they can't leave Jack behind... Okay so far, so annoying. At least there's Karl... who I am loads better than. I hate Bai Ling. Although I guess it proves Jack has a thing for rail-thin strange-looking women. They couldn't find a pretty Asian woman for him to hook up with?! They had to get the most painfully bizarre one they could find. Ah yes, the sheriff woman... Who is really important... and yet we never see or hear from her ever again. This episode really is stupid. "You have back yards?"

Ah the old "It's complicated" argument. Or should I say NON-argument. Oh god, we're back to the Achara story. Wow she's so fucking weird looking... It actually makes me mad at how strange she looks. Can we get Ana Lucia back please!??!  Are her teeth transparent??? Or just rotted? This sheriff lady... It's like they reeeeally wanted Jane Curtin but couldn't get her. Isabel. We never ever ever see Isabel ever again. Luckily, after this episode, we don't see Achara ever again either. Is this the same office we see in season 6? Or was it 5? Whenever the Ajira flight lands and there's that annoying Tina Fey wannabe lady...

Oh hey, it's Cindy! There's an attractive woman in this episode! The girl with the weird teeth wants to know how Ana Lucia is doing. How cute. That was probably one of the most uncomfortably awkward scenes in this entire series. Karl's sobbing. I am so so much better than him! Alex should go out with ME instead. "We had an excellent surgeon, Jack. His name was Ethan." Yeah, whenever I'm mad at a woman and want to hurt her emotionally, I force her to give me a tattoo. Oh no! Juliet is going to be marked! ... Whatever that means. This episode is retarded. Oh great, Sawyer and Kate are arguing again. At least he seems to be able to see what a whining little selfish twerp she really is.

Okay yeah, this episode was pointless and useless. I should have skipped this one. Oh thank heavens that's done with.

s03e10 - Tricia Tanaka Is Dead

No "Previously on...", Hurley as a kid, and Cheech Marin means this episode is a good one. "In this world, son, you gotta make your own luck." says the guy who immediately runs off, possibly to never return. Poor Hurley and poor Libby. So a dog brings you a decaying human arm... That's a good sign, right? Hey look, a van! Tricia Tanaka is kind of a bitch. Aww, Johnny ran off with Starla? Stupid Johnny. He wasn't a good friend at all. Well, Tricia Tanaka is dead. I guess that finishes off this episode. Oh wait... there's more?

Well, Nikki would have gone with Hurley to get the car running, but Paulo wouldn't let her. Ow! A dart in the foot. Ow! Ow! Ow! Oh hey everyone! Kate and Sawyer are back!! Hurley's mom is so great. Oh hey, dad's back. Roger Workman... aka Ben's dad. "I'll be damned, you found yourself a hippie car." Kate is really good at listening and following orders. Wow, scary-looking psychic lady. Not as frightening as Achara though. Hugo ain't no fool. He catches on pretty quick, really.

"I came to ride shotgun." There isn't a lot of meat to this episode, and many dismissed it as "fluff" way back when, but it marks a great turning point for Hurley and the series as a whole. Especially in regards to the ending and Hurley's status with the Island. Just a great happy episode. How could that not make you happy? And now Kate's off to find the French woman... but you don't find the French woman, she finds you. And shoots you.

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