Wednesday, February 24, 2010

LOST...in 815 (or fewer) words: "Lighthouse"

Welcome, dear readers, to LOST...in 815 (or fewer) words. This is a variation on last season's series of Lost posts on Red Pen, Inc.--the main difference being that these posts are less rambly. However, I'm still counting on the rest of you to talk to me in the comments about your thoughts/theories about last night's season premiere--so ramble on, you guys, OK? ;)

I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about last night's episode, "Lighthouse." I kinda rolled my eyes when I heard it was gonna be a Jack episode. Aside from maybe 10 minutes during Season 1 during which I thought Jack was hot (which ceased the moment I saw Sawyer, who is the epitome of hotness and complexity), I haven't been terribly interested in him. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I don't find Jack to be particularly likable. After this episode, I'm still not sure I like him at all. Also, I was hoping for a Christian cameo last night and some sort of resolution to the Christian/Jack storyline, but that didn't happen, either. But instead--hey now, Jack's got a son? (Which, in typical Lost fashion, raises more questions, most notably "So who's the mom?")

I started to actually like Jack a little more when I saw that he was really trying to connect with his kid, David. (Also: Did anybody else get a bit of a Faraday vibe off that kid? A gifted, piano-playing child who wants to please a parent by succeeding/not failing? I'm flashing back to the beginning of that Faraday flashback episode from Season 5...this kid reminds me a bit of young Faraday.) I liked Jack there because I felt like he'd taken what he'd learned from how his father treated him and tried to make sure his son didn't suffer the same sorts of pressure.

And then Jack busted Jacob's mirror.

Cue me going back to not liking Jack so much.

Now, I'm thinking it's likely that Jacob wanted Hurley to bring Jack to the lighthouse for exactly that reason--Jacob didn't exactly look pissed when Hurley told him what happened--but still, it was a selfish, impulsive action on Jack's part. He could have learned more, a lot more, from that mirror, and now he can't. (Also: did the mechanism that turned the mirror remind anyone else of a Big Frozen Donkey Wheel? When I saw that thing being turned, that's the first thing I thought of...)

So did Jacob want that mirror destroyed? If so, was it because he needed it to be destroyed in order to attract someone--lord only knows who--to the Island? What's going through Jack's mind as he stared out at the ocean at the end of the episode? And has he done these actions by free will, or because of Jacob's influence?

On a different part of the Island, Crazy Claire was being, well...crazy. She killed a dude from the temple and has kinda threatened to kill Kate, if in fact Kate did raise her child--and we, dear readers, know that that's exactly what happened. Smart Jin for trying to lie about this to Claire--but I'm not entirely certain she believed him. And now we know for certain that Claire's "friend" is FLocke, which certainly seems to back up the notion that Claire has been "claimed."

Also: what's the significance of Dogen showing up in Jack's sideways timeline? (And, upon first seeing that Asian kid, did anyone else go "OMG, it's Ji Yeon!" before realizing that, well, it wasn't? I was all aboard the Ji Yeon train...'til i saw Dogen.) Anyone else think there was more to Dogen's "Your son has a gift" than he was letting on?

We got to see another glimpse of the skeletons (the ones in the cave) in this latest episode. One of them appeared to be wearing a dark blue button-down shirt. Did anyone else catch any more details about the skeletons? One character immediately comes to mind as someone we've seen recently on the Island, wearing a dark blue button-down shirt...

I'm gonna end this one with a couple of quotes I really enjoyed during this episode. What were some of your favorite moments? Any theories or thoughts on the mirror imagery scattered throughout the episode--Claire mirroring Rousseau, Jack bringing up his appendix operation (which we know that in the on-Island timeline, was done using a mirror), the Annotated Alice book (conjuring up thoughts of mirrors as well--and by the way, I had a total nerdy moment of excitement when I saw the book, because I have and have been re-reading that very same book), and, most obviously, the big mirror that Jack smashed? What are your thoughts on the skeletons? Shout 'em out in the Comments section!

[Regarding the lighthouse]
Jack: How is it that we'd never seen it before?
Hurley: "I guess we just weren't looking for it..."
(I'm really, really, really loving Hurley this season.)

and

Hurley: "Why'd you come back?"
Jack: "Because I was broken and was stupid enough to think this place could fix me."

I still may not like Jack a whole lot, but I can't help but hope that by the end of the season, he's no longer broken.

18 comments:

April said...

Usually, I have a lot to say but this week I'm coming up empty. Except, holy crap that wheel was awesome. Yes, Jack needs to be punched for destroying that thing.

I think David looks like Kate. That's my theory.

I was talking out loud at Crazy Claire last night because how on earth could a mother not be grateful that someone rescued her child and kept him safe? What was the alternative? Leave that tiny baby on the island all alone and hope Claire finds him when they didn't even know if she was alive? Brilliant. Yes, that scene actually upset me even more than the breaking of the mirror.

MarieC said...

I would have loved to have seen what was in the mirror for each of the Oceanic 7. And, did you notice when they first got up to the lighthouse and Hurley started orienting the mirror, he asked Jack to tell him when it got to 108?

(oh, and by the way, your post is 816 words--unless you count Ji Yeon as one word)

michael said...

"The one thing that will kill you out here is infection."

And, apparently, psycho "the dingo ate my baby" mamas. The entire episode I couldn't help thinking Claire was EXACTLY like Kathy Bates's character in "Misery," except instead of hobbling Jin she fixed his leg. Speaking of mirror images...

I hadn't really thought of the mirror bits! I couldn't even remember the appendix bit, or even the skeletons. This is definitely a recurring theme that has to stop. But now that you mention it, I'm definitely getting a "Through the Looking Glass" vibe from the parallel timeline setup. Especially considering your appendix is on the other side of your body. I'm not that crazy, am I? He was definitely looking at his left side?

On a side note, I'm really curious to see who is coming to the Island with the designated number 108, or the collective sum of our original Candidates. I don't think you could see the names in that shot. Not that it would really tell us anything. Also, glad to see that Jack is definitely number 23. Here's to small favors.

michael said...

Ah, crap. Thought I was on to something. Just rewatched the first scene, and I missed the part where he was looking in the mirror. Also, I happened upon a Doc Jensen review for the first time, and WOW has he got a lot of thoughts rattling around up there! I wonder if he gets paid by the metaphor. I'm on a horse.

Sarah said...

oh yea! I can't believe I get to say this! I was the anonymous vistor from last week, I guess I can say who I am now. I was a little intimidated before. Anyway- we have dvr at our house and we slowed down the scenes where the wheel was being shown and saw most of the names. Ordinarily I would never post this, but by now its probably all over the web. Number 108 was WALLACE. I did a little research last night and found out that there was a famous scientist in the 1800's named Wallace who co-founded the theory of natural selection along with DARWIN!!! Oh, and the best part- Wallace came up with this while he was suffering from a fever on a REMOTE ISLAND in Indonesia! Coincidence?
Also, there were lots more names on the wheel, including Austen at #51- which was NOT crossed out BTW. I also saw Linus #117, Farraday #101, Friendly #109, Dawson #124, and Cortez # 120. Those were the most memorable I saw. Also- just like in the cave Sheppard is the only name written in all capital letters, and it is larger than all the rest of the names. It also appeared that Jarrah and Sheppard were etched into the surface, at the very least they were clearly traced over and over and were bolder than the names around them.
As to Jacks son- I first thought that David looked like Kate, but in thinking back to their interaction on the plane and near the airport this seems unlikely. I am wondering if Davids mother could possibly be Juliet? Its possible that with them both being doctors they would have had occasion to run into each other and they did have something going on the island...
Speaking of the mirror- Im sure Jacob wanted that mirror destroyed, or was willing to let it be sacrificed in order to futher whatever-it-is he is doing. Also thanks to DVR I also saw an asian looking building(perhaps where Sun and Jin got married, I havent checked) and I saw the white church where Sawyers parents funeral was held in the mirrors reflection. I wonder what the significance of these locations are? Jacob did meet the Kwons at their wedding, and Sawyer at his parents funeral, but he met Jack at the hospital so why did it show his parents house?
And I am the only one who totally recoiled in horror when Jin looked in the make shift bassinet? what was that in there?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ April: I second the "punching Jack" thing. Also: I think Claire's great this season. Creepy and weird, but totally great. :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Michael: OK, I'm gonna have to rewatch this episode to see where Jack was pointing to on himself. That would be a seriously brilliant thing if he were actually pointing to his LEFT side...

Ha! Yeah, Claire did conjure up thoughts of Annie Wilkes last night. I don't blame Jin for looking so petrified!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Sarah: Awww, never be too intimidated here! Everybody who reads this site is friendly! Thanks for sharing your name. :)

I'm totally coveting your DVR, by the way. Great brainstorm about Wallace! I'm highly doubting that's a coincidence...

I like your theory that David's mother could be Juliet (they both had really striking bright blue eyes...). Doc Jensen echoes that theory in his Lost recap today.

The thing in the bassinet...was that a dead boar? That's what it reminded me of, but I'm not sure if that was it...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Michael: I think Doc's recap today was MUCH better than his pre-episode article yesterday (although yes, he is incredibly wordy at times...makes my head spin!). I was gonna scream if he managed to slip in any more Huey Lewis and the News references in today's article!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ MarieC: Oh, how I was wishing for DVR last night so I could rewind it and look for all sorts of crazy details that were too quick to take in the first time around... :)

And clearly, math was never my strong suit. ;)

kolgreat said...

Is it just me, or is no one mentioning Jack's marriage and divorce from a previous season? Obviously he's still divorced because he was talking about David's mom's house, and visitation. Isn't it perfectly plausible that with all the other minor differences in this parallel time line, that David is the product of that marriage? I'm certainly not discounting the possibility of it being Juliet, only because of the appearance of Ben, Ethan, and some others.

As far as Jack's scar, it is certainly possible that the camera shot was actually through a mirror that Jack was looking in. The appendix is on the right side of the body, so in the mirror, it would appear to be his left side. What keeps bugging me is that theoretically, in the parallel universe, anything that happened BEFORE the Oceanic crash should still be the same (otherwise, couldn't Locke have been allowed on his walkabout?), meaning that any day now, Jack would have an appendicitis attack. Obviously the writers are taking some liberties with the space/time continuum. Unless of course they're suggesting that the hydrogen bomb somehow created a riff in the past that caused all these tiny ripple-effect changes. Somehow, I just don't think that's true because that's a LOT to explain in this last season.

I was also annoyed at Claire for being so ungrateful about Kate taking care of Aaron. Given, I think that news would have been better received if Claire was told that Aaron is with his grandmother now. Someone also pointed out to me that Claire is showing a lot of similarity to Rousseau. I'm wondering if there's a reason for that. After all, her baby went missing too. Not to mention we're seeing clips here and there of a little blonde boy on the island.

And I seem to remember Jacob saying that he didn't care about the mirror, he just needed Jack to see it so that he would know he needed to do something, so I'm a little less mad at Jack because it means he may be on his way to fulfilling his destiny.

Just putting my thoughts out there. Please feel free to clarify if I've made any mistakes!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hi, Kol! :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I absolutely think it's plausible the kid could be from Jack's former wife (was her name Sarah, or am I totally making that up?). But I felt like they were trying to hide something regarding who David's mom might be. That might be totally off, but that's the impression I got. It could be Sarah--or Juliet--or ANYONE. I wonder if we'll ever know...

At present, I think there are cracks in each of the timelines, and those cracks are making odd little details seep through, creating the differences in the two timelines. But that could be dead wrong, and I may change my mind on that depending on how the next few episodes play out.

I'm with you regarding Claire--that was pretty ungrateful of her! Then again, she's very likely "claimed"...so it's Claire, but it's also Not-Claire in there. And for that transgression, I blame the Not-Claire part of her.

And I'm wondering what implications Jack smashing that mirror will have on the candidates/castaways/whomever...

michael said...

I think Jacob doesn't care so much about the lighthouse because he knows that things are starting to change. He's dead, for one, so material things probably aren't that important. The nature of the "game" has changed dramatically, and Jacob seems awfully close to picking one "candidate," so he probably doesn't need things like the cave or the lighthouse anymore.

I'm not so mad at Jack as disappointed. If TV and movies have taught me anything, it's never take out your anger on surrounding objects. Very hard to fix.

And as for Claire, you can't really judge her actions on any sort of rationale. She's CRAZY now, so her logic doesn't follow ours. To her, someone took Aaron, and that someone needs to die a horrible death. Kate isn't safe for long though - either she finds Claire before or after Claire and Nemesis get to the temple, and either way Claire isn't getting Aaron back.

Dave said...

Wow - Lots of Jack bashing taking place. I am going to be incredibly honest: Jack is, and has been since season 1, my favorite male character on Lost. Why you ask? Because of the depth of character he was given as well as his off island and on island storyline. What can I say? Sorry - I beg to differ. Anyway - Last nights episode was by far, my favorite of the season. It definitely had a mysterious, lets go traipsing across the island on a quest for something vibe to it. In other words - very reminiscent of season 1. I liked the Lighthouse, and how each degree on the wheel seemed to represent a character, as well as show an image from their past. No idea whether or not this is a 'looking glass' or an image of something important or defining of each character (we all know Jacob likes to keep tabs so who knows). Bonus points to Sarah for spotting Wallace as name 108 and throwing that theory out there...very interesting. I'm not 100% sure what the point of the jungle trip to the light house was at this point but I could see either - yes it was a diversion to get Jack and Hurley as far away from the temple as possible OR Jack was supposed to destroy the mirrors, which apparently activates something. Maybe something that will connect both parallels? There is already mounting evidence that something is definitely up in sideways world - Jacks shaving cut, and operation scar...did anyone notice anything else to support this?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Michael: Ha! True re: beating up on inaimate objects. Instead of beating up a mirror, go punch the crap outta Sawyer. Bruises and cuts heal, plus those scenes are always really fun to watch. :)

I'm really wondering what the writers are going to DO with Aaron. Right now I feel like all he's done this season is be the catalyst for some Kate/Claire tension and storyline developments. But I feel like he has to be more important than that. He was one of the Oceanic 6, and he was the only baby (that I'm aware of) able to be born and survive on the Island, so they HAVE to do something more significant with him...right? (And if that's the case, I don't think an Aaron/Clire reunion is out of the question. Someone IS coming to the Island...for all we know, it's Aaron...)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Dave: I wish I could get into Jack more, I really do. But out of the major male characters on the show who have daddy issues, I find Ben to be the most intriguing and Locke a close second. To me, Jack seems really typical when I compare them to those two, or to others on the show (Sayid, Sawyer) whose stories are, in my opinion, much richer than Jack's. But that's just me...hell, I'm a big Kate fan, and most other people I know can't stand her at all! To each his or her own. :)

sarah said...

OOOh i love the thought that the person coming to the island is Aaron! I had almost forgotten that the psychic told Claire all kinds of bad things would happen if she didnt raise the baby, and didnt he also say the kid would be bad? Hmmm...
I went and looked up Doc Jensen after you suggested it- wow. He packs a lot of information into one article. very cool though.
I am with you all- what is Claire's problem with Kate raising Aaron? Its like she has totally forgotten she was the one who walked off into the woods and never came back.As a mom myself I cant understand how she wouldnt be completely grateful that aaron wasnt stuck on the island too. I wonder about this whole "she has been claimed" thing. Does claire retain some control over her own thoughts or does she go in and out of control? i am mainly asking because she looked confused at finding out three years had passed and didnt seem to understand she was the one who left aaron, he wasnt taken.
I agree about the bright blue eyes, thats what got me thinking about Juliet in the first place.
as for jack destroying the wheel, i keep going back to jacob following the candidates for long periods of time. knowing jack means knowing how jack reacts when he is under pressure- i cant believe jacob didnt know jack would destroy that wheel. im thinking that maybe jacob wanted the wheel destroyed and he needed someone to do it for him. maybe flocke could use the wheel now that jacob was dead and that would be a bad thing so it needed to be destroyed. sure hurley would have done it if he had been asked, but it seems like it was something jacob wanted jack to see/do in order to set him off on the path toward being ready for whatever jacob has in store for him.
I want the jack from season 1 to merge with this jack and make a reformed-for-the-better version of jack.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Sarah: Doc's articles always make my head spin, but DAMN, that guy's good at analyzing this show. I don't always agree with all his ideas, but I love that he's always thinking...and I love all the research he does on this show (literature to mythology to philosophy, etc). I seriously want his job...I'd be the happiest girl on earth if I could be a writer/Lost scholar! :)

Hmmm, besides not wanting anyone else to raise Claire's baby, I forget what the psychic told her. I'm all curious now and will have to look that up. Ever been on the Lost Wiki site? I've actually lost HOURS reading it...

I could be reaching here, but I don't think it was any accident that David's eyes were that bright blue. Nothing on Lost is EVER done by accident, and I do think those blue eyes were meant to remind us of someone. And they were the exact same shade as Juliet's.

Yeah, if Jacob actually wanted the mirror destroyed, I'm very curious as to why. What would happen if the mirror stayed intact? Would Flocke be able to gain power from it somehow?