Friday, March 24

Lost Friday - "The Whole Truth."

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Season Two - Episode 16 - "The Whole Truth."

Another Lost Friday is upon us. We have much to discuss.

I've said something similar in the past, but every now and again it's good to get an episode like this thrown at us. Sure, there was a decent story and the plotline was advanced ever so slightly, but it essentially set the stage for the huge events that are about to transpire as we approach the season finale (only a handful of episodes away). Jin & Sun episodes are good that way, because their flashbacks normally don't coincide with any of the other castaways, and the stories on the island are left to wander about on their own and bring the audience up to speed.

Oh, and any episode where Sun gets more screen time is fine with me. If she ever leaves Lost, they should give her a spinoff show where she solves crimes with a Proboscis monkey in Hawaii. They would call it "Sun & Moon," because the monkey would be named Moon and he would moon people.

Okay, the sooner we get through this, the sooner we can talk about next week's episode. Here's the skinny, courtesy of Wikipedia, the absolute best page on the planet:

THE SKINNY.

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(..."But maybe you and I could work something out. Hey, where you going?")

In flashbacks, it is shown that Sun and Jin were experiencing difficulties in their marriage because they were unable to have children. Jin was convinced that by having a child, Sun's father wouldn't give him such a dangerous profession. They sought help from a doctor who told them Sun was incapable of having children. Jin reacted poorly and accused Sun of having known this before their wedding and concealing it from him. It was also shown that Sun was still seeing her old boyfriend, Jae Lee, and it was he who was teaching her English so she could leave Jin. The doctor finds Sun and admits to her that it is actually Jin who is sterile but he had been afraid to tell Jin that.

On the island, Sun and Jin are experiencing problems because of Jin's over-protectiveness towards Sun after her attempted abduction. Sun suspects she is pregnant and approaches Sawyer for a pregnancy test. She finds out she is pregnant but is afraid of Jin's reaction so delays telling him. But after Jin apologizes for their earlier argument (as he cannot understand anyone, so he needs Sun), she tells him she is pregnant and also tells him their doctor had said he was sterile. But she tells him he is the only man she has ever slept with. Jin believes her and says that the baby is a 'miracle.' The audience is left wondering if she is still being dishonest with him.

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(The secret map to Dostoevsky's wordy and overrated treasure.)

In other developments, Locke tells Ana Lucia about the captive, Henry, and asks her to interrogate him without consulting Jack. Ana Lucia gets Henry to give her a map of the supposed location of his balloon, but after seeing the rift between Jack and Locke, decides not to tell either of them. She instead convinces Sayid and Charlie to accompany her to the site to see if the balloon exists. They arrive at the site and begin looking but do not find it. Ana Lucia wants to be sure before she and Sayid do anything drastic to Henry, so Sayid splits the area into three parts so they can look until Ana Lucia is satisfied.

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("Ahh, Stockholm Syndrome. Remember when Sayid obliterated my face?")

Back in the hatch, Jack lets Henry out of the armory and gives him cereal from a box covered in Dharma logos. Henry questions where they got it, and after Locke says it's from the pantry full of food, Henry replies with disbelief that they do not question the hatch and its contents more closely. He then states that this must be his reward for good behavior, for finally drawing the map to his balloon. Jack and Locke are speechless as Henry goes on to say that Ana Lucia probably didn't tell them because of their constant power struggle and trust issues. He then plays on their fears by pointing out that if he was an Other, he would have used this opportunity to lead their friends to a secluded place where they would be ambushed, and traded for Henry's life. Henry ends the episode by saying it's a good thing he's not an Other, and, "You guys got any milk?"

[SMASH CUT TO BLACK.]

I love the smash cut. Every week, you know it's coming but you always get floored by it. It's like a sucker punch to the groin when you least expect it, leaving you tender and gimpy for another week, duct-taping a bag of frozen peas to your inner pant leg and secretly enjoying it. Day-to-day life would be far more interesting if us common folk could work the smash cut into our schedule.

"Hey Bob, did you get that spreadsheet finished?"

"....What spreadsheet?"

[SMASH CUT TO BLACK.]

Numbers, please.

THE NUMBERS.

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("Listen Sun, I'm extremely evil and that's okay.")

4. Because the main focus of this episode was Jin & Sun, that's where we'll start. First off, is Sun telling the truth about her infidelity? I don't really know, but it would appear as if there are some things she has yet to tell him. Also, if Sun wanted to keep her affair a secret, why would she tell Jin the truth about him being sterile, and the doctor lying to him? All that would do is raise doubts in Jin's mind about him fathering this child.

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(Tragically for her fans, Joyce was among the dead. Her glasses, however, remain.)

On the other hand, she might be telling the truth, and the pregnancy is just that, a 'miracle.' Or, the island is working its freaky magic again. They made a lot of ruckus about the pregnancy test itself, focusing on the 'Widmore Labs' company that manufactured it. We've seen Widmore pop up in other places on the show, which may lead to the notion that the test itself isn't all it appears to be.

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("Hi, I'm icky. Still with Jin?")

If you think about it, perhaps the island is allowing people to manifest their fantasies; the things they want or think about the most. Charlie found a ton of smack, Jin & Sun got their baby, Jack saw his dad again, Locke could walk again and explore the jungles like he wanted to, Eko stared down his inner demons (literally), Kate saw the horse that saved her from jail, Walt got his polar bear, Hurley got closer to his numbers; the list goes on and on. That sounds a little far off, and it is, but it's a decent enough theory for me at this point. And I'm drunk.

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("I'm just asking for this much time with your wife, see?")

8. Here's the thing about Sun being pregnant. If the show progresses like it has been for the last two seasons, she would be pregnant for the equivalent of 6 more seasons before giving birth. Not going to happen. If she really IS pregnant, expect one of two things to happen:

a) She loses the baby, she's killed off, or something else that halts the pregnancy.
b) We fast-forward ahead many months or even years by the time season three premieres.

Now, jumping ahead a long way may seem harsh or even impossible on a show like this, but consider the following. Walt's not getting any younger, they are almost out of pre-island flashbacks and JJ Abrams did the SAME EXACT THING ON ALIAS. He could most certainly do it again, although that would be a really tragic thing to do to such a minutiae-driven show. We'll have to wait and see where the writers and producers stand come season-finale time (May 24).

15. Henry is a smart and evil dude. Say what you will, but I really enjoy his character. He knows just what to say and do to drive the castaways against each other, questioning their security and intelligence. Henry knows exactly what he's doing. He stood up to Jack, Locke, Sayid, Eko and Ana without having to change his shorts once, which is more than I expected.

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("This is Henry Gale, speaking for the new Remington Ultra-Screen Razor.")

He's the voice of reason in the hatch; the voice of the fans. "What's with the computer? Where do you get all this food? You have a lot of trust issues, don't you? You're not asking enough questions!" If he's doing all of this for a reason, it matters not. Maybe his ribbing will get the castaways to actually ask the questions we've been asking all season. His psychological turning of the screws with Jack and Locke is going quite swimmingly, and Locke is all set for an epic breakdown next week.

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("Well, Henry saw Blue Crush, so he's certainly evil.")

His monologue at the end of the episode was eerie. It would appear as if Henry put the balloon hunters in a lot of danger, and a showdown is on the way. Or, he's just a massive dick.

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(Ana and Charlie awkwardly recreate the climactic scene from Deliverance.)

16. Why didn't Ana and Sayid ask Charlie where he got his gun? The audience knows that Charlie got one because he was in cahoots with Sawyer over the procuring of all the weapons; you'd think that they would want to know where it came from. Charlie's been acting quite brash and bold since the atrocity that was 'Fire & Water,' and I think his secret might come out before the balloon excursion is over.

'Balloon excursion.' Sound like a blast, doesn't it?

Sayid and Ana are obviously developing a relationship towards each other. They have a lot in common, apart from the whole "Sorry I murdered your girlfriend" thing. Ana is looking for someone to confide in, and Sayid is the only person who's giving her that opportunity.

So, is Henry's balloon out there? In the previews for next week's episode, we see that there's something that resembles the balloon in the trees, but we don't know for sure. If you believe the theory that the island is manifesting thoughts and feelings, one might pop up out of nowhere, much like the evil rain that shows up whenever something bad happens.

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(If it doesn't have nutrition facts, I'm not touching it.)

23. Dharma seems to be a pretty powerful operation. They have their own line of foods, ranch dressing and cereal, along with theatrical glue, towels and multi-billion dollar research facilities. You would naturally assume that Dharma is monitoring the Swan hatch, and knows exactly what's going on down there with Henry and the like.

Besides, if the Swan hatch really was capable of destroying everything Dharma has created, don't you think they would have done something about it by now? The internet nerd theories are stating that the Orientation film was a hoax to get subjects in on the experiment, like what happened to Desmond (if he's not an Other). Say what you will; something tells me that we're going to find out a lot more about the hatch next week. When I say 'something,' I mainly mean the previews.

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(I like how Dharma had completely unnecessary things labeled. Like, if they lost their towel, someone could return it to them.)

42. I enjoy watching the day-to-day activities of Hatch living. Downing bowls of Dharma Flakes, wiping your clean-shaven face with a Dharma towel. I especially liked seeing Locke chilling to Geronimo Jackson with the Lava Lamp on. Which reminds me; if the Initiative started in the 1970's, don't you think they would have uncovered some Dharma-sanctioned weed by now? Just a thought.

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("Are there any more Mary statues in the armory?")

Next week's episode looks really, really....good.

THE PREVIEW (SPOILERS AHOY!).

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(You give Henry 5 minutes of computer time, and this is what happens.)

Next week's episode (Episode 17) is titled 'Lockdown,' and is Locke-centric.

Judging by the previews and what I've picked up on the internets, here's what we can expect to see:

a) Locke will be attending a funeral with Helen. Is it his father? Dunno.

Also, there's a crazy rumor going around that Locke's dad is the original 'Sawyer.' Makes sense when you think about it, and I remember pitching that theory months ago. Let it be known that if it's true, I knew it all along.

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("Peeeeeek!")

b) Another rumor is that Locke's going to get hurt this week. Like, he might not be able to walk anymore. Because of this accident, he will be asking Henry of all people for help.

c) Why would he ask Henry for help? Because the hatch is going to go into nuclear holocaust mode and lower those blast doors with Locke and Henry inside. The intercom was doing this weird countdown, the horns were blasting and the hatch was straight going 'orf. It looked pretty creepy from the previews.

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("No! My checkbook's on the other side!")

d) Because of these happenings, Henry might be able to make his escape. Meanwhile, we see Sayid pointing a gun at someone in the hatch, meaning that he made it back safe and sound. There's a chance that he's pointing the gun at Henry, because Ana and Charlie are being held at the mercy of the Others, as Henry predicted.

e) Ana, Charlie and Sayid find a balloon in the jungle that looks an awful lot like a smiley face. That's all we know.

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(The Wal-Mart mascot finally meets its tragic end.)

Word.

Well, there you have it, another lengthy Lost Friday in the books. I feel like a new bar of soap.

As always, here are links to all of my Lost Friday posts, each eager and waiting to take your call. E-mail me at communistdance@yahoo.com, and start the discussion in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by, and don't be a stranger to the CDP.

SEASON TWO - RERUN EDITION: VOLUME 8
SEASON TWO - RERUN EDITION: VOLUME 7
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 15 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 14 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 13 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - RERUN EDITION: VOLUME 6
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 12 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 11 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 10 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - RERUN EDITION: VOLUME 5
SEASON TWO - RERUN EDITION: VOLUME 4
SEASON TWO - RERUN EDITION: VOLUME 3
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 9 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 8 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 7 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 6 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - RERUN EDITION: VOLUME 2
SEASON TWO - RERUN EDITION
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 5 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 4 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 3 REVIEW
SEASON TWO - EPISODE 1 REVIEW
SEASON TWO PREVIEW

Comments:
I should mention that here in Hawaii, there's a musical group called "The Brothers Cazimero." They clearly give them a nod with the map, even though everythings spelled differently.
 
Great writing CDP!

You're on point concerning the Smash Cut. Man do we need to port that to real life!

Doing a 4-years-later-kind of jumps are almost always a disaster. For instance, did you see the last ep of Battlestar Galactica? The creators should just let the amount of pre-crash flashback material limit the life span of the series.

Even if there's a balloon, Gale might still be an evil Other who killed the innocent balloon folks and then got the idea of using the balloon story as a way to win trust. They've tried Locke, Jack, Sayid and Ana Luca against Gale so far. The proper person to handle situation is obviously the islands con extraordinaire Sawyer! [SMASH CUT]
 
"The creators should just let the amount of pre-crash flashback material limit the life span of the series."

As much as I'd like to see Lost run forever, I agree with you. True, if they zip-zapped us ahead a year or so, they could do flashbacks of what we missed on the island, but that sounds a wee bit counterproductive.

Henry=Good Liar.

Welcome aboard, b! Don't be a stranger to the CDP; thanks a lot for checking me out in a non-sexual, friendly way.

I can't remember what island they shoot Lost on; is it near you? If I lived within 50 miles of the set, I would be arrested daily.
 
By the way, I don't want to hijack the thread away from Lost talk, but everyone should watch the Simpsons on Sunday. It's the long-awaited Ricky Gervais-written (and starring) episode. He says he's more proud of this than anything else he's written. It's been years since I've looked forward to a Simpsons episode.
 
Henry's awesome... That "You guys got any milk?" line might be my favorite Lost quote ever.

The balloon thing could still have been planted by The Others. I bet Analucia will want to dig up his wife's body to be sure that part is true, she's not taking any action against anyone unless she's positive of their guilt.

Aside from the occasional Other mole (i.e. Ethan, that one other guy at the tail section), it seems like the "savage" type others have stayed away from the mid-section survivor camp and hatch. They ran around freely around the tail section survivors camp. What's keeping them from ambushing the hatch late one night to pull Henry out (if he is an Other). Or, why haven't those barefoot "savage" types ever attacked the mid-section camps?

The lockdown with Locke and Henry's already got me on the edge of my seat.
 
I can't wait for the Gervais-penned Simpsons episode. I'm trying to temper my expectations, but I'm pretty excited.

I watched The Loop and wasn't impressed. I predict it won't be around too long. It's okay, but not quite bad enough to not be cancelled (like The War At Home, so bad it's impervious to cancellation). Cancelling TWAH would be like admitting they knew it existed in the first place.
 
Above sentence should have read, "I predict it won't be around too long, but it will probably just linger on forever."
 
Yeah, I don't know what's going to happen out there with Charlie and Ana, but it can't be good. Rain=bad.

Maybe the Others spared the main castaways from kidnappings after Ethan got capped. The next time they showed up, they traded Kate for the guns, presumably so the castaways would stop shooting them.

If the Dharma initiative truly relied on that button getting pressed every 108 minutes, they would clean house and put someone in there that would get the job done. What we're seeing now is a psychological experiment.

The idea that the Others are pretending to be savages to protect their experiment is still creepy to me for some reason.

When I saw the preview for Lockdown, IPAL. That buzzing intercom was messed up.
 
I know what you mean about The Simpsons. Honestly though, the last few episodes have been quite good, considering that the show is old enough to see an R-rated movie.

Halfway through The Loop, I looked at the Missus and said, "This isn't very good." It's entirely too hit and miss to captivate. They rely on too many poop jokes and sex to compensate for their on/off clever writing. I can see something very good with The Loop, but they're just not quite where they need to be.

Free Ride is funnier as a whole, but that's like comparing a black eye to a bloody nose. Neither one are too worthy of writing home about. Neither one will get a Season Two.
 
As a side note, I think I might use this week's Lost Friday logo every week from now on, for every post until the end of time.

Just thinking out loud here.
 
I just realized my reasoning above about The Loop being cancelled or not doesn't make any damn sense. It will be cancelled because it's not too good, and not too bad.
 
It made sense to me. If it's sort of good or really bad, it won't be cancelled. If it's really good or just sort of bad, it will be cancelled.

Need a nap now.
 
www.thetailsection.com has the CTV trailer up, which is actually more frightening than the ABC promo.

Wednesday's gunna be better than a fat guy falling down the stairs and Christmas rolled into one.
 
Did you catch Analucia's insight about why people naturally don't like her. I think it was a personal appeal to letseatpaste.
 
Ana Lucia's gunna get capped. Mark my words.

As I speak, I'm sitting in a hotel 150 miles north of Madison, wearing a Hawaiian lei, up about 6 drinks and waiting to see a Beatles cover band take the stage. I'll give the full story next week.
 

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