Monday, March 17

Lost Monday - "Ji Yeon."

Episode 7 -
Season 4 - Episode 7: "Ji Yeon."

Another Lost Monday is upon us. We have much to discuss; this relationship is suffocating me!

After a busy and relatively somber weekend, it feels good to be back home and settling into a rhythm. The NCAA tournament is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory (and Florida/Illinois-free), there's only one more episode of Lost before a four-week hiatus allows us all to catch our breath, and I begin pre-production on my second book in 15 days.

As I've stated before in interviews and the like, I have at least 25 brand-new essays that I already have begun outlining for the follow-up to the wildly successful cult classic, 65 Poor Life Decisions. My goal is to have it all wrapped up on my end (some funny jokes and a decent font selection, mostly) by the end of 2008. Stagnation is my only unforgivable sin, and I'm not waiting any longer to write more poop jokes and drag my family's name through said poop.

By the way, personalized copies of 65 Poor Life Decisions are selling fast, and I will no longer be offering the direct-mail order deal once they run out. So if you're looking to order an autographed copy through me, you'd better do it quick, because I honestly have less than a handful of books left that aren't already reserved. Get cracking.

Muffintop Radiator Pants!
("Muffintop horseback radiator pants!")

Now, it's time to talk about Lost. One of the reasons that we dig Lost so much is due to their surprise endings, crazy revelations, trendy island fashions and their respect for the intelligence of the audience. Even though the single biggest gripe on the series is "I don't get it," the writers and producers of the Greatest Television Drama Of All-Time refuse to go the Heroes and Friday Night Lights route and dumb it down for a few more ratings points and that all-important "idiot" demographic the networks are constantly clamoring for (Why, FNL, why?).

That being said, last week's episode was, in my opinion, a twist ending for the sake of twist endings. A plot device used to cover up the fact that they didn't want to give away everything just yet, and in doing so, jerked the audience around for no good reason. In Lost history, Jin and Sun always collaborated on their flashback episodes, mainly because their separate storylines weren't interesting enough to carry an episode on their own. Furthermore, their story as a couple was always more intriguing and parallel to what they happened to be experiencing on the island at any particular time.

What happened in 'Ji Yeon' was interesting, surprising and shocking, but somewhat unnecessary and deceptive for no other reason than to pad out a lackluster 48 minutes of events.

Don't believe me? Take it up with The Thick & Meaty!

Thick And Meaty!

IN FLASHBACKS:

Jin is rushing to the hospital to deliver a present for his boss, Mr. Paik. This flashback appears to run parallel with the events of the soon-to-be-discussed flash-forward, but not so fast, Tough Guy. You're about to look like an ass in front of all your friends.

Oh, and that's it. That's the entire flashback. He successfully delivers his stuffed panda on time, and life continues as planned. Quite possibly the most unnecessary flashback in Lost history.

Todd McFarlane did it, and it rules!
(Jin searches in vain for a Korean videogame that isn't violently pornographic.)

ON THE ISLAND:

Sun realizes that she doesn't have a lot of time left before her pregnancy begins to end her life. Hey, most women get to at least give birth before the child ruins the rest of their life, but not poor Sun. Regardless, she doesn't trust the Boaties and she doesn't trust Juliet, so she wants to head off to Locke's camp where she can at least die on a comfortable mattress. Jin blindly follows, like any husband unwilling to step into the sputtering gunfire of an unnecessary argument would.

Juliet, trying to convince Sun to stick around and attempt rescue, spills the beans to Jin that Sun had an affair with that one guy who's head was shaped like an egg. Jin grits his teeth and decides to go fishing with Bernard, who pops in simply to remind us that yes, he's still a character on the show.

While fishing, Jin snaps and tears Bernard's head off. This seems to calm Jin somewhat, who heads back to Sun, accepts her apology and makes nice.

Wow, Jin forgave that affair in near-record time. He didn't even try to snag a free night of anonymous sex for himself or anything. He didn't even let Maury get involved, for God's sake. This only makes sense for one reason, and one reason alone, which leads us to our Question Of The Week!

Question Of The Week.

"What Is Jin Hiding?"

A - His own private affair with a jug of Dharma Ranch Dressing.
B - A crippling Pachinko addiction.
C
- That he was kind of an asshole up until about three weeks ago.
D - A prehensile tail.

Of course, the correct answer is "The largest collection of Korean pornography the island has ever seen." Thanks for playing, let's continue on.

God damn, that's awesome.
("God damn, it's awesome to be me.")

ON THE FREIGHTER:

The crew of the freighter are dropping like flies every time they get near the island. I personally find the idea of the energy surrounding the island being so great as to cause insanity followed by suicide to be absolutely awesome. What a neat way to properly illustrate just how much power this place has. At least you did something right this week, Television Show.

The 'spy' on the boat sends a message Desmond & Sayid's way, claiming that they shouldn't trust the captain. Of course, if this spy is working for Ben, who does not want the island to be discovered, it would be theorized that we should trust what the captain has to say when it comes to a certain egomaniacal nebbish named Benjamin Linus. The spy keeps turning the boat towards the island, presumably in an attempt to drive everyone on board loopy.

RAAAAAALLLLLT!
("WAAAAAAALLLLLLLT!!!11!!")

When Desmond and Sayid finally meet up with the captain, he validates what Benjamin said in that Charles Widmore is behind the freighter and eventual discovery of the island. He also ties a few loose ends by stating that the Flight 815 crash was staged to pull one over on a global scale, and that Benjamin might have been to blame.

Whadda douche.

The revelation is that we see Michael Dawson on the boat, posing as a janitor named Kevin Johnson. Sayid and Desmond play along, but you can be assured that they will get some answers next week; particularly due to the preview footage that shows Sayid screaming "I want answers!"

Now, Michael popping back up after 28 episodes away was pretty awesome, albeit a little expected. This got me wondering if there are any other Lost cameos that would be even more awesome.

5 Awesome Things.

5 Awesome Lost Cameos By Former Cast Members:

1. Ana Lucia - Shows up drunk and crashes her PT Cruiser into the island's temporary breakfast nook.

2. Charlie - Pops in to briefly to remind everyone that he's nailing Evangeline Lilly in real-life.

3. Tom - puts on that fake beard and acts all creepy, just for old-times sake. Maybe someday they'll fully explain why the Others liked to play dress-up so much.

4. Paulo - Strolls into frame, is immediately shot in the face by Sawyer, and the episode continues as planned.

5. Two words: Zombie Eko.

Dat's it, bitch.
("Bitch said what?")

IN FLASH-FORWARDS:

Sun, off the island and recognized as one of the Oceanic Six, successfully gives birth to a baby girl named Ji Yeon. A short time afterwards, Hurley flies in to see the baby, and visit Jin's gravesite, where it is shown that he is being portrayed as someone who died in the Flight 815 crash. I had to pause the DVR and read it about four times, but yup, there it is.

Smash-cut, episode over.

It took me awhile to wrap my head around the ending, mainly because it was so unnecessary that it caught me by surprise. Nonetheless, this episode raised a lot of new questions, for which we must Break It Down!

Break It Down!

4 - The date on Jin's tombstone reads that he died on the date of the Flight 815 crash. This not only proves that he is NOT one of the Oceanic 6 (only 5 have been revealed), but that Sun is also following the story that only 8 survived the crash, and 6 survived for the rescue. There must be a damn good reason why Hurley, Sayid, Kate, Jack and Sun would all commit to something to emotionally draining.

I'm assuming they were offered free Cousin's Sub sandwiches for life in exchange for their silence. What I wouldn't give for that.

Cousin's Subs. Better Bread, Better Subs.

8 - So, how did Jin die? Well, it would appear that Jin is not buried where his gravesite is, and that he merely didn't make it off of the island. If he was killed or is still hanging around the island is anyone's guess right now. Same goes for Claire, who has become so irrelevant in the face of her potentially amazing backstory that I almost feel bad for her.

15 - In the scene where Sun begins to feel labor pains, she is watching a Korean-dubbed episode of 'Expose,' which is the soap opera that Nikki starred in prior to the crash. Way to throw that in there; that Sun would want to watch a rerun starring a woman that she helped bury alive.

16 - As usual with Jin & Sun episodes, the on-island tension mimics the off-island revelations. In this case, Jin is making the case for himself that he is no longer the selfish, angry, scary dude that he once was. This was a great clue for the writers of the episode to prepare you for the swerve, considering that his behavior in purchasing the stuffed panda greatly mirrored the 'old' Jin that he no longer was. Also, the Year Of The Dragon (as mentioned by the toy store clerk) was around 2000 or 2001, so nerdy scholars of Asian calendars could have made that distinction, as well.

Of course, there were also PSP consoles in that toy store, which were not available in 2000 or 2001. I'll let that blooper go, but it was worth mentioning that I was paying close attention.

Please kill this man dead, Lord.
("Jin, did I ever tell you about the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville? I needed a new heel for my shoe, so I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. 'Give me five bees for a quarter,' you’d say. Now where were we? Oh yeah—the important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...")

23 - This was the first episode to have a flashback and flash-forward at the same time. Let's hope that they don't do it again unless they have a better story to use the plot device on. I mean, flashbacks typically are shown as a direct result of the castaway thinking about them and subsequently reflecting upon them on the island. You can't tell me that while Jin was going about his day, he was daydreaming about the time he almost didn't get a stuffed panda to a hospital for his boss.

42 - So, Michael didn't make it very far from the island. And where's Walt? Next week should get to the bottom of most of that business, followed by a month-long hiatus while the remaining 5 episodes of the season are filmed. Will this season end with an honest-to-goodness rescue of the Oceanic 6, along with the reasons why their off-island fiasco continues to roll on? Yeah, probably.

Look at it this way: Season 4 is all about the Oceanic 6 getting off of the island. Season 5 will be all about why they need to get back to the island, and the final sixth season will be all about what happens when they get back. This is awesome to me, because it hints that Season 5 will be an almost-exclusively off-island drama, containing plenty of on-island mythology as to how it came to be. How cool is that going to be?

Spoilers ahoy! Duck and cover! It's time for The Preview!

Episode 8 -

1 - The eighth and final episode of the first half of the season is titled "Meet Kevin Johnson." It will be Michael-centric, and probably a little Waaaaaallllt-centric as well.

2 - The episode will be told in flashback mode, detailing everything that has happened to Michael from the point that he sailed away at the end of Season 2. We'll see what sort of deal Michael made with Ben, and how far-reaching his power is. If you recall, Michael is one of the worst decision-makers that ever set foot on the island, so I'm hoping for whimsical folly on a grand scale.

3 - The press release from ABC reads: "Sayid confronts Ben's spy on the freighter, and Ben urges daughter Alex to flee Locke's camp in order to survive an impending attack." It would appear to me as if the freighter will be making it to the island, and some sort of hell will break loose. ABC's promise that "someone will die this week" never sits well with me, as this usually means that a slew of extras or secondary characters are going to bite it.

In the extremely rare chance that a main character were to die next week, I'd put money on either Jin, Claire or Michael, none of which will need to hang around much longer.

He looks nothing like me!
("Wow Sun, she looks just like me!")

4 - This spoiler comes to us from someone who worked as an extra on this episode: "I can confirm that it is a Michael-centric episode that takes place between the time he left up until present time on the island. I was one of the extras in NY where Michael ends up and meets Tom. On the set there was a lot of talk about how Tom could be there."

Interesting. Thanks, Random Spoiler Guy Who Will Never Be Hired For Extra Work Again!

5 - Pac-Man is now collecting dust in my office, as I took advantage of some free time last week to purchase an electronic drum kit. For me, this is a chance to continue drumming without getting evicted from my apartment or having to join an actual band. Furthermore, it should come in handy during extended periods of Writer's Block, where Jameson whiskey used to fill those lonely voids. I've been trying to cut back on my drinking, so I figured I'd caulk the gap with a worthwhile vice that's slightly less annoying than being an alcoholic.

That's it for me, folks. Thanks for checking out another Lost Monday. Sound off in the comments section, send any erotic photography to communistdance@yahoo.com, purchase my book here and enjoy your week. As always, here are links to every Lost Monday so far this season. Bye.

Lost Monday - Episode 1 Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 2 Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 3 Pop Crunch Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 4 Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 4 Pop Crunch Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 5 Recap.
Lost Monday - Episode 6 Recap.

Comments:
Jack, Kate, Aaron, Hurley, Sayid, and Sun. Isn't that the Oceanic Six? Haven't we met them all? +Ben, who would not have been counted. Or do you not count Aaron as a survivor? Why, because he's small?
 
Yeah, I think the writers count Aaron as one of the 6, although I disagree. No seat, no survivor. That's what I say.

But didn't the promos say that in this episode we'd see the "last of the Oceanic 6"? Because I don't count Aaron, I thought it was Jin and Sun during the episode. I did not see the signs that Jin's story was a flashback. That's because I tend to enjoy things as they happen instead of suck the blood out of the experience by scrutinizing details. I save that for Lost Monday. But that's just me.

And CDP, you forgot one thing on your awesome list: Sun looked H-O-T Hot. I mean, really hot.
 
A lot of folks are officially not counting Aaron because he wasn't born until after the crash, meaning that he wasn't on the manifest for 815. Then again, we don't know the story that Kate is telling to everyone about how Aaron came to be.

Until I get an official word, I didn't put him on the 6.
 
I'll dig around today and see if I can quote a producer on the identity of the Oceanic 6. Aaron might count. Hell, Jin might still count for whatever reason.

Sun episodes are great, because we get to see her all dolled up off of the island. She's genuinely one of the most beautiful-looking actresses out there, in my opinion.
 
Michael Dawson
more like
Kevin Johnson.

I enjoyed this ep. I was completely caught by the Jin is dead revelation at the end. The Michael one, not so much. I had to go back to see who stole jin's cab. I was hoping it would be Widmore or Christian because it was an obvious dick move.
 
I caught on to the producer's dirty trick with the flashback/flashforward about halfway through. There was the part where Jin said he'd do anything to get Sun off that island in time to keep both her and the baby safe. Did I say last week that I thought Jin was going to die? I was just going on a hunch, though. And I pegged Michael as the guy on deck with the hoodie after blondie jumped ship. We already know that Michael is capable of some serious violence when compelled, so I expect him to be completely brainwashed and crazy and muttering "they got mah boy" a lot next week. I also noticed the show on Sun's tv. Did anyone else notice the food stans on Hurley's suit when he was standing at Jin's gravesite? I thought that was a cute touch.

So now I think that maybe the person in the coffin was Michael. When they said that we'd see the final survivor and showed that Jin probably wouldn't have been counted, that's where my brain went - Michael: final member of the Oceanic 6; turncoat traitor and potential nutcase who couldn't live with what he had ultimetely done or had a hand in for the sake of saving his son, to no avail. I think he never does get Waaaalt back. This is my theory. We'll see how close I am to how the storyline plays out.
 
It's a good theory, Maus. Frankly, I'm just clinging to the hope that they're not counting Aaron as one of the Oceanic 6, because that would just be insanely stupid.

I think we'll find out whether Michael is one of the 6 or not next week, when we follow him around.
 
Yep....huge, monstrous, gargantuan, slap-in-the-face red flag went up when Jin said he'd do anything to get Sun off the island. That means you're dead, brotha.

("Jin, did I ever tell you about the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville? I needed a new heel for my shoe, so I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. 'Give me five bees for a quarter,' you’d say. Now where were we? Oh yeah—the important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...")

I literally lol'd...this will never cease to make me laugh.
 
Aaron IS one of the Oceanic 6.

http://darkufo.blogspot.com/2008/03/confirmation-of-oceanic-6.html

A bit of a rip-off, I'd say.
 
Stupid alien-baby.
 
I'm still not buying it until I get something concrete from the producers. It just seems like such a waste of storyline to include that damn baby.
 
The ALIEN baby.
 
Every baby is an alien baby.
 
That one is particularly martian-like, though.
 
Lindelhof did say on the podcast that Aaron was NOT a member of the Oceanic 6.
 
I'm a fool. I was so confused as to why Jin was delivering the panda to someone else. I don't know why I didn't get that his was a flashback. Hurf durf.

How would Aaron be one of the Oceanic 6 when he wasn't born yet? That doesn't make any sense - he wasn't listed on the manifest. I was wondering if it was Ben using another passengers' name, but I don't think the other 5 would let that go.
 
yay! i just caught up so now i can finally post on a lost monday!

i really hope aaron is not included in the oceanic 6, but i can see how they could include him.

and hurley flew all the way to korea just to see sun's baby? is he not in the insane asylum at this time?

and am i just forgetting about what happened last season or am i correct in wondering where richard the eyeliner man and his peeps are (it's richard -right?) did they all die and i forgot about it .... ?

and where's vincent? and walt? i love lost and how it stresses me out and confuses me and makes me love it all at the same time.
 
Caitlin - I wondered that too, for a second. I think the flash-forwards are all happening at different times. Jack's was the farthest away from their time on the island, and I think Sun's might have been closest as of now.

The flash-forwards are counting backwards to their rescue/escape, maybe?
 
ROB - See, now that's what I heard, too. Can't get much more 'official' than that, although the producers are prone to jerk us around from time to time. I don't know; it just doesn't seem logical that Aaron would be one of the Oceanic 6.

Welcome aboard, by the way! Don't be a stranger to the CDP!

KAREN - Don't feel bad; I didn't catch on for awhile either, mainly because it was so unnecessary.

I'm of the assumption that the last of the Oceanic 6 will be revealed next week. The Ben thing is possible, as he was one of 6 'island' people we've see in flash-forwards, but like you said, it seems like a cop-out, too.

CAITLIN - Hello from across the pond!

Judging by the time of the flash-forward, it seems as if this took place before Hurley's run-in with the law and subsequent nuthouse visit. Don't quote me, though.

Richard and the 'Hostiles' (original island people that apparently don't age) are probably still hanging around the jungle like always. You have to remember that it's only been about 7 'island' days since we've last seen them, so it's not unlikely that they're just hanging around the Temple like Ben instructed them to do during the Season 3 finale.

Vincent was just shown a couple of weeks ago, and Walt will appear (very) briefly next week (his whereabouts are always a freaking mystery). This isn't a show; it's a six-year college course in character mapping.
 
i should have realized that my perception of time would be off ... it's what the island does to people.

i hope we get to see the hostiles again, they intrigue me. i think vincent should be shown every week, just to make me happy.

and what kind of business is charles widmore in? showbusiness! he's the new king arthur in spamalot here ... i honestly can't picture it ...
 
I was hoping there was an island cat that would pop up for a cameo every now and again. Vincent's alright with me, though.

Are they still running that Jerry Springer show over in the UK? When I was there, I saw Blood Brothers, and it was pretty damn good:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Brothers_%28musical%29
 
That really was the most awesome caption ever. You should do more quoting quote ones.

I sent off my money a for the book about a week ago, so if you haven't recieved it, I think you should just send me one for free anyway. Do it for the kids, man.
 
Chalk the 'quoting quotes' up to laziness on my part. I just wasn't feeling very funny when I drew up the captions last night.

I'll keep an eye out for your money, Duff.
 
Three-day weekend approaches. So does BSG season 3, sure to arrive by post sometime this week. Do I spend my alloted TV viewing time over said three-day weekend catching up on Lost so that I can actually read these recaps and participate in the ensuing discussion, or do I sate my obsession and dive into episodes of BSG that I've already seen?

This is what you might call a conundrum.
 
Catch up with Lost, as you'll have a 4-5 week hiatus to dive into the new BSG season, which I believe is premiering in two weeks.

The Lost/BSG argument is the new Lost/Heroes argument. Had Lost been on when Buffy was new, that would have been an argument, too.

Me, I'm a Lost guy, for reasons already explained. That being said, I just want BSG to air their last season and disappear already, so Sherry shuts the hell up about it. She ruins stuff for me.
 
Who is this Sherry and why is she doing such a disservice to BSG?

By the way, I'm not at all interested in an argument over which show is better. Apples and oranges, baby. Can't we all just get along?
 
Wasn't there a cat outside of Mikhail's house during one of the Sayid episodes - the one where in the flashbacks there was the couple who kept him in a room and tortured him? What I want to know is - what have those people been feeding Vincent? Dharma brand large breed kibbles 'n' chunks?

And BSG! Yesss!
 
EMILY - Viva la Netflix. I just saw BSG3 enetr my queue. Yay,

I have to wrap up EXILE this week. Awesome series if you haven't seen it already.
 
EMILY - Sherry is our resident best friend and neighbor, who insists we watch any BSG commercials that arrive during our weekly Ghost Hunters gathering on Wednesday. She has a knack for taking a good thing and ruining it with constant praise and babble. She's one of the reasons I'll never watch any of the Star Wars movies.

Perhaps my use of the word 'argument' was poor; BSG appears to be an amazing series, but I won't be watching it due to the crazy, unattainable hype attributed to it by folks like Sherry. Maybe much later will I check it out.

MAUS - There was a cat in the series, but I'd like to see it get the same attention as Vincent. Maybe its own flashbacks; something like that.

And yeah, Vincent is a big boy. I'm assuming he stumbled upon a fresh, mass grave he doesn't want to share.
 
Vincent is probably off eating stray bodies that fell from the plane or something. And there are PLENTY of mass graves to be found on the island from Ben's purge as well, so Vincent has nothing to worry about.

Carrot, your money arrived yesterday. The bills were literally so fresh that they left an ink imprint on the paper they were hidden in. :)
 
Yeah, it was almost as if you never use American money or something...wait a minute.

I love crisp bills. I almost don't want to take them to the bank.
 
I got my clogging shoes today! Woohoo!
 
Carrot, your money arrived yesterday. The bills were literally so fresh that they left an ink imprint on the paper they were hidden in. :)

I got my clogging shoes today! Woohoo!



coincidence?
 
Win!
 
This just in: Carrot's money has been stolen!

Your package will be shipped by the end of the week, Duff. Thanks again!
 
Duff could've just sent in some clogging shoes and cut out the middleman.
 
You people clearly do no know how much a pair of Ms. Stomper's with Buck-taps pre-installed costs...
 
I'm so bummed about the hiatus (and scared that Claire might be the one who dies, and no, I DO NOT read the CDP spoilers!), I almost don't want Thursday to come.
Then again, I cannot wait to see what happens.
 
Hathery- A billion nickels?
 
Your saying it wasn't just Carrot's money?
 

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