Friday, November 11

Lost Friday - Episode 6.

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Season 2 - Episode 6 - "Abandoned."

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

First off, due to reader concerns, I'm going to address the spoiler problem by breaking this post into two parts. The first part will be a recap of Episode 6: "Abandoned," and part two will be a preview of the next few episodes, especially Episode 7: "The Other 48 Days." That way, if you don't want to be spoiled, you can stop reading when the first part comes to an end. Deal? Deal.


As always, here's a quick recap of the episode in question, just to get everyone on the same page:

On the far side of the island, Eko, Jin and Michael re-unite with Ana-Lucia, Sawyer, Bernard, Libby and Cindy. The eight leave for the camp made by the survivors of the midsection of the plane. Along the way, Ana-Lucia demands that Michael be silent; when he demands an explanation, she tells them that The Others took three of the tail section survivors on their first night on the island and returned two weeks later to take nine more.

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Sayid builds a tent for Shannon in which the two make love. When Sayid goes to get some water, Walt suddenly appears in the tent and says "they are coming, they are close." When Shannon screams, Sayid, Charlie and Claire (carrying Aaron) respond but they find no sign of the intruder. Shannon is angry that Sayid thinks she was dreaming; Charlie scolds Claire for waking Aaron and taking him towards something that might have been dangerous.

Locke helps Claire with Aaron, teaching her to swaddle him to comfort him when he cries. Claire tells Locke that everyone seems to know more about parenting than she. She also mentions how Charlie has been carrying around a statue of the Virgin Mary (which, as Locke knows but she doesn't, is full of heroin). Later, Locke and Charlie play backgammon with Locke demonstrating amazing luck. Locke apologizes if he overstepped any lines when assisting Claire. Charlie complains that Claire has been acting irresponsibly; Locke retorts "that's an interesting comment, coming from a heroin addict". Charlie corrects him, saying he's a "recovering addict".

As the survivors from the tail section of the plane trek across the island, Jin and Michael squabble over who's going to help Sawyer. Sawyer pushes them away, takes a few steps and then collapses; when Michael goes to assist him, Sawyer says if their positions were reversed, he'd leave Michael behind, which Michael brushes off. The survivors make a stretcher and carry Sawyer. After an arduous battle to carry him up a hill, they look around and notice that Cindy has vanished. Immediately after, the seven hear whispering coming from all around them.

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In flashbacks, Shannon is shown teaching ballet. She receives a call that her father has been in an accident and goes to the hospital. There, she finds that he has died in a car crash; Jack is seen walking past briefly. Shannon's father is the "Adam Rutherford" struck by the SUV driven by Jack's eventual wife in "Man of Science, Man of Faith". At the funeral, Boone appears to console her. Later, when she wins a dance internship in New York, she finds she can't go because her father left her no money. She pleads with her stepmother, Sabrina, who rebuffs her, suggesting her dream of becoming a dancer is just a passing whim, and that Shannon needs to make her own way. Boone attempts to help, but is unsuccessful in convincing his mother. When Shannon asks if she can stay in New York with him, he tells her that he is leaving the city to take a job working for his mother. He offers her money, but she angrily rejects it, telling him that if he doesn't believe she can make it on her own, she doesn't want his help.

Shannon brings Vincent some of Walt's clothes, then follows as the dog searches for his master. Vincent leads Shannon to Boone's makeshift grave, where she rests for a moment. Sayid finds her and asks what she's doing. She tells him she's going to find Walt and gets up to continue following Vincent; Sayid comes along, protesting. Shannon yells at Sayid, telling him that he (like Boone) doesn't believe in her and is going to abandon her. Sayid tells her that he loves her and will never leave her. The pair embrace, then suddenly hear whispering; the pair look up and see Walt. He is apparently telling them to be quiet, as they are near danger. Shannon dashes after Walt and Sayid follows her until he trips. There is a gunshot and, as Shannon staggers back into view, she is shown bleeding from the torso. The camera pans back to reveal Ana-Lucia with a smoking gun, having seemingly mistaken Shannon for one of the Others and shot her. It is not known at this point whether Shannon lives or dies.

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When this episode concluded, I was amazed. The internet chatter was pretty loud that Shannon would be killed, but it was never stated that we would get to see the killer right away. I couldn't believe that Lost would actually give us an open and shut case like-

Crap. We've been totally and completely duped. Ana Lucia clearly didn't kill Shannon.

First off, we don't even know if Shannon is dead (she probably is, I'm just sayin' is all). Secondly, if we don't see Ana Lucia pull the trigger, then we shouldn't assume anything. You should know this by now.

You want my theory? Sure you do, because it's right. Here goes nothing:

Rousseau is still on a killing spree that started when she waxed her entire "sick" crew. She fears this infection, and has been spying on the Lostaways for quite a while now. The "sickness" has something to do with hearing the voices all around you in the jungle. At the very least, Sayid and Shannon both have it, along with the tail-section crew that heard the whispers as well. This is why Sayid was able to see Walt along with Shannon.

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So, Rousseau knows that Shannon is infected and (supposedly) kills her. THIS is when Ana Lucia and the tailies show up and fire a shot at Rousseau. When we resume this story in episode 8 (after episode 7 next week, which is entirely flashback), we'll see Rousseau with a gunshot wound, mere feet from the carnage. Mark my words. Hey, this was sort of a spoiler. Whoops.

So, that's that. I'm glad we cleared all of that up. As verified here last week, Ana is (or was) a cop. This explains her know-how with a gun, her complete meglomania and aura that makes me want to punch her in the neck. In episode 7 and 8, we'll find out a little more about Ana's past. Crap, that was another spoiler, wasn't it?

So, the even bigger argument online is "good" Walt versus "evil" Walt. Is backwards-talking mirage Walt good or bad?

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Well, consider the following:

PRO: Walt warned Shannon about the button.
CON: Walt got Shannon killed.

PRO: Walt told Shannon and Sayid to be quiet because the others were near.
CON: Again, Walt pretty much lured Shannon to her death.

Take from that what you will, but I'll stay on the fence for now. Keep in mind that a lot of people think that Vincent is somehow involved in all of this. You'll notice that you never see Walt without Vincent close by. Just something to think about as the weeks roll on.


Oh, and how the weeks will roll on. This is the first of at least 4 straight new episodes this season. This next episode is set to be huge, taking us right back to the start of the show, only through the eyes of the doomed tail-section passengers.

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This episode is important for a few reasons. First off, it's told entirely in flashback, with nobody in particular taking the lead (Ana Lucia's "official" flashback will occur in episode 8, "Collision."). Secondly, if we don't get a good look at some of these "others," at least we'll get to see some of their motives. Perhaps we can get a feel for why they are so feared among the tailies.

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Children play a big role in the episode, mainly because the kids we're going to see are either dead or captured by the others. You'll remember the child dragging the teddy bear a few weeks ago, well that kid was on the plane. Of course, you already knew that, because you're savvy.

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I'm excited to see the backstory of Mr. Eko. This guy rules, and his motives are very secretive and mysterious. I'm also looking forward to seeing how their pasts intertwine with the pasts of the survivors we already know. I'm telling you this right now, Ana Lucia was on that plane for Kate, and when they run into each other in a few weeks, crap is going to hit the fan (hence the title for episode 8, "Collision"). Throw Jack, Sawyer and a dead Shannon into the mix, and you've got yourself enough drama for the rest of the season.

As was the case with the first 3 episodes of the year, "The Other 48 Days" will take place between episodes 6 and 8 with no time passing. This means that when eipsode 8 starts in 2 weeks, we'll pick up right where we left off, with Shannon dying in Sayid's arms.

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I could continue, but then what would I have for you next week? "Abandoned" ruled, and "The Other 48 Days" will be chock-full of insane information to retain. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for checking this out, and don't forget to stop here every Friday for more Lost news. While you're here, go ahead and check out all of my LOST FRIDAY posts. They have a ton of information, they're high in fiber and they won't call you a nerd when you leave the room:


Great job, as always.

I agree with you that it's very likely we'll learn Ana-Lucia didn't kill Shannon. It could be our favorite freaky French woman was the shooter... but I'm not positive she was the one to pull the trigger.

Sanely, why would the tough cop with just one bullet shoot a waif-thin blonde woman screaming "Walt!"
You got that right; it just doesn't make sense. You'd think that Jin, Mike and Sawyer would have stopped her before she did it.

The supporting theory is that the shot we heard was a rifle, NOT a handgun, coming from a distance away. Perhaps Rousseau shot Shannon with one of her many huge rifles, and Ana was just standing with gun in tow. I don't think Ana fired a shot, personally.

I love November Sweeps!
I've proven myself terrible at making predictions on this show, but I can't stop.

Shannon will die in Jack's care.
Also... We haven't seen any of Rose's background at all, seems like she's the only somewhat major character (from Season 1). I guess it was necessary to have it work out that way so they could make us feel like closet-racists when S2 started. Hopefully we'll get some Rose/Bernard combo flashbacks soon. There's got to be something sordid about her past.
Poor Jack. Everyone dies in his care.

I really hope that Sayid jumps to conclusions and beats Ana Lucia to a bloody pulp. We will THEN find out that she wasn't the one who pulled the trigter.
The Shannon/Jack connection is entirely possible. If she's not dead yet, she'll probably die with him around somehow.

Rose has something going on with her that we don't quite fully know. The reunion with her and Bernard (if it happens) will be interesting to say the least. I want to find out more about her. They wouldn't keep her around since the first episode for nothing, would they?

Sayid whooping up on Ana would rule. I think Sayid's going to be emotionally damaged for quite some time, considering he already lost Nadia back on the mainland. Poor guy.

Man, I hate to change the subject like this, but ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT GOT CANCELLED. Fox is pulling the plug for good after the 13th episode this season. They may shop the show to cable networks, but the price of producing the show might prove to be its downfall.

This is not news that I wanted to hear this morning. I think I'll put up an AD tribute once more news comes in.
Oh crap.
Sorry to poop on the Lost party, but here it is:

First King of the Hill, now this. I think Fox is making an effort to drop back to the bottom of the barrel again.

My first hope is that they'll have enough time to whip up a series ending. Either that, or really stick it to Fox for the last few episodes, like they did last season.
My guess is that they'll really stick it to Fox. This always seems to happen the same way... They stop airing the show for three or four weeks, then air it one more time and cancel it based on poor ratings. I don't know how the TV business works, but that always makes it sound like someone has it in for the show and needed to manipulate the numbers to make it work. To Fox's credit, they did at least appear to be trying a little harder than NBC did with Freaks and Geeks. And at least they squeezed out one more half season that noone thought they'd do.

Maybe we should save all this for the AD tribute post.
I know what you mean. You see this happen all the time. A show vanishes for two months, usually due to a sporting event or mid-season show. Then when the show returns for ONE WEEK, the network takes a look at the numbers and axes it.

That sounds like poor and irresponsible business, which is why I agree with you in saying that they just had it out for AD.

That's the best way to manipulate the numbers to "prove" that nobody's watching, and that's all the excuse the network needs to pull the show.

They gave it a shot or two, but I guess Fox got sick of it. I don't know if I blame them, but I'm certainly not happy with them. Perhaps they can move it to FX or something.
I didn't even know that there would be a new episode of Arrested Development this week until the DAY BEFORE it aired. They didn't promote it at all! They fricken stick baseball in the middle of it for 50 years and then barely even acknowledge the fact that it's going to air again. That's ridiculous.

Maybe they can stick a bonus episode of the Family Guy in AD's timeslot on Mondays...heaven knows that would be money better spent.

Fox can kiss my butt. They've cancelled every show worth watching.
Honestly, the Simpsons and Malcolm are all they have left for comedy, and even that's pretty shaky.

Seth Macfarlane is ruining the network.
Yeah, Simpsons is waning. I still like, but not like I used to. I don't think TV shows are made to go that long.

I wonder if we'd get better TV shows if they pitched ideas for TV shows that are only intended for one or two seasons from the get-go. Everyone wants to be on for a decade. I wonder if networks would take bigger chances. Of course, it'd cost more to constantly be promoting new shows instead of building on the momentum of a longtime standard.
Yeah, perhaps sitcoms were never meant to last entire human life spans.

I look at the Simpsons the same way I look at the sun or the newspaper. It will be there every day until I'm dead.

I think it's cheaper and more business-savvy to keep something for 10 years than to get 5 things for 2 years each. HOWEVER, it might lead to better TV. HOWEVER, I prefer things that marinate and reward attention and patience.

Hmmm, you've given me a lot to think aboot.
I was going to mention this, in case you hadn't seen it, but I sleep late. Fox does have a show called Prison Break that I think they advertise for occasionally. There has to be a better way to spread out the advertisements. Also, from a previous post, someone should definitely pick up "Life with Little." That would make this a little less sad.

Someone DID pick up "Life With Little." In fact, Fox is putting it on in Arrested Development's time slot. They think that it will appeal more to the "insane fitness trainer" demographic.

Stupid Fox.
Just a correction, you state that the others took 3 then 2 weeks later took 9, i believe it was 30 first then 9 from the tail end, the weeks are correct. Lets verify please. Thanks
I can watch it again when I get home, but I'm pretty sure it's 3 first, then 9.

What makes me so sure is the tone of her voice when it changes from 3 to 9. It wouldn't have been much of an accent on "9", if they started out by taking 30.

Besides, 39 people didn't survive in the tail section; heck, I don't even think you can FIT 39 people in the talk section.

Thanks for your input. If it turns out that I'm wrong, I'll totally change it and send you a CDP t-shirt!
Thanks for considering it, I am not trying to be a statistics a-hole but I thought I heard 30 then 9. I know for a fact it was said in last weeks episode if that is any help. Enjoy tonights show and I think Shannon is really dead and not wounded like people think, Anna accidentially shot her or thats the story she will stick to. Must wait for next week to probally find out. Thanks Mike 11/16/05
Its also possible that Eko said this, once again not totally sure.
I can see where the nine is coming from and the 3 are already killed, but I think I still heard 30 from the last episode, i am confused as i watch this episode on 11/16, sorry for the confusion. Mike
Jin has a twin brother?
No, my bad, it just overlapped into the other plot.
Yeah, what a fast-paced episode. I'm working on a brand spanking new LOST FRiDAY as we speak.

On the episode last night, the Others took 3 the first night, then 9 later. I don't think 30 people even survived the tail section crash, but perhaps the number 30 was used in error.

There were a lot of things up in the air tonight, setting the stage for a big "collision" next week.

Oh man, I'm a nerd.
Trust me I am a nerd too, I have a good theory to post, I will do so over the weekend, once again thanks for your responces. Please review last weeks episode as 30 was said 11/09/05. Also send me a shirt anyway XXL for being a good sport. mike
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