Friday, November 25

Lost Friday - "Collision."

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Season 2 - Episode 8 - "Collision."

Yet another Lost Friday is upon us. We have much to discuss.

This post is arriving on the heels of an after-Thanksgiving gluttony spree here at the CDP. I ate a lot, didn't get much sleep and am still sick with a bad cold. I know you're concerned.

Nevertheless, it's going to be a little condensed this week, simply because this week didn't offer very many answers and mythology. It did, however, set the stage for two of the biggest episodes yet. More on that later. First off, the skinny on "Collision," courtesy of our friends at Wikipedia:

Realizing that Shannon was shot by Ana-Lucia, Sayid pulls his gun on her. Eko stops him after a quick and muddy fight. Ana-Lucia tells Eko to tie up Sayid, but he refuses. She then forces others at gun point to do so, claiming that she knows what she's doing.

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A flashback shows that Ana was a police officer in the LAPD who got shot by a suspect and was hit by four bullets in her vest. After recovering, she is assigned an office job, but demands to get back into a patrol car. Her chief, which turns out to be also her mother, reluctantly does so.

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Soon, when called to a stressful domestic shouting match, Ana loses her calm and pulls her gun. Her partner orders her to holster it, calling her by first name as she does not respond to "Officer Cortez".

In the meantime, Eko carries Sawyer away to find the other survivors. Michael decides to give water to Sayid, daring Ana to shoot him. They talk about Walt and Ana. The rest of the group are also angry at Ana-Lucia, asking about "her plan". In exchange for the release of Sayid, she demands supplies from the hatch so that she can live "alone" in the jungle, being convinced that Sayid will not stop until he can get revenge on her.

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We see some more of Ana-Lucia's past. When the officers of her mother caught the suspect who shot her, Jason McCormick, she declined to identify him, despite the evidence of fingerprints and his confession. He had to be released.

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While playing golf, Jack and Kate encounter Eko carrying Sawyer, and they bring him into the hatch, where he is treated. Locke questions what happened, but Jack reminds him that the timer is going off. Jack tries to give Sawyer a pill for the infection, but he won't swallow it. When Jack instructs Kate to hold Sawyer's head up, she holds him gently and whispers into his ear until he takes the pill.

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Jack is now furious after just being told that Shannon has been killed, and Sayid is held prisoner by gun-point. He demands Eko to tell him where they are, but Eko refuses because it will only make Jack even angrier. Michael suddenly bursts into the hatch and tells Jack what happened. Jack grabs two rifles, gives one to Michael and starts to make his way out of the hatch. Suddenly Eko screams "Stop!" and asks Jack what he's looking for. "Peace? Revenge? or Justice?"

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Jack tells him he wants all his people back safely. Then Eko says "Ana-Lucia made a mistake." It's obvious from Jack's surprise reaction that he knows her. Eko takes Jack out to where Sayid and Ana-Lucia are in the jungle, but only Jack, and without any guns.

Sayid, still tied to the tree, tells Ana that only 40 days ago, he tortured a man in a similar situation, as well as many other men while being in the Republican Guard of Iraq. She asks him if he has kids, to which he answers no. She then starts telling him her story, and that she was formerly a cop.

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A flashback shows Ana-Lucia, wearing regular clothing, spotting Jason McCormick in a bar. Outside in the parking lot, she stops him, saying "Hey Jason ... I was pregnant!" She shoots him down with three bullets, plus three more from close distance into the body on the ground.

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After Sayid asks what happened to him, she lies, saying "Nothing, they've never found him." She then releases Sayid, throws her weapons to him, and dares him to take revenge: "Go ahead, pick it up, I deserve it." He declines, stating that she is already dead.

Eventually, the rest of the tail-section survivors and Jin make it back to the camp, where Bernard and Rose as well as Jin and Sun are finally reunited.

The episode ends with Sayid carrying Shannon's body back to camp, and Ana and Jack staring at each other.

Fantastic. I will say, however, that this synopsis had to be heavily edited by me due to episodic errors and paltry grammar. I'll continue to use their recaps though, as I'm incredibly lazy. Make with the numbers!

1. This first point comes to us from Entertainment Weekly:

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"Can there be any doubt that Ana Lucia is Jack's double, and Eko Locke's? They seemed to hammer that home pretty hard. I speak primarily of the final shot, but also of the eerie first meeting between Locke and Eko. Locke's just sitting there, innocently doing his crossword and..."

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"Hey, what about that crossword, anyway? The clue he's working is ''Enkidu's friend.'' That's a reference to The Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient Sumerian text that also happens to be one of the oldest pieces of extant world literature. Gilgamesh was an Achilles-like champion who fights alongside Enkidu, his fellow warrior and quasi-doppelgänger. Does this mean Locke is Gilgamesh to Ecko's Enkidu, or vice-versa?"

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That's a good point. For a few weeks now, it's clear that Ana and Eko are the tail-section version of Jack and Locke. The "man of science, man of faith" edge is really getting hammered home, and detailing the power struggle that's taking place. Now that everyone's under the same roof now, this will only intensify.

2. I picked this snippet up from a Lost message board. It comes to us from "FormerLostFan:"

If they don't kill off Ana Lucia soon, I'm done with this show. She is so annoying and her storyline is not compelling. Plus, she is a man.

Well put. Is she contractually obligated to scowl on every frame? I understand that this episode was supposed to make people more sympathetic towards her, but the "shoot first, ask questions later" aspect is quite unappealing.

3. When people ask the producers of the show where the love interests lie, they tell you "It'll be where you least expect it." I think they might be right after this episode. Sayid and Ana look as if they will take refuge in each other based on their tortured past. Also, check out this still from next week's episode and tell me that Jack and Kate aren't kissing:

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Hmmm. Plot points to be revealed next Wednesday, I suppose.

4. Ahh, the reunions. Not only did Kate and Sawyer join back up, we also saw the reunions of Michael and Vincent:

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Jin and Sun:

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Bernard and Rose:

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Along with the bizarre and uncomfortable reunion of Jack and Ana:

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With everyone together and functioning as a solid unit, questions will start to get answered. This is what they will be focusing on for at least the next two episodes.

5. Of course, there will be only ONE more new episode in 2005. After the November 30 airing of "What Kate Did," Lost goes on vacation for FIVE DAMN WEEKS, returning on January 11 with the heavily awaited Episode 10. This means that there's going to be a lot of interesting cliffhanger hatch information next week. You really shouldn't miss it. Also, it will give you a chance to re-watch a lot of the Season Two episodes and catch up on anything you may have missed. LOST FRIDAY will still be here every week with new stuff, so keep stopping in.

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6. Let's talk about next week's episode. "What Kate Did" will focus on...well.

Apart from that, we're going to get some serious hatch and island information, the possible return of Desmond and an excrutiating wait until after the holidays. Apart from the emotional things that will take place next week (people hooking up, etc.) they are going to find the MISSING PIECES OF THE ORIENTATION TAPE. Here's a still:

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Michael will have an encounter with the hatch computer, and Kate's full backstory will be revealed. It should be creepy as hell and loaded with theory information to set you for the rest of the year.

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What more could you want? The standing theory is that episode 10 will take place on the island before the crash of Flight 815, but that's pretty far off on the horizon. Episode 9 will be retribution for the shoegazing that Lost as been doing for three straight weeks. I can't wait.

Start the theories and discussion in the comments section. If you missed any of my previous Lost Fridays, check them out here:


(PS- If you want to check out the amazing and spoiler-filled CTV trailer for Episode 9, The Tail Section has it up and running. If you do watch it, you won't be able to function until Wednesday. You've been warned.)

Wednesday, November 23

50 Things I'm Thankful For.

On this day before Thanksgiving, I'm busy compiling the best comments of 2005. There are hundreds, they are all funny, and it's a huge hassle. This, coupled with actual work, has left me far too occupied for a real post today.

However, in the spirit of thanks and giving, I wanted to cast out the nets and see what everyone is thankful for this year. I want to see if we can get the list to 50 by the end of the day.

Post once, post 50 times, I don't care. Tell everyone at the CDP what you're thankful for, and we can all share and be merry in the comments section. Here, I'll start us off:

1. John Madden Football 92-98 for the Sega Genesis.

Let's go. I'll be back before you know it with the best comments of 2005. Is Lost on tonight? I can never remember.

Sunday, November 20

"Did They Take Her Kidneys?"

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Me and the Missus are not only prepared for the upcoming winter months, we are also prepared for Thanksgiving. I started by dying my hair orange. The official title is "Cinnamon Brown," but there's a whole lotta' cinnamon, and not much brown.

Just to diffuse the bomb before it goes off, this was as close to the Missus' appearance as I could manage. Yahoo Avatars is a fickle beast, and I did my best to capture the look of someone who looks nothing like anyone else. That's the price you pay when you appreciate originality. If it looks like her or not is up to the Missus herself, but I must say that the Avatar is pretty hot. My avatar looks almost exactly like me, minus the look of a man who hasn't slept or seen the sun in weeks.

Three days of work this week, then five straight days of vacation. It couldn't have come at a better time, really. We've both been run through the proverbial ringer at our collective places of employment, and a few days of rest, relaxation and tofurkey is just what we need to recharge.

This weekend, I spent some time with friends in the far northern reaches of the state. I had a good time. Apart from that, I've been relatively worthless; opting to watch way too much football and allow my page get completely overrun with BLAM! It's sad, really.

As I said, I'm working three days this week. When I'm not making meth in my cubicle or socializing with family and acquaintances, I'll be busy compiling the best comments of 2005 (click here for the best comments of 2004). It's a rough job, but someone has to do it, and there's too much outsourcing in this country as is. The CDP never takes a vacation, except for when I do. I have a ton of stuff that is still on the way for the second half of SWEEPS MONTH, and I hope you enjoy it.

Speaking of which, I've been very happy with the traffic this month, and I wish there was something I could do to thank each and every eight of you (zing!). Last year, I told people that I would send them all a dollar, but I didn't feel like breaking a five (zong!). But seriously folks, thanks for hanging out here. If it weren't for you, I would have gotten an actual writing job years ago (zoing!).

So, what's everyone's plans for Thanksgiving? Where are you going? What are you doing? Lay it on me, and start the conversation in the comments section. Personally, me and the Missus are heading back up nort' to mingle with the respective families, suffer inoperable amounts of road rage and wear fruity sweaters. I can't wait.