Friday, February 17

Lost Friday - "One Of Them."

Season 2 - Episode 14 - "One Of Them."

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

This was an odd episode. Odd in that it was important, heavy and extremely conducive to the plot; however, this was all accomplished with a handful of characters and only three storylines. A true Lost rarity, considering their cast is a little over two dozen at this point.

What they did this week they did very well, throwing just the right amounts of mythology and conflict into a truly exciting and dark episode, on the heels of yet another week of reruns.

So, how'd they pull it off? For that, we go to the skinny, courtesy of Wikipedia:

In flashback, the 1991 American invasion of Iraq is underway. Sayid is seen ordering soldiers to burn and shred documents. Some are resisting, and as Sayid's commander orders them to continue, American troops burst in and attempt to identify the commanding officer. Sayid informs them their commanding officer has abandoned them.

Sayid is held captive by the Americans, who have captured his CO. Acting as a translator, Sayid attempts to get his CO to reveal the location of a captive American pilot. Sayid's CO tells him to grab the American's gun and kill as many as he can. Pressured by the Americans, Sayid resorts to torture and learns that the pilot was executed. Though he is thanked by the Americans, who are pulling out, Sayid vows never to torture again.

On the island, Ana-Lucia takes Sayid into the jungle and he tells her to go back after seeing a woman walking nearby. Sayid follows the women quietly; it is Danielle. She tells him she was looking for him and was going to come to his tent that night. She asks him to follow her, but he doesn't trust her, since the last time they met she set up a diversion and stole Claire's baby. She gives him her gun as a symbol of trust.

She takes him to a man she captured, who is in a net hanging from a tree. Danielle tells Sayid not to let him go, because she thinks he is "one of them". The man identifies himself as Henry Gale from Minnesota, saying he crashed in a hot-air balloon on the island about four months ago. Sayid frees the man, who attempts to flee before Danielle shoots him in the back with an arrow. When Sayid says she almost killed him, she replies that if she wanted to kill him she would have done so already. She says that he must be tied up and brought to their doctor.

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(Rousseau and Kate giddily discuss boys, hair products and pillow fights.)

Meanwhile, Sawyer is unable to sleep due to a chirping noise coming from the jungle. He asks Jin to help him but he ignores Sawyer. Sawyer goes into the jungle and finds Hurley eating from a hidden stash of food from the hatch. Hurley says a tree frog is making the noise. Sawyer blackmails Hurley into tracking the tree frog, agreeing not to tell anyone else that Hurley has a secret stash of food.

Sayid brings Henry to the hatch and tells Locke the man claimed he and his wife were in a hot air balloon that crashed on the island. Jack interrupts and notices Henry's injury. Sayid says they wanted to learn as much as they can about the man while he is still wounded. Jack intervenes and treats the man by removing the arrow from his shoulder. Sayid asks Locke to change the combination so he can find out more by torturing Henry. Sayid tells Jack to put him in the armory so no one else will see him. There, Sayid closes the door behind him, locking out Jack and Locke.

Sayid interrogates Henry, who says he and his wife were in a hot air balloon crossing the pacific ocean when they crashed four or more months ago on the north shore. He said he was rich because he owned a company that mined for non-metallic minerals. He met his wife at the University of Minnesota. She got sick with a fever and died three weeks ago. He describes his hot air balloon and says he dug his wife's grave near where they crashed.

Meanwhile, Sawyer and Hurley find the frog. Hurley offers to release it deeper in the jungle, but Sawyer suddenly kills the frog in his hand.

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(Under an HMO, this is usually the best hospital you can get.)

Henry is unable to recount the specific details of burying his wife. Sayid believes he is lying about his identity, stating he would know everything about digging his wife's grave. He beats Henry as Jack and Locke listen from outside. Jack takes action by holding Locke, telling him he will only let him go if he opens the door. The timer goes below a minute and Locke complies by unlocking the armory. Locke arrives at the computer and begins typing the code. However, in his haste he mistypes and has to waste time correcting it. As the timer passes zero, Egyptian hieroglyphs are displayed accompanied by the sound of a machine "spooling up," like a jet engine turbine. Locke presses two buttons on the computer which are presumably the code, resetting the clock and causing the sound to die down. Jack stops Sayid and locks Henry back in the armory.

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(Man, Claire gets scooped up so much, she should come with handles.)

Sayid is back on the beach talking to Charlie about what happened in the hatch. He thinks Henry is an "Other" because he feels no guilt about torturing him. He states Jack and Locke will never understand that feeling, because they have forgotten what the Others have done to them. He asks Charlie if he remembers that the Others hanged him from the tree and that the Others are merciless.

Well, there you go. There's a lot to pick apart this week, so let's go to the numbers.

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(What is she holding under her arm? A trout? Just curious.)

4. The first big easter egg of the episode was the realization that Kate's dad was responsible for the initial capture of Sayid during the Gulf war. If that didn't hammer the point home hard enough, we were treated to a nice (real) photo of Kate when she was younger. The big question is if Kate and Sayid will ever make this connection.

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("For British eyes only.")

Speaking of the flashbacks, take a look at the top secret footage that was shown to Sayid. You'll notice that the code numbers on the frame read 23108-42. Yet another little writers secret that will keep me up at night, speculating.

Personally, I believe that Henry Gale is an Other. Sayid's right; he would have remembered burying his wife in perfect detail, considering that he apparently did it three short weeks ago. Also, it should be noted that Sayid beat the living hell out of him; truly one of the more violent scenes we've seen on the show. That little smirk that Henry shoots Sayid just after Jack restrains him was enough to make me want to jump through the TV and kick him in the face myself. This was a good episode for Naveen Andrews to show off his acting chops; he was incredibly convincing.

8. Henry Gale is the name of Dorothy's uncle on The Wizard of Oz. Take that into consideration when you think about the hot-air-balloon connection. Another argument that Henry is lying.

15. I'm firmly convinced that the writers included the Dharma ranch dressing into the show as a jab to those of us who were complaining about it a few weeks ago. If you remember, a lot of nerds like myself were upset that Michael would shoot a perfectly good gallon of dressing on an island with limited food as is. Now, we see that either Dharma really enjoys ranch, or Desmond really despised it. Your call.

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(As Charlie rambles on, Eko secretly wonders how fast he could saw him in half.)

16. The 'frog' scene with Sawyer and Hurley existed for one reason: To prove that Sawyer was an a-hole, plain and simple. He's such a likeable jerk, that they had to do something to prove he was really mean. Now, Sawyer has the goods on Hurley and Charlie both, so he can use that to dangle over their heads in the future. I especially liked Sawyer's "ranch dipping" comment.

23. Okay, let's pick apart this hatch business. The clock hit zero, the other 5 hatch symbols started to pop up (minus the Swan hatch, which they are in), and Locke hit the button just before all hell broke loose. That's what we know.

The 6 hatches seem to be represented by the 6 stations of the constellation Orion. They are the Goblet, the Arrow, the Swan, the Serpent Handler, the Hunter and the Crow. I looked it up. So far, we've seen two of these hatches. When that clock hit zero, it would seem like the other 5 hatches were being 'called up' in preparation for whatever happens when that button's not pressed. The sound was like something big was revving up, perhaps the blast doors were getting ready to drop.

Now, let's get creepy for a minute. The symbols themselves make enough sense in astrological and symbolic terms (also referring to the experiments that Dharma does in each hatch), but it was the order in which they came up on the clock that are cause for alarm. Heiroglyphics tells us that these symbols are essentially a command to die, or "Cause to die." See for yourself:

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(Well, something tells me that this will all end quite nicely.)

Does this prove that it's a self-destruct command, perhaps? Who the hell knows, not me.

42. If you haven't been a regular viewer of this page, you're probably not aware of my theory. Everyone has one, but mine still has yet to be disproven. In fact, after last night, it became even more of a possibility. Okay, here goes. Stay with me on this.

My theory is that the numbers are entered every 108 minutes to prevent satellite detection of the island. As long as the numbers are entered in the Electromagnetic hatch, the field it sends up is capable of making the island disappear to radar. This would allow Dharma and Hanso to do whatever they wanted on the island, and keep up the experiments essentially forever. The ultimate irony is that the castaways are essentially avoiding rescue by continually pressing the button.

In Dharma's mind, when the button's not pressed, that means that the station must be unmanned or what have you. Instead of an 'incident' (being finally detected and having their utopian society shut down), the clock simply 'wakes up' the other 5 hatches, drops the blast doors and self-destructs the whole damn works. No fuss, no muss. It's not a very exciting theory, but it makes more sense than any other theory I've heard so far. Prove me wrong.

If you've noticed, almost all of the photos this week are from the next new episode, entitled "Maternity Leave." This will be a Claire-centric episode, and from the looks of it, is going to be all kinds of crazy.

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("Welcome to Dharma Hospital. Cash only, please.")

Here's the breakdown on "Maternity Leave." Aaron gets sick. Claire starts to remember what happened to her when she was kidnapped by the others. Determined to find out what's wrong with Aaron, she tracks down where she was taken, which appears to me a medical-based hatch. Sort of like the Dharma Hospital. True, it doesn't fit in with the supposed symbols of the 6 hatches, but since it's a medical facility, it probably can be assumed that it's separate from the rest of the experimental hatches. From there, Jack and Locke try to keep quiet about the prisoner they have locked in the armory, and continue to attempt to get some answers.

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(A hatch inside of a hatch? You just blew my mind!)

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I craped a tree frog when I read your post tonight.. whew! Awesome! The heiroglyphics part is amazing... good work on that...

On my way to WI tonight from CA for a wedding.. I will be freezing with the CDP this weekend.
Thanks for the kind words. While I can't take credit for figuring most of this stuff out, I can take credit for putting them all up on my page. Yeah, when I saw the heiroglyphics, I was pretty excited myself. I'm still proud of my theory, though.

Some people think that the tree frog was poisonous, and Sawyer will get very sick in the future. If that's true, that would be karma for you. Earl Hickey could teach him a thing or two.

Have fun in WI. It's currently -15 this morning. Dress in layers and bring a scraper. Let me know how it goes.
I actually saw part of this episode.
I bet you're totally hooked now.
I thought the whole frog thing was a little too light-hearted given the way the last episode ended with Sawyer nabbing all the guns. Though, yeah, I bet it'll make him sick. He'll get his comeuppance. Maybe so sick that he might die, and Charlie will have a moral dilemna since he's the only one that knows where the guns are, but admitting that will expose his devious doings, including grabbing Sun.

So I know you're not into Invasion, but I've enjoyed it quite a bit. Last week I was watching it via Tivo, and they broke away for "breaking news" about a Tulsa coach that checked himself into rehab for alcohol and painkiller addiction or something... It went on for like ten minutes, they had a press conference and everything. This was all within 30 minutes of when they'd have their actual 10pm newscast. We two ABC affiliates, I just switched my Tivo settings to the Tulsa one, because the Arkansas one preempts Lost for Arkansas Razorback games, and doesn't change the online schedule so that Tivo knows what's up. That's my TV rant for the day.

I can almost understand them showing the game, even though I still think that's kind of crappy... But a coach in rehab is breaking news, enough to interrupt a broadcast? It can't wait a half hour till the news broadcast?
I see no reason why that news was important enough not to wait 30 more minutes. I mean, it's not like it's immediately effecting anyone or anything. That's just silly.

Yeah, I think Sawyer might get sick. I also think that Hurley has a lot of things he's hiding from the rest of the castaways.

Seriously now, what were you thinking when those symbols started to scatter across the hatch clock? In my case, all the muscles in my face contorted at the same time, and I levitated off of the couch.
I didn't see enough to really form an opinion. I was reading a book at my parents' place and they had it on; I only occasionally glanced at it.
When the red and black heiroglyphics started flipping on the counter, I started spinning round and round, I still haven't stopped.
Yeah, I liked it... Once again, you think they're about to reveal something (what happens when the counter reaches sero) and it just opens up more questions and possibilities. That, and we really don't know that it didn't cause something catastrophic elsewhere.

Some people online were disappointed with the outcome, but it was more than enough for me to wait patiently for the next episode.

Always twirling, twirling...
Sports never preempt TV shows out here. But dammit all if a Brit starts a murder spree.

I think you're right about this Henry Gale character. I mean, who travels in a balloon? And I don't know about you, but if I started talking about living in a balloon during our vacation my wife would grab the kids and be off to her mother's faster than Hurley can work his way through a gallon of ranch dressing. That's silly. He deserved to get the crap beat out of him for not thinking of a better story.
"My theory is that the numbers are entered every 108 minutes to prevent satellite detection of the island."

Nah, that's a problematic theory. As they don't enter the code some time before zero each time, the cloaking time would run ahead more and more, thus render itself useless.
typo: skip the don't above.
Good point, Paste. We're lef to believe that nothing happened, but you never know what might have gone on at the other hatches.

Sensa, that's the only decent argument people have brought up concerning my theory. You're right; if you keep entering the code sometime within two minutes of meltdown, eventually you'd be way off course to cloak yourself from satellites.

Okay. Perhaps it's not satellites. Maybe they're hiding from something else. I'm still sticking with my theory, but I can certainly see the flaws. It would appear to me as if they are hiding from something. Maybe the smoke monster?

Welcome aboard, by the way.

Yup, Henry Gale is a darn liar. It was a decent enough story, but he's going to have to take them to the hot-air balloon to be taken seriously.

BluStaCon, sorry about that Brit killing spree up there. It's a real shame, and it's taking up valuable airtime.
here's my theory...if Henry Gale isn't an other, he's probably Kelvin. His race around the world in a hot air balloon is similar to Desmond's race around the world story. The writers have said that someone we think is dead, isn't. We think kelvin is dead b/c Desmond said he is, but who really knows for sure...maybe he ran off into the jungle and became a psychotic killer? who knows?

I'm probably wrong, but i figure the writers are going to drag this "Others" thing out a while longer, so there's a decent chance that this guy isn't the "Other" that we think he is.

P.S. When i saw the ranch dressing, i thought of CDP...and that probably a little disturbing.
When the writers were referring to a character we think is dead, I was assuming it was Cindy, the tailie that disappeared during their hike to the castaway's camp. You still have a point, though. There's a lot of things desmond said that were quite cryptic; I hope they track him down again real soon.

Henry's character will be on at least the next FIVE episodes, so you're 100% right in them dragging this out for as far as it can do. I really think he's an Other, or at the very least he's lying about something important.

I'm glad you thought of the CDP when the ranch showed up. I thought of me, too. I'd like to think they put it in there for the purpose of satisfying the online voices.
You're right; if you keep entering the code sometime within two minutes of meltdown, eventually you'd be way off course to cloak yourself from satellites.

Unless the code doesn't have to do exactly with the time that a satellite is overhead, but maintaining power to whatever it is that is hiding the island from the satellites.

Where'd you get the hieroglyph translation?
Stephen, that's what I was trying to say, only not as eloquently and precise as you.

Sorry, that sounded kind of gay. Hey, did you get the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue? Lot's of hot women in there!

That put us back on track. Let's move on.

Entering the numbers might not effect the satellites directly; it just might effect the constant shield that Dharma has cast over the island. In that regard, it wouldn't matter when they were entered, as long as they were entered all the time.

I got the heiroglyph translation from a few boards on the web. I take no credit for it, or assume that it has anything to do with the theory in general. It's just sort of interesting to see that the symbols were coming up in this particular order.
That's why you're the best damn LOST wrap-up on the web, CDP. You save all of us the trouble of having to dig this crap up for ourselves.
That's right. I'm the Google of Lost recaps, minus the Chinese censorship.

To increase my hits as much as possible, I'm eliminating essays from my page entirely, and focusing on TV show-related theme days.
That's right! I'm just lurking until you post audio of the wild goings on next door.
One thought on the counter reaching zero. When the heiroglyphics started flashing there was a distinct sound of something winding up. If the number punching was maintaining equipment (insert theory here) wouldn't we hear something winding down?
I thought I did hear something winding down. When the symbols started spinning, there was the unmistakable sound of a huge turbine or machine "spooling up." When he hit the last number and the clock reset, we heard the mysterious machine whirring itself back down to silence.

If you're referring to the numbers being entered to initiate a cloaking-type device, beats me why it doesn't make noise all the time. Do we have an electromagnetics expert in the house?

Unfortunately, the Loud Neighbor saga isn't even close to finished. More news next week on that. I strongly think that I'm going to have to challenge that man to a duel, and the losers have to move out of the county.

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