Friday, May 1

Lost Friday - "The Variable."

Season 5 - Episode 14: "The Variable."

Another Lost Friday is upon us; we have much to discuss in a short amount of time.

Well, it feels good to be back in the Wired after a long and uneventful Digital Detox Week. In an effort to fill the void left by my lack of Internet, I watched about a billion hours of television, drank gallons of alcohol on a nightly basis, spent somewhere in the neighborhood of five thousand dollars and walked about 20 total miles in 7 days. I’ll have a detailed essay about it in the upcoming weeks, but the short of it was that it felt good, and I’ll probably do it again very soon.

Oh, and I got the Swine Flu, which sucks for me, but what are you gonna do?

My apologies in advance, but I have to make this week’s Lost Friday as brief and humorless as possible, as schedule conflicts and aforementioned Internet strikes have kept me away from my desk. I’ve been oot and aboot all week, and tonight (Thursday) is no different, giving me less than an hour to hammer this puppy out, wipe the crust out of my eyes and hit the road once more. Then again, you got a super-sized edition the last time around, so look at it as the universe balancing itself out.

You know, as crazy as this is going to sound, this season of Lost makes a lot more sense to me now that I’ve watched ‘The Variable.’ I didn’t think for a second that Mumbly Joe-Faraday would ever do anything that would even remotely straighten out the current plotlines for me, but I’ll be damned. By the end of this week’s episode, things clicked a little more solidly for me, and I actually appreciate it a lot more than I did two weeks ago.

The Eloise/Widmore subplot is significant to say the least, the crumbling of the lives that Sawyer and Juliet made for themselves in 1977 was only a matter of when, not if, and Faraday did his job of explaining as much as possible before he met one of the most interesting and trippy demises in the history of the series (and that’s saying a lot). I’ve got to hand it to that stuttering, stammering bastard; I loved the hell out of this episode. Furthermore, Jeremy Davies’ acting this week was far-and-away the best of the series for him. It’s hard to act that specifically confused.

Still, there were a few issues that stuck in my craw, and they all have to do with the physical impossibility that is Time Travel (never have been a believer, and probably never will). If what Faraday said to Jack was true, that ‘this is our present’ in reference to 1977, how could they prevent a plane crash that already happened? And if it hasn’t already happened, why would it matter that they prevent it, if they are already ‘presently’ dealing with the ramifications of the crash? And Miles living on the same timeline as himself? It sets the precedent that Time Travel is akin to cloning; you’re on the same timeline, but now there’s another one of you? Don’t think about it too long, because it’ll drive you crazy, as it’s illogical, nonsensical and frustrating as all get out.

Furthermore, this all seems to be leading up to the eventual realization that the entire series is one, big Time Loop, which would be more disappointing than words. I’d honestly rather have it all just be a dream in Hurley’s head, to be totally honest with you. Don’t get me wrong, the show is as awesome as ever, but they’ve been treading on an uncomfortable line for a while now.

This week is going to have to be on you, the readers and commenters, so sound off in the comments section and let us know what you think about Season 5 as a whole. There are only two more weeks of episodes left, so start the conversation and enjoy your weekend. The CDP returns at full strength on Monday with more funny stuff.

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