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‘Lost’ season premiere recap!!! We obsess over ‘Because You Left’ and ‘The Lie’…

January
22

Last night’s season premiere of “Lost” was really a wake-up call, wasn’t it?

I mean, literally.

The show started with an alarm clock going off – exactly at 8:15, of course – and a record skipping: All of which connected brilliantly to what happened, is happening and will happen to our favorite band of crash survivors.

That’s right, we got the official explanation for what the heck’s going on with the island: Time-travel.

That doesn’t explain the smoke monster, Jacob, the island’s healing power and lots of other things, but the fact that the show addressed the time issue so clearly (well, as clearly as “Lost” gets anyway) means that we’re moving at lightning speed towards the series’ finale next year.

Sob. Sniff. The puzzle pieces are all definitely starting to fit together now, which makes me happy to have more answers but sad to see that the end is so near.

But on a positive note, judging from these back-to-back episodes, it seems like we’re going to have a hell of a ride towards the finish line.

So let’s kick off our weekly discussion by deciphering “Because You Left” and “The Lie,” shall we?

By the way, Libby says hi…

“BECAUSE YOU LEFT”

For the first time, “Lost” opened a season by focusing on a minor character, but it made perfect sense in the show’s larger mythology.

The first scene centered around Dr. Marvin Candle, a.k.a. Dr. Mark Wickmund, Dr. Edgar Halliwax, or just the scientist dude from those Dharma orientation videos.

From the looks of that record player and a baby bottle warming in a saucepan, this scene takes place on the island in the ’70s. Candle is interrupted while filming one of those now-familiar videos with the notification that all isn’t right at the Orchid station.

It seems that construction at the station has unleashed a bit of the island’s “limitless energy,” which Candle explains will allow them to manipulate time. (Underground x-rays reveal that Dharma hasn’t yet uncovered the donkey wheel that Ben used to move the island.)

And who does Candle bump into on his way out of the Orchid? None other than Daniel Faraday, who doesn’t look the least bit surprised by this time-travel notion. Not to mention, he looks exactly the same as he does 30 years in the future.

The rest of the show toggled between the Oceanic Six in present day Los Angeles, and those left behind on the island.

As for the O Sixers, it’s been three years since they left the island and, as we know, things are going badly.

Jack and Ben are right where we left them, in that funeral home with Locke’s body, which they have to take back to the island.

A still drugged and scruffy Jack reveals that Locke/Jeremy Bentham told him that Sawyer, Juliet and everyone on the freighter would die if they all didn’t come back. So he’s on board with Ben’s plan to return. (Yet “all” of them seems to be a bit slippery; it’s unclear if anyone else in addition to the Sixers and Ben need to go back, too. My hunch is that Walt will need to return as well.)

Hurley and Sayid are headed for a safe house after their breakout – and murder – at the mental hospital.

News reports are speculating that Hurley is the one who killed the (Widmore?) operative shot by Sayid. (One of the night’s best lines was Hurley to Sayid, after Sayid refuses some french fries: “You know, maybe if you ate more comfort food, you wouldn’t have to go around killing people.”

Sayid kind of confesses that he’s been working as Ben’s assassin for the last few years, although they’re now on the outs and he doesn’t say why. He warns Hurley that if he ever crosses paths with Ben, he should do the opposite of what he tells him. Which all begs the question, why was Sayid breaking Hurley out of the asylum if it wasn’t on Ben’s orders?

Then, BIFF! POW!, the safe house explodes with gunfire, as two guys waiting for them attack. Sayid kills them both, but not before he’s shot with a tranquilizer. And not before witnesses spy Hurley with a gun.

As for Kate and Aaron, they’re on the run, too. Two men arrive at Kate’s door, waving a court order to take blood from her and Aaron to determine their relationship. Kate slams the door, packs a suitcase and grabs a gun, a bag full of cash and Aaron.

Sun’s traveling as well, headed for L.A. from London, fresh off her confrontation with Charles Widmore.

Which apparently pissed Widmore off – she didn’t show him the proper “respect” – because he has Sun detained at the airport. What are their common interests?, he asks. Oh, killing Benjamin Linus, of course.

Back on the island right after it moved, Sawyer is shirtless and still on the beach with Juliet. Except now, the freighter isn’t sinking and the beach camp is gone.

As Daniel explains – but not before Sawyer gives him an excellent bitch-slap – the island is skipping through time. Or the people on it are. Hard to tell. The camp isn’t there because it hasn’t been built yet.

So they decide to go to the original hatch – the one where Desmond was found pushing the button – because it’s man-made and can help them determine “when” they are.

Along the way, Daniel spells out the time-travel rules for everyone, which are the same ones that Mrs. Hawking gave to Desmond awhile back: You can’t change the past. If you try, you’ll just fail. Oh, and Charlotte’s nose is bleeding, which we hope doesn’t mean she’s going the way of George Minkowski.

Meanwhile, Locke learns about the time flashes the hard way, after getting shot by Ethan. Given the time shifts, Locke and Ethan haven’t met – not to mention Ethan’s alive – so Ethan thinks Locke is someone from the plane that just crashed.

(Which, in a cool tie-in with past episodes, we all know is actually the drug plane occupied by Mr. Eko’s brother and all that heroin stashed in the Virgin Mary statues. It’s also the plane that contributed to Boone’s death: It fell when he tried to use its radio to call for help.)

Richard Alpert, however, knows what’s up with the time jumping, so he quickly saves Locke’s life by pulling out the bullet. Richard hands him a compass – one of the objects he used when testing a five-year-old Locke’s abilities – so he’ll know who Locke is the next time they meet.

Plus, he tells Locke that the O Sixers got off the island, but the only way to save it is to bring them all back.

Back at the hatch, Daniel has an idea: He draws Desmond outside and quickly explains that – for a reason we don’t know yet – the time-travel rules don’t apply to him.

He instructs Desmond to go to Oxford and find his mother when he gets off the island and … FLASH!

Desmond wakes up three years post-rescue in bed with Penny – yay! – from a nightmare – boo! It wasn’t a dream, he tells Penny, it was a memory.

Batten down the hatches, mateys, we’re going to Oxford.

Which leads us to…

“THE LIE”

Last season’s finale left me a little confused as to how lying to the world about the plane crash would help those left behind: Jack’s explanation of how fibbing would save them from Charles Widmore seemed a bit weak.

Now, this theory is a little stronger. Apparently, it took Widmore decades to find the island in the first place. And, as Jack explains, who the heck would believe that the island moved? No one would believe their story when they went to look for survivors. And they don’t know where the island went, so they can’t direct any rescuers.

Hurley, however, has a problem with this lying thing.

He naively argues that if they all stick to the truth, everyone would have to believe them. When Sayid goes along with Jack and the rest, Hurley threatens him, saying that one day he’ll need his help and he won’t get it.

Aw, we know Hurley’s too much of a good guy for that, proved by his actions in the post-rescue real world.

Sayid’s still unconscious from that tranquilizer dart and Hurley is freaking out and driving like a maniac.

Suddenly, he’s pulled over by a cop. Who turns out to be … ANA-LUCIA?!?!

Now, I know there are plenty of Ana-Lucia haters out there, but even those who despised her had to have gone nuts at this appearance. She was bone-chilling in her advice to Hurley on how to pull himself together. No. 1 tip for Hugo? Do NOT get arrested.

And that last casual line of Ana-Lucia’s, “Oh yeah, Libby says hi,” was creeeeepy.

Back on the island, Sawyer’s finally found a shirt from Frogurt/Neil and a worthy verbal adversary in Miles.

Sawyer to Daniel: “Welcome back, Dr. Wizard.”

Miles to Sawyer: “I think that’s Mr. Wizard.”

Sawyer: “Shut up.”

Suddenly, the camp is attacked by flaming arrows (one of which luckily lands smack in the center of complaining Frogurt’s chest). Everyone runs, Sawyer saves Juliet and the new island super-couple gets separated from the pack in the jungle.

Then some military (Dharma?) types jump them and threaten to cut off Juliet’s hand if they don’t give a good answer as to why they’re on “their island.” But Locke saves the day: His knife-throwing skills are as good as ever!

Back to the O Sixers, Ben shows off a skill of his own: Interventionist. He flushed Jack’s pills down the toilet and tells him to go home and pack because he’s never coming back to “this world.” He’ll pick him up in six hours. (And what was that thing that Ben pulled out of the motel room vent? That time-traveling son-of-a-gun planted supplies of some kind? Man, he’s always thinkin’…)

Later, Ben goes to a butcher shop (pulling ticket 342!) and meets a woman named Jill who knows all about the plan. (Along with two other operatives Gabriel and Jeffrey, who’ll presumably pop up down the road.) Jill is supposed to keep Locke’s body safe.

Kate and Aaron meet up with Sun, who’s now in L.A. and still really ticked off about Jin’s death. She says that the people who want to prove that Aaron isn’t Kate’s son aren’t interested in exposing their lie, because otherwise, they wouldn’t have contacted Kate privately. They want Aaron.

Sun then launches into how Kate knows how to get a job done, because she ditched Jin on the freighter when she promised to bring him up to the helicopter. But don’t worry, Sun says with an insincere pat of Kate’s hand, “I don’t blame you.” Hmm, why are we not convinced?

The real drama of the night involved Hurley, though. He brings Sayid to his parent’s house and enlists his father’s help. (And just when he was sitting down to a nice “Expose” rerun!) The cops show up to arrest Hurley, but Papa Reyes doesn’t turn him in.

Instead, Hurley’s dad brings Sayid to Jack, who revives Sayid at a hospital. While they’re gone, Hurley confesses the truth about the plane crash to his mother – in what amounts to an amazing recap of the entire series so far. His mom says she doesn’t understand him, but she believes him.

Hurley then encounters Ben, who sneaks into his house and narrowly avoids Hurley’s weapon of choice, a Hot Pocket.

Ben tries to convince Hurley to come with him, Sayid and Jack back to the island, but Hurley remembers Sayid’s warning to do the opposite of what Ben tells him.

So with a “Never, dude!”, Hurley runs outside and turns himself in to the police. (But was that the smart move? Didn’t Ana-Lucia tell him NOT to get arrested?)

Foiled, Ben retreats to meet up with none other than … MRS. HAWKING!!!

She’s in on Ben’s plan, too, and she seems to have created a scientific Fortress of Solitude in a pseudo-hatch under a church. (Or could it be the monastery that Desmond once attended? Hawking did know the monastery’s leader, remember?)

Ben tells Hawking that he’s lost Hurley to the cops, and she’s not pleased.

That’s because Ben only has 70 hours to get everyone back to the island. So, um, like, what happens if Ben can’t get them all back?

Using the same words as Marvin Candle in the first episode, Hawking replies, “Then God help us all.”

As Hurley might say, “Whoa, dude.”

(Photos courtesy of ABC)

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 8:00 am by Heather Salerno. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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