March 30, 2010

JOpinionated chats with The ODI about Ab Aeterno.

Hi Losties!

Jo of Get LOST with JOpinionated hangs out with The ODI,  Vozzek and me to discusses the awesome LOST episode Ab Aeterno.  We enjoyed  reliving wonderful moments in Ab Aeterno, such as Richard's crazy laugh, his love Isabella, the interaction of Richard with both the MiB and Jacob, the reveals of the Black Rock smashing into the 4-Toed Foot and much more!

Jo joined us for the first time and she experienced some of the more "out of the box" thoughts and theories we have covered on the podcast.  We also focused on the possibility that Jacob and MiB are one in the same person and/or perhaps have a split personality. Think we are crazy?? Well listen to the podcast to find out how crazy!

We also chatted with her about her experiences writing about LOST, visiting the set of Fringe and V.  Jo announced just today she is now officially writing for AOL TV!  CONGRATULATIONS TO JO!

Have fun and enjoy!

ODI LOSTcast 59 - Episode 6x09 Ab Aeterno Recap and Theories

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March 24, 2010

Ab Aeterno

Let's talk about LOST!   Ab Aeterno.

The episode opens with Ilana's eye.   Jacob visits bandaged Ilana; apparently they know each other a long time.  He's giving her a list of the remaining candidates.   {Jacob already knew he needed a replacement.}
{Flash Whoosh-the opening moments go back and forth to the beach}
Ilana doesn't know what to do next.  {The scene switches to un-bandaged Ilana in the hospital}  "After I brought them to the temple...what do I do?"    
Jacob tells her to ask Ricardus; he'll know what to do.
{Scene back on the beach.} The castaways learn that Richard is Ricardus.
Richard laughs and mentions that he was trying to kill himself when Jack found him.
He reveals a secret to Jack, "You're dead".   Literally not figuratively.    
He's known for a long time that all this isn't what they think it is; they aren't on an island, never were. They're in hell.  He's very angry and adamant about Jacob being a liar; he suggests listening to someone else and he heads off.
Richard marches through the dark jungle with his torch. 

Ilana wants to go after Richard because Jacob told her Richard "has to know" what to do next.
Jack feels Richard has lost his mind and thinks we're in hell.    If he cared about what Jacob said he wouldn't care about talking to someone else.
Richard is going to Locke but the gang knows Locke is dead.  Ben informs them the consolation it's not exactly Locke.

Hurley is speaking Spanish to an invisible person
Jack asks Hurley "What's he saying?"   Jack says he saw Hurley talking to Jacob.   
Hurley says he's not talking to Jacob. 
Jack- "Don't lie to me. Please, if you know any something, anything that can help us..."    
Hurley insists it's not Jacob and it has nothing to do with Jack.
Miles is watching Hurley and Jack. 
Ben tells Ilana that Shephard is right about Richard; going after him is a waste of time, "He doesn't know anything."

Richard continues to make his way through the jungle.

Ben shares with the group the thing that makes him so sure that Richard doesn't know anything is that he's known him since he was 12 years old that should count for something
Frank remarks, "So guys met when you were kids, huh?"
Ben clarifies that he was a kid and Richard looked just like he does today.  Ben is saying this guy doesn't age.
Frank-"And how the hell do ya think that happened?"
Confused and lost Richard still carries his torch walking through the dark jungle.
{No Flash Whoosh/Air plane engine/sounds-rumble} 

Tenerife, Canary Islands.  1867

Ricardo rides on horseback to a house.  Isabella is sick, coughing up blood and dying.  Ricardo tells her to go back to sleep and kisses her forehead.  She's burning up so he puts a cloth on her forehead.
He wants to hurry to get the doctor; God willing he'll be back by dawn.   He grabs whatever coins he has, praying they have enough.  Isabella gives him her beloved cross to give to the doctor as well.  He takes it along.
Emotional Ricardo feels if anything ever happened to her...  
Isabella and Ricardo share deep love.
Isabella- "Close your eyes  {He does} We'll always be together."   
She kisses him while he keeps his eyes closed seemingly with happy thoughts.
Ricardo proclaims, "I will save you."    {He must have a case of the Jack Shephard's. lol}
Isabella clutches a black covered book as Ricardo braves the stormy night on horseback.

The Doctor is eating.   
The butler yells from the front door,  "You can't some in! You can't be here!"
Ricardo walks right in and pleads with the hungry doctor, as he couldn't wait because his wife is sick, to which the cold hungry doc suggests blankets, not for Ricardo, but because Ricardo is dripping water all over his floor.
Ricardo pleads for his help and the selfish doctor won't take the half a day journey in the pouring rain.  But he has very expensive medicine that can save her life.   The doctor unlocks a cabinet retrieving the medicine.   Ricardo pours out all the coins he has and when that is  not enough he adds Isabella's cross to the pot.
Ricardo-"Now you have everything."
The doctor says it's worthless and tosses it aside.  This upsets Ricardo and he scrambles to pick it up.  He begs the Doc to let him work off the debt.   When the doctor won't go for it Ricardo tugs on him, pleading, until things take a turn that cause Ricardo to push the doctor; making him hit his head on the table.   The man with the blankets sees Ricardo.
Ricardo had the small cork topped bottle of medicine {Which he technically paid money for} and runs off; riding off into the dark stormy night.

Ricardo arrives back home. {Still dark out. Half a day journey-twice and yet those candles are still burning! lol}
Isabella has passed. {Eyes open.}   He listens for her heartbeat and breaks down crying.

Cuffed Ricardo sits in a jail reading the bible. {Luke 4:37}  He wears Isabella's cross.   The Chaplin comes in with food but Ricardo isn't hungry.   The father notes the bible is in English.   Ricardo has been teaching himself because he and Isabella were going to travel to the new world and start a family, a new life.
Ricardo is prepared to make his confession.  He kneels downs, crosses/blesses himself, "Forgive me Father for I have sinned."   Truly repentant Ricardo begs for God's forgiveness to which the Chaplin informs him he cannot grant him absolution for murder.  This shocks Ricardo because this was an accident.  He feels there must be some way to earn God’s forgiveness.   
The only way to return God's grace is through penance and Ricardo is willing to do anything.   The Chaplin smiles and scoffs at this as Ricardo doesn't have time, because tomorrow he will be hanged.  The Chaplin's afraid the devil awaits him in hell.  Ricardo is left stunned.
Ricardo looks out his cell window up at a dead tree.   {A tree symbolizes life and that one is dead. Crow caws}  
Ricardo is led blindfolded
Whitfield looks at Ricardo's strong hands and in this mouth as he asks about his English speaking ability.  Ricardo also shares he works in the fields.
It’s his lucky day because Magnus Hanso will take him on a boat ride; he's Hanso's property now.   Whitfield pays the "father" for Ricardo and hopes Ricardo doesn't get seasick.
They sail the rough and stormy seas.  The chained men try to see what's outside the boat by peering through the thin wood planked walls of the ship. 
“Can you see anything?”    
It’s too dark.”
"There’s an island”
One prisoner sees the statue in the dark and declares it to be The Devil
"The Island is guarded by the devil!" {Oh wow! It's 'guarded by' the devil!}
Ricardo is afraid and clutches the cross around his neck.  
The terrific storm causes the ship  to actually take flight, crashing into the statue breaking it apart and then ends up in the middle of the bloody jungle.

It's daylight and the survivors of the bizarre shipwreck wake up.  From down below the chained passengers all look up into the daylight calling out for help, "We're alive!"
We hear that Captain Hanso is dead.
Whitfield comes down revealing there are only 5 officers left and limited supplies so he kills the prisoners.  He tells Ricardo his actions are because if he freed him "it would only be a matter of time before you killed me".   
Ricardo doesn't have the cross around his neck.
Just then the smoke monster is on deck and takes lives. 
Whitfield wants to know what's going on up there and yells out to this men,  "I said report!"
He is taken by the smoke monster!
The smoke comes face to face with scared Ricardo, flashing its Flashes.   Ricardo closes his eyes and whispers {prayers}.   All of a sudden it is gone but is heard in the distance.

A blue butterfly flies into the Black Rock.  
Ricardo tries desperately to remove a nail from a floor plank so he can use  it as a tool to help free himself.  It starts to rain and he tries to drink the dripping water but he can't reach it.
Weakening and tired Ricardo retrieves the nail and continues to work on freeing himself.   A hungry boar is chowing on one of the prisoners.  Ricardo tells the boar to get out of here, "I'll kill you!" and uses the nail as his only defense.  The boar speeds by causing Ricardo to drop the nail a few inches out of his reach.
Very weak Ricardo hears a woman's voice.  He tries to focus his eyes to see clearly; it's Isabella. {This seems to be 5 days later. There are 5 score marks on a post}
He wonders how she is "here".  
Isabella tells him they are both dead, "We're in hell."  
{Why would they be in hell?! Why is she there period?!}   She claims to be there to save him before "he" comes back; the devil.  She shares that she looked in his eyes and all she saw was evil.   She asks if he saw him too and Richard "thinks he has".  

The smoke monster nears and Ricardo tells her to run; he insists he said he would save her.  "If you love me, GO!"     She heads up the stairs right into the smoke monster's path.
Ricardo breaks down.

A man with a lantern enters the dark ship, brings water/silver cups to weak and broken Ricardo.  He touches the left shoulder of unconscious Ricardo.    It's the MIB with dark eye/eyes.
Ricardo-"Who are you?"       
The MIB-"A friend."
Ricardo-"I am in hell?"
MIB-"Yes, I'm afraid you are."    
The man explains he was there long before "your ship".   
Ricardo shares about Isabella being there and how when the black smoke came she ran and hasn't come back.
MIB seems to not be aware of her and states "It probably means he has her." 
MIB-"I think you know who."   {Who? The devil?}
MIB will help him because he wants to be free too.   As  luck would have it he found keys on one of the officers outside.   He thinks they'll work, but before he tries he needs to know that Ricardo will help and will do anything he asks.   They agree, so MIB frees him from his chains

MIB complements his friend "It's good to see you out of those chains."
The MIB helps him and tells him he's going to need his strength if they're going to escape.   He also explains there's only one way to escape from hell and that's to kill the devil.
Blue eyed MIB directs Ricardo to the broken statue and where he'll find the devil.  He presents him with a fancy dagger to use to kill the devil; giving him the same instructions Dogen gave Sayid.
He also reveals he is the black smoke and claims Isabella was running from "him"  and there wasn't anything he could do to stop it.   The devil betrayed him, took his body and humanity; the devil can be very persuasive.
Ricardo knows murder is wrong and feels that's what brought him "here".
The MIB says they can continue to talk about what's right or wrong all day, but the question remains the same. Basically what will he do to see his wife again?
{The MIB leads us to believe the he/black smoke and the devil are two different beings and not one in the same.}
Emotionally torn Richard does indeed head to the broken statue on his mission and ends up getting his ass kicked by Jacob.  Jacob wonders who gave him the dagger and also claims to not know his wife.
Richard explains she didn't come on the ship and she's dead.
With that Jacob asks, "Then why are you asking me where she is?"
It is revealed Ricardo met a man dressed in black in the jungle who said Jacob was the devil.  {Watch Jacob's expression here.}
Ricardo again claims to have seen his wife in this place and Jacob says it wasn't his wife.   Ricardo blurts out she is dead just like him and he is in hell.
Jacob-"You really think you're dead?"
Ricardo-"Where else would I be?"
Jacob assures him he is not dead and proves it by forcefully submerging him the water repeatedly making him realize he had to hold his breath and bringing him up for air.
Jacob-"Why should I stop?!"
Ricardo-"Because I want to live!"
Jacob feels that's the first sensible thing he's said.
Ricardo's wet body is warmed by a gray blanket. Jacob brings over a corked bottle of wine and two silver cups.    Ricardo wonders what is inside (nods to the foot statue) and Jacob informs him "No one comes in unless I invite them in." He drinks.
Ricardo outright asks, "Are you the devil?"
Brown eyed Jacob says with a smirky smile, "No."
Ricardo-"Then who are you?"
His name is Jacob and he's the one who brought his ship to the island.   His explanation and illustration involves the use of the bottle of wine.  He demonstrates the wine as "hell/malevolence/evil/darkness" swirling around in the bottle unable to get out because if it did it would spread.  "The cork is this island, and it's the only thing keeping the darkness in....where it belongs."
He turns the bottle upside down to prove the cork's strength.
Jacob also explains that "That man who sent you to kill me believes everyone's corruptible because it's in their very nature to sin.   I bring people here to prove him wrong. And when they get here their past doesn't matter."  

We learn there were many brought to the island before the black rock's arrival and those people are all dead. {Jacob delivers that news very nonchalantly}
Richard is curious that if Jacob is the one who brought them then why didn't he help them.
Jacob wanted them to help themselves.  "To know the difference between right and wrong without me having to tell them.  It's all meaningless if I have to force them to do anything. Why should I have to step in?"  
Ricardo feels if Jacob won't "he/MIB will".
Blue eyed Jacob, seeming as if a light bulb went off, offers Richard a job, giving him a purpose.  The job is too "step in" because Jacob doesn't want to "step in".   He can be the representative, an intermediary between the people Jacob brings to the island and in return he will give Ricardo something.
Ricardo makes a few suggestions:  He wants his wife back, which Jacob can't do.  He asks if Jacob can absolve him of his sins so he doesn't go to hell, which Jacob can't do either. {Why? Because he's not God.}   Richard doesn't want to die, "I want to live forever."   
BINGO!  "That" Jacob can do. {He touches Ricardo's right shoulder.}

Ricardo returns to the MIB {green eyes} with his mission unaccomplished.   Ricardo gives a white rock to MIB from Jacob.
MIB-"I'm sure you realize if you go with him you'll never be with your wife again.  I understand...he can be very...convincing.  But I want you to know if you ever change your mind, and I mean ever, my offer still stands.  I have something for you."   
He hands him Isabella's cross; he found it on the ship.
Ricardo looks down at the cross and looks up to find the MIB has disappeared.
Ricardo buries the cross under the stone bench.  He kisses it and says goodbye to his love.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble} 
Richard digs up the cross because he's changed his mind.    
He looks up, "Are you listening to me?  I've changed my mind...I was wrong!   You said I could change my mind...You said the offer would stand...Does the offer still stand?!  Does the offer still stand!?   Does the offer still stand!?" 
Hurley appears, "What offer, dude?"   
He kinda followed Richard out there.   
Richard yells at him to get out. "Didn't you hear what I said?  I told you people I don't know anything!  Why did you follow me?"     
Hurley said his wife sent him and she's standing right next to him.  Apparently Isabella saw him dig up the cross.
Isabella tells Hurley in Spanish-"He doesn't believe you."   
Hurley translates; Richard doesn't see her.   
Isabella compliments his English and he replies Spanish.   Isabella wants Richard to close his eyes; it's okay because Hurley will tell him what she says.
Isabella tells him it wasn't his fault that she died, it was her time. "You've suffered enough, Ricardo."
Richard misses her and would do anything to be together.  
She tells him they are already together and she kisses his cheek.    
Richard cries and puts her cross around his neck and asks Hurley if something’s wrong.
Hurley mentions that she said one more thing "Something you have to do. She said you have to stop the man in black. You have to stop him from leaving the island. Cause if you don't...{Spanish}We all go to hell."   {Uh…She didn’t say that!  WTF is Hurley doing?!}
John Locke is watching this from afar

MIB sits on a log playing with a white rock and Jacob joins him.   It is evident these two are at odds but one seems to be there against his will.    As long as Jacob's alive the MIB isn't going anywhere.  The MIB's mission is to kill Jacob and anyone who replaces him.   
Jacob gives him the corked bottle of wine; something to pass the time.   
Jacob will see him around.
MIB-“Sooner than you think." and he smashes the bottle on the log.
Ab Aeterno is a GREAT episode!
The first thing I need to get off my chest is that these bratty boys just can't seem to get along! They should be punished! They both manipulate and con.   Although, I do believe we saw many elements that could mean the two are one in the same; two halves of a whole or opposition.

The episode drowned me in the words hell and devil so much they proved to not only be irrelevant but just plain old meaningless.
I loved that this episode kept things human.    Ricardo lost the love of his life and felt he was forsaken and abandoned by his "god".   Jacob took advantage of Richard’s vulnerability and claimed him; giving him a job and a purpose in “this place”. 
But I do feel it's Richard's perspective that he is in “hell".   It's rooted in his own personal belief system of being religious.  Richard has a broken heart, lost his wife and accidentally "killed" a man...that's why he's on the "Island".   He is broken and lost.  He’s literally bearing the cross of his loss and his self imposed suffering.    Interesting that Jack doesn't think they're in hell; as a matter of fact he sounds sure of it.

So, we know they’re not on an “Island” and it isn’t “hell” and come on…it’s not a “cork” that plugs up an opening to something on a moving “Island”.

Let’s talk about hell for a second. I researched some things and agree with the problem I find with the concept of hell. It takes in four important issues.
1). That it would have to exist in the first place.
2). That only some/certain people go there.
3). That there is no escape from the depths of it.
4). It is punishment for actions displayed during lifespan on Earth.

People could only commit a finite number of sins within their lifetime, but if they went to "hell" they would suffer punishment eternally, infinitely. That's just friggin' over the top punishment. Why would Richard's God not grant truly pennant Ricardo forgiveness for a death that was clearly an accident? Why would he be punished forever for such a circumstance? Of course it’s "man" who didn't grant him time for penance. Some coincidence, huh?

Let’s be honest each castaway has sinned, but did they sin enough to bring them to float the rest of their lives on a cork?!   Now Kate blowing up her father was murder so she should float on the fucking cork.

Richard claims they’re all dead and they're not on an Island, they never were and they're in hell.  Yeah, a personal "hell" not a literal "hell", where Apollo bars don’t melt or ranch dressing doesn't need refrigeration once opened.

If these two sides are ping pong-ing their life away, trying to beat each other with their little game of "bring the lost people to the island”,  all in an effort to "see" if people know the difference between right and wrong, and one side is supposed to be a positive stimulus and the other side a negative stimulus, why the hell are neither trying to influence to better the situation?   Maybe they like the chaos that gets created on the “Island” or they need a reminder of what right and wrong really is too.   These two sides just can't seem to find balance at all.

Everybody is lying and conning each other. A conman makes the game work by making the “mark” think ideas came from them. The con exploits human characteristics victimizing individuals. Isn’t that what Jacob is doing by bringing people to the “Island”.

I want to touch on something from the past. The John Locke we see now seems to have shown himself to us in the past many, many times, but specifically in season three.
That motivated Locke showed us:
* That he was determined to get to Ben, Jacob and the sub.
* Locke pushed Mikhail into the sonic fence trying to kill him, or at least silence him for a while.
* He utilized a loophole/cheat (encouraged by Richard).
* Got Sawyer to kill Anthony Cooper {but that also enabled Sawyer to face something that he needed closure on.}
* In Man behind the Curtain Locke beats the shit out of Mikhail when he refers to John an outsider.
* John offer Ben and doesn’t drink it.

Things to note...Questions to ask...
* Jacob and MIB eye color changes brown-blue-(green). {Maybe w/different TV's it shows up different.} There is a different brown eye color for the Losties and Isabella.
* Again I must ask if Richard doesn't age why the hell would he need reading glasses?!
* Richard. Ricardo. Ricardus.
* Richard comes from a very "religious/faith" based background and that is what the "Island" played on all these "years".
* Richard was literally being "blindly" led.
* The Black Smoke doesn't kill Ricardo and returns Isabella's cross.
* Crazy. Lost mind. Somebody may have a serious case of split personality and need to pull themselves together.
* The medicine bottle was corked and the wine bottle was corked.
* Medicine. Wine/alcohol
* Some of Richard's details were just like Desmond's details. Boat journey on a stormy night, running for the Doc, pushing a man who hits his head/killing him. That's not coincidence.
* Are they all in jail or just imprisoned by their own suffering?
* We don't see MIB eat or drink. We only see Jacob with food/drink. Here the selfish doctor was eating.
* Why did one of the prisoners claim the statue/island to be the devil?
* Is it only Jacob that ever left the "Island" to recruit people?
* Sun was taught English so she could go to America.
* The “new world”.  Jin and Sun wanted to escape to America.
* Whitfield.  In The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham, Locke comes across three instances with the word "field" in his travels: SouthField. Fieldcroft. Westerfield.  
* Teach. Learn. Language.
* Real. Not real.
* Boar-scavenger, Butterfly, Isabella… Was it MIB? Isabella was inside the ship while the black smoke can be heard outside in the distance.
* Who would grant someone eternal life? Did Jacob literally give eternal life or did Ricardo assume it and/or ask for it? {wish} The MIB touched Ricardo too.
* 1867: The Black Rock voyage was to have begun March 22 1845
* The "Island" is guarded "by" the devil.
* Would the "devil" admit he's the devil?   No.
* Would the "devil" try to convince someone that someone else is the devil? 
* Ilana is bandaged and then she's not. WTF? How was she healed? How much time passed?
* Why was Richard seeming pretty sure that Jack is dead?
* Michael told Jack and Locke that the computer wasn't what they thought it was.
* Black book/Bible.   Black smoke. 
* Be careful who you think is good and who you think is bad. Things and people still aren't what you think they are.
* The very patient MIB still seems as if he wants to be free of the game.
* Is it Jacob who doesn't use the "Isabella" card again until he needed it or is there a third grand master in play?
* What is the "Island"?

Vocabulary and Research...
* Ab Aeterno (Translation) Counting from Eternal
1). Since the beginning of time. 2). (figuratively) Since a very long time ago.
* Abaddon: The Hebrew word meaning "destruction" is sometimes used as a synonym of Hell.
* Diyu is typically depicted as an underground maze with various levels and chambers, to which souls are taken after death to atone for their sins committed when they were alive.
* The Hellschreiber or Feldhellschreiber was a facsimile based teleprinter invented by Rudolf Hell. It has since been emulated on computer sound cards by amateur radio operators; the resulting mode is referred to as Hellschreiber, Feld-Hell, or simply Hell. "Hellschreiber" translates into English as "Light Writer," "Bright Writer," or "Clear Writer," and is a pun on the name of its inventor Hell (the adjective) is German for "light," the adverb is "bright."
* Cork anagrams to ROCK.
* Ab Aeterno anagrams to- Eaten Boar
* El Socorro anagrams to- Rose Color 

I am so happy that the writers gave Nestor this chance to shine.  His portrayal of suffering Richard was amazing and truly engaging.

The LOST story makes total and perfect sense if you understand the metaphor of it all.  Everyone there has lost something that has caused a part of them to die.  Also part of the metaphor is to "let go" and also to let part of you/your ego to die so you can become new/ really live.
I still believe they need to face things, rid the negative and find themselves.  And when they accomplish "balance" they don't have to be in hell or in “this place” anymore...They can just walk through the escape hatch.

Love to all who are "LOST"™

Disclaimer: I never claim to know everything about the show and my thoughts by no means make me right! The things I share here are my views and/or opinions. I don't claim to catch every single detail either! You all know I hate spoilers! And I stand clear of reading certain sites as to not take me off my own course of research. The one thing I don't need to do here is rehash all of the obvious clues from an episode, we all know what they are. Understood? Good! Let the fun begin! I'll only note things that I know come up as clues later, but need to be noted when they first show up and things I find that will be of importance! It will get very exciting as we progress into the story.

The ODI does some Recon

Hi Losties!
Here's the episode review of Recon with The ODI.

This week as always The ODI, Danny and myself analyze the off and on "island" fun.   We chat about some of things we did not like and how some stuff did not seem to fit, but there were several important scenes we chatted about including Sawyer smashing the mirror, Little House on the Prairie, Sawyer setting up a con of Widmore and MiB and of course MiB talking to Kate about having a crazy mom and much more!

Plus we make an announcement of who our special guests will be this week!

ODI LOSTcast 57 - Episode 6x08 Recon Recap

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March 23, 2010

The ODI chats with Natalie Abrams of TV Guide.

Hi Losties!

It IS the most wonderful day of the week! HAPPY LOST DAY!

Here's a podcast recorded with The ODI, Vozzek and me.   We're joined by special guest Natalie Abrams of TV Guide.   We chat about her career in media and learn more about what makes Natalie a LOST fan. 
We had a great time hanging out and sharing thoughts about the next LOST episode and where the story has taken us to this point.


ODI LOSTcast 56 - Theories with Natalie Abrams, Vozzek and Karen

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March 19, 2010


Let's talk about LOST!   Recon.
Sawyer {Purple shirt} is making a pot of tea outside Claire's nest. He burns his left hand on the hot pot.
Inside Jin sleeps. Sawyer wakes up his buddy Jin. Jin is curious how long he's been out.
Sawyer- "A while. Figured you could use a rest."
Claire and Locke are out and about and said they'd be back by sun up.  Jin is worked up and says they have to leave before they get back. Sawyer informs him that he's with Locke and Jin informs him "That's not Locke."
Sawyer is aware of that but will go with "Whoever he is" because he says he can get them off "this damn island".
Jin can't leave because Sun could be here somewhere. Sawyer gives him is word that they won't leave without her.
They hear sounds and Sawyer realizes "They're back."
Jin uses his oar as a crutch. Locke returns with his flock and Sayid, Claire and Kate.

Sawyer and Kate share a moment of hello. Sawyer seems troubled. {But there's some weird eye contact made between our Losties}
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Sawyer is in bed with Ava, who feels Jimmy is unbelievable. {She has red/auburn hair}
She reminds him he was supposed to meet "that guy" at nine and it's 8:42.  Sawyer rushes and grabs a briefcase that the lock breaks open and cash pours out of it.
Sawyer-"You weren't exactly supposed to see that."
Ava asks what Jimmy is doing with all that money. He explains it's for a potential investment. "We're going fifty-fifty. The guy wants to see the money up front. Don't worry it won't take long. I'll be right back. Me and you'll go for a round..."
Ava pulls a gun on Sawyer and tells him to step away from the case.
Ava-"Here's the thing, dimples. I can spot a con man. I'm married to one. So I know all about the pigeon drop. Oh what, that case just accidentally flew open? How stupid do you think I am."
Sawyer-"Pretty damn stupid actually."
Ava-"Excuse me?"
Sawyer-"This is a setup, lady. There's a van sitting right outside, the room is bugged, place is surrounded by cops. So now you wanna put that gun down and we'll work something out. They don't care about you, they want your husband. There's a tracer in the case, all you have to do is take it back to wherever your hubby's hiding out."
Ava-"You really expect me to believe that you're here with the police?   This place is surrounded? How come no-one came to save you?"
Sawyer doesn't need saving. He wants her to do the right thing and put the gun down but if she doesn't, all he has to do is say the magic word, and that door busts open.
Ava claims he's a lousy con man.
Sawyer says one word..."LaFleur."
Ava-"La what?"
The police kick in the door and save the day! {And/or Sawyer} Ava drops the gun and she's cuffed. In walks Jimmy's partner Miles.
Miles mentions Jim was cutting it a little close. Jim feels that's the only way to cut it.
Miles tosses him a police badge. Ava is surprised to see Jimmy is a cop.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Claire is packing a bag; takes a knife, and tends to her "rat" baby hidden behind a light net. Kate comes in and asks, "Is this where you lived?"
Indeed it is.
Kate sees the "rat" baby, seems disgusted and wonders, "What is that?"
Claire gives her a dirty look and claims it's all she had.

Locke-"All right everybody listen up. Come on in, gather round. I know that everyone is tired. It was a...long and traumatic night for all of us.  And you all have got a lot of questions, I know. And I will make myself available to answer them.  But right now we need to keep moving. We have to take advantage of the daylight."
Cindy speaks, "We want to know what happened to the people who stayed behind at the Temple.
Locke- "The black smoke killed them. {He sees Zack, hugging his teddy bear and Emma is upset and tells them-} Hey, I know that what happened back there was really scary. But it's over. You're with me now, and I promise that I'm gonna take care of you. Okay?"
{Claire took hold of Kate's hand during the speech, as if she was a little child who needed to hold on to mommy for a second and then she lets go, smiles and walks off.}
Locke-"All right, let's move out!"
Kate is puzzled by Claire's behavior.
Sawyer walks up to Kate, "Looks like you had a hell of a night."
She did.
Sawyer inquires about Jack, Hurley, and the rest of them, "They make it out of the temple all right?"
Kate saw them leaving on the way back.
Sawyer-"What about Miles?"
Kate-"I don't know what happened to him. So you're with Locke now?"
Sawyer looks her in the eye and says he ain't with anybody.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
James is on phone "Hello, is this Anthony Cooper?  Hi Mr. Cooper, this is Detective James Ford, L.A.P.D. Yeah we've discovered some unclaimed property that might belong to you. Can you verify you were in Alabama in 1976? Ah huh. OK, thanks. Sorry to have taken up your time." {Files, file boxes. Confidential Informants. Cold Cases}
He crosses a name off a list and calls the next number. "May I speak with Anthony Cooper?"
Nosy Miles walks over with two mugs of coffee.{A Hollywood mug for Jim} Jim hurries off the phone, telling the person on the other end he'll have to call them back.
Miles asks who Anthony Cooper is. Jim fluffs it off as an old buddy he ran into, who said he could hook him up with some Laker tickets.
Miles-"That's cool. What'd you... you see him in Palm Springs?"
Confused Jim asks, "What?"
Miles-"Palm Springs. Your trip last weekend?"
Jim-"Yeah, it's a blur. Too much sunshine, too many Mai Tai's."
Miles tells him to get it together because you got a date tonight.   Miles set him up with a friend of his who works with his dad at the museum. He thinks she's great.
Uninterested Jim wonders if she's so great why doesn't Miles go out with her. Apparently Miles has a girlfriend.
Miles asks,"What is your deal Jim, you wanna die alone?"
Jim-"All right, look. I go out with her, you gonna leave me alone?"
Miles-"Throw in one of those Laker tickets, Hell yes I will."
Jim-"Look I'm already pulling strings with this guy. It's just...uh I dunno if I can get another seat."
Miles-"You know you can tell me the truth, about anything. Are you lying to me,man?"
James-"Why the hell would I lie?"
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Locke leads Zack, Emma and the rest of the group through the jungle. He tells them a quarter mile ahead there's a clearing; that's where they'll make camp.  He also wants them to fill up on water because they might be there a couple of days.
Annoyed Sawyer doesn't like the "couple of days" remark. "I thought you said we were gettin off this rock."
Locke says they are, but Sawyer wants to know when. Locke, making sure to not concern the flock, suggests they talk about it in private.

Once in "private" in the jungle, Locke, who now seems a bit "off, points his finger at Sawyer and says, "I wish you hadn't interrupted me.
Sarcastic Sawyer apologizes, having forgotten his manners.
Locke sighs-"I forgive ya."
Sawyer asks how Locke how he knew to rescue everybody back at the temple from the smoke thing.
Locke confesses he didn't rescue them. "I'm the smoke thing."  There is silence for a few seconds.
Sawyer-"You tellin me you killed all those people?"
Locke-"I gave them the opportunity to leave peacefully and they didn't take it."
Sawyer-"Why not?"
Locke-"Because they're convinced that they're protecting the island from me when in fact all I wanna do leave. So it's either kill or be killed. And I don't wanna be killed."
Locke leads him to the shore.
James asks Locke if he's going on a boat ride.
Locke-"You are."
Locke-"Hydra Island."
You can see that James doesn't really want to go there. {Gives an 'Oh No' type look}
He asks Locke what's on Hydra Island.
Locke-"The plane. The Ajira flight. The same plane that brought your friends back. Unfortunately they didn't come alone. And I have reason to believe that some of the other passengers mean to do us all harm. So I want you to go over there do some recon."
James feels this sounds real safe.  But Locke's not worried about Sawyer and feels he will be fine.  Because Locke feels James is  the best liar I he ever met.
Locke instructs, "You tell them whatever you need to tell them to gain their trust... find out everything you can about them... and then get back here."
James-"Why exactly am I doing this again?"
Locke-"Why do you think, James? We get on that plane, we fly off this island, and we never look back. Come on."    They push the outrigger into the water.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}

James arrives is at the restaurant and looks around for his date. He makes a call to refresh his memory on what the girl looks like (again).   James is reminded she is a redhead, "How many redheads do you see?"
James scans the room and sees a redhead sitting at the bar.
Sawyer-"Roger that."
James is told to be nice to her.  He hangs up the call and asks the redhead, "Would you be Charlotte?"
In his chivalrous Southern charm he says it's a pleasure to meet you, ma'am.  They are sitting at a table and drinking wine.   James inquires about her being an Archaeologist.
Charlotte-"What's wrong with archeology?"
James-"Nothin'. I just figured you'd be stuck in a room somewhere dustin' off antiques."
Charlotte-"No, I actually get to travel quite a bit... To far off and romantic places..."
She claims to be exactly like Indiana Jones.  {Uh, is she a man?!}
Sawyer-"You got a whip?"
Charlotte-"Maybe..."  They laugh.
Charlotte asks why he became a cop.
James-"You ever seen Bullitt? The Steve McQueen flick?"
She hasn't seen it so he won't bore her with an explanation.
Charlotte wants a favor, "...don't treat me like all the other girls that ask you. Tell me the truth."    James sighs. "Well... I guess I... got to a point in my life where I was either going to become a criminal or a cop. So I chose cop."
Charlotte stares smiles looks into his eyes
Charlotte-"You know what."

They are in James' bed! Charlotte claims it wasn't bad considering they didn't have that whip.
James-"Bring it next time."   He offers her some water. While he gets up for the water she asks to borrow a t-shirt.  James tells her to help herself; top drawer on the right. With James out of the room Charlotte rummages through the drawer,{yet it doesn't seem like she's looking for a shirt. Hmmmm} and finds a blue binder titled SAWYER. It contains photos, negatives, details and a newspaper clip of James' parents' death.
James walks in on her and freaks out! "What did you see?"
Charlotte-"Nothing. Just this, you know, that picture fell out and I was just trying to put it back..."
She insists she didn't see anything. James-"Get the hell out."
Charlotte-"James, just let me explain!"
James-"Get out!"  Charlotte gathers her things and leaves.

At the Hydra station James looks at the cages he and Kate were held and is moved with memory. He  holds the dress.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Kate asks Sayid, who doesn't look too well, if he believes Locke; if he can get them off the Island.
Sayid-"Yes, I believe him."
Kate-"Sayid, are you alright?"
Claire attacks Kate to the ground and tries to stab her neck.   Sayid just sits there, unaffected by the cat fight even though Kate calls out for his help.
Locke literally pulls Claire off and tosses her to the side. {Like she was a little child or a doll}
Locke-"What are you doing?"
Claire is fired up, "She took him! She took Aaron!"
Locke-"Claire, you had disappeared! Kate couldn't find you! She did what she had to do!"
Claire-"She took Aaron! She can't just do this!"
Locke slaps Claire!   Kate and Claire are stunned.
He scolds her, "This is completely inappropriate. Alright? Now... you go over there. I'll deal with you in a minute. Go."
He asks Kate if she's alright.
Kate-"No, I'm not alright."
Locke walks over to talk with Claire.

On Hydra island, Sawyer finds the huge Ajira plane.
He uses his detective skills to assess a few things and follows a path that is really drag marks in the sand to grouping of dead bodies.   A woman {wearing glasses}comes running out of the jungle.  James yells for her to stop but ends up tackling and pointing a gun at her. "Don't move!"
The woman begs him to not hurt her.
Sawyer-"Who the hell are you?"
The woman-"I'm the only one left."
 {Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Liam is at the counter of the police station trying to get the officer behind it to help him, "Excuse me. Sir? I asked you about my brother..."
The officer told him to wait a minute.  James walks by and Liam immediately turns to him, "Hey! Uh... I'm looking for my brother.   He was arrested at the airport on a drug charge...."
James-"Sorry, not my department."

Miles meets up with Jim and wants him to go with  him.  Jim follows Sunshine/Miles to the locker room where Miles pushes Jim against them.  Angry Miles asks Jim if there's something he wants to tell him.
Miles-"Is there something you wanna tell me?!"
Jim-"Look, she opened the wrong drawer." 
Miles-"What the hell are you talking about? I wanna know what you were doing in Australia when you told me you were in Palm Springs.   I ran your credit card.  I know you went to Sydney.   Oceanic, round trip. You took flight 815 back two days ago."
Jim wonders what the hell is he doin' runnin' his credit card. Miles knows he lied. He thought they were supposed to trust each other.  "So, Jim... what were you doing in Australia?"
Insulted Jim feels that's none of his damn business.
Now Miles is insulted. "You know what? You're right. Because I'm not your partner anymore."  Miles walks away and Jim punches the mirror his reflection is in.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Sawyer gives very thirsty Zoe water from his canteen.  He introduces himself.
Zoe- "I'm Zoe. I can't believe there's anybody left alive. I thought I knew everybody on the plane."
James admits he didn't come on this plane.  Curious Zoe asks what plane he came on.
Sawyer-"Long story. What the hell happened here?   What killed all those people?"
Zoe-"I... we... we crashed here. And we were all just waiting for someone to rescue us. I was out collecting wood when I heard... screaming."
Zoe-"When I came back... they were... they were all dead. I spent the last two days dragging their bodies up here. I didn't feel it was right to leave them out there in the sun. Are you alone?"
Sawyer-"No. There's a group of people back on the main island. I can take you back there."
Zoe-"Thank God."
Sawyer-"Trust me...God's got nothing to do with it."
Kate sits alone in the middle the trees... Locke appears and apologizes to her.  "I have to take responsibility for Claire's behavior. I was the one who told her the Others had her baby."
Kate wonders why he would tell her that.  
Locke-"Have you ever had an enemy?   Someone that you needed to hate?  Very powerful, isn't it? Claire was devastated without Aaron. She needed something to... something to keep her going.  So, I gave her something to hate. And then... when you told her the truth... all those feelings, all that anger that she'd been holding on to for so long... it had to go somewhere.
Kate-"Very insightful... coming from a dead man."
Locke-"Well, nobody's perfect. I'm sorry that this happened.  And I'm sure that, if you give her time, everything will be alright. I promised before that I would keep everyone safe. And that means you too, Kate."
Kate asks where  Sawyer went.  Locke smiles, holds out his hand to help her up and says, "I'll show you."
Kate doesn't take his hand and stands up on her own.

Sawyer and Zoe walk along the beach on Hydra Island. Sawyer asks her if she thinks that thing'll still fly.
Zoe doesn't know; it'll take a bit of work and someone who knows how, how to do it. "I... I take it you haven't come across the pilot?" Sawyer respectfully replies,"No ma'am."
Zoe-" How many people did you say were with you?"
Sawyer-"Couple dozen."
Zoe-"Did they all come on the same plane as you?"
Sawyer-"Some. Not all."
Zoe-"When did you crash?"
Sawyer-"A long time ago."
Zoe-"Do you all have guns?"   {Sawyer gets suspicious.}
Zoe feels  whoever killed all those people back there might come back. Sawyer admits they got plenty of guns.  They arrive at the outrigger and start to push it into the water.   Sawyer asks where she was headed. "Your flight. Where were you goin'?"
Zoe-"Oh. Uh... Guam."
Sawyer-"What's in Guam?"
Zoe-"My boyfriend."
Sawyer pulls his gun on Zoe and tells her, "You're good, sweetheart, but you ain't that good."   She wonders what he's talking about.
Sawyer-"Who are you?"
Zoe whistles {the magic whistle} and a few armed guys come out  of the jungle demanding Sawyer put his weapon down. "Drop it, now!"
Sawyer hands his gun to Zoe, "Is your name even Zoe?"
Zoe-"Is yours Sawyer?"
The armed men surround Sawyer and command him to his knees.
Sawyer nonchalantly says-"Alright, alright... you got me. Take me to your leader." {Aliens. Hmmm}

Locke sits {cross legged}on the beach and shows Kate, "That Island over there... that's where I sent Sawyer." 
Kate-"You could have just told me that you sent him to the Island where we were locked in cages, you didn't have to bring me down here."
Locke-"Sure, but then I wouldn't have gotten to talk to you. You referred to me as a dead man. I am not a dead man. I know what you're feeling, Kate.   I know what you're going through."
Kate asks him how he knows that.   Locke shares a little story with her; getting a bit emotional during it.
"Because... my mother was crazy.   A long time ago, before I... looked like this {you mean old?!}... I had a mother, just like everyone. She was a very disturbed woman.    And, as a result of that, had some growing pains.  Problems that I'm still trying to work my way through.   Problems that could have been avoided had things been different.
Kate wonders why he's telling her this.
Locke-"Because now... Aaron... has a crazy mother too."

Prisoner Sawyer is escorted to the docked submarine.   He notes workers erecting a sonic fence.
Zoe commands Sawyer to get in because he's waiting for him.    Sawyer makes his way down the hatch.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
James arrives home {Apt 245. Very sparsely decorated and a very bachelor like environment. Left hand bandaged.} and prepares a frozen dinner-Country fried beef patties.    He sits down to watch an episode of "Little House on the Prairie".   He smiles while he watches.
Little Laura tells her father that she wouldn't know what she would do if anything ever happened to him and her mother.  Her father tells her, "Anyway nothing is gonna happen to us.  Not today, anyway.  It's the way you live this life. Each day one  at a time.  Now if you spend your whole life worrying about something that's gonna happen before you know it your life's over. You spend an awful lot of  it just worrying.  {children's laughter is heard} Hey you hear that?  That's what life's all about.  Laughing and loving each other. And  knowing that people aren't really gone when they die.  We have all the good memories to sustain us
 until you see them again."     Laura shares it's hard not being afraid and her Pa understands that.  This touches James.

James brings a peace offering to Charlotte's apartment.{Beer and a sunflower}
Charlotte opens the door, "You've got to be joking."     Jim asks if he can come in and she refuses him.
"You don't get to kick me out at three o'clock in the morning and then come around the next day with puppy dog eyes and a sad sunflower. Look, I don't know if you're just lonely, or guilty, or completely mad... but, you know what? I don't care. You blew it."
Charlotte closes the door and Sawyer, realizing he behaved wrong,  leaves the sunflower in front of the door and walks away.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Zoe leads Sawyer through the sub and curious Sawyer pulls at a double padlocked door. "What do you got in here?"    
Zoe-"None of your business. Keep moving."
Zoe knocks on a door and Zoe announces, "He's here, sir."
Sawyer enters the room and Widmore asks Zoe "Would you leave us please?"   Of course she will.
Widmore offers his hand to Sawyer to shake,"Hello, Mr. Ford. My name is Charles Widmore."
Sawyer does not take his hand.
Widmore-"Do you know who I am?"
Sawyer-"Of course I do. You're the fella that sent a freighter to the Island loaded with guys to kill us all."
Widmore-"It's sad, really... how little you actually know."
Sawyer-"Well, I know you murdered all them people out there and dropped 'em in a ditch..."
Widmore-" We didn't murder those people. But I don't expect you to believe that."
Sawyer-"Good, I don't."
Widmore-" So, why don't you tell me what brought you over to this island."
Sawyer-"John Locke sent me."
Widmore-"John Locke's dead."
Sawyer-"I think we both know the guy I'm talking about's not really Locke. So here's the deal, Chief... I'll go back over there and tell him the coast's clear. That I didn't find anybody. Then I'll bring the old man right to your doorstep... then you can kill him."
In return James wants the people he comes back with; the people on his boat don't get touched. "Not even a hair on their head."     And Widmore will give them safe passage off the Island.
Widmore-"How do I know I can trust you"
Sawyer-"Same way I know I can trust you. So, do we have an agreement?"
They shake hands, sealing their accord.

Puzzled, sad and armed Kate is walking through the jungle. Claire appears and apologizes to her. Claire says she knows everything Kate did was because she cared about her and Aaron. "And thank you for taking care of him."    Claire hugs Kate and it takes Kate a few seconds to reciprocate the hug. Claire cries; Kate tells her it's okay.

James returns to the main Island.  Locke is there to find out how it went.  James realizes Locke didn't send him over there to find passengers from that plane and Locke confirms that.
James-" Well in case you're interested, they're all dead."
Locke-"Well that's terrible. What happened?"
James-"I don't know."
Locke-"Well what do you know, James?"
James- "I know there's a man over there on that island that ain't gonna let us get on that plane without a fight. Came over on a sub. Name's Widmore."
Locke-"Charles Widmore?"
James-"Well, I guess y'all know each other. He ain't alone. Counted at least six armed com padres with him, not to mention whatever crew's on that sub.    There's a locked room on there, something they're hiding. And they're setting up pylons, like the ones in New Otherton. You know, ones that keep out that smoke thing."
Locke-"Now what did you tell them about me?"
James-"I told 'em I'd tell you the coast was clear and bring you back with me...walk you right into their trap. That way they could kill you. Which means they'll be caught with their pants down when we change our plan of attack."
Locke-"I appreciate your loyalty, James."
James-" You said you were gonna get me off this Island. Deal's a deal."
Locke agrees.
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Sawyer pulls up as Miles is leaving a building.   He waves and makes Miles get into the car.  James hands him  a blue binder labeled "Sawyer".
Miles asks "Who's Sawyer?"
James shares his story. "When I was nine years old my father shot my mother, then he killed himself. Sawyer was the reason why.  He was a grifter...con man.  I've been hunting him down since the day I left the academy.   I chased down a lead in Australia, got a name - Anthony Cooper.    I ran the name,  I got a list of Anthony Coopers and I've been calling them.     And when I find the right one...I'm gonna kill him"
James didn't tell Miles any of this because he knew he's try to talk him out of it.  Police sirens are heard and a blue car slams into James' car.
A hooded woman is on the run!   She runs down an  ally. James and the cops are after her.   James hides and cuts her off, throwing her against a gate.  He reveals her identity and seems pleased, "Son of a bitch."
{Air plane engine/sounds-rumble}
Distant Kate pokes a stick around in the campfire.   Sawyer asks her what's for dinner.
Kate-"Rabbit...I think."   Good, Sawyer's starving.
Kate asks what he's doing running errands for Locke.    Sawyer aint running errands for nobody.  Kate shares Locke sent him over to the other island, "Did you find the plane?"
Sawyer-"Yeah. That aint the only thing over there. Guy named Widmore set up camp on the beach. Got a whole team with him; guys with guns. There here for Locke."
Kate-"So what are you gonna do?"
Sawyer-"I'm gonna let them fight it out.  And while they got their hands full of each other...You and me are gettin the hell off this island."
Kate smiles-"Even if we could get on that plane whose gonna fly it?"
Sawyer-"We aint taking the plane, Freckles. We're taking the sub."

Re-Con is a GREAT episode.
This is a set up! Of course it is. Everything is set up!
The mad capers of Jim. A man of some power and/or authority using his position to go after the person responsible for his parents deaths and wanting to kill him. Sawyer plays one side against the other and will most likely get them all wrapped up in each other and that will leave him with the opportunity to go ahead and make his move; just like in The Long Con. It's interesting, even with Locke's confession about his being the "smoke thing" Sawyer isn't afraid or turned off by Locke's reveal because yet's every man for himself.  Or is it one in the same?

With the bits about a case and cops being brought up again, I am brought back to my thoughts about the "Island residents" being in a "prison" or "asylum" and this magical adventure is part of their rehabilitation. Who knows, it may all be for fun too.  But for as many times as I come back to feeling like so many of the centrics come back to Locke and Jack, {we could be seeing the struggles of a single person} what if this potential rehabilitation is due to schizophrenia and/or split personality.  It's just a thought.

Out whiting the opponent to gain your edge. But I think all involved here {even if it's about a singular person}, although recruiting an army or support, still have their own agenda to the end game.

Things to note...Questions to ask...
* Eye color changes.
* Emily Locke is a redhead. Charlotte and Ava are redheads.
* Sun up. Sundown.
* Claire's place looks like a nest but also has the shape of a hive.
* Magic word-LaFleur.
* Appear. Disappear.
* Water. Watership Down. Oar. Boat ride. Sub.
* Police. Cop. Security. Guard. Judge.(Judgment).
* Clock stays on 8:42.
* Liam is looking for druggie baby napper brother in Ford's police station.
* What is locked in Widmore's double locked door? Anthony Cooper? The Man from Tallahassee
* Cages. Jail cells. Bars. Gate.
* Crazy. Mad. Disturbed.
* Scared. Afraid. Angry. Devastated. Fear. Guilt. Alone.
* What is real...NOT!
* Brothers.
* Hollywood. A place where fantasy is executed on film/stage.
* What is up with a "partner" running credit to check up on the other partner? That's just bullshit!
* We see the word HOTEL but experience the backside of it.
* Mini sonic fence...really?!
* "Well, well, it looks like Johnny Locke's got himself a nemesis." -Sawyer in The Long Con.
* Charlotte on the "Island" was in Cultural anthropology and apparently excels in linguistics. Here she is an Archaeologist.
* People aren't really gone when they will see them again.
* What the heck is with getting to have sex with the wife of/or the perpetrator?!

Vocabulary and Research...
* A Wrinkle in Time: Children travel to Camazotz to rescue Meg's scientist father. IT is the bodiless telepathic brain that dominates the planet of Camazotz.   IT controls all the people and makes them do the same things together in mechanistic synchronization; as if they were robots.  IT speaks through The Man With Red Eyes and later through Charles Wallace; and is functionally part of the interstellar cloud of evil called the Black Thing.
* Bullitt is a 1968 movie based on the novel titled Mute Witness (1963) by Robert L. Fish (aka Robert L. Pike).  Famous for a car chase; faked his death.
* Lancelot-Lamar murders his wife. He ends up in a mental institution where he experiences a blurring of reality.
* Black bead bracelet:  James' bracelet caught my attention.  Does it have any relevance to the journey?  I don't know. Sawyer looks hot wearing it!    Bracelets/Power bead bracelets are sometimes used for spiritual and ritual purposes {Mala beads}, salvation, protection, healing, friendship and even sobriety type of recovery.
* Refresh your memory on these additional past episodes: The Long Con  and Confidence Man.

Something I can't ignore is James' comment to Zoe about God not having anything to do with this.   Is this a hint to a "human hand"  being directly involved in the "Island" experience and it not being rooted in supernatural or mythological causes?   Indeed it could.

There was much in this episode that connected directly to "John Locke".   Even  bits from Sawyer's story crossed over.   Here I saw a still angry and hurt Locke.  It is obvious he is still working things out from his hurtful past and things he may be holding on to.  I was concerned when I saw some of his deep pains surface and now wonder if Locke will break or will he come out of this whole.   His redhead mother was crazy and in Santa Rosa. Go back and check out Deus Ex Machina.
But we can't ignore that we learned in The Man From Tallahassee that John Locke was so depressed he was on "Disability".  Could John be he own worst enemy?

I still want to know what is the purpose of the "smoke thing" {it wasn't called a monster here} part of the person.   How, why and what makes it present itself in that form?

I felt as if Locke took on a strict parent role here.  He was tender to the children when he needed to be and then he was an intense disciplinarian to the children/people when he felt they needed it.  This kind of bothers me because we've not seen this layer of personality before.

The Lostie's are carrying pain from things that hurt them and shaped them from childhood.  They've grown up with the torment of those emotions and lack of faith in people. Are they trying to heal all of that childhood pain?
All they ever wanted is to be needed, cared for and loved.   They long for family.

Maybe deep down there's a part of "James" that knows as far as he and Kate are concerned they are connected.
Remember what he states in The Long Con... "You run. I con. Tiger don't change their stripes."
The con lives on!

Love to all who are "LOST"™

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Disclaimer: I never claim to know everything about the show and my thoughts by no means make me right! The things I share here are my views and/or opinions. I don't claim to catch every single detail either! You all know I hate spoilers! And I stand clear of reading certain sites as to not take me off my own course of research. The one thing I don't need to do here is rehash all of the obvious clues from an episode, we all know what they are. Understood? Good! Let the fun begin! I'll only note things that I know come up as clues later, but need to be noted when they first show up and things I find that will be of importance! It will get very exciting as we progress into the story.

March 17, 2010

LOST Design Winner and Giveaway.

Hi Losties!

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And don't forget that CafePress is the place to find millions of personalized gifts – including all those great LOST t-shirts! 

Special thanks to CafePress and LOST for their generosity and support with this giveaway.

I SO wish I had one to give all the entrants.
The entries names were all put in a Dharma hat and the winner's name was picked right out of it!
The winner is  Neil (aka @librarydad)

Please email me (it will be kept private of course) your full name and address  and we'll get it right out to you.
I hope I can bring more of these types of fan appreciation giveaways to you.
On behalf of CafePress, LOST and the talented fans who created the designs...Thank you!!

March 16, 2010

Recapping Dr. Linus and an Interview.

Hi Losties!

Here are a couple of LOST goodies to share with you.

The ODI, Vozzek69 and I recap and gets into some deep conversation about Dr. Linus and his adventures!

NOTE: This podcast is spoiler-free, but do not worry spoiler fans They are trying to do a all spoiler podcast soon.

ODI LOSTcast 55 - Episode 6x07 Dr. Linus Recap

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Also,  I was honored to be able to sit down with Elena from Cool News and chat a bit about a few things LOST.