Aug 10, 2009

Lost Rewatch: Week 11

Another week, another set of episodes in the Rewatch. This is a good group from season 2, especially the stellar Lockedown. Benry Gale is on top of his game, and they mysteries presented and resolved in this group start the payoff for long-term fans. Some of these early episodes present mysteries that fans still debate today.

Maternity Leave (Zap2It Recap)
  • LongLiveLocke's original recap.
  • Flashback is unique in that it focuses on on island events, when Claire was abducted by Ethan in season 1.
  • A few questions remain from this one. Why did the Others quit using The Staff? What is Ethan injecting into Claire and why? Desmond was taking injections as well, in fear of the sickness, but the only sickness we've learned about is being brainwashed by Smokey.
  • Sun tells Claire that a mother shouldn't leave her child. Guess season 4 Claire didn't get that message.
  • Benry's character is starting to develop and his dry humor starts to show for the first time.
  • I still don't buy that Rousseau hadn't discovered the DHARMA hatches before. She lived on the island 16 years and doesn't know more that she lets on?
  • Great interactions between Benry and Eko and even better, one of the first great interactions between Benry and Locke. Benry started to plant a seed in Locke.

The Whole Truth (Zap2It Recap)
  • LongLiveLocke's original recap.
  • Flashback focuses on Sun and Jin having difficulty getting pregnant. We learn that Jin is infertile. But not on the island ...
  • Because Sun finds out she is indeed pregnant. We don't find out all the issues facing Sun until later, so it's interesting to watch her expressions when she finds out and tells Jin.
  • Kate said that she has taken a pregnancy test before too. This sets up a future flashback in "I Do."
  • Benry nails it again. Talking about the secrecy among the survivors and toying with Jack and Locke about if he really is an Other what he would do. Classic Ben. Awesome to see this character develop so well this early in his Lost tenure.
Lockdown (Zap2It Recap)
  • LongLiveLocke's original recap.
  • Flashback focuses on Locke during the time when his father faked his death and he cons Locke into helping him again. Nadia also appears in Locke's flashback.
  • When Helen finds out about Locke trying to help his dad again, she leaves him after turning down his proposal. Watch for Helen asking the familiar line, "Are you him?" to Anthony Cooper.
  • Jack learned poker in Phuket. Yep, we got that flashback later and it led to the Lost producers asking for an end date for the show. You know the great episode about Jack's tattoos.
  • This episode opened up a whole new can of mystery on Lost. The blastdoor map! Food drops! The real Henry Gale! Ben entering the numbers! Things that are still questioned and debated today. What is the purpose of the map? Why is it hidden? What caused the blastdoors to come down and retract later? Who's still bringing food drops if DHARMA is over? Who killed and buried Henry Gale? Where's his wife?
  • What did Ben really know about the Swan station? It was constructed during his childhood, after he'd been healed by the Others. Does he know anything about it? Are his questions just to screw with Locke and Jack?
Dave (Zap2It Recap)
  • LongLiveLocke's original recap.
  • Focuses on Hurley's time in the mental institution, and it's reveled that his best friend Dave is a figment of his imagination with a Sixth Sense like reveal (that many people saw coming) near the end of the episode.
  • It's also revealed that Hurley was placed in the institution after a deck collapsed that he had walked onto, killing a couple of people. Oh, and its also revealed that Libby was also in Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute, but don't look for much more info on that backstory.
  • Why is the Polaroid of Hurley by himself so different than when the doctor took the photo of him and "Dave?"
  • Hurley spends the entire episode chasing around Dave and almost kills himself before Libby intervenes. Was Dave still all in Hurley's mind or did the island or Smokey manifest him? With Hurley seeming to be one of the only genuine good people on the island, it's hard to believe the island would want him to kill himself. Many fans believe that Hurley is the key to they show, especially in light of Jacob and his enemy's talk in season 5's finale.
  • Benry has some more great lines, but you never really know with him. Is he lying or telling the truth? Who is the Him he's refering to (himself as leader or Jacob)? Did he push the button? If the Swan's such a joke, why does it alter the dynamic of the show in both season 2 and season 5's finales? What does he mean when he says God can't even see the island?

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