Category Archives: Season 4

Sneak Peak #1 for 6×14 “The Candidate” — Jack and Flocke (slightly spoilerish)

(Warning: This post contains a brief quote of the dialogue from the sneak peek, and a discussion of the scene.)

In this scene from 6×14, Jack and Flocke are disagreeing with each other. Watching it, I got a feeling of deja vu, because we’ve become so used to seeing similar scenes of Jack and (real) Locke disagreeing about similar issues. But this time there’s a twist:

The twist is that Jack and (F)locke have reversed positions. In “There’s No Place Like Home,” the Season 4 finale, it was Jack who wanted to leave, and (real) Locke who urged him to stay::

(REAL) LOCKE: But you’re not supposed to go home.

JACK (shouting:) And what am I supposed to do? (A little calmer:) Oh, I think I remember. What was it that you said on the way out to the hatch — that crashing here was our destiny.

LOCKE: You know, Jack. You know that you’re here for a reason. You know it. And if you leave this place, that knowledge is gonna eat you alive from the inside out until you decide to come back.

(You can see the video of that scene here: Jack and Locke outside the Orchid, or read the transcript.)

(Real) Locke of course, had been right. Jack had to come back. But now Flocke is trying to get Jack to leave:

Jack: (Referring to Sawyer’s group:) They’re not my people. And I’m not leaving the Island.

Flocke: Well, Jack, I’m hoping you’ll still change your mind about that.

Is it possible that both (real) Locke and Flocke were/are right? That Jack had to come back when he did, but now it is time for him to leave?

I also wonder why Jack is turning his back on Sawyer, Kate, and the rest of the group. Is he that miffed about his argument with Sawyer on the boat? I wouldn’t expect someone who has anointed himself the Bearer of Destiny, as Jack seems to have done, to be so petty. So maybe it’s something else.

Then again, this is Jack, so maybe he really is being that petty.

One other thing — Terry O’Quinn’s performance continues to amaze. Compare him in the 6×14 sneak peek to the way he was in the Season 4 finale. Flocke and (real) Locke are distinctly different in their expressions, and their manner, and in the type of energy they project. Yet, in some ways, they are similar, as if they were not really two totally separate people. Somehow, O’Quinn manages to convey the differences and the similarities at the same time — something which can’t be easy.

‘Previously on Lost’ band playing tonight (Tuesday, July 21, 2009) in New York City

Dancing statue in the Lost Untangled video

Dancing statue in the Lost Untangled video

Remember the “Previously on Lost” band that played on the Season 5 Finale LOST Untangled video?

They’re going to be in New York tonight, playing at the Mercury Lounge in lower Manhattan, where they will be performing their Season 5 Finale recap song live for the first time. Also appearing are the headline act Malajube — a French-Canadian indie rock band — and two other bands. Only $10! 21+

Here’s a clip of the band in a concert they did last year at the Knitting Factory in NY, singing a catchy recap of The Constant:

And here’s the Season 5 Finale LOST Untangled video:

You can listen to more of Previously on Lost’s songs on their MySpace page.

Concert clip from WeArePOL

Is Claire dead? The answer may depend on what the meaning of ‘dead’ is

Claire in Jacob's cabin, in Episode 4x11 "Cabin Fever"

Claire in Jacob's cabin, in Episode 4x11 "Cabin Fever"

Val asks:

Do we have any idea what really happened to Claire? After she turned up in Jacob’s cabin with Jack’s father, I got really confused about what her role in the whole island mystery is.

I originally thought Claire was killed after she wandered into the jungle, leaving Aaron behind. I had thought if she were alive, she would have come back for her son.

I was surprised to see her show up in Jacob’s cabin and in Kate’s house on the mainland, but I still thought she was dead. She was with Christian in the cabin, and we knew he was dead. As for showing up on the mainland, other dead characters had been doing that as well, and Clair’s appearance could also be explained as being just a dream.

But then while I was watching Destiny Calls, the Season 5 clip/recap show that aired in January 2009, Damon said something in the commentary that surprised me, and made me think that Claire might still be alive:

Damon (at 3:34 on video): And now, essentially, Claire is missing. We don’t know where she is. She saw Christian Shephard in the jungle. She left the baby behind. And that’s it.

At the time I saw the Destiny Calls recap show, I thought, “She’s only missing! So she’s not dead, after all!” But now, on second thought, I believe she could still be dead. Damon didn’t actually say, for sure, that she wasn’t — just that we didn’t know what happened to her.

Forging on, I found an interview that eonline did with Damon and Carlton last year, before the Season 4 finale, where they muddied the waters even more:

Q: “Is Claire dead?” Is that a question you are wanting the fans to be asking at this point?

Carlton: I think we want the fans to ask, “What’s happened to Claire?” I don’t think it’s “Is she dead?” I think it’s like, “Where is she?” and, “What’s going on with her?”

Damon: What’s fascinating with Lost is there’s a scene where Claire is in the cabin, and she is sitting next to a guy who is dead, and nobody is saying “What’s up with that?” They’re all asking “Is she dead?” I think the more operative question is “What is dead?” That’s a good question to ask, and one you will certainly be asking over the long hiatus.

“The operative question is ‘What is dead’?” Okey-dokey. 😉

It sounds like Claire may have joined the ranks of the undead, the quasi-dead, the not-quite-dead — or, as I like to think of them, actors who still have a job even after their characters die.

And, in fact, Emilie de Ravin recently told TV Guide that she would be coming back to LOST in Season 6: Having been involved in all these projects as of late, will it be harder to go back to Lost for its final season?

De Ravin: No, I’m really looking forward to going back. I’ve had a wonderful time being able to express myself creatively in different ways [during this Season 5 absence]. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again and, being the last season, I’m thinking it’s going to be pretty exciting.

So maybe we’ll get some answers next year.

Thanks, Val, for asking the question!

Picture of Claire in Jacob’s cabin is a promotional still, via Lostpedia

Who makes the rules? Esau is to Jacob as Ben is to Widmore

In the first scene of the finale, we heard Esau (the man in the black shirt) say that he wanted to kill Jacob, but he couldn’t. That scene reminded me of an earlier one, from Season 4, where we heard Ben say that he wanted to kill Widmore — but couldn’t:

Widmore: Have you come here to kill me, Benjamin?
Ben: We both know I can’t do that.

Ben told Widmore that he was going to kill Penelope, and that after she was dead

You’ll wish you hadn’t changed the rules

Here, again, is the opening scene from the Season 5 finale:

Esau: Do you have any idea how badly I want to kill you?
Jacob: Yes
Esau: One of these days, sooner or later, I’m going to find a loophole, my friend.

Ben couldn’t kill Widmore, but he could (in theory) kill Penny. Widmore was able to kill Alex, but apparently only by breaking the rules. Esau needed a loophole to kill Jacob. A loophole suggests there is a law — a set of rules — that has to be circumvented.

A law or a rule may be natural: What goes up must come down. It may be written and enforced by an individual or institution that possesses power: a monarch, a warlord, a constitution, a legislature. It may be supernatural: a God or a strange electromagnetic force.

When we saw Ben and Widmore last season, they were the most powerful forces we had seen up to that point, appearing to control, between the two of them, almost everything that happened on the Island.

This season, it was as if a camera had pulled back and given us a wider shot, showing us the forces behind Ben and Widmore, forces even more powerful than they are. Jacob and Esau are now the most powerful people we have ever seen on the show.

But even Jacob and Esau cannot do everything they want. So there is someone or something powerful enough to make and enforce the rules that limit what Jacob and Esau can do. It may be a law of nature, it may be a person or group of people, it may be a supernatural force or being.

Perhaps next season, after we find out who or what it is, we will discover that it’s just another intermediate layer, and the camera will pull back yet again, to reveal the power behind the power behind the power.

Amazing sneak peeks of 5×14 The Variable, which will air tonight April 29, 2009

Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday

Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday

The Variable, LOST’s 100th episode, is going to focus on Daniel Faraday, showing his flashbacks for the first time.

In the April 23, 2009 official audio podcast, Damon and Carlton confirm (as I had guessed in an earlier post) that the title “The Variable” is a reference to “The Constant” from last season, and there is indeed a connection between the two episodes — in an interview, Damon calls the new episode a “companion piece” to the previous one.

We will also see Desmond tonight, and find out if he survived being shot by Ben.

In the podcast, Damon and Carlton say they think The Variable came out as one of the best episodes of the season, and they’re excited to see what we think of it.

Here are three great clips from the episode, courtesy of DarkUFO. Don’t watch if you want to remain completely unspoiled! Otherwise … enjoy!

Sawyer and Juliet:

Faraday, Jack, and Miles. Wow. This clip literally gave me chills! –>

Faraday and Dr. Chang:

This episode looks like it’s going to be AMAZING.

The Mystery of the 3.2 Million Dollars is Solved!


Darlton confirm on the April 23, 2009 official audio podcast that the reason Miles demanded that Ben pay him $3.2 million last season was because it was double Widmore’s $1.6 million fee.

Mystery solved.

(And I was so sure there was more to it!)

Case Closed stamp graphic (c) Internet Detective

Promos for 5×14 The Variable

The next episode is called The Variable. The title must be meant as a nod to The Constant, the title of the 4th Season episode where Desmond visited Faraday in Oxford, in 1996, and watched Faraday send his lab mouse “Eloise” on a fatal trip through time.

Here are a couple of very short trailers:

This one ran after Some Like it Hoth. The part for The Variable starts at 0:17

Here’s the 10-second promo that ran after the clip show:

And here is a slideshow of promo photos from the episode, showing our Lostie friends in their Dharma outfits (may be very slightly spoiler-ish):

The Variable will air on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 9:00 pm to 10:02 pm (an hour earlier Central).

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