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The LOST Report 3/22

 
Welcome back, LOST! After a week away, with no explanation given by ABC, LOST returned on Wednesday with a brand new episode - Namaste, in which we saw Jack, Kate, and Hurley finally reunite with their fellow LOSTies they let behind on the island.
 
 
Welcome back, LOST! After a week away, with no explanation given by ABC, LOST returned on Wednesday with a brand new episode - Namaste, in which we saw Jack, Kate, and Hurley finally reunite with their fellow LOSTies they let behind on the island. 

Namaste continued the recent trend of episodes featuring two stories running concurrently throughout the episode; one in the present (2007) and one in the past (1977,) replacing the traditional flashback system we've come to know and love. In an effort to streamline the column and make it easier for me from here on out, I'm going to just seperate the two storylines and give a seperate not-quite-as detailed synopsis of each, rather than the long and drawn out description I've been doing.
 
 
1977
 
 
So let's start off with the main story of the episode, set in 1977 at the height of the Dharma Initiative's time on the Island. As we saw the previous episode, Sawyer and the gang were now working for Dharma: Sawyer, now known as Jim LaFleur, was Head of Security, Juliet was a mechanic, and Miles and Jin worked under Sawyer on the security team. We picked up right where the previous episode left off, with Sawyer meeting Jack & the Gang. He told them that they were now in 1977, and he would have to figure out a way to bring them into the Dharma Initiative so they wouldn't be mistaken for hostiles. Jin, upon hearing that Sun was with them, jumped in the blue Dharma jeep and drove off for The Flame station to see if Radzinsky had seen a plane crash anywhere on the Island.

Meanwhile, Sawyer ran back to his house in Dharmaville to get Jack & the Gang some 70's clothing, so they could fit in. As he scrambled around in his closet, dumping clothes out, Juliet walked in, having seen James on the security monitor in Miles' station. Sawyer told her about the others returning to the Island, and she couldn't believe it. He told her he has to figure out a way to bring them in, and she told him that there would be a sub coming in with new recruits that afternoon.
 
 
 
Jin arrived at The Flame station, where he physically threatened Radzinsky to contact the other Dharma stations about whether they've seen a plane crash on the Island. 

Back in Dharmaville, we saw Juliet sneak up to Amy, who was sleeping on a hammock. She grabbed a clipboard, but Amy woke up with a suspicious look on her face just as she was leaving. Juliet told her that she was taking the sub manifest, because she didn't want Amy working just yet. Thanking Juliet, Amy told her that two of the recruits dropped out at the eleventh hour, because they didn't want to take the sedatives. Juliet noticed Amy's baby, and picked him up. She asked if Amy and Horace had decided on a name, and Amy told her that his name was Ethan. With a look of shock, Juliet gave him back to his mother.

Back on the hilltop, Sawyer returned with clothes for Jack & the Gang. He told them about his plan for their cover story being new recruits from the sub, and gave them the clothes he brought for them. Jack, unsure of himself or the plan, asked Kate what she thinks they should do, and she told him that they should listen to Sawyer.

At The Flame, Radzinsky told Jin that all the stations have responded and there was no sign of a plane on the Island. As Jin was about to leave, an alarm sounded, meaning that a hostile was within the perimeter of the Dharma compound. Grabbing a rifle, Jin ran out of the station, with Radzinsky not far behind him. As he reached the general area of the alarm, Jin spotted the hostile.. it was Sayid, still in handcuffs. With a look of shock on his face, Jin quickly asked him about Sun, but Sayid didn't know where she was. Radzinsky caught up with them, and Jin had no choice but to play along and point his rifle at Sayid.
 
 

As Sawyer drove Jack & the Gang back to Dharmaville, Hurley reminded him that the Dharma Initiative got wiped out in their time. He wondered if Sawyer was going to warn them. Sawyer told them that Daniel Faraday had some ideas about what they could and couldn't do to affect the time-stream, but he was "gone." As they arrived at the Processing Center, Hurley asked Sawyer how they were supposed to keep up their cover - wouldn't Dharma ask them questions they didn't know the answer to? Like.. who is the president in 1977? Sawyer told him that it wasn't a game show, and he would be in there to get their backs just in case.

As Sawyer prepared the group for processing, Miles drove up in another blue Dharma van. With a walkie talkie in his hand, he told Sawyer about the problem back at The Flame, with the 'hostile.' So Sawyer called Jin on the walkie, and while Radzinsky was moving the hostile into a locked room, Jin went around a corner and told Sawyer that the hostile was their old friend, Sayid.

Inside the Processing Center, we saw Jack's name get called first. He went up to a table with a familiar face behind it - Dr. Pierre Chang, also known as Dr. Marvin Candle, Dr. Edgar Hallowax, and Dr. Mark Wickmund. Chang told Jack that his file was missing, but blamed it on 'the other side' being disorganized. After a few questions about his trip, Chang gave Jack his Dharma jumpsuit. Jack looked at it, and with a questioning look, asked Chang about the job - Work Man? Chang told him that he would be performing janitorial duties.
 
 
 
Meanwhile, Kate was seen still standing in the middle of the room, waiting for her name to be called. Phil, the Dharma employee responsible for leading the people to their tables, questioned her, and slowly became suspicious when her name wasn't on the list, and she couldn't answer simple questions about who contacted her about the Dharma Initiative. As Kate struggled to think of something, Juliet walked into the room and told Phil about the new list she just got from Amy with the last minute additions to the manifest. Kate and Juliet shared knowing smiles as were they re-introduced to one another.

Back at The Flame, Sawyer arrived in the Dharma van, and questioned Jin about Sayid. They both came to the conclusion that they wouldn't be able to do anything as long as Radzinsky wouldn't leave them alone. Radzinsky, we find out, is worried that Sayid saw the model of The Swan station that he was building and wanted to just kill Sayid and be done with it. Sawyer told him that he wanted to talk to him first, and as Jin dragged Sayid out and into a chair, he questioned him in-character. Sawyer asked Sayid to identify that he was a hostile. Sayid had a confused look on his face, so Sawyer quickly went over the terms of the truce, and told Sayid that if he didn't identify himself as a hostile, they would have the right to shoot him. Sayid said that they do not call themselves hostiles, but yes, he was one. Sawyer told Radzinsky that he was taking Sayid back to the barracks.

At Dharmaville, the new recruits were all gathered around a blue welcome banner for a group picture when Sawyer's van pulled up. Jack & the Gang looked on as Sawyer dragged a handcuffed Sayid out of the van and led him to one of the barracks.
 
 

Later that night, Jack went to what he thought was Sawyer's house, and was surprised to find Juliet open the door. After a happy reunion, she told him that he got the right house, and led him in. We saw Sawyer sitting in the living room, reading a book. Jack asked him what they were going to do about Sayid, and Sawyer told him he was working on it. Continuing the confrontational trend in their relationship, Jack told him that it looked like he was reading a book. Sawyer told him about how Winston Churchill read a book every a night, even during the blitz. He told Jack about how when he was leader, he reacted. He didn't think, and alot of people ended up dead. So,Sawyer said he would go back to reading a book, and he would think, and he would "save Sayid's ass tomorrow."
 
 

As Sayid led Jack out the door, we saw Kate pacing the porch of her new house, looking longingly at Sawyer. He waved at her, and went back inside.

Meanwhile, at the barracks where Sayid was behind held behind a cell, a boy walked in with a sandwich or the hostile. He was very curious about Sayid, and asked if he was really a hostile. The boy told him his name was Ben. With a look of shock on his face, Sayid told him it was nice to meet him.
 
 
 
 
2007
 
 
Back in the present, we finally saw what happened to Sun, Ben, and Lapidus after the Ajira plane crash. Starting with a scene inside the cockpit, while the plane was still in the air, we saw Frank's co-pilot recognizing Hurley as one of the Oceanic Six. After the flash of light and the turbulence, the plane came through some clouds, and was on a direct course to crash on the Island. Frank couldn't believe he was back. They noticed a runway next to the beach on the island, and Frank took manual control of the plane, convinced that he could land it. After impact, the plane couldn't slow down enough before reaching the end of the runway, and it crashed as Frank hit his head and passed out.

When he awoke, head covered in blood, he saw that his co-pilot was dead - impaled by a tree limb coming through the front window of the plane. Grabbing a flashlight, Frank got up and left the cabin to check on the passengers. It was then that he noticed that Jack, Hurley, Kate, and Sayid were missing. When he finally saw Sun, he went to her and asked where the rest of them were, and we heard Ben's voice behind him - "They're gone."
 
 
 
Later, we saw Sun on the beach, with her wedding ring. Ilana, the woman who was accompanying Sayid on the plane, came up to her and asked if she lost someone in the crash. Sun told her that she was travelling alone. We then saw Lapidus call for everyone's attention and gather everyone around. He told the survivors that the radio was not working, and that they would have to wait for rescue. People would come looking for them when they realized the plane was not where it's supposed to be. Ceasar asked about where they were, and Frank told him that the island was not on the maps. Suspicious, Ceasar told him about there being buildings and cages on the island. Upon hearing this, Ben snuck off into the jungle, and Sun quickly went after him once she noticed he was gone. As Ceasar spoke up about checking some of the buildings for radios or supplies, Frank took off into the jungle himself, following Sun. 

After following Ben's path through the jungle or some time, Sun eventually came to a stop. Ben popped out from behind her and asked why she was following him. He told her that he was going back to their island, and invited her along with him. He didn't know where Jin was, but the main island would be where he'd start looking if he was her.

It was at this point that Frank caught up with them, and told her that she couldn't trust him. With no choice but to go with Ben, she told Lapidus that she had to trust him. So the two of them followed Ben to a beach, where we saw three outriggers hidden beneath some nets and leaves. After Frank once again expressed his mistrust of Ben, Ben told him that he had people he had to take care of, and told Frank and Sun about a dock across the water, that led to a town he used to live with resources to help everyone get out of there safely. Hearing all she needed to, Sun hit Ben in the back of the head with an oar.
 
 
 
It was night by the time Frank and Sun arrived at the main island, pulling up to the dock Ben was talking about. It was clear that it had been some time since the dock was last used, as there were broken lights and railings hanging overboard. As the two walked towards land, something was moving amongst the trees on the beach, and we heard the unmistakable sound of the smoke monster in the distance. Sun told Frank that it was probably an animal or something. After walking through the jungle some ways, they arrived in Dharmaville, at the Processing Center. Windows were borded up, and it didn't look like anyone had been there in quite some time, as it looked like much of it had been destroyed during the attacks last season. 
 
 

They heard whispers around them, and a light went on in one of the houses. As they looked towards it, the door opened and Christian Shepard walked out. When Sun asked about Jin, he told them to come inside, and he showed them a picture from 1977 - the picture of Jack & the Gang as new Dharma recruits. He tells them, "I'm sorry, but you have a bit of a journey ahead of you." 
 
 


Thoughts


There wasn't much in terms of shock value or big WTF? moments this episode, but what it lacked in that, "Namaste" made up for with some great plot progression and character moments. We already saw much of what happened this episode, or at least the events leading to it, so this episode basically just tied the pieces together.. but I'm sure I'm not the only one who geeked out at Christian showing Frank and Sun a picture of their fellow LOSTies from the 1970's. 

We also saw the introduction of Radzinsky, a character we've known about since Season 2. For those that don't remember, Radzinsky was Kelvin's partner inside The Swan station, and he drew the map on the blast door inside the hatch. According to Kelvin, Radzinsky blew his head off with a shotgun at some point prior to Desmond's arrival on the Island. 

Well, this episode we also found out that Radzinsky actually developed The Swan station, and we saw him making a model of it this episode. It should be interesting to see how his arc plays out - I definitely see him being a somewhat important character from here on out.

On the O6 front, it was interesting to see the new dynamic between the characters.

On the one hand, we have Jack. A completely egotistical elitist doctor, who was used to getting what he wants and being the one people turn to for help.. he now found himself as a janitor at Dharma. The look on his face when Pierre Chang gave him his Dharma jumpsuit was priceless.

And then we have Sawyer. The conman who for the majority of the show has been a complete dick to everyone and anyone to cover the fact that he hated himself. He had now spent three years with the Dharma Initiative, and the changes in his character were obvious. 
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For once in his life, Sawyer was happy. He was living with Juliet, and it was obvious the two were madly in love. He was head of security. People looked to him for some level of authority. He had it all. And then the O6 return to the island. Sure, he was happy to see them return. But no scene set up the new status quo better than his scene with Jack inside his living room.

Old leader vs. new leader.

Jack did things his way for so long, and an argument could be made that maybe his way didn't work out so well.. and now it was Sawyer's turn. The real question is.. does Sawyer WANT to rescue everyone? As I said, he seemed pretty damn happy in his present arrangement. 

And what of Kate? I know I've been a huge Jate-er ever since the show started, but disregarding that.. it'd be a horrible move for Kate to try and get back together with Sawyer at this point. Whether or not Sawyer is even interested in her at this point is still unknown.. but I think we've all had enough of the constant love triangle/quadrangle crap throughout the show's history. 

It was also interesting to note how closely Sayid's present predicament mirrors that off Ben when we first met him in Season 2. Ironically enough it was a young Ben who brought him his sandwich inside the cell after he was captured.

Clearly, older Ben would have to remember Sayid (and the rest of the LOSTies at Dharma) from when he was a little boy. So, it stands to reason that Ben knows exactly where everyone is, and has known about all of this from the very beginning when Flight 815 first crashed on the island.

Plots within plots.. 


Theories


Not much in the way of theories this week, but here is one of mine that I've been brewing over for quite some time now.

Jack is Jacob.

There have been many theories about who Jacob is, ranging from Locke, to Jack, to even Sawyer or Christian Shepard. But personally, I'm all aboard the Jack train and I'll tell you why.

- Jack was not on Jacob's List in Season 3. And how did Jacob get a list? I'm sure it's no coincidence that the LOSTies the Others took were the same ones that were stuck with Dharma in the 1970's. And yet, Jack wasn't on the list. Well.. surely, if Jack was Jacob, he wouldn't put himself on his own list. Especially if there was some rule of time travel on the show that forbade the same person co-existing with his future or past self in the same time period. Thus, anytime we've seen Jacob, he didn't quite seem to be all there. Almost as if he was stuck between timestreams, and we just got miniscule flashes of him here and there.

- It would explain why his father, Christian, and his sister, Claire, are hanging out with Jacob in the cabin.

- This one's a stretch, but roll with me here.. remember the first thing we heard Jacob say when Locke saw him? "Help me." Well, if Jacob is Jack.. it could stand to reason that he wants Locke to help Jack accept his destiny - something that Jack has been struggling with throughout the show. And Locke has been trying to hammer the concept of destiny into Jack's head for a long time, no?

- Jack is a leader. Whether he's a good one or not is certainly up for debate, but he was annointed leader when they first crashed, and despite telling everyone he didn't want to lead, they still looked to him for guidance. Jacob is a leader, also. "A great man"...

- The other major candidate to be Jacob, Locke, has always been built up as a complete tool. People tell him he's special to get him to do something for them. We have yet to see any actual proof of Locke's specialness, other than being healed. All we've seen is him being used by people left and right. Locke's destiny on the Island should mirror that. He's not special, but he's pivotal to getting Jack to where he needs to be.

Another short one:

Where is Daniel? 

He went back to the present, and became a little loopy due to all the time travelling, thus the crying and being taken care of when we first saw him watching the wreckage of the fake Flight 815 on the bottom of Sunda Trench. 

And he had memory loss due to the time travel, which is why he and Charlotte were always working on his memory.

It's a stretch, and he's more than likely just with the Others or something (his mother is an Other, afterall).. either way, I'm sure it's not the last we've seen of him this season.
 
 
 
The LOST Thread Rating: 8.19/10 
 
 
Season 5:
1. The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham (9.12)
2. This Place is Death (8.8)
3. LaFleur (8.62) 
4. Jughead (8.26)
5. 316 (8.0)
6. The Little Prince (7.954)
7. Because You Left/The Lie (7.4)  
8. Namaste (6.96) 
 
 
 
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Ours Favorite LOST episodes, season 3 - current (continued from OldRama): 

* 9.3 Through the Looking Glass 
* 9.29 There's No Place Like Home, Part 2 - Season 4 finale 
* 9.12 The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham 
* 9.12 The Shape of Things to Come 
* 9.1 The Constant 
* 8.9 The Man Behind the Curtain 
* 8.8 This Place Is Death 
* 8.84 The Beginning of the End 
* 8.803 Confirmed Dead 
* 8.80 The Brig 
* 8.75 The Man From Tallahasse 
* 8.71 One of Us 
* 8.66 There's No Place Like Home, Part 1 
* 8.65 Cabin Fever 
* 8.62 LaFleur
* 8.59 316 
* 8.58 The Economist 
* 8.3 Flashes Before Your Eyes 
* 8.26 Jughead 
* 8.2 Greatest Hits 
* 8.19 Namaste

* 8.13 Eggtown 
* 8.06 Further Insructions 
* 8.0238 Every Man For Himself 
* 8.0232 Enter 77 
* 7.98 Meet Kevin Johnson 
* 7.954 The Little Prince 
* 7.95 Left Behind 
* 7.93 Par Avion 
* 7.87 A Tale of Two Cities 
* 7.8 Glass Ballerina 
* 7.74 Ji Yeon 
* 7.407 Because You Left/The Lie 
* 7.704 Tricia Tanaka Is Dead 
* 7.703 Expose 
* 7.702 I Do 
* 7.6 Something Nice Back Home 
* 7.4 D.O.C. 
* 7.3 Not in Portland 
* 7.1 The Other Woman 
* 7.0 Catch-22
* 6.9 The Cost of Living 
* 6.2 Stranger in a Strange Land  

 Quite a low rated episode this week, but for the most part, most of us at The LOST Thread enjoyed it. Coming up next week is He's Our You:

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