Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lost Season 5 Redux Part 2 (finally)

S5:13 Some Like it Hoth
(After Dr. Chang threatens to send Hurley to Hydra Island ankle deep in polar bear poop)
Hurley: Dude, that guy's a total douche.
Miles: That douche is my dad.

With all the crazy going on Hurley wants to try and prevent Global Warming. Love that kid. Hurley also witnesses the building of the hatch (the one that crashed our plane) and the imprinting of our favorite numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42 on the hatch door.

Naomi came to off-island Miles and offered him $1.6m on behalf of Widmore to talk to a bunch of dead people on the island in order to discover the whereabouts of Benjamin Linus. Check.

At the end of this uneventful episode our favorite Dr. Daniel Faraday pops out of the submarine as a new arrival from Anarbor.

S5:14 The Variable

Daniel warns Dr. Chang about a catastrophic electromagnetic accident that will take place and then plays the 'I know because I'm from the future' card. And it didn't work.

The word for the day is destiny and Dr. Daniel is ready to change it. First we learn that Jack and co. were misinformed by stage mom Elloise who is hell-bent on Daniel fulfilling his own destiny no matter the cost. Daniel now sees his mission purpose is to destroy the energy contained under the Swan station. If he's successful then that means no button pushing every 108 minutes, no 815 plane crash and no freighter. And how does he plan on destroying said energy? By detonating a hydrogen effing bomb of course. Huh. Is he gonna do it? My guess is no since 1977's Elloise nails him IN THE BACK with a bullet at the end of the episode. What the fug?

And by the way, Dr. Daniel was losing his mind when Widmore first paid him a visit and told him about the healing properties of the island and some kick-ass scientific research opportunities. Why does Widmore care so much about Daniel? Oh, because that's his son.

The variable it turns out are the people themselves. Daniel realizes that while they are the constants they may also be the variables as well. Able to change the future but not the past. Interesting to see what happens now that his mom killed him before he was ever born.

Side note: Kate jumps back on Team Jack even though Sawyer threw out a 'Freckles' for effect. While Kate and Jack are with dead Daniel and the Hostiles, Hurley, Sawyer and Juliette end up surrendering to Horace and the rest of the Dharmites. Damn Jack & co. for coming back to island.

S5:15 Follow the Leader

The H Bomb was buried underneath Dharmaville 20 years ago and Elloise, Richard and Others are off to find it.

Jack is convinced that if they are able to detonate the hydrogen bomb then everything will be reset. There will be no body count, no 815 crash. That plane will have landed at LAX in 2004 and the past 3 island years will never happen. Or, detonate the bomb and they're all toast.
In the words of Sayid to Jack: If this works then you might just save us all. If it doesn't, at least you'll put us out of our misery.

Kate leaves Team Jack and finds herself on the first sub off the island with Sawyer and Juliet.

New Locke decides that he is going to go see Jacob and he's gonna take everyone with him. So, in true finale fashion, a pilgrimage of sorts is underway and this time there's a twist. Locke wants to kill Jacob. Oops, scratch that. Locke wants Ben to kill Jacob.

H-Bomb on board. Our Losties have gone from toting C4 in their back packs in season 1 to carrying freakin nuclear devices in season 5.

S5:16 The Incident

Opening scene at the 4-Toed statue: Flashback to the beach with Jacob and the Man in Black (Smokey, what?). The MIB assures Jacob that some day he'll find a loophole and return to kill him. Huh.

Jacob's been making his off-island rounds for a long time and we flashed back to 6 different instances where he paid visits to each of our favorite Losties at turning points in their lives: Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Jack, Hurley, and Sun & Jin. In each flashback he made it a point to make physical contact by shaking a hand or patting a back. Why is that important? I have no idea. But whatever it meant he was able to get them all to (and back to) the island. Side note, we also saw that Jacob paid a visit to off-island Illana where he gives her the task to come to the island.

We got to see Vincent, Rose and Bernard who have been living blissfully retired and under the radar on the island since the flaming arrows flew 3 years before. They're disappointed when they're discovered by Sawyer, Kate and Juliet and they can't believe that they're all still running around trying to kill each other. Again, I love it when the characters get to voice the obvious.

Jack and Sawyer finally got to beat the crap out of each other as Sawyer tried to stop Jack from either a)blowing them all to smithereens, or b)resetting the clock back to a still airborne 815. Long story short Juliet broke it up and convinced Sawyer to let Jack go and player with his nuke.

At the site of the Swan station, Jack is met with gunfire but Team Sawyer swoop in to get his back yet again. Jack makes his way over to the hole and drops the bomb in and then... nothing. Instead of a nuclear explosion or time resetting, we got to see all things metal being pulled towards the hole, attracted by the magnetic pull. Poor Juliet gets tangled in chains and gets dragged down into the hole but not without a formidable fight by Sawyer and Kate but they were no match for the forces that be.

Back at the 4-toed statue, Ageless Richard is disturbed by Locke's new 'I don't give a damn attitude' as he brings Ben into the statue to see Jacob. Alpert bows out and lets Locke and Ben to their own devices. While they're inside, Illana and her crew have finally caught up to Alpert and the rest of the 316-ers. They're anxious to show Richard the contents of a crate that they found in the cargo hold of the plane. The open the crate to reveal the corpse of Locke.

Meanwhile in the statue, Locke and Jacob greet each other like old nemesis's, much to the confusion of Ben. Locke smirks that he found his loophole and bates Ben into finally offing the great and wonderous Jacob by way of a knife through the heart and then a nice swift kick into the fire pit. Ouch.

At the bottom of the hole, Juliet finds herself face down and broken, but not broken enough to make a last-ditch heroic effort to detonate Jack's nuke. We hold out breaths in anticipation as we get to find out in only TWO DAYS the outcome of the last scene.

Any guesses?

Lost Season 5 Redux Part 1 (kind of)

Ok, so I started out Season 5 with such great redux momentum, giving myself little
props along the way as I devoured the episodes and gave them corresponding recaps -
not an easy task by the way but totally worth it. Yay me all the way through 5:8 and then apparently I hit a (work)wall,
and then - nothing. Now I'm half-assingly picking up where I left off in an effort to barrel my
way through to the end of season 5 in the next 17 days so who's with me? You can see the
earlier recaps for 5:1-5:8 here (start at the bottom of that link) and then come back and
read below for the Cliff's Notes version (sans clever clip art and theorie - sigh) to the latter half of season 5. Namaste Ya'll!

S5:9 Namaste

Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid all got dropped into 1977 Dharmaville while Sun, Ben and Lapidus got dropped on side-kick island in present day 2007. Or 8. Hard to imagine that they are still working on that runway almost 30 years later - see season 3.

The new and improved Sun whacks present-day Ben on the head and renders him unconscious so she can go off in search of her beloved Jin on the main island. She encounters Christian Shepherd who is holing up in present-day run-down Dharmaville where he shows her a photo of the 1977 Dharma crew. You looking for Jin? Well there he is sweetheart, good luck with that.

Sayid is considered to be a Hostile/Other and young Ben makes sandwiches for prisoners. Kinda ike Juliet used to do in season 3.

Meet baby Ethan. Hard to believe with such a sweet mom he turns out to be such a freaking lunatic. And, he survives the Dharma wipe-out. Interesting.

Sawyer/Le Fleur has established himself as the thoughtful leader and holds Jack accountable for a staggering 815-er body count and being too damn reactive. There's a new sheriff in town and he's gonna read his book and think for a while. Sit on that Janitor Jack.

Radzinzky was building a model of the Swan station out of toothpicks. Cool.

S5:10 He's Our You

Sayid was mercilessly killing chickens at the age of 8 and Ben used him for his talents until it finished serving his purpose and then he dropped him like a bad habit. After years of trying to walk the straight and narrow in search of new purpose, Sayid ends up back on the island where he finally says 'fug it' and nails 12 year old Ben in the chest with a bullet. There. Purpose served.

Sawyer and Juliet are scared to death of losing the life they've made.

Hurley is once again in charge of the food

Sorry Kate, Sawyer is off limits so says Juliet. They're playing house now and they want it to stay that way. I says 'WHO CARES!?!' Oh, and Jack seems actually relieved to not be in charge.

He's our you is Sawyer's way of introducing Sayid to their resident torturer/interrogator- Oldham.

Ben was willing to sacrifice lives via burning van, even at the age of 12, to save his own ass.

Who is Sayid's lady captor working for that she was able to get him on the 316 flight? Just when we thought it was Ben.... I smell a Widmore.

S5:11 Whatever Happened, Happened

Love Hurley when he states the obvious: If Ben dies then we won't exist. And Why didn't Other Leader Ben remember getting shot by Sayid when he was 12? The whole exchange between he and Miles was riveting, confusing and revealing. Loved it. Thank you Darlton for your clever clever ways.

Is Jack stoned or something? All motivation to do anything remotely productive seems to have disappeared as he sits back to make sandwiches (munchies, wha?) while refusing to save young Ben. He's done fixing things.

Sawyer's baby mama is still pissed at him.

Props to Kate as we finally found out where little Aaron landed - with his rightful grandma. Although I gotta say the whole leaving him in the hotel room until biograndma was 'ready' did seem a little weird.

Kate isn't standing for Jack's stoner ways and refuses to let young Ben die. She and Sawyer take him straight to the Lovely Lashed Source. They make the ultimate decision as Alpert warns them that if he saves young Ben, he will remember none of what happened and will also lose his innocence, officially becoming an 'Other'. We also overheard that Ellie and Charles (aka Eloise Hawking and Charles Widmore) would not be happy about this. This what? Making a deal with the Dharmites or I dunno, SAVING BENJAMIN LINUS?? So off to the temple go Alpert and dying young Ben for some good old fashioned healing.

Present day Ben - Big Ben - wakes up to a very suave and alive looking Locke. The look on Big Ben's face when Locke greets him with Welcome to the land of the living - priceless.

S5:12 Dead is Dead

This on was tough. We must have bounced around 4 different time lines at least. And not like time skipping island fashion, but in storyline fashion and boy does my head hurt.

Pony Express is how 1977 Charles Widmore rolls and he was upset about taking on a Dharmite young Ben but backed down as soon as Alpert played the 'Jacob says' card. The island has healed a dying Ben Linus once again - sorry Sayid. And then Widmore calls Ben a friend. Wow. Later Big Ben mentions to Locke that sometimes friends can be significantly more dangerous then enemies John. Flashback-forward-whatever - to the early island 90's where we see a handcuffed Widmore being escorted off the island via submarine. His charges? Coming and going from the island and having a daughter with an outsider - someone off island.

When present day Big Ben wakes up to a living Locke he says that he's returned to the island to be judged. By Smokie. New Suave Locke wants an apology for big Ben offing him. The best apology Ben can muster is in the form of a sawed-off shot gun as he shoots Ceasar in the chest in order to secure a boat to head after Sun to the main island.

1988 Big Ben (age 23?) kidnaps a baby Alex and tells Danielle is she should ever hear whispers to run the other way. Later Widmore - leader of The Others - commands Ben to kill the baby but Ben refuses. Ben believes the island wants her to live but Charles says that if the island wants her dead, then she'll be dead. Ouch.

Present day Big Ben tells Sun that Dead is dead and just because Locke is walking around doesn't necessarily mean that he's alive and now Ben is scared shitless. So Locke may not be quite alive like Christian Shepherd.

Present day Big Ben summons Smokey but to no avail. New Suave Locke is impatient and confident that he can take Big Ben to Smokey. The man just knows stuff and it is driving Big Ben crazy.

Cutting to the end of this time-packed episode, Ben finds Smokey - or Smokey finds Ben - in a hieroglyph laden temple (Curses, I left my hieroglyph decoder ruler at work!) and judges the hell out of him. Smokey lets a remorseful Big Ben live but not without sending him a hefty warning in the form of his deceased daughter who lets him know that Locke is in charge now so don't eff it up!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Home For the Holidays

On our first night in Tejas Kev and I couldn't decide who would be the next to donne the birthday sombrero. You know, the sombrero that gets worn by HUNDREDS of people every year.
Jamaica - my heart friend. Sad that she isn't next to me in Chi-town anymore but oh-so grateful to have her in Dallas, especially when I'm home for the holidays.
Bubba. Here she is at 1 AM.
At the ripe young age of 87 she out-drank, out-scrabbled and out-lasted me for two nights in a row.
25 years in Dallas and this was my first white Christmas in Texas.
And this is what a Texas snowman looks like.
This guy has been a staple at Bubba's house for as long as I can remember. Flip his switch and his little music box plays a tired little Jingle Bells tune, the bell (kinda) shakes and his feet do a cute little shuffle that used to take him across the table.
My brothers grow faster than the speed of light. Thor and Tristen tower over me and Montana tries to but at the age of 10 he still hovers around shoulder height for me. Years ago I told them that I would give them each $20 when they got taller than me.
I shelled out 40 bucks this Christmas.
Here we are, Dad, Barbara and the boys. A motley Herron crew.
Mom, Terry and my in-laws really are that close. They hang out whether Kevin and I are there or not. I love it.
Christmas at my mom's -There's nothing like it in the world.

I love these trips back home. Back to my roots and those who know and love me most in the world. It's wonderful. And it's hard. Wonderful for all the aforementioned photos and words but hard because my time there is never enough. Never enough to see dear friends and spend time with loved ones. Never enough so I feel as if I can please everyone let alone half of those who matter most. Coming home is hard because so much changes and happens in a year and living so far away with infrequent returns tends to take its toll. But at least it's only a plane-ride away. And at least I'm not on the other side of the world from it. It is my home.

Cau for now.