Wednesday, May 17, 2006

"Lost" - ?

“?” – Eko Story

All right, “?” – the Eko story. We start with a nice “Lost” dream sequence. This time it’s Eko’s, and we see a zombie-like Ana Lucia and Eko’s deceased brother, Yemi, both tell him that he has to join forces with Locke and go to the question mark. The dream was actually incredibly specific and accurate – as supposed to Charlie’s dream where he had to interpret what a flying dove and a floating baby carriage meant.

So Eko and company go to the hatch to find the dead Ana Lucia and the almost-dead Libby. The first reaction is to find (not) Henry Gale and make him pay for what they think he did. But Jack has to stay behind and tend to Libby’s last moments, so Eko volunteers, and enlists Locke’s tracking skills to help him out. And as Libby clings to dear life from her gut shots, Michael stands in the corner crapping his pants that she’ll rat him out.

That brings us to Eko’s back story. We find out that he’s still impersonating a priest, but he’s also trying to get to Los Angeles. However, divine intervention intervenes when a woman claims a miracle happened to her daughter, and Eko has to investigate. He starts by going to see the doctor who was about to perform the autopsy on the apparent drowning victim when she suddenly wakes up before the procedure. Pretty disturbing, but not entirely conclusive to Eko. So he probed further, this time going right to the source. But before he can question the girl who supposedly was brought back to life, her father steps in. He happens to be the psychic that told Claire to take the Oceanic flight that led to her keeping her baby (on a deserted island with no hope of rescue, but she kept it nonetheless). The father tells Eko that the coroner was covering up his own negligence, and his daughter was never dead, simply unconscious and hypothermic. She and his wife did this because they disagree with his occupation as a psychic who deceives people for a living.

Back on the island, Eko asks Locke about the question mark. When Locke doesn’t indulge him, Eko’s thundering head butt jogs his memory. They decide to go off to find the question mark – and we see that Locke no longer has the blind faith he once possessed. Their trail leads to the site of the Nigerian drug plane that Boone caused to crash, ultimately killing him (“a sacrifice the island demanded,” Locke says tongue-in-cheekly). That night, Yemi appears again in a dream, this time telling Eko to climb up to the site where the plan crashed. Eko climbs, then falls, but we find out that this was, in fact, Locke’s dream, and an undeniable link between the two of them.
Eko climbs the cliff and looks out to see (duh duh DAH), the question mark created by salting the ground underneath the crashed plane. Eko and Locke soon discover something hidden underneath the plane where the “period” of the question mark would be. After seeing that it’s a door to another hatch, Locke asks Eko if he can be the one to open it (after all, Locke does love his hatches).

What we discover in this new hatch was one of the cooler parts of this season. This hatch is Dharma Pearl, a monitoring station for all the other hatches on the island. Locke flicks on a monitor and see Jack bumming around in Dharma Swan. A computer print out shows a record of all the times the button was pushed (so I guess we can see what really happened when Henry allegedly didn’t push the button) . And an orientation video shows our friend Dr. Marvin Candle (now Dr. Mark Wickman) giving them instructions to the “experiment” in which the two-man team is to stay with the Pearl for three weeks to observe and record everything that occurs in the other Dharma stations. Dr. Candle tells them that what the people are doing in their hatches is not vital for them to know, but to the subjects, it is of the utmost importance. Towards the end, he mentions something about them taking a ferry to something, but it’s conveniently unintelligible.

At this point, Locke completely “loses his way”, just as Yemi told Eko in his dream. Locke sees the whole idea of pressing the button as an elaborate ruse – a ploy to get the subjects to do the bidding of the experiment so that they can be observed. At this point, I thought the same thing. But that takes us to Eko’s last back story scene…

At the airport, on his way to Los Angeles after proving the “miracle” was a fraud, he is met by the girl in question. She tells him that his dead brother Yemi had given her a message while she was dead. Yemi wanted her to tell Eko that he was a good priest, and he has faith in him, even though he doesn’t have faith in himself. This pushes Eko’s button (ha ha), and he raises his voice to prompt the obligatory character walk-on (this time it’s Libby).

In Dharma Pearl, Eko tells Locke the story of Yemi and the odd coincidence of how Eko and Yemi’s body were reunited, having come full circle from the day Eko first killed a man and gave Yemi the cross from his neck. Eko says how he thinks they are being tested, and that if Locke won’t push the button, he will.

Back in the other hatch story, Jack has sent Kate and Sawyer to get some heroin from Sawyer’s stash to make Libby more comfortable before she dies (and also so Kate can see where the guns are hidden). On their way back, they run into Hurley, and bring him back to the hatch to see Libby. I guess Hurley’s bad luck followed him to the island after all. Jack gives Libby the heroin, and Hurley and Libby have a touching Emmy-clip moment together – “I’m sorry I forgot the blankets (tear).” Libby comes to just for a second, but long enough to say “Michael”. Jack tells her Michael is okay, and then she dies. Hurley’s devastated, Kate’s sobbing, but Michael breathes a huge sigh of relief while staring at the hatch’s computer that sent him on this murderous path.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The island stories had both strong emotional elements (the “Libby dying” story) and furthered the overall plot of the series with the introduction of the Dharma Pearl station. And the back story was intriguing, raised questions, and related directly to the themes of the island story without being boring.

So, what’s it all mean? Did Claire’s psychic, who was instrumental in putting Claire on Oceanic flight 815, also play a role in Eko ending up there? After all, if he conceded it was a miracle that happened to his daughter, Eko would miss that flight. Is he a part of the Dharma Initiative? How did the girl know about Yemi and Eko’s faux-piety? Did they meet in (gulp)… purgatory?

Another thing I liked was how Eko (hopefully) got Locke back being the Man of Faith that we all liked in Season One. This season Locke has been all over the place, like letting himself be played by (not) Henry. Eko provided the much-needed slap in the face (or in this case a head butt) that showed Locke that something supernatural is going on, and it’s much bigger than being rats in a maze monitored by an abandoned station… at least I hope so.

Plus Ana Lucia’s dead, and that rules!

Score (out of a possible 20)
Back Story: 8
Island Story: 9
Overall: 17


Links:

Here’s a funny one: http://www.islostnewthisweek.com/

Here M. Rod talks about how “Jail was cool”:
http://www.hollywood.com/news/detail/id/3500036

Some pics to check out (like the tray of weed in the Pearl – which I guess would help make three weeks of observation a little more tolerable)
http://lost.cubit.net/pics/2x21/markWhitman.jpg
http://lost.cubit.net/pics/2x21/tray.jpg
http://lost.cubit.net/pics/2x21/thePearl.jpg
http://lost.cubit.net/pics/2x21/questionMark.jpg

Don’t forget http://www.thelostexperience.com/ for all the update “Lost Experience” goodies.

Bad Twin Info:

I found this on some message board. It basically gives all the “important” connections to the series, as well as a bunch of useless crap.

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
  • Troup visited Sydney often.
  • He seemed to be in a romantic relationship with Cindy Chandler, flight attendant on Oceanic. The book is dedicated to her: "Cindy, my highest-flying angel"

TWO LETTERS
  • First letter from Christine DeVries, Senior Editor at Walkabout Publishing, to Gary Troup. Dated Aug. 16, 2004. Troup lived at 481 W. 64th St., NY, NY.
  • Second letter from Troup to DeVries. Dated Aug. 23, 2004. Walkabout Publishing is at 4200 Queen St., Sydney.

CHAPTER 1
  • Main character is named Paul Artisan.

CHAPTER 3-4
  • Clifford "Cliff" Widmore, son to the Widmore fortune/business.
  • Cliff has a left handed twin.
  • Widmore Building is on 57th St., NY.
  • Widmore empire started with real estate in New York. Expanded to Florida, California , the Caribbean, and beyond.
  • Besides real estate, rumors and whispers of other businesses. "arcane construction and engineering projects, investments in a wide range of scientific enterprises, both mainstream and fringe [...]involvement in offshore ventures that would be illegal on U.S. soil;[...]hinted at classified defense contracting or private security work or questionable ethics."
  • Father (Arthur) Widmore is ill (heart condition and possibly senile).
  • Stepmother (Vivian) Widmore is "a loose cannon and a bit of a hysteric" (according to Cliff.

CHAPTER 5
  • Manny Weissman, professor of classics at Columbia University.
  • Weissman and Artisan share a dog named Argos. Yes, it seems like a silly thing to bring up, but the Argos Satellite system has come up before in connection to Lost. http://www.thefuselage.com/Threaded/...ad.php?t=22281 In the book the dog is named after Odysseus's dog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odysseus (My guess is this is the Lost writers mocking us again... but you never know).
  • The idea of doppelgangers is brought up.

CHAPTER 6
  • Hanso Foundation is on the 42nd floor of the Widmore Building.

CHAPTER 7
  • Cliff's twin brother is named Zander, as in Alexander.
  • Zander went to Yale.

CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK
  • Paul Artisan, detective. Hired by Cliff Widmore to find his twin brother.
  • Cliff Widmore born 8-16
  • Alexander (Zander) Widmore born 8-15
  • Zander is older than Cliff by 23 minutes.
  • Walter Sammler – dead guy in hospital. Died of natural causes – 42 years old
  • Eddie Ippolito – runs the Helios Foundation
  • Prudence is another detective. Pru’s sister works for an Australian biotech working with eucalyptus
BOOKS MENTIONED IN THE BOOK
  • The Odyssey
  • Beowulf
  • Gilgamesh
  • Trent’s Last Case – said to be “Far better than Turn of the Screw”
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Ivanhoe
  • King Lear
  • Confessions of Saint Augustine (In which Augustine is a bad kid… “fights and fornicates at every opportunity. But it’s exactly those experiences that set the stage for his redemption….His journey is the most significant because it’s also the most difficult.”

IMPORTANT FACTS
  • The twins are mirror images – Zander is a lefty. Sinister is the Latin word for left.
  • WidmoreBuilding rents 42nd floor to The Hanso Foundation
  • Hanso Foundation people are wearing white and mint green lab coats. All of them have short, clean haircuts. The desk the receptionist is sitting at is so sterile and cold it “could be a dissecting table”
  • Widmores are in a partnership with Paik Heavy Industry
  • Zander disappeared on 4/15
  • Cliff was married to a woman named Shannon Rogers. She killed herself. Her father was a surgeon from Larchmont. She went to Buckley and Vassar.
  • Paul Artisan asks a friend about her, says, “You said she was a piece of work?” and his response was “Yeah she is. Was.” Slip-up or not?
  • Shannon was described as Miss Totally Perfect.
  • The detective, Paul Artisan, explains that his family’s name was Berasategui, but was changed at Ellis Island when his great-grandfather said his occupation, artzain, which is the Basque word for shepherd
  • Eros and Thanatos – love and death – another pair of mirror images.
  • Mittlewerk is on the board of the Widmore Corporation. Arthur Widmore doesn’t like him. He says he much preferred when Alvar Hanso was on the board. Arthur says “Alvar is a gentleman”
  • Widmore money is described “as a curse” that they need to give away in order to be happy
  • Cliff only had one ally – Mittlewerk. Everyone else thought “Mittlewerk was dangerous – ambitious and brilliantly two-faced, a man acting out an agenda all his own”
  • Helios Foundation mentioned
  • Intercontinental (detective agency) mentioned
TOPICS DISCUSSED
  • Purgatory discussed. “Purgatory. That’s where everything is up for grabs. The stakes could not be higher. There’s suffering, but unlike on earth, the suffering isn’t senseless and random. It has meaning and a purpose. Destinies balance on a knife edge…Purgatory is the second chance…The hard road and the only road that can lead to redemption.”
  • Murder discussed. “…murder was an absolute offense. It could not be added on to. You couldn’t double infinity, and you couldn’t make murder more heinous by doing it twice, or twenty times. Which meant that there was no reason for someone who had killed not to kill again.”
  • Yin-Yang: “people capable of big evil are also capable of big goodness”
  • Island hopping: Manhattan, Peconiquot, Key West, Cuba “earth-size game of connect-the-dots”
  • “Life is complicated. That’s the point. It isn’t like a string of numbers, you add them up, there’s only one solution.”
  • “Not all who wander are lost. There’s a reason, a value, in the wandering, in the journey.”

REOCCURING IMAGES
  • Paisley occurs often in the book. It’s on ties, in tattoos…
  • Green is used constantly to describe a number of things, and in surprising places. I don’t really know the connection, but it is used to describe (among other things):
  • Water
  • Sky
  • A hat
  • Central Park
  • Black pearls
  • drinks
OTHER LOST CONNECTIONS
  • Paul goes to Mr. Cluck’s
  • They fly Oceanic Airlines
  • The author of the book, Gary Troup, was dating a flight attendant for Oceanic Airlines, Cindy, who disappeared with him on Oceanic Flight 815

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