Monday, 18 February 2008
Lost: The Economist
Things are getting murkier and murkier in Lost land. Thanks to Sayid's flash-forward we now know that not only is he one of the Oceanic 6 (joining the already confirmed Jack, Kate, and Hurley thus far) but he's turned into some kind of super assassin wiping out names on a "list" for boss man Ben who has also escaped said island (is he number six?) and seems to be running a Berlin vet clinic while masterminding a global conspiracy. Phew! Those Lost writers sure know how to pack a lot into 40 odd minutes of screen time. Throw in the fact that the island seems to be 31 minutes behind the rest of the world; that Sayid maybe an hitman but he's a hopelessly romantic, too, falling for his intended target who also turned out to be a hit lady (what are the odds, eh?); that Jacob's cabin has uprooted itself and gone walkabout, putting to question Locke's psychic link to the island; that Ben's hidden stash of passports (the one name we saw: Dean Moriarty from On The Road) and money (including Euros) suggests his ability to hop to and from the island at will; and that his power over Sayid seems to be good old-fashioned emotional blackmail (''Do you want to protect your friends or not?''), and we have another puzzling — for starters, who's the RG inscribed on Naomi's bracelet, a bracelet that looked awfully similar to the one Sayid's lady friend was wearing? — but hugely entertaining episode.