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.

6 comments:

Stram said...

Ok, i don't know why but i've just realised that all the comment i left yesterday haven't been posted....
Anyway, i watched the lost episode i missed, and man if it is meant to be the last season, they have SO MUCH to answer/explain before the end! I liked this episode 'cause i think Sayid's one of the most interesting character, especially now, with the flashforward (those, what a good idea!!) and the Ben's stuff, very wired by the way. And the all hiden money/ID, that's very strange too!
I really wonder who are the 2 left. I don't think Ben is one of the six, because neither Hurley or Jack seem to know that he is alive in their flashes - surely Sayid is the only to know, and i think that's why he is blackmailed? What is strange, is that the black man who hired Naomi come to see Hurley in is flash, meaning that he's still after Ben, so he knows he is alive?
Everything so complicated in this show!

Mark Salisbury said...

I think you're right about Ben not being one of the six because, clearly, he wasn't even on the flight. (Duh!) Apparently Michael's back this series, too, so maybe he's one. I wonder how long they're going to keep the identity of the dead survivor (the one in the coffin at the end of the last series) secret.

Schmid4Brains said...

real quick... NOT the last season AND it has been announced that there is a definitive "ending".

with that said...
Kerouac also wrote The Dharma Bums. Connection? To a lesser extent, Prof. James Moriarty... Sherlock Holms's arch-enemy. Connection??? Probably not there. But the Kerouac thing is interesting for sure.

best line: "oh, awesome. the ship sent another Sawyer..."

new theory: The island is a giant lump of super-magnetic holmium.

Mark Salisbury said...

Now that is really, really interesting.

This is going to turn out to be the most lit-influenced show ever. From Kerouac to Stephen King with many stops in between.

Will check out that link asap. Thanks...

Schmid4Brains said...

a heads up about the latest episode... your brain will explode. don't read any spoilers. don't listen to anyone about any detail about the episode. i woke my 5 month old up TWICE last night screaming "WHAT?! WHAT??!! WHAAAAAAT???!!!"

seriously though... holy flerking snid.

Mark Salisbury said...

Blimey!