submitted on April 5, 2009, 9:04 PM
I decided to spend all day today re-watching Season 3 of LOST. It was a relatively quiet day in the sports world, so I wasn't going to be missing much. I only ended up getting through the first eight episodes today, since I didn't get to start until around 1:00 or so, and I was getting the itch to watch the Braves/Phillies game (See, damn sports getting in the way!). So anyways, two discs down, four to go. I slacked off on my Season 2 revisited posts, so I will be a little more adamant about getting through all of Season 3.
(On a side note, it's a real testament to how much I love this show that I was able to sit down for six straight hours and re-watch 8 old episodes from two season ago.)
I didn't get to much of the juicy stuff that I was looking forward to seeing in Season 3 (Learning a lot more about Dharma, the Others, things like that), although Episode 3.8 was the great Desmond episode that, looking back, was one of the more integral episodes of the show.
The first thing I wanted to talk about was Eko. I remember at the time that most of us were pretty upset about Eko getting killed off seemingly suddently, considering what an awesome character he was. Looking back, however, I can't help but think that his death was wholly appropriate. I guess because of how imposing someone like Eko was, everyone wanted him to be "major player" in the grand scheme of things, but at the end of the day, I just don't see it.
Eko's primary purpose when we first met him in Season 2 was that of an enforcer for everyone in the tail section. Then, when he rejoined the rest of the survivors, he became sort of a foil for Locke. In the Man of Faith/Man of Science debate, he was definitely a Man of Faith, same as Locke. He seemed destined to work with Locke on the mysteries of the island; and ultimately, when Locke seemingly lost his faith, Eko was there to bring him back. And at the end of the day, his death served as a final guide for Locke in his mission to unlock the secrets of the island.
He did have his own story, his brother Yemi, who died on his behalf, and also crashed on the island, but ultimately that story was pretty wrapped up. And actually, I think the most interesting thing that Eko did from our perspective is show us a little bit more about what the smoke monster does. In episode 3.5, Eko was having visions of his brother Yemi on the island. Yemi was telling Eko that it was his time to be judged. At the end of the episode, Eko went back to the plane that Yemi had crashed in, only to find Yemi's body gone (Dead bodies disappearing mysteriously and showing up alive on the island later is not exactly a new phenomenon). He then saw Yemi, who seemingly proceeded to "judge" Eko. Eko did not seek forgiveness for any of his sins during his life, saying he killed a man to save his brother's life, and that he does not regret doing that, and that he did not get to choose his life, it was chosen for him. After that, "Yemi" said that Eko was not speaking to his brother, and then the smoke monster appeared and killed Eko.
The smoke monster is largely still a mystery. We don't know where it came from, what its purpose is, what its capable of. We have seen it try and take people before (Locke, the French man from Rousseau's crew), we have seen it kill people before (The Oceanic co-pilot, Eko), it seemingly has the ability to imitate things, as we have been able to distinguish images from within its cloud before. We did see Ben "unleash" it against Keamy and his crew at the end of Season 4. This scene with Eko is interesting, however, because the smoke monster seems to be acting as judge (or perhaps, executioner). So who was Yemi, exactly? Is the smoke monster capable of transforming into a person? Does it actually "judge" people, or does Jacob do the judging, and the smoke monster doles out the punishment? It's actually interesting timing that I happened to watch this episode today, because in a preview for this week's episode, we saw Ben tell Locke that the reason he came back to the island was "to be judged".
The other big thing to emerge from this group of episodes was Desmond, and his ascension as a significant character. I was talking to my friend Justin about this earlier, and I noticed that I was never really into the Desmond/Penny relationship before. I mean, it was nice and all, I didn't hate it or anything, but I didn't think much of it until recently, probably when Penny rescued everyone. The second time through, however, I find myself much more engaged in everything they do. It really is a very touching relationship and fascinating story.
So first we have Desmond turning the key in the Swan, which resulted in several things happening that we still don't fully understand to this day, things we are hoping and expecting to learn about in 1977 with the upcoming construction of the Swan. The turning of the key resulted in the sky turning purple, it resulted in some kind of explosion/implosion of the hatch, and it also resulted in Desmond temporarily getting knocked back in time a few years and reliving his experiences in England. As Desmond explains it, his turning the key must have "detonated the electromagnetic anomaly". Boy, I'd love to know what that electromagnetic anomaly is, that's for sure.
But back to Desmond experiencing his deja vu. One of the cool things about this is that it's the first time that time travel is legitimately brought up on the show, something that won't be touched upon again until some time in the middle of the fourth season, with Daniel Faraday, and again with Desmond when his mind starts switching between time periods. It's also the first time we meet Eloise Hawking, although we know nothing about her at the time, and we don't even see her again for another season and a half, when we see her in 2007 helping Ben get The Six back to the island. She introduces us to the idea that you can't change things, and if you do try and change them, the universe has a way of course correcting things. This is all very similar to the ideas that Daniel has shared with the survivors in 1974, regarding the idea that you can't change the past, what happened happened, etc. I thought this dialogue was interesting:
Desmond: I'm going to spend the rest of my life with her.
Hawking: No, you're not.
At the time you take that to mean that he's not going to propose to Penny, he's going to leave her and go join the Royal Scottish Army, and so on. But it makes you wonder if there's more to it than that. Hawking says that Desmond is not supposed to end up with Penny. So the fact that he did end up with her, in 2004, if that's something that truly can last. There has been speculation that the reason Ben was all bloodied and battered before getting on the Ajira flight was because he went to kill Penny; well that certainly sounds like a way for the universe to course correct the fact that Desmond and Penny aren't supposed to be together, doesn't it?
Here are some other quick hits that I picked up on:
-There are a lot of old people in Juliet's book club. I've been noticing that in the 1970s the Dharma Initiative doesn't have a lot of old people, and the Others in the 1950s didn't really have many old people either. I really have no theories on what any of that means, I've just been noticing myself paying attention to what groups of people at what times in history have old people among them.
-It's probably nothing, but in 2004, when Desmond is late getting back to the hatch to turn the numbers, there is a big rumbling on the island, which would naturally be indicative of an earthquake. And yet, when Ben comes out of his house, he immediately starts looking up in the sky. He couldn't be expecting the plane crash, could he? Again, like I said, probably nothing, but it was a little odd that his first instinct was to scan the sky.
-Juliet's first interaction with Sawyer is shocking him in the neck. Talk about love at first sight.
-Something I had forgotten was a flashback of Sun as a child (6 years old?) breaking a crystal figurine and blaming it on the maid, knowing she will get fired. I know there is the idea that she was once on the island, and this doesn't disprove that, just something to keep in mind.
-I still love that Kate & Sawyer were working on a runway that wasn't even going to be mentioned again or used for another two seasons.
-Even though it's a game from over four years ago, the scene where Ben shows Jack the Red Sox winning the World Series is still incredibly surreal and awesome all at once.
-In Episode 3.3, where Locke's flashbacks involve his time at the community farm, the hitchhiker/undercover sheriff he brings into the group was wearing a Geronimo Jackson shirt, that he said was his dad's. Nice little nugget of information, since the Geronimo Jackson references seem to be almost exclusively on the island.
-The other polar bear on the island, in his cave were the skeletons of some Dharma people. I had forgotten this, just thought it was interesting since I would assume the Dharma people were the ones that brought the polar bears on the island.
-Saw our first glimpse of Nikkie & Paolo. I lol'd a bit. I can't believe the writers thought they were a good idea.
-I had forgotten how convincing Juliet was as a "bad guy" when she was first introduced. She's a pretty cool customer all around, actually. At times she's almost more mysterious than Ben. It's really tough to get a read on her at times.
-When Karl was being tortured, one of the images that appeared said "God loved you as He loved Jacob"
-Juliet's ex-husband getting hit by that bus was right up there with Arzt getting blown up and that reporter whose name escapes me at the moment getting hit by that meteor outside of Hurley's chicken place. Totally hilarious.
-I'd love to know why Widmore grew up to be such an enormous tool. I know he was a bit of a hot head back in the day, and I guess he's probably a little bitter at life after Ben gets him voted off the island, but man, he is straight up brutal to Desmond when he asks for his blessing to marry Penny.
Alright, that was entirely more than I was planning on writing. I'll see how long it takes for me to knock out another 8 episodes. Hopefully not too long. I'm definitely looking forward to watching Nikki and Paolo get buried alive.
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