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Everything Happens in the Blink of an Eye

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Hey Kathryn,

Oh my goodness, where to start?!  I’m sure the inter-tubes will be exploding today with love and hate for this episode, so let me begin by saying – I loved it!  LOVED IT!  I was totally satisfied…and not just satisfied, but it actually showed me what it would even mean to be satisfied and then fulfilled that.  There’s no way to cover everything, so I’m going to focus on what I loved best – the flashes of memory! Read the rest of this entry »

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May 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm

We’re Very Near the End, Hugo

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So I didn’t get to comment on last week’s episode – thank you Kathryn for jumping in as I experience technical troubles!  Perhaps I’m just getting sentimental, but even with all the interesting theological stuff going on and my hero Allison Janney at the helm, I just wasn’t crazy about last week’s episode.  But I do love these ones that are packed with our favourite characters – especially when they bring the return of my favourite, Ben!  On the island we had some not-so-gentle reminders of how Ben’s ambitious choosing of the island over his daughter led to Alex’s death: first, her unmarked grave and second, Ben’s ruthless execution of Widmore (note: the execution was for the failed purpose of disallowing him to save his daughter, not out of cold-blooded revenge – interesting).  And in Alterna-world we had the redeemed version of Ben’s story as his failures (note his despondence at having a doctorate but teaching in a high school) are what lead him to be a true father figure to Alex. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 19, 2010 at 7:44 am

Jacob have I loved

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Dear Natalie,

I am sorry to hear you’re hotel internet is down and I hope you are able to remedy the situation soon, because last night’s episode was a doozy, especially for the theologically minded. Good lord, how is one supposed to track all the possible biblical parallels and their overlapping, interweaving frames? I have long wanted more of Jacob and the Man in Black and this episode was absolutely fantastic on that front, though I have to admit, it left a few holes, questions, and puzzles that don’t exactly make sense to me. But more on that later. Let’s start with the shocking first scene: the birth of Jacob and his twin brother – can we just call him Esau? Read the rest of this entry »

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May 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

There is no Sayid

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I had to wonder if that phrase had double meaning – both that Sayid had died, and that perhaps he had been long gone anyway.  Either way, it seemed that the real Sayid was definitvely back last night as he gave his life for his friends, a moment almost erased for me as it was way overshadowed by Jin and Sun’s tragic end.  We’ve had a number of references to Season 3’s “Through the Looking Glass” this season, but this felt by far the most obvious.  An underwater situation with a bomb, but this time we’re left with 3 dead out of loyalty and love, not just 1.  And we had a reverse of “There’s No Place Like Home” as a bomb threatening to blow up a boat forces Jin to decide whether or not leave Sun as she was forced to leave him in a similar situation.  Jin of course stays.  If there sad good-byes didn’t already get me – which they did – it was our friends on the beach mourning that really brought me down.  We’ve had so many deaths on this island Read the rest of this entry »

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May 5, 2010 at 8:46 am

He really Does Look Like He Stepped Out of a Burt Reynolds Movie!

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Finally.  Oh my goodness, finally!  They really made us wait for that Kwon reunion and, sure, we have the impending possibility of immediate death hovering all around it between Zoe and her goons and my initial fear that their ears were going to start bleeding as they ran through the sonic fence, but oh my goodness, finally!  Of all the types of work that have had to be done on this show for people to find their loves (Daniel and Desmond traveling through time; Penny traveling across space; Charlie dying and rising and, I fear, possibly dying again) Jin and Sun have done the most emotional work.  And for that, to me they are the most realistic.  I was haunted by Read the rest of this entry »

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April 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

How Do You Break the Ice with a Smoke Monster?

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Good question, Hurley!  How do you break the ice with a smoke monster?  Well, I guess it depends on who you are.  If you’re Hugo, you make deals and offer promises of a truce.  If you’re Desmond, you blindly trust him (maybe), only to find yourself tossed down a well (ok, but once again I’m left wondering if Flocke speaks the truth – because to me it does seem that Widmore cares more about power than he does answers or even the island…and what is the deal with the fact that there are multiple wells?).  And, most surprisingly, if you’re Desmond in Alterna-world, you introduce yourself to Locke at least by running him over with your car. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 14, 2010 at 9:07 am

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None Of This Is Real (except love, it seems)

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As soon as Widmore mentioned his musician son I started hoping for Daniel!  Sure, I was with everyone else loving that we were going to get a Desmond centered episode – but all that faded for me at the mere chance of Daniel’s return.  I always thought his little skinny-tie outfit looked out of place on the island, but all of a sudden it made sense for his Alterna world, avant garde musician existence.  But we’ll get back to him in a minute.

While I usually get pretty tired of soppy love plots pretty fast, I tend to find myself more able to enjoy them with Lost.  It’s an old theme for the show – what makes us love someone? Read the rest of this entry »

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April 7, 2010 at 9:16 am