LOST Review for March 29th

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Wow. After last week's somewhat slow episode, this one really ramped stuff up. It was a Locke-centric episode, which is normally good, and this proved to be no exception.

Let's cover the back story first. Locke is seen preparing to ask his girlfriend to marry him. Before he can do so, they find out that his father has passed away. Later on though his father shows up. We find out that he is hiding from some guys he stole a large sum of cash from. Locke's father asks him to bring the money to him, but when he does, Locke's girlfriend catches him and leaves him for good.

So - what's going on in the present time? Locke is sitting around in the hatch when he hears a faint noise being broadcast. It's not coming in well, but when it clears up, it's a countdown. When it hits zero, walls fall across the hatch. Locke and Henry are in the same area, so Locke enlists Henry's help to try to lift one of the walls. There is an accident, and Locke is trapped under the wall. He asks Henry to go through the ducts and enter the numbers. Time is running out and we hear some of the same noises we did last time when the number wasn't entered in time, but this time something amazing happens. A black light turns on, and we see.... something. It appears to be a very large diagram written on the wall. To be honest, I couldn't see anything clear in it. I'm sure there will be a picture on the net within the hour, and when I find it, I'll add a link to it. The diagram was very detailed and seemed to have a lot of information. But what that information was I have no idea.

Outside - Jack and Sayid run into each other at a parachute drop of fresh Dharma supplies. This really didn't surprise me. We knew that Dhara was still actively supporting the place. Although I'm curious why no one heard a plane go over.

In the meantime, Sayid and his crew discovered the balloon and grave site. But when they return, we find that Henry Gale was the one buried in the grave. Our "Henry" was definitely not telling the truth.

Interesting note: In the preview for next week, we see Sayid threatening "Henry", and he clearly says, "He will kill me!" Or something like that. If you remember a few episodes ago, the Others in the Dharma medical facility also mentioned an ominous "He". So "He" must be the guy behind it all.

As before, you can discuss the episode here, or on the LOST forums.

Edited: That didn't take long. Here is a screen cap of the diagram.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Tom Mollerus posted on 3/30/2006 at 8:42 AM

If it was a Dharma Initiative participant who drew the map, then it's even more interesting that there's a question mark in the middle. What could be so mysterious and unknown that even the Dharma folks would mark it like that?

Comment 2 by Raymond Camden posted on 3/30/2006 at 8:51 AM

I don't think it was another Dhamra person, I think it was another person like our castaways.

Comment 3 by Scott Janousek posted on 3/30/2006 at 9:06 AM

Anyone else notice that the people that leave the camp (get killed, get lost, captured, etc) are all the folks that are "normal" or have their problems "solved"?

All the wack jobs/or with (unresolved) "issues" are left behind in the group.

If this was an experiment, the "control" group is steadily being removed. Does this make any sense??

Comment 4 by ziggy posted on 3/30/2006 at 10:09 AM

Sorry, but that has to be the lamest, stupidest show around. All completely unbelievable "character" interactions randomly trying to tingle the nerves. Survivor meets 24 (both crap). Luckily I'm in Asia so the dvds were only $1.

Is all American tv that bad now?

Comment 5 by Ryan posted on 3/30/2006 at 10:46 AM

I suspect that the countdown in the hatch fired some form of rocket/ejection system that launched the parachute with supplies into the air. Didn't we hear some sound like a whooosh or a launching sound?

As for Ziggy...interesting that you criticize the US shows, but obviously you buy them anyway, ironically, with American money. So much for a) avoiding things you dislike b) paying royalties (remind me to not pay you for your development time if you code things)

Comment 6 by Scott Stroz posted on 3/30/2006 at 6:31 PM

OK - Looking at that diagram has confused me even more.

I am presuming it was drawn by those who were kept in The Hatch.

I will now spend the rest of the day deciphering and translating what appears to be Latin.

Comment 7 by Tom Mollerus posted on 3/30/2006 at 6:31 PM

Ray, why do you think it was another castaway who drew the map? A castaway sneaking around the Dharma facilities would have drawn the map on a sheet of paper that they could have taken with them.

Since Desmond was in a Dharma uniform and referred to a string of replacements that went before him (although I remember that he was a "castaway" himself), I'm presuming that the survivors are the first set of non-Dharma occupants of the hatch. Besides, with Dharma participants in the hatch pressing the button through the time that Desmond arrived, when would any castaway have had the chance to draw that map with the blast doors down?

It seems a simpler explanation to me that the map represents the notes of one of the Dharma scientists, or at least a Dharma participant. Only they would likely have the knowledge of all of the hatch locations, could have gotten the blast doors down reliably, and would have drawn the map on the blast door. Or are you presuming that one or more castaways had extended, private access to the hatch in the past?

Comment 8 by Chris Conner posted on 3/30/2006 at 6:34 PM

I thought it was interesting, but maybe just a coincidence... when Helen met Locke's father at the door of the hotel room the first question she asked was "Are you him?" Wasn't that the same question Desmond asked of Locke when they met in the hatch?


Comment 9 by Scott Stroz posted on 3/30/2006 at 6:42 PM

Here's what I came up with for the Latin writings on the door.

credo nos in fluctu eodem esse - I think we are on the same wavelength

Hic sunt dracones - Here be Dragons

aegrescit medendo - It becomes worse for the remedies employed.

sursum corda - Lift up your hearts

Malum consilium quod mutari non potest - It's a bad plan that can't be changed.

Cogito ergo doleo - I think therefore I am depressed

Ut sit magna, tamen certe lenta ira deorum est - The wrath of the gods may be great, but it certainly is slow

Yea, this pretty much solidifies that it was NOT done by the people who run Dahrma.

Comment 10 by Scott Stroz posted on 3/30/2006 at 6:47 PM

And seeing that door REALLY made me wish I had HDTV.

Comment 11 by Tom Mollerus posted on 3/30/2006 at 6:55 PM

Stroz, why do those writings convince you they were written by non-Dharma folks? Would it be any more likely that castaways would write in Latin? The case could be made that scientists would all know some Latin.

I do have to admit that Dharma participants would not be as secretive about their notes, though. But what if they themselves are hiding their notes from the "He" that has been mentioned?

I know it sounds as if I'm convinced that the map was written by Dharma folks, but I'm only leaning that way. I just haven't heard a good theory about how castaways would have had the time and opportunity to draw it instead.

Comment 12 by Raymond Camden posted on 3/30/2006 at 7:06 PM

Scott: Mega-ditto the HDTV comment.

Tom: I had not meant it was a cast away from OUR group, just a non-Dharma person. I definitely don't think it was the current group.

I don't think it was Dharma as I can't imagine them writing notes like that. I'd think they would use real paper at least. :)

Comment 13 by Scott Stroz posted on 3/30/2006 at 7:20 PM

Tom - I meant not by anyone running, or in a high position at, Dahrma.

Comment 14 by Daniel Roberts posted on 3/30/2006 at 7:27 PM

After seeing the drawing again and seeing the translations I think someone was stuck in there for a while. They were in there when the countdown finished and were stuck so they had plenty of time to make the drawing. The last translation by Scott was "The wrath of the gods may be great, but it certainly is slow" which makes me think that nothing happened when the countdown finish but the doors closing. Not sure why they closed early this time but there seemed to be some power issuse so maybe it was related to that--or maybe they always close for a supply drop? Great episode

Comment 15 by Rob posted on 3/30/2006 at 7:31 PM

Looks like each of the hatches has a path that is blocked off that leads to the "unknown" in the center. The answer lies behind the concrete wall in the hatch.

Comment 16 by Daniel Roberts posted on 3/30/2006 at 7:36 PM

Someone posted a screencap at Digg and readers followed up with many others. Check this out


Comment 17 by Scott Stroz posted on 3/30/2006 at 7:37 PM

I also do not think it is a coincidence that the 'blast doors' dropped at around the same time the food appeared.

Comment 18 by Raymond Camden posted on 3/30/2006 at 7:41 PM

Dang Daniel, thats a darn good link. Thank you!

Comment 19 by mikeD posted on 3/30/2006 at 8:17 PM

Man, this show is getting to be like a bad drug. All I want is more!

Comment 20 by Dan G. Switzer, II posted on 3/30/2006 at 9:38 PM

I'm starting to wonder if Locke's father isn't actually "Sawyer." We know he's a conartist, and the "island" Sawyer took his name after the conartist going by the name Sawyer who resulted in both his parents dying.

We know that most of the characters have met in the past or have at least had some kind of relation with each other (For example, Shannon's father was killed by Jack's ex-wife in the car crash. Jack assumed the accident was cause by Shannon's father--which is why he saved her and let Shannon's father die--when in fact the accident was the fault of Jack's ex.)

Comment 21 by Alex Sherwood posted on 3/30/2006 at 10:42 PM

Ray...are you a ditto-head?!?!

BTW, anyone notice that woman who's house Locke inspected and spoke with was Sayid's girl from Iraq? Sneaky, eh?

Comment 22 by VirgilCletus posted on 3/30/2006 at 11:12 PM

Alex- my wife did notice that. does this prove that she is still alive???

Also, Locke's Dad was running from people who he previosly conned. Does that mean Sawyer??? Is Locke's dad the original Sawyer??? Or was this actually told to us in the episode? i missed a few minutes of the middle.

Was Locke also part of a long con too? Did Helen really know locke's Dad and got a share of the $500 grand and that's why she dumped Locke???

So many new questions!!! That's why this show kicks ass!

Comment 23 by ziggy posted on 4/1/2006 at 8:14 AM

>>interesting that you criticize the US shows, but obviously you buy them anyway, ironically, with American money. So much for a) avoiding things you dislike b) paying royalties

Well, if the crap ones would say on the cover that they're crap then I could know beforehand and not buy them :-) And no, didn't use American money.

Come live in Vietnam, then report back to everyone about your great pride in buying "real" dvds. First you'd have to find one in the entire country. Or you could try Amazon, but they'll cancel your order if forwarding to Vietnam. If sent, you get to wait and deal with VN Customs. That's real fun. Or you can just buy it in the market for $1. The great thing is there are many international films that you would never end up seeing in the US, so that's good. And of course the usual Hollywood junk if you're in a McDonalds-like mood.

(Coldfusion and everything else costs $1 as well, by the way. It's a bit like itunes pricing. And the reality is there would be almost zero royalties if unavailable, because almost no one could buy at the regular price.)

Still, Lost is an amazingly dumb show written by/for people all hopped up on sugar and french fries. I was just wondering if there is anything good on in the US these days. A drama with a believable plot, actual characters, etc.

Comment 24 by ken posted on 4/2/2006 at 10:18 PM

the others have access to the outside world, thats why the guy glues on the beard, to make him look like theve been on the island for a long time. the food droped down. but i still dont know why the others take the good?

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There are images of the staff of LOST

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