Wednesday, May 17, 2006

LOST recap: Three Minutes

Where do we go from here? Now that so many character's dynamics have changed forever, what can keep us with them?

How do we still sympathize with Michael, after he's killed two people for nebulous reasons?
Notice that Miss Clue never told him to kill anybody, but she did say to bring four back (are they the good people or the bad ones?) Mike created his own situation, he dug his own grave, just as he dug Ana-Lucia's later in this episode.
I also like the symbolism of Michael being unable to clean up the blood on the floor (out, damn spot!); while Eko did it with ease. Michael's new to this killing thing, Eko is not. But he has made peace with his past, he can absolve himself and others. Michael, on the other hand, keeps painting himself into his own blood-stained corner.

How do we still believe in Charlie, after he's beaten Sun and scared the camp half to death for petty revenge (his own and Sawyer's)?
Well, we start by getting clean forever, don't we Charlie? One day at a time brother, chuck those things as far as you can.
The fetch scene with Vincent though-that was hilarious.
But Charlie's written likeable only half the time: what's with his little bitch fit to Eko? But, alternately, Eko's really taking this whole pushing the button thing to heart. I guess dreams of your dead priest brother will do that to a fella.

So: how do we stay with our characters, after so many of them have darkened?BOAT!

So: it's The Others, right? But that's too much like last year. Perhaps it's the Hanso/Dharma/whoever folks. Or maybe it's fucking Desmond. I dunno. What I do know is we've got two hours of Season Two left, and a hell of a lot more questions raised than answered. But that's the way I like it.
We'll find out who's on the boat in a week, we'll find out a lot according to ABC. This is the twentieth time we've been told the next show 'changes everything'. I feel a little more likely to believe them now.

The Others seem startled, even scared, of Walt's abilities. Is Walt even aware of them? Is it a sort of remote viewing thing he does, perhaps in his sleep? Something very important about Miss Clue's words to Michael: "For someone who wants his son back so badly, you don't seem to know much about him." Those are the exact words of the lawyer in Michael's flashback earlier this season. Coincidence? Plain truth, since half of Michael's desperation is built of the guilt he feel for not being there for Walt as he grew up? Or is this meant to throw all of the flashbacks into doubt? Look for more strange flashbacks in Season Three. They are not all they seem.

Beyond all of these questions, was this a good episode?
Well, yes and no. It was fun, with its cheesy Others camp (Dad! They're pretending!), and 'Planet of the Apes' homage (Zeke's takedown of Michael).

It was moving, with Hurley's simple: "They're DEAD."
Even Sawyer and Jack seemed to have a genuine moment, before Sawyer charged gleefully out to kill Zeke. Sawyer is a con man, yes, but he doesn't deal well with death. I think this will shake him to the core. This many finally be what links him and Jack.

But the money scene, Michael and Walt's reunion, was flat. A lot of this episode seemed a bit too by-the-numbers. Something to move the story along just far enough to keep us tuned in for the big finale (which does look good. Real good.) Nice to see ya, Walt, gee you look like you've grown two years in these 20 days. Oh, I'm kidding.

This was a stay-tuned episode, and it did well enough as that: same Bat-time, same Bat-channel? I'm there for sure.
LOST Episode 2:22; Three Minutes: B-

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