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Key Points from "Collision"

Season 2, Episode 8
Episode Air Date: 11/23/05

Point 1
Sayid

Ana-Lucia

Eko

Libby

Bernard

Michael

Jin

Sawyer

Shannon

I know there are many of you who thought the last few episodes were lacking. I understand where you're coming from -- after all, hatches and explosions and action are pretty damn exciting. But one of the great things about TV is that it give writers (good writers, at least) the opportunity to carefully develop plot threads that build through multiple episodes and finally synthesize in a fitting conclusion. And that's exactly what we receive in this episode: An emotional, heart wrenching, Emmy-worthy conclusion.

So let's jump right in ...

Two weeks ago, "Abandoned" concluded with Sayid holding Shannon's lifeless and bullet-ridden body in his arms. Ana-Lucia and the Tailies emerged from the brush nearby, and in the closing shot, we saw Sayid's expression change from despair to vengeance. But we had no idea how vengeful he really was. In this episode, boy do we find out.

The scene picks up at Sayid's moment of transformation. Sayid's eyes meet Ana-Lucia's and without any hesitation, he sets down Shannon's body, stands and whips out the pistol resting behind his back. He aims, takes three steps and prepares to crank round after round into Ana-Lucia's perpetual sneer. But before the bullets take flight, Eko swoops in and knocks Sayid to the ground, sending the gun spiraling away. Eko momentarily subdues Sayid, but all those years in the Republican Guard come in handy during hand-to-hand exchanges, so Sayid delivers two swift blows and disentangles himself from Eko's grasp. Sayid dives toward the nearby gun, clenches it in his hand, but Eko again pounces and the two roll in the mud (it's raining -- symbolism alert!). Sayid gains the upper hand (literally) and digs the gun into Eko's throat. And that's when Ana-Lucia snaps out of her shock and smacks Sayid into unconsciousness with the butt of her pistol.

I believe this represents the single worst merging of tribes in recorded history.

Now, at this point you might expect cooler heads to prevail. Sayid's reaction was understandable -- after all, a sneering woman with a gun just blew away the woman he pledged his love to seconds before -- but with Sayid unconscious, the threat has passed and the assembled Tailies and Raftaways can figure out how to begin the healing process, right?

Wrong. Remember, Ana-Lucia is in charge ... and she's twitchy ... and she's got a gun.

Ana-Lucia, ever the dutiful leader, points the gun at everyone -- Libby, Bernard, Michael, Jin, trees, ferns, rare orchids ... everyone (except Eko, he appears to be above gunplay). Ana asks Eko to tie Sayid up. Eko politely tells her to stick it. So Ana turns to Libby and tells her to tie Sayid up. Libby protests, but she lacks the gravitas of Eko, so the protests have no effect on Ana and her gun.

Moments later, Sayid (still unconscious) sits against a nearby tree. His hands are bound behind the tree and his torso is wrapped in thick, barbed vines. Worse still, the vines were taken from the stretcher that, up until recently, was carrying the almost-dead Sawyer. So now we've got Sayid, unconscious and strapped to a tree, and Sawyer, unconscious and dying of a bullet-wound infection. It's not a good day for the Original Survivors. Not good at all.

Wisely sensing that nothing productive is going to happen while Ana-Lucia is around, Eko lifts Sawyer over his shoulder and moves away from the group. Ana-Lucia, seeing that Eko has designs on leaving, stages an eleventh-hour protest:

"If that were you, he'd let you die," Ana sneers, referring to Sawyer.

"I'm not doing it for him ... I'm doing it for me," Eko calmly responds. "Now step off before I crack your skull with my big stick." (Note: Second quote implied by Eko's expression -- editorial liberties taken.)

So Sawyer and Eko are gone, which makes things really uncomfortable because Ana-Lucia's primary supporter (Eko) isn't there to compensate for her bitch-hole personality. Ana moves away from her hostages (yes, they're hostages) and sits down to think. Don't hurt yourself, A-L.

Libby snaps into clinical psychologist role and calmly asks Ana to explain just what the hell she's doing with the gun and the tied up angry guy. Libby believes letting Sayid go is the best course of action, but Ana vetoes that idea, telling Libby that Sayid will "come after" her. Oh sweetie, he's gonna do a lot more than that.

Michael, who's sitting with Jin and Bernard, gets up and moves toward Sayid. Ana orders him to sit down. Michael, tapping into his old-school "Oz" persona, tells her he's going to give Sayid water. If she wants to shoot, shoot.

She doesn't shoot. Wuss.

Sayid is conscious at this point so Michael fills him in on the latest developments. He explains that Walt was taken by the Others during the raft debacle. This elicits a violent reaction from Sayid, which seems unusual, but likely stems from Rousseau's Other ruse in "Exodus, Part 2" (remember, Sayid and Charlie pursued Rousseau across the island after she kidnapped Claire's baby, Aaron, as trade bait for Rousseau's missing daughter, Alex -- got all that?). Alas, Sayid is tied up, so the violent reaction, while impressive and very violent indeed, merely exacerbates the deep lacerations in Sayid's chest and wrists. Michael, realizing Sayid shouldn't be riled up, returns to the group.

And so the group waits ... and waits ... and then nothing happens. See, Ana-Lucia has no friggin' idea what she's doing, but since she has a gun no one has the stones to get up and leave. Bernard tries the indirect route by reminding Ana that his wife, Rose, is tantalizingly nearby. Ana responds with a sneer and a question, "How long have I kept you alive out here?" Bernard drops the topic. Libby suddenly snaps, "What's the plan?!" But before Ana can respond, Sayid chirps: "She doesn't have a plan. She only has her guilt ... and a gun." BLAM! How you like that, Ana? You just had a Truth Bomb dropped on your scowling head!

Sayid's comment inspires Ana. She jumps to her feet and tells Michael that if he goes back to the camp and brings her ammunition for her gun and a supply of clothes, she'll let Sayid go. It would appear that Ana fancies herself a survivalist -- with a gun, a bag, and a pair of socks she'll live a solitary existence amidst the polar bears and pirate ships. Hey, it works for Rousseau ... okay, bad example.

Michael accepts Ana's offer and zips back toward camp, which leaves Bernard, Libby, Jin and Sayid to deal with Ana and her gun-waving nonsense. The group mills around for a bit, but Bernard finally reaches his breaking point and announces that he's leaving. Libby is heading for the camp as well, but she won't go quietly: "I just don't think you're the best judge of character," she says to Ana. "I was with you when you put Nathan in the pit." Yeah, remember that Ana? Remember how you put that guy in the pit for four days? The Castaway of the Year award won't be coming Ana's way anytime soon.

With Libby and Bernard leaving, Ana tells Jin to follow suit. Sayid looks at Jin and offers his approval. Suddenly, the group is down to two -- just Ana and Sayid, sitting in the jungle.

This seems like a good time to veer off on a little tangent ... a backstory tangent, that is. In this episode we return to the traditional "Lost" structure: current events sprinkled with nuggets of past experience. But there's a change in this week's backstory -- for the first time, we look into the life of a Tailie: Ana-Lucia.

And so let us recount the high points from Ana's tale of woe:

  • Ana-Lucia Cortez (her last name is revealed) is/was a police officer in Los Angeles.

  • Her mother is/was a captain in the same precinct.

  • One day, Ana responded to a burglary call with her partner. She covered the front of the building while her partner looped around back. Suddenly, a man appeared at the door and Ana raised her pistol. The man claimed to be a student and said his ID card could prove his identity. Ana believed him, which was a mistake since the guy reached back, grabbed a gun, then blasted Ana with four bullets. (Note: We don't actually see this part of the story -- she tells it to Sayid, but we'll get to that in a minute).

  • Ana's recovery required both medical and mental rehabilitation.

  • We witness Ana's eventual return to the police force. On her first day back, her mom/captain and her partner do their best to ease her into the grind, but Ana wants to dive in as quickly as possible. She jumps at the chance to respond to a domestic violence call.

  • She jumps a little too fast. She and her partner arrive at the scene: a man is holding a television while he yells at his wife/girlfriend, who is carrying a baby. The child wails and the shouting increases. Ana's partner (a big stocky guy) begins to calm the man and woman, but Ana opts for a more direct solution. She whips out her pistol and orders the man to hit the ground. He immediately drops the TV and falls to the pavement. Ana continues to wave her gun and shout and sneer (wow, so out of character for her). Her partner, seeing that Ana is completely out of her mind, repeatedly orders Ana to holster her weapon. Ana finally complies.

  • Later that day, and in a stunning coincidence, Ana and her partner arrive back at the police station just as big news is breaking: the cops have caught the guy who shot Ana. She rushes into a private room that sits adjacent to an interrogation cell. The suspect, a scruffy slacker named Jason who looks a little like Michael Bay, sits behind a two-way mirror. Ana's mom says the guy was picked up on unrelated charges, but he admitted to shooting Ana (how they connected him to the shooting is kinda fuzzy). All Ana needs to do is ID the guy and BLAM! he's history.

  • But Ana takes one look at the fella and says he didn't do it. Ana's mom is dumbfounded. Here she is, serving up the a-hole who shot her daughter and her daughter can't close the deal?

  • Without Ana's identification, Jason goes free. I guess those unrelated charges weren't too important.

  • You know where this is going.

  • Later that night, Ana sits at a bar, sneering at shot glasses and knocking back tequila. In the background, Jason shoots pool, unaware that Ana is nearby. Jason grabs his jacket and departs. Ana calmly follows him into a nearby alley.

    "Hey, Jason!" she calls

    "I know you?" Jason responds.

    Ana pulls a gun.

    "I was pregnant," she says, then unloads six bullets into Jason's chest.

And that's about it with the backstory. We don't know how Ana ended up in Sydney, nor do we know what happened in the wake of Jason's murder (Did she cover her tracks? Is she Kate's on-the-run soul sista?).

But let's get back to the island events. Sayid is still tied up and Ana is perched on a nearby log, twiddling with her gun. She's clearly weighing her options -- and the weighing isn't going well. She asks Sayid where he's from. He says Iraq. She asks if he has kids. He says no. Sayid grows tired of this nonsense, so he asks Ana-Lucia straight out, "Are you going to kill me?" And this is where it gets interesting.

Ana responds, "Should I?"

And Sayid, without blinking, without taking a breath, tells her that almost 40 days ago, on this very island, he tortured a man. "I tortured him as I've tortured many men," Sayid says with venom. "Men whose voices I still hear in the night. Should you kill me? Maybe you should. Maybe you were meant to."

Ana, you have no idea who you're messing with.

Presented with the full brunt of Sayid's bad-assedness, Ana decides now is a good time to launch into her whole backstory (I'm not sure why, but she does it nonetheless). She tells her "I was shot by a student" story (see above). She goes on and on, talking about the burglary, the ID, the gun, blah, blah, blah. "All I heard was a pop," she says. "By the time I hit the ground, I thought I was dead. [Dramatic pause ... sneer] I feel dead."

Sayid, realizing he's tied to the tree and this story is his sole source of entertainment, asks what happened to the guy who shot her. Ana looks at her gun and sneers. The she looks at the ground and sneers at that, too. "Nothing," she lies. "They never found him."

And with that, she gets up, grabs a makeshift machete sitting nearby and moves toward Sayid. She takes a mighty swing and THWACK! the blade slices through the vines. Ana drops the machete and her gun in front of Sayid.

"Go ahead. Pick it up. I deserve it," she says.

Sayid grabs the gun, stands, and looks Ana directly in the eyes.

"What good would it be to kill you if we're both already dead?" Sayid asks. "Besides, I don't kill people who only show one facial expression." (Note: More editorial liberties taken.)

With that, Sayid walks off to tend to Shannon, who really doesn't need tending to since she's dead. But whatever.

Point 2
Eko

Locke

The worlds of Eko and Locke finally collided in this episode, but we only got a taste of the greatness to come.

You'll recall that Eko left the Tailies behind so he could bring Sawyer back to the camp. Eko, with Sawyer's body draped over his shoulders, runs into Jack and Kate as they flirt and frolic on Hurley's golf course (more on this below). Jack and Kate guide Eko to the hatch and at that point, Jack assumes command of Sawyer's medical care.

With Sawyer being tended to, Eko is left to explore the hatch on his own. This hatch is markedly different then the one he's been living in with the Tailies. For one, it's fully outfitted in swank '70s decor. For another, it's got racks and racks of high-powered weapons. As Eko wanders around, Locke emerges in a nearby hallway. The two stare at one another.

"Hello," Locke says.

"Hello," Eko responds.

And in this brief moment -- a moment comprised of two words -- these actors demonstrate a depth of skill Michelle Rodriguez could only hope to approach.

But wait, there's more!

Locke asks Eko what happened (it's a good question -- after all, Eko just walked in with a near-dead Sawyer). Eko refers to "an accident" and says that a tall, blonde woman was shot and killed. "Shannon," Locke says, pain shooting across his face.

Locke inquires about the rest of the group -- particularly Michael and Jin -- but Eko doesn't reveal much.

"Can you take me to them?" Locke asks.

Eko looks toward the hatch's gun rack, then looks back at Locke.

"No," he says softly.

Point 3
Jack

Kate

Sawyer

It's been a long time since I wrote about this triad. The Jack-Kate-Sawyer love triangle was hinted at throughout season one, but Sawyer's raft adventure and the stunning hatch revelations put romance on the back-burner. In this episode, those dormant seeds of romantic discontent start to take root.

Early on, it appears that Jack and Kate are well on their way to a Hatch Rendezvous. Hard-core flirting ensues after Kate launches a golf ball near Jack (she's knocking balls down the beach with Hurley and Charlie).

"You hooked it," Jack says. "Try keeping your left arm straight."

"You giving me tips?" Kate asks coyly.

"Kate ... I'm a doctor," Jack replies with smart-ass charm.

Kate offers a formal challenge: three holes on Hurley's golf course. And so the two tromp off for a day of lush greens and longing glances ... or so they think.

Half-way through the first hole, Jack launches a ball deep, deep into the woods. He and Kate walk into the brush in pursuit of the wayward ball. They find it, but they also find something far bigger -- Eko, standing in the brush with a Sawyer shawl draped elegantly over his shoulders.

Suddenly the third member of this romantic triangle is snapped back into place (and he isn't even conscious!).

For the remainder of the episode, Kate and Jack tend to Sawyer's injuries. Jack barks out orders -- Get antibiotics! Change the sheets on the hatch bed! Ask me probing questions about my ex wife so I can answer ambiguously! -- and Kate dutifully carries out the tasks. At one point, Jack tries to get Sawyer to take an antibiotic pill, but Sawyer coughs it up. Kate grabs the pill then curls herself behind Sawyer's shoulders. She whispers into his ear, telling him the pill will make him better. She kisses Sawyer's forehead (Jack is momentarily displeased, but he quickly hides it), then pops the pill into his mouth and offers up a glass of water. And wouldn't you know it, Sawyer takes the pill. Kate = the Felonious Florence Nightingale.

Now, we're led to believe that Sawyer isn't out of the woods (given his shaking and continued unconsciousness, he appears to be very deep in the woods), but you can bet that Sawyer will stage a miraculous recovery and this romance subplot will become much more important in the second half of the season ... unless they find another hatch or another pirate ship or the Others invite them to a surprise barbecue ...

Point 4
Jin

Sun

Bernard

Rose

Michael

Vincent

Jack

Ana-Lucia

At the beginning of this review I called this an "Emmy-worthy" episode (nothing like quoting yourself). You might be bewildered by such a wild claim, especially since this was an Ana-Lucia episode. The Emmy stuff -- and the stuff that really tugged the heartstrings -- came at the conclusion of this episode. In the last few minutes, the "Lost" crew delivered a fantastic montage (the best in series history) that showed a series of emotionally charged reunions. They included:
  • Jin and Sun: Jin walks onto the Castaway beach with Bernard and Libby in tow. A group of welcomers quickly assembles, but Jin sees Sun further down the shore. She's washing clothes and distracted. Hearing a commotion, she offers a quick glance, then does a double-take as she sees Jin walking toward her. Their eyes connect and Jin sprints. The camera cuts to Sun, whose face erupts in pure joy. My description doesn't do this shot justice at all -- it sounds cheesy as hell -- but they nailed this moment (or maybe I'm just a sucker for unadulterated cheese).

  • Bernard and Rose: You knew it was coming the moment we were introduced to Bernard in "Everybody Hates Hugo," but even with all the build-up, the reunion of Bernard and Rose is still a tear jerker. They spot each other on the beach and as Bernard walks toward his wife, Rose touches the cross around her neck and a wide smile etches across her face. Again, it's a perfect shot: Rose's faith is rewarded.

  • Michael and Vincent: Yes, I count this as a reunion. Michael has never had a particularly strong bond with Vincent -- after all, he's Walt's pet -- but when Michael spots Vincent on the beach, he seems visibly relieved. With Walt missing, Vincent is Michael's only direct tie to his son. And it's a good thing Michael showed up when he did; with Shannon gone, Vincent was left without a caretaker.

  • Jack and Ana-Lucia: This was another meeting we knew was coming, but this "reunion" is much different than the others. Remember, Jack and Ana-Lucia met briefly in the airport bar back in "Exodus, Part 1," and while the two certainly shared a "moment," there was no real bond. In this episode, the connection between Jack and Ana-Lucia serves an odd purpose: It reduces tension. How so? Toward the end of the episode, after Jack learns from Eko that Shannon is dead, Jack grabs a rifle from the hatch armory and enlists Michael to take him to Sayid, Shannon and Shannon's killer. As Jack prepares to leave, Eko tells him that "Ana-Lucia made a mistake." The name stops Jack dead in his tracks. Suddenly, there's a person behind the action. Eko tells Jack he'll take him -- and him alone -- to see Ana-Lucia, but they have to go without guns. Jack agrees and in the closing seconds of this episode, Jack and Eko walk into the clearing where Shannon was gunned down. Sayid is holding Shannon's body. He slowly walks by Jack as another figure emerges further back. Jack and Ana-Lucia lock eyes from a distance -- and again, it's another perfect shot. The insanity that has brought these two to this place, weeks after they first met in the airport bar, is evident on Jack's face. The camera cuts back, and in the very last shot we see Jack and Ana-Lucia standing at opposite ends of the screen, staring at one another. And with that, the episode ends.
That's it for now. Be sure to drop by our "Lost" Forum for stimulating conversation and conjecture.
Next Episode:
"What Kate Did" -- I wonder what this one is about? Airs: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9 p.m., ABC.


Review by Mac Slocum. All photos and episode descriptions © ABC Inc.


Once again great review and Happy Thanksgiving.

One item I think warrants clarification. In the Ana-Lucia backstory she didn't just shoot him six times. She shot him 3 or 4 times from afar. Then walked over to his likely dead body, stood over him (sneered of course!) and pumped him with 2 or 3 more rounds. That was vicious!

#1. Posted by: Theoldred at November 24, 2005 10:48 AM

Can anyone explain the crossword puzzle and what it has to do with the story?

#2. Posted by: mommyloveslost at November 24, 2005 11:48 AM

mac,
i forgot how wonderful your reviews are THANK YOU for being a lost fan you've still got "it" my friend!
L~

#3. Posted by: Laura aka wolfie at November 24, 2005 11:59 AM

hello lostaddicts

i just think that ana lucia is a real big b@#$%h.
she is so high up her on a--hole to know that she made a mistake. i wish she gets ripped apart by that monster or whatever it is. anyone wanna have a poll on their feelings towards AL. iam a definite NO. i hate her. i think eko and locke will make a good team. both their names are real similar dont u think. probably long lost brothers huh. anyways see ya guys later

#4. Posted by: roshan at November 24, 2005 2:20 PM

I love Eko.

I fear for Eko.

Lets face it, TPTB kill off characters a year for ratings. They keep it up and we will stop caring to watch for sweeps.

They will conclude its because they are killing off so-so characters like Boone or Shannon.

But what if they targeted a very liked and fan favourite.

Ratings gold come 2006

Hence the fear for the Eko

#5. Posted by: Sirus at November 24, 2005 3:14 PM

These reviews are getting better and better. Or at least I'm enyoing them more. (maybe it's because I had some Hungarian Palinka hard liquor)

That Eko - Locke - 'Hello' moment had me grinning from ear to ear. We were waiting for it and it happened. It was the best television moment in months. (ever since Hulk Hogan appeared at WrestleMania 21) It seems the writers knew how we felt about the two characters and decided to make their meeting a memorable one. Just plain awesome and funny as hell too.

I didn't notice any really weird stuff yet. Maybe just the crossword-puzzle from Locke and I think I heard Ana Lucia's mother saying that the guy that shot her was arrested at 'Eko' park. But that last one probably means nothing.

I really try to like Ana Lucia, but I just can't stand her with that 'tough guy' expression. And like you said earlier... It's the only one she's got.

#6. Posted by: SnakeJake at November 24, 2005 6:07 PM

I think the Locke/Eko meeting was the best part of the whole episode.

#7. Posted by: Jonathan at November 24, 2005 6:52 PM

I think its funny how everybody jumps too the conclusion that Locke and Eko will be comrades. I think the writers are doing an excellent job of demonstrating that the two characters are men of faith.

From my recollection its never been said that Locke is a man of the church. Locke seems to be going day by day through some kind of blind faith that he's on the island itself for a "reason" which doesn't mean that he believes in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

However, Eko does seem to be a man of the church. The way he reacted after killing the two others (40 days of silence - asking for forgiveness) as well as the way he reacted to finding the bible inside the "arrow" bunker on the other side of the island.

Anyways to get back on track as to what I was starting with; I tend to disagree with the majority of people that think that Locke and Eko will be the best of comrades because they obviously are not men of the same faith. Just look at the world today, you can't tell me that if you put a fundamentalist Christian in the same room with a fundamentalist Islamic person that they are both going to be best friends just because they both believe whole heartedly in some type of faith.

I think the writers might actually be setting up one killer of an episode where Eko and Locke go head to head just like Jack and Locke did in “man of science, man of faith.”

#8. Posted by: Josh Sturgill at November 24, 2005 8:57 PM

Eko and Locke... Locke was just filling out Gilgamesh as an answer to 'Enkido's friend' in the crossword. Related?

#9. Posted by: Rob at November 24, 2005 10:30 PM

Hey everybody!
This is Nikki from India and i looooove Lost.The second season hasn't started in India yet, but i can't wait for the show to actually air.So i keep myself updated thru these awesome reviews.Great job mac... nice sense of humor.
Well, i have some random findings that i would like to share:
1. HUGO is actually the acronym of Human genome organisation (genome basically means the genetic material about an organism). This was set up in 1989...that's right 16 yrs ago!!!!(the french chick set out for the science expt 16 yrs ago)Anyway, HUGO was set up to coordinate the human genome project which is an expt to determine the exact sequence of all 3000000000 base pairs in the human DNA. In other words..this is an expt to unlock the code which makes all of us unique...different from each other!!
O.K, here's another thing I found:
Roseau( slightly different from crazy french woman's surname) is actually the name of a place.It is the name of an ISLAND in Dominicia in the windward group of islands of West indies. AND...this island is well within the boundaries of the infamous Bermuda triangle area where planes and ships have mysteriously disappeared into thin air! Here's the most publicised disappearance in the bermuda triangle area:
" On Dec 5 ,1945 5 U.S navy warplanes too off from florida for a training session.Once airborne, the pilots radioded that the were on course,although they were actually flying in the opposite direction. Two hours later,the aircraft seemed to have disappeared." Ring a bell??!! (Cindy said they were flying in the opp. dirn for 2 hrs.)Sudden power failure,compass spinning and magnetic pulls have all been reported in this area( remember the faulty compass Sayid had? ) I think this is where the lost team is lost!
Anyway, "collision" was great! I can't wait for locke and eko to talk( more than two words that is)And i wish Sayid builds one of those radar system to track ana so that the monster can find her!
Thanks for listening!
Namaste

#10. Posted by: nikki at November 25, 2005 12:01 AM

Rob - Gilgamesh and Enkidu are characters in the oldest known epic poem, from Mesopotamia. Its probably not all that relevant - or at least, I can't see how it would be.

Anybody else have problems looking at Mr Eko without flashbacks of his silly-hat wearing, deranged alterego, Adebisi from Oz?

#11. Posted by: Alex at November 25, 2005 4:43 AM

Yes, I am just waiting for Eko to start ploting against his inmates.

#12. Posted by: Sebastian at November 25, 2005 8:29 AM

top review once again!
another quality episode, true Michelle Rodriguez cannot act but hey, eko and locke more than make up for it, their meeting was brilliant.
i thought there was going to be a gap now but apparently not as its on next week.

#13. Posted by: Ismail at November 25, 2005 10:10 AM

now,
foreshadowing has been a "key" staple of Lost...
the end of episode 8...anna lucia and jack stand separated, staring each other down...remember "lord of the flies"??? i feel we are about to witness the emergence of two tribes...one led by anna lucia, and another led by jack. also, remember the constant images of ying/yang, black and white???etc...??? i believe it is no coincidence that eko(black character) and locke(white character) will be engaged in some sort of "competition" or "battle"...


anna lucia and locke will be interesting when they cross paths...locke will examine her psyche, much like he did boone...
eko's backstory should be extremely interesting...was he actually on flight 815??? i sense he has a connection to the nigerian priest/herion smuggler in the small plane that crashed.
well see...soon enough

#14. Posted by: dee at November 25, 2005 12:15 PM

If Hurley whips out the flight manifest, we'll know if Libby and Eko were on the plane.

#15. Posted by: kcleahrose at November 25, 2005 12:45 PM

I have enjoyed reading the reviews of Lost from this blog.

Something that I have a sensed about Ana-Lucia is there is a lot more to her story than the tidbit we recieved in this backstory.

She is doing a great job about her pain from being shot and living, anyone who has experienced that type of pain and recovery could emphize with her. The anger and sneer that tends to be a part of her goes with the second tradegy of losing a child she was carrying.

That part seems like it will be another backstory to life about Ana-Lucia. Her back story is so full of holes that it will probably be similiar to Kate's in the respect that there will be a lot to cover on her. Too many questions have been brought up with this one.

Mr. Eko is going to really be something to absorb, for all we have seen is a man of faith, his backstory will probably bring forth how he came to this point in his life. As with the others and their backstories you could bet it will be a real doozy of a backstory.

The number of the "tailies" still do not add up quite yet for there are what, up to 6 other people to account for. But those numbers still show their ugly head again with this group of survivors, you see only 4 had made it to the base camp so to speak. Also the number of children shown so far has been 4, the only exception that Claire's baby has not been take, yet.

I do believe that it would be prudent to assume that there are at least another 3 bunkers that will make their presence known throughout the course of Lost. One thing out of whack with the bunkers are the number, for they do not add up to any of the cursed numbers. 4,8, etc. is not there at least right now they are not.

Enough rambling, for Desmond will probably show up again as well as Rousseu and probably one "Other" to speak to one of the lostaways..

#16. Posted by: David at November 25, 2005 2:43 PM

Oops, forgot one other point that keeps rattling around.

Since there has been a lot made of the electro-magnetic stuff, one person whose name I have not seen brought up intrigues me.

The talk about an accident and the purpose of bunker 3 of 5 with the count down reminds me of the work of Tesla and the areas he worked with.

Could some of Tesla's theories be at work withing this bunker, especially when you consider the electro-magnetic pull with that one wall?

#17. Posted by: David at November 25, 2005 2:48 PM

Nothing seems to be "throw-away" in this story. Any relevance noted with the following:
-Sayid is from Iraq, originally Mesopotamia, the setting of the Enkidu-Gilgamesh epic
-Desmond is French for "the worlds"- parallel universe?
-the pirate ship is named "the black rock" & there have been overt references to the black & white stones that previous inhabitants carried
Just a few random thoughts that I've been kicking around. Any ideas?

#18. Posted by: soveryhooked at November 25, 2005 5:11 PM

In regards to why Sayid seemed aggravated or upset when Micheal told him about Walt. I assumed it was a feeling of guilt for not believing Shannon when she said she saw Walt. Maybe he now believes it's possible that Walt was seen and that had he believed Shannon, he wouldn't have chased her off and she wouldn't be dead.

#19. Posted by: psyched at November 25, 2005 6:03 PM

Hi I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your reviews, especially this one! I nearly wet myself when I read about Eko and the "Sawyer Shawl"!

Ana Lucia got somewhat more likeable with this episode and her background, but couldn't she at least have said "Sorry, Sayid, I didn't want to shoot your girlfriend, I thought she were on of the others?"

I liked this episode very much because of the emotional elements, and I admit that I cried during the reunion sequence at the end. And for us girls, the thought of having to tend to an unconcious, half-naked sawyer is quite interesting! ;-) Jack seemed very disappointed when he saw Kate with Sawyer. But it was his own fault, he could have made his move long ago, if he really liked Kate. Now I think he could end up with Ana Lucia ...

Greetings from Germany,
Deborah

#20. Posted by: Deborah from Germany at November 25, 2005 6:10 PM

When Michael goes to find Jack, he first runs into Sun who leads him to the bunker where Jack is tending to Sawyer. Michael does tell her that Jin is okay but doesn't have time for details. I find it strange that Sun doesn't stay by Michale's side until he can take her to Jin or at least give her some info. Instead she goes down to the beach and does laundry as if she didn't know that Jin was in the area. It's probably just a minor flaw in the script of no signifcance.

#21. Posted by: Ardie at November 25, 2005 7:11 PM

Rose wears her wedding ring around her neck...not a cross...she mentioned something to the affect of "my husband makes me wear it around my neck whenever we fly" to Charlie as they sat together the first time they met during season 1....it was also a clue on oceanicair.com...my favorite moment by far this season was the reunion(s) montage...well done!

#22. Posted by: Vikki at November 25, 2005 9:59 PM

Someone earlier mentioned a possible connection between Eko and the neighborhood where Ana's killer was arrested: "Eko Park." Interesting, I hadn't considered a connection. I live in the actual 'Echo Park' which is right on the edge of downtown L.A. It's a fairly low-rent Latino neighborhood with a bad reputation, interspersed with a few million-dollar Victorian mansions. I know the neighborhood has a lot of history, which i've never looked into, but maybe there's something in its history that could prove interesting.

#23. Posted by: angela at November 25, 2005 11:52 PM

Oops. I meant Ana's shooter, not killer.

#24. Posted by: angela at November 25, 2005 11:55 PM

Nothing on this is irrelevant. Enkidu's friend Gilgamesh could be representative of whats to come between Locke and Eko. Like next week's episode title, What Kate Did is taken from the play What Katie Did.

You mention that Sayid is suddenly upset when he hears of Walt's abduction. This could be due to the realisation that Shannon had been right all along and they both saw Walt before she ran off and got shot.

Ana's backstory doesn't evoke any sympathy from me. I still can't stand her.

The reunion montage and the last scene were brilliant, just like your reviews, which are hilarious.

#25. Posted by: Priya at November 26, 2005 2:46 AM

Perhaps the reference to Gilgamesh and Enkidu is something of a reference to Locke and Eko. Gilgamesh, being the precursor to Hercules, seems to greatly resemble Mr. Eko (the great strength�) and Enkidu, a man of the wild and master trapper, fits the bill for Locke at least in part. Mayhap the crossword puzzle is to serve as a hint to the future relationship between Locke and Eko.

Just a thought.

#26. Posted by: lenny at November 26, 2005 11:40 AM

Hehe, that'll be the last time I post on here and fail to see the relevance in something then...

#27. Posted by: Alex at November 26, 2005 12:23 PM

Ana is a police officer.

#28. Posted by: Fazal at November 26, 2005 1:20 PM

Well done Fazal na na

#29. Posted by: I Like Gold at November 26, 2005 2:50 PM

To respond to "Nikki from India"'s post:

In response to posts that have alluded to Dharma involving itself in human cloning and the supposed direction of this show, then here is a question. If HUGO is truly meant to be the acronym of the Human Genome Organization, does that give new meaning to the episode "Everybody Hates Hugo"?

#30. Posted by: Jerson at November 27, 2005 1:04 AM

once again another brilliantly writted review. Great episode but tearjerker in the end, without episodes like this my girfriends intrest would not be maintained. Its interesting that the episode after "what kate did" is called the hunting party(if im not mistaken). I think the show is heading in the direction of our survivors declaring all out war on the others!

#31. Posted by: patrafter at November 27, 2005 5:21 AM

Minor correction regarding Viki's post, Rose was wearing Bernards' ring around her neck, not her's (his hands would swell up, so she'd wear it around her neck, just until they landed).

Also, I thought it was interesting that Jack had to remind Locke to push the execute button.

#32. Posted by: Ben at November 27, 2005 6:08 AM

check out www.DharmaSecrets.com

#33. Posted by: walt at November 27, 2005 8:51 AM

Another excellent review, Mac. In an attempt to pull this all together, I would suggest that The Others are some kind of tribal society on the island seeking to create a Utopia. They are trying to recruit "good people" to the island and one of the ways was by diverting the jet to the island. I think the electromagnetic waves are a beacon and the "monster" some kind of mechanical device, not a living creature. It is, as Rousseau said, the island's security mechanism. I also think the pilot who was killed by the "monster" is connected to the island. Remember, he is the only person so far killed by the "monster." Perhaps The Others had him killed because he was going to reveal too much to Jack and Kate. Part of this Utopian arrangement is the genetic alteration of the inhabitants, thus the need for children. The Others take the ones they feel they need, and kill those they do not. As for Locke and Mr. Eko, they, I believe, will ultimately save the survivors in the final episode 4 or 5 years down the line.

#34. Posted by: Derek at November 27, 2005 4:54 PM

Does anyone think there is more to the relationship between Jack and Ana Lucia? We saw them "meet" last season in the bar - but possibly they already knew each other and were doing the "couple pretening to be strangers" game. Ana Lucia was shot - possibly Jack was her doctor. We don't know how his marriage ended - maybe he got attached to Ana Lucia . . . I thought there was a hint of relief, as well as disbelief, when he first hears her name.

#35. Posted by: mer at November 28, 2005 1:36 PM

I completely agree, Mer. I felt as though the last comment Ana Lucia made to Jack in the bar alluded to much more between them than we were shown in season one, and I believe I saw the same look on his face when he heard her name. When they were standing across from each other, I thought their stare was one of recognition, more than two strangers who met in a bar and wound up on the same doomed flight. I think more of AL's backstory will fill in those gaps.


Thanks to Ben for the correction...on that oceanicair.com website, if you get into the seating chart page and manage to get Rose's seat to glow, you click on it and a gold wedding band appears to fall down the page...

#36. Posted by: vikki at November 28, 2005 8:39 PM

no offense, but Utopian societies are not created by using felonious assault, conspiracy, kidnapping and murder.
also, I think Ana Lucia may find some sort of redemption in some way involving Claire's baby. If not redemption, at least some sort of inner peace or closure.
And maybe, just maybe, with all the reunions taking place, some sort of code will have to be created, like hanging a tie on the outside of the hatch so that everyone else will know that the bunker is 'ocupado' if you know what I mean.

#37. Posted by: curtis at November 29, 2005 1:38 AM

what is ocupado??

#38. Posted by: a at November 29, 2005 8:29 AM

Haven't read every weeks summaries and comments yet, but does anyone suspect that Shannon may not yet be dead? Do we know anything about the actress and her contract/career that reveals anything? It just seems to me that little attention has been given to her, physically, on the show (though they sure are treating her like she's dead).

#39. Posted by: Tom at November 29, 2005 9:21 AM

Ocupado - As in, "If the Bunker's a rockin' Don't Come A'Knockin'"

#40. Posted by: Boomer at November 29, 2005 9:24 AM

Tom, according to the writers (and spoilerfix.com) Shannon is definitely dead.

#41. Posted by: Trinity at November 29, 2005 2:10 PM

a rockin'?? a'knockin??
what does that mean? i have the bad english.

#42. Posted by: a at November 30, 2005 4:38 AM

RE: a rockin'?? a'knockin??
It's how I made 5 childrem come into this world. By the way,they love LOST, too. Can't wait until tonight's show. I especially can't wait to see who "KIssin Kate" actually kisses. I think it will be Jack.

#43. Posted by: mommyloveslost at November 30, 2005 9:32 AM

Regarding the significance of Gilgamesh and Enkido in the crosswork... I haven't read it in over 15 years, but as I recall Enkido and Gilgamesh become friends... I think they may have even gotten stuck on an island (or stuck somewhere)and had to become friends to work together and figure out how to get off of it. I vaguely recall some class discussion about Gilgamesh maturing or becoming a man or something like that when he meets Enkido. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong... like I said, I read it a long time ago. But my recollection is certainly interesting in light of the Locke/ Eko dynamic. Plus Eko and Enkido have some similarities just in the names.

#44. Posted by: Kay at November 30, 2005 12:20 PM

The Role of Enkidu
When the god Anu heard the city of Uruk lamenting the cruelty of their king, he responded by demanding of the goddess of creation: ?You made him, O Aruru, now create his equal; let it be as like him as his own reflection, his second self, stormy heart for stormy heart? (19). Thus Enkidu was created to counterbalance the despotic Gilgamesh: whereas Gilgamesh was two thirds god and one third man, Enkidu was two thirds beast and one third man. Enkidu also acts as a reflection to Gilgamesh in that both must learn what it means to be human. In order to do this, each must distance himself from his animal or godly instincts. As for Enkidu, Jager states that ?the wild man who is about to enter the human city must?forego living in a state of absolute unity with a savage and untamed nature.? Enkidu must break the bond between himself and the wilderness in order to be cultured and civilized. Similarly, Jager notes that ?The king seeking to humanly inhabit his realm must forego treating that realm as a mere physical extension of himself to which he has completely unrestricted access.? Gilgamesh, like a weaning child, must recognize the break between himself as a ruler and the kingdom he reigns over. Both must learn how to properly inhabit the human realm before they can be considered human.


I found this information at:
http://litmuse.maconstate.edu/litwiki/index.php?title=Gilgamesh&redirect=no

Brings up the ol' purgatory theory again, huh?

#45. Posted by: vikki at November 30, 2005 3:35 PM

I found the following infor at this link:


http://litmuse.maconstate.edu/litwiki/index.php?title=Gilgamesh&redirect=no

The Role of Enkidu
When the god Anu heard the city of Uruk lamenting the cruelty of their king, he responded by demanding of the goddess of creation: “You made him, O Aruru, now create his equal; let it be as like him as his own reflection, his second self, stormy heart for stormy heart” (19). Thus Enkidu was created to counterbalance the despotic Gilgamesh: whereas Gilgamesh was two thirds god and one third man, Enkidu was two thirds beast and one third man. Enkidu also acts as a reflection to Gilgamesh in that both must learn what it means to be human. In order to do this, each must distance himself from his animal or godly instincts. As for Enkidu, Jager states that “the wild man who is about to enter the human city must…forego living in a state of absolute unity with a savage and untamed nature.” Enkidu must break the bond between himself and the wilderness in order to be cultured and civilized. Similarly, Jager notes that “The king seeking to humanly inhabit his realm must forego treating that realm as a mere physical extension of himself to which he has completely unrestricted access.” Gilgamesh, like a weaning child, must recognize the break between himself as a ruler and the kingdom he reigns over. Both must learn how to properly inhabit the human realm before they can be considered human.

Sounds like the purgatory theory again...

#46. Posted by: vikki at November 30, 2005 3:36 PM

Great review!! You dont know how much we appreciate it. Keep up the good work.

#47. Posted by: Mystery at December 4, 2005 1:42 AM

Vikki....how did you get to a seating chart on the oceanic site? i couldn't get to anything except ads!

Boomer....lmao @ your ocupado definition....

#48. Posted by: silkyway at December 13, 2005 2:34 PM