This Place is Death
Can I just say, I think this might be one of the saddest episodes of Lost. At least as far as I can remember.
We did get a few more long awaited answers and back stories, but it left me feeling low and weary. I can’t believe the whole Jeremy Bentham story is fitting into one episode – how is that possible?!
We open right where we left off (something I am appreciative this season!) with Sun in her car. She gets a call from her cherubic daughter just in time to steel her reserve and “finish up what she came to do”. (yeah right!)
Did anyone else tell her to lock the door when she left Aaron behind?? I thought it was awesome bad*ssery when Sun cocked the gun so aggressively.
I was glad that she was almost determined to avenge her husband’s death.
It’s incredible to me how many people believe Ben after all the lies he’s told them. I guess if he is telling you what you want to believe he’s already ahead of the game! How exactly is he going to prove Jin is alive?
Jin is slowly realizing all is not as it should be on this Island. He asks Danielle the year – 1988. He intends to look for the camp and his wife even though there is no possible way he is going to find either in 1988.
They blithely set off to find the radio tower and then Jin’s camp. At about the time Nadine disappears, Alex gives Danielle a might kick that drops her to the ground (what a superbaby!). Danielle and Robert share a touching moment that will contrast with the upcoming tragedy that seperates them.
When they realize Nadine is missing Montand joins the rank of the soon-to-be-not-missed by responding “This is what happens when you bring women. She’s probably off chasing a butterfly.” The Smoke Monster is heard off screen — I really hope the Smoke Monster’s eventual revelation is worthy because I love Smokey.
Let me ask: Why do people always think splitting up is a good idea when one of a group goes missing in a jungle/woods/dark night and they know there is a monster/villain/killer lurking?!?
Seeing Nadine’s bag on the ground, I wait for her inevitable fall from the sky. RIP Nadine.
Isn’t he incredible? Love that monster.
Smokey grabs Montand (say goodbye to your arm buddy!) and drags him off through the jungle just like Locke in Season 1. He drags him straight into an opening in a mysterious looking old building – the walls contain heiroglyphics similar to the ones seen at the Donkey Wheel and on the door Ben used to summon Smokey. Oooh!
Here’s a better shot!
Insanely enough – the French crew decide to go underground to rescue ‘Montand’ who is “hurt” and asking for help claiming “it’s gone.” Do any of us think this is the real Montand speaking?
Jin convinces Danielle that she must not go down. “Baby.” She agrees and the sky begins to lighten…Flash.
Ugh. Jin stumbles over Montand’s mouldy old arm. Clearly things do not go well here in the past!
Jin drinking from that leaf made me sooo thirsty! I’m thirsty again just thinking about it. He sees a column of black smoke, a la Rosseau, off in the distance and heads for it. Ah yes – there’s her music box before it is broken. The buzzing of flies is not a good sign. Yep. Rest of the ‘team’ is dead. All shot through the head – tidy!
Rosseau and Robert confront each other on the beach. He almost convinces her that he is himself and the moment she wavers he tries to shoot her! Poor Danielle. I’m glad to know it was not in her mind that these people were sick.
When Danielle spots Jin she readies to shoot him and while he runs there is a time jump that lands him…in Sawyer’s gun sights.
I love this Season 5 Sawyer!
Meanwhile….off Island. Ben convinces Sun to listen to him and that Jin is alive.
Kate & Sayid are the only 2 who do not believe Ben and won’t go with him to meet “someone”. Kate unfairly accuses Jack of pretending to care for Aaron.
At this point it is pretty hard to imagine what it will take to convince Kate they need to return to the Island….curse “Next Week on Lost” because something clearly does!
Locke promises Jin that he will bring Sun back. After two back-to-back Time Jumps, Charlotte comes to and shouts at Jin in Korean — she looked truly scary — in English she tells him not to let her return because “This place is death!”
Off Island en route to: Some One (Mrs. Hawking I presume) Jack has a momentary blip of defiance, claiming that if Sun doesn’t kill Ben he will.
In his very best Ben-ness, Ben slams on the brakes and gives this little speech: What I’m doing is helping you! And if you had any idea what I’ve had to do to keep you safe, to keep your friends safe, you’d never stop thanking me. You want to shoot me? Then shoot me, but let’s get on with it.
Bravo! Neither of those two are about to do anything about anything.
Ben’s outburst reminded me of when he told Michael that the Others were “the good guys.” I think when Ben is his most emotional, he is being the truest. Although…he is far too clever to be trusted!
On Island Locke and Co. leave Daniel and Charlotte behind to rush to the Orchid — the flashes are getting closer together and they are all running out of time. Before they leave Charlotte tells Locke that if the Orchid is not there that he should look for the Well. She must be remembering her time on Island now.
Did anyone else expect Locke to get the rope burn of all time when he was heading down that well??
Indeed in the next scene Charlotte tells Daniel that she remembers growing up as part of the Dharma Initiative on the Island. Tragically she also tells him about the scary man that told her if she came back to the Island she would die. Daniel was the Scary Man.
This does not bode well for Charlotte or Daniel’s attempts to save her life!
Right before Locke heads down the Well, he promises Jin that Jin “has his word” not to bring back Sun or the Baby. He gives Locke his wedding ring to prove to Sun that Jin was dead. Locke takes the ring and heads down — oh just in time for another flash. Locke does not land smoothly!
Poor Sawyer is frantic trying to reach Locke after the flash – it looks like Locke is buried underground. The mere thought made my throat close up.
We cut to a closeup of Locke with a compound AARRGHH fracture of his leg. Why is the universe so determined not to let him walk?! Is this a sign, like Jack’s appendicitis, that he should NOT leave the Island?
Standing with his back to him, lighting a lantern is the Living Dead Man, Christian Shephard. (that part of the scene really reminded me of Twin Peaks and Mike’s Arm — the Man From Another Place – spooky stuff!) Christian won’t help Locke walk on his horrifically broken leg! Instead, he watches him struggle smilingly and tells him to say hi to his son. I’d forgotten that Locke doesn’t know he is Jack’s father!
Directly after Christian and Locke’s discussion of “sacrifice” we arrive back in LA where Ben’s group meets up with Desmond on their way to meet Eloise. A conspicuous statue of the most famous Sacrifice greets them.
Ben does not look altogether pleased to see Desmond or to hear a reference to Daniel’s mother.
Ben uses Jin’s wedding ring to convince Sun that Jin is alive and that he is waiting for her to return to the Island. She questions why Locke didn’t tell her himself and Jack questions one of Ben’s previous stories. Characteristically, Ben claims not to have lied per se and apparently he didn’t. See? Tricky!
“Hello, Eloise,” Ben says.
“Hello, Benjamin.” ahh another character who can infuse meaning into such short sentences!
I’m starting to think she may not be a good person after all.
Miles: He’s Korean. I’m from Encino.
Sayid: I don’t want any part of this. And if I see you, (Jack) or him (Ben) again, it will be extremely unpleasant for all of us.
Daniel: So, do you speak any other languages?
Charlotte: Just Klingon.
Sun: You said we’d be there in 30 minutes.Ben: I didn’t account for traffic.
Charlotte: I know more about ancient Carthage than Hannibal himself.
This category is slowly filling up with Daniel’s “explanations” – they are as bad as those little pop-ups that air on the previous weeks episode. UGH!
Daniel: The blast must have thrown him in the water. He’s been moving with every flash, just like us. Ah yes. Piles of explosives generally blow people clear of their own blast. Simple physics, right Daniel?
Locke: Richard said I was going to die.Christian: I suppose that’s why they call it a sacrifice. I put this in the Worst because it is so mean!
So Rosseau’s Team went down into The Temple and were definitely being used by the Island/Jacob — but why? What possible threat was a pregnant woman to the Island?
Why does the Island need a Security System like Smokey? Or is it for The Temple?
Why is Locke suddenly the “sacrifice the Island demands”? Or is he? Can Christian Shephard be trusted? He didn’t even mention Jacob this time. Where is Jacob? Who is Jacob??
What is Ben’s motive in usurping John as the one to move the Island?
Why does Eloise want to find the Island? Did she use her own son simply as a means to an end??