Ep 11 All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues
Ethan has abducted Claire and Charlie. The castaways have figured out Ethan wasn’t on the plane and chase after him and Jack bullies Kate. But the castaways have no idea about the mysterious tribe already living on the island.
Meanwhile there are reduant flashbacks to Jack and his mean dad. The flashbacks take away from the more interesting island storyline.
Jack is always so intense I’m amazed he never has a stroke. Jack and Kate find Charlie in a shocking state. I’m amazed Charlie didn’t suffer multiple fractures from Jack’s over enthusiastic CPR.
As Boone and Locke stumble around in the dark a dropped torch leads to the discovery of the hatch. When this ep originally aired and the torch dropped and hit metal, I can still remember the ooohhhh noise from viewers. This was okay.
How did Hurley sort out Sawyer’s name during the census? How did Ethan grab two people by himself? How did Locke learn all his tracking and knife skills – was it at the commune?
People discuss Danielle’s tales of Others, but Danielle’s account of past events and what was portrayed in season 5 do not match up. How come on his many treks Locke never found the hatches, the pylons or the barracks or any of the ancient structures?
“We can’t account for all of our people. And more importantly, who’s to say they’re even our people?”
“Sayid said there were others.”
“Sayid said that we’re not alone.”
“There could be lots of other people on the island.”
“So a tribe of evil natives planted a ringer in the camp to kidnap a pregnant girl and a reject from VH1 has-beens. Yeah, fiendishly clever.”
“She said that there are Others on the island.”
Ep 18 Numbers
The castaways are building a second raft. Why did they never try a third? Jack walks around in another of his endless sleeveless shirts showing off his tattoos. Hurley sees the infamous and never explained numbers.
Flashbacks reveals Hurley won $156 million on the lottery and his mother was feisty. His brother Diego appears but was never seen in later seasons.
Memories and the numbers prompt Hurley to go find Danielle. Hurley runs across a rope bridge, rants and bond with Danielle. Back on the beach Locke makes Claire a cradle. This was good.
Why did Danielle call part of the island the dark territory? Why did no-one bother about the cable until season 4? The sight gag of the falling man in Hurley’s flashback was black comedy.
Why is Sawyer reading next to the raft? Who built the rope bridge – Dharma or Others? Danielle tells Hurley there is a radio tower on the island but no-one looks for it until season 3. How did Charlie go cold turkey so easily?
“It means ‘Dark Territory’. That sound like a place you’d like to visit?”
“He was setting out for a walk. Acting like a loon I might add.”
“You opened the box.”
“Nothing to do but listen to static night after night. Until one night about 16 years ago, there’s something in the static.”
“That thing in the woods? Maybe it’s a monster, maybe it’s a pissed off giraffe. I don’t know. The fact that no-one is even looking for us, yeah, that’s weird. But I just go along with it.”
Ep 23 Exodus, Part 1
Flashbacks to just hours before the crash show Walt was a brat, Jack met Ana-Lucia at a bar and Shannon is selfish. Meanwhile Danielle shows up at the beach camp with a warning. Her account of Alex’s abduction does not tally with the events of season 5.
Anyway Jack comes up with the brilliant idea to hide the castaways inside the hatch. Sayid points out the hatch could belong to the Others, no-one listens.
So flashbacks show Jack’s marriage failed and Ana-Lucia mentions she’s in the tail section, foreshadowing. Sawyer needs to put on a shirt. Shannon mopes over Boone, why did they kill him? What became of Shannon’s pink jacket?
Elsewhere Jin and Sun have a moment which would climax in their stupid, selfish deaths in season 6. The raft is launched, a great moment. This was good.
Danielle, Jack, Arzt and co trek to the Black Rock which turns out to be a ship. The ship that in season 6 was revealed to have brought Richard Alpert to the island. Did no-one ever ask him how he got to the island? Or ask him what he knew about the Black Rock? The man was the first Other and no-one ever really asked him anything,
“The Others are coming.”
“Dynamite at the Black Rock in the Dark Territory.”
“Well that’s three reasons to go tight there.”
“I got into a bar fight. Ain’t that a badge of honour in this country?”
Ep 7 The Other 48 Days
Remember the creepiness of the scene in ‘...And Found’ when Jin and Eko hid under a bush watching muddy barefoot Others walk silently by? The show totally lost the creep factor by season 6.
Anyway this ep tells of the tail section survivors travails on the island. The opening scene as the tail section crashes into the ocean is impressive but how did they get out of their seats?
The tail section survivors have little food, no medicine and no water. Ana-Lucia bonds with Goodwin. The Others menace them. Ana-Lucia becomes convinced Nathan is an Other so she kicks him in the head and tosses him down a deep pit. It takes Ana-Lucia a while to realise she’s wrong and kill the real Other.
But as the tail section people trek across the island, her fear of the Others and the stress causes her to shoot first leading to tragedy. This was very good.
What happened to Cindy, Zack and Emma after season 6? How did they get water on the beach? Didn’t they wonder where the chicken came from? Did Ana-Lucia dig that really deep hole and make the complicated lid all by herself? Where did they get their flaming torches from?
What was the deal with the glass eye? Why was the section of film hidden? Why didn’t Bernard’s radio detect the French transmission? Was Goodwin’s army knife taken from the jughead team that was on the island?
“Where the hell are the rescue planes?”
“I will pray for them too.”
“Who are these people?”
“I don’t know. They’re out there in the jungle with no shoes, nothing in their pockets, no labels on their clothes. These people were here before us.”
Ep 11 The Hunting Party
Michael runs off to find the Others who have Walt. Michael is in the process of losing his mind. But first, more Jack flashbacks to Jack’s whining, moaning, cheating shrike of a wife. Also Sawyer continues being smarmy and belligerent. Jin and Sun have issues.
Jack, Sawyer and Locke stomp through the jungle. Jack annoys. Then they encounter Tom and his band of Others. Why was Tom used as an intermediary? Where is Richard? Jack does not deal well with Tom prompting the great “Light ‘em up” moment.
Jack cannot stand to be outdone so stomps back to Ana-Lucia and asks about an army, which never same to anything. This was okay.
What did Michael mean when he said the computer wasn’t what they think? Why didn’t Jack want Kate to come on the trek? Did Jack know his vile daddy was a cheater? Why did the Others don their rags, fake beards and mud disguises?
“He went all commando.”
“The path of a man who knows where he’s going.”
“He might be past listening to reason.”
“This music is quite depressing.”
“This is not your island, this is our island. And the only reason you’re living on it is cause we let you live on it.”
“You cross that line; we go from misunderstanding to something else.”
Ep 22 Three Minutes
Michael has killed Ana-Lucia and Libby as part of a plan to get Walt back. Flashbacks to his encounter with the Others show his excruciating agony and escalating acrimony. His life is completely involved with Walt so being separated from him is like a death.
Around the castaways Michael acts suspiciously – he should be cultivating deep distrust but isn’t. Michael’s silent and self damaging withdrawal has caused all his problems but he keeps it up. Meanwhile Hurley is uncomprehending and terribly hurt and helpless over Libby’s murder.
Flashbacks show the events of ‘The Hunting Party’ from Michael’s POV and how he encountered Alex. He also visited the Others fake camp and met Miss Klugh. She had a groaner of a name. What happened there lead to his emotionally barren choice. Now his life is full of tension and standoffs. Everyone fails completely to notice, except Sayid.
Elsewhere Sawyer’s nicknames irritate and he and Jack are fractious. It’s a volatile situation all round. Jack annoys, the writers got tediously hagiographic about him in season 6. The writers had a massive over-inflated opinion of him.
Anyway Ana-Lucia and Libby are buried. Claire hugs a log in a blanket and pretends it is her baby and during the burial Sun sees something unexpected. This wasn’t one of the better episodes.
Who was Michael typing to? What happened to Eko’s church and the box of vaccines Charlie gave to Claire? Why have the castaways totally withdrawn from communication? Why did the Others fake being hillbillies? Where’s Richard? What was the Others interest in Walt and why did they give him up?
“They’re not who they say they are, they’re pretending.”
“They’ll be angry enough to believe whatever you say.”
“I think Michael has been compromised.”