Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lost - Part 14

Anyone ever see ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. There is a song in that movie called ‘Time Warp’. As in ‘Let’s do the time warp, again’. That song was going through my head during last night’s show.

To be honest, I’m still trying to figure out if I liked last night’s show or not. I liked it, of course, but don’t know if I ‘liked liked’ it. I had the ‘Wow’ at the end, but it wasn’t the typical Lost-like Wow I usually get. If that makes sense. Not that Lost and ‘making sense’ go together very often.

Lost tends to do this to me sometimes. It presents a situation that makes you wonder if the show has ‘lost’ it’s way (get it? Multiple meanings for the title? Right. Moving on).

I do have faith as the show hasn’t let me down. Yet.

Still, last night’s ending has me contemplating one HUGE question which will be addressed in due time.

Let’s hope it gets answered soon.

We all know the drill by now.

What Happened

We see Superman Desmond being rushed into the ER after his fight with Ben. He’s apparently crashing (medically speaking; not like from a sugar high) even though he beat the living crap out of Ben after being shot. Desmond’s my hero.

While Penny is fretting in the waiting room with second generation Charlie, Mother Faraday (looking fresh off a face life) approaches and introduces herself. She apologizes to Penny since Desmond appears to be a ‘casualty’ of her son’s work. Penny thinks she’s talking about Ben, but Mother Faraday tells her ‘No, Daniel Faraday’ as if that was some big revelation. Not so much.

You know what? Let’s take this in sections.

Young Faraday: Dan the Man has had mother issues from a young age. He enjoyed playing the piano, but Mother Faraday says it’s time to put that all away and focus on his true ‘destiny’ which is math, whispering everything he says and effing with people’s minds. Oh, he needs to turn some girl into a vegetable, too. Let’s not forget that part.

So Mother Faraday spends a majority of her life pressuring Dan to become a genius, get his doctorate at an obscenely young age, not develop his own mother’s accent despite growing up and going to school in England, and not getting attached to her own son’s girlfriends since one of them will have their minds melted anyway. She’s a treasure.

After Dan fries his lover’s brain, he’s sent to live overseas in a town where dozens of teenage girls make a pact to become pregnant (That would be Gloucester, MA). We see him watching the footage of the fake Oceanic flight discovery, get weepy for reasons he can’t explain, then get a visit from none other than Charles Widmore. Widmore explains he wants Faraday to go on a cruise to a place that will heal his own broken brain. He even confesses that the plane he’s seeing on the news is a fake because he planted it there himself.

Later MF comes to visit and tells Faraday he should really take the job Widmore offered. When Faraday asks ‘Will it make you proud of me?’, she answers ‘Yes…yes it will’, which was both sad and strange as there was no guarantee Faraday would remember her saying that 10 minutes later. Whatever. It got Faraday on the freighter as we all knew it would.

On The Island (1977): Faraday gets right to work mucking up the works for our Oceanic people. He goes directly to Jack after getting off the sub and asks how he got back to 1977. Jack tells him Eloise Hawking told them to get on a plane and they white flashied off it (not his exact phrasing). Faraday asks ‘Let me guess, she said it was your destiny.’ Jack sheepishly confirms that and Faraday brings back the doubting Thomas in Jack by saying ‘She was wrong. You don’t belong here.’

Instead of clarifying he runs off with Miles to the Orchid and confronts Dr Chang about time travel. As in ‘Hey, I’m from the future and this is your son Miles’. Chang doesn’t believe him and drives off. Miles asks what in holy hell Faraday is doing and he answers ‘Making sure he does what he’s supposed to’, but again doesn’t elaborate. In the long run his lack of informational disclosure will become problematic.

Meanwhile, Sawyer’s little house of lies is coming down around his head. His security weasel, Phil, is still tied up in his closet (although he politely introduces him to Jack) and Sawyer realizes his time is nearly up. He wants to start over back at their beach, but Faraday (‘Twitchy’ to Sawyer which needs to be in any conversation regarding his best nicknames) wants to go meet with The Others. You see, one of them is Mother Faraday and only she can get them back to where they belong.

Sawyer ain’t buying it and wants to know what Faraday’s up to. He tries to convince Kate to go with them back to their beach and Juliette – in a not very subtle attempt to put Kate in her place and serve notice to Sawyer – gives her the code to the sonic fence. Jack agrees to go with Faraday because he ‘can get us back to where we belong’. Kate goes with Jack because she looks good carrying a gun.

On the way to grab a Dharma Mobile, Faraday sees young Charlotte and sure enough, goes over to tell her to make sure she’s on the next sub out of dodge. Or Dharma, as it were. He then meets Kate and Jack and gets into a gun fight with that psycho Radzinsky who I’m pretty sure has no friends. They manage to escape but Faraday is wounded slightly. As Jack patches up Faraday he reminds both of them that this is their present. ‘Any one of us could die,’ which is foreshadowing in it’s most glaring form.

He also plants the seeds of rebellion in Jack when he confesses that he was so focused on the constants in his calculations he lost sight of the variables – People. ‘We are the variables. We have free will and can make choices.’ While Jack hasn’t had much acting to do this season, he did a great job conveying the illumination that he could change something. The lights are going on and Take Charge Jack is starting to re-emerge. About friggin’ time.

When Kate asks what Faraday’s talking about, he explains that soon the Dharma crew will drill into a power source and cause a cataclysmic accident. They’ll have to contain it by burying it in cement and inventing a button that will need to be pushed every 108 seconds to counter act the enormous power. Sound familiar? Eventually that button will not be pushed because Desmond was drunk or something and a plane with the flight label Oceanic 815 will crash on the island and the entire thing will start all over again.

Faraday thinks he knows a way to stop the energy from leaking out, but it involves a detonating a hydrogen bomb named Jughead. As Hurley would say: ‘Whoa’.

So, off they go to Camp Other and Faraday come charging in waving a gun at Richard Alpert (which never ends well). He demands to see Eloise Hawking and to know where the bomb has been buried (in the Shadow of the Statue, by any chance?). He tells Alpert that he has until the count of three, gets to two before a shot rings out.

Faraday looks down and sees blood coming out of himself. He falls down while none other than his own (much younger) mother emerges holding the gun that shot him. He says to her ‘You knew this would happen all along..’

She asks who he is and in his dying breath (assuming he actually dies) says ‘I’m….your…son…’

Then LOST comes on the screen in big letters. Damn those letters.

What We Learned

- Widmore is Faraday’s father.

- Which of course means Widmore and Mother Faraday are much more than ‘old friends’. Unless he meant ‘old friends with major benefits’. He really should have winked at Faraday when he said ‘old friends’. Not like Faraday would have remembered anyway.

- Faraday fried his own brain, too. His memory problems indicate he attempted time travel on himself as well as his girlfriend.

- Little Charlie has Desmond’s hair.

- Mother Faraday is a cold blooded lizard woman!

- Sawyer and Juliette are in big trouble. Both were taken prisoner after Radzinsky and his motley crew discovered Phil the Weasel in Sawyer’s closet.

- Faraday could have been a musical prodigy.

- He also had father AND mother issues. In more ways than he ever realized.

- Penny would just leave her son with any random nurse.

- Desmond might be indestructible.

- Juliette and Sawyer may need counseling. Maybe Rose can help.

- Just to be clear on this: Mother Faraday knew that back in 1977 she shoots someone who claims to be her son. She then has a son who grows up to look just like the guy she shoots. She must then realize that that dude really was her son, figures out that he discovers time travel, cultivates and pushes him towards discovering time travel so he can then go back in time so she can shoot him. Have I got that right?

- Richard Alpert’s memory wasn’t always so great. He didn’t recognize Faraday right away even though he once took Faraday prisoner and had him check out the hydrogen bomb to see if it could be disabled.

- That journal Faraday jots everything down in was a present from his mother. That same mother that shoots him later on in his life, but earlier on in her life. I’m thinking those nosebleeds everyone on the island got from skipping through time were a metaphor for what was going to happen to viewer’s brains while trying to figure out this season.

- The contractor installing my countertops doesn’t wash his hands after peeing. It’s not Lost related, but I find it disturbing.

- Chang may in fact begin to believe Faraday at some point. Apparently he will order at least a partial evacuation of the island soon.

- Faraday couldn’t resist playing the creepy old man to Charlotte’s nightmares. Idiot. Didn’t he just tell Jack about making choices and free will?

- Faraday is dead.

New Questions

- Or is he?

- Were Mother Faraday and Widmore married at some point?

- Was Faraday already born and living on the island when his future self comes back to be shot by his own mother?

- Is there more awkward sentence than the one above?

- If Faraday was born (estimating his age to be mid to late 30s means he was already born) does he witness his own death? Like Bruce Willis in ’13 Monkeys’ (sorry for spoiling that if you haven’t seen it).

- Did Faraday play a mean version of chopsticks?

- Did it strike Faraday that entering a hostile camp waving a gun around was bad idea? For a genius he didn’t have much common sense.

- Will Jack, Kate and Hurley (who I think will be the catalyst judging by the way he was eyeing the serial numbers being added to the hatch lid) attempt to destroy the hatch?

- To phrase it another way: If they think they can prevent Oceanic 815 from crashing (and Faraday has planted that idea in Jack’s head), thus never getting to know each other but also saving hundreds of lives would they do so? Would they attempt to destroy the hatch before it’s built therefore preventing their plane from crashing on the island?

This means Kate will stay in custody and probably spend the rest of her life in jail. Hurley will enjoy his lottery winnings but still think he’s cursed. Sawyer will continue on his life of conning women out of money. Locke will stay in the wheelchair. Jack will still be a dysfunctional, yet productive workaholic. Durnst won’t explode all over Jack. Sayid may never reunite with his tortured lost love. Seems to me they’re all better people having spent time on the island, no? Well, except Charlie who while still being a junky would at least be alive.

- If they do prevent the hatch from causing a power leak, would we remember this entire show or would it get wiped from our memories? And would that be a good thing or a bad thing?

- Can the past be changed? Faraday has preached both sides of the argument.

- Will Sawyer be able to smooth talk his way out of Radzinski’s jail? I doubt it, but I’ll bet he comes up with some funny nicknames trying.

- And let’s get to the elephant in the room, shall we? Oh, we shall:

What purpose does Mother Faraday shooting her own son serve?

In other words, the shooting of grown up Daniel in 1977 must either spur some course of action that needs to take place or prevent something awful from happening. It’s important enough for MF to knowingly groom her son to invent time travel so he can go back to 1977 and be shot. By herself, no less.

The exchange between MF and Widmore at the end is very telling. He says to her that his relationship with Penny is one of the sacrifices he has needed to make for the sake of the island. Mother Faraday says to him ‘Don’t you dare talk to me about sacrifices’ which implies she is making the ultimate sacrifice in her own son.

This in turn sparks more questions:

- Could she prevent Faraday from going back in time or would fate intervene and ‘course correct’ her actions?

- If she could prevent him from going back, would she? It seems she wouldn’t as she not only didn’t attempt to stop him but encouraged and pushed him in that direction.

- This can only mean that she (or the island?) NEEDED him to go back to 1977 and be shot for a reason.

What is that reason?

And what the hell lies in the shadow of the statue?

A random prediction: Jack and crew’s attack on the hatch is what actually causes the problems with the Orchid station and not the Dharma crew drilling into it. So, in a round about way, they’ll be responsible for their own plane crashing. As I’ve preached my entire life, sometimes it’s best to do just sit back and do nothing. And, yes, that was in my goals and objectives last year.

Until next week. Only two episodes left, by the way. Not to spoil anything, but the season finale is titled ‘The Incident’. Can’t wait!!!

Today's distraction: A detailed map of the Lost island.


thepowerof10 said...

I either need to start watching Lost or stop checking your blog on Thursdays.

BeachBum said...

You win either way!