Monday, May 22, 2006

S2Ep22 - Three Minutes (Michael's third flashback) - 5/17/06

Hello my dear friends,

Despite being a nearly Locke-free episode where pretty much nothing happened, I still enjoyed "Three Minutes." And for those wondering why it was called "Three Minutes," it is because that is the amount of time Ms. Klugh said Michael could have with Walt. I was surprised at how mellow the show was overall... at this time last season they scored one of the best episodes ever (Exodus Part 1). Let's just hope they pull off an awesome finale - then all will be forgiven.

Also, a quick reminder before we get going - you can read captions by mousing over the pictures.


MY WALT, HOW YOU'VE GROWN!

A recap (with commentary) of Michael's past two weeks:
1) We now know that 13 days ago, Walt and his superfast typing informed Michael via the Hatch Computer of where he was being held. I was mad at this scene because I consider myself one of the fastest typers in the world (seriously), and there is no way any human could've typed that quickly!!!?!? I don't even think it was Walt typing it in the first place. Regardless, Michael takes a gun, locks Jack and Locke in the armory, and leaves - supposedly heading north.

Hurry it up, I've got the Red Sea to part!2) He runs into an Other seemingly going pee in the middle of nowhere. All of a sudden, Zeke (looking exactly like Moses) and some other Others bust out and capture Michael. Zeke warns everyone not to hurt Michael because they "need him." This was strange to me, because according to this timeline (which coincides with the "13 days ago" shown in this episode), Henry had not been captured yet. So they obviously thought they needed Michael for something before they wanted him to release Henry (unless they knew Stonehenge!!! Oh wait, nevermind.they were going to send Henry there to intentionally be caught... confused yet?). Anyway, they lead Michael to The Others' camp, which has a strange rock wall thing with a huge hole in it as a marker nearby.

3) Some of Michael's blood is collected upon his arrival at the camp (probably for genetic testing, and to ensure he is Walt's father... and Yes, I'm freaky.  Deal with it!also probably to make us think: "Since that Other guy whipped out a nice clean, empty Ziplock bag... they probably have some other facilities there besides the huts...").

4) Ms. Klugh (who I can barely stand to look at because of her freaky eyes or listen to because of her weird voice) asks Michael a ton of questions about Walt's childhood, none of which he can answer. Although he did seem to have a reaction to the "Has Walt ever appeared some place he wasn't supposed to be?" question... like he had witnessed that before.

5) Finally, Michael annoys them enough with his "my boy" speeches that they allow him to see Walt. Walt is first and foremost concerned about the well-being of Vincent, which I loved, because it was very realistic. After confirming that the worst that has happened to Vincent is that he has become a drug mule and tried to turn Charlie back to his junkie ways by tossing Virgin Marys at him (but is otherwise fine), Walt mentions that the Others are "pretending" and "not what they seem" and that they make him "takes tests." Ms. Klugh threatens him with going back into "the room" if he talks further about that. Walt seems fairly distraught and pleads for help when he hugs Michael at the end.

6) After Michael has been successfully shaken up by Walt's visit, he agrees to bring back four of the Lostaway Posse after freeing NotHenry. He is promised that he and Walt will be turned free (AND get the Hillbilly boat!) if he completes this mission. Now that's a deal if I ever heard one. Do you know much Hillbilly boats are going for on eBay???


I cannot make up my mind on whether I think everything that Walt said IS true and that he really is desperate to get out of there, or if Ms. Klugh was making him say those things to get Michael worked up enough so that they could count on him going through with the plan. Walt did not seem to be acting, and I don't know why they would actually want him to say "they're pretending"... so that leads me to believe they are doing some sort of tests on him and he's scared. But then again, he seemed to be exchanging looks with Ms. Klugh and there sometimes seemed to be pauses where I wondered if they were communicating telepathically. She could've been telling him what to say to ensure Michael got upset.



NO SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (OR FOR MICHAEL)

The boards seemed split about whether or not we should be more understanding of Michael's actions now that we know exactly what happened to him... especially after that chilling scene with Walt. I honestly was expecting Walt to either not be shown, or for him to be like, "Hey Dad, this place rocks!" and be all happy hangin' with The Others. I was convinced that The Others were taking children away for their own safety, but now that does not seem to be the case. And "seem" is definitely the key word there.

The two camps are:
1) (Much like Justin Timberlake) Michael was Justified
and
2) They didn't even say he had to kill anyone, so now Michael's actions are that much more unforgivable.

So what if I look 3 years older now - SAVE ME, DAMMIT!Support for Michael, from the boards:
- "Michael's actions remind us how short their time on the island has been. To us it feels like two years, but it's only been a few months for them. He can trade their lives for Walt because he feels like he doesn't 'know' them & owes them nothing... Humanity not withstanding. "
- "Put me down as being totally sold on Michael's motivations and HP's acting throughout. HP's character is confronted with people he doesn't understand who are likely to hold Walt for the rest of his life. And it's only at this point that Michael has developed any kind of relationship with his son - of course he's going to grab at any chance to free Walt. It's just too bad that Michael couldn't take Jack et al. into his confidence and try to make a plan with them. I get the feeling though that Michael is so terrified that he just wants to flee all this incomprehensible creepiness, and isn't interested in understanding the Others' motivations."
- "We may extrapolate about what we would have done if it was our family threatened, but we're talking about the character of Michael in some really bad circumstances. It wouldn't be true to character if he's suddenly Mr. Altruistic or even Mr. Clearheaded. He loves his son, but he's also selfish, paranoid, frenzied, and hurt by the past. I don't know how Michael would be expected to trust any of those people, lostaways or not. Where would that come from? He's not like the codependent Charlie and he doesn't get to see their humanizing flashbacks. He's stuck in solitary in Otherville. Because of his cynical nature, he "knows" that no one else cares enough to just try to go save his son in the face of suicidal odds. If the tables were turned, he wouldn't go. So he gave them better odds and a better reason. He's stooping to the challenge."
- "I think Michael already assumed that telling the truth would only work against him and he couldn't take that chance. After watching the "3 minutes," I too believed that Walt needed to be taken away from these people ASAP. Michael isn't one for intricate long cons. So suddenly, the opportunity presents itself and he takes it. If I were Michael, AnaL would probably have been the only one of the Lostaways I could shoot. Remember, these are all pretty much strangers, and Michael would have good reason to really dislike, maybe hate, AnaL. "


No excuses for Michael, from the boards:
MY BOYYYYYYYY!- "I thought Michael was brainwashed or something, but he goes and kills two women and is going to walk the others into a trap. Jerk, murderer. I hope Sawyer shoots him."
- "Even under Lost's arcane system of morality, there has to be a reckoning for Michael for what he did. If we are to assume that he wasn't brainwashed, then he committed cold-blooded murder in the belief that it would result in his son's release. Now he is prepared to put more lives at risk in the belief, IMO mistaken, that it will result in said son's release. While I can appreciate his love for his son who was missing from most of Michael's life, his obsession with his son has clouded his judgment on several occasions and now has compelled him to cross a line from which I believe he can't return."
- "I could not agree more. Place me firmly in the camp of those parents who would kill (or die) to protect their children in a heartbeat, but to deliberately kill innocent people who are in the way of a horribly ill-conceived plan is just too much even for me. It's one thing to kill the 'perpetrators' to try to save your child, it's quite another to mow down innocent people. Michael must pay for that somehow."


EKO: ONCE SO COOL, NOW TEETERING DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO BEING LAME

I really do not like the direction in which they are taking Mr. Eko. Before, he used to rock. I loved his cryptic speeches and brief, but spot-on, responses. He still has all of those qualities, but for him to now be devoted to pressing the button seems silly. It would be one thing if he interpreted Yemi's dream as: "the work they are doing overall on this island is important" - but he seems to just be fixating on pressing the button now... even after watching the Orientation video in the Pearl Hatch that pretty much said it was just an experiment. So I would've been OK if his stance was, "OK, the button-pushing may not actually do anything, but the study of human behavior that they've got going on here is important and needs to be continued." But he never really said anything like that, he just thinks he's now "meant" to be the button-pusher - so much so that he SKIPPED Ana Lucia and Libby's funeral and wanted Charlie to move all his stuff down to the hatch??? It seems a little extreme and unbelievable, especially since he and Ana Lucia did spend those first 48 days together and seemed relatively close. I am positive that the button actually does do something now, by the way. I just don't think the writers handled it very well. If they are going to make it be like, "See? Eko was RIGHT - he should've kept pushing the button because it was important!" after someone (most likely Locke, from the previews) stops him from pushing it, it is going to be annoying. Once again, had he come up with some better excuse of why he thinks the button itself may still be important DESPITE having watched the Pearl Hatch Orientation video which clearly stated that it was an experiment, then fine. But he hasn't.

I would've been completely anti-Eko had he stopped delivering his trademark speeches, but thankfully, he provided us with this gem - perhaps "the best speech of the night" (certainly better than the lame eulogies at the funerals...):

MICHAEL: I hear you're a priest.
EKO: Yes.
MICHAEL: I guess you believe in Hell, then.
EKO [helping Michael clean the blood]: For a brief time I served in a small parish in England. Every Sunday after Mass, I would see a young boy waiting in the back of the church. And then one day, the boy confessed to me that he had beaten his dog to death with a shovel. He said that the dog had bitten his baby sister on the cheek; and he needed to protect her. And he wanted to know whether he would go to Hell for this. I told him that God would understand -- that he would be forgiven, as long as he was sorry. But the boy did not care about forgiveness. He was only afraid that if he did go to Hell -- that dog would be there waiting for him.


Ooooohhhh, Michael, I think Eko's ON to you, sucka!


DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN

Much like with what was done in the first few episodes of this season (remember waaaay back when they showed the initial encounter with Desmond in the hatch in three different episodes, from a different character's angle each time?), we re-watched the scene in the jungle when The Others released a kidnapped Kate and Zeke spoke of not "crossing the line," only this time we learned that Michael was there as well. And we were given more evidence to support the hope that Alex has not been completely warped by The Others, as she was asking Michael about Claire's baby (seemed especially curious about if it was a boy or a girl), and also said: "It's okay. He's just delivering a message. He has to scare your friends to do it." Some interpreted that line to mean that The Others really don't have a lot of things they can use against the Lostaways, they just need to make it seem like they do - once again, theatrics. However, I still contend that so far, The Others have certainly been "winning" against the Lostaways, so they are doing something right...


BYE BYE HOBBIT?

Worst. Idea. Ever.He chucked the Virgin Mary statues into the ocean, he made peace with Claire, he stood up to Eko... and then he went and injected himself with the supposed vaccine?

Here's a good post on the topic: "A 'vaccine' needed every nine days? That doesn't sound like much of a vaccine; it sounds more like way to addict a population. Or perhaps suppress symptoms of someone who has already been (fatally?) infected."

Methinks Charlie may be the next to go... even though the producers swore they would not incur the wrath of the LOTR fans...



BUT HONEY, YOU AND I BOTH KNOW IT'S NOT GOING TO TAKE THAT LONG.

After getting his leg speared by the blast door, Locke was told by Jack that it would take at least 4 weeks to heal. Rose thought otherwise. Sure enough, Locke shed himself of his crutches and his splint in less than a week. I wish I knew about this island when I broke bones all the time back in the day (I am very clumsy)!



THE FAB FOUR

MS. KLUGH: I'm writing 4 names down -- 4 of your friends. We need you to bring them here. You have to bring only these 4 people, Michael. Just them. If you don't bring all the people on the list, you'll never see Walt again.
MICHAEL [still crying]: Okay, okay.
MS. KLUGH: Do you understand, Michael?
MICHAEL [still crying]: Yes. What do I tell them.
MS. KLUGH: Doesn't matter. Make up a story. They'll be angry enough to believe whatever you say.
[She hands him the list of names.]
MICHAEL: Who's James Ford?


I know that part above was definitely NOT meant to be funny, but I died laughing and had to rewind it. However, the fact that Michael did not know Sawyer's real name led many viewers to the conclusion that either The Others were going from the official flight passenger manifest list (which listed "real" names), that Hurley is a mole (he knew everyone's real names from his "census" which used the manifest), or that The Others had known about the Lostaways long before they came to the island and have been tracking their lives for quite some time. I think either 1 or 3 is plausible - but I highly doubt Hurley is a mole, please.



These people have just won VIP Passes to The Others' private spa!Then there is the even bigger question of WHY THOSE FOUR? If they were all clear-cut "good" or "bad" people, it would've been easier - but Kate and Sawyer would definitely be on the naughty list, Hurley would seem to be good, and Jack would also probably be good (though there is contention on that one).

Tons of theories abound on why those four were picked - there is no way I can capture them all. Leading contenders are: a) they are all bad - we just don't know enough about Hurley and Jack yet, b) they are all responsible - be it on purpose or not - for someone else's death (though Sayid and Charlie would make that list, too), c) they have all seen things on the island that weren't supposed to be there: Jack - Zombie dad, Hurley - Dave, Kate & Sawyer - Black horse, d) The Others wanted both good and bad people because they do different experiments on each group.

The theory below is also very interesting, especially if it really is all just an experiment in human behavior (though I think their reasoning for Hurley is kind of weak):
- "They wanted those four because they hold influence in the community. Jack is the leader by default, and each time they've confronted the Others he has always spoken up first. Kate discovered their abandoned medical hatch, and she was with Jack when he demanded Walt back. Hurley organized and maintained the food. Sawyer stole the guns, stole all the dead people who died in the crash's stuff, and everyone comes to him when they need something. All four of them are influential to the Lostaways community, take them away and it changes that dynamic. Now new people have to step up and take a leadership role. It's one big elaborate experiment."

One last comment on The List... why wasn't Locke on it? Henry said he was coming for Locke - and if The Others knew Henry had been captured, then Locke is still needed, isn't he?


THE WORST LIAR ON THE ISLAND

Here he is.


Uhh... duhhh... uhh... don't come, because, uh... we don't want anyone with SKILLS involved in saving MY BOY!




THE ONLY SMART PERSON LEFT ON THE ISLAND

Here he is.


You people are idiots.  Why am I never on this show anymore?!?!?


"AWWWW" MOMENTS OF THE WEEK

1)

SAWYER: That's how she got my gun. Ana, she jumped me. [Jack looks puzzled] We got caught in a net.
JACK: Why are you telling me this, Sawyer?
SAWYER: Because you're about the closest thing I've got to a friend, Doc.


2)
Claire grabbing Charlie's hand at the funeral.



WISE WORDS FROM THE BOARDS

People were on fire on the boards this past week - there are a lot of great posts this time around:
- The Others--well, they have a nice start on a Four Seasons resort somewhere in the South Pacific. People pay a lot of money for those little huts right next to the ocean.
- I may be alone here, but I'm glad they totally didn't forget about the Claire-Charlie storyline. I loved when she grabbed his hand. Though, I found it really freakish that Charlie finds some random drugs and is like "I totally think we should give these to the newborn baby and his young mom."
- Thank you Sawyer! Finally mentioning that Sayid is the only person who might have some knowledge about war! Is it weird that Sawyer hasn't pissed me off too much these last few episodes? Is it scary that he's been the most logical person? And is it okay that I almost cried when Sawyer got emotional with Jack?
- Oh shit...did Walt ever appear in a place he wasn't suppose to be?
- If they don't do a Walt flashback episode in Season 3 I'm gonna be pissed!
- Tests...Walt being in 'the room' *shudder*
- I'm a little afraid Walt is setting up his own father, might I add.
- Vincent is a bad, bad dog. Honestly, what did he think he was doing trying to get Charlie hooked on heroin again like that? Bad dog.
- So if Ms. Clue has made her appearance, is Zeke Colonel Mustard?
- At least the writers haven't robbed Sayid of all intelligence. I so wanted him to just slap Michael when he was whining about not wanting Sayid to go. I would have watched that over and over again and never erased it.
- Why would Eko tell the oh-so-appropriate story about the scared kid who stupidly killed a dog to "protect" his little sister unless he realized exactly why Michael was so distraught about the murders and asking about hell? Eko and Said are definitely the smart ones.
- Jack and Sawyer: BFF.
- I too was screaming at Charlie for throwing that heroin in the water. Think of all the ways that that could be used. Not only last week, with Libby, but imagine if they had doped up Henry. He wouldn't have gone anywhere, and they may have gotten some truth out of him. Let's hope that they wash ashore, or that Charlie dies.
- Why didn't The Others want Locke?
- If Locke was on the good list, then these four must be on the bad list. Two crooks and a poker-playing doctor with tattoos. They might want Hurley to hit him up for a donation.
- There's no way the Others could spend that long with Michael screaming about his boy without shooting him.
- I loved the episode! Does anyone think maybe Charlie threw the statues into the water because the vaccine cured him?
- The list could also be the people that felt responsible for someone losing their life. I also liked that the list had James Ford and Hugo instead of Sawyer and Hurley. Evidence of flight 815 being arranged.
- I hope Michael takes Vincent along to get Walt. I laughed when the first words out of Walt's mouth were "Where's Vincent?!" Dammit, Dad! Just take care of my freaking dog, alright?
- At first I thought she said Miss Cleo ... Call me now for your free reading.
- The Others are making Walt take tests? Good to know that even on Craphole Island no child is left behind.
- And Sayid rocks big-time IMHO. Not gonna catch him in any trust falls, dude. His natural suspiciousness serves him well.
- I think I have it figured out. The Others want: Hurley because he used the island's numbers to win the lottery. The Others want half of the money to fund their creepy experiments. Jack because of his medical expertise..no that can't be right..ok, they want to shoot him. Sawyer for the Other ladies. Kate for the Other men.
- I think I know why they want Jack. Because he's a supposed miracle worker.
- I also like how there are two alternate dog stories, one by Locke and one by Eko. Locke's dog was the dog that "replaced" his dead sister and gave their foster mom comfort and took away her feelings of guilt. Eko's dog was the dog that will punish you in hell. Good dog/bad dog. Here we go again.


HANSO AD

There was another Hanso Foundation ad shown... this one with the link:

www.letyourcompassguideyou.com

I did visit it but didn't really have time to figure it out just yet. That is what I plan to do this summer! If you are interested in what's going on with this, I will once again direct you to humpy's site:

The Lost Experience, tracked on Humpys.net



BEST LINES OF THE EPISODE


[We see Jack and Sawyer getting the guns from Sawyer's tent. Sawyer pulls a bottle of booze out of his stash.]
SAWYER: What do you say, Doc? [Jack looks at the bottle and goes back to collecting the guns] Here I was thinking the Irish drink when somebody dies. [he takes a drink]
JACK: I'm not Irish.
SAWYER: Neither am I.



SAWYER: ... So what happened out there in the jungle?
JACK: Exactly what he said happened -- he found their camp...
SAWYER: I ain't talking about Mike. You and Freckles -- before you found him you all were gone all night.
JACK: We were caught in a net.
SAWYER: What the hell is that supposed to mean?
JACK: It means we got caught in a net.
SAWYER: Is that what they're calling it these days?



JACK: You're not coming, Sayid.
SAYID: Excuse me?
JACK: Michael wants to keep it small. Me, Kate, Hurley, and him.
SAWYER: Yeah, well, "him" says even though Pippy Longstocking and the damn Grape Ape are ideal candidates for the Dirty Dozen -- I'm just going to say we might just want to bring the Red Beret.



[We see Eko walking in the hatch. He sees his cross pulling from his chest toward as he walks by the magnet area. We hear the alarm start to beep. Eko goes to the computer room and enters the numbers. Charlie enters.]
CHARLIE: So, you wake up in the middle of the night; you grab your Jesus stick; you race off into the jungle. You don't call; you don't write?



SAWYER: Got some good news for you. Captain Arab's in too. Calvary rides at sunrise.
MICHAEL: You told Sayid?
SAWYER: Yeah, I told Sayid.
MICHAEL: You shouldn't have done that!
SAWYER: Oh, well I'm sorry. I just figure if we going to war, we'd want the one guy who's actually been in a war.




Oh Chaaaarrrrliiiieeee.... Come heeeee-eeerrrrre....[We see Charlie working on building the church, but he drops the pole he's trying to lift into place.]
CHARLIE: Bloody hell.
[He looks up to see Vincent running toward him carrying a Virgin Mary statue in his mouth which he then drops at Charlie's feet.]
CHARLIE: Are you kidding me?










LOSTPEDIA

A thank you to my brother for pointing out the Lostpedia site to me, very impressive. It seems to be spoiler-free, so visit away!



BEFORE THEY WERE LOST

I know I offered a link like this before, but this one goes to a slightly different article, discussing the castmembers' careers before the show.

Before They Were Lost article.



WE ARE FANS! HEAR US ROAR!

As you may have heard, because of overwhelming complaints from fanatical viewers, Lost will air in two "blocks" next season. Season Three will start a few weeks into the Fall TV schedule (so I'm assuming mid-September, not sure), will air 7 episodes, and then break. Then it will return in the winter and air WITHOUT INTERRUPTION until the finale. And no, I cannot claim responsibility for ALL of the complaint calls and letters. Probably a majority... but not all.

Read the details here.


NEW FINALE TRAILER

An expanded finale trailer is online.



AND THEN THERE WAS ONE

My friends?!?! There is only one episode (albeit two hours) left - this Wednesday, May 24th!!! And guess what? I have an awesome, COMPLETELY UNSPOILED theory as to what is going to happen. However, it is SO awesome that I actually think it may be correct. And because I care about your happiness so much, I will spare you my theory until the next post. My justification is that if my theory does prove to be right, I want you to be surprised and open-jawed, and you won't be if it was in your head already. Yes, I will still tell you what it is in the next write-up even if I was dead wrong. There are a few trustworthy people who know what it is, so they will call me out if I lie or try to claim something that I didn't think of, no worries. A hint is that if you watch the new trailer linked above, I honestly think you can put it together. If nothing else, you will be glad to see that Berzerker Jack is BACK!

So, there is nothing left to say except - ENJOY THE FINALE!

As it is the finale, and as it is two hours, and since they are promising that it will rock, the next write-up will probably take a little longer than usual for me to pull together.

Until then,
- e

8 comments:

Abby W. said...

Great write-up! I wonder if Walt's character will be played by different actors to keep him young ... like they do on soap oprahs. Looking f'ward to Wed night, but also sad it's the last episode for a while!

Julie G said...

Another GREAT write up, E! I look forward to them each week! Although you are kind enough not to "spoil" us for the finale, could you at least tell me if we are going to get SOME ANSWERS?????!

e said...

Yes, we supposedly are going to get major answers, as alluded to in the preview. We should find out why the plane crashed in the first place, and what happens if the button doesn't get pushed...

I guess we shall soon see!

Proud Papa said...

Sayid Sayid Sayid SAAAAAAYID We love you!!!!!! Yay for Claire and Hobbit's reunion. Like Abby said, this season's final episode is bittersweet.

Wes said...

Regarding the large rock with the hole in it over the Others' camp: Is this where Craphole Island gets its name?

me said...

I too dislike Ms. Klugh. I'm surprised you didn't mention on phrase in particular when she was talking to Michael...something about "how well do you know Walt?" [note this is not the exact phrase] as she intensely stared at him. If my memory holds true, this was the exact sentence one of the lawyers or Michael's wife said to him during the custody battle. Significance??? The Others have been watching all along, especially when it has to do with Walt!

me said...

Well one aspect of the conversation between Ms. Klugh and Michael went unreferenced. She asked him "How well do you know Walt?" [note this is not the exact phrase]. Anyways the interesting point is that either Michael's wife or a lawyer asked him a similar, if not the same, question during the custody battle over Walt. Stirring up any memories??? This adds to your theory about how The Others have always been watching over specific people, ESPECIALLY Walt. I could be mistaken since I don't have transcripts, but I think the sentences were identical!

Matt said...

My brief thoughts/theories on the finale:

Let me be the first to call the dudes in the 'artic hatch' watching for Desmond as the "Smirnoff Ice Guys".

Also - I think that now that the failsafe was done, Rose will get her cancer back and that Locke will not be able to walk as the next season rolls on.

Lastly, the fact that Libby gave Desmond the boat (the boat that was doomed to maroon him on Craphole Island) makes me think that Libby was in fact part of Dharma, working for Pen's dad. The boat was never going to win the race...and Pen's dad was setting him up.....thus the searching for Desmond by Pen was probably focused on the anomoly since there was probably an anomoly when he crashed the boat. At the very least she has pieced together Dharma and her Pops and the anomoly to warrant the 4-year search.

Walt looks like he's 21 (headed to the bar with AnaL)...his growth spurt in real life makes me think he's gone for good - can't write that into this story.