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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Immediate reaction to tonight's LOST "The Man Behind the Curtain"

No exclamations I might write could possibly do it justice.

Remember the final moments of "Two for the Road" toward the end of last season? Didn't this this one coming either, did we?

The brake has come completely off the highballing train that is Lost. There's no stopping it now. And it looks to be headed toward one helluva cliff.

Ever since the return from hiatus in February, we've been recording each episode to DVR. Lisa turns in early ('cuz she has to be at school in the mornings) so I watch it when it firsts broadcasts and then we watch it together the next afternoon when she comes back. There hasn't been one episode that lacked a moment that I couldn't wait to happen again on playback, just to watch Lisa's reaction...

...so tomorrow afternoon is going to be a lot of fun for me :-)

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give this episode a 14.

I want to get one thought in, before anyone else suggests it: the island is going to be destroyed. They set it up right in front of our eyes tonight. Remember Chekhov's rule of drama: "If the gun is fired in Act 3 it must be shown in Act 1..."

MAJOR UPDATE 11:43 PM EST: I just re-watched the scene with Jacob. SOMEONE IS SITTING THERE! I'm looking right at him at this very moment with the playback paused from the DVR. If you recorded this, it's a very brief image right after Ben screams "you've had your fun!"

Someone is there. See for yourself.

EDIT 11:53 PM EST: Here he is, taken from the episode. Do not click unless you absolutely want to.


Anonymous said...

So many questions now! Mind fried :)

Lee Shelton said...

For me, the biggest reveal was Uncle Rico as Ben's father! :)

Chris Knight said...

If Ben's father ever had a flashback episode, would we keep seeing that football game from 1982? :-)

Anonymous said...

It was a good episode, but I'm not sure I liked it as much as you did.

I like that the losties are finally having meetings to share information and reveal secrets, including the voice of Juliet on the tape recorder. I also liked how some aspects of the Ben flashback were handled and that we're learning more about the history of the island, it's inhabitants, and the origins of the Others.

However, I thought the "invisible" man stuff was a little hokey, and I have mixed feelings about whether Locke should live or die. I'm also not thrilled with the concept of Ben coercing Locke to kill his father (or anyone, for that matter), while all the other Others just stand around and accept it.