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Peter's Thoughts on Lost, Season 1, Episodes 4-6



WARNING: Spoilers for the first season of Lost!

I've decided to watch through the sci-fi/fantasy series Lost from the start, and tweet about it as I go. Before I started, I'd never seen an episode of the show, though I'd heard bits and pieces (simply from spending time online). You can watch this happen LIVE, over at http://twitter.com/PeterTweetTV.

Please do NOT comment with any spoilers! I'm really enjoying finding things out as they happen on the show.

Episode 4



  • Who names their dog "Vincent" anyway?

  • Someone's tearing the plane apart. My guess: Charlie, searching for drugs.

  • Holy crap, I was way off! It looked like polar bears. A tiny gang of polar bears.

  • Mr Lock claims it was boars, but what does he know? They were clearly polar bears.

  • Jack wants to burn some dead bodies. I'm on board with this. I can only hope that they'll then EXPLODE.

  • "It appears you're as anxious to get off this island as I am." Nooo, she wants to stay here forever. What a stupid comment.

  • Oh, excellent! The inevitable "we're out of food" episode. I've been looking forward to this.

  • Mr Lock is awesome.

  • Oh man, BRILLIANT subversion. Anyone who's seen the Colonel Lock phonecall will know what I'm talking about.

  • Australian Pregnant Girl's name is Clare, Little Black Kid's name is Walt.

  • Bitchy Girl just got challenged to catch a fish. I predict wacky hijinks and eventual success.

  • Bitchy Girl's name is Shannon. Looks like she's going to convince Charlie to catch the fish for her. Wacky hijinks!

  • Jack is learning that being the hot heroic doctor means people want you to do the awkward emotional things.

  • Humans: 0, Boar: 1.

  • I assume Lock's boss won't be recurring, else he'd be an easy lock for Least Likeable.

  • Two idiots are wrestling with a sharp stick. Surely someone will have been accidentally stabbed by the end of the episode.

  • I wonder if everyone will have a beard by the end of the season, or if they'll conveniently find some razors.

  • Old Black Woman's husband's been dead 4 days, and already she's hitting on Jack.

  • Woah, Mr Lock is a lot more of a loser than I expected. Lost seems to be all about setting up a cool character, then making them suck.

  • It can be really tricky to tell the difference between the dramatic music, and the in-show sound-effects.

  • Old Black Lady is called "Rose". She is not only not contributing to the food-hunt, but she's taking up Jack's time as well.

  • She also seems to be insane. "My husband is not dead." "Uh, yes he is" "Well that's what HE probably thinks about YOUR FACE."

  • They've done the ole "See someone then look away and when you look back he's GONE" trick. Doesn't quite sit right.

  • My theories on what the big beast is: -The Queen Polar Bear. -King Kong. -The Spirit of the Forest. -A Dinosaur. -A Land-whale.

  • Hey, Lock caught a boar! Good on him. I'd forgotten how satisfying it was to see losers win. Well played, Lost.

  • Wow. I was going to comment on the fact that Lock always looked at his feet when he woke up, but holy Brilliant Script-writing.

  • That's really impressed me. This is why I've avoided the show for so long - I knew it was going to start great, then rapidly deteriorate.

  • At the end of the first disc, Most Intriguing Character: Asian Wife. Most Likeable:Mr Lock. Least Likeable: Lock's boss?


Episode 5

  • Whoops. Accidentally put in Disc 7. The menu image was the mysterious door. Looks like that's coming up some time this season!

  • No characters are particularly intriguing or dislikeable at this point, but Asian Wife has gotten a lot of screen-time without doing much.

  • So disc 2 starts with topless Jack saving someone's life. I can see why this show appeals to the female demographic.

  • Two people! Saving two people's lives!

  • I can't work out if this show is high-budget or low-budget. On one hand, they only seem to have one set...

  • ...on the other hand, exploding polar bears.

  • The disc started freezing up, but it conveniently only froze up during the "opening credits". (the word "Lost" appearing on-screen.)

  • Crap! It's freezing up. Stop it, Lost! I just want to observe your mysteries and sexual tension unfold..

  • Okay, that time Jack didn't even look away between first seeing the man and him disappearing. He didn't even blink.

  • I hope this hairbrush shortage directly relates to the plane crash.

  • Oh Aussie Pregnant Girl Whose Name I've Forgotten, I liked you a lot better before you started talking about astrology.

  • Jack is not enjoying being the Queen Bee. Hopefully Lindsey Lohan will arrive on the island, discredit him, and take over. #meangirls

  • Jack's Dad wins this episode's Least Likeable Character hands-down. One week, it may even be a recurring character.

  • I assume Jack's mystery hallucination man is his father. I really hope it's something more interesting than that though.

  • Oh wow, it was his father. Who saw that coming? Boo, Lost. You're better than this, you know you are.

  • So is that one boar meant to have lasted these 47 people several days?

  • Ooh, someone stole the water. It's a mystery! Detective Lock to the rescue.

  • I love how many Australians there are in this show.

  • Haha, an Australian $50 note. Cue millions of Americans scratching their heads, wondering what those yellow pieces of paper were.

  • Jack is rolling down a hill. I hope he doesn't break his crown.

  • He is now hanging off the edge of a cliff. They cut to an ad break on that, a literal cliff-hanger.

  • You can tell this show was written by Americans. In real life, the Brits and Aussies would have bonded minutes after the crash.

  • I quite like Sawyer's habit of giving everyone nicknames.

  • Housemate just said that I looked unimpressed. I'm enjoying Lost, but I've been told that it goes severely downhill.

  • Blech. The show's getting into some murky grounds here. "Everything that happens happens for a reason. It's a magical place."

  • I have no problem with magical realism, but you can't just throw it in in the 5th episode. Pick a tone from the start, like Life On Mars.

  • Sure there were Polar Bears in the jungle, but they were flesh-and-blood Polar Bears, not whimsical imagination Polar Bears.

  • Everyone keeps talking about how they've been waiting for sooo long - 6 days? How fast are these rescue services normally??

  • Oh excellent, Jack's organising the survivors. I like forced societies. Interesting stuff.

  • Jack wins most likeable AND most intriguing at this point, but this episode didn't really have many other characters in it. Lock still rocks


Episode 6

  • I hate DVDs that have "Previously on..." - it tells you too much about what the episode's going to be about.

  • I don't care what the show is, 1 minute 30 of "Previously on" is too much.

  • Just noticed. Does every episode start with an eye opening?

  • Haha, Lock shaves with one of his knives. 

  • Charlie's being a tosser this episode. I like him better as light-hearted comic relief.

  • It appears that Asian Wife is a socialite, and Cruel Asian Husband is a lowly serving boy, but I'm expecting subversion any second

  • Stupid subtitled scenes. I can't tweet and read at the same time!

  • Asian Wife's name is Sun. Still no name for Cruel Asian Husband.

  • Cruel Asian Husband is beating the crap out of Black Father. Indian Guy and Caucasian Wanker to the rescue!

  • Mysteries so far: -The monster -Cause of the plane crash -French Radio message -Jack's Dad's body -Kate's past -Black Father's name

  • -Why there was a Polar Bear in the middle of the jungle. (my favourite mystery so far)

  • Cruel Asian Husband is extremely likeable in these flashbacks. Something must happen to turn him cruel. Family killed by polar bears?

  • Charlie is covered in bees!! (that only really works if you say it in Eddie Izzard's accent)

  • Oooh, an old old body. Also: Jack and Kate have been "forced" to take their clothes off. Soon they'll be "forced" to make out.

  • The bodies have been here for 40 or 50 years. Must be unrelated to the 16 year-ago radio signal.

  • ANOTHER MYSTERY

  • It occurs to me that nothing has exploded since the first episode. Writers, get onto that.

  • Also, haven't had any polar bears in aaaaages. At least the show's fulfilling its half-naked woman quota.

  • Oh, I see. Cruel Asian Man became a workaholic. We have a workaholic, a drug addict...I had hopes that Jack would be an alcoholic, but no go

  • "Adam and Eve knew they could survive here." Then how come they're dead, Jack? Think it through!

  • "When's my birthday?" "August 21st. When's mine?" BURNNNN. You totally shut your son down, man!

  • Oooh, Cruel Asian Husband is covered in blood. Assassin? Thug? Ninja?

  • And just like that, Cruel Asian Husband is cruel. Not the most satisfying backstory. I preferred the one with the one-armed Aussie farmer.

  • Jack's worried about convincing people to move to the cave. Screw that. Just say"I'm going to be in the cave with the water", they'll follow.

  • Mr Lock called Charlie "Johnny" and neither character acknowledged it as strange in any way.

  • ...hang on, Lock's name is Johnny. John Lock. Error on writer's part, character quirk, or some kind of foreshadowing?

  • Grrr. They're splitting into two groups. Pro-cave, pro-beach...what a pointless schism. Makes sense though.

  • Oooh, Asian Wife was planning to run away. Nice bit of backstory. Much better than the simple "He was mean." plot they had going.

  • Holy crap she speaks English!

  • I want Asian Wife ("Sun") to seduce Black Father. There's some sexual tension sparking there, let's get it aflame!

  • Okay, Lock's "The Island is a benevolent being" thing is starting to grow on me.


  • Most intriguing character: Kate. Most likeable: Lock. Least likeable: Cruel Asian Husband. Kate's being lovely and mysterious this ep.

  • Sun voluntarily decided not to run. This character is really nicely layered. Well worth the six episodes of "not doing much".

  • So what'd they do with the bodies before they moved into the cave? Burn them? Leave them for the boars to snack on? Throw them in the sea?

  • Hurley's discman battery is lasting quite a while.




Awards:
Most intriguing: Kate on 2. (with 4 other characters on 1 - Mr Lock, Sayeed, Asian Wife, Jack.)
Most likeable: Lock on 2 (with 4 other characters on 1 - Charlie, Hurley, Ray, Jack)
Least likeable: Cruel Asian Man (Jin) at 3 (3 others on 1 - Lock's Boss, Jack's Dad, Shannon)

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