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Monday, April 30, 2007

LIVE "D.O.C." Commentary, "The Brig" Spoilers, and Obscure Theories and Thoughts

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There was some great discussion of "D.O.C." on the live podcast this past week (see the show notes below). Keep reading for some insightful thoughts about various plot lines and theories that are worthy of consideration, plus spoilers for next week's episode.
  • Based on the first scene where Jack approaches Sun to ask about her pregnancy, Josh wonders whether Jack is aware of Juliet's plan and possibly working with her
    • When Sun asked Kate, "How do we know he isn't working with The Others?" she was talking about Jack; an earlier preview hinted that she might have been talking about John Locke
  • We find out that Jin's mother is a prostitute and that she's the one who extorted money from Sun
    • Sun borrows money from her father, Mr. Paik, and when she gives it to Jin's mom, she threatens to have her killed if she ever tries anything like that again
      • When Sun borrowed the money from her father, he said that Jin would work directly for him now, and Sun appeared to have some sense of what that meant
      • Sun has apparently known for a long time about her father's radical, unethical business practices, including sending employees to hurt or kill people
      • Why didn't Sun just threaten the woman instead of giving her the money and then threatening her? Possibly just to make absolutely sure that Jin's mother wouldn't say anything to anyone about Jin's parentage.
  • The preview that showed Hurley firing a gun was a little misleading; we now know he was firing a flare gun from the parachutist's backpack into the air
    • This may have been what led Mikhail to where they were; he came running out of the jungle, and interestingly a Hurley and Charlie recognized him as the Other with the eyepatch who Kate apparently told them Locke had killed
      • How did Mikhail survive? Presumably he knew about how the fence worked and that its purpose was to keep out the smoke monster; did he know that its effects were not fatal? It seems doubtful that he could have faked foaming at the mouth, bleeding from his ears, etc., and we are led to believe that he didn't die and that the island healed his injuries
  • Mikhail said that Naomi would probably heal with a day and a half
  • Mikhail claimed that Naomi was speaking Italian, and he translated something she said as "Thank you" in Italian (which would have been "Grazie"—however, what she said sounded nothing like this)
    • Naomi's line actually sounded something like "Eu não estou só," which is Portuguese for "I am not alone" (MP3 clip from Sledgeweb's site)
      • It makes sense that Naomi would speak Portuguese since she had the book Catch-22 in that language
      • "I am not alone" strongly hints that someone else came with Naomi
        • Could that someone be Penny? How else could Naomi have gotten Penny and Desmond's photograph?
      • This also seems to indicate that Naomi knew Mikhail and was trying to communicate with him covertly using a language that only the two of them would understand
        • This is similar to when Mikhail had a private conversation with Ms. Klugh (Bea) in Russian, which indicates that Mikhail is multilingual and may indicate that many of The Others speak several languages
        • If Naomi was working with The Others, this might explain her comment to Hurley about Flight 815 having no survivors at the end of the episode; she may have been lying to toy with his mind, not unlike Ben's mind games
  • Listener "downbeat" suggested that Naomi's comment about Flight 815 may be indicative that the crash was staged
    • Josh commented that this has been a long-standing theory of Jack from Jay and Jack's podcast
    • Josh commented that it's possible that the crash was predicted or planned by someone higher up than Ben, possibly Jacob as listener "baileybear" suggested—or perhaps by someone in another organization entirely
      • Ben seemed as surprised about the crashing plane as the rest of The Others despite the fact that he, Ethan, and Goodwin already knew what to do in such a circumstance, and Mikhail began researching about those who were on that flight after it crashed which indicates that they didn't know who was on the flight ahead of time
    • Of course, this also hearkens back to the theory many fans had at the beginning of the show that the survivors were actually dead and in purgatory, although this theory has been debunked by the executive producers
  • Speaking of Jacob, a recent caller to Jay and Jack's podcast suggested that Jacob might really be Charles Widmore, Penny's father. Josh has been pondering this and could definitely see this as a possible explanation for a lot of the connections between Widmore and the island:
    • The real Henry Gale's hot air balloon had a Widmore logo on it
    • Desmond came to the island while participating in a boat race sponsored by Charles Widmore
    • A painting in Charles Widmore's office said "Namaste" on it, which is something that's said at the end of each DHARMA film on the island (admittedly, this may not be a very solid argument because the DHARMA Initiative and The Others are separate organizations, although it's possible that Charles could be a connection between the two)
    • Sun's pregnancy test was made by Widmore Labs
    • Penny apparently knew to look for an electromagnetic anomaly to find Desmond, and I can only figure that she would know that Desmond was on the island (and how to find the island) through her father's resources
  • Sun demanded of Juliet "I want answers!" (which as Josh pointed out seems to be a common demand from the survivors this season)
  • Juliet approached Sun during the middle of the night and told her to keep silent, and this scene was very reminiscent of Ethan shushing Claire to keep her from waking the other survivors
    • They go to the medical station and Juliet explains to Sun that the reason Kate and Claire didn't find anything was that "they didn't know where to look"
      • Juliet knows of a secret passageway that leads to a hidden room to which the nursery items (including the crib that plays "Catch a Falling Star") have been moved
      • Sun has been pregnant for 53 days, which means she got pregnant while on the island
        • Juliet explains that the male sperm count is five times higher on the island, which seems to explain how the supposedly sterile Jin was able to impregnate his wife
      • Juliet leaves Sun alone (and Josh was shocked that Sun wasn't taken captive) and Juliet makes a recording for Ben telling him about Sun and that she's working on getting samples from the other women including Kate Austen
        • In the chat, downbeat asked what kind of samples Juliet meant
          • She probably meant urine or blood samples, either of which could be used to determine whether someone is pregnant
        • Many fans had theorized that the reason Kate and Sawyer were put together (and separated from Jack) after they were taken captive was to get them to breed
          • In the chat, baileybear also suggested that perhaps part of the reason Juliet was brought into the survivors' camp was to make Kate jealous and turn to Sawyer
          • Kate has now had relations with Sawyer twice, and with the high sperm count that men supposedly have while on the island, it seems like a strong possibility that Kate might be pregnant now
  • Desmond claimed that the survivors have killed more of The Others than The Others have killed of the survivors, and he seems to be right according to Lostpedia's body count:
    • Scott Jackson was killed by Ethan Rom (+1 Others)
    • Ethan was killed by Charlie (+0 Others)
    • two unnamed Others were killed by Mr. Eko (+2 Survivors)
    • an unnamed Other was killed by Ana Lucia Cortez (+3 Survivors)
    • Nathan, a tail section survivor, was killed by Goodwin (+2 Survivors)
    • Goodwin was killed by Ana Lucia Cortez (+3 Survivors)
    • an unnamed Other was shot from a distance by Sawyer (+4 Survivors)
    • Colleen was killed by Sun (+5 Survivors)
    • Totals:
      • The Others have directly killed 2 survivors (I've not counted Michael shooting Ana Lucia and Libby because he was a survivor)
      • The survivors have killed 7 Others
      • The survivors have killed 5 more Others than The Others have killed survivors, which means that Desmond was right
  • Listener downbeat pointed out that in the Sun flashbacks, the currency in the dialog was in dollars rather than Korean currency; this was probably for convenience in the U.S. and Canadian audience's understanding
  • A recent caller to Jay and Jack's podcast suggested that perhaps the reason that the island prevents and cures cancer is the same reason why women who are impregnated on the island end up dying along with their developing fetuses; the island acts somewhat like chemotherapy and kills all foreign cells
    • Listener baileybear pointed out that a recent episode of the TV show House featured a woman who had Maternal Mirror Syndrome [Fox article, Wikipedia article], which could potentially be connected with this LOST mystery
  • As I was cutting up a mango on Wednesday before the show, the question crossed my mind about where The Others get all their food—in particular their meat
    • The chicken in Ben's refrigerator is explained by the fact that wild chickens live on the island, as seen in "The Other 48 Days" when Goodwin caught one as food for the tail section survivors
    • There was a fair amount of meat in The Flame's refrigerators (see this picture of the meat on lost-media.com). However, considering the few cows that Mikhail was raising (refer to this picture of the cows on lost-media.com), it seems unlikely that The Others would have enough meat to go around. We didn't see any cow pastures in the wide shots of the island in the Season 3 premiere. Juliet apparently had access to enough ground beef that she didn't mind offering a hamburger to Jack, who at the time was a prisoner.
      • Were the cows at The Flame killed when John blew up the station?
    • So far there are 27 known, identified Others (not counting all the Others seen in the background at the decoy village, on Alcatraz, at Otherville, etc.). How are all of The Others (not to mention the 13 captured crash survivors including Cindy and the kids) kept from starvation? Are there subterranean cattle ranches? Are most of the cows being raised on another island?
  • In "Catch-22" we saw that Naomi had a satellite phone with a very modern interface, which in many regards is strikingly similar to that of the Apple iPhone:
    • Certain parts of the interface, for example the indicator icons at the top of the screen, are also similar to what was available in Windows Mobile 2003 (which of course was available before the Flight 815 crash)
    • Perhaps Naomi's purpose with the phone was to bring The Others some form of communication, since The Flame doesn't exist any more and they haven't been able to communicate with the outside world since the sky turned purple at the end of Season 2
  • The remainder of this post contains spoilers.
  • The Apple iPhone is slated to be released in June 2007, even though we're only at December 2004 on the island; with the interface of Naomi's sat phone designed to look so modern, perhaps this may indicate that time off the island is passing much more quickly than on the island
    • This would jive with the Damon Lindelof quote from Comic-Con, as mentioned in my post here:
      • "It's interesting that you should ask about time because... you're making a basic assumption that... they've been there as long as they think they've been there. I would say by the end of Season 3 you might have a very different idea—" [Carlton stopped Damon from continuing].
  • The official ABC press release for this episode is as follows:
    • A newly focused Locke breaks away from "The Others" in an attempt to persuade Sawyer to help rid them of a great nemesis that has caused nothing but pain in both of their lives. Meanwhile, a new island inhabitant discloses some shocking information about Oceanic Flight 815
      • Josh originally says that based on the preview for next week, the "great nemesis" seems to be Ben, but it seems more likely that it may be Anthony Cooper
        • Listener baileybear asked whether Josh thought that this episode would reveal that Anthony Cooper is "the real Sawyer" (the man who conned James Ford's parents and whose name James took upon himself), and Josh thought this was a great idea and would certainly make sense
          • In the preview, John said that he couldn't kill this person, and it would probably be very hard for him to kill his own father even after all his father had done to him
          • John could certainly have gotten the information that Anthony Cooper had conned James "Sawyer" Ford's parents from The Others, who have been very thorough in their research of the Flight 815 survivors
            • We know that The Others are aware that Sawyer murdered someone in Australia because Juliet confronted him with this information in "One of Us"
          • Spoilers from Entertainment Weekly and LOST - The Official Magazine both hint that the identity of the real Sawyer will be revealed
          • baileybear wonders whether Sawyer will kill Anthony Cooper when Locke asks him to
      • Josh assumes that the "new island inhabitant" is Naomi, and wonders whether the "shocking information about Oceanic Flight 815" is the same thing she revealed to Hurley at the end of the last episode or something related to it
  • Ain't It Cool News' sources say that the flashbacks in this episode are all on-island Locke flashbacks and that the flashback story picks up right after the last time we saw Locke (when he saw his dad)
  • Brand new spoilers from the April 30th Official LOST Podcast:
    • The parachutist's name will be revealed in The Brig: Naomi Dorrit, which they point out is a "Dickensian" name
      • A little research reveals that Charles Dickens wrote a book called Little Dorrit
    • Damon and Carlton remind us that they're previously said that the survivors are not in purgatory, and they're sticking to this statement
      • Naomi's revelation to Hurley at the end of D.O.C. that the plane was allegedly found and there were no survivors (which will be expounded upon in The Brig) must mean one of two things:
        1. Naomi may be lying
        2. There was a conspiracy to cover up the fact that there were survivors—but who would be behind such a vast conspiracy?
    • Damon says that Mikhail's non-death either means that the fence wasn't turned up high enough to kill him, or he died and was brought back to life by the island (which theory Carlton said he didn't like)
      • They also said that Mikhail will soon explain what happened to him
    • The Brig answers a lot of questions, including where Locke has been, what he's been doing with The Others, where The Others are going, why Locke decided to go with The Others after seeing his father, and how Anthony Cooper got to the island (which Cooper will personally reveal)
    • A fan asked how the helicopter crashed, since there's no longer a hatch and a button to not be pushed (which seems to be what brought down Oceanic Flight 815); Damon points out that even before the hatch, the Black Rock ship somehow came to be in the middle of the jungle, and also suggested that perhaps smaller vessels or perhaps a 19th century vessels with lots of [ferrous] metals on it might be pulled onto the island without the button not being pushed (Carlton said he didn't like this theory, either, however)
      • Damon also stated that "planes fly over the island all the time and don't crash there" (perhaps referring to the supply drops)
    • A fan confronted Damon and Carlton with the oft-misattributed and oft-misquoted "science and pseudoscience" statement, and Damon said that the show is more explainable through pseudoscience than actual science, much like a Michael Crichton novel
    • In answer to fan questions, Damon revealed that they will revisit the psychic's predictions about Claire's baby and Walt's seeming ability to either manipulate or predict future events, that The Others' apparent obsession with children goes beyond the problem of women being able to successfully bear children on the island, that The Others are interested in children with special abilities (which is why they targeted Walt)
      • We might find out more about Walt's abilities in episodes to come
    • Damon reiterated that there are "two factions" of The Others, "and that's going to become very apparent in the coming weeks—who's in what faction"
    • The four-toed statue will be revisited before the show ends

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

LIVE "Catch-22" Commentary, "D.O.C." Spoilers, and Lots More!

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Following are some highlights from recent episodes of some unofficial LOST podcasts that I felt were worth mentioning.

On Jay and Jack's podcast, regarding the episode Left Behind, Jack posed the theory that perhaps the reason why The Others didn't leave any tracks when they left was that they went underground. I strongly agree with this assessment; it makes sense considering writings on the blast door map and also the scene in Exposé where Ben and Juliet walk into the Pearl from what appears to be an underground tunnel entrance.

On the LostCasts episode for One of Us, it was suggested that perhaps one motivating factor behind Juliet's infiltration of the survivors' camp is that they survivors are responsible for the death of Goodwin, with whom Juliet had apparently fallen in love. This is a good point, and I thought it was definitely worth mentioning. However, I think the primary reason for Juliet's infiltration will turn out to be that she's interested in Sun and her pregnancy because they can become part of her research and thus help her get off the island.

On Jay and Jack's podcast episode for Catch-22, there's a strange spoiler from Ryan about Jack having a beard and being at an Asian temple. Jay and Jack also posed the question of why the helicopter crashed in the first place. Come to think of it, why did Flight 815 break into three pieces while in mid-air? Is there some force (electromagnetism or otherwise) that causes aircraft to crash when they get too close to the island? Well, with the exception of the supply drop planes, of course. Jay and Jack also asked whether it's really possible to parachute from a helicopter. I'm not an expert, but parachuting from a helicopter considering that they usually fly fairly low to the ground doesn't seem to make much sense. On the Catch-22 episode of LostCasts, they mentioned the fact that Charlie was visible in Desmond's flash-forward of him cutting down the woman who was stuck in the tree. If this is true, then either it was a production error or Desmond can see bits and pieces of multiple possible futures at once in his flashes. They also point out that helicopters are short-range aircraft, so where could it have come from?

LostCasts brought up the question of whether it's possible to parachute from a helicopter; don't they generally fly too low? Plus, the woman was wearing an oxygen mask, which would seem to indicate that she may have come from a very high height, much higher than a helicopter would typically fly. Maybe the helicopter crashing in the ocean was a diversion so The Others wouldn't look for survivors (although if that was the case, why would the woman have had such a bright light with her when she parachuted?). The whole scene was very confusing. Hopefully some of this will be cleared up in the next episode. If you have any theories about the helicopter, feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section.

Following are some highlights from the live podcast, with a few additional insights. Remember, you can join in the live podcast (either just listening, or text chatting, or calling in) by going to www.talkshoe.com around 11:10 PM Pacific on Wednesday nights, right after LOST airs in the U.S. on the west coast.
  • We saw what Desmond's flashes are like
  • Desmond became a monk
    • He had previously dated Ruth for 6 years, then he left her before their wedding and became a monk
      • The man who came up and punched Desmond may have been Ruth's husband (or perhaps a brother or some other relative), and presumably he was trying to defend Ruth's honor
    • Desmond's stint as a monk is why he frequently addresses people as "brother"
    • The senior monk (Brother Campbell) fires Desmond after seeing Desmond gets drunk
      • He then told Desmond, "You've spent too much time running away to realize what you're running toward."
        • What was the significance of this phrase? Was it anything to do with Desmond's future-seeing?
        • Does this have anything to do with Desmond coming to the island and pushing the button, which Ms. Hawking indicated was one of his primary purposes in life?
        • Does it have anything to do with his future relationship with Penny Widmore?
      • Desmond asks, "What do I do now?" and the monk replies "Whatever comes next."
    • All of this happened before Desmond met Penny; they met because she came to transport some crates of wine for her father, Charles Widmore, and Desmond went back with her
      • Desmond told Ruth that he honestly believed that he was supposed to become a monk, but it didn't last long. Desmond was probably right, though—it was precisely the fact that he became a monk that he was there at the monastery at precisely the right time to meet his true love, Penny
  • The wine that the monks were bottling was labeled "Moriah Vineyards." Mount Moriah is where Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in order to obey God. At the last moment, an angel miraculously appeared and spared Isaac's life, and a ram was offered instead. Abraham had "passed the test" of being willing to sacrifice his beloved son
    • Desmond was almost willing to let Charlie die, but saved him at the last moment
      • Does this mean that Desmond "failed the test"—because he didn't go through with the sacrifice?
      • Does this mean that Desmond "passed the test"—because he saved Charlie's life?
  • What will happen with Charlie?
    • Josh presumes that we're going to see the end of this plot line by the end of the season
    • Dominic Monaghan, who plays Charlie, has said in interviews that this is a just role that he plays, which may be taken as a hint that he's preparing himself (and the rest of show biz) for him to be available to start playing roles on other shows
  • There's a woman who parachuted from a crashing helicopter, and she survived
    • The helicopter seems to be further confirmation that there are other ways to get to the island than the submarine
    • The episode press release calls her "Naomi"
    • The title of the book in her bag was "Ardil-22," which is "Catch-22" in Portuguese. Presumably, this means that Naomi can read Portuguese—which is the same language spoken by the two men at the "listening station" from the last scene of the Season 2 finale
      • Apparently, Penny Widmore has hired a lot of Portuguese speakers to search for Desmond
      • It's interesting to note that Paulo presumably spoke Portuguese as well, since he said he was from Brazil
    • She had a copy of Desmond and Penny's photograph in her book
      • This fact seems a bit strange; didn't Penny only have one copy, which was on her night stand?
        • For that matter, didn't Penny only purchase one copy of the picture? How did Desmond and Penny each end up with a copy in the first place? They broke up right after that picture was taken, so it wouldn't make much sense for one of them to make a copy of it and give it to the other. This apparent discrepancy was discussed in the February 20th episode of The Official LOST Podcast
        • Presumably, Penny did not give Naomi her original photograph, but rather a copy of it, as suggested in the April 20th Official LOST Podcast
      • Presumably, this photograph is the reason Naomi recognized Desmond and called him by name when she saw him; maybe she had the picture with her so she could memorize his appearance
      • JoSpiv observed out that perhaps Naomi had a copy of the photograph to present it to Desmond as proof that she was there on Penny's errand
  • Why didn't Penny just go to the island herself instead of sending someone?
    • Amanda suggested that perhaps Desmond altered who the parachutist was by saving Charlie
    • Josh pointed out that Penny has told Desmond that "with enough money and determination you can find anyone," so it would make sense for her to hire people to find Desmond and make sure of his location rather than putting her own life at risk
      • Josh pointed out that Penny is still unmarried (she was called "Miss Widmore" by one of the Portuguese-speaking men from the listening station in the Season 2 finale), and since she's hiring people to search for electromagnetic anomalies, she's apparently still in love with Desmond and has the determination necessary to find Desmond
        • This wasn't discussed on the podcast, but how in the world would Penny know to search for electromagnetic anomalies to find Desmond? This is something I really hope is explained eventually, and perhaps even this season. Does Penny know about the island because her father knows about it? Did Charles Widmore craft a plan that would ultimately lead Desmond to become stranded on an island, just to get him as far away from his daughter as possible? Hopefully, time will tell.
  • The tangled relationship web between Jack, Juliet, Kate, and Sawyer becomes more entangled in this episode
    • Kate obviously still has feelings for Jack, but Jack is either oblivious or insensitive because he ignores Kate's flirtations, asks Kate for her spoon, and then walks away with it to go eat with Juliet
  • JoSpiv, who participated in the live chat, pointed to a screen capture by DarkUFO that shows a strange photograph on the monk's desk when Desmond returns his robe
    • The photograph shows Brother Campbell standing next to the woman from Desmond's time-travel flashback, Ms. Hawking, in front of the monastery
      • Does this perhaps indicate that Brother Campbell was in cahoots with Ms. Hawking with regard to setting up Desmond's future?
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  • In the preview for next week's episode, we see a clip of the medical station
  • The official synopsis for next week's episode, which will be titled "D.O.C.," is as follows:
    • After discovering that all of "The Others'" pregnant women died before giving birth on the island, an extremely reticent Sun allows Juliet to examine her -- and uncovers the identity of the unborn child's father. Meanwhile, Desmond allows an unlikely nemesis to help save the life of a new, mysterious island inhabitant.
    • Also from the ABC press release, we learn that Mr. Paik (Sun's father) and parachutist Naomi will return in this episode
    • How would it be possible for Juliet to determine the baby's father? By genetics?
      • Presumably by the date of conception (which is what "D.O.C." stands for, as confirmed in the April 20th Official LOST Podcast)
      • On Lostpedia, there's a very in-depth discussion of possibilities of who could be the father based on possible dates of conception
      • Josh pointed out that Jin assumes that this is his child because Sun told him that she had never been with another man, but we know she has been with Jae Lee; if Jae turns out to be the father, what will be Jin's reaction?
  • Ryan Ozawa from The Transmission witnessed the filming of a flashback scene from this episode in which Sun hands an envelope to a middle-aged Asian woman, and Sun appears to insist that the woman take the envelope but not open it
  • Co-executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz said in Issue 10 of LOST—The Official Magazine:
    • "Sun is going to learn interesting things about what happens to pregnant women on the island and when she does learn these things, it's going to impact her relationship with Jin in a profound way."
      • Josh pointed out that
    • "We will find out that Sun has a secret feat that she is hiding from Jin, and that will not only be voiced, but answered. [During the Jin and Sun flashback,] you will get a taste of them as newlyweds and kind of see where he was before he started to be Mr. Paik's head henchmen." (via SpoilerFix.com)
  • Kristin from E!Online said that she heard that D.O.C. stands for date of conception, which as mentioned was confirmed in the latest Official LOST Podcast
  • From the April 20th Official LOST Podcast:
    • The story of Desmond's flashes of Charlie dying will be explored further—and possibly resolved for good—this season. They asked what would happen to Charlie if Desmond was to die (an intriguing question; this may hint that Desmond's flashes, rather than fate, are actually causing Charlie's troubles)
    • Damon and Carlton said that we're going to find out this season what the mysterious wire is that leads from the beach into the jungle. Frankly, I thought this was already answered in Enter 77-wasn't it supposed to lead to the sonar navigation system?
    • Carlton confirmed that D.O.C. stands for date of conception and that we'll find out the father of Sun's baby. We'll also learn more about Sun's motives, which further leads me to believe that Sun's baby is the reason why Juliet was left behind
    • Carlton said he didn't know whether he would believe Ben's claim that he was born on the island, and that we will learn more about that
    • Jacob will not be played by Billy Dee Williams
    • Christian Shephard is really dead
    • Damon: "Ben has been in love, and we will get some sense of who that might have been in about two weeks." ("A sense" was emphasized)
    • Carlton: "Montand and his missing arm is something that we are desperate to get to. We want to do a Rousseau flashback. We just haven't gotten there yet, but, you know, if we do a Rousseau flashback, it would really be incomplete if we didn't deal with Montand and his missing arm." Damon confirmed that Dr. Marvin Candle, who also appears to have been missing an arm, is not Montand

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Notes on The Official LOST Podcast for April 16th, 2007

Just a quick note before we get into the Official Podcast: I've finally posted extensive show notes for my live podcast last week—please see the updated post immediately after this one.

The remainder of this post contains spoilers.

Executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse stated in Monday's Official LOST Podcast that we'll be getting back to the story line of women dying on the island next week (April 25th). The episode will be called "D.O.C." and will be Sun- and Jin-centric.

It was teased that there's "a large and significant happening" in this week's Desmond-centric episode, "Catch-22."

Carlton revealed that the DHARMA Initiative built the sonic fence to keep out the smoke monster, and hinted that we'll be finding out more about the DHARMA Initiative's story this season.

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

LIVE "One of Us" Post-Show Commentary and "Catch-22" Spoilers

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This week, Josh is joined by several LOST fans to discuss "One of Us" LIVE after Wednesday night's show on the U.S. west coast (Pacific time zone). Starting at 1:01:16, we also discuss spoilers for next week's Desmond-centric episode, "Catch-22." Contributors to the discussion include Kylene, Big-O, Master Nak, OceanBeach, and Amanda. (1 hour, 16 minutes)

*UPDATE, 17 April 2007*
Here are some (pretty extensive!) notes from the live podcast:
  • Juliet apparently took the sub to the island
    • Perhaps all those who have been recruited by The Others have come to the island on the sub
    • If they legitimately take people to the island on the sub, maybe the purpose is to keep anyone else from following them and finding the island
    • This was not mentioned in the podcast, but a lot of people are saying that we don't know for sure if that's how she got there; she woke up in the sub and was already there, but some viewers have pointed out that the sub didn't look wet like it should have if it just surfaced
  • Mikhail had been monitoring the outside world at the Flame Station
    • Ben tells Juliet that Rachel's cancer returned, which he says he learned from Mikhail
      • Apparently, Mikhail had been at The Flame for a while
    • We see later in the episode that Mikhail has video connections to many places in the world
    • Richard Alpert has apparently been off the island several times; he was off the island when the plane crashed
      • Ben asked him to get back to the island as soon as possible; why? We never saw him again until Locke came after Ben
      • This may also indicate that Richard has an easy way to travel to and from the island (or, of course, he may have just taken the sub)
      • Master Nak points out that if John Locke's father, Anthony Cooper, was brought to the island by Richard Alpert, then this would have had to take place before the implosion of the Swan Station because it knocked out their navigational equipment, which according to Mikhail made it impossible to return to the island
        • How would they have known to bring Anthony Cooper to the island at that time? Or is this another indication that there may be a much faster way to travel between the island and civilization?
        • Josh said the fact that Ben didn't seem upset about the sub may indicate that Ben knows of some other way off the island; he always has tricks up his sleeve
        • Big-O speculated that Richard Alpert may have just returned in the sub with Locke's dad right before we first saw Richard on the island (although this would mean that the sub was somehow able to find its way back to the island)
    • Ben told Mikhail to research the passengers and find out information about the survivors
      • How would they have known that Sawyer had killed someone the night before? If he had been caught, wouldn't he either have been in an Australian prison, or sent back to the U.S. with an Air Marshal? (Maybe there was another Air Marshal on the plane that we don't know about.)
  • We finally have confirmation that The Others really didn't know who specifically was on the plane until after it had crashed; this seems to debunk the theory that there were "Other Recruiters" working to get certain people onto the island
    • However, caller OceanBeach speculates that Jacob may have arranged for Dr. Jack and pregnant Claire to come to the island. This would support the Other Recruiter theory and would explain why Claire's psychic, Richard Malkin, changed his mind about what Claire should do with the baby, and why he was so adamant that she must take that specific flight
    • Josh revisits the fact that although The Others on the island seemed surprised about Flight 815 falling from the sky, they (at least Ben, Ethan, and Goodwin) seemed to be familiar with the protocols for handling the situation, since Ben immediately sent them to get "lists" and they both knew what he meant
  • Ben mentions Jacob again, saying that Jacob will personally make sure that Rachel's cancer is cured
    • Josh speculated that we're going to learn more about Jacob this season
      • Big-O pointed out that everyone who seems to know Jacob reacts the same way when he's brought up; they're genuinely respectful, almost
        • Master Nak speculates that perhaps some of The Others who have this strange respect of Jacob worshipful
  • Juliet tells Sayid that if he knew everything she knew, he'd kill her
    • Jack is awfully arrogant about Juliet being "under my protection"
  • We find out that Juliet is a mole
    • We don't know why yet
    • Why did they show us at the very end of the show that Juliet is a mole? We didn't know Ben was an Other for quite some time
    • Ben said "see you in a week," so she's not planning to be there very long (presumably until the end of Season 3)
    • Why is Juliet still cooperating with Ben? Because she still thinks he's going to let her leave the island if she follows his orders?
  • Big-O asks: Is Juliet one of the ones Ben told Locke about—one who's not fully committed?
  • There's an obvious mark or symbol on the tree where Juliet picks up the medicine
    • This is not exactly the same symbol as on Juliet's back; see the Lostpedia articles for Juliet's mark and Tree mark.
  • Women are unable to give birth on the island; their bodies attack the unborn child as a foreign object, and the women also die
    • Juliet says that nobody else had even given birth on the island before Claire, but Danielle claimed to have had Alex on the island about 16 years ago
      • What does this say about Danielle? Big-O asks, was she in cahoots with The Others at that time?
      • Does this mean that Sun and her baby are at risk? Are they the reason that Juliet infiltrated the survivors' camp?
  • When and where did Juliet learn her skills? Before the island, she was a very timid person, and now she knows some sort of martial arts (as we saw when she took down Kate), knows how to handle a gun, and is exceptionally good at conning people
    • OceanBeach offered the theory that Juliet may actually be a mole for the Hanso Foundation, which started the DHARMA Initiative; this is rather interesting to me, because it would explain why Juliet was so eager to go with Mittelos Bioscience even though she couldn't even find anyone in the medical community who had heard of the company
    • Ethan also seemed to have almost superhuman strength when he fought Jack in the rain and when he (as far as we can tell) singlehandedly strung up Charlie
  • This episode confirmed that Goodwin was a doctor (or some sort of medical professional), and we saw Ethan in scrubs during the same surgery
    • Josh pointed out that since many of The Others in the background at Otherville looked like college students, maybe they were all med students who had been recruited by The Others
  • Josh pointed out that the lines between The Others and the DHARMA Initiative are becoming more distinct all the time; we now seem to know the primary motivation of each group
    • The Others' primary objective (or at least a major objective) seems to be to make it possible for their women to be able to give birth and survive afterward
      • Another of The Others' objectives (or at least one of Ben's objectives) is apparently to rid the island of the DHARMA stations; he seemed to have conned Locke into destroying the Swan Station, and he didn't seem very upset about the loss of the Flame Station
    • The DHARMA Initiative's main objective (as we learned from the LOST Experience) is to predict and prevent the end of the world
  • What are Juliet's motivations?
    • Is she still working for Ben simply because she believes he'll let her go home?
    • OceanBeach suggested that perhaps Ben might have sent Juliet to find out why Rose's cancer seems to have been cured by the island in contrast to his unexpected development of cancer after growing up on the island
      • Josh pointed out that Rose's healer, Isaac of Uluru, may have explained this discrepancy; different places have different effects on people
      • Big-O speculated that perhaps the island is punishing Ben, and is refusing to heal Ben because of his lack of reverence for the island (or because Ben is "cheating," to use Locke's terminology)
    • Amanda speculated that Juliet's motivation may have something to do with Jack; perhaps he'll go back with her
      • OceanBeach added that probably the best way they could lure Jack in would be from a medical approach. To work from that theory, perhaps Juliet will tell Jack about her research and he will be interested in going back with her and helping her for Sun's benefit
    • Is she only acting out Ben's plan on the surface, while really intending to be loyal to Jack and the other survivors? (Personally, I doubt it. I don't see what would motivate her to switch sides other than as a way of repaying Jack for saving her life. We know Juliet's morals are questionable since she shot and killed Danny Pickett in cold blood without showing any remorse, so it seems highly unlikely that she would befriend the survivors for moral reasons)
  • Big-O commented about Ben's indignation when Juliet accuses him of lying, when we know that he's a liar
    • He lied to Sawyer about the alleged deadly device implanted in his chest
    • He lied to either Locke or Jack about his belief in God's ability to know what's happening on the island
      • When Ben was still known as Henry Gale in the Swan hatch, he told Locke, "God doesn't know how long we've been here, John. He can't see this island any better than the rest of the world can," indicating that he didn't believe that God knew about their circumstances
      • By contrast, Ben told Jack, "Two days after I found out I had a fatal tumor on my spine, a spinal surgeon fell out of the sky. And if that's not proof of God, I don't know what is," which indicates that he believes in God's omniscience extends to even the island

        The remainder of this post may contain spoilers.

  • After "One of Us," the preview atypically was for the next five weeks instead of just for next week's episode
  • The announcer said, "Something is coming to this island. Is it salvation, or is it annihilation?"
  • There are helicopter sound effects and we see some kind of battle; Hurley appears to have a gun, there was a close-up of an arrow that looked like one of Rousseau's
  • Locke will be back; Sawyer attacks Locke and holds a knife to his throat and shouts something unintelligible, and we hear Sun say "How do we know he isn't working with them?"
    • The scenes with Locke won't be until episode 19 (two weeks from now), based on what's been revealed in The Official LOST Podcast
  • The Desmond parts of the preview are probably all from the next episode, which is Desmond-centric
  • Amanda said she saw the acronym "S.O.S." in black-and-white, as well as the book "Catch-22" in Portuguese
    • I didn't mention this on the podcast, but that may indicate that we'll once again be seeing the Portuguese-speaking men from the listening station, who so far we've only seen briefly in the last couple minutes of the Season 2 finale
    • Other fans have speculated that a new character who will be introduced on this episode (perhaps Naomi) may read Portuguese
  • The official ABC synopsis for this week's episode, Catch-22, is as follows: "Desmond coaxes Charlie, Hurley and Jin on a trek across the jungle after experiencing one of his future-prophesizing "flashes" -- but is he purposely placing Charlie's life in harm's way?
  • Meanwhile, Kate turns to an unwitting Sawyer after seeing Jack alone with Juliet."
  • Desmond's girlfriend, Penny Widmore, will return in this episode
  • There will also be a new character introduced named Naomi, who is apparently a parachutist. According to executive producer Carlton Cuse, "She does not appear in a flashback, she is not an Other, and she is not one of the survivors of Flight 815."
    • Kristin from E!Online speculates that Naomi may be an underground (subterranean) character
      • Does she live in the tunnel system, as seen on the blast door map?
      • This might be a foiler rather than a spoiler
  • In Issue #10 of LOST-The Official Magazine (the May/June 2007 issue), co-executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis revealed that we'll soon find out "what's going on with Penny and Desmond. You know what we started in the finale of season two? We'll continue to explore that. Plus, there's another big revelation on that front coming up pretty soon." (courtesy of SpoilerFix)

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

"Left Behind" Additional Commentary and "One of Us" Spoilers

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If you haven't yet checked out last week's Wednesday night post-LOST podcast, my wife and I shared a lot of insights and initial thoughts about "Left Behind." Some show notes are now available on the blog. Following is some additional commentary regarding "Left Behind," plus some spoilers for this week's episode, "One of Us."

The first time the smoke monster chased Kate and Juliet, we saw several bright flashes of light after it approached them. It looked a bit like flash photography or lightning in a storm cloud. What exactly was the smoke monster doing? Was it taking pictures of Juliet, perhaps checking in on her to make sure she was doing her job? I'm not so sure I believe that; after all, we don't have any evidence to indicate whether the monster acts on its own or whether it's controlled by or subservient to someone. The flashes were also reminiscent of those that could be seen when Eko looked into the smoke cloud. Was the monster trying to show Juliet or Kate her past, or trying to read it from one or the other's memories?

The remainder of this post contains spoilers.

Following are some notes from this week's Official LOST Podcast.

Damon said of Juliet, "I wouldn't exactly take her at her word" that she doesn't know anything about the smoke monster other than how to repel it.

In response to the question of why Ben left Juliet behind, Carlton said, "I think maybe there's kind of two possible explanations. One is: he was tired of Juliet, didn't want her around anymore or maybe there's... some other reason why he left her behind." Damon said, "I think maybe there's something personal between them..." Carlton responded, "Clearly there's some unresolved tension there. Maybe we'll find out about that sometime."

Damon said of Libby, "She did make a reference in the fact that her husband had died, though, and maybe there is some sort of story to kind of tell there. I would say that you certainly haven't seen the last of Libby. We miss her, too."

Damon: "Yes, Rousseau will eventually have a flashback."

Finally, it was revealed that we will learn more about the DeGroots (who were seen in the Swan hatch orientation film) in the third or fourth season.

ABC's official synopsis for this week's Juliet-centric episode is as follows:
"Jack's joyous reunion with his fellow survivors is cut short when they realize that accompanying him is one of 'The Others,' and Claire is stricken by a mysterious, life-threatening illness."
Guest appearances will include Juliet's sister Rachel, Ethan Rom, tail section infiltrator Goodwin, Mikhail (aka Patchy), and "Mittelos Bioscience" recruiter Richard Alpert.

Is Claire's "mysterious, life-threatening illness" the "sickness" to which Danielle Rousseau referred in Season 1? Did she catch it from Aaron when he got sick? Did she get infected when Ethan captured her and injected her with a mysterious substance? Has Claire been using the vaccine from the resupply drop that Charlie gave her in the episode "Three Minutes"? If so, did that cause her to get sick?

Juliet's flashback will pick up where her last one left off. We'll see how she came to the island and learn more about her motivations.

Carlton Cuse reportedly said recently that the Charlie "problem" would get resolved in this week's episode. However, rumor has it that the question of whether Charlie dies will not be revealed until the last two episodes of this season, so perhaps Carlton meant that Charlie and Sun will make amends.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

LIVE "Left Behind" Initial Thoughts

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Josh and his wife Kylene podcasted LIVE right after "Left Behind" (Pacific time). Hear their initial thoughts about Locke joining The Others, the smoke monster's weakness, and Juliet's story about being "left behind." (19 minutes)

*NEW!* Tune in every week right after the show! Each Wednesday night after LOST, we'll have a live podcast around 11:10 PM Pacific, and we'd love to have you join in and share your thoughts. Simply go to TalkShoe.com around that time, and click on the "Join In" button next to my show.

*UPDATE, 9 April 2007*
Here are some notes from the live podcast:
  • John Locke is "going with them" (The Others). Why?
    • Does it have something to do with his dad (or rather, perhaps, "his dad") being on the island?
      • Spoiler: This plot line will be revisited later this season, according to The Official LOST Podcast
    • Kylene points out and Josh agrees that Ben is really good at conning Locke; perhaps Locke is playing into Ben's hands?
  • Did The Others really gas-bomb Juliet, or is it a con?
    • We know Juliet lied to Kate about the handcuffs and the monster
    • Juliet was right back working with The Others after not getting on the boat, as evidenced by the fact that she made a sandwich for Kate
    • Kylene points out that the title "Left Behind" refers to Juliet, who claimed to have been left behind by The Others
    • So far, Sayid has been really good at judging The Others for who they are, and he obviously has concerns about Juliet
    • Spoiler: The upcoming episode is Juliet-centric, and we'll see Ethan again, so we'll most likely learn more about her motivations soon as we find out more of her back story
  • The smoke monster was stopped by the pylon security perimeter. Why didn't the smoke monster try to go over the "fence"?
    • Josh points out that this is an answer to some fans' questions about the purpose of the security perimeter; it's not to keep polar bears out—it's at least in part there for protection against the smoke monster
  • Josh asks: Where is Danielle? Had she left already before the gassing, or is she still hanging around Otherville? Josh opines that she'll pop up again later this season
  • Josh comments: Jack's place was ransacked. Why was his place all torn apart?
    • Kylene posits: Perhaps this is why The Others had to wear gas masks—because they were going to enter one of the buildings where they had thrown a gas bomb
  • Josh wonders how fifty Others got away without leaving any tracks (for a theory about this, see the April 9th edition of this podcast or the associated blog post)
  • Kylene points out that Kate apologizes to Jack for ruining his life when she only meant to help him
    • This is a parallel to her flashback; Kate thought she was saving her mom by killing Wayne when she was actually ruining her life by taking away someone she loved
    • Cassidy is another parallel; she admitted that she didn't want to retaliate against her former lover (who we known was Sawyer) because Cassidy still loved him
    • Josh points out that Juliet may also be a parallel to this story; all the Flight 815 survivors except Jack will see Juliet as an enemy, so she'll be the odd person out
  • Josh opines that Jack doesn't know Juliet as well as he thinks he does; she's obviously still a liar. Jack probably isn't making a very wise decision

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

"Exposé" and Other Commentary, Official Podcast Recaps, and "Left Behind" Spoilers

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Now, without further ado, let's get on to discussion of last week's Nikki- and Paulo-centric episode, "Exposé."

"Exposé" was interesting, but one has to wonder what the point was. Why show us an hour's worth of two insignificant background characters' lives, only to kill them off by the end of the episode? What's the big, important reason for Nikki and Paulo being on the show that the executive producers hinted at several times? There didn't seem to be very many plot-relevant revelations in this episode, but here's what I've been able to glean from it.

First, there are a couple of odd exchanges between Ben and Juliet in The Pearl. Ben tells Juliet, apparently speaking of Tom and The Pearl's hatch door, "have him cover it up with the plane," (presumably meaning the Beechcraft plane flown by Eko's cronies). Could it be that somehow Tom was connected with Boone's fall and death? Or does this only indicate that Tom would have pushed the plane down himself if Boone hadn't caused it to fall? UPDATE: An anonymous commenter pointed out that the Beechcraft had already fallen by that date. Specifically, the plane fell 8 days earlier, on November 1st (Day 41 on the island).

Another line from Ben may hint at the answer to a LOST mystery from Season 2—was it really Walt who talked to Michael via the computer in The Swan, or was it someone pretending to be him? Juliet asks Ben how he intends to capture Jack, Sawyer, and Kate, and Ben explains, "No, they need to come to us," and when Juliet asks how, Ben replies, "Michael, of course." This conversation took place on the same day that Michael received the first communication from "Walt" via the computer, which strongly indicates that it was actually Ben or one of his minions conning Michael.

Perhaps the special reason for Paulo's character being on the show is that he stole one of The Others' walkie-talkies from The Pearl. Since the walkie is now in the possession of the Flight 815 survivors at the beach, perhaps it will be of some use to them in a future episode.

Now on to some comments regarding some earlier episodes.

In an Official LOST Podcast, it was explained that while the episode title "Par Avion" can be literally translated as "by plane," it also means "air mail," which is the intended meaning and has reference to the note that Claire and Charlie attached to the sea bird.

Also from Par Avion, I observed a parallel between Alex and Danielle and Claire and her mother. Danielle tried to explain to Kate that it would be difficult for her to reunite with her daughter because Alex would not know her. This made me think of Claire's situation with her mother being in a coma. If Claire's mother awoke from her coma, she might find it difficult to reconnect with Claire, whose personality has changed greatly and who is now an unwed mother.

Curt from the Black Rock Podcast pointed out that Kelvin may have been the last surviving member of the DHARMA Initiative on the island (assuming, of course, that he wasn't an Other in disguise like Mikhail was). But if Kelvin was working for DHARMA, how did he know that Desmond's boat had crashed on the island? If Kelvin had waited any longer after the storm before going beach combing, Desmond would have awakened and Kelvin wouldn't have been able to find him unconscious and drag him back to the hatch. It seems awfully convenient that Kelvin happened to explore the beach at just the right moment to find Desmond. However, if Kelvin was really one of The Others, he could have had access to the island's surveillance system and potentially other resources. On the other hand, Ben seemed surprised to find out that there was a sailboat, which indicates that Kelvin never said anything about it. Still, if Kelvin was an Other (but not a fully indoctrinated one) it would make sense that he would have kept the boat secret from the other Others if he thought he could use it to escape the island. Yet another theory that supports the possibility that Kelvin might be an Other is that he's the one who taught Desmond about the fail-safe, which ultimately led to the destruction of the hatch. At present, I'm leaning toward the theory that Kelvin was really working for DHARMA, although unless the LOST writers or producers make a statement about it, we may never know the truth about him.

It was pointed out on Jay and Jack's podcast and elsewhere that Stephen Hawking's book A Brief History of Time, which was seen in the episode "Not in Portland," was also seen in Ben's house. This is evidence that The Others are "masters of time and space," or are trying to become such. You can get a copy of the book here.

Following are some revelations from recent episodes of The Official LOST Podcast. The remainder of this post contains some spoilers.

Carlton: "You should actually believe everything that Mikhail says other than the fact that he says that he was a member of the DHARMA Initiative."
Damon: "Everything that he says about The Others while he's pretending to be a member of the DHARMA Initiative is true, or at least he believes it to be. It's all perspective, I guess."

There will be more about the "hostiles" (who are confirmed to be The Others), and there will also be "a lot more" about the DHARMA Initiative. What we learned in Enter 77 is "not even close" to being "the definitive text on the DHARMA Initiative."

We're going to learn more about "the purge" Mikhail spoke of that apparently led to the death of the DHARMA Initiative members on the island.

The executive producers call the Barracks or Otherville "New Otherton."

Carlton: "I think when the series is all said and done, they're probably going to erect a statue of John Locke in Tallahassee." Locke is not, however, "the man from Tallahassee;" as far as we can tell, this title belongs to Locke's dad, Anthony Cooper.

Damon: "There's another ping pong story to come." (This may have simply been the small game that Hurley and Sawyer were playing at the beginning of "Exposé.")

Carlton: "I don't know if you can say definitively that [John Locke] killed Mikhail."

Carlton confirmed that Jacob is "Him." Carlton implies that they may revisit Jacob this season.

Surprisingly, Damon and Carlton implied that The Others may not have known about the Swan Station until after Flight 815 crashed. This is rather shocking to me because Ben seemed to have been intentionally trying to mislead Locke to get him to not enter the numbers. Why would Ben have done this unless he knew what would happen if the numbers were not entered in time? Did he only expect the hatch to implode, but not for The Others' communications to go down? Plus, doesn't it stand to reason that since DHARMA set up cameras in The Swan and The Others have control over a DHARMA monitoring system on the second island that The Others would have been able to monitor The Swan? In "Exposé" we saw that The Others knew about The Pearl, The Swan, and an underground tunnel system (which fans had speculated about because of writings on the blast door map) before Ben was taken captive in The Swan, which would happen 9 days later. Carlton indicated that when Ben was being held captive in The Swan, he was genuinely skeptical about the necessity of pushing the button every 108 minutes, which could possibly be true, although we know that The Others had access to several volumes of DHARMA instructional manuals in The Flame. Were the executive producers confused, or misleading us with their comments? Or did The Others truly only find out about The Swan sometime after the Flight 815 crash and before they led away Michael?

The executive producers are currently finishing work on Season 3 Episode 22, which will be the 2-hour season finale.

Damon indicated that the box is not physical—"just some sort of metaphor that Ben is using to explain whatever this box construct is on the island, because I think it would be sort of silly to walk to the middle of the island and there's kind of a big, large refrigerator box sitting there, and Kate's horse comes tromping out and Sayid's little cat and Jack's dad..."

Wait, "Sayid's cat" is supposed to be same one from his flashback after all? As I mentioned previously, screenshots of the two cats from "Enter 77" show that in reality, a different cat played each role. Either it's really supposed to be the same cat, or else Damon said this in response to a fan theory that the cat on the island was a manifestation of the smoke monster.

Damon: "The next time when we revisit this story of what happens next to Locke and Ben and Mr. Cooper, who is bound and gagged, then we will have a much clearer understanding of whether or not Ben was being literal or figurative when he was talking about the box." We will be seeing Locke in the next couple weeks, but it will be at least several weeks before the box and Anthony Cooper will be revisited.

In response to the question of whether Locke really blew up the sub, Damon said: "I would say it certainly appeared that he blew it up." Carlton: "Exactly." Damon: "Unfortunately it was at the expense of Jack." So... did it really blow up or did it just appear to have blown up? That wasn't much of an answer, unless you want to try to read into it and assume that by Damon's evasiveness that the sub may not have actually blown up. But then again, you can't really rely on a lot of the comments in The Official LOST Podcast because the producers use a lot of sarcasm, sleight of hand, and frequent avoidance of giving straight answers.

Carlton: "The Others are not going to be completely and fully encamped in that place, maybe, for the entire season." It sounds like The Others may be leaving the Barracks at some point in the next several episodes.

Carlton: "By the time the season finale rolls around, you will not think that it's out of character [for The Others to have tried to kill Charlie, etc.]. The Others are a lot badder than maybe you might think that they are."

They hinted for the second week in a row that Mikhail might not have actually died.

Damon said that we will see Hurley's bus again. Also, Carlton: "I'm going to even make a bolder and audacious revelation right now, which is that you will see yet another Volkswagen product before the end of the season on the island."

Damon: "Believe it or not, we have known since the very beginning that there was at least one smaller island off of the coast of our main island." Does this indicate that there are other smaller islands? Is it possible that Michael and Walt may have been taken to one of them? All we know about Michael and Walt after they sailed off is what has been revealed in official podcasts, that "we will be getting back to [their] story, but not for a while," that what happened to them "is very compelling," and a promise that that Walt is "fine."

In this week's Official LOST Podcast, Carlton Cuse revealed that Rose and Bernard will be back this year with a "really awesome story line"—not just as background characters. Carlton also said (possibly in jest) that in the season finale "they will be getting captured and blowing up things like the hatch." Additionally, he indicated that Locke may have been on to something in his accusation that Ben was "cheating." Carlton indicated that perhaps Ben's use of technology makes him less in tune with the island than Locke is. It was also revealed that at the end of April or the beginning of May, we'll be returning to the story line of Anthony Cooper and the metaphorical "box."

Now on to spoilers for this week's Kate-centric episode, "Left Behind." The official ABC synopsis is as follows:
"After discovering that one of her own has betrayed her to "The Others," Kate is left to fend for herself in the jungle with Juliet. Meanwhile, Hurley warns Sawyer to change his selfish ways and make amends with his fellow survivors or he may face a vote of banishment."
Guest characters will include Cassidy Phillips (Sawyer's former girlfriend and con trainee) and Edward Mars (better known as the marshal).

In the Official LOST Podcast, it was revealed that Kate and Juliet will be handcuffed together and that the monster will be back. In trailers for "Left Behind," Kate asks Juliet, "Why would they handcuff you to me and then drag us all the way out into the jungle?" Juliet tells Kate, "The reason Jack told you not to come back is because you broke his heart." This makes Kate furious and she punches Juliet hard in the face, and the two appear to get into a violent brawl.

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