Lost Cubicle Chatter: Across the Sea

Check in on Wednesday of every week during Season 6 of Lost to share your thoughts, theories, complaints and assessments of the previous night’s episode. Big time SPOILER alert for anyone didn‘t watch yet.

Synopsis: As always, we teamed up with the Joker from Coventry for this week’s setlist and recap. Side note: Joker ran a reprint of his epic LOST/Phish Tees if anyone missed out the first time around. Check ’em out.

Geronimo Jackson, May 11, 2010

Set I (On Island): Shipwrecked (1), Twin Killers (2), Mother (3) > Sea and Sand (4) > The Glass Bead Game (5), Light > Ghost (6), Another Brick in the Wall (7) > The Wheel (8), The End (9), Smoke (10), Eternal Flame (11)

Encore: Adam and Eve (12)

(1) Genesis; Claudia
(2) Deerhoof; Jacob, MIB, Claudia, and “Mother”
(3) Danzig; Mother
(4) The Who
(5) Thievery Corporation; MIB and Jacob
(6) Phish; with secret language “turn around” signal
(7) Pink Floyd
(8) Grateful Dead;  with Beastie Boys  “Check Your Head” teases
(9) The Doors
(10) Ben Folds Five
(11) Bangles
(12) Ani DiFranco; Locke, Jack, and Kate

Epic One Liner of the Week: “Every question I answer will lead to another question.” – Mother

That is what we call CYA in the land of cubicles and business casual.

Lost My Mind Just a Couple of Times: 1) I guess I can understand why they do this (so viewers can infer they are speaking another language without having to read subtitles for the whole episode), but at the beginning of the show the two “mothers” switched from speaking Latin to English mid-conversation as though nothing happened. 2) Would it be too much to ask to declare a moratorium on new characters? There’s two episodes left; do we really need an episode dedicated to Allison Janney? That entire show could have been captured in a ten minute flashback. 3) Does MIB weigh as much as a balloon? Odd how a creek containing about two feet of water and minimal current carried him swiftly down into the mysterious light.

Overall: The jury is mixed on this one, but I think this episode ranks up there with Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull in terms of ridiculous crap that should have been scrapped at the rewrite table. I just hope the producers got this turd out of their system in time to redeem themselves in the final two shows. That episode belonged in Season Three. MULLIGAN.

Discussion Points: 1) Will this stinky brown note derail the whole sonata? 2) Will the origin of Allison Janney’s character have any significance going forward or will that simply be overlooked? 3) What happens with MIB after his death? Will he be reborn or was he reduced to inhabiting other people’s bodies from the moment he died onward? 4) How angry are you on a scale of one to ten?

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  1. Not angry at all, BUT…I can see how there could be. There is no great mystery to the universe. Two opposing forces control all energy, and it somehow had a beginning. I was glad to know about the tunnel of light. I think it was interesting to portray this particular portal as a negative, rather than positive force.

    As Terry Gilliam would say, “lower your expectations.” I think LOST hit all of its peaks in a grand way already–I mean, let’s face it, how many more times can Matthew Fox cry, or Richard or Ben have career highlights? It would just be cool if some mystery remained without too many clunker notes in the last two weeks.

  2. im glad we collaborate somewhat on the LOST recaps, because I kinda enjoyed this episode. I felt like tonight was the 2nd or 3rd night of a 4 night Phish run that everyone has been looking forward to, and Phish just came out and jammed on a new song for 45 minutes when everyone wanted to hear DWD>Yem>Twist>Loving Cup or something like that.

    For me, it explained a lot…I enjoyed the backstory, but yeah I can see how others were disappointed. LOST is best when there are more questions than answers and it focuses on the characters, so maybe that is why this episode is a let down. Still, I have confidence in the writing that this is going to be good…but maybe ive been fluffing this show for so long and am invested in the idea that its one of the best shows ever that I can’t bring myself to say it was bad.

    I think “Mother” was some form of a smoke monster, thats how she was able to kill everyone so easily and also why she knew what would happen if you went down into the light. MIB has a fate worse than death…and Jacob seems like a flawed character as well, he never really wanted to be the protector of the island but was forced into it because there was no one else left.

  3. Yeah I thought I changed that about the Latin before this went up, but I think Scotty and I were editing it at the same time, so it must not have saved. My bad.

    I think you guys are right about lowering the expectations. At this point, whether it wraps up in a neat little package shouldn’t really be the deciding factor on anything. It’s going to have to end with a lot of ambiguity, which might be unsatisfying for some, but as this episode shows, trying to answer everything doesn’t please everyone either.

  4. Joker…I completely agree with you. This episode had to happen…and we got some quality answers: Adam and Eve, the origination (or continuation) of the Smoke, and the backstory on the relationship between MIB and Jacob. And I think it was all satisfying.

    And yes, the Mother was the Smoke Monster. When she saw the twins born, she found her own ‘loophole’ and orchestrated the paths that both Jacob and MIB would follow through their lives. Look at the evidence; she gave MIB the game, she appeared to him as his “real” mother, she wiped out the well and the village, and she showed Jacob the tunnel just before she was to be murdered, which she knew was going to happen. It all makes sense.

    There was some cheese to this episode, but there also was more to it than you might think at first glance….

  5. I think there will still be pathos in the next two weeks. I definitely got goosebumps just hearing the Doors’ “The End” in the preview of next week’s episode. Cheesy, old and tired tune, but it carries some metaphysical weight. Oddly enough, it made me think of the Apocalypse Now/Kurtz/Willard/LOST/island weirdness connection in many ways. Hmmm…

    I like how the LOST team created their own modern day mythology, which has its toes in many philosophies, and with a large dose of their own original inspiration and creativity. LOST appears to be able to stand the test of time with a six-season, nearly continuous non-linear storyline. Shit. Bring it on. I’m ready for anything.

  6. Loved this episode.. There’s only one way to do a Jacob and Jacob’s brother back story – and that’s with new characters.. They’re getting at the core mythology of the island! I only wish there was more.. I don’t think we’re not going to find out just how Jacob stops aging for example, and how & who gets to make ‘the rules’..

    I dont get to see previews, but can I get a Widmore backstory next week?

    And yes, fake Mom is totally smoke monster – or at least someone whos been into the GLOW

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