If I didn’t know any better, I would think the world of Lost exists in the same world as Days of Our Lives, because what are the chances of an airline announcing there were no survivers of a crash from one of their planes, only to discover almost everyone survived (at least the actual crash) and are trying to escape what appears to be a tribe of crazies who are led around with a madman who knows all?
The show is taking it’s time with revealing which eight people escaped the island to make it back to civilization. (Can we make a random guess that if they are named “Oceanic 8” that none of the island natives like Alex or Juliette were able to leave?) This episode features on totally new characters, one who was introduced very briefly at the end of last week.
Daniel-Really the flashback on him gave us nothing. He gets rather emotional upon hearing the news of a tragic plane crash. Could we presume he was aware of what was going on with Oceanic Flight 815 and knew there was a high chance of the plane crashing? Other than that, he seems like a typical geek, complete with the awkward social nature. I am instantly attracted to him.
Miles-I was rather annoyed the show is introducing a definite supernatural element to the story. I know that we’ve been let to believe that everything on this island has some mystical characteristics but I still think we can explain everything away with science and creative story-telling (I’ll get to that in a minute). I would say Miles is crazy but finding the stash of money in his flashback as well as guessing that Naomi’s death matched Kate’s version is too coincidental.
Charlotte-I see we’ve got a British ice princess making up the female crew member. Her flashback told us more about Dharma than about her, other than she is no-nonsense and determined to work on the task at hand. I have to say the show’s ploy of making me go WTF worked because I did a double take when she pulled out that collar on the desert polar bear. (Note: Wasn’t Ben creepy when he started naming off her information and what their plan is?)
Frank-Now he is very interesting. He was supposed to be the pilot for the doomed flight. Why didn’t he go? Is it because his drinking was already in full swing by then and he was grounded? Or did Oceanic pull him off the plane for other reasons, meaning they had ulterior motives for Fight 815 which required a man who was more under their control? Naturally the show didn’t answer any of this.
I think this episode was really well done. First and foremost it managed to give us more clues to the flight itself and this time the new questions that were presented felt like we were making headway instead of backtracking. Why is Ben so afraid of these people and why do they want him? Is Oceanic Airlines associated with the Dharma Initiative (which would certainly help explain the flight itself crashing as well as they trying to cover up with a fake plane crash)? Obviously the team other than the pilot know way more than any of the Losties but can Locke manage to whittle down their resolve?
I want to now point to my online friend, Slynn, who came up with some great ideas on how the Losties got on the island (a mixture of Desmond’s part and Oceanic sending the plane “looking” for the mysterious island on it’s way to America). I highly recommend y’all head over there and check out her ideas.