Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Variable

The Variable, Season five's fourteenth episode marks a huge milestone for LOST. It is the program's ONE HUNDREDTH EPISODE!

Two of the show's executive producers, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, promise that it is a companion episode to arguably the best episode of season four, "The Constant."

It would seem that VARIABLE is a play on the word CONSTANT in that both are mathematical terms. From Wikipedia: Varying, in the context of mathematical variables, doesn't mean change, but rather, dependence on the values of other variables in the expression in which the variable occurs, or dependence of the value of the expression on that of the variable.

What will this mean to the LOSTies stuck in 1977? Will Daniel's return mean that we will finally find out if and how the characters go back to the "present" time? Will Jin and Sun ever be reunited? What is Smokey? Who is Jacob? Will Desmond return to the island? Will he bring Penny and baby Charlie? Where is Claire? Is Juliet an Other or an other Other? How old is Alpert? What is in Hurley's guitar case? What about Walt? Aaron? Ji-Yeon? How did Pierre Chang lose his arm? Why does he go by so many different names? How is it that Ben can take a lickin' and keep on tickin' OVER and OVER again? How are Widmore and Mrs. Hawking related? How will Paik fit into the story? Will we see the face of the four-toed statue? What do the hieroglyphics under the temple mean? For whom do Ilana and Bram work? Why those numbers?

Add the questions YOU want answered in the comments section.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Story of the Oceanic 6

In a pre-cursor to the ONE HUNDREDTH EPISODE of LOST next week, ABC is choosing to air a special "clip show" which promises to give us a new look at what we've already seen. Upon reading the Press Release, it would seem that we will actually see new footage. Perhaps some that was rescued from the cutting room floor?

Here is the Press Release from ABC:


ABC once again invites new and avid "Lost" viewers to take another look at one of the most talked about and critically acclaimed shows. "Lost: The Story of the Oceanic 6" will explore the series in a way that will bring new viewers up to date -- but which current viewers will also find illuminating - in discovering what happened to the Oceanic 6 and the remaining island survivors during the three years after Ben moved the island. The special airs WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Sun and Claire's son Aaron - otherwise known as the Oceanic 6 - were rescued and tried to pick up the pieces of the lives they knew before the crash and to perpetuate the lie concocted to hide the truth about what really happened. But Jack and Ben had to convince all of them to return to the island in order to save those left behind. Although they eventually did go back - sans Aaron -- what could possibly have been the motivating factors for each, and exactly how - and when -- did they return? As for those left behind on the island, violent shifts through time were wreaking havoc on their lives. Discover how Locke's leaving the island under the guise of Jeremy Bentham may have helped end the time rifts, and what led to his eventual death in the outside world.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Some Like it Hoth

With such an unusual title, I went to TLI bloggers for suggestions on what it means.

DocH said:
I have two reads on this. Hoth is the ICE planet in Star Wars. It is a play on the phrase "Some Like It HOT", suggesting "Some Like It COLD." The Star Wars portion of my brain immediately suggested to the rest of my brain, aka the LOST portion of my brain - hey - it has something to do with the Frozen Donkey Wheel chamber.

My second thought was the movie "Some Like It Hot" with M.Monroe, T.Curtis and J.Lemmon. synop: Two struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and try to find a way out of the city before they are found and killed by the mob. The only job that will pay their way is an all girl band so the two dress up as women. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; One falls for another band member but can't tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take "No" for an answer. - - - I am not sure how they could work that into the plotline... where two of the Losties have to do some gener-bendin'-pretendin'.



The images of Thoth that I found show a super long bird bill, like a flamingo, holding a spear and an Ankh. (que?)

Jim in Georgia said:
The best I can say is that my first impression was that Hoth was an Egyptian deity. That didn't work, obviously.

The Wikipdeia page Hoth (disambiguation) will take you to Höðr, a Norse god (demigod?) also known as Hoth. He assists his brother in slaying Baldr with an arrow made of mistletoe. How romantic(?)!



There's an Egyptian god named Thoth! I didn't find it; someone on the LP did.


TXYorkFamily said:
There was a Nazi general named Hoth who was convicted of war crimes, but that seems a stretch!

I think it's a play on words, since Hoth in Star Wars was supposed to be covered in ice or whatever, but obviously Some Like it Hot is the cultural reference...so if it's about opposites, what could that mean?

Rita said:
This is my best guess as well. Actually, I HOPE this is correct - it's about time for us to see what Sawyer meant that Daniel is no longer with them.

Circus Mom said:
Hoth led me here. Thinking about the war Widmore mentioned and Adam and Eve. Also the whisperers saying that "it's the brothers that help us.



Thoth sometimes appears as a ibis or as a goose laying a golden egg. Hurley Bird?

Thoth also leads to Hermes in Greek culture. "in Greek mythology. An Olympian god, he is also the patron of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them, of shepherds and cowherds, of thieves and road travelers,"

To the Thoth Tarot deck, which leads to "Liber AL vel Legis", or "The book of the Law."

KateTheGreat said:
I think Hoth has GOT to be a reference to Star Wars, as the writers are such big fans. I'm expecting (and hoping for) an explanation of the Polar bears.

How does a Polar bear get from his native Arctic Ocean to a spooky South Pacific island then the Tunisian desert? The most obvious answer is Vile Vortices. I'm also hoping for a answer as to why do it in the first place. I think this episode will go back to 1977 Dharma to tackle that one.

Tasha said:
Also...we always say the eye of Horus...Isn't there also an Eye of Thoth?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dead is Dead

DEAD (from dictionary.com)

* no longer living; deprived of life: dead people; dead flowers; dead animals.
* brain-dead.
* not endowed with life; inanimate: dead stones.
* resembling death; deathlike: a dead sleep; a dead faint.
* bereft of sensation; numb: He was half dead with fright. My leg feels dead.
* lacking sensitivity of feeling; insensitive: dead to the needs of others.
* incapable of being emotionally moved; unresponsive: dead to the nuances of the music.
* utterly tired; exhausted: They felt dead from the six-hour trip.
* (of a language) no longer in use as a sole means of oral communication among a people: Latin is a dead language.
* without vitality, spirit, enthusiasm, or the like: a dead party.
* infertile; barren: dead land.

* the period of greatest darkness, coldness, etc.: the dead of night; the dead of winter.
* the dead, dead persons collectively: Prayers were recited for the dead.

* absolutely; completely: dead right; dead tired.
* with sudden and total stoppage of motion, action, or the like: He stopped dead.
* directly; exactly; straight: The island lay dead ahead.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What Happened Happened

Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera

Okay, so "what happened happened" isn't REALLY part of the lyrics to Que Sera, Sera but that is what I think of every time I hear those words. Still, if you think about it, if what happened really *is* what happened, doesn't that mean that whatever will be, really will be? What I mean to say is, I think that until true time travel is discovered, we must accept the past as the truth (within the confines of historical documentation). But is destiny already determined? Will "whatever" truly be whatever?

Confused? Me, too. There comes a time in LOSTlore when we have to accept what we see, and have seen, as truth (as it relates to the LOST world) even if we can't really wrap our brains around it. I have a lot, possibly too much, faith in Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse that there will be, ultimately, a completely satisfying ending. An ending wherein we will have time travel explained in a way that makes perfect sense, not only to us, the über-fans, but also to the casual viewer. Hopefully tonight will be the next piece in the time travel puzzle.

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