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Meet Kevin Johnson (aka suicidal murderer boat smasher-upper)

March 21, 2008

is this the answer to when we will finally figger out this dang show?So, you tell me, what did you think of Lost last night? I was impressed and would give it a solid A. This is another episode to watch at least 2 or 3 more times!

Without further ado, let’s dive into some trivia and stuff we might have missed but Lostpedia didn’t.

Trivia

General

  • Libby is the first non-original main cast member to reappear after leaving the show.
  • Michael’s flashback is suggested to have taken place sometime between Days 68 (the day Michael and Walt leave the Island), as Michael is estranged from Walt since he revealed what he did on the island, and Day 82 (the day the Others leave the barracks), as Ben is shown at his barracks house.
    • Likewise, Tom’s appearances would seem to have been set between Day 74 and Day 80 as he was at the Hydra before Day 74 and at the Barracks on Day 80.
    • The Kahana left port in Fiji prior to Day 87 (the day Naomi arrived on the Island).
  • Despite his mission to kill everyone on board, all the known deceased members on the Freighter thus far have not died because of Michael.

Production notes

  • Charlotte, Daniel, Jack, Jin, Juliet, Kate, and Sun do not appear in this episode.
  • Cynthia Watros is the first former cast member to return to the show as a guest star to not be credited as a “special” guest star.
  • Kewalo Basin, the small commercial harbor in Kaka’ako, was transformed into the Port of Suva, Fiji’s largest port and gateway to its capital city for this episode.
  • One of the few episodes of the series to take place almost completely in flashback. This is the longest flashback to date beating Flashes Before Your Eyes by just a few seconds.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • The actor playing Walt is not Malcolm David Kelly

Recurring themes

Cultural references

  • Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse Five, is mentioned as an answer on the game show Michael is watching. (Books)
  • The Shining is a 1980 horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Minkowski remarks that Michael reminds him of the film’s main character, played by actor Jack Nicholson. (Movies and TV)
  • Star Wars: Before his death, Karl says, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” This is a line that is spoken in every episode of Star Wars. (Movies and TV)
  • Cass Elliot: The song playing in the car when Michael tries to kill himself is “It’s Getting Better” by Cass Elliot, who also recorded “Make Your Own Kind of Music“. (Music)
  • The Hotel Earle is a fictional hotel which is a metaphysical manifestation of hell itself for an awkward, isolated New York City writer in the 1994 Coen Brothers film Barton Fink. (Movies and TV)
  • Star Trek: The second sneak peak for this episode featured the “red alert” sound effect from Star Trek: The Next Generation as the freighter’s alarm. This was altered for the broadcast version. (Movies and TV)
  • The Godfather: Miles Straume is eating, and offers Michael, an orange before getting on the freighter. Oranges are seen in each instalment of the Godfather trilogy before deaths or assassinations. (Movies and TV)
  • Cars: In the flashback, Michael drives a green Dodge Aspen

Literary techniques

  • Michael trades Jin‘s Rolex watch for a handgun with which to kill himself. On the island, Jin tried to kill Michael over the same watch. (Irony)
  • Ben says that Charles Widmore is “without conscience.” (Irony)
  • When Michael attempts his automotive suicide, an optimistic song is playing. (Irony)
  • Tom tells Michael, “You still have work to do.” (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Michael is seen attempting to fix the engines, the same that he agreed to sabotage. (Irony)
  • Ben calls Michael “one of the good guys”. (Regularly spoken phrases)
  • Sayid turns in Michael because he works for Ben. In the future (as seen in “The Economist“), Sayid himself works for Ben. (Irony)
  • Michael made terrible sacrifices to get Walt back from the Others, only to lose him again after telling him about killing Ana-Lucia and Libby. (Irony)
  • Frank muses the idea of finding 815 survivors that are alive. He tells this to Michael. (Irony)
  • The episode ends with Karl and Rousseau seriously wounded by gunfire but with their condition and the identity of the assailant(s) unknown. (Cliffhanger)

Storyline analysis

  • Michael attempts to detonate a bomb in the engine room of Kahana with the goal of killing himself and everyone on board. (Crimes)

Episode references

  • Before attempting suicide, Michael says “I’m sorry,” just like he did immediately before shooting Ana Lucia. (“Two for the Road“)
  • Michael sells the watch that Jin gave him. (“House of the Rising Sun“) (“Exodus, Part 2“)
  • Michael tells his mother that he wants to see Walt “because he’s my son. That is my right.”, just as he told Jack. (“The Hunting Party“)
  • When Libby appears in Michael’s vision she is carrying blankets, just as she did when he shot her. (“Two for the Road“)
  • Tom is revealed to be gay. Tom once remarked that Kate wasn’t his “type”. (“A Tale of Two Cities“)
  • Walt is living with Michael’s mother. Before their plane took off, Michael called her to ask if she would take Walt. (“Exodus, Part 2“)
  • When crew members nearly take a raft off the boat, Captain Gault reminds them of what happened to the last two men to do so, specifically calling out the late Minkowski. (“The Constant“)
  • Ben calls Michael “one of the good guys”. Before he left the Island, Michael asked him who they were and Ben responded “We’re the good guys”. (“Live Together, Die Alone“)
  • Michael guesses that Naomi is from Manchester, England. Charlie, also from Manchester, guessed that fact as well. (“Greatest Hits“)
  • The bomb Michael is given has a button labeled “EXECUTE”, much like the computer in the Swan. (“Adrift“)

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
  1. Do not answer the questions here.
  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Meet Kevin Johnson/Theories

Flashback

  • How is Tom able to travel from the Island?
  • How did Michael and Walt reach the United States after leaving the Island?
  • How is the Island preventing Michael from killing himself?
  • What was Ben’s intention when he gave Michael fake explosives?

On the Island

  • Why does Ben feel the Temple is only for the Others?
  • Who was shooting at Alex, Karl, and Rousseau?
  • Are Karl and Rousseau dead?

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