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There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1

May 16, 2008
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OH MY GOODNESS!! Lost was so awesome last night! The show was near perfect with their multi-faceted flashbacks between Jack, Hurley, Kate and Sun. Jack finds out that Claire was (is?) his sister and we find out the ageless Richard Alpert has his own army! Sweetness!!

We finally get to see the Orchid station. Here is the video from last year’s Comic-con that introduced us to the Orchid station.

As always, here is the awesome recap from Lostpedia.com. I suggest you actually click on the link and read everything for yourself! For more info, also check out The Lost Blog and The Tail Section.

Trivia

General

The Geronimo Jackson record jacket at Hurley's party

The Geronimo Jackson record jacket at Hurley’s party

  • “Membata,” the name of the island Oceanic claimed the Six lived on, is Indonesian for “doubt” or “uncertainty”.
  • Sawyer refers to the Barracks as “New Otherton,” the producers’ nickname for the location.
  • A Geronimo Jackson record jacket can be seen near the DJ at Hurley’s party.
  • The mirror Ben uses is called a heliograph[1], or signaling mirror[2]. They were commonly used by military forces in the early half of the 20th century. They are still included in survival kits for emergency signaling to search and rescue aircraft.
  • At Hurley’s surprise birthday party, Sayid is seen sporting a wedding band, implying that he and Nadia have been married by this point.

Production notes

  • Claire does not appear in this episode.
  • The Oceanic 6 were aboard a United States Coast Guard (USCG)[3] Lockheed HC-130[4] search and rescue transport aircraft being flown by two USCG Lieutenants (O-3).
  • The Lockheed HC-130 number 1717 was acquired by the USCG under an US Air Force (USAF) aircraft purchase contract addendum in 1986[5].
  • Prior to being designated 1717 by the USCG, the USAF originally numbered the aircraft 0420[6], another reference to the Numbers.
  • The Oceanic 6 landed at Kalaeloa Airport[7], home of the Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) Barbers Point[8], as indicated by the plane’s markings and the distinctive air traffic control tower[9].
  • The press conference was most likely held in the CGAS hangars[10].
  • Several large sea turtles can be seen on the daytime beach shots. As the turtles are heavily protected by the government, it is likely that the crew was unable to remove the turtles from the shots before filming.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • In the scene where Jack and Kate bump into Sawyer and Miles, Kate is seen talking to Jack with only Sawyer in the background. After a quick shot of Jack turning around, the camera returns to Kate which suddenly has Miles prominently in the background.
  • The lower four digits displaying “2342” on the Camaro’s instrument panel would not appear on a 1970-1972 Camaro’s odometer. Everything else about the odometer seems accurate, however, so the remaining digits were most likely added to ensure that all of the numbers appeared.
    • The lower four digit display is suspose to represent a trip meter, but, there was no trip meter on a 1970-72 Camaro. A trip meter did not appear on the dashboard instrument cluster until 1984.
  • Ben retracts his baton just before handing it to Locke. Ben easily retracts the baton. Retracting telescopic batons with such ease is usually impossible, unless it was deployed extremely weakly which would render the baton less effective in any combat situation. Also, there is no sign of Ben ever extending the baton. Extending the baton would make it impossible to fit in a pocket. It is safe to assume that showing Ben retracting the baton was purely for dramatic purposes because there was no scenario shown that would have allowed him to deploy the weapon, and furthermore deploy it a weak manner that would be less effective in combat and allow him to retract it so easily.

Recurring themes

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  • The Oceanic Six lie about what happened during and after the plane crash. (Deceptions and cons)
  • According to the fabricated story, the Oceanic 6 found rescue on Day 108. Coincidentally, this falls on January 8, 2005, or 08-01-2005 – 815. (The Numbers)
  • Hugo eats crackers that Ben claims are 15 years old. (The Numbers)
  • The numbers are on the odometer of Hurley’s new car. (The Numbers)
  • Kate is questioned about her “pregnancy.” (Pregnancy)
  • Jin tells Sun “I told you I would get you off the island” while they are on the raft. (Salvation)
  • Jack finds out that Claire was his half-sister. (Relationships) (Coincidences)
  • At the Oceanic press conference, it is revealed that the 6 were rescued on day 108 (The Numbers)
  • Michael says that he wants to make up for what he did. (Redemption)
  • There is a Jesus statue in Hurley’s house. (Religion)
  • Sun’s father asks about her pregnancy. (Pregnancy)
  • Ben is taken hostage by Keamy’s team. (Imprisonment)
  • Kate and Sayid are captured by the Others (Imprisonment)
  • Sawyer refers to Miles as “Genghis”. (Nicknames)
  • Sawyer refers to Frank as “Shaggy”. (Nicknames)
  • Pilot of the Coast Guard plane rubs a rabbits foot. (Animals)
  • Hurley’s car keys have a rabbits foot ..ring. (Animals)
  • The aircraft marking numbers ‘1717’ on the side of the USCG plane add up to 16 (The Numbers)
  • There is a boy at Hurley’s party with a shirt bearing the number 42 (The Numbers)

Cultural references

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  • Hurley’s dad gives him a Camaro. (Cars)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The episode’s title, “There’s no place like home,” is a quote from L. Frank Baum’s fantasy The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Near the end of the film, the song’s melody plays in the underscore as Dorothy repeats the phrase that transports her back home to Kansas, mirroring the theme of this episode. (Movies) (Books)

Literary techniques

Recurring themes in Lost
Black and whiteCar accidentsCharacter connectionsDeceptions and consDreamsEyesFate versus free willGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLife and deathMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersParent issuesPregnanciesRainRebirthRedemptionRelationshipsSacrificeSecretsTime
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  • The title of the episode foreshadows the return of the Oceanic 6, while juxtaposing their bittersweet emotions. (Foreshadowing) (Juxtaposition)
  • One of the USCG pilots is rubbing a white rabbit’s foot, foreshadowing Hurley’s encounter later in the episode with the same charm. (Foreshadowing)
  • Hurley, whispers reminiscent of Island whispers, before the party. It foreshadows his problems to come. (Foreshadowing)
  • Claire’s mother compliments Kate about how cute Aaron is, unaware that it is her grandchild. (Irony)
  • Six of the Losties arrive on the freighter looking for saftey, only to find it is rigged with explosives. (Irony)
  • Sawyer yells at Jack telling him he doesn’t get to “die alone”. (Regularly spoken phrases)

Storyline analysis

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
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  • Jack and Kate go into the jungle after the chopper, then it’s Jack and Sawyer, and later Kate and Sayid. (A-Missions)
  • Faraday becomes a surprise leader by offering to take 815 Survivors to the freighter when Sayid has to go after Jack. (Leadership)

Episode references

Unanswered questions

Literary techniques in Lost
Comparative: IronyJuxtapositionPlotting: CliffhangerPlot twistStock Characters: ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story: FlashbacksFlashforwardsForeshadowingRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1/Theories

On the Island

  • What is the nature of the Orchid station?
  • What is Ben’s plan?
  • Who was Ben communicating to with the mirror and what did he say?
  • How does Daniel know about the Orchid station?
  • What is Richard’s purpose for taking Kate and Sayid prisoner?
  • Why were the Others wearing their “disguises”?

On the freighter

  • Why is there a room filled with armed explosives?
    • Who put it there?
    • What is the trigger for their detonation?
  • What is causing the interference on the freighter’s reef monitor?

After the rescue

  • How much money did the Oceanic Six receive in their settlement?
  • What plans, if any, does Sun have for her father’s company?
  • Who was the second of the two people Sun claims is responsible for Jin’s death?
Storyline analysis in Lost
A-MissionsCrimesEconomicsLeadershipO-MissionsRelationshipsF-MissionsRivalries
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Unanswered questions
  1. Do not answer the questions here.
  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
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