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Because You Left and The Lie recaps!

January 22, 2009
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Lost is back on!  Life just got a whole lot mo’ betta!

I absolutely loved the first two episodes of Season 5!  Way to start with a bang!  So, let’s recap the first two episodes and see what we missed.

From Lostpedia.com (Episode 1):

At 8:15 a.m., Pierre Chang wakes up at his home in Barracks, gives his baby a bottle before getting ready for the day as the record he puts on starts skipping. As Chang walks through the Barracks, a pregnant woman passes behind him. Inside one of the buildings, he begins shooting the second take of the DHARMA Initiative orientation video for the Arrow station, but is interrupted by a worker concerned about a problem at the Orchid. The worker leads Chang to the Orchid where men working underground have destroyed 6 drill heads trying to drill a seemingly impenetrable wall. Another worker tells Chang that there is an open chamber behind the wall, showing him a print-out revealing an image of the frozen wheel behind the wall. At this moment Chang discloses that there is an incredible amount of energy on the other side of the wall, almost limitless, and enough to make space and time travel possible. Chang tells the worker to do nothing more to the wall because infinite harmful energy could be released by doing so. As Chang leaves he bumps into another worker who is revealed to be Daniel Faraday dressed in a construction worker outfit.

On-Island

The results of the “Island moving” have immediate effects for all the survivors left behind. After the white flash, Locke finds that Richard and the Others have vanished, and that it is now raining. Meanwhile, Juliet and Sawyer notice that the burning freighter has mysteriously vanished, finding Bernard and Rose who frantically report that the camp itself has also disappeared. Daniel Faraday arrives with those from the Zodiac boat, including Neil Frogurt, and explains that “The camp isn’t gone, It hasn’t been built yet”. Faraday tells everyone that they must go to something that was man-made on the island, and Juliet points out that the Swan station is about a fifteen minutes hike from the beach. Meanwhile, Locke witnesses the Nigerian Beechcraft plane crash onto the Island. Investigating the wreckage, he is attacked by Ethan. Though Locke tries to tell him the truth, Ethan does not believe him and prepares to shoot him. However, a white light flashes, causing time to shift again. Locke looks to see that it is now night, and the Beechcraft has fallen from the cliff edge.

The other survivors also find themselves in night on their trek to the hatch. Sawyer demands that Faraday explain what is happening. Faraday says that it would be too hard to explain to a quantum physicist, much less Sawyer. However, he concedes and tells them to imagine the Island as a record, only now the record is skipping due to what Ben Linus did at the Orchid station. As a result, the Island is now dislodged in time, with either the island moving or the survivors. Faraday suggests that it is likely that they are the ones moving.

The group arrive at the Hatch, which is still a crater, prompting them to conclude that they are in a time after Flight 815 crashed. Sawyer argues that they could change the past by stopping Jack and the others from launching the helicopter (which they believe crashed in the ocean). Faraday, however, is adamant that the past is like thread – one can move back and forth but cannot under any circumstance begin a new one. Meanwhile, Locke encounters Richard Alpert, who gives him a compass which he must give to Richard again in a different timeframe. He also tells John that the only way to save the Island is to get those that left back. In order to do that, Locke is told that he will have to die.

Another flash occurs and the hiking group find themselves looking at an undiscovered hatch. Sawyer repeatedly knocks on the back door, but nobody responds. Faraday reiterates that Sawyer cannot get to Desmond. After everyone else leaves, however, Faraday himself knocks on the door and manages to speak with Desmond. Faraday tells Desmond that he is uniquely special, and that only he can help them. He instructs a confused Desmond to seek out his Daniel’s mother in Oxford if he escapes the Island.

Off-Island (three years later)

In 2007, Ben and Jack discuss their plan to find the other members of the Oceanic Six. Meanwhile, Hurley and Sayid arrive at a safehouse after Sayid killed a man spying on Hurley at the mental institute he resides in. However, the safehouse has been compromised, and Sayid battles several men. Though he manages to kill them, Sayid is shot with a poison dart rendering him unconscious. Hurley rescues him, and the two escape.

At an airport, on her way back to Los Angeles, Sun is confronted by Charles Widmore. Sun reveals her desire to kill Ben, a trait they seem to share. Meanwhile in LA, Kate is approached at home by a pair of lawyers, working for an unknown client. They seek to conduct a test to determine if Aaron is actually Kate’s child. Kate refuses to allow the test, and when the lawyers leave to enlist the help of law enforcement, Kate frantically packs bag, grabs Aaron and runs.

Back at the funeral parlor Jack asks Ben how everything happened, to which Ben replies it was because they left. They leave the parlor with Locke’s body in tow, where they discover that Hurley has broken out, hindering Ben’s plan to reunite the Oceanic Six. Finally, on a sailing boat with Penny in an unknown location, Desmond wakes up, remembering what Faraday told him. While Penny brushes off the experience as a bad dream, Desmond realizes that it was actually a memory. He sets off for Oxford to find Daniel’s mother.

Trivia

General

Production notes

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • When asked if all of the Oceanic survivors were accounted for, Sawyer replies that Locke wasn’t with them, but doesn’t mention Claire.
  • After Desmond recalls his “memory” he goes above deck to begin pulling up the anchor, but in actuality the chain is going in the reverse direction, lowering the anchor.
  • When Daniel Faraday is on the raft, Neil Frogurt can be seen next to him. Neil Frogurt was never on the raft in the Season 4 finale.

Recurring themes

Recurring themes in Lost
Black and whiteCar accidentsCharacter connectionsDeceptions and consDreamsEyesFate versus free willGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLife and deathMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersParent issuesPregnanciesRainRebirthRedemptionRelationshipsSacrificeSecretsTime
  • The people on the Island are skipping through time. (Time)
  • The public begins to grow suspicious of Aaron’s paternity. (Parent Issues)
  • Desmonds meets Daniel for the second time before Daniel arrived on the Island. (Character connections)
  • The clock at the start of the episode shows 8:15. (The Numbers)
  • The ticket Ben takes at the butcher’s shows 342. (The Numbers)
  • When Locke is separated from The Others, he is left in the jungle with nothing but a knife and his wits; literally the situation he longed for in Walkabout. (Irony)
  • Daniel tricks the other people to leave him alone at the Hatch, so that he can speak to Desmond alone. (Deceptions and Cons)

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
A-MissionsCrimesEconomicsLeadershipO-MissionsRelationshipsF-MissionsRivalries
  • Sayid kills two men in the safehouse. (Crimes)
  • Juliet and Sawyer are seen as new leading figures for the castaways. (Leadership)
  • Kate considers calling Jack but decides not to. (Relationships)
  • Sawyer “slaps” Daniel for not telling what is happening. (Rivalries)

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • “Shotgun Willie” a song by Willie Nelson, from 1973, by the album of the same name.
  • A Christmas Carol: Sawyer calls himself “the Ghost of Christmas Future.”

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionPlottingCliffhangerPlot twistStock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlashforwardsRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator
  • The episode begins with a record skipping, this is later used as a metaphor for how the island is moving through time. (Foreshadowing)
  • Kate tells Aaron that the train in his cartoon won’t go into a tunnel because he will never come out, foreshadowing their evacuation from their home moments later, and perhaps the return to the island. (Foreshadowing)
  • Faraday inisits that they can’t change the past or stop what’s happening, and Sawyer asks him who can; Faraday doesn’t respond. This foreshadows Faraday’s statement that Desmond is special and the “rules” don’t apply to him, implying that Desmond can, in fact, change things. (Foreshadowing)

Episode references

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: Because You Left/Theories
  • Why did Richard Alpert and the rest of the Others not move through time like Sawyer, Juliet, Faraday, and the rest?
  • Why does Richard tell Locke that in order for the Oceanic 6 to return to the island he has to die?
  • Who is Daniel’s mother and why does Desmond need to find her?
  • Why do the rules of time not apply to Desmond?
  • Who hired Dan Norton?
  • Is Faraday correct in saying that changing the past is impossible?
  • Is Claire moving through time with the rest of the Oceanic 815 survivors, and if not, why?
  • Is Jacob‘s order to move the Island causing distress to the original inhabitants?
  • Who does Pierre Chang’s baby grow up to be?
  • Was Pierre Chang’s baby born on the island? If so, how? (Due to the ongoing complications of women getting pregnant on the island and then dying while giving birth on the island).
  • Who are the men that are trying to kill Sayid and/or Hurley?
  • Why did the Zodiac raft move through time and not the camp and associated equipment?
  • Why did it take Daniel two hours to get back to the beach after talking with Desmond?

From Lostpedia.com (Episode 2):

On the Searcher, the Oceanic 6, Penny, Desmond and Frank discuss what to tell the world when they return to the main-land. Hurley tells Jack that their lie will be found out, whilst Sayid admits that it is a risk, and a decision that will affect the rest of their lives. Jack remains adamant that they must lie, and asks if they are all OK with it. Reluctantly, everyone agrees, except Hurley who believes that people will listen if they tell the truth. Jack tells Hurley that lying will protect the people left on the island from Charles Widmore. Penny tells Hurley that there is no calling her father off, and Jack says that no one will believe him. Sayid agrees that they have no choice, much to Hurley’s dismay. Hurley tells Sayid that he will remember this and that when Sayid needs his help one day, he will not get it.

On-Island

Neil and Rose argue over the current cirumstances.

Neil and Rose argue over the current cirumstances.

At the beach, the survivors gather wood in order to start a fire. Whilst Rose and Bernard bicker, Neil “Frogurt” approaches and tells them that they have bigger issues right now. Sawyer and Juliet discuss the Zodiac raft still being with them at this point in time. Juliet mentions that whatever they had with them when they moved is “along for the ride”.

Daniel returns to the beach, and is confronted by Sawyer and Juliet. Daniel lies about what he was doing in the jungle, telling Sawyer that he left his pack in the jungle. Juliet says that they should take the raft and head to a shipping lane, which Daniel immediately disagrees with, saying he needs to calculate a new bearing, and that in order to do that, he needs to determine where they are in time. Miles claims that he’s going to find something for people to eat, whilst Juliet looks on skeptically.

The beach camp, after the unexpected attack.

The beach camp, after the unexpected attack.

At night, Bernard is still attempting to get a fire going, whilst the other survivors wait impatiently, especially Frogurt. Charlotte says she has a headache still and states that she forgot her mother’s maiden name earlier, a fact that Daniel doesn’t seem to find odd. Charlotte asks if he knows what’s happening to her. Miles strolls out the jungle with a dead boar, saying he found it. Frogurt begins to insult the survivors about their current predicament, and is shot with a flaming arrow. Suddenly, the camp is set upon by a rain of fiery arrows. The survivors begin to run for the trees, with both Miles and Sawyer narrowly escaping. As they escape, several other survivors are shot down.

Jones threatens Juliet

Jones threatens Juliet

Later on, Sawyer and Juliet trek through the jungle to meet up with the others. They hide as they see figures walk by in front of them, figures they don’t recognize. As they debate their identity, they are grabbed by a group of men who want to know what they’re doing on “our island”. One of the men asks them about how many of them there are, and how they got there. He threatens to cut Juliet’s hand off whilst Sawyer attempts to reason with him. Suddenly, two of the men are knocked out, and Juliet grabs one of their guns. Just as Sawyer is about to be killed by one of the men, a knife flies through the air and kills the man. Locke reveals himself to the group.

Off-Island (Three years later)

Ana Lucia's ghost instructs Hurley on his next moves.

Ana Lucia’s ghost instructs Hurley on his next moves.

Hurley drives an unconscious Sayid somewhere safe after the events at the safe-house. He attracts the attention of a police vehicle by hitting a trashcan on the curb and he anxiously pulls over. As the police officer approaches the window, Hurley opens it and realizes it is Ana Lucia. She scolds him for pulling over and driving like a maniac. She asks Hurley what he would have done had she been a real cop, especially because there are pictures of Hurley covered in blood with a gun in his hand. She instructs him to get some more clothes and then to take Sayid to someone he trusts. Advising him to stay away from cops and not get arrested she turns to leave, but pauses and nonchalantly tells him that Libby “says hi”. Hurley looks behind and realizes there is no sign of Ana Lucia, or a police car. Hurley starts the engine, and drives off.

Hurley is recognized as an Oceanic Six.

Hurley is recognized as an Oceanic Six.

Later on, Hurley attempts to revive Sayid on his own, but to no avail. He takes some cash off Sayid and walks into a gas station where he buys some new clothes for himself. The girl at the cash register says she recognizes him, and Hurley sees a report on the TV screen behind her about him and the murdered people that Sayid killed at Santa Rosa and the safe-house. Hurley says that she’s got him mixed up with someone else, but she claims that he’s the guy who won the lottery and crashed in that plane. Hurley leaves quickly and drives off.

As Hurley pulls out of the gas station, Kate pulls in. Not knowing what to do, she contemplates phoning Jack, but thinks better of it. Her phone begins to ring however, and she answers it to a person we cannot hear. She expresses relief that the person is in LA, and they agree on a place to meet. When Aaron asks where they are going, Kate responds “to see a friend”.

Sun shows Kate a photo of Ji Yeon.

Sun shows Kate a photo of Ji Yeon.

Kate takes Aaron to a penthouse of a large hotel where they meet Sun. Sun shows Kate pictures of Ji-Yeon and states that she’d like Aaron and Ji-Yeon to play together. Kate tells Sun about the lawyers who came to visit her asking about testing her and her “son”. Sun tells Kate that they weren’t interested in exposing their lie, they just wanted Aaron. Sun tells Kate that she needs to do what she must to take care of Aaron, and that she didn’t rescue Jin from the freighter like she said she would. Kate apologizes, but Sun says she doesn’t blame her for what she did. She asks Kate how Jack is.

Ben and Jill discuss Locke's corpse.

Ben and Jill discuss Locke’s corpse.

In a hotel room, Ben is seen taking something out of a vent space, and placing it in his bag without Jack noticing. He tells Jack that he flushed his pills down the toilet, to which Jack responds that he was going to do the same thing. Ben tells Jack to go home and pack anything that he wants “in this life”, because he won’t ever be coming back. “Good” Jack replies. Ben says he’s going to keep Locke’s body safe. Jack asks Ben why he needs to keep Locke’s body “safe” if he’s dead. Later on, Ben arrives at a butchers and begins talking to a woman named Jill. She seems to know who he is, and seems to know that he has Locke’s coffin in his van. She comments that everything is moving “right on schedule”. Ben tells Jill to keep Locke’s body safe, or everything they’re about to do, won’t matter at all.

Hurley and David look at Sayid's unconscious body.

Hurley and David look at Sayid’s unconscious body.

David Reyes is at his mansion, watching an episode of Exposé, when Hurley arrives carrying Sayid on his back. David claims that Sayid is barely breathing. Hurley tells him what happened, but David believes he’s lying to him. The LAPD arrive at the mansion, and David tells them that he hasn’t seen Hurley. Hurley doesn’t give much away when question by his father, but tells him they can’t go to a hospital, and Hurley says he has an idea. Hurley notes that the police are staking out the mansion, and David asks his son if he in fact, is crazy. Hurley tells him he has a good reason to lie. Carmen Reyes returns home, and tells Hurley that Sayid is not breathing. As Carmen asks Hurley what is going on, David leaves the house in his car, nervously waving at the police as he drives past. Hurley tells his mother all about the island, the whole truth and breaks down. She comforts him and says she doesn’t understand it, but she believes him. David meets up with Jack and asks if he can trust him. David shows Jack that he has Sayid in the back of his jeep. Jack wants to know who’s with Hurley at the mansion, and takes Sayid to a hospital. David tells Jack to stay away from Hurley. At the hospital, Jack rings Ben and tells him that Sayid has shown up. Ben looks worried about this. Jack treats Sayid, who awakens and attacks Jack. When he realizes who it is, he calms down and expresses anxiety about where Hurley is and who is with him.

Ben shows up at Hurley's house. much to Hurley's surprise.

Ben shows up at Hurley’s house. much to Hurley’s surprise.

Back at the mansion, Ben scares Hurley by appearing at his house. Hurley doesn’t trust Ben, but Ben attempts to persuade him to come with him, saying that he’ll take Hurley to Sayid and Jack. He tells him that he can help him, and get him back to the island where he won’t have to lie anymore, where it’ll all be over. Hurley thinks about it for a moment, before running out the front door and turning himself in to the police outside, telling them to get him away from the house, where Ben stands and looks on as Hurley smiles.

Ms. Hawking writes out several equations on a chalkboard.

Ms. Hawking writes out several equations on a chalkboard.

Ms. Hawking warns Ben

Ms. Hawking warns Ben

Later on, a hooded figure is seen in a strange room with computers and a large board on which she writes various equations. A pendulum can be seen in the background, tracing with a chalk on a large map. The figure appears to be working out the co-ordinates of the island. The figure goes up some stairs into a room where we see Ben lighting some candles, similarly to a church. Ben is told he only has 70 hours, to which he says he needs more. The figure is revealed to be Ms. Hawking. She states that if Ben can’t get all the Oceanic 6 back on the island, then “God help us all”.

Trivia

General

Production notes

Bloopers and continuity errors

Recurring themes

Recurring themes in Lost
Black and whiteCar accidentsCharacter connectionsDeceptions and consDreamsEyesFate versus free willGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLife and deathMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersParent issuesPregnanciesRainRebirthRedemptionRelationshipsSacrificeSecretsTime

Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis in Lost
A-MissionsCrimesEconomicsLeadershipO-MissionsRelationshipsF-MissionsRivalries

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience
  • Ben and Ms. Hawking are in what appears to be a church or monastery. (Religion)
  • The Dream Police by Cheap Trick is playing in the convenience store that Hurley stops in to buy new clothes.

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionPlottingCliffhangerPlot twistStock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlashforwardsRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator
  • Ana Lucia tells Hurley that he has to get Sayid somewhere safe because they have “work to do”. (Regularly Spoken Phrases)
  • Hurley tells Sayid that when he needs his help, he won’t get it – he spends the rest of the episode trying to find help for Sayid. (Irony)
  • Neil is hit with a flaming arrow after saying that they “can’t even get fire.” (Irony)
  • Several random islanders are killed by the flaming arrows. Neil is wearing a red shirt when he gets shot. (Redshirt)

Episode references

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: The Lie/Theories
  • Who is Jill?
  • What is Ben’s relationship with Ms. Hawking?
  • Who were the assailants that attacked the beach camp with flaming arrows?
    • Were they the same group that confronted Juliet and Sawyer before Locke intervened?
  • Who are the soldiers that attack Sawyer and Juliet
    • Why do they claim it is “their” Island?
  • What does Ms. Hawking expect to happen in 70 hours?
  • Why does Locke’s body have to be protected, and what is it supposed to be protected from?
  • How does Ms. Hawking know when the Oceanic Six must/can return to the Island?
  • How does Daniel wind up working with the Dharma Initiative?
  • Who is Daniel’s mother?
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One Comment
  1. Cindy Latronica permalink
    January 22, 2009 3:55 pm

    That’s just a bit too much information for a blog!

    but I love you… and I love LOST!

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