Last Night on LOST: Because You Left

And so we begin again the tradition started last season with “Last Week on LOST,” except that this time we’re going to try for a more immediate reaction. “Last Night on LOST” starts right here, right now. So, if you’ve seen the episode “Because You Left,” and you’re up for some theories on what might be coming next, click the linkedy-link and come below the fold with me.

Dharma and Dan the Man

So, we finally get Pierre Chang (a.k.a. Marvin Candle, a.k.a. Mark Wickmund) in a scene that’s not actually just the playing of a Dharma orientation film. How awesome is that? I don’t know about you, but the hardcore Lostie nerd in me was doing backflips when I saw him pop onto my screen.

The skipping record is a great touch, and I love the way it foretells what this episode (and maybe this season?) are going to be all about. It made me want to go back and rewatch the openings of season two and three to see if the records played in there opening scenes predicted anything to come.

The baby is definitely Miles. It’s a theory I’ve heard a bunch, and I feel almost certain that’s what’s up. I don’t know why exactly, but I feel as if the Powers That Be are setting up something that involves all three science team members being related to someone from the island’s past. We’ve already had hints that Charlotte has island ties (see the season four finale), and, as for Daniel… well, more on his parentage later.

But, hey, what about Daniel popping up in this scene? What is up with that? How did he get here?

Previews as Spoilers

One thing that struck me about this episode was that the scenes released early as previews almost all came from the beginning of the episode. There’s a point at which, in the run-up to an episode, I get to feeling like I’ve seen the whole thing in bits and pieces, thanks to the previews, and all that’s left is seeing how it fits together. And I still enjoy that kind of viewing experience, but I love when things turn out like this instead, when I think I’ve seen it all, but I really haven’t seen shit.

Cuts to Past Episodes

I did not like the cuts to past episodes, at all. When Ben’s talking to Jack and Jack’s explaining why Locke’s story affected him so—why do we need to see flashes of the fourth season finale? Why can’t we just let the actors, you know, act? Seriously, if the pain on Matthew Fox’s face can’t carry this scene, then they should have reshot it.

Every time these cuts came up, they broke the fictive dream for me. In what was otherwise an absolutely stellar episode, these scenes were major disappointments.

Question, Meet Answer

Something I’m really loving early on this season is the way that, when new questions come up, they are answered relatively quickly. Take, for instance, the question of what the fuck is going on with the island moving. It comes up for us an audience, and for the Losties as characters, and as soon as Sawyer has a chance to demand an explanation, he gets one. This seems like the sort of thing that would’ve been dragged out before. But maybe the producers sense that we as viewers are like Sawyer: we’re sick of being dicked around, and we want answers.

The Plane Crash

Locke seeing the Nigerian plane crash is cool, but beyond the cool factor, it’s also just a really effective setting. That area is where he’s had a couple crises of faith, and the fact that he’s being tested here again is really compelling.



It Could Go Either Way

We’re either in the past or the future, says Daniel. So the island could skip either way? Interesting…

Some Final Observations

Widmore will be respected, Sun. You best remember that.

If Sayid ate more comfort food, he would kill less people.

It took Widmore 20 years to find the Island. So, my theory about Ben tricking Widmore into turning the donkey wheel might not be so far-fetched after all. The timeline seems about right. Trick Widmore, take over Others, kill Dharma.

Time is like a street—you can move forward or in reverse, but you can’t create a new street.

Locke has to die to save the island. Very interesting.

Desmond is looking for his replacement when whatsisname is still alive. Why is that?

The rules don’t apply to Desmond. Why is that? And how cool is that? “You’re uniquely and miraculously special,” Daniel tells Desmond. Well, tell us something we don’t already know, Dan. Desmond rules!

Daniel’s mother lives in Oxford. Her name is… Ms. Hawking?!? Just a thought.

So, what do you think? Leave your thoughts and theories in the comments.