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Totally "Lost": Gearing up for "What They Died For"...

May 17, 2010 - Ray Eckenrode

  Gearing up Tuesday’s penultimate episode of “Lost”:

  The countdown: After this episode, there are two and a half hours of “Lost” left.

  Title: “What They Died For”

  Significance: The obvious implication is that we’ll learn what Jin, Sun and Sayid died for, but can we be sure that’s the reference because a lot of people have died on “Lost,” in case you hadn’t noticed.

  Centricity: Multiple.

  Buzz: This entire episode screened last Saturday night in Los Angeles for a group of critics and super fans so there’s a lot of info out there. Let’s just say that reaction to it has been overwhelmingly positive.

  Plotline: While Locke devises a new strategy, Jack’s group searches for Desmond.

  Sneak peeks (Spoilery, as usual):

  Rewatch: What we noticed in the second hour of the Season 1 finale, “Exodus, Part II”:
  > Great scene on the raft where Michael and Sawyer discuss Sawyer’s motivations for getting on the raft. “The way I see it, you’re either a hero or you want to die,” Michael says. “I ain’t no hero, Mike,” Sawyer replies. Foreshadowing?
  > A little nuance we missed the first time: Rousseau kidnaps Aaron because she thought she heard The Others say they were coming for the boy. She was right, of course, but she got the wrong boy.
  > The episode ends, of course, with the famous (and infuriating at the time) tracking shot descending deep down into the hatch. With what we know now about how Season 6 is mirroring Season 1 we have to wonder is we’re not descending again this Sunday evening.

  Revelations, observations, investigations and questions:
  Investigation #1: Sure, at first, comparing this to this seemed hip and cool and funny, especially since Mystery Candidate #108 was named “Wallace.”
  Of course, it wouldn’t be a blog around here if we didn’t point out that our theory about the island being the cradle of all mythology neatly explains how that glowing briefcase (a mystery never answered we might add) wound up in “Pulp Fiction.” The island came first.
  Observation #1: Well, we’re not crazy – or at least we’re no more crazy than some other “Lost” bloggers because we’ve seen several people theorizing that a time traveling Daniel Faraday is somehow connected to the building of the Frozen Donkey Wheel, which was a hunch we Tweeted during “Across the Sea.”
  Question #1: Didn’t the carnage in the village in “Across the Sea” remind you of the carnage around the Ajira plane in “Recon”? And doesn’t that make you think that maybe, just maybe, Mother is still around? That’s what it makes us think.
  Revelation #1: Unless it’s the surprise of all surprises, it looks like the one classic character who will not be making a farewell appearance is Mr. Eko. “Lost” producers and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje had initial discussions about bringing Eko back but it doesn’t sound like Eko was important enough to the storyline to merit the dollars it would have required to make it happen.

   Classic “Lost”: With that in mind, we hearken back this week to Eko’s mysterious death at the hands – er – tendrils of the Smoke Monster. There was a lot of speculation at the time that Eko was killed because he refused to ask forgiveness for the murders he committed or the life he led, but, in retrospect, we don’t think that’s it. We’ve come to know that Smokey isn’t particularly interested in judging people or redemption. Whatever the case, Mr. Eko's last scene remains one of the most disturbing in "Lost" history.

  Tweets for the Tweeps:
  > We’ll be Tweeting during tonight’s episode, using the hash tag #MirrorLost.
  > Although you do have to have a Twitter account to join in the discussion, you don’t need one to follow. You can check at any time OR you can check out the master Twitter feed we installed recently on the righthand side of the homepage.

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