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Thursday, December 02, 2004
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Lost: Raised by Another
While watching this week's episode of Lost, I kept stealing glances at the clock. Not becuase I was bored and waiting for the episode to be over mind you. Far from it. I kept looking up thinking, "No, there can't only be x-number of minutes left in this week's episode."

I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again--this show continues to amaze and it only gets better and better.

This week, we look into the history of Claire, who along with Shannon, Boone and Hurley (just his nickname we find out this week), has been pretty much enigmatic until now. Yes, we know their names, but we don't know a whole lot about them--other than Shannon has asthma and Hurley isn't hoarding food. At first, it seems like Claire's story is going to play out rather predictably--girl and boy get pregnant, decide to make a go of it and then boy bails out becuase it's "too much" for him. But just as it seems we've got the "been there, done that" feeling sinking in, we see Claire visit a pyschic, who won't forecast her future. As the episode moves along, we see Claire slowly turning to him for advice on the future--makes you wonder if she went to her parents who she states early on would "disown her" for having the baby. As Claire decides to give the baby up for adoption, the pyschic warns her that she must have an influence in raising the child, something she resists until the scene at the lawyer's office when none of the pens will work. At this point, the feeling that Claire had to end up on the island with her baby grows, espeically when psychic boy gives her a ticket for the flight and tells her she must be on board.

So, here's an intersting question--should Claire not have boarded flight 813 would our heroes be in the situation they are now? Is Claire's baby a lynchpin for what the island wants or needs and are the rest of our castaways just unfortunate victims of being on the same plane as Claire? Interesting to speculate.

Meanwhile, Claire is having some wacky dreams--including a creepy one to start the episode. How cool a detail was the mobile of the plane that cracks in half over the crib? And the empty crib filled with blood--foreshadowing? Claire is also attacked, though whether it's a dream or not we're uncertain about until the final moments of the episode.

And how great were the last five or so minutes. Suddenly, you get this feeling of things spiralling out of control. Hurley's census reveals that Ethan wasn't on the plane, Sayid shows up ranting that the castaways aren't alone and Charlie and Claire meet Ethan in the forest. Interesting that Jack quickly believes Sayid's story about meeting Danielle and the group not being alone on the island but dismissed Claire so quickly and tried to medicate her. And certainly it was one heck of a cliffhanger leading into next week, which is exactly what was intended. Also, while we answered a couple of good questions, we got a lot more of them brought up. Apparently there is something else on the island, but just what? And why was it content to leave the castaways alone for a few days but now appears to be ramping up its activities? Is it Claire's baby?

Also, I strongly suspect Locke knows more than he's telling...he's the only one who's faced down the island and come away better for it. Is that significant? Probably so.

Or I could be totally off track here.

The Real Gilligan's Island
Speaking of castaways, I gave into the unrelented TBS hype for this latest "reality" show based on Gilligan's Island and was, well, bored. (Even with the prospect of the cute Mary Ann Kate ) Apparently, this show is one part Survior, one part Real World. And all parts not that compelling or entertaining. The challenges are copied from Survivor's early seasons--heck, even the computer game of Survivor had more interesting challenges. And none of these castaways" are really THAT close to how the original Gilligan group was. It's too bad becuase this show has an interesting idea, it's just not executed all that well. And host, Scott Lasky, is Jeff Probst without the snark...what is the fun in that?

The Amazing Race
Once again, I refer you to Stacy's Snark-filled summary of this week's episode....hilarious.

All I can say is--just as I was starting to pull for Lena and Kristy, they get eliminated. I had to feel for Lena, spending eight hour out there unbailing hay and NEVER finding a clue. Add to it that every other teams shows up, finds a clue and then leaves and I'm surprised she didn't lose it. Which is brings up a question--on a detour, can you switch who is doing the task? I don't think you can, but it'd be interesting to see if you could.

Meanwhile, Lori and Bolo prove why pro wrestling is fake and there never is any real winner--they can't count. 66...68...80. I almost fell on the floor laughing at the moment. Oh, they were so close to getting put out of the race, but alas, it was not to be.

It seems as if every week, the team I pull for is quickly eliminated. Hence why I am going to pull for Jonathan and Victoria next week. Man, this guy makes Colin from last year look well adjusted. I hope it's just editing and he's not really this big an a****** in real life. The scene where he drew his arm back to smack Victoria and she winced...that was just scary on a whole lot of levels.


posted by Michael Hickerson at 12/02/2004 08:56:00 AM | |
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