Lost, ABC, Airs Wednesdays 9/8c
Episode: “This Place is Death” (Season 5, Episode 5)
Synopsis: Locke (Terry O’Quinn) takes on the burden to stop the island’s increasingly violent shifts through time. Meanwhile, Ben (Michael Emerson) hits a roadblock in his attempt to reunite the Oceanic 6.
Review: The suspense is killing us … and Charlotte (Rebecca Mader) now that time is running out for the islanders. This Place is Death gave us a better understanding of what obstacles the characters face, and it doesn’t look pretty. Why we had to spend what felt like half of the episode on Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Rousseau’s (Melissa Farman) ill-fated crew, we’re not sure. But it gave us a chance to see the Smoke Monster, one of the greatest creations of the Lost mythology. It offered us a little clue, the lovable little bugger, as it raced into a building covered with hieroglyphics. What do the ancient writings mean?
We were truly hoping this episode was going to be titled Sun of a Bitch, as the heartbroken heroine aimed to put a kink in Benjamin’s plans to get the Oceanic 6 back on the island. It was a pleasant surprise to see the rest of the gang bail on Jack (Matthew Fox) and Ben once they realized they were manipulated. Many shows would have forfeited the natural reactions and emotions of the other characters, but it stands to reason that Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Sayidh (Naveen Andrews) would have been pissed off at the situation, not just Sun(Yunjin Kim). We do wish we had been given a chance to see more of what was going on off the island, but what can you do? Both storylines are riveting.
So if the normal time shifts were described as a skip on a record by Daniel, would the increasing jumps be like DJ Armin van Buuren spinning records on a turntable. Remix! Just asking.
There were a few surprises in this episode, namely Charlotte offering a death bed revelation that she had met Daniel (Jeremy Davies) earlier in her life. This is completely plausible as Danny boy has been jumping back and forth on that islands for what must be decades now. But what connection does this put between the two of them? Is Daniel obsessed with trying to figure out a way to keep Charlotte alive in a similar fashion to Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain?
A well written character has dimension to them, and Lost fleshes out people with the best of them … sometimes too much. When Benjamin slams the brakes on the van and flips out over everyone’s death threats, it really added something to him for us. It broke the mold of the typically composed Linus for us, and we appreciate that. Hey may be a conniving and double-crossing bastard, but he’s still human. Now if he had gone off on Jack for three minutes a la Christian Bale, that would have been must see TV. (We kid. In actuality, we love Bale’s work.)
We wonder whether or not the younger Rousseau will be featured in the rest of the season. We can certainly understand why she thought everyone had the sickness. You would too if you saw your shipmates go through hell, only to pop back up and be ready to run a marathon after a time jump. Why haven’t other characters been going ape shit when they run into various people in these jumps?
Locke was captivating as always, and his conversation with Christian (John Terry) left us a little puzzled. But doesn’t this entire show. Can Christian not physically help people? Is he a figment of Locke’s imagination? Now that Locke has stopped the time shifts, one has to wonder if Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Miles (Ken Leung) will be stuck in that time forever. Better yet, what time period are they in?
One way or the other, the Oceanic 6 are going to get back on the island. A few theories we are throwing around; 1) Locke allows Benjamin to kill him and take Jin’s wedding band to trick Sun. Of course, it would be easier if Locke just lies to Sun. But you can’t break promises when you’re dead. 2) The plane crash of Oceanic Flight 815 opened up a whole in the Space-Time continuum, disrupting the normalcy of both “worlds.” In order to right the disruption, which currently seems to be only affecting the islanders, the members of the crash must all stay on the island. Eventually, the portal must be closed or the nosebleeds and illnesses will spread to present day reality. Those who died on the island return to present day as ghosts, but can only be seen by true believers or the innocent, maybe? (Hurley) The concept would explain why such importance has been placed on getting the Oceanic 6 back on the island for good.
This Place is Death was a bit choppy, largely because it needed to display the increasing time shifts, but it still brought mystery, manipulation and many scenes of characters looking around with an expression that said, “what the hell is going on?” In other words, it passes the litmus test for Lost episodes. We can’t stop saying it. Damn, we love Lost.
Up Next Week: The way back to the island is revealed to members of the Oceanic 6, but there’s trouble ahead when not all of them wish to return.
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Did you check out the “This Place is Death” episode? What are your thoughts and theories on where Lost is heading?