Wednesday, April 1, 2009

“Checkin’ to see if I’m disappearin’ dude”


Where do I even start on this episode?  It was one of my all-time favorites!  I could have done without the replay of little Ben getting shot, but I’ll start off by asking how in the world did Sayid miss his mark?  The guy is a trained terrorist, torturer, and assassin and he misses a simple shot?  Hmmm…

Okay, the next thing that I’m confused about…didn’t little Ben kill his father?  I assumed that on the last episode when he said, “I hated him.” In past tense.  I’m not sure if this is something that will be explained, or something that I misinterpreted. 

The logic session between Hurley and Miles cracked me up.  I especially appreciated the Back To The Future references.  Because that’s, like, one of the best movies EVER MADE.  I was holding my breath in anticipation, thinking I was about to finally have an answer to all this time travel stuff!  But, alas, Hurley and Miles didn’t figure it out.

I must admit that I’m fascinated by the Jack/Kate/Sawyer/Juliet quadrangle.  Jack had some good lines tonight, including his reasoning for not helping to save little Ben, “I’ve already saved Benjamin Linus, and I did it for you, Kate.  I don’t need to do it again.”  And when Kate expressed that she liked the old take-charge-I-want-to-be-the-hero-and-save-everyone Jack, he simply reminded her that “You didn’t like the old me, Kate.”  Ouch

That supermarket scene freaked me out.  I’m not even really sure how it contributed to the story.  If anything, I would think that Kate’s strong emotional reaction to almost losing Aaron in the store would make her less likely to take off back to the island in search of his real mother.  At least the “What did Kate do with Aaron?” mystery is solved!

I can’t wait to learn more about what Richard Alpert did with little Ben.  I can understand Ben forgetting about what happened to him as a child and becoming one of the Others, but wasn’t it interesting that Richard warned, “His innocence will be gone…”?  And still, knowing what Ben would become, Kate and Sawyer made the choice to let Richard have him.  Did anyone recognize where he took little Ben?  Was it the temple where the smoke monster lives?

And, oh boy, did they leave us hanging for next week!  This is TV gold, people.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting Locke’s reappearance and it looks dramatic!  Can I hear some LOST love?


~*Michelle*~ said...


I was wondering the same thing about Sayid....and how about that creepy Claire look-a-like in the supermarket. EEK.

My recap is up too.....I am so excited for next week already!

Mimi said...

I think maybe the Island prevented Little Ben from dying--Sayid was fated to miss. As to Ben killing his Father. Do I remember "back when" Ben was pressureing Locke to kill his Father that Ben said he killed his Father? That seemed to be the test whether he could really be an Other Leader. And I agree...this was one of my all time favorite episodes! And I'm still waiting for Hurley's girlfriend to come back!

everydayMOM said...

Ben does eventually kill his father, but I'm not sure when exactly he said it in the past tense.

I thought Richard took young Ben into the temple where the Smoke Monster lives. I thought it was weird, too, that Richard told them Ben wouldn't be the same, and yet they gave him up anyway. But, really, what choice did they have?

And since "what happened, happened" I guess it didn't matter anyway. If Jack had saved Ben, I think Ben would have eventually re-connected with Richard and become Evil Ben another way. It was destined to happen.

Can't wait for more of the confrontation between Ben and Locke! That was a great moment!

Mrs. Sprinkles said...

In one episode, I can't remember exactly which one, Ben and his father are in a VW van on Ben's birthday drinking beers. They talk and then Ben puts a gas mask on and gasses his father to death. Then he meets the Others at the Dharma Initiative, where they have killed everyone and taken over. This happens when Ben is an adult.

BTW, when Hurley finds a rusted VW van with a skeleton in it, the work clothes say "Roger...Workman." That was Ben's father. This occurred earlier in the series.

Joanna J. said...

Mrs. Sprinkles,

Thanks for the reminder about the skeleton that was found in the VW van. I'd forgotten all the specifics.

I guess I'm just confused as to why little Ben creepily used the past tense to Sayid when he was busting him out of jail, "I hated him." It made me assume that he had just killed him. I guess not, though, since Roger was alive and well after the shooting!

Mimi said...

Thanks to Mrs. Sprinkles for jogging my memory! I had forgotten all about the episode of Ben & his Dad in the car.