Posted by: cousinbrandon | June 9, 2010

LOST – Season 1, Episode 2: “Pilot (Part 2)”

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Click here to read Part 1 of “Pilot.”

Because this is the second part of “Pilot,” I’m simply going to continue numbering from where I left off. With that, let’s (re-)begin at…

5. Heroin. Jack, Kate and Charlie are trekking through the jungle following their run-in with Smokey. The transceiver isn’t functioning. Kate asks what Charlie was doing in the bathroom, and he tells her he was puking. We flash back to Charlie aboard Oceanic 815, and he’s clearly tweaking. Feeling flight attendant Cindy is on to him, he bee-lines for the bathroom (walking across the aisle containing Shannon and Boone in the process). Charlie manages to reach the bathroom before the flight crew can stop him. Inside, he removes his black-and-white checkered Vans shoe (I own that same pair, Charlie!) and reveals a pouch of heroin tucked into his shoe (I own that same pouch of heroin, Charlie!). He rubs some on his teeth and a calm comes over him. Interestingly, he also has a mirror moment like those in season 6, which I thought was pretty cool. He drops the pouch into the toilet and intends to flush it, only the turbulence hits right before he can do so. He exits the bathroom and straps himself in for the inevitable crash. We then return to…

6. The Island.

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Shannon is in a tiny bikini, tanning on the beach, as she insists they will be rescued. She talks to Claire, who says she hasn’t felt her baby move since yesterday. Meanwhile, Jin Kwon is pulling sea urchin from the ocean. Sun Kwon looks on from the shore. When Michael appears and asks if they’ve seen his son, Sun feigns not to speak English, and Jin, in Korean, tells her to button the top button on her blouse. Michael Dawson can see that Jin’ a domineering ass, and takes his leave. It turns out Walt is in the jungle looking for Walt, only instead he finds a set of handcuffs. Back on the beach, Sayid and James “Sawyer” Ford are engrossed in a different type of “cuffs” altogether – fisticuffs. Apparently, Sawyer accused Sayid of being a terrorist responsible for crashing the plane. In this scene, we get our first glimpse of Nickname Boy, as he calls Hurley “Lardo” and Jack “Doc.” Sayid tells them he can likely fix the transceiver. He points out that the radio is dead but the battery is good. Amid fixing it, he reveals to Hurley (in one of my favorite LOST scenes, mind you) that he was in the Gulf War, serving under the Republican Guard. Sayid gets the transceiver working, but there is no signal. He determines they’ll need to go to as high a point as possible. He will be joined on his hike by Charlie, Boone, Shannon, Kate and Sawyer (who we first see reading the infamous letter). Meanwhile…

7. Things to Do On Island When You’re Bored.

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Jin is in the process of preparing sea urchin sashimi for everyone. Sun reaches for it to help, only Jin, still a total dick at this point, slaps her hand away. Jin has a great exchange with Hurley, who insists that as hungry as he is, he would never be hungry enough to eat that! Charlie sneaks off to do some heroin while Jack searches for antibiotics to treat the injured passenger, who they do not realize is a US Marshall. We cut to a page out of a comic book, where we first see a polar bear, then several superhero types, all of it in Spanish. (It’s interesting now to think that initial speculation had us believing Walt was somehow responsible for manifesting the polar bear on the island. I mean, I think there’s still implication of it. But after season 3, the Hydra Station, Tunisia and the frozen donkey wheel, I think we know otherwise). Walt clearly has a strained relationship with his father, who offered to get him “a new dog” once they got off the island. Jack informs Michael that he saw a Lab walking around the island a day ago. We then cut to one of the most important scenes in the early-going, particularly in retrospect…

8. Othello.

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(Well, not Othello, but I figured it would come with a cool movie poster, and there’s always this that makes me think of Backgammon.) John Locke is arranging the pieces of a Backgammon set. It’s not only the first appearance of a “game” on LOST, but of the black and white motif. Furthermore, it’s interesting to point out that this scene and its dialogue takes place between Locke and Walt (black and white). Locke tells Walt it’s a “better game than Checkers.” Furthermore, this backgammon set speaks directly to the game played by Jacob and MiB in the still terrible episode “Across the Sea.” Locke explains that Backgammon is the oldest game in the world, and that sets were found when archaeologists excavated Mesopotamia. He says that it’s 5,000 years old, which is older than Jesus Christ (nice early Biblical allusion). And then Locke simply says, in what will prove to be a madly informative statement, “Two players, two sides. One is light, one is dark.” He then leans in and almost creepily asks, “Hey, Walt, do you want to know a secret?” Okay, a couple things. First, I find it really interesting that he refers to the pieces not as “black” and “white,” but as “light” and “dark.” Again, considering the implication of Jacob and MiB, good and evil, it seems much more appropriate. Second, we come to assume that Locke’s “secret” was his off-island paralysis, but do we ever really know that’s what he told Walt? I don’t think there was ever proof of that. Just saying that, well, it now seems much more mysterious if he, in fact, told him something else altogether. Anyway, back to the other island folk, namely…

9. Runaway Jin. Jesus, I can’t believe I made a Phish pun. Anyway, Waiter Jin convinces Claire to eat some of the sea urchin, as she is pregnant and needs to eat. After doing so, she feels the baby move and forces Jin to touch her stomach. It seems fitting now, considering that Jin will impregnate Sun on the island, with who will eventually become Ji Yeon. In this moment, Claire unconsciously refers to the baby as a boy (much like she does in the season 6 flash-sideways). Jack, all the while, has been working on the Marshall to remove the shrapnel, and Hurley passes out mid-procedure. We then cut to…

10. “Five Characters in Search of an Exit.”

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I think I referenced this once before. It’s an old Twilight Zone episode that I always think feels relevant to LOST. You can read about the episode here. Sawyer and the rest of the scout troop are once again arguing when a strange noise jars them. When they think it’s the monster, they take off running, all except Sawyer who pulls a handgun and blasts it dead. It turns out to be a polar bear, which is obviously a concern considering they’re in a tropical climate. Again, I think we’re meant to link this “coincidence” to Walt’s comic book, but again, I don’t think we really can, in retrospect. Wanting to know where he got a gun, Sawyer reveals that there was a Marshall on the plane and he took it from him, along with his badge. Kate manages to secure the gun away from Sawyer. Sayid concludes that Sawyer was the prisoner on board the plane in custody of the Marshall, and in another telling bit of dialogue, Sawyer says to Sayid, “I’m the criminal, you’re the terrorist. We can all play a part. Who do you [Kate] want to be?” Again, there’s not only something of importance in the notion of archetypes, but the sense of role playing, in that this isn’t real. I mean, let’s face it: despite the writers’ claims of them not being dead, they did a whole hell of a lot throughout the series to make us question what was real and what wasn’t. So comments like these by Sawyer absolutely contribute to the “un-realness” of it all. We flash back to…

11. Born to Run.

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We see Kate on the plane seated next to the Marshall and realize that it is she who is in custody, and that those handcuffs were hers. Just then, the turbulence kicks in and a piece of luggage from the overhead bin falls and strikes the Marshall on the head, knocking him unconscious. Kate finds his keys and unlocks herself, then affixes oxygen masks to both herself and the Marshall. And then, in one of the great early shots, we see the tail section of the plane rip off, with both people and luggage being sucked out of the back of the plane. Finally, we return to island time with…

12. Viva la France! Having reached a wide-open enough, high enough spot, Sayid removes the transceiver and turns it on. At last, there is a signal, only there is a ridiculous amount of feedback. Sayid realizes that something else must be transmitting and blocking the signal. After adjusting the frequency, the voice of a French woman (the as yet unidentified Rousseau) emanates through the transceiver, only Sayid realizes it’s not a live transmission, but a looped message. Shannon, who spent a year in France, is made to translate: “Please. Please help me. Please come get me. I’m alone now. Please, someone come. The others, they’re all dead. It killed them all.” Based on the number count of the iteration, Sayid concludes that it’s been transmitting for 16 years (number!) and 5 months. And then we’re left with four of LOST’s most famous words: “Guys, where are we?”

There it is. The first episode of LOST in its entirety. Not exactly sure when I’ll get to the next recap, but you’ll want to tune in for the famed, Locke-centric “Walkabout.” Until then, have at it, you vultures!

BD

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Responses

  1. Don’t think I have a lot to comment on this half of the episode other than the following:

    1. The backgammon thing is definitely a nice touch in retrospect in the whole light vs. dark. Almost would have been better if it was Locke playing with either Jack or maybe even Hurley considering that Walt’s storyline never gets resolved completely.

    2. If you don’t think the secret was Locke’s off island paralysis, then what do you think it might be?

    • 1. I agree, in a way. Yes, it would make more sense in retrospect considering we never got any real resolution will Walt. At the same time, Walt was “special,” so it makes sense in terms of him being the Yin to Locke’s Yang. (And that’s “Yang,” NOT “Wang,” FYI.) What’s more, well, John is white, Walt is black. They physically embody the conversation.

      2. I’m not sure, really. Just speculating. I mean, think about it: did Locke ever tell ANYONE about his paralysis? I honestly don’t remember. I’m sure he must have. And if he did, it wasn’t for a while. Why would he all of a sudden confide that information in a boy? And why did Walt never tell anyone Locke’s secret?

      • At some point, Locke must have told someone or the group about it because when they all get off the island and Locke shows up as Jeremy Bentham, he’s in a wheelchair then and I don’t think anyone acts surprise to see him in a wheelchair at that point.

        Actually, one point I forgot to bring up about Locke in the 1st half of the pilot is the fact that they have the scene with Locke and the orange in his mouth and I know it’s suppose to show the disconnect between him and Kate (considering she’s taking the shoes off a corpse at the time) but all I could think about is how that reminded me of The Godfather and Marlon Brando doing that and how oranges are suppose to represent life I believe.

  2. Yeah, he definately told Walt about his paralysis. Because in a later episode, Walt tells Michael that a miracle happened to Locke. I think it’s in the very next episode, actually, if the next episode is indeed, “Walkabout.” I know they don’t outright say it in that episode, but that’s only because of the big “reveal” at then end with John in the chair screaming about them not telling him what he can’t do.

    I don’t have too much more to say about the episode either, other than Sawyer telling Kate he knows her and that he’s been with girls like her before also speaks to the loop/many lives theory.

    And just continue to keep in mind all the lines saying they were dead, or that they get a, “new life,” throughout this first season.

    • Don’t have much time to respond, but, yes, “Walkabout” is next on tap.

  3. I watched this episode last night with the audio commentary on. They talked a tiny bit about the story, but mostly they talked about aspects of filming and casting, etc. Since I didn’t get enough benefit from the audio track (and missed out on most of the actual episode dialog) I think I am going to abandon the idea of listening to the audio commentary from Abrams, Lindeloff and the other guy.

    Watching Locke tell Walt about a secret reminds me that I am probably going to spend a lot of time during the Season 1 re-watch being annoyed at the abandonment of the Walt story line.

    • Yeah, Richie, there’s a pretty good chance of that. To have spent that much time developing Walt’s character, his “disappearance,” and Michael’s attempt to rescue him, only to brush the whole thing under the carpet? Not satisfying, to say the least. I mean, hell, Michael essentially killed Libby and Ana Lucia due to his attempting to rescue his son, not to mention the fact that he betrayed Jack, Kate, Hurley and Kate when he left them on the dock at the end of season 2.

  4. Apropos of nothing: I just downloaded “Make your own kind of music” by the Mama’s and the Papa’s. I probably never would have done that if not for Lost.

    I think the first time they played that song was at the beginning of Season 2 (the first episode?) when Desmond (but we didn’t know who it was) was in the hatch. I think the beginning of that episode was the first one on Lost where I was totally on board with the series, and was very excited to see where it would go. Every time they played “Make your own kind of music” I loved it. I knew that things were going to head in an interesting direction. That song usually led to Dharma-related scenes. The Dharma stuff was always my favorite. That’s why I was so disappointed that there wasn’t anything to do with Dharma in the final season.

    But you’ve gotta make your own kind of music. Sing your own special song. Make
    your own kind of music. Even if nobody else sings along ..

    • Yes, sir! The first episode of season 2 was, in fact, when we heard it. That opening sequence was one of the greatest ever on LOST. And, yeah, I totally agree that there should have been more DI-related stuff in this last season. Boo!


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