I posted this stuff over on Andy Wineke's (Springs Gazette TV writer) SpringsTV Talk blog (scroll down to the entry titled "Lost Recap"), but I rambled on SO much about this week's episode ("Greatest Hits") that I thought I'd post 'em here for YOU all to comment on. Plus they never seem to get any feedback, so....
Here's what Andy said:
1.Ben is lying.
And here's what I went off with...
Interesting episode. Didn't really get moving until the last 2 seconds, but... here are some thoughts:
The flashback scene of Charlie playing guitar was close to the Desmond time-travel episode. After checking Lost Easter Eggs though, it's not exactly the same. SO... did something happen to change that event, or was it a different one? It was SO close as to be too much of a coincidence. Adding to your list of "rules" - there are NO coincidences! ;)
The gal that Charlie saved from the mugger (who likely has a connection somehow because they partially obscured his face) was none other then Syiad's "girlfriend" who we've seen a few times in his flashbacks.
Is Alex (Ben's "daughter") finally catching on that he ISN'T her REAL dad? As far as we know she was taken from Russo when she first crashed on the island, presuming that she had her BEFORE she came to the island. Another lie by Ben.
Who are the two similarly clad (uniforms?) women pointing rifles at Charlie? I'm thinking original Dharma folk. If what Juliette said was true (that no one she knew has ever been down there because of an "incident") then this must be yet another lie by Ben. Or are they Ben's "ace in the hole" so to speak?
Really good setup for the finale.
Next week's episode is called "Through the Looking Glass." The new underwater hatch is called the Looking Glass. The insignia for it is a rabbit. The sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (AiW) is, "Through the Looking Glass, and what Alice Found There" (TtLG). Boiled down, that book was about "many mirror themes, including opposites, time running backwards, and so on." Sound familiar?
AiW had a deck of cards as the theme, TtLG had a chess theme. A chess game would be a good way to describe Lost.
OBVIOUSLY there is a strong allegorical connection to these books. In fact:
* Locke mentions AiW when speaking to Jack in the 5th episode of season 1 (written as 1.5) about the symbolic "white rabbit" (referring to his father's elusive image). It's also the title of the episode. ("White Rabbit") The number 15 is one of the Lost numbers.
* The number 42 was used in numerous books by Carroll and is believed to hold special meaning for him. It's also one of THE numbers.
Nothing is a coincidence. There are no thrown in dialog or scenes. EVERY SINGLE THING connects somehow. Always. I mean... when the writers put a bumper sticker on Charlie's guitar that reads "I was here a moment ago" (in reference to the time travel flashbacks), come on... these guys don't miss ANYTHING. Ever.
The people who say these guy's can't write are so full !*@& as to be laughable. These are the same people who likely have a problem writting their name, and wouldn't know a story if it walked up and cracked them in the skull. Idiots.
BTW... upon more research, the Mystery Mugger looks A LOT like Charlie's band mate Roderick (he was the one wearing a similar hat, sitting in front of the bus when their song came on the radio in "Greatest Hits").
Here's a thought, after looking at the stills from Lost Easter Eggs again:
The two gals we see in the Looking Glass are similarly clad as I mentioned. The blonde, the one holding the pistol on Charlie, APPEARS to be younger than the brunette (who is holding a rifle). In fact... it could be POSSIBLE that the blonde is the daughter and the brunette is the mother.
Could this be Young Ben's lost love and their child? It would explain why Ben lied about the "incident" at the Looking Glass and why he doesn't want anyone to go out there.
I KNOW there are Lost fans in the house, so bring it on!! ;)