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Lost: The Shape of Things to Come

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 24th 2008 9:45PM

Jorge Garcia and Josh Holloway

(S04E09) What a brilliant episode! At this point, I think all future Lost episodes should be either Ben-, Sayid-, or Desmond-centric. This episode had it all: tons of action, several big revelations, and more questions to ponder. Michael Emerson gave yet another award-worthy performance this week and showed off his action hero side.

Follow this link to join the chat. The full review is after the jump.

Team Jack

A sweet, flirtatious opening scene between Jack and Kate quickly transformed into something disturbing. Jack complained about a stomach bug and went to the supply tent for some antibiotics. Kate followed him and asked for his honest opinion about the freighter situation. As Jack tried to reassure her, Vincent's barking and Bernard's screaming interrupted the moment. A body had washed up on the beach. It was the ship's doctor, Ray; his throat had been cut.

The group decided to try communicating with the freighter via Morse code. Apparently they no longer need Sayid to work his techie magic; Faraday had it covered. Once they had a signal going, Daniel asked the freighter what happened with the doctor. The freighter responded, but Daniel lied to the group about what the message was. Fortunately, Jack finally wised up and had Bernard on hand to decode the message as well. As far as the freighter crew was concerned, the doctor was fine. Unsettling news, to say the least. Either someone on the freighter was lying, or the island's time issues have struck again.

In full-on outrage mode, Jack asked Daniel to be honest about the freighties' intentions. Daniel admitted that rescuing the 815ers was not on their agenda. Suddenly, Jack was stricken with intense abdominal cramps.

Team Locke

You know a Lost episode is good when you can almost instantly forget about a random body washing up on the beach. All the real action happened over at the Barracks. As Hurley, Sawyer, and Locke played an innocent game of Risk, Alex was being held at gunpoint. It was Keamy and his band of mercenaries who killed Danielle and Karl, not the Others. Alex was smart enough to give her father a warning; she typed in a special code that sent an alert to the Barracks via telephone. When the phone rang, Locke answered and heard the phrase "Code 14-J."

After the men informed Ben of the call, he told them what the message meant. They had to barricade themselves inside his house immediately; the war was starting. Sawyer's first concern was Claire. In the short amount of time that he searched for her, three redshirts were shot and killed, and Claire's house was blown up. Miraculously, she survived. Sawyer found her beneath some of the rubble; she must have been out back during the explosion. They were able to make it back to Ben's house in one piece.

Ben was more concerned about Locke's welfare. John needed to stay alive, Ben explained, because they had to pay Jacob another visit. Hurley's recent cabin-sighting made him an integral part of the team as well. Suddenly, Miles rang the doorbell. His colleagues had sent him to bring Ben a walkie-talkie. Miles had more bad news for Ben: Keamy and the others had taken Alex hostage.

What followed was one of the most painful Lost moments I've ever seen. Ben tried his best to work his mind games on Keamy, who held Alex at gunpoint in front of the house. When intimidation didn't work, Ben claimed that Alex wasn't his real daughter and meant nothing to him. Keamy shot Alex in the head before Ben even finished his speech.

It was like a switch went off in Ben's brain. He stood, frozen, for quite a while before whispering "He changed the rules." While the others argued about whether or not to give Ben up, Ben locked himself in his secret chamber. Whatever he did in that room summoned the Black Smoke Monster, who attacked and killed the mercenaries. The rest of the group ran for the jungle while Ben stayed behind to say goodbye to Alex.

Later, Sawyer decided to abandon Team Locke and return to the beach. Claire, Miles, and Hurley wanted to go along, but Locke and Ben insisted that Hurley stay with them. There was a brief standoff, but Hurley ultimately chose to join the search for Jacob's cabin.

Flash-Forward: Ben

We caught up with Ben in the Sahara desert, inexplicably wearing a DHARMA parka. He was wounded, disoriented, and nauseous. Two armed men on horseback rode up to him, and were aggressive towards Ben. While one of the men searched him, Ben hit the man with a telescopic baton and shot his companion with his gun. This scene is definitely in my top three moments of the season.

After riding off on one of the men's horses, Ben traveled to Tozeur, Tunisia. As he checked in to a hotel, he seemed very curious about the current date, particularly the year (October 24, 2005). TV footage of Sayid caught his eye. The Oceanic Six member was trying to avoid the paparazzi as he mourned his late wife, Nadia.

Ben followed Sayid to Nadia's funeral procession in Tikrit, Iraq. He took photos of Sayid and another mysterious man observing the funeral. Sayid mistook Ben for a journalist, and was shocked to see him off the island. After explaining himself, Ben warned Sayid about the mysterious man. His name was Ishmael Bakir, a Widmore employee. He was also the man responsible for Nadia's death.

Later, Bakir caught Ben tailing him. As Ben gave Ishmael a message for his employer, Sayid appeared and emptied his gun into Bakir. Sayid wanted to avenge his murdered wife, and signed on for whatever Ben had planned for Widmore.

Finally, Ben paid Charles Widmore a visit in his London home. The men argued about Alex's death and the ownership of the island. Although he couldn't kill Widmore, Ben declared his intention to kill Penny. He would make Widmore regret that he ever changed the rules. Each man had separate agendas from this point on: Ben was searching for Penny, and Widmore was searching for the island.

Final remarks:

  • I'm a little disappointed that Ben made such an error in judgment by sending Alex off into the jungle. When Danielle and Karl got shot I assumed it was part of another diabolical plan of his, but the Freighties had the advantage this time. On the other hand, I was touched to see Ben display genuine emotion after Alex's death. There's a human being behind "those horrible eyes."
  • Ben's DHARMA coat had the name Halliwax on it. Edgar Halliwax is one of Dr. Marvin Candle's aliases. Candle calls himself Halliwax in the Orchid station video.
  • Widmore still likes MacCutcheon whiskey. He uses it to deal with his recent nightmares.
  • There was something adorable about the way Sawyer told Locke to not "harm a hair on [Hurley's] curly head."
  • Most haunting line of the night: "Once you let your grief become anger, it will never go away. I know from experience."
  • Why can't Ben kill Widmore? Why does Widmore believe he owns the island?

Next week--Jack has appendicitis, Frank Lapidus finds the former members of Team Locke, and Keamy emerges unscathed from his encounter with the Black Smoke Monster. In the meantime, check out additional Lost coverage at AOL.

Biggest surprise of the episode?
Keamy killed Alex.1046 (50.3%)
Ben can summon the Black Smoke Monster.602 (28.9%)
Ben's going to kill Penny.207 (10.0%)
Ben can possibly travel through time.177 (8.5%)
Widmore had Nadia killed.48 (2.3%)

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djellenburg

I love this program but unfortunately had to cancel my dish pass last year because my programing fought with my mom's programing and I missed several episodes before getting it fixed. Since then I can't really connect with some of the characters and make any sense of what's going on. And to top that all off, would you believe that an Error 4 happened to my Tivo the other night on the Season Finale and I missed that 2 hrs. too. I'm so PO'd that now I'll really be "Lost". What the heck is an Error 4 anyway?

May 23 2008 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sabrina

I think Ben cannot kill Widmore because Widmore is his anchor. Hate can be as strong an emotional tie as love. I, too, believe that Ben killed Nadia.

May 23 2008 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dwalk

Ah, Nadia...does anyone remember when
Charlie, aware of his fate, was compiling
a list of best moments in his life? (#1
turned out to be, of course, when he met
Claire) One of the others was his memory
of busking on the street in Manchester when
it starts to rain, and he then rescues a
woman from an attempted mugging in a
deserted side-street? Yes, it is Nadia,
and she calls him a hero, which later
makes it on to his "I know I'm gonna die"
list. (Oh, yeah, and did anyone notice the
woman in dark glasses and umbrella who
listens to Charlie singing earlier in this
scene? His fellow Mancunian, Naomi!

May 21 2008 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dwalk

Ah, Nadia...does anyone remember when
Charlie, aware of his fate, was compiling
a list of best moments in his life? (#1
turned out to be, of course, when he met
Claire) One of the others was his memory
of busking on the street in Manchester when
it starts to rain, and he then rescues a
woman from an attempted mugging in a
deserted side-street? Yes, it is Nadia,
and she calls him a hero, which later
makes it on to his "I know I'm gonna die"
list. (Oh, yeah, and did anyone notice the
woman in dark glasses and umbrella who
listens to Charlie singing earlier in this
scene? His fellow Mancunian, Naomi!

May 21 2008 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dwalk

thought I already had added comment -
what have I done wrong? :>)

May 21 2008 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mistie

I personally think that Ben went to the secret room (in order to time-travel)to confront Widmore about his daughter death, and that Widmore had broken the rule. He might also set up Smoky too, but we'll see about that in the next episodes.

I m just not sure if Widmore has discovered the island since he said he was gonna find it, even though his freighter was there already. But obviously, there is a long standing fued between the two of them.

April 30 2008 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter

Peebles, you are correct about Desmond's boat but don't assume Sayid has forgotten about it. He wants more information so he can kill the person responsible for Nadia's death and at that time particular time, Ben is his best shot at uncovering the truth.

April 30 2008 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter

You can all think whatever you want but I thought it was obvious Ben went into the secret chamber to summon the smoke monster. That's why he returned with that soot, which was the same color as the smoke monster, all over him. When Ben was first seen in the future he had on completely different clothes, even after taking off the parka his shirt was a completely different color than it was when he disappeared into the secret chamber.

I'm not saying Ben did not use a time travel device to get to Tunisia, but he didn't go into his secret room to use it after Alex was shot. They made that perfectly clear for us with his clothing which was completely different in the flash forward than it was when he entered the secret room and there were no soot markings on his body during the flash forward, they only appeared when he came out of the chamber after summoning the smoke monster.

April 30 2008 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trudy

I've been thinking about this episode ever since last week. So many amazing twists - I loved it! The return of old Smoky blew my socks off. Sawyer's heroism redeemed his character. And, I agree with Pebbles in that off the island, Ben kicked those horsemen's butts! He seemed like a different character, not the woosy pathetic bug-eyed ba$tard we all loathe on the island. Loved the alias - Dean Moriarty! That was the name of Neal Cassady's character in Kerouac's "On the Road" - an icon of a generation and a Merry Prankster.
Can't wait for Thursday.

April 29 2008 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pebbles

Is is just me -- or is anyone else starting to like Ben (just a little bit)...Also, I thought Desmond's boat was destroyed. When Ben told Sayid that is how he got off the island...Don't you think Sayid would have remembered that? Or am I just wrong -- ?

April 28 2008 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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